The Atom Frontenac Flyers certainly have a flair for the dramatic, notching the winner for a 5-4 win in Game 3 of their Ontario Minor Hockey Association CC semi-final against the Shelburne Wolves with 5.9 seconds left on the clock.
Following the sweep of the Wolves, the Atoms now go on to face the Ilderton Jets in the final that begins Saturday at Frontenac Community Arena at 6 p.m.
“We’ve been a third period team all year,” said coach Jamie Craig. “The boys dug down deep.
“There’s no quit in them.”
The Wolves opened the scoring with 6:30 of the first period, capitalizing on a bit of a Flyers defensive miscue. At 12:29 of the second, the Wolves scored again, this time on a power play. They added a third goal on a wild scramble at 6:10
But as the period was coming to a close, Flyers forward Mason Norgaard lifted a wrister into the Wolves net and when the ice resurfacer came out between periods, the Flyers looked to be gaining moment.
That momentum was shelved momentarily in the opening seconds of the third as the Wolves went up 4-1.
“They’re (the Wolves) a good team,” said Craig. “They have a lot of big guys.”
But then things started to shift the Flyers’ way.
Drake Thomas started things off as the Flyers scored four unanswered to the delight of the standing-room only crowd.
Thomas’s marker was followed by tallies from Jack Craig and Luke Reid, setting the stage for Thomas’s second of the game — this time with only 5.9 seconds left in the game.
“Believe it or not, that wasn’t the latest we’ve scored to win a game this year,” said Craig. “We got one with 1.2 seconds left.
“I’ve tried to tell them not to depend on the third period because this could run out.”
However, Craig has coached some of these players for three years and he knows how they can rise to an occasion.
“We have an excellent leadership group here, with Drake, Jack, Mason and Rhett Colson,” he said. “You saw it towards the end tonight.”
Craig also credited Flyers organization President Al Pixley with the team’s success.
“Mr. Pixley is the backbone here,” Craig said.
Craig wasn’t making any predictions of a repeat championship as his team now takes on Ilderton in the finals.
“They’ll be strong,” he said. “And, it’ll be good hockey.”
“They don’t always have a tree where you want to put the line,” says Gary Gorr, maple syrup producer and philosopher who’s been tapping 45 acres (“pretty much all hardwood”) on the family farm since 1985.
He says “the weather is unpredictable” so he focuses on what he can control, keeping his lines “straight, tight and downhill. (His operation is all gravity fed.)
“Besides, the summer before is when the sugar is made for next spring.”
His dad started tapping the trees in 1972.
“I just watched then,” he said. “But in 1985, his knees were bothering him.
“He said ‘everything is there’ and it was time for me to take it over.”
He’s 75 now and it’s still a one-man operation.
“When I started out, I was still doing some renovation-construction work but in 1986, it was a slack time,” he said. “Then more and more people started wanting our syrup, so we gradually started adding more and more.”
For example, in 1991, the County and Township paid to send 58 four-litre cans of syrup to Canadian Forces fighting in the Gulf War.
He’s seen a lot of changes, mostly to equipment as regulations change.
“In 1995, we had to get rid of all the old lead stuff,” he said. “All the metal, milk tins, sap buckets.”
But, of course, the biggest changes tend to be in the weather.
“Twenty-five years ago, I had syrup made in April,” he said. “Any more, you have to be tapped by the second week in February.”
He said he started looking through his records and in 1988, he started boiling March 19 and that ran through til April. In 1995, he started March 8 and that ran to March 22.
“In 2001, we started later, March 19 and through to April 8,” he said. “But it ran everyday.
“In 2002 and 2004, it was March 2 to April 8.”
Regardless, he soldiers on, and still enjoys when people come to the house at 3596 Quinn Road E. to buy syrup in bottles featuring the logo his daughter designed. “I added a few trees around it,” he said.
His syrup is also available at the Foodlands in Verona and Sydenham, Wilton Cheese and the Limestone Creamery as well as Pan Chancho Bakery and Cafe in Kingston. (Call 613-329-4252 or 613-372-2601 for information.)
He has no ideas about giving it up, enjoying the exercise and being out in the bush.
“You have to become a woodlot manager, doing this,” he said. “Some of the old trees are dying but I don’t cut green trees.
“The other day, a couple of wolves came through and there are lots of squirrels, chipmunks and red squirrels.
