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Is fixing tourism possible?

Is fixing tourism possible?

It seems that everyone has a story or two to tell about the new wave of tourists this summer, particularly on countylive.ca’s blog. There were good comments, and lots of frustration vented. Ridiculous U-turns, insane driving habits, flipping fingers to pedestrians on crosswalks and, of course, the (now-acceptable) randomly picnicking on peoples’ lawns, and peeing […]

Time to clean up the gardens for winter

Time to clean up the gardens for winter

The snap in the air signifies more than just the arrival of winter. It also means that it’s officially time to clean out the perennial beds. This can be a challenge even for the most experienced gardener because we always forget the specific treatment for any new species or plants that we’ve added to beds. […]

Panther pride in full force for Terry Fox Run

Panther pride in full force for Terry Fox Run

Panther pride was in full force Thursday afternoon as just under 800 students and staff were invited to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run supporting the Canadian Cancer Society. They raised $1,918. Students from Grades 7 to 12 stood together for a group photograph marking the first time they were all together for a […]

Picton's Bird Loreto swoops to second place in County Marathon

Picton’s Bird Loreto swoops to second place in County Marathon

Story and photos by Olivia Timm Picton’s Bird Loreto was just 10 minutes away from being the first local man to win the County Marathon. Instead, John Bauer, 23, of Hamilton crossed the line first in 2:50, followed by Loreto in 3:00. Gilles Gobeil, of Gatineau, was third across the line a minute later. Perfect […]

The pain of being number one

The pain of being number one

Last time I talked about the new wave of tourists this summer. I hope I made it clear that our usual summer visitors still come and enjoy the County for everything it is. The ‘destination’ seekers are indeed a different crowd – notable by their attitude, their lack of respect, and their sheer volume. This […]

Curb appeal is number one for a home's first impression

Curb appeal is number one for a home’s first impression

As real estate agents continue to analyze the value of our homes, trying to squeeze every last dollar out of them, the front yard continues to be one area that should get a lot of attention when it comes time to sell. Online and business experts place the value of the front yard somewhere between […]

A whole new (tourist) world

A whole new (tourist) world

Okay, there has been much discussion over this new wave of tourists who have ‘discovered’ the County. I feel your pain. As you know, if you own a County Handbook, I diagnose tourist behaviour in Waves. The first wave truly discovered the County, and they moved here, and they became us, because they came here […]

PECI welcomes Grade 9s with day of team-building fun

PECI welcomes Grade 9s with day of team-building fun

More than 130 new students were welcomed to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute during Grade 9 Day festivities Wednesday. Teacher Greer Koutroulides said the day of fun and team-building stations welcomes Grade 9s and helps them to interact and get to know each other while having fun. Students’ Council and the school’s Gd 11-12 Entrepreneurship class […]

PECI welcoming its first junior Panthers

PECI welcoming its first junior Panthers

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is welcoming more students than usual this morning as, for the first time, Grade 7 and 8 students will be welcomed as “junior” Panthers. Following this spring’s decision by the Hastings Prince Edward District School board, senior elementary school students from Queen Elizabeth Public School and Pinecrest Memorial will be attending […]

Complaining about the neighbour's yard

Complaining about the neighbour’s yard

I had a great conversation recently with a distraught homeowner complaining about their neighbour’s yard. They were desperately seeking some advice as to how to handle a next-door neighbour with an unkempt yard because they were certain that the home was hurting their property value. This is such a tricky subject. Your neighbour’s property impacts […]

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