Central Frontenac

GREC reaching new heights with drone photography program

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:59  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It’s taken about a year and a half, 40 pages of applications and a lot of research and learning, but this fall, the Granite Ridge Education Centre will be offering a unique class to its Grade 11 students — an introduction to GIS, which includes certification in the operation and use of drones. “We believe we’re the first school in Ontario with this kind of program,” said Wade Leonard, who’s been the driving force behind it and will be the teacher. “There may be another somewhere but we’re the only ones signed up for the software.” The ‘drone’ in this case is a Phantom 4, which is about the size of a large snare drum, complete with a state-of-the-art camera and software. It has four…

Sharbot Lake Criminal Court Report

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:17  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
James Godin, 55, will be back in court on July 17 for an anticipated resolution of his case after his lawyer had a resolution meeting with crown counsel last week. He is facing the charges of driving while under suspension, a charge of driving a vehicle with improper plates, a charge of driving without insurance, a charge of operating a vehicle while disqualified and a charge of driving with blood alcohol over 80mg/100ml of blood. Chloe Lallemand-Lebrasseur, 21, needs to complete 10 hours of community service in Toronto, where she lives, in order for a charge of possession of an illegal substance to be withdrawn by the Crown, which will happen on July 17th once proof of the community service is provided. According to crown…

Granite Ridge: Special Olympic Recap

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:04  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Most sports season here at GREC run Fall, Winter or Spring, not the Special Olympics! We started preparing for competition way back in October, which just shows the commitment these athletes have to their sport - and boy did it pay off! Recently, a group of School to Community athletes traveled all the way to Brock University where they competed at the Special Olympic Provincial Championship. There were over 800 athletes at the event competing in Basketball, Soccer, Bocce Ball and Track and Field. GREC competed in the soccer competition against 11 other teams from across Ontario and Canada. During Day 1 of competition GREC tied two games and lost 1 game placing them into the B Division for the following day of competition. Day…

Hoza brings energetic education through arts message to GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“Hoza” is an African word that can mean stop, start or change, Kevin Fell told the audience at GREC last week. “Our mission is to help put a stop to negative thinking and behaviours and facilitate change that is needed to start living in a more socially just world,” he said. To do that, Fell and Derek Thorne brought an energetic message told through drums and stories, with plenty of audience interaction and participation. In particular, they tell they story of Nelson Mandela, who was sent to jail in South Africa for defending opponents and victims of Apartheid, only to re-emerge as a leader of those victims and eventually become president of the country. They illustrated their point with several audience participation exercises designed to…

Amrit’s Rasoi – home cooked Indian Food in Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac has always been a great place to live, but those with a taste for international flavours in their food have always had to travel just to procure ingredients, and there are no ethnic restaurants to speak of. While an Indian Takeaway is still not in the cards, the next best thing has arrived. Amrit Kaillon grew up in Sharbot Lake, went to the University of Toronto and has since lived in far flung corners of the world working as a human rights lawyer and entrepreneur. She returned to Sharbot Lake last year to prepare for the birth of her daughter Arya.  Her husband Sundeep Takhar, who works in investment banking, joined her here before Arya was born and they have been living with…
Central Frontenac Council expects to have a draft bylaw for ‘chip trucks’ to discuss at its June 27 meeting following a report from Development Services Manager Shawn Merriman at this week’s regular Council meeting in Sharbot Lake. The Township is holding an open house on the subject June 24 and Merriman said he expects to incorporate comments from that meeting into the proposed bylaw. “Nothing quite screams Eastern Ontario identity like a chip truck,” Merriman said, quoting an old Toronto Star article. “A new bylaw would recognize the desire of the community to have mobile food vendors and provide some certainty as to where these operations would be allowed to set up within the various communities and locations throughout the Township.” The bylaw on the…

Mental health forum

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:20  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
NFCS and Central Frontenac Township invite you to Supporting our Community – talking about our mental health. When our youth, families and individuals struggle with loss and mental health challenges, how can we as a community help? This forum will provide an opportunity for individuals, families and youth to hear from mental health counsellors and to discuss: What are the signs that someone may be struggling? What do we need to know to help? How, as a community, can we build our suicide prevention skills? When:  Monday June 26 from 6 to 8 pm Where: Oso Hall, Sharbot Lake

