“Overall these are exciting times for Wolfe Island,” Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek said in reference to the Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. wind farm project recently approved for the island. “The Provincial Government moved very aggressively to make wind towers fit into rural areas when they made wind farms an acceptable use on agricultural land, sending a strong message about their expectations. “And we will work hard with the issues that come forward as a result,” he said
“Everything starts now and everything that is important will role out quickly. The EA has not been submitted and the Official Plan amendment is not complete. In terms of money (for the township) nothing has been settled, but the discussion with the developer has gone very well.” Mayor Vanden Hoek said that the township has hired a consultant, Howard Allan Chartered Accountants, who will guide council to an agreement with the developer that will take care of the concerns which arose when the Province removed the assessment from the towers.
“Members of council realize there has to be money in this (wind power) and are looking for long term financial stability for the community. This is a large project for the island and the developer knows it requires a supportive community and they will make every effort.”
The Mayor said some concerns have been expressed about material requirements for the project and ferry use, but previous discussions indicate that when the time comes, Canadian Hydro Inc will use the ferry on off hours, along with their own barge system to transport materials etc. “They are also talking about a mobile plant on the island.
“We’ve known for some time that Wolfe Island would end up with wind towers at some point. While this project raises much opportunity for the island, council will have to balance it out because many people don’t want towers in their back yard. Certainly there is investment. There will be jobs. The business community and the landowners will do well, as will the overall island economy,” he said.
“Looking at the challenges that face the municipality, this project could provide needed revenue. Without some kind of development, we could talk about trying to do things forever. The trade off is that the wind farm is going to change the skyline on the west end of W.I., so we will have to take into consideration set backs, etc. There is a lot to do. There is much to consider,” Mayor Vanden Hoek concluded.
Historical Society Formed on Wolfe Island: Caught up in the wonderful stories about Wolfe Island and its facinating history, Vicki Stewart, a relatively new resident, decided that a Historical Society for the island would be a good thing. To that end, up went the posters with date and time for an inaugural meeting at the General Wolfe Hotel. And wouldn’t you know it, people came, they also interested in island history.
An executive was formed and plans for the future were discussed. Named to the executive: Captain Brian Johnson, President; Vice President, Hendry Connell; Secretary, Vicki Stewart; Treasurer, Brian MacDonald. Theresa Broeders, John O’Shea as well as Norma Kelly and Donna Ivy, new Marysville residents, also attended the meeting.
The proposed mission of the society is to ‘protect, promote and preserve the heritage of Wolfe Island and all that embraces.’ Immediate areas of interest include genealogy of island families and general island history.
Ms. Stewart noted that 2009 marks the 250th Anniversary of the death of General James Wolfe at Quebec and could provide an ideal opportunity for Wolfe Island to celebrate his life. The W.I. Historical Society meets in January, date to be announced. For further information contact Vicki Stewart at 385-2934.
W.I.’s Annual Ecumenical Advent Service: was held at Trinity Anglican Church where together Rev. Canon Chris Carr, U.C. Pastor Terry Wood and Sacred Heart’s Fr. Ray Vickers and parishioners from the 3 churches joined organist Murray McNeely and a 20 member choir for worship and singing in preparation for Christmas.
The homilist, Pastor Terry Wood spoke of and demonstrated the importance of staying awake and watching for the coming of the Lord as he blew up a balloon so big, all held their breath waiting for the big bang.
The offering of food items and donations was taken up for the Partners in Mission Food Bank.
Clothes For Kids Challenge, 2005 In 2004 then 9-year old Katie Norris, daughter of Clair& Paul Norris, Howe Island, took up the 96.3 JoeFM “Clothes for Kids” challenge and raised $335. which allowed her to purchase seven snow suits for distribution to those in need.
This year, 10 year old Katie was at it again, making and selling Christmas ornaments to relatives, friends, and at Westbrook United Church. She also received the support of teachers at J. E. Horton School. Her efforts resulted in Katie presenting a $604. cheque to the Christmas “Clothes for Kids Campaign.” Congratulations Katie. Great effort.
Around Town* The St. Margaret’s Guild held a very successful Turkey Supper (200+ meals ) in support of the parish. Congratulations to the Guild who bought 2 goats for a family in a Third World country from the proceeds of Christmas Puddings sales. Cindy Day, owner of The Factory, recently announced its sale.. * Hey how about that wonderful Santa Claus Parade, the wonderful floats including one with the singing members of the W.I. Women’s Institute and the party afterward. Don’t forget, the Fire Dept. Calendar is now on sale, Great Gift. * It’s true, Council will call upon the Ministry of Transportation ( through the Honourable John Gerretsen) to implement the recommendations of the 1994 IBI Ferry Study for improved transportation. *This is the perfect time of year for me to say, Thank You to our family, friends and neighbours for their ongoing prayers, support and concern for the health and well being of Walter,( a miracle in our midst.) I wish you, with all my heart, the Love and Joy that is Christmas and abiding Peace in the New Year.
1. W.I. Christmas Church Services : Trinity Anglican, Dec. 24th at 7:30 p.m.; Wolfe Island United, Dec. 24th at 7 p.m.; Sacred Heart Dec. 24th at 5 p.m. Dec. 25th at 9:30 a.m.
W.I. Youth, Island Angels Concert Dec. 22nd Sacred Heart School at 6 p.m. Admission non-perishable food items or cash donation for the Food Bank.
Three local athletes are in Montreal for the National, Under 20, Team Canada Football Team Tryouts. Josh Maveety,(17) kicker for the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and the Limestone Grenadiers football club; Devon Millar,(17) offensive tackle to the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and the Limestone Grenadiers Football club; and Tim Cronk,(18) fullback for the Holy Cross Crusaders and the Grenadiers were among the 36 players chosen to represent Ontario at the Montreal Tryout following a (two day) Provincial tryout attended by 150 football players held at Guelph University in November.
There the local boys were subject to intense scrutiny by coaching staff and scouts from a number of Ontario and Quebec Universities.
“This is a very exciting time for the boys,” according to Peter Millar, Devon’s father. “A challenge to their skills, these tryout’s will involve a lot of intense hard work.”
In Montreal, Devon, Tim and Josh will be among the Team Ontario 36, competing against 36 from Quebec and groups from the West and the Maritimes for the right to represent Canada in a “shoot-out” style jamboree tournament in Detroit, against teams from the United States, Japan, Mexico and Germany during the week leading up to Super Bowl in January 2006.
Under the watchful eye of Danny Maciocia (head coach of Team Canada and the Edmonton Eskimos) and his coaching staff – the team of 36 will be chosen (from among these top young Canadian football players) and move on to the NFL Global Junior Championship X at the Silverdome in the new year, as well as the prestigious tournament in Detroit where last year, undefeated Team Canada won for the first time.
Good Luck to Tim Cronk, Devon Millar and Josh McVeety in their effort to wear Team Canada colours and look to repeat last year’s success.
For further information please contact Peter Millar – email@example.com or 613-385-2428 or 613-532-1505
No more waiting. No more wondering. Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation (“CREC”), now a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.(“Canadian Hydro”) of Alberta was awarded a 20-year, 197.8 MW, Renewable Energy Supply (RES) contract for Wind Power Development on Wolfe Island.
Islanders are familiar with CREC founded in 2000 by Ian Baines, an enthusiastic, long time proponent of wind power on Wolfe Island, where he has become a familiar figure, and friend. GAIA Power began collecting island wind data in parallel with CREC and signing up land option leases for a wind project at about the same time
Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. recently acknowledged the resources and previous work of CREC as well as GAIA Power Inc. and Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative. A letter from Canadian Hydro, notified all landowners with Option and Licence to Lease Agreements with CREC, that pending regulatory approvals and financing, and the finalization of land leases, construction for the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007 with commercial operation targeted for October 2008.
A further letter was sent to all landowners (60) who have a Licence and Option to Lease Agreement with GAIA Power Inc., (or any of its predecessors) notifying them, that it is now time, to transfer all option agreements held by GAIA Power etc. to CREC. Early in the new year Canadian Hydro will meet with them to facilitate the formal transfer of the Option agreements. “Having all the options signed under the same agreement is a first step in moving the wind project forward,” according to the letter.
Ross Keating, Canadian Hydro President and Chief Operating Officer explained it this way , “knowing that the Ont. Government was going to call for bids, we approached GAIA Power with their partners Sky Power Corporation and Citizens Energy, (for this project known as OWEP, Ontario Wind Energy Partners) saying it made no sense to submit competing bids. We made an offer to acquire GAIA’s interest which means they signed their landowner options to us only for the purposes of the bid. In other words if we did not win the bid, we would go back to our separate thing (but if we did) we now have the legal right to the option agreements,” Keating said. “When it came time to submit the bid, certain affidavits needed to be signed by the core team they did not sign.”
(GAIA Power has issued a press release clarifying that under the contract, the project will be designed, financed, constructed and fully owned and operated by CREC (Canadian Hydro).
According to Keating, “it was a joint bid plan that went a little sideways but that’s all history. We now look forward to moving forward, working with the community and using local contractors. All our major civil work is done in pieces – sized for local contractors (electrical, trucking, gravel, etc.).”
Keating said there is a memorandum of understanding with Siemens, a Danish company for turbines, a preliminary layout of the turbines, plans for aerial photography work of the proposed wind farm. The 86 wind turbines (2.3 MW each), are 83 metres high and 93 metres wide, and will be strategically located on the western end of the island. Infrastructure needs will be determined after obtaining regulatory approvals (EA; Official Plan amendment). Preliminary work for the wind farm (poles, wires, cement foundations, etc.) is expected to be completed by the end of 2007 including the underwater cable to the substation in Kingston. Expected delivery of turbine components is spring 2008, possibly when the seaway opens.
So far, reaction by island residents is mixed. Some are delighted, some dismayed, others see economic benefits to the community while others acknowledge the need for green power and accept the project’s inevitability.
In attendance at Frontenac Islands November meeting was Totten Sims Hubicki consultant Guy Laporte, who announced to council, that the Ministry of the Environment’s Assessment and Approvals branch, was requesting a conclusion to the Howe Island Link Environmental Assessment (to what seemed the delight of some Howe Islanders in attendance).
MOE suggested a letter and a resolution from the municipality indicating they wish to withdraw the EA and end the Class EA process for the time being, or if not that, that they proceed with further study to address the many “bump up” concerns which in turn would lead to a full Class EA and a tribunal hearing.
TSH was retained to do a bridge feasibility study in 1997 when it was deemed ferry service was a municipal responsibility, and in part, because of ferry service deficiencies. The EA study report with an addendum was filed in 2003.
In July of 2003 Frontenac County, Frontenac Islands and MTO agreed to partner on improved ferry service to Howe Island.
Laporte said MOE had not ruled on the bump up’s (some 97 including the City of Kingston which never supported a bridge). “MOE’s position is that there is insufficient information to rule on them, the long passage of time and the changes to the transportation services on Howe Island (new ferry) that the EA should be withdrawn,” he said. Councillor Calvin wondered aloud, “ if council had Kingston’s support, “would we go forward?”
Council authorized TSH to inform MOE that the Howe Link EA will be withdrawn, allowing closure of the file with an option to open it at a later date.
The subject led to a discussion about the lack of progress, after 9 years, with regard to Wolfe Island ferry service enhancement. “Improvements have been slim. How do we get the W.I. ferry issue rolling?” the Mayor asked. “The proponent needs to be the province but to date there has been little response to our correspondence.. We need to draft a letter that there is a long range issue ahead about W.I. transportation.”
Other comments noted: a bridge is a drop in the bucket; previous 9 years would have built a bridge; international link not in the cards.
The issue of trailers, a carry over from July was on the table as council heard from Lynn Moore about By Law 28-2003, now in force, and the resulting severe restrictions for trailers and mobile homes. “The bylaw is not transparent,” she said. “Can’t use a trailer. Can’t park or store a trailer. There is no trailer licensing and you are counting on people to register a complaint to enforce the by law. There needs to be language on how it is enforced,” Moore said.
There followed a lengthy discussion where councillors themselves questioned how the by law could be enforced. It was noted that some people build a garage and never a house. Councillor Calvin is prepared to look at licensing. Councillor Norris is concerned about storage. Deputy Mayor Hobbs suggests a need for a phase-in period.
In the end council requested that staff obtain information about licensing and storage of trailers and mobile homes and their use during the construction of a residence, once again, to the pleasure of residents in attendance.
Carol Leonard who resides at the head Simcoe Island on Nine Mile Point Road is the only full-time resident on the road not winter serviced. (A 1km section of the road, at her end, was re-designated as a Limited Service Road on appeal and OMB approved in August 2005.)
Ms Leonard wants council to reconsider the designation, which she says no one was aware of, and provide road maintenance and snow removal. According to Leonard, the entire road was ploughed before 1990. Ed Griffiths spoke in support of Leonard’s request.
According to the mayor, the road designation change came about with the Official Plan, which was presented at public meetings. Staff will provide council with information on how snow removal on that road was dealt with in the past.
A presentation on the Source Water Protection act was made by R. McRae and S. Knetchel, Cataraqui Conservation Authority who were seeking support in a source water protection study. Mayor Vanden Hoek said, “ we will work with you, but I think the province will say, “we have to work with you.”
The Township adopted Frontenac County’s Accessibility Plan; passed a bylaw for the transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues; gave approval in principle to a request by A. Driscoll and V. Vrandenburg to open a portion of Howe Island’s Baseline Road subject to a Licensing agreement, but cautioned that opening of the road does not automatically get them a severance. ”You could end up with someone objecting,” the Mayor said.
In a letter Gene Manion asked that the township now complete the 18th Line Road upgrade and maintain the 18th line extension in exchange for the one acre of land adjoining the right of way, the land transfer and survey as agreed. The township will honour the agreement at some point.
The next regular meeting of Frontenac Island Council ;Dec. 12th, 6:30 p.m. on Howe Island
Around Town: * Christmas on Wolfe Island 2005, a CD produced by Vincent Mosier is selling at Mosier’s for $10.00, of which $6.00 is contributed to the Community Centre Board for the rink. It will be for sale at the festivities at the Fire Hall following the Santa Claus Parade. Some 36 singing, playing islanders are part of that CD. * The Frontenac Paramedic Services (Wolfe Island) have been collaborating with Chum 960 Radio’s Toy drive for 2 years and will be collecting NEW toys and donations at the Emergency Services Building also after parade or bring new toys (no violent or battery operated toys) to the Building between now and then. (They hope to fill the ambulance). The Paramedic Service is ALWAYS looking for volunteers from the Wolfe Island community. If interested, please call Sally Kane-385-2821.* Chief James White invites you to take a look at their Emergency vehicle at the Fire Hall. Also their calendar just might be on sale after the parade on Dec. 5th.*Septic Solutions, a W.I. based septic removal service, owned and operated by Darrell Niles, is now operational. For information and/or appointments call/fax: 385-2351
1. Christmas Art and Craft Show Wolfe Island Town Hall Sunday Dec. 4th 9a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Pat Sanford at 385-1585
2. Cards (euchre or bridge),St. Philomena's Parish Hall (Howe Island) Friday, Dec.9th at 7 p.m. Cover charge $3.00
In this Year of the Veteran it was two Wolfe Island Merchant Navy veterans, Mr. R.F.Fawcett and Mr. Vern Yott who laid wreaths at the island's annual Remembrance Day Observance.
“Many of our Wolfe Island veterans (including Captain Fawcett and Mr. Yott) were members of the Merchant Marine. The coastal culture of the island made it a natural choice,” Colonel Patterson, Director of Reservists at Fort Frontenac said in his annual “news of Islanders remembered” address on this occasion.
Colonel Patterson spoke of the bitter Battle of the St. Lawrence (1942 & 1944) and the part Merchant mariners played in it. He noted they had to fight for recognition as veterans, finally achieved in 1992 when there were only 3,500 left. “As this year comes to a close, we who have benefited from their courage and sacrifice, need to take this time to say thank you.”
The names of Wolfe Islanders who lost their lives and also all those who served Canada, during war and in Peacekeeping times were read by Mrs. Sophia Angenent, a child in Holland during its liberation by Canadians.
Prayers were offered by the island's clergy Rev. R. Vickers, Sacred Heart of Mary; Pastor Terry Wood, W.I. United Church and Rev. Canon Chris Carr, Trinity Anglican.
Children from Sacred Heart School and Marysville Public led the singing which included the National Anthem. Poems of Remembrance were recited by the 3 school children, and Major Billy Allan; the act of Remembrance was read by Mrs. Theresa Fargo.
Escorted by Officer Cadets from Royal Military College, wreaths were laid by Frontenac Islands.Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek; St. Lawrence Women's Institute: Mrs C. Fawcett; Wolfe Island Women's Institute; Mrs. E. de Vette and children from both schools. The Last Post and Reveille were played by island musician Robert Graham..
Frontenac Islands CAO Terry O'Shea was emcee for the event organized by island resident Maureen Lollar. A reception followed.
November is that time of year when islanders take note of the weather and plan for the long winter months. Truck loads of wood are a daily sight boarding the ferry these days along with the many oil trucks that service the island. Our farmers are clearing off the last remnants of what may be on the land turning and raking the soil, and will soon bring their dairy herds in from the fields. Boats and fishing nets have been stored. Snow ploughs wait in readiness. Generators are primed.
The sound of hunters guns can be heard in the early morning hours as the ducks and geese suddenly take flight. Islanders remain vigilant, waiting for the sudden appearance of deer crossing the roads, always, it seems, when the ferry traffic is heading home.
Trees have been pruned. Gardens cleared and larders and freezers filled with the fruit of the earth. Hummingbird feeders have been replaced in order to welcome back winter’s wonderful wild birds.
