News Articles – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 The Pre-Festival Festival http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-pre-festival-festival/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-pre-festival-festival/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:21:59 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13577 Something special is coming to Riverside Park on July 18. As a warm-up for the Kemptville Live Festival beginning the following day, Music in the Park is a big “thank you” to the people of North Grenville from the Kemptville Live organisers. This free event features local musicians, Artisans, the National Capital Balloon Club’s Hot […]

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Something special is coming to Riverside Park on July 18. As a warm-up for the Kemptville Live Festival beginning the following day, Music in the Park is a big “thank you” to the people of North Grenville from the Kemptville Live organisers. This free event features local musicians, Artisans, the National Capital Balloon Club’s Hot Air Balloons (weather permitting), a Children’s Science Show, Farmer’s Market Vendors, lots of food and a Beer Tent.

Beginning at 3 pm with the Science Show for kids by Dr. 4-Face himself, Patrick Atwell, and going on until later that night, when Amanda Jordan closes off the day on the main stage at around 10 pm, it will be a day of free fun for the whole family.

Festival organiser, Herb Cloutier, says that the Kemptville Live team wanted to give something back to the local community in return for the support they have given the main Festival since it began. This is a return to its community roots by an event that may have appeared to have grown beyond North Grenville by now. But Herb says that it is still rooted in the locality, and Music in the Park is a sign of that community commitment.

The musicians are all young, mostly local, and this is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents to a wider audience. By including local groups, artists, craftspeople and the Kemptville Farmers Market vendors, the day will be a happy reminder of the old Dandelion Festival, when it first started many moons ago.

The local business community is also getting behind the day, with the main stage being sponsored by the Kemptville Business Improvement Area [BIA]. If the weather permits, the National Capital Balloon Club will provide balloon rides, for which there is a charge. For more information on music acts and schedule, see last week’s Times, or our website for the BIA’s article “Downtown gets ready for Kemptville Live with Music in the Park”.

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Aleta Karstad honoured with Robert Bateman award http://www.ngtimes.ca/aleta-karstad-honoured-with-robert-bateman-award/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/aleta-karstad-honoured-with-robert-bateman-award/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:00:38 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13538 Local artist and naturalist, Aleta Karstad, has won the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Robert Bateman award. Founded by the Ontario-born naturalist and painter, Robert Bateman, in 2013, the award has been given out every year to an individual or group that brings awareness to conservation through an artistic medium. This can be in the form […]

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Local artist and naturalist, Aleta Karstad, has won the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Robert Bateman award. Founded by the Ontario-born naturalist and painter, Robert Bateman, in 2013, the award has been given out every year to an individual or group that brings awareness to conservation through an artistic medium. This can be in the form painting, sculpture, photography, writing, song, or choreography.

Aleta is the first landscape painter to win the award. Through her impressive body of work, she brings the natural world to life, and advocates for conservation. “If you know Aleta’s work, you will know why she was an obvious candidate for this award,” says past President of the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club, Fenja Brodo. “Her exquisite use of pencil, watercolours and oil to depict the natural world, from the microscopic to encapsulating broad landscapes, puts her at least on a par with Robert Bateman himself.”

Aleta says she was very surprised when she got the letter informing her that she would be honoured with the award at the Canadian Wildlife Federation AGM in June. “I had no idea that I had been nominated for it,” she says.

She was flown from a conference she was attending in New Brunswick to the CWF banquet in Regina on June 16, where she accepted the award. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about her beginnings as a naturalist, and about her husband, Dr. Fred Schuler, who continues to inspire her to illustrate the natural world. “Throughout our 45 years together, Fred’s knowledge and passion have inspired and informed my art,” Aleta said in her speech. “It’s an exciting and fulfilling life, but not a secure or easy one.”

Aleta is particularly honoured to receive this award because of the respect she has for its founder. She met Robert Bateman in 1981, when she was invited on a week-long canoe trip with him in the Ogoki-Albani wilderness near Thunder Bay. “Bateman and I became fairly well acquainted, being bowsmen in our canoes,” she remembers. “We talked about choosing subjects, and how we would go about painting them. It was truly inspiring!”

Aleta is currently organizing an art retreat to the Dumoine River, where artists from across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, working in different mediums, will create works of art, share stories and be inspired by the landscape. Each artist who attends will donate one painting to help raise funds for nature conservation.

