Inverary Youth Activities came to South Frontenac Committee of the Whole Tuesday night in Sydenham asking for “$10,000 to $15,000” in financial support to offset “this year’s extreme and unforeseen expenses totalling $24,530 over normal year expenses.”
Treasurer Judy Borovskis told COW that in a normal year, the organization takes in about $30,000 from various sources mostly related to activities at Ken Garrett Memorial Park in Inverary. In a normal year, that represents the break even point.
But this year, the organization was faced with replacing foul ball nets ($16,240), underground wiring repair for diamond lights ($710), replacing a lawn mower ($7,380) and replacement of the canteen fridge.
They’ve been able to pay the bills by borrowing the $9,545 in the playground fundraising account, she said but general costs between now and the start-up of next season (insurance, hydro, bank fees, property taxes, employee wages fro September and October and the initial float for starting up the canteen) total $8.616.32. When combined with paying back the playground fundraising account, the organization is $18,161.32 in the hole.
Borovskis said they’ll continue fundraising through bottle drives and the advertising sign campaign. She said they’re looking at other possibilities such as doing lawn and diamond maintenance for the township park on Latimer Road for a fee, hosting children’s birthday events, a family fun day and a pizza dough sale. But the organization is facing washroom renovations to meet accessibility standards as well as work to the holding tank and a variety of other expenses.
Councilors were in general sympathetic to the organization’s plight.
“I would urge Council to support this application to cope with the burden they’ve got financially,” said Coun. Ron Sleeth.
Mayor Ron Vandewal had some more practical and immediate suggestions.
“There’s a lot of history here and I don’t think the youth group wants the Township to take over the fields,” Vandewal said. “But we do give them a $600 grant every year and looking at the property tax expense ($1,643.76) I think we can do something there.
“We can’t waive taxes but we could increase the grant to the amount of the taxes. We’ve done that for other groups.”
CAO/Clerk Wayne Orr said he could have a resolution prepared to that effect for next week’s Council meeting.
Vandewal also suggested that the group approach the County for information on grants available for accessible washrooms and said that if some of the financial problems could wait for budget time, they could probably help more.
“I think there’s potential for you cutting Township grass,” Vandewal said. “I’m sure you can do it cheaper than we can.
“That’s just the way it works.”
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The South Frontenac Museum would like to focus more on the entire Township instead of just the “west side,” secretary Alan Boyce told COW.
He said they’ve been working with Bedford district for use of empty rooms in the basement and have been discussing ways to create an “oral history” archive.
However, like most organizations these days, lack of volunteers, particularly on the executive, remains a roadblock to many of their plans.
“The big thing for us operationally is to get more people in,” Boyce said. “There’s no doubt the support we receive from the Township is substantial.”
Boyce said one example of this is providing summer student Vanessa Kennedy, a third year museum administration student whom Coun. John McDougall described as “a crackerjack.”
Frontenac Fury hockey organization president Lynn Newton welcomed the public to the Frontenac Community Arena Sunday for a get-together that featured sizing for hoodies and socks, an equipment swap, skate sharpening and an opportunity to meet new teammates and bench staff.
“It’s also an opportunity to ask questions for everybody new to the organization,” she said.
The Frontenac Fury Girls Hockey Association will field 10 teams this year including the First Shift program for those new to hockey, as well as five house league and three competitive teams (peewee, bantam and midget).
“From atom to midget, our membership has quadrupled in the last five years,” she said. “They all drank the Kool-Aid.”
She said more than 150 children have gone through the Fury and Frontenac Flyers programs in the past three years.
Part of the reason for this get-together was registration for the upcoming season which is set to start Sept. 22 but (online) registration continues, she said.
“You can still register online after the season starts,” she said.
Another reason is for the players to get fitted for socks and hoodies.
“The hoodies have the names of our sponsors on the back and the girls can wear them anywhere,” Newton said. “We used to put sponsors names on the individual jerseys but they’d have to be removed each off season and this preserves the jerseys a little while longer.
“Plus, many of the girls tuck the jerseys inside their pants and you can’t see the sponsors’ names.”
The Arena opens Sept. 14 with a free skate from 6-7 p.m.
Josh Suppan and Jen Valberg are the new kids on the block with their Fat Chance Farmstead on Road 38 south of Harrowsmith.
So they were very pleased with the number of neighbours who dropped in during the Open Farms In Frontenac event Sunday.
“We just moved here,” Valberg said. “We were renting fields in Inverary for five years before this.
“This is a great chance to meet the neighbours.”
