North Frontenac

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…

Sunshine Sketches of our Little Towns

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:14  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The North Frontenac Little Theatre showed presented an adorable collection of skits, songs and musical numbers last weekend. The heart of the show was seeing familiar faces, in memorable situations, all coming together. The News sat down with one of the most important people in the whole production, stage Manager and long time NFLT participant Margo McCullough. This was Margo’s 9th production with NFLT, her first as stage manager. Her only performing role, was that of a dancing tree in the Wizard of Oz. “From the beginning, I thought, hey I can do this. I am so thankful that (Director) Brian Robertson asked me. He’s such an amazing, talented and well spoken person. I couldn’t say no. I feel more comfortable behind the scenes.” The…

Update from Knitters for Global Warmth

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:06  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The knitting continues. We have donated over 11,800 articles in the last ten years. This past year we sent knitting up north with the Anglican Church Bales in the spring and recently Marge Taylor from Ompah took a hundred and thirty more toques, afghans, sweaters, mitts, socks, dolls and teddy bears to go north of Igualuit. Many thanks to knitters Yvonne Leblanc and Liz Bruce from Sydenham and Val Kennett from Perth for their continued support. Also thanks to Bev Murdock and Jackie Saville for their generous donations of yarn. Best wishes to all during this Christmas season and keep knitting. For info call Peggy Beckett at 268-2443.

Home Grown Christmas

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:21  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The Tay Valley Community Choir presents it's annual Christmas concert titled “A Home Grown Christmas'. The choir is renowned for its warm, cozy country concerts where the audience takes an active part by joining in the sing-a-long songs. Several groups of local musicians will add to the Home Grown joyful celebration of music.   The choir, under the direction of Rebecca Worden and accompanist Mary Lou Carrol, has been hard at work preparing seasonal tunes and two different takes on the Hallelujah Chorus. Local musician and former music teacher Jack Hurd has helped the choir prepare a song that he arranged for one of his high school musicals.   The Home Grown theme continues as individual members of the choir show off their talents. Special…

Earthship builder ready to do his part in One Small Town project

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:09  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
For 18 years, David Craig built conventional homes. Then, he saw the film Garbage Warrior, a 2007 documentary about Mike Reynolds, who came up with the Earthship style of building. Intrigued, he went to take a course from Reynolds in New Mexico. When he got back to Canada, he quit his job (“it was a good job,” he said) and began building Earthships. He has two of these completed and sold under his belt. Craig’s company, Talking Trees Communities, is one of the ‘stakeholders’ in C & T North Frontenac’s One Small Town project. Craig’s part, and indeed his vision, is to create a community of Earthships. “Eighty-nine would work, 111 would be nice,” he said. Currently, Craig is working out of the house beside…
The Ducharme family is pretty busy these days. Not only are they installing thousands of lights at just the correct location in the four acre patch of property that they decorate for Christmas each year, there is also the matter of preparing the Singing Trees. “We store about 80% of the lights each year and put them up in new locations to keep the display new,”said Greg Ducharme early this week, “and tee Singing Trees are new for us this year. The lights are hooked in to a computer so they respond to the music that is played through the system. It really looks like the trees are singing when you see it in action.” Ducharme is waiting for the final piece of equipment to…

One Small Town initiative to be rolled out over time, at three separate locations

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Ron Higgins sees himself as a kind of hub in the wheel that is rolling towards a major change in the economic and social reality in North Frontenac Township over the next ten years. He is neither and investor nor a proponent for any of the series of projects that are in various stages of development, but he has been at the centre of the effort to put groups and individuals interested in starting new ventures with the governmental and non-governmental agencies that can help make the ventures come to fruition. Higgins brought the projects together in one package at a special meeting of Council almost two weeks ago. He was seeking Council’s support in principle in order to advance one of the projects, a…

Raffle for lot in One Small Town project cancelled over licensing issues

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A raffle for a lot in the One Small Town community proposed for North Frontenac Township has been cancelled after it was discovered that no licence had been issued. “After checking into it, we realised we didn’t have a licence and wouldn’t have time to get one,” said Duncan Spence, national coordinator for Ubuntu Canada acting as spokesperson for C & T (Contribute & Thrive) North Frontenac, the cooperative being formed to facilitate the One Small Town project. “We notified everybody who had bought tickets and asked if they wanted a full refund or to make a contribution. “We’re being very transparent here and not hiding anything.” The raffle had been promoted on the Talking Trees website and its Facebook Page. On Nov. 6, The…

North Frontenac announces new public works manager

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:14  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Township announced it has hired a new public works manager at its regular Council meeting last Friday in Ompah. Darwyn Sproule becomes the new public works manager effective Nov. 20, replacing Jim Phillips who earlier this year announced his retirement date as Dec. 22, 2017.In a press release, CAO Cheryl Robson said: “Darwyn brings a wealth of knowledge as a professional engineer and 34 years of experience with the Ministry of Transportation in a management capacity.“We look forward to working with Darwyn.” The press release also said: “We sincerely appreciate the level of expertise that (Phillips) brought to our Township and wish Jim all the best in his future endeavours.”“This is a good news story and great for our Township,” said Coun. Gerry…

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