Nobody was injured when a heat detector set off an alarm prompting the evacuation of seniors from the MacDonald Residence on Bertha Street in Vankleek Hill at 8 a.m. October 24.
All residents immediately evacuated the building and were escorted to the Vankleek Hill Community Centre on Mill Street.
A community response was set up to answer the needs of the affected residents. The Social Services and Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the Community Centre providing assistance and support to the residents.
The occupants were able to return to the residence at approximately 9:30 a.m., reports the Hawkesbury detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), which responded to the incident along with Prescott-Russell Paramedic Service and the Champlain Fire Department.
A chilly Harvest Bowl contested Oct. 18 in Vankleek Hill saw the Glengarry Gaels football team shut out the Tagwi Warriors 32-0. We have the details in this week's edition of The Glengarry News. For photos of the action, please see the gallery here.
Despite a Friday night storm, the tenth edition of Beau's Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill attracted 17,000 who helped raise $94,323 for non-profit organizations, bringing the total raised in 10 years to $711,212.
"Our 10th edition of Oktoberfest had some exhilarating highs and some extreme-weather-related challenges," notes Beau's co-founder Steve Beauchesne. "We kept our guests safe during the storm and made the most of a difficult situation Friday, and on Saturday when the sky cleared we had an amazing time and did a lot of good. I'm looking forward to what the next 10 years of Oktoberfest will bring."
Photo Beau's Brewery Co.
Vankleek Hill claimed the Glengarry Soccer League's tier 2 championship last week. Photos from the action can be viewed in our online gallery here, and the story can be found in this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
A 51-year-old Toronto truck driver has been charged with careless driving following an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into Wednesday's bus accident near Hawkesbury.
Five children were taken by ambulance, a bus driver was airlifted to hospital and 19 children taken to hospital as a precaution after a transport rear-ended a school bus on Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill at 9 a.m. this morning, reports the Hawkesbury OPP detachment.
Four vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred near Pleasant Corners Public School.
The bus driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital.
The students were transported to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
Occupants of the other vehicles were not hurt.
Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the hospital to provide assistance and support to parents and students.
Photo Pierre Cormier
Prepare for detours if you are travelling to Vankleek Hill between September 24 and October 8.
Highway 34 will be closed in town for two weeks starting Monday.
Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill has kicked off its 2018 ticket sales today, with an announcement of the musical acts for this year’s festival. East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency will be headlining September 21, and Canadian power-pop legends Sloan will be performing September 22. Supporting acts include Weaves, The Flatliners, Fred Penner, Dubmatique, The Kingpins, and Wolf Saga.
Beau’s Oktoberfest is marking its 10th year in 2018 as the signature fundraising event for Beau’s Brewing Co.
Last year’s festival attracted 20,000 over two days, and raised $100,205 for charity and local community groups. Since 2009, the festival has generated $616,889 in funds for good work projects.