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Land parcels revealed in Algonquin Land Claim
by Jeff Green ith the release of the Agreement in Principle (AIP) for the Algonquin Land Claim, some details have emerged and some previously released information has been confirmed. In term of gross numbers, the AIP carries the promise of a
TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC HOLIDAY GREETINGS Council and Staff wish all residents a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013. Enjoy a safe holiday season.
HOLIDAY HOURS Township Administrative Offices will be closed from Monday, December 24th at 12:00 noon, reopening on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. To reach the Roads Department, please call (613) 376-3900. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
TAX PAYMENTS Due to holiday hours, please note that tax payments can be made; on line, at your bank, mailed or deposited in the drop off at 4432 George St, Sydenham.
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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.
NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSING South Frontenac Township Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on a proposal to stop up, close, and sell, a small portion of road allowance at the west end of Sleeth Lane in lot 2, Concession 10, District of Storrington. There would continue to be a right-of-way for members of the public as an access route to Loughborough Lake. For further information, contact Anne Levac ext. 2224
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COUNCIL MEETING The next Council Meeting will be on December 18th, 2012 at 7:00 pm. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting wlll be on January 15th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. 4432 George Street, Box 100, Sydenham ON K0H 2T0 1-800-559-5862 Website: www.township.southfrontenac.on.ca
land transfer of not less 117,500 acres of land and a payout of $300 million. Any outstanding loans owed by the Algonquins of Ontario to the federal government will be deducted from the settlement figure. The money will not go to individual bands or communities, but will be held in trust by a central Algonquin body, based in Pembroke. The land settlement includes 200 separate parcels, ranging from a few acres to 30,000 acres, and a number of parcels of Crown land in Frontenac, Lanark and L&A Counties are included. There is also a proposed provincial park included in the land claim, which encompasses the vast majority of the land surrounding Crotch Lake in North Frontenac. It appears that the park would be accessed from Road 509, at a location between Robertsville Road and Mississippi Station. Of those land parcels, a number are located on lakes with road access. Among the largest parcels in Frontenac Addington is one north-west of Denbigh between Trout, Spring and Barnard Lakes. Another large piece is located just north of the borders of Bon Echo Park in the vicinity of Machesney and Fermoy Lakes. Just north and east of that location, straddling to the east side of Hwy. 41, is another substantial parcel in the vicinity of Irvine Lake. In Addington Highlands, there are also two pieces on Upper Mazinaw Lake, one on Brown’s Lake, and one on Little Mallory Lake. In North Frontenac, there is a parcel surrounding Proudfoot Bay on Fortune Lake, one between Buckshot and Brule Lakes, one at the east end of Mississagagon Lake, one straddling Shawenegog and Sand Lake, a smaller and a larger piece on Norcan Lake, and three small pieces on Crotch Lake, among others, In Central Frontenac, there is a large piece in between Bell Line and Burke Settlement Roads, encompassing Beaver Lake, smaller pieces on Silver and White Lake, pieces on Leggat and Eagle Lakes, and two on 5th Depot Lake. In South Frontenac all of the proposed Settlement Lands, as the parcels are being called, are located in the Bedford District. There is a piece of land in the former hamlet of Bradshaw, and a larger piece straddling Crow Lake and Mud Bay
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Detail of the AIP map showing proposed provincial park around Crotch Lake on Bobs Lake, as well as three other smaller pieces on Bobs Lake, a piece on Lee Bay of Wolfe Lake, and one on Parkers Bay of Devil Lake. In western and northern Lanark County, there are parcels on upper Park Lake, Joes Lake, several on White Lake. Among the landlocked sections is one rectangular lot on Highway 7 that has already been earmarked as a home base for the Shabot Obaadjiwan, one of the nine off-reserve communities that are represented on the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) negotiating team. The Agreement in Principle includes a section that grants the AOO the right of first refusal on the White Lake Fish Hatchery, which is located on Highway 7 near the Shabot Obaadjiwan parcel. On page 44 of the draft agreement, under section 5.3B, this offer is discussed. It says that the facility and surrounding land will be offered to the AOO under a number of conditions, the first being that “the facility and lands are no longer required for program purposes.” The agreement does not say that the province is planning to vacate the facility; it only says that if it decides to do so, the AOO will have the first crack at purchasing it. All lands that are transferred will be treated as privately held lands, and will be subject to municipal taxation, local zoning bylaws and the Ontario Building Code. There are few, if any details available about the proposed provincial park at Crotch Lake, except an acknowledgement that this is something the provincial government is considering and that the AOO will be involved in the development of the park. The agreement also says that beneficiaries will include all those who can demonstrate direct lineal descent from an Algonquin ancestor, and has a present day cultural or social connection with an Algonquin collective. The agreement, which is over 100 pages long, includes details about how people who may be affected by the transfer will be protected, as well as details about a ratification vote, which is expected to take place in 2013. If ratified, the AIP will form the basis for a formal agreement, which could take a further five years or more to negotiate. Information about the AIP is available at Aboriginalaffairs. gov.on.ca, by clicking on the Land Claims tab on the left hand side of the page, and clicking on Algonquins of Ontario at the bottom of the subsequent page.
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Councilors set to challenge Gutowski again
fter learning at a special meeting last Tuesday that Warden Janet Gutowski is not prepared to relinquish her role after one year, as has been the practice for Frontenac County wardens, members of Council will be challenging that decision at this week’s meeting. Two motions are set for debate at the tail end of the final meeting of Frontenac County Council this year. Recognizing that Council has no authority to force Gutowski to resign, the first motion asked that the procedural bylaw be changed so that after the next election the warden will be elected for a one-year term rather than the four-year term that is currently in place. In the preamble, the motion says, “It has been a long standing tradition and past practice at the County that each warden has annually resigned and a new warden was appointed each year.” It then says that “Council (with the exception of Warden Gutowski) does not agree with and/or does not support the warden’s decision and Council requests this be docu-
mented in Council minutes,”, and concludes by directing the Chief Administrative Officer “ to prepare and bring back a By-law for consideration in January 2013, changing the term of the Warden to one year only, effective immediately after the next general municipal election.” The second motion being proposed is directed squarely at Gutowski. It says in the preamble that council “has lost confidence in the Warden’s ability to lead” and later on charges that she “has shown a habit of picking and choosing which clauses of our procedural By-law she is going to follow”. The motion concludes with the following resolution: “Therefore, a vote of non-confidence is being called and furthermore, Warden Gutowski is being asked by Frontenac County Council to immediately resign from the Warden’s position.” Among the movers and seconders of the two motions are the three other mayors on Council along with Councilor Jones from Frontenac Islands.
2nd – Seth Wilson, age 7, Land O’Lakes PS 3rd – Atreyu Greencorn, age 6, Clarendon Central PS AGES 8-10 1st – Annika Putnam, age 9, Hinchinbrooke PS 2nd - Sarah Morden, age 8, Land O’Lakes PS 3rd – Grace, age 9, Sharbot Lake PS AGES 11+ 1st – Trevor Mook, age 11, Prince Charles PS 2nd – Taylor Babcock, age 11, Hinchinbrooke PS 3rd – Jake, age 11, Prince Charles PS
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The question of who will be warden in 2013 is back on the table at Frontenac County this week If passed, the motions would not be binding on Warden Gutowski. They would, however, be a definitive indication of the displeasure of Frontenac County at her decision to remain as warden for another year, or perhaps two years. (Note – this article was written before the Wednesday, December 19 Frontenac County Council meeting took place, and the paper was being printed as events unfolded at the meeting. The next edition of the Frontenac
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by Jeff Green fter 50 weeks of publishing, it feels like there is not much left to say as we head to our annual two-week hiatus over Christmas and New Year’s. Once again this year we have been supported by our readers and the kind, and sometimes critical, things they say about the stories we cover from week to week. This week’s paper, which is brightened up by children’s artwork, and contains Christmas recipes and thoughts from a range of sources, like all of our issues, is brought to the public by our staff and volunteers, and through the support of the advertisers who make it all possible. Be they commercial businesses, service providers, municipalities, social service agencies, groups promoting their events, readers making announcements about births, deaths, and the accomplishments of their family members, or people selling sundry items in the classified section, all of the advertisers are crucial to our ability to keep our little paper afloat. All we have to sell to our advertisers are the eyes of our readers, and it is our job to make the pages worth looking at. It is our pleasure to continue to work at that. The coming year is sure to see many changes: school construction in Sydenham and Sharbot Lake; a concrete step forward in the 22-year-old Land Claims process; changes in provincial and municipal politics; and the everyday efforts of our readers to keep their communities alive and thriving. We look forward to sharing those stories with you. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year. See you on January 10, 2013.
Court report Sharbot Lake Criminal Court - December 17 by Jeff Green Youth conviction – A 17-year-old male youth pled guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana, stemming from January of 2012, and to a vehicle offence after taking his father’s vehicle for an unauthorized ride in April. The marijuana charge was laid by the OPP at Sharbot Lake High School. The unusual element to the case was the fact that a diversion program had been started but the youth failed to complete it. This led to concerns from both the federal and provincial Crown that probation might not be successful either. The youth’s father informed Judge Wright that in recent months the youth has been more successful in attending school and holding down a job, and a conditional discharge with 12 months’ probation was imposed. Trial dates set – Jeremy Bryer, 35, was facing a final adjournment, and the court received communication that his lawyer had arranged for him to enter a guilty plea at the Kingston Court on January 17. Judge Wright was not impressed. He said that once he has set a final adjournment, on that next court date one of three things must happen: the charges can be withdrawn, there can be a guilty plea, or a trial date can be set. “If they wanted to deal with this in Kingston they could have done so before today,” he said. A trial date was set for February 25 in Sharbot Lake on three charges of theft under $5,000 and three charges of possession of stolen property. If the plea goes ahead on January 17, the trial will be vacated.
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- Allan Young, 59, also facing a final adjournment on drinking and driving charges, was not in attendance, but a representative from his recently hired lawyer came to court asking for a disclosure package and an adjournment. Judge Wright was again not particularly impressed, and asked the representative to call the lawyer and find a trial date. The representative did so, and the trial is set for May 27, with a reporting date of March 18. First Appearances – Nicholas Gibson, 23, is charged with possession of an illegal substance, as is Heather Cassidy, 30. In both cases it is expected that the charges will be withdrawn at the next appearance, on January 21. Withdrawn – A charge of possession of an illegal substance against Robert Forsyth, 41, was withdrawn at the request of the Crown. Ongoing – Scott Graham, 22, and Joseph Eagles, 25, are both charged with possession of an illegal substance and production of an illegal substance. They will return on January 21 with their lawyer. - Ross Scott, 20, is charged with possession of a weapon that was illegally obtained, and break and enter with the intent of committing a crime. He will return on January 21. - Paula Steg, 43, is charged with failure to comply with probation and driving while under suspension. She was not in court, but the Crown representative reported that she was in custody in south-western Ontario and had a competing court date in St. Catharines today. She was given an adjournment until January 21.
Letter to the Editor
Re: Gutowski to Remain.....
I have never considered myself a “political” person and will readily admit have never been very involved in local politics but after reading the December 13 edition of the Frontenac News, I could not stop myself from responding to the article titled “Gutowski to remain as Frontenac County Warden” and also the related commentary titled “It is time for cooler heads to prevail” - both written by Jeff Green. COME ON, FOLKS! REALLY? ... it sounds to me like we need some adults on County Council. Frontenac Islands Mayor Dennis Doyle sounds like a school yard bully badly in need of a lesson in manners! And if South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison is so embarrassed, perhaps he should consider changing occupations. After all, it sounds like he had no problem heading the attack, so to speak! Perhaps he should have thought about the embarrassment before the fact, instead of afterwards. As far as the so-called “GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT”, it was not Mayor Janet Gutowski who fired the first shot there. North Frontenac Mayor Bud Clayton seems to have done that a year ago when he tried to keep Janet Gutowski, then Deputy Warden, from becoming the warden as was the tradition according to this “Gentleman's Agreement”. Hmmmm…maybe I smell a sore loser here! I have heard disputes like this in many a child's sandbox, and yes there
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certainly should be some embarrassed people in the County Council Chambers! In my humble taxpaying opinion, Janet Gutowski has been a breath of fresh air that was long past needed and the best thing that ever happened to Central Frontenac Township, and also HATS OFF to County CAO Liz Savill. Too much testosterone in one room is never a good thing, YOU GO GIRLS! And as far as Jeff Green's advice for Warden Gutowski to step down because of the opposition she will face if she does not, I have this to say: it is time that the taxpayers of Frontenac County, myself included, start paying more attention to the behaviour of the people we elect and pay with our tax dollars. If our elected officials vote NO on worthwhile and forward thinking proposals that will benefit our local businesses, people and communities because Warden Janet Gutowski supports them, and not on the merits of those proposals, then We the taxpayers need to elect new representatives! It is long past time that the “OLD BOYS CLUB” that ran this county and our townships for too many years, and the old warhorses that populated that club, were put out to pasture. ome on folks, what are we thinking! We need to attend these county council meetings and our township council meetings and change this bad behaviour by our elected officials - with our votes! - Debbie Barkley
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Some might call her stubborn!
ow! The warden sure showed those upstart County councilors sheâ€™s the boss. Thatâ€™ll teach them to challenge her claim to the chains of the office of the warden for 2012. She is boss by the vote or boss by decree but she remains the boss. She also trashed the County Council but she certainly never showed she ever liked any of them much anyway. It must be said that the current warden has an advantage over her lowly colleagues at the county table. You see, she absolutely controls the meetings and can thus get her way and at least pretend to be right most of the time. She sets the time and the place, she sets the agenda, she sets the restrictions and then she brings in her entourage with a fully funded lawyer and a chief financial officer as on-going and constant advisors. Fully funded means she doesnâ€™t pay for them â€“ we do. Her meetings may seem chaotic and out of control but you must know she has consulted her consultants and she is probably legally right. Remember the story â€“ I was in the right but the guy that hit me was driving a dump truck and now Iâ€™m dead wrong? Today the wardenâ€™s position should be â€œrefreshedâ€? (what an appropriate word), but it appears the triumvirate of Warden/CAO/and County Lawyer has decreed the position already filled. Dictatorial decrees sometimes happen but not usually in a democracy. Nobody ever voted for this warden and we donâ€™t get to vote for the CAO. While she has been running this charade like the bully in the barnyard, I suspect the warden doesnâ€™t care or has totally forgotten she is accountable, and swore to properly manage one of the very last functions of government representation all of us who live in this county have left. It would be nice if it included some reverence towards the rules of county governance or the goals and objectives which brought it together. Perhaps we had hopes a replacement warden might change the tone and attitude to a somewhat non-combative role. I donâ€™t suppose we could ever ask for civility as well as respect for others at the council table. Maybe weâ€™ll just put a
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sually I agree with the thoughtful, articulate, researched observations that Jeff presents in his editorials concerning municipal politics, but not this time however. My feminist ire has been provoked, especially when Jeff admitted the â€œold boys clubâ€? tried to block Janet from becoming warden in the first place. But Lady Luck smiled down on Janet and her name was drawn from a hat to break the tie vote for warden on council in 2012. I believe Janet intends to serve the needs of the citizens and follow through with initiatives that began under her leadership. If the â€œold boys clubâ€? decide to give her a â€œbattle royalâ€? on too many issues, they could end up losing the respect of the electorate. I am no stranger to the wheelings and dealings of backroom politics. I had my ears filled with it when my husband, Marcel, was on County Council and I know the â€œold boysâ€? like the â€œstatus quoâ€?. I imagine having a woman at the helm for another year will throw most of them into a tailspin. Stay strong Janet. - Pamela Giroux Madison Lloyd, 11, NAEC
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To All Clar-Mill Community Volunteers: Thank Youâ€ƒ Thank Youâ€ƒ Thank You A phrase that is not heard often enough as itâ€™s thought to be understood. These two words can never be over stated at any time as they give a feeling of appreciation and worth. For most volunteers these words are often all that is needed to make them want to do more when called upon again. I myself cannot say it enough. For all of you who set-up, cook (at home and the hall), serve, clean-up, take down, attend meetings and any other jobs whether in the hall or at home, the time and effort you give make our events and community number one. Thank You. Over the last year weâ€™ve seen good times and sorrow. In coming together as we do in the community we make good times better and the sorrows a little less painful. For me, being part of this group gives me a good feeling knowing Iâ€™ve been a small part of a larger picture. Thank You, again, for all your efforts. Sincerely Yours, Paul Thiel President CMCV, 2012
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THE FRONTENAC NEWS
december 20, 2012
Taxes in South Frontenac to rise by 3.53%, plus $20 by Jeff Green outh Frontenac Council gave final direction to their treasurer regarding the 2013 budget at their last meeting of 2012 on Tuesday night, December 18. Until late in the budgeting process, the goal of keeping the increase under 3% was being achieved, but in November the township found out that starting in 2013 its allocation from a provincial grant program will be dropping by $206,000. $100,000 of that shortfall was covered by an increase in the levy for garbage pickup, which is paid on a per household basis. Council agreed to hand out the same number of bag tags (50) as in previous years, but increased the pickup fee to $120 from $100. The township has about 5,000 households, and thus $100,000 was raised.
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The other $106,000 was raised by increasing the tax rate on all properties from 2.98% to 3.53%. Council considered the option of limiting the increase and taking the extra money from reserve funds, but since the shortfall from the province is a permanent feature, they felt that would only lead to higher tax increases in future years. The increase was too steep for some members of Council. Councilor Vandewal said, “I know it’s not going to happen at this point, but does anybody really think that we couldn’t find $100,000 in savings if went over the budget again?” There was no response, and the budget directive was approved 6-3, with Councilors Vandewal, Robinson, and Deputy Mayor Naish voting against it. The budget bylaw will come to Council in the new year. The final tax rate will be affected not only by the township budget, and by the County of Frontenac levy and the Education tax rate as well. Robinson fights the tri-axle battle Prior to the budget discussion, Councilor Bill Robinson tried to save the township $340,000. He proposed a motion to scrap the purchase of a tri-axle truck for the Public Works Department. “$340,000 is a lot of money to spend for a vehicle. I’ve talked to people in heavy construction who own these kinds of vehicles and they say you have to use them every day in order to make them pay, and we simply don’t have enough use for one. It would be cheaper to rent one when we need it. It will be too big to work on most of our roads,” said Robinson in support of his motion.
