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EMC Events – As part of the Earth Day assembly last week at Elginburg Public School, staff and students took time out to honour three of their own who excelled at the annual Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Poster Contest last fall. After taking first place in the zone competition, Grade 3 student Ken Babcock went on to place third in all of Ontario. Grade 4 student Autumn Lawrence and Grade 3 student Emily Coulas each took second in the zone competition. Sydenham Legion Branch 496 Youth Education Chair Wendy Davis said there were 130 posters submitted from Sydenham area public and high schools. Photo/Craig Bakay
QR codes, free wifi at beach coming to Sharbot Lake By Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC News – Central Frontenac Township is looking to become more high tech and it looks like Sharbot Lake will be the first recipient of life in the 21st century. As part of a report from the Economic Development Committee, Mayor Janet Gutowski told council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake that the committee was recommending the use of QR codes around the township to highlight points of interest. A QR code is the trademark for Quick Response Code, which was
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first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. It consists of a two-dimensional matrix that can be read by scanners similar to the barcodes on products at retail outlets only with faster readability and significantly greater storage capacity than standard UPC barcodes. Using a camera, or smartphone and easily obtainable apps, a user can scan the code and instantly access whatever information the placers of the QRC want to present. Gutowski said the technology is a natural for tourist information and suggested a good starting point would be the Sharbot Lake Historical Walking Tour. Tickets
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“Signs are expensive,” Gutowski said. “These QRC aren’t and can be used by all sorts of devices such as smart phones and tablets. “We’ve been looking for inexpensive ways to highlight our points of interest and thought we’d start with the Sharbot Lake walking tour.” Gutowski said the codes also have other advantages besides being relatively inexpensive to produce and the volume of information they can provide. “They are very environmentally responsible,” she said. “They don’t produce pamphlets that often end up as litter on the side of
the road. “And they appeal to a different demographic that we’re trying to attract.” Council reaction ran the gamut from mildly interested to enthusiastic support. “I support the mayor’s proposal,” said Coun. Norm Guntensperger, who is also a public school teacher. “The younger people who are travelling have these devices and certainly know how to use them.” Coun. Tom Dewey, council’s representative on the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance, said the plan meshes well with some of the
trails initiatives. “The EOTA is now selling ads along its trails and can put QR codes on them as well,” he said. Further on in her report, Gutowski said that, in the high tech theme, North Frontenac Telephone is prepared to continue a pilot project which began last summer to provide wifi coverage at the beach in Sharbot Lake. “There will be free wifi at the beach this summer which potentially could be available through the winter, if not continuously, at least at events like the snow drags and Central Frontenac Heritage Festival,” Gutowski said.
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Kingston Horticultural Society is meeting on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Stephen Sottile discussing Water Smart Gardening. There is also a Spring Bulb Show and Show Corner Competition. The location is the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston. Admission for non-members. New members are welcome. For more information refer to www.ikweb.com/khs/ or contact Brenda at 613-389-8895. The Kingston Theatre Organ Society presents Mark Herman (2012 AT Organist of the Year) at Kingston Korean Church, 89 Kirkpatrick St., Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. Info: call Nancy, 613-386-7295. Boot ‘n Bonnet British Car Club Autojumble (showing our vintage cars to our friends and the public) will be in the Sail Room at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Production of Austin-Healey cars started in May/June 1953 – our members’ Austin-Healeys will be on display. For info: www.bootnbonnet.ca, or 613 545-1952. The Kingston Townsmen Chorus welcome males, of all ages, who like to sing to come out and join them for an evening of singing and fun every Monday until June 3, beginning at 7:15 p.m., at the Christ Church Parish Centre, 990 Sydenham Rd. Please contact Ken: 613-5495703, Strawn: 613-548-7646, or email kingston. firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit www.kingstontownsmen.com. Rideau Trail Kingston Club End-2-End 5: Frontenac Park to Maple Leaf Road, Saturday, May 4. Hike to Maple Leaf Road through famous Frontenac Park with its spectacular vistas and ponds. This challenging, fun-ﬁlled 15km jaunt at a moderate pace is a deﬁnite feel-good, ﬁtness booster not to be missed. Departure time is 8:30 a.m. Details: (613)373-2847. Rock Dunder hike Sunday, May 5. Family Outing: the magniﬁcent views up the mountainside and winding waterways below make this moderately challenging 8km hike a favourite every time. This hike is open to the family. So bring camera, lunch, water and bug repellant and have a great time exploring the old stomping grounds of the Boy Scouts including the main lodge and cabins. Post-hike refreshment stop to seal the deal. Departure time is 9 a.m. Details: (613)548-3003. Big Salmon Lake Loop hike Wednesday, May 8. This brisk, challenging 19 km hike offers the opportunity to circumnavigate famous Big Salmon Lake and enjoy the view from all angles. Departure time is 9 a.m. Details: (613)531-9873. All hikes depart form the Canadian Tire parking lot at the Kingston Centre. Car-pooling available. Music West will present their ﬁnal concert in the 2012 - 2013 series, at St. Andrews by the Lake United Church in Reddendale on Friday, May 3 at 7.30 p.m. This will feature Bassoons and Flutes - a shared concert with local groups Thursday’s Child Bassoon Ensemble and Flautissimo Flute Quartet. Together they will perform a wide variety of pieces and styles, from a repertoire that includes Celtic, Classical,