They were really into the event, setting up a photo booth for visitors, running a “guess the name of the farm implement” contest to win a food box, and of course the huge pile of sand that was a big hit with the kids.
The farm is a certified organic fruits and vegetables operation. From June to October, they run a vegetable box program and have averaged 50-60 subscribers per year. This year, they have 56.
“We kind of do every veggie under the sun, “Valberg, who comes from the east of Kingston, said. “I love showing people what we do and where their food comes from.
“That’s an important part of what we do.”
They’re heavily into garlic, producing eight varieties. She said they participate in the many garlic festivals around these days.
But aside from the food boxes and garlic shows, perhaps their biggest focus is on strawberries.
“John Wise, of Wise Acres, is retiring and passing the U-pick banner to us,” she said. “That will be set up for next year.
“We’ve found a day-neutral variety of organic strawberry that’s not sensitive to the amount of daylight available and so we can grow them from June to October.”
Suppan, who’s originally from the Niagara region is also optimistic about the future of their operation. He’s especially pleased to finally own the land they work.
“It’s a lot easier than renting,” he said.
Jonathan Davies and Xiaobing Shen have found their own unique niche in Frontenac farming with their Long Road Eco Farm on Road 38 south of Harrowsmith. Their primary focus is steamed buns, dumplings and fermented veggies.
As such, they grow their own ingredients including a wide variety of oriental vegetables.
“We don’t advertise as selling to consumers from the farm,” Davies said. “We will but we generally sell at markets.”
Davies grew up in Lethbridge, AB, and worked in a Chinese restaurant during school. That gave him an appreciation for oriental cuisine.
“My grandparents were farmers but my parents weren’t,” he said. “I was living in Toronto and about five years ago got the idea that people not from farms could still be farmers.”
So he got a “bit of an education” through Ontario’s Farm Start program.
“We were looking for a healthier lifestyle with the possibility that we could have a business,” he said. “It was a brief education and then we threw ourselves into it.
“There was quite the learning curve.”
They got started in 2013 and then 2014 was their first full season.
“That first year, we did open farm every day . . . we sold veggies, port and prepared food.
“That fall, we started at Memorial (farmers market in Kingston) because it’s close for us.”
And the prepared foods seemed to be the thing that took off for them.
“We use spelt flour from Cumpson’s Sonset Farm,” he said. “We make dumplings and dim sum with our own vegetables and pork.”
He was pleased to take part in the Open Farms In Frontenac event.
“It’s been a good day so far,” he said. “Well attended despite the (cool) weather.
“It’s a day where people can come and see what we do, without a lot of pressure and we get to talk to a lot of people while they wander.”
Emcee Bill Cox welcomed residents, staff, board members, family and friends as they gathered on the lawns of Pine Meadows Nursing Home in Northbrook last Friday afternoon to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Pine Meadow is a 64-bed facility.
“I don’t know how this happened, I haven’t been on staff here for 17 years,” joked Cheryl Hartwick, now board chair of Land O’Lakes Community Services. Hartwick noted that four employees, public service workers Nancy Gaylord and Tony Boomhouer-Wilson, office co-ordinator Christine Bolduc and RN Anne Grahm-Aholu, have been there for the duration.
“There have been four administrators and over the years, there have been $1,339,749.10 in donations,” she said.
And, she took the time to share one of her “pet peeves.”
“When people say ‘Pine Meadows,’ I get upset,” she said. “It’s ‘Pine Meadow,’ — singular!”
Addington Highlands Reeve Henry Hogg brought greetings and congratulations from the Township. He also noted what the facility has meant to the community.
“Not only is it an essential service, it’s an important source of jobs and economic opportunity,” Hogg said.
Bringing greetings from North Frontenac Township, Coun. John Inglis said: “I’ve always been aware there is a significant number of residents from North Frontenac here.
“It’s a mystery as to why there is no financial contribution from Frontenac County.”
Sharon Gilmour, regional director for Extendicare, said: “I have 14 homes I’m responsible for and this one is my favourite.
“The home continues to enjoy the highest standards of financial responsibility and residents’ satisfaction.”
Land O’ Lakes Lions Club Red Emond said: “Twenty-five years ago, members of our club mortgaged their homes so this place could be built.
“We’ve donated $130,000 over the years and we’ll continue to support it.”
Representing the Family Council, chair Shirley Sedore’s voice began to shake as she offered her congratulations.
“I’ve been involved since before it was a dream,” she said.
