Frontenac County

5 years in, Ardoch Lake development still needs more work

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:50  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
After a Public Meeting last Saturday (August 19), Frontenac County Planner Joe Gallivan said that a proposal to create 24 waterfront and 6 land-bound lots on a 45-acre parcel of land on Ardoch Lake will need even more work before it is brought forward for approval by Frontenac County Council.The meeting, which was conducted by the Frontenac County Planning Advisory Committee, was held at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna in front of 34 people, including the applicant as well as Ardoch and Malcolm Lake residents and Lake Association activists from throughout the township. A public meeting was held in 2014 on a 35 lot proposal and when the applicants first came to North Frontenac Council in 2012 the applicants were proposing to create almost 50…

Cycling to End Poverty tour in Piccadilly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:14  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
About 75 cyclists and their 20 support staff spent the night on the Frontenac Arena grounds last week as part of their Sea to Sea, Cycling to End Poverty tour. “Everybody’s having an awesome time, morale is high,” said tour director Ed Witvoet. Their goal is to cycle from Vancouver to Halifax in nine weeks, raising awareness and funds as they go. “We’re trying to end the cycle of poverty,” Witvoet said. Sea to Sea grants funds to nonprofits along the route, in riders hometowns and globally through World Renew and Partners Worldwide. Riders pay a $500 registration fee and are expected to raise $3,000 per week or $12,000 for the summer. “We’ve already raised $1.5 million,” Witvoet said. “One guy has raised $72,000 alone.”…

Frontenac Five For August

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:53  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac Five, events you should not miss in August, have been posted. This month they include The Wolfe Island Music Festival, which runs this coming weekend – August 12 and 13, is the first one on the calendar, check for details. The following weekend, August 19 and 20, the Parham Fair is featured. See for more. Ongoing events this month include the Godfrey Sculpture Park, see for more, and the Thursday Night Battersea Porch Sessions, different musicians each Thursday all summer between 6:30 and 9:30 at Holiday Country Manor. Rounding out the list is the K&P Trail day grand opening on Saturday August 26 at the trailhead in Sharbot Lake. For the full Frontenac-Five experience, go to

Schemers and dreamers – Iron ore, speculation and the K&P

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:31  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was a dream of trail proponents to use the old K&P rail line to create a trail that would connect the east-west trans Canada Trail with the Cataraqui and Rideau Trails and ensure that the trans-Canada Trail takes a detour through the Frontenac County trail system. In order to make that happen the K&P trail needed to be complated between the junctions in Sharbot Lake and Harrowsmith, and Frontenac County has been working on that for 10 years.The alternative would have been for the Trans Canada to flow along Hwy 7 directly between Ottawa and Peterborough, bypassing the Rideau and Cat Trails, Frontenac Park and the varied landscape of the Frontenac Spur and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. The dream is about to become a…

Frontenac minor hockey registration

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:03  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Hockey season is just around the corner and we have some important information and dates we need you to be aware of. Remember to register prior to August 31st to avoid a $100 late fee. Registering early helps us plan practice times, number of teams and coaches required for the upcoming season so please be sure to register as early as you can. We will kick off this year’s season on Saturday September 23rd with our annual 3 on 3 tournament fun day. Guaranteed 1-1.5 hours of fun and a t-shirt for only $30. Conditioning Clinics and Goalie clinics will start the week of Monday September 25th. House league evaluations will start Saturday Sept 30 Register NOW at

Accomodations #Infrontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:38  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
An anticipated report by Paul Blais of MDG Insight and Libby Smith of Terra Consulting that reviewed the existing inventory of accommodations for visitors to Frontenac County and proposed a strategy for growth in the sector, is being presented to Frontenac County this week. Members of Council have been appraised of the reports development throughout the last few months so they will not be surprised by the recommendations. One of the key elements to the report is what it does not see in Frontenac Counties’ future, a large scale hotel, spa, or resort complex. Instead, it focusses on maintaining and upgrading the existing mix of lodges and Inn’s, rental cottages, campgrounds, and Bed and Breakfast operations in the County. One of the insights in the…

Frontenac Five on Frontenac-Live

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:09  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
A week ago, just before Canada Day, the Frontenac News teamed up with Frontenac County to launch the Frontenac Five, a web page that is hosted on our Frontenac-live site. The Frontenac Five are signature events or features of Frontenac County that are being highlighted each month. The page includes links to information about the event or feature and links to other information. It will be promoted on our social media feeds, including the newly launched Frontenaclive Instagram page, as well as those of Frontenac County, as well as in the newspaper each month. The initiative is part of an effort to promote the Frontenac County brand ambassador program as well. The Frontenac Five for July are the Canada Day events, The Cardinal Cafe Thursday…

10 years on, hospitals want more cash

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:31  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
10 years ago Frontenac County made a commitment of $540,000 over ten years towards the re-development project at Kingston General Hospital and the Ontario Cancer Centre. Since then, a lot has changed in the operation of hospitals in Kingston.  Last week, Denise Cumming, Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospitals Foundation of Kingston, led a delegation to the monthly meeting of Frontenac County Council. The Foundation is the fundraising arm for the amalgamated Kingston hospitals. Cumming talked about all of the improvements that came from Phase 1 of the redevelopment campaign, and then moved on to talk about Phase 2, which is getting underway. This phase, which is a $65 million campaign for which $52.5 million has been raised to date, will bring new operating…

Frontenac CFDC AGM

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:04  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As befits a crowd of entrepreneurs, the breakfast Annual General Meeting for the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation started early last Thursday morning (June 15) with Marty G Sensations breakfast pies on the menu, starting at 7:30. By 8 the meeting was underway. One of the key note speakers, Ryan Reynolds of Capital Waterfowling had to back out because he was pulled in another direction as his company continues its meteoric rise. Billy Day, whose high tech custom metal and 3d print shop on Sydenham Road came along in time to help Capital Waterfowling get underway, and now does work for a number of new companies, was also scheduled to speak. He asked to go early so he could get back to his shop to…

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…

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