Central Frontenac

Rocking the church

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Reverend Mark Hudsun beside the pile of rock, removed from behind the Pentecostal church. The church of Jesus Christ may be built on a Rock, but since Rev. Mark Hudson arrived at Sharbot Lake Pentecostal Church (SLPC) in May of this year, he has embarked on a course that has literally shaken up the foundations of his new church. Mark Hudson is originally from England, where he spent the first 15 years of his life, and his wife Debbie is from Embree, Newfoundland. Mark has been in ministry for 22 years and has pastored at several churches, most of which have been Congregational churches. This is only his second Pentecostal church, but he has always chosen to pastor in small communities like Sharbot Lake. “I’m…

Fundraising for a Snoezelen room at SLHS

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
SLHS School to Community student Mitchell Combe in the Snoezelen Room’s “Floating Leaf” chair Teachers and staff at Sharbot Lake High School are continuing their fundraising efforts to purchase a Snoezelen (pronounced “SNOOzelen”) Room for the school, to be used by students in the School to Community class there. The room offers tools and materials that provide controlled multi-sensory stimulation to students with developmental disabilities, autism and attention deficit disorders. Like Snoezelen Room fundraising efforts at other local schools, the SLHS project was initiated by an educational assistant in the School to Community program there. SLHS educational assistant Josh Goodfellow began the campaign when he witnessed first-hand the benefits the facility had on students in his class. What he saw convinced him to initiate a…

Lions Walk for Dog Guides

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Dog owners meet for first annual Sharbot Lake “Walk for Dog Guides” For new Sharbot Lake and District Lions’ member Carolyn Bond (who also happens to own three dogs of her own), it was a no brainer that she be the Lion to initiate and coordinate the first ever "Walk for Dog Guides" that was held on Oct. 4 in Sharbot Lake. More than 25 people, many with their leashed friends in tow, participated in the 5 km walk to raise funds for the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs. The Lions Foundation trains guide dogs as aides for people with vision impairments, hearing problems and most recently for individuals with autism and their families, as well as those who live with seizures. Carolyn was…

The Godfreys of Arden, Ole Kennebec

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Photo: Irene Monds and Linda Godfrey On September 12, 2009, a long-time dream of mine was realized when 80 people gathered for a Godfrey family reunion at the Arden Legion. I started researching my family’s genealogy to pass the time while awaiting surgery. Through the internet, I connected with others who were also searching and someone sent me an old newspaper clipping of Herbert Godfrey and Herbert Bell beside the grave of my great-great grandfather, John J. Godfrey, on the old Godfrey homestead.  My brother Robert, his family and I, along with our cousin Marjorie Godfrey Burton, made our first trip to Arden in July 2007 but did not find the stone. However, I did find out that Mr. and Mrs. Monds owned the property…

400+ runners cross the finish line at Hinchinbrooke PS

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Photo: Atom boys gave it their all at the 9th annual Joe Goodfellow Memorial Race at HPS On Oct. 5 over 400 students from 14 different north eastern schools in the LDSB participated in the Joe Goodfellow Memorial Race Region 3 Meet held at Hinchinbrooke Public School in Parham. It was Dan Kimmerer’s 9th year as organizer the event, which was named in memory of Joe Goodfellow, a former student at Hinchinbrooke Public School who was killed 9 years ago at the age of 19 in a tragic car accident. For Dan the race symbolizes everything that Joe stood for, namely the love of athletics and doing the best that you can. Dan explained, “It’s great for the community to have role models and Joe…

Bomb Found Near Mountain Grove

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Photo: Police investigate on the snowmobile trail leading to Bass Lake. Photo courtesy Linda Gray According to a report that has been confirmed by the OPP, a homemade bomb was found on a snowmobile trail near Mountain Grove on Saturday Sept. 26. According to Linda Gray, her brother-in-law Wayne Gray was taking a ride on the trail when he found a boom box in a garbage bag at the side of the trail. He brought it home to see if it worked and called his brother Jim over to see it. They noticed cracks in the radio and opened it up. “Inside they found two bags of fertilizer soaked in diesel fuel, wired into a shotgun shell,” Linda Gray said. The next morning the OPP were…

