Sunday, Aug. 25th - Live music is coming to the Iroquois Beach this Sunday, August 25th at 3:30 p.m. The popular local group, Almost Synchronized, will perform under the picnic canopy at the beach in a one-hour concert, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Seaway High School-based beats and brass group consists of Bryce St. Pierre on trumpet, Nick Howard on tenor sax, Jaeden Rowe on baritone sax and drummer Derrik Jansen. This past winter, the group gave a stellar performance at Capital Region MusicFest in Ottawa which even made the adjudicators want to dance!
Performing two songs at the Ottawa event, "Next to You" by Lucky Chops and their favourite, "Danza," arranged by Lucky Chops, Almost ~Synchronized received silver rating for their performance. They have also performed at many local events and have samples of their work on social media. Check them out on Facebook by clicking your mouse on this link: https://www.facebook.com/almostsynchronized/videos/1315548915274880/
Plan now to finish off your weekend at the Iroquois Beach with some great music by a local group. Bring a lawn chair and prepare to be impressed.
Tuesday, Aug. 20th - The Morrisburg Golf Club's Junior Golf program celebrated a great season of fun and competition for these young golfers and a committed group of volunteers on Monday evening. The local Junior Program enjoyed a growth spurt during the 2019 season, hosting up to 44 players on an evening. The youngsters gathered every Monday night at the Morrisburg course through the summer to learn and practice the game. They closed each evening with an available supper and camaraderie.
"We've had a wonderful year," coordinator Carolyn Weegar said of the youth group. "We've had some great support from all of the volunteer helpers and sponsors and we've had some enjoyable nights with this group of kids."
The young golfers, minimum 24 on any given night, paid $5 for around of golf and $6 for their dinner, a deal by any comparison.
"It was great to see all the kids come out and enjoy the challenge," Carolyn added while rounding up the gang for the above photo, "We are working so the Junior program keeps growing, and the future of the club remains strong."
Sunday, Aug. 18th - Litta Touson, above, accepted the challenge of drawing the name from the drum in the weekly Chase the Ace fund-raiser at the Iroquois Legion. Little did Litta know that Wendy McKay had arrived at Branch 370 early enough to be standing right at the front of the line-up to purchase the following week's draw ticket in the event the Ace card remained up for grabs. And as luck would have it, Litta drew Wendy's name.
"I almost died." Wendy said when asked what she thought when she heard her name announced.
Unfortunately for Wendy, she had selected envelope #4 on her ticket, which as it turned out held the Five of Hearts. Wendy walked away with $750 and her allotment of tickets for this week's draw. The prize pool, should the Ace of Spades be drawn on Saturday, August 24th @ 7:00 p.m., will see the lucky winner walk out of the Legion with $25, 881.
"It seems unbelievable te draw has gone on this long," said Legion President Darlene Riddel, "I thought it would be gone befoe now."
Only four envelopes remain of the original 52 in this draw. Each envelope is holding a playing card, one of them being the winning Ace of Spades. Stay posted for the winners photos, coming soon . . .
Sunday, Aug. 18th - The time required to prepare, plant and nurture a home garden is minuscule in comparison to the rewards plated for evening meals to share with a great gal, at the table. And my great gal loves this plate.
The potatoes were purchased, then roasted along with the garden beets and the carrots. Simply tossing them with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, in a bowl, and placing them all in a pan in a 400º oven, allows you the time to prepare the perfect filet of beef.
Remove the veggies from the oven, increase heat to 425º, heat on iron pan on the stove top, very hot, add a touch of oil, a chunk of butter and immediately before it begins to smoke, drop the filet , turning it to sear all sides. Move to the oven for six minutes, remove and wrap in tin-foil for several minutes. In the same iron pan on a hot stove top flame add another piece of butter, two tbsp. of finely chopped onion, the 'shrooms and sear while tossing and scraping. Then add a cup of heavy red wine and reduce to half.
Prepare veggies on plates, open steak and slice, placing in the centre of the plate, add 'shrooms and pour remaining sauce on each plate, keeping the most for the chef's plate. Enjoy . . .
