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Firefighters battled stubborn blaze at historic west-end Bloomfield home

Firefighters battled stubborn blaze at historic west-end Bloomfield home

UPDATE: Road now re-opened. A portion of the west end of Bloomfield Main Street remains closed as more than two dozen firefighters battle a stubborn blaze combined with dense smoke. Firefighters from Picton and Hallowell stations were called to the scene just before 9:30 a.m., joined by Hastings Quinte paramedics, police and Hydro One which […]

Revera could lay off PSWs and RPNs at Hallowell House despite pandemic

Revera could lay off PSWs and RPNs at Hallowell House despite pandemic

By Sue Capon The sound of horns blaring in support of workers holding an information picket near Hallowell House nursing home Monday was almost deafening at times, as they stood in blazing heat and humidity protesting expected layoffs in the pipeline. Staff hailed as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic for working above and beyond the […]

Minerva novella honours courage of 17-year-old County heroine

Minerva novella honours courage of 17-year-old County heroine

The story of how 17-year-old ship cook Minerva McCrimmon rescued a 21-member County crew (including her dad) after their schooner went aground in a blinding snowstorm will be told in a new novella being launched this month. Musician and playwright Suzanne Pasternak has told the legendary County heroine’s story for the past 30 years – […]

County celebrates local heritage advocates

County celebrates local heritage advocates

Champions of local heritage were honoured as recipients of the 2020 Prince Edward County Heritage Awards. “The goal is to identify what we call heritage champions,” said Ken Dewar, chair of the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC). “We know that it’s easy to take other routes;, that it’s easy to tear down a building, […]

County environmentalists cheer Sobeys for removing plastic bags

County environmentalists cheer Sobeys for removing plastic bags

A large group gathered at Sobeys Saturday morning was not protesting, but was cheering the grocery chain’s move to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags. Members of Plastic Free PEC joined those from the County Sustainability Group and Council of Canadians Quinte to publicly thank Picton Sobeys for its effort. “Sobey’s is the first to eliminate […]

ROC racks up $11,000 from 100 People Who Care PEC

ROC racks up $11,000 from 100 People Who Care PEC

100 People Who Care Prince Edward County ‘cued’ up the Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) to pocket this quarter’s $11,000 donation from members. Executive Director Darlene Thompson said the ROC is thrilled with the windfall and will use the funds to expand programming at the downtown Picton centre. The ROC, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, […]

Hospital auxiliary infuses $50,000 into equipment that helps save lives

Hospital auxiliary infuses $50,000 into equipment that helps save lives

Community volunteers with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary pumped another $50,000 into equipment that helps save lives. Thursday morning, auxiliary members presented the donation to the hospital’s foundation – funds raised despite a vicious snow storm on the final last-minute bidding day of their 12th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser held the last […]

Council eyes 2020 priorities with public and political engagement

Council eyes 2020 priorities with public and political engagement

Just two weeks into the new year, Mayor Steve Ferguson is pleased with the flurry of activity under way for council and municipal staff, and with plans for public and political engagement. Ferguson was invited to update Picton Rotary Club members on the state of the County as he hadn’t been a guest there since […]

Ball for affordable housing plans back in council's court

Ball for affordable housing plans back in council’s court

With high demand for affordable housing in Prince Edward County, the municipality’s new housing corporation is well on its way to sorting out the time, money and process necessary to move forward. Now it’s back in council’s hands as it heads into budget deliberations at month end. The Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation (PECAHC) […]

Students' impaired driving messages are in the bag

Students’ impaired driving messages are in the bag

Heartfelt reminders to LCBO customers to stop drinking and driving are in the bag thanks to students at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Picton. This year, the Picton LCBO store and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Quinte joined Prince Edward OPP to promote the LCBO’s ‘Think of Me’ grassroots campaign to raise awareness of the […]

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