Wintergreen celebrates spring equinox with Labyrinth walk

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:51  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
They welcomed spring and the changing of the seasons at Wintergreen Studios last Friday night with a Labyrinth walk. For those unfamiliar with the Labyrinth, the original term comes from Greek mythology, where it was an underground maze of sorts that housed the half-man, half-bull Minotaur. During the Renaissance, similar structures became popular in English gardens and remains so today. But, the Wintergreen Labyrinth is not a maze, as director Rena Upitis explained. “In a maze, you get lost,” she said. “In a labyrinth, you find yourself.” “It’s walking meditation,” said program director Monica Capovilla. “You walk the perimeter to get your bearings and then you enter and walk at your own pace. “It’s not prescribed, you see how your body will react. “And you…

Sydenham's big dig, or “what the heck are they doing across the creek?”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
This has been the current greeting in Sydenham for the past few weeks, and rumours are flying. The Project: Public Works held a public information meeting about the Bedford Road & George/Portland intersection projects some time ago; last spring or possibly before that. The event was complete with maps, timelines and budget information and there was a reasonable turn-out of local residents. But it takes a bunch of big machines, traffic slow-downs and a huge hole In the middle of the village beside a busy intersection to really bring out curious and indignant taxpayers. We’ve tried to get answers for some of the current concerns. The Problem: Bedford Road from the site of the former beer store to the corner of Alton Road has become…

Festive atmosphere at arena as three Flyers teams make provincial finals

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It was a very festive atmosphere at the Frontenac Community Arena this past weekend, and it wasn’t just because St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday. While there was a bit of green, the dominant colour was orange as the Frontenac Flyers minor hockey organization had three teams (Atoms, Peewees and Bantams) in the Ontario CC Championship finals. (The Novices narrowly missed the finals, losing out in the semis and the Midgets made the playoffs but bowed out in the first round.) It’s been a long time since there’s been this much excitement at the old arena (which turned 52 this year). If you look around the arena, most of the boys’ banners are from the early ’90s, when a strong core of players advanced…

Hoarding disorder may be more common than you think

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“Anybody here watch the TV series The Hoarders? — It’s not like that,” said HomeBaseHousing prevention diversion case manager Cassy Gogo said at a Seniors and Law enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) lunch gathering at the Verona Free Methodist Church last week. But there is a diagnosable condition that affects perhaps as high as two to three percent of the population. According to the American Psychiatric Association, hoarding disorder is: • Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value • The accumulation of items clutter the living areas, causing them to be unusable • The hoarding causes significant distress to the person and their ability to function normally. “It’s a fear to part with things,” she said. She said hoarding is a compulsive…
Catherine Oxenford-Grant has been the minister for the congregation of Trinity United Church in Verona since January. She came to Verona from Westport, where she had been the full time student minister for two years. The opportunity to work on a part-time basis appealed to her, and she welcomed the appointment. She will be ordained as a United Church Minister in Napanee at the end of April, and at the end of June the congregation will have the option of engaging her on a long term basis. But she has not spent a lot of time thinking about all that since taking on the challenge of ministering to the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge. She has been too busy enjoying what she describes as a “really good…

Group challenges whether Johnston Point development adhering to OMB ruling

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A group consisting of Matt Rennie, Sarah Harmer and Meela Melnik-Proud presented South Frontenac Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham with a power-point presentation that they said shows Magenta Waterfront Development Corp is not adhering to environmental conditions imposed by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on its condominium development on Loughborough Lake’s Johnston Point. “We were under the impression that it was a no-cut zone other than some small trails to the water,” said Rennie, while showing slides of some shoreline where work had clearly been done. “The OMB decision (PL150246) states that ‘the area within 30 metres of the high water mark of a water body or wetland shall be maintained in a natural state for soil and vegetation.’ “We’ve noticed a lot…

Bob’s Lake Dam Update From Parks Canada:

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Parks Canada has passed a milestone for the project to replace the Bobs Lake Dam at Bolingbroke. The preparation, investigation, and design phases have advanced to the point where this project has now been put out to tender to seek bids from qualified contractors. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 and could start as early as June. In preparation for construction, area residents may see increased activity at the dam site over the coming months. This includes the removal of shoreline vegetation, the preparation of the work site, and additional environmental monitoring. Over the coming months Parks Canada will be holding further information sessions about this project. The next opportunity will be at the Friends of the Tay Watershed annual general…

Country Church music series moving to Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Country Church music series is moving to the Verona Pentecostal Church this year, said veteran performer Ross Clow of The Old Hims. For several years now, the popular gospel series has been at the Portland Community Church in Hartington but Clow said with the departure of Rev. John and Marilyn Craig, it was time for a change in venue. “We very much appreciated the years Marilyn and John opened the church to us,” Clow said. The new venue, although slightly smaller than Hartington, does offer excellent wheelchair access as well as two stair lifts, that Clow said should allow for refreshments downstairs. The new venue does allow for a more intimate setting and acoustics. “We just hoped we’ll have enough room,” Clow said. “There…

