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EMC News – Although it’s unlikely to happen overnight, the cost to rent a municipal hall in Central Frontenac will be going up soon, as council decided to strike a task force to look into the matter at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. In response to a report from Chief Building Official Jeremy Neven, Coun. Norm Guntensperger, Jeff Matson and Wayne Millar, along with Mayor Janet Gutowski as ex-officio will be consulting with staff and user groups to see if they can cut down a $29,187.50 operating shortfall the township’s six halls produce. Of the six halls, the Crow Lake Schoolhouse and Henderson Hall are exceptions in that they are “leased” by community groups for the sum of $2 each per year. “We don’t pay heat or hydro for those two,” said Neven. On the other four, Piccadilly, Olden, Kennebec and Oso Halls, the Township pays heat, hydro, insurance, custodial contracts, snow removal and grounds maintenance. When revenue (from rentals by various user groups) is subtracted, the halls end up costing the township $5193.73 for Piccadilly, $6,153.60 for Oso, $7559.71 for Kennebec and $8,050.15 for Olden per year. Much of the hall usage EMC Entertainment - Carrie Underwood drew a large crowd to the K-Rock Centre for her Blown Away tour Saturday evening. The country music star along with her opening act Hunter Hayes, is by groups who don’t pay, primarily the district had enthusiastic fans on their feet most of the evening. committees, Photo/John Harman recreation
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Neven said. Another point of contention is cancellations. “Cancellations are not only lost revenue, but they could be using up a slot that could be used by another organization,” he said. “It’s not an easy question but we’re not taking enough away to look after the maintenance of these halls,” said Gutowski. “Piccadilly Hall is a challenge as the population shifts but we’re also looking at other facilities such as Hinchinbrooke School and the Multi-use Centre. “These halls are the hearts of our communities, important places to be there but we have to take a long-term look at them.” “Looking at the numbers, this hall (Oso, where council meets and doesn’t pay) and Kennebec are losing on the number of unpaid users (105 and 191 respectively),” said Matson. “We have to determine who the unpaid users are and what the halls are being used for. “I don’t think it’s fair for somebody to use the hall free under the umbrella of rec committee when a church group would have to pay $60 to hold a supper. You have to balance it out — either everybody pays or nobody pays.” “We do need to have hard numbers on unpaid use,” said Coun. Frances Smith. “Maybe we could look at the rec committees donating back some of their fundraising proceeds.” “Any rate increase would have to be reasonable, but it hasn’t gone up in 10 years,” said Coun. John Purdon.
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and the many ferries including 2 barges, the Upper Canada, the Wolfe Islander to the present Wolfe Islander III including the ferry crises of 1946 that caught the imagination of the audience. And even more were the stories that had names attached that provided a snapshot of the realities of island life, not so easy, island transportation, names like John Ferguson, RF Fawcett, Buck Mullin, and so many others who came before . As Brian moved through the years ,times and incidents and events people in the audience were saying â€œI heard those
EMC News â€“ It was a full house for Captain Brianâ€™s presentation at the recent meeting of the Wolfe Island Historical Society, a presentation filled with pictures of ferries of one sort or another that have sailed the waters from Kingston to Wolfe Island, Garden Island, and Simcoe over a long history. It was about lives lived and lives lost along the way in the waters of St. Lawrence. In this instance his stories were about those who began ferry services to and from Wolfe Island and the boats they used to the arrival of the Wolfe Islander III in 1976. Brian is a captain on
the Wolfe Islander III. He spoke of George Kinghorn, of the Hitchcock family, of â€œPollyâ€? and of Archey Hitchcock who built a new ferry dock in the village and called it Port Mary in 1857. â€œI donâ€™t know when the village became known as Marysville perhaps around 1858, â€œBrian said.. (The picture shown included the wharf. the ferry house and the Hitchcock Hotel.) He reminded the audience that the canal, (impassable now) â€œa thorn in the side of everybodyâ€? was built by Angus Cameron in the 1830 to provide an open sea port to New York city by way of Kingston. The Pier-
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EMC News â€“ Itâ€™s going to cost Central Frontenac Township more for animal control and bylaw enforcement. Ken Gilpin, representing his company Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement Incorporated, told council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake that his rates havenâ€™t changed from amalgamation in 1998. â€œThere have been no increases to address increased costs for an increase in calls, liability insurance and fuel costs,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s negligence on our part, I admit, but weâ€™ve been losing money in Central for about four years.â€? For the past 10 years, Gilpin has been providing animal control at a cost of $936.06 plus HST per month. The new cost is $1,425 plus HST The new bylaw enforcement rate is $19.50 per hour, an increase of 48 per cent. Gilpin said they get â€œ50 to 60â€? calls a
month for animal control. â€œItâ€™s a 24-hour service,â€? he said. â€œAnything from barking dogs to horse or cattle on the road. â€œWe have nothing to do with wildlife however, as thatâ€™s MNRâ€™s department, except in some emergency situations. â€œOn occasion, the OPP will call us when they have to deal with animals because we have the equipment and expertise to deal with it.â€? Coun. Tom Dewey wanted to know if there were other companies providing the same service, pointing to an advertisement in Municipal World for Missionary Security Solutions. â€œMissionary is only parking enforcement, which there isnâ€™t a big call for in Central Frontenac,â€? said Gilpin. Coun. Norm Guntensperger also wondered about other options. â€œYou give us a number but itâ€™s a little hasty,â€? Guntensperger said. â€œI would like staff to look at other options (and) Iâ€™d like to see those figures and an overview of whatâ€™s going on.â€?
