Addington Highlands

Life after politics

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:05  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Ken Hook has been a pheasant farmer, the Reeve of Addington Highlands, Executive Director of Land O’Lakes Community Services, and he currently runs a videography company with his wife Kathy. He is also an athlete, and a pretty good one, it turns out. Recently, he had an unexpected win in the Hamilton Around the Bay 5K running race on March 26th where he placed 1st in the age 60-64 division in a field of 51 runners. Overall, Ken placed 172 in a field of 2385 runners. Last summer, Ken qualified in Ottawa at the 2016 Canadian Triathlon Championships as one of the top 10 athletes in his age category which enables him to compete as part of Team Canada at the ITU World Championships in…

Addington Highlands Council, April 3

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:04  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Something you don’t see at a municipal council meeting very often is a resident making a delegation and going to bat for a neighbour. But at Addington Highlands regular Council meeting this week in Flinton, Amos Shiner did just that. Shiner took exception to the way Larry Knox has been treated with respect to the enforcement of the yard clean-up bylaw. Knox has been instructed to clean up his Hwy. 41 property. Shiner said a bylaw enforcement officer visited Knox March 1 and gave him until April 17 to comply. “Larry has been in the hospital for lung surgery and I’m here asking for an extension,” Shiner said. Shiner said allegations that nothing had been done were untrue as Knox had “taken a pickup load…

Sail Mazinaw sock burn

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:44  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Sunday March 26 was the first Sunday of Spring 2017.  Friends of Brown's Camp and Sail Mazinaw gathered for the 2nd Annual Mazinaw Sock Burn.  The event was again hosted by Tina and Dana Richard at their Addington Rd 5 home.  The crews braved the rain to burn the socks they had been wearing all winter.  After the ceremony, they moved indoors to enjoy coffee, treats, and good company.  It was all very good fun. The sock burning ritual was a sign of the approaching sailing season.  However, Mazinaw Lake was still completely covered with ice and was supporting traffic from snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, and bicycles. The 2017 edition of Sail Mazinaw is scheduled for Saturday July 08.  All sailors are encouraged to bring their boats…

NAEC Vikings Golden Performance at LDSB Skills

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:27  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Once again, the North Addington Education Centre Skills Team brought their “A” game to the Limestone District Skills Competition, held at St. Lawrence College last Friday. Taking on students from LDSB, Algonquin Lakeshore and Hastings County, the Vikings competed with the top students in four events. Jared Mieske, a grade 9 student, competed in the Small Powered Equipment contest, with a very strong showing. In the Graphic Design Presentation competition, Mackenzie Johnson (grade 10) and Natalie Reynolds (grade 12) competed against very strong designs, presenting a poster, t-shirt and button designs they made, advertising the Provincial Skills Competition. Natalie Reynolds won the gold for a second year in a row, with an outstanding design. In the Graphic Design Studio Production competition, Bradley Kavanaugh-Sweeney, Kaden Snider…

No new gate at Kaladar waste site, for now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:44  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
As part of its ongoing effort to control the volume of waste entering its sites, Addington Highlands Council considered purchasing a manual lift gate to stop vehicles at the entrance to the Kaladar site in order for waste attendants to be able to inspect the load and ensure township diversion rules are being followed. The cost of a solar powered automatic lift arm gate came in at almost $5,000. Deputy Mayor Bill Cox asked if one of the cheaper options that was also included in a report by Roads and Waste Supervisor Mark Freeburn would be a better choice. “What if we move the little hut to the front, narrow the lane-way with some traffic cones, and put up a stop sign. That might be…

Maple Weekend, April 1 and 2

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Get ready for some maple-inspired fun on April 1 and 2, during Maple Weekend’s third annual sweet celebratory event. Taking place right in the heart of maple season, Maple Weekend is the perfect time to plan a trip to a local participating sugar bush and sample maple treats while experiencing some old-fashioned family activities! Hosted by the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA), Maple Weekend celebrates the maple season at local participating sugar bushes throughout the Lanark, Mississippi Mills, Portland, Brockville, Frankville, North Frontenac, Sharbot Lake and Perth areas. During this popular two-day event, participating maple producers host activities, specials and events to draw visitors to their operation. LDMSPA President, Mel Conboy, explained this year will see many returning maple producers, and a…

Meeting over Joint Fire Board in the Works

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:30  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Addington Highlands Council is interested in a joint Councils meeting with North Frontenac, just not on the timetable North proposed. Responding to a request from North at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton, several councillors reported that they were unavailable for the suggested dates of the weeks of March 20 or March 27. Add to that Addington Highlands Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed has already booked vacation time during that period and would also be unavailable. On the agenda for said meeting would be a discussion of the Kaladar-Barrie Fire Department 2017 budget with Chief Casey Cuddy. Council instructed staff to suggest April 5 or 7 as alternate dates for the meeting. Reeve Henry Hogg even suggested a location for the meeting — Barrie Hall in Cloyne…