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A number of councilors spoke out against the motion, saying they had to stick with the advice of the Public Works Department. The motion was defeated 8-1. $130,000 Petworth Bridge repair Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth came to Council to get final approval to apply for a grant, in conjunction with Lennox and Addington County, for the repair of the Petworth bridge. The bridge is located in South Frontenac, but has always been considered a boundary bridge with L&A County. “I should let Council know that when we contemplated this project, the grant program was set at $50 million for the entire province, so we kept it to a smaller project. I received an email today saying that the grant program has been increased to $90 million, but the deadline is still January 9th, and we already have agreed with L&A about this project.” Council agreed. The difference between this repair and most other bridge repairs is that the bridge is not suffering from age-related problems. It was damaged by someone, but the township has not been able to find out who. “I find it astounding that someone can do $130,000 in damage to a bridge and we cannot find out who it is,” said Councilor
John McDougall. Zoning bylaw change draws opposition Councilor Del Stowe expressed a concern about some changes to the township’s comprehensive zoning bylaw that were proposed by Township Planner Lindsay Mills. The new bylaw will permit the 60 or so waterfront resort owners, most of whom have a number of cabins spread out along the shoreline of township lakes, to put up new buildings on the same footprint as the old ones, even if the buildings are located less than 30 metres from the high water mark. “If a private cottager wanted to do the same thing if their 50-year-old cottage is falling apart, would they be able to?” asked Stowe of Mills. “No, they would have to move back 30 metres, and if that wasn’t possible they would have to come to us to ask for a minor variance,” said Mills. “This proposal is here for the viability of the small resorts.” Del Stowe, as well as Councilors Mark Tinlin and Deputy Mayor Cam Naish voted against the bylaw, which still passed 6-3 Pay raises for managerial staff Managerial staff will be receiving a 2.1% raise in 2013, the same raise that was negotiated for unionized staff.
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Christmas Eve 2012, the Oso Recreation Committee will be setting up luminaries for the annual Family Luminary walk through the village of Sharbot Lake. We are looking for volunteers to help distribute and light the luminaries. If you, your family or group would like to help please come to the Township Office for 2pm on Dec. 24th We are also looking for donations to help cover the costs of the luminaries and all supplies. Thank you very much to Sharbot Lake Pharmacy for the donation of the luminary bags. For more information please contact Dave Willis, Cathy MacMunn or Charlene Godfrey 613-279-2935 x245.
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THE FRONTENAC NEWS
Ten residents of South Frontenac receive Diamond Jubilee medals I n a special presentation at the Sydenham Public Library on December 12, led by South Frontenac Township Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Orr and Township Councilor John McDougall, South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison (who also received a medal) presented Diamond Jubilee medals to several residents of South Frontenac, in recognition of their many past and ongoing achievements in the community. The recipients were as follows:
TARO ALPS A tireless volunteer in Bedford District, Mr. Alps has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bob’s and Crow Lake Association for many years and for the past five years has served as its president. Alps continues to actively participate in the water testing program and annually installs safety buoys on the lake. He also has initiated a multitude of other stewardship activities in an effort to protect and preserve our natural environment throughout the Frontenac watersheds.
KEN BROWN As a long time member and most recently president of the Portland District and Area Heritage Society, Ken has been a leader in their fundraising campaign and the acquisition and preservation of their remarkable collection. He is also a man of vision, and most recently, along with his executive, has negotiated a contract with the Township of South Frontenac to lease and manage their Hartington Heritage School, with a plan to eventually open a township museum
RUTH BROWN Ruth Brown has been at the heart of the Portland District and Area Heritage Society as a passionate and committed collector of family heirlooms and community memorabilia and stories. Her passion for the preservation of our rural culture through stories and artifacts have made her “an authority of note” in her community. She also had an enormously successful career as a loved and admired teacher in the Portland community.
SANDY CAMERON Sandy has volunteered his time and talent over the past 20 years to his community, serving quietly but effectively with many non-government organizations that include the Bedford Mining Alert, the Bobs and Crow Lake Foundation, and Friends of Foley Mountain. As well, Sandy is a highly sought after and popular “moderator” for public meetings and gatherings throughout the township
GARY DAVISON Gary has enjoyed a lifetime of public service. He has a long history as a volunteer firefighter for the township. He was elected to office as a municipal councilor and is now in his second term as mayor of the Township of South Frontenac. Gary recently served as warden of the County of Frontenac, where he demonstrated leadership at both levels of government. In his political life as well as a community volunteer, Gary is known for his dedication to the improvement of the lives of all who live in South Frontenac.
Gary Davison, Val Ruttan, Mark Tinlin, Diana Hughes, Pat McNamee, Taro Alps, Ruth Brown, Ken Brown, Sandy Cameron. Absent: Jim Lansdell bring down enemy bombers for London. She immigrated the enjoyment and use of visitors from all over the world. to Canada as a war bride with her pilot husband LieutenHis passion and commitment to the preservation of the “Catant Robbie Hughes, a now retired Brigadier General. Some trail” is known far and wide. years ago, she and her husband took on the task of designVAL RUTTAN ing, organizing and installing the civic addressing system Through her efforts with the Portland District and Area for Bedford District, a civic project that took over five years Heritage Society, Val has been a leader in the efforts to to complete and is a system that we all take very much for make the Township of South Frontenac Museum a reality. granted today. She has been active as a coordinator of dozens of displays JIM LANSDELL and demonstrations that have made the society a most visJim was instrumental in finding a doctor for the village ible part of the community. She is also a champion of the of Verona through his unique and imaginative “Find-A-Doc” Royal Canadian Legion Branch 496 in Sydenham and is an campaign. Through his efforts and those of the Verona and avid Guider. District Health Services Committee and the Township of MARK TINLIN South Frontenac, a doctor has been found and the medical A former RCMP officer, Mark has served as a protection complement for the clinic is now complete. Jim was also officer for the Queen, several members of the Royal family responsible for much of the fundraising on behalf of the Veand two Governor Generals. He served three years as honrona Lions Club, which allowed the club to pledge a major orary “Aide de Camp” to Governor General Clarkson. Since contribution of $10,000 towards the long-term support of moving to South Frontenac, Mark has been an active volunthe clinic. teer in Bedford District. He was vice president of the Bobs PAT MCNAMEE and Crow Lake Foundation, a director of the association and A dedicated volunteer of the Cataraqui Trail Board for founding member of the Burns Lane Association. His latest many years, Pat has been a hands-on trail blazer, leading community initiative was the construction of a kiosk/shelter a small but dedicated team of fellow volunteers who mainto house new Canada Post community mail boxes in his tain the 100km long public trail through the Frontenacs for neighbourhood. BUSINESS CARD SIZE
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THE FRONTENAC NEWS
decEMber 20, 2012
SOCIAL NOTES OBITUARY
MARGARET JEAN CRAWFORD (née Johnson) 1940 - 2012 Of Mazinaw Lake, passed away at the Kingston General Hospital on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Loving & cherished wife of 50 years to George Crawford. Dear mother of Connie (Peter) Crawford of Wakefield, Quebec and Lisa (Ross) Crawford of Monte Lake, B.C. She will always be remembered in the hearts of her grandchildren Morgan & Victor. Sadly missed by her brother Ron (the late Ruby) Johnson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, her sisters Joan (Carleton) Phillips of Lindsay, Joyce Williams of Peterborough, her twin sister Mary (the late Arthur) McCann of Bancroft, Karen Johnson (Jerome) of London and Kathy (Gerry) Ross of Alliston. Pre-deceased by her parents Harold & Barbara Johnson her sister Eleanor Morrison, and her brothers Ralph, Keith, Wesley and Jack. Survived by her sister-inlaw Ruby of Cobourg and Janet of Stirling. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and friends. The family received friends at the Maschke Funeral Home, Northbrook on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. A Celebration of Marg’s Life was held in the Chapel at 12 noon. Interment of the urn will follow at the Flinton United Church Cemetery. Friends desiring may contribute in her memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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Kenneth Ray Malcolm November 6th, 1928 December 30th, 2011 One year has passed, sweet memories will linger forever, Time cannot change them, it’s true. Years that may come cannot sever, Our loving remembrance of you. Love forever, Wife Irene and family JEAN GOODBERRY In loving memory of our dear mother and grandmother who passed away December 17, 2002. Sunshine passes, shadows fall Love’s remembrance outlasts all; Though the years may be many or few, All are filled with remembrance of you Always in our thoughts, Forever in our hearts. Love Carol, Glenda, Michael, Tracie and families. FUNERAL SERVICES
OBITUARY WILEY, Michael MacLean - July 13, 1941 December 15, 2012 - With sadness we announce the passing of Mike. He will be missed by his wife of 43 years, Pat; his children John (Adrienne) and Lisa (Rob), and his brother Bill (Eleanor). Known as “Pops“ to Ethan, and “Grampa” to Cole and Charlotte, he will be greatly missed by his grandchildren. Following cremation, Michael’s wishes were to have a private family service. The family would like to thank Goodfellow’s Funeral Home as well as all of their friends in the community for their enormous support. A special thank you to Brenda Bonner from the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team, the CanCare and ParaMed nurses, and the Sharbot lake Pharmacy.
McLINTON, Howard Lemuel January 17, 1929 to December 15, 2012 Passed away peacefully at Pine Meadow Nursing Home, Northbrook, ON. Formerly of Cloyne and Oshawa ON. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Patricia Colleen (nee Lytle) and children, David (Karen), Bruce (Fran), Debbie (Fred West), Cindy (Laurie Harrison), Howie (Marianne) and Patti-Anne Thomas (Dave Dunning), 11 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren and brother, Rae McLinton (Marilyn). Predeceased by parents David Lemuel McLinton and Mary Anne McCoy (stepmother Margaret Pearl DuBroy), brothers Russell and Lorne McLinton. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Visitation was held at the Carleton Place Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 61 Lake Avenue West, Carleton Place on Wednesday, December 19th from 1 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 3 p.m., followed by cremation. Interment at St. Paul's United Cemetery, Richmond ON, in the spring of 2013. In memory of Howard, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes or donations can be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com
IN MEMORIAM Elliot, Frances In loving memory of a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Time slips by and life goes on, But from our hearts you’re never gone. We think about you always, We talk about you too. We have so many memories, But we wish we still had you. Sadly missed by Floyd, Denise & family, Eric & family, Robbie & family
Glenna Gorr July 9, 1937 Who passed away on December 26th, 2011 Sadly missing our beautiful, caring Wife, Mom and Grandma; In our hearts and with us always, Bill, Joel, Suzanna, Gina, Rick, Marc, Audrey, Sarina, John, Alex and Lucy FUNERAL SERVICES
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Artie Teal In loving memory of our son who passed away Dec. 17th, 2007. Sad are the hearts that love you, Silent the tears that fall, Living our lives without you, Is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, Your heart was kind and true, And when we needed someone, We could always count on you. The special years will not return, When we were together, But with the love within our hearts, You will walk with us forever.
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Goodfellow, Roberta February 19, 1926 - December 18, 2010 In our hearts your memory lingers, Sweetly tender, fond & true, There is not a day, dear Mother, That we do not think of you. Lovingly remembered by husband Art; children Marjorie, Janet, Julie (Jim), David (Ann), Melody (Will), grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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By Jeff Green In a response to an emailed letter from a constituent opposing the proposed bylaw, Central Frontenac Mayor Janet Gutowski wrote “?????” The original letter had been copied to the News, and Gutowski hit the “reply all” button on her computer, so we got the response as well. The comments prompted the News to seek out a copy of the original bylaw from the township. It was passed with little fanfare in 2000, at around the time when many of the bylaws from the townships that predated municipal amalgamation were being consolidated into township-wide bylaws. In terms of some of the most controversial provisions, the new bylaw is indeed similar to the old one. For example, the issue of grass cutting. The existing Bylaw #2000-81 says every property in the township must be kept “neat and tidy” and free from “long grass, discarded brush and clippings, excessive weed growth, or any other condition that may promote or be susceptible to fire or infestation by weeds, rodents or other noxious conditions; timber, lumber building materials or any other type of product or material stored or kept under conditions that are unsafe, from fire or other dangerous risk or accident;” The new draft bylaw says that the township can require that “refuse” is cleared from their land, and then says “For the purposes of this By-Law, ‘refuse’ is defined as garbage, waste, debris, long grass, brush, clippings or other material that may promote or be susceptible to fire or rodents, timber, lumber, building materials or any other type of product or material that may promote or be susceptible to fire or present a risk to safety.” Provisions in the draft bylaw prohibiting the storage of “wrecked, dismantled, unused, unlicensed or inoperative vehicles, trailers or machinery, tools, tires, appliances, equipment or any parts thereof” are also closely mirrored in the existing bylaw, which prohibits “wrecked, dismantled, unused, unlicensed or non-restorable vehicles, trailers, machinery, tools, tires, appliances, equipment or any part thereof,” As well, objections have been raised to the enforcement provisions in the new draft bylaw, specifically as regards permitting a bylaw officer to access private property: “Any By-Law Enforcement Officer, or any person acting on the Officer’s instructions, may at all reasonable times and upon producing proper identification, enter onto any property for the purpose of inspecting the property to determine whether there has been a contravention of this By-Law.” Again, this provision is almost identical to one in the existing bylaw - “Any by-law enforcement officer or peace officer, or any person acting on the officer’s instructions, may at all reasonable times and upon producing proper identification, enter onto any property for the purpose of inspecting the property to determine whether there has been a contravention of this by-law.” Provisions for setting out work orders, and if that fails to have the desired result, ordering the work to be done by contractors and then billing the property owner, as well as the fine structure in the new bylaw is also the same or similar to the existing situation. The existing Safe Properties Bylaw is rarely enforced, and in a similar fashion to many other township regulations, enforcement is complaint-driven, as bylaw officers do not conduct inspections of properties on even a sporadic basis. This is not expected to change under the new bylaw. The bottom line is that those who fear the implications of the draft bylaw already have something to fear. Under certain interpretations, hay fields, which can be described as “long grass ... that may promote or be susceptible to fire ... rodents, or other noxious conditions” are already illegal in Central Frontenac.
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HALL RENTAL 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
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 FUR HARVEST & MANAGEMENT (TRAPPERS) COURSE, beginning January 25, 2013 at Henderson, Ont. For info call 613336-8807 or 336-8359. www.trapon.org 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 experienced renovator. For free estimate call 613-375-6582. Web site www.mindspan.net/ construction 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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STANDING TIMBER, firewood, pine, cedar, bush lots. Free quotes, cash paid. Call 613279-2154.
Corporation of the Township of Addington Highlands Public Notice The Addington Highlands Township OFFICE will be closed Dec 24th, 25th, Dec 26th, & 31st, 2012 and again on Jan 1st, 2013. All Addington Highlands WASTE SITES will be closed on Dec 25th & Dec 26th, 2012 and again on Jan 1st, 2013.
Know the law when it comes to Alcohol (NC)—Thousands of Canadians will be hosting and attending holiday parties this year and many of those parties will involve alcohol. Do you make a plan whether you’re the host or the attendee? Are you sure your plan is a good one? Here are a few myths and urban legends, courtesy of Labatt Breweries of Canada, that could be giving you a false sense of preparedness. 1. True or False? “Sleeping it off in your car is the best way to avoid driving impaired, while also making sure you and your car arrive home at the end of a night.” False. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, an individual can be charged even if the vehicle isn’t moving because you still have access to the ignition. 2. True or False? “Everybody knows that you are in serious trouble if you are charged with impaired driving. They could take away your license for a year!” True. But that isn’t even half of it. If convicted of impaired driving, not only does an individual lose driving privileges for a year, but he also faces a minimum fine of $1,000 and is saddled with the burden of a criminal record. 3. True or False? – “If I host a party, I’m responsible for my guests, even after they leave the party.” True. Depending on the circumstances, the party host may be responsible for guests even after they leave the party. It is always a good idea to make a plan in advance, and invite guests to stay overnight, offer them cab fare, money for the subway, or drive them home yourself.
TOWNSHIP OF CENTRAL FRONTENAC NOTICE TO RESIDENTS The Township of Central Frontenac performs winter highway maintenance and will not be responsible for damages to mail boxes, newspaper boxes or parked cars where the said boxes or vehicles interfere with the snowplowing of Township roads. Parking of vehicles on Township roads and village streets from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m. will not be permitted from December 15, 2012 until April 15, 2013. The prohibition of parking applies to the entire road right of way, normally 10 metres or 33’ from the centre of the road. Pursuant to Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.” The fine associated with this offence is $90.00 plus a $25.00 surcharge. Your cooperation is requested to avoid prosecution. Mike Richardson, Public Works Manager, Township of Central Frontenac Box 89, 1084 Elizabeth St, Sharbot Lake, On K0H 2P0 613-279-2935 ext 223
The Treasure Trunk Second Tyme Around Clothing
1171 Cannon Rd., Sharbot Lake
613-279-2113 Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am-3pm and first Saturday of Each Month 9am-3pm
Come Check Out Our Christmas Room for Great Gift Ideas We will be closed Dec. 24 to Jan 6 Inclusive
Quality New & Used Clothing at Affordable Prices! For furniture drop off, please call ahead. 279-2113 ask for Janet.
For more information about responsible use and tips for making a plan, visit www. makeaplan.ca. www.newscanada.com
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM
The TOWNSHIP OF CENTRAL FRONTENAC On behalf of the Council and Staff, we wish you the merriest of holidays with family and friends. Please note the following changes in regular operations
HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS The Municipal Office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years, starting at 4:30p.m. on Friday December 21st, 2012 through January 1st, 2013. The Office will re-open on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 at 8:30a.m.
HOLIDAY WASTE SITE HOURS Any sites normally open on December 24th and December 31st will be closed at noon. Any sites normally open on December 25th, 26th and January 1st will be closed.
TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC COUNCIL MEETING DATES TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac will be holding their 2013 Regular Council meetings as follows: Jan. 14/13 Feb. 4/13 Feb. 28/13 Mar. 18/13 Apr. 8/13 Apr. 29/13 May 21/13 Jun. 10/13 Jul. 2/13 Jul. 22/13 Aug. 12/13 Sep. 3/13 Sep. 23/13 Oct. 15/13 Nov. 4/13 Nov. 25/13 Dec. 16/13
12:30 pm 9:00 am (Thursday) 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am (Tuesday) 9:00 am 9:00 am (Tuesday) 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am (Tuesday) 9:00 am 9:00 am (Tuesday) 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am
All meetings to be held on Mondays (unless noted differently) at the Clar-Mill Fire Hall Upstairs Meeting Room, Plevna, ON Jenny Duhamel Clerk/Planning Manager
TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC PUBLIC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac enacted By-law #164-12 to increase Dog Tags, Licence and Animal Control Fees to: $10.00 Per dog for each tag purchased between January 1st and March 31st. $20.00 Per dog for each tag purchased after March 31st. $30.00 For Annual Kennel Licence Fee, plus applicable tag fees for each dog (provided all requirements met). $75.00 Levied to the owner of any animal picked up and taken to the Humane Society by the Animal Control Officer. These fees are payable at the Humane Society upon the owner claiming such animal, but made payable to the Township of North Frontenac. $2.00 Per Replacement Tag Purchased. Dated this 17th day of December, 2012. Jenny Duhamel, Clerk Township of North Frontenac 6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON K0H 2M0 Ph: 613-479-2231 Fax: 613-479-2352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FRONTENAC NEWS
decEMber 20, 2012
The thrill of the find! Open Daily
You’ll find things you won’t see anywhere else
4395 Mill St. Sydenham
Northern Happenings Northern Happenings listings are free for community groups, and will be published for two weeks. Other listings are paid or are taken from paid ads elsewhere in the paper. The News makes every effort to be accurate but events and theire details should be independently verified by readers.
township office 2pm, info 613-279-2935 x245.
Christmas Day, Tues December 25 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNERS, free, all welcome: Northbrook Lions hall, 1pm, Marylin Bolender 613-336-1573; Sharbot Lake – St. James Major Catholic Church hall, 2-4pm, Jule 613-279-2687; Verona Lions Hall, 12 noon, Joyce Casement 613-374-3406.
Friday December 21
Thursday December 27
SHARBOT LAKE - BLOOD DONOR CLINIC, St. James Major Catholic Church, 2:305:30pm, appointments 1-888-2-DONATE
FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 2–4pm, $2/person
Saturday December 22
FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 2–4pm, $2/person NAPANEE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, all skill levels welcome, feeder watchers also needed; meet Tammy’s Country Kitchen 7am; info: Anne Brown, 613-542-8790 PARHAM - CHILI DINNER fundraiser for student nurse, Rachel Neadow’s humanitarian trip to Honduras, United Church, 4:307:30pm, raffle table; info, donations: 613-3758225 or 613-483-9639
HENDERSON sacred & secular Christmas musical evening, community hall, hosted by United Church, 7pm; free-will offering; info 613-336-2467 FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 2–4pm, $2/person SYDENHAM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICE 6pm with Jason Silver & ‘The Crossing’ band; children’s Christmas drama, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, all welcome
Sunday December 23
Saturday December 29
Sunday December 30
FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 1–2:20pm, $2/person MABERLY - FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS, community hall, 7pm, guest choir from Seeley’s Bay, sponsored by United Church
BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, Bedford Hall 1381 Westport Road, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel & more, $2, 613-374-2614 FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 1–2:20pm, $2/person
Monday December 24
DENBIGH/GRIFFITH LIONS NEW YEAR’S EVE, 9pm; $20pp, DJ, midnight buffet, prizes. ENTERPRISE - NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE, w/ Showdown band, Annunciation Catholic
CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARY WALK, through Sharbot Lake village, luminaries lit at dusk, volunteers needed, please come to
Monday December 31
Church hall; lunch, prizes, $30/couple; tickets 613-358-2987, 613-358-2788; church fundraiser ENTERPRISE - NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE, DJ, community hall, 9pm, midnight buffet, $15pp; sponsor: Firefighters Association, proceeds to community, Ken 613-358-5058 HARLOWE - NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE, w/ Country 4 Band, community hall, 8pm, midnight hot buffet, $12.50pp; please reserve Marie 613-336-2557 HARROWSMITH - NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE, Golden Links Hall, $25pp; DJ, midnight buffet; ride home available; tickets Allecia 613-532-0131; email@example.com SHARBOT LAKE – NEW YEAR’S FAMILY TIME, family games, refreshments, Watchnight service, Pentecostal Church 7pm, all welcome SYDENHAM - NEW YEAR’S EVE, at Legion w/ “Jay Walkers”, $25pp, reserve: 613-376-6808 TAMWORTH LEGION NEW YEAR’S EVE w/ “Pranksters”; $15pp advance; includes buffet, complimentary toast; reserve 613-379-2808. VERONA - NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, Lions Hall, 7pm, DJ, Lunch, $15pp; proceeds to Christmas For Kids; tickets, Dustin 613-4845974; Geoff 613-329-7159
Wed & Thurs. Jan. 2 & 3 FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 2–4pm, $2/person
Thursday, January 3 VERONA LIONS BINGO, early bird 6:50pm
Friday January 4 SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, Roast Beef
Saturday January 5 SHARBOT LAKE - “COME IN OUT OF THE
O come let us adore Him Your local churches invite everyone in the community to share in worship celebrations with them for the Christmas season and beyond
Saturday December 22 HENDSaturday December 22 HENDERSON sacred & secular Christmas musical evening, community hall, hosted by United Church, 7pm; free-will offering; info 613-336-2467 SYDENHAM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICE 6pm with Jason Silver & ‘The Crossing’ band; children’s Christmas drama, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, all welcome
Sunday December 23 ARDEN & Community Wesleyan Church, 9am ARDEN United Church, 10 am HENDERSON United Church, 8:45 am KALADAR - Bethel Family Christmas Service, 6:30pm MABERLY – EUCHARIST, community hall, 11am (Anglican Parish) MABERLY - FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS, community hall, 7pm, guest choir from Seeley’s Bay, sponsored by United Church MOUNTAIN GROVE United Church, 11:15am PARHAM – St. James Anglican Church, 9am PARHAM - Free Methodist Church, 11am SHARBOT LAKE – St. Andrew’s Anglican Church 11am SYDENHAM - CHORAL EUCHARIST with Kid’s Church 10am, St. Paul’s Anglican Church VERONA Pentecostal Assembly - “Christmas Explosion” 10:30am live Via the internet interactive service; 6:30pm Christmas Play, carols, food
Christmas Eve - Monday Dec 24 ARDEN & Community Wesleyan Church Christmas Eve 6:30pm ARDEN - United Church, 9pm, Christmas Eve Family Service ARDEN & COMMUNITY WESLEYAN CHURCH Christmas Eve Service, 6:30pm
ARDOCH – St. Kilian’s Church, Christmas Eve Mass 5pm BEDFORD - Sacred Heart Catholic Church 4:30 pm, Christmas Eve Mass, CLOYNE - Pineview Free Methodist Church, Christmas Eve, 6:30pm CLOYNE – United Church, Family Service 5.30pm; service of readings, carols and Holy Communion 7.30pm COLE LAKE Free Methodist Church, 7pm. FLINTON – Through The Roof, Candlelight service 6pm, all welcome FLINTON - St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 7pm, Christmas Eve Service HARROWSMITH – Christmas Eve, 6:30 pm St. Paul’s United Church HENDERSON - United Church, Christmas Eve Family Service, 7:30pm, MABERLY – Eucharist, community hall 7pm (Anglican parish) MATAWATCHAN - St Andrew’s, Christmas Eve, 4 pm MCDONALDS CORNERS – Knox Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve, children’s pageant, 7pm MOUNTAIN GROVE – United Church 6pm, Christmas Eve Family Service, OMPAH - United Church, Christmas Eve service with communion, 7pm PARHAM – Eucharist, St. James Anglican Church, 4pm PARHAM – Christmas Eve service, United Church, 7pm PLEVNA - Holy Trinity Anglican Church Christmas Eve Service, 9pm, PLEVNA – River of Life Christian Fellowship, 6pm candlelight service, SHARBOT LAKE – Pentecostal Church Christmas Carol Service, 7pm SHARBOT LAKE: St. James Major Catholic Church, 7:30pm; Christmas Eve Mass SHARBOT LAKE, United Church, 8:30pm SYDENHAM - St. Paul’s Anglican Church 7pm, Choral Eucharist VENNACHAR Candle Light service, Free
Methodist Church, 7pm, all welcome VERONA - Free Methodist Church, Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 7pm. VERONA – Christmas Eve, Trinity United Church, 8pm
.Christmas Day –Tuesday Dec. 25 SYDENHAM - St. Paul’s Anglican Church 10am, - Traditional Sung Communion
Sunday December 30 ARDEN & Community Wesleyan Church, 9am ARDEN United Church, Union Service, 10am HARROWSMITH - Combined service at St Paul’s United Church, 9:15am PARHAM – Eucharist, St. James Anglican Church, 9am SYDENHAM - CHORAL EUCHARIST with Kid’s Church, 10am, St. Paul`s Anglican Church
New Year’s Eve, Dec 31 BEDFORD: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 4:30pm, 2911 Westport Rd. HARROWSMITH – 9:15am; combined Service, St. Paul’s United Church; worship for all ages, carols & stories, Sacrament of Holy Communion HARROWSMITH - NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER/GOSPEL OPRY, Roast Beef, Free Methodist Church, $35, proceeds to church expansion, tickets 613- 372-1238. SHARBOT LAKE – NEW YEAR’S FAMILY TIME, family games, refreshments, Pentecostal Church 7pm, all welcome SHARBOT LAKE: St. James Major Catholic Church, 7:30pm; 613-279-3399 VERONA – DINNER & GOSPEL CONCERT w/ the Proverbs, Crimson River, Free Methodist Church, 6:30pm; $35pp, reserve: 1-800-403-9755
COLD” 9:30-11:30am Sharbot Lake Farmers Winter Market at Oso hall; also “Winter Seed Sowing Workshop” 10-11am $10; info: www.slfm.handsonharvest.ca. SNOW ROAD BINGO FUNDRAISER, Snowmobile Club, early bird 6:45pm, refreshments, 1106 Gemmills Rd, all welcome.
Sunday, January 6 FRONTENAC ARENA - PUBLIC SKATING 1–2:20pm, $2/person MABERLY - “LITTLE CHRISTMAS” CONCERT by Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra, 2:30pm; $5; under 12 free, refreshments available
Tuesday January 8 NORTHERN 5 DINERS, Ompah, noon, For those 50+, $10, reservations requ’d 613-2793151
Regular Happenings AA & AL-ANON 41 GROUP - Cloyne Hall. Wednesdays 8 pm. All welcome 336-9221. AA MEETINGS - SHARBOT LAKE, every Monday, 8:30 pm, United Church C.E. Bldg. AL-ANON: Hope & help for families of alcoholics, 12 weekly meetings in greater Kingston area. Please call 384-2134 for meeting information. We care. CANCER PATIENTS requiring rides to treatments, contact Claire Macfarlane, FL&A Unit, Canadian Cancer Society, 279-1133. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) - ■Arden community centre, Wednesdays 6:30pm; ■Denbigh, Tuesdays 8:30am 613-333-2291. ■Harrowsmith, Free Methodist Church Wednesdays 4:30pm ■Sharbot Lake Tuesdays, medical centre downstairs, 5:15pm. ■Verona - Verona Free Methodist Church, Mondays 6–7:30pm. Chris 613-375-8174; firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing garden tools for winter I
by Dale Odorizzi, Lanark County Master Gardeners t is time to put away your garden tools properly for the winter. Doing so can add years to the life of your garden equipment. Your tools will be protected from rust and wear and they will be ready to go the moment spring fever hits next year. Scrape any excess mud or dirt from the tool. You can use a stick to knock off large pieces and a wire brush for tougher spots. If soil is really caked on, you may need to leave the tool soaking in a bucket of water for a few minutes before moving on to the next step. Wipe the tool off with an old rag and let it dry thoroughly. Once it has dried, remove any rust by rubbing it vigorously with a small piece of steel wool. Be sure to wear gloves for this step. After removing all rust, sharpen the tool, if it has a sharp edge. This includes shovels, edgers and pruners. Condition wooden handles by sanding any rough or splintery portions with sandpaper. You can rub the wooden handles with Linseed Oil. Be careful with how you dispose of your rags after doing this as Linseed Oil can be very flammable. Spray metal parts with penetrating lubricating oil to protect them from rust. Another approach to lubricating your tools is to fill a bucket or container with clean sand. Mix in a litre of cooking oil. You can use used cooking oil. Plunge the metal part of your tools into the sand 2 or 3 times. Some people leave their tools in this bucket of sand. If you read about using sand and oil, you may find that older sources tell you to use Motor Oil. Motor Oil is now treated much more carefully and should not be used for this. You can also use your sand/oil bucket throughout the growing season to keep your tools well lubricated. The oil lubricates the tool and when you wash it off after using, all the dirt and muck simply slides off. Store your tools in a dry spot. Avoid leaving tools on the floor of your garage or any other places likely to get damp in winter.
THE FRONTENAC NEWS
decEMber 20, 2012
Invasion of the
▲ Gabby Lemke, 5, Clarendon Central PS
▲ Benjamin McCullough, 6, NAEC
▲ Mabel Saunders, 5, Clarendon Central PS
▲ Lily, 8, NAEC
Sydenham Lions donate to LCERC
At left, the presentation is being made by Lion Allan McPhail, President of the Sydenham & District Lions Club to Sue Clinton, Chair of the Loughborough Christmas & Emergency Relief Committee. The $1,000 will be used by the LC&ERC to support their annual Christmas basket program which this year will provide a large hamper of food for over 60 families in Loughborough District. In addition to containing a turkey and all the fixings for a Christmas dinner each hamper being distributed to a family with children will also have suitable toy or game for each child. This is the 24th year the LC&ERC has carried out this program. The Committee wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the individuals, businesses and organisations that have so generously donated the funds and goods to make this possible and would like to wish all the readers of the Frontenac News a very merry Christmas. Photo courtesy of the Lions
WELL DRILLING Rotary Drilling Pressure Grouting Wilf Hall & Sons
Let us plumb it right the first time
Licensed Plumbers Water treatment & purification System Pumps and Pressure Systems
(613) - 374 - 3662
he night of December 5, just before the Festival of Trees started, the village of Sharbot Lake was struck by an army of snowmen. The perpetrators of the deed wish to remain anonymous, but the initials of the group are suspected to be V.B. Residents have been enchanted by these clever creations, with their expressive, unique faces. Their construction seems simple, though creating anything is always harder than it looks. One possibility could be to use a birch log for the body. The snowmen are about 4 feet tall.
Storring Septic Service Ltd. Septic & Holding Tank Pumping Septic Inspections
(613) 379-2192 Tamworth Visit us on the web:
Licenced by the Ministry of Environment since 1972
Sharbot Lake Lawn Service & Home Maintenance
Free Estimates • Fully insured
Also Serving Verona & Arden Areas COTTAGE Security Checks! Plus
Grass cutting Trimming Leaf raking Hedge trimming YES, we do windows
Wayne & Jodi email@example.com
Spring & Fall cleanup Deck painting Flower beds, Rototilling Snow plowing & Roofs Docks (In & Out)
Employment Service Resumé Writing | Job Search Strategies | Job Postings
WELL WATER SOLUTIONS & PLUMBING REPAIR
Well Water Solutions offers the finest residential plumbing construction, as well as custom home construction. Well Water Solutions is an honest, reasonable, reliable family owned business with friendly, prompt, accurate repair, remodel and new home service. Our service costs are $35.00 per hour We provide professional and trim quality work at rates that are affordable to customers in our area.
Luke Smith 613-279-2092
Gray Brothers Construction
Mountain Grove, Ontario, K0H 2E0 COTTAGE ROADS, EXCAVATIONS, SEPTIC SYSTEMS. TRUCK, LOADER, BACKHOE RENTALS, CEMENT GRAVEL, BEACH SAND, TOPSOIL, ETC.
HUGH GRAY 613-335-5366
We are open from 8:00 – 2:00 through the Holidays! December 24th, 27th, 28th, and 31st We return to regular hours January 2, 2013 Your job is out there. We’ll help you find it.
Custom Cabinets for Kitchen & Bath
refacing - Custom millwork - free estimates
Northland Cabinets Hwy 38, Parham, On., K0H 2K0
Phone / Fax: 613-375-6285
For more information or to register contact the Sharbot Lake Resource Centre at 1099 Garrett Street (613)545-3949 press 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
employmentservice.sl.on.ca This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government.
Great Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family
DECEMBER 20, 2012
Insulated Concrete Forms An Energy Efficient way to build!
Andrew Asselstine 6826 Road 38, Verona ON 613-374-3400 Open 7 Days a Week
Huts & Augers
Mon-Thu: 8am-6pm Fri: 8am-8pm. Sat: 8am-5pm. Sun: 9am-4pm
Ice Fishing Accessories
M e rr y Christmas
Cherished moments with Family & Friends.
We’re all aglow with the spirit of Christmas and we want to share it with you. Thanks.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year May this holiday season bring you peace and happiness. This Christmastide let's say a prayer... For Peace, Love, and Happiness everywhere.
From Rob, Vennessa & Family
DiCola Petroleum & Staff
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Happy Holidays! Thanks for letting us light up your Christmas. Wishing you a Healthy & Prosperous New Year! Ron, Anne, Family & Staff
Happy New year
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We wish to thank all our customers for a most successful year. To each of you a very Merry Christmas and prosperity in all the coming years.
