Central Frontenac

Vandals attack…begonias and gazanias?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Phil and Lorrette Gray of the Maples restaurant can’t figure it out. Nor can Trina Wilson, the gardener who for the last six years has been diligently working the garden beds that surround the restaurant. Starting pretty much as soon as she began transplanting annuals in June, Wilson noticed that some of them were being dug up. In July, when the plants were established and were filling out the gardens with colour, they started being dug up in earnest, one or two a night. It’s all pretty disheartening for Wilson and the Grays, who see the gardens as a way of beautifying both their own property and Sharbot Lake as a whole. “There are a lot of nice looking gardens in Sharbot Lake, and I…

Burger Day showcases local products available at farmers market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For the past three years, one of the more popular events at the Sharbot Lake Farmers Market has been burger day. That’s the day they set up the barbecue and make you a locally-sourced burger with (just about) all the trimmings coming from the area as well. “It’s as local as we can make it,” said burger barista Kate Howes, who took over this year as organizer from Dean Wedden. “They asked for a volunteer, so I volunteered,” she said. “We pushed it back a couple of weeks so we could have local tomatoes and lettuce. “Unfortunately, nobody’s onions were ready yet.” OK, so other than the onions, mustard and ketchup, everything comes from the area. First, you go see Kate and pay for your…
Central Frontenac will look at putting some money into reserves to cover potential wild fires after this summer’s blaze July 12 to July 20 east of Arden Road to the Stone Mills Township boundary. In his report to Council’s regular meeting Tuesday in Sharbot Lake, Fire Chief Greg Robinson said that while there were no injuries due to the fire and no buildings lost, the Central Frontenac Fire department did suffer some equipment loss and the expenditure of consumables such as foam that could lead to an overage on the emergency response capital budget of about $8,000 and an overage of the operating budget of about $14,000. “Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue (CFFR) received direct firefighting assistance from Ministry of Natural Resources fire rangers and…

Don’t miss the Parham Fair this weekend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The end of summer brings many things, and one of them is the 126th annual Parham Fair, which takes place this weekend, August 18th and 19th, at the Parham Fairgrounds. This year brings new features; Blackrock Climbing’s Obstacle Course, Jumpy Castle, and Cross-Fit Tower. Its not the only way to have some friendly competition with your friends and neighbours – the weekend is filled with events for everyone. For the kids, a Parham Fair weekend wouldn’t be complete without the egg toss and the pie eating contest. Sure, you might get a little messy, but victory is sweet, and this might be your year. There are many other games to compete in as well. On Sunday’s pet show, show off your dog, cat, or anything…

NFLT Summer Camp

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There are nine aspiring young actors participating in a drama camp sponsored by NFLT this August. Tim White, choreographer and director, has coordinated a drama program for the kids along with co-facilitator Barb Scantlebury. Although some of the participants have had experience on stage before in NFLT productions, three have not. Last Friday, I enjoyed watching what they had been working on since the camp started on Tuesday, August 7. Their introductory song and dance number will definitely be a show stopper. It is a mashup of four songs from The Greatest Showman, and the kids were doing very well with the choreography that Tim provided. The campers have chosen to perform a scene from two previous productions. One scene is from the show Aladdin…

Eighth annual Frontenac Frolic more than just cow flop bingo

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
While the Frontenac Frolic is “geared towards children,” organizer Susan O’Brien Mactaggart said they hope they “have something for everyone.” In its eight year on Saturday at Glendower Hall, it certainly appeared that they were reaching a wide audience, as cars were parked on both sides of Westport Road as far as the eye could see. It’s the Bobs & Crow Lakes Foundation’s annual fundraiser that finances various projects of the Bobs & Crow Lakes Association such as lake charts, septic re-inspection programs and shoreline planting, she said. Other programs funded have included 60 shoal marker buoys, nine emergency water pumps, boating and cottage safety cards, tables and chairs for Crow Lake School, a welcome kit for new residents, five walleye spawning bed improvements including…

Get ready for the Fair

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Parham Fair is coming up again – and the 126th has a few changes in store. Midways have always been a staple at country fairs, but in recent years, this has started to change. Rising costs in fuel and insurance have made it very difficult for midway companies to attend small events. Last year, this resulted in the demise of the annual Verona Jambouree, so it wasn’t a surprise to the Parham Agricultural Society when they learned a midway wouldn’t be possible for this year’s fair. But the show must go on! Vice President Carol Wagar was determined to provide an alternative, so on Saturday of this year’s fair, Parham will see the addition of Blackrock Climbers, which has something for all ages. There…

