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by Jeff Green n late September of last year, at a public meeting in Harrowsmith, Glen Baldock, the Canada Post area manager for Kingston, pledged that he would keep in touch with residents about their local retail Canada Post service. The meeting had been called in response to the local franchise outlet closing down after the owner could not come to terms with Canada Post on a new contract, and instead communal boxes had been installed at Commonwealth Park, some distance from the centre of the hamlet. Months have passed and no one in Harrowsmith has heard from Baldock. Finally, in response to requests from Council, on February 20, South Frontenac Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Orr sent an email to Baldock asking a number of questions. Baldock replied on March 6, and his response did not indicate that Canada Post has been particularly active on the Harrowsmith file. Baldock said that after the September meeting, Canada Post did enter into discussion with two businesses about taking on a franchise but both of them “chose not to pursue the opportunity”. Baldock also said that Canada Post “will certainly consider the possibilities but we are not actively pursuing anyone at this time.” He also acknowledged that the proposal by the public to have the outgoing mail-box moved to the front of Ella’s variety store has not been acted on by Canada Post, and no business has come forward to sell stamps, although “local businesses can apply to sell stamps by filling out an application form at the corporate outlet here in Kingston.” Baldock acknowledged as well that winter maintenance “has been a problem” at the site where the post boxes are now located “and I have raised this with the team in charge of this.” However, he said that Canada Post is not planning to “build a shelter over the boxes at this location.”

CF Council scraps Amnesty Load program by Julie Druker


Late winter fishing derby A Trout Fishing Derby was held on March 9, on Shabomeka Lake in Cloyne. Ron Raymo of Cloyne (at left in the photo accepting the trophy & cash prize from Paul Andrews), was 1st place winner with a 1.11lb Lake Trout. The 64 participants of the derby soaked up the sun and enjoyed the double digit temperatures on Shabomeka Lake. (submitted by D. Maschke)

County inches to the budget finish line ... and close to a minimal tax increase by Jeff Green


rontenac County Council met for five hours last Friday, March 8 to work through their 2013 budget in anticipation of passing the document at their regular meeting on March 20. At the beginning of the meeting, council received a report by Treasurer Marion VanBruinessen, which outlined the impacts of changes that had been made at the previous budget meeting on February 21. According to the report, the requisition to the Frontenac municipalities at the start of the

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meeting stood at $8.35 million, just over $71,000, or 0.86% higher than the 2012 requisition. After poking and prodding at the budget on Friday, only another $20,000 in savings was realised, leaving the requisition at about $50,000 up over 2012. Council was not able to complete their work on the budget, but they are still expecting to have the job completed on March 20.

n a report to council, Waste Management Supervisor Kyle Labbett recommended that council cancel their amnesty load program. He cited “high costs and no identifiable benefits”. The program, which has run for years, gave residents an opportunity to clean their properties of unsightly debris by allowing them one free truckload of garbage per year. In his report Labbett said that community groups now help with mass community clean ups and that none of the neighboring townships run amnesty load programs. His report also cited negative financial implications running the program. Though the program cost the township $30,700 in 2011, the cost decreased significantly in 2012 to just $17,000. Labbett said the decrease was due to “a significant number of loads being paid for by excess bag tags (when the old tags were switched over to clear bags last year).” He also said that the costs do not factor in the loss of space at waste sites. “Eliminating the free loads will help to prolong the life of our waste sites, which will keep costs down in the future” his report concluded. Councilor Tom Dewey was the lone councilor who spoke against ending the program. “I think we should give it another year. A lot of seasonal residents use the program to clean up their residences. I am also afraid that a lot of big items like chesterfields might end up getting dumped elsewhere,” he said. Dewey’s concerns went unheeded, as council voted to end the amnesty program. Frontenac Corridor Assessment approved Council passed a motion supporting an assessment of the County’s major roadways (roads 506, 509, 38, 95 and 96) by the firm D.M. Wills Associates Ltd. in partnership with the County and the four townships at a cost of $10,740. The proposal resulted from a resolution by the County of Frontenac requesting that the townships’ four public works managers collaborate in the areas of transportation and waste management. The plan will asses the corridor and develop a longterm capital plan that will be part of a comprehensive 10-year Asset Management Plan. The company who landed the contract is also carrying out bridge inspections for South, Central and North Frontenac townships. Mayor Janet Gutowski was

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Fairmount Home auditorium redevelopment approved Kingston City Council to be approached for $1.4 millionby Jeff Green


e’ve been led to the water; it’s time we took a drink,” was how South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davison described the decision by Frontenac County Council to go forward with a $2.175 million redevelopment of the auditorium at the Fairmount Home long term care facility. The project was included in the 2013 Frontenac County Capital budget document, so when council came to the relevant page, they were confronted with a decision that has been at least five years in the making. “This is our opportunity to commit to the Fairmount auditorium,” said Councilor John McDougall. Because Fairmount Home is a jointly funded operation between the county and the City of Kingston, approval of the project by the county is not sufficient. The city will have to be on board as well, to the tune of about $1.4 million. “I don’t recall the city councillors making specific mention of this,” said Frontenac Islands Mayor Dennis Doyle. “We have gone to RULAC [the Rural Urban Liaison Committee] with reports, but the project has not been presented to City Council. Staff at the city are aware of it, but we had no authority to bring it to city council until it was approved at this

table,” said county treasurer, Marion VanBruinessen. “The ball is in our court, essentially,” said Warden Janet Gutowski. “But even if we say yes there will be one more hurdle,” said Doyle in response. A fundraising camping has brought in $200,000 towards the project, and $496,000 is slated to be taken from the Fairmount Home capital reserve fund. Therefore the decision county council was facing did not involve any new taxation. “I don’t think we have any choice but to endorse this project. We have remained silent about it while the money was being raised,” said North Frontenac Councilor John Inglis. Former Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek addressed that very point several years ago. The proposal for a fundraising campaign was brought forward by Fairmont administrator Julie Shillington in September of 2010, and at that time Vanden Hoek urged council to defer any decision on fund-raising until they had made a decision on the project, “Even though they are not asking us to commit to doing the upgrade, once a fundraising campaign is underway and

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Land Claim meetings point to contentious issues by Jeff Green he Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (Ontario) has sponsored a series of meetings throughout the region to talk about the Agreement in Principle that has been reached between the Algonquins of Ontario and the governments of Ontario and Canada. Last week meetings were held in Ottawa, Perth and Kingston, and this week the travelling land claim road show will be in North Bay, Pembroke, Mattawa and Bancroft. The meetings are set up as drop-in information sessions. There is a lot of information available about the agreement, lots of maps on the wall, and lots of detail about the agreement itself. Eager Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs officials are available at every turn to explain exactly how far the Algonquin Land Claim process has come and how much further it has to go. The meetings run from 3:00 until 8:00 pm, and they shift from quiet drop-ins to free-wheeling question and answer sessions at 6:30 when seats are set out for a public forum. The senior negotiators for all three parties to the agreement present very brief remarks and then face the public. A parallel set of meetings took place earlier in February in most of the same cities. They also featured maps on walls, copies of documents, etc., but they were put on as primers by groups that are critical of the land claim process and the Agreement in Principle as well. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations (FOCA) and the Canadian Sport Fishing Industry Association (CSFIA) jointly sponsored those meetings and also an accompanying website, Matt Demille, a researcher with the OFAH, pointed out some of his organisation's key concerns with the Agreement in Principle, such as: potential uses for the 200 parcels of land that are going to be transferred to the Algonquins of Ontario; some of the muddy language in the agreement as regards harvesting rights; and the lack of clarity about what kind of a park will be established in North Frontenac surrounding Crotch Lake. But the leaders of the three groups had a more basic political point to make. They said they have participated in stakeholder meetings with the governments about the land claim for 15 years, but at those meetings the governments shared little or no information and never listened to any of the concerns expressed by the stakeholders. “We have been vocal in asking questions and demanding answers over the years, and we’ve got none. As far as the input at the public meetings that are coming up having an impact, don’t hold your breath. But it is important to show the government we will not roll over,” said OFAH President Bill Blackwell. I attended one of the OFAH/FOCA/CSFIA meetings on February 22, and the general feeling that I came out of the meeting with was that there is a lot of anger and mistrust, directed not only at the government but at the Algonquins as well. I also attended the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs-sponsored meeting in Perth last Thursday night, March 7, and the public session at that meeting did not change that impression at all.



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The first question at the March 7 meeting immediately strayed from the land claim into a long-standing grievance. “I'd like to talk about the need for conservation of resources,” the questioner said, “I'm wondering whether, once the land claim is settled, there will be any restrictions on the Algonquins netting Walleye in the spring. Will they continue to have the right to rape the walleye population? I'm sick of seeing Algonquin from Sharbot Lake spearing walleye and using chicken wire to block streams, while fisheries officials do nothing. Was chicken wire part of their traditional harvesting patterns hundreds and thousands of years ago?” said the man, who identified himself as being involved in Walleye spawning programs in Westport.

Brian Crane - Chief negotiator for Ontario Brian Crane, who is a lawyer and the long-serving chief negotiator (since 1998) for Ontario, pointed out that the land claim is not about settling Aboriginal rights. “Under the law the Algonquins have Aboriginal rights to hunt and fish and there cannot be an agreement that abridges those rights. The agreement will not extinguish those Aboriginal rights, but there is also a conservation issue at play. That is the job of the fisheries department.” The second questioner of the night then came forward. “Somehow or other we all have to get along together. Rights that go to one and not another end up looking preferential. Will this agreement draw us together or will it push us further apart?”

This question cuts to the heart of the entire public debate about the land claim. The land claim is an attempt to resolve a legal issue of jurisdiction over the land we all live on, the land where many of us were born and where our parents were born and where our children were born. The land we have invested our energy in and the land from which we draw the water that keeps us alive. The property we own, the businesses and institutions we have built over the centuries, are all located on land that was never legally acquired by the Government of Canada. Since everything we have built here flows from land grants that came from Canada, and its junior partner, Ontario, we have a collective interest to settle this land claim once and for all. That is all well and good for lawyers and government officials, but on the ground, the concerns expressed at the meetings are more concrete. How can one person, by virtue of an Aboriginal right, have the right to trap Walleye in chicken wire during the crucial spawning season, when there is a crisis in the Walleye fishery? For that matter, how can the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation operate smoke shops with impunity when shopkeepers across the road have been hounded out of selling any kind of cigarettes by the Smoke Free Ontario Act? What does that have to do with reconciliation and with living together into the future? The land claim will head behind closed doors again after the public flurry we are seeing this month. It will not emerge to the public for another 5 years or so, at which time it will truly be a fait accompli. In the interim there is time for the local Algonquin communities to begin to move on from the land claim and the pre-occupation with enrolment that they have been engaged in for years, and begin to prepare for a new role as landholding institutions with economic clout, and as First Nations that are ready to take a central role in the cultural life of our local communities. After all, the distinction between indigenous and non-indigenous people in our region is only one of the many elements that define who people are in what are basically well integrated communities. To move forward we will have to come out of the shadows more, however. We need to hammer out our differences in our own communities and not in front of government officials and lawyers who live somewhere else.

