Greenfield author Henri De Souza is seeking the public’s help in returning the remains of his late father to Togo, where he had been a chief.
Officially known as His Highness Chief Apetovia III of Kodjoviakope-Lome, Boniface De Souza passed away February 11.
“Fifteen months ago, Dad accepted a super-visa to come to visit his children and grandchildren in Canada. Due to his declining health, he did not go back to Togo, but unfortunately passed away, near Alexandria at the age of 75,” says Henri De Souza.
Because of his status, “It became important that his body be repatriated to Togo for burial,” notes Mr. De Souza.
The cost of funeral arrangements has spiked to $15,000.
In an effort to pay the expenses, the family has launched an online appeal, entitled “Help Bring The Chief Back.” The goal is $6,000. Visit gofundme.com/help-bring-the-chief-back to make a donation.
Rémi Elie, of Green Valley, scored his first National Hockey League goal on Sunday, in a match against San Jose. Read the official news release here.
We will have more in this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
The Ontario Provincial Police is conducting a Distracted Driving Campaign over March Break (March 13-19) to deal with the prime cause of fatal highway accidents. Last year marked the fourth consecutive year that inattentive drivers were behind the highest number of lives lost on OPP-patrolled roads over the other main causal factors in road fatalities.
In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has seen two confirmed cases of mumps in its jurisdiction since the beginning of 2017. Across Ontario, there have been 42 cases of confirmed and probable mumps for 2017, compared to 40 cases for all of 2016.
Signs and symptoms of mumps include swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, fever, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), fatigue and anorexia (loss of appetite). These symptoms can last up to 10 days.
A fire claimed the life of one person in East Hawkesbury Township March 7.
The identity of the deceased has not yet been determined, reports the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. March 7. The blaze erupted in a large equipment storage building on Villeneuve Road, near St-Eugène. The fire resulted in one fatality. Further investigation will be conducted to confirm the identity of the deceased.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Foul play is not suspected.
When thieves broke into Les Beaux Frères dépanneur in St-Isidore, the dastardly deed was caught on security camera.
The freezing rain our area received last evening and overnight had an impact on scheduled sports events, including the annual Char-Lan Skating Club showcase in Williamstown. The event had been slated for last night, but was postponed to March 27 due to the weather.
Today, Char-Lan DHS' girls hockey team was supposed to be skating at EOSSAA in Arnprior, but that event too has been bumped, moved to tomorrow.
You can read more about Crusaders hockey in this Sports in the Glens post, as well as in this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
In The News this week we report how tragedy can bring out the best in people.
An Alexandria woman's drive to raise money to arrange for the return of her brother-in-law's remains from the Dominican Republic has to date collected more than $11,000.
“I don’t know a lot of the donors,” says Lori Sabourin.