Central Frontenac

Sharbot Lake to figure prominently in revamped Official Plan

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The future of Sharbot Lake is a big part of the new Central Frontenac Official Plan, Planner Joe Gallivan told Council at its regular meeting Sept. 24 in Piccadilly Hall. While there were comments like backyard chickens and special protection for White Lake at the previous open house held in July, Gallivan said there are three things that could greatly affect Sharbot Lake in the future and wanted to see suitable protections included in the Township Official Plan. “Sharbot Lake could become a community hub for the northern part of Frontenac County,” he said. “It’s well on its way to becoming a Trail Hub but if Highway 7 becomes four lanes (from Peterborough to Ottawa) and/or the ViaRail plans go through, it will change a…

Assistance may be available for those affected by Sept. 21 downburst

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Some assistance will be available for Central Frontenac residents affected by the downburst Sept. 21, Fire Chief/director of emergency services Greg Robinson told Central Frontenac Council at its regular meeting Sept. 25 in Piccadilly. “The storm was more significant than we originally thought,” Robinson said. “We only had two storm related fire calls but when we came in Monday, there was a lot of damage.” He said the Province has informed the Township that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in storm affected areas. The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization, providing assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural…

Storm spares many, but lashes some

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:36  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
(Editors note - the storm in the Sharbot Lake has been categorised as a Downburst by Environment Canada. 3 tornadoes touched down in Eastern Ontario, two in the Ottawa/Gatineau are and one in Calabogie) Friday’s wind storm left a path of destruction that went through the Township of Central Frontenac, resulting in all sorts of downed trees and electricity disruption in many areas. One area particularly hard hit was Coutlee Point Lane, off the Shibley Road) on Sharbot Lake’s east basin, where an army of Hydro One vehicles, equipment and manpower was joined by local residents to clear brush and trees and get the power back on. “We had 10 people sawing since 9 a.m.,” said property owner Guy MacLeod on Saturday afternoon. “The wind…

Countryview Care Retirement Home

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Jennifer Clow has worked in retirement homes and long-term care facilities as a PSW and in other capacities for most of her working career and she knew that what she really wanted was to run a home that was more like a family home than an institutional facility. The ideas behind the Gentle care philosophy that the Fairmount Home in Glenburnie has adopted in the last few years were well known to her 15 years ago. So, when her neighbours across Road 38 from the farm where she lives with her husband and family decided to sell their home, she quickly made a deal to buy it in order to open a retirement home. At the time it was a challenge for the building and…

Lest we forget – The Great War in Kennebec and Olden Townships

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Malcolm Sampson always has a project on the go. When he first arrived in Arden 15 or so years ago he instigated the establishment of a soccer league. Over the years he has organised numerous events at the Arden Legion, all aimed at enhancing the profile and/or raising money for the legion. Coming up to Canada 150 he took an interest in the names on the Cenotaph in Arden, particularly the names of WWI Vets from the former Kennebec Township. Sensing there must be a story behind the names of those men who set off from isolated hardscrabble in Arden and Henderson and set off to see the world, not having any idea what they were heading into until they got there, he began to…

Central Frontenac celebrates area trails with 2nd annual Trail Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:55  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac celebrated its 2nd annual Trail Day Saturday with most events happening at the Caboose in Sharbot Lake’s Railway Park. There were trail rides, historic walks, bands, little theatre, pickle ball, washer toss, story tent and end-of-the-trail stew at the Legion to finish things off. Dep. Warden Denis Doyle brought greetings from Frontenac County. “We started a committee 11 years ago and I was on it,” he said. “It’s turned out to be a much bigger project than any of us expected and I want to see it completed.” A number of people were wondering when that might be. Colin MacDonald and his wife Claire cycled up from Kingston for the event. “We heard it went all the way to Renfrew but we only…

Sparse crowd but vigorous debate in Mountain Grove

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:55  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
It’s not unusual for candidates debate crowds to be small when the Mayor’s position is already filled by acclamation. When you take out the number of sitting Central Frontenac Council members and candidates from other districts in attendance, it was a rather intimate gathering indeed. However, it did make for some rousing ‘discussion,’ especially when moderator Jeff Green allowed the audience more leeway that is usual for such things. And mixed in there, the four candidates for the two seats in District 2 (Olden), managed to get their points across. Dan Cunningham wanted to see project management applied to every issue, not surprising given his background as a project manager for Stanley Tools. He said the septic reinspection program is a good example of something…
Through an oversite, the tiered response agreement that determines which resources are deployed for emergency medical calls has run out, and in a report to Head of Emergency Services/fire Chief Greg Robinson recommended that Central Frontenac renew the agreement with no changes to keep things rolling along. At a meeting of Central Frontenac Council this week (Tuesday, September 11) Robinson presented a report that also called for the township to consider making changes to one of the protocols in the agreement. Central Frontenac volunteers answered 193 medical calls in 2016, “and that number has gone up since then” Robinson said. According to data collected by members of the Frontenac Paramedic Services, 67% of the time Central Frontenac fire fighters do not provide any medical services…

Butter Tart Challenge brings a crowd to Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There were 14 entries with names like Queen of Tarts, Love Made Edible, Bush Bunny Butter Tarts and Tartas del Capitan, but in the end there could be only one winner in the 4th annual Sharbot Lake Farmers Market Butter Tart Challenge at Oso Beach last Saturday. And that was Tanya Labelle, who won the challenge with Tanny’s Tarts with a top score of 208. Labelle said her father-in-law was instrumental in persuading her to enter the contest. “I’ve only been baking butter tarts for about seven years,” she said. “I got the recipe for the pie crust online but the filling is my mother’s recipe. “I entered last year but didn’t win but I’ll definitely be back next year (to defend her title).” Speaking…

Silver Lake Powwow has one of its biggest years ever

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:04  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“A lot of things were different this year,” Silver Lake Powwow organizer said. “Shabot Obaadjiwan gave us some funding and so we didn’t charge for admission to the Powwow, only donations. “We were too busy to take a head count but by 2:30 p.m. there were 100 cars parked across the highway at the smoke shop. “There just was no parking left in the park.” One thing that was quite noticeable the minute you stepped through the gate was the colourful regalia. Not only were there more participants, but it seemed like their regalia was more elaborate than in recent memory. Often, the dance circle was a sea of magnificent colours the like of which hasn’t been seen before. Danka Brewer, who served as announcer…

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…

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