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Businesses and Services Sign - Renewals 2018 A total of twenty-two businesses are up for renewal on the Businesses and Services sign in 2018. The Friends of Arden thank the following businesses for renewing their advertising subscriptions in 2018: GOODFELLOW'S FLOWERS (3 years); WINE PLUS SELF BREWERY (3 years); SHARBOT LAKE COUNTRY INN (3 years); ROYAL LEPAGE PROALLIANCE REALTY (3 years); THE SERENE WAY (3 years); DEAD CREEK OUTFITTERS (3 years); GRAY BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (3 years); SMITTY APPLIANCES (2 years); SPRINGWOOD COTTAGES & RESORT (2 years); B'S RADICAL RIDES (1 year); ECO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY (1 year);
Flag Poles The Friends of Arden has recently purchased two flag poles for installation at the Businesses & Services sign site and the Kennebec Heritage Garden location. Two Canadian flags came with the poles and the Central Frontenac Canada 150 Committee donated two Canada 150 flags. Through the generosity of THOUSAND ISLANDS CONCRETE and the support of local driver, Dale Gray, bases were poured on 01 June and the poles and flags were installed a few days later.
Businesses and Services Sign - Renewals 2017 A total of seventeen businesses are up for renewal on the Businesses and Services sign in 2017. The Friends of Arden congratulates Dave Gray of Century 21 upon his retirement, and for his support over the past four years. In addition, we thank the following businesses for renewing their advertising plaques in 2017: SMART'S MARINA of Mazinaw Lake (3 years); GIBSON'S GARAGE of Sharbot Lake (3 years); SHARBOT LAKE PHARMACY (3 years); RAM'S ESSO of Sharbot Lake (3 years); SHARBOT LAKE MARINA (3 years); MATSON INSURANCE of Sharbot Lake (3 years); ADDISON'S RESTAURANT of Northbrook (3 years); WILF HALL WELL DRILLING of Lanark (2 years); SHARBOT LAKE HOME HARDWARE (2 years); B's RADICAL RIDES of Arden (1 year); WINE PLUS of Sharbot Lake (1 year); SPRINGWOOD COTTAGES RESORT of Kennebec Lake (1 year); BENCE MOTOR SALES LTD., Kaladar (1 year); SPUD BOX CHIP TRAILER, Kaladar (1 year)
New Businesses in 2018 The Friends of Arden welcomes the following new businesses that have purchased advertising subscriptions in 2018; NOREN CONSTRUCTION AND LANDSCAPE; located at 1037 Cranberry Lake Rd, Arden,; contact Renee or Noel Bartolo.
Kennebec Heritage Garden 2016 With the support and combined efforts of the Township of Central Frontenac, the Kennebec & District Historical Society, the Friends of Arden, and the Kennebec Recreation Committee, work began this summer on the new Kennebec Heritage Garden in the village of Arden across from the Millpond. In July the Township provided and hauled multiple loads of fill while GE Matson and Sons with some volunteers, installed four drainage culverts and graded the site. As a follow up in September GE Matson & Sons with help again from several volunteers, hauled and placed demarcation stones and topsoil, and laid sod on the steeper areas of the site to help prevent erosion. Some additional work may proceed later this fall and next spring/early summer with completion planned in late summer as a Canada 150 project.
Salmon River Bridge Replacement - Highway #7 2018 UPDATE: A letter dated 25 June 2018 advises that the design of the new bridge has been completed along with a Design and Construction Report (DCR). The DCR is available for the public to review at three locations; Arden Branch Public Library, Mountain Grove Branch Public Library, and Central Frontenac Township Office. It will remain available for public viewing until 28 July 2018. LATEST UPDATE FROM MTO KINGSTON: The 1932 era Salmon River bridge on Hwy #7 just west of the Arden/Henderson Roads intersection has been on the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) radar for a number of years. Early last fall MTO Kingston issued a design/build contract to Looby Construction (LC) for this project. On 28 February 2018 an open house was held at the Kennebec Community Centre; this provided an opportunity for the public to learn more about the progress and staging of the project. Because of the time of year, attendance was light with 14 people signing in and five submitting comment sheets. As a follow up to the open house, a Design & Construction Report (DCR) is to be compiled by LC and made available for a 30-day public review. The DCR is expected to be released in the May/June timeframe. In the meantime, following are details that have been provided by MTO Kingston as of 05 May. a.the new bridge will be shifted about one traffic lane north and will be elevated one metre higher than the current bridge; b. the project will include improvements to the Arden/Henderson Roads intersection; c. in-water work is prohibited until 01 July; d. construction in 2018 will be limited to culvert replacements and preparation of the new bridge approaches; temporary daily Hwy #7 lane closures will be controlled by flagging operations; both lanes of Hwy #7 will remain open in the evenings, on weekends and throughout the winter months of 2018/2019; e. construction in 2019 will involve demolition of the westbound lane of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge; this will nece