Early morning sunshine on calm water for the visitors in our bay over night. We did see the boat drop anchor, but we did not see a movement all evening. Snapped this photo around 6:30-7:00 a.m. and then they were on their way again . . .
Upper Canada Playhouse Box Office opens Monday, Aug. 16th for phone, email and in-person bookings. The again on Tuesday, Aug. 17th for online bookings.
Originally plans were to open the Box Office on Aug. 9th, but a delay of one week has been set in anticipation of the possibility of being able to offer more available seats to our loyal patrons. And that's worth waiting for!!
The Playhouse is back with five sensational shows running Sept. 7th to Dec. 19th inclusive. Be part of it!!
Rijke's farm garden produce is fresh picked, clean, colourful, comes with 'cooking and keeping fresh' suggestions, and is local! The beets, roasted, then tossed in the finest bit of butter, s&p and a fine drizzle of olive oil are delicious. The fresh herbs are a God send, the tomatoes are ready, topped bocconcini and we'll sprinkle them with Rijke's fresh picked basil. Some new potatoes, zucchini, cukes, broccoli, and more. And the cut flowers are an excellent addition to last minute shopping and a happy evening . . .
This welcome operation opened in the past few weeks next door (behind) to the lone community fuel station in neighbouring Cardinal. Originally operated in Iroquois as Cheryl's Chip Wagon, following a sale of the Iroquois property and two season's of very limited operation due to the recent pandemic, the unit was sold to Wendy McDonald and relocated to Cardinal. We once touted Cheryl's fries as the Best in South Dundas. Wen'dees just might have some of the best fries in Grenville/Dundas. You might want to turn in and try a bite . . .
When you need a bit of alone time, no drama, no color, and you have
a secluded spot to sit, be the king of the castle,
and ponder the moment . . . you may wish to visit South Dundas.
We are all about pondering the moment . . .
Lifelong and widely well known residents of Morrisburg, Bill and Dallas Jarvis will be celebrating 63 years of marriage on Monday, July 26th. It was 63 years ago on that date the lovestruck couple walked down the aisle of St. James Anglican Church on High Street as a bride and groom to exchange vows, following which Bill whisked Dallas off to Niagara Falls to celebrate.
The Jarvis family has grown some over those 63 years, to include three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Our very best and most sincere wishes to Bill and Dallas on this very special occasion . . .
The CSH St-Laurent moves into sight as she passes Broder Island at South Dundas . . .
The CSL St-Laurent was the final Trillium Class bulk carrier to join the Canada Steamship Lines fleet. She appeared on the Great Lakes for the first time in April 2015. The vessel was built in 2014 by the Yangfan Group Ltd., Zhejiang East Coast Shipyard, Zhoushan, China. The 740-foot long by 78-foot wide bulk carrier was registered at 22,597 gross tons and able to carry 36,100 tons deadweight. The ship is powered by IMO Tier II-compliant engines.
CSL St-Laurent was launched on Jan. 25th, 2014, and the naming ceremony was held on April 24th, 2014. Final preparations on readying the hull for service were completed in the months ahead. The voyage to Canada began on Dec. 13th, 2014, as CSL St-Laurent cleared the builder's yard and headed through East China Sea and across the Pacific before arriving at the Balboa entrance to the Panama Canal on Jan. 25, 2015.
As with all of the Trillium Class vessels, CSL St-Laurent is equipped with the latest environmental and safety technologies. She uses less fuel, reduces emissions significantly, and provides overall operational efficiency to the benefit of customers and the environment alike.
The Kanata Cubs pounded home 10 runs on 14 hits on Monday evening at Morrisburg's Legion Ball Park bouncing the Seaway Surge's U13 squad on a 10-3 score. C. Spooner gave up two runs on two hits and M. McCurdy stole the show giving up one run on five hits for the victory. For the Surge C. Gill pitched four innings and allowed four runs, M. Lewis dropped six runs on two innings pitched and R. McCooeye fired a single inning blanking the opposition.
The Surge returns to their home field on Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Seaway Surge's U18 Baseball Rep team hosted the Kingston Thunder on Sunday afternoon at the Legion Ball Fields in Morrisburg's Waterfront Park and after nine innings recorded a 7-3 victory. Simon Piche fired a tight first four innings building a 3-2 lead. Ben Lapier went too the mound for the last five innings scoring a 7-3 win for the home team.
