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Gazette Events – Although there was some discussion as to the actual captain, Max Mclean’s crew of Ethan, Mason, Isiah, Riley, Miles and Brady were into their pirate roles as part of the March Break Camp activities at The Child Centre in Sharbot Lake last week. Photo/Craig Bakay

Railway Heritage Park in Sharbot Lake to get improvements this summer By Craig Bakay Reporter

Gazette News — Railway Heritage Park in Sharbot Lake is in for a facelift of sorts this summer as the Central Frontenac Railway Heritage Society received Council’s blessing for its upcoming projects at the regular Council meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. Society Chair Sally Angle said they had two projects they wanted Council’s approval for. “The first will be a paved display area behind the caboose which can be accessed by the steps as visitors leave the caboose or from round the end of the tracks near the shed,” she said. “It will have pavers set on gravel and a

small fence to define the area at the edge of the swamp and at its far end.” She said the purpose of the new area is to accommodate the baggage carts, which are currently on the grass in front of the track, thus eliminating the problem of cutting the grass around them. “We also have other artifacts which may be set up there,” she said. “Permanent signs will describe the artifacts. “There is also a possibility of extending this patio towards the shed. “The other project is signage on Road 38 which will alert travelers to the location of the park and caboose, she said. “There will be one at each end of Sharbot Lake.”

“I think this is wonderful,” said Mayor Janet Gutowski. “It’s the way I had it envisioned . . . kind of a town square idea.” “It’s beautiful,” said Dep. Mayor Frances Smith. “It will add to what’s there already and I think it would be a good spot for some tables and chairs.” “We’re trying to clean up the clutter,” said Society member Roger MacMunn. “Hopefully, it will get people to hang around and put more money in our bucket.” Coun. John Purdon wondered about signs directing people to Elizabeth Street. “Did you consider sending people down Robert Street rather than through the narrow area of downtown Sharbot

Lake?” Purdon said. “Well, we thought Elizabeth Street might be better because if they miss it going by, there’s always the second chance,” said MacMunn. “People meandering through our central business district . . . why wouldn’t we want that?” said Gutowski. MacMunn said that the project would be funded through the Society’s efforts but “we would be humbled if we could get somebody with a Township backhoe to dig some post holes because there is a lot of rock there.” Gutowski suggested that the County has a small fund for signage type projects and with regards to having post holes dug: “I know somebody.”

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Council approves additional raking, washroom cleaning at Oso, Olden beaches Reporter

Gazette News — Beaches in Olden and Oso Districts will get a little extra attention this summer following a decision by Central Frontenac Council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. Council opted to go with the extended service recommended by Chief Building Official Jeremy Neven despite the added costs. The decision was precipitated by the fact that the current beach maintenance contractor opted not to finish out the third year of a threeyear contract. The new price tag for raking beaches and cleaning washrooms comes to $124,580 for three years. That’s a price bump of $38,480 but not all of that is due to increased service levels. “Just to maintain what we had would cost an additional $23,200 over the three-year contract,” Neven said. In Olden District, beaches will now be raked daily instead of weekly. In Oso,

which includes the beach in Sharbot Lake, raking will also be daily instead of weekly and the washrooms and raft will be cleaned once a day. Council opted out of an option for twice daily cleaning at Oso Beach, which would have cost an additional $2,000. Neven said that they haven’t received any complaints about beach maintenance in Hinchinbrooke or Kennebec Districts. However, Coun. Tom Dewey, who represents Kennebec, said he had feedback, mostly from the Friends of Arden asking for maintenance on the new trails. “We’ve always done the ones down by the creek and that will continue,” said Neven. “But the one up the hill isn’t included. “Pretty tough for a contractor to bid on maintaining a trail when it’s got three feet of snow on it and he won’t know what equipment would be needed.” “We have identified new trails in Kennebec District,

but Council didn’t give any direction on them for this tender,” said CAO/Clerk Larry Donaldson. Mayor Janet Gutowski urged caution when it comes to trail maintenance “until we look at how it would be managed.” But overall, she said she was in agreement with improving the level of service on area beaches. “In listening to the volunteers we work with, I feel I’m in agreement with the increases in Olden and Oso,” Gutowski said. “I’m not getting a lot of complaints from Hinchinbrooke but we are a tourist area and we need to make sure our beaches are attractive.” Gutowski said that beach maintenance might be something Council would want to revisit before the end of the new contract, perhaps exploring the possibility of using summer students. Additional service in Kennebec District would have cost $7,000 more and additional service in Hinchinbrooke District would have cost $2,800.

