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Trinity United in Verona honors refugees by Julie Druker


hree former refugees from the West African country of Ghana, Robert Nyarkoh, Emmanuel Bruce and John Babatunde were invited to participate in a special service at Trinity United Church in Verona on Feb. 26, by their long time friend, Verona resident and church member Linda Brown. All three are now Canadian citizens and reside in the GTA. The special service fittingly opened with four members of the church choir singing “Ghana Alleluia”. Robert then read a prayer in his native language Fanti. Next they were introduced by their hostess Linda, who invited the children at the service to sit up front to hear first hand the types of childhood these three men, now husbands with children of their own, experienced in their West African homeland decades ago. Each spoke simply of growing up barefoot and having to travel to school three miles each way. They also had to borrow clothes from their parents. The three men did not know each other in Ghana. They all arrived in Canada in their early 20s and each was a refugee who fled from the unrest and violence resulting from the country’s third military coup d’état. The coup was led by Lt. Jerry John Rawlings who ruled the country first as a military dictator in 1979, then from 1981-1992 and then as the first elected president of Ghana’s Fourth Republic from 1993-2001. The three spoke of the fear they experienced back in 1979, when officials were being executed and other civilians were being arrested, or were simply disappearing following the coup. They each spoke about having no choice but to leave their homeland and families behind. They left with no money and no contacts but in Emmanuel’s words, “by the grace of God” they each managed to find safety and eventual happiness in Canada. It took them years to reach Canada; they each spent time in other countries along the way including, Egypt, Syria and Nigeria. They eventually become acquainted with each other in Toronto at the Bloor Street United Church, where they also met Linda Brown, who at that time was a member of that church.

“It was around that time our minister at the church brought to our attention a young refugee languishing in a jail for the simple reason that he was a refugee. The minister posted the $5,000 bail to get him released and that man became the first Ghanian refugee to become a member of our church. After that we formed a refugee committee to help support other refugees by fostering their lives in our congregation while helping them to get their lives in order. This work went on for 10 years and we worked with refugees from many countries. It was during this time that I met Robert, Emmanuel and John,” Linda recalled. Emmanuel attended school in Tema City in Ghana at Asu Tech, a technical school and he was part of the student union when Rawlings took power in 1979. “At that time a lot of the leaders of the protests of the student union were being arrested and others were disappearing so that was when I felt I had to flee.” He fled first to northern Nigeria, then Syria and finally landed in Montreal before settling in Toronto, where he now has a family and works as a cabinet maker. “We are just so grateful now to be here.” Linda Brown feels it important to get these men’s stories out. “When you see what is happening with our refugee act now, how the current government is trying to water it down and how they are making it more difficult for refugees to get into the country, especially for those who may not have much money, I feel that it’s very important to remember that there are many refugees in dire need of a safe haven, which Canada has always been and I would hate to see that change. These three men have been a great asset to our country and I feel it’s important for them to tell their stories so others might understand just exactly what many refugees have to struggle through to find a safe haven like the one we have here in Canada.” Following the service members of the congregation were invited to a lunch and shared stories and learned more of the about lives of the three special guests.

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North Frontenac Council talks strategy by Jeff Green


orth Frontenac Council is taking the slow route to their 2012 budget. They have already held two day-long budget sessions, and might actually see a draft budget by the middle of March. Meanwhile they have received detailed reports from department heads about the needs that are out there, and have been giving direction back to those department heads. The have also carried out a strategic planning initiative and have been working on a long-term capital plan for the township as well. While it is still anyone’s guess what the tax implications of all this planning will be in 2012, Council did approve a set of strategic initiatives this past week, indicating what kinds of initiatives residents can look for from the township in the coming years. Along with some standard elements such as improving communication and public education about township activities, and promoting economic development, a few new projects were identified as a sub-heading of long term planning. Among the four projects that were identified, one is the fire hall/ambulance base in Ompah which is now being actively pursued by Frontenac County. It is slated to be built this year if the costing comes in within the $550,000 upper limit the township has set for their portion of costs. A second long-term project, which Mayor Clayton characterized as a 10-year plan, is a new “Municipal Multi-Purpose Complex” starting with a municipal office and council chamber.

While this project is still in the visioning stage, one potential location has already been identified, a five-acre lot that houses the township helipad on Road 506 between Ardoch and Fernleigh. A third project is one that has been talked about in the recent past and is something that would eventually turn a profit – a solar microFIt project, something that might also be located at the helipad site. The fourth project is a war memorial, which Mayor Clayton said he would like to see completed in time for Remembrance Day in 2013. The final plank in the strategic directions document is the promotion of Green Energy. “Under the category of promoting green energy, we are lending money to people to put solar-assist hot water heaters in their houses as the kind of thing the township might get into to help people put in appliances that are efficient and which will bring energy savings over time. The City of Ottawa is looking at this and we have directed our staff to look at it as well,” said Mayor Clayton. Other items at North Frontenac Council Phone booth for Snow Road – Council received a letter from a resident requesting that they commission a pay phone to be located next to the mail boxes at the Snow Road Community Hall as a public service. With sporadic cell phone service in that area, it might prove useful to help stranded motorists facing mechanical difficulties. The cost of the service would be $200 up front and

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Judge attempts to force Crown’s hand on dated charges by Jeff Green


month ago, in response to some banter at a Central Frontenac Council meeting, we said we would make a $100 donation to the Polar Bear Plunge if Mayor Janet Gutowski followed through on her commitment to jump in the water, along with Councilor Jeff Matson and Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Trépanier. Citing her responsibilities as county warden in having to make an appearance at the opening reception of this week’s Ontario Good Roads Association / Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Toronto, the mayor begged off. It was left to Matson (dressed up either as Jesus or Hagrid from Harry Potter – we’re not sure which one) and Trépanier to represent the municipality at the plunge. And as the money is going to a worthy cause, to Children’s and Youth Programming at Northern Frontenac Community Services, we have decided not to make the young people in our community lose out because the mayor did not get wet, so we are sending a cheque for $100. Besides, it is a lot easier to pay for someone else to jump in the water than to go in yourself. Thirty-six people jumped in the frigid waters on a brilliantly sunny, but decidedly wintry Sunday morning. It might have been the best event of the year in Sharbot Lake, save Canada Day.

n the fourth court appearance by Ellamae Richardson, 59, Susan Irwin, appearing as agent for Ms. Richardson’s lawyer, once again told Judge Peter Wright that a request for a piece of disclosure of the Crown’s case has not been responded to. The case is unusual because the charges, two for unauthorized possession of firearms and one for possession of weapons for the purpose of trafficking, were laid in November of 2011 even though the alleged events took place in January of 2010. The Crown, represented by Franklin Lyons, said that perhaps a judicial pre-trial in March would expedite matters. Judge Wright did not object to this, but he said he wanted to send a further message to encourage the Crown to find the requested information for the defence, so he also set a trial date on June 18. “I’m becoming concerned that another month has gone by and the disclosure has not been provided - with no explanation,” he said. This is not the first time that Judge Wright has expressed frustration with the Crown’s office in this case. At the January court date, Judge Wright asked the Crown representative if the Crown was serious about pursuing the charges, and was told that they were.

Retraction: Riverside United Church in Flinton still open

Edward St. Pierre, 38, and his brother Peter St. Pierre, 37, made a plea deal on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a theft, but Edward will have a fine to pay because of the car that he was driving at the time. On November 2 of last year, the two men went to a property on the Clarendon Road, which had at one time been rented by their family. Not only did they check out some old hunting trails on the land, they entered the basement of the hunting cabin on the property. Nothing was taken off the property. The brothers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful attendance in a dwelling house. In summing up the case, the Crown, represented by Franklin Lyons, alleged that an air compressor had been removed from the building but remained on the property. When the St. Pierres’ lawyer disputed that the compressor had been moved, Lyons removed the statement from the record since it was not necessary for the charge that had been pleaded to. The men received 12 months probation and 30 hours community service. In addition, Edward St. Pierre pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without a license, and a second charge of driving without insurance. He was fined $1,000 and received a one-year driving prohibition on the first charge, and a $1,500 fine on the second. The minimum fine for driving without insurance is $5,000 but Judge Wright agreed to lower the fine.


embers of the Land O'Lakes Emmanuel (LOLE) Congregation of the United Church of Canada were surprised when they read in the Addington Highlands Council report of last week's Frontenac News (Vol.12 issue #7 February 23 – page 9) that someone had purchased the “former” Riverside United Church in Flinton. The church is for sale, as has been documented in the News, but as of now it is still an active church building. Services have been held there in recent days (Sunday services took place on February 19 and 26 and on February 22 - Ash Wednesday) According to the Reverend Judith Evenden of Land O'Lakes Emmanuel, Paul Orser, who appeared before Addington Highlands Council seeking leave to park next to the church on a public access roadway, did not own the building when he made the request to Council. “We are following a confidential process for the sale of the church, and as such we will not even comment about whether any offers have been made,” Evenden told the News when she phoned about the situation. “The Trustees of LOLE and Bellville Presbytery are involved and there will be no public announcements about any sale until the process is complete and the congregation is informed. Until then the Riverside Church in Flinton as well as the church in Cloyne, are both active churches, and services continue to take place in both buildings according to our monthly rotation schedule.” The News regrets printing the erroneous information.

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Transfer - Keith Ditchburn, 19, facing nine break and enter, three mischief and two possession of stolen property charges, will have his case transferred to Kingston on March 13. Two other co-accused in the case have already had their cases finalized in Brockville, the Crown said. Ongoing – Gerald Asselstine, 50, and Howard Asselstine, 56, both charged with assault and illegal entry, will have a judicial pre-trial on March 15 in Kingston. - Jody Bartraw, 28, charged with illegal possession of property and four firearms charges will return on March 19. A resolution meeting is to occur before that date. - James Paplinskie, 49, charged with operating a vehicle while disqualified, and driving without a required interlock device, is finalizing his legal aid application and will return on March 19. - Daniel Wilson, 58, Brandon Wilson, 27, Clifford Mediros, 30, Robert Wilson, 32, Randy Gignac, 31, and Hayworth Wison, 63, are co-accused facing break and enter, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property and possession of weapons obtained without permits charges. They are scheduled to return on April 16.

North Frontenac Council - continued from pg 1 $60 per month. The council members in attendance, only a minimum quorum of 4, were split on the issue, with some saying it would be a useful service, and others saying it would set a precedent, and phone booths could be requested at a number of very remote locations within the township. In the end a decision was deferred until the next meeting when more councilors are expected to attend. Request from LOLCS – Land O’Lakes Community Services sent a letter to Council requesting a contribution of $1,500 in the 2012 township budget to help the agency provide services to seniors in ward 1 of the township, which falls within the service catchment area of the Northbrook-based agency. The letter, written by LOLCS Director of Programs Susan Andrew Allen, points out that the money, which has been granted to the agency each of the last two years, is used to subsidize fee for service programs for 47 North Frontenac residents, including meals on wheels and transportation services. The request was referred to budget deliberations. Discussion of Frontenac County Budget – In briefing members of Council about the ongoing Frontenac County budget deliberations, Mayor Clayton said, “I sense there as a bit more push back from members of Council over the budget this year, frustration over the depth of information that has been provided. We receive a single page of number for programs such as ambulance service and Fairmount Home, which each have a $10 million budget. As we all know the devil is in the details in this sort of thing and if you don’t know the details you can’t find the devil.” Clayton said he plans to contact the county treasurer before the resumption of county budget deliberations on March 13 to request some of the detailed background financial information. Clayton said he expects some lively debate on the expenditure of Federal Gas tax funds at the county level this year, and that he would like to address ballooning administrative costs at the county. “Even though the tax increase for county ratepayers in the budget is minimal I note that the administrative budget has increased by 140% over the last 7 years. As members of county council we are stewards for money sWe should provide effective oversight,” Clayton concluded.

