Although no hard numbers have been determined as yet regarding the potential cost to homeowners resulting from the soon to be finalized septic re-inspection program, Chief Building Official Jeremy Neven stressed the fact that if a system fails it will definitely have to be replaced.
Neven made the statement when pressed by Councilor Brent Cameron, who reiterated his long time concern about affordability issues for low-income residents whose systems fail.
“I just want to make sure that when you are recommending that staff include associated costs in the committee’s report, that staff will also be looking into possible funding options that might be made available to help those who can't afford to replace their systems,” said Cameron
Neven recommended that township staff prepare a draft licensing by-law for septic pumpers and haulers with associated schedules, along with a draft of a proposed reporting format.
A communication plan to inform the public and receive their input on the proposed program is also recommended. Council also instructed the septic re-inspection committee to investigate all associated costs and implementation requirements before bringing the plan back to council.
Bud Clayton dedication
Mayor Frances Smith made council and guests aware of an upcoming special events day hosted by the Township of North Frontenac, which will take place on August 22 at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna. The event will include a memorial dedication to former North Frontenac mayor and county warden, Bud Clayton, who passed away last year.
New building inspector in CF
Council passed a motion appointing Scott Richardson as a township building inspector. Richardson will be undertaking the role in an “as needed basis” as defined under the agreement between North and Central Frontenac's Shared Building Services Department. Under that same agreement, Jeremy Neven has been appointed chief building official for both townships.
New load restrictions on the Oclean Lane bridge
In the wake of Raymo Road bridge collapse, council passed a motion limiting the maximum load on a little used bridge near Tichborne. The maximum load has been limited to 5 tonnes per axle with a maximum of three axles.
New Stop Signs
Council supported a request by Public Works Coordinator Kyle Labbett to install a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Anderson Road North and Old Anderson Road in Crow Lake. A second stop sign was approved and will be installed at the exit of the Recreation Park in Arden where that road exits at Queen and Bridge streets.
Full time position approved for public works staff
Council passed a motion recommended by Kyle Labbett to change one public works staff's position from a part-time contract position to a full-time one. Labbett said that the increase would enable staff to “maintain their expected level of service” and would “allow for continuous and ongoing maintenance in specific areas while also balancing out the work force at the township’s two garages.”
Procurement Policy tabled
Councilor Victor Heese raised concerns about approving council’s new procurement policy as prepared by treasurer J. Michael McGovern. Heese cited his reasoning as “not because I am opposed to the by-law, but rather, that it needs some clarification.”
Because council currently has no CAO, Heese sees a need to have the wording made more precise so there is no confusion. Council tabled the by-law, giving staff more time to fine tune it.
Construction numbers up
In his report to council, CBO Jeremy Neven said this year is looking very good, with June's construction value numbers sitting at a robust $1,235,300, the best June in three years. Neven said that the numbers could continue to rise. The number of permits issued in June was 17, which matches last year’s total. So far this year, permits for eight new residential units have been taken out.
Upcoming Hazardous Waste Day - Saturday, July 18
Staff and members of council will be running a free household hazardous waste day at the intersection of Road 38 and Highway 7 on Saturday, July 18 from 9a.m. – 2p.m. Residents are encouraged to drop off all of their hazardous waste so that it can be safely disposed of.
Anne Marie Young, Manager of Sustainability at the County of Frontenac, outlined for council the county's 150th celebrations that will be taking place at Harrowsmith's Centennial Park on the weekend of August 28, 29 and 30. Organizers have been planning the event for the last four years and events will include a plowing match, parades, live music, historical displays, numerous food and craft vendors, a costume ball, various fun activities for children of all ages, magic shows, a full midway with Ferris wheel and carousel and more.
A-60 person re-enactment crew will be firing off cannons and re-enacting a number of historic battle scenes over the three-day weekend event. Organizers are encouraging visitors to bring along family and friends for what will be one very special summer weekend to remember.
