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Sharbot Lake Legion presents bursaries to deserving GREC students

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In what was easily the largest crowd at the Sharbot Lake Legion in recent memory, GREC students Corrie-Lynn Shields and Destanie Lalonde received $500 cheques to help them with their post-secondary educations. The fact that there was a steak dinner and the proximity to Father’s Day on Sunday likely contributed to the size of the crowd. Patty Middleton, branch honours and awards chair and youth education, presented Shield and Lalonde with their cheques. “We’ve been giving bursaries to deserving students for as long as I can remember, more than 30 years,” Middleton said. “Of course, the cheques weren’t as large back in those days.” Both students were appreciative and humble about their awards. “Thanks to everyone at the Legion,” said Lalonde. “They’re very generous,” said…
There was a door person, keyboard music and a red carpet leading into the 1st ever St. James International Film Festival last week at St. James Major Catholic School in Sharbot Lake. They even had popcorn. In an innovative program, the students formed teams to produce 10 short videos, all with the theme of climate change. They explored topics such as the effect on penguins, flooding, wild fires, polar bears, blooper reels and cow farts. One of the biggest driving forces for the project has been of volunteer mom Charlotte MacAllister, whose day job is senior program officer, climate change at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. With a PhD in hydrology, MacAllister naturally has an interest in science but also recognized the difficulties…

CabooseFest to Showcase Railway History in Song

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
From Godfrey through to HinchinbrookeShe travels up the line;As Tichborne eases past herShe gets the highball sign. The fireman pours the coal on,The hogger tells his crewThat a green light at OcontoWill put them right on through.   This verse from “Ballad of the K&P,” written by Bill Easton and sung to the tune of “Wabash Cannonball,” describes a Kingston & Pembroke train headed north through Tichborne, to Oconto and Sharbot Lake. The photo above shows the engineer’s view of the grade crossing at Tichborne, where the steam engine has turned west onto the main CPR line to pick up coal at the coaling tower, visible in the background. (The picture was taken by David Page in 1956.)   Cyclists and ATVers will soon be…

Sharbot Lake Criminal Court

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Beef jerky and monster energy drinks by Jeff Green There were only three accused on the docket at Sharbot Lake Criminal Court this month, all cases that have been in front of Judge Griffin for some time. One of them is a bit of a mysterious case, involving a former contract employee for a federal MP from Newfoundland. Gipse Julio Ricardo Villas, 68, known as Guilio Villas, and his wife, Jessica Louise Villas, 42, face two charges each of fraud over $5,000. Jessica Villas was the special assistant to Newfoundland MP Judy Foote until Foote resigned her seat last September and Villas was not offered a reassignment. The charges were laid in November. The accused each have their own lawyer and Kingston assistant Crown Attorney…

King of Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Kirk Chabot did not know what to expect when he decided to put on a fishing derby for the opening day of bass season on Sharbot Lake. “If we get ten teams and they share a few hundred dollars in prize money that won’t be the end of the world,” he said a month ago when he was first getting the word out. “But, from what I hear, people want to come out for a derby, so I think we will have more then ten teams.” He was right about that. There were 39 teams registered by the time the derby got underway last Saturday morning, one under the capacity for the event. And when it was all over, the team of John Davis and…

First Book Canada at GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
First Book Canada is a program that is devoted to bringing books and other materials to students in Canada who might not have access otherwise. Its mission “is to transform the lives of children in need by improving access to educational opportunities” says its website. Through a partnership with BMO, $1,000 has been made available for the grade 1-3 students at Granite Ridge Education Centre to provide new books for the kids to have fresh reading material for the summer. On Tuesday morning (June 12) another First Book sponsor, Annick Press, sponsored a visit to the school by one of their authors, Kingston’s Sarah Tsiang. Tsiang is the author of children’s books, poetry, non-fiction and Young Adult novels. She talked to the grade 1 students,…

After The News’ latest CD bends genres in highly effective manner

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
After The News’ new CD, Always on the Move, kind of defies definition. It’s kind of spacey overall, but there’re definitely a hint of southwest U.S. country to it, with Mike Verner’s trumpet accents trending towards mariachi at times. Sort of Pink Floyd meets The Flying Burrito Brothers . . . prog-country-rock. “You can’t avoid the country influence in this area,” said bass player Lee Casement. “Especially when you live three doors down from (pedal steel wizard) Claire Abrams. (Abrams is on the CD too.) “But I’ve been listening to a lot of folk music lately.” Most of the music and lyrics comes from the mind of Casement and guitar player Shaun Wiema, with contributions from vocalist/acoustic guitarist Jamie Young drummer Tim Forbes and Verner.…

