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E-learning making upgrading and college accessible locally

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Local community learning centres in Sydenham, Hartington, Sharbot Lake and Northbrook are solving some of the problems people have when trying to improve their skills and education. One solution is a partnership with Ontario colleges for E-learning (electronic, online or Web-based learning) satellite services. “It’s a hidden gem,” says Patricia Ramirez, speaking of the E-learning lab at Northern Connections in Sharbot Lake, “If I had known there was a local E-lab I would have gone back to school sooner.” E-labs provide a learning environment that is friendly, supportive and close to home. High-speed Internet is available and the computers have all the software and hardware needed to complete courses for the Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE) and some college certificate and diploma courses. The…

Frontenac County budget debate hits overtime

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County Council had been planning to finalise its 2010 budget this week, but Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek threw a bit of a spanner into the works. While the overall tax levy number as prepared by county staff was within an acceptable range at 1.94% over the 2009 levels, Vanden Hoek noted that spending was up about 15% and said the county was taking advantage of almost $800,000 in savings this year that came about because the Province of Ontario has taken on municipal costs for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). “I'd like to move that the $793,814 as identified in our budget document as savings from the ODSP upload be identified as a direct transfer to the townships,” Vanden Hoek said.…

Frontenac County Council - Jan. 26/11

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Another year, another request from Pine Meadow; same result Bud Clayton, the Chair of the Management Committee for Pine Meadow Nursing Home, which is owned and operated by Land O'Lakes Community Services, made a presentation to Frontenac County last week (January 20) Each year for several years, a board member from Pine Meadow has made the trip down to Glenburnie to ask for support from Frontenac County towards upgrades to the home. The logic behind the request, as Clayton pointed out, is that although Pine Meadow is located in Lennox and Addington and is not part of the municipally-run long-term care sector, 21 of the 60 beds in the home are currently occupied by residents of Frontenac County. “On behalf of those 21 folks in…

Frontenac Soccer Association honours volunteers

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
FSA president Tracy Holland presents an award to past volunteer Morris Leroux The Frontenac Soccer Association (FSA) decided for the first time this year to honour the many community volunteers whose efforts have allowed the sport to grow from just 300 players in 1990 to close to 1000 players this past year. At their annual AGM, which took place at the Sydenham Legion on January 21, FSA president Tracey Holland of Sydenham handed out a total of 17 awards recognizing volunteers who spend countless hours not only as members of the executive board but also in other important roles, such as the coordinators for coaches, equipment, conveners, field maintenance, scheduling, community relations, field-liners and the FSA website. For many long-term volunteers like Bryan Robe, the…

Frontenac County draft budget calls for a 2% increase

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As Frontenac County Council goes through a line-by-line consideration of their 2010 budget next Monday, January 25, they will be facing a draft document that includes only a minimal 1.94% ($164,000) increase in the amount of money that is being requisitioned from its four member municipalities. But there still may be things to discuss. Included in the budget is a decrease in costs for social services of over $720,000 because of an uploading of Ontario Disability Support Program costs by the province, and at least one of the member municipalities would like to see that money transferred, on the basis of assessment, to the member municipalities. At their council meeting last week, North Frontenac Council passed a motion to that effect, to be forwarded to…

Full-day Kindergarten coming to Limestone Schools

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Prince Charles Public School in Verona, North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne, and Sharbot Lake Public School, are three of 600 schools from across Ontario that will be offering full-day learning, five days a week, for four and five-year-olds starting in September. According to a government media release, the program, which was launched on Tuesday, January 12, will have both teachers and early childhood educators working “together to help four and five-year-olds learn during the regular school day. Schools will also offer extended day programs, before and after regular school hours, which will be led by registered early childhood educators. There will be a reasonable fee for these programs, and subsidies will be available for some families, based on financial need. Fees will be determined…

Frontenac County Council - Nov. 24/11

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
County resolves governance issue Frontenac County Council has ended an 18-month-long process by selecting a new governance model. An eight-member council, with the mayor of South Frontenac carrying two votes, will be in place after municipal elections next November, pending ratification of the proposal by lower-tier councils in the county. Currently there are four members of Frontenac County Council - the four Frontenac townships (North, South, Central, and Frontenac Islands), and each township will be adding an additional member after the municipal election next November. The extra councilors will be chosen by the member councils for a four-year term By allocating two votes to the mayor of South Frontenac there will be nine votes on the council, ensuring majority votes on contentious issues and providing…

Flyers looking for elusive first win

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac flyers went into Sunday night’s (Nov. 1) game against the Picton Pirates hoping to nail that elusive first win of the season. The Flyers’ offence came on strong in the 3rd period scoring two goals but it was too little too late to close the Pirates’ early lead. A win was not to be and the Flyers lost the game 9-2 . A somewhat frustrated Coach Jeff Denna said after the game, “It was not a great effort. It seemed like nobody wanted to go near the puck and nobody wanted to hit a body. I told the team after the 2nd that it just doesn’t work that way.” Flyer Myke Steeves felt the same way and said after the game, “We came…

Transportation collaborative awaits county approval

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Sue Leslie, Jane Drew, Deborah Andrews, and Dean Walsh slipped quietly into the back of the room at a Frontenac Council meeting a week or so ago (October 27). They were a bit nervous, and they had every reason to be. Sue Leslie, Executive Director of Northern Frontenac Community Services (NFCS), and Deborah Andrews, Executive Director of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS), represent social service agencies that have stretched their finances to the limit in 2009 by funding transportation costs for clients. Jane Drew is the director of Rural Routes Transportation Services, and Dean Walsh works for Community Living – North Frontenac. The 2009 Frontenac County budget included $80,000 for transportation, but the money had been held back until the two agencies, along with partners…
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