Frontenac County

T & A’s Condiment Company

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:29  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Tracey Jarvis-Craig loves hot sauces. Not only does she use hot sauce on just about everything, from breakfast to dinner, and likely on late night snacks as well, she likes to use different sauces with different dishes. That interest started her on a quest to make her own hot sauces. When friends and neighbours tasted her sauces, they asked if she could make some for them, and said they would buy her sauces if she was willing to sell. That’s when T&A’s Condiment Company came to be. Almost two years ago Tracey and her wife, Anne Craig, decided to get into the sauce and condiment business. That’s where the business got its name. In addition to the tomato-based hot sauces that they make, there are…

A few changes as nominations close in municipal campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
This is the final version of an article originally written on July 24, reflecting the status as of the close of nominations on July 27 Phil Archambault, an Inverary resident who ran for the Liberal Party in the 2016 Federal election, finishing second to long time Conservative MP Scott Reid, is making the move to municipal politics. “I think it is time for a change,” Archambault said moments after submitting his nomination papers on Tuesday afternoon (July 23) There are now three candidates for Mayor of South Frontenac, incumbent Ron Vandewal, and current Loughborough Councilor Mark Schjerning. In other locations,there is less of a contest. In Addington Highlands (AH), there is  a single contested position, that of Reeve. Alice Madigan has jumped into the race…
It might seem like an elaborate sleight of hand manoeuvre, but Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender is asking members of Frontenac County Council to consider setting up a county roads system, on paper only. And the payoff could be some heavy virtual paper money, as much as $5.7 million in grant money, every second year. Over time, the Federal and Provincial governments have developed different funding programs aimed at helping cash strapped municipalities pay for expensive infrastructure maintenance and upgrades on roads, bridges and other assets. The source of funding that has been available for this for the last 10 years is the Federal Gas Tax program, which provides $840,000 each year that is split among the townships on the basis of the…

Local green energy co-op faces new Ford reality

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:05  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Until late last week, The Wintergreen Energy Co-op (WGC) had thirteen 250 kilowatt solar energy projects ready to proceed in South and Central Frontenac and rural Kingston under the Feed-in-Tariff (5) program. Not anymore. The WGC projects are among the 758 green energy projects that were cancelled this week by the new Ontario government. WGC President David Hahn said on Tuesday that the solar projects had been waiting for the final go ahead from Ontario’s Independent Electricity Service Operator (IESO), which was to come in the form a Notice to Proceed (NTP). “My understanding is that all of the projects waiting for the NTP have been cancelled,” he said when contacted at his farm on Canoe Lake Road, “which would include our projects”. Hahn said…

Working with landlords to prevent homelessness

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:04  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Landlords in Frontenac County are encouraged to connect with Amanda Pantrey, new Rural Housing Liaison Worker, to find out about the incentives and perks that come with working with the rural Housing and Homelessness Collaborative Team, based out of Southern Frontenac Community Services in Sydenham. The Housing and Homelessness program in the County of Frontenac aims to serve high-needs, low-income families in need of assistance to secure and maintain safe, appropriate, and affordable housing. Landlords are a key partner in the success of the program, and in return for working with the Collaborative Team, landlords gain access to supports and incentives. “There are benefits for rural landlords to work with the Collaborative Team,” says Pantrey. “First, landlords will have an advantage because their units will…

Few contested positions in municipal campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
There is only one race for Mayor thus far in Frontenac County, and races in only a single district in North, South and Central Frontenac as the deadline for nominations nears. In North Frontenac, Mayor Ron Higgins is running for re-election, and incumbent Fred Perry is the only candidate for the two ward 1 (Barrie) positions. Gerry Martin and Vernon Hermer are both running again in ward 2 (Clarendon-Miller). In ward 3 (Palmerston) Fred Fowler is challenging the two incumbents, John Inglis and Denis Bedard. In Central Frontenac, Mayor Frances Smith is uncontested thus far. Incumbent Tom Dewey is running in ward 1 (Kennebec) as is Isaac Hale. In ward 2 (Olden) only incumbent Victor Heese is running, and in ward 3 only incumbent Bill…

Fire ban update

Written by  |  Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:42  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Total ban in Addington Highlands, North Frontenac, Lananrk Highlands - campfires only in Central and South Frontenac by Jeff Green 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 11:30 am 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…

Canada Day 2018 - Photos

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Canada Day summer kickoff weekend was enjoyed by revellers across the region. Tricyclists in Sydenham   Canadaliens wearing their antennae in Sharbot Lake   Royal Canadian Regiment vets hitting the water in Ottawa on their way down the Rideau Canal to Kingston. They will be in South Frontenac at the Upper and Lower Brewera Locks this weekend.   Canada Day was a great day on the water for 8-year-old Reid Webb; he caught himself a nice 5lb bass, right here locally, from his secret spot on Sydenham Lake. As you can see, Reid is all smiles at his Canada Day catch. If you see Reid, perhaps he might give you some fishing tips. What a great way to make memories during Family Fishing week,…
The K&P Trail may be suffering from the curse of the K&P railroad. The old Kick and Push, as it was not always affectionately called back in the day, was originally intended to run between Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River, from Kingston to Pembroke, K to P. However, costs were high and the money ran out, leaving a K&P that ran only from K to C, Kingston to Calabogie. Now, long after the K&P shut down, a trail being constructed on its track bed, which will bring the Cataraqui trail and Frontenac County into the Trans Canada Trail network, finds itself stalled at kilometre 64.5, of its intended 77 kilometre length, just about a kilometre north of the Bradshaw Road in Central Frontenac. There…

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…
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