Invisible Fence donates pet O2 masks to South Frontenac Fire Department

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“Saving pets is kind of what we do,” Tracy Trumble of Invisible Fence Bellville/ Kingston told South Frontenac firefighters Tuesday night. “We’ve been keeping pets safe for 45 years.” And on this night, Trumble was at the Hartington Station to present the department with nine sets (one for each station) of breathing masks for pets as part of Project Breathe. “Since 2006, we’ve given out about 5,000 masks and have 130 saves on the books,” he said. The masks come in three sizes (two for dogs and a smaller one for cats), and attach to a regular oxygen bottle. The mask is then placed over the muzzle of a pet that’s been in smoky situation such as a house fire much the same way a…

PCPS takes innovative approach by making math fun for families

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Grandparents went back to school last Thursday in Verona as Prince Charles Public School kicked off a two-year project to help families find fun and effective ways that engage children with mathematics that coincided with the final day of the Scholastic Book Fair. The project, in conjunction with the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, is part of the Ontario Renewed Math Strategy in the primary classrooms of Mrs. Gilpin/Mrs. Trousdale, Mr. Casement, Mrs. Cousins and Mr. Schneider. “Many of us learned basic counting, number recognition and arithmetic skills by playing familiar card games (Crazy Eights, Uno, Go Fish) and board games (Trouble, Connect Four, Snakes and Ladders) with our parents, grandparents and siblings,” said Casement. “Our Grandparents and Games event is intended to be…

South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Theme Night in South FrontenacCouncil heard three not completely unrelated presentations: Gord Mitchell of the KFL&A Health Unit, discussed septic systems, Andrew Girourard, also of the Health Unit, outlined the role of Public Health Inspectors, and Stephanie Weaver of Cambium Environmental presented the results of the annual Township Waste disposal sites. Weaver’s report showed that of the three remaining waste sites, Portland’s has the greatest capacity (27 years), Loughborough the least (7years). However, Loughborough is awaiting final approval of an adjoining area, which should increase its capacity considerably. Councillor Sleeth suggested that perhaps Council should re-address the pros and cons of disposing of Storrington’s waste in the Township sites, rather than continuing to truck it outside the township. Public Works Manager Segsworth said that next…

Future of Guitar Festival in jeopardy, township says

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council and the Canadian Guitar Festival could be headed towards a showdown, and the outcome could be something that no one wants, the end of the festival. Township Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Orr said on Tuesday that he has written to Del Vezeau, the owner of the Loughborough Holiday Park and the convener of the festival, urging him to seek legal advice about the implications of the ruling by Judge J. Hurley. The township sought a declaration from the court that Vezeau’s use of the property for events “such as music concerts and weddings” is in contravention of the zoning that applies to the property, which is primarily a campground. The township also sought an injunction “restraining [Vezeau] from using or permitting the…
Like many of the artists who show at Blue Roof Farm near Verona, Joanne (Bertrim) was talked into it by the gallery’s legendary owner — painter, photographer, filmmaker Kim Ondaatje. “Kim said ‘you’ve to do this,’” Joanne said. “I’m not really an artist but I like to dabble in all of it. “I love to create.” Her works involve a lot of found objects but not really in the way of Picasso or Marcel Duchamp’s objet trouve´. The show is entitled Rustic Creations and owes much to her upbringing on a farm near Stirling, ON. “I was walking in the wood one day and saw a piece of wood,” she said. “It started then. “Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve liked to make…

SF Council hears about food production; hires new fire chief

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mayor Vandewal introduced the meeting with a minute’s silence in remembrance of former Mayor Gary Davison. Hockey success celebrated The hall was packed with supporters of two area hockey teams who were congratulated by Mayor and Council for their successful seasons: the Girls’ Fury team and the Boys’ Atom Team (which appeared to include at least three girls…) Fire chief appointed South Frontenac’s new Fire Chief was appointed: Darcy Knott will officially begin his duties May 1st. CFDC report on food production Anne Prichard, Executive Director of Frontenac CFDC reported on a study she had completed on behalf of South Frontenac Township and Frontenac County to determine how best to support food producers and processors in the Township. Her very thorough report addressed commercial kitchen…

Five Star Farm attracts a crowd for Easter event

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Five Star Farms on Scanlan Road have only been hosting public events (one in the spring and one in the fall) for a couple of years but already they’ve become a go-to destination. And their Easter Family Fun Day this year was no exception. “I brought 400 frozen perogies as well as fresh and cookies and I was sold out by 1 p.m.,” said Barb McLeod of Barb’s Perogies. Other vendors reported similar results. Conboy’s Maple Syrup ran out of candy and Perry Family Farms went through 9 ½ dozen donuts and 40 packages of butter tarts. “This is fantastic,” said Tracy Parker, farmer-in-charge of the day. “It was crazier this morning and we even had some lineups but everybody was having fun.” Parker and…