â€œIt is short notice but itâ€™s a very specialized service, so Iâ€™m prepared to go for one year,â€? said Mayor Janet Gutowski. â€œWeâ€™re not here in Central Frontenac to get rich,â€? Gilpin said. â€œWeâ€™re here to run a business and survive.â€? â€˘â€˘â€˘ IT co-ordinator Charlene Godfrey reported to council that her department is currently looking into 217 properties in the Township that MPAC had listed as â€˜vacant.â€™ â€œThe aerial photography shows that there are buildings on these 217 properties, some with multiple buildings,â€? she said. â€œThat could have implications for taxation purposes.â€? â€˘â€˘â€˘ Council re-introduced former CAO John DuChene at its regular meeting last week as â€œinterim CAO/Clerk.â€? DuChene will serve once again in his former capacity until such time a recruiting firm is hired to find a replacement and make an acceptable recommendation to Council. This will mark DuCheneâ€™s third stint as chief executive for the Township of Central Frontenac.
EMC News â€” If you are considering any home renovations, building your dream home, or how about winning your Dream Home, then you want to be at the Cataraqui Sports Complex this weekend, for the 11 th Annual Kingston Home Show, brought to you by the Kinsmen Club of Kingston. Over 100 exhibitors are taking part in
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were given the go-ahead. In order to get to the current 2.5 per cent increase, McGovern said he had to cut $150,000 from the $6,061,064 EMC News â€“ Central Frontenac budget (which was $5,606,922 in Townshipâ€™s 2013 budget is on hold un2012). til Frontenac County finalizes its budThe cuts include $10,000 in penalget for this year, council decided at its ties, $5,000 in fire station maintenance, regular meeting last week in Sharbot $20,000 budgeted to the multi-use Lake. centre project, $2,000 for surveying, The county voted down its budget $2,000 for planning, $10,000 for the two weeks ago, looking to find more Parham Ball Field pavilion, $10,000 savings. As it currently stands, the from salaries, $18,000 from materials, county will be asking the townships supplies and repairs, $30,000 for Road for 0.38 per cent less than in 2012. 38 repairs, $8,000 for LED streetIf that figure holds up, it would mean lights, $3,000 for ditching and $5,000 taxpayers in Central Frontenac would for the Kennebec Hall Foundation. be looking at a 2.5 per cent increase McGovern also suggested moving overall with the township portion of $35,000 from reserves. taxes increasing by 3.8 per cent. One project that has no impact on â€œI donâ€™t think we should be in a big this yearâ€™s budget is the new recycling rush (to pass a budget),â€? said Coun. bins at the landfill sites as they will be Frances Smith. â€œIf the County goes financed by borrowing from reserves. down more, we could be at a 1.5 per â€œWhen county passes its budget, we may be able to put some of these things back in,â€? said Smith. â€˘â€˘â€˘ In a related note, Central Frontenac Township got a clean NOTICE OF NAMING A PRIVATE ROAD bill of (financial) health from its IN THE MATTER of section 27(2) of the Municipal Act, take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the independent audiTownship of South Frontenac will be considering a by-law at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, tors KPMG at its at 7:00 p.m., at the Municipal Council Chambers, 4432 George Street, Sydenham, Ontario regarding a regular meeting proposed name for an existing private road in part of Lot 1, Concession IV, Bedford District. last week. The by-law would name the road/lane â€œWindy Bay Laneâ€?. To view the map and for more information, â€œIt was a good year in 2012,â€? please see the township website. said auditor Vicki Leakey. â€œSimilar to FREE CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR COURSE last year, there are South Frontenac Fire and Rescue is sponsoring a FREE CPR and Defibrillator course for all South Frontenac no qualifications or residents who are 18 years of age or older. This free course is being held at Prince Charles Public School issues to bring to your attention.â€? in Verona on April 6th, 2013. For further information, please contact Prince Charles Public School at
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EMC News – The future of a township Library in Parham is still very much up in the air after last week’s regular Central Frontenac Council meeting in Sharbot Lake. A plan to move the portable the current library is now in from its location at Hinchinbrooke Public School to township land adjacent to the fire hall didn’t fly, primarily due to cost. The township has been exploring options since Hinchinbrooke School is scheduled to close after this semester. “A rough estimate would be $38,000, as that’s what it cost North Frontenac to move a portable to Plevna,” said Chief Building Official Jeremy Neven. “That included a bathroom and septic field, but we’d also need to look at hydro and accessibility in the form of a wheelchair ramp.” “I’m thinking the portable will still be there for some time after the school is closed. Could leasing that be discussed?” asked Coun. John Purdon. “We’ve been playing telephone tag but that’s being discussed,” said Dep. Clerk/Planner Cathy MacMunn. “My concern is how many people will use it once the school is closed,” said Coun. Wayne Millar. “Is it mostly students now?” “The Parham branch is not open during school hours, unlike Mountain Grove,” said Purdon. “Data can be misleading.”
