Friday, Jan. 19th - The Matilda Winter Carnival opened with a welcoming address from South Dundas’ Deputy-reeve Jim Locke at Brinston’s Matilda Hall on Friday evening, followed by a local talent show. The Optimist’s sponsored event drew a strong following in light of the limited number of entrants at this year’s show, all of whom enjoyed the entertainment and the snacks.
Aurora Wilson & Company opened the evening with a magic act which not only garnered 2nd-place but drew resounding applause. Jayden Dempsey and Nick Carrothers working as a duo, entertained with a dance routine that had the audience bouncing in their seats. The dance drew a 3rd-place finish in judging.
Jessica and Mateja opened their vocal number with a bit of sound difficulty, but quickly rebounded to draw the audience in to some wonderful singing. Nick Howard was the final performer of the evening and performed an instrumental at the piano, recognized by all three judges as “ . . . just beautiful.” And worthy of a 1st-place.
The Winter Carnival continues all day Saturday with a Car Rally, musical performance by Wreckless, a ham and scalloped potatoes supper and a Saturday evening dance with Eddie and the Stingrays. On Sunday there will be a Pancake Breakfast, Children’s Event, Outdoor Skating and Games at the Brinston rink and an Ecumenical Service. All events are scheduled for Matilda Hall unless otherwise indicated. And everyone will be made welcome.
Enjoy the photos . . .
After making several trades and acquisitions (including local players) the Junior C Lions met two of the leagues top teams and came away with victory points, including in the game pictured above in which the Lions whipped the 2nd-place Gatineau-Hull Volant. The Lions have gone three games without a loss and this weekend meet two more playoff contenders on home ice at Morrisburg Arena, including the South Grenville Rangers (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) and the Vankleek Hill Cougars (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.). See more photos and notes here . . .
Students at St. Mary-St. Cecilia Separate School in Morrisburg literally jumped on the opportunity to take part in the annual "Jump Rope for Hearts" fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 19th, when local co-ordinator Lynn Kenney delivered a presentation at the weekly assembly, urging them to get involved. Local residents are encouraged to support this fundraiser for many reasons, or more specifically for the reason one of the very young, somewhat shy students offered, "It's about like helping kids like who have heart problems!" That pretty much says it all . . .
As Chief of Emergency Department at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Crystal Doyle knows a bit about handling a crisis. But she says a lot of her multi-tasking training has happened at home – looking after her four kids under the age of 11. “Things are always a bit crazy, especially when I’m coaching baseball,” Dr. Doyle laughs. “Now I have three kids in hockey.”
Dr. Doyle has been Chief of Emergency for about a year. Her family moved to Greely three years ago from the east coast where she completed medical school in Halifax. She did her residency in Kingston.
“I chose Winchester Hospital because of the sense of community,” Dr. Doyle says. “It’s a nice place to work and the nursing team has makes me feel more like family.”
In her new role, Dr. Doyle has been instrumental in supporting several projects to help improve care: “We want to improve processes, so we can treat patients as quickly as possible and reduce the number of patients who may need to return to the Emergency.”
Another major challenge that all staff are working to address is wait times. There were close to 24,000 visits to the WDMH Emergency last year and wait times vary, can change quickly, depending on arrivals and needs.
Every Emergency patient is assessed by a Registered Nurse who is trained to triage on a nationally standardized scale of one to five. Patients that are classified as one and two usually go straight inside for a more thorough examination.
“The wait time may change if patients with more urgent needs arrive,” explains Dr. Doyle. “There are times it seems like other patients are being treated first, and that is because their needs require sooner action. We appreciate everyone being a patient patient.”
Monday, Jan. 15th - On Saturday, Feb. 10, Community Food Share is hosting its 2nd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church, noon thru 2:00 pm. Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement to end hunger.
This unique fundraising event allows participating artists and groups to create and donate handcrafted bowls and then serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, one hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens.
Tickets for this edition of Empty Bowls are $25 each. The lunch will include soup, bread and refreshments all donated by local caterers and bakeries. The ceramic soup bowls have been individually created and donated by over a dozen potters from our community. Musical Entertainment will be provided by Kayla Droppo on the piano. All proceeds will go to support Community Food Share.
