April 25, 2013
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Paramedics press County on service cuts
ver 30 off-duty paramedics from the Frontenac Land Ambulance Service attended a meeting of Frontenac County Council last Wednesday. They were there to support Chief Steward, Shauna Dunn, who made a presentation about Council’s recent decision to cut a 12-hour day shift at the Palace Road ambulance base in the City of Kingston. Although none of the councillors addressed the paramedics, they had to notice them because the paramedics wearing bright yellow t-shirts with the slogan “Cuts to your ambulance services can cost you, your life.” “The demand for emergency medical services in Frontenac County and the City of Kingston has been increasing by almost 12% year over year since 2009,” Dunn told Council. “We, as paramedics, have very serious concerns about the implications of the various budget mitigation strategies presented to Council for the 2013 budget. The elimination of one ambulance, four full-time paramedic positions, is of particular concern given the direct impact on the front-line emergency service resources … most, if not all, of the ambulance services in this province have been advocating for enhancements of service, not reductions. Frontenac County will thus have the dubious honour of leading the way in discovering the true cost of cutting ambulance resources in the face of an ageing population, increased demand for medical service, and the impending crisis in our health care system as a whole,” she added. She also made reference to statements made by Paul Charbonneau, the Chief of Paramedic Services for Frontenac County, to CBC News in February, about the need to prepare for what he called a “tsunami” of de-
by Jeff Green
Members of OPSEU Local 462 gathered outside the Frontenac County offices in the bright sunshine in advance of the April 17 council meeting. (photo - Lise-Anne Lepage-McBain) mand for service as the baby boomer population bubble ages over the next 20 years, and wondered how this jives with making cuts to local service. When the shift cut was announced, Charbonneau said that the service will still be able to meet the response time standard that it set for itself last fall, a standard that has been accepted by the Ministry of Health. That standard is for a response (by a paramedic or a first response vehicle) to a cardiac arrest within 6 minutes, 48% of the time. The response time to all high-priority calls is for a paramedic to be on scene with-
in 8 minutes of the call coming in 68% of the time, and to other priority calls within 10 minutes, 65% of the time. These standards include rural and urban calls, with rural calls most often being ones where the standard cannot possibly be achieved. The cut in service at Palace Road will affect service throughout Frontenac County, Shauna Dunn said. “The ambulance stationed in Snow Road, Parham, and Sydenham will undoubtedly have to provide emergency standby coverage and to respond to emergency calls in/
Stewardship Councils talk about beavers T
by Jeff Green
wo hundred people packed the Civitan Hall in Perth for a day-long seminar devoted to the ubiquitous Canadian Beaver, the loved and loathed creature that most closely resembles humans in its tendency to make changes to its surroundings. As creatures who alter their habitat to suit their needs and who seem to be unaware of
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the vast eco-systemic impacts of their own search for a comfortable home, humans should understand beavers pretty well. The problems between humans and beavers are not those of understanding. They are really based on conflicting land uses. The first speaker at the seminar was Dr. Cherie Westbrook, from the University of Saskatchewan. She has made a career of studying the impacts of beaver dams on water bodies in a variety of landscapes throughout North America, and has recently returned from a five-week trip to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina where a “gift” of 25 pairs of beavers from the Government of Canada some 70 years ago has become an entrenched population of 150,000, with resulting impacts on the landscape and agriculture in Tierra Del Fuego. What Cherie Woodcock and her team have found is that one of the effects of Beaver dams is to increase groundwater quantity in an expansive swath of land up and downstream from the dams. In one major study that she has done on the Colorado River, she found that 70% of the water in the river was diverted by a single dam, which resulted in a significant defence against drought in the surrounding region. Beavers are associated with the development and augmentation of riparian zones, riverside regions that foster rich habitat for a large number of plants and animals.
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Woodcock said that beaver populations in North America have rebounded significantly from the lows of the early years of the 20th century, when they had been hunted to the point that their future was in some doubt. It is estimated there were between 60 and 400 million beavers in North America before beaver hats took Europe by storm. The current estimate is between 9.6 and 15 million in North America, and with the recent warming trend in Northern Canada, beaver populations are expanding northward each year. While a population of beavers can alter the landscape considerably, turning forests lands into riparian lands, when beaver are removed or leave, the riparian lands then become grasslands. With representatives from 12 different local townships in attendance at the seminar, the subject of beaver management was bound to come up. In introducing Mike Richardson, the public works manager for Central Frontenac Township, seminar host Gray Merriam said, “Now it is time to get a view from the trenches. When you call your township office to say your road is washed out from floods caused by a beaver dam, these are the guys who answer your call.” Richardson’s presentation, the Beaver and the Taxpayer, covered some of the re-
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around Kingston even more frequently than they do now, subjecting county residents to even longer response times than they are used to.” The 12-hour day shift at the Palace Road base, which also operates two 24-hour ambulances, is set to take effect on May 20. The announcement of the shift cut came just days after OPSEU Local 462 launched a grievance to the Ontario Labour Relations Board over the county’s recently adopted practice of not replacing workers who call in sick during certain shifts. That practice was designed to save 5,000 hours in labour costs in 2013. The sick time policy, which was designed to give management time to determine why sick time has risen dramatically among OPSEU Local 462 members in recent years, was immediately abandoned when the grievance was launched. The shift cut could save more in labour time than the sick time policy was designed to save, over 8,700 hours. The collective agreement between Local 462 and Frontenac County expires at the end of the year. A few weeks ago, Chief Charbonneau told the News that it is impossible to speculate on the impact of this measure on the tenor of the negotiations for a new agreement. “A lot can happen in nine months,” he said. The presentation by Shauna Dunn elicited no response from members of Frontenac County Council. She was, however, warned twice by Warden Janet Gutowski that she was taking more time than was allotted to her presentation. She spoke for 12.5 minutes. The prescribed time allotment for public delegations is 15 minutes
North Frontenac to bump taxes by 7% by Jeff Green N
orth Frontenac Council completed a long budget process last Friday, leaving ratepayers on the hook for a 7% increase in the amount the township will be levying to ratepayers to pay for local services. The budget took several months to finalise in 2013 because North Frontenac was the first Council in the region to complete a comprehensive asset management and 10-year capital replacement plan. Waterfront property owners, who have seen a major increase in property assessment once again this year, will pay the lion’s share of the increase. The local tax rate in North Frontenac is only up marginally, less than 2%, with the rest of the increase coming from a 5% average increase in property assessment. The increase in local taxes will be offset for North Frontenac ratepayers by education and county taxes, which are not going up this year. A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 9 am. The budget will be presented and comments received at that time. It is anticipated that the budget will be approved on he same day, pending the completion of the Frontenac County budget process,
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No budget for lost County
ven though a climate of acrimony and mistrust has become entrenched at Frontenac County Council in recent months, the decision that council made last week to defer their budget deliberations until May 2 is hard to understand. The budget was on the agenda last week, but before the agenda was approved, Councilor Jones from Frontenac Islands put forward a motion of censure against Warden Janet Gutowski and CAO Liz Savill for not calling a special meeting regarding the budget and for filling up the council agenda with “fluff and bubble” delegations. The County Deputy Clerk Jeanette Amini, did not see how the motion of censure fit with the rules of the Ontario Municipal Act. A motion was put to Council to remove the budget from the meeting’s agenda and send it to a special meeting. David Jones seemed to be saying that the budget was the number one priority of the County. Treasurer Marian VanBruinessen had pointed out in a report to Council that the local townships as well as the City of Kingston need the budget as soon as possible to finalise their spending plans for the year. The Municipal Act requires upper tier municipalities to have a budget in place by the end of March. Why then would anyone vote to put the whole off for another two weeks? Instead, virtually everything else on the agenda could have been deferred. Sure enough, with the budget off the agenda, Council proceeded to spend several hours last Wednesday debating the fine points of proposed amendments to their procedural bylaw. The procedural bylaw may not be fluff and bubble, but neither is it a pressing matter. The upshot of all this is that by the time Frontenac County Council sits down on May 2, six weeks will have passed from the time they rejected, without explanation, a budget that called for a decrease of 0.34 per cent in the amount of
TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC PITCH-IN WEEK April 21st- 27th South Frontenac Township Volunteers will be scouring the various areas in the township for garbage accumulated over the winter as part of the PITCH-IN CANADA WEEK, a national campaign to clean up the environment. For more information see the website under “Garbage and Recycling Information
WASTE DISPOSAL SITES Operational Plan May 1st Changes Residents are advised that changes in hours of operation, tipping fees and accepted materials will come into effect May 1st, 2013. Please see the township website and view the “Waste Management Changes” document on the home page. A paper copy can be picked up at the Municipal Offices for those who cannot print a copy off the web site.
DOG TAG REMINDER FEE INCREASE MAY 1ST Residents are advised that the fee for 2013 dog tags will increase to $25.00 on May 1, 2 013. Purchase your dog tag from various locations throughout the township. See our website for locations.
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.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE DAYS The Household Hazardous Waste Site at 2491 Keeley Road will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm every Thursday from April 4th, 2013 to October 31st, 2013. See our website for details.
COUNCIL MEETING The next Council Meeting will be on May 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will be on April 30th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. 4432 George Street, Box 100, Sydenham ON K0H 2T0 1-800-559-5862 Website: www.township.southfrontenac.on.ca
by Jeff Green
money to be levied from ratepayers. When the budget was rejected back in March, two things did not happen. Council did not give any instructions to staff regarding changes they needed to see in the budget in order to support it, and they also did not ask for a special budget meeting. This was a failing of the council, not of the warden or the CAO. The document they will see on May 2 is the identical document they rejected. I have spoken to three of the five members of council who voted against the budget in March. They each had their own reasons. One was concerned about the cost of running
Fairmount Home; one was concerned about county reserve funds;, and one was concerned that the county overspends on everything that it does. These are all legitimate concerns. However it is hard to see how they will be addressed on May 2. It is more likely that council will simply cut some of the budget lines on that day without considering the financial and operational implications. But that would not be a demonstration of good governance. It would be better, in the time between now and May 2, if members of council did some homework, asked for clarification about the budget numbers from the treasurer in advance of the meeting, and came in with something to offer to the process.
Central Frontenac Council - Tuesday, April 23 CF Fire Chief requests OPP training for dealing with meth labs: As a result of his team being called in by the OPP to dismantle a meth lab in Mountain Grove last week, Fire Chief Bill Young asked council to consider providing more OPP training for CF firefighters in how to effectively and safely deal with such situations. Meth labs can pose a serious danger to those called in to dismantle them since the chemicals involved can be highly combustible. Chief Young reported that the month of March was a quiet one overall, with only 18 calls. The fire ban currently is moderate and he reported a few needless “nonsense” fires that were caused by carelessness.
Council pressures County to finalize their budget
Treasurer Michael McGovern recommended that council send a letter to the county urging them to finalize their budget so that county tax rates can be incorporated in the township’s next tax billing, which must be printed no later than May 27. In his report to council McGovern stated that “delaying of the (township) tax bills any further than midMay will result in a later due date...resulting in confusion for residents and increased complaints handled by staff, higher pre-authorized payment plan adjustments, less interest earned, delayed projects and a lack of revenue to offset school board and county payments.” Last year the township received the county rates on April 11. Council authorized staff to send a letter to the county regarding the matter.
Septic re-inspection placed back on business/ project list: CAO John Duchene wondered if council wanted septic re-inspection placed on a priority list while he is serving on staff since it is now “sitting in limbo”. Councilors agreed to put it back on the list and to further look into the issue in a timely manner so that returning cottagers can be made aware of any new updates. Council discussed the possibility of making septic inspections mandatory on lakefront and island properties since in the past the majority of waterfront property owners did not volunteer for inspections that the township has run in the past.
