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Central Frontenac Council meeting January 8

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac’s first Council meeting of 2019 Tuesday evening at Oso Hall was pretty quiet as these things go. The Township is considering changing how it allots computers and/or compensates Council members for computer equipment. However, when estimates for new laptops were given at $1,500 per computer (times nine for the number of Council members or $13,500), the matter was tabled until budget time to allow staff to acquire more information (read find a cheaper solution). “There are three people around this table (Coun. Bill MacDonald, Elwin Burke and Nicki Gowdy) who don’t have computers here,” said Smith. “I think deferring this today and looking for something cheaper is the way to go.”   Cannabis retailing a goFor the record, Central Frontenac officially voted to…
Rural Frontenac Community Services has been awarded $952.83 from Blue Skies in the Community to continue the Frontenac Skies bucket drumming ensemble. With the Blue Skies funding new percussion instruments were purchased for the group. Frontenac Skies is a percussion ensemble that features children and youth using bucket drums to create sound, rhythm and songs. This project continues to address the need for free, fun musical activities in the area that encourage rural youth to learn an instrument, be active and connect with a group in their own community in a fun environment that promotes inclusion. Children and youth interested in joining the ensemble, join Lily at the Child Centre (1004 Art Duffy Rd., Sharbot Lake) on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm. Upcoming: Join Lily and…

Frontenac Heritage Festival

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Feb. 15 – 17, 2019 This year marks the 13th year of the Frontenac Heritage Festival in Central Frontenac. The Festival Committee has been busy the past few months putting together a line-up of events that have something to please everyone and help us to enjoy our great Canadian winter. The Official Opening takes place at the Sharbot Lake Legion on Friday, Feb. 15 with a baked chicken dinner. Saturday starts with the popular Lions Club breakfast at OSO hall, then spend the rest of the day in Arden at the Community Centre with Empty Bowls, Historical Society, Wood Carving and games outside. The Kennebec Lake Association will sponsor activities on the lake near the bridge. Enjoy the music of Shawn McCullough and Wade Foster…

Festival Of Trees Ties Record For Highest Number Of Entries

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
If you thought the Villages Beautiful Festival of Trees just gets bigger every year, you’d be pretty close. “We have 61 entries this year,” said Sally Angle, one of the organizers. “That ties for another high. “But the biggest thing this year is that we’ve had much more community support than in previous years. “We have a bunch of newer residents, new blood, and it’s been nice to share the work out more.” One big change this year is that all of the trees came with lights on them, but none of the entrants seemed to mind. “It’s hard to find trees without lights now,” Angle said. “We buy the trees so that everybody starts off on the same footing and since the trees are…

101 Nativities cracks 300 mark, already thinking about next year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
You know Christmas is right around the corner when the Cole Lake Free Methodist Church is full of nativity scenes. (In fact, there are only four weekends left before Christmas.) As you enter the church and proceed past the multitude of angels that show you the way to the nativities, anticipation grows until you walk through the door to where a plethora of Marys, Josephs, Wise Men, shepherds, angels, animals, and of course the Baby Jesus awaits you. This is the passion of Jean Freeman and Kris Caird, who nine years ago began cajoling friends, relatives and acquaintances to lend their nativity scenes, augmented by their own collections, for a unique exhibit. They were later joined by Cindy McMahon and what began as “about 101”…

Thief hits dollar store

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
(SHARBOT LAKE, ON) - The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to identify a male who is a suspect in a theft. The incident occurred at The Amazing Dollar Store in Sharbot Lake on Saturday the 8th of December, 2018 after 3:00 p.m. Video footage captured images of the male who is described as: male white with short dark hair with grey on the sides, scruffy grey beard, blue jacket, dark blue pants and dark coloured shoes.  Anyone with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the Frontenac Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (Sharbot Lake Office) at 613-279-2195. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for…

Cooking, Smoking and Alcohol – A Dangerous Mix

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:45  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year.  But it can also be a deadly time of the year. Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue is urging everyone to pay special attention when cooking during the holidays, and to drink responsibly. Provincial statistics reveal that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires and the second leading cause of fatal fires. “The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dramatically increase your risk of having a fire” said Fire Chief Greg Robinson. “All too often, these fires are started by unattended cooking and in many cases alcohol is involved.” Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Make sure smokers extinguish cigarettes in large…

Central Frontenac Council – December 11

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council passed a bylaw allowing for the installation of a stop sign on Cross Road at Armstrong Road at its regular meeting Tuesday in Oso Hall. Acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong said this is the final stage of a project begun in September to provide clear sight lines and safe access at the three-way intersection. The road work has been completed. “This project began two or three public works managers before me when they began acquiring land,” Armstrong said. “It’s basically to clean up the intersection. He said costs for these works are accounted for in the 2018 maintenance budget. Frontenac Heritage FestivalCouncil promised to look at an increase in funding for the Frontenac Heritage Festival when it meets for budget talks…

