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EMC News – South Frontenac Council approved $30,000 for a Verona Transportation Improvement Plan at its regular meeting last week in Sydenham. The $30,000 was not in the approved 2013 budget and will be transferred from reserves. CAO/Clerk Wayne Orr said the speed and volume of traffic along with sidewalk/path issues was recently cited by the Verona Community Association after the Verona Visioning session as a high priority. The main road through the hamlet is Road 38, a former provincial highway that links the 401 and Highway. 7.
Coun. Ron Vandewal, while agreeing that the study was a desirable one, was concerned about taking funds out of reserves for it. “It would give an unbiased opinion, but we went through a budget process and now we’re saying ‘let’s add another $30,000,’” Vandewal said. “The community came together after many conflicting opinions and it’s important we get back to them,” said Coun. John McDougall, one of the two Portland District (where Verona is located) representatives. The other Portland representative, Bill Robinson, cast the lone nay vote to the proposal. Filling in for Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth, who was
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New sign in Arden welcomed with pomp and circumstance By Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC News – The Friends of Arden gathered on the Canada Day weekend to unveil its latest project — a new sign and parkade on Arden Road, immediately south of Highway 7. The event was also a kickoff to the Arden Artisans’ Garden Party and the Kennebec Historical Society’s Strawberry Social. The sign, created by local sign maker Rodger MacMunn, is essentially a triptych with a central maps and history section flanked by ads featuring local businesses and services. It also includes the hamlet’s motto “Naturally beautiful, friendly by nature.” It was a joint venture by the Friends of Arden, the Township of Central Frontenac and The County of Frontenac, who provided a grant through the county’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Fund. “Coordinating all those interested in being part of the display and then dsigning the sign itself has taken several months, but the long-awaited final result has been worth the waith and all the work,” said Dorothy Proctor, one of the founders of Friends of Arden. “I’d like to congratulate the Friends of Arden and the community,” said Central Frontenac Mayor and Frontenac County
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More Health Care Service on Wolfe Island â€Ś Less ferry chaos? By Margaret Knott Correspondent
EMC News â€“ Wolfe is gearing up for the third in a series of relatively new and exciting Paramedicine Wellness Clinics at the WI Community Medical Clinic . The Paramedicine Clinics are a Frontenac County Paramedic Services a pilot program . The program is in support of islanders efforts to stay in their homes longer, reduce demands on emergency services and hospitals and maybe even reduce health care costs. The service includes Paramedics taking and recording vital signs as well as answering client questions within their scope of practice, and working with other community health members. The Paramedicine Clinicâ€™s are held on the island every 6 weeks, in conjunction with the regular island foot care clinics initiated by the Seniors Association. The next date is July 22nd
10:30 am-1;30 pm Paul Charbonneau, Director of Frontenac Paramedic Services announced Wolfe Island as the location for Frontenac Countyâ€™s first Paramedicine Wellness Clinic at a WI Community Medical Clinic AGM held in May. â€œThe goal of Paramedicine Wellness Cinics is to reduce 911 calls . Thatâ€™s what it is all about,â€? Charbonneau said at the time. â€œWhat can we do as part of the health care system to prevent more emergency calls? â€œParamedicine can be visiting seniors in their homes, or offer heart rehabilitation programs,â€? he said citing a program held at a local school gym in Renfrew, (instead of having to travel to Ottawa). â€œOr a wellness clinic as a place where people can find a comfort level, to have simple things done.. Much like what you are trying to do here so that people do not have to take the ferry off the island for services that could be offered under the
watchful eye of the paramedic, We are often called when there is no one else to call, often the first person people see, Some clinics have identified diabetics who didnâ€™t know,â€™ he said. Charbonneau noted the program was not eligible for land ambulance grants but is fully county supported at this time â€œas a proof of concept pilot project, a first foray into health care as a Paramedic Service.â€? (The possibility of Paramedic led clinics was identified by the WI Clinic Board as a logical initiative for the isolated island community.) The clinics are free of charge and operate on a walk-in basis. First visits can last up to 25 minutes, less at subsequent checkups. First time clients receive a Health Booklet to record personal information, and list medications. Vital signs (BP,pulse, respiration, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood glucose and body weight)
are taken and recorded by the paramedic.The booklet is kept by the client between visits and can be used as a reference at physician appointments.. It should be noted that if a client experiences a medical emergency during a visit, or has a serious health issue that requires immediate attention, paramedics will deal with that situation accordingly performing on-site care and transfer to the hospital as required. The first Paramedicine Clinics was well attended and it is anticipated islanders will use the service on a regular basis to avoid a trip on the ferry. Remaining 2013 Paramedicine Clinic dates including July 22nd are August 26, October 7, and November 8. All Wolfe Island residents are welcome. As a member of the clinic board so aptly put it: â€œUse it or Lose itâ€Śâ€? Around Town :In spite of the weather the island is very busy. Many cyclists, walk ons coming
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Sydenham football field to get some repairs, more work needed though By Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC News – The football field in Sydenham has fallen into disrepair, and following a meeting on the site June 20 between South Frontenac Township and Limestone District School Board staff, concerns that the field could be
out of service for a year and cost up to $100,000 for upgrades to the surface and irrigation system were raised, said Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth in a report to council presented at its regular meeting last week in Sydenham. “In the meantime, it’s is possible to achieve an interim fix
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plaints could have just been jam sessions around the campfire.” “This (the Canadian Guitar Festival) is a good thing to get people out to,” said Coun. Larry York. ••• Council passed a zoning amendment making the lot where Jitterbugs store is located in Verona residential. “The prospective owners want to use it as their primary residence,” said Planner Lindsay Mills. ••• Council acknowledged the contributions of eight of its fire department volunteers who have each logged 25 years of service with South Frontenac Fire Department. Those named were: Ray Leonard, Dale Reynolds, Ben Lappen, Wayne Young, Bill Jones, Steve Spencer, Farley Stevens and Bernie Oomen.
