Verona Car Show founder 'still part of it'

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Back in 1995, the economic picture in Verona wasn’t quite what many thought it could be. “We’d lost the GM dealership and some stores,” said Ed Asselstine. That’s when he and fellow antique car enthusiast Larry Teal got an idea. “We thought we should be doing something to promote the area,” Asselstine said. “That’s when I said to Larry ‘I think we could do a car show.’” And so, they did. Asselstine said they had 54 cars on display that year and it was held at the public school for its first 10 years. In subsequent years, it began to outgrow the schoolyard and moved to McMullen Park (5-6 years). It outgrew that venue too, with about 180 vehicles on display. Now, in its 23rd…

Verona celebrates summer with free afternoon lunch and music

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It seems the Verona Community Association just can’t not let summer pass without some sort of get-together. This year, it was Verona Celebrates Summer in the Village, last Sunday at the Lions Hall complex. The food was free (hot dogs, ice cream and vegetarian pizza donated by Gino’s in Harrowsmith), as was the music (The KingsTown Tenors). “Last year, we had the ecumenical service,” said co-organizer Linda Bates. “This is the first year we’ve done this. “We like to do something.” Bates said they used to do Music in the Park at McMullen Beach, but felt they needed a bigger space. “We needed more room for the barbecue, the train and crafts,” she said. “By having the barbecue out here, all the mess stays outside…

Art in the Sawmill returns to Verona for sixth year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Since 2013, Verona’s Art in the Sawmill has hosted an eclectic summer show of quilters, crafters, image-makers and artists, and this year was no exception. From the jewelry of Carolyn Boyle and Bill Anderson to the animal depictions of Lisa Ferguson and Katie Ohlke (loved the bear), there was a wide range of visual interpretations on display last Saturday and Sunday in the old converted mill house. One of the more intriguing entries this year is newcomer Elaine Farragher, whose acrylic landscapes often feature scenes of the K & P Trail, many featuring water. But as interesting as her above-water scenes are, perhaps her most fascinating works are those that take place below the water’s surface, featuring what’s going on with the area’s fish population.…

Works manager confident major projects will be done by Labour Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth said he’s confident the Township’s three major projects for this summer will be completed by Labour Day. Segsworth was responding to a question from Coun. Mark Schjerning at South Frontenac Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night (the only Council meeting scheduled for August). Segsworth said asphalt is scheduled for this week and next on the Harrowsmith intersection, Harrowsmith-Rutledge Road and Bedford Road projects. “Weather permitting we should have everything completed, including the line painting, by Labour Day,” Segsworth said. “This has been a stifling hot summer and I can’t say enough about how well our staff has done in it. “There’s not much chance you can go full out in this heat but we’ve got everything done, including a few of…

Ken Garret Park needs your bottles

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:29  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Inverary Youth Activities Group, which runs Ken Garrett Park in Inverary, has run into an unexpected financial snag this year, and is hoping to cover a shortfall through a fundraising drive. Registration fees, earnings from the canteen, and sponsorship revenue usually cover the annual maintenance costs to run the park. But there are a number of one time capital costs that have come up this year, including the need for a new fridge, fencing costs, repair of field nets and new foul ball nets. But the largest costs was for a replacement mowing machine. “With ten acres to maintain, and a mower that could no longer be counted on, we had to look for a new one. We got a good deal on one,…

Fantasy in the Forest once again in a class by itself as art shows go

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When the Fantasy in the Forest Art Show and Sale began, there were six artists. This year, the show’s 24th season, that’s grown to 63 exhibitors in 57 booths. They’ve even grown to the point where they can provide space to some charities such as Sheba’s Haven, a lady raising money for school children in Nepal and school construction in Haiti. It’s a two-day show on Draper Road west of Perth Road Village and on Sunday morning, founder, king and fellow exhibitor Jamie Brick almost welcomed the dark clouds off in the distance. “Yesterday (Saturday) was so overwhelming with people, parking and traffic,” Brick said. “When it’s all over, I’ll be happy again and ready to do it all over next year.” He wasn’t sure…

Garden tour shows off what can grow in South Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
There are quite a number of amazing gardens in South Frontenac so when Southern Frontenac Community Services decided to host a tour of said gardens as a fundraiser for its seniors programs, it should come as no surprise that they decided to split the Township into four distinct regions to increase the number of gardens they could feature. “This is the first time we’ve done this and we decided to make it a four-year program,” said Nona Mariotte, past board chair. “This year we’re featuring the Southeast Quadrant, which includes a couple of locations that are technically in the City of Kingston but that’s OK because we service them too. “Everything north of the 401.” The tour is not a competition but it’s hard to…

Community rallies for summer festival in Sydenham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
John Neven knows movement is medicine. Standing with his bike at the second annual Lakes and Trails Festival in Sydenham last week, the 70-year-old smiles after cycling 21kms. “The ride was excellent,” says the Sharbot Lake man after eating his third ice cream cone post-race. “The scenery was fantastic. I didn’t realize the lake was so big.” Neven, along with dozens of other cyclists, biked around Sydenham Lake as part of a grassroots event to highlight the area’s remarkable lakes, trails and history. The bike tour (four distances in total) was held in conjunction with a paddle, walking tour, concert and lunch; all free at Point Park in the morning and Mill Street in the afternoon. Lead organizer Ross Sutherland, Sydenham District Councillor with South…