Popular and Contemporary works. Tickets are the pain of separation or divorce. Meets on available from the Church Ofﬁce, 1 Redden St., Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at West613-389-8082 and at the door. side Fellowship Church (1021 Woodbine Rd.), starting Feb. 13. For more information contact On Saturday, May 4, the Voices of Joy Gospel Julia at 613-384-7306 or email@example.com or Choir, directed by Juliet Milsome, with piano go to www.divorcecare.org. accompanist, David Fewtrell, and Crossroads United Church Choir, directed by Kevin Guth- Bereaved Families of Ontario – Kingston Rerie, will present a beneﬁt concert of gospel gion Spousal/Partner Night: A support evening songs and spirituals. Donations will be given for those who have suffered the loss of their to Dawn House Women’s Shelter in Kingston. spouse or partner to death, Thursday, May The concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is at Cross- 9 from 6:30-8 p.m., upstairs in the Trillium roads United Church on Sir John A. Macdonald Room at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home Boulevard, across from the Kingston Shopping – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Dr. Please park Centre. Refreshments will be served. The Voic- in the left-side lot and use the right-side main es of Joy gospel choir welcomes new members, entrance. For more information, please phone especially tenors and basses. Please contact the 613-634-1230. Director, Juliet Milsome (613-544-9893), if you enjoy singing and are available Wednesday eve- Friday night karaoke May 3 hosted by R&R nings. Karaoke from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lounge of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560, 734 GriefShare. You don’t have to go through the Montreal St. Chuck and Western Sky perform grieving process alone. GriefShare is a support Saturday, May 4 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the group for anyone who has lost a loved one. The lounge. All welcome. Small cover charge for group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 non-members. p.m. at Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, and Thursday afternoons from Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic 1-2:30 p.m. at Bayridge Alliance Church in the every Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. ThursFireside Room. For more information or to reg- day clinics, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: 850 Garister call 613-384-7306 or email the jmkooy@ diners Rd., Unit B. gmail.com. Boomers Fitness Classes. Seniors Walk to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Manitou Crescent, Beat Plus Stretch and Strength six week courses Amherstview, presents a gigantic Garage and held mornings in Kingston’s west end. Boomer Bake Sale, Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to Modiﬁed Yoga-Fit with all standing poses and 1:30 p.m. Contact 613-634-5536 for more info. activities, and introduction to Line Dancing and Zumba. Women’s Shelter’s fundraising offering Tickets on sale now for the Kingston and Dis- golf clinics based upon Desk-Fit for Golfers trict Sports Hall of Fame 18th Annual Induction book. Held Wednesday and Saturday mornDinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. ings for golfers for 50 and over who would First come, ﬁrst served. Individuals, organiza- like to improve distance/accuracy of the ball, as tions, or groups who want to purchase tickets or well as addressing injuries speciﬁc to golf. For reserve tables may leave a message with: Mar- location and additional info. please call Dee at tin Secker, (613) 507-1218, or Walter Dacosta, 613-389-6540. (613) 536-3499. Dinner takes place Friday, May 3 at the Ambassador Conference Resort. Cock- VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active tails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Roles Together) exercise classes. Come and join our fun and friendly low impact ﬁtness The Adult Rendezvous Club (ARC), based at classes designed for Seniors. Classes include St. Paul the Apostle R.C. Church Hall, 1111 cardio, strength training and stretching with no Taylor Kidd Blvd., in Kingston, meet for Con- mat work. Five convenient locations in Kingstract Bridge, Progressive Euchre and board ton. First trial class is free! For location and ingames Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m. from September formation call Joanne 613-634-0130 ext. 414 or to June. Yearly membership. For more info call email firstname.lastname@example.org. 613-548-7936 or 613-389-0968. Drum Circle. Hosted by Julian Gregory. Drop Golf tournament volunteers or committee into the drum circle at Ben’s Pub (105 Clergy members needed to assist with planning, orga- Street) on Sundays, 8-10 p.m. No experience nizing, and running the Seniors Association’s necessary. This circle is open to all. Bring hand annual tournament scheduled for Friday, Sept. drums, shakers, ﬂutes, and other instruments. 13. Contact Jean Lawson at 613.548.7810 ext. If you don’t have any, we have extra. Come 230. play or sit back and watch. Free. Wheelchair accessible. We will be moving to Douglas Shout Sister Choir welcomes new members. Fluhrer park on Sundays, 2-4 p.m., when it gets Practices are Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 warmer. Email email@example.com p.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis for updates. St. www.shoutsisterchoir.ca. The ‘Silver Wings’ welcomes ex-service memDivorceCare Support Group: You don’t have to bers from all branches. Join us at the Wing 416, go through it alone. DivorceCare is a 13 week Kingston, for a fun lunch and social every third support group for anyone who is going through Sunday at 1 p.m. For more details and info
