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Inaugural meetings in CF, NF and AH

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:45  |  Published in General Interest
North Frontenac North Frontenac Township swore in its new Council Monday in the Plevna Council Chambers, and it’ll be back to business as usual. They did some business, like adopting an emergency plan and discussing (at the urging of Coun. Gerry Martin) whether councilors should be paid for attending meetings outside of the Township, but primarily this was a welcome back meeting. Four years ago, newly elected Mayor Ron Higgins said “our key challenge is to offset the increased costs that are being downloaded onto the Township. “To address this, we need to increase our economic viability and work closely with our fellow Townships, the County, our federal and provincial members and the many organizations that have been formed to address key issues that affect…

Hillier taking aim at Conservation Authorities mandate

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:38  |  Published in General Interest
Long a critic of the local conservation authorities, going back to his pre-government days with the Ontario Landowners Association, MPP Randy Hillier is now taking steps to try and curtail some of the activities of both the Mississippi Valley (MVCA) and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities (RVCA). Last week, he sent a letter to Rod Phillips, the Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks, which talked about his “growing concerns with the activities” of the two authorities. “Unfortunately, I have to question the viability retaining these Conservation Authorities in their current form,” he wrote.   He takes the position that the two authorities do a poor job satisfying their core mandate, to manage dams on local lakes and keep water levels within acceptable parameters, and to…

Lest We Forget: Arden Legion Creates WWI Memorial Book

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:17  |  Published in General Interest
Flipping through the pages of the recent publication, “Lest We Forget, a book of short biographies of men who fought in the Great War with connections to Kennebec and Olden Townships,” by Malcolm Sampson and Rhonda Noble, it becomes clear how present the war was to the lives of people in rural Ontario communities at the time. The biographies tell the basics of what happened to the men who left and either returned physically intact, with injuries that impacted the rest of their lives, or did not come back at all. It also shows how the war’s impact on their lives has reverberated in the local communities in the 100 year since the war ended. To mark 100 years since the end of the war,…

Ringing of bells and gravesite flags to commemorate Armistice 100

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:14  |  Published in General Interest
OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - With five symbolic peals from the HMCS Carleton Naval Bell, The Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada launched Bells of Peace in Ottawa today. The initiative honours the 100thanniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. At the setting of the sun on November 11 this year, the Parliament Hill carillon along with spiritual centres, Legion branches and many community locations across the country will ring their bells one hundred times. "This powerful sound symbolizing peace from coast to coast will allow Canadians to stop, remember and feel the joy that the end of war brought after so much death and destruction," says Legion Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine. "It will also be a reflection of the deep…

2018 Municipal Election Profiles - Addington Highlands and Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:35  |  Published in General Interest
Looking for South Frontenac's election profiles? Click here. Addington Highlands Reeve Henry Hogg graduated from the University of Waterloo as a Mechanical Engineer. With his wife, he operated two businesses in the township. He enjoys working with people and feels that his past business experience will continue to help provide prudent financial management of the municipality’s revenue and expenses. He has served as a councilor and reeve for almost 30 years, including 17 years as reeve of Addington Highlands Among his concerns for the future of Addington Highlands, is the lack of high speed internet and cell phone service in some parts of the township, which is hindering development. Waste management has become a major cost. Ontario has introduced the Waste Free Ontario Act but…

All Candidates meetings

Written by  |  Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:12  |  Published in General Interest
The Frontenac News is hosting all candidates meetings for the 2018 municipal elections. The schedule is printed below. – *Thursday, Sept 13 Strorrington Centre (SF-Storrington)– Monday, Sept 17 Olden Hall Mtn Grove (CF Dist. 2)– Wednesday, Sept 19 Flinton Rec. Centre (AH Ward 2)– Thursday, Sept 20 Piccadilly Hall (CF Ward 4)– Monday, Sept 24 Kennebec Hall (CF - Ward 1)– *Wednesday, Sept 26 Glen Tay School (Tay Valley)– *Monday, October 1 Perth Road UC SS Hall (SF - Lough.)– Wednesday, October 3 Lions Hall - Verona (SF - Portland)– Thursday, October 4 Denbigh Hall (AH ward 1)– Wednesday, October 10 Grace Ctr.(Sydenham - SF Lough)  Meetings start at 7pm (except the September 19 meeting in Flinton, which starts at 7:30) *not organised by Frontenac…

Donations to land conservancy help nature, can provide financial benefits

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in General Interest
“It’s just for nature to do what nature does,” Vicki Schmolka of the Land Conservancy for Kingston-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington told an information session Sunday at Piccadilly Hall. Through the work of more than 30 volunteers, LC KFLA currently owns six properties and holds two conservation easements, totaling 220 hectares, providing habitat for 19 species at risk. “Our goal is to protect nature,” she said. “Protecting nature on your land forever has to be your goal.” She said people with land that don’t expect to ever use it or give it to their children can insure that it won’t ever be subdivided by donating all or part of it to the Conservancy. They can enter into a conservation easement agreement, under which the land remains part…

