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Ompah’s Community Library

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:39  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Ompah Community Library has been operating for three years now, and while well patronized by summer visitors and its faithful Ompah readers, it would love to have more visitors. Operated completely by volunteers, it provides a little bit of a different experience than the public library that it has replaced. No membership is required; no overdue notices will ever be sent out. Everyone is simply invited to choose whatever books, DVDs or audiobooks they might fancy, and bring them back whenever they are done with them. Although the space is small, anyone wishing for a comfortable place to sit and explore some of the collection will find what they are looking for. There is a comprehensive collection, with Mystery, Fiction, Science Fiction, and Non-Fiction…

Blue Skies Festival tickets now just a click away

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:58  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Blue Skies Music Festival has been around for 43 years, but for many people it is a phantom event. Day passes have been available at locations in Perth, Kingston and Ottawa, but they can be sold out by mid-July. A schedule of performers is never published until a few days before the festival, and although people who make the trip up to Clarendon always report that the performances are memorable and the vibe is more than friendly, many people feel that the festival is not accessible. That is all changing, as Blue Skies finally joins the 1990s (it may even make it to the new millennium in a few years). Not only is the schedule of performers available online at, tickets are also…

Fiddlers and Friends return to Ompah

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 July 2016 23:08  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Fiddlers and Friends have filled the Ompah Community Centre several times in the last few years and the appreciative audience left wanting more. In fact the audience joined in whenever the opportunity arose and felt that they were part of the concert too. The band has always talked about the great audience and all fun they had. They are delighted to have the chance to return to play in Ompah. Fiddlers and Friends love to entertain by sharing their joy of music and zany sense of fun. They play a cheerful set of old-time fiddle tunes that has the audience clapping, toe-tapping and singing along. Fiddlers are joined by keyboard, double bass, and cello. The irrepressible Lois Webster who makes many of her own percussion…

North Frontenac Council - Jun 30/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:50  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Phosphorus Levels Victor Castro, a senior aquatic scientist from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) out of Kingston, made a presentation to Council on Thursday on phosphorus and its effect on the area's water systems. He also provided direction on the best management practices for future development on lakes. Castro explained that phosphorus, and nutrient enrichment, are the primary water-quality concerns for Ontario's inland lakes. An increase in phosphorus can result in algae blooms in lakes as the nutrients stimulate the production of algae. Phosphorus is found naturally in all aquatic eco-systems but can also come from surface runoff, upstream lakes, the agricultural industry, and atmospheric depositions such as rain, snow, or dust. Sewage treatment plants and septic tanks can also provide a significant source…

Buck Lake Boatilla 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:45  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Once upon a time there was small lake north of Kingston and two people who lived there prompted a group of friends to get together and go for a boat ride and a picnic. While they were boating around this beautiful lake they collected money from everyone they saw with the purpose of sending an Easter Seals child to camp. Thus the Buck Lake Boatilla was born. It has continued to be a wonderful tradition each year. The results are amazing because of the generous and caring people who reside on the lake. It has become a mission to fund handicapped children and their families to go to Camp Merrywood. Over the past 11 years the Buck Lake Community has raised $162,000 and supported 63…

Clarendon and Miller Community Archives

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:21  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Clarendon and Miller Community Archives have begun a new phase of research. You will recall the Memories of General Stores that was presented in May for their 10th Anniversary. By May 2017 the committee hopes to have research completed on local lodges and housekeeping cottages of North Frontenac (present and historical). Some lakes with only two or three have already been noted. CMCA needs help to identify those on Big Gull Lake and Kashawakamak Lake. We are confident that readers will recall many. If you have photos, names of lodges/housekeeping cottages or the names of people to contact, CMCA would sure appreciate a call or e-mail. Phone Brenda (613) 479-2837 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Heather at Plevna library (613) 479-2542 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The CMCA will…

Kashwakamak Lake Association

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 June 2016 23:15  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Kashwakamak Lake Association (KLA), has been busy. Its lake sustainability sub-committee recently completed the draft Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Plan and it will be voted on at the KLA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting on July 9 at the Harlowe Community Hall from 9:30 – 11:30 am. The bulk of the AGM will be a presentation, which will summarize the Sustainability Plan, discuss next steps and be followed with a vote. Non-members are welcome at this meeting and people interested in joining the KLA can do so at the door for only $15. “I’m very proud of the work that our sub-committee has done,” stated Gordon Hunter, president. “We have an incredible group of talented people who have worked on this effort for fiveyears,” he added.…

