VOL. 175, NO. 14~ PRESCOTT, ONTARIO ~ April 6, 2005
Invista workers hit the jackpot
By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer
Group of 16 wins $4.2 million in Lotto 6/49
MAITLAND - Sixteen lucky current and former workers at the Invista Plant in Maitland are the winners of Saturday's Lotto 6/49 jackpot worth $4.2 million.
"They're pretty happy," said Doug Laird of the 16 winners. Laird is the contact person for the group.
He added the group uses the lottery's advance subscription service, which plays each participant's numbers on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a year. The service offers people the option of choosing their own numbers or using "quick pick" numbers.
The $4.2 million works out to $263,361 per person. The group is meeting with officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation at the Thousand Islands Charity Casino in Gananoque at noon on Friday to receive the money.
Laird added Tom Scott, the first person of the group who realized they had won, started to tell members in the group that they had won on Sunday, only to have people think it was an April fools joke.
Laird phoned the corporation Sunday afternoon to confirm the Invista (formerly DuPont) group had the winning numbers.
Jody Botham, another of the lottery winners, stated the pool has been going on for about four years. He added they have won small amounts before, but "nothing like this."
Winners include Laird and Botham, as well as Scott Macdonald, Richy Welch, Rob Temple, Pat Tighe, Doug Moore, Bob Hatch, Mavis Jale, Sue Gray, Tom Scott, Mark Peacock, Neil St. Amand, Chris Galway, Don Gibson and Greg Carley.
The winning numbers were 04, 12, 24, 25, 38 and 41. The bonus number was 11.
Concert set for Friday
PRESCOTT The Fort Town Concert Association presents Die Fledermaus this Friday, April 8 at 8 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (corner of Centre and Dibble streets).
The popular Viennese operetta will be performed by the Camp Musical des Laurentides opera workshop.
Tickets will be available at the door. Purchase a season's pass for 2005/06 and receive admission to the April 8 concert at no additional cost.
This week's concert is sponsored by Wiser Hall and Mayfield Retirement Residence.
For more information on the concert or the Fort Town association, call 925-5050.
The Fort Town group presents the annual Desjardins concert series in conjunction with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada.
Surf on Spencerville turf at Beach Party
SPENCERVILLE Dance in the sand at the Beach Party this Saturday (April 9) at the Drummond Building in Spencerville.
The third annual event presented by the Spencerville Agricultural Society runs from 8 pm to 1 am. Put on some beach gear and dance to the rock and country music of The Reasons and Branded.
Proceeds from the party go to the 150th anniversary edition of the Spencerville Fair to be held in September.
Tickets are available at Drummond's Gas Bar, Spencerville Home Hardware and the Village Pantry or from Colleen at 925-5199. Age of majority photo ID is required.
First contract in place at Wellington House
PRESCOTT Unionized workers at Wellington House have ratified their first collective agreement.
Fifty-four employees of the nursing home on Edward Street in Prescott are covered by the contract which includes wage increases of up to $4.25 an hour. The workers joined the United Steelworkers of America in October.
Steelworker staff representative Dorothy McRae-Golden said bargaining began Nov. 1; union members ratified the deal March 24. The agreement includes extended health-care benefits, a drug plan, vision and chiropractic care and life insurance. "This is a big step forward for these workers," McRae-Golden stated. "They had no benefits before at all."
Registered practical nurses and health-care aids are among the Wellington House staff who belong to the union.
Other elements of the first contract include improved paid holidays, shift premiums, seniority and a grievance procedure.
More than 4,000 of the Steelworkers' 255,000 members in Canada are health-care workers, according to the union.
Zoning bylaw draws more criticism in Augusta
Landowners threaten to set up blockade outside municipal hall
By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer
MAITLAND - More than 200 people attended the second public meeting on Augusta's draft zoning bylaw, according to estimates. The meeting was held last Wednesday at the MERC hall in Maitland.
"It was a challenge," stated township planner Glenn Tunnock. "It (the meeting) was more robust and vigorous (than the first public meeting)."
Augusta Reeve John McCrea said "I would describe it as impassioned - people spoke with passion."
Tunnock added several concerns were brought forth at the meeting, including concerns about the provincially significant wetland (PSW) zoning designation.
This zoning designation is one of four environmental zones in the new zoning bylaw.
However, Tunnock stated that there was "very little feedback" on the actual text of the zoning bylaw at the meeting; most people's concerns involved the zoning map.
Tunnock also said that "another thing" which came out at the meeting is council's commitment to answer questions regarding the draft bylaw within the next 30 days. He added "we will be required to help council answer zoning-related questions."
In addition to the large crowd who visited the public meeting, Tunnock said more than 80 people visited the open house held at the hall during the day. "Members of the farming community came forth (who wanted their property zoned) back to agricultural from rural," He stated. "We're quite happy to change zoning from rural back to agricultural."
A primary difference between the agricultural and rural designations is that rural has fewer restrictions on purposes for which the land can be used.
"I think there is a better understanding (of the bylaw)," stated Tunnock. However, he also acknowledged "It will take time."
"I'm going to have some recommendations to council I'll speak about in my opening remarks (at the April 11 council meeting) and to hear their counsel," stated McCrea. He also said there is a "probablilty" of at least one more public meeting on the bylaw.
At the first zoning bylaw public meeting, Tunnock stated residents concerned their property has been incorrectly zoned can have Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officials walk the land with them and determine if the zoning has to be changed.
However, Leeds-Grenville Landowners Association President Jacqueline Fennell stated "A lot of people (are) wary of the MNR coming on (their) land." She added the MNR didn't come on people's land before the zoning was changed the first time.
Fennell also stated she didn't think the second public meeting on the zoning bylaw was "much better" than the first. She added the landowners association has prepared a resolution which will be brought forth by one of the township's councillors at the next council meeting April 11. She did not specify which councillor.
The resolution reads, in part: "We the landowners of Augusta demand that Council added the following preamble to the zoning bylaw immediately. Whereas an individual cannot re-designate or rezone the use of his/her private property without the written consent and approval of the municipality, it is fundamental requirement that the municipality not rezone or designate the use and opportunities of private land without the landowners prior written approval and consent..."
Fennell said if the preamble is not added to the zoning bylaw, members of the Leeds and Grenville Landowners Association and other landowners associations would "blockade" the Augusta township office. No tentative date or time for such an action was provided.
"I hope we don't have to do it," stated Fennell. "We'll determine how and when we're going to do it (blockade the office) after council votes."
The blockade would prevent anyone, including township staff, council or the public from entering the building.
In response to a possible blockade of the township office, McCrea stated "(We'll) cross that bridge when we come to it."
Local Catholics express gratitude for the life of Pope John Paul II
By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor
PRESCOTT Pope John Paul II is being remembered locally as a man whose integrity and caring for people of all faiths will live on for many years to come.
The pope died Saturday at the age of 84. The leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics served as pope for 26 years.
Just hours after news of the pope's death had been communicated, Catholics gathered at St. Mark's church in Prescott for Saturday mass. Father John Appelman said there was a great sadness to see such a great man fade.
"He has been a friend to all of us for 26 years or more," said Appelman, who added the pontiff will be remembered as "John Paul the Great."
In noting John Paul II has "gone to his eternal reward," Appelman said people should also feel a sense of gratitude for all the good work the pontiff had done for Catholics and other people throughout the world. He was a defender of life and human dignity whose unwavering faith and youthful energy were an inspiration, according to Appelman.
The priest noted he felt honoured to have taken part in a mass attended by the pope in Ottawa in 1984. "All of us... have most personal memories" of John Paul II, Appelman said.
A nine-day mourning period began Sunday. The funeral for John Paul II will take place Friday.
St. Mark's will hold a special mass in honour of Pope John Paul II this Friday at 7 pm. Cardinals will be gathering in Vatican City to select a new pope.
"God will not leave our church without a leader," Appelman said.
Students and staff at Catholic schools in the region have also been mourning the loss of John Paul II. Ann Perron, education director with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, stated in a news release the pope was a man of courage, deep faith and love. "For many of us in Catholic education, he has been our spiritual guide for most of our lives," said Perron, who added educators have been inspired by John Paul's love for children. He "understood the importance of 'letting the children come to him,' as witness of his faith and love," she added.
Schools are planning special prayer services, and students and staff are being encouraged to think of ways to further the cause of peace and justice at the community level.
Father Appelman noted Saturday these have been extraordinary and emotional times of late.
