Central Frontenac

Coroners inquest into the death of Robert Srigley

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
After two days of testimony in the coroner’s inquest into the death of Robert (Bob) Srigley, who was shot by Ontario Provincial Police Officers (OPP) on July 25/2013 and died 3 days later at Kingston General Hospital, a picture has emerged. It is that of a severely troubled man whose ultimate end resulted from a series of actions and reactions by him, community members concerned about his well-being, and members of the Lanark detachment of the OPP. Michael Blain, counsel to Coroner Dr. John Carlisle, said on Tuesday (April 25) that the inquest would be wrapping up the next morning, and after receiving instructions from the coroner, the five member jury would be heading to a jury room to confirm their findings and prepare a…

NFLT Flying high

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:59  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Little Theatre presents their spring production, Here Along the Flight Path at Granite Ridge Education Centre this weekend (Friday and Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday matinee at 2pm.) The Norm Foster written adult comedy also stars Carol Belanger and Barb Matson. Tickets will be available at the door - $15 ($10 students)

Cardinal Cafe serving up raspberries with a new twist

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:35  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Cardinal Cafe in Sharbot Lake has a new product this week with a twist — a raspberry twist to be exact. At first glance, Caden’s Ultimate Raspberry Twist looks like a tasty square, which it is. But how it came to be is a bit of a story in itself. Cardinal owner Rob Moore is known for his innovative concoctions but in this case he had some help from the Lakers and senior food and nutrition programs at GREC. Moore has had a relationship with the Lakers program in the past and so when students were studying how to promote fruits, Moore came to give a talk. The next thing you know, they’d come up with a bit of a contest, with Moore offering…

NFCS Volunteer appreciation

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The St. James Catholic Church hall was filled to the brim on Monday as staff from Northern Frontenac Community Services served up a roast beef dinner for over 100 volunteers who help the agency deliver  services to disparate parts of Frontenac County on a daily basis. This year the Volunteer of the Year award went to Bob Greer, who has been a volunteer driver for decades. In describing Bob’s dedication, Gail Young, co-ordinator of Frontenac Transportation Services,  referred to a ride Bob gave to a young man on Christmas day a couple of years ago. “He was supposed to drive him to Perth, but the young man wanted to get to Ottawa for Christmas with his family, so Bob took him all the way. He…

Easy ride on K&P trail

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Flat terrain, prepared surface--the K&P Canada 150 Bike Ride taking place on May 6th (10 to noon) will be a comfortable ride over historic ground. This family-friendly Bike Ride takes place on the former rail bed abandoned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Starting from Tichborne, cyclists will travel 10 km each (for a total of 150 km) passing through bush, swamps and over bridges. The Kingston-Pembroke Railway (known locally as “The Kick and Push”)  once connected a string of small villages that depended on it for commerce as well as for their household goods. The Conboy’s shipped their maple syrup on the railway; Eatons delivered dressers and tables; cattle, fattened on the local farms, ended up in Toronto stockyards . Formed in 1998, the K&P…

New public works manager is “a big roads guy”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
With 25 years experience working on roads crews, new Central Frontenac Public Works Manager Brad Thake hopes to be a “voice of reason” and provide the same sort of stability in the position that his predecessor, Mike Richardson brought. “Mike was a heavy roads guy and a big bridge guy,” Thake said after his first solo Council meeting and a couple of weeks on the job. “He left the Township in good shape infrastructure-wise.” Thake is originally from Brockville but he’s no stranger to area as much of his family is from Westport. That village’s legendary Reeve Bill Thake was his great uncle. “I’m glad I’m here,” he said. “It’s close to friends and family and there are real people here.” Thake started his career…

Electoral systems, federal debt subjects of discussion evening

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“The closer you come to true proportionality, the more complex it becomes,” speaker Norm Hart told a discussion group gathered in Sharbot Lake’s Oso Hall last week. “(So) you can never achieve true proportionality.” Hart’s part of the evening was focused on the different voting systems democracies use around the world. In his talk, ‘Making Every Vote Matter,’ he explained the differences, similarities, strength, weaknesses and nuances of various systems used to achieve proportional representation, ie where the number of seats a party gets in a ruling body is wholly or in part based on the percentage of popular vote. Hart outlined several alternatives to the current First-Past-The-Post system including the Single Member Party Proportional System, Multi-Member Proportional System, and ranked balloting. He and his…

