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nder a bright sky and a brisk, chilly wind parade goers lined Highway 41 in Northbrook for the annual Santa Claus parade on November 24. Sponsored by the Land O’Lakes Lions and the Kaladar Community Club, the parade began with a spritely and impressive version of Frosty the

Snowman courtesy of the RCSCC marching band. Judging by the thrilled faces of the youngsters who filled the curb sides and collected treats from the numerous colorful floats, the parade did not disappoint. See also the article on page 10.

Central Frontenac closing in on Safe Properties bylaw by Jeff Green draft version of a new Safe Properties bylaw was presented to Central Frontenac Council on Tuesday afternoon (November 27). Councilor Tom Dewey was the first to speak to the new draft. He proposed a number of wording changes intended to clarify and in some cases, strengthen the bylaw. Among the items that were the most discussed was a provision regarding “refuse”, which will not be permitted under the draft bylaw. “Refuse” is defined in item 3 of the draft bylaw as “garbage, waste, debris, long grass, brush, clippings or other material that may promote or be susceptible to fire and rodents, timber, lumber, building materials or any other type of product or material that may be susceptible to fire or present a risk to safety.” “We live in a big, swampy area,” said Councilor Norm Guntensperger. “If we pass this as written then every single property with ‘long grass’ will be deemed unsafe. Councilor Heather Fox said, “I agree with Norm; I thought that provision was going to be taken out of the bylaw after our last discussion.” Councilor Frances Smith said she thought some provisions in the bylaw “seem to be written with the built up areas in mind. If we attach a schedule to the bylaw saying those provisions only apply in the hamlets, then those properties where there are no neighbours within sight will be left alone.


Smith’s proposal was rejected by a number of speakers. “I think there should be one set of rules for everyone,” said Mayor Gutowski. “Don’t forget that enforcement will be complaints driven, so that will keep the focus on the more densely populated areas. Another provision in the bylaw says that properties must be kept free from “inoperable vehicles, trailers, machinery, tools, tires, appliances, equipment or any parts thereof” and still another says that every property shall be kept free from any pit, excavation or deep water that is unfenced or unprotected against dangerous risk of accident.” It also says that properties “shall be kept free of buildings, fences, scaffolding, retaining walls or any other erection that, by reason of its ruinous or dilapidated state, faulty construction or otherwise, is in an unsafe condition as regards to danger from fire or risk of accident.” The Bylaw includes provisions for swift enforcement, The township can order that any conraventions to the bylaw be rectified “immediately or in such times as specified in the order.” If the property owner does not act, the township may act for them, and bill for all of their costs. In addition, penalties for contravening the bylaw will range from $500 to $5,000. After some further discussion the bylaw was sent back to staff for more revisions. It will come back to Council on December 10.

by Jeff Green ason Ronfeld got his start as a firefighter with the Kaladar/Barrie Fire Department, where he was a young recruit in the late 1990s, but even before that time he thought about becoming a professional firefighter. “Fire fighting has always been a passion of mine” he said from his home in Whitby this week, where he now works as a professional firefighter with the Whitby department. Last Thursday, along with his firefighting partner John Sotirou, Jason received the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery from Lieutenant Governor David Onley for his actions in response to a house fire in Whitby at the end of April. There is an ongoing investigation into that fire, so Jason could not talk about all the details. He was called into a house “just across from the fire station just after midnight on April 29. There was smoke outside in the air. No fire was visible to us. We knew there were people in the upstairs apartment so we went in and did a search for them. It was very hot and very smoky,” Jason recalls. The events that took place were described in the citation that accompanied the award last week: “Fire damage to the staircase was extensive and conditions on the upper floor were extremely hot with zero visibility. The firefighters could see fire above them on the ceiling. During the search for occupants, the firefighters saw that fire was reforming up the staircase, their only exit route. They used water to suppress the fire, which worsened visibility. Nearing the end of the search, Firefighter Ronfeld noticed the air in his selfcontained breathing apparatus was getting low. Through their extensive search of the dwelling unit they were able to locate three unresponsive teenagers huddled together. Firefighters Ronfeld and Sotiriou grabbed each teenager and passed them off to firefighters who had now come upstairs to assist with victim removal. Sadly, despite the valiant and selfless efforts of the firefighters, none of the three victims survived. Back outside, the firefighters noticed that their metal buckles and reflective tape on their gear had been discoloured by the intense heat. That was a clear sign of the extreme conditions these two firefighters faced.” This was the first time that Jason Ronfeld had been called upon to do this kind of rescue. He said that he knew the conditions were extreme and that he was at risk, but “knowing there were people in there and there was a chance to get to them out, kind of pushed us. Adrenaline, and a lot of training, comes into play at that point. They played a very large role in what we did.” All of that training began in Jason’s senior year at North Addington Education Centre (NAEC) when he was recruited to the Kaladar/Barrie department by then Fire Chief John Bolton. Jason trained with the


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‘Tis the Season Here at the News, we’re gearing up for the production of our annual Christmas issue. Attention Readers: Please send us your stories, poems, memories, crafts, and favourite recipes of Christmas. Attention Clergy: Please let us know the dates and the times of your Christmas services and any special events at your churches. Attention Young Artists: Our annual Christmas art contest is open to all elementary school-aged children. The winning entries will be published on the front pages of our December 20th issue. The judges are looking for entries that will carry a special Christmas message to our readers. Entries must be original artwork, 8½”x11”, done in pencil crayons (no markers) on white paper, and must be clearly marked with the child’s name, age, grade, and school (if applicable). Please mail submissions to: P.O. Box 229, Sharbot Lake, ON. K0H 2P0, or deliver to our office at 1095 Garrett Street in Sharbot Lake. Please send us your submissions, information and art contest entries by Friday, December 7.

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North Frontenac Council - November 26 Proposal for park at Clar-Mill Hall Jocelyne Lemke appeared before Council to advocate for a park in the Plevna/Ompah region of the township. “I am grateful for everything that we have in the township and for the efforts that the council makes. However a park facility would be a great place for an entire family to socialize! Where our children could play, families could picnic, adults gather, and community events could be held outdoors. An ideal park would have play structures, swings, benches, picnic tables and an outdoor shelter,” she said. While she mentioned a number of possible locations, she said the area around the Clar-Mill hall in Plevna, which already has a winter hockey rink, would be ideal. “The ClarMill volunteers had a park on their wish list a couple of years ago so I know they would work on building one,” she said. She asked if Council might consider putting in a Trillium application for a new park when they are working on next year’s budget, estimating that it would cost $40,000 or more for the project. Mayor Bud Clayton thanked Jocelyn Lemke for her presentation and said they would look at it when they are doing

TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION Municipal Class Environmental Assessment For The Rehabilitation Of Rock Lake Bridge The Township of South Frontenac is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental (EA) for the rehabilitation of the Rock Lake Bridge, located on Desert Lake Road, approximately 0.4 km east of Highway No. 38. If you are interested in receiving further information on this project, please provide written comments to the Township on the proposal within 30 calendar days from the date of this Notice (November 22nd, 2012). If there are no requests received by December 24th, 2012, the project will proceed to design and construction as presented in the planning documentation. Please see our website for details.

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the budget in the coming weeks. Only 40 septic re-inspections in 2012: Eric Kohlsmith from the Mississippi-Rideau Septic System Office (MRSSO), presented his report on the 2012 voluntary septic re-inspection program on the township’s lakes. The program is designed to inspect about 100 properties on as many lakes as possible within the township, with a view to fostering an understanding of the need to maintain functioning septic systems on waterfront properties because of the impact on phosphorous and other compounds on wildlife habitat. In the executive summary to his report Kohlsmith outlined some of the issues that the program faced this year: “During the 2012 sewage system re-inspection program 40 properties were inspected on nine lakes – Brule, Buckshot, Canonto, Grindstone, Mackie, Marble, Mazinaw, Palmerston and Shabomeka. Two hundred and thirty-four Property Owner Information packages were mailed out in a total of four mailings. New for 2012, the MRSSO went door to door to 76 properties that had not responded by the week of August 13. In total 234 Property Owner packages were sent, rendering a 17% response rate. One of the possible reasons for the low response rate was that approximately 131 properties

november 29, 2012 were non-respondents from previous years.” Of those 40 inspections, two resulted in recommendations for replacement, and about 20 others required remediation of some form, most typically a simple pump out. In addition to the 40 inspections, another 36 property owners were visited and given information about septic system maintenance. “The goal of the program over the last two years has been to inspect properties that we had been unable to inspect in previous years, and the township needs to decide what to do for next year. We could continue to focus on non-respondents, which would reduce the overall number of inspections; expand the voluntary program to property owners we have not yet approached; enter into mandatory inspection to force compliance; or do a combination of all three,” Kohlsmith said. He pointed out that Tay Valley Township, which does 200 inspections each year, passed a bylaw enabling mandatory inspection on seven of its more sensitive lakes, and uses voluntary inspections in the rest of the township. A bridge too far – Public Works Manager Jim Phillips recommended that the township apply to a new provincial infrastructure program for a new two-lane bridge to replace the one-lane Mississippi bridge on Road 509. The existing bridge is in need of repair, and a new bridge

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oliday shoppers got an early start at the MERA school house in McDonalds Corners for MERA’s annual Christmas Fair on November 24. Local artisans filled the main hall and had on display and for sale a number of locally made items that make for perfect holiday gift giving. The MERA weavers had a large booth displaying a number of knitted and woven items including place mats, scarves tote bags, wall hangings, table runners, floor rugs, all made by MERA weavers Ellen Good, Lise Loader, Florence McGuire, Mary Donnelly, Annette Hewitt and Ankaret Dean. Margaret Sullivan was selling her unique “Second Wind” Christmas ornaments and jewelry made from recycled preserve jar lids and bottle caps, which she paints in a wide variety of bright colors and patterns. Perth painter Greta McDonald had a wide variety of her richly colored animal-themed paintings, which she paints with acrylics on locally found wood. Local chocolatier Ludwig Ratzinger of Crow Lake was busy parting with his delicious home made chocolates and Rosemary Kotze’s plush felt booties and bags were also on display.

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Other regular vendors included Jane Conley of Conley Pots in Fallbrook, and jewelry by Yvonne Lalonde of My Gem Creations as well as beeswax candles and body products from Strawberry Cottage in Perth. Cafe MERA was also open for business offering shoppers a delicious array of hot drinks and home baked goods. For those who missed the event, many of the vendors will be present in Perth at McMartin House on Saturday December 1 from 10am –4pm for the annual Nick of Time Artisan Show.

