Central Frontenac

Kennebec Shores trails now open to the community

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:17  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On Saturday morning, the first of many people began to explore the new trails through the parkland just north of Kennebec Lake.“There are about five to seven kilometres so far with two to three more to come,” said Gord Brown, one of those who’s spent time, marking out and grooming the new trails. “But it’s hard to tell because those are Nova Scotia kilometres.”In other words, there’s a lot of up and down walking. “I would say it’s a moderate difficulty trail,” Brown said. “It’s about two-thirds bush and one-third meadow and winds through the 156 acres of Parkland.”Highlights along the route include the old ski hill, Mallard Pond (which should be good for skating in the winter), beaver meadows, rock cliffs and several glacial…

Canada 150 Coffee House at GREC

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:25  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
One of the final Canada 150 events in this sesquicentennial year will feature the music of Canada.The Covering Canada 150 Coffee House is set to go this Friday night (Oct. 13) in the Granite Ridge Education Centre auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes free coffee and snacks. Proceeds will go to a special fund being set up to pay for music lessons and/or music camp for deserving local students.“There have been so many 150 celebrations this year,” said Jim MacPherson, who along with fellow musician Gary Giller organized the event. “We wanted to do something to show the Canadian music scene and the many avenues that entails. And we wanted to highlight the Canadian singer/songwriters and artists we’ve been influenced by.” The…

Lights for K & P Trail take priority for grant application - CF Council

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Lights for the Thompson’s Cut section of the K & P Trail through Sharbot Lake beat out the Sharbot Lake outdoor arena project and the Hinchinbrooke Community Centre (the former Hinchinbrooke school) as Central Frontenac’s project for a potential Trillium Foundation Grant, Council decided at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon at Piccadilly Hall. Chief Building Official/Manager of Development Services Shawn Merriman told Council that the municipality can only submit one application and of the three projects considered, the trail ask has the best chance for success.“They (the committee doing the trail renovations) have already completed Phase 1, and trails seem to be the thing right now,” he said. “We’re still waiting for a business plan for the school and the rink committee probably can’t get…

Fun at the F.A.I.R

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:38  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In order to highlight youth services, programming and activities for rural youth, a community services fair is set for Wednesday October 25th at Granite Ridge Education Centre. The Northern Rural Youth Partnership, which is made up of representatives from groups who work with youth in Frontenac County, as well as municipal partners, is holding a Partners with Parents event called Fun at the F.A.I.R. (Families Accessing Information/Resources).  Starting at 5pm there will be a community dinner, and at 6:15 youth will participated in a fun fair with face painting, clowns, and other activities organised by the Rural Frontenac Community Services Youth Program, while very young children will be able to access free day care. The adults will have access to different tables for information sharing. That…

Just how big of a problem is septic system failure in Central Frontenac?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:54  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
With Central Frontenac Township scheduled to provide direction to staff concerning proposed mandatory septic inspection Oct. 24, here’s a look at just how widespread septic failure is.First, in consultation with Central Frontenac Treasurer Michael McGovern, the Frontenac News looked at just how many septic tanks there are in the Township.To do this, we looked at the tax roll. There are just under 6,000 tax bills sent out every year.Of these 2,050 are for seasonal residences, 206 are for farm residences and 1,047 are for permanent residences. In total, this comes to 4,103.In addition, there are 127 commercial bills but some of these are combined with residential so we (with McGovern’s input) estimated that number to be about 100.We rounded the number off to come up…

Matthew Byrne – telling tales at the Crossing Pub

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Matthew Byrne was not exactly a stranger to Sharbot Lake when he came to perform as a solo act at the Crossings Pub at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn last Sunday Night (October 1). He has appeared on several occasions, as a member of the Dardanelles, a group which is on hiatus this year but could be performing occasionally in 2018. He was also a member of the Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, which played the Crossings a few times. That makes him one of the Newfoundland wandering musicians offered refuge in Ontario by Frank and Sandra White of the Inn whenever he needs a bed and warm meal.A good crowd of locals and fans from Perth and Kingston came out for an intimate…

