Central Frontenac

Signs of success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There is something to be said about supporting local: when the community works together, everyone benefits. Backwoods Country Creations, a local home decor business from Sharbot Lake, was asked to host a Fundraiser Sign Making Class in support of the Grade 6, 7 and 8 classes at Land O' Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove. Annette Gray-Jackson approached Backwoods after seeing an advertisement on Facebook. Once she had the support of administration, order forms went home with students to share with their families. On Thursday, May 6th, the community rallied together to make this event a success, with a great turnout of 17 participants raising $255 during a two-hour class. All proceeds from the event went to the class fund for an end-of-year trip. Michelle…
Day of the Pig coming back(Editors note - an earlier version of this article contained erroneous information about the timing and location of the 2018 Day of the Prg. The Day of the Pig is actually set for May 20 at the Seed to Sausage retail store at 12821 Road 38 (next to the Kingdom Hall) and north of the Treasure Trunk) from 11am - 4pm. An article with more details about the Day of the Pig will be posted shortly) Beavers Beavers took up much of the Central Frontenac regular Council meeting Tuesday night in Oso Hall as staff presented a draft bylaw to deal with the Country’s official symbol (or chief pest depending on your outlook). But while everyone agreed that broken beaver…

The Little Mermaid by North Frontenac Little Theatre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:12  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
In all its years North Frontenac Little Theatre has provided opportunities for children and youth to become involved in theatre. It has gone much further than most community theatre companies in this direction, but with the Little Mermaid it went even further. Most of the musicals the company has put on have had younger actors in them often taking lead roles, such as Annie, Anne of Green Gables, the Miracle Worker, Peter Pan and Tom Sawyer But with the Little Mermaid, all of the actors were children, with one exception and that was only at the very end. The adults who volunteer with the little theatre, the costume and set designers, back stage workers, directors, choreographers and lighting technicians, all devoted their time and energy…

So, you want to run for Council in 2018?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
“You’d better love meetings — really love meetings,” consultant Fred Dean told an array of prospective council members, sitting councilors and municipal administrative staff Monday night at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. Dean was in town to present Running For Council . . . Making an Informed Decision at the behest of Frontenac County and its member municipalities. While the number of sitting politicians and municipal employees probably outnumbered the potential newcomers to the political arena, there were sufficient unfamiliar faces to suggest there could be some interesting races shaping up when the race begins in earnest after the July 27 deadline for filing papers in order to be on the ballot (papers became available May 1 and both Central Frontenac Mayor Frances Smith and…

Full slate of events scheduled for 2018 Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
The Sharbot Lake Farmers Market returns May 19 (Victoria Day Weekend) for 2018, continuing through each Saturday through Thanksgiving. Details for this year were finalized at a meeting last Saturday and administrative manager Natalie Wotherspoon said there are 12 vendors committing to the season, more than half of which will feature agricultural products. They also plan a few new additions if things work out. “I’ve been communicating with the Child Care Centre and they’re looking at a larger presence,” she said. Perennial issues such as washrooms and gullies in the parking area were also discussed. It was decided to send a letter to Council to see what could be done. Several members volunteered to work on the washrooms if necessary. Hours also came up when…

Central Frontenac Burn Ban

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 10:49  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
There is a level 2 burn ban in affect for all of Central Frontenac until at least May 15, 2018. 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…

Questions raised about Piccadilly and Henderson substations – CF Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:29  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
District 4 resident Nicki Gowdy was at Central Frontenac’s regular Council meeting Tuesday in Sharbot Lake looking for some answers regarding the Piccadilly substation and the truck that’s stationed there. The truck (along with its counterpart in the Henderson substation) was taken out of service Feb. 26 but returned April 17 for medical responses only. “I’m not here to point any fingers or lay blame,” she said. “(But) many ideas and ‘facts’ have been circulating. That made me stop and think and question some of the validity of that information.” Gowdy said she did some research and found that the (Picadilly) truck and CET CAFS System was purchased in 2008/2008. “Mainly it was chosen with the idea that it could navigate the un-maintained cottage roads…

NFLT Little mermaid

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:29  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
After months of rehearsals we have reached the finish line – the performance week. Everything is being fine tuned and synchronized at 2 dress rehearsals scheduled for Monday and Tuesday night. Cast and crew will be feverishly putting on the finishing touches for the opening show as the excitement mounts. Members of the cast include some familiar faces in lead roles from previous productions. Many will remember Anneke Putnam in her portrayal as the feisty Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”. She has been an invaluable asset on stage giving helpful advice and encouragement to the younger inexperienced performers. She will leave you in stitches with her comedic scenes as Clem, the crab, opposite the demure Princess Anemone, the mermaid. Mason Moore is also no…