“We have a red-breasted woodpecker and a pair of cardinals.”
As for predictions for this season, Gorr is pretty non-committal. But when pressed, he grinned and said: “I thought it was going to open up there. But I think it’s going to be a long season.”
The idea of South Frontenac Township, Frontenac County and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority sharing an administration building isn’t looking too likely, at least in the short term, following a discussion at South Frontenac’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham.
“It’s been pointed out that we really haven’t had that discussion here at this table,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal.
Well, Tuesday night they had that discussion and while there was general consensus that a new facility would be nice from several angles, South really doesn’t need it and there isn’t much of an appetite for it.
“There’s a need to be cautious,” Vandewal said. “I don’t see this building as being at its breaking point yet.”
Vandewal said he needed some pretty clear direction soon as he and CAO Wayne Orr were to meet with the other two stakeholders this month. He said he didn’t want to string them on only to “send a terse email later on saying ‘we’re out.’”
Virtually no one on Council argued for a new joint facility and some, like Coun. Ray Leonard, said: “I’m not really in agreement with this new building.”
“How would we repurpose this facility were we to be in on this?” said Dep. Mayor Ron Sleeth.
Coun. Ross Sutherland said: “I do think we’re overcrowded here but I don’t think we need 130 per cent more office space (as suggested in some of the architectural drawings.
“I think we need to look at other options (such as a new building for South or expansion of the existing facility).”
“Is there room where we could add on to this building?” asked Coun. Norm Roberts.
“There is land but I just don’t know if we could build on it,” said Orr.
There were suggestions that space now used for records storage might be used for expected staff increases as the demand for services increases (Orr cited projections that staff could grow by as many as eight people in the long term) but Coun. Alan Revill pointed out that proximity to records is important to the planning, building and financial departments.
“We should look at getting those records digitized,” said Sutherland.
Vandewal suggested some staff (for example public works and fire) could be accommodated in other facilities the Township owns but in any event, that’s way in the future.
“There are a lot of challenges to spending $5 million on a new building right now,” he said. “For example somebody might want a new firehall and Road 38 is always going to be there.”
Frontenac County Strategic Plan
Geography certainly plays a big roll when it comes to what townships’ expectations for Frontenac County’s priorities should be.
Consultant Rob Wood was at Committee of the Whole Tuesday night to complete a process where each of the four member townships of Frontenac County were asked for their thoughts.
For example, in the two northern townships, wifi and cell phone coverage are high on the list, as is waste disposal.
In South Frontenac, the No. 1 priority seems to be planning. Of the four, South is the only Township that has its own planning department while the other three use County planners.
“We’ve talked about South Frontenac being the planning authority for South Frontenac rather than have a separate body do it,” said Dep. Mayor Ron Sleeth. “Those individuals at County who vote on the decisions are so far removed from what we think is important — both positively and negatively.”
“The devolution of planning powers to South Frontenac,” said Coun. Ross Sutherland. “The goal should be for them to work with us.”
And like all municipalities, economic development is something the politicians like to trumpet. And tourism is a huge component of that.
However, things are a little different in South Frontenac as pointed out by Sleeth.
“There is a market of 140,000 people just to the south of us that likes to make day trips,” he said. “In the north, it’s about coming to a lodge or renting a cabin but here, we need to create ways to entice people to drive out of the city for the day to spend $100 on things.”
One thing all of the townships seem to agree on is the need for the County to create a roads department — not to fix potholes and remove snow but to access upper tier roads money from the Province in much the same manner that Lennox & Addington County operates.
Mayor Ron Vandewal had an additional priority of his own.
“Do we need five CAOs?” he said. “The County CAO is very good outside of the County with the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus and regional groups, but what is provided for the County I don’t know.
“The paramedic service has a manager; Fairmount Home has a manager. Do we need an extra layer of management over them?”
“I agree with the mayor,” said Coun. Norm Roberts. “What do we get for our money.”
March break or not, it is always busy at the Rural Frontenac Community Services Child Centre.
