The Bells of Peace were rung in Sydenham!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
At 430pm on Sunday, November 11, the Bells of Peace were rung at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Sydenham; over 70 people were in attendance to witness this historic event. The Bells of Peace was a national initiative by the Royal Canadian Legion, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Branch 469 RCL teamed up to make this happen in Sydenham. The purpose of this event was to commemorate the one hundred years from the end of World War I in 1918 until 2018, and, therefore, the Bells were rung one hundred times in honour of this occasion. The bells were rung by a group of local children and youth including Lillie Marshall, Sophia Antoine, Meghan McKinstry, Addy Schjerning, Mason Schjerning, and the entire group of…

Remembrance Day in Harrowsmith

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Remembrance Day in Harrowsmith at the new parkette at 10:45am over a dozen people came together to remember our veterans and war heroes. The Harrowsmith Beautification Committee took possession of two wreaths from Sydenham Branch Legion, one from Canada and one from the province, and held a small ceremony. I spoke about how we were actually standing on the spot where the parade of soldiers from WWII marched to the railway station to board the train on the first lag of their long journey. I held letters from my father Harold Snider sent from Italy, France, and England while he served his country. James Barbeau, sitting in his stroller, held a row of medals earned by Norman Mahood who was a boy soldier from…

Nicole’s gifts opens up for Christmas For Kids

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
For the past nine years, Nicole Van Camp has had a Christmas tradition of her own. She opens her store, Nicole’s Gifts in Verona on a Friday evening, which she calls an Open House, and a portion of the profits goes to the Verona Community Association’s Christmas For Kids campaign. “Because I’m on the committee, I have a pretty good idea of what’s needed,” she said. “We make sure every kid gets new clothing, socks, underwear, pajamas, a toy, a book and toiletries.” She said the open house “usually raises enough to shop for two to three children.” And she’ll keep taking donations until Christmas. “There’s a donation bin at the hardware store but I’m happy to take new toys, clothing, books, and toiletries here,”…

What’s New Leaf Link (NeLL) been up to in 2018?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
New Leaf Link is a grassroots organization that serves developmentally disabled adults in South Frontenac. NeLL champions the interests and abilities of participants in Arts, Healthy Living, and Community Participation. NeLL is a friendship project whose mission is to recognize, extend, and support participants’ special interests in an environment that fosters long-term relationships. NeLL is incredibly grateful to operate from the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from September to June.   2018 has been an exciting year for our small organization. On September 22, New Leaf Link received the County of Frontenac's 2018 Access Award, presented at the annual Warden's Reception in North Frontenac. This spring we began training with Sensei Marty Tucker from the Academy…

Hanging up his cleaver

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:17  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
After 30 years in the meat department at the Trousdale’s Foodland store in Sydenham, Laurie Ross is hanging up his meat cleaver on November 18th. Laurie had not intended to retire any time soon. “I had figured I would be working at least another dozen or so years,” Laurie said, when interviewed in the store lunch room last week during his break, “but everything changed with the diagnosis.” That diagnosis came two years ago. Laurie had been feeling some weakness in his left hand and wrist, and didn’t know what was causing it. He has always been very active in sports, and is also a gym rat, going to Elements Fitness in Sydenham between 3 and 5 days a week to work out. Even though…
Gary Paquin felt alive when he held a set of drumsticks. Feeling the music pulse through his body, he played the drums with passion and pleasure. Like his father and brother, music was a large part of his life; tap a beat for the musicians around him and give the crowd a great show. He played for years, travelling from coast-to-coast with several recording artists in Canada. But that all changed when a tick hiding in the fur of his cat returned home and infected him with Lyme Disease. Gary was in his early-50s when his illness stole his ability to play the drums. Now, at 57 years old, he’s fighting for his life. Wearing a leather jacket in late October, Gary talks about the…

Verona shop window a tribute to local WW I battalion

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:16  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Back when Verona had a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, new member Doug Lovegrove was a little concerned that there wasn’t much commemorating the First World War and in particular the 146th Overseas Battalion, which was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from Dec. 22, 1915 to July 17, 1917. The 146th, you see, was formed from recruits in Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Counties. So Lovegrove set about finding out everything he could about the unit (the results of his search are online at 146battlion.ca). Being that this year is the 100th anniversary of the guns falling silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Lovegrove put together a special display in the storefront window of Nicole’s Gifts in Verona. Owner Nicole Van Camp’s daughter and son-in-law are…

Trinity United Church craft/bake sale has become a tradition in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:16  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Trinity United Church in Verona has been holding a craft/bake sale on the first Saturday in November for a long time now. Nobody’s really too sure how long but it’s at least 25 years, dating back to when it was held in the bookstore at the mall in Verona. Organizer Jane Adamson has been involved in most of them, although she readily admits “I have help, for instance Joyce Casement was the fundraiser.” Although Adamson moved to Kingston recently, she’s still involved with the museum in Hartington and still spends “about three days a week in Verona” with various activities and groups. “We have 17 vendors this year, two of whom are new,” Adamson said. “It’s been steady (customers) considering the weather. “We try to…

