Addington Highlands

Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, LOLCS, along with other community partners, is developing a Child and Youth Transportation program. The goal of the program is: “To improve the quality of life and provide community inclusion for children and youth (up to age 21 and still in school) in Addington Highlands Township and part of North Frontenac Township by providing transportation to those who otherwise would not have access to medical appointments, community and school events.” Some examples of the community and school events that more youth will be able to participate in are: the Teen Zone, in Kaladar; After School program at North Addington Education Centre; the CO-OP Education program at North Addington Education Centre; Lennox & Addington Resources for Children – day…

Mush!

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Mikayla MacDonald, 11, finished 5th at the Marmora dog sled races last weekend. Photo Kelly Macdonald 11 year old Mikayla MacDonald took part in the 4 mile sled dog races which took place on the weekend of Feb 6 and 7 in Marmora. Mikayla and her 4 dogs finished 5th in the race. Not bad when you consider that she was up against older and more experienced handlers. Mikayla trains her own dogs and is totally responsible for their care. Well done Mikayla!

NAEC Public Speaking

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Back Row: Domynick McKenzie, Darian Flieler, Jordon Freeburn Front Row: 3rd Place, Brandon Lloyd (Hunting safety) ,  2nd Place: Courtney Johnson (History of Barbie) , 1st place: Emma Benn (Allergies) Photo: Darlene Dacuk North Addington Education Centre spent the week of February 25-29 showcasing its fabulous public speakers again this year. After the students all presented their speeches at the classroom level, a few were chosen from each grade to continue on to the division level competition in the library at the school. Our new Vice Principal Mr. John Mooney was very impressed with the quality of the speeches and the ability of the students to memorize their material. The following students represented their grades in the library: Riley Kay, Rowan Lemke, Amanda Clancy, Darian Tryon,…

Addington Highlands Council –Feb. 1/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Terry Murphy from Quinte Conservation updated council on various ongoing conservation programs, namely the watershed report cards that will be made for every water course in the Quinte watersheds, and which will be monitored year to year. Reeve Henry Hogg asked what was happening with the drainage problem with the waterworks in Kaladar. Murphy said that his staff is working with the landowners to come up with a sensible plan to correct the drainage there. Deputy Reeve Helen Yanch asked if it is the right of Quinte Conservation to ensure that the water keeps flowing and Murphy explained that the issue is somewhat complicated but that private landowners are supposed to get permits before they do any work redirecting water. Hogg was concerned that some…

Building community in Flinton

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
l-r; Bulls defenceman Bjorn Krupp, Sgt. Rob Ross, Andrew Freeburn, Doug Weese, Constables John Dyks and Jason Brown, Bulls forward Jan Kaminsky, and Sgt. Dick Welton The Flinton Community Policing Committee held their sixth annual community fun day at the Flinton rink on Jan. 31 and though the turnout was less than in years past, those who came out had a chance to play with Belleville Bulls forward Jan Kaminksky and defenseman Bjorn Krupp, who was just recently signed with the Minnesota Wild, along with members of the OPP and the Addington Highlands Emergency Services teams. Committee chair James Woods explained the purpose of the event. “It‘s a chance for local kids to get out and have some fun and is also an opportunity for them…

Addington Highlands Council - Jan 18/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands seeks provincial relief for ice storm At Monday night’s council meeting, Stephen Seller and Warren Sleeth from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (OMMAH) discussed the possibility of the township applying to the ministry for financial relief in coping with the aftermath of an ice storm that hit the region on Boxing Day. The storm caused power outages that lasted for several days in some parts of the township, but it is tree damage and the need to clear roads that is costing the township heavily. Last week, Stephen Seller and Warren Sleeth toured the roads with Roads Superintendent Royce Rosenblath to assess the damage and advise the township whether it might qualify for funding under the Ontario Disaster Relief and Assistance…

Flinton rink to get roof after all

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Township of Addington Highlands and the Flinton Recreation Club have worked out an agreement that will lead to the construction of a coverall roof over the Flinton outdoor ice rink. The $372,000 project received funding support for 2/3 of the cost from provincial-federal infrastructure funding, and the rec. club has half of the remaining third ($64,000) on hand. That still left a $64,000 shortfall. Even though the township made the application for the grant, they have no money available for it, and this left the recreation club wondering if the project would be able to proceed. But an agreement has been worked out whereby the township will borrow $64,000 from an Infrastructure Ontario lending program, and the rec. club will pay it back through…

