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Fire closes club house, golf course remains open

PGCCfireoutsidetapeThere’s nothing visible from the outside, but substantial damage inside the Picton Golf and County Club club house due to a fire Monday morning.

“While the damage is extensive, we did not lose the building thanks to the fine efforts of the Hallowell Fire Department,” said David Mackay, club president.

The club house will be closed until further notice. The course will remain open and portable toilets will be available.

“We will keep members appraised of the situation and ask for understanding and co-operation at this difficult time for our club,” Mackay said.

Cause and damage estimate unknown at this time.

The club house dining room before the fire.

The club house dining room before the fire.


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  1. richard says:

    Thanks to everyone for coming out on Thursday. The course was packed all afternoon with members and guests braving the bad weather.
    We are still receiving donations, so the total amount raised is not yet known.

  2. richard says:

    Thanks Paul,

    We are doing our best to help these guys and every bit helps.

  3. Paul says:

    I’ll stop by and drop off 20 bucks ,that’s what its all about Folks, County Folk helping County Folks…..

  4. richard says:

    The club is hosting a tournament this Thursday afternoon to raise funds for the staff. Green fees are waived after1PM, we just ask that you donate at least $20 towards the staff fund. Call the golf club pro shop 613 476-1485 to reserve a time. All are welcome.

  5. Jim says:

    Wow! Have to say this is entertaining reading.

  6. Paul says:

    We’re talkin apples and oranges here.These Folks who have lost jobs because of a fire were not high paid lawyers they were eking out a living as Cooks and Servers.

  7. judy kennedy says:

    Glad to hear others’ opinions are allowed. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

  8. Brian says:

    Wow, a lot of hostility going on here! People are angry about the $20,000 that was given by council and I must admit that I’m a little confused about it as well? I was born and raised here for over 40 years and then moved away and only to return last year. It seems to me that there are a LOT of hot issues that council is dealing with right now (or NOT) but at the same time it seems that they either won’t make a decision on issues and let others do it for them or they make it only to change their minds at the next meeting???? I can honestly say that I have never heard such upset with council/mayor/CAO as I have been over this past year and have to wonder if its time they all found a new career? They have set a precedent here and this issue is far from being over.

  9. Marnie says:

    Oh get over yourself Judy. I am not in witness protection and am unlikely to become the victim of a mob hit if you decide to reveal whatever it is you may think that you know. How does anyone really know who’s who here? You could be Judy Kennedy or Daisy Duck. Some people use nom de plumes, some post under different names at different times. Whatever their reasons they are entitled to their opinions.

  10. Marnie says:

    Actually, Jethro, I am in favour of shipping any resident rednecks to Toronto along with their potty mouths. That line about sending people back to Toronto is both tired and offensive.

  11. judy kennedy says:

    If I was truly spiteful, I would just tell everyone who Marnie really is. Good thing she enjoys the kind of friends who don’t talk back. And camels do spit.

  12. Jack says:

    I’am sure if we send a delegation to council there will be $20,000 available for refurbishing our clubhouse. We have several Toronto transplants on our board of directors who really know how to pull the strings to get what they want.

  13. jethro says:

    may be you should go to Toronto because you don’t act like good old county folk. I think you have been brainwashed by them

  14. Marnie says:

    Sorry to disappoint you Jethro but I am fifth generation county. Save the “go back to Toronto” line for it’s wasted on me.

  15. jethro says:

    Marnie — I would rather see council give the workers money than you moneybags that suckholed and got my tax paying dollar.Why don’t you take the turtles back to Toronto where most of you came from

  16. Marnie says:

    Judy you remind me of why I have always had a fondness for quadrupeds. Camels (and I think you may have meant llamas) may spit but they are seldom spiteful.

  17. Mark says:

    And if you have seen the latest commercial they also run around the office saying “hey what day is it” until someone finally says it’s “hump day”!! haha

  18. judy kennedy says:

    Lovely. a wonderful trip to the menagerie. Adding camels to the dogs and cats , I’m guessing? I hear they spit.

  19. Mark says:

    If you poke the bear>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  20. Marnie says:

    The dogs bark, the caravan passes.

  21. Paul says:

    EI definately isn t what it used to be the Con’s have made it almost impossible for seasonal workers to get by,Everyone who works pays into it yet accessing that money when needed is a struggle.I hope something can be done for the workers as far as the Golf course Clubhouse Im sure or atleast hope there was sufficient insurance coverage for repairs.Hopefully they’ll be up and running and employing more County Folk next spring..

  22. Marnie says:

    If only I had one I would be sure to plug you, Judy.

  23. judy kennedy says:

    A person has to wait weeks for EI to kick in..that’s why there are usually fundraisers for these situations. The golf club members must be on that by now??? How about a plug in your column, Marnie?

  24. Ken Globe says:

    Hijacked by the third post… could be a record.

  25. Marnie says:

    A person out of work can find another job. An extinct species is just that. Truly regrettable that the golf club’s employees are out of work owing to the fire but isn’t there something called EI that bridges the gap in situations like this? If council gave money to every person out of a job the county would be bankrupt overnight. Lots of people are losing work these days owing to down-sizing and cutbacks. This is no less unfortunate than job loss through a fire. Face it Jethro, those turtles won the day.

  26. Jethro says:

    I hope the damage wasn’t bad either.As for the employees who are out of work, maybe our council could help them out like the field naturalists. A person out of work is much more serious than a turtle

  27. Pam Fraser says:

    Sad. I was an Adjuster for years and
    Hard to see the damage.
    Wish you well in rebuilding.
    Take care. Pam

  28. Argyle says:

    Tough break, hopefully insurance will cover the damage. Unfortunately you cannot recover the lost revenue from food and beverage sales. Good luck to the employees effected by the fire, hopefully you will be able to find work elsewhere.

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