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A ﬁction only sale of hardcovers, paperbacks & pocketbooks, Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Kingston Symphony Warehouse, 785 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd (turnoff is just north of Princess Street). Follow the signs. Donations of ﬁction accepted Saturday, May 4 to Thursday, May 9 (except Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last chance: Thursday, May 9, evening, 5-7 p.m. Collection dates & times for the 55+ Softball 2013 Season starts soon. Kingston Annual Book Fair will be announced shortly. Senior Softball will be starting up in mid-May. Presented by the Volunteer Committee of the New players are welcome – male or female. All Kingston Symphony Association. games at Cloverdale Diamond,Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. Contact: softball55@sym- Spring Clean-up – Old Rail Line. Sunday, May patico.ca, or 613-389-6088. http://55softball. 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Rideau Street just webstarts.com/index.html. North of River Street, old Tannery entrance. Please bring rakes and gloves. Free coffee, 39 Club of Kingston Dance Friday, May 3. juice and mufﬁns. Contact: Mary, Friends of Music by Shylo. 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Collins Inner Harbour, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bay Royal Canadian Legion 631, 4034 Bath 613-544-1246. Rd. Singles and couples welcome. Dress code in effect. Kingston Derby Girls’ Season Opener - May the Fourth Be With You! Saturday, May 4 St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 4333 Bath Rd., marks the start of the fourth season of roller Kingston, is holding its annual Garage Sale in derby in Kingston. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the Church basement from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the whistle blows at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Saturday, May 4. No early birds please. Centre (303 York Street). This action-packed double header starts off with KDG’s DisloyOrchestra Kingston, with conductor John alists taking on Toronto’s GTARollergirls’ GPalmer, presents a Sunday concert, Sunday Stars, while the second game will see last year’s May, 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army house champions, the Rogue Warriors, take on Citadel (at the corner of Centennial and Taylor their hometown rivals the Skateful Dead. Win Kidd Blvd.) The program includes works by: prizes at halftime. Enjoy the music of amazing Palmer “Northern Light Overture”; Haydn - surf/punk/power pop band Teenage FrankenConcerto for Trumpet in Eb with guest soloist stein. Hang out in the bleachers or the trackside Lawrence House; 0Grieg “Peer Gynt Suite No. beer garden, or bring your own chair for track2 Opus 55”; Strauss, Jr. “Waltz. Wein Weib side seating up close to the action in the “suiund Gesang Opus 333”; and Verdi “Aida, the cide seats.” This bout is licensed and there will Triumphal March”. Tickets are available at the be food and beer, all courtesy of The Mansion. door or at the Grand Theatre, Novel Idea, The Follow us to that same bar for the afterparty — Church Book Room, and orchestra members. don’t miss your chance to party with the derby More information is available on the OK web- girls. Tickets are available in advance and at the page: www.orchestrakingston.ca. door (kids 10 and under are, as always, free). Buy your tickets online or at The Mansion, Free Osteoporosis screening clinic with ul- the UPS Store downtown or in the west end, trasound technology Monday, May 6. Call or at Novel Idea, at Blossoms Kingston, or at Get come in to make a 20 minute appointment with Funky Boutique. For more information, come our registered nurse. At Graham’s Pharmacy visit us at www.kingstonderbygirls.ca. located downtown on Market Square on the corner of Brock and King (328 King Street East The May meeting of the Gananoque Horticul(613) 542-4111). tural Society will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Carveth Care, Herbert St. enCNIB Technology & Information Fair Thurs- trance, Gananoque. The featured topic is The day, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Royal Maitland Garden of Hope, a local garden that Canadian Legion, Branch 560, 734 Montreal is a sanctuary for butterﬂies, bees and people. St. (Accessible ramp/free parking). Info booths Come hear the story of its creation. We are from local agencies serving the senior popula- Green. Please bring a mug. Visitors welcome. tion. Interactive displays of the latest assistive www.gardenontario.org/site.php/gananoque.
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Every Wednesday from May 8 to June 12, 9:30 to 10:30am Meet at the main parking area of Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Follow Coverdale Drive past the Rotary Park entrance to Lemoine Point. There is no charge for this group. Pre-register by calling James Reid Funeral Home at 613-544-3411
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Kingston CFB Kingston Pottery Club Show & Sale, Saturday and Sunday, May 4 & 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Functional and fanciful handcrafted gift ideas - just in time for Motherâ€™s Day. Visit us at the Communications and Electronics Museum, CFB Kingston, 95 Craftsman Blvd., (at Hwy 2). Free admission to the show and museum. Look for the signs. For more info visit: www.potteryclub.jigsy.com or phone: 613-539-6147.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Kingston Community Health Centre, 400 Elliot Ave. in Kingston. To register, or for more information, please call 613-546-2546, ext. 1601. Please register early, as space is limited.
