Local skaters attend competitions . . . .

Tuesday, Feb. 25th - Morrisburg and District Skating Club participants have been travelling to a variety of competitions over the past month and many are accumulating impressive scores and recognition in their various events.

     At the Milto Winterskate n late January Jessica Swerdfeger finished 14th in Star 7 - O12, Flight 1; and 6th in Star 6 Flight 5. Peyton Singh scored a 14th in the Star 5, U13, Flight 5; Lilly Napier a 2nd in Pre-Juvenile U13, Flight 3; Madisyn Hart 2nd, Star O13, Flight 1. (Lilly Napier is a visiting skater rom the Gloucester Skating Club.)

     At the Kanata Love To Skate Competition in early February Morrisburg Club skaters Faith Roberts, Star 1, Gold; Charlotte Barrie, Star 2 Freeskate, Silver; Emma Jane Hess and Hailey Sullivan, Star 2 Freeskate, Gold; Jessica Bowman, Star 2 Freeskate, Bronze.

     Star 2 Individual Elements, Emma Jane Hess, Hailey Sullivan and Jessica Bowman, Silver. Star 2 Team Elements, Charlotte barrie, Silver; Emma Jane Hess. Star 3 FreeSkate, Grace Smail, Gold; Star 3 FreeSkate, Kerri Kelly and Allison Eamon, Silver; Star 4 Team Elements, Abigail Smail, 2nd; Grace Smail, Kerri Kelly and Allison Eamon.

    Star 4 FreeSkate O13, Jessica roves, 1st; Star 4 FreeSkate U13, Abby Smail, 3rd, Flight 3; Grace Morrow, 3rd, Flight 1.

     On the past weekend at the Gloucester Skating Club results included Chloe Napier, Star 2, Flight 1, Silver; Hailey Sullivan, Star 2, Flight 8, Gold; Debbie Milewski, Star 2, Flight 11, Silver; Emma Jane Hess, Star 2, Flight 6, Gold; Charlotte Barrie, Star 2, Gold; Grace Smail, Star 3, Gold; Allison Eamon, Star 3, Silver; Kerri Kelly, Star 4, U13, 7th.

     Abby Smail, Creative Improv 1, Silver level; Grace Morrow, Star 4, Flight 2; Peyton Singh, Star 5, U13, Flight 1, 8th; Abby Smail, Star 5, U13, Flight 1, 11th; Sarah Stewart, Star 5, U13, Flight 2, 10th; Madisyn Hart, Star 5, O13, Flight 2, 5th; Gracie Fairbairn, Star 5, O13, Flight 2, 6th; Jessica Swerdfeger, Star 6, Flight 1, 1st; Jessica Swerdfeger, Star 7, O12, Flight 1, 7th; Lilly Napier, Star 7, U12, 3rd; Lilly Napier, PreJuvenile, U13, 2nd; Lilly Napier/ Josh Dore, Novice Pairs, 1st; Erika Jordan, Star 9, O14, 11th; Erika Jordan, Gold, 7th.

(Lilly Napier and Josh Dore are visiting skaters from the Gloucesteer Skating Club.)

Locals take "Big 4 Competition" . . .

A Division Championship Winners of the "Big 4" include Skip, Rowan McCooeye; Third, Trevor Backes; Second, Devin Roberts; Lead, Brodie Roberts               - photo provided, Joe McCooeye


The Saturday, Feb. 22nd - Rowan McCooeye's Morrisburg-1 entry in the Annual Big 4 Bonspiel, a tournament involving  teams representing Morrisburg, Metcalfe, Russell, and Winchester Curling Clubs scored the eventual A Championship following preliminary rounds throughout the day. Each club was invited to send two teams to the event. The Morrisburg Curling Club  hosted the bonspiel that drew an enthusiastic following to the local club, announcing once again that Little Rocks curling is on the rise in popularity with the younger crowd.

     McCooeye’s rink scored the championship after defeating the Morrisburg-2 team, skipped by William Gibbons, in the final game on a 4-1 score.  Team McCooeye opened the day by topping Winchester 1 by a score of 4-2. Moving on to their second match they topped the team out of Russell by a like 4-1 score, advancing to the A Championship.

     Team Gibbons opened their run at the hardware with a win over team Russell 2, and followed that up with a victory over Winchester. Skip Gibbons entry included lead Michael Millward and third Peyton Caron.

     The two Morrisburg squads then clashed in a very tight final game. After each team recorded a point in the first two ends, McCooeye made a remarkable take out, guiding his rock through a small port and sticking around to score 2 in the third end. The shot gave McCooeye a 3-1 lead.

     In the final end Morrisburg-2's Peyton Caron and Gibbons each made great draws to lie two, but McCooeye then raised one of his own rocks into the four foot, lying one. Gibbons attempted to chip McCooeye's scoring rock out of contention with his final shot but unfortunately this time, he came up empty. 

Moose tags applications moving from draw to points based system to be 'fair' . . .

Tuesday, Feb. 25th - The Ontario government has announced it is taking action to improve the system for moose harvest management and ensure a sustainable moose population.

     “We’re taking a smarter approach to moose harvest management to make moose hunting more fair and more accessible while ensuring the sustainability of the moose population,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Our government recognizes the importance of moose hunting to Ontario families and communities.”

     The changes were informed through consultation with the Big Game and Management Advisory Committee (BGMAC) and include:

   •  further restrictions on calf hunting so more calves have a better chance of reaching adulthood

   •  moving from a draw to a points-based system that will give preference to applicants who have been unsuccessful in getting a tag for the greatest number of years

   •  fee restructuring for licences and tags 

Ontario will continue to conduct moose aerial inventory surveys in specific areas each winter, which will help estimate moose population status and trends to ensure continued sustainability of moose in the province.

