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Giving thanks and moving up at the North Frontenac Food Bank

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
There are lots of changes afoot at the North Frontenac Food Bank, both in the background and in public. The first is the ‘retirement’ of the longest serving Food Bank Volunteer, Alex McLeod. Alex first started volunteering for the Food Bank when it was closely tied to the Sharbot Lake Anglican Church and pastor Bruce Geddes. He also worked with Brenda Piatt, one of the early and longest serving directors of the Food Bank, all the way until the present day, a total of 24 years. A plaque was presented to him at a food bank board meeting last Wednesday (June 12). That same day was the last day of the year when the Granite Ridge Lakers Program students were scheduled to come in and…

Lake representatives gather for Lake Planning Seminar

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Under the initiative of the Canonto Lake Property Owners Association and the Township of North Frontenac, representatives of a dozen or so area lakes met at Clar-Mill Hall last Saturday for a Lake Planning seminar. “Lake plans do not hold any regulatory status,” said Alyson Symon of Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. “But policy is that planning authorities do look at development impact on a broad scale and in Provincial Policy Statements, lake plans are a resource you can use to form official plans.” Common issues considered include water levels, boating practices and impacts, development and redevelopment, she said. “Often, a lot of anecdotal information comes up,” she said. “It’s good to have a concrete document to bring up. “But all lake plans are different and…

North Frontenac exploring bricks and mortar seniors housing options

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
While there’s nothing concrete on the table yet, North Frontenac Council certainly has some interesting concepts to look at when it comes to seniors housing, many of which came to light at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. The speculative discussion stemmed from Frontenac County Council’s decision that funds available for seniors housing must be used for bricks and mortar solutions rather than North Frontenac’s stated preference to use the money to assist aging-at-home initiatives. “We need to do something this term of Council,” said Coun. John Inglis. “We don’t have to start a building.” “Why not buy a large house and renovate that into seniors apartments?” suggested Coun. Gerry Martin. “There’s a motel in Ompah,” said Coun. Denis Bedard. “That wouldn’t be far…
Building permit fees in North Frontenac have not changed since 2005, even though the building code has changed considerably, Chief Building Official Shawn Merriman told a public meeting last Friday at the North Frontenac Council Chambers in Plevna. “We have a lot more inspections now and with things like insulated concrete floors and radiant heating, there could be 18 inspections required for a large modern home,” Merriman said. “Fees were very complicated. “We need to change the bylaw to reflect what’s in the (building) code.” At the same time, the new bylaw will recognize that the fees for building a deck shouldn’t be the same as for a 1,500 square foot house, he said. “There will be a minimum charge of $80, whereas it used…

County rejects North Frontenac request

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council decided that instead of using their share of a $1.4 million Frontenac County housing fund as seed money for a new seniors housing project, they would seek permission to redirect the money in order to fund an aging at home strategy for North Frontenac Senior’s. In speaking to the proposal at a meeting of Frontenac Council on May 16, North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins referred to a recent survey of North Frontenac senior’s. “90% want to stay at home,” Higgins said, very few wanted the bricks and mortar at this time.We want to use funds for helping seniors live at home rather than a bricks and mortar solution.” The townships three- point plan for the funds includes developing supports for seniors the…

North Frontenac officially opens renovated Township office

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The days of moldy walls and electric heaters under employees’ desks at the North Frontenac Township building in Plevna are officially over. Last Saturday, they cut the ribbon on the newly renovated building. “When we did an analysis in 2015, we concluded that the working conditions in the building were no longer tolerable,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “Previous councils saw this coming and set up reserves. “Coun. Denis Bedard took the lead and we looked at various options including a new building, renovations with an addition and/or a new garage.” Higgins said the final cost of the building was $1.3 million with just over half of that coming from a loan and the balance from reserves. Higgins praised the work of contractors Guy Saumure and…

Lake planning seminar on June 2 in Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Canonto Lake Association is one of the few in North Frontenac to have undertaken the exercise of developing a lake stewardship plan for their lake. Bruce Moore, one of the architects of the Canonto Lake Plan, has a hand in promoting an seminar at the Clarendon and Miller Hall on June 2 that will provide an opportunity for anyone living on or near a lake to learn about what a lake stewardship plan is, how to work on one, and how lake plans play a key role in making sure that existing properties and new developments can co-exist with the natural processes that are necessary for a sustainable lake over time. “The Township of North Frontenac has recognised the role of lake plans within…

Russell DeCarle to perform at Snow Road Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Russell DeCarle is the kind of country music artist who connects as deeply with the Johnny Cash and Hank Williams as he does with Billy Holiday, Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills. The power and poetry of lyrics, melodies that swings and the emotions that are stirred up by the performance have kept him in the music business for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the 6 time Juno and 6 time Canadian Country Music Association award winning band, Prairie Oyster, and has played with musicians from across Canada since the late 1970’s. He is a musician, singer and songwriter who is bringing some of the music from his long career as well as material from his latest release, “Alone in this Crowd”…

