NSFS Fill the Boot with funds for muscular dystrophy Shawna O’Neill email@example.com
NORTH STORMONT, Ontario – North Stormont Fires Services (NSFS) were out and ‘aboot’ in the municipality on Saturday, Aug. 10, encouraging locals and anyone passing through to support their annual fundraiser, Fill the Boot for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. “Once a year, we come out and do some fundraising for muscular dystrophy,” explained NSFS Firefighter Cory Jacques. “We station ourselves in Moose Creek and some of us come here (to Monkland).” According to Jacques, last year’s fundraiser saw a total of about $2,000 in donations. Many supporters generously dropped coins and cash into the firefighter boots. NSFS stickers were given to everyone who made a donation.
Having worked with the department for four years now, Jacques said that he has participated in the fundraiser every year since, but he believes the unit has been fundraising for the particular cause for numerous years, dating back to 1954. According to Jacques, the department participates and hosts a series of fundraisers for different organizations throughout the year. “People are very generous around here,” said Jacques gratefully. “It’s mostly for the children… it’s always good to help them out.” Statistics suggest that over 50,000 Canadians live with over 150 types of muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy, classified as neuromuscular disorders, are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles and breakdown skeletal muscles over time. The causes, symptoms, age of onset and severity of the disease depend on each individual and their exact diagnosis.
Devon Villeneuve of North Stormont Fire Services on Saturday, Aug. 10 in Monkland (Shawna O’Neill/Seaway News photo).
Folk, wine and Harmony at inaugural Seaway Valley Folk Festival Nick Seebruch
Winery are presenting the inaugural Seaway Valley Folk Fest on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event will be taking place at the beautiCORNWALL, Ontario - Harmony Concerts in ful and scenic StoneCropAcres just north of partnership with StoneCropAcres Vineyard and Morrisburg off of Hwy. 401.
Headliner: Plain Folk Lineup: The Glengarry Ramblers Faye McMillen Lyric & Lore Sons of Gord Grace & Eric Willison West of the Rock Marleen Fawcett —————————
Nathan Smith and Emilyn Stam performing at a concert at StoneCropAcres on July 14. Photo credit: Fiona Plunkett.
Facepainting for kids of all ages Food Vendors (including): The Alibi & Against the Grain Free water stations for people to fill their reusable containers. Washrooms onsite Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle
This is set up to teach people of all ages how to drum
Stone Crop Acres Winery and Vineyard 5242 Smiths Road, Morrisburg Ontario Purchase your tickets at www.harmonyconcerts.ca
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The range of local musical talents that will be at the show include Cornwall’s gift to folk pop Grace Willison and her father Eric. The headlining act of the event will be Morrisburg’s own Plain Folk. Jan of Harmony Concerts said that her philosophy for music was Excellence, Innovation and Diversity. Jan credits that philosophy for the growing audiences that the concerts have been attracting. “Our concerts are very diverse and eclectic,” Jan said. “I find we are gaining audience members at every show because it is different.” When Jan first visited the vineyard, owners Norene and Marc’s small dog, Jeanie , fell in love with her, and Jan fell in love with the vineyard, the owners, and the welcoming scenery. StoneCropAcres opened in 2017. A year later, they received a grant from SD&G Tourism to hold open mic concerts on their property. The vineyard has a natural auditorium
grown right on the property made of several 40-year-old fir trees, in the centre of which is a tent covered stage. Beyond the stage is a patio, plenty of outdoor seating areas right back to the grape vines. “The performers say this is one of the nicest places they’ve ever played,” said Norene. Jan and Harmony Concerts is promoting emerging talent along with bringing headlining talent such as Jimmy Rankin in Ottawa and at Susan Aglukark at Cornwall’s Aultsville Theatre. “For me, it’s a labour of love,” Jan said. “I wanted to create and promote a platform where local artists can come and play.” Many local performers are hired to open for professional artist including Rankin, Aglukark and more. StoneCropAcres is located at 5232 Smiths Rd. in South Dundas. For more information on Harmony Concerts and the Seaway Valley Folk Festival, visit www. harmonyconcerts.ca
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