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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…

Ultramar station to open on Hwy. 7 next year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:16  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Construction is now underway for a third gas station located near the junction of Road 38 and Hwy. 7. The project is being undertaken by Gama Engineering of Woodbridge, and company President Wajid Mansuri said that work on the site is progressing quickly after late fall start, but much of the outdoor work will soon come to a halt and will have to wait until March or April to get underway. The building on the site, which used to house The Junction in recent years, is being renovated to accommodate a convenience store and a take-out fast food operation. “It will have Pizza Pizza or subs or something like that,” Mansuri said, but the details of that end of the business are still to be…

Hesse sees CF septic assessment plan as a proposal “designed to fail”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Victor Hesse is a frustrated municipal politician. He served, as the sole council rep, on the septic re-assessment committee for Central Frontenac Council for three years. After submitting a draft plan, then holding public meetings, the committee brought their plan to council for approval in October. And the plan was rejected. Two weeks later, Councillor Tom Dewey brought in an alternate proposal that set out a phased-in approach to the assessments, delaying implementation for off-water residents for an extra 5 years, and cut the septic pumpers out of the loop as far as conducing assessments is concerned. The Dewey proposal, which was adopted by Council, enlists Chief Building Official (CBO) Shawn Merriman to design a program and bring it back for consideration. During the debate…

RKY Camp Revitalization

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:07  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
RKY Camp of Eagle Lake near Parham has officially launched a $1 million capital campaign to support the RKY Revitalization Project. To kick off the campaign,  a very special recognition plaque was presented to  the camp’s biggest benefactor, Brit Smith and Homestead Land Holdings. Brit Smith has provided the camp with a legacy of support and a recent $485,000 contribution to seed the overall Revitalization Project. The uniquely crafted wood and glass plaque was designed and created by the staff of RKY Camp and Fort Glass. The primary goal of the RKY Revitalization Project is the construction of a new 5,000 sq. ft. welcome centre. Having outgrown the current building, this new barrier-free facility will contain a new dining hall with seating for 260, a…

Santa braves the rain

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to Sydenham on Saturday the 25th of November. The little bit of rain sure didn’t dampen the spirits of those who lined the streets to see them arrive. The floats were fantastic, lots of smiles and laughter to be had and many memories made. Thanks to all those participants who helped to make the parade a success. Parades this coming weekendThe parade season hits high gearthis weekend. There are paradeson tap in Harrowsmith, SharbotLake, and Northbrook at 10am onSaturday, December 2; in Denbigh at6pm on December 2; and in Parham/Tichborne at 1pm on December 3rd.For a complete list of events thisweekend, visit the event listings on our sister site: Frontenac Live.

Central Frontenac approves spending $207,509 on firefighters bunker gear

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council came out of a closed session at its regular meeting Tuesday in Sharbot Lake and immediately introduced a motion to spend $207,509 “to mitigate legislative health and safety risks.” It was an unusual outcome given the stated reason for the in camera meeting discuss two instances of “personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.” In an interview, Fire Chief Greg Robinson said the $207,509 was mostly for personal protective gear — bunker suits, helmets, gloves and some training for supervisors. He said none of the funding was for breathing apparatus. The resolution allows for the $207,509 to be taken from reserves suggesting that the equipment is needed immediately. Mayor Frances Smith said after the meeting that the…

101 Nativities, the little display that’s growing every year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
OK, it may be time to re-think the name for it, but there’s no disputing the popularity of the 101 Nativities display at Cole Lake Free Methodist Church on Road 38 south of Parham. Now in its seventh year, 101 Nativities no longer seems appropriate because the final count this year was well over 300 nativities, albeit some of that count includes tapestries and pins. “Nativities Unlimited?” suggested Jean Freeman, who started the event with Kris Caird. “We started a little earlier this year,” said Caird. “And different people brought in their collections, some with more than 30 nativity scenes.” The event ran Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Sunday has historically been the busiest day and this year was no exception with a full…

Mich Cota releases an album in her native Algonquin language

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:23  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Mich Cota is a two-spirit Algonquin woman living in Montreal but her roots run deep in this area. Two-Spirit comes from an Ojibwe phrase niizh manidoowag and has become an umbrella term for many Indigenous people across Turtle Island to verbalize fluid sexual orientations and gender identities. When asked about her relation to two-spirit identity, Mich recalled meeting someone at the Silver Lake Pow Wow when she was 13 or so. “He was really forward and asked me a lot of questions that I didn’t really understand at the time but he explained to me what two-spirit meant. In Montreal and online I’ve met more two-spirit folks. It can mean that someone is both masculine, feminine or neither, or traditionally, one can be different creatures.…

LOLPS students visit Sherlock’s Escapes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:23  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Last Wednesday, students in Barry Harding’s grade 6-8 class made the trek down to Kingston to be the first class in the Limestone District to problem solve their way out of four Victorian style rooms. The goal of an escape adventure is to work as a team to find clues, answer questions and solve riddles to escape the room in under 60 minutes. Sherlock’s Escapes uses infamous characters such as Jim Moriarty and Irene Adler to help paint a picture of what it must have been like to be Sherlock Holmes.   The class was split into two groups. One group at a time would begin in Moriarty’s photo lab, filled with vats of chemicals and photos as clues to help them enter the next…

Frontenac catalyst up for the challenge

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:21  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
At the latest induction of new members into the Frontenac Catalyst Leo’s Club, District Governor Bill Zwier issued a challenge to the young Leo’s. Lion’s members were challenged back in 1925 by Helen Keller to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” and now the torch for this crusade has been handed to the young club. DG Bill has challenged the Leo’s to collect 100 pairs of gently used eye glasses to be redistributed to people in need. And the group has graciously accepted!! There is a donation box for glasses at the Central Frontenac Municipal office lobby and it will remain there until the end of November. The Sharbot Lake Lion’s breakfast in support of the Salvation Army Christmas basket programme…

Central Frontenac approves second kick at the can septic inspection proposal

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council voted 8-1 to have staff prepare a plan for septic re-inspection at its regular meeting Tuesday. A plan for septic re-inspection presented at the Oct. 24 Council meeting had been defeated. This time, Councillor Tom Dewey presented a plan using a two-part, 10-year phase-in. Under Dewey’s plan, all RW (waterfront) properties must be inspected by an approved inspector, authorized by the municipality, within five years of implementation. Phase 2 will include all other properties, which must be inspected within 10 years of the implementation date. All properties will require a 10-year cyclical inspection after that. Furthermore, staff is directed to develop a list of referred agencies that are available to help with funding for failed systems, which is to be regularly maintained…

John Showman and Tom Power at the Crossings

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Tom Power has appeared at the Crossings Pub in Sharbot Lake as a member of the Dardanelles, an energetic young Newfoundland band that, among other things, is devoted to keeping traditional Newfoundland music fresh and modern.One thing has led to another for Power, and last year he took on a high profile radio job as the host of the daily culture show Q, on CBC Radio 1. The Dardanelles went on hiatus after, although there are rumblings of a limited return, and Power found himself talking more on the radio and playing less music than he normally does. He then took to sitting in with Toronto based bluegrass/old timey fiddler John Showman who has a standing gig at Queen Street’s Cameron House on Mondays. It…

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