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…

Sales brisk as Girl Guides hold annual fall cookie sale

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Saturday was cookie day in Sydenham as Pathfinders, Guides, Sparks and Brownies were out in force for the annual autumn cookie sales. The First Frontenac Pathfinders and Guides set up at the Township Hall while First Sydenham Sparks and Brownies were at the Foodland. There was also a table at the One-Stop. For those unfamiliar with the way this works, the Girl Guides organization has two fundraisers a year. In the spring they sell the classic chocolate and vanilla cookies and in the fall, it’s chocolate mint. “We took on extra boxes this year,” said Guider Kim Deline. “We ordered 250 cases (12 boxes per case) to help fund a trip to Doe Lake Camp next August. “(But) the cookie sales are our main fundraiser…

Golden Eagles football fundraiser rocks Sydenham Legion

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:27  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham High School junior football coach Karl Hammer was optimistic they’d make enough to finish outfitting the teams with shoulder pads, thereby finishing the goal they began with a similar fundraiser last year. If there was any left over, he hoped to get some tackling dummies sewn back up after a red squirrel got into the storage shed behind the scoreboard at The Point Park last summer. “The red squirrel really went to town,” Hammer said. “It literally destroyed four bags and we’re hoping to replace them. “And fundraising also provides a way to help a kid who can’t afford it play football. “Football’s not cheap.” So that’s why Hammer and senior coach Mike Love got a group of volunteers together to put on a…

Storrington Lions Hall packed for 4H Awards Night, pork barbecue

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
There were nine pages of awards given out Saturday night in the Storrington Lions Hall as the Frontenac 4H Association held its annual awards night. The place was packed. After the 4H pledge, led by the Cloverbuds, president Joan Dickson welcomed everyone and there were event reports on the Regional Judging, Heifer and Horse Competitions as well as Careermania and the Regional Go for the Gold. Then senior 4H member Hilary Voith took over as emcee, a daunting job given the number of awards (nine pages) she had to announce. In many ways, Voith embodies what 4H is all about. At 20 years old, she’s in her ninth year of 4H and continues to be active despite being in her third year of a Bsc…

Vandewal returned in SF

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:26  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
At the all candidates meeting that was held in Sydenham, Fran Willes got the biggest laugh of the evening when, during her opening remarks, she said “last time I lost by only 4 votes, so I’m playing on your sympathy here by asking you to vote for me this time.” She could not have known at the time, no one could, that when the votes were counted this time around, in a computer server somewhere in Nova Scotia, she would be exactly 4 votes shy of winning once again. There is no word on who those 4 people are and if it was the same 4 this time around. The last time she lost out 688-684 to Mark Schjerning, who went down to defeat in…

2018 Municipal Election Profiles - South Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Looking for Addington Highlands or Central Frontenac election profiles? Click here. School Trustee Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board Leslie Ford is a one-time member of the Algonquin and Lakeshore District School Board. Her children were educated at Catholic Schools in Belleville, where she is originally from as well. With their kids grown, Leslie and her husband have moved to the location of her family cottage on Chippego Lake in the Wilkinson Road District of Central Frontenac. “We were up here every weekend when I was a kid and its great to live here full time now,” she said. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, in the public and private sectors and continues to commute to a job…

October is Pumpkin Festival time in Battersea

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“What a beautiful showcase for our lovely little village,” said Amanda Pantry, chair of the 24th annual Battersea Pumpkin Festival Saturday as the parade was coming to its end. “It highlights how the community comes together.” The Pumpkin Festival is a fall fair of sorts, but it has its own unique character. There’s no midway of course, or games where you win stuffed animals. But there are lots of kids games, each with a pumpkin-based theme. There aren’t any rides per se, but there are wagon rides through the village, a haunted barn and they even have their own miniature railroad. There’s plenty of music and entertainment, crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, balloons and all sorts of costumes, many of which feature some of…

Verona hosts 92nd annual Kingston Area Women’s Institute convention

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:34  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Ladies from all over Lennox & Addington, Frontenac and Leeds & Grenville Counties filled the Lions Hall in Verona Tuesday morning for the 92nd annual Kingston Area Convention of the Women’s Institute. President Linda Bates welcomed the delegates before introducing former Warden and current South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal and Coun. John McDougall, who brought greetings from Frontenac County and South Frontenac Township respectively. After the Institute Ode and the singing of O Canada, roll call was taken and answered by Amherst Island, Grandview, Hay Bay, Maple Ridge, Reidville-Camden East and Victoria II in Lennox & Addington; Frontenac, Glenburnie, Harrowsmith, Joyceville, St. Lawrence, Sydenham, and Wolfe Island in Frontenac; and Bishop’s Mills, Fairfield, Frankville, Junetown, Lansdowne and Philipsville in Leeds & Grenville. During her opening…

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…

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