VOL. 174, NO. 22~ PRESCOTT, ONTARIO ~ June 2, 2004

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Renovated town hall officially opens

History of Dibble Street building is preserved

By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor

PRESCOTT ­ The restoration of the Dibble Street municipal building underlines the special nature of the Prescott community, according to Mayor Robert Lawn.

Upwards of 100 people attended Saturday's official opening of the renovated building, which served as a high school for more than 25 years before being acquired by the municipality in the early 1960s.

More than $1 million has been spent the last two years to give town hall a much-needed facelift. Extensive renovations were made to municipal offices and the council chamber on the second floor.

"I am delighted it worked out so well," Lawn told the crowd gathered at the ribbon-cutting Saturday morning.

The mayor said he is enthusiastic about the positive response from visitors to the renovated town hall who have praised the work that was done.

Although he conceded the town failed "a little bit" to work within its original budget, the end result is an efficient working environment that is "nothing fancy" but is "second to none."

On hand to take part in the ribbon-cutting was Peter Place, whose father was one of the contractors hired to construct the building in the early 1930s. Place, a former student there, said he is pleased and honoured to participate, noting the old school means a lot to him.

During the period just prior to and during renovations, municipal offices were relocated to the former bank building at the corner of Edward Street and Churchill Road. Council held most of its meetings in the auditorium at the Prescott Health Centre.

With that in mind, the mayor noted the recent death of Helen Liscumb, long-time St. John Ambulance co-ordinator who worked at the centre for many years.

He said Liscumb epitomized those who give of their time to improve the quality of life in the community.

"I regret she's not here today," an emotional Lawn said.

The construction manager of the renovation project is D.C. Snelling. Brad Snelling said things worked out well, adding the Prescott company is proud to have been selected by the municipality.

Snelling also noted the death earlier this year of project foreman Frank Kelso. He is looking down on the ceremony today, Snelling said.

CAO/Clerk Robert Haller noted municipal staff gave Lawn a gift for his recent 70th birthday: a blue spruce tree planted near the building. "It's the best gift I could possible imagine," the mayor said.

The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to Lawn at the ceremony.

The town also acknowledged long-time PUC and water plant employee Henry Flagg, who retired at the end of last year after more than 23 years of service to the community. He received a plaque and a bicycle from the municipality.

The official opening coincided with this year's edition of Doors Open, a program which enables the public to visit numerous heritage sites and other attractions one day of the year. Numerous local groups and organizations had displays set up at town hall Saturday.

"We see this as a community project," Lawn said of the renovation work.

The mayor said a critical next step is to make improvements to the public library, which is adjacent to town hall. He also noted council's desire to lease the third floor of the municipal building to a quasi-government agency. He also said the town could find some room for the BIA and Chamber of Commerce if those organizations wanted office space.

A final figure on the total cost of the renovation project has yet to be released.


THIS WEEK

Now is a good time to Hire a Student

PRESCOTT ­ Hire a Student Week is just around the corner.

The week, which runs from June 7-11 and is hosted in the Prescott area by the Human Resource Centre of Canada for Students, promotes summer job opportunities. Students can make use of job postings and advice on how to search for work, write a resume and how to handle an interview. The centre also offers pre-screening and referral services to employers.

"Hire a Student Week is a way to highlight the importance of getting that first job for some students, or finding career-related work experience for others," stated Karen Gunn, centre supervisor.

Information on health and safety is also available.

The Prescott office is located on Centre Street above the post office and is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Call 925-2508.

Code of conduct stays off the table in Augusta

MAYNARD ­ The Township of Augusta will not be enacting a code of conduct for its employees and council members.

An attempt to give first reading to a bylaw that would have seen the creation of such a code failed at last Tuesday's council meeting.

A show of hands indicated Councillor John Fischl and Reeve John McCrea were in favour of giving first reading to the bylaw. Councillors Pauline Cyr and Garry Ferguson were opposed; with the vote being tied 2-2, the motion was defeated.

Deputy Reeve Doug Barton did not attend the meeting.

Have some spaghetti, help Boundary grads

PRESCOTT ­ A spaghetti dinner will be served tonight (Wednesday, June 2) from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the gymnasium at Boundary Street Public School, which is located at the corner of Boundary and Churchill Road.

Dinner will consist of spaghetti and sauce, roll, drink and dessert. Tickets will be going fast, so get to the school early or call ahead at 925-2803.

Proceeds from the event go the school's Grade 8 graduation fund.


Optimist club honours special volunteers

Louise Burchell, Scott Irving noted for their achievements

By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor

SPENCERVILLE ­ Recognizing community spirit was on the menu as the Spencerville & District Optimist Club hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night last Wednesday at the Drummond Building.

Louise Burchell and Scott Irving were named adult and student volunteers of the year respectively.

During Burchell's introduction, Sheila Fawcett referred to the award winner as a "mobilizer" who has amazing organizational skills and does not seek the limelight.

"It's hard to say no to this person," Fawcett noted.

Burchell was a key player in forming a co-operative play group in Edwardsburgh in the 1970s. She also served on the North Edwardsburgh school committee, the Spencerville Fair board and as a 4-H leader. Burchell played an important role in producing the Edwardsburgh Township history book.

One of her most significant contributions to the community came with the founding of the Friends of the Edwardsburgh Public Library. Burchell led the new group through its early years and helped establish programming and fundraising events that have become important activities in the community.

"Our library has become a very warm, welcoming, accessible place," Fawcett said.

More recently, Burchell has become an active member of the Spencerville Mill Foundation. She still finds time to help with lunches for seniors and at Wellington House in Prescott.

"Our community is extremely fortunate to have Louise Burchell as an active volunteer," said Fawcett.

In accepting the award, Burchell said she has had lots of fun and laughs volunteering. She also noted feeling fortunate to have served with many other people over the years.

"No volunteer works alone," she said. "I feel we really have a great deal to be proud of in our community," Burchell said.

Scott Irving

Student award recipient Scott Irving was raised in Shanly and is about to graduate from South Grenville District High School.

Jim Purcell noted teachers referred to Irving as energetic and diligent and someone who does not put himself above others.

In addition to obtaining top marks, Irving is co-president of the student council and is a member of the Spirit of Giving, UNICEF and Reach for the Top teams at South Grenville.

He recently took part in an exchange program in France and is teaching himself Spanish.

Irving has a keen interest in music; he plays piano, drums, saxophone and guitar. He is also active in the Shanly United Church.

Irving said he is grateful to have grown up in this community and having been encouraged to get as involved as he has been. In noting he will be heading off to university this fall, Irving said he is really going to miss going to the fair.


Charges pending as officer laid to rest

PRESCOTT ­ They gathered to pay their respects to Tyler Boutilier.

The OPP officer was laid to rest Thursday in Havelock, east of Peterborough. An estimated 1,500 peace officers from across the continent joined civic and political leaders and family and friends of Boutilier to pay tribute to the life of the Grenville County officer who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash near Seeley's Bay May 22.

Constable Holly Howard was among Boutilier's colleagues from Grenville County who attended the funeral and graveside service. She described the experience as "overwhelming."

Howard noted it was hard to return to the detachment in Prescott and find Boutilier's name missing from his mail box.

The May 22 collision occurred as Boutilier, who was also a member of the OPP Emergency Response Team, was responding to a call in that area.

The police cruiser he was driving was southbound on Highway 15 when it was struck by a northbound vehicle. Boutilier, 32, died hours later at Kingston General Hospital.

The female driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An adult passenger and two children in the back seat were not injured.

OPP Sergeant Kristine Cholette said Monday the investigation was nearing a completion. More information would be released sometime this week, she added.

Charges are pending. The name of the other driver had not been released as of press time.

Boutilier had worked at the Grenville detachment since becoming an OPP officer in Sept. 2000.


OPP NEWS

Community support has been phenomenal

SOUTH GRENVILLE ­ The public might have noticed some different faces working for the OPP in Grenville County last week.

Due to the tragic death of Constable Tyler Boutilier, the entire detachment was relieved from its duties until Saturday to deal with the loss of one of the family. The detachment appreciates the support and understanding of the community during this difficult time; the community outreach was phenomenal, and members of the local detachment are eternally grateful.