‘Last year’s event sold out very quickly,’ said Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie. ‘I anticipate that the tickets for this year’s Empty Bowls will snapped up just as fast. We are very fortunate that Debbie Gilmer and her team of potters were able to create 150 hand-crafted bowls which allows us to sell 20 more tickets than last year.’
‘We hope to raise even more funds this year,’ added McKelvie, with ScotiaBank in Morrisburg and Chesterville selling tickets on our behalf and providing matching funds for ticket sales at those branches.’
Tickets for Empty Bowls 2018 will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17th, at Cup of Jo’s in Winchester and at ScotiaBank in Chesterville and Morrisburg.
For more details: communityfoodshare.ca OR call 613-898-0781.
Isabelle Delage and Bob Ruddock from Tilted Steeple Productions recently presented Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie with a cheque for $2,149.88. The monies were raised at the West Island Youth Orchestra and Kingston Youth Choir performance to a sold out audience at St James Anglican Church on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The concert was presented by Tilted Steeple Productions with proceeds intended for Community Food Share and the local refugee fund . . .
South Dundas received a good covering of snow over the weekend and that snow provided endless fun for a number of the younger residents. These two used the piles for sliding, more like tumbling, and their laughter could be hear all over the block. As the photos below indicate, the weather can enhance some beautiful architecture while putting a bit of a damper on transportation . . . enjoy . . .
Saturday, January 13 - The Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Program hosted an event at Foodland in Winchester, Ontario, when business owner of Winchester Foodland, Dan Pettigrew, was arrested and placed in a Coke Case jail cell.
"Cuffed up for a Cause" saw Dan put on 250 pairs of handcuffs.
The fundraising event was in support of Crime Stoppers Month and took place from 9:00 am until Dan was freed from all 250 sets of handcuffs at 4:45 pm.
Also, during this week PC Tylor Copeland of the SD&G OPP was around the village of Winchester making other "arrests" of local business owners and community celebrities. The celebrities filled their "Bail Buckets " to get them out of the cell on Saturday. Celebrities included the Winchester Press' Matthew Uhrig, Foodland store owner Dan Pettigrew, Cup of Jo's co-owner Jo-Ann Houle, Main Street Clothing Company owner Lisa Williams, Summers Physiotherapy owner Dave Summers and North Dundas District High School vice-principal Mike Deighton.
This wonderful community graciously braved the cold and dug themselves out of the snow to support this event. The event raised over $2500!!!.
The Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Board of Directors and Police Co-ordinator Tylor Copeland would like to thank all of the involved "convicts" for their support of this event.
The Upper Canada Playhouse calendar of entertainment was unveiled and digitally presented this week for all seeking to select their favorite seat in the venue.
"It's one of our favorite events of the year," chuckled Theatre Manager Donnie Bowes, "The fans are our best indicator that we are doing as our audience wishes and it's very nice to see."
Norma Domey will headline the initial Canadian Club meeting on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at the Morrisburg Legion. This Past Governor of Toastmasters International will deliver an informative narrative on her relative and the replacement portrait for Sir John A. McDonald's Canadian $10 note, Viola Desmond.
The Wednesday, April 18, 2018 meeting Patrick Imbert will speak concerning the subject of multiculturalism. Patrick is a Distinguished Scholar, and holder of the University of Ottawa Research Chair in Sociocultural Changes in Canada.
The final meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16th featuring Miranda Esmond-White. Miranda's topic will be 'Aging Backwards'. She is a dancer and author of books and DVDs on exercise. After a career as a professional ballerina, she developed a technique called 'Classical Stretch to Improve Health'.
The Morrisburg and District Canadian Club offers three fall and three spring dinner meetings each year. Memberships, which include your place at the table at each of the six meetings, is offered for $135. Individual dinner meetings are offered at $30 each and October is a special offer intended to attact members, offered at $25 for the evening. The Legion offers a cash bar for those wishing to partake in a glass of wine or a beer. The evening kicks-off each meeting with a social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket reservations and details can be obtained by calling Clara at 613 447 8167 or Doug at 613 543 2922.
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