Addington Highlands

Cloyne Pioneer Museum & Archives

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:52  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
This portrait of Queen Victoria oversees the schoolroom exhibit. Victoria is often referred to as Canada's queen. She was the ruling monarch when Canada became a country in 1867. The portrait is comfortably surrounded by old wooden school desks, with their glass inkwells, wooden rulers (in inches), straight pens, and spelling and reading books. You will find hand-written attendance records; possibly a name or two is familiar or related. Reading some of the "letters to the teacher" may make you smile. Also on display is an 1889 photo of the SS#1 School just south of Cloyne. We have the sign from the school and also the water jug, used daily by students, to fetch water. Many grandparents and great grandparents tell of walking to school…

Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:39  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It started with a conversation between Northbrook's Bob Taylor and musician Bill White of Kingston, who is originally from Plevna. They were talking about their mutual friend Reg Weber, a musician and music store owner who has been ailing, but with some new medication has been able to play again. “Bill said it would be great if Reg could play at the Flinton Jamboree this year and it got me thinking about all of the great musicians and promoters and singers from the region who are getting older and those who have passed on. I spent all night thinking about it and by the next morning I had the idea,” said Bob Taylor. He called Bill White back the next morning, and “within two hours…

2016 Bon Echo Art Show & Sale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Mazinaw Lake and Bon Echo Provincial Park have drawn artists to its shores for hundreds of years. To maintain the example of the aboriginal peoples, the Group of Seven and the many artists who still come to appreciate and create, the Friends of Bon Echo Park is sponsoring the 21st annual Art Exhibition & Sale of original Canadian art on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 22, 23 & 24 from 10am – 4pm daily. Over 45 exhibitors will be displaying their work at the sale, and in addition, there will be presentations from Sciensational Sssnakes on Saturday & Sunday at 11am; kids’ activities; a barbeque; and live music from 1pm daily, Park admission applies. For information please call 613-336-0830 or visit The Friends of…

COFA brings Watersheds Canada to Cloyne

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Melissa Dakers and Chloe Lajoie of Watersheds Canada were in Cloyne July 16 to outline the natural shoreline program. They explained the structure of a natural shoreline, and how it protects our waterfront properties, cleans our water and supports the natural inhabitants of our waterways. They offer a service that will come to our properties and discuss with us our goals for shoreline development. Using photos they will work out a waterfront plan, recommending species and placement of plants ranging from flowers to trees. This plan is discussed with the property owners and modified to their wishes. The most exciting part of the program is that they then will order the plantings and come and plant them on our properties. The landowner pays 25% of…

Sail Mazinaw sails on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 July 2016 23:11  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The 2nd annual Sail Mazinaw was challenged by thunderstorms and torrential rain on Saturday, July 9. Even just getting to Mazinaw Lakeside Resort for breakfast without getting wet was nearly impossible. However, despite the inclement weather, a few hardy (or foolish) sailors were still able to get a couple of hours on the water while thunder rumbled in the background. The fleet was back out in beautiful conditions on Sunday with a couple of additional boats making a showing. The recipients of the 2016 Mazinaw Cup are Danielle Richard (Bridgenorth) and Michelle Simpkin (Scarborough), cottagers on Washing Machine Point. The duo exhibited enthusiasm and skill while sailing the smallest boat of the fleet in threatening conditions. Michelle is a rookie sailor and Danielle is currently…

Cloyne Pioneer Museum & Archives

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 July 2016 23:06  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
As far back as the early 1800s, this area was logging country. Men traveled hundreds of miles through rugged terrain in uncomfortable conditions to carve out a living in lumber camps. Some came with families; others' families joined them later. To accommodate the increased population, the companies built living quarters, hired women to cook and eventually schools and churches began to spring up. The stories of these early settlers come to life in the Cloyne Museum. When you are at the Sawyer Stoll display, you'll want to glance at the grocery and supply invoices. The prices are difficult to believe, as is the payroll ledger. Some of the available tools used in logging and farming will make you wonder how anyone could work with them.…

Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:33  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Can someone help us identify this item? We know for sure that the lectern was hand made for the Northbrook United Church. We would like to know who made it and approximately what year; who the minister was; how long it was in use. Any information would be appreciated. The lectern is on display in the museum along with the pulpit, on loan, from the Northbrook United Church. In the ecumenical corner we display an antique organ (circa 1901) from the Heyburn United Church, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Brownle of Napanee along with old Bibles and other items from area churches. You will see a painting of the five United Churches on the wall. All five, Northbrook, Cloyne, Kaladar, Harlowe and Flinton once had…

Addington Highlands Council – Jul 4/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:13  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
More delays over Denbigh dump Craig Dobiech and Roberto Sacilotto, from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, appeared before council on Monday to talk about the future of the Denbigh and Kaladar waste sites. The Denbigh site was closed in 2004, and for the last 12 years the township has been seeking ministry approval to re-open the site on an expanded footprint. The township has purchased land adjacent to the waste site and, according to Reeve Hogg, has “done everything the ministry has asked of us over that time but we have not heard, ever, whether there is any likelihood of the site opening again and when that might happen.” Speaking for the ministry, Dobiech said that there is a concern about the…

