Central Frontenac

CabooseFest to Showcase Railway History in Song

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
From Godfrey through to HinchinbrookeShe travels up the line;As Tichborne eases past herShe gets the highball sign. The fireman pours the coal on,The hogger tells his crewThat a green light at OcontoWill put them right on through.   This verse from “Ballad of the K&P,” written by Bill Easton and sung to the tune of “Wabash Cannonball,” describes a Kingston & Pembroke train headed north through Tichborne, to Oconto and Sharbot Lake. The photo above shows the engineer’s view of the grade crossing at Tichborne, where the steam engine has turned west onto the main CPR line to pick up coal at the coaling tower, visible in the background. (The picture was taken by David Page in 1956.)   Cyclists and ATVers will soon be…

King of Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:47  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Kirk Chabot did not know what to expect when he decided to put on a fishing derby for the opening day of bass season on Sharbot Lake. “If we get ten teams and they share a few hundred dollars in prize money that won’t be the end of the world,” he said a month ago when he was first getting the word out. “But, from what I hear, people want to come out for a derby, so I think we will have more then ten teams.” He was right about that. There were 39 teams registered by the time the derby got underway last Saturday morning, one under the capacity for the event. And when it was all over, the team of John Davis and…

First Book Canada at GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
First Book Canada is a program that is devoted to bringing books and other materials to students in Canada who might not have access otherwise. Its mission “is to transform the lives of children in need by improving access to educational opportunities” says its website. Through a partnership with BMO, $1,000 has been made available for the grade 1-3 students at Granite Ridge Education Centre to provide new books for the kids to have fresh reading material for the summer. On Tuesday morning (June 12) another First Book sponsor, Annick Press, sponsored a visit to the school by one of their authors, Kingston’s Sarah Tsiang. Tsiang is the author of children’s books, poetry, non-fiction and Young Adult novels. She talked to the grade 1 students,…

After The News’ latest CD bends genres in highly effective manner

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
After The News’ new CD, Always on the Move, kind of defies definition. It’s kind of spacey overall, but there’re definitely a hint of southwest U.S. country to it, with Mike Verner’s trumpet accents trending towards mariachi at times. Sort of Pink Floyd meets The Flying Burrito Brothers . . . prog-country-rock. “You can’t avoid the country influence in this area,” said bass player Lee Casement. “Especially when you live three doors down from (pedal steel wizard) Claire Abrams. (Abrams is on the CD too.) “But I’ve been listening to a lot of folk music lately.” Most of the music and lyrics comes from the mind of Casement and guitar player Shaun Wiema, with contributions from vocalist/acoustic guitarist Jamie Young drummer Tim Forbes and Verner.…

Aboriginal Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation is celebrating Aboriginal Day this year with the presentation of a family friendly event for the entire community. From 4pm to 6pm on Thursday, June 21st the interactive Frontenac Skies Bucket Drummers, along with aboriginal women’s drummers, will be entertaining and inviting kids and adults to join in. Puppetry, crafts and beading will be featured, and at 5pm there will be a strawberry teaching ceremony, shared by Kokum Makwa. Chief Doreen Davis of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation decided to sponsor the festival when she found out that the Strawberry Moon Festival, which had been run during school hours for the last 12 years, was not going to happen this year. “I thought that it was important to hold a…

Stairs to take precedence over ceiling insulation at Oso Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Central Frontenac Council opted to go with entrance stairs over ceiling insulation at Oso Hall at its regular meeting Tuesday evening in Sharbot Lake. Manager of Development Services and CBO Shawn Merriman told Council that there is no foundation under the steps leading to Oso Hall and as such “the cost will be much higher than we budgeted for.” Merriman said that they could take funds budgeted for insulation in the ceiling or look at a temporary solution for the stairs. “My recommendation is to fix the stairs properly and we’re looking at $20,000 for that,” he said. “We might even be able to do some of the ceiling.” “If we don’t insulate the ceiling, will we be losing money from heating the hall?” said…

Do you know any of these servicemen from World War I?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:07  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Arden Legion is nearing completion of a book regarding local men who enlisted, fought, and sometimes died in World War One. November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war and is our projected date for completion. We have access to a lot of the military records of these men and where possible we are including all the personal background we can gather. If you have more information, photographs and family details if possible on the following soldiers, please call either Malcolm Sampson at 613-335-3664 or the Arden Legion at 613-335-2737 and leave your number. Ernest Barker, Arden - His middle name could have been either Enoch or Enick. He was born on May 9, 1898 to Britton and…

