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St Paul’s Sydenham Celebrates 180 years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
This Sunday morning, St Paul’s Anglican Church in Sydenham will celebrate its 180th anniversary. This stone church has an intriguing history. (much of the following is drawn from an account written by the late Gladys Lewis, in 1962) The church was originally built in 1837 in Loughborough on a 1.5 acre parcel of land at the junction of Church, Portland and Walker streets, on property provided by Sarah Switzer, wife of Robert Osborne. Money from the Clergy Reserves paid for the construction, but the property itself was not owned by the church until 14 years later, when it was “conveyed to the Bishop of Toronto and his successors forever..” Sarah Switzer Osborne was given 15 shillings in recognition of the property exchange.By 1848 the brick…

Battersea Pumpkin Festival

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Battersea held what was perhaps its most successful ever Pumpkinfest last Saturday.The whole village was decorated with pumpkins and cornstalks; there was a parade, food, music, petting zoo, rides through the forest on a miniature steam train, rides through the village on a wagon, a haunted barn, a pie sale, pumpkin carving, both participatory and performance-based, and a creative array of pumpkin-related children's games. A wind-up catapult flung pumpkins in more or less one direction, three strange winged figures on stilts stalked through the crowd along with a top-hatted unicycle rider, and it appeared Queen Victoria herself moved in a stately manner across the field. If you'd substituted livestock for all the dogs, it could have been a mediaeval fair. Volunteers, many with pointed hats…

Short and pretty sweet at SF Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:59  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Coming in at a whole 16 minutes, Tuesday’s regular South Frontenac Council meeting in Sydenham wasn’t the shortest on record (14 minutes) but it was close.Still, after acknowledging that the meeting was being held on Coun. Ron Sleeth’s 74th birthday, Council did cross a few T’s and dot a few I’s. For one thing, the Harrowsmith Beautification Committee was recognized as a committee of Council. Based on the model of the successful Verona Community Association, the committee has been busy with a beautification project for Harrowsmith that includes flags, flowers and benches.When asked by Mayor Ron Vandewal if they “are they as organized as Verona?” Councilor Brad Barbeau replied: “there’s a lot of enthusiasm.”Still with Harrowsmith, Council authorized a $1,000 donation to Harrowsmith Public School…

Pictures and stories of an African experience

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:50  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When Carol Little of Sydenham learned of a trip for Canadian Grandmothers to visit Zambia and South Africa, she knew at once that she had to go, to personally meet some of the women she has been connected with over the past several years, through pictures and letters and stories. Her own children and husband were unquestioning in their support, with the result that a year ago this summer Carol headed off alone to Britain, where she met three more women, identified by the matching scarves they wore. Many hours later, these four landed in Zambia and joined six others for some sleep and cultural orientation before embarking with driver and interpreter over some of the roughest roads she’d ever travelled. “It was an intense,…

Fall Food Drive on Saturday in Sydenham and Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Sydenham Food Bank shelves are getting bare, so it’s time for their fall food drive, to help those in need. On Saturday, October 21, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, volunteers from Southern Frontenac Community Services, which operates the Food Bank, will be encouraging grocery shoppers at both the Verona and Sydenham Foodland stores to consider making a donation of food or cash. “The Foodland stores are always willing to partner with our food drives,” says Amanda Pantrey, who is coordinating the fall food drive, “they prepare $10 and $20 bags of non-perishable food that is high on our list of needs that customers can purchase and donate on site.” Customers can donate other items as well, and the Food Bank welcomes gifts of cash. “The…

New program aimed at attracting youth volunteers to SFCS

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Southern Frontenac Community Services is launching a new program this fall. The Youth Volunteer Program is aimed at fostering connections with students at nearby Sydenham High School with the clientele of the agency. Andy White, newly arrived in South Frontenac, has a wealth of experience working with youth. She will be running groups at Sydenham High School on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 to 5:00. “The groups will learn a bit about the agency and what opportunities there are to volunteer, and they will have a chance to explore for themselves and decide what they would like to engage in” she said. The youth will also be able to count the volunteer hours towards their 40 hour requirement to graduate, but White says…

Juniors win, seniors lose as Bubba Bowl returns to Sydenham

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
After a two-year absence to to field repairs and improvements, the 10th annual Bubba Bowl returned to the field at Point Park in Sydenham last Friday. The Junior Sydenham High School Golden Eagles won 30-7 while a very young senior side fell 28-7.The Bubba Bowl is held annually to honour Alex (Bubba) Turcotte, a former player who died of heart disease before he got to play his final season at SHS.The opponents this year were the LaSalle Secondary School Black Knights. The senior Knights were a force to be reckoned with, featuring several very large human beings and plenty of experience.However, despite being over matched size- and experience-wise, the Golden Eagles made a game of it when they came out in the second half.Down 14-0,…

