Jennie Cousineau has one hundred years of memories

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:00  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Edna Webb was quite young when she gave birth to Jennie, her first child, at home on Little Franklin Lake near Perth Road on December 6, 1918. WWI had just ended, and horse power still ruled on the roads. The Webb’s - George, Edna and baby Jennie, soon moved to Ida Hill, at the Washburn Road in the southeastern corner of Storrington Township, in what would become South Frontenac 80 years later. At the age of 82 Jennie was one of the recipients of the second annual South Frontenac Volunteers of the Year Awards in June of 2000. The award recognised her decades long commitment to the Women’s Institute, 4H club, the United Church and numerous other community efforts. The other winners that year included…

Inaugural SF council meeting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:00  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Deputy fire chief says he's being pushed outBill Babcock, Deputy Fire Chief in Portland, addressed Council about his pending retirement: “I feel that I am being forced to retire: some of my duties have been removed, and I signed my agreement (to retire) under duress.” Babcock said he was 73, in good physical condition, and in the 48th year of service in the department; “April 20, 2020 is my 50-year mark, and I’d like to complete my service then.” He gave Council a document certifying good health, and letters of support from the community. Mayor Vandewal told Babcock that he had asked for a full staff report, in order to bring all council members up to date on the situation, before further discussion. Over 30…

Tis the season …. to count the birds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:20  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Annual Christmas Bird Counts began in North America in 1990. It is North America’s longest running citizen science project. Results from the counts, which are conducted between December 14 and January 5 each year, are compiled by Bird Studies Canada and the Audubon Society. The counts are organised locally, taking place over a 24-hour period, and covering a 24km diameter circle. In our regions, there are counts in Lanark Highlands (on December 30 – contact Cliff Bennett – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Westport (December 14, contact Judy Briggs-Jude, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Frontenac Park (December 15 – see below – contact Carolyn Bonta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Sharbot Lake (January 5 – contact Andrew Keaveny - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Kingston (December 16 – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) The Frontenac Park bird count is presented by the Friends…

Santa Claus is Coming: to a Village Near You!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:14  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham opened the local Santa Claus parade season last Saturday with the most parade participants ever. For a photographer, the best place to start is at the firehall while the parade is being assembled. Excitement is high, nobody’s chilled to the bone yet, people are happy to pose and chat. I found out that Matt Trousdale hopes to use the ancient zamboni he drove in the parade to make a village rink on the lake near the boat launch this winter. “The ice had better be a foot thick,” said his father; “That thing weighs two and a half tons when it’s loaded.” Matt offered me a ride, but we couldn’t find a safe place for a passenger. There was a live band from the…
Watching helplessly as a child slips into frigid water under a broken ice shelf is a parent’s worst nightmare. Speaking in Sydenham on a Sunday on Sunday, (November 25), Rob Pasch talked  about the device he has invented to counter the danger of open water in winter. “It’s not about money, it’s about safety,” he said about  about his illuminated buoy that can prevent accidents and keep a person afloat or guide them to safety if they fall in. A cottage owner on Knowlton Lake, Rob thought of the product when he couldn’t buy one. “I was looking to purchase something like that for myself and there was nothing available on the market so I made it,” he explained. “It’s a device that’s quite unique…

Sydenham teacher-coach Leslie Lawlor receives OFSAA award

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:42  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Being this year’s recipient of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s (OFSAA) Leadership in School Sport Award wasn’t something Sydenham High School’s Leslie Lawlor was expecting. “I was surprised,” she said. “But I’m really grateful and appreciative.” The award came at the opening banquet for this year’s OFSAA AA Boys Volleyball Championship, which Sydenham hosted. The award is presented annually at each OFSAA Championship to a teacher-coach who has made a significant contribution to their educational athletic program. The recipient exemplifies the values of fair play and good sportsmanship, while promoting enjoyment, personal growth and educational achievement through school sport. Lawlor was a student at Sydenham High school, representing them at OFSAA track and filed and cross country. She went to Queen’s University where…

Impaired charge during parade, and 2 others

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In Sydenham on November 24th at 10:21 a.m. Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information from a member of the public of a possible impaired driver in the Sydenham Santa Clause Parade. At 10:32 a.m. the suspect vehicle was located at the intersection of George Street and Wheatly Street. As a result of the investigation, Peter Trousdale, a 37 year old male from Sydenham was charged with having more than 80 mgs of alcohol in his blood while operating a motor vehicle. He was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on December 13th, 2018. In Inverary on November 24th 2018, at 6:31 p.m. officers from Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision…
The holiday season can be joyous and exciting, but it can also be painful for those who are working through grief following the death of a loved one. It can make a person wonder how they will ever survive let alone be able to celebrate the holiday season ahead. We at Southern Frontenac Community Services understand how lonely this time can be for you, and invite you to join us for a service that might help. Our Blue Christmas Bereavement Service will be on Thursday, December 6, at 1:30pm, at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stage Coach Road in Sydenham. Blue Christmas is a special, non-denominational service. We offer a message of hope, meaningful readings, beautiful music and the opportunity to light a candle in recognition…

