Friday, February 23, 2018

Group has sent 54 kids to camp in its first nine years Buck Lake Boatilla hopes to raise $20,000 this year


The Buck Lake Boatilla has raised over $108,000 over its first nine years.

On June 28, the Buck Lake community will host their 10th Annual Buck Lake Boatilla to raise funds to send children and youth with physical disabilities to fully accessible Easter Seals Camp Merrywood on the Big Rideau Lake.

Over the past nine years the funds raised at the annual event have sent 54 children to Camp Merrywood, but in this milestone year the committee has set its sights high and is hoping to raise enough funds to send 10 children to Merrywood. It costs $2,000 per child to go to the camp.
“We are really looking forward to hosting the 10th Anniversary Boatilla event this year,”  said Bruce Archibald, Boatilla Committee representative.
“It is amazing to see how the event has transformed over the past 10 years from a group of community watch members trying to raise enough funds to send one child to Easter Seals camp into a entire community working together to send as many kids as we can each year,” she said.
Since its inception, the Buck Lake community has raised over $108,000 for children and youth with physical disabilities and was awarded a 2011 Easter Seals Spirit of Giving Award, bestowed upon organizations that have made large financial donations to Easter Seals Ontario, and as a result, increased awareness of the organization within their community.

United Counties continued battle with noxious weeds

The Giant Hogweed’s status as one of Ontario’s list of noxious weeds is well earned along with its giant status, growing three to four meters high at maturity.
You may not see much of it in Leeds Grenville but do stay aware. The weed is a public health hazard and is dangerous to both children and pets and adults. 
“The hogweed isn’t a big problem. It exists in some small patches in specific places,” said Leeds Grenville Weed Inspector Larry Sudds who has had more calls about Wild Parsnip another invasive plant which can cause dangerous burns.
The tall yellow/lime green plants have an umbel flower and have become a nuisance weed along roadways and into fields.
Wild parsnip has spread rapidly in Eastern Ontario due to ideal weather conditions coupled with a lack of information regarding the control of this invasive species and stricter rules around the use of herbicides. 
Exposure of skin of both plants’ sap and then exposure to sunlight can cause extreme discomfort, scarring and even blindness .
Authorities advise keeping any affected areas of skin out of direct sunlight and seeking medical advice as soon as possible.
“Some people don’t see the yellow flowers and think they are safe,” said Sudds. 
Removing either of the plants mechanically has to be done with many precautions. People should wear protective clothing, including gloves and eye protection to avoid getting the sap on their skin or in their eyes and should dispose or wash their clothes with caution.
The seeds of a giant hogweed can float for days, can be blown great distances and can survive for as long as 15 years. Wild parsnip is similarly equipped to spread rapidly.
The United Counties this year has begun a spraying program on roadsides in Augusta Township and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal.
“Those areas are more agricultural. They decided they had to take the steps to get it in control,” said Sudds who can be contacted by residents if weed problems are identified on county roads and can order spraying.
“A lot of people phone local townships. They pass it on. At the end of the day it’s the county which does the inspecting,” he said.
He can be contacted through the county at 613-342-3840 ext 2413  or Toll-free: 800-770-2170.

Antique show this weekend

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The Westport Antique Show draws dealers from Ontario and Quebec.
The Westport Antique Show marks its 21st year this weekend  of bringing antique and collectible dealers together from across Ontario and Quebec.
On June 7 and 8, more than 50 antique and collectible dealers will be displaying their wares at the Westport Community Centre. Ten new dealers will be attending this year’s show.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

TransCanada hosting open houses for proposed pipeline

TransCanada is hosting open houses in Gananoque, Brockville and Kingston this month over their proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from Markham to Iroquois.
The route, which for the most part follows an existing company pile corridor, travels through rural Kingston and north of Gananoque and Brockville.
TransCanada filed the project description with the National Energy Board for the Eastern Mainline Project this spring.
The proposed project will add new facilities to the company’s existing natural gas system 
The project is a result of the proposed transfer of a portion of the existing line’s to crude oil as part of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline Project. The new project involves the construction of as much as 370 kilometres of up to 36-inch diameter pipe and compression facilities adjacent to existing facilities.
The proposed Eastern Mainline Project will allow TransCanada shippers that have historically used short term contracts to use firm service to meet their long-term needs. TransCanada will ensure that customers continue to receive reliable and fairly priced transportation services through the addition of facilities in this section of the Canadian Mainline. 
The local open houses are in Gananoque at the arena June 11, at the Brockville Convention Centre June 16 and at Kingston’s Days Inn June 19. All are from 4-8 p.m.

