Central Frontenac

Local students take up a “Challenge for Change”

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Roughly 180 grade 7 and 8 students involved in the three Limestone District School Boards Challenge Programs will be participating in the “Challenge for Change - The Antipathy to Apathy”, a symposium that will take place on Wednesday Nov. 25 at the Queen’s University Faculty of Education’s McArthur Hall. The symposium evolved from last years Environmental Sustainability symposium held at Loughborough Public School, in which students participated in workshops and developed projects that included community action plans and art projects geared towards informing the community of the subject of environmental sustainability. This year the Symposium has evolved into a joint venture that includes all of the students from the three Limestone District School Boards Challenge Programs currently running at Loughborough, Calvin Park and Odessa public…

Renowned local guitar guru offers a free clinic to instrument owners

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Luthier Oskar Graf examines a few 6 stringed specimens at the Country Know-how guitar workshop Players of stringed musical instruments from far and wide came out of the wood work on Saturday and had their turn to ask professional luthier Oskar Graf of Clarendon his advice on how to fix and/or care for their beloved instruments in the most recent Country Know-how workshop held on Nov.14 at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. A handful of guitar players and one mandolin player brought instruments of all makes, shapes and sizes, some in various stages of disrepair, to be looked at by Grag, who has been making guitars for 35 years. Like a good doctor, Oskar spent time patiently looking and examining each guitar offering his advice…

Bathrobes and Bed Sheets for NFLT

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
As rehearsals for NFLT’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” head into their final weeks, “things are coming together beautifully,” according to stage manager Karin Reynold.   The six shepherds are experimenting with their crooks, the boy playing the lamb has learned to go “b-aa” loudly, and the baby angels are practicing Christmas carols. White sheets and bathrobes are being transformed into costumes for angels, shepherds and wise men by a hard-working backstage crew. At first glance, these could be rehearsals for any Christmas pageant from the past hundred years. But this Christmas Pageant, adapted from a beloved children’s book by Barbara Robinson, has a twist or two. For instance, one of the wise men is carrying an unusual gift. In addition, many of…

PARC delayed again

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Limestone District School Board as begun the conversation about the future of schooling in Kingston's west end, as the next stage in the Accomodation Review for the Sharbot Lake family of school has been delayed once again. A meeting of the Board's school enrollment/school capacity committee to receive a staff report in response to the Program and Accomodation Review Committee report that was completed in August had been re-scheduled for December 10th at the Board office in Kingston. The December meeting has been cancelled, postponing the decision until January. Once the staff report has been received by the Board committee, the report will be released and a public meeting will be scheduled, probably in early 2010. The public meeting had originally been scheduled for…

The little Railway society that could

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
 Lester Whan & Gary Cooke spent a lot of time working ont eh railroad, this summer. The Central Frontenac Railway Museum Organization is no more, but they are closer than ever to their goal. The seven year old group, which was renamed last week as the Central Frontenac Railway Heritage Society, has as its primary goal the construction of a replica of the Sharbot Lake train station on or around the spot where it was torn down some forty years ago, but the building's use will be left up to the township and the community as a whole to work out. “There has been resistance at the township over the past few years, over the idea that the township will be left with the responsibility,…

Sharbot Lake HS Plans Trip to Italy

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A preliminary meeting will be held on Tuesday Night, November 24th, at 6:30 to talk about a planned educational tour of sunny Italy in March of 2011. Claudio Gerebizza, who is an educational travel ambassador with Education First Tours will be on hand to talk about the itinerary of the five city, ten day trip to Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi and Piza. Among the tours’ highlights will be St. Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, the Ufizi Gallery, the Roman Coliseum and more. The tour is being organised on the Sharbot Lake end by teachers Erica Kresen and Randy McVety, who have already been working out some of the logistics of the trip and planning fundraising events to defray some of the costs.…

Hockey gold medalist tells students to get SMART

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Katie Weatherston with her Olympic gold medal. Katie Weatherston has faced her share of adversity during he hockey career, and she shared some of the pain and triumphs that she has experienced with students in Central Frontenac on Tuesday. Weatherston comes from Thunder Bay, which made is harder for her to get noticed as a hockey player when she was a teenager. When she overcame the odds and made the hockey team at Dartmouth University, she came to the attention of national team coaches, but at her first opportunity to try out for the team she played terribly. “I didn’t believe in myself enough” she told the audience a Sharbot Lake High School. Still she was invited to try out for the 2006 Olympic team,…

Help and support for diabetics at Sharbot Lake Family Health Team

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Over three hundred patients from the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team, or 12% of the patient roster, receive counselling and other services from the diabetes team of Nurse Janice Morrow (RN, CDE) and dietitian Melissa Conrad (RD, CDE). That makes the area served by the clinic 50% higher than the national norm, which is 8% of the population. “It's not really surprising,” said Janice Morrow of the numbers, “considering that the average age of the population we serve is higher than the provincial average, and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common, increases with age.” As a team, Morrow and Conrad help their patients self-manage their diabetes. This includes blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating, physical activity, using medications and insulin as…