The EarlyON Centre for young children has programs in Sharbot Lake four days a week, Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30am -2:30pm, Wednesdays from 8:30am – noon, and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. Programs are offered on Tuesdays in Mountain Grove at the Olden Hall and Fridays in Arden at the Kennebec Hall, both from 9am-2:30pm. Clarendon Central School in Plevna hosts the program on Mondays from 9:30am – 2pm. EarlyOn is in Harrowsmith at the Free Methodist Church from 9:30am - noon on Wednesdays, at the Bedford Hall on Fridays from 9:30-noon, at the Storrington Fire Hall from 9:30am - 3pm on Mondays, and at Trinity United Church in Verona on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am – 3pm. In Sydenham at the EarlyOn Centre at 4635 Mill Street, the program runs 6 days a week: 9am – 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-noon on Wednesdays, noon-6:30 on Thursdays, and 10am -1pm on Saturdays
“About 95 per cent of my 35 hours a week are spent front line with families and their kids,” said Marcie Webster, who runs a lot of the northern programs. “We try to accommodate parents wishes for programming in the five learning domains of physical, emotional, cognitive, social and language.
“We have more kids over March break, but we have more parents who also bring older siblings and we welcome them too.”
For Youth Program Coordinator Martha Johnston, things do tend to change during March break as many of her programs tend to be of the after-school variety.
“We have set up a one-day, day camp and we’ve got 10 kids signed up for that,” she said. “And we’re also running the baby-sitting course on Thursday.
“But we also get to do some extra little things that we don’t normally get to do and we do have ongoing programs like snow-shoeing.”
“It’s mostly business as usual with extra little fun things that they’re not normally getting.”
Earlier this year, Lisa Matson and a few others were wondering what they could do to fix up the rink in Arden. They’d noticed that just about every night, kids were coming from all over, starting about 5:30 till 9pm or so and the ice surface wasn’t in the best of shape. After all, the original rink was built in 1967.
They came up with an all-night skate-a-thon to raise some funds and when it was all over, they’d raised $2,450 along with a few other donations of materials.
“We were just tossing around ideas,” she said. “We didn’t realize we’d get such a big response.
“It’s March weather, so if you get a warm day, the ice could be a little soft,” said co-organizer Jeff Matson. “It takes a lot of work to maintain the rink as the ground is not level and water can run down the hill and get under the ice, creating soft spots.”
So, they made a plan and people started getting on board, including people from outside the community making donations and prizes to raffle off.
“Karen Knight used to live here and now she works at Lifestyle Sunrooms in Peterborough,” Lisa said. “The owner, former NHLer Billy Carroll, donated a door and four windows for the canteen.
“DA Integrated in Ottawa, donated two tickets to the Senators-Toronto game, Play It Again Sports donated two Frontenacs tickets and Upper Canada Office Supply in Belleville donated two tickets to a Belleville Senators game.”
“And Crains donated crusher dust to resurface the base,” Jeff said.
“We’ve got a good group of kids who are using the rink,” Lisa said. “Them helping raise funds like this gives them pride and a sense of self-ownership.”
“A group of us will be going to Council on March 12 to solicit a little something,” said Jeff. “It’ll be good to show them we’ve done something to contribute.”
North Frontenac’s recommendations to the Frontenac County strategic plan were remarkably similar to Central’s, following Kathleen Vollebregt’s visit to Council’s regular meeting last Friday in Plevna.
The County has been asking its member townships what they’d like to see in its strategic plan and so far, with the two northernmost municipalities weighing in, broadband and cell phone gaps and what to do about waste seem to be priorities. And, a County road system, but in name only so that provincial money can be accessed, would be nice too.
“Broadband gaps and cell phone services — everything hinges on that — bringing people into the community, economic development,” said Coun. Gerry Martin.
“A County road system,” said Coun. Vernon Hermer. “And possibly the County could consider a localized incinerator.”
“I’m still impatient on the post-landfill world,” said Coun. John Inglis. “That was a priority last time around and very little was done.
“(And) I don’t think the County should get any more involved with transportation than funding.”
“Cell phones,” said Coun. Fred Fowler. “We live in an abyss in Snow Road.
“It’s a big concern for a lot of people.”
“The last one on my list is Fairmount Home,” said Dep. Mayor Fred Perry, who was chairing the meeting while Mayor Ron Higgins is in Cuba. “Not many people from here go there.”
Council also had comments on the perceived risks question.
“Losing our identity is a concern,” said Martin.
“The more shared services there are, the more their budget will grow,” said Inglis. “We’ll have to watch that.”
13 systems inspected in 2018 re-inspection program
In North Frontenac’s 2018 septic re-inspection, there were 13 participants resulting in five no concerns, seven systems needing some remedial work, one with more information required and zero system replacements required, Eric Kohlsmith of the Mississippi Rideau Septic System Office told Council.
