Sydenham Golden Eagles volleyballers off to OFSSAA next week

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Sydenham Golden Eagles senior girls volleyball is off to Streetsville (Mississauga) March 5-7 for the AA provincial championship following their EOSSAA championship last week in Brockville. The KASSAA champs went into the EOSSAA championship as the No. 1 seed following an undefeated season in the KASSAA loop. “Sometimes being the top seed isn’t the best thing,” said head coach Bryan English. “But it worked out for us as we went 2-0 in pool play beating Gananoque and Carleton Place in 2-straight each. “We followed that by beating Fellowes High School of Pembroke in the semis 2-straight.” Sydenham then met Carleton Place in the final and it was touch and go in the early play. “They were up 16-14 at one point,” English said. “But…

Leonard Chan opens Inverary Pharmasave

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Leonard Chan started working in his uncle’s pharmacy, as a volunteer, when he was just a kid. Later he worked in local pharmacies in Mississauga, where he is from, as a part-time and summer job. When he went to University of Waterloo in 2006, he took a science degree with a pre-health option, and then took a pharmacy degree in the co-op program. Between co-op placements and work in the field since graduating he has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals and for Health Canada as a program officer in the medical marijuana division. As his career has progressed he has focused on bringing some of the modern aspects of pharmaceutical medicine to an independent, community based practice. “Out of all the places…

OMB striking down zoning bylaw could have major implications

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac won’t be appealing an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Ruling that struck down its Zoning Bylaw (Bylaw 2016-36) in its entirety earlier this month, Council decided at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. Emerging from a closed meeting with its legal representation, Council tendered a motion to appeal the OMB ruling but it was defeated 5-4 (Coun. Norm Roberts, Mark Schjerning, Ron Sleeth, Ross Sutherland and Mayor Ron Vandewal voted against in a recorded vote). In the short term, Township staff will be scrambling to find answers for residents wanting things like demolition permits, building permits and such but the longterm implications might be anybody’s guess. “From a staff perspective and a big picture point of view, the township will revert to the…

OPP seek assistance identifying stolen property

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:07  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of the Frontenac Detachment has recovered stolen property from a residence in South Frontenac Township. The items include hand tools and power tools such as cordless drills and impact drills, a job site radio and commercial copper wiring. The power tools have initials written in black marker on some of the items. If anyone has any information regarding the recovered property, please contact the Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or anonymously online at

South Frontenac OK with music events at Desert Lake Campground

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:07  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council had no objections to the concept of four amplified music events at Desert Lake Campground this year at its regular Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham but have suggested a 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. timeframe rather than the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. that the campground owners had requested. The dates in question are July 1, July 14, Aug. 4 and Aug. 28. Last year, Council granted exemptions from the Noise Bylaw for four events with the stipulation that the dates be forwarded three weeks in advance, be subject to assessment by Bylaw Services and be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. While there were no complaints registered, there was a suggestion that one of the events…

Survey of Seniors Services until end of February

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:07  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Seniors who live in South Frontenac are encouraged to complete a survey on seniors services, and whether individuals in South Frontenac feel involved in the development of senior services in their area.   The survey is part of a research project by Nicole Raymer, an M.A. candidate in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University, and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.   Results from the surveys will also be shared, anonymously, with Southern Frontenac Community Services, a local community service organization.   “The response has been good so far,” says Raymer, “but getting more completed surveys means we have even better data to support our research, and to share with the community.” The surveys take about 15 minutes…

OMB rejects SF Official Plan amendment.

Written by  |  Friday, 09 February 2018 15:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
 Waterfront property owners get more wiggle room to renovate existing buildings that are within 30 metres of shoreline A two-year-old planning controversy that has been costly for South Frontenac taxpayers has finally been resolved through the Ontario Mujnicipal Board (OMB). In February 2016, South Frontenac Planner Lindsay Mills proposed a number of ‘housekeeping’ changes to the Township’s Official Plan, which was last updated in 2005. Among these changes were three that raised a storm of protest from owners of older lakefront homes and cottages: 1) buildings within the 30-metre setback from high water would not be permitted to be taken down and reconstructed; 2) a property would be defined as vacant once more than 50% of the load-bearing walls have been removed from a building…

Shooting range issue packs Township Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:13  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In December, Council reviewed a request from Steve Saunders, of Scanlon Road south of Sydenham, for a letter confirming: a) the Township has no objection to his establishing a private shooting range on his (75 acre) property, and b) there is nothing in the Township’s by-laws which would prevent this use. Private shooting ranges fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Firearms Act which is administered by the Chief Firearms Officer, of the Provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections. Although not required to, Council decided to hold a public meeting for feedback from residents before proceeding: tonight’s meeting was advertised for four weeks in this newspaper, and on the township’s website. On January 09, Saunders came to COW to try to clarify the nature…

