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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inspected the troops that formed a 100-person Honour Guard to welcome him to the base along with the band and 8 Wing leadership to end the first day of his campaign-style cross-country tour. Ross Lees photo

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis had a bit of spring in their step at a Chamber of Commerce new year breakfast briefing. Quaiff, noting Ellis often “out-dresses” him, was quick to flash his multi-coloured socks, but Ellis toed the line, producing pink flamingos around his ankles. Inspecting their dapper footwear for a photo-op, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Emily Cowan confessed she dip not dip her toe into the sock-trend drawer for the meeting.

Progressive Conservatives in the newly formed provincial Bay of Quinte riding nominated current Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith as their candidate for the 2018 provincial election. He was uncontested. He announced he would seek the post during the summer at a gathering in the County.

Area residents are well on their way to ensuring vital services of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine remain available locally. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, the County’s portion to be raised for the refurbishment of the unit at Belleville hospital has exceeded $100,000 of its $170,000 commitment. The largest donation of $50,000 was presented by the hospital’s auxiliary. Shown with the machine at QHC Belleville is technologist Lisa Potter.

Former students, teachers and families of SS #6 Waupoos attended an unveiling of photographs dating back to 1900, donated to the North Marysburgh Recreation Centre’s collection.
Photographs included Waupoos champion sports teams, the school’s bell and other artifacts.
The photographs were donated by County resident and historian John Lyons, the Quinte Education Museum & Archives, the Prince Edward County Archives and several other citizens.

The official opening of the Prince Edward County Youth Centre was standing room only at its new location at 299 Main St., Picton. At the ribbon cutting were Mayor Robert Quaiff, students and centre volunteers Brooke Roche and Jake Holmes along with Brandi Hodge, community engagement director of the United Way of Quinte. The centre welcomes youth between the ages of 12 and 18 to connect with others, relax, or participate in programs focuses on mentorship, business, social enterprise and financial literacy.

The first major step to build a new hospital in Prince Edward County was celebrated. PECMH Foundation executive director Penny Rolinski welcomed MP Lou Rinaldi to make the announcement the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has approved the Pre-Capital Submission for the project. The approval gives a ‘green light’ to move to Stage 1 of five – the proposal – which includes evaluating the current site, investigation of site options, a space plan and cost estimate. That is expected to take about six months.

The PECI Jr Boys basketball team captured the gold medal at the Cobourg Collegiate Institute Invitational. The team defeated the host school 52-24 and Trinity College 49-26 to advance to the championship game where they matched up with AAA Thomas A. Stewart from Peterborough.

A few County residents joined more than one million people rallied at Women’s Marches around the world to send the new USA president Donald Trump the message that they won’t let his agenda and beliefs go unchallenged. Organizers indicate that more than 500,000 people attended the main rally in Washington – more than the attendance at Trump’s inauguration the day before. Prince Edward County resident Steve Staniek took this photo among an estimated 1,000 people to attend the rally in Kingston – one location of close to 700 around the globe to host a sister march to Washington’s.

In conjunction with The County Community Foundation, the County presented 10 community recipients with funds from the 2017 Municipal Community Grants Program. Program funding, aimed at improving the well-being and quality-of-life of the community and its residents through financial assistance to non-profit community based organizations, was the first to be administered by the CCF. Recipients included skating, minor hockey, basketball, the Brain Injury Association, Cancer Society, food banks, the Fibre Festival and Historical Society.

A full house for summary arguments for the White Pines industrial wind turbine remedy hearing in Wellington. This was the final day of the Environmental Review Tribunal hearing regarding the Renewable Energy Approval for the White Pines project for 27 industrial turbines on the south shore of Prince Edward County. The Tribunal is to hear oral submissions from APPEC, John Hirsch and the proponents to address the proposed “remedy” measures to harm that will be inflicted on the Little brown bat and the Blanding’s Turtle.

No snow, and mild temperatures, put many outdoor activities on ice for Milford’s Winter Carnival but there was still plenty of fun. Bingo games were played Friday night and Saturday included indoor and outdoor games, crafts and food. County residents and visitors watched Prince Edward County firefighters demonstrate ice and water rescue techniques under the Millpond bridge.

The Byfords are showing support for the campaign to save their school in Sophiasburgh. The first public meeting for the Prince Edward County schools accommodation review is Feb. 1 at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute to provide an overview, review the initial report from the school board with the recommended options.

The Ice Wine Synchronized Skating Team won gold medals at the Provincial level Synchro Capers Competition in Oakville. The team’s home club is the Prince Edward County Skating Club but there are skaters representing all areas of Quinte, Prince Edward, Hastings and Brighton. The team skates weekly at the ESSROC Arena in Wellington. Team Skaters include Sarah Cox, Kristy Hunter, Ann-Marie Christie, Lisa Allen, Emily Hodge, Krista Lynn Baker, Nancy Houlden, Lanaya Houlden, Coach Melissa Baitley, Katie Holt, Ida Klemencic, Victoria Carroll.

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