Once motorcycle racing gets in your blood

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Through the ’90s and into the 2000s, Inverary’s Jeff Williams managed to make a living racing motorcycles. But things change and in 2006, he walked away from the sport he loved. These days, he makes a living with his own paving company — Williams Paving. But, old habits die hard and on Aug. 10-12, Williams will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville for the CTMP Superbike Doubleheader, the series’ final races of the season. Williams is currently fifth in the Pro Superbike points standings (he was seventh last year) and has a legitimate shot at the championship title. At age 45, Williams is one of three top-five racers this year over the age of 38. But even he admits racing motorcycles is essentially…

Verona Lions ATV Poker Run A Success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:36  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Organizers of the first annual Verona Lion’s ATV Poker run did not know what to expect last Saturday morning. “We had only a few tickets sold in advance and we were wondering if the whole thing was going to be a bust. We were a bit worried because we had vendors coming out for the day and we had a lot of valuable prizes donated and we had also been working hard on the event for a few months. Then, the people started coming,” said Verona Lion’s Club President Eric Maclean. In the end, over 105 ATV’ers participated in the run, more than anyone had anticipated. “For the first one, we’d have been happy with 40,” said Frank York, a long time Lion who was…

Focus on the frail elderly at Community Services AGM

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Dr. John Muscedere, from Kingston General Hospital and the Queen’s School of Medicine, is also the scientific director for the Canadian Frailty Network. The CFN is dedicated to improving care for the estimated 1 million Canadians who fit the definition of frail that the CFN has developed. He was the keynote speaker at the Annual General Meeting of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCSC) last Friday morning (June 22) at the Grace Hall in Sydenham. SFCSC provides programming for populations other than seniors through its food program, homelessness prevention program and other activities, but the agency has a primary focus on providing supports for seniors within the community. As Executive Director David Townsend pointed out in his remarks, SFCSC has had increased uptake for most of…

Triathlons, distance runs the order of the day in Sydenham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Sunday, more than 250 athletes ranging in ages from little kids to 80 years old suited up for the 10th annual Somersault Series of races in Sydenham. The series got underway at 8am to avoid the heat of the date and to accommodate many participants who travelled considerable distances, said race director Maryanne Takala. Sydenham’s Takala is no stranger to triathlon as her son, Scott, has competed in World’s. Competitors signed up for eight events ranging from Olympic triathlon to kids’ fun runs as varying race courses dominated downtown Sydenham and The Point Park. Here are the results for the top events:   Olympic TriathlonTop Male – Michael Casista – 2:06:27Top FM – Maia Idzikowski – 2:27:12   Olympic Tri RelaySolitutes (John, Jack and…

Garden tour starting small, but has broader ambitions

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A tour of some of the most distinctive gardens in the southeast region of South Frontenac is taking place on Sunday, July 22, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Nona Marriotti, a garden lover and former chair of the board of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS), came up with the idea for the tour because she loves gardens and knows that many of her neighbours in the Perth Road/Inverary vicinity are avid gardeners as well. She also wanted to plan an event that would benefit SFCS. She reached out to the local gardening community and as a result has come up with a seven-garden tour that includes locations in the Spooner Road area of North Kingston, as well as Inverary, Sunbury, Perth Road and a location in…

Sydenham Siblings Team Up for Success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham Lake Canoe Club participated in their first regatta of the season at the Gananoque Canoe Club on Saturday, July 7. Sisters Kiera, age 9, and Charlotte Wilson, age 6, achieved podium success early in the season, competing in the U13 kayaking category. Kiera Wilson received Gold in her K2, Silver in C15 and K1; Charlotte Wilson received Gold in K2, Silver in C15 and a 5th in K1; Twins Mathieu and Nicholas Symons received Gold in K2; Nicholas received Silver in K1; Clare Swinton received Silver in K1 and Jessica Moscrop received a 6th in K1. SLCC is proud of all of these paddlers and look forward to seeing further success at the upcoming Carleton Place regatta.

Grief is the price we pay for love

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It’s a fine line that separates pain and happiness. Michael Trautrimas knows it intimately from walking it every day. “Sometimes time feels like it has flown-by. Other times, it feels like it has stood still,” says the 45-year-old man sadly, one-month before the second anniversary of a tragic car accident that claimed the life of his wife and six-year-old son, Owen. For many, the accident is a wound that has yet to heal. Rounding a corner on Battersea Road near Sunbury on July 27, 2016, Michael’s wife, Brenda, 38, and two sons, collided with a truck. His eldest son, Ayden, was the lone survivor in the family van. Michael’s eyes water talking about the accident that changed his life. To cope, he’s never asked for…
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