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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.

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