“I’m very sorry to have to say this but I think we as a council have to stand up and face the music,” said Mayor Janet Gutowski. “I think we have to bite the bullet and face the fact that we don’t have a reasonable option (for a library in Parham). “I can’t support this expense.” “There’s got to be an option, we have to keep looking,” said Coun. Frances Smith. “I’ve said this before, but we’ve put a lot of money recently into Piccadilly Hall and it’s hardly used,” said Coun. Norm Guntensperger. “I’d like to move for a feasibility study to move the library to Pic Hall. “We don’t have a plan and we’re on the verge of losing a library here. “It’s not ideal long-term but if we give up the library now, we may never get it back.” “I agree it’s the cheapest and easiest way to deal with it right now,” said Coun. Tom Dewey. “I’d like to concur but I can’t,” said Coun. Heather Fox. “This is not a new issue, it goes back many years. “Pic Hall is too close to the boundary and Pic people go to the Hartington Library and Parham people won’t go to Piccadilly. “Besides, there’s not enough parking or space for the portable at Piccadilly.” “I don’t think cheap and easy is the best way to invest our money,” said Gutowski. Guntensperger’s motion was defeated and the issue left undecided.
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Sociable 542-1054, www.cataraquicanoe.on.ca. will also feature beer and whisky connoisseurs Opening Thursday, April 4 at the Baiden Street who will provide specialized tours and inforTheatre, “I Knock at the Door” is a rollicking mation sessions to enhance your tasting experiIrish piece, full of passion and politics, laughter, ence. Tickets to Sociable are now available at tears and romance. Playing for three weekends, The Grand Theatre Box Ofﬁce. Visit www. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. NextGenSociable.ca for more information. closing on Saturday, April 20. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Peter’s Drugs, 640 Autism Awareness Run/Walk. 1K/5K Walk/ King St. West. For further information consult Run Saturday, April 6. 11 a.m. registration. 12 our website at wwwtheatre5 or call (613) 542- noon start. University and Union Streets. Register online at http://www.events.runningroom. 5334. Address of Theatre 5, 7 Baiden St. com/site/?raceId=8501. If you have any quesFundraising Celebration for Child Haven. tions, please contact Patti at 613-507-7896 or There will be a fundraising celebration for email@example.com. Child Haven International, in the Memorial room, at Kingston City Hall, on Saturday, Bridge and luncheon Wednesday, April 10 April 6, at 6:30 p.m. Child Haven runs 10 chil- at 12 noon at St. Luke’s Church, 236 Nelson dren’s homes and orphanages in South Asia. Street. Please be sure to call and reserve your The event is a social with great food by Jack table: (613) 542-5501, or (613) 548-3096. the Happy Chef, Chai tea and a cash bar featuring Beau’s Beer and local wines, entertain- Cochlear Implant Support Group Monday, ment featuring Indian classical dancer Pallavi April 8, 10 a.m. at the Canadian Hearing SoMehan, a silent and live auction and a bazaar. ciety. Come meet, greet, and share information Child Haven founder Fred Cappuccino will be with individuals who have cochlear implants, on hand to tell a few stories. Tickets are avail- as well as family members of those individuable at Novel Idea, from Cindy Harvey – 613- als. Representative from Advanced Bionics to present. Free. Phone: 613-544-1927; TTY: 389-9154, or on line at www.childhaven.ca. 1-877-817-8209; Email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kingston Theatre Organ Society presents Clark Wilson at The Kingston Korean Church, Music West presents 13! Chamber Orchestra, 89 Kirkpatrick St. Concert and Silent Film, conducted by John Palmer, which was formed “Spite Marriage” starring Buster Keaton, Fri- in 2011. The group consists of 4 - First Violins, day, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Information – Nancy 4 - second Violins, 2 - Violas, 2 - Cellos, and 1 Young, 613-386-7295. Theatre Organ Work- Bass - hence its name. The orchestra will presshop, Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. (Registra- ent a varied program guided by their motto: tion). Free. Special invitation to all music The Latest, the Loved and the Little Known. students/teachers. Information/pre-registration, This takes place on Friday, April 5, 7.30 p.m. 613-766-5913, davidraymondhunt@yahoo. at St. Andrews by the Lake United Church in Reddendale. Tickets can be purchased at the com. church ofﬁce, 613-389-8082 or at the door. Health Pursuits Reading and Research: MEND Open House, Isabel Turner Library, The Kingston Horticultural