VOL. 173, NO. 40~ PRESCOTT, ONTARIO ~ October 1, 2003
The races are on
Craig Worden challenges Robert Lawn in rematch for mayor of Prescott
SOUTH GRENVILLE Campaigning for the 2003 municipal election is now under way, and there is no shortage of candidates for many positions on local councils.
Nominations for the Nov. 10 election closed Friday afternoon and were made official Monday afternoon.
Twelve candidates are vying for six councillor seats in Prescott. Incumbents Jo-Anne Beckstead, Garry Dewar, Jim French and Terry McConnell are being challenged by Jeremy Adams, Kelly Benish, Graham Cudlipp, Suzanne Dodge, Nancy Lane, Sue O'Hanlon, Robert Pelda and Chuck Street.
Voters will select the next mayor of Prescott. Incumbent Robert Lawn is being opposed by former councillor Craig Worden. Lawn defeated Worden and Benish in the 2000 election.
Four candidates are seeking the reeve's job in the Township of Augusta. Incumbent George Vail is being challenged by Darlene Banning, former deputy reeve John McCrea and former reeve Adrian VanSchie.
Deputy Reeve Doug Barton is seeking re-election. The other two candidates for that position are Councillor Bill Buckler and Dwain Swerdfiger.
There had been concerns of a shortage of candidates for the three councillor seats in Augusta. However, five candidates had filed their nomination papers by Friday afternoon; they are Pauline Cyr, Garry Ferguson, John Fischl, Wayne Reid and Carol Stephenson.
A two-person race for mayor of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal pits incumbent Dave Dobbie against Ward One Councillor Peggy Taylor.
Incumbent councillors Frank Noccey and Marie Thomson were acclaimed in Ward Three. The candidates for two councillor seats in Ward Two are Sharan Mathieu and incumbents Peter Martin and Bill Sloan. There are also three candidates for the two councillor seats in Ward One: Charlie Burrell, Hugh Cameron and Dick Willis.
Joan Hodge will return for another term as Grenville County trustee of the Upper Canada District School Board. Hodge was acclaimed.
Supporters of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario have two choices for Grenville County trustee: Brent Laton and incumbent Tony Jozefowicz.
The 2003 election also marks change for voters in Augusta Township. The municipality will use a mail-in system as opposed to the traditional polling stations. See next week's Journal for more details.
Profiles of some of this year's candidates can be found throughout this week's edition.
Line up and support food bank Saturday
PRESCOTT There is still time to take part in the Bottom Line Challenge for the Food For All Food Bank.
Businesses and service clubs will be collecting non-perishable items for the food bank that serves Prescott, Augusta and Edwardsburgh/Cardinal. Those items will be placed on a continuous line outside O'Reilly's Your Independent Grocer this Saturday, Oct. 4. Set-up will begin at about 10 am, with items being placed on the line until about 1 pm.
Participants will also have displays set up at the grocery store. The public is invited to check it out and see community pride at work.
To register or for more information, call Bonnie at 925-2444 or 348-1409.
The event is being sponsored by The Prescott Journal, 101.5 The Fox and O'Reilly's.
Churchill Road stop signs take effect today
PRESCOTT Stop signs are expected to be in place today on Churchill Road at Massie Drive.
Motorists are being reminded by town officials and police to slow down and obey the new stop signs at the three-way intersection.
Prescott council approved installation of the Churchill Road signs in response to a petition spearheaded by residents of that area. The petition called for a three-way stop at the intersection of Churchill and Mackenzie. The police chief and town engineer recommended the alternate location.
Johnstown church marks anniversary
JOHNSTOWN The former minister of Johnstown United Church will return to help celebrate the church's 124th anniversary this weekend.
Rev. Keith Brown, who served at Johnstown and St. John United Church in Cardinal from 1975 to 1984, will be the guest speaker at the anniversary worship service Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 am.
The church will also host a special musical evening Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Featured will be the Thousand Islanders Lady Barbershoppers. All are invited to attend.
Ontario voters go to the polls Thursday
Incumbent Bob Runciman, four other candidates vying for Leeds-Grenville seat
SOUTH GRENVILLE Last-minute campaigning for Thursday's provincial election is under way.
Voters in Leeds-Grenville have five candidates from which to choose. The incumbent, Bob Runciman of the Progressive Conservatives, is being challenged by Stephen Mazurek of the Liberals, Steve Armstrong of the New Democrats, Jerry Heath of the Green party and Melody Trolly of the Family Coalition party.
Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty is scheduled to visit Brockville this afternoon. Premier Ernie Eves appeared in Brockville earlier in the campaign. None of the provincial leaders has visited the Prescott area during the campaign.
Runciman has served as an MPP since 1981. The Conservatives have been in power since 1995 and are seeking a third consecutive majority government.
Runciman, who also serves as minister of public safety and security, has been running on his record at the riding level and that of his party.
Mazurek and the Liberals have emphasized the need for change. The NDP campaign has been focused on public ownership of Ontario's electricity system and other key agencies and services.
The Green party has put forward a platform that includes fiscal, social and environmental responsibility. Stronger emphasis on family values and parental control of their children's education options are among the main components of the Family Coalition party.
Most polling stations will be open tomorrow from 9 am to 8 pm.
Voters are reminded to have their registration cards with them at the polling station. The cards were distributed by mail last month.
Names can be added to the voters list on election day. Proper identification is required.
The Leeds-Grenville returning office is located at 2495 Parkedale Ave. (Unit 3) in Brockville. The number to call is 342-1700.
Candidate for mayor hopeful he can lead council to success
PRESCOTT Craig Worden has decided to take a second run at the mayor's chair in Prescott.
Worden is challenging incumbent Robert Lawn, who is seeking a second term as mayor. Lawn defeated Worden and Kelly Benish in the 2000 election.
Although he made the decision to run for mayor last week, Worden noted there have been "a lot of people" who have come up to him the past several months and suggested he try again to become mayor.
Worden, who served as councillor from 1997-2000, works at Abbott Laboratories in Brockville. The long-time member of Tourism Prescott served as chairperson of the organization in 2002.
Worden said he took an interest in council because of his concern that "too many young people were growing up and leaving" Prescott. "We have to keep our people here," he said.
He would like to help get the town into a better economic position by broadening the tax base and creating jobs. In noting he does not have a specific issue he would like to address as mayor, Worden said he wants to work with council and make the community a better place.
"I am hoping I can get in there and lead them as a team," Worden added.
When asked about the current council, Worden said it is not his place to criticize anybody. He acknowledged he has catching up to do in terms of some of the issues facing council. "It took a long time to decide to run," he noted.
However, Worden is confident he will be able to reacquaint himself with those issues and provide the leadership the town needs.
The council of which he was a member worked well together, according to Worden. He believes the next council can build on past successes and offer a viable future that would enable young people to stay in Prescott and raise their families here.
The municipal election takes place Monday, Nov. 10. Oct. 20 is the tentative date for a Prescott candidates meeting.
Seaway Autumn Studio Colour Tour set to premiere
Prescott-area artists featured this Friday and Saturday
By Monica Whitney, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT Potters, quilters, silversmiths, fine art oil painters and caricaturists will be among the artists on display at the first Seaway Autumn Colour Studio Tour that will unfold through South Grenville this Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4.
The tour is a new opportunity to meet local and area crafters and artisans and enjoy hospitality as they open their studio doors from 10 am to 6 pm both days.
There is no admission charge; visitors are welcome to tour the studios at random, take in a variety of artistic expression and purchase directly from the artists.
Prescott fibre artist Wendo Van Essen will be exhibiting her felt creations which she produces from cleaned and carded sheep's fibre before it is spun into wool. Her raw materials are purchased from internationally-known Louet Sales, located near Domville. Van Essen dyes the fibre in various colours and then gives it a hot water and soap treatment to transform it into a workable cloth - or felt.
The results are three-dimensional pictures, articles of clothing and accessories, handbags and various other articles. The items are pre-shrunk and washable.
"I'm just having so much fun," Van Essen said from her studio at her childhood home on Zaire Street. "It's like miraculous, almost."
Van Essen wanted to return to a hands-on art form after being involved in the animation industry for 22 years. She worked for 20th Century Fox, Disney and other television and movie studios, helping to create such works as All Dogs Go to Heaven, Fern Gully and Anastasia.
Van Essen chose not to move with technology when the industry turned to computer animation, preferring to experience art on a more personal level. Felting became her passion a year ago, and has since exhibited her creations in galleries in Ottawa and Toronto. She will also be exhibiting her works in the One-of-a-Kind show in Toronto this year.
Here is an outline of each of the artists and crafts people on the studio tour:
* Vivienne Cudlipp is a water colourist and quilter. An 1857 limestone house at 1648 County Rd. 2 west of Prescott is the setting for her studio.
* Marilyn White paints still life, landscapes, florals and abstracts in oils, water colours, acrylics and collage at Hawthornes Studio at 1662 County Road 2.
* Christina McCarthy will also be showing at Hawthornes Studio. She makes high-fired stoneware pottery for house and garden, and raku-fired vases, lanterns and one-of-a-kind pieces.
* Ronald Landry, woodcarver and pyrographic artist, will have his works on display at Hawthornes Studio as well. His subjects range from human figures to wildlife. He has won numerous awards for wood carvings and burnings.
* J. Allison Robichaud is a renowned landscape painter, and will greet guests at 584 Jessup St., Prescott. He has held many solo exhibitions and has participated in some of Canada's most prestigious art symposiums.
* Visitors are welcome to stop by Walker House at 623 King St. W. for refreshments and treats, while enjoying demonstrations of weaving and quilting.
* Thelma Cameron will show her oil paintings at her Crystal Rock Art Room. The subjects of her oil paintings are varied, covering land and seascapes, still life, portraits and scenes of activities and interesting occupations.
* Pat Lemaire will open Purplepatch at 32 Mary St., Johnstown. She has been quilting for many years and recently started a business of quilting for others.
* Bonnie Lemaire will also show at Purplepatch. As an illustrator, she works on projects such as greeting cards, giftware design, children's books and Web page design.
* Robert Westfall is a caricaturist who will display at the Mary Street studio. The freelance illustrator/cartoonist has worked for magazines and newspapers, and is now park caricaturist for Canada's Wonderland.
* Linda Potter is a dollmaker who indulges her life-long passion for collecting unique fabrics, linens, buttons, beads and lace to provide the inspiration for her eclectic and humourous characters. She will also display at Purplepatch.
* Mary Scott has always been an impulsive sketcher, and now has a collection of material to use in water colour, oil and pen drawings. Her works can be seen at 2119 County Road 2 east of Johnstown.
