19th Annual Verona Cattail Festival

19th Annual Verona Cattail Festival

The decision by members of the Verona Community Association's festival committee to shorten this year's Verona Cattail Festival to two days from its usual three in no way compromised what proved to be...

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Ribbons, cake and wagon rides at Trail opening in Verona

Ribbons, cake and wagon rides at Trail opening in Verona

Written By: Julie Druker | Published: August-14-2014 | Category: FRONTENAC COUNTY
Tagged Under: Verona, trails, Sports & Recreation

Close to 50 trail users and numerous members of staff from the County of Frontenac and Township of South Frontenac, along with other dignitaries attended the festive official opening of Phase ll of th...

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LOL Petting Farm draws a crowd

LOL Petting Farm draws a crowd

Written By: Julie Druker | Published: August-14-2014 | Category: ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS
Tagged Under: Cloyne, Sports & Recreation

If the number of cars parked on the lawn in front of the Land O' Lakes Petting Farm on Road 506, near Cloyne was any indication, the farm's Family Day fundraiser on August 10, was a resounding success...

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A proud new owner and new location for Goodfellow's Flowers

A proud new owner and new location for Goodfellow's Flowers

Written By: Julie Druker | Published: August-14-2014 | Category: CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Tagged Under: Sharbot Lake, Business Profile

Goodfellow's Flowers, the local flower business that was started by Ann and David Goodfellow roughly 20 years ago in Parham, has once again changed hands. Until June of this year the business had bee...

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Sixth annual Procter sisters' Swim of Hope

Sixth annual Procter sisters' Swim of Hope

Written By: Julie Druker | Published: August-14-2014 | Category: CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Tagged Under: Sharbot Lake, People

For the past six years the Procter sisters Becki, Theresa and Katie have swum across Sharbot Lake every year from the dock at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park to the sandy shore at Oso beach in support of...

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Eisstock makes a comeback in Sydenham

Nestled in a forgotten corner of the back parking lot at Sydenham High School a few temporary lines ...

Come celebrate rural living at the Parham Fair - August 22 & 23

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Highlights from the 2014 Cloyne Showcase

Once a year the North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne is transformed into a vast and varied art...

Calling all quilters: become a part of Frontenac County history!

To commemorate the County’s 150th Anniversary in 2015, the County is holding a Quilt Design Contest ...

North Frontenac Council - Aug 11/14

Ompah fire hall renovations to cost $300,000 If all goes well, North Frontenac Council will not hav...

Central Frontenac Council - Aug 12/14

Miniature horses get a 60 day stay from CF Council  The Oso hall was packed to the rafters for...

August long weekend- a music lover's paradise in the Frontenacs

The August long weekend is one of the best for music lovers in the area. Two of the music festivals ...

$3200 Cow Flop at the Frontenac Frolic

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South Frontenac Coat of Arms unveiled

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North Frontenac Council - Apr 29/14

North Frontenac Council - Apr 29/14

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North Frontenac Council - Apr 8/14

North Frontenac tax levy to go up by 3% Most of increase devoted to long-term needs While the levy to ratepayers in North Frontenac is going up by 3% this year, the operating budgets of township departments have been trimmed. As part of the asset management strategy that Council took on late last year, North Frontenac has set aside 2% of the money they raise from taxation to put in a fund to cover replacement costs for all roads, bridges and buildings that the township owns. That left a tax increase for township operations of $53,214 (1.06%), even as a number of fixed costs went up. “There was some new spending, including $15,000 as part of our doctor recruitment commitment for the Lakelands Health Team and $54,000 for playground equipment, which will only be spent if we get a grant that we have applied for,” said township Chief Administrative Officer Cheryl Robson. “In order to keep from a larger increase in the levy each department was asked to find cuts, which they did. There were no cuts to service, but it will be a lean year this year.” The township's draft budget, which will include a total levy of $5.2 million to North Frontenac ratepayers, was approved in principle at a meeting of council on Monday (April 7) and will be presented for public comment at the beginning of the next council meeting on April 28. It is anticipated that the budget document will be approved by bylaw at that time. The two other components of the tax bill that goes to North Frontenac ratepayers, county and education taxes, are each up by about $35,000 this year, for a total increase of $125,000 to be split among all the township's ratepayers. Pine Lake It's been almost eight years since members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation occupied a piece of public land adjacent to a boat launch at Pine Lake, off Ardoch Road. The small property, which is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, (MNR) has continued to be used as a boat launch and there is a small road running over it between Ardoch Road and the lake. Back in 2006, the Ardoch Algonquins asserted an Aboriginal claim to the property by cutting trees and putting up a portable metal building. Their stated intention was to establish a band office on the property. But nothing has happened on the property for a number of years, except that brush has grown where the trees had been cleared. The portable building has remained but has not been used at all. In February, the township authorized CAO Cheryl Robson to write the MNR asking that the portable be removed. “Council requests that MNR remove this derelict portable from this property, at your earliest possible convenience,” said Cheryl Robson in a letter to Michael Gatt of the Bancroft ministry office. Last week a letter of response came from Suzy Shalla, Resources Management Supervisor in Bancroft. “I did want to respond to thank you and the Council for bringing forward your concerns regarding the structure located near the boat launch at Pine Lake. MNR is aware of the structure that is located there, however we will not be pursuing removal of the building at this time.” Township office remediation update - Township staff remain housed in portable offices as well as a temporary office in the Clar-Mill fire hall as Service Master and Concord Engineering continue to work on the heating oil spill that took place in early February. Council received a report from Concord Engineering which says that there is no evidence that the ground under the building has been contaminated, but a number of walls and some flooring has been removed as part of ongoing clean-up efforts. There is no time frame for the completion of repairs, which are all covered by the township's insurance policy. Ompah fire hall and community hall back to square one Council soundly rejected two proposals for upgrades to the Ompah fire hall/community hall property. The first proposal, which came in response to a tender for repairs and upgrades, would have cost $360,000. It was supported by Councilor John Inglis and rejected by the rest of Council. The second proposal, which was put forward by Councillor Wayne Good, would have capped spending on upgrades at $50,000, inclusive of a $10,000 accessibility expenditures that is mandated by the Province of Ontario. Although Council has put aside over $200,000 for the project, Good wanted to redirect that money to build a new township office. Good pointed out that there is only one trained firefighter living within a 5 km radius of the hall, and a limited capacity hall would serve the community needs. His proposal was supported by himself, and no one else. Councilor Betty Hunter then proposed that $180,000 be spent on the hall, and that the Ompah fire hall task force, which came up with the proposal that led to the $360,000 tender, be brought back together to figure out how to spend only $180,000 on the building, and do so this year. Her motion was accepted. An additional $50,000 has been pledged by the Ompah volunteers, and there remains an additional $10,000 available for accessibility features.