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Re: Scott Reid’s polls


agree with other writers to Frontenac News who find Scott Reid's "polls" silly, annoying, wasteful, ill-informed, etc.. But what I really dislike is the assumption that just because we're small town and rural, that we're therefore stupid. Dennis E. McDermott

Frontenac Heritage Festival


e would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers on a very successful "Frontenac Heritage Festival". Each event was well planned out, right down to our very special Bear. We had a wonderful and fun time. Bravo! Thank you Rosemarie & Bill Bowick

Rescue on Sharbot Lake


remember thinking last week while I was sitting in the sunroom enjoying a good glass of homemade wine, watching the deer feeding at the feed pile, how lucky I was. I had a new truck and ATV, a wife who loves me and good friends who respect me and cherish the times we spend together. I actually said out loud “Life is good”. Then just like that; my life took a plunge, literally! I went ice fishing last Thursday on Sharbot Lake. Then I felt for one second how fleeting life can be as I and the ATV plunged into the cold water. After taking a short and speedy swim I found myself standing on good ice; I ran to the shore. Wet and exhausted, I called 911 at the Treasure Trunk. Mark Powell first arrived on his ATV; we went out to where the ATV was floating in the lake, he called Fire and Rescue, and within minutes two more volunteer firemen arrived, Bill Young Jr. and Spencer Robinson donning rescue dry suits. Ice anchors were fastened and Jonathan Desroche arrived with a second ATV to help pull my ATV out of the lake if required. Apparently Glen Moase was the liaison on shore communicating with the crew on the ice. Within a short time Mark’s ATV was anchored to the ice anchors with rope; Bill and Spence entered the cold water and attached the winch cable to my ATV and seconds later my ATV was out of the water and on the ice. Mr. Desroche explained to me what was required to get my ATV running again. Drain all the fluids and water out of the machine, is all I heard. For an instant I cried inside, I was alive and safe and my ATV was out! I would like to thank the Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue Department and particularly Mark, Bill, Spence, Jonathan and Glen for coming to my rescue. So to all you readers, don’t take life for granted, “Life is good”. But when your life does take a surprising turn, thank God we have friends and neighours who have the skills and training to rescue us in our time of need. Ian Whillans

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Letters to the Editor A big enough Ompah fire hall Big Brother is calling


SINCE 1970 few months ago I received a phone call from ‘Big Brother’. It came in the form of a call from a ‘high-powered salesman’ purporting to be doing a survey. Would I answer the question: “Are we being hard enough on illegal immigrants?” “Is Canada doing enough to stop illegal immigration?” The nature of the question implied a level of racism and paranoia. It was designed to appeal to my baser instincts. It had nothing to do with the effective federal government policies that are already in place. I quickly got it that the call was not about the content, but about identifying me as a Conservative supporter or as a non-Conservative supporter. I failed the test. For sure in some Federal Conservative play-book for Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington I am listed as a ‘them’ not an ‘us’. Ken Fisher

The Conservative party


here were some excellent observations regarding the Conservative Party and our own MP's failings: gun registry gone, prison farms gone, Kyoto gone, local food production diminished, a G-20 spending mentality, sham inflammatory "polls", more prisons & prisoners. Last week's observations covered Harper's abrogation of Universal Health Care and cutting Old Age Security for Canada's most vulnerable. And let's not forget the 65 F-35(s) and the four submarines we must have to fight some-one? "Press time" probably excluded mention of the "you're with us or you are with the pedophiles" Act, as proposed by Vic Toews, apparently the last man anyone should be accepting "lessons in morality" from. And as of Thursday last it looks as though the "get tough on crime" Conservatives may be responsible for breaking Canada's Elections Laws again (this would mark the fourth time by my count). Should it prove that Conservatives are responsible for the robo-calls repressing Liberal & NDP voters, Elections Canada should do its job and insist on new elections for the eighteen ridings in question. Perhaps the Conservatives do not legitimately have the razor thin majority they claim as their "universal" mandate. P.S. re: "Snake Police", according to CBC radio the neighbour's principal objection was not the pig butchering or meat sharing; it was that the carcass was simply dragged into the bush for disposal. –John McEwen

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his letter was originally published as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly regarding North Frontenac Township’s plans to construct a mini fire hall rather than a structure big enough to serve its intended purpose. Every local citizen who depends on emergency services and every Ompah Volunteer Firefighter realizes the desperate need for the proposed Ompah Ambulance/Fire Hall facility. After all the negotiating, hassling, planning, and political posturing between Frontenac County Council and North Frontenac Municipal Council it appears the Ambulance Base/Fire Hall project is closer to fruition. That’s The Good Part. Normally when constructing a new township building or facility it would be designed based on the actual space requirements and needs to be accommodated. Taxpayers do not want to see their money wasted on a fire hall that is too small to adequately accommodate those needs. Township and fire department staff have established that the new Ompah Fire Hall requires a minimum area of 3,000 square feet to meet its operational and safety requirements. Since Council knows what must be built and where they will build it they now must find a way to finance it and build it – but build it right. Let’s move to The Bad Part. There are some North Frontenac councilors whose support for a new hall is conditional on a limited square footage. They insist on stuffing the new fire hall into a shoe box size of 2750 square feet. This is contrary to the advice of Township’s own staff, which is hired and are paid for their expertise in construction, finance and emergency services. The Ugly Part would follow if all of Council were to agree to this size restriction and build a white elephant. Let’s not go there! Whatever is saved today in tax dollars would be both false economy and poor financial management. The so-called savings would come back to haunt us by double or triple when the project is rekindled in a year or two. That’s when Council would have to consider approving a building expansion. Let’s go back to The Good Part again and trust that Council will listen to reason and approve a fire hall large enough to accommo-

date the requirements and needs for which it is intended – large enough is a minimum of 3,000 square feet. If the township intends to spend public tax dollars and funds raised by the fire department volunteers it should be for an emergency facility that is at least large enough that it can be used. Leo Ladouceur

Central Frontenac roads


n the Frontenac News a couple of weeks ago, the "Friends of Arden" were talking of new signs for Arden. Central Frontenac should make some for each end of Arden Road, #7 Highway, Clark Road and 90% of the other roads in Central Frontenac: "THE ROADS DO IMPROVE WHEN YOU GET OUT OF CENTRAL FRONTENAC TOWNSHIP”. The taxes keep going up and the potholes going down in this area. Ross McLean

Re: Old Age Security


am writing about Bill C-25, which talks about increasing the retirement age to 67 and reducing Old Age Security. I am asking Scott Reid and Randy Hillier to speak up on behalf of all the people who voted for them. I feel if more would retire at 65 it would give our younger generation a chance to get jobs. Taking money from seniors I feel is a poor way to fix the economy. I, like Steev Morgan in his Feb. 9 letter to the editor, ask people to vote against this bill and show you care about our seniors. I feel Harper is not being fair to seniors. Ellanora Meeks

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GODFREY Jean Campbell 613-374-5718 · Sympathy is extended to the following families in the loss of their loved ones: Bryce Ball - Feb. 19; Laura Irwin - Feb. 19; Doug Babcock - Feb. 20; and Karen Thompson - Feb. 22. · Best wishes to Judy (Albertson) Murphy and to Doreen Fitzgerald. · Tip: After using the oven, leave the door open until the oven is cool so the moisture will not condense and rust the oven.

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· Harrowsmith baseball needs a new chair. The Harrowsmith & District Social & Athletic Club is again reaching out to our community in hopes of attracting a new baseball chair for the upcoming season, which is approaching very fast. Wayne Closs is retiring from the position and has offered to share his 40 years of baseball experience with the new chair. If there is no response from our community, the club will have no choice but to end baseball in Harrowsmith. Let's help Harrowsmith Ball to continue for our young citizens and future leaders. Please come out to the S&A Club meetings which take place every second Monday of each month at 7:30 and make some new friends. The next meeting will be March 12. For more information, call S&A President Dan Bell at 613-372-1910. · The Golden Links Hall will be hosting a youth dance on Fri. March 2 from 7-10pm for ages 9 to 15. The cost is $6. · The Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick Catholic Church are hosting another Bingo on Mon. March 5 at the Parish Hall. The early bird starts at 6:50pm, regular game at 7pm.


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· Jason Bernard came in second in the district darts and goes on to Etobicoke, Ontario on March 17 to defend our championship in darts - good luck, Jason · Treat your family to breakfast and a silent auction at Arden Community Center on March 10, 8 - 11 am. You can have eggs any way, sausages or bacon, toast and beverages; freewill offering goes to Arden United Church · Feb 25 was Heritage Fun Day at the community center. Thanks to the volunteers: Frank Bernard, Dick Pringle was the cook; Cindy French and Beth Sampson pitched in to help make snow creme and taffy on the snow, and Dave Breeze donated the syrup for the kids. The heritage committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the events: the historical society, the Arden Artisans, Arden Legion. The crafts and displays were informative and awesome and the contests were challenging. Thanks also to everyone who attended. · There are only 3 or 4 seats left on the bus for the casino trip, please phone Malcolm at 613-335-3664 to get the last seats · Line dancing is on Monday morning and Tai Chi on Wednesday morning.


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• We often hear that we should drink eight cups of water a day...that’s about 2 litres. This isn’t necessarily so. Two litres of fluid per day is how we should describe our needs. That fluid includes coffee, tea, milk, fruits (which are 90% water) as well as stews and soups. One sign of adequate fluid intake is light-yellow urine. • When the walls of veins, usually in the legs, have weakened, a bulging above the skin surface occurs. This is called varicose veins. Crossing your legs all the time does not cause it, neither does smoking or high heels. Although the cause isn’t entirely known, standing for long periods of time can increase pressure on the veins, plus there is a genetic component. Support stockings do help the condition. • Passive watching of TV and videos is not good for children under the age of two. Pediatricians in the U.S say that this practice harms the development of the child. This doesn’t apply to those interactive games designed for the young child. • We are sometimes asked why newborns need so many vaccines so early in their lives. Antibodies from the mom provide some protection but this wears off quickly in a month or so. Since newborns are so small, getting sick will affect them much more seriously than older children. It is safe to give multiple injections of vaccine to infants and adults. • A good understanding of immunization is important for the future health of your children. Our pharmacists can clarify any queries you may have on the subject.


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· Stella Postma would like to report that the World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday March 2 at the Roman Catholic Church in Flinton. This theme of the service, written by the women of Malaysia, will be "Let Justice Prevail". · Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Judy Watson, who passed away. The funeral was held on February 25 in Ottawa. She is survived by son-in-law Nelson Rose and wife Carole, and many friends in this area. · With the rising prices of fuel, food and commodities, it will certainly be an advantage to grow your own veggies this year. There was an excellent article in the News a few weeks ago by Georgina Bailey of the Lanark Master Gardeners on starting peppers from seed by soaking the seeds in a hydrogen peroxide solution. I followed her method using tomato and lettuce seeds and now the box has 1" sprouts. An excellent hobby during a snow storm such as last week. · On Saturday March 10, an ice fishing Trout Derby will be held on Shabomeka Lake (Buck Lake), sponsored by the Flinton Rec. Club. Weigh in closes at 4pm. Tickets will be available at the lake on the morning of the derby. For information contact Paul Andrews Jr. at 613-336-1742.

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· Mississippi has another addition to our little village. Baby girl Terri Webster was born Friday Feb. 24, weighing 7 lb. 6 oz., to Don & Beth Webster. A baby sister for Ava. Congratulations to you all. · Happy 80th birthday to Betty Crabtree on March 6. Also to Bill Bush, Sharon Southward, Lisa Lemke, Elaine Delisle and Paul Raymo, Bud Frechette. · Sympathy to Gerald and Doris Morrow on the death of Doris’s sister Marie on Sunday night. · Get well wishes to Blaine Ryder. · I guess that big storm on Friday kept people home on Saturday morning. At the snowmobile club 74 people were fed. The spaghetti supper was delicious and those of us who ventured out enjoyed it very much. Olive Allen took in the chilli supper at the United Church on Sat. evening. · On Friday, March 9 there will be a meeting to plan North Frontenac’s Canada Day Celebrations. The meeting will be held at 7pm at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna. For more information, please call Amber Lemke at 613-479-2283 · Bruce Crain from Bonnyville, Alberta, has been visiting his father Willis. He also attended his daughter Sarah Crain’s graduation. Sarah graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science with distinction.



