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EMC Events – Friends and family, more than 450 of them, gathered at the Frontenac Arena on the weekend to raise more than $30,000 for Drew Cumpson, a former South Frontenac Township employee who was injured in a surfing accident during a humanitarian mission to Peru. The event featured more than 140 items donated for auction, a light night buffet and dancing with music provided by Bauder Road, Still Standing and Killing Time.
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EMC News — Hope Knox and Kevan Malden have wanted to build a garage on their Sleeth Lane property in Storrington District for some time now, but like many residents in Frontenac County, they’ve met roadblocks because of an unopened road allowance and some non-conforming situations created by former townships prior to amalgamation. The Knox/Malden situation came up again at the regular meeting of South Frontenac Council last week in Sydenham.
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However, council was concerned about disrupting traffic patterns, which primarily involve summer traffic by islanders in Loughborough Lake as well as township plows and garbage/recycling trucks. The planning department offered four potential solutions and recommended an option that would require an exchange of property whereby the township would agree to close a portion of Sleeth Lane, sufficient to include the preferred building site, in exchange for Knox/Malden transferring a portion of their property to the township for possible future road purposes. They would be required to
grant a right-of-way over the portion being transferred to them for continued use by the public and lot additions would also be necessary. “This would provide for potential road development in the future in an area which is more amenable to public traffic, would create a larger waterfront lot, would not require a covenant that the parcels could not be dealt with separately and would not require a zoning amendment to permit construction of an accessory building on a parcel which did not have a principle building,” Mills said. “I think a mistake was made by Storrington allowing the septic to be placed on
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Council concerned over potential cost overruns but OK’s Battersea roads project By Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC News — While South Frontenac Council approved a $617,405 tender for the reconstruction of Wellington and Cross Street in the hamlet of Battersea at its regular meeting last week in Sydenham, it wasn’t without some trepidation. The winning tender was $617,405 from Gordon Barr Ltd., which was the lowest of 10 bids, which ranged to $1,244,199. And while council was pleased to see so much interest from contractors, some were concerned over the range in prices. “It’s good when you see 10 bidders but with the range in prices, could this end up costing more?” asked Coun. Del Stowe. “The road follows the granite and to change this requires blasting,” said Segsworth. “Some contractors may be concerned with unit prices and we too are very concerned by what happens with the rock. “(But) we want to complete the job in Battersea within the amount specified and if we see that we might start running over budget, we will address this when and if we come to it.” Segsworth said $500,000 had been in the 2013 Capital Budget for this project. In order to finance the remainder, he said they could defer the Petworth Road culvert project (directly west of Watson Road.) “An amount of $250,000 was initially budgeted for the Petworth Road project but our bridge in-
spection firm felt this project could be deferred due to its condition,” Segsworth said. “Let’s finish this one up,” said Coun. Larry York. ••• Council approved purchase of a new tri-axle dump truck at its regular meeting last week, but again there were concerns. The truck approved is a 2014 Mack Granite GU7, coming in at $231,785, but an International could have been had for $227,105. “I’m very concerned with the tender process where we don’t accept the lowest price,” said Dep. Mayor Cam Naish. “I understand there are problems with the International.” “We’ve bought three Internationals since the disbandment of the Sterling line of tandems in 2009,” said Segsworth. “Of the three tandems purchased after this point, there have been issues with two of them, the most significant being the F47, which has had issues with power from Day 1. “Aside from the downtime of this unit breaking down every two to three weeks, the municipality has been left to pay for the deficiencies as the warranty period ended in the spring of 2012 (and) $14,498 has been paid to date to replace sensors, wiring and mechanics’ time to try to diagnose the issue. “While Tallman Truck Centre has credited the municipality an amount of $1,876 towards the cost, as it was an issue that arose during the warranty period, this amount falls short of what the municipality has had to pay to date.”
