BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Renovations to the interior and exterior of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry administration building in Cornwall are nearing completion after almost three years of painstaking work.
The exterior of the former jail and warden’s residence was completed last week “after several months” of refurbishing. “The warden’s residence was originally clad in brick, and covered decades ago with stucco,” the county says. “The county investigated removing the stucco to bring back the brickwork. However, after investigation, the original brick was too deteriorated to restore.” Instead, the building was “renovated to closely match the original look.”
The United Counties first authorized construction of the warden’s residence – which served as a home for the head of council and his family – in 1859.
That portion of the administration building has undergone many alterations since then, including its conversion into holding cells for the adjacent jail in 1971.
Currently, it is being used as the SDG Counties Visitor and Information Centre, as well as the starting point for tours of the historic jail.
A significant portion of the administration building’s renovations – primarily the demolition of the structure’s front entrance, the installation of larger windows and a new door, as well as work on the jail’s exterior south and west brick walls and extensive landscaping – were completed last year.
The courthouse and jail – constructed in 1833 – were the original parts of the current Counties building.
Its administrative wing was added in 1888, and the north wing was constructed in 1959.
Finishing touches to the Counties administration building’s makeover – landscaping work in front of the former warden’s residence – will be undertaken later this year.
The first meeting of Alexandria Cheese Board will be held on the 13th day of May. At the annual meeting held last Wednesday, A.D. McDonell, 1-3rd Kenyon, was named president; A.A. McKinnon vice-president; R.H. Proctor, sec.-treas., and James Martin, salesman.
Allan McMillan, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. McMillan, 7-4th Kenyon, left Wednesday morning for Ottawa where he will join a survey party and leave immediately for Alberta.
We congratulate Miss J.K. McLeod of Dunvegan who graduated from the Union Hospital Training School for Nurses, Fall River, Mass., on April 10.
Oscar Gareau’s many friends will regret to learn that he arrived home from Cobalt this week suffering from a severe attack of inflammation of the lungs.
100 YEARS AGO Friday, April 25, 1919
At a well-attended meeting, Friday, April 11, in the Grant Hall, Dunvegan, a Farmer’s Club was formed covering that district. Officers elected were: President, Fred McLeod; vice-president, D.J. Stewart; secretary-treasurer, Ewen McLennan; directors, M. Clark, N.R. McLeod, K. McDonald, Hugh Dewar, D.H. McIntosh and A. Grant.
Included in the large Glengarry quota of soldiers returning this week were: Spr. O.D. Empey, A. Currier, E. Rolland, D.J. Bethune, Maxville; Spr. N. McLeod, Dalkeith; L/Cpl, Donald R. McDougall, Leo Lauzon, A. Currier, Dvr. J.J. Bedard, Alexandria; Gnr. J.U. MacEwen, Gnr. E. Duperron, W.J. McIntosh, Martintown; N.M. McDonald, Williamstown; J.A. McLeod, Dunvegan; Duncan McDonald, Glen Roy; G.D. Montgomery, Moose Creek.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. D. Gelineau of Lochiel was the scene of the pleasant event Thursday evening when a welcome was tendered his sister, Miss C. Gelineau, and three brothers, Lieut. Peter, Privates James and Mark Gelineau from overseas.
90 YEARS AGO Friday, April 26, 1929
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Dever of Alexandria announce the engagement of their daughter Ella Marguerite, to Hubert S. Macdonald of Three Rivers, Quebec, son of Col. and Mrs. A.G.F. Macdonald of Alexandria, the marriage to take place early in June.
Charles M. Stewart, Dunvegan, has been appointed manager of this district with headquarters at Cornwall by the Confederation Life Assurance Co. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart and son Harold are this week taking up residence in Cornwall.
The following Queen’s University students have returned to their Maxville homes for the holidays: Miss Catherine MacLeod, Duncan Hoople, Lawrence Franklin, Keith McDougall and Hilton McEwen.
80 YEARS AGO Friday, April 21, 1939
John W. MacEwen of the OAC, Guelph, is holidaying with his mother, Mrs. A.J. MacEwen, Maxville.
Miss Edith McLeister left last week for Toronto to accept a position in the Department of Labour.
Among those from Apple Hill in Montreal to see the Royals-Port Arthur hockey game last Thursday were: Dr. Geo. V. McDonald, P.D. McIntyre, Archie G. McDonald, John W. Munro, Cyril and Charles Macdonell.
70 YEARS AGO Friday, April 22, 1949
A former resident of 12-2nd Kenyon, Archie McDonald, 67, was killed near Timmins, April 16 when struck by a car.
A committee of Counties Council has been named to consider erection of a new Home for the Aged.
Dr. D.J. Dolan, Alexandria, was elected president of the Separate School section of the Trustee & Ratepayers’ Association of the OEA.
A new salary schedule with higher minimum salaries was approved for the teachers of the three high schools in Glengarry by the Area Board. The minimum $2,200 and the maximum $3,200, with annual increment at $100. Also granted was a $200 increase to all teachers, effective next September.
60 YEARS AGO Thursday, April 23, 1959
Sparks from a grass fire destroyed the farm home of Emile Maille, 7th Lancaster on Friday. The family of four came to the area from Montreal two years ago.
Vica-General of the diocese until his retirement in 1956, Msgr. Albert McRae died Saturday at 86.