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drive on asphalt. Anything that has oil on it really isn’t recyclable. Bacon grease on a paper towel makes it useless even for newsprint as a remarkably small bit of oil or grease in a vat of paper pulp can screw up the works. And there are still a lot of plastics (albeit some of them have been recycled once or twice already) that can’t be recycled. Each time you recycle plastic, it degrades a notch. Sure recycling is a great thing but regardless of how hard we try, we’re just not going to be able to recycle everything and eliminate garbage entirely. The concept is simply a fool’s errand and has been ever since human beings started making things. Now, while the idea of throwing our garbage into a big hole and covering it up with dirt isn’t necessarily the best one we’ve ever come up with, nevertheless, we have a lot of infrastructure and practice tied up in it. OK, maybe we shouldn’t have dumped all that stuff in the Bay of Quinte to create Zwick’s Island and maybe filling up swamps with garbage isn’t the best idea for the watershed but dammit, what are we supposed to do with it?

This is where the MOE leaves a lot to be desired . . . an awful lot. It’s one thing to say ‘you can’t do that.’ It’s quite another to say it without providing any viable alternative. Municipalities whose landfill sites are closed are left with the only option of trucking their waste elsewhere. But where the hell are they supposed to truck it TO? Isn’t it about time the MOE stepped up to the plate with some solutions to a major problem they themselves helped create? Rather than suggesting we all buy local (which most of us were doing long before they jumped on the bandwagon), how about taking lead on alternative waste management ideas. There are a lot of intriguing ideas out there given the new materials being created such as ceramics capable of withstanding Sun-like temperatures but these sorts of projects are beyond the scope of even several municipalities banded together. If the MOE really wants to save the planet, it’s time to stop telling us how wonderful they are and come up with some practical solutions.

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Our paper took note of a spate of editorials over the past few weeks taking aim at the politicized notion that the middle class is in decay. The authors marshaled Statistics-Canada data to demonstrate that income, wages, and net-worth were all up across the board over the last 15 years, and therefore the crisis is a complete fabrication. Margaret Wente’s “The phony crisis of the middle class� proclaimed “every income group in Canada has gotten richer, while the people at the very top have gotten filthy rich. Is this a problem? You decide�, while the National Post’s John Shmuel wrote “the three middle quintiles — which can roughly be defined as Canada’s middle class — increased their share of the country’s $8.07 trillion personal net worth by 1.8 percentage points.�   The overall message was crystal clear: The data speaks for itself. You’ve never been doing better. Keep calm and carry on. Everything is fine.  Well, not quite.  As economists Eugene Lang and Frank Graves have argued in the Toronto Star, Wente and Shmuel gloss over the fact that the net worth boom is almost entirely due to the phenomenal increases in housing values, which has had the doubly negative effect of pricing a new generation out of the housing market while enabling boomers to drown themselves in lines of credit and credit card debt. Then of course, there’s the troubling question of how long can the housing boom possibly last before meeting its inexorable end? Total debt has increased 110 per cent over the past 15 years, from about $450 billion to well over $1 trillion. These are supremely uncomfortable debt-loads, all underpinned by a housing market that may very well be on the brink of catastrophe. This level of personal debt is relatively new for our country, and most economists worth their weight fully realize that it’s not at all sustainable without significant economic growth. Which turns us to the question of wages. Methodologies vary on how best to calculate what income growth translates to in real-world terms. Most have settled on the concept of ‘real wages,’ which is a reflection of how much your earned income can actually buy when it’s adjusted for inflation. Andrew Sharpe at the Centre for the Study of Living found that the median real wage increased from $41,348 to $41,401 (in 2005 constant dollars) over 25 years. That’s $63. Not exactly boom time figures. In fact, the same Stats-Can report referenced by Wente and Shmuel found that over 30 years, real wages only grew by $2.50 for men and $4.50 for women, which translates to 11 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively (in 2010 dollars).  Hardly enough to support and drive the kind of debt binging currently fueling the economic “recovery� from the 2008 economic collapse. Things are different now - more precarious, less just. We really aren’t richer than we think.

