North Frontenac

Fire Prevention in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 May 2016 18:25  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Last year at about this time, a very successful “Fire Extinguisher Day” was held at the Ompah Community Centre. Glenna Shanks from Perth Fire Extinguisher Service was there to inspect home and cottage owners’ fire extinguishers, and to service them if necessary. In addition, the North Frontenac Fire Department was present with fire prevention information. They also provided an opportunity for people to try out using fire extinguishers on a real fire. Lots of people took advantage of the day and came from far and wide to do so. May 21 will see a similar event at the Ompah Community Centre this year. According to Rick and Debbie Morey, who organize the day, quite a number of people who attended last year were surprised to…

Accidents at ATV run test emergency services

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On April 30, two accidents took place at almost the same time at different locations about a quarter of the way along the route of the North Frontenac Spring Volunteers ATV Ride for Dad. Both accidents were in areas without cell service, and one of them resulted in a serious injury. Three women suffered injuries and one of them, the driver of a two-seater ATV carrying one of the other women, was seriously injured. In responding to the accidents, all the preparation and training that the North Frontenac and neighbouring fire crews have undertaken over the years came into play. At Saturday’s run, George Ross, the deputy fire chief for the Ompah crew of the North Frontenac department, was overseeing emergency operations at the Ompah…

Mississippi Station Store

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
“Memories of General Stores” presented by the Clarendon Miller Community Archives. Clarendon Miller Community Archives will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on May 14 at the Clar-Mill Hall from noon to 4 pm by bringing back memories of local general stores. Guest speaker, Mary Cook, will provide a historical perspective; a panel of local store owners/operators/employees will describe their experiences; and displays will bring back memories of the local stores in North Frontenac Township. It was Isaac Allan (one of the Allan brothers from the mill on Millar’s Lake) who built the store at Mississippi. His first store was built on the east side of the railroad tracks. This first store became a private residence when he built his second store. This second store, which later…

Snow Road Melanoma Breakfast

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:00  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On April 30 Ruth Wark and her crew of volunteers at the Snow Road Snowmobile Club presented a cheque to representatives from the Perth branch of the Canadian Cancer Society to support research, programming and prevention in the fight against melanoma. The club held a fundraising breakfast for the cause and after all the pledges were in, the final total raised was $1466. President Derrick Dixon and fundraising manager Jessica Roback of the Perth CCS received the cheque and conveyed their thanks for the club's support.

North Frontenac Council – Apr 29/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 19:58  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Grass is greener for businesses At Friday’s council meeting, David Bergstrome, from Rocky Shore Cannabis, presented his proposal for a 6,000 square foot marijuana growing facility he wants to build in North Frontenac. He was hoping to get support, in principle, for his idea. Bergstrome, whose family has been cottaging on Kashawakamak Lake for over 50 years, explained there is a growing need for marijuana in Ontario because of its use medicinally, and because the general public, as well as the medical industry, are becoming more educated about the drug. He said that the proposed 2017 legalization of marijuana for recreational use would stress an already under-supplied market. With the demand continuing to increase, Bergstrome said that the gaps in supply would be “met…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 May 2016 19:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Council votes in favour of new township building Norh Frontenac Council chose to move forward with adding a 2265 square foot addition to the existing township building as well as renovating the existing structure in a three-phase construction project. Jeremy Neven, the Chief Building Official, and Larry Gaines, the architect who designed the new building and addition, were at the meeting on Friday to discuss any questions and concerns that Council had about the designs. Neven explained that the construction project would be rolled out in three phases. The first stage is building the new addition on the current township building. The second phase is renovating the exterior of the existing building including windows, doors, and insulation. The final phase is renovating the interior of…

Snow Road Snowmobile Club Relay for Life fundraiser

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:09  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On April 16, committee members of the Canadian Cancer Society of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and the Smiths Falls Relay for Life event were thrilled to receive a cheque from Ruth Wark, president of the Snow Road Snowmobile Club. Wark, along with her dedicated crew of volunteers, held a charity pancake breakfast at the club. Over 150 diners turned out for the event and by 11am, over $1,000 was raised. Wark made the cheque presentation to Julie Brady and Norene Allan, both committee members of the Relay for Life in Smiths Falls, which is just one of four Relay events this year in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. Allan and Brady thanked Wark and her team and said they were grateful for the club's ongoing support.…

Ostler’s General Store, Plevna

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:04  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
George W. Dawson, who was originally from Sligo, Ireland, arrived in Plevna in 1877 and took over a store on the south side of Frontenac Street (now Hwy. 509), west of the bridge (likely the first in Buckshot/Plevna) from George and Abigail Caprin. By 1882 Dawson had built and opened the store on the north-west corner of Frontenac and Church Streets (now 506/509/Buckshot Lake Rd), which became the largest in the area. He gave up running the store when he was elected MP in 1891 and moved to Ottawa. Gilbert Ostler, originally from Yorkshire, England, started clerking for Dawson in 1888. He took over the running of the store in 1891, purchased it from Dawson in 1897 and operated it until his death in 1944.…

