Central Frontenac

So, with the opening weekend of Provincial championships completed at the Frontenac Community Arena, the action shifts out of town on March 24 and 25. If needed, the teams will be back in Piccadilly March 30 in the first-team-to-six points series. (and out of town March 31 if any series goes the full six games). Teams get two points for a win, one for getting to overtime. In tied games, there is one overtime period except for the sixth game which will continue until there’s a winner. There are no shootouts. So, here’s how they stand going into next weekend. The Atoms are up 4 points to zero over the Walkerton Capitals with wins of 5-4 and 5-4 heading back to Walkerton. The PeeWees are…

How to protect a species that may not exist

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Hannah Barron is a researcher with EarthRoots, which is a “grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario's wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action.” according to the description on its web site She runs an Earthroots project called Wolves Ontario, which is dedicated to raising public awareness of the status of the current status of the wolf population in Ontario, advocating for better policies that govern wolves, and achieving meaningful protection for wolves and wolf habitat. The focus of her efforts recently has been in identifying the range and population density of the Eastern Wolf, which has recently been re-named the Algonquin Wolf. According to Barron, and her view is supported by researchers affiliated with Trent University, there are about 500…

Craft/Bake sale draws a crowd to Oso Hall on a grey Saturday in March

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Laura Stewart didn’t know what to expect when she decided to organize a craft/bake sale. She’d never done this before. “I did it because we haven’t had one in awhile,” she said. “Maybe it’s something Sharbot Lake needed. “At least it would get some of the artists and creative people out and in the winter it’s nice to get out of the house.” Stewart and hubby Kirk Chabot moved here just over a year ago. Chabot has ingratiated himself into the Lions Club and the Legion. Stewart works at Mike Dean’s. “I love the community,” she said. “I love how it comes together. “The Farmers Market is great in the summer but there isn’t as much going on in the winter.” She noticed that “people…

No truth to Facebook rumours says Central Frontenac Fire Chief

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Rumours circulating on social media that the Piccadilly and/or Henderson sub-stations are to be closed are “absolutely not true,” Fire Chief Greg Robinson said at the Central Frontenac Council meeting Tuesday night. “We’ve been getting some calls because of posts on Facebook stating that because the trucks have been removed, the stations are being closed,” Robinson said. “While the trucks are not in the stations, they have both been sent to repair similar malfunctions and will be back in their respective substations once those repairs have been made. “There are, nor have there been, any plans to close either or both of the stations.” And for those residents worried that their insurance coverage would be changed, Robinson said neither of the substations has had any…

The Retired Women teachers of Ontario

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Retired Women teachers of Ontario (R.W.T.O.) Kingston Branch gathered at Parham United Church for their regular meeting. Members were delighted to welcome our past president, Bonnie Greavett. Bev Ritchie displayed albums containing pictures, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. which helped to trace the history of the branch over the years. Corrine Howes reported that Trudi Bain has passed away. Trudi was a long time member of R.W.T.O who held offices at the local and provincial level. Betty Jeanne Kippen announced that the Provincial Office had provided $300 to each branch to be used for recognition or retention of members. After many suggestions members allocated $100 to the Limestone Food Sharing Project and $100 to the Limestone Learning Foundation. The Cora Bailey Award recipient from our…

Friends of Frontenac support and enjoy the Park, year round

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
As President of the Friends of Frontenac Park, Simon Smith has had occasion to attend gatherings with other park officials from the larger region and the province as a whole. He learns about other parks at those meetings. “I think Bon Echo Park draws 5 or 6 times as many people as Frontenac Park”, he said when interviewed this week, “and I remember someone telling me that Sandbanks draws as many people on a summer weekend as we draw all year.” Unlike the other parks, all of the campsites in Frontenac Park are hike or boat in sites, and the park draws more of a nature loving and hiking crowd than some other provincial parks. Unlike the other parks, however, Frontenac Park is open year…

Plan to sell off old Parham Fire Station has a few hurdles

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council passed a motion to declare the old Parham Fire Surplus and approved it being listed for sale at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Sharbot Lake. The motion came as a part of a proposal from Fire Chief Greg Robinson who, in his report, proposed that the “net proceeds of the sale be transferred to the fire reserve account.” The old Parham station was replaced with a new fire station in 2016 and the old one is currently used as a warehouse for fire equipment. However, Robinson said that the fire department has two surplus stations in Mountain Grove and the one by the rink could be used for storage as well as continue as change room for the rink. He acknowledged…

Canadian music scene comes to life on back country road

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Al Rankin doesn’t settle for good when he knows he can achieve great. Sitting in his historic limestone house nestled inconspicuously on a country road north of Kingston, Al speaks passionately about the music he showcases in his Inverary home and to the broader community.. “My whole thing is, I don’t want good music here, I want great music,” says the retired drama teacher as a pellet stove hums softly in the background. Talking from a tastefully decorated living room, Al, 68, is a well-known member of the Canadian music scene. He is the artistic director of three local groups that bring music to public theatres, school auditoriums and his private home. Not far from his armchair is a curtain hung in a doorway to…