North Frontenac Council Feb. 3

Septic re-inspection program Ed Gardiner, from Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health, made a proposal to council for a mandatory septic re-inspection program. Until now the township has been contracting with the Mississippi-Rideau Septic System office for a voluntary program. But each of the last two years the number of systems inspected has lagged below the target because a number of landowners have been unresponsive to repeated attempts to engage them in a re-inspection. Changes to Ontario legislation have permitted municipalities to engage in mandatory programs if they choose to do so. One of the stipulations is that the re-inspections be done by the same agency that is responsible for approvals to new septic systems. In the case of North Frontenac that agency is KFL&A Public Health. Gardiner said that it would cost the township $12,000 per year for the health unit to complete 160 inspections, with a focus on inspecting high risk systems, properties with no record of approved sewage systems, or properties with systems that are over 20 years old. He said that the program would be run out of the KFL&A office in Cloyne and that inspection reports would be sent to the landowner and the township. As far as enforcement is concerned Ed Gardiner said that if a report says remedial action is required, “a reasonable amount of time, determined by the township chief building official,” should be given. “If no action is taken the chief building official or the inspector will issue an order to comply,” he said. The township has now received two proposals, one from Mississippi-Rideau and one from KFL&A Public Health. In order to proceed they will have to choose one or the other to do all of their inspection work, on new and old systems. Planner ready to go to the OMB if necessary Joe Gallivan, the planner for Frontenac County, presented the second draft of the Frontenac County Official Plan to Council. Gallivan said the plan, which sets out a policy framework and leaves most of the detailed information to the township plan, has been submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for comment. Based on the response of the ministry to the Renfrew County Official Plan, and the North Frontenac Official Plan, Gallivan said he is concerned about how the ministry will likely respond to the approach the county is taking. “Frankly I'm not that optimistic at this point. It might be that we end up with an OMB challenge on this.” Two issues are of major concern to Gallivan, and to North Frontenac, who are at an impasse with the ministry with their own plan. One is the ministry position that no new development shall be permitted on private roads, even if there are strong rules in place about the quality and width of those roads. The other deals with the ministry's insistence that development be oriented to hamlets and villages, “which is totally contrary to the demand for development on the ground in places like Frontenac County,” Gallivan said. Construction up in 2013 Building permits were issued for over $7.3 million worth of construction in 2013, including six new inland and 20 new waterfront residences. The total for 2012 was $6.3 million. Mayor talks about County Mayor Clayton, who is also the Warden of Frontenac County, said he remains frustrated about the county budget process. “I still feel there is some push back from some of the managers at the county. When we ask them to make cuts they come back with reasons why it is impossible to make any. All we are asking of the two major programs, Fairmount Home and land ambulance, is that they bring costs to the average of costs among services of comparative size, instead of above the average. I think the administration of both programs could be a bit top-heavy,” he said. In summing up a strategic planning session, Clayton said, “There is an expression that goes 'if the people won't change, change the people'. There may be something that needs to happen like that.” War memorial funding frustration Councilor Gerry Martin has been chairing a task force that has been developing a proposal for a war memorial in the township for the past year. The task force was planning to submit an application for funding to the Community War Memorial Program, a five-year granting program administered by Veterans' Affairs Canada that was set to run until 2015. However, when the task force contacted Veterans' Affairs in January, seeking an application form for the program, they received the response that “unfortunately the Community War Memorial Program is no longer accepting funding applications due to higher than anticipated demand.” Martin prepared a letter to MP Scott Reid asking for his assistance in dealing with Veterans' Affairs on the matter. Council approved the letter.

Clayton Doubtful in North Frontenac

“I don't know yet,” said Bud Clayton when asked if he was planning to seek re-election as mayor of North Frontenac after one four-year term. “If things remain the way they are now, I would say it would be no, but things can change.” Clayton added that he had not planed to run during the last election in 2010, but decided at the last minute to give former Deputy Mayor Jim Beam a run for his money since there were no other candidates coming forward. He ended up winning. “I don't want to hang on past my best-before date,” Clayton said this week, “but I have not made a final decision by any means.” Gutowski leaning towards running in Central Frontenac “In all likelihood I will be running,” two-time incumbent Janet Gutowski said when asked if she was going to run for a third term as mayor of Central Frontenac. “I'm very committed to this township and I think there is still a lot to be accomplished,” she said. Among the issues that Gutowski will be addressing during the election year are seniors’ housing and the future of service delivery in Central Frontenac. “I can see us seeking partnerships with other townships and a continued role for Frontenac County as well,” she said. “Provincial policies are always impacting us as a township, and the City of Kingston has an impact on our residents on a daily basis because they run our social services. It is only through the county that we can even talk to them; there is no other venue.”

North Frontenac Council - Dec. 17/13

North Frontenac pulls back from hall redundancy. After meeting with user groups from the Snow Road, Harlowe, and Clarendon and Miller halls, North Frontenac Council decided to rescind part of a bylaw they passed last July, which stipulated that the halls were to be declared as surplus property in the future. Mayor Clayton had maintained that declaring the halls surplus did not necessarily mean they would be closing, only that they would no longer be in line for re-building at the end of their useful life. However, he has also talked about a township preference for building a single, central hall and township office. Councilors have been hearing from hall users ever since the bylaw was passed in July, and at their meeting the clause about declaring the halls surplus was removed. Asset management plan finalized Vicki Leakey, from KPMG, presented the final version of the North Frontenac Asset Management Plan to council. Municipalities in Ontario are required to have these plans in place if they are to be eligible for provincial infrastructure grants next year. Some municipalities have produced basic documents that were created by sending data to a consulting firm and receiving a template-based document back. In North Frontenac's case, KPMG has met extensively with staff and council and the plan has been under development all year. The North Frontenac plan encompasses paved roads, bridges, equipment, and all township-owned buildings. Next year information about gravel roads will be added. Leakey's report concludes, as she told council last month when presenting a draft, that the township has done a good job of investing in infrastructure needs over the last 10 years, and by parceling off an added 2% in taxation towards infrastructure spending into the future, they will come closer to keeping up with the requirement for rebuilding roads, bridges, equipment, and buildings as they age and need to be replaced. Leakey costed out the rebuilding at $7.5 million. “There is not a municipality in Ontario that is not falling behind, at least to some extent, and North Frontenac is probably doing better than most,” Leakey said. One factor that is not in North Frontenac's favour is its negative growth rate, which among other things, means less money is available from property taxes. The report presented it in stark terms. “While the province's population increased by 19.5% between 1996 and 2011, North Frontenac's population dropped by 3.9%.” And those who remain in North Frontenac are ageing. Thirty-nine percent of the total personal income among township residents is derived from pensions, while the provincial average is 14%. “The greater reliance on fixed income pension reduces the ability of the municipality to raise funds through taxation,” said Leakey's report. OPP billing questions The township supported efforts by other municipalities to scuttle a proposed new billing system for OPP services that would see the township charged on a per household basis, including seasonal as well as permanent residents. Township staff calculate this would bring the North Frontenac bill from $205,000 to $1.15 million - a 458% increase. “It's funny how they bill us for the seasonal residents but when it comes to grants they look only at our permanent residents,” said Mayor Clayton. “They like to play both sides of the coin.”

CENTRAL FRONTENAC NEWS

A proud new owner and new location for Goodfellow's Flowers

A proud new owner and new location for Goodfellow's Flowers

Goodfellow's Flowers, the local flower business that was started by Ann and David Goodfellow roughly 20 years ago in Parham, has once again changed hands. Until June of this year the business had been owned by Michelle Greenstreet, who bought it from the Goodfellows around a dec...

Sixth annual Procter sisters' Swim of Hope

For the past six years the Procter sisters Becki, Theresa and Katie have swum across Sharbot Lake every year from the dock at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park to the sandy shore at Oso beach in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. They all agreed that this year's swim offered up “the best weather ever. ” Perhaps that was the reason why their father, Mike Procter jumped in and joined the ladies in the water for the stretch between the two islands before the trio finally touched down and walked up Oso beach to the applause of a crowd of well wishers. The three-kilometre swim took the women 1.5 hours to complete and is a challenging one. Becki admitted they would be feeling the effects of their exertion for sure the next day. The swim was made easier this year because the water was “amazingly calm, relatively warm and with just a few cold spots”. The 2014 swim so far has raised over $800 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The sisters each live and work in different parts of the province but they grew up in Sharbot Lake. One year they missed the local Relay for Life event and felt that they wanted to do something on their own to contribute, so they came up with the idea for an annual swim fundraiser for cancer. “We wanted to do something for the CCS and always wanted to swim across the lake so we thought an annual swim would be a great way to get together with the family, swim the lake and raise some funds for the CCS,” Theresa said when I spoke to the trio at the beach just as they arrived. During the swim the sisters were accompanied in a boat by their parents. They were met on the beach by Katie's husband Greg and their three-year-old daughter Abigail, along with their brother Luke from Lindsay, Ont., his wife Beth and seven-month-old son Timothy. who made his first appearance at the beach to congratulate his three aunts. The non-swimming family members came armed with towels, food and cheers of encouragement and congratulations for the three swimmers. Those who might still want to donate to the 2014 Swim of Hope can do so online at http://convio.cancer.ca/hopeswim2014.

