Central Frontenac

Candidates meet the students at GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Since 2004, students at the Granite Ridge Education Centre have been involved with the Student Vote Committee and while the majority of the audience weren’t old enough to vote during last Thursday’s all-candidates debate, the candidates themselves were taking the exercise seriously. There was also a sizable contingency from the North Addington Education Centre in attendance. Green Party candidate Anita Payne was the first to speak and in her opening statements linked what she called a “Lyme disease epidemic” to climate change. After acknowledging that this event was happening on unceded Algonquin territory, Liberal candidate Amanda Pulker-Mok said her priorities were health care, both from an administration and a user-standpoint as well as expanded cell phone and broadband service. After pointing out that he has…

Community concerns after luring incident at Parham ballfeld.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Frontenac OPP investigated a complaint about a man who approached children during a ball practice at the Parham ball field on May 20. “After our investigation, no charges were laid,” said OPP constable Roop Sandhu of the Frontenac OPP. The incident took place while parents and grandparents were watching their kids at a practice. A man, who identified himself as Ryan, parked his car near the field, exited the car and asked for a glove. He went on to the field and acted as if he was a coach. Janet Freeman, who was at the field, said the man “was funny and very interactive with the children, but after a while one of the children reported that he had told her he loved her…
Fire Chief/Manager of Emergency Services Greg Robinson presented his Phase Two Organizational and Operational Review, a lengthy document containing 142 “gaps” or problems with the Central Frontenac Fire Department at Council’s regular meeting Tuesday in Mountain Grove. Given the length of the documents, there wasn’t a lot of discussion but Robinson suggested that it was being presented now to give Council a chance to read it before a discussion scheduled for the June 26 Council meeting and several other presentations from the review over the next three months. “Any fire chief that would give me this much reading before a long weekend . . . I don’t know,” said Coun. Bill MacDonald. “With documents of this magnitude, I think it’s important that we take our…

King of the Lake coming to Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On June 16, the first day of Bass season, a new fishing derby is being organised for Sharbot Lake. Although it is starting small, organisers are sticking to the protocols of events that are sanctioned by the Ontario BASS nation, thinking that over time the Sharbot Lake derby may become a professional event. “For now” said organiser Kirk Chabot,” we just want to get something started, we just want to plant the seed. If we get only 15 times, great, but maybe we will get more.” Chabot, who is a fishing enthusiast himself, is working with the District 3 (Oso) Recreation Committee on the event. Admission is $50 per person, with up to three fishers per team. The total weight of 8 fish, which must…

Libertarian Stephen Gebhardt

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Stephen Gebhardt is a blue-green libertarian. He lives the lifestyle any Green Party member would envy in a rural off-grid house on 100 acres south of Arden with his wife and two children. They make their own power with wind turbines and solar panels, and get their own wood to heat the house off of the rural property. But Gebhardt also works in resource extraction as an airborne geophysicist, spending two months at time flying over landscapes around the world conducting research for private and public sector interests. And he was a long time Conservative party supporter until becoming disillusioned after the fiscal collapse of 2008. His interest politics has never waned and he has drifted over to the Ontario Libertarian party, which is for…

Day of the Pig on Sunday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A stripped down Day of the Pig is set for Sunday at the Seed to Sausage retail store on Road 38 (12821) south of Sharbot Lake. After moving the popular event to the Sharbot Lake beach, expanding it and charging a $20 admission, Seed to Sausage owner Mike Mckenzie found himself too busy with other projects, in particular a new opportunity at a new high end mall in Newmarket, to turn his attention to organizing the annual event. In March he decided to cancel, but he recently had a change of heart “A few weeks ago I realized that people might come anyway, expecting something to be going on, so since we were opening the store as we always do on the Sunday of the…

Wildfire in Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:52  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue (CFFR) called in Ministry Natural Resources water bombers and a helicopter fire crew to assist with a large wild fire May 14, 2018. At 1725hrs CFFR received a call from a resident reporting their power out and they could smell smoke in the area. CFFR located a large wild fire in a remote area between Mclean Road and Fox Road. Due to the size of the fire, remote location and the fire threatening a large area of pine and cedar, CFFR requested assistance from MNRF. Due to the aggressive attack by CFFR Firefighters the fire was stopped before getting deep into the coniferous trees. The fire was declared under control at 2020hrs. CFFR returned to the scene this morning to…

