Our County Correspondents
The look of yellow, particularly en masse at the front of the General Vanier auditorium, made me wonder -- do we have the best school support? Then I heard the applause awarded to Char-Lan centric presenters and it was confirmed. We do! We do have a great school and we do have a great community. A+ to Williamstown; report card time and all.
If you notice a stressed out youth this week it isn’t because of a generational divide (personal), it has more to do with exam time (situational). Exams start this week on Thursday the 26th. The fun continues on Friday and the following Monday and Tuesday (30th and 31st). If a Student Safety Day interrupts the proceedings Wednesday, Feb. 1 is the make-up day.
Although Winter may have felt more like early Spring the festivities continued at St. Mary’s Parish. On my way to soccer I saw a horse pulling a wagon in our business district and several people standing fire side at St. Mary’s Hall.
While on the topic of fire, burn permits are required for open air fires at all times during the year and can be obtained at the Township office. They are free, you can either go in, call, or email ([email protected]glengarry.com) and it is fairly painless. For larger agricultural burns (windrows, etc.) a call to the Fire Chief is also needed. Remember, fire is an excellent servant but an awful master.
It has been a fairly quiet week in terms of news so a few distant things to consider. The museum’s May exhibit is called Unsung Heroes and focuses on Native culture and their contribution to building Canada. It will run until the Fair. There will also be a special event on the weekend of September 23rd to 24th about British Home Children 1869 to 1939. Service is at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s, Mass is at 10: 30 a. m. at St. Mary’s.
Money and giving
To steal from CBC News reporting on an Oxfam Report – the two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the 11 million poorest. This reminded me of a social utility curve that outlines satisfaction. Interestingly, everyone has an amount that is enough. Once your enough is reached, you derive your greatest satisfaction from giving. My hope is that you find your enough and share your excess. Isn’t this part of our great community? Look at the Save Char-Lan turnout; sharing is not just your money. Williamstown, thank you for you and your time.
Karen McClenaghan, our faithful correspondent from Iona Academy Catholic School, recently submitted an update for our readers.
Iona Academy students celebrated Advent in a variety of ways last December.
Grades 3 and 4 led thoughtful weekly prayer services during the liturgical season, to which the school and parish communities were invited.
In the latter part of the month, students from all grades enjoyed Five Days of Faith and Fun.
To express their faith, the children acted as Lights of Christ for others; for example, by writing Christmas cards to seniors, and raising over $500 for the Holy Childhood Association of Canada. They conducted a food drive, with impressive results. Over 800 non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Good job!
As part of the fun, on selected theme days, students were allowed to wear to school sports team jerseys, pyjamas, and red and green clothing. The annual Christmas Concert was also a highlight.
With the Christmas break behind them, Iona Academy staff and students met their new chaplain, Fr. Augustine Obago. On Friday, Jan. 13, he presided over the school’s first Eucharistic Celebration in 2017 at St. Raphael’s Church. Karen notes that everyone looks forward to getting to know Fr. Augustine, and to welcoming him into the Iona family.
Kindergarten registration for Fall 2017 is now top of mind for parents with young children. Please contact Iona Academy Catholic School at 613-347-3518 for information or to make an appointment.
To register for Junior or Senior Kindergarten, your child must be four or five years of age respectively, as of Dec. 31, 2016.
St. Margaret of Scotland parishioners invite you to set aside the evening of Friday, Feb. 17, to attend their annual pasta supper. The event will as usual be held at the North Lancaster Optimist Club Hall on the Second Line Road, beside AngeGardien School.
The supper runs from 5-8 p.m. You won’t want to miss it!
Best wishes to Glen Nevis’ resident saint, Denise Legros, who celebrated a milestone halfdecade birthday last Sunday, Jan. 22.
She was to be the guest of honour that evening at a family party in Montreal. Happy birthday, Denise!
Next week’s celebrants include Janice McLeod and Darrel MacLeod, Jan. 28; Morris McCormick on the 29th and Allison McCormick on the 30th. Trevor Levert and Ann MacMillan celebrate on Feb. 1. Best wishes to all.
Results for Monday Party Bridge for Jan. 16: 1) Judy Helle, 2) Marion Schofield, 3) Steve Helle.
Sun. Jan. 29 St. Andrew’s United will worship at the Community Centre, Martintown at 10 a.m. This will be followed by our annual meeting at 11 a.m.
Martintown Park Committee is hosting the second annual ChiliCook off on Saturday, Jan. 28. There are 13 confirmed Chili entries so far but it isn’t too late as there are a few more spots available. If you are just looking for a meal of chili and to socialize, come on out and join us. There will be live music and cash bar. For more information ask one of the committee members.
