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Margaret Knott's What's New on Frontenac Islands articles appear with the kind permission of the The Kingston Heritage Newspaper.

December 21, 2010
Denis Doyle chairs first meeting as Mayor of Frontenac Islands

There was excitement in the air as Howe Island’s Municipal building filled to capacity for the inaugural meeting of Frontenac Islands Council. Mayor Denis Doyle, Councillors Pat Norris and David Jones from Howe Island, and Wolfe Island Councillors Barbara Springgay and Wayne Grant were dressed to the nines for a formal photo as the evening began.


Following the reading and signing of the Oath of office by each member and witnessed by Frontenac Islands CAO Terry O’Shea, Mayor Doyle took the opportunity to address the public .
Doyle thanked the members of staff for holding the fort during the election/ post election period. He congratulated re- elected council members Pat Norris and Wayne Grant, and new members Barbara Springgay and David Jones. He also paid tribute to Jim Vanden Hoek, and outgoing councillor Mat Fiene, and to Peggy Smith for their dedication to the community.
“I also want to thank the members of the public for choosing me as their mayor for the next four years,” Doyle said. “While I won’t talk about all I heard on the campaign trail, I would like to highlight as top priorities, roads and ferries,” he said. “We have some commonality of both islands with Howe’s foot ferry and Wolfe’s Simcoe ferry and the desire to keep them running as long as possible during the winter. I endorse more ice eater systems around the docks and if that fails, to look at an extended bubbler system.” With regard to the Wolfe Island ferry, Doyle acknowledged that MTO will soon be coming forward with some long term solutions to easing traffic. “ We have asked Frontenac Islands intern Jeremy Neff to consult with members of the community (about the impact of each alternative, the move out of Marysville etc.) before we meet with MTO,” he said, adding that the township will continue to work with the County regarding the Howe Island ferry .”
Mayor Doyle said he heard much about surfacing treating roads during the campaign. “Other municipalities see this as an investment. I will find out from them when it is more economical to surface treat rather than to gravel roads and sweep it off in the winter.” he said. Resolving the distribution of the amenities agreement payments (money received annually by the township from the Wolfe Island Wind Farm) is another Doyle priority . Looking at ways of making Wolfe Island self sufficient to help ease ferry woes, completing the rink, supporting the Medical Clinic, moving towards senior accommodation, are all on his radar screen. Mayor Doyle acknowledged Howe Island concerns regarding ferries, roads and recycling and improving communication as major priorities for both islands.
The council members each in turn congratulated Mayor Doyle on his election, thanked all those who voted for them, referred to the learning curve ahead for new members and indicated anticipation at working together over the next four years for the good of Frontenac Islands. “I don’t think I’ll get into what I heard on the election trail,” veteran Councillor Pat Norris said. “I look forward with interest to the next four years.” Councillor Jones agreed with the issues as outlined by the mayor, and thanked supporters, wife Wendy, and campaign manager Jim Mills, noting that on Howe Island not alot is broken. ” I will be visible, accessible and accountable as well as a communicator, “ Jones said. Councillor Springgay agreed with the issues outlined, and “what I am going to refer to as the wind turbine money. People want to know why it is referred to as amenities money when it is wind turbine money and that’s key for all the folks on Wolfe Island,” she said noting also her appreciation for the information session presented to council by legal advisors Cunningham & Swan. Councillor Grant indicated his appreciation at being re-elected. “I hope over the next four years we can work together and move forward,” he said.
With that, much of the audience stayed as the first regular meeting of the new council began under the leadership of Mayor Denis Doyle and the watchful eye of CAO Terry O’Shea.
The first order of business was a bylaw to designate a Deputy Mayor followed by a second bylaw to appoint David Jones as such. Clerk/ CAO O’Shea added that Deputy Mayor Jones will join the mayor as the second representative on Frontenac County Council, and presented certification to both which they must present to the Frontenac County CAO Elizabeth Savill before their first meting.
Howe Island resident Gary Hall on his second visit to council, asked for clarification regarding the Wolfe Island Wind Farm amenities agreement (what it says, how it is dealt with). His letter to council, read by CAO O”Shea, noted that the amenities agreement was signed by the Township of Frontenac Islands and that Howe Island is part of the township. “Following up on that, Mr. Mayor. this is something that is on your agenda and I would like to know what the procedure is going to be and what timeline we might expect?” Councillor Grant recommended that the township’s legal council Tim Wilkins come to the next meeting to review the amenities agreement. Council allowed a comment from WI resident Beth Caldwell who felt consultation on both islands about the agreement was required. “It could lead to hard feelings if we don’t,” she said.
A number of issues, including the amenities agreement; the third bylaw reading regarding all terrain vehicle use on municipal roads; an appointment to the Cataraqui Source Protection authority, appointing delegates to other township and county committees and finally, determining names for Volunteer Service awards have been put over to the January meeting allowing new members to become knowledgeable about the different files. Council approved expenditure to the WI “Christmas Elves” and Frontenac Islands staff bonuses ( permanent $50.00, $25.00 for part time).
As the short meeting ended, Howe Islander Geoff Hobbs asked for clarification re bylaws generally, and specifically the bylaw naming a Deputy Mayor. CAO O’Shea said that the amalgamation agreement specifies that the candidate from the island in which the mayor does not reside, and who receives the most votes, becomes Deputy Mayor and represents the Mayor with the same authority under certain conditions. The Township established parameters for the appointment of the Deputy Mayor and his appointment as the 2nd representative to Frontenac County Council for the 4-year term.
Council meets next on Wolfe Island….. Jan. 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Posted by M Knott at 10:59 AM
December 15, 2010
SMILE, an acronym for Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily !

At the invitation of the Wolfe Island Women’s Institute, representatives Michaela Jones and Doreen Ward came to outline the merits of SMILE a program geared to help seniors stay in their homes, to an interested island audience. SMILE is the acronym for Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily. Jones and Ward are respectively program coordinator and client care coordinator. The 3 year fully funded program was developed by the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) working with seniors and health service providers and is fully supported by the LHIN and managed by VON Canada .
SMILE covers a large area from just west of Trenton to Bancroft, to east of Brockville, including Smithsfalls, Gananoque and the Islands. According to Jones, “SMILE offers seniors options in managing their own care and the activities of daily living (cleaning, shopping, meals, yard work, & laundry etc.). They choose the services they need, when and who will provide them. SMILE pays for the services or the client pays and bills the program,” she said. ”With the right assistance and services in place, remaining independent for frail elderly seniors and staying at home is made possible.”
She went on to say that clients and their need for SMILE is assessed based on the ‘Inter RAI Community Health Assessment (CHA)’ tool and reviewed every six months to check on supports. “The client determines the needs and supports of every day living,” Jones said. “The client also has the choice in who comes into the home to provide them, but client family members may not supply services funded by SMILE.
“The SMILE program can also provide help with planning and managing personalized care plans matched to need and budgets,” Client Care coordinator Doreen Ward added, as both she and Jones responded to questions about specific case scenarios, eligibility, core services, who pays, and so on.
Interest in the program was keen, The questions were many, however the audience was informed the pilot program has reached its 1800 client capacity, is well into the last year of the 3 year program and now has a waiting list (6 months -1 year). Although SMILE is still receiving referrals and there is no threat to what is already in place, there has been no indication as yet if the program will be renewed and fully financed and if it is, how long the waiting times will be. To make inquires about the program contact the VON Regional Smile Centre 1-888-866-6647 or the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Around Town: It has been a busy month thus far on Wolfe Island with what has seemed like a long wait for the inaugural meeting of the new Frontenac Islands council and the installation of Mayor Denis Doyle. * Well known WI story teller John O’Shea was the most recent guest in the Historical Society’s speakers series. And as only John can, he brought to life his boyhood days on the island doing the simple things but enjoying them to the fullest with relatives and neighbours. Hired Hands on the farm became special friends from whom he learned any number of things including sucking eggs. His mother, a great influence in his life encouraged a strong work ethic along with generosity and a sense of humour in spite of difficult times. And like anyone who speaks of island life in the past, the high points, the low points, the saddest and the happiest moments revolved around transportation and the ferry. So too was it for John, but on this particular evening his focus was on the simple way of life he so enjoyed as a boy growing into manhood on Wolfe Island. *The annual Ecumenical Advent Service of Lessons and Carols was held this year at the WI United Church where everyone enjoyed a lovely evening and $200.00 was raised for the Food Bank. *The annual Santa Claus parade sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Fighters included decorated business vehicles, along with a number of new floats, an array of Fire and Emergency Service vehicles, horse drawn wagons and, had many children participating. In spite of his busy schedule at this time of year, Santa was an integral part of the parade, staying afterward for hot dogs, hot chocolate and family fun at the Fire Hall and long enough to wish everyone a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New 2011.


Posted by M Knott at 07:30 AM
December 09, 2010
A Wolfe Island Rink Review

In a previous EMC article I may have understated the amount of material, time and talent contributed by suppliers and individuals toward the development of the NHL sized ice pad on Wolfe Island. Now as islanders wait for the next steps to happen
( 3-phase electrical power and poles to the rink, and a refrigeration plant installation with a small building) it is important to remember how the rink got this far, and to enjoy it, since winter has arrived…
The WI Community Centre Board (CCB) has had a plan in mind for a Community Centre project including a regulation sized rink for years and had been fund raising and seeking donations for that purpose on a continuing basis and continues to do so. However in 2009 when the CCB realized that the trucks, the crews, the cement plant, all on the island for the Wind Plant project, would be leaving, they asked for help by way of material, labour, services, equipment, specialized expertise and for volunteers to build the rink part of their plan and they got it.
With only 11 days to complete the major portion of the job, work began immediately with CCB member Danny Hulton at the helm. Digging happened, with gravel and sand to follow and trucks to dump it. Concrete from Lafarge. Specialized equipment appeared to level and roll. Rebar for the pad, and specialized piping for artificial ice was put in place along with insulation, plastic and taping. Volunteers, including young people, were there in droves to help, along with “Rink Champion” Don Cherry who cheered them on. It was a sight to behold. So, as a second winter at the rink begins, remember that it is due to the quick action of the CCB, the support of council, the incredible response for materials, services, expertise and the many volunteers that part of CCB dream for the township has already been achieved, at a significantly reduced cost. The rink is a beauty. When complete with refrigeration, it is estimated it will be a $1.7 million asset for the community.

Posted by M Knott at 10:53 AM
December 05, 2010
Wolfe Island’s Dr. Merry recognizes work of Ducks Unlimited

Wolfe Island’s Dr. George Merry, an active member of Ducks Unlimited, (DUC) Canada’s leading wetlands conservation organization, has a passion for wetland conservation.
For over 30 years Merry has been an DU volunteer, a member of many DUC chapters, a fundraiser, and is among the first major gift donors to DUC on Wolfe Island where, in 2000 he donated 50 acres of ecologically sensitive land, with 850 metres of shoreline to the organization. The land is within the 127 acre Lasalle Marsh project at Big Sandy Bay (BSB). (The Lasalle Marsh was restored by DUC in 1990).
Recently the Merry family determined it was time to identify the donated area, situated about a half a kilometre along the BSB trail with a rock cairn built of field stone. “Instead,” George said, ”I found a rock on my farm on what we call tree island. A beautiful stone, it was identified as limestone, fieldstone and granite when it was put in place. We planned to put it on a concrete base but DU hydrologists said it was best to put it on gravel and let it find its own place and then surround it with beach stone.” According to Merry the plaque is now in place on the stone and identifies the area as ‘Ducks Unlimited, Conserving Canada’s wetlands’.”
This is in perpetuity,” Merry said. “The rest of the Lasalle project is what you call a conservation easement.” (a Conservation easement it is usually for 20 years.) “It is the very valuable coastal wetland and we have a lot of it on the island but it is disappearing at a great rate in the Great Lakes,” George said. “Birds that use the lake use the wetlands.”
George noted that DUC recognizes Wolfe Island as a staging area for ducks that come from the west and the Boreal Forest because of the vegetation available. “Big Bay is a treasure and is equal in importance to migrating birds as Chesapeake Bay. It is the jewel in the crown,” he said.
“DU is not only interested in wetlands and nesting areas but also in conservation tillage on the island where 760 acres are now zero tillage or ‘no till’ which reduces erosion and sedimentation in wetlands adjacent to agricultural fields,” according to Merry.
Now retired, George is dedicated to his family, works at his pheasant farm, pursues his love of water fowling, trains dogs and is an active participant in the affairs of Wolfe Island, Ducks Unlimited and its ‘seal bid’ auctions. His hope is to see more DU headstones on the island where, Merry noted, that in excess of $600,000 has been raised on for wetland projects.
Some Wolfe Island DU Canada's projects include the LaSalle Marsh Project, the Day Project, and the Bayfield Bay Project where restoration and enhancement activities included earthen dikes and water-control structures, planting nesting cover in adjacent fields, and acquiring coastal marsh acreage to ensure its conservation.
In May of this year Merry himself was honoured for his efforts when a rock cairn and bronze plaque recognizing his commitment to conservation was unveiled at the Collins Creek, DUC supported project in Kingston.

Around Town: * A very successful Flu Shot clinic was held at the WI Community Medical Clinic under the direction of Dr. Deanna Daneshmend and Kathy Gilbert, President of the Clinic. Special thanks to nurses, Dan and Danielle Hogan and Barb Chesney. Board members Betty Doyle and Walter Knott along with Perry Chesney assisted. * A well attended Christmas Market sponsored by the WI Business & Tourism Assoc. was a wonderful success. Camera Kingston’s Don Sleeth was on hand to recognize the winners in the annual photo contest. * Now that the ferry is operating from the winter dock, The Island Grill is preparing to close for the winter. *Interesting to note that the new temporary MTO waiting room at the winter dock is warm, clean and fully accessible. * Best wishes to MTO’s Roger Harrison as he retires.
Coming events: * WI Women’s Institute presents an evening about SMILE, (Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily) Wed. Dec. 8, WI United Church hall, 7 pm * Community Euchre, Thursdays at 7 pm. WI United Church.

Posted by M Knott at 10:49 AM
November 21, 2010
Vanden Hoek presides over last meeting as Mayor of Frontenac Islands

Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek recently presided over what was his final council meeting before the installation of the newly elected mayor and council in December. He took the opportunity to thank council and the community for their support over the last ten years. It was a poignant moment as the Mayor reminisced about the highlights of his lengthy term. “It’s been a busy ten years, both exciting and difficult at times, and I do want to acknowledge the support and the guidance I received over the years,” he said. “Most people would say all three terms have been active, sometimes a little too active but that is the way they rolled out .” Vanden Hoek thanked council members past and present for their commitment to public service, their wisdom and decorum. “Looking back there were contentious issues and sometimes acrimony, and I am proud of council’s conduct,” he said offering special thanks to staff, Terry, Carole, Theresa, Leo, Fire Chiefs (James White, Mike Quinn). “Politicians come to the table with excitement, ambition and over enthusiasm. Terry, you have done a great job, not only administratively but helping me keep my feet on the ground. I am quite a different person than I was 10 years ago… much appreciated…. “ he concluded.
Earlier Mayor Vanden Hoek presented the Volunteer of the Year award to a group of Wolfe Island ladies who annually, take it upon themselves to decorate the main street of Marysville and its public buildings for the Christmas season. “Honouring members of the community over the years as been one of my favourite tasks,” he said in presenting the award to ‘Christmas Elves’ Marilyn Greenwood, Karen Kyle and Charlene Breen.
While a light agenda, council acting as the committee of adjustment approved 3 applications for consent on Wolfe Island, ( a lot addition to an existing lot and two new building lots;) all subject to certain conditions; passed 3 by-laws, one that allows the Howe Island Garden Buds to plant trees at the Howe Island Township operated ferry terminal subject to a site plan. (The Garden Buds request for money will be held over until budget meetings in the new year.) A 2nd by-law approving the 2011 fees and fares schedule for the Simcoe Island ferry which also includes the sale of one book of 10 tickets for $40.00 per pass holder. And finally council approved a by-law to regulate private signs (business location, business advertising & temporary signs) on or within right of ways of township roads. The by-law includes certain exceptions, approval requirements and means to enforce. Council also approved the monthly payment voucher.
In other business outgoing Councillor Matt Fiene who has been attending Cataraqui Source Protection meetings spoke of their work and its difficulties. He took the opportunity to thank council and the public for his time on council.
With reference to information about SWITCH (sustainable energy) Mayor Vanden Hoek noted Kingston’s newly elected Federal Liberal candidate Ted Hsu is the executive director of SWITCH. “This might say something about a change in attitudes towards alternative energy, “ he said.
Council discussed a further letter from the Brown family requesting 3 severances and a township built road on Wolfe Island in return for a donation of land. The Brown’s were previously advised that the Staley Point development should be a plan of subdivision. The Mayor, having left the chair, commented that council should remain flexible enough to take advantage of opportunity. “Three severances changes the dynamics and is a long way from the original eight. Rather than put a stake in the ground, the municipality could look at the property and if the property you could acquire is significant and justifies the trade (road for land) then it might be well to think again,” he added. “If there is a future community benefit, a road doesn’t look that bad. Maybe 7 acres doesn’t justify one but perhaps 25 or 50 acres does. Take a look. Negotiate and see where the planning process takes you.”
Councillor Doyle expressed thanks to Mayor Vanden Hoek and Councillor Matt Fiene for their years of service to the community, wishing them well in the future.
The inaugural meeting of the newly elected Mayor and council takes place on Howe Island, Monday, Dec. 13th, 6:30 pm.
Coming events: * Flu Shot Clinic, WI Community Health Clinic Sat. Nov. 27th 9 am-12 noon Bring OHIP card. *WI Santa Claus Parade, Sat. Dec. 4th, 4:30 pm. (Floats welcome). Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate to follow. * WI Women’s Institute presents an evening about SMILE Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily Wed. Dec. 8, WI United Church hall, 7 pm SMILE, a (LHIN) program being implemented by VON.

Posted by M Knott at 10:36 AM
November 17, 2010
Be Careful what you ask for- You might get it and then what?

Following the recent municipal election a petition has gone up in different places on Wolfe Island, calling for signatures from all those who would seek separation from Howe Island and the return of Wolfe and Howe Island’s to the individual, stand alone governing townships’ they were before amalgamation.
Frontenac Islands came into existence Jan. 1, 1998 on a Minister’s Order with the merging of two of Ontario's oldest rural municipalities Howe Island and Wolfe Island as part of Frontenac County’s reorganization which began in 1996.. Therefore any change to the restructuring would have to be ordered by the present Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Frontenac Islands (based on population) is the smallest municipality in the county and in Ontario, yet over the years it has been on the province’s radar screen, more than less, about transportation and recently wind power on Wolfe Island. Yet the Islands are but a speck in a province of what…10 million or more?
Think about it. If the present Minister was inclined to study such a request made by citizens of Wolfe Island, he might say No outright or,” you can all be part of Kingston.” In truth, whether Islanders care to admit it, their lives are intrinsically tied to Kingston (work, study, shopping, health care etc.) in spite of the individual and ongoing efforts of each island to maintain their own unique identities and way of life.
The present organization of Frontenac Islands may be awkward and even annoying at times but Frontenac Islands is a township in its own right.
With such a change, Wolfe Island, and Howe Island too for that matter would disappear to become part of Greater Kingston. From where would come the leadership? And, who gets the money then ?

New Bearing for TransAlta’s Wolfe Island Wind Tower # 47
Watch for large cranes and heavy lift equipment on Wolfe Island for the next little while. It all has to do with the WI Wind Farm. No, TransAlta is not putting up anymore wind towers nor are they taking down or relocating any of them.
According to Mike Jablonicky, manager of the Echo Power centre, technicians have discovered a weakness in a bearing in Tower 47 off Bennett Road.. “The bearing is still under warranty so it was decided to replace the Siemens bearing now before the warranty expires. Good stewardship,” Mike said. “Our technicians are the best and TransAlta agrees with the decision to replace the bearing now. So you will see a lot of activity.”
Mike continues to remind folks that if they hear unusual noise coming from any of the towers, they should call right away as they have been doing. “But don’t worry about what’s going on with the equipment. Tower #47 will be fully operational again in a few days.”

Table Tennis makes for great exercise!
Wolfe Island has had a Table Tennis Club operating at St. Margaret’s Hall for a number of years. Only recently did the club hold an open house and 20 new people (age 14-84) with varied levels of skill attended. Many of them had not played since their youth, but seemed to recall their skills quickly with lots of laughs and spectacular shots. “ The club meets Wed. 7-9 pm , Mondays & Friday’s 1-3pm at the hall when you can play or learn to play. Gym shoes are required. The sport provides lots of exercise and a friendly atmosphere. Just show up or contact David Clark 385-2929, Ed Kirk 385-8585, or Jarda 385-1268.

Around Town: *Turkey Supper Sat. Nov. 13, 2010 St. Margaret’s Hall Doors Open at 4:30 pm * Friends of BSB AGM with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Renegade scientist/botanist. WI United Church Hall 6:45 pm Wed. Nov. 13th. *Christmas Market Sun. Nov. 21st *Flu Shot Clinic Sat. Nov. 27th .

Posted by M Knott at 08:07 AM
November 04, 2010
New Mayor for Frontenac Islands, new council faces from Wolfe and Howe.....

Over 60% of Frontenac Islands' eligible voters turned out and in a surprising result, Wolfe Islander Denis Doyle becomes the Mayor of the Township of Frontenac Islands, defeating long time Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek by 41 votes in a hard fought campaign waged on the three islands that make up the township, Wolfe, Simcoe and Howe. This voter turnout compares with the low 25% in Kingston and Toronto indicating Frontenac Islands took this election seriously. Doyle will be installed as the new Mayor of Frontenac Islands at the inaugural meeting in December.

Also elected to council from Wolfe Island: incumbent Wayne Grant and Barbara Springgay, the first woman elected since amalgamation of Wolfe and Howe. From Howe Island elected: incumbent, 35 year veteran of municipal politics Pat Norris and new comer David Jones. Based on the higher number of votes Jones received, he will serve as Deputy Mayor of Frontenac Islands. Defeated were candidates, Wolfe Island's Peggy Smith, and Howe Island's Matt Fiene.

