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Central Frontenac Council – December 11

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council passed a bylaw allowing for the installation of a stop sign on Cross Road at Armstrong Road at its regular meeting Tuesday in Oso Hall. Acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong said this is the final stage of a project begun in September to provide clear sight lines and safe access at the three-way intersection. The road work has been completed. “This project began two or three public works managers before me when they began acquiring land,” Armstrong said. “It’s basically to clean up the intersection. He said costs for these works are accounted for in the 2018 maintenance budget. Frontenac Heritage FestivalCouncil promised to look at an increase in funding for the Frontenac Heritage Festival when it meets for budget talks…

Small Business Expo “brings entrepreneurs together”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
To a certain extent, last Friday’s Small Business Expo ’18 at the St. Lawrence College Employment Service in Sharbot Lake was a vendors’ market. Many of the local usual suspects were there and things were for sale. But this one was a little bit different. “We thought we’d take advantage of the expertise in the area,” said coordinator Karen McGregor. “We started calling it the entrepreneurs expo but that wasn’t sexy enough so . . . vendors sale.” But, unlike the various craft shows and farmers markets, sales and fellowship wasn’t the only thing on the agenda. “We wanted to tap into the wisdom of people who’ve been doing this for awhile,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to learn the do’s and don’ts from people…

Tips for Air Travel Entertaining and Informative Seminar at The Centre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“You would not believe some of the things we get asked,” travel consultant Carrie Borer of Independent by Flight Centre told an audience at The Centre last Thursday in the first of what Rural Frontenac Community Services hopes will be a series of seminars. This one was called Tips for Air Travel. “We had clients going to Las Vegas who wanted a room with an ocean view, another lady who didn’t want a window seat on the airplane because she’d just had her hair done and a guy who wanted two rooms — ‘one for me and my wife and one for my girlfriend.’” Borer said she and colleague Eric Zierer are part of Flight Centre, “so we always have a wealth of information we…

Metis Rendezvous

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:58  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Mr. Flegal’s grade three/four class at Granite Ridge Education Centre class was honoured to have local Métis community members, Candace Lloyd and Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuck, visit and share their knowledge and teachings through guided discussion and questions last week,. Students learned about the Métis culture and the significance of the sash and the colours they used. They engaged in a finger weaving technique used for sash-making and created their own mini bracelet.  Candace and Nicholas introduced the students to Métis music and the basic steps of “jigging”, a traditional Métis dance.   The Indigenous Studies and Indigenous English classes (and a couple of other visitors) also learned jigging from Candace Lloyd.  It was a very energetic and fun workshop, which required fans and open windows.  Ms.…

No Support for Hillier Initiative at Central Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:43  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Council passed a resolution stating that it does not support MPP Randy Hillier’s request for support in his investigation of Conservation Authority practices at the final meeting of the outgoing council on November 27. Coun. Brent Cameron questioned some of the Conservation Authority practices. “I will support Council in its decision but CAs aren’t as easy to deal with as perhaps they might be,” Cameron said. “Remember when Welly Smith Road was flooded? “There was a beaver dam on Authority property and we went back and forth with them on it too long. If it were anybody else, we could have forced action on it far more quickly.” CAO/Clerk Cathy MacMunn said that she supported the CAs as they do site visits when planning…

The Red Plaid Shirt – North Frontenac Little Theatre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Little Theatre Production of The Red Plaid Shirt, by Ontario based playwright Greg Wilmott, was a solid production of a play that explores a topical subject: how male baby boomers handle retirement and how that affects their relationships with their wives. The play centres around two couples, but the central role is that of Marty, who was played convincingly by Greg Morris. Marty is a newly retired English teacher who does not know what to do with himself, and his sense of ennui provides the impetus for the comedic plot twists that propel the action. Of the other three characters, Marty’s wife Deb, played in a suitably befuddled manner by Sharon Rodden, has the most to do. Her transition to retirement seems…

Healthy Living with Prediabetes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  To raise awareness of diabetes and to provide information on best management, the Sharbot Family Health Team Diabetes Education Team (Cathy Fox, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Saman Shaikh, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian) at Sharbot Lake Family Health Team will be contributing weekly articles during the month of November. Wouldn’t it be nice if your body had an “early warning system” to let you know when something was not right? Prediabetes is just that: an indication that your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be within the range of diabetes. Sometimes referred to as “borderline diabetes”, a diagnosis of prediabetes is a chance to change the future. Chances of a type…