Arden residents took advantage of council meeting at their hall and three delegations were made by local residents. They included a presentation by Wanda Harrison, chair of the District 1 Recreation Committee, who outlined the programs they offer and their hopes for the future.
A second presentation was made by Peggy Breihaupt, who spoke on behalf of the Arden Seniors Happy Gang about their programming, and a final presentation was made by Terry Kennedy of the Friends of Arden group, who spoke of the group’s history and their many accomplishments since they formed.
Following the delegations, council and attendees were treated to a delicious dinner courtesy of the Friends of Arden and the Arden volunteer firefighters.
A total of 13 locations opened their doors to curious history buffs at the special Doors Open event, which took place on June 13 to celebrate 150 years in Frontenac County.
At the Railway Heritage Park in Sharbot Lake, members of the Central Frontenac Railway Heritage Society greeted visitors to the caboose, which offers visual and written information about the area’s unique railway history. They served guests lunch and refreshments and want to get the word out that they are looking for new members and volunteers to assist them with their many ongoing projects. For information please call 613-279-2777
At the Bradshaw Schoolhouse near Tichborne, guests had a chance to meet former teachers and their relatives at the quaint and lovingly preserved one-room schoolhouse where Richard Webster greeted guests. Visitors included Marilyn Meeks, who supply taught at the school for one year in the late 1960s, filling in for a teacher taking maternity leave. She remembers the school with fondness and recalled how the older students assisted the teachers by minding the younger students while the teacher did her best to cover school curriculum for all ages. Also visiting was Daniel Hayes, whose grandmother Daisy (Margaret) Hayes taught at the school between 1916 and 1919, prior to marrying Edward Hayes, who at the time was a telegraph operator at the CP Station in Tichborne. Daisy trained as a teacher at Sharbot Lake's Normal School (teachers’ college) prior to taking the post at Bradshaw.
Other locations included in the Doors Open event included sites in and around North, Central, and South Frontenac and the Islands.
Close to 30 youngsters attended the annual Easter Party on April 4 at the Kennebec hall in Arden. The event was organized by members of the Kennebec Recreation Committee, who had their Easter ears on especially for the event. The children, who were accompanied by their parents, enjoyed a free lunch and home made cookies and chocolate cupcakes and took part in a number of games including bean bag toss, Crokinole and more. Numerous Easter themed craft activities that included beading, bracelet making, and a special party bag craft were enjoyed by the youngsters. Wanda Harrison, chair of the Kennebec Recreation Committee, said that the annual event encourages members of the community to “come out on the holiday weekend, meet and socialize with one another while giving us a chance to do meet them as well.” Ten volunteers helped put on the event that continues to be a highlight of the holiday weekend for young and old alike.
Empty Bowls, the quarter-century-old fundraiser that started up in Michigan as a grass roots organization, was founded with the goal of fighting hunger through the sale of hand-made pottery bowls. It has been uniting potters in communities all over the world since 1990.
Begun by Michigan teacher John Hartom and his wife Lisa Blackburn as a way to support a local food drive, the group made pottery bowls and served a soup and bread lunch in them. Following the meal, diners were invited to keep the bowl for a donation.
Since its inception the Empty Bowls event continues to take place today all across Canada and the US as well as in 12 other countries around the world. To date it has raised millions of dollars for various hunger fighting organizations.
In 2002 Perth area potter Jackie Seaton brought Empty Bowls to eastern Ontario. He is remembered here with the words he used to describe what Empty Bowls meant to him. “Food scarcity means not just a scarcity of calories but a scarcity of the life-affirming joys that good food provides. Empty Bowls reminds us all never to take food for granted but to celebrate and share what we have.”
Local potters will be carrying on the Empty Bowls tradition at this year’s Frontenac Heritage Festival at two separate locations. In Arden, potters Joanne Pickett, Aileen Merriam, Diane Nicholson and myself (Julie Druker), will have a wide variety of handmade bowls available for a $15 donation. Soup and chili will be provided by volunteers from the local community. The Arden event will take place at the Kennebec hall on Sat. Feb. 14 from 10:30am –4pm.
