South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Special notice – road closure Road 38 will be closed between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith from 9am-7pm for the week of June 11-15. (Open to local traffic only). The detour will run between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith via Stars Corners and Wilton Road. Goal is to have the new Harrowsmith intersection completed by the 1st of July. New Deputy Mayor Sworn InCouncillor Alan Revill was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the year. Deputy Mayor Revill set a new standard by having memorized the oath, speaking it directly to the assembly. Property AcquisitionCouncil moved out of a closed session to approve the purchase, from parkland reserve, of a strip of property in Sydenham along the northwest shore of Millhaven Creek, abutting the…

Naturalists to Count Plant and Animal Species at BioBlitz

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(June 15-16) The Kingston Field Naturalists will hold their 20th annual BioBlitz to count plant, animal and other species as a measure of the biodiversity of a local area in June. The event is open to the public and is to be held at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary of the Kingston Field Naturalists north of Sydenham.   Natural history specialists, amateurs and members of the public will identify and record as many plant and animal species as possible over a 24 hour period. The idea is to set a baseline of the biodiversity for the area. A BioBlitz is a community based initiative linking science, education and public participation. It is a fun and free event. There will be guided walks to learn about a…
Doug van der Horden has been fighting against human trafficking for many years. He has a Facebook page, FAST 101 Fighting Against Sex Trafficking 101 but has been fighting an uphill battle. But, he has come up with a program to help some of the victims and last Sunday, the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church came to his aid, raising $6,000 to provide about 24 backpacks to be given out to girls who’ve fallen victim to this crime that he says “depends on secrecy to operate.” “We want people to be more aware of the problem and the need for support for children and youth in our community,” said BJ Calver, HFMC a missions. The bags are backpacks stuffed with all sorts of personal items such…

The Friends of Frontenac Park Celebrate “The Year of the Bird

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Is has been 100 years since North American laws protecting migratory birds were passed. To commemorate the success of this legislation, the National Geographic Society has designed 2018 as “The Year of the Bird”, inviting nature lovers around the world to continue to protect birds today and for the next one hundred years.   In celebrating The Year of the Bird, The Friends of Frontenac Park will be offering a variety of educational programs and events to teach people of all ages about our local bird species, and to engage the community in monitoring local bird populations. Hands-on, interactive displays will provide an up-close look at birds so as to facilitate species identification, while focused workshops will deliver training in winter bird identification, bird taxidermy,…

Frontenac Fury family fun run/walk returns June 10

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Help support local girls’ hockey by signing up for the fourth Fury Family Fun Run June 10 in Harrowsmith.   Organized by the Frontenac Fury Girls’ Hockey Association, the run/walk begins at 10 a.m.   New this year is a change of venue. Organizers have moved the run/walk to Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to take advantage of the park amenities and local trail system. There is a 1K route around the park grounds for children and a longer 5K route along the Cataraqui and K&P Trails. Post-race snacks and a barbecue will follow.   The run/walk is one of the association’s key fundraisers of the year. All proceeds go back into the non-profit association which is run by volunteers, many of whom are players’ parents…
Kyle Gordon knows that when hospitality becomes an art, it loses its soul. Sitting in his restaurant 12 years after it opened, the 41-year-old appears happy with what he has accomplished at the Creekside Bar and Grill, an eatery in Battersea known by locals and tourists for its genuine hospitality. “Running a restaurant is what I’ve always wanted to do,” explains Gordon from the comfort of one of the booths that line the walls of the dining area which has the look and feel of a fishing lodge. “I love it. Every day is fun and challenging. It’s also become a bit easier because I’ve been doing it for so long.” Gordon credits his success to long work days for the first five years in…

Time Capsule is in the ground, waiting for 50 years from now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In 50 years (ie Canada’s 200th birthday), people will be gathering at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to dig up a stainless steel treasure trove that will give them a snapshot of what life was like here in 2017/18. Mayor Ron Vandewal, along with members of Council, other dignitaries and a group of school kids gathered last Friday to bury a Canada 150 project — a Time Capsule containing all sorts of things that will tell residents 50 years from now a story about how things were five decades ago. “This is an exciting day,” said Vandewal, with shovel in hand. “I’m so glad my grandchildren are here.” Along with copies of newspapers and various documents relating to municipal government and organizations in existence now, Vandewal…

