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…
Like many of the artists who show at Blue Roof Farm near Verona, Joanne (Bertrim) was talked into it by the gallery’s legendary owner — painter, photographer, filmmaker Kim Ondaatje. “Kim said ‘you’ve to do this,’” Joanne said. “I’m not really an artist but I like to dabble in all of it. “I love to create.” Her works involve a lot of found objects but not really in the way of Picasso or Marcel Duchamp’s objet trouve´. The show is entitled Rustic Creations and owes much to her upbringing on a farm near Stirling, ON. “I was walking in the wood one day and saw a piece of wood,” she said. “It started then. “Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve liked to make…

SF Council hears about food production; hires new fire chief

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mayor Vandewal introduced the meeting with a minute’s silence in remembrance of former Mayor Gary Davison. Hockey success celebrated The hall was packed with supporters of two area hockey teams who were congratulated by Mayor and Council for their successful seasons: the Girls’ Fury team and the Boys’ Atom Team (which appeared to include at least three girls…) Fire chief appointed South Frontenac’s new Fire Chief was appointed: Darcy Knott will officially begin his duties May 1st. CFDC report on food production Anne Prichard, Executive Director of Frontenac CFDC reported on a study she had completed on behalf of South Frontenac Township and Frontenac County to determine how best to support food producers and processors in the Township. Her very thorough report addressed commercial kitchen…

Five Star Farm attracts a crowd for Easter event

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Five Star Farms on Scanlan Road have only been hosting public events (one in the spring and one in the fall) for a couple of years but already they’ve become a go-to destination. And their Easter Family Fun Day this year was no exception. “I brought 400 frozen perogies as well as fresh and cookies and I was sold out by 1 p.m.,” said Barb McLeod of Barb’s Perogies. Other vendors reported similar results. Conboy’s Maple Syrup ran out of candy and Perry Family Farms went through 9 ½ dozen donuts and 40 packages of butter tarts. “This is fantastic,” said Tracy Parker, farmer-in-charge of the day. “It was crazier this morning and we even had some lineups but everybody was having fun.” Parker and…

Former South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison dies

Written by  |  Monday, 02 April 2018 18:01  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(with files from Craig Bakay and Wilma Kenny) Gary Davison, who served on the Loughborough Township fire department for 40 years, as a South Frontenac Township Councillor for 3 years and Mayor of South Frontenac for 8 years, has died of cancer. Davison died on Monday morning (April 2) of cancer. He had been treated for Lymphoma over the last few years, and recovered. A few weeks ago, after returning from a trip to Australia, he became ill and it turned out the Lymphoma had returned, and this time the treatments were not effective. Aside from his public service, Davison worked as a stone mason, and was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. During his tenure as mayor, Gary Davison was responsible, in part,…

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…

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