Flinton Jamboree to be Back Again In 2017

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:18  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Gary Radford and Robert Taylor attended council on behalf of the Flinton Jamboree. They asked if council could offer the Jamboree the use of the Flinton Recreation Centre, during the August 3-6 long weekend, free of charge. They also asked for an exemption to the noise bylaw over the festival weekend and Council agreed. “There have been some issues in the past that we hope to smooth out this year,” said Robert Taylor. Gary Radford said “we need to recruit some younger volunteers. It would help bring us some new energy and help with the workload as well.” “We are also requesting a $200 donation from the township to the hall of fame,” said Taylor. Last year, the jamboree initiated the Land O’Lakes Traditional Country…

AH Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:05  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Freeburn named New Road & Waste Supervisor in Addington HighlandsAddington Highlands Council announced its new Road & Waste Management Supervisor at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton. The Township chose to promote from within, naming lead hand Mark Freeburn to the position. Freeburn officially begins his new duties Feb. 13. The position became vacant last November when long-time supervisor (29 years) Royce Rosenblath announced his retirement plans. Rosenblath himself took over the position from another long-time employee, his father, James (26 years as ‘road boss’ of the former Denbigh, Abinger and Ashby Township). For his part, Freeburn was optimistic. “Everything’s looking good,” he said. CondolencesThe Township expressed its condolences on the passing of former Frontenac News editor Jule Koch. In a prepared statement Council said:…

What’s going on at the Cloyne & District Historical Society

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:32  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Now that the Museum season is over and the artifacts are safely packed away for their winter's rest, we are back to the business of History gathering and "Preserving the Past for the Future". Always a challenge as those whose memories we rely on are slipping away from us faster than we can track and record. We continue to meet on the first monday of each month to discuss local history and enjoy relevant presentations. A social cup of tea and treats finish off the afternoon. We are open to All and no commitment is required. Come out when you can. We welcome young, old and eveyone in between. At our September meeting we were amazed by our guest, Steve Manders as he spoke and…

Insurance brokers don’t bring lower fees - Addington Highlands Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:08  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
As part of an initiative that is being led by Lennox and Addington County, Addington Highlands is now making use of the services of McDougall Insurance Brokers to help them navigate the world of municipal insurance. Until this year the township has dealt directly with Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), one of three companies that offer municipal insurance in Ontario. Chuck Airhart, from McDougall, came to Council this week to talk about how his company is working at ensuring that the township has of its needs met. He said that the cost of basic insurance from JLT is set to rise this year by about $2,000 or 4%, from just under $72,000 in 2016 to $74,000 in 2017. “The cause of this is really global,” Airhart…

Christmas Bird Count Set for Bon Echo Next Monday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:32  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Two students from North Addington Eduation Centre, Emma Fuller and Cassidy Wilson are taking an online course in environmental resource management this semester. Part of their course work includes setting up and executing an event or program. One of them, Emma Fuller, is an avid birder and came up with the idea of organizing a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in the local area to tie in to the Audobon Societies 117th annual Christmas Bird Count. Last year 471 bird counts were done in Canada, and over 1,900 in the United States and another 132 in Latin America. The counts are done in circles with a diameter of 24 kilometres. The NAEC sponsored count will be centered in Bon Echo Park and will take place next…

Charges Laid in Denbigh Bus Collision Case

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:10  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Charges have been laid following the investigation into a single vehicle collision involving a bus that occurred on October 14, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. Officers with the Kaladar, Renfrew and Killaloe detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a bus in the ditch on Highway 28 just east of Highway 41 in Denbigh, Township of Addington Highlands. Approximately fifty seniors were on board the bus.  Many suffered minor injuries. The driver of the bus, 67 year-old Robert BELL of Stone Mills Township, has been charged with Careless Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Northbrook Firehall Jinxed By Contaminated Wells

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:19  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Fire Chief Casey Cuddy gave an explanation on the current well situation at Northbrook Fire Hall to Council on Monday. A well was dug at the fire hall site after a drilled well was recently put in but turned out to be contaminated. Neither of the wells provide sufficient water to the hall because of contamination issues. “We knew it was a crapshoot but it could've saved us a lot of headaches,” Cuddy said. “The (dug) well has already been decommissioned.” Cuddy isn't sure yet what the expenses are going to be for the well but the company that installed the dug well was able to salvage a lot of material out of the project which will help cut down the overall cost.Chief Cuddy offered…

Fatal Collision at Kaladar

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:40  |  Published in ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
On Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 5:10 pm officers with the Kaladar detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 7. A tractor- trailer travelling westbound on Highway 7 and a Subaru Forester travelling eastbound collided head-on approximately 2 km west of Highway 41 near Kaladar.  OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators attended the scene to assist with determining the cause of the collision. Preliminary investigation determined that the Subaru crossed into the path of the tractor trailer for an unknown reason. The driver of the Subaru, 70 year-old Brian WARD and his passenger, 67 year-old Mary WARD, both of Ottawa were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 59 year-old Ottawa man, was…

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