Aboriginal Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation is celebrating Aboriginal Day this year with the presentation of a family friendly event for the entire community. From 4pm to 6pm on Thursday, June 21st the interactive Frontenac Skies Bucket Drummers, along with aboriginal women’s drummers, will be entertaining and inviting kids and adults to join in. Puppetry, crafts and beading will be featured, and at 5pm there will be a strawberry teaching ceremony, shared by Kokum Makwa. Chief Doreen Davis of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation decided to sponsor the festival when she found out that the Strawberry Moon Festival, which had been run during school hours for the last 12 years, was not going to happen this year. “I thought that it was important to hold a…

Stairs to take precedence over ceiling insulation at Oso Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council opted to go with entrance stairs over ceiling insulation at Oso Hall at its regular meeting Tuesday evening in Sharbot Lake. Manager of Development Services and CBO Shawn Merriman told Council that there is no foundation under the steps leading to Oso Hall and as such “the cost will be much higher than we budgeted for.” Merriman said that they could take funds budgeted for insulation in the ceiling or look at a temporary solution for the stairs. “My recommendation is to fix the stairs properly and we’re looking at $20,000 for that,” he said. “We might even be able to do some of the ceiling.” “If we don’t insulate the ceiling, will we be losing money from heating the hall?” said…

Do you know any of these servicemen from World War I?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:07  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Arden Legion is nearing completion of a book regarding local men who enlisted, fought, and sometimes died in World War One. November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war and is our projected date for completion. We have access to a lot of the military records of these men and where possible we are including all the personal background we can gather. If you have more information, photographs and family details if possible on the following soldiers, please call either Malcolm Sampson at 613-335-3664 or the Arden Legion at 613-335-2737 and leave your number. Ernest Barker, Arden - His middle name could have been either Enoch or Enick. He was born on May 9, 1898 to Britton and…

GREC Expo a new experience for students, families

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Essentially, the first-ever GREC Expo held at the education centre in Sharbot Lake Tuesday was an opportunity for elementary students to see what the secondary students do in the arts through a series of workshops. And it was also an opportunity for the secondary students to “show off” a bit and since family members were also invited, maybe even sell some of their artwork as well. “It’s designed to be participatory,” said art teacher Valerie Allan, one of the organizers. To that end, primary students got to participate in workshops for ceramics, music, journaling, slam poetry (a competition of spoken word poetry) and even a drop-in centre for board games. And for those that weren’t that interested in artistic pursuits, there was a field trip…

Inclusion “very evident” for Community Living in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
May is Community Living Month and as as Community Living organizations go, the Sharbot Lake operation is one of the smaller ones, with 40 + clients as opposed to some of the larger ones with more than 100. Perhaps that’s a big reason why they’ve been so successful in integrating their people into the community. “I think the smaller communities do have a leg up,” said Dean Walsh, executive director. “People with intellectual disabilities have not always had the same opportunity to contribute and participate in their communities through political, religious expression, volunteerism and leisure activities. “Here, I can call the Mayor, the councilors, the businesses, the service clubs and they all support us.” An example, he said, was Shine a Light on Community Living,…

Candidates meet the students at GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Since 2004, students at the Granite Ridge Education Centre have been involved with the Student Vote Committee and while the majority of the audience weren’t old enough to vote during last Thursday’s all-candidates debate, the candidates themselves were taking the exercise seriously. There was also a sizable contingency from the North Addington Education Centre in attendance. Green Party candidate Anita Payne was the first to speak and in her opening statements linked what she called a “Lyme disease epidemic” to climate change. After acknowledging that this event was happening on unceded Algonquin territory, Liberal candidate Amanda Pulker-Mok said her priorities were health care, both from an administration and a user-standpoint as well as expanded cell phone and broadband service. After pointing out that he has…

Community concerns after luring incident at Parham ballfeld.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Frontenac OPP investigated a complaint about a man who approached children during a ball practice at the Parham ball field on May 20. “After our investigation, no charges were laid,” said OPP constable Roop Sandhu of the Frontenac OPP. The incident took place while parents and grandparents were watching their kids at a practice. A man, who identified himself as Ryan, parked his car near the field, exited the car and asked for a glove. He went on to the field and acted as if he was a coach. Janet Freeman, who was at the field, said the man “was funny and very interactive with the children, but after a while one of the children reported that he had told her he loved her…
Fire Chief/Manager of Emergency Services Greg Robinson presented his Phase Two Organizational and Operational Review, a lengthy document containing 142 “gaps” or problems with the Central Frontenac Fire Department at Council’s regular meeting Tuesday in Mountain Grove. Given the length of the documents, there wasn’t a lot of discussion but Robinson suggested that it was being presented now to give Council a chance to read it before a discussion scheduled for the June 26 Council meeting and several other presentations from the review over the next three months. “Any fire chief that would give me this much reading before a long weekend . . . I don’t know,” said Coun. Bill MacDonald. “With documents of this magnitude, I think it’s important that we take our…
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