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EMC News – Sydenham High School’s Senior Girls Volleyball team continued their undefeated season on Thursday Jan. 16th, beating LCVI. The girls rallied together and made some excellent plays, winning the first game with ease. In the second round LCVI fought hard, but Sydenham’s defense prevailed and the girls won 25-22. In the final match, the girls extended their lead early and finished the match strong. Fifth year player Krissy Berndt (#3) attributes much of this year’s success to communication amongst team members, “We are really coming together this year and playing like a team. We’ve been working on our communication a lot this year and we are like a little family now and our coaches help with that a lot too.” The girls travelled to an overnight tournament in Ottawa last weekend and hope to continue their winning streak all the way to KASSAA this year. Photo/Mandy Marciniak

County housing task force sparks lengthy debate at regular meeting By Craig Bakay Reporter

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Gazette News — The wording of a resolution to create a seniors housing task force in Frontenac County drew considerable debate at the regular meeting of Frontenac County Council last week in Glenburnie. In particular, Coun. John Purdon took exception to the phraseology that singled out a pilot project on Wolfe Island, concerned that it could exclude future projects in other parts of the County. In particular, Purdon was concerned about the makeup of the task force, which would have included two members from Frontenac Islands as well as County Council’s representative on the Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee, John McDougall.

“I’m bipolar on this one,” Purdon said. “I’m favourable towards the creation of the task force but the bylaw only mentions Wolfe Island. “If we associate this with Wolfe Island, it doesn’t take into account what we perceive as a need in Central Frontenac.” Purdon said he felt the resolution should be more County-wide in nature. “We have heard about the concerns of the former seniors home in Sharbot Lake (from Wayne Robinson at the January Committee of the Whole meeting) and there are some other concerns in the County.” County Planner Joe Gallivan, under whose sustainability portfolio the project lies, said the intent was to make sure that the task force would be a majority of local representatives on the committee be-

cause it is a County priority. “There are two models here,” he said. “Council selects a number of committee members that would deal with a number of issues over time and two, that there are specific projects. “Conceivably, there could be a number of task forces operating at any given time.” “Two task forces would be a duplication of effort,” said Purdon. “My reading was that this is for any project on the County with a mention of one specific project,” said Coun. John Inglis. “But I’d like to see just one task force.” “I agree with just one task force but if there’s a project ready to go on Wolfe Island, great,” said Coun. Janet Gutowski. “But I would ask we add one more mem-

ber to the task force.” “As more projects come in the task force would be getting bigger,” said Warden Bud Clayton. Clerk Janette Amini was concerned with the size of the task force as well. “If we put all the mayors in there, it could be difficult to meet a quorum,” she said. “We could have alternate members. When it concerns Wolfe Island, Dep. Warden (Denis) Doyle would be on it, and when it’s Central Frontenac, Coun. Gutowski.” In the end, McDougall came up with the solution. “If Coun. Purdon is willing, there could be two permanent members from this table,” McDougall said. Purdon was willing to join the task force.

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Heritage News - If you’ve been around the Kingston area for a while, you’re probably familiar with the work of artist Norm Pengelly. His editorial cartoons have appeared in a number of local newspapers over the years, including the Kingston Heritage, and more recently a number of Pengelly’s cartoons and drawings have gone viral on social media. Yet art was always more of a side project for Pengelly, who also works full time as a real estate agent. “I wasn’t doing it for the money, it was more to be noticed and get feedback from it,” he says of his early days as an editorial cartoonist, noting that the papers only paid him about $10 per cartoon. “I’d be doing it regardless just on a piece of paper in front of me.” Then last year, Pengelly discovered social media, and found it to be an excellent tool for expanding the reach of his art, allowing him to not only reach a large audience, but also see an immediate reaction to his work. He created a new brand for his business and called it Pengellyink, named after the signature he uses in the bottom right hand corner of his cartoons. By sharing his art on the Pengellyink Facebook and Twitter pages, he has produced a number of viral cartoons and drawings on a variety of subjects from NHL hockey to Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Last week, a cartoon about Leafs goalie James Reimer earned Pengelly over 250 new followers in 24 hours, and received nearly 400 retweets.

“For me, I want to see instant gratification,” he says. “I want to see somebody liking what I’ve done or commenting back or sharing. And with [social media] I get it immediately. I can look at my Facebook page and I can see that something has been liked 2,000 times and shared 1,000 times.” So what does it take to create a successful cartoon? It actually has more to do with concepts than artistic ability, Pengelly says. In fact, one of his most successful cartoons yet in terms of shares and views featured a photograph of the infamous meth cooking Winnebago from the television show Breaking Bad and a cartoon Mayor Rob Ford knocking on the door to get his fix. “You can be a great illustrator and if you’re not funny it doesn’t matter. It’s not going to happen. You can be incredibly funny and not be the greatest drawer and get further because people are more drawn to the humour than they are the actual artwork.” Catering cartoons to specific audiences, such as NHL hockey fans, is also key to ensuring as many people as possible see it. As a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, many of Pengelly’s cartoons feature the team. “I send them to the Toronto Maple Leafs fan site and there’s a guy who posts almost everything I send him. I can get 80,000 Facebook views by sending a Toronto Maple Leaf cartoon. So you realize how easy it is to go outside [Kingston] if you’re specific to a topic, as long as you get on the right topic and send it to the right person.” And all the fame has affected the

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Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., January 29, 2014, ATT: Wayne Orr, CAO, 4432 George St, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0 Official forms detailing the general specifications and requirements may be downloaded from the BIDDINGO. COM website or picked up: Monday to Friday between 7:00 am and 4:30pm Public Works Department. 2490 Keeley Road, Sydenham, ON. K0H 2T0

Kingston Heritage – It may be the hottest winter commodity right now, but it’s in short supply. Residents searching for salt are finding it difficult to buy it, as many stores are sold out. It’s not surprising, given this winter season has so far brought a large amount of freezing rain and a vicious ice storm. While the recent thaw has managed to put a dent in the thick ice that is firmly coated to roads and sidewalks, it remains a problem that homeowners and city crews are trying to chip away at. The recent thaw also revealed several new potholes. “It’s been a tough winter,” agreed Jim Keech, president of Utilities Kingston and commissioner of the public works department. “We’ve had some trying events. We’ve had the fire, the ice storm, lots of snow. I think at this point people would like a bit of a break,” Keech said, noting he can’t find salt for his own driveway. Councillor Sandy Berg says she understands public frustration over the seemingly slow pace of ice removal, but says it will take time and sunshine to get walkways back to the concrete surface. “We ourselves are frustrated with our inability to clear these walks and our equipment breakages these conditions are contributing to,” she wrote on her city blog page. Road and sidewalk plows are designed to remove snow, not several inches of ice, she explained. In addition to constant plowing and snow removal, Keech says crews have literally dumped tons of sand and salt on roads and sidewalks to try and keep them passable. The city stocked up on sand and salt prior to the

INVITATION TO TENDER NO. PW-2014-02 FOR ONE (1) 6 TON TRUCK CAB AND CHASSIS, DIESEL STANDARD TANDEM DUMP TRUCK C.A./60,000 LBS. G.V.W. Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 p.m., Jan 29th, 2013, Attention: Wayne Orr, CAO, Box 100, 4432 George St, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0. Official documents may be downloaded from the BIDDINGO.COM website or picked up Monday to Friday between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm, Public Works Department, 2490 Keeley Road Sydenham, ON, K0H 2T0

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Winter is now upon us. To assist our crews in their winter control efforts, the parking of vehicles on Township roads and village streets from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m. is not permitted from December 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. As well, pursuant to Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing from the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road”. Please be advised that the Township of South Frontenac will NOT be responsible for damages to mailboxes, newspaper boxes, recycle boxes or parked cars where said boxes or vehicles interfere with the winter maintenance on Township roads.