During the Good Friday and Easter season, Appelman pointed out the pope spoke up for Terri Schiavo, the American woman whose plight triggered an international debate on the merits of an individual's rights to live and die.
The 41-year-old woman, whose feeding tube had been removed and whose parents tried unsuccessfully to have the courts order it reinserted, died last week
Schiavo was "condemned to starve to death," Appelman said. He became emotional during Saturday mass as he noted Schiavo was a victim of those who believe the life of a handicapped person is not worth preserving.
Attendance down at trade show
By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer
SPENCERVILLE - In spite of rainy weather which put a damper on attendance Saturday, Spencerville Agricultural Society Executive Director Mary Tessier believes the third annual Spencerville Spring Trade Show was a success.
"I'm pleased with the response from vendors," Tessier stated.
The show did not meet its goal of attracting 500 people; 315 attended the two-day show which began Friday at the Drummond Building in Spencerville. The weather and conflicts with other area events were cited as possible factors for the lower attendance figures.
The trade show is an annual event held by the Spencerville Agricultural Society (SAS), the organization which stages the Spencerville Fair.
Tessier also stated the show has raised a total of $6,000 for the fair in its first two years. "This year we hope to raise $3,000," Tessier added.
However, raising funds is not the only reason for holding the fair. "We do it to provide community service, use the buildings and property (on the Spencerville Fairgrounds)," stated Tessier. She added the show also helps business in the community. Forty-seven vendors were at the show, a slight decrease from the 50 that attended it last year.
According to Tessier, co-organizer of the show, this year's show attracted a number of new vendors from Prescott, Kemptville and Brockville. "(We were) lucky to get different vendors," she said, adding the vendors at this year's show featured a wide scope of products, including plumbing, landscape and design products and services.
The trade show featured several vendors from new businesses in the area. Rob Hawkins, who owns New Found Memories, a Spencerville-area company specializing in transferring movies from old formats (such as 8mm film or Betamax video tapes) to DVDs and CDs, said he started his business less that a year ago. He added the trade show was good for getting his business better known in the community, and that many people are "really surprised" to know a service like his exists.
"This is my first show," stated Steven Henderson of Wooden U Primitives, Antiques, Collectibles and Refinishing. Henderson added he recently sold his stake in the family dairy farm and set up shop with his current business in Domville.
"I'm happy to get my name out there," he stated, adding he had "sold a few items" during the show. "It's been worthwhile," he stated.
Tessier stated she believes the show would be back next year.
Alkerton offers to provide his insight on drainage to Township of Augusta
By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer
MAYNARD - The former dog catcher in Augusta has volunteered to provide input on the township's municipal drains.
In an email dated March 17 to township CAO Sharon Wilkinson and addressed to council, Darcy Alkerton stated "I read the announcement in the newspaper about the increase need and funding to provide proper cleaning off municipal drains in Augusta Township. From my past employment for beaver removal and breaching of beaver dams in the past 25 years on these municipal drains, I have experience on where the problem areas that need maintenance are and if needed would meet with council to discuss this which in turn may save money for the township and make the maintenance program go farther."
After some discussion at last Tuesday's council meeting, council decided it was appropriate for Alkerton not to meet with council, instead he should meet with Public Works Director and new Drainage Superintendent Ken Dickson, at his convenience. "If it's necessary to come back to us, he'll (Ken) come back to us," Councillor John Fischl said
The letter went on to state "timing" can be a great financial savings for removal of beaver and dams. After the meeting, Alkerton stated timing can be important when it comes to beaver and dam removal since the animals migrate in the spring and fall. Alkerton attended the meeting, but did not address council.
Dickson was appointed drainage superintendent at the last council meeting March 14. Also at the last council meeting, correspondence was made available which announced a new $6-million Agricultural Drainage Infrastructure Program by the Ontario ministry of Agriculture and Food.
This program provides grants to agricultural landowners for one-third of the costs for new drainage construction or improvement projects and for maintenance work, as well as providing municipalities with grants to cover half the cost of employing a drainage superintendent.
Alkerton resigned from the township's dog catcher position in January. He said after the meeting he wanted to make sure the township knew he was "still interested" in nuisance wildlife work.
Police motion is supported
MAYNARD - Augusta council has lent its support to a resolution from the Town of Hanover on policing costs.
The Hanover resolution, which was approved by its town council on February 28 of this year, requests "That a representative from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) be allowed to take part in salary deliberations between the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Provincial Police," and "That the financial burden of policing to municipalities be looked at as part of the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) review by the Province of Ontario."
However, at last Tuesdays meeting of Augusta Council, Reeve John McCrea questioned whether or not AMO was the right group to take part in the salary deliberations. Councillor John Fischl responded AMO has "more power" than any other group he could think of. "Your strongest voice is AMO," he added.
A resolution of support for the Hanover resolution will be brought back at the next council meeting April 11.
Fennell seeks response from municipality; reeve says questions will be answered
MAYNARD - In the aftermath of Augusta's first open house and public meeting on the township's draft zoning bylaw, Leeds-Grenville Landowners Association President Jacqueline Fennell wants to know whether or not township residents can expect answers to their questions about the bylaw.
"(There were) lots of questions at the last (zoning) meeting," stated Fennell, "(but) not lots of answers."
She spoke as a delegation to Augusta council at last Tuesday's regular council meeting.
In particular, Fennell wondered whether or not attendees to the second public meeting on March 30 would get answers to questions posed at the last meeting.
Township Reeve John McCrea stated the questions would be answered, but not necessarily at the March 30 meeting. "(We've) taken the position in council (to) get answers to as many questions as we can within the month," he added.
Fennell also asked how answers to questions would be made available to the public, and if they would be published or answered at a future council meeting. McCrea suggested the questions and answers be made available in a written document at the township office.
Fennell also stated "a lot" of township residents were "thrown for a loop" at the first public meeting when they had prepared questions relating to property zoning, only to see the zoning had changed on the latest copies of the map.
"When you ask a question you've prepared for quite some time and the answer is 'the map has changed today,' that threw a few people," Fennell added.
McCrea responded by saying the reason the map had changed was because of the input of township residents.
Planning committee studies proposal for Water Street condominiums
By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor
PRESCOTT Proponents of a condominium project on Water Street are seeking assurances from Prescott council that no large building will be constructed in the waterfront area between the project site and the St. Lawrence River.
Teresa Pelda and James Murphy of the Mariner's Club development team attended a town planning committee meeting last Tuesday night. The Mariner's Club proposal calls for a four-storey, 28-unit building to be constructed on the "Blue Fence" property on the south side of Water Street east of the Moran-Hooker building.
Plans for a six-storey, 65-unit facility in that location were unveiled earlier this year, but the developers cited the time it would take to sell all the units as a main factor in opting for the smaller proposal.
All 28 units in the proposal submitted to the municipality have a view of the river. In noting a desire to have the municipal parking lot area west of the Kinsmen Amphitheatre designated a park area, Pelda said doing so would provide "a sense of comfort" to developers and the people who are planning to live in the condos. "It would be horrible to put a building there," she told the committee.
Mayor Robert Lawn said the building issue might be an easy decision for council to make. However, the mayor pointed out there is still an official plan review to do; making any additional decisions about the waterfront area would be difficult for this council to make at this time, Lawn indicated.
One decision the municipality and developer will have to make involves vehicular access to the proposed underground parking area at Mariner's Club. A formalized arrangement will be needed; the plan calls for access from the existing waterfront lot at the foot of Centre Street.
As for other planning issues associated with the condos, Town Engineer Clyde Solomon indicated the proposal falls within the majority of criteria for R-3 zoning.
Further discussions involving town officials and the development team will take place, it was noted last Tuesday.
Councillor Bob Pelda, one of the members of the development team, declared an interest and left the room during the Mariner's Club discussion.
If approved, the project would take 12-14 months to complete.
Mrs. Pelda noted parking on the vacant Water Street lot will be eliminated as of April 15; Mariner's Club flags are to be erected there.
Town hall left in the dark
PRESCOTT A power outage disrupted programs and services at town hall Monday.
Staff arrived at work Monday morning to find there was no electricity in most parts of the Dibble Street municipal building.
There are emergency lights in the building. However, there was no computer or elevator service.
At about 10:10 am, The Journal was advised the town council meeting scheduled for Monday at 7 pm was postponed to Tuesday at 7 pm.
