Re: switchboard at Cloyne Pioneer Museum

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:15  |  Published in Letters
In an article published on August 4 re: the Cloyne Pioneer Museuam, they show a telephone switch board that had been donated by Ellery Thompson. I thought that the article would have mentioned that James and Kate Vogan of Northbrook had sold their telephone business to Ellery Thompson, and most likely this switch board had been the one that they had used for many years. I remember visiting the Vogans as a child and Mrs. Vogan would have to tend to the switching of calls. She would have to give up what she was doing to tend to the calls. It was really a night and day job. When the Vogans started their telephone business they had a total of 6 customers.

Re: Central Frontenac Buys Two School Properties

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:18  |  Published in Letters
I wonder how many are aware that a similar angry response (Ratepayer gets no satisfaction over former school purchases, Aug 25/16) was directed at Reeve Bill Harvey and his council 50 years ago when they used “tax payers dollars” to purchase the Sharbot Lake beach property. I wonder also how many are aware that 30 years ago we lost the opportunity to build a publicly funded seniors’ apartment because we were unable to provide a suitable property in the village. When seniors made it clear at a public meeting that an alternate site in the Village Woods was unacceptable, the provincial and federal funders abruptly cancelled the project. I believe that the school properties offer unique opportunities for the future of our community and I commend…

Re: Central Frontenac Buys Two School Properties

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:18  |  Published in Letters
In the recent Frontenac News there was a major article (Ratepayer gets no satisfaction over former school purchases, Aug 25/16)on Central Frontenac Council’s decision to purchase the closed public school buildings in Parham and Sharbot Lake and I could not but notice the rather disparaging tone of the article towards our Mayor Frances Smith. Ms. Smith and her council were elected to govern this municipality to the best of their ability for a four-year period. That principle of democracy is well established in Ontario as with the rest of the free world and it has served Ontarians well for a long time. My experience has been that on average, fair-minded and well-intentioned people run for and get elected to local councils each four years to…

County in the schoolhouse

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:23  |  Published in Letters
Perhaps this is overly simplistic, but County needs a new building and Central Frontenac appears to have too many buildings. The former schoolhouse in Parham is large, impressive looking with ample parking, near highway 38 and very central to the large majority of citizens of the Frontenac counties. Having County in Parham could bring economic benefits to that community. But moreover doing this would demonstrate that politicians do not always just waste taxpayers' money, but at times can save taxpayers' money. I encourage County and Central Frontenac to investigate this option. With respect to the idea of using the schoolhouse land in Sharbot Lake for a new retirement home, I would hope that the use of any more public land or funds to build another…

Re: Hartington subdivision debate coming to a head

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:48  |  Published in Letters
On August 23, the Township of South Frontenac held a special Council meeting to deal with the proposal to build a 13-lot subdivision in the tiny hamlet of Hartington (Hartington subdivision debate coming to a head, Aug 25/16). This meeting was followed the next day with a County Council meeting with the same purpose. This proposal surfaced about three and a half years ago, and has been discussed, studied and debated ever since. Residents of Hartington and the surrounding area banded together in opposition to this proposal. Our primary concern, from the beginning, has been our water. We have hired two preeminent experts to research the issue to see if we have reason to worry. The result of their efforts has been a resounding yes. We…

Thank to Neighbours and Fire Department

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:10  |  Published in Letters
On August 9, smoke was spotted rising up from the north east corner of our property on O'Reilly Lake by our neighbors, Brian Roberts and Jimmy Delyea. After a quick investigation of the scene they called fire department, who arrived in record time to our location. The fire fighters worked diligently and had the fire under control in short fashion. They continued to patrol the entire area to make sure that all hot spots were addressed. The fire chief as well as the fire fighters were very informative and reassuring. As a property owner it was nothing short of a relief to see how quickly and professionally the situation was handled. As frightening a situation as it is to receive a call that your property…

North Frontenac First Responders

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:08  |  Published in Letters
My husband Bud had a serious fall last weekend. We would both like to express our appreciation for the stellar actions of both the First Responders here in Mississippi, Snow Road and Robertsville and the ambulance crew and paramedics. Head injuries can cause strange behaviour and they patiently dealt with my husband's lack of awareness of the extent of his injuries and got him to the hospital in Perth. We only know Ken Gould and Beth Webster by name, but they can relay our gratitude to their colleagues and to themselves. Once again North Frontenac Fire and Rescue has gone above and beyond the call of duty. They deserve our thanks and continued support.  