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Central Frontenac Council - November 27 Green light to co-op solar: Ian Robery appeared before Central Frontenac Council on Tuesday (November 27) as well as at a business breakfast in Sharbot Lake last week. He represents a not-for-profit corporation called Queen Street Solar, an affiliate of the Options for Green Energy. Queen Street Solar is seeking to get a foothold in Frontenac County. They build solar energy systems that are eligible for Ontario Power Generation’s micro-fit program, which pays a premium price to small-scale electricity producers. Queen Street uses public sector rooftops for their projects, sells shares to members of the public, and pays profits over the 20-year lifespan of the project. “Just as micro-fit projects are profitable for private investors who have $20,000 to $80,000 available to spend, we pool money from many investors to put up solar arrays and pay the profits back to the investors,” Robery said. He added that Ontario Power Generation, which was reluctant to approve co-op projects when micro-fit projects first came on, are now favouring them. Queen Street Solar has its eyes on the roof of the Olden Garage for its first Frontenac

SINCE 1970 County project, and Robery asked Council to permit Queen Street access to the garage to further evaluate the possibility. If they decide to proceed, they would offer the township payment to lease the roof, and would sell shares in the project. Local involvement is required for the project to go ahead. For now, Robery only asked Council to pass a motion in favour of solar projects in principle, and grant leave for Quuen Street to investigate the Olden garage project. Council passed the motion. For more information on co-op green energy projects and investments, go to Mountain Grove Library building safe, but outdated: Township Chief Building Official Jeremy Neven, responding to a request from Council, presented a report on the state of repair of the Mountain Grove Library building, which was formerly a school, township office, and fire hall. Neven found that the “building is generally sound and stable, however, significant expense would need to be incurred to bring the building and its mechanical systems up to current standards and codes.” Measures would include damp proofing

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the basement, insulating walls and attics and upgrading the heating systems. Mayor Gutowski said, “It is important, after some comments were made by members of council, that we reassure library staff that the building is safe and free of mould. Given the cost of upgrades, however, Council needs to consider whether this building should be kept in our inventory into the future.” Minimum building size proposal nixed: Township Planning Consultant Glen Tunnock presented a draft revision of the comprehensive zoning bylaw. It contained a number of measures to clarify elements of the bylaw, which mostly received the acceptance of council, and will be presented to the public in December. One proposed measure was not well received, however. “I have hesitated to bring this forward in the past,” said Tunnock, “but it is common for there to be a minimum building size in most comprehensive zoning bylaws, and I am proposing one be set at 900 square feet. There have been few if any applications for buildings smaller than that for a number of years so it would not likely hinder any development.” Mayor Gutowski said that the limit might

impede the building of not-for profit seniors’ housing, which is a priority for the township. Councilor Guntensperger said he was concerned the limit might push some builders to build in secret, without permits. “This would probably eliminate granny suites,” said Councilor Tom Dewey. Tunnock said he would pull the minimum standard from the proposed bylaw before bringing it forward to the public. Five-year capital budget: Treasurer Michael McGovern presented a draft five-year capital budget for Council’s consideration. The budget is subject to revision each year, but is intended to help with long term planning. The most expensive area in the budget is road and bridge projects and public works equipment. It calls for about $1.3 million in public works spending each year, with a focus on equipment purchases in the first two years, and road and bridge projects in years 3-5. The budget calls for a spending spike in the third year, 2015, but that is based on the expectation of a granting program in that year, and a successful application to that program by the township for the reconstruction of Elizabeth Street in Sharbot Lake.

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nce councils get a limited concession for the use of force to mould people’s habits and plan the economy, it causes a steady move toward tyrannical oversight, of which we are having too much already via Ottawa, and is putting us on a slippery slope to totalitarianism. Only a revolutionary spirit can reverse the process and deny to the council this arbitrary use of these over-zealous regulations and abusing our trust in them, and finally all the unneeded aggressions and interferences it causes. There's no in-between. Sacrificing a little liberty for imaginary “safety” always ends badly. Sadly, we are becoming used to the illegitimate use of force by government and councils in betraying our trust in them. It is the tool for telling the people how to live, what to eat and drink, what to read and how to spend their money, and any other trivial attempt to control our lives. The issue of initiating needless regulation and force must be understood and rejected. Granting to government and councils even a small amount of force or power is a dangerous concession. This ridiculous addition for tidy property regulation is neither required and certainly is not welcomed, and should be rejected immediately. Let us hope our “elected” councilors find better ways to allocate their time and deserve our trust in better ways, and stop poking their nose where it is not wanted. - Rodney L. Hoff

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· The Plevna Ompah United Church will feature morning worship this Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Ompah site at 10am. That afternoon the Plevna site hosts Ralph and Carol (James) McInnes for a Christmas musical afternoon at 2pm. · Then on Monday, Dec. 3, both congregations will gather at the Ompah site at 4 p.m. for a congregational meeting to vote on the closure of both churches and the pastoral charge at the end of the year 2012. · Don’t forget the November/December Birthday bash/ Christmas Concert at the Ompah Hall on Monday, Dec. 3. 6 p.m. All welcome.


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Editor’s note: All of us here at the News would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Marilyn and her family on the passing of her father Fred on Tuesday, November 27. · Sympathy to Charlotte Brown on the passing of her daughter, Donna. · Thinking of Joyce Smith, Noreen Baese, Leigh Scott, Reg Peterson, Dorothy Proctor, Bill Pringle, Ken Smith, Kay and Keith Feasey, Arthur Lightstone. · Family and friends gathered at Arden Legion, November 24, for a dinner and dance fundraiser for Noreen Baese. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way. Arden is a great community in helping someone in need. · Happy Birthday to Gail McEwen, Gilbert Whan, Marcel Giroux, Glen Fox- Dec 1, Lisa Hamilton - Dec 2. · There was a gospel sing at Parham Free Methodist Church on Nov. 24 featuring Gerry Phillips along with local talent.

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· Many area people attended NFLT’s production of "Tom Sawyer" at SLHS on Nov. 23-25. The acting and singing were very professional. The play included many of our local residents. Congratulations on a fine play. · On Saturday, Dec. 1 there will be a dinner and gospel sing at Arden Community Hall, starting at 5 p.m. featuring the Bennetts. Freewill offering. Sponsored by Arden and Community Wesleyan Church. There will be a tree lighting and carols at 7 p.m. at the mill pond. · On Sun. Dec. 2 the Tichborne-Parham Santa Claus Parade sponsored by the Fire Department District #4 departs 1 pm from Hampton’s Landing. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate for the children at Parham Fire Station. Chili & bun $1 for adults.

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· Starting this evening, the Denbigh Recreation Committee is sponsoring Yoga until December 20. Please contact Brenda @ 613-333-1333 or 5211 for further information or to register. It will be held in the AHCC from 7 to 8:30pm. The cost is $32 for the four-week session. · Santa Claus is coming to Denbigh this Saturday, December 1. The parade will start at Berndt's Garage at 6pm and end at the Denbigh hall where Santa will meet the children and hand out gifts. Anyone interested in being a part of the musical entertainment after Santa can contact Mark @ 613333-9462. To enter a float in the parade, please contact Gail @ 613-333-2224. · The Recreation Committee is sponsoring a Christmas Lighting Contest from November 23 to December 8. If you would like your lights to be judged please contact Susan @ 613-333-9462. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday December 9 during the Music-In-The-Hall/Appreciation Tea at the Denbigh Hall starting at 1pm. · This Saturday is also the Denbigh/Griffith Lions Club Annual Christmas Craft Sale,10am to 2pm. Baked goods, door prizes, raffle draws, and lots of vendors with your Christmas shopping in mind. A home-cooked lunch will be available. See you there. · On Sunday, December 9 at 11am, the Sunday School at Vennachar Free Methodist will hold the annual Christmas Concert. There will be skits and music to celebrate the reason for the season. Then on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve there will be a Candle Light service at 7pm. Everyone welcome! For information call 333-2318. · Get your daubers ready! December 11 is the Denbigh/ Griffith Lions Club Monster Bingo at the hall in Griffith. Hall opens at 6:30pm; games start at 7:30 pm. Two $500 prizes to be won with other games and cash prizes to be won. · Griswold (a.k.a. Don Laundrie) and Christie would like to thank all the loyal patrons of the 21,000 Xmas lights at Griswold’s Pond on Slate Falls Road. Griswold says this year he hopes to have 25,000 up and running by December 15. As before, they come on at dark and go off at around 10:30 pm. If someone comes from far away, call them at 613-333-2376 and they will be happy to turn them on for you. · Want to know an easy way to support the Community Food Bank? Coupons! Keep an eye out for them in grocery stores, magazines, newspaper inserts, then simply drop them off at the food bank.

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· Robert Wood from Legion #328, Northbrook, reported that $3136.40 was received from the Poppy fund. Thank you to all who participated. · The Cloyne United Church will present a free movie, “White Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Bring your friends and family to this wonderful classic film starring Bing Crosby, and enjoy the beautiful music of Irving Berlin. Sponsored by the Land O’ Lakes Emmanuel United Church Congregation. · A book for winter reading – The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson can be borrowed from our local libraries. More droughts may come next year. Think about seeds and your garden next spring and water storage, since we import 40% of our food. In many parts of the world, people eat only once a day – if possible. In the USA, food insurance is sold. If we have animals, we also have a duty to feed them.

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· There was a wonderful turnout for the 101 Nativity Scenes at the Cole Lake Church. The displays were beautiful and the organizers did a wonderful job on this creative event. Can’t wait for next year to see them again! At right: Logan Andrew, 7, enjoyed making his own nativity at the show (photo by Julie Druker) · Congratulations to the Sydenham High Junior Eagles on a great season! They competed in the National Capital Bowl in Carleton Place on Saturday against the Adam Scott Lions of Peterborough and were defeated by a score of 27-8. It was an extremely cold day out on the field but the boys gave it their all. They played a great game and can hold their heads high and be proud of the season they had. Again congratulations to the coaching staff and all of the players on their accomplishments this year! · Don’t forget about all of the wonderful parades to take in this weekend. On Saturday check them out in both Harrowsmith and Sharbot Lake, then come on out to Parham on Sunday afternoon to meet up with St. Nick. Hopefully good weather prevails!

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· A surprise party was held in Kingston on Saturday afternoon for Raymond Riddell. He turned 50 years young on November 22. A houseful of people helped him celebrate. Many more, Raymond. · December birthdays; Holly Lemke, Harriet Riddell, Debbie

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· Southern Frontenac Community Services' annual fundraising auction is tomorrow, Friday Nov. 30 at the Grace Centre; tickets are $40 pp. This year’s theme is Prince Edward County Wine & Beer Tasting. This is a really fun night and supports a great cause. Info: 613-376-6477. · St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Railton is having a turkey bingo on Monday December 3. Doors open at 6pm. · Wing night this Thursday Nov 29 at the Legion..... Everyone welcome · Dance at the Legion on Friday Dec 14 featuring three bands for your dancing enjoyment. More details to come.

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tions will be collected. Admission is $5. Info: 613 374-1232. · Bingo! The Verona Lions will host a Turkey Bingo evening on Thursday, Dec. 6. Doors and canteen open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. 12 regular games and two share the wealth. Verona Lions Club. · The Community Choir presents their Annual Christmas Concert. This is their gift to the community. It will be held at the Verona Trinity United Church, Friday, Dec. 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. Free admission · There will be a Country Gospel Concert featuring Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and the Old Hims at the Portland Community Church. Hartington, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. · Phone number correction in last week’s column. For further info on “ Style Revival”, the newly opened, gently used clothing centre, contact Kielo Carlson at 613-374-5289.


