Craig Bakay

Craig Bakay

Back when Verona had a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, new member Doug Lovegrove was a little concerned that there wasn’t much commemorating the First World War and in particular the 146th Overseas Battalion, which was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from Dec. 22, 1915 to July 17, 1917.

The 146th, you see, was formed from recruits in Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Counties.

So Lovegrove set about finding out everything he could about the unit (the results of his search are online at

Being that this year is the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Lovegrove put together a special display in the storefront window of Nicole’s Gifts in Verona. Owner Nicole Van Camp’s daughter and son-in-law are officers in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“This display is a conglomerate of my own collection and museum stuff,” Lovegrove said. “For example, the big picture of the unit (91 inches wide) is on permanent loan to our museum from the museum in Bath.

“When I went down to see them, they said they didn’t know if they had anything on the 146th, but they had a picture upstairs and this was it.”

On Sept. 27, 1916, the 146th, aboard Her Majesty’s Transport (HMT) Southland left Halifax for England along with HMT Corsican, HMT Tuscania, HMT Lapland, HMT Laconia and cruiser HMS Roxburgh as well as two patrol boats and a trawler or a mine sweeper.

They arrived in England on Oct. 6, 1916, with 26 officers and 581 other ranks.

But, as Lovegrove said, “Their sole purpose was to replenish the front lines,” and as such, the unit was disbanded on Oct. 8, 1916 with a last parade and the officers and men were absorbed into other units. Most were sent to fight in France.

Lovegrove said he has documented 487 members of the 146th and suspects there were about 900 who were a part of the unit since its beginnings Nov. 28, 1915.

“On Nov. 11 this year, the community electronic bulletin board (in Verona) will display the names of the men we know and their flags,” Lovegrove said.

But there’s another aspect of military contribution that Lovegrove’s display also features — the contributions women made.

“In the First World War alone, there were about 3,000 nurses that joined the military,” he said. “And then there were Red Cross and Salvation Army nurses, about 4,500 total.”

The official total was 4,518 nursing sisters, of whom 92 died.

There were also home nurses, many of whom served at the Sydenham Military Hospital during WWI. The hospital is now the site of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

In the Second World War, there were 7,000 WRCNS in 39 trades, 20,545 CWACs in 55 trades, 17,038 WDs in 65 trades, 4,480 nursing sisters, 640 Red Cross personnel and 260 St. John’s Ambulance personnel. Seventy-three died and 19 were wounded.

There were 16 nursing sisters in the Korean War and 237 Canadian Forces personnel in the 1991 Gulf War. From 1986 to 2000, 2,573 women served in Canadian military peace keeping operations.

At the age of 72, Lovegrove said, “I was too young to have served in the wars as I was born just after the Second World War was over.”

But, he served in the military from 1967 to 1991 with NATO forces in Germany and with the United Nations in the Golan Heights and Cyprus.

And he wears the Poppy proudly.

“Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadian who have fallen in war and military operations,” he said. “The Canadians who died believed in a better future.

“We have inherited that future in a rich and beautiful country and it’s up to us to continue to work for that better future.

“If we do, we will have remembered and they will know that their their faith in the future wasn’t misplaced.”




Doug Lovegrove stands in front of the Remembrance display in the window of Nicole’s Gifts in Verona. “Nicky’s been very supportive,” he said. Photo/Craig Bakay

Trinity United Church in Verona has been holding a craft/bake sale on the first Saturday in November for a long time now. Nobody’s really too sure how long but it’s at least 25 years, dating back to when it was held in the bookstore at the mall in Verona.

Organizer Jane Adamson has been involved in most of them, although she readily admits “I have help, for instance Joyce Casement was the fundraiser.”

Although Adamson moved to Kingston recently, she’s still involved with the museum in Hartington and still spends “about three days a week in Verona” with various activities and groups.

“We have 17 vendors this year, two of whom are new,” Adamson said. “It’s been steady (customers) considering the weather.

“We try to decorate for Christmas to get people in the mood.”

