Grand Opening - Grace Centre Social Activity Hub

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:44  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The Grace Social Activity Centre (GSAC) is a new centre in rural South Frontenac Townshipthat offers a variety of programs for seniors, focusing on physical, social and intellectual activity and engagement as well as personal health, reducing isolation, and building community. During the open house, guests can visit booths to learn about the different programs and activities, and can even try hands-on experiences. Programs that are or will be offered at the Grace Social Activity Centre include: Seniors fitness (varying levels), dance, Light sports (Pickle Ball and Ice Stock eg.), bus trips to Aquafit classes, Euchre and card clubs, book clubs, film screenings and talk-backs, guest speakers on seniors issues and special interes, debate club, Good Graces Café. The centre has been offering some programs…

2018 champion garlic grower successfully defends title

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
For the second consecutive year, Dorothy Oogarah of Wagar Oogarah Farms is the Champion Garlic Grower at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards Competition held at the Lions Hall in Verona. Catherine Cheff of Renfrew was the Reserve Champion (2nd place) and Marchand Lemarre of Kirkfield received Honorable Mention (3rd place). It was a second consecutive Reserve Champion win for Cheff as well. “I’m totally amazed, my crop was not all that good this year,” Oogarah said. “Quality, I guess,” said husband Viren. “I had to talk her into entering this year.” Paul Pospisil, who has been overseeing the competition since 1997, said that the judging standard used this year is an updated version that places greater emphasis on garlic quality and less on bulb size…

Planes, Trains and Wheelchairs – Drew Cumpson always looks forward

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Several years ago now, the Frontenac News ran stories about Drew Cumpson, the Sydenham High School graduate who suffered a freak accident while body surfing. In that moment, his life changed forever. The next thing he knew he was in the Intensive Care Unit at Kingston General Hospital, where he remained for 16 months, followed by 3 years at St. Mary’s hospital. As a quadriplegic with other complications, Drew has had more challenges than most, to put it mildly, making his way in the world. To make matters worse, his greatest supporter, his mother, died while he was still in hospital. The thing about Drew is that he is not given to self pity and sees obstacles that need to be surmounted where others might…

Old bikes and cars stop by Godfrey for a show

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“I’ve been working with antique cars for 35 years,” said Godfrey Social Club’s Rick Law. So it’s only natural that he’d develop relationships over that time and last Sunday he had a number of friends and customers stop by with some of their best bikes and cars for the second annual Car and Bike Show. Law has been operating a paint/body shop along with gas pumps and coffee shop at the corner of Westport Road and Road 38 for several years now along with his husky Skye. “I take good care of everybody who comes in,” he said. “This year, we’re working with Guardians For Children and Ride For Kids.” One of the more interesting bikes on display was Rob Verrier’s old Triumph 650 cc,…

North Shore Crescent/Road Name Confusion

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Don MacQuarrie came as a delegate to Council on behalf of himself, his wife, and his neighbours on North Shore Crescent. This is a short portion of the original Perth Road which was bypassed and renamed when the current road was built. The crescent curves from the end of Rutledge Road to just north of Loughborough Lake bridge. The much longer North Shore Road runs off it, heading east along the lake. MacQuarrie said that over the years, the two roads are often confused by everyone from visitors to delivery trucks and public services. In his words, it is “an annoyance, but liveable,” until last November when his wife, Connie Baran-Gerez, suffered a pulmonary embolism and precious minutes were lost when the ambulance passed their…

Leaders share their vision for the future of Storrington

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:30  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Two men in South Frontenac are standing up and fighting for change. Ron Sleeth and Norm Roberts, two Storrington District Councillors who were recently acclaimed to a second term with South Frontenac Township Council, are ready to push hard for improvements and upgrades in their community.  “We like to think people are happy and satisfied with the representation we gave them,” says Sleeth, 74, a lifelong resident of Battersea. “We’d like to thank the residents of Storrington District for their confidence in us these past four years and for the next four years. We intend to work hard.” Speaking in late August 2018, Sleeth and Roberts say they have enjoyed working with the mayor and the rest of council over the past four years. They…

Sydenham woman among those fighting Ontario wildfires for MNR-F

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Miranda Given picked the right summer to seek a job as a forest firefighter if she wanted to be out in the bush a lot, and also have to do a lot of heavy lifting and carrying, which fortunately suits her really well She talked to the News over the phone this week from Sydenham while on a two day break after 8 days fighting fires. A couple of times this summer she has worked 19 days in a row as the season literally heated up. The Sydenham resident spent the winter in Guatemala and Mexico after doing a degree in Biology, with a minor in Global development, and is headed to California for a 31/2 year program in Chiropractic medicine. She said that a…

At Mapleridge Farms – It’s all about everything

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:03  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Becky Williams and Mark McCrady enjoy their summers. Becky no longer goes out to work in the corporate world and Mark is a grade 8 teacher at Loughborough Public School, so they both get to spend time at home with nothing much to do except tend to their animals, grow some flowers, and make some improvements to the 90 acre farm property that they purchased 8 years ago. The thing is, however, the approach they have taken to farming is labour intensive, and requires constant innovation and adjustment, so there isn’t a lot, or any, time to lounge around. They raise purebred Berkshire pigs for meat, which is not that uncommon among the artisanal farm community, but the breed of cattle they raise, Dexter, is.…

