Local News – 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 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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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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SENSational raffle brings in over $1,600 for HOL http://www.ngtimes.ca/sensational-raffle-brings-1600-hol/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/sensational-raffle-brings-1600-hol/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:25:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10499 The recent SENSational raffle run by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain has netted the organization over $1,600! All funds brought in through the raffle will benefit the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and outreach programs, such as starting over kits for fire victims. The SENSational raffle was […]

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The recent SENSational raffle run by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain has netted the organization over $1,600! All funds brought in through the raffle will benefit the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and outreach programs, such as starting over kits for fire victims.

The SENSational raffle was launched on November 3 during the For the Love of the Game sports event hosted by the HOL. The winners of all three prizes were drawn on December 21. Thanks go out to all those who purchase tickets!

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Animal Hospital support the KoC Food Bank http://www.ngtimes.ca/animal-hospital-support-koc-food-bank/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/animal-hospital-support-koc-food-bank/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:25:50 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10453 The staff at the Kemptville Animal Hospital have, once again, stepped forward to support the Knights of Columbus Food Bank in North Grenville. This is now the sixth year they have helped by giving pets a free nail clipping in return for a donation of non-perishable food items. Dr. Pia Gamberg and Dr. Tracy Godfrey, Client […]

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The staff at the Kemptville Animal Hospital have, once again, stepped forward to support the Knights of Columbus Food Bank in North Grenville. This is now the sixth year they have helped by giving pets a free nail clipping in return for a donation of non-perishable food items.

Dr. Pia Gamberg and Dr. Tracy Godfrey, Client Service Representatives Shannon Greaves and Amber Couturier, VA Hospital Assistant Kylan Ferrin, Veterinary Technicians Michelle Blue and Fanny Bisson, Registered Veterinary Technician Stacy Cox and Practice Manager Andrea Coleman RVT all work very hard to replenish the Knights of Columbus Food Bank. Staff all volunteer their time to clip nails, and all pets were welcome during the month of December, when the collection took place.

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The Ticket for Rides http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-ticket-for-rides/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-ticket-for-rides/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:20:42 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10479 On December 1, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced they would be releasing a total of $30 million in new funding for community transportation initiatives over the next five years. This new funding expands the pilot program launched in 2015, which was created to fund the development of community transportation solutions that address local transportation […]

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On December 1, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced they would be releasing a total of $30 million in new funding for community transportation initiatives over the next five years. This new funding expands the pilot program launched in 2015, which was created to fund the development of community transportation solutions that address local transportation needs, as well as finding ways to more efficiently use existing transportation resources.

The maximum grant that municipalities would be eligible for would be up to $500,000 for the current local transportation needs component. Also announced is a new component that could result in up to a one-time maximum of $1.5 million for creating long distance, inter-community bus services that would link communities across counties and regions.

For local community transportation projects, applicants (incorporated municipalities) must partner with at least one community organization with transportation resources. The community organization involved must be incorporated, and in operation for at least one year. In addition, at least one of the community organizations must already provide transportation services, have transportation resources, or both.

For long distance, inter-community bus service projects, applicants must show proof of support from municipalities that will be served by the service, in the form of official letters of support. Partnerships with other municipalities or community organizations aren’t necessary, but strongly encouraged.

This inter-community funding can also be used to expand or improve an existing transportation service. If certain groups of residents, such as the elderly, disabled persons, youth, or low-income residents aren’t properly serviced by an existing system, this money could be used to expand the system to properly service these groups. There’s also the potential to create transportation hubs and links to other transportation systems that would connect passengers safely and conveniently to all available services.

Back in June of this past year, the North Grenville Times created a survey on the potential of creating a transit system for Leeds and Grenville Counties. In that survey, 76% of respondents said they would like to see a transit system developed for Leeds and Grenville. 61% of respondents said they’d be comfortable with money for a transit system being in their municipal budget, but there was a wide range of responses on how much people felt that amount should be.

