Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:40

OPP Reports

Fatal Snowmobile Collision
On December 16 at 12:10am officers from the Central Hastings Detachmentwere dispatched to a single snowmobile accident that occurred on Elzevir Road in the Municipality of Tweed. The driver was eastbound on Elzevir Road when it left the roadway and collided with a tree.

The male driver of the snowmobile, 34 years old Adam Connoly of Addington Highlands Township was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators was called to the scene and the investigation is continuing.

OPP – Ice Fisherman Located Deceased
On Saturday December 16 at 9pm,=, members of the Lanark County detachment responded to an overdue person call on Bennett Lake in Tay Valley Township.

Police responded after receiving information that a male had been ice fishing on the lake and did not return home on his ATV. His family observed a large hole on the ice surface and became concerned that he had fallen through the ice. Lanark County OPP members attended to search for the male with the assistance of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit

Elmer Abercrombie age 80 of Tay Valley Township was located deceased. It was determined that Mr. Abercrombie had been travelling on the lake ice earlier in the day with his ATV and fell through.

If any person has further information in regards to this matter they are asked to please call 1-888-310-1122

Break and enter in Inverary
On December, the Frontenac Detachment responded to a break and enter that occurred at a residence near the area of Round Lake Road and Latimer Road.

Sometime that day, between the 10am and 2pm, unknown person(s) entered into the residence. Entry was forced through a basement window and several items such as jewelry and electronic dev ices were stolen from the residence. The homeowners arrived to find their front door open and immediately called police.

The OPP are seeking the assistance of the public that may have observed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of Inverary at that time to contact the Frontenac OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122. Contact: Provincial Constable Roop Sandhu 613-532-0247 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in General Interest

Councillor Amanda Pulker-Mok will carry the Ontario Liberal Banner in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston in the upcoming provincial election.

“We are all very happy Amanda has stepped forward,” said local Liberal Association president David Campbell. “Amanda will be a tremendous representative for our riding at Queen’s Park and we are looking forward to doing all we can to help Amanda win the election this spring. Our communities need a Liberal MPP who will focus on building a fairer and better society for everyone.”

In the meantime, Amanda Pulker-Mok will continue to carry out the duties and obligations that come with being a Councillor in Mississippi Mills until the Provincial election campaign begins.

The riding association will host a nomination meeting tonight at the Perth Lions Club, 50 Arthur Street.

Published in General Interest
Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:26

Country Music by Joey Wright

Country Music by Joey Wright

review by Martina Field

It was a relatively warm early November evening (Nov. 12) when the Cardinal Cafe started to fill with people in anticipation of Elphin resident Joey Wright’s CD release concert. The ambiance was set by the lovely candle-lit room, which made the atmosphere of the renovated church/cafe even more warm and relaxed.

Joey’s new album is called Country Music and on that night, except for a couple of tunes from his earlier albums, and two of Jenny Whiteley’s, he played mostly from it. Wright’s last solo album ‘Hatch’ was a break with tradition from his first two, which were mostly fast paced blue/new grass instrumental records. In Country Music, this departure continues. In fact, the only instrumental tracks on this album are two quite beautiful Interludes, that only last a few seconds. The rest have lyrics, written by Joey with the exception of a wonderfully slowed down version of Bob Wills’ Faded Love.

The title track of the album, Country Music, has the familiarity of a rich old country song from an era gone by, so much so, that at first I mistook it for a cover version of an older country song. In fact, it was jointly penned by Wright and Jenny Whiteley, Joey’s partner in love and in life. Jenny joined him on stage, as did Dean Stone, Julian Brown and Mike Eckert.

There are a couple of pop sounding tunes on the album, including Nostalgia, and Black Hole. The first song on the record, Black Hole, like many of Joey’s songs, is open to interpretation. For me, within the chorus, there lies a metaphor for life, ‘I’m losing control, I can’t escape the gravity of this black hole’. I see the black hole as being the inevitability of our mortality. It is a given, it comes with being born; death is inescapable. I love that the music is so upbeat in this song despite the grave message. I also love that this is what I get from the song, where someone else may get another meaning, perhaps neither of us the one that was intended by Wright.

The second song on the album Eyes Looking Out, was the first Joey played at the concert, and he relayed how it was inspired by his grandfather who was a gunner in WWII. This song hearkens back to the dreamy tone of Hatch. The back up vocals on this song and many of the others are provided by Amy Millan and Jenny Whiteley. They are beautiful and ephemeral and sound sometimes like a whisper or an echo, and definitely add much in the way of texture to the music. They work perfectly with Joey’s rich, warm voice.

The synthesizers add texture as well, as do the horns, lap-steel, guitar and drums. Mountain Grove’s Jonas Bonetta co-produced and played synthesizer on this album, to good effect. The songs have a cohesion to one another and this glue is in good part due to the consistency of the vocals, instrumentation, (including the shimmering light touch of Wright’s mandolin and guitar), spare drumming and slow tempo. It is not at all over-produced; it is just right.

It is not only the sound and feel of this album which stand out, but also the tempo. Most of the tunes have a slowed pace or beat. They have rhythm alright, just everything seems slowed down. The over-all effect that this has on the listener, is that it seems to help calm the heart rate and remind one to breathe. This notion is punctuated by the second to last song on the record called, Time Stands Still, in which it almost seems that Wright slows time to a halt … at least for a second.