Public Works Manager Darwyn Sproule said the 2019 program will focus on Mazinaw, Hills, Kring, Mackie, Shaw, Turtle, and Cards Lakes, which contain a total of 378 properties with cottages/residences.
The 2018 program focused on Big Ohlmann, Brule, Crotch, Fortune, Minktrack, Mud, Norcan, Redhorse, Shawenegog, Story, Sunday, Malcolm and Sand Lakes, which contain a total of 355 properties with cottages/residences
Not for profits to get discount on permits
Council passed a resolution to provide a 30 per cent discount to all not-for-profit user groups and/or for the purpose of fundraising and/or organized events in regards to purchasing Daily Road Access Permits for future events on the Crown Roads within the Crown Land Stewardship Program.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Coun. Gerry Martin.
South Frontenac Council held one of the shortest meetings on record Tuesday night, clocking in at 14 minutes.
The proceedings consisted of extending a contract to transport household hazardous waste, notices of motion from Coun. Ross Sutherland and Norm Roberts as well as receiving minutes from various committee meetings.
The longest time slot was given over to Coun. Doug Morey, who relayed a letter from the Museum Board who relayed a request for artifacts for this summer’s displays.
The museum is looking for artifacts (either donation or loan) from Storrington, Loughborough and Bedford as well as photographs (which will be reproduced for slide shows to recycle on computer monitors in the background.
Here’s what they’re looking for:
An old wood stove, ideally from the period of late 1890s-1930, at least it should look that vintage
A blanket box or hope chest
An old kitchen table or Hoosier
A 5-gallon milk can
Medical devices, surgical instruments, old bandages, old medicine bottles
Other items related to nursing in the years of 1900 through 1930
WWI military uniforms or parts of uniforms, packs, belts, etc
Pictures documents and other artifacts related to the men of the 148th Battalion in WWI
Items that people at home used to support the war effort in WWI.
In terms of photographs (which will be returned), they are looking for photos from the period of 1900 through 1930 from throughout the Township of:
People at home, in the fields, with horses, vehicles or equipment
Period shots of buildings, houses, barns
Local soldiers in WWI uniforms, at home or overseas
Any old photos really, that can help people relate to our history.
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CAO Wayne Orr reports that Coun. Pat Barr’s hip surgery last week went well.
“She’s not here tonight, she’s at a square dance,” quipped Mayor Ron Vandewal.
Addington Highlands Council voted to replace two failed oil furnaces at the Northbrook Medical Centre with propane furnaces at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Flinton.
During an inspection, Bosley Heating & Cooling reported that both oil furnaces have failed heat exchangers (these units were installed in 1995); the fuel oil supply tank is not approved to be used as a heating fuel tank and is installed too close to the building; and the existing propane furnaces are in good working order.
The cost to supply and install 1300 000 BTU propane furnace with duct adaptors, including removal and disposal of existing oil-fired equipment is $13,560 including GST on sales.
Replacing the existing oil furnace and tank would cost $20,114.
“It has to be done and we have a month to do it,” said Dep. Reeve Tony Fritsch, taking the chair for vacationing Reeve Henry Hogg. “We’ll have to look at the budget to see if we want to sacrifice something else.”
There was a concern raised over sole sourcing but Fritsch said they didn’t have time to send the work out to tender.
“They gave us four weeks to fix this,” he said. “If we had six months, we’d be going in a different direction.”
Fire Chief Casey Cuddy said the Township has a contract with a propane supplier from whom they get better rates “and they supply tanks.”
Council approved a request to waive the rental fee for a free concert by The Tri-Ensemble at the Denbigh Hall July 20. The concert is in support of the Denbigh Food Bank.
Council passed a bylaw restricting the gross weight of vehicles on Trepanier’s Bridge on Clark Line Road to 10 tonnes in the case of a single vehicle (empty or loaded), 18 tonnes for a combination of two vehicles and 25 tonnes for a combination of three vehicles.
Council members pay for 2018 was: Reeve Henry Hogg - $25,860.07 including travel and per diems, Dep. Reeve Helen Yanch - $20,760.31 including travel, Councilor Tony Fritsch - $15,543.20 including travel, Councilor Kirby Thompson - $15,267.52 including travel, Councillor Bill Cox - $14,337.58 including travel, per diems and expenses, and Councilor David Mile - $1,255.44 including travel.