· The Tay Valley Community Choir will hold its March 5 practice at the Maberly Hall. · One can’t help but shed a tear when hearing about the fatal accident on Highway 7 last week. A huge thank you

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goes out to all of the emergency responders and others who were first to arrive on the scene. Karen Thompson, one of the victims of the accident, was on her way to work when her life was swiftly taken away from her, from her husband, from her four children, and from the rest of her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and to the others involved in the accident. · The Perth 200 Anniversary Panel is inviting residents to submit recipes – particularly if handed down from the past – for inclusion in an anniversary recipe book. The deadline is April 1; for more information please call 613-267-1947 · The Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall (ABC) will be hosting a music jam Sunday, March 18 from 1 – 5 pm. There will be a community potluck dinner at 5:30 pm following the jam. Everyone is welcome. Info: Glenn 613-273-2571 · Euchre Party, followed by a home-made Ham & Bean Supper on Sat. March 10, at the Maberly Hall. Euchre 2-4pm, dinner 4:30-6pm, $3 for Euchre only; $11 for Euchre & dinner. There will be prizes. Supper only $10, 6–12 yrs $5, under 5 Free. Beverages and dessert included. Prepared and served by volunteers of the Maberly Agricultural Society. For more info. call Joan Fleming 613-492-0139 or Marion Koeslag 613-268-2175. Proceeds go to support the Maberly Fair.

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· The 8th annual Frontenac Addington Trappers Council fishing bash was held on Feb. 25. The derby supports area conservation efforts and introduces youth to the outdoors and the trapping craft. It was a cool, clear fishing day and a bay full of lines, four wheelers, trailers, a fantastic campfire and canteen. The prizes were marvelous indeed. What with the fishing derby and the Harlowe dance our roads were kept busy- like the old days of the Kirk Kove ski show when cars galore would sail by. · Special thinking of you and prayers for the family of the late Karen (Dawson) Thompson and to all who are grieving. · Rick Belwa celebrated a significant birthday this weekglad you are feeling improved Rick. Thinking of you to Bob Conner, Gwen (Newton) Ferguson.- Jean · We enjoyed a good visit with Gabe Carter who came to install a newer stove for us. Also Sheri White dropped in. James Matte was in Ottawa for a few days. My blood pressure is on the high side- so please pray for me- Georgina.

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· The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve includes Sydenham, Harrowsmith, Verona, etc. at its western end. This year they are launching an "ARTS ON THE ARCH" guide and map (similar to the Food Trail that has been so successful). If you are an artist (visual, musical...any creative pursuit) find out more at The deadline to sign up to be on the map and guide (a great way to advertise and help people find you) is March 15. · Wing Night tonight (March 1) at the Sydenham Legion


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from 5-8pm. Bring the whole family. · Events at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Sydenham: Heavenly rock with Jason Silver continues at 'The Crossing' each Saturday at 7pm, a worship experience that is contemporary yet authentic. • Kids Messy Church is happening on Sat. March 3 from 10am to 11:15am. Visit this growing group of parents, grandparents, and tots (from 15 months to 5 years old) in exploring spirituality with scripture, games, stories, video, and paint. Remember: Messy Church is not the same as messy house! • The Annual World Day of Prayer will be held on Sunday March 4, 6:30pm at St. Paul's. An ecumenical gathering of people from local churches and beyond. Guest speaker, Dr. Neil Hobbs will offer a presentation on Malaysia. All are welcome to the events. More info: 613-3763003 or · Knights of Columbus is hosting a Bingo at St. Patrick’s parish hall, Railton on Monday March 5. Doors open at 6pm, bingo for meat packages begins at 7pm.


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· On Friday, March 9 there will be a meeting to plan North Frontenac’s Canada Day Celebrations, 7pm at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna. For more information, please call Amber Lemke at 613-479-2283. · Sympathy to the family and friends of Martha Brouse, who passed away on February 25 in her 96th year.

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· World Day of Prayer will be held at the Parham Free Methodist Church Friday March 2 at 7pm. Please join us and learn more about Malaysia and its unique culture and heritage. Join with Christians in more than 170 countries and 2,000 communities across Canada who will gather in prayer and act in solidarity with the people of Malaysia. · Sympathy to the family of the late Karen Thompson - what a wonderful lady who will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Sympathy also to the Kellar family from Plevna. · Lois Webster has now completed the Parham St. James Anglican Church's Anniversary book and is now starting one for Oso - if you have any information or pictures please contact her ASAP. · Congratulations to Jerry Dunham for receiving the Civic Award for volunteering at Cobourg. He also received a certificate and pin. Jerry is the son of Gerald and Della Dunham of Parham. · Congratulations to Tangie Howes on winning the Legion’s Public Speaking for the Junior Division. · Congratulations to Don & Beth Webster on the birth of their

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PAGE 5 precious baby girl. Grandpa and Grandma made the journey to see the newest addition to the family on Friday in the snow storm....2 hour drive but definitely worth it! · Happy Anniversary to Bill & Patsy Lowery. · The Heritage events in the area were well attended and enjoyed by all. Hopefully you had a chance to take in the fireworks on Saturday - what a wonderful sight! Then the variety show was a definite hit as more chairs had to be brought out!!! Great work to HD Supply who performed that preparation for their performance on Sunday at the K-Rock Center for Easter Seals....congrats guys...keep up the good work!! · The Northern Basketball Association at Sharbot Lake High School has started...there were still a few spaces left if you didn't get a chance to make it last week - what a great opportunity for our up and coming athletes!! · Central Frontenac Minor Baseball registration is March 25 from 12 to 4 pm at the St. James Catholic Church hall in Sharbot Lake....make sure you get there early as the teams are capped!! As well, Soccer will be there to register for this year's season - so you can do both at the same time!! · Happy Birthday to Annie McKinnon, Darrel Hannah, Dave King, Gord Bertrim and Melody Cooke. · Thinking of you to Garnet Brown and Patsy Henry's father. · March 26 there will be a Turkey & Ham Bingo at Land O'Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove to help purchase shirts for their team players

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· Before I forget again I would like to thank all the local businesses who generously contributed gift certificates for the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery dinner (see the thank you on page 12). · The Denbigh Recreation Committee “Family Fun Day” turned out to be a great day for the kids in spite of the ton of snow we received the day before. Thanks to Devon and Alisha for the fabulous fishing derby even though they all came back without fish. Diana Weichenthal’s snow whale won first prize in the snow sculpture while Katrina Keller’s snow people came in second. All the snow sculptures were great! The kids were treated to a free hotdog, drink and

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Denbigh - from pg 5 cookies and then spent the afternoon along with the adults participating in a lot of fun activities like bed races and skating to mention a couple. The Recreation Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a great time for all. · Upcoming events for March are Denbigh Diners Club on Monday the 5th, Lions Club Bingo on Tuesday the 6th and 20th, Denbigh Euchre on Friday the 9th and 23rd, MusicIn-The-Hall on Sunday the 11th, Lions Club Food & Fellowship on Wednesday the 21st and St. Luke’s United Church St. Patrick’s Day Stew dinner on Saturday the 17th. Daylight savings begins on the 11th and what I’m sure we’re all waiting for, the 1st day of SPRING is on the 19th!


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· Now you have double the opportunity to keep fit! The Verona Walking Club has added an additional day for walking. The club meets for a walk inside the Verona Lions Hall every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 am

to 11 am. Cost is $1 per session. For more information contact Bill at 613-374-3234. · World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. This year, the service was written by the women of Malaysia under the theme "Let Justice Prevail." The service will be held at Lakeview Gospel Assembly on Friday March 2 at 10 am. Lunch to follow. All are welcome. · The second in the Health Seminar Series will be held this Wednesday, March 7. This seminar's topic will be Brain Power and how to improve your memory. Trinity United Church, 7 pm. Deborah Spaar will be the speaker. Door prize, free admission. Contact Deborah or Paul Spaar-Mueller for more information at 613-374-3317. · The Quilting Group will meet on Wednesday, March 7 at Trinity United Church. 9 am to 12 noon. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to join the group, whether a seasoned quilter or a beginner. They have lots of patterns and ideas and there are always people to help with advice. For more information call Ann McDougall at 613 374-2516. · The Diners Club Program for adults, ages 55 plus, will be held this Wednesday, March

7 in Verona. This program provides fullcourse, catered meals with the flexibility to meet varying dietary needs. For a cost of $11 per person, you will enjoy a wonderful mid-day meal, entertainment and transportation (if required). This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, enjoy some local talent, and learn what's up in our community. Noon at Verona Lions Hall. Reservations are required. Call 613-376-6477. Rural Visions · Verona will once again be the center for mystery and intrigue. Partner in Crime Murder Mystery Crimes presents "Candidate for Death" by Richard Linley on Saturday, March 24 at the Verona Lions Club. Join Inspector Guildhall of the Middlebury Con-

march 1, 2012 stabulary as he explains the dark world of political intrigue and criminal intent in Candidate for Death. Advance tickets only, $30 per person includes roast beef dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be picked up at the Verona Hardware Store and Trousdale Hardware, Sydenham. For more information, call Darlene 613-374-3529 South Frontenac Community Services provides foot care clinics for seniors or physically disabled adults. Diabetic referrals are accepted. These clinics are held at the Verona Medical Clinic on the second Tuesday of each month. Appointments start at 9:00 AM. Reservations are required for the March 13 clinic. Call 613-376-6477 and ask for Danielle Penner. The fee is $13 per session.


NOTICE OF PASSING OF ZONING BY-LAW 0358/2012 TAKE NOTICE the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Addington Highlands passed By-law No. 0358/2012, on the 21st day of February, 2012, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as Amended. PURPOSE OF THE BY-LAW: An application was received from Edward Fittler to rezone a parcel of land located in Part of Lot 7, Concession 9, in the geographic Township of Anglesea, including part of the Shore Road Allowance. The subject land is more specifically described as Reference Plan No. 29R9919. The lands are on the west side of Highway No.41 and have frontage on Skootamatta Lake. This application is the result of a condition of consent for SEV 2011-01. The severed land currently contains 2 guest cabins, as well as accessory structures. The applicant/owner intends to convert one of the existing guest cabins to a cottage with services and the other guest cabin is to remain as is. The property has access to Hughes Landing Road via an existing right-of-way. Existing cottage and accessory buildings are to remain on the 1.8 hectares (4.45 acres) parcel being retained, The subject land is designated Waterfront Residential in the Official Plan and is zoned Residential Limited Service (RLS). The purpose of the zoning application is to place lands being severed in a site specific Residential Limited Service (RLS) Zone to permit a reduction in the required setbacks from the high water mark for the house, deck and guest cabin, as well as to permit a guest cabin larger than the required permitted area of 20 square metres. The site specific zone also permits the guest cabin to be located within 30 metres of the front lot line. The retained parcel is to be placed in a site specific RLS zone to recognize the reduction in setbacks of buildings. EFFECT OF THE BY-LAW REQUEST: The effect of the by-law would be to rezone the severed lands to a site specific Residential Limited Service (RLS) Zone to permit reduced setbacks and a guest cabin larger than 20 square metres. The retained parcel would be rezoned to regularize the new lot. The rezoning also implements the zoning conditions associated with consent application SEV 2011-01. LOCATION OF PROPERTY: The property is in Part of Lot 7, Concession 9, in the Geographic Township of Anglesea including part of the Shore Road Allowance, Township of Addington Highlands. The subject land is more specifically described as Reference Plan No. 29R-9919. (See Key Map) AND TAKE NOTICE THAT: i. Only individuals, corporations, and public bodies may appeal a Zoning By-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. A Notice of Appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a Notice of Appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or group on its behalf. ii. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. NOTE: The last day for filing objection will be March 21, 2012. The objection must be received by this date in order to be valid. Any appeal submitted to the Township of Addington Highlands for referral to the Ontario Municipal Board must be filed with the Clerk and include: 1) The objection to the By-law and the reasons in support of the objection. 2) The name and address of the appellant. 3) The fee payment required by the Ontario Municipal Board in the amount of $125.00 payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario. DATED at the Township of Addington Highlands this 21st day of February, 2012. Jack Pauhl, Clerk Treasurer