Big Sandy Bay has closed after a most successful season but not before the Friends of BSB and the BSB committee did some tree planting, tree cover up and general cleanup before the snow falls.
Men, women and children came out in great numbers for a free flu shot at the recent clinic held on the island. Many thanks to the Medical Clinic for organizing this important event.
Busy hands are working, knitting, sewing, quilting, painting, carving, making ready for Christmas arts and crafts events and family gift giving. Fall Turkey suppers have begun. One recently held at the Wolfe Island United Church was attended by over 200 people. (My husband noted that the pies were excellent.)
Amid all this, clocks have been set back one hour and November weather has come with vengeance bringing strong, cold winds, frost on the windows, and rain. Thus far, we have not experienced much damage or long power outages.
And on those days when the sun does shine, beautiful clouds of every shape and size race across the brilliant blue sky. And on clear nights, in the uncluttered darkness of the island, the sky shows off its sparkling brilliance.
The event that Marysville residents businesses, and perhaps most people, particularly those on the west side of the Wolfe Island canal DREAD is the move of the Wolfe Islander III to the winter dock, which could happen anytime. MTO is watching the water levels and while still 8” above what is required, everyone knows it’s coming. Just not when.
But what is also coming is the island’s Dec. 11th, Santa Clause Parade, the best anywhere; Chilifest sometime in the new year; A Kite (sailing) festival in February, and a host of other events, including skating and kite sailing on the river, that make winter on the island the place to be.
Sadly, the island has lost a number of long time residents this year. One, which affected me most, was the loss of the well loved and respected Clifton Fargo who owned and operated Fargo’s General Store for more than 35 years. Everyone who knew him has a story to tell, about his kindness and generosity, about “putting it on the tab” and about his strong faith and incredible love of family.
During our first year on Wolfe Island, (we arrived November ’89), it was Clifton who through the long winter months gave me a smile, always a word of encouragement, a story or two, words of wisdom and a sense of belonging and who said to me one day, as I made my daily trek to the store for the papers, “Well Margaret, spring has come and you made it.”
Around Town: The W.I. Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Santa Clause Parade takes place Sunday Dec. 11th beginning at the Fire Hall at 1:15 p.m. Floats are welcome. It’s the best Family Santa Clause Parade around. * Artist, Pat Sanford, continues to look for donations to help pay for supplies for the next Island mural. Receipts will be provided and the books made available when each mural is finished. Contact Pat at 385-1585 * Dick Berry, son of Elaine and the late Jim Berry was the carpenter and craftsman who recently removed, repaired and refurbished the original 3 part wooden window frame and re-installed the new, 3 part stained glass window at the W.I. United Church. Dick’s parents were close friends of the late Fr. O’Reilly to whom the window is dedicated. * The Island Grill is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary with a party on Sat. Nov. 19th. Music with Emily Fennell & friends begins at 9:30 p.m. Specials all day.* This years Family Ecumenical Advent Service is at Trinity Anglican on Nov. 27th at 7 p.m. * The successful event recognizing the 90th Anniversary of 4H organized held in Glenburnie, was organized by the island’s Maureen Lollar, Federation of Women’s Institutes, Rose Program co-ordinator. The Women’s Institute and 4H have a long history on the island, all recorded in the local Tweedsmuir books. *Makes you wonder why Wolfe Island has never been asked how they feel about the LVEC going to the North Block across the road from the Wolfe Island ferry terminal. Nor has there been any indication that MTO’s opinion has been sought either. When you think about it though, the ferry terminal is a choice city property in the heart of downtown Kingston. And while we know Kingston views the Wolfe Island Ferry as an important Kingston tourist attraction, one can’t help wondering now that the LVEC has the possibility of ending up across the road, whether the city sees the water front ferry property as a place for a Bus Terminal, Tourist/Ticket Info Centre, and perhaps a water front hotel and restaurant and of course, that always illusive parking, all things commented about in a recent Whig article. Makes you wonder….
1. Nov. 19th Trinity Anglican’s Turkey Supper , St. Margaret’s Hall Doors open 4:30 pm.
2. Family Advent Ecumenical Service, Trinity Anglican , Sun. Nov. 27th, at 7 p.m. A donation for the Partners In Mission Food Bank please
3. Christmas Art and Craft Show Wolfe Island Town Hall Sunday Dec. 4th 9a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Pat Sanford at 385-1585
Cards (euchre or bridge),St. Philomena's Parish Hall (Howe Island) Friday, Nov. 25th & Dec.9th at 7 p.m. Cover charge $3.00
In a moving tribute to the late Fr. Eugene O’Reilly, CSB, pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Church (1999-2003), a newly created stained glass window was dedicated, in his memory, at the Wolfe Island United Church, Thanksgiving Sunday. That gesture in itself expresses in a beautiful way how the Wolfe Island community loved this gentle man.
Jane and Frank Coffey wanted to do something in memory of Fr. O’Reilly whom they described as teacher, pastor, islander and friend, and approached the United Church Board to accept a window as a gift in the church. The United Church congregation accepted the window in memory of Fr. Gene’s Ecumenical spirit and as a reminder of the bond that is shared between all islanders regardless of denomination.
Addressing the congregation which included not only members of the United Church but parishioners from Trinity Anglican and Sacred Heart of Mary parish, Pastor Terry Wood spoke of first meeting Fr. O’Reilly. ”When you met him, you remembered,” he said. “He welcomed me as a full colleague, me at the beginning of my career and he at the end. While I only knew him for 10 short months, knowing him for a day was enough to change my life.”
To prepare for the dedication, Pastor Wood was in touch with Rev. Anne MacDirmaid, a former pastor who spoke of Fr. O’Reilly’s strong belief in Ecumenism, recounting her story of the arrival of the World Youth Day Cross on the island and Fr. Gene’s invitation to her, Canon Alex Wakeling, then Pastor at Trinity Anglican and the children from Marysville Public School to join the Sacred Heart community on the walk with the cross and to the church service. “He wanted them to feel part of it,” Wood said.
The stained glass window was created by island artist Linda Sutherland who designed it, based on input from Fr. Gene’s sisters, Theresa Fargo and Rose Coffey and family members.
The window is in 3 sections with three symbols, a dove with a laurel leaf denoting Fr. Gene’s peaceful way of meeting people and his ecumenical efforts; a cross, a reminder of his commitment to his ministry and to Jesus Christ; a tree, representing the many trees he planted on the O’Reilly family farm, his island home, and his concern for the environment.
“In remembrance of Fr. Gene we dedicate this window to the glory of God,” said Pastor Wood.
An ecumenical choir led the singing during the dedication service which was followed by a reception in the United Church Hall. Fr. O’Reilly was born and raised on Wolfe Island.
Frontenac Islands Council passed a resolution to support the Wolfe Island Community Centre Board application for funds to complete a water line to the community centre, started last year, and capped half way due to lack of funds. Presently the centre’s building has a small, very costly to refill, holding tank for fresh water.
The Community Centre board recently applied to the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation for $30,000 for the waterline extension project but required a resolution of support from council (as a funding partner) before Industry Canada can consider the release of funds for such a project.
The CCB sponsors the Family Baseball Tournament, Mixed Slow Pitch, Music Festival, etc. and has an active Horse Club, youth baseball and hockey/skating at the rink. They were involved in installing the first section of the water line, new lighting at the B Diamond, improved tile drainage at the A diamond, and the Ernie Allen Playground upgrade.
Council held a special meeting with the CCB to look at their application for funds. If approved, the starting date for digging the line would begin 2 weeks after the funding is received and take about 5 weeks to complete with a pump at the source and a hydrant at the receiving end. A goal of the CCB is to replace the 11 year old rink with a new ice pad which would require a good source of water for flooding . The long range plan is for a banquet hall also requiring a reliable water source. The CCB believes such facilities would provide significant economic benefit for the community.
“The CCB is looking at an exciting project,” Mayor Vanden Hoek commented following the meeting. “ Certainly in 2001, the development of the Community Centre was one of the Township’s strategic plan priorities. When the CCB has completed its vision, it will be important that we have everyone trying to meet the same objective,” he said.
It should be noted that the Community Centre Board will also meet XCG Consultants, retained recently to conduct a scoping study to determine the most suitable and cost effective approach to deal with the water needs of Marysville (which includes the Community Centre, the Fire Hall and Medical Clinic etc.); municipal duties and liabilities; costs involved; studies required and funding options and sources.
The scoping study came about as a result of the oil line rupture at the Wolfe Island Town Hall which impacted two shore wells, both subject to the Safe Drinking Water Act and Ontario regulation 170/3, one involving 3 municipal buildings and 4 private residences and the other 8 residences. It is possible that other similar systems in Marysville do not meet the requirements of regulation 170 and have not been identified which led the Township to be pro-active in determining a long range approach to water needs.
W.I.’s 2005 Pumpkin Weigh In A Great Success
For the second year in a row the weather for the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In was not the greatest but it did little to deter the enthusiasm that this particular event generates on Wolfe Island. As hundreds of people gathered at the Town Square, a feeling of excitement filled the air as adults and children competed in a series of events leaving judges hard pressed to determine winners when, each year, entries become bigger and bigger, better and better.
Music, provided by local musician Robert Graham, food outdoors and inside the community hall (where winners were announced) and refreshments were all part of the occasion along with face painting, a spectacular Lady Clown creating wonderful balloon creatures, as well as other fun and games for children, which included of course White’s horse drawn wagon rides.
Rose Mary & Doug Corrigan are the organizers of the Great Pumpkin Weigh In and they, along with host of volunteers, are to be commended for the ever increasing popularity of this great, annual, family event and the fun it generates.
Winners in the Pumpkin Events:
1. Andrew Simonsen ~ 364 lbs
2. John Posthumus ~ 167 lbs.
3. Holly Niles ~ 138 lbs.
1. Andrew Simonsen ~ 84”
2. Dave Woodman ~ 73½”
3. John Posthumus ~ 69”
1. Patrick Sammon
2. Mairead Corrigan
3. Ed Cormack
1. Heather Posthumus
2. Blake & Emma Mosier
3. Carol Cormack
1. The Devos Family
2. Spencer Goodfellow
3. Jack Little
1. Allison & Skeet Leeman
2. Klaus B.
3. Nikki Tesar
1. Jen, Sue & Bernie
2. Blake & Emma Mosier
3. Tom Zborovsky
Under 8 years
1. Kate Woodman
2. Hunter Chown
1. Emily Woodman
2. Adam Moodie
1. Cohen Samson
1. Matthew Woodman
2. Rachel Lindgren
1. Leann Cunningham
2. Kristine Mattson
1. Heather Posthumus
2. Ann Overvelde
3. Theresa Fargo
1. Theresa Fargo
2. Dianne Hawkins
3. Heather Posthumus
1. Tony Vingar
Around Town:*Rumour has it that there plans are underway for a Kite Festival on Wolfe Island, sometime in February, sponsored by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association.Watch for details as they become available.* Most island property assessments are on the rise. Complaints and concerns are expressed regularly but perhaps most by those who live on water front properties that increasingly carry the load and drive the municipality in terms of tax dollars. Increases in the Frontenac County Budget (10-12% last year) which makes up a third of what islanders pay in taxes doesn’t help matters much. * The Remembrance Day Service on Wolfe Island has become an important annual island event, perhaps never more important than in this, Year of the Veteran and 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. See you there.
1. Annual Remembrance Day Observance, Wolfe Island Town Square, Nov. 11th at 10: 45 a.m.
2. A night of cards (euchre or bridge),St. Philomena's Parish Hall (Howe Island) Friday’s November 11th, 25th and December 9th at 7 p.m. Cover charge $3.00 Refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
3. Workshop: Siblings without Rivalry, Nov. 3 rd 7 p.m., W.I. Early Years Centre
4. Nov. 14th, 10a.m. Early Years. Infant Nutrition Expert: Introducing your baby to solid foods
Trinity Anglican Turkey Supper, Nov. 19th, St. Margaret’s Hall , Wolfe Island. Doors Open 4:30 p.m.
Wolfe Island’s 5th annual Photo Contest sponsored by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association and Camera Kingston saw more than 300 photos submitted in a variety of categories.. Prizes were awarded by Camera Kingston’s Don Sleeth. Judges were Jack Chiang and Ian MacAlpine from The Whig. .
WIBTA’s Maureen Lollar, event coordinator, presented Don Sleeth and Jack Chiang with black stained glass replica’s of a 35mm camera created by Wolfe Island artist Linda Sutherland, for their continued support of the photo contest.
The lens of each “camera”, circled with silver, held their permanently installed picture. Their first name’s were inscribed in place of a manufacturers label. They also received copies of the island’s 1st mural from artist Pat Sanford, who set up the 300 photo display.
The event also included a 4H. 90th Anniversary display of 4H in Ontario by members and leader Linda Hulton, who also spoke about 4H on this occasion.
Refreshments including a 4H cake were served.
Wolfe Island Photo Contest Results 2005 (Prizes were gift certificates donated by Camera Kingston)
Wolfe Island in Action Category
1. Diane Kerbel
2. Bart Moodie
3. John Posthumus
Historical Wolfe Island
1. Wendy Hoekstra
2. Elizabeth Schweigart
3. Maureen Kane
Lisette Johnson- Stapley
Mary Alicia Millar
The People’s Choice Award Recipient:
Diane Kerbel received a photo quality Lexmark Printer donated by Jarda Zborovsky of PC+Net Solutions
Frontenac Islands Council heard that question from Howe Island’s Joan Fawcett who along with Earl Pryor is compiling a list of Howe Island veterans who served or died in the defence of Canada in past wars or as Peace Keepers. When complete, the list will be completed by calligrapher Sue Sorenson, mounted, framed and presented to the Township.
“ But I need councils input, Who is an islander?” Ms Fawcett asked. “Some believe that only those who were born and raised on the island should be listed while others believe even those who have moved to Howe Island should be included.
Mayor Vanden Hoek turned the question over to Councillor Calvin (Colonel retired) who expressed pleasure with what Ms. Fawcett was doing and said, “ it is always better to be more inclusive than less.” A sentiment expressed by all council members. No one should be missed. Everyone should be recognized. It must be complete. “We are all islanders,” the mayor said. Councillor Norris asked that Dr. Fred Sorenson’s name be added to the list. (Contact Joan Fawcett at 613-546-2307)
Doug Corrigan (Wolfe Island Community Centre Board) informed council about a $30,000 grant application submitted to the Community Future Development Corporation (without council’s knowledge) to extend water lines into the community centre. Corrigan did not elaborate regarding the full CCB plan beyond water.
“CFDC has recommended the project ($27,000 and CCB to raise $3000) to Industry Canada.” Industry Canada requires a council resolution supporting the project and assurance the Township will cover costs over $30,000.
Councillor Calvin said the proposal was in keeping with original proposal although council should have been brought in, while Councillor Grant said he can’t approve it unless water goes to Fire Hall. Deputy Mayor Hobbs wonders if the CCB project will impact the water study now underway.
The Mayor noted the good works of the CCB. “We are fortunate to have you, working hard for the community, but Council deserves to be asked if they are willing to be a funding partner and to see an application before it goes forward. I have question,” he said.
“Call me a rookie,” Corrigan said, “ but there was no intent to deceive the council, there was a deadline.”
Council wants to step back, meet with the CCB and XCG Consultants ( presently doing a drinking water scoping study for Marysville) quickly to move the application forward.
Council Acting as Committee of Adjustment council heard two consent applications, one approved with 8 conditions,(G.Hobbs represented by W. Viner); the other (W.Daechsel) advised to sever one parcel to meet frontage requirements (two lots not 3).
Both applications and others had been referred to Clark Consulting Services. Council decided to pay only $200 for each consult, ( the original price suggested by the consultant) rather than the billed, higher costs ($ 1,736 for 3 Zone Amendments and $1,634 for 2 Consent reviews) outlined in the October payment voucher.
“We need to brainstorm on this to come up with a solution,” Deputy Mayor Hobbs commented. There are 4 outstanding severance consults according to CAO O’Shea. Bob Clark will be invited to November meeting to clarify billing and other issues.
B.Allison and R. Vradenberg were present to further discuss opening a portion of Howe’s Base Line Road. A site visit with the Road Superintendent will determine extent of work. Applicants will provide cost estimates and accurate road length.
In other business: 1. Guy Laporte, Totten Simms Hubicki will attend next meeting to discuss his recommendation to withdraw the Howe Island Link (bridge) EA ending the Class EA process as requested by MOE Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch and to review options.
2. A request for private road snowplowing by the Township from the Holiday Point Road Committee was turned down as have all requests for private road snowplowing.
3. Should it be an addition to the old Howe Island fire hall or should it be a new building, both proposals outlined by Chief Mike Quinn ? Councillor Norris favours a new building through creative financing , debenture fund raising. “I don’t think it will happen unless we do much of it ourselves,” he said .
The Mayor sees the Fire Hall as a big part of the community and favours new facility concept. “You need to vet the issue on Howe Island.”
4. Councillor Grant noted 15-20% assessment increases and is concerned about mill rate increases which will cut deep.
5. An application for a tax adjustment by M. Hawkins, Wolfe Island was approved.
Next Frontenac Islands Council Meeting Nov. 14th 6:30 p.m. on Wolfe Island.
Around Town: * Pat Sanford is looking for sponsors for 2 more W.I. murals planned for May 2006. Mural Themes include the laying of the Bubble System (8 x16 ft.) to keep a winter channel open and the Scene of the Crime (8×12ft) which will include Ardath House and a portrait of island crime writer Grant Allen. Mural locations in Marysville have not been finalized. Supply costs are estimated at $2000. and $1500,respectively (includes framing and installation).Sponsors names will appear on lower right corner of each mural. Contributions to this on-going project can be combined, financing one or both murals. Financial statements will be available with left over funds put toward mural #4, “Sunday Picnics at Brophy's Point” Pat wants to borrow photos (to be scanned and returned) and, signed Release forms granting permission for their use in the art work. The artists work is free of charge. If you can help with funding, photos, ideas or have questions call Pat at 385-158.