A crusader for leak-proof basements by Jeff Green ohn McEwen knows a thing or two about water-proofing foundations and ensuring that basements are warm and dry. He has spent 20 years doing remediation on over 500 leaky foundations, mainly in the City of Kingston and in Loyalist and South Frontenac townships. He literally wrote the book on the subject, “A Guide to Fixing Your Damp Basement”, which is available through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). He has been making the rounds of the local councils in recent weeks trying to convince them to instruct their building departments to insist on proper waterproofing of all foundations when new homes are built. According to McEwen, building departments have only insisted that builders “damp-proof” foundations with a coat of tar, and this not sufficient because the National Building Code says that buildings that are “under hydrostatic pressure” must be “waterproofed” and this is done through the use of a waterproof membrane. Hydrostatic pressure, for those of us who are wondering, simply refers to water pushing against, in this case, the foundation of a house. In a letter to South Frontenac Council, which he presented at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night, McEwen wrote that proper waterproofing of a new home requires proper drainage and a membrane. It carries an “approximate material cost of $4,000, which will keep the home completely dry and insulated for all time; as opposed to the $1,500 that is spent today on tar, which will have no effect


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whatsoever.” He is requesting that, “Council instruct its building department to waterproof and drain new structures as per code.” Since John McEwen had sent the contents of his presentation to the township in advance, Brian Gass, the Chief Building Officer for the township, prepared a written response for Council’s benefit. Gass’s report states that not all new buildings require waterproofing. “During the course of a footing inspection a Building Inspector will look in the excavation for evidence of a high water table or hydrostatic conditions. If none are observed, in accordance with subsection 9.13.2 of the Ontario Building Code, damp proofing of basement foundation walls is permitted,” Gass said. McEwen replied that hydrostatic conditions can develop as the result of surface water through winter runoff or storms that may not be apparent during a footing inspection. “It makes a difference if you look in the hole in the middle of August after a six-week drought or if you look in the hole on March 12,” he said. “It’s very simple; when you have a leaky basement, you have hydrostatic pressure. If there had been a membrane, there would be no water.” Gass’s report says that the $4,000 cost estimate submitted by McEwen is “likely low”. Gass concluded that “building codes are only meant to establish a “minimum standard’ of construction … the courts have strongly reprimanded municipalities for attempting to enforce standards above those that are prescribed in the building code.” “Show me an example of a court reprimanding a township for enforcing the building code,” McEwen said in response. After McEwen’s presentation in South Frontenac, as had happened earlier in Loyalist Township, Council sided with their building department and kept to the status quo.

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e: “Warden catches flak for community projects”, Frontenac News, Feb. 28, 2013 In response to Frontenac County Council questioning community project funding the Sharbot Lake Farmers Market (SLFM) received from county Federal Gas tax rebate funds, I would like to point out that a wider community than Central Frontenac Township will benefit from both projects the SLFM applied for. Our vendors come from within a 100 km radius of Sharbot Lake, and from all three townships. Our market customers also come from all three townships and beyond, and our patrons and other people using the beach come from those townships and all over. Some of the tourists visiting the market and the beach come from as far as Israel and Spain!. SLFM has made a point to work on striking up partnerships with other local markets and will continue to cultivate these partnerships. The first project the SLFM received gas tax funding for is aimed at promoting local food through education, which certainly is not limited to Central Frontenac. SLFM did not intend to apply a second time, but when we suggested to the township on December 20 that there was funding available for revitalization of the beach (washrooms, basic landscaping, and playground, the township encouraged SLFM to apply for that funding as well. There was no one else to step up to the plate. The application was submitted the next day, with help from Central Frontenac staff. The money was

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s of March 16, Doug and I will no longer be at the Portland Landfill site. There are some major changes coming in the near future and they do not include us. We feel some regret - things do change. But in some cases, I wish they would not. We are truly going to miss our regular customers and their kids and their dogs. We quite enjoyed handing out cookies to the kids (big and small) and the dogs knew they were going to get a little something as well. The “dump” has become a place where regulars gather to share the news of the area and business people can do a little net working with other patrons. This aspect of the “dump” will be missed. We hope we have been good ambassadors for South Frontenac. It has been a pleasure working with D&B enterprise. They are good people. Doug and Anne Kellett

available, and it was simply a case of use it or lose it, and we saw the public need. I find it discouraging, demoralizing and demeaning to attack active community volunteers such as our market volunteers for supporting projects that will serve not only Central Frontenac, but the whole County. We simply saw a long-time public need and stepped up to the plate when no one else would. I would like to further clarify that the money will be used to make the beach a better facility by making the washrooms functional, bringing the playground up to safety standards, and doing some basic landscaping on the parking lot and around the pavilion to even out the ground and provide proper drainage. We have several market customers who are elderly or disabled and the uneven ground poses a very real safety hazard to them as well as able-bodied persons, whether they are customers, vendors, or any of the community or tourists at any time – not just during market hours – over the summer season. As far as fairness goes, we applied; we qualified, and the benefits extend beyond Central Frontenac – so what’s the beef? The County number and website are available to the public and all councilors, and the grant process is not a deeply-guarded secret. I urge all councilors to become better informed so that they can support – instead of thwart – the efforts of active volunteer groups who are in a position to identify the needs of the public. - Mary de Bassecourt, Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

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cott Reid is now declaring that the Conservative Party of Canada is “going to publish First Nations’ financial statements online”. There are some difficulties though: The F35 fiasco. The cost information eventually came - but from the United States. Tony ( Gazebo ) Clement’s $50,000,000 to his riding - with almost no paper trail. The Parliamentary Budget Officer taking the Harper Government to court - in an effort to get the budgetary information that Members of Parliament need to make rational financial decisions. Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin appointed by the Prime Minister himself - party hacks who, as Canadian Senators, refuse to disclose their, very questionable, spending. Mr. Reid really needs to take a shovel and do some work in the Conservative Party’s stinking Stygian stables before he points accusing fingers at Canada’s native peoples. Paul Isaacs

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals distributed to heads of municipalities are really a tribute from the Queen to all the people, past and present, who have served the community. Whilst some recipient mayors have placed the medal in a township display place of honor, others have returned it to the Queen’s Canadian Representative saying “No thank you. As mayor I am paid very well, happy and pleased to serve and willingly chose to do so. Give it to someone who has actually earned it”. Leo Ladouceur

South Frontenac Committee of the Whole By Wilma Kenny Sydenham Water Plant Annual Report Kevin Riley, Utilities Kingston, gave a brief verbal report on the water plant. He said that the plant is operating well, had had only a few minor problems throughout the past year, and the water quality is now very good. There has been no increase in consumption over the year. His written report is in the library, on the Township website, and will be in the next Council package. Unpaid Property Taxes: Treasurer Louise Fragnito reported that the present total of unpaid taxes, penalties, water arrears and related tax sale costs owing to the Township at the end of 2012 adds up to $2,879,348. If a landowner is three or more years in arrears, their property will be listed for tax sale. Council reviewed and approved of a draft tax sale policy which will clarify and facilitate the process. Canada: Number One in Waste Production: Geoff Sandiford and Don Ross, members of the Frontenac Sustainability Advisory Committee, reported on a recent sustainability conference they attended in Windsor. In relation to waste management, they spoke of a Canadian Zero Waste Council that has been set up to address Canada’s

place as number one (just ahead of the US) in annual production of waste: almost 800 kg/per capita. Japan comes out the lowest, at less than half of Canada’s garbage output. On the other hand, Canada is a leader in e-waste recycling. Another goal is to completely end the huge quantity of construction waste within the next twenty years. The conference also stressed the importance of creating compact, livable rural communities: “Use 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds as your ‘indicator species’:” i.e., a community where both these age groups can live comfortably is a well-designed community for all ages. This emphasis on developing compact rural communities seems to be in step with the province’s wish to keep as much new housing as possible within settlement areas. Further details of the conference are on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ website. Sydenham Parking Issues: Joanne Ankers sent Council a letter concerning the parking congestion in Sydenham, particularly on Mill and Brewery Streets, and in front of the bank and post office. She noted that it would be almost impossible for emergency vehicles to get through easily. The letter has been passed on to the Public Works Manager.

Township of Central Frontenac NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Zoning By-law Amendment TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Central Frontenac is proposing a housekeeping amendment to the comprehensive Zoning By-law of the Township of Central Frontenac. Council will hold a public meeting pursuant to the requirements of Section 34(12) of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, as amended. The public meeting will be held on the 9th day of April 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldier’s Memorial Hall at 1107 Garrett Street in Sharbot Lake. PURPOSE AND EFFECT: the following changes are proposed in the housekeeping amendment to By-law 2011-52: amend the definition of a shooting range or rifle club to permit an individual to be an owner-operator; introduce the concept and zone standards for flag lots; amend the definition of public street to require the street to be publicly maintained to qualify for access; clarify that a garden suite in an urban area does not include a mobile home; make provision for the use of development agreements for governing shoreline vegetation; require that there is sufficient land for development on any lot partially covered by a flood plain; add a dock or wharf to the list of accessory uses in the exception zone on White Lake. A key map is not included given the general nature of the amendments. TAKE NOTICE that if a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Central Frontenac before the proposed zoning by-law amendment is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Central Frontenac to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Central Frontenac before the zoning by-law amendment is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION related to the proposed zoning by-law amendment is available by contacting the undersigned during regular office hours at the municipal office. Dated at the Township of Central Frontenac this 11th day of March, 2013 Cathy MacMunn, AMCT, ACST Acting CAO/Clerk/Planning Coordinator Township of Central Frontenac Box 89, Sharbot Lake, Ontario K0H 2P0 Phone: (613) 279-2935 x 222  Fax: (613) 279-2422 Email:



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· Come down to the Sydenham Legion tonight, March 14, for Wing Night from 5-8pm. The whole family can come to this fun and tasty night. · St Patrick's Day is Saturday. Wear your green and head down to the Legion for a potluck at 5 and a good ol' St Paddy’s party beginning at 7pm. · The Grace Centre in Sydenham will be the new home for Tai Chi beginning in April. Call the Centre for information. · Need a hand to prepare your 2012 Income Tax? The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is available at the Rural VISIONS Centre until the end of April. This program assists eligible individuals who are not able to prepare their income and benefit tax returns by themselves. Appointments are available Mondays, 9:30am-2pm and Thursdays 10am2pm. Contact SFCSC to book your appointment: 613-3766477or 1-800-763-9610. Cost: free will donation to SFCSC. · The deadline for soccer is quickly approaching. Visit or call 530-4250 for information. This is a great way for your kids to get some exercise and if you can help out there is always room for volunteers. · The 2013 dog tags are now available. Cost per tag is $12 until April 30, 2013 and increase to $25 on May 1. Dog tags can be purchased at the municipal office, 4432 George St; Asselstine Hardware – Verona; Northway Hardware – Inverary; Perth Road Store; and RONA Hardware - Verona. · Remember your local library is a great spot not only for books and magazines but also movies, music CDs, Internet and computer support. We have a beautiful new library with a great community room that is available for meetings and groups. Contact town hall for booking information 376-3027.

