Starting 2019 at the podium . . .

Sunday, Jan. 20th - South Dundas' Lauryn Roy travelled to Milton, Ontario this weekend to compete in the  Springer's Classic Gymnastics Meet. Lauryn was competing in Level 6 Gymnastics, (12 year-olds) for the first time. This talented South Dundas athlete picked up where she left off last season, scoring a 1st on the Bars, a 1st on the Vault, a 4th on the Floor and a 5th on the Beam. Combined points gave Lauryn Roy the Springer's Gymnastics Club's 2nd Over-All Champion with a score of 37.275.

        Congratulations Lauryn, and  best wishes for a great season . . .


Bantam and Little Rocks Curling Bonspiel at Morrisburg Club

Winchester teams tops in curling . . .

Morrisburg Curling Club President Mahlon Locke presents the Beavers Dental Bantam Trophy to the WInchester curlers, Alexis Sharpley, Emma McRottie, Tori Dicke and Canace McKercher
Morrisburg Curling Club President Mahlon Locke presents the Beavers Dental Bantam Trophy to the WInchester curlers, Alexis Sharpley, Emma McRottie, Tori Dicke and Canace McKercher

Saturday, Jan. 19th - The Morrisburg Curling Club was jammed to the rafters on Saturday with curlers, parents and supporters for the Annual Bantam and Little Rocks Bonspiels. Curling is experiencing a growth factor, in some centres so successfully promoted that waiting lists are kept for young players who are seeking to take part but face ice-time availability shortages.

        Two teams from North Grenville and Winchester along with teams from Morrisburg and Prescott were entered in the Bantam age group bonspiel  while two entries from Morrisburg and Winchester along with a Prescott and North Grenville Little Rocks team played in the younger group's competition.

        In thanking the teams for taking part in the event Morrisburg Curling Club President Mahlon Locke announced over a sea of shoulder to shoulder fans and participants that the organization would consider having separate day events for each group next season. 

        “Your support for this event has been overwhelming,” Locke told the group prior to handing out the medals and trophies, adding, "We'll certainly consider having two days with separate competitions for each age group to accommodate such an enthusiastic and large crowd next year."  The Club President did experience a somewhat humorous moment the participants went along with when presenting the medals, as depicted in the accompanying photos . . .

        The Bonspiel was played on a total points format. Teams from the Winchester Club, where youth memberships are at capacity and then some, took home the Bonspiel trophies on the day. The Little Rocks team included Grady Jones, Emma Poll, Deacon Jones and Carter Chambers. The Bantam team included Alexis Sharpley, Emma McRottie, Tori Dicke and Canace McKercher.

        Information concerning memberships and youth curling can be found here . . .

        Enjoy the photos. 


Tanika Charles dazzles soul fans . . .

Saturday, Jan. 19th - The threat of a major snow storm and North Pole like freezing temperatures did little to get in the way of soul music fans bent on attending the St. Lawrence Stage’s presentation of Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls. Tanika Charles is an Edmonton, Alberta native. She is charming and sassy and adapts personal experience to lyrics and music. And she is superb.

        St. Lawrence Stage’s opening performance on their 2019 season kicked off to a strong following, including SDG MPP Jim McDonell and his wife Margie, who drove from Williamstown to take in the show and deliver a helping hand from the Ontario Arts Council on behalf of the provincial government. This small town venue that continues to stage metropolis acts wows music lovers of all stripes with an astounding choice of musicians. And that was Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls, straight out astounding!

        Described as the most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto, Tanika Charles took the stage for the opening set and commanded the audiences full attention throughout. Following a few opening numbers she coyly called for a sound adjustment after which the audience were awarded with a beautifully clear, soulful voice delivering storied lyrics over the balance of the two hour performance.

 

          “You don’t have to know Charles

          to be instantly drawn in by her charisma;

          it’s like sitting at the bar with a girl who

          has endlessly hilarious tales to tell.”     -Now Magazine

 

        Through January/February Tanika Charles performed a 16-city tour followed by a June/July 11-city tour in Europe where she drew constantly large followings.

       Intimate Acoustics is next show on the St. Lawrence stage calendar. Opening February 9th at 7:00 p.m. The show, at Upper Canada Playhouse, will feature six emerging musicians and seats are available at $10 per.

        Live music fans are fortunate in the month of March when St. Lawrence Stage is offering two shows, both of which our tickets have been purchased in anticipation of great performance. March 2nd features Birds of Chicago, a husband and wife team, JT Nero and Allison Russell. Then on March 23rd Rosie and the Riveters, a Saskatoon trio, brings the charm of the 1940's, a spirit of Gospel and a mix of folk to the stage.