Carol Mary (Krug) Forde

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Carol Forde, a long-time resident of Sydenham, died this winter. She left as she had lived, without a lot of fanfare; a simple cremation and a celebration of life to follow. A week or so later a picture and poem (below) were posted along with a brief obituary. Fifty-five years ago, she and her husband Major Eric Forde settled in Sydenham. Widowed 20 years ago, Carol continued to live here, in later years with the assistance of her close friends Debbie and Phil Szumlanski. To Carol, life was an adventure; she was a familiar sight zipping around the village either by motor scooter or sports car, and conversations with her at the post office, where we often encountered each other, were always fun. Appalled to…

The story of Desert Lake Gardens/Mill Street Cafe

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In 1981, having graduated from Trent with no wish to return to Toronto where they had grown up, Pat and Rick Dawson headed into the Shield country north of Kingston, looking for a place to settle down and raise a family. They bought a piece of land north of Sydenham near Desert Lake with not only plenty of trees and rocks, but also some good sandy soil on a south slope, and a pond. A year later they had built their house in a circular design, bought a cow, and started a garden and greenhouse. “We got by,” says Pat; “We grew our own fruit and vegetables. The cow provided more milk than we needed, so we bootlegged milk to our friends for a bit…

South Frontenac Committee of the Whole

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Due to the absence of both Mayor Vandewal and Deputy Mayor Barr, Councillor Alan Revill chaired South Frontenac’s brief March COW meeting. Planner Mills brought three items : An application from Jim Gilmour for a by-law amendment which would permit a commercial meat shop and other commercial uses to establish on a proposed 2-acre park of land a short distance north of the current Gilmour site. Mills pointed out that such a use is compatible with the Official Plan, and prior to development, Council would be required to approve a detailed site plan indicating locations of buildings, well, septic, parking and buffer areas. As well, Public Works has advised that there would be specific entrance requirements and a proper exit lane from road 38 would…

Storrington Community hall to receive major upgrades

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
One of the busiest buildings in South Frontenac is getting a facelift. A contract to renovate the Storrington Centre, located in Sunbury next to the fire hall and library, was awarded to Anglin Group Construction. “The current building doesn’t really meet the current building code for wheelchair accessibility,” explains Ron Sleeth, Storrrington District Councillor with South Frontenac Township. “Work to improve the hall will start as soon as the weather permits.” Speaking from his historic farmhouse in Battersea, Sleeth says the hall will receive $204,000 worth of upgrades including a new septic system, wheelchair accessible doors and washroom, an upgraded kitchen and a folding door in the main hall. The work will be done by the same company that was awarded the contract to build…

Sydenham’s sparkling season ends on off-note at OFSAA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
After breezing after posting a 10-0 KASSA regular season, breezing through the KASSA playoffs and coming home with an EOSSAA title, the Sydenham High School senior girls volleyball Golden Eagles finally met their match at the OFSAA playoffs last week in Streetsville. The Sydenham side started pool play with a straight-sets loss to NOSSA champions Lockerby Composite School and things didn’t get much better from then on as they fell 2-0 to GHAC champs Nelson High School. On Day 2, Sydenham got back on track with a straight-sets win over Westgate C &VI, the NWOSSAA winners. But the victory run was short lived as they then fell to the host Streetsville Secondary School side, the ROPSSAA winners in straight sets. Their one win in pool…

Golden Eagles off to OFSAA as a team, including the coach

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
One thing about the Sydenham High School senior girls volleyball team is that they think of themselves as a team. Just ask them, they’ll tell you. “We all work so well together,” said left-side striker Robin Melnick. “We have a positive atmosphere here and all our parts work together. “If somebody gets down, we’re all supportive.” “We have a lot of individual strengths but we work together as a team,” said setter Jocelyn Farmer. “At the beginning we weren’t as much but at the end, our biggest strength is when we’re combined.” “We always have each other’s backs,” said middle striker Tess Fraser. “Under (coach Bryan) English’s leadership. “He knows every decision to be made.” In fact, they’re all only too happy to give the…

Abby Stewart rocks Prince Charles with Pink Shirt Day concert

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Pink Shirt Day is quickly becoming country rocker Abby Stewart’s personal cause in the Frontenacs as she showed up at Prince Charles Public School in Verona last week to help the school spread the word. Last year, she did a similar gig at GREC in Sharbot Lake. Pink Shirt Day seeks to raise awareness about cyberbullying and hopefully end the practise. “I’ve been bullied and I really support the Boys and Girls Clubs for all they do,” Stewart said before taking the stage at Prince Charles. “Bullying is something that has to end — 100 per cent! “And, I really like the slogan this year, ‘Be Kinder,’ it’s beautiful.” Stewart said she received good feedback on her Sharbot Lake show last year and that’s part…

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