Turning pick-up truck struck from behind

AUGUSTA ­ A two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Merwin Lane and McIntosh Road sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A pick-up truck driven by Leslie Dulmage, 73, of Augusta had stopped on Merwin Lane and was starting to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a car driven by Eunice Watt, 80, of Prescott. Dulmage was taken to Brockville Hospital. Watt was issued a Highway Traffic Act offence notice for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Snowblower taken from property

EDWARDSBURGH ­ A snowblower was reported stolen May 25 from a County Road 2 residence. The unit, an older-model red Gilson that is either five or seven hp and was for sale, was taken during the overnight hours. Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 925-4221.

Weed trimmer, pressure washer stolen

EDWARDSBURGH ­ A break and enter occurred sometime during the long weekend on Linton Avenue. It was reported May 25 that a garden shed had been entered; taken were a weed trimmer and pressure washer. The items have a total value of about $400.

Unattended bikes stolen from yards

SPENCERVILLE ­ A bicycle left in front of a Spencerville residence overnight was reported stolen May 26. The value of the item, a newer mountain bike, is $400. Another overnight theft of a bike was reported in Cardinal May 27. The bike, an older, blue men's CCM with rusted fenders had been left leaning against a residence in the East Street area. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Grenville County OPP at 925-4221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Students taken for musical ride to Maitland

PRESCOTT ­ The Fort Town Concert Association helped give some local students a break Friday afternoon.

A group from Boundary Street Public School attended a special concert for students held at Grenville Christian College (GCC) near Maitland. Le Kiosque à Musique is a tribute to Canadian musicians who brought composed music to the people.

The concert association picked up the costs of the bus that took the Boundary students to and from GCC.

A second Kiosque concert was open to the public Saturday night.

The GCC concerts are among several taking place as part of the 2004 Festival on the St. Lawrence, an annual international celebration of music, art and heritage in the Kingston-Cornwall corridor as well as on the American side of the river.


Break-in suspects flee as police arrive at elementary school

PRESCOTT ­ Two incidents that occurred in the north end of town late Saturday night are believed to be related, according to the Prescott Police Service.

A woman called police at about 11:48 pm and reported hearing glass breaking from behind St. Joseph Catholic School. When officers responded, they observed three males running into the bush behind the school. The suspects had entered the school through a window on the north side of the school.

Several items taken from the school ­ canned drinks and frozen dinners ­ were recovered. Police also found a running shoe which might belong to one of the suspects. The size 10 shoe is white with grey and maroon trim; "Air Walk" is written on the side. Constable Darren Davis is continuing the investigation.

On Sunday morning, police received a report from a Howe Terrace resident who reported his 1986 GMC pick-up truck had been damaged.

A rock believed to have been taken from the nearby railway tracks had been thrown at but did not break the windshield. The rock, however, was then thrown through a driver's side window. The complainant recalled hearing a noise at about 11 pm Saturday. The investigating officer is Constable Mike Lapensee.

In all, officers with the Prescott Police Service investigated 75 incidents and two motor vehicle collisions during the week of May 24.

The two collisions occurred early last week on Edward Street. On May 24 at about 5:03 pm, a car driven by Patrick Sayeau, 61, of Red Lake, Ontario was southbound in the centre lane when it turned right just south of Victor Road and into the path of another southbound vehicle driven by Michael Ayerst, 19, of Spencerville.

There were no injuries; both vehicles sustained about $5,000 in damage. Sayeau was charged with the Highway Traffic Act offence of making an unsafe turn.

On May 25 at about 9:16 am, a car driven by Marilyn Mallette, 49, of Prescott was turning left from the Tim Hortons lot when it collided with a car driven by Theresa McLaughlin, 38, of RR1 Prescott. Both women sustained minor injuries and were taken to Brockville General Hospital.

Mallette was charged with the Highway Traffic Act offence of failing to yield from a private driveway. McLaughlin was charged with the Highway Traffic Act offence of not wearing a seat belt. Constable Rob Prophet is investigating both collisions.

A King Street West resident told police May 28 she had been assaulted by her landlord. The 43-year-old woman sustained minor injuries, according to a police news release. Orren Louch, 38, of Elizabethtown-Kitley was arrested and charged with assault. He is to appear in court at a later date. Constable Lapensee is investigating.

On May 29, an RR1 Prescott man reported to police he had been threatened on King Street by another man. Dale Thompson, 47, of Prescott was arrested and charged with uttering threats. The investigating officer is Constable Lapensee.

Anyone with information on these or any other occurrences in town is asked to contact the Prescott Police Service at 925-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Prescott police station and fire hall is located at the corner of Centre and Henry streets and is accessible to the public 24 hours a day.


Voter cards on the way

LEEDS-GRENVILLE ­ The local candidates in the June 28 federal election are hitting the campaign trail this week.

Two candidates ­ Liberal Joe Jordan and Conservative Gord Brown ­ have established campaign offices in Prescott.

The official opening of Jordan's office on King Street East just east of Edward Street is slated for this Friday at noon.

Brown's office is located on Centre Street just north of King.

NDP candidate Steve Armstrong is having the grand opening of his campaign office on King Street West in Brockville late Thursday afternoon.

It was reported late last week Ottawa businessman Chris Bradshaw had been appointed the Green party candidate in Leeds-Grenville.

Voter cards are being distributed this week. For more information, visit www.elections.ca.


Augusta library opens Trillium Room

Foundation grant of $10,000 leads to additional resources

By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor

ALGONQUIN ­ The support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be recognized on an ongoing basis at the Augusta Public Library.

The Trillium reference and reading room, named in honour of the provincial funding agency, was officially opened Saturday afternoon. The room and much of its contents were made possible by a $10,000 Trillium grant.

The room includes new wooden shelving, updated furniture, decorations, reference material and a new classical music CD collection.

The Trillium grant also enabled the library to augment its juvenile non-fiction, juvenile French book, large print book, audio book and DVD collections.

A new grant program for libraries serving communities with populations of under 20,000 was established last year. The Augusta library board applied for a grant of $15,000. Approval of the application was announced last fall; the project was to be completed by April 1, 2004.

Library staff worked hard to meet the requirements on time, according to board Chair Lynda McKittrick.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman said he is very impressed with the layout and access to valuable resource materials. "I'm a big fan of libraries," said Runciman, who added he knows how important a resource the Algonquin facility is to the township.

The Progressive Conservative MPP also noted this is the first time he is aware of a local Trillium grant being recognized in a naming.

Augusta Reeve John McCrea indicated the library has evolved from its origins as a trailer into "a beautiful building" which is enhanced by the Trillium Room. McCrea and Runciman took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Library CEO Angie Knights noted each item purchased with the help of Trillium passed through the hands of helpers from the community.

"Volunteers help keep our library going," she said.

Each new book purchased with grant money has been marked with a special book plate and Trillium sticker.

The $100 million distributed by the Ontario Trillium Foundation each year comes from revenues generated at the province's charity casinos. Runciman said the library grant is an example of how this arrangement "...benefits all of us whether you gamble or not."


Magic House part of upcoming tour

Annual garden tour supports Edwardsburgh public library

EDWARDSBURGH - Ethel Melbourne considers gardening to be a way of life.

"I was born a farmer," said Melbourne of her childhood home in Perth. "I like gardening for therapy and I find it very spiritual," adding "I relate to the birds and to the flowers and find it very religious and comforting."

She and her husband of five years, Claude, have found inspiring ways to transform a patch of grass and some large trees badly damaged from the ice storm. The Melbournes have turned broken trees into works of art and damaged tree limbs into plant holders.

Ethel says their garden is made special by all of the plants given to them by family and friends. She said to be sure to ask them about their "Magic House" Claude built for their grandchildren.

They will be opening their gardens to the public as part of the Friends of the Edwardsburgh Library Garden Tour being held Saturday, June 12. The Melbournes' home is at 816 County Road 2, and they gladly welcome all visitors to ask questions about their perennial-filled garden and landscaping.

