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'Democracy so much more than a vote': Lt.-Gov. Dowdeswell tells new council

‘Democracy so much more than a vote’: Lt.-Gov. Dowdeswell tells new council

By Sharon Harrison Noting she needs no reason to enjoy visiting Prince Edward County, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, told those gathered for the inauguration of the new council Monday night that this was the first invitation she has had to “recognize such an important part of our democracy, which has been the recent municipal […]

Santa Claus parade works its magic in Consecon hamlet

Santa Claus parade works its magic in Consecon hamlet

By Sharon Harrison Holiday cheer was in abundance for the annual Consecon Santa Claus parade Sunday afternoon, even with the biting wind the jolly gent may have brought from the North Pole. It was Santa’s last stop in the County until he returns Christmas Eve. The parade of floats worked its way along County Road […]

Matching gifts to the Picton Library expansion will keep on giving

Matching gifts to the Picton Library expansion will keep on giving

Following a tour of the expansion underway at the Picton Libray, the Busscher family from Picton Home Hardware is encouraging the community to show its love for the library by matching donations made in December. Adam Busscher toured the expanded library last week. “I had seen the plans,” he said, “but seeing it in person […]

Magic of Christmas unfolds at Festival of Trees

Magic of Christmas unfolds at Festival of Trees

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison Possibly the most magical space to be found anywhere in the County at this time of year, the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees fundraiser glowed, mesmerized and fascinated – in person this year. There were trees, trees and more trees as far as the eye […]

Picton cheers the return of Santa Claus

Picton cheers the return of Santa Claus

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison Picton welcomed Santa Claus back in its first parade following a two year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday afternoon. Organizers were excited to see Picton Main Street with a parade of floats, noting it was good to get life back to somewhat normal again this year. Much […]

Bloomfield lights-up for Santa after two-year hiatus

Bloomfield lights-up for Santa after two-year hiatus

Story and photos by Sharon Harrison The illuminated night-time Santa Claus parade has been a Bloomfield institution for countless years, and with Christmas just one month away, it was the ideal prelude to the holiday season. The only night-time festive lights parade of its kind in the County, the event draws thousands, and this year […]

Prince Edward County environmental groups and friends protest Bill 23

Prince Edward County environmental groups and friends protest Bill 23

By Sharon Harrison Protesters at MPP Todd Smith’s office Thursday let him, the Ford government and the public know that farmland, wetlands and greenbelt – the things that make Prince Edward County naturally unique – could all be in jeopardy if the provincial government gets its way and goes ahead with the ‘More Homes Built […]

Marathon races in with biggest donation yet for County's hospital

Marathon races in with biggest donation yet for County’s hospital

Community support racing in from County Marathon participants has resulted in a record-breaking donation to the County’s hospital. Mark Henry, the County Marathon’s race director and Lynne Ellis, the Marathon’s board chairperson presented Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) with $5,500 Wednesday, Nov. 23 bringing this year’s total to […]

Retired Teachers' windfall gifted to Community Care for Seniors

Retired Teachers’ windfall gifted to Community Care for Seniors

A silver lining to the pandemic was surplus funds that members of the Retired Teachers of Ontario Hastings and Prince Edward District gifted on Tuesday, to help seniors in the community. Gerry Watts, District 19 President, noted the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and restrictions created the unusual situation of having a surplus at year-end. “As a […]

Incoming council orientation includes meeting staff and bus tour to discuss issues

Incoming council orientation includes meeting staff and bus tour to discuss issues

The new council for the County of Prince Edward has completed the first of its multi-day orientation program. Mayor Steve Ferguson was returned to the mayor’s seat in last month’s election with all seven incumbents who ran for election, and six new faces. County staff members were introduced to help the new councillors understand the […]

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