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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.
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.
“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 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.”
Sharbot Lake and District Lions president Bill Zwier welcomed the over 100 seniors who gathered at the Land O' Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove on October 22 for the 38th rendition of their annual Seniors Night. The event, which is sponsored by W. A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd. of Sharbot Lake, buses in seniors from the townships of Central and North Frontenac who wish to attend the event. Guests enjoyed an evening of first-rate entertainment courtesy of local Elvis tribute artist and Johnny Cash impersonator Dan Stoness, young fiddler Jessica Wedden and local musician Tommy Asselstine. Guests had a chance to win numerous door prizes that were handed out throughout the evening. Members of the club also had a chance to show off their star power in a number of comical skits. Elvis put on a very memorable and interactive show and offered a special birthday tribute to two lucky ladies in the audience, Shirley Jones and Lois Webster, who were both celebrating their birthdays the night of the event. The evening concluded with a generous spread of refreshments and once again the Lions proved that they indeed know how to put together a show and entertain guests. Hats off to all the Lions, including chair of the Seniors Night committee Linda Zwier who unfortunately, due to a fall, was unable to attend. It was the second year that the Lions held the annual event at Land O' Lakes P.S. Previously it had been held at the former Sharbot Lake High School.
by Nina Jenkins Things are a-buzz on the stage at Granite Ridge Education Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as children and adults of North Frontenac Little Theatre prepare to stage their first production, Aladdin, in the new facility. Those involved are pleased to be working on a nicer, deeper stage and are getting used to working in the new space. Members of the theatre group are appreciative of the working relationship with the school administration and staff and the school board for allowing us to use the space to provide community entertainment to the surrounding areas. Brian Robertson, who is directing this play, is pleased to have permission to include a stage extension to provide for scenes to be done in front of the curtain while a scene is being set up behind. Jeff Siamon assisted with installing it in the cafetorium. For the first production at GREC, the theatre group has chosen the play Aladdin, a family type show with broad audience appeal, which involves young children, teens and adults. Robertson, who has directed many such plays while teaching at Land O' Lakes School, is very pleased with how rehearsals are going. The show has a lot of music and dance and so requires a good amount of practising “to get it right”. Assisting Robertson is Andrea Dickinson who works with six of the youngest actors/dancers arranging choreography, practising lines and preparing costumes for them. Basically, she is responsible for the part of the show involving the young actors and it is amazing the progress these young people are making. Dickinson has been involved with a number of NFLT shows, most recently in My Narrator. Also doing choreography with the other actors is Tim White who has a background in dance. Jeff Siamon now has the theatre lights installed in the room and is grateful for the use of the “genie lift”, which allows him to reach the high ceiling to position and manipulate the lights. The process of setting up the lights to get them where you want them takes time and patience. Siamon has used a general placement of the lights which can be used not only for this play but for future plays and school activities with some minor adjustments. He is satisfied with the results and is now concentrating on fine tuning the lighting for this show. We are happy that Andrea Jones, a newly retired elementary school teacher, is sharing her talents and is teaching the songs for the show. The songs are tricky with a lot of words and she is pleased with the progress of the actors, especially the young ones. Rounding out the music for the show will be Gary Giller on Bass, Sandy Robertson on flute and John Inglis on piano. Set design and construction is being done, once again, by Peter Platenius, Donna Larocque and Martina Field. Peter says that he is pleased with the space in the wings of the stage and is adjusting to the new space. Sally Angle, house manager, is busy planning on how to set up the “house” and is planning for placement of the ticket table and refreshment site. Costumes are being prepared by Peggy Muldoon who is busy finding the appropriate pieces, altering, tucking, embellishing and fitting them for each actor. John Pariselli and Nina Jenkins are co-producers for the show. Aladdin will be presented at Granite Ridge Education Centre on Thursday, November 27, Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 1:30. So pick a date, get on your “magic carpet” and join us for an entertaining evening or afternoon. Tickets will be on sale soon at Sharbot Lake Pharmacy and Sharbot Lake Dollar Store. Watch for future ads in this paper and for posters in the surrounding area businesses.
