Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:13

Central Frontenac Minor Softball needs you!

Central Frontenac Minor Softball is looking for parents to step up to keep the association running!!! All positions are open for election.  If you are interested in nominating someone or would like to nominate yourself, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, contact information and the position you are running for by Feb. 28th.  The positions open are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Umpire in Chief and Area Reps - Sharbot Lake, Parham, Mountain Grove and Arden.  We will then be holding elections on March 23 at registration which is at Parham Fire Hall from 10am to noon.  Early registration will be open as of March 1st so be sure to get your registration in by the 23rd of March to avoid the $20 late fee.  If you are interested in coaching or helping coach, please make this known to a member or executive.  Registration fees are the same as last year.  If we had an email address for you on last year’s form then you may have already received your form by email.  If you haven't and would like to, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one will be sent to you.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:17

Remembering Ann Goodfellow

Last year when the word came out through the grapevine that Ann Goodfellow was not well, and this was followed by a difficult diagnosis and prognosis, it shook a lot of people in the Parham area and beyond. By the time she died last week (January 5th). It was not a surprise, but it was still difficult news for all of those who knew her.

Ann was a force in the community for many years. Many people knew Ann well, and she touched their lives. I knew her as an advertiser in the paper through the funeral home and Goodfellow’s Flowers shop that she used to run, but mostly I knew her in her role as a school board trustee.

She became involved with the school board by serving on the Parent Council at Hinchinbrooke Public School. Somewhere along the way, that involvement led her to run for the position of trustee, and she was elected or acclaimed every time she ran.

I saw a lot of her during the elections in 2006 and 2010. Because of the size of the territory she represented, she was invited to appear at all-candidates meetings in Central and North Frontenac and Addington Highlands, nine evenings over a three week period.

Each time she gave a 3-minute speech, and sat through a two hour meeting, rarely being asked any questions. In my recollection she never missed a meeting. Although it would not be true to say that she never complained about driving around the countryside after working all day, only to be ignored for two hours, but she always kept a sense of humour about it all. She ran four times, and served 14 years. The last four were the hardest but it was also the term where she made a lasting mark on the board and the community.

Ann was nervous during the 2010 election, much more so than in 2006. The PARC (Program and Accommodation Review Committee) that resulted in the construction of Granite Ridge Education Centre in Sharbot Lake, was underway. Ann was committed to seeing it through before stepping away from the board, and that's why she felt it really mattered that she get re-elected.

She won the election and spent the next two years playing a pretty delicate role. She had to stand by the board at public meetings, as parents learned their community schools were destined for closure and blamed her for it, while advocating for the interests of those same families behind the scenes. And all within the confines of a prescribed, bureaucratic process. It was clear early on that her own Hinchinbrooke School in Parham, where her kids had attended and where she got involved with the board in the first place, was destined to close. It also became clear early in the process that the new school was going to be built in Sharbot Lake, and not in Parham. Whatever she felt about that reality, Ann never let on, ever the realist.

However, when all was said and done, not only was Clarendon Central in Plevna maintained, which was not a surprise because of the distances involved, but Land O’Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove stayed open as well. And the Granite Ridge build was funded.

The Frontenac News article about the final PARC report that confirmed all of this, revealed a bit of the pressure Ann had been facing.

The final paragraph of the article reads like this: “... a relieved Ann Goodfellow made reference to the stress this has caused for her as a community member and a school board trustee as the prospect of multiple school closings was being considered. She said, “This is good. Now I don't have to move.”

Ann was convinced, even before the whole process got underway, that the only way to secure the future of education in what the Limestone Board calls “the North”, was to have a new school built. She knew it would cost more than the board could really afford or could easily justify to the Ministry of Education, which was fixated on a cost per pupil ratio for all of their expenditures.

She took a lot of pride in the role she played in getting Granite Ridge built. She played that role with a combination of discretion and commitment, patience and good will, and it took a toll. When I phoned her in January of 2014, a week after Granite Ridge had opened, to ask if she was going to run for Trustee again, she laughed pretty hard and long before getting one word out. NO!

She was certainly ready to return to working with her husband David at Goodfellows Funeral Home and enjoying the rural life that she loved, a future that only lasted four years instead of the twenty or thirty 30 that she had been hoping for.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08

Rotary Cash Calendar

Local Rotary Clubs from Kingston, Napanee and Frontenac are selling the 2019 Rotary Cash Calendars this month. The $20 calendars are similar to other calendars in featuring scenes from Kingston and Frontenac County (many of the photos in the calendar are the work of Inverary-based photographer Joe Furtado)

Purchasers of the calendars are also eligible for daily draws throughout the year, each of which carries a cash prize, ranging from $25 on regular days, to $500 on special holidays. There are a total of $15,000 in cash prizes available, and no more than 3750 calendars are sold.