Cats and Birds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:07  |  Published in Letters
A recent study by Environment Canada published in Avian Conservation and Ecology estimated that cats kill between 105 million and 308 million birds in a year (mid-point of 204 million). Pet cats accounted for about 38 percent of the total. Homeless or feral cats killed the rest. Cat predation is considered important in Canada in ten bird species that are at risk. Loss, Will and Marra published estimates of cat predation on birds in the USA. (Nature Communications 4, No. 1396, 2013) They estimated that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3 to 4.0 billion birds annually (plus 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals). Unowned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality. Their "rigorous data-driven" estimate of bird mortality by cats exceeds any…

Charity fish fry for Pine meadow

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:05  |  Published in Letters
The “friends of Pine Meadows Nursing Home” (Northbrook) would like to thank the community and seasonal visitors of Plevna and area for supporting our second Charity Fish Fry, held in Plevna on July 20, 2016. It was very gratifying to see the busload of 24 Pine Meadows senior residents and staff roll up to join us for the fish fry dinner. Feedback received from the guests indicated that the fish, chips, salads, beans and ice cream left all very full and satisfied. Even though the total numbers were down this year, we were able to donate for the Pine Meadows residents fund $1007.25 after the expenses of $1471 were deducted from the total proceeds. Projected expenses going up this year and rumours of hall charges…

How the unholy alliance trumped climate change in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:52  |  Published in Letters
It was noted in last week's Frontenac News (North Frontenac Council, Jul 28/16) that North Frontenac Township is amending its Official Plan in order to discourage windmills in North Frontenac and, instead, to encourage “specialty” and “artisanal” businesses. Supposedly, this is being done in order to protect the “unique landscape character” of North Frontenac. This effort, led by mayor Ron Higgins, is wrongheaded. It tries to satisfy the local grievances of an unholy alliance made up of NIMBYists, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and well meaning but naive and misguided naturalists about the aesthetics, costs, and environmental impacts of windmills. However, it ignores global warming, which is a much more serious threat to the landscape of North Frontenac since global warming will bring perils…

Re: The limits of municipal jurisdiction

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:57  |  Published in Letters
Dear Editor, In your editorial (The Limitsl of Municipal Jurisdiction, Aug 4/16), you stated, "… no one really wants to live next to a power plant of any type." You also made the point that we all share the electricity grid. But you did not address the geographic distribution of the demands for electricity. That could leave readers with the false belief that urbanites can create unlimited demands for electricity, and low-density population areas will be burdened with those generator plants that no one wants. Provincial elections will not enable those rural folks to change such an outcome. The relocation of the Oakville generator plant illustrates the political nature of the contest. But there was a case in 2001 in the municipality of Hudson, Quebec…

Re: The limits of municipal jurisdiction

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:01  |  Published in Letters
As you yourself state (Editorial, The Limitsl of Municipal Jurisdiction, Aug 4/16)), it is highly unlikely that a requirement for municipal mandatory support for wind turbine projects is going to be granted by the province to municipalities. So what is your point? You say that "lining up against the Green Energy Act is consistent with the economic development of the current council". It would appear that you have some problem with Mayor Higgins and the council of North Frontenac being consistent. Mayor Higgins and his council were elected to represent the people of North Frontenac. Until now, I was not aware that their ability to make such representation was limited. You titled the editorial, "the limits of municipal jurisdiction". However, the content of the editorial…

Re: The limits of municipal jurisdiction

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:03  |  Published in Letters
Many permanent and seasonal residents, as well as the tourists so vital to the North Frontenac economy undoubtedly disagree with Jeff Green's opinion (Editorial, The Limitsl of Municipal Jurisdiction, Aug 4/16) that it would be disastrous for the province to accede to mayor Ron Higgins' demand to make municipal support mandatory for industrial wind projects. While it may be a longstanding principle of confederation that energy policy fits under provincial jurisdiction, nothing is etched in stone and certainly the environmental blight of wind turbines and even solar farms was not envisioned by lawmakers at the time of confederation. Consider that it may be a violation of confederation principles for local government officials, particularly in rural areas, to merely stand aside as provincial and national lawmakers from…

Where is the passion for renewable energy?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:55  |  Published in Letters
I recently became aware of a campaign to stop the refurbishment of the hydro-electric facility on the Mississippi River in Almonte. I was struck by the passion shown by the opponents of this project. It is similar to the passion shown by opponents of wind projects in North Frontenac and adjacent municipalities as well as solar projects elsewhere. Often, people who are opposed to these projects are also very concerned about the environment and global warming. However, I am not aware of them passionately supporting renewable energy projects, which would help prevent global warming. How can we explain this passion against something but no passion in favour of something, especially when we have been told that global warming will have huge negative impacts on our…

Re: Closing Prince Charles Public School

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:52  |  Published in Letters
I disagree with you, Brenda Crawford (Letter to the editor, Re: Closing Prince Charles Public School, Jul 14/16). Prince Charles does not need to close at all. If school boundaries were enforced and all children who live in the Verona catchment area actually attended the school then all three schools (Prince Charles, Harrowsmith and Loughborough) would be around 80-90 percent capacity, no closures needed! As well a savings on bussing would happen also, as only 1 bus would be required for most roads instead of 2-3 servicing the other schools. When families look at buying homes in an area that should mean the school in that area is where you would attend. As to your comment about academic achievements, Prince Charles’ numbers are not a true representation of…

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