The larger vestibule and greater distance between the outside and inner doors has also solved the problem of drafts near the main entrance in winter, something the residents had complained about. “The entrance is almost like a little solarium now,” says Mr. Coleman.
Also, these days instead of walking in single file, residents can enter the building side by side on new slip- resistant flooring, and as Mrs. Asselstine mentioned, the remodelled doors easily accommodate power wheelchairs.
The new doors were made possible with the support of the Maxville and District Lions Club and Glengarry Highland Mason’s Lodge No. 418, among other community groups, and is the first in a series of major renovations and modernizations planned for the Manor.
“No major renovations have been done here in 25 years so its time to upgrade,” says Mr. Coleman. “What’s needed next are upgrades to windows and roofs in some wings and a replacement for the facility’s aging forced hot water oilburning boiler.”
“We take a lot of pride in taking care of what we have and keeping it looking sharp,” says Mr. Coleman. “We have to make sure that when we do something it’s for the longterm, and in a case like this you have to fix things before anything happens— preventative maintenance essentially.” – Margaret Caldbick
Margaret Dalby- MacMillan plans to while away the winter blahs by painting herself silly.
That’s more of a direct quote than an artistic paraphrase.
The former art teacher, who lives in North Glengarry, plans to be at the Dalkeith library tomorrow and next Thursday as part of an informal art class.
“We’re not going to have labourious lessons,” she promised.
“It’s more like friendly advice and a social group.”
She held the first session on Jan. 12; it attracted at least two other local artists who spent the afternoon sketching and painting.
Ms. Dalby-MacMillan stresses that you don’t have to be an accomplished artist to attend. Even if you’ve never painted before, she has enough material on hand to help any aspiring artist get started on a potential masterpiece.
After the three-week session has expired, she’ll see if there’s enough interest to keep the group going. She hopes there is as she believes there’s a lot of untapped talent in Glengarry.
In the spring, Ms. Dalby MacMillan hopes to hang some of the art on the wall, host a wine and cheese event, and invite the public in to see what the artists have done.
The art club meets from 1-4 p.m.
Speaking of Dalkeith, the Dalkeith Historical Society is hosting a Robbie Burns celebration Saturday, January 21 at the Robertson Clark Building.
At 10:30 a.m. “The great onekilometre haggis/kilt run, walk, crawl” takes place. Participants are to wear kilts and bring along a “wild haggis.”
At 11: 15 a. m. “The great indoor haggis throw” will take place.
At noon, a tribute to the haggis will take place. The Gaelic singers, under the direction of Julia Danskin, will entertain throughout the day.
Admission is a donation at the door.
Organizers promise “lots of traditional Glengarry Scottish food and drink!” PIPING SCHOOL: Ryan Ross, Pipe Major with the Glengarry Pipe Band and senior piping instructor at the Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming, leads a chanter class on Saturday for members of the school’s newly-fledged Glengarry community novice junior pipe band. From left are, Bethany McDonell, 15, from Williamstown, Colin Keith-Hill, 15, from Cornwall, Fiona Grant, 12, from Casselman, and Nathan Stewart, 14, from Ingleside. The new band currently consists of 12 members including a contingent of drummers who were taking a class down the hall with the school’s head drumming instructor, Jim Bush. The Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming is located in Maxville Public School and every Saturday morning the school transforms into a pipe band version of Fame, with scores of pipe band obsessed students with their chanters and bagpipes, snare and tenor and bass drums, filing into classrooms for their weekly classes. In the main hallway on Saturday, waiting parents socialized to the echoing timbre of the Grade 5 band piping corps that was practicing in the school's auditorium. To learn more about the Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming, visit www.gspd.ca
SILENT NIGHT: Tish Humphries of the Silent Night Project is flanked by Linda Roy and Bill Bresee of the Lancaster Legion on Thursday. The Legion has donated $2,200 to the project, which purchases chairbeds for the Cornwall Community Hospital. The Legion’s donation enabled the project to buy one bed. Each costs $2,200.
INFORMAL CLASS: Retired art teacher Margaret DalbyMacMillan is overseeing informal art classes at the Dalkeith Library tomorrow and next Thursday.