Of the seven incumbents running for re-election in Central Frontenac this time around, only two won. In the mayor's race, Frances Smith made the switch from Oso (ward 3) councilor to mayor in a convincing victory over two-time incumbent Janet Gutowski, by 1996 votes to 1083. That was just the start of the changes. Tom Dewey won re-election in Kennebec (ward 1) receiving 388 votes, good enough for first place, but just behind him was first-time candidate Cindy Kelsey at 375 votes, 20 votes ahead of Jeff Matson (355), who was went down to defeat after two terms on Council. Logan Murray finished in 4th place with 237 votes. The tight race in Kennebec was nothing new. Eight years ago Matson won his first term on Council by defeating then incumbent Logan Murray by only four votes. In Olden, one-term incumbent Norm Guntensperger did not seek re-election, but two term councilor John Purdon finished in fourth place with only 224 votes. Jamie Riddell was elected, leading with 309 votes, and Victor Heese was close behind with 291 to win the second council seat. Cory Thompson finished 3rd with 227 votes and Justin Gray received 112 votes. In this race Riddell, Heese and Thompson were very active in campaigning, going door to door throughout the campaign, and it seems to have paid off at the e-ballot box. In Oso (ward 3) incumbent Wayne Millar finished third with 323 votes. Bill MacDonald, former mayor and former provincial Liberal party candidate, made a successful return to township politics after eight years with 508 votes. The second council seat went to a complete newcomer to township politics, Sherry Whan, with 388 votes. Dennis Scott and Bob Olmstead rounded out the field with 190 and 182 votes respectively. Finally, in Hinchinbrooke (ward 4), one seat has been a given throughout the township's history as long as Bill Snyder was alive, and the other has been held by a different person after every election since the founding of the township in 1998. This time around incumbent Heather Fox went down to defeat, while Phillip Smith, who lost the election in 2010 but was appointed to council when Bill Snyder died at the beginning of the year, topped all candidates with 349 votes. Newcomer Brent Cameron won the second seat with 334 votes. Heather Fox was 14 votes behind with 320, and Sharon Shepherd right behind at 313. Jim Lowery received 204 votes. When contacted the day after the election, Frances Smith was happy about winning, but the reality of the responsibility that comes with being mayor was kicking in. “We are going to have to get very busy,” she said, “we have to hire a Chief Administrative Officer [CAO] and a Public Works Manager as soon as possible. I talked to our CAO Larry Donaldson and arranged to meet him tomorrow for a briefing but he is leaving the next day. We are lucky to have Steve Silver coming in as an interim CAO but he won't want to stay very long. And we need a public works manager as soon as possible,” she said. The other issue on the top of the agenda will be policing costs, but in that case Smith said it is a matter of dealing with it in terms of its impact on the budget. “There are a lot of people in our township who don't have a lot of money available, who are on fixed incomes, on social assistance. I work in social services; I know there is a lot of poverty out there. A 5% increase in taxes to those people is huge. This has to be part of our thinking when we start budgeting. We need to give staff clear direction before they start putting their department budgets together,” she said. With a council dominated by first-time councilors, and some major gaps in senior staffing, Smith said that she will be in no hurry to complete the 2016 budget. “We need to do a lot of work, some training of council, some sessions on our budget process and what the numbers really mean, before we can get to that first budget. I know staff always wants the budget done early, but if there are projects that need to be approved before the budget is complete we can do that by resolution. I will not ask council to rush the budget process right after they take office in a month,” she said. In response to her defeat, out-going mayor, Janet Gutowski, was upbeat. “I'll admit that I was a little surprised with the results of the vote for mayor, but the reality is that things change. When I look back and think that I came to this community and immediately served one term as a councilor and two as mayor, I can't say I'm dissatisfied with how everything went over all,” she said. She said she hopes the township continues its support for two initiatives that she instigated, the Frontenac Heritage Festival and the Economic Development Committee of Council. The Heritage Festival, which receives administrative and logistical support from the township but only minimal dollars, is in the early preparation stages for next February, and Gutowski said she is committed to staying on as chair of the Heritage Festival Committee, at least for this year. “I think the economic development committee has made progress, and seeing that some of the newly elected councilors seem to support those kinds of initiatives, I hope that it will survive,” she said. “I'm also excited to see some younger people getting elected to Council. That will be good for the township.” For a table of results, go to Centralfrontenac.com