Councilor John Purdon suggested looking to the Tay Valley approach, which is to make septic inspection mandatory on certain lakes. Council agreed to ask staff to update them as to where the process currently stands. Clock ticks down on Parham Library: After considerable discussion councilors passed two motions concerning the likelihood that the Parham Library will become homeless as of July 1 with the closure of Hinchinbrooke Public School. The library is currently located in a portable at he school. Council decided to place an ad looking for property owners in the Parham area who might be interested in offering a space to house the library while council tries to find a long term solution. The space would have to meet library board guidelines. Council also directed staff to make a request to the KFLA library board that if the Parham Library closes on July 1, its operating hours (six per week) be kept available should a suitable location be found in the future.
New QR Codes and WIFI in CF Mayor Janet Gutowski briefed council on the idea of using QR (quick response) codes in the township saying that they are a “quick and progressive way of providing information to visitors to the area.” She said there is a plan to use the codes to promote points of interest on the Sharbot Lake Historical Walking Tour. The codes would be located on small signs and they can be scanned by cameras or cell phones and information can be gained by plugging the code into the township website. “It’s environmental, high tech and a way of getting information out there inexpensively, and we thought it might attract attention from a different demographic,” she said. On that same note, Gutowski reported that North Frontenac Telephone Company will be once again
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think the ad that is running welcoming Mr. Trudeau is an outrage. Last week, Mr. Harper was saying that we need to put an end to bullying. He might want to stop engaging in insulting, irrelevant and bullying behaviour himself. Shame on Mr. Harper and his party for lowering the political conversation in this country to new levels. They are making Canada a far worse place when they should be making use of the opportunities offered to them to make it better. We expect everyone in our communities, whether young or old, to be respectful of those they work with, play with and otherwise interact with. We expect at least that much from those who are our representatives in government. They are failing to live up to even minimal expectations. - Annie Peace-Fast
Re: Democratic Decisions
udos to Paul Isaacs for thinking "outside the box" and putting forward his ideas on democratic decision-making (April 18th). To pursue this important dialogue, though, some statements need to be corrected. The claim that a deadlock in the House of Commons would lead to a decision being passed on to the Senate, and perhaps eventually to the Governor General, is simply wrong. I checked with the Information Service of the Library of Parliament, who confirmed my understanding that in the rare case of a tie vote in the House, the Speaker breaks the tie. This is also the rule in the Senate, since the Speaker is actually the Chair and does not vote except in the case of a tie. Secondly, the notion that the Governor General ever gets to make any decision on legislation or policy matters is also just dead wrong. In our parliamentary system, the Crown can make decisions only in extremely rare circumstances - on questions of procedure where our democratic Constitution itself is at risk. The only such case in Canada in recent decades was Mr. Harper's outrageous 2008 request to the Governor General to prorogue Parliament so that he could avoid being toppled by a vote of nonconfidence. His request defied the democratic principle whereby it is the elected House of Commons that decides who governs the country. Mme Jean made a huge mistake in allowing Mr. Harper to subvert that principle and avoid certain defeat in the House we had elected only two months before. Her failure to enact the constitutional safeguard of the Crown's "reserve power" in this case allowed the government to remain in office and continue thumbing its nose at democracy. Mr. Isaacs has rightly flagged the lack of real democratic decision-making at multiple levels in this country, and his promotion of "due consideration, accommodation and reconciliation" is most welcome. I look forward to further fact-based discussion on how to bring this shift about. - Helen Forsey
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Letters to the editor KFPL Survey – “you see Re: ATV accident s a resident of North Frontenac and what you want to see” Aan avid outdoor enthusiast, I have the SINCE 1970
ike other Frontenac residents, I was recently assailed by a Kingston Frontenac Public Library telephone survey that left me feeling unheard. A young, gentle voice asked me many, many questions of the “strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree” variety that we are all so familiar with. Although I shouted “you closed my library” in apoplectic fury, there was no place on this poor young woman’s form to record my unhappiness. In calmer moments, I remembered an old Harry Nilsson lyric from the 1973 The Point – “You see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to hear”. The library’s survey is designed to tell their board just that, their own preconceived (in 2004) ideas of what will serve rural Frontenac. There was just one open-ended question of the twenty or so before I abruptly quit the situation – “How could your service be improved?” My answer – “Give my volunteer local library interlibrary loan service”, but of course that would make no sense to their survey, since volunteer libraries don’t exist. It will be interesting to see how they interpret the results of the recent survey. The results of the 2010 survey showed plenty of bias. Then they asked 83 rural respondents if they preferred expanded services in fewer locations, limited services in current neighbourhood locations, or improved services without closing local libraries. Many keen library users would have known already whether they were slated for fine new facilities (42% by population), closure (11%), or no change (47%). This we knew from the very controversial 2004 consultant’s report. The results – 46% favoured fine new facilities in fewer locations, 26% limited services in local libraries, with no citing of those requesting no closure. And so they closed Ompah’s branch – perhaps you agree with their interpretation of that result. But remember – Parham, Mountain Grove, and Arden are their next closure projects. - Janice Arthur
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n last week's article we erroneously stated that Wayne Conway is the president of the Verona Community Association. Debbie Lingen, not Wayne, is the president of the VCA. Also, some text was accidentally omitted from the sentence about the township's safe properties bylaw. To clarify: the bylaw is a complaint-driven bylaw that does not address the esthetic appearance of properties or buildings, but does address issues of public safety and health. We apologize for the mistakes.
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16-year-old youth who was behind the wheel of a go-kart has died following a tragic collision with a motor vehicle that was being operated by his friend. On Saturday, April 20, shortly after 9 a.m., emergency services were called to the area of Horning Rd on the west side of Sydenham Rd. Paramedics and police attempted life-saving measures on scene and en route to Kingston General Hospital, but Cody Green, 16, was later pronounced dead by medical staff. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Constable Patrick Lorenz at 613-549-4660 ext 6192; plorenz@ kpf.ca. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www.tipsubmit.com Cody was a student at Sydenham High School. His aunt, Adrienne Campbell, has organized a fund to raise money to help his parents, Nicole and Mark Asselstine, pay for funeral expenses. Donations can be made at www.wishgift.ca/gifts.php?p=9977754.
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· Northbrook Legion Branch 328 congratulates our winners for poster and poems at zone level. Riley Kay, received first place for colour poster in the grades 4 – 6 category. Emma Fuller, grades 7 – 9, received 1st place for colour poster. Lauren Collins, grades 4 – 6, received third place for a poem - submitted by Bonnie Wood. · A beef barbecue fund raiser for the Conservationists of Frontenac and Addington will be held at the Northbrook Lions Hall on Saturday, April 27, 4 – 7pm. The price is $12 adults, children $6. For details call Ron Pethick, 613-336-9400. · On Friday May 3 a free movie, Les Misérables, will be shown at 7 p.m. at Cloyne United Church. This 2012 British musical drama film is based on the stage musical, and was the winner of eight Oscars. PG 13.
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Family Farms or Nicole's Gifts. For full contest rules log onto www.yourverona.com. · Don't forget your doggie dog tags. Bowser must be tagged by the end of April to get the special rate of $12. After that, the bite on the wallet will be $25. Scamper down to Verona Hardware to purchase your dog tags. · The Sydenham Women's Institute are hosting their Craft & Bake Sale on Sat. April 27 from 9am to 2pm at the Sydenham Legion on Amelia Street. There will be jewellery, tupperware, jams & pickles, paintings, woodwork and much more. · Bingo! The Verona Lions will host a Bingo evening on Thursday, May 2. Doors and canteen open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:50 p.m. 12 regular games and two share-the-wealth. Verona Lions Club. Free parking. · The first Frontenac Farmers’ Market of the season will be Sat. May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Verona Lions Club. · Sisters By Heart invite us to a Special Ladies Night Out on Monday, May 6. The theme is "Teddy Bear Picnic” with guest speaker Sharon Nault and music provided by Alexa Craven and Katie Domen. Verona Free Methodist Church, 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets $ 5 available in advance or at the door. For more info call 374-1232. · "Rev. Oscar Simpson's Country Church" with The Old Hims, Gord Struthers, Jim Smith and guest Glenda Nichol will be held on Friday April 26, 7 p.m. at Hartington Community Church; freewill offering; refreshments. 374-2178. · The Annual Trail Clean Up Day is this Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cleanup takes place in Verona from Bellrock Road to Prince Charles Public School. Wear comfortable walking or running shoes, dress for the weather and come prepared with garden gloves, bug spray and sunscreen. Children and pets are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. To register, email Trina Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 548-9400 ext 304. · There will be a fundraiser for Drew Cumpson on Saturday, May 4 at the North Frontenac Arena. Silent auction, a latenight buffet and entertainment provided by Bauder Road, Killing Time and Still Standing. Tickets are $20 per person; children 16 and under free. Tickets at Toppers Convenience Store, Verona Hardware and Reid's Foodland.
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The Ompah Community Library will be closed Saturday April 27, the day of the ATV run.
HENDERSON Jean Brown Georgina Wathen
· Your old reporter apologizes to the fine folks who repaired the Henderson signboard so quickly and fantastically. It was completely done by the next day and far before my news came out last week. We are now back in the business of promoting our village events on the newly tuned up board - so thanks ferociously, fine fellows. · Happy 94th birthday to our own Charlie Good. We hope you have a birthday blast with family and friends. · The Old Time Fiddlers met in Northbrook this past week
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for some toe tapping tunes, including some from two fiddlers from Peterborough who plan to attend regularly. Terry Good's sister, Janet Hawley, and her granddaughter, Amber, played guitar and sang to the delight of a large audience. President Marie White was re-instated for another year with thanks and appreciation from all of us. · Also a group of "Old Boys" sang and played at their usual time on the third Friday of the month at a local cafe. I recognized Bob Goodberry and a few others. The music was cosy and cheerful, and a fun time for everyone · Many from our area attended the funeral of the late Lela McQuay in Tweed, including Crystal Gurnsey and partner Claudio of Kingston. The Rev. Bill Perry officiated at the service with interment in the Harlowe Cemetery. · Furs are back in fashion with folks hankering for a fur coat or a fur trimmed purse or pencil case. China is a big fur supporter, and this is good news for our area trappers. · Henderson United is ready to receive your gently used items for our up-coming yard sale on Saturdays June 22 and 29. Just give Allan Gurnsey (336-2516) a call to arrange for pick up within a 20-mile radius of Henderson. Decreased space does not allow large furniture or appliances but we've got lots of space for smaller items and can pick up your contributions. Your support enables the church to serve God here at home and around the world. – Jean.
PLEVNA Katie Ohlke
613-479-2797 email: email@example.com Editor’s Note: Our apologies to Katie and our readers for putting the wrong column under the Plevna heading last week. Katie had included a preview of the Relay for Life fundraiser in her column, which unfortunately didn’t get in the paper, and we’re glad that the event was a success. · The North Frontenac Retirees would like to thank everyone who supported the bake sale and silent auction for the cancer Relay for Life at Jack's Jam on Saturday. It is overwhelming, the generosity of the people in our community and surrounding area. We made $1425 for the cancer Relay for Life walk in Flinton on the 7th and 8th of June. · The Clarendon Central Public School 50th Reunion was a smashing success! With staff and students reaching back as far as the school itself, many old friends reunited and lots of memories were shared. A special thank you to all who made it happen and to everyone who attended. · This Sat. April 27 is a delicious Spaghetti Supper! Hosted by the Clar Mill Volunteers, at the Clar Mill Hall from 5- 7pm. Enjoy succulent spaghetti, Caesar salad and a mouth watering dessert! $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and the under 5 eat free! · Plevna Joke of the Week: Henry “Why did the cookie go to the doctor?” Maggie “Because it was feeling a little crummy!”