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Free To Non-Profit Organizations | Please Include: Name, address and phone number. Deadline: Thursday at 11 a.m. Send to: whatshappening@theemc.ca The 2014 Alumni Awards Gala, hosted by the Queen’s University Alumni Association, takes place Saturday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. Ban Righ Hall, 10 Bader Lane. Philanthropists Alfred and Isabel Bader, CBC Radio broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, and biology professor Daniel Lefebvre are among this year’s honorees at the black-tie event. Please RSVP before March 26. Register online at http:// bit.ly/1onCO8b. Info: Alison 613-533-6000 ext. 79443, or email events@queensu.ca.

dance, listen or sing along to your favourite songs. Entertainment by Linda Chapman. Refreshments. Small fee. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. 613-548-7810.

a.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. We have duplicate bridge games for all skill levels every day, except Sunday. Partnerships arranged. Information: 613-507-6565.

39 Club of Kingston Dance, Friday, March 21. Music by Heartland Country. Royal Canadian Legion 4043 Bath Rd. @ Collins Bay, 8 – 11:30 p.m. Dress code is smart casual. Next dance is : Friday, March 28. Music by Shylo (Western Night).

Seeley’s Bay Legion Events: Weekly Wii Golf, starting Sunday, March 9, 1 p.m. Weekly Wii Bowling, starting Monday, March 10, 7 p.m. Small door fees apply.

Margaret Trudeau speaks at The 15th annual Founders’ Dinner in support of Providence Care, on Saturday, March 22, at Ban Righ Hall, Queen’s University. Theme is The Roaring 20s. Funds raised will support Dr. Roumen Milev’s research into depression. For tickets or information, visit http://uhkf. ca/events/founders-dinner/ 613-549-5452.

SOCKingston Event: Join Dawn at Cloverleaf Lanes (10 Bath Rd.) for 5-pin bowling on Saturday, March 22, 4 p.m. Join the bowlers for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Star Diner (849 Princess St.) We sit in the row of tables at the back. Info: 613-530-4912.

Kingston Shout Sister! Choir, directed by Georgette Fry, welcomes new members. We do not audition and learn our music by ear. All levels of singers are welcome. We sing a fun variety of music from pop and folk to Motown. Practices are Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, located at 56 Francis St. Taoist Tai Chi™ Weekend: Treat yourself to experiencing the meditative stretching of the Taoist Tai Chi™arts. The weekend will introduce you to a system intended to develop a body that is strong and supple and a mind that is clear and calm. All ages. Great review for returning participants. Includes 4 months of unlimited classes following the weekend. 302 Montreal St., March 21-23. For information, Please call 613-544-4733, www.taoist.org/kingston. The Seniors Centre is serving up a delicious brunch on Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eggs, bacon, yogurt, fruit, specialty breads, and more. Bring your friends. Door charge. 56 Francis St. Capt. Matthew J. Dawe Memorial Branch 631 Legion, 4034 Bath Rd. events: Friday, March 21, “Showman’s Karaoke”. Saturday, March 22, “Radio Flyer” (door fee). Come and enjoy the fun! Hall rentals available. For information, please call 613-389-6605.

560 Legion, Inside Yard Sale, Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 734 Montreal St. For information, please call 613-548-4570. March events in the Standeasy, RCHA Club, 193 Ontario at Clarence. Friday, March 21, 5 – 7 p.m., TGIF with Julia Finnigan. No cover. Friday, March 21, 8:30 p.m. – midnight, Hat Trick (60s to modern music). Saturday, March 22, 8:30 – midnight, Gerry O’Kane. Cover. Thursday, March 27, 7:30 – 10 p.m., Sonny Slide Maddams (slide guitarist, blues historian). No cover. Mondays at 7 p.m., Round Robin Euchre afternoons, hosted by Lynda Splinter. Door fee. Wednesdays from 8 – 11 p.m., Pub League Darts. Sundays at 8 p.m., Folk Sundays with Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn. Sign up at 7:30 p.m. Enter under the blue canopy through the yellow door and take the elevator to the top floor. 613-542-8152 after 3 p.m. www.rcha.ca: www.facebook.com/KingstonRCHA . Bereaved Families of Ontario’s Mourning Coffee, Thursday, March 25, 10 – 11 a.m., upstairs in the Trillium Room. The opportunity to join other bereaved individuals for casual coffee-break chat. Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive. Please Park in the left side lot and use the right side main entrance. For information, please call 613-634-1230.