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winter season, but the four domes that house its supplies have been used much more than in recent years. Is Kingston in danger of running out of sand and salt, just like retail stores? “We basically contact suppliers and try and get additional salt and sand mixture. I don’t think we’re overly concerned,” Keech explained. Despite slippery conditions, the city has not seen an increase in the number of injuryrelated liability claims. “Many people recognize the extraordinary weather we’ve had, the ice storm in particular, and appreciate there are only a certain number of things the city can do to address that,” explained city solicitor Hal Linscott. He insists the city has not been negligent in its winter control responsibilities to keep streets and sidewalks passable. “If you are hurt on a municipal facility, that doesn’t make the city at fault. The question is ‘Has the city met a reasonable standard of work?’” Obviously the extreme weather conditions are very relevant to those questions.” Injury or damage claims occurring on municipal property are reviewed on a case-bycase basis, Linscott explained. The city has not publicly advertised the fact that it’s also been picking up fallen brush and tree limbs from private property. If the downed branches were placed on the curb, crews have hauled it away free of charge. “I don’t think there was a (news) reON D TE lease sent out telling people to do SELEC NAL O S A SE WEAR that,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. MENS He added: “If people have been putting their branches out by the streets, crews have been going through picking them up.” SuiTS & WiNTER COATS Most officials agree this has not SpORT COATS & JACkETS been a typical winter like the kind we’ve experienced in recent years, especially with the amount of ice RiCE RiCE build up. Council’s only formal discussion of the winter hardships came at its SpORT & DRESS first meeting of the year on Jan. 7 WEATERS when it approved construction of a ShiRTS new $1.5 million sand/salt storage facility in the St. Lawrence Business Park. RiCE RiCE Kingston currently leases an aging storage facility on Middle Road from the Ministry of Transportation, which has advised the city to find its DRESS & own building after the 2014 winter R i CE CASuAL SLACkS season. “The MTO facility needs a fair amount of work. It’s an old facility. They’re not prepared to make small charge For alterations. all sales Final. the investment in it. They prefer we have our own site,” Keech exunningham ouPore plained. To maintain salt and sand storage f a s h i o n f o r m e n capacity east of the Cataraqui River, the city plans to construct its own 75 brock street storage building on 2.5 acres of vadowntown kingston • 544-1400 cant land at the base of the new east end water tower off Highway 15. email:

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New year, new developments Davis Tannery Brownfield eyed by for Amherst Island wind project local developer for new housing Heritage News – After extensive debate, presentations to the Ontario Government and multiple protests by residents, the Ministry of Environment has deemed the application for the Amherst Island wind project complete. The decision came with the start of the new year and residents of Loyalist Township and members of Council could not be more dissatisfied. “It is frustrating when it appears that we are just being ignored again,” commented Coun. Hegadorn at the Jan. 13 council meeting. “It appears that they will keep getting extensions until they run out of reasons and excuses to apply for them and our concerns mean very little to them at this point.” The deputy mayor and mayor also voiced their feelings on the issue and regretfully adopted the newest revised documents put forth by the Ministry. Mayor Lowry shook his head and simply stated, “I just can’t believe it.” Loyalist Township Council and residents aren’t the only ones who can’t believe it. Senator Bob Runciman also feels strongly about the project approval and is deeply concerned about the bird habitats that will be affected by the wind turbines. “Here we have 34 species of birds at risk and we know that these are important bird areas that are recognized internationally and they are significant quarters for birds.” explained Runciman. “It will be a dereliction of duty if the Ministry of Environment allows this to go ahead.” Runciman went on to explain that a recent Ministry of Natural Resources bridge project was shut down in Ottawa because of concerns over swallow nests under the bridge, and yet this project continues to move forward. Runciman is also concerned about the visual impact that these turbines will have on Kingston and he urges the City of Kingston to consider this fact and

voice their concerns. “We are talking about the equivalent of a 50-story building and there will be 30 of them on the horizon just outside of Kingston,” said Runciman. “That is a huge visual impact and I think they [City of Kingston] have some degree of obligation to see if this is interfering with their official plan. Although it is outside of their boundaries, I would think that they would have some sort of an obligation to protect the interests of their own residents and file their concerns with the Ministry of Environment. I left that message with Councilor Paterson but he has yet to return my call and I am not optimistic that he will.” As a tertiary issue, Runciman is concerned about the cost associated with this project as well. Any power that is generated by the turbines has to go back into the grid in Ontario, but with all of the power being generated, there is a surplus. That surplus is being sold to places like Michigan, Minnesota and Quebec at a reduced rate, explained Runciman. Meanwhile Ontarians pay extremely high hydro rates that are expected to rise by 45 per cent over the next few years. “It is costing us, as Ontarians, millions of dollars but yet they are forging ahead with this and that is the definition of insanity as far as I am concerned. I just don’t get it. The whole thing is mind boggling and there seems to be very little common sense involved,” added Runciman. The government is now inviting public comment on the proposal until March 8 and Runciman is urging Kingstonians and residents of Loyalist Township to voice their concerns. “I hope that people will flood the Ministry with concerns and I hope that the City of Kingston will help out and voice their thoughts as well. If residents want to see action they should lobby the council and their MPP about their concerns. I am not overly optimistic, but I think we have to give it our best shot to make sure that our views are on the record.”

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Kingston Heritage - The City of Kingston may have found a company that’s willing to buy and develop the pollution-scarred Davis Tannery lands. A staff report to council Jan. 21 recommends a preliminary housing submission by Jay Patry Enterprises Inc. be advanced to the next stage in order to submit a more detailed proposal. The offer from the Kingston-based developer was the only one received after the city launched a Request for Information process for the Inner Harbour site last fall. “As there is only one proponent it is recommended the process include negotiations with the goal of achieving a redevelopment proposal,” said the report to council by Commissioner Cynthia Beach. Jay Patry Enterprises is the same company behind the construction of a 500-bedroom apartment complex at Princess and Victoria Streets that was the scene of a spectacular fire and dramatic crane rescue in December. City officials say despite the “recent unfortunate events” the Kingston-based developer remains interested in pursuing the purchase and redevelopment of the 15 hectare (37 acre) Tannery lands. Once the largest of its kind in the British Empire, the former tannery was the scene of heavy industrial uses from 1867 to 1970, and has remained vacant ever since it closed. Even though decades of heavy metal contamination have left the site unattractive to potential buyers, who may not want to assume the environmental risks, the location is considered a strategic property. City officials say it

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has enormous potential for residential infill, transportation connections to the downtown, waterfront trails and public parkland. The Tannery lands are touted as large enough to meet Kingston’s housing growth needs for an entire year. Another firm, Rideau Renewal Inc., got title to the Tannery site following a municipal tax sale seven years ago. But because Rideau Renewal has been unable to develop the site, the city is planning to exercise its option to repurchase the vacant property by the end of 2014. To prepare for that possibility, city officials launched a process last year to determine whether it can repurchase the site, and then flip it to a new owner. This will ultimately depend on whether Jay Patry Enterprises can convince the city that it has the ability to undertake a soil clean-up and construct a residential subdivision. In the coming months, the city will be seeking detailed information on 17 criteria that includes the developer’s team, environmental remediation strategy, financing and project plan. Patry’s initial submission indicates a redevelopment plan with up to 1,200 mixed housing units on the site bordered by River Street to the south, Rideau Street to the west, Belle Park to the north and the Cataraqui River to the east. Council is expected to make a final decision on Patry’s detailed application by June. Under Kingston’s Brownfields plan, developers can defer up to 80 per cent of property taxes for a decade in order to offset clean-up costs. This would mark the third attempt to transform the property from industrial to residential uses since the 1980s.


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I’ve always been an avid reader. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a book or two on the go. Part of my love for reading stems from my grandmother, who was often seen reading trashy romance novels or tabloids, but she was still reading. It counts. As I grew up, my love and appreciation for literature grew and in high school I fell in love with Shakespeare and Canadian authors. This love grew as I entered university. As an English major, I read countless novels over the course of a school year. Today I find myself reading less and less and it’s not because I love it less, it is simply because life is getting in the way. I find it difficult to make time for reading, especially when much of my day is spent looking at a computer screen. By the end of the day, my mind and my eyes are exhausted and the only thing I seem to be able to focus on is the television screen (and most of the time I fall asleep watching that).