THE TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS
From all of us at Ram’s Esso Sharbot Lake - 613-279-2827
The Township of North Frontenac Municipal Office will be CLOSED for the Christmas Season beginning Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:00 Noon and will re-open on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. The Municipal Office will also be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Happy Holidays from all of Council and Staff
Whether it’s game day with friends, a meeting at the office or a block party for the neighborhood, SUBWAY FRESH CATERING™ has everything you need to make your next event a fresh and delicious success. Kaladar, junction of Hwy #7 & Hwy #41, Ph: 613-336-0859 613-336-8679
The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012
Christmas Art 3rd, Ages 6-7: Atreyu Greencorn, 6, Clarendon Central ►
▲ 2nd Place Ages 4-5: Chloe Saunders, age 5 Clarendon Central PS
▲ 2nd Place Ages 8-10: Sarah Morden, age 8, Land O’Lakes PS 3rd Place Ages 8-10: Grace, age 9, Sharbot Lake PS ►
▲ 3rd Place Ages 4-5: Gracie Laverne, age 5, NAEC
▲2nd Place Ages 11+: Taylor Babcock, age 11,
▲3rd Place Ages 11+: Jake, age 11, Prince Charles PS
Frontenac News Holiday Hours
his is our last edition of 2012 and we will now take a twoweek break. The office will close on Friday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m. and will re-open on Monday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m. Our first edition of 2013 will be published on January 10
and the deadline for that edition will be Tuesday, January 8 at noon. We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
▲Seth Wilson, age 7, Land O’Lakes PS
Have a VerY Merry Christmas From outdoor fun to inner peace and joy, all the best to you this holiday season
Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. The Furnace Broker Frank & Lori Domen & Family Godfrey, ON 613-374-2566
Doug Brown, Lloyd Lee & Staff
8109 RD. 38, Godfrey, ON K0H 1T0 Tel: 613-374-5604
The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012
Drawing by Alex Revell, 11, Prince Charles PS
Sharbot Lake United Church Women (UCW) and Friends Christmas Potluck Dinner. The lunch was held on December 11. Above: L-r: camels Carol Raymo, Darlene Conboy, Marlene Wheeler and shepherd narrator, Colleen Allison. submitted by Carol Raymo
Community Christmas Dinners O nce again this year, community volunteers will be happily cooking and serving up delicious Christmas feasts absolutely free on Christmas Day itself, Tuesday December 25, at three locations in our readership area. Their only request is that they have people to cook for! Community Christmas dinners are a great way to meet new people, to enjoy Christmas Day without all the work of cooking, and to just have fun. Everyone is invited and welcome.
NORTHBROOK: The Northbrook dinner will be held at the Lions Hall at 1pm. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the dinner, and they should come to the hall from 10am on. Dinner deliveries are also available; please call Marylin Bolender at 613-336-1573 to arrange. SHARBOT LAKE - The 9th annual dinner will be held at a new location and with new hours. Please note that this year the dinner will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St. James Major Catho-
by Jule Koch
lic Church hall on Road 38. Transportation to the dinner is available, and also delivery of Christmas dinners. Please call by Dec. 23 to arrange: Jule, 613-279-2687; Wayne 613-375-6633 VERONA – The 3rd annual Verona Christmas dinner will be held at the Lions Hall. Doors open at 10:30am and dinner will be served at 12 noon. The dinner is open to all Verona & area residents, who are invited for a day filled with great food (of course), games, fun, and live music. For more information call: Joyce at 613374-3406. Above: Drawing by Elayna Jackson, 7, Land o’Lakes PS
Happy Holidays To all our friends and customers, old and new. From Rick, Bev, Miranda & Staff
24709A Hwy 7, Sharbot Lake 613-279-2727
North Frontenac Pet Supply Your authorized Sears Catalogue Outlet 14628 Rd 38, Sharbot Lake
Before the season melts away, we’d like to say thanks for thinking of us. Merry Christmas.
All of us at
THE WATERFRONT COMPANY ™
would like to say Thank You!
I wish to thank all of my customers for a most successful year. To each of you a very Merry Christmas and prosperity in all the coming years. Thank you. Real Estate Brokerage Sharbot Lake, ON
Mimi Antoine, Broker of Record www.antoinerealestate.com
Lake District Realty
Find us at our NEW location in 2013 ● 14202 Road 38 1.866.279.2109 LakeDistrictRealty.com
We wish you all a special time with family & friend over the Holidays!
Clever Cuts Hair Styling Karen Elliott, Proprietor
Hwy. 41 Northbrook
The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012
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by Christine Teal achel Neadow (daughter of Harry & Mary Joy Neadow of Parham) is taking part in her 2nd Year Nursing placement in.... Honduras! In February 2013, Rachel and other nursing students at Trent University will be heading to Honduras to help set up different camps to help those less fortunate. They are doing a variety of medical brigades while they are on placement and will be travelling throughout many communities in Honduras to help the people. Rachel will gain a wide range of experience to help in her nursing studies, and in order to make this happen she needs to fundraise to pay for her transportation. As well she is responsible for bringing a variety of supplies with her such as toothbrushes, vitamins, band aids and sunglasses. The fundraising money will be going towards travel expenses, food, medications, security and shelter while they are on their brigade. Essential donations are needed for hygiene purposes such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, clothes etc. in addition to vitamins, medications and visual aids. Another SLHS graduate, Jodi Lemke, is involved in this same adventure but will be heading out in January 2013. Rachel held a volleyball tournament at SLHS on Saturday, Dec. 8 with 6 teams taking part (Tina Howes, Skyler Howes, Brittany & Drew Bertrim, Kalib Neadow, Mitch Ranger and Rachel Neadow). After a very active day of volleyball, Rachel's team was the reigning champion in the final match up against Skyler's team. Thanks to everyone who took part in the day. Rachel has another fundraising idea...a chili dinner! And who knows - maybe after all the fun we had on Saturday.... another volleyball tournament may be in order! Please plan to attend her Chili dinner on Saturday, Dec. 29 at C.E. Building in Parham from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. with a raffle table as well. If you would like to help Rachel in this wonderful and exciting expedition, please contact her at 613-375-8225 or 613-483-9639.
Season's Greetings No matter where you journey for Christmas, may you be blessed with the peace & joy of this special season.
A gift of song from voices of all ages in Verona I by Julie Druker n the words of Annabelle Twiddy, conductor of the St Paul’s and Trinity United choirs, Friday’s Community Christmas Concert at Trinity United Church in Verona on December 7 was “one of, if not our best Christmas concert ever.” The Advent concert has been performed annually for around 23 years as the choir’s gift to the community. The evening’s repertoire not only included a diverse collection of holiday favorites but also a diverse group of singers made up of members of the two-church choir, along with individual singers and instrumentalists from the community. Annabelle shared the baton with Jennifer Bennett, Tom Mawhinney and John McDougall and the musical night included the rockin/sockin “Come and See What’s happening in the Barn” with Ralph McInnes singing the solo part. Carols were also a focus and
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they included John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol” and Leontovich’s famed “Carol of the Bell’s”. Mother and daughter violin duo, Suzanne Clarke and Lauren Clarke Ross performed a violin duet comprised of a three-song holiday medley. Connie Shibley brought a jazzed-up feel to the evening with a lively performance of Moe Koffman’s “Swingin’ Shepherd Blues”. One of the highlights of the concert was ten-year-old Ava Ludlow, who stunned listeners and brought them to their feet with her outstanding lead vocal on the classic carol “O Holy Night”, with the male members of the choir backing her up in a truly memorable performance. The choir’s Advent gift to the community wasn’t only an evening of outstanding music, however. Following the concert they also treated attendees to a plenteous array of delicious refreshments in the church hall.
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· On Dec 11, 26 people attended the luncheon at Sharbot Lake United Church. There were games, carols and skits with camels Bin, Ali and Hussen (also known as Bin Jammin). See photo page S2 · It was a great evening at the Mississippi Free Methodist Church’s dinner at the Snow Road Snowmobile Club. There was a packed house for the wonderful meal, and carol singing with Peter Hannah on the keyboard. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put on this special evening. · Get well wishes to Bob Johnston and to Jessie Hamill. · Sympathy to the following families on the loss of their loved ones: to the Sophia families on the death of Eddie Sophia, who was formerly from Mississippi; to Pat Wylie and family on the death of her husband Mike; also to the Cooper family on the death of Frieda Cooper, who passed away in November. Frieda was the sister of Herb Steele. · We celebrated an early birthday for Ruth Jackson as she’s going to Australia for a month. · I would like to welcome new neighbours Danny & Darlene McNichol to our community. They recently moved into Ruth Jackson’s home. Welcome aboard, folks. · I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All the best in 2013. Never be sorry – for being courteous to everybody; for not
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listening to gossip; for being honest in business; for forgiving your enemies; for loving yourself; for thinking before judging; for harbouring good thoughts; and for standing up for what you believe in and helping those who need it.
DENBIGH Angela Bright
· Just a reminder the Community Food Bank will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. · Vennachar Free Methodist Church will have a Candle Light Service on Christmas Eve at 7pm, with special music and readings. Everyone is welcome. · Do you or does anyone in your family work in forestry or tourism, or have you in the past? Have you seen changes over the years in your maple syrup season and yields? When was the last time there was a bumper berry year? If you are a woman and live in the Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area, your insights on forest use would be greatly appreciated. The purpose of this research is to document how women have been impacted by changes in forest use (e.g. forestry, tourism, maple syrup production, berry collection and recreational activities) and to better understand what support, if any, is necessary going forward. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and findings will be shared with those interested. If you would like to participate, please contact Dawn Dietrich, who will be in the area conducting research until February 2013. Many thanks in advance for your support in this community-engaged research project! Dawn Dietrich, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Telephone: (519) 496-4688, Email: email@example.com · A note to let you know the Christmas lights at the Laundries’ will not be on during rain or freezing rain. The display is getting bigger though, and they hope to have some of the silhouette pieces in place shortly. · I found this little poem to share with you: A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A blessed Christmas to you all!
HENDERSON Jean Brown: 613-336-2516 Georgina Wathen: 613-336-9641 · Henderson is a flutter with Christmas baking using baking powder and hunting with black powder- although I think the season is over now. At my home in Manitoulin, folks made their own brand with willow based charcoal and a few secret ingredients- however I think it's illegal to do so nownot sure on that- and don't really want to know!! · Henderson United will host their sacred and secular musical evening this Sat. Dec. 22 at 7pm at the Henderson Hall- so come along and live it up in the country with us. On Christmas Eve candle lit worship at Henderson United hap-
Thinking of you, and wishing you happiness at Christmas time and all through the year.
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CLOYNE Marion Collier - 613-336-3223 · To the readers of this newspaper and this section, may your Christmas be filled with Peace, Love and Joy, and may the new year bring you health and happiness. May the spirit of peace gently fill your heart and home with love and good will throughout the coming year, 2013. The best of the season to the hard working and devoted staff of this paper, the faces we never see!
MOUNTAIN GROVE Marilyn Meeks 613-335-4531 email: firstname.lastname@example.org · Our sympathies to the family of Sharon Nybom and to the family of Frank (Butch) Fanning. · Land O’ Lakes seniors enjoyed their Christmas dinner on Dec. 12 at the Olden Hall. Thanks to Tim and Penny Cota for their catering; also thanks to Gilbert Whan and friends for their great music and to John Purdon for games before the dinner. There will be no meeting in January. · What a great event was held at Circle Square Ranch on December 14 beginning with carol singing at 5pm by Clearview and Friends and followed by a delicious turkey supper. At 7pm people walked to "Bethlehem" where they watched the Live Nativity take place with real animals. Rev. Barbara Mahood read the story while people acted it out. Thanks everyone, especially Dwayne and Cindy Matson for giving us such an memorable evening. · Parham Seniors held their Christmas supper on December 19 at the Parham Free Methodist Church hall. Guy Cooke and friends entertained the seniors. · Thinking of the many people who are home or in a seniors' residence and need our thoughts and prayers. · I wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday as we remember the true meaning of Christmas. Have a great New Year!
MABERLYBOLINGBROKE Karen Prytula 613-325-1354 email@example.com · On Sunday, December 23, there will be a Festival of Lessons and Carols at the Maberly community hall at 7pm with a guest choir from Seeley's Bay. Everyone is welcome. This event is sponsored by the Maberly United church and any donations will be going toward the church. Come and enjoy the music and some light refreshments following. · The second Wednesday of each month, at 12 noon at the ABC Hall is the Althorpe Bolingbroke Seniors’ Club Potluck Lunch. Come on out for a potluck lunch and visit with your neighbours at the same time. All seniors welcome.
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pens at 7:30pm and all are welcome. On Dec. 30 the three United Churches join together at the Arden site at 10am. In the New Year, Henderson United will be closed for two months until Sunday Feb. 24 when it will re-open at 10am with all three United Churches coming together to worship. After that it will remain open weekly at 8:45am. · Thanks for the calls about keeping mice out of stored boats in winter. Someone suggested adding a heavily scented bar of soap and that keeps the mice out as well. · Don't forget to keep Christ in Christmas- Jean · Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Garnet Meecham who died recently. At one time the Meechams lived in Henderson. Merry Christmas- Georgina
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The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012 Call Joyce, 273-4832, Joanne 279-1106 or Paula at 284-0815. · Tay Valley Township has installed the first solar powered street light in the township and the results are illuminating. The new light represents the finishing touch on the new Sherbrooke Bluffs Subdivision on Bob’s Lake. The solar lighting was inspired by Tay Valley Township Council’s commitment to environmental sustainability and desire to be a leader in environmental protection. Photo courtesy of the township. · Euchre at the ABC Hall is on Mondays at noon. Call Joyce Fleming for information. · The Wednesday euchres sponsored by the Maberly Agricultural Society are taking a winter break. Thanks to all the faithful players who come out to make the evening so enjoyable. Euchre will resume on March 13, 7 pm and will continue on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month. · Thank you very much. Merry Christmas
VERONA Debbie Lingen 613-374-2091 firstname.lastname@example.org · Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas ~ Calvin Coolidge · When I first started writing the Verona column, I wondered how I would ever find enough occasions and newsworthy events to fill the column. I didn’t have to worry. Most weeks I have to pare down the descriptions to fit it all into my 500-word allotment. Verona and area is full of the Christmas spirit year round. The community rallies around all its residents to bring forth events that help bolster our community spirit and well being. Festivals, concerts, plays, dinners, fundraising events - there is never a dull moment. Churches, clubs, associations and private citizens all take an active part in keeping Verona and area alive and flourishing. There is always something to look forward to. · As we welcome in the New Year, this is the time to recognize the people who help make Verona and area such a great community. The volunteers - the unsung heroes! Without you, we could not begin to accomplish all that we do each year. Whether you spared an hour, or many, to volunteer, it is all so very much appreciated. Thank you!! · Join us Christmas day for a fun-packed, music-filled day with a delicious Christmas feast served up. This is a
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free event and is open to Verona and area residents. The fun starts at 10:30 am and the turkey dinner with all the trimmings is served at noon. There will be games, crafts and treat bags for the children. Come early and enjoy some good old Verona hospitality along with the music of Ross Clow and other entertainers. If you need transportation to the event, call Joyce Casement at 613-374-3406. · There will be a New Year's Eve Party at the Verona Lions Hall, Monday, Dec. 31, 7 to 1 pm. Dance to DJ. Cash bar. Lunch will be served. $15 a ticket. All proceeds go to Christmas For Kids. For more information or tickets contact Dustin Pritchard 613-484-5974, or Geoff Crawford 613-3297159. Tickets also can be purchased at Verona Hardware. · The Lions will host a Bingo on Thurs. Jan. 3 at the Verona Lions Club. Doors and canteen open at 6 pm; early Bird starts at 6:50 pm; 12 regular games, 2 share the wealth. · Our backyard is keeping us thoroughly entertained. Every morning we replenish the feeder with sunflower seeds and peanuts and enjoy the parade. The blue jays descend in a raucous horde and devour the peanuts. The chickadees fiercely swoop down between the jays to quickly peck a few of the sunflower seeds. The mourning doves and blackbirds descend along with the squirrels. So far we have spotted one brave cardinal who patiently waits until the ravenous horde has departed. By late afternoon the cupboard is bare and all is quiet again. Life is never boring in Verona. · My New Year’s wish to our Frontenac News readers comes via two quotes. The first is for the sentimental souls like me. “We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~Ellen Goodman The second quote is for the lighthearted. “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.” ~Joey Adams
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group. Welcome aboard. The Annual Kennebec Old Fashioned Christmas on Dec 15 was terrific, as usual. This event always has many attendees, and this year was no exception. It's hard to image that a small hamlet like Arden can contain as many talented people as it does. Thanks to everyone who performed, volunteered set up, take down and kitchen help. Special thanks to Santa, who took time out of his busy schedule to attend and also made sure that the weather did not hamper the attendance of James Duthie. · The United Church Christmas Eve services are: Mountain Grove 6pm, Henderson 7pm and Arden 9pm. · Activities at the Kennebec Hall will resume in the new year as follows. Line dancing Jan 7; Euchre Jan 8 and Tai Chi Jan 9. The Arden Seniors "Happy Gang" will meet at the hall Tuesday Jan 8 at 11am. · Thinking of you through this holiday season Reg Peterson, Dorothy Proctor, Arthur Lightstone, Joyce Smith and Irene Monds. · From my family to all of your families, Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!.
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· Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church will be hosting a New Year's Eve Roast Beef Dinner/ Gospel Opry. Tickets are $35 with proceeds going to the fund for their new gymnasium. Catering by Harrowsmith's own "Ella's". Tickets can be purchased through the church office (613) 372-1238. · A New Year's Dance will be held at the Golden Links Hall. Tickets are $25 per person. Buffet at midnight, DJ, bus ride home. Call Allecia (613) 532-0131 or email email@example.com. · Wishing all our family, friends and neighbours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, safe and Happy New Year. And remember..... There was only one Christmas, the rest are anniversaries.
· The Christmas Eve Service at Cole Lake Church will take place at 6 pm on the 24th. Always a beautiful heart touching service, everyone is welcome to attend. · Cole Lake Church is also organizing a bus trip to “Alight At Night” at Upper Canada Village on Sat. Dec. 29. The bus departs from the church at 4:15pm. If you are interested please give Pastor Shawn a call at 613-374-5654 to reserve your seat, seats are limited. · From my family to all of yours we hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
PARHAMTICHBORNE Colleen Steele: 613-3756219 Christine Teal: 613-375-6525 email: firstname.lastname@example.org · Thinking of you to the family of the late Trevor Jones and the late Mike Wiley on their losses. · Don't forget the Turkey Bingo for the Oddfellows on Fri-
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· Arden Legion holiday hours: closed Dec. 24 at 6pm & Dec 25; Dec. 26 noon - closing; Dec 31, 6pm-closing; Jan. 1 noon-3pm. Those wishing to celebrate New Year's Eve at the Legion are invited to bring a potluck and partake in the dance to a DJ. · The dinner and live Nativity at Circle Square Ranch on Dec. 14 was fabulous and we hope it will become an annual event. Thanks to the ranch, their cooks, servers, cookie makers and all those who participated in the Nativity. Everyone attending commented on how well planned everything was. Congratulations. · In last week's column I failed to include Carol Morris, as a new member to the Ardenaires. Carol plays the What a glorious time of year keyboard for the group and for one and all! brings superb talent to the
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May you carry the hope of peace and love in your heart now and every day.