SYDENHAM Anita Alton
· Come to the Legion this Saturday, April 27, for a Euchre Tourney beginning at 6 p.m. We’re usually over by 9 p.m. Bring a partner! · Sydenham Women's Institute is hosting their annual Craft and Bake Sale on Sat. April 27 from 9 – 2 p.m. at the Legion Hall. There will be jewellery, painting, woodworking, jams, pickles and much more. · Sunday, April 28, Sharbot Lake Lions are holding a Music Jamboree hosted by Fred Brown. This will be held at Sharbot Lake High School beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $10. Entertainers include Lorne Buck, Adam Knapp, Mitch Barker, Old Habits, Allen Love, "Elvis" and Paige Rombough. · For those of you concerned about the status of The Chilly Goose Ice Cream Shop - rest assured; it is opening up again based out of Ronnie's Restaurant in the village. Look for their Ice Cream Trailer opening up soon. · Next Friday night, May 3, St. Paul's Anglican Church in Sydenham is holding a fabulous fish fry from 5 – 7 p.m.
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Missing a dose of a regularly-taken medication is an error. If this happens often, devise a medication memory device to help you remember to take a dose. This can take the form of a 24-hour timer, a special one-day medication box or have a talk with our pharmacists for other ways to help. Helping you take the right medications at the right time is part of our job as your pharmacist. Make us part of your good-health team.
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For Our Aging
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Adults are $12 and kids are $6 (children under 5 are free). Everyone is welcome to this very popular and tasty event. · Wing Night is next Thursday night at the Legion (May 2) from 5 – 8 p.m. · From May 3 - 5, a benefit for Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre will be held at Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, 6674 Bedford Road, during their spring sale. Sandy Pines will have a booth there educating customers and volunteers about the work they do in wildlife rehabilitation. On Saturday, May 4, there will be prize raffles throughout the day - all funds raised through ticket sales will benefit Sandy Pines. Furthermore, Sandy Pines will bring a 4-wheeler on this date and will be selling tickets for it (the draw is in Sept.) Also on Saturday there will be a free BBQ lunch and concert with music by Rock Bottom. Sandy Pines is located in Napanee and helps rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife in our area. Information at sandypineswildlife.org. · STOP Hunger with e-waste. On Sat. June 15 take your e-waste to 2069 Battersea Rd (rear parking lot) from 11am to 2pm and it will be turned into food! STOP Hunger is a worldwide Sodexo initiative to combat hunger. With your help, 5 cents will be raised for every kilogram of e-waste collected. Stop by the sponsored BBQ and enjoy lunch, where your donations will be gratefully accepted. All funds raised will be donated to Southern Frontenac Community Services, so start saving your e-waste now.
HARROWSMITH Kim Gow
· Sydenham Women's Institute will be hosting a Craft and Bake Sale April 27 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sydenham Legion. Jewellery, Tupperware, jams and pickles, paintings, wood work and much more. · St. Paul's United Church in Harrowsmith will be hosting their 3rd Annual FUNtastic Street Fair and Sale May 4 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Giant yard, bake, book, toy and plant sale. Outdoor fun fair for the kids with over 15 games with prizes, jumping castle and confections. Pony rides from 11 a.m. –1 p.m. BBQ lunch. Live entertainment from 11 – 2 p.m. · The Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club is still seeking volunteers, vendors and donations for their "Canada Day in the Park" celebration. If you would like to make a donation (monetary or prize), book a vendor space or volunteer your services, please call Pam 389-3180 or Kim 372-0018. · Words to live by: Everyone comes with baggage. A true friend is someone who is willing to help you unpack. Have a great week.
MOUNTAIN GROVE Marilyn Meeks
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· An Earth Day cleanup sponsored by the Rec Committee will be held on Sunday, April 28, 9am-noon. Meet at the community center. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for all volunteers and garbage bags and gloves will be provided by the township. · Friends and family gathered at the Free Methodist Parham Church hall to celebrate the life of Mary Meltz (Brown) on April 20. She was originally from Parham and was the sister of Garnet Brown. · Parham Happy Travellers senior club met on April 17 for their April monthly meeting. Hostesses were Sylvia Hill and Dorothy Verbeek. Everyone enjoyed the various homemade soups and sandwiches. Gordon Struthers provided the entertainment with his music and songs. He also celebrated a birthday on the 14th. · Congratulations to Marilyn Mallett on launching a second career as a pharmacy technician. · Happy birthday to June Hughes, Merrill Hamilton · Happy Anniversary to Ron and Beverley Ruttan. · The final euchre game at the Parham IOOF hall will be on April 29, 7pm. It was a great social evening · A memorial service was held at Arbour Heights on April 18 for all the residents that had passed away in the year of 2012. Many thanks to Fred Pentney for the kind words that he had said that honoured our dad, Fred Smith. · Congratulations to Arthur and Linda Barker on their 50th anniversary. A beautiful dinner was held in their honour, with their children and grandchildren.
· The Relay of Life team the "Kennebec Firefighters" will be holding a dart Tournament, bake sale, silent auction, etc. on April 27 -- 10am at Arden Legion. There will be an open doubles dart tournament at $10 per person. Please come and support this worthy cause · Thinking of the Brown families; also of Verna Cowdy, Andy Armstrong, Doris Forbes, Dorothy Knight, Ken Smith, Ralph Steele, Joyce Smith, Glen Fox, Gary Garnet.
MISSISSIPPI Pearl Killingbeck
· Happy Anniversary to Jessie and Ross Hamill married 12 years; also Happy Birthday to Jessie. · The snowmobile club fed 133 people and raised $629.50 for Alzheimer’s: $314.75 for Kingston Frontenac, and $314.75 for Lanark County. The next breakfast and last one for the season will be May 4 – a fundraiser for Cancer – melanoma. · Happy Birthday Amanda and Shawn. · Sympathy to the Closs family on the death of Edith. · Olive Allan attended a birthday party in Ottawa on Sunday for her granddaughter “Isobel” who was eight. Happy Birthday, Isobel, and many more! · Smile – I’m rich. I have silver in my hair, gold in my teeth, crystals in my kidneys, sugar in my blood, lead in my butt, iron in my arteries. I never thought I would accumulate such wealth!
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· Thank you North Frontenac Community Services for starting Volunteer Appreciation Week off with a wonderful dinner for all NFCS volunteers. The meal was fantastic, and as always Don Amos and Mike Proctor welcomed us graciously with humor and kind words. The NFCS organization and all of their staff make volunteering more than a pleasure. Thank you from all of us! · Start off this Saturday with breakfast from 8-11am at the Legion. Stay in your seats and participate in the Bucket & Silent Auctions, which begin at 11am and end at 5pm. The auctions are sponsored by the Kennebec Fire Fighters, but all proceeds for both events are going to the Relay for Life 2013. This is an excellent cause and should be supported by everyone. · The Annual Trash Bash, sponsored by the Kennebec Recreation Committee originally scheduled for April 30 has been moved to May 2. Please meet at the Kennebec Recreation Centre at 9am and help the volunteers keep Arden tidy and neat. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help.
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PUBLIC NOTICE - PROPOSED BELL MOBILITY 100 METER GUYED TOWER Subject: Notice of Proposed 100 meter guyed wireless communications tower Location: South off Terry's Lane off Weslemkoon Lake Road, Gilmour, Ontario Legal Description Land Registry Information - PIN: 450360060 Address: N/A Municipality: N/A LRO: 29 Land Registry Status: ACTIVE Area: 413,286 m2 Registration Type: LT Perimeter: 2,875 m Description: LT 29 CON 12 EFFINGHAM; ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS The tower will provide wireless communication services.
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· Congratulations to Josh Goodfellow, formerly of Parham, who received the Outstanding Service Award from the Limestone District School Board. · April 28 at 1 pm is the Spring Jamboree at SLHS, cost $10/person sponsored, by the Sharbot Lake & District Lions Club. · Thinking of Mayflower...hoping your sinus infection clears up soon!! · Also, congratulations to Mr. Giroux (Marcel) who received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Sharbot Lake Legion Awards. Dinner. Tyrone Seeley, Donna Longmire and Dan Bush received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal at the Legion as well!! Volunteers are so vital to our community. This week is National Volunteer Week. Thank you to all volunteers. · Don't the surrounding areas look so clean, fresh and green after many volunteers cleaned and picked up trash along our highways and byways. Your efforts do not go unnoticed!! THANK YOU!!
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Sharbot Lake Health & Wellness Monday April 29, 4 - 7 p.m.
Come see our new space, say hello and put your name in for a door prize! Annette Gray Jackson, RMT Sean Rodgers, Sharbot Lake Chiropractic Catherine Ball & Danielle, Perth Physiotherapy 14152 Road 38, Sharbot Lake Country Inn Sharbot Lake
Daily Specials, Homemade Soups, Desserts, Pizza 1004 Medical Center St, Sharbot Lake 613-279-3200
Open Wed - Sun 8a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Dinner Specials - April 24-28 Thurs: Munchie Combos (3 assorted appetizer platters for two $19.99, 20.99, 21.99) Fri: Marinated, bacon wrapped Pork Tenderloin with roasted potatoes and vegetable. Starter soup or salad $&14.99 Sat: Wings & Skins - 16 chicken wings and baked potato skins $13.99 Sun: Fried Chicken - 2 pieces of breaded fried chicken with potato choice and vegetables. Starter soup or salad $12.99
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· The Annual Trivia Night, sponsored by the Kennebec Recreation Committee, will be held Sat May 4 at 7pm. This is a fun filled evening for all to enjoy. Form your own team or come out and be part of a team, but come out and join in. Tickets are available from Val 613-335-4027, Diane 613335-2845 or Wanda 613-335-3186; $8 pp or $10 at the door. See you at the Kennebec Rec Centre. · Also, Saturday evening May 4, the United Church Youth Group (the GEECS) will be sponsoring a Western Dance, 7 to 11pm at the Olden Hall. All ages are welcome. There will be music, games and a canteen; $5pp or $15 per family. · The Arden United Church will be having a Pastoral Charge meeting on May 1 to pass the recommendations of the official Board regarding the Joint Needs Assessment Committee report. Please try to attend this very important meeting. · Don’t forget the Arden Legion’s Election meeting Sunday April 28 at 9am at the Branch. All “In Good Standing” members are asked to attend and elect a new executive for 2013/2014. The Legion thanks you for your support.
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Wed: Fettuccine Alfredo - Fettuccine simmered in a creamy alfredo sauce. Served with Caesar salad and a garlic baguette $10.99 Add chicken $3.99 Thurs: Munchie Combos (wings, bread sticks, potato munchers, shrimp, fried ravioli, nachos) Fri: Beef Stir Fry - Beef and vegetables sautéed in sauce and served on rice or pasta. Starter soup or salad $11.99 Sat: Steak Neptune - 8oz New York topped with crab, shrimp and bearanaise sauce. Served with potato choice and vegetable. Starter soup or salad $18.99 Sun: Pork chops - Served with potato choice and vegetable. Starter soup or salad. $13.99
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Parham Tichborne - from page 5 · As one door closed another will soon be opening and the future looks brighter for the new school as work progresses on it. The HPS will soon be closed as a school so plans are being compiled to "go out" in style. If you have any ideas and memorabilia we would love to hear from you!! · Don't forget to mark Sunday May 26 down on your calendar for District #4 Recreation Committee's Annual Flea Market. Come and bring your table and your wares to sell. Hope to see you there! · Central Frontenac Minor Softball is still looking for a few Junior Men to play if you are under 21 and want to play let me know and we will hook you up!! Soon you will see these teams in full force on the ball field!! · May 11 the Oddfellows will be having a Smorgasborg pot luck supper at the Oddfellows Hall in Parham at 4:30 pm, cost is $10. · Anyone interested in purchasing Pampered Chef products can give us a call as a percentage of the monies raised goes to our Relay for Life team "The E-luminators". Don't forget the Road Hockey Tournament for Timeless Memories team also the dance on June 1 for Team Kylie for Relay. On Sunday April 28 there is a pancake breakfast for 2 of the Relay teams "Up all night for the fight" and "To relaying and beyond". Kudos to all Team Captains for the great ideas for "giving you something for your money" rather than just asking for a donation. Everyone is trying to be the "Ultimate Relay team"!! Happy Birthday to Taylor Babcock, Trak Green, Kathy King, Tangie Howes, Nathan Saunders, Angie Cowdy and Dwight Kehoe. Happy Birthday also to Gary Wilson as well as thinking of you to Gary!