Rotary has deep roots in Frontenac County. It is one of the founding organisations behind the RKY Camp on Eagle Lake in Parham, (RKY stands for Rotary/Kiwanis/YMCA) and has an active membership from South Frontenac.

The Sydenham High School Music Program is also selling the calendars as a fundraiser for their program, and the calendars are available at the school. In addition to Sydenham High School, the calendars are available at Ormsbees Mercantile, The Sunbury General Store, Inverary Pharmasave, at Sydenham Farm and Pet Supply and Willow Agriservices Ltd.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54

The bell ringers of Parham

Did you hear them?  Songs from the "Second World War  Era" played softly, while the bells tolled out in the clear night sky...well 69 times, unfortunately the rope broke, we had to improvise by borrowing Will & Melody Cooke's "Hand held Hug" Bell.  These bell chimes were rung to remind all of the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War... the Great One, Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, hoped that bells all across Canada as well as in Mons, Belgium, the final town liberated by the Canadian Corps in 1918, would ring out loud and clear on the night of Nov. 11.  The joy and relief that must have been felt when the war ended, after a war that was so bloody and destructive with so many lives lost. Many of the dead were so very young.

Chris Bertrim started the service with prayers as Doris Campsall lit candles, symbolizing the lives lost and the hope for peace evermore.  Each of the 5 bellringers rang the bell for 20 times, for a total of chime for every year.  Gordon Bertrim, rang the bell in memory of his Father Private James (Jim) Bertrim of the 146 battalion.  Donna Fox rang the bell in memory of her grandfather Private John (Jack) Campsall of the 20th Canada Infantry.  Bernie Quinn pulled the bell for the Volunteer fire fighters Keith Steele had the honour of ringing it for the Parham United as did May Walton for the Parham Free Methodist Church.  The service ended in prayer led by Pastor Ken Walton.  He prayed for all those who had served in the Canadian Forces and for all those who continue to defend the peace and freedom we enjoy today and asked that the bodies, minds and souls of those who have been wounded in their efforts be healed.

There were some interesting conversations before and after the service. Gordon Bertrim is the last survivor of the list of veterans on the Tichborne United Church's roster (there is no roster in the Parham United Church) Mary Howes’ inlaws (Earl & Eva Howes) had donated the bell to the church.  Donna Fox and Chris Bertrim called their Grandfather "Poppy".  Keith remembered hearing of his uncle Clifford Steele being made Sargeant just days before he was killed.  Will & Melody Cooke reminisced about Mel's father, Art Goodfellow, going to the Remembrance Day services with his comrade Ken Hollywood.  Dan Hayes, grandson of Ed Hayes who was a veteran, volunteered to fix the bell.  Don Ball, son of Gordon Ball, also a veteran who recently passed away, rode his bike to the service, from Ball Point.  Also in attendance as well as those mentioned above were John & Michael Morrow.  A big thank you to Mary Howes who organized this service. Coffee and sweets ended the evening. 

"May we Always Remember"


Even though the quote for renovations to Piccadilly Hall came in about $1,900 over the budgeted amount of $34,000, Central Frontenac Council voted to go ahead with the project at its regular meeting Tuesday night at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake.

And it also agreed to kick in an additional $1,600 to have the heaters rewired so they can be operated from a wall-mounted control at the recommendation of acting Chief Building Official Alan Revill.

Revill told Council that the lowest bid came from Wemp & Smith at $35,898 to strip out lathe & plaster, replace windows, replace deteriorated framing, reinsulate walls and apply new drywall and trim. The other bid, from Men in White Designed Interiors, was $46,095.40.

Revill said he has worked with Wemp & Smith many times in the past.

Revill said that, during the tender process, it was noted that an electrician would be required to disconnect the electric baseboard heaters prior to removing the wall surfaces and as such, he recommended that this would be a good opportunity to improve the heating system as well.

“Those heaters are currently controlled by individual unit thermostats located on the baseboard at the floor level,” Revill said. “So there is often uneven heating and there are risks that a unit may be accidentally left on.

“The CBO is recommending to have an electrician from our vendor of record list rewire the heating units to be controlled by wall-mounted thermostats (which will be) much easier to control heating of the building and more convenient for users.”