Saturday, Aug. 17th - Mayor Steven Byvelds showed up at the annual Porkfest in the Morrisburg Shopping area on Saturday afternoon and following a round of glad-handing and greetings settled in for a feed of Andy Shaver's smoked pork ribs.
"They are delicious!" South Dundas' Mayor announced as he devoured his purchase. Shaver's ribs were drawing the same praise throughout the afternoon. Crowds at the Porkfest were not in attendance in the numbers they have been in the past. Smatterings of rain and competition from numerous other events on this weekend played a role on attendance.
Steady streams of customers lined up in front of Shaver's self-made smoker and the Cathouse booth where Jackie and Bill Tibben were hawking a Thai pork and cabbage dish topped with crushed peanuts that was both exceptional in flavor and popular in demand. Including Mayor Byvelds wife Debbie who praised the Thai dish. Among several other vendors local Lions offered a pulled pork sandwich and corn-on-the-cob, and the Pizza Castle employees were kept busy cutting and serving a variety of slices.
Saturday, Aug. 18th - The Seaway Surge A Division Major Mosquito team won the National Capital Ontario Baseball Association A League Championship on Friday night at Morrisburg. The Surge whipped the Ottawa based St. Anthony Angels on a sound 12-2 note for the title.
On Saturday morning the team headed to Ottawa to take on the AA Kanata Cubs for the overall league title. Following an exceptional effort, a back and forth pitcher's duel and a very tight defensive outing, the locals dropped a 1-0 decision to the top ranked Cubs. The two teams battled through every inning with the Cubs scoring the game's lone run in the 5th inning.
"It was an edge-of-your-seat game all the way," said a team supporter of the action on the field following the game. "Wyatt Brandwood was outstanding on the mound today. He kept the Cubs to the single run, pitching 4.5 innings." The Seaway team had no luck at the plate on this afternoon.
Team players and coaching staff on this team includes the following, 44 - Rowan McCooeye (Morrisburg), 11 - Wyatt Brandwood (Morrisburg), 2 - Matt Lewis (Cornwall), 8 - Logan Joyal (Cornwall), 19 - Hayden Bennett (Cornwall), 10 - Sam Pilon (Cornwall), 4 - Bodee Thibodeau (Brockville), 9- Wes Bean (North Gower), 0 - Matteo Winterhalt (Kars), 88 - Parker Kealey (Kemptville), 6 - Nolan Tym (Kemptville), 12 - Nolan Kennelly (Kemptville), and 81 - Wyatt McLean (Kemptville).
Coaches: Joe McCooeye (Head Coach), Perley Lewis and Greg Kealey (Assistant Coaches)
The A Division Champion Seaway Surge Mosquitos will travel to Niagara Falls on Labor Day weekend for the provincial championhips tournament. Best of luck to this dynamic team . . .
Saturday, Aug. 18th - The Morrisburg’s Junior C Lions continue to move forward in preparation of their 4th season in the National Capital Junior Hockey League. And according to team management, including popular Head Coach Ken Turnbull, “There’s no reason not to be anything but competitive.”
Turnbull and Assistant Coach Lance Hodgson piloted last year’s entry to their best finish in the newly structured 10-team league with 6 wins, 3 ties and 27 losses. And a pile of very close scoring, heads-up, action packed games that had fans talking. And mor importantly, coming out to support the team. Although those statistics will never raise many admiring eyebrows, they are in fact the reward of a rebuilding program that appears to be taking off as the current season sets to open.
Ken Turnbull, to date, is the Junior Lions biggest draw. And he is attracting players who love to play the game. But Turnbull knows the way around drawing fans to the arena too and he, along with GM Kevin Casselman, is bent on signing as may local kids as can compete at the NCJHL level of competition.
According to the Lions management, whisper whisper, as many as seven locals players may be signed with the team by the time the regular season opens at Morrisburg Arena against the Vankleek Hill Cougars on Saturday, Sept. 28th at 7:15 p.m.