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day, Dec. 21. · Our last euchre for the Mayflower Lodge was on Monday. Thanks to all who helped in any way. · The Rebekahs and Oddfellows enjoyed a catered Christmas dinner on Saturday with their spouses. Everyone enjoyed a bounteous turkey dinner with all the trimmings. · Team Kylie for the Relay for Life are selling tickets on a snowblower. Please call Vickie Babcock if you are interested. · What a tragedy it was for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Please remember to hug your children extra close this Christmas Season - we are so blessed to have gun laws! · Happy Birthday to Madison Courtney, Bruce Teal and Mya Wolfe. · Thinking of you to Heather Gillespie -
glad you are on the mend. · Don't forget the Chili Dinner on Dec. 29 at the Parham CE Building in support of Rachel Neadow's adventure to Honduras. · We both enjoy reporting for Parham/ Tichborne area and we want to wish you happy holidays and all the best in the New Year. Keep those news items coming and also we thank you for the feedback, which we appreciate very much! Talk to you in 2013!
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· Christmas Cookie Exchange is this Friday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. at the Legion. Being your favourite bars and cookies and take
or God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life - John 3: 16
his is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was
pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
hen Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
- Matthew 1: 18-24
n those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
o Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
nd there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over
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You stood in the meadow, so straight and so tall In the cold winds of winter in the splendour of full The soft rain quenched your thirst in the cool spring days You gained strength, from these hot summer sun’s rays You were the rock, the port in ev’ry storm With your branches so lush you greeted each morn You kept all who sought shelter, safe and secure You were a true friend....100% pure. Now your time has come, a different place you will be And we’ll laugh and we’ll sing around our decorated tree As the spirit of Christmas comes alive in everyone’s heart And I thank you for doing your special part!
PLEVNA Katie Ohlke 613-479-2797 email@example.com · Plevna United rocked with special farewell music at their Dec 16 service of deconsecration and closure. Church matriarch Alma White was able to attend and the sadness of the day was brightened with music by Alma's children Murray and Bill and grandson James, offering a musical farewell to their church home where they had played over the years, and also Vi McInnes's children Ralph and Carol singing to the glory of God. There will be another spring farewell when more summer folk return. That freezing rain made for precarious driving! See also the article on page S14. · Plevna's own Bill White was recently honoured as the country musician of the year for Eastern Ontario in a celebration at Deerhurst Inn. Congratulations, Bill, and all the best. · The Clar-Mill Community Volunteers are again sponsoring the Christmas Eve Santa Candy delivery. To have candy delivered by Santa please contact his elves: Bernice at 613-479-2270 or Ina at 613-479-5592 and provide your civic address and number of children at your address. Please call them as soon as possible. · Last Plevna Jokes of 2012: Donner “Why does Santa always go down the chimney?” Blitzen “Because it soots him!” · Aspen: “What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?” Quinn: “Claustrophobic”! Have a safe and happy holiday season! Happy 2013!
There is no sense keeping ‘Christ’ in Christmas unless there is Easter
ut after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ”The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”
home some new ones. · The Legion will be holding a New Year's Eve dance featuring The Jaywalkers. Buy your $25 ticket at the bar for a fun night. There will be a bus available to take you home. · The incredibly sad and tragic news coming from Connecticut drives home the fact that we need to love and appreciate each other. Take time to remind your loved ones of how significant they are in your life and take a minute to pray for relief for those who are suffering. · May the merriment of the season be yours and may peace be with us all.
their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
uddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” hen the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
o they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. - Luke 2: 1-19
By The Reverend Judson Bridgewater, Parish of Loughborough “Roses are reddish, violets are bluish if it wasn’t for Christmas we’d all be Jewish.” This politically incorrect and sexist ditty from British comedian Benny Hill’s TV show shaped my early understanding of Christmas and Christianity...even after my Dad tried to set me straight. “No”, he said, “People aren’t Christians because of Christmas. It’s because of Easter. And why were you watching Benny Hill?” (I was 9 at the time.) You should know, I did not grow up in a religious household; neither was my father a historian nor a theologian. In fact, he identified himself as an atheist. And yet, he was quite sure that the reason people revered Jesus many years ago and why generations of people today continue to follow and worship Jesus has little to do with the spectacular birth stories retold each year at Christmas.
A Gift Given by Linda Coaty A gift given freely From our Father in heaven. Even before we open our heart He accepted us into His, Standing outside our locked door Waiting patiently for us To open that closed door. In His hand is a gift, One of forgiveness and love That is unconditional, Also peace and intense joy. This gift can help us In times of trials, testing And even tragedy in our lives. We can feel God’s presence With His arms wrapped around us Giving a sense of peace And even joy in our hearts As only He can give us. To accept this special gift We need just to open our heart And allow Him to come in. It can last a lifetime and Never run out or spoil.
And sheepishly, I now have to admit that I was 19 before I experienced what my Dad was trying to tell me. And yet, I wonder how many people wanting to ‘keep Christ in Christmas’ today understand what my Dad was talking about. Is the miraculous birth of Jesus really enough reason to celebrate ‘God’s gift to the world’ 2000 years later? Maybe this birthday is as good as any to throw an awesome party and visit with distant family & friends but really, is the birth of Jesus what motivates anyone to worship Jesus as God this Christmas? I don’t think so. In fact, I am certain that the only reason we know anything about Jesus’ birth (or earthly ministry of healing the sick and feeding the poor) centres upon what the first followers experienced after Jesus had died on the cross. Something remarkable happened. Something marvellous occurred. Something miraculous and maybe even a little scary was witnessed by the first followers of Jesus. I’m talking about the mystery of the first Easter, when Jesus was resurrected from the dead. What ever happened at the resurrection and subsequent days shook people to the core. This experience encouraged them to talk and eventually write about a Jesus who had defeated death and appeared to many people afterwards. For these followers (as for later generations) who claim that the Spirit of Jesus continued to empower, comfort, and reconcile them with the divine, Jesus is much more than a nice guy who did nice things for people long ago. Jesus is more than a baby born to Mary in a manger. For some, baby Jesus will remain ancient history, a myth or fairy tale; however for others, the Risen Jesus is God’s gift of abundant life, peace, justice, and forgiveness now and forever. It is a gift that is experienced rather than read about, talked about, bought or sold - as I discovered while sitting in an old stone church one Sunday as a teenager. And in an era where abundant life, peace, justice, and forgiveness seem in short supply, my hope is that more people will experience this type of gift. Merry Christmas and Happy Easter!
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What’s Up in the Night Sky - the Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem T
o try and figure out what celestial event might have been the Star of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, we must have a reasonably accurate idea of when Jesus Christ was born. Theological historians place the birth of Jesus in September or October in 3 or 2 BC. They researched several historical facts derived from biblical accounts in Matthew and Luke to arrive at that date. These facts included the date of the census taken at that time, who was ruling Judea and Syria and the death of Herod in 1 BC. First, it must be noted that in ancient times the word ‘star’ could be interpreted several ways. It could be any bright object that traveled across the sky. We can discount a meteor shower or Supernova as the Star of Bethlehem. Accounts require that the bright object appear in the eastern sky, cross the starry background and move before the Magi to Judea. Meteors travel quickly across the sky and a shower lasts only a short time. No Supernova was reported during the period
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19 oz can peach halves 19 oz can pear halves 1/4 cup white and brown sugar mixed Pinch of cinnamon 2 cloves 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries 1 tsp lemon juice 1/4 to 1/2 cup dark rum (depends on taste) 1 cup fruit cocktail (optional) Drain the canned fruits, setting aside 1/2 cup of mixed juice Heat the juice with the sugar, cinnamon, and cloves to boiling. Add the fruit and the lemon juice and cool. Add the rum. Chill until time to serve. We usually put mixture in a crock and cool in cold room for two to three days, but that is not necessary. Great alone or as a topping for ice cream.
Chipits Noel Crisps By Ruth Wendorf 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chipits, semi-sweet 3/4 cup coconut 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well-drained Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and almond extract. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Mix in chips, cocoanut and cherries. Drop from a teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350O for 12 – 15 minutes.
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we are investigating. We can also discount comets because they were considered to be signs of evil and bad omens. That leaves us with planets or groupings of planets to match the biblical description and there are a series of conjunctions that roughly fit our time period. A conjunction is when 2 or more planets and/or stars come close to each other. Matthew relates that the star appeared in the rays of the rising Sun. On August 1st, 3 BC, Jupiter rose up in the light of dawn. At 5 AM on August 13th, Jupiter and Venus were very close together. A few days later on the 18th Venus and Mercury appeared at dawn in a conjunction. On September 14th Jupiter was in conjunction with the very bright star Regulus. Jupiter and Venus, the 2 brightest planets in the sky, were so close, they appeared to fuse together. A grand con-
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amazing if we were as faithful in proclaiming the message of Jesus as those shepherds were the night He was born. The shepherds praised God because of what they had seen and heard. And they glorified God because they believed He had sent His Son for them. Can you offer that same praise today? It is God's gift of His Son to you. It is possible that we could make a bigger impact for Christ in our world if we spent a little less time griping and complaining and a lot more time praising Jesus. PONDER: In quiet contemplation Mary took all these events in and pondered what they all could mean. In faith she said “Yes”, and in faith she pondered on how God would use someone like her, someone like Joseph, someone like the baby she held in her arms to change the world. If you really believe that Jesus Christ is God's Son, that He died on the cross for your sins, that He rose again to give you the hope of eternal life, and you are willing to repent of your sins, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then you don't have to wonder anymore. Then you can really worship Him. "The shepherds returned to the fields glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, which was just as they had been told. " Luke 2:30
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junction of planets occurred on August 27th when Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus were a tight bundle at sunrise. By mid-October the Magi saw Jupiter above Bethlehem. Jupiter had reached its farthest point west and stood still against the stars high in the sky above Bethlehem. Many will argue for other astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. For me, the above series of conjunctions best explains the brightness in the sky that guided the Magi. Though there are religious barriers on Earth, the symbol of the Star of Bethlehem shining with all the stars in the heavens above symbolizes hope and joy and friendship during Christmas, Hanukah, and Ramadan and with all who hold this holiday season dear. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
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PROBLEMS: Joseph and Mary had some serious problems as they became the Christmas story. Mary was pregnant - that was a problem because the child wasn't Joseph's, it was God's. Try explaining that to your family and friends. But Joseph and Mary were both obedient to God's will - both of them were willing to do their part in God's plan to send His Son to earth. Let me share three obvious problems that Joseph and Mary faced and see if they don't sound like something you and I might face. 1. Taxes 2. Travel 3. Too many people. The whole point in having to register was so that the Romans could accurately calculate how much tax they were going to levy against the Jews. On top of that, the Emperor was forcing everyone to travel to their family's hometown for the census. The trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 90 miles. So we have a financial burden, coupled with the burden of a long, and dangerous journey, and then on top of that, a mass of people that were all in the same situation. Then Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger, which was a feed box for the animals. PROMISE: When God sent angels to announce the birth of His Son He didn't send them to the religious leaders or the elite of society. He sent angels to shepherds. And yet, God chose these unlikely recipients to hear His message of promise. All the Jews had been waiting for the coming Messiah. The angels spoke words of promise to the shepherds---the Messiah would be a SAVIOUR and His salvation would for all people. The promise is still available today. God is still in the saving business and if you haven't claimed His promise, today is the day to do so. PROCLAIM: The shepherds took off for Bethlehem to see it for themselves. They did not wait around. They simply got up and went straight to Bethlehem. What did they find? Exactly what the angels had told them and they also began proclaiming the birth of the Messiah to everyone who would listen. Wouldn't it be
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our children and youth in care - they're determined," said Woodman. "Creating a family like this is long and hard, but it's worth it in the end for the adoptive parents, the children and for our community." An example is Peter, who lived in foster care for six years before being placed for adoption at the age of 10. Peter connected with his adoptive parents through the church that his foster family attended. They got to know each other and eventually Peter asked them to be his forever family. They said "Yes." Many months, many checks and lots of paperwork followed. There have been difficult days for sure, but Peter has found for himself a family who loves and cherishes him for who he is. "As you celebrate the holidays with your family think about the children who need a forever family. If you have room for a child or youth in your family, please contact us about adoption. Or make a donation to one of our programs for children and youth. You'll be glad you did," said Woodman. Contact Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington at 613-545-3227; www.facsfla.ca.
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birth families, and only because of serious abuse or neglect. Many are in temporary care and are eventually reunited with their parents. Others are placed with kin - extended family members, friends and others in the community. But a small number of children and youth in care cannot go home. For them adoption is their path to permanency. The agency relies on people in the community to come forward to adopt children and youth in care. The process takes time. It involves training, background checks and visits to the potential adoptive parent's home. Much depends on the children themselves. Some have special needs. They are a variety of ages - not just infants. Some come together with their siblings. Woodman says adoptive parents must face many hurdles before a forever family can come true. "Adopting a child takes commitment. These parents are all very different, but they have one thing in common with
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By Sara Carpenter ‘Tis truly a season of miracles. And then again, which season is not? I like how Wendell Berry put it in his essay, “Christianity and the Survival of Creation”: “The miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is
turned into grapes.” And grapes (with a myriad of other elements), into us – a divine alchemy of sorts. While Wendell Berry wouldn’t approve of using grapes in this season in this region, I confess I find it hard to resist produce that comes from elsewhere, even though its carbon footprint is probably shameful. To mitigate some of the harm, I do try to use organic grapes whenever possible, partly to avoid pesticide residues, and partly because, even on factory grape farms, the people who harvest organic grapes avoid exposure, too. How it is that substances in grapes seem to help protect us from certain cancers is yet another small miracle, but grapes share that in common with a great many other members of the plant kingdom. They’re inviting to look at, too, and I wouldn’t be the first person to find their extravagant appearance arresting. Cascading bunches of red, blue-black and lucent green grapes have long been exquisitely depicted by artists, signifying opulence, luxury and abundance. We can take advantage of grapes’ appeal in the simplest of ways. A few grapes of one or more colours, threaded onto a cocktail skewer, are festive and easy to handle. Individual
Holiday Books for the Giving Specialist, HFL&A, firstname.lastname@example.org nofficial consumer reports have wrapped up two great reasons for giving books to children at Christmas time. 1. Books don’t need batteries. 2. Unlike homework, books given at Christmas are respected by pets. (Dogs have their priorities when chocolate or other edibles are under, on, or near the Christmas tree.) As I perused this season’s holiday books, I noticed that such practical reasons barely touch the surface of why books are smart gifts for children. 3. Books can soothe a harried, hurried, holiday mood. Take the story “Llama, Llama Holiday Drama” by Anne Dewdney. At first blush it looks like a softly illustrated book about a long-necked animal dressed in human attire. Open the book and begin to read, however, and we discover much more. Llama is picking up the excitement and stress of his family and the world around him as everyone races to prepare for Christmas. The simple, rhyming text
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conveys the relentless pace Llama experiences, and then offers a sense of calm as Llama’s mother realizes what Llama needs. She slows down and snuggles Llama, telling him, “The true gift is, we have each other.” 4. Books can be shared one-on-one or with the entire gathering of cousins, friends, or holiday revellers. As Canadian as Bob and Doug McKenzie’s “12 Days of Christmas”, and much more child-friendly, “A Porcupine in Pine Tree” by Helaine Baker and Werner Zimmermann can be shared with one child who is looking at the pages slowly for animals and silly things that happened in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, or it can be sung with a whole crowd. It’s a fabulous book for nurturing literacy skills – recalling and telling the story in sequence, learning new vocabulary, attending to rhyme and rhythm, and noticing details in the illustrations. But the greatest aspect of this book is that it’s fun - the all important ingredient for motivating children to read. 5. Books affirm children who struggle with anxiety. Who making a list and checking it twice? You’re right. It’s Scaredy Squirrel. Melanie Watts has written several books about a squirrel who suffers anxiety when faced with new experiences. Scaredy Squirrel is a planner, and in each story Scaredy Squirrel uses logic and concrete strategies to figure out ways of dealing with his emotions. “Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas” and other Scaredy Squirrel stories enable young primary school-aged children to explore their feelings from a third person perspective in a light-hearted and accepting way. 6. Books can help children, from birth, blend analytic thinking skills with sensitivity to the world around them. “That’s Not My Reindeer” by Fionna Watt and Rachel Wells is a hard cover, texture book perfect for babies and toddlers. On each page we discover a different aspect about the picture that proves it could not be the right reindeer. Simple, brightly coloured illustrations with varying textures encourage babies and toddlers to think using their senses of sight and touch. The best books for children are ones carefully chosen to match for their unique personality and interests. The best books are also the ones that will be shared on a lap with someone they love, someone who knows that the gift of literacy can last them their lifetime.
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ITALIAN GRAPE BREAD In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 tsp. dry yeast; 1/4 c. sugar; 1 c. warm water. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Add 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour; beat with an electric mixture until satiny. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand in a warm place about 45 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Add 1/3 c. warm water (substitute half of this with wine or Sambuca liqueur if desired); 1 tsp. salt; 2 tsp. aniseed or fennel seed, slightly crushed; 1 c. flour; beat until smooth. Add an additional 1 1/2 c. flour, a half cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Finally, mix in 1/4 c. each unsalted butter and lard by tablespoons until it’s evenly mixed. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 7 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 30 minutes. Divide the dough in four and form each piece into a ball. Lightly oil 2 metal pie plates and the same mixing bowl. Place a ball of dough in each pie plate, and return the remaining dough to the mixing bowl. Cover everything with clean tea towels and let rise 1 hour. Meanwhile, stem, wash and dry 1.4 kg red seedless grapes. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Flatten the dough in the pie plates to cover the bottom of the pans. Scatter a quarter of the grapes over each round and press the grapes firmly into the dough, crushing slightly. Sprinkle each round with 1 tbsp. turbinado or sanding sugar. Gently transfer half the dough from the mixing bowl to each pan; stretch and flatten each piece to cover the layer beneath it; seal the edges by pulling the edge of the bottom layer over the top and pinching. Cover the tops with the remaining grapes, pressing in gently; sprinkle another 2 tbsp. turbinado sugar over each round. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking, basting the tops of the loaves with any pan juices. Bake until the bread is golden brown and the grapes are on the verge of bursting. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool.
