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rontenac County Council met for over five hours on March 8 to work through their 2013 budget, and they devoted most of their regularly scheduled meeting on March 20 to the same topic. Finally, after cutting another position, a part-time finance clerk ($24,000), and making a number of other cuts, it seemed like it was time to vote. Overall county spending was slated to be up by 5%, to over $40 million from $38 million in 2012, but because most of those costs are covered by payments from the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston for ambulance and long term care services the county provides to Kingston residents, the amount to be paid by county taxpayers (about $8.25 million) was actually down marginally from 2012, - 0.34% Nonetheless, when the votes were all counted, the budget was defeated by 6 votes to 3. For the record, the draft budget was supported by both representatives from Central Frontenac, Mayor Janet Gutowski and John Purdon, as well as John Inglis from North Frontenac, and No votes came from North Frontenac Mayor Bud Clayton, David Jones and Mayor Dennis Doyle from Frontenac Islands, and John McDougall and Mayor Gary Davison from South Frontenac (Davison has 2 votes because he is the mayor of the largest township) Although it was not clear until the vote took place that the budget was not going to pass, there were indications earlier in the meeting that certain members of the council were not happy with the direction the budget was taking. “We see actual spending from last year and then we see that staff are asking for more than that, so we say cut the budget. And every time we do that we are told we can't do it. Are they saying we should just sign the check and be quiet?” said Gary Davison early in the meeting. “We ran a surplus last year of $250,000 and now we can't drop the budget. That's nonsense,” said David Jones. For her part, Warden Gutowski wondered what council was really after. “Council asked for a line by line budget instead of giving clear direction to staff. And now some of you don't like the numbers you are seeing,” she said. Although the budget document as a whole was rejected, three items received pre-approval: the $2 million re-build of the Frontenac Auditorium at the Fairmount Home/County offices complex in Glenburnie; the building of a new ambulance base in North/Central Frontenac; and cutting a 12hour shift from the Palace Road ambulance base in Kingston. When contacted later, Warden Gutowski said she did not know what the six members of Council who voted against the budget are looking for. “Before the vote I asked if anyone wanted to look further at any part of the budget, and no one put up their hand. So I called the vote, and it went down. I can see no direction coming from that vote, so we’ll just have to see what happens at our next meeting. I have no plans to call any additional meetings.” County Council meets next on April 17.

Country Church reunion It was standing room only on March 24 at Sharbot Lake Pentecostal Church as a large crowd came out to relive old memories with the original Country Church band. The popular bluegrass gospel group, which was formed in 1992 and has played hundreds of concerts, received a standing ovation at the end of the reunion concert. L-r: Janice Wilson, Howard Dudgeon, Gilbert Whan, Ron Clark, Jim Heney and Bruce Walker. Ron and Jim have not played with the band since the late 90s.

by Julie Druker n a verbal report to Central Frontenac council regarding the fate of the Parham Library, chief building officer, Jeremy Neven, reported that moving the library portable to township property as a temporary solution and ensuring that it has adequate washrooms facilities could likely impose a cost of close to $40,000. He said a similar project cost North Frontenac Township $38,000. This opened up a storm of disagreement among councilors after it was established that moving the portable to the Parham fire hall was not an option since there are not adequate washroom and parking facilities there. Asked if it would be possible to rent the current facility from the school board in the interim, Cathy MacMunn replied that she was continuing to look into that as a possible option. Mayor Gutowski strongly opposed putting money into moving the portable to township property at this time. “We do not have anything allocated in the budget for this

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Service jewels awarded to Oddfellows and Rebekahs by Julie Druker


hough Harrowsmith's Oddfellows and Rebekahs obviously have not been around for such a length of time, on March 23, some of their members were recognized for a total of 700 plus years of dedicated service to the organization. The lodges’ award ceremonies take place every five years and at this year’s event 23 men and women, accompanied by a large contingent of friends and family, attended the special jewel presentation at the Golden Links hall. The hall is the home of the 101year-old Harrowsmith Oddfellows (Athena 306) and 68-year-old Harrowsmith Rebekahs (Princess Elizabeth #358) lodges. The celebration was attended by over 100 guests, including representatives from Lyn, Cobourg, Brooklyn, Kingston and Gananoque, and was headed by MCs Wayne Gard and Sandra Clow. Following a sumptuous ham dinner with all the fixings that was prepared by two new Kingston members, Bob Dorey and Kevin Nickerson, the ceremony began. Charles Benson, the Sovereign Grand Guardian of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, was one of the speakers and he spoke about this year’s theme: Make a Difference. “Looking at the number of the years that people here in Harrowsmith have served shows that these people are making a difference and following the principles of friendship, love and truth and are taking that out into their community. This is a great organization where people can learn about these three basic principles, and how they can be spread around the community, and put into practice in order to help make a better world,” Benson said. The Oddfellows and Rebekahs serve the community wherever and however they are needed. The organization has raised funds for Camp Trillium and for eye and leukemia

research and they also regularly raise funds for the purchase of hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers for those in need while also tending to the immediate needs of individuals and organizations in the community. Benson also touched on how the general membership in the club has been on the decline for a number of years. “We are presently losing more members than we are gaining because for years we were not worrying about broadcasting to the community what exactly it is that we do. In the past we just did it for the sake of doing it. Now we see that we need to let people in the community know what is that we do and to shine that light out there so people know about us and understand the kind of work that we do,” he said. That message seems to be getting out and early in the ceremony two younger members of the community, Samantha Rattray and Ryan Baker, received their new membership

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pins. Samantha said that she was encouraged by her mother, a Rebekah, to join and felt that joining the organization would be “a new fun thing to do”. The couple have children aged 6 to 16 who regularly attend the club’s youth dances they said that they are looking forward to helping out at the dances, dinners and bingos. “Our children love the youth dances, so helping out is our way of giving back to the community. Volunteer work is great thing to be involved in and it really helps out a lot of people in the community. We are hoping to encourage some of our friends to join too,” Ryan said. It was by far the older members of the organization, many of whom have served over half of their lifetimes, who owned the spotlight at the ceremony. Sister Hilda Hodgson, who is 89 years of age, received her 55-year jewel. She was accompanied to the podium by son David and daughter Darlene. She said she was happy to see many of her old friends and said that she has not been around as much in

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Frontenac County Council on the brink F rontenac County Council had poked and prodded at their 2013 budget for a couple of months, and they had managed to get it to the point where county ratepayers would be paying no more than they did last year. The requisition to the townships was down by 0.34%. To get to this point, both Chief Administrative Officer Liz Savill and Treasurer Marian VanBruinessen had been told

TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC EASTER WEEKEND CHANGES TO GARBAGE PICKUP Residents who would normally have their garbage picked up on Good Friday March 29, 2013 will have their pickup rescheduled for Saturday March 30, 2013. For Easter Monday (April 1, 2013) garbage pickup will occur on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Residents are advised to follow their regular scheduled days for Garbage and Recycling pickups for the remainder of the week as only Good Friday and Easter Monday have been changed.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION For The Provision Of Construction Equipment & Materials The Township is seeking quotations for the provision of construction equipment and materials anticipated to be required between April and December 2013. Detailed description of the equipment and material can be obtained from the Public Works Department. Responses are to be received by April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm For more information, please contact Brian Kirk, Area Supervisor at (613) 376-3900 Ext 4347.

NOTICE OF NAMING A PRIVATE ROAD IN THE MATTER of section 27(2) of the Municipal Act, take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of South Frontenac will be considering a bylaw at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Municipal Council Chambers, 4432 George Street, Sydenham, Ontario regarding a proposed name for an existing private road in part of Lot 1, Concession IV, Bedford District. The by-law would name the road/ lane “Windy Bay Lane”. To view the map and for more information, please see the township website.

FREE CPR and DEFIBRILLATOR COURSE South Frontenac Fire and Rescue is sponsoring a FREE CPR and Defibrillator course for all South Frontenac residents who are 18 years of age or older. This free course is being held at Prince Charles Public School in Verona on April 6th, 2013. For further information, please contact Prince Charles Public School at (613) 374-2003 or visit their website

they could not hire extra staff to run their offices, as they had been requesting. So, in a sense it is not surprising that Warden Gutowski asked Council to pass the budget last week. The County needs to tell all of its funders, which include the City of Kingston and the Government of Ontario, as well as the four Frontenac townships, how much money to send in this year. But the vote was lost, soundly, 6-3. What does that mean? At the very least it means that the Council must meet again, sooner rather than later, and find some way to decide which budget items need to be reviewed, and what changes need to be made in order for at least two votes to switch from no to yes. The clock is ticking. What happened last week was, in part, another demonstration of the disconnect between the warden and the majority of Council. Only two of the other seven council members (as mayor of South Frontenac, Gary Davison has 2 votes) were willing to stand with her and support the budget. More significant however, is the fact that in comments throughout the budget process and in the vote as well, council demonstrated a lack of faith in the material presented to them by the county treasurer. In particular, Councilor Jones from Frontenac Islands talked repeatedly about staff “squirreling away funds to reserves” and at one point last week Mayor Davison commented “Are they telling us we should just be quiet and sign the cheque?” Marion VanBruinessen has been the County Treasurer since municipal amalgamation in 1998, and CAO Liz Savill has also been in place since then. For members of council to feel comfortable making these kinds of statements in open council meetings, in front of all of the county managers and the media as well, is more than a breach of decorum. When a Council openly questions the motives of their most senior staff, you have to start wondering where this is all going. Council has to know that they do not have a complete understanding of the numbers, and if at the same time they do not trust the people who are providing them with those numbers, what are they going to base their decisions upon? I have never sat on a municipal council, but I have been on a number of boards for not-for-profit corporations that receive public funding. I know that as a board member, as long as I have a basic faith in the integrity and the competence of the senior people in the organisation, the burden of responsibility for spending public funds rests lightly on my shoulders. If that faith wavers, that burden becomes a heavy one. In spite of all the rhetoric, as extreme as it has been, I'm not sure that Frontenac County is quite at that point Early this week, I interviewed Dennis Doyle, the mayor of Frontenac Islands and one of the major voices of dissent on County Council. I asked him what he is looking for in the county budget. I asked him how much of a cut he wanted to see in county taxes. Was it 3%? 5%? He said his concern was not so much with taxes but with the overall operating costs of the County, whether those costs are covered by local taxes or by other levels of government. In particular he is concerned about the increases in operating costs at Fairmount Home, the land ambulance service, and county administration. He also said there is an urgency to address this in 2013 because it is the third year of this council's mandate, and next year will be an election year.