Lindsay Mills said on Tuesday that he is ready to recommend that South Frontenac politicians vote in favour of approving the Frontenac County Official Plan. Mills, who is the head of the South Frontenac Planning department, attended what he described as an “excellent” meeting between Frontenac township chief administrators, planning departments, county staff and senior officials from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on Thursday, October 23. However, on Monday of this week he added that he needed to see the proposed changes to the plan that resulted from the meeting. When contacted again on Tuesday, after seeing the changes, he said that most of the “drop dead requirements for changes” that his department had identified had been made and he thinks South Frontenac can live with the document. “I still have problems with it. I think it is too detailed, too prescriptive, and gets into things that might lead to difficulties down the road, but as they say it is a 'living document' and we can make changes if parts of it turn out to be unworkable,” he said. He added that he had not been alone in expressing concerns and asking for changes to the document at the meeting that was held last week. “Jenny Duhamel from North Frontenac and Cathy MacMunn from Central Frontenac both raised important points that had to be addressed. This was not only a South Frontenac issue,” he said. Approving the draft document and sending it to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs had been expected at the regular monthly meeting of Frontenac County Council on October 15, but when the representatives from South Frontenac spoke against it, a deferral was proposed in order for the October 23 meeting to be organized in an effort to achieve a more solid consensus among members of Frontenac County Council. That might prove relevant if, as is expected, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs seeks to make changes to the document that are not acceptable to Frontenac County. “I can't comment on the issues between Frontenac County and the provincial government,” said Mills, “that's really for them to deal with. I can only comment on the document itself and its impact on development in South Frontenac. As it was before, I was worried that it might have stopped us in our tracks, and I am less worried now.” Mills added that while he expects that the South Frontenac representatives, outgoing Mayor Gary Davison and Councilor John McDougall, will vote in favour of the document, he expects that Mayor Davison “will have some interesting things to say at the meeting.”
Sutherland, Schjerning new in Loughborough; McDougall and Robinson return in Portland by Jeff Green Ron Vandewal said he was not totally surprised that the election between himself and Allan McPhail ended up being a close race. “Although I did think it might have been a bit farther apart, I also know that while I was campaigning a lot of people said 'Al's done a pretty good job on Council and you've done a pretty good job on council, so I'm happy either way.' I think the final vote reflected some of that.” The finally tally was: Vandewal – 3048 (47%), McPhail – 2780 (43%) and John McEwen 552 (8.5%). There were 67 (1%) spoiled ballots. The spoiled ballots, explained CAO Wayne Orr, came from voters who logged in and voted, but did not choose any candidate for a particular position. Thirty-six percent of the electorate voted for mayor, down about 5% from 2010. “I will say this about the race,” said Vandewal, “between Al, John and myself it was a clean race. None of us did or said anything to discredit the other candidates.” He said that when he looks at the slate of councilors he will be working with, and only three of the eight are currently sitting on council, he thinks it will be a good group to work with. “I do know some of them, at least a little bit, and I think they will see that the township is well run, and we have a good, solid staff in place. But there are always ways to fine tune things. I think we'll do ok.” He said that one of his main goals is to ensure that it is council that sets the priorities for the township. “I have no problem with staff giving us direction but if we let them have all the control over what happens then we can only blame ourselves if we don't like what is happening,” he said. Loughborough The race in Loughborough district was the most competitive, with six candidates vying for two vacant council positions. A number of candidates braved the back roads to pound on doors over the summer and early fall, and in the case of Ross Sutherland it seems to have paid off. He led all candidates by a huge margin, receiving 1151 votes. The race for second spot was exceedingly tight, with Mark Schjerning nudging out Fran Willes by a mere four votes, 688 to 684. Dave Plumpton was a bit behind with 609. Fifth place candidate Stephen Bach also received significant support at 551 votes, and Terry Thake rounded out the field with 542 votes. Portland Incumbents ruled in Portland. John McDougall received 1322 votes and Bill Robinson 872. Bradley Barbeau finished third with 793 votes. McDougall is likely to remain the county council representative for the township, since after Robinson he is the longest serving member of council. Robinson has never shown any interest in sitting at the county table. In the two other districts, Storrington and Bedford, three newcomers were acclaimed to council: Norm Roberts and Ron Sleeth in Storrington, and Alan Revill in Bedford. Pat Barr, who was appointed to council 15 months ago to serve out the term of Mark Tinlin after he resigned, was also acclaimed to council in Bedford. In the end South Frontenac will be overseen by a rookie mayor, five new members of council, and three incumbents.
