General Interest

Puppet extravaganza

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:56  |  Published in General Interest
The Sharbot Lake branch was puppet central last week as part of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s Puppet Show Extravaganza Tour Imagine. Strega Nona (Grandmother Witch), the story of the endless Pasta pot that almost destroys the village when handled carelessly, was the first show that was performed for children who were off from school for spring break and the second play was The Monkey and the Crocodile. The show was performed at the Sydenham branch on Tuesday March 14, and in Sharbot Lake on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. Both shows were well received by area children and their caregivers, a treat for the March break.

Tay Valley indigenous artifacts

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:58  |  Published in General Interest
Tay Valley Township is hosting the ceremonial opening of an exhibit of Indigenous artifacts found in the township, with presentations on the history and archaeology of the artifacts. The ceremony is set for Saturday, March 25 at the township office, 217 Harper Road,  just up the road from Glen Tay Public School off Hwy. 7. Maberly’s Brenda Kennett, principal archaeologist with Past Recovery Archaeological Services, curated the exhibit, using materials from the Perth Museum, which are on loan to the township for the duration of the exhibit. Kennett became involved in the project after sitting on the working group for the 200th anniversary of the Perth and Tay Valley last year. Some of those efforts have been extended to this project, which is one of…

Water levels expected to be relatively normal this year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:53  |  Published in General Interest
Area conservation authorities are for the most part still in wait-and-see mode regarding this year’s freshet (spring thaw and resulting snow/ice melt in rivers/lakes) but things seem to be shaping up for a fairly standard season. “We’re a little bit away from the spring peak I think but we may have already had it,” said Gord Mountenay, water management supervisor at Mississippi Valley Conservation. “There’s still some snow left but eventual water levels will still be dependant on how much rain we get. We’re still looking at whether we’ll have to release some water or hold it back. “We’ve had a fairly decent melt and it’s not looking like flooding (but) the biggest concern right now is stay off the ice.” Pat Larsen, senior water…

Cataraqui Trail to close for snowmobiles

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:18  |  Published in General Interest
The snowmobile clubs that groom and maintain a snowmobile trail on the Cataraqui Trail have announced the official end of the snowmobile season. The Lennox and Addington Ridgerunners and the Leeds and Grenville Snowmobile Association will be closing and locking the gates on Saturday April 1, 2017. The gates are open during snowmobile season to allow snowmobilers with a valid OFSC permit to use the Trail. They are closed during the balance of the year to keep other motorized vehicles off the Cataraqui Trail. Other than snowmobiles, only authorized maintenance vehicles are allowed to have access to the Trail. The Cataraqui Trail is a 104 km long multi-use trail along a former railway line that goes from Smiths Falls to Strathcona (near Napanee). Permitted uses…

Animal Academy: an extraordinary play

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:54  |  Published in General Interest
“Later on, you can say to yourself, ‘Me and my grade 4 class wrote this play.’ Acting in the play makes me feel great. It makes me turn on my brain and makes me think that maybe I wanna be an actor when I’m older.” (student’s journal) Teacher Jerri Jerreat’s Elginburg Public School class, whatever grade she happens to be teaching, has an annual tradition of producing a play. Most years Jerreat has written the play, or adapted an existing one, usually based on a classic story such as King Arthur or even Romeo and Juliet. This year was different. Through a series of workshops and discussions, her 9-year-old grade 4 students wrote their own play on a topic familiar to all: their anxieties. Real…

The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:35  |  Published in General Interest
Every year the Monarch butterflies that we see in Frontenac Ontario migrate 7000km to a mountaintop at 10000ft in Michoacán Mexico.  The Monarch’s gather here in grape-like bunches hanging from pine trees to hibernate for the winter. Millions of butterflies can be seen in their drab winter colors hanging in these clusters.  The Mexican government has designated this a protected area, no logging or hiking trails are roped off people are not allowed to make loud noises, and flash photography is not allowed.  Yet in the past 20 years, the numbers of butterflies arriving her has dropped by 90%.   The problem is not in Mexico it is in Canada and the United States.  The Monarch’s lack of diversified feeding/breeding habits means that it needs…

RMFEO opposed to mandatory septic inspections and pump outs

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:41  |  Published in General Interest
The Rural Mayors Forum of Eastern Ontario, an organization formed by 14 rural municipalities in Eastern Ontario,  has leant its voice to the opposition side of the proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code that would require mandatory inspections and pump outs every five years (B-08-08-03). In a letter to MMAH Minister Bill Mauro, spokesperson Ron Higgins (Mayor of North Frontenac Township) said: “Most of rural Ontario and much of small town, urban Ontario use septic systems. The variables affecting the need to pump out a septic tank are quite numerous and these proposed changes penalize those who carefully operate their systems for many more yeas than five without pumping because the variables are in their favour. “To force people to pay for a service…