Also Thompson was paid $2,144.06 by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Hogg $991.50 by Quinte Conservation for travel and per diems.
There are some big changes coming to the Frontenac Community Arena, beginning with a new ice resurfacer, says Arena Manager Tim Laprade.
“Our old one (a 2000 Olympia Millennium Propane model purchased used in 2002) is 19 years old and definitely past its ‘best before’ date,” Laprade said. “The new one, an Engo Red Wolf, is electric and we expect to have it in place for September when the season starts.”
Laprade said they are also looking at upgrading the benches and boards in 2020 and replacing the ammonia refrigeration system and outdoor condenser unit in 2021.
He said the new resurfacer has two major advantages.
“Being electric, there are no carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide emissions, which means not only will players and people in the stands not be breathing them, but it means we won’t have to run the ceiling fans while the unit is running,” Laprade said. “That leads to savings from the energy costs of running the fans and the fact that the fans are removing cooler, drier air, meaning the refrigeration unit won’t have to work as hard.
“The second advantage is much lower life-cycle costs.”
Laprade estimates that going electric will save about $80,000 over the life cycle of the resurfacer (about 16 years).
“There are some other advantages also in that this machine is significantly quieter than a propane unit,” he said. “The noise of the resurfacer running isn’t something people usually think about but it will be quite different in here in between periods.”
He said the new unit also features “click-blade” technology, allowing blades to be swapped out in minutes rather than the hour and a half the job used to take.
“Arena staff will be pleased that they don’t have to come in two hours early to do that job,” he said. “I tried it out myself on a demo unit and blades can easily be swapped out between periods.
“It’s a question of safety and time and I’m extremely pleased that we’ll have advanced ice-making capabilities and improved ice quality.
“We’ll be one of the few smaller arenas with an electric resurfacer and already I’ve had inquiries from people wanting to come see it.”
The cost of the new unit is $165,000 but Ontario Hydro has confirmed a grant of $2,813 for switching to electric. Also, the minor hockey organization has committed to a contribution of an estimated $3,000 for advertising rights to put their logos on the machine.
He said they’ve submitted a grant application to the Trillium Foundation for a grant to cover up to 75 per cent of the remaining $159,187 costs. In any event, there are reserve funds slated to cover these costs.
As far as the other renovations go, Laprade said those replacements are scheduled under the asset management plan.
“We’re looking at a new floor and there are hundreds of kilometres of refrigeration lines under the ice,” he said. “If one of those go, we could potentially lose the entire system.
“It’s one of those things that keeps me up at nights.
“But once 2021 is done, we’re good for another 20 years.”
Although the Gryphons weren’t in the tournament, the Granite Ridge Education Centre did host its first-ever EOSSAA championship tourney last Friday in Sharbot Lake.
“It’s the first time GREC or Sharbot Lake has hosted EOSSAA at any level,” said lead convener Ben Moser, who organized the event along with Mel Robinson and Liz Steele-Drew. “Originally, we were hoping our girls would be here, knowing that we had a fairly strong team.
“But there aren’t many single-A schools that have this facility.”
Ernestown Secondary School was the KASSAA single-A representative at the tournament.
But the experience was invaluable, Moser said.
“Going through this once, you get a better sense of the unknown,” he said. “You have to put a bid in to host and we’ll know what to expect for future bids.”
He said they had about 20 student helpers and his senior leadership class took on the majority of tasks — from making banners and programs to being team ambassadors.
“But everybody at the school helped out,” he said. “In a K-12 school, everybody has to be on board — gym classes get changed and you need flexibility and support from everyone including the full staff and school and the parent council chipped in as well.”
The school to community class took care of food and even the younger grades made a contribution as an audience.
“The students got quite involved watching,” he said. “The elementary kids were cheering everything and it was a unique energy.
“Our student helpers were amazing, we knew they were going to be, but I think they exceeded our expectations.
“We (teachers) were able to sit back and let them do their thing. It was hands off and hassle-free.”
Moser also had praise for principal James McDonald.
“He was a big supporter,” Moser said. “He had to do a lot of re-arranging.”
“It’s so nice to have the facility to hold something like this,” McDonald said. “We’ve hosted many events but they’ve all been community based.
“This involved many coaches and students.”