South Frontenac

Young plowman finds gold at plowing matches

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Hunter Chown is a modest young man with a bold plan. Speaking from his house on Wolfe Island, the 18-year-old hopes to outplow some of the best farmers in the country and win the upcoming International Plowing Match (IPM).It’s an ambitious plan that might just work.A five-time winner of his junior class at past IPMs, Chown just won his adult division (two-furrow conventional plow) and Best Land Overall at the Frontenac County Plowing Match in Battersea last Saturday.“It was a good day,” Chown says with a smile. Using a 1968 plow and a 1967 David Brown tractor, Chown caught the attention of the judges with his straight and even furrows.“You have to maintain a constant depth,” he explains.“The furrow also has to be even and…

The couple that collects Volkswagens together . . .

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:10  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Linda Cyr’s husband Reg surprised her at a party celebrating a milestone occasion with a special gift — a white 1973 Volkswagen SuperBeetle convertable.She’d always wanted one.The Cyr’s have a ‘fleet’ of Volkswagens including a 1972 camper, a 2000 and Reg’s souped up drag Bug, which was also on display at the 22nd annual Verona Classic Car Show last weekend.So, why Bugs? “They’re very dependable,” she said. “They’re a really fun, loveable little car.“It makes you fell younger.”Cyr had plenty of visitors at the car show.“People smile when they see it,” she said. “Everybody either had one or knew somebody who had one.“Everybody has a memory about a beetle.”The Cyr fleet began with a relatively new Beetle, again a gift from Reg, as a surprise…

Ontario Regatta in Sydenham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:01  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Sydenham Lake Canoe Club is hosting the Ontario Under 15 Canoe and Kayaking championships this weekend, the first major regatta to be held at the renovated Point Park facility.There is a permanent course set up in the lake off the point. Hundreds of young paddlers and their families are expected in Sydenham for the event, which is also popular with local spectators. This weekend’s championships are the fourth and final event in Eastern Ontario this summer following regattas in Carleton Place, Gananoque and North Bay. A number of young Sydenham paddlers will be ending their season on Saturday, while eight of the older athletes will be going on to Nationals in Welland. “It takes dozens of volunteers, locals as well as others from the…

Water levels returning to normal

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has downgraded the flood status for inland lakes. Conditions on inland lakes in the Cataraqui Region continue to improve and it is expected that water levels will return to normal in the coming days. Water managers continue to conduct operations to minimize the effects and pass flows down through the system. Dams (water control structures) remain open and continue to flow more than normal for this time of year. The CRCA is urging residents to exercise caution outdoors around lakes and streams, and to stay away from deep, fast flowing watercourses, as well as any dams and outflow channels. CRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts, and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will…

South Frontenac Road rally – pulling the township together

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Township of South Frontenac’s major Canada 150 event of the summer seasons, a Road Rally and Celebration, will be based at Harrowsmith Centennial Park, but but all corners of the large township are taking part, as travelers by road or bicycle will have the opportunity to visit some of the 7 sites around the township where activities are planned to celebrate a different Canadian Province or Territory.By registering at Centennial Park starting at 10, each vehicle will receive a passport and a map of the sites. “At each site there will be an activity to complete, as well as a fun fact sheet to fill in, and a photo op. Participants who do all three, the fact sheet does not need to be correct…

Reminiscing at the old Bradshaw School open house

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The old Bradshaw School, S.S. #9, is a special place for Lois Webster. It opened in 1903 and closed in 1969, as the era of the one-room schoolhouse was coming to an end. But this one has been fixed up and lives on as reminder of days gone by.Webster started at Bradshaw in 1951, in Grade 3.“Our family had been living in Verona and I went to both schools there,” she said. “My grandfather moved to Bradshaw in December that year.“In January, our house burnt down and we moved in with him.“Still living there.” She had a lot of relatives in the area, the large Robinson family for one.“There was one other girl and me in the Third Grade,” she said.Obviously, there are many memories…

Sydenham Lions Toll

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:14  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The mighty roar of our local Lion’s Club was heard during the rain at their Volunteer Road Toll in the village last Saturday.  Mother Nature felt they needed to not only be showered with generous donations but some rain as well, thanks to all the Volunteers for taking their time out of the long weekend to help in our community. They are always full of energy and laughter.  If anyone wants to learn more about the Lions Club, or join please send email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR send a message via Facebook page: Lions Club Sydenham & District, Or by mail: Sydenham & District Lions Club box 199 Sydenham Ontario K0H 2T0.  The community greatly appreciates all this club does for us.