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Fire chiefs, PWMs want county-wide communications study By Craig Bakay Reporter
EMC News – Despite all the advances in communication in the 21 st century, there are still areas of Frontenac County where radio transmission/reception is “awful or non-existent,” South Frontenac Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough told council at its regular meeting last week in Sydenham. “Over the course of the last number of years, the fire chiefs of Frontenac County have been discussing common problems and issues within each municipality,” Chesebrough said. “The current radio system, i.e. tower sites, base radios and portable radios are old and do not provide adequate coverage within each municipality and have limited capabilities.” Chesebrough said communications is a critical component during emergencies and currently there is
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EMC News - The Grace Centre in Sydenham is on the hunt for some local artists wishing to have their work featured in a show this September. The Arts Committee for the centre, mainly made up of volunteers, has put a call out to local artist with limited response. “We are trying to get artists together for a show in September and hopefully after that as well. We are seeking applications and looking for artists that are interested in displaying their work in our beautiful new community centre,” said Hanna Back, a member of the Arts Committee. Grace Hall in Sydenham has been a main gathering spot in the area since 1861. Originally built as an Episcopalian Methodist church, the building recently received a new renovation this past year to make it the centre of the community once again after having been closed a few years ago. “The space offers itself as a great exhibition space. The walls and the hall are expansive and while it is used for different activities throughout the week, the walls could be used as really great exhibition space,” explained Back. The Arts Committee is focusing on promoting the centre as a premier destination for arts in the area. “That is what we are trying to build up. It is a very slow process because it takes a lot of time and effort to get people together and to get information out to the community. We sent out a call for artists some time ago and there has been very little response because people are simply not aware of it,” said Back.
The hope is that this September show will be the first of many at the Grace Centre, and Back and her committee members really want to focus on building up the arts in the Sydenham community. “We are hoping to make this a year-round showing. I don’t know how frequently we would switch over the artists, it will really depend on what connections we can make, and once we are better known and established it will depend on how many applications we have. With the July 15 deadline looming, Back hopes that more submissions come in and that the September show can go ahead as planned. Ideally, the show would feature three local artists from different genres of art. “We’d also like to have each artist give a little talk about their work, their inspiration and techniques, whatever they would like to talk about, to show the general public more of an insight into them as an artist,” explained Back, “We want them to make a connection and generate some interest for the local artists. We want to get the art more integrated EMC Events – Students and staff said goodbye to Hinchinbrooke Public School at the end into what is happening here. I think our usual of its final day last week by releasing biodegradable balloons with the words “Hinchinway of life doesn’t give enough attention to brooke Public School 1966 - 2013.” Photo/Craig Bakay art, so the hope is to improve that a little and to build more of a link between the public and art work and generate general interest for the arts.” Interested artists can submit their application to Hanna Back by email at j.hanna. email@example.com with some digital slides of their work and a brief blurb on who they are. Submissions can also be made by mail or by calling Hanna Back at 613-372-5240, or Rose Stewart, 613-372-3656. For more information on the Grace Centre or their call for artists, visit www.sfcsc.ca.