Come celebrate rural living at the Parham Fair - August 22 & 23

This year's Parham Fair promises to be a showcase for local agricultural, horticultural and artisan businesses and hobbyists alike. Pick up your membership for the Parham Agricultural Society at any Parham merchant or at Asselstine's Hardware in Verona. Then check out the more than 200 competitions to enter to showcase your own work! You can try your hand at displaying your garden's bounty from flowers, herbs, pumpkins to preserves. Enter the baking contests - there are categories for all ages. Try your hand at crafts - homemade calendars, gift baskets, puppets, scrapbooking, woodcrafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting. Looking for some summer projects for your kids? There are children's crafts, baking, writing and art competitions ranging from preschool to high school student groups. Not feeling up to sharing your own work? Enjoy touring the Palace displays of all of these contests and then tour the many craft and display booths featuring local businesses and artisans on the fairgrounds. Opportunities to participate don't end there. You can also enter the Cattle Show, the Horse Draw, or the Pet Show. This year's Country Fair Games have expanded to include the adult hay bale rolling, nail hammering and log sawing contests. The annual favourites, egg toss and pie eating, will be sure to draw both competitors and delighted audiences. Admission to the grounds is $5/day; 12 years & under free; Saturday Ride-All-Day bracelets are $20 in advance at local merchants, Jo & Marg's, Parham General Store, Asselstine Hardware (bracelets are $30 if purchased on the fair weekend) Check it all out at www.parhamfair.ca!

Central Frontenac Council - Aug 12/14

Miniature horses get a 60 day stay from CF Council  The Oso hall was packed to the rafters for the August meeting of Central Frontenac Council, not a common occurrence by any means. The audience sat through numerous debates over whether to stop up and close road allowances and heard about the number of building permits issued last month. They even sat through the approval of the accounts and the discussion about failed tax sales and whether vesting properties is a viable option in those cases. To their credit, no one closed their eyes through the entire first hour and a quarter of the proceedings, which is more than can be said of some members of the press, present company included. They waited through all this because of their devotion to Tommy and Teddy, the miniature horses that are cared for by Margaret Mallory and Brian Skillen, on their property at 113 Clarke Road. In mid-July, Mallory and Skillen were served a Notice of Contravention from the township's bylaw officer. The notice said they were in contravention of the township zoning bylaw because their 1 acre lot is less than the “minimum lot area for agricultural use”. The trouble for Teddy and Tommy came about as the result of a complaint by one neighbour, which was enough to trigger the township bylaw, since bylaw enforcement in Central Frontenac is complaint-based. Speaking on Mallory and Skillen's behalf, neighbours Glenys Coffin and Rebecca Kelsey asserted that Mr. Skillen is not operating a farm and that the miniature horses are not agricultural animals, but pets. “There are a number of species of dogs that are larger than Tommy and Teddy. They are less than 3 feet tall and they weigh less than 150 pounds,” said Glenys Coffin. Tommy and Teddy are well known around the region because Brian Skillen brings them to Legion events in Arden and Tweed, the Fun Fair at Land O'Lakes Public School, to children's parties as far away as Newburgh, to county fairs and parades, and they have even been brought into Pine Meadow Nursing Home. A local foster family sent a letter of support, saying their three-year-old foster daughter has a terrible fear of animals, and Mr. Skillen brought his horses to their house every day for a time, until their foster child became accustomed to them and eventually began petting them and looking forward to the visits. “She has even begun to get over her fear of other animals, thanks to Tommy and Teddy,” the letter concluded. Faced with this, the debate among Council in response to the delegation centred on how to keep Tommy and Teddy in place while they looked for a permanent solution to the issue. Mayor Janet Gutowski pointed out that “the Ministry of the Environment phoned the township today {August 12} expressing a concern about possible well contamination because the horses are being kept in a garage that is near the well on the property and they will be checking further on water regulations. This is just something else that Council needs to consider.” The ministry's concern seems to stem from communication from the same complainant who made the initial complaint from the township. Mr. Skillen, who was in the audience at the meeting, said that no ministry official has visited his property thus far. Councillor Tom Dewey proposed a motion asking staff to look into making changes to the bylaw to clarify the distinction between livestock and pets and report back to council within 60 days. “The other thing we need to do is find a way to put a stay on the order to remove the horses from the property,” said Councillor Norm Guntensperger. Councillor John Purdon suggested that the remedy for the problem may not involve changing the bylaw at all. “By our definition of a hobby farm, this is not a hobby farm, and it all comes down to what we define as livestock. If we define these miniature horses as pets, we no longer have an issue,” he said. After a break to discuss the wording of a motion, council proceeded to pass a motion asking staff to report back on the situation, including consulting with the Ministry of the Environment and the township's lawyer. They also put a stay on the order to remove the animals for 60 days. Chief Administrative Officer Larry Donaldson said that while staff will certainly be able to report back within 60 days, if it is necessary to change the bylaw it will take longer than that, because of the process that needs to be followed. “But we can extend the stay if we have to,” said Councillor Heather Fox. No dollar commitment necessary at this time Council expresses interest in acquiring Hinchinbrooke Public School building The Limestone District School Board has formally declared that the Hinchinbrooke School property is surplus and has approved the sale of the property. Central Frontenac, on the urging of a community group called the Central Frontenac Community Recreation Centre Committee, has decided to put forward an expression of interest in the 13,870 square foot building and the 5.28 acres that surround it. CAO Larry Donaldson said that he has contacted the board about the property. “They are not looking for an offer to purchase right away. They will be inviting groups to come forward and will then walk everyone through the process and will share the most current information about the building and property so that when a decision is made it will be an informed one,” he said. According to provincial regulations the board is required to offer the property first to all adjacent school boards, of which there are three, two French and one English Catholic Board, followed by post secondary institutions (St. Lawrence College, Cite College – Ottawa, Queen's University) the Ontario Infrastructure and Land Corporation, the Township of Central Frontenac, Frontenac County, and the federal government. Speaking for the Recreation Centre Committee, Sue Leslie said there are at least a half a dozen community groups interested in using the space. They include the Parham Happy Travelers, Northern Frontenac Community Services, a local artists group, the soccer and baseball leagues, RKY camp and Community Living – North Frontenac. “The library will also need space, and they have a policy of locating branches in community hubs, so this would be a good location.” Members of Council asked if any of the potential users were in a position to pay rental or usage fees of any kind. “Certainly Northern Frontenac Community Services is willing to pay for programming space, and others are aware as well, although they aren't necessarily in a position to pay a lot,” said Leslie. She said that as far as she knew the cost of maintaining the building, which the school board has pegged at $132,000 per year, includes a full-time caretaker, which the community would not need to employ. “There is a lot of square footage to the building,” said Councillor John Purdon, “and the library only needs about 1000 square feet of it and they are only open 6 hours a week. And the other groups will be using it only occasionally. Are you sure you have use for all that space?' “There are lots of uses. If you build it they will come,” said Leslie, “and since we might have to limit ourselves to the main floor for public use because of accessibility requirements, we may have less space than we need.” Councillor Frances Smith said, “To maintain it over the long term is going to be difficult, once the township owns it. The land itself is worth something to the Hinchinbrooke community, to all of us, since the fair ground, ball field and fire hall are adjacent to it. I think we should show an expression of interest for sure.” Councillor Jeff Matson suggested that the other groups on the list should be contacted to see if any of them are interested in a joint venture. CAO Donaldson said he would do that, and council approved a motion to let the board know they are interested in the property. To date the township has not put any money aside for the project, nor have they made even an informal commitment to spend anything. The community group has indicated they will get involved in fund-raising for the project if necessary.

$3200 Cow Flop at the Frontenac Frolic

It is not often that someone gets to walk away significantly richer after a cow does her business in a field. But that was the case on August 2 when five-year-old Holstein dairy cow, Emmy-Lynn from Barr Farms in Burridge, answered the call of nature in a fenced field beside the Bedford Hall near Godfrey.  In fact three individuals, Roger Bradley, Donna Stairs and John Parks, took home prize money totaling $3200 in the famous cow flop bingo, which offered up 1600 chances to win. The bingo has become a major draw at the annual Frontenac Frolic at the Bedford hall, a fundraiser for the Bobs and Crow Lakes Foundation that is now in its fourth year. The frolic included a huge indoor/outdoor flea market, bake sale, and silent auction with members of the association donating all of the items up for grabs. There was a canteen and numerous activities for kids that included a petting zoo, pony rides and more. The foundation is the financial funding arm of the Greater Bobs and Crow Lake Association, which boasts over 250 members who together are committed to enhancing and preserving the water and air quality, nature and wildlife in and around the lakes and educating residents about how best to do just that. The GBCLA is one of the first lake associations to create its own funding arm and it was created in 2005. On average the frolic raises upwards of $10,000 each year for the foundation and the funds raised are used to support the numerous projects initiated by the association. Susan O'Brien MacTaggart, past president of the foundation and currently a sitting board member, outlined the recent projects that are underway. They include fish restocking, placing fire pumps around the lakes and providing boating guides to all the boaters on the two lakes. Other projects will also be announced later this year. MacTaggart said that it is important to have a foundation in order to be able to independently raise funds for lake area projects since provincial grants are fast becoming harder to acquire. “Since forming the foundation in 2005 we are now able to independently raise funds for our own projects. We have successfully not only become a charitable foundation in Canada but have also received clearance in the US by the IRS, so that anyone who owns a home or cottage here can receive a tax receipt for any donations or bequests that they make."For more information visit the foundation's website at www.bobs-and-crow-lakes.org and /or the association's website at bobsandcrowlakes.ca

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19th Annual Verona Cattail Festival

19th Annual Verona Cattail Festival

The decision by members of the Verona Community Association's festival committee to shorten this year's Verona Cattail Festival to two days from its usual three in no way compromised what proved to be another successful festival year. Organizers somehow managed to cram in all of...

