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Canada’s 150th birthday was celebrated in a wash of red and white throughout Prince Edward County. The largest crowd Wellington has seen in many years lined both sides of the Main Street as far as the eye could see for a Canada Day parade. Though the rain held off, organizers moved the children’s activities, food and usual park participants to the arena – just in case. In Picton, Main Street was packed with activities for families – including the temporary sodded play area from Come Alive Outside and giant bouncy castles in Benson Park.

Vintage biplane replicas flying into the Picton Airport were greeted by hundreds of visitors. The Prince Edward Flying Club hosted the Vimy Flight Birth of a Nation team on its cross-Canada centennial tour, fresh from participation in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. The team of volunteer retired and active Canadian pilots performed a commemorative fly-past over the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France in April honouring the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Now the pilots and ground support team are touring Canada to commemorate the nation’s heroes of the past century, and Canada’s 150th birthday. – Rachel Hardon photo

Years of determination, support from the community and many sponsors came to fruition as a bulldozer roared into life and the new splash pad at the Picton Fairgrounds was under way. Supporters surrounded co-chairpersons Susan Quaiff and Phil St. Jean at the site to formally mark the occasion with a photograph. The Kinsmen also presented the $10,000 the club promised to deliver as soon as the shovel was in the ground.

Sandbanks Provincial Park was awarded the international ‘Blue Flag’ designating it as a world-class beach – just the second provincial park in Ontario to be recognized. The Blue Flag was hoisted across from the Sandbanks park canteen by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Kathryn McGarry, Enivonmental Defence Program manager Brett Tryon, Sandbanks Park Superintendent Robin Reilly and Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff. Parks staff joined in for the photograph to mark the occasion.

A community photograph around the County 225 barn quilt is the first in another legacy project of the 225 committee, a photo inventory of 225 reasons to love Prince Edward County, to be made available for promotional and educational purposes in the the future.

It was the perfect day for a picnic to celebrate Prince Edward County’s 225th birthday, Sunday, July 16. Community members gathered around the historic Crystal Palace at Picton Fairgrounds to enjoy picnic lunches and entertainment while they awaited the unveiling of a commemorative barn quilt – marking both the County’s 225th birthday and Canada’s 150th year.

The Ontario Municipal Board heard closing remarks in the hearing over Prince Edward County’s electoral ward boundaries. OMB chair Mary Anne Sills noted the board will be reserving decision until a thorough review of all documentation and statements has been conducted. The session at Shire Hall focused on statements by experts for each side, telling how the County’s electoral wards do, and do not, meet criteria to give citizens effective representation.

A full house of spectators hooted and hollered as the second annual County Championship Rodeo charged onto the Picton Fairgrounds. The Prince Edward Agricultural Society and the municipality brought the Rawhide Rodeo back to town for the second annual event. Last year, the inaugural event attracted more than 1,700 spectators from across the region. – Darlene Shantz photo

The Queen’s University Barefoot Players presented adaptations of French Canadian Folk Tales in the Toques & Tales show at the Picton Branch Public Library. The players took their audience on a storytelling portage with flying canoes, heaps of poutine, singing about Big Joe Mufferaw, a folk hero from the Ottawa Valley, and dancing to the tune of “Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser”. The cast includes, Lizzie, Blair, Sarah, Julia, Evan and Maddy – members of Queen’s School of Drama and Music’s theatre troup for young audiences.

A preview of Canada’s new search and rescue aircraft flew into CFB Trenton. The Brazilian Air Force C-295 aircraft has a similar configuration to the C-295W that will replace the RCAF’s six CC-115 Buffalos and legacy CC-130H Hercules. Canada has purchased 16 of the planes to arrive in years to come. 8 Wing Commander Colonel Mark Goulden (second from right) poses in front a SAR-designated C-295 from the Brazilian Air Force along with Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte (second from left), Mayor of Quinte West Jim Harrison (left) and Lieutenant-Colonel Leighton James (right), during a showcase event held at 8 Wing Trenton. – Photo by Aviator Jerome J.X. Lessard, 8 Wing Imaging © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

The third annual ‘Teeing Up Fore Health Care Golf Classic scored a hole-in-one for Prince Edward County’s hospital emergency department by raising $27,500. This year’s achievement brings the three-year total raised through RE/MAX’s efforts to just over $80,500 – bringing the mercury on the thermometer outside the Lake Street office to $197,500. RE/MAX has committed to raising $250,000 for medical equipment needs at the County hospital. Pictured from left: Colleen Green, Carol Love, Colin Henden Herb Pliwischkies, Sean McKinney, Marc Ouellette and Ron Norton. Missing from the photo is sales representative and golf committee member, Kevin Gale.

More than 100 cyclists breezed through Prince Edward County on day two of a six-day journey from Toronto to Montreal. The 19th annual Friends for Life Bike Rally has raised approximately $803,000 for Toronto People With AIDS (PWA) Foundation – each cyclist raising a minimum of $2,500 to participate.

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