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North Frontenac Little Theatre News Flash

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Since January a group of creative children and adults have been hard at work rehearsing for the Spring production of “The Little Mermaid”.. It is a delightful little musical based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. Rehearsing during winter months poses many challenges due to weather conditions and of course the common “cold”. Having dedicated parents on board to help out with bringing children to practices is essential. We are also grateful to have parent volunteers helping with set construction and sewing and creating costumes and props. Once again, Artistic Director, Brian Robertson, has chosen a show which engages the imagination and will lead the children into the world of make believe that will come to life on stage in the Spring. Look for…

Plevna Freshmart/North of 7 restaurant “not a corner store any more”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It wasn’t that long ago that the Plevna Freshmart looked like it might be on its last legs. The attached North of 7 Family Restaurant had closed and the grocery store had become more of a convenience store/gas bar operation. But on Sept. 1 of last year, Bill James bought it. A Plevna native, James had run a successful diesel fuel business but had decided the time had come to sell. He had some commitments to diesel business up until the end of January but now he’s fully committed to his new venture. “I saw it (the restaurant/grocery store) needed some help,” he said. “And I needed something to do.” Well, he has plenty to do now. He started by increasing inventory in the grocery…

Algonquin to Adirondack

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
In order to explain the relevance of the corridor of territory that links two of the larges wilderness parks in the Eastern Seabord, Adirondack Park in New York State and Algonquin Park in Ontario, the story of Alice the Moose always comes up. Alice was first identified in Rochester in New York State, and later on she turned up in Algonquin Park. Her journey included hopping from island to island in the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. She then traversed along a corridor of lakes and wetlands in Eastern Ontario of which Frontenac Park in South Frontenac and Frontenac Parklands in North Frontenac make up the western edge, and over the Madawaska river and on to the park. The corridor through which Alive…

North Frontenac Little Theatre News Flash

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Since January a group of creative children and adults have been hard at work rehearsing for the Spring production of “The Little Mermaid”. It is a delightful little musical based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. Rehearsing during winter months poses many challenges due to weather conditions and of course the common “cold”. Having dedicated parents on board to help out with bringing children to practices is essential. We are also grateful to have parent volunteers helping with set construction and sewing and creating costumes and props. Once again, Artistic Director, Brian Robertson, has chosen a show which engages the imagination and will lead the children into the world of make believe that will come to life on stage in the Spring. Look for…

Providing rides considerably more expensive in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:54  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The cost of providing rides to seniors and others (for medical appointments, other appointments and shopping/entertainment) is very expensive, Frontenac Transportation Services administrator Gail Young told North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. Young, along with Rural Frontenac Community Services director Louise Moody were there at Council’s request, which came at a previous Council meeting in Harlowe. “Being raised in Henderson, I know the challenges,” Young said. “One of the big issues in this area is that the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) will only pay for the time the client is in the car so we have to pay for getting drivers to the client.“We’re working on keeping those costs down.” “Our problem is geography,” said Moody. “It’s a long…

Planning costs to go up for North Frontenac if County continues to be providor

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:19  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council received Frontenac County’s report on planning costs for the Township for information and approved in principle the costing formula. Frontenac County Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe Gallivan and County CAO Kelly Pender were at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting Friday in Plevna to discuss the County Plan. Gallivan told Council that the current planning staff (himself and community planner Megan Rueckwald) could no longer continue providing planning services without the addition of a third planner. “Our workload is going above two planners,” Gallivan said. The cost of the third planner would primarily be borne by Central Frontenac, North Frontenac and Frontenac Islands. The cost for North Frontenac would be $11,070 in 2018 and rise every year to become $49,456 in…

Clogging up a storm in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:19  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Ask any ‘clogger’ and they’ll probably be adamant that clogging is not square dancing, or tap dancing or any other kind of dance. It’s clogging and that is an art form in itself. The word ‘clog’ essentially is an old Gaelic term for ‘time.’ And that’s a big part of the dance with the heel keeping time. While it has roots in European folk dance (Irish, Scottish, English and German), its deepest roots come from the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s where all of these styles began to merge with elements of First Nations and African American dances to create a uniquely North American art form. At one time, industrial or wooden shoes were worn to provide a good clear beat but today oxfords with…

North Frontenac Township budget finalised with levy increase of 1.4%

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Members of North Frontenac Council made short shrift of the 2018 township budget on Monday morning (January 28), working through the entire document, approving a couple of small tweaks, and approving it in principle in time for a late lunch. The only major change they made to the document was to fund half of the $110,000 increase in the Ontario Provincial Police requisition with reserve funds instead of tax levy dollars. A $55,000 cut in the levy represents almost a 1% difference, dropping a projected increase of 2.37% in the draft budget to 1.41% in the final document. In real dollars, North Frontenac ratepayers will kick in $5.85 million this year, $88,000 more than the $5.77 million they paid in 2017. The other factors that…