Book launch for Sharbot Lake author Shawna Mathison

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:51  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Love You to the Moon is Shawna Mathison’s first book of poetry for children, and it reflects her exploration of the universal aspects of children that can be hidden when the differences between us become the focus. She has written 5 books, the first ones were in the junior fiction/fantasy genre, and after ths book of poetry she is working on her first adult novel. Her last two books, including Love You to the Moon, have been published by Pemmican Publications, a Metis press out of Winnipeg. “Love you to the Moon is for the child in all of us” she said. It’s one long poem that is more impressionistic than anything else Shawna has written, looking into a diversity of family makeups and fostering…

Local family part of world champion team

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 12:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For the Bond family of Godfrey, being involved with the Lake Effects FIRST Robotics team, was kind of like being a hockey family. This winter was filled with after-school working sessions two or three times a week in Kingston, trips to regional competitions across Ontario, and finally to Detroit. With three of his kids involved (Freja, Torin and Saben), father Damon had little choice but to get involved himself as a mentor/coach/cheerleader. The grade 9-12 kids on the Lake Effects team were focused on this year’s FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) challenge, which was to build a robot capable of moving and stacking large blocks  in order to tip a set of scales in the prescribed direction.  Lake Effects worked…
“The kind of testing done for genealogy does not address the complex issues of medical research involved in determining rare genetic disorders,” Joyce Fingland, past chair of the Kingston branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society told those assembled at the Parham branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Saturday. “So the question is ‘which test and then what?’” Fingland went over three companies who’ve been offering DNA testing for several years, ancestry.ca, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe, outlining the pros and cons of each as well as some newer and smaller companies like MyHeritage and Living DNA. “The ‘why’ part of it is to supplement paper genealogy,” she said. “It can take you further back in your family history and solve mysteries.” Fingland said that the information…

Signs of success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There is something to be said about supporting local: when the community works together, everyone benefits. Backwoods Country Creations, a local home decor business from Sharbot Lake, was asked to host a Fundraiser Sign Making Class in support of the Grade 6, 7 and 8 classes at Land O' Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove. Annette Gray-Jackson approached Backwoods after seeing an advertisement on Facebook. Once she had the support of administration, order forms went home with students to share with their families. On Thursday, May 6th, the community rallied together to make this event a success, with a great turnout of 17 participants raising $255 during a two-hour class. All proceeds from the event went to the class fund for an end-of-year trip. Michelle…
Day of the Pig coming back(Editors note - an earlier version of this article contained erroneous information about the timing and location of the 2018 Day of the Prg. The Day of the Pig is actually set for May 20 at the Seed to Sausage retail store at 12821 Road 38 (next to the Kingdom Hall) and north of the Treasure Trunk) from 11am - 4pm. An article with more details about the Day of the Pig will be posted shortly) Beavers Beavers took up much of the Central Frontenac regular Council meeting Tuesday night in Oso Hall as staff presented a draft bylaw to deal with the Country’s official symbol (or chief pest depending on your outlook). But while everyone agreed that broken beaver…

The Little Mermaid by North Frontenac Little Theatre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In all its years North Frontenac Little Theatre has provided opportunities for children and youth to become involved in theatre. It has gone much further than most community theatre companies in this direction, but with the Little Mermaid it went even further. Most of the musicals the company has put on have had younger actors in them often taking lead roles, such as Annie, Anne of Green Gables, the Miracle Worker, Peter Pan and Tom Sawyer But with the Little Mermaid, all of the actors were children, with one exception and that was only at the very end. The adults who volunteer with the little theatre, the costume and set designers, back stage workers, directors, choreographers and lighting technicians, all devoted their time and energy…

So, you want to run for Council in 2018?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“You’d better love meetings — really love meetings,” consultant Fred Dean told an array of prospective council members, sitting councilors and municipal administrative staff Monday night at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. Dean was in town to present Running For Council . . . Making an Informed Decision at the behest of Frontenac County and its member municipalities. While the number of sitting politicians and municipal employees probably outnumbered the potential newcomers to the political arena, there were sufficient unfamiliar faces to suggest there could be some interesting races shaping up when the race begins in earnest after the July 27 deadline for filing papers in order to be on the ballot (papers became available May 1 and both Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith and…

Full slate of events scheduled for 2018 Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Sharbot Lake Farmers Market returns May 19 (Victoria Day Weekend) for 2018, continuing through each Saturday through Thanksgiving. Details for this year were finalized at a meeting last Saturday and administrative manager Natalie Wotherspoon said there are 12 vendors committing to the season, more than half of which will feature agricultural products. They also plan a few new additions if things work out. “I’ve been communicating with the Child Care Centre and they’re looking at a larger presence,” she said. Perennial issues such as washrooms and gullies in the parking area were also discussed. It was decided to send a letter to Council to see what could be done. Several members volunteered to work on the washrooms if necessary. Hours also came up when…

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