A Good Saturday for music lovers in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:43  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It was one of the hottest days of the year down at Oso Beach on Saturday. But there was a Canada Day size crowd. About the only difference from our annual beach bash was that there wasn’t nearly as much red and white. Oh, and the age of the crowd was probably a little older too, because you see, they were there to see and hear a bunch of guys they’ve been listening to for 40 years or so — fellow Canadians and iconic band The Good Brothers.Bruce, Brian and Larry are a little greyer than most probably remember them but they can still bring it. Yes, they played Fox on the Run and Alberta Bound and nobody walked away disappointed.The Brothers made their first…
Sculptor Stefan Duerst’s latest piece, now on view at his Godfrey Sculpture Park, is something of of a departure for him.“I usually do visually pleasing shapes,” he said last week just before completing the installation. While this latest piece, Oh! Canada, still is in a visually pleasing sculptural language, it differs from Duerst’s earlier works in two ways. One, while still an abstraction, it is instantly recognizable as a teepee and two, this one definitely has a narrative about it.“The collapsing teepee structure depicts the deliberate way indigenous culture has been attacked through racist attitudes and government policies,” he said. “It is also meant to reflect on the violence and the tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women, men and children.”To that end, Duerst and…
Central Frontenac Council gave its approval to a revised proposal from the District 3 Rec committee for a canteen at Oliver Scott Memorial Park in Sharbot Lake at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Oso Hall. (The meeting had been scheduled for Piccadilly Hall but because of the heat and fact that Pic Hall has no air conditioning, the meeting was moved. The Oct. 10 meeting will now be held in Pic Hall.)At the Sept. 12 meeting, a proposal for a new canteen with accessible washrooms, storage and warming area, complete with well and septic at a cost between $100,000 and $125,000 was defeated prompting Mayor Frances Smith to ask “what do we do now?” (The well and septic is already in place.) District 3…

Local rockers, Reckless 4, EP set for digital release Oct. 1

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Local rockers Reckless 4’s new single and EP album, Hell Bent, is set for digital release (iTunes, Spotify, etc) Oct. 1, following a ‘battle of the bands’ concert at Mavericks in Ottawa Sept. 30.Local rock fans will recognize the faces as H. D. Supply but this is a new evolution said lead singer/guitarist Jordan Lowery. “Jay Mills is still the drummer and Hailie Mills is back on bass,” Lowery said. “But Colin (Hamilton) decided to focus on his (diesel) apprenticeship so we added busker Curtis Nolan Escott, who brings a jazzy influence to our hard rock.”Lowery said the band has hooked up with producer Glen Robinson, who’s worked with AC/DC, Steve Miller, April Wine, David Bowie, Tea Party, The Ramones who “has showed us some…

Pine tree at Kennebec Hall replaced with cedars

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Back on June 15, 1984, seniors in Arden and Kennebec planted a pine tree to commemorate not only the seniors of the day, but also descendants of those present who represented the original pioneers of the area.However, nobody really envisioned a day when the tree would get as large as it did nor when needles and cones would cover steps and the ramp, making wet and/or icy conditions all that more treacherous for seniors and others wanting to access Kennebec Hall. Also, the bigger the tree got, the more light it blocked adding increased darkness to an already slippery situation. So, the District 1 (Kennebec) Rec Committee, along with G. E. Matson & Sons/Kennebec Tree and Lawn Services got together last Monday morning to knock…

KFPL StoryWalk returns to Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:59  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
One of the more popular programs the Kingston Frontenac Public Library has been bringing to area events in the past few years has been its StoryWalk program. And last Saturday, they brought the most recent installment to the Sharbot Lake Farmers Market.“The story is Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett,” said KFPL programmer Margi McKay. “Like all our StoryWalks, you follow the signs and each sign has a page of the book and an activity for kids and their parents to do.“This story has 13 pages/signs.” For example, at one sign, participants are invited to measure themselves to see if they are as tall as an emperor penguin. At another, they are asked to hop to the next sign like a kangaroo.“By the time you’re…

Sam Arraj, Seeds Co, country music, and Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Sam Arraj was working as a senior manager at the accounting firm of G&G in Toronto, where he had built up a clientele over the years. Since he is a country music fan, he had been drafted onto the board of the Ontario County Music Association since “not-for-profit boards are always looking for people with financial experience” and in that role he continued to pick up more and more clients in the entertainment industry. In 2016 he saw a for sale listing for an accounting business based in Sharbot Lake, Seeds and Company, and he thought about leaving Toronto behind and maybe starting a family with his wife in a less hectic location.“I had seen the way many firms in Toronto were outsourcing their work…

Park washrooms nixed for now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Director of Planning Services Shawn Merriman recommended that Council accept the proposal from McAdoo Construction of Perth for the construction of a building containing a canteen, accessible washrooms, a warming area, and storage areas at Oliver Scott Park in Sharbot Lake. Merriman said that McAdoo’s proposal was the best of four bids on the job when all factors, including price and experience in this kind of project, were accounted for. The estimated cost of the project, including a new well and an septic bed that is already in place, is between $100,000 and $125,000, according to a written report by Merriman. In his report, Merriman said that Council had requested on July 11 that he prepare the way for the project to proceed…

K&P request rejected by County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Daryl Kennedy of Ball Road has repeatedly asked Frontenac County to fence a portion of the K&P trail that abuts his farm property, and for their contractor, Crain’s Construction, to repair a gate that he says they damaged while working on the trail as it runs through his property. When asked this past summer about the Counties’ level of responsibility as regards Mr. Kennedy, Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender said that the responsibility to fence a trail abutting farm property extended to the first purchaser of the former railroad, Bell Canada, but not to any subsequent owners. Thus the County has no obligation to fence Mr. Kelly’s property. As well, both the County and Crains deny that the gate was damaged as part of their…
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