Last week I was surfing on Netflix for something to watch and I stumbled upon a new category – “Movies Based on Books�. I’m not really sure why, but this angered me greatly. I know that the majority of movies today stem from books, but the category still surprised me. It made me feel like the movies were trying to replace the books. As if Netflix was suggesting that viewers watch the movie instead of reading the book. I may be reading too much into this, but that is certainly how it made me feel. It also made me think about how many people actually just watch the movie instead of reading the book. If I was an author of one of those stories, I would be insulted if people skipped over my written version and just watched the movie. It is like reading the Coles Notes version instead of the actual book. The movie inevitably leaves holes in the story and can never cover everything the book does. I know there is a lot of debate over which is better sometimes, but in my opinion, the book is always better. The book gives more information, more character development and, most important, the book lets your imagination take over and develop your own images of char-

acters and scenes. That is the best part of reading – the escape and immersion into the author’s world. Another thing that has occurred more and more in recent years is the replacement of book covers with a newer version that shows the movie poster. As a buyer this irritates me greatly and I always search for the non-movie cover version when I am buying books; however, as I thought about this trend more and more, I realized that it is making more people buy the books and read them. They associate the book with a famous actor or a movie that is getting a lot of buzz and then become interested in the written version and that is ultimately a good thing. So I guess I am okay with the situation working in reverse. If people read more because of movies then that is fine, but replacing books with movies is not okay. Overall, I just think people should read more, myself included, and sadly this activity is being brushed aside by so many of us. Reading needs to become a priority again, as it was many years ago before television. I am confident that I can replace some of my television watching with book watching and surely you can too!

The good, the bad and the ugly of comic book superhero movies The good:

Craig Bakay Reporter

Gazette Column — Okay, we all read comic books, some of us more than others. But no one ever wanted to admit it because it was a sure path to ridicule. However, in a recent cosmic event, in which the universe somehow righted itself, it’s become somewhat cool to like superheroes, especially the movie versions. True that some prefer to remain in the closet, but really, it’s okay to come out as a comics nerd, geek, freak, whatever. So, if you’ve wanted to awaken your inner alter ego but were afraid to ask, here’s a bit of a primer on the Hollywood heroes. There are some decent offerings out there, many of which have readily found acceptance in the mainstream market (probably due in no small part to the buckets of money they all made). And, like anything else, there are some not-so-good ones that are probably best for when they come on TV, rather than adding to all but the most comprehensive collections. Finally, there are one or two real stinkers out there.

• The Avengers — Arguably the best superhero movie yet. The special effects folks in Hollywood really have their act together these days. But what sets this one apart is that there are a whole bunch of things in there for the fans, like Hulk vs Thor, Iron Man vs Captain America and guess what, there’s no attempt to do anything other than entertain. • Batman — Tim Burton changed the world when he actually took a comic book seriously and gave us Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the title character. Excellent art direction too • Man of Steel — I wanna say “Grokâ€? but then you’d have to have read Stranger in a Strange Land. Suffice it to say, this one looks at a superhero’s psyche in a way that many (even non-superhero movies) could only hope to achieve. • Captain America — Just plain good. • Iron Man — Another milestone movie in that it had a real story to tell. • The Dark Knight — Heath Ledger as the Joker . . . maybe the best performance ever. • X-Men 1.5 — Brian Singer knows his mutants. Be sure to get the 1.5 version as opposed to the theatrical release in which some moron producer showed he didn’t know how to edit.

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• Watchmen — The most faithful book adaptation ever and excellent because of it. • X-Men First Class — Even though this messes with Marvel ‘canon’ it’s still an excellent flick. • Ghost Rider — GR was star Nicolas Cage’s fav as a kid. It shows. Also, Sam Elliot at his finest in maybe his best role yet. The bad\ • Daredevil — Three words: Ben Affleck sucks. • Catwoman — Even Halle Berry couldn’t save this turkey. • Electra — Watch it a hundred times if you can. You still won’t know what’s going on. • The Hulk — Until Mark Ruffalo in the Avengers, TV was the only medium that managed anything halfway decent with the green guy. • Batman Returns and Batman and Robin — Ugly and Uglier. • Green Lantern — Could’ve been great . . . wasn’t. The downright ugly Green Hornet - Abysmal, simply abysmal. Superman IV - Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to put Richard Pryor in a Superman movie? DISTRIBUTION INQUIRIES DISTRIBUTION INQUIRIES

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Free To Non-Profit Organizations | Please Include: Name, address and phone number. Deadline: Thursday at 11 a.m. Send to: New Zumba Kids Workshops and  after school  courses offer lots of energy,  emphasizing   fun with  hip-hop, and pop music . ‘Moves’ tailored especially to  4- to 14-year-olds . Youth are having fun and staying fit.  Fundraising for the ‘’breakfast club’’ at  Kids Zumba Centre, west end location . Call Dee 613-389-6540, for further information.    The Harrowsmith Women’s Institute’s next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith. As this is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, our guest speaker will be Melissa Kastenhofer, from the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Alzheimer Society. Everyone is invited to attend. The Kingston and the Islands PC Association is hosting a Ontario Economic Update Breakfasttitled “Fixing Ontario’s Finances”.  Speaking at the event will be MPP Vic Fedeli (Ontario PC Finance Critic) and Ontario PC Candidate Mark Bain.  Jan. 29 7:30 a.m.  Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess Street.  Tickets are free, but limited. Please register at Big Euchre, Bath Legion at Millhaven, Jan. 25, Registration 11 a.m. - play at noon. Bring your own partner. 100% payout. Everyone welcome. Come out, and have some fun. Bedford Open Mike and Jam 1 - 5 p.m, Jan. 26, Bedford Community Hall 1381 Westport Road. Bluegrass, Country, Gospel and more. Info: 613374-2614 or 613-374-2317. Are you sick? Depressed? You are welcome to Kingston Healing Clinic where trained personnel will pray for you. Every Monday between 6 - 9 p.m., 999 Sydenham Rd., Kingston. Third Day Worship Centre. We believe in miracles. Retired from Bell? We’re the Bell Pensioners’ Group (BPG), representing retirees from Bell and its affiliate companies. Our mandate is to protect your defined benefit pension and benefits. BPG will inform, advise, represent and support you. Visit and if you’re not already a member, click on the Membership tab or contact us at  Boomers Rock ‘n Roll Fitness Walk to the Beat, plus Stretch and Strength . Join us any time for demos, music, and information . Six-week courses. Call Dee 613-389-6540, for west end location.  Cataraqui Canoe Club - Saturday, Jan. 25. Ski, snowshoe or hike, near Opinicon. We will look for suitable conditions to venture forth. Call for more information 613-542-8628. Check out Singles Only Club of Kingston - Join Ron and the gang at RAXX on Friday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. for a delicious steak dinner. Small fee. Just come in and introduce yourself. We sit at a large table on the upper floor. Join Dawn and club members for bowling at Prost Lanes located at 830 Gardiners Rd on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4:00 p.m.  We have lanes