Merritta Parks, president of the residents’ council who just turned 100, said she always she didn’t want to go into a nursing home until she came here.
“Our staff is wonderful,” she said. “They go from person to person, put their arm around your shoulder and whisper in your ear.
“I thank God we have a place like this.”
Ernest Lapchinski concluded the speeches by saying: “Persistence, cooperation and the need for a facility like this moved from what seemed to be impossible to become reality.
“Be proud, be very proud.”
For the second consecutive year, Dorothy Oogarah of Wagar Oogarah Farms is the Champion Garlic Grower at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards Competition held at the Lions Hall in Verona.
Catherine Cheff of Renfrew was the Reserve Champion (2nd place) and Marchand Lemarre of Kirkfield received Honorable Mention (3rd place). It was a second consecutive Reserve Champion win for Cheff as well.
“I’m totally amazed, my crop was not all that good this year,” Oogarah said.
“Quality, I guess,” said husband Viren. “I had to talk her into entering this year.”
Paul Pospisil, who has been overseeing the competition since 1997, said that the judging standard used this year is an updated version that places greater emphasis on garlic quality and less on bulb size in keeping with accepted horticultural practices.
“Quality of garlic is measured by numerous criteria that determine its relative merits as food,” Pospisil said. “Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to garlic.”
Pospisil said the number of exhibitors was up from last year’s awards with five of 22 counties represented and three first-time exhibitors including Lemarre.
En route to her win this year, Oogarah placed 2nd in best single bulb, 1st in best display of 12 bulbs of the same cultivar, 1st in best collection of five varieties and 1st in best garlic braid of 12 bulbs of the same cultivar.
Best single bulb winner was Amanda Vaughn of Codrington.
Prizes were donated by NFU Local 316, Local Family Farms and Pospisil
“I’ve been working with antique cars for 35 years,” said Godfrey Social Club’s Rick Law.
So it’s only natural that he’d develop relationships over that time and last Sunday he had a number of friends and customers stop by with some of their best bikes and cars for the second annual Car and Bike Show. Law has been operating a paint/body shop along with gas pumps and coffee shop at the corner of Westport Road and Road 38 for several years now along with his husky Skye.
“I take good care of everybody who comes in,” he said. “This year, we’re working with Guardians For Children and Ride For Kids.”
One of the more interesting bikes on display was Rob Verrier’s old Triumph 650 cc, which the Harrowsmith resident is in the process of ‘restoring’ and customizing.
“I stole it,” he joked when asked how he came by the relic he hopes to be riding by next summer. “It was originally a 650 Triumph Bonneville but it’s now ‘chopped’ with a hard tail and extended forks.”
(It kind of makes you think of Dennis Hopper’s chopper in Easy Rider . . . sorta.)
“It’s really just a time waster,” he said. “When I was young and foolish, I built choppers.
“Then I got into motocross and road racing with sidecars.
“Now I’ve come full-circle and I’m back to building choppers.”
Verrier said he’s always been partial to British bikes — Triumph, Norton, BSA — and his Portsmouth area accent probably explains that.
He’s got nothing against other brands however.
“When the Japanese road bikes came along, we weren’t all that interested in them but now if I came across one in an old barn, I’d be just as happy.”
And for this particular project, he’s pretty much just indulging himself.
“I’m not trying to build a show bike,” he said. “I’ll ride it but it will look real nice.”
There were 14 entries with names like Queen of Tarts, Love Made Edible, Bush Bunny Butter Tarts and Tartas del Capitan, but in the end there could be only one winner in the 4th annual Sharbot Lake Farmers Market Butter Tart Challenge at Oso Beach last Saturday.
And that was Tanya Labelle, who won the challenge with Tanny’s Tarts with a top score of 208.
Labelle said her father-in-law was instrumental in persuading her to enter the contest.
“I’ve only been baking butter tarts for about seven years,” she said. “I got the recipe for the pie crust online but the filling is my mother’s recipe.
“I entered last year but didn’t win but I’ll definitely be back next year (to defend her title).”
Speaking of titles, organizer Andrea Duggan said not only does the winner get a $50 cheque, but also the “prestige and title of ‘best butter tart in Frontenac County.’”
Second was the Mapelly Maple Tart submitted by The Maples restaurant and third was the Mommy & Me Mostly Maple Tart submitted by CoriAnne Newlove with scores of 203 and 182 respectively.
Two of the more popular figures at the annual competition were Audrey Bateman and Natsuki Heese, who circulated around the crowd with samples of the tart being judged at the moment.