The whispering includes last year Lions Cal Bilmer, Aaron Smith, Justin Shay, netminder Riley Phillips, league Rookie MVP Graham Robertson and more. In all fairness to both parties, names currently in negotiations cannot be mentioned at this time. Butyou'll know where to get the scoop when signings do take place.
On Saturday morning the Junior Lions management gathered at Turnbull’s Canadian Tire franchise in Morrisburg for the initial showing of the team’s new colors and the signing of talented young 17-year-old prospect Justice Brownlee. The Cornwall native played as a rookie in the CCHL Tier 2 League last season with the CharLan Rebels, lodging 17 points in 44 games. Brownlee announced that he was attracted to the Lions organization for the available coaching.
Brownlee and Coach Turnbull donned a set of the newly designed Lions’ sweaters at the photo op, colors which have a stylized lion’s paw on the shoulder. Complete with claws! Maybe suggesting the possibility of a new team attitude. No one was saying. The team sweaters are sponsored by Grober Nutrition (Walt Wagemans), Ultramar, and Canadian Tire.
The Morrisburg team opens training camp on September 3rd at Finch with an open invitation to all players looking to wear one of the new team sweaters.
The Lions will host 17 home games this season, with regular season games beginning following the annual mid-September 2-day tournament in Gatineau where team managers finalize their line-ups with trade acquisitions and purchases. Several franchises are in huge rebuilding phases including the local Lions rivals, the South Grenville Rangers and North Dundas Rockets.
Friday, Aug. 16 - Today, the Government of Ontario delivered on its commitment of accountability and transparency to the taxpayers with the release of the province's first quarter finances.
"The results demonstrate that the government's plan to restore the province's finances while investing in education and healthcare is working," said Finance Minister Rod Phillips.
Friday, Aug. 16th - South Dundas residents often get a glimpse of how the world class mucky-mucks live. The passing of charter ships and a quick wikipedia crawl turns up a yard of information. On this morning we spotted the Bella Vita quietly slipping past our stretch of waterfront, then searched out some eye-popping numbers.
She's near 250 feet long, 45 feet wide and requires a minimum of 12 feet of water to float. The Bella Vita is capable of cruising at 12 knots all day long.
This vessel charters out for a cool $650,000 per week (!!!), PLUS EXPENSES for her 12 guests, 6 cabins and 22 crew members. And that's during the winter. Summer rentals are posted at $738,500 per week.
From the web we learn "Bella Vita's interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 rooms, including a master suite, 3 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 22 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Her impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining.
She features an ultra-modern stabilization system to reduce roll motion effect and ensure the ultimate comfort throughout your charter vacation.
A traditionally styled offshore yacht with a strongly raked bow and a high forward parapet to cope with big seas, the windows along the sides of the main deck are large but well protected too, giving her a solid, compact and harmoniously proportioned appearance. The six decks offer the 12 passengers an enormous amount of space to have fun and relax in.
Bella Vita’s features include huge outdoor spaces and two fireplaces, one on the main deck and one on the owner’s deck. The glass lift linking all the various decks makes it very easy to move from the tank deck to the sun deck."
We attempted to photograph the ship at a favored lookout but missed the passing and shot the main photo from the dock entrance at Morrisburg. The inset is by Russ Milland.
For over fifty years, good-time rock and roll and classic cars have been a perfect pairing. Since the Beach Boys sang about their Little Deuce Coupe, car lovers have used that music as the soundtrack for car shows and special events. Again this year, on Sunday, August 25th, Eddy & the Stingrays– eastern Ontario’s premiere 60's band will provide their unique brand of rock and roll for the eighth annual Golden Gears car show and concert at the Iroquois Locks.
If the weather cooperates, the Golden Gears are expecting upwards of 400 cars on site. As always, admission to see the cars and listen to the concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Registration for show vehicles has been kept at ten dollars. Cars will begin arriving before 8:00 a.m. but the show officially runs from 9:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.; the band will perform from noon til 2:30 p.m. on the covered stage at the Iroquois Locks, rain or shine.
