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Year in Review in photos – November 2018

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Year in Review in photos – November 2018

The Prince Edward OPP’s Reema Abdo, John Hatch, Michelle LaMorre and Patrick Menard with more than 50 bags of new winter coats, boots, hats and mitts to keep children in the County warm this winter.

The Prince Edward OPP’s Reema Abdo, John Hatch, Michelle LaMorre and Patrick Menard with more than 50 bags of new winter coats, boots, hats and mitts to keep children in the County warm this winter thanks to the community’s support of the ‘Keep Kids Warm’ campaign. – Sue Capon photo

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith becomes the new Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. He was congratulated by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Aging well and the importance of staying healthy, happy and active were top of mind for for a packed house attending the first Senior’s Active Living Fair. The free all-day event was geared toward seniors in the community aged 60-plus, but all ages were welcome to attend. Put together by the County Seniors Centre, under the umbrella of The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association, the day’s events included a host of useful seminars, presentations and demonstrations by more than 40 local businesses and organizations. – Sharon Harrison photo

Erik McIntosh, Eric DenOuden and MPP Todd Smith at Tuesday’s announcement that will see the lowering of apprenticeship ratios and repealing the Ontario College of Trades.

The provincial government is repealing the Ontario College of Trades in a bid to pave the way to “Making Ontario Open for Business” by lowering apprenticeship ratios. Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith said the act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, cut regulations and open up skilled trades jobs by reducing journeyperson-to-apprentices ratios by winding down bureaucracy at the College of Trades. Contractors and builders in smaller communities have stated projects or operators are often too small to meet required ratios, therefore are denied an apprenticeship position. The new ratios will be one apprentice allowed for every journeyman as opposed to the 3:1 ratio currently in place.

Premier Doug Ford and Ontario government members at 8 Wing CFB Trenton announced the launch of consultations and services to assist and support military families. “During this week of Remembrance, we should never, ever forget families and the loved ones who stand behind the members of our military,” said Ford. “The upheaval of moving weighs heavy on their shoulders when they have to go from city to city right across the country. You can just imagine the stress they feel. Each and every one of us knows the stress to move a house; imagine doing that many times. Military families on average move three times more often than most families – uprooting their supporters so that they can fulfill their duty to the military and to Canada.” Above, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Bay of Quinte Todd Smith, Minister Laurie Scott, with Premier Doug Ford, MPP Lindsey Park, and Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

The PEC Studio Tour booth with artist Tina Osborne explaining the collection of art.

If it was recycled, upcycled, reinvented, sculpted, sewn or woven, it could be found at this year’s Maker’s Hand. Thirty-nine fine artisans displayed one-of-a-kind wares last weekend at the Picton Community Centre at the popular annual show and sale. Described as a festival of fine craft, the 14th edition brought in a collection of some of the finest craftspeople from across eastern Ontario and western Quebec. – Sharon Harrison photo

Jim Ives placed a wreath in honour of his son.

Remembrance Day ceremonies commemorated the end of the First World War a century ago. As the sun shone down on the cenotaph in Picton, heads bowed, a few tears quietly and privately were shed and those assembled reflected, respected and remembered as two minutes of silence was observed at the eleventh hour on this eleventh day of this eleventh month of 2018. – Sharon Harrison photo

The Crystal Palace rocked to the eclectic and eccentric sounds of Guh following the Firelight Lantern parade through the streets of Picton. “We like to gather the community together to bring light when it starts to get dark in winter and in the cold,” said Susanne Larner. “I think the cold weather has given us a bit of a hit,” she said noting parade attendance is usually larger than attendance at the palace. – Sharon Harrison photo

For the second time in three years, the PECI Senior Girls Basketball team is the champion of Central Ontario. Coach Rob Garden reports the team defeated Holy Cross from Peterborough 64 – 45 in the championship game in front of a packed gym at PECI. Senior Girls Team (front, from left): Becca McHugh, Vanessa Wilton, Mikayla Leavitt, Myla Deboef, Sidney Davies (Back, from left): Coach Rob Garden, Trinity Roche, Emily Wight, Chloe Marshall, Emma Lamorre, Jesse Swackhammer, Alexa Prinzen, Ernie MacMillan, Coach Ernie MacMillan.

First year Cloverbuds members with graduating Cloverbuds with leaders Sherrie Brown and Lynn Ward.

Filled to capacity with proud family members, friends and contemporaries, local youth gathered for a special annual event to ‘pawse for celebration’. The Prince Edward County 4-H Association 2018 Awards Night featured two-hours of non-stop presentations as all members of the PEC 4-H Club were recognized. The well-orchestrated awards ceremony, hosted by the PEC 4-H Small Animal Pet Club, was themed “Pawsing to Celebrate!”.