Heritage Festival Variety Show: Parham’s own band HD Supply played at the Frontenac Heritage Festival’s Variety Show on Saturday night. The very next day, Sunday, the band also played at the Easter Seals benefit at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston

Think Day at Sharbot Lake High by Sarah McCullough

Think Day presentation “Think” - a simple word but when put into action can change so much. On February 15, Think Day visited Sharbot Lake High School giving the students and staff time to think about things that they could change and how to live with a purpose. Think Day is a one hundred percent charitable event touring schools in Canada to encourage youth to live with a purpose and to change their world for the greater good. With their recent visit to SLHS students have paused to think about

what has been presented to them, about their life and, where to go from here. Sharbot Lake High School students were abuzz with excitement during and even the day after the presentation. When asked if the Think Day presentation was successful in motivating students, Tricia Gray (18), a senior student attending SLHS said, “Students were looking for opportunities to go further and help out, grabbing flyers and talking to the presenters looking for more information.” It was not only the students who felt the motivation by the Think Day presenters. When asked in an interview about what she took away from the presentation, Mrs. Steele-Drew, student advisor, answered, “The power of a personal story. Heart wrenching stories about what the members of Think Day have gone through and how they decided to live different, the stories of bravery, not outward bravery, but the power of self bravery.” Think Day as it appears from SLHS students’ view is a powerful, entertaining event that both staff and students would like to see happen again in the future.

What should the future of Sharbot Lake look like? You are invited to discuss the

Sharbot Lake Community Improvement Plan Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 6:30PM to 8:00PM Soldiers Memorial Hall 1107 Garrett Street, Sharbot Lake The County of Frontenac and the Township of Central Frontenac are working together to develop a Community Improvement Plan for the village of Sharbot Lake. Community Improvement Plans are a planning tool used across Ontario to revitalize towns and villages using incentives to stimulate private sector development and municipal initiatives that help improve a community. For more information please contact Peter Young, County of Frontenac, at 613-548-9400 ext. 359 or

OPP reportS On February 22, a fatal collision occurred on Highway 7 between Maberly and Sharbot Lake at approximately 7:25am. Two passenger vans collided, one heading west bound with passengers and the other heading east bound. Investigation indicates that the west bound vehicle lost control, crossed the center line and was struck by the east bound van. The driver and lone occupant of the eastbound vehicle, Karen Thompson, 39, of Mountain Grove, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the westbound van, John Duffy, 47 and his son, Thomas Duffy, 16, both from Orleans, also died. Two passengers, a 53-year-old male and a 10-year-old boy were transported to hospital with serious injuries.

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Grand opening of community food bank in Denbigh M embers of the Denbigh Griffith Lions Club, the Lakelands Family Health Team, Addington Highlands Council and the community at large joined in celebration at a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 28 at the new Addington Highlands Communty Centre-Denbigh, the new location of Denbigh's Community Food Bank. Cutting the ribbon were Ruby and Gary Malcolm, two long-time Denbigh residents who have been operating the food bank there for over 10 years now. Ruby informed me of how she and her husband came to take the reins of this very needed community service. “The Community Food Bank was originally started 10 years back by Rev. Angela Corey at the Denbigh United Church. When she was transferred to Nova Scotia, we really hated the idea of seeing the service be discontinued so we decided to take it over.” Ruby said that having worked at the Denbigh Public School for 10 years before retiring in 1990, she saw first hand the people in the community who were going hungry. “That was one of the main reasons we decided to keep the service running.". The food bank was formerly run out of the basement of St. Luke's United church, which meant hauling heavy boxes of canned goods up and down numerous stairs, so the Malcolms are grateful for the new location. Ruby served on the planning committee for the new community center and specifically asked if there might be space in the building where they could relocate the food bank. She was thrilled when the committee agreed. The food bank now sits in the former office of the school principal. Completely funded by donations, the food bank accepts all kinds of non-perishable food items and cash donations. The money is used to purchase perishable items from the local store. The food bank works solely on a emergency basis, usually by referrals but also through word of mouth. The Malcolms are grateful for the generous donations it receives from the Matawatchan Market, the churches

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Ruby and Gary Malcolm (seated) cut the ribbon at Denbigh’s Community Food Bank opening. of St. Andrew's, St. Paul's, St. Luke's and the New Apostolic, the Denbigh Recreation Committee, the Denbigh Griffith Lions Club, T.O.P.S., 41 Stop, the John Landry Christmas Show at the Pine Valley Restaurant, the Matacushie Community Development Program, the Santa Claus Parade committee and many individuals and families from the community.

Councilor Tony Fritch made a few remarks following the ribbon cutting and thanked the Malcolms, all of the donors, the Denbigh Griffith Lions Club and the local municipality. “Personally I wish the day would come when we didn't need a food bank but recent statistics show that the need in Canada is on the rise. I recently did a bit of research and discovered that food bank use has increased

by about 30% across Canada in the last few years. In Canada alone 851,000 people use registered food banks on a regular weekly basis." Fritsch said. That being the case, the community food bank in Denbigh is always in need of donations. It will be open on Tuesdays from noon until 3 p.m. and both food and cash donations can be made at that time.

Sheesham & Lotus Family Concert & Dance in Sharbot Lake


Kick up your heels at the Oso Hall (Soldiers Memorial Hall) in Sharbot Lake on Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2pm to start off your March break. The Kingston duo Sheesham and Lotus, known to school children throughout the area for their music workshops, to railway supporters for their concert at the Caboose Opening and to dancers in Maberly from the Maberly Quarterly Dances, will be performing their Old Tyme music and then accompanying dancers while Martha calls the moves. The event will be a show and dance, the first half hour or so will be a show with Sheesham and Lotus talking about the old time instruments and singing songs, followed by about an hour of dance. If you have never done square dancing or contra dancing, now is the time to try or simply watch and enjoy the music. Contra dancing is done in two lines, partners facing each other, with couple number one moving up the line and couple number 2

down the line as the dance progresses. Sounds complicated? Don’t worry. Dances are taught before the music begins. No experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Steps are simple and similar to

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square dance moves. It’s fun and great exercise. The cost is $10 or $20 for a family of four. For more information call 613-279-2777.

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Pioneer Log Home offers guests a trip back in time T by Julie Druker

hose who came out to explore Dr. Peter Bell's recently reassembled 1840s pioneer log home on the Fall River Road were treated to a trip back in time when they disembarked from a horse-drawn wagon and made their way along the newly reconstructed snake fence that encloses the property. A steady stream of visitors were greeted by costumed pioneer homesteaders who offered visitors a cup of hot mulled cider and freshly baked buttermilk biscuits. The women pioneers, who went by the names of “Florence, Matilda and Millicent McConnell” tended to the wood burning hearth and also offered guest carrots and apples with which to feed the two shiny black Percheron horses and two adorably cute shaggy-faced donkeys outside at the stable. Guests had a chance to tour the main floor of the expansive log home and its wealth of antique furnishings and accoutrements and to ply Bell with numerous questions. Bell, who said that eastern Ontario history is “a passion and in my soul”, is a wealth of information about pioneer history in these parts. He oversaw the relocation and reassembling of the log house, which has been a five-year project, and has also been collecting pioneer furnishings for years. He highlighted some of his favorite furnishings in the homestead, which included the 1873 Northwest step-back style stove that heats the main room of the house, and the bottle jack that stands by the wood burning hearth and on which hung a Cornish hen in the pro-

cess of roasting. “In those days people had their servants do a number of tasks and the devices that came to replace some of the work that those servants did, like removing your boots, or roasting a hen on the hearth, or replacing the wheel on a wagon, all came to be known as ‘jacks’.. So there is the bottle jack, the boot jack, the car jack, all of which were named generically for ‘Jack’, the servant whom they replaced,” he said. Bell pointed to an enormous built-in cupboard, which came from Lennox and Addington County and now sits beside the equally enormous stone hearth that was painstakingly reassembled stone by stone. He pointed out the tall four poster wooden framed bed, circa 1830, which came from Sydenham, and the wooden pie safe with screened in doors to keep the flies away, an item he picked up in the Merrickville area. It was used to store the wealth of pies needed to feed the many farm hands. He explained about the wooden dough box, a free standing wooden box used for warming

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Pioneers “Florence, Matilda and Millicent McConnell” (Pam Giroux, Matilda Bron and Brenda Dixon) greet visitors in front of the rebuilt stone fireplace. Behind them is the built-in cupboard and at bottom right in the photo is the primitive chair described in the article.

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John McConnell Log House Thanks for the participation and enthusiasm of everyone who visited the McConnell House on heritage weekend. Special thanks and appreciation to Bill Lee and his impressive team, Jim and Jake and driver Norm Garrison, for bringing visitors to the site by horse drawn wagon. Credit and appreciation are due to Bob Argue, Cheryl Nash and Margaret & Tony French of Old Brook Rd. for recognizing the merits of the McConnell house and seeing that it was preserved. Thanks to David and Jeff Hamilton and crew for their patient reconstruction, to Paul Warrington for chinking and restoration of the massive stone chimneys, to Cheryl Matson for her sensitive and creative interpretation of the structure, finishes and furnishings and finally to Pam Giroux, Brenda Dixon, Martina Field and Matilda Bron for bringing history to life as the pioneer hosts. Peter Bell

Eating their just rewards – Any thoughts of saving the gingerbread medallions given out to these participants in the Heritage Festival 2-10 km walk/run did not last long.

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ary Giller organized and hosted the Heritage Festival Variety Show at Sharbot Lake High School on Saturday Night. It was a typically eclectic mix of music. Perhaps some of the younger audience members fidgeted a bit during local poet/storyteller and railroad songster Dave Dawson’s set, but there were a number of seniors with their hands to their ears when local rockers HD Supply took the stage, even though the sound for the HD Supply set was turned down pretty low, almost too low for a band that plays renditions of AC/DC and Black Sabbath tunes when not playing original music. The Stray Cats (Jim MacPherson, Terry Reynolds, Dave Limber, and Gary Giller) were the host band. They warmed up the audience at the beginning of the night and came back after the intermission, where they played tribute to contemporary Canadian stars, including The Tragically Hip and Joel Plaskett.

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Ian Pinnock and Louise Dignum learn about pioneer refrigeration with Rudy Hollywood at the Crow Lake School House

It’s all about the costumes

Plunge raises spirits, $7,000


6 plungers - up from 24 last year – jumped into the waters of Sharbot Lake. In the process they raised $7,000 funds, which will go to children’s and youth programs at the Child Centre., whose staff got into the act, proviiding 4 of the plungers. Organizer Mark Montagano was really impressed by the plungers, the costumes, and the enthusiasm of the spectators. He said, “It was really something to see those young people braving the icy waters. You could see fear in their eyes but they overcame it and they will never forget the experience.” Prizes were provided by the Sharbot Lake Inn for: Youngest Plunger: Amber Asselstine, at 11 years of age with Samantha Kempe and Levi Teal a close second and third. Best Costume: Jen Farnum in her “heritage outfit”, with many in close pursuit with their originality and flair. Most funds raised and the oldest Plunger, Mark Montagano, at $920. Hot in pursuit was Art Holloway at $710, Connie McLellan at $565. The event was kicked off with flair by Town Crier Paddy O’Connor and a fine addition to the program, Jeff Donnelly on the bag pipes. The event could not be possible without the support of Richard Struthers and his staff at the Sharbot Lake Marina as well as the hands on support of Bill Young and the EMS team. Thanks to Anne Howes, the hot coffee was appreciated by all after the Plunge. All the Plungers received certificates and T-shirts commemorating

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Pioneer log home - continued from page 8 bread dough prior to its baking which he said was “likely built by Willis Armstrong's father since it came from the old Willis Armstrong estate located at the corner of the Zealand and Armstrong Roads just north of Highway 7 near Sharbot Lake.” Peter Bell also showed visitors the metal reflector oven, which came from Lanark County and which he and his family used to cook pizzas in the other night. He also described a very unusual primitive chair that sits beside the hearth, which dates back to the first half of the 19th century. Its seat is made from the hollow trunk of a tree and its back from a single tree root which gives it its natural curve. Though the upstairs of the home was closed off to visitors, Bell said he expects the second floor to be ready for visitors in

NF Atom Champions: The North Frontenac Atom Team 213 recently convincingly captured the "A" Championship Atom C Division Tournament in Westport. Pictured (front kneeling left to right) Robbie Wood, Dakota Fox, Brandon Blackburn, Barrett Joynt, (standing left to right) Mark McCrady (coach), Derek Joynt (trainer), Michael Kasserra, Josh Dickson, Brody Chabot, Jake Richards, Ben McCrady, Chase Muir and Eric Richards (manager).