Thinking of cycling in the midst of the snowy season

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Hidden among the communications reports to South Frontenac Council this week was the quarterly report by one of the most active volunteers in the township, and likely one of the most active trail cyclists in the township, Robert Charest from the Perth Road area. Charest is a member of the township’s trail committee, and he reports on the upkeep of the trails to Council. His interest in the trails started when he moved to the area in 2005, and finding that he lived right on the Cataraqui (Cat) Trail he took to trail cycling. Cycling, along with kayaking and skiing in the winter, has become a way of life for him. He uses the trails near his house often. He has taken on responsibility for…

Ladies hockey alive and well at Frontenac Community Arena

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:21  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It’s February in the Frontenacs. Like most of Canada, there’s a lot of hockey going on. Down at the Frontenac Community Arena, there are of course the Frontenac Flyers and Frontenac Fury organizations for boys and girls organized hockey respectively. But what about when you leave your teens? Well, on Sundays at noon, the Frontenac Arena is the home of the Frontenac Fly Girls, a ladies team that boasts 18 members on its roster — and they’ve been doing it for 17 years. “It’s a bunch of ladies having social fun time,” says Glenna Asselstine, Fly Girls captain, player/coach, organizer (“all of the above”). “We play some tournaments but essentially it’s just for fun.” The Sunday games are played against two other ladies teams, one…
The judge hearing the case of South Frontenac Township seeking an injunction against Loughborough Lake Holiday Park holding concerts, weddings and family gatherings in an ancillary building ended Wednesday’s proceedings at the Frontenac County Courthouse by saying he needed to consider the matter further and will provide a written decision. Mr. Justice Hurley told Del Vezeau, owner of the park, and acting as his own council and Michael Hickey, lawyer for the Township “I’m not sure when I’ll get it to you” but that he would get it to them as quickly as he could. At issue is whether Vezeau has the legal right to hold concerts (and weddings) in the barn-like structure he constructed on the property in 2009. The building has been the…

School of Rock starting up at Prince Charles Public School

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:03  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Get ready to rock, Prince Charles. That’s as in School of Rock at Prince Charles Public School in Verona. SK-1 teacher Lee Casement has secured a $2,360 grant from the Limestone Learning Foundation and he’s using it to get gear. Now all he needs is some students to rock ’n’ roll. “I’m teaching SK-1 so I haven’t got to meet many of the junior and intermediate students yet,” he said. “I’m hoping they’ll take a leadership role.” Casement, a bass player by trade, takes his inspiration from the Jack Black movie, School of Rock where Black takes on a teaching assignment and ends up forming his students into a rock band. “There’s actually a method to the madness of teaching kids rock music,” he said.…

Township taking campground owner to court over musical events

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:02  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Editor’s note: The Frontenac News plans to cover the court proceedings on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and publish the results on our web pages. The Township of South Frontenac is taking Loughborough Lake Holiday Park owner Del Vezeau to court Jan. 24 seeking an injunction against live music events at the park. The biggest musical event at the park is the annual Canadian Guitar Festival, but Vezeau has hosted a couple of much smaller events such as a fundraiser for March of Dimes and an Ambush concert. “One of the biggest reasons I bought this place was so we’d have somewhere to hold the CGF,” he said. “We put up the building in 2009 and it was expensive — $130,000. “But I don’t have a concert…

Still time for submissions to the South Frontenac Time Capsule

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:56  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The South Frontenac Time Capsule Committee is still accepting submissions to be included in a time capsule that will be buried at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith and will be unearthed in 50 years, to mark Canada 200. Submissions have been open for some time, but the committee has not received the number of items for consideration that they had been hoping for. They are therefore asking the community one more time for submissions to the project They are looking to community clubs and organisations for submissions, which could include: posters, brochures, lake association AGM agendas, photos, deck of cards from card groups, autographed sheet music from jam sessions, art from the kids at play groups, and more. Other ideas for submissions include letters from long…

Inverary trio face charges after heroin, fentanyl, cannabis found in home

Written by  |  Friday, 19 January 2018 12:49  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED SOUTH FRONTENAC - Drugs, firearms seized On Thursday January 18, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), assisted by the Napanee and Prince Edward (CSCU), executed a Search Warrant at a residence on Battersea Road near Inverary in South Frontenac Township. The search resulted in the seizure of small quantities of, fentanyl, heroin, and cannabis marihuana associated with drug trafficking. OPP also seized two (2) loaded firearms.   A 36 year old male, a 28 year old male and a 39 year old female all from the Inverary area, were arrested and each face several charges under previous court orders and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act which includes the following sections: - Possession of a…

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