Addington Highlands

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…

Paint Night at NAEC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:12  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Parent advisory councils everywhere are always looking for a new wrinkle when it comes to fundraising, so it should come as no surprise that the North Addington Education Centre was willing to take a leap of faith and hold an art night last Friday evening at the school. “This is the first one, and they’re getting popular all over,” said Amanda Mousseau, who organized the event along with fellow parent advisory council member Michele Alcock. “It’s something different from your regular fundraiser. “And you get to take home something.” The ‘something’ in this case is a 16” by 20” acrylic on stretched canvas painting of a lake scene. “A landscape is a nice entry level to painting on many levels,” said instructor Katie Ohlke, who…

Mackavoy landfill Sunday hours to change again

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands Council has spent a lot of time talking about dump hours this year and Tuesday’s regular meeting in Flinton just added to that near-record total. The latest debate centred on the Mackavoy site, with roads/bridges supervisor Brett Reavie looking for direction from Council. After Council revamped hours at its landfills, in a move to keep attendants from having to work after dark in facilities without lights and power, a group from Ashley Lake requested a return to the 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday summer hours from the rescheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Most people seem to like the new hours but I don’t know how you’re going to please everybody,” said Coun. Bill Cox. “(But) the hours have to work for the employees…
Historical author Steven Manders (The First Spike) is pretty sure he can set to rest claims that the Gilmour Tramway was built in the 1850s. Speaking to the Cloyne and District Historical Society Monday afternoon, Manders said: “I’ve found the original hand-written deed,” he said. “David Gilmour bought five acres of land for $45 from David Weese on April 17, 1882. “Gilmour couldn’t have built the tramway on land he didn’t own at the time.” From there, Manders went on to spin a fascinating tale of lumber wars in late 19th Century southern Ontario. Manders has spent considerable time in the bush with a metal detector, ferreting out the paths of ‘ghost railways’ from the past including the K & P. Along the way, he’s…

Country Church returns with Old Hims and Clear View

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:29  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Country Church, an evening of gospel music, has moved to the Verona Pentecostal Assembly and made its debut there Friday night. Ross Clow and Old Hims (Dave Wright, Charlie King and Joe Saunders) opened the evening before bringing up the featured performers, Clear View. In some circles, Clear View may be better known as Arden’s Matson Family and they’ve been playing together for some 20 years in various incarnations. Patriarch Glen Matson said they got started at the Pentecostal Church in Kaladar and have played “dozens of concerts” over the years. “I sang in the church choir when I was that (holding his hand at his waist) big,” Matson said. “I still do.” On any one given night, sons Derek (lead guitar) and Dwayne…

NAEC Alumni Return for Grad Fundraising Tournament

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
They came from as far away as Toronto, Ottawa, Cannington and KIngston to support North Addington Education Centre’s graduation fundraiser. The Vikings Volleyball Tournament has been running since 2014, some think maybe longer.  What most people don’t realize is that many of the COSSA and OFFSA banners that hang from the rafters are there because of the competitors they are watching. Alison Cote, class of‘91, heard about the tournament and called her brother, Adam Wise whose picture hangs in the front hall with other former school presidents. Randy Garey, from Adam’s class of ‘93 agreed to form a team. They threatened to share juicy stories from the old days, with smiles on their faces. Their team, "The Notorious D.I.G.," a play on the name of…

Screenagers – a film about finding a digital balance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Northern Rural Youth Partnership and the Granite Ridge Education Centre are teaming p up to provide a unique educational opportunity on Wednesday May 9th. Screenagers is a movie about the impact of the digital age on children/youth and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing this video, there will be a discussion about establishing priorities around screen time. Please join us for a free BBQ dinner at GREC from 5:15pm-6:00pm. The video will begin at 6:00pm and a discussion will follow. There will be activities for youth aged 6 and up in the gym and childcare in the kindergarten room for children ages 5 years and under. Registration is required for childcare. We look forward to seeing you at…

New Addington Highlands waste site hours to stay for at least a year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
New Waste Site hours came into effect March 20 and the only complaints received relate to the Mackavoy site so far. Mayor Henry Hogg told Addington Highlands Council at its regular meeting Tuesday in Flinton that he’d received “three or four” complaints, one of which was an email from a resident who said the 4 p.m. closing on Sunday was too early. (The Mackavoy hours, summer and winter are 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) “There’s about 50 or 60 people who use that site so three complaints isn’t much,” said Coun. Bill Cox. “And we didn’t change the hours just to upset the applecart, we had a lot of debate about it.” Road and Waste Management…

SDRA wins award for communications

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:33  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Skootamatta and District Ratepayers Association (SDRA) has received the 2017 FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association) Achievement Award for excellence in membership engagement and communication! FOCA represents over 500 cottage associations across Ontario. Skootamatta Lake, which is located west of Cloyne and South of Bon Echo Park, has a bout 300 dwellings on it, most of them seasonal. Debbi Awde, who is describing herself these days as the “proud President” of the Association, said that the award is a tribute to “all of the work the SDRA board, current and past, as well as member volunteers. have done to help the SDRA achieve this recognition! Awde said that an effort to improve communications was initiated by the SDRA doard in 2012, when membership in…

Tax Time Means CRA Frauds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:31  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The OPP are reminding the public that it is tax time again, which often means an increase of C RA (Canada Revenue Office) tax frauds. The OPP are reminding the public of the following: The CRA communicates with customers by mail. The CRA does not collect money by way of emails, text messages, phone calls, using money service businesses or by pre-paid debit/credit cards. The CRA do not call and threaten to put people in jail. Fraudsters tend to be aggressive in their behaviour on the phone, and they often create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story. Fraudsters use fear to intimidate victims into paying fake bills. The OPP are reminding the public to not provide any personal…
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