The storytime group at the library went ahead as scheduled Monday morning. Librarian Jane McGuire noted there was enough light from the windows in the children's room.
However, the library was closed later in the morning.
T.R. Leger School, which is located on the third floor, was closed for the day.
By midday, the cause of the outage had been identified. Part of an underground line northeast of the building near the parking lot had shorted.
The problem was corrected Monday afternoon. Prescott CAO/Clerk Robert Haller said the old line had not been replaced as part of renovations completed last year.
Haller added be would likely recommend the municipality obtain quotes on replacing the entire underground line.
The power outage was limited to town hall and did not affect other properties in the neighbourhood.
Concert shows college's new arts program
BROCKVILLE The St. Lawrence College music theatre performance program's upcoming presentation of The Secret Garden will include two students from the Prescott area.
Christina Madden and Michelle Arthurs are taking part in the production set from next Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 pm at the Brockville Arts Centre. This version of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a concert in which the story is told mostly through song with a narrator.
The new music theatre performance program is based at the college's Brockville campus.
Tickets for the two-hour concert are available at the arts centre box office (342-7122).
Annual list names provincial public sector workers who top $100,000
SOUTH GRENVILLE The Government of Ontario has released its 2004 list of $100,000 public sector earners.
The list includes the names of individuals who were paid at least $100,000 for their jobs with a provincial ministry or crown agency, school board, county or municipality. The annual disclosure is required by statute.
Three people whose jobs are based in Prescott made the list. Inspector Brent Hill, commander of the Grenville County OPP detachment, had a salary of $110,100 last year.
Eighteen employees of the Upper Canada District School Board are on the 2004 list. Among them is Superintendent Helen Lalonde ($120,039), who is based at the regional office in Prescott.
The salary of South Grenville District High School Principal Ted Whiteland, who took over from Brenda Ramsay last summer, was listed at $113,423. The Upper Canada list includes a few other principals; there are also two teachers who reportedly had special circumstances which led then to be on the list.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has five of its employees on the list.
The Ontario public sector list includes three department heads with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville as well as the regional medical officer of health, judges and crown attorneys.
No municipal staff in Prescott, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal or Augusta belong to the $100,000 club.
Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman was paid $109,941 in 2004.
The list does not include federal government staff or members of parliament.
School board budget input sought
PRESCOTT The Upper Canada District School Board will hold a budget consultation meeting next Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm in the library at South Grenville District High School.
The public is invited to attend.
The English public board operates 11 elementary and secondary schools in South Grenville as well as the Prescott campus of the T.R. Leger alternative school.
Take a trip back to three-week safari tour
MAITLAND NEWS by Jane Fullarton
St. James Anglican Church on Church Street in Maitland is having a slide show and presentation on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm. The evening is called Out of Africa and features a slide show by Carolyn Matheson.
A retired teacher, Matheson and her sister, Janice Snider of Kingston, went on an African safari tour of Kenya for three weeks in July 2002. The trip included travelling around Kenya in enclosed vehicles while being based in several five-star hotels overnight. Matheson says she was shocked at how they could be travelling around all day being jostled unmercifully in the vehicles on bumpy or non-existent roads and suddenly come upon a beautiful resort where they were treated to excellent food and accommodation. One of the hotels she stayed in was built in a semi-circle around an elephant watering hole. When the group arrived, there were 26 elephants getting a drink. It was an excellent opportunity to view the social interaction in the herd.
Matheson, who loves the giraffes most, was amazed at how many species of giraffes there are. The group came across an eight-metre-long python wrapped around a gazelle, but as well as the large animals Matheson marvelled at the amazing numbers of birds the drivers who are trained naturalists were able to point out.
Matheson's presentation will include background information on the country of Kenya, a comparison to Canada, a slide/photo presentation of all the animals viewed on her safari, along with a display of carvings and crafts and a sample of music of Kenya.
Refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the admission fee will go to the Indonesian Earthquake Relief Fund. Everyone is welcome. Call Pat Allport at 348-3657 for tickets or more information.
On the Beat with the OPP
Use caution when dealing with a break-in
So you are the victim of a break and enter what should you do?
You arrive home after a long day at work only to find your front door wide open and one of your windows broken. Someone has entered your home... now what?
Don't enter your home! Go to a neighbour's or use your cell phone and call police. We do respond to break and enters (residential and commercial).
Entering your home or business may damage evidence left by the culprits, and there is no chance of absolute certainty the place is empty. It is also a safety issue for you. Do not clean up broken glass, fix door jambs and locks until police have arrived and cleared the scene. I once attended a believed break and enter with my back-up officer, only to find once inside one of the culprits lying on the floor between aisles.
Clean-up can wait. Police officers will contact scenes-of-the-crime officers to attend and process the scene, take fingerprints, photos and tool marks. There might be something as simple as a "familiar" footprint on the floor that is washed away by a mop. In some circumstances, identification officers from Perth might also attend and process evidence.
Let the officers take their time and examine the crime scene. If you have concerns about the arrival time of the officers coming, simply ask.
People who commit residential break and enters often know the routine at the victim's residence. If you notice any suspicious vehicles, get a licence plate; it is the best tool. Do not give out personal information to surveys over the phone. Banks and credit card companies should already have all of your information. If you have door locks, use them; culprits will take longer to gain entry into a well-secured residence or business and have a greater chance of getting caught. Finally, a home security system is a strong deterrent.
Submitted by Constable Holly Howard, Grenville County community services officer and an 11-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Public can use computers and library at Johnstown school Wednesday nights
By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor
JOHNSTOWN Two of South Edwardsburg Public School's resource areas are now open to the public on a weekly basis.
The computer room and library are accessible on Wednesday evenings during the school year.
The school received a federal grant through Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC) to re-establish South Edwardsburg as a Community Access Program (CAP) site at which the public can use computers for word processing or going online. The room has about 25 computers with which users can go onto the Internet and send or receive e-mail. There is also a printer which the public can use. The public will not be able to save files on the computers; the school will try to have a few disks available for those who do not have any of their own.
Kim Lasenba is the CAP co-ordinator at South Edwardsburg. Principal Randy Stevenson noted it has been at least four years since the community access program ended at the school.
The relaunch of CAP took place last week. The public can use the computers from 5 to 8 pm.
The school is also opening its library to the public from 6:30 to 8 pm each Wednesday. There will also be newspapers available for reading in both rooms.
Stevenson said the community does a lot for the school. Increasing public access to the school and its resources is a nice way for the school to give something back, he added.
GCFDC Chair Renata Kimmerly said it is "neat" how these two programs are working together to attract people to both facilities at the school.
High school students seeking community service credit will be pitching in at the CAP site; adult volunteers will also be taking part in the South Edwardsburg services.
Stevenson expects the grant of about $1,000 will enable the school to remain a CAP site into the next academic year. The principal added he would like to see community access programs carry on long after that.
GCC begins search for new headmaster
Dave Dargie to retire in June after three years on the job
MAITLAND Dave Dargie will retire as headmaster of Grenville Christian College (GCC) at the end of June, the school announced last week.
Dargie, who has been headmaster since June 2002, is a former South Grenville District High School principal whose career in education spans 37 years.
"I appreciate Mr. Dargie's efforts over the past three years as he has contributed significantly to bring Grenville Christian College into the local and surrounding communities in a very positive way," GCC board Chairman Geoff Jackson stated in a March 31 news release.
Dargie is GCC's first headmaster to be hired from outside the Community of the Good Shepherd.
Jackson also stated he is grateful for all Dargie has accomplished.
Dargie indicated he looks forward to his retirement and spending more time with his family. "It has been a privilege to serve the students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of GCC," he stated.
"My entire adult life has been devoted to the education of young people and the promise of the rewards that education will bring to their lives," Dargie added.
A GCC governance committee has begun the search for a new headmaster.
As an interim measure, a transition team led by Headmaster Emeritus Kenneth MacNeil has been formed to direct operations at the university preparatory school until a new head of school is hired.
Dargie will assist with GCC's recruitment efforts.
Mayors' walk benefits charity and local volunteer bureau
BROCKVILLE National Volunteer Week will be kicked off on foot next weekend.
The Mayors' Community Walk will take place Saturday, April 16 in Brockville. The two-kilometre event begins at the former Phillips Cable building (registration starts at 9 am) and ends at Hardy Park.
Civic leaders and other people from the united counties area will take part in the fourth annual walk organized by the Volunteer Bureau of Leeds and Grenville, a local non-profit organization.
