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Festival of Lights returns

publisher Oct 15, 2019 - 3:34pm

After a one-year break, the glow of Christmas lights will once again be returning to Alexandria's Island Park in December.

The Alexandria Bright Nights Festival will launch December 1 with a fireworks display and tree lighting ceremony. It will be held directly following the ever-popular Alexandria and District Lions Club Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 6 pm and the tree lighting ceremony will take place at Island Park at 7:30 pm. The fireworks will be shot over Mill Pond, so that the twinkling glow of the display can be seen from multiple vantage points.

"The cancellation of Alexandria's Festival of Lights left a hole in our community. The Festival was founded by Ron Aubin in 2006 and it grew from a small collection of lights to become a dazzling display that united our entire community during the Christmas season. I am proud to report that the lighting display will be returning to Island Park this year as a municipal event. The Bright Nights Festival will launch on December 1 and at the suggestion of Councillor Jacques Massie, Council agreed that the lights should continue to illuminate the park through the dark nights of February," said North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald.

The new Bright Nights Festival is being organized by the Township of North Glengarry with the support of KMAC Electric.

After the dissolution of the Festival of Lights Committee in 2018, Kirk MacMillan of KMAC Electric approached the municipality to see if there might be a way to save the Christmas tradition. Mr. MacMillan offered to donate his electrical expertise to the cause and he has been instrumental in recruiting other electricians and power utilities to help.

October 19, Mr. MacMillan and his crew will be hard at work in Island Park installing new lights in some of the tallest trees. They will be assisted by personnel from the Hydro One station in Vankleek Hill, who have donated not only their time, but the use of two lift trucks. It's going to be a busy day and we would like to advise visitors to the park that certain sections of Island Park may be inaccessible during the installation of the lights in the tall trees.

"It's going to be a more modest display of lights than was featured by the Festival of Lights, but it is the hope of the municipality that this new event can grow with time to reach the glowing success of its predecessor. Volunteer organizations are urged to contact the municipality if they are interested in participating in organizing future iterations of this event," said Mayor MacDonald.

The Glengarry Artists' Collective has also joined the cause. Local artists have developed a three interactive displays, which will be unveiled at the Bright Nights Festival. They will remain on display for the month of December and are Christmas themed.

Earth Day Saturday

publisher Apr 24, 2019 - 2:02pm

It will be much easier to be green after you attend Glengarry’s first Earth Day that will be held Saturday, April 27 from noon to 5 at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria’s Island Park.

“It will be a fun, informative event about how each and every one of us can change our habits a little at a time to make a difference to our world,” says Deborah Waddell, who is heading the organizing committee.
Before the main event, everyone is invited to take part in a two-kilometre walk guided by the Friends of the Glengarry Trails Association at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., there will be guided tours of the Alexandria water plant.

E-mail sustainableglengarry@gmail.com for more information.

Polar Bear Dip set for 2pm start

sean Feb 17, 2019 - 12:33pm

The annual Polar Bear Dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame will begin today at 2 p.m. sharp. The event takes place at Island Park, in Alexandria.

Here is the scheduled lineup of plungers:

1.Richard Willard & Marvin Munro
2.Kyle Lalonde & Johnathon Newton
3.Findley Hope & Marc Henri
4.Jeff Lapierre & Brooke Lapierre
5.Amanda Hope & Hayley Cholette
6.Cathy Maclean & Janet Pidgeon
7.Chris Mcpherson & Danielle Macleod
8.Jamie MacDonald & Rodney Shepherd

U16 girls Hearts to conclude season on Thursday

sean Sep 4, 2018 - 2:16pm

Glengarry's U16 girls Hearts soccer team will wrap up its 2018 ERSL campaign, in Alexandria, on Thursday, Sept. 6, with a match against a squad from Ottawa. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Island Park.

The News dropped by last week's Hearts match and has a photo gallery available here. We will have a season-concluding story in an upcoming edition of the newspaper.

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The Glengarry Hearts (green) in action at Island Park. (Sean Bray photo)

Hearts U13 girls tie West Ottawa

sean Aug 21, 2018 - 1:44pm

In Alexandria last Friday evening, the Glengarry Hearts U13 girls soccer team played to a nil-nil draw with visiting West Ottawa. We will have an update on the team's progress this season in an upcoming edition of The Glengarry News.

A photo gallery from the Aug. 17 match is available online here.

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Glengarry's U13 girls (green) tangle with West Ottawa. (Sean Bray photo)

Junior B Glens invite you to celebrate Canada Day with the team

sean Jun 26, 2018 - 3:26pm

Alexandria's junior 'B' Glens hockey club invites fans to join players and staff in Canada Day festivities.

Players will be walking the parade route collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank at St. Vincent de Paul. Please be generous with donations. In return, when an item is donated, you will be offered a free ticket for one Glens home game.

At the conclusion of the parade, activities will move to Island Park, where the Glens will have a hardest shot competition and a dunk tank. As well, Glens ball caps and jerseys will be available for purchase.

Canada Day and Glens

3-on-3 basketball tourney planned for Canada Day in Alexandria

sean Jun 19, 2018 - 11:59am

A new basketball court is coming to Alexandria's Island Park, and the township is planning to christen it with a Canada Day 3-on-3 tournament.

The July 1 event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., with the following boys and girls divisions: U13, U16, and open (any age). Entry is $20 per team, and the deadline to sign up is June 29.

For more information, send an e-mail to Brian Caddell at briancaddell@northglengarry.ca

Glengarry U13 Hearts boys soccer team prevails on home turf

sean Jul 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

Next week's edition of The Glengarry News will feature a story about the stellar season Glengarry's U13 boys Hearts soccer team is having. Earlier this week, the boys scored a victory on their home field in Alexandria. Photos from the game can be seen here.

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Glengarry players take on visitors from Ottawa in ERSL action. (Sean Bray photo)