Small Business Expo “brings entrepreneurs together”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
To a certain extent, last Friday’s Small Business Expo ’18 at the St. Lawrence College Employment Service in Sharbot Lake was a vendors’ market. Many of the local usual suspects were there and things were for sale. But this one was a little bit different. “We thought we’d take advantage of the expertise in the area,” said coordinator Karen McGregor. “We started calling it the entrepreneurs expo but that wasn’t sexy enough so . . . vendors sale.” But, unlike the various craft shows and farmers markets, sales and fellowship wasn’t the only thing on the agenda. “We wanted to tap into the wisdom of people who’ve been doing this for awhile,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to learn the do’s and don’ts from people…

Tips for Air Travel Entertaining and Informative Seminar at The Centre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“You would not believe some of the things we get asked,” travel consultant Carrie Borer of Independent by Flight Centre told an audience at The Centre last Thursday in the first of what Rural Frontenac Community Services hopes will be a series of seminars. This one was called Tips for Air Travel. “We had clients going to Las Vegas who wanted a room with an ocean view, another lady who didn’t want a window seat on the airplane because she’d just had her hair done and a guy who wanted two rooms — ‘one for me and my wife and one for my girlfriend.’” Borer said she and colleague Eric Zierer are part of Flight Centre, “so we always have a wealth of information we…

Metis Rendezvous

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:58  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Mr. Flegal’s grade three/four class at Granite Ridge Education Centre class was honoured to have local Métis community members, Candace Lloyd and Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuck, visit and share their knowledge and teachings through guided discussion and questions last week,. Students learned about the Métis culture and the significance of the sash and the colours they used. They engaged in a finger weaving technique used for sash-making and created their own mini bracelet.  Candace and Nicholas introduced the students to Métis music and the basic steps of “jigging”, a traditional Métis dance.   The Indigenous Studies and Indigenous English classes (and a couple of other visitors) also learned jigging from Candace Lloyd.  It was a very energetic and fun workshop, which required fans and open windows.  Ms.…

No Support for Hillier Initiative at Central Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:43  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Council passed a resolution stating that it does not support MPP Randy Hillier’s request for support in his investigation of Conservation Authority practices at the final meeting of the outgoing council on November 27. Coun. Brent Cameron questioned some of the Conservation Authority practices. “I will support Council in its decision but CAs aren’t as easy to deal with as perhaps they might be,” Cameron said. “Remember when Welly Smith Road was flooded? “There was a beaver dam on Authority property and we went back and forth with them on it too long. If it were anybody else, we could have forced action on it far more quickly.” CAO/Clerk Cathy MacMunn said that she supported the CAs as they do site visits when planning…

The Red Plaid Shirt – North Frontenac Little Theatre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Little Theatre Production of The Red Plaid Shirt, by Ontario based playwright Greg Wilmott, was a solid production of a play that explores a topical subject: how male baby boomers handle retirement and how that affects their relationships with their wives. The play centres around two couples, but the central role is that of Marty, who was played convincingly by Greg Morris. Marty is a newly retired English teacher who does not know what to do with himself, and his sense of ennui provides the impetus for the comedic plot twists that propel the action. Of the other three characters, Marty’s wife Deb, played in a suitably befuddled manner by Sharon Rodden, has the most to do. Her transition to retirement seems…

Healthy Living with Prediabetes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:15  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  To raise awareness of diabetes and to provide information on best management, the Sharbot Family Health Team Diabetes Education Team (Cathy Fox, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Saman Shaikh, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian) at Sharbot Lake Family Health Team will be contributing weekly articles during the month of November. Wouldn’t it be nice if your body had an “early warning system” to let you know when something was not right? Prediabetes is just that: an indication that your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be within the range of diabetes. Sometimes referred to as “borderline diabetes”, a diagnosis of prediabetes is a chance to change the future. Chances of a type…

The Nativities are in the building

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Early on Tuesday afternoon, a tired Jean Freeman had just arrived back home when we reached her on the phone. “How’s the set up going.” I asked her. “All done,” she said. A group of 8 women spent all day Monday unpacking over 300 Nativity Scenes, and started placing them on shelving and tables that they had set up over the weekend. Working with Nativities that came from around the corner, and around the world, they carefully placed them so they would make an inviting display for the crowds who will be coming to see them on Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon this week. “Four of us were back this morning finishing up the display and we got it all done. Now we…

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