Vol.20 No.11

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March 19, 2020 Vol. 20, No. 11


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Stores remain open, most everything else closed in Frontenac County and Addington Highlands by Jeff Green


ven before the announcement of a state of emergency and the forced closure of bars and restaurants, as well as gatherings over 50 people, Frontenac County municipalities, community services organisations, restaurants and other businesses had already taken steps. As of now, all municipal recreational facilities in Frontenac County, Addington Highlands and Tay Valley township are closed. Municipal offices are closed to the public, but are still operating and staff can be contacted via phone or email. (Statements from all four townships are reprinted at the end of this article)

Libraries closed, community service agencies keeping essential services available

Branches of both the L&A and Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries are also closed until further notice. Southern Frontenac Community Services has suspended Grace Centre Social Activities, including: Diners Club and SALT events, foot care, and volunteer hospice and bereavement services. Access to the Grace Centre is restricted to the side entrance and portables, with screening. Adult Day Services are still being offered. Transportation services are restricted to essential drives only. Frozen meals on wheels remain available as well as hot meals on wheels. Extra precautions are in place at the Meals on Wheels pro-

gram. The food bank will be open only on Wednesdays – food bank clients will receive pre-packaged hampers only and will be met at the door. Home-making and inhome respite services are also reduced to essential needs only. For further information, call 613-376-6477. Rural Frontenac Community Services (RFCS) has shut down its daycare in Sharbot Lake and EarlyOn programming throughout Frontenac County, and The Child Centre is closed. As far as services for adults and seniors are concerned RFCS Diners have been suspended, but meals on wheels continues, and may have its days increase as more seniors are staying home. Senior’s respite, adult day and home help servic-

es are all continuing. The Adult Services building on Elizabeth Street in Sharbot Lake remains open and reception is being staffed. Many of the affiliate agencies that work out of the Sharbot Lake office are now offering their services remotely, with workers working at home.

Visits resticted at long term care facilities

Patient visits are being restricted at Pine Meadow Nursing Home (Northbrook) and Fairmount Home (Glenburnie) Only “essential visitors” are permitted to enter the home at this time, essential being defined as those who have a resident who is dying or very ill”. These visitors are being actively screened. A scheduled meeting of Frontenac County Council on March 18 has been postponed until further notice. All events scheduled at Frontenac Park are canceled and the Visitors Centre is closed. Day use of the park is still permitted so the trails are available. Medical facilities have special restrictions in place as well (see article – Call First on page 2…. Or look to “Coronavirus update” on page 6, which includes information about services at the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team and important information for the general public as well). The vast majority, if not all, public events such as concerts, breakfasts, Lenten lunches and community dinners, have been canceled. Not only have the town halls been closed, but as of Tuesday

morning church halls were closed as well. Church services are also canceled. Conservation Authorities are closing their offices to the public and events such as Maple Madness at the Little Cat Conservation area and Maple Weekend in Lanark, Frontenac and Leeds and Thousand Islands has also been cancelled. Trails and Conservation areas, on the other hand, remain open, and where fees are normally charged (such as the Rideau Valley Conservation areas) they have been suspended. As of Tuesday, as well, restaurant service has been curtailed by provincial edict. Local restaurants are endeavoring to stay open by offering take-out. Best to call first to confirm hours and menu options. Pharmacies and grocery stores remain open, and some grocers have stepped up to offer home delivery for seniors and those who are self-isolating. Check with your local store to see if they are offering the service. Hardware/building supply stores remain open, and delivery services are also being bumped up by some. Convenience stores remain open and are operating as normal. The best source of information about how to stay safe in the face of Covid-19 is KFLA Public Health. Go to https://www. kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/novel-coronavirus.aspx

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Statement from Addington Highlands Township

Effective Monday March 16, 2020 As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation evolves, protecting the health and well-being of our residents and our workforce is our top priority. As a precautionary measure, the Township of Addington Highlands has closed both branches of the Addington Highlands Public Library. In addition, all recreation facilities are closed. All programming, rentals and events have been cancelled. Residents are still able to access the Lakelands Family Health Team at the Addington Highlands Community Centre – Denbigh during regular operating hours. Please check the Lakelands Family Health Team Facebook page and/or webpage for updates on hours of operation.

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Township of Central Frontenac has closed ALL municipal buildings to the public including the municipal office. This includes all council meetings and municipal hall rentals. Waste sites will still be open as normal however, safety precautions are in place at each site. These measures are being put into place to put the health and safety of everyone at the forefront. Municipal staff will still be reporting to work and available by telephone 613-279-2935. This closure will stay in effect indefinitely and reviewed on a regular basis. For more information please go to our website www.centralfrontenac.com. In addition, a council meeting scheduled for April 24 has been cancelled.

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Villas convicted of fraud; sentencing hearing on May 11 by Jeff Green essica Villas was tried and convicted of fraud over $5,000, in a case that was dealt with by the Sharbot Lake Court last summer and fall. The case focussed on activities related to a resort and subdivision development on Norcan Lake, in the northeast corner of North Frontenac township, and Villas actions and those of her estranged husband, Julio (Gypse). Villas has had the benefit of a pre-sentence report. The Crown is seeking jail time, and a number of victim impact statements will be read into the record when her sentencing hearing takes place on May 11. The scheduled court date on April 6 has been canceled due to COVID-19 measures.


First appearance Nicholas Anderson, who faces a Break and Enter Charge and a theft under $5,000 charge, was not in court, but Krista Dayman, his adult protective services worker, appeared on his behalf. The case was deferred until June 15. Ongoing Sasha Baillargeon, charged with failure to comply with a probation order, will return on June 15. Courtney Copeland, Paul Duplantis, and James Moore, all facing charges of break and enter with intent to commit a crime, and mischief causing damaged valued under $5,000, are all represented by the same lawyer, who was in court seeking further police disclosure. The case was deferred until June 15. Shelly Myers, charged with theft under $5,000, has

been putting in community service hours, in the anticipation of the charges eventually being dropped. She has a few hours left and is hoping to have them completed before May 11, when she will return to court. Kathleen Vanalstine, charged with theft under $5,000, is in the same situation as Shelly Myers (above) she will also return on May 11, in the hopes of the charges being dropped. Randy Vankoughnet, facing 2 counts of break and enter with intent to commit a crime and one count of failure to re-attend in court, now has a lawyer involved in his case, and will return to court on June 15. Patrick Sundstrum and Mark Thomas, who were both scheduled to attend on April 6, have been adjourned until June 15.

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nother popular event in the area has been cancelled. The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association has decided not to hold Maple Weekend this year, in response to provincial recommendations regarding public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 10 syrup producers in Lanark, Frontenac and Leeds and a Thousand Islands who were planning to participate. George and Darlene Conboy and family of Bell Line Road near Sharbot Lake was one of them. “(Cancelling the event) is going to impact our business for sure,” George Conboy said Tuesday. “It’s been a good event for us (but) just how much of an impact remains to

be seen. “We’re still open as far as that goes and people can still come to the farm (5959 Bell Line Road) to buy syrup but we’d prefer they don’t come if they’re sick.” He said their products are still available at a variety of locations including Mike Dean’s Grocery, Gray’s Grocery, Pharmasave, Seed to Sausage and Local Family Farms in Verona. He said syrup-wise, it’s been a pretty good year so far. “But we’re only about half-way through so far,” he said. “This (covid-19 pandemic) is quite the thing, isn’t it? “It certainly makes people realize we’re not in charge of things.”

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veryone entering Council chambers on this night was met at the door (by Treasurer Louise Fragnito) with questions about their health, and about any contact they might have had with persons returning to Canada, followed a shot of hand wash. Councillors Barr and Roberts were absent, and there were only four well-separated spectators in attendance. Social distancing was achieved..

Closure of Township Offices

Mayor Ron Vandewal said the Township’s Emergency Management team has been working long hours to activate their plans to provide maximum possible public service and flexibility in the face of what is proving to be a rapidly changing national/ international crisis. They are in close communication with the Public Health Unit, following its advisories. All public halls, recreation facilities, etc have been closed in the Township, and the keypad codes have all been changed.