Lower Salmon River Paddle, Saturday, March 22. Cataraqui Canoe Club invites you to refresh your white water paddling skills. Note: Fast current, a few rapids and waterfalls. White water experience, plus suitable clothing and equipment are essential. 613-389-4459. www.cataraquicanoe.on.ca.

KFL&A Public Health offers a free 8-week “Stay on Your Feet” falls prevention program in Kingston and Napanee. Kingston: Thursday, March 20 – Thursday, May 8, 1 – 3 p.m., at KFL&A Public Health, 221 Portsmouth Ave. Napanee: Monday, March 17 – Monday, May 12, 10 a.m. – noon, at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, 137 Robinson St., Napanee. To register, call 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875 x 1209.

Tea Dance, Friday, March 21, 1 – 3 p.m. Celebrate the first days of Spring while you

Bridge Centre, Frontenac Mall, offers bridge lessons Mondays 9:30 a.m., Fridays 11:30

Friday, March 21, 8 p.m. – midnight. James Kirkham’s Karaoke, Fireside Lounge. Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m. – midnight. The Sittin’ Ducks, Fireside Lounge. Small cover for non-members. All welcome. RCL 560, 734 Montreal St. Info: 613-548-4570. Kingston Blood Services – Area Mobile Clinic: CFB Kingston (Thompson Drill Hall), 7 Artisan Rd., Friday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. It’s in you to give. March 21, Youth dance, Golden Links Hall, Harrowsmith, 7 - 9:30 p.m., for ages 9 – 15. Call Sharon 613-536-6676 or Wayne 613-358-2533 for details. “Conceptualizing Justice” The Baha’i Community of Kingston welcomes everyone to a study & discussion led by our youth, Saturday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. at 99 York St. Info: bahais@kingston.net 613-634-0767. Free Osteoporosis Screening Clinic March 24 at Graham’s Pharmacy. Call or come in to make your one-on-one 20-minute appointment with our trained nurse using ultrasound technology. Graham’s Pharmacy, 328 King Street East, 613-542-4111, or visit www.grahamspharmacy.ca. Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes is coming to Kingston as part of Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. She shares on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m., at the Ambassador. Visit www.uhkf.ca for details or call 613-549-5452. Plant & Homemade Pie Sale, Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. – noon, Cataraqui United Church, 965 Sydenham Road. Place your order for 4” pots of ‘wave petunias’ (purple, blue or white) by March 30! Perennials also available at the sale. Info: Olive 613-389-1501 or Kathy 613-384-0511. Kingston Gymnastics Club’s spring session begins March 17. Join us for the 9 week session and discover the many benefits of gymnastics. KGC offers a variety of classes for babies to adults with different class days and times. Check our website or call the office for info. 1343 Midland Ave., 613-3841190 / www.kingstongymnastics.ca or email kingstongymnasticclub@bellnet.ca.

Kingston and District Branch of United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada meets on Saturday, March 22, at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Montreal and Queen Streets, 11:30 a.m. for a noon lunch. Small fee. Meeting at 1 p.m. Speaker: Peter Milliken, UE. Visitors welcome. For information, please call Carol at 613-546-2256. “Around the World’, a Music West Concert, Friday, April 11, 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s by the Lake United Church, Reddendale, featuring The Young Choristers Limestone Junior Choir, (Grades 3 - 8) directed by Ruth Judd, accompanied by Kim Ducca. Also performing is Kyoko Ogoda, a Japanese Taiko drummer & Marimba Performer. Purchase tickets from the Church Office, 1 Redden St. 9 a.m. - noon, Monday to Friday, or by calling 613-389-8082. Kingston Shout Sister! Afternoon Choir, directed by Nancy Greig, welcomes new members. We do not audition and learn our music by ear. All levels of singers are welcome. We sing a fun variety of music from pop and folk to Motown. Practices are Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m., Unitarian Place, 206 Concession St. (side door). 3 on 3 Youth Hockey, begins Wednesday, April 2, Invista Centre – Rona Pad, 6 – 7 p.m. (6 – 12 years) and 7 – 8 p.m. (teens to young adults). Limited spots. Pre-register by phone at 613-389-1606 (Steve) or email timmyrevell@gmail.com.

