North Frontenac

North Frontenac sky pad gaining in popularity but accommodations lacking

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
When the sun went down and the stars started to come out, at least 40 people were treated to a spectacular view of Saturn and its rings at the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve near Plevna Saturday night. Also in the frame was the likelihood of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, but there was some discussion as to whether this was actually a star in the background and couldn’t be confirmed by press time. Saturday night was the third star party at the observation pad this summer (subsequent parties include (Aug. 11, 12 and 13, the Perseid meteor showers), Sept.1, seven planets, Oct. 6 featuring the autumn constellations) and also featured Jupiter and its four Galilean moons. The banding on Jupiter was also visible. While many…

North Frontenac has concerns over proposed boat launch on Palmerston Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:05  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
While there’s likely nothing the Township can do about it, Council did express concerns about a planned new boat launch on Palmerston Lake in Ompah at its regular meeting last Friday. At the very least, they won’t be supporting Michael Widmeyer’s request for financial assistance for upgrades to accommodate larger boats and trailers to the private boat launch at the Palmerston Lake Marina. In fact, they’re not convinced it’s a good idea at all. “The problem I have with it is it’s a limited space,” said Public Works Manager Darwyn Sproule to Council. “The way the sketch is, the area is square and I’m concerned about pontoon boats attached to a half-ton encroaching on a busy highway.” “I’m also concerned about safety but how do…

Back Forty Artisan Cheese opens for season

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Reggae Band was a couple hours late showing up, but otherwise, spirits were high as Back Forty Artisan Cheese opened up for the season on Saturday at its Mississippi Station location. The home-base for the popular sheep cheese shop is open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm from now until “sometime around the end of September,” said owner/cheesemaker Jeff Fenwick. For the past three years, they’ve held a summer kick-off event featuring other unique area food experiences including Stalwart Brewery, Deep Fried Battered Curds, Chocolates by Ludwig Ratzinger and a barbecue from Seed to Sausage. “This is my vacation,” said Mike McKenzie of Seed to Sausage. “It’s the least I could do for such wonderful people.” For those unfamiliar with the Back Forty story, Jeff…

David Young in Concert

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
David Young is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Maine who will be appearing in concert in Ompah on July 19. David has deep roots in the Ompah area and has spent many-a-summer swimming in Palmerston Lake and playing guitar with his grandpa, popular local musician Dave Young. As a boy, David performed in Ompah several times. Over the years, it has been impressive to watch his growth in skill and comfort on stage.   David performs a variety of genres from folk to rock to country and blues. He has played up and down the east coast of Maine and is delighted to be in Ompah again. David is an accomplished guitar player and singer and he has been mentored along the way by his grandpa.…

K & P Trail expansion in North Frontenac unlikely in near future

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:11  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Expansion of the K & P Trail into North Frontenac and beyond was on the minds of North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last week in Plevna but there was little optimism that it would happen any time soon. “This will be something for the next Council,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “The next five Councils,” corrected Dep. Mayor Fred Perry. CAO Cheryl Robson said the CAOs have been discussing it and should have a report coming to all the township councils in the near future. “Richard (Allen, Frontenac County’s manager of economic development) should be meeting with interested groups and exploring partnerships like with Lanark and Renfrew Counties,” said Coun. Denis Bedard. “Richard’s in a difficult position,” said Coun. John Inglis, North Frontenac’s representative…

Clar-Mil Archives Wins Award

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:10  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On Sat., June 23, CMCA Co-ordinator Brenda Martin, member Sheryl Weber and Mayor Ron Higgins travelled to the Japanese International Centre in Toronto to accept the Dorothy Duncan Ontario Historical Society award. This award recognizes a not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated an outstanding level of service to its region. The year 2017 was a very productive year for conserving local history for future generations, as the Clarendon & Miller Community Archives motto declares. The committee worked diligently to produce three books – Lodges: Past and Present in North Frontenac, Memories of General Stores in North Frontenac, and Historic Tours of North Frontenac. A Virtual Tour component was later launched to complement the tour book. The CMCA also designed ten historic signs that were installed throughout…

Giving thanks and moving up at the North Frontenac Food Bank

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
There are lots of changes afoot at the North Frontenac Food Bank, both in the background and in public. The first is the ‘retirement’ of the longest serving Food Bank Volunteer, Alex McLeod. Alex first started volunteering for the Food Bank when it was closely tied to the Sharbot Lake Anglican Church and pastor Bruce Geddes. He also worked with Brenda Piatt, one of the early and longest serving directors of the Food Bank, all the way until the present day, a total of 24 years. A plaque was presented to him at a food bank board meeting last Wednesday (June 12). That same day was the last day of the year when the Granite Ridge Lakers Program students were scheduled to come in and…