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Upper Canada Invaded: The Battle of the Windmill http://www.ngtimes.ca/upper-canada-invaded-the-battle-of-the-windmill/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/upper-canada-invaded-the-battle-of-the-windmill/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:59:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13597 by Michael Whittaker The Battle of the Windmill, east of Prescott, in November 1838 was the penultimate cross-border attack from the United States during the yearlong Patriot War, which brought locals to the defence of Upper Canada. On Sunday, July 15, at 2pm in the Merrickville Royal Canadian Legion, Rene Shoemaker from Prescott, an expert […]

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by Michael Whittaker

The Battle of the Windmill, east of Prescott, in November 1838 was the penultimate cross-border attack from the United States during the yearlong Patriot War, which brought locals to the defence of Upper Canada.

On Sunday, July 15, at 2pm in the Merrickville Royal Canadian Legion, Rene Shoemaker from Prescott, an expert on the Battle of the Windmill, will discuss how this attack and the Patriot War arose from the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion.

Many rebels fled to the United States, to be joined by American sympathizers in a new attempt to overthrow British rule in Canada. On November 12, 1838, 190 men seized the windmill and nearby buildings. Soon, 2,000 militia from the counties, and regulars from Kingston, with naval support, besieged the mill. The insurgents, having no escape, surrendered on the fourth day. Eleven were executed, and 60 exiled to Australia.

The talk by Mr. Shoemaker is one of 15 presentations sponsored by the Merrickville and District Historical Society to commemorate Merrickville-Wolford 225. Visit www.facebook.com/MerrickvilleAndDistrictHistoricalSociety.

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Float Fun Fly event in Kemptville http://www.ngtimes.ca/float-fun-fly-event-in-kemptville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/float-fun-fly-event-in-kemptville/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:56:20 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13629 by Kevin Koopman Rideau Valley Modellers, a Club organised within the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC), is hosting its annual RC airplane Float Fun Fly on Saturday July 14, running from 0900 to 1600, and would like to welcome all who are interested to come out and watch, as we take to the air […]

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by Kevin Koopman

Rideau Valley Modellers, a Club organised within the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC), is hosting its annual RC airplane Float Fun Fly on Saturday July 14, running from 0900 to 1600, and would like to welcome all who are interested to come out and watch, as we take to the air from the water with all sorts of wonderful RC flying machines! Our pond is located on HWY 43 just east of Kemptville, next to the old mini putt/driving range; look for the signs.

Model aircraft of all sizes are expected, from small electric powered ‘foamies’, to traditional balsa and fabric-covered models powered with electric motors or glow engines. The event is a Fun Fly, which means that pilots of all skill levels will be able to fly. There will be experienced pilots to help those who have not flown off water before. Flying off the water is a different and interesting change for the pilots used to flying off a normal airfield, so come and see the fun!

Members of the public are invited to come and see the flying at no cost.

There will be a lunch served around the noon hour, burgers and sausages for a small fee, and drinks will also be available all day. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol is permitted, and please carry your trash out. We hope to see you there!

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Canada Day 50/50 Winner Receives Prize http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-50-50-winner-receives-prize/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-50-50-winner-receives-prize/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:53:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13626 Kemptville Lions Club’s 50/50 draw was held on Canada Day in Oxford Mills and the prize of $1,600 was won by Goldie Leizert. On Tuesday night, Goldie came out to the weekly “Catch the Ace” draw and received her prize.

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Kemptville Lions Club’s 50/50 draw was held on Canada Day in Oxford Mills and the prize of $1,600 was won by Goldie Leizert. On Tuesday night, Goldie came out to the weekly “Catch the Ace” draw and received her prize.

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Road closures during Lewis Bridge rehabilitation http://www.ngtimes.ca/road-closures-during-lewis-bridge-rehabilitation/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/road-closures-during-lewis-bridge-rehabilitation/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:53:32 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13584 As part of the approved 2018 budget, a rehabilitation of Lewis Bridge is scheduled for the coming weeks which will result in a road closure. River Road between Muldoon Road and Actons Corners Road will be closed to all through traffic beginning Monday, July 9. Detour details are as follows: Westbound Detour: Proceed south on […]

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As part of the approved 2018 budget, a rehabilitation of Lewis Bridge is scheduled for the coming weeks which will result in a road closure. River Road between Muldoon Road and Actons Corners Road will be closed to all through traffic beginning Monday, July 9. Detour details are as follows:

Westbound Detour: Proceed south on Muldoon Road for 2.5 km, turn right onto County Road 43 and follow for 2.7 km, turn right onto Actons Corners Road and follow for 2.7 km, detour ends at River Road.

