Addington Highlands

Trappers’ ‘fisher tooth boil’ helps manage wildlife populations

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:53  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
To the uninitiated, the words ‘fisher tooth boil’ may invoke thoughts of a group meal featuring an exotic soup made using a traditional Canadian recipe. But in actual fact, you really wouldn’t want a bowl of this. You see, boiling fisher heads is just a convenient way of loosening the canine teeth, which are then analyzed to determine the age of the animal they came from and ultimately, the health of the population in a given area. The fisher, a mid-size member of the weasel family is a valuable fur-bearer that fetched an average overall price of about $40 at the NAFA’s April 2016 sale. Compare that to the average price of about $10 for beaver and about $2.50 for muskrat and you can see…

There is a buzz in the air

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:25  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
How well do you know your Canadian Trivia? Are you an armchair Jeopardy Champion?  Come out to the Blackfly Derby to show off your skills. You might bring home some prizes or one of the coveted Blackfly Derby Trophies. Connections Adult Learning is holding the first ever Blackfly Derby Chili and Trivia Night, Friday May 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at The Granite Ridge Education Centre. Trivia questions will focus on a variety of subjects for all ages, but will all have a Canadian connection in respect to Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations this year.  You can come on your own, or put together a team of up to four family, friends, or co-workers to compete in this fun and food filled night.  Each team…

Limestone Foundation grant for NAEC

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:19  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
North Addington is proud of its forested backyard, and soon it will host an interpretive walking trail for students and staff. Emma Fuller, a grade 12 student, is pairing Graphic Design and Biology to create ten signs that will inform trail walkers about the ecology and natural history of eastern Ontario. Last Thursday, Fuller accepted a generous grant from the Limestone Learning Foundation that will help pay for a large part of the project. “It is a unique trail that will benefit all our students from Kindergarten to Grade 12,” said Fuller. “We are really excited to be doing this project.” Fuller is a park naturalist in Bon Echo Provincial Park during the summer and has shared her passion for the environment with her peers.…

Vulnerable Person Registry

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:20  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Napanee/Kaladar Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to make the public aware of The Vulnerable Person Registry (VPR) that is now available to the community. This service allows caregivers and guardians to submit vital information about a person who may pose a safety concern to themselves or the public because of a medical, physical or a mental health condition. Contact: Juliane Porritt Community Safety Officer Napanee OPP Phone: 613-354-3369 ext 6755 or Juliane.Porritt@ opp. ca

Life after politics

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:05  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Ken Hook has been a pheasant farmer, the Reeve of Addington Highlands, Executive Director of Land O’Lakes Community Services, and he currently runs a videography company with his wife Kathy. He is also an athlete, and a pretty good one, it turns out. Recently, he had an unexpected win in the Hamilton Around the Bay 5K running race on March 26th where he placed 1st in the age 60-64 division in a field of 51 runners. Overall, Ken placed 172 in a field of 2385 runners. Last summer, Ken qualified in Ottawa at the 2016 Canadian Triathlon Championships as one of the top 10 athletes in his age category which enables him to compete as part of Team Canada at the ITU World Championships in…

Addington Highlands Council, April 3

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:04  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Something you don’t see at a municipal council meeting very often is a resident making a delegation and going to bat for a neighbour. But at Addington Highlands regular Council meeting this week in Flinton, Amos Shiner did just that. Shiner took exception to the way Larry Knox has been treated with respect to the enforcement of the yard clean-up bylaw. Knox has been instructed to clean up his Hwy. 41 property. Shiner said a bylaw enforcement officer visited Knox March 1 and gave him until April 17 to comply. “Larry has been in the hospital for lung surgery and I’m here asking for an extension,” Shiner said. Shiner said allegations that nothing had been done were untrue as Knox had “taken a pickup load…

Sail Mazinaw sock burn

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:44  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Sunday March 26 was the first Sunday of Spring 2017.  Friends of Brown's Camp and Sail Mazinaw gathered for the 2nd Annual Mazinaw Sock Burn.  The event was again hosted by Tina and Dana Richard at their Addington Rd 5 home.  The crews braved the rain to burn the socks they had been wearing all winter.  After the ceremony, they moved indoors to enjoy coffee, treats, and good company.  It was all very good fun. The sock burning ritual was a sign of the approaching sailing season.  However, Mazinaw Lake was still completely covered with ice and was supporting traffic from snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, and bicycles. The 2017 edition of Sail Mazinaw is scheduled for Saturday July 08.  All sailors are encouraged to bring their boats…

NAEC Vikings Golden Performance at LDSB Skills

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:27  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Once again, the North Addington Education Centre Skills Team brought their “A” game to the Limestone District Skills Competition, held at St. Lawrence College last Friday. Taking on students from LDSB, Algonquin Lakeshore and Hastings County, the Vikings competed with the top students in four events. Jared Mieske, a grade 9 student, competed in the Small Powered Equipment contest, with a very strong showing. In the Graphic Design Presentation competition, Mackenzie Johnson (grade 10) and Natalie Reynolds (grade 12) competed against very strong designs, presenting a poster, t-shirt and button designs they made, advertising the Provincial Skills Competition. Natalie Reynolds won the gold for a second year in a row, with an outstanding design. In the Graphic Design Studio Production competition, Bradley Kavanaugh-Sweeney, Kaden Snider…