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Inspiring local student strives to help those living with IBD room might be as we go about our day, but this sort of concern is an ongoing reality for those who have inflammaEMC News - Most of us don’t think tory bowel disease (IBD). Queen’s nursing student Carly twice about where the nearest bath-
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New Medical Clinic Services announced for isolated Wolfe Islanders By Margaret Knott Correspondent
EMC News-Liz Crothers, president of the Wolfe Island Community Medical Clinic, thanked the clinic board, the community as a whole, Frontenac Islands council, and Frontenac for their support of the clinic’s ongoing operation and initiatives at the recent annual general meeting. Specifically, Crothers praised the board members for their tenacious efforts on behalf of the clinic to provide health related services for the community The clinic, owned by the community and operated by an elected board of directors, is supported mainly through fund raising, donations, bequests and certain applicable grants including some assistance from the township. Crothers reviewed a successful year of events that included a speakers series, health programs related to wellness, physical activity and socialization, the annual flu shot clinic and CPR, foot care and BP clinics. With regard to finances there were a number of successful fundraising events, an increase in donations and in services provided (snow, grass, etc). She noted specifically the property tax exemption now in place for the clinic as a big cost reduction. The Clinic is taking over the island’s
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5km-10Km annual road race as a revenue source. But Crothers also expressed at not being able to offer more in the way of medical services at the clinic built and named for such purposes, and the board’s ongoing efforts to do so. In terms of a clinic success, board member Hugh Cowan’s ongoing effort to have a Blood Clinic established on the island operating very second Friday morning, with specimens transported to Life Labs in Kingston by trained volunteers, is moving forward. “There is still much in the way of legal requirements before the service can start.” Liz said “It will be funded by the WI Clinic so we will be looking for more donations to pay for a registered phlebotomist . Once operational it will lessen trips off the island.” Another success was the announcement that Dr. Deanna Russell, (formerly Danishmend) will run a walk-in clinic every Tuesday for all islanders. “You don’t have to be her patient”. In the past Dr. Russell was concerned about servicing only rostered patients but believes the clinic was built for all. She plans to come every Tuesday (beginning June 4th) instead of every second Wednesday to see her patients (by appointment) first, and then at 4:45- 6pm opens it up to the community year round (except July
long weekend and Christmas). . “With regard to the rostering issue, it is still there , we have not resolved it,” board member Hugh Cowan said. “But the doctor is of the view that eventually the government will have to look at the roster policy in so far as it relates to more remote areas like Wolfe Island. We are going to try to hasten that along by meetings with Ministry of Health try and convince them that they have to change the policy, “ he said. “If Dr. Russell starts to see individuals coming to her regularly, she will suggest continuing to see her will cause problems with their own doctor and they will have to make a decision to sign up with her or not.” Cowan remarked that a specimen collection unit at the clinic (operating like any other) and Dr. Russell’s walk-in clinic are two major changes for the benefit of the island. “We must get the message out that this really is a, “use it or lose it”. If islanders do not use it, Dr. Russell will not coming, and without continued donations we will not be able to support a collection centre.
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and every 6 weeks (dates to be publicized and brochure prepared), thereafter for one year in conjunction with the Foot care clinic held at the same time. The news was presented at the AGM by Frontenac County Director of Paramedic Services Paul Charbonneau. “People can come in and have their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and blood sugar taken and recorded,” he said, adding that it has not been unusual for people to be identified as having high blood sugar or unusual BP readings at paramedical clinics in other places. The clinics also provide opportunities to ask questions and be referred if questions go beyond the scope of their practice of the paramedics, or simply create feelings of well being through regular testing. “Around nationally for about ten years the goal of Wellness clinics operated by Para Medics is to reduce 911 calls.” he said. It can be about setting up a wellness clinic like what we are proposing here or about paramedics visiting seniors at home, or rehab programs for heart patients held in a school gym under their watchful eye . “We are not here to replace anyone else ( a fear in the county)”, he said. “We are here to augment services”. Paramedics are well trained and need practice to keep up their skills and WI is not