It’s safe to say that a transportation system for a lower-tier municipality like North Grenville is not sustainable. There’s probably not enough people who would use it to make it self-sustaining, so that, even with community partners, it would still rely heavily on municipal funding. What could be sustainable is a multiple-municipality partnership operated by a non-profit or charitable organization created by those municipalities. For example, one possibility is a Leeds and Grenville-wide transportation service that connects all municipalities within the two counties. There’s also the option of a Highway 43 corridor system that connects communities all along Highway 43, from Winchester to Smiths Falls, and would include Dundas, Grenville and Lanark Counties.

There are resources and funding available for a municipality to step forward and create a transportation system. It certainly wouldn’t be easy to pull a project like this together; but, with the right partners, they wouldn’t have to go it alone. We’ll know soon if anyone has that political will and vision, because the application deadline is February 28 at 5:00 pm.

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Friends have an anniversary http://www.ngtimes.ca/friends-have-an-anniversary/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/friends-have-an-anniversary/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:18:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10450 by Pat Babin In case you haven’t noticed, the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library have just completed their fifteenth year of service to the Library and the Community. The Friends group became an important vehicle for laying the ground work and rallying community support for our new central library. Through its various fundraising […]

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by Pat Babin

In case you haven’t noticed, the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library have just completed their fifteenth year of service to the Library and the Community.

The Friends group became an important vehicle for laying the ground work and rallying community support for our new central library. Through its various fundraising activities such as the book fair, BBQs, Literary Follies, the Children’s Holiday Funfest, and life memberships, it has annually contributed financially to library services for children, youth, and adults, especially seniors.

Because North Grenville has always supported them, they decided to show their appreciation this past summer by sponsoring Puppets Up! on July 10. Noreen Young, world renown puppeteer, shared her expertise with the organizing committee. Thanks to the following for helping defray the $4,000 cost of this special sesquicentennial event: John Brauneisen, Tallman Truck Centre, Myers Motors, Hard Stone Restaurant, the Municipality of North Grenville, Sheila Pratt, RB Heating, Fran Thompson, and Kemptville Living. What a treat it was to welcome Queen Victoria and Sir John A.

Special thanks are extended to our Library CEO, Sue Higgins, for providing the inspiration for the formation of Friends. Because of her encouragement, Pat Babin, who was a Library Board Trustee at the time, provided the impetus and the energy. Once a half dozen highly competent bibliophiles volunteered to be on the Executive Committee, the group was on its way ….and what a ride it has been!

In 2012, the Friends group was selected by the Friends of Canadian Libraries (FOCAL) to receive its national award in recognition of their accomplishments. In 2009, Friends also received the North Grenville Arts and Culture Award for contributions to the community.

As they enter their sixteenth year, the present Chair of the Executive Committee, Helen Bunn, extends a warm welcome to local citizens who may be interested in supporting their Library by serving on the Executive Committee. “It is an exciting time to be involved with the LIBRARY!”

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Community Christmas dinner http://www.ngtimes.ca/community-christmas-dinner-2/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/community-christmas-dinner-2/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:00:49 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10421 The third annual Community Christmas Dinner was served up between noon and 2 pm on Christmas Day at St. John’s United Church Hall. Once again, and in spite of the really bad road conditions on Christmas Day, the Hall was filled with members of our community getting together to celebrate the festive season. More than […]

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The third annual Community Christmas Dinner was served up between noon and 2 pm on Christmas Day at St. John’s United Church Hall. Once again, and in spite of the really bad road conditions on Christmas Day, the Hall was filled with members of our community getting together to celebrate the festive season. More than 100 people were served in the hall itself and another 40 meals were delivered to residents who couldn’t get out to the event. Another 50 or so meals were packed to go for people’s neighbours, or meals for later.

The food that was left over at the end of the day will not go to waste either. It will be made into meal-sized portions and frozen for distribution to people over the coming weeks.