Each participant collects pledges which are split between the volunteer bureau and the charity of the participant's choice.
For more information on the event or the bureau, call 342-7040.
Thousand packs of smokes taken from gas bar
PRESCOTT Officers with the Grenville County OPP detachment responded to 51 calls for service in the Prescott patrol zone last week.
An early-morning break-in at Mr. Gas on King Street East last Wednesday netted thieves about 1,000 packages of cigarettes as well as 10 wrapped cartons of cigarettes, lottery tickets and the cash float. The total value of the stolen items is about $8,600.
The theft was discovered by the owner at about 5:30 am when he arrived to open the business. However, witnesses lead police to believe an audible alarm sounded at about 1 am. The east region identification unit attended and removed evidence from the scene. Constable MacKinnon is the investigating officer.
A break-in at a Prince Street residence last Wednesday is being investigated by Constable McConnell. It is believed someone entered through an unlocked back door between 9 am and 5 pm. A box containing an undisclosed amount of money from tips and a paper route was found; a gold watch was also reported missing.
Damage to a van parked in a Churchill Road driveway was reported Sunday at about noon. The windshield of the van had been smashed; pieces of broken glass believed to be beer bottles were located nearby. The 1992 Chevrolet Astro van had been parked at about 10:30 Saturday night. Constable Terry Foster is investigating.
Anyone with information on these or other occurrences in Prescott is asked to contact the OPP at 925-4221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
OPP TOWNSHIPS NEWS
Charge follows assault at home
AUGUSTA A 39-year-old man is to appear in court later this month in response to an assault charge stemming from an incident at a Wiltse Road residence March 26. A female in the home was assaulted and a second female was assaulted after she arrived to offer assistance, according to a police news release. The victims were not seriously injured. The call to police was made March 28. Constable Johnston is investigating.
Car was stolen in Smiths Falls
NORTH AUGUSTA A silver 2004 Chrysler Intrepid reported stolen in Smiths Falls was recovered at the Bell sub-station on County Road 15 at Main Street. The car had been left there just before 7 pm April 2.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Constable Foley at Grenville County OPP (925-4221).
Golf clubs, tools gone from garage
EDWARDSBURGH More than $5,000 in golf equipment and tools were taken from a garage on County Road 2 just west of Cardinal on March 23 between 5 and 6 pm. The missing items include a router bit set and table, gas pressure washer and various power saws and power hand tools. The investigating officer is Constable Barr.
Mail box damaged a third time
EDWARDSBURGH A mail box at the Johnstown ATV club on Rooney Road was smashed during the overnight hours of March 29-30. Two stop signs were also removed in the area. This is the third mischief case involving the mail box. Constable Lapensee is investigating.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"They're pretty happy."
Doug Laird, one of 16 people sharing a $4.2-million grand prize in the Lotto 6/49 draw
New name for street is just the beginning
So the town has changed the name of Douglas Drive to Fort Town Drive. There was an official unveiling of the new sign on Monday afternoon. There was even a cake.
But there were some residents of the street, and likely a few others who live in town, who were wondering what the fuss was all about.
Although we are not questioning the sincerity of proponents of the name change, the fact remains there has been and will continue to be a negative perception of the street for many years to come. That might not be fair, but that is the way it is. This generation will know it as Douglas Drive, and there's nothing to suggest the next generation won't perceive the name Fort Town Drive any differently.
Backers of the name change suggest the move is one step in dealing with the negative feelings which have extended well beyond this community, we are told. With that in mind, we wonder what other steps has council taken or will be taking to deal with this problem. Taking that first step is well and good, but the change will have little or no profound effect on the neighbourhood and the town as a whole unless the other steps follow.
As Councillor Nancy Lane noted, the town is a funding partner and has input on the social housing department which oversees homes on that street. Lane said the houses on Fort Town Drive are in need of upgrading; the same goes for many other homes in the system. (There are 157 public housing units in Prescott.) A town committee was told last week the average social housing unit in the Leeds-Grenville area is 40 years old, and the most recent construction occurred in the late 1970s. The community housing sector is one of, if not the most, challenging and complex component of the social services department of which Prescott is a member.
We do not dispute there are people who live on the street who welcome the new name and do not like the fact Douglas Drive or Fort Town Drive is looked down on by a segment of the population. Some of the residents we spoke to Monday afternoon indicated they would like to have more control over their community. They are seeking a sense of pride that is associated with feeling as though they have ownership in their neighbourhood; after all, who else is better equipped to maintain that sense of community than the people who live in it.
If getting rid of Douglas Drive makes some people feel better about living there, that is fine. From a public policy perspective, though, the move will have little or no meaning if our civic leaders are unable or unwilling to follow through with their pledge to improve the quality of life for public housing tenants who live on Fort Town Drive or anywhere else in the region.
Tournaments a special event for all of South Grenville
CLUB HOUSE REMARKS by David Dickenson
After spending the entire weekend at the hockey rink, you really have to admire all that goes into putting on the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association hockey tournaments.
I got the chance to take in all aspects of the tournament, from "The Row," the Timbits hockey game, the scouting, the work put in by the organizing committee, the referees and everyone involved in the tournament in any way.
Really, it's nothing less than spectacular.
Cardinal's minor midget tournament is no different either; they have a great group of people who work their butts off to get the teams here, make sure everything is running smoothly and calming the one or two malcontents and troublemakers who appear at any tournament.
Both tournaments are lucky to have such great corporate citizens and chief sponsors like Casco and Kriska, which help make the tournament a success for the community. But also there are literally dozens of other minor sponsors which might put an ad in the program book or maybe sponsor a trophy. They are just as much of an important part of the tournament as everyone else, because without everyone working together like they do, this tournament wouldn't ever get off the ground.
This tournament is so much to so many people, that at times I see it being taken for granted, with people not volunteering to help out or forgetting what it's all about.
This tournament is about the kids.
It's about a fun way to raise money to make hockey relatively reasonably priced so the more than 400 kids in the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association can enjoy the true Canadian sport without bankrupting their parents.
In parts of North America, it costs more than $2,000 for one season of minor hockey for one child. Here, it's far less than that and hockey is being made accessible to everyone. This is what the tournament is all about.
I hope the community realizes this is what the two tournaments are all about, because sometimes I think they forget.
The tournament organizers have been great about putting on the weekends. They have been been doing it for a long time and most of them have seen their children grow up and graduate from the SGMHA system and move on with their adult lives, yet still these organizers are there putting in their own time for kids they don't even know.
For anyone who has ever been to one of the tournament committee meetings (and I'll admit I haven't been to a lot) knows it is a small group of people with very little new blood to start learning the ropes to fill in these roles in the future.
People need to start stepping up and answering the call to join this committee and help form the tournaments in the future.
South Grenville has something special in these tournaments and if people don't act soon, they won't realize how much they miss them until they're gone.
American beer to be sold cheap at Prescott LCBO: 1985
FROM THE ARCHIVES
April 7, 1960
* The worst flooding to hit the area north of Prescott since 1938 might let up if colder temperatures being forecast are realized. The South Nation River and South Branch have risen to record heights. Just south of Charleville, there is 31 inches of water on the road. Willard Shannon and Sons have been running a "ferry" (a tractor pulling a high-wheeled wagon) to get people and supplies across the flood waters. There are also concerns the bridge at Garreton will be destroyed by a build-up of ice; dynamite is to be used to break up the jam.
* An Ottawa firm submitted the lowest of three bids for the proposed customs and immigration facilities at the Johnstown side of the international bridge. The bids were opened in Albany, New York. The low bid totalled almost $684,000. The customs and immigration buildings are to include a warehouse, bus terminal and cattle inspection area.
April 3, 1985
* The Toronto Red Wings edged the Kitchener Greenshirts 3-2 to win the A championship at the midget AA hockey tournament held at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. The Prescott Ramparts were unable to win a game at the tournament but still managed to make a respectable showing. Goal scorers for the home team were Stuart Birnie, Paul Gillard, Pat LeBlanc and Tony Anderson.
* The Town of Prescott and CUPE have agreed to a new one-year contract. The agreement will see the hourly wage for unionized public works and recreation staff increase to $8.40. Workers will also received a clothing allowance of about $200 per year; previously, they received $80 for the purchase of workboots.
* American beer will be sold at reduced prices at the Prescott LCBO outlet. As a result of the labour dispute involving breweries in Ontario, the provincial liquor board imported hundreds of thousands of cases of U.S. brands. The LCBO is now being forced to unload the American brew at low prices. A six-pack will sell for $3.25, while a case of 24 will go for $13.