At the presentation of a $5,000 donation Thursday were Home owners Adam and Chrissy Busscher with Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Shannon Coull, vice-president Barb McConnell, Campaign Manager Marthe Robertson, Communications and Donations Co-ordinator Briar Boyce and Mark Busscher.

Picton Home Hardware’s donation of $5,000 put its cumulative giving total to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation at $36,226.99. Home owners Adam, Chrissy and Mark Busscher are thanking the community for its support of initiatives that helped raise the money. The $5,000 comes from several electronic waste recycling events hosted throughout the year by Home Hardware as well as from a sold-out Customer Appreciation Event last month where ticket sales went directly to support the hospital foundation. – Sue Capon photo

Bloomfield unveiled the Christmas season with its annual twinkle and sparkle filled Festival of Lights Santa Claus Parade. Chili and hot chocolate were served at the Town Hall, while horse-drawn carriage rides were offered before the parade which showed off the County’s rural charm. – Sarah Law photo

At the delegation welcome Monday morning were Mayor-elect Steve Ferguson, along with Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development and Strategic Initiatives, Hattingh Bornman, Speaker of Council, Kouga Local Municipality (KLM), James Hepburn, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer, Robert Quaiff, Mayor, Vusumzi Yake, Local Economic Development Officer, KLM, Fezeka Mabusela, Director of Planning, Development and Tourism, KLM, Xolile Wagosa, Local Economic Development Officer, KLM.

A delegation from the Kouga Local Municipality in South Africa will work alongside County staff in the Community Development Department this month as part of the County’s ongoing participation in the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) program. For more than a year, the County and Kouga have collaborated to develop solutions to common challenges such as local economic development and youth engagement.

The weather outside was frightful but the lights will be delightful. CHEERS! from the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital to Hydro One volunteers who braved torrential rain to restring lights on the trees in front of the hospital. “Every year these volunteer hospital helpers make our lights shine bright,” said Briar Boyce, the Hospital Foundation’s Communications and Donations Co-ordinator. “CHEERS! and thank you to Hydro One volunteers Mark Graham, Steven Smith, Chris Caley, Cody Harrington and Dylan Saylor.”

Busy as their schedule is at this time of the year, Santa and Mrs. Claus made time for the County’s children at the Picton Santa Claus Parade. It was a perfect day for a parade with balmy, spring-like weather appreciated by the gathering crowds. – Sharon Harrison photo

Councillors, staff and members of the gallery gave Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff a standing ovation as he closed the final meeting of the current council thanking his family, councillors, staff and the community, for what he has often called ‘the best job’ he’s ever had.

The magic of Christmas overflowed at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Festival of Trees. The festival, held at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort and Conference Centre, featured a silent auction of nearly 200 trees and contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations, along with the auxiliary’s Christmas Boutique, bake sale and bucket draws. Live music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus also brought Christmas cheer – raising $50,000 for for a pediatric and neonatal monitor and other medical equipment for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. – Sarah Law photo

Sharing the successes of Project Lifesaver were Maureen Corrigan, Alzheimer Society Executive Director, Angela Meraw, Operations and Program Support Coordinator, Morgan Haviland, Fund Development, Patrick Menard, PEC Community Policing Officer, Lorraine Ross, Education and Support Coordinator and Bottom Troy Bellehumeur, Project Lifesaver Lead with Scott Gannon, Canine Office with Bullet.

Becoming lost isn’t just distressing; it can be dangerous. The Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward (ASHPE) is working in partnership with local OPP and municipal police detachments to offer Project Lifesaver. It combines radio technology with trained police services to save time and most importantly, bring a loved one home safe. A wrist-transmitter worn by the participant emits a radio tracking signal that is picked up by a radio receiver. It works within a two-kilometre radius and in heavily wooded areas where GPS signals don’t exist. A free information session and demonstration of the program Tuesday at the Wellington Community Centre featuring Lorraine Ross, education and support co-ordinator along with Troy Bellehumeur, PEC OPP Project Lifesaver Lead.

Prince Edward County Dairy Farmers put out a “moo-ving” plea for community support – of the dairy industry and a new hospital – when they presented $18,000 (and counting) donation to ‘Back the Build’. “This a donation from all the dairy producers in Prince Edward County,” said Phil Prinzen, of Prinzhaven Farms. “Hospitals are an important part of our community and after all the negotiations and trade deals and everything that we as dairy farmers have been through – that still aren’t finished – it was just a small thing we could do to give back to thank the community, to thank the board and to thank everybody in support of buying Canadian dairy products.” – Sue Capon photo

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