Eisstock makes a comeback in Sydenham

Nestled in a forgotten corner of the back parking lot at Sydenham High School a few temporary lines have been drawn on the pavement at either end of a pavement. For mostg of the week that is the only outward sign that a forgotten Austrian tradition from Kingston's past has been reborn. On Thursday evenings, the space comes to life. Members of the Austrian community from Kingston and Frontenac County, and others who have become hooked on Eisstock, arrive at 6:00. They pull their Eisstock's from their cars and head over to the makeshift rink. The sport of Eisstock was popular in Kingston in the 1960's and 70's, around the time when the cities' Austrian club was in its heyday. The club has faded as has the sport, but it is making a comeback. Eisstock is the name of the sport, and of the apparatus that is at its core. Eisstocks are similar to curling stones, but they are manufactured. They have a heavfy metal base, on which both a handle and a surface pad can be affixed. There are different pads available, and because they have a smoother or rougher finish they are switched to react either to whatever shot is requited or to the conditions. While in curling the point is to get the stones as close to the button as possible, in Eisstock there is a Daube, a small rubber disk that is set in the middle of the house at the start but can be pushed further back by a well aimed Eisstock. In that way Eisstock is a cross between curling and bocce or lawn bowling. Each player on a team throws one Eisstock in each end, and the team with an Eisstock closest to the daube wins the points. Eisstock can be played on ashphalt and ice as well. Although there are references to Eisstock as far backa s the 13th century, in a 1565 painting by Peiter Breghel the Elder called Hunters in the Snow there are people on the ice in the background playing Eisstock. All of this has been brought back to life int he SHS parking lot, with the addition of some good natured trash talking, very occsaional profanity, in English or a number of other languages, and even the throw to the Daube or a spectacular takeout o change the character of an end entirely. The game can be played by all ages and skill levels. The pick game in Sydenham was first organized by Karl Hammer. His father Karl and a number his friends from the Austrian Club days are among the most enthusiastic participants, along with some younger men, women, and children who are learning the ins and outs of the sport. This weekend, however, there is a more serious game afoot. On Sunday, August 17, at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith, an Eisstock tournament is being staged. A number of four member teams from the Sydenham weekly game have been established and they will compete against teams from far flung communities, including Woodstock and Cambridge. The tournament is the revival of a tournament that was held annually by the Kingston Austrian Club for many years until it fizzled in the 1980's. For Karl Hammer, it is an opportunity to bring a sport that is dear to his father back to his own son's generation. “You hate to see something that was so vital and so much fun be lost forever,” he said. “It's also a lot of fun to see my father get excited, and even more fun to beat him at his own game.” For more information about the Thursday Eisstock games, email Karl at

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South Frontenac Coat of Arms unveiled

The South Frontenac Council chambers will never look the same again.A brand new coat of arms for the township was unveiled on Tuesday night, August 5. It is fastened to the wall behind the Council table and can be seen from anywhere in the room.Former township councilor, Mark Tinlin, who resigned last year in order to move to St. Thomas for family reasons, was the driving force behind establishing a coat of arms for the township during his time on council. He returned to Sydenham to participate in the unveiling.Once the gleaming new sculpture was unveiled, Tinlin explained all the elements. There are four reeds in the middle of the coat of arms, representing the four founding townships and referring to common vegetation in the township. At the top is a loon, a reference to the lakes in the township, and on it there is a circular crest in colours that are a nod to the Algonquin heritage. On either side of the crest there are Griffon’s claws, taken from the coat of arms of Sieur de Frontenac. The loon is perched on a crown, a reference to municipal governance. The stags on either side are symbolic of the woods and the hunting traditions. One of the stags has a crest with a fish to mark recreation and tourism and the other has a milk can to illustrate the agricultural history of South Frontenac. The stags are standing on Canadian Shield rocks that are dotted with Trilliums, a common flower in South Frontenac and the floral symbol of Ontario. The wording on the sash at the bottom, "Our Strength is Our Community", was the winning entry in a township-wide slogan competition. It was submitted by township resident Neil Allan.“This beautiful coat of arms will be here forever,” said Tinlin.Mayor Gary Davison thanked Tinlin for his efforts, and wished him well in St. Thomas, where he is running for alderman in the coming election.

South Frontenac Council - August 5

Norman LaneRon Kramer, representing the Norman Lane Association, appeared before Council to deliver a petition asking for help for winter road maintenance for members of the association. Norman Lane is located off Perth Road north of Perth Road Village. It leads to a number of smaller lanes that provide access to homes and cottages on Buck Lake.Kramer said that the township has provided one or two truckloads of salt and sand each winter to the association, which the association applied themselves to their roads. They jointly pay to keep the roads graded and cleared of snow in the winter. According to Kramer the salt/sand has been delivered each year for at least the past 10 years.This year when Kramer called Deputy Mayor Ron Vandewal about getting the loads delivered, Vandewal reportedly said he would arrange it, but that it would be the last delivery. From then on the residents would be on their own.“We want salt and sand again and we also want the township to push the snow off the side of roads a few times each winter, because although we can plow, the road starts to get more narrow when the snow keeps coming,” Kramer said as he handed in the petition.Mayor Davison said that the Public Works department is conducting a study of private lanes and what kind of support the township can offer the associations that maintain them.“We are conducting a study,” said Segsworth, “but not on lanes that are located on private property like that one.”“Our lane, at least the part we want help with, is located on township property, an old road allowance,” said Ron Kramer.Mark Segsworth said he would look into the ownership of the road and consider adding Norman Lane to the others that are being looked at.“We pay a lot of tax on that road,” said Kramer, not content to be added to the study, “and we want at least to get what we have been getting.” LED lightingReal Term Energy has made a proposal to the township that all 448 street lamps be changed over to LED lights. Although there would be an upfront cost to doing this, the energy and maintenance savings are significant. The average annual energy and maintenance costs are currently $177 per fixture per year and the cost with the LED lights would be about $50.The township could spend $260,000 for the installation, and expect that money to be paid back in energy savings over 4.4 years, after which the savings would continue over the 10-year life of the fixtures.The other option would be for Real Term to finance the project, which would mean no up front cost to the township. In that case the savings would be split; the township would receive 16% and Real Term 84%.Mark Segsworth recommended considering the report at the Public Works Committee and returning to council in September.A number of councillors said they preferred the option of paying $260,000 up front and realising all of the savings. The only question was why they were sending it to the committee instead of jumping in to the project right away.“What exactly are we waiting for?" asked Councilor Bill Robinson.“We could find the $260,000 somewhere and get on with this,” said Councilor Cam Naish.Nonetheless the report was referred to the committee. Development charges going up, but over timeA consultant's report has recommended that development charges, which are added to new construction costs to cover for future costs associated with increased infrastructure costs, should go up significantly.The fee for new private dwellings, currently $4,000, would rise to $6,575, and the fee for commercial properties would rise from $4.26 per square foot to $5.22 per square foot.As instructed by Council, Planner Lindsay Mills has prepared a phase in schedule for the new charges. They will rise gradually over 5 years, only coming into effect fully in 2018. Council approved the proposal. Rutledge road project increased in scopeCouncil also approved spending an extra $100,000, which will be taken from the public works projects reserve fund, on the Rutledge Road construction. $25,000 will go to putting patterned concrete in to mark the well used crosswalk from Sydenham High School to the parking lot across the road. The other $75,000 will go to new retaining walls on Mill street.  