Late Tuesday afternoon, a public notice was released stating that all Township administrative offices, both at George Street and Keeley Road, would be closed to the public “temporarily, for an indefinite period,” beginning Wednesday morning. Staff will continue to be available by telephone and online, and will possibly work from their homes and in the offices on shifts, to lessen close contact with each other. The Building and Planning services will continue accepting and processing development applications, and the building inspectors will continue to conduct inspections, but with an adapted protocol (ie, will not enter occupied buildings, nor engage in personal interactions on the site.) The treasury department, with Council’s permission, have extended the deadline for payment of the Interim Tax bill from March 31 to April 30, and will not be accepting cash payments. Public Works staff will continue to mainSINCE 1970

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tain Township roads, bridges and other structures. All South Frontenac waste disposal sites will be closed to the public until further notice; garbage and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled. Further details are posted on the Township’s website, or can be obtained by telephoning the Township office during their regular working hours.


Ironically, one of the reports to Council included the 2019 annual report from Darcy Knott, the Township’s Director of Fire and Emergency Services, showing South Frontenac’s compliance with the Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Knott’s proposal to immediately retrofit three of the fire department’s pickup trucks into rapid response units. Moving to smaller vehicles for rapid response, given the increasing number of medical calls SFFR is receiving, has been part of the longerrange plans. In light of the Covid-19 situation this change-over will be accelerated. The smaller trucks will respond with a maximum of three (3) firefighters and be

Tree cutting onsShorelines

Deputy Mayor Sutherland’s notice of motion that Council direct staff to provide a report on the most effective and expeditious way to control tree cutting on lake shore lines was quickly seconded and passed.

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The annual report for 2019 showed that the plant had run smoothly and under ca-

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Offices closed to public but services being maintained Continued from page 1 The township office is now closed to the public. We encourage residents to contact the Township by calling 613-336-2286 or emailing info@addingtonhighlands.ca. At this time, these closures are in effect until April 6, 2020. A council meeting scheduled for March 17 went ahead as scheduled. A budget meeting, scheduled for March 19,

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Statement from North Frontenac Township

As a result of the COVID-19 virus and per the Township’s Emergency Plan, the Emergency Operations Centres was activated today and in concert with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and other municipalities, Mayor Ron Higgins advises the Township of North Frontenac will be closing facilities to the public until further notice. This includes the following facilities: • municipal office • community halls • public libraries. All waste disposal sites remain open,

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Statement from South Frontenac Township

The Township of South Frontenac has decided to enact the following heightened procedures and closures, effective immediately. The Administrative offices at the town hall on George St., our public services facility on Keeley Rd, and all municipally owned facilities that are used for recreational purposes will be closed to the public effective immediately. These facilities include, but are not limited to; Glendower Hall, Sydenham Library Community Room, Princess Anne Community Centre, Harris Park Hall, Storrington Centre, South Frontenac Muse-


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um, All Parks & Fields for the purpose of scheduled events and gatherings. All fire stations in the township will be closed to the public, only essential staff and fire department personnel are permitted to access these buildings. Township staff can be contacted via phone or email. Planning and building services remain operational. The deadline for payment of the Interim Tax bill (originally March 31, 2020) has been extended to April 30, 2020. We are encouraging payments to be made through online banking, by mail or via credit card. A Council meeting, scheduled for March 17, went ahead as scheduled. (Editors note – updates from the townships regarding the ‘new normal’ for municipal operations kept coming in to our office until late in the day on Tuesday, March 17. We have endeavored to capture everything but readers can confirm for themselves by checking township websites.)

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COMMUNITY REPORTERS (613) Arden............................. Wanda Harrison................335-3186 Cloyne / Northbrook...... Nancy Skipper Denbigh......................... Angela Bright....................333-1901 Godfrey.......................... Stefan Duerst....................374-1710 Harrowsmith.................. Kim Gow Henderson..................... Jean Brown.......................336-2516 Inverary......................... Judy Borovskis..................353-1768 Maberly-Bolingbroke..... Karen Prytula....................325-1354 Mississippi..................... Pearl Killingbeck...............278-2127 Mountain Grove............. Marilyn Meeks...................279-3209 Ompah........................... Linda Rush........................479-2570 Parham-Tichbome......... Colleen Steele...................375-6219 Marily Seitz........................479-2855 Christine Teal....................375-6525 Perth Road.................... Peter Bird..........................353-7303 Plevna........................... Rhonda Watkins................479-2447 Sydenham..................... Karen Brawley...................376-9848 Verona........................... Debbie Lingen..................................

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• Sympathy to Berry and family on the passing of Courtland Kelford. In just six months two brothers have left us, Delmer and now Courtland. • Sympathy is extended to Daryl and Violet Sleeper on losing their son. • Get well wishes are headed to Gordon Sparks. Hope you’re feeling stronger today Gordon. We missed your hokey songs at the parties. Get well wishes are also in store for George York, who is experiencing shortness of breath and going to Kingston hospital for tests. Helen Osborne has her call for back surgery on Thursday. We wish all the best for a fast recovery. • Happy belated birthday to Verna Andrews. Hope your day on Sunday was great, with lots of cake. • All the halls are closed until further notice. No fiddlers party on March 20, no open mic on the 28th. See you when Harlowe opens. • The lovers romance is final. I set a hen last June with 3 eggs, two of which were duck eggs and one hen egg. All three hatched, two ducks and 1 rooster. Over the winter a duck became in love with the rooster. It would rub its beak through the chest feathers and snuggle up to the rooster and use its duck talk, which IK couldn’t understand. I set them outside last week, outside of their house door when the dispute happened. The started flying in each other’s faces. The rooster started pecking the duck on the head and it stretched its neck out for more pecking. I didn’t interfere. I was afraid its eye would be punctured. The rooster then turned to go into the house, but the duck pulled him back by grabbing the wing. Then the pecking began again, the rooster tries to go back into the house when the duck got a mouthful of bum feathers. This happened three times. I think the duck won as now the rooster is sporting a bare bum. I didn’t know whether the duck was a girl or a boy but I do know it is lonely, no more contact or snuggling. They sure were an unusual couple. •



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• Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Ruth Warren, who was known in our area. • The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many cancelations, however no cases have been reported in our area, for which we are thankful. • We had a good visit with family at a Napanee church event and also dined with Shirley (Veley) Conner and Lorraine (Peterson) Shorts. It was old home week. • Henderson United met to plan out their year and once again are hosting (God-willing) their annual yard sale on the weekend of July 3 and 4. So please start setting aside your gently used items and planning ahead. Sorry that personal pick up can not be offered, however it will be possible in the week prior to arrange a time to transport your items in to the Henderson hall. Sorry that limited spacing does not permit large items such as furniture or appliances. • The student minister at Henderson United Church, Cheryl MacMurray, will be ordained this May, so folks are very happy about that news, and also happy that Cheryl will be staying and serving at our churches. We all hope the church will be back to normal by then, • Deepest sympathy to Betty Kelford and family in the loss of spouse, Courtland, who died after a fall on the ice. Also sympathy to the family of the late Gloria Steiger, who also died this past week. • We must all stay strong with this COVID-19 outbreak, practice self-isolation, hand washing and restraint. We can all visit via the telephone and stay tuned to our wonderful paper for the latest.

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March 19, 2020 small crowd, only 19 people. There were no birthdays. The tables were set up beautifully by Darla and Rick. Natalie Bangay won the door prize. • Sympathy to the Young and Sproule families on the death of Angela. Also, to the Kelford and Crawford families on the death of Courtland. And to the Southward family on the death of Barb. • The Skidoo Club held their breakfast on Saturday. It was the Alzheimer’s fundraiser. 113 people were fed. Pam Lemke from the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington branch, and Wanda Labelle from the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville branch, were in attendance. Each branch got $516.25 in donations from the breakfast. The basket that was donated by the Carolina Residence was won by your truly (Woohoo). • I have a bunch of cancellations to let you know about. “Forget Me Nots” at the Senior’s Centre are cancelled until further notice, as is the Elphin Presbyterian stew supper. The snow mobile club has canceled their final two breakfasts of the season, and their quarter auction and dinner, rescheduled to April 2nd because of winter weather on its original date, is now cancelled completely. What will we do with all those quarters now?



• Some March birthdays are: Tom Tadson, Ashley Gray, Ginny Badour, Kathy Scott, Jesse Teal, Arlene Uens,Marlene Uens, Fred Ackerman, Brandi, Shelly Harpell, Taylor Meeks, Shirley Noonan, Ruth Burke, Jacquline Irwin. We wish everyone a happy birthday. • Our sympathy to the family of Richard Goodfellow, who recently passed away, and to the family of Ruth Warren Turpin, who also passed away. • There will be a gospel sing on March 28 at 7pm in Parham Free Methodist Church, presenting RMS and local talent. There will be refreshments and free will offering. • St. Patrick's Day will soon be here and March break. I hear the schools will be closed for an extra two weeks. There is a lockdown at the SLRR. We can visit our relatives but they cannot come here for two weeks. • Let’s hope this virus blows over soon. Keep smiling until next week.