* Marianne Leeck's hand dyed and painted fabrics are used for quilts, landscapes, clothing and home accessories. She is located at 1519 County Rd. 2, east of Johnstown.
* Millie McLaughlin's Jelly Belly Bears will also be exhibited at 1519 County Rd. 2. She enjoys teaching her hand-craft to others and watching every bear come to life.
* Fiona Macintyre is a silversmith who does her own designing of contemporary jewellery for shops and galleries. Employing traditional silversmithing techniques, she creates modern jewellery and useful objects in precious metals and other materials. She is exhibiting at 947 Reid St., Cardinal.
* Alan Cathcart draws pen and ink profiles of famous ships up to 60 inches long in black Indian ink on plastic sheet. The size is then reduced to a photographic print and framed. He is located at 609 East St., Cardinal.
* Millie Bennett is a cloth artist and caricaturist whose characters have become regulars at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. They have also been featured in the One-of-a-Kind craft show and have travelled to Germany and Tokyo. She will exhibit at 152 Joseph St., Cardinal.
Free concert notes hospices in harmony
BROCKVILLE The world's largest simultaneous singing event will include Hospice of Providence Palliative Care Service at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital.
"Voices for Hospice 2003 - Hospices in Harmony" will take place this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Brockville. Thousands of people at more than 450 locations in 45 countries will start singing at 7:30 pm. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of hospice palliative care services.
The free concert in Brockville will include Avalon, St. Columbanus Choir, the Thousand Islanders and the Riverside Singers.
Goodwill donations will be accepted.
Brockville has been twinned with Tokyo, Japan. Greetings and a unifying poem will be read at the concert.
In-school mentoring program needs volunteers
SOUTH GRENVILLE Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville is seeking volunteers for its in-school mentoring program.
The program matches mentors with children in grades 3-5. Mentors and mentees spend an hour a week at school sharing fun activities such as cooking, playing games, making crafts and reading. Volunteers who have time to spare and talent to share are needed.
For more information, contact Susan at 345-0281.
Funding sources to be discussed
PRESCOTT Local organizations and individuals in search of funding are invited to attend a resource forum to be held in Prescott later this month.
The morning session, which is being hosted by the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, will take place Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Prescott Medical Centre on King Street West.
The forum will offer information on programs and services and identify funding opportunities. Representatives from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, provincial government departments and agencies and other foundations and services will be on hand.
There will be a maximum of 30 participants. To register, call the United Way office in Brockville at 342-8889.
Community, kids team up to get the job done at skateboard park
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - There were a lot of happy kids at the official opening of the Prescott Kiwanis Skatepark at the Kriska Fields Saturday morning.
The project, which has been more than two years in the making, has had a large effect on the kids and groups involved with the project since its beginning.
"Look at all the kids here," said Nancy Lane, who was one of the driving forces behind the project. "I'm so proud of the youth of Prescott and I'm just in awe of the people of Prescott. Everyone has chipped in and helped bring this park here which we never could have afforded ourselves. There hasn't been one person who has not helped us out. I just can't say enough about all the work everyone has put in on this."
Prescott Kiwanis Club President Dave Street added, "It's just amazing to see this, considering when it first started it was just a handful of kids who found out they could accomplish this. It was such an experience for the kids, showing that they set a goal and worked hard to reach it and they have this park to show for their efforts."
Lane couldn't say enough about the teenagers and all the work they put into getting the park and making sure it was ready to go.
"The teenage volunteers were just phenomenal," explained Lane. "A small group of them pitched a tent up here last night so they could keep an eye on the park to make sure everything was ready for the big opening. They've really taken on ownership of it. It is their park; they police it and protect it."
At the opening more than 100 kids showed up to give the ramps and different pieces of apparatus a try while a large group of dignitaries and local adults watched intently, amazed at the different skill levels and ages of kids taking part.
Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman was on hand for the opening as were skate teams from Cornwall and Ottawa which were giving a demonstration, skate stores from around the region and some local bands which were providing entertainment for the kids as they made the most of the parks opening.
For some of the younger skaters, the park is something new they plan on getting lots of use out of in the future.
"I really like it a lot," said Matt Whitley, 11. "It's a great park; the ramps are really good. I'm going to have a lot of fun here when I'm not falling down."
Jonathan Fullarton, 12, added, "Yeah, it's pretty good. This is my first time out here, but I can see myself coming back to use the ramps and the bowl."
While for some the park was something new to check out, it meant something else to others.
"We spent all summer working out here raising money, doing what we could to help this get built," said John Lane, who was one of the group of local skateboarders involved with the project since its inception. "With sleeping up here last night to make sure it was ready, staying up here when the concrete was drying and just doing all our fundraising, it's a bit of a relief that it's built and we can get a chance to use it now.
"All our hard work has really paid off."
Canada Post should get out of card business, according to Chamber
By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor
PRESCOTT The Prescott and District Chamber of Commerce is calling on Canada Post to stop selling greeting cards at its retail outlets.
Cards went on sale recently at post offices in Prescott, Brockville and other communities. Canada Post also carries stamp and coin sets and has marketed cellular phones and calling cards.
However, it is the selling of greeting cards that has raised the ire of the local business group.
"It just amazes me they were allowed to do it," Chamber director Ken Durand said at the group's monthly meeting Sept. 18. "They are in direct competition with small businesses."
The board of directors agreed to write letters to Canada Post and Leeds-Grenville MP Joe Jordan expressing the Chamber's concern about the sale of greeting cards at the post office.
Prescott Mayor Robert Lawn said he "was terribly dismayed" when he found out about the situation. Lawn, who is also a Chamber director and past-president, added the time has come for Prescott to stop being pushed around by Canada Post, which he noted does not provide home delivery of mail to most town residents.
Tom Creech, a Canada Post communications officer based in London, told The Journal recently he respects the opinions of chambers of commerce. However, he noted Canada Post is a business that must be responsive to its customers.
"They're looking for a one-stop-shopping experience," said Creech, who added a high percentage of cards are sent by mail.
He noted the corporation is trying to make more effective use of its retail space. It makes sense to partner with Hallmark and offer products that fit Canada Post's new re-energized vision, according to Creech. There is a legitimate business argument in support of Canada Post selling cards, he said.
Jane Burton, owner of The Gift Lane in downtown Prescott, said it has been a very difficult year for the retail sector. "It is being made more difficult by a crown corporation," she said.
"It is very hard for small business owners to compete."
Burton hopes Canada Post will reconsider its decision to sell cards. "We're coming into our business season," noted Burton, who said the survival of many small businesses that sell cards depends on holiday season sales.
The Gift Lane sells stamps, a practice Burton said she is reconsidering because of Canada Post's position. She acknowledged having stamps available at the store is an asset to her business.
Chamber director Ray Young remarked complaint letters should be sent to Jordan's Parliament Hill office in Ottawa because they do not require stamps.
Jordan told The Journal last week he intends to meet with Canada Post to discuss the matter and get some questions answered. The MP said it must be frustrating for local merchants who feel their tax dollars are supporting a competitor.
Early-morning break-ins occurring
PRESCOTT Town police are advising homeowners to report any suspicious activity or noises heard during the night following a number of early-morning break-ins.
Two break and enters occurred on Ann and Victoria streets during the early-morning hours of Sept. 25. In one case, a woman awoke to find a male inside her residence. Clothing, cigarettes, a sign and picture frame were taken; the latter two items were later recovered near the home.
In the other case, entry was gained through the back door. Taken were a purse containing an Audiovox cell phone, $60 in cash, personal ID and a small silver clasp/four leaf clover.
Police believe these two cases (reported at 4:25 and 6 am respectively) and others like them in the Prescott area are related. In some cases, doors and windows might have been unlocked. The public is asked to remain vigilant and report suspicious behaviour immediately.
During the week of Sept. 22, town police investigated 86 general incidents and one motor vehicle collision.
A break and enter at an East Street residence was reported to police Sept. 25. Among the items taken were a men's gold bracelet (with a value of $500), men's gold wedding band, several bottles of alcohol and prescription medicine, including a bottle of 120 morphine pills (small orange pills and small purple pills) and a bottle of muscle relaxers (small, round white pills).
Three youths were arrested and charged in connection with the break and enter and theft; one person was charged with possession of a controlled substance relating to the medication. Some of the pills were recovered, but others remain in circulation. This medication should not be taken by anyone unless prescribed by a doctor, according to police. Anyone who finds pills like the ones described in the report is asked to contact town police. Constable Bisson is investigating; OPP Constable Duke assisted with the arrests.
At about 2 pm on Sept. 25, police received a report of an impaired driver on Prescott Centre Drive. A vehicle was subsequently stopped on Churchill Road. The officer noted the driver had been consuming alcohol, according to the news release. Norman Asprey, 45, of New Wexford was arrested and charged with exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit. He will appear in court at a later date. Constable Ostrander is the investigating officer.
While on patrol Sept. 22, Constable Cindy Bisson observed damage to a driver's side mirror on a car that had exited Highway 401 and entered Prescott Centre Drive. The constable checked the driver and noted he had been consuming alcohol. John Stinson, 47, of Cardinal was arrested and charged with exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit and driving while disqualified. Because of the disqualification relating to a previous impaired driving charge, the vehicle was impounded under the Vehicle Impound Program. The accused will appear in court at a later date.
The theft of a 32-inch television was reported by PlayitStar Sept. 23. The Electrohome unit had been on display at a mini-sidewalk sale. Constable Terry Foster is the investigating officer.
While on patrol Sept. 27 at about 2:55 am, police observed two women fighting on King Street. The women were arrested and charged with causing a disturbance. No injuries were reported. Constable Foster is investigating.
Anyone with information on these or any other occurrences is asked to contact the Prescott Police Service at 925-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
ALGONQUIN PUBLIC SCHOOL: What do books, songs, art, placemats, food and tutors have in common? Plus posters, games, letters and assemblies? They are just some of the ways students have studied and demonstrated the "essential" character traits required to be a good friend.
As part of the "Character Counts" program, students in every grade at Algonquin Public School have been building their friendship skills in September. As a culminating activity at last Monday's assembly, the Grade 1 class entertained us with its rendition of "Count on Me." Books such as the Storybook Friends book, Ginger in the City, Clifford's Best Friend, Together, Pooh's Best Friend, Big Bird Can Share and Franklin's New Friend were some of the other selections classes used for guided or independent reading pleasure.