Cloyne Studio Tour & Sale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:09  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
On Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 15, 16, 17, you are invited to the studios of Carla Miedema, Debbie Reeve, and Gaile & Trevor Bethell, and see their impressive new paintings, pen & ink drawings, photography and other art works from 10 am- 4 pm. This is a great opportunity for visitors to see the artists’ studios and artists at work. Nature artist, Carla Miedema, enjoys painting, in acrylic & mixed media on canvas, the rugged landscape and wild flowers around her home in Cloyne. Her intricate drawings of children, homes, and wildflowers are depicted on handmade papers and various other papers. Debbie Reeve has just returned to Canada. She has been teaching fine art to adults and children and painting full-time for the last…

The Monarch Butterfly Program in L&A

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:07  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Monarch butterflies will be flocking to 14 elementary schools in Lennox & Addington County this summer and fall. Pollinator gardens are being planted in school yards and butterflies will be raised in classrooms. Participating local schools include North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne, and Enterprise Public School. The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council is spearheading the Monarch Breeding Kits for Schools Project. The Monarch butterfly population is dwindling and all of our pollinators need help. The pilot project began in 2015 when 20 Monarch kits were supplied to 13 elementary schools in L&A County. Kits included caterpillars, chrysalides, a milkweed plant, and an aviary. Students were able to observe the entire life cycle of the Monarch from caterpillar to adult. In September, the children released…

Pine Meadow Golf Classic raises over $17,000

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:38  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The 15th annual Pine Meadow Charity Golf Tournament took place on June 25th at Hunter's Creek Golf Course on Hwy. 506 near Cloyne. As in previous years, this year's tournament was generously sponsored by numerous businesses and community members, raising over $17,000. These funds are used for a variety of items at Pine Meadow, which cannot be included in their regular budget and which enhance the lives of the residents at the nursing home. Funds raised this year will be used to subsidize the monthly excursions planned for the residents and to purchase an Arjo Maxilift, patio furniture and concrete pathways for the new courtyard, as well as raised garden beds and curtains and tablecloths for the activity room. This year, 69 golfers participated in the…

Sail Mazinaw

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:35  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The second annual Sail Mazinaw will be held on Saturday July 9. The intention of the event is to get a great number of sails on Mazinaw Lake all at the same time. It is not a race. It is a flotilla, a cruise, a raid, an invitation to go sailing. Dozens of cottagers have sailboats, windsurfers and even kite boards. Sail Mazinaw is an opportunity for them to rig and go sailing in company. It is an excuse to get the boat ready, recruit crew, or to introduce someone new to the sport. Bon Echo Provincial Park is on the lake, and campers are reminded to bring their dinghies or sailboards along for the weekend. Transient boaters are always welcome. Mazinaw Lake is a…

Cloyne Pioneer Museum & Archives

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:33  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Yes, we once used a phone just like this one that is on display in our museum. There is a nice collection of older phones for visitors to enjoy and reminisce about. We’ve come a long way from lifting a receiver and hearing “Number please”. If calling far away, we would say, “Long distance, please”.  Another voice would come on the line saying “Long distance” and we would recite the destination and number. (London, England, 5642).  Most numbers were only four digits. No area codes. To receive a call, each household had a separate number of rings. Could be one long, two short, or any combination of long and short. Hearing your own ring you picked up the phone and said “hello”. Many lines were shared by several households. If…

Addington Highlands Council – Jun 20/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:19  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Bottle collection at waste sites A proposal from the Land O'Lakes Lions Club to collect beer, wine, and spirits bottles from the Kaladar waste site was well received by Council, but there are some complications. “The Lions brought a large three-sided box with a lid to the waste site,” said Roads and Waste site manager Royce Rosenblath, “but we need to know where to place it and how to encourage the public to use it. There is a cost to having staff separating recycling, however.” “Township staff should not be looking after it at all,” said Councilor Bill Cox. “I could see doing it on a trial basis as long as staff aren't impacted. I'd suggest they put a sign there, telling the public where…

NAEC awarded Silver

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:10  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
North Addington Education Centre has been certified as an Ontario EcoSchool for the eighth year in a row. NAEC has received Silver certification for 2015-2016. North Addington Education Centre recently applied for EcoSchool certification. EcoSchools is an environmental education program in Ontario that helps students and schools to become more environmentally friendly. To become a certified EcoSchool the school must show achievement in leadership, energy conservation, waste minimization, ecological literacy, curriculum and school ground greening. NAEC showed their commitment to the environment throughout the 2015-2016 school year through events such as National Sweater Day, Earth Hour and Earth Day. “I am so proud of our students. It takes a lot of hard work over a long period of time to earn certification. This type of…

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