Eastbound Detour: Proceed south on Actons Corners Road for 2.7 km, turn left onto County Road 43 and follow for 2.7 km, turn left onto Muldoon Road and follow for 2.5 km, detour ends at River Road.

The project is expected to be completed by August 31, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project manager Ryan Brault by email at rbrault@northgrenville.on.ca or by phone at 613-258-9569 ext. 121.

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Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge update http://www.ngtimes.ca/burritts-rapids-swing-bridge-update-3/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/burritts-rapids-swing-bridge-update-3/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:51:57 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13594 submitted by Parks Canada The project to repair the Burritts Rapids swing bridge remains in its final stages, however it has experienced a minor setback that has impacted the contractor’s schedule. During the process of moving bridge back to site, some of the protective coating on the steel was damaged. As this protective coating is […]

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submitted by Parks Canada

The project to repair the Burritts Rapids swing bridge remains in its final stages, however it has experienced a minor setback that has impacted the contractor’s schedule. During the process of moving bridge back to site, some of the protective coating on the steel was damaged. As this protective coating is essential to maintaining the long life of the bridge, the damage will need to be repaired.

The revised schedule would see the bridge open to traffic in late July. Parks Canada continues to work with the contractor to expedite the work and to minimize negative impacts to the public.

In recent weeks, the bridge was returned to site and largely re-assembled including the top crossing members and floor beams. Wood stringers have been installed and counterweights have begun to be placed. Next, the contractor will be completing repairs to the protective coating as well as installing the wood deck.

When the bridge is fully re-assembled, it will then be balanced to ensure that it swings smoothly. Following a series of test swings, the bridge will then enter into the commissioning stage, at which time it will be opened to vehicular traffic. During the commissioning phase, vehicles may experience intermittent closures as the contractor makes minor adjustments.

The temporary pedestrian crossing will remain in place until the bridge is able to be used. With school now out for the summer and boat traffic picking up, the bridge will now be in place for pedestrian use outside of Rideau Canal operating hours and otherwise available for use on demand.

Parks Canada would like to thank the Burritts Rapids community for their patience and understanding as we complete these important repairs. Through investments in infrastructure, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of Canada’s heritage sites.

The canal cut was dug in 1826, and the dirt and clay served as building materials for the earth dams holding back the water of the Rideau Canal from the community site. The swing bridge dates to 1897 and continues to be swung by hand during the navigation season.

For up-to-date news on Parks Canada infrastructure work in this community, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/rcNorthGrenville. For questions or concerns, or to receive updates regarding these projects, please contact us at RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca and include “Burritts Rapids” in the subject heading.

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$7500 Pledge from BMO makes hearts go pitter patter http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:50:09 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13623 The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the […]

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The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the near future.

“Not only will the new machine take clearer pictures, we will now be able to offer stress echocardiograms and contrast echocardiograms, which we can’t do with our current machine,” explained Kim Fetch, a cardiac sonographer at WDMH. “We are truly thankful for this support.”

“At BMO, we truly understand the importance of local community support. For 200 years and counting, we’ve been here to help, evolving with our customers as their needs and expectations change. But over the years, one thing hasn’t changed, our customers and communities continue to inspire us. We, at BMO are proud to support the WDMH

Foundation’s General Equipment Fund for the purchase of medical equipment such as a new echocardiography machine and we extend our very best wishes for the campaign’s every success,” noted Teresa Pagnotta, Regional Vice President, Seaway Market at BMO.
“Thank you to BMO for this incredible commitment,” summed up Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. “More than 1,000 echocardiograms are performed at WDMH each year and now our cardio team will be able to do even more. That makes our hearts happy!”

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Stars, physics, and the North Pole – oh my! http://www.ngtimes.ca/stars-physics-and-the-north-pole-oh-my/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/stars-physics-and-the-north-pole-oh-my/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:49:35 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13541 by Sally Smith Kemptville Players Inc is bringing Bound By Stardust to North Gower July 14 for its Canadian and world premier. They’re doing it in a mini-van, with minimal set-up, few stage props and a well-seasoned cast. This is an experiment, says director Steve Wendt. Often, the theatre is asked if the play could […]

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Kemptville Players Inc is bringing Bound By Stardust to North Gower July 14 for its Canadian and world premier. They’re doing it in a mini-van, with minimal set-up, few stage props and a well-seasoned cast. This is an experiment, says director Steve Wendt. Often, the theatre is asked if the play could be staged elsewhere, and the answer is usually ‘no’, for technical reasons. But, when this particular play came to Steve’s attention, with themes of science, stars and the North Pole, he decided to take it on the road. Pierce’s Corners’ hall is its first gig.