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The field of synthetic biology combines science and engineering. It relies on the great advances in genetics and nanotechnology (dealing with the manipulation of atoms and molecules). The farranging goal of synthetic biology is to be able to use a patient’s cells to grow a new kidney or other organs not functioning well. March is National Kidney Month in Canada. We are a decade or more away from growing new kidneys for people but for now we can still sign up for organ donation on our death. There are many more people waiting for a new kidney than there are donors. Sign up to be an organ donor today. Increasingly more Canadians are living 100 years or more. People get to be this old through the usual good nutrition and regular exercise. But other conditions also contribute to longevity: being married, living in the same geographical area most of your life; getting a good night’s sleep (at least 8 hours) and no smoking. Louis Pasteur, in 1862, first used heat to prevent beer and wine from going sour. This process, called pasteurization, is used today to keep bacterial levels low. In Canada, all milk intended for consumption must be pasteurized. The milk is exposed to heat of at least 72°C for at least 16 seconds. It is then cooled to 4°C to ensure most harmful bacteria are destroyed. The people who work in our pharmacy are our greatest asset. Let one of them serve you soon.



· Enjoy an evening of Bluegrass music with Larry Gillis and Swampgrass with Bill White and White Pine, March 19 at the Christian Fellowship Church starting at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. For tickets call Ken Roloson 372-2625 or June White 372-2400. · There will be a ham dinner at the Golden Links Hall March 17 from 4:30-6:30pm. Cost is $13; info: Barb 372-2315. · A Turkey Bingo will be held at the Golden Links Hall on March 19; Early Bird 7:15pm, books from $7-15, Barb 372-2315. · There are just a few tickets left for the Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club's Chinese Auction March 23. Dinner at 6; auction at 7pm. Advance tickets only $12 members, $14 nonmembers. Call Kim 372-0018. · On March 22 a Theme Dance will be held at the Golden Links Hall for ages 9-15 from 7-10pm. Cost is $6. A $25 gift card for the best green St. Patrick's Day costume. Call Sharon 372-1274 or Wayne 358-2533. · The Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club will be offering Saturday morning fitness classes, 9-11am from April 6 to June 8. Cost is $15 members/$18 non-members. Space is limited; call Curtis 372-1578 or Butch 372-5410 for info. · Words to live by: To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person that you are. Have a great week.

CLOYNE - NORTHBROOK Marie Anne Collier


There will be a Benefit Dance for Lisa Oliver (née Scott) on Sat. March 23, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Northbrook Lions Hall. Tickets are $10 pp and there will also be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, door prize. For advance tickets, in the Mountain Grove area call Becci Barker 613-375-7326, and in the Northbrook area call Jeff Scott, 613-336-3443. Tickets are also available at the door.

ARDEN Joan Moore Wanda Harrison

613-335-2015 613-335-3186

· Well, it’s that time of year. Buckets hanging from Maple trees, families in the bush and lots of outside fireplaces going full steam. The early opinion, from many, is that’s it’s going to be a great year. Keep up the good work. · This Saturday, March 16 the second Eggs as you like them will be held at the Kennebec Community Centre, 8-11am. Admission is a free will donation to the Arden United Church. Come early and put a bid on a Silent Auction item as well. · On March 19 Kennebec Diners, sponsored by North Frontenac Community Services will be serving Cabbage Rolls, Salad, Garlic Bread with Peach Upside down Cake & Ice Cream for dessert. If you are 50 years or older come out and join the gang for a great meal, some fun, some games and a room full of fellowship. To register for lunch please call me at 613-335-3186. I will happily add your name. · The Friends of Arden hosted a Business over Breakfast at Circle Square Ranch last Thursday morning. There was an update on the new, proposed sign, for businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Village with lots of helpful feedback. Stay tuned for more information on the new sign.

march 14, 2013 · The Easter Party, hosted by the Kennebec Rec Committee will be April 6, 10:30 to 1 at the Kennebec Hall. · Thinking of you Ralph Steele, Barb Kirkland, Reg Peterson. · Arden Legion news: The Ladies Auxiliary cribbage team have made it to the provincial finals being held in London on June 1. Well done, Lorraine Scobie, Beth Sampson, Dawn Squibb, and Angie Knight. · This Friday March 15 there will be Karaoke starting 8pm. · Saturday March 16 – there are still a few seats available for the casino trip. The bus leaves at 9am, returns at 4:30pm. Call Malcolm 613-335-3664. · Saturday March 23. The Legion is hosting a dart tournament to help finance the Grade 7/8 field trip later in the year; $10 entry fee, sign up 10-11am. Food available.

DENBIGH Angela Bright


· Taylon Snider will wrap up his Penny Drive for CHEO at the end of March. Last week he was just over half way to his $500 goal. So dig deep in your piggy banks and let's help Taylon hit his goal! Visit 41 Stop, Berndt's Garage, Pinecrest Marine or the Lakelands Family Health Team office to drop your pennies in the donation jar. · On Sunday, March 24, the Sunday School of Vennachar Free Methodist Church will present an Easter Celebration at 11am, with skits, readings and music. Then on Easter Sunday, March 31, there will be an Easter Cantata presented by the choir. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call 333-2318. · The Denbigh Griffith Lions will have a Children's Easter Party on Sun. March 24, from 1-3pm at the Lions Hall. There will be prizes, games, crafts, and an Easter Egg Hunt. · Last Friday was the Women’s Day celebration at The Blue Bench Bakery & Café, with 17 in attendance. Guest speaker Gwen Rutland from Bernadette McMann House in Pembroke spoke on the services available at the house, and provided information on abuse issues in general. A nice lunch of quiche, broccoli salad, homemade bread and assorted desserts was served, followed by a rousing rendition of a "Raging Grannies" song, a poem and door prizes. A special thank you to Tracey Snow for all her assistance and for helping with the preparations and clean up. The cafe will have a St. Patrick’s Day lunch on Sunday from 11-2pm and on March 21, a spring social tea from 11-2. Please call ahead for info and to reserve: 613-333-9713.

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· Don't forget District #4 Recreation Committee is having their Annual Easter Bunny Hop on Saturday March 23 from 11am till 1pm at Hinchinbrooke Public School. There will be crafts, games, BBQ, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny and entertainment by Magicienne Presto Patti. Presto Patti will perform at 12:15. · Minor Ball and soccer registration on March 23 from 11 am - 3 pm at St. James Major Catholic Hall in Sharbot Lake.

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MISSISSIPPI Pearl Killingbeck


· Happy Birthday to Delmar Paul, Allison Wagner, R.D. St. Pierre, Martin & Matthew Roux, Sylvia Lynch, Lillian Edmunds, Barb Desjardine, Ruth Wark, and Sugar. · Mississippi Free Methodist Church will be holding their services at 7pm instead of 4pm for spring, summer and fall. · Joelle Hubner-McLean is being interviewed at the TVO Daytime Ottawa Show, 11am on March 14. · A deer was killed by wolves in the far end of Mississippi. · It is the end of an era in Snow Road. D&M Store is being demolished. The store was built in 1886 and there will be a void in Snow Road now. · Get well wishes to Marg Snow, Steve Riddell, Dale Gemmill. · There were 133 people fed at the Snowmobile Club on Saturday. The next breakfast is March 23, 8 till 11am. · Tip of the Hat this week to all the staff at Bob's PetroCanada, who are always so helpful. · Smile: cleaning your house while the kids are still growing is like shovelling snow while it’s still snowing.

HENDERSON Jean Brown Georgina Wathen

613-336-2516 613-336-9641

· Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Emmerson Mills of Harlowe, son of the late Louise and Hutson Mills. Emmerson, an avid fisherman, worked for the Hydro and was well known in our area. · We were saddened by the death of Stomping Tom Conners whose heart-felt lyrics gave us a laugh or two. My favourite was “Sudbury Saturday Night”- including “Well the girls are out to Bingo, and the boys are getting stinco. We think no more of INCO on a Sudbury Saturday Night”. · Maple syrup production is coming along and folks have a snow tan- better than a down south Floridean tan for sure. · Get well wishes to the Rev. Charlie Burtch, and Verna Thompson. Also welcome back to the Rev. Darla Maiuri who returned to the Harlowe Wesleyan Church after a two-month sabbatical. · Lay Leader Sarah Hale led the three United Churches in the absence of the Rev. Barbara Mahood-Young. · March break brought a lot of folks to our area, including Jeff Hopkinson and David Stewart to the Sherwood cottage. · The three United Churches are prayerfully planning Easter celebrations that will include a “Cross Walk” on Good Friday March 29, Easter Sunday Sonrise service at the boat launch followed by worship at all three worship sites at the regular time. As well, they are creating and taking orders on Easter eggs in vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter and cherry at $3


Walk Ins Welcome as time permits. Professionals to serve you.For an appointment, please call Sue, or Janet 1045 Village Woods Dr. Sharbot Lake

Griffith & Matawatchan Fish & Game Club

Would like to express our Sincere Thanks to the following For their support in our Annual Fishing Derby on March 3rd, 2013.