ture. KEYS immigrant employment programs helps you find a job and prepare for the career you want. Free downtown parking or bus tickets. Info and registration, visit KEYS Job Centre, 182 Sydenham Street, www.keys.ca or call 613-546-5559. Visit The Thousand Islands’ Fine Art Association’s work at KSOA’s Window Art Gallery Victoria runs until Sunday, March 30. Gallery Hours are Wednesday - Sunday noon - 4 p.m. and Thursday noon - 8 p.m. Register for American Sign Language classes at the Canadian Hearing Society, Frontenac Mall, 1300 Bath Road. Learn ASL as a group. Invite a friend or family. Limited seating. Please call 613-544-1927 to register – deadline is April 11. Kingston Orchid Society holds its monthly event on Sunday, March 23, 1:30 – 4 p.m. at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave. This is our Annual Auction & sale of orchids. Come early for the best choice! Contact Gwenneth Howard at 613-389-0861 or please email gwenneth.howard@sympatico.ca for info. Prince Charles Public School Parent Council is selling white spruce, white pine and sugar maple seedlings. Order through the school at 613-374-2003 or online on their website, http://princecharles.limestone.on.ca. Pay and pick up for your trees in mid-April.

Join the Grandmothers by the Lake in a fundraiser for African grandmothers on Saturday, April 5, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Trinity United Church, Hwy. 38, Verona. Guest speaker is Ed Lawrence, Canada’s gardening guru. Advance tickets recommended. Call Adele Colby at 613-375-8845 or Marni Pedersen at 613-374-9929.

Kingston & District Trap, Skeet & Sporting Clays Club holds its annual Butter Tart Extension Fun Shoot, a skeet and trap competition, for shotgun sport enthusiasts, Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. start, at 1250 Italia Lane, past the Italo-Canadian Club. Raffle draw tickets available. Enjoy a roast fowl dinner, too. RVSP by March 15 at 613-353-6150. Info: www.kingstonshotgunsports.com.

Bath Legion @ Millhaven’s March Events: Friday, March 21 & Friday, March 28, Friday Lunch Special, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Wednesday Breakfast, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29, Open Mic with Dan Simpson & Friends, 2 – 6 p.m. (Pot Luck). Bath Legion at Millhaven. Everyone is welcome.

The Kingston Horticultural Society invites groups to apply for a limited Community Improvement Fund for 2014, to complete horticultural projects. The projects must benefit Kingston’s citizens, and meet other criteria. Apply by April 14. Forms and guidelines at www.ikweb.com/khs/ or contact Brenda at 613-389-8895.

The Harrowsmith Women’s Institute hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith. All ladies in the community are invited to attend.

Learning Disabilities Association Kingston Presentation, Thursday, March 27, 7 – 9 p.m., Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., Room 453A. “Reality Checklist - Life After High School”. Speaker: Gail Eaton-Smith, Student Advisor, Learning Disabilities Strategist, Queen’s University. Pre-registration recommended. Info: ldak@ldakingston.com, 613-546-8524 www.ldakingston.com

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Free To Non-Profit Organizations | Please Include: Name, address and phone number. Deadline: Thursday at 11 a.m. Send to: whatshappening@theemc.ca The Learning Disabilities Association Kingston (LDAK) is seeking board members and would especially welcome individuals who have marketing or fundraising experience. The board meets once a month between September - June. For further info contact LDAK at ldak@ldakingston.com.

The Salvation Army in Kingston is in need of volunteer greeters and receptionists one day a week for the free Income Tax Clinic, which runs until May 9. To volunteer at the clinic, please contact Debbie Kirkwood at 613-548-4411 ext. 29. To make an appointment please call 613-507-4151.

Volunteer radio enthusiasts needed to create and produce 30-minute programs for seniors focused on recreation and sport. Experience an asset but not required as training is provided. Contact Jean Lawson at The Seniors Association at 613-548-7810 x 225.

The Jayna Hefford Hockey School is now accepting registrations. This year’s camp runs from July 21-25, at the Invista Centre. Hosted and taught by five time Olympian Jayna Hefford and former national team member Lori Dupuis, the camp is committed to having knowledgeable and experienced instructors who can share their many hockey experiences. This is a very popular camp and limited space is available. For info, or to register, please call 613-384-1306 or visit www.femalehockeyschool.com.

