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Selling tickets

editor Jun 19, 2019 - 1:36pm



Gary Martin wandered the streets of Maxville on Saturday during the village’s sidewalk sale selling $1,000 raffle tickets, the winner to be drawn at this weekend’s Maxville Fair on Sunday, June 23 at 5 pm. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food bank and volunteers will be roaming the fairgrounds Fair weekend selling tickets. We caught up with Mr. Martin under the eaves of the busy Maxville Firefighters BBQ fundraiser tent, a popular spot during the sale. This year marked the 20th anniversary of village-wide event, and despite the rain, residents set up and treasure hunters roamed Main and side streets, mixing with residents and picking up a few treasures. The community sale was organized by the Maxville Chamber of Commerce whose dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in helping revitalize and beautify Maxville’s downtown centre and galvanize business in the village.

Speedway celebrates

publisher Jun 19, 2019 - 8:56am

The Cornwall Motor Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary Sunday with a spectacular racing program and activities for the fans as well. Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro-Stock, will each run 50-lap features while the Mini-Stock will have 25 laps. An autograph session with former track champions will occur before the start of the racing program.

The pit gates will open at 3 p.m. to welcome the drivers.
In general admission, doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Time trials are scheduled for 6 and heat races will start at 6:30 p.m.

Survey says: Newington gets free library

publisher Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26am

The SDG Library is getting ready to launch its first Little Free Library.

The Library recently undertook a public voting campaign to collect input on choosing the location for the first book house. In total, 1,282 votes were received. When all the votes were tallied, South Stormont's Newington Fire Hall had received 50% of the votes.

The first Little Free Library is just about ready to go, thanks to the work of the students at Tagwi Secondary School who put the book house together. Over the next few weeks, Library staff will be coordinating the installation of the first book house and recruiting volunteers to help maintain it.

SDG Library is looking forward to officially opening the Little Free Library in July, and if all goes well, other locations could be added in the near future. For more information on this project, or to become a Little Free Library volunteer steward, please contact Susan Wallwork at or (613) 936-8777 ext. 226.

Hearts win

publisher Jun 17, 2019 - 8:31am

This past weekend the U14 Regional Girls Hearts team won the 16 team Kingston United Soccer Tournament.   Game results:  2-0 win vs. Hamilton Sparta, 2-0 win vs. North York Cosmos, 2-0 win vs. West Ottawa Warriors.   Semi-Final 3-0 win vs. Oak Ridges Knights.   Finals 3-0 win vs. Kingston United.   Keeper Reina Faubert did not allow one goal during the tournament.


Mail fraud charges laid

publisher Jun 14, 2019 - 12:46pm

A 41-year-old South Glengarry man has been charged by the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment following a mail fraud investigation.
Ryan Flaro has been charged with criminal harassment, making a forged document, impersonating a peace officer and careless storage of a weapon.
The investigation began when police received complaints from people who had received fake court documents and fictitious sexual assault register documents.

Sports update

publisher Jun 14, 2019 - 9:31am

Happy Friday, folks.
We would rather be celebrating The Raptors' historic victory.
However, first we must deal with an issue.
Contrary to rumours, The Glengarry News has no intention of removing our beloved Sports section.
Our Sports Editor has chosen to go on leave.
We are striving to fill that void on an interim basis.
Rest assured The Glengarry News team is just as passionate about our exceptional and dedicated sports community as you are.
We strive to ensure our community gets the best coverage our community deserves.
If anyone has any concerns about our content, please contact us directly.
The Glengarry News team.
P. S. Way to go, Raptors!

Thrilling finish to championship run

publisher Jun 13, 2019 - 12:23pm

The Glengarry District High School senior boys soccer team went undefeated in its championship run at the provincial championship, racking up six wins and one tie.

The finale was a thriller, with the Gaels sealing the win on penalty shots.

In the photo:

Back Row (left to right):   David Filion, Liam Filion, Kenneth MacMillan, Ethan Attridge, Liam MacDonald, Hamish MacLeod, Hunter MacPherson,Cameron Poirier, Sheldon MacCallum, Aaron Keurentjes, Berry Wassihun, Dove Rickerd, Laurent Rivard, Glen Campbell

Front Row (left to right): Ben Horton, Jared MacLeod, Seamus Hardy, Craig Van Loon, Kevin Doyle, Logan Keurentjes, Lochlan MacDonald, Bailey Pidgeon, Crew Rickerd, Rocco Bhagwandin


No 'I' in team

publisher Jun 13, 2019 - 8:06am

In our next edition, The News dips into the Cornwall Rowing Club where a South Glengarry athlete is learning that the sport is all about individuals pulling together. Here is just one of Tara MacDonald's photos.


