Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:09

Community Builder Awards

The Township of Addington Highlands awarded the Community Builder Awards at the Township’s Annual Christmas Dinner on November 23, 2018.

The Committee added new categories to the list of awards this year and named a  Sportsperson of the Year and Emerging Youth Leader.

Joel Hasler was presented with the Sportsperson of the Year Award, this award is to recognize an individual who has dedicated their time to sport in our community. These are individuals have demonstrated leadership, encouraged sport ethics and fair play and contributed to improving sport opportunities in the community. These individuals are positive role models or have made exceptional contributions within the sporting community.

Avery Cuddy was presented with the Emerging Youth Leader Award, this award is to recognize an individual who has been a positive role model, who demonstrates strong leadership qualities and who has contributed to the community individually or as part of a team. Individuals who inspire volunteerism in others through their own initiative, enthusiasm and commitment.

The Township of Addington Highlands thanks all those who help build a better Community and congratulates this year’s recipients.


The Sydenham High School Golden Hawks were hoping to win the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) title last week so their berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AA Championships wouldn’t be as host school.

That wasn’t to be as the home side bowed out in the semi-finals.

However, if anything, the EOSSAA loss has only strengthened their resolve.

“We’re definitely looking to put Sydenham volleyball on the map,” said power hitter Ethan Lucas. “We’re not just a football school.”

“Boys volleyball hasn’t done as well as some of the other teams but when we came to Sydenham, we realized there was a strong sports tradition here,” said captain Dan Callender. “We know we have to pick up the torch and live up to the name.”

“We may not be known but we have to prove we’re one of the stronger teams in this tournament,” said libero Colin Jones.

Coach Bryan English said “I think they may have put too much pressure on themselves (at EOSSAA) and this may sound a bit cliché but for this one, I just hope they come out and perform . . . and have fun.

“We’re the underdog at 13th seed (of 20).”

Maybe that’s for the best. Sometimes a loss or two can bring a team together and they certainly don’t plan to go down without a fight.

“Mr. English runs a strong program,” said Lucas.

“He’s the reason I’m the player I am today,” said Jones.

“If we play our best, we definitely have the pieces,” said Lucas.

It starts with captain Callender.

“He knows Sydenham culture and he sets an example both on and off the field,” said Lucas.

“We’re fairly strong on power balls and middle balls,” said Callender. “Our offense is strong.

“OFSAA is a big deal and everybody gets nerves but if we play as a team . . .”

“We do have three or four players 6’3’’ or taller,” said Lucas.

OK, offense is a strong suit, what about the other side of the ball?

“We might be taller but we have to use that to our advantage,” said Jones. “Serve response is most important.

“We have to get the ball to our centres . . . our middle is strongest so we have to key on our middle.”

Sydenham opens the tournament Thursday at 10:30 a.m. against Essex in the main gym. They play again at 1:30 p.m. against Lasalle of Sudbury in the new gym.

On Friday, day 2 of the round robin, Sydenham plays St. Mary’s of Cobourg at 10 a.m. at Regi and against Monsignor Percy Johnson at 1:30 back at Sydenham in the main gym.

The quarterfinals begin Friday at 4:30 and 6:30 at Sydenham and Regi.

The semifinals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at Regi with the championship match set for 5 p.m.

If you can’t make the games, they will be streamed on the SHS channels on YouTube.

Callender, Jones and Lucas wanted to acknowledge the help Miss Walsh has given them with the tournament preparations as well as the donations and support from the community and the volleyball community.


Sydenham High School is set to host the 2018 OFSAA boys AA volleyball championships Nov. 22-24, says convenor/coach Bryan English.

“As far as I know, this is the first time Sydenham has hosted an OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championship,” English said.

Twenty teams will take part in the event, including champions from 18 areas all around Ontario, as well as the host team and one medal entry.

“This is an important championship,” he said. “Only one to two per cent of high school students ever get the chance to compete in OFSAA.

“And it’s nice that it won’t be held in a big city this year.”

Teams will actually arrive Nov. 21 and there’ll be a banquet at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston that evening.

The tournament gets underway Nov. 22 beginning with round robin games from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the two courts in Sydenham High, one court at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston and one court at Ernestown Secondary School. The round robin will continue the following day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Round robin matches are two out of three.

At 4:30 p.m., the consolation and quarterfinals begin with three of five matches.

The semi-finals begin at 9 a.m. on day three with three of five matches. The bronze medal match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the championship match at 5 p.m. The semi-finals and finals will all be held at Regi due to an OFSAA ceiling height requirement. The main gym at Sydenham doesn’t meet this requirement and the second gym doesn’t have enough spectator room.

