On January 19, 2019, Bob Richardson Branch #496 of the Royal Canadian Legion will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of its founding Charter. The Branch is named after Private Robert Miles Richardson, a Sydenham resident born in 1874, and who joined the Canadian infantry in January 1916, making him 41 years of age at time of enlistment. Having served at both Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, he was wounded in December 1917, and was repatriated to Canada where he lived until his death in May 1949. While the Branch, which is located on Amelia Street in Sydenham, was granted its official Charter on January 14, 1949, the inaugural organization meeting took place in the basement of St. Paul’s Church in October…

Hammering home the principles of metal working at Godfrey Sculpture Park

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sculptor Stefan Duerst likes teaching. That’s probably why he accepted a position as artist-blacksmith teacher at Sir Sanford Fleming College. But he also enjoys teaching kids and as such, his studio at the Godfrey Sculpture Park has become a classroom of late. He’s been holding classes through the fall and last Saturday, held a class that wasn’t tied to his home-schooling endeavours. “This was a ‘mini-intro’ where I talk about steel and why it can bend and twist when hot,” he said. “And the students get to make a useful item like a fire poker or hook. “I love to teach and I love to teach kids.” He started his teaching odyssey two years ago with the home-school group his kids are in. “With all…

Keeping up a Christmas Tradition in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
For many years, the lighting of the Christmas tree in McMullen Park in Verona was an annual tradition. Many people can still remember Ross Clow up on a trailer, singing Christmas carols and strumming his guitar with bare hands in the frigid cold. But the lights were taking a toll on the old tree and the festivities were moved up to Lions Park where the Verona Community Association kept the tradition alive to a certain extent. But this year, the VCA had to bow out, so the Lions Club stepped up. “There’s traditionally been something for the kids at the end of November,” said Doreen Morey, Lions Treasurer. “The VCA couldn’t do it this year but we didn’t want the kids to go without. “It…

Deputy Mayor Sleeth Begins Term

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:47  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The meeting began with Deputy Mayor Sleeth being sworn in. Ad Bag Delivery Contributing to Roadside Littering Last meeting, Mayor Vandewal gave notice of a motion that ad bags should not be permitted to be tossed along the roadsides. This was brought to Council in the form of a recommendation that staff be directed to review the regulations with regard to ad bag delivery, along with options for restricting the practice of them being thrown alongside roads in South Frontenac. All agreed. Hartington Well Testing In 2017, a motion was made recommending the Township cover the cost of testing the well water twice annually for residences within 300 metres of the former gas station in Hartington, but was deferred until legal proceedings were finalized at…

Theft suspect sought

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(BATTERSEA, ON) - On the 10th of December, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended an address in the Battersea area for a break and enter to a garage. The vehicle owner was away for the weekend and parked at the Hwy 15 car park in Kingston. The vehicle was broken into and the automatic garage door opener remote was stolen. The home owner's garage was opened by the remote and a generator was stolen. The OPP would like to remind home owners that it is best not to keep an automatic garage door opener remote in a vehicle as most drivers have an insurance and vehicle ownership card in their vehicle that has the home address. With your address and garage door remote, your…

Lions give the gift of sight this Christmas

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Storrington Lions Club is giving the gift of sight this Christmas. Located on the eastern edge of Frontenac County, the club donated $5,000 to replace an aging biometry machine at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston. It is one of the biggest donations in the club’s history. The gift was part of a campaign by Lions Districts A-3 and A-4 to raise $30,500 for a new IOL Master 700 Eye Measurement Device valued at $70,000. The new machine will replace an outdated IOL Master 500. “This new machine will help with eye measurements and allow patients to get quicker results which in turn will help process more patients,” says John Beskers, President of Storrington Lions Club. “As a Lion, it’s wonderful to bring equipment to our…

H’art and Fairmount Home Celebrate Go Wireless

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On December 13, representatives from H’art Centre, Rotary Club of Kingston and Empire Life gathered at Fairmount Home to celebrate the “Go Wireless” pilot project with Fairmount Home’s leaders, recreation staff and residents. Five Smart TV monitors, multiple headsets and a creative resource guide were made available to Fairmount Home’s recreation staff and are now a welcome addition to the recreation services as well as to the H’art Accessible Arts Program, H’art’s outreach initiative. The investment was made possible through a collaboration between H’art, Empire Life and the Rotary Club of Kingston. “Empire Life and the Rotary Club have made a remarkable contribution that will allow us to explore a new approach to artistic and cultural engagement for seniors living in long-term care homes,” said…

South Frontenac’s 2nd Annual Christmas Office Decorating Challenge

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:45  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The underlying seriousness of this event necessitated the addition of a third judge this year. They were impressed with the overall effort and creativity which had definitely been ramped up from last year’s excellent productions! One thing the judges could not help noticing throughout was a lot more candy, though they were careful to avoid any nibbling, which could so easily have been misconstrued as accepting bribes. They were firmly directed to rank the three entries: FIRST: Building and Planning Excellent first impressions for customer entryway, all decorations with building and planning themes: even the presents under the tree were wrapped in planning maps; bright-coloured carpentry tools were on the tree and in the stockings Everything that could be decorated, was: Department Director charmingly fitted…