GODFREY Nicki Gowdy
· A fabulous group of people from the area travelled to Toronto to take in the Toronto Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees. Even though the score wasn't great in our favor a great time was had by all! Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting Verona Minor Ball and a special thank you to Cox Bus Lines for the great driving and ride! · Just a reminder to everyone to check burning conditions and regulations before starting to burn as they change from day to day, as well from township to township. Fire permits are required in Central Frontenac from April 1 to October 31. Check websites or give the township offices a call to update on daily burning. · Also mark your calendars for Saturday May 4 for the fundraising dance for our own Drew Cumpson, taking place at the Frontenac Community Arena; great auction items for a perfect cause!
MABERLY-BOLINGBROKE Karen Prytula
· The Maberly Quarterly Contra and Square Dance will be Sat. April 27, Maberly Community Hall. Sheesham & Lotus will weave together more of their fantastic tunes for a night of square dancing and contras. Dance caller will be Martha Cooper, and there will be an array of tasty treats to snack on at the break. Beginner's lesson 7:30 pm, Dance begins at 8 pm. Cost is $10, children under 16 free. For more info. contact Maike at 613-264-1993.
Alzheimer education event in Sharbot Lake by Jule Koch Brison “Last in, first out” was how Caitlin Norwich-Stevenson, a Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society, described the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer disease. She was referring to the fact that people with Alzheimer’s lose their most recent memories first. This was during an informative presentation that she gave about Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementia on April 17 at the seniors’ complex in Sharbot Lake. Caitlin explained to the audience that although the terms Dementia and Alzheimer’s are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Dementia is not a disease but a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, understanding and judgement, and changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia is related to a number of different diseases and can be reversible or irreversible. Reversible dementia can be caused by medications, in-
Maberly - continued · The Tay Valley Community Choir's Spring Concert, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, will be Sunday, Apr. 28, 7 pm at the Maberly Hall, with guests the Glen Tay Girls Choir and Fiddlers and Friends. Admission is by donation. Refreshments to follow. · April 29 is the next Maberly Agricultural Society meeting to be held at the Maberly Hall at 7:30 pm. · Healthy Cooking Classes continue at the ABC Community Hall, on May 4, June 1, July 13, Aug. 10 at noon. The four classes will feature the food preparation concept called Foods of the Month, as well as the blood type diet, and gluten-free, sugar free, dairy free recipes. Classes are $20 plus $10 for ingredients (all 4 classes for $70 + $40 for ingredients). Call Freda Russell 273-2571 by April 26 to reserve your place. · On Sun. May 5 the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra presents their fundraiser JAM-A-THON at the Maberly Hall, 1:30 – 6pm. Donations welcome.
DENBIGH Angela Bright
· Condolences to Reg Ferguson and family on the passing of Pat. · The TD Summer Reading Program at the Denbigh library will run in July and August. The theme is Travel/Amazing Race. Sign up sheet and further information is available at the library. New on the shelves for non-fiction are: The Naked Mountie by David A. Kift; The Lupus Recovery Diet by Jill Harrington; Tax-Free Saving Accounts--How TFSA’s Can Make You Rich by Gordan Pape. And if you are looking for something to watch, check out these new DVD’s : Playing For Keeps, The Hobbit, Life of Pi, and Chasing Mavericks. · Was it the maid, the chef; what about the lawyer? It was an evening of suspense and intrigue at the Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Party held on Saturday evening at the hall, hosted by Alice Madigan. The cast was in a word, wonderful. They made us laugh, and laugh so hard we cried; they did such an amazing job with their characters. We hung on their every word. Dinner was a delicious and generous serving of roast beef, potatoes and veggies, followed up with a slice of Swiss Inn Roll for dessert. There were lots of prizes given out too, with Best Costume awarded to Bev Tucker. A BIG thank you to Alice Madiagn and the Denbigh Recreation Committee for a great night out. See the photo on page 7.
Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra Presents
The 2nd Annual
By Yasmine Reza
Translated by Christopher Hamptom Dericted by Kelli Bell Sharbot Lake High School Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets : $12.00
Available at: Verona Hardware (Rona) Gray’s Grocery Sharbot Lake Pharmacy
For ticket availability/ordering, please telephone Nina Jenkins at 613-279-2945
Warning: Coarse Language Not recommended for children! God of Carnage is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
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JAM-A-THON Fundraiser With Special Guests:
The Celtic Heritage Fiddle Orchestra Fiddlers and Friends, Long Sault Trio The Skirmish, Local Musicians and Singers
Maberly Hall Sunday May 5th, 1:30 – 6:00
fections or nutritional disorders, among other things. The prime cause for irreversible dementia – over 65% of cases – is Alzheimer’s Disease, but other causes include Lewy Body disease; Pick’s disease; Parkinson’s; head trauma; and Korsakoff Syndrome, which is linked to substance abuse. Severe brain changes take place with the onset of dementia – the person looks fine but their brain cells shrink and are replaced by plaques; tangles develop and choke brain cells, and the death of brain cells leads to increasing cognitive impairment. After describing dementia in general, Norwich-Stevenson then concentrated on Alzheimer’s. While memory loss is its most famous hallmark, there is no single test for the disease. She described normal forgetfulness, in which people are aware of the date and time but will temporarily forget people’s names and the location of things. However, they will recall them after a time. With Alzheimer’s, the memory loss is severe and affects day-to-day functions. Among other warning signs are: difficulty performing familiar tasks; disorientation of time and place; problems with language, judgement, understanding and abstract thinking; and changes in mood, behaviour or personality. Caitlin said that a person with Alzheimer’s can take as long as 27 seconds to understand and respond to what is said to them – which she said doesn’t seem like a long time, but if you’re waiting for the person to respond, it’s a long time. Getting a diagnosis is a lengthy process and usually involves evaluating the person’s mental health status. While there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, certain medications may slow down its progress in the early stages, which is why the Alzheimer’s Society is working very hard to educate the public about the disease in the hopes that early intervention could help some patients. Caitlin said that although the memory deteriorates, the person’s emotions remain intact and it is important to continue to consider those emotions and respect the person. The stresses of dealing with Alzheimer’s are severe, not only for the person who has the disease but for caregivers as well. There are painful decisions to make and families are exhausted, scared and frustrated. Most of the participants in the seminar have family members with Alzheimer’s and Caitlin told them that while it is a difficult journey to watch, it is important to try to find the positive things about their respective situations. On that note, one participant related that he has found it to be a very rich experience listening to his father’s memories of his earlier life. “I never knew any of that about my father,” he said. Another participant said that whereas her mother spent her whole life worrying about her children, those worries have now slipped away from her. A tip that was shared by participant Donna Hollywood was for caregivers to don the same coloured clothing to reassure the person being cared for, as they can become anxious when having to deal with many different caregivers. In Caitlin’s words, people with Alzheimer’s “don’t do change well”. One member of the audience asked for advice on how to take charge of their parent’s financial affairs and Caitlin said one strategy is, rather than telling the person they’re no longer capable of managing their own affairs, to ask the person to teach them what they know about finances. Another participant asked about violent behaviour and Caitlin said that she will be holding more seminars in the future to give help with specific problems like that. Anyone who needs help or has questions is welcome to contact Caitlin at 613-544-3078 ext 203; toll free: 1-800-2667516; firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alzheimer Society holds a support group on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Church hall in Sharbot Lake, and on the last Thursday of the month, 7-9 pm at the Grace Centre in Sydenham. For more information, visit www.alzking.com.
Central Frontenac Economic Development Committee
Business Over Breakfast Thursday May 2 8:00 a.m. The Maples, Sharbot Lake
Enjoy music, food and good company. Bring an instrument and join the fun!
Guest: Dave Smith, Manager of North Frontenac Telephone Company Topic: Oso Beach Wifi
Sponsor a Fiddler and Donations Welcome Contacts: Wolfe Erlichman 613-273-3986 or Cindy McCall 613-278-2448
No cover charge, breakfast from the Maples menu. All welcome. Bring your business cards
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Denbigh Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Party took place on April 20 at the community hall. See the Denbigh column on page 6
Attention job seekers! A recent media release put out by the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) is hoping to attract applicants to apply for what might be hundreds of entry level jobs at a Canadian-based company that is hoping to locate a new operation in Kingston. The company, called HGS Canada, is a global, Canadian-based call centre company that began in Charlottetown, PEI and serves top level Canadian clients in technical and financial support services. The company has opened three brand new centers in Ontario in the last three years, one in Thunder Bay in 2010, another in North Bay in 2011 and one is Belleville. “This is the largest company looking to set up business Kingston in the last 10 years so this really a golden opportunity,” said Jan Dines, business development officer at KEDCO when I interviewed her by phone earlier this week. Dines is encouraging applicants to apply online immediately at www.JoinHGS.com to show the company that Kingston is ready for their business. In order to provide more information to applicants, KEDCO along with HGS Canada will also be hosting a Job Fair in Kingston on May 3 & 4 at St. Lawrence College where HGS staff will be answering questions and making presentations about the company. In April a similar job fair held in Barrie attracted 3000 applicants, 1000 more than HGS staff hoped for and as a result their plans for opening a call center for 500 employees changed to one that will be home to 700 employees. Dines said the company hopes to see 2000 applicants apply in advance of the upcoming job fair for a number of positions that will include trainers, customer service representatives, supervisors and human resources personnel. So far 400
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applicants have applied online but Dines said that that number needs to increase to 2000 to encourage the company to open the new Kingston centre. The positions that are all entry level come with both medical and dental benefits. Salaries start at $11 per hour with an additional $2 bilingual premium. Applicants must be high school graduates and no previous experience is necessary. GS staff will also be providing prospective staff with free training. Dines said, “This is a golden opportunity for those in the Frontenacs looking for steady, full time work with benefits, and regular set hours.” The set hours, Dines said, will make it easy for employees to share rides in and out of Kingston. She also said the proposed new centre would represent a “$20 million annual investment for the community each year.” The company plans to open in September only if they see a definite commitment by applicants online. “People considering a position at the company shouldn’t hesitate to apply immediately, “Dines said. “Those even mildly interested should apply to show their interest. The important thing here is that the company sees an immediate and serious interest otherwise they will consider a different location altogether.” Dines said that HGS Canada has over the years developed an excellent reputation for customer service and as a result their clients have stayed with them and they continued to steadily grow. Once the interest has been proven, company reps will be choosing an easily accessible building location with ample free parking for employees. Applicants again are urged to apply online and are invited to attend the job fair at St. Lawrence College on Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4 from 10am-7pm.