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• Ompah has been a sad village this week. We lost three long time residents, all of whom were involved in the community and with our Fire Department. We are left with holes in our hearts. Barb Southward and Angela Sproule were lost due to cancer and Courtland Kelford due to a serious fall. Over the years, Barb Southward played a valuable role as the local message centre for emergency calls. Angela Sproule was an active member of the Fire Department and was often first on scene for medical calls. Courtland Kelford, now retired, joined the fire department when it was first formed, 45 years ago, and was a member and Fire Chief for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families. • If you wish to sign a card of condolence for the families, cards will be available to sign in the foyer of the Community Centre from Thursday, March 19 through Wednesday, March 25. • We just received word that North Frontenac Township has closed all township buildings, including Township Offices, community centres and libraries until further notice, to slow the progress of COVID-19 in the community. However, local dump sites will operate as usual.


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PARHAM-TICHBORNE Colleen Steele 613-375-6219 Christine Teal  mrsteal2u@hotmail.com 613-375-6525 • Wow, a lot has changed rapidly in the last week! COVID19 is the talk of the world, these days. Please take precaution and wash your hands and protect yourself from this virus. Be sure to check on those around you that may not be able to get out and about to get what they need. • Lots of events are being cancelled, so if you have something you are to attend, call ahead to ensure that it is still happening. • Easter craft sale vendor sale bake sale and yard sale on April 4th from 10am to 2pm. The sale is being held at the I.O.O.F HALL in Parham. The price of tables is 10 dollars for large and 5 dollars for a small. For more information or to book a table, call Rose at 613 279 2852. Limited number of tables available. • Are you ready for spring? Central Frontenac Minor Softball Association will be holding registration on Saturday, March 28th from 10am to noon at the OSO Fire Hall, 1020 Wagner Road, Sharbot Lake. Space is capped at 13 on each team, so don't be disappointed. Late registration fee of $20 will be in effect after March 28th. Forms have been emailed to those that we have an email for - if you would like one emailed to you, send a note to cfminorball@hotmail.com and one can be sent. • Lions Club all you can eat breakfast on March 21st has been cancelled! • Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Gospel Sing scheduled for March 28th at the Parham Free Methodist Church has been cancelled. • Also, Coffee Time on Tuesdays at the Parham Free Methodist Church is cancelled until the fall. • However, the worship service on Sunday mornings continues at 11. • Sharbot Lake United and Parham United worship services are cancelled until Easter Sun, April 12, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The church halls will still be rented and available as always. Rev. Jean will offer pastoral care by telephone and is available to talk to on the phone as needed. As well, the Anglican Bishop, Michael Oulton, has cancelled all the Anglican Church services in our area- St. Andrews in Sharbot Lake and St. James in Parham. The area nursing homes are closed for visitors as well, however, folks with dying loved ones are still able to visit there. We hope that participating in this province wide effort of self-isolation and self care that we might prohibit the spread of this extremely contagious disease. • Thinking of all the travellers and hoping they are able to return safely and with no health issues. • District #4 Recreation Committee has had to postpone its volunteer dinner that was originally scheduled for this weekend - a date will be set once things settle. • Special birthday greetings to Bill Lee, who turns 75 on Saturday, and to Katie Teal, who turns 19 on Saturday! • Happy birthday to Sam Kempe, Helen Pike, Ben Gray, Genny Kelly, Natasha LoFaso, Brandy Shelley, Amanda Quinn, Dylan Cox, Taylor Meeks and Nancy Steele.

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• Due to recent news about the Coronavirus and to err on the side of caution, Clarendon Central School is cancelling their chili night that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th. They are unsure at the moment if there will be a new date planned. • The Clarendon Central School Turkey and Ham Bingo is still good to go for Wednesday, April 1st at 7pm at the Clar-Mill Hall! If Parent Council needs to reschedule due to current events, they will let us know. Hopefully, everything works itself out by then! They will have a 50/50 and a raffle and light snacks and beverages will be served. • Saturday, March 21st , Jack's Jam is also being cancelled this month to keep their guests and musicians safe! If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact Roger at (613) 329-5525 or Ed at (613) 479-9909. • I was speaking with Ed on the weekend and we are not sure if we will have to postpone our Community Volunteers Easter Egg Hunt, we are going to watch and see how the next few weeks unfold, but we will keep you posted, for sure! • Thoughts and prayers to family and friends of Angela Sproule, who passed away on March 11th at the age of 62. Out of respect for the current social distancing measures, a private family funeral service will be held, followed by an interment in the Ompah Cemetery. A celebration of life for all her friends will take place at a later date. • Deepest sympathies to family and friends of Courtland Kelford, who passed away in hospital on March 11th at the age of 78 as a result of a very serious fall. • Sincere condolences to family and friends of Barb Southward, who passed away on March 7th at the age of 72. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. • The North Frontenac Historical Society & Archives has made good progress to determine the names of the unmarked graves in Donaldson Cemetery, thanks to several community members who have family buried there. A list for the memorial plaque is being finalized. If you have any info that you would still like to share on the plaque, now is the time to contact Brenda at (613) 479-2837 dbmartin@xplornet.ca. The committee would also welcome any info on people buried in unmarked graves at the Grindstone/Playfair cemetery. Their goal is to have both plaques finalized for a summer dedication. • The kickoff celebration event for NFHSA’s incorporation will be the afternoon of Sat May 2nd at the Clar-Mill Hall where many local poets and songwriters will perform. The Cloggers will also be performing on this special day. Circle your calendars, as this will be a great opportunity to hear local talent and about upcoming NFHSA projects. • Big happy be-lated birthday wishes to the very youthful Catherine Green, who turned 70 on March 14th. She brought in her special day with her family and yummy chocolate cake. What more could a girl want?! • Happy be-lated 92nd birthday wishes on March 11th to the always amazing Pat Kavanaugh (photo right)! Lucky Pat got visits from all of her daughters for her birthday!

• Lindy Hay received a great Christmas present this year! Her sister, Donna Hay, moved from Windsor Ontario and joined our community in December! Although it is a total culture shock, she is surrounded by family that love her and is most welcome to our Community! • Isn’t it nifty? Mark Lemke turned 50 on March 10th! Happy be-lated birthday, young man! • Bill Tooley’s family and friends would like to wish him big happy wishes for his 70th birthday on March 22nd! Enjoy your special day!.

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• COVID -19 has caused lots of cancellations and changes over the next two weeks. • Breakfast cancelled: Breakfast with the Lions has been cancelled for Saturday, March 21. • Meeting rescheduled: Friends of the Napanee River group have rescheduled their event on Saturday, March 21 to Saturday, September 26th. • The Coffee House at the Verona Free Methodist Church is on Sunday March 22, 10am. The RMS (Mark Alton group) is the musical guest. It's at 10:00am. If it is cancelled, the notice will be placed on the outside announcement board in the front of the church. • South Frontenac Community Services have suspended all Diner Lunch Clubs (Wednesdays) and SALT (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together) events are suspended until further notice. All foot care clinics are suspended until further notice. • SFCS Rural Services on-site visits will be based on essential need and all potential clients coming to site will go through a verbal screening process. The majority of clients will be serviced by telephone. • The SFCS Income Tax Program: Clients will be instructed to drop off documents and tax slips at the Grace Centre, and they will need to have access to a phone for any questions there may be around their filing. Volunteers will complete tax returns which will then be available for pickup at the Grace Centre. • All Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches are closed from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5. Due dates have been extended until April 14th and no new fines will be charged during this closure. • For more information about the corona virus, visit KFL&A Public Health’s website at: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthyliving/novel-coronavirus.aspx

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Coronavirus - COVID-19 - Update To our patients and community members According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), as of March 17th, 2020 there are 336 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada of which 177 are in Ontario. 5 people have died. The risk of serious illness is considered low for the general population; however, the risk is high for those who: • Are 65 years of age and over • Have compromised immune systems • Have underlying medical conditions The goal at the moment is to slow down the spread of the virus and to do that WE NEED YOUR HELP.