The Garden Tour includes five other stops, including Angie and Gord Knights' garden located at 525 Pittston Road in which they have incorporated a three hole golf course. Linda and Stan Poaps of 917 Crowder Road are keen gardeners with a special deck Linda built near their pond out of recycled materials. Irene and Eddie Beaudoin of 98 County Road 21 enjoy their fruit trees and Eddie takes refuge in their garden to develop his driftwood sculptures. At 8071/8075/8085 Cty. Road 22, Carol and Dennis Colautti have a winding driveway through their 300-acre property they started developing into a natural setting five years ago.

Doug Hall and Gordon MacDonald invite anyone to visit their gardens at 6 South St. in Spencerville. Their gardens include hundreds of perennials, a Japanese garden, a pond and water fountains.

In conjunction with the garden tour, the Edwardsburgh Lions Hall at 4122 County Road 44 will be hosting a plant sale June 12 from 8 am to 3 pm. Tea will be served at the Lions Den after the plant sale at 3 pm. Tickets for the tour are available at the Lions Den the day of the event or in advance at the Spencerville Library.


Food bank serves South Grenville

PRESCOTT ­ The Food For All Food Bank serves residents of Prescott, Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal and Augusta.

The food bank is located across from the Legion on Henry Street in Prescott. It is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Food For All is a registered charity run by a volunteer board of directors representing all three communities in the Prescott area.

For more information on the local food bank, call 925-2444.


Outpouring of support for Tim's Camp Day

PRESCOTT - The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is helping children gain a positive view of the world through camping.

This year's Camp Day is Wednesday, June 9, and for that 24-hour period all Tim Hortons stores will donate their entire coffee sales as well as money raised from other events and activities. This non-profit organization will be sending more than 9,000 children, whose families might not have been able to afford it otherwise, to camp. Children are selected from within the community of each Tim Hortons store. Store owners find participants between the ages of 9 and 12.

The children from this area benefiting from Camp Day will be on hand at the Prescott location Wednesday from 11 am to noon to help out as guest pourers.


CHEO makes a difference for Tyler

Telethon is this weekend

OTTAWA ­ Tyler Elliott has been a regular patient at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for four years now, and the drive from the Prescott area to Ottawa has become a very familiar one.

It all started in May 2000 when Tyler bumped his knee on a coffee table and a large, dark bruise appeared. His mom was concerned and took him to their local doctor. Blood work showed the platelets in his blood were very low. The average person's platelets are between 150,000 and 450,000, and his were only 5,000. Suspecting leukemia, Tyler was sent to CHEO.

A bone marrow test was done and, thankfully, came back clear. Further tests determined he had a condition called ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), meaning his body does not produce enough platelets. In severe cases like Tyler's, the removal of the spleen is sometimes an option but it was disregarded. The normal function of a spleen is to help recycle red blood cells and platelets as well as help fight infections thus playing a vital role in the body's immune system. Removing Tyler's would be a last resort, as it would make Tyler more prone to serious illness.

Tyler has had a long history of repeat infections: ears, sinus, throat, and chest. This led doctors to believe he had an immune deficiency, so Tyler went to Montreal to see an immunologist and it was there he was diagnosed with common variable immune deficiency. His body isn't producing enough antibodies to fight off infections effectively. As a result of his condition, Tyler comes to CHEO at least once a month for IV treatments, that last about four hours, to help boost his immune system.

In February, doctors tried a new therapy on Tyler which meant receiving IV medication once a week for four weeks. The success of the treatment will take some time to determine.

Despite his medical challenges Tyler is a caring, fun-loving 15-year-old who attends South Grenville District High School. He's an active boy, which worries his parents at times because an injury for Tyler could be fatal because his blood is so thin. For Tyler, it isn't much fun having to come to CHEO, but he makes the best of his situation like a champ.

Help kids like Tyler by making a pledge during the CJOH Telethon for CHEO this Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6. Tune into CJOH-TV, Bell ExpressVU 311 and Star Choice 311 and meet some incredible people.


See a Legend in the making

BROCKVILLE ­ The unveiling of the CHEO Foundation 1929 Legend Car will take place Sunday, June 6 at the Canadian Tire store in Brockville.

The event, which coincides with this weekend's CHEO Telethon, runs from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be fun events and prizes, plus guest appearances by local DIRT track stars.

The event is sponsored by Digital Networks, Lucas Oil and Max Auto Sales.

A live broadcast from the unveiling is scheduled to air on CJOH-TV at about 9:30 am.


Plenty to do this weekend

MAITLAND NEWS by Jane Fullarton

Maitland is the place to be this weekend with many activities planned. There will be a teen dance at the MERC Hall on Friday, June 4 from 7-10 pm for students in grades 4-8.

Saturday, June 5 is the date for the Annual Community Garage Sale. Come to the village for garage sale bargains and treasures offered for sale by Maitland residents. There will be a fundraising barbecue prepared by M&M Meats at the MERC Hall from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday with all proceeds going to MERC. Get a hot dog or hamburger and a drink and support MERC.

Membership dance

Saturday night (June 5), there will be a MERC Membership Dance. Admission is free for MERC members. The dance celebrates the success of the MERC Membership Drive in which 200 single and family memberships have been sold to date. There will be many draws for prizes donated by area businesses supporting the membership drive.

MERC memberships can be purchased at the dance or by calling Geoff Noyes at 348-1317 or Danielle MacCaffrey at 348-1891.

The MERC Hall is a drop-off point for the Food For All Food Bank, so remember to bring a canned item to the dance.

The pitch for softball

Maitland Softball starts Monday, June 7 from 6 to 7 pm at the MERC diamond for children aged 4 to 8. The softball program will run every Monday at the MERC diamond and will offer coach pitch games as well as a chance to practise skills. Organizer Geoff Noyes has planned a year-end barbecue photo day and a trip to an Ottawa Lynx ball game for participants. For more information, call him at 348-1317.

Swim instructor needed

The Maitland Swim Program is still looking for a certified swim instructor. If you are interested in this part-time position, call Tina Atcheson at 348-1894 or Geoff Noyes at 348-1317.


Established artists at mill

SPENCERVILLE ­ The works of established artists in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal will be featured at the Spencerville Mill Art Show and Sale.

The event is set for Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at the mill. Approximately 18 artists will be displaying their original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography.

Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted to support ongoing restoration projects at the Spencerville Mill.

This year's show follows the success of the Young Artists' Show held at the mill, which offers a unique heritage setting to showcase visual arts talent in the township.


Community event supports Shanliwood Vacation Bible School

Shanliwood Community Church is holding a community garage sale to raise funds for its July Vacation Bible School.

The sale is set for this Saturday, June 5 from 8 am to 2 pm. Housewares, toys, clothing, books and much more will be available for purchase in the church lot.

There are still tables available for anyone wishing to participate.

The Vacation Bible School is a fun, active program for children intended to expand their knowledge about God's word. This year, child participants will be travelling to Japan for a Rickshaw Rally, as well as doing crafts, taking part in Bible study and other related activities.

For more information about the sale or the Vacation Bible School, call 658-5258. The church is located on County Road 21 east of Spencerville.


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 EDITORIALS

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I feel we really have a great deal to be proud of in our community."

Louise Burchell, accepting a volunteer award from the Spencerville & District Optimists


Editor's Notebook

The Walkerton effect

Those of us who watched the tainted water disaster and scandal in Walkerton a few years ago can only sympathize with the people who endured the pain and suffering inflicted on that southwestern Ontario community. The death, illness, inconvenience and loss of trust experienced there cannot be fully understood by the rest of the province that witnessed the crisis unfold but did not have to live through it.

But we are getting to the point at which trying to cope with the ramifications of the Walkerton tragedy is leading to regulations which might not be fully addressing the real problems and creating new hardships on an increasingly large segment of the population. The user-pay concept that incorporates new and costly measures to deal with immediate and long-term water and sewer services is about to hit consumers hard. Bill 170 is proposing tough new measures which, if enacted, could have a devastating impact on the hospitality sector in rural Ontario. Forcing business owners to implement sweeping changes to ensure safe drinking water for customers ­ without providing for adequate time to prepare for additional costs and making sure there are adequate facilities to provide testing throughout the province ­ will prove to be a burden some businesses are unable or unwilling to bear.