        Check out the calendar below for a full list of the shows coming to South Dundas. You can order advance tickets for any and all of the shows @  www.st-lawrencestage.com


Best grain results since the turn of the century

Seaway activity bursts 40 million tonnes . . .

CSL St Laurent quietly moves west along the South Dundas waterfront . . .
CSL St Laurent quietly moves west along the South Dundas waterfront . . .

Thursday, Jan. 17th - The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that tonnage on the waterway during the 2018 navigation season totaled 40.9 million tonnes. The highest result since 2007, much of the credit for the increase in tonnage can be given to healthy movements of grain, the best on record since the turn of the century. Marketing efforts under the “Highway H2O” initiative served as a catalyst to spur increased movements of a broad range of cargoes including grain, road salt, stone, cement, gypsum and refined fuels.

Approaching Iroquois lock  shortly before sunset, boats continue through the night . . .
Approaching Iroquois lock shortly before sunset, boats continue through the night . . .

        “We are very pleased with the results recorded over the past year” said the SLSMC’s President and CEO, Terence Bowles.

        “After completing the first year with Hands Free Mooring installed at all of our high-lift locks, it is gratifying to see that our efforts to boost system efficiency and heighten our competitive position are bearing strong results. This new mooring technology eliminates the need for special vessel fittings, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to welcome a broader range of ships from the world fleet.”

        Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said, “Total tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway exceeded the 5-, 10-, and 15-year averages, making 2018 an exceptionally strong shipping season, the best in over a decade.  In particular, we were pleased to see heightened activity on the Seaway in December.  Overall gains in year-over-year commodity increases were widespread, most notably in U.S. grain export trade.  The investments in Seaway infrastructure and technology are achieving greater efficiencies for our customers and enhancing the binational waterway’s global competitiveness.”

        The 2018 navigation season concluded on December 31st, with the transit of the Cedarglen through the Welland Canal’s Lock 8 ‎at 12:35, heading for Lake Erie. In the Montreal sector, the M.V. Floragracht was the last ship to transit, clearing the St. Lambert Lock at 19:45 on December 30th as she proceeded on her voyage to Europe.

The aging Manitoulin slides along a mirror-like surface at Mariatown . . .
The aging Manitoulin slides along a mirror-like surface at Mariatown . . .

        The 2018 navigation season concluded on December 31st, with the transit of the Cedarglen through the Welland Canal’s Lock 8 ‎at 12:35, heading for Lake Erie. In the Montreal sector, the M.V. Floragracht was the last ship to transit, clearing the St. Lambert Lock at 19:45 on December 30th as she proceeded on her voyage to Europe.

        The St. Lawrence Seaway enables cargo to move within North America and also serves as a vital international gateway, supporting trade with more than 50 countries across the globe. Since its opening in 1959, almost 3 billion tonnes of cargo valued at over $450 billion has moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 15 locks.

        The recent completion of the The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation’s modernization program, which includes Hands Free Mooring and remote operation of locks from centralized operation control centres, represents the greatest advancement in Seaway operations since its inception in 1959. As a result, the Seaway has become even more competitive. With the elimination of tie-up lines for most vessels, Seaway employees and vessel crews face fewer safety risks and vessels experience less “wear and tear” as they enter and exit locks.

        “The SLSMC continues to take a leadership role in the utilization of technology to better serve our customers. With strong advancements in efficiency, safety and flexibility, the stage has been set for a St. Lawrence Seaway that will effectively serve its stakeholders for decades to come. As we prepare to celebrate the Seaway’s 60th anniversary at our 2019 season opening, and take stock of the progress made, we can truly say that we are ready for the future!” said CEO Bowles.

        The Great Lakes St. Lawrence River System is a “marine highway” that extends some 3,700 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Over 200 million tonnes of cargo travels over the System on an annual basis, supporting over 329,000 jobs and $59 billion in economic activity in Canada and the United States.


South Dundas skaters score medals . . .

