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Lancaster Curling club bids adieu to long-time member

Coleman MacDonald, a long-time member of the Lancaster and District Curling Club, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on June 15.

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The 85-year-old Williamstown resident was predeceased by his wife Joan P. The couple were active at the curling club. Among their contributions over the years, they established the Glengarry Cup, an annual curling challenge with rinks from each of the county’s clubs competing in a friendly rivalry for county curling supremacy.

“Coleman was born at home, on the family farm – one of the few remaining bi-centennial farms in Glengarry. He milked cows with his brother, Mickey, until 2002, and continued to work the land until his passing. Coleman is known for having some of the best yielding crops in the area and was among the first to plant soybeans. Coleman made a lasting impression on those in the agricultural world, especially the young people who worked on the farm. Although he died at the house next to the farm where he was raised, Coleman was fortunate to have travelled throughout his life. He had a passion for curling and took every opportunity to sing its praises to those unfamiliar to the game. For this, he was inducted to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. He was proud to tell others of his Scottish heritage and his Glengarry roots. He will be remembered for the sparkle in his eye, the stories and jokes he told, and for his ability to make people smile.”

Except from Coleman MacDonald’s obituary published by Munro & Morris

Mr. MacDonald was inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 when he was recognized for his 52nd consecutive season of curling.

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The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s painting honouring the induction of Coleman MacDonald in 2015.

In his induction biography, Coleman was recognized for his numerous accomplishments in curling: receiving the 40-year pin (in 2012) for participation in the Moose Bonspiel hosted annually by the Alexandria Curling Club where he won all-star skip in 1986, receiving the 20-year pin for participation in the Monctonian Bonspiel which at its peak hosted over 70 teams from eastern Canada and the United States, skipping his Lancaster team at the prestigious Lord Elgin Bonspiel in Montreal a spiel that once hosted over 80 teams, and winning the 11th Annual Moose Bonspiel in 1975 playing third.

Over the years, he also won numerous awards and trophies at various local clubs, including those in Glengarry, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury, Brownsburg, and Morrisburg.

In 1997, the Lancaster and District Curling Club granted Mr. MacDonald a lifetime membership, in recognition to his contribution, which included 29 years serving on the executive board.

In his hall of fame induction, Coleman was described as a “popular skip and an excellent ambassador for the sport he’s so passionate about.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of Coleman MacDonald’s life has been postponed, to be held at some point in the future. A mass of Christian burial was scheduled yesterday, for family and close friends, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Williamstown.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Friends of the Ruins, The Bishop’s House St. Raphael’s, or to the Lancaster Curling Club would be appreciated by the family.

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North Glengarry recreation facilities remain open, South Glengarry shutters theirs

North Glengarry mayor Jamie MacDonald tells me that “At this point, we are still open,” when asked about the township’s recreation facilities and widespread shuttering of sports leagues across the country, along with facilities where large numbers of people typically congregate, due to concerns over COVID-19. However, he adds, “We have suspended the March break camps.”

March 16 UPDATE: North Glengarry facilities closed.

MacDonald goes on to say, “Well we are being guided by Dr. Paul [Roumeliotis, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health] … keep crowds under 250.”

Meanwhile, this afternoon, the township of South Glengarry announced in a press release that the municipality is “taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the risk in South Glengarry remains low, the municipality is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities and community centres will all be closed from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6.”

All events scheduled during this period will be either cancelled or postponed. The list of closed facilities in the south includes the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, Martintown Community Centre, Green Valley Community Centre, North Lancaster Community Centre, Paul Rozon Park building, and Jack Danaher Park building.

Facilities in Cornwall are also being closed: “In light of COVID-19, the City of Cornwall is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, inclusive. The Aquatic Centre is closed as of Friday, March 13 at 10:30 p.m.”

The EOHU states, “At the moment, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus is considered low. However, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) continues to work with our partners at the regional, provincial and federal levels to monitor the situation, and is prepared to respond to any potential cases in our area should they occur.”

To stay informed about the virus, please see this regular-updated information page on the EOHU website.

