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County duo presents 'Back Forty Christmas Special' - online for all

County duo presents ‘Back Forty Christmas Special’ – online for all

Prince Edward County’s Instant Rivalry duo will welcome the public into their home studio next week for a virtual ‘Back Forty Christmas Special’. Since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, Megan and Caleb Hutton’s Back Forty Productions in partnership with Tri-Canadian Energy have been providing free musical programming through their one hundred per cent […]

Heritage Advisory Committee will create response to Macdonald statue working group report

Heritage Advisory Committee will create response to Macdonald statue working group report

The Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) has decided it will meet again to create a written response to the ‘Holding Court’ Statue Working Group’s recommendation to remove the bronze portrait of Sir John A Macdonald from downtown Picton. PEHAC was directed by the mayor and council to receive the working group’s report and provide […]

Working Group declares Macdonald statue should be removed

Working Group declares Macdonald statue should be removed

By Sue Capon The ‘Holding Court’ Statue Working Group, has declared the bronze portrait of Sir John A Macdonald as a young lawyer should be removed from downtown Picton. Following nine meetings, the group made the decision Oct. 20 through confidential ballots. The five options provided for ranked votes to show a most-to-least preference included […]

Key exchange hits right note for LoveSong seniors' housing in former school

Key exchange hits right note for LoveSong seniors’ housing in former school

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison The LoveSong Seniors Housing and Community Hub project took a big step forward Monday when the municipality officially handed over the keys to the former Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School to the not-for-profit volunteer community group. LoveSong, with a plan for affordable co-housing for seniors, purchased the former school from […]

Agricultural Society adapts fall fair with drive-through festival

Agricultural Society adapts fall fair with drive-through festival

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison Was it a fair, an agricultural roadshow, a fairground safari? However you describe it, the Prince Edward Agricultural Society Fall Drive-Thru Festival was a fair like no other, providing a memorable and unique experience for those who took the time to attend, Saturday. Picton’s traditional fair was cancelled due […]

'We can dance if we want to' at community Safety Dance

‘We can dance if we want to’ at community Safety Dance

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison The Safety Dance gained a whole new meaning Sunday as community members moved to the 1980s music from Men Without Hats on the sprawling grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park. The event was hosted by the Department of Illumination – known for its unique annual events, such as the Firelight […]

Recreation Outreach Centre youth unveil 'community' mural

Recreation Outreach Centre youth unveil ‘community’ mural

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) youth have unveiled a large-scale mural project showing how they view living in Prince Edward County. The mural, painted on the large stucco wall in the Market Lane parking lot, behind the Paul Street Circle K convenience store, is an art collaboration by the ROC […]

County's south shore land on way to designation as conservation reserve

County’s south shore land on way to designation as conservation reserve

Ontario is beginning the process to designate Ostrander Crown Land Block and Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area as a new conservation reserve. Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith brought Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks to Point Petre Thursday afternoon to make the announcement. With designation, the main thing is all industrial development […]

Will verdict 'You'll never die, Sir John!' crumble in 2020?

Will verdict ‘You’ll never die, Sir John!’ crumble in 2020?

By Sue Capon As tension continues over statues of Canada’s first prime minister – toppled, decapitated, vandalized, and moved into storage – citizens across the nation are protesting and supporting the legacy of a man – with roots in Prince Edward County – who is credited with both building the nation, and of mistreatment of […]

Safety Dance to get dancers moving… safely

Safety Dance to get dancers moving… safely

A physically-distanced, joyful group dance outdoors is being planned to get people moving at Macaulay Heritage Park, Sept. 20 and 27, from 2-3 p.m. The Department of Illumination presents Safety Dance will have participants lay claim to their own ‘safety circle’ on the lawn of Macaulay House, spaces carefully measured to keep participants physically distanced […]

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