Society is meet935 Gardiners Rd., 10:30 -11:30 a.m., a cel- ing on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with speaker Pat ebration of our Ontario Trillium Foundation Haslett discussing ornamental grasses and also grant with MPP John Gerretsen, accompanied a show corner competition. To be held at the by gluten-free treats and of course, the HPRR: Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth MEND tools to fast-track your quest to achieve Ave. Admission for non-members. New members are welcome. For more information refer or maintain good health. to www.ikweb.com/khs/ or contact Brenda at The April meeting and Annual House Plant 613-389-8895. Show of the Gananoque Horticultural Society will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 Kingston Business & Professional Womp.m. at the Carveth Care Centre, Herbert St. en- en’s Club monthly dinner/speaker meeting, trance. The featured program is “Garlic”, a veg- Wednesday, April 10 at Smitty’s Restaurant, etable that is becoming very popular to grow. 2376 Princess St., Kingston (Chapters Plaza). Quill Lecture Series April 7 at 2 p.m. in Goodes Hall, 143 Union St. Canadian Immigration Policy: The Need for Change. Charles Beach, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Queen’s University. For more info call 613549-1910. This lecture will be followed by the AGM. Refreshments will be served.
Kingston 5:30 p.m. - networking. 6 p.m. - order from the menu. 7:30 p.m. - speaker: Joanne Franke, founding President of Gilda’s Club Southeastern Ontario. Gilda’s Club, for cancer patients & their family is ﬁnally coming to Kingston. Ladies, please join us. All welcome. Contact Mary, (613) 384-0076, email@example.com. Bereaved Families of Ontario – Kingston Region Mothers’ Night: an evening for mothers to share the loss of a child of any age, due to any circumstances, with other mothers in a warm and conﬁdential environment. Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. downstairs in the lounge at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Dr. Please park in the left-side lot and use the right-side main entrance. Spousal/Partner Night: A support evening for those who have suffered the loss of their spouse or partner to death. Thursday, April 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. Same location, but upstairs in the Trillium Room. For more information, please phone 613-634-1230. Spring Fashion Show Friday, April 5, 2 p.m. See the latest styles and colours for spring from The Bay while you enjoy afternoon tea and door prizes. Brought to you by The Seniors Association and The Royale. Location: The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. 613.548.7810. Free Diabetic A1C Screening Clinic at Graham’s Pharmacy, Wednesday, April 8. Free 20 minute session with our registered nurse to check A1C blood levels and answer questions. Call or come in to make your appointment, 328 King Street East, (613)542-4111. Speakers Series: The Philosophy Hammer, Fridays, April 5 to May 3 (no class April 12), 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A look into philosophical postmodernism and the way various authors apply this philosophy to art, media, photography, language, psychic space, love, and the lived experience of psych¬ology and sociology. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St., 613-548-7810. A Mystery Dinner Theatre with a four-course roast beef supper and entertainment by Partners in Crime is being presented on Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m. in St. John’s Hall, Bath. A vegetarian option is available with notice.Tickets are available from Diane at 613-352-5670. Proceeds support the work of the Canada Day Committee and the Bath United Church. Kingston Blues Society CD Release Party for the Shaun Riley Band Saturday, April 6 at The Standeasy at the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St., 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets at the door. One of Kingston’s very own is having their initial CD release party. Shaun Riley has opened as a solo act for Coco Montoya and recently the Shaun Riley Band opened for the Juno winning band MonkeyJunk. Drawing on their individual experiences, the Shaun Riley Band blends the past and present to create funky, up-beat, original blues music. The band produced their ﬁrst self-titled CD of original blues songs (all written by Shaun Riley) in 2012. The band consists of Shaun Riley - electric guitar and vocals,