Ompah diners welcome a special guest

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:17  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Somehow, they fooled Leeanne White. She was going up to what she calls “the government lunch” in Ompah, the monthly Rural Frontenac Community Services Diners lunch at the newly renovated hall, and she said she “just happened to say to my friend that it was coming up on my birthday, and the next thing you know when I got to Ompah they had a cake out and Catherine Tysick was asking all these questions of me, like how much family I had and what work did I do and so on. I would like to thank the people who put it on. They got me,” she said when contacted over the phone earlier this week. She is not entirely surprised that has lived such a…
About 52 per cent of the septic systems inspected during the 2017 program had no concerns, Eric Kohlsmith of Mississippi Rideau Septic System Office told North Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last Friday in Plevna. However, he said, only one system was recommended for replacement. The other 45 per cent only needed some remedial work including pump outs and replacing baffles. “It should be noted that age was not a significant factor in the system deficiencies identified,” he said. He said interaction with property owners was “very positive” and that 64 per cent of the property owners were present during the inspections. He said 41 park land campsites were inspected in the 2017 program, all on Crotch Lake. “Given the difficult access and rough…

North Frontenac to look at options for planning services

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:43  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac will be revisiting how it handles planning following a discussion at its regular meeting last Friday in Ompah. Currently, planning work (subdivisions, condominiums, severances, minor variances, etc) is handled by Frontenac County on behalf of the Township. But a recent report from director of planning and economic development Joe Gallivan says that the current workload leads to an unacceptable amount of overtime and therefore justifies the hiring of a junior planner with a salary in the range of $90,000 per year. Gallivan’s report suggests that salary should come out of the County levy but also acknowledges that that might not be approved by County Council as the services provided would only be applicable to Central Frontenac, North Frontenac and Frontenac Islands. South Frontenac…

Ontario Municipal Partnership fund targets fiscally challenged townships

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:41  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
When the Ontario Liberal government took power in 2003, one of the key issues for municipal governments was dealing with all of the downloaded costs that had been one of the features of municipal amalgamation under the previous Conservative administration under Mike Harris. The municipal share of costs for social programs, ambulance service, policing, and other services had increased or been instituted for the first time. While the McGuinty, and now the Wynne Liberals have not taken uploaded entire sectors as municipalities had wished, they have uploaded some costs. They also brought in, early in their first mandate, a funding program aimed at helping more vulnerable municipalities cope with the cost of uploaded services. Over time, the program, which is now called the Ontario Municipal…

Mississippi News

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:11  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
(note – this was missed in the newspaper this week. Much apologies to all of the great Pearl Killingbeck fans – ps she is our favourite columnist as well, but don’t tell anybody because it is a secret) What a great get together at the Maples on Wednesday December 6 for Harriett Riddell’s 84th birthday. 15 people attended, it was a great meal as usual. Thank you Elaine for the beautiful carrot cake you always make, and everyone loves. (The staff at the Maples always love it too!) Happy birthday Harriett, we wish you many many more. Friday morning at Coffee Break was the community doing it together. There was a great crowd. It was nice to see Joelle and Don’s son Scott out enjoying…

Concert at Snow Road Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:14  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On the evening of Thursday December 14th Joey Wright and Al Tuck will be performing an intimate concert of song and story telling. The concert will be held at the Snow Road community hall at 7:00pm. In June 2013, Tuck's studio album Stranger at the Wake was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. "Fair Country" is a mix of original songs and co-writes with poet Alex Rettie; and covers, was released in 2016. December 2016 saw the release of a tribute album, featuring 15 of Tuck's songs, performed by 15 of his musical friends, and produced by Adam Gallant of Charlottetown, PEI. Joey Wright is a Juno-nominated songwriter, composer and performer from Toronto/Elphin. Joey is well known for his lyrical and inspired guitar and…

Council backs out of support for energy project

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:14  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Council voted to amend resolution 518-17 passed at the previous special Council meeting. The resolution extended Council’s support for the One Small Town project as presented by Mayor Ron Higgins. Councillor Wayne Good and Dep. Mayor Fred Perry moved the resolution to exclude support for the electrical generation aspect until details of that particular project are made public. Good said he and Perry had received an email from a constituent expressing concerns about the project that gave him pause. Several other councilors appeared to be having second thoughts as well. “I’d like to modify 518-17,” said Councillor John Inglis. “We weren’t given any technical details or information about financing. “My concern is when a business comes with a plan, we don’t normally support it by…

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