· Don't miss the Verona Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this Friday, Nov. 30, starting at 7 p.m. For 19 years, Verona and area residents have gathered at McMullen Park to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Ross Clow will lead the crowd in Christmas carols and songs, while neighbours chat and children romp in the crisp night air. The Free Methodist Youth Group will serve free hot chocolate. The Verona Lions provide free hot dogs and marshmallows around a firepit. Non-perishable food items for the food bank appreciated. · The 1st Verona Girl Guides will be participating in the Harrowsmith Santa Claus parade this Saturday, Dec. 1. They will be wheeling a canoe - Yes, a canoe on wheels! The canoe and guides will be accepting food donations to give to the local food bank. They will also be collecting monetary donations for local charities. · I had a sneak preview of Lee Casement’s new release CD “In The Guestroom Part 2: By Design or By Desire” and I loved it. Lee will hold the official CD Release Event on Saturday, Dec. 1 at The Mansion, 506 Princess St., Kingston, 9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see Lee and all the local talent featured on his CD performing live. Tickets are $5. · Frontenac Women’s Chorus present “Colour Me Christmas” featuring traditional carols and contemporary songs of the season. Freewill offering or an item for the Food Bank. There will be a raffle for a basket of goodies. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 at the Bellrock Community Hall. · Sisters by Heart invite us to a Ladies Night Out to enjoy "A Cup of Christmas" on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Verona Free Methodist Church. The evening will start off with entertainment by The Harrowsmith Bell Ringers conducted by Karen Snider. Keynote speaker will be Erin Wong from the Salvation Army Kingston Citadel. At the October "Sisters By Heart” event, those in attendance chose to participate in the "Christmas for Kids" campaign. Those gifts and cash dona-


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· The North Frontenac Christmas Parade and visit with Santa will be this Saturday Dec. 1. Start time is at 6 pm, leaving North Frontenac Township Office going east to Ompah Community Centre. After the parade the children will get a chance to visit with Santa and receive a gift! Please make sure your children are registered; call Rose at 613-479-2176. Everyone is welcome to put in a float for the parade. · On Sun. Dec. 2, at 2pm, the Plevna United Church hosts a Christmas musical afternoon with Ralph and Carol McInnes, free-will offering. Info: 613-479-2979 · This year the annual Ompah Choir Christmas concert joins with the Birthday Bash on Monday, December 3 at the Ompah Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. The potluck dinner starts at 6pm and the concert at 6:45pm. Dessert and birthday cake follow and the evening concludes with a carol sing-a-long. This promises to be a real old fashioned get-together. Don't miss it. · The delicious annual Cookie Walk will take place on December 8 at the Clar-Mill Hall from 10am to noon. A box of cookies will cost $5; there will be tea, coffee and sweets for $2 as well as a silent auction. This event is a fundraiser for the local Anglican, Catholic, and United churches. · Also on Sat. Dec 8, a Christmas Market will be held at Clarendon Central School in Plevna from 10am-4pm. The market will feature 20 vendors with a large variety of handcrafted gifts. There will be something for everyone! Lunch will be available from 11am to 2pm.

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· Condolences to the family of the late Irving Robinson who resided formerly in the Godfrey area. · Sympathy also to the family of the late Fred Smith who passed away this week. Keep the memories close to help you through this difficult time. · Thinking of you to Charlotte & Garnet Brown on the loss of her daughter Donna. · Happy Birthday to Glenn Fox, Joel Gray, Sharon Quinn,

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Lisa Hamilton, Josh Neadow, Steven Steele, Lissa McLellan and Evan Pyle. · Remember the Festival of Trees in Sharbot Lake is Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 and 8 · Thinking of you to Andy Mouck; also to Mary Hickey. · Happy birthday to Faith Running-Godfrey, Jordan Welsh, Jerry Godfrey Sr., Dylan Godfrey, Larry Hannah and his sisters Dianne & Sharon. Belated birthday wishes to Tyler Gordon, Mary Cronk and Dorothy Kehoe. · Thankfully Tiffany Ducharme is ok after her accident last week when the fog was thick and the roads were slippery. Remember to take precaution as the weather shifts. · Some dates to help to get you in the Christmas spirit Dec. 1 - Santa Claus Parade in Sharbot Lake at 1 pm Dec. 2 - Children's Christmas shopping at the IOOF hall in Parham from 9 - 12 before the parade. Children are invited to shop for their families. Dec 2 - Parham Santa Claus parade at 1pm Dec. 13 - Blue Christmas Service at 7 pm at Sharbot Lake United Church Dec. 16 - Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at Parham United Church at 7 pm - free will offering Dec. 21 - Turkey Bingo at Parham IOOF Hall · Don't forget the Lions are selling their fruit cake and cookies - just in time for Christmas giving. · Parham Agricultural Society is in dire need of responsible persons to fill the chairs of some of their executive offices president, treasurer and co-ordinators of the poultry, palace, grounds and marketing sponsorships. They need these positions filled in order to continue Parham Fair so please step forward and contact a fair board member or you can email or 613-374-2728. Let's keep our little fair going!

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· Harlowe Wesleyan and Standard Church welcomed the "Messengers" Christian singing group featuring Rev. Charlie Burtch who came for that special musical reunion worship. The full group had not sung together for many years, so really enjoyed praising God in music once again. The church is excitedly preparing for their Dec. 8 Christmas concert featuring shepherds, angels, wise men, special music and a real spiritually fun time. As well, the church will truly miss the Rev. Darla Maiuri who will leave her position as of the end of this year. We wish you all the best, Darla, and will uphold you in our prayers. · George and Marie White are busily preparing for this weekend’s special dinner dance, so give them a call for more information. · Folks are busily decorating, baking, organizing, praying, and preparing in this Advent season of hope, peace, joy, love and new-birth. Henderson United is all decorated, the Christmas tree is up, and a Christmas newsletter will soon be in your mailbox. · Black powder hunting is now happening with great blasts and lots of excitement in the air. – Jean.

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WINTER LITES CONTEST In celebration of the Christmas season, North Frontenac Township will be holding its annual Winter Lites Contest this year. Any resident of the Township can enter themselves or nominate another home by calling Corey Klatt, Manager of Community Development at (613) 479-2231 Ext 233 or by e-mail at Entries must be received by Monday, December 10th. Judging will take place on the evenings of December 14 and 15, between 6 and 10 pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Many of the light displays are absolutely stunning! What could be more Christmassy and lovely than coming across a wonderfully lit up home in our quiet and beautiful countryside?

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· It's almost here! The Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club's Santa Claus Parade and Open House, Dec. 1, starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy the parade and then head over to the club on Colebrook Road for free hot dogs, hot chocolate, goodies and a visit from the big man himself. All are welcome. There is still time to be a part of the parade. Please call Rob or Sheila at 613-376-6164. · St. Paul's United Church will be hosting a free pancake breakfast before the parade. Doors open at 9 a.m. All are welcome. Please remember that their volunteers will be accepting donations of non-perishables or cash for our local food bank during the parade. Please support them. · Thirteen South Frontenac youth will be heading to Alberta for the Canadian Scouting Jamboree in July. An estimated $40,000 is required to send them on this journey. To date nearly $10,000 has been raised. A golf tournament and hot dog sales are scheduled for the spring but more help is needed. Scouts will be asking for cash donations along the Santa Claus parade route in Harrowsmith. Please help support them in their efforts. · St. Paul’s will be selling tins of homemade cookies/goodies. Ready for pick up on Dec 11. Orders must be placed by Dec 10. Small $10, medium $15 or large tins $20. Call Marni to order 613-374-9929. · There will be a regular Youth Dance at the Golden Links Hall Dec. 7 from 7-10 p.m. for ages 9-15. Cost is $6. Call Sharon 613-3721274 or Wayne 613-358-2533. · Rev. Oscar Simpson presents A Country Christmas Homecoming, Dec. 7 at the Hartington Community Church starting at 7 p.m. Music by The Old Hims and Crooked Wood. Freewill offering, refreshments to follow. For information call 613-374-2178.

MABERLYBOLINGBROKE Karen Prytula 613-325-1354 · The Bolingbroke Café is Friday November 30 at the ABC Hall with musicians Herman Amberger and Dave Pollard; Mike Erion will be the Master of Ceremonies. Doors open at 6:45 pm., admission $5. · Tay Valley Choir concert. “Sing Me the Music of Christmas” is the Tay Valley Choir concert featuring a wacky version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Guest artists are the Glen Tay Girls Choir and Fiddlers and Friends. Come a little early as this is a popular concert. Admission is by donation at the door. Donations to the Food Bank and LAWS are welcome. Refreshments will follow the concert on Dec. 1 at 7:00pm at the Maberly Hall. · Launch of Cultural Heritage Map of Tay Valley Township, Dec. 6, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, at Tay Valley Township office. Come out and see the map to make sure the places in this township that are important to you are on it. You are encouraged to bring any old pictures that show Tay Valley Township (Bathurst, Burgess, Sherbrooke) i.e. homes and farms, churches and school houses, blacksmith shops and general stores, pioneers, settlers or old soldiers, and pioneer life in general, as well as old stories to share. · The Saturday Seekers will be taking a break and will resume in the spring. · Mondays 10 – 11 am, CPHC Seniors’ Exercise Class at the ABC Hall. Low impact aerobics, muscle strengthening and flexibility. Info: Joyce 273-4832. · 4-Handed Euchre and lunch, Mondays at 12 noon, hosted by the ABC Senior’s Club

at the ABC Hall. Prizes included, call Norma 273-2580 for more info. · Althorpe Bolingbroke Seniors’ Club. Come along for a potluck lunch and visit with neighbours; all seniors welcome. Dec 12, noon; info Joyce 273-4832. · Community Meeting on Housing & Homelessness (H&H): Lanark County Social Housing Department is inviting the public and interested community organizations to attend a meeting to begin consultations surrounding the development of a H&H plan for Lanark County. Lanark County is required to develop a 10-year local H&H plan and will be holding a series of meetings beginning in December to gather information to create recommendations that are responsive to the needs of the communities in Lanark County. The first meeting is Dec. 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, County of Lanark building, 99 Christie Lake Rd., Perth. Refreshments will be served. For information call Sandy, 267-4200 x2401


Joan Moore 613-335-2015 Wanda Harrison 613-335-3186 · The Arden Legion would like to thank everyone who participated in Noreen Baese's benefit dinner and dance. The turnout was spectacular. Thanks again to everyone. · At the Ladies Aux. District level singles and doubles held Nov. 17 in Iroquois, Dawn

winter. Food bank donations are requested. · On Dec. 7 the Arden Seniors "Happy Gang" will be holding their Christmas Dinner. This is for members only; don't forget to bring a food bank donation and money for the silent auction. · On December 11, the Kennebec Recreation Committee will be sponsoring a potluck dinner, for the Euchre crowd, at the Kennebec Community Centre. The dinner will start at 6pm. Don't forget Euchre now begins at 7pm. · On December 14, Circle Square Ranch will host a Christmas event. There will be singing from 5 to 6pm, followed by dinner at 6pm. At 7pm there will be an outdoor "Walk to Bethlehem" with a live nativity. Folks will then return to the ranch for coffee and dessert. The dinner will be $15pp; the nativity and coffee & dessert are free of charge. Please call 613335-5403 for reservations. · On December 15, the Kennebec Recreation Committee is holding their Annual Christmas Concert, at the Kennebec Community Centre. The evening is filled with local talent, young and old and also a visit from Santa. Come and join in the festivities. The concert starts at 7pm. If you wish to participate please call Diane at 613-335-2845 or me at 613-335-3186. · Saw Tom Sawyer with friends Saturday evening. Of course, all Ardenites were extremely proud of the contributions made by Sarah Hale and the Matsons. Thanks to all for a funny and well performed play. · Thinking of you Dorothy Proctor, Bill Pringle, Howard Hughes and Keith & Kay Feasey.