Doyle conducted an intense campaign visiting every home on Howe and Simcoe islands, and much of Wolfe Island receiving 42% of the vote on Wolfe Island with 420 votes and 72% on Howe Island with 324 votes.

Vanden Hoek garnered 58% of the votes on Wolfe Island with 577 votes and 28% on Howe with 126 votes. Thus overall Doyle gathered 41 votes more (a 2.8% difference of the total vote).

“I would like thank my campaign team and all those islanders who supported me at the polls”. Doyle said following the election. “Congratulations to those who won and a word of thanks to Jim Vanden Hoek, Matt Fiene and Peggy Smith for their dedication to public life. Now is the time to move forward and to implement some of the excellent suggestions from both the electorate and the candidates,” he said.

Mayor elect Doyle, ran on a platform of better communication (town hall meetings, newsletters more public consultation), direct involvement in all transportation issues (ferry service issues as they affect Wolfe, Howe & Simcoe) and roads, controlled use of the revenues that come to the township from the wind farm project (present alternatives, priorities, reserve fund) and community development including recreation, public sector investment, and farm and business development. Doyle also promised to address certain financial concerns he has with Frontenac County.

Addressing certain of those priorities following the election Dole noted that there are transportation issues on all 3 islands that need to be resolved. “Initially the focus needs to be on the Ministry of Transportation Wolfe Island Ferry Transportation study,” he said. “The City of Kingston asked for a seat at the table with MTO and Frontenac Islands needs to be there as well. At our first meeting of the new council I will ask for council input on how to proceed”, Doyle said, adding that he will suggest that council consider setting up a sub committee of islanders to assist.

Prior to the election, mayor elect Doyle served Frontenac Islands for one 4-year term as a active member of council and on a number council committees and community boards including the Community Centre Board, the Big Sandy Bay Stewardship committee, and the WI Community Medical Clinic Board. With the latter two, his was a “hands on approach” working many hours assisting in the construction of the new medical clinic, and on improvements, reparation work and the operation of Wolfe Island's Big Sandy Bay.

Outgoing Mayor Vanden Hoek is credited with bringing wind towers to Wolfe Island as well as negotiating an amenities agreement with Canadian Hydro Developers, (now Trans Alta) that benefits the Wolfe Island ward of Frontenac Islands. Throughout his campaign Vanden Hoek stood by his record as a member of council, his years as mayor and his efforts at Frontenac County. So there you have it. A new era for Frontenac Islands begins.

Around Town: Frontenac Islands did not come to a stop while the election campaign was underway. In fact October was one busy month and November is shaping up to be equally busy.* For your information: The Frontenac Community Future Development Corporation (FCFDC) came to hear islanders' opinions on its future plans. Part of this was to find out what islanders thought were potential areas of developments on Wolfe & Simcoe. The discussion focused on the FCDFC Strategic Plan for 2011-2013, with topics such as: Priority Sectors, Choices, Future Opportunities, Guiding Principles, etc. They looked at specific areas of: Revitalization of Communities, Agriculture/Forestry, Tourism Renewal, Infrastructure Projects, and the Green Sector. The 13 persons attending represented tourism, boat building, the arts, and farming, and they freely offered their concerns and ideas for expanding business and farming in the community. Consultant Rob Wood led the discussion with Ann Pritchard, CFDC Executive Director providing the opening comments for FCDFC and thanking all for their inputs. * Cape Vincent Historical Society's John Tucker came to talk about the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse and how volunteers such as himself have worked to maintain the heritage structure since 1991. Much interest in what he had to say, as Simcoe and Wolfe Island residents consider how they might maintain the Simcoe Island Lighthouse as a heritage structure.

Coming Events: * The WI Medical Clinic has announced a Flu Shot Clinic for all residents of Wolfe and Simcoe Islands at the WI Community Medical Clinic, 102 Hwy Simcoe and Wolfe Island. #95, Sat. Nov. 27th from 9 am-12 pm. Please be sure to bring your OHIP card. *Trinity Anglican's annual Turkey Supper takes place at St. Margaret's Hall Sat. Nov. 13th. Doors open at 4:30 pm. * The annual Wolfe Island Christmas Market is scheduled for Sun. Nov. 21st at St. Margaret's Hall. (10am-4pm) If you are interested in having a table, please call L. Thomas at 613-385-1947. In conjunction with the market, Camera Kingston will be on hand to announce the Winners in the 2010 Beauty of Wolfe Island Photo Contest. *WI Community Euchre Thursday's 7 pm the at the WI United Church Hall. Everyone welcome. *And perhaps the most important of all, the annual Wolfe Island Remembrance Day Service, Thursday November 11th. Please be at the Town Square in front of the WI Town Hall at 10:45 am.

Posted by M Knott at 06:37 AM
October 17, 2010
All Candidates Meeting held on Howe Island!

Howe Islanders turn out for meetings and the recent All Candidates meeting hosted by HIRA (Howe Island Ratepayers Association) was no exception. The meeting brought together Frontenac Islands- Howe Island ward candidates, Pat Norris, Matt Fiene and rookie David Jones and Mayoral candidates, incumbent Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek and Councillor Denis Doyle. HIRA president Kim Nossal was the moderator.
In his opening statement Denis Doyle said that his Frontenac Islands included Howe Island. It is his intention to open up lines of communication with the public, hold summer meetings so ”residents do not feel disenfranchised”, look for feedback on issues and not shy away from serious debate. Doyle noted that the debate over the amenities agreement (wind power money) has been going on for years. The issue is a priority for him. He will seek legal council regarding both the amenities and amalgamation agreements to better understand both before meeting with the public. He would look at the present formula for the division of administrative costs between Howe and Wolfe. He has concerns about the dollars to the County, Howe Island ferry service, winter ferry service and pledges open government to deal with issues.
Jim Vanden Hoek stands on his record noting Frontenac Islands has the lowest tax in the county; stimulus money for Howe roads, two new public spaces on the waterfront, a seat on county council . “This latter is very significant,” he said. He is aware that Howe wants ATV use on municipal roads and Sunday hunting, continued low tax rate, more road improvements. “If re-elected I will work on your behalf. Vanden Hoek acknowledged that residents want to participate saying within the first three months he would look at improving communications strategies,electronic message boards etc.
David Jones noted he is the rookie, the new kid on the block. His interest in running is to serve the community he has come to love. His areas of expertise are finance (asset management). “ At the moment since I have never been on council before, I have an emotional opinion about roads, costs, lack of gravel on lower side road , ferry service and a fixed link.” Jones said he would study the issues, offer educated opinions and communicate with the whole community and seek opinions. “I will be a visible, accessible and accountable councillor.”
Pat Norris said that as a lifelong islander he brings the balanced perspective of the concerns for both old and new residents. He noted his resolution led to Howe Island having representation on County council. “The Deputy Mayor will have a seat for the 4-year term.” He noted stimulus money for roads, small ferry operational all winter, parks with Garden Buds, training with Fire Service. “We must recognize the uniqueness of each island. Decisions for one may not be the answer for the other. Norris said he is knowledgeable about municipal government having served for 36 years. “I have been told that I have been the voice of reason at the council table,” he said.
Mat Fiene thanked the community for their support. “I have learned much and would like to continue serving you.” His Issues include the administrative split between Howe Wolfe, ferry service, preserving road allowances (no sale), and compromise. “There are many issues and only 5 of us.” He noted his new awareness to things like bio mass, sustainability, new possibilities, community needs.
Questions ranged from: what makes you different, speeding on the roads, would community be involved in large projects(wind farms), use of local companies/equipment and the ferry service. (It was noted by Pat Norris that the ferry agreed to was not the ferry received ), what to do about possible conflicts of opinion between Howe and Wolfe at the county, how to deal with not so primary roads, private roads, budget deliberations, waste management, signage.
*According to all reports, turnout at the Advance Polls on Howe and Wolfe Islands was very high……..

Posted by M Knott at 02:48 PM
October 08, 2010

Communication (transparency), transportation (fix it now), roads (who paid & how much) and the use of the WI Wind Farm amenities money (where is it going?) were the focuses of many of the questions directed to the 2 mayoral and 3 councillor candidates at the Frontenac Islands, Wolfe Island ward all candidates meeting moderated by Liz Crothers and sponsored by the Wolfe Island Business & Tourist Association.
Islander Denis Doyle, a retired business man is running against incumbent Jim Vanden Hoek for the position of Mayor of Frontenac Islands. Vanden Hoek was acclaimed in the position for a second term in 2006. Doyle has served as a member of council since elected in 2006.
Two dynamic woman, labour lawyer Peggy Smith, and business woman (marketing, finance), Barbara Springgay, along with Wayne Grant, life long islander and farmer (who is seeking re-election), are the 3 candidates vying for the two Wolfe Island ward councillor positions.
Crothers outlined the meeting protocol and with that, opening statements began as each candidate outlined why they wish to serve the community, how they propose to do it and what changes or additions they would make in the governance of Frontenac Islands.
Barbara Springay, in her opening remarks noted that transportation as an issue that must be solved. And developing a strategic plan for the use of the amenities money is a priority for her. Her areas of concern were youth, seniors, health care, and the environment.
Peggy Smith said the list of issues in the community, transportation, speeding in the village, road conditions, community centre, spending of the amenities money is the same list that was on the agenda 4 years ago. “I pledge that those issues will not be on the list 4 years from now. We have to take immediate action and set goals.”
Wayne Grant views good roads and improved ferry transportation as island priorities. Education with regard to the landfill site, its use and longevity is another priority. He supports the community centre, and a seniors residence has long been on his agenda. He sees the setup of a WI fund from the amenities money as important.
Current mayor Jim Vanden Hoek stands by his record. He outlined what has been done by council during his term – lowered tax rates, revenues from amenities will benefit community for years, $5million spent on roads (Province, Federal, Canadian Hydro), support for Community Centre Board request for refrigeration at Community Centre, etc. “As a team we have worked very well together. We are tough negotiators. Also we achieved new Simcoe and Howe island ferries,
Mayoral candidate Dennis Doyle sees more public participation as important in decision making and keeping the public in formed as priorities. “I will not shy away from tough debate,” He proposed to call a meeting with MTO and the city of Kingston regarding island transportation. How to spend amenities money on sustainable projects, such rural road work, sewage etc as well as the establishment of a Heritage fund, are on his agenda. He also has concerns about the amount of money going to Frontenac County.
A spirited Q&A period followed. *Public participation at council meetings? *Who paid for road work? * What about transparency, how? * The Large Community Centre Project- Yes-No? *Distribution of amenities money? But it was the final questions regarding transportation that elicited the most response by candidates, i.e. Request to be at table with City of Kingston re WI Ferry study; no more studies left on the shelf; free ferry, add a passenger ferry, add another car ferry, better signage and parking, no fares etc. etc., a priority sticker on every WI car to board ferry, and finally a reminder that it is MTO’s study that is going on and we must be actively involved……

Posted by M Knott at 02:42 PM
October 03, 2010
54th Annual Plowing Match held on Wolfe Island

And there they were, more than 40 participants, many of them arriving off the early morning ferry, all intent on the task at hand, to plough with horses or mounted tractor, the vast fields made ready for them, at the Dick & Lisa Posthumus farm on Wolfe Island .
The enthusiastic ploughmen and women at the 54th annual WI Ploughing match, held within sight of island’s wind towers, were greeted with a bright sunny day, warmish weather, light winds and tough ground. Friends, neighbours, the island’s Queen of the Furrow Linay Repath and visitors from across the region were on hand to spur them on. This year’s judges were Greg Timbers and Bob Campsall.
Along with the more experienced there were younger men and women ploughing in a bid to keep up the long tradition of expert ploughing on the island. W.I’s Denis Mosier, an experienced ploughman (national & international judge), had not one, but all four of his young, curly headed grandsons, Hunter, Cowl, Reed & Orrie Chown competing in the match under his watchful eye.
There were displays as well as equipment demonstrations. There was food. And of course there were many people there renewing acquaintances and catching up on the news as they waited for the day’s results.
Lunch for participants was provided by KFC (Nat, Kate & Paul Lollar). TRI Heart provided fuel for participants. Twenty-five businesses and individuals sponsored the event. Trophies were donated by businesses, industries & the W.I. Plowmen’s Association.
The Wolfe Island Plowmen’s Association was formed in 1956. (Competitions have been held since 1947.) The Association’s president is Jason Pyke, ( Secretary: Wilma Sjonger.
Around Town: *Wolfe Island’s Hwy #95 & #96 now have yellow centre lines (on Road Super. Leo Greenwood’s, before winter, Wish List) Thanks Leo. *At the WI Medical Clinic (speakers series): Colds-Flu Oct. 14th 7pm. *Please note: Date extended to Oct. 31st to submit photos to Fargo’s store for the WI Photo Contest * Plan now for WI Christmas Market, Sunday, Nov. 21st at St. Margaret’s Hall. (Photo Contest winners will be announced at the same time).Interested in having a table at the market ? contact: Linda 385-1947. *WI All Candidates meeting, Thurs. Oct. 7th WI. Community Hall 7:30 pm
Due to Thanksgiving, Frontenac Islands council meets nexton Howe Island, Tues, Oct. 12th- 6:30 pm.- Howe Island All Candidates meeting.St. Philomena’s Hall Wednesday, 13 October 2010, at 6:30 p.m., with mayoral candidates Denis Doyle and Jim Vanden Hoek, and HI Ward candidates Matt Fiene, David Jones, and Pat Norris.

2010 Wolfe Island Plowing Match results

1. Marwin Antoine; 2.Terry Linton; 3. David Gamble

1.Terry Hadwen; 2.Glenn Hulton;3.Terry Phillips

1. Hunter Chown; 2. Cole Chown

1. Jeremy Posthumus

1. Dick Posthumus

1. Ron Stinson; 2. George Burns; 3. Allen Hills

1.John Posthumus;2. Danny Berry;3. Henry Posthumus

1.Dave Woodman; 2. Dwayne Woodman; 3.Tom Woodman

1. Jolene Stinson; 2. Linay Repath

1.Craig Hulton; 2. Marvin Dillon; 3.Chris Streight

1.Reed Chown; 2. Orrie Chown

Posted by M Knott at 09:10 AM
September 26, 2010
Frontenac Islands- both Islands have issues & problems to solve….…

A chance remark by a Howe Island resident at the August meeting of Frontenac Islands council and quoted in the EMC brought Howe Island Fire Chief Mike Quinn to the September council meeting. “The rationale for being here stems from a comment made by the chair of the Old School House restoration committee that did not sit well not only with me as Fire Chief, but as a member of a committee that worked for the building of a new fire hall. The quote was something to the effect that council or someone reneged on the public’s usage of the new facility,” Chief Quinn said.
“I felt there needed to be some effort made to clear any misconception that may be out there and state for the record that it was not members of municipal council and as a member of the (fire hall) committee that that someone was not me.” Quinn then walked council through the process that brought the new Emergency Services building to fruition when former councillor Mike Garrah (also present) and the Chief formed a committee to develop and present a plan ( a dream list) for a building to council in 2004. The proposal included a community room along with a training room and offices attached to the building. That same year debate revolved around eligibility for funding and a federal-provincial funding application submission. After information gathering, many meetings, engineering assessments, consultation and estimates there was very clear direction in April 2006 to scale back submission on the size of their ‘dream’ facility to make it affordable. The committee began the process of scaling back which included removing the community room and reconfiguring the Emergency Services building plan, a plan which was approved by council is pretty much what is there now according to Quinn. Council then began the political process- expressions of interest etc.
Quinn suggested that part of the confusion may have come after a fund raising subcommittee was formed creating much community debate for and against fund raising. Information went out. “I don’t know what promises were made. What I do know is that the building went forward without a public community room as recommended by the committee and endorsed by council because truthfully we couldn’t afford it,” he said, reiterating that council did not renege on anything.
Prior to his update with regard to the activities of the Howe Island ‘Old’ Schoolhouse committee, Mr. Austin Page who was quoted about the Fire Hall, said that it had been made clear early on that to move the Fire Hall project forward, public money was required. “As a member of the fundraising committee chaired by former councillor Geoff Hobbs, I operated using the fact sheet (that included a community room). We were happy to support the fire department and the Chief. We were never told the community room was taken out. Communication needs to improve on this island,” he said.
On the subject that brought him, the Old Schoolhouse, Page said the committee has met often and has submitted a grant application for the assessment of the building to the FCFDC considered necessary before they can present a final report. The Howe Island Historical Society will incorporate as an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society (which offers experience, information and continuity should there be some difficulty or the local association ceases to function) which requires a public meeting. They have also sent out a survey. (Councillor Norris expressed some reservation with non residents receiving it.) Page will make a further report at the October meeting of council on Howe Island.
MUSIC FEST 2010: Wolfe Island resident Rick Lindgren, accompanied by his wife Laura Lee, made a presentation concerning the lack of policing during the annual Wolfe Island Music Fest. Council had in their agenda package a letter from Lindgren outlining the unacceptable off site behaviour of some visitors to the island.
“We want you to know we are not opposed to the festival, have always supported it and want it to continue but on a safe basis,” he said. “Nor should anything we say be considered a criticism of the organizers of the event who work hard for its success.”
“But we are offended by some of the unlawful activity that happens on private, public and municipal property,” he said, citing binge drinking and driving, drunkenness, vomiting, urinating, belligerence, noise, trespass, etc. He noted that the OPP were not officially present nor did they come although they received a number of requests on the night of the event. Lindgren recommended visible OPP presence at next year’s festival, particularly in Marysville’s residential streets during the critical mid afternoon period on, with costs charged to the event organizers. After discussion and some further input by Community Centre Board chair Paul Hogan, council concluded that the 2011 Music Fest will have OPP presence on the Island during the Saturday event. A meeting will be held with CCB, the event organizers, and neighbourhood representative Rick Lindgren, to work out details including policing costs. As Lindgren said, “It’s time for action.”
WI’s Outdoor Rink: One issue not resolved with CCB chair Paul Hogan, at the special meeting (where the budget was amended to include a $253,000 allocation of funds for a refrigeration plant plus its housing) was the question of township support for a fund raising drive for the arena. A discussion revolved around need for project management (not included in budget amendment, contract signing, extra costs,) and the CCB’s wish to begin a fund raising drive. They will prepare a draft letter of support for discussion at October’s meeting.
In further business:* Council has no objections to lighting improvements/traffic monitoring cameras at the Dawson Point dock. *Approved a payment voucher exceeding $1 million. *Accepted Friendship and Brunsting Roofing $13,574.00 quote to replace the WI Library roof (amount exceeds budget allocation). * Approved name change at the entrance to Goodfriend Drive from the west end of Howe Island’s Base Line Road to Goodfriend Drive West as requested by T. Taugher. * Building Inspector Ernest Tkachuk, hourly rate was amended to $ 50.00. *Allen Street closure to be on January agenda. Council meets next Mon. Oct.11th, Howe Island-6:30 pm
Around Town: Municipal elections Mon. October 25th. Please take note: An Advance Poll will be held for Frontenac Islands, Sat. Oct. 16th 10 am- 6pm * WI Community Euchre, Thursdays 7 pm, United Church Hall. Everyone welcome. *Massage Therapy, WI Medical Clinic. For information: 613-770-1803


Posted by M Knott at 09:01 AM
September 18, 2010
Frontenac Islands says Yes to One Big Decision !

The Township of Frontenac Islands will go ahead with the refrigeration plant and required building for the NHL sized rink on Wolfe Island. Council made the decision at a special meeting held just days before it became a ‘lame duck council’. They will meet the required $438,000 dollar figure to proceed with the refrigeration. Council however, did NOT move forward on the bigger requests made by the (CCB) Community Centre Board’s Paul Hogan made at their August meeting with regard to a Queens business plan for a large community complex, council support to actively fund raise and additional Wind Farm monies.

“I did however make a commitment to Paul and the CCB,,” Mayor Vanden Hoek said, “that if they could put together the numbers from all the work they have done, and the quotes for the chiller and the refrigeration, before we became ‘Lame Duck”, I would call a special meeting. The Township has been committed to the rink’s development, studies, refrigeration etc. and thus far has already committed many dollars for it,” the mayor added.

“The CCB has quotes from Coral Canada Wide and CIMCO Refrigeration for the refrigeration, one including a building quote as well,” Hogan said. “We have further quotes for a 20’ by 40’ building to hold the plant and other equipment…,if we move ahead on this we could have ice before Christmas. The CCB has $ 180, 000 in donations for the rink project, none of it collected through a fund raising campaign and people are anxious to see it go ahead. Many of the donors would like to see the rink roofed as well,” he added.
What followed then, was a very serious financial discussion by council and staff with regard to funding the project, ( grants, gst, pst refunds, taxes, different funds including the wind tower monies and other township funding sources, as well as the CCB’s $180,000) Council had already projected $50,000 in their 2010 budget, and this meeting adjusted the budget for the balance. Following a 5 minute break from the intense discussion, Councillor Norris reminded council of their coming Lame Duck position asking that they focus on what they could do to make up the $483,000.

And they did. It works out this way: CCB Funds-$180,000 +$50,000 budget allocation + $225,000 allocation from the Wind Power reserves + $28,000 from the Community Enhancement reserve = $483,000 confirmed by a bylaw to amend the 2010 Budget. With refrigeration in place the rink would be estimated as a $1.7 million community asset. (Thompson report).
Hogan expressed his pleasure with the outcome of the meeting while the Mayor was satisfied with the process thus far, noting that there is further study ahead for council regarding the CCB project. For Further information contact CAO Terry O’Shea.

Around Town: Frontenac Islands election candidates: For Mayor-Jim Vanden Hoek, Denis Doyle. For Council Ward 1 Wayne Grant, Peggy Smith, Barbara Springgay. Ward 2- Pat Norris, Mat Fiene, David Jones. * Plans are underway to hold a seasonal flu clinic for everyone this fall at the WI Community Medical Clinic. More information to follow. * Please note Horne’s Ferry to the US operates until Oct. 24th .*WI Photo Contest Submit photos until Oct.11th (Fargo’s Info Centre.)