Bass fishers weigh in in Sydenham

Fishers in a competitive derby are never apt to give away too much information about where they landed their catches. That was the case for two fishers who weighed in at the Sydenham Legion's Bass Derby, which took place on July 26 and attracted over 150 participants. Legion members Garnett Van Luven and Bob Stinson weighed the catches of fishers Tik Ostopovitch and Scott Bowes, whose fish each weighed in just a smidge under four pounds. Both men, not surprisingly, refused to name the lakes where their fish were hooked but Tik did offer up the fact that his fish were caught “with a worm”. The Sydenham Legion Fishing Derby was organized by Legion members Scott Morrison and Brent VanLuven and was brought back again this year after running on and off for many years previously. Kate Lett, the newly elected Sydenham Legion Branch 496 president, said the stops and starts of the derby were because it takes a substantial number of volunteers to organize it, and that it was possible to bring it back this year because “a number of eager members were willing to take on the responsibility of gathering the prizes, doing the advertising, selling the tickets and finding all of the other necessary volunteers to perform all of the other jobs that it takes to run a derby.” Participants could fish on any of the area back lakes and the winners were based on the weight of their single largest catch. Prizes were donated by local area businesses and individuals and the first place prize was a Glider 55 pound thrust Shakespeare trolling motor. Other prizes included a number of coolers, life jackets, fishing gear, sport clothing and numerous gift certificates from area businesses. The Sydenham Ladies Auxiliary put on the lunch at the derby. Lett said she was pleased with the turn out and hopes that the event will become an annual one again, which is good news for bass fishers everywhere. Funds raised from the derby will help pay for the upkeep of the Legion hall as well as help support a number of programs in the community including the lunch program at Loughborough Public School and Southern Frontenac Community Services. Photo 2056- 

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Ribbons, cake and wagon rides at Trail opening in Verona

Ribbons, cake and wagon rides at Trail opening in Verona

Close to 50 trail users and numerous members of staff from the County of Frontenac and Township of South Frontenac, along with other dignitaries attended the festive official opening of Phase ll of the Frontenac K&P Trail, which took place at the bridge at Hardwood Creek in V...

Calling all quilters: become a part of Frontenac County history!

To commemorate the County’s 150th Anniversary in 2015, the County is holding a Quilt Design Contest to solicit designs for, and commission the creation of a commemorative wall hanging quilt. Entries must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 26, after which judging will take place and the winner(s) will be announced at the October 15th County Council meeting. The artist who submits the winning design will be commissioned to create the quilt for unveiling at the Frontenac County 150th Showcase next year: August 28, 29, 30, 2015. The contract with the winning artist will include compensation of $2,000. Submissions will be evaluated based on originality and creativity, ability of the artist, and the quilt’s visual appeal reflecting themes of “past, present, future” in the context of the County of Frontenac’s unique pristine natural environment, lifestyle choices and strong, resilient, diverse, rural communities. The contest is open to all full- and part-time residents of Frontenac County. See attachment for complete contest rules, which are also posted on www.frontenaccounty.ca. The County of Frontenac’s 150th Anniversary Save the date for The Frontenac 150th Showcase: August 28-30, 2015. You will want to visit Centennial Park in Harrowsmith for this three day celebration, with a preliminary schedule of events including: an opening ceremony, parade, fundraiser barbeque, heritage exhibitions, vendor kiosks, food & refreshments, family activities, live music, plowing match, heritage ball, Sunday brunch, headlining concert and closing ceremony. Hundreds of community events happen every year throughout the Frontenacs. If you’re planning an event for next year in the County of Frontenac, turn it into the “150th Edition” and become part of history! If you want to make your 2015 community event part of Frontenac history or you’d like to volunteer for The Frontenac 150th Showcase, please contact Alison Vandervelde, Communications Officer at 613-548-9400 ext 305 or

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August long weekend- a music lover's paradise in the Frontenacs

The August long weekend is one of the best for music lovers in the area. Two of the music festivals we have been loyally covering for a number years celebrated their 10-year anniversaries last weekend. The first was the Flinton Jamboree. Founded a decade ago by Duane and Donna Thibault, the Jamboree has been growing exponentially since its birth. This year fans of bluegrass got more than their fill during three days of music at the Flinton Recreation Centre grounds. The line up included Saturday night headliner David Church with Steve Piticco & South Mountain plus numerous award-winning players including Bill White and White Pine, Dallas Daisy, The Tebworth Brothers and the Ducharme and Black Family bands.One bluegrass foursome that I was fortunate enough to see on Sunday afternoon just before the festival wrapped up was Randy Morrison & the Flatt River Band, who played a stellar and varied set. Early on they offered up classic old faves like “Faded Love” and The Stanley Brothers' "I Saw A Choo Choo" and later in the set Morrison did an instrumental version of "Listen to the Mocking Bird". A few lesser-known tunes by well-known giants were added to the mix - a Hank Williams' gospel tune called "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels” and Merle Haggard's “Goodbye Comes Hard For Me”. Randy Morrison is an award-winning fiddler, and he opened and closed the set with two instrumental medleys that demonstrated his prowess. Guitarist and lead vocalist Richard (Dickie) Dugal was equally impressive. He was front and centre on tunes like “Roll on Muddy River” and he admirably blue-grassed up Webb Pierce's 1953 hit, “There Stands the Glass”. He played his original “Blue Grass for Fun” which was just that. Morrison and his band are a great example of what the best, tightest and most polished bluegrass foursomes have to offer: stellar fiddle and banjo talents, a solid and lively bass, good vocals and a friendly camaraderie that makes their playing together appear as easy as breathing. Meanwhile south of Sydenham at the Loughborough Lake campground, Del Vezeau was manning the lakeside venue for the 10th annual Canadian Guitar Festival. Many fans traveled countless miles by plane, train, bus and car to get to the eclectic three-day festival, which showcases the best finger picking and internationally renowned guitarists from all over the world. The event, as always, included an amateur finger picking competition that this year attracted 25 competitors, some from as far away as New Zealand and Japan. Contestants included Pino Forastiere from Rome, Italy, Jon Gomm from the UK, Michael Manring from the US and others. Opening this year was last year's competition winner Justin St. Pierre from Abitibi via Montreal.I caught Ray Montford and his trio on Friday night. Hailing from Ottawa, Montford plays in an atmospheric style and his powerful forays were equaled by drummer Ben Riley and bassist Russ Boswell, who together formed a tight knit trio. Montford's all-original repertoire covered every emotion and then some and he is especially good at building up his tunes from introspective starts to full throttle, over the top, climactic heights. Highlights on the heavier side of the set included “Shine On”, and “Big as the Moon”, both from his 2012 CD titled "Vintage is Now". Montford reined it in and played one acoustic tune from the CD titled "Summer Ride”.Del Vezeau, who founded the festival and continues on as its artistic director, said he will continue to man the helm “as long as people continue to show up.” One fan arrived at 9 pm on Friday night after flying to New York from Houston and driving directly to the festival from La Guardia airport. The Canadian Guitar Festival is a yearly must for its loyal fans.

