Gracie's Purple Day at Ottawa's City Hall . . .

Sunday, Mar. 24th - South Dundas' Gracie Ortwein, pictured above with Stephanie Youngdale who represents Epilepsy Ottawa, were presenting an awareness workshop at St. Mary St. Cecilia school on Friday as part of Sunday, Mar. 24th's Purple Day, an International Epilepsy Awareness initiative created by Nova Scotia’s Cassidy Megan when she was 9 years old.

In June 2012, the Canadian government passed The Purple Day Act, declaring March 26, “Purple Day”, the official day for Epilepsy Awareness across Canada. 

        Participation and excitement spread quickly representing the more than 50 million people world-wide who have epilepsy (in more than fifty per-cent of the cases the cause is unknown) and today the Month of March is considered Epilepsy Awareness Month. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple today, Sunday, Mar. 24th, and to take part in helping raise awareness and/or staging bake/jewelry sale, open mic/concert, run/walk/dance/skateathon, photobooth, paint/flower/terrarium night and more to raise funds to support the science for understanding epilepsy.

        Gracie Ortwein and her family are in Ottawa today, for Epilepsy Ottawa’s Purple Day Celebration at Ottawa City Hall. They plan to participate in  hand-crafted midway games donated by Ottawa City Woodshop, a beginner-friendly ukulele workshop, a pop up painting party, snacks, and the chance to win a travel voucher from VIA Rail and a family membership to Ottawa’s three National Museums (Canada Science and Technology Museum, Agriculture and Food Museum, and Aviation and Space Museum)! And of course to lend a South Dundas hand in supporting International Epilepsy Awareness Day.

Seaway's saxy suitor steps up to say yes . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 26th - Irene Vero, far right, was in for securing a saxy person to share Seaway's Prom Night and what better locale to present her message than the 4th-game of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Midget Rep Championship series at Winchester on Monday evening. Clever signage works particularly well, especially when displayed over very appealing backgrounds, and the message was clear and aimed. The 'saxy person' being sought was apparently fellow student Jayden Rowe, who just happened to be playing hockey for the North Dundas Demons on this night, and who just happens to play saxophone in Seaway High School's 'Almost Synchronized' jazz group. In spite of losing the game, Rowe came out the big winner overall, agreeing to escort Ms. Vero, one of Seaway's exchange students, to the Prom.

Cleaning up a financial disaster . . .

Monday, Mar. 25th, - Ontario is reforming the electricity system to reduce costs, drive efficiencies and lower electricity rates for medium and large employers. 

  "Our government is building an electricity system that works . . .

      - See more here . . .

It's been 10 years already . . .

Monday, Mar. 26th - Ten years ago, local communities celebrated the official opening of the new and renovated Winchester District Memorial Hospital.  The $60 million project included new services and expanded spaces to support care close to home. 

        - See more here . . .

Junior Senators win Leo Boivin AAA Classic, More than 200 photos have been posted . . .

Sunday, Mar. 24th - Over the past three days Morrisburg's Arena has been jammed with hockey fans the like which hasn't been seen in some 40 years or more. The Leo Boivin Midget AAA Hockey Classic, organized by a huge coordinated effort on the part of the Prescott Minor Hockey organization, drew thousands of people and was eventually won by the Ottawas Junior Senators who topped the Newmarket Redmen late Sunday afternoon. More than 200 action and presentation photos have been posted . . . View all of the high-quality action photographs from the Leo Boivin Classic here . . .

Demons must win, Atom B Lions are out . . .

Monday, Mar. 25th - The North Dundas Demons are now in an all new, one game winner take all playoff game against the CharLan Rebels slated for Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Williamstown. The Demons won their opening two games of the 'first-to-five-points series, one of them on the Rebels home ice. The Rebels then won the next two games, including one tonight at Winchester on a 3-2 score.

        The Atom B House Lions lost their meet in Kemptville tonight as the Panthers posted three consecutive victories to take the series on a 6-2 points score. The Lions had won the first game of the series but gave up their last one on a very close 2-1 score.

        Travelling to Kemptville on Saturday morning the Novice B House Lions scored a 4-2 victory with the 4th game scheduled for Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m..


Celebrating Down Syndrome, Mar. 21st . . .

One-and-a-half-year-old Gavyn Hartle Poirier and his Mom Karie share laughter with the students at St. Mary St. Cecilia on Thursday, Mar. 21st, World Down Syndrome Day. The day of awareness and understanding is celebrated world wide, and in Canada is strongly promoted by the Canadian Sown Syndrome Society. See the notes and photos here . . .

SD's Novice C-1 Lions take championship . . .

The South Dundas Novice C-1 House Lions stole the league title from all the challengers on Friday evening at Kemptville, becoming the first South Dundas team to score an Upper Canada Minor Hockey League 2018-19 Championship.

See the photos and notes here . . .

Wings of summer return for season . . .

Thursday, Mar. 21st - Summer in South Dundas is near a natural wonder to behold and in recent years the Canada Goose population has become the largest group to enjoy it. In the past week hundreds of thousands of the annual visitors have landed and soon will be seeking nesting spots, and the cycle rolls on. The St. Lawrence Seaway opens in a week, the ships will be moving shortly after that official opening and the geese will be leading strings of goslings across the water . . . 

MPP McDonell backing farmers . . .