New fire chief

publisher Jun 12, 2019 - 12:05pm

Veteran firefighter Matthew Roy has succeeded Patrick Gauthier as North Glengarry Fire Chief.

“He is a natural leader, with more than 19 years of experience in fire services. He has grown through the ranks as a volunteer firefighter, training officer, District Chief and most recently, Deputy Chief.  He brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in both fire services and general management skills,” said CAO Sarah Huskinson.

Mr. Roy played an integral role in the development and implementation of a fire services training program, as outlined by the Ontario Fire Marshall's Office. He helped to modernize the department and to streamline training programs so that firefighters are better equipped to work together as a team and to deal with emergencies. He was also instrumental in the procurement of a new communications system which will enable firefighters to stay better connected during emergencies.

“Matthew has been a mentor to many firefighters who look to him for guidance and support. His natural leadership abilities will serve him well in his new role as Chief. I am looking forward to working with Matthew as part of our Senior Management Team and to seeing him continue to grow as a leader and a key member of our team,” said Ms. Huskinson.

He will be responsible for more than 60 firefighters, working out of stations in Alexandria, Maxville and Apple Hill.

Street work

publisher Jun 11, 2019 - 11:06am

A section of Main Street Alexandria, between Gernish and Centre, will be closed to traffic between now and until Friday, or until the work has been completed. The street is being dug up for a water main installation.

Main Street South will be reserved for local traffic only between Kenyon Street and Centre Street.

A detour route will be in place; expect delays.


Law imperils butternut recovery

publisher Jun 6, 2019 - 4:43pm

A  new batch of butternut seedlings have been sent into the world to pull the endangered tree back from the brink – but this spring’s lot may have been the last.
Landowners flocked to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s specialized cold storage facility on Dilworth Road this spring to pick up their baby butternut trees, carefully grown at the Ferguson Forestry Centre from resilient seeds harvested across Eastern Ontario.

Butternut trees in Canada and the US have been decimated by the butternut canker, an incurable fungal disease scientists believe originated in Asia.

Since 2005, the RVCA has planted a total of 29,000 new butternuts across Eastern Ontario, partnering with landowners and other groups willing to care for the fragile trees on their properties.

But that could end now that proposed changes to the provincial Endangered Species Act have been signed into law.

The new rules, included in the Province of Ontario’s More Homes, More Choice Act, will allow developers to pay into a province-wide conservation fund instead of supporting localized, targeted efforts to save or replace the threatened species they disrupt. It’s unclear how the provincial pool of money would be doled out: money paid for local butternut destruction may no longer fund local butternut recovery.

That could leave the RVCA’s program without the critical funding it needs to collect resilient seeds to nurture new seedlings for reforestation. And it’s been a hugely successful model, if only because landowners have been so eager to plant the disappearing trees.

“I haven’t had a butternut on my property for more than 60 years,” said Mountain resident Fred Baker, who participated in the program for the first time this spring. He picked up 20 seedlings on May 10. “It’s a good, natural food for animals and wildlife, beautiful wood to work with, great saw logs if you can get them to that size. They’re beautiful to sit under.”

Progress is achingly slow: of the 2,000 free seedlings handed out this spring, only about 30 per cent will live to age five, according to program manager Rosemary Fleguel.

“It’s a slow, steady drip to get butternuts back onto the landscape,” she said. “But it’s still 30 per cent more than what was there, and they’re from genetically superior parent trees. What we don’t know is how many of these seedlings will be able to fend off the canker disease into maturity to produce seeds of their own.”

Fleguel estimates that 50 to 60 per cent of the population in eastern Ontario has died or is no longer reproducing since she started monitoring the trees in 1992.

“I’d say about 50 per cent still exist as viable trees, but every year a certain percentage fall off the edge,” she said. “The urgency to find these tolerant trees cannot be overstated.”

New Pornographers, Shad to headline Beau's Oktoberfest

publisher Jun 6, 2019 - 11:16am

The New Pornographers and Shad will be the headline acts at Beau’s Oktoberfest September 20 and 21 in Vankleek Hill.

The mainstage will be hosted by podcasters Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens, will feature Polka King Walter Ostanek, and 15 additional bands that will make up the 100 per Canadian line-up.

Last year’s festival attracted 17,000 people  and raised $94,323 for non-profit groups.