German longsword historical tradition lives on in Bellrock

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When you think ‘martial arts,’ chances are your thoughts tend towards the Orient. When weapons are concerned, in particular, swords, the long, curved, slashing blade of the samurai — the katana — usually comes to mind, doesn’t it? However, there is a long-standing tradition of European martial arts as well and Enterprise’s Robert MacLeod is dedicated to preserving and promoting that tradition. MacLeod, an anthropologist by trade who teaches at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, is also head instructor at Ironwood Sword School. He runs several classes and is currently beginning an eight-week session at the Bellrock Hall in German Longsword for youths ages 10 and up on Saturday mornings with the motto “Strength, Flexibility, Growth.” For those unfamiliar with the German martial art, it…

Bucket Drumming Receives Community Foundation Grant

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Rural Frontenac Community Services has been awarded $8825.00 from the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area for our project “Let’s Get Drumming”. From the Woodbury Enterprises WE care Youth Fund and the Sunnyside Children’s Fund. LETS GET DRUMMING! Is a percussion program that features children and youth using bucket drums to create sound, rhythm and songs. This project addresses the need for free, fun musical activities in North, Central and South Frontenac Townships that encourage rural youth to learn an instrument, be active and connect with a group in their own community in a fun environment that promotes inclusion.

Loughborough Christmas and Emergency Committee

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:41  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Working with a core board of five: Sue Clinton, Bev McNeill, Jim Kelly, Katie Koopman, and Coleen Ure McCulla-Grant (long-time member Peter Stewart’s in England this year) this small group of very well-organized volunteers helps connect those in our community who have plenty with those who need a helping hand, by raising funds and donations to create generous Christmas baskets for seventy South Frontenac families and individuals. Throughout the rest of the year, as the Loughborough Christmas and Emergency Committee, they help provide relief to local families in times of distress. The Christmas ‘baskets’ include boxes of food, age-appropriate books for children, toys and bright hand-knitted mitts, scarves and toques. “We live in an incredibly generous community,” says Clinton. The last week before packing, shoppers…

South Frontenac’s final Canada 150 project is for future residents

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:40  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Fifty years from now, on Canada Day, South Frontenac residents will gather at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to dig up a piece of their past. Actually, what they’ll be digging up is a squat metal cylinder. And in that cylinder will be messages and memorabilia from 50 years in the past, ie 2017. Yes, the cylinder is a time capsule, the brainchild of Amanda Pantrey, a summer student the South Frontenac Rec department. “This is just my little idea to celebrate Canada 150,” she said. “It will be buried in Centennial Park, which was built for Canada’s 100th birthday. “The capsule is being buried for Canada’s 150th birthday and it will be opened on Canada’s 200th birthday.” The capsule itself was constructed by D. M.…

OPP charge male with attempted murder

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:36  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In October 2017, the Frontenac Detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit commenced an investigation into an incident that took place in September 2015. As a result of the investigation, 40 year old Charles Percy KENNEDY of South Frontenac Township has been charged with: One (1) count of attempt to commit murder, contrary to section 239 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. (CC) Two (2) counts of attempt to choke, suffocate or strangle an other person, contrary to section 246(a) CC Three (3) counts of forcible confinement, contrary to section 279 (2) CC Four (4) counts of assault, contrary to section 266 CC The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on January 4, 2018. The Frontenac Detachment…

Nativities Displays celebrates 10 years at St. Patrick’s Church in Railton

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:44  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Saturday afternoon, Mary Murphy and her crew were busy as bees setting up nativities in the St. Patrick’s Church hall in Railton for Sunday’s Nativities Display. “This is our 10th year and it’s grown every year,” she said. “We have about 250 so far. “Many of them are little ones so there’s a lot of rearranging to do.” Murphy said they started out “very small” 10 years ago and it’s grown every year. “We wanted to have some different from Santa, whom everyone loves,” she said. It’s “so neat” to see all the different interpretations of the Nativity story that depicts the birth of Christ, she said. “We have some very old ones like the one that came from my husband’s aunt that we…

Hydro One helicopter crash claims Kyle Shorrok of Inverary

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:42  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Kyle Shorrok was the youngest of the four crew members who died in a crash near Tweed last week, an event that Hydro One said is the most deadly accident in the history of the company. The crash took place on December 14th, which was his birthday. He turned 27 that day. According to his posts on the James Reid funeral home website, Shorrok was very close with his mother, sisters and grandmother, and with the family of his fiancee, Brittany Robertson. In another cruel twist to this sad circumstance, Kyle and Brittany were to be married on January 17th in the Bahamas.
And as usual for this event, singers are added from neighbouring communities, as well as a children’s choir, and the flute trio, ‘Toute Ensemble’. The choir entered singing from the back of the church, led by Johnathan Davies’ clear, achingly beautiful solo at the beginning of “O Come, Oh Come Emmanuel”. Full credit to the choir members, who had left their coats in the church hall to trot around the building to the main door on such a chill, windy night. The evening’s program was a lovely combination of familiar and lesser-known Christmas carols, with some sing-alongs for the audience.It was followed by a lively get-together in the hall, sharing snacks and treats provided by the choir members.  Choir director is Stan Stinchcombe, who shared…

