SF Museum opening — stone houses, knitted socks and a pair of old skates

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The South Frontenac Museum in Hartington officially opened its doors for the season Saturday as part of the Doors Open Ontario program. New to the museum this year is a presentation of 62 old stone houses in the area by David Jeffries, which is a project of the newly-formed South Frontenac Heritage Committee. And Doug Lovegrove’s little military history corner is also undergoing some changes. “We’re moving out some of the Second World War stuff in favour of the 146th Overseas Battalion (the First World War unit formed in this area,” he said. “We’ve also got some stuff about life in the trenches such as the knitting program whereby people on the home front would knit socks for the soldiers. “Sometimes, they could go through…

South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Neighbourhood Speeding Concerns: No Easy AnswerChris Wilcox, Jevon Austin and Philippe Archambault, all of Silverwood Drive in Storrington District, made what has become an annual trip to Council to express concerns for the safety of their children which they feel is threatened by the fast driving of local residents along their road. (Silverwood leads from Round Lake Road to Loughborough Lake.) None of them professed to have an answer to the problem: in the past, a temporary speed hump seemed to help, but their road does not meet the criteria set by Council for combined volume and speed of traffic. Other possibilities discussed included lowering the speed limit or having a sign giving a read-out of current speeds, which flashes when the limit is exceeded.…

South Frontenac volunteers of the year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mary-Jo DowkerMary-Jo Dowker is well-known in Verona, especially in the softball community, having been involved for 11 years, most as convenor. This is a time-consuming role that begins long before the softball season, usually in January or February, and continues until Fall. As convenor, Mary-Jo liaises with and represents Verona at the Frontenac County Minor Softball Association. She takes care of all the registration, recruiting of coaches, equipment and uniform maintenance, purchasing and organization. She also does all the scheduling for Verona/Hartington Softball and coordinates with the Frontenac County Minor Softball Association and the InterCommunity Softball Association to avoid conflicts.   Mary-Jo organizes umpires through the Limestone Umpire Association, acts as the treasurer and fundraises too! Field maintenance, washrooms and clubhouse are all taken care…

Verona Lions ATV Poker Run and Show

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Verona Lions would like you to save the date Saturday, July 7th as they are hosting their first ATV Poker Run and Show at the Verona Lions Centre, 4504 Verona Sand Road. The show and run will open at 10:30am to the general public with a vendor’s midway showcasing the latest offerings from your favourite ATV manufacturers as well as other outdoor products. The Lions Canteen will be open for duration of the show serving their famous Lions burgers, fries and more. Whether you come to see the latest ATV’s in the vendor’s midway or to have some lunch or even ride the poker run, they’ll be looking forward to seeing you there. The poker run registration will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm and…

New Leaf Link marks it 10th anniversary

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
New Leaf Link (NeLL) was set up to serve a growing number of developmentally disabled young adults in South Frontenac. After graduating from Sydenham High School, where there was and still is an excellent school to community program, there was nothing in the township for the graduates. At the time, Dr. Karin Steiner, New Leaf Link’s Executive Director, was looking to continue her work as an autism educator and to find a program to benefit her son Nicolas, who has autism. In its initial press release, New Leaf Link set out some principles, which make interesting reading after ten years. “We aim to steward the occupational, cultural, and social contributions of disabled participants by a) creating a model educational centre; b) linking the strengths and…

Kings Town Tenors back in Bellrock for return engagement

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“We had so much fun last year, we just had to come back,” said Jack Francis, aka The Happy Chef, who along with Tim Torgersen and Danny Young fronts the Kings Town Tenors. The singing threesome was backed by Tony Negus on keyboards and acoustic guitar, Chris Petersen on bass, Brandon Amey on guitar and newcomer Gary Barratt on drums. After a lengthy discussion on which colour fedoras to wear (they went with the tan, same as last year), the Tenors took the stage for a 36-song, two-hour set. Included were covers of five Beatles tunes, three Creedence Clearwater Revivals, three Leonard Cohens, a couple of Bee Gees, two James Taylor and a top 10 list of 60s/70s pop-rock tunes including Never Been to Spain,…
Rural Life is good. It is not static, or stuck in the mud. When I was six I walked to school and had been taught my address- in case of emergency. At that time I lived on county road 9. In later years I lived on my uncle's farm. He earned a living through mixed farming, a mixture of Holstein milkers, chickens for eggs, and a few pigs. Times changed for him when his barn was struck by lightening. Gone were the hay loft and middle storage area for equipment. A small holding adjacent to his farm was for sale. Uncle Wally bought it because it had an implement barn- a place to store his equipment for winter. Another change happened to him. The adjacent…