RECREATION GUIDE Look for the South Frontenac Recreation Guide included in this issue. Contact the Municipal Office (Extension 2231) if you would like a copy.

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER MONDAY The Municipal Offices will be closed on Friday, March 29th, and Monday, April 1st, 2013. Regular business hours will resume on April 2nd.

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

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After two years of attempting to make some real change in the direction of county finances, Doyle feels that this is the year that this council will either make its mark or will fail to do so. That explains, at least from his point of view, why the majority of council are willing to confront the warden, the CAO and the treasurer. Doyle feels, rightly or wrongly, that it costs more to do things in Frontenac County than it does elsewhere, and he wants that addressed, both in the budget and in a subsequent debate about the size and uses of reserve funds by Frontenac County. The question is, are there any real savings to be found in county operations, and if so, where are they? But given the state of relations between the players at the county table, there is a more basic problem to be solved. An equilibrium must be found, respect must be re-established; there must be a level of trust between the Council as a whole and the senior staff. Once lost, trust can be harder to find than savings.

Third time lucky?

By Jeff Green ohn Duchene is either a guy who likes the juxtaposition between the idyll of Blue Heron Ridge Way on Kennebec Lake and the four square walls of a utilitarian office in Sharbot Lake, or he is a glutton for punishment. Either way, he is back as Chief Administrative Officer of Central Frontenac for the third time. This time it is a time-limited interim appointment while a search is conducted for the top job in the township. Duchene served as interim CAO in 2007, and when his replacement resigned after a short stint, he came back on a full-time basis for another four years. He retired for good in early August of 2011. Or so he thought.In December of 2012, 14 months after becoming CAO, Shawn Trepanier resigned, and Deputy Clerk/Planning Co-ordinator Cathy McMunn has been covering her own job and the CAO post for the past three months, until Duchene's appointment late last week. When contacted in his office, Duchene said “it is actually more a case of three strikes you're out than third time lucky.” On a more serious note he said that since it has only been 14 months since he was on the job, he has found it possible to slip into the routine of the job without too much difficulty. But he is not planning on getting too comfortable in the position. At the same time as they approved Duchene's hiring, the township also hired Cathy Coulthart-Dewey, former CAO of Tay Valley Township, to oversee a hiring process for a new, permanent CAO for Central Frontenac. “They said the process might take up to three months,” said Duchene, “but I'm hoping it is a bit quicker than that.”


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A Matter of Neighbors


ext door to me live an exceptional couple I have known for over two decades who have received no thanks or recognition. There once lived an elderly man down the road and a elderly woman across from me, guess who cut their lawns and assisted their living needs? She did. Guess who looked after their mechanical /automotive needs? He did. We came on the scene and had four children. One day we had to postpone the grocery shopping because of a minor matter until next day. My children told them there was no food. That was an exaggeration but guess who a few hours later bought and left a pile of groceries on the porch? She did. There have been times tragedy struck by way of family deaths, as they hit all of us. Guess who placed at our disposal a van for transportation for the duration of the funeral events spanning several days? She did. Guess who has cut the grass in front of our place along the road for years? They do. Guess who fixed our vehicles in emergency situations when they would not start,

Changes in community


or a very long time, I have felt a great deal of sadness over the direction that this community has taken. The recent spate of letters appearing in the recent edition of this paper cover everything from waste management, to a new school, to the mayor’s interpretation of her remit as county warden. They talk about specific issues, but they say even more. They tell a story of a community and the relentless change it has been forced to bear. The township I once called home no longer exists. The church my grandparents and parents were married in, where I was baptized, is gone with nothing but a stone cairn to mark its existence. The school where I began my education will disappear in mere weeks. Two ancestors of mine served as county warden while acting as Hinchinbrooke reeve. The precedent they observed in the discharge of their duties has also been done away with. Despite paying thousands of dollars to support this township, I am considered a child to be directed and educated in the proper course of civic behavior. Soon, the township will decree what my house can look like. When the proposed K & P Trail makes its way north, it may decide to relieve me of land my great-great grandfather earned with years of blood and sweat. A community where people managed to, despite their differences, come together in common cause is now being asked to run the most basic practices of their lives past committees – both elected and self-appointed – for some mark of favour. This community has always been a special place. Despite the problems and challenges of rural life, we’ve always found a

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Vaughan B. Good Tel: (613)374-5439 Fax: (613) 374-1393 From: D & B Co., Harrowsmith, Ont. After 21 years at the Portland site, I have decided to retire under our conditions. Because the future looked bleak and I wanted no part of it. We enjoyed working with the public of South Frontenac Township. We thank you. Yours truly, Donna Robinson on behalf of Bill and Donna Robinson

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edying them at no cost. He did. Guess who is generous in giving away items of value they do not require? They are. Guess who brought/brings prepared food for us to eat from time to time? She does. When my wife’s new vehicle under warranty required work done, guess who worked at a GM dealership and drove it in for repair, leaving his shiny brand new truck for her to drive that day? He did, and no he is not crazy! Guess who found the best deal for me when I wanted to purchase a new truck a few years ago? She did. I know I missed more than a few items here and I also know I will never be able to repay them for their philanthropic efforts. By now anyone who knows them realizes it is none other than Patricia and Keith Dawson. I have had good neighbors before but I am pleased to nominate this couple for best people of the year award. Actually the world did not deserve either of them, much less I. ‘Nuff said. - Edward Kennedy

way to come together, to help one another. More importantly, we found ways to respect one another. Something has changed. The respect was lost. For some, it’s not enough to live by one’s own values and priorities. Others have to follow suit. Names of roads and places don’t change because they have to - only because they fit the tastes of people presuming a moral authority. Conventions that served for generations without disadvantage or discrimination get tossed aside because they are not compatible with the vision of those who view them as a quaint courtesy. For generations, people came to make a home, to be welcomed and to share. They saw much good in this place, and its people, and they wanted it for themselves. Today, others see us as backward people who need guidance and instruction. They see flawed souls in need of correction and salvation from their antique ways. That is why they have sought to erase any vestige of our local past that does not fit with their views or ambitions. Democracy, at its heart, is about seeing the good in others, and fighting to protect and defend it. If people in positions of authority have such little regard for people and their story, it is unfathomable how they can fulfill that duty. - Brent Cameron

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ecently, upon hearing the Lions Club of Land O Lakes’ urgent call for new members; I hesitantly joined, hoping my other commitments would permit me to meet their expectation. So far my decision was correct and it enlightened me on the different good deeds this service club brings to the Northbrook area. I made new friends and became acquainted with many supporting non-members of the club, and indirectly supporters of your community. Other local organizations welcome my free time and I enjoy sharing in the professionalism, experiences, strengths and dedication their members bring to the development of the area. Invariably, belonging to associations gives opportunities to socialise, meet new people and share opinions. These informal meetings may reveal likes and dislikes of the populace. Local gossip may be heard; although not numerous, some can prove untruth, hurtful and malicious, especially when directed at individuals. Sadly, once spilled, damage is done. Correction is difficult, if not impossible. Worse case scenario, those affected lose enthusiasm and energy, often followed by the loss of their excellent service to your community. Today, I’ll give you an example of what I’m talking about. Recently, a few of the Lions with assistance from a couple of community volunteers refurbished the floor in the Northbrook Lions’ Hall. None of us five were experts but all of us tried our best in completing the task economically and within insurance and health standards. Our goal was to minimize cost to maximize our donations to community organizations. Our goal was achieved, albeit a few days late. Within hours of partial completion, while on lunch break at a local restaurant, we heard there was a s_ _ _ up with the floor at the Lions’ Hall. Concerned, we returned to the hall and explained to patrons that the job was not yet completed but that their observations would be followed up. This was done and a couple of minor modifications will soon follow. Since then, I have heard on many occa-



sions people comment that the Northbrook Lions’ Hall was out of commission. Most of those commenting had not been at the hall. Rumours! How fast they spread. Community members, the Lions’ Hall is safe to use. We recently installed a $3,000 UV filtering system and our bar can be opened should you not like our filtered water. We welcome your business. Your support and the support of our sponsors help us give back to your community. To those who continue to use our facilities, thank you. Prospective clients looking for a great hall, Northbrook is the place to go. May your time in our home be safe, joyful and full of great memories as you age like I. Lion Red (J.J. Emond)

Oddfellows & Rebekahs - from pg 1 recent years because she no longer drives. “I have so many wonderful memories over the years and I am still in touch with many of the friends that I have made here,” she said. Sister Barb Garrison received her 45-year pin and also a special certificate of service. Brothers Harold Benjamin, Howard Fellows, Lyle Crawford, Acton Hayes and Howard Warner also received their 45-year jewels as did many others their 5 - 40 year pins. Accompanying many of them were younger members of their families, perhaps demonstrating that these newly jeweled members of the organization are doing their part in encouraging younger folks to join the ranks. For more information contact Brenda Taylor at 613-372-2410 or Wayne van Alstine at 613-358-2533.

