Central Frontenac

Canada 150 milestones reached

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Virgil Garrett, of Sharbot Lake, has opened up his home this year as his bit for the Central Frontenac Canada 150 celebrations. He has been showing and talking about his 9 grandfather clocks (which he built) as well as the 101-year-old Model T he has in his garage. His goal was to have 150 visitors by the end of the summer. Last week, he hit 150, and had now reached 154. He is still accepting visitors, but call first in case he is out and about. His phone number is 613-279-2286. The other milestone is a collective one. Three years ago, Jim Macpherson started up a weekday evening outdoor jam in the summers. They met at the caboose in the railroad park at first, eventually…

Dawson takes on Sam McGee with latest CD

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:59  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In this Canada 150 year, you’re probably thinking ‘where can I get some insight into the works of some of Canada’s greatest poets?’Well, in the Central/North Frontenac area, there happens to be one fellow who’s prepared to help you out with that conundrum — Dave Dawson.Dawson’s latest artistic offering is called Dave Dawson Recites, a CD where he does just that, recites selected works of Robert Service and Dr. Henry Drummond. Service, arguably Canada’s greatest poet, especially when it comes to visions of the North, probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. It’s hard to conceive that any Canadian hasn’t been exposed to him somewhere in school and various other outlets. Is there a more ironically Canadian poem than The Cremation of Sam McGee? (Yes,…

Canada 150 Trail day in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:44  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Organizers of the summer long Central Frontenac Canada 150 celebrations have been working with staff at Frontenac County on a trails event for Sharbot Lake as a celebration of the completion of the K&P trail between Lake Ontario and Sharbot Lake. It turned out that the Trans Canada Trail is celebrating Canada 150 on August 26, and there was funding available to put on events. It seemed like an ideal opportunity to mark the long anticipated, hard fought for, completion of the K&P Trail between Lake Ontario and Sharbot Lake, bringing the trans Canada Trail through Central and South Frontenac. Unfortunately, while construction on that final stretch has begun and the County of Frontenac has agreements in place for all required parcels of land along…

Mountain Grove Mites win title

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Mountain Grove Mites brought home the Frontenac County Minor Softball Association championship trophy on Saturday July 22nd. Coaches: Joe Mallet, Blayne Thompson. L-R: Braedon Scott, Isaac Badour, Nolan Morrow, hunter Mallett, Liam Thompson, Jacob Godfrey, Jackson Mosher, Ella Barr, Parker Thompson, Ryder Mallett. Missing from photo: Maddy Tryon, Isabelle Tryon, Shyann Whan and Alex Gill.

Parham Fair celebrates the past and looks to the future

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:10  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
This year the Parham Fair is running on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19.Saturday is a traditional Fair Day. The Palace displays, featuring contest entries in dozens of categories from baking to zucchini, as well as crafts and much more, open at 10am. So does the Tryon Farm petting zoo and vendors alley. The 4H cattle show starts up at the same time and runs until noon. Fair games start up at 1:00, the opening ceremonies are set for 2:30 and the horse pull follows at 3.Entertainers Magoo (who will do a Children’s Show and a songwriting workshop) and the Zack Teal band take place in the late afternoon and early evening, and the midway runs all day and into the night. It promises…

Helping make cancer history!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:04  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
They are swimming across Sharbot Lake for the 9th time! The Procter sisters: Katie, Theresa and Becki,are going to be at it again. On the morning of Saturday, August 19, 2017, the group will swim approximately 3km from the docks at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park to the Oso Township Public Beach. The swim is estimated to take 1.5-2 hours to complete. They will be arriving at the OSO Township Public Beach around 11:00am, and hope to see you there! They are raising funds to support the fight against cancer. The money they raise will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund lifesaving cancer research, offer vital information on cancer, provide compassionate support services to people living with cancer and their families, and advocate for healthy public…

Arden Road rehabilitation cost overrun totals $195,000

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In his report to Central Frontenac’s regular Council meeting Tuesday at Oso Hall, Public Works Manager Brad Thake noted that the Rehabilitation of Arden Road has gone over budget by $195,000. The tender commenced in 2016 for 2.4 kilometres and an extension of the tender was added in early 2017 for an additional 1.6 kilometres. In his report, Thake said: “The first phase (2.4 kilometres) was halted as time ran out with only surface treatment remaining to complete. The 2016 budget amount allocated was $260,000. So far, $263,557 has been spent on phase one, and surface treatment will cost another $110,000, according to the report The 2017 budget for the 1.4-kilometre second phase is $210,000. Phase 2 is now ready for surface treatment, but to…