Holiday Market packs PCPS on a rather snowy day in December

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Outside, there were huge snowflakes falling and cars were parked all along Road 38. Inside Prince Charles Public School, there was the hustle and bustle of the 13th annual Holiday Market, a cooperative effort between the school’s parents council and the Frontenac Farmers Market. Alison Williams, the PCPS PTA chair had a big grin on her face when asked about the huge turnout. “I have fun no matter where I go,” she said. “But actually, I’m over the moon about this. “It’s our major fundraiser for the school and we did advertise the heck out of it. “We have great community spirit here.” While the Holiday Market stared 13 years ago, the school only became an official partner six years ago but it’s proved very…

Sutherland challenges closed meeting procedure

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
South Frontenac Council began their COW meeting an hour early, in order to hold a closed Session prior to the main meeting. The four agenda items for the closed session were listed as:”Litigation; Matters concerning an Identifiable Individual (listed twice, as two separate items); and Matters subject to Client Solicitor”. This is South Frontenac’s usual way of introducing “in camera” sessions. This week Councillor Sutherland attempted to make a motion challenging the minimal nature of the information given to the public concerning the nature of the matters to be discussed, prior to going into closed session. Quoting the Ontario Ombudsman who said the motion to hold a closed meeting must: “give as much information about the subject as possible, without undermining the reason for closing…

Performing for Seniors Nourishes This Singer’s Soul

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Mark McDonell loves his job. In a coffee shop earlier in November, the talented father of two talks with awe about his work as a professional musician. “I don’t take it for granted,” he said, “I’m from a small town and I didn’t have a lot of money growing up. Now, I get to travel to different countries and perform. I’m 48 years old and I keep wondering, “When are people going to find out it’s all smoke and mirrors?” A professional singer and guitar player since high school, Mark is the face of AMBUSH, a popular band in Kingston and Frontenac County. Known for their new country sound, the band has played to sold-out crowds from coast-to-coast. “We’re very busy as a band,” he…

Jennie Cousineau has one hundred years of memories

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:00  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Edna Webb was quite young when she gave birth to Jennie, her first child, at home on Little Franklin Lake near Perth Road on December 6, 1918. WWI had just ended, and horse power still ruled on the roads. The Webb’s - George, Edna and baby Jennie, soon moved to Ida Hill, at the Washburn Road in the southeastern corner of Storrington Township, in what would become South Frontenac 80 years later. At the age of 82 Jennie was one of the recipients of the second annual South Frontenac Volunteers of the Year Awards in June of 2000. The award recognised her decades long commitment to the Women’s Institute, 4H club, the United Church and numerous other community efforts. The other winners that year included…

Inaugural SF council meeting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:00  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Deputy fire chief says he's being pushed outBill Babcock, Deputy Fire Chief in Portland, addressed Council about his pending retirement: “I feel that I am being forced to retire: some of my duties have been removed, and I signed my agreement (to retire) under duress.” Babcock said he was 73, in good physical condition, and in the 48th year of service in the department; “April 20, 2020 is my 50-year mark, and I’d like to complete my service then.” He gave Council a document certifying good health, and letters of support from the community. Mayor Vandewal told Babcock that he had asked for a full staff report, in order to bring all council members up to date on the situation, before further discussion. Over 30…

Tis the season …. to count the birds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:20  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Annual Christmas Bird Counts began in North America in 1990. It is North America’s longest running citizen science project. Results from the counts, which are conducted between December 14 and January 5 each year, are compiled by Bird Studies Canada and the Audubon Society. The counts are organised locally, taking place over a 24-hour period, and covering a 24km diameter circle. In our regions, there are counts in Lanark Highlands (on December 30 – contact Cliff Bennett – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Westport (December 14, contact Judy Briggs-Jude, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Frontenac Park (December 15 – see below – contact Carolyn Bonta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Sharbot Lake (January 5 – contact Andrew Keaveny - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Kingston (December 16 – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) The Frontenac Park bird count is presented by the Friends…

Santa Claus is Coming: to a Village Near You!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:14  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham opened the local Santa Claus parade season last Saturday with the most parade participants ever. For a photographer, the best place to start is at the firehall while the parade is being assembled. Excitement is high, nobody’s chilled to the bone yet, people are happy to pose and chat. I found out that Matt Trousdale hopes to use the ancient zamboni he drove in the parade to make a village rink on the lake near the boat launch this winter. “The ice had better be a foot thick,” said his father; “That thing weighs two and a half tons when it’s loaded.” Matt offered me a ride, but we couldn’t find a safe place for a passenger. There was a live band from the…

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