one and two. Come for a fun time! After bowling, join us for dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Loyal Oarsman, at 1724 Bath Rd. Join Ron and club members at 3:00 p.m. for our End of the Month Sunday Walk at 3:00 p.m. at Lemoine Point. Meet us at the north parking lot.  After the walk, join us for pool at Raxx at about 4:00 p.m., then stay for dinner at 5:30. Attend one, two, or all three events. Everyone is welcome. Jackie Adams of Yoga-to-Go will be running another 8-week session of yoga in BellRock Hall on Mondays at 4pm starting Jan. 6 and ending March 10.  (no yoga on Heritage day).  All welcome.  Level of difficulty will be adjusted to meet the ability/interests of the group.Check out the BellRock website at Stroke Caregiver Group: Are you caring for someone who has had a stroke? The Stroke Caregiver Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month to share experiences, caregiving tips, information and mutual support. There is no charge to attend. Contact Kathleen Pratt, RSW at 613-634-0130 ext. 469 or   Kingston Blood Services - Permanent clinic at 850 Gardiners Rd, every Tuesday and Wednesday 3 - 7 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday Jan. 26, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - The Seniors Centre is serving up a delicious Sunday Brunch. Bring your friends – order eggs any way, bacon, yogurt, fruit, specialty breads, and more. Entry fee. 56 Francis St. Kings Town Trekkers: Next walk is Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Registration at 1:30 p.m. Location: YMCA. For information on any of these walks, please call 613-549-7363 or 613-634-4239. Paintbox Colours: New works in collage by Barb Carr Jan. 8 - Feb. 2 Reception: Jan. 26, 3 - 5 p.m. Window Art Gallery, Victoria at Princess www. Kingston Orchid Society, Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave. Learn about growing exotic orchids - it’s fun, easy, fascinating! Monthly meetings, discussion and speakers, refreshments - please join us and enjoy our display table of flowering orchids. Gwenneth Howard: 613-389-0861 or email Standeasy at the RCHA Club, - No cover TGIF Friday, Jan. 24, 5 - 7 p.m. Mauricio Montecinos. Latin-American Folk/Flamenco Fusion. 7 p.m. - midnight, Frozen Roots: Whiskey River, ThoroughFreds, Crooked Wood & Kingstown New Mississippi! An acoustic night of great music; Saturday Jan. 25, 8:30 p.m. - midnight, Robbie Burns Celebration: Tastings of Haggis, Lamb Stew, Shortbread and Scotch! Queen’s Pipe Band and Turpin’s Trail. Tickets at the Club. Every Sunday: 8 p.m. start, Folk Sundays with Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn. Sign up is at 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Concert featuring Bob Burtch and friends Jan. 26 1:30 p.m. Battersea United Church Wellington Street, Battersea. Advanced tickets may be purchased by calling 613-353-2846. Bereaved Families on Ontario – Kingston Region - Mourning Coffee: The opportunity to join other bereaved individuals for casual coffee-break chat. For more information, please phone 613-6341230. Thursday, Jan. 28 from 10 – 11 a.m., upstairs in the Trillium Room at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive. Please park in the left-side lot and use the right-side main entrance. No registration required. Giant Book & Music Sale - Volunteers needed to help sort donated books, cds, and puzzles for the Seniors Association’s Giant Book & Music Sale. Donations accepted until February 14. Volunteers also needed for the sale which takes place at The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St on February 28 & March 1. Call Jean Lawson at 613-548-7810. 631 Legion, 4034 Bath Rd., Collins Bay Robbie Burns Celebration Dinner, and Dance, Jan. 25. Celebration starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and dance at 8 p.m. Music by “The Musicmaker”. For tickets or more info, please call 613-389-6605. Something for everyone! Are you new in Kingston or had a lifestyle change? Want to meet people and get active with a large range of activities? Then Newcomers is for you. We meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Gordon Tompkins Home, 435 Davis Drive Kingston. Kingston Branch, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada meets on Saturday, Jan. 25 at St. Paul’s church hall, Montreal and Queen Streets. Please join us for a potluck lunch, 11:30 a.m. for noon lunch. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Speaker will be the Right Hon. Peter Milliken, who will present a tribute and reminiscences of his late cousin and fellow Loyalist descendant, John Ross Matheson. Visitors are always welcome. For details, call Carol at 613-546-2256. 39 Club of Kingston Dance Friday, Jan. 24, 8 11:30 p.m. Music by Shylo. Royal Canadian Legion 4043 Bath Rd. at Collins Bay, 8 -11:30 pm. Dress Code in Effect. Kingston Scottish Country Dancers will be celebrating Robert Burns’ Birthday on Jan. 25 with a dinner (including haggis) and dancing. We have a few seats at the dinner table available for “kindred spirits”. For information, phone 613 545-1952. Do you enjoy a good song and a vibrant choir to sing with? The Frontenac Women’s Chorus welcomes new members. Neither an audition nor an ability to read music is required, only your love of music! For more information about our choir and practices please contact Connie Shibley 613-3743164. Celebrating their 26th Season, the Jubilate Singers welcome new members for their upcoming spring concert. Practices are held Tuesdays, 1 p.m. at St.

Luke’s Anglican Church, Nelson Street, Kingston. For more information, please contact Anne Garrett at 613-548-3580. “Healing Teas” The Baha’i Community of Kingston welcomes everyone to a sharing of tea recipes & tasting. Saturday Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at 99 York St. Further info: 613-6340767. Bath Legion at Millhaven Events: Friday Jan. 24: Friday Lunch Special, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 29: Wed. Breakfast, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. New Beginner Classes in Taoist Tai Chi™ are getting underway in Sydenham and Sharbot Lake. Experience the fitness and stress relief. All ages. Friendly atmosphere. For more info.: www.taoist. org/kingston,, 613-544-4733. New Beginner Classes in Taoist Tai Chi™ are getting underway in Kingston West and Downtown Kingston. Experience the fitness and stress relief. All ages. Friendly atmosphere. For more info.:,, 613-544-4733. Best lunch in town every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, Hwy 38 Harrowsmith. Enjoy soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert, while visiting old friends and making new ones. Take out available. Friday Jan. 24: Youth dance Golden Links hall Harrowsmith 7 - 9:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 15. Call Sharon 539-6676 or Wayne 358-2355. VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® exercise classes. Come and join our fun and friendly low impact fitness classes designed for older adults 55+. Classes include cardio, strength training and stretching with no mat work. Five convenient locations in Kingston. All SMART classes are now free and will run two days per week at each location! Monday & Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stagecoach Rd. Sydenham and at Trinity United Church, 6689 Road 38, Verona. Fun, friendly, low impact fitness classes, no mat work. All SMART classes are now free! Call Joanne 613-634-0130 ext. 414 or email for registration details. RCL Branch 560 - Friday Night Karaoke Friday Jan. 24, hosted by “Donna’s Karaoke”, from 8 p.m. - midnight, in the Lounge. All welcome. 734 Montreal. St. 613-548-4570. Attention women (16 and over) who love to sing! The Greater Kingston Chorus of the Sweet Adelines invite you to come and try us out! We sing four-part harmony, a Capella in Barbershop style. Learning CDs are provided, so you do not need to know how to read music. Come and have fun in a friendly atmosphere. Make lasting friends and beautiful music with us. Rehearsal Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. at the Christian Fellowship Church, 2647 Hwy 38, Kingston. Call 613-3899370 for more information.

Christian Faith … When you think about it. There will be a weekly discussion around the book Simply Christian by Tom Wright. All are welcome, regardless of their religious positions. The weekly meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 1021 Woodbine Road, Kingston. The program will start on Jan. 7 and run until Feb. 25. There is no cost other than the cost of the book. Seeley’s Bay Legion, Jan. 25: Dance, 8 p.m. midnight, featuring live band, “Rawhide”. Light lunch. Euchre – S and A club every Monday night starting at 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Everyone welcome. We are trying to raise money for the diabetes association. The ‘Silver Wings’ welcomes ex-service members from all branches. For a fun social afternoon, please join us at 416 Wing, Kingston, on the third Sunday of every month at 1 pm. For more details and info please contact Molly at 613-389-6120. Drum Circle. Hosted by Julian Gregory. Drop into the drum circle at Ben’s Pub (105 Clergy Street) on Sundays, 8 – 10 p.m. No experience necessary. Free. This circle is open to all. Ben’s Pub is familyfriendly, all ages, and wheelchair accessible. Bring hand drums (African, Middle Eastern, Irish, etc.), shakers, flutes, and other instruments. If you don’t have any, we have extra. Come to play, or sit back and watch. Go to for more information.

Seeley’s Bay Legion, Jan. 25: Dance, 8 p.m. midnight, featuring live band, “Rawhide”. Light lunch. Foot Care Wednesday - Friday. On-site assessment, treatment, advice, and education services provided by experienced and qualified foot care nurses. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. 613-548-7810 Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation offers a Caregiver Support Drop-in the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Grace Centre in Sydenham. This is Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation offers a Caregiver Support Drop-in the second Tuesday of every month from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Grace Centre in Sydenham. This is an opportunity for those who are Caregivers to enjoy a cup of coffee/tea with other Caregivers in a safe and supportive environment. It is possible, with prior arrangements, to bring your loved one with you who will be cared for by caring and qualified staff of the Adult Day Service. For more information please contact Mary GaynorBriese, Caregiver Support at 613-376-6477. Simply Paradise Dance every Sunday, 6 - 10 p.m. at the 560 Legion, 734 Montreal St., Kingston. Admission includes munchies, prizes and a delicious meal. Dance the night away to a magnificent selection of music by Superior Sound. Singles or couples ages 40-90 all welcome. The dance celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2010. Contact: Shirley Skinner, 613-634-1607.


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Townhouse project in Westbrook raises ire of neighbours and the introduction of lower end townhouses will evidently decrease the appeal and values of our properties,” wrote Louis Tavakoli. Residents called on the city to follow a similar practice in Greenwood Park subdivision in the east end where residential development has a more acceptable transition from different sizes and prices of housing. The townhouse proposal was the focus of a public meeting by the planning committee Jan. 16, and

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residents were expected to show up to voice their concerns in person. As is common practice, city planners won’t make a recommendation to the committee of the fate of the project’s zoning bylaw amendment and draft plan of subdivision application until sometime after the public meeting. Developer S.S.B. Associates has assembled detailed environmental, traffic, sewer capacity, storm water and other studies in support of its application for 66 townhouses divided into 16 blocks on an Lshaped street, noting access to the 3.6 hectare (9 acre) property will be from Princess Street, plus an extension to Sproule Street, and a pedestrian walkway to Kananaskis Drive. A consultant’s report says lots in the proposed Westbrook Meadows South development will be about 20-feet wide, but deep enough to accommodate two vehicles in each driveway. On the issue of building townhouses near much larger houses, the consultant says the project is an “opportunity to diversify the existing housing stock in the area” and is consistent with the city’s urban intensification policies. Residents of nearby Kananaskis Drive says they were required to sign a restrictive convenant that outlines acceptable building material upgrades, and the proposed townhouses likely won’t face the same conditions. “Amending a perfect compatible bylaw to allow for a high density cluster of townhouses is an inappropriate means of making money on the backs of both a young and well established community of citizens,” wrote Patricia Bland to city planners.

