Addington Highlands

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…

Land O’Lakes Tourist Association closes up

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:11  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It started up 74 years ago, during the second world war in 1943, when the idea of forming a marketing organization for a region that was just developing road access was pretty forward thinking. Over the years the Land O’Lakes Tourist Association (LOLTA) has seen many ups and downs, and this week in Sharbot Lake the current Board of Directors took the difficult decision to disband. Harvey Webster, the Manager of the Loughborough Inn, was the chair of LOLTA until Monday. He has been an active member and a member of the Board of Directors over the years. He said that while LOLTA is shutting down, the marketing work that it had been doing will carry on. “It was a sad situation but its not…

Addington Highlands Council moves meetings to Tuesdays from Mondays

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:14  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands Council voted to move its meetings to Tuesdays from Mondays at its regular meeting Monday afternoon in Flinton. The move was made to avoid having to schedule around holiday Mondays and to make it easier for residents to attend, said Dep. Mayor Helen Yanch. The move will come into effect for the Jan. 2, 2018 meeting and continue for meetings in both Flinton and Denbigh. Meeting times remain 1 p.m. in Flinton. Denbigh meetings are at 1 p.m. for January, February, March, November and December and 7 p.m. for the remainder of the year. The only comment on the meeting change came from Frontenac News Publisher Jeff Green, who said in an email: “Tuesdays are difficult for us to cover Addington Highlands meetings…

Denbigh ambulance service survives the latest challenge

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:21  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It seems that every time Lennox and Addington County Council considers making changes or upgrades to its ambulance service, the question of whether to keep the Denbigh service up and running comes up. It happened again last week, at a meeting of Council on November 15. Council is intent on establishing a service in Stone Mills township, and one way to help finance it would be to cut the 12 hour a day service based out of Denbigh. “I am getting tired of continuing to have to argue that even though there are not a lot of calls to Denbigh, the service is essential because of the distances involved. There are also two provincial highways that meet at Denbigh, 41 and 28,” Hogg said when…

NAEC Remembrance Day Assembly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:06  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
North Addington Education Centre’s Remembrance Day Assembly was attended by Elementary and Secondary students, alumni, representatives from the Legion, members of the community, and a group of soldiers from 2 Service Battalion, Garrison Petawawa. The M.C.s were Alyssa Borger, Julia Cuddy and Ally Maschke, and they remained cool in the face of sudden changes in the proceedings. The NAEC choir led the assembly in the a capella singing of “O, Canada”, including some lovely harmony. “In Flanders Fields” was read in English by Eloura Johnson and Levi Meeks, and in French by Jazmin Marcotte and Yanik Drouin. Kaden Snider read “We Shall Keep the Faith”, a response to “In Flanders Fields”. Avery Cuddy and Rachel Cumming read two very different accounts of the experiences of…

Harry’s Story

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:50  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Harry and Fim Andringa have made their mark in the town of Flinton ever since they moved to the community 25 years ago. They have been good neighbours and keen volunteers, and have made many friends. Harry, who had recently retired from the Toronto Transit Commission when the Andringas moved to Flinton, drove for both Land O’Lakes Community Services (Meals of Wheels) and Friends of Bon Echo (captaining the Mugwump ferry) among other volunteer commitments. Harry has also been involved with local Legions and schools more recently by recounting his experiences in WW2 as a child in the Netherlands. “When we moved to Flinton we knew no one. We found the community by looking around for a small town where we could retire and enjoy…

OPP detachment commander addresses Council’s concerns

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:07  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
At the request of Addington Highlands Council, Napanee OPP detachment commander Insp. Pat Finnegan and SSgt. Dawn Ferguson were at Council’s regular meeting in Flinton Monday to discuss a number of Township concerns.First up was the legalization of marijuana. “Police aren’t ready for this,” said Finnegan. “We don’t even have a roadside device (for detecting the presence of marijuana in a person’s bloodstream).“The one we thought we’d be using was giving false positives.” Finnegan went through the various aspects of the Cannabis Act — possession of up to 30 grams by those 19 or older (in Ontario, the federal age is 18), cultivation of up to four plants and where it can be legally sold.“It’s my understanding that you will be able to buy it…

NAEC Trick or Eat - results

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:06  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The students of North Addington Education Centre suited up on October 31st in their Campbell’s Soup Costumes, to collect items for the food bank. For the second time ever, items were collected in Denbigh, for the Denbigh Food Bank. About ten secondary students were spread out between Flinton, Northbrook, Cloyne, and Denbigh to collect non-perishable food items, instead of tricking or treating for candy. The students are not strangers to supporting the community who supports them.This is the seventh year for the very successful event. We visited as many households as possible, but we know that some houses were missed- especially those on back roads, or not in a very central area. If you have food that you would like for us to pick up,…

Pine Meadow residents take a trip to the Farm!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:40  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
On the beautiful fall day of October 23rd, a bus load of residents travelled to Cloyne to visit the Land O’Lakes Petting Farm. Feeding and petting these friendly animals brought back lots of fond memories for these folks. They shared lots of laughs and stories of days gone by and seemed right in their element, getting up close and personal with these animals. The owners of the Farm were gracious hosts, taking the time to introduce us to each of the animals and sharing stories of their rescues. Before leaving, we enjoyed a picnic lunch, making the most of this warm and sunny day!

Metis Harvest Dinner acknowledges grant for Traditional Knowledge Project

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:21  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The High Land Waters Metis Community has been holding annual Harvest Dinners for 17 years, but this one, held Saturday at the Flinton Township Hall, held a little extra significance.Part of this year’s ceremony was to acknowledge and thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a grant of $75,000 which will allow the Community to begin its Traditional Knowledge Project, Metis Mamawapowuk, which will document Metis culture and knowledge in this area (which stretches from Smiths Falls to the 401 and west to the Kawarthas. “We’ve been trying for years to start this project,” said Scott Lloyd, the Community’s president. “I’d like to also thank my sister, Candace (the Community’s secretary/treasurer) who did much of the work to make this happen.“Our focus will be on traditional…

Addington Highlands council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:42  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
No Trillium application for kitchen reno at Denbigh Community CentreThe township was preparing to submit a grant application to the Trillium Foundation to cover the long awaited kitchen renovation at the former Denbigh Schoolhouse. In order to apply, it is necessary to include three quotes for the work that the applicant intends to do. Councillor Tony Fritsch prepared a detailed scope of work and three contractors asked for the information package in order to submit bids, but all three decided not to bid.“It was not the job itself, but the timing and having to guarantee a price for March of next year that stopped them from bidding”.With no pricing available, the township will not be submitting a grant application this time around. Bill for OPPCouncil…

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