English said Sydenham will also be hosting the EOSSAA (Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association) championships beginning on Nov. 14. While, as the host school, the Golden Eagles automatically qualify for the OFSAA tourney, English is hoping that they might get in as EOSSAA champs, in which case, the second-place EOSSAA team would take the host spot.

“Last year, we lost in the semis,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players and they’re hungry.

“But it will take a lot because there are quite a few competitive AA teams this year.”

English said it’s been a “whole school effort” to host these championships this year.

“You can’t do this without a lot of help,” he said. “And all of our matches will be live streamed.”

Admission for the OFSAA tournament is $10 per day or $20 for the tournament.


Sydenham High School junior football coach Karl Hammer was optimistic they’d make enough to finish outfitting the teams with shoulder pads, thereby finishing the goal they began with a similar fundraiser last year.

If there was any left over, he hoped to get some tackling dummies sewn back up after a red squirrel got into the storage shed behind the scoreboard at The Point Park last summer.

“The red squirrel really went to town,” Hammer said. “It literally destroyed four bags and we’re hoping to replace them.

“And fundraising also provides a way to help a kid who can’t afford it play football.

“Football’s not cheap.”

So that’s why Hammer and senior coach Mike Love got a group of volunteers together to put on a night of music, dancing and silent auctions at the Legion Saturday night.

The music was provided by the Revell family and friends, and area country rockers Still Standing.

“All it took was a phone call and Tom (Revell) had a band together for this,” Hammer said. “We go way back.

“It was the same with Still Standing.”

Hammer sees football as an important part of school life.

“I’ve played a lot of sports but nothing is quite the outlet that football is,” he said. “And you never want to miss an opportunity to give a kid that outlet.

“And it’s different in the village.”

Both Golden Eagles teams are leading their divisions this year and “making a run,” he said.

Hammer said he couldn’t have done it without the help of Amymee Myers and Melissa Kott, who organized the silent auction.

“Guys just can’t do this kind of stuff,” he said.

He said there wouldn’t be a Bubba Bowl this year because of the difficulty scheduling night games in Sydenham but they have made an arrangement with La Salle Secondary to alternate home field night games from year to year.

“La Salle was a country school when it first started,” he said.

If you weren’t able to make the fundraiser but would still like to make a donation, contact the school in person or call 613-376-3612.


Frontenac Fury hockey organization president Lynn Newton welcomed the public to the Frontenac Community Arena Sunday for a get-together that featured sizing for hoodies and socks, an equipment swap, skate sharpening and an opportunity to meet new teammates and bench staff.

“It’s also an opportunity to ask questions for everybody new to the organization,” she said.

The Frontenac Fury Girls Hockey Association will field 10 teams this year including the First Shift program for those new to hockey, as well as five house league and three competitive teams (peewee, bantam and midget).

“From atom to midget, our membership has quadrupled in the last five years,” she said. “They all drank the Kool-Aid.”

She said more than 150 children have gone through the Fury and Frontenac Flyers programs in the past three years.

Part of the reason for this get-together was registration for the upcoming season which is set to start Sept. 22 but (online) registration continues, she said.

“You can still register online after the season starts,” she said.

Another reason is for the players to get fitted for socks and hoodies.

“The hoodies have the names of our sponsors on the back and the girls can wear them anywhere,” Newton said. “We used to put sponsors names on the individual jerseys but they’d have to be removed each off season and this preserves the jerseys a little while longer.

“Plus, many of the girls tuck the jerseys inside their pants and you can’t see the sponsors’ names.”

She said they want to see every girls who wants to play on the ice and there is (confidential) financial assistance available through the Jessie Arthur Bursary. Jessie Arthur was a young area athlete who succumbed to cancer. For information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Arena opens Sept. 14 with a free skate from 6-7 p.m.


At the Ontario Select Softball Tournament Association tournament in Brantford the Frontenac bantam girls went 5-1-1 over the weekend of Aug 18-19.

In their own group pool, they beat teams from Barrie and Innerkip, and tied Waterloo.

They then went on to beat Sudbury 12-6 on Sunday morning to advance to quarter finals, where they scored 6 runs in their last at bat to beat Whitby 12-7.

In the semi final game they once again came from behind scoring 5 runs in the top

Of the 7 inning to beat Topham park 11-10.

Unfortunately they were unable to keep the momentum going in their 4th straight game, losing to Brampton 11-6 in the gold medal game.

