North Frontenac

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…
North Frontenac Little Theatre will present a local heritage revue entitled “Sunshine Sketches of Our Little Towns” as a final tribute to Central Frontenac’s Canada 150 celebratory year. The heritage revue is comprised of a series of tailor-made songs and sketches partly resurrected from a 1997 NFLT production, “The North Frontenac Revue”. The addition of a centre piece one act play, “The Wedding”, written by Deb Ibey, Carol Hillier, and Norma Wood of Plevna, adds a comic touch of local colour to the ensemble. “The Wedding” came to fruition in the early 1990s through the efforts of Claudia Radfordt who at the time spearheaded the formation of a Plevna writers and illustrators group. Group member Sharel Schonauer of Ardoch came up with the idea –…
Newspapers don’t often do advance stories for local council meetings but in this case, North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins is scheduled to present his vision for a self-sustaining community at a special Council meeting following North Frontenac’s regular meeting at the Ompah Community Hall this Friday at 1 p.m.The agendas for both meetings are on the Township’s website. Higgins has been working on his presentation for months now. “The special meeting is to introduce North Frontenac’s One Small Town project to move North Frontenac into becoming a self-sustainable municipality at some point in the future,” Higgins said. “This project is literally a world first.”And indeed it is. Without getting into too many spoilers, here are a few things you might want to know about the…

NAEC Adds Denbigh to Trick or Eat!

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:26  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
The students of North Addington Education Centre will be suiting up in their Campbell’s Soup costumes on October 31st and knocking on your door! They will be asking for non-perishable food items which will be donated to the local food bank, which is experiencing a shortage of food. About ten secondary students will be spreading out between Flinton, Northbrook, Cloyne, and Denbigh to collect non-perishable food items, instead of tricking or treating for candy. This is the second year that Denbigh will be participating, and all items from Denbigh will be donated to the Denbigh Food Bank. The students are not strangers to supporting the community who supports them. This is the seventh year for the very successful event. We’re asking community members to contribute…
After Fire Chief Eric Korhonen and consultant Terry Gervais completed a power point presentation of how they intended to go about drafting the 2017 Master Fire Plan, North Frontenac Council was pretty specific about what it didn’t want - an expensive and complicated document.The presentation came at North Frontenac Council’s regular meeting last Friday morning in Harlowe. “I guess I have one concern that this is ballooning into a huge project,” said Coun. John Inglis. “We had looked at some fairly simple document.“What will this cost? Are we getting into too much detail?”“I don’t see the cost becoming too exorbitant,” said Korhonen.“There’s a huge potential pitfall there,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “We tried this before.“We had too much input and ended up getting nothing.”“You’re absolutely…

A son pays tribute to his father

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Corin Raymond brings his Bookworm monologue to Snow Road Station and performs songs from his latest album Corin Raymond is a Toronto based singer-songwriter who has performed locally on occasion over the last ten years, most recently at the Blue Skies Music Festival last summer. He has recorded four albums since 2001, including the double album Paper Nickels which was funded entirely with Canadian Tire Money. His most recent recording, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams, was released in the spring of 2016 and was nominated for a Juno award in the contemporary roots music category. The award went to Earthly Days by William Prince. Raymond has always been a literary kind of songwriter, often making songs that have both a narrative and a poetic bent. In…

NAEC surpasses Terry Fox goal

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:22  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
NAEC students turned out in force on Thursday, September 28, to raise money in the annual Terry Fox Run. Student’s Council set a goal of $2,500 in sponsorships. The money has all been collected, and the final tally comes to $3,019.25 – over $500 higher than the goal.As well as obtaining sponsorships, 48 students and staff bought Terry Fox T-shirts, which also contributed to the fundraising. Ms. Shepherd’s class won free breakfasts for raising the most Secondary money, while Ms. Dunham’s class won free sundaes for being the top Elementary earners.Greg Garey, Alexus Wagner, Henry Hasler, Raistlin Lloyd, Avery Gaylord, and Maggie Hasler raised $100 or more each. “We are very proud that our little school was able to meet and exceed an ambitious target,”…

It was a beautiful weekend for the North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:56  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Nestled into Ridge Lane near Ardoch, where a group of cottages front on Malcolm Lake, you’ll find Red Dragon Studio and Gift Shop, where Cathy Owen displays her watercolours, stained glass, mixed media, sculpture soaps and beauty products.This was Studio 10 on this year’s North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour and the fourth time Owen has participated in the annual event. “It’s a little quieter this year, other years have been much busier,” she said on Saturday morning. “But there are 24 artisans this year and it’s a big area.“The weather has certainly been a blessing.” It was indeed a beautiful fall Saturday. And that allowed Owen to bring many pieces outside for display, a space she spared with her daughter, Wendy Clement, who was…

35 years of fire fighting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:51  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
If the firefighting thing doesn’t work out, Stan Seitz may have a future in speech writing as his reception of a 35-year service pin produced one of the better acceptance speeches in municipal awards history. “It started out in this very room (in the Ompah fire hall/community hall) in 1980,” he said. “That door there led to the outhouse. “There was an old woodstove and firefighters were expected to bring a log or two for meetings. “We had no truck, no equipment, no uniforms . . . but we had spirit. “We saw it as our job to make somebody who was having a very bad day feel a little bit better. “I feel I should warn the Mayor and Council — it’s going to…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:39  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council decided at its regular meeting Friday in Ompah that it was sometimes OK to have two cottages on a property temporarily, as long as the original one is slated for demolition. In 2011, Sarah Whittaker bought a property with and old cottage on it which she wanted to demolish once a new cottage was built. Whittaker currently teaches in Dubai and wanted to get started on the new cottage but was told recently that she couldn’t get a building permit until the old cottage came down. Charlene Cottle represented Whittaker (who is in Dubai) and told Council this presented several hardships for Whittaker. “She’s already hired a contractor and they want to lay the foundation this fall,” Cottle said. “They’d also like…

Ompah ATV run attracts 500+ riders

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Generally speaking, in the 10 years the volunteers have been holding ATV run fundraisers in Ompah, the beginning of summer event is usually busier than the end of summer one. But this year the trend was reversed with about 545 riders registered, said one of the organizers, Lindy Hay.Perhaps it was because of the nice weather. “It’s ridiculously hot and there are blackflies and mosquitos,” Hay said. “But then, I’m a winter girl. “The riders seem to be happy.” “A little light rain last night would’ve made a world of difference, but it’s still wonderful,” said rider Brent Lightbody, who came from Smiths Falls.But it seems that for most people these days, just getting out on the trails with their ATVs is a fun thing…

Saturn the big star at last Saturday’s star party near Plevna

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:13  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
About 50 people showed up to the Sky Pad near Plevna Saturday night where the planet Saturn was the main attraction. “This is a good night because you don’t always get to see Titan (Saturn’s largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system after Jupiter’s Ganymede),” said Alex Dolnycky, who was visiting from the North York Astronomical Association.It was also timely as the Cassini spacecraft ended its mission by burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere Sept. 15, the night before the star party. Dolnycky said Saturn is especially interesting for him because another Saturnian moon, Enceladus, is covered in ice that is thought to cover a subsurface ocean and as such could be a good candidate for harboring primitive life. Dolnycky lectures on…

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