Frontenac Farmers Market returns Saturday in conjunction with Yard Sale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:50  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Frontenac Farmers Market returns to the parking lot at Prince Charles Public School in Verona this coming Saturday (May 12) for its 13th season. This year’s opening market is running in conjunction with the Prince Charles Public School Community Yard Sale. The Yard Sale is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. while the Farmers Market gets underway at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Market vendor and chair Laura Simmons said that this year, they are trying to broaden the community outreach and participation aspect of the weekly market, which runs until Oct. 27. “We’re working with a number of not-for-profits in the Verona area and further afield,” Simmons said. “Our schedule isn’t quite set yet but we hope to…

South Frontenac Time Capsule

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:49  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mayor, Ron Vandewal invites you to join him on Friday May 18th at 1:00 P.M. to bury some of our Township’s History. As part of our local initiatives in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th, the Township collected numerous items from the Community to place in a time capsule. Now that the ground has thawed, it is time for the capsule to be buried at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith with hopes that it will be unearthed in 50 years to mark Canada 200. The stainless steel time capsule constructed by D. Martin Welding is full of items such as photographs, newspaper clippings, aerial photographs of our area schools with the students, local sports memorabilia and many more items. Mayor Vandewal even included a copy of his…

Canadian Guitar Festival officially canceled for 2018

Written by  |  Monday, 07 May 2018 10:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The 2018 Canadian Guitar Festival (CGF) is officially cancelled. Del Vezeau, who has organized the Festival for 14 years, has announced that because of disagreements with South Frontenac Township leading to legal processes, the festival cannot be held this year. It had been scheduled for the weekend of July 27-29. The Festival regularly featured internationally acclaimed artists like Don Ross, Ed Gerhard, Antoine Dufour and John Ainsworth. “After the judge’s ruling, we can’t really do the CGF, it’s illegal,” said Vezeau. After three years of negotiating and debating whether the CGF was a permitted use of Vezeau’s Loughborough Lake Holiday Park campground, the township took Vezeau to court on Jan. 24 this year seeking a ruling that concerts and weddings open to the public held…

Guitar Festival 2018 in doubt, says Vezeau

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Del Vezeau has a new lawyer and a bit of new perspective on his relationship with South Frontenac Township. He is also unsure whether the Canadian Guitar Festival and South Frontenac Township are meant to be together. Vezeau, the owner of Loughborough Holiday Campground and the founder and host of the guitar Festival, has been locked in a dispute with the township over zoning issues and noise complaints from neighbours. The dispute led the township to seek a court injunction against him, yielding mixed results. Justice Hurley of the Ontario Superior Court denied a township request for an injunction (aimed at?) stopping Vezeau from holding public events such as weddings and concerts at his park, but declared that those events are not permitted under the…

South Frontenac Mayor continues Township’s winning hockey tradition

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Frontenac Flyers weren’t the only champions in South Frontenac Township this hockey season. Mayor Ron Vandewal also has a championship trophy for this year, albeit took him some 50 years more than the Flyers to get one. Vandewal was a defenceman with the Frontenac Fossils 60+ team that came back recently from Skaneateles, N. Y. (about ¾ of an hour from Syracuse) as the 2018 Gray Wolves Senior Hockey 60s A Division champions. “It was exciting,” said Vandewal. “They even gave me the trophy. “They’re a great bunch of guys and I’ll play again if they ask me.” Vandewal was actually the only South Frontenac resident on the team which was comprised of mostly Kingston seniors skaters he plays with in Kingston. It’s the…

Lindsay Mills, longtime South Frontenac Planner, set to retire

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“15 years and 4 months, I’ve always kept track,” said Lindsay Mills when contacted at his office on the lower level of the South Frontenac Township early this week. A couple of weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, he gave notice to the township that he will be retiring from his position as planner/deputy clerk for South Frontenac Township at the end of June. Mills took the job of township planner in 2003, moving over from a job as planner in Brighton. He was living in Kingston, where he still his, and saving the 1 hour and ten minute one way commute to Brighton, made the South Frontenac job pretty appealing. The job has been a good one as well, although he said that planning…

South Frontenac Council - Former councillor dies

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The meeting began with a minute’s silence for Larry York, former Storrington district Councillor, who recently passed away. Purchase of Storrington Boat RampCouncil passed a motion to purchase a Storrington boat launch property popularly known as “The Old Shipyards”. This will include the area used as a public boat launch plus a parking area. The Township will pay all legal and survey costs and install fencing along the southwest border. Handover of Fire Chief PositionActing Fire Chief Gervais officially handed over his position to the Township’s new Fire Chief Knott on May 1st. During his interim time with the township, Gervais had conducted an assessment of the township fire services, and developed a short-term plan for the department. Gervais began and ended his report with…

E-vehicles in rural locales – is the time really now?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A lot of people love their cars, for the feel of the drive, the power, the hauling potential, and their look. And knowing what people want their car to make them feel and then selling it back to them is the engine that has driven car sales for at least the last 70 years. David Hahn and Marion Watkins are just as enthusiastic about their new E-Golf Electric Vehicle (EV) as any other car enthusiast, and as early adopters of solar power (they have one of the first microfit solar arrays that was sold in Eastern Ontario) and David is the President of the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op, a group of investors from the region who have financed some local solar projects and are committed…
The Perth Road Maple Syrup Festival got postponed a week due to inclement weather but last Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and people turned out in droves. “Well, we’re not rushed but it’s been steady all morning,” said one of the organizers, Dave Kuhn (“I’m in charge of a lot of stuff but I don’t have any official title”). Kuhn said the festival, which consists of a pancake breakfast, bake sale, raffles and various displays, including Bill Votary’s sugar bush, etc, has been going on since 1991 but “it’s gotten bigger in the last 10 years. “We’re really blessed in that Bill provides the syrup for the breakfast. “Some other guys provide other things and we get a lot of support from…

E-waste once again collected at Prince Charles Public School

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:29  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Collecting e-waste turned out to be such a good idea last year, the Parents Council at Prince Charles Public School decided to try it again last Saturday in Verona. By 11 a.m., the bin was about half full and growing steadily. “Chair Ali Williamson organized in partnership with KIMCO,” said Tab Morton. “It’s a fundraiser for the school and although it doesn’t bring in huge amounts of money, it does help, and out here, it’s a service that’s not really available. “People like it and it’s convenient for the community.” It’s a simple idea, KIMCO provides a container to which people bring their old computers, monitors, TVs, stereos and such for recycling, which KIMCO then picks up. “It brings the community and the school together,”…

Holiday Country Manor – Year three of a journey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:29  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When Core Lee and Jeff Day purchased the Holiday Country Manor in 2016 they knew they were in for an adventure. They had purchased a business that had been focused mainly on fishing tourism for many years in a historic building that was solidly built but certainly needed some freshening up. They also took over on Canada Day weekend, and had no bookings. “We were sitting out front on Canada Day weekend, having drinks, with no one in the hotel, just having bought the Inn, and we thought, this is not good,” recalls Jeff Day. As they now approach their third summer, they have a better idea of the kind of business the Country Manor has become, and where it is going. They are putting…

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…

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