No new gate at Kaladar waste site, for now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:44  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
As part of its ongoing effort to control the volume of waste entering its sites, Addington Highlands Council considered purchasing a manual lift gate to stop vehicles at the entrance to the Kaladar site in order for waste attendants to be able to inspect the load and ensure township diversion rules are being followed. The cost of a solar powered automatic lift arm gate came in at almost $5,000. Deputy Mayor Bill Cox asked if one of the cheaper options that was also included in a report by Roads and Waste Supervisor Mark Freeburn would be a better choice. “What if we move the little hut to the front, narrow the lane-way with some traffic cones, and put up a stop sign. That might be…

Maple Weekend, April 1 and 2

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Get ready for some maple-inspired fun on April 1 and 2, during Maple Weekend’s third annual sweet celebratory event. Taking place right in the heart of maple season, Maple Weekend is the perfect time to plan a trip to a local participating sugar bush and sample maple treats while experiencing some old-fashioned family activities! Hosted by the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA), Maple Weekend celebrates the maple season at local participating sugar bushes throughout the Lanark, Mississippi Mills, Portland, Brockville, Frankville, North Frontenac, Sharbot Lake and Perth areas. During this popular two-day event, participating maple producers host activities, specials and events to draw visitors to their operation. LDMSPA President, Mel Conboy, explained this year will see many returning maple producers, and a…

Meeting over Joint Fire Board in the Works

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands Council is interested in a joint Councils meeting with North Frontenac, just not on the timetable North proposed. Responding to a request from North at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton, several councillors reported that they were unavailable for the suggested dates of the weeks of March 20 or March 27. Add to that Addington Highlands Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed has already booked vacation time during that period and would also be unavailable. On the agenda for said meeting would be a discussion of the Kaladar-Barrie Fire Department 2017 budget with Chief Casey Cuddy. Council instructed staff to suggest April 5 or 7 as alternate dates for the meeting. Reeve Henry Hogg even suggested a location for the meeting — Barrie Hall in Cloyne…

Flinton Jamboree to be Back Again In 2017

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:18  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Gary Radford and Robert Taylor attended council on behalf of the Flinton Jamboree. They asked if council could offer the Jamboree the use of the Flinton Recreation Centre, during the August 3-6 long weekend, free of charge. They also asked for an exemption to the noise bylaw over the festival weekend and Council agreed. “There have been some issues in the past that we hope to smooth out this year,” said Robert Taylor. Gary Radford said “we need to recruit some younger volunteers. It would help bring us some new energy and help with the workload as well.” “We are also requesting a $200 donation from the township to the hall of fame,” said Taylor. Last year, the jamboree initiated the Land O’Lakes Traditional Country…

AH Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:05  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Freeburn named New Road & Waste Supervisor in Addington HighlandsAddington Highlands Council announced its new Road & Waste Management Supervisor at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton. The Township chose to promote from within, naming lead hand Mark Freeburn to the position. Freeburn officially begins his new duties Feb. 13. The position became vacant last November when long-time supervisor (29 years) Royce Rosenblath announced his retirement plans. Rosenblath himself took over the position from another long-time employee, his father, James (26 years as ‘road boss’ of the former Denbigh, Abinger and Ashby Township). For his part, Freeburn was optimistic. “Everything’s looking good,” he said. CondolencesThe Township expressed its condolences on the passing of former Frontenac News editor Jule Koch. In a prepared statement Council said:…

What’s going on at the Cloyne & District Historical Society

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:32  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Now that the Museum season is over and the artifacts are safely packed away for their winter's rest, we are back to the business of History gathering and "Preserving the Past for the Future". Always a challenge as those whose memories we rely on are slipping away from us faster than we can track and record. We continue to meet on the first monday of each month to discuss local history and enjoy relevant presentations. A social cup of tea and treats finish off the afternoon. We are open to All and no commitment is required. Come out when you can. We welcome young, old and eveyone in between. At our September meeting we were amazed by our guest, Steve Manders as he spoke and…

Insurance brokers don’t bring lower fees - Addington Highlands Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:08  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
As part of an initiative that is being led by Lennox and Addington County, Addington Highlands is now making use of the services of McDougall Insurance Brokers to help them navigate the world of municipal insurance. Until this year the township has dealt directly with Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), one of three companies that offer municipal insurance in Ontario. Chuck Airhart, from McDougall, came to Council this week to talk about how his company is working at ensuring that the township has of its needs met. He said that the cost of basic insurance from JLT is set to rise this year by about $2,000 or 4%, from just under $72,000 in 2016 to $74,000 in 2017. “The cause of this is really global,” Airhart…
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