The Kindergarten classes also made placemats for their friends, the seniors. The Grade 2/3 class completed acrostics as well as special artwork. The focus in Grade 3/4 was their peer tutor program. The Friendship Fruit Salad and accompanying activities were the focus of Grade 4/5.
BOUNDARY STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL: On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Boundary Street Public School will have its annual Fall Fun Fair from 5-6:30 pm. Come join us for fun activities in the classroom, a raffle in the gym, candy apples and a bake sale. Please take this opportunity to tour the school, see your child's classroom and meet some school staff.
Our cross-country team has been practising and participating in meets. Last week, members travelled to Iroquois and this week they travelled to Kemptville. We plan to participate in the Regional Championship in Brockville next week.
Bus evacuation training will continue on Thursday under the direction of Laidlaw.
Hot lunch this Friday will be subs.
CENTENNIAL '67/NORTH EDWARDSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS: North Edwardsburgh and Centennial '67 Public Schools are very busy places! During this past week we welcomed a new teacher to our Grade 5/6 classroom. Mr. Mike Crawford joins the staff at Centennial '67. Mr. Crawford brings a wealth of knowledge about academics, sports and computer technology, as well as lots of enthusiasm.
The annual BBQ and open house held on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and was well attended. Mrs. Maureen Robertson took on the responsibility of organizing the BBQ. This is a huge endeavour, and Mrs. Robertson did a terrific job! Thanks also to the many volunteers and sponsors who gave generously. Thank you also to the many area agencies and organizations that had information booths in the gym during open house. Everyone enjoyed the information presented, and we all learned something new.
Over 80 students attended the cross-country meet in Iroquois Sept. 24. The students represented our school very well and many came home with ribbons for their athletic efforts. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the cross-country team heads off to Kemptville for a second meet. Good luck, athletes!
Our intermediate girls and boys soccer teams attend their tournament on Friday, Oct. 3. Good luck, teams!
Parents can expect the first newsletter of this school year to come home this week. Please read the newsletter, as it is chocked full of information about our schools and upcoming events.
MAYNARD/MAITLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS: We've had a great start to the new school year. We are pleased to welcome new staff members, new students and their families to our school community. Mrs. Mary Carnduff is our new Kindergarten teacher and Mr. Ean Pattison is our new teacher in grade 5/6 at Maynard.
This month our schools have been "hubs of activity." At Maynard, our peer mediators have been selected and are actively supporting our younger children on the school yard, under the guidance of Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Brady. Our Leadership Council has been selected as well. These students from grades 5 to 8 will be instrumental in heading events such as school assemblies, fund-raising and theme weeks. Mrs. Gaffney and Ms. Crosby, their staff advisors, tell us we will have a great team this year. Our girls and boys soccer teams have begun practising and are getting ready for upcoming tournaments. Our soccer intramurals are in full swing as well.
Cross-country practices are occurring at both Maynard and Maitland with tournaments beginning next week.
Our Maynard Peace Garden is being carefully tended by our student and staff volunteers. The fall colours are beautiful!
We had a great turn out for our open house at Maitland Sept. 9 and on Sept. 18 at Maynard. It was wonderful to see so many families visiting our classrooms.
Our school councils have also had their first meetings with Yvonne Jodoin elected as chair of the Maynard School Council, and June Ferguson as the chair at Maitland. Our councils work hard on behalf of the school community, and the meetings are open to all parents and guardians.
As new principal at Maynard/ Maitland, I am impressed with the enthusiasm of our staff. They are willing to go the extra mile to make learning enjoyable and meaningful. We have a strong core of parent and community volunteers who partner with us to make our schools great places for our children to learn and grow. There's still "plenty of room" for more participation. Give us a call!
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Congratulations to these outstanding Good Samaritans at St. Joe's: Kelleagh Moore, John Hayman, Nick Beattie and Jesse Poole.
Students continue to enjoy participating in cross-country. Upcoming meets are at Grenville Christian College and Brockville Memorial Park. Keep up the great running, St. Joe's. Our appreciation goes to Mrs. Swann, Mr. Smith and Mrs. Whelan and also to all our supportive parents.
There are two soccer tournaments Friday, Oct. 3. Our Senior Girls Team plays at Iroquois Public School and our Senior Boys Team at Nationview Public. Best of luck, St. Joe's! We acknowledge Mr. MacLean and Miss Pilon for their awesome coaching.
The first St. Joe's Dance for 2003 2004 took place Friday, Sept. 26. There was much dancing and celebrating going on. What a great start to a rockin' school year!
Have a great week!
ST. MARK CATHOLIC SCHOOL: We welcome the busy month of October, the month of the Holy Rosary. We will celebrate a Living Rosary later in the month on Friday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 am. Parents, please mark this on your calendar and join us for this beautiful form of prayer. Many of our teachers will be participating in various training sessions for the Ministry Early Reading Early Math Sessions during October. The Ministry of Education has stated, "there can be no more important goal for Ontario schools than to ensure that all students acquire the necessary reading and mathematics skills and knowledge that will enable them to function effectively as future citizens."
We congratulate our cross-country team that competed today at Grenville Christian College.
St. Mark Catholic School Council will meet Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm in the school library. Election of officers will occur at this meeting. All parents are invited to attend.
Oct. 5-12 is Fire Prevention Week.
Oct. 5 is World Teacher Day. We salute all of our teachers and colleagues.
On Monday and Tuesday, we will be holding practice bus evacuation drills.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, we welcome the Catholic District School Board meeting to St. Mark. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm.
Our All Star Reading Strategy this week is "Book Awareness Strategies: Look at the Book."
Our hot lunch this week is pizza.
SOUTH EDWARDSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOL: We have had a great start to our new school year. We welcome our new and returning students, our staff members, and our dedicated group of volunteers.
On Friday, Sept. 12, all of our students enjoyed a day at the Spencerville Fair, viewing the many attractions. Laidlaw Transit graciously provided transportation. On Friday, Sept. 26, our Kindergarten to Grade 2 students visited Hillbloom Apple Orchard.
Our cross-country team competes today at GCC. Good luck team!
School pictures will be taken Friday, Oct. 3. (Oct. 10 for our "B" Kindergarten Class).
Our hot lunch program begins today with pizza being served.
Our fall fundraiser is here! Students are selling magazine subscriptions to raise funds for student activities and additional resources for our school programs. The deadline is Oct. 14.
Bank of Montreal collecting food, money for food bank
PRESCOTT Between now and Oct. 10, BMO Bank of Montreal is collecting much-needed donations of food and money for local food banks.
As an added incentive, all cash donations raised at branches in Ontario on Oct. 8 will be matched by the Bank of Montreal (up to a total of $10,000).
The Prescott branch is also selling tickets on a Thanksgiving basket. Donations to the basket have been made by some local merchants. The draw will take place Oct. 10.
PRESCOTT POLICE SERVICE NEWS
Store display cable close to being cut
PRESCOTT During the week of Sept. 15, town officers investigated 103 general incidents and one motor vehicle collision.
On Sept. 20, a Beach Home Hardware employee reported noticing a cable that secures the tractors on display in front of the store had almost been cut through; however, nothing had been taken. Constable Davis is the investigating officer.
Another counterfeit bill was reported Sept. 19 at McDonald's. The serial number on the bogus $10 bill is FDW0474287. Constable Lapensee is investigating.
A pearl green Giant Nova cross bicycle was reported stolen from a Henry Street residence Sept. 15. The value of the bike when it was purchased was $550.
A Churchill Road resident advised police Sept. 17 his green Raleigh men's 10-speed bike had been taken from his residence. The bike has an estimated value of $75.
A break-in at a Park Street residence was reported Sept. 16. Among the items taken were a 20-inch television (believed to be a Panasonic), a Zenith VCR, Venture stereo, Nintendo and Super Nintendo units as well as CDs and VHS movies. The stolen items have an estimated value of $425. The investigating officer is Constable Darren Davis.
A 14-year-old girl has been charged in connection with two incidents reported to police Sept. 16 and Sept. 21. In the first case, a Douglas Drive resident indicated she had been threatened with assault. The second case involved a girl who told police she had been threatened at the skateboard park.
A boy and girl, both 14, were arrested and charged following the first incident. They have been charged with uttering threats to cause bodily harm, death, damage to property and assault. The girl was also arrested and charged with uttering a threat in the second case. Constable Shawn Steinburg is investigating both cases.
Anyone with information on these or any other occurrences is asked to contact the Prescott Police Service at 925-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Vandalism hits mail boxes and signs
AUGUSTA A number of mail boxes, road signs and civic address signs were damaged on Dixon Road near the intersection of County Road 15. OPP Constable Butcher is investigating the incident reported Sept. 27. There were no suspects as of earlier this week, according to a police news release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grenville County detachment in Prescott (925-4221) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Large house party gets out of hand
AUGUSTA A swimming pool and a number of household items were damaged when a large house party got out of hand, according to Grenville County OPP.
On Sept. 27, Constable Butcher responded to a residence on County Road 26. The investigation is in its initial phase, according to police. A number of witnesses will be interviewed to determine the suspects responsible for the damage.
Caribbean visitors experience Fort Town while on Rotary exchange
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - A group of Rotarians from the Caribbean got the chance to experience a bit of Prescott culture recently.
Four Rotary members from the Caribbean Rotary district 7030 were in Prescott for three days as part of the Rotary Club International's Group Study Exchange.
The international visitors, team leader Alain Horth of French Guiana, Rudy Arconte of Guadeloupe, Sharon Nathaniel of Antigua and Perle Alcindor of St. Lucia got a chance to visit Fort Wellington and the Battle of the Windmill, last Wednesday while in the area and spent one day of their trip going to work with someone in the region in an associated field of work.
"The idea of the exchange is to spend a day in similar lines of work," said Prescott Rotary Club past-president Ken Durand. "That way they can learn how we do things and we can learn from them. The exchange is used to increase understanding and promote world peace."
For members of the Prescott club, learning about the other cultures and acting as tour guides has been a memorable one.
"It's been super," said Durand. "I picked them up and we had a barbecue with their host families to get to know one another and then they were taken on a tour of the area to see the 1000 Islands, Fort Wellington and the Battle of the Windmill."
While on their trip, the international Rotarians have made their way through some of Ontario and New York state making stops to visit Rotary clubs and see the sights in Montreal, Cornwall, Ottawa, Petawawa, Watertown, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Kingston and Prescott.
For Horth, his experiences in the area have been very positive.
"The people here are a very happy people," said Horth. "They're very good and friendly they take their time with things and have welcomed us in like family."