* Transportation to the Oct. 29th Free Flu Shot Clinic, is available by appointment, call Mildred Hawkins-Walton at 385-246.*Of interest to Islanders is a Frontenac Womens Institute sponsored event, recognizing the 90th Anniversary of 4H in Ontario, Nov. 5th Glenburnie United Church Hall 1- 4pm.
1.Workshops:Siblings without Rivalry Thurs. Evenings 7 p.m. Oct. 6-Nov. 3 rd W.I. Early Years Centre
2.W.I. Early Years Centre 10 am Oct. 25th Seatbelt Safety
3.W.I. Early Years AGM Tuesday Oct. 25th, 7:00 p.m
4.Sat. Oct. 29th 9:15 - 11:30 am KFL&A Health Unit, Free Flu Vaccination Clinic at the Wolfe Island Medical Clinic
1.Sat. Oct. 29th Wolfe Island United Church Turkey Supper Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
2.Annual Remembrance Day Observance, Wolfe Island Town Square, Nov. 11th at 10: 45 a.m.
The Wolfe Island community gathered recently to remember the ‘Liberation of Holland,’ an event of special significance to the many families of Dutch origin on the island. The event was hosted by the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute.
“This is part of my heritage,” Frontenac Islands Mayor Vanden Hoek said in his words of welcome. “ I am very happy to be here . I am happy my parents are here.”
Dr. Hans Westenberg, Official representative of the Netherlands in the region, gave a brief overview of the geography and history of the Netherlands and his Friesland home. But more significantly he remembered his years between the ages of 4 and 9 when the Germans occupied Holland. “There were resistance fighters but others who followed the rule. In 1944 the Germans were still there,” he said as he reminisced about the atrocities and sadness of the time. Dr. Westenberg remembered the Canadians soldiers as English and French speakers, bilingual Canadians who liberated the country and will always be heroes in Holland where 6000 are buried. Dr. Hans and Marion Westenberg came to Canada in 1961.
The correct format is:
Guest speaker Lt. Col. David Patterson, Director of Canadian Battlefield Operations and Director of Reservists at Fort Frontenac in his presentation described the events of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Liberation of Holland which he attended. He also presented an historical overview in picture and word of the role of British General Montgomery and Canadian General Harry Crerar “whose job it was to protect the left flank all the way to Holland”, the battles and the role of the Canadian military leading up to the liberation of Holland and after.
But perhaps the most touching part of the evening came in the personal stories of the hardships of the war, resistance and occupation, of starvation and fear, the bombings, the many lives lost and the liberation emotionally told by islanders who were born and lived in Holland before coming to Canada.
Telling those stories were John Posthumus, Gepte Sjongers, Chris Angenant and Wiebe Huekstra. Books, albums, and items from their past and their arrival as immigrants in Canada were on display.
The first Dutch immigrant family on Wolfe Island arrived in 1948 and by 1954, 19 families owned and operated farms on the island with more families arriving into the 60’s. Among the familiar names you will hear are Broeders, VanStrien, Huekstra, DeRuiter, Sjongers, Posthumus, Angenant, deVette, Hasselaar, Van Hal, VandenHoek and many more.
The evening was organized and hosted by the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute as a ROSE event. President Maureen Lollar opened the evening . Mrs Theresa Broeders introduced the guest speakers. Each guest was presented with a book entitled “Fighting for Home & Country” Women tell the stories of World War II. Refreshments were served by members of the institute.
The Frontenac Lennox and Addington Unit of the Cancer Society held its 1st annual Ride’n’ Stride for Cancer research on Wolfe Island.
Registration for the well organized event began at the Town Hall at 7:30 am where Cancer Society leaders Cheryl Bird, Kate Graff, Cancer Society and community volunteers including members of the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association and the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute were on hand to greet local and Kingston Ride’n’Stride participants. Local musician Robert Graham provided rousing early morning music. Food and beverages were available from the WI Women’s Institute.
Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek in welcoming participants said that Wolfe Island was the perfect place to hold such events. “We always have the generous support of the island’s businesses and a community willing to volunteer and participate. I want this event to grow to become a major fund raiser for the fight against cancer.” (The mayor and his daughter Amanda chose to bike the 10 km course.)
Director Cheryl Bird reminded the small crowd that had come to run, walk or bike that the Cancer Society organization is not government funded so that Ride’n’Stride is one of many important, annual fund raising events for cancer research. “Let’s make cancer history,” she said.
The 5km- 10km (walk, ride, bike) ended at the Walker Corn Maze on hwy # 95. where everyone was free to roam the beautiful grounds, enjoy array of snacks and go through the Corn Maze itself.
St. Lawrence College Apprentice Chef, Peter Millar, was at the BBQ. Liz Crothers won a prize for the most money committed in pledges.
Runners and walkers were returned to Marysville by White’s horse drawn wagons. As always an OPP officer and an ambulance and crew were on stand by.
Special Thanks to WIBTA’s Linda Thomas, the Event Chairperson, Corn Maze owners, Garth and Maryanne Walker and to all who stepped forward to make the first Ride’n’Stride a success. The event raised over $5000 for Cancer research.
Wolfe Island Medical Clinic Benefits from Fox Hound Association Field Trials:
The Wolfe Island Fox Hound Association in collaboration with the W.I. Wild Life Association recently sponsored Ontario’s only outside Field Trial at Big Sandy Bay and adjacent property on Wolfe Island. The Island is known as a place for successful dog trials. Field dog trials and hunter retriever clubs come to train and test dogs because of its natural terrain and wetlands.
The fee for the use of Big Sandy Bay for the event was waived by the Big Sandy Bay Committee, when, as a token of appreciation, the Wolfe Island Fox Hound Association and the Wolfe Island Wildlife Association each left a $500.donation for the Wolfe Island Medical Clinic. The Clinic has experienced net losses in the last two years and has begun a fund raising program.
The Field Trial brought together more than 200 persons and 120 hounds from Canada and the United States. Judges, 14 in all, were from Virginia, Ottawa, Kingston and Wolfe Island. Island judges included Tom O’Reilly, Ian Martin and Larry Greenwood. Spotters were positioned at the edges of the trial site to prevent hounds from running onto roads or land not open to hunting, to open and close gates and to prevent any damage.
The event included a Dog Bench Show Thursday; a BBQ Friday, a banquet on Saturday and the presentation of the awards on Sunday. The 1st Place Derby went to Terry Watt. The 1st place All Age Award went to Craig Gifford.
Hospitality and good will are all part of the event where landowners allowed the Field Trial on their properties. Lunches were offered at the site. Ernie’s Lunch opened early for breakfast, which was much appreciated by the judges. Cottage owner’s rented out accommodation for the weekend and Island businesses welcomed the return of the Fox Hunters and the annual revenue they bring to the island. The W.I. Fox Hound Association extends thanks to all for the success of the 2005 Field Trial.
A Stewardship Planning Information Session sponsored by the Frontenac Stewardship Council was held on Wolfe Island.
The notice for the session asked the question: Do you see your property as a home for wildlife, recreation, a source of income, or a combination of these and other values and offered Stewardship Planning as a way to achieve them.
Tracy Moore, an Environmental Stewardship Consultant told the 25 landowners present about the benefits of stewardship planning and gave examples of how to plan for long-term activities that care for the land. Attendees received the Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas, a Ministry of Natural resources publication as well as other information and resources.
Ms. Norma O'Shea was among three local landowners who have already completed stewardship plans with the assistance of the FSC. She had high praise for the plan and for the assistance she received to complete it.
Linda Van Hal, a Frontenac Stewardship Council member and meeting organizer, encouraged those in attendance to “spread the word, talk to your neighbours, let them know about the resources that are available.”
For more information about stewardship planning, contact Bret Colman, Stewardship Coordinator, MNR (613) 531-5714.
Around Town: After the 2nd World War, Dutch immigrants came to Wolfe Island, many had experienced the liberation of their homeland by the Canadians.. The W.I. Womens Institute is holding a gathering Wed. Oct.5th Sacred Heart School to raise awareness of the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland with Lt. Colonel David Patterson who attended anniversary events and Island residents who lived in Holland at the time of the liberation. They will share their experiences. It should be a wonderful evening of remembering. * The Pumpkin Weigh-In has grown to be one of the island’s favourite family events. The pumpkin categories are many plus other prize events. (Looney per entry) Fun includes wagon rides, games for kids, bake tables, air castle, clowns, music by Robert Graham and more.
1. Wed. Oct. 5th at 7:30 pm. Sacred Heart School Gym A 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland Program . Admission: non-perishable food item.
2. Sat. Oct. 8th Great Pumpkin Weigh In and Festival at the Wolfe Island Town Square, 11am.
3. Friends of Big Sandy Bay BOOK SALE Sat. Oct. 8th &9th, 10- 4:30 pm Old Fire Hall
4. Sun. Oct. 9th Thanksgiving Service Christ Church Anglican (15th Line) 9:15 am.
Frontenac Islands Council heard many reasons at their September meeting why the rules governing trailers, in the municipality’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law 28-2003 need to be clarified and changed.
Residents filled the room where Mrs. Lynne Moore presented a signed petition to amend the by-law 28/2003 for fair an equitable use of residential properties to include their use for seasonal and recreational purposes and to allow storage of trailers for this purpose on vacant land or residential property.
A caveat to the original petition was added by property owner Howard Stone that the residential designation should remain with no allowance for permanent use of trailers; the seasonal designation should reflect the reality of seasonal activity and allow trailers and all property owners should retain the right to store trailers along with a grandfather clause to protect existing users until a property changes ownership.
Mrs. Moore is looking for a clearer definition of trailers, mobile homes etc. and wants council to re-work the bylaw and give consideration to what summer residents contribute to the community.
Councillor Calvin commented that it is a quality of life issue. “In my mind all residents including summer residents who live in trailers share in everything the municipality has to offer yet in some cases due to the structure of taxation they, in effect, have a trailer that they use as a full time cottage and they don’t share the same burden of taxation. The problem is disparity. When the trailer stays all year it is not fair. Grandfathering has to be fair ,” he said.
Mayor VandenHoek also noted that there is an assessment issue. “Trailers have an impact and dampen assessment values.”
Howe resident Heather Lippert commented that some trailers are worth more than some small houses.
All councillors agreed there is a need for fairness in taxation, property standards and a consistency of position regarding trailers and bylaw enforcement however, they are not keen to change the bylaw.
Deputy Mayor Hobbs wonders whether the original bylaw on Howe is still in effect. Council will seek clarification of some of the points and definitions made by Mrs Moore and Hobbs with the township’s solicitor and return to the subject at the November meeting on Wolfe Island.
Council acting as a committee of Adjustment heard and approved a number of applications for consent. Council also heard applications for Zoning Bylaw amendments. However in the application made by Mary Jane Murphy to sever 5 acres to be zoned rural from a 145 acre parcel, W.I. resident Linda Bruckmann is not happy. Although the application meets frontage and area requirements of the Zoning By Law, a 60 foot waterfront lot would be created. Bruckman who owns adjacent land, is concerned about docks and building on the 60’ lot. Murphy will consider amending the application to eliminate the 60’section. Council will reconsider the application in October.
In other business: Terry Shea from the Land O’Lakes Tourist Association came looking for Frontenac Islands (presently not included) to be included in their tourist maps and brochures, which of course comes at a cost. “Without council’s endorsement Howe and Wolfe Islands’ can not be part of our marketing plan,” he said. Cost to amend map, $1,200; small ad $225, page ad $675. Mayor Vanden Hoek suggested discussion with Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association and will present a decision at the October council meeting to meet LandO’Lakes deadlines.
Ray Vrandenberg representing the Driscoll family wants to access a landlocked piece of property (once a family working farm) to build a residence and to do so came asking permission to build a road, at his cost, on Fuller Road (Lot 19) off the Baseline on Howe Island. “We are appealing to you to let us do something. Building a road would certainly benefit adjacent land owners. We need you to identify the road and your permission to build it to your standards and maintain if that is what we have to do. It would be a win-win situation in the future for the township and landowners,” he said.
“If we open one, how many others, ”Councillor Norris commented. Deputy Mayor Hobbs, as an adjacent property owner, declared a pecuniary interest and left the council chamber. A discussion took place with the township saying the cost of surveying, opening the road and maintaining it would be the applicants.
The Township will undertake a site visit with the staff, the Road Superintendent and Councillor Norris and will seek the advice of the Township Solicitor to see if this is a viable proposition and craft a reasonable set of conditions to satisfy the applicant.
Heather Lippert an adjacent landowner noted the land is zoned rural according to the Official Plan and one could expect that with a road, development would happen bringing in revenue to the Township referring to the Shore Acres road development on Wolfe Island.
Many payments made for the loss of livestock. Council and staff Mileage rates increased to $0.40 per km. W.I Medical Clinic Lottery License approved. October Council Meeting on Howe Island.
Around Town: The Wolfe Island Early Years Drop In Centre Inc. has received $25, 000 from the Trillium Foundation. The grant is for one year to develop a structured volunteer program, a sustainability program for the Centre, and for modifying existing services.. The Centre is urgently looking for volunteers, and board members. For information: Emily at 385-8505. *Steve MacIntosh owner of the Wolfe Island Bakery proudly welcomes his daughter Melissa to the business as the Pastry Chef. The Queen Street Bakery has expanded to include a new restaurant* The water level is 8 inches lower than at the same time last year. .* Howe Islander’s were saddened by the sudden death of long time Township ferry operator Don Foley. Howe is looking into setting up a Rate Payers Association.
1. Sat. Sept. 24th.Register at the Wolfe Island Town Hall for the Cancer Society’s Great Ride & Stride at 7:30 am or Register, Pledge, Sponsor at www.cancer.ca The event ends at the Corn maze with a BBQ at 12 noon.
2. Sat. Oct. 1st WIBTA’s Photo Contest Winners Event at the Community Hall at
3. Wed. Oct. 5th at 7:30 pm. Sacred Heart School Gym A 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland Program with Lt. Col. David Patterson. Admission: non-perishable food item.
4. Sat. Oct. 8th the Great Pumpkin Weigh In and Festival at the Wolfe Island Town Square
5. Sun. Oct. 9th Thanksgiving Service Christ Church Anglican (15th Line) 9:15 am.
Paddling enthusiasts recently paddled the 47 miles around Wolfe Island to raise awareness and money to counter Aid’s ravages in South Africa.
This year’s 8 paddlers raised $2,300 through the generosity of some two hundred island citizens and others. The money will be contributed to the Anglican Church of Canada’s ‘Fight Against Aids in South Africa’ through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
Rev. Canon Chis Carr, Pastor at Wolfe Island’s Trinity Anglican Church, also one of the paddlers, announced the amount at a recent ‘get together’ potluck supper.
This years paddlers included Yelda and Pam Meidema (Simcoe Island) , Maggie Crothers and Chris Carr, Bernard and Claire Muller (Wolfe Island), Diane Mensch with Nika Farahani ( Kingston), also James Wing (Kingston) who kayaked part way. They ranged in age ranged from the thirties to eighty nine. Their message: “Look for us again next year, folks. We will be back. “
This year’s $2,300, raised in what will now become an annual island event, is nearly five times what was raised when four paddlers, in a first time “Paddle Round Wolfe Island “ trial event raised $422. for the Fight against Aids.
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the fight against AIDS can do so by contacting the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) at1-888-308-7973. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.pwrdf.org
Busy days, busy ferry for Wolfe Island with its places to go, things to see and wonderful events, plus the realities of island living, many trips to and from Kingston as part of a day’s work. Housing starts are up. Cottages are becoming permanent homes. Hundreds of trucks carrying goods and service vehicles make their way to the island daily. Increased number of Islanders working in Kingston. Long, difficult Ferry line ups. With no Public Transit, two cars have become a necessity unless one lives in Marysville. The Kingston parking lot is overfull as islanders leave cars on both sides and walk on the ferry. The route is no shorter. The boat is no longer. Volunteer Community Policing is becoming a necessity. Islanders are concerned about an early move to the winter dock. Perplexing dilemma when tourism and economic development are wanted and encouraged. Yet Island transportation remains an unresolved issue.
There are options: a shorter route; lengthening the ferry; a bridge. All include a cost. Are we ready yet? If we are, it is up to us to say so.
Speaking of Wonderful Events: Wolfe Island’s Summer Music Festival saw over 1000 people plus many children gather at the Community Centre grounds to hear 10 bands and soloists. They included among others, Sarah Harmer; Cuff the Duke; Apostle of Hustle; Chris Brown’s Citizens Band and the Rockin’Wolfe Island. The Friday night session featured the musical talents of Tony Sherr; Jill Barber and Luther Wright.
“ I am thrilled with the success of the whole event,” Festival Coordinator Sarah McDermott said “Everything ran smoothly. The music was amazing running on time without a glitch and all had a good time.”
She gave high praise to the volunteers from the Community Centre Board. “They run a tight ship taking care of the details as well as operating the food and beverage kiosks,” she said. A licensed charity event, Music Fest is a major fundraiser for the Community Centre.
According to McDermott the festival was also a financial success, due in large part to its many sponsors. (Money has been set aside for next year’s festival). “ But we need sponsors to come on board every year. They are crucial and each year it becomes more difficult.”
The WI Business and Tourism donated $4000. toward Festival T-Shirts and provided tents. A similar amount came from Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.
Community Board member Steve Fargo lauded the efforts of Ms. McDermott and Artistic Director Virginia Clarke in making the festival happen on behalf of the whole Wolfe Island community.