North Frontenac Council - Apr 8/16

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:55  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Mr. Pender goes to Plevna County Wardeb Frances Smith, and Frontenac County CAO Kelly Pender, made a presentation to North Frontenac Council on Friday. Pender said that natural gas and hydro delivery issues, policing costs, economic development, and closing the cell service gap are priorities for the County in 2016. “Part of our new budget regime is to pass the budget earlier,” Pender said. “It gives us the opportunity to get bids out on projects earlier and gives the municipalities a better chance to figure out how the County works into your budget as well.” Pender told Council that they've set aside $500,000 for economic development and that he hopes to double that by applying for grants. They hope to hire a community development officer…

Ardoch General Store

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:09  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
“Memories of General Stores” presented by the Clarendon Miller Community Archives. Clarendon Miller Community Archives will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on May 14 at the Clar-Mill Hall from noon to 4 pm by bringing back memories of local general stores. Guest speaker, Mary Cook, will provide a historical perspective; a panel of local store owners/operators/employees will describe their experiences; and displays will bring back memories of the local stores in North Frontenac Township. As an introduction for that event, the story of James General Store in Plevna, when Don and Jesse Lavery were owners, was published in the March 31 Frontenac News. The next store to be highlighted is: Ardoch General Store Ernest R. Jacobi opened the first store in Ardoch around 1865. He also…

The General Store

Written by  |  Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Editor’s note: This article by Teresa Shevchenko was written in 2006 and we are republishing part of it as a tribute to Don Lavery, who passed away last week. One of the joys of spending time at the cottage is stepping back in time to discover some of the old-fashioned general stores that are still operating in the area. These rural gems are an important part of Canadian heritage. The concept of the general store actually dates back to fur-trading days when customers could buy everything from a shovel to cod liver oil all at the same place. They are however, rapidly becoming an endangered species. Big box stores, urban sprawl and changing lifestyles are making it difficult for general store owners to stay in…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:13  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac tax increase sneaks in at under 3% It was only by the slimmest of margins, but in spite of an increase in OPP costs of $173,000, which in itself represents an increase of 3.16% of the overall North Frontenac budget, staff managed to bring in a budget with an increase of 2.98%. Although the OPP increase was offset by a $75,000 increase in provincial transfers, flat-lining the rest of the budget took months of effort from staff as well as council, which met numerous times in the fall of 2015 and again this winter to fine-tune the numbers. By partnering with Frontenac County for IT services and waste management consulting, and Central Frontenac for building services, cost savings have been realized. There was…

Snow Road “Ride For Dad” raises $7200 despite cancellation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 March 2016 22:35  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Ruth Wark, president of the Snow Road Snowmobile Club, wore a brave face Saturday morning despite having had to cancel the ride portion of the club's second annual snowmobile Ride for Dad fundraiser. The ride was scheduled to take place on February 27 but a snow/ice/rain storm last week wreaked havoc with area trails, which were dangerously water logged and covered with fallen branches and trees. The cancellation was decided on Thursday by Wark and the other two organisers, Shelby Knight and Brandon Crain, but the three also decided to carry on with the other events that were planned to go with the ride. Therefore, while the actual ride was canceled and the news went out online, riders who had raised pledges were still invited…

Opposition ramps up as LRP announcement nears

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 March 2016 22:29  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Local opposition to proposed industrial wind projects has been muted ever since the deadline for project submissions passed on September 1 of last year. However, the Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO) is set to announce which companies will be awarded contracts under their Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process later this month. In anticipation of the announcements, Ron Higgins, the mayor of North Frontenac, has sought and received support from his council to appeal if either of two projects being proposed locally by NextEra receives a contract. Northpoint 1 is a NextEra project located entirely in North Frontenac, and Northpoint 2 is located mainly in Addington Highlands but partly in North Frontenac. Last spring, North Frontenac declared itself an “unwilling host” for industrial wind projects, and…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 March 2016 22:17  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac waste sites earn praise from new consultant – township has 40 years of dump life left David Bucholz, from Cambium Consulting, made his first report to North Frontenac Council on February 26 after his company took over the monitoring contract for waste sites as part of a county-wide procurement initiative. “In my job I've seen a lot. I've seen how not to manage sites. The North Frontenac sites are neat and trimmed; the testing wells are in good order, they are locked. There is no loose garbage, and that matters for residents and it matters when the Ministry of the Environment comes to inspect. Your sites are managed with due diligence and care, with effective signage and not too much signage. From a…

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