Frontenac Cyclone Bantam Select softball team brings home silver

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:02  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
At the Ontario Select Softball Tournament Association tournament in Brantford the Frontenac bantam girls went 5-1-1 over the weekend of Aug 18-19. In their own group pool, they beat teams from Barrie and Innerkip, and tied Waterloo. They then went on to beat Sudbury 12-6 on Sunday morning to advance to quarter finals, where they scored 6 runs in their last at bat to beat Whitby 12-7. In the semi final game they once again came from behind scoring 5 runs in the top Of the 7 inning to beat Topham park 11-10. Unfortunately they were unable to keep the momentum going in their 4th straight game, losing to Brampton 11-6 in the gold medal game. The team consists of 15-16 year old girls from…

Food Less Traveled joins with Open Farms InFrontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Only a store like Food Less Traveled/Local Family Farms, the store that Kim Perry runs in Verona, would fit in as one of the stops on a tour of farms in South Frontenac. The store is not only an outlet for many growers in Frontenac and the surrounding region, it is also tightly connected to the Perry-Anjou Farm in the Harrowsmith-Yarker area. The Perry family farm supplies the store with most of its grass fed beef, pork, chickens and turkeys, and Kim and Dave Perry’s kids work in the store and on the farm interchangeably. The ten year old store was one of the host sites at the Canada 150 South Frontenac Tour last year, and at the Open Farms InFrontenac event, set for September…

Kyle Ainslie golden in U-23 Fastball worlds

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Inverary’s Kyle Ainslie is a key member of the Cobourg Bulls Softball team’s pitching staff, and helped the team amass a remarkable record in play this season. They won the Ontario Provincial championship without taking a loss in the entire tournament. Kyle and fellow pitcher Clayton Robinson, are core members of the team. They each had very high strikeout to hit ratios, and yielded few runs all year. The team played in July and August with heavy hearts. In early July, shortly before the Ontario championships, where the top three teams would qualify for the national championships, team coach Chris Bell, died suddenly. “We dedicated the rest of the season to Chris Bell,” said Kyle. The team played flawlessly at the provincial championships in Grafton,…

Election issues in South Frontenac not cut and dried yet

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The 2018 Ontario Municipal elections are still two months away (Oct. 22), and while some residents face no election at all because of acclamation (almost all of North Frontenac, public school supporters in Central Frontenac’s Oso District), there are still some races of note shaping up in Frontenac County. The most important of these is the mayoralty race in South Frontenac, where incumbent Ron Vandewal is being challenged by Coun. Mark Schjerning and former federal Liberal candidate Phil Archambault for top seat in the County’s most populous Township. The Frontenac News asked the candidates what they see as the issues this time around and what they intend to do about them. Ron Vandewal said he doesn’t see any huge “issues” at all, other than the…

Verona Car Show founder 'still part of it'

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Back in 1995, the economic picture in Verona wasn’t quite what many thought it could be. “We’d lost the GM dealership and some stores,” said Ed Asselstine. That’s when he and fellow antique car enthusiast Larry Teal got an idea. “We thought we should be doing something to promote the area,” Asselstine said. “That’s when I said to Larry ‘I think we could do a car show.’” And so, they did. Asselstine said they had 54 cars on display that year and it was held at the public school for its first 10 years. In subsequent years, it began to outgrow the schoolyard and moved to McMullen Park (5-6 years). It outgrew that venue too, with about 180 vehicles on display. Now, in its 23rd…

Verona celebrates summer with free afternoon lunch and music

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It seems the Verona Community Association just can’t not let summer pass without some sort of get-together. This year, it was Verona Celebrates Summer in the Village, last Sunday at the Lions Hall complex. The food was free (hot dogs, ice cream and vegetarian pizza donated by Gino’s in Harrowsmith), as was the music (The KingsTown Tenors). “Last year, we had the ecumenical service,” said co-organizer Linda Bates. “This is the first year we’ve done this. “We like to do something.” Bates said they used to do Music in the Park at McMullen Beach, but felt they needed a bigger space. “We needed more room for the barbecue, the train and crafts,” she said. “By having the barbecue out here, all the mess stays outside…

Art in the Sawmill returns to Verona for sixth year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:31  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Since 2013, Verona’s Art in the Sawmill has hosted an eclectic summer show of quilters, crafters, image-makers and artists, and this year was no exception. From the jewelry of Carolyn Boyle and Bill Anderson to the animal depictions of Lisa Ferguson and Katie Ohlke (loved the bear), there was a wide range of visual interpretations on display last Saturday and Sunday in the old converted mill house. One of the more intriguing entries this year is newcomer Elaine Farragher, whose acrylic landscapes often feature scenes of the K & P Trail, many featuring water. But as interesting as her above-water scenes are, perhaps her most fascinating works are those that take place below the water’s surface, featuring what’s going on with the area’s fish population.…

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