Car show to feature Pinty Series Nascar and much more

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:44  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
There are a few things about the Verona Car Show that set it apart from other car shows. One of them is the variety of activities the Verona show offers for the entire family. Aside from up to 300 vintage cars, it includes performances by Elvis impersonator Berry Chumley and country star Jaydee Bixby, a Kidz Zone, a craft show in the Lion’s Hall, and the Lion’s canteen featuring both breakfast and lunch, among other attractions for the entire family. Last year after running in conjunction with the Cattail Festival for 20 years, the car show was launched as a stand alone event, and thanks in part to a prize package for participating vintage car owners that includes a trip to Las Vegas and tickets…

Frontenac OPP assisting coroner's investigation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:18  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Officers from the Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario are continuing the investigation of a death in South Frontenac Township.Officers were called to an address on Bob's Lake at 11:49 am on Tuesday August 1, after man had gone missing while swimming. The Frontenac OPP officers were supported by:Frontenac OPP Marine Unit. OPP East Region Snow Vehicle, All Terrain Vehicle, Vessel Enforcement (SAVE) Unit. Search and Rescue Personnel and a Helicopter based at Canadian Forces Base Trenton South Frontenac Fire and Rescue. Frontenac Paramedic Services. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located and recovered the man's body.The investigation is active and ongoing.Contact: Provincial Constable David BIRD.Lanark County Detachment OPP.Phone: (613) 267 2626 xt. 8871.

Navigating the approval process for development in SF

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:14  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Back a few years ago when the Ontario Government announced it was going to transfer approval authority for subdivisions, condominiums and Official Plans to upper tier municipalities from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, it was generally accepted as a good idea — keeping decisions about local development local as it were.And while there is much to be said for the idea, it is also clear that implementing such a plan hasn’t come overnight and that growing pains would be inevitable.Essentially, at the County Level, Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe Gallivan is the guy that signs the yea-or-nay papers on such things, (as determined at the March 2016 County Council meeting) aided and advised by Council’s Community Development Advisory Committee (which consists…

Match celebrates art of plowing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Local farmers will have their hands on a plow and feet near a furrow at the Frontenac County Plowing Match in Battersea this Saturday. An annual tradition by the Frontenac County Plowmen’s Association, the match is a celebration of the history, importance and art of growing food. “We have a match every year,” confirmed Martin Oomen, President of the Association. “The plowmen need to have so many matches and wins under their belts to qualify for the International Plowing Match.” An electrician and farmer from Sunbury, Oomen looks at the match as a way to pay homage to the skills of our forefathers. “I still like watching the horse plowing and antique plowing,” admitted the friendly 62-year-old. “It’s an art to plow well.” A successful…

SF breaks ground on new fire hall for Perth Road

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:29  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Council and various dignitaries gathered at the site of the new fire hall planned for Perth Road Village last Friday to put the first shovels in the ground. “This is our first new fire hall in three decades,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “We’ve been looking at it for two years since the old hall was condemned for training purposes.”The new hall, with an estimated price tag of $1.5 million, will join the eight other fire halls in South Frontenac and will likely be the go-to site for firefighter training.“It’s going to be a great space with a training room for 30 people,” Vandewal said. “Public Works will probably use it too. “It’s been very frustrating for firefighters because they’ve had to use Sydenham for training…

Outdoor burning in South Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council expects to have a bylaw concerning outdoor furnaces coming before it at a September meeting following a report from Manager of Development Services Forbes Symon and the testimony of two residents opposed to their neighbor’s furnace. Symon told the regular meeting of Council in Sydenham that the key elements of the bylaw governing Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances (OSFBA) included: • Distinction between different types of OSFBA certification — those which are certified as being low particulate matter emitters and those which are certified based on conventional emissions • Restrictions on where OSFBAs may be located on a lot — side and rear yard only, distances from neighbouring dwellings • Prohibiting OSFBAs in settlement areas (hamlets, villages, registered plans of subdivision and…

Teamwork a strength for Sydenham paddlers

Written by  |  Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Last Saturday, SLCC competitive paddlers, Sydney Hausen, Madelaine Wood, Grace Swinton, Clare Swinton(left to right), of the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club, competed in the Annual Carleton Place Regatta to place fourth in their Girls U15 K4 event. Twins, Mathieu & Nicholas Symons came 1st in their K2 U15 Boys event. Youthful, yet up and coming paddlers Kiera Wilson, Charlotte Wilson, Isaac Merchant, and Parker Friendship stayed afloat and proudly came 8th in their Mixed U11 K4 event. There was no bickering to be heard from any of these boats as they knew that they must work together to succeed. The ten young paddlers, who competed in the event, will have an opportunity to put their team spirit to the test in the final U15 competitive…

Ribbon-cutting at the LMRC - aka The Point

Written by  |  Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:21  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
MPP Randy Hillier was on hand, along with Mayor Vandewal and Mike Howe, Chair of the SF Recreation Committee, for the celebration of the revitalization of The Point in Sydenham. Hillier represented the Provincial Government’s role in providing a $77,000 Canada 150 grant, which the Township matched. Howe praised Tim LaPrade, the Township’s Recreation Director for his quick action in applying for the grant. Vandewal also recognized the Lions’ gift of money for benches, KFL&A Health Unit’s new water bottle filling station and the attractive new bike stands designed and welded by SHS students.  Neil Allen, chair of the township’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, confirmed that all the improved facilities at the park are fully accessible. Several members of the Sydenham and District Women’s Institute sat in…
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