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.
A dog owner has been charged after her pet killed a Shih Tzu in Vankleek Hill February 27. While walking her two small dogs, a woman's small dog was attacked by a large Great Dane/Lab mix. Serious injuries resulted in the dog's death a short time later, reports the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
Investigation revealed that the owner had the large dog on a leash but because of the size and weight of the Great Dane, she lost control of the leash when the dog began running towards the smaller dogs and attacked the Shih Tzu.
The owner of the Great Dane was charged under the Dog Owner Liability Act with Fail to prevent dog from biting, attacking a person or domestic animal.
She is scheduled to appear in L'Orignal court April 5.
Beau's Brewery of Vankleek Hill has received another honour.
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) at George Brown College has designated the company as a “Canadian Treasure,” an initiative launched in 2017 through which the accomplishments of culinary, hospitality, and tourism trailblazers across Canada are recognized and celebrated. Beau’s co-founder and CEO Steve Beauchesne accepted the award at a ceremony in Toronto last week, where Beau’s was honoured for its award-winning and certified organic craft beer, its commitment to being family-run and independent, and its consideration for the environment and local communities.
Halcyon Barrel House, an offshoot of Beau’s Brewing, of Vankleek Hill, placed fourth on the list of top ten new breweries in the world.
The rating by RateBeer.com is based on user ratings since June 1, 2016.
“Given that there were more than 6,400 new worldwide brewers who registered with RateBeer.com since June 2016, it’s quite the honour to be among the top ten. It’s an inspiration to keep doing what we are doing; that taking the time to make the best beer possible is absolutely worthwhile,” says Halcyon Barrel House Brewmaster Bryce McBain.
Rolled out last May, Halcyon Barrel House produces wild and sour ales using traditional brewing methods of wood fermentation and bottle conditioning. Its inaugural release, Infinity Mirror Brett I.P.A., won Silver in the Experimental Beer, Canada category in the World Beer Awards last fall. The brewery has since released a Flanders-style sour red ale called Gravity Well, and Shifting Sands, a sour golden ale with fruit, as well as a number of one-off creations.
More than 20,000 festival-goers helped Beau’s Brewery set a new record for fundraising at the ninth annual Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill.
A sum of $100,205 was collected for projects and charities, surpassing the $75,000 goal, and bringing the nine-year total to $616,889. “This is amazing!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “This Oktoberfest was definitely warmer than we’re used to, and the spirit of generosity was just as strong as the sunshine. I love seeing Vankleek Hill come to life with such a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere every year we do this.”
The United Way Charity Bike Ride took place again this year, raising more than $35,000 for an initiative called “All That Kids Can Be.”
Among the beneficiaries are the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society,which will each receive $10,000.
Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 - By the Numbers*
* Funds raised: $100,205
* 2017 attendance: 20,515
* Litres of beer and cider served: 31,570
* People who took bus shuttles to get home safely: 3,741
* Portions of food prepared: 46,400
* Litres of local spring water served: 3,780
* Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 477
* Number of festival volunteers: 785 plus 130 Beau’s staff
* Total artists/performers: 162
* Keg-toss event participants: 169
* Pieces of dishes & cutlery washed to reduce waste: 38,000
* Sunday “Beer Brunches” served: 277
* Total RVs and tents in camping area: 524
* Ferris Wheel rides: 1,017