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Back to HomeFeature Article - June 11, 2009 South Frontenac Council June 16/09By Wilma Kenny

South Frontenac "Volunteers of the Year"

South Frontenac Township took the time before their regular council meeting this week to honour their volunteers of the year.

Last year only three people were given the honour, but the township made up for it this year by honouring six.

SHEILA ANTHONY – As a Girl Guide leader for 15 years, Sheila Anthony has taken on many roles. She has been a group leader for Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides and Pathfinders, and has been heavily involved in camps.

Her day job as a teacher is quite hectic, but she has found time to serve on the Harrowsmith Public School Parent Council for 8 years.

Three years ago she joined the S&A club executive and has thrown herself into club activities, and last year she joined the St. Paul’s United Church choir.

She is a very dedicated community volunteer.

RONALD MATTEY – Ron Mattey was a founder of the Buck Lake Community Watch in 1997, and he is currently serving as chair.

He also gives seminars on home protection and is the chair of the Perth Road Alliance Community Watch.

He also has been a lead volunteer for the OPP biennial telephone survey and volunteers every month with the Kingston Regional Seniors Association.

He does work for the visually impaired and he also has an artistic bent. He is involved in a writers’ group and is a wood carving instructor.

He also donated his time and skills working on repair and renovations to the Perth Road Community Hall.

Each year he works hard on the Buck Lake Boatilla, and has been instrumental in raising funds ($26,000 to date) to send handicapped children to the Easter Seals Camp Merrywood.

BEV MCNEILL – The former post-mistress of the Sydenham Post Office, Bev McNeill has been a stalwart on the Board of Rural VISIONS (Southern Frontenac Community Services) where she is a keen fundraiser. She has also been involved with the Loughborough Christmas and Emergency Relief Committee for more than 20 years. Years ago she helped bring playground equipment to Loughborough Public School, was a Brownie leader, and helped with yard sales at St. Paul’s United Church.

At Rural VISIONS, Bev volunteers answering phones, and is skilled at assessing needs and providing a compassionate voice to callers.

TRACY HOLLAND – Sports are important to Tracy Holland, kids’ sports, particularly soccer and hockey.

She is active with the Frontenac Soccer Association, where she has coached for more than 10 years, and attained a competitive Level 3 certificate. She has worked hard mentoring new soccer coaches, and eight years ago she joined the FSA executive. Her leadership has helped bring soccer membership to over 900.

She has also spent eight years as a member of the executive of the North Frontenac Minor Soccer Association, and has organized ball hockey tournaments at Loughbrough to raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

BILL AND KATHY LAKE: A special award was given this year to a power couple, Bill & Kathy Lake.

Bill was involved in school board politics in the 1960s, serving as a trustee and helping bring a new school to Storrington. With five boys, Bill and Kathy got involved in hockey and softball. Bill coached while Kathy handled the scoreboard. Kathy has belonged to the Parent Teacher Association, Women’s Institute, United Church, TOPs, and the ladies’ bowling club.

The Lake home has been opened up to help a family who lost their home to a fire and others.

In 1995 Kathy worked on the Tulip tribute that was commissioned by the federal government, and helped design the Storrington and South Frontenac logos.

Bill and Kathy work on the community flower bed at Sand Hill and helped with the new kitchen at the church hall in Battersea.

Word has gotten out that if you ask one of them to help, the other one would join in – like getting a two for one special.

A Legal Point

At the June 2nd meeting, Council held a second public meeting on the Gordon application for rezoning at the corner of Sydenham and Rutledge Roads, because one of the neighbouring property owners had been left off the notification list for the first meeting. At the time of the first public meeting, Council had not passed a third reading, because several studies on the property were incomplete. Someone raised the question of whether or not the first and second readings of the by-law, which had been passed at the first meeting, would have to be rescinded as new information became available. CAO Burns reported that the township solicitor hadconfirmed that this would be unnecessary, as changes to the original by-law could still be made prior to approval of the third reading.

Greater Kingston SYDENHAM Triatholn/Duathlon

The Sydenham boat ramp, several streets and a lane of Rutledge Road will be closed on the day of the event on Sunday July 5.

Mark Segsworth said the event organizers are very pleased with the Point as a setting for the event.

Township's Small Trucks: What Colour?

Paint colour is an issue in regard to cost and delivery time of township trucks. Works Manager Segsworth recommended ordering black trucks, as black is a standard colour, so will be cheaper, and delivered more quickly. Ron Vandewal likes orange trucks for both safety and high visibility. Del Stowe agreed that the visibility of orange may serve as a deterrent for misuse of township vehicles. Councilors Fillion and York agreed. A motion to have small trucks black was unanimously defeated. They will remain Omaha Orange.

Staff Commended

Gord Burns noted that Ann Marie Young of Frontenac County staff worked until10 pm to complete the grant application for library funding in time for the very tight deadline. Mark Segsworth said David Holliday had likewise done excellent work on the roads and bridges applications. Mikw Howe, of the Loughborough Recreation Committee thanked Angela Maddocks for her hard work in making the volunteer appreciation ceremony a success.

Who Can Use the Dump?

Councillor Vandewal asked that there be clarification of the issue of appropriate ID for use of township landfill sites by residents. This will be discussed at the next meeting.

Tree Sale

Councillor York commended Del Stowe and the Environmental Committee for a very successful sale this year: the trees were considerably larger, andwell received.

Thanks to Fire Department

The Ryckman family sent a letter to Fire Chief Cheseborough, thanking his firefighters for having saved their granddaughter's life with their training, expertise and quick response.

Sydenham Water Open House

There will be an open house next Tuesday 6:30pm at the township hall, to provide updated information about the Sydenham Water project. A Committee of the Whole meeting will follow, to discuss sustainability issues and criteria for reducing speed limits.

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