Tourist association facing shortfall as county reconsiders contribution

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Land o' Lakes Tourist Association (LOLTA) is concerned about a potential $20,000 shortfall in their budget after 2011, based on a work plan from the Lennox and Addington Economic Development department As part of a three-year work plan, the department is proposing that L&A County “assess the Land O'Lakes Tourist Association partnership” as one of its strategies for promoting tourism. This proposal will be discussed at a committee meeting in Napanee tonight (January 7) along with other facets of the three-year work plan. This raised alarm bells for LOLTA general manager Ken Hook. “LOLTA is funded through member fees, municipal support, and provincial grants,” Hook said at a meeting of Addington Highlands Council on Monday, January 4, “and the $20,000 from Lennox and Addington…

Mayors & reeves Consider another Run

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It has been a tradition at the News at the start of a municipal election year to ask the mayors and reeve of the four townships that we cover regularly in our pages what their intentions are. They may be gluttons for punishment, but none were willing to close the door on seeking another four years of low pay and high anxiety. A couple are even planning their campaigns already. Addington Highlands Reeve Henry Hogg said, “Don’t tell my wife, but I’m still thinking about running again. It all depends on how a few initiatives go, how far they get towards resolution.” Hogg mentioned that the Family Health Team in Northbrook is his highest priority for the final year of this current council, as well…

NAEC students get a new perspective

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
The Physical Education classes at North Addington Education Centre were on wheels last week.  Mrs. Sarah Sproule, a secondary physical education teacher, arranged for the unique opportunity by organizing the rental of 10 wheelchairs for classes to experience sports and life from a different perspective. Throughout the week, grade 8-12 students had a chance to play basketball, dodge ball and navigate through a variety of obstacle courses. Outside of the gym, students attempted to maintain their regular activities within the school while using the chairs: "Getting a drink wasn't hard, it was impossible" said Sarah Connell.  "Navigating the hallways during break was difficult” noted Courtney Dacuk.  By the end of the week, the students had multiple blisters, sore arms and shoulders, along with a much…

Addington Highlands Council – Nov 2/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
DENBIGH WNID FARM PLANS ON HOLD Council received a short note from Stephen Cookson of Renewable Energy Systems Canada, a company that has been looking at a property on Crown land 2kms. north of Big Yirkie Lake in the Denbigh area, with a view towards constructing a 60 – 80 turbine wind farm. The last time Cookson contacted council was in March of 2008, when he made a presentation. At that time the company had expected to submit a bid to Ontario Power Generation as early as the fall of 2008. “As you have seen from our lack of activity on the project, we have been in a holding pattern with the Denbigh Wind Farm for the last year or so.” Cookson wrote to council…

Addington Highlands Council - Oct. 8/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Lake planning coming to Addington Highlands Rosemary Teed, representing the Skootamatta, Sheldrake and Pringle Lake Management Plan steering committee, made a presentation to Addington Highlands Council on Monday October 5. Other members of the committee that is working on the plan accompanied her, including Terry Murphy, the General Manager of Quinte Conservation. “What a lake plan will do is identify and protect lake characteristics that are valued by our community, promote community discussion, education and action, and recommend land use objectives for the protection and enhancement of the lake,” Teed told council. Pringle Lake is a smaller lake that feeds into Skootamatta Lake by way of Wolf Creek. Sheldrake Lake is located very close to Skootamatta, and water quality and development issues are shared by…

Addington Highlands Council - Jan. 19/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 January 2009 06:37  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Ursula Nussberger appeared before council to ask the township to “share the cost” of an application she and her husband Fritz had made last year to amend the township’s Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw to allow multiple residential zoning. In September 2008 the Nussbergers submitted a plan to the township to build apartments on the back of an office that they are constructing to house Land O’ Lakes Community Services (LOLCS). However, since the Official Plan does not allow multiple residential zoning, they had to hire a planner to prepare an application for an amendment, which would have necessitated that public meetings be held. Shortly afterwards the Nussbergers withdrew the application but received an invoice for just over $1700 from the township for the…

Easy start for Addington Highlands Council in `09.

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
It’s not likely that all meetings of Addington Highlands Council in 2009 will be over in less than half an hour, but the first one of the year clocked in at only 20 minutes. The meeting took place on the first real working day of the year and the agenda was limited to receiving correspondence and requests for support from other municipalities, paying some bills, and receiving a report from road superintendent Royce Rosenblath. The main road issue that Rosenblath talked about was actually a bridge issue. The Flinton bridge is being rebuilt, and the old bridge has been removed, but the company doing the work has been delayed because water levels were up too high after the post-Christmas thaw. “We are hoping the water…
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