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Proceeds To Repay Roof Shares 8 - 10am Breakfast, all you can eat $5.00 10am

Dart Tournament: Open doubles and 4 person teams. $10 entry, 100% payout.

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· On Thurs. April 4 the Land O`Lakes Quilters will have meet 7pm at the Barrie Hall; info: Lynn 613-336-8080 · On Fri April 5 Cloyne United Church will present a free movie, “Life of Pi”, winner of four Oscars, at 7pm. Life of Pi is an intense, emotional story of survival and triumph against the odds. PG13. · As Easter Sunday approaches we should perhaps think of new growth in our lives, just like the new leaves on the oaks and maple trees Nature gives us for an example, and be thankful for living in a peaceful and free country. Happy Easter to all.

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· This Saturday is the annual big breakfast served by the Denbigh Recreation Committee at the hall from 10am - 12 noon, for only $5 per person, under 12 years of age are free. Following breakfast is the children's Easter party from noon - 2pm, with fun and games, crafts and an Easter egg hunt. · On Sunday, the choir at Vennachar Free Methodist will present an Easter Cantata during the 11am service. For more information, call 613 333 2318. · Back by popular demand, the Denbigh Rec Committee will present another murder mystery after the success of last year's Valentine's edition. This time it will be a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Sat. April 20. The evening gets underway with cocktails at 5:30pm, followed by roast beef dinner at 6pm. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume as there will be a prize for best Mardi Gras costume.

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· The Harrowsmith Social & 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 information. · A Community Choir presents "Saint Mark Passion" by Charles Wood, Good Friday, March 29, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Sydenham beginning at 3:30pm. There is no admission charge but all donations will go to The Grace Centre: SFCS. For information call 376-3003. · Plans are well under way for the Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club's "Canada Day in the Park" celebration. We are looking for vendors wishing to sell their wares and volunteers to help out during the day. This is a great way for teens to log some community service hours. If you would like to book a space or volunteer your services please call Kim 372-0018, Pam 389-3180 or Linda 372-3797. · St. Paul's United Church in Harrowsmith will be starting a weekly "Tea & Toast, Coffee and Conversation Drop-In" every Thursday morning from 9-11 starting on April 4. This will be an informal opportunity to come and chat with your neighbours and make new friends. All are welcome.

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· Head out to Bingo on Monday April 1 at St Patrick’s Church in Railton. Doors open at 7pm. · The next Wing Night is Thursday April 4 at the Sydenham Legion from 5-8pm. Everyone is welcome. · It's Girl Guide Cookie time of year again and those girls will be out in your neighborhood selling the delicious chocolate and vanilla cookies. · The VON SMART Program, an exercise program for seniors, will be offered on Mon. & Thurs. mornings from 10 – 11am at the Grace Centre. The spring session starts week of April 1 (for 12 weeks). There is a fee for participation. Information: Joanne Irvine: (613) 634-0130 ext. 414

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· WARNING - the "Mystery Shopper" scam is back in the area. A local 16-year-old resident recently received a realistic-looking cheque for $3479.12 accompanied by an "Offer of Employment" purporting to be from Western Health in Corner Brook, NL, which is a real hospital. The letter, which fraudulently uses Western Health’s logo, instructs the person to cash the cheque and send $2800 to a specified destination via Western Union. The difference is theirs to keep for "evaluating" the services of various big stores and Western Union as a "Mystery Shopper". Of course, the cheque will bounce and the victim will lose the thousands of dollars that they’ve spent in responding to the scam. Please report all such "Offers of Employment" to the police. · There will be a Good Friday service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 2pm and a service on Easter Sunday at 9am. All are welcome. · The Plevna firefighters had their monthly bingo on Friday and what a great night! Lots of cash prizes were given out

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· Sympathy is extended to the family of Bill Knox, he will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts are with his family. · Don't forget about registration for ball in Verona on Saturday March 30 from noon till 2 pm at the Lions Club. For more info call Mary Jo Dowker at 613-374-3275. · The Frontenac Old Time Music Championships, in conjunction with Holy Name Catholic School, 370 Kingston Mills Road, Kingston, will be holding an OPEN MIC Fundraiser at the school on April 20, 7pm. Admission is $5 per person. Come out and join us for an evening of great country music by some of our great local talent. Proceeds support music programs in local schools. For info please contact Cliff Rines, 1-613-358-5370 or


Jean Brown 613-336-2516 Georgina Wathen 613-336-9641 · Congratulations to our yoga guru and exercise leader Tim of Henderson who recently passed his driver’s test. Tim also has plans for more classes in our Henderson Hall after Easter- so watch this paper for more details. · Pete and Cheryl have a new addition to their life- Jolenea lovely and well behaved puppy that they enjoy walking around the village. · Great to see Terry and Sharon Mercer visiting last weekend. · This Sunday is Easter Sunday- a time for Christians to celebrate the defeat of death in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All area churches will feature special celebrations and lots of Easter visitors are expected. Blessings- Jean


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· Sympathy to the family of Robert Lee who was tragically taken away recently. A celebration of his life was held on March 23 in Parham · Happy birthday to Ella Arney, Betty Eastman, Isabella Uens, Glen Matson, Brian Keith and belated wishes to Ina Hunt-Turner · The Happy Travelers seniors' club held their March meeting on the 20th at the Parham Free Methodist hall, which was decorated in the St. Patrick theme. Hostesses were Mary Howes and Charlotte Brown. After everyone enjoyed their potluck dinner at noon, they were entertained by Albert and Pat St. Pierre, Les Whan with music and song. Guest spesker was Linda Bates, who talked about the needs of the Haiti people and how we Canadians can help · Euchre games now start at 7:30pm every Tuesday at the Arden community hall; $1 each with a tournament on the last Thursday of the month $5 each. A great social evening · Hockey games are now over for the Frontenac teams. The Frontenac Bantam team defeated Gananoque 3-1 and the Frontenac Midget Team defeated Stone Mills 8-1 on March 24


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· On March 30, a gospel sing will be held at the Free Methodist church hall featuring the "Vocal Legacy" from Verona and local talent at 7pm · A new wheelchair accessible transportation service will be available May 1. Owner is Debbie Barkley. Watch for ads. · There will be a ham & cash bingo at Land o’Lakes school on April 17 to raise money for the Grade 7/ 8 class trip. Must be 18 years to play. Doors open at 6pm and games begin at 6:30pm. $10 - 3 cards and 12 games. Cash prizes $50 and $100 · Thinking of Gary Garnet, Florence Oliver, Linda Commodore, Verna Cowdy, Jean Steele, Leigh, Lois Scott, Mary Meltz, Phyllis Allen, Joyce Smith. · Happy Easter to everyone. Remember the true meaning of Easter. Enjoy your family. Don't get fooled on April 1.

· On Sat. April 6, the Kennebec Rec. Committee is sponsoring their Annual Children’s Easter Party at the community centre, 10am-1pm. Matt Ellerbeck, a.k.a. Salamander Man, will educate us all on the subject of amphibians. If you remember the Black Widow incident in Kingston, last year, Matt was the expert called to help out in that situation. Local and exotic species of salamanders have also been invited. There will also be crafts, games, prizes and a hot dog lunch for the children, along with an Easter Egg hunt.


· Please tell your friends and neighbours about the new Games Afternoon on Thursdays, 1 – 4 pm, at the ABC Hall in Bolingbroke. All are welcome! The first games/cards afternoon on March 21 was a success and lots of fun! Janice Chornohus taught the card game 500 to some (and refreshed other's memories). Debbie and Dave Roach taught the "Dominoes Mexican Train" game...everyone loved it! Many played the games crokinole and scrabble. Admission is $5 with $2 of it going towards a 50/50 draw. There will be decks of cards, a scrabble game and cribbage board but you can bring new games if you want to play them instead. · The Bolingbroke Cafe is April 5 with musicians: Glenn Russell, Dave Martin and David Keeble. Since they started last November, the cafes have become a regular event at the ABC hall and very popular with the people who come. For $10 you get to listen to some outstanding musicians in a relaxing atmosphere with specialty coffee and teas available and a chance to eat one of Catherine and Rob's delicious crepes! The plan is to hold a cafe each month through the spring and summer. · Saturday April 6, The Dead Flowers: A tribute to the Rolling Stones. Benefit for Brooke Valley School at the Maberly Hall; door opens 6pm; show at 7pm. Adults $20, 13-18yrs $10, under 12 free · A “Musician’s Circle” (musicians only) begins Thursday, April 11, 7pm at the ABC Hall. This is an opportunity for musicians to network and learn from each other in a friendly, get together. If you have musical talent and skills you like to share with others, or if you like to meet and play with a variety of musicians, please come out. A $5 admission helps offset hall expenses. Info: Matt Churchill 613-273-9005. · Looking for Zumba enthusiasts! We would like to start a Zumba class, but need someone to organize the class and someone to run it. We are also looking for someone to lead the Women's Circle of Friends at the ABC hall. If you are interested in either of these, please call Freda, 613-273-2571.

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· The Harriet Cook Memorial Pancake Brunch will be held at Watson’s Corners Hall on Sun. April 7, 9am-1pm; $8; children 7-12 years $6; under 6 free; pancakes, sausages, ham, beans, beverage and local pure maple syrup from Millar’s at Clayton and Mel & Joyce Conboy, Sharbot Lake. Proceeds to Ken-ya Feelme, Kenya, St. Lawrence College’s trip to assist an orphanage and clinic, and to Trinity United Church. Also, please sponsor Faye’s head shave for cancer. · Olive Allen & family attended the 85th birthday party for Luella Gendron at Arden. · Sympathy to the Hannah family on the death of Roddie Hannah in his 96th year. · Sympathy also to the Saylor family on the death of Phyllis. · Happy belated birthdays to Lorraine Dix, 65, and Gloria McEwen on March 22. · There were 126 people fed at the Snow Road Snowmobile Club’s breakfast on Saturday. The next breakfast is April 6, a Relay for Life fundraiser, 8-11am. · Don’t forget Coffee & Tea every Friday from 10am-noon at Snow Road Community Centre; donation appreciated. · Get well wishes to Dale Gemmill. · Barb is all done cooking at the Snowmobile Club until next season. Thanks for all the great meals, Barb.


