North Frontenac

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…

Revisions to North Frontenac Zoning Bylaw coming into stretch run

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac’s updated Zoning Bylaw has gone to the solicitor for comments and a ‘final’ draft should be provided to Council June 15, planner Tracy Zander told Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. From there, a public open house is scheduled for July 13 and a statutory public meeting and passing of the bylaw is expected sometime in August. “We’ve been working with the feedback we received at the last open house,” she said. “We received 20 comments or so. “Next we’ll be focusing on revisions to general provisions and definitions. “I think we’ll bring you a document that’s very special to your needs in North Frontenac.” Zander said hobby farms will be receiving a lot of attention, with the minimum lots…

Dark Sky Preserve Observation Pad season kicks off this Saturday evening

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:51  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Star Gazing Pad begins its 2018 series of events this Saturday (May 12) at dusk with The Realm of Galaxies. There should also be some good opportunities to view Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Astronomer-in-residence Gary Colwell says there are a number of new initiatives this year. “On May 12, I’ll be bringing a MallinCam video camera for live, in colour views of the planets and galaxies,” he said. “The MallinCam is specially designed to produce pictures so you get images that aren’t fuzzy.” This should be advantageous this weekend when viewing the Andromeda, Dumbbell, Sombrero, Whirlpool and/or M106 galaxies. (M106 has a very luminous core and was instrumental in the development of the theory that galactic centres are supermassive black holes.) The…

History Mystery Tour goes on despite power outage

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It was the history event that almost didn’t happen. After the windstorm last Friday night, power was out all over the north county, including Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna. For Brenda Martin, coordinator of the Clarendon and Miller Community Archives, this presented quite the challenge as the History Mystery Tour was scheduled for Saturday. “(On Saturday Morning) I chased a hydro guy down the road,” she said. “When he told me it could be some time before power was restored, I had to get Jason Lemke to bring over generators from the Township. “We usually have an annual event on the first Saturday in May.” By the time the doors opened at noon, everything was up and running on generator power. The ‘Tour’ consisted of a…

Council says no thanks to Mayor’s updates on One Small Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Mayor Ron Higgins’ involvement with One Small Township, the business concept being explored in North Frontenac, doesn’t seem to be sitting well with much of his Council, at least when he uses the ‘Mayor’ title when promoting and/or talking about it. The issue came up at last Friday’s regular Council meeting in Plevna, under the correspondence heading when Higgins presented council with an update. “I attended the Open House (at Clar-Mill Hall, two weekends ago) and left with the impression these are private businesses, albeit a little different ones,” said ouncillor Vernon Hermer. “This is getting far too much attention compared to other businesses.” “This was a way for me to update council,” Higgins said. “If you don’t want me to update, I won’t.” “You’ve…

IGNITE workshop sparks momentum for Infrontenac tourism operators

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Last week a group of tourism-related businesses from Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and Tweed immersed themselves in a three-day workshop to learn the principles of experiential tourism. The session was developed and hosted by Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) and called IGNITE. The workshop is intended to inspire tourism businesses to align with the motivations of their ideal customers and to collaborate more closely with others operating in their community. Brad Mastin of Pleasantview Lodge in Plevna was one of 19 participants. "Every business can create experiences for our customers that are unique to our area,” said Mastin. “If we look at our products and services in a different way, and market to the right customers, together we can make Frontenac a special place for…

Good crowd turns out to hear C & T North Frontenac presentation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A good-sized crowd turned out to Clar-Mill Hall Sunday afternoon to hear about progress being made on the One Small Township project in North Frontenac. The Contribute & Thrive and Talking Trees presentation featured several speakers including Duncan Spence who outlined the various projects underway along with the the concept of contributionism. Jocelyn Devillers, who runs a holistic health centre in Ottawa outlined the plans for the health centre component of the project which she said would include healing herbs, yoga and telemedicine aspects. “We hope to have doctors soon,” she said. Steve Richardson spoke on the apiary project and eco-tourism. “The apiary was the first investor project and was funded in 12 hours,” he said. “We plan to have 25 hives in year one…

Contribute and Thrive, Talking Trees hold open house in Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Behind the scenes, an innovative, co-operative based economic development initiative in North Frontenac has been gathering momentum. The project, or what is really a set of projects, was made public over a year ago. It was originally known as the One Small Town initiative. It incorporated the efforts of the Talking Trees project which intends to build a community of Earthships (environmentally sustainable dwellings made of used tires, concrete and other materials), as well as Contribute and Thrive, a series of commercial enterprises to be run on a contribution model rather than traditional business owner/employee model. In an update about the projects that was released at the end of March, North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins, who is acting as a facilitator, described how the various…

CMCA History Mystery Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
CMCA is preparing for their annual historic event on Sat. May 5th (noon- 4 p.m.) at Clar-Mill Hall, Plevna. CMCA aims to make archival materials available to the entire community. Our event encourages community pride and history. If you enjoyed the Store and Lodge events, plan to join us for our “Mystery History Tour” based on our latest book Historic Tours of North Frontenac. This book was made possible with a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area and a sponsorship by North Frontenac Township. In response to public feedback there is not a “scheduled” program, so people will have more time to browse the exhibits. Admission is FREE. You will receive a K&P ticket at the door that will serve as your…
The turnout for open houses on things like Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw changes historically isn’t high but North Frontenac Township bucked that trend somewhat last Saturday with a steady stream of visitors coming to view proposals for a new Zoning Bylaw. The impetus for a new document, last updated in 2004, was the updating of the Official Plan which was approved by Frontenac County last May. “It’s high time this happened,” said Coun. John Inglis. “I think it’s a bit of a shame we had to pay for it (Frontenac County had been doing all of North’s planning but independent planners Zanderplan was hired for this job) but I’m not blaming anybody. “The County would have done it but not on our timeline and…

Rehabilitation of Shabomeka Lake dam costs estimated at $420,000 to $545,000

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council’s regular meeting in Plevna last Thursday was a relatively quiet affair but a presentation from John Price of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority on the Shabomeka Lake dam has the potential to be an ongoing story. The dam was built in the 1950s with rehabilitation works done in 1988 to reduce seepage. However, Ontario Hydro determined that these works were temporary as the structure did not meet the stability requirements for overturning/sliding conditions. In 2016, an assessment was performed and recommended reconstruction of the embankment including raising the embankment and road elevation; rebuilding the control structure; adding gravel or a drainage blanket on the downstream slope; adding emergency discharge capacity. The conservation authority is looking at three alternatives: do nothing; complete embankment…

North Frontenac looks to build up fire department ranks

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Township is recruiting for it fire department. “We have banners up in the municipality and hopefully we’ll get some response,” said Eric Korhonen, director of emergency services/fire chief. While Korhonen has no idea how much response he will get, he would like to add about 10 new firefighters per station (Snow Road, Ompah and Plevna; the department also has a joint operation with Addington Highlands in Cloyne) or 30 overall. But, he recognizes that goal is more long-term. “Realistically, we’ll probably add a handful at a time,” he said. Prospective applicants are asked to send an email to the chief (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) expressing interest. From there, there will be an application interview, basic medical requirement and a driver’s abstract. “Then you start training,” he…

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