NG Times – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Clothier Hotel, 9 Water Street, Oxford Mills http://www.ngtimes.ca/clothier-hotel-9-water-street-oxford-mills/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/clothier-hotel-9-water-street-oxford-mills/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10541 Here is a building that no-one but older residents from Oxford Mills will recognise. It was constructed c 1835 of timber frame and served as a hotel until 1914.  It had a 2nd storey balcony and 1st storey veranda both of which ran the length of the front facade. It was built by Asa Clothier […]

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Here is a building that no-one but older residents from Oxford Mills will recognise. It was constructed c 1835 of timber frame and served as a hotel until 1914.  It had a 2nd storey balcony and 1st storey veranda both of which ran the length of the front facade. It was built by Asa Clothier and was owned by numerous individuals, many of whom also used the property for other businesses, such as shoemaking, over the years. The last hotel keeper was Thomas Warren, who left here and moved to Kemptville, where he ran the White House on the corner of Clothier and Prescott Streets for many years. It was sold to the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 72 in 1915.  The Lodge and Regalia rooms were on the 2nd floor and there was a large hall on the ground floor that saw many community dances, masquerades and dinners. The Hall had its own Band, which played here regularly. From its days as a hotel, there were horse sheds and stables between the Hall and the river. But the old building, with its wood frame construction, was not necessarily the most comfortable place. It took five wood stoves to keep the interior warm.

The Lodge had as many as seventy members at one time. The Lodge ‘went into darkness’ in the 1970s and the library operated from the first floor. The building was owned by Harold and Bernie Patterson for many years, from which they operated their electrical and plumbing business, before it was bought by Gerry and Debbie VanGurp. They transformed the building into Olde Porch Primitives, and it is completely unrecognisable from the old hotel. It is now preserved for another century through their work.

In the original plan for the Village of Oxford Mills, a road allowance ran to the north of this property, from Water Street to the river bank. By Street, as it was to be called, remains an unopened road allowance today, and is marked by the Canada Post post boxes standing on that side of the road.

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Local Agri-food Expo survey results http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-agri-food-expo-survey-results/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-agri-food-expo-survey-results/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:17:30 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10497 The North Grenville Times recently conducted a survey intended to seek input from residents on the types of topics that they would like to see discussed at the upcoming Local Agri-food Expo that is scheduled to happen on Saturday, April 7. The Expo is being organized to encourage people in the region to start an […]

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The North Grenville Times recently conducted a survey intended to seek input from residents on the types of topics that they would like to see discussed at the upcoming Local Agri-food Expo that is scheduled to happen on Saturday, April 7. The Expo is being organized to encourage people in the region to start an agri-food business of their own, or expand their existing small scale agri-food business. Agriculture and local food represent significant potential opportunities for economic growth in our area and the organizers want to encourage everyone to get involved.

The first question asked about various formats for the Expo. The results were: Workshops: 31.4%; Moderated discussion panels: 22.09%; Keynote speakers: 33.7%; Breakout sessions (small group discussions): 24.4%; Watching a video as part of a large audience: 7%; and A mix of the above formats: 54.7%. In the comments section, most of the comments were based around ways to (and the importance of) engage people to get them interested and keep them interested.

When asked, “What topics would you like to know more about or like to see discussed at this event?”, the results were: How to start a home-based agricultural or local food business: 43%; Which funding options are available for starting or expanding an agricultural or local food business: 58%; Which health regulations do I need to know about for starting an agricultural or local food business?: 46.5%; Where can I get help for creating a marketing plan, business plan or feasibility study?: 36%; The same percentage chose How can working with a farmers’ market help to provide a secondary income, and “How to tell which soil type I have and which plants grow best in that soil type.

Other options were: How do I get started in raising livestock (chickens, beef, pork etc.)?: 15%; How can I organize my garden to maximize my yield of the space?: 37%; How can I get access to space to grow food if I can’t afford to buy a piece of property?: 14%; What are the latest small scale farming methods that I could use to grow food?: 41%; What are the municipal zoning options available to allow me to start or expand an agricultural or local food business?: 35%; How to start a local co-operative to provide a service to the agricultural community: 23%; and What is involved in setting up an agricultural or local food social enterprise and what are the benefits and differences compared to a regular business model?: 28%.

In the comments section, some alternate topics mentioned were “permaculture”, “engaging youth”, “creating edible gardens for schools and other institutions” and “connecting local food networks and finding ways to collaborate on different community projects and initiatives.”