The team consists of 15-16 year old girls from throughout the area and who have worked very hard over the past couple of years and to see their hard work pay off was a great experience. After finishing 7th a year ago the goal was to place in the top 4. The girls couldn’t be happier with a second place finish. Thank you to their coaches Gerard McKenna, Cory Gee and Steve Caird for helping them achieve their goals. Team members include: Cam McClelland (Verona),Keely Myers (Sydenham), Kenzie Gee (Sydenham), Aleasha Caird (Joyceville), Leah Scott (Joyceville), Jemma Gower (Perth Rd), Kya Funk (Kingston), Liv McEwen (Joyceville), Bridgette Donovan (Gananoque) and Ivie Stewart-Smith.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:32

Kyle Ainslie golden in U-23 Fastball worlds

Inverary’s Kyle Ainslie is a key member of the Cobourg Bulls Softball team’s pitching staff, and helped the team amass a remarkable record in play this season. They won the Ontario Provincial championship without taking a loss in the entire tournament.

Kyle and fellow pitcher Clayton Robinson, are core members of the team. They each had very high strikeout to hit ratios, and yielded few runs all year.

The team played in July and August with heavy hearts. In early July, shortly before the Ontario championships, where the top three teams would qualify for the national championships, team coach Chris Bell, died suddenly.

“We dedicated the rest of the season to Chris Bell,” said Kyle. The team played flawlessly at the provincial championships in Grafton, winning the tournament and leading three Ontario qualifiers into the National Championships in St. Leonard, Quebec, which ran at the end of July into the beginning of August. Kyle’s teammate, Clayton Robinson was named pitcher of the tournament for his two wins, including a shutout in the final, and Kyle pitched a 5 hitter in his game, with 10 strikeouts in a 7 inning complete game.

At the Nationals, the Cobourg Bulls plowed through competition all week, winning 7 games in a row, including three shutouts, and only one game where they gave up more than 2 runs. Kyle pitched three days in a row, once in relief, and picked up three wins. He also pitched in the first game of the playoffs, which was a difficult 2-1 loss to the team from Saskatoon. The Bulls ended up finishing in third place, after losing again the next to day to Owen Sound, which was a disappointment for the team.

“The tournament was a success because we did so well through the week, but after that we were hoping to win it,” Kyle said.

The season wasn’t over yet, however. This past weekend the Bulls went to the International Softball Congress (ISC) U-23 World Championships, which is an invitation tournament, and they won that tournament to cap off the season. Overall the Bulls won 27 of the 30 games they played this year.

Kyle pitched in the final game at the World Championships, recording 12 strikeouts (of 30 batters faced) in a complete game victory, which, he said, was the biggest accomplishment of his career. He was also invited to play on the ISC 2018 all-tournament team.

Kyle works for Bencze Carpentry in Inverary, who have been supportive of his pitching career, which takes him away quite often during the busy summer months.

He started playing as a youngster in the Kingston and Frontenac Leagues and when he began to develop the potential that resulted in being able to hurl a softball at over 70mph and hit a spot, he joined the Napanee Express. He has since switched to Cobourg, where he will finish his U-23 career next summer.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:31

Biking at the crossing - A new kind of rally

Central Frontenac has had three railroads and, a hundred and thirty years ago, almost had a fourth. That makes for hundreds of road crossings and at least two railway crossings. The oldest of these was created when The Ontario and Quebec Railway (OQR) crossed the K&P in Sharbot Lake in the late 1800s, giving the name of the pub in Sharbot Lake a legitimacy that was probably not anticipated.

That railway crossing is today a trail crossing. And it has the potential to become a very major one, which could turn Sharbot Lake into a trail hub and Central Frontenac into a significant travel destination. It has already given us trails into town from four different directions.

To the north, the K&P right-of-way forms the back-bone of a snowmobile trail all the way to Calabogie. Some of this is privately owned, but within Central Frontenac, the right-of-way is a multi-use trail owned by the municipality…a start.

To the east, the OQR right-of-way (later CPR’s Havelock subdivision) provides a multi-use trail almost to Glen Tay.

The OQR also provides a multi-use trail to the west. The trail to Tweed has been registered as part of the Trans Canada Trail for more than twenty-five years and connects us to all of western Canada through what is now called The Great Trail network.

To the south, the K&P (with exception of some short pieces between St. George’s Lake and Tichborne) gives us a multi-use trail to Kingston and connects to all of eastern Canada via The Great Trail Network at Harrowsmith.