      “We know a healthy and sustainable moose population is critical to support continued hunting opportunities for generations to come,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “Decisions on moose hunting are based on what we know of the current population numbers to ensure sustainability across the province.”

     “We are pleased to see the government moving forward with changes to Ontario’s moose management program,” said John Kaplanis, Chair of BGMAC. “We feel the changes will strengthen moose harvest management in Ontario and provide latitude to adapt to the variety of challenges that are inherent in moose management. We look forward to continuing our work with the government and providing valuable advice to the Minister on the management of big game in Ontario.”

Speeding up municipal approvals . . .

Tuesday, Feb. 25th - The provincial government is providing funding to help Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry modernize service delivery including ways to speed up the process for approving new housing and commercial developments. The funding is provided through the Municipal Modernization Program  . . .        - See more here . . .

Sponsored education programs . . .

Friday, Feb. 21st - The Winchester District Memorial Hospitalis committed to helping local communities stay healthy. The hospital recently announced two new community education programs being offered interested parties. 

     “We want patients and families to be partners in their care,” explains Cholly Boland,  CEO. “These education sessions are one way that we connect with our local communities and share important preventative health care information.”

     The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and the hospital will present a six-week programs for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease intended to help patients and family members better manage this condition. To register, please call 613-774-2422 ext. 6352.

     A second six-week program offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers.  Adult caregivers will be provided valuable tools on reducing stress, making tough decisions, and developing strategies to put health back in the hands of patients. This program will be offered for the first time in Winchester by WDMH, the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and Living Healthy Champlain. To register, please call 613-774-2422 ext. 6352.

Funding applications now invited . . .

Friday, Feb. 21st - The Municipality of South Dundas’ Community Improvement Plan Program is accepting applications to be submitted is March 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm. This community initiative program works towards improving the existing commercial industry. The plan offers eligible applicants the opportunity to access funding (grants and/or loans) to improve commercial buildings located in the Municipality of South Dundas.

     “The CIP program works towards stimulating private investment and improving our business community,” said Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer. “We are excited to continue the program.”

More help for the beef farmers . . .

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, - The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the province’s beef sector grow and develop new markets by investing up to $2 million in projects that enhance operations at provincially licensed abattoirs. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the governments are providing cost-share funding to provincially licensed abattoirs . . .       -  See more here . . .

Glengarry High wins curling bronze . . .

Thursday, Feb. 20th – The boys’ team from Glengarry District High School (GDHS) won the bronze medals at the Ontario School Curling Provincial Championships, held in Chatham, Ont. earlier this week with the Carleton Place High School (CPHS) boys’ curling team winning the silver medals.       - See more here . . .

Support for surgical team  at WDMH . . .

Thursday, Feb. 20th - Every year, there are more than 4,700 surgeries at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. For each patient’s procedure, specialized equipment ensures the surgeons have the best tools in hand.

     Backed by generous donors, the WDMH Foundation has funded three new pieces of equipment for the OR – a new camera head, a second glidescope, and an image guidance system. The total cost of the equipment is $66,414.75. 

     “We are so grateful to our donors,” says Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “New equipment such as this helps to improve efficiencies and offer more services close to home.” 

     The camera head is used to see inside a patient’s body during laparoscopic surgery. The original camera head was broken and needed to be replaced. 

     The glidescope is used to secure a patient’s airway and manage their breathing. The anesthetist then has a clear view to safely intubate a patient. 

     The image guidance system helps ear, nose and throat surgeons navigate the sinuses during surgery. This instrument has a tracking chip for each patient and allows the surgeon to guide the procedure on a monitor. 

     Casselman explains the importance and impact of these donations, “Many people are surprised to learn that the provincial government does not fund the purchase of medical equipment for Ontario hospitals. To help ensure that WDMH has the right tools to provide excellent health care for our patients, the Foundation works with donors who care about WDMH and who want to make an impact. And we want to say thank you!” 

Grades one & two students building and programming sound peripherals . . .

Students at St. Mary-St. Cecilia Separate School show off their pizza box sound and learning peripherals that they built, engineered sound and activation techniques and presented to their fellow students . . 


Wednesday, Feb. 19th - Grades one and two students attending St. Mary-St. Cecilia Separate School made presentations to their fellow students and visitors on Wednesday afternoon, explaining how they had taken a used pizza box, from those boxes constructed and decorated visual peripherals with drawings of their favorite animals; researched, created, and using Makey-makey recorded and installed fact sound bites about those animals on their lap-tops; and added four tiny, touch sensitive, tin foil covered cups cut into the animal drawings.

     “See that red wire going into my laptop,” we’re informed by Griffin, who is the designated Chief Engineer. “It goes under the pizza top and it’s connected to a circuit board thing that we aren’t supposed to open.” He peers over his shoulder as if he looking for the class instructor, in case the top just pops open or something.

     “I only recorded one of the sound bites because I don’t like my voice on a recording. It’s too squeaky.” explains MacKinnon, also a Chief Engineer on the project.

     “That’s why my voice is on three sound bites,” inserts Griffin, “Cuz we’re both the same.”

     The visiting students attending the presentation were encouraged to wear a headphone set and touch a cup with a plastic, tin foil wrapped set of tongs. Each listener touching one of the four cups triggered a new sound fact to the headphones about the animal drawn on the cover.

     All of it created by grades one and two students.

     So creative and so successful is this learning venture at St. Mary-St. Cecilia that those students involved, Grades one and two students, are beaming with pride, and literally astound listeners with well understood, advanced technical information, (especially at this age) while showing and explaining their creations.