Central Frontenac

New vandalism report - This time on Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Friday, 19 January 2018 11:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
OPP released information today about an investigation that was initiated on January 17th, when a cottager on Craig's Island, Sharbot Lake (west basin) contactedd them about damage to their cottage. Police have no information indicating a connection between these break ins and those that took place on Bobs Lake on January 12th, but the level of destruction was similar in both sets of incidents and in neither case does the motive seem to have been robbery, although a bush buggy was stolen in the Sharbot Lake incident. Here is the OPP release from this morning (January 19th): On January 17, 2018, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sharbot Lake Detachment responded to a mischief complaint that occurred to five separate cottages on Craig Island which is…
Minor softball has held a fundraising 4 on 4 hockey tournament for several years now at the outdoor rink in Tichborne but last year the weather didn’t cooperate and so it had to be cancelled. This year, organizers decided to move it up a couple of weeks. Sure enough, the weather threatened to intervene once again with a major thaw followed by freezing rain. But while it was touch and go there for awhile, but the ice was in great shape when the first puck dropped Sunday morning. “We weren’t sure with that Friday storm,” said organizer Christine Teal. “Five guys came out and flooded it Saturday night,” said head ice-keeper Bob Teal. “Then my son (Riley) got me up at quarter to five Sunday…
49 year old Debra Anne Hill (Teal) was found by her son in-law Owen Young early on Saturday morning outside of her home on Steele Road near Tichborne, and was declared deceased by Emergency Srevices personnel a short time later. As reported in the OPP and Special Investigation Unit (SIU) releases reprinted below, there had been unusual circumstances late on the evening before she died. A query by The News to the SIU regarding cause of death after a post-mortem reportedly took place on Monday, led to the following response from Monica Hudon, Communications co-ordinator with the SIU: “The results of a post-mortem are considered evidence. The SIU does not comment on, confirm, or share any specific evidence the Unit may have gathered during the…

Change is good for guitar player McCullough

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“Life’s good,” said guitarist Shawn McCullough in between sets Saturday night at The Crossing Pub in Sharbot Lake, where he and fiddle player Wade Foster played to a sold-out audience that contained more than a few musicians. “I’ve got a good chunk of 2018 booked already with 125 gigs. “I did just over 200 last year.” After years of fragile bands and being a chicken-picker for hire, McCullough seems to have settled into the roving troubadour mode. “I’m honestly enjoying the acoustic thing,” he said. “The biggest worry is trying to find some tasty old covers that haven’t been done to death. I’m looking to bluegrass for a lot of that.” He’s also doing a lot of songwriting too, looking at an album in the…

49 year old woman found dead in Tichborne

Written by  |  Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
OPP Investigate Death SIU Invoke Mandate  Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac Detachment, along with the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are currently investigating the death of a 49-year-old female in South Frontenac Township.   In the early morning hours of January 13, 2018, officers had provided assistance to this female. Shortly before 9 a.m., Emergency Medical Services contacted the OPP for assistance for a sudden death in South Frontenac Township.  The OPP has notified the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate. As a result the OPP will not be able to provide any further information. Any other inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at (416) 622-2342. The Spicial Investigatgions unit put out the following release earlier today (January 14)…

Arden, Sharbot Lake Legions combine to alternate monthly open mikes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:41  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Arden Legion President Dave Moore kind of said it all: “this open mike is scheduled from 1-4 but since everybody’s having such a good time, I’d like to remind you we don’t close until 2 a.m.” Such was the inaugural session for a series of open mike fundraisers to alternate on the first Saturday of each month between the Arden and Sharbot Lake Legion branches. The next installment is scheduled for Feb. 3 in Sharbot Lake. Sam Jarvis, who organized the backing band of himself, Eddie Aston, Bill Parsons and Zack Teal, said the idea came out of a similar fundraiser Connie McLellan did for children with mental challenges. “We wanted to keep it going so her husband, Sharbot Lake Legion President Alden McLellan, said…

Riddell leaves Central Frontenac Council to accept deputy fire chief position

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:38  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
District 2 (Olden) will be without its compliment of two councilors for the near future as Coun. Jamie Riddell resigned his seat at Tuesday evening’s regular Central Frontenac Council meeting in Sharbot Lake. Riddell told Council he was resigning to become deputy fire chief of the Central Frontenac Fire Department. He expressed some regrets on leaving Council. “It’s been a great three years but fire is very near and dear to my heart,” he said, “and, I’m looking forward to replacing (Fire Chief) Greg (Robinson) when he retires. Former fire chief Bill Young had been deputy chief after Robinson was hired as full-time chief but Young’s contract was up at the end of December and with the job description, hours and remuneration (reduced by an…
There were lots of smiling faces, full bellies and nimble fingers last Saturday at the Crow Lake School House for the Ardoch Algonquins holiday gathering. The event was co-sponsored by Apagadiwag Omamawi'ininiwag (Algonquin) Community development circle. This group is a cultural arm of the Ardoch Algonquin first nation that works with both heads of family and on multi-community initiatives such as this gathering which included a shared meal, turkey and ham raffles, song sharing, pouch-making for Tobacco and an explanation of the Apagadiwag Needs assessment project. “Our focus isn’t on divisive political entities, we had people from Ardoch Algonquin, from Shabot Obadjewan, from Smiths Falls here today. Our focus is how to recover culture, language, ways of being. These things are needed in order to…

