Kings Town Tenors back in Bellrock for return engagement

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:44  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“We had so much fun last year, we just had to come back,” said Jack Francis, aka The Happy Chef, who along with Tim Torgersen and Danny Young fronts the Kings Town Tenors. The singing threesome was backed by Tony Negus on keyboards and acoustic guitar, Chris Petersen on bass, Brandon Amey on guitar and newcomer Gary Barratt on drums. After a lengthy discussion on which colour fedoras to wear (they went with the tan, same as last year), the Tenors took the stage for a 36-song, two-hour set. Included were covers of five Beatles tunes, three Creedence Clearwater Revivals, three Leonard Cohens, a couple of Bee Gees, two James Taylor and a top 10 list of 60s/70s pop-rock tunes including Never Been to Spain,…
Rural Life is good. It is not static, or stuck in the mud. When I was six I walked to school and had been taught my address- in case of emergency. At that time I lived on county road 9. In later years I lived on my uncle's farm. He earned a living through mixed farming, a mixture of Holstein milkers, chickens for eggs, and a few pigs. Times changed for him when his barn was struck by lightening. Gone were the hay loft and middle storage area for equipment. A small holding adjacent to his farm was for sale. Uncle Wally bought it because it had an implement barn- a place to store his equipment for winter. Another change happened to him. The adjacent…

Verona Lions ATV Poker Run and Show

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:43  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Verona Lions would like you to save the date Saturday, July 7th as they are hosting their first ATV Poker Run and Show at the Verona Lions Centre, 4504 Verona Sand Road. The show and run will open at 10:30am to the general public with a vendor’s midway showcasing the latest offerings from your favourite ATV manufacturers as well as other outdoor products. The Lions Canteen will be open for duration of the show serving their famous Lions burgers, fries and more. Whether you come to see the latest ATV’s in the vendor’s midway or to have some lunch or even ride the poker run, they’ll be looking forward to seeing you there. The poker run registration will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm and…

South Frontenac Mayor’s race is on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:08  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
1 term Loughborough Councillor Mark Schjerning to challenge incumbent Ron Vandewal As voting day in the Provincial election comes and goes, the second election of 2018 is just starting to round into view. The municipal vote takes place in October. Nominations opened on May 1st and will close at the end of July. In order to run for either Mayor or for member of Council, 25 signatures from people eligible to vote in the township where the nominee is running need to accompany the application, along with $100 for council member and $200 for head of council (Mayor or Reeve). Most of the candidates who have come forward thus far are seeking re-election in the same position they already hold, but in South Frontenac there…

Inverary’s New Community Gardens

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
When KFLA Health Unit’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge met Christine Lavallee’s dream of a community garden, things really began to happen. On one of the hottest days of last week, teacher Jason Quenneville’s class descended on Inverary with safety glasses and power tools, to spend a day assembling six big frames for accessible raised gardens. These will be located in a sunny field just south of the village, adjacent to Lavallee’s kitchen and store, The Cookery. Usually, community gardens are plots of land parcelled out to individuals, but Lavallee’s plan is much more communal and inclusive: many parts of the community have come together, drawn by her vision and enthusiasm. She and Cyndi Jones of KFLA Public Health list some of the partners in this…

South Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:06  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Special notice – road closure Road 38 will be closed between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith from 9am-7pm for the week of June 11-15. (Open to local traffic only). The detour will run between Yarker Road and Harrowsmith via Stars Corners and Wilton Road. Goal is to have the new Harrowsmith intersection completed by the 1st of July. New Deputy Mayor Sworn InCouncillor Alan Revill was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the year. Deputy Mayor Revill set a new standard by having memorized the oath, speaking it directly to the assembly. Property AcquisitionCouncil moved out of a closed session to approve the purchase, from parkland reserve, of a strip of property in Sydenham along the northwest shore of Millhaven Creek, abutting the…

Naturalists to Count Plant and Animal Species at BioBlitz

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
(June 15-16) The Kingston Field Naturalists will hold their 20th annual BioBlitz to count plant, animal and other species as a measure of the biodiversity of a local area in June. The event is open to the public and is to be held at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary of the Kingston Field Naturalists north of Sydenham.   Natural history specialists, amateurs and members of the public will identify and record as many plant and animal species as possible over a 24 hour period. The idea is to set a baseline of the biodiversity for the area. A BioBlitz is a community based initiative linking science, education and public participation. It is a fun and free event. There will be guided walks to learn about a…
Doug van der Horden has been fighting against human trafficking for many years. He has a Facebook page, FAST 101 Fighting Against Sex Trafficking 101 but has been fighting an uphill battle. But, he has come up with a program to help some of the victims and last Sunday, the Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church came to his aid, raising $6,000 to provide about 24 backpacks to be given out to girls who’ve fallen victim to this crime that he says “depends on secrecy to operate.” “We want people to be more aware of the problem and the need for support for children and youth in our community,” said BJ Calver, HFMC a missions. The bags are backpacks stuffed with all sorts of personal items such…