        The Morrisburg Figure Skating Club sent a strong contingent of particiapnts to skate at the STAR 1-4 Glen Cairn Love To Skate Competition at the Kanata Recreation Complex on Saturday, Jan. 12th. The skaters returned to their home club with a slew of medals and top finishes as listed below:

 

Solo Events

Allie Eamon, STAR 2 Solo, Bronze; Lillie Ireland Greenway, STAR 2 Solo, Bronze; Kerri Kelly, STAR 3 Solo, Gold; Grace Smail, STAR 3 Solo, Silver; Emma Morrow, STAR 4 Solo, 4th; Grace Morrow, STAR 4, Solo, 1st; Peyton Singh, STAR 4 Solo, 2nd; Abigail Smail, STAR 4 Solo, 4th; Sarah Stewart, STAR 4 Solo, 3rd; Grace Primeau

Individual Elements:

Chloe Napier, STAR 1 Bronze; Jessica Bouwman, STAR 1, Gold; Hailey Sullivan, STAR 1, Gold; Allie Eamon, STAR 2, Bronze; Kerri Kelly, STAR 3, Silver; Grace Smail, STAR 3, Silver; Jessica Groves, STAR 4, 5th; Emma Morrow, STAR 4, 3rd; Grace Morrow, STAR 4, 2nd; Peyton Singh, STAR 4, 3rd; Abigail Smail, STAR 4, 5th; Sarah Stewart, STAR 4, 1st; Grace Primeau

Team Elements

Allie Eamon, Kerri Kelly and Grace Smail, STAR 3, Silver;  Emma Morrow, Abigail Smail, Sarah Stewart, STAR 4, 1st;

Grace Morrow, Peyton SIngh, STAR 4, 3rd


A gateway to broader research for WDMH . . .

Celebrating the signing ceremony are (back row): Dan Stringer, Treasurer, Gateway Board of Directors; Dr. Mohamed Gazarin, WDMH Chief Research Officer; Marieke vanNoppen, Past Chair, WDMH Board and (front row): Gwen Devereaux, Vice President, Gateway Board of Directors and Lynn Hall, WDMH Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Executive and Professional Practice Leader. 

 

Friday, Jan. 18th - At Winchester District Memorial Hospital, the research program isn’t all about test tubes and white lab coats. It’s about supporting safe and quality care for patients and families – particularly in rural areas. The hospital wants to learn more. 

        WDMH is expanding its research capabilities through a new partnership with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. The partnership agreement will support shared research and the exchange of rural health expertise. 

        “We want to work with other institutions who have similar research goals,” said Dr. Mohamed Gazarin, WDMH’s Chief Research Officer. “This means that our research projects will not be limited by small sample sizes. We can work together to produce better rural research.” 

       The Gateway Centre is located in Goderich, Ontario. Like WDMH, the facility aims to improve the health status and quality of life of rural residents - through research, education and communication. 

        “Our values are very aligned and this research supports safe and quality care for our patients,” Lynn Hall pointed out at the document signing. Hall is the hospital's Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Executive and Professional Practice Leader.

        “We look forward to collaborating on many projects in the future,” she added.


South Dundas, the eagles have landed . . .

Tuesday, Jan.15th - One of the great fortunes of living in South Dundas is in the diversity of life to view. This pair of Bald Eagles, re-introduced to the St. Lawrence basin several years ago, kept their distance while we were trying to get a photo today. They had scored a fish along waterway and were dining until we interrupted their meal, at which they flew into the tree tops. Hopefully they will be persistent, because we're going to be persistent until we get them. Many thanks to our tip provider, unfortunately we didn't get you a very good shot . . . stay posted . . . 


Comfort seating to dress injuries . . .

Thursday, Jan. 17th - Patients arriving the Winchester District Hospital's Emergency Room will be more comfortable during procedures, thanks to a chair. The specialty built medical procedure chair was funded by the WDMH Foundation at a cost of $13,896.40. and is used when patients require a cast or stitches. 

        “The old chair was in place for some  30 years and it helped fix up many, many patients over that period,” says Team Leader Shannon Horsburgh. “The new chair offers many improved features such as moving with electronically controlled foot pedals. The chair can be lowered so it’s easy for everyone to sit in and it can also move more into a bed-like position. The design allows for the chair to tilt back for those who might feel a little light headed with the ordeal of getting stitches or a cast.”  

        “This essential equipment purchase was only possible because of our donors and their care for the patients that we serve at WDMH,” said Kristen Casselman, Managing Director of the Foundation. “The provincial government does not fund medical equipment for hospitals, so we are so grateful for the support of all of our donors.” 


Novice B House deliver stellar goaltending and tough defence

Casselman's pair tops Lion's shut-out win . . .

Tuesday, Jan. 15th - A Grayson Casselman led offence, a stand-up defence and Liam Barkley turned in a perfect shut-out performance as the Novice B House Lions toppled the previously undefeated, league leading Kemptville B-1 Panthers 2-0 on Tuesday evening at Morrisburg Arena. See all the notes and more pics here . . .