Although the event is a fundraiser for the Church, they are also continuing the Christmas basket tradition (all the goods in the baskets are donated, including gift certificates from Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire and Carmelinda’s Restaurant in Kingston) which raises funds for the community.

“Last year we raised $860 that went to Christmas for Kids,” she said.

It’s a very social atmosphere at the sale, with lunch available and that’s a big part of what keeps Adamson and others coming back to do it.

“I just enjoy the day,” she said. “People come and I love seeing new people, but I also love people coming back.”

Adamson said it’s important to keep up traditions such as this.

“We need to keep it up,” she said. “As Joyce said to me, ‘people look forward to it.’”










The sign says ‘just chillin’ and that’s what therapy dog Buddy was doing with his crafting companion Tony Farrell of Tony Farrell Woodcrafts. Photo/Craig Bakay

Addington Highlands Council approved the creation of a working group to determine the fate of the Kaladar Waste Disposal site at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Flinton.

The site must close next year as a landfill and Roads/Waste Supervisor Brett Reavie told Council that they’ve been “throwing around July 1 as the closure date.”

But, he said, there are still many options to whittle down.

“Many options are available,” he said. “But many of them wouldn’t be feasible.

A waste transfer site appears to be the most likely option but Reavie wants to make certain they look at all options.

Council accepted Reavie’s suggestion that the working group include himself, two Council members (one from each Ward), one member of Township administration and at least two waste site attendants.

“We need the input from the attendants,” he said.

Dep. Mayor Helen Yanch said “we’ll have to have time to get the approvals for whatever we decide.”

“We can run as is until we get approvals,” Reavie said. “If we decide on a transfer site as we’re looking at now, it would just be a matter of tweaking a few things.

“We have approval for a transfer site.”

The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20 in Flinton at 9am.

Cannabis decision time

Addington Highlands Council wants to get ahead of cannabis regulations and as such has scheduled a meeting Nov. 22 to discuss the matter after it received emails from the IBI group (a Canadian-based international professional services consulting company) and MP Mike Bossio on the subject.

“There is action required,” said Reeve Henry Hogg. “We have to have a decision by Jan. 22.”

“There’s a lot we need to learn — what we’re going to allow and where,” said Coun. Bill Cox. “If we’re going to protect our township, it looks like there’s a lot to do.”

“It’s a little overwhelming and there’s going to be a lot to address,” said Coun. Tony Fritsch.

Dep. Mayor Helen Yanch suggested inviting the township planner to the meeting.

“I’m not sure what she’s going to tell you and she still gets paid for coming,” said Cox.

“I’d like to hear what other municipalities are doing,” said Yanch.

The meeting is set for Nov. 22 at 10am..

Councillor Bill Cox was playing Santa Claus at Tuesday meeting.

Following separate requests from the Vennachar Free Methodist Church and the Flinton Community Club to use Township facilities at a reduced rate (or free), Cox said: “I’m in a Christmas mood, let’s give it to them for nothing.”

Council agreed.

Cuddy on fire regulations

Following a discussion led by Fire Chief Casey Cuddy on how Addington Highlands might jointly address the Eastern Ontario Regional Network with North Frontenac and Central Frontenac about communication concerns, Cuddy told Council that there were still some concerns about aspects of the Wynne government’s fire regulations he was having trouble with, notably the provisions for the fire chief to provide mandatory certification and reporting of all buildings in the Township.

“There’s no way I can check that every hunting camp in the Township is compliant,” he said.

“Yes, surprisingly enough, we don’t plan to come out next week in the cold,” Frontenac Farmers Market director Laura Simmons said last Saturday as the Market closed for the season.

Even though is was a chilly day with overcast skies, the rain held off in the morning and there were a number of customers for those vendors that braved the weather.

“It’s OK,” said Simmons. “There’s not much on my table this week.”

One vendor who did still have some produce was Mike Janssens, who had several varieties of “antique” apples and did a rather brisk business.

Janssens dressed in the Halloween spirit with a Napoleonic era British redcoat uniform and greatcoat.

“A couple of other vendors told me they’d be dressing up,” he said. “They didn’t.”

