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Williamstown man dies in accident

publisher Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10pm

The Township of South Glengarry is mourning the loss of John Hugh Munro, a prominent Williamstown resident who was killed Wednesday in a tractor accident. Mr. Munro had been a volunteer with the South Glengarry Fire Service for 34 years.

Following his retirement from Kraft, he joined the township’s roads department, where he worked for 10 years until his recent retirement this summer.

"Our department is brokenhearted," stated Fire Chief Dave Robertson, "John Hugh was not only a dedicated member of our Fire Service, but also an avid community volunteer and dear friend to many. He will be missed by the department and community."

"On behalf of Council and all Township employees, I extend our deepest condolences to John Hugh's family," stated Mayor Ian McLeod. "We have lost a valued friend and colleague. Our community is a better place because of his many contributions and he will be sorely missed." All Township flags have been lowered to half-mast today in Mr. Munro's honour.

Update: Truck driver charged in school bus accident

publisher Sep 19, 2018 - 11:17am

A 51-year-old Toronto truck driver has been charged with careless driving following an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into Wednesday's bus accident near Hawkesbury.

Five children were taken by ambulance, a bus driver was airlifted to hospital and 19 children taken to hospital as a precaution after a transport rear-ended a school bus on Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill at 9 a.m. this morning, reports the Hawkesbury OPP detachment.

Four vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred near Pleasant Corners Public School.

The bus driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital.

The students were transported to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

Occupants of the other vehicles were not hurt.

Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the hospital to provide assistance and support to parents and students.

Photo Pierre Cormier

Catch The Ace

publisher Sep 18, 2018 - 10:48am

Catch The Ace is coming to Glengarry now that the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce has landed the area licence for the popular Maritimes lottery.

"This is such an exciting new event – there's huge potential for Catch The Ace to become the biggest local lottery our community has ever seen," says chamber president Phil Cloutier.

The first draw will be held October 4 at The Atlantic Pub and Eatery.

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Flying low

publisher Sep 17, 2018 - 10:11am

Wondering what that low-flying plane was doing in the skies Sunday?

It was a Hercules C130J, the big four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft the Canadian Forces used in Afghanistan. It performed four flyovers on Sunday afternoon during the unveiling of the LAV III monument next to the Lancaster Legion honouring Canadian Armed Forces who served during the Afghanistan conflict.

Betty Bread label sold

publisher Sep 5, 2018 - 8:12am

The iconic Betty Bread line, produced by Boulangerie Lanthier Bakery, of Alexandria, has been purchased by La Boulangerie Auger, of St-Jérôme.

The family-owned local bakery, founded in 1932, will continue to produce its other brands.

Boulangerie Auger says the Betty Bread brand, with sales of $20 million a year, will help the Québec business carve out a large slice of the Ontario market.

80 cows killed in early morning fire

publisher Aug 28, 2018 - 4:04pm

Ontario Fire Marshal investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning Tuesday fire that claimed the lives of 80 cows and caused damages ranging from $3 million to $4 million at the Jack family farm near Maxville. Nobody was injured in the blaze that began at 2:30 a.m. at the farm located on Cumming Road in North Stormont. Flames could be seen from Highway 138 as the fire quickly engulfed the milk barn and adjoining buildings.

C'est la rentrée!

publisher Aug 28, 2018 - 8:11am

Summer has come to an end for thousands of students across the region as classes in French-language schools resume today  (August 28) while English-language schools re-open September 4.

Today marks the rentrée scolaire for Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien and Le Conseil des écoles publiques de de l’Est de l’Ontario.
Next Tuesday marks the first day of classes for schools administered by the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Although francophone students start earlier than their anglophone counterparts, they also get out of school earlier. The last day of school for French-language students is June 20; for English-language students, school is out June 27.