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· The Kennebec Firefighters are hosting a Biggest Loser contest at the Arden Fire Hall (1085 Elm Tree Road) from April 3 to June 26, with the initial weigh in, April 3 at 7pm. The entry fee is $25, with the Biggest Loser taking all, after expenses. Weight loss will be calculated by percentage and your weight will never be revealed. There will be 2 weigh ins per month and challenges every 2 weeks, with great prizes for the winners of the challenges. For more information, contact Jeff Matson at 613-335-3380 or 613-329-7512. · A Good Friday, March 30, “Cross Walk” starts at the Matson Farm at 9:30am, and ends at the Arden United Church. A 10am Church service will follow the Walk. Easter Sunday March 31, begins with a Sonrise Service, at the boat launch area, Big Clear Lake, at 6:30am. Regular Sunday worship in all three churches will follow. · The new season of the exercise programs in Arden begin next Wednesday, April 3. The Tai Chi, beginner program will start at 9:15am followed by regular classes at 10am. Tuesday, April 9, is the first class in the Spring session of Fit ‘N Fun, 9am. Both programs, along with Monday line dancing, are held at the Kennebec Community Centre and are all sponsored by the Kennebec Recreation Committee. For Tai Chi information contact Helen Prasky at 613-335-2486, and Fit ‘N Fun information can be obtained from Gloria Smiley at 613-335-2188. We have all been told that even a little exercise is heart healthy, so let’s all get moving and get fit!. · Sat. March 30, 9am - General meeting of the Arden Legion. Eight new members will be initiated into the branch that day. Please welcome our new members with your support.



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· March 30 at 7 o'clock is the Parham Free Methodist Church’s Gospel Sing with the "Vocal Legacy" trio from Verona and local talent. A freewill offering will be taken. · Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Bill Knox from Godfrey who passed away recently · Does anyone know what is with all the destruction to road and 911 signs by 4th and 5th Lake Road? These important signs are "disappearing" from their posts or are being destroyed. Let's hope it's not your house that the Emergency Services are unable to get to due to these missing signs what a shame. Please report any information to the police. · Congratulations to Deb Barkley who is starting up a business called Simply Access Service Innovations (SASI) providing wheelchair acessible transportation service for Central, South and North Frontenac townships. Be sure to call her at 613-375-8203 or 1-855-375-8203 to book your ride. · Many children attended the annual Easter Bunny Hop put on by District #4 Recreation Committee on Mar. 23. Great work to the organizers and helpers. The magician was nothing short of fabulous and kept the audience captivated! · There was a great crowd at the Lions Club Breakfast on

PAGE 5 Saturday - we thank the Lions for all that they do. · The Parham United Church supper was a success on Saturday. The variety of pies was amazing....and delicious!!! · Minor Ball Registration was on Saturday so hopefully you were able to get the kids signed up. We are still looking for a few more Junior Men (ages 17 - 21) as of January 1 and then a coach for that team as well if numbers are there. If you are interested give myself or Randy Kempe a call. · Many from the area headed to the K-rock Center to hopefully get the word to "Come on down..." at the Price is Right as it makes a stop in Kingston. It would be nice if someone from here got to participate!! · Happy 80th Birthday to Marjory Fossey!! Happy Birthday to Sharon DesRoche, Patsy Lowery, Fances Smith, Carmen Teal, Bob Brooks, Kayla Harper-Banks, Donna Fox, Dustin Teal, Rachel Neadow, Dakota Whan and Dylan Cox, 13. · Happy 50th Anniversary to John & Marie Ferguson - here's to many more! · May 18 is Central Frontenac Minor Softball Association's Womanless Beauty Pageant, so all you guys get registered and practice, practice, practice! It should be a great time - for details contact Tammy Dupuis or Marcie Asselstine. · Happy Easter everyone!


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· Smile for the day: Easter is the only time of the year when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket. · 1st Verona Scouting will be hosting a All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Good Friday, March 29 from 8 am to 11 am at Trinity United Church Hall; 4 years & under free; 5 – 12yrs $5; 13 & over $8; family rate $20. The menu will be all you can eat pancakes with sausage, coffee, tea, and juice. · A Community Choir presents SAINT MARK PASSION by Charles Wood on Good Friday, March 29, at 3:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Sydenham. No admission charge, donations to the Grace Centre: South Frontenac Community Services. For more information call 613-376-3003. · The Frontenac Farmers Market is having an Easter Market on Sat. March 30, 9 am - 2 pm at the Lions Centre. Welcome back to the farmers and artisans. There will also be exciting new farm products and Easter ideas and tasty treats. · The Parham Free Methodist Church is hosting a Gospel Sing on Sat. March 30, 7 pm. Featured are the Verona based group “Vocal Legacy” and local talent. Freewill offering. · South Frontenac Fire & Rescue is sponsoring a free CPR and defibrillator course for any resident of South Frontenac Township on April 6 at Prince Charles Public School. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. For further information please contact the school at 613-374-2003 or visit www.

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Verona - continued from page 5 · The Frontenac County Minor Softball Association softball registration for the Verona and Hartington areas will take place at the Verona Lions Center on Saturday, March 30 at 12 pm and 2 pm. For more information contact: Mary Jo Dowker at 613-374-3275 · The Quilting Group will meet Wednesday, April 3 at Trinity United Church. 9 am to 12 noon. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to join the group, whether a seasoned quilter or a beginner. They have lots of patterns and ideas and there are always people to help with advice. For more information call Ann McDougall at 613-374-2516. · Verona Diners Club for adults, ages 55 plus, will be held Thursday, April 4. The program provides full-course, catered meals with the flexibility to meet varying dietary needs. For a cost of $11 per person, you will enjoy a mid-day meal and entertainment. Noon at the Verona Lions Hall. Reservations are required. Call 613- 376-6477. South Frontenac Community Services Bingo! The Verona Lions will host a Bingo evening on Thursday, April 4. Doors and canteen open at 6 pm. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:50 pm. 12 regular games and 2 share the wealth. Verona Lions Club, Free parking.





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“The idea for the clinic came nnette Gray-Jackson, a regisfrom Sandra White [co-owner of tered massage therapist who the Country Inn with her husband has been working out of her home in Frank]. She thought it would be a Mountain Grove, has set up a clingood use of the space, and when ic in the former dining room of the I looked at it I couldn’t help but Sharbot Lake Country Inn. She will agree. It is also an opportunity to be seeing clients four days a week. bring something new to Sharbot She is being joined in the new Lake, to go along with all the other clinic by Sean Rodgers, of Westport services available here,” Chiropractic, who will be holding said Annette Gray-Jackson. his regular Sharbot Lake Thursday For her own massage therapy clinic in the new space. Rodgers business, the move has already has been serving Sharbot Lake for started to pay off as she has alyears, most recently in a small room ready increased her client base. next to the Treasure Trunk. While Physiotherapy, ChiropracAlso, on Wednesdays and Fri- Annette Gray-Jackson and Sean Rodgers tic and Massage Therapy are not days a physiotherapist from Perth Physiotherapy will be available at the new clinic. This is a covered by OHIP, most extended benefit health plans do cover them. Although the three services are jointly being opfirst for Sharbot Lake. “Our services complement one another,” said Annette erated in the space, they are independent and each will be Gray-Jackson as she was setting up the clinic with Sean booking its own clients. Annette Gray-Jackson’s clinic is open from 10-8 Mondays, Rodgers last week. “I regularly find myself recommending physiotherapy and massage for my patients, and it will be 10-5 Tuesdays, 1-5 Fridays and 9-12 on Saturdays; call 613ideal to be able to refer people to the same clinic. It’s also a 449-0060 or got to To contact Perth Physiotherapy call 613-267-6789 or go lot easier for people from Plevna or Arden to get to Sharbot Lake than to Perth for massage or physio. The 45-minute to Sharbot Lake hours are Wednesdrive home can erase a lot of the good that comes from a days from 9-5 and Fridays from 9-12. Sharbot Lake Chiropractic is open from 8-5 on Thursdays; treatment.” The therapy room, which is on the main floor at the Coun- call 613-279-3100. The Sharbot Lake Health and Wellness clinic is now open. try Inn, is bright and has a view of the lake. A smaller gift shop remains open next door. Patients can wait in the front There will be a grand opening celebration on Monday, April 29 between 4 and 7 pm. hallway, or they can visit the restaurant downstairs.