• If your appointment is not urgent, think about re-scheduling it for later this year • If you are running out of medication, please ask the pharmacist to give you an additional amount. If they require our authorization to renew please ask the pharmacy to fax the renewal request to the medical clinic. • If you still need to see a healthcare professional, please call the clinic • If you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing; please call the clinic. DO NOT COME BEFORE CALLING


you will be questioned about travel history and symptoms when you arrive you will be given a surgical mask if you have symptoms. try and stay 2m (6ft) away from other people. do not touch any surfaces.


• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands. • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand. Also, make sure to wash your hands afterward. • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.


Social distancing is a public health strategy to slow down the spread of the disease by limiting the closeness and interactions of people. • Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible. • Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other congregate care settings are currently on lockdown for visitors except in exceptional circumstances. • Avoiding non-essential trips in the community. • If you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare, be sure to keep the windows down. • Large group gatherings are being cancelled and consider cancelling small group gatherings. • If you have meetings planned, consider doing them by phone or electronically, instead of in person. • Whenever possible, spend time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 1 to 2 metre (3-6 feet) distance from each other.


Effective immediately, KFL&A Public Health is advising all individuals who are returning from any travel outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days and to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. This recommendation is retroactive for any individuals that have returned from travel outside of Canada (e.g., if you returned 7 days ago, you would selfisolate for the next 7 days).

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• Those with any travel outside of Canada (including the USA): Self-isolation for 14 days from the date of return to Canada, even if asymptomatic. • Those with mild/moderate symptoms compatible with COVID-19, regardless of travel history: who can manage symptoms reasonably at home should NOT call KFL&A Public Health and they should self-isolate until 24 hours AFTER symptoms have fully resolved. Current Public Health policy in this area is that these patients do not require swabbing for COVID-19. • Those with moderate but escalating symptoms compatible with COVID-19 AND have either travelled outside of Canada or been in contact with someone who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days: o Children under 6 months of age should be taken to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre or go to the hospital emergency department o Those over 6 months of age, should visit the COVID Assessment Centre or call your health care provider. If neither are available, go to the hospital emergency department and pay attention to special signage. • Those with severe symptoms compatible with COVID-19, regardless of travel history: should seek emergency medical care and identify any COVID-19 concerns immediately so appropriate personal protective equipment can be used. • Confirmed case of COVID-19: Self isolation until symptoms have completely resolved for 24 hours and there have been two negative tests for COVID-19, which are 24 hours apart. • Close contact of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19: Self isolation for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case. Close contact is someone you live with, provide care for, or spent extensive time with. • Close contact with a traveller returning from outside Canada who has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 that started within 14 days of their return: Self-isolation for 14 days after last contact with suspected case. • If you are sick, stay at home if possible. If you are asked to provide a sick note, please advise your employer that we will not be providing sick notes for short term disability that does not exceed 1 week during the outbreak.


A community based COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now open at Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre. The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is set up to assess returning travellers, as well as community residents, who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. The COVID-19 Assessment Centre will operate 7 days a week between the hours of 1:00 pm-8:00 pm. Patients will enter HDH by a separate, well-marked entrance directly across from the Chown Memorial Parking Garage. Large signage will direct people to the correct door, which is just west of the main entrance. For more information about COVID-19 click on the links below: • KFLA Public Health: https://kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/novel-coronavirus.aspx • • • •

Online Self Assessment Tool: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment Eastern Ontario Health Unit: https://eohu.ca/en/my-health/2019-novel-coronavirus Ottawa Public Health: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

We are working to adapt to this rapidly changing situation and appreciate your patience and understanding. Sincerely, Dr. Peter Bell Family Physician Sharbot Lake Family Health Team

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Council passed the by-law to rezone 11 vacant lots on Kona Crescent in Lyons landing (Inverary) to permit a reduction in front yard setback from 20 metres to 10. Deputy Mayor Sutherland suggested that the developer be directed to offer the neighbouring property owners the option of having trees planted along their frontage, for greater privacy. However, Development Director Dodds advised against this, until the idea could be discussed with the developer, to sort out details of tree sizes and kinds, etc.

Plans for the immediate future

“This will probably be our last Council meeting for a while”, said Mayor Vandewal; “things won’t be normal, but we intend to continue to provide most municipal services.” Council voted to delegate decision-making authority to the CAO and Mayor, to permit them to call or cancel meetings of Council, (similar to a ‘lame duck’ Council), as the set meeting schedule will no longer be followed. Possibly some meetings will be held online in future. Deputy Mayor Sutherland said it is a time for Council to show calm, purposeful leadership, paying attention to the medical professionals, and calling for township residents to show trust and confidence in their local government. “We are not now declaring a state of emergency, but that could become a later option. For now, the municipality is maintaining core functions; perhaps in a few weeks, we’ll know better what the long run will look like.” Councillors all showed their support for taking a proactive approach.

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OVID-19 and how it pertains to municipal business dominated proceedings at Addington Highlands regular Council meeting Tuesday afternoon in Denbigh. “That would be fair to say, yes,” said Dep. Reeve Tony Fritsch, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Reeve Henry Hogg, who was self-isolating because he’s just returned from a trip to South America that included stops in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. “It was a great trip,” Hogg said in a separate phone call while he was waiting for a conference call on government plans and guidelines for conducting municipal business during the current crisis. “But I’ve still got a week of selfquarantine to go.” But, as dominated by COVID-19 as the meeting was, Council did manage to get some business done. “We distanced ourselves from each other,” Fritsch said. “But we did manage. “We decided that our Township will compensate employees who were at home such as librarians and others whether we sent them home or they had to go home on their own. “And the main thing is that we’re closing the municipal offices to the public until further notice but staff will be at work.” He said they are in the process of developing a protocol as to how the Chief Building Official and Planning Secretary will interact with the public on a one-to-one basis when they need to. “And there was discussion as to the hiring of a handy person position,” he said. “We discussed duties such as minor repair and things like painting. “It will have no budget impact as those costs are already built-in to operating budgets for thing like halls.” Finally, Fritsch said the budget meeting scheduled for March 19 has been deferred to the morning of April 7 (before the regularly scheduled Council meeting). “That’s assuming the Council meeting goes ahead,” Fritsch said. “A lot can happen in that much time but we do need to conduct business.We’ll see how it all unfolds."

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ue to the declared state of emergency by Premier Ford re COVID-19, We would like to inform all members and our community that effective immediately the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Hollowood Branch 425 is closed. While maintaining social distancing, our Branch wishes to continue supporting our Veterans and their Spouses as needs are identified. We have telephone communication in place. Please call our Service Officer - John Parks 613-3758890 or President - June Crawford 613-279-3315 We will assess the situation and advise at the end of March.

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Sharbot Lake reconstruction project open house T

here seems to be plenty of interest in the Sharbot Lake Downtown Reconstruction project, judging by the number of people who showed up at an Open House to ask questions and get a look at the plans last Wednesday evening at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. The $3.2 million project is almost entirely funded by federal and provincial grants earmarked for the project with the federal government paying 60 per cent and the provincial government adding 33.3 per cent. “The only part the municipality is paying for is the underground infrastructure, which absolutely needs to be replaced,” said Central Frontenac Public Works Manager Tyson Myers. “It’s a big project,” said Project Engineer Dan Fencott of Jewell Engineering. “Especially from the Township’s perspective. “And it’s long overdue.” Fencott said this is a reconstruction project, not a beautification project, which

could come later as part of a county-funded initiative. “We’re looking at doing the full depth of roads, sidewalks and sewers,” he said. “This has been 10 years in the works.” In addition to Elizabeth Street, Robert and Garrett Streets will also receive extensive work. Much of the work won’t commence until after Labour Day, Fencott said. “We’re trying to avoid working on the main core in summer,” he said. “So our tentative start date is after Labour Day 2020. “We hope to finish up in the fall of 2021.” As of Tuesday, Myers said they’re still ramped up for the project to go ahead as scheduled, and all the current cancellations and social distancing measures shouldn’t affect the project. “We’re looking at getting the contract out the door in April,” he said. “Unless things change, it’s not affecting us at all.”

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There was plenty of interest in the Sharbot Lake Reconstruction project Open House

RFCS secures $13,780 grant for SALT talks program I

n the midst of all the bad news lately, here’s a little bit of good news. Rural Frontenac Community Services has been successful in securing a New Horizons grant in the amount of $13,780 for its SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) talks luncheon series. The SALT talks program offer a free lunch for seniors and a talk on things that matter to seniors in terms of health and/or safety. They’ve been becoming more and more popular since being introduced a few years ago. “We got all that we asked for,” said Catherine Tysick, Adult Centre Manager. “And the fortunate thing is that it’s for one year . . . I suspect we’re going to get off to a slow start.

