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After Fire Chief Eric Korhonen and consultant Terry Gervais completed a power point presentation of how they intended to go about drafting the 2017 Master Fire Plan, North Frontenac Council was pretty specific about what it didn’t want - an expensive and complicated document.The presentation came at North Frontenac Council’s regular meeting last Friday morning in Harlowe. “I guess I have one concern that this is ballooning into a huge project,” said Coun. John Inglis. “We had looked at some fairly simple document.“What will this cost? Are we getting into too much detail?”“I don’t see the cost becoming too exorbitant,” said Korhonen.“There’s a huge potential pitfall there,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “We tried this before.“We had too much input and ended up getting nothing.”“You’re absolutely…

A son pays tribute to his father

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Corin Raymond brings his Bookworm monologue to Snow Road Station and performs songs from his latest album Corin Raymond is a Toronto based singer-songwriter who has performed locally on occasion over the last ten years, most recently at the Blue Skies Music Festival last summer. He has recorded four albums since 2001, including the double album Paper Nickels which was funded entirely with Canadian Tire Money. His most recent recording, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, was released in the spring of 2016 and was nominated for a Juno award in the contemporary roots music category. The award went to Earthly Days by William Prince. Raymond has always been a literary kind of songwriter, often making songs that have both a narrative and a poetic bent. In…

NAEC surpasses Terry Fox goal

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:22  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
NAEC students turned out in force on Thursday, September 28, to raise money in the annual Terry Fox Run. Student’s Council set a goal of $2,500 in sponsorships. The money has all been collected, and the final tally comes to $3,019.25 – over $500 higher than the goal.As well as obtaining sponsorships, 48 students and staff bought Terry Fox T-shirts, which also contributed to the fundraising. Ms. Shepherd’s class won free breakfasts for raising the most Secondary money, while Ms. Dunham’s class won free sundaes for being the top Elementary earners.Greg Garey, Alexus Wagner, Henry Hasler, Raistlin Lloyd, Avery Gaylord, and Maggie Hasler raised $100 or more each. “We are very proud that our little school was able to meet and exceed an ambitious target,”…

It was a beautiful weekend for the North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:56  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Nestled into Ridge Lane near Ardoch, where a group of cottages front on Malcolm Lake, you’ll find Red Dragon Studio and Gift Shop, where Cathy Owen displays her watercolours, stained glass, mixed media, sculpture soaps and beauty products.This was Studio 10 on this year’s North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour and the fourth time Owen has participated in the annual event. “It’s a little quieter this year, other years have been much busier,” she said on Saturday morning. “But there are 24 artisans this year and it’s a big area.“The weather has certainly been a blessing.” It was indeed a beautiful fall Saturday. And that allowed Owen to bring many pieces outside for display, a space she spared with her daughter, Wendy Clement, who was…

35 years of fire fighting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:51  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
If the firefighting thing doesn’t work out, Stan Seitz may have a future in speech writing as his reception of a 35-year service pin produced one of the better acceptance speeches in municipal awards history. “It started out in this very room (in the Ompah fire hall/community hall) in 1980,” he said. “That door there led to the outhouse. “There was an old woodstove and firefighters were expected to bring a log or two for meetings. “We had no truck, no equipment, no uniforms . . . but we had spirit. “We saw it as our job to make somebody who was having a very bad day feel a little bit better. “I feel I should warn the Mayor and Council — it’s going to…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:39  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council decided at its regular meeting Friday in Ompah that it was sometimes OK to have two cottages on a property temporarily, as long as the original one is slated for demolition. In 2011, Sarah Whittaker bought a property with and old cottage on it which she wanted to demolish once a new cottage was built. Whittaker currently teaches in Dubai and wanted to get started on the new cottage but was told recently that she couldn’t get a building permit until the old cottage came down. Charlene Cottle represented Whittaker (who is in Dubai) and told Council this presented several hardships for Whittaker. “She’s already hired a contractor and they want to lay the foundation this fall,” Cottle said. “They’d also like…

Ompah ATV run attracts 500+ riders

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Generally speaking, in the 10 years the volunteers have been holding ATV run fundraisers in Ompah, the beginning of summer event is usually busier than the end of summer one. But this year the trend was reversed with about 545 riders registered, said one of the organizers, Lindy Hay.Perhaps it was because of the nice weather. “It’s ridiculously hot and there are blackflies and mosquitos,” Hay said. “But then, I’m a winter girl. “The riders seem to be happy.” “A little light rain last night would’ve made a world of difference, but it’s still wonderful,” said rider Brent Lightbody, who came from Smiths Falls.But it seems that for most people these days, just getting out on the trails with their ATVs is a fun thing…

Saturn the big star at last Saturday’s star party near Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:13  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
About 50 people showed up to the Sky Pad near Plevna Saturday night where the planet Saturn was the main attraction. “This is a good night because you don’t always get to see Titan (Saturn’s largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system after Jupiter’s Ganymede),” said Alex Dolnycky, who was visiting from the North York Astronomical Association.It was also timely as the Cassini spacecraft ended its mission by burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere Sept. 15, the night before the star party. Dolnycky said Saturn is especially interesting for him because another Saturnian moon, Enceladus, is covered in ice that is thought to cover a subsurface ocean and as such could be a good candidate for harboring primitive life. Dolnycky lectures on…