Raising the bar on locally grown garlic

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All garlic growers in the region. The 2014 Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards will be holding its 18th annual competition on Saturday August 30 at the Verona Lions Garlic Festival. Garlic is a relatively new vegetable crop in Canada. It is in high demand by consumers and not enough is grown to meet domestic needs. As a result, over 90 % of the garlic sold in stores is imported. Many growers and gardeners struggle with the problem of how to grow it successfully.The garlic competition was designed to teach growers about the many garlic varieties and encourage them to strive for excellence in growing and marketing this fascinating vegetable. The Garlic Awards separate the best garlic from the ordinary or mediocre. When you see the high quality of the garlic on display, you soon realize that there is a vast difference. Garlic continues at the leading edge of the ‘Buy Local’ trend. A visit to any farmers’ market will show that garlic is in high demand at the peak of the harvest. There’s mystery and a mystique in this most health-giving of vegetables.Started in 1997 at the 1st garlic festival held in Perth, the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards is the official competition for the best garlic produced in the region. The competition is open to all exhibitors, both home gardeners and commercial growers from Eastern Ontario. Exhibitors do not have to be vendors at the host festival in order to compete.The awards have moved around to various garlic festivals over the years. The Verona Lions Garlic Festival currently hosts the competition. Excellence in growing garlic is recognized by awards, cash prizes and certificates of recognition, and often, as a side benefit, by enhanced sales for the market gardeners that win the ribbons.The competition is conducted in the same impartial manner as exhibits at country fairs. Judges follow the Garlic Judging Standard, and growers compete in four classes: Best single garlic bulb; Best display of 12 bulbs of the same cultivar; Best educational collection of 5 different cultivars selected from 5 of the 11 Horticultural Groups; Best garlic braid. A certificate of award and a ribbon recognize the top three winners in each class. The Champion Garlic Grower receives a major cash prize and has a plaque on the Woodman Trophy. The runner-up also receives a major cash prize and is recognized on the Woodman II trophy. The Woodman Trophy and the smaller Woodman II Trophy were designed and donated by local artisans Crawford & Diane Woodman for use in this competition. Cash prizes are donated by local organizations. The competition is organized and administered by Paul Pospisil, editor of the Garlic News.On completion of the judging, the exhibitor is provided with the judge’s scorecard to enable growers to find out where they lost points. Exhibitors learn the meaning of quality from the scores assigned by the judge on their garlic entries.As well, festival vendors can display their achievement awards at their vendor stall, a guarantee of sales to discerning buyers looking for top quality garlic. The visual awards are an endorsement of their well-earned reputation for quality.In this way, the Garlic Awards have contributed to raising the bar on the quality of garlic grown in the Eastern Ontario region, giving it the excellent reputation that it deserves.For information on taking part in the competition, contact Paul Pospisil at 613-273-5683. Get information on the Verona Lions Garlic Festival by calling the Lions at 613-372-2092.

Frontenac K&P Trail Phase II Official Opening

Phase II of the Frontenac K&P Trail, from Harrowsmith to the north end of Verona, will officially open on Saturday, August 9. The public is invited to join representatives from the Government of Ontario, Trans-Canada Trail and Frontenac County for an official opening ceremony at 1:30p.m., followed by light refreshments and free horse-drawn wagon rides along the trail. “This stretch of the Frontenac K&P Trail cuts through a beautiful area of the Frontenacs,” says Bud Clayton, Warden of the County of Frontenac. “Heading north from Harrowsmith, users venture through agricultural land, wooded areas, rock cuts, and wetlands before coming to the Hardwood Creek Bridge and its beautiful views, then on through the village of Verona.” This official opening will celebrate the redevelopment of Phase II, which was completed in 2013, in part due to funding received through the Trans-Canada Trail (TCT) and the Government of Ontario through the Pan Am/Parapan Am Trails initiative. “The Trans-Canada Trail is delighted to have been able to support the development of this section of greenway trail that means so much to people living in the Frontenac area, and that helps bring us closer to our goal of connecting our national Trail and Canadians by 2017,” says Al MacPherson, Chair of Trans-Canada Trail Ontario, who will speak on behalf of the TCT. “Ontario is helping close the gaps along Ontario’s Trans Canada Trail as a major legacy investment of the 2015 Games,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. “Once complete, the Pan Am/Parapan AmTrails will connect Frontenac County to communities across the province. An incredible Games legacy, the trails will promote healthy lifestyles while providing valuable recreational and active transportation opportunities for Ontarians of all ages and abilities.” Work has begun on the redevelopment of Phase III, which will see the installation of another bridge at White Creek and the redevelopment of 9.8km of trail from the north end of Verona through to White Lake Road. The redevelopment of the Frontenac K&P through to Sharbot Lake is expected to be completed in 2017.

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LOL Petting Farm draws a crowd

LOL Petting Farm draws a crowd

If the number of cars parked on the lawn in front of the Land O' Lakes Petting Farm on Road 506, near Cloyne was any indication, the farm's Family Day fundraiser on August 10, was a resounding success. The event attracted residents and tourists from all over the area, who enjoyed...

Highlights from the 2014 Cloyne Showcase

Once a year the North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne is transformed into a vast and varied art and craft venue for artists and artisans from all over the province. The show, which is free to visitors, has been running for decades and once again this year it offered up a mind-boggling selection of work from over 70 exhibitors. The artists' booths cover the entire ground floor of the school. Visitors spend many hours leisurely viewing the work and are hard pressed to depart without some unique hand made treasures. Pottery, glass work, wooden crafts, jewelry, fine art and photography, quilts, knit goods and body products were just a few of the items up for grabs, not to mention a number of other unique treasures that caught my eye. Lisa Driscoll of Stirling, ON, owner of Hetty Jean Handmade Designs makes unique hand sewn creatures from felt, fleece and fur. Her creatures are cute and colorful and she aims to make each with its own unique character. Her bats boast clever teeth made from zippers and their wired wings can be manipulated to open and close. Her “Hugglies” are small, bright uni-blob-bodied monsters that Lisa calls “huggable uglies”. They make cozy and cuddly friends for youngsters of all ages. Lisa's other creatures include giraffes, cats, dinosaurs, owls, and many more. Her businesses name derives from Lisa's two grandmothers - Hetty, her father's mother and Jean, her mother's mother, who both taught her how to sew and inspired her to create the imaginative sewn animals that suit the young at heart of all ages. Photo: Painter Carol Jones of the All Creatures Great and Small Studio and her feather paintings at the 2014 Cloyne Showcase Another artisan working in one of the more unusual mediums at the show was Carol Jones, who hails from Dunsford, Ont. near Bobcaygeon, where she has a studio called All Creatures Great and Small. Jones is a painter, who instead of painting on canvas or board, opts to ply her brush to feathers - specifically, the tail feathers of wild turkeys. Her motivation came after seeing a similar way of painting when she visited western Canada years ago. “I wanted to create my own little niche, so I chose to make feather paintings instead of regular ones.” Her subject matter includes wildlife, landscapes, fantastical and aboriginal scenes, butterflies and animals that include foxes, bears herons and more. Prior to painting, Jones uses a small Dremel tool to smooth down the central quill on each feather in order to avoid having to paint on its ridges. Jones said that it took a lot of experimenting before she finally got her technique down. Once the painting is complete she covers the quill tip at the bottom end of the feather by attaching additional decorative feathers and finishes them off with a piece of circular leather adorned with a semi precious stone. The feather paintings are then mounted on matte board and framed in a shadow box. New to her work is the recent addition of crushed glass, which she applies to certain painted sections on the feather. She describes these new works as her “newest fantasy line of paintings” and the glass gives them a sparkling, shimmering surface that adds to their more mystical feel. Anyone who missed the show can view the work of these two artists by visiting www.carolsfeatherart.com and Hetty Jean on facebook.  

Painter captures the magic and power of Bon Echo

There is nothing better than witnessing a talented artist selling their works at an art show. That was the case of Lisa Johnson, one of many artists who set up shop at the Art Exhibition and Sale that took place at Bon Echo Provincial Park last weekend. Johnson was busy attending to a customer when I visited her booth on Saturday afternoon. Mazinaw Lake cottage owner Christine Post was looking at a number of paintings and ended up purchasing one of Johnson's paintings titled "Rekr's Rock", which Post she said she can see from her cottage. Johnson is no stranger to the magic of the landscape at Bon Echo. Her paintings are proof that the landscape is somehow in her blood and that might just be because she has been cottaging on Mazinaw Lake since was a wee one. An honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996, Johnson has been painting for 25 years. She returned to the Bon Echo show after a decade of absence, offering up an impressive selection of large and small oil landscapes that caught the eyes of both browsers and buyers at the show. Johnson, who sells her work at a variety of galleries and shows in Toronto, London and Windsor, painted her Bon Echo inspired pieces en plein air (in the open air). She paints in the tradition of the Group of Seven artists who also painted this landscape decades ago. Included in her display was the paint-smeared box that accompanies her on hikes and on rides in her small motor boat where many of her creations are made. “The en plein air process enables me to observe and capture what I see. It's a very observational way of working. Later, back in the studio I use these paintings or sketches to create larger, more abstract works that come more out of my head and have more to do with how I feel about the landscape, but that are also a direct result of that initial en plein air study process.” Her works capture both the majesty and the ever changing beauty of the landscape, which she describes as “powerful, spiritual and magical places that have been attracting artists here for centuries.” Some of the works appear soft and flowing with layers of colour that are blended together seamlessly, like one large work of the famed Mazinaw rock painted in soft, subtly changing oranges and brown. Others of the same landscape are more hard edged and bold, painted with fat, textural and generous applications of paint that together make up the shapes that define the unique landscape. In many works Johnson is able to create a sense of movement, as in the clouds and sky in the painting "Rekr's Rock", which seem to swirl and move overhead. She said her former experience as a dancer is what informs the movement in her pieces, and which also underlies the fact she has experienced first hand for years how the landscape that surrounds her is always changing. “It's amazing how everything, the elements, the light and colour can change in an instant.” Johnson feels very much “connected to the history of painters who came here to paint, from A.Y Jackson to Charles Comfort and Arthur Lismer.” Last year she hiked to the location where A.J. Casson painted one of his works. “ I like the idea of connecting with artists of the past but finding new ways to do it.” Johnson's aim, she said, is always to “capture the feeling of a place. Not so much the photographic image but the space, the light, the movement and the atmosphere.” Her work demonstrates the fact that it takes a talented and experienced painter to do justice to the landscape of Bon Echo and Johnson is one artist in a long line who have managed to do just that. A selection of Johnson's work will be at the Colin Edwards Gallery located at Bon Echo Park in the latter half of August. Her work is also available at Quinn's of Tweed Fine Art Gallery. For more information visit www.lisajohnsonart.ca