Used truck on order
Council approved purchasing a used single-axle 5-ton plow truck along with two additional sanding units and other miscellaneous items to take on the 40 additional kilometers of roads the Public Works department will be responsible for clearing this winter after the Township decided not to tender out two areas.

Works garage renovation ‘fell through the3 cracks”

In 2018, $80,000 was budgeted to renovate two public works garages but the work was not begun this year.

Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey said he’d support the move but was disappointed and surprised that the renovations “fell through the cracks.

“I feel it’s important for employee moral to have a decent lunchroom and kitchen,” he said.

“That will be in the budget for next year,” said Mayor Frances Smith.

Selling tanker
Council approved declaring a tanker from the Arden station surplus and being sold. Dep. Fire Chief Jamie Riddell said Arden still has one large tanker and a smaller one which should be sufficient.

“The big thing is cost,” said Mayor Frances Smith. “It’s reached the point do I fix it or not.”

New shed for Mountain Grove rink
Council approved $6,000 for the purchase of an 8’ X 14’ storage shed (with insulation, lights and heat) for the District 2 (Olden) rink in Mountain Grove.

The District 2 rec committee had been using the old fire building to store equipment but the fire department has said it also needs the building for storage.

Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey said he’d received an email from the treasurer saying that the money would likely come out of the year-end budget surplus.

“It’s always been understood that it would be part of the rec committee’s budget but at any rate, they won’t be asked to fundraise for it,” said Mayor Frances Smith.

Road 38 to close for parade
Council approved closing Road 38 from Elizabeth Street north to Elizabeth Street South Dec. 1 for its annual Santa Claus Parade.

Fire Chief Greg Robinson expressed some concern over liability in the case of an emergency with respect to response time.

“I’ve been doing these parades for 30 years and there’s never been an emergency,” said Mayor Frances Smith. “Although I’m not saying it couldn’t happen.”

Coun. Bill MacDonald expressed similar sentiments.

Smith said the annual Tichborne to Parham Santa Claus Parade will be replaced this year by a children’s party at the fire hall, likely Dec. 2.

Road 38 will be closed through Sharbot Lake from about 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Construction value to flirt with $10 million mark

With construction value for the year to date at $9,020,226, acting CBO Alan Revill described as a “robust” year in building activity. This compares with $7,991,860 through

the first ten months of 2017 and $7,386,759 through the first ten months of 2016.

“This includes single family units and things like garages and decks,” Revill said.

Permit fees are also up to $126,857, bringing the building department closer to breaking even.

“This shows good growth over three years and is a positive thing for the community,” said Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey.


Like many 16-year-olds, Jessica Wedden has a summer job. Maybe you’ve seen her work. She plays the fiddle and step-dances.

Unlike most teens however, Wedden has been doing this job since she was 10 (about a year since she first started playing the fiddle) and she keeps getting busier and busier. There’s a reason for that — she can really play that fiddle.

“Last year, I did about 50 gigs,” she said. “I think I’ve done 53 already this year.”

Not bad for somebody that’s just going into Grade 11 this fall.

Last Saturday, she had a gig at the Parham Fair with frequent collaborator Reilly Donnelly. That’s after she’d already played Roots on the Clyde earlier in the day with Shawn McCullough.

Now, most people probably didn’t notice, but she was wearing a sleeve on her left arm.

It turns out that her rigorous practice schedule has left her with strains in both forearms.

“The left one’s a bit worse,” she said. “But it’s OK, I’ll just have to rearrange my practising for awhile.”

Undaunted, even at 16, she’s a seasoned performer who found a way to adapt to this temporary setback.

And most audience members probably didn’t notice any difference in her performance, other than her letting her bandmates take on more of a lead role.

“It’s only affected three shows,” she said. “And all of the organizers were OK with me playing more of a backup role when we explained it to them.”

She’s even worked in a way to turn this minor setback into building up her musical chops.

“I’ve been taking singing lessons,” she said. “I’ve been enjoying working on singing backup with Shawn and Reilly.”

It’s all part of the learning process.

At this point, she still looks at music “as more of a hobby”, but she definitely would like to do it for a living when school is done, perhaps as a music teacher, perhaps maybe a little more.

“I’m still expanding — jamming,” she said. “There’s an artist development program mentioned that I’d like to look into.

“I’ve looked at music programs after high school like the one at St. Lawrence, but a teacher told me they’re more oriented towards becoming a technician.”

And performing, so far at least, is where Wedden shines.