4th Annual North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It’s time for the annual North Frontenac Back Roads Studio tour! This is the tour’s 4th year, and takes place on the last weekend of September. This is Sept 30th /Oct 1st in 2017. More Artists than ever are participating. The tour’s great success has brought almost all of last year’s artists and artisans back, and 5 or 6 more have joined. 24 artists will be displaying their work in 15 different studios locations. Several of the new artists are located on the 506 end of the tour, near Cloyne, which will give some new territory for visitors to explore. Many visitors make the tour an annual event. As well as seeing the new work of your favourite artists, there will be new ones to…

MVCA Says No To Residents Crossing Dam On Shabomeka Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:23  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Unless the Ministry of Natural Resources has some potential solution, residents on Shabomeka Lake that have been using the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority dam to access their properties will have to find alternate access, North Frontenac Council heard at its regular meeting last week in Harlowe.Lake resident Brad Pound appeared at Council representing 48 cottagers. “As cottagers who purchased properties on the west side of the lake, we have historically been able to access our properties via the water or by crossing the control dam on foot, snowmobile or ATV,” Pound said. “A few years ago, MVCA put bollards in place restricting ATV and snowmobile access. “This has forced cottagers and service providers such as Hydro One to cross through the stream below the dam…

Corvus & Me Continues With Third Young Adult Novel

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:15  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Snow Road author Joelle Hubner-McLean was at the Snow Road Community Hall Saturday to sign copies of her novel Corvus & Me: The Indigenous Spirit, the third in her Corvus & Me series.“In this latest one, the protagonist, Janine, along with Corvus (the Crow) and Right Whisper, struggle to preserve the forest and save it from the evil Phantom Faeron,” she said.Hubner-McLean, a former teacher with a background in indigenous studies, said the series is “semi-autobiographical” and came from an incident one winter in her youth.“I was looking at a tree and saw a face in it,” she said. She said there is a lot of the spirit world, based on Native studies, and it’s “full of metaphors.”“There are a lot of messages in there…

Ardoch Lake spawning bed renewal project

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
MALLA  (Malcolm and Ardoch Lakes Landowners Association) started up a Walleye spawning bed enhancement project on the two lakes back in 2008. Enhancements took place on Malcolm Lake between 2008 and 2010 but then the program was suspended. The Junior Rangers, who had helped with the physically demanding work of loading and unloading tons of washed river stone, were no longer available after the Junior Range program was cancelled, and project funding also became harder to find. Dan Weber, who chairs the fisheries committee at MALLA, wondered if plans to enhance two spawning beds on Ardoch Lake would ever come to fruition. Then, early this year things began to fall into place. The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) had money available. While MALLA…

New, less confusing namefor Rural Frontenac Community Services

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:16  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
For many summers now, Northern Frontenac Community Services (NFCS) has invited the community to a barbecue at Oso Beach. It’s generally been a low-key affair, designed to foster community spirit and spend an enjoyable afternoon featuring some local entertainment. It draws a crowd every year, and this year was no exception, as over 300 parents and senior’s lined up for a chicken and fresh corn dinner from Cota’s Mobile catering while kids played games and ate watermelon that was being offered up by NFCS staff. This year’s affair had a little twist — NFCS is now RFCS, Rural Frontenac Community Services. And they chose the barbecue to unveil a banner and introduce the new name to the public.“Northern Frontenac Community Services will continue to be…

Theatre camp performs original musical at RFCS annual barbecue

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:13  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
For the first time ever, and as a Canada 150 project, North Frontenac Little Theatre held a theatre camp this summer. All they really needed was a place to perform.“Louise (Moody) said ‘why not piggyback onto our barbecue’ and we said ‘sure,’” said artistic director Brian Robertson, who organized the camp with help from Andrea Dickenson.Thirteen students participated in two weeks of three-hour afternoons as part of the theatre camp, Robertson said.And of course, once you’ve done all that rehearsing, you want a place to perform. “So, I ‘borrowed’ a number of different stories floating around and localized them,” Robertson said.The result was Way Back in Oso Township (& Kennebec), which ostensibly tells a tale of pioneer life in the area. (The scenes featuring the…

“Neverending story” on Mayor’s plans just won’t seem to go away

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:57  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It appears that much of North Frontenac Council has heard enough about Mayor Ron Higgins innovative and imaginative theories about how the Township might evolve. However, when the topic arose from Business Arising Out of the Minutes at last Friday’s regular Council meeting in Ompah, it also appeared at least one councilor still had a few things to say.First, to recap, the Mayor has been researching some contemporary technologies (on his own, not as head of Council) which he believes can be successfully adapted to North Frontenac. He presented some of these three meetings ago when Council met in Calabogie. Since that meeting represented considerable mileage, The Frontenac News contacted the Mayor about the meeting and during the course of the interview, a story emerged…
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