Sydenham, Sharbot Lake Library branches to begin Tech Tutors programs

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:34  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library system has a new Tech Tutors program beginning this month at its Sydenham and Sharbot Lake Branches. Kimberly Sutherland Mills, manager of programs and outreach said this is a pilot project that will run to the end of March, when they’ll see if it can continue. “Although we regularly get requests for similar things, this program came out of meetings with Richard Allen (Frontenac County economic development manager) and Anne Prichard (executive director of Frontenac Community Services Development Corporation),” Sutherland Mills said. “A lot of businesses want to get started on social media but don’t know how to go about it.” She said many of the tips they’ll be sharing can be accessed by anyone but some, such as Lynda.com…

Taxes, seniors main topics at Portland Ward candidates debates

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Quality of life for seniors and tax increases dominated the Portland all-candidates meeting last week in Verona. In the seniors services debate, incumbent mayoralty candidate Ron Vandewal pointed to support of transportation services. “We’ve given grants for transportation,” he said. “Maybe not all the money they’d like, but we try.” “We do fund and support South Frontenac Community Services,” said mayoralty candidate Mark Schjerning. “I’d be supportive of increasing the support.” Mayoralty candidate Phil Archambault said his background in health services would be a benefit in the recruitment of doctors and other health professionals to the area. Incumbent candidate Brad Barbeau said there were plans in the works for a seniors facility in Verona. As far as taxes went, candidate Bruno Albano was blunt. “I…

‘What Heavy Gold’ — Memoir Writing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:55  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“Know you what earth shall lose tonight, what rich uncounted loans, What heavy gold of tales untold you bury with my bones?”* Once a week for the past several weeks an enthusiastic group of fifteen writers has been meeting in Sydenham at the library. Up until now most of them had never considered themselves writers, but all were intrigued by the idea of a five-week course in memoir writing. Some came at the urging of family who want them to pass along their spoken stories in a more concrete form, others to research and record the tales behind family photos, or to reclaim a past time or event in their own lives. All have become excited and absorbed by the processes of writing and storytelling.…
Tuesday noon, Township Council and staff held a special COW meeting at the Perth Road Firehall with MPP Randy Hillier to discuss two Township roads and their upkeep. To no ones surprise, the township is seeking provincial money to help improve the roads. While Hillier listened to the requests, he didn’t quite open up the provincial chequebook One of the roads is the 401 emergency detour route (EDR) which runs along township Road 15 (Moreland Dixon and Sunbury Roads), and the other is Road 38. Mark Segsworth, Director of Public Works, said that as part of next year’s reconstruction of Sunbury, they want to rebuild Sunbury Road to withstand EDR loading, and “do it so it will last”. The current plan is to budget $1…

Adult Day Program Offers Trial of Extended Hours

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Adult Day Program run by Southern Frontenac Community Services in Sydenham addresses an important need in the community - to prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization of vulnerable community members; and they do it while having a great time. SFCSC is excited to announce a trial of extended program hours to meet the growing needs of the community.   The Program runs 9:00am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday. Extended service hours are being offered on a trial basis until December 31st 2018 as follows; 9am – 2pm for the first Saturday of every month and staggered evenings from 3pm until 8pm on the first Monday, second Tuesday, third Wednesday, and fourth Thursday of every month. Dependant upon the success of this trial, SFCSC may continue…

Loughborough District - South Frontenac, Meet Your Candidates

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Perth Road Hall was packed with most of the standing room filled at last Monday night’s Meet the Candidates event, sponsored by the Perth Road/Buck Lake Community Association. The event ran in three parts, beginning with the School Board candidates: each candidate spoke briefly, (5 minutes?) introducing themselves and the key points of their platform, followed by a 15-minute period for questions from the floor, then a one-minute summary from each. Incumbent school trustee Suzanne Ruttan, currently Vice Chair of the Limestone District School Board, is being challenged by Roger Curtis, a former SHS teacher, who is part of a group advocating for greater transparency and better communication between the Board and the public. Three are running for the two Loughborough district Council seats: incumbent…

South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:18  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Garbage Truck WoesCouncil authorized staff to procure a new or demonstrator model garbage truck for a total net value of $250,000: $150,000 will be funded from equipment replacement reserves, the remainder from the working fund reserve. The current vehicle, purchased in 2010, “has been undersized for some time, as indicated by the repairs it has needed.” Since 2015, these have included an engine and transmission, multiple repairs to dump body housing, hoist and side loader. Mayor Vandewal noted that a new truck had been removed from the 2018 budget because it was hoped that the expensive repairs already done would allow the current truck to last one more year. This September, a cracked frame was welded after consultation with Ford Canada, and “it was at…
On September 26th, officers with the Community Street Crime Unit of Napanee and South Frontenac in a joint investigation with Kingston Police Force simultaneously executed three Controlled Drugs and Substances Warrants. In South Frontenac on Fairhaven Lane, officers located two loaded firearms, one which was determined to be stolen. Officers seized a quantity of hash and ecstasy. Charged are; Mark Silva, a 47-year-old male from South Frontenac and Wendy Wood, a 46-year-old female from South Frontenac. Mark Silva is is facing 15 charges, including weapons and rug charges. Wendy wood is facing 14 charges, also including weapons and drug charges. Silva was held in bail court in Napannee. Wood was was released on a Promise to Appear with a First Appearance date of Wednesday the…