The festival was described by Dave Bidini- (The Reostatics) as “one of the truest community-based festivals, an undiscovered treasure on the Canadian Festival circuit.”
Crime Writer’s Festival: The 2005 Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Writers Festival inspired by Grant Allen, the first Canadian crime writer, once again brought a large and impressive list of Canada’s top mystery writers to Wolfe Island.
They included: J.D Carpenter, Rick Gadziola, Wayne Grady, Theresa Greenwood, Bill Hunt, H. Mel Malton, Violette Malan, Sue Pike, Rick Mofina, Peter Sellers, David Skene-Melvin, and W.I. Captain Brian Johnson.
The Wildlife Association's BBQ to welcome them was a huge hit. Many of the authors presented 5-minute mystery readings set on the island during the event at the W.I. United Church
Historian Bill Hunt author of Booze, Boats and Billions gave a presentation on rum running in the Thousand Islands during prohibition. An all new writing workshop was conducted by Violette Mallan. “What makes those Bad Guys so good,” a panel discussion moderated by retired broadcaster Roy Bonisteel was another highlight. Rick Gadziola, poker champion turned author offered poker tips at the Island Grill.
The 2nd annual Grant Allen Award was presented to lawyer/ author Wm. Deverell at Trinity Anglican Church. Bookseller Brian Fenlon, from As the Plot Thickens Mystery Bookshop displayed a wide variety of mystery publications during the day.
The island’s Ken Keyes was the emcee for the day including the closing dinner at St. Margaret’s Hall where he swore in author Peter Sellers as an honorary citizen of Wolfe Island. Captain Leon Fawcett’s pecan pies were auctioned to raise money to restore the Baroness de Longueuil’s tombstone.
2005 Scene of the Crime Short Story Contest winners include: 1st: Sandy Conrad, Paisley, On. for her story “The Eulogy” which will be published in Kingston Life Magazine. 2nd: Douglas Turnbull, Kingston for “Mourning Suicide”. 3rd: Kingston’s, Chris Laing “Underground Detective.”
14th Annual Acacia Gold Puppy Reunion and Picnic: Ninety well groomed Golden Retrievers of different ages and sizes caused quite a stir coming of the ferry with their masters. The occasion, the 14th annual Puppy Reunion and Picnic held at the Wolfe Island home of Pat Downing and Tom St. Laurent, owners and operators of Acacia Gold Kennels.
Acacia Gold, registered with the Canadian Kennel Club has been breeding Goldens since 1991 and was the first home of the visiting dogs, born and brought up there for seven weeks.
While the dogs romped on the lawns or swam in the lake, the 125 proud owners shared stories about their pets, and the barbecue, prepared by Erica Posthumus.
Tragically Hip member Rob Baker and his wife Leslie, were there with their now, 12 year old dog. “They wouldn’t miss it unless Rob was on tour ,” according to Pat Downing. “This year, as always, we had good weather. There was great swimming, great food, great visiting and never a dog fight,” she said.
Around Town:* Entries for the 2005 Photo Contest must be submitted to the W.I. Tourist Office by 5 pm. Sept. 6th.*Weekly Euchre has begun, W.I. United Church Thursday’s at 7 p.m.* Howe Island’s County Ferry broke down again recently. * Don’t forget the Cancer Society’s Ride & Stride, Sept. 24th. *WI welcomes Fr. Vickers to Sacred Heart Parish. *Good Luck to all our island students beginning or retuning to university or high school.
1. Wolfe Island Plowing Match Sat. Sept 10th, 10 am, Pyke’s farmland on Hwy.#95
2. Sept.17th Charity “Family Scramble” Golf Tournament (Medical Clinic Fundraiser), Alston Moor Golf Links. Tee Off 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Cost Adults $40. Youth under 14, $30. includes 9 holes, dinner and prizes. Register (by Sept. 10th) call: 385-2461.
3. Register, Pledge, Sponsor at www.cancer.ca for the Cancer Society’s Great ‘Ride & Stride’ 7:30 am-12 noon Wolfe Island Sat. Sept. 24th
Former Vancouver Criminal lawyer, and long time crime writer William Deverell was awarded the 2nd annual Grant Allen Award in honour of Canada’s crime writing pioneers, at the 4th annual Scene of the Crime Festival on Wolfe Island.
(Grant Allen born on Wolfe Island in 1848, was Canada’s first crime writer.)
Deverell, honorary director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association is the author of such novels as Needles, High Crimes, Mecca, Kill All the Lawyers, Street Legal: The Betrayal, The Laughing Falcon as well as radio plays, magazine articles and short stories. He is the creator of the CBC’s series Street Legal. His new novel April Fool will be published this fall.
Presenting the award at Trinity Anglican Church was Festival Board member Rev. Canon Chris Carr, pastor.
In acknowledging the award Deverell said that he had harboured the dream of writing for a very long time before he got the courage to begin. “Once started, I never looked back,” he said.
The Grant Allen Award was created by well known Wolfe Island artist, Linda Sutherland.. It takes the form of uniquely designed (for each author) kaleidoscope, as a source of inspiration for writers.
Deverell’s book “Needles” was Sutherland’s source of inspiration for his kaleidoscope which is shaped in the form of a syringe. With the help of Deverell’s family his award was contained inside a small wooden replica of a log cabin (also created by Sutherland), on Pender Island where Mr. Deverell takes himself to do his writing.
An intimate interview with William Deverell by Roy Bonisteel followed the award presentation.
Wayne Grady, Scene of the Crime Board member presented a basket, filled with Canadian books of crime plus special first editions to Craig Pitts, who accepted them on behalf of the Wolfe Island Library. These book donations will become an annual event at the Scene of the Crime Writers Festival.
For more information about Grant Allen & Scene of the Crime Festival: www.sceneofthecrime.ca
Paddling enthusiasts recently paddled the 47 miles around Wolfe Island to raise awareness and money to counter Aid’s ravages in South Africa.
This year’s 8 paddlers raised $2,300 through the generosity of some two hundred island citizens and others. The money will be contributed to the Anglican Church of Canada’s ‘Fight Against Aids in South Africa’ through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
Rev. Canon Chis Carr, Pastor at Wolfe Island’s Trinity Anglican Church, also one of the paddlers, announced the amount at a recent ‘get together’ potluck supper.
This years paddlers included Yelda and Pam Meidema (Simcoe Island) , Maggie Crothers and Chris Carr, Bernard and Claire Muller (Wolfe Island), Diane Mensch with Nika Farahani ( Kingston), also James Wing (Kingston) who kayaked part way. They ranged in age from the thirties to eighty nine.
Their message: “Look for us again next year, folks. We will be back. “
This year’s $2,300 raised in what will now become an annual island event, is nearly five times what was raised when four paddlers, in a first time “Paddle Round Wolfe Island “ trial event raised $422. for the Fight against Aids.
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the fight against AIDS can do so by contacting the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) at1-888-308-7973. Email: email@example.com Website:www.pwrdf.org
On Friday afternoon of the Aug. 1st weekend a two hour wait for the Wolfe Island ferry was not uncommon as family members from across Canada and the United States began heading HOME for the 21st Annual Family Ball Tournament. Wolfe Island is one of the few remaining communities where a tournament is held.
Twenty-eight family teams began play Friday evening in the A & B Divisions ending late Saturday afternoon, all the while cheered on by family, friends and the hundreds of visitors to the island. The weather, though hot, was perfect and water and food was plentiful provided by the Community Centre Board, sponsors of the annual event.
Jim Hulton Jr., coach of the OHL Frontenacs was the M.C. at the Awards presentation ceremony where he sincerely acknowledged the founders of the Family Baseball Tournament: Jim Kyle, Bernie Fargo, Elwin McKenna.
This year’s “A” Division winner is the White Family team. The “B” Division Champs, the Kyle Family. The Bill Kyle Sportsmanship trophy was presented to the Staley Family by Karen Kyle.
Some points of interest: there are 9 members on each team, plus back-up players; four women have to be in the field at one time and a larger ball, known as a Melon ball is used for play.
An ambulance was available all day. And of course a Fire truck was on hand during the closing fire works of this wonderful community building event.
While severances, land use planning and bylaw development once again took up much of Frontenac Islands’ August Council meeting, ‘Wind Power’ on Wolfe Island remains a high priority. A ‘Hosting or Amenities’ agreement is the next step in the process. Because of the importance of the issue, over the next while council and staff will seek help “in getting it right” CAO O’Shea has been given council authority to put some options together.
The township remains in contact with Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. and OWEP, Ontario Wind Energy Partners (GAIA Power, Skypower Corp., Citizens Energy Corporation) who together are the proponents in the proposed wind farm bid for the island, which could mean 65 to a 135 wind turbines.. Their Wind Farm bid will be submitted to meet the 3 p.m. August 15th deadline and is not dependant upon arriving at an agreement with the township.
CAO O’Shea has communicated to them that the Township of Frontenac Islands views any agreement as a long term issue rather than a ‘lump sum,’ up front kind of arrangement and is looking at the interests of the whole community and long term , year by year predictable funding. The township and the developer are dealing in good faith to come up with what they call a ‘Side Agreement’ to deal with the problems caused by provincial policy, capping turbine assessment at $40,000.which has been an ongoing complaint by Frontenac Islands. (A new provincial policy which states that wind turbines are a compatible use on all agricultural lands in Ontario takes the decision for an official plan amendment away from the township.)
Mayor Vanden Hoek noted that everyone including the municipality will be able to comment on the project during the official process as outlined in a letter sent to all residents by the developer (environmental reports, appeal periods, etc.), but one part that has been clearly a problem is the fact that the township is being asked to carry the development without any benefit to the residents at large and “the developer seems to understand the serious issues facing the municipality.”
In other business council acting as a Committee of Adjustment once again heard from Mr. Al Cromarty representing 2 applications by Dakoda Leather Goods and Mrs. T. Maisch deferred last month because of concerns about an existing barn on the retained lot, and a requirement to comply with the minimum distance separation requirements.
A lengthy discussion took place not only about the barn but also about widening the road. Council invited comments from the public. The applications were approved with a ‘restrictive covenant’ that the barn cannot be used for livestock or agricultural purposes. While the applicant felt the township road issue should not be included at this time, council also approved the application conditional upon the township receiving enough land to widen the road to meet the township road allowance minimum of 66 feet without affecting the easterly part of the lot. Fees to the municipality include $200 for one lot and $50. in lieu of parkland.
Applications by the Braetten’s and the Read’s on Wolfe Island were for the purpose of correcting a historical mistake, a question of trading one acre for one acre to correct a siting error with an existing lot. It was approved as a lot addition only.
Mayor Vanden Hoek advised William Buchanan from Howe Island, who came requesting comments from council regarding an idea he has for a 30 acre piece of property, that the township has an official plan. He suggested that Buchanan work through township staff. He on the other hand, pointed out that Frontenac County would look to the township before approving any plan of subdivision he might present.
The township will notify the City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston that it wants to be advised of any sewage treatment bypasses at the same time as MOE, as requested by Richard Lindgren, Canadian Environmental Law Association. This in reference to Kingston sewage bypasses which put the Township at risk of sewage contamination.
Another unusual discussion took place about large animals roaming at large or trespassing which led to the passage of a bylaw prohibiting both and fines for any violations. Deputy Mayor Hobbs said the bylaw is not an attack on the farming community but problems arise with repeat offenders and where there is no fencing.
A request for a sign at the Howe Island Ferry: “Limit Idling Whenever Possible” came from resident Lisa Webb. A letter from Betty Anne Field suggested coordination of library and land fill site hours (rejected) on Wolfe Island to save on fuel emissions and with a further request for a “NO-Idling bylaw with appropriate signage in the village.
The Township will support the Eastern Ontario Abattoir Project (CFDC) feasibility study with $200.
Deputy Mayor Hobbs wants the County to resolve the issue of oil trucks on the County ferry a situation which has become a real irritant to residents. He is also concerned about drainage on Howe Island Drive as well as the whole issue of unopened road allowances.
Council next meets on Wolfe Island Monday, Sept 12th.
Around Town: The township issued a newsletter announcing among other things that the oil spill at the Wolfe Island Town Hall was paid for through a “catch up” in provincial transfer payments; the Wolfe Island community enhancement levy has been reduced to $20. per assessment. Howe Island is budgeted $130,000 for road work; and has transferred an additional $40,000 to the H.I. Fire Hall building reserve fund. Gary Curtis and Lloyd Orser from the Soil and Crop Association were on Wolfe Island to look at test plots of wheat, corn, barley soybean and oats planted at the farms of Jack and Theresa Broeder's, Jason and Christine Pyke, Henry and Janine Posthumus. Seed for the test plots is provided free from seed companies wanting new seed varieties tested. Jason Pike was instrumental in establishing the seed testing program.
1 Aug. 20th. W.I. Volunteer Fire Dept Golf Tournament & Dance WI Riverfront Golf Course Contact Joe Taggart 385 2233.
2. Aug. 20th. Wolfe Island United Church Pork BBQ & Silent Auction. United Church Hall. Doors open 4:30 p.m.
3. Sept.17th Charity “Family Scramble” Golf Tournament for the W.I. Medical Clinic, Alston Moor Golf Links. Tee Off times 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Cost Adults $40. Youth under 14, $30. includes 9 holes, dinner and prizes. Register (by Sept. 10th) call: 385-2464.
The Canadian Government declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran . To honour veterans in this 60th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War, an attempt is being made to compile a complete list of all veterans from Howe Island. Those who served or may have died in the defence of Canada during past wars or as Peace Keepers in any one of the many areas of the world where Canada has served through the years.
“This seems an appropriate project for us to be undertaking,” according to Joan Fawcett who, along with Earl Prior, a life time resident of Howe Island, who is coordinating the project.
“ We already have 20 names on our list but I am sure there are many more. We started the list last year but want to complete it before this special year for Veterans ends,” Joan said. “ But we need some help from the public.”
The names to date include:
Ignatius Driscoll Charles Driscol
Francis Lachance John Dowling
Germain Guindon Joyce Dowling
Frances Garrah Junior Marshall
Fabian Garrah Leonard Foley
Michael Driscoll Harry Rothwell
William (Billy) Prior Charles Leavis
Harold(Bud) Goodfriend Daniel Kane
Dr. Edmund Melville Bert Prior
Fred Welsh Francis Dwyre
Anyone who has knowledge of other Howe Island veterans who should be included in this list is asked to please call Joan Fawcett at 613-5462307 or Earl Prior at 613-5424895.
The act of remembrance may be expressed in many ways. On Howe Island the Veterans list will be prominently displayed at the Howe Island Township Building.
The Province of Ontario issued its third Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy and is looking for up to 200 megawatts from small and medium sized projects which puts Wolfe Island in the renewable energy ‘Spot Light’ once again.
In the last RFP both GAIA Power and Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. submitted separate wind power proposals (kept a 100 mega watts) according to ministry of energy guidelines which did not allow them to share information or work together. Neither company’s bid was successful.
This time however, the province has changed the rules and the two companies can work together for this RFP. Thus Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. and GAIA Power with their strategic partners Sky Power Corporation and Citizens Energy, (for this project known as OWEP, Ontario Wind Energy Partners ) will bid the island wind farm projects together as ONE large cost competitive project for the RFP, due date of August 15th.
In this way they are not competing with each other, but with land based projects from other parts of Ontario. They have combined forces, insight and information and anticipate winning the bid on scale, because it is very expensive to get the power across under water to the mainland, (240kv with a 150-200 mw capability).
Instead of two environmental assessments there is one; instead of two hydro connection studies there is one etc. etc. As GAIA’s Samit Sharma put it, “In the end everything will be bundled into what we will seek as a price per mega watt hour from the province. So if we can reduce that cost and bid at a lower price then it increases our chances of benefiting all 70 landowners and the island as a whole.”
Acres International Ltd. has been retained by Canadian Hydro to prepare and finalize an integrated environmental screening process and report as required by the Environmental Assessment Act. These will become available to stake holders for review and comment. Should the bid not be successful, the joint arrangement is terminated and the companies go their separate ways. They expect to hear the outcome of their bid in November.
Wolfe Island property owners with land optioned by were notified by letter what the companies were doing and why, and were invited to a landowners meeting. The meeting provided the opportunity to meet and listen to company officials, to ask questions and look at a map showing the optioned land (land owner received one time option fee) as well as the land still available for option. The map also showed some optioned land and other land areas no longer deemed suitable for wind turbines because of environmental constraints (birds, noise, wetlands, distance from homes etc.). It was surprising to see how little land is really available because of these constraints.
Both GAIA and Canadian Hydro are looking to option more island land. With a successful bid the landowner receives a yearly payment based on the number of turbines on their property over the length of project (20-25 years).
The map did not show the exact location (sightings) of the wind turbines on the properties at this time because turbine power size has yet to be established.
The mega watt size of the turbines (1.5 or 2.3 or 3.0 mega watt) effects the number required for this project, so it could mean from 65 to a 135 wind turbines placed strategically throughout the area for this overall 150-200 mega watt renewable energy project.
Certain planning, technical and environmental constraints to the project were presented, along with advantages to the community in terms of short and long term jobs, routine operation and maintenance, improved roads, service buildings, local construction, local purchase of supplies, etc.
It was noted that if there is any impact on island services these would be dealt with. Further meetings with council, landowners and the public are planned.
Present at the meeting were from Canadian Hydro founders John and Ross Keating, Gavin Ross –Wind Division, Geoff Carnegie–Ont. Projects, Ian Baines, Fred Siemensen –Kingston; Casey Ripp – Project Manager, principal Canadian projects Ltd. and Samit Sharma, Director GAIA Power.
The Cancer Society’s 1st Great Ride’n’Stride to be held on Wolfe Island:
The Frontenac-Lennox & Addington Unit- Canadian Cancer Society will hold its first Great Ride’n’Stride fund raising event Sat. Sept. 24th 7:30 am-noon on the island.