Hall rental fees on hold following protest from a host of user groups Gazette News — The controversial new hall rental fees in South Frontenac have been put on hold until the various recreation committees in the Township can have another look at the situation, following a remarkably civil protest at Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting last week in Sydenham. The fees were approved by Council in December, following recommendations from the Central Rec Committee, after consultation with the four district

rec committees. However, a breakdown in communications meant that many of the long-time hall user groups didn’t find out until just before their January events, and it came as a bit of a shock. “We didn’t find out until one Saturday morning when I got a call from Sarah Sleeth (who books the halls in Storrington and does the cleaning),” said Sharon Patterson, who represented the Storrington Retirees group. “We are a non-profit group of 65 members, most of whom are widows and we meet for lunches and shuffleboard. “These fees would cost us about

$340 per month or $1,600 quarterly, which we simply can’t come up with.” But Patterson had an even more compelling argument against the new fees. “We’ve also provided considerable inventory to the Storrington Centre, some of which was bought with a Horizon Grant, including a $5,400 dishwasher,” she said. “And we have an agreement that we’d be allowed to use the centre free of charge. “That’s an agreement we hope you’ll honor.” The succession of speakers that followed echoed Patterson’s remarks, citing poor communication and a long history (including agreements) of groups having raised funds for the halls and been promised free usage. And it wasn’t just the Storrington Centre at issue. Cheryl Bird told a similar story regarding the regular users of the Harris Park Hall in Perth Road Village. Several former

reeves, mayors and council members substantiated the user groups’ agreements. Former Storrington Reeve Ron Sleeth said: “at the time of amalgamation, all four townships agreed that since Storrington Hall was built with government grants, it would be free for groups to use in perpetuity.” Sleeth also issued a warning to the current Council, based on advice he received from his grandfather, also a local politician. “My grandfather told me,” he said. “‘If you pick a fight with a young person, they may hurt you, but if you pick a fight with an older person, they will kill you.” Sleeth’s remarks were echoed by former Coun. Fran Willis, Coun. Wilma Kenny and Mayor Bill Lake. But it wasn’t just the smaller groups who would feel a significant pinch from the new fees. Council received a letter from Don Amos, director of Northern Frontenac Community Services Corporation, noting that programs offered at the Storrington Centre and Harris Park alone would cost the corpora-

tion $7,800 that hadn’t been budgeted for. Mayor Gary Davison noted that the services NFCSC provides are ones the Township couldn’t afford any other way. In the end, following a unanimous apology from each Council member for the poor communication, Davison made an executive decree that “the way I see it, this document (the hall rental fee schedule) has no validity at all” and fees were put on hold until the rec committees can have another go at it. Davison (as well as Storrington rep Coun. Cam Naish) did note that it costs about $300,000 a year to run the Township halls and that the Storrington Centre alone just got a new $20,000 roof. But, while some form of user fees were probably coming, the ones that had been adopted simply weren’t acceptable.

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Representing the Storrington Retirees, Sharon Patterson let South Frontenac Council know in no uncertain terms what her group thought of the new user fees for hall rentals. Photo/Craig Bakay

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Enchanting and fascinating people….and their world

Mark Bergin

Director faces inherent conflict of art and success Columnist

Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz) arrived at Ellis Island in New York City as a pre-teen in the winter of 1913. After arriving in the US, the family moved to Portland, Oregon. Winning a scholarship to Yale, Rothko headed to the east coast. Rothko found Yale to be elitist and racist. He moved to New York City and studied at the New York School of Design. In New York, he discovered the avant garde and would become one of the world’s most important modernist artists. Rothko thought art could help humans transcend the spiritual emptiness of the modern world. To him, art freed unconscious energy. His paintings sold for $150 to $750 at the Guggenheim in 1945. Today, each of his pieces sells for tens of millions of dollars. Theatre Kingston’s production of the John Logan’s award-winning play Red, which runs from

Jan. 30 (preview on Jan. 29) until Feb. 15, explores Rothko’s art and artistic integrity. The play opened in London in late 2009 and moved to Broadway in 2010. It won six Tony Awards, including Best Play, and three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Play. At every level, from direction to cast and crew, Theatre Kingston’s production of Red is staffed by stellar theatre folk. Director Charlotte Gowdy is in a pivotal position in bringing this work to Kingston’s professional theatre company’s stage. Randy Hughson, on leave from the Stratford Festival, plays the role of Rothko. Famed set designer Peter Hartwell has transformed the Baby Grand Theatre into Mark Rothko’s Bowery Street studio, circa 1958. “I’m excited to work with this play in Kingston,” Gowdy said. “I think this town has great minds, academically and intellectually. In a way, what this play is saying is let go of that a little bit. Get out of your mind and let yourself feel. Get out of your head. I hope it inspires the Kingston audi-

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The Loughborough Christmas & Emergency Relief Committee (LC&ERC) would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following 109 individuals and families who so generously donated to our recent fund-raising campaign as well as the 126 others who have chosen to remain anonymous. With their help the LC&ERC was able to provide Christmas baskets of food and gifts for 69 families in Loughborough District. Joanne Ankers Michael Ankers Nicole & Lynn Arthur David & Joanna Atherton Peter Aykroyd Anneliese Bazner Christine & Paul Bell Klod Binette & Paul Snozyk Scott & Patti Black Dominic & Anna Blackwell Paul & Cara Blais Les & Valerie Buchan Karen & Rick Burgess Mary Card Nancy Carr Scott Carr-Braint Robert Charest Len & Joan Clark Andrea Clarke Dawn Clarke Judy Compton Liane & Donald Connolly Cathy Crawford Peter Dawe Lucien & Linda Denis Dennis Dillman Shirley & Glenn Eastabrook Jill Ferguson Bernard Finn Carole Foo Jack Fox & Brenda Hunter Wendy Fox Ruth Gordon Tracey Griesbach Karl L. Hansen Audrey & John Hunter Linda Hunter

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Charlotte Gowdy, director of the Theatre Kingston production of Red. The play explores the work of modernist artist Mark Rothko and the conflict between success and art.

city.” Gowdy explained that Rothko wasn’t a nature lover. “He was a real city beast,” she said. “I could see why he ended up in New York and wanted to stay there. There’s a vitality and a sense of possibilities in the city. There’s a sense of greatness and dreams. Walking around, I felt the massive sense of hope and work and the sense that we’re all in it together.” She said she found a sense of ruggedness on the streets. “For Canadians, the ruggedness has to do with the weather,” she said. “In New York, they have a different kind of ruggedness. New Yorkers can be brash, but they’re also beautiful and experience life fully. I found an incredible theatre scene that I have never experienced.” She said her exploration of New York enriched her appreciation of Rothko. “I have a better intuitive approach to the play,” she said. “I’ll trust my intuition, which is a large part of directing.” When she was offered the director’s role for Red, Gowdy had an ideal list of hopes for cast and crew. “I made a list of a dream team to work on this,” she said. “I got them all.” Gowdy says that theatre lovers who 649 Justus Dr don’t know Rothko’s work will be inspired by the artist and visual art. Visual 613-384-7447 artists who know Rothko can expect to be inspired by the drama of the story. Tile • Hardwood • laminaTe • cork • carpeT •vinyl “His story lends itself to theatre,” she said. “It’s one reason why the play has Tile is our specialTy! been so successful.” Red, cast and crew: With more than 1000 Director: Charlotte Gowdy Starring: Randy Hughson (as Mark Tile samples in our Rothko) and Ben Sanders (as Rothko’s expansive showroom assistant, Ken) from traditional to Stage Manager: Bea Campbell Set/Costume Designer:  Peter Hartwell trendy, we have Lighting Designer:  Michelle Ramsay something for everyone! Sound Designer:  Mikael Tobias Production Manager:  Bill Penner Tickets for Red are available at the ceramic · porcelain Grand Theatre box office or online at naTural sTone · Glass