Sue Foley and Peter Karp with their band (Concert Style Show), Sunday, May 5, 8-10 p.m. at Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie St., Kingston. Tickets can be reserved by calling 613-384â€“8168, and are also available at Brians Record Option. Sue Foley is a Juno Award winner and 17 time Maple Blues Award winner who has played and shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Tom Petty and many others. Presented by The Kingston Blues Society, http://kingstonbluessociety. ca/. http://www.karpfoley.com/.
Simply Paradise Dance every Sunday, 6-10 p.m. at the 560 Legion, 734 Montreal St., Kingston. Admission includes munchies, prizes and a deOn May 4, Mother Teresa Catholic School will licious meal. Dance the night away to a magbe holding a huge garage sale at the school, 1044 niďŹ cent selection of music by Superior Sound. Singles or Couples ages 40-90 all welcome. The Lancaster Dr. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. dance celebrated its 25th anniversary in April KSOAâ€™s Window Art Gallery is honoured to Celtic Kitchen Party Friday, May 3 from 8:30 2010. Contact: Shirley Skinner, 613-634-1607 present the world famous touring Art of Zhen Shan Ren Exhibition May 1-26. The Opening p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Standeasy, Kingstonâ€™s Top Floor at the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. Tâ€™ai Chi Chih, twenty gentle movements that Reception is Thursday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. The Blues Bands of Ontario Saturday, May 4 from promote health of body, mind and spirit. Begin- group of accomplished ďŹ ne artists portray the 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. featuring The Lindsay nersâ€™ Level One, seven lessons at 1200 Princess universal values of Falun Dafa - Truth, CompasBarr Band. The Sonny Slide Maddams perform St., Kingston: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting May sion, Tolerance (Zhen Shan Ren) in their realistic 7. Everyone is a beginner, so there is careful, pa- oil and Chinese watercolour paintings. Thursday, May 9 from 8:30-11 p.m. tient instruction. Phone Sr. Kay, 613-544-4525 Singles Only Club of Kingston. Meet Jane at X 175 , or e-mail to sr.kay.morrell@providence. Garage and Bake sale on Saturday, May 4 at Fairmount Home for the Aged, at 2069 Batter1p.m. on Saturday, May 4 in the hall of Syden- ca. sea Rd., Glenburnie. Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ham United Church to see paintings by various artists. The church is located at 82 Sydenham St. A study on stroke recovery. We are seeking indi- Donations received up until morning of sale. Join us for a day trip to Watertown Thursday, viduals who have had a stroke to participate in a Contact person: Bruce Kivell, 613-531-8020. May 9. Meet at CFB Tim Hortonâ€™s at 29 Niagara research study examining the physical demands Park Drive at 10 a.m. Passports are required. For associated with going up and down stairs. The The Kingston Townsmen Chorus and the Marmore information call our club line at 613-530- study is important to determine the physical tellos Quartet will perform at the MayďŹ‚ower Tea 4912 or e-mail us at email@example.com. requirements for safe mobility. If you have had at Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau St., on Mona stroke, have weakness on one side of your day, May 8, beginning at 6:45 p.m. For further Cataraqui Canoe Club â€“ Sunday, May 5 â€“ Dog body, and would like to learn more about the information, contact 613-530-2818 or 613-549Lake Paddle. Join us as we explore the shores of research we would like to hear from you. (Note 5703. beautiful Dog Lake and on into Cranberry Lake. that an honorarium to cover travel and parking Both are part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere is available to participants if needed. This study Marthaâ€™s Table Open House May 4, 11 a.m. to which is an ancient granite ridge linking the Ad- is supported by the Heart and Stroke Founda- 2 p.m. Refreshments, door prizes, and kidsâ€™ acirondack Mountains to the Canadian Shield. Call tion of Ontario). Please contact Heather Ridg- tivities. Come see what we do and how we do it. for details, 613-353-6687, www.cataraquicanoe. way (M.Sc. candidate, School of Rehabilitation 629 Princess St. on.ca. Open House Tuesday, Wednesday, and Therapy) by phone (613-767-7505) or email Thursday, May 7-9 from 5-8 p.m. at our Boat- (firstname.lastname@example.org). Are you troubled by someoneâ€™s drinking? Call house, 1 Cataraqui Street., next to the Woollen Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups, 613-384Mill. Come and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, Celtic Singalong Saturday, May 4. The night 2134. check out the spring/summer paddling schedule, will start with the Roddy McCorleys as usual various clinics and renew memberships. New â€“ followed by celtic jam/session that everyone is invited to join in playing or singing popular this year: an outdoor gear swap. All welcome. tunes and songs â€“ the feature is Celtic Rum- Southern Frontenac Community Services The Arthritis Society is offering a free work- blings - 7:30-10 p.m. â€“ Benâ€™s Pub, 105 Clergy Corporation offers a Caregiver Support Dropshop for individuals with osteoarthritis of the St. â€“-everyone welcome to come along and join in the second Tuesday of every month from 9 hips and knees. Called Stay Active â€“ Manage in by playing an instrument, singing along or just a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Grace Centre in SydenOsteoarthritis Pain, and led by a physiotherapist, sitting back and enjoying celtic craic â€“ There is ham. This is an opportunity for those who are the three-hour workshop will cover osteoar- no cover but donations towards the promotion Caregivers to enjoy a cup of coffee/tea with thritis, relieving pain and stiffness, activity and of celtic cultural activities are appreciated â€“ For other Caregivers in a safe and supportive enweight management and community resources. more info call Tony Oâ€™Loughlin, 613-389-0754. vironment. It is possible, with prior arrange-
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local bands. 11:00: Piccadilly Pickers (country), 11:30: Brittany Smith (pop/soft rock), 12: Bellfonix (pop/rock), 1:00: Ianspotting (rock & reggae). Special appearances by 11 -year-old singer Ava Ludlow.
