North Frontenac

Riverhill Christmas Lights up to the 100,000 light mark

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:56  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A few years ago, Greg Ducharme started putting up Christmas lights one his Riverhill Farms house. His spread, at 1311 Struthadam Road, is just a short jaunt down the River Road South of Ompah (or north of the Ardoch Road). “After awhile, we’d be sitting watching TV and noticed cars coming around the driveway to have a look,” he said. That got him thinking. Every year since, the display got a little bigger, people kept coming and six years ago they decided to open it to the public. This year, there are about 100,000 lights all over the property, including singing trees, magical villages and sparkling displays wherever you look. “This has to be the biggest Christmas lights display in the riding,” said Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP…

North Frontenac looking at unique family development on Kashwakamak

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:05  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Despite a rather lengthy agenda that included a public meeting on a unique proposal for a family recreational complex on Kashwakamak Lake, an afternoon information session/open house on the new Zoning Bylaw and recognition of long-serving employees, there wasn’t much actual business done at North Frontenac’s last regular Council meeting before the new Council takes over in December. The proposed development on Kashwakamak prompted county Manager of Community Planning Megan Rueckwald to comment: “this is quite site specific. “The Zoning Bylaw is not going to service every single property in North Frontenac.” Rueckwald said they have received “a number” of letters and emails on the proposal. “I know the Kash Association is against four or five families there because of potential congestion,” said Coun. Gerry…
Musicians finding inspiration from the visual arts is not new. Don McLean’s Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) comes to mind. Hokusai’s The Great Wave is said to be the inspiration for Claude Debussy’s La Mer. But it is rare for a Canadian painter to function as someone’s muse. It’s also rare for the visual art to project as complex as The Algonquin Ensemble. The Algonquin Ensemble is North Frontenac’s own Terry Tufts (guitars) and Kathryn Briggs (piano) along with friends John Geggie (double bass), Lisa Moody (viola), Laura Nerenberg (violin) and Margaret Maria (cello). The visual artist in this case is Tom Thomson. Thomson, the quintessential Canadian artist, while never officially a member of the Group of Seven, was instrumental in their association and arguably responsible…

North Frontenac unravelling history — “one tombstone at a time”

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:31  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Clar-Mill Community Archives’ latest project is cataloguing North Frontenac’s cemeteries and as such coordinator Brenda Martin was at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting last Friday in Plevna to outline how they plan to go about it. “One of the first mysteries to unravel will be the determination of the oldest cemetery in North Frontenac,” Martin said. “Until a recent find, Playfair Cemetery was recorded as the oldest. “Perhaps it is the oldest ‘registered’ cemetery.” Watkins Cemetery (Lot 20 NER, Clarendon) on private land was recently identified and markers and historical writings would place this as the oldest cemetery in the Township with graves dating to 1862 when Bramwell Watkins had Pierpont dig a grave for his brother, Delany, who drowned in Fawn Lake on…

North Frontenac looking at $350,000 in building repairs

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
In North Frontenac, there are a few (public) buildings that don’t meet code, Brian MacDonald of McIntosh Perry, told Council at its regular meeting last week in Plevna. CAO Cheryl Robson said McIntosh Perry was contracted to do the Township’s first ever facilities assessment after a successful grant application for just this purpose. “I’ve been around eight years and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. MacDonald said they looked at 20 municipal facilities with an estimated total replacement value of about $10,000,000, including four fire halls and six public works facilities. While the ‘portfolio’ is currently in generally good condition, if no work were to be done on them in the next 10 years, the portfolio would…

Former Ompah Schoolhouse destroyed by fire

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:19  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On Sunday evening (Sept. 30) a fire swept through a residential building that at one time was the schoolhouse for the Village of Ompah. The building had been converted into a single family dwelling in the years following the school’s close in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. It was occupied by a family of 4 until this week. The family is reportedly living in Perth and a number of local people are attempting to reach out to support them. “The good news was that no one was injured in the fire. I believe the family pets made it out unscathed as well,” said North Frontenac Fire Chief Eric Korhonen. Korhonen said that North Frontenac Firefighters and the Kaladar Barrie department responded to the fire.…

NF rejects boat wash proposal

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
While Council did approve $1,500 to help the Malcolm and Ardoch Lakes Association get started with its battle against Eurasian milfoil and seems amenable to a further $10,000 to hire a grad student for the project at some time in the future, one of the potential weapons for the battle didn’t get approved. Council decided that boat wash stations represented more potential issues than they might solve, not the least of which is cost. “Didn’t we already decide this (boat wash stations) is too expensive?” said Coun. John Ingles at Friday’s meeting. “To me, it would be too expensive,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “And how would you police it? “Would we have to have an attendant?” “The concern was that it would become a car…

North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The end of September, one of the loveliest times in the Northern Part of Frontenac County, brings with it the North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour. As with many such successful tours, the participating artists are a loyal crowd and most of them can be visited again this year. Since artists are always changing what they do and getting better at it, it is interesting to see how they have progressed and what is on their creative minds at present. As always there will be a few new artists joining the event. New visitors and old will enjoy the chance to explore this unique part of the province and find the many studios tucked away in its corners. And while it has proved impossible to…