Wayne Riley - bass guitar, harmonicas Craig GriefShare. You don’t have to go through the Tousignant - keyboards Reg Watson - drums. grieving process alone. GriefShare is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved http://www.shaunrileyband.com. one. The group meets on Tuesday evenings A used book sale is being held on Saturday, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Westside Fellowship April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sydenham Christian Reformed Church, and Thursday Street United Church (corner of Sydenham afternoons from 1-2:30 p.m. at Bayridge Alliand William Street). Hundreds of books of all ance Church in the Fireside Room. For more categories available. This is a fundraiser for the information or to register call 613-384-7306 Helen Tufts Nursery School. For more infor- or email the firstname.lastname@example.org. mation you can contact Sue at 613-546-9576. TGIF at The Standeasy, 193 Ontario Street www.helentuftsnurseryschool.com. at Clarence Street, Friday, April 5 from 5:30Indoor garage sale at the 560 Legion, Montreal 8:30 p.m. The Queen’s Pipe Ban also perStreet, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come forms that evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Blues Bands of Ontario (Shaun Riley Band one, come all. Everyone welcome. CD Release party), Saturday, April 6 from 39 Club of Kingston Dance, Friday, April 5. 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Shufﬂeboard Tuesday, Music by Shylo. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Li- April 9 at 2 p.m. Darts Wednesday, April 10 at ons Hall on John Counter Boulevard. Singles 8 p.m. Tracie Morgan takes the stage Thursday, April 11 from 8:30-11 p.m. Web: www. and couples welcome. Dress Code in effect. rcha.ca; Facebook: Friends of RCHA. Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions Inc. continues its 2013 season with the Kingston Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? premiere of Aida. Recalled as “The Timeless Call Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups, 613Love Story”, Aida is a contemporary musical 384-2134. take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an The Adult Rendezvous Club (ARC), based Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms at St. Paul the Apostle R.C. Church Hall, between them, the young lovers are forced to 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd., in Kingston, meet face death or part forever. Performances at the for Contract Bridge, Progressive Euchre and Baby Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St. inside board games Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m. from the historic Grand Theatre, April 4–13 with September to June. Yearly membership. For shows at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on the 13th at more info call 613-548-7936 or 613-3892 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Grand Theatre 0968. Box Ofﬁce (613-530-2050 – www.kingstongrand.ca) or at the TriColour Outlet located in Beginner Yoga Classes - Ladies Only - West the JDUC (613-533-2120 – www.tricolourout- Kingston - Wednesday evenings, 6:45 - 8 p.m. or Friday mornings, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. let.ca). Start any time - For more info please conThe Kingston Printmakers’ Exhibition and Sale tact Sharon Price at 384-1547 or sharonruthwill be held now until April 30 at the Kingston email@example.com. School of Art’s Window Art Gallery, Victoria at Princess Street. The Opening Reception is Shout Sister Choir welcomes new members. Practices are Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Rideau Trail Kingston Club End-to-End 2: Francis St. www.shoutsisterchoir.ca. Trailhead to Unity Road, Saturday, April 6. Fondly known as the Two-Tunnel Hike, this DivorceCare Support Group: You don’t moderately challenging 15 km trek is the sec- have to go through it alone. DivorceCare is ond in our End-to-End series. Shape up with a 13 week support group for anyone who is the gentle healing power of Nature and commit going through the pain of separation or dito completing this End-to-End; it’s not too late. vorce. Meets on Wednesday evenings from Meet at Trailhead on King St. West for 8:30 6:30-8 p.m. at Westside Fellowship Church a.m. Car shuttle departure. Details: (613)544- (1021 Woodbine Rd.), starting Feb. 13. For 9222. End-to-End 3: Unity Rd. to Freeman more information contact Julia at 613-384Rd., Sunday April 7. Step up the Spring shape 7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. up celebration with this challenging 19 km hike divorcecare.org. along nostalgic railway lines to Sydenham and then on to Freeman Rd. through pastures and Friday night karaoke April 5 hosted by Donwoods teaming with renewed life. Departure na’s Karaoke from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the time is 8:30 a.m. from Canadian Tire Parking lounge of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch Lot at the Kingston Centre along Bath Rd. 560, 734 Montreal St. Small cover for nonDetails: (613)549-6807. Landon Bay Trails members. Open Mic with Chuck Saturday, hike Wednesday, April 10. Boasting arguably Arpil 6 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lounge. the most breath-taking lookout in the 1000 Is- All welcome. No cover. lands, refresh your memories of these delightful, moderately challenging woodland trails for Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic this 10 km. trek. Departure time is 9 a.m. from every Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. Canadian Tire Parking Lot at the Kingston Thursday clinics, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: 850 Gardiners Rd., Unit B. Centre. Details: (613)382-4778.