The song Meteor also stands out, not only for it’s fine rhythms, but because of the way it tells a story of a love or friendship losing its lustre, ‘making a stone out of a gem’, while looking through a rear view mirror of sorts ... ‘the sky is getting clearer, I’m looking back in time and leaving a trail behind’.

Our Love Moved Out to the Country is a love song that also plays like a story book. It’s simple and honest, saying that ‘love is the essence of the soul/pure as the tears of a child/you make me want grow old/you’re still going to drive me wild’. And, ‘when we talk I feel better/this mean old world turns into joy/my thoughts turn into love letters/I feel like a teenage boy’. We all might like to hear these emotions from our loved one.

Looking back in time, and grappling with memories figure thematically in many of these songs. In Nostalgia the chorus begins ‘I’m going down/where memories can always be found’. And, in Jodi, the lyric, ‘How can I be set free from memories/I’m stuck in memories’ ends the song. This, the last track of the album, has become one of my favourites. On Jodi, the piano and vocal hold such emotion. It draws you in to its world, and when it ends, I am, like the crowd on that evening at the end of the concert, left longing for more.

Joey Wright’s words paint pictures and tell stories. His music is original, and calms the soul. His own particular style is emerging, and I can’t wait to hear what he does next. 

Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY

Drug search warrant executed at residence in Central Frontenac

(Central Frontenac) On August 25, 2016 police executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act search warrant at a residence in Central Frontenac Township. At the residential property officers located a marihuana grow operation. Additionally, an illegally possessed firearm and ammunition were seized. A 42 year-old male, a 39 year-old female and a 15 year-old young person face charges of unlawful possession of marihuana, production of marihuana and unlawful possession of a firearm. The male adult, who also faces an additional charge of uttering a threat to damage property, was held in custody pending the outcome a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on August 29. The 39-year-old female and 15 year-old young person were released from custody and will be summoned to court at a later date. The potential street value yield of the seized marihuana is estimated at $10,000. The identity of the accused adults will not be released to protect the identity of the accused young person. The name of the young person will not be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

The OPP would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activities to their local police service. Anonymous information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

OPP Locate Missing Woman

(Lanark) On August 25, Lanark County OPP, supported by members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine Officers and the Aerial Support unit, located a missing woman in the Township of Lanark Highlands. The 25-year-old woman from the Toronto area was last seen at about 7am on August 25. Police were called to a location near McDonalds Corners Road at 11:45am and the woman was located in bush area at about 4.22pm. She was safely assisted from the area by the ERT members.

Published in CENTRAL FRONTENAC
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:37

Tay Valley Choir

If you want to have some fun, meet new friends and make beautiful music with others, then the Tay Valley Community Choir may be the place for you. The choir meets on Monday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm alternating between the Maberly Hall and Lanark Lodge.

An eclectic repertoire, lovely four part harmonies and warm, old-fashioned country-style concerts are the hallmark of this choir. Christmas and spring concerts and visits to local senior homes are already planned.

The choir is delighted to have the leadership team of Rebecca Worden, director and Mary Lou Carroll, accompanist, return again this year. Music for the term has been chosen so all is ready to begin on September 12th at the Maberly Hall.

To join the Tay Valley Community Choir, register at the Tay Valley Township office or at www.tayvalleytwp.ca. Registration is $50 per session however Early Bird registration (by September 6) is $40 for the fall term or $75 for the fall and spring term. For further information, contact Rebecca Worden at 613-264-1458.

No audition is required. It is not essential to be able to read music though it is helpful. What is essential is to love to sing.

Published in Lanark County

For those looking for a fun way to celebrate this upcoming Valentine's Day, the Larocque, Noonan and Hill families are putting on a fundraiser for a much loved family member in need of a liver transplant. The family member, who has been ill and unable to work, has been on a transplant list for years but a match has not been found for her. She is now hoping that a family member currently undergoing testing will be able to be a live liver donor. In an effort to help her with future medical expenses the three families have prepared a special Valentine's Day Dance fundraiser that will take place on February 14 from 8pm - 1am at the Timber Run Golf Club and Banquet Hall in Lanark. The event will include live music by beloved local rockers, the Feral Five, Perth DJ Larry Barr, and both a silent and very entertaining live auction courtesy of auctioneer Dean Tryon. Live auction items will include a new laptop computer, a Holiday Inn and Wine Tour package, four front row Sens tickets for their February 21 game, a four-course dinner for six prepared in your home by famed chef Dennis Larocque, three full cords of wood, numerous gift certificates and much more. Hot pizza will be served throughout the evening and a free shuttle service is also available for those traveling within 25 km. of Lanark. Tickets are $20 and are available in Sharbot Lake at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn or from Dennis and Donna Larocque (613-279-2623); in Perth at Fall River Fashion and Perth Motors; and in Lanark village at The Lanark Landing. Don't miss the opportunity for both Valentine's Day fun and fundraising. The Timber Run Golf Club and Banquet Hall is a gorgeous venue and is located at 154 Caldwell Street in Lanark.

Published in Lanark County