For classic car owners who want to show their vehicle, there are plenty of door prize and trophies, and everyone can take part in the 50-50 draw.
Everyone entering the grounds will receive a ballot enabling them to vote for their favourite cars. A new trophy for the first-place people’s choice car will be presented in memory of Dick Piche, the club’s webmaster and a member of the board of directors who passed away recently.
As usual there will be a 50-50 draw with tickets sold on the grounds throughout the day. If experience is any indication the prize money could be around seven hundred dollars. Also on sale will be tickets on a beverage cooler in the design of a vintage Cadillac. The cooler, with a retail value of over eight hundred dollars, was donated by BMR in Winchester. The first 100 show vehicles will receive a souvenir dash plaque and there will be plenty of door prizes available to show car owners.
Food will be available on site and tents will be in place to provide cover from the sun [or even rain].
Again, this year, through an arrangement with the Iroquois Golf Club the Golden Gears will be able to provide a limited number of golf carts and drivers to offer tours of the show to those with mobility issues. A large area for accessible parking will also be available.
The Golden Gears Car Club now boasts over 80 members, made up of classic car owners and car enthusiasts. The group is a re-incarnation of a club that operated in the Iroquois area from the mid-sixties to the early 1970s. The club was revived early in 2012 with a two-fold mission: the preservation and restoration of classic cars, and a desire to help the community. Donations are made annually to such causes as the Christmas Exchange, Food Bank, Cancer Research, and Mental Health.
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Saturday, Aug. 17th - Two structures have been donated in the first House of Lazarus (HOL) Shed-Building Challenge, an online auction to raise money for Handyman Heroes has begun.
The Handyman Hero Shed-Building Challenge was created to raise funds for its namesake, the Handyman Heroes initiative. Handyman Heroes helps at-risk families with home repair or vehicle maintenance and repair. Licensed tradespeople volunteer their time and labour, while HOL provides the needed materials.
The challenge was issued in May 2019 with both amateur and professional contractors being asked to build a shed-like structure according to a set of guidelines and then donate that structure to House of Lazarus to be used in an online auction.
Two local businesses and their talented volunteers have risen to the challenge: RONA Kemptville Building Centre and Winchester BMR. They have donated a children’s playhouse and a utility/garden shed, respectively. Both sheds cost more than $3,000 in materials to build.
The online auction began Saturday, August 10 and will continue until Friday, August 30 at 3 pm. To place a bid, visit the House of Lazarus Facebook page. For those without Facebook, a bid can be placed by phoning House of Lazarus at 613-989-3830. The sheds are also available for viewing at House of Lazarus (playhouse) and Winchester BMR (utility/garden shed).
“It’s amazing that these two community-minded businesses have donated such wonderful sheds,” HOL Executive Direc-tor Cathy Ashby said. “To date, we have completed six projects through our Handyman Heroes program. We have two new projects underway. The money raised from the sale of these two sheds will allow us to help even more families.”
Teresa Pagnotta, Regional Vice President. Seaway Market, BMO; Kristen Casselman, Managing Director, WDMH Foundation; and Melissa Crawford, Branch Manager BMO, Winchester
The BMO Bank of Montreal team has just delivered their second gift of $2,500 - part of a $7,500 pledge to support health care close to home. The money is being directed to the WDMH Foundation’s General Equipment Fund.
This year, the gift will be used support the purchase of equipment such as the three new electrosurgical generators for the Operating Rooms. These generators are not the type one might use when the power goes out – they allow surgeons to control bleeding during procedures. The machines cost about $89,000.
“Thank you to BMO for this incredible commitment,” says Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director.
“There were more than 4,760 surgeries at WDMH last year and the electrosurgical generators were used for almost every one. This truly is the gift that keeps on giving!” Last year, BMO’s $2500 gift was directed toward the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine for WDMH’s expanded cardiac program. More than 1,000 echocardiograms have been performed at
WDMH since the new machine arrived.