Inverary United Church (4681 Latimer Rd.) Gospel Music Night with Faithful Friends, Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Freewill offering for UCW. Refreshments will be served.
Taoist Tai Chiâ„˘ Open House Sharbot Lake Monday, May 6, 10 a.m.-noon at Oso Community Hall. See demonstrations and ďŹ nd out about introductory courses that will begin in May. This aerobic, meditative stretching exercise promotes health and well-being for those of all age and ďŹ tness levels, while relaxing and strengthening body and mind. For more info.: www.taoist.org/kingston, 613-544-4733.
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frontenac Farmerâ€™s Market, Verona, will open for the season. All local farmers and vendors. Shop for local products and enjoy breakfast, or a coffee at the Lions canteen. www.frontenacBedfordâ€™s Bi-weekly Open Mic and Jam, farmersmarket.ca. 1-5 p.m. May 5 at Bedford Community Hall, Sunbury TOPS Chapter meet every Monday 1381 Westport Rd. Featuring: Bluegrass, evening, weigh-in 5:30 p.m. meeting begins Country, Gospel and more. More info: 613at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome. Come and join 374-2614 or 613-374-2535. a supportive weight loss group to take off pounds sensibly. For info chrisintops@hot- Sharbot Lake and District Lions Music Jamboree, hosted by Fred Brown, April 28, at 1 mail.com. p.m. at Sharbot Lake High School. Contact SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Dave Hansen, 613-375-6318, orLinda at 613Together) exercise class every Thursday from 335-2053. Entertainers: Adam Knapp, Mitch 10-11 a.m. at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stage- Barker,Allen Love, â€œElvisâ€?, Paige Rombough coach Rd. in Sydenham. Fun, Low Impact and Old Habits. ďŹ tness class, no mat work. Call Joanne at 613634-0130 ext. 414 or email joanne.irvine@ The Saga Age Theatre will present Laugh at Yourself at the Newboro Community Hall von.ca. on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m., with proceeds to Open Mic Night every Friday at the Stor- the Dental Issues Group. This improv show is rington Centre Fire Hall in Sunbury, 7-10 sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Tickets p.m. Old and new country, gospel, bluegrass are available at the door, or from Judy, 613273-3546, or Nancy, 613-272-2067. Light and more. No cover charge. refreshments will be served. St. Paulâ€™s United Church, Harrowsmith, weekly â€œTea & Toast, Coffee and Conversa- The Frontenac Womenâ€™s Chorus presents tion Drop-Inâ€? every Thursday morning from â€œFrontenac Rocks!â€?. Women from Open 9-11 a.m. This is an informal opportunity Voices, director Andy Rush, and piper Walt to come and chat with your neighbours and Freeman will be joining us in a fun mix of songs about our landscape â€“ its changing face make new friends. All are welcome. and the riches it holds. Join us at 7 p.m., SunSt. Paulâ€™s United Church, Hwy 38, Harrow- day, May 5, at the South Frontenac Commusmith, will be hosting their 3rd annual FUN- nity Services Centre (formerly Grace United tastic Street Fair and Sale on Saturday, May 4 Church), 4295 Stagecoach Rd., Sydenham. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Giant yard, bake, book, Admission is by donation. toy and plant sale. Outdoor fun fair for the kids with over 15 games with prizes, clowns, May 3 regular youth dance at the Golden jumping castle and confections. Pony rides, Links Hall, Harrowsmith, from 7-10 p.m. for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. BBQ lunch. Live outdoor ages nine to 15. Call Wayne, 613-358-2533, entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring or Sharon, 613-372-1274.