Posted by M Knott at 07:48 PM
September 08, 2010
Busy Summer on Wolfe Island…. A Review!

In the midst of the heat and extreme humidity it was hard for me to get my head around the fact that Labour Day is upon us and summer for most families ends, as the children return to school and a new year, that will include a busy round of extra curricular activities, begins. As summer ends on Wolfe Island a number of things come to an end as well.
The walking tours to visit the island, and specifically the wind towers, have ended. The Stone Heron Art Gallery has closed its doors for the season. Summer jobs have come to an end and most university and college students are on their way. Cottagers are making plans to take their leave. Horne’s ferry shuts down at the end of September. And we are left to contemplate, ‘what a summer it has been’ on Wolfe Island.

Speaking of students, the young men and women hired by MTO to keep the ferry lines in Kingston and Wolfe Island moving have been remarkable. They have had their work cut out for them, walking up and down the line up, filling in gaps before others could sneak in, keeping their cool in the midst of some mighty angry people and enduring the heat as well as carrying out other duties on the mainland. To them we extend our thanks and good wishes. To MTO, thank you. Summer traffic would be impossible without them.

So what has been happening … The traffic keeps coming, service vehicles, cement trucks, water trucks, construction, etc., etc. (Makes you wonder how many houses are going up on the island and how many more cars that will mean for the ferry in the future.) B&B’s are fully booked.
Bus tours, motorcyclists, cyclists and more cyclists are coming our way now that WI roads on are usable. Visitors by the hundreds just keep coming , walking on to enjoy the free ferry ride, enjoy lunch , buy a pastry , have ice cream, rest on a bench, a roadside park, to visit the gallery, the museum , the Corn Maze now at its best, and to look at the towers…. People from every where come on the Wolfe Islander and by way of Horne’s Ferry.
Kids have moved from swimming off the island ferry dock to the public dock in Marysville where sailing lessons were held for a second year. White’s wagons and wedding carriages have been in use locally and Kingston as an tourist asset . (And what a difference the extra Public washrooms have made. We could use more. )
The Wolfe Islander III celebrated a birthday. The annual Scene of the Crime Festival was a success. The Island Grill hosted an exciting array of musicians. Their outdoor patio offering an extra treat. “Summer” Store has been busy. The Wolfie 2 draws a crowd as does the General Wolfe Hotel. The ‘Shanti Yoga Retreat’ relocated from Prince Edward County to Wolfe Island at Brown’s Bay, a wonderful new business with a vegetarian menu that includes Taste of Wolfe Island produce. Taste of WI fruits, vegetables, meats and condiments are featured at island stores/ restaurants and in Kingston while numbers are up at their Friday Market Day.

Historical Society AGM: The WI Historical Society held its AGM with a full house in attendance to hear island resident John Posthumus. John who learned to spin during the war continues to use that skill and had his spinning wheel with him. Board member Grant Pyke, in introducing Posthumus, named most of the Dutch families who settled on WI citing their presence and skills as important to the growth and prosperity of the island.
Posthumus had trouble speaking about his experiences as a Dutch immigrant to Canada after the Second World War, as people were anxious to hear about his time in the underground during the war BEFORE he came to Canada. And he obliged, but quickly returned to his script and the topic at hand , his coming to Canada and his eventual arrival on Wolfe Island among the first wave of Dutch immigrants.
He spoke of the hardship, the lack of money, working in northern Ontario and the variety of jobs he had before settling on the island. By 1958 his brother and two sisters and their families had also become islanders. John was nominated for induction into Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2009 an honour he treasures.

Farm Tours: Taste of Wolfe Island , a community association formed to promote food locally grown, produced , consumed and culinary tourism recently held farm tours. “We worried people might want more of a show,” said Alexandra Ireland of Okee's Farm (Jan Broeders). “But we had over 100 people at our place who just wanted to experience the farm, see what we were doing and how and make the connection between their food and its origin,” she said. “Especially our regular customers.” The Tour included: Pykeview Meadows (Jason & Christina Pyke), Sugar Woods Farm (Hendry Connell),Van Wagner Farm CSA & Market Garden (Zach & Heather Van Wagner),White Lane Farm (Rob & Erin White), Windkeeper Community Farm (Katherine Rothermel), Wolfe Island Bakery, de Ruiter Farms Black Angus Beef (Case & Trudy de Ruiter), Henderson Farms (Robert Henderson), Margaret Pyke- Dahlia tubers.
Their products include seasonal fruit and (organic) produce, bison meat, grass- and corn-fed beef, gourmet preserves, pastured poultry, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, flowers, growing cold climate wine grape varieties, and more… “Taste of Wolfe Island wanted people to see how their food is produced and to go home feeling positive about their choice to support small local farms,” said Ireland, president of the Taste of WI association.

So what’s next :*Fox Trial Sept. 10,11, 12th & Bench Show WI Fire Hall, Sept. 9th.
For Info: Erin Brown 1-613-284-0177 Wolfe Island Ploughing Match, Sept. 11th at the Pothumus’ Farm on Reed’s Bay Rd, * Apple Festival, Early Years Centre Fundraiser! Sunday, Sept. 12th 11am to….at Horne’s Orchard on Hwy 95, Family Admission by Donation $5 minimum *Free Trial Yoga Class at Shanti Retreat, Brown’s Bay Sept. 13 6-730 pm. Seniors' Day at Big Sandy Bay Wed. Sept. 15th 10-12 pm. Golf carts available to take you in. contact Linda 613-385-2463 . * Submit Photo Contest pictures until Oct.11th-Fargo’s or Info Centre. Awards Nov. 21st. For events
Important Reminder: Elections Last date to file or to withdraw papers. Sept. 10th by 2pm (not 5pm)

Posted by M Knott at 07:42 PM
August 25, 2010
Is Frontenac Islands Ready to Face Big Decisions?

The long held dream of having a NHL sized rink on Wolfe Island has been all but fulfilled through donations and good and services by the community, Canadian Hydro Developers (TransAlta), fund raising events and hours of volunteer work by members of the Wolfe Island Community Centre Board and dedicated islanders. All that is missing is a refrigeration unit, which the rink is set up to accept, and a roof .
But there is much more to the dream, as Frontenac Islands’ council heard at their regular August meeting. Paul Hogan, Chairman of the Wolfe Island Community Centre Board (CCB), presented a business plan for a Wolfe Island Community Centre. It was prepared over the last 9 months by the Queens University School of Business, at no cost to the CCB or the township. (The plan is available at the WI Town Hall)
“We have found it to be very complete with suggestions for proceeding with our vision,” Hogan said. Acknowledging Wolfe Islands vibrancy, he spoke none the less of those things the island does not have, including a facility that promotes a sense of community and spoke of one that could answer community needs. “ From physical activities to large function (with industrial kitchen), to special events, and maybe including new municipal offices and meeting space. The possibilities are endless,” he said. “But to arrive there we need the support and the commitment of the municipality.”
Hogan said that the CCB contacted fund raising people from a number of large organizations who stated that before a fund raising campaign can begin there needs to be a business plan and a letter of support from the municipality. “You have the business plan in your hands and we are asking for a letter of support that includes a financial commitment.” He asked that the township direct $100,000 per year from the wind power amenities agreement money for the next five years, to be used as leverage funds for approaching the federal and provincial government for further financial assistance.
“With the municipal dollars plus a sound fund raising campaign and the work already done on the ice pad it would be hard for government to turn us away, “ he said. Paul added that there are donors willing to commit to large sums to the project as well two construction firms willing to act as project advisors when and if the project moves forward. “We are asking three things from you: 1. A motion to accept the plan; 2. A motion to commit $100,000 per year for 5 years; and 3. A motion to issue a letter of support including financial support.” Hogan acknowledged that council’s hands are tied (lame duck due to coming election) when it comes to initiating large expenditures but said accepting the business plan, providing direction and supporting the fund raising campaign is one way to start the process.
After some discussion, council received the business plan as ” information” only. The mayor announced a letter from a donor about the CCB’s work will be on the September agenda and asked Hogan to attend. “We do not want to lose sight of Paul’s ask,” he said. The Mayor and Councillor Grant sit as the council representatives on the CCB.
(It should be noted that at the outset of the meeting Mayor Vanden Hoek commented that this is an election year. “I would like to tighten meetings a touch, contain debate that yields no results. We have been very casual. Under new business we also need to keep things tighter, with a mover & seconder, or file notice of motion,” he said.)
Other Business: 1. Howe Island resident Austin Page, Chairman of the School House Committee, delegated to study the merits/possibilities/costs of restoring the island’s old school house as a meeting place and historical site, presented his report. “ We need to do an engineering study (feasibility) to determine the building’s integrity, such as was done on Wolfe Island by Patrick Thompson, form a Historical Society , determine community support/ funding opportunities, and we require a letter of support from council to proceed,” Page said. “We thought we had a community meeting place with the new Howe Island Fire Hall but council or someone reneged on that one.” He asked the township to initiate an application for the study by Sept. 1st. Council received the report as information only and will sign an application to the Local Initiatives Program of the Eastern Ontario Development Program ( $ 5,000.00) to cover the estimated costs for a review of the Howe Island building. The mayor noted the work of Linda Thomas, WI Business & Tourism president with regards to application writing.
2. A bylaw was passed amending a budget item re: WI roads relating to a capital figure that included the value of stockpiled gravel delivered in 2009, and an increase in WI Recreation& Culture. This bylaw amendment reduces the capital for WI road work and reduces the transfers from the WI wind reserve. “The good news is we are going down by $70,000 reducing the amount from wind power reserves,” Carol Dwyre, Treasurer/Planning Coordinator said by way of explanation. “The net result being an extra $70,000 in the capital reserve fund.”
New Business: *Councillor Grant had requests for special boarding on the Wolfe Islander which led to two resolutions, one, asking the Ministry of Transportation to provide priority boarding to Frontenac County Paramedic Volunteers traveling from Kingston to work at the Wolfe Island Ambulance Service. The second, that MTO grant priority boarding for agricultural commodities on the Wolfe Island Ferry in the same manner as in 2009.
*Regarding the green Energy Task force, Councillor Fiene said they are trying to get each municipality to explore roof top solar system under Micro Fit program. Council supported a request for a Microfit system under the County umbrella and Green Energy Task Force solar system for roof top 10 kw with township participation.
Councillor Doyle continues to have concerns about some roadwork beyond the 11th Line on Road #96
Council meets next on Wolfe Island, Mon. Sept. 13th at 6:30 pm.
Coming Events:* WI HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM Wed., Aug. 25, 7:30 pm , United Church Hall. Guest John Posthumus, Dutch immigrant to Canada after the Second World War.* Taste of Wolfe Island (hourly) Farm Tours Sunday Aug. 29th from 2-5 pm. Farm directions available at Kingston tourist office, Kingston Farmer’s Market, WI Tourist Office. * WI Community Euchre, Thursdays 7 pm, United Church Hall. Everyone welcome.

Posted by M Knott at 09:28 PM
August 18, 2010
Junior Achievers Visit Wolfe Island

Taking a break from a busy week, of workshops and the business challenges , the 185 youth leaders of “Junior Achievement of Canada 40th Annual Next Generation Leaders Forum” arrived on Wolfe Island for a day of fun and togetherness. The youth came from around the world to attend the forum, including the Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, India, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Norway, Romania, Senegal, and the United States.
The very distinct group of young people filled the upper decks of the Wolfe Islander III for the trip to the island, led by Stephen Middlemiss, Director of Student Events JA Canada, accompanied by group leaders and volunteers .
The young people and their leaders were welcomed to the island by Frontenac Islands Councillor Dennis Doyle and Walter Knott, Treasurer of the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association, where they filled two busses and four of White’s large horse drawn wagons.


Split into two groups, their itinerary for the day included tours of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm conducted by Trans Alta’s community relations coordinator, John Forster, the Wolfe Island Corn Maze, owned and operated by Garth and Maryann Walker and family, where all 185 would gather for lunch before finishing their day at the Big Sandy Bay Conservation area where they would also have a swim at the beach before returning to mainland Kingston.
Considering the days of muggy weather, rain and heat the region has been experiencing this day was bright, sunny and hot but cooled by the wonderful wind that has of late made the island famous. The Corn Maze too was at its best , green and tall and the students delighted in the place where not only did they wend their way through the maze, they had an opportunity for some quiet time, to play games, get to know the Walker’s and to enjoy the lunches prepared by them. at-the-maze.gif


Tired but happy this diverse group returned to Kingston grateful perhaps that their sponsors recognized the value of play.
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Around Town:
* Sunday, Aug.15th was the 35th anniversary of the Wolfe Islander III’s christening in the Port Arthur shipyard, just before she was sideways, launched in 1975 by Mrs. Molly Apps, the wife of MLA Syl Apps for Kingston & the Islands.brians-invite.gif
Captain Brian Johnson decorated the ferry with green and white balloons for the occasion and the Wolfe Islander carried the ORIGINAL FLAGS she flew that day! islander-splasshes-in.gifPictures of her launching were posted on the ferry. For more info;
* John Posthumus will speak about his experiences as a Dutch immigrant to Canada after the Second World War at the AGM of the WI Historical Society on Wed., August 25, at 7:30 pm at the WI United Church Hall. John eventually settled on Wolfe Island and by 1958 his brother and two sisters and their families had also become Islanders. In 2009, John had the honour of being nominated for induction into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. During the War, John learned to spin wool and will give a demonstration of this skill. By the way, have you visited the Old House Museum yet?
* Four Weddings were held on WI over the weekend. Busy, busy place. Guests were transported by bus in some cases and large party tents dotted the island and, for the most part the weather held.
* Howe Island’s Summer Steak Fry Sat. Aug. 21st, St. Philomena’s Hall, Social Hour 5-6pm Adults $15. Children’s menu and prices., Tickets in advance Jim 546-4893, Marilyn 545-3988
* The Howe Island Ratepayers Association Annual General meeting will be held Wed. Aug. 25th at St. Philomena’s Church Hall at 7pm.. All welcome.
* The “ Gertrudes” host the release of their new album, Dawn Time Riot, Friday, Aug. 27 at The Island Grill. Rueben deGroot will also perform.
* With much better access to the new village dock a second year of children’s sailing is underway. The session was filled before it was even advertised. Lots of enthusiasm for more boating experiences. kids-go-sailing.gif
* Voting day for the 2010 regular municipal elections is Monday,October 25, 2010. Nominations close Sept. 10th at 5 pm. Nomination forms are available for candidates at the municipal offices. To be elected for Frontenac Islands: 1 Mayor, 4 Councillors,( 2 from each of the Wolfe Island/Simcoe and Howe Island wards). The new council term begins Dec. 1st The incumbent mayor Jim Vanden Hoek and Councillor Dennis Doyle have both filed for the position of Mayor. No further candidates have filed for that position or, for councillor positions (at this time). Have you given this some thought?

Posted by M Knott at 09:33 AM
August 10, 2010
Wolfe Island holds 25th Annual Family Ball Tournament

Ferry traffic to Wolfe Island, including walkers, cyclist, and vehicular continues extremely heavy these days but perhaps was heaviest during the weekend of the island’s 25th annual Family Ball tournament. The weather did not fail. Though hot and humid, light winds drifted across the 3 playing venues (Sacred Heart school and the Community Centre grounds) where 31 teams played elimination games Friday evening and all day Saturday, completing the last games before 9 pm which determined the winners in the A& B Division.
In the A Division Radtke-Reitzel Family team was victorious.a-team-wins.gif
The DeVette Family Team won in the “B” Division. bee-team.gif
The Joe Reitzel Memorial Trophy for Oldest Average Team: McKenna Family Team. oldest-team.gif
The Bill Kyle Sportsmanship Memorial Trophy was presented to the Kaye Fawcett FaTeam by Karen Kyle sporting her bright red Cow Boy hat.bill-kyle-trophy.gif

The Wolfe Island Family Ball tournament, played by teams made up of equal numbers of men and women using a larger ball known as a Mellon ball, is among the last of such tournaments in Ontario. For Wolfe Island the tournament brings scattered island families together in maybe greater numbers than at any other time of year, a fact the island’s Fr. De Souza spoke of in the parish bulletin where he said, “there are islanders who played in the first tournament who are now retired while their children and grandchildren take their places,” noting also a well attended church service.

Posted by M Knott at 08:27 AM
August 08, 2010
Frontenac Islands Official Plan Meeting held on Wolfe Island

Following what was a well attended Open House on Howe Island (45-50 persons) regarding the township’s draft Official Plan update, a mandatory special public meeting of council required under the planning act, was held on Wolfe Island Aug. 5th. All members of council as well as CAO O’Shea, Carol Dwyre, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer and Township Planner Glen Tunnock and David Wellwood of the firm of Tunnock Consulting Ltd. were present. Two (+2 who left) Wolfe Island residents plus four from Howe (none from Simcoe) attended the meeting. Copies of the Official Plan Draft Amendment – 5 year Review were available for sale. Residents were encouraged to fill out comments sheets.
The purpose of the meeting, outlined by Mayor Vanden Hoek, was to review the revisions in draft amendment and engage the public in the process for the approval of the Draft Official Plan- five year review and its authority. The mayor said consideration will be given to written comments/submissions of the public before the OP amendment is adopted and urged residents to do so, before council seeks provincial approval. (Following Notice of a decision and a 20 day appeal period follows).
Planner Tunnock began his review of the Official Plan noting the key themes including well managed growth, environmental integrity, conservation of natural resources including water, green energy and energy conservation, transportation services and consistency with provincial policy. “So it is not just the policy of the local municipality to protect food lands for production, but the province, so we have made adjustments to reflect provincial policy,” he said.
He note the township’s aim to maintain its own identity through well managed growth and sustainability as well as its strong movement towards more alternative forms of energy systems on individual properties while at the same time acknowledging that the Green Energy act has taken much of the decision making out of the hands of the township. He made reference to growth on the islands, particularly along the shoreline, the ongoing WI water study for Marysville, as well as the MTO transportation EA, “The province would encourage more development in established areas,” he said.
He noted a policy in the official plan that makes some provision for private roads. “What’s in the plan is a policy that can provide for the takeover of private roads based on affordability, road requirements and advantage to the township.
Throughout the meeting there were areas of concern for both Howe and Wolfe island residents. Both communities question the agricultural land use designation and the difficulties surrounding severances and believe the province should look at things differently and see the need for more rural land designation. The plan indicates no further severances of prime agricultural except for agricultural purposes.
Tunnock acknowledged that the Township does not agree because the community is looking to small home businesses and market gardens to support and supply the food industry “Do you really need 40 hectares to do that ? The township is not comfortable with the Ministry of Ag & Food’s policy,” he said.
Natural habitat, wildlife and its protection is also a provincial policy concern as it relates to future development.”What the township will probably do if someone is granted a shoreline plot is to ask that they enter into an agreement that states they will maintain or reinstate the first 30 metres to its natural state,” Tunnock suggested, adding that the township sees forest as well as shore line management with public access to the water as important issues. A resident felt this was an opportune time for the township to develop a policy to protect for everyone’s use unopened road allowances particularly those leading to the water.
An amazing number of questions and concerns were expressed by the small audience who also offered some very clear insights into the planning process.
For a complete review, the draft official plan amendment will be posted on the Township of Frontenac Islands website and is also available for purchase at the township offices.
*It is interesting to note that the Howe Island Ratepayers Association has already submitted their concerns to council with regard to the Plan (suggesting in their letter) that it is not specific “to island life”, particularly Howe Island, a residential/ agricultural island without retail trade, and sees the draft amendment as a lost opportunity to identify the Wolfe Island and Howe Island, while one political unit, as economically and socially different. In their submission, the association brings forward concerns about transportation, agricultural land designation, shore line development (strip development) , certain housekeeping corrections and has requested that council hold off approval of the draft amendment until they have read the comments of HIRA and others. The subject is bound to come up at the August meeting of Frontenac Islands council.
Around Town: The longest line up of cars yet leaving Wolfe Island recently extended all the way to the gate of the Land Fill site. At this rate MTO may have to provide ‘porta potties’ along the route since people are waiting at least an hour plus for the ferry. *One lucky fellow missed a house in a fast run around a corner recently, ending up in the water with some damage to a flower bed , to the car but not to himself. Now that the road work is complete, more and more cyclists are choosing Wolfe Island. *The township has a “no littering” bylaw at their July meeting. * Have heard only good things about the WI Music Festival since I was not an accredited reporter for the event. I hope someone else was.
Coming Events: * The Scene of the Crime Festival takes place on WI , Saturday Aug. 14th .Guests will be Michael Blair, Vicki Delany, Susanna Kearsley, James W. Nichol, Grant Allen Award honoree Gail Bowen and guest lecturer, reporter Rob Tripp. * The Kingston Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is gearing up for their 3rd Annual Cycling for Celiacs Sat., August 14th on Wolfe Island. Cyclists range in age from 21 to 71. *The WI Ploughing match will be held Sat. Sept. 11th For further info contact Wilma Sjonger 385-1791. * The Wolfe Island Association announces the annual Dog Trial event to be held Sept. 10th, 11th & 12th. The Bench Show will be held at the WI Fire Hall, Sept. 9th. For information call Erin Brown 613-284-0177.