Lake representatives gather for Lake Planning Seminar

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Under the initiative of the Canonto Lake Property Owners Association and the Township of North Frontenac, representatives of a dozen or so area lakes met at Clar-Mill Hall last Saturday for a Lake Planning seminar. “Lake plans do not hold any regulatory status,” said Alyson Symon of Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. “But policy is that planning authorities do look at development impact on a broad scale and in Provincial Policy Statements, lake plans are a resource you can use to form official plans.” Common issues considered include water levels, boating practices and impacts, development and redevelopment, she said. “Often, a lot of anecdotal information comes up,” she said. “It’s good to have a concrete document to bring up. “But all lake plans are different and…

North Frontenac exploring bricks and mortar seniors housing options

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
While there’s nothing concrete on the table yet, North Frontenac Council certainly has some interesting concepts to look at when it comes to seniors housing, many of which came to light at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. The speculative discussion stemmed from Frontenac County Council’s decision that funds available for seniors housing must be used for bricks and mortar solutions rather than North Frontenac’s stated preference to use the money to assist aging-at-home initiatives. “We need to do something this term of Council,” said Coun. John Inglis. “We don’t have to start a building.” “Why not buy a large house and renovate that into seniors apartments?” suggested Coun. Gerry Martin. “There’s a motel in Ompah,” said Coun. Denis Bedard. “That wouldn’t be far…
Building permit fees in North Frontenac have not changed since 2005, even though the building code has changed considerably, Chief Building Official Shawn Merriman told a public meeting last Friday at the North Frontenac Council Chambers in Plevna. “We have a lot more inspections now and with things like insulated concrete floors and radiant heating, there could be 18 inspections required for a large modern home,” Merriman said. “Fees were very complicated. “We need to change the bylaw to reflect what’s in the (building) code.” At the same time, the new bylaw will recognize that the fees for building a deck shouldn’t be the same as for a 1,500 square foot house, he said. “There will be a minimum charge of $80, whereas it used…

County rejects North Frontenac request

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council decided that instead of using their share of a $1.4 million Frontenac County housing fund as seed money for a new seniors housing project, they would seek permission to redirect the money in order to fund an aging at home strategy for North Frontenac Senior’s. In speaking to the proposal at a meeting of Frontenac Council on May 16, North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins referred to a recent survey of North Frontenac senior’s. “90% want to stay at home,” Higgins said, very few wanted the bricks and mortar at this time.We want to use funds for helping seniors live at home rather than a bricks and mortar solution.” The townships three- point plan for the funds includes developing supports for seniors the…

North Frontenac officially opens renovated Township office

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The days of moldy walls and electric heaters under employees’ desks at the North Frontenac Township building in Plevna are officially over. Last Saturday, they cut the ribbon on the newly renovated building. “When we did an analysis in 2015, we concluded that the working conditions in the building were no longer tolerable,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “Previous councils saw this coming and set up reserves. “Coun. Denis Bedard took the lead and we looked at various options including a new building, renovations with an addition and/or a new garage.” Higgins said the final cost of the building was $1.3 million with just over half of that coming from a loan and the balance from reserves. Higgins praised the work of contractors Guy Saumure and…

Lake planning seminar on June 2 in Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Canonto Lake Association is one of the few in North Frontenac to have undertaken the exercise of developing a lake stewardship plan for their lake. Bruce Moore, one of the architects of the Canonto Lake Plan, has a hand in promoting an seminar at the Clarendon and Miller Hall on June 2 that will provide an opportunity for anyone living on or near a lake to learn about what a lake stewardship plan is, how to work on one, and how lake plans play a key role in making sure that existing properties and new developments can co-exist with the natural processes that are necessary for a sustainable lake over time. “The Township of North Frontenac has recognised the role of lake plans within…

Russell DeCarle to perform at Snow Road Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Russell DeCarle is the kind of country music artist who connects as deeply with the Johnny Cash and Hank Williams as he does with Billy Holiday, Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills. The power and poetry of lyrics, melodies that swings and the emotions that are stirred up by the performance have kept him in the music business for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the 6 time Juno and 6 time Canadian Country Music Association award winning band, Prairie Oyster, and has played with musicians from across Canada since the late 1970’s. He is a musician, singer and songwriter who is bringing some of the music from his long career as well as material from his latest release, “Alone in this Crowd”…

Council urged to support postal banking services

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Postal banking would be one way of providing more services to rural postal areas, protecting rural postal outlets and providing banking outlets to communities who don’t have banks, Diane Mitchell, national campaign coordinator for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers told North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. “Banks are closing in rural municipalities,” she said. “We had banking at the Post Office until 1967.” In January of 2014, Canada Post began a program which planned for the removal of door-to-door mail deliver from all residential addresses across Canada, she said. “Between then and the 2015 federal election, 830,000 addresses lost home delivery,” she said. She said that CUPW has received broad support for expanded services at postal outlets including postal…

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