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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).