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Loughborough students get green with a new outdoor classroom By Hollie Pratt-Campbell email@example.com
EMC News - Students at Loughborough Public School did their best to â€œget greenâ€? over the month of April, and they have a lot to show for it. The centrepiece of the kidsâ€™ environmental efforts, a new outdoor classroom, was made possible by teacher candidate Amanda Morgan, who received a $500 Johnny Biosphere grant to put toward environmental education. After spending a week teaching environmental lessons to all Loughborough students in Grades 5-8, Morgan had the children apply what they had learned by making cushions depicting â€œgreenâ€? tips and facts, and draw-
ing a mural emphasizing the connectedness found in nature on classroomâ€™s floor. Soon, they had transformed the schoolâ€™s outdoor pavilion into a comfy, inviting space. â€œIt was a huge community cooperation,â€? Morgan says. â€œThe kids really liked it. I found that some kids might have been disengaged when I was teaching the lesson, but when they got out to actually do the mural they didnâ€™t want to stop. It was very interactive and engaging and handson.â€? She remarks that it feels amazing to see the project through to completion. â€œIt took so long for it to be done with the weather not working out at all, so when it was finally done
it was a huge relief,â€? Morgan says. â€œBut it was also something that the kids had accomplished that I could facilitate. It was more about the kids and them as a school creating something that they can look back on.â€? Morgan notes that it is extremely important to engage children in environmental lessons. â€œI think this day in age, everyoneâ€™s so consumed with technology and they just think that the earth can fix itself,â€? she says. â€œPeople need to realize thatâ€™s not the case. The students need to have environmental messages and lessons going on. A lot of it you can integrate it into the science curriculum, but a lot the time I find itâ€™s forgotten and it needs to be re-integrated.â€? The outdoor classroom fits in nicely with
Loughboroughâ€™s organized efforts to help the environment. Principal Helen Peterson explains that during the month of April, the entire school focused on the many ways students can engage in green activities, such as conserving water, turning off lights and eating foods with no packaging. Students who took action were recognized on a big bulletin board in the schoolâ€™s front hall, and during morning announcements. â€œThe kids were very, very enthusiastic,â€? Peterson says. â€œTheyâ€™ve done a really, really nice job of all of the projects that are related to the outdoor classroom, and theyâ€™ve been very good too about working on the litterless lunches, turning off lights [etc.]â€? Some of the students even took things a step further, and gave their principal some advice on
how she can better help the environment. â€œA couple weeks ago, one of my Grade 1 classes wrote a letter to me suggesting that we turn off the lights,â€? Peterson says. â€œAnd so we turned off the lights in the hall as a direct result of the Grade 1 students writing the letter to express their concern about the use of energy.â€? She is confident that the outdoor classroom will play a role in allowing this spirit to continue at Loughborough. â€œWeâ€™re hoping that teachers will take their kids out there and teach their kids out there,â€? Peterson says. â€œTheyâ€™ve got picnic tables to work on and cushions to sit on and of course itâ€™s shady because itâ€™s a covered gazebo. It should be a really nice place for students to go out and do various kinds of work in the outdoors.â€?
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Fate of Parham Library still in doubt with no concrete solutions in view Reporter
EMC News – Where, or even if, there will be a library in Parham was a question without an answer following the regular meeting of Central Frontenac Council last week in Sharbot Lake. The Kingston-Frontenac Library Board operates four branches in Central Frontenac Township (Arden, Mountain Grove, Sharbot Lake and Parham) with the township providing and/or picking up the tab for the building. The Parham Branch has been operating in a portable at Hinchinbrooke Public School, but as of July 1 this year the school will cease operations leaving the library operation in limbo. Over the past few months, council has debated its options with no clear course. “If they close it down for two or three years, we’ll never see it again,” said Coun. Bill Snyder, of the two representatives for (Hinchinbrooke) District 4. “It’s closing down in June, there’s no money in the budget for it and we’re going around in circles.” “I don’t know where we left it but there hasn’t been much progress,” said Coun. John Purdon, who also sits on the Library Board. “I know the board would like three months notice.” Mayor Janet Gutowski suggested proposing to the Library Board that the six hours the Parham branch currently operates be allocated to the other three Central Frontenac branches until such
time as a suitable facility in Parham could be found. Snyder reiterated his concern that that would contribute to a permanent loss of a library facility for Parham. “I don’t necessarily share that same view,” Gutowski said. “It may be gone for awhile but if we end up buying the school building for a community centre, then I’m sure this council can lobby the Library Board for a spot in that building.” Gutowski said that Central Frontenac staff has tried to talk with Limestone District School Board staff to see if some interim solution could be found at the current location but so far has been unsuccessful. Coun. Norm Guntensperger suggested another building in Parham might be used on a temporary basis. “Contact Joe and Marg (one of the two convenience stores in Parham), they have a fair size building there,” said Guntensperger. “And there’s the EMC Events – We’re not really sure if this qualifies as an Earth Day activity but a South Frontenac road crew Canada Post building. “I think we need to have staff look was out cleaning up the dirt from the side of the road along Road 38 in Verona on April 22. Photo/Craig Bakay at what buildings are there.” “Let’s put an ad in the paper and see if anybody’s interested,” said Snyder. Purdon said the Library Board requires 800 square feet available six hours a week with washrooms and accessibility. “The board also has a facilities manager who will want to make sure the floor is strong enough to hold the books,” Purdon said. In the end, council opted for the newspaper ad to see if anyone was interested in hosting the library.
