North Frontenac

Contribute and Thrive, Talking Trees hold open house in Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Behind the scenes, an innovative, co-operative based economic development initiative in North Frontenac has been gathering momentum. The project, or what is really a set of projects, was made public over a year ago. It was originally known as the One Small Town initiative. It incorporated the efforts of the Talking Trees project which intends to build a community of Earthships (environmentally sustainable dwellings made of used tires, concrete and other materials), as well as Contribute and Thrive, a series of commercial enterprises to be run on a contribution model rather than traditional business owner/employee model. In an update about the projects that was released at the end of March, North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins, who is acting as a facilitator, described how the various…

CMCA History Mystery Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
CMCA is preparing for their annual historic event on Sat. May 5th (noon- 4 p.m.) at Clar-Mill Hall, Plevna. CMCA aims to make archival materials available to the entire community. Our event encourages community pride and history. If you enjoyed the Store and Lodge events, plan to join us for our “Mystery History Tour” based on our latest book Historic Tours of North Frontenac. This book was made possible with a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area and a sponsorship by North Frontenac Township. In response to public feedback there is not a “scheduled” program, so people will have more time to browse the exhibits. Admission is FREE. You will receive a K&P ticket at the door that will serve as your…
The turnout for open houses on things like Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw changes historically isn’t high but North Frontenac Township bucked that trend somewhat last Saturday with a steady stream of visitors coming to view proposals for a new Zoning Bylaw. The impetus for a new document, last updated in 2004, was the updating of the Official Plan which was approved by Frontenac County last May. “It’s high time this happened,” said Coun. John Inglis. “I think it’s a bit of a shame we had to pay for it (Frontenac County had been doing all of North’s planning but independent planners Zanderplan was hired for this job) but I’m not blaming anybody. “The County would have done it but not on our timeline and…

Rehabilitation of Shabomeka Lake dam costs estimated at $420,000 to $545,000

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council’s regular meeting in Plevna last Thursday was a relatively quiet affair but a presentation from John Price of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority on the Shabomeka Lake dam has the potential to be an ongoing story. The dam was built in the 1950s with rehabilitation works done in 1988 to reduce seepage. However, Ontario Hydro determined that these works were temporary as the structure did not meet the stability requirements for overturning/sliding conditions. In 2016, an assessment was performed and recommended reconstruction of the embankment including raising the embankment and road elevation; rebuilding the control structure; adding gravel or a drainage blanket on the downstream slope; adding emergency discharge capacity. The conservation authority is looking at three alternatives: do nothing; complete embankment…

North Frontenac looks to build up fire department ranks

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Township is recruiting for it fire department. “We have banners up in the municipality and hopefully we’ll get some response,” said Eric Korhonen, director of emergency services/fire chief. While Korhonen has no idea how much response he will get, he would like to add about 10 new firefighters per station (Snow Road, Ompah and Plevna; the department also has a joint operation with Addington Highlands in Cloyne) or 30 overall. But, he recognizes that goal is more long-term. “Realistically, we’ll probably add a handful at a time,” he said. Prospective applicants are asked to send an email to the chief (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) expressing interest. From there, there will be an application interview, basic medical requirement and a driver’s abstract. “Then you start training,” he…

Shane Cook, Joe Phillips and Joey Wright – Jazzgrass in Snow Road

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The trio of fiddler Shane Cook, bassist Joe Phillips, and guitar/mandolin player Joey Wright backed singer songwriter Alison Lupton on a tour last year. That gave them an opportunity to jam together during the down time on the tour. They kept in touch afterwards and decided to put on a few shows this spring. Since both Cook and Phillips live in London and Wright lives in Elphin, they booked a couple of shows in Guelph and London, then came to Snow Road on Thursday night, followed by shows in Cobourg and Trenton. The Snow Road Hall was over capacity for the show last week, and the trio did not disappoint. They played mostly tunes that each of them had written but in a style that…

More permanent residents could lead to Zoning Bylaw changes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A zoning change to allow for a four-season residence on Norcan Lake could have far-reaching ramifications as more and more rural residents are converting cottages to use as retirement residences. The property rezoned at last Friday’s regular meeting of North Frontenac Council was a 11.3 hectare parcel with 184 metres of waterfront which had been zoned only for seasonal and open space. But judging from the size of the gallery crowd at mandatory public meeting, there was a lot interest in the topic. “If you want properties in that area to be zoned for permanent residences, you have to make a request in writing,” said Clerk/Planning advisor Tara Mieske. “The contract planner is looking at re-writing the zoning bylaw on that.” “I see it as…