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very good at her job. After all, she was told by every previous council to ferret away cash into reserve funds and that she did, to a much better extent than any of her neighbours. For example, on revenues of $35 million, Frontenac County has managed to squirrel away $13.5 million (or 38 per cent) into reserves. By comparison, Lanark County has reserves of $16 million on revenue of $67 million (23 per cent), Hastings County has reserves of $14 million on revenue of a whopping $115 million (12 per cent), and Lennox & Addington has only $10 million on $60 million in revenue (17 per cent). In other words, weâ€™ve done a lot better at putting money away for a rainy day than anybody else in the neighbourhood. Do we actually need this much set aside? Probably not, but that doesnâ€™t mean we should be in any rush to spend it either. North Frontenac and Frontenac Islands seem to be leading the charge to spend some of this bounty, and why not. After all, as the two smallest members of Frontenac County, they didnâ€™t put much into it so whatever they get out is gravy. To a certain extent, South Frontenac Mayor Gary Davisonâ€™s assertion that
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EMC Editorial - In January, I wrote a column expressing how I was excited to return to work after maternity leave, but also nervous about starting life as a working mom and learning to juggle motherhood with my full-time reporting job. Six months later, I can honestly say that I never knew life could be as hectic as it has been since my return, and particularly since the end of Steveâ€™s parental leave in April. The upside is that my days are so busy I donâ€™t have a lot of time to sit around and get upset about how crazy they are. The downside is that prioritizing and making difficult compromises are now daily realities. One of the most difficult areas of compromise has been choosing between optimal health and optimal home cleanliness. Without having any formal discussions on the matter, our household chose health, and while Iâ€™m glad we did, some days our home drives me up the wall. Cooking healthy meals, for instance, takes time. Itâ€™s also messy, as it usually involves chopping, peeling, and de-stem-
ming various kinds of vegetables, and dirtying more than one pan. (Steve, who does most of the cooking, is unenthusiastic about the whole â€œclean as you goâ€? philosophy. While I have pointed out its benefits on several occasions, he doesnâ€™t seem to believe me and I donâ€™t want to push it because letâ€™s face it, I am lucky to have a husband who cooks.) What this all means is that by the time we sit down to eat dinner, the kitchen looks like a hurricane went through. Further time is thus required to get the kitchen to a somewhat acceptable level of cleanliness. In the remaining hour or so before Summer goes to bed, one of us will usually engage in some sort of exercise - running, yoga, baseball - while the other spends some quality time with our daughter, baths her, reads to her and puts her down. Then one of us will walk the dog while the other works on cleaning the kitchen some more. Finally, we collapse onto the couch for half an hour of TV watching before our own bedtime, which is embarrassingly soon after Summerâ€™s. Whatâ€™s missing from this picture? Basic tasks like vacuuming and laundry, which used to get done at least twice a week. Now, these chores have been relegated to weekends, which is not good because they really should be done at an even greater frequency than they were pre-Summer. The amount of dirty laundry
that has usually piled up by Friday could (and sometimes nearly does) fill the entire floor of our laundry room. Sometimes, it does feel a bit selfish or irresponsible to go off on my run or to yoga when I know the hamper is overflowing with clothes to be washed, probably because running and yoga are activities I genuinely enjoy doing. But isnâ€™t neglecting your health just as bad if not worse than neglecting household clutter? Or maybe I just need more time to work on this whole balancing act. If itâ€™s this crazy now, imagine how it will be in a few years, when Summer needs to be chauffeured to various after school activities. Does this mean that health and a tidy home â€“ among a number of other things I donâ€™t have room to get into hereâ€“ will all eventually need to be sacrificed? I donâ€™t think so, because I have seen a number of examples of parents with young children who manage keep pristine homes, cook healthy meals, and be fully involved moms and dads despite the fact that they both work full time. I would love to hear some tips from some of the more experienced working parents out there. From where I stand, it doesnâ€™t seem like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done, but perhaps it doesnâ€™t have to be this way. Any advice on how to bend time? Or at least manage it better?
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life threatening. In fact, a dog can only withstand a body temperature of 41 degrees Celsius for a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or death. Itâ€™s for this reason, that pet owners are advised to leave their animals at home where it is cool. It should also be noted that pets can also be in danger when left outdoors on hot summer days. The Ontario SPCA notes that dogs should only be left outside for short periods, should have a cool, sheltered place out of the sun, and be provided with ample water. Particular dogs, the organization notes, including northern breeds and short-muzzled dogs, can experience more difficulties in the heat, and that overweight dogs, puppies under six months of age, dogs with medical conditions and dogs on certain medications can also be susceptible to heat exposure. If you find and suspect a pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and the owner cannot be located, the Ontario SPCA advises calling a local branch of the organization, the humane society, or the police.