Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

9 novembre 2023


Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Area farms still recovering one year after massive storm
Fred Sherwin
May 23, 2023

The past Sunday marked the one year anniv-ersary of the massive windstorm that destroyed more than a thousand trees in Navan and Sarsfield and leveled dozens of barns and other farm buildings, some of which had stood for more than 100 years.

Wyatt McWilliam's 100-year-old barn was reduced to rubble after being hit by the derecho that swept through Navan and Sarsfield last year. FILE PHOTO

Wyatt McWilliams’ barn on Perrault Road south of Navan was built nearly 120 years ago. On May 21, 2022, it was reduced to little more than kindling in less than five minutes.

Gordan McFadden lost his barn as well, as did Wyatt’s cousin John McWilliams. John and Gordon both live on Trim Road, south of Navan.While the Nooyen family on Rockdale Road didn’t lose their barn completely, it was damaged to the point that it could no longer house their dairy herd. It was the same for the barn on the Cotton family farm at Trim and Navan Road and more than a dozen other barns between Navan and Sarsfield.

None, save for a smaller barn on McFadden’s farm, have been rebuilt and it’s now been a year since everyone learned the meaning of a new word: derecho. That’s the word used to describe a line of intense, widespread and fast-moving windstorms characterized by damaging winds.

And while most people in Navan and Sarsfield were able to move on with their lives in relatively short order after the storm, the farmers impacted by it have had a slightly more difficult time getting on with things, thanks mainly with having to deal with insurance companies on seemingly never-ending basis, waiting for estimates and finding contractors to rebuild.

McFadden is one of the fortunate ones. He was in discussions with a contractor to replace his main barn just days before the derecho hit. Once it did blow through and the damage was done, everything had to be put on hold to allow the insurance company to send in an adjuster, figure things out and start the claim process.

The contractor was at least able to pour the footings for the new barn in the fall. If all goes well, construction will begin this summer.

The Nooyens have not been so fortunate. After going back and fourth with their insurance company for months, they finally have settled on a contractor to rebuild their barn. When the work will start is anybody’s guess. John and Wyatt McWilliams also hope they can start rebuilding their respective barns soon.

The other impact of the derecho was the loss of livestock, or at least producing livestock. McFadden lost three cows as a direct impact of the storm. But since the storm, he has lost an additional 22 animals, or nearly one third of his herd, because they weren’t able to produce milk anymore, likely because of the stress caused by the storm, or having to move them to other unfamiliar barns in the storm’s aftermath, or a combination of both.

The Nooyens lost nearly half of their stock. In both cases, the insurance company has paid for new stock, but having to move the cows and the stress involved resulted in a drop in milk production.

Still, Cumberland farmers are a tough lot. And farmers in general have a built-in resiliency that most city folk can only dream of. They will continue to roll with the punches and pick themselves up off the canvas whenever they get knocked down like what happened last year. But that’s just par for the course when you’ve been dealing with Mother Nature all your life.



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