“I might go touring after high school,” she said. “That would be a lot of fun.”

But for now, she’s just enjoying the process, taking inspiration and picking up all aspects of learning music wherever she can.

“I was lucky enough to take a fiddle workshop with (Canadian and U.S. national fiddle champion) Shane Cook,” she said. “And of course, I wouldn’t be here without (her fiddle teacher) Cindy Thompson.”

And she’s still learning.

“I love playing with Jon McLurg,” she said. “He’s so laid-back and kind of quiet, but I’ve learned a lot from him.”

Wedden still has a pretty full fall schedule before winding things down as the school year gets back into full swing. For a listing of where to hear her perform, visit

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31

Don’t miss the Parham Fair this weekend

The end of summer brings many things, and one of them is the 126th annual Parham Fair, which takes place this weekend, August 18th and 19th, at the Parham Fairgrounds. This year brings new features; Blackrock Climbing’s Obstacle Course, Jumpy Castle, and Cross-Fit Tower. Its not the only way to have some friendly competition with your friends and neighbours – the weekend is filled with events for everyone.

For the kids, a Parham Fair weekend wouldn’t be complete without the egg toss and the pie eating contest. Sure, you might get a little messy, but victory is sweet, and this might be your year. There are many other games to compete in as well. On Sunday’s pet show, show off your dog, cat, or anything you call a pet. Many kids around Parham are spending this week with nets trying to catch the fastest jumping frogs for the Frog Jumping Contest. As memories serve, this is a finely tuned balance of species, size, and instinct! Of course, others are completing their crafts and baking for the Palace competition, right alongside their parents and grandparents.

The Palace shows off all the talent our community has to offer – everything from cookies, and quilts, photography to giant zucchinis. The judging wraps up around noon on Saturday, and a line-up can be seen for anxious competitors waiting to see who has come out on top this year! If you have always thought about entering – this is your year. Memberships can be purchased at Hope’s General Store for $10, which covers all entries. Items for the Palace need to be dropped off at the fairgrounds between 5 -8pm on Friday evening. If you still haven’t purchased your membership, you can also do it when you drop off your exhibits.

The Cattle Show begins bright and early on Saturday. Even if you know nothing about cows, its pretty fun to try and pick the winners. Everyone has worked very hard with their animals to prepare them for the event, and its great to see their hard work pay off. In the afternoon, stick around for the Horse Draw. Choose your favourite team and cheer them on, as the weight is added and added again. Maintaining and training these horses is a labour of love, and watching them work together is always wonderful.

For those new to agriculture, or if you just like seeing farm animals up close, the Livestock Exhibit is located next to the Palace. It features many of the animals raised on the Tryon family farm as well as poultry from Treegap Farm. There will also be someone there to tell you about the animals all day.

New to the fair this year is a Silent Auction and Toonie Raffle. Generous craftspeople and business owners have donated many Community finds honour and strength in traditions such as plowing match by Catherine Reynolds items to bid on. Visit the Fair’s Facebook page to see some of the lots that are being offered and come visit the Palace, on Saturday, to place a bid or play. All proceeds from both events go to the Parham Agricultural Society and will contribute to next year’s fair.

Live music is always a staple at the fair. This year, the music starts at 3:30 and features the talents of several local artists. First in the line-up is folk singer Chris Morris, who performs original work as well as a wide range of popular musicians from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan. Next up is local favourite fiddle sensation Jessica Wedden, who will be performing with Reilly Donnelly, a talented young country and rock musician. Rounding out the musical line-up is local band After the News, with their folk-rock set. Featuring band members Lee Casement, James Robert Young, Shaun Weima, & Mike Verner, it’s going to be a great way to close down Saturday night at the fair.

Sunday at the fair brings the much-loved Demolition Derby. Run for the second year by Dave Cox and Mitch McVeigh, it features four different classes of automotive destruction. Always a popular event, the entire day of the fair is devoted to the Derby.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:30

Get ready for the Fair

The Parham Fair is coming up again – and the 126th has a few changes in store. Midways have always been a staple at country fairs, but in recent years, this has started to change. Rising costs in fuel and insurance have made it very difficult for midway companies to attend small events. Last year, this resulted in the demise of the annual Verona Jambouree, so it wasn’t a surprise to the Parham Agricultural Society when they learned a midway wouldn’t be possible for this year’s fair. But the show must go on! Vice President Carol Wagar was determined to provide an alternative, so on Saturday of this year’s fair, Parham will see the addition of Blackrock Climbers, which has something for all ages. There will be a rock-climbing wall (6+), a giant jumpy castle for the kids, and a bungee run obstacle course competition to compete with your friends and family. It’s a place to burn off some energy, and perhaps settle some friendly bets!