SF taking advantage of deal on breathing apparatus

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:15  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Although the official approval will have to wait until next week’s Council meeting, South Frontenac Council approved the purchase of 50 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units and 150 spare air bottles at its Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday nigh in Sydenham.Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough said an opportunity came along to buy the state-of-the-art SCBA because the City of Kingston Fire Department bought units earlier this year and the company is allowing South Frontenac to piggy-back in on the deal.Chesebrough said Frontenac Islands, Napanee and Loyalist municipalities are also considering taking similar offers and cost savings could be even higher.South Frontenac had put $680,000 in its 2018 budget (yet to be finalized) for new SCBA but with the special offer the cost would…

Sydenham spirits high with return of the Bubba Bowl

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A football tradition returns to Sydenham High School Friday night when the La Salle Knights come to town to take on the Golden Hawks in the 10th annual Bubba Bowl. The game(s) mark the return of the event, named for former player Alex (Bubba) Turcotte who sadly died of heart failure in May of 2001 after three years on the Sydenham junior team. The game was not played in 2015 or 2016 because the field needed work. In one way this year’s tilt could also be dubbed the Hammer Bowl, as Sydenham High junior coach Karl Hammer will be taking on his dad, also named Karl, who is the coach of the La Salle juniors. “Yeah, it’s the 3rd taking on the 4th,” Hammer said,…

Pumpkin festival returns to Battersea

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:50  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It’s the pumpkin party of the year. Sitting on her front porch with a smile in late September, 25-year-old Amanda Pantrey of Battersea seems happy to talk about the most popular event in her community. “It’s almost time for the 23rd annual Battersea Pumpkinfest,” confirms the organizer. “The festival is an amazing day of affordable family fun. It covers most of the village and includes games, wagon rides, live music, food and locally produced items. It’s an incredible celebration of everything this community has to offer.”To be held from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Battersea Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of the fall harvest. It is organized and conducted by volunteers.“I’ve always felt Battersea is a unique community,” admits Pantrey…

Fermoy Hall asbestos removal approved - South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:34  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It looks like there will be some action on Fermoy Hall this year after all. On the advice of Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth, Council decided at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham to begin work with asbestos removal and whatever else they can get done with the $30,000 earmarked for building upgrades in the 2017 capital budget. It was a complete 180 for Segsworth, but those Bedford folks can be quite persuasive when it comes to their history. On July 11, a report was presented to Council outlining the costs associated with asbestos removal and other environmental cleanup costs. At that time, the recommendation was that no further action be taken. “In hindsight, we probably should have recommended the money then that we’re…

Sydenham High football program benefit concert

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Anyone who’s played high school football knows the challenge of that first day of practice where you try to find equipment that fits. And usually, the seniors get first crack at what’s available so the by the time the lowly Grade 9s get their chance, they’re lucky to find a pair of practice pants that don’t need a major tailoring job. After taking over the junior team last year, coach Karl Hammer decided to do something about it.“The equipment gets passed on year after year and if you get a 10-year life span out of it, that’s about it,” he said. “This year, we had 60+ students trying out for junior and 40+ for senior and that’s a lot of gear.“And each year, we lose…

Bellrock Hall has become one busy little place

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
While the major renovations at Bellrock Hall have been completed for some time now, there are still things to be done and plans in the works. So, with the bands After The News and Crimson River set to rock out the stage, a fundraiser barbecue was in order last Sunday. “There’s always ongoing maintenance and repair,” said chair Sarah Robideaux. “We’re going to paint starting this week (and) there’s a drop ceiling under discussion. “And we’re looking at roll-out chair racks which were planned after the last renovation started.” And then they have ideas about the park behind the hall. “It needs some TLC, as does the old play structure,” she said. “But it helps to have a contractor on hand.”And they’ve also been looking…

Fatal motor vehicle collision with pedestrian in Inverary

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On September 15, 2017, at approximately 9:05 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Frontenac Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian on Perth Road near Davidson Road in the town of Inverary, South Frontenac Township. A white 4-door Toyota motor vehicle was travelling northbound on Perth Road when it collided with a pedestrian. The pedestrian 38-year old Andrew Richard ELLERBECK of South Frontenac Township was pronounced deceased at the scene. The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. The investigation is still ongoing.

Public meeting to be rescheduled and advertised again

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council decided to re-advertise a public meeting regarding a request to sever a lot on Itinerary Lake in response to an Inverary Lake Association letter at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. The proposed severance would create a new non-waterfront lot on Round Lake Road (15 acres) with the retained portion becoming a smaller lakefront lot (37.8 acres with 434 metres water frontage). Planner Lindsay Mills said the resulting rezoning application could be supported from a planning perspective and both the health unit and conservation authority had no objections. However, in a letter dated Sept. 14, the lake association expressed concerns that proper procedure had not been followed. Mills admitted that the notice placed on the property had the wrong date for…
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