When asked: how much would you be willing to pay for a full day event like this (bring your own lunch)?, it was clear that people understood the value of an event like this, as most respondents chose the highest price, $25.

The other questions provided options for post-Expo dinner, with or without wine. Naturally, people preferred the cheapest option in each case.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the survey, it will be very helpful for the event organizing committee so that they can have the type of information and discussion focused on what you want to learn about. There will be information released soon giving the details on the event and the committee hopes that everyone will come to the event and be inspired to start or expand an agricultural or local food business.

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73’s cage the Bears on Friday night contest for a win http://www.ngtimes.ca/73s-cage-bears-friday-night-contest-win/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/73s-cage-bears-friday-night-contest-win/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:13:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10494 by the sportsguy Kemptville 73’s motored down County Road 43 Friday night to meet the Smiths Falls Bears and managed a tough 1 to zip win. First frame closed out scoreless, with Bears out shooting 73’s by 13 to 9 and recorded 2 PIM in sin-bin, with Nick Bond standing tall for Kemptville. Smiths Falls […]

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by the sportsguy

Kemptville 73’s motored down County Road 43 Friday night to meet the Smiths Falls Bears and managed a tough 1 to zip win.

First frame closed out scoreless, with Bears out shooting 73’s by 13 to 9 and recorded 2 PIM in sin-bin, with Nick Bond standing tall for Kemptville.

Smiths Falls Bears’ Bradley Dobson was replaced with Kyle Renaud for the second go-around. Kemptville put the first marker on the board with man advantage as Frazee combined with Thousand across the line back to Jared Patterson on point for PPG at 4:26. Kemptville turned SOG around by 11 to 7 and put their special teams to work.

Last twenty miles was tough sledding for both squads and it became a netminder’s clinic, as 73’s Bond faced 27 SOG and Renaud 37 SOG for Bears.

Next home game is Wednesday, January, 10 when we battle the Pembroke Lumber Kings ….Hockey with EDGE.

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KPIK’s Winter Wonderland http://www.ngtimes.ca/kpiks-winter-wonderland/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kpiks-winter-wonderland/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:54:21 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10447 A new generation of talent is forming in our community! Kemptville Players Inc. Kids (KPIK) is excited to present for you their first play: WINTER WONDERLAND, Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. It is a locally written, unique story of hope, belief, snow days, kids being kids, and […]

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A new generation of talent is forming in our community! Kemptville Players Inc. Kids (KPIK) is excited to present for you their first play: WINTER WONDERLAND, Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. It is a locally written, unique story of hope, belief, snow days, kids being kids, and all sorts of fun adventures in the town of Snowy Hollow. A story by kids – for kids!

Recognizing a need for theatre in Kemptville that is not a musical, Kemptville Players Inc. started KPIK last year with workshops on acting and all things that go on behind the scenes, and are now ready to bring this talent to the stage in KPI’s 50th anniversary year.

Auditions, which were held in November and December, proved that the youth talent in our community was so great that the script had to be expanded from an original cast of 24 to 32, in order to include all who auditioned. The script was adapted to showcase all of the talent that was presented to the audition committee. In addition, some youth wanted to help behind the scenes and will also be mentored by KPI members. Mary-Anne Leang, who co-wrote the original play with her daughter, Amanda, was impressed with the immediate interest in this community initiative.

Laura Drover, co-director, says she is amazed at how far the kids have come since the first rehearsal, especially given that, for many of them, this is their first involvement with KPIK. As they grow to understand stage presence and character development, their enthusiasm builds, and it is exciting for all who are present at the rehearsals to witness. KPI is grateful that the parents are as excited and involved as their children in this production.

Tickets are $10 each and are available online at www.KemptvillePlayers.ca, or in person at B&H Your Community Grocer, or at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (2nd floor reception during business hours).

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Sens skills competition http://www.ngtimes.ca/sens-skills-competition/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/sens-skills-competition/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:54:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10491 Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely chats with Ottawa Senators Centre Nate Thompson at the Sens skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve. She and her eight-year-old sister, Lily, were two of a handful of kids chosen to skate alongside the Sens at the competition. The girls got to meet the Sens and show […]

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Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely chats with Ottawa Senators Centre Nate Thompson at the Sens skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve. She and her eight-year-old sister, Lily, were two of a handful of kids chosen to skate alongside the Sens at the competition. The girls got to meet the Sens and show off their skills, with over 9,000 people watching from the stands.