Bence Ford B.L. Outdoor Centre Car Quest Castle Building Centre Kaladar Auto Parts Kaladar Shell Lookout Home Hdwre Manion’s Sales & Service Mr’s C’s Country Candles

North of 7 Freshmart North of 7 Restaurant Northbrook Petro Can Parky’s Convenience Smart’s Marina Snider’s Service Centre Studio “K” Tim’s Auto Body

each, available by advance ordering on March 22. Eggs represent the new life in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. - Jean

PLEVNA Katie Ohlke

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· On Saturday March 18, Jack’s JAM is happening at the Clar-Mill hall, 2-9pm; potluck supper 5:30pm. All musicians, singers, dancers welcome or just come enjoy the show! Sponsored by the Clar-Mill Community Volunteers. · Gail Bryer of Fernleigh has a huge flock of red pole finches, three turkeys, along with chickadees, blue jays and nut hatches coming to be fed! · The Clar-Mill Community Volunteers meet on Tuesday March 19, 7:30pm at the Clar-Mill Hall, all are welcome. · There will be a Bingo Fundraiser for the Clar-Mill Volunteer Firefighters, on Friday March 22, 7-9pm, at the Clar-Mill hall, with cash prizes. · Plevna Joke of the Week: Leprechaun 1 “Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover?” Leprechaun 2 “Because you shouldn’t press your luck.”



· Beat the winter blahs! .....come out to the ABC Hall on Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. to join friends and neighbours for an afternoon of scrabble, cribbage, bridge, backgammon, 500, or other games! Bring a table of friends who wish to play together or meet others at the hall with like interests; there will be something for everyone! Please bring the board games or cards games you wish to play. For information call Janice Chornohus, 273-2965. · A community potluck dinner & music jam will be held Sat. March 23 at the ABC Hall, 5pm; $5 ($10 family) plus a dish. · The annual canvassing for the Maberly Fair will be starting soon. Plan your donation now. The fair needs your support to continue. Call Sue Munro at 613-268-2507 to donate. The Maberly Agricultural Society is a registered charity. Tax receipts for donations of $20 or more are provided. · Perth & District Chamber of Commerce AGM is March 26 at The Stone Cellar Restaurant, upstairs. Registration at 11:30am, Buffet Lunch at noon, Meeting 12:30 – 2:30, $25 includes taxes. Register before March 18: 1-888-319-3204, · Co-ordinators are needed for recreation programs in Tay Valley Township. Do you have time to spare, enjoy sports and have an interest in helping your community? The township’s recreation programs are volunteer-run, making them affordable for families. With Baseball and Soccer seasons fast approaching Tay Valley is once again seeking individuals interested in coaching or assisting in some other capacity. Volunteer forms are available at the Municipal Office, 217 Harper Rd, or at Interested parties may also contact members of the Recreation Working Group listed on the website under the “Resident Services – Recreation” tabs.


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· Happy birthday to Linda Gray, Shirley Noonan, David Fox, Ivan Porter, Lorraine Scobie, Rochelle Cohoon, Brandon Hole, 18 · A community breakfast will be held on Saturday March 23, in the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Sharbot Lake, 8-11am, sponsored by Sharbot Lake Lions Club. For $7 you can get eggs, pancakes, sausages and all the fixings. Support your Lions and enjoy a good breakfast. lengthen, strengthen, open your body

· Please join the Sharbot Lake & District Lions Club for their Community Breakfast on Sat. March 23 at Soldiers Memorial (Oso) Hall, from 8 to 11 am. Pancakes, sausages, eggs and all the fixings. $7 person · A bridal shower was held for Julia McKinnon. Julia & Rob will exchange wedding vows on April 20. · Sympathy to he family of the late Theresa Hickey. Theresa was the sister-in-law of Dorothy Kehoe. · Sad to hear of the passing of Stompin' Tom he was a great ambassador for Canada. · March 23 there will be a Ham Supper at the CE Building sponsored by the United Church. · Thinking of you with caring thoughts to Harris Garrett, Cheryl Cowdy, Fred Shangraw and Donna Brown. · Happy Belated to Harmonie Ruttan and Kenna Brown. · Happy Birthday to Sylvia Whan, Sophie Neumann, Stephen Thompson, Branden Hole, Charlotte Thompson, Chris Bertrim, Bill Lee, Katie Teal, and Sam Kempe. · Congratulations to our student minister, Sarah Magie, who is getting married on April 6.

New Yoga Class in Sharbot Lake All Levels - Thursdays at 5:00 pm April 4 – June 6 Sharbot Lake Family Health Team 1005 Medical Centre Rd. Jill Dunkley, certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist with 15 years teaching experience First class is free Spaces are limited - Call 613-267-7148 or email

Minor Ball and Soccer Registration Saturday March 23, 11 am – 3 pm St. James Major Catholic Church Hall, Sharbot Lake BALL – ages 4 and up (as at January 1) First come, first served, prices the same as the last 2 years!! SOCCER - ages 3 – 18 Cost: $30/player $5 discount for registering for both!! ~Subsidies may be available by contacting the Child Centre, Sharbot Lake at 613-279-2244 Contacts: Ball – Randy Kempe 613-279-1233 or Soccer – Lynette Whan 613-279-2366 or

PAGE 5 · Harold and Doreen Warren enjoyed their visit with their son, Robert, who flew from Alberta. I would imagine they would have lots to talk about. · Thinking of Verna Cowdy, Thelma Smith, Nial, Madelene Clarke, Ralph Steele, Eileen Wager, Barbara Kirkland, Leigh, Lois Scott, Pringle family, Joyce Smith, Ivan, and Velma and Tracy Porter, Ken Smith. · Euchre has begun on Monday nights 7pm in the IOOF hall. Parham, sponsored by the Oddfellows. An evening of fun and cards · On March 16 there will be “Eggs as you like Them” at the Arden hall 8-11am, sponsored by the United Church. Free will Offering · Phone Carol at 335-4399 if you wish to order an Easter egg from the United Church for $3 each. There are a variety of flavours. · Happy St Patrick’s Day to all the Irish. Spring is here as people have tapped trees, and robins, crows and muddy roads are back. Spring Break is also here. Enjoy!


Debbie Lingen


· Another great season is about to begin. A potluck dinner and meeting to celebrate the success of last year’s Verona Cattail Festival and to start planning for this year will be held Tues. March 19. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Cattail Festival or volunteering is most welcome. All volunteers from previous years have an open invitation. Come meet a great bunch of people who enjoy making Verona a fun place to live. See how you can take part in another successful festival. Bring a dish and say hello! The Verona Lions Hall, 6 pm to 9 pm.

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SECOND NOTICE SUSPENSION OF ICE-WATER RESCUE SERVICES Further to the previous Notice advising the Township shall provide Ice-water Rescue Services at a “Level 1”, that being Shore Based Rescue only, due to legislation requirements for training and equipment, please be advised of the following: ■ Council had reviewed information provided by the Fire Chief; through consultation of our three Deputy Chiefs, the Ontario Fire Marshall Adviser; and considered the health and safety of all our Firefighters; along with our ability to respond in a timely fashion, prior to making this decision. ■ ‘Level 1 – Shore Based Rescue’ is the minimum level of service for this type of rescue and requires minimal staffing; the least equipment and training; and the responders do not leave the shore (land). ■ Statistical data for the last six years indicates there is little or no requirement for this type of service. ■ Council has also been advised that a Firefighter in Ontario unfortunately died during ice water rescue training. During the Court Proceedings the Judge’s comments included a statement in order to do ice water rescue you must have at least 6+ trained members present for a simple rescue; and more as the conditions warrant. Additionally, the Fire Chief was considered responsible even though he was not at the training scenario; as it was determined there were not enough competently trained trainers, not only there, but prepared to rescue the Rescuers should they be needed. Also, a Solicitor’s comments were received stating if you do not have enough properly trained manpower and adequate certified proper equipment, then you have to decide if the cost to provide the Service is justified; this is not just the equipment to facilitate the Ice Water Rescue but enough resources. We need to consider the possible risks to everyone and/ or liability. ■ Not all our volunteer Firefighters work in the community which limits their availability to respond. ■ The response time for our area is much greater than the survival time in ice water. ■ It is recommended that we should not give people false hopes that the fire department will be there to save them in a timely manner. ■ Everyone must take precautions when on ice (Please respect Warnings). ■ The Fire Chief is in the process of putting together a public education package that will be available on the Township’s website and/or at the Municipal Office with respect to the dangers of Ice Water. Respectfully submitted, March 8, 2013 Steve Riddell, Director of Emergency Services /Fire Chief



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Kingston Junior Frontenacs goalie inspires Sharbot Lake students by Julie Druker tudents in Stephanie Leeder's grade 5/6 class at Sharbot Lake Public School fired multiple questions at one local hockey hero when he visited the school on March 8. And like the great goalie he is, Graeme Gemmill easily managed to catch and return every single one of them. The 16-year-old goalie from Godfrey, who was named Midget Goalie of the Year last year for the Kingston Canadians and who currently plays goalie for the Greater Kingston Junior Frontenacs, has been playing in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association for eight years. During his visit to the school, Graeme not only gave students a chance to get up close and personal with his skates, goalie mask, pads and stick but also spoke of how he, an all around high achiever, manages to balance a serious hockey life with teenage student life. Graeme is a grade 11 student at Sydenham High School. He started playing hockey at age eight at the Frontenac Arena and started playing goal at 12, which is a later than usual start. However he was able to use his story to stress to the students that any serious endeavor can begin at any age. “It doesn't matter how old you are when you start whatever it is that you want to pursue. I know that a lot of hockey players start playing at 4 and 5 years old, but I don't think the age at which you start something is what matters most. What does matter most is that you have the drive; that is what counts.” While the students were eagerly inspecting Graeme’s gear, his mother Sue told me that her son “is a humble player and most importantly has learned how to balance his time”. Graeme later shared that priority with the students. “No matter what else you want to include in your life, be it a sport or any other endeavor, I can't express how important it is that school comes first”, he said. Graeme fielded typical fan queries from his young audience. His favorite NHL team? Montreal. His favorite player? Price. He also shared numerous personal stories – one was about one of the first NHL games he attended, at which a sign that his mother had made for him attracted the attention of a young Jaroslav Halak, who ended up giving Graeme his goalie stick. “That was one thing that really set me off and


TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC SUMMER STUDENT POSITIONS The Township of South Frontenac is accepting applications for summer positions in the following departments: Public Works, Recreation, and Administration. For more details on these positions and for instructions on submitted applications see www.township.southfrontenac.

RECREATION GUIDE Look for the South Frontenac Recreation Guide coming soon. Contact the Municipal Office (Extension 2231) if you would like a copy.