Ride’n’Stride, a non competitive event, encourages participants to enjoy a day of fun and exercise while raising funds for the Cancer Society. Participants collect pledges to walk, run, ride or skate on (5k-10k) island routes.
The Cancer Society has invited the Wolfe Island community to help make the event a success. They need island volunteers to serve on the planning committee, help fulfill sponsorship needs, encourage participation by Kingston and the Islands family, friends and neighbours and to volunteer on Sept. 24th itself. Registration and pledge forms soon will be available in Kingston and Wolfe Island.
To volunteer or support the Great Ride’n’Stride event call Linda Thomas 385-1947 (Wolfe Island); Danielle or Kate at the Canadian Cancer Society office in Kingston at 384-2361.
Funding and support for the Cancer Society comes from private donations and the hard work of volunteers. Plan now to Volunteer, Make a Pledge, Participate in the 1st Great Ride’n’Stride .
Around Town: *Wolfe Island ‘Corn Maze’ opens daily at 10 a.m. Reservations required for Evening Outings, also for Group Visits (day/evening). Please call 385-1998
1. Aug. 5th- - 6th Wolfe Island Musicfest, St. Margaret’s Hall Aug.5th 9 p.m. (Advance tickets $10.) & Sat. Aug 6th, Community Centre, 3p.m. Advance Tickets $15.00 Fargo’s, Mosier’s Variety& city locations. ($20. at gate) Contact: Sarah 385-1562)
2. Aug. 5th 4-8 p.m. & Sat. Aug. 6th 10am- 4pm Book Sale at the old Fire Hall sponsored by Friend’s of Big Sandy Bay.
3. Aug. 6th St. Philomena’s Parish Hall (Howe Island) Summer Steak Fry Sat. Aug. 6th St. Tickets ( Steak Dinner-Adults $12.00 Children 12 & under $6.00.) Advance tickets Howe’s Township Office or from Parish Council members.
4. Aug. 7th - W.I. Art Auction & Wine & Cheese 1-5 pm Wolfe Manor. Advance tickets $15.00 Summer Dock Studio,WI Bakery Kingston. Proceeds:W.I.Early Years Centre. Call: 385-9964.
5. August 13th - Scene of the Crime Writer’s Festival. Events all day. Call Maureen (613) 385-2540
6. Aug. 20th. Golf Tournament. WI Riverfront Golf Course & Dance Sponsored by WI Volunteer Fire Department Contact Joe Taggart 385 2233.
7. Aug. 20th. Wolfe Island United Church Pork BBQ & Silent Auction. United Church Hall. Doors open 4:30 p.m.
Wolfe Island resident Mrs. Joan O’Shea was the recipient of the 2005 Frontenac Islands Senior of the Year Award.
Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek presented the framed certificate to Mrs. O’Shea on the steps of the Wolfe Island Town Hall where family and friends had gathered. In honouring Joan, who was nominated for the award by the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute the Mayor said he knew of no one more deserving.
Throughout her life as wife to John, mother, grandmother, teacher (during which time she earned a Batchelor of Arts degree Queen’s in 1985) she has been an active member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Women’s League (50 years) and the Frontenac District Women’s Institute (Life member), the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute (Life member) and an active participant in the community serving on many committees.
In accepting the award Mrs. O’Shea noted her roots in Frontenac Islands run deep with her great great grandfather John Ledford coming to Wolfe Island from England in 1840 and marrying islander Catherine Lyons. Their son George lived on Howe Island and married Anna Marie Mahoney.
“The islands set a tone of neighbourliness and hospitality which has carried on over the years. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of Frontenac Islands,” she said.
The Senior of the Year award was established in 1994 to give each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local senior who after age 65, has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community, without thought of personal or financial gain.
A group of Wolfe Island citizens has begun discussion about establishing Community Policing on the island. “We are starting to have a lot more problems over here,” Wolfe Island resident Wilma Sjonger said speaking on behalf of herself, Tom Berry and Colleen Woodman and the community at large at the July meeting of Frontenac Islands council.
“Anyone reading ‘The Whig Standard’ will recognize that there is a misconception in Kingston that because we don’t have police presence 24-7, anything goes. What we hope is that council along with the OPP will support the setting up of a Volunteer Community Policing Service. We want a presence here.”
The request was opportune because OPP Inspector Jeroen Meinen and Sgt. Matt Hensman were also present to give an overview of OPP work on the island including 2003- 4 statistics occurrences and policing costs.
Regarding Community Policing, Inspector Meinen said it can be very effective if everyone participates. The OPP would assign a liaison and work with a committee to get Community Policing establishrd (ground rules, scope, liability issues, identification of volunteers etc.) under the auspices of council. The township will review the request and set up a first meeting between the OPP and the interested group.
Committee of Adjustment: Council held a marathon meeting before a full house to deal with a backlog of severance applications, (many had been referred to Clark Consulting.) Most were approved subject to a variety of conditions, one was deferred, one was denied.
An application by Shore Acres Ltd. represented by Gene Manion for a series of severances (8) residential lots on the water & right of ways generated much discussion particularly with regard to the 18th Concession road as the access road for the lots. The owner had permission to bring the road up to certain standards (now 2/3rds finished) at his own cost. The owner wanted the township to finish the road and take over maintenance. Councillor Calvin could see no long term benefit for all residents if council picks up the road tab. “If there is something we can work out like a future boat ramp at the end of the road and inland land for parking then I have no trouble with us taking on the road costs, otherwise I don’t think so. There is no public boat access on the South Shore. This is an opportunity to do that,“ Calvin said.
Mr. Manion was not pleased with the concept (land for road work) however after some discussion, (survey costs, land location etc.), a resolution passed that the applicant apply to rezone certain lots “ Limited Service Residential”, and two others “ right of ways” only and that the municipality receive a surveyed one acre parcel of land fronting on the 18th line road which will then be completed by the township.
Senior of the Year Award: Mrs. Joan O’Shea was presented with the Frontenac Islands Senior of the Year Award on the steps of Town Hall by Mayor Vanden Hoek in recognition of her many volunteer hours to Wolfe Island and Kingston organizations and charities.
CFDC: Ms. Anne Pritchard, Executive Director Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation outlined funding initiatives undertaken to and the new round of funding announced for new business initiatives and local small projects.
The information is on the CFDC website at: www.frontenaccfdc.com
Kingston Sewage Approvals: Richard Lindgren Counsel for the Canadian Environmental Association wants Council to acknowledge the municipalities concerns about the Kingston sewage spills that have affected the island’s shoreline to the City of Kingston and /or the Ministry of the Environment.
The Mayor informed Lindgren that after his first presentation there was a meeting with Utilities Kingston President Jim Keech who had since written outlining capital projects being undertaken regarding sewage treatment in Kingston and their willingness to give alerts. Council deferred further action until the Aug. 8th regular meeting.
Horne Cottages: The Horne’s have a problem accessing two of their cottages. Bruce Horne informed council that access to an unopened Township Road allowance in Lot 12 between Concessions 8&9 which the Horne’s use to reach the cottages is being denied by a property owner and blocked by parked vehicles. Horne asked council to “exert their ownership of this part of the right of way or it will be gone.” Council will seek a legal opinion on status of the road allowance and the rights of others to use it.
Trailer Rights: Mrs. Margaret Conley will not be required to move a trailer on her lot, determined in contravention of a zoning bylaw if she can provide a sworn declaration that it has been there since 1977 (which predates the by law) making it a legal non-conforming use.
Next Regular Council Meeting Howe Island Aug. 8th 7:30 p.m.
Around Town:*Rebecca Broeders received the Baker Award presented annually to a Regiopolis Notre Dame graduating Wolfe Island student and the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario Student Award. Congratulations to all island graduates.* Jazzy Minton, 25, son of Scott and Lori Minton left for Kandahar in Afganistan to serve a 6- month civilian posting as a cook with the recently a deployed Canadian Military contingent.* W.I. Fire Chief James White extends thanks to all who donated prizes for the Fishing derby. A great success. * Acacia Gold’s annual puppy reunion at Pat and Tom’s Aug. 6th *Kerryn delivered her baby boy at home, a first on Wolfe Island in 17 years. Congratulations Graham’s.
1) July 29th, 30th, Family Baseball Tournament, WI Community Centre Grounds
2) 2. Aug. 5th- - 6th Wolfe Island Musicfest, at St. Margaret’s Hall Aug.5th 9 p.m. featuring the Tony Scherr Trio; Jill Barber, and Luther Wright (Advance tickets $10.) & Sat. Aug 6th, Community Centre, 3p.m. featuring: Sarah Harmer & Acoustic Band, plus many other groups Advance Tickets $15.00 Fargo’s, Mosier’s Variety& city locations. ($20. at gate) Contact: Sarah 385-1562) Proceeds to Community Development Fund.
3) Aug. 6th St. Philomena’s Parish Hall (Howe Island) Summer Steak Fry Sat. Aug. 6th St. Tickets ( Steak Dinner-Adults $12.00 Children 12 & under $6.00.) Children $2.00 Hot dog& drink Purchase advance tickets at Howe’s Township Office or from Parish Council members.
4) Aug. 7th - W.I. Art Auction & Wine & Cheese 1-5 pm Wolfe Manor. Advance tickets $15.00 Summer Dock Studio & WI Bakery Kingston. Proceeds:W.I.Early Years Centre. Call: 385-9964.
5) August 13th - Scene of the Crime Writer’s Festival. Events all day. Call Maureen (613) 385-2540
Runners (389) came from as far away as Surprise, Arizona; Pennsylvania; Sackville, New Brunswick; South Carolina; California and New York state as well as many parts of Ontario for the 25th Anniversary Wolfe Island Classic Road Race. The race owes much of its longevity and success to the work of the many local volunteers who annually step up to make it work.
Jim Gore from the Kingston Running Room provided much insight and expertise into the organization of this year’s race.
Awards were presented by Cindy Day President of the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association with Ken Keyes as master of ceremonies. Running for the 24th time in 25 years was Doug Knowles (running in the 70+class.) Results by Sports Stats available on line at www.wolfeisland.com
A kiddies race (2-6 year’s) sponsored by Wolfe Island Early Years preceded the actual race with the children wearing running bibs and equipped with (not activated) timing chips was a new feature this year.
1. Ken Neill, 34.54.6 Kingston
2. Ryan Melcher 36.49.0 Sonora, California
3. Rob Rowlatt 37.53.6 Kingston
1. Suzanne Garrett 40.59.9 Kingston
2. Margareta Svijina 41.48.0 Kingston
3. Tammy Romanidis 45.26.9 Kingston
1. David Clinkad 17.10.7 Kingston
2. Bruce Pardy 17.13.5 Kingston
3. Randy Zabukovac 17.22.9 Kingston
1. Amy Sheebey 18.43.5 Kingston
2. Andria Smith 19.09.4 Aurora. Ont.
3. Erin Sask 19.14.0 Kingston
An Early years centre for children from birth to 6-years and their parents and caregivers was established on Wolfe Island in 2002 when the Wolfe Island Early Years committee received a 3-year, $56,000 total grant ($18,000 plus a year) from the Ontario Early Years Challenge Fund.
The Challenge Fund matches community contributions for projects that help Ontario children reach their full potential. The committee was expected to meet the challenge and raise a further $7000 a year for each of the 3 years which they did, but, the Challenge grant was completed March 31, 2005.
The problem that confronts the Early Years committee NOW is how to raise operating funds, $25,000 per year, to continue this very valuable community program which the Ontario government says is an integral part of Ontario’s Early Years Plan. The Wolfe Island Centre is located at Sacred Heart School with Nancy McIntosh as its dedicated coordinator. The centre could open in September but close very shortly there after without funds.
The Committee is looking into further grant opportunities and fund raising challenges of course, but they are also looking to the community organizations and individuals for financial support in the way of donations or pledges to Early Years or by sponsoring events.
The Wolfe Island Early Years is recognized as a not for profit, charitable organization able to issue tax receipts. Please consider supporting Early Years. Its urgent. Contact: Emily Day at 385- 8505.
The Annual Early Years Art Auction takes place at Wolfe Manor, Aug. 7th with tickets available through local merchants.
MP Peter Milliken attends Strawberry Social:
The Honourable Peter Milliken, MP for Kingston and the Islands arrived on Wolfe Island Friday June 24th to present cheques to the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association and the Township of Frontenac Islands.
Mr. Milliken strolled from the ferry through Marysville to the Dreamcatcher’s Inn (formerly Woodman House) for the presentation of a $5000 cheque to the Township of Frontenac Islands for a Marysville study related to sewage and water and a second $45,000. cheque to the Wolfe Island Business and Tourism Association for an extensive marketing project including some funding for a bicycle rental component.
The initiative received funding support from the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation and Industry Canada through the EODF (Eastern Ontario Development Fund) initiative.
The event marked the launch of the Wolfe Island Marketing Initiative which includes two new island brochures , one for Wolfe Island and the other for the island’s Big Sandy Bay produced for wide distribution by Small World Media Group as well as the unveiling of a logo for the island.
In presenting the cheques to Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek and Ms. Cindy Day, president of the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association, Mr. Milliken said that it gives him much pleasure to come to the island to meet his constituents and to enjoy their hospitality. In this instance a Strawberry Social complete with local Pyke strawberries was prepared by the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute and served on the lawn of the inn.
Mr. Milliken was introduced and given a T-shirt with the WI logo from WIBTA director David Colburn. Guests included Anne Pritchard, Executive Director the Frontenac CFDC, Diana Bratina, Manager Economic Development County of Frontenac, Brian Ritchie, Economic Development, MMAH and members of the community.
The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate community and economic development throughout the Frontenacs.
Howe Island Social, Cultural and Recreational Activities Committee: After a successful Clean-Up Campaign in April the Howe committee moves to its next project to refurbish the Howe Island Ball Diamond. The infield will be restored. The bleachers, players benches, play ground equipment, picnic tables, fences and toilets are being repaired and painted by volunteers.
Dorothy Higgs at 548-8378 is the contact for a planned bi-monthly island newsletter. A Howe Island history project and possible archiving in the works. For information contact Bonnie Ottenhof, 542-4814 and/or Shelagh McDonald at 542-6374.
Fall euchre and bridge dates will be announced. Contact Gary Hall 545-0806
Wolfe Island’s 2nd Annual Art in the Garden Tour:
Very hot weather did not deter the 300 plus persons who attended the island’s 2nd annual “Art in the garden Tour” sponsored by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association and organized by enthusiastic volunteers.
School buses transported the guests from Marysville to the gardens located at the eastern end of the island to the foot beginning with Brown’s Bay Inn. Knowledgeable guides entertained them with stories about the island and its people, its history and places of interest.
At each of the 11 gardens included in the tour, one or two of the islands many artists had their work on display. Most of the properties are located in incredible settings with beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River and the homes as well as the gardens were beautiful to see.
Seasoned gardners were looking for the unusual in plants while others just basked in the beauty around them and the explosion of colour from the flowers and the art on display. T
This year’s tour included only one ferry ride from Kingston or Cape Vincent. A group of 10 visitors came from Malone, N.Y.
Sacred Heart School Grade 8 Graduation Exercises began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Rene Labelle and concluded at the school with presentation of the graduates; a video of their life and times; a yearbook and special awards. Dinner was prepared for the graduates , parents and families by the W.I. Women’s Institute. The graduates are Pamela Chesney, Alyssa Eves, Joseph Eves, Brandon Greenwood, Luke Gurnsey, Lauren McAllister and Katelyn Verton..
Special Awards: Athletic Excellence Pam Chesney and Joe Eves; Citizenship: Lauren McAllister; French as a 2nd Language: Katelyn Verton; Pricipals Award: Luke Gurnsey; Superintendent’s Award: Pam Chesney. The Valedictorian was Lauren McAllister. Congratulations to ALL.
Around Town:*Very busy these days. All ferries, Wolfe Island & Howe full more often than not. Cottagers returning daily. * Big time construction trucks, gravel, stone, etc. coming and going, hard on roads. Sadness that two young men died on Wolfe Island. Wonderful that OPSEU has reached an agreement. Important details: wage increases totalling 9.75 per cent over four years; extension of Factor 80 early retirement provisions. * Welcome home Rene & Brad. *Frontenac Islands budget nears completion.*Trinity Anglican’s July craft & bake sale has been cancelled.*Stone Heron Gallery opens.
1. July 29-30 W.I. Family Baseball Tournament
Sunday, July 3, 2005 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Wolfe Island Classic 5K-10K Run on the Wolfe Island. The run which starts at 9:30 a.m. in the village of Marysville follows out and back the north shore road and will, as it has for many years, end near the home of Pat Downing and Tom St. Laurent by the water. ( It is not uncommon for the runners to jump in at the end of the race.)
In its first year 1981, the 11.5K race, sponsored by the Kingston Road Runners Association originated at Horne’s ferry and ended in the village. In 1982 it was an 8K run before finally settling on the present 5K- 10K number with categories, prizes and medals for men , women and youth from under 12 years to over 70 years.
Local resident Hank (Hendry) Connell, was recognized in 2001 for his long and successful history as the original Race Director. He brought together businesses and islanders who to this day continue to volunteer at this run presented by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association.
More recently the active participation of Kingston’s Running Room and Race Director Sandy Hunter from the island, has seen an increase in the number of runners to 467 in 2004 with the limit set at 500 this year. Runners come from the USA and many parts of Canada for the event.
A new feature this year will be a race for little ones, 2-6 years sponsored by the island’s Early Years with sign-up at 8:15 am and run at 9 a.m.