Jeff Dukelow, assistant manager of the Prescott outlet, said the store had been receiving two to three calls an hour from people asking if it had any American beer.
Time has come for church to address sexual abuse problems
FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Jeffrey Morris
The world suddenly left Michael Schiavo alone as the mass media and its singular obsession has been analyzing every imaginable detail and angle about Pope John Paul II and his legacy.
The Pope was a great man. Some have called him the greatest man of the 20th Century, though Sir Winston Churchill or a small list of others may lay claim to that title.
From talk shows to columns to magazines to blogs, people have been asking what direction the Catholic Church needs to go in next.
Well, maybe I'm the only one who lacks the tact or political correctness to say it, or maybe I'm the only one who sees the white elephant sitting in the middle of Vatican City.
But if the Catholic Church is looking for a direction to go in, why not start doing some house cleaning and stop covering up sexual abuse scandals involving priests.
For all of the great things that Pope John Paul II has done in his lifetime, no journalist that I have seen has credited him for being the Pope that finally broke through the barriers to begin to address the sexual abuse problems within the church.
Unfortunately, Pope John Paul II was only able to scratch the surface of effectiveness in his dealings with sexual misconduct among priests.
There exist far too many levels of people from local parishioners to Cardinals willing to sweep the problems under the Holy rug.
Buried in the shadows of the Pope's legacy earlier this week was a New York Times story about defrocked priest Robert Burns. According to the article, Burns was indicted Monday on six counts of child rape of young boys from Boston parishes. He was also arraigned on seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
Boston's problems with priests raping and molesting children seem to be the most visible, but it is an epidemic that has been cloaked throughout the world for as long as time can remember.
In 2002, American bishops tried to address the internal problem by enacting a Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The charter said that any diocese "will report to the public authorities any allegation of sexual abuse of a person who is currently a minor."
While the charter was a step in the right direction, a special commission of U.S. Cardinals and Vatican officials undercut it with an amendment. The change required that bishops only comply with applicable laws with respect to reporting allegations of sexual abuse of minors to civil authorities.
The requirement that church officials report allegations to civil authorities was thus eliminated.
David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said this was a shameful retreat and that it "goes back to the longstanding practice of doing the absolute bare minimum."
Other groups, such as the Coalition of Catholics and Survivors, implied the Vatican was not willing to protect children as it was unwilling to support the reporting of allegations of sexual assault to civil authorities.
The problem of sexual assaults in the Catholic Church is not unique to Boston or the United States.
In Eastern Ontario, we have had our share of scandals in the past. Not all allegations lead directly to arrests. Some lead to resignations.
Since 1990, there have been 11 Catholic bishops who have resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct they were either involved with or helped cover up became public.
Two of the 11 are Canadian. They are Bishop Hubert O'Connor of Prince George, B.C. and Archbishop Alphonsus Penney of St. John's, Newfoundland.
The Catholic Church must deal with this age old problem once and for all. Pope John Paul II was the man who could have dealt with it.
Pope John Paul II was indeed a remarkable man in so many ways. But those within the Roman Catholic Church have got to understand that the world is a different place now.
Problems that silently "went away" a generation ago do not go away now. They just intensify until they are dealt with.
As much as defining a new direction is an opportunity for the church to address the issue of sexual abuse involving priests, it is doubtful that the topic will be thought of let alone discussed.
So there you have it.
It's an ugly topic to discuss. But as the Catholic Church searches for a new direction to go in under its new leader, understanding that the public is no longer tolerant of sexually abusing children is a good place to start.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Keep grass reasonable
I am pleased to support the views set out in the March 30 Editor's Notebook regarding the "natural" state of the field area along the Heritage River Trail.
While we are talking about revitalizing downtown Prescott, let us not forget the fields of waving weeds we had to endure last summer.
Perhaps Parks Canada could keep their weeds and wild flowers in confined areas and cut the grass as they do in the arboretum area.
Algonquin Public School: What wonderful role models our support staff provide for students.
While students clamour to give Bill Whiteford, our new custodian, a hand at afternoon recess, staff also have expressed their appreciation for all the extras he does. Keeping our school its shining best, noticing things that need to be addressed and finding creative ways of making things happen are all part of what Bill does.
There's library technician Laurie Young, who prides herself in finding better ways of serving students and staff. Recently, Laurie also has been recognized by Veterans Affairs Canada for the initiative she took in encouraging students to personally design cards for the Valentines for Vets program.
We all know what a valuable role the office administrator plays. Sue Loroway receives rave reviews from parents, staff and students. Whether it's some TLC and a bandage, a smile and a listening ear or the inviting, helpful atmosphere visitors to the school receive, Sue always makes a fabulous first impression.
Boundary Street Public School: The MS Read-a-thon kick-off assembly was held Friday, April 1. The reading period ends April 29. Students have received pledge sheets and will be collecting money. The collection period ends May 6; all money should be turned in by that date.
Students have been participating in the Windmill Book Award program since January. Students met April 5 to vote for their favourite book. This is a day to share the love of reading and have a "mystery guest" visit.
The following recognition awards were presented April 1: Social Skills Kyle Biscope, Courtney Lyttle, Sierra Vout, Megan Birtch, Joey Cleroux, Chelsea Perkins, Amanda Dailey, Allison Davis, Emily Visser, Kaitlyn Hughes, Brooke Shedrick, Kylee Sherman, Jamie Clare; Academic Ben Pickard, Abi Coville, Vickie Hunt, Kelly Fee, Brian Keeler, Mikayla Larlee, Lyndsay Coville, Jarrett Shannon, Vincent Prosser, Austin Crowder, Emily Davis, Harleen Grewal.
Grade 8 students will be having a bake sale Friday, April 8 to raise funds for graduation.
Central Public School: Ms. Wyborn's grade 5/6 class went on its VEP trip to Brockville's court house Thursday, March 31.
Central welcomes back Ms. Graham from her maternity leave for baby Emma. We wish Ms. Murdoch well in her future.
Funds raised from the sale of Regal items went to support the cause of a professional drama performance.
Students of the month are Lindsey Hoogwerf and Tyson Perrin (Kindergarten), David Pettifer (Grade 1), Amber Dawn (Grade 2), David Blair (Grade 4), Shane McGuire (Grade 6) and Taylor Brown Hutchcroft (Grade 7).
Grade 7/8 and Windmill Book participants will be travelling to Benson PS to meet author Eric Walters, a famous writer of children's books, on Wednesday, April 6. Windmill Book Club members were at Maynard PS Tuesday to participate in literary circles.
St. Joseph Catholic School: Welcome to Kristah Gill, who joins the St. Joseph staff.
Father Appelman, Mrs. Donovan and many of our students organized and facilitated our Easter Mass this Wednesday.
Each Wednesday at lunch recess, the gymnastics club gets together in our school gym. Similarly, the pep squad meets Thursdays at lunch recess.
The art club has been meeting once a month with Ms. Bongard and Mrs. Hubbard. Students will again create some wonderful pieces of art after school this Wednesday.
The school council meets Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm in the library.
There will be a school dance Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 pm. One dollar from each ticket will go to charity.
Grade 4 students will take part in the Farm Come to Town exhibition in Kemptville next Wednesday, April 13.
Junior indoor soccer will continue on Fridays until April 15.
A Scholastic Book Fair will take place from Wednesday, April 13 to Friday, April 15.
Learn-to-sew class in the works
WALKER HOUSE NEWS by MARNIE LIPPIATT
Our spaghetti dinner was well-attended on Friday. We hope everyone enjoyed the midday break from cooking and clean-up. Our next lunch will be Friday, April 29 at 11:30 am. We will send the cold weather off with one last hot soup and crusty bread meal. Be sure to call 925-5300 or mark the list when you are in to ensure a place.
The hardanger group is meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm.
In May, we hope to have a learn-to-sew class. We will learn about the sewing machine and what we can do with it. The class will concentrate on either making a garment using a pattern or using a pattern to make a simple quilt piece. Please call for more information.
Card game winners: afternoon bridge 1st, Ruth Britnell; 2nd, Andy Britnell; door, Janet White. Fun bridge Jean Farlinger. Thursday night euchre 1st, Jean Annable; 2nd, Geneva Odell and Gladys Somerville; 3rd, Hilda Hutton; door, Micheline Cook.