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Senior Times, Let’s Connect… http://www.ngtimes.ca/senior-times-lets-connect-7/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/senior-times-lets-connect-7/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:50:16 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10481 by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support Hello 2018… I have such great hopes for you! It was a wonderful start to the year having lunch with Maggie Boyer, co-owner of The North Grenville Times, and MPP Steve Clark. This all started in November, when I was looking at the items in […]

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by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support

Hello 2018… I have such great hopes for you! It was a wonderful start to the year having lunch with Maggie Boyer, co-owner of The North Grenville Times, and MPP Steve Clark. This all started in November, when I was looking at the items in United Way Leeds & Grenville’s online silent auction. MPP Steve Clark had donated a special bottle of wine, as well as a lunch for two anywhere in Leeds/Grenville. Immediately, I thought that it would be wonderful to go to lunch with Maggie and Steve, two very community-minded people who give so generously of their time. I’m very pleased that I was the successful bidder.

The lunch at Salamanders was delicious, with great conversation covering all sorts of topics. I am grateful to both Maggie and Steve for such an interesting few hours. You will be pleased to know that Maggie and I decided that we should be on our best behaviour, as we can carry on when we get together! In reflecting on our time together, I’m reminded of the quote from Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

January is generally the time to stop and reflect on the year that just finished, and look toward the year ahead. There were certainly lots of great memories made over the past year here at KDHSI, from the more intimate person to person moments, to the larger activities and events. KDHSI was busy in June with seniors’ month activities, including the window sticker campaign and our Annual Seniors’ BBQ/Picnic at the beautiful Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills.

The Elder Abuse Awareness Seminar, in partnership with Grenville OPP and Victims Services, was well attended, with great information on how to keep ourselves protected and where to turn to for help.

The ‘dunk tank’ event was a lot of fun; and yes, the water was cold. It was fun challenging Jim Beveridge; in fact, we were just chatting at the B&H this morning and commenting on how frosty the dunk tank would be in this weather!

In November, we were treated to the amazing performance of ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Thank you to Louise Atchison, Helen MacGregor, the Cast, the Band, the Sing’n Seniors, and all of the amazing people behind the scenes. Your dedication and hundreds of volunteer hours is certainly noticed and appreciated!

In looking ahead in 2018, we are really excited about our 2nd Annual Big Band Dance on Saturday, April 14. ‘The Jive Wires’, a lively 7-piece Big Band will be back and Erick Le Pors, Dial A Chef, will be providing a delicious cold buffet. Come and be transported back in time to an era of live music and nights out on the town.

This is Kemptville & District Home Support’s 37th year of providing service in the community. Thank you to all of our volunteers who give so freely of their time to help others; and thank you to Bev, Carol, Jennifer and Tina. It is wonderful being part of such a great Team.

May we continue to learn, live, hope and continue questioning!

Happy New Year, Susan
Kemptville & District Home Support, 215 Sanders St. Suite 101
613-258-3203. susan.smith@kdhsi.com. www.kdhsi.com.

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Creative use of Times http://www.ngtimes.ca/creative-use-times/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/creative-use-times/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:45:04 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10484 Nancy and Chris Morgan of the Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville helped raise food donations for the House of Lazarus before Christmas. That was a great thing in itself, but Chris took it one step further when we published a photograph of Nancy and him in the Times. Chris decided to “sell” copies of the […]

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Nancy and Chris Morgan of the Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville helped raise food donations for the House of Lazarus before Christmas. That was a great thing in itself, but Chris took it one step further when we published a photograph of Nancy and him in the Times.

Chris decided to “sell” copies of the photograph, signed by him, to raise even more money for HOL, at $5 each. To his own surprise, perhaps, he raised $200. Then Daren Givoque, of O’Farrell Financial and the North Grenville Community Fund fame, matched Chris’ takings, and so the grand total of $400 was raised for the Food Bank. Creative use of the Times, indeed! Congratulations to Chris, Nancy and Daren for such an imaginative initiative.

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Winchester RBC holds sock drive for HOL http://www.ngtimes.ca/winchester-rbc-holds-sock-drive-hol/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/winchester-rbc-holds-sock-drive-hol/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:33:18 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10456 The Winchester branch of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held a sock drive in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain prior to Christmas. Pictured, RBC staff members Lorrie Munro and Lindsay Schoeni holding a box full of socks destined for HOL Food Bank clients. Thanks go out to all those who […]

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The Winchester branch of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held a sock drive in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain prior to Christmas. Pictured, RBC staff members Lorrie Munro and Lindsay Schoeni holding a box full of socks destined for HOL Food Bank clients. Thanks go out to all those who contributed to the sock drive!

