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March 7, 2013 Vol. 13, No. 9 $1.00 incl. GST. building centres Home | Auto Commercial Home Centre Yourway 1-800-267-7959 Complete Line of     Paints Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Sat: 8am-4pm Northbrook 613-336-2195 Your independent community newspaper since 1971 Circulation: 9177 households Crain & Schooley Insurance is a trade name of Johnson Inc., a licensed insurance brokerage in Ontario. Personal lines home and auto insurance policies are primarily underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company (Unifund). Unifund and Johnson Inc. share common ownership. Relay For Life 2013 Kick Off by Julie Druker f the close to 60 guests who attended the official Kick Off for the North and Central Frontenac 2013 Relay For Life on March 2, none seemed more excited than Lesley Merrigan. Merrigan, who is chairing the event for her second consecutive year, was thrilled with the turn out. “This year is really exciting. We’ve hit bench marks that we’ve never hit before and are definitely coming out the gates this year flying “ she said at the event, which was held at the Parham I.O.O.F. hall. Local musicians Jim MacPherson, Pete MacPherson and Jordan Lowery entertained visitors, who danced and sang along to their tunes. By noon over 13 teams had already signed up to participate this year and by the end of the kickoff, 20 teams had signed up. “That is great because the earlier teams sign up the more money they can raise,” Merrigan said. “We have a team that has already raised over $1,500.” Merrigan and her team of organizers are way ahead of the game this year and all of the entertainment is already booked. The Relay for Life will take place on June 21 starting at 7pm at the Parham fairgrounds, and Merrigan offered up a few hints as to who might performing. “You might be seeing Shawn McCullough and Jim MacPherson O and his band but I have left the decisions solely up to the entertainment committee, which is brand new this year. They all are experienced musicians whose decisions I totally support.” Merrigan’s goal for this year is to have 30 teams participating and she is confident that if things keep going they way they are, they will reach and likely exceed that goal. Last year the North and Central Frontenac Relay raised over $60,000 and Merrigan said that they are hoping to up that total to $70,000. Asked what keeps her so enthusiastic about the event year after year, Merrigan said, “This community always amazes me. Every year I ask myself, ‘How can I expect this community to pull this off again?’ But every year everyone comes back to the plate ready to give, which is very motivating and very humbling and is what drives me. I have also seen what cancer does to families and individuals in the local community and I feel that this is the least that I can do.” She is hoping to see more survivors sign up as well. “Survivors drive this event and they are the reason that we do it. We do this to celebrate their battle and to show them that there is a community behind them, supporting them.” Those who missed the kick off can sign up a new team or join the community team by contacting Merrigan at 613-279-3144; 613- North and Central Frontenac Relay for Life organizers and supporters at their Kick Off event in Parham on March 2 . 483-1839; Lesley’s team this year is called Claire’s Caped Cancer Crusaders in honour of her friend Claire Macfarlane, who chaired the event for a number of years. For more information about the relay, to join a team, to sign up a new team or to make an on-line donation, go to and visit the North and Central Relay team there. No new fire hall for Ompah - NF Council decides to renovate old hall N orth Frontenac Council has decided to spend $180,000 to renovate the existing Ompah fire hall rather than committing $300,000 for a new hall on a lot they had purchased for that purpose. The decision was made in response to the final recommendations by the Ompah Fire Hall Task Force, which was chaired by Councilor Gerry Martin, and included Councilor John Inglis and five members of the public. The task force put two options before Council, although a slim 4-3 majority of task force members supported the option of a new fire hall Before discussing the fire hall options, Council looked at another fire service matter, the status of two older tanker trucks, and made a decision that made the renovation plan for the Ompah fire hall a viable option. After receiving a report from Fire Chief Steve Riddell, Council decided it was necessary to take two 1988 vintage tanker trucks out of service. An analysis by Dan Korocil from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office had concluded that the trucks cannot be driven safely when the water tanks are half full or empty, and no attempts to compensate by installing new baffling on them will suffice. “I’ve driven old tankers and you get into a situation where you