Central Frontenac

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…

Central Frontenac asking ratepayers for 5.94 per cent more than in 2017

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It took three special meetings but Central Frontenac Council and staff have their 2018 budget in order following a meeting Friday morning in Sharbot Lake. The bottom line is that the Township will be asking its ratepayers for $434,525 more than it did in 2017, an increase of 5.94 per cent. That translates into $34 per each $100,000 of assessment or about $75 more on the average home in Central Frontenac (about $212,000). Council had instructed staff to be under 2 per cent increase based on figures that include estimated growth, which they did (1.9 per cent increase based on those figures). Some projects, such as new boards for the Tichborne Rink were put off for a year but other projects, such as Coun. Tom…

Saturday morning hockey tournament raises funds for rink

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Well, it was billed as a 4 on 4 hockey tournament. The posters mentioned goalies. And there was trophy presentation of sorts. But mostly it was more in that great Canadian shinny tradition as a bunch of guys got together at the Tichborne Rink Saturday to lace up some skates and take shots at nets placed face-down, all the while building up some bragging rights. Oh, and they raised a few dollars for the rink project in Sharbot Lake. It seemed that they might be keeping score, as it was explained that a ‘goal’ involved hitting the mesh only. If you could hear the clank of puck on metal, it wasn’t a score. But as the 5 on 4 ‘game’ ended, it seemed that a…

Empty Bowls returning to Arden, and the Heritage Festival, for a 4th year.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Four years ago Joanne Pickett of Arden Pottery decided to start up an Empty Bowls project in her own community. Empty Bowls is a fund raising project that has been embraced by potters throughout North America as a way of raising money and awareness about poverty. It was founded not by potters, but by two high school art teachers in Michigan, John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn. Students in Hartom’s class made bowls and then Hartom and Blackburn, who are a married couple, organised a lunch for students and teachers in the school. They filled the bowls with soup, and served them to everyone, then asked them all to think about those in their community whose soup bowls were empty. They then asked for donations and…

CF firefighters and Naloxone

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue (CFFR) will soon be equipped with a potentially life-saving tool to deal with opioid overdoses. CF FR fire trucks will be carrying naloxone for use by trained firefighters to treat patients. "The administration of Naloxone by trained CFFR personnel will enhance the level ofservice CFFR provides to the public". Fire Chief Greg Robinson said. Acknowledging the increase in opioid-related emergencies in Ontario, CFFR. in alignment with current Tiered Response protocols and with the suppon of Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health, will enhance service delivery through the administration of Naloxone. CFFR Firefighters are currently receiving training to deliver Naloxone. The program will be implemented once all training is completed and the Naloxone kits are put on first response fire…

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…

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