South Frontenac

Doctor Sabra Gibbens of Verona Medical Centre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Dr. Sabra Gibbens took over Dr. Laurel Dempsey’s practice at the Verona Medical Centre on July 1st of last year, a daunting leap for her. At the time, she had been practicing family medicine for three years, and was suddenly faced with the reality of managing a roster of patients, and running a business. She was also facing a shortage. The other doctor at the centre, Dr. Oglaza had taken a fellowship to study Public Health for two years, leaving Dr. Gibbens with responsibilities for his patients as well. The result has been a steep learning curve in how to manage a business, a lot of scrambling to make sure that patients who need care the most get the care they need, a lot of…

Council remuneration for South Frontenac at $180,000 in 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mayor Ron Vandewal made $31,144.34 for running South Frontenac Township in 2016, says an information item presented at the regular Council meeting Tuesday night. Of that, $26,315.79 was the honorarium for being Mayor, $2,497.55 was for mileage, $1,700 for conference per diem and $631 for ‘other’ (primarily communication and travel expenses) Vandewal received no remuneration under the “meetings” heading. Deputy Mayor Ross Sutherland received $21,593 of which $14,061.42 was his honorarium, $3,150 was for meetings, $1,836.22 was for ‘other,’ $1,796 was mileage and $750 was conference per diem. Coun. Alan Revill actually took home more than the Deputy Mayor at $24,381.05. Of that, $12,128.94 was the regular councillors honorarium, $5,450 was for meetings, $4,307.60 for mileage, 1,494 for ‘other’ and 1,000 in conference per diem.…

South Frontenac seniors housing proposal

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:51  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A report that explores options for a senior’s housing project in Sydenham came to Frontenac County council this week, and will soon go to South Frontenac Council. The report, prepared by Re/Fact and SHS consulting makes a number of recommendation based on demographic research into South Frontenac which concludes that there is likely sufficient demand for self contained senior’s units on a single level at market or near market rental rates to fill 12 units in the Village of Sydenham. The consultants also looked at a number of potential building sites in the village, and talked to representatives from local agencies. It concluded that a 12 unit complex, located on Stagecoach Road on a 1/7 acre parcel of land that is currently owned by Southern…

Antique show shuttered with closure of club

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:43  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The disbandment of another volunteer organization is taking its toll in South Frontenac Township. “We’re losing our history,” responded Township Councillor Ron Sleeth after hearing of the closure of Kingston Area Antique Association; a volunteer club that has hosted a two-day antique show every summer for almost 40 years. Held at Ken Garrett Memorial Park before it was moved to Odessa, Homesteader Days was a showcase of the innovation and accomplishments of our farming forefathers. It was where history came alive. Where old tractors and hit & miss engines hummed the song of a bygone era when machinery was still a marvel. “It’s sad this has taken place,” said Sleeth from his dairy farm in Battersea. “Homesteader Days was such a vibrant show. People by…

Local man dies after ATV goes through ice on Buck Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Darrell Green, 61, a nearby resident, drowned after his ATV went through the ice on the East Bay of Buck Lake, north of Perth Road Village on Sunday, March 11. A family friend of the deceased became concerned when Green did not arrive to meet him at a certain location on Buck Lake. The friend began to search near the shorelines around the route that Green would have taken and observed a partly submerged ATV and a helmet in a narrow section of the Lake. Nearby this location South Frontenac Fire and Rescue recovered Green's body from the icy water. The Frontenac OPP do not suspect any foul play. This latest drowning occurred just one day after two men drowned in nearby Big Rideau Lake…

Are ride-sharing apps in the future of rural transportation?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:45  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In his verbal report to Council about this year’s Good Roads convention in Toronto, South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal touched on two aspects that caught his attention — waste management information and the idea of incorporating ride-sharing apps such as Uber into the county transportation system. “There have been 4,000 studies on waste and recycling and they say they don’t have any hard data,” Vandewal said. But he was more optimistic about the potential part ride-sharing might play in rural transportation systems. After attending a seminar featuring Uber Canada’s public policy manager Chris Schafer, Vandewal came out with a feeling there may be a part for ride-sharing apps to play in rural Ontario. “It could be huge for rural,” Vandewal said. “How simple it could…

South Frontenac Committee of the Whole

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Proposed Regulation of Outdoor FurnacesSince the issue was first addressed in June 2007, Council has been aware of concerns about lack of regulation of outdoor furnaces, or “outdoor solid fuel combustion appliances”, as they are formally named. There were concerns that too many such furnaces were being installed in built-up areas where their emissions could affect nearby residents. Property owners expressed fears that toxic materials might be used as fuel. At that time, Council considered a planning department recommendation for a zoning by-law to regulate placement of these devices, and decided that more discussion was needed. In January 2012, the matter was brought to the Committee of the Whole, which could not reach consensus. Fast forward to February 2017, when Council asked the Planning Department…