Fundraising Dance in Sydenham

Tom Revell of Bauder Road: by Wilma Kenny he Sydenham Point Improvement Committee knows how to throw a party: if you weren’t there at Sydenham High school last Friday, you missed a good one! The solid community support was evident. Both popular local bands, Bauder Road and Still Standin’ volunteered their time and talents. The silent auction was better than ever, offering everything from half a pig (cut and wrapped), gravel, topsoil and a chain-saw to stylish


handbags, massage treatment, and generous gift baskets. There was a cash bar, midnight buffet and free shuttle bus service. All they could have used were more dancers. In spite of the clear roads, heavy wet snow earlier in the day and forecasts of more to come may have discouraged some folks. Also, more people than ever seem to have headed south for a few weeks this year. In spite of the lower attendance, committee member Leslie Myles said that the lively bidding at the silent auction helped bring the night’s tally over $4,400. “It will all help with the Point fund, and everyone commented on what an enjoyable evening it was.” The Point Improvement Committee is a sub-committee of the Loughborough District Parks and Recreation Committee. Mike Howe, Chair of both the latter and the South Frontenac Central Recreation Committee, said the current plans, now that the field lights are in, are to complete the watering and electrical systems for the playing field, and repair the badly weakened retaining wall at the side of the ball field. “After that, we’ll be going back to Council to discuss planning and implementation of upgrades to the swim areas. The Point is enormously important to the community, and heavily used: we’re continuing to work with the municipality to maintain and improve it.” Because the Sydenham Point is only one of several wellused South Frontenac parks, local fundraising makes an important contribution.

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the next couple of months. Visitors also had a chance to explore the property and its many outbuildings, which include an authentic log stable that came from the Ottawa Valley and a much smaller log house that came from the Henderson Road, which Bell hopes to bring back to its former glory in the near future. Restoring the log home, which measures 37 feet x 27 feet, was huge undertaking to say the least and I asked Dr. Bell how the newly restored home will function in the future since the objective was never to make it livable. “It would be a struggle to keep it open regularly to the general public, but that being said, I still hope to be able to open it up for special local events and occasions like this one,” he said.

More Heritage Festival: photo contest winners Nature - Penny Tanner won for her photo: "Morning Dew" Recreation - Sandra Hannah won with her photo: "Canoeing, Early Morning" People - Fred Barrett was the winner with: "In Your Face or Mine"

Youth - Sofia Ratzinger won with: “Beauty, Stalking” Each winner was awarded a $50 prize. All the entries can be viewed at


row Lake schoolhouse: Sandra Moase demonstrated traditional rug hooking, and even after spending a mighty chilly night outdoors leading a group of eight in overnight winter camping, Mike Procter was still up for some tomahawk throwing on Saturday

Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back - OPP issues warning on irresponsible texting (OPP press release - Feb. 28, 2012) That’s the message the Ontario Provincial Police is putting out to teens across the province. The mistaken belief that their texted messages and images shared among peers will remain private and secure puts them in real danger of becoming victims of their own words and actions. Officers are increasingly seeing more teens who are unable to cope with the personal shame and embarrassment that they have unknowingly created from what they had believed to be “harmless fun”. Teens frequently engage in relationships with peers through the use of their mobile devices and computers that lead to “self-peer exploitation” (also known as sexting). As a result of the mistaken belief that they can remain anonymous, they often also engage in this type of behaviour with individuals whom they don’t know but have only ever met online. Teens need to become aware that this kind of risky activity has very real dangers associated with it that includes unintended consequences and permanent long term threats to their identity and their reputations. Every day, thousands of teens are photographing and videotaping themselves in suggestive and compromising photos and sending the images through electronic devices to their peers. Quite often, this type of conduct can become a dangerous game as those images never stay with the one intended to receive it. Instead they are frequently passed

along by the recipient to friends, who pass it on to other friends who continue this cycle of distribution while some post them to social networking sites, and download them onto the internet. The resulting shame and embarrassment that is experienced by the teen, who is now a victim of their own actions, can have very tragic results. There is also a real criminal risk for those individuals who receive these images and redistribute them. Often unknowingly, by sending the images to others and posting them, these individuals are engaging in the distribution of child pornography and could face criminal charges. Parents, guardians and educators need to learn more about this serious social issue. They should recognize the significance of this problem, discuss it with their teens and monitor their social media activities. Reminding teens about the short and long term consequences of their social media behaviours will have a positive impact. Inspector Scott Naylor, Manager of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit says, “Self-peer exploitation has become a big social issue that no one has been adequately prepared to manage. Those with a vested interest in the protection of children need to get involved and learn how to protect them from permanently damaging their lives. Understand what self-peer exploitation is, and find out what to do about it. There are ways to intervene.”

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or more than 2 decades Rural Legal Services (RLS) has written Legalese, a legal information column kindly published by the Frontenac News. It has recently been recognized by our colleagues in the Legal Advocacy Regional Network (LEARN) of which our clinic is a member, as a means to achieve its goal of improving access to justice and legal information to people who live in small urban and rural and remote areas of Eastern Ontario. Following our lead, LEARN is proposing to write a monthly legal information newspaper column under the banner LEARN LAW for publication in newspapers across the 5 county region of Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward and Northumberland. LEARN column writers include local lawyers, the staff of community legal clinics such as RLS and representatives of Legal Aid Ontario. Rural Legal Services will continue to write its own Legalese column but will provide the monthly LEARN LAW columns as they become available. The following LEARN LAW column is an update of a Legalese column that was published in the Frontenac News in September 2009. LEARN LAW This column is not intended to provide legal advice; it is just general legal information provided by volunteer local lawyers and the staff of community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario. The law can change. You must contact a lawyer to determine your legal rights and obligations. If you are living on a low income, you may be eligible for free legal help from Legal Aid Ontario (criminal, family or immigration) or your local community legal clinic (income security programs, employment law, tenants’ rights, or human rights). You can reach Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258 or visit them online at www.legalaid. Contact Rural Legal Services (613) 279-3252 or toll free 1-888-777-8916 for more information.

Family Breakdown - What is “Legal” Separation?

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BROUSE, MARTHA JANE Peacefully at Perth Hospital on Saturday February 25, 2012 with her family by her side. Martha Jane Armstrong of Plevna, in her 96th year, beloved wife of the late Hilyard Brouse. Dear mother of Joe and his wife Laura. Predeceased by son Robert. Sadly missed by grandchildren Laura Lee and Sherry Ann (Mark) and great grandchildren Joseph, Shawny, Brandon and Travis. In keeping with Martha’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a graveside interment service in the spring. Arrangements in care of Goodfellow’s Funeral Home, Parham. Online condolence at

Card-Bruce Pat and Bill Card are thrilled to introduce their first grandson. Liam Christopher Bruce was born on October 6, 2011. Christina and Ken are quickly becoming wonderful, loving, competent parents. Lisa and Kevin are enjoying not only being aunt and uncle, but also godparents. Ken and Maxine Bruce of Peterborough are very proud to have another grandchild. Liam is fortunate to have loving great-grandparents, Fred and Mary Iacovoni of Scarborough along with great-aunts and uncles and cousins who treasure him.

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My wife and I would like to say Thank You to everyone who was part of the benefit on Feb. 18. Thank you for the food, for your time, kindness and support. A special thank you to Rick Steele and his mother Vera, the DJs and all the people at the Arden Legion. A very special thank you to Don Oliver, whose work behind the scenes made the evening such a big success. We know there are others within our community whose lives have been touched by tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jackie’s treatments will resume soon. We have faith, we have hope and the support of our family, friends, neighbors and community. Once again, thank you all so much. Jackie and Brian Davis

The Denbigh Rec Committee would like to thank the gift certificate contributors for the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery dinner. Thank you to Timbrmart Griffith Building Supply, Griffith General Store, Jeeves, 41 Stop Inc., Berndt’s Garage04 and Floyd Enterprises for your generous contributions. Also thank you to Pine Valley Restaurant for the “dinner for two” gift certificate door prize.

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march 1, 2012 South Frontenac Volunteer Recognition & Family Day Winter Carnival which took place Feb 20th at the Frontenac Arena. Volunteer recognition draw winners are Pat Barr, Peter Brugman, Elva Lee Ball, Erma Bracken, Kathy Closs, Larry Gow, Suzanne Hoag, Lindsay Hull, Merry Horton, Lynn Jackson, Cheryl Kellar, Don Lawson, David Meir, Jen Meulenaar, Ann McDougall, Betty O'Connor, Stan Ritchie, Ginny Redmond, Gayle Roberson, Rachael SmithTryon and Frank York. A special Thank you to Mike Howe, Council Member John McDougall, Tyler Morey, Ryan Morey, Pam Morey, Sandra Bell and Evan Tapscott for volunteering their time for this event. Thank you to our special Event Organizers Norm Roberts and Dan Bell from South Frontenac Recreation Committee. Special Thank you to Jim Stinson and staff at Frontenac Arena, Norm Garrison for his wonderful wagon rides, Nicole’s Gifts from Verona for gift cards, and Something Cool Frozen Foods in Harrowsmith also for gift cards and the wonderful hot dogs. Also our appreciation goes out to South Frontenac Council members and Mayor Gary Davison along with South Frontenac Recreation Coordinator Angela Maddocks for allowing this great event to take place. South Frontenac Recreation Committee congratulates all our Volunteers in South Frontenac because we couldn't do it without you.

Thank You - Stitt

To all my friends, neighbours, and organizations who helped my wife and me through this very hard time. Heartfelt special thanks to: St. Elizabeth Health Care Centre, Peg Goodes and staff from CCAC, and Northern Frontenac Community Services. Everyone who came to our home was very professional and seemed to take a step beyond the call of duty. Dr. Tobia - who could ever forget the good and dedicated Dr. Tobia? You almost stole my wife’s heart from me, Doctor! Thank you for helping make the last few weeks almost bearable! I am totally humbled by all of this. Thank you one and all! Ellard Stitt (and for my dear departed wife, Frannie)

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Heather McMillan, (second from left) presenting the Eat Smart award of excellence to Joy Knox (second from right). Arena Manager Jim Stinson stood to Heather’s left, and Heather Fox, of the arena board, is next to Joy Knox. Back row l. to r. arena board members Ron Vandewal, Del Stowe, and Bill Snyder. The Frontenac Community Arena is jointly owned by South and Central Frontenac townships and is located right on the boundary between the two.

