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The great de-centralised Frontenac Heritage Festival is made up of many stand alone events that are loosely connected.

One new event this year is a crokicurl rink, located in the Oliver Scott Memorial Park in Sharbot Lake (across from Granite Ridge Education Centre) which will be available all weekend.

Never hear of crokicurl? It is exactly what it sounds like. A crokinole board set up on an ice rink. Instead of flicking wooden disks with fingers, sand filled windshield wiper fluid jugs are slid along the ice from a makeshift curling ‘hack’ at the edge of the ice. Depending on the circumstances, a draw to the button, a bump and run or a takeout may be called for.

Any combination up to eight players can participate at one time, even numbers are best. The rink was set up, with posts ringing the house like a crokinole board, by Rudy and Joan Hollywood. They will be around to explain the rules at times during the weekend, and the rink is available all-day Saturday and Sunday.

The Festival kick off is at the Sharbot Lake Legion on Friday night, (February 15) in conjunction with the Legion’s Friday night chicken dinner.

Things get underway in earnest on Saturday with a mitt full of events at the Kennebec Community Centre between 9am and 3pm. There will be a display by the Kennebec Historical Society, a demonstration of chainsaw wood carving by Robin Deruche, smoke alarm demonstrations by the fire department, games and food.

At the same time, part of the hall will be taken over by the Arden Potters, who will be selling soup and chilli in handcrafted bowls that purchasers can take home. All proceeds from the sale of the bowls goes to the North Frontenac Food Bank. Need to see more pottery? The Arden Pottery Studio, which is just down the road from the hall, will be open all day.

Meanwhile, starting at 11am, The Kennebec Lake Association is holding its 7th Annual Winter Fun Day on the lake, just east of the bridge and boat launch. Chilli, hot chocolate and cider, snow shoeing, skating sliding and more until 3pm.

Things are quieter in Sharbot Lake during the day on Saturday, but there is a Lion’s breakfast at the Oso Hall from 8am-11am as well as Croki-curling.

At night the hamlet will be livened up by Shawn McCullough and Wade Foster at the Crossing Pub, starting at 8pm.

On Sunday, the Matson Farm at 6278 Arden Road will be the centre of attention. It features heritage farming, a cross cut competition, and more (see ad on page 16).

In Sharbot Lake, Sunday events are anchored by the Polar Plunge at the Sharbot Lake Marina at 12 noon, followed by lunch at the Legion. Meanwhile, from 11am-3pm, winter fun day is on at the Child Centre, featuring soup and scones, bucket drummers, snowshoe lending, etc.

Finally, over at the Railway Heritage Park on Elizabeth Street, Bob Miller and Mike Procter will be throwing knives (not at each other) from 12 - 4pm, and Bill MacDonald will be demonstrating old time logging techniques.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:21

McCullough, Joan Teresa

After a courageous struggle, in her 76th year, our amazing wife and mother left us on January 31, 2019. She will be sadly missed by her wonderful husband Len after 54 years of marriage, an unforgettable journey for them both. She will also be sadly missed by her children, Greg (Kathy), Peggy (Larry) and Susie (Brian). Joan was an incredible grandmother to Jamie, Peter, Geoff, Mckinley and Sawyer and was fondly known as Grandma Cricket to Marika. Joan is survived by her sisters Eileen (Gerome) McHenry, Anne (Harold) Buckley and Marilyn Corrigan and by her brother Pat (Mary) Corrigan as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers, Bernard (Anna) Corrigan and Adrian Corrigan and her sister, Dreda (Ray) Marks. Joan will also be greatly missed and remembered for her incredible generosity and selflessness by all of her many friends and extended family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Queens University (Division of Rheumatology). A celebration to honour Joan’s life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Sydenham Legion for 1-4 pm.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:20

Marlene Pearl Beattie

With family by her side at Perth hospital Tuesday, January 15th, 2019; Marlene Pearl Beattie (Donnelly) passed away at the age of 80. Dear wife of the late Kenneth Beattie. Loving mother of Angela (Philip) and Brad (Heather). Cherished nanny of Megan (Ryan). She will be dearly missed by her special friend Charles Double. Sadly missed by brothers and sisters, Audrey (the late, Jim), Duane (Pauline), Joyce (the late, Bruce), Linda (Murray), the late Ray (Bonnie), the late Kenneth, the late Wilbert (Jessie), the late Wendell, the late Ronnie. Marlene will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews and many close, dear friends too numerous to mention and for fear of leaving someone out as you all meant so much to her. In keeping with Marlene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday January 26th at 11:00am at the Sharbot Lake United Church. Light luncheon and social time followed at the United Church Hall. A warm thank you to Perth Hospital and staff, Dr Kennie, Sharbot Lake Unitec Church, Jean Brown, Stanley Stinchcombe, Dianne Lake and the UCW, the support of neighbours, friends and family. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Sharbot Lake United Church. Online condolences@