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EMC News â€” For South Frontenac Public Works Manager Marks Segsworth, this sign of the times is something heâ€™d rather not be dealing with. Road signs are going missing in the township. And while the disappearance of signs has been escalating slowly around the township in past few months, the most recent incident, along Opinicon Road, had him concerned enough to have brought in the OPP to investigate. â€œItâ€™s very disconcerting,â€? he said at last weekâ€™s regular meeting of South Frontenac Council. â€œSigns have been pulled out on Opinicon Road. â€œWe spent $11,000 recently in terms of materials and road crews to properly sign that road, and now this happens.â€? Segsworth said he didnâ€™t have figures as to the number of signs missing off the top of his head, but it was more than enough to have him concerned. â€œWeâ€™re trying to make the road safer,â€? he said. â€œAnd now weâ€™re losing our street signs. â€œI donâ€™t know if theyâ€™re taking them for scrap metal or college dorm rooms or what but weâ€™re having the police investigate â€” looking for fingerprints and so forth. Coun. Del Stowe quipped: â€œAre other municipalities trying to save money by using our signs?â€? But the humour was lost on Segsworth, who continued, â€œThis happened over the weekend and somebody alerted us. â€œWeâ€™ve lost quite a few signs over the last few weeks, everything from street
signs to Curve Ahead. â€œWe now have a loss to replace and we canâ€™t keep up with signage as it is. â€œ(But) the Opinicon ones really bother me.â€? And thatâ€™s not the only replacement/ repair under suspicious circumstances that Segsworthâ€™s department is dealing with. Council approved an unbudgeted repair to Petworth Bridge for $46,487.50 plus taxes after an incident allegedly involving a logging truck. â€œThe Petworth Bridge is a boundary bridge with Lennox & Addington but completely located in South Frontenac,â€? Segsworth said in his report. â€œThe requirement of rehabilitation to the bridge is the result of unexpected damage caused from a motor vehicle striking the structure. â€œThe OPP investigated but were unable to determine who caused the damage.â€? Segsworth said L&A, bridge inspection engineers, AECOM, determined the damage to be severe and requiring immediate reaction. As a result, L&A prepared and placed a tender for the rehabilitation as directed by AECOM. L&A approved its half of the funding at its April meeting. Cruikshank Construction Ltd. won the tender with a low bid of $92,575. Segsworth said the reconstruction should last on the order of 25 years with proper maintenance. He said â€œflushingâ€? of township bridges is handled by firefighters who do it as a training exercise. Coun. Ron Vandewal offered some insight as to why a logging truck was suspected in the incident. â€œThis isnâ€™t CSI-South Frontenac,â€? he said. â€œSome guys on the hockey team told me they knew who it was.â€?
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The Chilly Goose returns, just in time for summer “We had some issues with our previous landlord and we spent a lot of time looking for another building in Sydenham, but there really isn’t a lot of open real estate around here. I wanted to stay in Sydenham; I thought about moving out to Harrowsmith, but I really love it here. Then the owner of Ronnie’s Place suggested putting a trailer here and we thought it was a great idea. My husband, Chuck, went online and found a trailer in Orillia and went out there to pick it up, did a bunch of work to it and here we are.” The trailer is painted bright green, pink and yellow, courtesy of Chuck, and has the old Chilly Goose logo on it. “I wanted to keep the colours the same as the previous location and make it really eye catching for people passing by,” explained Bruns. “I think the location is actually better than what we had
before. It is more visible, and yesterday I saw people driving by and looking over to see what this was and noticing it.” Another aspect of the old shop that carried EMC Business - For many residents of over, luckily, is Bruns’ signature sundaes Sydenham, summer began on May 8 at 12 and flavour combos. Bruns uses soft serve p.m., exactly when their favourite ice cream ice cream and makes all of the toppings shop, which unfortunately closed down last herself. Her menu features sundaes that year, re-opened as a trailer in the parking lot come with marshmallow topping, peaof Ronnie’s Place. The Chilly Goose, run nut butter sauce, salted caramel sauce and by Michele Bruns, is now open for business even candied bacon. and Sydenham residents couldn’t be happier. Bruns strives to cre“We had a crowd of kids here from the high ate sundaes that are school and a bunch of returning customers the perfect combo from last year that were happy to see us back. of salty, sweet and Kids were excited and everyone was so supcrunchy, and there is portive. We had a really great first day and certainly something it is great to see people again,” said Bruns. for everyone, includBruns hit some bumps along the way, but ing her newest creshe is happy to be back serving the commuation of black liconity and excited about her new location. rice flavour toppings. Bruns’ transition from shop to trailer was a little easier because she still had all of her equipment, and although she is without a full kitchen in the trailer, Ronnie’s Place is helping her out. “I still had all of the equipment in storage so it was just a matter of making it work in the new space. I also had a bunch of extra toppings made before I closed up so I have those, and when I Michele Bruns and her husband, Chuck, in front of their new ice cream have to make more trailer, the new location of The Chilly Goose. the restaurant is
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letting me use their kitchen during their downtime. They are also letting us use their fridge for storage and it has worked out really well. It’s a great partnership and they have been so helpful and accommodating.” The partnership is working out in both of their favours, as they can work together. “I think it is going to be great because we can be complimentary to one another. Ronnie’s Place doesn’t serve ice cream or
really any kind of dessert so people can go and have dinner there and then hopefully come here for dessert,” said Bruns. The Chilly Goose is located in the parking lot of Ronnie’s Place in Sydenham, 4415 George St. and is open WednesdaySaturday from 12 p.m.to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check out their website at chillygoose.ca or follow them on Facebook.