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Free community clinics promote dental health in children and youth A pril is Oral Health Month and with that in mind members of the KLF&A Public Health's dental team are offering free ongoing community dental hygiene clinics in the local community as a way to improve oral health in children and youth under 17 years of age. Due to a new portable dental unit, the team has recently been able to expand their services and are now offering free clinics in Sharbot Lake and Cloyne. The clinics, which at first were run only out of Kingston and Napanee, are now offered at the Medical Centre in Sharbot Lake on the third Wednesday of the month and in Cloyne at the KFL&A Public Health office on the fourth Wednesday the month. The free community clinics, which began in May 2012, are just one program that the health unit is offering. The program serves children from birth to ages 17 and serves children of low-income families and who may not have access to any form of dental coverage and who may not have a dental home. The program offers health screening and assessments and preventive services like check-ups, cleaning, fluoride treatments and sealants as a way to prevent cavities and other dental problems in children and youth. Other programs offered by the KLF& A Public Health, like their CINOT program (Children in Need of Treatment), serves children in need of urgent dental care. Children who

may require these services are assessed either at dental screening clinics held at all elementary schools for kindergarten and grade 2 students, or depending on the risk level, also students in grades 4, 6 and 8. The aim of this program and a second program called Healthy Smiles Ontario is to identify children with tooth decay. Following the school screening, cards are sent home with students to their parents to inform them of their child's oral health. Students requiring urgent treatment and/or other services and treatments are invited to contact the health unit to make the necessary arrangements. The CINOT program can cover treatments like fillings and/or extractions. I visited the free community dental hygiene clinic in Sharbot Lake on March 20 where 10-year-old Cheyenne Thibault, a student at Land O'Lakes Public school in Mountain Grove, was receiving the free services. She was all smiles as she was attended to by Mary Gisele Amyotte, Cheyenne Thibault and Mary Mitchell Mitchell, a certified preventive dental assistant is overlooked. These clinics allow us to assess a child with and Gisele Amyotte, a dental hygienist, who are both staff the hopes of improving the child's oral health habits. These with the KLF&A Public Heath dental team. Mary spoke of clinics are a way of preventing future problems by educating the goals of these programs. “Oral health is very important the child and providing instruction on how to properly brush for every child’s overall health and all too often dental care and floss, healthy eating habits and basic oral hygiene.”

Clarendon Central Public School 50th Anniversary C By Brenda Martin

larend o n Central P u b l i c School in Plevna will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sat. April 13 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Everyone is welcome whether you attended the school or not. For community members who moved into the area in retirement, you might wish to see how the little country school evolved. In the Sixties Decade room there will be a display about the schools that amalgamated prior to the construction of CCPS. ndon Central School opened the doors to students on April 10, 1963. Since then many Photos still misssing! Students from the sixties and sevenand students have been a part of Clarendon’s history. This book is dedicated to their ties do atyou have at least one photo to share? It might not ories and good times C.C.P.S. be one taken at school, but one from home when you were school age. The Decade room organizers have worked very hard to would put together and want to anniversary committee like to thankgreat all who displays contributed to this we book do with not pictures memories and for allseeing the help your as we enjoyed it together. It was a lot of fun to Heather look miss cute orputting funny face. Please contact over the last@ 50 479-5549; years with fondMona memories a lot of laughs. @and 479-2868; or Cindy @ 479-2561, if you can loan any photos or items from the 60’s and 70’s. The Committee has arranged parking at the back lot of . would like to thank Ross her designAofshuttle the anniversary crestyou NorthMichelle of 7 for allforvisitors. will take to the school and return you to your vehicle as needed. Because the school

parking lot is so small, we ask that the limited spaces at the school be reserved for those with mobility issues. Parking along the highway is always discouraged for safety reasons. A memorial wall has been organized by Marily Seitz (4792855) to remember those former staff and students who passed away. She has collected a photo, years they were at the school and birth and death dates. If you have not been contacted by now about your loved one, please check that Marily has the information. The fundraiser to cover anniversary expenses is the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes are: Sunbonnet quilt and quilt stand, an oak blanket box, a painting and a sketch. Other items from the committee will be sold as close to cost as possible. These include: a full color yearbook (also available on DVD), coffee mug and anniversary cards. Please support your local school as it celebrates 50 years of educating children.



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Carla Gimby, communications and public relations specialist for KFLA Public Health, was also present at Wednesday's clinic in Sharbot Lake and she hopes to see more families and children take advantage of these very important services. “These clinics provides families and their children with a free, easily accessible way to prevent future dental health concerns and the fact that they are now available right here is a huge benefit to local residents. We are really hoping to decrease the occurrence of tooth decay in children by providing them with the necessary tools and information which are the keys to good dental health.” For more information about the dental programs available to youth or to attend one of the free community oral hygiene clinics, call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 or 1-800267-7875 ext. 1218 or ext.1605 to make an appointment.

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Raymo, Vera Vera Mabel Raymo (nee Hawley) passed away peacefully at her home in Northbrook on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Leo Raymo. Dear mother of Eugene (Rose) of Northbrook, Rick (Kim) of Foxboro and Ron (Kim) of Cloyne. She will always be cherished in the hearts of her 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Pre-deceased by her parents Levi & Effie Hawley, her sister Joyce Parks, infant sister Shirley Hawley and her brother Earl Hawley. The family will receive friends at the Maschke Funeral Home, 11928 Hwy# 41, Northbrook, Ont. K0H 2G0 (613-336-6873) on Wednesday from 1-3 & 6-8pm. The Funeral Service will be in the Chapel on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00am. Spring interment at the Dempsey Cemetery, Cloyne. Friends desiring may contribute in her memory to the Kingston Regional Cancer Clinic

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Maschke Funeral Home Saylor, Phyllis Sherrie 1925 - 2013 Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, at the Caressant Care, in Marmora at the age of 87. Beloved wife of Gerald for 68 wonderful years. Caring and generous mother of son Ronald (Carol), and daughters Alma, Diane (Kelsey) and the late Sharon (1986). Cherished and admired grandmother and great grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phyllis was married to Gerald, October 20, 1944, and lived in Towanda, Pennsylvania until 1973. They moved to Canada March 17, 1973. Bought the store in Snow Road. In 1984 they purchased a log home on Warren Lake, which they enjoyed their dream home for the next 26 years which they eventually sold in 2010. A Celebration of Life will be held in May. For those who wish; memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society in Phyllis’s honor. IN THE CARE OF TROUSDALE FUNERAL HOME 4374 Mill St., Box 264 Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0 613-376-3022


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ANNIVERSARY Elaine Jessie Avison (nee Gordon) Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the L&A County General Hospital in Napanee on Monday, March 25, 2013 in her 74th year. Loving wife of 55 years to Ewart Avison of Arden. Dear mother to Ken of Arden, Lori (Wally) Paige of Oshawa and Sandi (Rick) Shields of Uxbridge. Her memories will always be cherished in the hearts of her grandchildren Lindsay, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Brad, Brock and her great-grandchildren Olivia & Savannah. She will be sadly missed by her brother Douglas Gordon of Newmarket and her sisters Shirley (Ron) Ploder of Newmarket, Judi (Allan) Castonguay of B.C., and Darlene (William) Lilley of Colbourne. Predeceased by her sister Donna Lilley. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends at the Maschke Funeral Home, 11928 Hwy# 41 Northbrook, Ont. K0H 2G0 (613-336-6873) on Thursday, March 25, 2013 from 2:00-3:30pm. A Celebration of Life will follow in the Chapel at 3:30pm. Burial of the urn will take place at a later date. Friends desiring may contribute in memory of Elaine to the L&A Hospital Palliative Care Unit.




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North & Central Frontenac Relay for Life 2013 By Christine Teal

Treasured still with love sincere, The fondest memories of one so dear. Fondest thoughts are ever entwined, In beautiful memories left behind. Dearly loved and always remembered by Uncle Boyce, Aunt Mary Peters


BEATTY, Eva Lorretta Margaret (nee: McLuckie) At Pine Meadow Nursing Home, Northbrook on Wednesday March 20, 2013. Eva Beatty of Flinton in her 84th year. Daughter of the late Randolph and Clara McLuckie. Wife of the late Edmund Reavie (1979) and George Beatty (2011). Mother of Janice (Glenn) Andrew, Harlowe; Karen (Lloyd) Robinson, Tweed; late Neil (Jill) Reavie, Flinton; and Shelley (Jim) King, Camden East. Grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13 1/2. Sister of Mary (Bernard) Lessard, Donald (Lois) McLuckie, Ida (Don) Brough, Catherine (Frank) Thompson, Alec (Diane) McLuckie, Neil (Joan) McLuckie, Margaret Wood, and the late Harold, Robert, Floyd, Ralph, Doris and Norma. Sister-in-law of Marg McLuckie, Grace McLuckie, Muriel Lucas, and the late Jim Glenn, Floyd Lucas and Gordon Wood. Friends were received at the McConnell Funeral Home, Tweed on Sunday March 24, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. with a funeral service in the funeral home chapel at 3 p.m. Spring Interment: Flinton United Cemetery. Donations: Pine Meadow Nursing Home or Land of Lakes Emmanuel Pastoral Charge.

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Maschke Funeral Home Hilda Edna Salmond (nee Perry) - Peacefully, at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home on Friday, March 22, 2013 in her 95th year. Pre-deceased by her husband William Sr. Loving mother of Patricia McCallum (Alex) of Orillia, Dale Salmond (Betty) of Cloyne and her daughter-inlaw Gail Salmond of Northbrook. Pre-deceased by her son William Jr. Cherished grandmother her of 8 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her brother Clifford (Joan) Perry of Calgary, her sister Babe (Bill) Tibble of Cloyne and her sister-inlaw Etta. Pre-deceased by her brother Thomas and sisters Gladys & Helen Lavigne. The family received friends at Maschke Funeral Home, 11928 Hwy # 41 Northbrook, Ont. K0H 2G0 (613-336-6873) on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. The Funeral Service was in the Chapel on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:00am. Spring interment at the Dempsey Cemetery, Cloyne. Friends desiring may contribute in her memory to the Pine Meadow Nursing Home.