Draft audit notes Edwardsburgh/Cardinal is in good financial shape
Year-end results for 2004 have yet to be finalized
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
SPENCERVILLE - The township is in good shape financially according to the draft audit quickly outlined to Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal council Monday night at municipal hall in Spencerville.
Ross Markell of Craig, Keen, Despatie and Markell, which handles the township's audit each year, indicated the municipality's numbers from 2004 are in good shape.
"Overall the township had a good year," Markell told council. "The bookkeeping procedure is solid; it's a pleasure to audit Mr. (Township Treasurer Russell) Trivett's work. He does good work and he already knows you are in good position."
Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Peggy Taylor indicated it was nice to hear the township had a good year, given the steep learning curve some of council had with their first year in office.
"I was very nervous to hear how the first audit went," said Taylor. "It was my first budget process as mayor and it's good to hear we started off on the right track, but I don't think Russell (Trivett) would let us get off of it."
Ward One Councillor Charlie Burrell indicated Trivett should be commended for his good work and keeping everything in perspective for the audit.
Also as part of going over the audit with council, Markell indicated due to new regulations stemming from financial scandals such as World Com and Enron he has had to go to municipalities and firms he represents and ask them if they are aware of or suspect any fraud in their corporation.
Markell explained after the Enron scandal, board members and councillors are now held under a higher degree of responsibilities to be aware of what goes on each year.
Markell indicated he didn't suspect anything in the township and commended the township on having a very competent municipal staff, but indicated he was required to ask.
"Some councils really don't like it and take offence and some don't mind at all and just want me to ask it so they can say nothing."
Following the question if they knew of any fraud within the corporation, no councillor indicated any knowledge of that.
Following the question, Councillor Burrell quipped "You don't work for Enron or anyone like that?"
Township receives $50,000 grant for fire department
SPENCERVILLE - It was reported by Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Peggy Taylor on Monday night the township had received a cheque for $50,000 for the fire department from the provincial government.
Taylor indicated in her report, the township had received the cheque Monday which had been promised to smaller municipalities to help offset costs with their fire departments.
The mayor said the township was happy to receive the grant, which comes with no strings attached and indicated small municipalities had been promised the grant, but that doesn't mean we are always going to get them.
The cheque comes from the province's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and it is asked the grant be applied to the township's municipal fire services budget over and above their existing allocation.
It is also indicated municipal fire departments are encouraged to give priority to their training needs, or areas of fire prevention, fire operations equipment and firefighter protective equipment.
The Olympic Learners have a ball in the snow
Submitted by Fiona Cleary
With spring fast approaching, the second meeting of the 4-H sports club, the Olympic Learners, which is a group of enthusiastic sports-minded kids, took place at the Roebuck Community Centre baseball diamond on Friday, March 25. The afternoon was cool and windy, but that didn't stop the group of 20 led by 4-H leaders Darlene Dillabough and Debbie Connell, from having a rousing game of snow pitch in the last of winter's beautiful white stuff.
Snow pitch is played just like regular baseball with the same equipment of balls, gloves and bats, but the trick is to run in the snow and not to slide past first base or sloop through the field to make the catch! It took awhile as well to figure out a hit ball does not roll, bounce or skid in the snow; it just drops and plops right there! Lots of fun and laughs were had by all trying to catch the ball and find the white ball in the white snow.
The evening ended with a welcoming campfire back at the Dillabough home with hot chocolate and refreshments enjoyed by all. If you would like more information on any local 4-H clubs you can check us out on the Web at www.4-hontario.ca.
Your Credit Union confirms purchase of former TD Canada Trust building
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
CARDINAL - Your Credit Union in Cardinal will have a permanent home which is well-known to the residents of Cardinal.
Your Credit Union CEO John Ebsary indicated Thursday a deal has been finalized which will see the credit union move to the former home of the TD Canada Trust bank on Dundas Street.
"Yes, we have closed the sale as of yesterday," Ebsary told The Journal. "We're not sure of when we will be moving in there since there is a little work that has to be done first. There is a leak in the roof that has to be looked at and we're going to see if there is anything else that needs to be done."
Ebsary indicated he is happy with how the credit union has done since coming to Cardinal, after the village's lone bank closed in March. "We've been doing quite well," he explained. "We're being very well received and I think the residents are pleased we're there."
Ebsary indicated the branch has received 167 new memberships as of March 29 in its short time in the village, it only expects that number will grow.
The credit union is currently located at its temporary home just down the street at the home of the former Cardinal public library.
The credit union will be holding its monthly board of governors meeting and a meet-and-greet session at the new location (the former TD Canada Trust) tonight from 7 to 8 pm.
Damages reported at hangout
CARDINAL On March 28, OPP Constable Prophet went to the Landmark Inn in response to a complaint about ongoing property damage. The front of the building has become a hangout for youths, a police news release noted. There are bricks being removed from the walls, and there has been damage to the front landing area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Grenville County OPP at 925-4221.
Adult hockey hits the ice Saturday
CARDINAL An adult hockey tournament to benefit the Alzheimer Society will take place this Saturday, April 9 at the Cardinal and District Community Centre.
The event is being presented by the Kinsmen Club of Prescott. To see if there are any additional spots available or for more details, call Art Hitsman at 925-1315 or 349-1315.
Prescott major midget AA/AAA hockey tournamentCleveland Crusaders capture 33rd annual tournament over Mississauga
Jake Coyle leads Crusaders with hat trick in 6-1 finals victory over Jr. Ice Dogs
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - The Fort Town quickly learned that, as far as the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association's major midget tournament is concerned, Cleveland rocks.
The Cleveland Crusaders took the 33rd annual SGMHA major midget tournament by storm reeling off a perfect 4-0 record, including a 6-1 victory over the Mississauga Jr. Ice Dogs in the final Sunday night at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.
Cleveland coach Jeff Coyle explained he didn't think the Crusaders had a 'shot in hell' to win the tournament, but was thrilled with their happy ending.
"I didn't think there was any chance to win it," said Coyle. "We're an American team coming up from Cleveland and we were playing Toronto area teams like Mississauga and Wexford, but we pulled it out. It was a great weekend."
Cleveland's fast-paced game and show of no quit, quickly made them fan favourites (and "The Row's" team of choice along with the Calgary Buffalo Blackhawks), with the players feeding off the crowd and interacting with fans between the play on their way to the title.
Crusaders forward Jake Coyle dominated play throughout the tournament winning most valuable player honours, while also pacing Cleveland with a hat trick in the final. Ryan Snyder, Michael Stokar and Shane Williamson also scored for the Crusaders, while Coyle (3), Christian Long and Sean O'Malley added assists. Bryden Teich scored unassisted for the Jr. Ice Dogs lone goal in the final.
For the Crusaders, the experience was one they wouldn't soon forget.
"It was a great tournament," explained Cleveland player Ryan Kovesdy, who was also named the tournament's top defenceman. "There was a lot of intensity there and I really liked how the scouts and fans knew us all and got behind us. We all come from different high schools in the Cleveland area and sometimes there isn't much of a crowd at the games there. The atmosphere here with the crowd right into it was awesome. It's amazing how the whole town was were and got behind the tournament."
Coach Coyle said his boys really enjoyed all the little things at the major midget tournament and that's what made it worth the eight hour drive from Ohio.
"It was a great time," said Coyle. "Everything here was run really well and the refereeing was really good. We have a problem with refs back home and these guys were great. Also, I really liked The Row, a lot of the host families who were great to our boys, who were billeting with, were up there and cheering. I can't wait to try and get another 15-20 boys together to try and come back next year."
As far as the Jr. Ice Dogs were concerned, the tournament was a good experience and helped them end their season on a high note.
"I think our team really came together here," said Mississauga forward/defenceman Chris Priest. "We had a 10-game undefeated streak going until the final. We were working well together and really meshed well. We were excited to make the finals, and this for a lot of the guys was the tourney experience of a lifetime."
Jr. Ice Dogs assistant coach Mike Meyers added, "There was some really good competition here and I think the guys really enjoyed themselves. Anytime you have good hockey and good organization (like they did at this tournament) then you have a good weekend."
Cleveland reeled off wins over Wexford 4-1, Monroe County 8-1 and Central Ontario Wolves 4-3 on their way to the final, while Mississauga defeated Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings 4-2, Calgary 2-1 and Clarington 4-2.
Major midget tournament Co-ordinator Tom Elliott indicated the tournament was a successful fundraiser for South Grenville minor hockey and thinks the new format of having the major and minor midget tournaments on different weekend's was a successful move.
