News Articles – 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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The Future http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-future/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-future/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:59:06 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10467 Lots happening in North Grenville these days. The announcement of a new hotel coming to Kemptville is an exciting development for all sectors of the local economy. For quite a few years now, the need for more hotel accommodation in Kemptville has been clear, and there have been a few entrepreneurs interested in launching a […]

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Lots happening in North Grenville these days. The announcement of a new hotel coming to Kemptville is an exciting development for all sectors of the local economy. For quite a few years now, the need for more hotel accommodation in Kemptville has been clear, and there have been a few entrepreneurs interested in launching a project over those years.

The problem has always been a chicken and egg kind of thing. On the one hand, if we had a large hotel, we could attract conventions, seminars and other gatherings to places like the Municipal Centre and Kemptville College. We could also have even more sporting events, as the North Grenville Curling Club and Little League Baseball have managed to put on. Imagine, it was felt, what more we could do with our facilities here, if more people could only stay the night, instead of having to commute back and forth from Ottawa or Brockville.

There is no doubt that the number of major events which could be held in the municipality would greatly increase with a corresponding increase in accommodation. But, on the other hand, those who researched the economics of opening another hotel here found that, as it stood, there would not be enough business to keep a hotel in profit until more events could be brought in. Weekends would be fine, but the mid-week stays would not meet the minimum required to make a hotel commercially viable.

You will remember that the Holiday Inn chain had announced that they were opening a hotel on the land where Starbucks is now operating, and their sign stood in that empty field for many, many months. But no hotel arrived. So, the news that the Comfort Inn were planning to open a location in Kemptville has been met with a somewhat ambivalent response. The news is great, and the possibilities opened up by the hotel chain announcement are virtually unlimited for North Grenville. We certainly wish the parties involved all the best and would love to see them succeed.

So, also, would those people in the community who have already jumped in with ideas about how the swimming pool in the new hotel could be opened to the public, if the Municipality would get involved in some kind of deal with Comfort Inn and Suites. That, I fear, is hoping beyond what is likely, or even possible, though it would be one way to get a swimming pool in the area – possibly the only way it could happen, given the economics.

The other big news, of course, is the agreement which has, it seems, been finally signed between Ontario and North Grenville regarding the future of the Kemptville College campus. Perhaps now the taxpayers will find out precisely what the financial terms of the deal are, and will be hoping that they are as favourable as we have been led to believe.

Whatever the agreement involves, it will be of genuine importance for the economic development of North Grenville in the coming decades. The College is a prime piece of real estate, and, as with the hotel news, it holds great potential for a wide variety of agricultural, commercial, educational and social initiatives. The deal has taken three years to reach, in which time a lot has changed. The entire campus property is not included in the agreement, and what the future of the excluded property will be is of concern. Will it be sold for development of other kinds?

The farm and arena on the east side of County Road 44 is not part of the municipality’s share of the land, so that valuable asset remains outside municipal control. What the future holds for that parcel will be fascinating to see. In fact, what the Municipality does with the section they are assuming will also be a fascinating conundrum for whatever Board of Directors are appointed to run the not-for-profit body it is intended to establish to administer the property. Who will those Board members be, who will nominate and appoint them, and what role will the Municipality have in the process? What commitments have been made by the CAO and Mayor in reaching this deal with Ontario?

What are the intentions of the two French language School Boards already using buildings and facilities on campus? It is rumoured, at least, that one of them has plans to buy their section of the land and building they occupy. Will the planned school at the corner of County Road 43 and Somerville Road go ahead, or will the College become the new educational centre for french language education in the area?

Yes, there’s a lot happening in North Grenville theses days, as we enter an exciting year of elections and change. To steal and mangle a quote: Though Trump is angered and Putin is vexed, we’ll still stick around to see what happens next!

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Comfort Inn and Suites announced for Kemptville http://www.ngtimes.ca/comfort-inn-suites-announced-kemptville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/comfort-inn-suites-announced-kemptville/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:57:49 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10459 Kemptville will welcome its first hotel chain to the area this year. Choice Hotels announced last week that it will be building a four-storey, 74-room Comfort Inn and Suites at the intersection of Rideau River Road and County Road 43, right near the off ramp of Highway 416. “We are delighted to announce that a […]

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Kemptville will welcome its first hotel chain to the area this year. Choice Hotels announced last week that it will be building a four-storey, 74-room Comfort Inn and Suites at the intersection of Rideau River Road and County Road 43, right near the off ramp of Highway 416.

“We are delighted to announce that a new Comfort Inn and Suites will be joining the brand’s 147 hotels across Canada,” says Brian Leon, Managing Director of Choice Hotels Canada. “The new build Comfort format has been exceptionally well received by our guests, and the new hotel in Kemptville will be no exception.” The hotel will also include meeting and fitness facilities, as well as an indoor pool.

You may remember a similar promise of a Holiday Inn coming to that same stretch of County Road 43, though that project eventually fell through. According to Choice Hotels Director of Development, Graham Marsh, the scenario for this hotel is quite different. He says that he would like to think the likelihood of the hotel being built is 100 per cent.

“The application for site plan approval is in,” he says. “It’s just a matter of parcelling off a piece of land to build on.”

Although the hotel franchise will be owned by a group based outside the municipality, Graham says the hotel will be staffed by local people, bringing more jobs into the municipality. “We are very excited about it,” he says. “We see it as a huge benefit to the community as it grows.”

The plan is to start construction in May, with an expected opening date in March, 2019. “We look forward to being there when it opens,” Graham says.

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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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