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Loughborough Challenge students combine talents and passions to try and change the world By Hollie Pratt-Campbell email@example.com
EMC News - Often, the best way to get a message across is to entertain people. This fact is not lost on students in the Grade 7-8 Challenge program at Loughborough Public School, many of whom have mastered the art of finding creative ways to raise awareness of issues they are passionate about. Aimee Shields and Yasmina Lawrence-Montag both used their strengths in the arts to address social justice issues during this yearâ€™s Challenge for Change exhibition. Aimee wrote and directed a play about the problem of homophobia in schools. In the play, a group of friends starts bullying classmates who are part of a gay/straight alliance club. The situation escalates until one student gets hurt, and as a result the bullies are influenced to change their ways. The play, called The Misfits, was performed three times for students at Loughborough. â€œI chose the issue of homophobia because one of my near and dear friends recently came out, and I was worried because I know generally homosexuals get bullied,â€? Aimee says. The choice to approach the topic by writing a play was an easy one. â€œI love acting,â€? she notes. â€œIâ€™ve been acting since I was three, so I thought this would be a good form to address this issue.â€? Yasmina chose to address the topics of child abuse, child labour and child exploitation by writing a book of poetry and stories. â€œWe know [these problems] exist,
but we donâ€™t address them as much as we would something like bullying,â€? Yasmina said. Many of the pieces in the book are inspired by people Yasmina is close to in real life. â€œI thought of [the topic] because I have five siblings - four brothers and one sister,â€? she explains. â€œI didnâ€™t like thinking about how my siblings could undergo something that [kids who are abused and exploited] would go through.â€? As one who is skilled at and passionate about writing, Yasmina knew the book was the best way to get her message across. â€œI love to write,â€? she remarked. â€œI thought if Iâ€™m able to engage myself in this information that way maybe others could [become engaged] as well.â€? Both girls agreed that art is an excellent way to address social justice issues â€“ or any issue, for that matter â€“ because people usually respond well to it. â€œItâ€™s different from just standing up in front of a class and giving a lecture, because at one point or another people are going to zone out and not listen to you,â€? Aimee said. â€œBut if you show them a dance or something theyâ€™ve never seen before, theyâ€™re going to ask questions and theyâ€™re going to say â€˜oh, I never thought of it that way before.â€™â€? Teacher Alan Macdonald noted that he is extremely proud of his students for combining their talents and passions to try and instigate change. â€œIâ€™m proud of all the students,â€? he said. â€œThereâ€™s so much diversity in their projects, and the way that they personalized the assignmentâ€Ś made
the projects less of an assignment and more of a quest, if you will, to change the world.â€? Macdonald explained that these projects allow the students to develop
confidence, creative thinking, leadership skills and innovation - all of which are vital components of a modern education because they will allow students to address problems of the
future we canâ€™t even imagine today. â€œWe need to teach them innovative thinking, and I think the arts are one of the strongest conduits for that kind of education,â€? Macdonald said.
Aimee Shields (Left) and Yasmina Lawrence-Montang used their passion for the arts to try and instigate change on social justice issues. Photo/ Hollie Pratt-Campbell
TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH FRONTENAC CHANGES TO CEMETERY OPERATIONS As of May 1st, 2013, all inquiries concerning Township owned cemeteries can be directed to (613) 376-3027 Ext 2255. See the website for further details.
WASTE DISPOSAL SITES OPERATIONAL PLAN MAY 1ST CHANGES Residents are advised that changes in hours of operation, tipping fees and accepted materials will come into effect May 1st, 2013. Please see the township website and view the â€œWaste Management Changesâ€? document on the home page. A paper copy can be picked up at the Municipal Offices for those who cannot print a copy off the web site.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK â€“ MAY 5TH - MAY11TH
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Letâ€™s hope Dad doesnâ€™t screw up the This is your hometown big day for Meg and Sid Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC Editorial - By the way, if you donâ€™t see me out and about at events May 4, I have a good reason. My darling daughter, Meggie, is getting married (to Sid) here in Sharbot Lake that day and it looks like Iâ€™ll have my hands full. Now, Iâ€™ve never really been involved in planning a wedding before. At my own wedding almost 30 years ago, I was more or less relegated to doing what I was told to do, which was basically to shut up and be there on time. So be it. Not much has changed for darling daughterâ€™s nuptials, but I have been given several assignments (booking the beach, the hall, dinner, the band, etc.), which really hasnâ€™t been that big a burden other than trying to figure out how to pay for it all. But I only have the one daughter and Iâ€™d kinda like to do it right. (I have a son too, but it doesnâ€™t look like heâ€™s in any
