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The Glengarry News - - The Classiifii­eds - LACH­LAN MCDON­ALD lach­[email protected] keep­calm. ca INEZ FRANKLIN 613-347-7666 [email protected] hot­mail. com TAMMY KENNY 613-528-4907 mar­t­in­town­news @ out­look. com Just a re­minder to you all that MARGO PEPIN 613-209-9523 margo. [email protected] xplor­net. ca

Save Char-Lan

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.

Exam time

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.

Win­ter won­der­land

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.

Burn per­mits

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.

Up­com­ing

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.

Iona Academy

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.

Pasta sup­per

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!

So­cial notes

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.

Bridge

Re­sults for Mon­day Party Bridge for Jan. 16: 1) Judy Helle, 2) Mar­ion Schofield, 3) Steve Helle.

Church

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.

Chili cookoff

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.

Paint night

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.

Con­do­lences

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.

Soirée

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.

Knights

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.

Com­ing events

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.

Wishes

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.

Ra­dio bingo

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.

Con­do­lences

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!

Burns cel­e­bra­tion

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.

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