As we get to know the potential effects of Bill 170, rural communities that are not based on municipal water systems are growing increasingly concerned they are being put in a very difficult situation for no apparent reason. After all, they see Walkerton as a failure of a municipality and province to monitor municipal water supplies.

There is also talk that the province is considering a system which would, in essence, see the water meter concept applied to wells. Property owners could end up paying for water they draw from beneath their land. As much as folks in towns and cities might not see that as a big deal, rural Ontario will react strongly to any attempt by the government to charge property owners for well water.

The growing concern about additional water regulations is not an attempt to downplay or ignore the bad times residents of Walkerton faced and continue to ensure. Taking reasonable steps to ensure safe drinking water throughout Ontario is a responsible approach, but people in big cities, small towns and rural areas have every right to wonder whether the moves being made address the real problems and aren't creating unnecessary crises for municipalities and business owners alike.

We ask the province to use due diligence when it comes to protecting our most valuable resource, but we also ask for some common sense when it comes to making new rules that will be difficult, if not impossible, to uphold.

Tim Ruhnke


Opportunity right around corner when life changes

FORWARDING COMMENTS by Monica Whitney

These are the last comments I'll be forwarding to you from The Journal - the few final words that will cap a four-year career (almost to the day) as a community and business news reporter and photographer.

This is in some ways a sad time: I've made terrific friends and gotten to know people, done things and learned things I would not have been able to do if I hadn't been with the paper. The Journal and The Leeds and Grenville Business News were a big part of my life; they were my life.

And through these comments, we've shared many of my life experiences, including deaths and milestone birthdays, special people close to me, my own adventures and those of my children, our household happenings and opinions on the good, the bad and all things in between.

We've shared the first day of school together, cleaning out the attic, summer vacations, childhood remembrances, harvest time from the garden and cold winter walks. And I'll miss not being able to tell you about the things I enjoy and the things that bug me.

This is also an exciting time as I take a chance at doing something I haven't done for awhile - just being me and a mom, and pursuing a new interest, our yard and gardens. There's never enough time in a day to do everything in the vegetable and flower gardens, pulling out grass from where it shouldn't be and reseeding where it should and running out to buy yet more annuals and perennials (I care which is which now), and gardening tools.

I didn't plan on leaving the paper; at one time I figured I would be there happily for life, taking especial interest in anything to do with the history of Prescott, such as preparing the weekly Portraits of the Past and the archives. I just knew it was the right time to take a leap and see where I landed. It was the right time to think about me, so I could give more back to the family, and maybe change direction in a career.

Leaving the paper was a bold action; hopefully, it will work out in my favour. We don't plan on leaving Prescott, however; you're stuck with us here. For now, I'll take comfort in my brother's good luck e-mail that reads like a fortune cookie prediction on my new situation: "Opportunity is usually right around the corner when life and jobs change."


Women's institute bows out after 31 years of service

FROM THE ARCHIVES

June 7, 1934

* At convocation exercises of the University of Toronto, the degree of bachelor of scientific agriculture was conferred on Richard Edward Goodin of Spencerville, son of the late Thomas Goodin and of Mrs. Goodin.

June 1, 1944

* Two brothers from the Fort Town, Sgt. Gerald "Sara" Deschamps and L.-Corp. Edwin Deschamps, have distinguished themselves in the fighting in Italy by participating in a daring raid as members of a well-known reconnaissance regiment.

The action is vividly described in the Toronto Evening Telegram. "The unit became literally a wave of destruction when they hit the Hitler Line. Their duty is to enter enemy territory where armour is unable to go, which is like embracing Mr. Nazi himself. They crawled through 400 yards of wire while the Germans all the time were mortaring and sniping at them..."

June 3, 1954

* Almost 31 years to the day on which it was organized, the Prescott branch of the Women's Institute ceased operations. A motion to disband was accepted by the membership and arrangements were made for the sale of furniture in the Women's Institute Rest Room at town hall.

One of the major achievements of the WI was bringing to the attention of town council the urgent need of a garbage disposal system, and in 1928 an efficient garbage collection was established.

A great deal of work was carried on through the Depression years, and at one time 97 undernourished children and their needy families were supplied with daily bottles of milk, food and clothing by the WI.

June 5, 1974

* South Grenville District High School representatives for next year will be Head Boy Paul Fortier, Head Girl Jane Armstrong, Secretary Cathy Jackson and Treasurer Anja Heykoop.

June 6, 1984

* Wayne Burwell, a Grade 13 student at SGDHS, led all other Eastern Ontario competitors in a national mathematics competition sponsored by the University of Waterloo.


First mail contractor put his stamp on the forwarding business

FORT TOWN DIARY by John A.H. Morris

The following is an excerpt from Morrises' History of Prescott, 1800-2000

The Hamlet of Denmark, NY (south of Watertown), Prescott, the St. Lawrence River, the village of Manotick and the Rideau River and canal system all have something in common. This is the Dickinson family and Barnabus Dickinson and his son Moss Kent Dickinson, the founder of Manotick, in particular.

Barnabus Dickinson, a native of Hatfield, Mass., moved to Denmark in Lewis County, Northern New York, and came to Canada at the outbreak of the War of 1812. He was the first contractor of the mails, then carried on foot and by canoe from Montreal, westward. At the end of the war, in 1815, he established the first line of public conveyance by boats and coaches between Montreal and Prescott, which was fast becoming the centre of the forwarding trade for Canada West.

The Dickinson name has long been associated with river travel on the St. Lawrence River, as Dickinson's Landing, just east of Morrisburg, was established by Barnabus Dickinson as a landing where passengers changed from stage coach to steamer for the western trip to Prescott, and vice-versa on the return trip from Prescott to Montreal. The schedule posted for this pioneering land-water enterprise by Barnabus's Upper Canada Line of Stage and Steamboats, informed passengers and forwarders that his conveyance left Montreal daily (except Sunday) at 10 am, to arrive in Prescott the following day... "with the exception of Saturday's stage, which remains over the Sabbath in Cornwall."

The following would be the traveller's itinerary in 1815 from Montreal to Prescott: Montreal to Lachine, by land (9 miles); Lachine to Cascades by steamboat (24 miles); Cascades to Coteau du Lac, by land (16 miles); Coteau du Lac to Cornwall, via St. Regis Indian Village, by steamboat (41 miles); Cornwall to Dickinson's Landing, by land (12 miles); Dickinson's Landing to Prescott by steamboat (38 miles). Total distance travelled by land and steamboat was 140 miles.

With his business set up and thriving, Barnabus transferred it to his brother Horace, who was living in Montreal, and returned to Denmark in 1820. He had obtained several good mail contracts in New York State, and joined his stage lines with a line of passenger packets on the Erie Canal to set up a regular schedule between Oswego, NY, on Lake Ontario, to the down-state community of Schenectady.

In 1837 the ambitious and adventurous Barnabus moved back to Canada with his wife Lydia and their four children, Walter, Mary, John and Moss Kent, settling in Cornwall, and becoming involved in the shipping and forwarding businesses. He was a partner of Hiram Norton, one of Prescott's successful forwarders, and his eldest son, Walter, was apprenticed to Norton.

Unfortunately, Barnabus Dickinson did not live to see the St. Lawrence opened up for shipping with the network of canals and locks between Prescott and Montreal, and his dream of developing trade and shipping lines on the Rideau Canal did not materialize either, as he died of cholera June 3, 1832, just 10 days after the official opening ceremonies of the Rideau Canal at Kingston.

A year later his widow, Lydia, moved with her four children to Prescott where Walter was employed. The youngest son, Moss Kent Dickinson, was 11 at the time and had received schooling in academies in Cornwall and Prescott. He was then sent to Denmark, NY, and resumed his studies at nearby Lowville where he was tutored in subjects of a commercial nature that would train him to be a businessman. With Denmark only 65 miles from Prescott he returned home each summer to be with his mother and family. Four years later, in 1837, he went to work, at the age of 15, for Hiram Norton, a well-known forwarder and merchant who had just opened a new business in Lockport, Illinois.