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Thank you Mrs. Dabas, may your love story last forever Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC Editorial - The most beautiful thing Iâ€™ve ever seen was my daughter last Saturday at the beach in Sharbot Lake. She was taking her wedding vows with my new son-in-law, Sid. At least three of my friends in attendance used the word â€œangelicâ€? to describe my beautiful little girl, and who am I to argue with them. Something else a lot of people mentioned was that you could feel the love between them, and hell, what more could a father ask for? Being a guy, Iâ€™m not big on weddings, but this one at least goes into the books as the best wedding Iâ€™ve ever been to. Perhaps one of the best parts was when Meg (now Mrs. Dabas) told me the next day, â€œDad, everything went off without a hitch.â€? Well Princess, you probably werenâ€™t paying enough attention, but things did go very well.
Meg and Sid arrived Thursday evening, along with one of Sidâ€™s groomsmen, Clete, who is originally from Zambia. Having never met anyone from Zambia before, I really enjoyed hearing his perspective on Canada in general and Sharbot Lake in particular, as well as discussing a mutual interest in science fiction. When Friday rolled around, the rest of the wedding party trickled in from various parts of the world. Having been assured they were all spending the night at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn, I spent the afternoon slicing up the treats I got from Mike at Seed to Sausage (a task I particularly enjoyed because there was no one around to tell me not to eat what I was slicing) and looked forward to a quiet evening with the cat. However, one-by-one and two-bytwo, the wedding party seemed to be arriving at my doorstep, and it wasnâ€™t long before I felt like Bilbo Baggins when the dwarves started showing up. Itâ€™s been a long time since Iâ€™ve partied like that with a house full of 20somethings â€” did an old heart a world of good. Saturday, the big day, was magic. It was one of the most gorgeous Spring days on record and the beach was perfect.
There werenâ€™t even any bugs. Martina Field-Green played an old Renaissance tune as Meg and I walked down the aisle (something Iâ€™ve been wanting to do ever since she was born, donâ€™t ask me why, I donâ€™t know, Iâ€™ve just always wanted to do that), and Cathy MacMunn not only performed the ceremony but did an absolutely marvelous job of it. After some picture-taking (thanks Jeff) and such, things moved to Oso Hall where Tim Cota pulled off his usual wizardry with a roast pig, which everyone dug into after a particularly moving Algonquin Blessing from Baba Makwa, Danka Brewer. (And again thanks to Jeff for his skills as sommelier.) And my favourite picture of the day came shortly after, as I danced with my daughter. Iâ€™m not sure who took it (Iâ€™m guessing Julie or Jeff using my camera) but it shows Meg and I, as her brother J.J. was filming the event. We ended the night with a marvelous jam (the CafĂŠ House Band augmented by me and several others) that went on until 1:35 a.m. So, thank you Mrs. Dabas (nee Bakay), for a weekend that goes right into the first page in my book of my most precious memories.he six Juno awards heâ€™d received.
