Frontenac County

Farmer in dispute with county over fencing along K&P Trail

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:02  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Daryl Kennedy said that he has nothing against the K&P Trail, but as a cattle farmer working land that the trail bisects, he wants a fence put up to block access to some of his pasture land. And since the trail is located on former railway lands and is a continuous stretch, he feels that the Ontario Line Fences Act, as amended in 2006, stipulates that the current owner of the trail must put up a fence if he asks them to. “What I am asking for is a fence along 1750 feet of pasture land, only on one side since that is all I need. I requested on April 6/2016 to Anne Marie Young, who was dealing with the trail for Frontenac County at…
“We’re not here looking for money, we’re looking for ways we can help municipalities,” Susan Moore, president of the Friends of the Salmon River told North Frontenac and Central Frontenac Councils recently. Moore and FSR founder/environmental scientist Gray Merriam have been on a mini-tour of watershed municipalities spreading their gospel and offering their assistance in whatever capacity deemed necessary. “We got a $200,000 grant from Environment Canada for studies that looked at 11 variables,” Moore said. “We didn’t find any problems.” She then turned the mike over to Merriam. “From its headwaters in North Frontenac and area, the Salmon River dumps into the Bay of Quinte (at Shannonville),” Merriam said. “We did studies (and) there are places that need work (but) it turns out not…

The man behind the music: rising star Chris Murphy

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:33  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
When words fail Chris Murphy, music speaks. Resting between shows in early June, the popular musician responds with self-deprecation when asked about himself. A resident of Frontenac County and rising star in Canada, his lack of ego is a refreshing change to the notoriously bad behaviour of other artists. Small talk doesn’t come as easily to him as the words of 1,000 songs he has memorized. “I consider myself an introvert,” admits the friendly singer/song writer from Sydenham. “Being on stage allows me to be a bit more gregarious and charismatic than in real life.” Tall and strong, Chris’ musical talent was recognized early. At 20 years old, he won the Country Singing Showdown in Kingston. Almost two decades later, his summer is booked solid…

Ball Hockey Day about having fun, showing community spirit

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
“It’s a fun day for the community — and showing community spirit,” said Heather Hasler, registrar for Frontenac Minor Hockey Association, which includes the organization’s ball hockey component. “Everything is free, except for the barbecue.” This was FMHA’s second Ball Hockey Day, held last Saturday at the Frontenac Arena. They’ve been holding similar events for many years but with the inclusion of the summer ball hockey leagues, it just made sense to feature the relatively new leagues. The ball hockey program has grown since its inaugural year, to 20 teams in five divisions and four adult teams (“I’m playing myself,” said Hasler). She said ball hockey is part of the Canadian Landscape and “It’s nice to see the arena in use during the off-season.” Hasler…

Find Your Council Reps

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Most of them are there somewhere, behind their new #INFRONTENAC sunglasses. The Councils of all four Townships attended at a special Committee of the Whole meeting at Verona Lions’ Hall last Wednesday night (May 31), to hear two presentations from the County of Frontenac. Consultant Terry Gervais reported on behalf of the In-Field Communications Committee, established last November. Made up of the  township Fire Chiefs and Public Works Managers, the  group was tasked with first tracking and recording gaps in communications, incidents of equipment failure and dispatch problems, then developing a protocol to build a standard means of communication across all fire departments (e.g. radio use training, using consistent terminology). Secondly, they assessed the current radio system: both tower infrastructure and user gear, making recommendations…

Ball Hockey is growing in year 2

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:31  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Over 250 players between 3 and 18 are playing ball in the youth division of the Frontenac Ball hockey Assopciation in its second season. There are many returning players and ice hockey players but lots of new faces as well. Kids play on Sunday afternoons from noon to 8:00pm. The arena is packed with kids, families and fun. There is music playing, canteen and BBQ available with all proceeds going back into our Minor Hockey Programs. Adults are getting in on the action this year as there is a 4 team league of for the 18 and older set that play on Tuesday evenings We hope to expand on this next year. Although operational costs continue to increase, the Frontenac Minor Hockey Association has once…

Frontenaclive.ca

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:41  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac News is happy to announce that our new website, frontenac-live.ca, a companion site to our popular frontenacnews.ca site, is up and running. Frontenac Live includes a business directory listing over 450 businesses and counting, to cover every need a resident or visitor to the area might have, from restaurants to electricians and everything in between, listed by community and type of service. Under accommodations, for example, there are 56 options. Businesses that are not included are invited to fill out a simple online form and get listed without delay, and perhaps opt for an enhanced listing which will bring opportunities for increased promotion immediately, and much more over time, at a low annual fee. Our events guide is the most complete breakdown of…

