A service club in Frontenac County is asking for the gift of hope this Christmas.
“Storrington Lions Club has been working hard to revitalize its community hall in Sunbury,” says John Beskers, President of Storrington Lions Club. “Working with very little money, we have accomplished a great deal and have now started the second phase of repairs to the hall. We are asking residents to share the gift of hope this holiday season by making a donation to the Lions Club to save the Storrington Lions Hall.”
Operated by a small group of volunteers, the hall is a central meeting place for dozens of community groups. It is a polling station, blood donor clinic and gathering place for residents to celebrate engagements, marriages and birthdays.
“We’re here as a service,” Beskers explains softly about the club and the hall. “We help people by providing an affordable and convenient space to learn, connect and celebrate life.”
Located in the heart of Frontenac County, the hall is a major part of the community. Volunteers have been working to revitalize it for more than a year despite a major setback in August when a $5,000 air conditioning unit was vandalized for a couple hundred dollars’ worth of copper coil.
“The sides were left in place. The robbers basically just cut everything and took the coil,” confirms Beskers who discovered the broken equipment while hosting a youth dance. “It was a major setback for the club, but we persevered.”
According to Beskers, volunteers have spent the last year upgrading the bathrooms, infrastructure and exterior.
The club estimates it could use another $50,000 to complete all of the renovations and upgrades needed for its sustainability.
“We have also been busy with our paint brushes inside the hall and have now moved into phase two which is an urgent upgrade of our bar area and kitchen,” he explains. “Most people have enough socks and ties. Please give the gift of hope this holiday season by donating to Storrington Lions Hall. What better way to achieve peace, love and joy than investing in our community.”
To help Storrington Lions Club save its community hall, donations are gratefully accepted through the mail at 2992 Princess Road; Inverary ON K0H 1X0 or on the club’s electronic fundraising page Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/dzyxmr7y
Don Bates drove the Official Pace Car of Canada Day at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith.
Franny & Beebs, hosts of the popular YouTube/Facebook phenomenon In the Breezeway, showed up all the way from Cobourg to be in the parade and headline the show at Oso Beach.
Patriotic Flag Wavers signing O Canada, on top of the lookout between Palmerston and Canonto Lakes in North Frontenac!
Preparing the cookie decorating table (Sunbury)
Although rain put the damper on half of Maberly’s Pie in the Sky event, Anne Thomlison, Mary Lou Pospisil, Sue Munro and Marlene Ambler presided over the sale featuring “at least 100” (Photos - Craig Bakay and Wilma Kenny)
South Frontenac’s enormous new “fire house” made its first appearance at Gerald Ball Park in Sunbury on Canada Day. This inflatable play structure is not a bouncy castle, but a means of helping teach fire safety to children. It’s based in the theory that no child is too young to begin learning awareness of fire hazards. Inside, there are three rooms: a kitchen, a living room, and the treat at the end, a ramp up to a window to jump out of.
The ‘house' is wheelchair accessible. Inside each of the main rooms, there are posters and firemen to explain some of the basic fire safety information related to potential household fire hazards: cooking, candles, fireplaces and cook stoves. They also explain proper use of fire extinguishers: one is prominently displayed in the ‘kitchen’.
This is the only structure of its kind east of Whitby, and will be available for display at local festivals and other outdoor events. Only four firefighters are necessary to set it up and operate it.
The bright red house came from the States, and cost over $10,000 US. Storrington Firefighters Association came up with the idea and raised most of the money, helped by donations from the Perth Road Firemen's Association and Kingston Association No2 (Glenburnie.) Firefighter Suzanne Quenneville, who took me through the house, and who did the bookkeeping for the project, said the fluctuating Canada/US exchange rates gave her some sleepless nights between making the down payment, and the final payment when the custom-built structure was ready for delivery.
While the kids played games, adults took the opportunity to visit at events throughout the region on a Canada Day where the rain held off, for the most part. The oddest event this year was certainly the best legs contest for men at Harrowsmith. Top left - waiting to get into the bouncey castle at Centennial Park (Harrowsmith) - top middle - Cooking up a storm at Gerald Ball Park (Sunbury) - top right, riding the Water Slide at the Point Park in Sydenham, and bottom right, the 2017 150th anniversary committee already promoting their plans for next year at the beach in Sharbot Lake
A landmark in South Frontenac Township is in jeopardy of falling into disrepair if it doesn’t receive a life-saving injection of support.
Located in Sunbury, the Storrington Lions Club needs to upgrade the washrooms, heating system and wheelchair ramp in its community hall. Considered the heart of the community, the Storrington Lions Club Hall is showing its age after hundreds of functions such as election polls, blood donor clinics, hunter safety training, youth dances, weddings and celebrations of life.
The hall has been the centrepiece of the community for more than 45 years. It is owned and operated by the Storrington Lions Club, a popular organization that uses its resources to improve the quality-of-life for residents in Battersea, Sunbury and Inverary.
Attached to a historic limestone building known as Limestone School, the hall was enlarged in the 1970s to include a kitchen, washrooms, bar and stage area. The expansion and a roadside sign were constructed with help from the community.
Grateful for the community’s past financial assistance, the club finds itself in a situation where renovations exceed resources. The club hopes to inspire support for the hall again.
“The Storrington Lions Club Hall has been deteriorating over the last few years and is in desperate need of revitalization,” says Bob Bertrand, President of Storrington Lions Club which has served the community since 1971. “If we don’t revitalize the hall, we could lose this vital part of our community. This would be a tragedy because we will not have an affordable or convenient place for local families to gather.”