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made me really want to strive to get to that level of play myself.” Asked about any unusual rituals he partakes in before games, Graeme said that he puts all of his gear on - left side first. He also loves to juggle pucks. “I'm one of the weird guys. Other guys like to warm up before games and get really hot and sweaty but I hate getting hot before a game and will only run for about five minutes as my pre-game warm up. I also prefer not to talk much before a game.” He showed the students a number of videos, including one of a training session he participated in with Danny Taylor, who plays with Calgary in the NHL and with Abbotsford in the AHL, and a practice session he took part in at the Under 16 Program of Excellence in Oshawa. Lastly, he showed a warm up session that he was invited to attend with the Napanee Raiders. Last year Graeme and his team, the Kingston Canadians, had numerous highlights and were the Cobourg Region Silver Stick Champions and OMHA finalists. Students in the class came away inspired by his presentation. Megan Dunham, who started playing hockey at the age 10 for the Tay Valley Tornadoes, said that she hopes to play goalie one day. Eddie Brown, another student in the class who donned a Kingston Frontenacs toque, has seen Graeme play once before and was thrilled to have a chance to speak with him. Following the presentation Graeme said that speaking in classrooms to young kids is something that he likes to do. “This is a way that I can give back to the community and also to let these kids know that if they set their heart on something that they truly Graeme Gemmill at SLPS want, they can achieve it. I have a strong work ethic various schools. And what about the NHL? Here Graeme and I want them to know that if you have that, anything is demonstrated some of that realistic attitude and humbleness possible.” his mother mentioned earlier. “Of course it would be ideal to As far as his future plans go, Graeme hopes to get a schol- make the NHL but let's face it; there are thousands of guys arship and play in the NCAA and has spoken with reps from who want those spots.”

Pine Meadow receives award P

submitted by Bonnie George ine Meadow has received another three-year accreditation award from CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), a non-profit organization that was founded in 1966. Its mission is to ensure quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. In the report received by Pine Meadow many strengths are listed. One of those strengths is that Pine Meadow takes customer service very seriously. This is evidenced through employee training, direct observation, statements made by the persons served and other stakeholders as well as comments by Family Council. We are very proud of our

recent award and always strive for quality improvement at our Home. Photo above: l-r – Debbie Long, Food Services/Support Services Manager; Elizabeth Palmateer, Director of Care; Christine Bolduc, Office Coordinator; Bonnie George, Administrator; Mallory Wionzek, Activity Director




INTERIM TAX BILLS Please note that interim tax bills which will include garbage bag tags were issued the week of March 4th. For further inquiries, please contact 613-376-3027 x 2200


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CHANGES IN WEATHER CONDITIONS With mild weather residents are reminded to use extra caution on lakes and rivers with melting ice conditions.

EXTENDED HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE DAYS The Household Hazardous Waste Site at 2491 Keeley Road will be open from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursdays, March 28th, 2013. See our website for details.

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Small Business matters at the Frontenac CFDC O

ver last few months, the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) has hosted a series of seven free workshops to support local businesses. The series has been well attended. FCFDC Executive Director Anne Prichard said that every workshop was fully subscribed and in some cases, she had to turn people away. The final workshop was on Business Planning and took place at the Harrowsmith FCFDC office on March 5. The workshop was led by Rebecca Darling of KEDCO (Kingston Economic Development Corporation) and attracted entrepreneurs with Rebecca Darling existing businesses as well as those who are planning to establish businesses. In the first category, Keith Didychuk, the sole owner and operator of Keith's Energy Services in Sydenham, attended in order to find out how to operate his business, which opened almost one year ago, more efficiently. In the second category were Peggy Green and David Elyea, who are planning to open a new computer services business in the Sharbot Lake area, called Frontenac Computers.

“We're hoping to improve our existing business plan that we are currently putting together right now,” Elyea said. “We have lots of questions and are hoping to get some more detailed answers and want also to find the best approach to take.” They and the other attendees were not disappointed by the twohour long, in-depth information session led by Rebecca Darling, who covered all aspects of designing a business plan. Darling grew up with parents who owned a franchise business, and in the past she owned and operated her own business and was also involved in the corporate side of marketing and sales with companies like Christian Dior and Halston. She definitely knows whereof she speaks - and she speaks very passionately. Her aim is to “help those starting out develop a strong business plan, which can save people a lot of time and energy in the long run. Before moving forward with a business, it's very important that people invest the time in developing a plan. That way they can access the whole picture. A business plan can be a road map that not only provides important information and feedback but it also identifies a potential business's strengths and weaknesses.

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comedic slide show tour of Italy's most famed historic sights in which she shared numerous historical facts about Italy and its ancient architecture. Evelyn Snider, one of the event's organizers, rewarded the diners’ knowledge of Italian cuisine in her “Italian Food Challenge” which engaged diners in a multiple choice quiz on terms like gnocchi, biscotti, tartufo, fazzolitti, zuppa Inglese and more. The guest speaker of the evening was Ann Foster, one of several pastors at the Smiths Falls Free Methodist Church. Ann works full time at the Brockville Mental Health Centre as an administrative/clinical secretary. She spoke candidly (and with humour) about her difficult upbringing, the challenges she has faced and how her faith in Jesus Christ helps her live a purposeful and joyous life of excellence. For those who missed the latest installment of Sisters By Heart, their next event will take place on Monday May 6 and the theme will be “A Teddy Bear Picnic”.

Thousand Islands Minor Football League by Jeff Green


rontenac County youngsters in grades 3 to grade 8 will have the opportunity to play football this spring in the Thousand Islands Minor Football League. A team based in Sydenham, coached by Karl Hammer, will play with three Kingston-based teams and one Gananoque-based team. Children are grouped into three age divisions – Atom (born 2003-2004), Peewee (2001-2002), and Bantam (19992000), and while the coaching in the league is done by some of the most experienced, high-performance coaches in the region, the focus is on learning skills, developing a love for the game, and enjoying play. All teams shall adopt a ‘spirit of the game’ philosophy in respecting the players, coaches, fans, officials and executive of the Thousand Islands Minor Football League,” is the first paragraph of the league's rulebook. In addition to being a recreational league, the TIMFL also prepares primary and junior school aged athletes for high school football. For further information or to register, go to or contact Karl Hammer at Sydenham High School, 613-376-3612; email BUSINESS CARD SIZE

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I try to get people to focus on how they can make sales with their product and/or service because it’s very easy to get distracted with other parts of the plan. The bottom line for any viable business is its sales.” In her presentation Darling outlined all the steps involved and covered numerous topics including trends, demographics, products, services, pricing, competition, market research and much more. “Small businesses are the engine of the economy; they are vital, " she said. "My job is to help people by motivating them and providing the information they need that will help them realize their goals - but also to caution them as well. Sometimes a business plan can help people realize that in fact what they thought might be a viable business, is in actual fact not. But on the other hand, for the others who have an idea - that might include the artist, writer and creator who have a viable product or service to sell - I am here to help them understand the business side of things so that they can hopefully succeed, and a plan will definitely help them to be able to accomplish that." The CFDC will be offering another series of workshops in April and May. For more information visit their website at

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James Kelvin KIRKLAND KIRKLAND, James Kelvin. Family and friends are invited to join the Celebration of Life for Jim, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kennebec Community Centre.


BURKE-LOWERY In loving memory of our sister, aunt, and stepdaughter, Gladys who passed away on March 21, 2011; and our brother, uncle, and stepson Bruce who passed away February 25, 2006. You will never be forgotten, Although we are apart You will always and forever Be alive within our hearts. Always loved and remembered by Ellamae, Kenneth, Sandra and Roseanne and families, and stepmother Freda

McEwen, Tyler Tye went to be with our Lord, March 12, 1999. He left us suddenly, why is unknown. He left us memories we are proud to own. So treasure him Lord, in your garden of rest We love him dearly, he was the best. As angels keep their watch up there Please, God let him know we still care That we down here miss him yet, We love him and we’ll never forget Love Mom, Dad, Trish, Jeff & Abigail 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4: Vs. 16-18

Young, Gordon A. We little knew that morning, God was going to call your name. In life we loved your dearly, In death we do the same, It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone, For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide And though we cannot see you, You are always by our side. Our family chain is broken And nothing seems the same But as God calls us one by one The chain will link again. Love always, Frances and family


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Happy 50 th Anniversary Wishes to a very special guy. We will have a special day together and think of all the memories we made along the way. Look forward to many more. Love you always, Lorne (Killam) Love, Sandy xxoo

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Celebrating Hinchinbrooke Public School A By Christine Teal

s many are aware, Hinchinbrooke Public School will be closing its doors as an elementary school at the end of June. We would like to mark this occasion by remembering and celebrating the history of this wonderful school that has educated so many in our community. Please join us on Sat. June 1 from 10am - 4pm to honour this facility. Committees are being established in Food, Entertainment, Games, and Memoriabilia. If you have any ideas, we are interested in hearing from you. If you are willing to assist in making this event something we will all be proud of, please express your interest to Janice at Hinch 613-

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Lorne & Sandy Killam 'One man by himself is nothing. Two people who belong together make a world.' Thank you for helping to make our world. Love Lorna, Michael, Frankie & Kelsey


Thank You - Leroux Rene is finally at home after his accident on July 25, 2012. He will continue his recovery at home with therapy. We would like to thank the staff of Kingston General Hospital, Lennox & Addington County Hospital, and St. Mary's for their concern and care. A special thank you to family  and  friends for their prayers, cards, phone calls, overnight accommodations, words of encouragement and support.  We could never have survived this long ordeal without your help. Rene, Gwen & family

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Bruce Daniel Millar Wood Wood, Bruce Daniel - Suddenly at North York General Hospital on Monday, March 11, 2013. Bruce beloved husband of the late Sylvia. Loving father of Daniel (Mandy) and Anne (Stefano Annosantini). Dear grandfather of Matthew, Alexandra, Danielle, Adam, Amanda and Evan. Survived by his sisters Vietta McInnes, Lorraine (Peter Fournier) and Yvonne (Walter Sokoluk). Bruce will be greatly missed by Tom and Val Moulsdale and his many relatives and friends. Resting at PAUL O'CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., (between Pharmacy & Warden) from 3-5 & 7-9pm Thursday. Service and commital in our chapel on Friday morning at 11am. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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The Verona Community Association Annual General Meeting will also be held Tues. March 19 from 6:30 to 7:15 pm at the Lions Hall, as part of the festival meeting. Elections for four positions will be held for the 20132014 term. Any volunteer from any of the VCA activities can run for these positions. They are two-year term positions. The VCA is a group of volunteers who proudly sponsor projects and events that enhance our community through celebration, beautification and helping one another. They sponsor events such as the Music in the Park concerts, the Verona Cattail Festival, the Flower Barrel contest and Christmas for Kids. · Join the massive Easter Egg hunt on Sat. March 23. Verona Pentecostal Assembly is hosting their annual Easter Extravaganza. The fun starts at 11 am with the kiddies searching for over 1000 Easter eggs and continues with Easter egg painting, Easter crafts and more games, free hotdogs and drinks. For information call Rev Cory Bursey, 613-374-2976. · Enjoy a Chili Supper & Movie at the Verona Free Methodist Church on Sat. March 23 starting at 5:30 pm. Toonie dessert bar! The