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SFCS celebrates their volunteers I by Julie Druker n recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), staff at Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS) in Sydenham held a special celebration at the Grace Centre to thank their 143 volunteers, who assist staff in bringing a myriad of health, social and financial support services to individuals, families and seniors in the community. Close to 60 SFCS volunteers attended the event, which included an informal meet and greet, a plethora of tasty snacks and beverages and a special ceremony emceed by Kingston stand up comic Mark Nesseth. Nesseth kept the ceremony lively, upbeat, and very entertaining and he introduced the individual members of the SFCS staff, who each spoke of their programs and praised their volunteers. The SFCS programs include transportation, the food bank, the Good Food Box Program, the Rural Women's Group, Meals On Wheels, Diners Club, home visits, foot care, income tax clinics, and a myriad of other social and recreational programs. David Townsend, the executive director of SFCS, stated unequivocally, “There is absolutely no way that we at the SFCS could do half of what we do without the support of our volunteers.” He went even further, stating how the programming at SFCS has expanded as a direct result of its volunteers and he cited
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specific statistics. “Our food bank grew by 29% last year as a direct result of the deeply committed 15 volunteers who are working weekly on that one particular program. Our seniors programs grew by 10% and now we are able to serve 725 clients, up from 661, all because of our volunteers. In fact, we now we have a wait list for our Adult Day Program and currently are looking for new volunteers for that program to accommodate those who are waiting to be able to participate.” Townsend's advice to those considering volunteering at the organization, “Come on out and have a look at what it means to be a volunteer in any number of our programs. If it looks interesting, if it looks like fun and like something you'd be interested in then we can sit down and talk about it. If not that is okay with us too.” He also stressed that the organization benefits from volunteers of all ages. “We play host to the Sparks and Brownies here and they are volunteering their time and effort by helping to take care of the gardens and grounds and they have also done a food drive for us. We also have older volunteers like those from Maple Ridge who come and volunteer in the kitchen. People should know that no matter their age, they can definitely serve us in some way.” I spoke with long time SFCS volunteer these awards were presented: the Governor's Efficiency Award, the Visitation Award, 1st Place Award for Best Bulletin in the under 29 members category, as well as the Best Overall Bulletin in District A3. Lion Dave Hansen also received an award for the Lion who had travelled most, in his support of other clubs. - submitted by Linda Zwier
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Habitat to build this summer in Tichborne! H abitat for Humanity Kingston and Frontenac have found a building lot. It is in Tichborne right on Highway 38 and Habitat plans to build the first home in our community with your help this summer. Thank you to everyone who called with potential building lots. Your interest was very much appreciated and resulted in us being able to find a great lot. Habitat makes the dream of homeownership affordable. As reported earlier, Habitat builds modest affordable homes and then sells them to working families with no cash down payment requirements and no interest on the mortgage. Habitat helps those who are helping themselves; those working hard and striving to get ahead. Equally important, while the family who buys a home from Habitat wins, so does our community. The families' monthly mortgage payments get reinvested back into the community, and are used to build more homes for more families. The first “build” should begin in earnest this June, but work is already underway. Pete Nedow of Nedow’s Construction worked with Habitat to open up the building lot last month and will be back to start the excavation and septic later in May. Pete has been a huge help already on this project. Davy Well Drilling has also been on the job and the well is already in. Paracel Laboratories analyzed the water and McIntosh & Perry helped with the interpretation of the results. Steve Tarasick of Tarasick Carpentry is on the Build
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Committee to help guide the project. We’re off to a great start! It’s contractor and supplier partners like these that step up and make a community project like this build possible. And now that we finally have our first building lot, we’re looking for additional contractor & supplier partners able to donate some of their labour and/or materials to the project. If you’re a contractor or supplier and would like to assist, please give us a call at 613-375-8343. Even at this early stage it is clear the community is sup-
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been a Meals on Wheels driver and now drives for Frontenac Transportation Services, a joint program offered by Northern and Southern Frontenac Community Services. As one of the key members of the Golden Friendship Club in North Frontenac, Edith has been a member of the Seniors Advisory Committee, which provides input to NFCS about local seniors' needs, and she also organises trips for seniors through NFCS. In describing Edith Beaulieu, Catherine Tysick, the NFCS co-ordinator of the Community Support Services Program for Seniors made an acrostic of Edith’s first name: Eager; Devoted; Intelligent; Tenacious; Helpful. Edith Beaulieu has also been recognised this year for her volunteer efforts in her local community. She is one of two North Frontenac Township nominees for Ontario Senior of the Year.
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New owners dig in at the The Oaks A nyone who has driven past The Oaks Cottages on Crow Lake recently may have noticed two new friendly faces there. They belong to Karen and Dan Lahey, the new owners of The Oaks, the cottage rental property and resort located in Crow Lake village on the north shore of Crow Lake. The Laheys have been busy sprucing up the seven cottages and the waterfront grounds in the last many weeks after taking ownership of the business from former owners Ludwig and Marion Ratzinger, who ran the business for over a decade. It was early last July that the Laheys of Kingston came across the property online and decided immediately to go see it. “We fell in love with it there and then”, Karen Lahey said this week, “and we both knew that this was exactly what we wanted to do in our retirement… Within ten days of seeing it, we put in an offer and we haven't looked back since.” Karen is a semi-retired nurse who specialized in cardiology at KGH and Hotel Dieu and Dan is a former power and stationary engineer. The two are no strangers to the hospitality business. While living in Kingston, for 16 years they opened their home to international students and they both feel the experience has prepared them well for making their customers at The Oaks feel comfortable and welcome. “Looking after people and caring for them is something that we love doing and have been doing for a long time so this business seems just the right fit for us”, Karen said. “When we first saw it, it was like a light bulb went off and we both felt, 'This is it.'”
The couple have been busy sprucing up the cottages inside and out and Karen says the business is perfect for her since she loves cleaning, decorating and gardening. “I've been busy painting and redecorating and Dan has been replacing sinks and counter tops and doing many of the more difficult jobs around the property.” The business includes a main central house and office and seven individual cottages that are fully furnished and equipped for visitors. The Laheys are looking forward to meeting The Oaks' regular customers who have been coming back year after year and are also hoping to attract newcomers. “We really like people so meeting everyone will be a lot of fun for us.” They are also planning to keep the business up and running well into the fall season and will be accepting bookings right up until Thanksgiving. “Fall is such a beautiful time up here too so we plan to stay open so people can enjoy the area at that time of year too,” Karen said. They are planning to officially open on May 11, just in time for the opening of pickerel season. Both said that they are feeling very welcomed by the community and are very grateful for the generosity of the Ratzingers, who have been showing them the ropes. “They (the Ratzingers) have been just great and theirs has been the overall attitude of the people out here so far which has been exceptional and very welcoming,” Dan said. The Laheys plan to promote local businesses in the area and are also planning
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april 25, 2013 The couple will be bringing a few new additions to the business including microwaves and new barbeques to the cottages, and they also plan to offer bike rentals to their clients along with a more expansive playground area for kids. They are inviting local businesses in the area to contact them directly since they plan to provide their clients with up to date information about local businesses and services. For more information visit theoaksresort.com or call 613-634-6093 or 613-279-2986.
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ext week “God of Carnage” will be staged by North Frontenac Little Theatre. Actors are getting geared up perfecting lines and stage directions. Everyone is having a lot of fun rehearsing. Peter Platenius and Donna Larocque are putting the finishing touches on the set and again they are doing a great job. Peter has been involved in set design and construction for many shows and never disappoints with his creations. He has also acted in a number of our shows. Donna is once again showing her artistic skills in doing set decoration. She has also been on stage in South Pacific and
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Annie as well as having previously worked on posters and props. Our lighting designer, Jeff Siamon, has had previous experience in this role, having worked with lighting for several other NFLT productions. The show will take place on Thurs. May 2, Fri. May 3 and Sat. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at Sharbot Lake High School Auditorium. We would like to remind you of the parking situation at the High School. Parking is available in the lot at the south side of the school and at the ball field on Dickson Crescent. We again remind you that the play contains coarse language and is not recommended for children.
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and Verona meetings By Wilma Kenny (Bedford) and Jeff Green (Verona) “We are responsible to maintain [our waste disposal sites’] capacities as long as we can. We can’t continue [to fill them] at the present rate.” Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth opened the April 17 public information meeting in Bedford with this clear, serious message: “What will we do when the dumps close?” “Open some new ones,” came a quick reply from the floor. Given the amount of undeveloped land in South Frontenac, this did not seem an unreasonable idea. However, Segsworth said that this was not a likely option. Only one new waste disposal site has been approved by the Ministry of the Environment in the entire province since the early 1990’s. “It takes a long time and huge expense to open a waste site. Kingston has spent five years and five million dollars, but has come up with nothing.” Twenty-five people attended the meeting, and most seemed willing to accept that waste management was a very real problem though not all agreed on what might be the best ways to solve it. Segsworth and Jamie Brash, Facilities and Solid Waste Supervisor, fielded questions, recorded suggestions, and assured folks that his was a work in progress. Now that weekly curbside collection is available to all township residents, waste site hours have been cut back. “We can’t justify the extra taxes that would be needed to provide both pick-up and long hours of open sites.” However, because of feedback from earlier meetings, Bradshaw, Green Bay and Salem sites will continue to be open one day a week each, with half of Green Bay’s hours shifted to Sundays during the summer. Several times during the evening, Segsworth emphasized that continued abuse of waste sites, i.e. illegal dumping after hours or outside the gates, had to change or the sites would be closed completely. The township is still a long way from meeting its goal of diverting 50% of its waste from landfill to recycling: starting in September, recycling will be standardized across the whole township. A new brochure is being developed to update residents on the list of items that can now go into the blue bins. For example, the township has recently contracted with a company that will accept a much wider range of plastics, and turns them into brick pavers, some of which may return for
use in township walkways. Segsworth said that it is impossible to provide service to completely meet everybody’s needs, and he recognized that change can be difficult to adjust to. Both he and Brash are prepared to meet individually with campground operators and private lane residents to try to find mutually acceptable solutions. The Verona meeting included about the same number of residents as the previous evening's meeting at the Glendower Hall. One of the first issues that was raised in Verona was about the minimum charge of $20 for waste that is brought to the Portland site. “We are paying to pick up bags at the curbside. We don’t want to pay again to accept one or two bags at the site,” said Segsworth. “But that is discrimination,” said Verona resident Doug Lovegrove. “You are accepting bags at the three sites in Bedford, but not in Verona or Loughborough.” “Every site has restrictions,” Segsworth replied. “We are only accepting brush and shingles in Verona, construction waste in Verona and Loughborough, and e-waste and hazardous waste only at Keeley Road. We are equal opportunity discriminators.” “If people miss the pickup day, and they can’t bring their tagged bags to the dump, they will leave them by the side of the road,” said one resident. “We do expect an increase in garbage by the side of the road, but that will subside,” Segsworth replied. Another resident mentioned what he called “the nitty gritty of this whole conversation. The MoE is about to close the Portland township dump. What happens then?” “For years the Ministry of the Environment was satisfied that the test wells at the property line at the Portland site came out clean, now they want the water at the toe of the slope of the hill where the waste is located to pass the standard, which it doesn’t. We are doing what we can to satisfy them,” said Mark Segsworth. To put the potential impact of closing the Portland site in perspective, Segsworth said that it costs an extra $100,000, over transportation costs, to dispose of Storrington District’s waste at a commercial site outside the township. “That’s 20% of our total waste stream, so you can see it will cost us an extra
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Law Talk - Avoiding telephone trickery This column is brought to you by Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc., and Community Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada at Western University, with funding support from the Law Foundation of Ontario. It provides legal information only. The information is accurate as of the date of publication. Laws change frequently so we caution readers from relying on this information if some time has passed since publication. If you need specific legal advice please contact a lawyer, your community legal clinic: Rural Legal Services at 613-279-3252 or 1-888-777-8916, Justice Net at 1-866-919-3219 or the Law Society Referral Service at 1-800-268-8326.