are driving an unsafe vehicle,” said Fire Chief Riddell. Time Change Spring ahead Don’t forget to turn your clocks one hour ahead on Saturday night Times have changed. So has Oilheat. Modern oilheat is a cleaner, more economical heating choice than ever before! Call today and find out more! Leonard Fuels Ltd. Council decided, by a 7-1 vote, to replace only one of the tankers, at an estimated cost of over $100,000. The newly purchased tanker will be housed at the Plevna fire hall, and a 1996 vintage tanker currently located at Plevna will go to the Snow Road hall, leaving the Ompah fire hall with a pumper truck but no tanker. “I feel a grave error has been made,” said John Inglis, “I don’t agree with the idea that North Frontenac does not need a tanker at the three locations to provide adequate fire suppression service. How can we say we offer fire suppression from Ompah without a tanker? I want to say on the record that I think Dan Korocil is wrong in his evaluation.” Among the two fire hall options, only a new hall, at 3,000 square feet, would be big enough for the number of vehicles currently in service in Ompah. By removing the tanker, however, the renovation option becomes viable, according to the task force report. A motion to move forward with a new fire hall was narrowly defeated, with Mayor Clayton casting the decisive ‘no’ vote. Councilors John Inglis, Lonnie Watkins and Betty Hunter voted in favour of building a new hall, while Councilors Wayne Good and Gerry Martin as well as Deputy Mayor Fred Perry had voted against it. Although the vote was 4-3, only one member of Council, John Inglis, wholeheartedly supported the long delayed project. Before the vote, Betty Hunter said, “I promised at a public meeting last August that I would vote for a new hall but I believe that if a fire hall is built the community will lose the community hall and the library. But I said I would vote for a new fire hall and I will.” “I promised a new fire hall at one point as well,” said Mayor Bud Clayton in response, “but the facts change.” When it was his turn to vote, Lonnie Watkins did not respond at first, looking down at by Jeff Green the council table for a few moments before nodding and saying yes. In a subsequent vote to renovate the existing building, there were 5 votes in favour, with Councilors Inglis and Hunter voting against the proposal. The debate over the fire hall proposal was coloured by the recent services review the township has undergone. Councilors expressed a reluctance to commit to keeping two township buildings in Ompah, a new fire hall and the old fire hall building, which also houses a community hall and library. The services review singled out both the fire services and the township halls as high cost services in North Frontenac. The township has invested about $50,000 in purchase costs, environmental assessments and remediation for the lot where the ill-fated fire hall, and at one time also a Frontenac County ambulance base, were to be constructed. Riding redistribution – new proposal follows County lines by Jeff Green ack in the fall of 2012, a proposal by the electoral commission of Canada called for significant changes to the federal and provincial ridings in Frontenac, Lanark, and Lennox and Addington County. In this region the commission focussed on an east-west axis even though the county lines run north-south. The commission proposed two new ridings, Belleville – Lennox and Addington – South Frontenac, and Lanark-Frontenac-Hastings. In hearings that took place in Ottawa, Kingston and Belleville, MP Scott Reid as well as representatives from Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington made B disparate proposals, but their presentations were similar in that they all urged the commission to re-think the two ridings by focussing on county boundaries. When the commission released its altered proposal last Wednesday, February 27, it was clear that they had taken those submissions to heart. They are now proposing a riding of Lanark-Frontenac, which includes all of Lanark County and the townships of North, Central, and South Frontenac, as well as the portion of the City of Kingston that lies north of Highway 401. They also proposed a riding of Hastings – Lennox and Addington, comprising all of L&A County and all of Hastings County, Proud installers of Continued on page 2 2013 Arctic Cat 400 Fuel Oil Tanks • More for the environment. • More for your safety • More quality plus the portion of the City of Belleville that lies north of Highway 401. In explaining their thinking, the commissioners wrote the following: “The submissions at the hearings made it clear that the public generally gives community of interest significantly greater weight than an impersonal numerical quota. This was particularly true in Eastern Ontario, where the counties were founded as part of the creation of Upper Canada in the late 18th century. 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