375-6230 or If you have items that could be put on display, Lisa Hamilton or I would be interested in talking to you about that as well as any pictures you may have. They can be scanned to my email address (or copies will be accepted - we don't want to be responsible for originals if at all possible!!); call me at 613-375-6525 or email Penny Cota is looking after food so if this is of interest to you, let her know. Games are being handled by Tammy Dupuis, so she is your contact in that area. Entertainment is still open. Thank you for any help that you can provide in honoring the Hinchinbrooke Huskies!! evening is a fundraiser for the Cuban Mission Trip. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $10 a person. For tickets or more information contact the VFM at 613-374-1232. · Stuff the Cruiser! The OPP will park a cruiser at Reid’s Foodland in Verona on Saturday, March 23 from 10 am to 3 pm. Bring your non-perishable food items for the Southern Frontenac Community Services Food Bank and help stuff the cruiser full. · Batter up! Baseball season is about to begin. The Frontenac County Minor Softball Association softball registration for the Verona and Hartington areas will take place Wednesday, March 27 at the Princess Anne Centre (Library) in Hartington at 6 pm and 8 pm. Registration will also occur at the Verona Lions Center on Saturday, March 30 at noon and 2 pm. For more information contact: Mary Jo Dowker at 613-374-3275 · Verona Lions Club presents Partners in Crime Murder Mystery Dinner. Saturday, March 23, 6pm. Verona Lions Club, $35 per person (includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, chicken dinner and entertainment) Advance Tickets only at Verona Hardware Store and Asselstine Hardware Store. For more information contact Darlene at 613-374-3529.

North Frontenac Little Theatre submitted by Nina Jenkins, Producer small group of theatre members are very busy these days learning lines and rehearsing for the spring show under the direction of Kelli Bell. The show chosen is God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. It has been performed in many countries around the world and won The Laurence Olivier Award in 2009 for the London production and Best Play Award on Broadway the same year. It was the longest running play on Broadway in the 2000's with 24 previews and 452 regular performances with mostly positive reviews. As well, in 2011, it was made into a film entitled Carnage directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jodi Foster, John C. Reilly, Christopher Waltz and Kate Winslet. The play takes place in Cobble Hill, a neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Two sets of parents meet after the child of one set is hurt by the child of the other parents. They plan to discuss the situation in a “civilized manner”. Alan Raleigh, father of Benjamin, is a


lawyer, constantly pre-occupied by his work and never off his mobile phone. His wife, Annette, is involved in “wealth management” (perhaps mostly her husband's wealth). Michael Novak, Henry's father, is a self-made plumbing wholesaler and Veronica is writing a book about Darfur. The evening begins with tense politeness and civil discussion as the four adults enjoy coffee and clafouti in the Novak's living room but as the evening progresses and Michael brings out a bottle of rum, the gloves come off and the situation degenerates into childishly bad behaviour. All four begin to behave like rude children and their underlying characters begin to show. The play is funny at times but at the same time very serious with some intense scenes. How will it all end? Will they resolve “the problem” between their sons? WARNING : This play has coarse language and is not recommended for children. God of Carnage will be performed at Sharbot Lake High School Auditorium on May 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in early April. Watch for posters in area businesses and articles and ads in The Frontenac News.

Cyclamen, a favourite house plant A By Ankaret Dean, Lanark County Master Gardeners

t this time of the year, the flowers in the local grocery shops look so tempting. They make a perfect cheer-up gift for an ailing friend, a thank-you present or sometimes just to spoil yourself. A cyclamen is reasonable price and great value; it will flower for ages and then it can go in the garden for the summer and come back into the house again for next winter. There are a few tips that will help your cyclamen thrive, and as always, the more you know the happier your plant will be. Cyclamen grow from a corm, which is like a tuber, and is planted on the top of the soil. It does not like to be soaked with water, therefore be careful. Wait until the soil is dry; then it is best to water the plant by placing it in a sink or bowl of water and allow the wa-

ter to soak up from the bottom. Do not over water as this will cause the leaves to turn yellow. If it gets too dry the leaves will wilt; this can be easily remedied by watering at once and they will recover. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks when the plant is flowering. Too much fertilizer will encourage leaf growth but not flowers. It is important to place the cyclamen in indirect light and out of direct sun. It is sensitive to cold, so keep it away from a very cold window. They are a Mediterranean plant and do not like the temperature to drop below 50F or 10C. Cyclamens flower in the winter, die back and rest in the summer, re-grow the leaves in the fall. At the end of the winter flowering

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FOR SALE 10-WEEK OLD PUPPIES, male and females in need of a good home. Golden Retriever / Belgian Shepherd cross, if interested please call 613-279-1986 for more info. BUILDING LOT, 3 acres, outskirts of Mountain Grove. Driveway, well, hydro on lot, $25,000. Call 613-335-3878 CENTRAL BOILER OUTDOOR FURNACES 2013 March Rebate. Save up to $750 on selected models. Call for more information. Your local Dealer, Wood Heat Solutions, Frankford, ON, 613-398-1611; Bancroft, ON 613-332-1613 FIREWOOD: Seasoned wood....Pick up in Henderson or delivery can be arranged. Contact Ray at 613-336-1857 or Cell @ 613920-7770 PRIVATE SALE. Totally renovated 2 bedroom house with two outbuildings Thompson Road, Mountain Grove. New well. Great starter home or retirement home. $78,000. 613-335-3878. 

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Your Home in Bloom I n 2010, Brenda Whan had been working at the same job for 15 years. All was well, but she felt it was time for a change, so she dropped into St. Lawrence Employment Service at 1099 Garrett Street in Sharbot Lake to have a look at the Job Board. That visit opened her eyes to an idea that would result in a bigger change than she had ever bargained for. She discussed her job search plans with Karen McGregor and Arlene Uens and they said, “Have you thought of starting your own business?” Well, OK, she thought, she could do that. Then came the next step, “You’ll need to enroll in a Self-Employment Course.” What? Be a student again? Brenda hadn’t been in school since she was 17. But they said, “You can do it!” And she did. She applied for the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program and was accepted. There was a lot of work to do along the way – résumé preparation, business planning, application writing, waiting for approval from many levels – but the staff at Employment Service guided her through each step. Brenda is now the successful operator of “Your Home in Bloom”, a service that combines her love of gardening with her many years of experience in house cleaning. “I couldn’t have done it without you guys,” she says of the supports and programs at Employment Service. “You gave me the confidence and the advice that I really needed to see new possibilities and to succeed. And you also gave me a push. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my working life.” Her advice to other prospective entrepreneurs: Go for it. Do it while you’re young and give your business a chance to really grow.

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TOWNSHIP OF Central FRONTENAC SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Three part time Summer Student for Public Works, must have valid driver’s license (40 hrs/week). Three part time Summer Student for Waste Sites/ Public Works (20 hrs/week). One Assistant Red Cross/Lifesaving Society Instructor (35 hrs/week) One Administration Assistant (35 hrs/week). See for more information.

Public Works Coordinator/ Waste Management Supervisor The Corporation of the Township of Central Frontenac P.O. Box 89, 1084 Elizabeth St. Sharbot Lake, Ontario  K0H 2P0 Closing Date: 1:00:00 pm local time Thursday March 21, 2013 Proposals must be received before the above mentioned time and date, and in accordance with the attached RFP Forms, Instructions to Vendors, and Standard Terms and Conditions. RFP’s can be picked up at the Municipal office or by emailing the contact below. Contact: Kyle Labbett, Public Works Coordinator/ Waste Management Supervisor Fax (613) 279-2422

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Brenda’s business is now up and running and she’s landed some solid contracts in Sharbot Lake. But she’s still a familiar face at Employment Service, where she drops in regularly to chat, hear the latest news and make contact with prospective clients. “It’s such a comfortable, relaxed place to be and a great opportunity for business people to stay in touch with the community.”

TOWNSHIP OF Central FRONTENAC TENDER # 2013-08 Supply And Placement} Of Granular ‘M’ On Various Township Roads Sealed Tenders are requested from qualified contractors for the Supply and Placement of approximately 18550 tonnes, of granular “M’ on various Township roads. The Tender documents are available from the Municipal Office during normal business hours or by email to sandra@ Or sreynolds@ Tender Submission Due Date and Time: Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 1:00 PM Contract Completion Date June 28, 2013 The Corporation of the Township of Central Frontenac 1084 Elizabeth Street, PO Box 89 Sharbot Lake, Ontario K0H 2P0

TOWNSHIP OF North FRONTENAC Contracted Work The Township of North Frontenac is seeking hourly, daily and monthly base rates from Contractors to provide services on an as needed basis. (Including, but not limited to, machinery/ equipment rentals; qualified tradesperson – builders, electricians, plumbers, etc.) Prices quoted shall be for 2013 projects. Bidders shall provide proof of Insurance and WSIB certificates, prior to actually commencing work for the Municipality. We thank all bidders for their interest. Only those bidders selected for projects will be contacted. Lowest quotes not necessarily always awarded as based on timing, availability, location, complexity of specific projects, etc.

REQUIRES PART-TIME CASUAL EMPLOYEES The Township of North Frontenac is seeking resumes for Part-time, casual employees to assist with the following: i) Equipment Operator/Labourer – Public Works Department. Successful applicants shall have a DZ licence. Preference will be given to a Candidate with an AZ licence. Experience with heavy truck operation and snowplowing operations will be an asset. ii) Labourer – Public Works Department. iii) Alternate Dumpsite Attendants. iv) General Office Assistance – Administration Department. v) Student Positions. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please provide fixed rates for Contracted Work or please apply with a detailed resumé for Part-time, Casual Employees By Noon local time on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 to Cheryl Robson, AMCT CAO Township of North Frontenac 6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON K0H 2M0 Phone: (613) 479-2231 Ext. 221 Fax: (613) 479-2352 E-mail:




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Friday March 15 ARDEN – KARAOKE at Legion starting at 8pm BANCROFT - ALGONQUIN LAND CLAIM Public Information Sessions by the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Faraday Community Centre, 3-8pm, NORTHBROOK - NEW OLD TYME FIDDLERS, 7:30pm, Lions Hall, $6 non-members, $5 members, entertainers $2, lunch, prizes. All welcome SHARBOT LAKE - COOKING WITH KIDS, ages 6-9, Child Centre 10am-1pm, 613-2792244 SHARBOT LAKE – EUCHRE, Anglican Church hall, 12 noon, $5 includes lunch, all welcome SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, spaghetti SHARBOT LAKE – WORKSHOPS ON EVANGELISM, free, Pentecostal Church, 7-9pm, all welcome; info: SLPC 613-279-2267 or Ken Gorham 613-479-0233.