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John and Oliver from the Congo, Africa will be singing and speaking at the Kingston West Free Methodist Church, 1576 Woodbine Rd., Sunday, April 7 at 10 a.m.
six week courses mornings. Modiﬁed Yoga-Fit with all standing poses and activities. Join us at 50+ Fitness. For location and additional info. please call Dee at 613-389-6540. Women’s Shelter’s fundraising, offering: Golf clinics Saturday and Wednesday mornings, designed to improve distance/accuracy of the ball, as well as addressing injuries speciﬁc to golf. For location and additional info please call Dee at 613-389-6540.
Spring Showcase. Join the students of St Lawrence College for a musical and multi-media performance on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Hall (near the library) on the SLC campus. You will enjoy a wide variety of musical genres, treats and doorprizes. This is a VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active fundraiser for the Sandy Pines Wildlife Rehab Roles Together) exercise classes. Come and join our fun and friendly low impact ﬁtness classes Centre. designed for Seniors. Classes include cardio, Singles Only Club of Kingston events. On Sat- strength training and stretching with no mat work. urday, April 6, we are meeting at the Portsmouth Five convenient locations in Kingston. First trial Tavern to dance to the Steve Cheeseman band. class is free! For location and information call Meet Bill at 8 p.m. at 96 Yonge St. Enjoy ﬁsh Joanne 613-634-0130 ext. 414 or email joanne. and chips at RAXX on Tuesday April 9, at 5:30 email@example.com. p.m. RAXX is located at 665 Development Dr. The Grizzly Grill is offering a Thursday Ladies Drum Circle hosted by Julian Gregory. Drop into Night of two appetizers and two cocktails at a the drum circle at Ben’s Pub (105 Clergy Street) great price April 11. Join Monika for a fun eve- on Sundays, 8-10 p.m. No experience necessary. This circle is open to all. Bring hand drums, shakning out. Gentlemen are welcome too. ers, ﬂutes, and other instruments. If you don’t Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Amher- have any, we have extra. Come play or sit back stview, 97 Park Cres., is hosting a Children’s and watch. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Email juThrift Sale Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to1 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org for updates. We will Previously loved items at affordable prices! move to Douglas Fluhrer park on Sunday afterItems for sale (but not limited to) baby gear (high noons when it gets warmer. chairs, bouncy chairs, exersaucers,playpens), clothes (spring, summer for babies, toddlers, The ‘Silver Wings’ welcomes ex-service memkids, footwear), outdoor toys, books, games, bers from all branches. Join us at the Wing 416, toys. Admission at the door. Children are free. Kingston, for a fun lunch and social every third This is a fundraising project for the OLMC Par- Sunday at 1 p.m. For more details and info please contact Molly at 613-389-6120. ent Council.
of Days and Front Road. Shufﬂeboard and Bridge of each month September to May at the Royal Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. to 3:30 Canadian Legion Branch 560 at 734 Monreal St. All Korea Veterans and their wives are welcome. p.m. New members welcome. Watch for more information regarding their gaAre you sick? Depressed? You are welcome to rage Sale at the end of April held in Amherstview. Kingston Healing Clinic where trained person- For more info. please contact Sandra or Tony at nel will pray for you. Every Monday between 6-9 613-546-1970 or e-mail sandradee558 @sympap.m., 999 Sydenham Rd., Kingston. Third Day tico.ca. Worship Centre. We believe in miracles. The Bath Artisans are highlighting four new artists and their work daily at Town Coffee Plus, 4501 Bath Rd., Amherstview. A meet and greet for the new artists will be held on Saturday, April. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Giant Book & Music Sale. Volunteers are needed to help sort donated books, CDs, and puzzles for the Seniors Association’s Giant Book & Music Sale. Volunteers also needed for the sale which takes place at The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St on April 12 & 13. Call Jean Lawson at 613.548.7810. Are you recovering from a separation or divorce? Register now for the next Rebuilding Group at K3C Community Counselling Centre. This program is based on the best-selling book ‘Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends’. Meet new friends in a conﬁdential, non-dating atmosphere, rebuild your conﬁdence, and gain tools for successful relationships. Starts Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 11 weeks. Call 613-5497850 to register. Visit www.rebuilding.org for more information.