Expecting this to be the last round of blooming Lillies for the season. All of these beautifully coloured blooms were captured in a single garden . . . one of the most colourful we've come across . . .
We had posted this photo of a Merlin a week or two past when we caught him/her enjoying lunch in our back yard. We've been watching the family of five ever since. They have virtually removed all of the bird calls and singing in the immediate neighborhood, and on occasion get extremely aggressive about where one is working around the garden. As a peace offering (?) or possibly a lunch invite (?) they are now leaving items from their daily menu here and there, and along the windowsills. The gift in the photo below provided Sonja, who with sleep still in her eyesight was startled when opening the morning curtains. That provided a chirp of different sound . . .
As provinces relaxed regulations governing inter-provincial travel last week we jumped at the opportunity to visit our favourite eatery, Edgar in Gatineau, on Saturday where an interesting twist for a sausage on a bun was sampled. And it was no surprise that the always 'over the top flavour and culinary creativity' was intact at tis find. Edgar, extremely popular with the foodie crowd, has undergone constant change since the Covid pandemic began, while continuing to make improvements in customer accommodation and service. A new, expanded patio area was a welcome reprieve, especially out of blistering sun on Saturday. The sausage creation, on the menu titled as a 'Chicago Sausage on a Bun', was presented on an in-house demi-bagette, stuffed with a beef sausage, roasted tomatoes, strong red and yellow peppers, chopped onion, in-house sweet pickles and healthy slathering of yellow mustard. Perfectly delicious . . .
Sunday, July 18th - Shawn Stephenson of Brockville won the Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace Lottery jackpot on Sunday, afternoon when Envelope # 4 was drawn, and revealed the elusive Ace of Spades. Sean was awarded the $666,937.50 jackpot along with the weekly win of $51,529.00, for a grand total prize of $718,466.50! There were 3 envelopes left in the draw bin.
On behalf of the entire Kin Club of Russell, six very worthy charities; Breast Cancer Action (Ottawa), Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Osgoode Care Centre, Russell Minor Hockey Association, Valoris Foundation and Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation, and everyone else involved, a very sincere thank you and gratitude for your unwavering support. Thanks to your generosity, together we have raised $972,000.00 to split amongst these great charities! We couldn’t have done it without you!
For full details, ongoing updates, and rules of play, visit www.kinclubofrussell.ca.
Monday,July 19th - Ontario is moving forward with its ambitious plan to bring high-speed internet to all communities across the province. Ontario announced in March its bold commitment of nearly $4 billion to connect every region to high-speed internet by the end of 2025.
This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history. It also includes working with the federal government to ensure everyone is connected across the province.
As part of its plan, Ontario also announced a new innovative procurement process to help connect underserved and unserved communities.
“Our government is bringing high-speed internet access to all Ontarians,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure.
“This historic nearly $4 billion investment means every home, community and area in Ontario will have access to high-speed internet. Our new procurement approach and transformative investments will help ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to accessing our digital world. No matter where you live, you will have access to reliable, high-speed internet to work, learn, start a business, access vital services like health care, and connect with family and friends.”
Infrastructure Ontario will lead the procurement process that will begin this summer. This transparent and competitive process will enable Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to bid for provincial support through a series of reverse auction events for defined geographic areas, and based on requirements for high-speed internet infrastructure deployment.
“We are helping to connect businesses, individuals and families
to reliable broadband services by building better infrastructure
which will strengthen communities like the riding of
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, as we prepare for the future.”
- Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.
This approach builds on Ontario’s existing initiatives to expand high-speed internet in communities across the province, many of which are already connecting homes and businesses today. Ontario is now one of the few jurisdictions in Canada with its own comprehensive and proactive plan to achieve full connectivity. Over the coming weeks, the Province plans on announcing more projects to bring connectivity to communities throughout the province, along with additional details on how it will help ensure every region in Ontario has access to high-speed internet.
High-speed internet is critical for access to vital services like health care, education, employment and justice, while increasing economic and entrepreneurial opportunity for everyone. The Province’s investment is part of the 2021 Budget.
• As many as 700,000 households in Ontario lack access to high-speed internet or have no internet connection at all.
• Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan is already providing internet and cellular access to homes and businesses in communities across Ontario.
• The Ontario government is also helping to speed up construction of broadband projects by successfully introducing the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 earlier this Spring.
• Last year, the Province launched the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, a multi-year program that aims to support high-speed internet and cellular projects. The Province is expecting to announce approved projects soon.