Hazuki Heese served as the official tallier.
The judges were Martha Merrill, Steve Blight, Anderson Bateman, Dave McNeil and Mike Procter.
It’s inevitable. As lakefront properties get developed, some of the woody debris that naturally occurs in the lake disappears.
“We’re putting some of that back,” said Melissa Dakers, lake stewardship co-ordinator with Watersheds Canada.
Last week, Dakers, along with Vern Haggerty and other members of the Mazinaw Property Owners Association, were busily involved in placing 24 structures in the Upper and Lower Mazinaw Lakes.
“We call them brush bundles of fish habitat,” Dakers said. “Each bundle is six to eight feet long and two to three feet wide, and made from a variety of woods including pine, cedar, maple — it doesn’t matter.
“They’re tied together with rope and anchored with cinder blocks.”
The bundles provide shelter and habitat for a variety of species including bass, walleye and a number of minnow species.
Most of the bundles are placed in about 12 feet of water, so as not to be a navigation hazard, but some placed in back bays are much shallower, primarily to accommodate minnows.
“They’re as big as two men can carry,” said Haggerty.
Dakers said she was pleased the MPOA contacted her to add the Mazinaws to the project which also includes Canonto, Mississippi, Christie and Dalhousie Lakes.
“When we put them in Otty Lake, one of the guys had a GoPro camera in the water and within 30 seconds, fish were coming in to check it out.”
She said the project began in 2014, with funding coming from Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the Recreational Fisheries program.
Dakers said this project in particular could show results.
“The MNR did a net study of these lakes this year and plans to do another in about three years,” she said. “We should get some indication of how well it has worked then.”
Dakers said that she’s still looking for more lakes to work with and encouraged lake associations to contact Watersheds Canada.
“I’ve enjoyed this immensely,” said Haggerty. “I took water resources in college but I’ve only worked in project management.
“It’s great that we have organizations like Watershed Canada to work with.”
“This is a fantastic job,” Dakers said. “In the winter, I write reports and grants and in the summer, I get to do this.”
From left, Melissa Dakers of Watersheds Canada, Vern Haggerty, Mazinaw Lake lead steward and Mazinaw Property Owners president Francine Bates spent two days adding protective fish structure in both the Upper and Lower Mazinaw Lakes. Photo/Craig Bakay
Addington Highlands Council agreed to pass the matter of flooding on Addington Road 5 over to its public works supervisor to see what can be done at its regular meeting Monday in Flinton.
The decision followed a presentation from resident Erroll Ruth, who told Council that when he arrived in mid-April, it was another month until he could drive to his cottage.
He said he’d spoken to the public works supervisor, who came out to look at the road and they agreed that at least another new 4’ culvert was needed. (New culverts were installed in the fall of 2013 but don’t seem to be enough.
“We have a financial commitment from the trails people and we’ll buy the culverts from you people,” Ruth said. “If this (flooding) happens, it will get so that nobody will be able to use the road, including the snowmobilers.
“And the road does get used. This weekend, I was thinking I should put up a coffee shop.”
“Or a toll road,” said Coun. Bill Cox.
Coun. Tony Fritsch said that Council has agreed in the past to assist with projects of this type.
“But we do have a maximum that we can spend, I think it’s $5,000,” said Cox.
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Council agreed to let Lennox & Addington Resources for Children use the Addington Highlands Community Centre in Denbigh for a playgroup on Tuesdays.
“They ran this program before but it lapsed and now they want to run it again,” said Coun. Tony Fritsch. “They want to keep some equipment there so they’ll need a lock on one of the storage areas.
“I’m happy to help out with that.”
CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed said that the rec club in Flinton pays for the program.
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Council turned down a request from Jillian Mumby to use the upper floor of the Flinton Hall free of charge for a winter arrangement workshop.
“I don’t see why it should be free for somebody who will be making a profit,” said Coun. Bill Cox.
“We need to get a policy worked out for this sort of thing,” said Coun. Tony Fritsch.
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Council agreed to meet with a resident and lake association wanting dump hours changed and/or an arrangement with North Frontenac to use its facilities but essentially it will be an information session as Council is firm on hours remaining at they are.
“These are the hours,” said Coun. Bill Cox. “Use the dump when it’s open.
“We can’t please everybody.”
“This keeps coming back again and again,” said Coun. Tony Fritsch, who volunteered to arrange a meeting with the resident and lake association.
“There’s some people who don’t like the word ‘no’ and haven’t liked it since they were five,” said Dep. Reeve Helen Yanch