Frontenac Community Arena reaches Eat Smart standard W by Jeff Green hen a lot of us think back to our days at indoor hockey rinks, we remember the sound of skates on ice, the smell of the change room, hot chocolate and, in my case, Milky Way chocolate bars. In an effort to foster healthy, nutritional eating, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health is promoting efforts by local recreation centres to add some other tastes – fresh fruit, trail mix, milk, whole grain bread, water and fruit juice, along with the hot dogs and hot chocolate that people are used to. A number of recreation centers in the City of Kingston have achieved a set of standards that the Health Unit developed in 2010 in line with the provincial Eat Smart program, and in the second year of the program, the Frontenac Arena in Piccadilly joined 5 other centers in the City of Kingston in achieving the Eat Smart Award of Excellence. “We joined the program last fall,” said arena manager Jim Stinson, “and found that we were already half way there and had only to add a few extra items to reach the standard.” Heather McMillan, a Public Health Dietician with KFL&A Public Health, heads up the

A Promise for You “Remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.” Romans 11: 18

Eat Smart program. She said that offering nutritional food choices in recreation centers fits in with the entire ethos of recreation centers in the first place. “People are going to recreation centers to be active. Athletic children and athletic parents are spending lots of time at recreation centers, and it makes sense to offer them a healthy choice when they look for a snack or a meal,” she said. Nutritional food is one of the three criteria within the Eat Smart program. “The others are offering a smoke free environment, and safe food handling,” Heather McMillan said. Jim Stinson realises that attaining the Eat Smart standard will require changes on an annual basis as the program develops, but he feels that the Frontenac Arena staff and patrons can handle the changes. “The program is about offering choice, not about eliminating choice,” he said, adding that over time there have already been changes in the kinds of products that skating families are looking for at the Frontenac Arena. “We don’t sell anywhere near the amount of pop we sold even a few years ago,” Stinson said, “but we do sell quite a bit of hot chocolate. In addition to the Eat Smart program at recreation centers, Heather McMillan also works with the private and public sector on an Eat Smart program in workplace cafeterias throughout Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.


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Stoves, washers, dryers, freezers, dishwashers. 3 months old and up. Sold with written guarantees. Fridges $100 and up.


At the lowest prices in the area. Trade-ins accepted on new appliances. Big selection to choose from. We Sell Gas Refrigerators


For good used appliances in working order or not, but no junk please. VISA and MASTERCARD accepted. We have our own financing also. Shop at our competitors and then come see for yourself quality at low prices.

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HUNTING & FISHING FIREARMS & HUNTER ED COURSES. Firearms course: Henderson March 23, 24. Hunter Ed: March 30, 31. Wild Turkey license and examinations. Call Bill at 613-335-2786 HUNTER SAFETY AND FIREARMS COURSES. Turkey Examinations. Course date March 30, 31 and April 01 in Flinton. Call 613-336-9875.

LEGAL SERVICES RURAL LEGAL SERVICES, A community Legal Clinic providing legal services without charge for residents of Northern Frontenac County and surrounding area. Sharbot Lake: phone 613-279-3252 or toll free 1-888-7778916. Northbrook: 613-336-8934




TOM’S MUSIC STUDIO is now accepting students for drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano, beginner banjo and theory; repairs to all stringed instruments. Tom 613-539-4659

Open Evenings & Seven Days a Week - River Road Corbyville, Just North of Corby’s (613) 969-0287

KINNEY AUTO WRECKING Station Road, Kaladar. 4x4 trucks & parts for sale. Scrap cars, stoves, fridges wanted. 613-336-9272.


UPPER FRONTENAC GRAPHICS – Custom Embroidery, Imprinting, Trophies, Awards & Engraving. Caps, jackets, golf shirts, hoodies, teamwear & more. 613-539-6340; dwedden@;

FOR RENT COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE located on Hwy. 7 just east of the Junction of Hwy 38 and Hwy. 7. For further information, contact Ram at 613-279-2827 KALADAR 2 BEDROOM APT. Available April 1, 2012. Call 613-336-9429 NEW, CLEAN SPACE on Highway 41 at Northbrook, suitable for retail or light industry. Competitive rates, call 613-336-9336 SMALL 2 BEDROOM HOUSE in Cloyne, available immediately. Phone 613-336-2239 THREE BEDROOM HOUSE, redecorated, Flinton corner, Northbrook area, $825 plus heat & hydro; first & last, 613-336-2661

FOR SALE DOUG’S ANTENNA SALES & SERVICE: with any new Bell TV system rental or purchase, receive a free PVR receiver. Exclusive Limited Time Offer. Call Us. 613-374-3305 SAP BUCKETS, USED. Call 613-279-2207 or 613-264-7567 WOOD HEAT SOLUTIONS. 2012 Winter Warm up Sale! Factory incentives up to $1400 on Outdoor Wood & Corn Furnaces OR Tradeout discounts up to $1,500 on the purchase of an E-Classic. YOUR CENTRAL BOILER DEALER. Frankford, ON 613.398.1611; Bancroft, ON 613.332.1613 WOODWORKING TOOLS, lathe, bench saw and many more tools. 24” snowblower with snow cab, like new. Phone 613-374-2276.

HELP WANTED MASTER ELECTRICIAN REQUIRED for the Frontenac District. Phone 613-583-6127

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1171 Cannon Rd., Sharbot Lake

613-279-2113 Winter Hours: Open first 2 Saturdays of Each Month Mon - Sat: 9am-3pm

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Quality New & Used Clothing at Affordable Prices! For furniture drop off, please call ahead. 279-2113 ask for Janet.

RAFFLE WINNERS THE CENTRAL FRONTENAC RAILWAY HERITAGE SOCIETY is pleased to announce the winners of their raffle: Joe Troupe of Perth – Keirstead print of “The Old Kick n’ Push”. Nicole LeClair of Parham – crocheted afghan by D. Robinson. Brenda Martin of Ardoch – vintage Railway sign by R. MacMunn. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.

RETIREMENT RESIDENCE HIDDEN ACRES RETIREMENT RESIDENCE, home-cooked meals. Rooms available, longterm and short stay, near Northbrook, staffed 24/7, reasonable rates. Call 613-336-0999, ask for Cathy

SERVICES DRYWALL AND PLASTER REPAIRS. Professionally trained. Drywall installation, old fashioned quality, three coat hand finishing. Free estimates. Call Rick at 613-375-8201. NUISANCE WILDLIFE CONTROL. Insured, licensed trapper available for nuisance animal removal. Beaver available for dog food. 613374-2179. PET SITTING in Mountain Grove. Going away? Let us help. Dogs, Cats, etc. Spacious, individual accommodations. Long walks. By appointment only. Laura Mills 613-335-3658. Evenings are best or leave a message. PHOTOCOPY, FAX & LAMINATION SERVICES available at The Frontenac News, rear building, 1095 Garrett St., Sharbot Lake. Competitive prices! 8½ x 11 - Black & White, 1-10 copies: 15¢ ea; 11-25 copies: 10¢ ea; 26-100 copies 8¢ ea. SPECIAL: 50+ colour copies 8½ x 11, 25¢ ea. (specialty paper extra). Taxes extra. Call 613-279-3150 for information.


STANDING TIMBER, firewood, pine, cedar, bush lots. Free quotes, cash paid. Call 613279-2154. WANTED: HOUSE in Sharbot Lake Village or vicinity. Call 613-279-1316

TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMFRA) has made changes to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. To be eligible for compensation, livestock and poultry producers must have a Premises ID number and a valid Farm Business Registration number. To obtain these numbers or for inquiries you can contact OMAFRA by e-mail at; by phone at 1-877-424-1300; or by mail at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2. Please Note: All claims for livestock or poultry injured or killed on or after April 1, 2012 will not be processed without these numbers. th

Dated this 28 day of February, 2012. Jenny Duhamel, Clerk (613) 479-2231


Removing air pollutants with houseplants W

By Margaret Inwood, Lanark County Master Gardeners

e are inside the house a lot in the winter months and the indoor air is often full of pollutants such as formaldehyde from paints and adhesives, chemicals from personal care products and from building materials. Our bodies are constantly exposed to these toxins and most of us could benefit by having more of these natural air purifier plants around the house for beauty as well as to improve our health. Almost any plant will absorb toxins from the air, metabolize them and return oxygen and moisture back into the room, but extensive testing has shown that certain plants are better at it than others. Bamboo palms, Dracaena, Peace Lily, Ivies, Ficus, and potted mums excel at removing benzenes and formalde-

OPP reportS Police charged the 24-year-old driver of a Chevrolet car with one count of “Driving While Passenger Under 16 Fails To Properly Wear A Seat Belt“ after stopping the vehicle on February 15. At about 8:36pm the officers noticed the car traveling north on Road 38 near Fream Road in Central Frontenac Township. They saw two teenage females standing in the vehicle with their upper bodies out of the sunroof. The teenagers were waving and talking to another young woman walking along the road. The girls were aged 14 and 15 years, the officers contacted their parents and guardians and they were taken home. The driver was issued a Provincial Offences Notice.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS All claims against the Estate of WALTER ALBERT REINECKE deceased, who died on September 22, 2011, late of 1260 Clarendon Road, Maberly, Ontario K0H 2B0, must be filed with the undersigned by March 8, 2012; thereafter the assets of the Estate will be distributed having regard only to those claims then filed. DATED at Perth, Ontario this 8th day of February, 2012. Greg W. Anderson ANDERSON FOSS Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries Ten Market Square Perth, Ontario K7H 1V7 (613) 267-9898  fax (613) 267-2741 Solicitor for Estate Trustee

hyde gases from the air. Ivies, Snake plants and Ficus are also excellent at removing octanes and terpene, as are Sprenger’s asparagus ferns, and Hoya vines. Spider and Snake plants are also superior for removing high volumes of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air and giving us back oxygen. The bedroom is probably the single place that you and your kids spend the most time. What if you could improve your child’s asthma symptoms simply by running a vaporizer and adding a spider or snake plant to their room’s decor? There are many times during the year when we could give an air purifying plant as a gift to improve someone’s stress and health such as, birthdays and anniversaries or when someone is in hospital. Besides helping to brighten a room, they are also very good for our health. All your gardening questions can be submitted and answered on our website at www.

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TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC PUBLIC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac proposes to enact a By-law to stop up, close and sell parts of the 66’ shore road allowance as set out and described as follows:

ENHANCED SUPPORT WORKER (contract position) • March 2012 – June 29th, 2012 (with possible extention) • 4 hours per day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 am to 12:45 pm This position is in the day care. Enhanced Support workers assist children with daily routines and implement goals and strategies from each child’s individual program plan.

ALL THAT PART of the original shore road allowances around Kashwakamak Lake lying in front of Lot 19 and 19A; Lot 20 and Lot 22 Registered Plan No. 1125, geographic Township of Barrie, in the Township of North Frontenac, in the County of Frontenac described as Parts 1, 2, and 3 on Registered Plan 13R20293.

Qualifications: • Registered Early Childhood Educator • Behavioural Science Technician or Child &Youth Worker • Experience with children who have special needs. • Current First Aid/CPR an asset • Clear CPIC • Up to date immunization

The proposed By-law will come before the said Council for consideration at its regular meeting at the Clar/Mill Fire Hall, Upstairs Meeting Room, 6648 Road 506, Plevna, Ontario, on the 12th day of March, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., and at that time, the Council will hear in person, any person who claims that his land will be prejudicially affected and who applies to be heard.

Please forward resumé to:

Dated this 6th day of February, 2012. Jenny Duhamel Clerk

The Child Centre, 1004 Art Duffy Rd. Sharbot Lake, ON  K0H 2P0 Attention: Susan Wilby Licensed Program Manager e-mail Fax 613-279-3355 CLOSING DATE: Noon March 7th, 2012 Resumés are also accepted for supply positions within The Child Centre, Registered Early Childhood Educators and or experience with children.



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Drop In & Take Advantage of Our Winter Clothing Clearout

Northern Happenings Northern Happenings listings are free for community groups, and will be published for two weeks. Other listings are paid or are taken from paid ads in the paper. The News makes every effort to be accurate but events and their details should be independently verified by readers.

