North Frontenac

Jupiter doesn’t disappoint in kick-off to summer star nights

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It’s a quiet evening with a few clouds in the sky and annoying clouds of blackflies when the breeze fades every few moments or so. And then  . . . “Jupiter!” shouts amateur astronomer Guy Nason, pointing to the southern sky. As if by magic, the clouds part, the bugs are gone and four fancy telescopes start whirring into action. Within minutes, there are images of our solar system’s largest planet, complete with all four Galilean moons available for all who want to see. It’s relatively rare to catch Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto in the same frame as it’s seems there is always one or more behind the gas giant when you get a chance to look at it through a decent telescope. (By…

Is it Yurt-gate at North Frontenac Council?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:12  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Shawn Merriman, the new Chief Building Official (CBO), offered his opinion on how Council should proceed with penalizing North Frontenac residents who constructed a yurt in the Township without the proper permits in place. “This case should still proceed,” Merriman said. “Yurts depend on the usage as much as the actual thing.” “The previous CBO has agreed that it's a building, I have, from my previous experience at other townships, agreed too,” Merriman said. “If they can be used as a residence, and in this case it appears that it is being used as a residence, even if it's seasonal, it's a slippery slope to get into it.” Mayor Higgins was adamant about deferring the decision until they could sit down with the planning department,…

Ompah mural unveiling brightens up rainy Saturday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:02  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A dedicated crowd defied some rainy weather on Saturday to celebrate concurrent events, the ribbon cutting of a newly constructed rest stop in Ompah and the unveiling of 5 murals painted by North Frontenac artists Fred Fowler, Marlene Leeson, Cathy Owen, Linda Rush and Katie Ohlke. North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins, flanked by Council and resident members of the township economic development task force, welcomed everyone and presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a modern, aluminum enclosure that is one of the key elements to the rest stop, which also includes a porta-potty and a gravel parking lot. The lot where the rest stop is located steeped in recent North Frontenac history as it was purchased by the township several years ago…

Packed hall celebrates history of lodges in North Frontenac Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
They had to break out the extra chairs as a capacity crowd filled Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna last Saturday to celebrate the rich history of lodges in North Frontenac. The afternoon began with guests invited to browse the various exhibits before CMCA coordinator Brenda Martin welcomed the crowd with her opening remarks. Martin pointed to the various exhibits spread around the hall showcasing all 63 lodges that have existed within the boundaries of the Township and a couple from without. “We’ve covered all 63 and even went slightly outside of the Township because of the connection with Plevna,” she said. “These lodges have provided economic benefits for years and many are over 100 years old. “Twenty-four of the lodges are historic but 39 are still…

ATV run draws a crowd of riders to Ompah area trails

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:01  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
In the 10 years the Ompah Community Association’s ATV ride has been running, it has grown by exponential levels. From about 70 participants at the first one, it grew to just over 1,000 participants two years ago and featured a still-whopping 857 participants last Saturday. “We’re getting people from all over, including the States,” said organizer Lindy Hay, who helped organize the first ride with Denis Bedard and Rose Boivin of the Double S Marina in Ompah. “I was talking recently to some people from B.C. and they said ‘oh, I know of that event.’” Hay said they’ve seen the number of side-by-side ATVs increasing, primarily among seniors, who are using the ride to spend time with their grandchildren. Proceeds from the event go to…

Country music hall of fame

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:52  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
This week, the Land O’Lakes Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame announced who the inductees for 2017 are going to be. The second annual awards will handed out this summer as part of the Flinton Jamboree on Saturday August 5th at 3:00 during a gala show featuring hall of fame members. This years inductees in the musician category are Bill White from Harrowsmith, Neville Wells from Ompah, Ross Clow from Verona, and Lionel Grimard from Harlowee. In the songwriter category, Sheila Calthorpe of Yarker, and in the posthumous category, Bob Goodberry from Verona. Many of the names on the list are familiar to music enthusiasts throughout the region as they have played regularly over the years and still play today. Within the past few months…

The trouble with Yurts

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:42  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
At a meeting in Harlowe, Meredith Rush-Inglis and Laura Williams, residents of North Frontenac, made a presentation to Council on Mongolian yurts and asked for an exemption from a $300 penalty they were charged for building without a permit. A yurt is a domed structure originally used in Mongolia by herders who required a portable structure they could pack up easily as the herd moved throughout the year. Rush-Inglis and Williams had erected a yurt on their property without obtaining a building permit from the Municipality and they were charged a $300 administration fee for failing to obtain a permit before assembling the structure. Rush-Inglis and Williams were asking Council for an exemption from the penalty charge as well as relief from the building permit…

Snow Road Snowmobile Club breakfasts

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:49  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
We had another successful windup to the Snow Road Snowmobile Club breakfast season with three fundraisers for local charities.  Each year the club dedicates three end-of-season breakfasts to support charities in both Lanark and Frontenac.  This year, breakfast proceeds and donations collected has provided another boost to these charities.  $1,547.50 was raised on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society; and the Canadian Cancer Society benefited with $1,324 for the Wheels of Hope campaign, and $1,356.00 for Melanoma.   The executive and members of the club want to thank everyone who has supported their fundraising breakfasts and other activities throughout the season, as well as the dedicated volunteers who make them happen.   The club is already preparing for their annual Canada Day breakfast/bake and yard sale on…

