Community rallies for summer festival in Sydenham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
John Neven knows movement is medicine. Standing with his bike at the second annual Lakes and Trails Festival in Sydenham last week, the 70-year-old smiles after cycling 21kms. “The ride was excellent,” says the Sharbot Lake man after eating his third ice cream cone post-race. “The scenery was fantastic. I didn’t realize the lake was so big.” Neven, along with dozens of other cyclists, biked around Sydenham Lake as part of a grassroots event to highlight the area’s remarkable lakes, trails and history. The bike tour (four distances in total) was held in conjunction with a paddle, walking tour, concert and lunch; all free at Point Park in the morning and Mill Street in the afternoon. Lead organizer Ross Sutherland, Sydenham District Councillor with South…

Once motorcycle racing gets in your blood

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Through the ’90s and into the 2000s, Inverary’s Jeff Williams managed to make a living racing motorcycles. But things change and in 2006, he walked away from the sport he loved. These days, he makes a living with his own paving company — Williams Paving. But, old habits die hard and on Aug. 10-12, Williams will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville for the CTMP Superbike Doubleheader, the series’ final races of the season. Williams is currently fifth in the Pro Superbike points standings (he was seventh last year) and has a legitimate shot at the championship title. At age 45, Williams is one of three top-five racers this year over the age of 38. But even he admits racing motorcycles is essentially…

Verona Lions ATV Poker Run A Success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:36  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Organizers of the first annual Verona Lion’s ATV Poker run did not know what to expect last Saturday morning. “We had only a few tickets sold in advance and we were wondering if the whole thing was going to be a bust. We were a bit worried because we had vendors coming out for the day and we had a lot of valuable prizes donated and we had also been working hard on the event for a few months. Then, the people started coming,” said Verona Lion’s Club President Eric Maclean. In the end, over 105 ATV’ers participated in the run, more than anyone had anticipated. “For the first one, we’d have been happy with 40,” said Frank York, a long time Lion who was…

Focus on the frail elderly at Community Services AGM

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Dr. John Muscedere, from Kingston General Hospital and the Queen’s School of Medicine, is also the scientific director for the Canadian Frailty Network. The CFN is dedicated to improving care for the estimated 1 million Canadians who fit the definition of frail that the CFN has developed. He was the keynote speaker at the Annual General Meeting of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCSC) last Friday morning (June 22) at the Grace Hall in Sydenham. SFCSC provides programming for populations other than seniors through its food program, homelessness prevention program and other activities, but the agency has a primary focus on providing supports for seniors within the community. As Executive Director David Townsend pointed out in his remarks, SFCSC has had increased uptake for most of…

Triathlons, distance runs the order of the day in Sydenham

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:35  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
On Sunday, more than 250 athletes ranging in ages from little kids to 80 years old suited up for the 10th annual Somersault Series of races in Sydenham. The series got underway at 8am to avoid the heat of the date and to accommodate many participants who travelled considerable distances, said race director Maryanne Takala. Sydenham’s Takala is no stranger to triathlon as her son, Scott, has competed in World’s. Competitors signed up for eight events ranging from Olympic triathlon to kids’ fun runs as varying race courses dominated downtown Sydenham and The Point Park. Here are the results for the top events:   Olympic TriathlonTop Male – Michael Casista – 2:06:27Top FM – Maia Idzikowski – 2:27:12   Olympic Tri RelaySolitutes (John, Jack and…

Garden tour starting small, but has broader ambitions

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
A tour of some of the most distinctive gardens in the southeast region of South Frontenac is taking place on Sunday, July 22, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Nona Marriotti, a garden lover and former chair of the board of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS), came up with the idea for the tour because she loves gardens and knows that many of her neighbours in the Perth Road/Inverary vicinity are avid gardeners as well. She also wanted to plan an event that would benefit SFCS. She reached out to the local gardening community and as a result has come up with a seven-garden tour that includes locations in the Spooner Road area of North Kingston, as well as Inverary, Sunbury, Perth Road and a location in…

Sydenham Siblings Team Up for Success

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Sydenham Lake Canoe Club participated in their first regatta of the season at the Gananoque Canoe Club on Saturday, July 7. Sisters Kiera, age 9, and Charlotte Wilson, age 6, achieved podium success early in the season, competing in the U13 kayaking category. Kiera Wilson received Gold in her K2, Silver in C15 and K1; Charlotte Wilson received Gold in K2, Silver in C15 and a 5th in K1; Twins Mathieu and Nicholas Symons received Gold in K2; Nicholas received Silver in K1; Clare Swinton received Silver in K1 and Jessica Moscrop received a 6th in K1. SLCC is proud of all of these paddlers and look forward to seeing further success at the upcoming Carleton Place regatta.

