The Glengarry News


Habitat Build Day

publisher Sep 6, 2016 - 10:56am

Community Build Day!

Come on down and make your mark on the Seaway Valley Habitat for Humanity Lancaster Build this weekend and take part in our Community Build Day!

When: Saturday, September 10th Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 1 Victoria St. Lancaster, ON

Contact Joanne at 613-938-0413 ext. 206 or for more information.

Enjoy a BBQ hot-dog lunch!

June 11 golf tournament to support Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame

sean Jun 3, 2016 - 4:26pm

The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame invites you to their June 11 golf tournament, with proceeds supporting the hall's celebration of our county's athletes. The event will be held at the Glengarry Golf and Country Golf Club in Alexandria. 

Format - Scramble - make up your own foursome or join up with others on the day.
Entry Fee- $65.00/player (includes golf, 1/2 cart, and donation)

For info and to register contact Peggy Lafave at 613-525-4045 or Rodney Shepherd at 613-936-6213.

Spring home improvement and car care guide released online

sean Apr 17, 2016 - 1:58pm

As a special publication of The Glengarry News, our spring Home Improvement and Car Care guide is available to everyone through our online platform. Check out advice from local experts and advertisements from local businesses to help you get prepared for the season.

Access the publication here.

Skating in Martintown

sean Mar 7, 2016 - 12:56pm

The ice may be a little rough but it's a beautiful day for a game of hockey.

Posted by Martintown Community Park and Recreation Association on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Polar Bear Dip set for 2pm today on Alexandria's Mill Pond

sean Feb 14, 2016 - 12:47pm

The annual polar bear dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame is  go for today at 2pm, as a slate of plungers/dippers has signed up for the cause.

Here's the roster of participants:

1. Joey Seguin & Patrick Paquette
2. Tyler Dauner & Ali Macleod
3. Amanda Hope & Hayley Cholette
4. Sherry Davis & Don Proctor
5. Henry Dore & Tammy Bond
6. Brian Dunham & Jeff Dorn
7. Andrew Cattanach & Sarah & Aaron Taylor
8. Trevor Bougie & Laura Wheeler
9. Scott, Shawna & Corey Cameron
10. Martin Lavigne & Carole Deguire
11. Donnie Morris & Cathy Maclean
12. Jamie MacDonald & Rodney Shepherd
13. Yves Poirier & Shawn Palin

And here's a shot of the icy water all ready for the event:

ice hole
Photo courtesy Rodney Shepherd

Snowshoeing races at Summerstown Forest cancelled, trails still open to public

sean Feb 12, 2016 - 4:56pm

The planned Feb. 13 snowshoe races in Summerstown Forest are a no-go this year.

Here's the word from the organizers of the event, the Friends of the Summerstown Trails:

"Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our annual Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race. While the snowshoe trails are OK for walking, running on them at full speed presents risks of injuries and the real possibility of equipment breakage. Not wanting to offer a less than ideal experience on our trails for the participants, we have decided to cancel this year’s edition."

Trails still open

Despite the cancellation of Saturday's competitive snowshoeing, the trails in the Summerstown Forest remain open to the public for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 

Jean-Pierre Tibi of FOTST says, Despite the dismal winter weather, the base on the trails was not wiped out, and we still have close to 100% cover on all trails. Conditions are hard and icy, but recent snow has softened things a bit. He notes there is plenty of snow on the ground for families to enjoy their outing. 

Family Day

For the fifth year in a row, FOTST will be hosting families and area residents for various free activities of Family Day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will be able to borrow ski and snowshoe equipment free of charge. A fun snowshoe race for kids, guided tours, and free food will also be offered, including hot chocolate and marshmallows around a bonfire.

Participation was down last year due to the intense cold days that were experienced in February, but still more than 175 participants came out to the trails, many of them trying out cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for the first time.

New this year will be the skate skiing equipment that FOTST obtained thanks to a grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op; young and old alike will be able to try this fast and exciting version of XC skiing.

The trails at the Summertown Forest are situated on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401.

family skiing

Mill Pond ice conditions changing daily, with roller coaster weather

sean Feb 4, 2016 - 12:36pm

North Glengarry Recreation Director Terry Gilmer reminds us that ice conditions change daily, so it's important to check before venturing out onto "frozen" rivers and ponds. He adds that they are working on informational signs for Mill Pond at Alexandria's Island Park to help guide those who might like to take advantage of the skating service or do some ice fishing.

The frozen Mill Pond was recently groomed for skating; however, the mild spell has resulted in a wet surface and thinning ice.

The weather forecase for the says ahead suggests that conditions will improve, and staff should be able to get the surface back into shape soon.

Here's a handy safety chart on ice safety.

ice thickness guide

Mill Pond ready for skaters

sean Feb 2, 2016 - 4:18pm

Mill Pond

Mill Pond at Alexandria's Island Park was recently cleared for hockey and skating, with the ice more than 8 inches thick, says North Glengarry Recreation Director Terry Gilmer.

With the recent mild weather, there are some wet patches on top of the ice now, which likely will be exacerbated Wednesday. However, after that, the weather forecast looks favourable, with Gilmer saying he expects township staff will then be able to flood and maintain the surface for all to enjoy.

Fingers are crossed that conditions will allow for the planned 3-on-3 hockey tournament on Family Day.

Bainsville gearing up for Feb. 6 outdoor hockey event

sean Jan 30, 2016 - 2:25pm

The Bainsville Recreation Association is gearing up for its annual Family Fun Hockey Day, slated for Feb. 6 at noon at the Jack Danaher Park.

Although the association has been holding an annual hockey event for quite some time now, this is only the second year for the family day. In the past, the park hosted an annual hockey tournament but association director Dave Robertson says his group decided to take things in a new direction.

“This is for all people – young and old,” he says. “Teams will be made up as they arrive. Grandparents are encouraged to play with their grandchildren.”

There won’t be a championship game this year. The event is all about the game and having fun, though Mr. Robertson encourages all young people to wear gloves and helmets.

The entry fee is $5 per person. All funds will go to park maintenance.

This event coincides with national Hockey Day in Canada, which sees the roots of the game celebrated across the country.