Plevna-Ompah United Church ponders closure by Rev. Jean Brown and Helen Forsey here was sadness but also acceptance at the United Church in Plevna on November 18. Rev. Jean Brown had the sad task of announcing that the Church Council for Plevna-Ompah has recommended closing down at the end of December. Through the past two years, with a comprehensive discernment process followed by a year with Rev. Jean Brown as one-quarter-time minister, the tiny congregation has given it their best try. Support from the community and other area churches has been much appreciated, but the work of operating and maintaining two worship sites – along with fund-raising, accounting, banking, communications, and meeting the administrative requirements of the larger church – is overwhelming. There are too few active members trying to carry the inevitable workload, and those few are exhausted. Despite efforts to


Tree of Remembrance in Sharbot Lake A

by Lillian Barker-Godfrey s we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the festive season, we should also be aware that the season is bittersweet for some, especially those who are remembering relatives, friends, or pets who have died. In recognition of this, a Tree of Remembrance is being set up at the Maples Restaurant in Sharbot Lake. This tree will provide an opportunity to remember loved ones and include them in the spirit of Christmas. If you would like to help decorate the tree, simply come to The Maples Restaurant and write your loved ones name and/or a message on a card and hang it on the tree. There will be cards and pens available to use at the tree, but you can also bring your own message card to hang. If you wish, you may make a small donation to help cover the cost of the tree/materials.

The Conservationists of Frontenac Addington (COFA), the Frontenac Addington Trappers’ Council and Bishop Lake Outdoors would like to thank all the local businesses who donated a random draw prize for our deer contest this year. It was another successful year with 341 tickets sold and 82 deer weighed in. Addison’s Restaurant Cloyne Home Hardware Custom Cover Ups Hook’s Rona Nowell Motors Plevna Home Hardware Smitty’s Appliances Thompson Carpentry Wannamaker’s

Squibb placed 2nd and will be advancing to the provincial level in Kirkland Lake in April 2013. At the 4 person zone level, held Nov 18 in Kingston, Angie Knight, Beth Sampson, Lorraine Scobie and Dawn Squibb took 1st place and will be advancing on to District in April 2013. Well done, Ladies! · Saturday Sunday School will again meet in Mountain Grove Saturday, December 1, 10am to 11:30am. · Don't forget the Arden & Community Wesleyan Church Dinner at the Kennebec hall this Sat. Dec. 1 at 5pm. This is a free will offering event. After the fantastic dinner, which by the way, is compliments of the members of the church, the Lighting of the Arden Christmas tree will take place at the Mill Pond. Please join in and welcome the Christmas Season will carols and warm beverages. · On Wednesday December 5, 11:30 amto 1:30 pm, the Arden Stewards are having a Christmas luncheon in the Arden United Church Social Room. The cost is $6. · December 6, 7 & 8 is the Festival of Trees, held annually, at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. This year the Friends of Arden will enter a Basket. With the theme this year being a "A Down East Christmas" the Friends of Arden entry is titled "Blue Nose, Red Nose" (and maybe runny nose too). The festival will close this year with a performance by the Arden Glee Club. This event is the only event sponsored by Villages Beautiful and depends on the support of everyone. We can all enjoy the beautiful plants provided by them each summer, so let's show them our support this

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get new people involved, there is simply no one else to do it. The recommendation to disband will be discussed and decided on at a meeting of the full congregation on Monday, Dec. 3, at 4 pm at the Ompah United Church. A formal motion will then be forwarded to the Kingston Presbytery of the United Church for a final decision, and the process of implementation will begin with the New Year. Worship and other events will continue as planned until the end of December, with Sunday worship on Dec. 2 and 16 at the Ompah church, and Christmas musical afternoons at

the Plevna church at 2 pm, with Ralph and Carol McInnes on Dec 2 and Murray and Bill White on Dec 16. The Christmas Eve service, with communion, will be held at the Ompah church at 7 pm on Dec. 24. The Church Council is grateful for the community's support over the years, and it has not been in vain. In the event of closure, the assets and resources of the OmpahPlevna Pastoral Charge will go to further the work of the church, and local members will continue to find ways to carry on serving and worshipping.

Big band buzz at Bellrock hall

by Julie Druker f you are like me, there is nothing like the sound of an accomplished, swinging big band to pull equally hard on both heart and foot strings. And there are many others in the Bellrock and surrounding area who seem to be as enamored with the velvet, buttery sounds that only a well-rehearsed old-fashioned swing band can produce. The La Salle Causeway Big Band, a 14-member band under the direction of Brooke Wobodich, is one such band and they brought their rich and vibrant repertoire to listeners at the Bellrock Community Hall, who gathered for a special concert/hall fundraiser there on November 18 that had numerous couples swaying on an impromptu dance floor. The band, which was formed in September 2010 by Hannes Friedli of Verona and the band’s PR man David Lysne, has five saxophones, three trombones, two trumpets, clarinet, plus keyboard, bass and drums. Their repertoire spans the big band hits from the 1930s, 40s and 50s with a number of modern classic rock tunes like their boppy version of Zoot Suit Riot thrown into the mix to keep modern listeners’ ears perked up. The band is as comfortable playing the big swing band classics as they are tackling Latin sambas and bossa novas, as they did with Jobim’s unforgettable classic “The Girl from Ipanema” and in their upbeat version of “Hot Cha Cha Cha”. They covered tunes like the ever- popular “New York, New York”, as well as the Glenn Miller classic “Moonlight Serenade”, which featured an accomplished solo by Brooke Wobodich. They demonstrated


their comfort with the blues in a flavorful and swinging version of the classic “Route 66”. Saturday’s concert was extra special for the band since it was the first time they invited a soloist to sing with them. Connie Shibley, who is well known and appreciated throughout the local musical community, sang a fabulous version of Lerner and Loews’ “Almost Like Being in Love”, from Camelot. Friedli said, “It’s great to be able to have someone like Connie up singing with us since a lot of the arrangements that we play are specifically designed to accompany a soloist and we love having the opportunity to play in that kind of format.” Many of the band’s experienced players play in other local bands such as the Vimy Band from CFB Kingston and the Frontenac Community Band. Hannes says that La Salle Causeway plays for the love of the music rather than for money and often plays for free at area seniors’ homes and fundraising events. Their impeccable sound can be accounted for by their weekly rehearsal schedule and their determination to keep their sound as non-electronic as possible. The band will be taking a break during the holiday season but will resume their rehearsing schedule in the new year. Upcoming will their first ever demo CD, which the band is hoping to record in April or May of next year. Hannes also said that the band plans to make itself available to play at private functions and parties in the new year. Anyone interested in hiring out a top-notch accomplished swing band can call Hannes Friedli at 613-374-5254.

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t was in large part the young cast members who made the North Frontenac Little Theatre's production of "Tom Sawyer" one to remember. The play is based on the 1876 Mark Twain classic and was written as a musical production for the stage by Dave Barton and Matt Bond. It is difficult to perform, particularly for younger actors because it demands that all the characters speak in a southern Missouri twang. That raised the bar for the numerous young cast members, many of whom were first-timers to the stage, but each and every one of them rose to the challenge. Kudos to director Brian Robertson, who in this aspect alone definitely had his work cut out for him. The play opened with a focus on Tom's home, featuring doting Aunt Polly, perfectly portrayed by Beth Freeland; his most genteel cousin Mary (Joelle Parr); and his always annoying and needling younger brother Sid (Cash Matson). Tom's young friendships were demonstrated in his sword-wielding tiff with Jeff Thatcher (Johnny Ray Skuce). His mind-boggling love life was also a highlight and was demonstrated in his amusing interactions with the hoity-toity and sometimes downright violent Amy (Dayna Stone), the coy yet shy Lyda (Hunter Hannah) and his heart-throb Becky Thatcher (Violet Skuce). Other memorable young characters who charmed the audience included Cayleigh Matson as the adorable Sally, and Elle Larocque as Faith Harper. Seven-year-old Mason Moore played tiny Ted Austin, the youngest member of Tom's gang. He managed to steal the show with his innumerable antics.

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Tom, Huck and their gang sing “Catchin’ Catfish” A delightful surprise in this production were the notable musical numbers which were well sung and choreographed. They included Tom's memorable “Painting the Fence”, Aunt Polly's lament “What's the Matter with Tom”, and Huck Finn (Cody Matson) and the gang's “Catchin' Catfish”. About half way through, the play suddenly took a darker turn when Tom along with

his buddy Huck venture to a graveyard one night, a dead cat in hand, in order to cure warts. It is then that they happen to witness Hobo Joe (John Stephen) murder a man and frame the kind-hearted drunk Muff Potter (an inspired performance by Andy Hannah). The plot thickens when Huck and Tom disappear and are presumed dead, only to return as the townsfolk are in the midst of

conducting their funeral. Young Tom and Huck Finn put all things right in the end, saving Muff Potter from the hangman's noose, knocking Old Joe into a bottomless pit, and finding the treasure that Joe had been seeking. Tom also wins the heart of his true love Becky. Huck is firmly, and a bit reluctantly, taken under the wing of the widow Douglas, who was played to high comedic effect by Barbie Matson. I’d be remiss not to mention the numerous costumes, made by Peggy Muldoon, which included a wide variety of beautiful lacy bonnets and aproned dresses for the girls, and an array of straw hats, boots, suspenders, knees socks and short pants for the boys. The sets, which were made by Peter Platenius and Donna Larocque, included three gigantic, lush trees and the manageable interior sets made for smooth transitions between the scenes. The live orchestral accompaniment was well played by John Inglis on piano, Sandy Robertson on flute and Gary Giller on bass. Tom Sawyer is at the forefront of this play. The demands put on first-time actor Johnny Parks, a grade seven student from Prince Charles Public School in Verona, were that he present Tom as self-centered and full of mischief, but at the same time kind-hearted and loveable. Despite a few difficulties with the accent, he pulled off the role with aplomb. Kudos also to his pal Huck, played masterfully by Cody Matson, a veteran of the NFLT stage. There were also great performances by Sarah Hale as the preacher/school mistress, and Ken Fisher as Judge Thatcher.