16th annual Festival of Trees, “more and more creativity”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:43  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
This past weekend, Oso Hall was decorated in the Christmas spirit for the 16th Festival of Trees, Villages Beautiful’s annual fundraiser (which actually began in 2000 but one year was missed in favour of a dance). Not much has changed since the first one (except the number of entries). People donate decorated trees of all sizes, wreaths, wall hangings, Christmas baskets, gingerbread creations and other things (ie “anything goes”) and then visitors buy tickets which are deposited in boxes next to the tree they want to win. Then on Saturday, draws are made. Since it’s been going on for 16 years, the committee pretty much has it figured out by now, and they have fun with it, said Sally Angle. “It’s a typical female committee,”…

Central’s capital budget looks at almost $288,000 increase in spending

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:42  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Budget deliberations for Central Frontenac Township began in earnest Monday night at the Oso Fire Hall and although it was only the capital budget discussed (the operating budget, which tends to affect the tax levy more than the capital, is still to come), it could be an expensive year. Granted, the pencils haven’t been sharpened yet to make cuts but out of the gate, capital budget is at $2,779,000 as opposed to last year’s $2,491,111, an increase of $287,889. “You need to increase capital to provide services or change your service delivery level,” said Clerk Administrator Cathy MacMunn. Some items aren’t likely to fly such as a $20,000 ask for a wireless microphone system for Council meetings. Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey argued for the system…

Winter Camping – A Popular Trend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On November 25, the University of Waterloo held the first Ontario Winter Camping Conference with over 400 people in attendance. People of all ages are realizing that camping in the winter need not be a hardship but can be very enjoyable. The woods are much quieter in the winter and the smell of snow is very relaxing and comforting. Again this winter Bob Miller and Mike Procter will lead a Saturday overnight camping adventure near Sharbot Lake as part of the Frontenac Heritage Festival activities. The date of the camp will not be on the Heritage Festival weekend but will be chosen by the participants keeping in mind the weather forecast and the schedules of the participants, likely in late January or early February. This…

Churches unite for Ecumenical Carol Service in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Sunday in Sharbot Lake featured the seventh year of Ecumenical Carol Service put on by six ministerials in the area. “This is our second time here at St. James Major,” said Rev. Mark Hudson. “We rotate around the different churches. “We’d like to hold it outside like the summer service at the beach but you never know what the weather’s going to be.” Hudson said when they started out, they held the Carol Service on Saturday nights “but the seniors seemed to prefer we hold it in the afternoon.” “It’s a popular service with good representation from many faiths and participation from a lot of lay people.” For example, Richard and Lois Webster greeted guests as they arrived and did the offering (which goes to…

Canada 150 Finale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:10  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Canada 150 Finale   Canada’s Sesquicentennial is drawing to a close and the people of Central Frontenac should congratulate themselves for having staged a great year. We have marked the occasion with some truly memorable projects.   Each of our community institutions has come through with something special - a heritage video at Parham Fair, special demonstrations by the Arden Fire Department, a Trail day at the Railway Heritage Park in Sharbot Lake and commemorative public benches where we can enjoy our beautiful surroundings. The area’s churches held special services (indoors and out) and supported community events such as the Giving Thanks Dinner. The lake associations got into the act with flotillas on Kennebec, Horseshoe and Long Lakes and tree planting projects on Eagle Lake…

Elm Tree Road reconstruction delayed until January

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Reconstruction of Elm Tree Road has been delayed until Jan. 8-12, Public Works Manager Brad Thake told Central Frontenac Council at its regular meeting Tuesday in Sharbot Lake. The job was to have begun Monday, Dec. 11. “It’s very disappointing,” Thake said. “The delay was due to a contractor not getting a permit. “And a little bit of high water.” Thake said he’s confident the work (along with the temporary road closure) will continue in January but cautioned that it is winter and if delayed again, it will likely have to wait until spring. The funds slated for the project will be moved into next year’s budget. Still with roads, Thake said with “the little burst of winter,” they had a couple of breakdowns and…

Winter Camping – A Popular Trend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On November 25, the University of Waterloo held the first Ontario Winter Camping Conference with over 400 people in attendance. People of all ages are realizing that camping in the winter need not be a hardship but can be very enjoyable. The woods are much quieter in the winter and the smell of snow is very relaxing and comforting. Again this winter Bob Miller and Mike Procter will lead a Saturday overnight camping adventure near Sharbot Lake as part of the Frontenac Heritage Festival activities. The date of the camp will not be on the Heritage Festival weekend but will be chosen by the participants keeping in mind the weather forecast and the schedules of the participants, likely in late January or early February. This…
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