Thursday, Mar. 21st - Ontario's government is standing up for farmers and fighting the imposition of a job-killing federal carbon tax on the agricultural sector, which would increase the cost of food on tables across Ontario.

Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, stands with Premier Doug Ford, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs . . .         - See more here . . . 

South Dundas will receive funding . . .

Friday, Mar. 22nd - Ontario’s government is working to improve local service delivery and efficiency in the province’s municipalities. On March 20, 2019, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s . . .   - See more here . . .

Opening Leo Boivin tourney packs arena . . .

Wednesday, Mar. 20th - the grand opening of the Leo Boivin Midget AAA tournament is scheduled for tomorrow - but the Ottawa Senators alumni game filled the arena on Wednesday evening with Chris Neil and Spartacat being mobbed for photo ops and autographs - Stay posted and check out all the photos here . . .

Predicting the river's water quality . . .

Wednesday, Mar. 20th - Many of North America’s lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, straddle major sections of the Canada-United States (US) border. In recognition of these shared natural resources, in 1909 Canada and United States signed the Boundary Waters Treaty creating the International Joint Commission (IJC). Here in Cornwall on Wednesday, Apr. 3rd, at 7:00 p.m.                - See more here . . .

New doors open in Iroquois plaza . . .

Wanda and Dave Goodridge specialize in heavy sewing . . .
Wanda and Dave Goodridge specialize in heavy sewing . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - The village of Iroquois is the fortunate recipient of commercial investment as two new businesses have opened their doors in the local plaza. Goodridge Leatherworks opened their doors for business at the west end of the plaza, around the corner form the pizza shop, and Almost Paradise recently opened for business immediately east of the Foodland outlet.  The openings are a positive commercial note for South Dundas.

        Dave and Wanda Goodridge are the owner/operators at the Leatherworks and specialize in 'heavy sewing', which includes leather (purse) straps, belts, boat upholstery, equestrian and working horse tack, shoes, etc. The business also offers repairs to clothing, zippers, heavy materials of near any type, canvass and more.

        "We're accepting the orders here and taking them to our place to do the actual work," says Dave Goodridge, "We have all the equipment in the building at home and that's where we complete the jobs." 

        Taught in the "old school ways"  of working with leather and being creative with his hands, Dave does the "heavy work", adding, "Both my grandfather and my father were upholsterers and I guess they passed it along to me."

        Goodridge Leatherworks is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon thru 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 9:00 a.m. thru noon.

Kelly Keeler and Danielle Mueller are open for business . . .
Kelly Keeler and Danielle Mueller are open for business . . .

Close to the other end of the commercial strip of outlets in the Iroquois Plaza is the recently opened Almost Paradise Esthetics & Tanning, a venture under the direction of Kelly Keeler and Danielle Mueller. These ladies are offering everything available in the line of personal comfort, including mini pedicures (no massage) all the way to the 'Spa' version; manicures, facials, massages and more.

        "We have the full line of personal comfort and fashionable care," Ms. Keelers says, "And we've combined package deals so that everything can be taken care of at a scheduled time and day that fits in comfortably with our clients schedules."

        Almost Paradise also offers tanning packages and a full waxing service,  ensuring that both feeling good and looking good satisfy their clients. Introductions are invited and an Open House is planned for Saturday, April 13th, 2019.

        Almost Paradise Esthetics and Tanning is open 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday inclusive; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Saturdays.

Nominations for innovation awards . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Nominations are open for the 2019 Upper Canada District School Board Trustee Innovation Awards 

        The awards recognize deserving UCDSB employees for work practices that make the school board and its schools . . .     See more here . . .

School Board reviewing the impact . . .


Tuesday, Mar. 18th - On Friday, the Provincial Government announced its plan to modernize classrooms and learning for students across the province. Some of the key elements of that announcement were: a provincial focus on e-learning, new standards for cellphone use in classrooms, increased class sizes at the secondary level, new curriculum for math, further guidelines for the health and physical education curriculum, changes to hiring practices, and additional funding . . .

                                                - See more here . . .


Opening previous gov't. silly padlocks . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - The Ontario government is removing red tape barriers and opening the door for local food in the broader public sector, to make it easier for organizations like colleges, universities, hospitals and municipalities to serve local food.

        Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, today congratulated Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, in Milton. . .    

          - See more here . . .

New hours at House of Lazarus . . .

House of Lazarus . . .
House of Lazarus . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - House of Lazarus is making changes to its store and food bank hours beginning April 1, 2019. 

Hours of operation for both HOL stores and food bank are being increased for client convenience. The stores including HOL Boutique and Mountain Treasures, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

        The food bank will now be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 

         “The decision to change our hours of operation for both our stores and food bank arose in response to staff, client and consumer feedback,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said.

        “The adjusted hours will provide shoppers, donors, and clients with increased access to staff and services. At House of Lazarus, we’re continuously trying to find ways to meet the needs of those in our community and, with that in mind, changing our hours of operation just made sense.” 

        For more information on House of Lazarus, please visit

Ont. unveils ‘Education that Works for You’

Students and parents in Ontario can look forward to stronger math, STEM, and financial literacy curricula, a province-wide ban on cellphones in the classroom and improved skilled trades opportunities, as part of the Government of Ontario's new vision for ‘Education that Works for You.’                - See more here . . .   

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