Former South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison dies

Written by  |  Monday, 02 April 2018 18:01  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(with files from Craig Bakay and Wilma Kenny) Gary Davison, who served on the Loughborough Township fire department for 40 years, as a South Frontenac Township Councillor for 3 years and Mayor of South Frontenac for 8 years, has died of cancer. Davison died on Monday morning (April 2) of cancer. He had been treated for Lymphoma over the last few years, and recovered. A few weeks ago, after returning from a trip to Australia, he became ill and it turned out the Lymphoma had returned, and this time the treatments were not effective. Aside from his public service, Davison worked as a stone mason, and was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. During his tenure as mayor, Gary Davison was responsible, in part,…

Wintergreen celebrates spring equinox with Labyrinth walk

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:51  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
They welcomed spring and the changing of the seasons at Wintergreen Studios last Friday night with a Labyrinth walk. For those unfamiliar with the Labyrinth, the original term comes from Greek mythology, where it was an underground maze of sorts that housed the half-man, half-bull Minotaur. During the Renaissance, similar structures became popular in English gardens and remains so today. But, the Wintergreen Labyrinth is not a maze, as director Rena Upitis explained. “In a maze, you get lost,” she said. “In a labyrinth, you find yourself.” “It’s walking meditation,” said program director Monica Capovilla. “You walk the perimeter to get your bearings and then you enter and walk at your own pace. “It’s not prescribed, you see how your body will react. “And you…

Sydenham's big dig, or “what the heck are they doing across the creek?”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
This has been the current greeting in Sydenham for the past few weeks, and rumours are flying. The Project: Public Works held a public information meeting about the Bedford Road & George/Portland intersection projects some time ago; last spring or possibly before that. The event was complete with maps, timelines and budget information and there was a reasonable turn-out of local residents. But it takes a bunch of big machines, traffic slow-downs and a huge hole In the middle of the village beside a busy intersection to really bring out curious and indignant taxpayers. We’ve tried to get answers for some of the current concerns. The Problem: Bedford Road from the site of the former beer store to the corner of Alton Road has become…

Festive atmosphere at arena as three Flyers teams make provincial finals

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It was a very festive atmosphere at the Frontenac Community Arena this past weekend, and it wasn’t just because St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday. While there was a bit of green, the dominant colour was orange as the Frontenac Flyers minor hockey organization had three teams (Atoms, Peewees and Bantams) in the Ontario CC Championship finals. (The Novices narrowly missed the finals, losing out in the semis and the Midgets made the playoffs but bowed out in the first round.) It’s been a long time since there’s been this much excitement at the old arena (which turned 52 this year). If you look around the arena, most of the boys’ banners are from the early ’90s, when a strong core of players advanced…

Hoarding disorder may be more common than you think

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“Anybody here watch the TV series The Hoarders? — It’s not like that,” said HomeBaseHousing prevention diversion case manager Cassy Gogo said at a Seniors and Law enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) lunch gathering at the Verona Free Methodist Church last week. But there is a diagnosable condition that affects perhaps as high as two to three percent of the population. According to the American Psychiatric Association, hoarding disorder is: • Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value • The accumulation of items clutter the living areas, causing them to be unusable • The hoarding causes significant distress to the person and their ability to function normally. “It’s a fear to part with things,” she said. She said hoarding is a compulsive…
Catherine Oxenford-Grant has been the minister for the congregation of Trinity United Church in Verona since January. She came to Verona from Westport, where she had been the full time student minister for two years. The opportunity to work on a part-time basis appealed to her, and she welcomed the appointment. She will be ordained as a United Church Minister in Napanee at the end of April, and at the end of June the congregation will have the option of engaging her on a long term basis. But she has not spent a lot of time thinking about all that since taking on the challenge of ministering to the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge. She has been too busy enjoying what she describes as a “really good…

Group challenges whether Johnston Point development adhering to OMB ruling

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A group consisting of Matt Rennie, Sarah Harmer and Meela Melnik-Proud presented South Frontenac Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham with a power-point presentation that they said shows Magenta Waterfront Development Corp is not adhering to environmental conditions imposed by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on its condominium development on Loughborough Lake’s Johnston Point. “We were under the impression that it was a no-cut zone other than some small trails to the water,” said Rennie, while showing slides of some shoreline where work had clearly been done. “The OMB decision (PL150246) states that ‘the area within 30 metres of the high water mark of a water body or wetland shall be maintained in a natural state for soil and vegetation.’ “We’ve noticed a lot…

Bob’s Lake Dam Update From Parks Canada:

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Parks Canada has passed a milestone for the project to replace the Bobs Lake Dam at Bolingbroke. The preparation, investigation, and design phases have advanced to the point where this project has now been put out to tender to seek bids from qualified contractors. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 and could start as early as June. In preparation for construction, area residents may see increased activity at the dam site over the coming months. This includes the removal of shoreline vegetation, the preparation of the work site, and additional environmental monitoring. Over the coming months Parks Canada will be holding further information sessions about this project. The next opportunity will be at the Friends of the Tay Watershed annual general…
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