Senior Girls at SLHS playing high calibre B-ball

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
 Sharbot Lake Panthers Senior Girls basketball team. Front row l-r: Nicole Domen, Tiffany Carmichael, Rachel Neadow, Sarah Armstrong, Dana Mika. Back row l-r: Mr. Wes Garrod, Kaitlyn Wilkes, Courtney Meeks, Sarah McCullough, Sami Stencill, Mr. Mike Smith. Photo courtesy of SLHS When the Sharbot Lake Panthers beat the LCVI Lancers 36-21 in early October, it was the first time in over eight years that the Sharbot Lake senior girls basketball team has won a game. With only 200 students in grades 9 through 12, Sharbot Lake is smallest school in the KASSAA league, so it's easy to understand why scoring a win has been elusive. But this year the team and their coaches Mike Smith and Wes Garrod made a point of ending that eight-year losing streak…

Festival of Trees slated for December 10 – 12

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Central Frontenac Festival of Trees, which is the premier fundraising event for Villages Beautiful, proved so successful when it sprung back to life last year after a one year hiatus, that organisers be presenting it once again in 2009. The entertainment schedule is being completed, the hall is booked, the opening lunch has been arranged and many of the trees have already been sold, but there are some trees still available. Individuals, groups or businesses that are up for the challenge of competing for top honours for tree decoration, are invited to call Barb Driscoll (279-1139) or Pearl Robnison (279-2046) by November 23rd to order a tree. The trees cost $10 foot, and 4 foot ($40) as well as 7.5 foot ($75) trees are…
Sharbot Lake, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my community for supporting the Alzheimer’s coffee breaks. We recruited over 30 new hosts in the North and Central Frontenacs, both businesses and private individuals to put the coffee on to support clients and families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia. All coffee break hosts will be invited to the wrap up in December so we can share our successes with you. The Sharbot Lake office has raffle tickets available as a fund raising opportunity that will be drawn at the January Alzheimer’s Awareness Evening on January 15, 2010 at St. James Major Church Hall. Raffle prizes include a painting donated by local artist Daphne Gardiner and a handmade quilt donated by…

Central Frontenac Council - Nov 10/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Arden wants to be first in line for 2010 Central Frontenac budget “We certainly can squeak,” said Ardenite Patrick Maloney when Central Frontenac Councilor Bob Harvey said the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Maloney was heading a delegation from the Village of Arden to a Committee of the Whole Meeting of Central Frontenac Council on Tuesday afternoon, November 9. The delegation brought along a detailed written list of improvements they would like to see made to Arden to halt what they called a “serious decline”. “Arden lost its remaining grocery store last year, a cornerstone business, and with the crumbling sidewalks and the roads in the state they are in now, it is unlikely to attract a new one,” Maloney said. In their letter to…

St. James Major on the cutting edge

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Delaney and Ainsley MacDonald, hard at work, using the new netbbook computers. In terms of technology, St. James Major is proving to be the Little School That Could, and part of its advantage comes from its small size. With only 22 students in the school, it has been easier for Vice-Principal Dan Finn to bring St. James to the point where each student has their own dedicated computer. And this year, 10 of those computers are really the latest thing in convenience - netbooks. Netbooks are small, lightweight laptop computers that can do most of what a laptop computer can do. The St. James netbooks were loaded with a library of educational resources that have been developed by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School…

My War

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Ina Hunt Turner writes of her experiences as a child in Holland during World War 2. She presently lived in Arden, Ontario. Before I was sent away from Amsterdam, away from my mom to live in the countryside with the farmers, we were slowly running out of resources to feed ourselves. For a while my mother still had possessions that she could sell or trade by biking outside the city and bartering with the farmers for food. That is how I learned to like liver and tripe, which the farmers would just throw out. Earlier in the war my mother had housed and hidden Jewish people. You might say that we were part of an underground railroad. Some of the people would stay only for…

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Neither a pageant nor a concert

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
According to Producer Craig Godfrey, the upcoming production by North Frontenac Little Theatre is actually a play based on the popular short story by Barbara Robinson. The comedy, which has a play within the play, follows the small town church group as they try to prepare for their Christmas Pageant. When the perennial director of the local pageant breaks her leg, the church ladies panic to save the pageant. They find a willing director in one of the moms, Grace Bradley. Grace thinks it should be a nice pleasant experience but she didn’t count on two problems. Mrs. Armstrong still wants to control everything from her hospital bed, driving Grace mad with phone calls, but that is the least of her problems. Grace had never…

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