Is this Rural Ontario’s summer of IPA?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:29  |  Published in General Interest
I’ve been planning to write a summer beer column for a few weeks, but it has take this long into the summer to get a sense of what is readily available this season locally and in nearby larger beer markets such as Kingston, Perth, and Napanee. Also each year there is a flavour that catches my own taste, and it took a while but this summer I am most interested in summer saison beers, heffeweizen, session ales, and some of the less sour of the sour beers. The local LCBO stores seem to be serving up a host of India Pale Ales, which is not necessarily a problem for me. There has been a bit of a backlash in some circles, however, reminiscent of what…

Late entries change race in Addington Highlands

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:41  |  Published in General Interest
(Editors note - this item has been altered since it was first pbliched on August 1. Information received after it was published in the paper version changed the report on Addington Highlands for both wards) There will be an election for Reeve in Addington Highlands between Henry Hogg and Alice Madigan. Also, in ward 1 incumbents Tony Fritsch (who submitted his papers near the close of nominations) and Kiby Thompson are running, as is Royce Rosenblath. In ward 2, incumbents Bill Cox and Helen Yanch are running again, as is David Miles. In North Frontenac, 6 incumbents have been acclaimed (Mayor Ron Higgins, Councillors Wayne Good and Fred Perry – ward 1, Gerry Martin and Vernon Hermer – ward 2, and John Inglis in ward…

Partial burn bans to the south, total bans to the north

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in General Interest
The weather has been and will continue to be hot and dry, and this is the case throughout the region. But fire permitting and the imposition of fire bans is overseen at the township level, so people might need a municipal overlay on their GPS if they want to know whether they can light a match. Here is an overview as of Tuesday morning, July 10, at 11:30am: In South Frontenac, there is a Level 1 burn ban on. Camping and cooking fires are permitted under a Level 1 burn ban, however fireworks, open air burning and incinerators fires are not permitted. In Central Frontenac there is a Level 2 burn ban on currently. A Level 2 burn ban in Central Frontenac is identical to…

"Bring The Gear - Not the Beer"

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:43  |  Published in General Interest
(Smiths Falls, Ontario) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), East Region are reminding boaters that are getting ready to hit the waves on rivers and lakes in eastern Ontario that there is much to do before you head out. Number one: Check your vessel and equipment Inspect your pleasure craft: Inspect your pleasure craft's hull and check for cracks or other damage. If you are operating a power-driven pleasure craft check its electrical, fuel, propulsion and cooling systems and make sure the throttle is operating smoothly and is not sticking or binding. Make sure the steering is working properly. Check the oil and fuel levels. A good rule of thumb for fuel is: one-third for the trip out, one-third for the return and one-third as…

Candidate Profiles - Lanark Frontenac Kingston - June 7 election

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in General Interest
The upcoming provincial election is one week away and after taking an early lead, the PC party is now running neck and neck with the NDP, while the Liberal Party has slipped to a distant 3rd place standing at a historic low of 20%. In the previous provincial election (2014), MPP Randy Hillier (PC) polled 43% of the vote in the former Lanark, Frontenac Lennox and Addington riding. It is unclear what impact removing Lennox and Addington from the riding and adding households in rural Kingston and Mississippi Mills will have on this race. There are six candidates in the new provincial riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston: Steve Gebhardt (Libertarian), Ramsey Hart (NDP) Randy Hillier (PC), John McEwen (Independent), Anita Payne (Green), and Amanda Pulker-Mok (Liberal) The…

Fifth candidate in Lanark-Frontenac Kingston election

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in General Interest
John Macewen of Verona is running as an independent candidate for MPP in Lanark Frontenac Kingston (LFK) Macewen, who ran for Mayor of South Frontenac in 2014, is an issue-based candidate. He is running in order to bring public attention to, what he says, is a refusal by local building officials to enforce regulations. According to Macewan, enforcing regulations would eliminate the risk of radon contamination in homes throughout the riding. Macewen is also a vocal opponent of MPP Randy Hillier, and said he will remind voters about some of Hillier’s activities before he entered provincial politics when he was the President of the Lanark Landowners.

Provincial election underway

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in General Interest
Local candidates ready to campaign in earnest By the time this paper hits your post box on Thursday morning the Ontario election campaign will have been announced. With Queen’s Park finally shutting down and the election “writ” period under way the candidates in the new provincial riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston (LFK) will be out campaigning in earnest. With a short campaign and the interruption brought on by the Victoria Day Weekend, the Frontenac News was unable to put together two dates for all candidates meetings with all four candidates, so we will be holding only one, in Sydenham on May 28. The exact location will be finalized this week. The meeting, which is co-sponsored by the Frontenac Federation of Agriculture, will run from 7-9pm. Full details…

Henry Hogg Declares for Reeve in AH

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:12  |  Published in General Interest
Was there a bit of excitement in the air on Tuesday morning? Maybe it was the start of the second consecutive day of pleasant weather, or maybe it was the beginning of May (and the end of the misery that was April. Maybe it was the lingering glow of the Pink Moon from April 29, or maybe it was the beginning of the 2018 Municipal election calendar. As of May 1st, the nomination period for this fall’s municipal election is open. It will remain open until July 27th, when the campaign will begin in earnest. Of the local Mayors, all of the incumbents in Frontenac County, save Dennis Doyle of Frontenac Islands, indicated they would be seeking re-election, and are expected to present themselves at…
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