The Kingston Unit 12 of The Korea Veterans AsSeniors Walk to the Beat Plus Stretch and Strength Seniors Community Club #523 Centre 70, corner sociation of Canada meets every second Monday
take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, January through April, Bedford’s Bi-Weekly Open Mike and Jam Session, 1-5 p.m. April 7 at Bedford Community Hall, 1381 Westport Rd. Featuring Bluegrass,Country, Gospel and more. Info, at 613-374-2614. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Oso Comunity Hall, 1107 Garrett St. April 6 workshop, 10-11 a.m.: Raising Poultry. Presenter: Janet Ducharme, Johnston Lake Organic’s Farm & Market (OMAFRA). Thinking about raising your own poultry? Come and meet Janet. She is dedicated to raising organic chickens. Find out where you can purchase them. Learn the proper way to raise and care for them. If participants are interested, the presentation will continue into when to cull the birds and at what age to do so.
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 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 Open Mic Night every Friday at the Storrington contact Mary Gaynor-Briese, Caregiver Support at Centre Fire Hall in Sunbury, 7-10 p.m. Old and new country, gospel, bluegrass and more. No cover 613-376-6477. charge. Sunbury TOPS Chapter meet every Monday evening, weigh-in 5:30 p.m. meeting begins at 6 p.m. St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith will be Everyone welcome. Come and join a supportive starting a weekly “Tea & Toast, Coffee and Conweight loss group to take off pounds sensibly. For versation Drop-In” every Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. starting April 4. This will be an informal info email@example.com. opportunity to come and chat with your neighbours SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles To- and make new friends. All are welcome. gether) exercise class every Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stagecoach Rd. in Sydenham High School Talent Show featuring muSydenham. Fun, Low Impact ﬁtness class, no mat sical acts from SHS students, Friday, April 5. Doors work. Call Joanne at 613-634-0130 ext. 414 or open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Location: Sydenham High School gymnasium. A donation email firstname.lastname@example.org. jar will be available for any donations. All proceeds Sharbot Lake Farmers Market winter market will go to Sunshine Foundation Dreams For Kids.
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In Our Opinion
Better late than never: saying good-bye to Stompinâ€™ Tom Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC Editorial - Sometimes things just take a little longer to sink in. Itâ€™s been about a month since Stompinâ€™ Tom Connors passed on (March 6, 2013). He was 77 and died of renal failure at his home in Ballinafad, Ont. Ballinafad is a hamlet in the Town of Erin, down Guelph way in Wellington County. He was originally from the Maritimes. Like a lot of Canadians, Iâ€™m kinda missinâ€™ Stompinâ€™ Tom. He was one of a kind. Smoked like a chimney, drank like a fish and never took off that black cowboy hat. And he never worried much about metre or beat or rhythm or rhyme. But he just managed to make you believe that â€˜Incoâ€™ somehow rhymes with â€˜pickle.â€™ He probably had more in common with Milton Acorn and Stan Rogers than Gordon Lightfoot or Leonard Cohen, but he
was as much a Canadian icon as anyone. He wrote about Canada, with many of his tunes becoming unofficial anthems for the provinces they depicted â€” Bud the Spud, Roll on Saskatchewan, Moon Man Newfie. And he wrote the countryâ€™s unofficial anthem â€” The Hockey Song. Big Joe Mufferaw, Tillsonburg, Gumboot Cloggeroo, and Sudbury Saturday Night â€” can anybody help from singing along when these tunes are played â€” â€œThe girls are out to bingo and the boys are getting stinko . . .â€? The thing about Stompinâ€™ Tom though is that he approached existence on his own terms. He never tried to be anything except that what he was â€” a barbander who played his own tunes that made people stamp their feet and clap their hands. High school English teachers will likely never have their students study Stompinâ€™ Tom songs for their artistic and/or literary merit. But if youâ€™re feeling down on a Saturday night, The Bug Song and a jug of beer will do a lot more for you than Paradise Lost and a glass of absinthe. Many of his tunes were written on a big old Gibson Southern Jumbo that
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it turns out was made at the Kalamazoo plant in 1904. About mid-career, the Gibson succumbed to the hard life that being Stompinâ€™ Tomâ€™s guitar entailed. In his later career, he was seen playing a Martin, likely a D-28. And hereâ€™s something that may buoy the spirits of area musicians struggling to produce CDs for sale at their gigs â€” it turns out Stompinâ€™ Tom financed his early recordings himself including Bud the Spud, Big Joe Mufferaw, Sudbury Saturday Night, Little Wawa, Fire in the Mine and Black Donnellyâ€™s Massacre. At his memorial March 13 at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, prominent attendees included Tommy Hunter, Ken Dryden, and Adrienne Clarkson and testimonials from Romeo Dallaire, Rita MacNeil and Liona Boyd. Sylvia Tyson and J. P. Cormier performed. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada, had three honourary doctorate degrees (U of T, UPEI and St. Thomas University). But he declined induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and returned the six Juno awards heâ€™d received.