10th Anniversary Flinton Jamboree

It started out as an idea for an outdoor concert back in the winter of 2005 but has turned into a major festival and a labour of love for Duane and Donna Thibault for the past ten years. For the 10th anniversary of the Flinton Jamboree, some of the perennial favorite acts are returning, such as White Pine, Steve Pitico and South Mountain, the Tebworth Brothers, and Dallas Daisy. Among the newcomers are the Ducharme family, a father and sons band who come from one of the best-named towns for a Bluegrass band, River Valley, which is located north of Highway 17 halfway between North Bay and Sudbury. The Ducharme family is the featured band on the Friday night (August 1) of the three-day festival. They appear at 7:30 pm. The festival headliner, who will be performing on Saturday night (August 2) at 7:30 pm, is David Church. Church, who hails from Lancaster, Ohio, has an affinity for traditional country music, and is renowned in North America as a singer “who sounds like Hank”. He performs his own songs as well as a number Hank Williams tunes, but as long-time U.S. based music promoter Joe Sullivan has said, “He is not a Hank imitator; he is someone who performs Hank's songs.” David Church will be backed up by Steve Pitico and South Mountain. Weekend passes for the festival cost $35 ($55 with camping). Day passes are $20 for the all day and evening Saturday show, which kicks off at 11am, and $10 for the Friday evening or the Sunday 11 am to 4 pm show. For advance tickets, call 613-336-0995. Day passes will be available at the gate. (Note – a full schedule will be published in the Frontenac News on July 24)

The Bounty of Bon Echo - a camper and rock lover’s paradise

It came as no surprise to find Bon Echo Provincial Park recommended as one of Ontario's premiere camping destinations in a recent article in the Globe and Mail's travel section. The park, located just north of Cloyne on Highway 41, offers campers and one day visitors all of the usual amenities. Yes, Bon Echo has that and so much more. The park is one of a kind when it comes to unique Canadian landscapes. The famed Mazinaw Rock, which stretches 1.5 kilometres across and stands 100 metres high above Mazinaw Lake, is the same granite rock cliff that was the muse for members of the Group of Seven painters. Today the rock continues to inspire artists and campers who are lucky enough to get a glimpse of it. Rising above one of Ontario’s deepest lakes, it is an awe-inspiring sight. It was once and perhaps still is a spiritual landscape for Aboriginal Canadians, whose pictographs can be seen on the boat cruises that are offered several times every day in the summer. The rock face is a stunning geological wonder that both humbles its onlookers and begs the question: How? Thanks to the Friends of Bon Echo, a group of over 100 volunteers who last year celebrated their 25- year anniversary, that question was answered recently. The Friends fundraise close to $50,000, which they use to provide some of the best educational programming in any of the Ontario parks. Their national heritage programs are enjoyed by over 50,000 campers annually. On July 12 the Friends sponsored a talk at the park’s amphitheater given by Dr. David Pearson, science director of Science North and professor of ecological studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Pearson divided his talk into two parts. In the first he invited listeners to imagine the 1.5 km thick layer of ice that once covered the cliff site roughly 23,000 years ago. The gradual melting of the ice helped to create the glacial lakes that would later become the Mazinaw. He spoke of “glacial erratics”, namely the unique rounded boulders that dot the park, which were formed when water melting from the enormous ice sheet lubricated its lowest reaches and ground the rocks into their present day smooth, rounded forms. Pearson also spoke of “eskers”, the long winding ridges of sand and gravel left behind from glacial melts. He also described “moulins”, which are roughly circular, vertical to nearly vertical well-like shafts within a glacier through which water enters from the surface. One such glacier covered the park’s most northern tip. In the second half of his presentation Pearson invited listeners to travel back millions of years in time, specifically to the time of the existence of the continent of Rodinia one billion to 800 million years ago, which accounts for the unique geographical formations in the park. He spoke of the break up of Rodinia 180 million years ago into the continents we now know as North America and Africa. Regarding the extreme depth of Mazinaw Lake, over 400 feet in some spots, Pearson related that over 25,000 years ago when the ice sheet that covered most of North America melted and retreated from the cliffs above Mazinaw Lake, huge icebergs fell off into the ground below, creating incredibly deep pot holes, which account for the lake’s extreme depth. In his presentation Pearson shared his own personal feelings for Mazinaw Rock. “This rock dates back a long, long way and deserves enormous respect. It most definitely has a heck of a story to tell.” For those who have yet to visit Bon Echo Park, it is more than worth the trip. Its unique and awesome landscape never fails to inspire a sense of wonder and luckily the sight remains accessible to all. The next big event to take place at Bon Echo Park is the Friends of Bon Echo's annual Art Exhibition and Sale on July 25-27 from 10am-4pm. Don't forget to support the Friends of Bon Echo, who will be offering up a BBQ lunch and raffle tickets for three grand prizes that include one original art work and two impressive canoes. For more information about other upcoming events at the park or to become involved with the Friends of Bon Echo visit www.bonechofriends.ca  

EDITORIALS

A leopard is a leopard

A leopard is a leopard

The published photo of Kathleen Wynne greeting Dalton McGuinty at the Ontario legislature with open arms on the day of the swearing in of her new government, coupled with McGuinty being quoted as saying the recent election was a vindication of his time in office, was a bit hard t...

Pride in Canada

Far be it from me to praise the City of Toronto, under any circumstances. But I have to make an exception. Last week the City hosted the World Pride conference, which culminated in a parade that was attended by 2 million people. Compared with all of the difficulties that result from hosing just 8 world leaders a couple of years ago, by all accounts World Pride was a roaring success. We live in a time where nations as diverse as Russia, Uganda, and others, have ramped up institutional and legal persecution of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in recent months. LGBT people have faced persecution to the point of death in the most extreme cases for no other reason than their sexuality for centuries and still do. For Canada to be at the vanguard of those nations whose legal systems have closed the door on institutional persecution of individuals on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as race and religion, is a point of pride for me as a citizen. For the City of Toronto to host such an event as World Pride and to demonstrate a willingness to celebrate diversity is even more gratifying, and I daresay Toronto is ahead of many other communities in Ontario and Canada in this regard. Watching coverage of the parade also jogged a personal memory for me. As it happens, I found myself in the middle of one of the first Pride parades in Toronto in the early 90’s, and the contrast between the this most recent parade and that one could not be more stark. I was with my wife Martina and our young daughter at a small art show in a courtyard behind a church near the corner of Bay and Bloor on a cold Sunday in June. It was 22 or 23 years ago. Someone said that a parade was coming by and the show opening would be delayed, so we went to the corner to see. What we saw was more of a low-key march than a parade. A hundred people or, some of them with placards, walked by. They waved, called out a few slogans, and kept on walking. Many of them were thin, even gaunt, and were walking with the help from friends. 20 years ago AIDS was in full swing in Canada. What I saw on that day was a community fighting for its life against a deadly disease that at that time had no effective treatment. No none lined the street to watch the parade. The busy City carried on its business as usual. What has since been dubbed the LGBT community has developed and thrived in unexpected ways over the past 20 years, to the point where, in Toronto at least, Pride is a celebration and a premiere tourist event in the City Canada Day in our communities is about pancake breakfasts and the parades and games and food and music at ball-fields and beaches. It is about wearing red and white and the maple leaf and family and friends and enjoying the official start of all too short Canadian summer. And it about fireworks at the end of the day. It is also a time to reflect on all the benefits we enjoy as Canadians. Of the things we can be proud of in Canada on Canada Day, chief among them are the personal liberty we enjoy, our commitment to live together in peace, and the celebration of diversity has become the hallmark of this country. As the world threatens to slip into intolerance, this is something we all need to protect in our words and deeds throughout the year.