Almost Home Kimmy Fund comes home to Harrowsmith T

his year organizers of the annual Almost Home Kimmy Fund fundraiser, which was established in January 2007 in memory of Kimberly Ann Taylor of Harrowsmith, decided to bring the event back to Harrowsmith after holding it in Kingston for the last three years. The fundraiser, aptly titled a “Love Life Bash”, took place at the Golden Links Hall in Harrowsmith where it began five years ago. Kimberly Ann Taylor lived and grew up in Harrowsmith and was a student at Sydenham High School. She passed away after a battle

with cancer at just 36 years of age. Kim’s mother Brenda Taylor explained to me at the event, “Kim really loved children and we wanted to do something in Kim’s memory that would help children and their families who are battling cancer.” The Nov. 24 event attracted numerous family members, friends and members of the community, and included a sumptuous ham dinner, a visit from Santa for the kids, a silent auction, and a raffle for a hand-made quilt by Sue O’Ryan.

Funds were also raised this year for the first time by an on-line Facebook auction organized by Kim’s cousin Mackenzie Jackson, where supporters could bid on over 300 donated items. Together, the online auction and the Harrowsmith dinner and auction raised over $7,000 for Almost Home in Kingston, a hospice or “home away from home” for out of town families of sick children who are receiving treatment in Kingston hospitals. The home has 11 bedrooms, and kitchen and laundry facilities, and serves over 500 families every year, enabling them to be close to their loved ones and to support them while they undergo treatments. Children’s illnesses put families under considerable stress and the home allows them to get the sleep, rest and support they need and spares them the additional financial stresses of travel and accommodations.

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Almost Home has over 90 volunteers who provide support to the families, maintain the facility, organize fundraising events and also assist with administrative duties. Brenda Taylor, who along with a number of volunteers organized this year’s event, said that she was thrilled with the turnout and that the decision to bring the event back to Harrowsmith proved a good one. “The first Kimmy fundraiser was held here at the hall in 2007 but we moved it to Kingston, thinking that it might draw more people there. However that proved not to be the case since a lot of the older folks found the Kingston venues not suited to them.” Judging by the over 100 supporters who filled the hall on Saturday night and kept the bidding lively and fun throughout the night, the bash was an uplifting reminder of the last message that Kimmy left to family and friends before she passed on: “Love Life!”

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t. Paul's United Church Sunday School in Harrowsmith is no stranger to outreach projects. The past several years have seen the children raising funds through bike-a-thons and craft sales to purchase livestock, school and medical supplies for under-privileged countries and special projects in Haiti. This year the children are learning of Canadians who live in poverty and who need the generosity of others to survive and feed their children. This year our Sunday school is

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n Nov. 9 and 20, Mrs. Dunphy’s Grade 12 Issues in Human Growth and Development class at North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne planned and hosted playgroup sessions as part of their experiential learning for the course. These students visited a local playgroup to see what kinds of activities they were doing there and to get a sense of how to set it up in a classroom. When they came back they began to plan a playgroup for their class. Students took into consideration the age Brittany and Landon of the potential children coming to enjoy activity time playgroup and what they have been learning in the course (human growth and development at different stages, play based learning activities, and socialization within the family, school, and media). The students have had two very successful playgroups so far, with 13 children at their first and 9 at their second. They are hoping to have one more in December and possibly one in the New Year before the end of the course. The students transformed their classroom into a safe play environment with mats and learning toys. They also had circle sing along, story time, games and lots of play-based learning. “The students worked very hard planning the playgroups and were very excited to see so many children and parents attend and participate,” said Mrs. Dunphy. “Thank you so much to all the parents; we really hope it was lots of fun for your little ones.”

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asking for community support during the Harrowsmith Santa Claus parade on December 1 at 10 a.m. Volunteers from the church will be collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations to assist the Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCSC) food bank and Christmas hamper project. Last year St. Paul's and their sister church, Trinity United in Verona, packed 34 Christmas hampers. As well, the Sunday school is selling Christmas earrings handcrafted and generously donated by Helen Lamb to help raise funds. You can purchase these earrings for $5 by contacting our church office at 613-372-2525. Jennifer Linton, SFCSC food bank coordinator, spoke with the children and congregation on Nov. 18. All were shocked by the statistics and information presented. Since 2008, food bank usage in Canada has increased by 31%. Last year the SFCSC food bank provided 423 families, which included 783 adults and 551 children, with food hampers. The food bank reached this number by the end of the first week in October this year! Why the increase? Jennifer explains, “There are many reasons people turn to the food bank: wages not keeping pace with inflation, job loss, sudden unexpected expenses like car repairs, increased hydro bills, illness or accident. The first reason is huge and one that Food Banks Canada is focusing attention on.” Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada stated recently, “It is shocking that, in a country as prosperous as Canada, hundreds of thousands of children rely on food banks to have enough to eat each month. Though food banks do what they can to fill the need, too many kids are still going to school on empty stomachs.” It is completely unacceptable for any child or any human being to go hungry in Frontenac Harrowsmith. So please, this year support our food bank either by bringing your donations to the parade, dropping them in the bin at Trousdale’s Foodland in Sydenham, or dropping donations off directly to the SFCSC office in Sydenham. Rev. Patsy Henry of the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge summed things up by saying, “After having made contributions to help those in need in our community, let us resolve to call upon our leaders in this country to take action to alleviate poverty and hardship and much lessen the need for food banks at all. Let’s make this a merry Christmas for everyone and make it our mandate in 2013 to continue to support those who need our help the most.”

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by Maurice McFadden he cold wind on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 24 provided the perfect environment for Santa’s return to Northbrook. Together, the members of the Land O’ Lakes Lions and Kaladar Community Clubs coordinated another successful Santa Claus Parade. The annual parade has become a shared venture by the two clubs in recent years, alternating between the communities of Northbrook and Kaladar. The residents of Northbrook, especially those residing at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home, were very happy that their village was hosting this year. Parade Grand Marshall Lion Ric Godard organized numerous floats and marching groups. Among those represented were Land O’ Lakes Community Services, the township of North Frontenac, local Cadet Corps, 1st Cloyne Girl Guides, and many more. The parade route wove around by the local nursing home, allowing all its residents an opportunity to enjoy the holiday event. The procession finished at the Land O’ Lakes Lions Community Hall, were Santa continued to spread his joy to the children of the community by listening to their wishes and giving out treats and advent calendars. For all those who attended, members of the Kaladar Community Club served donuts and hot chocolate. The warmth inside the hall was shown through the smiles on all the faces. Land O’ Lakes Lions president, Marilyn Bolender, announced the winners of the float contest; 1st to Yourway Home Centre, 2nd Land O’ Lakes Emmanuel United Church, and 3rd to Land O’ Lakes Horticultural Society. The Land O’ Lakes Lions would like to thank COFA (Conservationists of Frontenac and Addington), the Township of Addington Highlands, and the Township of North Frontenac for their generous donations towards the 2012 Santa Claus Parade.

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Died at his home in Red Deer Alberta at the age of 85 as a result of a fall. Warren is retired from CPR after 48 years of services as an engineer. He leaves behind his wife Betty, daughter Debbie (Bob) Gable, son Gilbert, step sons Ronald Lawrick and Jimmy Lawrick. Predeceased by brothers, Percy, Harmon and Dawson. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and the family will gather in the spring for burial at Christ Church Oso cemetery

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At Lennox and Addington County General Hospital, Napanee on Sunday November 25, 2012. Bernice (Head) of Cloyne in her 82nd year. Daughter of the late John & Olive (Black) Head. Wife of the late Gerald Wise. Mother of Sharon (late James) York, Belleville; Wayne (Gail), Kitchener; Janet (late Brian) Black, Cloyne, and Dale (Lisa), Cloyne. Sister of Marjorie Prentice, Belleville; Shirley Brooks, Cloyne and the late Clarence Head. Loved by her 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The family received friends at the McConnell Funeral Home, Tweed from 2-4 & 7-9 Tuesday and at the Cloyne United Church on Wednesday November 28, 2012 from 9 am until time of service at 11 am. Interment: Dempsey Cemetery. Donations: Pine Meadow Nursing Home or Charity of choice.

Smith, Frederick Samuel It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Frederick Samuel Smith, in his 96th year at Arbour Heights Long Term Care Residence, Kingston on Tuesday November 27, 2012. Beloved husband of Joyce McCumber, Dear father of Marilyn Meeks (Archie), Sylvia Powers (Bill), Judi Fox, Kenneth Smith (Ann). Cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Aaron and Mindwell (Sills), his brother William and sister Louisa. A big thank you to Fred’s caregivers at Arbour Heights. Resting at Goodfellow’s Funeral Home, Parham. Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, and Saturday December 1 from 11 a.m. until funeral service in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment Mountain Grove Cemetery. Donations to the Mountain Grove United Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at FUNERAL SERVICES

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Always missed and forever in our hearts I know you’re taking care of Mom and Granny Love, your brother Douglas

Neil Perry who left us suddenly on December 1, 2010. There will always be a heartache, And many a silent tear, Always special memories, Of the days when you were here, We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain, To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again. Still missed and forever loved by Flora and family CARD OF THANKS

Sweeney - Thanks A sincere thank you to friends and family for your thoughtful calls, cards, expressions of sympathy and donations during this difficult time for our family. A special thank you to the Clar-Mill Community Volunteers for the lovely luncheon, Dale’s family for including Bradley in the planning, Herb Dean for honouring Dale with your kind words, the Plevna Pioneers, Clarendon Central PS, LOLCS for your support, O’Dacre Funeral Home for the kindness to Bradley. Thanks to this wonderful community we live in, Bradley was able to have a beautiful goodbye to his dad! Bradley & Becky

Acknowledgment of Support The family of Cody Wood would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude for the love and support we have received from our friends, family and the community on the loss of our son Cody. With the shock of his sudden loss, we have been lifted up by the outpouring of support from the wonderful people around us. People have reached out in so many ways — phone calls, cards, visits, bringing food, sending flowers, sharing their memories of and affection for Cody. Special Thanks to the teachers and students at North Addington Education Centre for the beautiful memorial which they hosted. Cody was a happy guy who loved life, loved his family, loved his friends, and loved being a part of the life of this community. He was unfailingly kind and always kept everyone around him laughing. Knowing how much he was loved by the people whose lives he touched has helped to comfort us more than you can know. We will truly never forget the kindness, love and support of our friends and neighbors. Sincerely, The Wood Family FUNERAL SERVICES

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Lillian and Wayne Sheppard are pleased to announce the celebration of their marriage, which took place at the Sharbot Lake Pentecostal Church on October 20, 2012.