Communications gaps top concern in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
“We’re building a toolkit to increase overnight stays in Frontenac County,” Paul Blais of MDB Insight told a special meeting of North Frontenac Council last week in Clar-Mill Hall. “To do that, we need to establish supply and demand — how do they mesh and where are the gaps?” Blais and fellow consultant Libby Smith of Terra Consulting are holding similar events in each Township. On May 1 from 1-3 p.m., they’ll be at the community hall in Marysville on Wolfe Island and from 7-9 p.m. they’ll be at the Storrington Centre in Sunbury. On May 2, they’ll be at St. Lawrence College Employment Services in Sharbot Lake from 9-11 a.m.Using Ministry of Tourism parameters, Smith gave an outline of “who are our tourists” which…

AH and NF Councils agree over fire equipment plan

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:01  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
After a joint North Frontenac-Addington Highlands Council meeting last Friday at Barrie Hall in Cloyne, it appears that concerns about equipment reserves for the joint Kaladar Barrie Fire Department (KBFD) have been laid to rest. The meeting was called at the request of North Frontenac (and Mayor Ron Higgins in particular) to address funding for the replacement of the Rescue 5 vehicle at an estimated cost of up to $315,000. Both Councils agreed to approve budget submissions of $281,119 being added to the Vehicle/Equipment Reserve in 2017. The Councils also approved an allocation of $110,000 ($55,000 per Township) for the next nine years (2018 to 2026), with the amount required to be reviewed on an annual basis when the KBFD Asset Management Plan Tangible Capital…

Mayor takes exception to resident’s survey results

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:43  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
By Kip Vankempen’s own admission, it’s just one man’s survey but the results did spark response from Mayor Ron Higgins at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting last Friday at Barrie Hall in Cloyne. (The meeting was held in Cloyne because it immediately followed a joint Councils meeting with Addington Highlands on the joint fire agreement.) Appearing as a delegation to Council, Vankempen said he used the internet application SurveyMonkey and received 83 responses. Of the 83 respondents: • 92 per cent opposing the new municipal building expenditure• 96 per cent felt the federal gas tax could be put to better use than the building project• 97 per cent believe the Cloyne firehall is important• 97 per cent believe firefighting and rescue equipment should be maintained…
Clarendon & Miller Community Archives (CMCA) will be sharing their latest year-long research covering the topic of Lodges: Past and Present.  This project aims to recognize the huge economic contribution that local lodges/housekeeping cottages made in the past and continue to make to the township. In addition to Lodge information, the Committee collected information about Housekeeping Cottages to assist with the Accommodations listing website that the Frontenac News initiated last year. On May 6th at Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna starting at 1 p.m. CMCA will transform the Hall into a Lodge-like setting, allowing for an interactive format. Guest speaker and well-known country entertainer, Neville Wells, will provide his personal experiences of growing up at his family-owned Mosque Lake Lodge.  Visitors can browse the many photo…
Judd Tooley, Louise Lemke and their Lodge Clarendon & Miller Community Archives (CMCA) are sharing aspects from their research as an introduction to the public presentation May 6th (1 p.m.) Clar-Miller Hall, Plevna. Visitors can browse the many photo boards and researched documents of North Frontenac Lodges and Housekeeping Cottages. Thanks to The Frontenac News for publishing a three- part series in advance of the event. Information and photos for this article were courtesy of Marilyn White and daughter Nancy Hiscock.Judd Tooley’s Lodge (Mackie Lake) Judd Tooley and Louise Lemke were both born and raised in the Plevna area. Judd grew up at Playfair Corners just north of Plevna where his parents Luther and Emma (Wood) lived; Louise at Sand Lake (just west of Plevna)…
Twin Oak Lodge (Kashwakamak Lake) The story of Twin Oak Lodge starts in 1900 when Anton (Tony) Weiss was born August 21st, in Nandlstadt, Bavaria. Tony immigrated to Canada in 1913 with his parents and eight of his ten siblings. The family landed at Ellis Island and made their way to Canada, having been sponsored by Mathias Myers. Walking for three days from Clarendon Station, carrying all of their worldly possessions, they settled on a farm stead, which is now known as Weiss' Point on Kashawakamak Lake. Tony worked as a guide at Salmond's Lodge until one day three tourists told him "Hey Tony, if you start your own place, we'd come with you."So, he did. Tony purchased the land across from Weiss' Point, from…

Longer life for waste sites

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:04  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
David Bucholtz, a representative from the consulting firm Cambium, made a presentation to Council on Friday morning regarding the state of the Township's waste disposal sites. Bucholtz told Council that all of their current active waste disposal sites are meeting the compliance standards, set by the Ministry of Environment, for surface water and ground water contamination. Cambium's predictions for lifespan on the Township's dumps differ significantly from the predictions that the Township's former consultants AECOM presented to Council in 2015. Bucholtz said that the 506 dump site has approximately 30 years left in its life cycle compared to the 13 years that was estimated by AECOM in March of 2015. The Plevna site also showed an increase in lifespan from 19 years to 42 years.…

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