Alcindor added, "It's been great. We've been embraced by complete strangers being taken in their homes and treated like family. It's made me not miss home that much. Prescott is very unique and reminds me a lot of home, with its gracious hosts and appreciation of history."
Nathaniel explained, "It has been a very educational trip, getting to see the 1000 Islands and the fort. We are a culture which are very proud of our history and Canada has been very good at preserving their heritage which is important to them."
For Arconte, who has spent the last five years living in Paris as a graphic artist, the trip to Canada was better late than never.
"My dream at 18 was to come and study in Laval," said Arconte. "Now I get to come here. Guadaloupe is a small paradise, while Canada is a very big one. It's been important to me to be in Canada visiting areas near where I want to start the next part of my life with my own business."
Maple producers workshop set for Frankville
FRANKVILLE - The 3rd annual Leeds and Grenville Maple Producers Technical Workshop is being held this Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 at Gibbons Family Farm in Frankville.
This year's theme is "Diversity of Values in the Sugar Bush." The workshop is open to all maple syrup producers both experienced and inexperienced as well as the public.
Presentations vary from edible and non-edible mushrooms in woodlots to an overview of Ontario maple syrup production in 2003.
The workshop will commence Friday with the keynote address from Charles Ross secretary for the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers beginning at 7 pm.
Maple syrup equipment dealers will be on hand displaying the latest equipment; an Octoberfest barbecue is planned for Saturday.
For more information, contact stewardship co-ordinator Jack Henry at the Grenville Land Stewardship Council in Brockville at 342-8528.
Alzheimer support group to meet Oct. 16
PRESCOTT An Alzheimer information and support group meeting will take place later this month.
The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 pm at St. Paul's United Church, corner of George and Dibble streets.
New members are welcome. For more information, call the Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville at 345-7392.
Maitland sisters win scholarships
MAITLAND NEWS by Jane Fullarton
Vicky Jones of Bernard Crescent in Maitland has followed in the steps of her sister Stephanie by earning a full scholarship to the University of New Orleans. Parents Phil and Pat Jones made the 2,400-kilometre trip to New Orleans by van with the girls in mid-August to get them started.
Vicky, who is a graduate of Thousand Islands Secondary School, earned this full athletic scholarship that provides tuition, accommodation, food and books by distance running.
Vicky is enrolled in the health, fitness and sports management program at the university and plans to focus on running five-kilometre and 10-kilometre events. Vicky has times of under 19 minutes in the five-kilometre event, which attracted the attention of eight American universities offering scholarships.
After touring another school campus, Vicky decided to join her sister Stephanie at the University of New Orleans. The idea of a southern school appealled to both girls who looked forward to not having to run outdoors in minus forty-degree weather.
Stephanie Jones is in her second year of the secondary education program specializing in biology. She also is on a full scholarship for distance running with her main events being three kilometres and five kilometres and steeplechase, which is a distance race including jumping over barriers at times into water hazards.
The Jones girls started their running career early with Stephanie running cross-country in Grade 1 at Maitland school and Vicky beginning in Grade 2. The girls moved on to Maynard, where Jim Toshack was an excellent coach. As the girls looked to improve their times, they enlisted their father Phil Jones to help them train.
The Jones family is a familiar sight in the area, running the roads and country trails. While attending TISS, the girls benefitted from the excellent track program coach Ron Hungerford ran, and began to attract the attention of coaches as they travelled to meets in North Carolina and competed in the all-Ontario meets. The success of a distance runner depends on talent and commitment. The Jones sisters run 90 kilometres a week every week as training for their events and they run six days a week. They are constantly working to improve their personal-best times.
The girls are currently involved in cross-country meets which will go on until November, then the indoor track season starts, and in March outdoor track begins with the last event being May 11. Their team travels extensively, attending meets in Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky.
The remarkable accomplishment of both girls is a testament to what hard work, determination and setting high goals for yourself can do.
Consensus-builder Beckstead seeks third term as Prescott councillor
PRESCOTT Jo-Anne Beckstead believes Prescott council needs a balance of experience and new blood.
Beckstead is seeking her third consecutive term as councillor. She is one of four incumbents 12 candidates in all vying for six councillor positions.
Having served almost six years on town council, Beckstead was not necessarily planning to run for another three-year term. The closer it got to the nomination deadline, though, she realized how much she would miss being on council and "giving back to the town."
"I still think I bring something to the table," Beckstead told The Journal Friday.
"I realized I still had enthusiasm for the job," she said.
Her approach to issues has not changed in six years: although she has her own opinions and expresses them, she takes a pragmatic approach and bases decisions on circumstances.
"I've lost some votes, but I leave it behind and carry on," remarked Beckstead, who added she is "a consensus-builder."
The councillor has been the town's representative on the St. Lawrence Lodge board. With major reconstruction plans now in the works, Beckstead would like to carry on with what she described as an exciting and important project for the community.
She also plans to be a strong advocate for the Prescott Public Library. Beckstead noted the significance of ensuring there are new residential units available in town.
She went on to state she is pleased there will be an actual election for all six councillor seats in November; she was one of five councillors acclaimed in the fall of 2000.
Beckstead said being acclaimed is different than being voted in; she is hopeful voters will give her a mandate to continue to serve the community.
French seeks better deal for ratepayers
PRESCOTT Reducing the property tax burden is one of Jim French's goals as town councillor.
French is one of four incumbents and 12 candidates in all who are vying for six councillor seats in Prescott. In addition to the three-year term coming to an end this fall, he served two terms as councillor in the 1990s.
French indicated this summer he would either run for mayor or council but would not make a decision until shortly before nominations closed. He filed his councillor papers late Friday afternoon.
He said Monday he had been debating whether he could make time for the many functions and other meetings the mayor would be expected to attend.
"I felt I did not have the time to devote to it," French said.
The town finance committee chairman, businessman and former PUC commissioner said he enjoys serving on council, adding he would like to be part of the incoming group that will deal with development issues initiated by the current council and its predecessor. Commercial and residential growth could ease the demands on the existing tax base. "We should always be looking at ways to generate revenue" and be more competitive with other communities to attract businesses and residents, according to French.
The candidate is hopeful municipalities will receive additional funds through the distribution of gasoline taxes. French added other approaches would have to be considered if those tax revenues do not flow to the local level.
"Hopefully, there will be some relief for local taxpayers," he said.
French and fellow incumbents Jo-Anne Beckstead, Garry Dewar and Terry McConnell are joined in the election race by Jeremy Adams, Kelly Benish, Graham Cudlipp, Suzanne Dodge, Sue O'Hanlon, Nancy Lane, Robert Pelda and Chuck Street. Councillors Nancy McFarland and Seeley Pillar are not seeking re-election.
Council veteran tries for another term
MAYNARD It will take solid honesty, common sense and a business mind to help run Augusta Township, and Pauline Cyr believes she has all the right attributes.
The two-term Augusta councillor from 1985 to 1991 - and the first woman to be elected in the history of the township - has announced her candidacy for a councillor position in the November municipal election.
Cyr is now retired with her husband Gill after having been involved in several enterprises over the past 40 years, including Cyr's Farm Supply, a slaughter house and meat packing business, the Maynard General Store and a school bus operation, and now it's time to give back to the community in which she has lived for more than 47 years, she explained. This business experience, coupled with her previous six years on council, will be a valuable asset to Augusta, she said.
A resident of Lords Mills Road, she has five children and five grandchildren, and is active in St. Mark's Church Catholic Women's League.
Cyr would like to see more open communication with Augusta residents, with the people knowing they can count on her to get their opinions and desires heard at the council table. Residents should feel free to call council with any difficulties, she added, and "kitchen meetings" need to get to the council chamber.
She added she sees herself as the spokesperson for the people.
Township residents could also to be involved more in committee groups, such as roads or the environment, to further involve the public in the government process, she added.
A council position is not a free ride, Cyr noted, but a job at which she plans to work hard.
Candidate debate set for Maitland
MAITLAND An Augusta Township candidates meeting has been scheduled to take place at MERC Hall in Maitland Monday, Oct. 6 beginning at 7 pm.
Ken McKittrick will be the moderator. Candidates will be given an opportunity to speak; a question period from the public will follow. The meeting has been organized by the Maitland Education and Recreation Committee board. Refreshments will be available.
Augusta candidate knows she can get job done
MAYNARD When few other people were willing to come forward for a councillor position in Augusta Township, Carol Stephenson knew she was up for the job.
"Nobody seemed to be running," said Stephenson, who entered her name on the last possible day - Friday - as a councillor candidate in the Nov. 10 municipal election. "My grandfather was the type of man who said 'don't chew about it - do something about it.'"
Stephenson, a mother of two young children and who operates a farm on County Road 21 near Roebuck with her husband Lance, had been following Augusta Township news, and felt she could help resolve some of the dissention around the council table.
Council members seemed to be at odds during this past term, she said, with individuals unable to come to agreements. Stephenson added there was too much conflict and there is a need to work toward a common goal.
Stephenson also hopes to see more investigation regarding the closure of the North Augusta landfill site and possible alternatives for waste disposal, recycling and composting. Roads in the township are also in "severe need of help," but taxes cannot be raised to deal with the issue, she said.
The councillor candidate says she is willing to learn the ropes of council and give it her best shot.
She is the current president of the Spencerville St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church group known as WWING (Women Working in the Name of God), and is a member of Christian Farmers' Federation of Ontario.
Stephenson grew up in Spencerville, and as a resident of Roebuck for 10 years, has also worked as a volunteer for various functions at the Roebuck community centre. She is also working toward her personal support worker certification.
Three councillor seats are up for grabs in the election; registered candidates, besides Stephenson, are Garry Ferguson, Wayne Reid, Pauline Cyr and John Fischl.
LEEDS-GRENVILLE Voters in Leeds-Grenville also had a choice of five candidates in the June 1999 provincial election.
Bob Runciman of the Progressive Conservatives was re-elected to the Ontario legislature by receiving 53 per cent of valid ballots cast. Runciman garnered 23,390 votes, followed in second place by Liberal Don Cameron with 17,307 votes. Finishing a distant third was New Democrat Jim Murray with 2,097 votes.
Green party candidate Ken Blackburn received 1,008 votes to finish fourth. In fifth place with 244 votes was Britt Roberts of the Natural Law party.
Keeping the faith is goal of Catholic school board trustee candidate
PRESCOTT Continuing to ensure the knowledge of the Catholic faith is passed on to children is among Tony Jozefowicz's goals if he is re-elected as an English Catholic school board trustee.
The RR 5 Spencerville resident has announced his candidacy for the board of trustee position representing Grenville County on the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO). Jozefowicz is currently completely a three-year term as the Grenville representative on the board.