GREC Expo a new experience for students, families

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Essentially, the first-ever GREC Expo held at the education centre in Sharbot Lake Tuesday was an opportunity for elementary students to see what the secondary students do in the arts through a series of workshops. And it was also an opportunity for the secondary students to “show off” a bit and since family members were also invited, maybe even sell some of their artwork as well. “It’s designed to be participatory,” said art teacher Valerie Allan, one of the organizers. To that end, primary students got to participate in workshops for ceramics, music, journaling, slam poetry (a competition of spoken word poetry) and even a drop-in centre for board games. And for those that weren’t that interested in artistic pursuits, there was a field trip…

Inclusion “very evident” for Community Living in Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
May is Community Living Month and as as Community Living organizations go, the Sharbot Lake operation is one of the smaller ones, with 40 + clients as opposed to some of the larger ones with more than 100. Perhaps that’s a big reason why they’ve been so successful in integrating their people into the community. “I think the smaller communities do have a leg up,” said Dean Walsh, executive director. “People with intellectual disabilities have not always had the same opportunity to contribute and participate in their communities through political, religious expression, volunteerism and leisure activities. “Here, I can call the Mayor, the councilors, the businesses, the service clubs and they all support us.” An example, he said, was Shine a Light on Community Living,…

Candidates meet the students at GREC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Since 2004, students at the Granite Ridge Education Centre have been involved with the Student Vote Committee and while the majority of the audience weren’t old enough to vote during last Thursday’s all-candidates debate, the candidates themselves were taking the exercise seriously. There was also a sizable contingency from the North Addington Education Centre in attendance. Green Party candidate Anita Payne was the first to speak and in her opening statements linked what she called a “Lyme disease epidemic” to climate change. After acknowledging that this event was happening on unceded Algonquin territory, Liberal candidate Amanda Pulker-Mok said her priorities were health care, both from an administration and a user-standpoint as well as expanded cell phone and broadband service. After pointing out that he has…

Community concerns after luring incident at Parham ballfeld.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Frontenac OPP investigated a complaint about a man who approached children during a ball practice at the Parham ball field on May 20. “After our investigation, no charges were laid,” said OPP constable Roop Sandhu of the Frontenac OPP. The incident took place while parents and grandparents were watching their kids at a practice. A man, who identified himself as Ryan, parked his car near the field, exited the car and asked for a glove. He went on to the field and acted as if he was a coach. Janet Freeman, who was at the field, said the man “was funny and very interactive with the children, but after a while one of the children reported that he had told her he loved her…
Fire Chief/Manager of Emergency Services Greg Robinson presented his Phase Two Organizational and Operational Review, a lengthy document containing 142 “gaps” or problems with the Central Frontenac Fire Department at Council’s regular meeting Tuesday in Mountain Grove. Given the length of the documents, there wasn’t a lot of discussion but Robinson suggested that it was being presented now to give Council a chance to read it before a discussion scheduled for the June 26 Council meeting and several other presentations from the review over the next three months. “Any fire chief that would give me this much reading before a long weekend . . . I don’t know,” said Coun. Bill MacDonald. “With documents of this magnitude, I think it’s important that we take our…

King of the Lake coming to Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On June 16, the first day of Bass season, a new fishing derby is being organised for Sharbot Lake. Although it is starting small, organisers are sticking to the protocols of events that are sanctioned by the Ontario BASS nation, thinking that over time the Sharbot Lake derby may become a professional event. “For now” said organiser Kirk Chabot,” we just want to get something started, we just want to plant the seed. If we get only 15 times, great, but maybe we will get more.” Chabot, who is a fishing enthusiast himself, is working with the District 3 (Oso) Recreation Committee on the event. Admission is $50 per person, with up to three fishers per team. The total weight of 8 fish, which must…

Libertarian Stephen Gebhardt

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Stephen Gebhardt is a blue-green libertarian. He lives the lifestyle any Green Party member would envy in a rural off-grid house on 100 acres south of Arden with his wife and two children. They make their own power with wind turbines and solar panels, and get their own wood to heat the house off of the rural property. But Gebhardt also works in resource extraction as an airborne geophysicist, spending two months at time flying over landscapes around the world conducting research for private and public sector interests. And he was a long time Conservative party supporter until becoming disillusioned after the fiscal collapse of 2008. His interest politics has never waned and he has drifted over to the Ontario Libertarian party, which is for…

Day of the Pig on Sunday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
A stripped down Day of the Pig is set for Sunday at the Seed to Sausage retail store on Road 38 (12821) south of Sharbot Lake. After moving the popular event to the Sharbot Lake beach, expanding it and charging a $20 admission, Seed to Sausage owner Mike Mckenzie found himself too busy with other projects, in particular a new opportunity at a new high end mall in Newmarket, to turn his attention to organizing the annual event. In March he decided to cancel, but he recently had a change of heart “A few weeks ago I realized that people might come anyway, expecting something to be going on, so since we were opening the store as we always do on the Sunday of the…

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