Chip Trucks in Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:42  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Last September, Central Frontenac Council became aware that there was no provision for approving Chip Truck’s (aka refreshment vehicles) in the township bylaws. The matter came up because a chip truck had opened on Hwy. 7 near Road 509, and the township had not been informed and had no way of determining if it had health unit approval or if the business was licensed in any way. Although that business was quickly closed down, an issue had surfaced. With long established Chip Trucks being in place at the Godfrey General Store, Jossy’s at Hwy. 7 and 38 and Tim’s Mobile Catering doing business at various locations for special events, Council recognised that they needed to come up with something. A “refreshment vehicle” bylaw was prepared…
Last fall, Marcel Giroux of W.A. Robinson Asset Management got the idea to promote healthy food and stretch food budgets by introducing students to slow cookers. “We raised four boys and they can all cook,” he said. “In our house, if you cooked, you didn’t have to wash dishes.” So, after talking his W.A. Robinson cohorts into sponsoring it, he arranged with the local Home Hardware in Sharbot Lake to give him a deal (“they gave us a good deal”) on some slow cookers and Mike Dean’s to provide some food and the next thing you know, 38 Grade 7 students from GREC, Land O’Lakes Public School, Clarendon Central and St. James Major were learning how to use a slow cooker and taking one home…

Changing of the guard at Sharbot Lake Pharmasave

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:07  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Sharbot Lake Pharmasave has been serving Sharbot Lake and surrounding communities for more than 25 years. Pharmacist owner, Jocelyn Whalen graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983 and in March of 1991, Jocelyn and her husband Nick purchased the Tea Room-Gift Shop at the corner of Elizabeth and Garret Street. After renovations, Sharbot Lake Pharmacy opened in May of 1991. The Pharmacy has been renovated twice since then and has become a very recognizable cornerstone in Sharbot Lake. In the fall of 2016, Jocelyn and Nick decided the time was right to sell the Pharmacy. Jocelyn isn’t quite ready to retire, but the Whalen’s are hoping to enjoy a little bit more freedom from the demands of full time work and running a Pharmacy…

Granite Ridge Heart Heroes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:02  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Students who organized the annual Jump Rope for Heart at Granite Ridge Education Centre, an event that now includes 7 different athletic events including shooting hoops and more, posed for a photo at the end of the frantic 90 minutes of activity among the elementary panel at Granite Ridge on Monday June 5th.  Catherine Reynolds, who has been running the fund raising event for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for four years at the new school at a nuber before that at the former Hinchinbrooke school in Parham, said she has learned that it is a lot easier to turn the organising over to a team of heroes than to do all the work herself. This year the event has raised $1400 for Heart and…

Recognition plaque

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:00  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Commmunity Living North Frontenac Executive Director Dean Walsh presented a plaque to David Yerxa in recognition of his fundraising efforts. Yerxa recently swam laps at the Perth Pool to raise money for the association, one in a long string of fund raising campaigns that Yerxa has come up with over the years, in addition to participating in agency campaigns by selling raffle tickets and helping out in any way he can. The plaque ceremony took place at the annual Community Living BBQ to mark the end of May, Community Living Month. The free BBQ, which featured Beef on a Bun with fried onions, was well attended by Sharbot Lake office workers and others last Thursday (June 1). Commmunity Living NorthFrontenac Executive DirectorDean Walsh presenteda plaque…
Mikeal Teal had just turned 16. He was starting a summer job at Sunset's campground. He was in the midst of his first relationship and had just received his driver's license. He was thinking about buying a car. He was a devoted son and brother.Those were the positive aspects of his life, but he also had many pressures, which all culminated in a final suicide attempt in the early hours of the morning on May 15th. He died five days later at Roger Nielson House, next to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. His mother Leslee, step-father Al Whan and sisters Alley and Sidney are devastated, but they are also angry and determined that the mental health system that they say failed…

Sharbot Lake 39'ers celebrate their 46th Anniversary plus Canada's 150th

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Twenty-two seniors shared lunch with the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (U.S.C.O.) Zone representative, Peggy Graham on May 1st. Placemats and buttons were supplied by the Canada 150th committee. Virgil Garrett showed slides of early members of the Sharbot Lake 39'ers plus his nine grandfather clocks in his home, which is open for anyone to visit. Memorabilia was also on display including the club's photo album and the Zealand Women's Institute album provided by June Kerr. Many of the same members were in both clubs in the early years. Both albums are on display at the library. Virgil presented guests with honey. The seniors were invited to sign up for a bus trip into Ottawa on May 30th for the Tulip Festival which is showcasing…

Summer Theatre Camp

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
As part of our Canada 150 programme, the North Frontenac Little Theatre is hosting a theatre camp for youth culminating in a presentation to celebrate our heritage entitled “Skits and Songs for a Summer Evening”. The presentation will be in conjunction with the North Frontenac Community Services annual barbecue at the Sharbot Lake Beach, Thursday, August 17, that runs from roughly 4 pm to 7 pm. The preparatory youth theatre camp will run from Tuesday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 16 from 1 pm to 4 pm daily (excluding the weekend) at the NFLT Tichborne Hall. Online registrationopens  June 1st through NFLT’s website. We can accommodate between ten and fifteen children, ages eight or nine up to twelve or thirteen years old. Youth camp activities,…
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