Central Frontenac

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…

Sharbot Lake on the cutting edge of citizen science water monitoring

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:39  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
While giving a presentation on the Mississippi Valley watershed report card (they got an A), at the Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority biologist Kelly Stiles said something more or less in passing that could become quite significant. After relating that surface water quality ranges from excellent to fair moving west to east from the Canadian Shield to the more urbanized off shield areas, Stiles said: “Our wetlands range from A to B, but many are close to the lower thresholds. Even small changes in conditions could have big impacts on each subwatershed’s overall rating.” While they do good work, the conservation authorities can’t be everywhere all the time (they do have a monitoring station on Sharbot Lake), and much…

Three-peat for Sharbot lake born world champion?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:38  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Matt Fraser, the fittest man alive in both 2016 and 2017, is the odds-on favourite to take his third straight title in Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend. Although he finished second in regional-qualifying back in March because of a slow start which saw him finished 81st in the first event of the 6-event contest, his consistency and endurance make him hard to beat in the 5-day contest, which will feature a dozen events or more. Each CrossFit games includes a different schedule of events, which are not revealed to the athletes in advance, so mental strength as well as weight and endurance training are the key to success. When he was interviewed at the conclusion of last year’s games after winning, Fraser was asked when he…

Garden Party draws steady crowds to Arden for 11th annual edition

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:27  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For 11 years now, the artisans of Arden have been welcoming the public to their galleries for one Saturday in July. There are door prizes, a blueberry tea event and of course they make sales but that’s not really why they do it. “It’s nice to meet with people and chat with them,” said Judith Versavel who’s been operating her Gallery By The Bay on Big Clear Lake since 2005. Versavel had a long career in more commercial art, working as a graphic designer for contracts with Bell Canada, Colgate Palmolive and Simpson’s. In 1976 she moved back to the Kingston area and worked at Harrowsmith magazine and later Equinox. But painting was always her first love and although her one-of-a-kind jewelry items have a…
As open houses for official plan updates go, Saturday’s Central Frontenac meeting was rather well attended, with about 45 people who weren’t staff or Council members showing up to listen to what community planner Megan Ruekwald and Frontenac County director of planning and economic development Joe Gallivan had to say and to pepper them with questions. “It’s a really good turnout and it’s good to hear that the community seems to have the same concerns about protecting the environment as Council does,” said Coun. Bill MacDonald. “It looks like the community if for sustainable development and I really think science is going to solve any septic problems we might have.” The presentation was broken down into four areas — Settlement Areas, Affordable Housing, Waterfront Lot…
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…

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