rush to revoke his eligible bachelorhood status anytime soon, but thatâ€™s another story.) It really does seem like only yesterday when Dr. Timchak handed this little blonde bundle to me at St. Paulâ€™s Hospital in Saskatoon. I remember vividly Meggie looking up at me, smiling and cuddling into my chest before drifting off to sleep. Now, nobody ever remembers being a baby but nobodyâ€™s going to convince me that her first thoughts werenâ€™t â€œoh, youâ€™re my daddy, cool.â€? Not that sheâ€™s ever called me â€œdaddy.â€? Not once, ever. No, itâ€™s always been â€œdadâ€? or as she got older, the ubiquitous â€œda-aad.â€? Strangely enough, I was adamant that she was going to be â€œMegâ€? after my mother and not â€œMeggie.â€? But for some reason, right then and there I said: â€œHi Meggieâ€? and sheâ€™s been Meggie ever since. Itâ€™s funny the relationship you go through with your daughter. When theyâ€™re little, youâ€™re their knight in shinning armour, incapable of failure and the apple of their eye. Meg and I were more often than not paired
together, and she especially loved being taken out to dinner by Dad, usually at Red Lobster. Man, could she eat a lot of shrimp in one sitting. Later on, dads seem to go from godlike status to being the dumbest critter on the planet, usually overnight. But you know what, daughters come back. Maybe dads donâ€™t regain that infallibility they once had with their girls, but there have been times in the past few years with my daughter I wouldnâ€™t trade for anything. And I even approve of Sid, my sonin-law to be. For one thing, heâ€™s a lot smarter than I figured sheâ€™d end up with. And they do seem to be in love, not that Iâ€™m any great expert on that. But back to the wedding. Now, I canâ€™t afford to feed the entire village but in keeping with weddings here the past couple of summers, Iâ€™d like everybody in town to know theyâ€™re welcome at the party/dance after dinner. Jim MacPherson, Gary Giller and the boys will be the house band and Iâ€™ve invited damn near every musician in the north country to come jam, so if you hear the music coming out of Oso Hall after 7 p.m. or so, come on in.
All about the craft Hollie Pratt-Campbell Reporter
EMC Editorial - They say you canâ€™t teach an old dog new tricks, but what about a tired, working mother of a one-year-old? Is there any hope for her? Because I obviously have so much time on my hands, I decided to test this theory out. It all began a few months ago, when I saw instructions on how to make a childâ€™s a-frame tent on the blog A Beautiful Mess, and became obsessed with the idea of making one for Summer for her birthday. I imagined it being like a fort for her â€“ a place she could go to read, hold tea parties for her stuffed animals, or even nap. In a previous column, I described my failure live up to my dream of being a â€œDIY momâ€?, and how this was just something I would need to accept. The truth is, I still carry a torch for DIY mom status, and if I canâ€™t achieve it by cooking, blending, freezing and re-heating batches of pears and sweet potatoes on a daily basis, maybe I can get my craft on every once in a while and satisfy the need that way. So off I went to Home Depot and Fabricland to acquire the necessary supplies:
seven pieces of wood and two enormous sheets of fabric. I realized as soon as I lay eyes on these materials that I would require assistance beyond simply borrowing my dadâ€™s drill and my grandmaâ€™s sewing machine. In reality, I didnâ€™t have a clue how to work either of these things, and would require instruction. I told my dad that it would probably take us a few hours to put the frame together, so he set aside an entire Saturday afternoon for the task. It ended up taking about 15 minutes. All we had to do was drill two holes each in four pieces of wood. We were then able to assemble the tent by simply running the three cylindrical pieces, which made up the top and two bottom sides, through the holes in the four rectangular pieces, which formed the front and back a-frames. I couldnâ€™t have been more thrilled. This whole do-it-yourself thing was a cinch. Then came the sewing. The pattern and instructions provided on the website were all Greek to me, but I thought: how hard can it possibly be when the frame part went so well? I enlisted the help of my grandma, and without her the fabric portion of the tent probably would have resembled a ratâ€™s nest of thread and lacy floral print. I didnâ€™t realize, for example, that you need to measure and pin the fabric extensively before you can sew it, and the process of setting up the thread in the sewing machine is still kind of lost on me. I also lacked the common sense
to bring the frame to my grandmaâ€™s house so we could make sure we got the size exactly right. Thankfully, grandma is still sharp as a tack at the age of 85, and was able to guide my clueless self through the process of producing a very pretty cover for the tent. Unfortunately, it ended up being a tad too big for the frame, making the tent look somewhat droopy. I think grandma might have anticipated this â€“ â€œitâ€™s a shame you didnâ€™t think to bring the frame,â€? she said a number of times during the sewing process. She also gave me her sewing machine â€“ to take home to make any necessary alterations to the tent, but also to keep. This gift is extremely special to me. Not only is it a treasured family heirloom (grandma has made many memorable things with it over the years), but it also gives me the opportunity and inspiration to become the DIY goddess of my dreams. Maybe in a few months someone will ask me where I got that cute skirt and I can smugly answer â€œmy sewing machineâ€?. And, Iâ€™m no expert on these things, but I think the fact that itâ€™s a â€œvintageâ€? sewing machine lends me even more hipster cred. Iâ€™m also considering making my dad very proud by asking for a drill for my birthday. With a sewing machine, a drill and a little practice, the possibilities seem endless.
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