Addington Highlands

Historical society’s Flickr account tops 1,000 photos

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:34  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Cloyne and District Historical Society’s Flickr account recently topped a thousand photos, Ken Hook told the Society’s monthly meeting in Cloyne this week. For the handful of folks unfamiliar with Flickr, it’s an image and video hosting service that’s free to use but uploading content or commenting on a photo requires a registering an account. The Society has had a presence there since 2013. “We have 323 followers, from all around the world,” Hook said. “Like Brazil, France, Austria, Guatemala, Switzerland and the U.S. “Even the State Library from Queensland Australia is a follower — we’re not really sure why.” The Society began the page as part of their commitment to preserve local history and the material can be downloaded for research or presentations.…

Speeding Driver Charged with Impaired   

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:17  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
(Tweed, Ontario) On September 30, 2018 at 3:30am, a member of the Central Hastings OPP detachment was patrolling south on Highway 37 near Chapman Road when they observed a northbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was subsequently stopped, and charged is 25-year-old Colin Armstrong of Northbrook, Ontario with Driving with More than 80 Mgs of Alcohol in Blood. Armstrong received a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days. He will appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville, Ontario on October 11, 2018.

Trillium grant provides renovations to Northbrook Lions Hall

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
For the Northbrook Lions, this year’s annual ‘Thank You’ barbecue took on added significance. It was the Club’s opportunity to publically thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a $54.200 grant that allowed the club to undergo renovations that have been needed for some time. Lions President Kerry Skipper said the renovations included new flooring, windows and doors, new interlock brick paving around the entrance vestibule and a new roof. “These renovations would not have been possible without the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” Skipper said. “This will allow us to provide a safe and accessible centre for local community events for the foreseeable future.” Hastings-Lennox & Addington MPP Daryl Kramp said he was pleased to be on hand Saturday to see the results…

Flinton all-candidates meeting a short and sweet affair

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:34  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Last week’s Addington Highlands Ward 2 all candidates meeting in Flinton will likely go down as one of the shortest such meetings in history with only two questions asked of the five candidates running in the October election. After the candidates (incumbents Helen Yanch and Bill Cox and newcomer David Miles for councilor as well as incumbent Reeve Henry Hogg and newcomer Alice Madigan) gave their opening statements, one member of the audience asked about a broken swing on the playground at the Flinton Hall. “We are looking into that,” said Yanch. “But it probably won’t be fixed for awhile. “My wife likes the swings so it should be fixed,” said Miles. “There’s a report coming on what all needs to be fixed,” said Hogg.…

Addington Highlands Township will look at agreement to fix flooding road

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands Council agreed to pass the matter of flooding on Addington Road 5 over to its public works supervisor to see what can be done at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton. The decision followed a presentation from resident Erroll Ruth, who told Council that when he arrived in mid-April, it was another month until he could drive to his cottage. He said he’d spoken to the public works supervisor, who came out to look at the road and they agreed that at least another new 4’ culvert was needed. (New culverts were installed in the fall of 2013 but don’t seem to be enough. “We have a financial commitment from the trails people and we’ll buy the culverts from you people,” Ruth said.…

Alice Madigan – candidate for Reeve of Addington Highlands

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Alice Madigan says that before and after she chose to run for Reeve she has been talking to constituents from all parts of the township and the message she heard was consistent and overwhelming “They want change,” she said, in an email interview early this week. Madigan was raised in Slate Falls, near Denbigh, and left the area for work. She moved back seasonally in 1991 and permanently in 2010. She became involved in the effort to maintain the Denbigh ambulance and as a volunteer on committees of the township, such as the policing and roads and waste management committee, and in 2014 she ran for council and lost out to Kirby Thompson and Tony Fritsch. She has remained as Chair of the Denbigh Ambulance…

Milligans meats in Cloyne

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:02  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
A year ago Brian and Joanna Milligan decided they wanted to open a butcher shop in Cloyne. It had taken a long time to decide this was what they wanted to do. Brian worked as a butcher for Quinn’s abbatoir in Yarker when he was young but had gone on to do other things. Joanna had her own path as well, but they both ended up together in Cloyne on a rural property. And they got married on July 5th, 2017. Brian had returned to working Quinn’s a couple of days a week, “and although I liked the work, this time I knew I had to find something else for myself, and I told Brian Quinn that I wasn’t going to be back working full…

Fresh produce at reduced prices in five pilot locations

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Good Food Stands increase access to healthy food Food Access has emerged as a theme for poverty reduction in Kingston and Area, providing enhanced access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all residents of KFL&A. As part of the community’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, United Way of KFL&A and the City of Kingston co-chaired a Food Advisory Committee. The committee has worked diligently over the past year to develop strategies to address food access. With input from service providers and people with lived experience of poverty and food insecurity, an initiative has just been launched to make fresh produce more readily available and affordable for everyone in the community. On August 27, Good Food Stands will begin popping up across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington,…