"We weren't too far off last year's totals," said Elliott. "That's not bad considering we were short six teams at both tournaments. People in the area got the chance to come and watch both tournaments this year and we were able to use our local refs for nearly all the tournament games instead of having to bring in others."
Elliott indicated the success of the tournament is a credit to the members of the organizing committee such as Tracy and Penny Swan, Wayne Armstrong, the Cardinal tournament committee and many others who work tirelessly each year to put on the events.
"We're a team and we all work together on these," said Elliott. "I might be the chairman, but they do all the work and the only reason we do this is for all 400 kids in South Grenville minor hockey."
The Clarington Toros scored a 3-2 victory over the Wexford Raiders in
the consolation championship, while the Central Ontario Wolves scored a
Bill Kirkby of Syracuse, New York won the tournament's 50/50 draw for $1,391.50.
2005 SGMHA tournament awards
Tournament Champion - Cleveland Crusaders
Tournament Finalist - Mississauga Jr. Ice Dogs
Consolation Champion - Clarington Toros
Consolation Finalist - Wexford Raiders
Dr. Peters Champion - Central Ontario Wolves
Dr. Peters Finalist - Rideau St. Lawrence Kings
Dr. Peters Consolation Champion - Kingston Ice
Dr. Peters Consolation Finalist - Monroe County
Most Sportsmanlike Player
Brian Corcoran - Clarington Toros
Most Gentlemanly Player
Peter Roy - Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings
Dr. Peters Most Outstanding Goaltender
Cody Woodstock - Central Ontario Wolves
Dr. Peters Most Outstanding Defenceman
Greg Benis - Central Ontario Wolves
Dr. Peters Most Valuable Player
Mike Froom - Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings
The Row's Critic's Choice Award
Calgary Buffalo Rangers/Cleveland Crusaders
Most Outstanding Goaltender
Charles Long - Cleveland Crusaders
Tournament Scoring Champion
Jake Coyle - Cleveland Crusaders
Most Valuable Player
Jake Coyle - Cleveland Crusaders
Most Outstanding Defenceman
Ryan Konesby - Cleveland Crusaders
Charles MacDonald Family Trophy
Jon Baldwin - South Grenville Rangers
Mike Armstrong - South Grenville Rangers
Most Valuable South Grenville Defenceman
Kurtis Summers - South Grenville Rangers
South Grenville's Most Valuable Player
Josh Rupert - South Grenville Rangers
Tournament All-Star Team
Charles Long - Cleveland Crusaders
Daniel Battison - Mississauga Jr. Ice Dogs
Jake Coyle - Cleveland Crusaders
Ryan Kovesby - Cleveland Crusaders
Christian Long - Cleveland Crusaders
Michael Shultz - Cleveland Crusaders
Adam Campbell - Mississauga Jr. Ice Dogs
John Johnston - Central Ontario Wolves
Rosanne Maloney - Central Ontario Wolves
Local teams put forth strong effort at Prescott tournament
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - Local teams faced some stiff competition but still came away with a solid performance at the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association's major midget tournament last weekend in Prescott.
The Spencerville-based Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings minor midget hockey team had a strong weekend playing teams a year older posting a 2-2 record including a 2-1 defeat to the Central Ontario Wolves in two overtimes in the Dr. Peter's Championship game. Mike Froom scored the Kings' lone goal on his way to being named the Dr. Peter's most valuable player, while Shane Taylor added an assist.
"It was another overtime game for us," said Kings coach Dave Saunders. "It was a couple extra periods and I guess we just made one more mistake. You have to give Central Ontario credit. I'm really proud of my guys and have to say this is such a well run tournament."
Kings defenceman Tyrell Keicks added, "It was a good experience and I'm glad we got to be part of it all. There was great competition here and the only way we can get better is to play better teams. This was so good for our development."
The Kings scored a 6-0 victory over the Kingston Ice Cats, with RSL goaltender Clarke Saunders picking up the shutout. Zach Van Allen and Matt Dozois each had a pair of goals to lead the Kings, while Froom and Peter Roy added singles. Melcher (2), Jason Crooke (2), Dozois (2), Taylor (2), Tyler Drew, Mike Empey, Taylor and Van Allen added assists.
RSL also scored a 5-2 victory over the host South Grenville Rangers. Froom led all scorers with a four-goal performance, while also picking up an assist. Van Allen scored the Kings' other goal, while Shane Melcher, Van Allen, Roy, Noah Van Moorsel and Matt Dozois added assists. Nathan Smail and Josh Rupert scored for the Rangers in the loss, while Mike Armstrong (2) and Jon Baldwin chipped in with helpers.
In their opener, the Kings dropped a 4-2 decision to eventual tournament finalists the Mississauga Jr. Ice Dogs. Crooke and Roy scored for the Kings, while Van Moorsel and Dozois added helpers.
The host South Grenville Rangers didn't quite fare as well, falling in three consecutive games in the tournament to be eliminated.
South Grenville was satisfied with the showing at the tournament.
"We played inconsistent hockey," said Rangers coach Bryan Armstrong. "It wasn't disappointing. You can't be inconsistent at this level of hockey. We showed spots of our A game, but overall just enjoyed the opportunity to play."
Rangers captain Derrick Lavery added, "It was a good experience. It would have been better if we pulled off a couple games, but it was good competition and a fun weekend."
The Rangers made a contest of all three games in which they played, before inconsistent play cost them late in the game.
The Rangers dropped a 7-1 decision to the Clarington Toros to open the tournament. Vince Francica scored for the Rangers, while Rupert added an assist.
In their second game, South Grenville fell 7-5 to the Kingston Ice Cats. Kurtis Summers and Rupert paced the Rangers with a pair of goals apiece, while Smail added a single. Sam Whitley, Lavery, Summers and Baldwin added assists.
In their final game, the Rangers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings.
The Row puts on good show at tournament's final flood
By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer
PRESCOTT - The 2005 version the final flood by "The Row" was a star studded affair which provided a crowd pleasing break between the second and third periods of Sunday's South Grenville Minor Hockey Association major midget tournament final.
The Row, which has a long-standing tradition with the tournament, brought in members of the Calgary Buffalo Blackhawks to help out with their skits and said what many people were thinking about the celebrities of today.
Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton, Barry Bonds, Gary Bettman, Bob Goodenow and Michael Jackson all made appearances, with "The Row" finally calling in re-enforcements in the form of Donald Trump to fire them all as well as well as anyone else who got in his way while performing the final flood.
During the final flood, "The Row" also recognized some of their own by presenting long-time tournament committee member Jim Dinsmore, long-time "Row" member and contributor Dale Byrd and special inductee Leo Boivin with jerseys to signify their induction into The Row's hall of fame.
"Row" spokesperson Dino Bologna indicated the support from everyone there was tremendous as usual and he hoped the fans enjoyed the show.
"We put a lot of thought and effort into this," said Bologna.
"All the 'Row' shows their
The Row doesn't know what next year will hold, but once again they plan to surprise everyone and try and one-up themselves with another side-splitting performance.
Parsons scores 43 to set new Blues hoops team record
PRESCOTT - The Brockville Blues midget boys regional basketball team is off to a hot start to its season with Prescott's Josh Parsons setting an organization record for most points scored in a game.
In their third game of the day April 2, the Blues scored a 93-28 victory over Osgoode-Rideau in Nepean, South Grenville District High School Grade 10 student Parsons scored 43 points to pace the Blues, including scoring 14 points in the first three minutes of the second half. Brockville took a 40-20 lead into the half and never looked back as they rolled to the victory. Tyler Knowles added 11 in the win, while Tim Nedow and Greg Holowack chipped in 10 points apiece. Holowack and Cody Haché each had strong games setting up the offence and feeding Parson's hot hand.
In their second game April 2 in Nepean, the Blues dropped a heart-breaking 48-42 decision to the Ottawa Sirius, after making a big comeback from being down 23-8 in the second quarter. Nedow and Parsons spurred the Blues attack in the second half to pull within three points heading into the final quarter but was held to only six points in the frame. Parsons led the Blues with 13 points, followed by Nedow with nine and Knowles with six.
In their first game April 2, the Blues fell 61-43 to the Goulbourn Hornets in Nepean. The Blues played a strong man-to-man defence to start the game and took a 21-18 lead into the half, before Goulbourn would head up and pull ahead in the fourth quarter to hand Brockville the loss. Parsons scored 13 to pace the Blues, while Holowack added nine and Cathan Moore added seven.
