North Frontenac

North Frontenac Council – Jan. 28/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Council hears from Frank Roy on 1 Metre Initiative Frank Roy made a short presentation recapping his One Metre Initiative proposal for the largest telescope in Canada, which he hopes to build under the dark skies of Mallory Hill, on Buckshot Lake Road near the historic village of Vennachar. Tourism is slated to provide 90% of the revenue needed to build and keep the proposed world-class observatory operating, while use of the digitally controlled telescope from the astronomy programs at the University of Western Ontario, Queen's University, the University of Montreal and others would cover the remaining 10%. Roy is seeking $5 million in investment, with which he says he can build the one metre telescope, a second 0.7 metre telescope that will also be…

North Frontenac Council - Jan. 14/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
One Metre Initiative seeks municipal support –  With one exception, members of North Frontenac Council seem ready to put some municipal money towards a proposed astronomical observatory at the north-west edge of the township. Frank Roy, the proponent behind the “One Metre Initiative”, (OMI) is advocating the construction of the “most powerful telescope in Canada (by a factor of 100)”, a visitors’ centre and a public observatory at Mallory Hill on Buckshot Lake Road, with the total price tag being estimated at $5 million. The One Metre Scope, so named for the width of its lens, would be remotely controlled and would be devoted to scientific research, but the prospectus includes plans to construct a smaller 0.7 metre telescope, which would be accessible to the…

Fury Finalists in Pembroke Regional Silver Stick

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Back Kevin Hitchcock, Keighan Chadwick, Emma LeBlanc, Jamie Hitchcock, Erica Sortberg, Kelsey Player, Kayla Clinton, Brianna Blight, Buff Chadwick; Front Row: Lacey Henwood, Suzanne Allison, Nicole Hunter, Leah Quenneville Congratulations to the Frontenac Fury Midget C Girls for taking home second place at the Pembroke Silver Stick, held in December. The girls played teams from South Dundas, Caster River and Kemptville, losing out to South Dundas in the final game of the tournament to take home 2nd place. The banner (seen in photo) will be raised at the North Frontenac Community Arena at a later date. The team will be competing in the Brockville Angels 41st Annual Freeze Tournament on February 19-21, and then preparing for Regional Playdowns for Provincial competition. “We are very proud of…

“Quiet” Ice storm hits the Land o' Lakes

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Skootamatta Lake Road, north of Cloyne. “If this were happening in Napanee or Kingston, it would be all over the news, but since it is only out here, you don't hear anything about it.” That's how Addington Highlands Reeve Henry Hogg describes the ice storm on December 26 that caused havoc on the roads and power outages in the region north and east of Northbrook, extending to Plevna, Cloyne, Ompah and Denbigh. Hydro workers were out in force throughout the holidays, trudging through the snow and ice to remove trees that had fallen over hydro lines. For many residents the power returned for a few hours or days, only to go off again as new trees came down and the lines went down again. “One…

North Frontenac announces Narrowed broadband project

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
When all was said and done, more was said than done. Omniglobe Networks has signed an agreement with North Frontenac Township to expand high-speed Internet services in the western part of the township. “High speed internet access will be available in the hamlets of Ardoch, Myers Cave, Cloyne, as well as surrounding areas including Mazinaw, Mississagagon, Kashwakamak, Shabomeka and Marble Lakes,” according to a press release from Omniglobe that was released in late December. Omniglobe was the successful applicant to a request for proposal process that was funded by a government grant that the township received from the province early last summer. The grant offered up to $335,000 in matching funding for towers and equipment to provide broadband service where it has been unavailable. The…

Relay for Life relocates to Flinton

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
For the past three consecutive summers the Parham Fairgrounds has been the location of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington’s Relay for Life which, up until now, has been headed by Claire Macfarlane, Chair of Relay for Life for Central Frontenac. In its short three-year history, the Central Frontenac Relay, a 12-hour event that runs through the night, where teams obtain pledges, camp out all night and walk throughout the night, has raised close to $70,000 each year. Last year there had been talk about finding a new location for this year’s relay in order to give area residents and supporters a break, and to give another community an opportunity to host the event. The Flinton Recreation Centre was suggested last year as a possible new venue…

North Frontenac Council - Nov. 24/11

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Minister pours cold water on NF succession plans The Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has responded to a letter from North Frontenac Council that requested leave to hold a referendum on pulling the township out of Frontenac County. “Please note that subsection 1(1) of Ontario Regulation 425/00 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits municipalities from submitting a question to electors regarding municipal restructuring,” the letter concludes. Watson did write that he would consider a proposal to create an alternative structure for North Frontenac but cautioned that, “The decision to change municipal structures is an extremely complex and important undertaking. Any proposal must show fiscal “self-sustainability for any proposed new municipalities, demonstrate property tax fairness,” and “be endorsed and submitted by the County…

North Frontenac Council - Sept. 30/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Opposition mounts to Woodcrest expansion Woodcrest Resort has room for 94 campsites (suitable for trailers) on a 40-acre site on Mitchell Bay, Kashwakamak Lake in North Frontenac, and the resort owners have applied to expand their operation by adding 200 more sites, to be located further from the water than the existing sites. Early this past spring, in line with a report from planning consultant Glenn Tunnock, council informed Woodcrest's owners, the Colton family, that a site plan agreement, including detailed drawings outlining the location of the sites and the septic system, etc. would be required before the township would approve the expansion. Since then, opposition to the plan has been brewing, and last week council received a letter from Kashwakamak Lake Association President Mary…

Ompah’s ATV Run

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 October 2009 09:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Not since the Ompah Stomp weekends in the heydays of the ‘80s has this little hamlet in North Frontenac seen such a successful event. Starting around 8 A.M. on September 26 the streams of pickup trucks, trailers and ATVs started to pour in for the start of what participants say is the best ATV run in Ontario. The Ompah Volunteer Fire Department sponsors this event in both the spring and the fall. In the spring ATV enthusiasts experience the somewhat muddy and challenging trails of the rocky north, while the main fall features are the gorgeous fall colours and beautiful sunny weather the organizers always seem to arrange for the day. Last Saturday 300 ATVs took part, each traveling over 67 km. A trail lunch…

North Frontenac Council - Jan. 20/09

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 January 2009 06:37  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Historical society has plans for Cloyne’s 150th. Carolyn McCulloch and Marg Axford brought three issues to North Frontenac Council last week, to warm response. The first was what they have dubbed the “Viking Lodge” project. It concerns a historic log cabin, located on Big Gull Lake on the property of Bob and Lori Cuddy. “It's a near-perfect example of the homes that were built in the 1860s” said Marg Axford, “the logs, which are up to 24 inches wide, are in quite good condition.” The historical society would like to move it to the site of the museum in Cloyne so it can become, in itself, a display, and it can also house some of the artifacts currently housed in the museum and outdoors. “We…

North Frontenac food bank

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 January 2009 06:37  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Food Bank Committee would like to thank all the individuals, groups, organizations, churches, schools, and businesses who have given their support to the food bank over the past year, especially during the Christmas season. Even though the food bank is a small, unregistered charity operated by a few volunteers, our communities have rallied around it with caring generosity over the last several years. This allows the committee to continue to provide assistance to families in an emergency situation. The food bank gave out 214 food boxes last year, which was a 21% increase from 2007. Unfortunately, the need for food banks is becoming greater due to increases in living costs such as heat, transportation and food, which are not reflected in increases…
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