Teresa Pagnotta, Regional Vice President, Seaway Market at BMO, offered, “We are extremely proud to support WDMH for the purchase of equipment like three new electrosurgical generators and we extend our very best wishes for the campaign’s every success.”
Friday, Aug. 16th - It takes nine months to make a baby – and apparently it takes even longer to order a new wireless fetal monitor to support the best patient care! The WDMH Foundation is pleased to share our happy news. The new monitor has arrived and is now up and running in the Birthing Rooms. Training on the new machine was completed at the end of June.
“Because of the 100 Women and Men Who Care about North Dundas and many other donors, we were able to purchase the new wireless monitor and its base station. This is an essential piece of equipment in our labour and delivery unit and its purchase was only possible because of donor generosity and the caring nature of the community that embraces WDMH. Thanks again to everyone who help make this special delivery possible,” says Kristen Casselman, Managing Director of the Foundation.
Sometimes babies go into distress during labour. Healthcare providers are aware of these issues because moms are fitted with a fetal monitor. The monitor provides constant crucial information about the baby’s movements, mom and baby’s heart rates, and other important data.
Labouring moms are often encouraged to move around by standing, walking, or maybe even taking a shower or bath. However, it’s hard to do any of that when confined to a bed because of the need for monitoring. The new machine is wireless, which means a labouring mom can move around as recommended. This gives her options and the ability to listen to her body – helping her to labour in a way that is best for her.
The wireless monitor and stand cost $35,441.29. The new one replaces an aging unit.
“Many people are surprised to learn that the Ontario government does not fund medical equipment in our hospitals,” adds Kristen Casselman. “We are so grateful for your support.”
Morgan Hummel training at St. Lawrence Barbells and Burpees . . .
Thursday, August 1st - It was a little more than two years ago we announced South Dundas' own Morgan Hummel had won her way onto a spot with the Ontario Rugby team. And over those same two years, Morgan Hummel hasn't given up a single ounce of her intentions to make the Canadian National Rugby team.
In fact, Morgan has been invited to the U-18 Team Canada try-outs at Brock University in St. Catharines, running August 20th through 24th.
Shortly after we posted the feature announcing Morgan Hummel had the makings of a rugby player who demanded the attention of greater competition, the Morrisburg youngster headed to Smiths Falls to attend Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute where an active Rugby program was offered. She not only won a regular spot on the team but has played for the Red Hawks for the past two seasons.
Morgan's non-academic associated team is the U-17 Kingston Panthers and she is a regular with the U-18's Eastern Ontario team, all of who play regular seasons and attend tournaments.
"The summer months are really busy for us," Morgan says, focused on daily training at Shanna Dawley's St. Lawrence Barbells and Burpees facility in Morrisburg. While weight training she says her school team, the Red Hawks, had a great year, capping off with a tournament victory in New Brunswick at the close of the school season.
The promising development of 17-year-old Hummel's ability and desire in the game has rewarded Morgan an opportunity, among 80 participants from across Canada, to represent their country in the Rugby world. Prior to heading for Brock University for the "biggest competition of my life", Morgan says she'll be playing for Eastern Ontario in a tournament in Kingston from August 11th thru the 17th. She then travels to St. Catharines where, should she make the national squad, she'll be heading for San Diego and another tournament among world class competition.
"As part of the tryouts we get to play against the USA Rugy team on August 24th in St. Catharines," Hummel announces excitedly, "It's going to be a great experience."
Morgan Hummel has matured since we photographed her a few years ago. The adventurous and enthusiastic child turned mature young lady is in every way sure of herself, speaks with confidence and an understanding of the importance of working to do her best at the upcoming Rugby opportunities. She bikes to training daily for 7:30 a.m., and then attends her job at Quesada in the local mall.
Most of all, one understands when talking to Morgan Hummel, the desire to be as good as they can possibly be, to be able to bear down, to give it every ounce of one's ability and possibly then some, flows through this gal's sporting veins. She possesses that unique desire to be a winner at whatever she chooses to be.
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