On March 25, the Blues hosted a mini-tournament in Brockville and posted a 1-1 record.
In their opener, the Blues scored a 53-36 win over the Kingston Runnin' Rebels. Brockville got off to a quick 6-0 run to start the game and continued to hold a narrow lead at the half 21-14, before pulling away in the late third and fourth quarters. Parsons scored 13 for the Blues, followed by Nedow and Moore with 10 and Haché with eight.
In their second game,
The Blues which practises Tuesdays at South Grenville District High School, will be hosting their tournament at the high school May 6-7.
Peewee Rangers #1 capture UCMHL East/West playoff championship
CARDINAL - The South Grenville peewee B Rangers house league team #1 are Upper Canada Minor Hockey League (UCMHL) East/West champions after a two game sweep of South Stormont in the final.
In game two, the Rangers travelled to Long Sault March 24 and scored a 3-0 victory over South Stormont to capture the league championship. Jacob Scott and Dustin Kester split time in goal in the shutout, while Sean Perrin (2) and Colman Colpitts scored for South Grenville. Michael Lawless and Perrin chipped in with helpers.
In game one of the championship, the Rangers scored a 13-2 victory over South Stormont on March 21 in Cardinal. Perrin had a four goal performance to lead South Grenville, while Kyle McNamara had a hat trick. Josh Mintz (2), Taylor Garswood, Colpitts, Cory Robertson and Lawless also scored. Pat Froom (5), Perrin (4), McNamara (2), Josh Jones (2), Colpitts (2), Rhys Larry (2), Garswood, Lawless and Phil Biccum added assists. Kester and Scott scored the win in goal for South Grenville.
On March 18, the team captured the A championship of the Carleton Place peewee house league tournament.
In their opener, the Rangers scored an 8-0 win over the Perth Blue Wings. Hunter McCarroll had a hat trick to lead the Rangers, followed by Mintz and McNamara with a pair apiece and Lawless with a single. Jones, Perrin, Pat Froom, Taylor Garswood and Larry added assists.
In game two, South Grenville scored an 11-1 victory over the Carleton Place Rebels. Perrin scored a hat trick to lead the Rangers, while Ryan Van Koppen added a pair and Garswood, Jones, McNamara, Colpitts, McCarroll and Lawless added singles. Froom (4), Colpitts (3), Mintz (2), Perrin (2), Jones, Van Koppen and Garswood added assists.
In the final, the Rangers scored a 6-1 victory over the North Frontenac Flyers. Perrin, McNamara and Mintz each scored a pair of goals for the Rangers, while Colpitts, McCarroll, Van Koppen and Froom chipped in with helpers.
Scott and Kester split duties in goal at the tournament for South Grenville.
This season, the team also won the UCMHL's sportsmanship award in the West Division while also taking home the West Division title in the regular season and playoffs. The team posted a 22-1-1 record with 173 goals for and 33 goals against for a 1.39 goals against average and 91 per cent winning percentage on the season.
Bantam Blues capture bronze at host basketball tournament
BROCKVILLE - The Brockville Blues bantam boys regional basketball team had a big weekend capturing a bronze medal at their six-team host tournament last weekend at St. Mary Catholic School in Brockville.
The Blazers team, which is made up of approximately half South Grenville area Grade 7 and 8 students is in their third year of competitive basketball.
The team opened their
Ian MacNeil led the Blues with a 13 point performance in their game against the Cavaliers, followed by Torin Marcynuk with 11 and Moulton with six.
After finishing second in their pool with a 1-1 record, the Blues avanced to the semi-final, where it fell 71-30 to the Nepean Bobcats #2.
In the bronze medal game the Blues avenged an earlier defeat by scoring a 65-57 overtime victory over the Gloucester Wolverines. Graham Silk scored 14 points from the post to pace the Blues, while Moulton added 12 and Jared McGeough added 10.
Other members of the team are, Bobby Kimmerly, Jason Deeks, Gavin Trapp and Jordan Patterson.
This weekend the Blues will travel to Ottawa to compete in the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association championships in Ottawa.
Novice B Rangers win tournament title
WINCHESTER - The South Grenville novice B Rangers travelled to Winchester March 18 and came away victorious at the North Dundas Demons novice hockey tournament.
In the final, the Rangers put together a strong team effort to score a 7-2 victory over Casselman. Tyson Kirkby scored four goals to lead the Rangers, while John Lawless added a pair and Zachary Shankar added a single. Tom Kippax, Shankar, Lawless, Kirkby, Paige Dorey and Tayler Mason added assists. David Armstrong got the victory in goal.
In the semi-final, South Grenville scored a 6-3 win over the host North Dundas Demons. Lawless and Shankar each scored a pair of goals for South Grenville, while Kirkby and Cameron Smith added singles. Kirkby (2), Shankar and Kippax chipped in with helpers. Armstrong backstopped the Rangers in the win.
In their opener, the Rangers scored a 3-1 victory over the Hawkesbury Hawks to advance to the semi-final. Shankar scored a pair of goals to lead all scorers, while Lawless added a single. Smith and Kirkby added assists, while Armstrong got the victory in goal.
The tournament marked the end of the season for the novice B Rangers.
Bantam B Rangers fall in playoff final
CARDINAL - The South Grenville bantam B Rangers house team fell just short of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League playoff championship.
The Rangers were swept in their first-to-four-points series with the North Leeds Stars.
In game one of the final March 19, the Rangers dropped a 3-2 decision to North Leeds at the Cardinal and District Community Centre. Michael Thomas and Reilly Grootjans scored for South Grenville, while Chris Rice and Chris Noonan added assists.
In game two of the final, March 21, the Kings travelled to Westport and fell 4-2 to a hungry Stars team. Grootjans and Tyler Curry scored for South Grenville, while Noonan (2) and Taylor Corney added assists.
The bantam B Rangers house league team had a good season, finishing the regular season undefeated as well as being named the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association house league team of the year.
Adult Gunners registration scheduled for Thursday
PRESCOTT - The Prescott Gunners men's soccer teams
The first session will be Thursday, April 7 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Soccer Den on Ormond Street in Brockville and on Tuesday, April 12 from 6 pm until 8 pm at Nick's Restaurant in Prescott.
For more information, contact Art Hitsman at (613)734-8486.
Kinsmen hosting hockey tournament Saturday
CARDINAL - The Prescott Kinsmen Club will be hosting an adult hockey tournament Saturday in Cardinal.
All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games with a maximum of eight teams taking part.
All proceeds from the event go to the Alzheimer's society.
For more information contact Art Hitsman at 925-1315, 349-1315 or (613) 734-8486.
Augusta Minor Ball Registration scheduled to begin tonight
AUGUSTA - The Augusta Minor Ball league will be holding 2005 registration starting this week.
The first session is tonight (April 6) from 6 pm until 8 pm, the second session is April 9 from 10 am until noon and the final session Wednesday, April 13 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Registration will be at the Roebuck Hall, Algonquin Hall, North Augusta Hall and Domville Park.
For more information contact Marlene Neddo (Roebuck) at 658-3159, Cheryl McNamara (Algonquin) at 926-0231, Henry Eekhout (North Augusta) at 926-2827 or Dean Bologna (Domville) at 925-1696.
Johnstown minor softball league registration starts Thursday
JOHNSTOWN - The Johnstown Minor Softball Association has three registration dates for the upcoming season.
The first session is Thursday, April 7 from 6 pm until 8 pm, the second is Saturday, April 9 from 9 am until noon and the final session Saturday, April 16 from 9 am until noon.
All sessions are at the South Edwardsburgh Recreation Centre on Sutton Drive.
The league is open to boys and girls over four years old and up.
For more information, contact Mike Limburg at 925-1887 or Nancy Michalicka at 925-1968.
MERC Hall hosting summer registration session Saturday
MAITLAND - The Maitland Education Recreation Centre (MERC) is holding registration for summer sports.
Maitland youth baseball is holding registration for its 2005 season at the MERC hall Saturday, April 9 and Saturday, April 16 from 9 am until noon. The league is for kids between the ages of four and nine.
For more information, contact Geoff Noyes at 348-1317.
Maitland soccer is also holding its 2005 registration session at the MERC hall Saturday, April 9 and Saturday, April 16 from 9 am until noon. For more information, contact John Wilson at 348-3563.
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