Community Foundation grants: $27,000+ for Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:59  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (CFKA) awarded 20 grants totaling $152,519 to local charities which are expected to benefit 5,262 people, including 1,246 youth. Executive Director Tina Bailey says “At the Foundation we believe that we are all stronger together.  Through our community grants program, we encourage collaboration, skills building and awareness-raising to act on this belief. Community Development has always been one of our fields of interest and is so important to what we do and what makes our community great. We are pleased to have funded a number of such projects in this area this granting round.” Four grants went to initiatives within Frontenac County this year. Clarendon & Miller Community Archives, Historic Tours of North Frontenac Township: $10,672The Guidebook produced…

Much ado about waste

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
At the monthly meeting of Frontenac County Council on May 17th, the longest and most vigorous debate was over waste management, a service that is delivered by the individual townships with no input from county staff. The context for the debate was a proposal, which was developed with input from the township public works managers (pwm), to apply for a provincial grant which would cover half the cost of a comprehensive study of the blue box programs in each township with a view towards making them more successful in terms of cost and the amount of waste that is diverted.  The potential for collaborative delivery of service is part of the proposal. Last year the county facilitated a joint tendering for engineering services at waste…

Wild Parsnip in Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:20  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Unlike Lanark and Lennox and Addington, there is not countywide spraying plan to deal with Wild Parsnip along public roadways in Frontenac County. Since there is not county roads department in Frontenac, it is left entirely to the townships to determine what action they would like to take. In South Frontenac, some of the more highly infested areas have been dealt with through targeted use of Roundup, applied directly on the plant. Local beekeepers have been notified before the applications have occurred to enable them to keep their swarms out of harms way. This year, however, the public works department is going to tender for some more extensive herbicide use, which will cover larger sections or even entire roads if necessary.“I do think the problem…
The Frontenac Stewardship Foundation held it annual retreat at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) this year. The location, on Lake Opinicon, is emblematic of Frontenac County in that it sits at the edge of the Canadian Shield, having one foot in the fractured limestone and another in the hard granite of the shield. The station is not located in Frontenac, however, being just over the border in Leeds Grenville, 20 km from Perth Road on the scenic, winding Opinicon Road. The conference provided an opportunity for a dozen or so groups and organisations that are involved in stewardship activities on the four watersheds that intersect in Frontenac County to update each other on their activities and look for ways to work together in the…

Award winner

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just five months into her tenure as Fairmount Home’s permanent Administrator, Lisa Hirvi received the inaugural Donna Rubin Administrator Leadership Program Award at the AdvantAge Ontario annual convention in Toronto on April 21. Hirvi received the award for earning top marks for her case study during last winter’s AdvantAge Ontario Administrator Leadership Program, which is structured to meet requirements for Long Term Care Home Administrators under the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007. AdvantAge Ontario has delivered this program successfully for 21 years and boasts more than 1,400 participants. Hirvi became the permanent Administrator at Fairmount Home in December 2016 after assuming the role of Interim Administrator in January of that same year. The AdvantAge Ontario Leadership Program Award was established in honour of Donna…

Gutowski “deeply disappointed in former colleagues”

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:48  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Last week, a settlement was reached through mediation to end a defamation lawsuit that was launched in 2013 by former Frontenac County Warden Janet Gutowski against three former colleagues on County Council; David Jones, Dennis Doyle and John McDougall. Terms of the agreement have not been released, and according to Gutowski details of the agreement are subject to a confidentiality clause. “I thought it was over, and while the terms are confidential I can tell you that I was pleased it was settled and we can all move on,” she said when contacted on Tuesday, “but I just read an online article where Dennis Doyle and even John McDougall have made comments about the matter that I wonder about. I’m sending that article to my…

North and Central Frontenac Relay for Life Needs You!

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:30  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Mark the date down…Friday May 19th from 6 pm to midnight – Parham Ball Field, that is the date for this year's North and Central Frontenac's Relay for Life. This year’s Relay for Life marks 10 years – that is 10 years of commitment, 10 years of volunteering, 10 years of passion, 10 years of hoping and praying for the Cure. Cancer has affected each and every one of us, maybe we haven’t been given the diagnosis directly, but I’m sure that a loved one has. Think back and remember that time, the place, how it made you feel. How helpless you felt to want to do something but not really knowing exactly what to do or say. I remember gathering together with my family…

Stuff The Cruiser campaign gives food bank “a presence”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:22  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
For many years now, food bank volunteers have been joined by OPP auxiliary members and it’s been a mutually beneficial arrangement. In Sydenham, Verona and Sharbot Lake (like last Saturday), auxiliary officers have brought a police vehicle to a local grocery store (like Mike Dean’s) and joined food bank volunteers to collect foodstuffs and cash donations. They call it Stuff the Cruiser. “I’m local and my mom’s on the (food bank) committee,” said Aux. Const. Nicole Greenstreet, a veteran of a half-dozen or so Stuff the Cruiser campaigns. “So I know the need. “Plus it’s a good organization to be supporting that’s vital to the community.” “I just like to help out with the food drive,” said Aux. Const. Curtis Jacques, who was on his…
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