Central Frontenac donation to Pine Meadow

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:58  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Frances Smith, Mayor of Central Frontenac was on hand at Pine Meadow Nursing Home in Northbrook on June 10 to present the home with a cheque for $12,500 towards the window project. Rev. Jean Brown and Brenda Martin, chair of Pine Meadow's Family Council, made a presentation to the Township of Central Frontenac earlier in the year and both were present on Friday to update the results of this campaign. Pine Meadow needs to replace 11 bay windows at a total cost of $136,000. With the donation from Central Frontenac, funds raised to date are over $60,000. We are grateful to the Township of North Frontenac, who earlier this year donated $25,000, as well as the Northbrook Lions who have donated $5,000 to this project.…

Don't wait - please donate!!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:51  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Did you know that every 56 days you can donate blood? Every 56 days you can help save a life! Recently, someone my husband and I love needed to get a blood transfusion. Lonnie and I could do nothing to help this person with their ordeal, so we decided that the next best thing was to donate blood ourselves. Being no stranger to donating blood, as I used to do it occasionally in the past, I kind of remembered what was involved. It is such an easy and rewarding decision that can change someone's life forever! We phoned 1-888-2-donate and scheduled our appointment for the closest location to us that fit our schedule. We made sure to drink lots of water the day of the…

North Frontenac Council - Jun 10/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:29  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Heated discussion over fire chief's review In a recorded decision during Friday's meeting, North Frontenac Council voted 4-3 in favor of the changes suggested by Fire Chief Eric Korhonen in his operational review of the township's volunteer fire department. The vote was deferred twice before this meeting, as the report has been controversial amongst the councilors. Fire Chief Korhonen's report recommended creating an assistant fire chief position, reducing station captain positions, and scheduling on-call volunteers for weekends. Councillor Dennis Bedard was, again, quick to express his concerns with the report. “There are some deep, deep, deep concerns over eliminating the deputy fire chiefs and losing that contact with the stations,” Bedard explained. “There are some deep concerns about losing the captains,” Bedard continued. “I don't…

Community Day 509

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 June 2016 19:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Frontenac Stewardship Council brought a number of local and regional organizations together at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna last Saturday to present information of cultural and environmental/ecological interest. “This area is blessed with unbelievable natural riches, and on that land, many generations of people have added other riches,” said event organizer Gray Merriam. The event was designed to build on a similar event that was held two years ago at North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne, but the focus was different this time around. At Cloyne, forestry and alternative energy proposals were a focus, and there were a number of formal presentations, as well as involvement from the school community It was a drop-in event, with booths set up by a dozen different organizations.…

Fernleigh Lodge – a year-round getaway

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 18:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
When Fernleigh Lodge first opened 95 years ago on Kashwakamak Lake, in what was then known as Clarendon and Miller Township, the region was just being opened up for tourists and cottagers. The lodge was located on a one-lane road. It had no electricity and no indoor plumbing. All the logs for its heritage buildings had been floated down the lake and then hewn by hand. In the early years Fernleigh Lodge was supported by fishermen, and that was men only until the 1940s, mostly from the United States. John Ahr, the original owner, saw the potential of float planes and built the lodge as one of the early fly-in resorts, to save visitors the long and difficult drive from New York State, Pennsylvania, Michigan…

Plevna Star Party

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:01  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Come and see Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, asteroids and several deep sky objects such as star clusters, galaxies and nebulae On Saturday June 4, join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and other star gazing enthusiasts at the observation pad at the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve near the village of Plevna, Ontario. "June 4 should be a great star gazing party because the moon won't be visible which is great for observing the night sky," said Betty Hunter, event organizer of the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve. "Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will all be visible right after sunset and we should also be able to pick out some asteroids and deep sky objects.” The general public is encouraged to bring binoculars or their…

Community Day 509 in Plevna – Special Places “North of 7”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:55  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On Saturday June 4, the people on the land -- those who know it well – are invited to share their knowledge at a special community day in Plevna with groups who have formal and technical information about that land. The event will take place from 9:30am to 3:30pm in the Clar-Mill Hall on Buckshot Lake Road. The objective of the day is to combine the knowledge of the people on the land with that of stewardship agencies to begin an inventory of i) specially valued places, and ii) places that need special care, focusing on the northeastern section of Frontenac County and its watersheds; to make a record of these places. There are many official lists of the riches of our region but the…

North Frontenac Council – May 20/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:15  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
$25,000 doesn't cover a 4-wheel drive truck Chief Administrative Officer Cheryl Robson reported that a tender for a new truck for the building department has yielded only two responses, both from Bence Motors, and both were well above the maximum amount listed in the tender, which was $25,000. Public Works Manager Jim Phillips reported that the class of truck that is being replaced, a small 4-wheel drive truck, is no longer available. The truck being replaced is a Ford Ranger. “Most of the dealers told us they could not touch $25,000 and they did not even submit a bid. The bids from Bence were for well over $30,000, even with the 15% municipal discount.” In her report, Robson proposed that a new tender be issued,…

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