Saturday March 16 ARDEN - EGGS AS YOU LIKE THEM breakfast, Kennebec Community Centre, 8-11am, Silent Auction, free will donation, sponsor: United Church DENBIGH - ST. PATRICK’S DAY STEW SUPPER, Community Hall, 5-7pm; $10; children $5; (sponsored by St. Luke’s United Church) PLEVNA - JACK’S JAM, Clar-Mill hall, 2-9pm; potluck supper 5:30pm; musicians, singers, dancers welcome; sponsors: Clar-Mill Community Volunteers SHARBOT LAKE FARMERS WINTER MARKET 9:30am-12:30pm, Oso hall; also “Home Composting Workshop” 10-11am $10; preregister: SHARBOT LAKE - ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY, at Legion, doors open 7pm, music available SYDENHAM - ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY, at Legion, potluck 5pm; party 7pm

Sunday March 17 HARROWSMITH - HAM DINNER, Golden

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Monday March 18 CLOYNE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1pm, Annual General Meeting; all members are asked to attend. PLEVNA – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Clar-Mill Hall, appointment: 613-279-3151.

Tuesday March 19 HARROWSMITH – TURKEY BINGO, Golden Links Hall, Early bird 7:15pm, Barb 372-2315 KENNEBEC DINERS, noon, Arden community hall, for those 50+, $10, reservations required: 613-279-3151 LARRY GILLIS & SWAMP GRASS from Georgia, presented by Bill White & White Pine, 7pm, Kingston Christian Fellowship Church, 2621 Road 38, all proceeds in support of Diabetes Education Centre, tickets 613-372-2400 or 540-1489 PLEVNA - CLAR-MILL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS meet 7:30pm Clar-Mill Hall, all welcome to attend. VERONA CATTAIL FESTIVAL planning meeting, 6-9pm, Lions Hall; Potluck 6pm, all welcome; info Wayne 613-374-3807.

Wednesday March 20 BEDFORD DINERS, noon, community hall, for those 50+. $10, reservations requ’d: 613279-3151 FILM NIGHT INTERNATIONAL “Farewell, My Queen”, Full Circle Theatre, Perth, 2pm & 7pm, $10 at door;; proceeds to library FLINTON - RELAY FOR LIFE meeting at Flinton Rec. Centre, 7pm; volunteers, team captains, public welcome. SHARBOT LAKE - POVERTY LUNCHEON & LENT DEVOTIONS noon-1pm, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church; free will offering for food bank, all welcome

Thursday, March 21 BOLINGBROKE – GAMES AFTERNOON, ABC Hall, 1pm, scrabble, cribbage, bridge & more; please bring games you wish to play; info: Janice 273-2965 SHARBOT LAKE - CENTER STAGE CAFÉ w/ Rob and Nancy Moore, Mitch Barker, Dan Gibbs, Centre Stage band, at Legion, 7–9:30pm, $2, proceeds to Legion community projects

Friday March 22 HARROWSMITH - THEME YOUTH DANCE, Golden Links Hall, 7-10pm for ages 9-15; $6; prize for best St Patty’s costume; Sharon 3721274, Wayne 358-2533

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Saturday March 23 ARDEN LEGION - dart tournament for Grade 7/8 field trip; $10 entry fee, sign up 10-11am. BOLINGBROKE MUSIC JAM & COMMUNITY POTLUCK, ABC Hall, dinner 5pm, music 7pm; $5; $10 family plus potluck dish; Glenn 273-2571, all welcome CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH – WILD GAME DINNER, pie auction, $10, tickets avail. Pentecostal Church, Kaladar HARLOWE DANCE, w/ Country 4 Band, community centre, $8, 8pm, lunch, prizes, all welcome. HARROWSMITH S&A CLUB Chinese Auction & Dinner; 6pm; $12 members/$14 nonmembers; advance tickets only: Kim 3720018; NORTHBROOK - BENEFIT DANCE for Lisa Oliver (née Scott), 8pm, Lions Hall, Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Door Prize; Tickets $10 avail. Becci Barker 613-375-7326; Jeff Scott, 613-336-3443; at door PARHAM - EASTER BUNNY HOP, 11am-1pm, crafts, games, BBQ, Magicienne Presto Patti; sponsor: District #4 Rec Committee PARHAM - HAM SUPPER, United Church, 5-7pm; $12; 6-12yrs $4; under 6 free; family $25; sponsor: Board of Stewards SHARBOT LAKE - COMMUNITY BREAKFAST, sponsor: Lions Club, Oso Hall, 8-11am, pancakes, sausages, eggs, $7 SHARBOT LAKE - MINOR BALL & SOCCER REGISTRATION, 11am–3pm, St. James Major Catholic Church Hall; BALL–4yrs & up, prices same as last year, Randy Kempe 613279-1233; SOCCER 3–18yrs, $30/player; $5 discount for both; Lynnette Whan 613-2792366 SHARBOT LAKE – JAM SESSION at the Legion 3-7pm SNOW ROAD SNOWMOBILE CLUB - Relay For Life Cancer Fundraiser Breakfast, 8-11am; 1106 Gemmills Rd. all welcome. STUFF THE CRUISER, 10am-3pm, Sydenham and Verona Foodlands, to benefit local food banks VERONA - EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA, Pentecostal church; 11am; 1000+ Easter eggs, crafts, games, free hotdogs & drinks; info 613374-2976. VERONA - FAMILY NIGHT, 5:30pm, Free Methodist Church. Cuban missions fundraiser

Checklist helps nurture children’s literacy skills by Susan Ramsay, Early Literacy Specialist, HFL&A, 613-354-6318 (ext 32), sramsay@ My Canada A.M. Checklist:

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hecklists - such useful tools. They do everything from help us refresh depleted first aid kits, to match our interests and abilities with jobs, to flag speech concerns in young children. Checklists help us feel confident that we haven’t missed bringing, doing or knowing something important. If you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver of an infant or young child, this checklist is for you. This “Doin’ it Right” checklist highlights ways you are already helping your child develop valuable reading and writing skills.

Doin’ it Right Checklist: Help children understand that print has meaning: □ My child sees me reading newspapers, magazines, recipes, books or e-readers. □ My child sees me write messages, notes, emails or shopping lists.

□ My child and I read books together daily. □ My child’s drawings or scribbles are displayed on the fridge with my child’s name or a few words to describe it. Help children link spoken words with print: I encourage my child to ask questions and talk about the pictures or ideas in books we’re reading together. □ I help my child feel beats and syllables in words by swaying, clapping, or dancing to the rhythm in poetry, songs or simple rhyming books. □ I emphasize similar sounds in words through tongue twisters and rhymes, or by pausing for my child to fill in the missing word at the end of a sentence in familiar rhyming books. □ I sometimes run my finger under the words on the page as I read aloud. □ We search for words that share the same beginning sound as my child’s name in books, store and traffic signs. □ We look for alphabet letters or numbers we can identify on household things like clothing, cracker or cereal boxes, bathroom scales or clocks.

Help children develop hand control and skills for writing: □ I provide drawing, writing and craft

materials throughout our home (e.g. playdough in the kitchen; soap crayons in the bathroom, scissors and markers in play space)  I encourage my child to draw and write during playtimes (e.g. make traffic signs for toy cars or tricycles; write prescriptions, draw restaurant menus or cut paper into movie passes during make- believe play)  I write my child’s name in highlighter for my child to trace over with dark marker or pencil. Motivate children to read:  I encourage my child to choose the book, hold the book and turn its pages during story time.  I provide a variety of books that include stories, informational text, concepts and rhymes.  I read aloud slowly with expression in my face and voice.  We talk about the pictures, how the character feels or the meaning of a new word during story time.  We read the same book many, many times, if my child asks.  We visit the library regularly. Doin’ it right?  I sure am!  I sure will!

Chili dinner & movie, by donation (suggested $10); Toonie dessert bar; tickets, info please call 613-374-1232 or 613-374-1843, all welcome VERONA - MURDER MYSTERY DINNER, 6pm, $35pp, chicken dinner and entertainment, advance tickets only, Verona Hardware Store, Asselstine Hardware, info: Darlene 613-374-3529

Sunday March 24 BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, Bedford Hall 1381 Westport Rd, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel & more, $2, 613-374-2614 DENBIGH GRIFFITH LIONS Children’s Easter Party, 1-3pm, Lions Hall, prizes, games, crafts, Easter Egg Hunt. FLINTON - COFFEE HOUSE, Open mic @ Through the Roof Ministry Center, 6:30pm, all welcome SHARBOT LAKE – “COUNTRY CHURCH” BAND REUNION, Pentecostal Church, with original band members Gilbert Whan, Jim Heney, Ron Clark, Bruce Walker, Janice Wilson, 6:30pm, all welcome, freewill offering VENNACHAR - EASTER CELEBRATION, Free Methodist Church, 11am, skits, readings, music, all welcome, info 333-2318.

Monday March 25 SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, seniors’ centre, appointment: 613-279-3151.