But it worked out, he said.

“The uniform gives me the opportunity to showcase the antique varieties,” he said. “Such as Talman Sweets (1850s), Northern Spies (1870s) and Russetts (mid-1700s).

“These are a friend’s apples as our 400 trees are still a bit young.

“But you’ve got to get people to try these varieties.”

For Simmons, it’s now time to get things ready for the Christmas Market they put on in conjunction with Prince Charles Public School Dec.8.

“There will be 60-65 vendors and it will be an opportunity to come out and do some Christmas shopping,” she said.

This was Simmons’ first year as market director and she said she’ll likely hang on to the job next year.

“We’ll be 14 next year, actually one of the longer running markets around,” she said. “This year was actually a very good year and we’re very pleased with the traffic, community support and all the cottagers that came out.

“We’re growing and plan more events like music and the EarlyON/Library puppet show was a wonderful pairing.

“For me, I like feeding people healthy food — I’ve been doing it for 45 years — and I like the socializing.”

Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:32

Bat cave a big hit at Kennebec Halloween party

“There aren’t as many children in the community as there were when we started this 16 years ago, but we do have more grandparents coming out and they seem to be enjoying themselves,” said Wanda Harrison, chief organizer of Kennebec Rec’s annual kids Halloween party. “Actually, we do have a couple of new families this year and even one baby lumberjack.”

Many things are still the same as they have been many years.

For instance, Barbara Kirkland is still the “tattoo expert” and Diane Nicholson organizes the costume parade. Kent Smith and Lorne Hiltz were in the kitchen cooking hot dogs.

But one thing that changes every year is what goes on in the basement.

This year, it was a bat cave.

“This is our fourth year,” said Connie Tryan, who manages to transform the lower level of Kennebec Hall with her husband Boyd (“I just do what she tells me, even at home.”)

“We’ve done pirates, witches, and a haunted house.

“This year, we were studying stalactites at kids club and decided on a bat cave after feedback from the kids, some of whom have been down here two or three times now.”

With more than an hour to go, the baked goods were down to a precious few at the Sydenham Women’s Institute Craft and Bake Sale Saturday at the Grace Centre in Sydenham.

They’d started the morning with three full tables and now they were down to less than half a table. The Girl Guides had already sold out at this point.

“It’s been busy,” said organizer Linda Bates. “It’s been one of those days but I’m OK with that.”

There were 20 vendors this year, plus the Girl Guides and the WI had five tables.

“I love it,” said Bates while tying Christmas ribbons for a customer. “I used to come to this 15 years ago before I was a vendor.

“One guy said he comes every year just to get his fudge.”

Others came for other crafts, baked goods, a hot lunch of soup or chilli and Bates said there’s another reason.

“Everything here is home made and that draws a lot of people,” she said. “But for me it’s also about just having the community come in for a chat.”

The WI holds two craft/bake sales a year. The 2019 spring event is scheduled for May 27.

“Every vendor except two have said they’re coming back,” said Bates.

The Clar-Mill Community Archives’ latest project is cataloguing North Frontenac’s cemeteries and as such coordinator Brenda Martin was at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting last Friday in Plevna to outline how they plan to go about it.

“One of the first mysteries to unravel will be the determination of the oldest cemetery in North Frontenac,” Martin said. “Until a recent find, Playfair Cemetery was recorded as the oldest.

“Perhaps it is the oldest ‘registered’ cemetery.”

Watkins Cemetery (Lot 20 NER, Clarendon) on private land was recently identified and markers and historical writings would place this as the oldest cemetery in the Township with graves dating to 1862 when Bramwell Watkins had Pierpont dig a grave for his brother, Delany, who drowned in Fawn Lake on Sept. 21, 1860.

Currently, there are 13 cemeteries recognized in North Frontenac including (Ardoch) Plevna Community Cemetery, Ardoch United Church Cemetery, Cloyne Pioneer Cemetery, Dempsey Cemetery, Donaldson (Mundell) Cemetery, Grindstone (Playfair) Cemetery, Harlowe United Church Cemetery, Ompah Cemetery, Robertsville Cemetery, Sproule Family Burial, St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, St. Killian’s Catholic Cemetery and St. Mark’s Anglican (Harlowe).