The Nativities are in the building

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Early on Tuesday afternoon, a tired Jean Freeman had just arrived back home when we reached her on the phone. “How’s the set up going.” I asked her. “All done,” she said. A group of 8 women spent all day Monday unpacking over 300 Nativity Scenes, and started placing them on shelving and tables that they had set up over the weekend. Working with Nativities that came from around the corner, and around the world, they carefully placed them so they would make an inviting display for the crowds who will be coming to see them on Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon this week. “Four of us were back this morning finishing up the display and we got it all done. Now we…

NFLT – A Red Plaid Shirt

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It’s the last week of rehearsals and our actors are working on stage with a set complete with props. This is a comedy sure to tickle your funny bone and chase away the November blues, so don’t miss it. Picture for a moment a wood working class where two middle aged men who know nothing about tools or carpentry are working on a project together. Fred’s obsession with allergies leaves him prostrate on the floor while his buddy Marty tries in vain to talk some sense into him. Meanwhile the unseen classmates are witnessing a dramatic scene the likes of which they’ve never encountered before in a wood working class. There are many very funny moments in this comedy about two couples facing retirement and…

Arden Legion goes above and beyond call of duty for Remembrance Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:55  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
One thing many people who attended Remembrance Day ceremonies in our area may not be aware of is just how busy a time it is for local Legion branches. In addition to officiating at the actual service (which they refer to as protocol), which entails things like arranging for a colour party and getting flags, gear and bodies to the appointed cenotaph, there are a myriad of tasks to be performed beforehand such as getting poppies into stores and such, printing programs, inviting special guests and current serving units of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as the various and sundry things that pop up at the last minute. After the ceremonies, there is the traditional meal and fellowship at the Legion and cleaning up…

The bell ringers of Parham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Did you hear them?  Songs from the "Second World War  Era" played softly, while the bells tolled out in the clear night sky...well 69 times, unfortunately the rope broke, we had to improvise by borrowing Will & Melody Cooke's "Hand held Hug" Bell.  These bell chimes were rung to remind all of the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War... the Great One, Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, hoped that bells all across Canada as well as in Mons, Belgium, the final town liberated by the Canadian Corps in 1918, would ring out loud and clear on the night of Nov. 11.  The joy and relief that must have been felt…

Sign making classes catching on as fundraisers or just a night out

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Michelle Allen didn’t expect to follow in her father’s footsteps, but here she is, working in wood (albeit with a different twist). Her dad, George, is a local woodworker, creating cabinets and furniture and such. “Dad is my woodcutter and he does the staining,” she said. “So, I guess I am keeping up a family tradition although it was never intended, it just happened.” Allen makes signs and things through her company, Backyard Country Creations. She holds sign making classes and does custom decor work. She’s been doing it for about three years now although she could never have predicted this would become her vocation. “Never in a million years,” she said laughing. “My artistic background is photography.” Be that as it may, she’s become…

Central Frontenac Council approves renovations to Piccadilly Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Even though the quote for renovations to Piccadilly Hall came in about $1,900 over the budgeted amount of $34,000, Central Frontenac Council voted to go ahead with the project at its regular meeting Tuesday night at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. And it also agreed to kick in an additional $1,600 to have the heaters rewired so they can be operated from a wall-mounted control at the recommendation of acting Chief Building Official Alan Revill. Revill told Council that the lowest bid came from Wemp & Smith at $35,898 to strip out lathe & plaster, replace windows, replace deteriorated framing, reinsulate walls and apply new drywall and trim. The other bid, from Men in White Designed Interiors, was $46,095.40. Revill said he has worked with…

Getting the Most from Your Diabetes Visit

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
(November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. To raise awareness of diabetes and to provide information on best management, the Sharbot Family Health Team Diabetes Education Team (Cathy Fox, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Saman Shaikh, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian) will be contributing weekly articles during the month of November.) Did you know that a little preparation before your diabetes visit will help you get the most out of the appointment? According the Diabetes Canada, preparation for your diabetes-focused visit ensures you are prepared and know what to expect. Diabetes Canada and your Certified Diabetes educator have a few suggestions that will help you get the most out of your visit. Try to have your blood work done…

Vital Volunteers – one the 50 over 50 award winning businesses

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:52  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Art Dunham is a committed environmentalist and volunteer on Big Clear Lake, which borders the hamlet of Arden. He has been involved with the Big Clear Lake Association, Scouts, the Frontenac Environmental Partnership, and Friends of Arden. His other life has been in IT. He worked for Nortel when the company was a giant in the telecommunications industry in Canada, and eventually was working with Avaya, which had purchased Nortel’s remaining assets in 2009 after Nortel’s spectacular failure and demise. Art kept working at Avaya until he was downsized out of job in 2013. “At age 53, I wasn’t ready to retire. As part of my volunteer work, I had developed software that helped me do the associated day-to-day tasks easier and faster. I knew…
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