Pine Meadow Nursing Home celebrates 25 years in operation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:45  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Emcee Bill Cox welcomed residents, staff, board members, family and friends as they gathered on the lawns of Pine Meadows Nursing Home in Northbrook last Friday afternoon to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Pine Meadow is a 64-bed facility. “I don’t know how this happened, I haven’t been on staff here for 17 years,” joked Cheryl Hartwick, now board chair of Land O’Lakes Community Services. Hartwick noted that four employees, public service workers Nancy Gaylord and Tony Boomhouer-Wilson, office co-ordinator Christine Bolduc and RN Anne Grahm-Aholu, have been there for the duration. “There have been four administrators and over the years, there have been $1,339,749.10 in donations,” she said. And, she took the time to share one of her “pet peeves.” “When people say ‘Pine Meadows,’…

Fish habitat added to both Mazinaw Lakes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:31  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It’s inevitable. As lakefront properties get developed, some of the woody debris that naturally occurs in the lake disappears. “We’re putting some of that back,” said Melissa Dakers, lake stewardship co-ordinator with Watersheds Canada. Last week, Dakers, along with Vern Haggerty and other members of the Mazinaw Property Owners Association, were busily involved in placing 24 structures in the Upper and Lower Mazinaw Lakes. “We call them brush bundles of fish habitat,” Dakers said. “Each bundle is six to eight feet long and two to three feet wide, and made from a variety of woods including pine, cedar, maple — it doesn’t matter. “They’re tied together with rope and anchored with cinder blocks.” The bundles provide shelter and habitat for a variety of species including…

North Frontenac Zoning Bylaw nearing completion following marathon meeting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council and the Township Committee of Adjustment went through its proposed new Zoning Bylaw page by page last Friday at a special meeting that lasted well into the afternoon. “I think it’s good to get these things cleared up,” said Coun. Gerry Martin after the meeting. “We’re dealing with a lot of history here and many of the items go back a long time.” Essentially, Council was pleased with the document enough to schedule an open house for the public to review changes and provide a final round of feedback on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Then, there will be a public meeting Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. (following the regular Council meeting) to finalize passage of the document. Council did pass a…

MALLA sounds the alarm again about Eurasian Millfoil

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:04  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council certainly paid attention what members of the Malcolm and Ardoch Lake Association (MALLA) had to say last Friday morning.(August 24). In a 20 minute presentation, MALLA President Glen Fowler was joined by Vice President Brenda Martin, Cathy Owne and two subject experts who have property on the lake, marine biologists Bud Griswold and Mary Gessner. They outlined not only the alarming increase in the spread of the millfoil on the shallow lake this year, but also the research they have done about how to try and manage an infestation of the seemingly innocuous plant. When it gets established, the millfoil forms a thick intertwined mat at the surface, capable of stopping the motor in a boat that passes through it. It was…

North Frontenac passes fees bylaw amendments, speed limits

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:03  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
After hearing from a delegation concerning the infestation of Eurasian milfoil on Malcolm Lake, North Frontenac Council passed a number of bylaws and resolutions at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. First up was changes to its Fees and Charges Bylaw and Building Bylaw to reflect a new fee structure recommended by the building department. The new fees are intended to recognize different types of construction including unique projects and the conjecture is that more than 50 per cent of new permits will feature lower costs and thus encourage reporting of smaller projects. The new bylaws also include provisions to allow residents to protest their fees and request an audit of costs involved when there is a disagreement. Council also passed changes to speed…

Acclamation allows Higgins to get started on planning for the next four years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:31  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins started working on plans for the future of the Township even before he knew he was going to be acclaimed. It was intended to be an election platform but “will now be my plans to discuss with the new Council,” he said. “(My main objective) is to continue my vision toward self-sustainability by preserving our pristine land, attracting new environmentally friendly businesses and young families into North Frontenac,” Higgins said. “Businesses will bring job opportunities for current and future residents and families will help to keep our Plevna school open. “Both will improve demographics, ensure growth and maintain or reduce taxes.” In terms of community, Higgins would like to see cell and broadband coverage address the still current gaps in…

Election fever in North Frontenac? Only among Catholics

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Since all of the positions for North Frontenac Council (Mayor Ron Higgins, Coun. Fred Perry, Wayne Good, Gerry Martin, Vernon Hermer, John Inglis and Fred Fowler) have been acclaimed, as well as Limestone District School Board trustee Karen McGregor and French Language Public School Board (Le Conseil des Ecoles Publiques de L’Est de L’Ontario) trustee Rachel Laforest, you might think there’s no election coming to North Frontenac Township this October. Not so fast. In the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Leslie Ford is challenging incumbent Wendy Procter and, in Le Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francaise du Centre-Est, Michel Charron is challenging incumbent Diane Burns. What that means is Clerk/Planning Manager Tara Mieske still has to go through the election planning exercise,…
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