Posted by M Knott at 08:23 AM
July 29, 2010
‘Door to door’ fundraiser benefits Wolfe Island family

‘ A door-to-door fundraiser for the Minton and O’Coin families, organized by Wolfe Islanders Sherry Orr, Sharon Kane, and Angie Vaughan ended Sunday evening when a group of islanders gathered outside the home of Daryl Niles where two trailers, located on the property, are housing them since a devastating fire destroyed their home. The islanders came to present Laurie and Scott, daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Ian, and grandchildren Madyson (10) and Mackynzie (8), with the funds collected to assist them.
“On behalf of the community including Simcoe Island and our summer residents we would like to present the entire family with the cash donations collected in the door-to-door visits made by many volunteers,” Sharon Kane said, as Sherry Orr presented an envelope to a very emotional Laurie, and her equally emotional husband Ian Minton.
The donations totalled $8,614.00 and did not include the already presented donations collected at ‘Megalys’ store in Marysville according to Kane,
The presentation of an envelope for daughter Jennifer was repeated when the O’Coin family finally arrived, late due to a ambulance call which delayed the ferry. Missing the presentation was Madyson who was away at camp.
In response, Laurie, a Ministry of Transportation employee, talked about what it is like to live in a community where everyone cares. “And this is not the first time,” she said referring to a time when the community rallied around the family when her grandson was diagnosed with leukemia. (Mackynzie is now cancer free.) “Ours is a small family and we will continue to all live together, for a time at least, after our new (modular home) arrives,” she said. “I rarely show emotion about anything,” her visibly moved husband Ian, added. Daughter Jennifer spoke of things coming in 3’s (Mack’s illness, the fire, a car accident) that are now in the past. “As we look to the future, I am so grateful to this wonderful community we live in,” she said.
There was time then to share stories and anecdotes about island living, travelling on the ferry and the kindnesses of Laurie who is always ready to help anyone in distress. To the many (door-to-door) volunteers, Kane had this to say, “wow, way to go, neighbours and friends.”

2. Tornado-like storm strikes Wolfe Island’s Hickory Lane
Reports of a tornado like storm Wednesday, July 21st around 4 pm striking Gananoque , Howe Island and other environs made the news. The reports made no mention of a storm hitting certain areas of Wolfe Island. However
a ‘phone call Saturday a.m. from Frontenac Islands Councillor Dennis Doyle alerted me to Hickory Lane where many new homes and cottages are located, and they had been hit hard by a violent storm on the same day, at the approximately the same time. Hickory Lane is at the far east end of Wolfe Island on the south side.
“It was a ferocious storm that came on so quickly, with high winds and hail, year-round Hickory Lane resident Bev Sherman said, as she took me on a tour of area. (She and her husband Doug, long time cottagers there, have been permanent residents for 3 years.)
Very mature oak and hickory trees, torn up by there roots, were everywhere. Remarkably only two or 3 of the houses suffered serious damages from the falling trees. “People have worked so hard to care for their properties,” Bev said. “And just look at the mess. It will take weeks to clean it up,” adding that a tent trailer belonging to friends was demolished. Lamp posts were down, an air conditioner had blown off its foundation, outdoor furniture was broken or had blown off shore. “ The people who suffered the greatest loss of trees are Vic McQueen and Paul and Ed Mika, “ Sherman said. “There was damage to Bev Lloyd’s new home as well as many trees down but some of it was cleaned up yesterday through her insurance when a chipping crew arrived for a day.”
“I was sitting on a swing when it stated to blow, and marble sized hail hit hard,” Vic McQueen said. ” The swing blew into the river, and so many trees came down. I was pretty upset. My heartbeat went funny about 4 o’clock in the morning. I don’t know if it was because of all this. I had a regular doctor’s appointment on Thursday, ended up in hospital and had my heart shocked back to normal. Some mighty storm,’
Dave Scott and Adair Chown had come in from a few days of sailing.” We were ashore when the storm broke,” Dave said . “The wind was so bad we actually grabbed the cat and went to the basement. We didn’t hear any of this happen, just the wind and the hail (2 inches deep on the west side) hitting the house,” he said looking at the fallen trees. “ During the ice storm you could hear the trees snapping, cracking and falling, not this time,” Adair added.
At McLean’s bush further up, at least 12 big oaks fell one on top of another taking down everything underneath according to Dave.
Bev Sherman commented that cottagers and homeowners coming to Hickory Lane for the weekend, knowing nothing of the storm would be devastated by what they see. ” People who were here think it was a tornado but no meteorologist came our way to confirm it,” The WI Fire Department responded to a 911 call about an arcing wire and contacted Hydro One. While Hydro has been restored to the area , telephone service was not so quick. (Cell phones at that end of the island roam to the USA)
Councillor Doyle having visited the area will bring the situation to the attention of council.
Around town: * Wolfe Island weekend traffic at an all time high with walk-on’s, cyclists and cars. Long delays for vehicles leaving the Island. * Frontenac Islands Councillor Dennis Doyle has decided to run as a Mayoral candidate in the November election. So far he will be running against incumbent, Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek. *On the lighter side, heard Jan Hassellar and Wally Knott ruminating about running for council. Not sure how much truth there is in this.. …
Coming Events:*WI Family Ball tournament July 30-31st *Scene of the Crime Writers Festival, Aug. 14, 2010, * Music Festival, Aug. 6th -7th **Scene of the Crime Writers Festival, Aug. 14, 2010, (

Posted by M Knott at 07:33 AM
July 22, 2010
Simcoe Island’s Nine Mile Point Lighthouse declared surplus

Simcoe Island resident, Yelda Miedema invited interested Simcoe and Wolfe Island permanent and summer residents to a meeting to determine steps they could take to protect the island’s historic Nine Mile Point Lighthouse and to discuss the ramifications of the ‘Heritage Lighthouse protection Act’ unveiled by the government May 29th.
The Nine Mile Point Lighthouse is among the 480 active lighthouses maintained by the Coast Guard and declared surplus to its needs by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Also on the list is the lighthouse in the Main Duck Islands in Lake Ontario.
The Act offers groups, municipalities, or individuals, the opportunity to seek a heritage designation for certain surplus lighthouses and to assume responsibility for their maintenance.
This was not Miedema’s first attempt to seek support for preserving the lighthouse. He recently requested help at a meeting to determine areas for the distribution of Wolfe Island Wind Farm (amenities) funding.
”The government is going to sell off, privatise or offload all light houses declared surplus,” he said at the time. ‘The Nine Mile Point lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes and the thought of it falling into public hands does not sit well… It might be that some of the (Wind Farm) funds, $20 to $30,000 a year, could be spent by the township (Frontenac Islands) to maintain it in perpetuity as a heritage site.” (WI Historical Society president Brian MacDonald offered information regarding the new Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act at that meeting.)
At the Simcoe meeting Miedema presented a brief history of the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse, built in 1833, remote until a regular ferry to Simcoe Island began in 1964, manned until 1978 and automated that year. He spoke of the long time relationship of the Orr and Eves families to the lighthouse as keepers of the light, to its automation and the sell off of the light keepers house. Since then the property has been fenced off and gated with ‘no entry’ signs posted by the Coastguard.
Not always thus, stories were told of the old days when the lighthouse keepers welcomed the public to the site, when school children came with their teachers and were treated to the harrowing stories of ships on the Great Lakes, so much a part of Canada’s Maritime history.
Miedema went on to highlight sections of the Heritage Protection Act focusing on the possibility of a heritage designation of any federally-owned lighthouse property. However according to the act, a surplus lighthouse may only be designated as a heritage site if a municipality, a group or an individual submits a written commitment to acquire the lighthouse and protect its heritage character.
“We have two years to petition the Minister of the Environment to designate our lighthouse,” Yelda said. “What are the pro’s and con’s? Should we do it? Can we do it? How? What about forming a ‘Friends of Nine Mile Point Lighthouse’? The bigger question, as with any venture such as this became, “How do we sustain the lighthouse in the long term without money? “
A vigorous discussion about the lighthouse, its condition, value, restoring public access, residential privacy, tourism, ferry capacity, transportation, parking, were all brought forward and will require further discussion. But in the end, as a first step, everyone who was eligible to do so, was invited to sign a petition requesting the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse be designated as a ‘heritage site’.
The petition will be available in the community for further signatures. There will be further meetings.
Around Town: Visit the Wolfe Island Wind Farm, Thursday, July 22nd,5- 7 p.m. at the Operations Centre, 209 4th Line, across from the Alston Moor Golf Course ; Free Certified CPR Course & Intro to Defibrillator offered by Wolfe Island Volunteer Ambulance Service for seasonal/permanent residents (14 & older), July 24th (am & pm sessions) To register call: Perry Chesney 385-2972 or Nadine Greenwood 385-2227.

Posted by M Knott at 10:17 AM
July 15, 2010
Wolfe Island Wind Farm money again a topic for discussion by residents

“How does this present process tie in with the many priority setting meetings held in the past,” Wolfe Island resident Linda Van Hal asked of Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek. The question came at the outset of a 2nd consultative meeting with facilitator Rob Wood, of 8020Info, regarding possible uses of the WI Wind Farm ‘amenities agreement’ money. “Will we ever get back to establishing priorities for the township as a whole?” The second meeting was held to offer summer residents in particular, and those who were unable to attend the first meeting in January, an opportunity to be involved in the consultative process.
Mayor Vanden Hoek agreed that priority setting had been going on for at least 10 years noting an original list of priorities which included water for Marysville, opening Big Sandy Bay, opening the canal, a community centre. “Three quarters of that list is in play now, which is not a bad record for municipal government, and there have been at least two updates with Brian Ritchie, (OMAFRA) and supplementary work with Patrick Thomson regarding the community hall and the Community Centre board. The mayor added that all the information gathered at this time and over the years will be for the benefit of the next council. “A summary, weaving it all together so that nothing is forgotten, will be part of the report ,” he added.
Facilitator Wood added that that the materials handed out at the January meeting contained the many ideas and priorities weeded out from other meetings. “We got to all this by looking at what we have done in the past,” he said as he began a quick review of the January meeting
The list of priorities handed out at that time, was rated by participants, not as poll or survey but weighted as: not appropriate, OR: could, should, must be considered. “The materials handed out tonight list the top 18 ‘must be considered’ results. My goal with this smaller group meeting is to capture all of your comments about the use of money and any new ideas.”
He pointed out that at the first meeting residents had added ideas about leveraging the money, developing a 5 year plan, avoiding duplication of purpose, short and long term projects, costs and sustainability of projects, governance and overall management of the money. Were there new ideas expressed at this second meeting?.
For starters, Greg Caldwell talked about quick and easy projects (easy to do with a high pay off). Maureen brought forward the idea of a commercial kitchen in a multi purpose community facility. W. Knott suggested that the township consider mitigation for road damage. Keith Walton questioned why the wind farm revenue is described as a special fund. “It is just another lump of money coming into the township to be administered by council,” he said. “That’s their job,” he said. “Could there be a management sub committee regarding the extra funding to provide continuity,” Norma O’Shea asked.
Mixed governance aligned with the township, was another thought. But Walton was adamant that the use of the funds remain with the township (accountability/liability)
There is support for a scholarship fund administered by a foundation. Ken Keyes sees wisdom in a 20 year administered ‘Frontenac Islands Fund’ with the township annually designating one third of the monies received. Sustainability of projects is key he said, noting particularly planning for operating costs.
A concern that monies would be used for normal road work rather than special projects drew an intervention by Mayor Vanden Hoek. He reminded residents that until recently there was not enough tax base (revenue) coming into the municipality to pay for basic infrastructure work creating a fairly severe infra structure deficit “The amount of tax revenue that stayed on Wolfe Island last year was about $750,000 .There are 40 miles of highways and many miles of side roads. There are years ahead of us to bring the roads up to a basic standard,” he said.
Further discussion centered around cultural and heritage projects, light house protection, a vibrant village “as our only cluster” and competitive business centre of the community, supporting needs of seniors and kids, water and sewer…Wi-fi at ferry terminals.
Facilitator Wood in summary noted the new ideas, (commercial kitchen, mitigation of the road damage, light house protection, infrastructure, fleshing out ideas, council’s responsibility to manage funds, cultural /heritage initiatives and a focus on Marysville) and will present his report in the very near future. By the way the top priority continues to be for multi purpose community facility.
The long-term amenities agreement, established that Frontenac Islands will receive $7,500 per year for each of the 86 turbines, $645,000 in total with growth, for the next 20 to 40 years.
Around Town:* August is shaping up to be another busy month on Wolfe Island. Lots of events are planned.* The ferry lines continue long and hot. *Road work underway with Reeds Bay Rd. now’ tembined’. Rd. #96 still a disaster. *With roadwork nearing completion, cyclists are being reminded of the “Taste of Wolfe Island Farm Tour on Sunday Aug. 29th. * There will be an all day Taste of Wolfe Island “ Farmers Market on Sat. July 30th during the annual Family Ball Tournament. Taste of Wolfe Island is a not-for-profit community association formed to promote food grown and produced on Wolfe Island as well as culinary tourism.Regular Friday markets begin at 12:30 pm
Coming Events:Frontenac Islands Open House & Public meeting will be held to consider revisions to the Official Plan. The open house will be held at the St. Philomena Hall, Howe Island from 5-8 pm. On Thurs. July 29th. The Public meeting will be held Thurs. Aug.5th at Sacred Heart school at 6:30 pm. *Friends of Big Sandy Bay Book Sale continues every weekend in July at the WI Old Fire Hall * WI Family Ball Tournament 25th Annual Family Ball Tournament, Aug. long weekend. *Wolfe Island Music Festival Aug, 6th &7th For Info, tickets: * Scene of the Crime writers festival Sat. Aug, 14th for more information (go to Crime Writers Festival).

Posted by M Knott at 10:11 AM
July 05, 2010
Wonderful Day for Island’s 30th Annual Race Event

Wolfe Island was already teeming with activity as 439 runners and walkers began to gather for the 30th annual Wolfe Island Classic 5km-10km road race organized by the Wolfe Island Business and Tourism Association in conjunction with ‘The Running Room.’ Participants included runners arriving by way of Horne’s Ferry from the USA, the regularly scheduled early morning trips of the Wolfe Islander III from Kingston, as well as dedicated island runners. Registration and kit pickup for the WI Classic was done primarily by the Running Room who had experienced as well as new runners registered.
The WI Classic is the Kingston area’s oldest running race and WI’s Business and Tourism’s major fund raiser. An added highlight of the island event is the Kiddie Kilometre when little ones of every size wearing race numbers run their own race cheered on by parents and spectators. (In its 5th year, the kiddie race numbers are on the increase.)
The 5km-10km course follows a challenging route along the north Shore of Wolfe Island overlooking Kingston ending at the home of Pat Downing and Tom St. Laurent (Acacia Gold Kennels). There, water, drinks, fruit, yogurt and muffins were available. Many of the runners took the opportunity for a swim before prize presentations. Also on hand for the first time from the Frontenac Message Therapy Clinic (island resident) Judy Gerber-van Vliet, RMT offering runners free messages.
Master of Ceremonies Ken Keyes announced the winners in each class and at the same time kept the air filled with island tidbits. Awards were presented by Linda Thomas (WIBTA president) and student employees Celina Walker and Emma Pyke.
Doug Knowles (82) a regular participant over these last thirty years ran 5km in the over 70 class. A mother daughter trio saw the island’s Donna Ivimey receive a first in the 5 km, 40-49 age class while her daughters, Audrey and Emma placed 2nd & 3rd in the 12 & under category. Theresa Kauffman from Wilmington, Delaware was the overall 10 km winner along Wolfe Island’s Charly Allan (19). In the 5km overall winner’s were Kingston runners Evin Andrin and Heather Ostic.
Congratulations to Jim Gore’s RRResults for their timely posting all results on site also available on their website.
Many Thanks for the presence of the Frontenac County Paramedic Service (called out for one runner). The race owes much of its longevity and success to the work of local volunteers who make it work.

Race Results:Overall
Men 10k
1. Charly Allan 34:31 Wolfe Island
2. Shaun Nash 35:20 Kingston
3. Alex Green 35:52 Kingston Yarker
Women 10k
1. Theresa Kauffman 44:48 Wilmington, Delaware
2. Meghan Jaacks 49:13 Watertown
3. Elaine MacKay 49:21 Ottawa.
Men 5k
1. Evin Andrin 16:22 Kingston
2. Dave Ruggles 17:03 Kingston
3. Tim Blackwell 17:18 Kingston
Women 5k
1. Heather Ostic 19:18 Kingston
2. Carla Murphy 19:57 Kingston
3. Jenny Casson 20:05 Kingston
Full results are available at: RRresults , also at www.
Around Town: * The 2nd Frontenac Islands Amenities Money Use, public consultation facilitated by Robert Wood, Sacred Heart school, Thursday July 8th, 6:30 pm. * Free Certified CPR Course & Intro to Defibrillator offered by WI Volunteer Ambulance Service for seasonal/permanent residents (14 & older), July 24th (am & pm sessions) To register call \Perry Chesney 385-2972 or Nadine Greenwood 385-2227

Posted by M Knott at 07:27 AM
June 29, 2010
What was old news is back on the table….one more time

Howe Island resident, Norm Vincent re-introduced the possible preservation of the island’s abandoned North Shore 1892 school house at the well attended June meeting of Frontenac Islands council on Howe Island.
“Looking around this room there are descendants from 1840, 1850 and 1860, all interested in Howe Island and we have the opportunity to purchase the old school at a very reasonable price with the land,” Vincent said at the same time acknowledging the presence of Wilf Garrah from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board who had in hand a copy of the school’s deed. The board is the present owner of the former SS #1 St. Mary’s School/ Howe Island Fire Hall.
“The preservation of this building is absolutely paramount for this community in its present location as a museum, meeting place for a historical society, recreational committee and all others interested in meeting there. While funds are always a factor,” Vincent continued, “there are funds available both provincially and federally once we have a designation of this building. We already have talented people willing to help restore it.”
The preservation of the old school for its historical and heritage value came up originally around the time of building the new Fire Hall and was debated at a number of council meetings with what appeared to be little interest from the public according to Mayor Vanden Hoek . “This has been debated at the council table at a number of meetings. We indicated if there was interest (by May 31st ), we were prepared to listen but we did not get an overwhelming response.
Vincent who has taken on the development of a HI Historical Society has received positive information and guidance from the Ontario Historical Society as well as the Ontario government. “Howe Island is one of the very few communities in Ontario that does not have a Heritage or Historical Society. This is a win win opportunity for Howe Island and Frontenac Islands as a whole,” he said noting that the building is in very good shape, (new roof, septic system, leeching bed). Vincent referred to a Frontenac Islands purchase of a building on Wolfe Island now designated as ‘The Old House Museum’. “Hopefully this assistance is available to Howe Island at a much lower cost.” (It should be noted that following the purchase of the land and building on Wolfe, the building was given over to the island’s Historical Society and the township separated itself from the development and operation of the Old House Museum.)
In the discussion that followed, Councillor Mat Fiene noted a resurgence of interest in the school house, “after a couple of runs at this”, while Councillor Norris dispelled any comparison between Howe Island’s request and the WI purchase.”The WI building was worth nothing but the waterfront property it is on, right in the village is very valuable ,”Norris said. “We gave you 6 or 7 months to come up with a proposal and costs and to show us where money could come from and no one ever came back to us,” he added.
Speaking in support the Howe Island project were Geoff Hobbs, Shelagh MacDonald and Terry Botten who read from a Howe Island Ratepayers Association (HIRA, Oct. 2009) report citing delays in moving ahead at that time, as there was no one group tasked to do it, while now a Historical Society is under developing along with community support. “This island issue requires an official committee,” Botten added.
Frontenac Islands staff will request a further 6 month extension from the school board to discuss their offer and to organize a sub-committee under the Howe Island Culture and Recreation Committee to investigate all aspects of the proposal to retain the old school as part of Howe Island’s heritage.
In other Business: Howe Island resident Louise Watson was not happy with the lack of information islanders had regarding a recent military exercise held on private island property. “We fully support the military exercise but we are not happy with council’s lack consultation with residents and no information other than a small sign on the ferry… Someone told us it was on private property and it had nothing to do us, but I think it did. “ (The exercise included early morning gun fire and a road blockade.) “The small sign was not enough, perhaps notification through the mail next time.”
Military exercises on Wolfe and Howe have been fully supported by council. “We have taken a supportive role regarding the military and will continue to do so,” Mayor Vanden Hoek commented “But if it is a matter of communication then indeed we will attempt to do a better job in the future.”
2. Overnight camping, approved one night only August 7th to Aug. 8th at the Wolfe Island Community Centre Grounds during Music Fest. As well, a Vendors Village is permitted on the Grounds on August 7th.
3. Councillor Doyle brought forward: a) WIBTA’s proposal for a (year round) road closure at the end of Victoria St. (the area has 2 public washrooms including a public dock), m and a possible mini park. This item was deferred to the July meeting. Neighbours on either side to be consulted. b) He noted a need for a multi approach to prevent further vandalism at Big Sandy Bay. Doyle will seek further advice from the OPP. c) Unfinished road work is creating hazards for cyclists. Doyle suggested road conditions should be posted on the web site since no dates are yet available for road work completion.
4. Councillor Norris is opposed to any more payments for Howe Island road work until road WORK IS DONE. “There are problems that must be resolved,” he said.
5. The next Frontenac Islands Amenities agreement public consultation facilitated by Robert Wood, Sacred Heart school, Thursday July 8th, 6:30 pm. Council meets next on Wolfe Island, Mon, July 12th, 6:30 pm
Around Town:* Congratulations to Don Roblin recipient of the J.C. McLeod Excellence in Teaching Award presented at the Marysville Public School Grade 8 graduation. Congratulations to Everett & Denise. *The Stone Heron Gallery is now open for another season. Euchre continues Thursday’s 7pm WI.United Church Hall. *Saturday Evening Mass 5pm through July & Aug. Sacred Heart Church. *Ferry Traffic heavy all the time these days.
Coming Events:* WI Classic Road Race (5k-10k) Sunday, July 4th at 9:30 a.m. *FOBSB Book sales July weekends. *Taste of WI Market Friday’s 12:30 pm.

