Frontenac County

Arrow is extension of the soul for archery club

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Most people lose themselves in the things they love. Conversely, they often find themselves there, too. Sitting in a coffee shop in early June, 62-year-old retired military officer Ralph Kennedy talks with a smile about the sport he loves. “I love archery. It’s a lot of fun,” says Kennedy, the outgoing President of the Kingston Archery Club. “I’ve always liked shooting and archery has the advantage of not needing a gun ownership. You can also reuse your ammunition. Gun ownership is very complex right now. Bows are simple.” A resident of Kingston, Kennedy describes the challenges of the sport made popular by the movie franchise, The Hunger Games. “I think the best term is a combination of focus and relaxation,” he explains. “You have to…

Hillier re-elected by 10,845 votes in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Written by  |  Friday, 08 June 2018 08:24  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The polls closed at 9 p.m. Before 9:30, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP Randy Hillier was declared re-elected and he was ecstatic.He waited until the pundits were calling a PC majority government before declaring victory but the wide grin began as soon as he saw the check mark beside his name.The final total was 26,194 for Hillier, 15,349 for NDP Ramsey Hart, 5,359 for Liberal Amanda Pulker-Mok, 2,410 for Green Anita Payne, 601 for Libertarian Steve Gebhardt and 440 for Independent John McEwen.Hillier won all polling stations in the riding except seven in the south and two in Perth, all of which went to Hart.“It’s wonderful to see a PC majority government and to get off this treadmill we’ve been on,” Hillier said. “(This will be) a government…

Fairmount Home gets a facelift, brand-wise.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:07  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
When Jon Allison Design and Avenue Strategy came to Frontenac County Council a couple of years back to present the new brand identity for Frontenac County, the got a pretty rough ride. Some members of council did not think the Fir trees in the design were representative, and the overall sense at the meeting was that the design was empty. Allison explained that it needed to be ‘empty’ in a sense so that it was both versatile and able to grow into its meaning through its application in the community. The vote to accept it was closer than anyone expected, but it did get accepted, which was a relief for c ounty staff because some giant banners were waiting at the back of the hall…

Almost Every Day of the Week…. And Twice on Saturdays!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
June 4th to 10th is local food week! Deemed by the provincial government, the proclamation is a reminder to Ontarians to consider increasing their intake of locally available foods. And why wouldn’t you? Eating produce as close to the day it was picked not only tastes better, but is more nutritious than that picked and stored for two weeks or more and delivered to major groceries. And economically, supporting your neighbourhood farmers makes sense. According to Dr. Kevin Stolarick at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, “If every household in Ontario spent $10 a week on local food, we’d have an additional $2.4 billion in our local economy at the end of the year. Keeping our money circulating grows those dollars to $3.6 billion…
The change in how early years child and family programs are funded has resulted in a situation that moved one area mother to start a petition on change.org, asking Rural Frontenac Community Services (RFCS) to rescind termination letters it sent out to five affected staff members. Jean Conlon, who has had two children go through the Early Years program, became concerned about the stress the staff members are going through and initiated the petition which by 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon had 193 signatures. “These ladies do an incredible job and they don’t deserve this stress,” Conlon said. RFCS operates an Ontario Early Years Centre, which us funded through a contract with the Ministry of Education under the Ontario Early Years Program. That contact runs…

EORN finds Frontenac County to be a soft touch

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:19  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County is not generally an easy organisation to extract funds from. With the notable exception of its long-term commitment to supporting the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, council is reluctant to spend money on anything other than funding its own services. But when EORN comes calling, Frontenac County is ready and willing to pay. And the reason is simple. EORN (The Eastern Ontario Regional Network) was created by the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus in order to put together massive electronic infrastructure projects. Their goal is to bring high quality internet and cell phone service to every corner of Eastern Ontario, and if there is one thing that residents of Frontenac County have made clear to their elected representatives, it is the desire for better cell…

OPP Officer opens up about PTSD

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As part of the promotional campaign for third annual First Responders for PTSD fundraising golf tournament next month, a delegation came to Frontenac County Council on Wednesday morning (May 16). Frontenac Paramedic Services is helping to organise the event, and in addition to raising awareness the tournament raises money for K for Paws. K for Paws trains service dogs to help people dealing with various conditions, including autism, people with mobility issues, and people dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The delegation included Elizabeth Bailey, founder and Executive Director of K for Paws, and Juliane Porritt, an OPP officer from the Napanee detachment. Porritt has a personal experience with PTSD that she had never spoken about in public before. Because the Frontenac News goes…

