Former market rezoned as residence
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff The former Bougie’s Mini Mart in Summerstown Station is getting an overhaul after council approved a rezoning amendment request for the building and property at the March 18 regular meeting.
The approved application to change the site’s zoning classification from General Commercial to Residential 1 will allow owner Micheline Quenneville to apply for a building permit to revamp the existing structure, and to reduce the front yard setback from six metres to 2.6 metres, as well as the exterior side yard setback by six metres, to four metres.
According to a staff report on the matter prepared by township general manager of community services Joanne Haley, the property – located at the corner of Hay Road and County Road 27 – is currently being used for residential purposes only, despite the General Commercial zone classification.
“Residential units have been located within the existing structure for many years. Therefore, a new land use is not being proposed,” explained Mrs. Haley.
“It is being expanded and the commercial use is proposed to be eliminated.”
Mrs. Haley added that her department had “no concerns with this application.”
Kevin and Anne Bougie, parents of former two-term South Glengarry Councillor Trevor Bougie, operated Bougie’s Mini Mart for more than two-and-a-half decades.
However, the business shut down several years ago, and Mrs. Haley feels it was unlikely to reopen as a commercial enterprise.
“We’re seeing corner stores, unfortunately, dying because there just isn’t the need that there used to be many, many years ago for them,” she said.
“And the reality of this (property) being a viable corner store again...It’s probably going to be more successful as residential.”
April is Graphic Novel Month at the SDG Library. Graphic Novels tell a story using literature and art in a comic strip format. So here's a chance to see what you would look like as a graphic novel character. Anyone who checks out a graphic novel during the month of April at the Lancaster Branch will be offered either a black and white or newsprint style “Comic You” graphic image emailed to them. Browse the displays of graphic novels to see if this is a genre you would like to read. Celebrate Earth Day at the library on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. School-aged children are invited to drop in and plant flower and pumpkin seeds in recycled containers.
Contest alert: Sharpen your crayons or grab your camera. Drop off or email (lancaster[email protected]) a hand-drawn picture or photo by April 18 showing what you do to help save Mother Earth. All entries will be given a ballot for the Earth Day Kit draw on April 23.
Leah Lindeman, charming, local author and the “Queen of Canadiana,” will be visiting the Lancaster Branch on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her most recent novel,
This is the second novel in her Canadian Reminiscence Series and takes her readers into the British Columbia gold rush era via the Cariboo Wagon Road.
For any additional info, call the Lancaster Branch at 613-347-2311, email lancaster[email protected], or visit www.sdglibrary.ca
I have been writing this column off and on for the past 15 years and I have never received so much feedback as I have when I shared Larry Kell’s story. It brought happy memories to several people seeing the names mentioned. One local lady sent the column to her friend Linda, in Tweed, whose dad was Ron Graham. Ron left Lancaster and became Superintendent of the OPP in Thunder Bay, retiring in 1991. Thank you for all the messages, folks. These types of stories are the reason I enjoy writing this column and I look forward to the next segment.
Lions Club breakfast will be held on April 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Maxville Complex in support of the 1st Maxville Scouts.
The next Maxville and District Chamber meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Maxville Manor.
Save the date! The Diners Club holds a luncheon on Monday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Maxville Manor.
The Maxville Manor’s volunteer appreciation event will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the Maxville Complex. The Manor wants to thank all volunteers for all they do! For further information on any of the above events, please contact Margaret Lobb at the Manor’s Seniors Outreach Services at 613-527-2170 ext. 237.
Gertrude Wilamoski was pleased to have a visit from her daughter Diane of Winnipeg who visited with some news…
“I am very pleased to share the news that my brother-in-law Dr. Doug Goltz has been appointed the Dean of Science at the University of Winnipeg. He has been working there since 1997 and has been the acting Dean of Science and Kinesiology and Applied Health for the past two years.” Congratulations, Doug! We are very proud of you. Doug’s first important appointment was marrying my sister Diane way back in 1986.
Bridge March 25: 1. Bruno, Thérèse Carrière, 2. Mel Watt, Hugh Wilson, 3. Faye Montgomery, Patricia Graham. 4. Hélène Leduc, Dot Burnett. Fraternité euchre March 28; Marcel Campeau, Rolland Paquette, Jean-Lucien Larocque, Hector Lavigne, Marie-Thérèse Théoret, Rita MacLennan, Beth Beauchemin and Connie MacDonald. The door prize went to Rolland Paquette, Linda Lauzon, Beth Beauchemin, JeanLucien Larocque and the 50/5-55 went to Rolland Paquette, Richard Lauzon, Thérèse Carrière, Beth Beauchemin (twice), Gisèle Bourgon and Hélèna Campeau. Our next euchre is April 4; hosts are Hector Lavigne and Gilles and Gisèle Décoste.
The students from Glengarry District High School will be presenting the musical Mamma Mia! in three weeks. Elizabeth Caddell recommends that you go to Opening Night because after seeing all of the talent you will want to attend a second performance or maybe even all three. The talent is amazing. You will really enjoy this year’s production! There is a lot of interest in this show. Tickets have been selling very well in advance. The students from the tech department have been busy building the stage and the art students are busy painting the set and the props. The music and drama students are busy with choreography, acting and singing rehearsals. Shows are April 25, 26 and April 27 at 7 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to wear ABBA costumes and sing along to all of the band’s great songs. Call 613-363-3702 for information.
Williamstown Bridge Club March 27: 1st, Homer, Lorna Grant; 2nd, Jean Campbell, Anna Meredith; tied for 3rd, Pat Weldon, Bernice Barlow with Elizabeth Marjerrison, Jim Campbell.
Climb your family tree at the library April 4 from 3:30-5 p.m. Unlock your family’s history with the library edition of Ancestry. Bring your own electronic device or use the branch’s computer. Register as space is limited to six participants.
Wells for well-being
Thank you all who attended Shrove Tuesday at Irvine Hall. The proceeds went towards Wells for Well-Being and marked the final payment on the construction of a well installed in Nyalavu, Malawi.
A reminder that the Glengarry My Home Banquet Dinner and Evening of Music is Saturday, April 27 at the Tartan Hall (Arena) where guests will be treated to a full roast beef dinner with dessert. Musical entertainment features Bob & Ducky, Rob Taylor, and David MacPhee. There will also be some Highland and step dancing presentations. There will be a silent auction and a door prize for one lucky guest. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from GNLM directors or at the museum itself contact: 613-347-3547 or gnlmu[email protected]