North Frontenac

The best Sail Mazinaw yet!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:40  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Saturday July 8 was the third annual Sail Mazinaw.  14 different sailboats and dozens of sailors participated.  The weather was very cooperative.  There had been repeating thunderstorms through the night, but the skies cleared and a very sailable wind set from the northwest.  The fleet included a couple of sailboards, a variety of singlehanded dinghies, and a fleet of keelboats. Many of the crews met for breakfast at Mazinaw Lakeside Resort.  Then later, a few boats made their way to the lagoon in the provincial park for the Friends of Bon Echo barbecue.  After an afternoon of sailing, crews and friends met for dock drinks and a meal. This year's winners of the Mazinaw Cup are single-handed sailors Kerry Skipper of the Lower Lake and…

Fiddlers and Friends Return to Ompah

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Fiddlers and Friends have filled the Ompah Community Centre several times in the last few years and the appreciative audience left wanting more.  In fact the audience joined in whenever the opportunity arose and felt that they were part of the concert too.  The band has always talked about the great audience and all fun they had.  They are delighted to have the chance to return to Ompah to play a completely Canadian set of tunes. Fiddlers and Friends love to entertain by sharing their joy of music and zany sense of fun.  They play a cheerful set of old-time fiddle tunes that has the audience clapping, toe tapping and singing along.  Fiddlers are joined by keyboard, double bass, and cello.  The irrepressible Lois Webster…

Back Forty Artisan Cheese

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:00  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Making a living from June to September in this area is a relatively simple matter. However, the rest of the year is often quite problematic, as many a failed business owner has found out. But Jeff and Jenna Fenwick may have found a wrinkle that others have missed. You see, the owners of Back Forty Artisan Cheese on Gully Road in Mississippi Station have gone about things in a slightly different manner. Instead of immediately taking advantage of the readily available clientele summer in the Frontenacs provides, they got their main business — providing artisan cheese to restaurants and tea rooms — up and thriving before getting into the summer cottage and tourism market. Last Saturday, they opened their shop and patio for the season,…

Local connection to our flag

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:45  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On Saturday, June 24, as part of our Canada 150 celebrations, Ompah resident Cille Harris presented a video, “Let’s Celebrate Canada’s Flag”, produced by the Flag Wavers of Waterloo Region. The video is a history of Canada's maple leaf flag that ends with a tribute to Cille’s father, Bernard G. F. D’Eon, former resident of Perth, proud patriot and lover of Canada’s flag since its birth in 1965. Though not a wealthy man, “Bernie D’eon” purchased a colour advertisement in an Ottawa newspaper to celebrate both the 5th and 10th anniversaries of the adoption of the flag.  The ad came to the attention of John Matheson, MP for Leeds and Perth resident, who was impressed with the passion of an ordinary Canadian citizen.  In his…

Snow Road Community Centre Grand re-opening

Written by  |  Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:46  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It was standing room only at the former schoolhouse, now know as the Snow Road Community Centre on Saturday afternoon (June 17) Gerry Lichty, President of the Community Centre, was the Master of Ceremonies. The building was originally constructed in 1896. The local township, South Palmerston, provided the local school trustees with a debenture for $400 to cover the cost of the new building with the terms of repayment of $100 per annum with 6% interest. The school proved to be a wise investment wit attendance of up to 50 students a year. At times it was so busy that desks frequently did dual or triple duty. All this under the supervision of only one teacher. The building served serves as the local school until…

North Frontenac to cut and spot-spray invasive plant species

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:21  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac will tackle invasive plants with a cut and spot-spraying approach following a recommendation by Public Works Manager Jim Phillips at Council’s regular meeting last week in Harlowe. In his report, Phillips said that in a series of meetings with his counterparts and CAOs in Frontenac County Townships, it was unlikely that there would be any joint tenders with other townships. He said the County’s only participation would be if invasive species affected the K & P Trail. “On May 10, (we) met with Central Frontenac staff and received a presentation from Steve Ford, who represents a company that specializes in roadside invasive weed management,” Phillips said in his report. “Steve advised that based on our anticipated needs he would recommend selective spot spraying…

Back Forty season opening party

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Back Forty Cheese will be open on Saturdays throughout the summer, and to mark the start of the summer season, they are holding an open house and party onn June 24 between 10am and 4pm. The converted drive shed that serves as a cheese factory and tasting room for Back Forty Cheese, and a loft studio for Jenna Rose, will be open and tours of the factory and studio will be offered at different times throughout the day. All of Back Forty’s sheep’s cheeses will be available, including Highland Blue, Madawaska, Bonnechere, Flower Station and Ompah, as well as fresh curd, ricotta and fried curd as well. Charcuterie boards and baguettes will be available as well. Meanwhile, outside in the yard that leads out to…