In Sharbot Lake, potter Johanna Jansen will be heading up the Empty Bowls event there and will be offering up bowls created by herself and Long Lake potters Tracy Bamford and Sharon Matthews of Water's Edge Pottery, and Dawn Burnham of Maberly. The Sharbot Lake Empty Bowls fundraiser will be included as part of the Frontenac Heritage Festival craft show, which takes place at St. James Major Catholic hall on Sat. Feb. 14 from 10am - 4pm and on Sunday, February 15 from noon until 4pm. All of the proceeds from both events will be donated to the North Frontenac Food Bank located in Sharbot Lake.
A number of the professional staff members of the up and coming website Fisherman.ca spent three days braving some cold weather on local lakes last week. They were fishing and filming on Kennebec, Big Gull and Sharbot Lake, among others, with a camera crew in tow, preparing a series of videos that will debut on their site and on the Youtube channel FisherManCanada starting in early February.
“This is a hugely attractive part of the country for fishing, said Fisherman.ca founder Brian Ineson after spending time on the lakes, “and the fishing, as you will see in the videos, is particularly good around here. Of course it helps that we have some experts along for the ride.”
Ineson was referring to the fact that he brought along some of the site's pro staff contributors with him, and they were hosted by the local member of the Fisherman.ca team, Cezar Spirala of Springwood Cottages on Kennebec Lake (located within 500 metres of the junction of Hwy. 7 and Henderson Road near Arden).
Springwood is one of the few lodges in the region that remain open year round, and Spirala's enthusiasm for fishing not only on Kennebec Lake but on all the lakes nearby became a catalyst for the rest of the Fisherman.ca crew to come to the Land O'Lakes.
The appeal of fishing for a new generation and for women is part of the theme of the videos that were being made in the Land O'Lakes, and Cezar Spirala's wife, Jola Nowakowska as well as a teenager from Arden, Christina Blackburn, who are avid fishing enthusiasts (are they fishermen? are they fishers? - we leave it to readers to settle the fishing gender question), were more concerned about catching fish than worrying about the cold.
The videos being filmed, which will be released as 10 - 20 minute episodes in the coming weeks, are designed to bring a higher profile to both the website and the Land O'Lakes region.
“It is all about creating a higher profile for the region as a destination for tourists, showing all that the Land O'Lakes has to offer, both in winter and in summer; that's what this is all about. When more people know about the fishing and everything else there is, the trails and the accommodations that are available, more people will come and enjoy it,” said Brian Ineson.
“There is really great fishing on these lakes, and you will see that in the videos” said Cezar Spirala,
Aside from showing the surrounding area and the ice huts and equipment that was supplied by the supplier Rapala for promotional considerations, the filming also included underwater video of fish by virtue of some fancy tracking equipment that fisherman.ca has acquired.
“Land of Lakes was a great adventure and we plan on coming back soon,” said Brian Ineson. He added that a spring visit to film future episodes is a distinct possibility.
It might be difficult to find an unlocked car in Central Frontenac this week, certainly on major roads.
Sometime overnight on Saturday night, Nov. 15, thieves rifled through cars parked on the road and in driveways all through Tichborne, opening unlocked doors, unlocking trunks from inside and rifling through to grab whatever of value they could find - cash, credit cards, cameras, etc.
Reports suggest that the same thing happened in other communities, including Mountain Grove, Arden, and Tamworth. The Ontario Provincial Police have been investigating, but because of some sensitive items that have been reported stolen, they have not yet put out a media release confirming the number of victims and their locations.
One resident of Tichborne said, “We keep - that is, kept - our car door unlocked, leaving the key inside. I guess that's because we trust our neighbours,” adding that they only lost some loose change and an empty computer case from their car. “But it does make you feel uneasy to think someone would go through your car right at your house while you are asleep just inside the walls.”