Posted by M Knott at 09:02 AM
June 20, 2010
A Tradition, though different continues

Any book of history about Wolfe Island always includes some reference to the spiritual life of its early inhabitants, where they held services and the incredible efforts made by so few to build churches. Another part of the story that makes it somewhat different from many others is the reference to the ferry and the fact that clergy came from Kingston to minister to the people, or, islanders attempted to attend services in Kingston. One has to assume that because of the limited ferry service of the day, it might have been many months between clergy visits for any denomination, whether Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Roman Catholic or United Church. That come spring when the ice went out and the ferry came in there were marriages and baptisms and cemetery services as well as the First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Thinking about what Church Services must have been like in the early 1800’s, brought me down to the ferry, to welcome two bishops from Kingston hopefully walking off the ferry together, and to take their picture. Indeed it was wishful thinking on my part, as both bishop’s travelled in their own vehicles, one to Christ Church Anglican ( built at the foot in 1862) and the other to Sacred Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic( 1st church 1852, present building 1917)
The Anglican Bishop of Ontario, Rt. Rev. George Bruce came to Christ Church where he was welcomed by Rev. Canon Chris Carr and Deacon Rev. Gerry Moore and the local parish community. Services at Christ Church happen only during the summer months) Bishop Bruce administered Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion, presented the homily and later attended a reception held at St. Margaret’s Hall.
At the same time RC Archbishop of Kingston Most Rev. Brendan M. O'Brien came for Confirmation and First Communion Mass at Sacred Heart of Mary Church where he was welcomed by Pastor Fr. Raymond de Souza. A reception followed at Sacred Heart School.
In the tradition of the past, two bishops acknowledged the spiritual needs of the people, who rejoiced in their coming to the isolated community of Wolfe Island.

Posted by M Knott at 09:08 AM
June 19, 2010
A Call for Help goes out to Islanders

Anyone who travels to Wolfe Island knows Laurie Minton. In spite of her diminutive size or perhaps because of it, Laurie, a Ministry of Transportation employee, keeps traffic honest at the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston as well as on the island where she lives with her husband Scott Minton.
Recently a devastating fire destroyed the island home they own on Road #95 and lived in with their daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Ian O'Coin and grandchildren Mackynzie, 8, and Madyson, 10. They lost everything in the fire.
Anyone who knows Laurie knows how proud she is of her grandchildren and the particular concern she has for he grandson Mackynzie who at 4 was diagnosed with leukemia. Now 8, he recently completed cancer treatment and it is her hope that he is cancer free forever. (Islanders will remember the fundraiser he (Mackynzie) and his sister undertook for cancer research.) Tough years for the closely knit family. And now a fire….
A Fund Raiser is being organized by islanders Sherry Orr, Sharon Kane, and Angie Vaughan to help the Minton and O’Coin families. Volunteers will be knocking on doors in a call for donations during the week beginning June 13th to June 19th. Donations can also be left at Fargo’s Store, Vaughan”s Building Supples, or Megaly’s Market. Door to door fund raisers are a long standing Wolfe Island tradition.
For more info, call Sherry Orr at 613- 385-2486.

Posted by M Knott at 09:13 AM
June 16, 2010
You can help eradicate Invasive Species, but first, determine where they are!

An Invasive Species ‘road rally’ took place on Wolfe Island when a Peterborough team from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ministry of Natural Resources, led by Francine MacDonald, joined a group of 20 island volunteers for a day of hunting invasive island species, an Ontario first. The Invading Species Awareness Program, is a partnership of OFAH and MNR.
“You can help eradicate invasive species but first find, identify and catalogue them,” said MacDonald, an invading species/Aquatics biologist, who with Friends of Big Sandy Bay’s (FOBSB) Linda Van Hal, organized the event. (On a previous occasion Francine brought information to FOBSB about invasive species affecting waterways.)
Francine explained to the volunteers, ready to examine the island’s roadways, how the day would proceed, its purpose to establish what is out there, and to determine the spread of certain species adding that some invasive species are brought into the province and others are sold in garden shops. She and her team provided maps, safety jackets, GPS trackers, tags for samples, invasive species record sheets and pictures of invasive species they might find. There was also a safety light for the top of each of the 5 cars going out.
The pictures identified dog strangling vine; common reed; Japanese knot weed; Purple loose strife, giant hogweed, buckthorn, purple bell flower among others and the pervasive arlic mustard which can wipe out trillium, according to MacDonald.
The day began at the General Wolfe Hotel and ended at the Island Grill where volunteers handed in the results of their searches, some 69 reports locating invasive species and their spread on the island. They expressed satisfaction with what they had learned and the familiarity they had gained in identifying the different species, and complete surprise at the numbers identified.
When OFAH complete their report and develop a locator map based on the day’s findings, it will be submitted to the township as information. “ But much is up to the community and their volunteer efforts in preventing the spread and eradication of the unwanted plants, (track, monitor, control)” according to MacDonald. For information:

2. Trespassing at Big Sandy Bay leads to charges
The Big Sandy Bay Stewardship Committee took immediate action and called the OPP following a recent incident. It began on Friday evening May 19th and ended late that Saturday when a young man was charged with mischief and trespassing at the Big Sandy Bay conservation area on Wolfe Island.
The Kingston man, in a pick-up truck, presumably cut the lock found under the BSB entrance way gate leading to Big Sandy Bay(a hacksaw was found in the truck) and entered illegally, driving his way into the site along the well maintained 1.3 km walking trail through wetlands and woodlands over the very sensitive dunes and grasses and onto the beach area. Half way down the beach, he eventually got stuck in deep sand. Damage along the trail, at the dunes and on the beach suggested that he was accompanied by at least two ATV’s driven in by island friends and that they had had quite a party as evidenced by the number of beer cans and bottles, numerous 12 gauge shotgun shells in the truck and the damage at the site.
The incident came to light on the Saturday morning as the BSB Dune Supervisors came to work, found the entry gate open and proceeded to the beach area where they saw the empty truck stuck in deep sand, the damage done attempting to get it out, etc. They called Councilor Denis Doyle, chairman of the Township of Frontenac Islands BSB Stewardship Committee. (The township operates the BSB Conservation area in partnership with MNR.) Doyle after seeing the damage called the OPP.
Interesting to note that while the OPP had coffee in Marysville the young man identified himself to them as the person they were looking for. After returning with him to Big Sandy Bay to see the damage etc. the OPP laid charges. According to Doyle, the person did not identify his friends, the township will seek damages, and the truck was released and removed Sunday by Dick Posthumus. Doyle added that a township by law states, among other things:. ‘ no vehicles in the Management area, no entry without a permit, no entry into posted areas, no defacement of property or unruly behaviour.’
“We have updated pricing signs and large no trespassing signs for the beach and at the gatehouse. Doyle said. “We are getting serious about cracking down on trespassing, including illegal entry from the water, and plan to call the OPP or By Law Enforcement Officer each time the rules are broken.”
3. Travelling Down Memory Lane !
Wolfe Island’s Ken and Arthur Keyes and a host of island residents were on hand at the town hall when brother Lorne visited the island with a “Gray Dort”, the car their father John W. Keyes purchased in 1919 and drove until 1934. John Keyes was a former reeve of Wolfe Island and a Frontenac County Warden.

Posted by M Knott at 07:35 PM
June 06, 2010
Wolfe Island Historical Society Welcomes Britton Smith, author, ‘Legend of the Lake Ontario ‘

Britt Smith, a WW11, lawyer, historian, author and builder of apartment buildings was a guest speaker in the WI Historical Society’s 2010 speaker’s series.“ I have never had a crowd such as this come out to hear me but then Wolfe Island is a special place,” Smith said following his introduction by the society’s past president Captain Brian Johnson. Smith regaled the crowd with stories of visiting the island for the first time as a 10 year old, (and many times thereafter), mentioning island names and places with fondness before moving on to the subject that brought him, The ‘Legend of the Lake Ontario 1780.’
Mr. Smith came with many copies of his book, Legend of the Lake Ontario, to sign and give away, much to the surprise and delight of the audience. The book authored in 1997 was later revised with a new chapter when the Lake Ontario, a 22-gun brig-sloop was located by Don Scoville and Jim Kennard, engineers and shipwreck specialists from Rochester, NY.
Smith gave a brief history of the Ontario, built at the Carleton Island Shipyard in 1779 – 80, to defend British North America against the American revolutionary forces. “What you may not realize is that during the American Revolution Carleton Island had about 4500 people living on it including three different British regiments, and was a major point between upland posts and Montreal,” he said. “The American army was giving the Brits a hard time so the British regiment would go down burn crops and stop supplies. A bigger boat was required and the Lake Ontario with its 22 guns staffed with sailors mostly Canadian and soldiers to man the guns, built in 1779 and launched in May, 1780 was at that time, the largest vessel on the Great Lakes at 226 tons and 80 feet long. I don’t think they ever fired a shot but it kept the Americans away.” Six months later the ship disappeared, wrecked, hit by a storm, by a hurricane? Ice? “In the early evening hours of October 31, 1780, the British sloop of war HMS Ontario sank with over 120 men, women, children and prisoners on board during a sudden and violent gale.”
The next part of the evening was devoted to the search for the ‘Ontario’ and Britt Smith’s research over 20 years with the assistance of archivists, letters, drawings, maps and writings. (His book provides insight into life at the time, historical events and people, the ship, the importance of wives and families to the settlement and to the military.)
Smith said the Ontario was discovered in May 2008 between Niagara and Rochester (but its location has not been released) and even with the best of research available it took some 3 years to find her in very deep water and confirm the find using very sophisticated underwater, equipment. “We think she is in good shape with lots of artefacts and I think she could be raised,” Smith said adding that “she is a war grave site and I think she belongs to Canada. I hope she is not raised too quickly. What would I do with the rest of my life.” A very informative question and answer period followed.

2. Development Charges By Law finally passed for Frontenac Islands
At a recent special meeting, Frontenac Islands Council passed a bylaw establishing Development Charges, but not without some discussion. Councillors were somewhat disconcerted that it had taken so long to receive the report required to develop the bylaw from Tunnock Consulting. ”This is costing us money,” Councillor Doyle said. “We have lost two years in Development charges.” (While certain exceptions exist, development charges are normally due the date a building permit is issued..) With the passage of the by law, development charges can be charged right away, although there is an appeal period. Doyle also expressed frustration concerning the Official Plan Review which is not yet available.
In other business: 1. Doyle brought forward Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association concerns regarding vehicular parking on the north end of Victoria Street at WI’s public dock, blocking the Summer Boutique, Public toilet facilities and a residential property. He suggested closing that end of the road (a chain across and signage) May to October. Mayor Vanden Hoek suggested leaving things the way they are (now that the bus is gone) until the June meeting when a bylaw might be passed.
2. The road work on Wolfe Island has been causing residents much grief and council members are hearing about it. “Residents need some answers,” Councillor Doyle said. Councillors questions to the mayor and staff ranged from “when is the Tembine coming? What about the dust? Why is the work not progressing? What do we do in the meantime? To… ”what can we tell residents if we don’t have all the answers?”
The township will distribute a flyer to residents asking for patience and explaining the extent and the timing of the ongoing road construction. Council has approved some work on a portion of 4th Line Road which will proceed in conjunction with the island’s existing surface treatment contract.
3. As a result of information received in a letter about (transient) young people trespassing on private property and threatening residents when advised to leave, Council is advising residents to call the OPP “ It is true, we need to know about these situations but it is even more important that the police are called,” Mayor Vanden Hoek said. “And In the two most recent incidents the OPP was not called.” The flyer going out to residents will advise, that in the event of problems of trespass (or other serious concerns) they should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police. The direct number will be included.
Around Town * Due to fine weather Big Sandy Bay is now open daily. * Congratulations to Dr. George Merry for whom Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) recently dedicated their Collins Creek wetland project. * “The Cat in the Hat” in the person of Mayor Jim Vandenhoek, sporting a tall hat, red tie, gloves, cat whiskers and carrying an umbrella, recently visited WI’s Early years Centre where he read to the children and parents gathered round.
Coming Events:1.Taste of Wolfe Island, Market every Friday 2-5:30 pm 2. BSB Dune Restoration Work Days June 9th & 19th Contact Linda 613-385-1521

Posted by M Knott at 08:56 AM
May 30, 2010

Friday, May 21st marked the launch by Wolfe Island’s food producers of the “Taste of Wolfe Island” market in front of the popular Wolfe Island Bakery. On hand for this 1st joint event were: Van Wagner Farm CSA & Market; Okee Farm Organic Growers, Alex Ireland and Jan Broeders; Kathy Rothermel from Windkeeper Community Farm hosting Vegetables Unplugged organic vegetables, herbs, with her was Jennifer Hutson; Pykeview Meadows Jason & Christina Pyke ( providing Bison meat and leather goods (since 1996); Dahlias and flowers by Margaret Pyke; Maple syrup products by Hank Connel and finally well known Henderson Farms jams and jellies.
The main criteria for Taste of Wolfe Island is that everything being sold must be grown or produced on the Island. The markets will be held every Friday from 2:30 pm until 5:30 or later depending on demand and product availability.
In January of this year Rebecca LeHeup, executive director of OCTA,the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association spoke at a meeting on Wolfe Island about increasing relationships between growers and processors, chefs, B&B’s and distributors to create new culinary tourism experiences based on a sustainable food system. a subject that clearly is becoming more and more important to Wolfe Island food producers. “Culinary Tourism is any food and drink experience that reflects the community’s heritage, LeHeup said at the time.
In fact, at the same meeting which had as it’s theme ‘a taste of Wolfe Island’, the island’s food producers had an opportunity to get together to discuss forming an association and finding ways of working together. Out of that meeting a community association was born. Its purpose to promote food grown and produced on Wolfe Island.
“We are working to support farmers/growers/producers by encouraging local food consumption as well as culinary tourism,,” said Alex Ireland, president of the newly formed association . “It is so exciting that island businesses are selling locally produced vegetables and meat and The Island Grill promotes the locally grown food in their menus.” (Both Pykeview Meadows Bison meat and Rob White’s beef are served.)
Throughout the afternoon Siobhan McCauley was promoting membership ($25. & $15. for an associate member) in the Taste of Wolfe Island (food producers) association and there was a sense of excitement in the air.
Taste of Wolfe Island can be found on Face Book. A web site is in production. An all day market is planned for Friday, July 30th in advance of the Family Ball Tournament and a Wolfe Island Farm Tour is planned for Sunday, Aug.29th.
Mayor Vanden Hoek was right (in January) when he said, ”The island is at a rebirth. We have new enthusiastic and serious food producers venturing into culinary tourism who need our support.”
For further information contact Alex Ireland, “Taste of Wolfe Island president at:

Posted by M Knott at 01:53 PM
May 27, 2010
Wolfe Island Women’s Institute sends out surprise cheques

The Wolfe Island Women’s Institute recently sent out cheques to three Wolfe Island organizations. The recipients knew the cheques were coming but had no idea at the time what the amount would be.

The Women’s Institute, established on the island in 1927 has a long history of providing educational programs and raising funds for community needs In the last couple of years through bake sales, quilt raffles and catering for small groups they raised $4000 and determined in early May that it was time to give it away.

Aware that the Wolfe Island Historical Society is now responsible for a small museum, it was the recipient of $1000 to purchase display cases, shelving. The WI Community Centre Board received $1000 to pay for children’s sports equipment with a request that it might be spent soon “ so that children will benefit this year,” according to institute president Sharon Staley said in her letter to them. And finally the Wolfe Island Volunteer Fire Department received $2000 toward a new “Jaws of Life”. The Wolfe Island Women’s Institute thanks all those who have supported their fundraising efforts.

According to Linda Van Hal past president “Each of our 15 members bring their particular talent to our fundraising
efforts. Some members bring their ideas and organizational skills, some bring their cooking, baking or quilting skills, some bring their terrific ability to sell tickets and some contribute in all these areas. We really enjoy working together”, she added, “whether it is to organize an educational event or a fundraising event. We welcome others to join us as we work to make a difference in our communtiy.” Linda Van Hal, ( 613-385-1521)
For more information contact Roxann Bustard, Public Relations Officer 613-385-2618

The Wolfe Institute is a branch of the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario (FWIO) a not-for-profit charitable organization with affiliations around the world, working with and for women in rural and small town Ontario. Their vision: an Ontario where women work together for safe, healthy families, communities and pursue an enriched and balanced lifestyle. Through their network of Branches, they advocate for social, environmental and economic change, and work towards the personal growth of all women, for home and country.

Posted by M Knott at 01:27 PM
May 21, 2010
Medical Emergency leads call for a change to the Wolfe Island Volunteer Ambulance Service

A medical emergency on Wolfe Island has led to a call for a change which might eventually lead to licensed fire fighters trained and licensed to drive the local ambulance. Tough new training requirements (which are the same for all provincial services including volunteer services make it difficult to serve with the Wolfe Island Volunteer Ambulance service leaving local volunteer numbers low. The township is looking for some flexibility particularly with regard to drivers to assist the volunteer service
Island resident Dan Mosier attended the Frontenac Islands council meeting where he was invited to speak of about the family medical emergency and a call for an ambulance.
Paul Charbonneau, Frontenac County’s Chief of Paramedic Services attended the meeting. Also present David Gemmill, Deputy Chief of Operations and Susan Brown, Deputy Chief of Quality Assurance.
Mosier stated that his emergency call brought out the only certified ambulance paramedic on duty at the time. The patient required a transfer to Kingston. Provincial requirements are for two trained attendants, the 2nd to drive the ambulance, which meant in this instance that a staffed ambulance would have to come from Kingston to transport the patient back to Kingston. Mosier said he was very upset at the time because there were people on the spot licensed to drive trucks including firefighters whom he felt could have driven the ambulance.
“My question is, if we are short of an ambulance attendant once in awhile, I am sure that any of these guys is qualified. It’s a case of 2 hours coming and going back to drive that ambulance. My daughter has had 2 open heart surgeries and I am going to get her across come hell or high water.” (Fortunately an air ambulance in the area at the time was available and the situation was resolved.)
In response Paul Charbonneau noted that a proper license is required to drive an ambulance. “That being said, is there an opportunity to utilize the WI Fire department. Yes there is, but it would involve training in a number of components all done in terms of the provincial regulations ensuring that the county is not at risk,” he said.
Charbonneau reminded council that when the Wolfe Island Ambulance service was established in 1974 volunteers required standard First Aid and a chauffeur’s license. “In late 1975 the province introduced a regulation requiring all full time paramedics attend college for one year, now a 2 year program,” he said adding that the regulation was extended even further in 1989 to anybody going to work even part-time on ambulances, a requirement that must be in place by Dec. 31, 2011 (training hours in 1974 were 48; in 2009 are184). He noted during the last recruitment there were delays in getting volunteers into service.
Mayor Vanden Hoek said that some funding ($10-12,000) has been budgeted for fire fighters who do want to upgrade to allow them to assist ambulance volunteers. Frontenac Islands will also petition each of the 4 major Federal Political parties to request that the Federal Government of Canada introduce a $ 3,000 refundable tax credit for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance personnel across the country, and seek county support. “If the policies and regs coming out from the Ministry of Health do not lend themselves to supporting our volunteer service, we have a job to do to gain political support.” He noted two issues: the emergency issue (response time) and the absolute chaos that’s caused to the transportation system by a Kingston rig coming down, boarding an empty ferry and leaving 50-60 cars behind. “We all need good will, but you can’t do that too often.”
In other business: 1. Council had been reluctant to pay the bill for photos taken for the township by Paul Hogan during the construction of the WI Wind Farm. Members assumed some responsibility in not following up on what they thought had been agreed to and the bill will be paid from the amenities agreement fund.
2.Effective May 10th the wage for part time equipment operators will be increased by $2.00 per hour. There has been difficult to retain operators on Wolfe Island.
3. Howe Island’s Austin Page was present to address a number of issues including, a disappearing stop sign on a private road (Goodfriend & Baseline) which has led to 2 accidents, Baseline Road upgrading and the need for a Township littering by-law. The road work concerns and sign replacement (on municipal property) have been forwarded to the Road Superintendant. A littering bylaw with a possible fine will be prepared.
4.Deputy Mayor Pat Fiene was appointed township representative on Frontenac County’s Green Energy Task Force.
5. A plan to save and move the old Howe Island school house seems to be going nowhere.
6. Concerns raised by Councillor Norris regarding propane delivery on the County ferry at any time, with no regulation, causing disruption and line ups, have been forwarded to the County .
June was declared Parks & Recreation month for Frontenac Islands.
Council meet next June 14th, Howe Island, 6:30 pm
Around Town: * Don’t forget about Community Euchre. WI United Church Hall Thursday’s 6:45 pm.* Big Sandy Bay Now Open weekends only May 15 to June 13th, then full-time until Labour Day. * WIBTA’s major fund raiser, the WI Classic Road Race is Sunday July 4th. Check * No garden contest this year but pots used in Marysville last summer are available for use by anyone interested in growing flowers again. Call Linda 385-1947. *On a personal note Pat & Joe Sandford celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary early in order to welcome one son home from Afghanistan for a few days before he heads back to Afghanistan, where his brother is also stationed.
Coming Events * As part of Emergency Medical Services week, Frontenac Paramedic Services will be participating in Shari’s Mission ( – an opportunity for healthy Canadians 17 to 50 to give the gift of life to a total stranger through the Stem Cell Challenge and to join the matching donor ‘One Match’ stem cell and marrow network. Get swabbed at WI Ambulance Station between 10 am- 4 pm on Thurs. May 20th Further info: (613) 548-9400 ext. 400 Fish Fry & Plant Sale Wolfe Island United Church Hall Sat. May 22nd. Doors Open at 4:30 pm. * Ecumenical Pentecost Service at Sacred Heart of Mary Church Sat. May 22nd at 8pm * Hear Ret. Colonel Britt Smith, author ‘ Legend of the Lake’ Wed. May 26th. WI United Church Hall 7:30 pm. WI Historical Society event. *Nature Walk - Sunday, May 30th, Big Sandy Bay, Guided by naturalist Marjorie Bousfield. When: 7 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Posted by M Knott at 04:46 PM