10am-11:15am, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, scripture, games, stories, video, and paint, all welcome. SYDENHAM - ‘THE CROSSING’ Heavenly rock with Jason Silver & band, contemporary worship experience, 7pm St. Paul’s Anglican Church; 613-376-3003; all welcome

Friday March 2

ARDOCH ALGONQUIN MANOOMIN FESTIVAL, St. John Catholic High School, Perth, Sat 9:30-7:30pm, Sun 9:30-4pm. See ad on page 7 for schedule and details

CLOYNE - FREE MOVIE, “The Martian Child”, United Church 7pm, all welcome. HARROWSMITH - YOUTH DANCE for ages 9-15, Golden Links Hall, 7-10pm, $6 call Sharon 372.1274, Wayne 358-2533. MCDONALDS CORNERS – “Around The World On A Dinner Plate”, Indian dinner, MERA Schoolhouse, 6pm, $10; 5-12yrs $5, under 5 free. Desserts extra. Reserve: 613-278-0388, SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, spaghetti WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, interdenominational services, Flinton - St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 10:30am; Parham Free Methodist Church Friday 7pm; Verona - Lakeview Gospel Assembly 10am. All are welcome to the services.

Sat & Sun March 3 & 4

Sunday, March 4 ENTERPRISE JAMBOREE, w/ Dennis Whitty, Open Stage, dancing, 1pm, $5, Enterprise Hall, presented by Newburgh-Camden Lions, 613-379-9972 HARROWSMITH – GOSPEL ONLY JAM, Free Methodist Church, 1:30-4pm, Open Mic, fundraiser for church; info: 613-376-9815 MCDONALDS CORNERS - SHIATSU MASSAGE, 10am-4pm, MERA Schoolhouse, register: 613-278-0388, WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, Sydenham, interdenominational service hosted by St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 6.30pm. Refreshments, all welcome

Saturday March 3

Monday March 5

16TH ANNUAL AA GRATITUDE DAY, Northbrook Lions Hall, 1st panel starts 12:30pm; banquet speaker 3:30pm, potluck to follow; please bring something tasty. 7th Tradition ARDEN - DINNER & GOSPEL SING, Kennebec hall, ham dinner 5pm; gospel sing 6pm w/ Clear View, Free will offering for both, sponsor: Arden & Community Wesleyan Church SNOW ROAD - BINGO FUNDRAISER for Snowmobile Club; light supper 4:30-6pm; Bingo 6:45pm, 1106 Gemmills Rd.; all welcome. SYDENHAM - KIDS MESSY CHURCH,

PLEVNA - EUCHRE PARTIES start March 5, 7:30pm at Clar-Mill Hall, sponsored by Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Every Monday from March to December RAILTON – BINGO, St. Patrick’s parish hall, doors open 6pm, hosted by Knights of Columbus SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, seniors’ centre, info, appointment: call 613-2793151.

Tuesday March 6 SYDENHAM – SENIORS FITNESS PROGRAM for ages 55+, Tuesdays 10-11am, St.

Paul’s Anglican Church $4 class; info: Danielle 613-376-6477

Wednesday March 7 SHARBOT LAKE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN Meeting, 6:30-8pm, Soldiers Memorial Hall, all are invited to discuss the community improvement plan for the village of Sharbot Lake, info: Peter Young, 613-5489400 x 359; SHARBOT LAKE - POVERTY LUNCHEON & LENT DEVOTIONS noon-1pm, United Church; free will offering for food bank, all welcome SHARBOT LAKE - SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS of Alzheimers or a related dementia disease, Seniors’ Centre, 1-3pm. Info: 613-279-3078 VERONA DINERS, noon, Lions Hall, for 55+, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477. 

Thursday March 8 HARROWSMITH DINERS, noon, Free Methodist Church, for 55+yrs, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477.

Friday, March 9 MCDONALDS CORNERS –Spanish Dinner, MERA Schoolhouse, 6pm, $10; 5-12yrs $5, under 5 free. Desserts extra. Reserve: 613278-0388, NORTH FRONTENAC CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS MEETING, 7pm, Clar-Mill Hall, Plevna, info: Amber Lemke 613-479-2283

his month let’s talk about naming stars! There’s nothing to stop you from naming a star after yourself. When I was very young, there was a very bright star in the north that I decided was mine and I named it “Fred’s Star”. There are commercial enterprises that, for a fee, will name a star after you and provide all sorts of official looking documents to hang on your wall. Even educational institutes and charities have gotten

into this lucrative business to raise funds. And the stupendous number of stars in the sky means that the supply is limitless. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is recognized by the world scientific community to name astronomical objects – asteroids, stars etc. In reality, the IAU has no international legal standing to name sky objects, so if you want to buy a plot on the Moon or Mars or have a star in your name, please feel free to

Fiddle-a-thon at Maberly Hall T by Cindy McCall he Maberly Hall will be filled with fiddlers and their friends on April 22. The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra is holding a fundraising Fiddle-a-thon with an open invitation to any local musician to come and play. And it’s not just for fiddlers; guitars, cello, viola, mandolin, penny whistles and the like are welcome to join in the fun. Players obtain sponsors, collect the funds and bring them to the Maberly Hall on April 22. Participants can drop in and join the jam circle anytime during the day between 1:30 and

7pm. Participants will have the opportunity to choose tunes (or songs) for all in the circle to play (or sing). Refreshments will be available for players throughout the day. The Fiddle-a-thon’s aim is to provide a relaxed opportunity for local musicians to have fun as they play together while raising funds for the fiddle orchestra. Supporting the orchestra will help keep amateur music alive in the community and assist in making it affordable for anyone to learn to play the fiddle and join in the fun. To obtain a sponsor sheet contact Wolfe at, 273-3986.

Sunday March 11 BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, country, bluegrass, folk, performers free, audience $1; info: 613-374-2614 MCDONALDS CORNERS – JAMBOREE, Agricultural Hall, music begins 1pm, dinner @ 5pm, $14; info: 613-278-2427 SHARBOT LAKE - SHEESHAM & LOTUS -Old Time Family Show & Dance, 2pm, Oso Hall, $10; $20 family of 4. WILTON – “THE PROVERBS” in concert, 7pm, Standard Church; info: 613-386-3405

Monday March 12 HARROWSMITH S&A CLUB MEETING, 7:30pm, for all members & anyone interested in membership,  4041 Colebrooke Rd, family fee $10/ year, info: Pam 613-372-1578

Saturday, March 10

Tuesday March 13

ARDEN – “EGGS AS YOU LIKE THEM” breakfast & silent auction, 8-11am, community center, freewill offering, sponsor: United Church LANARK - MISSISSIPPI MADAWASKA LAND TRUST CONSERVANCY AGM, guest biologist Brent Patterson speaks on Coyotes & Wolves in Eastern Ontario, St. Andrews United Church, 2:30-4:30pm. MABERLY - EUCHRE PARTY & HAM & BAKED BEAN SUPPER, community hall; Euchre 2-4pm, dinner 4:30-6pm; $3 Euchre only; $10 dinner only; $11 both; 6-12yrs $5, under 5 free, sponsor: Maberly Agricultural Society; info:

NORTHERN 5 DINERS, Ompah, noon, for those 50+, $10. Reservations required 613279-3151 SYDENHAM – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Rural VISIONS centre 1-4pm. Info: 613-376-6477 VERONA – FOOT CARE CLINIC, medical centre 9am-noon. Info: 613-376-6477

What’s Up in the Night Sky - March 2012 T

Joan 613-492-0139, Marion 613-268-2175 MCDONALDS CORNERS - WIRE GEM TREE SCULPTURE, 10am-2pm MERA Schoolhouse, register: 613-278-0388, SHABOMEKA LAKE (BUCK LAKE) ICE FISHING TROUT DERBY. Sponsored by Flinton Rec. Club. Weigh in closes 4pm. Tickets available at the lake morning of derby; info: Paul 613-336-1742.  SNOW ROAD FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST Snowmobile Club, 8-11am, 1106 Gemmills Rd.; all welcome.

Wednesday, March 14 SENIORS COMMUNITY HOUSING PROJECT MEETINGS: 9:30-11am Sydenham Legion and 1:30-3pm at Verona Lions Hall

by Fred Barrett

send your dollars to a charity or commercial naming company. My brother did just that a few years ago for my birthday and I have the certificate hanging in my observatory. Nothing like having a giant ball of fusing hydrogen gas named after you! The planets this month are in wonderful positions for some spectacular viewing. On and about March 3, and shortly after sunset, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter can be seen in the west. Mars is closest to us on March 5 and will be about 63 million miles away. It will be rising in the east shortly after sunset. In the southeast, the brightest star in our northern skies, Sirius, will be hard to miss about half way up the sky and to the left of great Orion. Mercury can be found about 30 degrees (3 fist widths) below and slightly to the right of brilliant Venus. Venus and Jupiter have been very bright and prominent in the west these last few weeks. Watch for the gap between them to shrink to about 5 degrees by March 9. They can be seen about a third of the way above the horizon. Saturn, my favorite planet, rises in the east about 4 hours after sunset in early March but much sooner, about an hour after sunset, by late March. It’s a wonderful, not to be missed sight through a telescope! From March 10 to 24 you can see the zodiacal light about an hour and a half after sunset in the west. It is a cone-shaped column of light that has been reflected from particles and debris in the plane of our solar system. It will provide a backdrop to Venus, Jupiter and the Pleiades star cluster. Spring equinox, when the Sun crosses the equator heading north, occurs at 1:14am EDT on March 20. The days are getting lon-

ger and the songbirds are chirping! Full Moon arrives on March 8 and I’ve always called it the Maple Syrup Moon. I’ll be boiling my maple sap soon after! It is also called the Full Sap Moon and the Full Crow Moon. Crows begin to caw to announce spring. Another name is the Full Worm Moon when worms start crawling out of the ground as the weather warms up. There are no meteor showers this month but that shouldn’t stop you from going out to watch for stray meteors as you are admiring the planets. Don’t miss looking at Orion and its deep space objects, especially the Orion Nebula. A beautiful sight is Gemini above and to Orion’s left. Cancer is to its left and the star cluster M44 at its middle, is a naked eye object on a clear night. It’s spectacular. Leo, the Lion, is to Cancer’s left and Mars can be seen just below it. Shortly after sunset on March 23, watch for a very thin crescent Moon about 1 fist width (10 degrees) above the western horizon. Daylight savings time begins at 2 AM on March 11. Don’t forget! “The Beginner’s Observing Guide” by Leo Enright is an invaluable companion for adventures in the sky and is available at the Sharbot Lake Pharmacy. It can also be ordered from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at A subscription to our Canadian astronomy magazine “SkyNews” can be arranged at the RASC website as well. Let me know how your observing has gone this month, especially anything unusual. I enjoy the feedback. You can contact me through this paper or email me at Clear Skies! Fred.


march 1, 2012

Warning re computer scams


, and my neighbor, have been receiving calls regularly from scam artists from “Windows” claiming that there is something wrong with our computers and they are going to help us fix the issue. This is a scam. “Windows” is not a company, it’s a product from Microsoft and, believe me, Microsoft does not call anyone to assist in fixing your computer. They want you to download a program called “Teamviewer” which allows them to remotely access your computer. They can then steal anything interesting, like your sign-on codes, accounts and passwords for online banking, credit cards, email services, Facebook, etc. The people who call us have Indian accents. They call every week or so and are very persistent. Do not give them an email address because even receiving an email from them can trigger bad news for your computer and, possibly, your bank accounts. If you have downloaded Teamviewer remove it immediately (through the Control Panel). And contact every one of your banks and credit card companies as soon as possible to check on suspicious withdrawals and transactions. I’ve been in the computer business for decades and I can guarantee that these people are attempting to steal from you. Ron Hipfner