Demons take Gold Medal at Montreal . . .

The North Dundas Atom B Rep hockey team scored a Gold Medal Tournament victory in Montreal on the weekend. CAtch all the details on their undefeated run for the Ken Dryden Gold Medal victory here . . .


Starting kindergarten is huge milestone . . .

First day of school can be daunting . . .

Monday, Jan. 14th - Registering for Kindergarten 101,  That first day of school is a big milestone for children and their families, especially for parents who are sending a child to school for the first time. Even for experienced parents, knowing the steps to take to register for school or what to expect in Kindergarten may leave some asking questions. 

        Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario Children can start school in the year they turn four years old. All schools in Ontario now offer full-day Kindergarten (FDK), which means students go all day, each day. 

        Research done by the Ontario Ministry of Education found that when students attend the two-year kindergarten program they are better prepared for success in Grade 1. Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that those in FDK had reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent; reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 15.8 per cent to 4.3 per cent, and reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent. 

        Kindergarten now follows a play-based curriculum. While that might not sound different than a typical Saturday or day at daycare, research has shown that children really do learn best through play. Through play-based learning in a culture of inquiry, children develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including problem solving, critical thinking, literacy and math. 

        Kindergarten also develops social skills in children and helps them understand where they fit into the world outside their family, and to build external relationships. 

        When it comes to Kindergarten, which school your child attends will depend on your location and transportation needs. If there are multiple schools in your catchment area to choose from, visit the schools and find the one that is the best fit with your family. Many schools will be holding Kindergarten information sessions in January and February. Check out when your local school is hosting their sessions. 

        Parents can register for Kindergarten at any point during the year that their child turns four. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is open now, as it is for many other boards. 

Each board prepares their registration procedures differently, but you can always visit the school you want your child to attend and register in person. While it’s nice to be able to register in person and bring your child with you, it’s not always practical. The UCDSB offers parents the option to register in person at the local school, online or by phone (call your local school or 1-800-267-7131 for assistance). 

        When you register your child for Kindergarten, you will need proof of age and address. Proof of age could be a birth certificate, passport, certificate of Canadian citizenship, statement of live birth or permanent resident card.

        The address provided for your child must be the same address as the parent or guardian. For this you can use a utility bill, property tax assessment, lease/rental/mortgage agreement or other official document. Should you choose to register online, you will need to bring these documents to the school prior to when your child starts school, but the school will let you know when!

        The UCDSB’s vision is to create futures, leading and learning for all – and this starts with helping parents to understand Kindergarten and enrollment.


Canadian Guide Dogs at 35 Years . . .

A Canadian guid dog leads the way . . .
A Canadian guid dog leads the way . . .

Monday, Jan. 14th -  Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is excited to celebrate its’ thirty-fifth anniversary.  Incorporated on January 12, 1984, the organization was founded by two individuals from England who came to Canada with the intention of starting a guide dog training organization, something that was lacking at the time. 

         Prior to 1984, many Canadians had to travel to the U.S.A. to receive guide dogs.  However, with the opening of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1984, staying at home in Canada to train with and receive a guide dog became a reality. 

        Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charitable organization.  The National Training Centre is located in Manotick, a small community in the south end of Ottawa, Ontario.  It’s from there the services provided extend into every province of the country.

         Kristen Spring of Kingston, Ontario has trained with and received five guide dogs from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Spring says, “Having a guide dog means the freedom to go anywhere I want, the freedom to do pretty much anything I want.  When you are going up steps, the dog judges how high the step is by going up onto that step.  I never have to worry that I am going to walk into something and not be able to figure out how to go the rest of the way.  I just have to ask the dog to find the way.  I can’t say enough about how good the training is, not just for the dog but for the people.

        Co-Founder Jane Thornton remains with the organization today as its’ Chief Operating Officer.  Thornton says, “Because of everyone involved, from our clients, board member, donors, volunteers and staff, we are thriving. From the first guide dog team, John and Sasha, to the latest guide dog team, from the west coast to the east, from the money donated by a child who has saved their allowance, to the largest sponsorships, everyone should rejoice at the incredible teamwork put forth to create and sustain our organization.”

         Serving Canadians since 1984, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is open to applications from Canadians who would benefit who are registered as legally blind and benefit from enhanced mobility and independence through the use of a guide dog.  For more information on applying for this free service, or to donate to help Canadians receive guide dogs, visit www.guidedogs.ca.








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