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The Return of the Potluck! http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-return-of-the-potluck/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-return-of-the-potluck/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:31:07 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10474 Our Second Annual Chef’s Potluck Dinner & Growing Season Planning Event is coming up on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 pm in the Ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls. Hosted by Two Rivers Food Hub, this is a chance for you, our existing and interested buyers and sellers to meet, hang out, […]

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Our Second Annual Chef’s Potluck Dinner & Growing Season Planning Event is coming up on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 pm in the Ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls.

Hosted by Two Rivers Food Hub, this is a chance for you, our existing and interested buyers and sellers to meet, hang out, and enjoy some tasty goodness.The event will take place in Smiths Falls at the Gallipeau Centre Ballroom (361 Queen Street East) — It’s just down the hall from the food hub… (yes there will be a tour…) We are inviting ALL of our producers and buyers out for an evening of drinks and eats and to have a series of directed, round-table growing season planning conversations. Our buyers and sellers of all types will be present, giving everyone a chance to meet and talk turkey… or duck… or puntarelle endive… or chilhuacle chilies. Essentially, it’s your chance to ask our buyers what they’d like to see you grow, to meet them and to compare notes on things like pre-processing, packaging, and what sort of value added products they’d be most interested in purchasing this year.

During a series of directed table conversations, we will be asking both what everyone is already planning to grow, when they are planning to grow it, as well as asking what our commercial buyers (including the food hub, through our Local Food Basket program) are looking for (and when). We will follow up within the week with an overview of the notes we gather, and within two weeks with our best recommendations for what else is needed. If there is any specific information you would like for us to gather, let us know and we will try to include it in our questions for the table conversations.

Food will be ‘pot-luck’, provided by a Chef’s Potluck Competition, If you’d like to be a part of that, contact David at sales@tworiversfoodhub.com for more details–the theme this year is TACOS, the winner will receive not only the accolades of the masses, but also THE GOLDEN PAN! Our custom trophy won last year by Andreas Baumann of Green Lake Maple. Anyone can bring a dish (let us know what you plan to bring…) but you must use local agricultural products (your own are fine) to compete for the prize…

The evening will include:
*A ‘cocktail hour’ featuring local craft breweries as an opportunity to network with other producers, processors, buyers, as well as volunteers and members of the staff and board of the Two Rivers Food Hub
*A ‘state of the hub’ welcome address re-capping 2017
*A Chef’s Potluck dinner
*Directed Table Discussions about planning for this year’s growing season (compiled notes to follow the event)
*An overview of systems and processes for participating in the Online Marketplace and this year’s Local Food Basket program.
*A short question and answer session to wrap up the evening by 8:30pm.

We expect this to be a fun, memorable thank you for 2017 and kickoff for 2018. PLEASE RSVP if you are interested– we’d love to have as many of you out as possible and your RSVP will help us plan… info@tworiversfoodhub.com

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Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer visits Brockville http://www.ngtimes.ca/opposition-leader-andrew-scheer-visits-brockville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opposition-leader-andrew-scheer-visits-brockville/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:30:07 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10470 Members of the public are invited to meet Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer when he visits Brockville Saturday, January 20. He will hold an informal “meet and greet” at the Brockville Convention Center from 11 am to 12:30 pm. “The event is free to the public,” explains Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Conservative […]

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Members of the public are invited to meet Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer when he visits Brockville Saturday, January 20. He will hold an informal “meet and greet” at the Brockville Convention Center from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

“The event is free to the public,” explains Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Conservative Association President Michael Barrett. “We just ask the people pre-register so we can make appropriate arrangements.”

Pre-registration can be accomplished on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LGTIRLConservatives, or by email at ScheerEvent@gmail.com.

The Member of Parliament for the riding of Regina—Qu’Appelle in the House of Commons since 2004, Andrew Scheer was Speaker of the House of Commons from 2011-2015 and was elected Leader of the Official Opposition in the spring of 2017.

Joining him will be Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Member of Parliament Gord Brown.

“I am pleased that our Leader is coming to Brockville so people can meet with him,” says Gord. “It is an opportunity to get to know Scheer in an informal setting,” he notes. “I encourage everyone to join us in welcoming him to the riding.”

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