DFC Barbeque Sauces

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Debbie Fitzerman and her husband David have been in the Information Technology (IT) sector for many years. A few years ago, she suffered a leg injury that led to her spending some time in a convalescent home, and she decided that it was time to reconsider living in a 2-story home in Thornhill, north of Toronto. A real estate friend of hers recommended looking for a home in the Kingston area. There were a lot of options for them, since all they really needed in order to carry on their IT business was a decent internet connection. With children in both Kingston and Ottawa, they started looking in and around. When Debbie was shown a log home on the Leland Road just outside of Perth…

Legion Road Tour

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:34  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On September 15, a happy group of Branch 496 RCL members made the rounds to three other Legion Branches. A total of 25 members joined in. The other Branches visited were Branch 231 in Portland, Branch 244 in Perth and Branch 542 in Westport. Our Sydenham members were warmly welcomed in all locations, and Branch 231 was particularly gracious by providing lunch for everyone – and this on a day when they are normally not open. These visits contribute to the ongoing camaraderie that all Legions are well-known for. In addition to the RCL’s annual poppy campaign, on Sunday, November 11th, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One will be marked with many special events. One initiative in particular will be of…

Storrington meet the candidates event draws a good crowd

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It was a considerable attendance last Thursday night at the Storrington Centre as the Battersea Loughborough Lake Association hosted a meet the candidates event for residents to ask questions of the three Mayoralty candidates (incumbent Ron Vandewal, Coun. Mark Schjerning and Phil Archambault), three of the four candidates for Loughborough Councilor (incumbent Ross Sutherland, Fran Willis and Randy Ruttan; candidate Farrah Soaft did not attend) in the October South Frontenac election. Storrington Coun. Ron Sleeth and Norm Roberts were acclaimed but were at the table anyway. The format was a little different from may such forums as the lake association provided candidates with three questions beforehand and asked them to answer two of them. The first question was on the importance of clean water and…

Grace Hall Scene of Big Sewing Bee

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Saturday, September 8, the members of Sydenham Women’s Institute turned Grace Hall into a well-organized workroom for members from five area counties to participate in an all-day sewing bee. Their goal: to produce, sort and prepare for shipping 1,000 items for the Canada Comforts Society, to be sent to children in need throughout Canada and the developing world. The items included baby clothes, girls’ dresses, boys’ shorts, sweaters, blankets, washcloths, diapers and socks. The hall was filled with work stations for cutting, sewing (14 machines arrived), ironing, inspection, vacuum bagging and packing. Thirty women worked all day, and many more dropped in with donations of fabric and clothing. A student volunteer acted as runner, assisted by Councillor Brad Barbeau. Mayor Vandewal  and David Townsend…

Jim Kelly – community linchpin, dead at 77

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Jim Kelly had a distinguished career at Queen’s University, but what he is being remembered for in the days following his passing on Sunday, is his devotion to his family and the local humanitarian causes in Sydenham, Loughborough township and beyond. Jim was a long-time member of the Sydenham Lion’s Club, where he not only held every position on the executive at one time or another over the last 14 years, but also spearheaded the Vision Screening program at the elementary schools in Sydenham and Harrowsmith. He also founded a Lion’s golf tournament to fund the medic alert bracelet program in all of the school’s in South Frontenac. He was also one of the dedicated members of the Loughborough Christmas and Emergency Relief Committee, that…

Inverary Youth facing $24,530 in unexpected expenses

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Inverary Youth Activities came to South Frontenac Committee of the Whole Tuesday night in Sydenham asking for “$10,000 to $15,000” in financial support to offset “this year’s extreme and unforeseen expenses totalling $24,530 over normal year expenses.” Treasurer Judy Borovskis told COW that in a normal year, the organization takes in about $30,000 from various sources mostly related to activities at Ken Garrett Memorial Park in Inverary. In a normal year, that represents the break even point. But this year, the organization was faced with replacing foul ball nets ($16,240), underground wiring repair for diamond lights ($710), replacing a lawn mower ($7,380) and replacement of the canteen fridge. They’ve been able to pay the bills by borrowing the $9,545 in the playground fundraising account, she…

South Frontenac Council – September 18

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:53  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Interim Grant for Inverary Park Council voted to increase their annual $600 grant to Inverary Youth Activities Inc. by a further $1,050 drawn from the “Grants to Organizations” fund. Inverary Youth Activities Inc is a non-profit, volunteer-led group which has owned and operated Ken Garret Memorial park since 1975. The park has three ball diamonds, associated programs, a canteen and playground equipment (towards which SF Township granted $20,000 in 2017 for playground improvements.) The group has been very active and largely self-supporting until this last year, when they were faced with unforeseen capital expenses. Staff have been directed to explore several options for future support of this group, and will bring their recommendations to the 2019 budget process.   2019 Budget Cycle Because of the…

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