Grief is the price we pay for love

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
It’s a fine line that separates pain and happiness. Michael Trautrimas knows it intimately from walking it every day. “Sometimes time feels like it has flown-by. Other times, it feels like it has stood still,” says the 45-year-old man sadly, one-month before the second anniversary of a tragic car accident that claimed the life of his wife and six-year-old son, Owen. For many, the accident is a wound that has yet to heal. Rounding a corner on Battersea Road near Sunbury on July 27, 2016, Michael’s wife, Brenda, 38, and two sons, collided with a truck. His eldest son, Ayden, was the lone survivor in the family van. Michael’s eyes water talking about the accident that changed his life. To cope, he’s never asked for…

Harrowsmith Intersection $400,000 over budget

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth came to council requesting a reallocation of $400,000 to fund project overruns for the Harrowsmith Intersection. He recommended moving $300,000 from the Green Bay Culvert Project and $100,000 from the Sydenham Dam Project to accomplish this. The Harrowsmith project was designed by AECOM Engineering and awarded to Morven Construction in June 2017. The approved project budget was $1,700,000. Current total project costs (expenditures and commitments) are $2,100,000. Segsworth attributes most of the project overrun to poor design work by AECOM as well as additional costs outside the design contract related to removal of the house at the corner of Ottawa Street and Wilton Road, and unanticipated clean-up of contaminated soil from that site. The design flaws included inaccurate grading, poor…

Level 1 fire ban in South Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Please be advised that effective July 3, 2018 there is a Level 1 burning ban in effect in all four districts of South Frontenac. A level “1” fire ban prohibits all open air burning except for camp fires and cooking fires. Residents are reminded to follow burning restrictions set out in By-law 2012-68. For further details on the current burning provisions, please consult our By-law on our website at or South Frontenac Fire and Rescue at 613-376-3027, Ext. 2234. Any infraction of this by-law will result in significant financial penalties. Your cooperation in protecting our citizens and property is sincerely appreciated. Darcy Knott, Fire Chief South Frontenac Fire and Rescue

Lakes and Trails Festival 2018: Event Schedule Released

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:22  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The list of events for the 2018 Lakes and Trails Festival, held in Sydenham, South Frontenac, on July 14, has been released. The Festival this year will run from 9:30a.m. to 4p.m. Additions to the Festival include more events for children, and live music in the Point Park and on Mill Street, Sydenham. The “Around the Lake” bike (21k, 32k and 44k loops), the historic walk of Sydenham, numerous paddling opportunities on the Lake, and a free community lunch will continue as part of the festival. The Lakes and Trails Festival is a community event to celebrate the area’s natural beauty, active lifestyle, and history. Everyone, from everywhere, is welcome to join us. Around 400 people attended last year’s activities. More information on the festival…

Volunteer Drivers needed in South Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:22  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The demand keeps growing! Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation (SFCSC) in Sydenham is in need of additional volunteer drivers to take seniors to medical appointments, programs at the Grace Centre, and more. Volunteers can choose to drive as frequently as they like and are paid a per-kilometre reimbursement. “The population in South Frontenac is growing,” says SFCSC Executive Director David Townsend, “especially in the number of seniors. As fewer of them are able to drive, and have an increasing number of medical appointments, the demand for transportation is growing rapidly. It’s hard to keep up.” Heather Rogers is the Volunteer Coordinator at SFCSC. She says that the pool of volunteer drivers currently on her roster is not enough to fill the demand. Rogers adds, “In…

Softball and waterslides at LPS

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:12  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Remember public school in that awful endless last week of June? Steaming hot classrooms, courses and exams finished, teachers and children counting the days, longing for the freedom of summer? Long ago, the Sydenham Public School principal not only taught grades 6,7 and 8, but he was also the local softball umpire. Umpiring was his real job, the one he loved, the one that defined his role in the community. So for the last three years of public school, we mostly played ball that final week. Which was fine if you were good at softball, but not all of us were. Occasionally a few perennial outfielders would slide into the bushes that surrounded the schoolyard, scramble over the fence, and run down through the cow…

Yoga adds years to life and life to years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:10  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body. That was the message at a yoga retreat in Sydenham last weekend hosted by Liz Huntly and her husband Roland Jensch, owners of yoga studio 330 in Kingston. Speaking from her family’s historic 13-acre farmhouse on Stage Coach Road as dozens of guests enjoyed yoga in the barn and yard, Liz says, “It’s a good way to stay fit.” Named the Groove Yoga Gathering, the retreat has attracted 100-200 people annually since its inception in 2015. It is described as a small, intimate festival with a range of classes from beginner to advanced. Visitors travel from as far as Toronto and Ottawa for the classes, many of which offer live music and locally & internationally recognized…

SF Museum opening — stone houses, knitted socks and a pair of old skates

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:48  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
The South Frontenac Museum in Hartington officially opened its doors for the season Saturday as part of the Doors Open Ontario program. New to the museum this year is a presentation of 62 old stone houses in the area by David Jeffries, which is a project of the newly-formed South Frontenac Heritage Committee. And Doug Lovegrove’s little military history corner is also undergoing some changes. “We’re moving out some of the Second World War stuff in favour of the 146th Overseas Battalion (the First World War unit formed in this area,” he said. “We’ve also got some stuff about life in the trenches such as the knitting program whereby people on the home front would knit socks for the soldiers. “Sometimes, they could go through…

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