Improved access to Desert Lake could be in the cards, just not this year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Providing an improved boat launch access to Desert Lake is definitely on the radar, but it won’t be done this year, said South Frontenac Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth. Referring to a public information session held May 14 at The Waterway Inn, Segsworth said they presented a bridge design “to make navigation possible from Holleford Lake to Desert Lake” but the feedback they received from the 20 or so people in attendance made a lot of sense. “There were lots of suggestions,” Segsworth said. “It was good, lots of interest. “(The boat launch) is well used and the only public access to Desert Lake and it’s something we have to look at.” Coun. John McDougall, who was also at the meeting, agreed. “I was somewhat…

Cottage on Buck Lake goes up in flames

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Burnt Point Lane on Buck Lake lived up to its name last Sunday afternoon, when a cottage went up in flames and was a total loss. South Frontenac Fire Crews from 5 stations rushed to the site after receiving the call at 2:45pm. They found “the cottage was fully involved and collapsing into itself” said Fire Chief Darcy Knott. The cottage was unoccupied at the time of the fire although people had been there that morning and the previous evening. Crews immediately began to focus on a brush fire that had developed as the result of the structure, and soon had split into two teams. One team worked on containing the 8 acre brush fire that had developed while the other team made sure that…

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative a growing movement

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“We’re on a mission and the word is spreading,” said Nancy Roantree of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), who, along with fellow mission specialist Dianne Dowling, was at the opening of the Frontenac Farmers Market in Verona Saturday. Their ‘mission’ is essentially to collect seeds and share them through a local network. “We’re here to encourage people to consider seed saving,” said Dowling. “It’s a growing, self-sustaining movement.” To that end, they have a multi-facetted approach ranging from workshops, lectures and seminars, to an annual seed swap (Seedy Saturday in March, which has had to move to a larger venue every couple of years) to community gardens to having farmers grow plants specifically for seed. “We have three local seed companies we’re involved…

Township vehicle tour a hit with young families

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Roop Sandhu is a police officer with a golden touch. Watching with a smile as hundreds of children pour into the South Frontenac Public Works Yard in Sydenham for a rare chance to peer inside sophisticated equipment, Const.. Sandhu talks with pride about the special event he helped create last year dubbed Touch the Truck. “It’s a combined effort between emergency services and the public works department,” explains Const. Sandhu, Media Relations Officer with South Frontenac OPP. “Representatives include the Frontenac paramedic and police services and South Frontenac Township Fire & Rescue and public works department; roughly 20 vehicles are on display.” Standing beside Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth on May 10, Const. Sandhu credits the event’s success to Segsworth and his team who expanded…

Break-ins on 13 Island Lake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Over the weekend of May 12 and 13, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac Detachment received several complaints of Break and Enters that occurred to five (5) separate cottages on laneways around Thirty Island Lake which is located on the east side of Highway 38 south of Westport Road in South Frontenac Township. Sometime on May 11, culprit(s) entered sheds and cottages and stole several items including trailers, and boats on trailers. Estimated loss of property and damage is approximately $25,000. The police are continuing to investigate these thefts and are seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the Frontenac OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at…
It’s probably safe to say the proposed plan of condominium for Johnston Point has been controversial in many aspects, but there really isn’t much South Frontenac can control until contracts are signed, Township lawyer Tony Fleming told Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. Fleming said that until a draft plan of condominium is signed (ie, a legal contract), the Township has no authority to enforce conditions. Once said draft plan is signed, the Township can then assure that conditions set out in the plan are fulfilled to its satisfaction before sending its comments to the County, who then assumes responsibility for approving the final plan. “So, in terms of enforcement, we’re in some kind of legal limbo,” said Coun. Alan Revill. “The…

An Evening in Battersea

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The night should have been dark and stormy, but it was neither. We had come, the six of us, to an ancient, reputedly haunted, definitely rambling stone structure that some say began its life as a fort. I arrived barely in time to sip my welcoming drink, before Jeff ushered us in to our assigned tables, though the noise level suggested that many of our fellow diners had been clustered around the bar for a while already, perhaps anxious about what might come to pass in the course of the evening. This had all started several weeks earlier, one morning when Cam and I had gone for breakfast at the Holiday Country Manor in Battersea, where Core’s home fries are real, his corned beef hash…

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…

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