CARD OF THANKS WEBSTER The family of the late Viola Webster wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness following the loss of a dear sister. Thank you to the staff at Friendly Manor, Goodfellow’s Funeral Home, to the pallbearers and flower carriers, Reverend Nancy MacLeod, Gilbert Whan and to everyone who provided food, our sincere thanks. Madeline, Richard and families

Thank You – Wagar

The wife and family of the late Almonte Watson Wagar wish to thank all of you for so many kind acts in the passing of a loving husband and best friend. Thanks to Rev. Judith Evenden, Eleanor, the McConnell Funeral Home in Tweed, Dr. Tobia for his years of care. To our family, friends and neighbours for phone calls, food, visits, beautiful flowers, and the overwhelming messages of cards and notes. The support received from so many was amazing and so very much appreciated at a very difficult time. A special thank you to the Flinton Community Club for the lovely luncheon at the Flinton Recreation Centre following the service. Special thanks to Doug and Jean Sedore, who have been my rock through it all. We wish to thank Doug and Gary for their wonderful eulogies for Almonte. Thank you so much, everyone and God bless you all! Shirley Wagar and family

Thank You The Manion Family After the loss of Mary Manion, our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother; Wayne & Patsy, Glen & Linda, Dean & Teresa and families would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following: to our extended families and our friends for your love and support; to McConnell’s Funeral Home in Tweed for the professional and caring services they provided during our difficult time; to the firefighters, Linda Flieler, Jonathan Tooley, Randy & Donna Schonauer, Michele Ross, Amber Lemke, Matt Wheeler and Dillon Boles who were on scene; to the ambulance personnel, air ambulance personnel and police officers; to Father Machaj for the funeral mass, and to the organist; to Jon Clow for the reading; to Ed and the ladies and gentlemen who provided the luncheon; to the community who gathered together to offer their condolences and to all who gave donations. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you.

esembling nothing so much as an overgrown green onion, the elegant leek is at its peak this time of year. Plump, fat bunches of leeks are everywhere now, easily found at grocery stores and markets. I don’t know why they’re not more popular – they can be used anywhere you’d use onions in cooking, although their flavour is more delicate. They melt into soups and casseroles once you soften them up in a little butter or oil, and they impart a silky quality to cooked dishes that’s quite luxurious. Of course, they cost more than onions, but I’d personally cut corners elsewhere. I have a profound fondness for leeks. As the festive season approaches, many of us are on the lookout for hors d’oeuvres and nibblies to offer our drop-in visitors. This week’s recipe is fantastic for that. These little filled bites of pastry can be made ahead and frozen, ready at a moment’s notice when the occasion arises. The cream cheese pastry is a real standout; it’s not as sensitive to overhandling as classic pie dough, and the slight tartness complements the leek and mushroom filling perfectly. It’s a good thing this recipe makes lots – they disappear quickly! Bon appétit!

SAVOURY LEEK AND MUSHROOM BITES Makes about 6 dozen Filling: Clean and chop 2 medium leeks, white and pale green parts. Transfer to a large skillet along with 3 tbsp. unsalted butter. Cook at medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft, but not browned, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, finely chop 350 g brown mushrooms; once the leeks are soft, add them to the skillet, increase the heat to medium-high and cook for about 10 minutes more. (The mushrooms will release their juices and the liquid will cook off; they’re done when they begin to brown.) Stir in 3/4 tsp. dried tarragon, crumbled; 3/4 tsp. salt; a few generous grindings of black pepper (about 1/2 tsp.); a good pinch of cayenne. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. flour evenly over the vegetable mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 3/4 c. whipping cream and continue cooking and stirring until the mixture becomes very thick. Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 50 g mild, creamy goat cheese; stir until the cheese is melted and everything is evenly mixed. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. (May be chilled overnight.) Cream Cheese Pastry: In a food processor, combine 375 g regular cream cheese; 250 g unsalted butter at room temperature; 3/4 tsp. salt. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the work bowl once or twice. Gradually add 3 c. flour; process until evenly blended. Shape the dough into 2 disks about a half inch thick; refrigerate at least half an hour or up to a day before using. Assembly: Roll out one of the circles of dough very thin (less than 1/8-inch) on a lightly-floured surface. Cut out 2.5-inch circles with a cookie cutter (one with a decorative edge is nice). Place 1/2 tsp. filling at the centre of each circle, then fold the dough in half enclosing the filling, pressing out any air from around the filling as you go. With the floured tines of a fork, press the edges firmly to seal; prick the top a couple of times to vent the steam from the filling. Repeat until all the dough is used up, re-rolling the scraps as needed. Make an egg wash with 1 egg and 2 tsp. water, whisked together. Brush each pastry top with a little of the egg wash; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Then freeze solid before repackaging in freezer bags. Baking: Bake from frozen on an ungreased baking sheet at 350°F until pastries are puffed and golden, 12-15 min.

A Promise for You “God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.” 2 Chronicles 32: 31


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

FOR RENT ARDEN. 2 BEDROOM DOWNSTAIRS APARTMENT for rent.  All inclusive.  Available Oct 1/2012.  $900.00 per month. Please call 613-335-3878 HOT TUB RENTALS. It’s getting chilly. We deliver and set up, all u do is enjoy. Weekend rentals start at $325 + HST 4 days. New Roto spa units plug and play. Delivery charges may apply depends on location. Please call us anytime 613-335-5333 or cell 1-416-833-3397 KALADAR 2 BEDROOM APT. Available December 1, 2012; fridge & stove, utilities extra; 613-336-9429 SHINER STORAGE: Indoor boat storage: $500 includes storage, winterizing motor, gas stabilizer, washing outside of boat, interior vacuuming, battery charge in fall, free pickup on your trailer; $250 storage only; 613-3362641 SINGLE MALE seeks mature male pensioner for accommodation; 613-375-8169

FOR SALE 1 FEMALE DONKEY, 3 years old, 1 male donkey, 1½ years old. Halter broken, $200 each – 613-375-6369 ALL PRICES INCLUDE HST on new & used chainsaws, snowthrowers, tractors and gas trimmers. December only at Canadian Small Engines, corner of Road 38 & Van Order Rd. Phone 613-389-4658. FIREWOOD - dry, cut, split and delivery available. Call 613-479-2979 FIREWOOD. Ideal for outdoor furnaces. Mixed wood logs lengths 3,4,5 and 6 feet. Can be stacked and delivered. 1 single bush cord $225/ full dump truck load. Please call 613335-5333 or cell 1-416-833-3397 PRIVATE SALE. Totally renovated 2 bedroom house with two outbuildings Thompson Road, Mountain Grove. New well. Great starter home or retirement home. $78,000. 613-335-3878.  RENT-TO-OWN A BELL TV HDTV SYSTEM for as little as $5.53/mth. Call Doug’s Antenna Sales for details. 613-374-3305. www. WOOD HEAT SOLUTIONS. 2012 Winter Rebate. Factory incentive on the ECL1400, “Limited Quantity”. Call for more information. Your Local Central Boiler dealer. Frankford, ON 613-398-1611; Bancroft, ON 613-332-1613

GARAGE/YARD SALES SPYGLASS COVE, 1016 Schoolhouse Rd. Clarendon, Hwy 509. Open Tues – Sat. 9am5pm. Christmas glass pickle tray; Apple laptop computer; new selection of videos and DVDs; children’s snowsuit; world travel knickknacks; puzzles; tools; etc. Free small artificial Christmas tree with any purchase.

HALL RENTAL S&A CLUB HALL, Harrowsmith. Air conditioned, capacity 90, $25/hr up to 3 hours; $125 for more than 3 hours. For hall rental please contact Linda Stewart (613) 372-3797 and for membership, Tricia Evans (613) 3720343 SYDENHAM LEGION. Fully licenced, reasonable rates, full kitchen. Seating 150. Call 613-376-6808 VERONA LIONS BANQUET HALL AND BOARD MEETING ROOM (Lions’ Den). Reasonable rates in a convenient location. Air conditioned. Full kitchen and bar facility. Weddings, anniversaries, parties, conferences.  613-374-2821

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HUNTING & FISHING FIREARMS & HUNTER ED COURSES. Harrowsmith: Firearms course, January 18 & 19. Hunter Education, January 25 & 26. Wild Turkey license examinations. Call Bill at 613335-2786 HUNTER SAFETY AND FIREARMS COURSES. Turkey Examinations. Please call for course dates and details. Call Richard 613-336-9875.

MUSIC LESSONS 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

SERVICES DRYWALL AND PLASTER REPAIRS. Professionally trained. Drywall installation, old fashioned quality, three coat hand finishing. Free estimates. Call Rick at 613-375-8201. FINE CONSTRUCTION, prop. John St. Aubin, Frontenac area. For an estimate call 613-3756582. HANDYMAN WITH TRUCK;  general labor, Junk Pickup/Disposal,  Minor home repairs  & local pickups/deliveries. Call Kevin 9-5, MonSat.  613-279-1901 HOMESTYLE WEDDINGS. Minister Judie Diamond helps design your ceremony and performs the marriage at location of your choice. 613-375-6772 LAUGHING DOGS RE-TREAT. Home-style, kennel-free dog boarding, 1052 Stinchcombe Rd., Parham. Call Robin now to book 613-2140873 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. SYLVIA’S FOOT CARE. Providing Nursing foot care in the privacy of your own home. Registered with Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs to provide foot care to veterans who qualify. For further information call Sylvia at 613-3352940.


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by Fred Barrett


ecember is always a great month for stargazing. A telescope shows Mars as a tiny dot low in the southwest about a fist width at arm’s length (10 degrees) just after sunset. Venus is 5 degrees below Saturn in the southeast in the early days of December. This sight is for you early risers. They are very prominent about an hour before sunrise about 20 degrees above the horizon. As the month progresses, Venus moves lower and Saturn higher until, by month’s end, Venus starts to disappear into the sunrise. Between the 9th and 11th, Mercury is to the lower left of Venus. It is the bottom dot in a diagonal line that connects the dots of Venus and Saturn. It will disappear with Venus near month’s end. Venus is an excellent guide for finding Saturn in the southeast during this period. Saturn rises at 4pm in early December and has its rings tilted to about 18 degrees. This spectacular telescopic view is available throughout December. Jupiter is in opposition on December 2nd. It rises in the east at sunset and is high in the south by 11pm, slowly sinking in the west to set at dawn. It is a blazing light up and to the right of the hourglass shape of Orion and sits in the midst of the Hyades star cluster. When I walk up my road to get my morning Citizen about 5:30am, it is slowly sinking towards the western horizon and with Orion trailing behind, presents a breathtaking sight. You can’t miss it! On December 25th, it is very close, about one degree above the Moon – the two brightest objects in the sky. On December 21st at 6:12am EST, the Sun reaches solstice and it is the official start of winter in the North and summer in the South. It is the shortest day and the lon-

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gest night. Full Moon this month occurs on December 28th. It is called the Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon. It usually lives up to its name! First seen in 1934 and rediscovered in 1989, the asteroid Toutatis, named after a god of ancient Gaul, will pass close to Earth. It returns every 4 years and on the night of the 11th and 12th, it will be at its closest – 0.046 AU or 6.9 million kilometers. We’re safe for several centuries and it is likely that gravitational interaction with Earth and Jupiter will eventually fling it far, far away. I’ve saved the best for last! The Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13th and 14th. It will be a moonless night and the faintest of meteors will be visible. Expect about 150 meteors per hour and the best time is from 9pm to sunrise. Watch for activity a few days before and after the peak. Send me a report on how you did. Trace the shape of Gemini, including prominent stars, in the centre of a sheet of paper and draw a line for every meteor you see. If the line can be drawn back to Castor in Gemini, it is a Geminid. Most of them will be Geminids but the odd meteor will be from some other part of the sky and they are called sporadics. Don’t forget that meteors can appear all over the sky, not necessarily close to Gemini. Watch for a special column on the Star of Bethlehem for the Christmas issue. “The Beginner’s Observing Guide by Leo Enright is an invaluable companion for adventures in the sky. It contains star charts and is available at the Sharbot Lake Pharmacy. It can also be ordered from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at www. A subscription to our very own excellent 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. If you have any questions or suggestions you can contact me through this paper or email me at fred_ Clear Skies! Fred.