K3C is offering an ongoing drop in style peer support group for women who are experiencing or have experienced abuse within an adult relationship. The group takes place at 417 Bagot St. on Tuesday afternoons. Each week offers something a little different for participants. Join The Honourable Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, at the The Seniors Association’s 37th Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 28, 1:30pm. Board reports, election of new Board, 2013 awards, refreshments. The Seniors Centre is located at 56 Francis St., Kingston.

ship. Fee subsidies available. Please contact Francois Chan at 613-547-7954 or email francoischan@hotmail.com. To register, visit http://spellingbeeofcanada.ca/register. New Zumba Kids Workshops and after school courses offer lots of energy, emphasizing fun with hip-hop, and pop music . ‘Moves’ especially for 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.

Euchre – S and A club every Monday night 7 - 9 p.m., supporting The Diabetes Association. Everyone is welcome to play.

Booking now for our free diabetic foot screening clinic, Wednesday, April 16, at Graham’s Pharmacy, 328 King Street East. Call or come in to book your free one-hour foot assessment. Nurses will be assessing diabetics’ foot risk (sensation, circulation, abnormal skin), checking gait (walking) and assessing footwear or orthotics (where necessary). Includes foot care products and specialist referrals, if needed. Book now, only six spots per clinic day! 613-542-4111

Kingston Region Spelling Bee Saturday, April 12. Registration is open in three age categories for children between the ages of 6 and 14. The winner in each category will move to the Provincial Champion-

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.

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We believe in miracles. Retired from Bell? We’re the Bell Pensioners’ Group (BPG), representing retirees from Bell and its affiliate companies. BPG will inform, advise, represent and support you. Visit www.bellpensionersgroup. ca and if you’re not already a member, click on the Membership tab, or contact us at ottawa@bellpensionersgroup.ca. 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. GriefShare support group: For anyone who has lost a loved one. Mondays from 6:308 p.m. at Bayridge Alliance Fireside Room, starting Feb 3. Runs for 11 weeks. For more info contact Greg at 613-389-9060 or groberts@bayridgealliance.org. Do you enjoy a good song and a vibrant choir to sing with? The Frontenac Women’s Chorus welcomes new members. No audition, and the ability to read music is not required. For more info, call Connie Shibley at 613-374-3164.

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. Take-out available. Foot Care Wednesday – Friday. Assessment and treatment by foot care nurses. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. 613-548-7810. 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 music by Superior Sound. Singles or couples 40-90 welcome. Contact: Shirley Skinner, 613-634-1607. ‘’Sno-Birds’’ Boomers golf clinics for women and men 50+ yrs. who would like to improve distance/accuracy of the ball, as well as addressing injuries specific to golf . A fundraiser for Women’s Shelters. For location in Kingston’s west end and additional info, call Dee at 613-389-6540. Senior 4 Seniors Personal Prescription Fitness Programs. Improve balance, coordination and increase strength of joints and muscles. A fundraiser for ‘’shelters’’ in Kingston. Call Dee for info: 613-389-6540.


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Wolfe Island Rink Roof Project Moves Forward on its way up like a well planned “ Make Dreams Come True” Meccano Set” with cherry pickers and cranes on site, and qualified workers set to take on the task of setting the steel frame in place on the completed cement base around the rink. All in preparation for the trusses and steel roof and skirting expected to arrive next week that will (as weather permits) complete the project. The rink, for those who have not seen it, is situated in front of the building that houses the artificial ice machine. And you can be sure Project Manager Patrick Thompson and Paul Hogan , chair of the WI Community Centre Board, were on hand at the rink to cheer and watch this newest phase of construction. At meetings held in September 2013 with Frontenac Islands council Hogan spoke of the need to find savings: to the proposed cost of $73,650 for the concrete framework, and the request to bidders for the arena’s structural steel roof to submit revised quotations based on a revised scope of work, also to reduce costs. (The

