Frontenac County

Novice Flyers take championship

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:18  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It went like this: Game 1, 6-3 Flyers win at Frontenac Arena; Game 2, 7-1 Flyers win at Wasaga Beach Stars; Game 3, 9-0 Flyers win at Wasaga Beach. And just like that, the Novice Flyers rep team is the top dog in the OMHA Novice East CC-C loop this season. Before the team bus left for Wasaga Beach last Friday, South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal, himself a veteran of many, many hockey campaigns, came on board to give the guys a pep talk. Next, there was a an inspirational video from Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who grew up in the Frontenac Minor Hockey system. “He (Smith) told the team ‘just enjoy it,’” Flyers Head Coach Jamie Craig said. “This is a big deal…

Novice Flyers one victory away from title

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:49  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
With 6-3 and 7-1 victories on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the Frontenac Novice (8 years old and under) Flyers need only one more win to take the Lou Jeffries Trophy, as champions of their respective EOMHL division. The Flyers travel back to Wasaga Beach Friday (March 24, 6 p.m. game start, Game 4, if necessary, is March 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Piccadilly) to play the Stars in what could be their final game of the season. (In the finals, the first team to reach 6 points wins and the Flyers are up 4-0 after their wins in the first two games.) In the Saturday game, the Flyers opened the scoring in the first and never looked back getting goals from Cole Rowat (2), Jack…

Smith tops County politician pay scale in 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:38  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Former Frontenac County Warden Frances Smith took received $26,641 in 2016, including $4,391 in mileage and over $22,226 in pay. As Warden, Smith received the highest base pay and the most pay for attending board and committee meetings. She submitted only $23.77 in claims for conference, training and other travel. Deputy Warden Ron Vandewal received $14,053, including $13,480 in pay for serving as Deputy Warden and sitting on committees and task forces and $573 for mileage. Vandewal made no claims under the conference/training line. Former Warden Denis Doyle received more than Vandewal did,  a total of $15,575. Doyle received  $10,887 in pay, $3,750  conference, training and other travel expenses and $936 in mileage. It should be noted, however, that the Warden and Deputy Warden attend…

Magazine Award for Frontenac Brand Lead Designer Jon Allison

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:00  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Jon Allison, the lead designer for the new County of Frontenac brand, has won the 2017 Applied Arts Community Award for Logo and Brand Identity Design. The announcement was published in the March issue of the Applied Arts Magazine, one of Canada’s premier publications on visual communication. The Applied Arts Magazine’s Community Awards recognize work in advertising, design, photography, illustration and interactive communications. This is the second major national marketing award for the #inFrontenac brand. Last year, the County of Frontenac earned the 2016 Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) National Marketing Award for Best Brand Identity. "To see the talent involved in creating this brand now being recognized on a national stage is great," said County of Frontenac Warden Ron Vandewal. "There’s a growing…

Tracey Parker – New Business Development Officer at FCFDC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:01  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Mid December, Tracey Parker took over from the now happily retired Terry Romain, as Business Development Officer with the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC). Two and a half months into the job, Parker said she is “absolutely loving it”. She said she is able to use many of the skills she has developed in her diverse educational and working career to bear and is happy to be “working with small businesses where you can see the impact of what you are doing.” After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s, she moved to Toronto and worked in marketing and technology. Over time, she developed interest in how businesses can make use of information to make better decisions in developing short and long term…

Back From China, Talking Goat Herds On A Massive Scale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:16  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Three days after Richard Allen took on the Economic Development job at Frontenac County, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), came to Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender with an invitation. A high powered delegation of Kingston officials, led by the Mayor, were headed to China for meetings and a tour of facilities at Feihe International, a large baby formula company that is already investing $225 million to build a factory in Kingston and is looking to do more. And they wanted Frontenac County to bring some rural representation to the delegation. So, even though he was new on the job, and it was going to cost the county $5,000, Allen was dispatched to China. He had an inauspicious…

Arena Receives an Ontario150 Community Capital Program Grant

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac Community Arena (FCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $30,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. These funds will help fund the capital costs of replacing the Arena’s 30-year-old dehumidification system with a new, more energy-efficient Desiccant system. “Our community arenas act as a hub where people come together to share and grow; the Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant is providing for improvements at Frontenac Community Arena will help secure the continued enjoyment and enhance the benefits of this much-loved facility,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these grants will help non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural…