Employment fraud reported

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:18  |  Published in General Interest
The Frontenac and Sharbot Lake detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the past few weeks have received several complaints from the public regarding an employment scam that was posted in the Frontenac News. In the classified section of the newspaper was an ad for an experienced caregiver to start work immediately to care for an elderly person with Dementia. The applicants would correspond with the fraudsters through email and eventually an overpayment fraudulent cheque in the amount of over $3,000 would be mailed out to the potential victims with the instructions to keep $400 from the cheque and forward the balance through some type of money transfer back to the culprit. The Frontenac/ Sharbot Lake OPP wish to remind area residents to be…

OPP Confirms Classified Ad in the News Was Placed By Scam Artists

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:40  |  Published in General Interest
On February 16, a classified ad appeared in the Frontenac News that police confirmed this week is an attempt to scam those who answered it. Under Help Wanted, the ad offered $20 an hour for caregivers willing to work 4 – 5 days a week caring for a women with dementia. Applicants were asked to reply via email. The ad was supposed to run for four weeks, but a couple of days after the paper came out we started hearing from readers who said when they responded they were immediately offered a job and told they would receive a check for $400 as an advanced payment. Further, they were told the family was moving to the area and would need to furnish a house so…

Hurry Up and Wait Syrup Season Sets Up

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:44  |  Published in General Interest
Syrup producers who were ready or able to scramble their way into being ready, were able to make syrup several times over the last week, even though some of the nights never dipped below freezing. That has all stopped now as the temperature has dropped, but in a few days the sap should run again, and if the long term forecast is accurate it will get cold again after that and it will be time to wait again. Some of the commercial operators, such as George and Darlene Conboy, have been boiling for over a week (see picture below) while others and many hobbiest have sat out the February run which caught everyone by surprise. Buckets should be going up over the next few days,…

Ordering Seed? Think Local, It’s Easy

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:30  |  Published in General Interest
This Sunday in Perth and the following Sunday in Kingston, small scale organic seed companies will be attending Seedy events. It’s too early to muck about in the garden in the first week of March, but it’s not too early to start seeds indoors and to dream about planting a spring and summer garden. Two seed companies from Frontenac County will be at both events, Mountain Grove Seed Company and Bearroots gardens from Verona. Pat and Kate Joslin of Bearroots are participating in 8 Seedy Saturdays or Sundays this year. They are transitioning from selling seeds and produce at the South Frontenac Farmers Market to selling only seeds. “The events have been pretty good. Some of them are newer events and we are there for…

No Smoke Alarms Found in Recent Fatal Fire

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:25  |  Published in General Interest
The investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management into the fatal fire in Brampton, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, revealed that there were no smoke alarms present in the residence. The Kaladar Barrie & Denbigh fire departments are urging the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas.  Have and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home. Early detection and warning of a fire in your home is crucial to your survival,” said Fire Chief Cuddy. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that…

Rick Cameron Features in Documentary Premiering At DocFest – Belleville

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:18  |  Published in General Interest
Well known Northbrook entertainer and businessman, Rick Cameron, is the focus of a 45minute documentary being screened at Belleville’s popular International DocFest on March 4. ‘Rick of All Trades’ chronicles the life and times of this remarkable octogenarian, from his beginnings playing semipro hockey in Toronto, to his current entertainment and business endeavours in Northbrook. “You simply can’t find a more interesting and unique character than Rick Cameron,” says filmmaker Maurice McFadden of Cloyne. “He’s entertained thousands as a musician, standup comedian, costumed mascot and professional clown. Who does that?” Cameron is well known in the Land O’Lakes region where he and his wife Anya operate an arts and crafts store and a wine business. Cameron and his band entertain at area nursing homes and…

Protests Against Closure of Yarker Public School

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:34  |  Published in General Interest
A rally of about 30 people of all ages was held on Wednesday, February 8 in front of the Limestone District School Board offices on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. It was a protest against the board’s proposal to close all the public schools in Stone Mills Township and the school Selby, starting with the Yarker Family School. The Yarker Family School educates children from 3 years 8 months in Junior Kindergarten up to 8-9 years old in Grade 3. “Closing this school would increase bus ride times for our youngest students to more than an hour each way. The possibility of being bullying and witnessing inappropriate behaviour by these very young children goes up the longer the bus ride.,” said Gail Knowles, one of the…

Surprised, Reid Still Takes the Long View on Electoral Reform

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:55  |  Published in General Interest
Over his long career as an MP, Scott Reid has seen a lot. As a student of, and advocate for electoral reform he has also seen how the interest of parties in power affect their attitudes to changes in electoral systems. But, he admitted freely in a phone interview this week that he was surprised when the Liberal government abandoned their commitment to bring in electoral reform two weeks ago. “I did not see that coming. I did not anticipate they would walk away from it in that way. I thought they were going to take a different route,” he said. “Part of the reason it surprised me was the vehemence with which the Prime Minister insisted there was no way he was going to…
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