“We have to schedule a meeting in April (and) personally I don’t think we can move ahead if we don’t have the halls.” Tysick said that one of the best aspects of the new funding is that it means they can branch out in terms of the topics they offer with lunch — it doesn’t have to be health related. “We can now branch out to topics that are not health matters but do involve safety such as banking, online shopping and such. “It’s good to have the OPP’s expertise on this.” She said they have been in the process of securing caterers for their events. “Up to this point, we had been using our own staff, who

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do the Diners events,” she said. “The funding means we can spin it off and have it separate from Diners.” She said the locations and dates of events are yet to be determined but they do plan to use the money for 12 events — six in Central Frontenac and six in North Frontenac. She said that if people have ideas for topics they’d like to have covered, they can make suggestions directly to her (613-279-3151, ext; 201) “When we have the events people will have to RSVP through here, and if people have questions, they can ask me too,” she said.

Restaurant owners, food producers, girding for a rough ride. by Jeff Green he News contacted some restaurant and food business owners on Monday, in advance of the announcement on closure. The situation was fluid at the time as on Monday morning Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said that restaurant closures were not being contemplated at this time. He also said that even a restriction to 50% seating capacity, which had been instituted in Quebec over the weekend was not on the cards in Ontario. By the end of Monday, that had changed, and he said he was encouraging restaurants and bars to think about shutting down. This followed a statement by Prime Minister Trudeau early in the afternoon, at the tail end of a press conference, had been focussed primarily on the borders and restrictions on foreign travel. Trudeau implored Canadians, whether they are sick or well, to stay home as much as possible and to communicate with each other by phone and email and video chat. One restaurant, Muddy Waters in Verona, was contemplating putting reserved signs on half the tables in their restaurant after hearing the news on Monday. Business had been dropping off over the last two weeks, after a pretty strong January and February, even before any talk of restrictions. They said that they were expecting, given the pace of announcements by governments over the last few days, that the half capacity measures were not


Softball registration in limbo – for the moment


he 7 softball associations in South and Central Frontenac (Battersea, Perth Road, Inverary, Sydenham, Harrowsmith, Verona, and Central Frontenac) have banded together this year to co-ordinated registration on two dates, March 25 and 28. But with the hall closings being imposed this week, those dates are not going to work this year. The associations have built a combined website, FCMSA.ca, and information about how registration will be handled this year will be posted on that site as soon as it becomes available. At least some of the associations will be arranging for online registration, and others may arrange for drop-boxes at private residences. Check FCMSA for info and contacts.

the end of it and they would likely be shut down before too long. By Tuesday morning, they had been proven correct. At 8:30 the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced that all restaurants in the province need to suspend sit down service, and can only offer take-out food. That will mean immediate layoffs in the restaurants. In the case of Muddy Waters, for example, they might keep two people on at a time, a cook and someone on cash, and how viable they will be as a take-out only enterprise

is anyone’s guess. Other businesses were already feelings the effects of the dramatic downturn in the restaurant industry this month in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston. Seed to Sausage, which sells to high end restaurants, was in the midst of layoffs as early as Monday morning, as orders had been canceled already, and the Crossing Pub in Sharbot Lake has shut down for at least two weeks. Layoffs are the norm.

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Thank You~ Brown I wish to thank our family and friends, for making my 80th birthday celebration such a great day. Also, thanks to everyone for the gifts, phone calls, flowers and cards. Thanks to the Parham Happy Travellers, #698, for the luncheon they served. God bless you all, Charlotte Brown

Thank You ~ Young I wish to express my many thanks to everyone who made my 85th birthday an exceptional event. Special thanks to my daughter Charlene and son-in-law Ken for arranging it and to the help of my siblings as well. Thank you Pastor Mark and to the WM ladies of the Sharbot Lake Pentecostal church for preparing the delicious desserts. So enjoying the many cards, gifts and calls. Thank you one and all for making memories. God bless. Shirley Young

Thank You ~ Hartwick Our family was overwhelmed with the loving support we received from our family, friends and community after Clinton’s passing. Thank you so much for all the calls, messages, food, and general caring. Thank you to Dr. Tobia for his care and compassion. Special thanks to my sister, Sheila, for always being a rock for me and the kids, and to my nephew David for just being there and cooking enough food for a few meals (and enough to feed an army). Also special thanks to my nephew Kurt and friend Jeff for the beautiful songs at the celebration of life, they captured Clinton’s spirit perfectly. We were so humbled by the outpouring of community support that thank you does not seem enough, but it’s all we can say. Thank you from Cheryl, Charles, Chris and families.


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1943 - 2020 In loving Memory of a Wife, Mother and Grandmother, who passed away 10 March 2020. She is survived by her husband Harry, Sons David (Isabelle) and Stephen (Rachel), Grandchildren Mathew, Samantha, Scott, Tyler, Megan, Jesse and Jensyn. A Memorial was held at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Sharbot Lake on the 14th march 2020. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. She will be deeply missed.

Angela passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at the age of 62. She was the beloved wife of Darwyn for over 42 years. Angela will be sadly missed by her daughters Katie Surra (Alex) and their daughters; Lindsay and Claire, and Diana Billingsley (Kyle) and their sons; William and Emberson. She was the treasured daughter of Charles and Doreen Young, and dear sister of Debbie Moon (Earl) and Bill Young (Kim Morrow). Angela will be fondly remembered by her mother-inlaw Barbara Sproule (the late Garnet), brother-in-law Dalton Sproule (Karen), and cousin Donley Kellar. Angela will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and many friends at the North Frontenac Fire Department and West Palmerston Cottages. Angela loved all the trips she had taken in her life. Most notably to Santa's Village (Bracebridge, ON) and her trips out east to Newfoundland. She loved being a volunteer fire fighter in Ompah, and all the life-long connections she made there. Her grandchildren were her greatest glory and she was always sure to have extra sweets and many craft supplies on hand for when they came to visit. Out of respect for the current social distancing measures, a private family Funeral Service will be held followed by interment in Ompah Cemetery. A Celebration of Life for all her friends will take place at a later date. In remembrance of Angela, contributions to the Ompah Community Volunteer Association (PO Box 2022, 10200 Hwy 509, Ompah ON K0H 2J0 - towards the purchase of protective gear for the local Volunteer Fire Fighters) would be appreciated. For condolences or further information, visit our website at www.blairandson.com.

In Memoriam Barr, Tim In loving memory of a dear Husband and wonderful Father and Poppy, who passed away March 22, 2019. Time passes, memories stay. Loved & remembered, every day From his loving wife Jo-Jo Knapp-Barr, Jamie (Lisa) Courtney (Tyler) and grandchildren Peyton and Colton and family

Lavery, Don July 25, 1935 - March 23, 2016 In memory of a loving husband, devoted father, proud grandpa and soon to be great grandpa. As time goes by without you, and the days turn into years. They hold a million memories, and a thousand silent tears. To us you were so special, what more is there to say. Except to wish with all our hearts, |that you were here today. Remember When Jessie, your 3 sons and their families.

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March 19, 2020

Even Lent defers to new virus

Marcel Giroux and Rev. Ron Hunt (Anglican Clergy) are seen at the recent ecumenical Lenten worship service at St. Andrews Anglican Church. However the original plan to host these weekly worship and soup lunches has now been cancelled due to the Covid 19 out break. So the next two advertised and planned Lenten soup lunches (March 25, and April 1) are now cancelled. Stay tuned to this paper for more details.

OBITUARY Garrah, Deidra Lynn Gail It is with extreme sadness that we announce the death of our daughter Deidra on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at the age of 17. She was the cherished daughter of John and Lori Garrah (Verona), and Don Mitchell Jr. (Kingston) and the late Tammy McGuire. Adored sister of Dawn and Maria. She was predeceased by her grandmother Eileen Garrah and her brother Daniel. Deidra was blessed to have many families that cared for her. She will be sadly missed by the Garrah, Mitchell, McGuire, Perkins, Hicks, Bye and Bibby Families. Deidra had a caring, loving soul and enjoyed spending time with seniors and the school to community groups. It was the place she felt the most comfort.. It is our desire to acknowledge the caring support groups that Deidra had throughout the County of Frontenac. There are too many to mention individually, but please know how grateful we are to every one of you. In keeping with public health requirements, the decision has been made to postpone the public visitation for Deidra, and we will celebrate her funeral mass privately on Saturday. When we are able to, we will announce our plans to gather together publicly to celebrate her life with all of people that cared so much for her. We wish to thank everyone for their warm messages of support, and please know that we are feeling your love, and we are taking strength from it. Memorial donations, for those wishing, may be made to Camp Outlook or to One Roof. Deidra is now in a place of peace. Where there is freedom and no judgement.


