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Year in Review in photos – October 2018

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Year in Review in photos – October 2018

For the first time in its 15-year history, the annual County Marathon saw a Picton resident bring in the win. Matthew Bird Loreto defeated last year’s winner, John Bauer of Hamilton, with a time of 2:44:53.1. Bauer came in with a time of 2:49:43.6, followed by Corey Turnbull of Smith Falls, in 3:01:14.3. “He was going to win either way,” Bauer said of Loreto. “He trained really hard over the summer, so I’ve got to give it to him. Nothing I could have done today would have meant that I’d beat him.” – Sarah Law photo

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Picton is home to the largest Indigenous mural on a church in Canada. The congregation was given permission by award-winning Metis artist Christi Belcourt, to reproduce her Art Galley of Ontario-commissioned pice ‘Wisdom of the Universe’ on the north exterior wall of the church. The 27-foot by 36-foot work was reproduced by Toronto muralist Jason Rouleau. The purpose of the project is to pay tribute to the ancient wisdom within the Canadian Indigenous community—a wisdom that invites people to treat the earth and all of its creatures as sacred.

When it comes to giving Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital a helping hand, the PECM Hospital Auxiliary knows how to get the job done. The volunteer group recently purchased a trauma stretcher from the PECMH Foundation’s equipment list that will soon be used in the Emergency Department. Pictured with the new stretcher from left: Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMHF, Auxiliary member Cathy Starkey, Cheryl Minaker, RN and team leader in the PECMH Emergency Department, Ursula Solecki with the Auxiliary, Pat Evans, President of the PECMH Auxiliary, Art Hewer, Vice President of the Auxiliary, Liz Jones with the Auxiliary, Andre Gratton with the Auxiliary, Carol Hughes with the Auxiliary, Jack Starkey with the Auxiliary, Lisa Mowbray, Patient Services Manager for PECMH and Briar Boyce with the Foundation.

Grade 9 Venture Enrichment class members organized and delivered on the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. They took more than 600 items to the Picton Food Bank.

Giving is not just about making a donation – it’s about making a difference,” said Shannon Coull, executive director with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Foundation honoured individuals, corporations and community organizations for supporting ongoing fundraising efforts for medical equipment purchases and the move toward a new hospital in Prince Edward County. The Foundation unveiled 176 commemorations listed on the donor wall located in the hallway near the front foyer. Above, County citizens were honoured as contributors to the hospital. Councillor Dianne O’Brien, Mayor Robert Quaiff and councillors Steve Fergsuon and Janice Maynard were shown the municipality’s new ‘Grand Patron’ level contribution and thanked by Monica Alyea, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation chairperson. – Sue Capon photo

Second place winner Todd Kline with his 1,497.5 pound pumpkin.

Fierce, but friendly competition saw the heaviest pumpkin weigh in at 1,761.5 pounds Saturday during Pumpkinfest at Wellington. Secrets to success by growers ranges from using seaweed or fish to maple syrup and some even use milk. “It all starts with the seed,” said Harley Sproule of Ormstown, Quebec who took top spot at the Prince Edward County Pumpkin Growers Association event Saturday. “And then it’s about the weather – heat and moisture,” he said.
The giant was a personal best for beating his former top weight of 1,654.5 pounds. – Sharon Harrison photo

While cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17, buyers in Ontario will be “one to three days” more before their legal purchases arrive on their doorstep with a $5 delivery fee using Canada Post. There is no where legally to buy in-person as Ontario’s retail networks will not open until April 2019. In most other provinces however, shops will be open. Currently, under provincial rules, cannabis use will be permitted only where tobacco use is currently allowed, however some municipalities, businesses or facilities, may adopt stricter policies. There is no carte blanche to be stoned at school or work.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff and his wife Susan congratulate Mayor-elect Steve Ferguson with Mary Malone.