Former South Frontenac CBO sets sights on Bedford District

Desert Lake area resident Alan Revill has declared himself a candidate for South Frontenac’s Bedford District. 
He and incumbent councilor Pat Barr so far are the only candidates. Barr was defeated in the last election and was appointed to replace Councilor Mark Tinlin, who resigned and moved away mid-term.
Revill served South Frontenac as the Chief Building Official for eleven years and retired two years ago.
He has previous experience as a councilor in other municipalities including seven years in Haliburton and three years in Sydney Township near Belleville.  He successfully completed the Municipal Administration course
“I think it’s an opportunity to serve my community at a different level from any volunteer. I enjoy assisting residents running through the municipal process. It’s an opportunity to take a leadership role and shape the direction the municipality will take in the next four years,” said Revill.
“Generally the township is doing pretty well. I see questions of responding to concerns in the community, tweaking or modifying policies to streamline issues.  I don’t see large issues with the municipality. There are always ongoing issues of road expenditures. There are certain issues in solid waste management which are evolving, which are changing,” he said. 
“I think there are more road needs that we currently need to fund. At the current tax level it’s a difficult balancing act in how much work we do. If we don’t increase the amount of spending we are going to continue to suffer degeneration. There are always funding balances that the township has to grapple with,” he said.

Township day camp registration deadline fast approaching

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Lindsay O’Neill and Laura Kayser, coordinators of the Township of Rideau Lakes Day Camp have been organizing this year’s camp activities and recruiting campers. Canada Day’s landing on a Tuesday has cut the weeks of camp to 7 beginning on July 7 and running until August 22.
The registration deadline is approaching for campers to be enrolled in the Township of Rideau Lakes Day Camp program which begins on July 7 at Sand Lake Park.
The camp program includes games, crafts, canoeing and swimming lessons. Included in the camp fees are Red Cross certified swimming lessons and during each session an outing.
Bussing to the camp is available from the communities of Lombardy, Portland, Westport, Newboro, Crosby and Elgin.
This year’s themes for the four sessions include: Welcome to the Jungle, July 7-18; The High Seas, July 21-August 1; Mighty Machines, August 5-8 and Disney during the final August 11-August 22 session.
Due to the July 1 holiday falling on a Tuesday the day camp has been shortened to seven weeks this year.
 “Last year was incredibly successful. Our sessions booked right up, and everyone who joined us had a blast,” said camp coordinator Laura Kayser who this year will have Lindsay O’Neill as her assistant.
The camp welcomes children aged four to twelve and also provides a Leader in Training (LIT) experience for grades eight and nine students who can share their interests and talents with campers while gaining leadership experience.  
“Our day camp doesn’t allow any electronic items. We aren’t sitting watching a movie. It’s the old fashioned values. We find that the respect for the children is appreciated by the kids. They don’t even talk about them we keep them so busy,” said Community and Leisure Services Manager Sue Dunfield.
At camp the children can enjoy all the park has to offer including canoes, an open field for games, craft times, field trips and trails at the park.
“I really liked getting to know the kids. It was nice how they depended on you to be their friend,” said O’Neill who appreciated how well the staff worked together last year.
“Camp is a real family. The kids really get to know each other. That makes the play fun,” she said.
At the end of the camp sessions campers celebrate their time together with family and friends invited to a ‘drama dazzler’
This year’s trips away from camp include a visit to Saunders Farm, the museum of science and technology, Westport Lions Beach, Shillington Park, the Heritage House Museum and Lower Beverley Lake Park.
A limited amount of financial help, confidential subsidies, may be available for families who don’t have the means to send their children to camp.
“We’ve had some financial support from the Elgin Lions, the Philipsville Women’s Institute, The Portland Seniors, The Chaffey’s Locks Seniors, The South Crosby Recreation Committee, the Royal Canadian Legion in Portland and a number of individuals,” said Dunfield.
Information about the camp, including rates and registration is available at or by calling the township office at 1 800 928 2250.