A special service on October 19 at St. Paul's United Church in Harrowsmith marked the 165th year that the church has been a gathering place of worship for the local community in and around Harrowsmith. Rev. Patsy Henry was joined by guest preacher, retired United Church minister Rev. Ian MacKay, in the special service that included songs of praise by the joint St. Paul's/Trinity United Church choir under the direction of music director Annabelle Twiddy. Rev. Ian MacKay, in his sermon titled “How Big is Our Church”, spoke of the 8580 Sunday services and sermons that have taken place at the church in its 165-year history, which he called “an altogether remarkable achievement.” He continued by addressing the congregation: “Your presence in this church building here in the centre of Harrowsmith continues to enrich community life and spiritual life and naturally I applaud you for that.” Rev. MacKay in his final prayer thanked “all of those who in years past helped to establish this community and who had the vision to step forward to establish this church.” The service included a children's portion in which Sunday school teacher Marni Pedersen gathered with youngsters on the steps of the main sanctuary, and following the service, members of the congregation were invited to share a special meal in the community hall. Rev. Patsy Henry, who has been the minister at the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge for the last three years, said she felt it was “important to celebrate the contributions of the people that we did not know but who paved the way for our welfare, as well as looking ahead to caring for a community that will come long after us.” With that in mind it was noted that many youngsters attended the special service and Rev. Henry said that the youngsters always bring “a certain kind of energy and joy to the celebrations”.
A picturesque setting sun followed by a bright moon made this year’s Bubba Bowl on October 9 one to remember.. The main event was a double header where the Sydenham Golden Eagles took on the LaSalle Knights in two very exciting and close games, one going to Sydenham and the other to Lasalle. The Bubba Bowl, now in its ninth year, is named for Alex “Bubba” Turcotte, who played for three years as a member of Sydenham’s junior football team and sadly died of heart failure in May of 2001. The event continues to draw thousands of football fans from the local community and is popular both with former students at the school, some of whom played ball there, and others who just happen to be big fans of the Sydenham Golden Eagles and the game. Th Junior Golden Eagles and Kinghts taking to the field first. Though I was not able to stay for the games, coaches Mike Love and Jeff Ryan got me up to speed on how they unfolded. In the junior contest, Sydenham scored early in the first quarter in their opening drive, with Merrick Wilcock getting the touchdown. After missing a 2 point conversion, and with the score at 6-0 for Sydenham, LaSalle tied it up and their single point conversion brought them into the lead 7-6. In the second quarter both teams demonstrated strong defense, each making it difficult for the other team to score and the half the score was unchanged at 7-6 for LaSalle. Early in the third LaSalle put together a great drive and scored a touchdown and with a successful conversion spread their lead to 14-6. In the fourth Sydenham came back strong and in a long drive Shane Herron scored a touchdown, narrowing the score to 14-12 for LaSalle. The tensest part of the game happened next, when Sydenham's Colin Bowman went for a two point conversion that ended at the goal line, leading to a lengthy conference among the referees. In the end they decided that Bowman had not crossed the line, leaving the score at 14-12 for LaSalle. Sydenham then executed an onside kick recovering the ball on the Knights 40 yard line. The Golden Eagles then made a final attempt but their stalled after a failed fourth down attempt. LaSalle won the game with a final score of 14-12. Mike Love, Sydenham coach for the Senior Golden Eagles, provided a description of the game against the LaSalle seniors. He said it was “a very close and exciting contest”. Picking it up at the half time mark, the Golden Eagles were leading 7-6. Early in the third quarter Tom Withey of Sydenham intercepted a LaSalle pass and returned it for a toucdown. LaSalle responded quickly, scoring a touchdown and adding a two point conversion to tie the game 14-14. Late in the third Sydenham jumoed back into the lead when Sam Moyse scored on a long pass from Dylan Fisher, putting Sydenham into the lead 21-14 at the end of the third. Early in the last quarter Sydenham recovered a fumble and following a short drive to the line, Brodie Latimer scored a rushing touchdown from a yard out, bringing the score to 28-14. LaSalle fought back, though, recovering a fumble to score a touchdown with just one minute 30 seconds left in the fourth, closing Sydenham’s lead to 28-21. The Knights then attempted a short kick to get back possession but the Golden Eagles were quick to recover the ball. The Knights had a final chance with just 20 seconds left in the game but failed to get far enough to score. The senior Eagles have now won three in a row. The Junior Eagles are still trying for their first win of the season and are down three games. Congratulations to Dave Compton, who won the 50-50 draw, which he generously donated to SHS Athletics.