Just as our community is changing, the fair has to change too. As country fairs all over the province are fading away, the Parham Fair is determined to remain a vibrant celebration of agriculture and community in Central Frontenac. The history that it represents for our area is irreplaceable – in fact, it is the last fair remaining in Frontenac County. This history makes it worth protecting. The first fair took place at the Funeral Home, with homemade quilts hung to disguise the coffins. Although that has changed (phew!), otherwise the Parham Fair is much as it always has been: A weekend to celebrate the end of haying season, a chance to see your neighbours, and maybe show off your pie-baking abilities or that new heifer. It is the hope of the Parham Agricultural Society that these core elements will stay the same for another 126 years.

All proceeds taken from the gate and all events go right back to the Parham Agricultural Society to produce next year’s Fair. If you would like to volunteer at the fair, or as an organizer for next year, you can message on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you August 18 and 19 at the Parham Fair!


The Arden Legion is nearing completion of a book regarding local men who enlisted, fought, and sometimes died in World War One.

November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war and is our projected date for completion.

We have access to a lot of the military records of these men and where possible we are including all the personal background we can gather.

If you have more information, photographs and family details if possible on the following soldiers, please call either Malcolm Sampson at 613-335-3664 or the Arden Legion at 613-335-2737 and leave your number.

Ernest Barker, Arden - His middle name could have been either Enoch or Enick. He was born on May 9, 1898 to Britton and Florence Barker. He was only 17-1/2 years old when he enlisted in 1915. At one point military records indicate an address in Rochester, New York, USA. He served in England and France and was discharged January 29, 1919.

T. Beverly, Mountain Grove - He is thought to be Thomas James Beverly, born 1876 in Odessa. He served in World War 1 and his next of kin was Clara, his wife. His father was John Beverly and records indicate at least 2 children; Margaret Victoria Beverly and Thomas Edgar Beverly. After the war the family lived in the Mountain Grove area.

F. Dawson, Mountain Grove - His name is on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. it is thought that we are looking for a James Garnet Dawson born 1895 and who died in 1982. His wife was Emma Jan Uens and that they had a son called Donald. No military records have been found.

Robert Stanley Delyear, Harlowe - Was born March 19, 1897 at Harlowe to William and Hannah Delyea and the family had moved to the Arden area by 1917 when he enlisted. He served overseas and was discharged in 1919. He had 2 sisters, E. May Delyea and Ida Bell Delyea.

R. Flyn, Mountain Grove - Shown on Mountain Grove Cenotaph. Could be Roger Stanley Flynn or Herbert Russell Flynn. Both were born in Mountain Grove and both moved out west. We are unable to locate any military records for Roger and the records for Herbert Russell Flynn give no indication that other than being born in Mountain Grove he had any other connection.

Dow Frazer, Arden - He is listed at the Arden Village Hall. Military records show various combinations of Fraser Frazier, and Frazer with first names of Oscar and Osker but the middle name is always Dow. He shows 2 next of kin; William Henry Fraser of Harlowe and Jacob Miller Fraser also of Harlowe. He served overseas and was discharged February 21, 1919.

William Ashley Godfrey - Went by the name of "Ash" was born September 3, 1894. His parents were possibly Wilson and Rodie or Rhoda Godfrey. He is shown on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. He married Keitha Hartwick and they are thought to have moved to Newburgh and retired there.

William Herbert (Herbie) Gray, Mountain GroveWas born in Maberly on August 29, 1893. His was Pearl and he was 24 years old when he enlisted In 1917. He did get to England but it is unclear if he served in France. He returned to Canada in July 1919 and was discharged.

J. Hawley Mountain Grove - Is listed on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. We are unable to locate any military or family history with only the initial “J” to go by. Any help would be appreciated.

Okeland Alexander Hayes, Mountain Grove - Was born June 22, 1896 In Mountain Grove. His dad was William Hayes. When he enlisted in February 1916 he gave his occupation as a cheese maker. He served in Canada, France and England and was discharged in January/February 1919. He ls thought to have lived in the Village of MacLean between Mountain Grove and Parham.

Donald Bruce MacDonald, Mountain Grove - Was born In 1894 and died In 1969. After the war he married Nora Gray and they ran the General Store In Mountain Grove. He was also post master from 1931 to 1945. They had 5 boys. We have been unable to locate any military records but this could be because of the combinations of first and middle names and different spellings of the surname.

