St Mary St Cecilia graduates honoured . . .

Catherine Dwyer and Bridget Van Der Zweep presented each of the St. Mary - St. Cecilia graduates with gifts on behalf of the Catholic Women's League at the school's graduation ceremonies on Thursday evening . . .


Thursday, June 20th - Grade 8 graduates at Morrisburg's St. Mary St. Cecilia Catholic School walked to the stage to receive diplomas in front of a packed gymnasium on Thursday evening. Brenna McCooeye was among many of the students who returned to receive honors more than once during the ceremonies, receiving individual honors for excellence in various programs. Brenna was awarded the school's Outstanding Graduate honor of 2024.

Principal – Erin Merkley presents Outstanding Graduate Award to Brenna McCooeye . . .
Principal – Erin Merkley presents Outstanding Graduate Award to Brenna McCooeye . . .

Individual Grade 8 Awards included

Math Award - Will MacPherson / Halle VanBeilen

English Award - Leila Cassell / Brenna McCooeye

Science Award - Harrison Bland / Aurora Walker 

History/Geography Award - Brenna McCooeye / James McIlwee 

French Award - Trinity Beckstead / Keagan Sadler 

Arts Award - Grayson Casselman / Vienna Inderbitzin 

Top Male Athlete - Grayson Casselman

Top Female Athlete - Halle VanBeilen

Sister Mary Jane Leonard Award - Haydyn Nelson-Quibell 

Catholic School Council Award - Kassidy Chretien 

Christian Leadership Award - John McCann/Daymon Julien 

Peter VanMoorsel Award - Harrison Bland

Outstanding Graduate - Brenna McCooeye

Approaching 100 years and three locations . . .

Emard Lumber celebrates opening . . .

Every once in a while the gals at Emard Lumber have to step in and get the job done.

Even if it is keeping the barbecue hopping to serve a smiling number of guests who attended the

official opening and ribbon cutting at another one of South Dundas' newest businesses . . . 


        An open invitation drew a large crowd to Morrisburg's new Emard Lumber location to take part in the official opening. Guests were treated to a barbecue lunch 0n Thursday, tours of the beautifully updated and modern facility, and a 'get to know gathering'. The expanded showroom and staff offer a wonderful example of Emard's well known and friendly service. As on best said on leaving the store, "These people know how to put fresh lipstick on South Dundas' newest face!"

        The on going invitation is to find any of your design and construction needs at Emard Lumber. The doors are open!!

South Dundas' municipal staff showed up for Emard's Grand Opening lunch, and all left showing off smiles . . .

Tim Horton's Smile Cookie campaign . . .

Cookies add $10,000 + to Dundas Manor . . .

Celebrating this year’s Smile Cookie campaign are Baker Barb Levesque, Baker Lynn Ross and wner Brandon Byers
Celebrating this year’s Smile Cookie campaign are Baker Barb Levesque, Baker Lynn Ross and wner Brandon Byers

Tuesday, June 18th - This year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign brightened many faces - including the residents at Dundas Manor Long-Term Care Home in Winchester. After all the smile cookies had been gobbled up, $10,309.09 had been raised. Smile Cookie sale proceeds from the two restaurants in Winchester were designated for the WDMH Foundation in support of the new Dundas Manor.

        Franchise owner, Brandon Byers, announcing "It’s all about the community. Our sincere thanks to the guests who made this happen. The Smile Cookies campaign is a great opportunity for community to help community – everybody wins!”.

        “We loved being there to help decorate the cookies and see everyone’s smiles!" added Campaign Assistant Cindy Ault Peters, "Thanks to Brandon and his team for this wonderful support.” 

        The expansion at Dundas Manor will more than double the size of the current home. Thirty additional residents will be welcomed. 

        For more details about the Dundas Manor campaign, please visit

Safavieh Home Furnishings distribution centre . . .

Huge industrial park project underway . . .

Tuesday, June 18th - South Dundas' newest industry, Safavieh Warehouse, is under construction in Morrisburg's Industrial Park, where a 500,000 square foot warehouse and distribution location is being built. Safavieh Home Furnishings purchased the large parcel of land in December of 2022 and is building their 20-bay warehouse on the eastern portion to front Campbell Street and Prospect Road.