Westport Arts Council hopes to bring community groups together at AGM

The Westport Arts Council (WAC) is hosting their annual general meeting June 11 and they hope to see sponsors, supporters and community group leaders come out to hear their plans for 2014.
It will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Cove Inn.
The WAC will look back on their 2013 activities, plans for 2014 and some of the results of the sponsor survey completed this spring. There will also be some new sponsorship opportunities, including an arts patron level and MUSICwestport Stage Sponsorship.  The full WAC Board of Directors will be present to discuss the issues with you.
The Board has taken a leap into supporting youth and the arts, and WAC President Robin Jones will share some of the results of the 2013/14 initiatives and their future plans.
WAC has a goal of opening dialogue with community group leaders about working more closely in support of the community and each other and begin the development of some strategies to achieve a more cooperative approach to the important work that each group does.

Delta Mill AGM to feature presentation on village’s heritage buildings

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This Tuesday evening, June 10 the Delta Mill Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting followed by a talk about Delta’s many heritage buildings.
Local historian Doug Bond will be presenting an illustrated talk and will be presenting Delta heritage home owners with historical information which has been gathered about their homes.
The Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee has been conducting research on homes throughout the township and has gathered data on Delta residences to complete a database which already includes homes in other parts of the township including Newboro and Plum Hollow. 
The Old Stone Mill is open daily for tours and self-guided visits until Labour Day weekend.  On some Saturdays through the summer there will be a demonstration of grinding at the mill.
Miller Chris Wooding  will be at the mill this Saturday June 14 1:00 pm and throughout the summer on June 28, July 5, July 19, August 2, 23, 29 and 30 as well as September  5 and 6.
Fresh flour milled from heritage Red Fife flour will be available for sale. For more information about the society or the mill look at

New thrift shop to support Camp Hyanto and community programs

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St. Luke’s parishioner Sydney Caron is looking forward to the opening of a new thrift shop at the back of the former St. Luke’s rectory in Lyndhurst.
St. Luke’s in Lyndhurst will be having a grand opening on June 14 of a new thrift shop at their ministry centre next to the church.
Proceeds from the project will be split between St. Luke’s community program and bursaries to send children to Camp Hyanto.  
Opening hours will be Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The shop will be selling clean, gently used clothing for women, children and men as well as accessories and jewellery.
“The reason we’ve started is so people would have an opportunity to shop for affordable clothing in the community. It’s a place to donate and a place to buy.  We’re hoping people in our community will support us,” said Sydney Caron, who initiated the idea.
“I love thrift shopping and the idea you are recycling. You are supporting the community and it’s environmentally friendly,” said Caron who for a second year is the head councillor at Camp Hyanto and is passionate about the camp.
Donations of suitable articles can be made during the Thrift shop hours or by leaving them on the front porch of the ministry centre.

No smoke alarms Cottage spared from destruction in fire

Last Friday around 10:10 p.m., firefighters from Station 2 in Portland responsed to a structure fire at a cottage on Barklow Lane.
A fire that started in a mattress of a couch which had been put outside of the cottage eventually set the cottage alight.
“They heard a crackling noise and there was the siding going up in flames,” said Rideau Lakes Fire Chief Jay DeBernardi.
The flames traveled into the attic, a bit into the walls and underneath along the floor of the building, which was built on piers.
The owners were awake when the fire started, something of fortunate timing because the cottage was without a smoke alarm.
“If they hadn’t still been awake it would have been a different kind of fire. Maybe the smoke would have awakened them,” said DeBernardi
“You need to install smoke alarms. It’s the law that cottage properties are to have a smoke alarm just like year-round residences,” he said.
“The crew did a good job there -making sure there was no fire extension.” said the chief of the response of the crew which operated a pumper tanker and rescue from Station 2 and a tanker from Elgin Station 3.
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