“We’re looking for input (from Council) as to what to do next,” Martin said. “We want a summer student, and we have people who are willing to help.

“But there’s an inconsistent numbering system and improvements needed to the website link.”

She said there’s been a drone survey of the Robertsville Cemetery done as a pilot project and they’d like to explore doing more of that.

“But we need a Township letter of support for our grant application and after that our biggest issue would be summer students and office space for them to work in.”

“Right now we’ve got a lot of old tombstones that lawnmowers are running over,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “And some of those old Ardoch tombstones date back to the 1880s.

“We need to look at getting them fixed.”

“I think this is an extremely worthwhile project,” said Coun. Vernon Hermer.

As per the Township procedural bylaw, the allocation of funds and resources was deferred until the nex regular meeting.


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Council voted to commission a $7,200 engineering study for accessible washrooms at the Snow Road Hall.

But it wasn’t a unanimous decision.

Mayor Ron Higgins cast the deciding vote (there were only five Council members in attendance) agreeing with Dep. Mayor Fred Perry and Coun. Gerry Martin. Coun. Vernon Hermer and John Inglis voted against.

“I’d like to go on record as protesting against this,” said Inglis. “I don’t understand why you have to hire an engineering firm to wire a bathroom.”

“I agree with you,” said manager of community development Corey Klatt. “It’s over the top.

“But it’s required because of the (accessibility) rennovation.”


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Mayor Ron Higgins gave notice that he’d like to review the firearms bylaw next meeting.

“We got complaints from a couple of residents,” he said. “People are hunting too close to homes.”

“The squirrels are going to be happy if I can’t shoot any more of them,” said Coun. Gerry Martin.


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Coun. John Inglis gave notice of motion to discuss options for reducing the speed of heavy trucks and cars through Ompah.

“Apparently there are large trucks coming through at 4:30 a.m. and we got complaints from a couple of residents,” he said.

Sydenham High School is set to host the 2018 OFSAA boys AA volleyball championships Nov. 22-24, says convenor/coach Bryan English.

“As far as I know, this is the first time Sydenham has hosted an OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championship,” English said.

Twenty teams will take part in the event, including champions from 18 areas all around Ontario, as well as the host team and one medal entry.

“This is an important championship,” he said. “Only one to two per cent of high school students ever get the chance to compete in OFSAA.

“And it’s nice that it won’t be held in a big city this year.”

Teams will actually arrive Nov. 21 and there’ll be a banquet at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston that evening.

The tournament gets underway Nov. 22 beginning with round robin games from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the two courts in Sydenham High, one court at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston and one court at Ernestown Secondary School. The round robin will continue the following day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Round robin matches are two out of three.

At 4:30 p.m., the consolation and quarterfinals begin with three of five matches.

The semi-finals begin at 9 a.m. on day three with three of five matches. The bronze medal match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the championship match at 5 p.m. The semi-finals and finals will all be held at Regi due to an OFSAA ceiling height requirement. The main gym at Sydenham doesn’t meet this requirement and the second gym doesn’t have enough spectator room.

English said Sydenham will also be hosting the EOSSAA (Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association) championships beginning on Nov. 14. While, as the host school, the Golden Eagles automatically qualify for the OFSAA tourney, English is hoping that they might get in as EOSSAA champs, in which case, the second-place EOSSAA team would take the host spot.

“Last year, we lost in the semis,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players and they’re hungry.

“But it will take a lot because there are quite a few competitive AA teams this year.”

English said it’s been a “whole school effort” to host these championships this year.

“You can’t do this without a lot of help,” he said. “And all of our matches will be live streamed.”

Admission for the OFSAA tournament is $10 per day or $20 for the tournament.

Central Frontenac Council approved a recommendation by Manager of Emergency Services/Fire Chief Greg Robinson to amend the Fire Bylaw as recommended in the Fire & Rescue Phase Two Operational and Organizational Review at its regular meeting evening in Sharbot Lake.