        A sign currently on the property is offering Warehouse Space for Lease. Contacts are Scott Brooker and Neil Mason at 613-236-7777.

Ground breaking: expansion, Morris Glen . . .

Monday, June 17th - Members of South Dundas Council and representatives of DC&F Corporation were on hand today at Morrisburg Glen Court for a long anticipated groundbreaking ceremony. Construction of additional affordable housing units has officially started.

        "On behalf of Council and staff, a thank you goes to DC&F Corp. for leadership and dedication to this project." pointed out Tia Fraser-Dupuis, Acting Economic Development & Communications Officer, who added, "We are extremely proud of this project, and aware of the importance of additional affordable housing in our community. 

        The project plans include  a 2025 'move-in date' for the seven 2-bedroom units, of which five are barrier free. 

        Included in the above photo Deputy Mayor St. Pierre, SDG Warden MacDonald, Mayor Broad, Joe Bartolo, Tommy Saleh, Mike Saleh, Walter Halaseh.                                                                  - Photo provided by Municipality of South Dundas

OPP rounds up impaired drivers . . .

North Stormont - The Stormont Dundas & Glengarry  Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has charged three motorists with impaired driving. 

        On June 16, 2024, shortly after 1:00 a.m., SD&G officers responded to a wrong way vehicle in the eastbound lanes on highway 401 in the South Glengarry Township. Further Investigation led to the driver being arrested.       

Joseph, FONGANGTATCHOUOP aged 29, of Cornwall, was charged with:

           •  Operation while impaired - alcohol

           • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

           • Novice driver - B.A.C. above zero

           • Drive wrong way - divided highway.

           • Dangerous operation

           • Class G1 licence holder - unaccompanied by qualified driver

           • Class G1 licence holder - drive at unlawful hour

           • Class G1 licence holder - drive on prohibited highway

           • Driver fail to surrender licence

        The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria on July 3, 2024.

Glengarry Township - On June 16, 2024, shortly after 4:30 a.m., SD&G officers responded to a single vehicle collision on highway 417 in North Glengarry Township.     

Claude, KAZIRUKANYO aged 37, of Chateauguay Quebec, was charged with:

           • Operation while impaired - alcohol

           • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

        The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria on July 3, 2024.

South Stormont Township - On June 15, 2024, shortly before 4:00 a.m., SD&G officers stopped a vehicle for speeding on highway 138 in South Stormont Township. Further Investigation led to the driver being arrested. 

Jessyka RZEZNIK aged 22, of Laval Quebec, was charged with:

           • Speeding 1 - 49 Km/h over posted limit

           • Driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor

           • Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available

        The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.

North Dundas - On June 14, 2024, shortly after 9:30 p.m., SD&G officers received information from a concerned citizen in regard a possible impaired driver. The vehicle was located on Bank Street in the North Dundas township.

Sonya FRANCIS aged 53, of North Dundas was charged with:

           • Operation while impaired - alcohol

           • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

        The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on July 2, 2024.

Morning light is beautiful this morning . . .

Iroquois Matilda Lions St. Patrick's Murder Mystery . . .

$4,000 boost to Dundas Manor totals . . .

Tuesday, June 18th - Recently, the Iroquois-Matilda Lions signed a giant cheque for $4,000 to the WDMH Foundation in support of the new Dundas Manor. They made a similar donation to the House of Lazarus backpack program.

        "Lions are all about kindness! ‘We serve’ isn't just a catchy motto, it's the core of our existence,” explains Lion Maureen Mulcair, “We're a team that believes a little love can go a long way. We're super excited about the new Dundas Manor - it's the perfect way to keep families together and bring a smile to our community!"

        Campaign Assistant Cindy Ault Peters offered, “Thank you to Maureen and her team for organizing this event, It was a fun evening and we are so grateful for everyone’s support of this essential community project!”

       Details arecavailable at For more details about the Dundas Manor campaign, please visit

Sunday, the day of rest and nourishment.