Register for the Wolfe Island Classic on line at www.events.runningroom.com; in person at the Running Room 277 Princess St, Kingston; Race Day registration, Sunday, July 3rd, 7:30-8:45 am at the W.I. Township Hall. All information regarding costs (singles, families),waivers, road directions, ferry schedules and registration form (pdf) are listed on the Wolfe Island website: www.wolfeisland.com or contact Race Director CynthiaPDay@aol.com
Ontario Public servants including ferry workers have voted (65%) to go on strike unless they can achieve a new collective agreement. No strike or lockout date has been set and fortunately bargaining continues at this time with what all hope will be a happy outcome.
Most of us remember the 5-week strike in 1996 when islanders left in droves, staying with relatives and friends, accepting the hospitality of the Holiday Inn fearful all, of loosing jobs, losing school time and missing shifts. During that strike the essential service agreement allowed for 14 daily ferry trips with 8 on weekends.
The next strike in 2002 an arbitrated essential services agreement left Wolfe Island with 7 daily weekday ferry trips and 3 trips on weekends instead of the regular 19 round trips a day. A resolution circulated at the time requested that the Wolfe Islander III be treated like any other highway under the jurisdiction of MTO and that the regular level of service not be changed. Nothing came of it. Interesting to note that the Crown’s position at the time was that as an essential service the ferry service should not be reduced.
The Township worked overtime to make sure OPSEU and the Province understood that 7 trips and 3 on weekend didn’t come close to meeting the needs of the community. A further 2 daily trips and 2 more on Sunday’s were ordered.
At the time Mayor Vanden Hoek said,” we need to do some groundwork so that if these two sides have to again negotiate an essential services agreement for us they have a better understanding of our community.” That strike lasted some 8 weeks.
In a recent conversation with Mayor Vanden Hoek with regard to the remote possibility of an OPSEU strike and the essential services agreement process he said, ” the township is not part of the essential service negotiating process.”
(The Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act says that an employer of crown employees and a trade union representing employees who have or are negotiating a collective agreement must also negotiate an essential services agreement.)
“But we worked hard to build up a file about how difficult the strike had been for the community even collecting hardship data. In the last year council reviewed that data with both OPSEU and the Management Board reminding them that the 2002 level of service was inadequate. I do believe we had an impact,” he said.
“In the event that there is a strike, which is not a forgone conclusion since many things are resolved at the eleventh hour, and we are optimistic, there is an essential services agreement now in place which I’ve been told is better than that of 2002,” the mayor concluded.
Frontenac District Women’s Institute: Did you wonder where all the women wearing blue hats festooned with gold flowers and ribbons were going as they got off Wolfe Island Ferry in Marysville?
They were on their way to the annual meeting of the Frontenac District Women’s Institute being held at Trinity Anglican Church and hosted by the island’s St. Lawrence Women’s Institute. The Frontenac District includes branches from Joyceville, Murvale, Westside, St. Sydenham, Harrowsmith, Glenburnie, Pittsburgh and Wolfe Island so there were a wide variety of hats (more than 60) spray painted a glorious blue and fashioned by the women ready for the Parade of Hats later in the day.
Rev. Canon Chris Carr welcomed the women. He spoke of the origins of the Women’s Institute and their long history of doing good for family, homemaking and community. “No social group is as strong as family. Other social groups weak in comparison to family,” he said. “You are angels who pass among us. Welcome to angels all.”
Councillor Wayne Grant brought greetings from the Township acknowledging the continuing hard work of the institutes for community and country. Cecilia Maines , Eastern Board Director and Grace LeClair Kingston Area President were also present.
Donna Grant welcomed their guests on behalf of the St. Lawrence Institute. The meeting was chaired by District President Brenda Draper assisted by the secretary/treasurer Erma Bracken.
Life memberships were presented by Brenda Draper to Joan O’Shea, Connie Fawcett, Marette Fawcett (in absentia), Gwen Leonard and Helen Greenlees. Departed members were remembered at a short memorial tribute conducted by Connie Harris.
Throughout the day the island’s Tweedsmuir Books which are a 75 year + history of Wolfe Island were on display. The books are presently under the care of Connie Woodman.
Lunch prepared by the Guild was served at St. Margaret’s Hall. Pearl Niles President of the Guild and Past District Director and member of St. Lawrence Institute, organized the days events. Winners of the Parade of Hats were Connie Harris, Eleanor Taggart and Helen Greenlees. Entertainment was provided by Marion Lakins, Robert Graham and Ken Keyes.
Women’s Institute members from rural and urban communities have worked for the betterment of families, homes and communities for over 100 years Their original focus, domestic science education expanded to include personal growth, government lobbying, health and community initiatives..
The Rose (rural Ontario sharing education) program of the Federated Women’s Institutes provides communities with vital health and social service information. Why not Be active! Be involved! Be a member!
Around Town: The W.I. Tourist Information Centre is open.* It is time to plant Pumpkin seeds for the Wolfe Island and Howe Island Great Pumpkin weigh-in events.*The rabies clinics announced for June have been cancelled. Many islanders attended the special liturgy for Msgr. Don Clement, St. Mary’s Cathedral who served Sacred Heart Parish as administrator when it was without a pastor. Good wishes to Fr. Don in his retirement. Lunch was provided by the CWL for family and friends following the confirmation of 10 young people and 3 First Communicants at Sacred Heart.*Josh Sutherland has arrived safely home.
1. June 18th Island Grill Summer Solstice 18 hole, 4 person Scramble Golf Tournament at Riverfront and Alston Moor courses. Tee off times 9:30 (1st 9). 11 am (2nd 9) Pre-registration required. Call Ken or Eric 385-2157 or 385-855
2. June 25th. Wolfe Island Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bass Fishing Derby. Contact: James White 385 2449.
3. June 26th. 2nd Annual Art in the Garden Tour For information 385 1875.
4. June 30th Stone Heron Gallery Opens at the Community Hall. 6:30 reception/ opening of 4 day show “Wildlife on Water.”
In spite of hot muggy weather more than 55 Howe Islanders attended the regular meeting of Frontenac Island Council to express their opposition to a resolution which would see the consolidation of the CAO and Treasury functions to Wolfe Island.
The resolution reads: ‘ that Council gives direction to staff to follow the HarVan Consulting report to consolidate the CAO & Treasury positions on Wolfe Island. The Howe Island office will be fully staffed in the interim as the work load will be assessed to determine the future staffing levels.’
Howe residents were alerted to two resolutions before council regarding both the HarVan report, completed by consultant Bob Foulds (formerly Frontenac County CAO), and the Administrative report in a letter from Deputy Mayor Geoff Hobbs who expressed opposition to the resolutions and the possible loss of Treasurer Carol Dwyer from Howe to Wolfe Island.
Mayor Vanden Hoek told the anxious residents much has changed since the amalgamation of Howe and Wolfe Islands and called on council members to express their opinions regarding resolution #1. Councillor Norris indicated no support for the consolidation of the CAO and treasury function to Wolfe Island. Councillor Grant supports the Foulds report with a 2-day, 3-day schedule on Wolfe Island for the treasurer. Councillor Hobbs noted confusion in the resolution with no reference to the 2-day, 3-day schedule. Councillor Calvin said this was not a ward against ward issue but one of restructuring. “We asked Bob Foulds how to do it without extra salaries and higher taxes, when our primary staff is consumed with day to day events with no time for long term planning. The recommendation was to consolidate the CAO and Treasury function,” he said.
Mayor Vanden Hoek said that the treasury function is not a full time activity. “I did not anticipate that this would draw the current employee out of the Howe office to Wolfe Island every day of the week. I expect Carol will continue to serve the residents of Howe Island whether it is 1, 2, or 3 days depending on work load. The resolution is written independent of the employee and the role that is going to be performed. It is for the benefit of Frontenac Islands.
Council heard from residents Heather Lippert : “considering time and travel consolidation is more efficient for whom?” Dave McNamara: “Reject the motion in fairness to Howe Islanders.” Rozanne Moizer: ” You have gone out of the township to ask someone else what to do and you guys know what to do.” Kent Guthrie: ”Much can be done through technology.” Austin Page:” Howe Island has been admirably served by 1 staff person. We don’t want it to change.” Chief Mike Quinn: ”consolidation raises concerns from a fire and safety point of view.” Marg McReynolds: “I oppose consolidation. Fail to see how significant issues can be realized. Howe has better facility. Rotate with same amount of time in each office.” Bill Chamberlain “have Wolfe Islanders been given opportunity to talk about it?”
Deputy Mayor Hobbs proposed an amendment adding, “two days on Wolfe Island the first week and 3 days the second ( 5 in the two week pay period) plus a part time clerical assistant on Howe Island the other days. It was defeated.
Resolutions #1 & #2 (which includes and recommends: no change to the size of council; availability of the mayor one hour before regular meeting to hear residents’ concerns; annual performance reviews; defer establishing Boards and committees at this time; expansion W.I. Road Superintendent’s role to include Howe Island and Simcoe & Howe Island ferries; Fire Safety Officer hired for Wolfe Island one day per week; Chief Building Official hired till Decmber31st; continued use of existing tax and accounting software programs plus addition of two computer systems/software for each office; the Treasurer to assume administrative duties for the operation of Big Sandy Bay; regular meetings of the Management Team will be convened) were passed.
Howe Islanders left very unhappy with the outcome.
In other business: 1. A letter from Richard Lindgren, Canadian Environmental Law Association indicating that the Law Association (CELA) and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper have applied for a review of the City of Kingston’s sewage approvals issued under the Ontario Water Resources Act and requesting a resolution of concern from Council has been deferred to July meeting when Mr. Lindgren can be present to address the matter.
This in reference to the Kingston sewage treatment bypasses which considering the proximity of the Township put the township at risk of sewage contamination. 2. Council authorized Clark Consulting to release comments from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing concerning Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments for wind power to both wind power applicants.
3. Since Mike Prior Home Improvements is unable to construct the Howe Island 10’x12’ferry building, council has accepted an $18,000 bid plus GST from Mike Fiene. 4. A parking lot will be constructed near the Frontenac County ferry dock on North Range with $10,000 from Howe Ferry Reserve Fund. 5.Council approved a donation of $75. to the W.I. Plowmen’s Association. 4. Staff will obtain quotes for high speed internet service for both municipal offices to be installed by one service provider without using township property for towers. 5. Council received a copy of a letter & petition sent to the Minister of Natural Resources by the Wolfe Island Residents Group calling for the development of Big Sandy Bay to stop immediately. Council will respond and at the same time the BSB committee will attempt to educate residents about the site. 6. MOE regulations regarding water treatment systems for Marysville came up and further discussion will take place at upcoming budget meetings. 7. Much satisfaction that a possible strike by Provincial OPSEU workers may be avoided. 8. Mayor VandenHoek announced this is his last term in office. He will not seek re-election. Council meets on Wolfe Island July 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Around Town:* Wolfe Island’s Mrs. Joan O’Shea will receive the Township of Frontenac Islands 2005 Senior of the Year Award. Joan was nominated by the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute.
1. June 25th. Wolfe Island Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bass Fishing Derby. Weigh In 1 p.m.
1. June 26th. 2nd Annual Art in the Garden Tour For information 385 1875.
2. June 30th Stone Heron Gallery Opens at the Community Hall. 6:30 p.m.
3. July 3rd 25th Anniversary Wolfe Island Classic Road Race Contact: Cindy 385-9994
The Province of Ontario intends to increase its supply of new renewable energy by up to 1000 megawatts with projects of between 20 and 200 MW, and released a Request for Proposals (RFP's) on April 22nd www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca The RFP request is expected to bring an additional $1.5 billion of new investment to Ontario
In the first round last year the two companies (Canadian Hydro Developers Inc and GAIA Power Inc.) bid for wind power projects on Wolfe Island and did not succeed. This time, however, if everything goes ahead Wolfe Island could be generating more than 10% of Ontario's renewable power.
The two developers have applied for a Township Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments. The proponents have until August to submit their proposals with successful projects to be announced as early as this fall. The government's decision to shut down coal power generating plants has created some urgencey to get on with it.
Frontenac Islands Council recently released an Information letter to islanders and outlined the impact of the proposed wind farms, noting that 8000 acres of land west of the canal have been optioned through lease agreement between property owners and developers (not the municipality), for approximately 120 plus turbines thus far and that the province is entering into purchase agreements with the developers to buy the more expensive power and they changed land use policy to permit turbines on agricultural land.
The letter noted the environmental benefits of wind power and lease payments to land owners as well as the spin off to local businesses and contractors. But the province has also created a special tax class exempting developers/turbine owners from paying the majority of municipal property taxes and capped (for municipal property tax purposes) turbine assessment at $40,000 per MW. Based on 2004 mill rates for a 1.5 MW turbine the Municipal tax generated each year would net the township $404.40.
“I am concerned about the size of the wind farms in relation to the rest of the island. We've gone from 13 towers to possibly 200, by far the largest proposed project in the country,” Frontenac Islands Mayor Vanden Hoek said. “The total alternative energy anticipated for the whole province is 2700 MW by 2010. If 100 or 200 towers end up on Wolfe Island its conceivable that 10% of the total provincial effort lands right here. I am not saying its bad. I'm saying we have to reflect on it.”
Referring to the revenue the municipality would receive, the mayor said money issues cannot be appealed at the OMB. “You can't argue you're not happy with the revenue, but I am not happy. I don't think that we should reap a windfall just because we are geographically located and have the wind. On the other hand there is an element of fairness,” he said.
Vanden Hoek noted that 97% of municipal tax revenue is residential. “If you want to build a road, buy a grader or a snow plow the residents pick up almost all of the cost and that's generally true in many rural municipalities without a commercial tax base. The frustration here is that the opportunity to land commercial or industrial assessment on Wolfe Island is slim to none. It just doesn't happen. Wind Power is the only significant thing that has come our way from a tax standpoint so it is particularly frustrating that the province has capped revenue We expected fairness and I don't think a $40,000 (assessment) cap per MW is fair. We don't have a road agreement with the developers. We are not even sure that we can charge them for building permits. A potentially very positive thing for the community and land owners has become something less that neutral unless we can bring the partners in this project to the table to make sure we are not the losers in the process.”
Mayor VandenHoek said that each tower base takes many loads of cement. “There is not a road on the island that can take that kind of traffic. There are many issues to be dealt with and we don't have all the information. Until we do we remain in a very guarded frame of mind. Wolfe Island understands environmental issues as well as anyone in the province and we want to contribute but we don't think rural host communities should carry the burden to the extent the province is suggesting. If I can leave one word on wind power its fairness.”
In June of last year the municipality began writing letters to the different ministries; energy, finance and municipal affairs because they could see what was coming. The mayor made a presentation to the standing committee on finance when it toured the province.
“We have made as strong an effort as possible to let the province know what was happening. It has just fallen on deaf ears…,” the mayor said. “We are mature community on how we view these things. But we are frustrated that that the province would disadvantage us with their policies. I feel pretty strongly that the province has stripped out all the revenue on the projects just to dampen the cost that they are going to have to pay when they buy this energy from the developers,” Mayor Vanden Hoek concluded.
The train has left the station, the province has loaded the dice and deep down the mayor knows that. What may be good for the environment, good for the land owners, good for business, good for the developers offers little for the municipality. How fair is that to a rural community?
Around Town: Check out W.I. Mural Project website wolfislandart.net/murals.html * Anglican Services time 9:15 am (summer.) *A Social & Cultural Committee of Council was formed to enhance, promote,coordinate recreational, cultural and social activities on Howe Island.* The W.I.Oral History project received a grant from the Kingston Foundation to continue this exciting process through the summer. Euchre Thursday's Wolfe Island United Church is back to 7 p.m.*The W.I. Classic Road Race celebrates 25th Anniversary this summer.
1.Choral Evensong Pentecost Sunday May 15th 4 p.m. Trinity Anglican
2.Howe Island Fire & Rescue Steak Fry Dinner (6:30-9:00 Fri.May 20th $15.00 per person) St. Philomena Church Hall
3.United Church Fish Fry Sat. May 21st Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
Bob Clark and Jennifer Current of Clark Consulting Services presented an update on the status of the two Wolfe Island wind farm applications (GAIA Power and (CHD) Canadian Hydro Developers) for Official Plan and Zoning By Law amendments at the Frontenac Islands April meeting.
Clark said that comments received to his inquiries from agencies were based on the understanding that the project was municipally initiated when in fact it was proponent driven. He also noted they had received from GAIA Power their land options. He noted concerns (from Kingston Field Naturalists) about the proximity of wind turbines to natural features and from CHD comments suggesting a much lower separation distance than recommended. Clark stated, “We recommend maintaining the separation distances.”
Financial issues were reviewed with both council and the township lawyer. Clark Consulting will advise both applicants of the failure to receive certain agency comments and their financial impact analysis. (A recent letter to Wolfe Islanders indicates that for every 1.5 MW turbine the township will only receive $404.40 annual property taxes.)
In other Business: 1. Paul Shibata of Shibata Bio Consultants presented an update regarding the March fuel oil spill at the W.I. Town Hall, which affected 13 locations. Also present were Dan White and Jim Mahoney of MOE.
“ The document is a summary of the correspondence particularly with regulatory agencies directly to the municipality, identifying some of the problems, what we have done and the positive impacts we have had,” Shibata said. “
The second part outlines details of our recent reports to the Kingston Health Unit identifying a clean bill of health to Ontario Water Standards.” He outlined the extent of the spill and all that was done to deal with it. “Now we have turned the corner on the abatement of this spill but one thing that has surfaced is the water systems per se,” he said. The two east and west wells do not meet new legislated standards. The east well with two pumps one to the municipal hall and 4 residents, making it a small municipal non residential system and the west well also with two pumps and collectively 8 residents, (a small municipal year round system) now have new requirements. The residents will be notified.
Testing will depend on the type of water purification systems installed. The recommendation is to do “at the source” purification of the water supply.