Festival of Small Halls coming to Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
When the Festival of Small Halls started up in Ontario in the fall of 2014, it consisted of one performer, Nova Scotia’s Old Man Luedecke, and three halls, in Perth, Gananoque and Bloomfield. By the time the fourth edition rolled around, in 2017, there were 34 venues and performers from across the folk-roots spectrum including Ashley MacIsaac, Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers and others. But there were no venues in Frontenac County. They were close, in Bolingbroke, Maberly and McDonalds Corners, all part of the Frontenac News distribution area in western Lanark County, in Seeley’s Bay, and even in Tamworth, but not InFrontenac. That is all changing this year. Among the new venues, which will now total over 40, are three in Frontenac County, the…
At a meeting of Frontenac County Council last week (Wednesday, April 18) South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal made it clear that neither his township, nor Frontenac County, have the expertise to decide whether developers are in compliance with conditions set out in draft planning approvals. “We, as municipalities depend on MNR-F [Ministtry of Natural Resources and Foresty] the CRCA [Catatraqui Region Conservation Authority], and the health unit. We look to their reports.Anybody can say what is done and what isn’t being done, but we have to depend on those agencies,” he said Sarah Harmer, of nearby Elginurgh, accompanied by Loughbotough Lake resident Meela-Melnick Proud, had just presented council with what they asserted was evidence a breach of Condition 5a of the draft approval for a…

Lawyer tells County to reject a call for intervention on Johnson Point

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
A controversial vacant land plan of condominium on Loughborough Lake will be considered once again by Frontenac County this week, and if the county follows the advice of their lawyer, opponents of the project will be disappointed when they leave. Meela Melnick-Proud, Sarah Harmer and Matt Rennie will appear as a delegation. They will be armed with a lengthy report outlining, among other things, how the shoreline at some of the locations in the proposed condominium development has been cleared, in contravention, they say, of one of the “conditions of approval” that were included in a ruling by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in its ruling on the project. Their report quotes item 5b of the OMB ruling “... the vacant land condominium agreement applying…

Expropriation train is rolling along the K&P Trail

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
In February, Frontenac County Council gave its approval for staff to proceed with expropriation on three properties whose landowners had decided not to accept the purchase offers from the county, and last week those expropriations took effect. The three properties are all located on Road 38, on the stretch between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake. That stretch originally included 22 pieces of the former K&P rail line that had been sold off to the adjacent landowners. For the other 19 properties, either an agreement was reached or the county was able to find an alternate route for the K&P trail, whose completion has been a signature goal of the council for almost ten years. Two of the three pieces that are being expropriated are located in…

Youths charged in cottage mischiefs

Written by  |  Friday, 06 April 2018 20:01  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
On April 5, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of Frontenac and Napanee arrested two male youths connected to several seasonal cottage break & enters and mischiefs in South and Central Frontenac Townships. Between December 2017 and the end of January 2018  Frontenac and Sharbort Lake OPP began to investigative a significant amount of break and enters to seasonal cottages around Bob’s Lake, St. Andrew’s Lake , and Craig Island. The youths ransacked the properties, damage was done to windows, doors and various items inside the cottages were destroyed. The estimate damage total for all dwelling is approximately $200,000.  As a result of the OPP investigation two17-year-old males have been charged with 56 Criminal Offences jointly, with the…
As the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) and the Frontenac County Economic Development Department continue their efforts to foster a massive expansion to the capacity of the Ontario goat milk industry, a new milk source that may be even better than goat milk is being studied by Queen’s University researchers. Feihe is a Chinese baby formula company that is building a plant near Kingston in what was a major coup for KEDCO. The company is intent on establishling two production lines, one using skim milk which is available from Ontario dairy producers, and another using goat milk, which is not readily available in Ontario in the quantities required for the massive Chinese market. “We know that it has been a major undertaking for KEDCO and…
Frontenac County Council has decided to continue talking with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) about the possibility of co-locating headquarters. In a report to Council last week (March 21), Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender indicated that the CRCA and Frontenac County each require somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 square feet of office space to run their operations, but together they would each require less space. “We would only need one lobby, one large room for council meetings, one septic system, etc.” he said. “It’s not just the construction cost that would bring savings,” he added, “there would be considerable savings for ongoing expenses, everything from heating to maintenance costs. In terms of use of taxpayers dollars, there isn’t a cheaper option. Building…

Atom Flyers tops in province, PeeWees and Bantams oh so close

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac Atom Flyers came back from Walkerton last weekend with the CC championship trophy, the icing on the cake of what turned out to be one of the most successful seasons in Frontenac Minor Hockey history. After defeating the Capitals 5-4 and 5-4 in the two games of the finals at Frontenac Arena the previous weekend, the Flyers kept up the pace and downed Walkerton 4-3 on the Caps’ home ice Saturday. “It (Game 3) was a pretty tough game up there but our boys played hard and prevailed,” said Head Coach Jamie Craig. “We weren’t just one guy, this was a total team effort. “We had our system and we stuck with it.” Craig said this was redemption for a lot of his…
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