Addington Highlands

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…
If you’re looking for a little light reading this summer with a definitively local flavour, you could do a lot worse than The Skootamatta Ozone Ball by summer Cloyne area resident J.E. (Jeff) McBee. This is McBee’s third offering in the Riverton Trilogy, which also includes Fugitive Dust and Key North. It’s being sold at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum as a fundraiser and also at Hook’s Building Centre. It starts out with a mysterious death on the river near Riverton, New York, which really only serves to provide a reason for the moods of some of the protagonists in this particular chapter of the trilogy. After the death of their friend on the river, several guys around the age of 20 decide to make the…

Addington Highlands in good shape financially says auditor

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
“Your debt load is under control and you seem to be managing your expenses well,” Secker, Ross & Perry accountant Adam Young told Addington Highlands Council at its regular meeting Tuesday in Flinton. Young was presenting Council with its draft financial statements for 2017. “There haven’t been many great accounting changes for this year so we’d expect to see much the same as we usually do — which we did,” he said. He said that at the end of the day, assets are up by over $1 million and while taxes were down “just a tick, and we’re comfortable with the direction you’re moving in.” And while reserves and expenses are in relatively good shape, there is one thing looming in the not-too-distant future. “Closing…
Tim Snider of Cloyne brought it to the attention of Conservationists Of Frontenac and Addington that fish from local lakes were often found to have undigested plastic baits in their digestive systems. This seems to be a growing problem as the baits are very effective and widely used by anglers. The Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers has recommended that anglers be careful to remove all damaged plastic baits from the area of lakes and streams as they are likely to be eaten if they are in the water. In the USA they can be sent to a company, “REBAITS” that then recycles them into new baits. COFA has responded to the issue by placing signs and collection boxes at area boat launches. Please save…

Smart’s Mercantile grand opening set for Canada Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:11  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Located on highway 41 near the southern end of Mazinaw Lake, not far from Bon Echo Park, Smart’s Marina has been serving the boating needs of Mazinaw Lake residents and Bon Echo Park visitors for many years. Now, thanks to the ambitions of Ange Defosse, office manager at the marina, a new business is taking hold in the marina store, Smart’s Mercantile. The idea for the store came from a visit Ange took to some other cottage areas, including Prince Edward County. “When I saw that they were offering to visitors, I thought we could start to bring in local food and arts to make our region a better tourist destination,” Ange said. “Ange had the idea for this. She came to me with it…
Pam Lemke has worked in social services in Sharbot Lake and Northbrook for almost 25 years, most recently for Land O’Lakes Community Services. As of March 9th, she has been working for the Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington. Some days she works out of an office located in the Lion’s Hall in Northbrook, some days she is at the Rural Frontenac Community Services Adult Centre in Sharbot Lake, but she could be anywhere in between visiting with families all over the region. While the Alzheimer Society has had workers in ‘the North’ before, Lemke brings a wealth of local contacts and a commitment to serving the community where she lives. “It has gone extremely well, and I’ve been very busy from the…
All Lennox and Addington County based businesses in tourism and related sectors are invited to attend a special "Naturally L&A” Speed Dating Event at the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives on Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm. This event is hosted by the Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office. The evening will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about fellow operators in the L&A County community and find out about a number of new tourism initiatives that are currently underway. It will be a fast paced event providing an opportunity to interact one-on-one with other tourism stakeholders in Lennox & Addington County. Businesses will be able to promote their tourism offerings and look to build partnerships and experiences with other businesses. "We believe…
The history of the Kaladar Hotel is still very much a work in progress, but the Cloyne and District Historical Society has being doing a lot of work and shared what they’ve learned last Monday at the Barrie Hall. “What information I have I got by reading and talking to people,” said Eileen Flieler, who presented the seminar along with John Bolton (a former owner of the Northbrook Hotel). Flieler invited the audience to share whatever information they may have during the presentation. Flieler admitted that “we’re not sure on some of the information, especially in the middle” but in the absence of hard data, the anecdotal information was nevertheless quite interesting. Here’s some things we’re pretty sure of. The hotel, at the corner of…
At the May board meeting of the Limestone District School Board student achiever awards were handed out, and there were winners representing each of the three secondary schools in our region; Cassandra Parks from NAEC in Cloyne, Cameron Jackson from GREC in Sharbot Lake and Samantha Kempe from Sydenham High School. The award for Cassandra Parks we made in recognition of her “academic successes, her athletic prowess and her far-reaching leadership” in the words of the testimonial prepared by the staff at North Addington Education Centre. A member of many sports teams, volleyball being her strongest, as volunteer for school events, a hockey player, and the top overall ranking in her grade every year since grade 9 are some of the accomplishments that led to…

Foster parents needed, especially for teens

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:52  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
While the staff at FACSFLA (Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac Addington) have been working hard for many years to provide the kinds of resources and supports that families in crisis need in order to keep children in the family home wherever possible, the fall back plan of placement in a foster home remains an important option for about 200 children in Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington. Establishing and maintaining Foster families is always a challenge. To meet that challenge FACSFLA is going to be holding a drop in event at their new Sydenham office on Tuesday May 29 from 7-9pm. The office is in the former medical centre at 2876 Campbell Road, across from the ambulance station. “Our catchment area is all of Kingston…
Tickets for the annual Pine Meadow Special Needs Fund raffle are now on sale at various locations. The proceeds from the raffle sales go towards monthly excursions for the residents at Pine Meadow Nursing Home in Northbrook. The prizes are a beautiful quilt funded and constructed by the Land O Lakes Quilting group and hand quilted by the Treadles Quilting Group, and a concrete bench and side table designed by Tuscany Concrete. Tickets are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 and will be sold up until the day of the Pine Meadow Charity Golf tournament on June 23rd. The draw will be held at Pine Meadow on that date and results will be announced at the tournament. Only 2,500 tickets were printed so they may…
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