2. Totten Sims Hubicki’s Guy Laporte provided a preliminary overview for establishing a municipal water and sewer system in Marysville. (150-200 families)
“You have to identify the problem, show that a communal system is appropriate, that there are 40% non standard systems (which might allow for priority funding). Get water samples from all of the homeowners plus survey septic systems to see if they are up to code. ($10,000),” he said noting that Water and Sewer is a scheduled C Class environmental assessment to determine best solution to the problem. (Up to $150,000)
For a system with 5,625 metres of water mains and sanitary sewers the cost is in the range of $11million. Laporte mentioned the COMRIF as a possible funding source. Ball park costs are $17,500 per residence, plus operating costs $85,000- $100,000 x 2 (for water & sewer) plus a requirement to set aside money ($300,000) for replacement spread over 200 families.)
Laporte noted advantages on waterside for residents but the sewage side is difficult to justify.
During the discussion Mayor Vanden Hoek said, “we may need to think more creatively (something less costly; smaller scale, different types, smaller pieces, a default option) but I don’t think the municipality can just close the file,” reminding council that in 2001 Sewer & Water was part of the development review.
Councillor Grant commented that it takes time to digest such a plan. Councillor Calvin expressed concern over ongoing costs. “Money is going to be a big issue,” he said. Paul Shibata said it is important to identify shortcomings of present systems and determine what is required for immediate compliance by residents. Staff will review and refine the information for presentation at the next council meeting.
3. Laporte continued with a progress report of Wolfe Island sewage haulage and disposal and study of options undertaken with CFDC funding assistance, (local haulage/lagoon ended a few years ago).
And, Ms. Emily Vegers, Totten Simms Hubicki presented the annual W.I. Waste Disposal Site report She said the site is operating well, with 80% waste diversion, good records, 27 trips per year per resident and a conservative 13 years left for the site. If trends continue the site could last to 2027. Provincial water quality objectives are being met. (It’s a good read.) The report will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and the neighbouring property owner.
Howe Island’s Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Quinn said in reference to the possible use of an Air Rescue Boat that it requires an in depth analysis which because of the work the department is involved in with “Air Ambulance or alternate Search and Rescue” it is quite low on their priority list at this time. The Howe Island Fire Prevention committee will not participate in the 2006 fire prevention calendar but will focus on other projects.
Council adopted an Emergency Response Plan and will appoint a Community Emergency Management Coordinator. They have entered into an agreement with the Kingston Humane Society to provide pound services.
Two proposals for high speed Internet have been deferred because of concerns raised by Councillor Hobbs. He also presented a brochure of Howe’s Cultural committee; is concerned about lack of signs for County ferry and information regarding truck use on the ferry.
Council will seek funding from the County for repairs on Howe Island Drive. Budget meetings are underway.
Next council Meeting: May 9th, Wolfe Island.
Around Town:*St. Lawrence Women’s Institute will host the annual Frontenac District meeting & Blue Hat Challenge at St. Margaret’s Hall on Tuesday May 24th.* Summer Dock Studio opens weekend May 1st. * Every 2nd Sunday beginning May 1to Oct.9 Anglican Services will be held at Christ Church at 9:15 a.m.
1. May 21st Wolfe Island United Church Fish Fry Doors open 4:30 p.m.
2. Euchre Thursday’s Wolfe Island United Church 8 p.m.
There was no contest when a resolution came forward to appoint Howe Island’s Councillor Geoff Hobbs Deputy Mayor of Frontenac Islands at the regular May council meeting. It is now half way through the mandate of the present Council and Hobbs will complete the last 18 months of the 3 year term as agreed following the 2003 election.
At the time the appointment of a Deputy Mayor became a contentious issue between Hobbs who had received the most votes and had campaigned on certain issues and Norris who had held the position since amalgamation (of the islands) and wished to continue in the position to see projects related to transportation through to their conclusion.
Pat Norris was appointed Deputy Mayor for the first 18 month period which saw a new County Ferry for Howe Island. Frontenac Islands newly appointed Deputy Mayor Geoff Hobbs looks forward to serving the community in his new capacity.
In other business council acting as a Committee of adjustment heard 3 applications for consent, one to sever an existing residence from farm property, another for a lot addition and subsequent ownership of a right of way and a third for a severance of seasonal residential lot.
There were questions concerning the fragmentation of farmland, agricultural land, tile beds, right of ways, road allowances, and Zoning By-Law requirements for lot frontage. What is interesting to note is that all three applications have been referred to the Town Planning Consultant Bob Clark. “The province says we must deal appropriately with agricultural land,” Mayor Vanden Hoek said. “At a recent OMB meeting it was clear that new regulations are very strict. We can’t answer all the questions so once again we’ll defer to Bob Clark before we make any final decisions.”
2. Each municipality has received a $50,000 grant to support fire department programs, initiatives and equipment (not previously budgeted for by municipalities) from the Ministry of Community and Correctional Services. Howe Island Fire Chief Mike Quinn wanted to know how the grant will be disbursed noting H.I’s priority is for equipment. The disbursement will be done on an assessment (60/40) basis.
3. Council will not sell an undeveloped road allowance in Lot 9, between Concession 18 and 19 on Wolfe Island which separates two properties purchased by Gene Manion of Shore Acres Ltd. ”This is not something we want to do,” the Mayor said.
4. By laws were passed to appoint the Howe Island Social, Cultural &Recreational Activities Committee and the Big Sandy Bay Stewardship Committee.
5. The municipality has accepted the tender bid from Mike Prior Home Improvements to construct a new 10’x12’-$17,200. + GST ferry building on Howe Island in a cost sharing agreement with the Ministry of Transportation.
6. Deputy Mayor Hobbs will look into a permit request to take water from parts of lots 18 & 19, Concession Road North Range on Howe Island from 7 ponds for wildlife conservation on a year round basis. There was concern that the creation of the ponds might disturb water tables.
7. At the last council meeting there was talk of next steps in the water and sewer issues for Marysville. In a letter to council Mayor Vanden Hoek recommended that the township begin a monitoring program to assess the quality of surface water at the edge of the village bay in proximity to numerous shore wells. And that the west and the east well including the Town Hall be consolidated into one water source providing potable water. The larger water and sewer file will not be closed as cost estimates for installation etc. and how costs would be passed on must be determined before anything further is done. Council meets again June 13th on Howe Island.
VE DAY: On the 60th Anniversary of VE Day Ladies from the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute arrived at the library where President Maureen Lollar presented a book on their behalf entitled Fighting for Home & Country, Women Remember World War II to librarian Sharon Hogan to mark the occasion. “While none of the stories were written by island women many are reminiscent of stories island women have to tell,” she said. A display honouring the Year of the Veteran and VE Day was on display.
A Howe Island Fire resulting from an unattended fire pit caused significant damage to the D. Kirkley home. Winds picked up, embers were blown into dry grass and spread in all directions catching the exterior of the house through the first and second floors. Howe Island’s Fire & Rescue held the fire (which also threatened neighbouring cottages) before the home was destroyed. Kingston Fire & Rescue assisted.
Around Town: Kane family members (who had raised $7000.) recently walked for Breast Cancer Research.*Joshua son of Linda and Dale Sutherland completed a circumnavigation around the world and is heading home. Watch for the red sail of his boat. Barbara (Wall) LaRoque (completing a Wolfe Island history) will be staying at a Taggart cottage this summer. Be in touch with her with family stories, anecdotes or histories of W.I. buildings at 385-2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org * A first historic mural is now installed on the side of Fargo’s General Store.. The Ont. Government will ease drinking water testing and treatment requirements for sites such as churches, camp grounds, community halls. By (fall) 2006 Health units (for an annual fee) will assess safety of drinking-water systems, develop monitoring and treatment plans based on contamination risk. * OPSEU is looking to achieve a better wage/benefit deal so there is concern about the ferry. * Wolfe Island’s ecologically significant Big Sandy Bay (BSB) re-opens to the public Victoria Day weekend operating weekends only until June 17th. A small admission fee is payable by visitors, with free vehicle parking at the BSB entrance gate, along with racks to secure bicycles
1. Natural Forces, an artwork exhibit featuring the work of Maggie Crothers-Stuart and Debra Krakow opens Fri. May 27th 7-9 pm; May 28th 10am-6pm; May 29th 10:30 am- 5pm at St. Margaret’s Hall, Wolfe Island (a short walk from the ferry).
2. HOWE ISLAND COMMUNITY YARD PLANT & BAKE SALE sponsored by H.I. Garden Buds, Sat. June 4, 2004 9:00am - 2:00pm at St. Philomena’s Church Hall
3. W.I.’s Art in the Garden Tour, Sun. June 26th 10 am-5 pm. Contact Diane Kerbel 385-9917
It is great living on an island by the water. But it is not so great when you are confronted with tampon applicators and syringes floating by and with raw sewage spreading out along more than kilometre of shore line.
That happened to Wolfe Island resident Collin Mosier as he was walking along the shore near his Brophy’s Point home, downstream from the City of Kingston.
It happened after a heavy rainfall which led city of Kingston officials to discharge sewage and storm water into the Cataraqui River (whitch flows into the St.Lawrence) bypassing pumping stations and treatment plants hoping to prevent further damage to the city’s old water pipes.(52 million litres The Whig April 6th).
Mosier did everything right. He gathered and took pictures of the debris, collected water samples, notified the Ministry of the Environment, Lake Ontario Keeper (a Toronto-based group concerned with protecting the waterfront community) and his neighbours who also walked the shoreline to view the mess for themselves, to gather evidence and to take adequate precautions including water testing.
Although Mosier and his neighbours with shore wells have water treatment systems, UV lights etc. and have the water tested regularly, no one is drinking the water. It would not be the first time that after a Kingston sewage and storm water bypass residents have had water tests come back indicating sewage contamination.
While Kingston has not acknowledged that the debris is the result of the sewage bypass, a crew hired by the City of Kingston’s Utilities Branch spent many hours collecting the bio-hazardous material.
Ministry of the Environment officials were quickly on the scene after receiving calls taking many water samples etc. Their investigators will attempt to find out where the debris came from and how it landed on Wolfe Island. Of grave concern to both the residents and MOE is the effect of the sewage on the shore wells which of course is also a major concern of the Health Unit.
Island residents are anxious to know whether this could have been prevented. They want help from MOE and answers from the city. They want to know if charges could or should be laid. They want to know the environmental impact to the island, its people and its fishery.
Lake Ontario Keeper’s president Mark Mattson who owns a cottage on Wolfe Island noted on the LOK website regarding the incident:
“Two issues remain outstanding: 1) Who will hold the city accountable for dumping raw sewage with no notice to downstream residents, no monitoring to ensure no environmental impact, and no automatic clean-up measures in place?
2) Who will ensure that these three measures (notice, monitoring, cleanup) are taken every time a bypass occurs in the future?”
Historic Murals to make the Scene on Wolfe Island:
A trio of Wolfe Island artists has begun a project to develop a series of ten large historically based murals for Marysville. The artists include free spirited Pat Sandford, owner and operator of the island’s Stone Heron Gallery, Kim Woodman, creator of large and spectacular oil paintings of Canada and Linda Sutherland, whose work in both glass and oil is well known in the region. Stained glass windows created by Linda grace the W.I. United Church. The latter two artists, are graduates of the Queen’s Fine Arts Program. Their work is displayed in the Stone Heron Gallery. Kim and Linda are responsible for the “Welcome to Wolfe Island” signs.
The first mural is expected to go on the side of Fargo’s Store. “The agreement that we have with the Fargo family is that they look at the mural and approve it before it goes up on their building on the May long weekend. We want their input,” Pat Sandford said.
“We are very excited about the first mural. It is a scene made up of several old pictures put together. It looks down the street from Fargo’s General Store to the ferry dock and includes what once was the ferry terminal . The building was eventually moved and became the LaRush home in Marysville,” she said. “It will include the Steamer Wolfe Islander ferry (1904) at the end of the street where the dock at the time was just grass and a sidewalk since there were no cars boarding it then. As well there is an old push cart with milk jugs going over to where the ferry is being loaded with goods and, of course, the picture will include people.”
To get the project started Linda, Kim and Pat have built a frame to hold three, four by eight foot sign painter’s boards which make up the 12 foot wide by 8 foot high mural, screwed them down, sealed the seams, sanded and primed it with many coats.. The frame is located in the Wolfe Island Business Centre on highway #96 where the artists will continue their work using acryllic paint in old sepia and cream tones. “We will hand tint certain parts of the picture like the old hand tinted photos. Full colour for a historic picture would just not look right, “Pat noted.
They were able to gather photos from quite a number of island people not only for the first mural but for future ones as well. “We have a nice bank of old photos all scanned in right now,” Sanford said.
The first mural is sponsored by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association (WIBTA). The association will pay for all the materials and for its installation. There is no other funding.
The artists will give of their time and talents as a gift to the community. “This is something we want to do for the island. It’s a labour of love,” Sanford said.
While there is no sponsor for the second mural the team has decided its focus will be “The Scene of the Crime” and will probably include of Ardath Chateau ‘the old castle’ and Grant Allen, Canada’s first crime writer. The artists will not proceed with the second mural until the the first is installed on the May long week-end.
Around Town:*The ferry is back in Marysville.*Sacred Heart’s School’s Fun Fair 4:30-8 p.m. May 4th.* Sacred Heart Catholic and Marysville Public join together for the annual Community CleanupApril 22nd, 10 a.m.
1. April 23rd Trinity Anglican Ham Supper 4:30- 7:00 p.m. St. Margaret’s Hall
Wells affected by the recent fuel oil (200 litres) spill at the town hall on Wolfe Island have been flushed and are testing well below the minimum standard for drinking water according to CEO Terry O’Shea reporting to Frontenac Islands Council at their regular March meeting.
“Hot water tanks and pumping mechanisms are being replaced and temporary carbon filters installed because of some persisting smell, 7 out of 12 homes are completed. Contaminants have been cleared out of the soil. Two drilled wells remain to be dealt with,” he said. (Drinking water continues to be provided by the township and laundry costs reimbursed; the Holiday Inn opened its facility for showering to the families affected.) “Following further water testing and the completion of the installations we hope to have everyone back on water very soon.”
All directives from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ottawa environmental consultant hired to oversee the clean up are being carried out by the Drain All crews who are also installing the new equipment.
Mayor Vanden Hoek and members of council commended CEO O’Shea for his efforts. The mayor noted that the financial implications of this event are great and it will be some time before all the costs are known.
It was at this point that Mayor Vanden Hoek referred to a consultant’s comment that it was amazing Marysville has travelled as long as it has without an issue.
“Marysville is a high risk environment, an ongoing risk for the municipality,” the mayor said. “We are now on the MOE radar screen and I think it is naïve to think that this was a one time situation. There is nothing to hold contaminants (oil, salt, sewage, gas) from migrating down hill to the shore. This might be the appropriate time for council to take the first steps to develop a strategy for sewer and water in Marysville. If we don’t someone else will have to do it,” he said
“We have to be accountable for a number of things but clearly we have to be accountable for the health and safety of the residents. I think the residents and the council are aware that Marysville is high risk in terms of water and sewer which has been highlighted by this minor fuel oil spill with its significant fall out.”
The mayor spoke of the efforts of other small communities attempting to do the same thing; about a cost-collection zone, a ward 3 defined parameter for Marysville; and a strategy and a process to make it happen, but it was apparent the mayor had taken council members off guard.
Councillor Calvin requested information regarding capital and maintenance costs for systems in municipalities that approximate Wolfe Island and wonders about zone concept. Councillor Hobbs commented that whatever is done has to be palatable. Totten Sims Hubicki’s Guy Laporte will be invited to the next meeting to assist council in this preliminary discussion.
In other business: Council renewed Pat Sanford’s rental agreement for the Wolfe Island Community Hall from June 22nd to Sept. 5th for the Stone Heron Art Gallery. Council received many positive letters of support plus one opposed to the rental. Ms. Sanford noted that aside from rent, her costs for upgrading the facility (windows, lighting, ramp) exceeded $2,500 last year.
Frontenac Islands has a responsibility to see that fire prevention information is distributed to constituents so W.I. Fire Chief James White’s request for financial assistance to produce 1000 Howe Island/ Wolfe Island Fire Department 16 month calendars received a favourable response.
Chief White said much of the fire safety information both units send out is probably read quickly and thrown away. “But putting fire safety information on each page of the calendar would have much greater impact and, we have the permission of the Fire Marshall do so as long as the information is not altered. We just need some help to get started which will be paid back through ($5.00 ea) sales.” A motion passed to advance the funds ($5000.). It was suggested the cost could be included as a budget line item in council’s on going budget deliberations.
Council was enthusiastic about the calendar which will depict Fire Engines and may send them to different contacts during the Christmas season.
Township Treasurer Carol Dwyer will follow up on a request by Wolfe Island Business and Tourism Association President Cindy Day that the township implement a policy whereby commercial property tax charges on new or expanding businesses are phased in over a number of years rather than at the point in the year when a new business has derived little or no income. Dwyer pointed out that the municipality cannot do phase-in’s, that it is a county issue. Business Owner Keith Walton (Alston Moor Golf Course) suggested that council should query the whole system of market value assessment for a new business that has no value until there is a market. “What can the municipality do for us, for economic development?”
Council adopted a procurement policy for good and services; approved the appointment of a temporary (March 22-June 30th) Chief Building Inspector Thomas Woodford-Smith for Frontenac Islands; will pass on information regarding youth, achievement, service, senior VOLUNTEER awards to WIBTA and other organizations; approved the payment voucher and supported a Frontenac County motion to the province to include an exemption for paramedics employed by municipalities (related to Employment Standards Act eating period requirement).