Norton was not only a successful businessman, but also a politician, and represented Grenville County along with Prescott lawyer Wm. B. Wells. They were both Reform members of the Legislative Assembly and were among the very few Reformers to be elected in the 1838 bi-election. Because all Reformers by this time had acquired the name Rebels, neither took their seat in York. Norton moved his business to the United States and prospered, and Wells took an extended trip to Europe. As well as being a lawyer, Wells was also publisher of the Prescott Vanguard, the town's weekly newspaper at the time.

After a two-year apprenticeship in Lockport, Moss Kent Dickinson returned to Prescott to work as a clerk in the post office and customs house for Alpheus Jones, who had married his sister Mary in 1837. The Jones lived in "Butternut Place," the elegant stone home on the corner of Dibble and George streets, built by Mr. Jones in 1827. Alpheus Jones' son Allan started a lumber and building supply business on land adjoining Chestnut Hall in the 1860s.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Officer gave and earned respect

The Editor;

Our community lost a highly respected and dedicated police officer. Constable Tyler Boutilier, this past Sunday, May 23.

Constable Boutilier, or Baldy the Ty Guy as I called him, will be remembered by this writer for teasing me for getting married ­ then he did. Always waving good morning or flashing the lights to say "hi" at night, Ty earned and gave respect.

Ty loved serving our community. No doubt he will be difficult if not impossible to replace.

Rest in Peace, Ty.

John Hnatchuk
Prescott


SCHOOL SCENE

Boundary Street Public School: On Friday, May 28, 2004 the grade 1/2 class and the grade 3/4/5 class had the opportunity to attend a special performance at Grenville Christian College. The Festival on the St. Lawrence committee had Le Kiosque à Musique presenting seven virtuoso musicians in historic costumes perform. We would like to note the Fort Town Concert Association for covering the cost of the bus and Graham Cudlipp from Money Concepts for arranging this with the association.

On Wednesday, June 2, the school's Grade 8 students are inviting the community to a spaghetti dinner to raise money for their graduation. This event will be held in the school's gymnasium from 4:30-6:30 pm. The dinner includes pasta, sauce, a bun, juice and dessert. The 730 Truck Stop is providing the cooked spaghetti, and Giant Tiger is supplying the plates and eating utensils. Pay at the door.

Hot lunch this week is chicken nuggets.

Maynard/Maitland Public Schools: At Maitland, our whole school recently travelled by bus to Ottawa to tour the Canada and the World Pavilion. The generosity of the Ross family made this trip possible.

Maitland Grade 5s also visited Maynard School for our annual track and field meet May 26. Along with the Grade 5s of Algonquin, they took part in a number of events and also had an opportunity to tour the school where they will attending Grade 6 in the fall.

At Maynard, all students from grades 4-8 participated in our track and field meet, with many students achieving their "personal bests." Several of these athletes will be going on to compete at our regional meet at South Grenville High School Thursday, June 3.

Our "Stomp Out Bullying Troupe" has begun a series of performances at local schools, beginning with its inaugural performance at the Upper Canada District School Board "Global Education" Symposium May 20.

"Stomp Out Bullying" is an original dramusical, co-written by our Grade 8 teacher, Ms. Crosby, and the cast. This group of 30 grade 7 and 8 boys and girls also created the set design, costumes and music.

We look forward to their seventh and final grand performance which will be held Friday, June 11 at 7 pm at Thousand Islands Secondary School. There is a nominal admission fee and reduced prices for children. Come and join the students as they take you through a series of events in an attempt to uncover peaceful, positive and empowering ways to combat bullying.

St. Joseph Catholic School: Congratulations to our St. Joe's Good Samaritans: Darlene West, Kaleigh-Su Villeneuve, Bobby Kimmerly, Bridget Cleary and Erin Wynands.

The St. Joe's Walk-a-thon was a success. A total of $1493.36 was raised. We appreciate the support from the community.

The St. Joe's Drama Team will present The Hobbit Wednesday, June 16 at 7 pm. Students have been practising in the early morning, at lunchtime and after school. What dedication! What excitement! What flair! Mark June 16 on your calendar!

Congratulations to all athletes who participated in the Burger King Track and Field Meet at TISS Saturday. The next meet will take place Friday at Iroquois Public School.

St. Mark Catholic School: This week, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to honour our volunteers who fulfill many capacities at St. Mark Catholic School throughout the school year. We will host our volunteer tea Friday, June 4 at 1 pm in the gymnasium.

Our butterfly garden is coming along nicely thanks to the hard work and dedication of our greening committee, Grenville Land Stewardship Council, Mr. Phillip Fry and our school council. Students are anxiously awaiting all of our caterpillars to spin their cocoons and complete the life cycle. A release of the butterflies into the garden is planned to take place at our volunteer tea.

Hot lunch this week is hamburgers.


Carrier visits Algonquin

ALGONQUIN - Roch Carrier, Canada's national librarian and author of The Hockey Sweater, made a guest appearance at Algonquin Public School last Tuesday.

Carrier wrote the famous hockey tale from memories of his childhood in Sainte-Justine, Quebec. While reading the tale to an eager group of children from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 5, Carrier explained the drama involved when his mother purchased the wrong hockey sweater. An avid Montreal Canadiens fan, Carrier had grown out of his #9 Maurice Richard sweater and his mother replaced it with the dreaded Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, which she made him wear to his horror.

Algonquin Principal Patricia Mayer explained that Grade 2/3 teacher Christine Palmer had been reading the book with her class and received word Carrier would be visiting the Brockville Public Library to speak.

"I knew that to go to Brockville, you (Carrier) would have to drive right by our school," said Palmer while introducing Carrier to the children.

Carrier agreed to attend and, in preparation for his arrival, each class studied his book and were prepared to discuss it with him.

Carrier emphasized the importance of reading and explained to the children how he came from a modest upbringing and there was no money for books. He also told them dreams do come true and they could use him as an example.

"So, you see, in this country, you can go from zero books to 20 million."


Alzheimer group to meet in town

PRESCOTT - The Alzheimer Society of Leeds-Grenville is hosting a support group meeting in Prescott later this month.

The meeting will be held Thursday, June 17 at St. Paul's United Church (corner of Centre and Dibble streets) from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

The Early Stage Support Group meets every Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am at the Alzheimer Society office at 42 George St. in Brockville. Registration is necessary for this group.

Call the office at 345-7392 for more information.


WALKER HOUSE NEWS by MARNIE LIPPIATT

Thursday, June 17, we plan to have a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a guest speaker from the hearing clinic. If you or someone you know seems to have a hearing problem, this would be a good opportunity to get the necessary information. This meeting is open to anyone in the area, but we would like you to pre-register. Call 925-5300.

We are pleased to have all clean drapes throughout the house. We appreciate everyone who helped get them sorted and back up on the windows. What an improvement!

Board members are reminded of the meeting Monday, June 7 at 10:30 am. Please attend.

Card game winners: Monday bridge ­ 1st, Richard Kingston; 2nd, Andy Britnell; door, Delia Seeley. Fun bridge ­ Joan Salmon. Wednesday night euchre ­ 1st, Andy Britnell; 2nd, Ruth Britnell. Thursday night euchre ­ 1st, Hilda Hutton; 2nd, Wanda Wilson; 3rd, Eddie Arcand; door, Jeannine Marion.


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 CARDINAL NEWS

Upgrades to Johnstown, Cardinal pools will make quite a splash

By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer

CARDINAL - People who use the the Cardinal and Johnstown pools will notice a few changes to the facilities this season.

Work has been ongoing at both pools to complete improvements before the upcoming season.

"New coping, tiling and a fresh coat of white plaster are being done here (at the Cardinal pool)," said Recreation Manager Mike Spencer. "This is all from the $45,000 Trillium Grant we received last year and it's being done by Benson Pools out of Ottawa. In Johnstown, there is new interlocking paving stone being put in and we're hoping to have the work there done by next week."

Spencer also indicated some time was being spent with new staff at the pool. "We've been working with Emma (Ladouceur) and helping her to learn the ropes," said Spencer.