Frontenac County is one of the recipients of $6 million in provincial funding for community paramedicine pilot projects. Community paramedicine is an attempt to make use of the skills and infrastructure of paramedic services to help serve the senior and chronically ill population before they require emergency services It has been pioneered in Ontario by the Renfrew County Paramedic services, which conducts wellness clinics and an ad hoc home visit program; offers an exercise program; has trained thousands of people in CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation); and more. Frontenac County will receive a total of $156,800 in funding over two years to establish a framework for future community paramedicine programs within the County of Frontenac and the City of Kingston. In announcing the funding, Frontenac County communications officer Alison Vandervelde described the project in the following way: “The research project will focus on identifying solutions that could provide a more cohesive healthcare system for the residents of Frontenac County and the City of Kingston and has four main areas of focus: wellness clinics, community paramedic home visits, paramedic referrals and improved communication links between paramedics and other health care providers.” The County applied for $195,000 in answer to the call for expressions of interest from the province. The main shortfall between the request and what was given is in salary dollars. Instead of the $116,000 that the county requested for a project developer, the province provided $83,000, which will fund the position for 18 months. The rest of the application was approved as requested, with the exception of a $5,000 request for money to cover legal fees, which was denied. In addition to the project developer's salary, $33,000 will be spent on project co-ordination. Only a small amount of the overall money that has been received will be directed to existing or new programming. $1,800 is earmarked for expanding the existing Wolfe Island Wellness Clinic project, and $3,900 will go towards a pilot wellness clinic project in the northern half of the county. Another $30,000 is to be spent covering wages for four-hour training sessions for 140 paramedics. The primary impetus of the project, in the words of the funding application, is to “establish a solid framework for future core Community Paramedicine Programs ... of critical importance is the development of a comprehensive communication plan, within the framework, between Paramedics and other healthcare providers.” Healthcare providers who will be contacted initially by the project developer, once they are hired, are the Community Care Access Centre, Rural Kingston Health Links, Kingston Health Link, Northern and Southern Frontenac Community Services, Kingston General Hospital, and the Local Health Integration Network. As part of the planning for the project, a staff member has been appointed by each of the above agencies to participate in the project. Gale Chevalier, Deputy Chief of Performance Standards with Frontenac County Paramedic Services, will oversee the project. “Our residents will benefit greatly from this funding,” said Warden Denis Doyle. “One of County Council’s strategic goals includes supporting our seniors’ efforts to safely age in their homes. This project will allow people to remain in their communities longer, maintaining their closeness to family and friends, and eliminate long travel times for routine preventative healthcare. Ultimately, this funding will make positive differences for our residents and enhance the strength and vitality of our communities.”