Glendower Hall stair prices too high, to be re-tendered in February

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:39  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
With tender prices of $74,427, $103,320 and $122,940, South Frontenac Council said no thanks to the contractors bidding on repairs to the steps into Glendower Hall at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. The rejection came on the advice of Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth, who said he believed they could get a much better price if the job were re-tendered in February. “Our budget for this was $40,000 (in the 2016 Capital budget) and we’re of the opinion that the much higher price reflects the fact that the concrete would most likely have to be heated if the repairs were done in the winter,” Segsworth said. “Prices should be lower in the spring.” “I had that dream with a fire hall,” said Mayor…

Service club asks for help with second phase of hall repairs

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:37  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A service club in Frontenac County is asking for the gift of hope this Christmas. “Storrington Lions Club has been working hard to revitalize its community hall in Sunbury,” says John Beskers, President of Storrington Lions Club. “Working with very little money, we have accomplished a great deal and have now started the second phase of repairs to the hall. We are asking residents to share the gift of hope this holiday season by making a donation to the Lions Club to save the Storrington Lions Hall.” Operated by a small group of volunteers, the hall is a central meeting place for dozens of community groups. It is a polling station, blood donor clinic and gathering place for residents to celebrate engagements, marriages and birthdays.…

Busy Christmas market in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Prince Charles Public School in Verona was a busy place Saturday as the Frontenac Farmers Market combined with the School Advisory Council for a fundraiser that packed the place. There were 38 vendors filling the hallways and library and 22 of the usual suspects from the summer market arranged in the gym. There was even a breakfast with Santa and a mom-to-mom sale, where the community donated clothes with proceeds going back to the school and any leftovers going to the church. “That did pretty good,” said SAC chair Alison Williams. “It’s a good fundraiser for the school and we also raised funds from table sales to vendors.” “It was a huge group effort and the school benefits so we’ll definitely be doing it again,”…
(TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC, ON) - On December 4, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Frontenac detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to break and enter in progress at a cottage residence on a secluded laneway that runs off of Charlie Green Road in South Frontenac Township. The cottage owner arrived at his property and confronted the suspect in the residence. The suspect exited through the front door and the owner gave chase and observed the lone male suspect drive away in a light blue Chevy vehicle possibly a Malibu or Impala. On December 3, 2017, OPP responded to a previous Break and Enter at a cottage residence off Opinicon Road in South Frontenac Township in which the cottage was ransacked with several…

The Cookery coming to Inverary early in 2018

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:11  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Christine Lavallee opened Lavallee’s Inverary store last January 1. The store is located in the centre of Inverary in the location of the former Inverary store. It carries what you would expect to find in a convenience store, but over the last year it has also brought in dozens of local products, and has become an enthusiastic supporter of the Infrontenac branding initiative. “We have found that there is a market for excellent local products, such as the salsa that T&A Condiments make, Hanna meat pies, and other products both from Frontenac County and nearby,” Christine Lavallee said, when interviewed the store last week. While running the store, she has also noticed there is a market for fresh baking as well as quality take home…

Sydenham Lake Stewardship Plan Completed

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:10  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Gord Rodgers of French Planning Services and Bill Peairs, Chair of Sydenham Lake Association, presented Council with the final version of the Sydenham Lake Plan, which was developed over the past two years. An attractive readable 31 page document, its overall goal is to “identify and protect the significant social, natural and physical features that make the lake and its surrounding area a healthy natural environment and a desirable place for people to live and visit.” Of the 52 recommended actions in the plan, Rodgers focussed on the 11 that were relevant to the Township. (At least one of these, the protection of the dark sky, is already under implementation, with the upgrading of Sydenham streetlights.) The final recommendation was that a working group be…

Nativities Displays celebrates 10 years at St. Patrick’s Church in Railton

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:10  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Saturday afternoon, Mary Murphy and her crew were busy as bees setting up nativities in the St. Patrick’s Church hall in Railton for Sunday’s Nativities Display. “This is our 10th year and it’s grown every year,” she said. “We have about 250 so far. “Many of them are little ones so there’s a lot of rearranging to do.” Murphy said they started out “very small” 10 years ago and it’s grown every year. “We wanted to have some different from Santa, whom everyone loves,” she said. It’s “so neat” to see all the different interpretations of the Nativity story that depicts the birth of Christ, she said. “We have some very old ones like the one that came from my husband’s aunt that we…

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