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ence more to feel than to think and to consider their own souls and whether or not they are taking care of their souls.” It’s also a play that explores the meaning of success in the artistic world. “It looks at succeeding in more than one sense,” said Gowdy. “In one sense it looks at the question of whether you’re successful if you’re famous or if you follow your heart. It’s about being true to your own integrity. The other idea about succeeding is how does one succeed the people who came before. We take over from those who came before us. It’s about the young and the old and grappling with that transition. Success makes us feel conflicted. We want it and we don’t want it. Artists are very conflicted around success and fame.” Charlotte Gowdy, who is also the associate artistic producer at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, grew up in Prince Edward Island. She is a wellrounded artist. She started her arts career in dance, heading to the National Ballet School in Toronto. She also plays violin. When she was accepted into an International Baccalaureate program in British Columbia, she gave up dance and moved into acting. One of the most important roles in her early career was that of Abigail in The Crucible. “It was during The Crucible when I realized I wanted to be an actor,” she said. She eventually ended up at the National Theatre School in Montreal. “I always knew I wanted to be in the performing arts,” she said. “My parents have been a big support. In times when they’ve seen me stumble, they sometimes made suggestions not to do with theatre, at which point I’d get angry and pursue theatre with even greater intensity. I got to the point a few years out of theatre school when I realized that it may seem competitive, but we’re all in this together. A girlfriend told me, ‘I just auditioned for this show; you should go audition too.’ That support was a huge revelation for me.” Now she’s taken on the mammoth task of bringing Red to Kingston’s Baby Grand stage. In the play, we meet Mark Rothko, circa 1958, when he was awarded a major commission from the Seagrams for The Four Seasons restaurant. While on a trip to Europe, Rothko told John Fischer, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, that he intended to paint, “something that will ruin the appetite of every sonof-a-bitch who ever eats in the room.” He considered the restaurant’s atmosphere pretentious. He returned his cash advance to Seagram. The murals went into storage until 1968 and they now hang in London, Japan and Washington. In 1970, Rothko committed suicide, slicing his arms open with a razor. Charlotte Gowdy visited New York recently. She wanted to follow Rothko’s footsteps and absorb the energy that Rothko felt on the streets. “I wanted to see Rothko’s paintings,” she said. “I wanted to hang out at galleries like MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and explore the artists who came before Rothko and look at the progression of eras. I wanted to walk the streets as Rothko would have. I went to the Seagram Building; that was really a special experience. I found that I love the

Crouse finds lots of support in the Limestone City during his rookie year Reporter

Heritage Sports -- Leaving home for the first time is never easy. Thankfully for Kingston Frontenacs forward Lawson Crouse, his sister Kyla joined in him the Limestone City to attend Queen’s University and play for the women’s hockey team. “It’s always comforting knowing my sister is there whenever I need someone to talk to,” said Crouse, the Frontenacs’ first round pick (fifth overall) in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft. The Crouse siblings try to make it to each other’s games when their schedules allow. “Every once in a while, I will offer her some tips and advice and sometimes she will do the same for me,” he said. Lawson remembers one particular time when his sister wanted to improve her shot. They went to the driveway and practiced shooting against the garage. Lawson and Kyla grew up in Mount Brydges, Ont., a small town approximately 30 minutes by car from London. Not much happens in Mount Brydges, according to Crouse, but he likes that the residents all know each other. He played his tyke and novice hockey with the local minor hockey association.

Crouse eventually moved on to the ElginMiddlesex Chiefs of the Alliance Hockey organization. During his minor midget season in 2012-13, his team went undefeated through the regular season and playoffs to capture the league championship. At the OHL Cup, a showcase of the best minor midget teams in the province, the Chiefs came up just short in the semi-final, losing 1-0 to the Toronto Marlboros. Crouse cites last season as the highlight of his hockey career to this point. “Whenever you play your last year for an organization, it’s special. It was a fun experience,” he said. Crouse formed a strong bond with minor hockey teammate Travis Konecny. This year they find themselves facing off against each other on a regular basis as the Ottawa 67’s drafted Konecny first overall in the 2013 OHL draft. “When we are against each other, we put our friendship aside, and I try to be ready to go,” explained Crouse. The pair was reunited over the holidays at the 2014 World Under 17 Challenge in Cape Breton. They played on the same line to start the tournament. Team Ontario finished the preliminary round with a record of two wins, one loss and

one overtime loss. The squad had to settle for a contest versus Team Sweden to determine fifth place. Crouse scored two goals in that game to help his team to a 6-3 victory. “Obviously we didn’t do as well as we hoped, but it was still fun,” he said. “There is always room for improvement, but it’s behind me now and I just have to move on.” Crouse finished the tournament with four points in five games. He said the experience of facing players his own age gave him a boost of confidence that he didn’t have early in the OHL season. He hopes to maintain that momentum heading into the latter half of the regular season. With just over 20 games remaining in the regular season, Crouse said he can feel the intensity increasing as teams battle for playoff positioning. However, he tries not focus

on the pressure in order to ward off the anxiety that would cause him to make mistakes on the ice. His billet family continues to support him as he adjusts to life in the OHL. Furthermore, he rooms with Sam Bennett, no stranger when it comes to pressure. Two weeks ago the National Hockey League’s central scouting agency ranked Bennett as the top North American skater for this year’s draft. Crouse said he has learned some valuable lessons living with Bennett this year. “He is really humble about it. Being ranked No. 1 is a big accomplishment but he continues to put it aside and focus on each game,” Crouse said. The Frontenacs return to the Rogers KRock Centre this Sunday afternoon following a six-game road trip. Game time is 1 p.m.


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Frontenac Islands noise bylaw passes Correspondent

EMC news- After many months of deliberation, a noise bylaw for Frontenac Islands received third and final reading, passed and entered into the township’s by-law book. The by-law regulates noise within the township by Time, Place and Days of Operation ; prohibits the use of certain construction and compacting equipment, the operation of a pit or quarry or certain powered or non powered domestic tools. It also prohibits yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing or amplified sound , with noise levels not to exceed 65(dB) decibels from 20 meters and 75 dB’s from source over a 1 minute continuous period. The by-law also outlines certain exemptions such as emergency vehicles. “ I think this has been a good process,” Mayor

Doyle said. “We took our time on this one . We had quite a number of meetings and I think we now have something we can all live with.” When questioned, Doyle noted that “amplified music” was changed to amplified sound to counter the possibility of other noise, for instance, loud singing. With the passage of the bylaw, Interim CAO Gordon Burns reminded council of the need to acquire and cost ($300.) of a decibel meter to measure sound and the training requirement for the bylaw enforcement officer on its operation and use. “The main reason being if the bylaw is ever challenged in municipal court , it would be the same as a breathalyser, the judge will determine if the person was properly qualified to utilize that instrument.” Councillor Springgay noted that essentially, “ the bylaw came about as a direct result of the Wolfe Island Grill renovations, but the bylaw could also impact

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tsen, City of Kingston, Frontenac County and Ontario Premier Wynn. * Interim CAO Burns offered some insights about the damaged Wolfe Island snow plough (truck). Repair or Replace? The discussion veered toward repairing it, through insurance etc. “Taking a cash settlement leaves us without a vehicle, or for $5000. (deductible) we could have it back on the road.” Mayor Doyle suggested “ look for a cash settlement, bite the bullet and get another truck.”Staff will further study the issue, costs, truck availability etc. to determine the best way forward. * The Township supports Wolfe Island’s bid to become Hockeyville 2014 and encourages all residents to “get behind this community initiative.” *From a member of the public came the suggestion that council petition Frontenac County for the “Gas Tax” monies presently held in reserves that is owed to the township for road maintenance. Council meets next on Howe Island: Feb. 10th at 6:30 pm Around Town:* Fr. Raymond deSouza, Pastor at WI’s Sacred Heart Church invited to join the official delegation travelling with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his first diplomatic visit to Israel. Fr. deSouza’s name was suggested because of his ongoing cooperation and collaboration with Canadian Jewish community. He asks for prayers that the visit advance the cause of peace, justice, liberty and security. *Bring it Home- Support WI’s bid to be Kraft Hockeyville 2014, Submit a story about Wolfe Island’s Community Spirit and Passion for Hockey”(up to 4,000 characters including spaces) They must be received in full via the Website no later than Feb. 9, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET Letters judged 1/3 Originality, 1/3 Community Spirit, 1/3 Passion for Hockey.You may attach photos with your story. FYI: The rules are changed with more prize money, For a letter being selected your community wins $25,000 (8 letters are to be selected from Eastern Canada & 8 from the West). Coming event:AGas COOPonWolfe Island?? Jan. 23rd,WIUnitedChurch,6:30pm (FCFDCsponsored)