More information will be released as it comes in.
The three-year-old tradition of raising funds to send local kids to camp continued at Arden's Circle Square Ranch on October 19. Over 20 riders saddled up to participate in the ranch's third annual Ride-a-thon, an event whose goal is to raise funds to subsidize children who might not otherwise have a chance to attend summer camp.
The fundraiser was started by Dwayne and Cindy Matson, former directors at the ranch for the past five years, who this September were forced to step down due to Dwayne's health issues. The couple have since passed the reins over to Anne and Andrew Douglas, the ranch’s new co-executive directors, who took the helm in September. The Douglases decided to continue the tradition of the Ride-a-thon and it was their first fundraiser in their new positions.
The Circle Square Ranch runs in the summer months as a Christian faith-based sleepover camp for children ages 6-18 and in the other months it runs as a retreat centre for any groups and organizations looking for a peaceful place to gather. The ranch, which is spread over 300 scenic acres, offers horseback riding, a high ropes course, a waterfront beach area, plus all of the usual camp activities. The summer camp offers a unique wilderness camping experience to children from all kind of socio-economic and non-faith or faith-based backgrounds. Proceeds from the Ride-a-thon fundraiser help to subsidize children from higher risk backgrounds, who would not be able to afford to attend the camp, by offering them camper scholarships.
“Children who might not otherwise get a chance to experience nature, swim in a lake or ride horses are able to get a week-long camping experience here, which for many can be a very transformative experience”, said Anne Douglas. Andy Douglas spoke of one camper who attended the camp through a scholarship in the past, a youngster who had serious health issues and had been in and out of the hospital for over nine years. However, she wanted to experience camp for the first time. “She really thrived when she was here; it was an incredibly positive experience for her and was amazing to see,” Andrew said.
Anne spoke highly of the ranch’s summer camp staff. “We have a phenomenal staff here, kids who teach the campers a number of skills and who also mentor them. Leadership building is also a main focus and we have a Leaders In Training program for older campers as well.”
On October 2 a small group of tree lovers gathered at the Recreation Park in Arden for a special tree planting event in conjunction with the fourth annual National Tree Day. National Tree Day, which this year was on Sept. 24, aims to celebrate the benefits that trees provide for Canadians, namely clean air, wildlife habitats, reducing energy demands and connecting Canadians with nature.
At the recreation park, members of the Friends of the Salmon River and The Friends of Arden groups joined representatives from Home Hardware in Napanee and Tree Canada to plant four large 15 foot trees. The planting is one of many projects that the Friends of Arden have carried out in their efforts over the last few years to rejuvenate the hamlet of Arden. The event came about when Susan Moore, a member of the Friends of the Salmon River, approached the Arden group, making them aware that every year Napanee Home Hardware through a partnership with Tree Canada donates some of their end of the season tree stock to help celebrate Tree Day. Four trees - two red oaks and two sugar maples - were donated to the Arden group and six more were donated to the Friends of the Salmon River and planted in Tamworth.
Terry Kennedy, a member of the Friends of Arden, said his group was eager to be part of the event and was grateful for the support both of the township who gave permission to plant the trees on township property and to the Matson family of Arden who donated their backhoe to dig the holes for the trees.
Also present at the planting were Aaron and Marsha Beebe, owners of the Napanee Home Hardware (located on the 401 at Napanee) who in partnership with Tree Canada are able to apply each year for trees to donate to area groups. Marsha said she was thrilled to be approached this year by Susan Moore, who requested the trees. “It's so nice to have people who really cherish and appreciate the trees and who will take good care of them”, she said.
Also present was Dan Baker, a representative of Tree Canada, an organization that for over 20 years has “engaged Canadian communities, governments, corporations, and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment by providing education, technical expertise, and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees.” To date Tree Canada has planted close to 80 million trees in more than 550 school yards across the country. The total value of the Arden trees is estimated at between $1600-$2000.