Arden Seniors barbecue sells out

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:40  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Organizer Wanda Harrison described the annual Arden Seniors yard sale and barbecue as “remarkable” as she was totaling up the receipts. “This is the annual fundraiser that the seniors do,” she said. “We’ve been doing it for around 25 years or so. “It all gets donated back to the community, be it to the fire department, the food bank — we’re big, big supporters of the food bank — Rural Frontenac Community Services and the schools.” For the record, the barbecue sold out and the peameal bacon sandwiches sold out. “Thank you to all the volunteers.” The next event in Arden will be the Arden Family Field Day at Recreation Park on Aug. 18 from 10am-4pm. The official opening will be at 11am with Town…
In its 23rd year, the annual Art Exhibition and Show put on by the Friends of Bon Echo was down a few exhibitors (to 25), but still managed to bring together a tidy little show that focused more on the “fine” art of painting than many shows of this nature. Co-chair Sue Whyte (along with Debbie Alger) said this year’s show likely reflects a changing of the guard, as many of those involved have been doing so for 23 years, but she’s optimistic about future shows. “There have been a few glitches but hopefully nobody will notice,” she said. “We’re looking ahead to next year. “I’m really looking forward to the artists’ feedback.” Long-time organizer Ernest Lapchinski said Whyte was the most instrumental person in…

When it comes to summer jobs, Caden Stephenson figures he lucked out

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
As a fundraising arm for Community Living, North Frontenac, The Treasure Trunk can’t really afford much in the way of staff. With the move to Road 38 south of Sharbot Lake, they’ve become more of a regional operation, drawing from as far south as Harrowsmith and Verona for both donations and customers. But let’s face it, it’s essentially a charity operation. They do take advantage, however, of whatever programs become available, such as co-op students. One such co-op student was Caden Stephenson, who came from Granite Ridge. So, when the KEYS program in Kingston came up with some money for a summer student, they jumped at the chance. “We don’t have the funds for a summer student,” said Janet Barr, the Treasure Trunk’s director. “But…

Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association held its annual general meeting Saturday at St. James Major in Sharbot Lake, and along with the regular business (elections, state-of-the-lake statements, photo contest, etc.), newly-acclaimed Mayor Frances Smith seemed to be the most popular speaker. Smith gave updates on the septic inspection program, a proposed VIA Rail line going through, twinning of Hwy. 7, the K & P Trail, changes to the Central Frontenac Official Plan as well as giving a bit of a geography lesson. “There are 107 named lakes in Central Frontenac and about 107 that aren’t named,” she said. “As far as septic re-inspection, the committee didn’t approve going ahead with the plan, so an implementation committee was set up and will report to Council…

Sharbot Lake on the cutting edge of citizen science water monitoring

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
While giving a presentation on the Mississippi Valley watershed report card (they got an A), at the Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority biologist Kelly Stiles said something more or less in passing that could become quite significant. After relating that surface water quality ranges from excellent to fair moving west to east from the Canadian Shield to the more urbanized off shield areas, Stiles said: “Our wetlands range from A to B, but many are close to the lower thresholds. Even small changes in conditions could have big impacts on each subwatershed’s overall rating.” While they do good work, the conservation authorities can’t be everywhere all the time (they do have a monitoring station on Sharbot Lake), and much…

Three-peat for Sharbot lake born world champion?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:38  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Matt Fraser, the fittest man alive in both 2016 and 2017, is the odds-on favourite to take his third straight title in Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend. Although he finished second in regional-qualifying back in March because of a slow start which saw him finished 81st in the first event of the 6-event contest, his consistency and endurance make him hard to beat in the 5-day contest, which will feature a dozen events or more. Each CrossFit games includes a different schedule of events, which are not revealed to the athletes in advance, so mental strength as well as weight and endurance training are the key to success. When he was interviewed at the conclusion of last year’s games after winning, Fraser was asked when he…

Garden Party draws steady crowds to Arden for 11th annual edition

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:27  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For 11 years now, the artisans of Arden have been welcoming the public to their galleries for one Saturday in July. There are door prizes, a blueberry tea event and of course they make sales but that’s not really why they do it. “It’s nice to meet with people and chat with them,” said Judith Versavel who’s been operating her Gallery By The Bay on Big Clear Lake since 2005. Versavel had a long career in more commercial art, working as a graphic designer for contracts with Bell Canada, Colgate Palmolive and Simpson’s. In 1976 she moved back to the Kingston area and worked at Harrowsmith magazine and later Equinox. But painting was always her first love and although her one-of-a-kind jewelry items have a…
As open houses for official plan updates go, Saturday’s Central Frontenac meeting was rather well attended, with about 45 people who weren’t staff or Council members showing up to listen to what community planner Megan Ruekwald and Frontenac County director of planning and economic development Joe Gallivan had to say and to pepper them with questions. “It’s a really good turnout and it’s good to hear that the community seems to have the same concerns about protecting the environment as Council does,” said Coun. Bill MacDonald. “It looks like the community if for sustainable development and I really think science is going to solve any septic problems we might have.” The presentation was broken down into four areas — Settlement Areas, Affordable Housing, Waterfront Lot…
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