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Heritage News – Post-secondary education can be a struggle in terms of both cost and rigor, but pursuing a higher level of education is especially difficult for Crown Wards, the name given to children and youth who are in the care of Children’s Aid Societies. Now, a group of six Southeastern Ontario institutions are working together to make their educational dreams a little more attainable. On Jan. 10, representatives from Family and Children’s Services of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; Highland Shores Children’s Aid; Loyalist College; St. Lawrence College; the University of Ottawa; and Queen’s University gathered at St. Lawrence College to sign a new agreement aimed at opening up communication between aid societies and academic institutions. Protocols will be put in place to provide aid and assistance to Crown Wards who wish to pursue post-secondary education and these groups will work together to do what they can. “Today is very exciting for us,” said Terri McDade, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at St. Lawrence College. “It is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people. We all worked together to bring this protocol agreement to fruition today and it is a great day for our youth.” The group, called the Crown Ward Education Championship Team, will also work closely with Youth Services to ensure that those who would like to pursue further education are matched appropriately and helped through the process. “Our youth advisory committee is a wonderful resource for us,” added McDade. “This is about the youth, and the advisory committee really knows best what they need. They work to make the proper pairings to get students to college and once they are there they help with the support that they need to get them

through those years. Their advice is extremely valuable to our team and at the same time it is all about providing them with the information they need to make the right choices for the youth. We really need a team effort for all of this to continue successfully.” Also present at the event was a youth, Travis, who is happily heading off to college in the fall. Despite many setbacks, Travis overcame the hurdles he faced. He spoke briefly of his struggles at the signing. “I started about 11 years ago as what you could call a low life in a bad part of town. I got into foster care and it started going good and I started to go to public school. College was always out of the question for me and I was told that I wouldn’t make it. Now I’ve graduated from public school and high school and I am heading off to college and I’ve done pretty much everything that they told me I couldn’t do 10 years ago. So I think I am doing pretty good and a lot of that is because of these people.” The Crown Ward Education Championship Team is also working to provide a yearly conference for youth, academic institutions and employers. Their goal is to open up communication in the community and make things easier in transition stages. “We also work to provide information to foster parents and to workers about the application process and the programs we are holding so that there is always a twoway communication going on and it just makes the entire process more fluid for everyone involved,” said McDade. “The communication lets youth have a smoother transition from these aid societies to these institutions and it becomes less daunting for them. Hopefully we can continue to do this for many years to come.” For more information about the agreement and about the institutions involved visit

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The Claytones excited to play first gig in Kingston By Mandy Marciniak

Heritage Events –A fun evening of alt-country and bluegrass is the perfect cure for the winter blues, and luckily Kingstonians won’t have to travel far for this experience. Live Wire is happy to present an evening with The Claytones and the Slocan Ramblers at the Octave Theatre on Jan. 24 and Artistic Director Alan Rankin is sure that concert-goers will not be disappointed. “We present six shows a year in various venues in Kingston and we bring mostly Canadian musicians, but often musicians from all over the world, to Kingston,” explained Rankin, “The upcoming show is

something a little different. We do bring in some really famous and established groups but for this show we have two fairly unknown but extremely talented groups. We like to give exposure to these groups and in this case we have two younger groups. We always get a good crowd out and the younger groups always enjoy playing to a large appreciative audience.” Kelly Prescott is a guitarist and singer for The Claytones and she is looking forward to playing in Kingston. “Alan Rankin was in touch with us and we’ve been trying to organize something for about a year. We are pretty pumped to play in Kingston. We haven’t played in Kingston as the

Claytones yet so that is very exciting.” The Claytones have been playing together for about two years now and Prescott could not be happier with how things are going. The group released their second album this past October and their alt-country sound is front and centre on the record. “It is a very stripped down album,” explained Prescott. “We did everything on the floor just in front of two microphones for that album and it is very true to our live sound. We are pretty excited about this album because it is very much what we do as a four piece band and it is nice to have something that represents what our live shows sound like and our fans have been asking us for something

like that for a few years.” While The Claytones may be relatively unknown to some, they have accumulated a loyal fan base and Prescott enjoys meeting new fans and people each night. “The folk community is an incredible community. It is so different from any other genre we have played and they are truly wonderful. The people are really unique and have great stories and every weekend we meet another 100 new people and that is always fascinating.” Prescott comes from a musical family. Both her parents were musicians, and she can’t imagine doing anything else professionally. She hopes that The Claytones will continue for years to come and she’s

grateful to have the opportunity to play great shows like the one in Kingston. “I love the guys and I love working with them. We have a lot of fun together. Music isn’t an easy business but I think it is great that we have been working together for so many years. It is nice that we are still together and we all still enjoy it and I hope we can continue that for many years to come.” The show takes place on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available now at Brian’s Record Option and Tara Natural Foods or online at



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Up in my grill

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Feel fluffy after the holidays? No time to eat lunch on the way to the gym? At this time of year, people often renew their commitment to a healthier lifestyle. They resolve to increase visits to the gym, or perhaps take up a fad diet in an effort to shed pounds. For some, this exercise is monumental to even consider. The cost of a gym membership can be a barrier, and it’s often hard to know where to begin. Want to look and feel your best? Good health starts in the kitchen. Doctors suggest that a poor diet can be a direct cause of poor health and even diseases such as cancer. Family history is a factor, but healthy food combined with activity is a deterrent of such conditions. Growing older generally means more

aches and pains, and none of us are immune from illness, but a healthy diet and lifestyle can assist in protecting yourself. This is not to suggest that cancer will pass you by, or that being afflicted is because you are not healthy. Every individual diagnosis is specific to the person. But you can take steps to protect yourself, your family and others. It’s easy to be healthy. What we eat matters – not just your trips to the gym for washboard abs. Backaches, sleep apnea and arthritis are some of the conditions that may be eliminated by eating healthy food. Surprise - word is that it’s not just overweight individuals, but also slim people, who are unhealthy. Looking fit doesn’t always mean healthy. Society’s perception is that if you are thin you are healthy. Not true. It’s better to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape. Sadly, we often use crash diets and strenu-


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ley family) is set in Yorkshire but is filmed mainly at Highclere Castle in Hampshire and other locations in southern England. Kathy and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in the UK, Ireland and Europe over the course of two decades. We have good friends in West Yorkshire and have visited most of the communities which are liberally mentioned in Downton Abbey. Places such as Ripon, Thirsk, Malton, Easingwold, York and Leeds. Travel has given us a completely different perspective on what life is and was like in other countries. We both soak up history like a blotter, so what better places to visit than England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and The Netherlands, nations which are steeped in history. Many of us grow up wondering what it would be like to visit other countries, meet the people who live there and become immersed in other societies. I have to say that the real life experience is usually vastly different from what you might imagine. But in a very positive way! For us travel is a tonic and it is addictive too. We can’t get enough of it. Life is about learning and that is what travel is all about in my opinion. We have learned so much about numerous countries, cities, people and places. Travel has fueled my writing and judging by the spike in my email in the wake of every travel-related article I write, many of you are also hooked. The urge to travel gets in to

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in the coverage area of this newspaper who might be interested in twinning with a place outside or inside Canada. There is no restriction on who you can link with that I’m aware of. Travel is the point of this week’s column and travel is very much related to sister cities. But in terms of individual people, any travel is a wonderful learning opportunity. And you don’t have to cross oceans or leave Canada either. Day trips in our own region are very useful in terms of learning and such excursions are extremely enjoyable, even in winter. Depending on where you decide to go of course? At this time of year there are lots of great ski centres within a short drive of most Eastern Ontario communities. I had originally thought about writing a column about our intriguing journey to visit the source of the Danube River in southern Germany in October. Instead I will tease you with that thought (it is a humorous tale) and write about it later. The next time the travel bug bites! If you have a comment or question for Jeff Maguire he can be reached by email at:

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Marguirite gets her pay back for being a show off Mary Cook


