Central Frontenac

Hitting the bucket a hit with local budding drummers

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:20  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Lilly Legacy-Zierer picked up the drumming bug playing the snare in her high school marching band. From there, she moved on to a Djembe troupe, the Fire Drums Festival and a host of other percussive pursuits. And now, she’s the leader of the Frontenac Skies Community Drummers, a group of a dozen drummers ranging in age from 8-13. “We’re currently rehearsing for the Frontenac’s Got Talent Show, Feb. 16,” she said while putting the kids through their paces at Rural Frontenac Community Services Child Centre in Sharbot Lake. Armed with support from Blue Skies in the Community, a grant from Community Foundation of Kingston and Area and some buckets donated by Home Hardware in Sharbot Lake, Legacy-Zierer has embarked on a journey to bring world…
Central Frontenac Council and staff met at the Oso Firehall Tuesday to have a second round of budget talks and while Treasurer Michael McGovern estimated they managed to cut about $10,000 out of the 2018 budget, it still looks like the Township plans to spend almost $348,000 more than it did in 2017, an increase of about 4.75 per cent. On Tuesday, Council looked at the Fire, Public Works and Facilities budgets, with Corporate Services still to come. There are still cuts likely to be made, for example, $7,500 for heat and $1,500 for electricity for the old library building in Mountain Grove. In fact, Mayor Frances Smith told staff she wanted to see a report on all of the Township’s buildings within 60 days…

Senior’s Housing meetings in Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:17  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Township of Central Frontenac, in partnership with the County of Frontenac, is hosting two upcoming Town Hall meetings to explore opportunities for a senior’s housing project in Central Frontenac. Two sessions will be held. The first will be taking place at Sharbot Lake Soldiers Memorial Hall in Sharbot Lake on February 8th between 2pm and 4pm.. The second will be taking place at the same Hall, same date February 8th between 7pm and 9pm. “There is a need for more affordable housing options for seniors as well as a need for housing and support service options that will allow seniors to stay in their communities” said Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith. “Town Hall sessions will bring the community together to help identify options that…

Break and enter cases multiply

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Over the past 10 days, three sets of break-ins have been reported, each affecting multiple cottage properties, on lakes in South and Central Frontenac. Eleven cottage properties were vandalised on Bobs Lake on the evening of Friday, January 12, five on Sharbot Lake, and six or more on St. Andrews Lake. As reported in the News last week (Vol.18, no.2 – January 18) an alarm and camera system led one property owner who was in Florida to call both the Ontario Provincial Police and a year round resident who lives nearby, to properties on Bobs Lake near Steele Road in the Tichborne area in South Frontenac. The resident went to survey the damage and came upon the vandals as they were travelling from cottage to…
The 12th Annual Frontenac Heritage Festival is set to go Feb. 16-19 and one of its regular features, the local talent show, is once again the big draw on opening night (6:30 p.m. at the Granite Ridge Education Centre). Once again it will follow the Frontenacs Got Talent format with guest judges determining an overall winner. “Last year’s winner, Zack Teal, will be opening the show as per tradition,” said emcee Rob Moore at last Wednesday night’s audition/rehearsal. “A new winner will be crowned that evening.” Once again there will be a variety of acts ranging from musical offerings to the demonstration team from Sharbot Lake Karate to poi juggler Eric Zwier to the Sharbot Lake Line Dancing group. “And Mike Procter will be doing…

Train whistle still bothering Crow Lake Village resident

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:01  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The trains keep on rollin’, the whistles keep on blowin’ and Crow Lake Village resident Donald Lafleur hasn’t given up his battle to at least cut down on the whistle-blowing part. Lafleur was at Central Frontenac Council’s regular meeting Tuesday evening in Sharbot Lake to reiterate his request, as well as summarizing his bureaucratic adventures in seeking relief which includes a lengthy record of emails with various people at Transport Canada. In December of 2016, Lafleur came to Central Frontenac Council asking for relief from the train whistles each time the train passes a crossing. He presented various documentation including Transport Canada’s procedure for whistling cessation, an eight-step process which includes the municipality making a request for cessation. At the May 23, 2017 meeting of…

Seniors Forum scheduled to get feedback on seniors housing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:59  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Township has scheduled Feb. 8 for a Seniors Forum at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. to get feedback on the need for seniors housing in the Township, Mayor Frances Smith told Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening in Sharbot Lake. “The Seniors Housing Committee has come up with a survey we hope many people will fill out so we can determine need and interest,” she said. Smith said the survey is short and has questions like ‘is there a need for seniors oriented housing in Central Frontenac?’ and ‘if so, where would you be willing to live?’ She said she and committee members Bill MacDonald and Louise Moody have taken sample copies to seniors lunches and…

Eat Like Royalty on the Cheap

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:55  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
At home and on their royal yacht, the Royal Family eat simply cooked but elegant food from the Prince’s Highgrove/Duchy Home Farm. When she travels, the Queen has her own water brought with her because she can’t afford to get sick. Looks like the good food and water work for her! Peter and I often say we eat like royalty, thanks to the wonderful food our local farmers and our garden provide. (Buying only local meat isn’t hard at all, and isn’t more expensive.) Burger night at our house means about 4 oz. per person of local grassfed ground beef, costing $2, with oven fries (potatoes from our garden or organic ones from Memorial Farmers Market at $.50 per person). Our veggie could be green…

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…

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