Foundation Grant to Look into Recreation Centre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation For Kingston and Area, the group/township subcommittee working to turn the former Hinchinbrooke school into a recreation and cultural centre has been able to engage Social Focus Consulting to help do a business plan for township council. The first step is a two part survey of community interest in such a centre and your ideas about what it should include plus a survey of groups and organizations that might use it and provide programs there. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. For those who live and/or work within the Township, complete this survey: http://bit.ly/Hinchinbrooke1 For those who are senior decision makers within organizations that serve the Township, please complete this survey too: http://bit.ly/Hinchinbrooke2. You…

Historical logging traditions kept alive on Matson’s Farm

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There was a time, not so very long ago, when horses and hand saws were the tools of the trade in the logging industry. Arden’s Matson family was very involved in all that. So it probably comes as no surprise that they decided to do some demonstrations and displays as part of the Frontenac Heritage Festival this year. “I worked in the bush and I’m the fourth or fifth generation,” said Glen Matson, current patriarch of the clan. “We’re all interested in the history and we’ve all worked with horses in the bush.” And, it almost seems there’s more than nostalgia at work here. Matson makes a case for horse-power actually doing a better job than modern machinery. “Dad did a lot of forestry work…

Kennebec then and now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:54  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On the agenda of the July 5, 2017 council meeting held in Arden, a presentation was made by Glen Matson and Wanda Harrison requesting permission to remove a large pine tree in front of the Community Centre. With permission granted the tree was safely and efficiently removed September 18. It had been decided, at that time, to make a dedication to the past forefathers of Kennebec Township, at the opening of the new Heritage Garden, but unfortunately due to a multitude of reasons, that did not happen. After some discussions, it was decided that the Heritage Festival Weekend would be the more, appropriate time to reschedule that dedication, so with the help of Paddy O’Connor, Town Crier, the unveiling of the plank, milled from the…

Broomball tournament raises funds for GREC baseball team

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A broomball tournament Saturday in Mountain Grove raised $350 to go towards a portable pitching mound for the baseball (yes, hardball) team at GREC. The baseball club isn’t the highest profile squad at the school, in fact they don’t even have a real baseball diamond or pitching mound to practice on and have to play all their games in Kingston. But what they lack in facilities, they make up for with enthusiasm, said coach Jamie McCullough. “We’re going into our second year and it’s a co-ed team with 15 players,” he said. “We play in Kingston but our pitching suffers without a real mound to throw off of and so that’s why we’re raising money — to get a portable pitching mound so we don’t…

Seniors housing committee asking for opinions with survey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“The committee knows we need some form of seniors housing, tell us what . . .” Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith told a gathering last Thursday afternoon at Oso Hall to discuss seniors housing in the Township. To that end, the committee (Smith, Coun. Bill MacDonald, RFCS director Louise Moody, Pat Fisher and Peggy Hurley) has been asking residents to fill out a survey that asks questions related to people’s thoughts about what seniors housing should look like in the Township. To date, they’ve received about 50 surveys, many of which were filled out by the 45 or so people that came out to the information session. (You can still get a survey at the Township office or fill one out online at the Township…

Frontenac Heritage Festival celebrates 12 years this weekend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Frontenac Heritage Festival returns to Central Frontenac Township this weekend for its 12th year. Things get underway Friday night with an opening gala at GREC and the annual local talent show — Frontenac’s Got Talent. The Festival swings into high gear on Saturday with a variety of events and activities in Sharbot Lake, Tichborne, Arden and Kennebec Lake. You can skate for free at the Tichborne rink all day. Sharbot Lake will be busy starting with the Lions All You Can Eat Breakfast, a bonfire at the CF Train Museum and a Bucket Drumming Workshop for kids at the Child Centre. But the Arden area has historically been the busiest area on the Saturday and this year is no exception with the Empty Bowls…

2017 construction surpasses $10 million mark

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Following up on a very good construction year in 2016 ($8.7 million in construction value and $125,000 in permit fees collected), values jumped 18% to $10.34 million in 2017. Permit fees also jumped to $147,000. Looking further back to 2015, construction values are up by almost 50% over a two year period. Permits were taken out for 30 new homes in 2017, a high water mark for the township, and although there were only 7 permits taken out for Commercial/Industrial construction in 2017, that still represents a large increase as only 1 commercial/industrial permit was purchased in each of 2015 and 2016. The totals for 2017 were somewhat augmented by the permit for a single project, an Ultramar Station on Highway 7, the numbers as…

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