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Rebels season ends with loss in Winchester

The Char-Lan Rebels CCHL2 hockey season officially came to an end Friday night in Winchester, with a 6-2 loss to the Hawks.

The defeat snapped Char-Lan’s four-game winning streak, which included a Tuesday night victory over the Hawks, in Williamstown.

Lochlan MacDonald and Cuyler Molinaro scored the Char-Lan goals, with assists to Jacob Esdale, Joseph Samson, and Justice Brownlee.

Jackson Parsons and Ceili Picard split goaltending duties for the game, each playing approximately 30 minutes and charged with three goals.

The Rebels’ final record is 20 wins, 21 regulation losses, and 3 overtime/shootout defeats, for 43 points and sixth place in the Martin Division. Char-Lan missed the playoffs by 11 points, with Winchester taking the final spot for post-season action.

Char-Lan’s top point-getter was Samson, who had 57. He also led in goals, assists, and points per game. No Rebels played in all 44 games; the closest was Rylan Iwachniuk, who suited up for 43. Hunter MacPherson played 42 games, between his time with the Alexandria Glens and the Rebels.

Liam MacDonald earns league recognition

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Liam MacDonald

Rebel Liam MacDonald was named the CCHL2 second star for the week ending February 23.

The 19-year-old from Dunvegan had his first career hat trick and notched 8 points during the week.

MacDonald’s effort extended his point-scoring streak to five games (6 goals, 4 assists).

On the season, the forward skated in 37 games with the Rebels, scoring at a point-a-game pace. He recorded 16 goals and 21 assists in his second season with Char-Lan.

The league announcement, including details on the other stars of the week, can be read here.

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Rebels complete season-sweep of Glens

On Saturday night in Williamstown, the Char-Lan Rebels skated to a 4-3 CCHL2 win over the Alexandria Glens, completing the four-game season sweep of their county cousins.

Liam MacDonald
Liam MacDonald

Liam MacDonald, who hails from Dunvegan, was named the game’s first star. The Rebel scored three of his team’s goals and assisted on the other.

The 20-year-old forward has scored at a point-a-game pace this season.

Char-Lan’s other goal was netted by Paul Waldhauser, while picking up the other assists were Parker Tallman (3), Isaac Testani (2), and Alexandre Elie.

Ceili Picard backstopped the victory with 21 saves.

Glens goaltender Tyler Desjardins, with 18 saves, took the loss. Alexandria’s goals were netted by Nico Pozzebon, Nicolas Corry, and Graham Robertson, with Ryan Leonard picking up the only assist.

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Char-Lan skaters find success in Rockland

Athletes from the Char-Lan Skating Club recently achieved successful performances at the STAR 1-4 Series Winter Wonderland in Rockland.

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Anthony MacDonald GOLD STAR 4 Boys Singles U13 and Fiona Laplante GOLD STAR 4 Girls Singles U13. (Char-Lan Skating Club photos)
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Alessia MacDonald SILVER STAR 3 Girls Singles and Evie Cockings BRONZE STAR 3 Girls Singles and SILVER STAR 3 Girls Elements. (Char-Lan Skating Club photos)
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Katrina Vivaraies SILVER STAR 2 Girls Singles, Charlotte Phypers SILVER STAR 2 Girls Singles, and Jessica Lopez BRONZE STAR 2 Girls Singles. (Char-Lan Skating Club photos)
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Glens, Rebels swing multi-player trade deal

On the December 1 roster cutdown day, Glengarry county’s CCHL2 hockey clubs were busy on the trade front, exchanging skaters in a multi-player deal that sees a pair of North Glengarry lads go south.

Hunter MacPherson
Hunter MacPherson

The Alexandria Glens dealt Lochlan MacDonald and Hunter MacPherson to the Char-Lan Rebels in exchange for Joshua Weatherall, Reese Donnelly, and Evan Huntley. Huntley was then shipped to the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for Mikaël Bissonnette.

MacDonald and MacPherson are 18-year-old defencemen who, respectively, call Alexandria and Dalkeith home.