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t’s fast and easy! If you have a team (minimum of 7 participants) you can create a new team on our website. Google – North and Central Frontenac Relay for Life 2013. From here you can choose to “Register for Relay” – choose "Create a team" and enter in your personal information. Be sure to invite others to join your team or to sponsor you. If you are joining a team that is already created, then “Register for Relay” and choose “Join a team” – it’s that easy! You will need a credit card as there is a cost of $10 for each participant. If you would prefer to have someone else do it for you, simply contact me at 613-375-6525 or mrsteal2u@hotmail. com and I will be happy to assist. After registering a team (or joining) you will get a team captain’s package with the information that you will need. This includes a paper sponsor envelope that you can carry everywhere you go to collect donations. You will be invited to join us at a Team Captain’s

meeting where you can get more information about what to expect on Relay night. If you really want to register but aren’t able to form a team – we have set up a community team – “Claire’s Caped Cancer Crusade Community Team” – click to join this team. If you have registered previously and aren’t sure what your user name and password are, please send me an email and I can reset the password for you. Still not convinced that you are up for a Relay for Life event? Be sure to join us at Parham Ball Field on June 21 at 7 pm and you will be amazed. We are a small community but we know how to raise some muchneeded money. Don’t forget to upload your contacts once you register so that you can send emails to everyone you know and they can sponsor you online. You can also make a donation, buy a luminary or volunteer at the updated, and user-friendly web site. Let’s work together to make Cancer history!!

Denbigh-Griffith Lions Club We would like to send a sincere thank you to the following individuals, organizations and local businesses that supported us with their generous donations to our Christmas Food Baskets 2012. Any extra moneys, was given to the Community Food Bank in the Addington-Highlands Community Centre in Denbigh. Gail & Tony Fritsch Pine Valley Restaurant Grant Crozier Excavating, Renfrew George Jackson Toyota, Griffith Building Supplies, Renfrew Tim-Br Mart Pat Forrest, Prime Valley R.J. Selle Sand & Gravel, Realty Cottage of Hidden Treasures Douglas Griffith General Store Scott MacDonald Contracting Floyd Enterprises Martha Lips Snider’s Tent & Trailer Park Appearances Hair Studio, Erwood & Rowena Reynolds Matawatchan Community Earl Thomson Lumber Memorial Centre Eganville Matawatchan Community Prince Street Books & Coffee Thomson Tree Removal Market Co., Pembroke Greater Madawaska Canoe MacGregor Concrete Products, Berndt’s Garage Rental Ruth Ann Green, Post Mistress, Camel Chute Campground Beachburg Lee Ann Hair Designs Griffith Tire Supply Denbigh Jim Munro, Remax Piper’s Rest Bed & Breakfast Because of the continued support, we are able to make Christmas a joyous occasion for some of our local citizens. Please support these people, organizations and businesses in their endeavours as they are good community sponsors. Check out our website for on going activities


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FOR SALE 30% OFF LARGE SELECTION OF EASTER CHOCOLATES, SATURDAY MARCH 30 only at your Verona Rona Hardware, your only store where you receive Air Miles, 6723 Main St. Ph. 613-374-2851 50 INCH TOSHIBA PROJECTION TV. Model #50HDX82, price $290. Works perfect. May be seen working at 613-279-2595 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. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Square bales of hay - $2.50 each, call 613-279-3214

DOUG’S ANTENNA SALES & SERVICE We are your full service dealer for both BELL TV and SHAW DIRECT Satellite. Give us a call for all your sales and service enquiries. 613-374-3305

GARAGE/YARD SALES SPYGLASS COVE, 1016 Schoolhouse Rd. Clarendon, Hwy 509. Follow Garage Sale signs. Open Tues – Sat. 9am-5pm. Happy Easter. We have glassware, furniture, books, jewelry, tools, knick knacks, pictures, videos, DVDs, CDs etc. Free gift with any purchase. THIS AND THAT THRIFT SHOP, 32 Peterson Rd., Northbrook (turn at lights in Northbrook). Open 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Something for everyone.


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

HELP WANTED LIGHT HOUSE DUTIES AND SOME PERSONAL CARE required by senior couple with some health issues. Ideal position for retired nurse. For more information please call 613-268-2222


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HUNTING & FISHING FIREARMS & HUNTER ED COURSES. Harrowsmih: Firearms Course – April 12 and 13. Hunter Education Course – April 19 and 20. Wild Turkey license examinations. Call Bill at 613-335-2786 HUNTER SAFETY AND FIREARMS COURSES. Turkey Examinations. Please call for course dates and details. Call Richard 613-336-9875.

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

By Sara Carpenter


ometimes celebration food scares me. For instance, a special-occasion cake that was featured in a March Break flyer was festooned with giant, candy orbs in shades of Hazard Orange, magenta and St. Paddy’s Day green, each nestled in a whorl of fluffy white edible oil product atop a generous layer of deep blue edible oil product. The cake inside was probably made with some ingredients we’d recognize, but others we surely wouldn’t. Altogether, it was the sort of thing food activist Michael Pollan might have called a “food-like substance.” Special-occasion food can be pretty great, but personally, I draw the line at ingesting copious quantities of neon dye. So I thought I’d share with you a recipe that’s fun to make, delicious as a dessert or treat, and is unlikely to cause genetic mutations. Easter Egg Bread is really fun. You begin with hard-cooked eggs, dyed any colour you like, and nest them in a sweet, easy-to-make yeast dough. The dough is a delight to handle, and small hands can bend, coil and braid it around the colourful eggs to “speggtacular” effect. The eggs aren’t intended to be eaten, so you can make them in rainbow hues, as bright as you like. (If you’re not certain the colouring is edible, just cut around the eggs when you serve.) Decorate with candy sprinkles, blanched almonds, icing glaze – whatever your heart desires. Happy Easter, everyone, and Bon appétit!


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frothy; whisk down with a fork. Add the yeast mixture to the warm (not hot!) milk, along with 3 c. flour; mix with a wooden spoon. Stir vigorously 100 strokes by hand, or beat with an electric beater until the batter is smooth, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel. Let stand in a warm place until the batter is light and full of bubbles, about 1 hour. In a small bowl, whisk 1 c. sugar with 4 eggs until smooth. Add to batter. Melt 1/2 c. butter and add to batter, along with 1 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest, and 1/2 tsp. salt; stir until mixed. Add 2 c. flour and beat vigorously; stir in another 2 c. flour. Take 2 c. flour and spread it into a 10-inch circle on the countertop. Transfer the dough to the floured countertop and knead by hand about 8 to 10 minutes, incorporating the loose flour until it’s all mixed in. Use a little more flour as needed until you have a smooth dough. Wash and butter the large bowl. Transfer dough to the bowl, turning it a few times to coat lightly with butter. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel; let rise in a warm place about 1 1/2 hours. Now the fun begins. The dough can made into all kinds of shapes. For a traditional braided bread, punch the dough down and divide into 3. Take one piece and divide it into 3 equal parts; roll each part into a 1- to 1 1/2-inch rope using your best plasticine technique, dusting with flour to prevent sticking. If dough resists being stretched, just let it relax for a few minutes while you work on another piece. Soon, you’ll have 3 ropes of about equal length. To braid them, lay them side-by-side on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the middle, loosely braid the ropes; press ends together firmly, then tuck under. Rotate the parchment and repeat with the other end. Whisk together 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp. water. Gently brush the loaf to glaze. Tuck 3 coloured eggs into spaces in the braid. Using the parchment, transfer the loaf to a baking pan. Repeat until the dough is all used up. Cover loaves with a damp tea towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about an hour. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 55 min., or until crust is golden and loaf makes a hollow sound when tapped. This bread is quite delicate when warm, so cool first, and handle gently.

AH seeks nominations for seniors award T by Tony Fritsch

he Township of Addington Highlands is requesting public nominations for the Ontario Senior of the Year Award. This award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community. Recipients must be at least 65 years of age and must have made their community a better place to live. Seniors who qualify for this award may have contributed in many different fields, such as the arts, literature, community service, voluntarism, education, fitness and sport or humanitarian activities. Although only municipalities can nominate seniors for this award, we are requesting community input. If you have someone that you would like the municipality to consider, please send the information to the township office by April 11, 2013. You should include the name and address of the person being nominated along with a brief description about them (40 words or less). Your submission may be by hardcopy (72 Edward Street, PO Box 89, Flinton, Ont K0H 1P0) or email Some information on the award is available on the Provincial Government website http://www.

Southern Frontenac Community Services Wanted: PSW/Home Helper To work in the community in Seniors homes. Must have current Police Check. Please send resumé with references to: Lorraine Creighton, Services Coordinator Southern Frontenac Community Services 4419 George St. Sydenham, ON, K0H 2T0 No telephone calls please.

honours/seniorofyear.shtml The certificates will be presented to the recipients at a local event in June. For more information, please contact the township office at 613-336-2286.

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pgrades to the County of Frontenac’s interactive web mapping service at offer an improved user experience for those interested in exploring the County from a bird’s eye view. Improved aerial imagery allows users to zoom in closer – up to a scale of 1:250 – and discover the County like never before. The imagery, originally obtained in 2008, was recently upgraded to higher resolution. Imagery that was previously missing has been restored, offering users a complete picture of the County and improved technical performance. For information about custom mapping for unique projects, or if residents have questions please contact Kevin Farrell at 613-548-9400 ext. 351; frontenacmaps@

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Claims against the Estate of Thomas Gordon Hughes, Deceased, formerly of Godfrey, Ontario, who died on or about January 10, 2013, must be in the hands of the office noted below by April 18, 2013, after which time the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the Estate Trustee shall then have notice. Alan G. Thomson, Professional Corporation Barrister & Solicitor 232 Brock Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 1S4 For the Trustee.



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Friday, March 29 SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, Fish Fry VERONA – SCOUTS’ PANCAKE BREAKFAST w/ sausages, beverages, 8-11am, Trinity United Church; $8; 5-12 yrs $5; 4 & under free; family $20.