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grapes frozen whole make excellent “ice cubes” for punch and other drinks. (A dead simple “Champagne” punch recipe that gets rave reviews online is: Equal parts white grape juice and ginger ale. You could float frozen grapes or even cranberries in it.) Frozen grapes are a wholesome and tasty snack or finger food once they’ve had a minute or two at room temperature. And small clusters of grapes look bejeweled when frosted with sugar; paint them with barely melted honey (use a pastry brush), then sprinkle sugar over them with a sieve and gently shake off excess the excess; let them dry for a day or two at room temperature, and use them to garnish cheese trays, fruit desserts or platters of Christmas cookies. If you’re up to trying something unusual, you might enjoy this: it’s an Italian-style bread, something like focaccia, that’s bursting with juicy grapes. With a glass of wine in one hand and a rustic piece of grape bread in the other, all you’ll need is a roomful of your favourite people to share it with. And so continues the miracle of it all. Merry Christmas, everyone! Bon appétit! Makes 10 to12 servings
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Live one day at a time submitted by Marg DesRoche ESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. YESTERDAY is gone. TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise. Until it does, we have
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munity in the areas of social or economic growth. The Outstanding Volunteer Award was won by Gordon & Carolyn McCulloch. The Outstanding Business Award acknowledges an Addington Highlands business for continued business excellence while meeting the needs and services of residents and visitors. The winner of the Outstanding Business Award was Northbrook Foodland. The award was received by owners Kevin and Charlene Van Dusen. Photos by Ken Hook
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n December 11, at a regular training session at Station # 3, Central Frontenac resident Ian Whillans made a donation of 10% of the income from this year’s solar panel construction, with the intention to continue the donations from the regular annual income of the revenue made from
the power feedback. The presentation was made in the fire hall, received by Billy Young Jr. in the absence of the Fire Chief Bill Young Sr. A big thank you to Station # 3 and the well-trained staff that help us all in our times of need! - photo courtesy of Ian Whillans
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ver 100 listeners filled the Portland Community Church in Hartington for their annual Christmas concert on December 7. The concert was emceed by associate pastor, Reverend Oscar Simpson. Long-time community favorites, The Old Hims, who have been performing for years at the annual event, were led by Steve Clow, who filled in for the usual band leader Ross Clow. Ross’s brother Art passed away earlier in the week. Steve did an admirable job leading the band and members Glenn Kneff, Dwayne Rennie and Charlie King did not miss a beat. They played numerous favorites including “Thanks to Cavalry” and “Mary Did You Know?” Beloved regular players at the church, Chris Murphy and Jon McLurg of Crooked Wood fame, were invited to perform and they did a gorgeous version of the song “Christmas in the Trenches”, which tells of the Christmas truce between soldiers fighting in the First World War. They also performed an old Stewart Hamlin song titled “It Is No Secret” that had numerous members of the audience joining in to sing. Some were so moved they shouted out “Just Beautiful!” when it ended. The polished duo had a chance to perform some of their very own compositions and they played “Finally Coming Home”, the title track from the CD they recorded with famed east coast musician JP Cormier. They finished their set with a beautiful mandolin/guitar arrangement of “Silent Night” and demonstrated their Simon and Garfunkel-esque harmonies in a very heart warming rendition of the holiday favorite.
ell-known and well-loved solo folk singer, Joel Leblanc, set the tone for what became a very merry sing-a-long concert at the MERA school house on December 9. Leblanc, who has been singing and playing since he was a lad, has performed in numerous bands, and the acapella quartet, “The Latest Rumour” for seven years. He opened the MERA show and entertained the standing room only crowd with an eclectic mix of holiday tunes that showcased both his aptitude as a picker and singer. He covered many of the holiday classics including Away in a Manger, Frosty, O Little Town of Bethlehem and We Wish you a Merry Christmas many of which inspired the crowd to join in and sing along. He also threw a few obscure holiday tunes into the mix like Stan Rogers' “First Christmas” and a very comedic, Dylan Thomas-esque storied tune by Dave Gunning called "Daddy's Beer” as well as Jackson Browne's “Rebel Jesus”, which he performed with his godsons Japhy and Noah Sullivan. Leblanc effortlessly mastered each style and genre, proving his versatility as a soloist. The Perth Celtic Heritage Fiddle Orchestra under the direction of Carolyn Stewart was the concert headliner and their diverse repertoire included seasonal classics that spanned the globe. From Bing Crosby's classic “Christmas in Kilarney” to "Winter Wonderland", their best were their jig offerings that included "Neil Gow's Apprentice" by Michael Marra and a sublime version of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring". They played a hauntingly beautiful version of “Carol of the Bells “ that started off with a barely edible melody line that quickly swelled into a multi-layered wave of sound. They also played an emotive
version of the well-known Jewish classic tune called “Donah”, honoring the start of Hanukah. Stewart's casual repartee between numbers is always charming and the concert ended with a rousing version of "Silent Night" that all joined in to sing. Hats off to the performers and to the enthusiastic crowd whose gratitude was apparent in both their generously offered voices and donations.
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Ebenezer Scrooge inspires at Bellrock Schoolhouse Theatre I n a special performance on December 15, members of the Bellrock community presented Dickens' famed classic A Christmas Carol at the Bellrock Schoolhouse Theatre. The play was a pared down but impressive take on the classic tale of the man whose name now applies to modern-day Christmas skeptics and misers. It was produced and directed by Fred Colwell (who also played the lead role of Scrooge), with Suki Falkner managing the stage and set design. This is the tale of the cold-hearted, cheapskate Ebenezer Scrooge, who miserably fails to empathize with his fellow human beings. Miraculously, Scrooge changes his ways after being visited successively by numerous ghosts; first that of Marley, his former business partner (Tom Falkner), then the ghost of Christmas Past, (Dick Miller), and lastly Christmas Present (Bob Brown). The visitations ultimately lead to Scrooge's rebirth and in the end he is transformed into a compassionate and generous old mensch. The set was designed masterfully by Suki Falkner, given the smallish stage and the generous length of the tale. The first hurdle was overcome by keeping the sets to a manageable minimum and cleverly utilizing the stage doors as the windows into Scrooge's numerous ghostly visions. As for the production's length, it ran for just over an hour thanks to the two narrators, Connie Shibley and Tom Falkner, who read a good portion of the play expertly and with great feeling from the script. This gave the actors the chance to take on the more dramatic events in the play and they did so to great effect. These memorable scenes included many at the home of Bob Cratchit (Dick Miller) with his wife, played by Connie Shibley and their loving family, including the crippled young Tiny Tim (Tye Stover) who had the last and most memorable line in the play. By far though, it was Fred Colwell's masterful Scrooge that took the play to its most inspired heights, with Colwell first portraying him as a scowling, crusty old hunched-up, complaining curmudgeon who, as the ghostly visions unfold, is transformed into a caring, kind and generous gentleman. Kudos also to the stagehands who transformed the stage into countless simple but warm and inviting scenes. Despite
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Above: Scrooge and a ghost. Right: a heartwarming scene at the Cratchits’ a few missed cues, which made for some rather comic moments in what was otherwise a smooth-running production, the cast and crew brought to the audience a very memorable production of this timeless tale about how even the lowest of the low can see things anew, and given some insight can
change evil ways and begin life anew, thanks to a few concerned spirits. What a perfect message for this time of year.
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uxiliary Constable Jeremy Saunders and one of the assistant coordinators with the North Frontenac Food Bank were on hand outside of the Freshmart in Sharbot Lake on December 15 for the last “Stuff the Cruiser” food drive this year. Similar events also took place in Verona and Sydenham. While organizers are very grateful for all the donations they receive, they would like to get the word out to donors to make sure that they check the expiry dates on all food items that they are donating. Assistant coordinator with the North Frontenac Food Bank, Kim Cucoch, said, “We check all the dates on everything that comes to us and sometimes we find that we are receiving donations with expiry dates that are past. These items cannot be used for obvious health regulations so we are just asking people to make sure to check the dates on everything that they are donating.” Anyone who missed the latest drive can still make a food or cash donation at their own local area food bank where organizers are hoping to stock up their shelves for the upcoming winter months.
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by Julie Druker embers of the Frontenac Farmers Market in Verona held one last festive shopping extravaganza in 2012. More than 25 vendors filled the Verona Lions Centre with a colorful and creative array of food and gift items perfect for the holiday season. Along with the regular market fare of fresh meats, produce and other tasty foods, numerous guest vendors invited to sell their unique wares and oneof-a-kind gifts. Debbie Harris, the vendor coordinator of the market, explained that as this year was the first that the market has not run all year long (it officially closed down for the 2012 season in October), vendors wanted to give shoppers a chance to stock up for the holiday season. “We wanted to have a special Christmas market since we will not be opening again until May 2013,” she said. Special guest vendors included Nigel Smith of Bush Gardens Farmstead in Elgin who was offering free samples of his organic gouda cheese. Tisha of Sweet Smells by Tisha was offering up her hand made beeswax candles. Stefanie Sammon of Molly and Quinn had unique knit and quilted items for adults and children. Robin, Scott and Samantha Celeste of Sauces N' Stuff had numerous free samples of their unique products, as did Judy of Judy’s Jams, Jellies and Jarfuls. Cameron Mather of Aztext Press in Tamworth had a wide-ranging selection of environmental gardening and howto books and Berlynda had a festive display of her beautifully decorated homemade cakes and candies. Visitors who miss the regular Saturday market can look forward to its reopening in May 2013. The vendors thank their loyal customers for continuing to support them and look forward to seeing them again in the new year. Many vendors will continue to make their products available to customers. For more information about how to contact them, visit frontenacfarmersmarket.ca.
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n an effort to bring joy to children and families in need in their community, one grade 12 student at Sydenham High School took it upon herself to get students and staff involved in a local initiative that supports those in need in the community. Kristina Bradbury, who is a grade 12 student at the school, approached Sue Clinton, chair of the Loughborough Christmas and Emergency Relief Committee, to find out how she could assist. The committee has been putting together Christmas baskets for close to 25 years that go out every year to local families in the community and Sue Clinton welcomed Kristina’s idea to run a toy drive at the school, with the toys being added to those baskets. “For some children these toys may be the only toys they receive during the holiday season,” Clinton said. Kristina Bradbury was assisted by fellow grade 12 student Mikaela Horton and their guidance l-r, Jim Kelly, Peter Stewart, Mikaela Horton, Kristina Bradbury and Sue Clinton Counselor, Corinna Goldring, who acted as their school liaison in the and it’s especially great to see them taking the initiative.” effort. The two students put up posters around the school Both students will be returning to Sydenham High next year back in mid-November and made announcements over the for their final year and their guidance counselor said she school’s PA system, inviting both students and staff to dofeels that they both have promising futures ahead. nate new and gently used toys to the baskets. In total, 60 Asked if the tradition will continue on, Kristina said that toys and games were collected, all of which will be included she would be happy to continue the toy drive next year in the more than 60 baskets that will be given out at the and hopes that other students might take it over in years Grace Centre in Sydenham to over 60 local families. to come. Sue Clinton said that she was pleased to see students stepping forward to help out. “It’s really great to see stuFrom our family to yours, dents getting involved and helping to give back to the we wish you a local community in this way
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Plevna Ompah United Church closure T he first Christmas celebration came unexpectedly to the participants Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men who all responded to God's messages to “Fear not”. It has been wisely noted that when God's messengers say “fear not”- it's time to give up our fears, pray ferociously and put the future into God's hands. Such is the case in the Plevna Ompah United Church, who somewhat unexpectedly in mid-November motioned to request a congregational vote on December 3 that would close both worship sites at the end of December 2012. We could almost hear the angel’s reminder of Alma White at the service on Dec. “Fear not” as we pre- 16; behind her is the memorial winpared to vote and also dow for her son Dale pondered up-coming Christmas celebrations. How in the world we wondered, would we celebrate Christmas this year at our two worship sites? We certainly understood more clearly the dilemma of Mary and Joseph, two frightened young parents who set off
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on a donkey, ended up giving birth to the Saviour in a barn, were visited by shepherds, wise men and angels and then had to flee for their lives to escape a jealous dictator. Certainly when they set out they had no idea of all that awaited them, and neither do we as we now set out on a journey of church closure, pondering the future, making decisions that honour God and our ancestors’ dreams. We don't know what the future holds, but we do know that God holds the future and just as God guided our ancestors to build the churches, so too will God guide us as we journey into closure and moving in with other existing area churches. Like Mary, who had no real plans to give birth, we had no real plans to give birth to a church closure- but with God's help, prayer, discernment, discussion we will persevere- just as our ancestors did in past years. This might not be the Christmas we had imagined, how-
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ever I always wonder just how Jesus would want us to celebrate his birthday? We know that Mary “pondered” and together they prayed and sought direction. In our Plevna Ompah United Church, we too have been pondering, praying, worrying, laughing and crying, but mostly we have been brought to our knees in prayer. So, if ever there was a Christmas when God's message spoke to my heart personally and to our closing churches, this was the year. We sure let go of the tinsel, lights and glitter and asked God to help us get through and God met our needs. So many kind folks offered and continue to offer their prayers, and to extend invitations to worship at their locations. So many folks have suggestions on future plans for our two churches and their contents and with God's help it will all be revealed. We have every confidence that God will open a new door and a new way to be a Church in our area. We are, in a frightened kind of way, excited for all that God has in mind for us and like Mary continue to ponder all these things, to pray, and to trust in God. In closing, thank you dear folks of the area for your kindness. In the short time of 15 months of service in your area you have stolen my heart and the heart of my husband Allan as we've ministered with you. My contract finishes on December 31, 2012Presbytery representative Bruce Hutchinson, who has helped us out in the past, will then prayerfully start to meet with the trustees to determine just what will happen to the church buildings, and contents. In the spring of 2013 another farewell to the churches is planned. God bless everyone and thanks ferociously.
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“Walk to the First Christmas” attracts hundreds at VFMC N by Julie Druker
ow in its fourth year, the Verona Free Methodist Church's annual “Walk to the First Christmas” is still attracting hundreds of visitors. The idea of inviting visitors to come and experience what living in the first century at the time of Jesus' birth and to witness the unfolding of the events leading up to that day was the brain child of VFM church member and youth volunteer Scott Ball, who dreamed up the idea four years ago as a way of telling the story of the birth of Jesus in an exciting and hands-on way. The event gets better every year and this year the addition of live animals - an assortment of chickens and one very well behaved donkey - made the walk even more wondrous for visitors who come back to enjoy it year after year. Preparation for the event, which involves 45 actors and crew members, began months ago as volunteers spent countless hours transforming the main floor and basement of the church into a series of Biblical scenes that depict the times before, during and following the birth of Jesus. Upon entering the church visitors are split into groups of 8-10 people and are escorted by a biblical tour guide through the various scenes, which begin with Zechariah, who is informed by an angel that his barren wife Elizabeth will have a son, John. From there visitors proceed to the home of Mary where she is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her that she will give birth to Jesus. Visitors then watch Mary and Joseph ride a donkey to an inn that is full and see them take refuge in the manger where the birth takes place. The group is then led to a field where a host of angels sing heavenly praises. Visitors also have a chance to dine in the throne room at the palace of Herod where they enjoy a meal of unleavened bread, hummus, roast beef, root vegetables and an assortment of olives, almonds cucumbers and cheese. They watch the three kings come bearing gifts and their last stop is a visit outside of the church to a tent where they see Mary and Joseph cradling the tiny baby Jesus. For church pastor Jeff Nault, the walk is one that brings “a sense of fun and intrigue to the biblical story that we aim to
L-r, NFCS staff Catherine Tysick, Mike Procter, Peggy MacDonald and Laurie Hannah
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Margaret Page and Smokey Joe present in a truthful and creative way." For those who have yet to experience A Walk to the First Christmas, it is well worth the one hour that it takes to be transported back in time to the time and place of Jesus' birth.
taff at Northern Frontenac Community Services in Sharbot Lake held their annual Holiday Open House on December 14 as a way to thank the community for their support. The organization provides a myriad of services to residents in Central and North Frontenac. Visitors gathered for homemade treats and a friendly chat courtesy of the NFCS staff. Mike Procter, who is the adult protective service worker at NFCS, said the event is a highlight for staff every year. “We do this to thank everyone in the community who help us to do what we do. Without their support we would not be able to exist. It is also a chance for staff to have a relaxing afternoon and to meet with members of the community that we otherwise would not normally have a chance to meet and speak to.” Upcoming for NFCS will be the distribution of their Christmas hampers in conjunction with the Salvation Army at the Oso hall. Also upcoming in the new year will be a number of bingo fundraising events that began recently and that have been growing in popularity.