Bissonnette, from Rockland, is a 6 ft. 3 in., 210 lb. blueliner. The 17-year-old is a 2018 OHL draft pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Huntley and Weatherall are also D-men, while Donnelly is a forward. All players are expected to report to their new teams this week to participate in regular practices and prepare for upcoming games.

It’s been a particularly busy couple of days for Glens general manager Derick Viau. Yesterday, he picked up Nicolas Corry from the Winchester Hawks in exchange for future considerations. The 17-year-old forward from Gloucester had 6 points and 25 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Hawks this season.

Another 17-year-old, Zachary Power, was picked up by Viau from the Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee. The rookie centreman from Rockland had 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 22 games with Casselman.

Jonathan Paquette, a defenceman, was waived by the Vikings and immediately signed by the Glens on Sunday.

In another December 1 move to reduce the team’s roster to 23 players, Daniel Scott was released.

Viau’s final move of the weekend was to sign a player sent down from the affiliated CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, as forward Ryan Leonard will become a Glen. The Orchard Park, N.Y. 18-year-old dressed for 15 games with the Hawks without registering a point.

The Glens also had a deal with Casselman last week as well. See this post for the details.

On losing MacDonald and MacPherson, Alexandria’s general manager admits that was his most difficult decision of the past few days, though he adds that the move was an important piece of the rebuild for his team and the Glens look towards the future.

Hockey Canada rules require junior hockey teams to cut down to 25 the number of signed and open cards they hold. This number is further reduced, to 23, on January 10.

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Young skaters nab silver in Quebec City

The Char-Lan Skating Club’s Anthony MacDonald and his ice dance partner Charlotte L’Archeveque of CPA Dollard recently scored silver at a competition in Quebec City.

The duo, competing at the Championnats Québécois-Souvenir Georges-Éthier, had two great skates, earning silver in the Juvenile Ice Dance.

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Skaters Anthony MacDonald and Charlotte L’Archeveque. (submitted photo)
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Chelsea Cayer honoured twice as player of the game

St. Lawrence College women’s soccer team member Chelsea Cayer twice last weekend was honoured as her squad’s player of the game. On Friday night, she “played excellent defence and was instrumental in SLC’s 5-2 win” over George Brown, and Saturday she had a great game “against a strong Seneca side,” with the Vikings dropping the 1-0 decision.

Studying behavioural psychology, Cayer, a third-year midfielder, tells me that the soccer squad is based at the Kingston campus, though draws players from the other school locations as well. SLC consistently ranks as one of the better college soccer teams in the province and amongst the top 15 nationally.

The women have just one match remaining, scheduled for Friday at Algonquin. Playoffs will then follow, and as Cayer, who hails from Williamstown, adds, hopefully provincials, which this year are slated for October 23-26 in Ancaster.

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The Vikings also feature another Williamstown athlete, as Emily MacDonald is the team’s goalkeeper.

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Rebels ‘Popp’ the Kings

In a rare Sunday afternoon junior ‘B’ hockey game today in Williamstown, the Char-Lan Rebels, backstopped by goaltender Devon Popp, sunk the Whitewater Kings 7-3.

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It was quite the game for Liam MacDonald, who wears jersey number 18, as the forward from Dunvegan scored a goal, chalked up two assists, and engaged in a third-period fight for good measure. In all, the 19-year-old veteran hit the showers with 17 penalty minutes.

It was also a three-point match for Paul Waulhause, who had three apples. Other Char-Lan goal scorers were Ben Pineault, Graham Robertson, Wade Moak, Kale MacCormick, Evan Huntley, and Joseph Samson. Additional assists went to Dillon Spinner, Owen Carter, Pineault, Moak, and Samson. Popp made 14 saves for the win in net.

The victory came less than 24 hours after dropping a road game 4-2 to the Carleton Place Jr. Canadians. Taran Fiacco and Tim Cook scored for the Rebels, with assists from Campbell Craig, MacCormick, and Samson. Dawson Irving took the loss in goal, facing 43 shots.

Char-Lan sits at the 0.500 mark through two weeks of play, with a 2-2 record.

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