This is a completely volunteer-driven community event, and all of the food was donated, prepared and served without cost to anyone. Considering the weather, and the new location of the Dinner, it was a great turn-out this year. Having lost Leslie Hall, the venue for the previous two Community Christmas Dinners, it was a a generous offer on the part of St. John’s to host the dinner this year. It may become repetitive to comment on the generosity and community spirit that characterises North Grenville, but events like the Community Christmas Dinner is another wonderful network of volunteers and caring businesses we have the privilege to have as neighbours. Many thanks to all involved in making this another Christmas gift to the community.

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2018 North Grenville Wishlist http://www.ngtimes.ca/2018-north-grenville-wishlist/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/2018-north-grenville-wishlist/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:57:40 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10412 For many people that I know, it seemed that 2017 was very difficult and challenging. Instead of looking at the coming year as a kind of “nowhere to go but up” situation, I look at it from the standpoint that, because of 2017, a lot of people learned difficult lessons, got stronger through overcoming adversity, […]

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For many people that I know, it seemed that 2017 was very difficult and challenging. Instead of looking at the coming year as a kind of “nowhere to go but up” situation, I look at it from the standpoint that, because of 2017, a lot of people learned difficult lessons, got stronger through overcoming adversity, and did a lot of heavy lifting to set the table for 2018. Keeping all of this in mind, I’m very optimistic for a “bounce-back” year in 2018.

The following list is a short compilation of items that would be great to see happen in 2018.

The renewal of Kemptville Campus. This was an easy one, right? What won’t be easy is to make this project a sustainable one that will provide direct economic benefit to residents and businesses in both the short-term and long-term. With so little information made available, it has been difficult, at best, to accept the “Trust us, this is gonna be great” position coming from municipal staff and council. What may become the most important decision (that residents may actually get some information about), is: who will be chosen by council to make up the Board of the non-profit organization that they have decided will guide this project. The project may very well succeed, or not succeed, based on the decisions of this Board (which may be limited by the conditions of the deal that they are given to work with by the municipality).

An overwhelming change in the composition of our municipal council in the next municipal election in October. We are in serious need of a culture change at the Municipal Centre. Municipal staff are often put in the unfortunate position of providing information and recommendations, and sometimes must make decisions (council must still vote on everything to make it official) because of a lack of leadership, strategic vision, and understanding of what is happening in their own community on the part of council. The current political culture of “if you don’t do anything, nothing can go wrong and you’ll get re-elected” is limiting, both our economic and social potential.

The quick completion of the Mental Health Hub at the Kemptville District Hospital. This past year saw the hospital searching for a Project Manager on a full-time temporary contract for the creation of a Mental Health Hub. There is a dire need for additional mental health services across Canada. As it stands, many North Grenville residents must either go to Brockville or Ottawa for their mental health care needs. This type of resource would be essential to the many people in need in the area.

The realization that agriculture, tourism, and local food represent significant opportunities as economic drivers for North Grenville, and that they need to be fostered and encouraged. There are existing people and businesses that can contribute to this, they should be brought together and consulted with to accomplish this. Creating a committee dedicated to this initiative would be a good start.

The acknowledgement that our young people are a wonderful asset, and that finding ways to cultivate them to become future leaders is not only a good idea, but essential for the long-term health of the community. Watching many of them leave North Grenville for post-secondary education and for better employment opportunities is like watching our future slowly evaporate in front of our eyes.

Some must learn to put aside personal grievances, pettiness, and selfish behaviours to work together to build a stronger community for everyone. There are still too many tiny castles and kings/queens that sometimes make it difficult to move forward with things that would benefit all of us. This simply must stop. Smaller municipalities are having enough difficulty dealing with external pressures and problems. When opportunities are missed or blocked because of these selfish people, we all lose.

All of these things are possible for us in 2018. In North Grenville, we are blessed with a strong volunteer base, a treasure chest full of human assets, and a spirit of generosity that other communities can only dream about. Simply put, when we work together, we can literally accomplish anything. Let’s make this the year that, while other communities around us may falter, we become what we’ve been hoping for.

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