Grace United in Sydenham to close

Written by  |  Thursday, 18 February 2010 09:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Nearly 150 years ago, in 1861, the Episcopal Methodist congregation built a big new stone church on a hill above Sydenham beside what was then the main road south to Kingston. Now, the congregation of Grace United Church has diminished to less than 20 households. Burned out with fundraising efforts and weighed down with debt, on December 7, 2009 they voted strongly though not unanimously to begin the process to sell the church and adjoining property, and disband the congregation. For those present, it was a sad but inevitable decision. Fifty years ago, the church was a centre of village society. It was packed every Sunday; latecomers were forced to march down the aisle to the few remaining seats at the front. There were usually…

South Frontenac Council - Feb 9/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham Library Architect Ray Zaback of Shoalts and Zaback presented a report to a meeting of South Frontenac Council on Tuesday night (February 9) on behalf of the Library Development Committee. He said that the cost estimates for construction of the Sydenham Library had been brought into line by deleting the formal LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The building will still be constructed to LEED specifications, but Zaback assured Council there was “no practical benefit to achieving the certification”. Without the extra administration and consultation fees required to achieve LEED, the revised construction budget is $1,800,000, which includes radiant heating and a metal roof. Following their scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting, Council convened a brief meeting toconsider the resolution that they…

Free family fishing derby at Desert Lake Resort

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Bret Colman, the honorable Monique Smith, Sally Colman and Beth Pointer, executive director of Camping Ontario. Photo courtesy of Bret and Sally Colman This weekend on Saturday Feb.13 from 10am-2pm the Frontenac Stewardship Council and Frontenac Stewardship Foundation will be holding their first Family Panfish Fishing Derby at the Desert Lake Resort near Verona and the event is entirely free of charge. Prizes will be awarded; there will be a free BBQ, hot beverages, free skating and a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting. It’s an excellent opportunity for new anglers and there will be free fishing gear on hand for those without. Because the event coincides with the MNR’s “Family Fishing Weekend” no fishing licenses are required. To ensure that enough food is prepared, interested participants…

Calling All SHS Fashion Show Alumni

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Shelley Brooks and her Organizing Committee, Front Row, L to R: Laura Gabriel, Emma Peters, Kelsey Ross, Shelley Brooks, Shelby Vicker, Samantha Perry. Back Row, L to R: Rebecca Mills, Kylie Holden, Megan Ross, Melody Patterson, Jessica Warmington, Raquel Pauls, Victoria Hill, Emily HOle, Laura Sands, Elwin van Alst. For 40 years, Sydenham High's annual fashion show has been a popular sold-out spring event. This year's show will feature fashion from 20 local stores, with music from four decades and the local band Rock Bottom. The audience will compete for real prizes in interactive game shows from the past 40 years and there'll be a retro peek at fashions from the 70's. To celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, there will be a special evening just…

South Frontenac Township Council – Feb. 2/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Development issues in Sydenham area - Three delegates spoke of their concerns about a proposed development at the corner of Rutledge and Sydenham Roads (Moon's Corners). At issue was the third reading of a by-law to rezone some of the property belonging to S. Gordon from Rural to Special Rural Commercial, which would allow the establishment of a gas station and the potential for a listed range of other commercial activities. Fran Willes noted that there was a lot more development proposed for the Rutledge Road area and said she and her husband were concerned that there had been inadequate research done on water resources, and the general environmental sensitivity due to proximity to lake and wetlands. She alsomentioned that this is within an UNESCO biosphere…

Verona’s new outdoor pavilion

Written by  |  Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The new Donna Clarke Pavilion in Verona was completed in January A new structure now graces the grounds adjacent to the Verona Lions Club, which will soon get a lot community of use come the warmer weather. The open concept building named the Donna Clarke Pavilion originally began as a partnership between the Frontenac Farmers’ Market organization and the Verona Lions Club, and its design and location will serve both groups equally well. The building will function as a space for vendors at the Frontenac Farmers Market, and as the new bingo pavilion during the Lions’ annual jamboree and other annual events like the Garlic Festival. It will be also be available to rent to members of the community for family barbeques, weddings and other…

South Frontenac Council – Jan. 26/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
RURAL PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT: John McDougall, speaking on behalf of the Verona Community Association, described their extensive and creative search for a physician to replace Dr. Dempsey, who will be retiring soon. At present, the association is considering purchasing the local clinic, with the plan of offering it for rent. Although the community is prepared to put up “the lion's share” of the necessary funding, McDougall said he would like to come to council at a later date, to discuss ways the township might become involved in the project. Council offered to write a letter to the provincial government in support of continuing incentive funding for Verona, which will no longer qualify under the revised provincial definitions of underserviced communities. 5-YEAR ROADS PLAN: Public Works Manager…

Verona Lions donate to the LLF

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
l-r: Lions Jim Lansdell, Judy Conway, John McDougall, Wayne Conway (President), Phil Perrin (Managing Director Limestone Learning Foundation) and Lion Bazil Gillespie. Photo courtesy of Wayne Conway. The Verona Lions Club recently donated $30,000 to the Limestone Learning Foundation from their Donna Clarke Memorial Fund. In 2009, the Verona Lions Club received a generous legacy gift upon the passing of one of its very active members, Ms. Donna Clarke. Ms. Clarke had enjoyed a very full and rewarding career as an educator with the Frontenac County Board of Education and it was her wish that her legacy gift be used by the Verona Lions Club for the benefit of local children. The Verona Lions Club Donna Clarke Memorial Fund was established to provide ongoing financial support, through investment…