Friday, May 21st marked the launch by Wolfe Island’s food producers of the “Taste of Wolfe Island” market in front of the popular Wolfe Island Bakery. On hand for this 1st joint event were: Van Wagner Farm CSA & Market; Okee Farm Organic Growers, Alex Ireland and Jan Broeders; Kathy Rothermel from Windkeeper Community Farm hosting Vegetables Unplugged organic vegetables, herbs, with her was Jennifer Hutson; Pykeview Meadows Jason & Christina Pyke ( providing Bison meat and leather goods (since 1996); Dahlias and flowers by Margaret Pyke; Maple syrup products by Hank Connel and finally well known Henderson Farms jams and jellies.
The main criteria for Taste of Wolfe Island is that everything being sold must be grown or produced on the Island. The markets will be held every Friday from 2:30 pm until 5:30 or later depending on demand and product availability.
In January of this year Rebecca LeHeup, executive director of OCTA,the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association spoke at a meeting on Wolfe Island about increasing relationships between growers and processors, chefs, B&B’s and distributors to create new culinary tourism experiences based on a sustainable food system. a subject that clearly is becoming more and more important to Wolfe Island food producers. “Culinary Tourism is any food and drink experience that reflects the community’s heritage, LeHeup said at the time.
In fact, at the same meeting which had as it’s theme ‘a taste of Wolfe Island’, the island’s food producers had an opportunity to get together to discuss forming an association and finding ways of working together. Out of that meeting a community association was born. Its purpose to promote food grown and produced on Wolfe Island.
“We are working to support farmers/growers/producers by encouraging local food consumption as well as culinary tourism,,” said Alex Ireland, president of the newly formed association . “It is so exciting that island businesses are selling locally produced vegetables and meat and The Island Grill promotes the locally grown food in their menus.” (Both Pykeview Meadows Bison meat and Rob White’s beef are served.)
Throughout the afternoon Siobhan McCauley was promoting membership ($25. & $15. for an associate member) in the Taste of Wolfe Island (food producers) association and there was a sense of excitement in the air.
Taste of Wolfe Island can be found on Face Book. A web site is in production. An all day market is planned for Friday, July 30th in advance of the Family Ball Tournament and a Wolfe Island Farm Tour is planned for Sunday, Aug.29th.
Mayor Vanden Hoek was right (in January) when he said, ”The island is at a rebirth. We have new enthusiastic and serious food producers venturing into culinary tourism who need our support.”
For further information contact Alex Ireland, “Taste of Wolfe Island president at:


Posted by M Knott at 01:14 PM
May 14, 2010
High Industrial Tax Base Lowers Taxes on Wolfe Island

In one the earliest conclusions to the annual budget process, Frontenac Islands adopted the 2010 budget. Wolfe Island’s high industrial tax base, as a result of the “Wind Farm,” has led to a significant reduction in the residential tax rate for the ward of 11%. However, individual Wolfe Island home owners may not experience the total impact of the 11% because their individual property assessments may have increased. In the Howe Island Ward tax rates have gone up by 1.6%. Overall funds to be collected changed little in either ward.
Before adopting the budget council, assisted by Marian Vanbruinessen, Frontenac County Treasurer and Carol Dwyre, Treasurer/Planning Coordinator, proceeded through a final review altering some figures either up or down as required. Councillor Doyle requested some clarification regarding a job description for a projected contract staff position.
An interesting portion of the meeting was taken up with what Mayor Vanden Hoek called “significant ask’s” not identified in the budget. For instance CAO O’Shea announced that WI’s Fire Chief White would like to see a 10’ extension to the Training Room at the island’s Emergency Services Building, adding that there is a reserve of $42,000. Councillor Grant said Chief White is looking to make the training room wider (240 sq. feet) when the planned construction for Para Medic accommodation begins.
“The Chief spoke to Paul Charbonneau ( Frontenac County Director of Emergency Services) about it and the cost would be ours,” he said. For budget purposes a rough estimate of $25,000 (approximately $100/sq.foot) came up as a possible cost for the addition. The township previously allotted $2000. to determine if (building standards) upgrades were required for the Fire Hall.
The Mayor noted that “this was a ‘verbal ask’ with no documentation. “The (accommodation) building has been designed and the contract let (for completion March 31, 2011). That’s not to say you can’t give political direction to staff to ask the county if they can defer the construction to determine if Chief White’s request is possible.” Council agreed to getting the information from the county as well as a $25,000 addition to the budget.
And there is another wrinkle. CAO O’ Shea said that there was a County request that the township share the cost of moving the septic system (holding tank) for the new facility. After quite a discussion about septic systems, the size of the new Medical Clinic’s system, tile bed costs, larger holding tank etc. it was concluded that there would be no cost to the township if the present holding tank was “just moved out of the way,” which is a construction cost requiring no budget addition. Instead staff will search out with the Health Unit information regarding septic systems, holding tank sizes and tile bed requirements if any.
There followed a budget discussion with Roads Superintendant Leo Greenwood regarding loose top, dust control, road line painting, truck payments, consulting services, and Howe Island roads etc. The township will add $100,000 from Wind Power money to the WI road reserves fund (now at $0) which up’s the total transfer to $535,000. (A contract for WI Surface Treatment has been awarded to Smith Construction.)
The mayor received support for the development of a policy governing the painting of lines on feeder roads that must include serious traffic counts. WI Landfill site reserves and the XCG Water study costs also came under some extra scrutiny.

At this point Councillor Dennis Doyle called for one more budget addition of dollars for the Wolfe Island Early Years program. At the April council meeting and a subsequent budget meeting he had expressed concern about their financial difficulties .
His concerns were supported by a submission from Angie Vaughan, Chairperson Wolfe Island Early Years Centre, who along with EY board secretary Patti Niles and Beulah Besharah (grandma and user of the centre), were present to outline the problems facing the program.
“The Early Years program is very important to those raising a young family on Wolfe Island making it easier for parents to cope with some of the challenges of living here,” Doyle said. “But more importantly it is of great value in the development of young children. While the EYC board must continue pursuing other sources of funding they need some immediate help.”.
The WI Early Years centre for children from birth to 6-years and their parents and caregivers was established in 2002 when the EY committee received a 3-year, ($18,000 plus a year) grant from the Ontario Early Years Challenge Fund which ended in 2005. They were required to raise an additional $7000, for each of the 3 years which they did. The program offers socialization in isolated communities, and continues to operate out of Sacred Heart School half days Mon.-Friday. Last year, on average, the centre was used by 46 island children and 32 parents/caregivers per month, with each user coming on average 2-3 days per week,
“For the last 3 years we have had a Trillium Foundation grant (now finished), grants from Frontenac County, United Way and Community Futures Development (only available every 2-3 years) and we fundraise,” ($4000-$5000 annually), Angie said. “We have a $24,000 per year budget which covers the $19,000 wage of our licensed Early Childhood Educator who plans and initiates all programming. The remainder goes toward programs, snacks, and equipment. Currently we have $19,000 in the bank but the executive is tired and after 7 years we have exhausted funding avenues. Without funding we will have to close when the reserve is empty.” After some discussion the township offered a two year plan of assistance with $10,000 in the 2010 budget and a further $10,000 proposed for the following year. “You will have one year of certainty,” Mayor Vanden Hoek said. It was noted that the Historical Society and the Medical Clinic will also receive funds this year, and WIBTA funding has been significantly increased.
Frontenac Islands council meets next on Wolfe Island Mon. May 10th at 6:30 pm .

Around Town: Horne’s Ferry to from Wolfe Island to Cape Vincent NY is back in service. Remember it requires a Passport to enter the US and Canada. * WI’s very popular 2-week (kids) Sailing program is already filled according to organizers. * Even life long Islanders say they have never seen the water so low at this time of year. Moving aside some of the rocks would create some quite delightful beaches. Now Ernie’s is for sale.
Coming events: *Watch for Fish Fry posters. It’s that time of year. * Big Sandy Bay Spring Nature Walk - Sunday, May 30, 2010 sponsored by the Friends of BSB. Check website for details.

Posted by M Knott at 04:41 PM
May 01, 2010
Wolfe Island s Dr. George Merry to be honoured by Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has announced that their Collins Creek wetland project in Kingston will be dedicated to Wolfe Island’s Dr. George Merry in recognition of his ongoing support for Ducks Unlimited and wetland conservation. A rock cairn and bronze plaque will be placed there as a permanent record of this tribute on May 28th.
“The Collins Creek wetland is the ideal project to dedicate to George,” according to Gary Down DUC Ontario Provincial Chairman. “Built in 1983, it is a 25 acre impoundment located on the private land in a highly visible corner of highways 401 and 38 where DUC engineering and biological expertise combined to create a permanent haven for hundreds of species of plants, waterfowl and other fish and wildlife. And on top of that, the landowners, long time DUC supporters, welcomed the chance to honour George,” Down said. The dedication ceremony will take place at the site on May 28th at 1 p.m.
Merry has been an active DU volunteer for over 30 years, a founding member of the Kingston Fall (fundraising) Chapter. Over the years he has served on the Ontario Provincial Volunteer Council (as chair 1996-99) and the DUC National Board of Directors. As well as being part of many DUC Chapters and among the first DUC major gift donors, George donated land on Wolfe Island as a Feather Society member, conveying his belief in DUC and the need to conserve wetlands as habitat for waterfowl and as special places for people.
Now retired, George is dedicated to his family, works at his pheasant farm, pursues his love of water fowling, trains dogs and is an active participant in the affairs of Wolfe Island. Dr. Merry was a founding member of the WI Medical Clinic in 1973 staffing it for 8 years with his wife Catherine, a nurse.
For further information regarding the Dr. George Merry dedication ceremony call Kingston DUC office: 613-389-0418
Around Town: 1.Fundraising for island resident Tanya Greenwood moved into high gear this past weekend with a Prime Rib dinner with tickets for 80 donated by the General Wolfe Hotel followed by a successful auction organized by Linda and James Kirkham raising some $6,500. There was a barbecue and raffle organized by island co-worker Lynn Brown and Tanya’s fellow workers at Unity Savings & Credit union. There was a very large flower sale at Fargo’s, a lemonade stand organized by the Vaughan kids, a “Round Out” your purchase at Megaly’s, collection jars in every store, donations accepted at Unity Savings and on the island (and they were large) and many other fund raising events. While there is still some money to come in, the tally is in the area of an incredible $22 to 23,000 according to Lynn Brown. The rural community of Wolfe Island continues to take care of its own. 2. Frontenac Islands has passed the 2010 budget. More about that next week.

Posted by M Knott at 11:05 AM
April 22, 2010
New Wolfe Island Medical Clinic Opens its Doors

The new Wolfe Island Medical Clinic opened it doors recently, two years after a devastating fire destroyed the trailer that since 1976 had served that purpose.
Due to rain, the opening ceremony was held inside the building where, flanked by members of the board of directors and Dr. Deanna Daneshmend, a member of the Kingston Family Health Team, who serves the clinic where President Kathy Gilbert and Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek, officially cut the ribbon. The room was filled with special guests, donors, media and island residents.
“At the time of the fire, there was a tremendous outpouring of support for rebuilding in the form of money, material, services and labour which helped guide us in our decision to rebuild,” Gilbert said in her words of welcome. “A survey, and group meetings, to determine what sort of building and it’s future use for the community, led us to the Energy Star rated Guildcrest modular building requiring a foundation, septic system along with services for plumbing, electrical work and a heating system,” she said, acknowledging the work of Tony Rego, George Whitmarsh, Jamie Cochrane and Gordon Greenwood, “who provided the critical services and installation for us.” Noting many hundreds of hours of volunteer labour, she thanked project manager Walter Knott “who coordinated all this and Denis Doyle who not only gave of his labour but guided the process and John Van Strien who worked with keeping costs down .
“I want to thank Mildred Hawkins-Walton and David Colbourne for working with the Kingston recruiter to find the doctor who is such a good match for us and we thank her for her patience in waiting for the clinic,” she said of Dr. Daneshmend, who began coming to the island a little more than a year ago, beginning her practice in an office at the ambulance centre.
Gibert also expressed appreciation to Dr. Hans Westenberg who came to the island for many years,
Dr. Daneshmend acknowledged her pleasure not only with the building, the universal access ramp and examining rooms “much bigger than those in Kingston.” On with being on the island, “I am happy to come to the island and look forward to meeting more of you,” she said.
Mayor Vanden Hoek reminded guests of earlier times, the trailer in Dr. George Merry’s yard, the many doctors who had served the community, the differences in providing medical care then as opposed to now and the overall value of the new clinic building to the community.
It should be noted that the new building was designed to meet both the doctor’s needs as well as providing space to accommodate other possible health and community services.
Members of the Board include Barbara Springay, Vice President; Walter Knott, Treasurer; Donna Ivimey, Secretary; Sally Kane, Keith Walton, Liz Crothers and Council representative Wayne Grant.
A reception followed along with tours of the building for residents. To enroll with the doctor or for more information contact Kathy Gilbert at 613-561-8824. All inquiries are confidential.

Posted by M Knott at 10:57 AM
April 20, 2010
Open Fires Banned on Wolfe Island following Wind Tower scare

Finally the rain that usually arrives in March has come to the region but not soon enough to prevent a grassfire at the head of the island. This was a cause of real concern, not only to fire Chief James White, but very particularly to Mike Jablonicky, Site Supervisor of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm, when it threatened turbines # 2 and 5. Both Mike and the Chief attended the Township of Frontenac Islands’ April meeting on Howe Island.
” Last month there was a controlled fire that got out of control pretty quickly,” Jablonicky said. “By 3 o’clock we lost visual sight of one turbine and another turbine shut down. They have built in detectors, and the fire got pretty large. Our guys called the fire department and to their credit James’ crew arrived and dealt with the fire pretty quickly,” Mike said. “ If we had men up in those towers, it could have been disastrous. I believe the Fire Department has to issue fire permits for burning and maybe we need to know and where they are. I am not looking for a ban on burning but when a ban is in place, it must have some teeth, some consequence like fines, if it is violated. We need to protect our people, our turbines and our investment in the community.
Chief White also expressed much frustration with the fact that field burns are started without permits and no apparent concern for the winds or dry conditions.” If a land owner wants to burn off land, there is no safe way of doing it. Think of what could have happened if men had been in those towers and had to rappel down. A fire ban is now in place until further notice,” he said, “but we need a Wolfe Island bylaw, something with consequences.” Mayor Vanden Hoek moved the discussion forward and members determined that a simple, but all inclusive, Wolfe Island bylaw be presented at a special budget meeting. (that meeting happened and so did the by law) In general terms the only open air burnings allowed now in the Wolfe Island ward are an Approved Brush/Yard Waste Fire, an Approved Incinerator Fire, a Camping Fire and an Outdoor Fireplace. The chief must be notified if a brush/yard/waste fire is to take place. The burning of buildings, hay, straw, open fields, tires or anything restricted by the Ministry of the Environment is prohibited and there are fines. The entire bylaw is posted at: Note also that burning is not permitted during high winds, dry conditions or when smoke is a nuisance to neighbouring properties.

Wolfe Island Music Fest: At the request of council, organizers of the Wolfe Island Music Festival Virginia Clark, Anne Tait and festival supporter Mark Mattson, along with Paul Hogan from the WI Community Centre board, attended the meeting. Council’s original intent was to determine with them what needs to be done to improve certain aspects of the event, particularly security, and to design a plan mutually satisfactory to the township and the music Festival organizers. Should problems arise, the Township is libel.
Council had received verbal reports of alleged unacceptable behaviour in Marysville, no security of the 2009 festival site after midnight, much noise and people wandering around, etc.
Mattson commented that the festival (which can’t get much bigger) is the second largest source of funds for the Community Centre Board and he has encouraged Virginia to keep it going and would like to see a member of council working with her
Ms Clark takes much of what happens very personally and believes there is a good partnership between the township and the festival organizers already. With regard to security she said the OPP was on duty, and later, 2 off duty policemen. Quality Paramedic services were available throughout the festival.
“I understand success and the size off the festival,” Mayor Vanden Hoek said “but we have risk management issues to consider . Collectively we have worked well, which is an ideal time for a plan outline. We recognize the stature of the festival nationally and want to stay ahead of the issues.” The 2010 WI Music Festival will be held Aug. 6th &7th
In other business:1. Acting as Land Division Committee and Committee of Adjustment Council approved an applications for consent. 2. Passed a bylaw to adopt an Emergency Management Program. 3. Made payments for livestock damage. 4. After some discussion approved the payment voucher in the amount of $ 631,235.25. 5. Approved the submission by WIBTA to FCFDC Youth Intern program. 6. At the request of the WI Bakery amended a parking bylaw to stop parking on one side of Leander St. and allowing it on the other side instead. 7. Granted an easement for installation under the supervision of the Township of a water line under Carpenter’s Point Road with all costs to be paid by the resident. 8. Approved Community Hall rental to Pat Sandford for the gallery operation June 19th- Sept.6th. 9. Council will transfer revenue received from Can Hydro/TransAlta in 2009 creating a Wind Revenue Reserve.
In further business Councillor Doyle brought forward concerns re: burned signs, collecting money at Big Sandy Bay from boaters, enforcement, posting signs and fee structure. Council will seek a legal opinion. Doyle also anxious to see McIntosh report re patching. culverts etc.
Councillor Grant sees need for extra e-waste container. He said an ECG Water study update is coming soon.
Mayor Vanden Hoek commented that the waste sight is looking great. He also has some concerns about the County Trails and is looking for an update. Council meets next on Wolfe Island May 10th at 6:30 pm
Around Town: Well in advance of Pitch In Day Larry Bolton was out and about on Wolfe Island picking up. *KFL&A will continue conducting septic system inspections but at a higher price. *Fund raising for the Tanya Greenwood family is ongoing. For further information contact LynnBrown. *David Staley’s gardens are beginning to take shape as are Ken Keyes’. The beautiful tree planted by Sarah Balant beside the bakery is coming into bud. *The water remains low. (George, you told me it comes up in spring and goes down in the fall).*Noticing young people coming over on the ferry with no apparent place to go.

Posted by M Knott at 07:22 PM
April 16, 2010
Province approves ONE offshore wind project , a first in Ontario

It should come as no surprise to anyone who lives on Wolfe Island that engineer Ian Baines, continues to have wind power on his mind. His wind power initiative with CREC was the basis for the Trans Alta Inc. “ Wolfe Island Wind Farm” developed by Canadian Hydro Developers.
Baines new initiative “Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc.”, a subsidiary of his company Windstream Energy was awarded the largest and the only approved ‘offshore’ wind power project, by the Ontario Power Authority, (feed-in-tariff) FIT program, a 300 mega watt power-purchase contract initiative in Lake Ontario. While not clear as to the number of kilometres off shore, the OPA maps suggest the location is directly west of Big Sandy Bay and in line with Main Duck Island.
In order to participate in FIT Windstream Energy was required to submit security deposits. While there are no specific guidelines for the offshore wind power project and requires no signed land owners agreements, it is subject to all environmental reviews. However one can assume that Windstream Energy is confident with the wind energy information and study data they have collected to date and is ready to pursue what will be a 3-4 year project to provide off shore energy to the Lennox Thermal Station. Baines always said Wolfe Island is one of the windiest areas in the province. How the project will be received by the public remains to be seen. For more information visit:

Around Town: 1. A fundraising drive is underway to help Wolfe Island resident Tanya Greenwood and her family, Peter, Jack 10, Isabelle 12, take a trip to Disney World. Tanya is battling the return of cancer after a first bout of breast cancer. Inspired by islander, and co-worker Lynn Brown, Tanya’s fellow workers at Unity Savings & Credit Union have initiated the fund raiser which includes a walk and barbecue on April 24th at Unity Savings, 775 Strand Blvd. The walk will begin at 9:00 am and the barbecue around 11 am. The organizers are also holding a raffle for various prizes including a Ducks Unlimited print, hot stone massage and much more. Tickets are $2/each or 3 for $5. Donations are being accepted at various island business as well as all Kingston branches of Unity Savings. Please contact Lynn Brown for more information, 613-385-1285.
Another fund raiser for Tanya, a Prime Rib at the General Wolfe Hotel, April 23rd at 7 pm followed by an auction and entertainement organized by Linda and James Kirkham. For more information contact them at: 613 385-2278.
2. Musher Hank De Bruin who competed in the recent Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, says the race consumed his dreams for a very long time. Unfortunately he was unable to complete the race, (not his decision), and is seeking clarification of that decision. “What I can guarantee is that the Winterdance huskies have not run their last great adventure,” De Bruin said. ”Whenever or wherever we go next, we would be honoured to have you along for the journey. Thank you for your support.”

Coming Event: The Official opening of the new Wolfe Island Community Medical Clinic takes place Sat. April 17th from 10-12. Ribbon cutting at 10:30 am

Posted by M Knott at 01:25 PM
April 08, 2010
Wolfe Island Transportation Study underway

Public Information Centres for the Wolfe Island Transportation Study were held on the island as well as in Kingston.The purpose of the PIC’s was to present study background about existing transportation conditions and the need for improved access to Wolfe Island, the screening process, criteria and evaluation of alternatives based on technical and environmental factors very importantly to gather pubic opinion.
Members of the Project Team from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and URS Canada were available to discuss and answer questions. The purpose of the transportation study itself is to determine a sustainable transportation plan for access between Wolfe Island and the mainland. Everyone is aware that the Wolfe Island ferry cannot meet demand during peak periods and particularly during summer months.
“Our objective is to be open and transparent about the whole ferry study process. Anyone who wants to reach us can do so,” according to Heather Roebuck, MTO Regional Operations Officer. “Each of the alternatives and their criteria is listed and we want public opinion and comments about the them,” she said. “The surveys are also very important. We have done a winter one and will do a spring shoulder season survey as well as summer one so we can get a good idea about who is using the ferry and what their purposes are rather than speculating. Surveys are fundamental to what is going on,” she added. At the present time the study team is also looking for response to the surveys sent to all island commercial businesses. “We also expect to hear comments from the farming community at gatherings such as this, but we did not send out a specific farm survey. (Frontenac Islands) Councillor Grant has been our contact.”
Roebuck went on to say that the study team has reviewed the information from the Environmental Assessment process carried out in 1994, that was never filed as an EA. “Some people have suggested we just go ahead and lengthen the ferry as recommended at that time. You can appreciate things change a lot. Numbers change, criteria changes and we have to go with the full study again, “ she said. “The important thing now is that, everyone who wants to say something have the opportunity to do so. As I understand it, the last time some people felt they had not been heard and were left out of the process. We don’t want that to happen this time.”
The material handed out at the PIC’s included all the information contained on the viewing boards including a very long list of alternatives, those carried forward etc. which are all on the website at: Among those carried forward were 2 fixed link ( or tunnel)/2 ferry options from a wide list. As well there is a long list of possible improvements like public transit access, expand marshalling areas, dual vessel, faster vessel, and incentives such as carpooling, fares etc. Interesting to note that a fixed link option to Howe Island, (the other half of Frontenac Islands) was not carried forward.
“There are no easy solutions,” Roebuck said. “There is a variety of viewpoints and opinions and some of them very strongly held. We are anxious to hear what people have to say. We do not wish to miss anyone.”
Attendance at the island’s PIC fell short of what was expected but it is not to late to have your say before the next time. Check the website. Write, call, email….