South Frontenac gains more people than the City of Kingston, census shows

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:24  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
One of the initial insights that analysts looking at the 2016 census data that was released this week was that urban areas are seeing population growth and rural areas are seeing a decline. But the fastest growing areas are not the downtown cores or suburban areas in major cities, but the communities that are located further out in the countryside, While Kingston is very small by urban standards (too small to be properly considered an urban area), and it saw paltry growth between 2011 and 2016 (0.4%), the pattern of greater growth in the surrounding region did hold true. Not only did South Frontenac do better in percentage terms, (2.9% as compared to the 0.4% for Kingston) in people terms it even out-flanked the City.…

Frontenac Community Arena receives $30,000 Ontario 150 grant

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:47  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac Community Arena Receives an Ontario150 Community Capital Program Grant The Frontenac Community Arena (FCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $30,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. These funds will help fund the capital costs of replacing the Arena’s 30-year-old dehumidification system with a new, more energy-efficient Desiccant system. “Our community arenas act as a hub where people come together to share and grow; the Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant is providing for improvements at Frontenac Community Arena will help secure the continued enjoyment and enhance the benefits of this much-loved facility,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these grants will help non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous…

Lacrosse Program Gaining Momentum

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:38  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, lacrosse may be an up and coming sport activity for youth in Frontenac County. The grant was from the Ontario Sports and Recreation Community fund to promote aboriginal activities like lacrosse and snowshoeing for two years. Northern Frontenac Community Services Corporation youth coordinator James Kelly has been running a six-week program at Land O’Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove for youths 10-13 after a similar program in Harrowsmith and so far, so good. “We’ve really just got started with this,” Kelly said. “We had about 25 kids in Harrowsmith and about eight here in Mountain Grove. “We’re planning another six-week run in Harrowsmith after spring break.” Kelly himself, although an avid athlete, didn’t…

Steady as She Goes at Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:14  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was not exactly a barn burner of a meeting when Frontenac County Council held their monthly meeting last Wednesday (January 18). Council received a presentation from Mark Segsworth, who sits at a planning table with industry, municipal and provincial officials that is looking to develop a new waste diversion system for Ontario. The goal is to achieve 80% diversion rates from landfill in Ontario by 2050. Currently, even relatively successful diversion programs in rural areas, such as the one in North Frontenac, have reached the peak of their success. North Frontenac diverts over 50% of consumer waste when calculated by volume. However, when calculated by weight, the way provincial bodies do, the diversion rate is much lower. “The only way to attain these goals…

Canada 150 at Fairmount Home

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Fairmount Home will offer residents a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston (CFKA). 20 - 30 residents at the home will enroll in an arts program called History Through Expression. The program involves hand drum making, drumming, indigenous singing, seated dancing, and storytelling. It will run 14 weeks starting in March and will culminate in a performance at Fairmount Home on June 30. “We are so grateful to receive this CFKA grant, which will fund 3 aboriginal teachers, an arts educator, a dance teacher plus drum-making supplies,” said Lisa Hirvi, administrator at Fairmout Home. “The program will offer rich and meaningful activities for our residents, honour indigenous traditions and celebrate Canada’s…

New ED Manager Takes Off After Just a Couple of Weeks on the Job

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
By the time Richard Allen was introduced as the new Manager of Economic Development at the December Meeting of Frontenac County Council, the news of his hiring was already out. Members of the county Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) had already been informed of the hiring. As well, Allen had made a splash the day before by walking into Kingston City Hall and announcing two years into his mandate as a member of City Council that he was resigning his council seat in order to take on the job for Frontenac County. He said later that one of the attractions of the job were the regular hours. The job fits the stage of life he has reached, as he has recently become a father for…

K&P Trail completion date slips past Canada 150

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:00  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was a goal that fit nicely into a narrative. The K&P trail linking the Trans Canada Trail segments between Sharbot Lake and the Cataraqui Trail to ensure Frontenac County is part of the national trail network was to be complete by Canada Day 2017. A photo-op at the Trail head located at the exact location where the funeral car carrying Canada’s first prime minister switched onto the K&P line, for its trip to his adopted home town of Kingston as thousands looked on, would be the centre-piece of Canada Day celebrations in Frontenac County. It’s not going to happen. The complicated final 12 kilometres of trail, which are located on lands that were sold off to the owners of abutting lands before the rest…

Richard Allen new ED Officer at Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:26  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
On Monday Richard Allen, the councillor for Countryside Ward of the City of Kingston, marched into City Hall and informed his colleagues that he was resigning effective immediately. The next day he reported for work as Economic Development Officer to the administrative offices of Frontenac County, which are located across the road from his home near Glenburnie. Before running for Council in Kingston, Allen served as a Director for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) He has worked at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business, and earlier as a project co-ordinator with Katimavik. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal. As a member of Kingston City Council, he showed an interest in Frontenac County and was the only…
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