Ladouceur has been hired as the new supervisor for the Cardinal and Johnstown pools and comes with the experience of having worked at Rideau Hill Camp on Rideau River Road.

"I was a canoe instructor and head lifeguard at the camp," said the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal native. "I live right between both pools, so it will be quick for me to get to either place."

Ladouceur indicated the pools will be running their regular variety of lessons, including Aquafit, Aquatots, Aquaquest and Aquaadults as well as the parent-run Johnstown Bear Paws and Cardinal Sea Sharks swim teams.

"The parents run the swim teams, but we will be there to help and coach them on their strokes and going to the meets to supervise," said Ladouceur.

Complete staffing for the pools hasn't been completed, with Johnstown still requiring two more students to fill lifeguard spots to work alongside assistant supervisor Jamie Smylie and Lindsay Walker.

In Cardinal, hiring has been completed with Julia Joudoin filling the role of assistant supervisor, with Ryan Davy, Courtney Sullivan, Kalla Dobbie and Nicole Bernier as lifeguards.

Ladouceur will be visiting local schools to talk about the programs as well as speak about pool and sun safety and even a bit on boat safety.

The Johnstown and Cardinal pools will open for the season Saturday, June 26. The Johnstown pool will hold the South Edwardsburgh Recreation Association fun day June 19; the Cardinal pool will follow with a fun day of public swimming June 26.


Township has new bylaw enforcement officer

SPENCERVILLE - Township council officially hired its new bylaw officer at the May 17 regular meeting of council.

Edwardsburgh/Cardinal CAO/Clerk Stephen McDonald indicated Chris Arsenault of Iroquois had been hired as the township's new bylaw enforcement officer.

McDonald explained the hiring decision came about in order to allow Recreation Manager Mike Spencer to devote his time to the recreation department and its facilities instead of having to split his time with bylaw enforcement matters.

McDonald said after council had decided to hire a new officer, he had talked to neighbouring municipalities and Arsenault came highly recommended from South Dundas.

"He's not totally new to this; he's worked with South Dundas' bylaw officer Paul Robinson," said McDonald.

"He's going to be working with Mike (Spencer) during the transition, and then he's going to be the guy."

McDonald added Arsenault also brings a wealth of experience to the job, having served as an OPP auxiliary officer in Iroquois for the past 11 years.

For bylaw enforcement matters, call 802-1450.


Sea Cadets to host car wash Saturday

CARDINAL ­ The Cardinal Sea Cadets will have a car wash this Saturday, June 5 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Car Wash on County Road 2 at Bridge Street.

The winner of the five-pound Hershey chocolate bar in the Navy League draw is Bill Vanderspank.


Festival group meets Thursday

CARDINAL ­ A meeting of the Cardinal Community Festival Committee will take place this Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm at the Cardinal and District Resource Centre.

The focus of the meeting will be Canada Day activities, although Labour Day will also be discussed.

Anyone who is willing to organize or help run an event at the festivals is welcome to attend.


Inflatable pools will be addressed

Fencing bylaw to be reviewed in Township of Augusta

By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor

MAYNARD ­ Augusta council is asking for recommendations on how to update the township's pool fencing bylaw to address concerns about inflatable pools.

At its meeting last Tuesday night in Maynard, council agreed to have the bylaw enforcement officer review the existing regulations.

Inflatable pools were not an issue when the bylaw was enacted in 1983 but have become popular in recent years.

The municipality requires privately-owned outdoor swimming pools of up to four feet in height to be fenced. Gates with self-latching devices are also required.

Although blow-up pools are not permanent structures, they tend to be in the range of three feet in height ­ within the standard for fencing.

Councillor Pauline Cyr, whose grandson drowned more than 20 years ago, said she feels strongly the bylaw should be enforced and revised. Cyr said inflatable pools also pose risks to young children.

Councillor John Fischl agreed. "If it's a pool, it's a pool," said Fischl, who noted he worries about the possibility of losing a child if the township does not act to address the fencing issue.

Reeve John McCrea indicated the bylaw was written a long time ago and needs changes. "It always pays to get it right," McCrea said.

The 1983 bylaw indicates an offence could result in a fine of up to $300.


Celebrate Celtic pride in Brockville

BROCKVILLE ­ The Brockville Celtic Festival, a celebration of cultural roots and performing arts, is set for this weekend (June 4-6) in St. Lawrence Park.

The fourth annual festival is recognized for its vibrant atmosphere with music echoing through the park, swirling dancers, mini-highland games and vendors offering a variety of food, crafts, gifts and genealogical information at the Clan Alley exhibits.

Festival highlights include Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other musicians, pipe band concerts and massed bands, Irish and Highland dancing, Scottish heavy athletics, pub tent with entertainment, Celtic food and merchandise, workshops, church services, children's games and wee highland games.

For more information, call 341-8884, or visit www.brockvillecelticfestival.com.


Cadets to host car wash this Saturday

CARDINAL ­ The Cardinal Sea Cadets will be taking part in a car wash this Saturday, June 5 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Car Wash on County Road 2 at Bridge Street.

The squadron also reports the winner of the five-pound Hershey chocolate bar in the Navy League draw is Bill Vanderspank.


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 SPORTS

Joe Doyle, Todd Gill to join Brockville Sports Hall of Fame

PRESCOTT ­ It is something Joe Doyle was not expecting.

The well-known Prescott resident has been selected to the Brockville & Area Sports Hall of Fame. Also among the five inductees announced last week is Cardinal native and National Hockey League veteran Todd Gill.

Doyle, 80, is being recognized in the Builders category. In addition to serving as Prescott hockey player, coach and general manager many years ago, he also managed softball teams and excelled in curling.

"I'm very honoured to be picked," Doyle told The Journal. "I didn't expect it, that's for sure," he added.

Looking back at the many teams with which he was associated, Doyle said "we won some and we lost some. We had a lot of fun."

Gill, 38, who played for the Brockville Braves on his way up the hockey ladder, went on to achieve a rare feat: playing 1,000 games in the NHL.

The other inductees are Morley Hunt of Escott and Art Pearce and Jamie Auld of Brockville.

The five inductees will be introduced at the Kinsmen Sports Awards dinner Thursday, June 10 at CJ's in Brockville. Tickets are available at Young's of Prescott.

The induction ceremony is set for June 11 in Brockville.

The Hall of Fame Weekend will include presentations to the athlete, team, coach and volunteer of the year. South Grenville is well-represented in the list of nominees.

Two of the three Coach of the Year nominees ­ Bob Hoy and Joe Latham ­ are involved with teams at South Grenville District High School. The other nominee is Pete Atkinson.

The three nominees for Volunteer of the Year are Joan Hubbard of Prescott, Bob Darling of Edwardsburgh and Chuck Pearce.

Athlete of the Year nominees are Matt Leeder, Troy Cunningham, Ryan Jeffrey, Casey Reilly and Muriel Carlyle. Nominated for Team of the Year are TISS senior boys cross-country, Brockville Country Club St. Lawrence Golf Team, BCI women's 8, St. Mary curling team and the Brockville Tikis.


Ladies mark the end of another season

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Ladies Darts League handed out its annual awards Friday night at the Prescott Legion.

The team of "Bobbe's Boobs" (Bobbe Kirkby, Vivian Peterson, Irene Hutt and Susie Visser) took home first place in the playoffs with 9.5 games won.

"Shirl's Girls" (Linda Lanktree, Shirley Biccum, Judy Stead-Juby and Alice McCarroll) finished in second place with 7.5 games won. "Rosie's Riveters" (Willy Heisel, Paulette Pilon, Rose Phillips and Lisa Arthurs) finished in third place with 6.5 games won, while the "I.C.U.'s" (Marilyne Fernell, Darlene Bouchard, Sandi Birt and Bonnie Hutt) finished in last place with 2.5 games won.

Lanktree had the most games won in the playoffs with five, while Heather Cumming had the high score with 117 and Bonnie Hunt had the most bullseyes with three.

Rosie's Riveters finished in first place in the regular season with 131 games won, followed by Shirl's Girls with 118.5 games won, Bobbe's Boobs with 117.5 games won and the I.C.U.'s in last place with 78.5 games won.

