North Frontenac

North Frontenac Council - Sep 2/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:36  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
County makes branding presentation to North Frontenac Anne Marie Young, manager of Economic Development for the County of Frontenac, and Alison Vandervelde, the Community Development officer, made a presentation to Council on September 2 to explain their process of implementing new branding for the County. “We started this from the ground up,” Young told Council. She said that she hopes the new logo will attract “adventure seekers, potential investors, and business owners.” “It looks like a girl guide badge or a boy scout badge,” Vandervelde said in explaining how the concept came together. “The crest inspires that kind of adventure.” Along with the logo, the branding company RedTrain came up with the tagline “In Frontenac” to be used with promotional material and online. “The tagline…

Verona Garlic Festival: 10 years of the stinky rose

Written by  |  Friday, 02 September 2016 14:25  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Verona Lions Club will be welcoming 40 vendors on Saturday, Sept. 3 to an event that has grown steadily in recent years. “People seem to come from all over to get their garlic, and see what is new. They are what I call 'foodies' who just love meeting with growers and supporting them,” said Wayne Conway of the Verona Lions, a key organizer of the event. Over 40 vendors were registered for the garlic festival as of Tuesday, all from within 125 kilometres of Verona. Over half of them are producers of garlic and other garden produce, and the rest are craft vendors. “That number is a bit down from the number of vendors we ended up with last year but every year there…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:21  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Softened Official Plan amendment on large-scale renewable energy projects approved by Council The approval of an amendment to North Frontenac Township's official plan has enhanced the township's continuing efforts to ensure that plans to expand Ontario's wind turbine sector do not result in wind projects within its boundaries. Reid Shepherd, a planner with Frontenac County, the contract planner for North Frontenac, presented the amendment, which is designed to discourage the development of industrial wind turbines and other large-scale industrial development. The amendment includes the following final sentence: “In order to maintain this place, it is a policy of Council to not support any large-scale renewable energy project, along with mining and large-scale manufacturing plants that will have a negative impact on the overall landscape of…

OPP seeking help with arson investigation in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 August 2016 13:49  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting assistance from the public regarding a fire investigation that is currently ongoing. At approximately 01:25 AM on August 16th, 2016 OPP attended to assist in the investigation of a multiple structure fire in the Schonauer Road area. Investigators are requesting that anyone who witnessed the fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Department, or any persons in the area at the time to contact Frontenac OPP directly. Anyone with information can contact the general administrative line at the Frontenac OPP office at (613)279- 2195. Alternatively, anyone with information can call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Contact: D/C Lori Lobinowich #11542Frontenac OPP Crime This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(613) 279-2195  

Blue Skies Music Festival

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 August 2016 23:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Drum is the thing as Sullivan makes his mark as Artistic Director Scheduling a family-based Drum from Peterborough to open the Blue Skies Festival on Friday night, and the Big Smoke Drum along with Chilean-based hip hop artist Akawui to close the festival on Sunday night, was a precedent-setting decision from Danny Sullivan in his first year as artistic director. It was the first time a drum has graced the main stage in many years, even as the festival has explored music from around the world. The experiment worked, as the first performance culminated in a round dance with hundreds of participants, and the finale on Sunday night brought the entire crowd back their feet. In between, the musical highlights included performances by the…

New artist at Myers Cave

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 August 2016 22:45  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
People come to Frontenac County for many reasons. In Debbie Reeve's case it was to have a home base, and a refuge for her and her husband to come back to at least once a year. So 13 years ago they purchased a property at Georgia Lake in North Frontenac. Debbie’s husband Warren, the founder of Missional Church International Network, ran a church in Indonesia for 11 years and has been doing the same in Kuwait for the past six years. Debbie is a painter and art educator and she ran her business in Kuwait for the past six years. The couple took up full-time residence at their cottage near Myers Cave last December in order to be able to work locally and provide support…

First AGM for Ompah Community Centre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:02  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Saturday, July 23 was a first for the Ompah Community Centre Association. President Marily Seitz welcomed members to the first ever Annual General Meeting. The usual AGM reports were made along with reports from the committees: Communications, Birthday Bash Benevolent Fund and Wall of Memories. Then the members present voted to accept and approve the new by-laws. Previously there were no written rules governing the operation of the community centre but under the new by-laws there are now clear and transparent procedures in place. With the passage of the by-laws, two new executive positions were created: vice-president and director-at-large. These positions are to be elected on even years. The remaining three executives (president, secretary and treasurer) will be elected on odd years. Linda Rush, returning…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:45  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Good news is bad news in township fight to prevent possibility of industrial wind turbines being installed within its borders. In its quest to rid itself of the potential for industrial wind turbine development, North Frontenac Council has enlisted the efforts of Joe Gallivan, the Frontenac County manager of Planning and Development Services, to draft an Official Plan amendment to state that large-scale industrial development is contrary to the township's long-term plan. Gallivan responded with the following paragraph, to be added at the end of Appendix 4.18 - Energy, Air Quality and Sustainability: “The landscape character of North Frontenac is unique and unspoiled. The large tracts of Crown land, hundreds of lakes, wetlands, and the hills of the Madawaska Highlands all combine to create a…

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.…

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