Specifically, Robinson asked Council to have a fire station location study done; develop a master plan for Council’s approval; include gaps/risks identified in the phase two operational and organizational review that have not been mitigated to be addressed in that master plan; fully support the implementation of changes resulting from the operational and organizational review; and keep Council informed on the implementation of changes resulting from the phase two operational and organizational review.

Robinson said that there was $25,000 in the budget to be used for the station location study and master plan.

Coun. John Purdon said that the master plan should also have prevention and protection in addition to the word fire in the title.

But Purdon also questioned the need for a fire station location study.

“We have three fairly new stations and I can’t see wanting to relocate those,” Purdon said. “How big a study do we need for our four stations and two substations?”

“We did our own study and there was a possibility to combine Arden and Mountain Grove,” Robinson said. “But we don’t have the data we need.”

Coun. Brent Cameron went even further, questioning the scope of the phase two operational and organizational review, a rather large document presented to Council at the May 22 regular Council meeting that contained 142 “gaps” the fire chief said needed addressing.

“I’m not trying to be difficult,” Cameron said. “But the province has rescinded some of the requirements, gaps, that study identified.

“I feel like we’ve been given a large number of recommendations (142) and been told to take it or leave it.

“I’m not comfortable with this and would like to see a less ambitious document — one that gives the retention of personnel higher priority.”

Robinson responded that the master plan isn’t yet completed and “only five recommendations are being asked for tonight.”

While that might be technically true, one of the recommendations is that Council give its full support to the “implementation of required changes resulting from the phase two operational and organizational review.”

Another recommendation is those changes be included in the fire master plan.

Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey suggested they wait to pass the resolution until the new Council but Mayor Frances Smith said she was fine with the resolution as is.

“There are seven of us who have been through it,” she said.

Winter Maintenance contracts

Council approved acting Public Works Manager Dave Armstrong’s recommendation that they accept contractors’ bids for winter road maintenance in Area 1 and Area 2 and do the snow removal, sanding/salting in house for Area 3 and Area 4.

Armstrong said in his report that based on historical invoices for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 winter seasons, the Township would be spending about $287,500 annually for Areas 1 and 2 to be serviced leaving a surplus of about $137,500 from the budgeted amount for equipment rental, additional equipment maintenance and repair, and future considerations for equipment purchasing and/or rental.

Essentially, the Township will be paying $2,723.22 for each snow/sleet/freezing rain event in Area 1 and $1,751.59 in Area 2. He said he hasn’t had enough experience yet to estimate what it will cost the Township to do Areas 3 and 4 itself.

Henderson Road Culvert

Council awarded the Henderson Road Culvert tender to Crains’ Construction Ltd. for $191,110 not including HST. The budget for the job was $200,000.

Acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong said he’d work with the contractor to get the work done as soon as possible and minimize traffic disruption. He estimated there would be “about four days” of traffic disruption as it is a rather large culvert.

Saturday was cookie day in Sydenham as Pathfinders, Guides, Sparks and Brownies were out in force for the annual autumn cookie sales. The First Frontenac Pathfinders and Guides set up at the Township Hall while First Sydenham Sparks and Brownies were at the Foodland. There was also a table at the One-Stop.

For those unfamiliar with the way this works, the Girl Guides organization has two fundraisers a year. In the spring they sell the classic chocolate and vanilla cookies and in the fall, it’s chocolate mint.

“We took on extra boxes this year,” said Guider Kim Deline. “We ordered 250 cases (12 boxes per case) to help fund a trip to Doe Lake Camp next August.

“(But) the cookie sales are our main fundraiser to support our activities.”

In all, there were about 20 girls selling cookies on this day. There are about 47 girls total in the clubs.

And, assuming they did quite sell all of the cookies, they’ll be at the Sydenham Women’s Institute craft show next Saturday at the Grace Centre.

If you’d like to become involved with Guiding, visit their website or call 1-800-565-8111.

And they’re always looking for adult leaders too.

“It’s the best non-paying job you’ll ever have,” said Deline.

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