Two Liberal gatherings took place on October 5 in the new federal riding of Lanark Frontenac Kingston to decide which of the two Phils, Phil Somers or Philippe Archambault, would become the new federal Liberal candidate for the riding. Former House leader, Peter Milliken, chaired both meetings, the first at Sydenham's Grace Centre and the second at the Perth Civitan Hall, where each of the two candidates gave their final speeches leading up the vote. At 5:30pm after the total of 222 ballots had been counted, both candidates were called outside of main hall at the Civitan hall in Perth and minutes later both re-entered, one with both arms raised above his head, celebrating his victory. Philippe Archambault was invited to the podium first to make his victory speech and after first thanking his wife Melanie, his team, supporters and his fellow candidate Phil Somers, he reiterated much from his earlier speeches in the day. Archambault emphasized the need in moving forward to work together to make progress in a number of areas, including increasing employment opportunities, creating more housing and health care initiatives, increasing support for elders living at home, protection of the environment, and creating more opportunities for youth and young adults. He ended by stressing the need for members of the party to come together to create a single united front. “Scott Reid will not be easy to get out in 2015 and we will need to use the newest technology and to reach out to younger voters. I think it is very feasible that we can win this riding. We have a great leader in Justin (Trudeau). We will build a great team and we will work hard together and I promise that I will do everything I can to beat Scott Reid in the next election,” Archambault said, to much applause. Phil Somers spoke next and thanked his family, his team and supporters. He congratulated Archambault for conducting such a “strong and positive campaign”. Somers geared his campaign to what he described as the issues that matter most to people in this riding, namely restoring democracy in Ottawa and said he enjoyed his campaign experience. He encouraged all of his volunteers and supporters to “get behind Archambault in order to win the riding in the 2015 election”. He spoke of the importance of signing up new party members as soon as possible and said that he is “so passionate about getting Stephen Harper out of Ottawa that he will continue to work hard to win this riding for the Liberals.” Following the announcement of his win, Archambault told me he felt that it was a tight race and that the vote could have gone either way. “I definitely know that I came from behind since I entered the race in February whereas Phil Somers had a two-year head start on me. Still, that being said, I had a good feeling from the start and knew that I had support and know that I worked hard for this.” Archambault said he feels confident about winning the riding in the upcoming 2015 federal election. “This is just the beginning. If we work hard and talk to people and put out the Liberal message I think that we will have a good chance to beat Scott Reid, who has been the MP is this riding for the last 14 years.” As far as celebrating his win, Archambault said that he would heading home, would talk with his wife and would be getting up early to make lunches for his young children. Basically he said he “would be getting back into the family routine and working full time”.
by Angela Bright The Denbigh Griffith Lions Club, formed in 1998, is part of Lions Clubs International, which is the world's largest service club organization. The Lions' motto is "We Serve" and our local Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities. The club, at a current count of 24 members, donates about $20,000 each year to a variety of projects and causes. One of the current major initiatives is to donate $25,000 over five years ($5000 per year) to the Lakelands Family Health Team (LFHT) in Denbigh. On Wednesday, October 22, at a club meeting, the official cheque presentation and most recent installment was presented to, and gratefully accepted by, Janice Powell of LFHT. Powell shared that while she was not intending to stay on for more than a few years, it has become her passion and she is now in year four with LFHT. Working to gain the services currently in place and others that may be realized down the road, has, and is her objective. This money is a part of how that happens and thus, patients have the opportunity to have more tests completed locally. The Denbigh Clinic serves the greater communities of Denbigh, Griffith, Matawatchan and the surrounding area, and has increased access to primary health care for residents of this remote and isolated area. Patients now have more access to a physician and nurses, as well as access to a nurse practitioner, a dietitian, a mental health counselor, and an advanced foot care specialist, in their home community. LFHT offers several programs (hypertension, diabetic, smoking cessation, Healthy You: Weight Management), and preventative care. Emergency care is also provided at the Denbigh site. As far as the fund raising end of things go, Lion Bill Shipley summed it up; “If it's not fun, it's no fun at all and not worth doing.” With the amount of money that has been raised for projects like the LFHT, the Lions are definitely having fun doing it.
by Valerie Allan Students and staff found their rhythm at high energy, fun workshops presented by Derek De Beers on Friday, October 17. Derek brought a large assortment of drums and other percussion instruments such as shakers, odd contraptions involving pedals and instruments, and basketballs. Students and staff learned from Derek that “You think you are drumming, but you are really doing mathematics. You are adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying. You are counting.” He added that mathematics is important in life, when people have to consider how much rent they pay, their hydro, their gas bill, etc. Teachers were very pleased that Derek highlighted the importance of mathematics. However, Derek also stressed that without the Arts, students’ “souls would wither and die.” Derek stated that students need a combination of the right brain and the left brain to be successful. Derek’s workshops were full of fun and drumming. One particularly amusing aspect was Derek’s assigning random names to students and teachers. Due to the very large numbers of participants, it would have been impossible for him to learn everyone’s name, so this was a clever way to still make a connection with the attendees. The workshop was made possible by a subsidy from the Crabtree Foundation, which subsidized the “Bboyizm” workshop held last year. Students and teachers both enthused over how much fun they had had, and several said they would love it if Derek were to come again