These four trails give us the mechanism for a new kind of bike rally, one of which allows participants to choose their level of effort and to go as either individuals or as part of a group. There will be four return bike rides starting from the Railway Heritage Park. They are different in distance and quality of trail surface, so some are more demanding than others. If a rider completes the most difficult ride, he will be given a red ribbon, for the easiest ride, a yellow ribbon and other colours in between. The really tough riders who do all four may be seen sporting four different coloured ribbons. “Bragging rights” is the prize.

Riders must register at the check-in desk before they start and check in on return. Their proof of completion will be a selfie taken at the turn around point. If you don’t have a camera, I guess we’re just going to have to trust you. The north ride will be on the K&P with a turnaround at the little round lake north of highway #7. The east ride will be on the CPR line with turnaround at Fall River Road. The west ride will be on the CPR line south of Sharbot Lake with turnaround where the trail crosses Brewer Road. The south ride will be on the K&P with turnaround at St. George’s Lake.

Biking at the crossing is one of a number of events planned for the second annual Trail Day on September 15. Plan to be there. Even if you’re not a cyclist, it will be fun to watch others come and go as you enjoy the other activities.


The first incarnation of the #HikeCRCA Challenge was such a roaring success with area residents and visitors last fall that the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has decided to bring it back for 2018.

This is an opportunity for individuals, groups, or families to spend some quality time together in nature, exploring the various trails at CRCA-owned conservation areas, and possibly win some great prizes.

The #HikeCRCA Challenge runs from 8am Sept. 1 to 8pm on Oct. 31, and features a simple, three-step process:

First, hike the designated challenge trail at each of our conservation areas and at least one designated section of the CRCA-owned Cataraqui Trail and find the special challenge sign with the #HikeCRCA logo. To find the challenge trails, visit the website at the bottom of this article.

The second step is to take a selfie with each of the challenges’ signs and post it to social media – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – and make sure that the hashtag #HikeCRCA and the location are included in the post.

Finally, once you have hiked the designated challenge trails at each of our eight conservation areas and the designated portion of the trail on the Cataraqui Trail, fill out the challenge form to enter our grand prize draw. All eligible entries as of the closing of the contest will be put into a random draw for the prizes.

A special twist to this year’s event is a family-friendly challenge where a family only has to visit four out of the nine locations. They will be able to enter a draw for a special family challenge prize. Besides that and the regular grand prize, there will also be draws for four CRCA annual passes, which gives users free entry to both Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area and Gould Lake Conservation Area.

The CRCA is appreciative of the generous sponsors who help make the #HikeCRCA Challenge a success: Atmosphere Kingston, Trailhead Kingston, County of Frontenac, Go Green Baby, and the County of Lennox & Addington.

For more information, including full contest rules, visit


Matt Fraser, the fittest man alive in both 2016 and 2017, is the odds-on favourite to take his third straight title in Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend.

Although he finished second in regional-qualifying back in March because of a slow start which saw him finished 81st in the first event of the 6-event contest, his consistency and endurance make him hard to beat in the 5-day contest, which will feature a dozen events or more. Each CrossFit games includes a different schedule of events, which are not revealed to the athletes in advance, so mental strength as well as weight and endurance training are the key to success.

When he was interviewed at the conclusion of last year’s games after winning, Fraser was asked when he would start training for the 2018 games. He said “tomorrow.” Some of the events for this year’s games were revealed early this week, including the 4th event, the final event of the opening day, which is a 42-kilometre row, the marathon distance on a rowing machine. When this article is published on Thursday, August 1, the first day (including the row) will be in the books and it will be a rest day for the athletes. Preliminary results will be available at The events are also streamed live on Facebook and CBS online.

40 male and 40 female athletes qualify for the Crossfit Games, and there is a team event and Masters events for older athletes. Drug testing is a part of the Crossfit Games. Last year, three athletes, including the third-place finisher in the men’s event as well as two Masters athletes, were disqualified for doping.

Matt Fraser is the 1.25 to 1 favourite to win again this year. There are 2 athletes going off at 11-1, demonstrating how dominant he has been in 2016 and 2017. He finished second in both 2014 and 2015. He is one of two men to win the games more than once. The other, Rich Froning, won four years in a row, between 2011 and 2014. The 2017 fittest woman in the world, Australian Tia-Claire Tomey, is competing this week as well, as is the 2015 and 2016 champion, Icelander Katrin-Tanya Davidsdottir.

Fraser competes as an American, but was born in Sharbot Lake and returns to visit family each year, usually to chill out after the games are over for the year.

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