Training course at Shabot Obaadjiwan office

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:43  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A construction worker training course co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence College Employment Centre in Sharbot Lake and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, is wrapping up this week, and Chief Doreen Davis is pleased with the results. The 8 week course was designed for self identified indigenous youth (under 29) interested in learning carpentry skills and work-site safety. Local contractor Kevin Rioux supervised the trainees, who received boots, hats, tools and belts at the start of the course, took some training courses, and then began to do some renovations to the Shabot Obaadjiwan offices on Hwy 7 just east of Arden. “Not only did they completely re-do our boardroom and add a small office and shelving, they also did some work on the exterior building and…

CF Minor Softball gears up for 2017

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:20  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Central Frontenac Minor Softball Association kicked off the 2017 season Saturday in Mountain Grove with its registration session. Association president Kurtis Jackson said the on-field season will get underway in mid-May, depending on field conditions and the weather and continue into mid-August (the bantam and junior men’s teams schedule go a little longer). They’ll be fielding six mixed teams and one girls bantam team this year with seven home games and six away games. Home games are played in Sharbot Lake, Parham and Mountain Grove. Away games can be as far away as Lansdowne and Gananoque. “We’re affiliated with the Kingston Area Inter-Community Softball Association,” Jackson said. “All of the teams except Grasshoppers play away games.” They have the players all lined up but…

Sharbot Lake Lion’s to hold open meeting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
An open meeting will be hosted by the Sharbot Lake & District Lions Club on April 26th at the S. L. Legion on Cannon Rd. The public is invited to join the Lions for social hour between 5 and 6 PM and then sit down to a delicious dinner ($15 for entrée, dessert & tea or coffee) served up by the Legion kitchen staff. Then stay for the regular Lion’s meeting 7 PM. Haven’t you ever wondered what exactly the Lion’s Club does? How their meetings are run or how they raise money and where that money goes? Well, now you can see for yourself! You will learn first-hand how the Lions Club has been serving the Sharbot Lake area for over 65 years. The…

‘Patience is the big thing’ when it comes to dealing with autism

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” said Lillian Barker-Godfrey as Community Living North Frontenac hosted a games afternoon last Sunday at Oso Hall in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day. Although current thinking is shying away from the ‘autism spectrum’ philosophy, it is still highly variable neuro-development disorder, that first appears in infancy or childhood. Those with autism may be developmentally impaired in some aspects but not in others. They may even display superior development in some areas. “Not everybody with autism has an intellectual disability,” she said. “And medical professionals that diagnose autism don’t refer to it as a ‘spectrum’ any more. “But there can be a wide range of aspects and there is no definitive diagnostic…

Weather doesn’t deter visitors to maple syrup farms on weekend

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:00  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It was a sweet weekend last Saturday and Sunday as visitors from all over came to the Bell Line Road to visit the maple syrup operations of Oso Sweet Maple Farms (Mel & Joyce Conboy) and George and Darlene Conboy & Sons Maple Syrup. “It’s been an average year,” said George Conboy. “It did start very early in February and we weren’t expecting that but then it got cold again. “Still, it’s a very high quality syrup this year with very light colour (and) we haven’t made any of the lower grades.” For the Conboys, maple syrup has been a family business for a long time. “Our grandchildren will be the sixth generation,” George said. “The Conboys came from Ireland in 1876 and got a…

Mountain Grove Library opens

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:52  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith and Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board Chair Claudette Richardson cut the ribbon officially opening the brand new Mountain Grove Library last Friday. The library, which is attached to the fire hall, was made possible through a $110,000 grant by the federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. “We all need books, we all need to read and we all need to learn,” said Smith.

Pumper/hauler questions inspection plan

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:10  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Township’s plan, which is now under review, to licence pumper/haulers to do inspections on septic systems “won’t work,” says a long-time area pumper who does 30 per cent of his business in Central Frontenac. “They’ve opened up a hornets’ nest,” said Dave Orser, who began helping his father with the family business in 1963 and took it over when his father retired. “South Frontenac tried this a few years ago and I was quite involved in it. It won’t work.” Orser said he has two main concerns. First, he’s concerned he’ll lose business if he’s put in the position of having to ‘fail’ a system. “If I come to an area and turn down a system, I’ll never pump another system in that…

Gardening Workshop

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:50  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Cam and Michelle Mather came to the new Parham Fire Hall, which includes the Parham branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, on Saturday April 1st. Cam gave an informative and entertaining hour long workshop on organic gardening and then continued with informative answers to all the questions from the filled up meeting room.   Michelle sold their books and CDs at a bargain rate and they graciously did the workshop for free. Unbeknownst to them, we did collect some donations to give them, but Cam has done workshops for $70 per person at the botanical gardens, so we are very grateful to them for this workshop for our community. Afterwards, people were invited to the library to look at the collection of gardening books…
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