What came first, the sustainability or the resiliency?

... if something has a lot of resiliency it is more likely to be sustainable, but even things that are very resilient are not always sustainable over time. Then again, how sustainable can something be if it is not resilient? When push comes to shove, is it better to push than it is to shove, or not ...? All of these questions, as fascinating as they are, point to a debate that is raging in sustainability circles and even at the Frontenac County Advisory Committee on Sustainability. You would think that the one thing that the committee would agree about is sustainability, but you would be wrong. Members of the committee have been taken aback, as have others, with the ubiquity of the word sustainability. In fact, many of the job titles at Frontenac County have had the name Sustainability stuck on to them in the recent past. Instead of a planning department, there is a sustainability planning department, and instead of economic development it is sustainable economic development, for example. The suggestion at the committee was that "sustainability" should be phased out or at least limited, and a new word would be used to describe all those activities that the county would like to be involved in but which are not, strictly speaking, in their mandate. Anything to do with social well being, environmental concerns, culture, community improvement, tourism - they are all covered under the umbrella heading Sustainability. The logic is that these diverse enterprises that are carried out by individuals and groups in their own communities and across the county are what build a sustainable place to live and work. There are those, and I can sympathize, who are sick of the word, and there is now, finally, an alternative on the horizon. For a couple of years, slowly but surely, the concept of resilient communities has been gaining momentum. It has more grit than sustainable communities, suggesting the strength to withstand the inevitable pressures of modern life. These include attacks on personal and community well-being that will come with rising oil and gas prices, climate change, continual migration of jobs to the city, the ageing tsunami (people are ageing in a huge tsunami-like wave that could swallow us all up if we aren't careful) and much, much, more. Sustainability is just too nice a word, too much of a soft concept. Resiliency on the other hand, is tough; it is strong; it is what we need. When I think of resiliency I think of my mother. My mother says she no longer hopes for things to go well, instead she hopes for the strength to handle the situations that will inevitably arise in her life. Sure enough, those challenges are coming fast and furious as she and her family and friends age. So, if Frontenac County wants to be more like my mother it had better stop talking and start getting its act together. The woman hardly sleeps. Until she broke her wrist she played tennis every day. Six weeks and two metal pins later she was back on the court; that is, when she's not taking care of everyone in her world. If the sustainability committee want to talk resiliency they had best get off their duff, establish a plan of action and make things happen. Resiliency never sleeps.

Local campaign slowly getting underway; and what is Hudak up to?

While local election campaigns have been slow to ramp up, Kathleen Wynne and Tim Hudak have already set up a polarizing debate that each hopes will lead to their own success. Wynne went first. She put out a left-leaning budget, fully expecting to campaign on it, and then began the campaign by scuffling with the federal government over her proposed pension plan. Her plan is to establish herself as the one politician standing in the way of Conservative governments in both Toronto and Ottawa, an attempt not only to tie Tim Hudak to Stephen Harper, but also to wrestle votes from the NDP. It is only a matter of time before she begins saying that Ontarians who vote NDP will only be helping Tim Hudak win the election. What did Hudak do? He decided to play Wynne's game, in spades. In what will likely be the one key manoeuvre in the campaign, he aligned himself not only with the Federal Tories but with the much maligned Michael Harris record in Ontario, by announcing he plans to cut 100,000 civil servants, mostly from the education sector, in his first two years of office. The move is risky; he might have won the campaign by continuing to attack the Liberal record and offering small c platitudes about fiscal responsibility. If this job cuts promise works for him, however, he will have won the campaign on his own terms and will be leading a new Hudak revolution in Queen's Park. If it fails, and anything short of a majority for the Conservatives will be a failure, it will be seen as a colossal blunder, not on the scale of the Pierre Karl Peladeau disaster for the PQ in Quebec last month, but devastating nonetheless Notes on the local campaign – There was some fallout from the editorial in last week's Frontenac News, “Is there a Conservative candidate in LFL&A?” Some readers wondered whether MPP Hillier was running as an independent this time around. He is not. Randy Hillier remains in the Conservative Party Caucus and was present at the Conservative Party campaign launch two weeks ago As to my claim that by being on the outs with party leader Hudak he would have no chance of serving in cabinet should the Conservatives form a government, Randy Hillier said, “That is not a given, by any means. A lot of factors go into making up a cabinet. There are geographic and other factors, the size of the caucus, whether the government is a minority or a majority - a lot can happen.” Hillier also said that the assertion that his standing in his party makes him vulnerable to the charge that he can only oppose and not propose is off the mark because he put forward more motions and private member's bills than any other MPP over the last two and a half years of Liberal minority rule. The Frontenac News will be holding all-candidates meetings for the Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington riding. The first is set for the Kennebec Hall in Arden at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 26. It is co-sponsored by the Friends of Arden. The second is on Monday, June 2, 7pm at the Lions Hall on Sand Road in Verona. It is co-sponsored by the Verona Lions Club. All registered candidates are invited. We have invited Conservative Party candidate Randy Hillier, Green Party candidate Cam Mather, Liberal Party candidate Bill MacDonald, and NDP candidate Dave Parkhill. According to the Elections Ontario website, as of Tuesday, May 13 only Dave Parkhill and Bill McDonald are officially registered. Cam Mather and Randy Hillier have been named by their parties and appear on their respective party websites as candidates in this riding. They can register as late as next Thursday, May 22, 21 days before voting day. We know of no other candidates who are intending to run.

Is there a Conservative Party candidate on the ballot in LFL&A?

The short answer is yes. Randy Hillier is a Conservative MPP, a former leadership candidate for the party and until the dissolution of the legislature last week he was member of the Conservative Party Caucus. But at the very least, Hillier is about as likely to become a cabinet minister if Tim Hudak became the premier as Kathleen Wynne is. There is no indication that the two men have spoken since Hudak said Hillier was “not a team player” in September of last year, when he stripped Hillier of his position as Labour critic in his shadow cabinet at Queen’s Park. The demotion took place after an email Hillier had sent to the party questioning its ties to a construction company was leaked to the press. Earlier in the summer Hillier had supported a proposal to make it easier for party members to call for a leadership review, which did not endear himself to Mr. Hudak either. There is no indication that Randy Hillier has reconciled either with Hudak himself or with any other members of the party's inner circle since September. None of this is likely to hurt Randy Hillier’s chances of re-election in Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington on June 12, as the spat has not gone so far as to lead either to Hillier leaving the party or the party brass removing him as their candidate, so he is still carrying the Tory banner. Although he has repeatedly said that he is more beholden to his constituents than he is to his party - and his difficulties with the party do bear this out to some extent even though most of us don’t really care about the backroom politics in Toronto - he has not taken the ultimate step and decided to run as an independent, constituency-first candidate. If that had happened, we would have been in for an extremely interesting election, rather than one with long odds in favour of the incumbent. The controversy will, however, add a wrinkle to the local campaign, which will feature the same candidates for the three largest parties as the last time around in the fall of 2011 – Bill MacDonald for the Liberals and Dave Parkhill for the NDP. Among the major parties, only the Green Party will have a new candidate, Cam Mather from Tamworth. Randy Hillier will run against the Liberal record after 11 years in power, which Bill MacDonald will be forced to defend, but Hillier will be open to the attack that even if his party comes to power he will remain as ever as an oppositional figure, only talking about what is wrong with the system but never able to put anything new in place. It may not be enough to dent his standing; he received over 50% of the votes last time, but it will give his opponents some ammunition this time around, if only because many people vote for the party and not the candidate.

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