Merritta Parks marks 100 years!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:32  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
On August 1, Pine Meadow celebrated a very special birthday. This day marked 100 years of age for this very remarkable woman. “It was quite a busy party they had for me at the Lion’s Centre [in Northbrook]. There were people coming and going all afternoon,” she said on Tuesday morning over the phone from the nursing home as she was getting ready to head out to the weekly Drop-In in Northbrook. It is no surprise that the hall was filled, as Merritta has quite a large immediate family. She has 11 children, “13 if you count the two who passed away, one at ten months and one at 6 weeks,” she recalled. She also has 31 grandchildren, and as great grandchildren are concerned, she…

Cloyne art show been helping students for 46 years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Cloyne Showcase Art & Craft Sale just turned 46, and although the number of exhibitors was down slightly this year, most of the exhibitors reported they were doing just fine, boding well for the future of the show. “I’ve been coming here consistently for 14 years and it’s always been reasonably good,” said woodcrafter Ken Waller. “People have been coming up to me saying ‘I bought a bowl from you years ago.’ “I tell them, ‘good, you probably need another one now.’” The show, which has always been a fundraiser for the North Addington Education Centre to secure art supplies for its students, continues that tradition. “It’s also a way for students to show off their works,” said organizer/art teacher Katie Ohlke. “The students…

Land O’Lakes Traditional Music Hall of Fame adds eight to its roster

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It was a hot day Saturday as the Land O’Lakes Traditional Music Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2018. The class included country crooners Water Cameron, Albert St. Pierre, Ralph (Curley) Taylor, bass player Doreen Black, drummer Ernie Smith, fiddler Neil Perry (posthumously), and Dean Northey (posthumously). Multi-instrumentalist/singer Howard Northey was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. After MC Joe Saunders’ welcome, the Rev. Jean Brown asked for a moment of silence to honour the late Murry Northey, Red Paquin and Boyd (Buck) Warren. First up was Flinton’s own Doreen Black, who performed with the house band. “I’d like to thank my family and friends for voting for me,” she said. “And for standing by me.” Black was a long-time member of the Country…
Last Friday, (July 27) the Limestone District School Board joined with other boards in Ontario who are urging the new Ford government to reconsider its decision to pull the health and physical education curriculum that was instituted in 2015 from Ontario schools. In a letter to Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, , Board Chair Paula Murray and Director of Education Debra Rantz ask for clarity around recent direction to revert to the what they called an “antiquated 1998 curriculum which does not support today’s students or families.” The Board is asking the Ministry to “maintain the 2015 documents so educators may continue to support our students on important topics such as gay marriage, gender identity, sexting and sexual consent.” In their letter, Murray and Rantz…

Government programs support private land conservation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:26  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Land Conservancy for Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington wants landowners in the region to think about two things that aren’t normally thought of at the same time, Canadian tax law and the beauty and diversity of their rural property. Landowners would like to see the wild lands that they have enjoyed over the years to continue to be a place for nature and are looking for reassurance their land will not be clear cut or subdivided for cottages, are also concerned about the future tax burden on their families. That’s where the Land Conservancy comes in. An information session is set for the Piccadilly Hall in Godfrey on Sunday, July 29th at 9:30am. “Through an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant and the Ontario Land Trust…
A big part of the Flinton Community Jamboree the past two years has been the induction ceremony for the Land O’ Lakes Traditional Music Hall of Fame and the 2018 edition will be no exception. The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flinton Recreation Park. (Admission is free for the ceremony.) HOF founder Bob Taylor said there are eight inductees this year, seven of whom are still living. “Doreen Black is 81 years old and played with Country 4 years ago,” Taylor said. “She played bass and sang on the radio. “Walter Cameron is originally from Snow Road but lives in McDonalds Corners now,” Taylor said. “He played bass for Ron McMunn for years.” “Ernie Smith has…

Bon Echo’s turtles in spotlight at TurtleFest

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
“All eight turtle species in Ontario are at risk,” said Julia Garro, while painting turtles on kids’ cheeks at Bon Echo Provincial Park Saturday. “And three of those species are here in the park — Blanding’s, snapping and midland painted turtles.” Garro, who’s on the board of the Friends of Bon Echo, was one of the organizers of TurtleFest, one of two events this year designed to raise awareness of the plight of the shelled reptilians. “Last year, we did the five-lined skink.” The second event is a bike-a-thon fundraiser in September and anyone interested can get all the information by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. “There are lots of things people can do to help turtles, like making covers to protect nests,” she said. There were also…
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