My dream wedding Hollie Pratt-Campbell Reporter
EMC Editorial - I have a secret Pinterest board that Iâ€™m not proud of, but of course Iâ€™m going to tell you all about it anyway because Iâ€™m in the habit of over-sharing everything. Itâ€™s called Wedding and itâ€™s full of ideas Iâ€™m considering using on my big day. Never mind that my big day already took place sixand-a-half years ago â€“2006 was such a boring year to get married. Weddings today seem so much more unique and personalized to the couple, and I want a piece of that action. My feelings were confirmed last week when I spoke with bride-to-be Richelle Little for an article about the upcoming Kingston Wedding Show. Richelle and her fiancĂŠ, Matt, are having a vintage peacock-themed wedding with dark purple, teal and bronze as their colours. She describes her dress as â€œvery modern and uniqueâ€?, and Matt will be wearing aÂ charcoalÂ grey suit. All this sounds so lovely, and it makes me a little jealous that I didnâ€™t think of anything even remotely so creative for my own wedding. My best friend, Aurora, was my lone bridesmaid. I let her pick out her own
dress and it was red. Red thus became the â€œcolourâ€? for our wedding, and we ordered bouquets, corsages and centre pieces to match. It never occurred to me that my wedding could have a theme beyond some sort of basic colour coordination, but now that it does, I think I would like to have a Hollywood-themed wedding where each group of guests is photographed on a red carpet upon entering the reception hall. It would be fun to provide them with costume pieces like silly hats and fake mustaches in case they want to make their photo funny. Maybe we could let them write a personalized message on a handheld chalkboard that they could include in the picture. We could even put together a small photo book of all the guests after the wedding, and mail copies to them along with the thank-you cards. Each table would be named in honour one of Steveâ€™s and my favourite movies. A film reel would peek out from each centrepiece indicating the title. Maybe, if itâ€™s possible to do it tastefully, we can even have little props that go with the theme â€“ mini bottles of Suntory whiskey for Lost in Translation, model Empire State Buildings for Sleepless in Seattle, Polaroid cameras for Almost Famous, etc. While on maternity leave, I watched a lot of the TLC show Four Weddings, and learned that a wedding just isnâ€™t a
wedding anymore without at least one signature cocktail. Iâ€™d obviously consult with a mixologist to make sure ours were done right, but I know Iâ€™d want one thatâ€™s basically a G&T with a twist. Perhaps it could have mint in it, or even orange instead of lime. The other would involve champagne, preferably mixed with bourbon and something else that makes the two flavours blend well together. There are so many little touches I would add if I could, but in the end I think most of the really important aspects would remain the same. My dress, for instance, was absolutely perfect for me. It had a pale pink bodice and a long, flowing, ivory-coloured gown covered with five layers of gorgeous raw silk. It was a one-of-a-kind dress made by an Ottawa-based designer and is hands down the greatest thing Iâ€™ve ever worn. I also think having a small wedding party one on each side - was beautifully simple, and avoided the drama, awkwardness and hurt feelings Iâ€™ve seen happen with many of todayâ€™s huge parties. I definitely think I got the man right, too, even if he drives me crazy at times. Everyone clearly thought we were insane getting married at the unheard of ages of 22 and 23 - but they all will be eating their words at the uber-personalized 10-year vow renewal party we could always throw in a few years. Better start saving â€“ and pinning - now.
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