NAEC canoe trip to Algonquin

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:15  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
On Wednesday, May 31st, North Addington Education Centre’s Grade 11 and Grade 12 Recreation and Fitness Leadership class, travelled to Algonquin park to partake in a 4-day canoe trip. The students prepared for the trip during the month of May during their class. They had to prepare presentations to teach the rest of the class important information about the trip. They also had to go through various amounts of training to learn proper canoe strokes and safety practices, such as canoe-over-canoe rescue, as well as how to portage efficiently over long distances. Their trip consisted of canoeing multiple lakes throughout a day, as well as numerous portages, one being approximately 2.5 kilometres! The students successfully completed the portages in record times and kept a positive…

ATV reps enjoy North Frontenac hospitality

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:36  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Township, in conjunction with the Ottawa Valley ATV Association,  hosted the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicles (OFATV) Annual General Meeting last weekend, with great success. Dave Baker, the OFATV Association President, said that representatives from over 50 associations attended the meeting. “The venue, trails, accommodations, location, and volunteers were fantastic, and everyone enjoyed a great weekend. Many participants were excited to get more information about the area for future trail-side vacations!,” he said afterwards. Putting the event on was a community effort involving supporters from across North and Central Frontenac. Lodges, B&B’s and Inn’s from throughout the township held rooms for the guests, who arrived on Friday and gathered at the Ompah hall for a meet and greet, catered by Cota’s Mobile…

Higgins alone in seeking ward/council changes

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:23  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Perhaps North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins said it best himself: “It doesn’t look like this will be going through.” It wasn’t exactly an admission of defeat, more an acceptance of reality, but being that Higgins was the driving force behind changing the wards and subsequent representation on Council, it would certainly seem that the status quo will be what the Township carries into the 2018 elections. Higgins was speaking at a special meeting of Council last Saturday at Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna, to consider revamping the make-up of Council as well as waste disposal/recycling options. At the Nov. 4, 2016 Council meeting, Higgins presented proposed changes which would feature elimination of the ward system as well as the reduction of bodies on Council to five…

Changes likely to North Frontenac waste disposal/recycling

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:19  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
How North Frontenac disposes of waste and recycling is about to go through some major changes. At a special meeting of Council last Saturday at Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna, Public Works Manager Jim Phillips went through the proposed changes, not all of which were met with public, or Council, approval. Phillips said he expects to have a new bylaw ready for the June 30 Council meeting. He said that much of the impetus for changes stem from the cost to dispose of bulky waste, construction materials and white goods. “We budgeted $12,000 last year for this and our costs were double that,” Phillips said. “We’re not collecting enough to reflect the cost of disposal for these items.” Essentially, the proposals are two-fold. First, tipping fees…

Jupiter doesn’t disappoint in kick-off to summer star nights

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:33  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It’s a quiet evening with a few clouds in the sky and annoying clouds of blackflies when the breeze fades every few moments or so. And then  . . . “Jupiter!” shouts amateur astronomer Guy Nason, pointing to the southern sky. As if by magic, the clouds part, the bugs are gone and four fancy telescopes start whirring into action. Within minutes, there are images of our solar system’s largest planet, complete with all four Galilean moons available for all who want to see. It’s relatively rare to catch Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto in the same frame as it’s seems there is always one or more behind the gas giant when you get a chance to look at it through a decent telescope. (By…

Is it Yurt-gate at North Frontenac Council?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:12  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Shawn Merriman, the new Chief Building Official (CBO), offered his opinion on how Council should proceed with penalizing North Frontenac residents who constructed a yurt in the Township without the proper permits in place. “This case should still proceed,” Merriman said. “Yurts depend on the usage as much as the actual thing.” “The previous CBO has agreed that it's a building, I have, from my previous experience at other townships, agreed too,” Merriman said. “If they can be used as a residence, and in this case it appears that it is being used as a residence, even if it's seasonal, it's a slippery slope to get into it.” Mayor Higgins was adamant about deferring the decision until they could sit down with the planning department,…

Ompah mural unveiling brightens up rainy Saturday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:02  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
A dedicated crowd defied some rainy weather on Saturday to celebrate concurrent events, the ribbon cutting of a newly constructed rest stop in Ompah and the unveiling of 5 murals painted by North Frontenac artists Fred Fowler, Marlene Leeson, Cathy Owen, Linda Rush and Katie Ohlke. North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins, flanked by Council and resident members of the township economic development task force, welcomed everyone and presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a modern, aluminum enclosure that is one of the key elements to the rest stop, which also includes a porta-potty and a gravel parking lot. The lot where the rest stop is located steeped in recent North Frontenac history as it was purchased by the township several years ago…

Packed hall celebrates history of lodges in North Frontenac Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
They had to break out the extra chairs as a capacity crowd filled Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna last Saturday to celebrate the rich history of lodges in North Frontenac. The afternoon began with guests invited to browse the various exhibits before CMCA coordinator Brenda Martin welcomed the crowd with her opening remarks. Martin pointed to the various exhibits spread around the hall showcasing all 63 lodges that have existed within the boundaries of the Township and a couple from without. “We’ve covered all 63 and even went slightly outside of the Township because of the connection with Plevna,” she said. “These lodges have provided economic benefits for years and many are over 100 years old. “Twenty-four of the lodges are historic but 39 are still…

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