Monarchist gets her due from the Queen

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:25  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Edna Goslin of Sydenham celebrated her 100th birthday with a crowd of friends and relatives last Sunday at her current residence in Arbour Heights. Edna, who was born Edna Pixley, grew up on her family farm on Wilson Road, east of Harrowsmith. She and Mel Goslin moved to Rutledge Road in Sydenham after their marriage, where for many years they farmed the area now becoming a subdivision. Edna raised their two children, Ann and Glen, while operating a beauty parlour in her home. In later years, she and Mel took over a small school bus line, and for many years, Edna drove one of the busses morning and evening. Glen described his mother as a lifelong monarchist: “I remember we were dragged out of bed…

Tribunal approves controversial Hartington Subdivision

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Ontario Local Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) has given Frontenac based developer Terry Grant, subject to a set of conditions, approval to develop a 12-hectare parcel of land in the hamlet of Hartington into a 13 lot subdivision. The Hartington Subdivision project was first proposed in 2013. At that time the plan was to build a 49 lot subdivision, within and to the south of the hamlet. Local opposition to the project surfaced from the start, mostly centred on concerns over water supply and drainage in the vicinity, and the planning process dragged on. The planning issues have been further complicated because Frontenac County is responsible for subdivision approval, but South Frontenac Township is responsible for the necessary zoning amendment changes. In the summer of 2015,…

Golden Hawks relish the role of underdogs at OFSAA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Sydenham High School Golden Hawks were hoping to win the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) title last week so their berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AA Championships wouldn’t be as host school. That wasn’t to be as the home side bowed out in the semi-finals. However, if anything, the EOSSAA loss has only strengthened their resolve. “We’re definitely looking to put Sydenham volleyball on the map,” said power hitter Ethan Lucas. “We’re not just a football school.” “Boys volleyball hasn’t done as well as some of the other teams but when we came to Sydenham, we realized there was a strong sports tradition here,” said captain Dan Callender. “We know we have to pick up the torch…

VisionSoup shows no signs of slowing down after 12 years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“This is our 12th and it gets busier and busier every year,” said Leslie Reade, who along with Josie Steele, began the VisionSoup tradition in Sydenham more than a decade ago. The concept is simple enough. You buy a custom made bowl (donated by local potters), fill it with the soup of your choice, and keep the bowl. “The proceeds go to Christmas baskets,” said Reade, who also runs Sydenham Veterinary Services. “That’s done through South Frontenac Community Services and the Loughborough Emergency Relief Fund.” The place was packed again this year, as it has been since it started. But things run well. “We have about 25 volunteers,” Reade said. “Again, it’s friends and family who help out so it runs very smoothly. “And the…

Christmas in the Village craft fair draws a crowd to Harrowsmith

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
One of the more ambitious Christmas craft/bake sales in Frontenac County happens every year at the Free Methodist Church in Harrowsmith, Christmas in the Village. And it doesn’t happen just at the last minute. “We start planning in May — sending out invitations to vendors, cake and bake shop decorating, placing ads online — we have a great group of volunteers,” said one of the organizers B J Calver. “The crunch comes in the end of October.” Last year, they had 45 vendors and about 450 customers through the doors. “This year, we have 46 vendors and a waiting list,” Calver said. “We had people inquiring about vendor spaces two days ago but you don’t want it to be overcrowded.” In addition to the craft…

Five bands featured in 19th annual RocknRoll Toy Drive

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The 19th annual RocknRoll Toy Drive is set for Dec. 1 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Sydenham Legion and organizer/musician Tom Revell says they have five bands lined up for this year’s event. “The doors open at 8 p.m. and that’s when the first band will go on,” Revell said. “This year we have Jack and the Boys, Little Betty, Still Standing, Dark Horse and Project 29.” Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Sydenham One-Stop and the Legion. “And if you’re from far away but still want to come, contact either myself or Rebecca Wager via our Facebook pages and we’ll put some away for you,” Revell said. As usual, the evening will feature a silent auction, door prizes,…

Remembrance Day in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A few short years ago, the Remembrance Day ceremony in Verona was almost shifted to Prince Charles Public School from the Cenotaph at Mcmullen Park, but the insistence and the efforts of a small group of people kept the ceremony in the Park. There was a meeting at the cenotaph around the first of November that year. A half a dozen people were at the meeting, discussing where to hold the service, and there was some arguing before a consensus emerged to keep it at the cenotaph. There were not that many people at the ceremony that year, but every year since then the assembly has grown. This year was the largest ever, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The Girl Scouts…
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