Central Frontenac

Our beautiful lakes are having enough trouble these days without the threat of an invasive aquatic weed that came to this country as an aquarium plant and is now trying to take over. Eurasian water milfoil has been spreading rapidly through central Canadian waterways and has already been detected in some of the lakes in our region. As it moves in, it crowds out other aquatic plants, endangers fish habitats, and destroys the quality of the lake for both fishing and watersports. Once it gets in, it’s difficult to get rid of, so it’s best to keep it out in the first place. However, even if it’s established in a lake, control measures can help limit the spread. Native aquatic plants are an important part…

Dry weather leads to large wild fire in CF

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue (CFFR) called in Ministry of Natural Resources to assist with a large wildfire July 12, 2018. On July 12, 2018, at 1723hrs, CFFR received a call from a resident reporting smoke coming from a forest area in the southern area of Arden Road. At the same time, CFFR received a call from the Ministry of Natural Resources that an airplane reported a wildfire in the area of Arden Road and Pitt Road. CFFR located a large wildfire in a remote area east of Arden Road near the Stone Mills boundary. Due to the size of the fire, very dry and hot conditions, and remote location, CFFR requested assistance from Ministry of Natural Resources. The fire was approximately 2.5 hectares with…

Township seeks public input on Crow Lake Road through hamlet

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Upcoming work on Crow Lake Road is “still in the design phase,” Kevin Hawley of Greer Galloway told an open house in Sharbot Lake’s Oso Hall last Thursday, held to get public feedback. “Construction could be in the late fall (or August) or next spring,” he said. “We can’t do it in winter because cold weather paving can be a problem.” The plans are to address several specific issues that have been noted by residents, including speeding and drainage, he said. “This will only pertain to the hamlet,” he said. “From the Crossroad to the train tracks. “There are several options for the rest of Crow Lake Road to Road 38 but that will have to wait for grants.” “And we are applying for grants…

Truck deal gone sour works out in end for Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Normally, a contractor defaulting on a contract with a township isn’t a good thing. But in the case of Dilawri Chrysler not being able to fulfill an order for three ½ ton pickups, it’s worked out rather well, at least from the standpoint of saving money. Acting public works manager David Armstrong told Central Frontenac Council at its regular meeting Tuesday in Arden that the Township solicitor had reviewed the contract and considered the non-compliance a breach. “We weren’t the only ones,” said Clerk Cathy MacMunn. “They had some 300 deals they made that they couldn’t fulfill, including four municipalities.” Armstrong said that with the opportunity to review the Township’s needs, they would be better served by buying two 4 X 4 ¾ ton crew…

Canada Day bouncy castle recovered

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The big blue and gray bouncy castle that adorned Oso Beach on Canada Day has been recovered, said District 3 Rec Committee chair Lesley Smith-Merrigan. Bouncy castles like this one are in great demand on Canada Day and picking them up often becomes an exercise in logistics. So, when Orbital Talent owner Brian Wilson asked Smith-Merrigan if she thought it would be OK to leave it on the beach overnight, she of course said yes. Wilson would have somebody pick it up Monday. Only, it turned out not to be OK. Sometime after the fireworks, the castle disappeared and was nowhere to be found. That initiated a Facebook campaign to get it back (with 300 shares) and luckily “a gentleman and his son who were…

Annual Arden cleanup continues with brushing and fallen tree removal

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
About a dozen people turned out last Friday morning in Arden for what’s become an annual event — cleaning up the town. “It’s a Friends of Arden project, but we have support from (acting public works manager) David Armstrong and the Township; they’ll pick up the brush,” said organizer Judy Kennedy. Priority items on this day included brushing on corners to increase visibility, work on the Matson wild trail and cleaning up the big tree that had fallen into the Creek along Anne Street. “It came down during that huge wind storm in May,” Kennedy said. “We decided to leave the one the beaver cut down because it isn’t interrupting flow.” This is the second cleanup event Arden has every year, she said. “There’s the…

23rd-annual (Annual) Art Exhibition & Sale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“The beauty of Bon Echo Park has served as an inspiration for many generations of artists,” says Friends of Bon Echo board member and art show committee member Sue Whyte, “It’s exciting to be able to continue that cultural legacy with the annual Art Sale and Exhibition.” Featuring two dozen local artists showcasing original works, the outdoor event explores the themes of Canadian nature, wildlife and countryside. The 23rd-annual event honours the history of artists in the park, which includes members of the Group of Seven. The three-day event will also involve a number of activities sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. On Saturday and Sunday at 11am, there will be a special presentation by Sciensational Sssnakes, featuring a meet & greet with…