The Friends of Frontenac Park Celebrate “The Year of the Bird

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:05  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Is has been 100 years since North American laws protecting migratory birds were passed. To commemorate the success of this legislation, the National Geographic Society has designed 2018 as “The Year of the Bird”, inviting nature lovers around the world to continue to protect birds today and for the next one hundred years.   In celebrating The Year of the Bird, The Friends of Frontenac Park will be offering a variety of educational programs and events to teach people of all ages about our local bird species, and to engage the community in monitoring local bird populations. Hands-on, interactive displays will provide an up-close look at birds so as to facilitate species identification, while focused workshops will deliver training in winter bird identification, bird taxidermy,…

Frontenac Fury family fun run/walk returns June 10

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:04  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Help support local girls’ hockey by signing up for the fourth Fury Family Fun Run June 10 in Harrowsmith.   Organized by the Frontenac Fury Girls’ Hockey Association, the run/walk begins at 10 a.m.   New this year is a change of venue. Organizers have moved the run/walk to Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to take advantage of the park amenities and local trail system. There is a 1K route around the park grounds for children and a longer 5K route along the Cataraqui and K&P Trails. Post-race snacks and a barbecue will follow.   The run/walk is one of the association’s key fundraisers of the year. All proceeds go back into the non-profit association which is run by volunteers, many of whom are players’ parents…
Kyle Gordon knows that when hospitality becomes an art, it loses its soul. Sitting in his restaurant 12 years after it opened, the 41-year-old appears happy with what he has accomplished at the Creekside Bar and Grill, an eatery in Battersea known by locals and tourists for its genuine hospitality. “Running a restaurant is what I’ve always wanted to do,” explains Gordon from the comfort of one of the booths that line the walls of the dining area which has the look and feel of a fishing lodge. “I love it. Every day is fun and challenging. It’s also become a bit easier because I’ve been doing it for so long.” Gordon credits his success to long work days for the first five years in…

Time Capsule is in the ground, waiting for 50 years from now

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
In 50 years (ie Canada’s 200th birthday), people will be gathering at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith to dig up a stainless steel treasure trove that will give them a snapshot of what life was like here in 2017/18. Mayor Ron Vandewal, along with members of Council, other dignitaries and a group of school kids gathered last Friday to bury a Canada 150 project — a Time Capsule containing all sorts of things that will tell residents 50 years from now a story about how things were five decades ago. “This is an exciting day,” said Vandewal, with shovel in hand. “I’m so glad my grandchildren are here.” Along with copies of newspapers and various documents relating to municipal government and organizations in existence now, Vandewal…

Improved access to Desert Lake could be in the cards, just not this year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:19  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Providing an improved boat launch access to Desert Lake is definitely on the radar, but it won’t be done this year, said South Frontenac Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth. Referring to a public information session held May 14 at The Waterway Inn, Segsworth said they presented a bridge design “to make navigation possible from Holleford Lake to Desert Lake” but the feedback they received from the 20 or so people in attendance made a lot of sense. “There were lots of suggestions,” Segsworth said. “It was good, lots of interest. “(The boat launch) is well used and the only public access to Desert Lake and it’s something we have to look at.” Coun. John McDougall, who was also at the meeting, agreed. “I was somewhat…

Cottage on Buck Lake goes up in flames

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
Burnt Point Lane on Buck Lake lived up to its name last Sunday afternoon, when a cottage went up in flames and was a total loss. South Frontenac Fire Crews from 5 stations rushed to the site after receiving the call at 2:45pm. They found “the cottage was fully involved and collapsing into itself” said Fire Chief Darcy Knott. The cottage was unoccupied at the time of the fire although people had been there that morning and the previous evening. Crews immediately began to focus on a brush fire that had developed as the result of the structure, and soon had split into two teams. One team worked on containing the 8 acre brush fire that had developed while the other team made sure that…

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative a growing movement

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:54  |  Published in SOUTH FRONTENAC
“We’re on a mission and the word is spreading,” said Nancy Roantree of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), who, along with fellow mission specialist Dianne Dowling, was at the opening of the Frontenac Farmers Market in Verona Saturday. Their ‘mission’ is essentially to collect seeds and share them through a local network. “We’re here to encourage people to consider seed saving,” said Dowling. “It’s a growing, self-sustaining movement.” To that end, they have a multi-facetted approach ranging from workshops, lectures and seminars, to an annual seed swap (Seedy Saturday in March, which has had to move to a larger venue every couple of years) to community gardens to having farmers grow plants specifically for seed. “We have three local seed companies we’re involved…

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