Laughter and smiles were shared at the Arden Seniors Happy Gang fundraiser, which took place at the Kennebec hall in Arden on July 26. The annual event is the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year and it included a community garage sale, craft and art market, an outdoor barbeque and a silent auction with a wide variety of items donated by members of the seniors group.
Jack Patterson has been the president of the group for the last 11 years and this year the group boasts 75 members. The fundraiser, which on average raises close to $3,000 a year, allows the group to continue to support numerous groups and organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Alzheimer's Society, and Leukemia research, as well as Land O'Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove and the Central Frontenac fire station in Kennebec.
The group also supports Northern Frontenac Community Services, the local snowsuit and hamper funds, the local swim program and the local food bank. Any remaining funds are used to put on a special Christmas dinner for the group.
Close to 300 people attended this year’s summer sale, making for another successful year. Patterson said the goal of the group is not only to provide a social venue for the seniors in the area but is also a way for seniors in the community to keep on eye on local happenings and issues that are of concern to them. “We often make special requests to our local council for things that concern us and, as one example, we have been able to acquire air conditioning for the hall here.”
The group meets regularly on the first Tuesday of the month at the Kennebec hall in Arden at 11 a.m. and Patterson encourages anyone over 50 who is interested to come out to sample a meeting. “We have an hour-long business meeting and then we enjoy a nice potluck lunch. It's a lot of fun and you can bet to hear a number of pretty good jokes.” The meetings are a great way for seniors in the community to get together, share a meal and offer support to numerous worthy causes in and around the community.
Those who may have missed the 7th annual Garden Party and Open Studio event in Arden on June 28, have no fear. A talented trio of Arden artisans are open for business all summer long (and throughout the year with certain exceptions) and they all love to welcome visitors to their picturesque showrooms and studio spaces.
The trio of Arden artists are painter Judith Versavel of Gallery on the Bay, potter Joanne Pickett of Arden Pottery and Sarah Hale of Arden Batik. The artists enjoy receiving visitors into their creative spaces, educating them about the work they do and showing them around the studios where they create their unique work.
Sarah Hale has been making art using the wax-resist technique, batik, for over 40 years and opened her studio decades ago. Hale's colorful artworks focus primarily on local natural landscape and wildlife and her recent new works include subjects inspired by a trip to Columbia where she attended the annual Carnival festival. She also creates themed pieces for special events. In her studio she stocks other unique Ontario crafts as well a number of fair trade gift items from around the globe.
Judith Versavel is a multi-media artist who offers up a wide variety of creative works in various mediums at her lakefront home studio. Painting is Judith's primary focus and her subject matter includes landscapes, local buildings, still lifes and portraits. Judith stocks a wide selection of her own cards as well as her own line of jewelry and also stocks a variety of art and craft items made by other local artists, including woodturned objects, photography and posters.
Potter Joanne Pickett has been making wheel-thrown functional stoneware and decorative pottery for decades and her beautiful home front showroom is a testament to her prowess as a master potter. She offers up a wide array of highly functional home and kitchen items including mugs, bowls, vases, serving dishes and much more. Her forms are precise, pleasing and decorative, lovely to hold and use and come in a wide of variety of high-fired glaze finishes. Joanne does not limit her talents to the wheel; she also enjoys venturing into the sculptural realm of her medium and creates intriguing pieces to decorate the garden and other outdoor spaces.
Art lovers seeking that perfect, unique, hand-crafted gift should look no further than Arden.
Arden Batik is located at 1029 Elm Tree Road (phone 613-335-2073), Arden Pottery, 1040 Big Clear Lane (613-335-2763) and Gallery on the Bay, 1010 Willett Lane (613-335-2032). The studios are open regular business hours throughout the summer, and all year long with other specified hours but to be sure, call in advance.