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Boxes torched

publisher May 29, 2019 - 8:16am

Another spring ritual is leaving its mark.

The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP detachment is investigating a series of acts of vandalism involving residential mailboxes on Concession 8 Road and 2nd Line Road in South Glengarry.

Several mailboxes were burnt or otherwise damaged sometime on the night of May 23/24.

EOSSAA soccer championships for GDHS, le Relais

sean May 28, 2019 - 7:18pm

Both high schools in Alexandria captured EOSSAA 'A' soccer titles today in Kingston. Glengarry DHS' senior boys won, as did le Relais' senior girls. 

Unfortunately, the events concluded after The News had gone to press this week. Brief stories are posted to Sports in the Glens, and we will have full coverage in the newspaper next week.

Emergency department doctor shortage

publisher May 24, 2019 - 10:40am

Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) is experiencing a temporary shortage of Emergency Department Physicians.

“Our current doctors are working extra shifts to ensure proper coverage and care to our community, and we have several new recruits starting July 1, including two from the Hospital Foundation’s “Adopt a Medical Resident” program,” the CCH says.

“Every attempt is made to match our Emergency Department (ED) schedule to patient arrival patterns, but this is never fully predictable. It is during the morning and early afternoon hours that most patients arrive in our ED, and this is where we concentrate our staffing. In the late-night hours, our volume of new patients is low, and there are fewer doctors on duty. During the overnight hours, the ED staff are busy with ambulances and critically ill patients.”

“While we do our best to see everyone that presents to the Emergency Department quickly, patients with less urgent conditions may have longer waits. Moving a doctor from daytime to the night would result in much longer daytime waits, affecting many more people.”

“It may benefit the community to understand that less urgent conditions will be more efficiently seen during morning and early afternoon hours. In fact, during the day we have up to four doctors on duty. We want everyone to know that we always strive to provide the best care possible in a timely way. If your condition is less severe, the wait time will likely be better during the day when we have higher staffing levels,” the CCH says.

Discover Glengarry: A real blast

publisher May 16, 2019 - 10:38am

The 2019 edition of The News' Discover Glengarry And Beyond tourism guide hits the streets May 22. Every subscriber will receive a copy. Plus, copies will be distributed to businesses and tourist information centres in Ontario, as well as at local events.

Of course, the guide can be picked up at our office at 3 Main St. South, Alexandria.

You can also view the entire publication online here.

Drugs, weapons seized

publisher May 13, 2019 - 10:39am

Two North Glengarry residents have been charged after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers seized a quantity of drugs, weapons and currency during a raid May 10.

Robin Rozon, 40, and Melanie Larchevesque, 39, have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with an undertaking.

Back to normal

publisher May 7, 2019 - 10:30am

After a contractor unknowingly severed an intake line May 2, the Alexandria water plant had returned to normal operations 48 hours later.

The repair job involved a diver, municipal employees, and several contractors.

At around 9 a.m. May 2, the raw water intake pipe at Island Park was ruptured when a contractor sliced through a 14-inch pipe that brings water from Mill Pond to the treatment plant.

At no point was water quality compromised, the township stresses.

The water flow was lost to the plant, but thanks to improved storage conditions, and operational adjustments, service was not affected.

Water conservation advisory

publisher May 2, 2019 - 11:51am

Earlier this morning, the main water intake for Alexandria was damaged and the water supply to Alexandria has been temporarily shut down. It is still safe for citizens to drink their water, which is currently being supplied by the Alexandria Water Tower.

"No boil water advisory has been issued at this time. It is still safe to consume the water, but we do ask that residents conserve water until repairs can be made," said Environmental Services Manager Dean MacDonald.

The Township of North Glengarry has enacted its Emergency Protocol Procedures and the Water Works Department is working to quickly rectify this matter. Emergency pumps have been ordered to help to restore water.

In order to correct the damage, crews will need to block the main intake pipe and to replace the damaged section of the water main.

In the event of a fire, the North Glengarry Fire Department will put an action plan in place to mitigate any hydrant use until this problem is rectified.

"The fire department is prepared for these types of situations. In the event of an emergency, we would follow the same action plans undertaken in rural areas. In the event of a fire, a water tanker shuttle service would be used. The fire department is also capable of pulling water directly from the Mill Pond," said Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Roy.

"We are asking that all residents in Alexandria take every effort to help us by reducing their water intake and conserving water as much as possible as we repair the damage to the pipe. Alexandria consumes an average of 2,000-cubic-metres of water each day. We are hoping to reduce this average to ensure that our 1,500 users can maintain their water service throughout the repair period," the township says.

The impact of this damage is restricted to Alexandria. Residents in Glen Robertson are not impacted, as they are on a separate system.

$35,000 in cancer drive

publisher May 1, 2019 - 11:22am

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Canadian Cancer Society in SDG & Prescott Russell has raised over $35,000 in its April Daffodil Campaign.

“On any given day, more than 560 people will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s why we are always looking for new ways to prevent cancer, find it early and treat it more successfully. We know that fundraising enables change and we are grateful to our community for playing such a big part in advancing the cancer cause through their generosity," said Allison St-Jean, Community Fundraising Specialist.

Volunteers are gearing up for Relay For Life June 7 at the Maxville Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit www.relayforlife.ca/maxville or call 613-932-1283.