Central Frontenac Council - Jan 27/09

Written by  |  Tuesday, 27 January 2009 06:38  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Council does not concur with Rogers over Tower Rogers Communications would like to put up a cell phone tower at Harold Burke Road and Highway 7, on property that is owned by the Ministry of Transportation. They sent a letter to the township asking for a “statement of concurrence” but the townships’ planner, Glenn Tunnock, recommended that the township refrain from providing the statement because Rogers refused the townships request that a site plan be prepared for the tower. Rogers said they are not obligated to do anything more than they’ve done. Interim Township Chief Administrative Officer Cathy MacMunn said that when “Bell Canada put their tower in, they did seek an agreement with us. They didn’t have to, but they did. Rogers has not…

First annual Children’s Christmas Spree

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 January 2009 06:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Lynn Taylor, Janet Barr and Shirley Dewey. The Children’s Christmas Spree was a great success. The events took place in Sharbot Lake at the Child Centre, in Parham at the Oddfellows’ Hall, in Arden with the Red Hat Ladies, and in Plevna at the public school. Donations of money and new items were collected all year at the Treasure Trunk in Sharbot Lake. Volunteers at the Treasure Trunk took the project from collecting to buying gifts, and wrapping the presents. Children under 12 came to shop for their parents for under a dollar per item. While the children shopped, parents had tea coffee & cookies. Thank you to all the volunteers for coming out and helping the children to shop. Donations have already started coming…

Central Frontenac Council - Jan 12/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 January 2009 06:37  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Councilors see their money slipping away Consultant Rob Wood and Anne Marie Young, new Frontenac County Manager for Economic Development, addressed Central Frontenac Council on Monday night about the community consultations that have taken place as the county prepares an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The plan is designed to, among other things, set out a framework through which the county would begin spending infrastructure money that it has been accumulating for the past four years. The county has received about $2 million in gas tax money thus far, and will receive $800,000 per year until 2014. Aside from a few consultation exercises, including the current ICSP process, the money has been banked so far. Rob Woods talked to council about the common themes that…

Acoustic Guitar Project at SLHS

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Students Adam Smith and Troy Clelland with Geoffrey Murray (centre). High school students aren’t commonly known to continue their school work over the holidays, but some at Sharbot Lake HS did just that this past Christmas. Students in the construction technology class under the instruction of Geoff Murray are building acoustic guitars and many are eager to get their projects finished so that they can…yes… play them. The challenging project is being offered to students from grade 9-12 and was developed by Geoff Murray with the help of music teacher Claudio Valentini. Recognizing the popularity of guitar playing in the student population (it’s by far the largest of Valentini’s music classes in the school), Murray and Valentini thought the acoustic guitar project would be a…

Fiddle orchestra decks the hall in January

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Colleen Cosens and Japhy Sullivan perform "All Throught the Night" during the penny whistle portion of the show. Three years ago, the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra was forced to re-schedule their Christmas Concert to January because of an ice storm on the evening when the concert had been scheduled. To the surprise and delight of Orchestra Director Carolyn Stewart, the afternoon concert on the first weekend of January in 2007 was a resounding success, and ever since then, the Fiddle Orchestra has been holding Christmas in January. This year, they were joined by their old friends, the Ompah Choir, on Sunday afternoon (January 4) at a packed Maberly Hall. The concert featured a selection of seasonal fiddle songs, in addition to tunes written by…

Long time school librarian bids adieu

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Sherri Whan & school librarian Glenda Young. After 30 years as the resource centre’s educational assistant at both Hinchinbrooke and Land O’ Lakes public schools, Glenda Young has decided that it is time to move on. So, after Christmas she quietly informed both schools that she would not be returning in January. “My husband has been retired for 3 years and has been encouraging me to do the same and I also wanted to leave before I became unable to do the job properly,” she said when interviewed last week. The job has kept her busy for the past 30 years and some of her many tasks included regular class visitations and readings, maintaining the library resources, various administration duties, and assisting both students and…
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