South Frontenac Council holds final meeting of term and McDougall reflects

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:15  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
FarewellsPresent and future Mayor Ron Vandewal made presentations to the three departing Council members at this last meeting of the current Council: Brad Barbeau, Marc Schjerning and John McDougall. Barbeau had come on board for the final year and a half, replacing the late Bill Robinson; Schjerning has served a full term, and McDougall is retiring after two terms on Council. All three had contributed to a wide range of Township committees and community groups. Reflecting on his past eight years, McDougall said, “When I started, I thought I had all the answers, but I quickly came to appreciate just how complicated (local government) really is, involving not only the Township, but the County, Eastern Ontario and the Province.” He spoke warmly of the leadership…

Sydenham’s Haunted Walks

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:15  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Rain, wind and sleet: it was the perfect setting for ghostly stories! Cold and darkness did not deter the 33 brave and curious souls who turned up last Saturday to stroll through Sydenham village with a storyteller. Lions Rob, Gary, Cindy and Christine acted as escorts to the two groups, carrying lanterns and wearing reflective vests to keep the walkers safe…from non-supernatural threats such as traffic. It was Lion and storyteller Joanne Ankers who dreamed up the idea of a haunted walk as a fundraiser for the Sydenham & District Lions Club. Her call for village ghost stories brought her some good tales of ghosts, grave robbers and unexplained events, which she worked into a 45-minute tour of the village. (One house on Brewery Street…

Author chronicles an almost fifty-year relationship between two unlikely people

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:14  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Life with Dick portrays one couple’s relationship - how they met, married had children, and have lived their lives together for almost fifty years. The author writes of the highs and lows in life, sometimes with a sense of the absurd. Jan, a farmer’s daughter, is determined to reinvent herself. She meets Dick, a gentleman from London, England. It is an unlikely match from the beginning, but this book recounts how they use their incompatibility to create an unconventional life together. This book is an entertaining look at the realistic ways in which we all can stay engaged, continue to be loving and kind to those we influence – our unsuspecting children, friends, and families. Jan believes that we will become our stories, and warns…

Frontenac Farmers Market ends season on a chilly dark day

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“Yes, surprisingly enough, we don’t plan to come out next week in the cold,” Frontenac Farmers Market director Laura Simmons said last Saturday as the Market closed for the season. Even though is was a chilly day with overcast skies, the rain held off in the morning and there were a number of customers for those vendors that braved the weather. “It’s OK,” said Simmons. “There’s not much on my table this week.” One vendor who did still have some produce was Mike Janssens, who had several varieties of “antique” apples and did a rather brisk business. Janssens dressed in the Halloween spirit with a Napoleonic era British redcoat uniform and greatcoat. “A couple of other vendors told me they’d be dressing up,” he said.…

Baked goods go quickly at Women’s Institute craft and bake sale

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
With more than an hour to go, the baked goods were down to a precious few at the Sydenham Women’s Institute Craft and Bake Sale Saturday at the Grace Centre in Sydenham. They’d started the morning with three full tables and now they were down to less than half a table. The Girl Guides had already sold out at this point. “It’s been busy,” said organizer Linda Bates. “It’s been one of those days but I’m OK with that.” There were 20 vendors this year, plus the Girl Guides and the WI had five tables. “I love it,” said Bates while tying Christmas ribbons for a customer. “I used to come to this 15 years ago before I was a vendor. “One guy said he…

Sport a mo, save a bro

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sporting pink "MO's" the team leaders of ' In the Pink", a breast cancer support group based in South Frontenac, flank their generous sponsor Christine Kennedy, the owner of Memory Lane Flowers in Sydenham. This is to remind all guys out there that November is dedicated to male health. Prostrate cancers is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. Current statistics show that in their lifetime 1 in 7 men in Canada will be treated. Successfully, when found early. For more information on "In The Pink" contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The breast cancer support group meets for lunch and conversation on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Yarker United Church.

Sydenham High School to host OFSAA boys AA volleyball tournament

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham High School is set to host the 2018 OFSAA boys AA volleyball championships Nov. 22-24, says convenor/coach Bryan English. “As far as I know, this is the first time Sydenham has hosted an OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championship,” English said. Twenty teams will take part in the event, including champions from 18 areas all around Ontario, as well as the host team and one medal entry. “This is an important championship,” he said. “Only one to two per cent of high school students ever get the chance to compete in OFSAA. “And it’s nice that it won’t be held in a big city this year.” Teams will actually arrive Nov. 21 and there’ll be a banquet at the Ambassador Hotel in…

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