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Polar Bear Dip thrills spectators

The 7th annual Polar Bear Dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame took place on frozen Mill Pond on Sunday in Alexandria’s Island Park, as dozens of spectators huddled around the open cut through the ice.

In unseasonably mild conditions of +3 Celsius, as a stiff breeze blew from the west, the brave dippers took their turns plunging into the icy water, two at a time, much to the delight of those assembled.

William Manley and Cameron Poirier led things off, with Poirier opting for the swam dive entry, while Manley decided to go knees first trying for a cannonball splash.

With John Hope serving as emcee, Kyle Lalonde and Johnathon Newton were next to take the plunge. Jacob Cameron and Becky Pieterson followed, both going for a cannonball entry.

Allison Ducette and Laurie Otter Ducette adopted a St. Patrick’s Day theme for their attire, while Maggy Hope and Elsie Edwards went with Highland fling garb.

Red-clad Brooke Lapierre and Ashton MacDonald took the plunge holding hands for support. Michel Diotte and Amanda Hope jumped next, with Diotte looking like he was all ready for summer.

Veteran Cathy MacLean, in her seventh straight event, took the plunge with colourfully-clad Greyson Hope.

Alan Cameron, dressed for the golf course, closed out the plunging along with Rodney Shepherd, the brains behind this annual event.

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Order set for Sunday’s Polar Bear Dip

The order for plunging for the brave individuals participating in the 2020 Polar Bear Dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame has been confirmed.

  1. William Manley & Cameron Poirier
  2. Cory Hagen & Michel Diotte
  3. Kyle Lalonde & Johnathon Newton
  4. Jacob Cameron & Becky Pieterson
  5. Allison Ducette & Laurie Otter Ducette
  6. Maggy Hope & Elsie Edwards
  7. Brooke Lapierre & Ashton MacDonald
  8. Amanda Hope & Hayley Cholette
  9. Cathy MacLean & Greyson Hope
  10. Alan Cameron & Rodney Shepherd

Organizer Rodney Shepherd notes that the event begins promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday on the frozen Mill Pond at Island Park, in Alexandria.

He adds, “Two things we can’t control on Dip day [are] 1. Mother Nature, 2. Your breathing for 20 seconds after you hit the water.”

As for the Mother Nature part, it looks as if she is giving the participants a helping hand, as the forecast indicates a high of +2 Celsius, with a 40 percent chance of scattered flurries.

To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s a video clip from a few years back.

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Roster for Polar Bear dip announced

The slate of brave individuals who are willing to take a frigid plunge into Mill Pond has been announced, though there is still room for more.

The Polar Bear Dip, which supports the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame, is slated for Sunday, February 16 at Island Park in Alexandria, starting at 2 p.m.

Participants committed to date are Alan Cameron, Cathy MacLean, Michel Diotte, Amanda Hope, Hayley Cholette, Jacob Lapierre, Becky Pieterson, Brooke Lapierre, Ashton MacDonald, Cory Hagen, Laurie Ducette, Allison Ducette, Grayson Hope, Maggie Hope, Kyle Lalonde, Johnathon Newton, and Rodney Shepherd.

Shepherd is also the organizer of the event and can be contacted for more information if you are interested in being a dipper this year.

Further details can be found on the event Facebook page. Spectators are invited to stop by and cheer on the participants.

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Polar Bear Dip fundraiser to support sports hall

The 8th annual Polar Bear Dip in support of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame will be held on Sunday, February 16, at Alexandria’s Island Park.


As a fundraiser, brave participants (a.k.a. dippers) are asked to raise at least $150.

Contact Rodney Shepherd at 613-936-6213 to register.

The dip is scheduled to begin promptly at 2 p.m.

Over the years, individuals taking the plunge have included athletes young and old, coaches, politicians, and other enthusiastic supporters of the hall.

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Hearts/Filion soccer tournament draws community together

The October 12 Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament at Alexandria’s Island Park once again drew strong support from the community, as 10 teams signed on to play, undeterred by the damp conditions that Mother Nature inflicted upon the region for the day.

David Filion notes, “It was great see so many people participate in this year’s annual Brian Filion soccer tournament. We saw players in their sixties and players who are in their early teens. We saw parents playing with their children. What was particularly encouraging was how many young players participated in this year’s tournament. The future looks bright for the tournament moving forward. What a terrific day!”

In all, explains Laurie Filion some 150 individuals were involved this year in the “family fun-oriented tournament.” DA MacMillan spoke at a noon ceremony recounting the history of the Hearts in Glengarry, as the program marks its 40th anniversary.

Ashton MacDonald, Molsen rep donated hockey tickets for a silent auction: 6 tickets in a suite. Winning the January 2 Ottawa versus Florida Panthers tickets was DA MacMillan and taking the 2 tickets for the November 15 game Ottawa against the Philadelphia Flyers was Matthew and Brittany Lacombe. The basket of cheer valued at $180 was won by Marty Doyle.

David Filion also spoke about the groups that benefit from the funds raised by the Filion Foundation.

One of the new features of this year’s tournament was the addition of a kids/family game.

Filion soccer group
Participants at the 2019 Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament. (submitted photo)
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Glengarry Run Club’s final fall session starts tonight

Tonight is the start of the final fall session of the Glengarry Run Club’s learn to run eight-week training program. Three levels, depending on experience, are available, with twice weekly classes, taught be experience long-distance runner Jacob Cameron.

Training takes place outdoors, regardless of weather conditions, Mondays and Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., at Alexandria’s Island Park. For more information, check out the Facebook Page here.

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Hearts/Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament booked for October 12

The 2019 edition of the Glengarry Hearts / Brian Filion Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held at Alexandria’s Island Park on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 9 a.m., with matches continuing throughout the day.

Hearts soccer graphic

The annual gathering over the Thanksgiving weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Hearts of Glengarry. The name “Hearts” lives on today in the competitive youth teams that compete in the ERSL.

This tournament each year sees many Glengarrians reunite, especially those returning to the area for the holiday weekend, enjoying the spirit of the beautiful game, whilst raising funds for the Brian Filion Memorial Fund.

Individuals looking to play or volunteer as referees should let organizers know through the event Facebook page here or by calling Laurie Filion at 613-525-5570. Each team will play three matches.

At noon, all participants will gather for a group photo. There will also be a gift table.

New this year, at 1 p.m., the younger set (children under age 11) is invited to join in the fun with family games on the smaller fields.

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Video: GSL senior men’s soccer in Alexandria

On Friday night at the Island Park, Alexandria and Alexandria FC battled in Glengarry Soccer League senior men’s action, with the former prevailing 3-2. It was the second last evening of regular-season play, as the schedule is set to conclude on July 31.

In the other July 26 match, Glen Sandfield blanked Dunvegan 2-0.

Heading into the final night of play, Glen Sandfield tops the table at 20 points, followed by Alexandria FC (18), Alexandria (16), and Dunvegan (9).

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