Saturday March 30 ARDEN Legion AGM, 9am DENBIGH - EASTER BREAKFAST & PARTY, breakfast 10am-noon, $5; under 12 free; children’s party noon-2pm, games, crafts Easter egg hunt; sponsor, rec committee PERTH ROAD MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL, 9:30-3:30, Sunday School Hall; Pancakes & Sausages $7; children $4; under 3 free; crafts; children’s games, fish pond, pony rides PLEVNA – EASTER EGG HUNT, 10am, Clar-Mill Hall, children 12yrs & under, sponsor: Clar-Mill Community Volunteers VERONA/HARTINGTON SOFTBALL REGISTRATION, 12 noon-2:30pm, Verona Lions Club; info 613-374-3275 VERONA – FRONTENAC FARMERS EASTER MARKET, 9am-2pm, Lions Centre.

Monday April 1 RAILTON – BINGO, St Patrick’s Church; doors open 7pm

Tuesday April 2 OMPAH – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Community hall, call 613-279-3151 for info, appointment.

SHARBOT LAKE 39ers – seniors 50+, 12 noon, potluck lunch w/ entertainment & meeting; downstairs, North Frontenac Telephone Co.; info: Shirley 279-2990; Dorothy:

Wednesday April 3 SHARBOT LAKE - ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SUPPORT GROUP, 1-3 pm, United Church hall, 613-544-3078 ext 203 SHARBOT LAKE - RETIRED TEACHERS & FRIENDS: Luncheon at Sharbot Lake Inn, 11:30am. To reserve phone 613-279-2098 by Apr. 1 at noon. VERONA – QUILTING GROUP, meets Trinity United Church, 9am-12 noon; info: Ann McDougall 613-374-2516.

Thursday April 4 HARROWSMITH - “TEA & TOAST, COFFEE AND CONVERSATION DROP-IN”, St. Paul’s United Church every Thursday 9-11am starting April 4, all welcome CLOYNE – LAND O`LAKES QUILTERS, 7pm, Barrie Hall; info: Lynn 613-336-8080, MABERLY - St. Stephens Dinner & Euchre, community hall at noon SHARBOT LAKE - CASH BINGO, Oso Hall, doors open 5:30, must be over 18; proceeds to Children & Youth Programming; info: Child Centre 613-279-2244 VERONA DINERS, noon, Lions Hall, for 55+, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477. VERONA LIONS BINGO, Lions hall, doors open 6pm

Friday April 5 BOLINGBROKE CAFÉ, ABC Hall, w/ Glenn Russell, Dave Martin, David Keeble, 7:30-10pm; $10 at door CLOYNE – “LIFE OF PI”, free, Oscar winning

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Thursday March 28 FLINTON - THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 7pm. HARROWSMITH - MAUNDY THURSDAY, St. Paul’s United Church, 6pm; supper & reenactment of the Lord’s Last Supper, all welcome MABERLY – MAUNDY THURSDAY, 6pm, community hall, potluck supper & Eucharist RAILTON – HOLY THURSDAY, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 7:30pm SHARBOT LAKE – LORD’S SUPPER, St. James Major Catholic Church, 7pm SYDENHAM - MAUNDY THURSDAY, 12:45pm, Holy Communion, St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Good Friday, March 29

n the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24: 1-8


ARDEN - CROSS WALK, starts 9:30 am from Matson farm to United Church; service at 10am. ARDOCH - PASSION OF THE LORD, St. Kilian’s Catholic Church 9am BEDFORD - WAY OF THE CROSS, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church 10am; Passion of the Lord 3pm CLOYNE United Church, 11am DENBIGH 10:30am, New Apostolic Church ENTERPRISE, Pentecostal Church, 11am FLINTON 3pm, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. FLINTON, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 11am. FLINTON, Through The Roof Ministry, 6pm HARROWSMITH, St. Paul’s United Church 9:15am; combined Service HARROWSMITH breakfast 8:30am, Worship 10am, Free Methodist Church KALADAR, Bethel Pentecostal Church, 6:30 pm MABERLY, 11am, Centenary Pastoral Charge Service, in community hall MATAWATCHAN 9am, St. Andrew’s United Church – joint service with St. Luke’s PARHAM, Free Methodist Church, 10:30am,

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SEASON, Community Church of God, 2pm, info: 613-358-2824

Saturday April 6

SYDENHAM WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet 7pm, at library, new members welcome SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, seniors’ centre, appointment: 613-279-3151.

ARDEN - CHILDREN’S EASTER PARTY, community centre 10am-1pm, w/ Matt Ellerbeck (Salamander Man), crafts, games, prizes, hot dog lunch, Easter Egg hunt; sponsor: Kennebec Rec. Committee ARDEN - LEGION FUNDRAISER DAY; Breakfast $5; open doubles dart tournament, $10; vendor tables, bake auction, cake raffle; chili cook-off $5 entry fee; all you-can-eat chili $3; info. 613-335-3664 MABERLY - THE DEAD FLOWERS: A tribute to the Rolling Stones; benefit for Brooke Valley School, community hall, 7pm; $20; 1318yrs $10; under 12 free SHARBOT LAKE FARMERS WINTER MARKET “Come In From The Cold” 9:30am-12:30pm, Oso hall; also “Raising Poultry Workshop” 10-11am $10; pre-register: SNOW ROAD SNOWMOBILE CLUB Relay for Life fundraiser breakfast, 8-11am; 1106 Gemmills Rd. pancakes also avail. VERONA - FREE CPR & DEFIBRILLATOR COURSE for South Frontenac residents, Prince Charles Public School; register 613374-2003;

Sunday, April 7 BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, Bedford Hall 1381 Westport Rd, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel & more, $2, 613-374-2614 ENTERPRISE - COUNTRY JAMBOREE w/ Don Cochrane, 1pm, $8, community hall; sponsor: Newburgh-Camden Lions; 379-9972. HARRIETTE COOK MEMORIAL PANCAKE BRUNCH, Watsons Corners hall, 9am-1pm; proceeds to Ken-ya Feelme, Kenya, St. Lawrence College’s trip to assist orphanage & clinic and to Trinity United Church PETWORTH - MUSIC OF THE EASTER

followed by light fellowship lunch, all welcome PARHAM 11am, St. James Anglican Church PLEVNA River Of Life Christian Fellowship, 10:30am. Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, special music by Wayne & Mary Abrams. PLEVNA, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 2 pm. RAILTON, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 3pm SHARBOT LAKE – WALK OF THE CROSS, starts 8:30am from St. Andrew’s Church, all are invited and welcome SHARBOT LAKE, St. James Major Catholic Church 10am SYDENHAM - GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT. Community Choir presents SAINT MARK PASSION by Charles Wood, 3:30pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, no admission charge but donations go to Grace Centre. 613-376-3003. VERONA - COMMUNITY CROSS WALK starts 9am; Pentecostal Assembly, all welcome

Saturday March 30 BEDFORD – RESURRECTION OF THE LORD, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 7pm FLINTON - EASTER VIGIL MASS, 7:30pm, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church PARHAM – GOSPEL SING, Free Methodist Church 7pm, w/ “Vocal Legacy” trio from Verona & local talent; freewill offering, all welcome RAILTON – EASTER VIGIL, 7:30pm, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church SHARBOT LAKE – EASTER VIGIL, 7pm, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church SYDENHAM - THE CROSSING, Heavenly Rock & Contemporary Praise Easter service, 6pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Easter Sunday March 31 ARDEN - SONRISE SERVICE at boat launch 6:30am followed by worship at United Church, all welcome. ARDEN Wesleyan & Standard Church, 9am ARDOCH St. Kilian’s Catholic Church, 9am. BEDFORD, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 11:15am CLOYNE, 10am, United Church CLOYNE, Pineview Free Methodist Church

Monday April 8

Tuesday April 9 HARROWSMITH - “Facebook Management for Businesses” free workshop 9:30-11am, Frontenac CFDC Office, register 613-3721414; LIVING WITH ADHD? Parent support group; Elginburg Public School, 6-8pm PLEVNA - NORTHERN 5 DINERS, noon, For those 50+, $10, reservations requ’d 613-2793151 SYDENHAM – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Grace Centre 1-4pm. For appointment call Bob: 613376-6477; 1-800-763-9610 VERONA – FOOT CARE CLINIC, medical centre 9am-noon. For appointment call Bob: 613-376-6477 SYDENHAM - CAREGIVER SUPPORT DROP-IN, 9–10:30am, Grace Centre, second Tuesday of each month, info Mary GaynorBriese 613-376-6477, 1-800-763-9610

Wednesday April 10

FILM NIGHT INTERNATIONAL German film “Barbara”, Full Circle Theatre, Perth, 2pm & 7pm, $10; proceeds to library; SNOW ROAD COMMUNITY POTLUCK supper, 5:30pm, all welcome.