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The Township of Central Frontenac PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that the Regular Meeting of Council for the Township of Central Frontenac March 24, 2020, and all committees of Council are cancelled until at least April 13, 2020 Central Frontenac Municipal Office and all facilities will be closed to the Public effective immediately until April 13, 2020 at which time reopening will be evaluated. Staff are available by phone or email during this time. Central Frontenac Waste sites will remain open during this time. Phone: 613-279-2935 Fax: 613-279-2422 Email: township@centralfrontenac.com

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Editorial This is big for vulnerable small businesses and laid off workers


ne of the great levellers about the extraordinary changes in the way all of us will be carrying out our daily lives in the coming weeks or even months, is that the entire strategy to defer the spread of the COCID-19 virus is based on the cooperation of everyone in Canada, 35 million people. I received a call today from an elderly man who has lived in the vicinity of Sharbot Lake since 1981. He describes himself as a recluse. He said he comes into Sharbot Lake once a week, on Sunday because it is quiet, to get his mail and pick up supplies. He said that this past Sunday he happened upon a neighbour in the village, someone he had not seen in almost a year, and instinctively they shook hands. His neighbour then told him that he has been working in sales now, travelling to Toronto each week and selling across the GTA. This has put my new friend the recluse into a bit of a state, and he has gone into a 14-day quarantine, fearing exposure to the virus as the result of a handshake. I thought he was likely being alarmist. His friend has no symptoms, has not been in the vicinity of any known carriers, and there are only about 120 confirmed cases in the GTA among a population of about 9 million people. But there is logic to his thinking. His neighbour may indeed have been exposed. What could have been this man’s first direct physical contact with another person in months has potentially put him in the line of fire, even if it is pretty unlikely that he has been infected. I’ll check in with my new friend in a week or so, to make sure he is ok, just in case. The reality that some of us grasped a few days or weeks ago, and some, including myself, are just slowly realising, is that the only way to change the math that will result in hundreds of thousands of very sick people overwhelming our health care system and resulting in deaths that are counted in the thousands instead of in the hundreds, is for all of us to construct a 10 foot bubble around ourselves and wash our hands all the time. We know all about social isolation in Frontenac County. It is mostly understood as a problem that we have. Social isolation results in poor physical and mental health. We take steps to combat it. We are embracing it at the moment, but it will get old pretty quickly. We can do the two weeks that is prescribed right now, to the end of March, but that will almost certainly not be long enough. How much longer can we, collectively, manage it. Another two weeks. Maybe. Right to the end of April and into May, not so likely. That makes six weeks of voluntary house arrest conditions, for 14 million people. It’s hard to see how it can hold for that long.

Beyond that, there is the financial hit. The working poor, those of us who live from pay check to pay check, and find themselves suddenly laid off and face either a cut in pay if eligible for EI, or without pay at all, are at great risk. And a range of small business owners, in the hospitality industry, restaurants, food production and the arts, are all facing severe consequences In our normal day to day interactions, it is a social taboo to talk about how much money we make. There is a good reason for that because it keeps us all on a level social playing field. We know, underneath it all, that some people make three, four, five, even ten times as much as other people, and we also know that we all have the same basic needs. Over the last week, some of those taboos have faded away. As we face uncertainty, our financial instability is top of mind, and we are sharing it. I’ve had conversations in recent days that I don’t normally have, with workers and business owners alike. Many people now sharing the fact that they are in a precarious situation, one that has sprung seemingly out of nowhere, in only one week Our politicians have paraded to the podiums over the last couple of days, all talking nicely about each other for a change, which is refreshing, and all saying the right things about having our backs, about making sure we can all cover our rent and our essential bills. The math about COVID-19 has been well explained to all of us. We all understand the consequences of exponential growth, and we have all seen the pie charts and know what is meant by ‘flattening the curve’. We know that half measures will not work, we need to be all in. But the other math is real as well. The math that looks at working families losing half or more of their income, for two months or longer, the math that looks at businesses losing money during a season where they need to make money to keep afloat. Half measure won’t work on this either. The government needs to be all in, and it will cost billions to make any real difference because millions of people are involved And the government needs to ignore the middle class this time around. Middle class families have some leeway, they can muddle through. The working poor and the small businesses that are teetering, don’t have any. Providing some relief for the middle class to ease the pain may make it easier for governments to get re-elected, but it will only drain resources that are necessary to keep the working poor from slipping into real poverty, and help the small businesses who employ them from going out of business.

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INVERARY - SOFTBALL REGISTRATION 6pmNORTHERN HAPPENINGS listings are free for SHARBOT LAKE - ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST 8pm. Ken Garrett Memorial Park. Also Sat/Sun community groups, and will be published for two 8am-11am. Soldiers Memorial Hall (OSO Hall). $8, MArch 28/29 10am-2pm. Go to www.fcmsa.ca for weeks. Donations to offset the costs of publication shildren 6- 12- $4, under 6, free. In support of, online registration and further information. would be appreciated. Other listings are paid or are Central Frontenac Swim Program. Presented by INVERARY - SOFTBALL REGISTRATION 6pm8pm. 4795 Latimer Road. Also Sat/Sun March taken from paid ads elsewhere in the paper. The Sharbot Lake and District Lions Club. News makes every effort to be accurate but events SHARBOT LAKE - ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST 28/29 10am-2pm. Go to www.fcmsa.ca for online registration and further information. should be independently verified by readers. 8am-11am. Soldiers Memorial Hall (OSO Hall). PERTH ROAD - SOFTBALL REGISTRATION 6pmVERONA LION’S BREAKFAST 8:30am-11am. Thursday March 19 8pm. Harris Park. NORTHBROOK - BINGO 6pm. Northbrook Lions Verona Lions Hall. $8, 7-12, $5, under 7 free. McLions SHARBOT LAKE - LENTEN LUNCH St. Andrew?s are available by request. Presented by Verona Lions Hall. Sponsored by the Land O’Lakes Lions. Doors Anglican Church. Servcie led by Father Cyprian open 6pm, regular games 7pm. Canteen available. Club. Ihedoro of St. James Major Roman Catholic Church, Info: the Lions Toll Road book. Tuesday March 24 followed by soup and crackers. Endorsed by all the BOLINGBROKE - CPHC DINERS LUNCH 12pm. Friday March 20 area churches- Roman Catholic, Free Methodist, INVERARY - COMMUNITY YOUTH DANCE 7pm- ABC Hall. A hot nutritious meal and pleasant Anglican, United, Praise Church, Pentecostal and all 10pm. Storrington Lions Hall. $5pp, for children in socializing. Reservations required. For those 50+. are welcome. Free-will offering for the food bank will Cost: $10.00 Contact: Joyce Fleming at (613) 273grades 5-8 be received, if able. NORTHBROOK - JAM SESSION Spill the Beanz 4832 SYDENHAM - SOFTBALL REGISTRATION 6pmCafe 12 Peterson Road. Open jam session, all styles NORTHBROOK - EUCHRE NIGHTS 7pm. 8pm. Sydenham Public Library. Also Sat/Sun MArch Northbrook Lions Hall. Sponsored by the Land of music 28/29 10am-2pm. Go to www.fcmsa.ca for online O’Lakes Lions. Coffee, sandwiches and dessert. Saturday March 21 registration and further information. ELPHIN - ST. PATRICK’S STEW DINNER 5pm- Prizes. Info: the Lions Toll Road book. Thursday March 26 6:30pm. Elphin Presbyterian Church. $12, children NORTHBROOK - LOLCS ADULT DROP-IN 9am. SNOW ROAD STATION - MUSIC NIGHT 7pm. Northbrook Lions Hall. Adult Drop In located at Lions 6-12, $5, under 6-free. Proceeds to the church info Hall in Northbrook every Tuesday. Doors open at Snow Road Hall. Featuring Henry Norwood. $10 in - Barb - 613-278-2112 advance, $12 at the door. For advance tickets call PLEVNA - JACK’S JAM 1pm-5:30pm. Clar-Mill Hall. 9:00am and a hot, nutritious and delicious dinner Lori Ryder 613-278-0216 Joelle 613-278-0958 served at 12 noon. Come on out and play some cards, Followed by a Pot Luck Friday March 27 visit or just chat with your neighbours. For more info,