Over the past 12 months, however, things have improved significantly. Iâ€™m loving the family/work balance, and the horrors of labour, delivery and breastfeeding problems are gradually fading in my mind. Steve and I had always planned on having two kids. Why not just â€œget it all over withâ€? now? To quote Steve, we are currently â€œin the $#!tâ€?. Our lives revolve around diapers, car seats, strollers, sippy cups and gratefully savouring every second of sleep weâ€™re permitted. Weâ€™ve hunkered down and accepted this lifestyle as our reality for the next few years, and Iâ€™m starting to wonder if it wouldnâ€™t be easier to just keep the chaos going a little bit longer instead of â€œcoming up to breatheâ€? when Summer becomes more independent, forgetting what itâ€™s like, and being shocked all over again at how hard life with a baby really is. Or for that matter, why stop at two? My friend (and former EMC reporter) Mark and his wife recently had their fourth baby, and Iâ€™d be lying if I said I wasnâ€™t envious. I donâ€™t doubt that things are hectic for them with four kids under four, but letâ€™s face it, itâ€™s hectic enough with one. It seems logical that the stress and exhaustion of subsequent children would simply absorb into that brought on by their older siblings, especially if theyâ€™re all around the same age, making for less net stress and exhaustion
overall. And, think of how much joy a big family would bring down the road. Holiday gatherings would be full of love, warmth and conversation. Each child is bound to have at least one close friend among his or her siblings, and we the parents increase our odds of having one among the bunch willing to look after us in our old age. It is at this point in my fantasy that Steve will usually jump in and say something like â€œhow on earth do you expect to pay for all these kids and put them through university?â€? In my head, I know heâ€™s right. We are not wealthy people, and our house only has so many bedrooms. I may long to have four, five or six children in the same way I fantasize about getting vintage lovebirds on a branch tattooed at the base of my neck, and a long-stemmed rose on my calf. I have a feeling, though, that in reality there is room for only one more tattoo on my body: the name of our second child on my right wrist, to go with Summerâ€™s name on my left. In the end, nothing is as permanent or impactful as the effect my children will have on my life, and I know I will never regret going to the grave with their names on my body.Â Â The only question now is when baby Campbell #2 will make his or her appearance. Soon, I hope, but weâ€™ll probably chicken out for a couple years. Then again, maybe not...
Like a tattoo Hollie Pratt-Campbell Reporter
EMC Editorial - When it comes to family size, how do you know when enough is enough? A while back, I read a blog post that compared having babies to getting tattoos. (Alas, I cannot find the post or remember the name of the author. I think somebody tweeted it.) Anyway, the writer pointed out that the same quality of sadistic addiction is applicable to both. You know you probably shouldnâ€™t have another baby or get another tattoo. You know that it will hurt, and that it will mutilate your body irreparably. But once you have one, you somehow feel incomplete without another...and another...and another.Â My own parents are extremely rational people. Neither has a tattoo, and they only had one baby. Unfortunately, their good sense was not hereditary. I have a tattoo and a baby, and I must say I kind of want more of both, sooner rather than later. If you had told me a year ago that I would eventually want another baby, I probably would have marched right into KGH and had my tubes tied, forever saving myself from this kind of insanity.
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EMC Editorial â€“ Did you know that Ontario is home to over 600 museums, art galleries and heritage sites? Here in Kingston and the surrounding area, there is no shortage of these institutions to explore as part of Museum Month. The entire month of May serves as an opportunity for Ontarians to discover and enjoy the provinceâ€™s many museums, while on May 18 the worldâ€™s museums are celebrated as part of International Museum Day. International Museum Day has been observed in and around May 18 since 1977; this year, more than 30,000 museums in about 100 countries will celebrate this occasion. We at the EMC would like to encourage local area residents to share in the celebration and hit up one or more of the areaâ€™s many museums this Saturday in honour of International Museum Day, or make a plan to do so before month end. According to the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, the Limestone City is home to 24 museums and historic sites and three art galleries. Just steps outside the cityâ€™s limits, even more exist. Whether you are a newcomer to the city and surrounding area or a life-long resident, chances are you
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have yet to experience all these cultural gems, such as Canadaâ€™s Penitentiary Museum, located at 555 King Street West. Located in the former wardenâ€™s residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of our federal penitentiaries. What about the Bath Museum, located at 434 Main St. in Bath? Housed in the Old Town Hall, originally constructed in 1861 as a court house, the museum features United Empire Loyalist, First World War, and Second World War memorabilia and artifacts dating back 400 years. Thereâ€™s also the Rideau District Museum, located at 29 Bedford St. in Westport. Established in 1961, the museum is housed in an authentic 1850â€™s blacksmith and carriage shop and home to many interesting artifacts, including the doors of the hearse that carried the body of Canadaâ€™s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. These museums and more can be found on the Ontario Museum Associationâ€™s Discover Ontario Museums site, museumsontario.ca. Check it out and start planning your visit to one of the areaâ€™s many fascinating museums.