Addington Highlands

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…

The end of the line for the Kaladar Hotel

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:55  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It has been years since the Kaladar Hotel closed down, and for quite a long time before it closed, it was a struggle to remain open in a changing tourist region. It has also been a few years since the Ministry of Transportation purchased the property with the intention of tearing down the hotel and using the adjacent land as part of a planned redesign of the Hwy7/Hwy. 41 junction. The highway work is still pending, but this week the building was demolished. The storied history of the Kaladar Hotel will be the subject of a meeting of the Cloyne and District Historical Society on May 19 at the Barrie Hall in Cloyne, starting at 1pm.

Not your average ordinary council meeting in Addington Highlands

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:55  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Things were just a little bit different at the regular Addington Highlands Council meeting meeting in Flinton this week. First of all, Council was missing Reeve Henry Hogg and Dep. Reeve Helen Yanch. So, at the insistence of Coun. Kirby Thompson and Bill Cox, Coun. Tony Fritsch took the chair. “I’ve done it before, it’s good experience,” Cox to Fritsch. Then, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed had some news. “We’re finding ourselves in a little bit of a new situation for us,” she said. “Normally, our building department has operated at a loss. “But in 2017, we made some changes to policies and became more pro-active with building permits.” The bottom line is that the building department took in $156,000 in revenues, she said. After expenses, that…

Pine Meadow 2018 Winter Olympics

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:34  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The residents and staff of Pine Meadow Nursing Home had their very own Winter Olympics Competition. The teams consisted of staff and residents divided into teams of White Pines, Scotch Pines, Red Pines and Jack Pines! Over the two weeks, while cheering on Canada, they too were competing in similar games of curling, hockey as well as various other singing competitions and word scrambles. Complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the residents had fun waving their flags, representing their teams and of course accepting their medals. Each ceremony began with the singing of our National Anthem which brought those who could to their feet and the room beamed with patriotism. Extra special awards were given to those who showed most team spirit, most competitive and…

Turtles and owls and bears — oh my!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:54  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Over the past 15 years, the custom animal carvings of Robin Deruchie have begun showing up at cottages and northern locations all across Ontario. He’s done demonstrations from Sarnia to Ottawa to Timmins. One park near Sarnia has 32 of his works spread throughout the park. Last Saturday, he was in Arden for the Frontenac Heritage Festival, a gig he’s done several times before. Many of his creations come to life at Wolf Creek Carvings, his studio/home in the Cloyne area, but he always draws a crowd at events, perhaps because he seems to be enjoying himself when he’s taking a chainsaw to a log. “Well, it is relaxing,” he said, taking a break from the owl he’s been working on. “I also do some…

Record dive achieved while exploring for indigenous artifacts on Mazinaw Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:17  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Diver/U of Ottawa anthropology grad student Kevin Brown didn’t pick the Mazinaw for his through-the-ice dive two weekends ago specifically because as the second deepest lake in Ontario excepting the Great Lakes (Lake Timiskaming is the deepest) the chance to set a record for the deepest under the ice dive ever was a possibility. The biggest reason was to begin a series of dives (related to his Master’s thesis) looking for indigenous artifacts in the area. But, since he was down there . . . The previous world record was 72 metres (236 feet). Brown doubled that with a dive of 132 metres (434 feet). “We decided to dive there because there was a lot of traffic in the area back in the pre-colonization days,”…
“If we adhere (to these training requirements), I don’t see how we can continue to operate a fire department,” Addington Highlands Fire Chief Casey Cuddy told Council at its regular meeting Tuesday in Flinton. Cuddy was responding to an Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) memo on proposed mandatory training requirements for volunteer firefighters being proposed by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “I understand the value of training,” Cuddy said. “But to continue the level of service we provide, you’re looking at 25 to 37 days of training at the fire college without exams. “We can’t possibly make the deadline (later this year).” Cuddy said that while some firefighters can be grandfathered in the requirements, (about 75 per cent of the Kaladar members),…

L&A County invests in Denbigh ambulance base.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:03  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Lennox and Addington County Warden Bill Lowery said something that is music to the ears of Denbigh residents last week in the context of the announcement that the county has purchased the property in Denbigh that it has been leasing for 15 years to house an ambulance base. “Lennox and Addington County’s purchase ensures that ambulance service will continue to have a location in Denbigh,” he said. The continued operation of a service based in Denbigh has been debated a number of times by Council, as pressure to upgrade service to the population centres in the southern rim of the county had put pressure on the ambulance budget. The Denbigh service was pegged back from a 24 hour to a 12 hour service 5 years…

Addington Highlands Council in the dark as to what legal pot will mean

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:14  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
A request from the Too Far, Too Fast organization for Addington Highlands to declare itself an ‘unwilling host’ for any marijuana distribution operations once it becomes legal July 1 seemed to garner the most discussion at Council’s regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Flinton. “Is there any point to declaring ourselves unwilling?” said Coun. Tony Fritsch. “The government did say municipalities would have some input but we haven’t heard from them yet and they likely wouldn’t listen to us anyway.” “A lot of things are like that,” said Reeve Henry Hogg. Clerk-treasurer Christine Reed said she understood that the 14 municipalities who would have sales outlets have had some input. “It used to be with alcohol a municipality could declare itself dry but who’s to stop…

Tim Trickey, devoted cadet leader, dies of cancer

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:38  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Tim Trickey was well known in the Land O’Lakes region for his tireless efforts to to start up and maintain a cadet program at North Addington Education Centre for kids from Addington Highlands and North Frontenac. Even after his cancer diagnosis he continued to work with the cadets and as recently as last month, he led them at the Remembrance Day Service in Flinton. He died on December 17 at the age of 51. Trickey was the co-ordinator for the volunteer ambulance service in Northbrook in the 1990’s and then served with L&A County Emergency Services as a paramedic for over 14 years. He also served on the Central Frontenac Volunteer Fire department. Tim was married for 30 years to Darlene (nee Kelford). The couple…

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