School trustees are elected at the same time as municipal officials during the Nov. 10 election.
CDSBEO schools within Grenville are St. Mark and St. Joseph in Prescott and St. Michael and Holy Cross in Kemptville.
"The bottom line for me is really the salvation of souls - that's why we're in business as a Catholic school board," Jozefowicz said. "If I don't pass on the faith, there's no requirement to have a Catholic school system."
Along with teaching the faith, Jozefowicz would like to see an unbiased mechanism in place to oversee the implementation of the religious curriculum. While there are systems to oversee core subjects, Jozefowicz said there is no accountability in religious education. Knowing if the curriculum is being given and if the students are assimilating the curriculum is an area of weakness Jozefowicz would like to improve.
Accountability should also extend to the director of education at the board, who Jozefowicz suggests should be required to undergo an annual formal performance evaluation.
As well, Jozefowicz would like to see an end to the practice of the school board accepting financial gifts from groups whose interests are in conflict with the philosophies and theologies of the Catholic church.
Jozefowicz is a retired major who had a 26-year career as a fighter pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently in his fifth year as a school bus driver.
He is active in St. Mark's Catholic Church in Prescott, where he and his wife Diane co-ordinate youth activities such as last summer's World Youth Day, Journey to the Father youth conferences, and faith enrichment exercises. He is now organizing a 45-member delegation for a World Youth Day pilgrimage to Cologne and Rome in Aug. 2005.
Junior Citizen nominations are now open
The Prescott Journal is proud to be able to offer the 2003 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards so we can say "thank you" to the exceptional young people in our community.
Please help us by nominating a young person, aged 6-17, who is actively involved in community service; has performed acts of heroism; is contributing to the community while living with limitations; or is a good kid who shows a commitment to make life better for others, perhaps doing things not expected of someone their age.
Co-ordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association and supported financially by Tembec Paper Group, this program will acknowledge all of the youths nominated. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition from their community newspaper.
Up to 12 of the nominees and one group are then chosen as the final recipients to receive the Award, which will be presented by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor during a special ceremony held in Toronto in March 2004.
Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 30. Forms and further information about the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year program can be obtained from this newspaper, online at www.ocna.org - Awards, or by calling OCNA at (905) 639-8720.
Nominate a young person today; their actions today are helping to shape a better tomorrow, and they deserve to be recognized.
Trustee candidate seeks to maintain quality of Catholic education
PRESCOTT Maintaining and strengthening the unique system of Catholic education will be Brent Laton's goal if he is elected as the English Catholic school board trustee representing Grenville County.
Laton, a Prescott resident, is seeking the trustee seat on the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. Catholic schools within Grenville are St. Mark and St. Joseph in Prescott and St. Michael and Holy Cross in Kemptville.
Voters will have the option of electing Laton or incumbent Tony Jozefowicz Nov. 10 when they elect municipal representatives.
This is an interesting time for education in Ontario, Laton noted. He would like to see more of the 33 student-focus funding recommendations of the government's Education Equality Task Force implemented. These far-reaching recommendations would see an upgrade in the benchmarks used in providing funding to boards, he explained.
"It's important to stress the Catholic school board is a unique system" in which religion is taught not only in the classroom, but on the playground and sports field as well, Laton said. The whole system must be a Christian-based environment with religion integrated into all learning, he added.
Laton has been active locally as a community representative on councils at both St. Mark and St. Joseph, and feels being a school trustee is the next logical step to continuing involvement in education.
He is a graduate of both schools, and noted his interest in education was likely launched by his mother Marion, a former teacher at St. Mark who has also been an active volunteer there.
The trustee candidate has seen first-hand the challenges faced in the schools by parents and teachers as they strive to meet the Ontario curriculum, he added.
Laton is a graduate of the public administration program at Carleton University, and for the past 10 years he has operated The Laton Group, an accounting firm whose main focus is charities and non-profit organizations.
A member of St. Mark's Church, Laton is also on the parish council, the finance committee and treasurer for the Knights of Columbus.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"All our hard work has really paid off."
John Lane, commenting on the completion of the Prescott Kiwanis Skatepark
PLEASE VOTE: Regardless of what the polls are indicating and media reports suggesting a clear winner is emerging in the Ontario election campaign, voters should focus on why they are voting and follow through by showing up at the polling stations tomorrow. Voters, as is the case with politicians, could choose to accept what the polls are suggesting and act accordingly.
Whether it is a matter of backing a winner, showing support for your candidate in the face of defeat or some other reason, the bottom line is not to waste the opportunity to have a say in the outcome of the election.
Even if we are less than impressed by the options available this time around, we must work with what we have. Given the state of the economy and the need to maintain and strengthen existing services such as health care and education, it is difficult to comprehend the ambivalence and apathy being displayed by a significant portion of the electorate. The system has its flaws, but that does not mean we can turn our backs and leave it to someone else to fix the problems.
Like it or not, Ontarians are being asked to elect a new government. We have the right not to vote, but choosing to ignore our responsibility is the easy way out and will do nothing to make our lives any better. So hold your nose if you have to, but please vote.
TIME TO TAKE A STAND: Now that the nominations have closed and the municipal election campaign has begun, it is time for the candidates to come forward and be more specific about their goals, their views and the issues affecting their communities.
Let's assume everyone is in favour of economic development and easing the burden on the folks who pay property taxes. What should be done to stimulate growth and provide better value to taxpayers? To what extent should the municipality play a direct role in attracting new businesses and residents?
In Prescott, candidates must address the ongoing saga of the future of policing. Do you favour disbanding the Prescott Police Service in favour of the OPP? Should the town continue to pursue the matter in court?
And what about fluoridation? Should there be a referendum on the issue, and is it even an issue?
Does the concept of an amalgamated Edwardsburgh/Cardinal need a second look? Is the former village being treated unfairly, and how can the system be changed to make Cardinal residents feel their interests are not being ignored?
Fortunately, the municipal election campaign gives candidates and voters more time to communicate than the provincial one. We encourage both sides to take advantage of that "extra" time by making their views known.
Early-morning wake-up call nothing to crow about
THE NEW GUY byTim Ruhnke
It remains to be seen whether train whistles will become an issue in Prescott's municipal election campaign. However, there are probably some east-end residents who would rather see an end to another form of what could be described as an unwelcome wake-up call in the morning: the noise generated by dozens of crows that have chosen the Churchill-Boundary area as the place to mark the arrival of 6 am with as much fanfare as they can.
At first, this congregation was quite impressive. By day three, the daily ritual had become annoying. It is getting to the point at which a train whistle would be a refreshing change of pace that, with any luck, would scare the crows away and provide relief to those of us hoping to catch a few more minutes of rest before that pesky snooze alarm kicks in.
Speaking of dead crows, it is somewhat reassuring to know there have yet to be any local human cases of West Nile virus. (To be more accurate, the health unit has not indicated any local residents have become ill as a result of contracting the virus in the Leeds-Grenville and Lanark area.) Given the numerous deaths being reported in other parts of Canada and the United States, there is some comfort in the fact this unwelcome visitor has not taken its toll here.
It must be difficult for the health unit to keep on top of new public health concerns while also dealing with the illnesses and safety challenges that have been around for generations. The unit's Web site continues to feature information on West Nile virus, including everything from how to prevent contracting the mosquito-borne virus to handling dead birds believed to be infected. A number of news releases relating to West Nile have been released this year; in one case, the health unit reported a dead crow found in Riverview Heights was infected with the virus. There was also an indication mosquitoes in that area were to be tested.
The Journal had several follow-up questions relating to that release and the presence of West Nile in that neighbourhood. Unfortunately, the health unit did not see fit to return the call and offer reassurance to the residents of the Prescott area.
We have not heard of any subsequent problems, and the arrival of autumn should soon eliminate the West Nile risk... at least for six or seven months. We hope the health unit will remain vigilant and give the public the straight goods in a timely fashion.
Council considers woodlot purchase during fuel shortage
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Oct. 5, 1933
* The annual Grenville County Plowing Match was held on the farm of W.N. Barton north of Highway 2 on Blue Church Road.
Oct. 7, 1943
* Prescott municipal council tackled one of the major problems of the year when it discussed at length the shortage of fuel wood. An option was consequently taken on a property north of the town towards meeting the fuel wood requirements of the community. "There won't be any real crisis until the winter weather is actually here," commented Mayor Taugher in opening the discussion. "Too many people are so busy lining up every morning for their beer to give a thought to the winter's fuel."
Oct. 5, 1953
* The Prescott Kinsmen club is again sponsoring a Halloween Shell-Out party for Prescott children, it was decided at the supper meeting of the club at the Daniels' Hotel. Grover Fisher was named the chairman of the shell-out committee.
Oct. 2, 1963
* R.E. "Bob" Fairfield joined The Journal staff as news editor and advertising manager, coming to Prescott from Marathon, Ontario.
Oct. 3, 1973
* South Grenville students earned $350 for a needy cause. The students went back in history to the time of Ben Hur, the gladiators and chariot races. The time reversal was a gimmick to raise money for the March of Dimes Adult Disability Fund. Eleven chariots entered the competition The winning team was Dan Robinson, Carolyne Boyle and Geoff LeClair, whose chariot was sponsored for $30.
Oct. 5, 1983
* The Prescott Kiwanis club installed its new executive for the 1983-1984 year at its weekly meeting. The new officers were Bob Ashby, Pat Connors, Chris Slater, Bob Laton, Brian Milne, Eric Ashby, Joe Doyle, Gerry Carey and John Emmerton.
Oct. 6, 1993
* The local health unit urged Prescott to join close to 300 other municipalities across Canada to help butt out the effects of second-hand smoke. Brent Dalgleish, public health nurse with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit, made a presentation to council requesting it pass a bylaw to restrict smoking in the workplace and in public places such as restaurants and stores.
Augusta trading ballot boxes for postal boxes this November
FORT TOWN DIARY by John A.H. Morris
How many municipal voters in Augusta Township are aware that for the first time in history they will not be going to the polls this election year to vote for their choice of reeve, deputy reeve or councillor? Instead, the out-going Augusta Twp. council decided earlier this year that township voters will be required to cast their ballots by mail, although limited measures have been adopted to allow ballots to be dropped off at the municipal offices in Maynard up to, and including election day, Monday, November 10.
Phoning around the township and talking to Augusta residents as recently as this past weekend, we estimate that probably fewer than 10 per cent of eligible township voters are aware they will be required to mark their ballot at home and mail it to the township returning office at least a week before election day (November 10). This means municipal employees and candidates running for office in Augusta have a giant education program to carry out within the next few weeks to inform voters of the changes in voting procedures.