The club has set a fundraising goal of $75,000 to complete the first phase of improvements to accessibility, amenities and aesthetics. Members are holding a fundraiser at the hall (a classic country OPEN STAGE) on June 26 from 1 to 4 pm. General donations can be made to the club’s Go Fund Me page and in collection jars at Ormsbee’s Mercantile and Sunbury General Store.
“We want to make the hall great again,” exclaims President Bertrand. “To do this, we need residents to remember the time they spent here and appreciate the value of this facility. It’s been an honour for the Lions Club to serve the community. We need the community to help us now.”
“I think it’s important to save the hall because it’s the focal point of the community,” says Ron Sleeth, Storrington District Councillor with South Frontenac Township.
“It’s the only facility around that is capable of holding a major event. We need to help revitalize the hall the way the Lions Club has helped our community through benefits for families touched by tragedy such as house fires and illness. It’s time for our community to give back,” he says.
“We need to save our hall.”
The Frontenac OPP have partnered with the local community agencies, including the Township of South Frontenac, Southern Frontenac Community Services, the KFL&A's Health Unit, Kingston Community Legal Clinic and Rural Kingston Family Health Organization to create the committee known as Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, or S.A.L.T.
The committee's focus is aimed at seniors living in the Township of South Frontenac, and their goal is to increase seniors' communication with the local police and other service agencies. The committee will provide support and information to seniors in South Frontenac, with the aim of improving their safety and overall well-being.
The committee launched their first safety information session on April 19. Presentations were held in Sunbury, Verona and Sydenham and attracted seniors from across the township.
The free sessions were comprised of three presentations: Keeping Healthy, Falls Prevention and Scams and Frauds.
The first was delivered by two registered nurses: Meredith Prikker from the Sydenham Medical Clinic, and Annie Campbell from the Verona Medical Clinic, both of whom specialize in the management of chronic diseases with the goal of keeping seniors living at home longer.
They covered numerous health-related issues, like medication reconciliation, tips to avoid medication mistakes, advanced care planning, and creating a coordinated care plan. They informed guests about two free self-management workshops on the topics of Living Well with Chronic Disease, which runs from April 20 to May 25, and a second workshop in the fall on Living Well with Chronic Pain, with dates to be announced.
Rhonda Lovell, a registered nurse with KFL&A Public Health, gave the second presentation on Falls Prevention. She spoke about the leading fall risks to seniors, how to prevent them, and how seniors who fall represent 58% of the leading causes of unintentional injury-related emergency department visits. Lovell highlighted the personal costs associated with a fall, which can include bone fractures, chronic pain, loss of independence and a decreased quality of life.
Lovell also spoke of the fears related to falling and how a “Cycle of Fear” can increase the potential for a fall. She ended her presentation on a positive note, stressing that most falls are preventable and can be avoided by making smart choices, remaining active, and planning ahead.
Community services officer with the Frontenac OPP, Roop Sandhu, made the final presentation on the topic of Scams and Frauds. He spoke of the myriad of cons that exist, including door-to-door scams involving water purification, driveway sealants, and energy and hot water tank services. He spoke at length about telephone frauds, where con artists pose as grandchildren in a fix, needing immediate cash; various prize and money scams, like free travel awards, fake charities, credit card fees; and online frauds, like fake letters from Nigeria and West Africa.
He spoke about fraudsters imitating officials from the Canada Revenue Agency and demanding payments. He also gave tips on how to avoid identity theft. In summary, Sandhu quoted the old adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
The S.A.L.T. Committee will be holding future workshops and members are hoping to hear from seniors about the topics they would like to see covered at the sessions. Active seniors in the community who want to become involved with the committee are invited to commit to just one hour a month of meetings. For more information about how to get involved can contact Roop Sandhu at 613-372-1932 or David Townsend at the Southern Frontenac Community Services at 613-376-6376.
On Sept. 27, family, friends and supporters of the Tristin Osborne Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Limestone Learning Foundation (LLF) celebrated at a special Tennessee-style gala fundraiser at Carol Bisaillon's and Daryl Martin's Dreamcatcher Farms near Sunbury. Long-time Tennessee natives Greg and Valerie Heinike, owners of the Bell Buckle Café in Tennessee, traveled to Sunbury with some of their staff to prepare a Tennessee-style evening of dining for the event, which was attended by over 200 guests, many sporting cowboy boots and hats.
Kingston radio hosts Rick Choma and Lisa Ray were the emcees and musical entertainment was provided by numerous talented guests, including Grammy nominee Valerie Smith, the Abrams Brothers and Rudy and Saddle Up.
Tristin Osborne was a former KCVI graduate who despite a learning disability went on to pursue a post-secondary degree in teaching at Aurora College in Yellowknife. Tragically she passed away in her sleep in 2004, just two months before graduating. Following Tristin’s death her mother Judy and father John created a memorial fund to honour her and help students with learning disabilities. Through the fund, a scholarship award is presented annually to a graduating student from the Limestone District School Board who is interested in furthering their education and overcoming the challenges posed by a learning disability.
The memorial gala is the second time the Osbornes have teamed up with the LLF to put on the fundraiser. For several years the Osbornes held the annual TOMM Fest, a music-festival styled fundraiser in Tristin's honour, which has been replaced by the combined LLF fundraiser at Dreamcatcher Farms.
In remembering her daughter, Judy Osborne said she was “a very bright, darling little girl who strived to overcome her disabilities so that she could ‘come to better understand students who are learning-disabled and help them to reach their goals.’” Judy said she was “a peace lover who could never do enough for others” and said she worked extra shifts while studying in Yellowknife to support others in need in that community.
Tristin received her teaching degree from the college posthumously and today her legacy continues to support learning-disabled students pursuing post secondary studies.