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township submitted an application for a capital works grant for the roof to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation as well as a FIT (rooftop Gazette News- “In 2009 Wolfe solar) Application). At its November Island had the opportunity to build 1st Special meeting Council accepted an outdoor skating rink. The entire the Sydenham Welding bid for the community pitched in and the project WI arena structural steel roof in the was completed in 13 days. BUT that amount of $444,650.00 plus HST.. was just the beginning! “ That is “It’s hard to believe this is really what it says on the WI Community happening,” Hogan said at the site Centre Face Book site where many, where a few people had come to many pictures of the evolving rink watch as the framing was completed. from its beginning to now are posted. “ Such an exciting time for the Even images envisioning what it community.” will look like when it reopens for its 2. March Frontenac Islands 2014/2015 are there to excite your Council Meeting Mayor Denis Doyle imagination. Take a peek, to see how introduced the Township’s new CAO the project has developed since the Darlene Lumley to the public at the excitement of the early days which meeting of council. Bringing more the site suggests. than 20 years experience to the task Just last week, during Spring CAO Lumley expressed thanks for Break, in the midst of what has been the opportunity. “I look forward to a very active rink schedule the steel working with you all. I have a number framing for the roof arrived. The roof of ideas and suggestions regarding is going to happen. Perhaps later than Photo/Margaret Knott rules and procedures to share with Construction of the rink’s roof is under way. what was hoped for, or anticipated, you,” she said. or for that matter what might have 3. Sarah Greenwood representing Centre (WIEYC), a non profit, non day. Eleven children are leaving been rumoured. the Wolfe Island Early Years government funded organization for but eleven are coming in,” she said. But none of that matters… It was children 0-6 years, their parents and “And I believe you are providing one caregivers, in a request for funding of them! ” Mayor Doyle said. from the township spoke of the good Which of course drew a laugh from things the program accomplishes for Sarah (because it is true) who went the isolated island community. “We on to say that Early years offers an are having the highest attendance on opportunity for housebound parents Find Us On record . It is up over 39 percent with and caregivers to get out, to meet facebook between seven and 10 children every others in the community, to discuss and share issues and provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to meet, play and learn. Sarah pointed out that the WIEYC board and friends hold many fund raisers through out the year to support the one, hired coordinator and the many costs, (snacks, supplies, toys, educational games, etc.) around the program offered 5 days a week, Mon.-Friday from 9 am -12pm. at no cost.. “But it is not enough. We need money to continue,” she said. The request for $10,000 will be added for consideration in township budget deliberations. Exciting There are Early Years centres and Opportunities programs throughout KFL&A . Having Early Years on the island means, no in Healthcare ferry ride to the city, greater ease of participation, and opportunities to meet friends and neighbours and Pharmacy Technician for the children, a program geared to their needs offering play, arts and Legal Administration crafts, story time, physical activities and educational sessions for parents. Medical Administration We are very lucky. Around Town: WI Artist and Small Classes Architect Debra Krakow has announced her Solo Art Show in Hands-On Training Acrylic and Mixed Media at Studio 22, March 22-April 27th. Debra has Work Placements charmed us all over the years as she continues to hone and expand and Specialized Curriculum surprise us with her incredible Starting in March 2014 skill and talent as an artist. Visit her website: debrakrakow.com It Monday – Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm • Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm www.klccollege.ca is wonderful. *Lots of activity at 742 ARLINGTON PARk PLACE kINGSTON ON k7M 8H9 Vinnie’s property on Main Street in WE ACCEPT ALL FLEET CARDS the village. Exciting!. * Changes Call today for more information: happening at Fargo’s as well. It must 613-384-6194 • 1-888-732-0326 mean, Spring will Come!

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Up In My Grill - St. Patrick’s Day, held each year on March 17, is not just for the Irish; around the world people celebrate with shamrocks, leprechauns, feasts and beer. In Kingston, the hooley (the party) is definitely on at the Tir Nan Og Irish pub, located at 200 Ontario Street, across from Springer Market Square. The pub is located in the Prince George Hotel, which is one the oldest buildings in Kingston. It’s rumored to be haunted. Close your eyes, and while you may not encounter ghosts, you can imagine that you are in the Irish countryside at a local watering hole. There are not one, but two long mahogany bars to swill beer and whisky at. Each seating area is separated into little nooks from bar stools to cozy chairs to wooden barrel seats typical of any good pub. In the summer, the sprawling patio is a great place to dine. On a cold day, I prefer sitting next to the fire, but so does everyone else, so plan ahead. In fact, I wish there were big comfy chairs next to the fire instead of the table for two, but then, I’d probably never leave. Since 1986, the “Nog” as it’s fondly nicknamed, continues to serve up good times for all. Each week they feature live music generally of the Irish flavor, but not always, and it doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day for you to nosh on traditional Irish fair. The menu ranges from the usual grill items to comfort food like boxty,