Phillips had the most games won in the regular season with 51, while Cindy Coville had the high score of 140, Veronica King the high three-dart finish with 89 and Mary Johns the most bullseyes with 17.

Bonnie Hutt had the most games won by a spare with 18, while Wendy Casselman led spares with a high score of 140 and Jean Anderson had the most bullseyes with eight.


Local athletes take part in regional high school track and field finals

BELLEVILLE ­ Athletes from South Grenville District High School and Grenville Christian College scompeted at the Eastern regional track and field championships held Thursday in Belleville.

Results for the two local schools include:

Grenville Christian College

Kevin Puddicombe ­ 1st, junior boys pole vault, 3.35m

Mark Farnsworth ­ 2nd, junior boys pole vault, 3.25m

Blake Chauvin ­ 2nd, senior boys pole vault, 3.60m

Alex VanVaerenberg ­ 5th, junior boys pole vault, 2.70m

Jesse Kriwox ­ 5th, junior boys 1,500-metres, 4:20.53

South Grenville

Erica Kamenz ­ 2nd, midget girls triple jump, 10.10m; 3rd, midget girls long jump, 4.71m; 14th, midget girls 100-metres, 13.75

Andrew McCaw ­ 9th, midget boys triple jump, 11.03m

Maggie Hutton ­ 6th, junior girls high jump, 1.45m

Erin Heibein ­ 10th, senior girls long jump, 4.48m

Shane Pettifer ­ senior boys discus, 37.77m


Josh Beckstead does it all at Central meet

PRESCOTT ­ On Thursday, May 27, Central held its annual track and field meet at South Grenville District High School. Grades 1-8 participated in 10 events. All students participated in a minimum of five events; many chose to compete in all 10.

Medals were awarded to the following athletes:

Top Peewee Girls

1st Shenda Harrison

2nd Carly Hurford

3rd Virginia Brown

Top Peewee Boys

1st Andy Jin

2nd Brandon Worden

3rd Max Daku

Top Junior Girls

1st Lindsay Veenstra

2nd Shannon Steenwyk

3rd Shawna McGuire

Top Junior Boys

1st Hayden Servage

2nd Dylan Render

3rd Sean Perrin

Top Senior Girls

1st Nicole Szeto

2nd Jessica McCarroll

3rd Sarah Steenwyk

Top Senior Boys

1st Joshua Beckstead

2nd Ryan Graham

3rd Joshua Perrin

Josh Beckstead won first place in all 10 events in his group - a perfect score of 70 points.

Central's track and field team had a great day of competition at the Burger King meet this past Saturday. Everyone did very well. Among the strong performances were Hayden Servage, who placed second in high jump and fifth in the 200-metres; Nicole Szeto, who placed fifth in long jump; and Sean Perrin, who placed sixth in shot put.

Central Public School athletes will be competing at regionals this Friday in Iroquois.


Islanders come up a bit short in Ottawa

OTTAWA ­ The major novice St. Lawrence Islanders fell short of reaching the semi-finals of the Ottawa Ambassadors' tournament on the Victoria Day weekend.

Game 1 saw the Islanders facing the Ambassadors. Conor Rodrigues scored unassisted in the first period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead going into the second. The Ambassadors managed to get two in the net, leaving the Islanders down 2-1 at the end of the second. Refusing to give up, the Islanders answered two goals in the third scored by Jody Sullivan and Mathew Morin, with assists to Matt Fox, Logan Warren and Nevin Guy. Final score: Islanders 3, Ambassadors 2.

The Islanders faced the Upper Valley Vipers in Game 2. Scoring one goal each for the Islanders were Cole Seaton, Matt Fox, Dillon O'Neil, Mathew Morin, and Conor Rodrigues. Helpers came from Tyler Turcotte, Mathew Morin and Cole Seaton, leaving the Islanders with a 5-1 win.

Facing tough competition, the Islanders went on to meet up with some friends from down east, facing off against the P.E.I. Riptide. Giving the Islanders a run for their money, P.E.I. took turns scoring with the Islanders. Scoring goals for the Islanders were Logan Warren, Cole Seaton, Jesse Boyd, and Matt Fox. Assisting were Mathew Morin, Dillon O'Neil, Daniel Monk, Spencer Jonsson (2), Jody Sullivan, Matt Fox, and Brendan Keating. Scoring what would have been the winning goal, but which was subsequently disallowed by officials, was Matt Fox. The Islanders would have to be happy with a 4-4 tie.

In the final game of the tournament for the Islanders, the boys faced Express Outaouais. The Express were a big strong team that simply would not let the Islanders in, shutting them out 11-0. Following this, a game protest was launched by the Islanders. Waiting for a decision throughout the evening, tournament officials made a final decision to disqualify the Islanders' opponents, placing the Islanders in the semi-finals for the following morning. Hours later and late into the night, the final decision was revoked, leaving the Islanders out in the cold.

Notwithstanding the setback, the boys held their heads up high and walked away proud. Congratulations to goaltenders James Brown and Dustin Lavier for a great weekend.

The Islanders are looking forward to their final tournaments in Arnprior and Boston.


Kriska Canadiens make finals

MONTREAL ­ The major peewee Kriska Canadiens played in the Montreal Olympic AAA Tournament on the weekend of May 14-16.

In game one, the Canadiens lost 5-2 to the Estrie Pats Quebec. Nick McCaslin and Mike Skakum scored for Kriska; Marc Roy had two assists.

The Canadiens won their second game 7-0 against the Hawkesbury River Rats. Scoring were Jay Keller (2), Skakum (2), Spencer Peters, Dylan Heisel, and Roy. Lucas Stewart had the shutout.

They won game three 10-1 over the Stars River Nord. Scoring were Scott Summers (2), McCaslin (3), Skakum (2), Brett Jackson, Josh Pitt and Roy. Peters had four assists, and Tyson Wilson had three assists. Tommy Allan had a strong performance in goal.

In the semi-final, the Canadiens defeated the Stars River Nord Stars 7-1. Kriska goal scorers were Skakum (2), Craig Schooley, Drew Morrow, Shungo Hosogoe, Roy and McCaslin. Brendan Logan had two assists.

Roy had the lone goal in Kriska's 2-1 loss in the tournament final.


St. Joseph students have good showing at track and field meet held at TISS

BROCKVILLE ­ St. Joseph Catholic School had a strong showing at the Burger King Track and Field Meet at TISS Saturday, May 29.

Strong individual showings and a great team effort took place. Twenty-seven schools participated in the event.

In junior girls, Allison Dedekker came third in the 60-metres and Kaleigh-Su Villeneuve placed 6th in the triple jump. The team of Allison Dedekker, Kaleigh-Su Villeneuve, Alex Blanchette and Jessica Francica came in fourth in the relay.

Torin Marcynuk came in fourth in the junior boys 400-metres, fourth in the long jump and second in the triple jump. Michael Anderson came in third in the 100-metres and first in the 60-metres. Jeff Moulton came in third in the 200-metres and second in the 100-metres, and the team of Torin Marcynuk, Michael Anderson, Robbie Deeks and Jeff Moulton came in first in the relay. This was the first time in many years St. Joseph had won the relay at this meet.

In senior boys, Jamie McFarlane came in third in the 800-metre and third in the 1,500-metre events.


PGC LadiesTwilight League Results

The league got off to a bad start weather-wise in May. Here's hoping for a better June!

Winners for the month were:

May 4: Team 6 ­ 12 pts

May 11: Team 5 ­ 26 pts

May 18: Team 5 ­ 20 pts

May 25: Team 5 ­ 20 pts


Kennedy nets six in Hometown Heating win

PRESCOTT ­ The Prescott and District Soccer Association's 2004 regular season is now under way.

Among the highlights of the first full week of action at South Grenville District High School were Jesse Kennedy's five- and six-goal performances for Hometown Heating in Under-8 action.

