Oxford Station – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:09:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Trial by fire http://www.ngtimes.ca/trial-by-fire/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/trial-by-fire/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:53:46 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11087 Monday, February 12, was quite a day for the North Grenville Fire Service. At 5:00 pm they hosted a grand unveiling of their brand new Rescue Pumper Truck that they had waited a year and a half for. After Municipal Council and local media were given a guided tour of the new vehicle by Fire […]

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Monday, February 12, was quite a day for the North Grenville Fire Service. At 5:00 pm they hosted a grand unveiling of their brand new Rescue Pumper Truck that they had waited a year and a half for. After Municipal Council and local media were given a guided tour of the new vehicle by Fire Chief John Okum and Deputy Chief Randy Urslak, the two were eager to get their new crown jewel loaded with the equipment it would need (from the old one) and get it into service.

They must have just completed their work when, at 7:53 pm, the Fire Service was called to the site of a residential fire at 853 Rock Road in Oxford Station. Initial dispatch reports were confirmed, heavy flames were visible coming from the residential structure which was set back approximately one hundred feet from the road.

Many volunteers were able to respond quickly, as they happened to be participating in training at the North Grenville Fire Service station in Kemptville. It seemed that the entire station emptied, as multiple fire vehicles responded quickly, loaded with a large contingent of volunteers. Upon arrival, crews observed “a fully involved residential structure fire”, and were quickly able to confirm that all occupants had safely escaped the blazing building. A rapid defense fire attack was initiated by the crews, and a request for mutual aid was made as the flames had already spread throughout the single family home.

A family of four lived at the residence, with one member not home at the time of the fire. The male homeowner was able to retrieve the family dog, but it was believed at press time that the family cat may have been unable to escape and may have died in the fire. The male homeowner was taken by Leeds Grenville Paramedics to Kemptville District Hospital for smoke inhalation, but was released shortly afterwards. A volunteer firefighter was also taken to hospital for precautionary measures, after receiving a minor injury resulting from a fall at the site.

The home was completely destroyed by the fire, with crews remaining on-site until 2:00 am. Victim Services were requested to attend and provided emergency shelter for the family. Smoke was still visible the next day at the site, and the home was quickly fenced off so that no one could enter the fire site. The home was confirmed as being insured. The names of the homeowner and other family members were not released as of press time.

According to Chief Okum, the fire service can confirm that the fire started in the attached garage which sheltered a vehicle and an all-terrain vehicle. The occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by a small explosion and the smell of smoke. At press time, the fire was under investigation.

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Throwback Thursday: Oxford Station Cheese Factory http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursday-oxford-station-cheese-factory/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursday-oxford-station-cheese-factory/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:43:01 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10380 At the turn of the Twentieth Century, cheese factories were a major part of the Ontario economy, and North Grenville and the surrounding area was one of the largest producers of cheese in Eastern Ontario. Every community seemed to have had its own cheese factory, and the work there, and revenue from making cheese, provided important income for farm […]

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At the turn of the Twentieth Century, cheese factories were a major part of the Ontario economy, and North Grenville and the surrounding area was one of the largest producers of cheese in Eastern Ontario. Every community seemed to have had its own cheese factory, and the work there, and revenue from making cheese, provided important income for farm families during the May to November cheese-making season.

In 1904, there were twenty-six cheese factories sending their product to the Kemptville Cheese Board for sale. Each cheese weighed around 90 pounds, and the Oxford Station factory supplied 60 cheeses in one week in June, 1904. This was small in comparison with the total of 2,139 sold through the Kemptville Board that week, but its output increased enormously over the years, eventually reaching 20,000 boxes a year in the 1930’s.

The Oxford Station factory was built in 1899 by James Sanderson, a man of great vision and energy, who built the first refrigerated storage facility in Eastern Ontario. James Sanderson served on the Oxford-on-Rideau Council, was Warden of the United Counties, and was M.P.P. for the riding for thirty years, between 1907 and 1937. The Sanderson family operated the cheese factory until it burned down in 1963.

Cheese was an important export item for Canada, reaching a peak level in 1904, when 234 million pounds of cheese was exported to Great Britain, that was 95% of all the cheese imported by Britain that year. But, aside from increases during the two world wars, exports of cheese declined steadily after that. Public demand for liquid milk drew supplies away from cheese-making in the small community factories, and the introduction of large, automated facilities made the local cheese factory less and less economically viable.

But for generations of people in North Grenville and beyond, the daily run to the cheese factory was both an economic and a social occasion, and there are still a number of these buildings dotted around the municipality, reminders of a long-gone era.

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Local gardens honoured for Canada 150 http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-gardens-honoured-for-canada-150/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-gardens-honoured-for-canada-150/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:31:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=4273 Three local gardens have been honoured with the “Canada 150 Garden Experience” designation as part of the 1000 Islands and Rideau Garden Trail. Machal Gardens, in Spencerville, A Labour of Love, in Oxford Station, and Rideau Woodland Ramble, near Burritt’s Rapids received the distinction from the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery […]

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Three local gardens have been honoured with the “Canada 150 Garden Experience” designation as part of the 1000 Islands and Rideau Garden Trail. Machal Gardens, in Spencerville, A Labour of Love, in Oxford Station, and Rideau Woodland Ramble, near Burritt’s Rapids received the distinction from the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. This designation highlights 150 garden ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday year.

In 2015, the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office launched the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail initiative linking six private and three public gardens that has now grown to 14 gardens throughout Leeds Grenville. The inaugural year of the trail captured national media attention that resulted in attracting visitors from around the world plus additional travel writers who have continued to promote the gardens in the region.
David Cybulski, Maitland Garden of Hope, and Ann Weir, Leeds Grenville Economic Development Manager, co-chairs of the Garden Trail, were asked to speak about its success at the 2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference held this week in Toronto. Attendees included gardens from Paris, Denver, Philadelphia, Charlottetown, Canary Islands, plus many more.

Entering into its third year, David Cybulski shared, “the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail and its members are proud to be recognized with the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation. It speaks to the quality of the gardens in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.”

To grow tourism in the region, the Counties have taken a leadership role in facilitating collaboration to develop new tourism products that results in increased visitation and spending. “In everything we do, a strategic approach is taken to ensure we maximize opportunities while being efficient, sustainable and effective. A 5-year strategy was developed that has been implemented very successfully”, said Ann Weir. “Garden tourism is on-trend as a key travel motivator that has resulted in increased visitor spending and bringing new visitors to the region. In order to grow visitation, we need to create new experiences that utilize our assets and can take advantage of our iconic brands.”

Over 121 million people visit gardens annually in the United States according to the American Public Gardens Associations. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport quoted in the Garden Tourism strategy that an average of 13 million North Americans visit public gardens while on overnight trips to Ontario.

“The 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail is a leader in the province in developing garden tourism,” said Michel Gauthier, Executive Director, Canadian Garden Council. “It’s an outstanding example of public and private sectors working together to create a garden experience that we are proud to recognize with the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation.”

May 12, 2017 will be the official launch of the trail and the announcement of its newest member. Gardens on the trail will be opening mid-May and remain open until September. For more information visit the website at www.gardentrail.1000islandsandrideaucanal.com.

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