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…
Loughborough Lake Holiday Park (LLHP) owner Del Vezeau is ecstatic over Mr. Justice Hurley’s rejection of South Frontenac Township’s request for an injunction on music concerts and weddings at the park. “I’m pleased, yeah,” Vezeau said after receiving written conformation of the judge’s ruling last week. “I love the way this guy (Hurley) writes.” The Township had sought an injunction on concerts and weddings at the park, contending that they contravened its zoning bylaw. One such concert is the annual Canadian Guitar Festival that brings world-class acts to the Township and one that Council has supported in the past. Hurley made the following “declaration.” “I do not believe that an injunction in the terms sought by the applicant (the Township) is appropriate at this stage.…

Bedford historical archives growing but they could use some more bodies

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:34  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Bedford District Historical Society invited the public to the Bedford District Historical Research Centre (aka Glendower Hall) last Saturday as they’ve done for the past seven years or so. President Glen Stinson said the archives have experienced “significant growth from year to year” but what they really need is some bodies to help out with the archiving process. “People do volunteer family pictures and we’ve just received eight family trees,” Stinson said. “And while we appreciate the pictures and documents, what we’d really like are copies. “We’re more interested in the information than the actual document.” They do try and laminate as much as possible and Stinson encourages everyone to have their family documents laminated for preservation. But . . . “Like every organization,…

4H rally/signup night draws a crowd in Glenburnie

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Going into last Friday night’s 4H rally/signup night at Glenburnie United Church, president Joanne Dickson was a bit concerned that the inclement weather might have an adverse affect on the number of people who showed up. She needn’t have worried. The place was packed. “I certainly didn’t expect this many people,” she said. “At least not all at once.” Every year about this time, Frontenac 4H holds a similar event where prospective members can find out what they offer, and previous members get a chance to try something new. In all, they offer 15 ‘clubs’ ranging from beef (2 clubs), dairy (2 clubs), horses, goats, rabbits, cake decorating, community involvement, swine, poultry, photography, gardening and clover buds for kids aged 6-9, where they learn a…

Upcoming Harrowsmith softball season in jeopardy

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The upcoming softball season in Harrowsmith could be cancelled if help isn’t found to oversee the teams. “We hope to continue playing softball in Harrowsmith, but we have encountered a few challenges that are making it difficult to continue,” says Pam Morey, President of the Harrowsmith Social & Athletic Club which is affiliated with softball in the area. “This year, we have run into a few issues,” explains Morey about the need for help. “And after talking with the area convener, we have learned that these issues are not isolated to Harrowsmith, but are prevalent everywhere.” According to Morey, the community needs one or more people to manage the program this year after a volunteer stepped down from the role. “It’s a commitment, but I’m…

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…

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