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board fence separated the yard from the open-air rink, the Senior Fourth boys had piled the snow high, creating a slide that only went downwards about six or seven feet, but it was enough to give us lots of fun at recess, sliding down on our bottoms, or on opened-up flat cardboard boxes the boys had hauled from Briscoe’s General Store. That day wasn’t any different from any other inside the one-room school house. Miss Crosby ran the place like an army general, and even though Marguirite wanted to keep her coat on, Miss Crosby wasn’t having any of that nonsense. “It’ll smell of cow byre,” Marguirite said, glaring at the boys who had to milk cows before coming to school. But one look from Miss Crosby told her to get it off and hang it on a hook at the back of the room just like everyone else. We couldn’t wait for recess. The

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had on blue fleeced lined bloomers like the rest of us. She went roaring into the school like someone possessed. By the time recess was over, Miss Crosby had the coat draped over a chair by the stove, and Cecil had brought in the white fur hat and handed it to the teacher saying with a voice like sugar “Marguirite must have lost this.” Well, that was the end of the white fur coat at the Northcote School. Joyce said it didn’t look any the worse for wear when Marguirite came prancing into the United Church the next Sunday wearing it, and the hat. And even if Miss Crosby knew what had happened outside at the snow slide, she said nothing. My older and wiser sister Audrey said Miss Crosby probably wasn’t any more impressed with the white fur coat than were the rest of us at the Northcote School.

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the need for the amnesty load isn’t what it once was. “It’s about time we gave this one up,” he said. “Staff has said if we don’t eliminate it we’ll have to standardize the load now that we have tipping fees.” “We could make a maximum size, say the size of a $30 tipping fee load and everything over that, you’d have to pay,” said Smith. “My guess is that you’d have mostly $30 loads.” Labbett didn’t support that idea. “We’ve had guys come out of their trucks and want to fight over $20 worth of garbage,” he said.

Dewey said he didn’t see the abuse as a major issue. “First of all, there’s not that many using it,” he said. “You’ll get one or two, but I don’t see it as a big problem.” Gutowski said there would be a need to standardize loads and asked Labbett to come up with a report, as well as proposed dates. She said she also hoped waste site attendants would take flak from Council’s decisions. “It is a political decision,” she said. “So, for those who don’t agree, contact your councilor to complain, not the dump attendants.”

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would be $16,000, which is just about exactly the shortfall for the household hazardous waste day.” “We’ve never really budgeted things that way,” said Fox. “When I was in administration, I fought the amnesty load tooth and nail but now that I’m a councilor, I see it differently.” “It keep garbage out of township ditches and it’s a positive gesture from the Township to residents,” said Guntensperger. Purdon, a member of the waste management committee who wanted to end the amnesty load, said that the vast increase in what’s accepted as recycling means that

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who do tend to abuse it by bringing in large trailers or increasing the size of their pickup truck loads with extended sides. In a recorded vote, Mayor Janet Gutowski, Coun. John Purdon, Wayne Millar and Jeff Matson voted to scrap the program. Dep. Mayor Frances Smith, Coun. Norm Guntensperger, Tom Dewey and Heather Fox voted against the motion to scrap and the tie vote meant the motion was defeated. Matson tried the economic argument. “To me, the amnesty load is just lost revenue,” said Matson. “At 500 loads, the tipping fees

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Farm Boy holds vendor fair in hopes of bringing in more local products By Mandy Marciniak

Heritage News – Locally sourced food is becoming more and more important to consumers and here in the Kingston area, eating local has always been a priority. Eating local and sourcing local is also a priority for Farm Boy; in an effort to expand their product selection, the unique grocer hosted a vendor fair last week to meet and engage with more local suppliers. “A little while ago I contacted Mark Jonker from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and let him know that we were interested in expanding the local presence of producers and good quality foods in our store both here and in stores we are looking at in Western Ontario,” explained Carolyn Trudel, Marketing Director for Farm Boy. “Mark took it form there and he essentially set this all up for us. We arrived with buyers and we are trying products and listening to stories and looking to see if there is an opportunity to bring these products into our stores.” Jonker works with multiple suppliers across Ontario and when he received the call from Farm Boy he immediately got to work. “We have relationships with probably over 1,800 food processing companies in the province, so when Farm Boy came to us and said this is what we’d like to do, for us it is an exercise in matchmaking. We helped coordinate the vendors and prepared them to come here.”

While not every meeting will lead to a sale, the event was a learning experience for both Farm Boy and suppliers. The grocer currently has one location in Kingston but there are 13 other locations throughout the Ottawa and Cornwall area. Kingston has been a bit of a challenge for the grocer as new local connections need to be formed. Products that come from Ottawa are no longer considered ‘local’ in this newer location. “Kingston has such a unique and wonderful small town feeling and people here are very loyal to local producers,” said Trudel. “There is a very strong food industry here and the farmers’ market here is so prevalent and we really wanted to work with that. That is one of the reasons we are here. We have well known brands like Wilton Cheese, Seed to Sausage and Limestone Organic Creamery, but we know that there are so many more local suppliers here and we want to bring them into our store.” The main criteria for new suppliers is always taste, but Farm Boy also focuses on quality and ability to produce for their demand. Trudel also focuses on the stories behind the products. Farm Boy is a unique destination that does not carry many national brands, focusing instead on unique products with interesting stories. “People want to know more than ever where their food is coming from. They also want to hear the stories and that is one of the reasons I come to these events,” explained Trudel. “The buyers have

a good feel for what our customers want, but I want to hear the stories because that is what our customers want to know. It is a new product on the shelf and it might have a great package, but without the story it is just another product.” Farm Boy met with 35 different

suppliers over the course of the day on Jan. 15 with a hope to pick up as many as possible. Over the next few weeks, buyers will make their choices and Farm Boy looks forward to forming new relationships with local vendors in the years to come. “It is kind of exciting to think

about because this is kind of the beginning for us out here and we can work with really small companies out here and not have to worry about them supplying to all of our Ottawa stores,” said Trudel. “We can make certain brands that we carry unique to Kingston.”

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King’s Town Players hope to have you laughing this winter with Steve Martin play By Hollie Pratt-Campbell

Heritage Entertainment - Director Clatyon Garrett asked the same question of everybody who auditioned for the King’s Town Players’ latest production, Steve Martin’s The Underpants. “I asked them, what was your favourite Steve Martin movie?,” Garrett says. “You either really love Steve Martin or you don’t like him. I happen to be one that really does love him. I think it’s important because if you’ve ever heard his stand up or any of his other pieces that he’s written, there’s a

cadence and there’s a style that’s there when you read it on the page. I really wanted to make sure we had fans of the guy to do it.” Adapted from the 1910 German farce Die Hose by playwright Carl Sternheim, The Underpants marks the second Steve Martin play the Players have presented. The first was Picasso at the Lapin Agile in 2011, and The Underpants will similarly be staged at the Kingston Yacht Club. Set in Germany in the early 20th century, the play tells of a young married couple, Theo and Louise, who go to a parade to catch a glimpse of the king. While standing on a bench to get a better view, Louise’s underpants

fall down, creating quite the scandal. Hilarity ensues as “gentlemen callers” proceed to visit their home to inquire about a room for rent. “We were trying to find a fit for the yacht club and this seemed like a very nice fit,” says Garrett. “It’s a very funny play. It’s very irreverent and much like Picasso it’s clever and the dialogue is really zippy.” Garrett adds that the Yacht Club setting, while limiting in terms of what the production can accomplish technically, actually enhances the tone of the play. “What we’ve discovered is that this play is [set in] one room, and that will work well. Theo and Louise are not the most affluent people in Germany - they live in a small house and they rent a room. So we can kind of play with that on a smaller scale.” The show stars Ben Hudson, Nicole Garrett, Kelti Roy, Gabe Meacher, Robert Elliott, Michael Catlin and Steve VanVolkingburgh –

all of whom Garrett chose very carefully in order to craft the perfect cast chemistry. “It’s predominantly a younger cast with a few old guys thrown in for good measure,” he says, noting that experience has taught him it’s key to find a group of actors who work well together and can play off one another. “Pace is important [in a comedy],” he says. “It’s that sort of engagement between the actors that really makes the comedy that much better. You can have a play that’s very well-written and technically all the aspects are very tight, but if you don’t have the element of play from the standpoint of the people on stage it just doesn’t take it to that next step. So that’s what we’re shooting for here.” The Underpants runs Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 and Feb. 5 – 8 at 8 p.m. at the Kingston Yacht Club. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, visit

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