Tuesday March 26 HARROWSMITH WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at St. Paul’s United Church, 7:30pm, new members welcome LAND O’LAKES QUILTERS meet 9am, Pineview Free Methodist Church, Cloyne; new quilters welcome; info: Lynn 613-336-8080,

Wednesday March 27 RURAL WOMEN’S GROUP, 1:30-3pm, Southern Frontenac Community Services, 4419 George St.; free transportation avail: 613-376-6477; 1-800-763-9610, all women welcome SHARBOT LAKE DINERS, noon, for those 50+, $10, reservations requ’d: 613-279-3151 VERONA / HARTINGTON SOFTBALL REGISTRATION, 6-8:30pm, Princess Anne Building, Hartington; info 613-374-3275 VERONA - BLOOD DONOR CLINIC, 3:306:30pm, Lions Hall, appointments: 1-888-2DONATE (236-6283)

Thursday March 28 HARROWSMITH DINERS, noon, Free Methodist Church, for 55+yrs, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477. SYDENHAM - ALZHEIMER SUPPORT GROUP 7-9pm, Grace Centre; info: 613-5443078

Cyclamen - from page 8 the leaves will die back, and it is now ready to rest, either in the basement or to put out in the garden once the danger of frost is over. They should be put in the shade, and it is suggested to place the pot on its side to avoid over-watering during rainstorms. As the weather cools down, re-pot the cyclamen and begin to water again, the leaves will start to re-grow, followed by the flowers. There is no reason why these pretty flowers should not last for years if well treated. They sometimes produce little corms which, if planted up, will grow successfully into new flowering plants. All your gardening questions can be submitted and answered on our website at www. Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Contact Ankaret Dean at 613-278-1203 for more information

Outdoors in the Land O’ Lakes Observations

Yolande Bain reports seeing a robin and a whole flock of redwing blackbirds, both male and female, on the Cross Road on March 11

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What’s Up in the Night Sky - March 2013 A s I mentioned in my last column, Astronomers are calling this year the year of the comets. The three comets that will appear in our skies are Comet PanSTARRS, Comet LEMMON and Comet ISON. They all have the potential to become great comets but judging how they will eventually appear can be very unpredictable until they get closer and more information has been gathered. Comets are irregular balls of ice and dust and organic materials that form during the early beginnings of our Solar System. They originate in the Oort cloud. The Oort cloud is a spherical cloud of icy objects about 3000 AU to 100,000 AU from the Sun. An AU is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun. Occasionally something will disturb one of those objects and it will begin a long journey in towards the Sun and eventually we see it as a comet. Its orbit can be very unpredictable since it spews out gases that can push it into new directions. There is a remote possibility that a comet could even strike Earth. Comet PanSTARRS is named after its discovery by an automated survey in Hawaii. It’s currently putting on a good show in the southern hemisphere and will appear up here in the northern hemisphere on March 8th. It will set with the Sun at this time and will be very difficult to see. The best time for viewing is March 12th to 18th. Find yourself a good spot where you have a clear view directly west and down to the horizon. Binoculars would be a definite asset but you will certainly be able to see it with just your eyes. Go out just

Harry Neadow Giving 110% By Rose Strohmaier, St. Lawrence Employment Service arry had been a linesperson for Ontario Hydro most of his working life. When he took early retirement, he thought, “I know the work inside out; I like working outdoors; I like using a chainsaw. Why not start my own arborist business? Instead of making money for someone else, why not make it for myself?” He had confidence that he could do it successfully, but he just wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it, or which steps came first. So he paid a visit to the staff of St. Lawrence Employment Service in Sharbot Lake to see if they could help him put the pieces of the puzzle together. With their advice, he began to write his résumé and an outline for his business plan. Arlene also referred him to Northern Connections to take a course in business computers, something he hadn’t needed to know in his former job. The next step was to enroll in the Entrepreneurship Course at VDMA Training and Consulting in Perth. When that was complete, he returned to Employment Service for help with designing publicity materials – business cards and posters. All the while Harry was pricing and buying equipment, arranging insurance and doing lots of word-of-mouth publicity with the large network of people he knows throughout Frontenac County - family, friends, former colleagues, people he’s met by coaching baseball. “It helps that I’m a big socializer,” he says. Finally, the business was officially opened on January 1, 2013. Neadow Ground to Sky Solutions offers a range of services – landscaping, tree removal, splitting, chipping, trimming, brushing, land clearing, bucket truck rental and line construction. He’s pleased with how the business is developing, but, as he says, “No surprise, I knew I could do it. I’m not a lazy person!” Harry advises others who have their own business ideas: “If you have the opportunity and the ambition, give it a try. You may not succeed at first but stick with it. Give 110%.”



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at sunset on the 12th and you will see Comet PanSTARRS close to the horizon just to the left of a very narrow crescent Moon. It will move a bit north every night and the Sun will go down sooner. This means that it will be darker each night before the comet eventually sets too. See how long you can keep track of it after the 18th. Right now Comet LEMMON is a beautiful green glow in the southern hemisphere. Carbon vapour and cyanogens are being released by the comet and these appear green when illuminated by the Sun. It’s 5 miles in diameter and comes by every 11,000 years. It won’t make an appearance for us until mid April. I will give you more information and where and when to look in my April column. Comet Ison is expected to be very bright and spectacular – the real ison on the cake! It will arrive during December. Judging how a comet will eventually appear is very unpredictable especially from 9 months away. I will have more information for you in November and December when astronomers have had a chance to gather more science data. The Zodiacal light is bright in the west until mid-March. This phenomenon is created when particles in the plane of the solar system reflect sunlight. It appears as a cone rising up from the horizon. It’s faint and should be viewed from a dark site but it is quite beautiful and worth the effort. I hope you didn’t forget Daylight Savings on the 10th. March 20th is the Spring Equinox. The Sun crosses the celestial equator to mark the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere. Thank goodness it’s spring. I never thought it would finally arrive! Earth Hour is March 30. Lights are switched off for an hour

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pleased with the passing of the resolution, and stated, “This is good news. It’s nice to see that something good is coming out of these meetings.” Council sluggish on changing governance structure Mayor Janet Gutowski said that action needs to be taken quickly if a change in council composition is to be put in place before the next election. She supports making a change and said that her main motivation in promoting the change is to allow the public to determine who will be representing them at county council. Currently the township's representative at county council is appointed by council and not the public at large. In a document on the subject that she submitted to council, Gutowski stated, “It is my opinion that Central Frontenac Council should formally consider a review of its governance structure and hold a public meeting for the purpose of determining if a bylaw to restructure council should be considered.” The topic fueled much discussion. Most councilors said that they wanted to keep some degree of the current ward representation system in place, with at least four ward-elected councilors. Some suggested that the three other representatives be elected at large. Though it was determined that the cost savings would be minimal, roughly $14,000 per year per councilor, most councilors did not seem averse to downsizing. The exception was Coucilor Bill Snyder who said he was happy with the system as it is. Councilors then discussed the possibility of a referendum on the subject to be included on the ballot at the next election, but that would mean that the change would not take place until the following election. With no one wanting to move forward immediately on the issue council ended the discussion by agreeing to visit the issue again at their next meeting on March 26. Landscaping to proceed at proposed Multi-use Cultural Centre site in Sharbot Lake: Council passed a motion to contribute a yet to be determined amount of funds to the landscaped portion of the site for the proposed Multi-use Cultural Center. Councilor Frances Smith who is on the committee, said that the funds, which she said might amount to

to show respect for the Earth. For more information check their website at In my case, lights are off every clear night. Light pollution is bad for astronomy! Full Moon is on the 27th and it is called the Worm Moon. All the creatures that have wintered in the ground come out, especially worms. The only 2 planets that you have a chance to see this month are Jupiter and Saturn but they are in good position for observing and offer interesting sights. Jupiter passes Aldebaran and the Hyades during March. Look for a beautiful sight in the west on the 17th when Jupiter is just above the upper point of a crescent Moon around 9 pm. Saturn’s rings are still spectacular. Their tilt has decreased very slightly but that hasn’t taken away anything from their incredible appearance. Beg, borrow or steal a telescope and have a look. In the southeast, the Moon appears above and to the right of Saturn on the 28th and below it on the 29th. That occurs around 11pm. “The Beginner’s Observing Guide by Leo Enright is an invaluable companion for adventures in the sky. It contains star charts and is available at the Sharbot Lake Pharmacy. It can also be ordered from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at A subscription to our very own excellent Canadian astronomy magazine “SkyNews”, with its centerfold sky chart, can be arranged at the RASC website as well. Let me know how your observing has gone this month, especially anything unusual. I enjoy the feedback. If you have any questions or suggestions you can contact me through this paper or email me at . Clear Skies! Fred.

$5,000, would be used to clean up the trails, define the parking and perhaps plant some shrubs to make the site area more presentable. Council supported the motion, with the funds to be determined at budget time. Delegate requests immediate attention to flooded roads In a delegation to council, David Kendall brought to council's attention the dire state of Bebris, Baker Valley and Red Oak roads. Kendall outlined the current state of the roads, saying that spring flooding has made them dangerous and almost impassible for area residents. He asked that council consider making immediate upgrades to rectify the situation, since his correspondence with Public Works Manager Mike Richardson leads him to believe that budget restrictions will not allow for any further upgrades in the near future. Following his presentation Council agreed to pass on the information to staff and asked staff to report back about possible upgrades at the next meeting.

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ver 20 residents from North, Central and South Frontenac were bussed into Kingston on March 6 to attend the a meeting of the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) at the school board office. The residents made the trip in support of Jamie Riddell, a Mountain Grove resident who made a presentation to the LDSB’s board of trustees. Riddell opposes the process that led to their choosing the name Granite Ridge Education Centre for the new school in Sharbot Lake. In his opening remarks Riddell said that in his eyes, the process was “marked for failure right from the word go”. He said that the chosen name did not meet the needs of the people and was not on the original list of names put forth by the Naming Subcommittee. Riddell wonders why Granite Ridge was added back to the list of names that was presented to the board, after the board appointed naming committee had eliminated it. He also raised concerns about a certain

mass email he and other residents received from Board Trustee, Ann Goodfellow, which he felt showed that the name was decided upon well in advance of the actual process that took place. Riddell asked the members of the board, “Was the name Granite Ridge already picked and this process just a smoke screen to satisfy the board’s version of a diplomatic process?” He continued, “Granite Ridge was the name the board wanted and it appears it was arbitrated from the word go. You as trustees should hold your heads low today since in my opinion you have violated a code of trust.” He also cited a “a breakdown in communication between the board and the general public”, saying that the announcement of the final vote came much quicker than he or the public at large had anticipated. Riddell also cited a recent school naming by the Ottawa School Board. He said that the Ottawa board opened up the name selection to all the families served by that school by holding an on line vote for the final

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He added, “If the process had been completed fairly and transparently, I would be satisfied with the outcome of the chosen name but that was not the case.” Board Director Brenda Hunter next made a Powerpoint presentation outlining the steps leading up to the final vote for Granite Ridge (as was outlined in Jeff Green’s article “Granite Ridge Naming Debate Persists”, Feb. 28). Both presentations received very little feedback from board members. Trustee Ann Goodlfellow stated that she has heard from both sides on the issue and felt “confident that all of the parties involved in the naming process had followed the proper guidelines and procedures and had acted fairly and responsibly” and that she “looked forward to now focusing on what is best for all of our students, who will greatly benefit from this wonderful new school”. Her comment elicited some audible groans and laughter from many of Riddell’s supporters. The only other question came from Trustee David Jackson, who wondered if there was any history of school names that included some kind of additional vocational name or sub-name below the actual school name. Board Director Brenda Hunter said that off the top of her head she did not know of any in this district. Central Frontenac Mayor Janet Gutowski was present at the delegation and tried to address the board, but was rebuffed by Chair Helen Chadwick, citing the Board’s procedural bylaw. Following Hunter’s presentation all of Riddell’s 25 plus supporters left the chambers. One supporter, Marcie Asselstine, left copies of a history of the Sharbot Lake community, which she invited the trustees to read.

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