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Summerstown Trails currently closed due to rain

Today, March 10, the Summerstown Trails announced that all trails are currently closed due to the rainy, mild weather.

Everyone is asked to stay off the trails “to avoid potential injury.” The trails have been closed for safety reasons.


Its been a full winter of activities in the Summerstown Forest. One of the last groups to have the opportunity to enjoy the trails was the outdoor education class from Glengarry District High School.

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GSL postpones Thursday night indoor soccer due to snowstorm

Thursday evening soccer at the dome in Alexandria has been cancelled by the Glengarry Soccer League, with all matches moved to Friday night as a result of today’s snowstorm and poor road conditions.

The U11 co-ed division will kick off Friday night play with a match between Team USA and Team Netherlands, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The 6:30 p.m. game will feature U18 boys action, as Team England and Team Canada battle.

Then it will be senior men’s division play. Alexandria FC and McCrimmon are booked for the 7:30 p.m. slot, while the Barflies and Glen Sandfield are set for 8:30 p.m. play.

Alexandria FC and the Barflies remain in a battle for the top of the table as regular-season play winds down, with McCrimmon and Glen Sanfield third and fourth, respectively. The Young Gunners round out the standings.

The regular season in the senior men’s division is set to conclude on March 13, with semifinals for the top four teams booked for March 26.

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Two fat bikes added to Summerstown Trails inventory

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is pleased to announce the addition of two fat bikes at the Summerstown Trails, thanks to a donation by brothers Shawn and Kyle Maloney, co-owners of The Brick in Cornwall.

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Friends of the Summerstown Trails president Vic Leroux rides one of the two new fat bikes donated by The Brick co-owners Shawn and Kyle Maloney. (FOTST photo)

One of these new fat bikes has a large frame, while the other one has a junior frame. The two new fat bikes will thus complement the two bikes currently owned by FOTST, both of which have a medium frame. This addition will enable the Trails to accommodate people shorter than 5 ft. 6 in. and taller than 5 ft. 10 in.

“The Brick has supported the trails in past years, and it’s great to see them step up to the plate again with this major contribution,” said FOTST president Vic Leroux. “This donation shows how committed The Brick is towards the community and towards a healthy lifestyle.”

Fat biking is a recent and fast-growing sport for those looking for a way to participate in winter activity in a great environment. Fat bike riders are able to access 9 km of snowshoe trails, with signage posted to aid in navigation. These trails are groomed specifically for fat biking thanks to a partnership between FOTST and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA). The Summerstown Trails offer a mix of difficulty where both beginner and experienced fat bikers can enjoy this new sport.

The fat bikes are available for rental at the trailhead on weekends only, during our regular rental period (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Bikes are rented for one-hour periods at a cost of $15. FOTST recommends that everyone wear a helmet, even if Ontario law stipulates that it is only mandatory for those under the age of 18. A regular bicycle helmet will do (some are available for loan), but many bikers wear their ski helmets.

files from Jean-Pierre Tibi

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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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Winter storm nixes Friday night junior B hockey

The winter storm that struck our region over the past two days forced the postponement of two CCHL2 hockey games last night involving the county’s clubs.

Char-Lan was slated to play in Winchester on Friday night. That game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 28.

Alexandria was scheduled to host Athens. Instead, the teams will play Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m., at the Glengarry Sports Palace.

The Rebels and Glens will both be back in action tonight on home ice. In Alexandria, the Glens (7-25-2-1) have the Winchester Hawks (19-12-5-1). Williamstown will see the Char-Lan (16-18-1-1) tangling with the Casselman Vikings (25-12-2-0). Both contests are 8 p.m. starts.

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Summerstown Trails celebrates 50th winter season

On January 5, the Summerstown Trails officially opened the 2020 winter season, their 50th year of operations.

Dignitaries were on hand, along with close to 150 people who came out to the trails, enjoying the mild temperature and a walk on the forest trails as their was little snow cover.

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The Summerstown Trails officially launched the 50th season, with a banner unveiling on January 5. Seen here, from left, are South Glengarry councillor Stephanie Jaworski, South Glengarry mayor and SD&G warden Frank Prevost, MPP Jim McDonell, SD&G Tourism director Nick Seguin, Raisin Region Conservation Authority general manager Richard Pilon, current FOTST president Vic Leroux, and first FOTST president Martin Bowman. (FOTST photo)

Martin Bowman, the first president of the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST), recalled the work and community spirit of the many volunteers, mostly neighbours of the Summerstown Forest, who kept the trails going for the better part of 35 years. With few resources and often using their own personal snowmobiles, these people groomed and maintained the trails, facing much adversity.

Current FOTST president Vic Leroux thanked the many partners and sponsors of the Summertown Trails, noting recent initiatives, including the addition of skate skiing and fat biking activities, new trails, new grooming equipment to better deal with the changing weather conditions, and the construction of a new parking lot adjacent to County Road 27.

The creation of FOTST 10 years ago changed the destiny of the facility, with 1000s of users now visiting the trails every year, both for winter activities and off-season visits.

In addition to making the trails accessible to the population for year-round use, FOTST offers many community programs, including hosting schoolchildren, weekend rental of equipment, and free events, such as Family Day.

The Summerstown Trails offer 18 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, for both classic and skate skiing, and a separate network of 11 km of snowshoe and groomed fat bike trails.

The trails are located on Summerstown Road (County Road 27), 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401 at Summerstown Station, and are open seven days a week. There is no charge to access the trails. Equipment rentals are available on weekends and holidays.

For up-to-date trail conditions, visit the FOTST Facebook page.

Summerstown Trails map

Special Events

Among the special events planned for the season, the Summerstown Trails will host their annual snowshoe race on February 8 and activities on Family Day (February 17).

with files from Jean-Pierre Tibi

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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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OPP to play GDHS boys in hockey exhibition

The students and staff from Glengarry District High School are slated to take in some hockey action on Monday, as the Gaels boys hockey team will play members of the Ontario Provincial Police, starting at 1 p.m.


The December 16 game at the Glengarry Sports Palace is an exhibition contest for the Gaels boys, as the school hasn’t iced a hockey team to compete in league play this year.

This is typically an annual event for the kids and the police, providing entertainment for all.

Ryan Winter will stand in as coach for the Gaels boys.

The school’s girls hockey team, under the guidance of Glen Campbell, is scheduled to compete Monday at an SDGAA league tournament in Finch.

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