To Scott Reid re: online spying


Letters to the Editor Open to Dialogue for Ratsnake “Our” forest. We love to live here, my family and our neighbours in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. It’s spectacular, unique, a bit fragile because of human activity. Its flora and fauna, common and rare species, are doing their part to keep the forest whole and balanced. We received a letter from the MNR about the proposed regulations for the Gray Rat Snake (also called Black or Eastern Ratsnake), asking for our input and comments. Their contact information was supplied. The letter reached landowners on locations where the threatened snake had been seen and reported to the MNR, but not all sightings are reported. We see two around our home on occasion, an adult and another half the length, slow, passive, harmless. The sightings are rare and always a happy moment, our home still healthy enough for a threatened species to live here. That this rare animal be considered for protection will help to protect its territory - the whole living forest - in which we intend to live long, healthy lives. Friends and neighbors also said seeing the Gray Rat Snake on their land was good news. The large snake sunbathes on our roof, and sheds its skin in the garden’s rocks along the walls. Do we fear being limited in our activities because of MNR regulations? Of course not. But we do want to know what the Ratsnake needs, what a natural thermoregulating perch or shedding place might look like so that we don’t remove these. An educational video on the Black Rat Snake provided contact info for the MNR biologist responsible for this region, Shaun Thomson. Through friends and local groups, we found two more contacts: Cam McCauley at the Frontenac Stewardship Council, and Martin Streit, Leeds –Grenville Stewardship Council. Glenn Desy is MNR contact to whom we can send comments on proposed regulations. Getting information and sharing points of view was no problem; discussions with Mr. Thomson and Mr. McCauley, were interesting and led to exchange of ideas. There is openness to dialogue on how to help this peaceful snake survive. Fear not: there are no poisonous snakes in this area, nor do any have teeth, just a shallow bony ridge. Another challenge is keeping the balance between all the living elements in order for the forest itself to stay alive; en-

am writing to you to address concerns about the new online surveillance bill, C-30. I have read your flyers and the positions you have supported on subjects such as the long gun registry and the long form census. You have always defended the small “c” conservative values of keeping Government from interfering in the private lives of ordinary citizens and protecting law abiding Canadians from being treated like criminals. I urge you to continue to stand up for us in this respect; by opposing Bill C-30 as it is now written. Although I’m sure Bill C-30 is a complex piece of legislation I implore you to study it, since even Mr. Toews has admitted publicly that he is not aware of all the ways this bill makes it easier for police and others to spy on regular citizens. He said, "This is the first time that I'm hearing [that] this [Bill C-30] somehow extends ordinary police emergency powers [to telecommunications]. In my opinion, it doesn't. And it shouldn't."(1). Section 17 of the Act does state that under certain circumstances “Any police officer may, orally or in NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING writing, request a telecomConcerning Zoning By-law Amendments munications service providLaverty – Garden Suite; Walter Steiner; Height Restrictions er to provide the officer with the information referred to TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Central Frontenac in subsection 16(1)”. (2) has received applications under Sections 34 and 39 of the Planning Act to amend the That is: name, address, Zoning By-law of the Township of Central Frontenac. The applications have been deemed telephone number, email to be complete. The Council of the Township of Central Frontenac will hold a public address, Internet protocol, meeting in order to consider amendments to the Zoning By-law of the Township of Central address, and local service Frontenac. The public meeting will be held pursuant to the requirements of Section 34(12) provider identifier (3). As of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, as amended. The public meeting will be held on the 13th the government’s privacy day of March 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldier’s Memorial Hall at 1107 Garrett Street website states, these idenin Sharbot Lake. tifiers have a huge potential for abuse. (4) PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Three zoning matters will be considered at the public meeting: Section 33 states that 1) An application will be considered for a temporary use by-law to permit a garden suite. "The Minister may desigThe effect of the temporary use by-law will be to permit a garden suite with a floor area nate persons or classes of persons as inspectors for of 57.22 m2 to be installed for a 20 year period on lands legally described as Part of Lot the purposes of the admin31, Concession 7, Judges Plan 1608, Part 2 in the geographic Township of Kennebec. istration and enforcement The civic address is 1424 Blue Heron Ridge. of this Act."(5) 2) An application will be considered to rezone lands to Waterfront Residential (RW) as Clearly this means that a condition of consent. The effect is to consolidate an existing garage and an existing not only the police will have single detached dwelling on one lot through a lot addition and to place the new lot in access to our information. a single zone. The lands are legally described as Part of Lot 8, Concession 5, Plan Anyone the government chooses to designate can RD123, Block 135, in the geographic Township of Kennebec and the civic address is enter an Internet or phone 1091 Astor Drive, Arden. service facility and "exam3) Council will also consider an increase in the maximum permitted height of non-residential ine any document, informabuildings in the General Residential (R1) Zone to 15 m (from 10 m). The effect of the tion or thing found in the increase in the height restriction will be to allow the construction of a replacement K-12 place and open or cause to School in Sharbot Lake on Road 38. be opened any container or other thing." He or she may TAKE NOTICE that the municipality will be holding a public meeting under the Planning also "use, or cause to be Act to consider these applications and the change to the comprehensive zoning by-law. used, any computer system Any person may make written or verbal presentation either in support of or in opposition to in the place to search and the proposed zoning by-law amendments. If a person or public body does not make oral examine any information submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Central contained in or available to Frontenac before the proposed zoning by-law amendments are adopted, the person or the system."(5) public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Central Frontenac to Since Internet criminals the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions (like gun criminals) can, to the Township of Central Frontenac before the proposed zoning by-law amendments are and do, use means to obscure their personal inforadopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an mation, then this act is only appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are really useful for monitoring reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. the activities of the regular ADDITIONAL INFORMATION related to the proposed Zoning By-law amendments is citizens who will have to available by contacting the undersigned at the municipal office during regular office hours. foot the bill as well. I respectfully request that Dated at the Township of Central Frontenac this 20th day of February, 2012. you join other members Cathy MacMunn of your party (6) who are Deputy Clerk-Treasurer/Planning Co-ordinator demanding major amendTownship of Central Frontenac ments or the withdrawal of Box 89,Sharbot Lake, Ontario K0H 2P0 this intrusive bill. Steev Morgan Tel: (613) 279-2935 x. 222 Fax: (613) 279-2422 Email:

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dangered ones are indicators of what’s wrong. MNR biologists provided educational material: a general pamphlet on the Gray Rat Snake, another for landowners, the video through the library, an invitation to a forum, a plan to host a public workshop this summer, a detailed plan to build a nesting box. Education, as mentioned in the article of early in February, is something everyone seems to agree on. A community gathering with an MNR biologist present, where we share knowledge, ideas, concerns might be of interest. The door is open for dialogue. Don’t miss this opportunity. Nicole McGrath

Re Flyers OMHA quarter final playoffs article


s a concerned parent of one of the North Frontenac Midget Rep players, I would like to commend the reporter on reporting the actual facts of the first to games of playoffs against the Haliburton Highland Storm. Our goalie Robby Babcock was indeed “on fire and our team held up their end as well. However I do not agree with the facts that were conveyed about the third game. The comments reported were obviously taken from one individual and not the actual parents that watched the game. Our boys, regardless of their loss on Saturday, always go into the next game with expectations of playing their very best and with the hopes of winning. The fact is that from the start of the third game the coach insisted on playing some players in order to get them to participate, instead of playing to win. That is why the Flyers fell behind and the penalties they took in the first period came from the obvious frustration felt by a number of the players. I am a frustrated parent. A representative team to me means, high quality play by the best individuals selected for such. Maybe I am mistaken or somehow misled. At this age level (15 to 17) children should expect to sit if they are not living up to the representative expectations. They are now young men and should be able to understand. If parents feel that this is about fair play and time on the ice then unfortunately they should keep their children in house league play. Tracey Hart

Township of Central Frontenac EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (Permanent Full-Time)

Chief Building Official (CBO) Located one hour north of Kingston, the Township of Central Frontenac (population 4,500) is the heart of the Land O’Lakes Tourist region of Eastern Ontario. The office is located in Sharbot Lake. The municipality is seeking a leader with initiative and positive attitude. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the administration, planning and management of the Building and Facilities Department. The CBO will process applications for building permits, review all construction drawings and perform on-site inspections of all construction, development and demolition activities – all in compliance with the Building Code, the Official Plan, Zoning By-Laws and all other relevant legislation and regulations. The CBO will work closely with By-Law Enforcement and Planning Department. Qualifications The successful candidates will possess the following qualifications: • Accreditation by the OBOA and registered in the inspections program administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing • Two or more years experience as a CBO is preferred • Supervisory experience • Excellent verbal and communication skills • Proven dispute resolution and negotiation/problem solving skills • Working knowledge and proficiency with computer applications • Ability to physically perform specific duties and site visits • A valid Class G drivers license The current (2012) annual salary range is $53,153 to $59,149. The municipality also offers an excellent benefit package and Pension Plan (OMERS). A complete job description is available on the Township website. Qualified candidates are asked to submit their resume and covering letter no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 9, 2012 to the undersigned: Shawn A. Trépanier, CAO/Clerk Township of Central Frontenac PO Box 89, 1084 Elizabeth Street Sharbot Lake, ON K0H 2P0 Fax: 613-279-2935 Email: Website: We thank all applicants who apply for this position, but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, R.S.O, 1990 C.M. 45, and will only be used for candidate selection.



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ocal bus operators expressed solidarity this week with their colleagues from the Independent School Bus Operators Association (ISBOA), who staged an 80-bus convoy to Queen’s Park on Monday, followed by speeches and a rally. The event was timed to coincide with the Rural Ontario Municipal Association meeting in Toronto this week, in the hopes that municipal politicians would take a supportive message with them to the private meeting with provincial ministers that are a feature of the conference. ISBOA has been asking the province to reconsider a Request for Proposal (RFP) policy for school busing contracts, which has been coming into force incrementally across the province since 2010. ISBOA says that the RFP process, which has been employed on a widespread basis in other jurisdictions such as the United States, leads to market dominance by three large multinational busing companies, and puts independent operators out of business.


According to information that has been gathered by ISBOA, savings in transportation costs that resulted from the first round of RFPs were lost when the RFPs were re-negotiated a few years later, because only the large companies are left in the market. On the eve of last October’s provincial election, a moratorium on further expansion of the RFP process was announced by then Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky to allow for a task force to look into the process further and make recommendations to the ministry. The task force, headed up by former Integrity Commissioner for Ontario, Coulter Osborne, has just submitted its report to the current Minister of Education, Laurel Broten. Two events have brought some urgency to the activities of ISBOA, however. The first is that the moratorium on RFP processes has already been ended. School boards in the London/ Thames Valley area are pressing forward with an RFP process before waiting for the Coutler Osborne report to be considered. Secondly, the recently released Drummond report into overall government spending recommends that the govThe its implementation of the RFP process, ernment accelerate citing a 34% increase in transportation costs since 2002.

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In response, ISBOA charged that Drummond’s findings were based on incomplete information about costs. “The 34% increase has nothing to do with how student transportation is procured,” said ISBOA Executive Director Steve Hull of Hull Bus Lines in Petrolia. “A quick look at the three main costs of the industry: wages, bus costs and fuel, tells the real story. The minimum wage in 2002 was $6.85. In 2012 it is $10.25 – a 50% increase. Bus costs in 2002 were $81,802, in 2012, $93,503. This increase was largely due to increased safety and emission standards, regulations that were mandated by government. The average price of fuel in 2002 was $0.63, in 2011, it’s $1.05, an increase of 67%.” Hull concludes that the increase in costs since 2002 has little or nothing to do with the way contracts are arrived at. Frank Healey, of Healey Bus Lines in Smiths Falls, addressed the media at the rally at Queen’s Park on Monday. He asked that the moratorium on new RFPs be reinstated at least until the Coulter Osborne report is released to the public and is fully considered by the Ministry of Education. “I am here today, on behalf of nearly 200 school bus businesses in Ontario, to ask for the release of the Coulter Osborne Report, a report which we believe supports our 3-year plea for a procurement policy appropriate for our unique industry. Out of frustration and fear for the future of their family businesses, companies from across the province have sent 80 buses to Premier McGuinty’s front door to ask for his support,” Healey said.

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Frontenac News Vol.12 No.8 - Mar 1/12