• The Province has invested in initiatives to improve connectivity across Eastern and Southwestern Ontario. It has also invested in high-speed internet projects in rural and Northern communities through other initiatives, such as the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Next Generation Network Program.
• Expanding access to high-speed internet is part of Ontario Onwards: Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government , which includes more than 30 projects that are changing the way people and businesses interact with government.
A Sign of the Times!
It’ll soon be time to laugh and sing again! Upper Canada Playhouse is re-opening September 7th, with five dynamite shows to chase the blues away! Our season of entertaining live theatre and music will be announced soon and the Box Office will open in a couple of weeks! Watch for it.
The Playhouse Experience is back! Be part of it!
Big shout out of thanks to our MP Eric Duncan for his seemingly unending thoughtfulness in regard to all of his constituents. MP Duncan packaged tourism promotional materials that cover all of his riding of Stormont, Dundas & South Glengarry, and had them delivered by Canada Post to home addresses. All were accompanied by a note from Eric suggesting that we all consider a "Staycation!" in and around own own communities.
That's a political message we can all live with . . . .
Run Sean Run . . .
Many may know Sean Burnett as a Registered Nurse and Team Leader at WDMH, but he’s also a Lumberjack! Throughout the month of May, Sean participated in the Ottawa Race Weekend virtual event, raising funds for the WDMH Foundation and awareness about the impact of cancer. He completed 2K, 5K, 10K and 50K runs.
Recently, Sean presented a cheque for $4,120 to the WDMH Foundation, pointing out that he was most grateful to everyone for their support.
“I realize running a few kilometres and raising a few bucks is not going to cure cancer. Maybe though it will buy a comfortable chair for someone to sit in while they receive their chemotherapy, maybe it will go towards a new x-ray machine that will help make faster more reliable diagnoses or maybe it will go towards providing education for nurses in palliative care so that they may provide comfort when it is needed most.”
“We knew Sean was up for the challenge and the results speak for themselves,” announced Cindy Ault Peters, Manager of Direct Mail and Events at the WDMH Foundation.
“WDMH has an amazing team and Sean is one of the best.”
Seeing the impact . . .
Once again, the Winchester Lions Club has positively impacted the Ophthalmology department at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). Recently, the Lions Club provided a $2,000 gift to the WDMH Foundation’s Ophthalmology Fund. The donation will be used to fund the next piece of required equipment.
“The Winchester Lions are proud to be the Knights of the Blind and to support our great hospital in providing vision-related health care,” noted the Lions Club Executive. WDMH was chosen as a beneficiary for the Club’s ‘year-end’ giving list.
“We are so grateful to the Winchester Lions for their help in ensuring that eye care services and surgeries are available close to home,” added Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman. “This industrious group has donated $150,243 to WDMH and we are very thankful as this specialized equipment can be very expensive.”
Most recently, the local Lions Clubs helped to purchase a new microscope that is used for cataract and strabismus eye surgeries. It acts as a very high intense magnification that the eye surgeon looks through at the same time as performing the surgery. The new microscope cost $94,731.21.
Happy Canada Day Barbara . . .
July 1st was a day to celebrate for Barbara Sandilands, the first prize winner of the Sisters for Life Raffle in support of the WDMH Foundation. Barbara took home $1,000! The second prize of $300 went to George and Clara Edwardson. Sarah Cecereu won the $200 third prize.
Patients at WDMH were also winners! In all, $1,065 was raised for the Foundation’s Digital Mammography Fund. On July 7th, S4L team member Susan Casselman stopped by to present a cheque.
“This group continues to amaze us,” says Cindy Peters, Manager of Direct Mail & Events. “They never stop coming up with new ideas on how to raise funds for health care close to home. We are so grateful for their ongoing support.”
The raffle is the first of a number of fundraisers being organized by the Sisters for Life in support of WDMH in the coming months. Stay tuned to their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/438918486242509 - for details on more ways to get involved!
Sunday, July 4th - McHaffie's Flea Market and the Williamsburg Country Market opened for business on Sunday and the response was strong, business was steady and everyone was out sharing smiles and greetings. The overflow of vendors at McHaffie's were doing a thriving business in the parking lot and a diversified mix at Williamsburg was offering everything from food to leather goods, fresh garden vegetables to hand-made bead jewellery . . . both markets will be open again this coming weekend as will the Iroquois Saturday morning market in the Iroquois Plaza parking lot, and the Rutabaga Ranch at 10842 Kirker Rd., Brinston . . .