Embracing the healing power of nature

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For many, nature is balm for a weary soul. It soothes, heals and puts our senses in order. For all living things, nature restores, renews and revives. Using the abundant hiking trails, waterways and parkland in Frontenac County, the Kingston Outdoor Adventure Club is using nature to nurture the human spirit. Speaking from a Kingston pub a couple of days before the club’s official launch at Rock Dunder Hiking Trail in Seeley’s Bay on June 2, Directors Dana Halladay and Mike Janiec are excited to bring people together to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, skiing, skating and snowshoeing. “There’s not really a limit to what we can do,” says Halladay with a smile. “There’s so much around us.” “And we’re not…

Little Theatre holding kids camp

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The AGM for North Frontenac Little Theatre was held May 14 at the Rehearsal Hall in Tichborne. Those who attended enjoyed a potluck supper before the meeting, which President Brian Robertson presided over. He began by giving us a glowing account of a Since this was Brian’s last year as president of the executive, an election was called. I am happy to report that I am the newly-elected president as we head into our 40th anniversary year in 2019. Brian has left very big shoes to fill after everything that he has accomplished for NFLT. He has worked endless hours in and around the Rehearsal Hall, completing many renovations all by himself. As well as acting and directing in many shows, he has promoted NFLT…

Central Frontenac puts on burn ban

Written by  |  Friday, 06 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There is a level 2 burn ban in affect for all of Central Frontenac until further notice. Due to the current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of high temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning with the exception of campfires in the Municipality of Central Frontenac. This ban suspends all previously approved Open Air Burn Permits (with the exception of campfires) until the ban is lifted. This ban includes and suspends the burning of clean wood and brush, outdoor bonfires and the use of all outdoor wood burning appliances or any other open fire burning (except campfires) and will remain in effect until further notice…

CabooseFest draws a crowd to Railway Heritage Park in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“We thought we’d try to get some people who’ve never been here before down to the Caboose,” said CabooseFest organizer and Central Frontenac Railway Historical Society Board Chair Derek Redmond said. And that they did, signing up more than a dozen new members and spreading the word. “We thought we’d have a little music and while people are here, they can check out the caboose (as well as the new display on the former station),” he said. “It’s been steady through the day and we may have raised a little money for new signage.” The new station display features artifacts from the original station including the wood stove and a sign that languished in the Township Office before finding its new home. But one of…

Loon rescue on Kennebec Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:24  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A loon pair successfully hatched a couple of chicks a week ago on Kennebec Lake. On Canada Day afternoon one of the chicks was reported abandoned. Ms Anne Levon later rescued a loon chick that was being attacked by a snake. She took it to the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee where it was treated and returned on Monday morning (July 2) to her care, with the hope of reunification with its family. Late in the morning an attempt was made at reuniting the family. In her kayak, Noreen Dertinger attempted to tow Anne, who was in the water, chick in hand, to the loon family. No luck. Judy Kennedy then took the chick and Judy’s husband Terry successfully steered his motor boat near…

Wigwam latest addition to St. James Major Catholic School grounds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
While it won’t be fully functional until the fall, work has begun on a new wigwam at St. James Major Catholic School in Sharbot Lake. Teacher Mike Veryzer said the project came about as part of a grant from the Algonquin Lakeshore District School Board initiated by special assignment teacher Shawn MacDonald. “It’s part of the Indigenous Spaces program,” said Veryzer. “It’s to create an improved use of space that reflects the (First Nations) heritage of our area.” The wigwam will serve several purposes, first and foremost as an example of history, but it will also function as an outdoor classroom as well as provide shade for students at recess. “We have a lot of room but not much shade,” Veryzer said. The project began…

Step by step, Great Trail walker is learning and sharing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Sometimes random meetings turn into something special. That’s what happened to John Neven of Sharbot Lake. John is participating in the Great Cycle Challenge, an event that is sponsored by Sick Kids hospital to raise money to fight cancer in children. He has far exceeded his goal of 500km as he has done a lot of trail riding this month as part of the challenge. Back on June 11 he rode the K&P trail down to Verona. At the new trailhead being built there he watched a large group of motorcycle riders pass by on Road 38. They were a part of a charity group called Guardians of the Children and made quite a spectacle so he stopped to watch them pass by, and while…

Shabot Obaadjiwan welcomes community to Aboriginal Day Celebration

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Shabot Obaadjiwan Frist Nation welcomed the community to Oso Beach last week for Aboriginal Day Celebrations. The theme was The Eighth Fire, Truth and Reconciliation. “It’s a totally interactive afternoon,” said organizer Marcie Asselstine, who read interactive children’s stories where the kids acted out the parts with puppets and stuffed animals. The day also included interactive bucket drummers, interactive women’s drumming, crafting and beading and an Algonquin Strawberry Teaching Ceremony shared by Kokum Makwa (Danka Brewer). Shabot Obaadjiwan Chief Doreen Davis said Asselstine was instrumental in pulling the event together after “an original plan was somehow dropped. “Building bridges towards reconciliation is what we’re doing here.” “I’d like people to know about our culture and if there’s something they’d like to know, don’t be…

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