Fatal Fire near Sharbot Lake

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:00  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Last night Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue responded to a reported house fire on Townline Road with a person and pets still inside. On arrival Firefighters found the house involved in fire. Firefighters quickly entered the burning house to perform search & rescue, they found and removed a victim and began resuscitation. The victim succumbed to injuries as a result of the fire. The Fire Department and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the cause of the fire today. No Firefighters were injured. The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no other occupants in the house at the time of the fire. Pets also died as a result of the fire.

Hundreds on hand for Conboys’ annual Maple Syrup Weekend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For the last three years, the first Saturday in April has meant a trip out to Conboys’ Maple Syrup operation to see how it’s done. And last weekend, a steady stream of visitors did just that. This year’s strange freeze-thaw cycle has played havoc with production schedules but in the end, things should be like most years. “It should be an average production this year but it’s taking a long time,” said Ryan Conboy. “It was a warm February, a cold March and it’s starting out as a cold April. “The sugar content is a bit lower but the quality is on a par with most years.” For the Conboys, an average year means about 6,000 litres. Most people hope to do about a litre…

Busy meeting for Central Frontenac Public Works Department

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Public Works Manager Brad Thake had a fairly extensive written agenda at Tuesday’s regular Central Frontenac Council meeting but he also had quite a number of verbal reports as well. He received approval from council to spend $379,672 on a new, variable horsepower grader, plow and wing (it is in the budget) to replace a 27-year-old model that is well past it’s useful life. Thake then presented his policy on nuisance beaver and beaver dams. Beavers and their dams are only a concern for the township in cases where beaver activity has an impact on township assets (roads, bridges, culverts) and the township uses tubular culvert protectors and other “beaver baffler” techniques, but when those are not effective the policy is to remove beavers first,…

Sharbot Lake Legion awards 50-year pin at annual ceremony/banquet

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
They gathered at the Legion Branch 425 in Sharbot Lake Saturday to honour their own. After honours and awards chair Patty Middleton introduced Zone Commander Ty Seeley, Dep. Zone Commander Jean Compeau and President Alden McLellan, guest speaker Tom Miller spoke on the importance of volunteering. “A volunteer is someone willing to provide a service to another, not expecting to be paid for it,” said Miller, who was in the RCAF from 1953 to 1958. A resident of Amherst Island, Miller was a member of that branch until it surrendered its charter and now he’s a member of 623, Bath and Area. “I can’t imagine a Legion Branch operating anywhere without volunteers,” he said. “For one thing, you need somebody to lock the door at…

Villages Beautiful Update

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Remember Christmas, and the Festival of Trees put on by the Villages Beautiful Committee? Well, winter is probably mostly over now, and the committee would like again to say thank you to all who submitted entries, volunteered , and came and bought tickets and donated to Villages Beautiful and to the Food Bank. It was a very successful event this past year, as we celebrated Canada and the Christmas season. If you are already thinking about next winter, the dates will the December 6 , 7, and 8 and the theme is Christmas Stories Right now, however, we want to give you a preview of what we will be doing this summer. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees are divided between the villages that…

Arden Passion Walk has long tradition

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:31  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
For the past 20 years or so, there’s been some ceremony or outdoor observance of Good Friday in Arden and the Matson Family has been front and centre of most of them. This year, on Good Friday, the Passion Walk began at the Matsons Farm and proceeded through the hamlet to the United church, a distance of about 3 kilometres. “When you get older, the distance gets further,” said patriarch Glen Matson. “They had services in the ’50s but nothing to this extent. “I guess it’s been the last 18-20 years we’ve done something like this (and) I think it started when Barb Mahood was the pastor.” One year they erected three crosses and held a service while three residents occupied them. Jeff Matson was…

De-boning workshop

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church a crowd of 18 seniors gathered to watch a de-boning workshop put on by retired butcher, Norma Riddell of Sharbot Lake. Two draws were held when the demonstration was completed for the turkey and the bones. Linda Bush was the winner of the turkey and Dorothy Fraser was the winner of the bones which would make a delicious broth and soup; We talked about further uses of the Senior Centre and the new sign which will be ready for an official opening in May. This is part of the ongoing activities made possible by the grant Rural Frontenac Community Services applied for as a result of the senior survey last year. Also as a result…

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