Sydenham teacher-coach Leslie Lawlor receives OFSAA award

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:42  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Being this year’s recipient of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s (OFSAA) Leadership in School Sport Award wasn’t something Sydenham High School’s Leslie Lawlor was expecting. “I was surprised,” she said. “But I’m really grateful and appreciative.” The award came at the opening banquet for this year’s OFSAA AA Boys Volleyball Championship, which Sydenham hosted. The award is presented annually at each OFSAA Championship to a teacher-coach who has made a significant contribution to their educational athletic program. The recipient exemplifies the values of fair play and good sportsmanship, while promoting enjoyment, personal growth and educational achievement through school sport. Lawlor was a student at Sydenham High school, representing them at OFSAA track and filed and cross country. She went to Queen’s University where…

Impaired charge during parade, and 2 others

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In Sydenham on November 24th at 10:21 a.m. Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information from a member of the public of a possible impaired driver in the Sydenham Santa Clause Parade. At 10:32 a.m. the suspect vehicle was located at the intersection of George Street and Wheatly Street. As a result of the investigation, Peter Trousdale, a 37 year old male from Sydenham was charged with having more than 80 mgs of alcohol in his blood while operating a motor vehicle. He was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on December 13th, 2018. In Inverary on November 24th 2018, at 6:31 p.m. officers from Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision…
The holiday season can be joyous and exciting, but it can also be painful for those who are working through grief following the death of a loved one. It can make a person wonder how they will ever survive let alone be able to celebrate the holiday season ahead. We at Southern Frontenac Community Services understand how lonely this time can be for you, and invite you to join us for a service that might help. Our Blue Christmas Bereavement Service will be on Thursday, December 6, at 1:30pm, at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stage Coach Road in Sydenham. Blue Christmas is a special, non-denominational service. We offer a message of hope, meaningful readings, beautiful music and the opportunity to light a candle in recognition…

Monarchist gets her due from the Queen

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:25  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Edna Goslin of Sydenham celebrated her 100th birthday with a crowd of friends and relatives last Sunday at her current residence in Arbour Heights. Edna, who was born Edna Pixley, grew up on her family farm on Wilson Road, east of Harrowsmith. She and Mel Goslin moved to Rutledge Road in Sydenham after their marriage, where for many years they farmed the area now becoming a subdivision. Edna raised their two children, Ann and Glen, while operating a beauty parlour in her home. In later years, she and Mel took over a small school bus line, and for many years, Edna drove one of the busses morning and evening. Glen described his mother as a lifelong monarchist: “I remember we were dragged out of bed…

Tribunal approves controversial Hartington Subdivision

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Ontario Local Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) has given Frontenac based developer Terry Grant, subject to a set of conditions, approval to develop a 12-hectare parcel of land in the hamlet of Hartington into a 13 lot subdivision. The Hartington Subdivision project was first proposed in 2013. At that time the plan was to build a 49 lot subdivision, within and to the south of the hamlet. Local opposition to the project surfaced from the start, mostly centred on concerns over water supply and drainage in the vicinity, and the planning process dragged on. The planning issues have been further complicated because Frontenac County is responsible for subdivision approval, but South Frontenac Township is responsible for the necessary zoning amendment changes. In the summer of 2015,…

Golden Hawks relish the role of underdogs at OFSAA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:28  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Sydenham High School Golden Hawks were hoping to win the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) title last week so their berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AA Championships wouldn’t be as host school. That wasn’t to be as the home side bowed out in the semi-finals. However, if anything, the EOSSAA loss has only strengthened their resolve. “We’re definitely looking to put Sydenham volleyball on the map,” said power hitter Ethan Lucas. “We’re not just a football school.” “Boys volleyball hasn’t done as well as some of the other teams but when we came to Sydenham, we realized there was a strong sports tradition here,” said captain Dan Callender. “We know we have to pick up the torch…

VisionSoup shows no signs of slowing down after 12 years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“This is our 12th and it gets busier and busier every year,” said Leslie Reade, who along with Josie Steele, began the VisionSoup tradition in Sydenham more than a decade ago. The concept is simple enough. You buy a custom made bowl (donated by local potters), fill it with the soup of your choice, and keep the bowl. “The proceeds go to Christmas baskets,” said Reade, who also runs Sydenham Veterinary Services. “That’s done through South Frontenac Community Services and the Loughborough Emergency Relief Fund.” The place was packed again this year, as it has been since it started. But things run well. “We have about 25 volunteers,” Reade said. “Again, it’s friends and family who help out so it runs very smoothly. “And the…

Christmas in the Village craft fair draws a crowd to Harrowsmith

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
One of the more ambitious Christmas craft/bake sales in Frontenac County happens every year at the Free Methodist Church in Harrowsmith, Christmas in the Village. And it doesn’t happen just at the last minute. “We start planning in May — sending out invitations to vendors, cake and bake shop decorating, placing ads online — we have a great group of volunteers,” said one of the organizers B J Calver. “The crunch comes in the end of October.” Last year, they had 45 vendors and about 450 customers through the doors. “This year, we have 46 vendors and a waiting list,” Calver said. “We had people inquiring about vendor spaces two days ago but you don’t want it to be overcrowded.” In addition to the craft…

Five bands featured in 19th annual RocknRoll Toy Drive

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The 19th annual RocknRoll Toy Drive is set for Dec. 1 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Sydenham Legion and organizer/musician Tom Revell says they have five bands lined up for this year’s event. “The doors open at 8 p.m. and that’s when the first band will go on,” Revell said. “This year we have Jack and the Boys, Little Betty, Still Standing, Dark Horse and Project 29.” Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Sydenham One-Stop and the Legion. “And if you’re from far away but still want to come, contact either myself or Rebecca Wager via our Facebook pages and we’ll put some away for you,” Revell said. As usual, the evening will feature a silent auction, door prizes,…

Remembrance Day in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A few short years ago, the Remembrance Day ceremony in Verona was almost shifted to Prince Charles Public School from the Cenotaph at Mcmullen Park, but the insistence and the efforts of a small group of people kept the ceremony in the Park. There was a meeting at the cenotaph around the first of November that year. A half a dozen people were at the meeting, discussing where to hold the service, and there was some arguing before a consensus emerged to keep it at the cenotaph. There were not that many people at the ceremony that year, but every year since then the assembly has grown. This year was the largest ever, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The Girl Scouts…

Wayne Orr ‘anticipated’ to retire: South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Last week was the final meeting of the 2015-18 South Frontenac Council. December 4th will be the inaugural meeting of the new Council when the Councillors will be sworn in, and begin carrying out their duties. However, this particular group will be better prepared for the challenges of the next four years than any previous one. Lured by a light supper, they met this last Tuesday at 5:30 for an intensive orientation to their new roles and responsibilities. The agenda began with iPad training, contact information, roles and responsibilities, township organizational chart and other such useful information, winding up with a primer on taxation and budget. In the middle of the agenda, under ‘Initial Decisions’ is a list of some of the items to be…

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…

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