t is probably safe to say that telephone fraud was not what Alexander Graham Bell had in mind when he pioneered the telephone in the 1870s. Unfortunately, modern-day telephone scammers defraud consumers out of millions of dollars annually. We hope that this article will help you to protect yourself from becoming the victim of a telephone scam. How to Recognize Frauds and Scams Some of the most common telephone schemes are phishing, telemarketing scams, prize schemes, 1-900 numbers, and “emergency grandchild” fraud. Phishing is when someone pretends to be a trusted per-
SF Waste site meetings - from pg. 10 $300,00 to $400,000 each year if we have to start transporting waste outside the township. That is on top of closure and maintenance costs for the sites as they reach capacity.” For the full list of updates to waste site hours, fees, etc, visit township.southfrontenac.on.ca and click on Garbage and Recycling, or call the township office at 613-376-3027
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continued from pg. 2 providing free WIFI at Oso beach this summer. Plans have gone ahead and apparently the entire beach and beyond will offer free WIFI to visitors this summer. “This should help to support tourism in the area with no cost to the township, ” she said. Renaming Road 38 Councilors weighed on the City of Kingston’s proposal to rename Road 38 in their jurisdiction. Regarding how council might address that issue, most were in favor of not changing the name of the road, giving reasons like address changes and driver confusion that would result from a name change. Council votes Yes to 1-year terms for county warden Council agreed to support the county in a motion to make the position of county warden a one-year term. “We have to think of the repercussions as a result of what has happened at county council and the difficulty they are having in getting things done there. Traditionally, for 150 years, wardens have served for a one-year term and I think we should support that. If a warden gets appointed for a second term by county council, fine, but I think we should support this motion.” said Councilor Frances Smith. The majority of council agreed with Smith.
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april 25, 2013
SOCIAL NOTES OBITUARY
“Colour Me Happy”
April 29, 1983
Jim Wright 1926 - 2013 (W.W.II Veteran) Passed away peacefully in Perth on Sunday April 21, 2013. Beloved husband, for 63 years to Kathleen (Kay). Loving and respected father of Bill (Suzzann), Dianne Lake (Alvin), Brian (Laurie). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Shantih, Katy Kydd (Jamie), Kirsten, Colin (Sharon), Sara (Dan), Liam, Molly and Abby, great granddaughters Brianne, Meghan, Annie. Loving brother of Robert (Orillia), Jean Henderson (Graham) of Richmond Hill. Brother-in-law to Agnes McCullough, Marjorie McGoey, Thelma Porter, Noreen Porter, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim was born in Toronto and joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a boy soldier. When the war was over he continued his mechanic apprenticeship at Mills and Hadwin, and built a home and raised the family in Richmond Hill. After over twenty years of busy living the family moved to Lake Kashwakamak where Jim and Kay owned and operated King’s Cottages and Marina for 21 years. They built a new home and retired to Myers Cave Road. Jim’s love of wood working surrounded their home and that of his family. Jim was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion where he served in many different capacities. Jim became a professional golf club maker and owner of Swing Wright Golf Shop. Jim was also an avid curler and member of the Richmond Hill and Tweed Curling Clubs where he enjoyed the company and sportsmanship of the clubs. The family will receive friends at the Maschke Funeral Home, 11928 Hwy# 41, Northbrook, Ontario K0H 2G0 (613336-6873) on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Legion Memorial at 4pm. The Funeral Service will be in the Chapel on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations to Lanark Lodge-Montessori Methods of Dementia, or the charity of your choice.
ROSS JAMES LUCAS 1933 - 2013 of Hidden Acres Retirement Residence in Harlowe passed away at the L&A County General Hospital in Napanee on Friday, April 19, 2013 in his 80th year. Pre-deceased by his partner Pauline Andrew and his first wife Lois Lucas. Dear father of Marlene (Dave) Dacuk of Cloyne and Leslie (John) Matacheskie. Pre-deceased by his infant daughter Catherine. Cherished Papa of Brandon, Chelsea (Brad) Robson, Kristen and Great-Papa of Reed & Emery Robson. He will be sadly missed by his brothers Clarence (Iola) Lucas of Ottawa, Bart Lucas of Thomasburg and his sister Ila (Frank) Deir of Picton. Pre-deceased by his parents Harold & Lila Lucas, his brother Floyd and sister Iva Baker. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. The family will receive friends at the Maschke Funeral Home, 11928 Hwy# 41 Northbrook, Ont. K0H 2G0 (613-336-6873) on Wednesday from 7-9pm and Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 10-11am. A Celebration of Life for Ross will follow in the Chapel at 11:00am. Burial of the urn will follow at the Flinton Anglican Church Cemetery. Friends desiring may contribute in his memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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BIRTHS Richard and Jan Foy of Mazinaw Lake are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their grandson, Max Andrew Martin, 7 lbs. 7 oz, born to Lisa and Matt Martin on April 11th 2013. Eagerly awaiting Max’s arrival were cousins Shannon and Sean O’Brien. Max is also much welcomed by Grandparents Meg and Keith Martin, Uncles Andy and TJ, and cousin Gabby Martin, all of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. CARD OF THANKs
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Thank You ~ Earl Monds I wish to thank family and friends for all their support at the time of Earl’s passing and throughout his illness. I wish to thank all who came and travelled so far to pay their tributes. I would like to thank Reverend Wilbert Cox and Glen Matson for their touching tributes to Earl and Reverend Barbara Mahood for her lovely service. All the ladies of the UCW and community who helped with the luncheon and served following the service. I would like to thank those who donated to the Pine Meadow Nursing Home, Cancer Society and the Arden United Church in Earl’s Memory. I would like to thank Hannah Funeral Home and Lindsey Hannah for his professional service at this time. I would like to thank Pine Meadows. The doctors, nurses and staff for Earl’s care while he was there and the courtesy shown to me while I spent time with Earl; also to Ann Parks who was forever trying to put meat on my bones and her friendship. I would like to send special thanks to Marg and Bruce Clarke for her untiring trips each and every Sunday in taking me to Pine Meadow and in having dinner with Earl and I. Also to Joanne Pickett, Suzanne Regan, Rick and Marti Brown, Tom Hughes, Sylvia McMenemy, Shirley Hornbeck, Walt Parks, Gord and Marg Willett and Ingrid and Sam Karagiozov for all their help. Also to my nieces Beverly Curtis and Cindy Dennis for always being there. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, flowers, phone calls, cards, letters and all the goodies that were given to me and still continue to arrive. Irene Monds
South Frontenac Committee of the Whole – April 23
by Wilma Kenny olid Waste Annual Report: Guy Laporte of AECON Engineering presented a brief review of the monitoring of the township’s waste disposal sites. He reported on 10 sites. Five of them are closed, but the Ministry of the Environment still requires ongoing monitoring of surface and ground water for several years after a site has been closed. LaPorte said that although there had been a slight improvement in diversion/recycling since 2011, much more could be done. He particularly listed clean lumber, scrap metal and e-waste as bulky items that should not be going into landfill, and supported the plan to charge more realistic fees for loads brought to the landfills. All township landfills have issues: Loughborough is working to resolve a groundwater problem, and Portland has agreed to work on water level management, partial capping, and obtaining weigh scales to help establish fair and consistent fees. On the positive side, better grading and compacting procedures have already helped extend Green Bay’s capacity somewhat. Naming of Roads: Planner Mills asked Council’s direction in setting a procedure for selecting names for new roads and lanes. Recently one lane with a somewhat ambiguous name has had their sign stolen and replaced twice. Mills recommended drawing up a list of possible names that would not duplicate present names, should not be names of living persons, and should not connote any topic that would cause sign theft. There was general agreement, though Vandewal said that sometimes a particular road might have an historical reason for a name not on the list. Council Compensation Review: After some discussion, Council decided to follow a suggestion from the Corporate Services Review Committee, to establish a four-person citizen committee to review the method of compensating members of Council. Presently, Council members get an established honorarium, and are paid separately for meetings attended. There are other expenses related to fax and computer use, which may need to be updated and made more consistent. The Township will advertise for applications from potential committee members. Currently the base honoraria are as follows: Mayor, $19,422; Deputy Mayor, $13,656; Councillor, $11,630. Extra payments are made for attending committee meetings (other than meetings of Council) per diem’s for conference attendance, mileage payments, and fax lines/ supplies. In 2012, Mayor Davison received a total of $29,530, Deputy Mayor John McDougall - $20,444, Councillor Allan McPhail - $18,672, Councillor Cam Naish - $14,890, Councillor Bill Robinson - $16,219, Councillor Del Stowe - $19,863, Councillor Ron Vandewal - $22,252, and Councillor Larry York - $17,691. A factor in the total pay for Councillors Vandewal, McPhail and Tinlin is their extensive committee work. Trailer “Creep”?? CAO Orr reported that staff has been getting many complaints about unlicensed trailers in the township. These complaints usually come from residents who have been paying their annual license fee, but they are not prepared to reveal where the offending trailers are located. Orr said that the last trailer inventory was done in 2001, and there is bound to have been some degree of ‘trailer creep’ since then. (Since amalgamation, the township has technically prohibited the establishment of trailers on private residential properties, with the exception that a trailer may be used temporarily during the construction of a residence. Such a trailer must pay an annual licensing fee, and must be removed once construction is completed. Enforcement of the prohibition has been postponed at least twice: in 2009, Council extended the date for compliance to 2015, saying that until then, all existing trailers must be inspected by Public Health in order to be granted a license, and no new trailers are to be situated in the township ‘on an ongoing basis’, other than in a designated trailer park.) Several councilors seemed in agreement with Vandewal when he said: “This is an example of creating a by-law we can’t enforce. Nobody has the appetite to say ‘pull them all.’ This by-law hasn’t been created right, or carried out right.”
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by Marily Seitz ay Valley Choir concerts are always the most fun,” say audience members. Come and experience that fun in a warm, comfortable country atmosphere at the Maberly Hall on April 28 at 7 p.m. “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” will allow the choir to show off the strong melodies, rich harmonies and zany dramatization of some of Ann McMahon’s favourite songs. As always, the audience will have plenty of opportunity to sing along. This will be the last Tay Valley Community Choir concert with Ann McMahon at the helm. She has a great sense of fun and the knack of making even the most challenging music come alive. For the past two years, Ann has shared the conducting and accompanist duties with Grace Armstrong. In the
fall Grace will take over the reins completely. This concert will bring the return of special guest artists who have been crowd favourites in the past. A bagpiper will greet the audience in the parking lot. Glen Tay Girls Choir members love to sing and it shows in their sweet voices and delightful stage presence. Fiddlers and Friends is a multi-instrumental group who specialize in toe-tapping fiddle tunes and popular songs. Following “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” refreshments will be served. This Tay Valley Choir tradition provides an opportunity to mingle with neighbours, other music lovers and performers over coffee and treats. Admission is by donation at the door. At the end of the concert we ask any previous choir members to join us on stage for a photo to be taken.