Council will consider and respond to W.I. resident David Field’s recommendation that the Township replace five 12-litre toilets for water efficient cost saving 6-litre ones at their next budget meeting.
An in depth letter from Howe Island resident Dennis Bremmer regarding his observation of deficiencies with the new Howe Island County ferry. (System Safety, Engineering; Human Factors). The letter will be referred to Frontenac County and to MTO.
Frontenac Island Council meets on Howe Island April 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Around Town: *Ian Baines (CREC) spoke about W.I. Wind power at the Canadian Club. * Horne’s Ferry back in service May 1st. *The Simcoe Island ferry is back in service. *Have you predicted when the van will sink? * Ken Keyes was the MC for the well attended Seniors Luncheon with a St. Patrick’s Day flavour held at St. Margaret’s Hall.
1. April 23rd W.I.’s Trinity Anglican Ham Supper 4:30- 7:00 p.m. St. Margaret’s Hall
A fluke winter accident outside the Wolfe Island Town Hall is causing grief to a number of families in Marysville. A large piece of ice fell from the roof breaking the intake valve feeding fuel oil from the outside tank into the municipal building. Some 200 litres of heating oil leaked in and around the ground. There was the smell of oil inside the building. and the tap water has been affected.
As the town hall is on a hill there also was concern that the shore wells which service the townhall and the homes in the immediate area of municipal building have been affected.
The Ministry of the Environment was informed as soon as the leak was noted and ministry officials were on the scene the same day. The area was cordoned off and residents whose wells might be affected were told not to use their tap water under any circumstance and water samples were gathered. Kingston Public Health staff, also called to the site, are also monitoring the situation to make sure residents are not at risk.
An Ottawa environmental drilling truck crew and a Drain -All truck crew arrived the following day to dig, drill holes and test the ground water for contaminants and the clean-up work began in ernest to make sure that the spill was contained. Municipal workers and trucks were also on the scene.
Residents in Marysville for the most part always use bottled water for drinking. Now however, the bottled water for the residents affected by the oil spill is being provided by the township.
Shore well water (surface water) is never used for drinking unless it is specifically treated. It is used for eveything else.
While every precaution is being taken to make sure people are not drinking the water, this does not solve the bathing, laundry, dishwashing and other home needs for water. Some families have moved in with relatives and so on.
A difficult task ahead of for the Township without a public water system.
Islanders will take their faith to the streets this year. The churches of Wolfe Island are inviting islanders to observe Good Friday in a special ecumenical service, a pilgrimage (to journey to a holy place) way of the cross.
The journey begins at the Wolfe Island United Church on Good Friday at 10:00 a.m. where Pastor Terry Wood will greet the pilgrims. Participants will carry a wooden cross from there along the route of the pilgrimage through Marysville stopping outside the Town Hall moving on to Trinity Anglican where pastor, Rev. Canon Chris Carr will lead the service, to Sacred Heart of Mary Church where the pastor Fr. Réne Labelle will conclude the service and the wooden cross (which comes from there) will be put in place.
Everyone is invited to walk the route of the cross in the spirit of pilgrimage if they can, or drive if they can’t.
Ecumenical events on Wolfe Island are nothing new. There have been joint Advent and Good Friday services for a number of years. When Sacred Heart of Mary R.C. parish was without a pastor and under the direction of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Most Rev. Francis Spence and Msgr. Don Clement were actively involved in these events along with the clergy and congregations of Wolfe Island United and Trinity Anglican Church.
When the late Fr. Eugene O’Reilly CSB (born and raised on Wolfe Island) became pastor he was enthusiastic about continuing this awakening spirit of ecumenism. It continues with our new pastor Fr. Réne Labelle. (Fr. Labelle was the guest homilist at Trinty Anglican on Sunday March 13th.)
And is it any wonder. So many of the island families are related. New comers are welcomed. Island children share schools, activities and events. Any event sponsored by one church community is attended and assisted by the others. The World Day of Prayer though held at one church included participants from all three. If one congregation is without an organist or choir for a funeral or special service an organist and singers from another church will fill in. Not only church events but community events as well truly involve the whole community. It’s a family affair.
The Wolfe Island Canal: Lake Ontario Keeper and the Wolfe Island Wildlife Association hosted a Community meeting recently to review the Wolfe Island Wetland Corridor (canal) report prepared for Lake Ontario Keeper by Doug Howell of Stringer’s Environmental Services.
It spite of very foggy weather some 50 persons were in attendance. In introducing Douglas Howell, Danny Hulton spoke of the WI Wildlife Association’s interest in fish and wildlife habitat and their partnership with LOKwith regard to the canal and Howell’s report. And he noted that no project can go forward without the “blessing of council and the (canal)land owners. ( Because landowners did not favour opening the canal at this time although it was a project favoured by council, Frontenac Islands council has put in abeyance their canal committee and any further work on the canal as it affects the township’s highway #96.)
“My job,” Doug Howell said “ was to give an overview of the wetland corridor project to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. I had a personal interest in the project when I was invited to study it and to prepare a report on what could be done to restore the canal to what it was in the 50’s. “With the closure of the canal environmental changes began according to Howell. Now there are long wide stretches filled with cattails, no flow through of water and fewer fish although there are good fish in both Barrett and Bayfield bays. Bayfield is also a staging area for waterfowl.
Doug spoke with the enthusiasm of an environmentailist when he talked about what could be done and divided the canal into four sections. He recommended the removal of cattails to create a large body of open water in one area, leaving some in the others. Creating temporary wetlands on either side of the canal in the drainage ditches.Dredging and achieving a channel 25m wide, placing dredged material behind the berm or off site. He said that the centre section offers the most potential for habitat diversity..
His general recommendations included fencing the berm areas to reduce the risk of ongoing erosian, planting of native grasses, shrubs and trees., nest boxes for water fowl and bluebirds along the fence, securing the area with a long term management agreement, interpretive signage and so much more.
In response to one (of many) question about change and canoes he said whatever happens depends completely on the land owners. It is private land except for birds and fish. It won’t create a canoer’s or walkers right of way. Humans have to accept it is not about creating parkland. Howell offered no opinion regarding the crossing of Highway #96.
In the 1850’s the canal was a private project (90’wide, first 4’ then 7’deep) constructed to provide a shipping route from Barrets Bay (north side) and Bayfield Bay(south side) across Wolfe Island and into Kingston from the US. There was a high wooden swing bridge across the canal. During the 1800’s it was used first by barge and passenger steamers and finally pleasure craft until 1932 when the canal closed to through navigation when a causeway with small culverts replaced the bridge. Since that time there have been many attempts to have it re-opened as a navigable water way, but none has been successful.
Around Town:*The cold winter weather has meant excellent skating on the wonderfully maintained rink at the Marysville dock. People of all ages are using it. Hope it lasts through spring break. * Plans for the annual Easter egg hunt Sat. March 26th are underway.The event is for children ages 4 and under, 5to 7 and 8 to 10 years. Great fun and begins exactly at 1p.m. at the Community Centre.*Sacred Heart School Council has covered the cost of a music program during March. The school is now accepting Kindergarten registrations.*Walter Knott and Mike Ezay were interviewed recently by CBC Radio for a documentary about the effects of hospital acquired infections. Both men contracted MRSA following surgery.
1. March 25th Pilgrimage Way of the Cross begins at 10 a.m at W.I. United Church
2. March 26th Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1 pm sharp at the Community Centre.
Frontenac Islands Councillor Jim Calvin had high praise for Wolfe Island’s Big Sandy Bay Stewardship committee at a recent two part meeting, first to update the community about Big Sandy Bay’s (BSB) first season and future plans for the site, and secondly to review the work and plans of the island’s Community Centre Board.
Wolfe Island has assumed the day to day operation of Big Sandy Bay Management Area, an island jewel, from the province for a 5-year period. A Friends of Big Sandy Bay group has been established to protect the area and to raise funds.
Councillor Calvin, chair of the Big Sandy Bay Stewardship committee outlined steps taken to open the site including the completion of Concession Road 3 (the one legal access to the site), signage, passage of a parking by-law, the use of a bus on a trial basis for visitors,(cancelled as not cost effective), a fee structure and staff (dune stewards).
There has been no mass marketing of BSB but it has been promoted as an educational resource (birds, wildlife, environment) by the Friends of BSB. The parking lot, controlled access gate, public toilets, buildings and pedestrian trail were all completed by local businesses, residents and committee members. An MNR shore dune (video tape) monitoring program was set and ‘no go’ areas were identified. The season was from May 24- Sept. 15th with 3000 visitors, (the site can handle 200 a day). A financial costing sheet was issued to the community.
“We held a successful Fox Hound trial by coming up with an agreement that respected the area,” Calvin said. “ But there are still problems with ATV use after hours, industrious beavers, and non fee payment by boaters. We lost money this year ($12,131.)” he said. “We need to have a greater control of costs. We need improved facilities at the dunes, benches along the trail, (not handicap accessible) and a service vehicle with trailer for the ambulance for the 1000 metre trail in and out.”
The question period focussed on environment, extra cars on the ferry, money (when will we know it is cost efficient?), and the use of the annual ($40.) community enhancement fund for BSB. One resident felt that tax payers should have the right to choose where their money goes. The BSB committee is looking for feedback. “Friends of BSB” is recruiting members.
COMMUNITY CENTRE BOARD Councillor Calvin was the spokesperson for the Community Centre Board review. He noted that the CCB sponsors the Family Baseball Tournament, Mixed Slow Pitch, Music Festival etc. The Centre has an active Horse Club, youth baseball and hockey/skating at the rink.
They were involved (with the township) in installing a water line from the main street to the school, new lighting at the B Diamond, improved tile drainage at the A diamond, and the Ernie Allen Playground upgrade with the school board.
The CCB hopes to extend the waterline to the rink, then if possible to the fire hall, create a new parking lot, improve the ice rink., create a new playing field.
The long range plans for the rink (if they had the money) would be a concrete pad, new boards and a top 80’ x100’. If pouring cement the CCB would like to install pipes for a year round facility. Because water is the issue this is a 3-5 year plan.
The CCB submits a budget to council each year, is involved in fund raising and donates many, many volunteer hours to their community projects.
Mayor Vanden Hoek commented that CCB projects are developed at half the price because of volunteer labour and contributions. The question of directing where Community Enhancement dollars are spent was raised again.
ASSESSMENTS, TAXES: Its not often a politician dares talk about taxes but at the same meeting Mayor Vanden Hoek gave it a whirl. He spoke about the dramatic changes in government which began 15 years ago and have affected all communities.
“In the 70’s & 80’s we asked for a lot, got a lot and ran deficits,” he said. “I think at the staff level of senior government they recognized this needed to stop. There was $10.00 of demand for every dollar of revenue. Then began the whole downloading process (ferry, highways, grader).
Ten years ago there would have been a grant for just about everything but those days are gone. If we want anything now we have to pay for it through property taxes or user fees, for example the Howe and Simcoe ferries.” The mayor noted that there is an urban/ rural divide and that surprisingly property taxes in Toronto are lower than on Wolfe Island.
Vanden Hoek said that most property assessments are on the rise “ but in the last five years the shift has been to waterfront. Waterfront properties carry the can and drive the municipality in terms of tax dollars with 2.4% coming from agricultural lands Its like a doughnut as to where our revenues come from. There has also been a 10-12% increase in the Frontenac County Budget which makes up a third of what islander’s pay in taxes, (land ambulance, Fairmont Home). Council will be looking for ways of delivering services more efficiently and for tax revenues from other than property taxes,” he concluded.
Around Town: *Ernie’s is now smoke free on the west side. * W.I.’s scene of the Crime Festival 2005 short story contest opens Feb. 24th (birth date of W.I. crime writer Grant Allen) for previously unpublished writers in crime or mystery genre. Deadline for entries is May 15, 2005. For contest rules visit www.sceneofthecrime.ca. Winners announced June 30 with prizes presented at the Scene of the Crime Festival, Aug. 13th. For more information contact: 613-272-3591. * Tickets for “Take the Plunge” (the ‘Can you guess when the old van will sink through the ice?’) draw are on sale Feb. 15th. * The new stretcher (purchased through donations) used by the Howe Island Fire & Rescue Team in their van is a Medical Assist Stair Chair/Stretcher for use in moving critical patients from areas where a regular stretcher won’t fit.
1. Feb. 16th “Stay On Your Feet” (Raising Awareness of Fall Prevention) R.O.S.E. session 1:00 -3:30 p.m. W.I. United Church Hall (Women’s Institute event)
2. Feb. 26th W.I. Snowmobile Poker Run 2 p.m.Contact:385-9958
Frontenac Islands council received a petition from Mrs. Bernadette. Ross on behalf of Howe Island residents concerned for the safety of islanders in the event of health and fire emergencies and for commuters to get to work or appointments because of the frequent breakdowns of the new county ferry.
The ferry was out of service on 3 different occasions since January. A major concern is the closing down of the township’s smaller ferry for the 3 winter months which means no back up service is available should the county ferry break down.
The petition states, “this decrease in service with no backup plan for emergency services needs to be addressed immediately,” and calls on council to negotiate with the province to keep the township ferry in service until then..
Gerry Ross presented council with questions arising from ferry breakdowns, (Are there enough fire fighters? Can a helicopter land on Howe Island for medical emergencies? How long to put the township ferry in operation?). There were also questions about toilet facilities, two way phone and the doubling of ferry fees.
Mayor Vanden Hoek opened the floor for the comments from council members and from residents which included more concerns about emergency medical and backup plans, need for better notification of all shutdowns and better communication with the ferry as well as a request that the three month small ferry shutdown period be changed to the summer months. “Without access can lives and homes be saved?” a resident asked .
Councillor Hobbs noted that the essential problem is breakdowns and not knowing for how long . “In response I think we should negotiate with the province to keep the township ferry running until concerns about the county ferry have diminished,” he said
Mayor Vanden Hoek noted that there had been hard negotiations with the province regarding the new ferry. “One option was to take the small ferry out altogether . The agreement was for $250,000 from Howe Island and the small ferry out for 3 months as cost saver. If you want to operate the small ferry you will have to pay for it,” he said.
It was noted that a helicopter can land at the Howe municipal Building; inquiries are ongoing about establishing a proper helipad; Volunteer Fire Fighters now have a gurney for transporting patients and are currently receiving training in patient transport; the bubble system is working better than ever; inquiries will be made concerning notification of breakdowns and communications with the ferry AND the township ferry carries year round insurance and could be returned to service in less than one hour in an emergency.
Deputy Mayor Norris wondered why residents think the new ferry is going to break down. “If the users want to pay ( for the small ferry) you can do it. It is a budgetary issue,” he said.
County of Frontenac: Ms. Elizabeth Fulton, CAO of Frontenac County attended the meeting.. In his introduction Mayor Vanden Hoek said that Frontenac Islands was the last in the tour of the county that he and Ms Fulton had carried out during his term as warden now coming to an end. Fulton provided an overview of County responsibilities, goals, objectives, achievements and responsibilities which include administration of Paramedic services, the newly renovated Fairmount Home, the County ferry, economic development, tax policies, land use planning, applications for sub divisions and condominiums, etc. and in conjunction with the City of Kingston the provision of library services and social programs. “ We have a staff complement of some 300 persons with a pretty lean administrative staff. We are dealing with some newness issues with regard to the ferry.” she said.
The mayor expressed satisfaction with the Eastern Ontario Wardens Conference to lever funds from higher levels of government. “We lobbied 4 or 5 years for $10 million which was not funnelled through us but instead through Canadian Futures Development Corporation. Challenges for The Frontenacs,” he mused.“ Frontenac County with its 22,000 people is small, the only county without municipal sewer and water. It has a 98% residential tax base with not much commercial and what is particularly disturbing is the $40,000 provincial cap on wind turbines, “ he said.
“Our accomplishments include the new ferry, Fairmount Home; co-operative initiatives (ie.. hiring and purchasing policies) and economic development with high speed internet on part of Wolfe Island..” VandenHoek thanked Ms. Fulton reminding her that transportation issues pop up more than any other on Frontenac Islands.
In other business:
1.. Sidney Eves will snow blow designated portions of township roads on Simcoe Island, at $ 35.00 per hour. 2. Council accepted the Frank Cowan Company Limited 2005 municipal insurance proposal at a cost of $ 49,264.00 plus taxes and will add an additional $680. for firefighters insurance .3. Council passed a By-Law to authorize borrowing from time to time to meet current expenditures. 4. With regard to Canada Ontario Municipal Infrastructure Fund and a Howe Island Fire Hall Mayor Vanden Hoek said there will be no approval for fire halls in round one. But criteria for rounds 2 & 3 hasn’t been established. The mayor is a little pessimistic about how rural municipalities are treated by COMRIF. He wants more discussion and a Plan B for the Fire Hall. There is a need to engage community and council and to consult with Fire Marshal “because if money doesn’t come through, you really need a Fire Hall. Maybe add an ambulance area and consider a community hall. We missed out on that.” Councillor Norris said that not less than was presented will do ( $300,000-$350,000 price tag.) 5. Council passed a resolution that any 2004 surplus or deficit accumulated in any area rated island department remain in that department and be transferred to area rated reserves. 6. Councillor Hobbs asks about Fould’s Report, hiring follow-up and building inspector. (South Frontenac Building Inspector is acting on Frontenac Islands behalf.)
Next Meeting: Howe Island Feb. 14th
Around Town: * Noted Wolfe Island Manor listed for sale. * Wolfe Island businesses combined to offer four travel packages to be bid on during the NPR WCNY annual travel auction. *Things are gearing up for a new season of events.
1.Wolfe Island’s Chili Fest Sat. Feb. 5th begins at 12 p.m. Everyone Welcome
2. Trinity Anglican’s Pancake Brunch Sun. Feb. 6th 11am. – 1p.m. St Margaret’s Hall