Here is the schedule and procedure for voting in Augusta Twp. this year, and remember only Augusta has adopted a vote-by-mail procedure in the South Grenville area. Prescott and Edwardsburgh/Cardinal voters will exercise their franchises the old fashioned way, same as they have been doing, in some cases, as far back in history as 1834.
* Election kits containing an affidavit, ballot and return addressed, stamped envelope, will be mailed out through Canada Post between October 15 and 20.
* The ballot is to be marked and placed in a special security envelope, then placed in another SASE and placed in the caring hands of Canada Post on or before November 3. (North Augusta residents can expect a two or three day delay as they are served out of the Smiths Falls post office.)
* There will be no Advance Poll in Augusta Twp. for this election, but voters who miss the November 3 mailing deadline and who want to make sure their ballots are counted, can deliver them to the township hall in Maynard up to and including November 10. This one and only polling office will close at 8 pm, November 10.
* A copy of the current voters list is available at the township office where voters can check it to see if they are eligible to vote in this year's election. This is the only place a voters list will be posted.
This system of voting by mail in a municipal election is being introduced in Augusta for the first time this year. It will have advantages for some voters, and disadvantages for others.
The main advantage will be elimination of the difficulties some seniors and handicapped voters will have of getting to the polls on election day. It will be much more convenient for voters to mark their ballots and drop them in the mail at their convenience instead of setting aside time on a specific date to vote and then have to search for a specific polling location. It will do away with the search for adequate poll locations, the hiring of experienced and responsible poll clerks and deputies. It will eliminate the need to provide ballots, voters lists and ballot boxes and voter materials to a large number of polling locations on election day and then having to collect ballot boxes and a tally of voting results from each of these polls after they are closed.
The main disadvantage, and we see it more as a detriment than a disadvantage, of voting by mail is the easy elimination of the secret ballot, a democratic fundamental that we have earned in Canada over the past 200 years, which many of us still cherish. This will hold true with some elderly citizens who will be confused by the paperwork and new concept involved and will be forced to seek advice which will not always come from a close family confidante.
Doing away with polling subdivisions eliminates some of the more geopolitical aspects of the township, such as which polls supported which councillor, or whether the reeve gained a majority from the front concessions or the back concessions, or had general support throughout the municipality. This information can tell a township politician what problems need attention in what areas. The 5 to 8 pm rush to the polls will be eliminated as no one will know, or else have access to this information, even after results are tallied.
Goodbye annoying election traditions!
Jump Team final report released with little fanfare
BROCKVILLE The Upper Canada Jump Team Implementation Committee - a regional group of community stakeholders and business leaders charged with the responsibility of carrying out recommendations from provincial Resource Jump Team consultants - continues to gather information to improve quality of life and the economy in Leeds and Grenville.
The Jump Team - a provincial initiative aimed at providing innovative strategies and revitalization techniques to strengthen communities - released its final report with little fanfare at a media sub-committee meeting at the Brockville Arts Centre Sept. 29. Information gathered from community stakeholders in Nov. 2002 laid the groundwork for future action in Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville and Gananoque. Initial findings and observations were released at a Jump Team workshop in February.
The final Jump Team report focuses on five specific areas: promoting quality of life and place to small business, tourism development and marketing, building community and product brands, revitalizing main streets and downtowns, and connecting Leeds and Grenville municipalities.
The Upper Canada Jump team represents municipal membership from across Leeds and Grenville associated with downtown revitalization and the general enhancement of the economic fabric of a community.
Sub-committees include media leadership and how this industry might contribute to building local confidence and pride, community improvement areas, branding and retail recruitment. A committee will be co-ordinating the application of an OSTAR grant (Ontario Small Town and Rural Development) to assist with such expenses as ad placement, promotion, trade show exhibits, data base management and signage, explained Brockville Economic Development Officer Dave Paul, a facilitator for the media group discussion.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Canadian Idol critique disgusts Journal reader
Upon reading the Sept. 24 edition of your newspaper, I was extremely disgusted with the Club House Remarks by David Dickenson regarding the most watched show in Canadian history, Canadian Idol.
How dare he criticize the talent in this country. I am sure if Gary Beals were to read the remarks stating "After seeing the guy sing I simply wanted to punch him for being annoying," he would want to file a lawsuit. How can you tolerate employees who think so viciously?
I am going to make sure these comments are distributed in Kingston and area, so be prepared for a few letters. I am sure Ryan Malcolm's fans will not take kindly to this article.
When all these contestants become famous, I am sure their income will be far greater than yours, Mr. Dickenson.
Much-needed colour added to town dock
By Astrid Strader, Project Controller, Horticulturist and Garden Designer
What a blessing it is for this town to have the Canadian Coast Guard as part of their community. Their willingness to add to the community is just one reason why we're lucky. The resources that they share, and the staff's commitment to community have really helped create something special down at the town parking lot at the main dock.
It all started when I told Ray Young of the Business Improvement Association that we would receive an anchor and buoy for display at the old Daniels' lot, where we made a small park. When the coast guard delivered these, our impression was "that's not a real anchor." The next thing you know, we were told that "a real anchor" had been found. So, down at the town parking lot at the main dock, you'll see showcased a Trotman anchor built for the British Navy in the late 1800s. In fact, the unique design - a swivel anchor, was only built in the period 1872-1889, and was given to the colonies during that time.
Bill Mullin, acting supervisor of Field Services at the Prescott Coast Guard Base, co-ordinated the acquisition and moving of the boom timbers used to showcase the anchor. These immense timbers, measuring 14 feet by 22 inches, were donated to Prescott Blossoms by Ontario Power Generation in Cornwall - (they were used to block the flow of ice in the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River). It was quite a feat to move these 500-pound timbers. Helping with the construction of the "anchor planter" were coast guard personnel: Dan Stevenson, Stan Moore, Ron Hutt, Keith Winters and Bill Mullin. These timbers and the anchor needed to be secured and made safe. Our own, very committed and highly-skilled Ed Yandeau of Prescott Public Works got the job done at a moments notice. We are in the process of painting the timbers and creating planting spaces which the Canadian Tire Social Club will plant with a selection of shrubs and flowers.
Further up the road, Bill Countryman of the Prescott Fire Department cheers us on with the landscaping project we have undertaken at the Fire Hall. Mike Moulton, firefighter, volunteered much of his time to help us lay the complicated interlocking brick pattern. We've had so much support from Fire Chief Bill Lawrence, that this job has been a pleasure to work on. It's a complete makeover, which will end with the installation of the original fire department's bell dated 1838, four benches and a fountain, actually a "bubbler" (just wait and see). And once again, we couldn't have done it without public works and in particular, Ed Yandeau - who has been so flexible and patient with us.
Come for the food, stay for the games
WALKER HOUSE NEWS by MARNIE LIPPIATT
Mark your calendar for Oct. 17 at 5:30 pm. Members will be having a pot luck supper. Bring a friend and, if you like, stay for the evening to enjoy a board game of your choice. Please call 925-5300 or sign up so we can set the tables.
Members of the board are reminded of their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10 am.
This weekend (Oct. 3-4), Walker House is pleased to join many other artists on the Seaway Autumn Colour Studio Tour. We will have our weavers and quilters working on their projects at various times during the two days. A few select items made by our members will be for sale. A light lunch can also be purchased.
We have accepted the Bottom Line Challenge from the Food For All Food Bank. Please bring your non-perishable items to Walker House before noon this Thursday, Oct. 2. We will take them from there to O'Reilly's to cover our part of the "line."
Card game winners: Monday bridge 1st, Jim Campbell; 2nd, Ed Zackon; door prize, Janet White. Fun bridge 1st, Wanda Wilson. Wednesday night bridge 1st, Margaret Nesbitt; 2nd, Brenda Humphry; door, Eleanor Gilligan. Thursday night euchre 1st, Jim Campbell; 2nd, Myrtle Shahan; 3rd, Jean McCrady; door, Jean Annable.
Public meeting on water meters still leaves questions to be asked
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
CARDINAL - Residents of Cardinal finally got a chance to get some questions answered regarding the possibility of water meters being installed in the village.
More than 100 people showed up at the former Cardinal municipal hall Thursday night to get answers on the continuing saga of meters.
An impatient crowd heard a combined two hours of presentations from Bill Knight of the Thompson Rosemount Group, Shannon Hamilton-Browne of the Drinking Water Inspection Program of the Ministry of the Environment, Public Health Inspector Gary MacKenzie of the Lanark Leeds and Grenville District Health Unit, Max Christie of the Greater Napanee Utilities Commission and past president of the Ontario Water Works Association, chartered accountant Ross Markell of Keen, Despatie and Markell and co-owner of G.C. Toshack Hugh George.
George spoke to the crowd answering questions of the installation process of the meters and liability regarding installations, while Christie and Knight each hit home the point that water meters are the only way to enforce the conservation of water.
Hamilton-Browne's presentation centered on new legislation regarding the sustainable water and sewer act, stating that it currently is not enforced and won't be until a proclamation of the lieutenant governor is made and no one knew when and if that would be.
With the conservation of water one of the main reasons for water meters, Ward One Councillor and candidate for mayor Peggy Taylor felt the project could be held off for now to focus on current issues regarding water and sewage in the village.
"According to the Stantech Report, Cardinal has an accumulated reserve capacity which can accommodate growth," explained Taylor. "If we aren't in a place where we need immediate conservation then we should look at putting off water meters and instead focussing on some of the suggestions made in the report, such as separating water and sewage and looping unlooped lines. We should look at spending money elsewhere where we need to do so."
In the roughly 45 minutes the public was given a chance to ask questions about the meters, the crowd touched base on the topic of water meters on apartments, the area rating of the project and the costs associated to the billing from the meters.
During the meeting, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Dave Dobbie indicated council had expressed its wishes to have the meters installed by the end of the year in order to get the rates associated with the billing properly figured out.
"I know when North Grenville went on water meters they had to adjust the rates three times in one year just to get the cost paid for," explained Dobbie.
Ward Two Councillor and Chair of the Public Works/ Environmental Services Committee, Bill Sloan, was happy with the meeting.
"I felt it was a very good meeting," said Sloan. "We got a lot of questions answered. In my opinion, this is the only way to go; the user will pay through cost recovery."
Some were not as thrilled with the outcome of the meeting.