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:48

Barbara Annette Dion (nee Brown)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. Beloved wife of the late Bert Dion for over 33 years. Much loved mother of Michelle (Hugh) Walters and Christian (Maggie) Dion. Loving grandmother of Logan, Krista, and Reilly. She will be deeply missed by many other family members and friends. A graduate of the Mack Nurses College in St. Catherines, Barb was a nurse at Oshawa General and Bowmanville Memorial Hospitals for a span of 33 years. Upon retirement, she spent the majority of her time volunteering in the community, golfing, traveling, and spending time with her beloved grandchildren. Family and friends will be received at the Milestone Funeral Center, 11928 Hwy #41, Northbrook, Ontario on Friday, January 25th, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John’s the Evangelist Church in Flinton on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 11:00am. Mass of Christian burial will take place in the spring at St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Friends desiring may contribute in her memory to the charity of your choice. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 13:24

Stewart, Donald “Don” Frederick

After a rich and full life, Don passed peacefully on January 3, 2019, with family by his side at Kingston General Hospital. Don touched so many lives throughout his 80 years and was a compassionate, caring friend to all. Born in Cobourg, ON, he moved to Toronto in his early years. In 1972, he married his favourite dance partner and best friend, Donna Wilson. He moved the “city girl” to Hopetown and started a hobby farm with 150 cattle, all while working full time. Much of his career was spent with Perkins Motors, first as a car salesman, then truck and coach mechanic, and then Service Manager. Don served 2 terms with Lanark Township Council, and was on the Almonte Hospital Board for several years. When he retired, he moved to Ompah. Don enjoyed spending summers on Manitoulin Island where his family and friends have many cherished memories. “Stewy” (as he was known by many) was a remarkable, passionate guy who was quick witted, loved to dance, play cards, and delve into history books. He taught many of us to fish and took great pride in stocking our tool boxes. Love lives on. Don is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna; his children Lorie (Henry) Schur, Kathy (Daniel) Trudel, Donna Milovanovic, Paula Roberts, and Kathryn (Robert) Campbell; his brothers Milton (Linda) Stewart and William (Mary) Stewart; proud “Grampi” of 8 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, extended family and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Florence. Respecting Don’s wishes, no services will be held. Those who so desire, may make memorial donations in memory of Don to the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. The “magic” that was Don Stewart, will be greatly missed by all those blessed to have known him.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 13:19

Kirkham, Lola Helen

Peacefully at Garden Terrace, Kanata on January 9, 2019 at the age of 93 years. Predeceased by Earl, her husband of 28 years. Loving mother of Gene (Cathy), and Dale. Proud Gramma of Tina (Mat), Steven and Rachel. Dear sister of Verna (the late George) and Sheila (the late Don). Predeceased by her brother George (Janet), her father William, and mother Annie. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews and her many friends in Sharbot Lake. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St., W., Perth Friday January 18th, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In remembrance of Lola, contributions to the Anglican Parish of Parham-Sharbot Lake (St. Andrew's Church) would be appreciated by the family.For condolences or further information, visit our website at

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:52

Robert Bruce Scott

Robert Bruce Scott, former firefighter with York Fire Department & retiree of Ashby Lake near Denbigh has passed away suddenly at the Arnprior District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 78.. Bob leaves behind his loving wife Jeanette of 18 wonderful years to be reunited in heaven with his first wife Patricia and their son David. Special father of Barbara (Jeff) Stiles. His memories will always remembered and cherished in the hearts of his grandchildren Hunter, Paige, Logan, Zack, Isabel and Oliver. Bob will be sadly missed by his sister Lynda (the late Earl) Cooke. Pre-deceased by his parents William & Margaret Scott along with his brothers Alan, Norman and Bill. Bob will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends in and around Ashby Lake. Cremation has taken place with Milestone Funeral Center. A Celebration of Life for Bob will take place in the late spring/early summer of 2019. Friends desiring may contribute in his memory to the David Scott Memorial Fund or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:46

Doris Elizabeth Forbes

March 26, 1930 - Dec. 25, 2018

The family of Doris Forbes would like to say thank you to Dr. Tam for his care and attention of Doris for many years especially the last few months. Also to the staff of Pine Meadow, Doris enjoyed her stay there. We would also like to thank McConnell Funeral Home for there excellent service. Every detail was looked after no mater how small. A thank you to Cheryl McMurray for the great service from only knowing Doris a short time and also a thank you to Mark and Sharon Alton for singing and Mark for his humor and memories. Doris would be proud. Thank you to all the pall bears and thank you to Debbie Deline for taking care of the luncheon and to those who donated food.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:45

Susie May Sallans (Marois)

Susie May Sallans (Marois) born March 12, 1961, passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on Wednedsay, December 26, 2018 at the age of 57. She will be sadly missed by her husband Richard. Cremation has taken place. Susie’s friends and family will be received at the Milestone Funeral Center, 11928 Hwy 41 Northbrook on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1-2pm. A Celebration of Life Service will follow in the Chapel at 2pm. Friends desiring may contribute in her memory to the L&A Humane Society (OSPCA). Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:43


David John Mayne Bullen, in his fifty-first year, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was the son of Rosemarie Kozak Bowick (Bill) and William George MacLean Bullen (Arlene) both originally of Ottawa. He is also survived by his wile Erika (nee Lalande) and his children, Jordan, Rylie and Jesse as well as his brother Scott. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and wide network of friends. We will all treasure his memory. David's family will receive friends at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Dr., Nepean on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 11:00 am until time of Memorial Service which will be held in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. For those wishing, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Sharing Memories and condolences at

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