Verona Lions ATV Poker Run and Show

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:43  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Verona Lions would like you to save the date Saturday, July 7th as they are hosting their first ATV Poker Run and Show at the Verona Lions Centre, 4504 Verona Sand Road. The show and run will open at 10:30am to the general public with a vendor’s midway showcasing the latest offerings from your favourite ATV manufacturers as well as other outdoor products. The Lions Canteen will be open for duration of the show serving their famous Lions burgers, fries and more. Whether you come to see the latest ATV’s in the vendor’s midway or to have some lunch or even ride the poker run, they’ll be looking forward to seeing you there. The poker run registration will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm and…

South Frontenac Mayor’s race is on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:08  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
1 term Loughborough Councillor Mark Schjerning to challenge incumbent Ron Vandewal As voting day in the Provincial election comes and goes, the second election of 2018 is just starting to round into view. The municipal vote takes place in October. Nominations opened on May 1st and will close at the end of July. In order to run for either Mayor or for member of Council, 25 signatures from people eligible to vote in the township where the nominee is running need to accompany the application, along with $100 for council member and $200 for head of council (Mayor or Reeve). Most of the candidates who have come forward thus far are seeking re-election in the same position they already hold, but in South Frontenac there…

Inverary’s New Community Gardens

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When KFLA Health Unit’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge met Christine Lavallee’s dream of a community garden, things really began to happen. On one of the hottest days of last week, teacher Jason Quenneville’s class descended on Inverary with safety glasses and power tools, to spend a day assembling six big frames for accessible raised gardens. These will be located in a sunny field just south of the village, adjacent to Lavallee’s kitchen and store, The Cookery. Usually, community gardens are plots of land parcelled out to individuals, but Lavallee’s plan is much more communal and inclusive: many parts of the community have come together, drawn by her vision and enthusiasm. She and Cyndi Jones of KFLA Public Health list some of the partners in this…

South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Special notice – road closure Road 38 will be closed between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith from 9am-7pm for the week of June 11-15. (Open to local traffic only). The detour will run between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith via Stars Corners and Wilton Road. Goal is to have the new Harrowsmith intersection completed by the 1st of July. New Deputy Mayor Sworn InCouncillor Alan Revill was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the year. Deputy Mayor Revill set a new standard by having memorized the oath, speaking it directly to the assembly. Property AcquisitionCouncil moved out of a closed session to approve the purchase, from parkland reserve, of a strip of property in Sydenham along the northwest shore of Millhaven Creek, abutting the…

Naturalists to Count Plant and Animal Species at BioBlitz

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(June 15-16) The Kingston Field Naturalists will hold their 20th annual BioBlitz to count plant, animal and other species as a measure of the biodiversity of a local area in June. The event is open to the public and is to be held at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary of the Kingston Field Naturalists north of Sydenham.   Natural history specialists, amateurs and members of the public will identify and record as many plant and animal species as possible over a 24 hour period. The idea is to set a baseline of the biodiversity for the area. A BioBlitz is a community based initiative linking science, education and public participation. It is a fun and free event. There will be guided walks to learn about a…
Doug van der Horden has been fighting against human trafficking for many years. He has a Facebook page, FAST 101 Fighting Against Sex Trafficking 101 but has been fighting an uphill battle. But, he has come up with a program to help some of the victims and last Sunday, the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church came to his aid, raising $6,000 to provide about 24 backpacks to be given out to girls who’ve fallen victim to this crime that he says “depends on secrecy to operate.” “We want people to be more aware of the problem and the need for support for children and youth in our community,” said BJ Calver, HFMC a missions. The bags are backpacks stuffed with all sorts of personal items such…

The Friends of Frontenac Park Celebrate “The Year of the Bird

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Is has been 100 years since North American laws protecting migratory birds were passed. To commemorate the success of this legislation, the National Geographic Society has designed 2018 as “The Year of the Bird”, inviting nature lovers around the world to continue to protect birds today and for the next one hundred years.   In celebrating The Year of the Bird, The Friends of Frontenac Park will be offering a variety of educational programs and events to teach people of all ages about our local bird species, and to engage the community in monitoring local bird populations. Hands-on, interactive displays will provide an up-close look at birds so as to facilitate species identification, while focused workshops will deliver training in winter bird identification, bird taxidermy,…

Frontenac Fury family fun run/walk returns June 10

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Help support local girls’ hockey by signing up for the fourth Fury Family Fun Run June 10 in Harrowsmith.   Organized by the Frontenac Fury Girls’ Hockey Association, the run/walk begins at 10 a.m.   New this year is a change of venue. Organizers have moved the run/walk to Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to take advantage of the park amenities and local trail system. There is a 1K route around the park grounds for children and a longer 5K route along the Cataraqui and K&P Trails. Post-race snacks and a barbecue will follow.   The run/walk is one of the association’s key fundraisers of the year. All proceeds go back into the non-profit association which is run by volunteers, many of whom are players’ parents…
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