"I didn't get a chance to get all of my questions answered," said former reeve of the village of Cardinal, Larry Dishaw. "I still had questions on staffing, treatment upgrades in Johnstown and other areas. They didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know."
Dishaw also pointed out the fact council had voices of experience which could have been taken advantage of.
"There are five councillors who have the experience with the building of the water plant and working with the Thompson Rosemount Group," said Dishaw. "They are seven people around a council table that didn't have expertise and didn't look at an ad hoc committee, when they had people with experience they could have called upon."
Library relocation concerns councillor
CARDINAL - The cost of relocating of the Cardinal Public Library to the former municipal office was discussed by council at a special meeting Thursday in Cardinal.
Ward One Councillor and candidate for mayor, Peggy Taylor brought up the issue, citing a large increase in the cost to move the library when the idea was brought forth from the Administration Committee, which Taylor chairs, to when the project was taken over by a special Ad Hoc Committee appointed by Mayor Dave Dobbie.
"The issue is the cost associated with moving the library," said Taylor. "Administration was told the cost would be minimal, but that has changed. I feels that spending that amount ($60,000) on the library is not as great as the needs of the community as a whole."
Another of Taylor's issues with the library's relocation include the loss of a wheelchair accessible meeting hall in the village, leaving the only other places for meetings as the South Edwardsburgh Community Centre and the municipal hall in Spencerville.
"There are other places where the money could be used," said Taylor. "In my first year as a councillor, the fire department presented me with a plan for bay expansions. One option would be to build on bays to the Cardinal municipal office, which would allow them the basement which would be suitable for weights and their other supplies, while another community sector in the OPP would also still be here."
Dobbie indicated to Taylor the idea of building bays onto the municipal hall would not be feasible.
"If you're talking about building bays onto this building, then $61,000 is not going to do a heck of a lot," said Dobbie. "In the old Edwardsburgh township, we added three bays to the township garage in Pittston and at that time it cost us $300,000 and this would likely be in excess of $400,000."
Taylor indicated the fire hall relocation was just an idea, but the real issue is being missed.
"The issue is the money it's going to cost and losing one of three meeting halls within the township. They're a big part of the community. We need to look at the options and make the best decision for the community."
Taylor also floated the concept of having the library in the basement of the former municipal hall.
Council supports food bank
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
CARDINAL - Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal township council has agreed to donate $1,500 to the Food For All Food Bank in Prescott.
Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Dave Dobbie brought the issue to council Thursday following a long delay in making a decision on a possible donation.
"Earlier this year, we were contacted by the food bank about making a donation," said Dobbie. "It completely slipped my mind, and the deputy mayor brought it up about a month ago and they have since called us asking about it."
Dobbie indicated to the food bank statistics on the usage by Edwardsburgh/Cardinal residents would be required from the food bank, with the mayor indicating he received the package Sept 16, the day following the previous council meeting.
According to the statistics Edwardsburgh/Cardinal residents accounted for 21 per cent of the foot bank's clients, while seven per cent are Augusta residents and 72 per cent are Prescott residents. Of the 375 families served in the past year, the mayor indicated 79 were from Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal.
"It was also asked what other municipalities in South Grenville have donated and Augusta donated $1,600 and Prescott donated $1,000 and other concessions," said Dobbie. "We should be giving something, keeping in mind some of our residents in the north are using the facilities in Mountain."
Ward One Councillor Peggy Taylor suggested council should match Augusta's donation, and help out in other ways.
"I think we should match them or maybe give a little more," explained Taylor. "Also, we could put bins in the municipal office to also help out that way."
Ward Three Councillor Frank Noccey came up with the figure of $1,500, feeling it is appropriate given the percentage of township residents which use the service.
Long-time resident seeks council seat
CARDINAL - There will be an election race in Ward One after all as Hugh Cameron has filed his papers to run for councillor.
Cameron has been a Cardinal resident for over 30 years and wants to do what is best for the village.
Though he has never been a member of council, Cameron seeks to bring a keen interest in politics and the township along with his business experience to the council table.
Cameron owned and operated Lakeland Auto Parts in Morrisburg, and was involved in territory management for two automotive companies with up to six people under his direction until his retirement. Cameron also owns a small lawn and garden maintenance business, Heirloom Inspirations in Cardinal, which keeps him busy two days a week.
Two councillors will be elected in Ward One with Charlie Burrell and Dick Willis as the other two candidates.
Among some of the issues Cameron is proposing include a twice-yearly pick-up of obsolete household items and preserving the state of the village's canal parks.
He also holds concerns regarding the water meter issue in the village, the condition of village streets and rural roads and taxes getting out of control. Cameron is seeking to ensure both young adults and senior citizens within the village and across the township will have a voice to be heard.
"Having raised two children, I'm concerned with the direction the youth could go without proper guidance and someone to listen to them," explained Cameron. "I want to make any effort I can to make sure they have something to do instead of sitting on the street corner. But, also I want to be there for our senior citizens, who we sometimes forget about in our haste to do things. I don't want them to be forgotten and want to know about their concerns."
Accountability goal of Ward Two hopeful
CARDINAL - The race for councillor in Ward Two of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal has just heated up.
President of the Cardinal Ratepayers and Tenants Association, Sharan Mathieu, who has been one of the strongest voices for equality at the council table, has officially filed her papers to run for council.
Mathieu joins incumbents Peter Martin and Bill Sloan in seeking one of the two councillor seats in Ward Two.
Though a resident of Ward One, Mathieu has filed to run in Ward Two feeling she could be of better use as a councillor in that ward, where she feels she could help council take accountability for its actions.
She believes decisions made at the council and committee tables should be based on merit and objectivity as opposed to residency status.
"Decision-makers, regardless of whether they are elected or appointed have a fiduciary duty and moral responsibility to represent all ratepayers equally and fairly. I want to serve all residents of the township without priority to residency status. I shoot straight, but also play fair and elected or not I am not prepared to accept less in return."
One of the most pressing concerns of Mathieu is bringing financial accountability with respect to decision-making, citing the $39,000 spent on the official plan which has removed all references to road salt contamination of wells in the New Wexford and Johnstown areas, as well as the operating budget of the Spencerville arena as things which should cause concern.
Mathieu is a retired finance officer with the Ministry of Education and has worked with the provincial government for 23 years. Mathieu's presence has been frequent at council and committee meetings, also serving as one of three appointed representatives on the Planning Advisory Committee for the township.
Firefighters raise almost $5,000 for MD
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada continues to get a boost from firefighters in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township.
Firefighters from stations 1 (Spencerville) and 2 (Cardinal) collected $4,968.48 during the Labour Day parade in Cardinal and the Spencerville Fair parade Sept. 13. The amount is about $200 more than was raised last year, reported Mark Bruce, secretary of the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Firefighters Association.
Eighty boys registered for minor hockey program
Oct. 5, 1933
* The regular monthly meeting of the village of Cardinal was held in the council chamber. Those present were W.P Walker, Reeve; G. Stethem, T.M. Savor, T. McRobie and R.S. Browning, councillors.
Sept. 23, 1943
* Lieut. Eileen McLaughlin is Cardinal's first and only representative in the nursing service of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and is now attached to No. 2 Canadian General Hospital which was mobilized at St. Mary's College east of Brockville, and will go overseas with that unit. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McLaughlin, and her brother ross has been serving overseas with a field dressing station for the past two years.
Oct. 7, 1943
* The monthly meeting of the women's institute was held at the home of Mrs. C Allen with President Mrs. H. Prosser in the chair, assisted by Secretary Mrs. B. Merkley.
Sept. 18, 1963
* Robert Dodge, RR 1 Cardinal, won first place in the Holstein section of the Spencerville 4-H Calf Club, against a large turn-out of members.
Sept. 26, 1963
* M.E. Fee, president of the Canada Starch Co. Ltd. has announced plans to begin commercial production this month of Knorr dehydrated soup at the plant in Cardinal.
Oct. 3, 1963
* Keystone Contractors Ltd. of Ottawa was hard at work on a contract of grading, drainage and an overpass structure on 5.33 miles of the north lane of Highway 401 from the Highway 416 overpass to Shanly Road, Cardinal.
Oct. 3, 1973
* Eighty boys registered for the year's minor hockey program. Andries Brand, president of the Cardinal Minor Sports Association, was pleased with the turnout, but said he expected a larger number of boys to register for the winter program on the second day of registration.
Oct. 5, 1983
* Jeff Baldwin officially took over the coaching duties of the Cardinal Redbirds minor hockey team. Baldwin, an ex-referee and junior hockey player himself, said he will try to mould the team into a championship club.
Oct. 6, 1993
* People in Cardinal got a chance to enjoy lunch and raise $136 for the United Way at the same time. Cardinal and District Resource Board members and staff volunteered to do the cooking and serving while the public enjoyed a hot lunch served on a cool fall day. Board member Judy Markle barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers, while Lou Anne Hamilton and Cindy Couperus served customers.
Dart leagues get to the point
Branch 105 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Cardinal will be hosting a number of events over the upcoming week. The ladies dart league will play Wednesday, Oct. 1 beginning at 7 pm and euchre will be the game to play Oct. 2, also beginning at 7 pm.
On Oct. 3, mixed darts play will get under way at 7:30 pm. The ladies dart league will also host a 50/50 shoot on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7 pm until 1 am.
The Legion executive will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 beginning at 6:15 pm, followed by a general meeting at 7:30 pm. The Ladies Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 7 at 7 pm.
October will continue to be a busy month with the branch hosting a Fun Day Music Jam, a Scuba Diver Pumpkin Dive and a Kids' Halloween Party. Look for more details on those events in future issues of The Prescott Journal.
South Grenville Giants football teams drop openers
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville Giants junior football team dropped its season opener to the TISS Pirates 32-13 Friday in Prescott.
"It was our first game and we learned it on our feet," said coach Ian Ross. "Our defence had some good stands and our offence played well. If we're patient things will come. I hope they learned something from the game."
Giants quarterback Chad Hyland added, "Our offence was pretty strong, but we're going to have to work a bit on our defence and come out strong for the next game. We ran the ball well today and hopefully we can build on that."
Giants defensive player Mike Langlois, who was a force on South Grenville's defensive line all game, was happy with the overall performance.
"We played pretty good, but we still need to work on stuff," said Langlois. "Our offence was strong and our defence was starting to read some plays."
The Giants started the game flat as TISS was able to run sweeps at will against South Grenville's defence, putting the Pirates up 13-0.
South Grenville finally got its offence going late in the first half when Hyland replaced Ryan Killick at quarterback, finding Killick open for a nice 10-yard pass to advance the chains, before Killick would leave the game with an injured ankle.
