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countylive.ca year in review photos – March 2017

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In celebration of Canada’s 150th this year, County residents were challenged to ‘Walk to Province House’ – the location known as the birthplace of Canadian Confederation.
The promotion of both healthy activity and the walking track at the Wellington Community Centre comes on the heels of last year’s ‘Walk Around The County’ initiative where about 180 participants walked the equivalent of the County’s shorelines – 348 km – over a six month period. At the unveiling of the ‘Walk to Province House PEI’ map, from left, Tracy Powers, Ralph Hill, John Baker, Vere Stark, Mary Latchford, Dan Rolfe and Bob Latchford.

The idea that every single woman on the planet matters – and needs to be heard – was the focus of an International Women’s Day gathering in Picton. Guest speaker Tamarack Verrall travelled from Montreal to share her connection to women who are rising globally, connected on the internet, through WorldPulse. “After all these years, women’s centres across the country are providing the kind of support that women still, unfortunately, need desperately because we have not managed to end violence against women in this country.”

Husband-wife magicians Brent and Sarah delighted a packed house at the County Public Library Picton Branch with their clever mix of talented magic, animated comedy and interactive fun. Above, audience volunteer Nicholas helps Sarah pull a chain “through” Brent’s body from back to front, hilariously producing a pair of underwear in the execution of the illusion.

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation admitted County Road 49 is as bad as Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff has been saying. Steven Del Duca drove the 2016 Worst Road in Ontario heading for a visit at Shire Hall with Quaiff. The two met for just over an hour to discuss much needed repairs to 49 and the County’s proposal to download a portion of Highway 33 from Cold Storage Road to Home Hardware to ease the development process for as many as 350 units in a subdivision to be built over the next seven to 10 years on the Jenkins Farm in the area behind Stormy’s Automotive.

Area realtors joined Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith at Queen’s Park as his bill, the Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, passed second reading in the legislature. The bill gives realtors the same ability of other professions (lawyers, healthcare, accountants, financial advisors) to allow them to personally incorporate, allowing small business owners to retain more pre-tax income.

The County continues to monitor its drinking water supply hour-by-hour as the municipality awaits news on the timing of the removal of a partially submerged barge at the Picton Terminals site. Photo by Dave Tugwood, Dave Tugwood Photography. There were 1,500 litres of oil recovered throughout salvage operation of the partially submerged Pitts Carillon barge in Picton Bay – 30 litres that had spilled, and 1,470 litres pumped from the barge’s fuel tanks. The incident began Thursday, March 23 when a Pitts Carillion barge docked at Picton Terminals, on Picton Bay was found to be three-quarters submerged. On Friday, March 24 a spill of what is believed to be about 30 litres of a fuel mixture was observed. The barge was refloated Sunday, April 2. Galcon Marine’s barge left Picton Bay Monday, April 3, enroute to Toronto. McKeil Marine, leading the salvage operation, remained involved with environmental engineering, health and safety consulting firms and the County.

A mixed bag of weather greeted the sweet 16th celebration of Maple in the County. The weekend opened with a dash of freezing rain, then rain, then sunshine – as thousands of visitors celebrated all things maple at a dozen sugar bushes and numerous additional event locations. Above, Kyle Baldwin was kept busy serving tasty taffy delights at Waupoos Estates Winery and Sugarbush.

In the final stretch to meet a $250,000 fundraising goal, supporters of the Picton Splash Pad project walked the track at the Wellington arena. “We were small in numbers but did a mighty job raising $2,000,” said chair Susan Quaiff. “Our youngest walker was Griffin Conder, 4, who raised $250.” The group hopes it will be able to break ground this summer for the nautical-themed 600-square-foot pad to be located at the Youth Skate Park at the Picton Fairgrounds.

The County Clippers U12 Girls made history earning a silver medal at the Ontario Cup in Bradford. The girls, with Coach Lesley Lavender, are the first team in club history to medal at provincial championships.

Community representatives waved Canada 150 flags as they received news of a $133,200 federal funding boost for Benson Park, downtown Picton. “It’s parks like this that make our community,” said Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis as he officially delivered the 150 Canadian Infrastructure Program funds. “Projects like this build communities. “It’s hard to get infrastructure fixed, especially for parks and trails when communities have other issues that need to be done.” The ‘Confederation Walkway’ is to link the new King Street parking lot through Benson Park, beside new public washrooms and along a repaired accessible pathway to Main Street. The tennis court is also to be refurbished into a multi-sport court.

The Sisters of Hoboken brought zany fun to Milford as the Marysburgh Mummers’ theatre troupe presented Nunsense, a musical comedy featuring five nuns who find themselves in a predicament when their cook accidentally poisons 52 of their fellow sisters. The cast included a mix of veterans and newcomers to Mount Tabor including Paulina McMahon, as Sister Mary Regina Mother Superior and Bea Howse as Sister Mary Hubert. Lynda Zadan plays the wacky Sister Mary Amnesia. Robin Snip, plays Sister Mary Robert Anne and rounding out the cast is Julie Lane as Sister Mary Leo.

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