Gold medals in the Cornwall Music Festival were won by Billy Morris, vocal solo, Jeanie and Grace Morris, vocal duet. Betty Seguin and Lillian St. Pierre, Martintown, were first in vocal duets from one-room schools.
Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Neil McCormick spent last week with their families here before leaving last weekend to take up residence in Ottawa.
50 YEARS AGO Thursday, April 24, 1969
The body of Allan McBain, 17, was found in 15 feet of water in the Raisin River on Thursday after four days of dragging. The youth had been missing since the previous Sunday and the recovery was made a few hundred feet east of his home near Finney’s Bridge west of Lancaster.
A meeting has been called for Wednesday night by the Park and Recreation Committee to revise plans for development of facilities on park and playground.
Building Inspector Roch Boisvenue has issued building permits for six new homes with a value of $61,000 so far in April.
French language subjects will be taught in Maxville High School starting in September.
A fifth barn fire to hit the area in a little more than a week destroyed the large barn on the farm of Mrs. A.H. Kennedy, one mile west of McCrimmon on Sunday.
Maxville will have an entry in the Glengarry Soccer League this season. Their home games will be played under lights on the fairgrounds.
40 YEARS AGO Wednesday, April 18, 1979
Brenda MacRae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacRae of Lancaster is one of four Junior Farmer Club members selected to represent the Junior Farmer’s Association of Ontario on travelling scholarships to the United Kingdom in 1979.
Rector of St. Finnan’s Cathedral in Alexandria from 1951-1965, Rev. John D. McPhail died Good Friday, April 13.
Rev. Witold Masurkiewicz, a native of Poland, has taken over the administrative duties of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Glen Nevis. Rev. Patrick Breton, former parish priest there, has announced his retirement.
30 YEARS AGO Wednesday, April 19, 1989
Bruno Major of Williamstown and son Mark, of Alexandria, won the Great White Water Raisin River Canoe Race last week. They picked up their gold medals at a ceremony at St. Mary’s Hall in Williamstown. The Majors won the race in a time of 2:24:53, 17 seconds ahead of Richard Lajoie and Martin of Vaudreuil-Sur-LeLac, Quebec. A hole in their canoe foiled the Majors from winning a second straight race Sunday.
Sandra Elizabeth MacCulloch, daughter of Kathleen MacCulloch of Glen Roy and the late John MacCulloch, recently graduated from the Police Academy of the City of Winnipeg Police Department. She is a class 3 constable, serving the Winnipeg Police Department and lives in the city.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Don Boudria was in Alexandria April 10 to present the first installment of a $11,826 grant to the Senior Citizens Club of St. Raphael’s (Brown House Circle). The group of 55 area seniors plan to put the money to good use by sponsoring congregate meals, music appreciation, movies, arts and crafts and table games.
After a nine year stint as president of the Alexandria Men’s Ball Hockey League, Remi Sauve of Green Valley resigned from the post at a league organizational meeting recently. Sauve is playercoach of defending league champs, Roy’s Garage Express.
The Glengarry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary gave patients an unexpected Easter gift; $2,000 in clocks and prints, to brighten up their rooms. Auxiliary members believe that a cheerful environment can speed up patient’s healing. They delved into the In Memoriam fund, purchased the items and asked hospital maintenance employee Gilles Lauzon to put everything up.
Shelley MacDonald Bruyere graduated from St. Lawrence College as a Registered Nurse in January. The Glen Walter Public School and Char-Lan District High School graduate is employed at Cornwall General Hospital and is the daughter of Archie and Jocelyn MacDonald of Summerstown, and wife of Denis Bruyere of Cornwall.
20 YEARS AGO Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Vankleek Hill Livestock Exchange Ltd., commonly known as the Vankleek Hill sale barn, burned to the ground early Sunday morning. The Weldens, owners, have managed to rent a farm building from Vankleek Hill cattle dealer Clifford Lapensee and the auction will be held there until the construction of a new sale barn in Vankleek Hill is complete.
The township of North Glengarry is considering the purchase of one defibrillator to be used by the Alexandria Fire Station. Two additional defibrillators will eventually be purchased for the Maxville Fire Department and the Apple Hill Fire Department.
Bill Knight, senior engineer with MS Thompson, informed North Glengarry council there was no money left in the provincial funding budget for municipal sewage upgrade at last week’s council meeting. The North Glengarry township had applied for funding of a proposed $8.9 million sewage project for the town of Alexandria earlier last year.
10 YEARS AGO Wednesday, April 22, 2009
An Earth Day initiative being launched today (April 22) at Chartrand Independent grocery store in Alexandria may keep 5,000-6,000 plastic bags out of local blue boxes and area landfills. The store is doing away with its old white plastic bags and moving to bigger and stronger light green reusable plastic bags. There will be a five cent charge for the new bag, according to Loblaws store franchise owner Marco Chartrand.
North Glengarry’s latest recycling numbers rival anybody’s in the province. The township ranked tied for first in Ontario in blue box recovery rate and third in net cost per tonne for recycling materials, according to 2007 information listed on the Waste Diversion Ontario website.
One person who truly cares and works hard can make a difference in this world. April 7, Glengarrian Sylvie Samson received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for contributions she has made provincially, to the community, her school and her church.