A strong running game from Hyland, Killick and Corie Toye allowed South Grenville to gain some confidence as Hyland ran a fake punt for a first down setting up for him to call his own number for the touchdown. TISS got its hands on the extra point attempt, deflecting it off a South Grenville lineman's helmet and through the uprights for the point after.
The Giants defence came on strong with Scott Baker, Jordan Villenue and Langlois forcing the Pirates offence to find other ways to beat the defence.
TISS managed to bang one in late in the half, but the Giants rallied and Hyland scored his second touchdown of the game keeping the ball on a quarterback option. The Giants would miss the extra point.
Langlois made a couple more touchdown-saving tackles for the Giants, but TISS still managed to find the end zone while running through the middle.
Late in the game Hyland rallied the Giants with a 30-yard run off a fake punt to put him at over 100-yards rushing on the game, but TISS managed to pick off a pass late to secure the win.
Seniors fall 28-0 to BCI
The South Grenville Giants senior football team dropped its opener to last year's division champion BCI Red Rams 28-0.
"For our first game from a coaching standpoint, we were quite impressed," said coach Shaun Saunders. "We had a solid, hard-fought effort. Our offensive line played strongly and gave Kurtis (Summers) lots of time to throw the ball."
Saunders thinks the team is on the verge of pulling things together.
"Our offensive passing and receiving is just a little off; we're doing the hard stuff right, now we just need to finish on the easy stuff. We've had good positive feedback from the kids on the offence although it just didn't show."
South Grenville had trouble getting established early as BCI's offence took control of the match-up with a strong running and passing game.
Late in the first half, the Giants managed to get their shotgun offence to move the chains as Kurtis Summers managed complete passes to half back David Thornhill, and receivers Matt Alkerton, Jacob McGuire and Shane Pettifer, but was still unable to make it into the end zone.
Defensively, Giants linebacker Blake Jackson was one of South Grenville's leading tacklers, while defensive back David DeDekker managed an interception.
Giants senior volleyball team looking to repeat as champs
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville Giants senior boys volleyball team is looking for more hardware as it prepares for the Leeds and Grenville Secondary School Athletic Association (LGSSAA) regular season.
The Giants are returning five starters from last year's LGSSAA championship team including Curtis Bucking, Mike Ayerst, Ryan Fischer, Andrew DeDekker and Travis Irvine. The senior team is seeking to in the rest of the roster with graduated juniors.
Coach Kevin Devaney has high hopes for his squad which is expected to be lead in large part by Curtis Bucking, who played a key role in the front court for last year's championship team.
"Bucking was one of the best in the area last year and he should be even better this year," said Devaney. "I'm looking forward to seeing how he does. He should provide some good leadership and bring in his winning attitude. We won with him in junior and we won with him in senior.
Devaney indicated the team will have a large hole to fill after losing its setter, Travis Stephenson, to graduation.
"We're looking pretty good," said Devaney. "We lost our MVP in Stephenson, but we have a good talented bunch of kids coming up."
Devaney figures last year's junior team setter Mike Armstrong to step up to fill the role of setter.
"Armstrong is a quality athlete," explained Devaney. "I think he'll be able to step up and help lead the team."
Along with Armstrong, South Grenville will also have Craig Irvine, Derrick Lavery, Josh Rupert, Braden Miller, Eric Selleck and Jeff Byrd as newcomers looking to make an impact.
"Jeff Byrd, who really only got into volleyball over the summer, and Ryan Fischer should start to step up," said Devaney. "All of our guys will be starting to come into their own this year; we have a strong nucleus. It's nice to have some veterans back to help out and we should be strong.
"Now we just need to get out to see what the competition will be like."
This year the Giants will have another team to contend with as the St. Mary Crusaders will be joining LGSSAA for volleyball, making it a five-team league.
The Giants will open the season today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) as they travel to Brockville to take on TISS, St. Mary and the host BCI Red Rams.
Rangers extend win streak to four games to start season
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville Jr. B Rangers extended their win streak to four games to start the season after defeating Brockville and Gananoque last week.
Last Wednesday, the Rangers came out firing on all cylinders as they scored a 5-2 win over last season's league champion Brockville Tikis.
Justin Wiley opened up scoring for the Rangers less than three minutes into the game as he outhustled a Tikis defender to score unassisted.
Adam Tousant banged in a rebound late in the period to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead, while goaltender Greg Richardson continued to frustrate the Tikis offence turning away one shot after another.
South Grenville was able to kill off a series of penalties which kept them short handed for a good portion of the second period, but allowed former Ranger Derek June to score after coughing up the puck in their own end.
South Grenville retained its two-goal lead as Adam Lawrence found room to out-deke the Tikis goaltender and slip it through his five hole to take a 3-1 lead.
Jacob Wiley made a nice break into offensive territory feeding a diving Brandon Kelley, who got his stick on the puck and poked it past the Brockville keeper.
Tempers flared in the second with Eric Selleck of the Rangers getting into it with the Tikis Mark Cross, with each getting misconducts, while Ben Bowden was ejected for a check from behind.
In the third, Cahl Gerow deflected a slapshot in for a goal, before Brockville retaliated as the game winded down and former Tiki and current Ranger Aaron MacDonald and Tikis captain Eric Crooke getting into things in the game's closing minutes after jawing at each other throughout the game.
On Saturday, the Rangers hosted the Gananoque Islanders at the Cardinal and District Community Centre, scoring a 3-1 victory.
South Grenville took a 3-0 lead into the third period with goals from Jacob Wiley, Alex Rees and Justin Wiley.
With less than three minutes left in the game, Gananoque finally got on the board ruining Ben Knapp's shutout bid.
With the pair of wins, the Rangers remain undefeated on the season and at the top of the Rideau Division with a 4-0-0-0 record, while their closest competition being Gananoque with a 2-1-1-0 record and Westport with a 2-1-0-1 record.
The Rangers will look to continue their undefeated streak Friday, travelling to Westport to take on the Rideaus at 8:15 pm. South Grenville will then host the Athens Aeros Saturday at 7:15 pm at the Cardinal and District Community Centre.
Sr. girls basketball team finding groove
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville Giants senior girls basketball team has improved its record, winning four of its last five games.
"We played very well on the weekend," explained coach Joe Latham. "We showed our progress and even battled back against St. Mary. Throughout the tournament we rebounded well with Erin Heibein and Shannon Campbell asserting themselves in the paint, while Sam Joudoin and Alex Ward ran the team very well and Ashley Weir did well moving around without the ball."
Latham was also quick to credit his rookies on their play.
"Sara Watt and Alison Whyte each did very well with their roles," said Latham. "Each are juniors playing up with us and doing very well."
On Saturday the Giants travelled to Brockville to take part in a practice tournament at St. Mary, where they posted an undefeated 3-0 record.
South Grenville opened up
Amanda Watt had a strong all around game scoring 18 points, while Erin Heibein and Ashley Weir each chipped in 12 points.
The Giants continued its strong play as they managed a 41-24 win over the BCI Red Rams.
Shannon Campbell led the way with 10 points, while Sam Joudoin added eight in the win.
South Grenville finished up the tournament by squeaking out a 40-39 win over the St. Mary Crusaders after nearly giving the game away late.
Weir and Joudoin each had 11 points to lead the Giants.
South Grenville managed another win Friday, defeating the North Grenville Knights 46-40 Friday in Prescott.
Weir led the Giants in points with 12, while Campbell added 10 and Joudoin chipped in eight.
Last Tuesday, the Giants lost a close-fought game 48-44 to the Rideau Lions in Prescott.
Weir led the way with 15 points, while Alex Ward had seven and Heibein had six.
Atom B Rangers start season with wins
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville atom B Rangers are undefeated after starting their season with a pair of wins last week.
On Sept. 25, the Rangers managed a 7-0 win over
Trent Corney had a pair of goals to lead the Rangers, while Rik Champagne, Ian King, Robbie Deeks and Colman Colpitts each added singles in the win. Corney (2), Deeks (2), Patrick Froom (2), Quinton Selleck, Joey Sargeant, Alex Stephenson, Hunter McCarroll, Lucas Stitt and Colpitts each added helpers.
On Sept. 28, South Grenville scored its second win on the season as it travelled to Gananoque and beat the Islanders 3-0.
Deeks, Colpitts and Corney each had singles for the Rangers, while Stephenson, Stitt and Colpitts each had assists.
The Rangers will be holding a fundraising car wash and barbecue Saturday
from 9 am until 2 pm at Beach Home Hardware
Centennial '67 finishes second in Iroquois cross country meet
IROQUOIS - South Grenville area public school runners managed strong finishes at the fifth annual Iroquois Locks Cross Country Meet last Wednesday in Iroquois.
More than 1,091 runners took part in the meet with Centennial '67/North Edwardsburgh Public School managing a second place finish overall in the meet, finishing behind only Kemptville Public School.
Missy Schutten of Centennial '67 was the winner of the novice girls competition, while Paul DeJong was the winner of the novice boys competition.
St. Lawrence Falcons to host season opener Saturday
PRESCOTT - The St. Lawrence Falcons Sr. A hockey team which is based out of Prescott will open its season this Saturday (Oct. 4) at 8 pm against the Cobourg Lynx at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.
The Falcons will continue their homestand when they host the Belleville McFarlands Sunday at 8 pm.
The Falcons will be looking to avenge the their loss to the McFarlands in the team's first-ever game.
Come out and see the Falcons take flight in their inaugural season in the brand new Eastern Ontario Senior A Hockey League ,which started this fall.
Bern Kirkby Memorial Swing and Sweep set for Oct. 11
PRESCOTT - The Bern Kirkby Memorial Swing and Sweep will be held at the
The fifth annual event will feature one six-end game of curling, one nine hole round of golf and a buffet dinner at the Prescott Golf Club.
Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams, as well as for the men's and ladies closest to the pin, men's and ladies closest to the button and draw prizes.
The event will take place rain or shine, with participants able to sign up at the golf club.
Atom B Rangers raising money with car wash on Saturday
PRESCOTT - The South Grenville atom B Rangers will be hosting a fundraising car wash and barbecue this Saturday (Oct. 4) at Beach Home Hardware in Prescott.
The car wash and barbecue will run from 9 am until 2 pm with the kids working hard to raise money so they can attend the Regional Silverstick Tournament in Pembroke in November.
The Rangers are looking to match the performance of last year's atom B Rangers team, which was crowned Regional Silverstick Tournament Champions and went on to participate in the International Silverstick Tournament in Sarnia.
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