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Island Park closure -- it may be the heat

publisher Jul 12, 2019 - 1:07pm

The heat may have triggered a high bacteria level that caused the closure of Alexandria's Island Park beach.

"We do not know exactly what can cause a high bacteria count but in this case it might be attributable to this long period of very hot weather," says Anne Leduc, director of community services with North Glengarry Township.

The swimming area was shut after the Eastern Ontario Health Unit detected a bacteria level that exceeds the safe swimming limit. The beach area will re-open after bacteria levels return to acceptable levels.

In the meantime, residents are encouraged to use the splash pad located west of the Sandfield Centre at Island Park.

 

 

From The Rock to the Rockies

publisher Jul 11, 2019 - 3:17pm

Barrie teachers James Caron, Aaryn Coutts, and Nancy Newman received an escort from the OPP and North Glengarry Fire Department Thursday when they cycled through Alexandria as part of their 7,600-kilometre “From The Rock to The Rockies” trek. Beginning in  Cape Spear, the trio, aiming to reach Vancouver in August, is raising money for the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.

New 4-H pledge

publisher Jul 11, 2019 - 2:14pm

4-H Canada has announced that following its annual general meeting today, the 4-H Pledge will now include “…and my world” at the end.
 
The idea to update the 4-H Pledge was initiated at the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit by 4-H youth members themselves who, for the first time, met with other 4-H youth from around the world and realized that they belonged to a global community of more than seven million youth involved in 4-H in over 70 countries.

The updated 4-H pledge now reads:
 
I pledge
My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
My health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.
 

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Heat warning

publisher Jul 3, 2019 - 3:09pm

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Eastern Ontario between now through Friday.
Maximum daytime temperatures near 31 degrees are expected with humidex values near 40. Overnight minimum temperatures are forecast to remain near 20 degrees providing little relief from the heat.
A cold front Friday night will bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity for the weekend.

 

North Stormont woman dies in crash

publisher Jul 2, 2019 - 4:01pm

A 55-year-old North Stormont woman has been identified as the victim of a two-vehicle collision June 26 on County Road 43 between Fairview Road and County Road 14 in North Stormont Township.

Sharon Irvine was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which occurred when the eastbound pick-up truck she was driving collided with a westbound tractor trailer.

The passenger of the pick-up truck was transported to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries.

Five trucks stolen

publisher Jun 21, 2019 - 2:17pm

The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry OPP detachment is trying to track down the crooks who stole five 2019 pick-up trucks from a business on County Road 2 in South Stormont on the night of June 20.

Stolen were four Ford F150 models, which were red, green, silver and black, and a black Ford F250.

Facebook blamed for spread of fake news

publisher Jun 21, 2019 - 9:32am

Fake news is a key driver for Canadians losing trust in media and Facebook is considered the worst offender of fake news distribution by two thirds of respondents.  In a new global survey of internet users by CIGI-Ipsos, social media is found to be the leading source of user Distrust on the internet.  More Canadians now blame social media companies for their media distrust (89% in 2019 vs 81% in 2018).  More than half of Canadians (53%) think social media has impacted their information access, but only 7% have closed their social media accounts as a result.

“This year’s survey of global attitudes not only underscores the fragility of the internet, but also netizens’ growing discomfort with social media and the power these corporations wield over their daily lives,” said Fen Osler Hampson, a distinguished fellow at CIGI and director of its Global Security & Politics program.

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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 swallwork@sdglibrary.ca or (613) 936-8777 ext. 226.