Guinness crocks and fish and chips. The “blarney chips” are waffle fries topped with tomatoes, green onions and cheese – yum! Mostly known as a drinking hole, the food can be inconsistent in taste, but the service is always warm and friendly. Irish food tends to be seasonal, local and simple in preparation. While potatoes, steak and lamb are often featured, the Irish are also known for fish dishes. I tried the fish and chips the day I was into Tir Nan Og. The flaky, perfectly fried pieces of halibut and a pint of lager made for a superb lunch date. Although, my hubby would argue my best Irish pub experience was on St. Patrick’s Day nineteen years ago, when I met him during the Irish festival in New Zealand. There is an old Irish saying, “In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink ours here.” I love all things Irish, and thankfully we have a little slice here in Kingston at the Tir Nan Og. Every Sunday there is live jazz at Montes, the lounge located inside Tir Nan Og and with a valid Queen’s student ID you can enjoy 25 per cent off food items at the “Nog”. Follow them on Facebook or sign up to receive their monthly newsletter to learn of more promotions and featured live music events. In the spirit of the Irish, here is a simple fish recipe to try: Tilapia and Tomato Sauce Makes 4 servings Browning the fish fillets first keeps them golden and crisp when you add them to the

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Sibling bond leads to success on the court By Mark Kerr Reporter

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The brothers started playing Knights of Columbus basketball in grade school. For the most part, they have always played on the same team up through elementary and high school and club basketball, except for a short stint where Tanner played in his age group. Playing together for so long and being brothers offers a certain advantage, according to the younger sibling. “I find you always know where the other one is on the court more than anyone else,” said Tanner, who plays the guard and small forward positions. “We seem to know each other’s tendencies.” The brothers inherited a strong basketball pedigree from their mother, a former member of the Canadian national team. She began coaching at La Salle five years ago when Jesse entered Grade 9. “She knows her stuff. She tells us stories and shares situations she has been in that are unique,” said Jesse, who played forward and centre in high school. “But I would say it’s like having any other coach. It’s not really any different.” Coach Graham led the team to a 35-6 record this season and a berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship. The Black Knights bowed out in the quarter-final, losing to the eventual champions, the Mississauga-based Ascension of Our Photo/John Harman Lord Eagles. The Black Knights advanced

to OFSAA after winning the EOSSAA AA title. The victory came after a disappointing loss to the Frontenac Falcons in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association championship. “It was a really great season,” said Jesse. “We had a great start and then we had a lot of adversity to get through. I loved every minute of it and I am glad I came back to play.” “It was a lot of fun,” Tanner said. “It was a really good group of guys.” The Graham brothers will graduate from La Salle this spring, but they plan on sticking together after high school. They will attend Queen’s University in the fall with the

hope of cracking the Gaels’ lineup. Jesse has been accepted to concurrent education, physical education and general arts, while Tanner has been accepted to engineering and science and hopes to hear about kinesiology in the coming weeks. As close as they are, the brothers never set out to attend the same university. “It wasn’t like we were going to go together no matter what. More and more we wanted to go to the same university,” Tanner said. The Graham brothers know they have to keep improving to make it at the university level. For Jesse, that means getting quicker and improving his shot. Tanner is focused

on working on his speed, quickness and refining his ball-handling skills in order to make it as a guard. “It’s something new. I don’t know what to expect, but I am going to go in with an open mind,” said Jesse. “[What the Queen’s trainers put us through this summer] is going to be tough,” said Tanner. And regardless of the outcome, basketball is sure to be conversation fodder around the Graham dinner table for years to come. Do you know a young athlete who should be profiled in our High School Athlete of the Week column? If so, email hpratt-campbell@perfprint.ca.

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“Why take chances? When you get older and you go in for a physical it is just another box that needs to be checked on blood work and it is simple to add that to the list each year.” Those that do experience kidney failure have two options – dialysis or transplantation. Neither option is a cure for the disease and Hill emphasizes that neither option is particularly convenient either. “Dialysis is extremely inconvenient with treatments being three or four days a week for four hour sessions for the rest of your life. Even with transplants, they can last anywhere from two years to 25 years, but there is no guarantee. It is a really tough disease to deal with and dialysis makes it really hard to travel and live a normal life. It really consumes your entire life.” Spreading the word about kidney disease is really the most important part, added Hill. The Kidney Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help at screening events or participate in awareness fairs. “We really just need help educating people about kidney disease and the more volunteers we have the farther we can reach.” For more information about kidney disease and what you can do to help raise awareness go to www.kidney.ca/risk

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