Half of that is correct should you be the chef of the day.

Actually, it is a rare day that we seldom see, when there is NOT a meal

as above gracing our dining room table on Sunday. And, as always,

the menu more normally than not includes our favourite recipes.

This chicken dish is created with instructions from Thomas Keller's Bouchon

collection, "Roasted Chicken";  and Ryan Lister's Chicken jus recipe here: 


The spaghetti squash, the second last of our 2023 harvest, is generously painted

(inside) with olive oil,  and oven roasted. The cocktail tomatoes and asparagus tossed in olive oil

to coat, generously sprinkled with salt and pepper and placed in a pan on the same rack as

the chicken (careful-can over cook quickly). Some airy French bread for soaking up the jus is

a must, and that bottle of 2021 Saint Emilion Reserve perfectly finishes every bite.

Playhouse Summer Comedy Season . . .

Perfect Wedding a wild ride of laughter . . .

Monday, June 3rd - Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Playhouse kicks off its flagship summer theatre season with the hilarious comedy Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon running June 6th through 30th. The moment the lights come up on this popular crowd-pleaser, audiences are taken on a wild ride of laughter as six characters struggle to pull off a wedding gone wrong. And what better time to stage this hysterical comedy than the month of June when brides walk down the aisle and families and friends gather to celebrate the Big Day.

        Except this time the ceremony doesn’t go as planned. Far from it.

        For starters the groom wakes up in the rented honeymoon suite the morning of the wedding to find a strange girl in bed beside him. What’s more, neither one knows who the other is. Hysterical chaos ensues when the bride arrives, the best man covers for the groom and pretends to be the strange girl’s boyfriend. Then the best man’s real girlfriend arrives and the chambermaid is coaxed into pretending to be everyone’s girlfriend.

       By the time the mother of the bride arrives the honeymoon suite is bedlam. Disaster for the wedding party but fun for us.        

        This lighthearted romp is a welcome antidote to the trials and tribulations of the day and a great opportunity to share a entertaining live theatre experience.

       Director Donnie Bowes has assembled a stellar cast of actors for this hilarious season opener many of whom are new to Playhouse audiences.  

        "Our actors come from all parts of the country and have impressive resumes from performances at major professional theatres as well as television and motion picture work," remarks Bowes, "It’s always a pleasure to treat our audiences to the talent they bring to our productions."

        Perfect Wedding features audience favourite AnnaMarie Lea last seen in last season’s hit comedy Drinking Alone. Lea is producing director of Alberta’s Cow Patti Dinner Theatre and has appeared in countless Playhouse productions such as Cemetery Club, Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby and Steel Magnolias. Bowes often directs at Lea’s Alberta theatre and welcomes her back to The Playhouse and her fans! Debbie Collins, previously seen at The Playhouse in Doris and Ivy in the Home and Where You Are, has appeared at the Stirling Festival Theatre, Orillia Opera House and Theatre Orangeville where she recently premiered her Christmas panto Cinderella..If The Shoe Fits. 

        The Playhouse is also excited to showcase new faces on its stage. Kelly van der Burg has performed for such theatres as Drayton Entertainment and Theatre Aquarius and has extensive television appearances in Heartland, Frankie Drake and Borje: The Journey of a Legend. Ryan Sheedy can be seen in the recurring role of Constable Evans in Season 16 of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries and Alexandra Brynn has appeared at such major theatres as Citadel Theatre and Arts Club Theatre as well as the US/UK National Tour of The Hollywood Special Effects Show.

        Perfect Wedding also features set and lighting design by Sean Free, costume design by Alex Amini and scenic painting by John Thompson.


Perfect Wedding runs Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 30th.

Shows Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. at 2:00 pm

Thu., Fri., Sat. at 7:30 pm


613-543-3713 or 877-550-3650

Working with early morning light . . .

Have always felt challenged shooting photos in the 'first light' of the day.

We've taken a few years to attain the results we've posted here, and were fortunate to have

the support of horticulturists like Ms Peggy Leroy who has allowed us the opportunity

to visit her flowering creations for these captures in the early morning hours.

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