S. Mills, Mountain Grove - On the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. The only S. Mills we can find relates to a Silas or Siles Mills from the Flinton area with no known connection with the Arden/Mountain Grove area. It is possible that the S. Mills we are searching for was the son of one, William Mills and married an Amanda Knight.

Rockwell Newton, Arden - There are 2 possible birth dates, February 9, 1883 or December 7, 1878. His parents were Elisha Newton and Hannah Jane Knight. He enlisted April 15, 1918 and served in England and France. He was discharged May 16, 1919.

Calvin Shorts, Mountain Grove - Was born July 23, 1894 in the Mountain Grove area. When he enlisted in December 1915 he had a wife, Sarah, and was employed as a labourer.

Maurice Thompson, Arden - Was born August 15, 1899 to James Wilson Thompson and Sarah Detlor. He was only 17 years old when he enlisted. After the war he lived in Toronto for a while and then moved to Elm Tree where he had a small store and post office. He married Pearl Guernsay in 1920.

Wellington Thompson, Arden – Was born June 15, 1896. His parents were Wilson Thompson and Levia Godfrey. He had a sister, Pearl, who later moved to America and brothers George, Oscar and James.

Coleman Vanness - Is thought to have been born around 1873. He enlisted in 1916 and at that time gave no next of kin and claimed to be an orphan. He enlisted and took his medical in Arden.

Louis Manley Vanness, Arden - Was born in Arden October 7, 1895. His mother was Effie Eustace; his father Marshall Vanness. The family is thought to have lived in the Dead Creek/Bordenwood area. He married twice, to Sarah Evalina Hartin and later to Ethel Vanness, the widow of Peter Vanness, his uncle. After the war he lived in the Northbrook area.

Marshall Vanness - Was the father of Louis Vanness. Marshall was born in 1870 in Camden Township and moved to the Arden/Bordenwood area some time prior to 1916.

J. Veley, Mountain Grove - is shown on the Mountain Grove Cenotaph. We can find no military records for a J. Veley from Mountain Grove but we found a John Veley of Hinchenbrook. We need to locate family members to verify we have the correct persons researched.

Hardy Veley, Dead Creek - Was born at Dead Creek May 8, 1875 and was living in Mountain Grove in 1916. He enlisted twice in 1916 when he gave his next of kin as Alphaeus Veley, his brother. He was discharged in 1917 with heart problems. He re-enlisted and this time gave his next of kin as Mrs. Asselstine of Mountain Grove.

Milton Veley, Dead Creek - Was born at Dead Creek May 19, 1894. His mother was Mrs. C. Veley. He enlisted January 1916 and at that time was a farmer and single.

Edward Wood, Kennebec Twp. - Was born to William and Hannah Wood on March 9, 1886 in Kennebec Township. He enlisted and took his medical in Arden and gave his mother as his next of kin.

Oscar Wood, Arden - is shown on the Arden Hall Plaque. The only Oscar Wood we could find records for enlisted in Saskatchewan but was born in Arden March 4, 1897 to Charles and Rosanna Wood.

Erving Woodcock - (Could be Irving). Was born September 22, 1893 to Manson Woodcock and Hester Ann Parks. He married Louisa or Louise Hart who had 2 daughters by a previous marriage. Gladys, who married Gordie Woodcock of Elm Tree and Beatrice who married Claude Parks. Erving is thought to have had a brother Elmer who lived near Northbrook.

Any information at all will help. Thank you


The Frontenac OPP investigated a complaint about a man who approached children during a ball practice at the Parham ball field on May 20.

“After our investigation, no charges were laid,” said OPP constable Roop Sandhu of the Frontenac OPP.

The incident took place while parents and grandparents were watching their kids at a practice.

A man, who identified himself as Ryan, parked his car near the field, exited the car and asked for a glove. He went on to the field and acted as if he was a coach.

Janet Freeman, who was at the field, said the man “was funny and very interactive with the children, but after a while one of the children reported that he had told her he loved her and that she shouldn’t tell anyone that he had said that.”

Freeman then approached a coach and asked her if she had hired the man to come and help out.

“When she said that she did not know the man, I realised he was not connected to anyone at the field, and we told him to leave, and he did.”

The police were called immediately and the man was known to them.

Sandu said the OPP had not prepared a press release about the incident because there is “no future threat to the public in this case.”

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