Local Haiti Relief Efforts

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
$165,000 in medical aid for Haiti Something Cool & Local Scouts join forces  for Haiti Loose change adds up for Haiti at Loughborough PS Back row l-r: Linda Bates, John McDougall, Frank York Ffront row l-r: Leslie and Blaine Bates, Heather Ryan, Johnathan and Andrew Asselstine and Kevin Ryan. Photo courtesy of Don Bates It didn’t take long for Verona resident Linda Bates to rally her forces in support of the Haitian relief effort. As of Jan. 22, after sending a number of emails to friends and family, Bates, who works as the international project coordinator for the International Scout Guide Fellowship (ISGF), coordinated the collection of over $100,000 worth of medical supplies that will travel to Haiti to aid those injured in the devastating…

Haiti: then and now

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The effects of the tragic earthquake that hit the country of Haiti on January 12 could be felt pretty close to home, especially by one Verona resident who has a strong connection to the people of that country. Linda Bates, an educational assistant at Sydenham High school, also works as the international project coordinator for the International Scout Guide Fellowship (ISGF). Last February she spent 10 days in Haiti in the village of Grison Garde as the ISGF coordinator, helping to reconstruct the schools there and delivering $37,000 worth of school supplies that was raised locally here. She and her team also set up a wood working shop, a sewing room and an agricultural centre for local residents. Bates was greatly affected by the work…

South Frontenac Council - Jan 19/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:52  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
No power boat race on Sydenham Lake. Doug Overbury, of the Canadian Boating Federation, sent a letter to council seeking to open planning discussions for a stock outboard racing event on Sydenham Lake, but council had other plans. Races have taken place in the past and have never been particularly popular among local residents. “This has been to the Loughborough Rec. committee. We did not allow it to continue. One of the reasons was there was no community organisation locally that is behind it. I’m not as a councilor interested in allowing it to happen. There is a lot of opposition and no real support for it,” said Councilor Alan McPhail. “It’s a source of water for Sydenham. We don’t want gas spillage in the…

Southern Frontenac Community Names Interim Director

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It all happened pretty quickly. Deborah Andrews had been the executive director of Southern Frontenac Community Services for only six months, when just before Christmas, she was offered a job at the Community Health Centre of Ottawa South. With a family that remains entrenched in Ottawa even though she took a job in Sydenham, it made sense for her to take it. This left a gap at Southern Frontenac Community Services, especially in light of some of the projects that had been initiated during Andrew's short tenure at the agency. David Townsend, who has held senior positions for six years at heath-related not-for-profit corporations in Kingston, the Diabetes Foundation and the Alzheimers Society, happened to be available and he was approached by the SFCS Board…

South Frontenac Council - Jan. 12/10

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY 2000-2009: A summary of the last decade’s construction activity, which includes single and seasonal family dwellings, agricultural and commercial buildings, renovations, garages, woodstoves, decks, pools, fences and demolitions showed that 2009 wasn’t as much of a slump as had been feared. Overall construction value, at $24.5 million, was slightly above the 10-year average and well above 2006's $18.8 million. The actual number of new dwellings, however, was the lowest in the decade, and the last half of the decade has seen fewer new seasonal residences than were constructed in the first half. During the last five years 629 new woodstoves have been installed: possibly a comment on the rising price of fuel? PROCESS FOR CHANGING COUNCIL COMPOSITION: Councilor David Hahn brought a motion…

Upcoming concert at Wintergreen Studio

Written by  |  Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Photo: Terry Tufts  courtesy of Terry Tufts Well known roots/blues guitar player and singer/songwriter Rick Fines will be in South Frontenac offering a guitar workshop at Wintergreen Studios on Canoe Lake Road just east of Godfrey this weekend. Fines, a veteran Canadian folk/roots and blues player, has won numerous awards and has produced five solo albums to date. His work with Jackson Delta has earned him multiple Juno nominations and he has played with many musical legends including Penny Lang, Colleen Petersen and Pinetop Perkins. His latest 2006 release titled “Solar Powered” reflects his desire to live and work off the grid, and it seems very appropriate that he is beginning the new year with a workshop and performance at Wintergreen Studios, a unique off-grid…

Sydenham & District Lions Donate

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 January 2010 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Lions Club President Rob Kendrick hands a cheque for $1,000 to Sue Clinton, Chair of the Loughborough Christmas & Emergency Relief Committee.. Lions Club President Rob Kendrick hands a cheque for $1,000 to Sue Clinton, Chair of the Loughborough Christmas & Emergency Relief Committee. The LC&ERC, a small all-volunteer group, is funded solely by donations from its supporters in Loughborough District and nearby areas.  The Committee operates a Christmas Basket program as well as a year-round food bank and emergency relief service for residents of Loughborough District. The Committee can be reached through its voicemail at 613-572-6004. This cheque was a very timely one coming as it did just before the implementation of this year's Christmas Baskets.   Jim Stinson, Wray Gillespie andllan McPhail. Jim Stinson,…

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