Thursday April 11 HARROWSMITH - “Having a webpage designed for your business“, free workshop 9:30-11am Frontenac CFDC Office; register: 613-372-1414; SYDENHAM DINERS, noon, Grace Centre, for 55+yrs, $11. Reservations required 613376-6477

11am COLE LAKE Free Methodist Church, 10:30am DENBIGH - SUNRISE SERVICE, 7am, St. Luke’s United Church; Breakfast 7:45am; church service 9am. DENBIGH, 10:30am, New Apostolic Church ELPHIN Presbyterian Church 10:30am FLINTON, 11am, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church FLINTON, St. Paul’s Anglican Church 11 am FLINTON, Through The Roof, Continental Breakfast starting 9:30am, bring your whole family! Worship Service 10:30am. HARLOWE Wesleyan Standard Church 11am, special music, skits, children’s story. HARROWSMITH, Easter Sunday, Free Methodist Church 10am KALADAR, Bethel Pentecostal Church, 10:30am MABERLY United Church 9am. PARHAM, St. James Anglican Church 9am. PARHAM Free Methodist Church, 11am PARHAM United Church, 11:30am. PLEVNA Holy Trinity Anglican Church 9 am PLEVNA River of Life Christian Fellowship, 10:30am, special music by Ron Lemke RAILTON St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, mass at 9am and 11 am SHARBOT LAKE - SONRISE SERVICE, 6:30am behind Simonett building (bring lawn chairs), all are welcome. SHARBOT LAKE St. James Major Catholic Church 8:45am SHARBOT LAKE United Church, 10:15am. SHARBOT LAKE Pentecostal Church 11am SHARBOT LAKE St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 11am SYDENHAM - CHORAL EUCHARIST with Kid’s Church, 10am, St. Paul’s Anglican Church SYDENHAM Holiness Church, 11am VENNACHAR - EASTER CANTATA, Free Methodist Church, 11am, presented by the choir, all welcome; info: 333-2318. VERONA Free Methodist Church, 10am VERONA Trinity United Church, 11am; combined service


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Outdoors in the Land O’ Lakes - Coywolves: Super Coyotes

ave you seen the recent CBC Nature H of Things documentary

on coywolves, a hybrid breed of wolf and coyote? Needless to say, it was extremely interesting. The term coywolf is the unofficial name for a breed of Eastern coyote that has bred with wolves. The hybrid coyote/wolf has longer legs, bigger paws, larger jaws and a more wolf-like tail, with wolf-like traits like pack-hunting and shows more aggression than the original coyotes. It’s thought that the hybrid animals first appeared around 1919 in Algonquin Park. It was probably happening earlier than that but it was about this time that sightings were reported. Some scientists still doubt

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that the coywolf is a new species but evidence compiled for the past 100 years suggests the much smaller western coyote migrated from the Midwestern United States to eastern forests and farms where the wolf population was being killed off by humans. The coyote followed a path that took it through the Windsor area and the southwestern Ontario corridor, then north to Algonquin Park. According to the documentary, Algonquin’s vast expanse of protected forest offered the animal a safe haven and a bountiful food source. It was there that wolves began to breed with coyotes, probably because available mates within the wolf population were in decline. Perhaps one third of the animals in Algonquin Park are now hybrids. Coywolves have rapidly evolved and appear to have adapted to city life in a similar way that raccoons have taken to big cities like Toronto. It used to be that only campers could hear the eerie howling and yipping of coyotes. Now, since the numbers of coywolves have increased, you’re just as apt to hear them in and around cities. Their high intelligence has enabled them to survive, whether in natural surroundings or urban centres. They are so elusive that they seem to blend into parks, ravines and other green spaces in cities unnoticed for the most part. They can roam for miles at night, catching small animals such as squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and cats or anything else that would make a quick meal. They also aren’t averse to routing through garbage. There have been many sightings of coyotes in Toronto recently and people have been warned to keep their pets inside, especially at night. Last month, Toronto police did shoot what is believed to be a coywolf. The police had no way of knowing that the coywolf they’d shot was a new father protecting his young. The animal and his mate had recently become parents, which is likely why they appeared to be more aggressive. While it may be unnerving to encounter a coyote in a park at night, there have actually been only two reports of fatal coyote

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Submitted by N. Hoedeman he Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board recognizes students who are the Beacons of Hope of their school and community. Each school selects one student whose contributions reflect our Catholic virtues and contribute to the betterment of the community with dedication, integrity and gentle spirit. On March 21, Director of Education, Mr. Jody DiRocco, along with Trustee Wendy Proctor presented Rawlin Millar with the Beacon of Hope award for BUSINESS CARD SIZE his exemplary leadership at St. James Major Catholic School. Rawlin’s opinions and advice are sought by his friends and schoolmates and everyone follows his gentle guidance and encouragement. In the classroom, at recess and in extra-curricular activities, Rawlin is a positive role model for behaviour and his leadership at St. James Major Catholic School is a blessing to all of us.

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attacks in North America in the past 500 ing the cold spell we had around the St. years. The CBC documentary was filmed Patrick’s Day weekend and even now, our partly in the Cape Breton highlands where feeders have been invaded by dozens of a fatal attack on a young Toronto woman Redpolls. I can hardly keep enough seeds took place a few years ago. in the feeders. We also have lots of wellA hundred years ago, the odds were fed mice, who have tunnels in the frozen stacked against eastern wolves, with de- snow piles feasting on the feeder leftovers. forestation and control programs, not to There is hope to reduce the mice numbers, mention increasing urban development. however, as we’ve seen a patient Barred Coyotes, however, were able to increase Owl sitting just a few feet from the feeders their numbers. This is when the two ani- and the mice tunnels. mals began to interbreed. Depending on Who Needs Groundhogs? - On the first their habitat and the availability of food, day of spring, I happened to look out the coyotes can adjust the number of young kitchen window and saw, for the first time born. Young coywolves this year, a skinnystrike out on their own much looking chipmunk! sooner than wolves or coyHe climbed out of otes, leaving the den by the his tunnel, looked time they are two. around for a few For more information minutes and decidon wolves and coyotes, in ed it wasn’t quite general, you can check out time to venture Steve Blight’s in-depth twointo the cold, cruel part article in the December world. The chip2008 online version of the munks and redFrontenac News. winged blackbirds Muskrat Clam Feast are some of our – While snowshoeing at first harbingers of the eastern end of Kashspring, after maple wakamak Lake this past Barred Owl syrup of course! February, we noticed several muskrats sitting around some open spots in the ice. Piled around them were lots of clam shells. Every so often, they’d dive down and grab a few more. They can forage under the ice for something like 15 minutes so they’re not in a hurry to surface. Seems as though we have a lot of well-fed Observations: Thanks to Guenter Nitsche for sending this phomuskrats here! Redpoll Invasion – Dur- to of Trumpeter swans on the Salmon River on March 24.

Frontenac CFDC Spring Workshop Schedule Facebook Management for Businesses You took the first step and created a Facebook Page for your business, now learn how to effectively and efficiently manage your page. Join us as we discuss creating and executing a social media strategy, how to schedule updates, include links and page tags, upload photos, how to pin and highlight posts and the best times to engage. Tues April 9, 9:30am to 11:00am Frontenac CFDC Office. What to Consider when having a webpage designed for your business Thinking about having someone develop a website for your business or adding online shopping to an existing site and not sure what to include or what questions to ask of the developer? Patricia Czychun of Capstone Web Solutions will provide an overview of the type of content and tools you may wish to consider. Thurs April 11, 9:30am to 11 :00am Frontenac CFDC Office. How to Use Facebook Ads for Your Business Considering using Facebook Ads to promote your business but not sure how to get started? Join us as we discuss the benefits of advertising on Facebook, creating ads, choosing your target audience, and how to schedule, time and budget your ads. Tues April 23, 9:30 to 11 :00am at the Sydenham Library Meeting Room. How to Use Facebook Applications to Build Your Following Facebook applications enhance the functionality of your page. There are a number of effective (and FREE) applications that can: Link to your website, showcase your products on your ETSY store, highlight your Pinterest Boards, display your YouTube videos, allow users to sign-up for your newsletters and much more. Join us to learn how to integrate key applications into your Facebook page. Wed May 1, 9:30am to 11:00am at the Frontenac CFDC Office. Starting a Business? Want to be your own boss? This session will help you plan for a successful business start-up, discuss business structure, your business plan, financing and where to obtain additional information. Thurs May 2, 9:30am to 11 :00am at the Frontenac CFDC Office. Introduction to Marketing This session will be of interest to individuals considering starting a business or have recently started one. The workshop will focus on knowing your prospective customer and low cost options to promote your business. Guest speaker Jon Begg, Manager Strategic Alliances, Kawartha Credit Union. Tues May 14, 9:30am at the Frontenac CFDC Office. Registration is required for all workshops and seating is limited. Call 613-372-1414 or email to register.

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n an effort to stem a continual increase in the cost of running the ambulance service, Frontenac County will be cutting a 12-hour ambulance in the City of Kingston. The cut will relegate four full-time paramedics to part-time status. The cost of running the service went up by over 15% between 2009 and 2012. Cutting a busy shift was not the county’s first choice as a method of stemming the increases in costs. On January 16, the County announced a new sick time strategy. Noting that replacing sick and injured workers was costing the service more and more each year, the decision was made to pull cars off the road during selected shifts when paramedics called in sick. The goal of that strategy was to save the cost of 5,000 hours in 2013. However, early in March, OPSEU Local 462, which represents Frontenac County Paramedics, announced that it was going to launch a grievance against the County’s sick time strategy to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Instead of entering into a grievance process, County Council abandoned the sick time strategy and opted instead for a decisive course of action. “Rather than engage in potentially pro-

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tracted and expensive litigation regarding an initiative designed to reduce costs, County Council determined that cost reductions had to be found elsewhere. Council determined the savings would be achieved through the transition of four full-time paramedics to parttime positions and the reduction of service by one 12-hour per day vehicle located at Palace Road in Kingston. The strategy will come into effect on May 6, 2013,” said a County press release last week. By cutting a 12-hour day shift from the busiest ambulance base in the City of Kingston, on Palace Road, the county will realise savings in equipment replacement costs, as well as over 6,800 hours of labour costs in 2013. Four full time paramedics will be relegated to part-time status and according to Dave Parkhill, Vice President of Local 462, “Those paramedics will, in reality, be laid off. There have been very few shifts for part-timers as it is, and adding four more to the list will only make times even leaner for all of them.” The County expressed regret at taking the action. “This was a very difficult decision. However, action was required to stem ® the escalating costs while at the same time


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the Ontario Labour Board amid concerns over the safety of some ambulance calls. Parkhill said, “We had been talking with the County about the safety issue for months, and we thought we had developed a pretty strong relationship in working towards a solution. But then they self-reported to the Labour Board without our knowledge, and that strained our relations.” This latest measure is sure to strain those relations further, and indicates that the county is likely to take a hard line in upcoming contract negotiations with the union. The collective agreement between Local 462 and the County expires at the end of 2013.

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