Results for the week of May 24:

Under-6

Portraits by C. Endicott 2

Devon Knapp (2)

Tichborne Auto Supply 2

Brody Ranger (2)

Chevron Construction 2

Spencer Ross (2)

Grenville Fish & Game 2

Jonathon Noonan (2)

Prescot Chiros 2

Taylor Prosser, Nicolas McColi

Beck's Construction 0

Grenville Fish & Game 3

Jonathon Noonon (3)

Prescott Chiros 1

Nicolas McColi

Beck's Construction 4

Dylan Simpson (2), Andrew Barton, Cameron Jones

Playit Star 0

Tichborne Auto Supply 1

Brody Ranger

Chevron Construction 1

Spencer Ross

Star Security 2

Chad Fretwell (2)

Portraits by C. Endicott 0

Under-8

St. Lawrence Printing 9

Declan Colwell (3), Nathanel Colwell, Curtis Ross (3), Zackery Shankar, Jordan Morris

Compendium Group Inc. 1

David Armstrong

Tropical Pools & Spas 10

Phillip Boyd (3), John Lawless (5), Ben Smith (2)

Prescott I.D.A. 0

Playit Star 5

Damian Pezadean (2), Nicholas Selleck, Cameron Smith (2)

M.T.J.B. 1

Westley Schulton

Hometown Heating 6

Jesse Kennedy (6)

Windmill Web, Inc. 1

Scott Servage

Hometown Heating 7

Lane Bailey (2), Jesse Kennedy (5)

Playit Star 4

Cameron Smith (4)

Compendium Group, Inc. 6

David Armstrong (3), Paige Dorey, Jennifer Hoogwerf, Austin Wickware

Windmill Web, Inc. 3

Garrett Knapp (2), Marissa Boswell

Tropical Pools & Spas 7

Phillip Boyd (2), John Lawless (4), Kara Jones

M.T.J.B. 0

St. Lawrence Printing 3

Jacob Amell, Declan Colwell, Curtis Ross

Prescott I.D.A. 0

Under-10

Week One

Playit Star 4

Tobias Barkley, Adrian Dalrymple (3)

Splash Well Drilling 2

Cody Adams (2)

Prescott Kinsmen 1

Patrick Spencer

Royal Bank 1

Aaron Scott

Danani Flooring 4

Tyson Bertrend (2), Chris Hendriks, Paul Dejonge

Grenville Pharmacy 3

Taylor Bylers, Alex Stevenson (2)

Cassidy's Engraving & Trophies 4

Amir-Reza Hajarii, A. J. Larocque, Connor James, Michael Barkley

Mac's Convenience Stores 0

TD Canada Trust 9

Keerstin Cook, Spencer Cook, Eion Carr (2), Mika Turansky (4), Christian Zahn

Prescott Kiwanis 0

TD Canada Trust 4

Spencer Cook, Eion Carr, Mika Turansky (2)

Cassidy's Engraving & Trophies 3

A. J. Larocque, Connor James, Matthew Scott

Splash Well Drilling 3

Jake Ranger, Andrew White, Jeremy Locke

Prescott Kiwanis 0

Prescott Kinsmen 5

Nicholas Heykoop, Kyle McAuley, Patrick Spencer (3)

Playit Star 0

Grenville Pharmacy 3

Connor Mackey (2), Alex Stevenson

Royal Bank 0

Danani Flooring 5

Tyson Bertrend, Chris Hendriks, Paul Dejonge (2), Kista Lebrun

Mac's Convenience Stores 2

Brandon Visser (2)

Under-12

Grenville Castings 5

Sean Perrin (2), Wayne Noonan, Cassandra Chajkowski, Dylan Render

Seaway Valley Pharmacy 2

Ronald Harrison (2)

Kriska Holdings, Ltd. 4

Devon Lubrun (4)

Hansen's Kavity Kickers 2

Devon Deschamps, Sarah Sprague

Beach Home Hardware 9

Scott Stephenson, Jamie Sturgeon (5), Richard Champagne, Daniel Walker, Ryan Maggio

B.W. Freer Electrical 2

Ethan Zahn, Cory Wilson

Shriners 1

Mark Levesque

Mac's Convenience Stores 0

Giant Tiger 4

John Jackson (2), Michael Moreli, Katie Hayman

The Colour Pallette 3

Luke Henderson, Colby Latocha (2)

Under 16

Watermark Printing 3

Kris Maloney, Josh Whalen, Jacob Piette

Hartley Sports 3

Taylor Gibbons, Chad Hyland, Stacy Kenny

Gateway Packaging 0

D.W.J. Plumbing & Sons 0

Canadian Tire 2

Jacob Casselman, Chris Noonan

Southport 1

Ryan Armstrong

Kriska Holding, Ltd. 3

Haylee McFarland, Jason Deeks, Sebastian Last

Grenville Towing 3

Matthew Deeks (2), Aaron Greengrass


Kriska Bulldogs lose semi-final in overtime at Montreal tournament

MONTREAL ­ In a field of 13 teams at the Montreal Olympic AAA Tournament May 14-16, the major atom Kriska Bulldogs were the only team in the tournament to go 4-0 in the preliminary round.

In game one, the Bulldogs defeated the Les Rebbeles Elite 5-2. Scoring were Dylan Rodgers (2), Kyle Adams, Lucas Stitt and Ben Hutton. Clark Seymour had two assists. Richard Joudoin had a strong performance between the pipes. MVP was Rodgers.

In its second game, Kriska defeated the Estrie Pats of Quebec 7-1. Scoring were Quinton Selleck (2), Ryan Van Stralen (2), Hutton and Seymour. Cory Wilson had a goal and an assist; Ronnie Harrison had two assists. MVP was Van Stralen.

In game three, the Bulldogs defeated the Akwesasne Hot Shots 3-2. Tanner Benton (2) and Logan Giesbrecht scored for Kriska. Russell Hinch had two assists. Jarrett Pitt was great in net. MVP was Benton.

In game four, they defeated Montreal Atomic 10-1. Scoring were Benton (3), Lee Charlebois (2), Wilson (2), Stitt, Harrison and Rodgers. Russell Hinch, who had two assists, was MVP.

In the semi-final, the Bulldogs played Diable Rouge who were 3-0-1 in the preliminary. It was an end-to-end hockey game that saw regular time end with a score of 0-0. The overtime format was four-on-four, but Diable Rouge scored with minutes remaining in the first overtime period. Wilson was game MVP.

During the tournament, the Bulldogs participated in the skills competition. Jarrett Pitt won the goaltending award, Lee Charlebois and Ronnie Harrison won the 2-vs-0 competition, Ben Hutton and Dylan Rodgers won the team agility race, and Cory Wilson and Tanner Benton placed second in the team break-away relay competition.


Get all revved up for Wheels a Churnin this weekend

NORTH AUGUSTA ­ Wheels a Churnin returns to Augusta Motorsport Park on Dixon Road this Saturday and Sunday.

The event, held twice a year, includes tractor pulls, ATV mud drags and an obstacle course.

Gates open at 7 am; registration starts at 9 am. ATV mud drags begin at 11 am; other events starts at noon.

There will be live entertainment Saturday night.

For ticket information or more details on the weekend event, call 926-2628 or visit www.wheelsachurnin.com.

Proceeds go to charity.


Prescott ladies auxiliary teams going to provincials

PRESCOTT ­ Two teams from the Prescott Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary have qualified for provincial tournaments to be held this month.

The cribbage team consisting of Rose Phillips, Susie Visser, Lorna Underhill and Jean McCrady will travel to London for a June 5 competition.

The Fort Wellington Branch 97 contingent of Rose Phillips, Susie Visser, Lorna Underhill and Judy Stead-Juby will take part in the provincial auxiliary darts tournament to be held in Hamilton June 26.

It is a rare achievement to have two teams make it to the provincials in the same year.


Golf tournament for Falcons senior hockey is this Saturday

PRESCOTT - The St. Lawrence Falcons Sr. A hockey club is holding the Brockville Kia golf tournament this Saturday, June 5 at the Prescott Golf Club.

The scramble format and will run throughout the day.

The ticket price includes 18 holes of golf, a steak dinner and prizes.

The Falcons are entering their second year in the Eastern Ontario Senior A Hockey League. The team plays its home games at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.

For tickets or more information on the tournament, contact Dean Kirkby at 925-1988 or Nancy Deschambault at 345-2922.

 


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