Steve says the author, Claudia I. Haas, “tends to write for casts that cross generational lines, and a lot of her material includes young actors.” Two things particularly caught his attention with the script: the “themes of science and the Arctic,” and the yet unrevealed intrigue of Haas’ real-life relation to one of the main characters, Otto Schmidt.
Schmidt, played by Dirk Visbach, is an actual historical figure. In 1933-34 he led an expedition to discover a northern trade route for the Soviet Union; this forms the historical context for the play. Dirk adds that the real Otto Schmidt fell afoul of Stalin, but survived to die of natural causes in 1953. “I see him as being somewhat arrogant and autocratic but at the same time caring and concerned about the people in his charge,” he says, thinking about Otto Schmidt’s character.

The two other characters are 14-year-old Miranda (Hailey Besharah), and her great-aunt Elsie (Laura Drover). Miranda is a smart kid, and Hailey plays her as “smart, bold and quite stubborn,” in her continuing search for father and family. Miranda dwells in the past, any past – as long as it’s prior to her father’s death two years ago. Her mother has remarried, sending Miranda into a headlong spin of mopiness and teenage angst. Despite this, she decides to visit her Aunt Elsie in New York. During the sometimes snippy dialogue between the two, and wandering around her aunt’s apartment, Miranda acquaints herself with an ancestor from her father’s past: the Russian Polar explorer, Otto Schmidt.

But as Miranda visits Otto in the past, Elsie struggles to maintain the equilibrium she has precariously built since her sister’s death. Trying to keep her own crushing anxiety at bay, Elsie strives to give Miranda some remembrance of her father. The ungrateful teenager that she is, Miranda will have none of it. She turns to the stars and devises a physics theory that she thinks will bring her face-to-face with her father one more time. There’s one problem. She has to travel faster than the speed of light to make it work. But, during her long debates with Otto about the origins of the universe, Miranda begins to work out a way to re-enter her own world.

Steve Wendt describes the play like this: “It alternates between the real world of a city apartment, and the imaginary worlds of the North, and outer space. The actors convey which reality applies to their character at any given moment.” Lighting and sound evoke both the changes between worlds and the different locations.

Getting back to the travelling aspects of the show, Terry Watkiss, technical director, says “everything packs up into a 4 x 3 x 6 foot space.” That includes a small camp cot, a side-table cube (which doubles for a chunk of ice), door frames, hangings to simulate the sky, a screen, and lights with folding stands. Steve adds, a little apprehensively, that this hasn’t yet been tested…

The bigger purpose behind the travelling show is to provide both an entertainment experience to varied audiences, while allowing small non-profit groups to do some fundraising; most of the evening’s take will return to the hosting group. A second reason for the mobile theatre is to honour the long history of travelling shows, beginning as early as the 16th and 17th centuries in England and Europe, and now well established in North America.

So, come out and enjoy a piece of unique theatre with the Kemptville Players’ travelling troupe of performers Saturday, July 14 at Pierce’s Corners hall (MCRA, 3048 Pierce Road) starting at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $15 and can be picked up at the door by calling the hall to reserve them: 613-489-3094. Or call Steve Wendt at 613 489-2196 or Sally Smith at 613-464-1456. Drinks and snacks are available at intermission. If you want more information about hosting, contact Steve Wendt at swendt@xplornet.com.

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OPP Report http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:48:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13582 Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416. On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on […]

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Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416.

On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on County Road 44, North Grenville. During the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. culprit(s) entered the rear of the property and stole a Green Egg barbeque and a Stihl 16 inch chainsaw. The investigation is ongoing.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a theft of car tires from a residential garage on Maley Street, Kemptville. A male, aged 18 of Kemptville is charged with theft under $5,000.00 and possession of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis resin – under 1gram.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a second call on Maley Street, Kemptville in response to property damage. During the hours of midnight to 7:00 a.m. culprit(s) caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of a 2010 black Mercedes parked at a residence. Scenes of Crimes Officer attended the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

During the evening of 1 July, culprit(s) broke into a locked residential garage on County Road 41, Wolford Township. Tools and 2013 black Can Am 999 all-terrain vehicle were stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the above occurrences is asked to call Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, the Kemptville Detachment at 613-258-3441 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.

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