News briefs from Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Building boom? The cool July weather did not hurt the construction statistics for Central Frontenac. Permits for over $2 million in construction values were taken out in the month,, boosting the year to date total to over $5.5 million, over $1 million more than at the same time last year, and $1.7 more than 2014. To date permits for 13 new houses have been taken out in 2017, up from 10 the end of July in both 2016 and 2015. Including seasonal units, the total so far in 2017 is 19, up from 14 in each of the previous two years. Total permits issued to date in 2017 is also up at 76, as compared to 65 in 2016 and 59 in 2015. Website RFP…

Glee Club, Ardenaires to celebrate Canada 150

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:00  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Two of Arden's musical fixtures, the Ardenaires and the Arden Glee Club, have teamed up for an evening of entertainment on Friday, August 11 to celebrate Canada 150.The free concert at the Kennebec Community Hall, which will feature a very special, surprise guest, to be announced only on the night, will showcase some original material by the Ardenaires with a distinctly Canadian theme.Arden Glee Club, a large choir under director, Helen Praskey, has become well known in southern Ontario for its complex harmonies and beautiful a Capella renderings of well known songs. Near show's end, the names of Arden residents, who died in the service of their country in both world wars, will be recited as part of a moving musical tribute but the mood…

Sharbot Lake Legion Corner

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:50  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 425 has been having Friday night suppers for many years now. The suppers have ranged from roast beef, spaghetti, roast pork, and the list goes on. Over the years our amazing and dedicated cooks have of course gotten older and are not able to do it anymore. These Friday night meals have been a night to sit down to a great meal, to visit with friends we haven’t seen for a while, and to catch up on all the old and new gossip. Well, the time has come for new cooks to ‘belly’ up to the stove and show off their cooking skills. There are usually three to a team and of course one should be the ‘team leader’. If you…

150 years, 150 women, 150 words compels

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:51  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It was rather quiet in the meeting room of the United Church in Sharbot Lake Saturday, despite there being quite a number of people there.The reason for the silence is that everyone seemed to be reading. They were reading stories about area women, 150 of them to be exact, stories that were written by local people who either knew the women or were descendants of them, and this was the brainchild of Dianne Lake for a Canada 150 project — 150 years, 150 women, 150 stories. There is a book (a few copies are still available) but the quests on Saturday were reading from recipe cards.“This is a trip down memory lane,” said Ann Walsh. “We’ve (the MacPherson clan) been here for eight generations and…

RKY camp revitalization project

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
RKY camp has been a fixture on Eagle Lake, near Parham, since the 1930’s, and its roots go back to the 1920’s, when W. Goodfellow allowed the Kingston YWCA to run boys camps on part of his property on Eagle Lake for two weeks each summer. In July of 1930, Goodfellow and J. Snider sold a 25 acre parcel of land to the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Kingston, and the YMCA provided in kind contributions of equipment, providing for a three way partnership to form the RKY Eagle Lake Camp. The original deed was put under the trusteeship of the 3 representatives, one from each of the 3 organizations: J.C. Reynolds (Rotary), C.E. Walker (YMCA), and W.H. Herrington (Kiwanis).By the mid 1930’s the camp…

SLPOA still has one opening on executive after elections at AGM

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:25  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Dock permit clarity, water quality issues and the lake partner program, electricity pricing and the seasonal resident designation, invasive species, engaging younger people in lake associations and quantifying the economic impacts of cottagers in rural Ontario were just a few of the items on the agenda as the Sharbot Lake Property Association held its annual general meeting at St. James Major Saturday. Since this meeting was at the end of a two-year cycle, there were elections for the entire executive. However, despite there being 222 paid members, all of the executive positions were filled by acclamation and one, secretary-treasurer, remains open. The new executive includes, Ken Waller, president; Guy MacLeod, vice-president; Barbara Fradkin, environmental issues coordinator; Robert Patten, Barb McIssac, members-at-large.New president Waller said that the…

B-Final Champions from Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The St. Lawrence Employment Centre Bantam Girls team from Central Frontenac (which includes Sharbot Lake, Plevna, Mountain Grove and Parham) overcame a first-inning, 6-run deficit to defeat Kingston Kia 12-6 in the B Final the Greater Kingston Softball Association Intercommunity Year-End Tournament in Sydenham Saturday.  Back row: Nicole, JessieMae, Julia, Tangie, Meg, Autumn, Marcie; middle row: Vanessa, Sidney, Tori, Amber; front row: Michaela, Claudia. Photo/submitted

Final section of Frontenac K&P Trail between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 13:49  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Glenburnie, Ontario – A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Frontenac K&P Trail is planned for August 26 at Railway Heritage Park and Oso Beach in Sharbot Lake. The event – also a Canada 150 celebration – will be held in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail and the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance. Construction on the final stretch of the Frontenac K&P Trail north of Tichborne is underway and the County of Frontenac has agreements in place for all required parcels of land along the rail bed. While construction is underway, users are urged to refrain from accessing the trail between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake until further notice. The County of Frontenac will continue to issue updates on progress made on the…
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