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embers of the community are being invited to participate in a special, first time ever spring community clean up event courtesy of staff at Community Living-North Frontenac. The event, which is being organized by Ryan Wood, Community Activity Support Worker at CLNF, is designed “as a way for our agency to give back to the Sharbot Lake community, and to clean up within the city limits of Sharbot Lake,” he said. Staff at CLNF will be supplying protective plastic gloves and garbage bags to participants, who are invited to meet at the CLNF offices on Elizabeth Street in Sharbot Lake on Saturday May 4 at 9am. The event will continue until 1pm, at which time CLNF staff will be offering up a free BBQ lunch at their office site. Executive Director of CLNF Dean Walsh said he hopes to see the event become a regular annual one and that it is “a great way for CLNF staff and local residents to promote, engage in and give back to the community.” Mr. Wood has provided general safety information for participants, who he stresses should: avoid picking up litter on either side of Road 38; have one member of the group always watching for traffic; always wear the safety gloves provided; wear bright
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Township of North Frontenac 2013 BUDGET Meeting Please be advised that a Special meeting of Council is scheduled for Monday, April 29th, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m. at the Clar-Mill Fire Hall Upstairs Meeting Room 6648 Road 506, Plevna to consider the Budget By-law that will set the estimates for the sums required to be collected from Property Taxation during the year 2013 and provide for the adoption of tax rates. Cheryl Robson, A.M.C.T. Chief Administrative Officer Township of North Frontenac 6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON K0H 2M0 613-479-2231 or 1-800-234-3953 Ext. 221 Fax: 613-479-2352 email@example.com
TOWNSHIP OF NORTH FRONTENAC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac proposes to enact a By-law to stop up, close and sell parts of the 66’ shore road allowance as set out and described as follows: ALL THAT PART of the shoreline road allowance around Big Gull Lake lying in front of Lot 12, Registered Plan No. 1419, geographic Township of Barrie, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac described as Part 3 on Registered Plan 13R-20533 (Humber). The proposed By-law will come before the said Council for consideration at its regular meeting at the Clar/Mill Fire Hall, Upstairs Meeting Room, 6648 Road 506, Plevna, Ontario, on the 29th day of April, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., and at that time, the Council will hear in person, any person who claims that his land will be prejudicially affected and who applies to be heard. Dated this 4th day of April, 2013. Jenny Duhamel Clerk/Planning Manager Township of North Frontenac 6648 Road 506 Plevna, ON K0H 1K0 Tel: (613)479-2231 or 1-800-234-3953 Fax: (613)479-2352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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april 25, 2013
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Thursday April 25 SHARBOT LAKE - CENTER STAGE CAFÉ w/ Centre Stage band, Amy Gillan, Bruce McConnell, Cellar Hounds at Legion, 7–9:30pm, $4. SYDENHAM - ALZHEIMER SUPPORT GROUP 7-9pm, Grace Centre; info: 613-5443078
Friday April 26 HARTINGTON – GOSPEL SING, 7pm, community church w/ The Old Hims, Gord Struthers, Jim Smith, Glenda Nichol, free will offering, refreshments; Info: 613-374-2178 SHARBOT LAKE – DINNER at the Legion. 5:30–7 pm, Salisbury Steak
Saturday April 27 ARDEN – RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISERS: at Legion; Pancake Breakfast by “The Brainstormers”, 8-11am, $5; Dart Tournament –Open Doubles $10pp; registration 10-10:45, play 11am, 50% pay out. Bake Sale, Bucket Auction & Silent Auction, 11am-5pm; sponsored by Kennebec Firefighters Association; proceeds to Relay for Life. HARLOWE DANCE, 8pm, w/ Country Band, community centre, $8, lunch, prizes, info: Marie 613-336-2557 MABERLY - CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE, community hall w/ Sheesham & Lotus, beginner’s lesson 7:30pm, dance 8pm, $10 at door, under 16 free, all ages welcome. NORTHBROOK - COFA BEEF BBQ (Conservationists of Frontenac Addington), Lions Hall, 4-7pm, full course dinner: $12 adults; $6 under 12; preschoolers free OMPAH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT SPRING ATV RUN, 9am - 4pm. $40pp ride, dinner & prizes; $25 ride & prizes; $15 dinner; email@example.com; 1-866-661-4938; PLEVNA - SPAGHETTI DINNER, Clar-Mill Hall; 5-7pm, $10; Ed, 613-479-9909; Sponsor: Clar-Mill Community Volunteers. SHARBOT LAKE – JAM SESSION at the Legion 3-7pm SYDENHAM - CRAFT & BAKE SALE hosted by the Women’s Institute, 9am-2pm at Legion, jewelry, paintings, woodwork & more. SYDENHAM - EUCHRE TOURNAMENT at
Legion, 6pm. VERONA - TRAIL CLEAN UP DAY, K&P Trail from Bellrock Road to Prince Charles Public School, 10am-noon; register, Trina Jones firstname.lastname@example.org; 548-9400 ext 304. WESTPORT – CHICKEN & RIB NIGHT, at Legion $15pp, 5:30-7:30pm; proceeds to public library; 613-273-3223 WINTERGREEN STUDIOS – Dinner & Reading by Lawrence Hill, “The Book of Negroes”, $40; reserve 613-273-8745; wintergreenstudios.com
Sunday April 28 ARDEN LEGION General Meeting w/ elections, 9am FLINTON - COFFEE HOUSE, Bluegrass night w/ “Grassy Fiddle Time Band”, Through The Roof Ministry Center, 6:30pm, free will offering, all welcome GRIFFITH - DAFFODIL TEA, 1-3pm, Lions Hall; music by local musicians, lunch, $7pp, proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society HARLOWE WESLEYAN STANDARD CHURCH Gospel Sing, 11am w/ Charlie Burtch & the Messengers, all welcome, lunch served MABERLY - TAY VALLEY CHOIR “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, w/ guests Glen Tay Girls Choir, Fiddlers & Friends, community hall, 7pm, admission by donation. MOUNTAIN GROVE – EARTH DAY CLEANUP 9am-noon, meet at community hall, sponsored by Olden Rec Committee, , refreshments, snacks for volunteers SHARBOT LAKE – LIONS SPRING JAMBOREE Country Music & Dance, 1 pm, high school; Tickets $10, 375-6318 lionhansen@ yahoo.ca; 335-2053 email@example.com; door prizes; proceeds to Lions projects; sharbotlions.com
Tuesday April 30 HARROWSMITH WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet at St. Paul’s United Church, 7:30pm, new members welcome
Wednesday May 1 HARROWSMITH - “How to Use Facebook Applications to Build Your Following“, free workshop, 9:30-11am Frontenac CFDC Office; register: 613-372-1414; firstname.lastname@example.org. (K&P) KINGSTON & PEMBROKE SNOW TRAILS ASSOCIATION Annual Meeting 7:30pm, Snow Road Snowmobile Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Road. SHARBOT LAKE - ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SUPPORT GROUP, 1-3 pm, United Church hall, 613-544-3078 ext 203
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Thursday May 2 ARDEN TRASH BASH, sponsor: Kennebec Rec committee, meet at Rec Centre 9am CLOYNE - LOL EVENING QUILTERS, 7pm, Barrie Hall; email@example.com or call Lynn at 613-336-8080 HARROWSMITH - “Starting a Business?” free workshop 9:30-11am Frontenac CFDC Office; register: 613-372-1414; firstname.lastname@example.org MABERLY - St. Stephens Church dinner & euchre, at noon, community hall VERONA DINERS, noon, Lions Hall, for 55+, $11. Reservations required 613-376-6477. VERONA LIONS BINGO, doors open 6pm; Early Bird 6:50pm.
Thurs - Sun May 2 –5 NORTH FRONTENAC LITTLE THEATRE play “God of Carnage”, by Yasmina Reza, Sharbot Lake High School, Thurs-Sat 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm, not suitable for children.
Friday May 3 CLOYNE - FREE FRIDAY FLICKS. 7pm, “Les Misérables”, winner of 8 Oscars, United Church, PG13 HARROWSMITH - YOUTH DANCE, Golden Links Hall, 7-10pm for ages 9-15; $6; call Wayne 358-2533 or Sharon 372-1274 SYDENHAM - FISH FRY, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 5-7pm; $12; children $6; 5 & under free, all welcome WESTPORT – CONCERT w/ Crooked Wood & Abby Steward, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 7:30pm; tickets Betty 613-273-3248.
Fri - Sun May 3-5 SYDENHAM - SANDY PINES WILDLIFE CENTRE BENEFIT, donations accepted at Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, 6674 Bedford Rd; also on May 4, free BBQ, prizes, music by Rock Bottom. info: sandypineswildlife.org
Saturday May 4 ARDEN - TRIVIA NIGHT, community hall 7pm, tickets $8pp from Val 335-4027, Diane 335-2845 or Wanda 335-3186; or $10 at door; sponsor: Kennebec Rec Committee BOLINGBROKE - HEALTHY COOKING CLASSES, ABC Hall, 9:30am-12noon, gluten, sugar, dairy free recipes; $20 + $10 ingredients (4 classes $70 + $40 ingredients); register 273-2571 by April 26 DREW CUMPSON FUNDRAISING EVENT, 7pm, Frontenac Community Arena, to help with medical & related expenses for Drew, music by Bauder Road, Killing Time, Still Standin’; silent auction, buffet, $20; 16 & under free; tickets at Toppers, Verona Hardware, Reid’s Foodland. HARROWSMITH - FUNTASTIC STREET
FAIR & SALE, St. Paul’s United Church, 9am2pm; yard, bake, book, toy, plant sale; outdoor fun fair: games, prizes, jumping castle; pony rides 11-1; BBQ; entertainment 11-2 by local bands MOUNTAIN GROVE - WESTERN DANCE, sponsored by Arden United Church Youth Group (the GEECS), 7-11pm, Olden Hall, all ages welcome; $5pp, $15 family. SHARBOT LAKE TRASH BASH, meet at Community Living – North Frontenac, 9am-1pm, BBQ after, everyone is welcome. SHARBOT LAKE – PIG ROAST & DANCE at Legion, dinner 5-7pm, dance 8pm w/ “Little California”; $25 dinner & dance; $15 dinner or dance SNOW ROAD – BREAKFAST fundraiser for Malignant Melanoma, 8-11am, Snowmobile clubhouse, 1106 Gemmils Rd., pancakes also avail. VERONA - FRONTENAC FARMERS’ MARKET reopens for season, 9am-1pm, Lions Club
Sunday May 5 BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, Bedford Hall 1381 Westport Rd, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel & more, $2, 613-374-2614 ENTERPRISE COUNTRY JAMBOREE, 1pm, community hall w/ Naomi Bristow, $8; sponsor: Newburgh-Camden Lions; 613-379-9972. MABERLY - BLUE SKIES COMMUNITY FIDDLE ORCHESTRA fundraising Jam-A-Thon, 1:30-6pm community hall, musicians welcome to join the jam circle; info 613-273-3986. SYDENHAM - FRONTENAC WOMEN’S CHORUS presents “Frontenac Rocks!”, 7pm, Grace Centre; admission by donation.