Council urged to support postal banking services

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Postal banking would be one way of providing more services to rural postal areas, protecting rural postal outlets and providing banking outlets to communities who don’t have banks, Diane Mitchell, national campaign coordinator for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers told North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. “Banks are closing in rural municipalities,” she said. “We had banking at the Post Office until 1967.” In January of 2014, Canada Post began a program which planned for the removal of door-to-door mail deliver from all residential addresses across Canada, she said. “Between then and the 2015 federal election, 830,000 addresses lost home delivery,” she said. She said that CUPW has received broad support for expanded services at postal outlets including postal…

Revisions to North Frontenac Zoning Bylaw coming into stretch run

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac’s updated Zoning Bylaw has gone to the solicitor for comments and a ‘final’ draft should be provided to Council June 15, planner Tracy Zander told Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. From there, a public open house is scheduled for July 13 and a statutory public meeting and passing of the bylaw is expected sometime in August. “We’ve been working with the feedback we received at the last open house,” she said. “We received 20 comments or so. “Next we’ll be focusing on revisions to general provisions and definitions. “I think we’ll bring you a document that’s very special to your needs in North Frontenac.” Zander said hobby farms will be receiving a lot of attention, with the minimum lots…

Dark Sky Preserve Observation Pad season kicks off this Saturday evening

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:51  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Star Gazing Pad begins its 2018 series of events this Saturday (May 12) at dusk with The Realm of Galaxies. There should also be some good opportunities to view Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Astronomer-in-residence Gary Colwell says there are a number of new initiatives this year. “On May 12, I’ll be bringing a MallinCam video camera for live, in colour views of the planets and galaxies,” he said. “The MallinCam is specially designed to produce pictures so you get images that aren’t fuzzy.” This should be advantageous this weekend when viewing the Andromeda, Dumbbell, Sombrero, Whirlpool and/or M106 galaxies. (M106 has a very luminous core and was instrumental in the development of the theory that galactic centres are supermassive black holes.) The…

History Mystery Tour goes on despite power outage

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It was the history event that almost didn’t happen. After the windstorm last Friday night, power was out all over the north county, including Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna. For Brenda Martin, coordinator of the Clarendon and Miller Community Archives, this presented quite the challenge as the History Mystery Tour was scheduled for Saturday. “(On Saturday Morning) I chased a hydro guy down the road,” she said. “When he told me it could be some time before power was restored, I had to get Jason Lemke to bring over generators from the Township. “We usually have an annual event on the first Saturday in May.” By the time the doors opened at noon, everything was up and running on generator power. The ‘Tour’ consisted of a…

Council says no thanks to Mayor’s updates on One Small Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Mayor Ron Higgins’ involvement with One Small Township, the business concept being explored in North Frontenac, doesn’t seem to be sitting well with much of his Council, at least when he uses the ‘Mayor’ title when promoting and/or talking about it. The issue came up at last Friday’s regular Council meeting in Plevna, under the correspondence heading when Higgins presented council with an update. “I attended the Open House (at Clar-Mill Hall, two weekends ago) and left with the impression these are private businesses, albeit a little different ones,” said ouncillor Vernon Hermer. “This is getting far too much attention compared to other businesses.” “This was a way for me to update council,” Higgins said. “If you don’t want me to update, I won’t.” “You’ve…

IGNITE workshop sparks momentum for Infrontenac tourism operators

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Last week a group of tourism-related businesses from Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and Tweed immersed themselves in a three-day workshop to learn the principles of experiential tourism. The session was developed and hosted by Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) and called IGNITE. The workshop is intended to inspire tourism businesses to align with the motivations of their ideal customers and to collaborate more closely with others operating in their community. Brad Mastin of Pleasantview Lodge in Plevna was one of 19 participants. "Every business can create experiences for our customers that are unique to our area,” said Mastin. “If we look at our products and services in a different way, and market to the right customers, together we can make Frontenac a special place for…

Good crowd turns out to hear C & T North Frontenac presentation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A good-sized crowd turned out to Clar-Mill Hall Sunday afternoon to hear about progress being made on the One Small Township project in North Frontenac. The Contribute & Thrive and Talking Trees presentation featured several speakers including Duncan Spence who outlined the various projects underway along with the the concept of contributionism. Jocelyn Devillers, who runs a holistic health centre in Ottawa outlined the plans for the health centre component of the project which she said would include healing herbs, yoga and telemedicine aspects. “We hope to have doctors soon,” she said. Steve Richardson spoke on the apiary project and eco-tourism. “The apiary was the first investor project and was funded in 12 hours,” he said. “We plan to have 25 hives in year one…
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