Addington Highlands

As Addington Highlands continues to grapple with dwindling space left in its waste sites and the desire to keep costs reasonable for township residents, Chief Administrative Officer Christine Reed prepared a report outlining the various options for tipping fees that townships of similar size have chosen. Based on the many issues to be dealt with, including determining fees for loads of various sizes and compositions, Councillor Tony Fritsch said it would be best if a group of councillors, township residents, the public works manager and waste site attendants got together to hash out all the options. Reeve Henry Hogg said perhaps the Public Works committee, with the addition of two site attendants, could be called together to look at the issues and submit a report.…

Seniors month at Pine Meadow

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:02  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
June is Senior’s Month, and Pine Meadow Nursing Home wanted to join in the celebration! This year’s theme is “Living your best life”.  We thought a great day to show this was to have our residents get involved in our planned celebrations!  We had ladies prepare the squares for the party the morning before, and during the social, we had our residents plant a cherry tree in their courtyard.  A few years ago they planted an apple tree for Senior’s Month. We thought it was a great way to enhance our courtyard, and our resident’s will reap the benefit from the trees for years to come!

Community Project in Cloyne

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:14  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Land O’ Lakes Garden Club (LOLGC), the Cloyne and District Historical Society (C&DHS), Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Inc.(MLFI) and North Frontenac Township have joined forces to regenerate the area between the Pioneer Museum and Barrie Community Hall in Cloyne that was devastated by a micro-burst in 2002, during which most of the trees were destroyed (some 200 years old). We will create a legacy parkland with educational signage for all to enjoy. The park will be named Benny’s Lake Heritage Park in honour of the family who originally owned the land. The Land O’Lakes Garden Club members have prepared a special project which will be unveiled at the Ribbon Cutting of the park. The Bon Echo Rocks choir will be performing, Martine Buissart will be singing…
Addington Highlands Council is considering a “partnership” with the Highland Waters Metis Community Council for things such as grant applications, following a presentation by Highland Waters representative Candace Lloyd at the regular Addington Highlands Council meeting Monday in Flinton. Lloyd gave an overview of her Council and the Highland Waters in general, which represents about 500 registered members and about another 200 Metis under the age of 14 in a geographical area beginning at Paudash in the northwest, Smith Falls in the northeast, the intersection of Highways 15 and 401 in the southeast and Wellers Bay in the southwest. “We partnered with the school board and you’re our closest municipal government,” said Lloyd (the Highland Waters Council offices are in North Point Square in Northbrook).…

Community Garden

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:56  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The High Land Waters Metis Community Council is settling in to their new home at North Point Square near Northbrook. They held their grand opening on May 10 and have office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 2pm and by appointment. As one of their first projects in the new location, they have started a community vegetable Garden. On Saturday May 27th at North Point Square the Metis council and a few volunteers came out and planted the garden. Not only did they work hard all day in the sun, but Addington Highlands Township Councillor, Bill Cox stopped by and payed them a visit in support of their efforts. He stopped for a photo op with Chair Marlon Lloyd, Senator Robert Lloyd…

AH looking at bringing septic inspections in house

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:13  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Township resident Frank Smith sent a letter to Council recommending that the township consider taking over the job of septic system approvals and other septic inspections. He said that as a contractor working in the township, “95% of my work is by water access ... in many cases 5-8 miles down the lake in the morning with the building inspector and back down in the afternoon with the health inspector, making things very expensive to operate.” Councillor Bill Cox said that Kingston Frontenac Health does the inspections for the township and has for years. He made a motion to receive the Smith letter for information. “I don’t feel like we want to make a change,” he said. “it might end up costing us money.” Chief…

Old stuff, collector's items and laughter

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:27  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The third Monday of April just happened to coincide with Easter Monday this spring. Not being certain of how many members or guests might attend our monthly meeting,  we planned a program of general interest. "Bring an Item and Tell a Tale" was a hit.  Some of the more interesting items included the following: A tiny safety razor in its own leather case that would have been issued to military. It was made small to fit into a soldier's breast pocket. A Victory Bell said to be made from the metal of a downed WWII German fighter plane and embossed with the faces of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. A five year diary from the early 1940's with writing ever so small and written in real…

NAEC Vikings travel to Toronto to compete

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:14  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Shannon Delyea and Emma Fuller travelled to Toronto on May 1st to compete in the Provincial Skills Competition as members of Team Limestone.  Delyea competed in the Photography contest, where she presented one printed photograph, a digital portfolio of twenty photographs, and photographed and edited twenty polished images of all of the competitions happening at the Toronto Congress Centre.  “It was a great experience and I recommend the Skills Competition to everyone.  It was an excellent challenge,” Delyea said. Emma Fuller competed in the Graphic Design Studio Production event, for a second year, where she designed a menu, a logo and a triangular shaped box using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator the day of the competition.  “The Ontario Skills Competition has been a great learning…

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…
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