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Call first, says local doctor.

pecial protocols are in place at local doctor’s offices Dr. Sabra Gibbons and her team at the Verona Clinic are continuing to serve their patients needs this week, but some of the protocols at the clinic have been changed in order to protect both the patients and clinic staff from any risk of exposure to COVID19. “We are open for business during our usual hours,” said Gibbons, in a phone interview on Tuesday morning. But patients, whether or not they have an appointment, are being asked to call first. The clinic has been contacting patients who have appointments, offering virtual visits over the phone in some cases, and determing which patients do require in person visits. “We are trying to be sensible,”


said Dr. Gibbons. “Our waiting room is tiny, so it affords little or no social distancing, so we are have in people wait in cars and we go get them when it is their turn. Patients displaying symptoms of a respiratory illness are encouraged to call the clinic before travelling to it in person, and they will be evaluated to determine if they should stay home, or travel to hospital for treatment or testing. If they need to be seen in the clinic, a separate entrance will be used and staff will use protective gear when assessing them and the cleaning protocals in the clinic, which are already in place, will be employed “If I, or a member of my staff, develop any symptoms, we will self isolate immediately and will carry on our work through virtual means,” she said. She said that the clinic is in con-

CLOYNE - Northbrook Nancy Skipper noahsark444@bell.net • Because of COVID-19 the Cloyne & District Historical Society has postponed their AGM originally set for March 16, 2020. It shall be held in the Barrie Hall, Cloyne on Monday April 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Bob Childs from the Lennox and Addington Community Foundation. • A suspension has been issued for Pine Meadow Nursing Home. No visitors are to enter the home. Exceptions will be made for Critical Illness and End of Life. The Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled. • Euchre and Bingo at the Lions Community Hall have been cancelled until the end of the month. • There is a Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Flinton Community Centre has been cancelled. • The Community Bus Service is the road again on April 2, 2020 with visits to Belleville’s Walmart, No Frills, Giant Tiger with lunch at the Buffet Garden 0. To reserve your seat, contact Kate Turl, Community Bus Coordinator at Cell: 613-849-8804, or Land O’Lakes Community Services: 613-336-8934, Toll Free: 1-877-679-6636, LOLCS Facebook page or lolcsbus@gmail.com. • The North Addington Soccer Association registration for children ages 3-12 years is on Wednesday, March 25th

tact with other clinics in the area and is also in contact with KFL&A Public Health. “The situation is evolving constantly, as you know” she said, “and we are working to make sure that not only are our patients and the community taking steps to avoid transmission of COVID-19 but that the ongoing health needs of our patents are still being addressed. As of Tuesday morning, there were 186 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and 1 death. There were still no cases in Kingston or Frontenac County. “That is certain to change,” said Dr. Gibbons. (for further information on medical services in other locations, call your local clinic, or see the public service ad on page 7 from the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team)

and Thursday, April 2nd 2020 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at NAEC by the old gym. • The Land O’Lakes Community Services annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper on March 28, 2020 has been cancelled. • The Land O’ Lakes Garden Club has cancelled their first meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2020. • Connections Adult Learning is offering Digital Scrapbooking beginning on May 4, 2020 to June 15, 2020 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Register by calling 613-336-0691, drop in to Connections Adult Learning, Northbrook Site, email northbrook@ncalc.ca, through the website www. connectionsadultlearning.ca or through Facebook: connections Adult Learning. • The Flinton Community Jamboree 2020 is on July 30th to August 2nd! To guarantee your current site you must book by May 1, 2020. Anyone willing and able to help out in any way to put on this year’s jamboree is asked to contact Karen Anderson at 613 539 4165 or email at flintcomjamboree@hotmail.com Advance tickets will be available March 1st, 2020 at The Kuriosity Shop.


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• Denbigh Diners is cancelled until further notice.

INVERARY - YOUTH DANCE 7pm-10am. Storrington Lions Hall. $5 per student VERONA - SALT ON SLEEP APNEA, COPD 11:30am. Verona Lions Hall. SALT is partnership of community service groups and local law enforcement. Free lunch is served at 11:30am, with the presentation to follow. Advanced registration necessary. Call 613376-6477, ext. 303. Transportation is available for an additional cost. VERONA SPECIAL BENEVOLENCE FUNDRAISING EVENT 7pm. Verona Pentecostal Assembly. Featuring Jessica Wedden, fiddler, and John McCLutg, guitarist. Refreshments, free will offering

Saturday March 28

BATTERSEA - THRIFT SALE 9am-12pm. Battersea United Church. $2 admission. Donated items can be dropped off on Friday March 27th from 4pm and 7pm or contact Amanda at hall.amanda@outlook.com for a different time. BATTERSEA - THRIFT SALE 9am-2pm. Battersea United Church. Entry Fee is $2. Donated items can be dropped off on Fri, March 27th between 4-7pm or contact Amanda at hall.amanda@outlook.com for a different time CLOYNE - ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER 4pm-7pm. Barrie Hall. The menu includes spaghetti, garlic bread, caesar salad, dessert, tea, coffee, and juice. For this totally amazing meal, 12 years and older need only pay $15.with 5 years to

Peewee Flyers championship season another casualty of pandemic by Craig Bakay

t certainly looks like the Frontenac Flyers Peewee rep team season is over, without much chance of their final series against the Ilderton Jets being played. The championship series had been scheduled to get underway this past weekend with two games in Ilderton before moving to the Frontenac Community Arena for the second two games this coming weekend. But, the Frontenac Minor Hockey Association had this posted on its website March 12: “Message from the FCA — FCA is closed for the season — All sanctioned OMHA/ Hockey Canada practices/games/exhibition games/tournaments/championships have been cancelled. “Tryouts for the 2020-21 season will not be conducted this spring — Frontenac Rep tryouts will be in September — dates TBA later.” “I would strongly bet we are done (ie the Peewees’ championship series),” said coach Al Pixley on March 15. “Only if cases of Corona get neutralized (don’t increase) could I possibly see them letting us finish the season in early-midApril.” Pixley is also the president of Frontenac Minor Hockey.


• Addington Highlands Township has closed all recreation facilities until further notice. There will be no Denbigh Recreation events until further notice. The Township Libraries are also closed until further notice. The Township of Greater Madawaska has closed the Denbigh Griffith Lions Hall in Griffith, so there will be no Denbigh Griffith Lions Clubs events until further notice. • Please note: the New Apostolic Church has cancelled the Pancake Breakfast that was to be held on April 18th. • Our communities run, and run well, because of the helpful hands of service groups and volunteers, who give their time and talents to deliver programs and events. With the deadly, raging wildfires in Australia, The Denbigh Griffith Lions Club extended that hand abroad, making much needed joey pouches to be used in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife of kangaroos and koala bears. With two workshops, and individuals knitting, crocheting and sewing items at home, The Lions were able to package and deliver 186 pieces to the Big Sky Ranch Animal Rescue in Kemptville, to be dispersed to three different wildlife sanctuaries in Australia. A big thank you to all the community volunteers from Denbigh, Griffith and Matawatchan areas for their time and materials. (As this is written, Monday, March 16th, the Lions items will be shipped to Australia). • Take care of yourself, and live with hope.

March 19, 2020


Staffing up


by Gray Merriam

lot of folks around our Lakeland in eastern Ontario fear the worst when all the Gypsy moth eggs that we saw on the tree bark last fall hatch in the coming spring. Many of us scraped off all the egg masses we could find and reach but many are placed high in the tree canopies, inside car wheel rims and in lumber piles. We needed help. Like many other invaders, gypsy moths were brought in by human mistakes. In 1869, amateur naturalists in Massachusetts brought gypsy moths in to try to use them to produce silk. A container blew off a window sill and the invasion was started. Now, with our help, gypsy moths are spread widely across North America. In the 1890's in Massachusetts, they hired many men to climb up into the tree canopies and scrape off egg masses. Times and wages have changed. And so has nature. Over fall and winter, Red-Breasted Nuthatches, WhiteBreasted Nuthatches and Chickadees scour the tree can-


opies right out to the finest branches checking for eggs and insects to eat. They find many of the Gypsy Moth egg masses and have learned to get past all the hairy covering put on the egg masses by the female moths. As spring warms, little Brown Creepers will join the winter birds and a little later, floods of warblers will be passing through, also looking for foods to support their long migrations. Having full forest canopies with well-developed understories of shrubs and saplings and natural forest floors should be attractive homes and stop-overs for the birds. The current alternative technological control is a spray of Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki HD-1 simply called 'Bt'. This is a bacterium that must be eaten by the Gypsy moth caterpillars so the leaves they eat must be thoroughly coated with Bt. And because it works best on young caterpillars, the leaves must be coated just when the eggs hatch. Bt is washed off by rain so the coating must be applied just when the caterpillars hatch and when there is not rain for

Gypsy moth egg mass on tree bark

few days. Because the tops of the trees must be coated, aerial applications are normally used and if the Bt is washed off and has to be reapplied, the costs rise. The natural workforce of birds is better. But their populations need to be safeguarded.

TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC News & Public Notices INVITATION TO TENDER • Tender No. PS-2020-03 – Sand/Salt Shed Fabric Replacement – Hinchinbrooke Patrol Yard (5286 Hinchinbrooke Rd) - Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., April 1st, 2020. • Tender No. PS-2020-08 - New Tires and Repairs - Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., March 25, 2020. • Tender No. PS-2020-12 - 2020-2023 Dust Suppression Program - Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., March 25, 2020. • PS-RFQ1-2020 - Request for Quotation for Provision of Contracted Equipment, Materials and Trades Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., March 25, 2020. Official forms detailing the general specifications and requirements may be downloaded from the BIDDINGO.COM website or picked up: Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm at the Public Services Department, located at 2490 Keeley Road Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0 COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS Submissions for the Community Project Grant Program are now being accepted. Not for profit community organizations including charitable organizations and unincorporated groups who meet the project guidelines can apply until March 31st. For more information and to access the related forms, visit our website at www.southfrontenac.net/communitygrants 2020 DOG TAGS Dog Tags for the 2020 year are now available for $30.00 each. As of March 1, 2020, Dog tags will only be available at the Municipal office located at 4432 George St., Sydenham.

LIVING HERE LOAD RESTRICTIONS – MARCH 1, 2020 TO MAY 1, 2020 In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O.1990. Ch. H. 8, Section 122, residents are reminded that all roads within South Frontenac are subject to restricted loads. The restriction is that no axle of any commercial vehicle shall transmit to the road, a weight in excess of 5000 kilograms. This action is necessary for the protection of roads in South Frontenac. INTERIM TAX NOTICES DUE APRIL 30, 2020 Interim Tax Notices have all been issued – If you haven’t received your Interim Tax Notice yet, you should contact the Tax Department at 613-376-3027 Ext. 2200 or email us at taxes@southfrontenac.net. The Interim Tax notice amount is based on 35% of the annualized 2019 tax rate and assessment value. WINTER HOURS - HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT Our next open dates will be open March 12th and 26th from 3pm – 7pm. Open dates will be published monthly in this banner but keep in mind they are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Please remember that accepted items are hazardous materials, small electronics and bale wrap only. A full listing of accepted materials may be found on our website under Living Here/Solid Waste/Recycling/Household Hazardous Waste.

Temporary Closure of South Frontenac Facilities Due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of South Frontenac has decided to close the following facilities to the public until further notice, effective immediately: • Township offices at 4432 George St., and 2490 Keeley Rd. • Glendower Hall • Sydenham Library Community Room • Princess Anne Community Centre • Harris Park Hall • Storrington Centre • South Frontenac Museum • All Parks & Fields for the purpose of scheduled events & gatherings. Your patience & cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.

TOWN HALL UPCOMING MEETINGS • Council Meeting – March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES The Township is currently recruiting for the following positions: • Various Summer Student Positions: Closes Friday March 27th, at 4:00 pm. Full details and complete job descriptions can be found on the Township’s website under Town Hall >Careers

Open for Business PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION Prior to submitting a planning application, applicants are required to have a pre-consultation meeting with the Planner. Appointment times for pre-consultation meetings can be made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm by calling extension 2224. Booking a pre-consultation meeting helps us evaluate your application and provides you with important information about the process and associated costs.

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EARTH HOUR 2020 Our mission: Then and now

In 2007, we encouraged people around the world to switch off their lights to call attention to climate change. More than a decade later, the climate crisis remains, magnified by another urgent threat: the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature. The rate of global loss of nature in the last 50 years is unprecedented in human history - and as we saw with the fires in the Amazon and most recently, in Australia, it's only getting worse. We may not always realize it, but nature has a critical role in almost every aspect of our lives. From the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat - and even the sports we play, nature is critical to our survival, well-being, and quality of life! But that's not all - nature is also one of our strongest allies against climate change, which could affect one billion people by 2050. This Earth Hour, you have the power to spread awareness in your community on the importance of celebrating, protecting, and restoring nature.

Wherever you are, you can make a difference. Switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. local time then consider making a change in your daily life to help protect our planet.


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Frontenac athletes capture gold and silver at Ice Stock world championships Submitted by Paul Blais

anada’s ice stock teams won gold and silver medals at the Ice Stock World Championships that wrapped up this weekend in Regen, Germany. The men’s team captured gold with a 20 win - 2 loss record in the 12 team field, going an undefeated 11-0 on the second day of competition. With the gold medal, the men are promoted to Group A at the 2022 World Championships. The women’s team won silver with a 10 win - 2 loss record in their 7 team field and improved on the bronzes that they received in the last two world championships. “This is the most successful world championships ever for Canada” said Karl Hammer Jr., President of the South Frontenac Stocksport Club. “I was proud to represent and to have five other local athletes competing at that level is an incredible feat given that we resurrected the club just six years ago.” Canada sent a delegation of 13 athletes and coaches to compete in team and individual competitions. Highlights of the re-

sults: • Men’s Team – Gold Medal and World Champions B Group including South Frontenac residents Paul Blais, Karl Hammer Jr. and Mike Osborne • Women’s Team – Silver Medal B Group including South Frontenac residents Kathy Frenette and Jennifer McNeely • Women’s Distance Throwing – In this event the goal is to slide the stock as far down the ice as possible and it was a women’s event for the first time ever. Jennifer Mayrl of Barrie qualified for the finals in the 30 athlete field and finished 10th overall with a throw of 90 metres. • Men’s Distance Throwing – Mike Osborne of South Frontenac finished 8th in the B Group field. • Men’s Team Target Shooting – Team member Paul Blais of South Frontenac finished 5th in the world for his performance in the third element. • South Frontenac resident, Tyler MacComish competed in Team Target Shooting and finished 43rd in individual target shooting. During Congress meetings held last week, the International Federation of Ices-

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second case the payment is for wealth created, while in the first case no wealth is created, but rather existing community wealth is used up or redistributed. Favouring librarians and teachers, already very well compensated for their efforts, in a manner different from the support of the vast majority of the working population involuntarily set aside for the duration of this health event smacks of differential treatment and maintains a privileged group. This could backfire in the future. They may be convenient to some but are not an essential service. I think we taxpayers will need to see evidence of what they (librarians and teachers) have been doing to earn such high payments and such delightful privilege. Maybe now is the real time for online services: require the teaching staff to confront the possibility and usefulness of centralized instruction and tease the librarians away from books to PDFs and require specialized buildings and staff to provide warm up services. Colin Beckingham


tocksport confirmed that Canada will host the 2021 America Cup. That competition is held in the summer months with competitors from across North and South America. By changing the sliding plates on the stock, the sport is playable on asphalt, concrete or

similar surfaces. The location of that event is to be determined but the Canadian Federation’s first choice is the South Frontenac Stocksport Club who are anticipating construction of international-standard lanes later this year, a first in North America



he decision of the Chief Librarian in consultation with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board to continue to pay salaries during closure of libraries due to the virus health issues does not sit right. I'm sure that teachers are in the same situation. Payment for work is one thing, payment for no work is another. I was also surprised to learn that the libraries serve as some kind of warm up centre. This maybe is so in Kingston city but hardly applies in rural branches, where traffic is quite low compared to the city. We already have a welfare system which is designed to catch and help out those in need. Then payments are captured in the "economic transfers" classification while salaries are captured as payments for work; the difference being that in the

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March 24, 2020

The regulars at the Sharbot Lake Market got together Sunday for a Winter Market. Peter and Mary deBassecourt were there showing Mary’s children’s books she writes under the pen name of Elizabeth Barwell. The books are illustrated by her sister Joan Harris and

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