Around Town: Take note that an OPEN FIRE BAN (to remain in place until further notice) has been declared for Wolfe Island by Fire Chief James White.

Posted by M Knott at 08:34 PM
Life at the Foot of Wolfe Island in the 1900s

At the invitation of the Wolfe Island Historical Society, and welcomed by Captain Brian Johnson, islanders and guests, the young and not so young filled the WI United Church Hall to hear Mrs Alzina (nee MacDonald) King, (born 1916), share her memories of growing up on “The Foot” of the island east of the 18th Line Road.
She was introduced by Ken Keyes who provided a run down of Mrs. King’s distinguished career as a teacher, on and off the island, in Petawawa meeting and marrying her husband, and her return to the Wolfe Island in 1981.
“I thank you for inviting me to share my memories of what it was like growing up on the foot of Wolfe Island,” Mrs. King said, graciously seated before an eager audience and reading from a prepared text. “For these precious memories I thank God, my wonderful parents, family and neighbours. She paid tribute to Dr. Spankie, “who came down in what was a 2 hour trip to deliver me,” she said. “As the first born I was spoiled by my parents and paternal grandparents who lived up on the next farm. At 6 I lost my greatest friend, my grandpa on Feb. 6, 1923.” Alzina related a tale of strange events that took place at the time, spoke of the funeral at Sacred Heart church and the vault where the coffin was held until spring when a grave was hand dug.
She started school in SS#8 (built in 1863) with her younger brother Henry recalling that everyone was so kind to them. She added that her grandmother and her father had both attended the school which is still standing on line 17 as part of a lovely house. She went on to describe the make up of schools (school levels, trustees, size, events, Christmas concerts, Arbour day inspector visit, etc.) and showed the books used at the time. She said she was one of the lucky ones who went on to high school as a border at Notre Dame convent on Johnson Street (now the public library) then onto Normal School in Ottawa. She returned to begin her career at SS#7 then #8 (grades 1-10) teaching 5 of her siblings as well many with whom she had grown up. “I loved blustery winter days at school because no one stayed in the outdoor privy too long.” Alzina’s clear recall of island life and times was filled with many such tales. “My students taught me to ride a bicycle one year,” she said.
Alzina spoke about everyday life at the foot, with no furnace, no hydro, no telephone, a coal burning stove and woodstove in the kitchen. “Come spring one great help was the arrival every Wednesday of the Wolfe Islander at Breakey’s Bay where it docked. Next morning everyone around who wanted to go to Kingston boarded, many taking produce to market,” she said adding that the ferry went to Walker’s Dock on Howe, then to the village dock in Marysville, on to Garden Island and across to Kingston. Nowadays that trip might be considered an excursion, but then it was a necessary convenience,” she said adding that “if both parents went to Kingston we spent the day with grandma who took us down the hill to the water where she sat on a rock and took out her tatting…”
And so it went, story after story about the cheese factory on the 17th line, school, bluebirds, beautiful horses, sleigh rides with dad to school and home in winter, farm life, dairy cattle for meat, milk , cream and butter, maple syrup, potatoes, vegetable gardens, berry picking, threshing, harvesting and of course stories about her mother’s work which was never done, (carrying water, laundry, making bread, hand churning butter, knitting and sewing clothes, all by an oil lamp).
“We sat around the table at night, doing homework. Mother read us stories, taught us our prayers and played the piano for us. As children we had a wonderful time. We swam every day. We had a row boat and a skiff and Dad had a Sea Bird motor boat that took us many places. As we got older, Christmas included a hockey game on Breakeys Bay. While we couldn’t get to church we knew what we were celebrating.”
There were memories about the history she learned from her father, trips home from Kingston by buggy and ‘Tricky’ McDermott taping the ice for safety all the way. There were memories of her teen years, skating to USA, summer dances at the Flat Rocks, riding in a buggy to Confirmation classes with mother, dad buying a car in the 1930’s for $500. “But our happy family life ended in 1937 when Dad died in hospital, leaving mother on June 8th,, the date of my parents 22nd wedding anniversary. My mother was left to support the family and mind the farm. My brother Henry at 19 became the man of the family, and my younger brother John at 13 passed entrance that year and joined them on the farm. My grandma died 2 years later,” she said.
“I hope from what I have told you have learned a little about life at The Foot in the 20’s and 30’s,” she concluded. Stories during the question period about island incidents, her teaching career, her married life were equally delightful.
Grant Pyke, WI Historical Society Board member , whose mother Alzina taught, thanked Mrs King urging her to continue writing her stories for a future publication. “So much history can’t be lost,” he said.
Members of the Historical Society were on hand encouraging membership, offering books for sale. Refreshments followed.

Around Town: *The World Day of Prayer held at WI’s Sacred Heart Church, included the participation of the children from Sacred Heart school. The music (set up by Dan Hogan) and the artefacts representative of Cameroon came from Kingston's Ten Thousand Villages. *Recently Mayor Vanden Hoek said that Dave Staley should be commended for providing such a great rest stop for visitors and so close to Marysville * Over looked in an article celebrating local food event was the Island Grill’s Certified Red Seal Chef, Christina Warren who, sporting her Chef’s hat and jacket was involved in the event
Coming Events: 1. Council meeting Howe Island April 12th 6:30 pm. 2. WIBTA meeting April 21st a B&B information session .WI United Church Hall 7 pm. 3. Not Ham but Spaghetti & Salad, Sat. April 24th, St. Margaret’s Hall,

Posted by M Knott at 12:13 PM
March 21, 2010
Every One is Irish at Wolfe Island’s Seniors Luncheon

Good food, good music, lots of laughter were all part of the annual St. Patrick’s Seniors Luncheon which brought together people of many ages who, on this occasion declared themselves “seniors”, just to join in the fun.
Organized by the St. Lawrence and the Wolfe Island Women’s Institutes, it was hosted by the island’s always congenial ‘master of many ceremonies’, Ken Keyes. Following the incredible buffet lunch prepared for the occasion, there followed the island’s famous pie selection.
In the beautifully decorated United Church Hall, green shirts and hats, green earrings and ties, green sweaters and shawls were the order of the day with prizes given to those wearing the most green and prizes for those telling Irish jokes. This year people, both men and women jumped at the chance including Rev. Chris Carr, Fr. Raymond De Souza and Councillor Dennis Doyle. And for prizes for just about anything Irish and green.
Pots of shamrocks adorned every table which were there for the taking, and hidden under many teacups was a green shamrock which meant a prize for those who found one. And, of course there was a prize for the most senior man and woman attendance, this year presented to the island’s John Posthumus and Flora Devlin, who enthusiastically declared, “ I will be 91 in June.”
While there were many in attendance for the first time, a glance around room could not help but call to mind the many who were no longer with us.
Music was provided by Sam Allison and Martha Cooper, new to the island, and ever faithful Pat Barber and Marian Lakins. Everyone joined in a sing song of Irish tunes, and never let it be said that Wolfe Islanders of any nationality do not know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Posted by M Knott at 12:03 PM
March 20, 2010
Life of Wolfe Island’s Waste Disposal Site extended to 2020

AECOM’s Guy Laporte was on hand at the Frontenac Islands March council meeting to present the annual report for the Wolfe Island Landfill Site, a requirement for the (1994) Certificate of Approval. Accomapied by Anne Kloosterman also of AECOM, and from Golder Associates, Paul Smukin and Caitlin Cooke, who presented the Ground Water and Surface Water Monitoring Report.
The good news, according to Laporte, that with continuing good stewardship, recycling and an apparent decrease in the site’s use, its lifespan could be extended by two more years to 2020. While in general compliance however, the bad news is that the township has been slow to meet its covering requirements as pointed out by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in January.
“Your obligation is to cover the site once a month in the winter time and twice a month in the summer, May, June, July and August, in total 16 times a year which is not bad,” Laporte said. At the same time he cited a decrease in usage adding that some people are handling waste differently while 88% of those who visit the site also recycle. “You are running at 70% predicted. If that keeps up you are bound to gain a few more years.”
An in-depth presentation of the ground and surface water monitoring report was presented by Ms. Cooke. The results of which require some re-sampling. Questions followed.
Laporte has received confirmation that MOE has accepted a (hydrologist) proposal put forward a year ago to extend the attenuation zone at the site. As well as covering the site he said the township must initiate the amendment to the contaminate attenuation zone (with the report recommendation).
Council authorized submission of the report to MOE and to the neighbouring property owner as well as an additional sampling at well MW04-11.

In other business:
WI Business & Tourism (WIBTA) president Linda Thomas, offered comments (as requested by the township) regarding the possibility of Frontenac Islands becoming a full funding partner in the Land O’Lakes Tourism Association.
“WIBTA has been a yearly member of the association for 3 or 4 years,” she said. “We paid an additional $813. to have our ad on the map and our listing in their brochure and a further $100 plus for them to take our brochures to (US-Ontario) trade shows. This year they included our bicycle map, but we do pay a lot of money,” Thomas said.
She commented that the province has created new tourism regions to be represented by one Regional Tourism Organization, (RTO) and that Region 9 (which includes territories along the St. Lawrence corridor, Quebec border to Prince Edward County) will have two RTO’s , with the province providing funding ($25.million annually for 2 years), and Land O’Lakes hopes to be an RTO.
‘If it is to have a critical role in that new structure, while not cheap it might be wise to be aligned with Land O’Lakes even if just the first year to see how it works out,” Thomas added

Reiterating much of what Thomas said, Mayor Vanden Hoek noted a major reorganization of provincial tourism with eleven RTO’s with Frontenac County split between two bridged possibly by Land O’Lakes. “So you have Rainbow country and Big Sky country around Thunder Bay, the Kingston Association and others with disagreement amongst individual operators wanting to operate their own silos, and the province trying to work it out,” he said. “There are attempts now to come up with partnership or associations to include all the players in the region (9&11) that could become the administrator for the provincial effort. The province wants to deal with nine or eleven organizations not hundreds. Land O’Lakes Tourist Association will probably have a role to play,” he concluded.
While money may be funneled through WIBTA to Land O’Lakes Councillor Doyle expects that the township will have greater input into the process noting benefits for the WI ward but not Howe suggesting the costs be funneled through culture and recreation rather than administration eliminating area rating.” he said.
The mayor reminded members that revisiting this decision might be required should Howe Island ward determine it wants to encourage tourism.

WIBTA’s Thomas also determined for council that a roadside park at Holiday Point road might be good for cyclists but not for cars. Councillor Doyle thought it could be pursued as a cyclists rest stop (if supported by nearby residents). Not so the mayor. “Cyclists stop anywhere, using whatever rock or tree available. It will become a picnic, car and washroom issue. From an economic development standpoint we should be driving business to Marysville,” he said. No decision was taken.
Council supported the WI Historical Society’s funding application to the Kingston Foundation for an assessment of the “Old House” Museum presented by Brian MacDonald. A WI Historical plaque design using the WI seal, and how Frontenac Islands could be identified on the plaques however was not resolved.

In addition to passing a number of bylaws, approving the payment voucher, etc. CAO O’Shea informed council that information received from the County indicates from the drawings they have, the WI Fire Hall may not have been built to “code” or disaster relief specification, which however will not affect the county’s plans to build accommodation for ambulance personnel. The township will search out all documentation, certificates, engineering files related to the Emergency Services Building for their April 12th meeting on Howe Island 6:30 pm

Around Town: The WI ferry is now operating from the village much to the delight of local businesses. * The Island Grill now offers Sunday Brunch.*Bins are available to collect e-waste (Howe & Wolfe) Covering has also begun at WI landfill site. Town employees are hard at work cleaning up winter sand and debris. * Frontenac County Council adopted its 2010 budget with a 3.74% increase offset by savings granted to the townships thus achieving a net ratepayer property tax decrease of 0.59%. *Dr. D. Danishmend is now seeing patients at the (new) WI Medical Clinic. The Official Opening is Sat. April 17th 10am-12 noon. * Sacred Heart Parish welcomed His Eminence William Cardinal Levada (Portland & San Francisco) to the island recently.
Coming events: The WI Historical Society presents Memories of My Youth “ at the Foot” with Alzina King, Sat. March 27th at 2pm Wolfe Island United Church Hall * Watch for date of next WIBTA meeting

Posted by M Knott at 11:58 AM
March 06, 2010
Wecome Cyclists to Linger Longer

Wolfe Island has always been a popular place for cyclists. From early spring to late fall they board the ferry to tour the island along any one of 4 identified island cycle routes, visit Big Sandy Bay and island attractions or travel to the US by way of Horne’s Ferry. So it is no wonder that the Island was chosen as the location for the last in a series of three ‘Welcome Cyclists Network’ workshops held in Frontenac County. The goal of the network is to bring together groups of businesses who are cycle friendly to enhance Ontario’s cycling product and coordinated by Transportation Options, a not-for- profit organization dedicated to stimulating sustainable systems of transportation including the Bike Train Initiative.
The island workshop led by Louisa Mursell Project Manager, Welcome Cyclists Network, brought together delegates from regional and local businesses and tourism associations (restaurants, accommodation, attractions, historical/tourism associations.) included insights into the whole concept of welcoming cyclists, cycle tourism, specific needs, the cycle industry, regional infrastructure availability, enhancing tourism opportunities for cyclists locally, marketing for cyclists and networking with other cycle- friendly businesses. She also outlined the advantages of (free) membership in the network. Membership includes among other things, a web site, the use of marketing material and identifiers as Cycle Friendly as well as a Network Members Tool Kit .
“Cycle tourism’s growing market in the region and is perfect fit for Wolfe Island’s “Linger Longer” theme. New funding from the Frontenac CFDC allowed us to offer these workshops,” Louisa said. “Some things that might need to happen to encourage cycle tourism are more bicycle racks, identifiable places to stop, bicycle paths, signage which includes cautions for both cyclists/drivers on the island’s rural roads and specific bike events.“ Island resident James Taylor assisted with registration and distribution of materials. Although anxious to get home to watch Olympic events, workshop participants took time to outline what could be planned and advertised cycle day trips to the island.
In an email conversation, following the workshop, Justin Lafontaine, Projects Director, Transportation Options, offered thoughts regarding island cycle tourism. “Wolfe Island is an excellent cycle tourism destination, generally traffic-free roads, with bike maps and a supportive tourism association and business community, plus unique transport to/from the island.” Acknowledging limited accommodation options, particularly on summer weekends, he said that partnering with Kingston and Cape Vincent would allow more capacity for overnight stays in the region, while promoting the region as a cycle tourism destination.
“The island is an Ontario gem, a unique place with history, culture, amazing natural and new attractions uniquely located as a “hub” for cycle tourism routes, linking Kingston, Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail (Niagara to Cornwall), Rideau Trails, and NY state,” For further information regarding cycle tourism and to become a network member contact:

Marysville Water Works Class EA continues.
As part of the ongoing Marysville Waterworks EA, XCG Consultant Cameron Smith arranged a day for members of Frontenac Islands council and interested residents to visit one or more municipalities that either supply or purchase water to/from another municipality. This was because the preferred option of the EA is to acquire water from the City of Kingston, and a review of how this was done elsewhere was considered important. Councillors Wayne Grant and Dennis Doyle along with Chris Carr and Walter Knott, and myself, travelled with Smith and Carla Fernandez, also from XCG, to Belleville where they met first with Dan Cassidy, a supervisor with Prince Edward County. Cassidy has a history with the former Ameliasburg Township where difficulties arose operating a small water plant and the then township negotiated with the City of Belleville for water. This was for Rossmore and a small subdivision, and all homes on the distribution lines had to take the metered water, with bills issued by the city. With the expanded county structure, Prince Edward County has now 6 water distribution systems, 4 water plants and 4 sewage treatment plants, including this one and both operates all and issues the bills.
Cassidy noted that the province is moving to a full ‘user pay’ approach to cover operating, overhead and capital costs and that any distribution system must be serviced, monitored and tested current certified staff. “ The township area served receives a steady flow of potable water,” he said adding they were also satisfied with service levels during the time they were served by the city.
A ‘walk-thru’ tour of the City of Belleville’s ‘Gerry O’Connor’ Water Treatment Plant complete from the water input (Bay of Quinte) to distribution was next, led by very engaging Superintendant Gerry De Cola. The tour provided much insight into the complexity of operating such a plant, with trained staff 24/7 which is required regardless of plant size. A Q&A period with Superintendent Dan Collins, and Richard Reinert, Manager- Environmental Services, followed at the Belleville Water office. They stated that the experience of providing water and services to the adjoining municipality had not been any difficulty for the city. At the end of the day, it is with the political and legal issues that require the most effort in order to bring about such change. While the county has now taken responsibility for servicing the Rossmere area, the city still provides the water on a bulk billing basis to the county.

Around Town:*WI’s DeBruin Farm is seeking approval to develop a farm based anaerobic digestion facility, (a renewable energy Biogas Project). *Tenders have been called for 12 km WI road surface treatment. * Much activity around the dock at the end of WI’s Victoria St. in preparation for summer tourists and boating activities including a possible 2 weeks of youth sailing.*Word has it that both the General Wolfe Hotel and Brown’s Bay Inn are For Sale. * The Island Grill has reopened after a winter break. A sign of spring? * Consideration is being given to a road side stop at WI’s Holiday Point Rd. and Hwy.#96 *Frontenac Islands budget deliberations continue.

Coming Events: *Please note: World Day of Prayer is Thursday, March 4th at WI’s Sacred Heart Church at 1 PM * The annual Seniors (St. Patrick’s Day) Luncheon, WI United Church, Sat. March 13th, Plan to arrive at 11:30 am *Community Euchre WI United Church Hall 7 pm, * Winter Euchre, St. Margaret’s Hall 8 pm, Wednesdays. *Frontenac Islands Council March meeting, Mon., March 8th at 6:30 pm Wolfe Island Town Hall.

Posted by M Knott at 07:38 AM
February 22, 2010
Culinary Tourism a definite possibility for Wolfe Island

Well known for her work in culinary tourism development in Prince Edward County, one of the province’s fastest growing destinations, Rebecca LeHeup was the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association (W.I.B.T.A.) LeHeup is the executive director of OCTA, the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association which builds capacity for the Ontario culinary tourism supply chain by increasing relationships between growers and processors, chefs, B&B’s and distributors to create new culinary tourism experiences based on a sustainable food system.
Rebecca works with regions across the province to advance culinary tourism (Ontario Culinary Strategic Plan-Ministry of Tourism) a subject that clearly is becoming more and more important to Wolfe Island food producers and those involved in tourism, particularly WIBTA. It was her first trip to the island.
Following a buffet meal prepared by local resident Maureen Lollar, using ONLY locally grown island food, meats, vegetables, eggs, herbs, condiments etc., an enthusiastic LeHeup, (introduced by WIBTA president Linda Thomas) sprang into action sharing her enthusiasm for what she sees are the connections between agriculture, tourism and culture.
“Culinary Tourism is any food and drink experience that reflects the community’s heritage. It is going to the Corn Maze, gathering pumpkins, picking apples. It is local cheese and wine, it is festivals and events celebrating local food, its heritage and the stories surrounding it,” LeHeup said. “It’s all about eating local food and drawing tourists to your community to do the same. So my job is to work with Ontario communities, to help and build support, identify assets and resources, how we share and tell our story so that local sustainable agriculture is the base of tourism.” Commenting on Wolfe Island’s “Linger Longer” she said it was important to determine the island’s vision as a destination of choice and branding its products.
She cited examples of regions, Peterborough and Collingwood among others that are involved in culinary tourism along with 5 original regions (identified by the Ministry of Tourism) including Prince Edward County, that hold events and festivals related to using local foods to promote tourism. “Collingwood has its Apple Pie Trail. You have strawberries,” she said. “There are ways to celebrate local food. I am here to help and will be back for the island’s annual run.”
In response to a question from Mayor Vanden Hoek about the amount of money involved in developing Prince Edward County as a tourist destination, LeHeup said Rural Economic Development grants were available and she began a very successful fund raising campaign. Responding to further questions she spoke of tracking return on investment, of sponsorships, leveraging what you have and .50 cent dollar Municipal and Federal Industry grants available for the promotion of local foods as well as the importance of developing a business model. Taste trails and arts trails, creating a market, ‘what’s growing locally-farmer-chef meet and greet’ events, festivals-strawberry-garlic, form a local producer/business committee, leverage with Kingston, etc., etc. “You must be passionate about what you are doing, a risk taker,” she said.
A number of the local producers identified what they are doing. *Windkeeper Community Farm – Kathy Rothermel, transitional organic vegetables, herbs, and some fruit, ‘great success with garlic.’ *Pykeview Meadows-Jason & Christina Pyke, Bison meat, bison leather goods, stalls at Kingston and Ottawa Public Markets; *Van Wagner Farm (17th line) provides fresh, local fruits and vegetables, as well chickens. *Rob White- beef, has a shop at the farm, sells locally, and in Kingston; *Jan Broeders, Market Garden,Hwy.#95, 3 days in Kingston and on the island; *Hank Connell- growing vines; sells maple syrup products.; *George Merry- pheasants, but inability to process and stringent regulations, are limiting factors; island products/produce were displayed and also included local honey, WI Bakery treats and Henderson Farm jams and jellies.
Mayor Vanden Hoek was enthusiastic in his praise for the evening’s presentation and for what is evolving on the island. “We are at a rebirth. We have new enthusiastic and serious producers, “ he said. “There are ways the township can support them and this possible venture into culinary tourism on the island.”
Guests at the meeting included Anne Marie Harbec Executive Director, Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association, Justin Lafontaine Projects Director, Transportation Options, Ontario Cycle Tourism Forum and Anne Pritchard , Ex. Director, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corp. Representatives from Wolfe Island’s Community Centre Board, Historical Society and Medical Clinic Board were also in attendance.
Also present at the meeting was Jennifer Hutson ( who brought forward information about “Celebrate 1812” festivities in the planning stages for 2012 and possible funding sources for local events should Wolfe |Island choose to become involved.