Spaghetti Dinner on March 29

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Wednesday, March 29, volunteers from the Sydenham Food Bank will be hosting a spaghetti dinner for the community, to help raise funds for the food bank. The Community Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th, at Grace Hall, 4295 Stage Coach Road in Sydenham. Tickets are on sale now, at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and are available at Southern Frontenac Community Services office, and are being sold by food bank volunteers. “We wanted to do something fun for the community,” says Janet McComb, a food bank volunteer, “so we thought a pasta dinner would be a simple, good idea.” The dinner includes choice of spaghetti or penne, meat or marinara sauce, salad, bread,…

The Benefits of Living in a World of Make-Believe

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sometimes the world of make-believe can bring-out the best in a person. Just ask Dalia Gesser, a theatre arts teacher from Battersea. “I used to perform my own clown, mime and mask shows and toured all over Ontario for 20 years, performing for schools, libraries, festivals and theatre series,” says the petite 58-year-old with a smile in early March 2017. “In the late 1990s, I began to shift my theatre arts focus to arts/education and received a bunch of grants from the Ontario Arts Council which allowed me to bring theatre arts workshops to many elementary schools in the Greater Kingston region. In the last two years, I've been focusing on programs for seniors.” Majoring in dance in university in New York State then later…

Smith Makes It Through to Round of 32

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
And then there were 32. From the initial round of about 4,000 applicants for the Canadian Astronaut Recruitment program, Harrowsmith’s Andrew Smith has moved on to the next round of 32 remaining applicants. Two candidates will be selected to relocate to Houston, Texas, to begin basic astronaut training at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in August. “I am honoured to be selected out of such a distinguished group of individuals and am excited to be moving forward in this process,” Smith said. “I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I’ve received from so many people. “I would like to thank everyone who have taken the time to send words of encouragement.” Smith said candidates haven’t been told if there will be further cuts before the…

Building Inspector off The Road

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In early December, South Frontenac building inspector Christa Johnson was arrested in Kingston and charged with an alcohol blood reading over the legal limit (100 mg/100ml). In late January she was convicted, fined $1,000 and prohibited from driving for one year. Pointing out that Johnston had no prior record, defense lawyer Patricia Knox-Leet said, “She is one of the most remorseful and chastened people I have ever dealt with.” Township CAO Orr refused comment regarding Johnson’s ability to carry out her duties under the circumstances, saying that he is unable to publicly discuss personnel matters while the Township is “following due process, working within the confines of the collective agreement. There is no pre-determined outcome.” There are two other members of the township building department:…

Perth Road Firehall to go to Tender

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:21  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council gave the approval to have drawings made up and call for tenders on the new Perth Road Firehall at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth told Council that the architect’s estimate to build the structure was $1.4 million but added: “I’ve talked to a couple of local contractors who say they can do it for less. “My own feeling is that when it goes out to tender, it won’t be that much.” As the design now sits, it includes three in-and-out bays, and a meeting room for 30 people. Segsworth said he’d like to see an accessible washroom added to the design because firehalls tend to get used for public meetings and gatherings. There were those…

Dolls, Decoys, Tools And Tractors, Collector Has Them

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:29  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Gwen Tobin insists she’s “lost interest in possessions” but admits to still having “boxes and trucks of Star Wars stuff” in her North Crosby home that used to serve as an antique shop she ran with her husband of 56 years, Vince. “We’re trying to clear out a lot of it,” she said at the Bedford Historical Society’s Open House last Saturday in Glendower Hall. “We have boxes we haven’t opened in 10 years.” The Tobins have definitely done the circuit, getting up at 4 a.m. for a trip to Kanata or Ottawa or Gananoque to sell at shows. “I like to buy, my husband did most of the selling,” she joked. “When we first started selling, at the flea market in Smiths Falls, I…

Astronaut Candidate Andrew Smith a Big Hit at His Former Public School

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
If this astronaut thing doesn’t work out for candidate Andrew Smith doesn’t work out, he could probably make a living teaching public school judging by how he had students at Harrowsmith Public School enthralled during his visit last week. Smith, who attended Harrowsmith in his younger days, is currently one of 72 candidates left for two open spots in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut selection process. He spent last Thursday talking to students and visiting classrooms to field questions from eager space fans. Of course, students weren’t all that interested in the fact that Smith was born and raised in Harrowsmith and his parents Don (a former South Frontenac Council member) and Margaret still live in the family home. Nor were they interested in the…

Brothers Run Sheep Farm

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Adam and Craig Voith are brothers who work smarter, not harder. Talking from their 150-year-old farmhouse in Battersea, the brothers’ banter with each other good-naturedly as they talk on a cold Canadian morning about the farming operation around them. A woodstove in the corner of the old kitchen fills the air with a comfortable heat and a warm glow. Their father, Mike Voith, sits in a chair near the fire. He smiles as his sons talk about their accomplishments and dreams. “These guys are the brains behind the place,” Mike says kindly, gesturing towards his sons. “I think it’s nice that young men like these are trying to get a business going.” Young and ambitious, Adam, 25, and Craig, 22, are shareholders with their father…
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