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The C3 Expedition ship anchored in Picton Bay. Photo by Anne VanVlack

The Prince Edward County Yacht Club burgee will fly proudly on the Canada C3 Expedition as it continues its epic 23,000 kilometre journey. The ship was anchored in Picton Bay for participants to explore the County during the first stop on the 150-day journey. The C3 (coast to coast to coast) Expedition, a voyage of celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, incorporates a variety of participants including scientists, artists, indigenous elders and rotating groups of students. On arrival to the County, the C3 sailed around Point Petre, then to False Ducks Island where the science team conducted its first science mission taking water samples – part of a coastal Canadian survey being completed on the journey. Later, another team spoke with school children.

Sold-out signs popped up all over the Crystal Palace and Picton Fairgrounds sites as more than 5,000 visitors wedged themselves into the seventh annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival. Above, Nicole Barr, Veronica Visser, P.J. Haynes, Nicole Visser and Lydia Coco had so much fun attending last year’s festival they ended up filling a bus with 40 friends and family members to join in on the fun. Here they enjoy tastes from Ivanhoe Cheese – samples of vintage, goat and jalapeno varieties.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute athletes replaced their sports wear for business casual Wednesday night as they graced the Regent Theatre stage to be honoured for individual and team efforts over the school year. PECI’s major athletic awards were presented to senior female and male athletes of the year Vanessa Willis and Carter Whitteker; junior athletes of the year Alex Arsenault and Mikayla Leavitt; Gd 9 athletes of the year Sydney Davies and Cooper Rogers; Jeremy Vincent Award winner Aidan Wallwork and Joe Scott Award winner Lindsay Stakes.

The work of Sophiasburgh Central School students to make a lasting commitment to reconciliation received a standing ovation. The students were part of the Four Directions Project with Darkspark, an arts education group led by Melissa Larkin and D’Ari Lisle. They showed four lyrics videos they created to about 150 people who attended the launch of the first permanent Downie Wenjack Legacy Room in Canada, at Books & Company in Picton. The fund was created by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, and his brother Mike, who was also in attendance for the launch. Photo: Sophiasburgh school students work presented by Darkspark, an arts education group led by Melissa Larkin and D’Ari Lisle.

CIBC customers hoping their bank would have a change of heart on closing the Bloomfield branch in September left a “community information meeting” disappointed, and angry. “The branch will close,” confirmed Jon Kastikainen, senior manager of stakeholder communications. “At the end of the day it’s a business decision.” Kastikainen stated three-quarters of all banking transactions happen outside of banks – in both urban and rural markets. The ATM will stay in the current location until the building is sold (and longer if a home is found) but that wasn’t enough to lift spirits of long-time customers.

There were fewer participants at this year’s newly-shortened Relay for Life event in Picton on Friday night, but energy was high and their desire to help conquer cancer, as strong as ever. More than a dozen teams participated in this year’s eighth annual event in the County. They added nearly $41,000 to the more than $1.18 million raised for the Cancer Society research, programs and services, since 2010.

Multi-medal winning competitive swimmer Luke Flynn carried the ‘Flame of Hope’ this year for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics through Picton, joined by members of the Prince Edward OPP and the detachment’s new commander John Hatch.

Glenwood Cemetery this morning reported the death of “Kate”, its Chinese Swan goose – attacked and killed June 20 by an unknown predator that dug a hole under the fence to gain entrance to the pond enclosure. Sandy Latchford, chair of the Glenwood Board noted the geese are more vulnerable to attack at night by wild animals such as raccoons.“That is why we were trying to train them to go into the hut for the night. Sadly we were too late,” she said. “We are working with Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary to have “William” moved there as soon as possible and will keep the public informed about future plans for him.” Peggy deWitt file photo

Applause rang out at the opening night of the 24th annual Art In The County juried exhibition and sale with County artists in the spotlight. Five Juror’s Awards, Five Honorable Mentions and the Otto Donald Rogers Award were announced before a few hundred people gathered for the celebration of Art in the County.

Community members who dedicate significant effort to the rich history and heritage of Prince Edward County were honoured at the opening of the second annual Two Days About Yesterday celebration of history and heritage. Mayor Robert Quaiff and members of the Prince Edward County Heritage Advisory Committee presented four heritage awards in recognition of preservation of history to Elizabeth Crombie, Alexandra Bake, Stewart Murray and Steve Campbell.

Smiles, laughter, and a few tears unfolded throughout Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School as community members gathered for a closing ceremony. The school closes this month as a result of a decision by the school board June 19 to consolidate Pinecrest students from Grades K-6 with Queen Elizabeth School in Picton and send Grades 7 and 8 students to Prince Edward Collegiate in September 2017. In 2018, PECI becomes a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school. The gathering was nostalgic for those re-connecting with old school chums and staff.

Premier Wynne looks on as the Wellington United Church ladies prepare strawberries and cake for Their Royal Highnesses. – John Brebner photo

Thunderous applause and the first brilliant sunshine of the day burst open at the exact moment the motorcade for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in downtown Wellington. Prince Charles and Camilla walked the few blocks to greet well wishers lining the barricades along Main Street, before being officially greeted at the entrance to the Wellington Farmers’ Market. They were welcomed by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff, and his wife Susan Quaiff, and Farmers’ Market organizer Louise McFaul.

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