Monday May 6 ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY by Sharbot Lake & District Lions Club along Road 38 SHARBOT LAKE – TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE, 10am-noon, Oso Hall; info: 613-2792662 VERONA - SISTERS BY HEART, theme: “Teddy Bear Picnic” w/ guest speaker, music, Free Methodist Church, 7-9pm, $5; info 3741232
Thursday May 9 LAND O’ LAKES GARDEN CLUB, 7pm, Pine View Free Methodist Church in Cloyne, presentation on Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging; SHARBOT LAKE – FOREST CERTIFICATION SEMINAR – The “Who, What, Why, and How of Forest Certification” for private woodlot owners. Soldiers Memorial Hall, 9am-2pm, $10 includes lunch; register: eomfcert.ca or call 613-258-8241. SYDENHAM DINERS, noon, Grace Centre, for 55+yrs, $11. Reservations required 613376-6477
Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra Jama-thon T by Cindy McCall
he Maberly Hall will be filled with fiddlers and their friends on May 5. The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra is holding a fundraising Jam-a-thon with an open invitation to any local musician to come and play. And it’s not just for fiddlers; guitars, cello, viola, mandolin, penny whistles and the like are welcome to join in the fun. Players obtain sponsors, collect the funds and bring them to the Maberly Hall on May 5. Participants can drop in and join the jam circle anytime during the day between 1:30
SS No.6, Wagarville Public School, 1965
he Wagarville School was one of the schools that was replaced by Hinchinbrooke Public School, which is itself slated to close this year. (L-R) Back row: Teacher: Mary Cronk, her son Lynn and her daughter Karen, Linda McCullough, Alyce Ackerman, Wayne Cronk, Marlene Muchmore, Bonnie McCullough, Carol McCullough, Pauline Campsall. Middle
row: Robbie Laraby, Cyril Ackerman, Philip Sweet, Alice Laraby, Joyce Laraby, Debbie Goodberry, Linda Cronk, Krista Leslie, Donna McCullough, Kathy Corkum, Patsy Laraby, Lloyd Peters. Front row: Eric Leslie, Leo Sweet, Dale McCullough, Eldon Ackerman, Randy McCullough, Jerry McCullough, Brian Clark, Howard Laraby. Photo courtesy of the Ackerman family.
Snowmobile club volunteers By Alice Gilchrist
he Snow Road Snowmobile Club and the K&P Snow Trails Association want to salute their many volunteers. Without these great people who give their time and efforts, the marvellous trails network across Ontario could not exist. We believe all our volunteers are extremely valuable and deserve recognition and praise all year round. For 2013 the following nominations have been made for the Snow Road Snowmobile Club:
and 6pm. Participants will have the opportunity to choose tunes (or songs) for all in the circle to play (or sing). Refreshments will be available for players throughout the day. The Jam-a-thon aim is to provide a relaxed opportunity for local musicians to have fun as they play together while raising funds for the fiddle orchestra. Supporting the orchestra will help to keep amateur music alive in the community and assist in making it affordable for anyone to learn to play the fiddle and join in the fun. To obtain a sponsor sheet contact Wolfe at email@example.com or at 613273-3986. Volunteer of the Year – Don Rodger; Trail Patroller – Ron Gilchrist; Rookie of the Year – Paul Wark; Volunteer Family of the Year – Phil and Morgan Wark. The K&P Snow Trails Association have made the following selections: Volunteer of the Year – Dave Brown; Trail Patroller – Wayne Southward; Rookie of the Year – Colonial St. Pierre and Volunteer Family – Ruth and Morley Wark. These people will be recognized at an upcoming appreciation event hosted by the District 1 Snowmobile Association. We salute all our volunteers, whether they spend an hour or weeks helping out.
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Outdoors in the Land O’ Lakes - The Butternuts B
utternuts (Juglans cinerea) occur in eastern North America, ranging from the southern states, west to Iowa and Missouri, north to southern Ontario and Quebec and east to the New England states. In Ontario it is found throughout southwestern Ontario north to the Bruce Peninsula and the edges of the Precambrian shield. Butternuts grow quickly to about 75 feet high but are short-lived for a tree, seldom living more than 75 years. There are a number of these pretty trees along the road that I live but you can see that many of them have already died. Butternuts (or White Walnuts) are members of the Walnut family, which includes Black Walnut - the other native walnut in Ontario. Both produce edible nuts in the fall and both have roots that secrete something called juglone, a chemical that can kill other plants growing nearby. I’ve seen firsthand how almost nothing else will grow near this tree. Both types of walnuts have similar compound leaves. The Butternut has 11-17 lance-shaped, sharp-pointed leaflets borne in pairs on a sturdy, hairy stem. Leaflets are 2-4” long with fine teeth along the edge. The bark is ash grey and very furrowed with broad, intersecting ridges. Butternuts are found in low density scattered in and around forested areas. Originally their numbers declined as forests were cleared many years ago. Now, disease threatens to decimate them entirely. It’s a real shame that another of our native trees is in such rapid decline.
The Butternut is mostly valued for its fruit or nuts rather than its lumber. Nuts are in the shape and size of small lemons whereas Black Walnut fruit is perfectly round but similar in size. The nuts are eaten by humans and by many animals. Now before you go searching for white or black walnuts this fall, keep in mind that these are “tough nuts to crack”! To extract the tasty kernel, the outer husk must be crushed (some people suggest driving over them with a car!) Then the nut must be peeled which is difficult to do without staining your hands. The rock-like inner shell yields only to repeated hammer blows. Walnuts that are available in stores are hybrids from the English walnut and are much easier to crack since their thick husks are removed before the nuts are shipped. Many years ago, Butternut fruit was used in baking and making maple-butternut candies – I don’t know if that is true today. Native Americans used to boil the nuts to release the oil in them. They’d scoop it off the top of the water and use it as we use butter – hence the name “butternut”. Butternut wood is light in weight, extremely rot resistant but much softer than Black Walnut wood. It is often used to make furniture and is a favourite of woodcarvers. Butternut bark has some medicinal uses: it has mild cathartic or healing properties. Hundreds of years ago, an extract was made from the inner bark of the Butternut in an attempt to prevent smallpox and to treat dysentery and other stomach and intestinal problems.
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By Christine Teal hether you have “rung the bell” at the Cancer Center marking your final treatment or you are in the initial stages of this journey, you are a Survivor. Let us Celebrate and Honour you as you continue to fight and persevere through this unfortunate disease. June 21, Relay for Life comes to North and Central Frontenac so that we can honour, remember, celebrate and fight back against Cancer. Please join us for the “victory lap” in honour of all that you have overcome and let us be there to support you. We also encourage caregivers to be recognized for the support they provide to the cancer survivor in their lives. By registering as a survivor, you will receive the royal treatment in our Survivor’s tent before the opening ceremonies begin. You can register online at “Relay for Life 2013 North and Central Frontenac” or you can fill out one of the lovely blue forms from Vickie Babcock, our Survivor’s Chair. Feel free to give Vickie a call at 613-449-8834 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to answer your questions. If you still aren’t comfortable doing the victory lap or having your name announced, that is ok, please let us know and you can come and do whatever you are ok with. If you still aren’t sure, please come and witness the event from the sidelines. It truly is spectacular and will give you a sense of wanting to do more to help fight this disease. The community as a whole is invited to come out to the Parham Ball Field on Friday Jun 21 to join in the events of the night and help us in our fight against Cancer – hope to see you there!
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PAGE 15 By Lorriane Julien Butternut bark and nut rinds were once often used to dye cloth to colours between light yellow and dark brown. To produce the darker colours, the bark is boiled to concentrate the colour. These natural dyes were never used commercially but were used to dye homespun cloth. I’ve heard a lot recently about Butternut trees and how their numbers are dwindling mainly due to a fungal disease called Butternut Canker. The disease was first discovered in 1991 in Ontario and has been spreading rapidly ever since. It’s thought that the disease was spread accidentally when infected plants were imported from overseas. Once the fungus starts, it can kill a tree within just a few years. The fungus enters the bark through cracks or wounds and multiplies rapidly making sunken cankers that expand and girdle the branch or trunk, killing everything above the canker. Fungus spores can be transported in wet weather for miles, quickly spreading the disease. In the U.S. southern states such as Tennessee, the disease has already killed about 90% of the Butternuts. Surveys in eastern Ontario show that most trees are now infected, and perhaps one-third have died. Today, protection is provided to the Butternut under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007 which prohibits anyone from doing harm to these trees. Though some grow in provincial and national parks where they are protected from cutting, most grow on private lands. There is no known cure for the canker disease or any effective technique to slow or prevent the spread of the disease. Some work is being done to produce hybrids that may be resistant to the Butternut Canker and also to gather seeds from strong, healthy trees. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is working with the Forest Gene Conservation Association and the Ontario Butternut Recovery Team to build a strong Butternut recovery program across Ontario. Many conservation authorities and stewardship councils as well as local landowners have joined in the fight to save this tree from complete decimation. The Ottawa Stewardship Council is assisting RVCA in looking for properties with mature Butternut trees to assess and/or for properties for planting young Butternut seedlings germinated from selected stock. If you are interested in participating in this program as a landowner, you can check out the website for information at www.ottawastewardship.org or by email email@example.com Observations: One of our readers, Neil Carleton, sent in a list of the many birds he’s observed recently in Almonte, along the Mississippi River from the lookout across from the fairgrounds: mallard, wood duck, ring-necked duck, common goldeneye, bufflehead, common and hooded mergansers, loon, kingfisher, osprey, pie-billed grebe, rock pigeon, ring-billed gull – as well as eastern bluebirds, killdeer and great blue herons - just to name a few! Neil quoted the following line from poet Archibald Lampman as he reflected on spring: “And I that stroll with many a thoughtful pause, almost forget that winter ever was.” Send your observations to Steve Blight at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lorraine Julien, naturewatch- Great Grey Owl near Ferning@gmail.com leigh - photo by Katie Ohlke
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cent evolution in the way municipalities handle beaver conflicts, which are mostly manifested in flooded roads. Beavers were not found in Central Frontenac 60 years ago, Richardson said. "In 1953, one of the first beaver families was relocated to Henderson Road in Central Frontenac. People used to drive on a family outing to see the beaver house and dam. Today they are seen along just about every road. He also talked about the division of responsibility between provincial legislation, conservation authorities, and the rights and responsibilities of private landowners. “At one time most public works employees had shotguns in the back of their vehicles and that is how they dealt with beavers, but that is not how we do things now,” he said. The Township of Central Frontenac used to use dynamite as part of its dam control strategy but that is also no longer the case. Currently township crews work to keep all culverts clear; they take dams out on private property on occasion; and the township is also experimenting with a number of beaver leveller or beaver baffler devices. The township also engages trappers to handle beaver populations. “The biggest factor that makes managing beaver activities that threaten roads and public safety a problem is the fact that landowners do not manage the height of the dam
to keep them from flooding back onto a road and threatening a road if it breaks,” Richardson said. He also said the breakdown of responsibility between municipalities, landowners, and other levels of government needs to be clarified. “Senior levels of government need to provide clearer legislation that will allow municipalities to protect their infrastructure and maintain public safety with fewer restrictions and in a timely manner,” he said. Although I missed the afternoon sessions, which included some landowners’ perspectives, I did see the presentation of Michel Leclair, who has spent 35 years managing the beaver population in Gatineau Park and currently runs a beaver-based tourism operation called Eco-Oddysey near the park. Leclair was featured in a CBC Nature of Things documentary called "Beaver Whisperers" a few weeks ago. He pulled out a thick binder that describes all the beaver devices that he has constructed over the years. “I’ve tried a lot of different things, and they work, but you need to keep your eye on them. Some of them work for a few years, some for 20 years; it all depends, and the device must fit the circumstances,” he said. Leclair said that the 350 square kilometre Gatineau Park is quite densely populated by beavers and also has 350 kilometres of trails and 200 kilometres of road. Over the years, he has developed a network of 167 monitoring points in the park, along with 97 control
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The beaver seminar was led by the Frontenac Stewardship Foundation in partnership with the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and Lennox and Addington Stewardship Councils. The councils are all in flux at the moment as they have lost their provincial funding from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The seminar demonstrated some of the values that stewardship councils bring to rural Ontario. As volunteer-based entities with representation from a cross section of rural landowners, naturalists, farmers, loggers, they are able to take on issues that can be divisive. At the beaver seminar, trappers and municipal officials charged with beaver eradication rubbed shoulders and sat with nature lovers, scientists, and others and shared information and takes about their mutual interest in a healthy, productive rural landscape. (Also see “Down but not Out - Frontenac Stewardship Foundation”)
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