Prince Edward County voters expressed their desire for change, electing nine new faces to the horseshoe at Shire Hall, and ousting seven incumbents. Mayor-elect Steve Ferguson earned just over 50 per cent of the vote, edging fellow councillor Dianne O’Brien while newcomer Richard Whiten gained just over nine per cent of ballots cast. “I’m really thrilled,” said Ferguson, surrounded by supporters, candidates, family and friends watching the results displayed on the overhead screen set up at the Wellington Community Centre. “We’ve got a lot to do and I’m optimistic we are going to be able to accomplish great things in the next four years and beyond.” – Sue Capon photo

Several waterspouts appeared in Prince Edward County prompting Environment Canada to issue a special marine warning for all of Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie. Following the warning, a strong wind marine warning was in effect with winds of 20 to 33 knots. “Waterspouts have been reported over Lake Ontario and Lake Erie,” the warning states. “The conditions will remain favourable for waterspouts this afternoon and evening.” – Dale Miller photo

Prince Edward County’s Michelle Laframboise and her co-driver Elise Racette have taken first place in the 2018 Rebelle Rally in a thrilling tie finish. After last year’s win the in the International Cup class – this year they set out to take top honours – and succeeded with a come-from-behind upset on Oct. 19. They also bring home the International Cup again, with another $2,500 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Driver Laframboise, co-owner of ClearWater Design Canoes and Kayaks, and navigator Elise Racette of Mirabel, Quebec, representing ClearWater Design Racing, spent a grueling week in the mountains and deserts of Nevada and California. The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road rally in the United States, spanning 1,600 miles over eight days of competition.

Reaching for Rainbows after-school program participants Myla, Kaesha, Kat and Madelyn hold $11,600 received Wednesday from the 100 People Who Care PEC group. At the presentation were program director Jessika Daley-Leavitt, PEC People Who Care representatives Richard Byers and Mark Davis, and Rev. Lynne Donovan. Reaching for Rainbows was designed eight years ago to help vulnerable young County girls between the ages of six and nine to reach their potential in a strong, independent future. “We are truly thankful,” said Rev. Lynne Donovan, visionary for the project eight years ago. “Often people like to buy things. Things don’t save little girls. People – loving, patient and caring, gracious people are what help them. This program is changing the narratives for these girls.” – Sue Capon photo

For the Ward family, the decision to ‘Back the Build’ in support of the proposal to rebuild Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital wasn’t difficult. “We see our local hospital as one of the high priority assets in our community so we want to invest in the bright, healthy future ahead for the new PECMH,” said Tim Ward, who with Steve Ward are second generation owners of Quinte’s Isle Campark. At the presentation were Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation, Marthe Robertson, campaign manager with PECMH Foundation, Fran Donaldson, director with PECMHF, Barbara McConnell, vice-chair of the PECMH Foundation, Dr. Elizabeth Christie, Dr. David Beach, Dr. Blair Scrivens, Dr. Donald Koval, Dr. Sarah LeBlanc, Dr. Margaret Tromp and Monica Alyea, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation. At front are Tim Ward and Steve Ward, second generation owners of Quinte’s Isle Campark.

Alexandra Bake, Library expansion project chair, explaining the architect’s plans and drawings

The first-ever Night at the Library hosted by Prince Edward County Library hit the bestseller’s list. The fundraising gala enticed people to check out Picton branch library at night and was deemed a resounding success for the ‘It’s Overdue: Time to Renew’ library project. “Our expansion project has been fabulous and the matching funds (of up to $100,000 this month) have made all the difference. We are inching closer and closer all the time to our goal. We are hoping to put shovels to the ground in June next year,” said Barbara Sweet, library CEO and fundraising committee member. – Sharon Harrison photo

The first class of Helping Employers Acquire Talent (H.E.A.T.) training has graduated and is now equipped to work in the tourism and hospitality industry in Prince Edward County. After 10 days of training, 90 per cent of the participants landed jobs in the sector. The success of the new program was celebrated recently at a small graduation ceremony in the H.E.A.T. classroom in Picton’s Armoury Mall. Participants received Tourism Ambassador Training, where they toured some of the County’s main attractions. The group also received certification in Smart Serve, Safe Food Handlers and Service Excellence training, mock interviews, inspirational speakers and much more.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures and the threat of flurries, the weather wasn’t too frightful as participants dressed up for Consecon’s Haunting in the Hamlet. Participating area businesses and service organizations got into the haunting theme with ghoulish decorations, outlandish costumes and spooktacular events. – Sharon Harrison photo

Another invasive fish species has found its way to the Bay of Quinte. Earlier this fall, a commercial fisherman caught a “Tench” near the water treatment plant in Belleville. Tench, native to Europe and western Asia, were introduced across the United States in the late 19th century for use as a food and sport fish. Sarah Midlane Jones, Communications with the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, said Tench may affect native species and water quality by competing with native minnows, bullheads, and suckers for food as they eat large quantities of snails and insect larvae. If you catch or see a Tench, contact the toll-free Invasive Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, or visit www.invading If you catch a Tench do not return it to the water.

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