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ehold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2: 1-2
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Ontario craft brewers make huge strides ntario beer-making has made huge leaps forward in recent years in terms of producing highly flavoured beer. The craft beer industry has been established for a long time in the province, with brands such as Upper Canada, Wellington’s, Cameron’s, Amsterdam, and Kawartha Brewers making solid and respectable British pub-style pale and sweeter brown ales. Brick Brewing from Kitchener and Creemore Brewers have made good German-style lagers for 20 years as well. What was missing was some more exciting, irreverent brewing. This has been relegated to home brewers, who experiment with different techniques and ingredients. I don’t when the change took place, but I only became aware that something was happening in Ontario when I heard on the radio that a brewer in Barrie called Flying Monkeys had come into conflict with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario over the label for their Smash Bomb IPA (India Pale Ale). Smash Bomb is a brewing technique as well as the description of an explosion, but the LCBO seemed to be focused on the military aspect, and for a short time the beer was pulled from the shelves at LCBO stores, but it gave the brewer, Flying Monkeys, a hit of publicity. So, when I saw a Flying Monkey beer called Hoptical Illusion in LCBO stores last summer, I bought some. It was a bit tart, pretty bitter, a little bit sweet, but mostly, for my taste buds, it was a genuine American Style IPA, the first Ontario IPA I had had up to that point. I later sampled Smash Bomb, and I found it even nicer than Hoptical Illusion. IPA is the beer of the moment in the alternative brewing world (or perhaps the beer of the last moment as Imperial Stout is becoming hugely popular as well). Every self-respecting artisan brewer makes one. The style comes from the 1800s, when the East India Company was in its heyday and there was a demand for ale to shipped to India from England. The legend has it that ales brewed with more hops kept better on the long voyage, but that claim is disputed. In any event, the IPA style slipped into the past, only to be resurrected in the United States in the 1990s, using different kids of dry and fresh hops as well as different ways and timing for introducing the hops. Hops give beer a bitter and floral taste depending on which of the many varieties
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The new look of beer in Ontario are used. IPA is an acquired taste to be sure, but once acquired, that taste needs to be fed, and there are some really good Ontario brewed IPAs available at LCBO stores these days. Here are some suggestions Muskoka Brewers Mad Tom IPA, which is refreshingly bitter at 5% alcohol content (the standard for commercial beer). Muskoka has recently come out with Twice as Mad Tom, a Double IPA at 8.4% alcohol. In the Twice as Mad Tom the bitterness of the beer that hits the taste buds at first gives way to a citrus taste and then a sweeter, full bodied finish that comes from the added alcohol content. It’s a delicious beer, but at that level of alcohol it is not wise to drink more than one, two at the most, in a sitting. Grand River Brewing Company makes a summer beer which they called Pugnacious Pale Ale, that has some of the tartness and sweetness of heavier alcoholic beers, but somehow they have managed to keep the alcohol content to 4.5%. Grand River also make a stronger, Curmudgeon Pale Ale for the fall at 6.5% alcohol. Beau’s Brewers is the most local of the Ontario brewers that are mentioned in this article, although sadly they miss the 100 kilometre local food mark as they are located in Vankleek Hill. Their flag ship beer is called Lugtread, a mild summer beer, but in the spring they make IP eh, which is very good. They also make a fall beer, Bogs-Water which is available widely now. They had some at the Sharbot Lake LCBO last week. Bogs-Water is a Gruit beer, using a mixture of herbs for flavour in place of hops. It has a sweet, musty, and malty taste, with a bit of the sourness of a Belgian style beer. Nickel Brook Brewery in Burlington makes the excellent Headstock IPA. They also make Headstock Light, which is only 4% alcohol. Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph makes Hops
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and Robbers, which they aptly call an Extra Delicious IPA. At 5.7% alcohol it is also less likely to weigh drinkers down than some others. Imperial Stout For many people, Guiness is the only name in Stout, and for those who find Guiness to be strong tasting, read no further. But for those who might consider replacing dessert with beer, or drinking beer with cheese as an appetizer, Imperial Stouts may be worth a try, and there are a number of good ones being brewed in Ontario. Here are a couple, but there are many more available Grand River Russian Gun (8%) Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout (8%) brewed with dark chocolate, cranberries, chocolate malt, etc. - you might skip dinner and drink one. All of the brewers I’ve mentioned above make a variety of different styles of beer, including seasonal beers that have particularly interesting flavours. For beer lovers on a Christmas list, any of these beers are worth the investment of a few dollars to try one. Anyone who is tempted to fall back to the temptation to buy imported beer as a special treat might consider that most imports are factory made beers, they have none of the intrigue that artisan brewing brings. There are hundreds of delicious brands of beer brewed in the United States, maybe thousands, but Schlitz and Miller are not two of them. The same is true for the UK, Germany, and most other countries, with the exception of Belgium. But that’s another story. The only place to find most of the beers mentioned in this article are LCBO stores that have a beer section. The most extensive ones in this region are at the two larger LCBO outlets in Kingston – on Barrack Street and Midland Drive. Note – the alcohol content is listed with most of the beers that have been mentioned. This is partly because alcohol content affects the flavour and heaviness of the beer, but more importantly because alcohol is a drug. Higher alcohol content beverages contain more of the drug and those imbibing should be wary of that. It is my hope that people use these beers as part of an eating and drinking experience over the holidays and as a gift idea for people with a taste for more exotic flavoured drinks. That being said, alcohol is a drug that has caused immeasurable hardship ever since it was discovered thousands of years ago. In the knowledge that our readership contains its share of people who have suffered from alcohol abuse themselves or in their families, we did have a debate among our staff as to whether this article should be published, particularly at this time of year, which is a difficult one for alcoholics. In the end I opted to publish the article, as you can see.
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The Christmas Truce of 1914 - What really happened in the trenches on Christmas Day in 1914? France at the start of the war, or the eastern front between Germany and Russia, where the bitterness between the two sides was well established. Accounts tell of how in certain parts of the 27 mile line there had already been informal agreements made to stop firing most days at breakfast time throughout the fall of 1914. As well, many of the British soldiers had been told that the war would likely end by Christmas, but by the time the 24th of December rolled around there was no sign of an end to the war and the The Christmas Truce 1914 : December 26: German soldiers of the 134th Saxon Regiment photo- weather had been graphed with men of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in No Man’s Land on the Western Front. u n s e a s o n a b l y warm but very wet for weeks, leaving the trenches a muddy mess istory is not an exact science, and neither is journalwith bodies laying in the mud throughout the ism, and the true story of what happened in the Belgian No Man’s Land between the two trenches. trenches between German and British Forces in the late fall In the words of one soldier, Leslie Walkerand on Christmas Eve in 1914, during the First World War, ton, as cited in about.com: “We hated their guts may never be completely known. And since it has been 98 when they killed any of our friends; then we years since that day, there is no one left alive who was rereally did dislike them intensely. But otherwise ally there. we joked about them and I think they joked But there were stories in the press at the time about some about us. And we thought, well, poor so-andof the events, and accounts have been collected by histoso’s, they’re in the same kind of muck as we rians and archivists, so we know that at a number of locaare.” tions along the trench lines the fighting stopped, and there As Christmas approached, the British troops was singing, visiting, the exchange of gifts (cigarettes and received boxes from the King engraved with a chocolate in the main) and at least one makeshift soccer likeness of his daughter Mary. These ‘Princess game took place. At many locations enemy soldiers spent Mary Boxes’ were filled with loose tobacco, butterscotch, time celebrating Christmas together. chocolate and cigarettes. German troops received presents The Christmas Truce of 1914 really did happen from Kaiser Wilhelm. The website, firstworldwar.com addresses the difference On December 24th the rain turned to snow and then the between the myths that have sprung about what happened weather cleared, and in the evening, at some parts of the and the actual events: trench line on the German, miniature lit trees, another gift “The reality of the Christmas Truce, however, is a less rofrom the Kaiser, appeared above the surface. mantic and a more down to earth story than some of the The stories vary about how the truces started. In some fictionalized accounts that have become popular. It was an cases messages were sent from the German side proposing organic affair that in some spots hardly registered a mention a truce, and in others, both sides began singing carols, and and in others left a profound impact upon those who took responding to singing on the other side. part. Many accounts were rushed, confused or contradicAt some point, in numerous locations, in ones and twos, tory. Others, written long after the event, are weighed down soldiers climbed out of the trenches, exposing themselves by hindsight. These difficulties aside, the true story is still to certain death if anyone on the opposite side decided to striking precisely because of its rag-tagged nature: it is more shoot, but no one did. ‘human’ and therefore all the more potent.” Both sides met in No The trench warfare had begun earlier that year, and over Man’s Land; they exchanged the 27 mile front where the Germans and British were sepagifts, they talked as best rated by as little as 30 yards. The reality of the stalemate they could; they took the opthat would eventually see the trenches become fortified and portunity to gather up their fixed in place as killing grounds for four long years had not dead and bring them back yet sunk in for the soldiers involved, many of whom would not survive the coming winter. The Christmas truce did not affect the fronts between the Germans and the French, as Germany had invaded
to their side of the trench for burial. As far as many of the soldiers were concerned, the truce was almost a surreal event. “It was absolutely astounding, and if I had seen it on a cinematograph film I should have sworn that it was faked.” wrote Lieutenant Sir Edward Hulse, 2nd Scots Guards. “What a sight; little groups of Germans and British extending along the length of our front ... Here we were laughing and chatting to men whom only a few hours before we were trying to kill” wrote Corporal John Ferguson of the Seaforth Highlanders. Depending on what account is believed, there were one, or several, soccer games that took place. There may have
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been an organized matches, 11 to a side, which the Germans won 3-2, or more likely there was just a scrum with hundreds of soldiers struggling through frozen fields and bulky boots to play a game they remembered from their rapidly fleeing youth. Returning to the business of war took place the next day in most locations, but in others the truce lingered to the new year and beyond, before the commanding officers behind the front lines regained control of the troops in the trenches. As we know, the war lumbered on for four PineRidge BBq long years, leaving 25 million people dead and setting the Catering stage for another world war thank all their customers only 20 years later. for 2011 and wish everyone At Christmas time in 1915, all the best in 2012. 1916, and 1917 there were no repeats of the 1914 truce. The Carl & Jeannette Pixley war carried on unabated.
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“Is blianach Nollaid gun sneachd” (Christmas without snow is poor fare) Scottish Christmas traditions by Jeff Green
he first thing to say about Scotland and Christmas is that the traditional concept of the holiday was more low-key than in other places. In Scotland, Christmas was often known as Nollaig Beag (Little Christmas). The custom was to celebrate the birth of Christ with solemnity, three days of fasting, church service, and hard work between Christmas, Christmas Day, and the Feast of Stephen. The festivities began slowly over the following few days, and spilled into New Year and Twelfth Night. The modern New Year’s celebrations around the world can be credited to (or blamed on, as the case may be) the Scots. The slow-starting Scottish Christmas season would build up to a frenzy by the time Hogamany (The Feast of New Year’s) came around. Some scholars claim the word Hogamany is derived from the old French term for Christmas ‘Homme est né’ Whatever the historical background, the Christian Reformation of the 16th and 17th Centuries hit the Christmas season in Scotland rather harshly. In 1585, bakers who made Yule breads faced expensive fines, which could only be lowered if they named their customers. The persecution of Christmas, and those who adhered to Catholicism as well, culminated in an attempt, 53 years later in 1638, to have Christmas banned by the Scottish General Assembly in Edinburgh. It wasn’t for another 200 years that celebrating Christmas made a full comeback in the British Isles, thanks to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s hugely influential consort. Albert was German, where the Reformation had not had an impact on the Christmas celebrations, and he brought them back to England. This had an impact in Scotland, but not for quite some time, although slowly the Hogamany traditions made their
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way back into Scottish culture. However, until well into the 20th Century, Christmas remained a working day in Scotland, until global trends penetrated the Scottish Highlands and even the most dour Scotsmen agreed to stay home and put their feet up on December 25. Among Christmas traditions and legends that came from Scotland there are a number of curiosities. One of those is the belief that bees leave their hives on Christmas morning, only to return later in the day. Why this belief came about is lost to antiquity, as is the meaning that can be attached to it. A more potentially ominous, or joyous, tradition comes from the ashes of the Christmas Eve fire. If, on Christmas Day, there is a footprint in the cold ashes facing the door it means there will be a death in the family. If there is a footprint facing the room, a new birth is imminent. Another tradition is the ceremonial burning of Old Winter, the Cailleach. A piece of wood is carved roughly to represent the face of an old woman, then named as the Spirit of Winter, the Cailleach. This is placed onto a fire to burn away, and the gathered family has to watch it burn to the end. The burning symbolizes the ending of all the bad luck and bad feelings of the old year, with a fresh start. Christmas Eve is also known as the Oidche Choinnle, or Night of Candles. Candles are placed in every window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve and First Footers on New Year’s Eve. Shopkeepers give their customers Yule candles as a symbol of goodwill wishing them a ‘Fire to warm you by, and a light to guide you’. First Footers – A special meaning is attached to the first visitor who enters a house after midnight in New Year’s Eve/ Day. A fair-haired stranger is considered very bad luck, because of lingering resentment toward ancient Norse invaders. But there is an exception. If the fair-haired stranger happens to be named Andrew, the patron Saint of Scotland, it is considered to be an excellent sign that the coming year will be good and prosperous for the household. And for a woman to be the first to enter, be she light, dark, or ginger haired, is considered taboo. So suspend any thoughts of “Ladies first” when entering a Scottish home early on New Year’s Day. And all fair-haired men should call themselves Andrew, at least for the day. First Footers are also expected to bring a gift for the
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household upon entering, a Handsell. This can be food, drink, or wood for the fire. Whichever it is, it must be accepted and shared around immediately, and if it is wood, it must be thrown on the fire right away. In Scotland, a White Christmas is always to be hoped for, hence the expression at the top of this article. (written with information from a variety if web sources, in particular “The Christmas Archives” by Countess Maria Von Staufer)
hortbread is derived in Scotland from the Suncake, an alternative symbol to that of the Black bun. The shape and markings on popular shortbread baking stones refer to a sun dial shape for shortbread, although we use them today to mark the size of generous slices. Shortbread can be prepared in any kind of pan. Some cooks use rice flour in addition to all purpose flour. This recipe uses corn starch. The key to flaky shortbread is not to over-mix the ingredients. The oven will melt the butter into the flour and complete the mixing. Some cooks use cold butter and mix it into the flour very much as you would a pie crust, but for those in a hurry using melted butter saves time and trouble.
2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar, plus some extra to taste 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 lb butter, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x9” or 7x11” baking pan. Combine flour, sugar, and cornstarch, mixing well. Slowly stir flour mixture into the melted butter, until well combined. Gently press dough into pan with knuckles. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Immediately cut into 1” squares and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Allow shortbread to cool before removing from pan.
COCK A LEEKIE SOUP
ike any dish that has been prepared for 400 years or more, there as many ways of preparing Cock a Leekie soup as there are cooks. Traditionally there were prunes added to the soup but some cooks omit them in modern times, and while the following recipe includes rice, barley was used in earlier times. As anyone who makes any kind of chicken soup will tell you, the key to a good Cock a Leekie is to use a whole chicken, and if there is any way to access some chicken feet to add to the broth, the soup will only get better. The following is a traditional Scottish version. It is served on Christmas Eve or Hogamany, sometimes at the beginning of a Christmas dinner, or on any cold winter night Ingredients: 1 chicken, about 4lb, including legs and wings 1lb leeks (about 12) cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces 4 sprigs celery, cut in half 4 pints stock or water 1oz long grained rice or pot barley 4oz cooked, stoned prunes One teaspoon brown sugar Salt and pepper Garni of bay leaf, parsley, thyme 3 chopped slices of streaky bacon Put the chicken and bacon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and remove any scum that settles at the top. Add the celery, three-quarters of the leeks, (green as well as white sections), herbs (tied together in a bundle), salt and pepper and return to the boil. Simmer gen-
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tly for 2-3 hours, removing scum as it gathers and adding more water if necessary. Remove the chicken and celery. Some chefs use the chicken as another course, or for chicken salad, and others cut the meat into small pieces and add them back to the soup (the soup should have at least some pieces of chicken in it when served). Add the rice or barley and drained prunes and the remaining leeks and simmer for another 30 minutes. Check for flavour and serve with a little chopped parsley. Serves 6/8 people. Below are two versions of Scottish fruit cake. In either case, they can be prepared as printed, or the currents/raisins can be pre-soaked overnight in a 50/50 whisky or brandy and water mix (purists only use single malt scotch whiskey and less water) for added kick.
The Scottish version of Christmas cake or fruit cake, the variation being the fact that the cake is encased in pastry. Traditionally served on Hogamany.
For the pastry case: 225 grams (8 oz/ 1 cup) butter 450 grams (1 lb/ 4 cups) plain (allpurpose) flour 1 teaspoon baking powder butter for greasing
1. To make the pastry case, rub the butter into the flour with the baking powder and add enough cold water to mix to a
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A lighter, more buttery and flaky version of fruit cake – almost a cross between pound cake and fruit cake served with tea in the afternoon or for dessert – occasionally as a breakfast cake.
5 oz butter, at room temperature 5 oz. Icing sugar Dundee Cake 3 large eggs 1 cup all purpose flour (sifted) 1 tsp. baking powder milk (if necessary) ¾ cup currents ¾ cup Sultana raisins ¼ cup maraschino cherries – rinsed, dried, and cut in half ¼ cup candies lemon/orange peel – home made is best. 2 tablespoons ground almonds zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon ¼ cup blanched almonds Grease an 8 inch round cake tin, then line with parchment or wax paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Cream butter and sugar together. Whisk the eggs separately, then, a little at a time, beat them into the creamed butter and sugar. Next, using a large tablespoon, carefully fold in the flour and baking powder. Your mixture needs to be of a good, soft, dropping consistency so, if it seems too dry, add a teaspoon of milk. Fold in the currants, sultanas, cherries, mixed peel, ground almonds and orange and lemon zests. Then spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin, smoothing it out evenly with the back of the spoon. Next arrange the whole almonds in circles on top o one and all of the mixture, but do go our hopes this carefully and lightly; if they are pressed in for peace on they will sink during the earth and joy baking. Place the cake in the centre of the oven and in your hearts. bake for 2-2½ hours or until the centre is firm and Snider’s Service Centre springy to the touch. Let it & Restaurant cool before taking it out of the tin. Cloyne 336-2658 This cake keeps very well in an airtight tin and Verna, Ted, Arnold, tastes better if kept for a Tim & Kris few days before cutting.
For the filling: 6 cups raisins 8 cups currants 2 1/4 cups chopped almonds 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups soft brown sugar 2 teaspoons allspice 1 teaspoon ginger, cinnamon, freshly ground black pepper and baking powder 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 tablespoon brandy 1 beaten egg 2/3 cup milk
stiff dough. Leave to rest and roll out to a fairly thin sheet. Grease 8-inch loaf tins and line them with the dough, reserving enough to cover the top. 2. Pre-heat the oven to 225°F. 3. Make the filling. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then mix in the brandy, egg, and enough milk to moisten the mixture. Put it into the prepared loaf tins and cover with the remaining pastry. Use the remaining milk or an egg wash (1 egg beaten with a splash of milk) to seal the top crust. Prick all over with a fork and brush with egg wash. Bake in the oven for about 3 hours. When cool store in an airtight tin.
