Central Frontenac

Business as usual after election for acclaimed Mayor Smith

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:02  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith admits to taking a bit of a holiday this summer when it comes to planning for the next Council in November. After all, she won’t be facing an election herself, having been acclaimed as Mayor and as such hasn’t had to prepare a platform. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been thinking about things to come. “For us, there will be a lot of things in the fire,” she said. “First, there’s working on a seniors housing complex. “The septic reinspection program is ongoing as is updating the Official Plan.” But first, there is that little matter of an election to attend to. “We’re going to have at least one new councilor (from Olden),” she said. “And we could have…

Jessica Wedden — 16 and already a consummate professional

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Like many 16-year-olds, Jessica Wedden has a summer job. Maybe you’ve seen her work. She plays the fiddle and step-dances. Unlike most teens however, Wedden has been doing this job since she was 10 (about a year since she first started playing the fiddle) and she keeps getting busier and busier. There’s a reason for that — she can really play that fiddle. “Last year, I did about 50 gigs,” she said. “I think I’ve done 53 already this year.” Not bad for somebody that’s just going into Grade 11 this fall. Last Saturday, she had a gig at the Parham Fair with frequent collaborator Reilly Donnelly. That’s after she’d already played Roots on the Clyde earlier in the day with Shawn McCullough. Now, most…

Arden holds first ever Family Field Day at Rec Park

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It was billed as “Brought to you by: All of us in Arden.” “It was the seed of an idea that fell on fertile ground,” said organizer Jordan Chatwin. “This really is a great place to grow a community.” Earlier this year, Chatwin got to talking with a few people about the possibility of holding a Family Field Day at Arden Recreational Park — you know, races, games, a barbecue, wagon rides, ponies for petting. So, he started getting together with groups like the (District 1) rec committee, the United Church, Matson Construction and the Fire Department. And last Saturday, it all came together. “It’s just to promote recreation for kids and families in the area,” he said. “But I kind of envision it as…

Biking at the crossing - A new kind of rally

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac has had three railroads and, a hundred and thirty years ago, almost had a fourth. That makes for hundreds of road crossings and at least two railway crossings. The oldest of these was created when The Ontario and Quebec Railway (OQR) crossed the K&P in Sharbot Lake in the late 1800s, giving the name of the pub in Sharbot Lake a legitimacy that was probably not anticipated. That railway crossing is today a trail crossing. And it has the potential to become a very major one, which could turn Sharbot Lake into a trail hub and Central Frontenac into a significant travel destination. It has already given us trails into town from four different directions. To the north, the K&P right-of-way forms the…

Vandals attack…begonias and gazanias?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Phil and Lorrette Gray of the Maples restaurant can’t figure it out. Nor can Trina Wilson, the gardener who for the last six years has been diligently working the garden beds that surround the restaurant. Starting pretty much as soon as she began transplanting annuals in June, Wilson noticed that some of them were being dug up. In July, when the plants were established and were filling out the gardens with colour, they started being dug up in earnest, one or two a night. It’s all pretty disheartening for Wilson and the Grays, who see the gardens as a way of beautifying both their own property and Sharbot Lake as a whole. “There are a lot of nice looking gardens in Sharbot Lake, and I…

Burger Day showcases local products available at farmers market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For the past three years, one of the more popular events at the Sharbot Lake Farmers Market has been burger day. That’s the day they set up the barbecue and make you a locally-sourced burger with (just about) all the trimmings coming from the area as well. “It’s as local as we can make it,” said burger barista Kate Howes, who took over this year as organizer from Dean Wedden. “They asked for a volunteer, so I volunteered,” she said. “We pushed it back a couple of weeks so we could have local tomatoes and lettuce. “Unfortunately, nobody’s onions were ready yet.” OK, so other than the onions, mustard and ketchup, everything comes from the area. First, you go see Kate and pay for your…
Central Frontenac will look at putting some money into reserves to cover potential wild fires after this summer’s blaze July 12 to July 20 east of Arden Road to the Stone Mills Township boundary. In his report to Council’s regular meeting Tuesday in Sharbot Lake, Fire Chief Greg Robinson said that while there were no injuries due to the fire and no buildings lost, the Central Frontenac Fire department did suffer some equipment loss and the expenditure of consumables such as foam that could lead to an overage on the emergency response capital budget of about $8,000 and an overage of the operating budget of about $14,000. “Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue (CFFR) received direct firefighting assistance from Ministry of Natural Resources fire rangers and…

Don’t miss the Parham Fair this weekend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The end of summer brings many things, and one of them is the 126th annual Parham Fair, which takes place this weekend, August 18th and 19th, at the Parham Fairgrounds. This year brings new features; Blackrock Climbing’s Obstacle Course, Jumpy Castle, and Cross-Fit Tower. Its not the only way to have some friendly competition with your friends and neighbours – the weekend is filled with events for everyone. For the kids, a Parham Fair weekend wouldn’t be complete without the egg toss and the pie eating contest. Sure, you might get a little messy, but victory is sweet, and this might be your year. There are many other games to compete in as well. On Sunday’s pet show, show off your dog, cat, or anything…