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: ALL THAT PART of the shoreline road allowance around Mississagagon Lake lying in front of Lot 15, Concession 8, geographic Township of Barrie, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac described as Part 1 on Registered Plan 13R-20528 (Lancaster); AND ALL THAT PART of the road allowance adjoining Coxvale Lake in front of Lot 12, Registered Plan No. 1091, geographic Township of Clarendon, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac described as Part 1 on Registered Plan 13R-8881 (Ng) 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 10th day of December, 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. Dated this 9th Day of November, 2012. Jenny Duhamel, Clerk Tel: (613)479-2231 or 1-800-234-3953 Fax: (613)479-2352 Email:



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Friday, November 30 BOLINGBROKE CAFÉ at the ABC Hall, doors open 6:45pm; music 7:30pm w/ Hermann Amberger, David Pollard; $5; proceeds to hall PLEVNA – BINGO FUNDRAISER for ClarMill volunteer firefighters, 7-9pm, cash prizes, Clar-Mill hall SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, Salisbury Steak SOUTHERN FRONTENAC COMMUNITY SERVICES Fundraising Live & Silent Auction, 5:30pm wine & cheese; auction 7pm, Grace Centre; $40 pp ($20 charitable receipt); 1-800763-9610; proceeds to Seniors Services. VERONA – TREE LIGHTING & CAROLS, McMullen Park 7pm, carols, free hot chocolate, hot dogs, marshmallows, sponsor: Verona Community Association; donations for food bank appreciated.

10am; donations for food bank & Christmas baskets welcome; Open House follows at S&A Club, 376-6164. MABERLY – TAY VALLEY COMMUNITY CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT, community hall, 7pm, admission by donation at door; donations to food bank & LAWS welcome; NICK OF TIME artisan show 10am–4pm, McMartin House, Perth, free admission; info 613-278-2712; proceeds from sale of quilts & afghans to Interval House OMPAH & PLEVNA SANTA CLAUS PARADE, 6pm, departs from township offices, open house at Ompah hall, please pre-register child for gift, 613-479-2176. SHARBOT LAKE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 1pm, free hot dogs, hot chocolate, visits with Santa at Oso Hall after parade; sponsor: Lions Club SHARBOT LAKE - SMOKING & CURING venison, duck & other meats, 9am-noon, sponsors: Northern Connections Learning Centre & Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation; 613-2791970; 613-279-2499 SNOW ROAD SNOWMOBILE CLUB fundraiser breakfast, 8-11am, Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Rd., all welcome.

Saturday December 1

Sunday, December 2

ARDEN – TURKEY / BEEF DINNER & GOSPEL SING, Kennebec Hall, dinner 5pm, freewill offering, Gospel Sing 6pm w/ the Bennets; Sponsor: Arden Wesleyan Church ARDEN TREE LIGHTING, 7pm at Mill Pond, carols with Arden Glee Club, warm beverages BOLINGBROKE - “HEALTHY COOKING” class, ABC hall, 9:30am-noon, “Healthy Christmas Ideas”; $30, register Freda 273-2571. BELLROCK - FRONTENAC WOMEN’S CHORUS “Colour Me Christmas”, 7:30pm, community hall, freewill donation. DENBIGH/GRIFFITH LIONS CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE, 10am-2pm, baked goods, door prizes, raffle draws DENBIGH SANTA CLAUS PARADE 6pm, leaves from Berndt`s Garage; Santa at community hall after HARLOWE CHRISTMAS DINNER & DANCE, community hall, roast beef, roast pork dinner 6pm; dance 8pm with Country 4 band; dinner & dance $12.50 pp; dinner only $10; reservations: Marie 613-336-2557 HARROWSMITH - FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, St. Paul’s United Church, 9am; all welcome HARROWSMITH SANTA CLAUS PARADE

BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, Bedford Hall, 1381 Westport Rd, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel & more, $2, info: 613-374-2614 ENTERPRISE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE, 1pm, community hall, Steve Piticco; potluck; pls. bring food item for Christmas Baskets; admission $5; info: 613-379-9972; sponsor: Newburgh-Camden Lions ENTERPRISE - GOSPEL SING, 6:30pm, Free Methodist Church; Vernon Scott & Ruth Oliver; True Vine Generations, the Chajkowskis, refreshments MCDONALDS CORNERS - BLUE JEANS CLASSICAL SERIES CONCERT w/ Guitar Duo Villageois, François Bergeron and François Lacelle, 2pm, MERA schoolhouse; $60 for series of three concerts; at door $25;; 613-485-6434; teenagers free PARHAM – CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, IOOF hall, 9am-noon PLEVNA - CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AFTERNOON, 2pm, United Church, with Ralph & Carol McInnes, free-will offering. Info: 613479-2979 TICHBORNE-PARHAM SANTA CLAUS PARADE, sponsored by Central Frontenac Fire Department District #4, departs Hampton’s

SF Committee of the Whole

Seniors’ Housing for Verona?: Jamie Curragh asked Council for their feedback on his proposal to build a two-storey, 10-unit seniors housing complex in Verona. Curragh’s plans are still in the early stages. He showed a sketch of a potential layout and quoted a recent study published by the County of Frontenac, which identifies the need for more seniors’ housing in the Verona area. He is presently in the process of gathering information about the zoning and planning requirements for such a project, and working on his business plan. Council complimented him on his work to date, and asked that he keep them informed of his plans. Harrowsmith Subdivision Closed Down: It’s unlikely many Harrowsmith residents are even aware of the 126-year old subdivision on the northeast corner of the village off Church Street, bounded by two surveyed but otherwise nonexistent streets called Park Street and John Street. Lawyer Peter Radley came to Council on behalf of Mrs. Shirley Hole, who has discovered that her house is not only in the middle of John Street, but apparently had been built there in 1880, six years before the subdivision plan was approved. None of the subdivision lots have ever been developed. Lawyer Radley noted that there is provision to close a subdivision plan after eight years if it is “not moving ahead” by that time, and asked if

by Wilma Kenny Council would consider closing John Street, and granting Mrs. Hole clear title to her property. Council agreed, but asked if Mrs. Hole in return would give the township a corner of her lot, presently used as a turning area for snow plows. Everett Kerr, who owns the adjoining field, offered to give the township a strip of land so John Street could be relocated a short distance to the east, and provide access to the back part of his property. This will come to a regular council meeting for official approval. Motorized Traffic on Cataraqui Trail: Council received a letter drawing their attention to the frequent, illegal use of the Cataraqui Trail west of Sydenham by 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, trucks and farm vehicles. The writer asked why there were no gates on the trail, as there are from Sydenham east. Councilor Stowe said the Cataraqui Conservation Authority has money budgeted for more gates, which should be installed soon. Public Works Manager Segsworth said it was important to ensure that the gates would allow accessibility for motorized wheelchairs, which are a permitted use on the trail. January Meeting Schedule: Township offices will be closed between Christmas and New Year. Because New Year falls on a Tuesday, all January Council meetings will be moved forward one week: the first 2013 Council meeting will be January 8.

NOVEMber 29, 2012


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Hwy 38 Verona (613) 374-2112 Landing, Tichborne, 1pm, free hot dogs, hot chocolate for kids at Parham Fire Station; chili & roll $1 for adults; 613-375-6341. WESTPORT - CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE, 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church w/ Westport Ecumenical Choir & Rideau Vista Children’s Choir; refreshments; freewill offering; all welcome. WILTON - COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, Women’s Institute, 5:30pm; please register kids for gifts, Jane 613-386-3673

Monday, December 3 OMPAH - BIRTHDAY BASH POTLUCK DINNER & CONCERT w/ Ompah Choir & local artists, dinner 6pm, concert 6:45pm, community centre, all welcome, food bank donations RAILTON - TURKEY BINGO, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, doors open 6pm VERONA – SISTERS BY HEART “A Cup of Christmas”, 7pm, Verona Free Methodist Church w/ Harrowsmith Bell Ringers; speaker Erin Wong; $5; info: 613-374-1232; donations for “Christmas for Kids” welcome.

Wednesday December 5 ARDEN - CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, 11:30 1:30; $6, United Church. OMPAH – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Community hall, call 613-279-3151 for info, appointment:.

Thursday December 6 LAND O’LAKES QUILTERS new evening group, Barrie Hall Cloyne, 7pm; info: Lynn 613-336-8080, NORTHBROOK - RETIRED TEACHERS & FRIENDS: Luncheon at Addison’s Restaurant, 11:30am. To reserve phone 613-479-2837 by Dec. 4 at noon. VERONA DINERS, noon, Lions Hall, for 55+, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477

Thurs – Sat December 6, 7 & 8 FESTIVAL OF TREES, Oso hall, Sharbot Lake; theme “A Down East Christmas”; Community Tree Lighting Thursday 6pm; hours Thurs 1-8pm; Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm; admission: food bank donation; Christmas trees, gingerbread, musical entertainment & more.

Friday December 7

CLOYNE - FREE MOVIE, “White Christmas”, 7pm, United Church, sponsor: Land O’Lakes Emmanuel United Church Congregation HARROWSMITH YOUTH DANCE, Golden Links Hall, 7-10pm for ages 9-15; $6; Sharon 372-1274; Wayne 358-2533 HARTINGTON - CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, 7pm, Community Church, w/ Old Hims & Crooked Wood, free will offering, refreshments; info: 613-374-2178 VERONA - CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Community Choir 7:30pm; Trinity United

Church; gift to the community; info: 372-2525 SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, seniors’ centre, appointment: 613-279-3151.