Posted by M Knott at 02:50 PM
February 18, 2010
Cataraqui Source Protection Committee meets with Frontenac Islands Council

The Cataraqui Source Protection Committee (CSPC) has been working on a project to protect local drinking water sources. It has been studying municipal residential drinking water systems and has begun a round of meetings to present their findings to the different municipal councils. Most recently members of the CSPC attended the Township of Frontenac Islands February meeting..
On hand to update council on the Source Protection Assessment Report was Rob McRae, Project Manager, accompanied by John Williamson, Chair of the Source Protection Committee and Kevin Riley, a member of the SPC. They hope to have a draft report available by April for public consultation, which will then be reviewed by the committee and a 2nd draft in June again for a 2nd round of consultation. (The final source protection plan must be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment by August 2012) the next phase involves a source protection plan, a public policy document that looks at all the actions that are happening to protect the water (existing, potential) and develops, implements and update a detailed course of action.
“All this to happen locally before it is sent off to the Ministry of the Environment,” said McRae as he began his power point presentation. . Thus far the study has looked at water budgets, low water sheds, risks around ground water, vulnerable areas around Kingston water intakes, specific mapped areas and determined pockets of stress resulting from low water etc. etc.
As regards the safe area around the City of Kingston water intake, “I would see a need for dialogue between Frontenac Islands municipality and the city of Kingston. If through your water EA process your township should choose to look into Kingston facilities it would become your source water as well, “ McRae said.
“ What if there are policies lets say about ground water that the City of Kingston wants to overlay on this municipality and
and we don’t agree, who will jump in and sort that out?” Mayor Vanden Hoek asked. “Most people don’t understand the limitations of a small community. Our revenue raised by taxation is about a half a million a year. There are agencies with budgets bigger than that, but the size of magnitude on small rural municipalities is lost, and causes real frustration to me,” he added.
To a further question from Howe Island’s Gene Manion raising concern about the effects of Kingston sewage discharges on the islands, McRae indicated the committee’s willingness to help.

In other business; Following an in camera meeting, council passed a resolution establishing the purchase price for the sale of the road allowance on Wolfe Island in lot 1, between Concessions 14 & 15 at $44,000 (plus all costs). The funds will be used to pay the balance owing on the “Larush House” owned by the township and now in use by the WI Historical Society as “The Old HouseMuseum”
Council also passed an interim tax levy bylaw which allows the township to distribute the township’s tax bills, as well as another bylaw to establish fees and fares for the Howe Island ferry and will submit their 2009 request to the Ministry of Transportation for a subsidy of is $221,359.80 to operate the Simcoe Island ferry.
Council also approved applications for tax adjustment made by Duncan and Beverley Pyke. They also supported a resolution by the Township of Front of Yonge concerning the increasing livestock damage by coyotes and lastly made a $200. donation to the Canadian Red Cross for the Haiti Relief Fund.
There was some discussion about Land O’Lakes advertising materials. WIBTA will be asked to look at it to determine value to the township.
Councillor Doyle reminded council that now is the time to put in place bylaws governing the annual Music Festival (re policing etc.) and to meet with the Community Centre board and the festival organizer to discuss these so there is no misunderstanding.
Mayor Vanden Hoek expressed satisfaction with the recent Amenities agreement meeting facilitated by Rob Wood. A second meeting will be planned during the summer..
Council Meets next March 8th at 6:30 pm at the WI Town Hall

Around Town: *Wolfe Island has recently experienced the loss of three of its long time citizens in a very short time. In a community the size of Wolfe Island the memories are many and the losses are keenly felt by all.*Our own Lori Minton joyfully announced that her grandson Mackenzie O’Coyle has finally completed his last round of cancer treatments and at this time has been given a clean bill of health. Mac was just 4 when his illness began more than four years ago. Lori speaks gratefully about all the help and support Mac and his family has received from the community during this time. “Mac,” is so happy and can hardly believe he’s allowed to drink a glass of milk.
* Local native Hank DeBruin accompanied by his 2 sons, Ward McReady and 20 dogs is on his was to Anchorage , Alaska for the start of the “Iditarod Race” beginning March 6th.. Hank has raced hundreds of long, cold miles to qualify. The rest of the family will fly to Anchorage for the race start and all will fly on to meet Hank at the finish line in Nome. Their website, team (offers lots of race information, pictures etc, and sponsor opportunities. Teachers can follow Hank (or any musher) on the official race site Hank & Tanya (McCready’s) boys Logan and Dustyn will be posting on line entries regularly.
* Paul Hogan from the Community Centre Board, Kathy Gilbert, WI Medical Clinic Board and the WI Historical Society will liaise with the WI Business & Tourism Association to share information and activities.
*To date both the Simcoe Island ferry and the Howe Island Township ferry continue to operate.
* Interest is developing with regard to the War of 1812-2012 Bi Centennial Festivities. For further info. Contact Brian MacDonald, Pres. WI Historical Society

Coming Events: 1. Frontenac Islands free Welcome Cyclists Workshop, Wed, Feb 24 - 7 to 9 pm, WI United Church Hall Purpose of the workshop is to offer area tourism businesses, B&B’s, Restaurants, etc. information about this growing market, and to develop a network of bicycle friendly businesses.
2. Frontenac Islands Public meeting to pass a new Development Charges By-Law, Feb. 25th, 6:30 pm WI Town Hall.
3. World Day of Prayer- Cameroon, ‘Let Everything That Has Breath Praise God’ Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Friday, March 5, 2010, 1pm

Posted by M Knott at 02:44 PM
February 10, 2010
Consultation begins on wind plant amenities agreement

Residents of Wolfe Island ward and others gathered for a first public consultation to consider the best use of the funds the township will receive from the wind farm amenities agreement. Facilitator Robert Wood of 8020 Info led the meeting.

The long-term amenities agreement, which included escalation clauses, was signed in June 2006 and established that Frontenac Islands will receive $7,500 per year for each of the 86 turbines, $645,000 in total, for the next 20 to 40 years.

At the outset of the negotiations, there was the intent that all Wolfe Island residents should benefit from the wind plant. In November of 2006 it was noted that meetings would be held with residents to determine long and short-term proposals for the use of the money. The township received the first cheque in October 2009 in the amount of $333,986.30 from Canadian Hydro Developers.

In his welcome Frontenac Islands Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek said the meeting would be the first of a number of opportunities for people to be directly involved in planning the future of the township.

Residents were handed a list of project suggestions to prioritize including: reducing taxes, re-opening the canal, establishing a trust fund, constructing a community centre building, installing refrigeration for the rink, buying land for parks, building a dock for the village, improving water and sewer, establishing a senior's retirement complex, expanding programs for children, rebuilding roads, and many more.

Discussing possible criteria for making choices on the use of funds, Wood referred to examples such as developing a long-term plan, focus on long term vs. short term initiatives, focus on capital, whether infrastructure or not. As he drew upon residents from both Wolfe and Howe islands, other thoughts were offered: leveraging the money to generate other monies, developing a five-year plan, creating a governance framework, focusing on the sustainability of projects.

The request for project ideas generated the most discussion. Some examples were: money for scholarships, a seniors' residence, a share for Howe Island, finish the rink with a large community multi-purpose building, don't forget infrastructure (roads, landfill site), water and sewer for the village, community thermal project, need for bicycle paths. Others suggested the establishment of a foundation to better protect the money, and many local groups are looking for some financial support. Tourism items such water access and docks and opening the canal also were suggested.

Wood encouraged participants to fill out their assessment sheets and to think through their own priority projects in advance of a next meeting. Some critical review will be necessary and perhaps a steering committee is needed to work on that important step of setting actual township priorities.


Recruiting campaigns for Frontenac County's emergency services, which operates land ambulance services for the county including Wolfe Island and Kingston, have been held every year since the county has operated emergency services. Some months ago, however, a vigorous recruitment program began to find volunteers 'specifically' for the Wolfe Island volunteer ambulance service in an effort to fill diminished numbers.

Throughout the process island residents, knowing that numbers are down, have been concerned about the staffing of the ambulance. Is it there for them if they need it? Frontenac County's director of emergency services, Paul Charbonneau, offered the following update.

“As a result of the successful 'island-specific campaign,' 19 candidates for the Wolfe Island service, including a number of islanders, went on for further training having successfully completed CPR, first aid and the emergency first response program. However, only 18 people moved on to the physical testing as one person withdrew due to a job relocation,” he said.

According to Charbonneau, Frontenac County emergency services has a contract with the Kingston Injury Management Centre to conduct the physical testing portion of the training that is specific to the paramedic job. The program developed in 2003 is based on a 'physical demands analysis.'

“They look at the job of the paramedic, the weights they have to carry, the bags, the stretcher, with and without a patient, as well as at the tasks the paramedics must carry out: rushing to get to a patient, distances, physical effects (increased heart rates etc.) and create a physical test around the job. Everyone passed the basic training but if they can't do the physical, they could cause damage to themselves or a patient,” he said.

“Of the 18 tested, nine passed the physical testing program,” he continued. “One of the nine unsuccessful candidates relocated out of Kingston, while three did not meet the minimum standard and were deemed unsuccessful with no retest offered. The remaining five were offered a retest.”

The results of retest for the five have not yet been published.

“Not everyone, no matter how much they want to or whether they are from the island or Kingston, can do the job,” said Susan Brown, deputy chief of quality and assurance and training. “The challenges are many and difficult.”

Charbonneau noted that three people from the original 19 have made it all the way through the process at this time.

“They have received their Ministry of Education identification card and are now working, which brings the complement of people covering shifts on the island up to 12. The Ministry of Transportation training (driving category) was completed in early January which allowed them then to begin booking,” he said.

“It is also important to note that since August, while the training process has been underway, long-time island paramedic Sally Kane has been working full time, Monday to Friday. The county took on that added expense to guarantee there was always one person on duty requiring only one other volunteer to be found. If none is found, Kane responds to a call as a first responder, stabilizing and caring for the patient until the transporting ambulance arrives (from Kingston),” he said. On only one occasion since Jan. 1 has the ambulance not been staffed.

“The ideal number in our mind to run a volunteer ambulance service on a full-time basis is 16. No one is overburdened or required to do extra shifts. We are almost there. In fact when all is said and done we will be over 16 and we are willing to undertake the extra costs of overstaffing to guarantee the operation of the island service,” Charbonneau concluded.

Construction to provide overnight accommodation for the volunteers begins in the spring.

Posted by M Knott at 10:46 AM
January 28, 2010
No Phase Two. TrasAlta says

TransAlta assures islanders no plans for second phase of wind plant

TransAlta executives Jason Edworthy, director of community relations, and Michael Lawrence, manager of external relations, came from Calgary to Wolfe Island for their first meetings with islanders since their company acquired the island's wind plant project from Canadian Hydro Developers.

A public meeting hosted by the Township of Frontenac Islands was held at the Wolfe Island Town Hall. Their second meeting was with the landowners who have towers on their property.

“This is a long term relationship and we want to get off on the right foot,” Edworthy said. “I am well aware of the close relationship developed by Canadian Hydro's Keating brothers with islanders throughout the development of the wind plant. They are great that way and it is TranAlta's intention to maintain what will be our long term relationship. But, as with any change there are always questions and concerns.

“The main thing we want to do is make sure people understand that we are looking for a smooth transition so that day- to-day, islanders are not going to see anything different with the plant, that the people they know and talk to will stay the same,” Edworthy continued. “Eventually this year the signage will change a little from Canadian Hydro to Trans Alta.”

The Canadian Hydro name and logo on the towers will not change.

“We will be offering more resources through the TransAlta website and telephone directory. We also have a 1-800 number, media and investor relations. This is a good news story,” Edworthy said. “A great company came and developed the wind plant project, now they are part of us and we are the beneficiaries.”

Michael Lawrence sees his role as working with the community and telling the TransAlta story on behalf of the company.

“No one knew us and it was time to come, to be available and to answer questions. We have no special announcements to make at this time,” he said. “We are just glad to be here.”

Some of the questions they responded to related to road rebuilding, which is now in the hands of the township, as well as concerns about birds, bats, lighting and the environmental process.

Edworthy commented that he has been in the wind business 30 years and there was no environmental assessment process until 1988 when the company developed one.

“EAs are now an essential part of any project in every province. One of our success stories relates to bats,” he added.

At one site bats were dying. A biologist was hired, intense monitoring began over an extensive period, the problem was identified, scientific and university studies confirmed the problem, and the changes were completed, which once made offered much success. The whole process was documented and published for others in the business to benefit from.

“We were not alone in this study. Scientists, the university, wildlife associations participated,” he said.

One question posed by a concerned resident was heard loud and clear at the town hall.

“Is there a phase two to this wind plant project?”

It was clearly answered by both Edworthy and Lawrence. “There is no phase two. This is it, absolutely!”

Present at the gathering with their guests was Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek, Deputy Mayor Matt Fiene, Coun. Wayne Grant, CAO Terry O'Shea and township staff.

At the second meeting held later in the day John Forster introduced TransAlta's Edworthy to the landowners with turbines. (Lawrence had been called to a meeting in Kingston). Forster has assumed a new but similar role with TransAlta as senior advisor of community relations for eastern Canada.

Edworthy, who is on a tour visiting TransAlta's newly-acquired projects, commented that the acquisition of Canadian Hydro by TransAlta was described as a hostile takeover.

“But once everybody got together it became a friendly merger,” he said. “I am pleased to say most everyone employed with Canadian Hydro came over to TransAlta with exceptions at the management level. We are proud to have them. It is not our intent to erase history.”

Edworthy said the company could not wait to work with the Wolfe Island community.

“TransAlta is an electric power generation company. We make the electricity and sell it wholesale. We don't do oil and gas. We have a little over 8,000 megawatts of generation and we are looking forward to having a long and fruitful relationship on Wolfe Island through this great project. We hope to come often so expect other visitors. We want to meet all of you. We are available. And finally, I want to reiterate what I said at the open house earlier today, that for better or worse, TransAlta has no plans for a phase two.”

Posted by M Knott at 09:11 AM
January 15, 2010
It is Always Good to have a Monitor!

Members of WIRE (Wolfe Island Residents for the Environment) attended Frontenac Islands January council meeting to hear answers to their questions posed concerning possible implications to the island resulting from the sale of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. to Trans Alta Corporation.
WIRE’s Gail Kenney, speaking on behalf of the community group, explained that she was looking for clarification to answers she had received from her letter from the township regarding the possibility of any further expansion by Trans Alta, road reclamation, and the health and safety of Wolfe Island residents (complaint protocol). “All legitimate concerns within the community,” she said. Your reply said you were not aware of any expansion plans with Trans Alta and my question is has there been any discussion or correspondence with the company saying there will or will not be any expansion. IN REPLY: Mayor Vanden Hoek said there had been no correspondence and invited her to attend the public open house with Trans Alta representatives, to hear from them.
Kenney continued to have concerns about the work required to repair the damage done to the island’s roads as a result of the wind plant development particularly those roads that were widened and cleared (“encroaching on sensitive wetlands, hedge rows, bird habitat,”) to allow access (Road 2, Baseline). “Has Canadian Hydro lived up to its agreement, who will rebuild, plant trees,” she asked
Mayor Vanden Hoek said that the road work will be quite challenging with the three programs it will try to weave together. “We have the normal budget process which always includes road work. We have the money from Canadian Hydro, and their commitment to it, and we also have the ISF (Infrastructure Stimulus Fund) award ($476,000) for a drainage program,” he said. “I can tell you we are doing work on haul roads, we are cleaning out ditches, cutting out grass and brush all a normal township responsibility but I’m just not seeing the township planting trees on the side of the road.” Although Kenney was not happy with the answer about roads, the idea of planting trees as a community project somewhere was well received.
Another concern related to the distribution of information. Council agreed to make the TransAlta information about the wind plant, telephone numbers, notification etc. available in print at the town hall for anyone to pick up. The mayor will take Kenney’s request that when Trans Alta’s visits next, that there be an evening meeting with the public.
In other business: 1. Council passed a zoning bylaw to remove certain properties that had been identified for the wind plant and are no longer required, and further, identified a piece of property within that original rezoning and set it aside solely for a meteorological tower. 2. The contract for snow removal on roads designated as Improved Township Roads on Simcoe Island has been awarded to Don Eves. 3. There were some questions about some of items on the payment voucher but in the end it was approved for payment. 4. A bylaw was passed that requires deficits or surpluses at year end remain area rated into the next year. Howe Island received $50,000 from Frontenac County for the County Ferry/roads. 5. Council supported two applications to FCFDC (Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation by the Wolfe Island Historical Society for funding to purchase and install directional signage for the “Old House” and the WI Business & Tourism Association to purchase and install “historical plaques” in Marysville, and to develop a related brochure.
Council Members Concerns: *Mayor Vanden Hoek talked about the importance of public participation in the upcoming meeting to look at how the amenities agreement monies could/should be allocated. “I believe this may require more than one meeting ,” he said. A further concern is “What to do about the salt dome “which is need of repair. This item will be discussed up at upcoming budget meetings. * Deputy Mayor Fiene has concerns about cars, trucks left in the Howe Parking lot at the County Ferry dock and will seek further information. * Councillor Grant wants to find ways of dealing with hard plastics at the WI Landfill site.. *Councillor Doyle is looking into Canada/Ontario awards programs.
Council Meets next on Howe Island, Mon. Feb. 8, 2010 6:30 pm

Around Town: * As part of the WI Transportation Study a (voluntary) travel survey ( written questionnaire) will be administered to passengers on the Wolfe Islander III ferry during a week in each of the winter, spring and summer of 2010. The data collected will assist in identifying current and future access needs. *Author Barbara Larocque (Wolfe Island – Legacy in Stone) has a new website * Thursday, the 14th of January, marked the 60th anniversary of Captain Sisty's wild adventure in 1950 when the Wolfe Islander was 'missing and believed to be lost' in that wild, January wind and carried downriver! This reminder came from the Wolfe Islander III ferry Captain Brian Johnson. “But looking back to Dec. 10 of 2009, I guess we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature's many moods!,” he said. * Public Skating hours for Wolfe Islands beautiful outdoor rink are posted on the website. * Plans are underway for WIBTA’s AGM (Feb.1st). As well as a guest speaker there will be a discussion by Wolfe Island food growers about what is being produced on the island and how we can produce more of our food locally. Watch for a flyer.

Coming Events: FRONTENAC ISLANDS AMENITIES AGREEMENT PUBLIC CONSULTATION facilitated by Mr. Robert Wood, CEO/President of 8020Info Inc. will be held at Sacred Heart School Thurs. Jan 28, 2010-6:30 pm. * Wolfe Island Business & Tourism Association AGM at the WI United Church, Monday Feb. 1, 2010 7p.m. with guest speaker Rebecca LeHeup, Executive Director, The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. *Frontenac Islands Council Meeting Howe Island, Mon. Feb/ 8, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by M Knott at 08:40 PM
January 11, 2010
Invasive Species greatest threat to Biodiversity

Shortly before Christmas , the Friends of Big Sandy Bay (FOBSB) held their annual general meeting. On this occasion Francine MacDonald, an Invasive Species and Aquatics Biologist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters was their guest.
Francine is an active participant in efforts to help control the infiltration into Canada of the Asian Carp, a very large (25 LBS.) member of the minnow family that can jump as high as two metres out of the water. It is presently being held back by electronic barriers .
Her presentation on this occasion included reference indigenous species that have been introduced into the waterways and land from outside of their natural range. To name a few, Zebra mussel, quagga mussels and sea lamprey which grow fast once in the water and take over the food habitat changing the eco system.“There are 180 non indigenous species in the Great Lakes and are a threat to the waters,” she said “ The Round goby spawns 6 times a year and is very hard on bass reproduction as well as being a nuisance, and outcompete native fish,” MacDonald said noting their prevalence in Lakes Erie and Simcoe. “Invasive species pathways are through ballast water, and recreationally through boating, angling, gardening, as well as through water craft, fishing lines, on wood etc. and natural pathways like wind and water current,” she said
In her presentation Mac Donald spoke of threats to forests (beetles, Emerald Ash bore, etc.), wetlands (common reed) as well as Kudzu which can affect deep root systems, the Dog dangling vine, (“which is a huge problem”) and resembling Queen Anne’s Lace is the Giant Hogweed,(the oil affects skin. She added that ATV’s, and going off trails are a problem increasing risk of spread.
A bonus for all who attended the meeting was a second guest speaker Linna Grice, a student at KCVI who came with a presentation about Wolfe Island’s Big Sandy Bay. The presentation was created by KCVI students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and presented that night by Lianna. The students had been challenged to do a combined biology and chemistry project related to Big Sandy Bay. This particular one (of a number) concerned “Water filtration at Big Sand Bay.”
Lianna described the process, the development of the project and the development of the equipment to do the job, (all created by the students). the visits to the site, collecting the samples, testing of the samples, the type of stone, gravel, sand used in the process and the conclusions drawn. Leanna, came to the island with the equipment built by the students, much knowledge about the well thought out project, and amazing presentation skills.
The IB program. is an opportunity for excellence in education and according to its mission statement aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Posted by M Knott at 08:30 PM