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Amaryllis by Paul Pietsch, Lanark County Master Gardeners his plant is bought as a bulb, usually in the fall. Plant the bulb half into the soil. Water and fertilize. It will take six to eight weeks for the bulb to flower. Usually the flower stalk will grow first followed by the leaves. All the time you should water and fertilize as required. Keep the soil moist but not wet and fertilize with a liquid fertilizer (all three numbers about equal) at one quarter to half strength every time you water. Less is better than more. Once the flowers have faded remove the dead petals leaving the green stalk and the leaves. This greenery will now replenish the bulb so it can flower again. You can now decide approximately when you want the amaryllis to flower again. The leaves should stay on a minimum of two months, being watered and fertilized regularly. The longer the leaves are left on the better for the bulb. Remember the timing. Flowering will have finished by the end of January. Two months of greenery will bring it to the end of March. (This greenery time can be extended to as long as you want) The bulb should now be allowed to dry down completely for a minimum of two months. (Months can be added to the dry period) By lengthening the time in both stages you have some control as to when it will flower again. Start the bulb up again by watering and fertilizing. It will take the bulb six to eight weeks to flower again. Temperature can be a factor. In a cool house it will be slower, in a warm location quicker. Give as much sun as possible. Less sun makes the flower stalk grow taller. With reblooming the leaves often grow first. Enjoy! Questions? pjpietsch@ yahoo.ca. For gardening advice throughout the year, call the Renai at 613-2677272, email us at lanarkmg@gmailcom or visit our website at www.lanarkmastergardeners.mgoi.ca.
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stall to watch for developments. Three hours later one hoof appeared. That could be bad news. Checked for another and there weren't none. Oh, oh. Stuck my arm in farther only to discover that of the four she could have chosen to present first, Miss Calfie had decided it was to be a back one. Better run and get Philemon to help with this one. Several buckets of soapy water later, the two of us finally delivered a beautiful little heifer. Philemon and I then worked for an hour cleaning up after the commotion and that after having the place so spotless this morning. So it was shortly before the evening meal that I presented myself for service at the inn, and boy! Was I needed! The inn was already full. Silas said that every available space in the town of Bethlehem was booked. Well, as I said, good for business all round. I helped with supper, then hiked out to check little Missie. Just lying down. Hadn’t sucked yet. Better get her up and started. More easily said than done. She do have a stubborn streak in her. It was really getting late when Silas appeared at the barn with a lantern in his hand. In the glow of the lantern, I could see a man behind him in his mid-twenties – with his wife. When they moved forward from behind Silas, I could see that the lady was very big with child. What are they doing here, I thought? The mystery was soon solved as Silas informed me that they would be spending the night in the stable as there was no other room anywhere in town. Silas sort of winked at me funny-like, and I knew he was trying to tell me that he was doing it for the sake of the lady. I hustled about and piled up a heap of hay in one of the vacant stalls, so glad that I had asked Jude for an extra load. And I was glad that the stable was so spotlessly clean. I didn’t know these people, but I had just said to myself that morning, “Got to be prepared for every eventuality.” And here the eventuality was! Got ‘em all nicely settled, then went up to my little room above the stable. Thought sorta crossed my mind, seeing as the lady was so large, wonder if she’ll be coming tonight. Would she be all right? Sure hope so – one problem birth that day was enough for me. Dozed off for a bit, then was awakened by a little cry, then a louder one. Oh, oh, she must have had it. Better go down and check, so down the ladder I pattered. What a sight met my eyes: There standing, their faces radiant in the light of the lantern, was the mother and father bent over the donkey’s manger, and in the manger lying on the father’s robe, was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. It seemed as if he were looking up at his parents and smiling, but that couldn’t be possible. And apart from the folds of his father’s robe that were folded around him, he was stark naked. Guess they hadn’t thought to bring anything just in case. I hastily rushed back to the loft and rummaged through my trunk and got an extra robe of mine and brought it down for them to wrap the baby with. They were most grateful and they bundled the little one up. Just as they had finished, five men with staffs, obviously shepherds from the surrounding hills entered the stable and
Drawing by Greg Garey, 11, NAEC came over to look at the baby. A glow seemed to emanate from the face of the baby. It filled the stable. Funny, I thought, it was not a full moon. When I went to look outside to see if I was mistaken, I saw this enormous star right over the stable, and very low to the earth. That must have been what was giving all that light. As I was out there gazing at that magnificent star, I noticed three camels coming down the road. Most unusual – travelers usually left their camels at the caravansary on the outskirts of town. But it was not the camels that were so extraordinary - it was their riders. Each of them was wearing magnificent, richly coloured and bejeweled robes and on each of their heads was a crown. Here’s another eventuality, I thought to myself. They stopped outside the stable and asked me to mind their camels. The camels crouched down and their riders dismounted and proceeded toward the stable as if it were King Solomon’s palace. I couldn’t help but peek in the window. The light in the stable was brighter yet. The shepherds who had been kneeling in front of the baby rose and moved aside to make room for the kings, who then bowed down before the baby and presented him with gifts. What is all this that is going on? I asked myself. Sure looks as if something important is going on in my little old stable. Well, whatever it is, I told myself, I am so glad of all the cleaning that I did that morning. This sure was some eventuality! But something else happened to me as I saw the shepherds and kings worshipping this little baby. I too fell on my knees and buried my head in the back of one of the camels. Seemed to be the thing to do – this kneeling thing. I prayed to Yahweh that this little baby would bring as much wonder, joy and peace to all the world as he had brought to my little old stable that night.
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Law Talk - Payday Loans This column is brought to you by Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc., and Community Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada at Western University, with financial support from the Law Foundation of Canada. It provides legal information only. The information is accurate as of the date of publication. Laws change frequently so we caution readers from relying on this information if some time has passed since publication. If you need specific legal advice please contact a lawyer, Rural Legal Services, your community legal clinic, Justice Net at 1-866-919-3219, or the Law Society Referral Service at 1-800-268-8326. Easy Cash and Pay Day Lending Services Consumers facing financial difficulty who are unable to obtain credit from a bank or other conventional lender often resort to using the services of a pay day lender. Here is some information you should know when dealing with a pay day lender. What is a Pay Day Loan? In a pay day loan the borrower asks for money before their pay cheque, government cheque, or other funds become available. The pay day lender advances the funds, and when the borrower receives the anticipated cheque they use it to repay the loan. Pay day lenders often operate under names like “Cash 4 You” and “Cash Money”. While these loans may be quick and easy to obtain, interest rates can be very high and the repayment due date can be very short, causing you to look to other sources to repay the loan on time. How Are Pay Day Loans Regulated? The Criminal Code If the amount of a pay day loan is greater than $1,500, the Criminal Code prevents a lender from charging more than 59% interest. If you are in this situation, you should call your local police department. The Pay Day Loans Act For pay day loans of $1,500 and under, lenders are regulated by Ontario’s Pay Day Loans Act (PDLA). Under the PDLA, pay day lenders must be licensed by the province. Pay day loan companies must provide information that is truthful and clear, and cannot make false, misleading, or deceptive statements. This applies to communications through advertising, posters, pamphlets and contracts. Posters must be displayed in all of the lender’s offices and be visible to all potential borrowers. The posters must state that the maximum amount the pay day lender may charge you for borrowing from them is $21 for every $100 you are loaned, and must display the amount that the lender is actually charging you. Written contracts are required for all loans. A signed copy of the written contract must be given to you at the time your loan is negotiated. Under the PDLA, a lender cannot try to sell you other services (such as cheque cashing or currency exchange) when you are there to get a pay day loan. The lender cannot deduct any amount from the loan for administrative fees. You must receive the cash from the loan immediately upon signing the agreement, or within one hour if the agreement was made online. You have an automatic 2-day cooling offer
magine a wintery afternoon in a cozy country hall filled with 60 fiddlers! What a great way to welcome in the New Year and to celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas. On Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Maberly Hall, the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra, Prep Orchestra and Celtic Heritage Orchestra will play together, sixty strong, as they present their annual “Little Christmas” concert. Guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, viola, cello, drums and singers join in the music. And when all three groups play together, the rafters will ring. Be prepared to clap your hands and tap your toes. The Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra will fill the hall with classic fiddling and seasonal songs. Carolyn Stewart will lead Celtic Heritage with their distinct brand of fiddle tunes. The ‘Prep Orchestra’ with mostly beginner fiddlers are learning to play with others and to follow a director, in preparation for joining the Fiddle Orchestra. Both the Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra and Prep Orchestra, directed by Cindy McCall are sponsored by Blue Skies in the Community, an offshoot of the Blue Skies Music Festival, which seeks to bring music to our communities throughout the year. The ‘Little Christmas’ concert will be held at the Maberly Hall on Sunday, January 6 at 2:30pm. Admission is $5 (children under 12 free). Refreshments will be available during the intermission. You won’t want to miss this lively and joyous event.
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period after you sign the loan agreement, during which you may cancel the agreement for any (or no) reason. If you cancel, you must return the funds you received, and the lender must return any post-dated cheques or debit forms you gave them. You have the right to repay a loan at any time before it is due without paying a prepayment charge or a penalty. Finally, lenders are not allowed to issue you another loan before your first loan is repaid. Can a Pay Day Lender Contact Me to Collect a Loan? If your loan is in default a lender may contact you, but only on weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and on Sundays only between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. They may not contact you at all on statutory holidays, or more than 3 times during any 7-day period. They may not use threatening, profane, intimidating or coercive language, or communicate with you in a way that constitutes harassment. What Can I do If I Have Problems With a Lender? If you feel that a pay day lender has violated your rights, you have several options. First, you can complain to the Registrar of the Pay Day Loans Act. This can lead to mediation, the pay day lender being given a written warning, the lender’s license not being renewed, or the lender being fined up to $10,000. Second, you may be able to request a prosecution under the Pay Day Loans Act, which may result in the lender paying a fine or being imprisoned. If neither of these options resolves the matter to your satisfaction, you may be able to sue the lender in either the Small Claims Court or the Superior Court (depending on the amount of your claim). For more information on consumer rights and complaints related to pay day lending services, visit the Ministry of Consumer Services website at http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/ mcs/en/Pages/default.aspx or call them at 1-800-889-9768. In addition, you can find more information about consumer protection topics at any time in a series of Community Law School webinars archived online at www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/ training-topic/consumer-law. Be empowered, and stay tuned.
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NAEC Christmas Basket Drive a big success! O n December 12, Christmas baskets were collected from 10 different classrooms/staff departments at North Addington Education Centre. The baskets were given to Community Services to assist struggling local families during the holiday season. The event was organized by Ms. Bovard’s grade 11/12 English class. Students designed the posters and wrote the daily announcements. Each homeroom contributed items to make a holiday meal and gifts for a family. Students were excited to participate in the event and decorate the baskets. The baskets were picked up and loaded by the grade nine French class. Students were very excited to support the program and brainstormed a list of items to bring in. According to student, Brodie Munro, “This is awesome! I can bring any toy I want? Our family is going to love their basket!” The enthusiasm to support the program was remarkable. Angela Salmond, the principal of NAEC, was overwhelmed by the effort put forth by staff and students. “I would like to thank our staff, students and families for their continued support. We wouldn’t be able to support the community without your contributions and leadership. The basket drive is especially important because the service supports many of our students. I was very proud when I saw the care and cre-
ativity that was put into the baskets; a true testament to the Christmas spirit in our family-oriented community”. While these baskets will assist some families during the
101 Nativities at Cole Lake FMC I t took organizers Jean Freeman and Kristine Caird and numerous volunteers over six hours to set up the over 1500 pieces that made up the 101 Nativities show-(there in fact were 145 scenes this year) which took place at the Cole Lake Free Methodist church in Godfrey this past weekend. The show, which was back by popular demand after its very successful first year last Christmas, is not only a way for the church staff and members of the congregation
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to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, but also a way to demonstrate how Christmas unites so many people from all over the world. Included in the show this year were nativity scenes from countries from as far away as Panama, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico,, and Israel along with entries from numerous African countries. New this year to the event was a special kids workshop led by Alexa Craven and Shannon Harper in which youngsters were invited to create their own nativity scenes using wooden tongue depressors and old fashioned clothes pegs. The event was so popular last year that organizers extended it from two to three days this time around to
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give more interested viewers a chance to check it out. Cole Lake's minister, Rev. Shawn Craven, said the show is great for the church in a number of ways. “The show attracts not only church members but other members of the community who come out to enjoy a snack and the show and it gives people in the community who might not otherwise have the time a chance to visit in what can be a very busy time of the year. The show also highlights what Christmas really is about and what it represents, which is important since I think more and more people are wanting to experience what the real meaning behind the holiday is and this show does that in both an entertaining and a meaningful way.”
W.L. (Bill) Robinson
Councillor, South Frontenac, Portland District
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, from Our Family to Yours from the Robinsons
Season’s Greetings To All Those Who've Helped Us Along the Way
May the coming season bring tidings of harmony and joy to you and your family and may the new year bring you health, happiness and prosperity.
holiday season, there are many other families who will need help. Those wishing to contribute are urged to contact Land O’ Lakes Community Services at 613-336-8934. Photo by Amey Sauvageau.
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The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012
Outdoors in the Land O’ Lakes - Cougars in Ontario? O
ne of my neighbours recently mentioned she was nervous about her small children playing on their own because of the possible threat of cougars in the area. She had heard this from some local residents who had reportedly seen evidence of a cougar in the area of a nearby lake. This reminded me of a time a few years ago when my husband and I were driving along a country road just south of Port Perry. It was early one clear spring morning and visibility was very good. All of a sudden a very big wildcat jumped out of the ditch and ran across the road. I think we surprised it as much as it startled us. It was definitely a cougar – big and muscular with a long, powerful looking tail. Its fur was honey coloured – very beautiful and a sight I’ll never forget. There is a wild cat zoo in the Orono area (a few miles as the crow flies) and there’s also a wild animal sanctuary a few miles north of Port Perry so it was possibly an escapee from a private zoo rather than a wild cougar. Some interesting facts: · The cougar has more than 40 names in English alone depending on the area. Some examples are: Puma, mountain lion and panther · It ranges from the Yukon to the southern Andes in South America · It is the second heaviest cat in the Western hemisphere after the jaguar – males can weigh up to 220 lbs. but the average weight is about 137 lbs. · Most closely related to smaller felines such as the domestic cat – it can hiss, growl, scream or purr like a domestic cat but cannot roar like a lion. · Top running speed is 64/80 km/h. · Adults, especially large males, can have a territory as large as 150 to 1000 kilometers. The cougar (Puma concolor, formerly Felix concolor), is one of three wild cats native to North, Central and South America. The other two are the bobcat and the lynx. In North America, the distribution of cougars has been reduced to a third of their historical range due primarily to mortality resulting from conflict with humans. By the 1940s, native cougars had apparently been extirpated from eastern North America. After some internet browsing I discovered that the Ministry of Natural Resources has been looking for evidence of cougars in Ontario for the past few years. Most of the following information is what I learned from reading research
material gathered under the guidance of Senior Research Scientist, Rick Rosatte, of the MNR. According to his report, the last known wild cougar in Ontario was shot back in 1884. Since then no one has been able to get a clear photograph of a cougar even though numerous trail cameras had been used by the MNR in recent years in an attempt to detect cougar presence. If someone thinks they may have spotted a cougar, MNR staff follow up with an interview, but almost all sightings have turned out to be bobcats, fisher, deer, coyotes, lynx – even house cats! If the sighting seems feasible, a camera is set up that is triggered by motion and heat. So far the cameras have captured many images of animals but no cougars. Even so, the number of cougar sightings has been increasing steadily for many years, which probably does indicate an increasing presence of cougars in Ontario and was one of the reasons why the ministry initiated a study. Ministry researchers have been looking for evidence and, with help from the public, have documented cougar tracks. They’ve found scat (feces) which has tested positive for cougar DNA and they’ve seen evidence of cougars in the distinctive way some animals are killed. Even if a cougar is sighted, these animals are so fast and travel such vast distances that they’d be long gone by the time a camera could be set up. Since they do travel so far, multiple sightings in an area could easily be the same cougar. Also, because of their reclusive and secretive habits, cougars are very difficult to find, even in areas where there are confirmed populations such as in western Canada and the western U.S. More than likely at least some of the cougars that roam the province are either escaped or intentionally released
cougars from zoos and private homes. (There are an estimated several hundred cougars in captivity in Ontario). Or, Mr. Rosatte says they could be a genetic mix from different sources – remnants of a small native population or migrants from the west. It’s also possible that some cougars may have survived the decimation of the eastern cougar population in the late 1800s. It’s feasible given the size of Ontario and its remote north. Since cougars feed mainly on white-tailed deer and mule deer, there is certainly a large prey base for cougars in Ontario. Although most cougar sightings are actually other animals, people should use caution if they think they see one. Cougars generally avoid humans but escaped pets might let you approach them. If you see a track in the snow, put a ruler beside it, take a picture and then cover the track with a light coloured plastic pail. This will help to preserve the track so it can be checked out by MNR staff. Kicksled Update – Further to the Feb. 10, 2011 column on Kicksleds, I did receive inquiries from some readers re availability of sleds. If you are interested in this Finnish-made product, it is now available in North Frontenac. For more information email kicksleds@ gmail.com Profits from the sled sales go to Operation Smile and the Smile Train.
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The Frontenac News Christmas Greetings 2012
Frontenac Heritage Festival - Feb. 15 - 18, 2013 By Mike Procter he Christmas break is a great time for cottagers and permanent residents alike to start planning to attend the Frontenac Heritage Festival, which will be held over the long Family Day weekend in February. The festivities will officially kick off on Friday, Feb. 15 with a breakfast at St. James Hall beginning at 8 a.m. This year’s activities will include old favourites such as displays and food at Oso Hall, the ever popular talent show, photo contest at The Maples, indoor
and outdoor displays and activities at the Crow Lake schoolhouse, skating at the Tichborne rink, activities in Arden, the crowd pleasing Polar Plunge on Sunday morning, the Walk or Run event and the weekend will end with a fantastic fireworks display at the Oso beach. Back again this year will be Dr. Peter Bell’s historic home show on Fall River Road. This event received great reviews last year and will be sure to please again. Also, the Crow Lake winter camp will take place again over Friday night but space is limited so book your spot early. For more information on the Heritage Festival events or to volunteer at any of the events, please contact Mike Procter at 613-279-2572. The deadline to submit promotional information to be included in Festival advertisements is January 11, 2013. Don’t hibernate this winter - get out and enjoy all that our great land has to offer.
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Declaring that this holiday will be the best ever and that a bright Christmas spirit will fill your hearts with happiness. Many thanks From: Hugh, Sylvia & Family
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