North Frontenac waste sites in good shape, says consultant

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Other than a few “minor administrative issues,” North Frontenac Township’s waste disposal sites are in good shape, Cabium Inc.’s David Bucholtz told Council at its regular meeting in Plevna last Friday. “Aesthetically, they look fantastic,” he said. “The Township does a great job.” Cabium is contracted to the Township to collect the required groundwater, surface water and landfill gas samples, complete updated topographic surveys, collect operational information and summarize its findings in an annual report to the Ministry of the Environment. The Township operates four active landfills (506, Kashwakamak, Mississippi and Plevna) as well as two transfer sites (Ompah and Cloyne). It is also responsible for two closed sites (Ferleigh and Gull Lake) as well as the Ardoch site, which is temporarily closed but still…

North Frontenac looks to build up fire department ranks

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:55  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Township is recruiting for it fire department. “We have banners up in the municipality and hopefully we’ll get some response,” said Eric Korhonen, director of emergency services/fire chief. While Korhonen has no idea how much response he will get, he would like to add about 10 new firefighters per station (Snow Road, Ompah and Plevna; the department also has a joint operation with Addington Highlands in Cloyne) or 30 overall. But, he recognizes that goal is more long-term. “Realistically, we’ll probably add a handful at a time,” he said. Prospective applicants are asked to send an email to the chief (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) expressing interest. From there, there will be an application interview, basic medical requirement and a driver’s abstract. “Then you start training,” he…

North Frontenac Little Theatre News Flash

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Since January a group of creative children and adults have been hard at work rehearsing for the Spring production of “The Little Mermaid”.. It is a delightful little musical based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. Rehearsing during winter months poses many challenges due to weather conditions and of course the common “cold”. Having dedicated parents on board to help out with bringing children to practices is essential. We are also grateful to have parent volunteers helping with set construction and sewing and creating costumes and props. Once again, Artistic Director, Brian Robertson, has chosen a show which engages the imagination and will lead the children into the world of make believe that will come to life on stage in the Spring. Look for…

Plevna Freshmart/North of 7 restaurant “not a corner store any more”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It wasn’t that long ago that the Plevna Freshmart looked like it might be on its last legs. The attached North of 7 Family Restaurant had closed and the grocery store had become more of a convenience store/gas bar operation. But on Sept. 1 of last year, Bill James bought it. A Plevna native, James had run a successful diesel fuel business but had decided the time had come to sell. He had some commitments to diesel business up until the end of January but now he’s fully committed to his new venture. “I saw it (the restaurant/grocery store) needed some help,” he said. “And I needed something to do.” Well, he has plenty to do now. He started by increasing inventory in the grocery…

Algonquin to Adirondack

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
In order to explain the relevance of the corridor of territory that links two of the larges wilderness parks in the Eastern Seabord, Adirondack Park in New York State and Algonquin Park in Ontario, the story of Alice the Moose always comes up. Alice was first identified in Rochester in New York State, and later on she turned up in Algonquin Park. Her journey included hopping from island to island in the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. She then traversed along a corridor of lakes and wetlands in Eastern Ontario of which Frontenac Park in South Frontenac and Frontenac Parklands in North Frontenac make up the western edge, and over the Madawaska river and on to the park. The corridor through which Alive…

North Frontenac Little Theatre News Flash

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Since January a group of creative children and adults have been hard at work rehearsing for the Spring production of “The Little Mermaid”. It is a delightful little musical based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. Rehearsing during winter months poses many challenges due to weather conditions and of course the common “cold”. Having dedicated parents on board to help out with bringing children to practices is essential. We are also grateful to have parent volunteers helping with set construction and sewing and creating costumes and props. Once again, Artistic Director, Brian Robertson, has chosen a show which engages the imagination and will lead the children into the world of make believe that will come to life on stage in the Spring. Look for…

Providing rides considerably more expensive in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The cost of providing rides to seniors and others (for medical appointments, other appointments and shopping/entertainment) is very expensive, Frontenac Transportation Services administrator Gail Young told North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. Young, along with Rural Frontenac Community Services director Louise Moody were there at Council’s request, which came at a previous Council meeting in Harlowe. “Being raised in Henderson, I know the challenges,” Young said. “One of the big issues in this area is that the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) will only pay for the time the client is in the car so we have to pay for getting drivers to the client.“We’re working on keeping those costs down.” “Our problem is geography,” said Moody. “It’s a long…

Planning costs to go up for North Frontenac if County continues to be providor

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:19  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council received Frontenac County’s report on planning costs for the Township for information and approved in principle the costing formula. Frontenac County Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe Gallivan and County CAO Kelly Pender were at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting Friday in Plevna to discuss the County Plan. Gallivan told Council that the current planning staff (himself and community planner Megan Rueckwald) could no longer continue providing planning services without the addition of a third planner. “Our workload is going above two planners,” Gallivan said. The cost of the third planner would primarily be borne by Central Frontenac, North Frontenac and Frontenac Islands. The cost for North Frontenac would be $11,070 in 2018 and rise every year to become $49,456 in…
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