The Park Committee would like to thank everyone who came out to the Paint Night Friday. There were 56 people in attendance at The Grand and I think everyone had a grand time. There were a few drinks and a lot of laughs and everyone went home with a wonderful painting that hopefully they will hang, somewhere in the house.
Our condolences go out to the family of Marion Tompson (née Watson) who passed away Jan. 16. Born in 1925 to Violet and John Watson she leaves behind her husband of 69 years, Charles, and daughters Anne and Jane and sons Brad and Scott.
Heart and Stroke Month
February is Heart and Stroke Month and you will probably have someone come to your door for a donation. Please open your hearts and wallets for this good cause.
I hope you all have your tickets to attend the Soirée du Bon Vieux Temps this coming Saturday evening. If not, you will miss a great evening of fun, starting with a delicious supper, followed by dancing with music provided by Roger Hamelin and his band. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50. For tickets you can call Gérald Trottier at 613-525-1310. Hope to see you all there.
The Green Valley Knights of Columbus have tickets for the $1,000 worth of groceries draw. Tickets can be purchased from members or give me a call. The draw will take place Feb. 12, after 9:30 a.m. Mass in Église SteMarie. Good luck to all ticket holders.
A French parishional retreat will be held March 4-6 with Father Guy Desrochers. He will speak at all Masses over that weekend and every evening from Sunday to Wednesday evening, with prayers, hymns, conferences, from 6:45 p.m. at Église Sacré Coeur in Alexandria. Tuesday evening there will be a penitential ceremony for Easter and a celebration Mass Wednesday evening to close off the event.
I was asked to let my readers know that St-Martin-de-Tours Parish will be holding its spaghetti supper and live music on Saturday, March 5 from 4 p.m. followed by an evening of local talents. For more info you can read the Glen Robertson column.
Birthday wishes going out to Michel Constant who celebrated his birthday Jan. 19 and to Francis Aubin who will celebrate his birthday Jan. 29. Hope you both have a great time.
The lucky winners for Jan. 21 were Germain Delorme ($300), of Glen Walter, Darlene McMillan ($1,000) of Cornwall, who both bought cards at MacEwen York, Cornwall. The $500 prize was shared among Diane Lefebvre, of Alexandria, who bought her card at Genuine; Sylvie Wood, of Lunenburg, who bought her card at Eamer’s Corner, Lorraine Sabourin, of Cornwall, Germain Delorme, of Glen Walter, who bought cards at MacEwen York, Rita Séguin, of Alexandria who bought her card at Genuine, and Holly McDonald, of Lancaster, who bought her card at MacEwen Lancaster. Congratulations to all the winners and better luck to everyone for next Saturday.
Deepest sympathies going out to the families of Lucien and Jean Guy Bériault on the death of their sister, Joanne Bériault Brisebois, of St- Lazare, who passed away recently at the young age of 56.
God bless and have a safe week. has to win the 50/50; it could be you!
The day started off with the haggis, kilt, walk, crawl that was attended by a few hardy souls and a dog from the bridge to the Robertson Clark Building. Inside the real fun began, with the Great Haggis Toss, which proved to be a howling success with lots of laughter and cheering. Helen made the cutest little haggis, thinking the one for the feast might get damaged beyond edible. The Coel Nan Gael Singers (Ken McNaughton, Tom McLaughlan, Joanne Tanner, Andrea Ghent, Linda Kathan) under the direction of Julia Danskin sang Gaelic songs throughout the party. They had a very soft lilting way about the songs and required some dedicated attention by times. Gaelic was the first language spoken in this area at the time of the settlers. At noon, Frances Fraser piped in the haggis, with all due honours. Art Buckland addressed the haggis with a very animated, knife-waving rendition. Diarmid Campbell led the toast to Robbie Burns and Brian Caddell toasted the ladies. The buffet table was laden with all things Scottish and local fare. No one went away hungry. Donald Brunet won the 50/50, and just about everyone in attendance won a door prize.
It was a great party and everyone is Scottish on Robbie Burns Day.
Thank you for the great participation and the many hands that helped make this party so successful.
So my friends, January is fleeting; my paintings lie untouched. I will get it together this week. The approaching storm should keep me indoors long enough to to slap some paint on a canvas just to ease my anxiety of not producing.
Please be good to each other; swallow the angry words before they slip out. Count to ten and start again. Remember we are all in this together.
From Breadalbane with love, Maggie.