NFLT Summer Camp

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There are nine aspiring young actors participating in a drama camp sponsored by NFLT this August. Tim White, choreographer and director, has coordinated a drama program for the kids along with co-facilitator Barb Scantlebury. Although some of the participants have had experience on stage before in NFLT productions, three have not. Last Friday, I enjoyed watching what they had been working on since the camp started on Tuesday, August 7. Their introductory song and dance number will definitely be a show stopper. It is a mashup of four songs from The Greatest Showman, and the kids were doing very well with the choreography that Tim provided. The campers have chosen to perform a scene from two previous productions. One scene is from the show Aladdin…

Eighth annual Frontenac Frolic more than just cow flop bingo

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
While the Frontenac Frolic is “geared towards children,” organizer Susan O’Brien Mactaggart said they hope they “have something for everyone.” In its eight year on Saturday at Glendower Hall, it certainly appeared that they were reaching a wide audience, as cars were parked on both sides of Westport Road as far as the eye could see. It’s the Bobs & Crow Lakes Foundation’s annual fundraiser that finances various projects of the Bobs & Crow Lakes Association such as lake charts, septic re-inspection programs and shoreline planting, she said. Other programs funded have included 60 shoal marker buoys, nine emergency water pumps, boating and cottage safety cards, tables and chairs for Crow Lake School, a welcome kit for new residents, five walleye spawning bed improvements including…

Get ready for the Fair

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Parham Fair is coming up again – and the 126th has a few changes in store. Midways have always been a staple at country fairs, but in recent years, this has started to change. Rising costs in fuel and insurance have made it very difficult for midway companies to attend small events. Last year, this resulted in the demise of the annual Verona Jambouree, so it wasn’t a surprise to the Parham Agricultural Society when they learned a midway wouldn’t be possible for this year’s fair. But the show must go on! Vice President Carol Wagar was determined to provide an alternative, so on Saturday of this year’s fair, Parham will see the addition of Blackrock Climbers, which has something for all ages. There…

Arden Seniors barbecue sells out

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:40  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Organizer Wanda Harrison described the annual Arden Seniors yard sale and barbecue as “remarkable” as she was totaling up the receipts. “This is the annual fundraiser that the seniors do,” she said. “We’ve been doing it for around 25 years or so. “It all gets donated back to the community, be it to the fire department, the food bank — we’re big, big supporters of the food bank — Rural Frontenac Community Services and the schools.” For the record, the barbecue sold out and the peameal bacon sandwiches sold out. “Thank you to all the volunteers.” The next event in Arden will be the Arden Family Field Day at Recreation Park on Aug. 18 from 10am-4pm. The official opening will be at 11am with Town…
In its 23rd year, the annual Art Exhibition and Show put on by the Friends of Bon Echo was down a few exhibitors (to 25), but still managed to bring together a tidy little show that focused more on the “fine” art of painting than many shows of this nature. Co-chair Sue Whyte (along with Debbie Alger) said this year’s show likely reflects a changing of the guard, as many of those involved have been doing so for 23 years, but she’s optimistic about future shows. “There have been a few glitches but hopefully nobody will notice,” she said. “We’re looking ahead to next year. “I’m really looking forward to the artists’ feedback.” Long-time organizer Ernest Lapchinski said Whyte was the most instrumental person in…

When it comes to summer jobs, Caden Stephenson figures he lucked out

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
As a fundraising arm for Community Living, North Frontenac, The Treasure Trunk can’t really afford much in the way of staff. With the move to Road 38 south of Sharbot Lake, they’ve become more of a regional operation, drawing from as far south as Harrowsmith and Verona for both donations and customers. But let’s face it, it’s essentially a charity operation. They do take advantage, however, of whatever programs become available, such as co-op students. One such co-op student was Caden Stephenson, who came from Granite Ridge. So, when the KEYS program in Kingston came up with some money for a summer student, they jumped at the chance. “We don’t have the funds for a summer student,” said Janet Barr, the Treasure Trunk’s director. “But…

Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association held its annual general meeting Saturday at St. James Major in Sharbot Lake, and along with the regular business (elections, state-of-the-lake statements, photo contest, etc.), newly-acclaimed Mayor Frances Smith seemed to be the most popular speaker. Smith gave updates on the septic inspection program, a proposed VIA Rail line going through, twinning of Hwy. 7, the K & P Trail, changes to the Central Frontenac Official Plan as well as giving a bit of a geography lesson. “There are 107 named lakes in Central Frontenac and about 107 that aren’t named,” she said. “As far as septic re-inspection, the committee didn’t approve going ahead with the plan, so an implementation committee was set up and will report to Council…

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