Saturday December 8 ARDEN - CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY at Legion, 9am breakfast with Santa, games, presents, please pre-register children: 613335-2737. LANARK – SANTA CLAUS PARADE, leaves Civitan Hall 1pm, info: 613-256-7881 PERTH ROAD - CHRISTMAS BAKE & CRAFT SALE by United Church, 9am-noon; tables $10, reserve: 613-353-1690; proceeds to food bank PLEVNA – COOKIE WALK, 10am-noon, ClarMill Hall, cookies $5 box; tea, coffee, sweets $2; silent auction; sponsored by Catholic, Anglican, United churches PLEVNA - CHRISTMAS MARKET, 10am-4pm, Clarendon Central Public School, 25+ vendors, lunch avail. 11am - 2pm;

Sunday December 9 DENBIGH - CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG, New Apostolic Church, 7pm, food bank donations accepted. DENBIGH – MUSIC IN THE HALL, 1pm, sponsor: Rec. Committee HARROWSMITH – GOSPEL ONLY JAM, Free Methodist Church, 1:30-4pm, Open Mic, fundraiser for church; info: 613-376-9815 MCDONALDS CORNERS – JAMBOREE, Agricultural Hall, music begins 1pm, dinner @ 5pm, $14; info: 613-278-2427 VENNACHAR - CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Free Methodist Church 11am, all welcome.

Monday December 10 HARROWSMITH S&A CLUB MEETING, 7:30pm, for members  & anyone interested in membership,  family $20/ year, single $10; info: Kim 613-372-0018. SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, seniors’ centre, appointment: 613-279-3151. SYDENHAM WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet 7pm, at library, new members welcome

Tuesday December 11 DENBIGH - CARING FOR YOUR LAND WORKSHOP, 7-9pm, community hall; w/ MNR rep; 613-278-2939; sponsor: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust DENBIGH/GRIFFITH LIONS BINGO. Hall opens 6:30pm, cash prizes HARROWSMITH - TURKEY BINGO, Golden Links Hall, early bird 7:15; Barb 372-2315

Wednesday December 12 SHARBOT LAKE - RETIRED TEACHERS & FRIENDS: Luncheon at Sharbot Lake Country Inn, 11:30am. To reserve phone 613-279-2098 by Dec. 10 at noon.

North Frontenac Council - continued from page 2 would not only negate the need for repairs, it would deal with a long standing concern over having a one-lane bridge on a major arterial road that is used by delivery trucks on a regular basis. “We have applied for that bridge how many times in the past? Two, or is it three?” said Councilor Wayne Good. “Why apply again when the province is so uninterested?” “The bridge was in good shape then,” said Mayor Clayton. “Now it isn’t. That improves our chances.” It will cost the township $10,000 to do the groundwork for the application, and if successful the township will have to pay about $200,000 for a new bridge, which would cost about between $2 and $2.5 million. A handshake or Mazinaw Rock? After a discussion about a proposed new township logo at the last meeting, which led to the rejection of the proposal after a 3-3 vote, Councilor Betty Hunter sought clarification. “Does Council want to keep the existing logo or should we be looking at commissioning a new one?” she asked. Mayor Clayton then said that the old logo does not feature a handshake as everyone on Council thought. “I talked to Laurie Lemke, who designed it, and she said the logo includes trees, water, and Mazinaw Rock, not a handshake,” said Clayton. Lonnie Watkins said, “Look at it, it’s two

hand shaking.” “No,” said Clayton, “it’s the rock, the trees and the water. “Well, what’s this big hand doing holding the rock?” asked Watkins. While Council did not answer Hunter’s question, it looks as if the rock (or handshake) may be here to stay. Arsenic to be removed from fire hall site: A Phase 11 environmental assessment of the proposed building site for a new fire hall has been completed by Malroz Engineering. They found no issues of concern at the site, save for a localised area where levels of arsenic were high. This area did not correspond to any of the previous uses of the site as a gas station and garage. Nonetheless, Malroz recommended removing the offending soil, preferably with them present, and then taking more samples for testing. Costs for this further step should be minimal. Councilor Inglis said that he had been talking to a retired engineer, who told him the arsenic is more than likely naturally occurring and should be left where it is. “Can your friend give a stamp of approval for the site?” asked Deputy Mayor Perry. Council decided to take the next step, which will get them an approved building site for a new fire hall.


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Using their WITS at Hinchinbrooke S by Julie Druker tudents at Hinchinbrooke Public School were reminded of a number of ways to deal with bullying at a special assembly in the school gym on November 26. Grade seven and eight students from Ms. Ironsides’ grade 7/8 class made the presentation, which included videos they created highlighting the WITS Program, a special program that puts forth a number of conflict resolution strategies to help students deal with bullying. The program was introduced first to staff at HPS in October by Caroline Tesky of Queen’s University and staff then ‘introduced the program to students at the school. The WITS program was begun in 1993 by a teacher at an elementary school in Esquimalt, British Colombia and has since spread to over 150 schools across Canada and the United States. The program includes a number of elements designed for primary and middle school aged student as well as staff. In a nutshell the program aims to arm students, staff and entire community with ways to deal with bullying. This year was the first time that the WITS program was

brought to Hinchinbrooke and HPS Vice-principal James McDonald believes it is already having a positive effect. “The WITS program gives students the skills to help themselves when it comes to issues of bullying on the playground and in the school and it also give both students and staff a common language and strategy to both speak about and to deal with bullying when it does occur. So far the program has been received really well here at the school and has set a great tone, ” McDonald said. The WITS program highlights four ways to deal with bullying: W- for Walk away, I- Ignore, T- Talk it out, and S- Seek help. The strategies were introduced to the younger students at the school by the grade eight students, who since October have been involved in the WITS LEADS program, which recognizes the developmental advantages that older students can offers as leaders to younger students. Grade 7/8 teacher Ms. Ironside said she felt that her students responded very well to the program. “They embraced the program immediately and they really seem to enjoy the leadership element of the program, which sees them as role models for the younger students at the school.” At the end of the presentation all the students were invited to recite a group pledge. It reads: “I make a commitment to stand against bullying. I will treat others with respect

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outh Frontenac Township will conduct its own negotiations with the City of Kingston in an attempt to secure further funding for a number of roads that were taken over by the township in 1998. The city has been paying money to South Frontenac each year for 15 years to help maintain the roads, which until municipal amalgamation had been part of the Frontenac County Roads system. The roads in question include Sydenham Road, Battersea Road, Perth Road, Bellrock Road and others. Last year, South Frontenac received $600,000 from the City of Kingston to help maintain those roads. The City also pays a smaller amount each year to Frontenac Islands for a former county road in that township. By the terms of the original agreement, the city and the Frontenac Management Board (which has since re-emerged as Frontenac County) are slated “to reconsider the annual contribution” on or before January 1, 2013.” At their meeting last week, Frontenac County Council considered a proposal from their finance committee to “support the formation of a team of county, township and consulting members to develop a strategy to approach the issue.” That idea did not go very far. “I oppose this because there is a direct implication to this for two principal townships, and not for the county as a whole. We have the background and expertise to conduct these negotiations for ourselves,” said South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison. “I agree that we have the expertise on the local level,” said Frontenac Islands Mayor Dennis Doyle, “so I think it will save county time this way. I think this is the best way to approach it.” When the original finance committee motion was put to a vote by Warden Janet Gutowski, it received no support from the councilors in attendance, not even from those who sit on the finance committee that had proposed it.

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federal governments. Frontenac County acted as a go-between for the money. As such, it was the county that submitted receipts and collected the grant money, which was then passed on to the township. In providing this service, the county’s finance department erroneously came to the conclusion that one of the invoices that it received from South Frontenac was a duplicate and did not submit it. The slip-up was not caught until after the deadline for applying for the grant money had passed, leaving South Frontenac ratepayers out by $20,000. Instead of charging the money to its own ratepayers, South Frontenac asked the County to cover the shortfall, and County Council agreed to make the payment, spreading the pain of the error across the entire county.

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Smitty donated a new $1000 refrigerator to Kaladar Community Hall. Shown in picture from left: Art Tryon, Smitty’s helper, Smitty himself and president Jenny Allan. Tammy Bence called Smitty in panic, about a fridge Smitty had donated 12 years ago free. Smitty didn’t give Tammy a hard time, he donated another new $1000 fridge the next day. Smitty sells 95% of his appliances in the Kaladar area. Most of the people in the area never come to look at appliances, they just call and tell Smitty what they want. Smitty likes that people trust him, and take him at his word. Customers always come first at Smitty’s. Smitty says, “it is not the sale that counts, but it is the service that counts after the sale. Never give a customer a hard time. Always know the customer after the sale. Be friendly to the customer all the time, always speak. Blow the horn when you are driving by and wave, be friendly to all people. Don’t turn your head the other way and let on you don’t know the customer. A customer is in the right, all the time.” The customer is the most important person in any business. Let’s treat customers with respect at all times, so they can tell others how they were treated. Smitty has been in business 40 years and still going strong. Call Smitty anytime, 24 hours on call.

County staff must have been aware in advance how the vote would likely go, as CAO Liz Savill had an alternative motion ready and waiting. The second motion, which was approved, allows South Frontenac and Frontenac Islands to conduct the negotiations on the county’s behalf. In another roads related matter, the public works managers from all four Frontenac townships have been meeting to discuss the future of the downloaded provincial roads in the county. These include Road 38 in South and Central Frontenac, Road 506/509 in Central and North Frontenac, and Road 95/96 on Wolfe Island in Frontenac Islands. One of the proposals being discussed is the establishment of a “virtual” county arterial roads system, which would mean the townships would continue to maintain the roads as they do now, but funding for reconstruction of the roads would be pooled in some way. One advantage of this proposal may be that provincial and federal infrastructure grants would be easier to come by for county roads. Tiered response – South Frontenac Fire Chief Rick Cheseborough presented his response to a discussion paper that was brought forward in October by Chief of Paramedics Paul Charbonneau. Charbonneau’s paper said that tiered response agreements have been in place between the paramedic services and the local fire departments since 2007, ensuring that in emergency cases where the ambulance is not handy, fire fighters respond in the first instance. Members of local departments have been trained as first responders, allowing them to commence providing first aid and emergency services while waiting for paramedics to arrive on scene. But according to Charbonneau’s paper, provincial studies have shown that the majority of calls for paramedics are not life and death situations, and in most cases the first responders are not necessary. “The peer-reviewed scientific literature shows that only slightly more than 2% of EMS 911 calls would benefit from cardiac defibrillation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other time-sensitive interventions offered by fire fighters. Despite the low actual clinical need, urban Ontario fire departments have asked to be sent to between 5 and 35% of EMS calls, and some have suggested they should respond to 100% of EMS calls. No scientific evidence exists to support such levels of response.” The paper recommends that the call for a response by fire fighters be limited to truly emergent situations, saving the cost of over-responding to lower level calls. Rick Cheseborough said that the study that Charbonneau’s paper refers to does not reflect the rural reality. “That 2% figure quoted in the study is an urban figure, not a rural figure. In situations where paramedics are not able to be on scene for 45 minutes to an hour, having medically trained first responders on scene within a shorter time frame has been shown to be beneficial to the citizens of Frontenac County,” said Cheseborough. “The tiered response agreement that is in place is working well and is not in need of amendment.” Cheseborough was accompanied by a number of fire fighters as well as North Frontenac Fire Chief Steve Riddell. Library funding shortfall costs county $20 K: On behalf of South Frontenac Township, Frontenac County successfully applied for a grant that was used to build the Sydenham Library. South Frontenac agreed to pay 1/3 of the cost of the library while the other 2/3 was paid by the provincial and

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