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Special Olympians off to Vancouver Sports - Belleville - Donald Winter and Cecil Tinney ran down Front Street, from the Quinte Mall to the downtown village, last Friday. Soon they’ll take on a much longer journey. The two athletes are getting ready to attend the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver from July 8 to 12. Last week’s run down Front Street was to raise awareness and funding for the games. With the help of police, and supporters, they carried the torch downtown, with
buckets to hold donations of money, despite a spring rain. Winter, from Tyendinaga, says he’ll compete in golf, bowling and baseball. Tinney, from Belleville, says he competes in ten-pin bowling. They’re both looking forward to the games, saying that they love the trill of competition. “Hopefully, I can walk away with a couple of medals,” said Tinney. Winter said his goal is the same. More photos on page 3
Motorcyclists rev engines By Stephen Petrick
News - Belleville - If you heard a massive roar of engines over the weekend, don’t be alarmed; it was the sound of dozens of motorcyclists raising money to ﬁght hunger. The sixth-annual Ride for Hunger, in support of Belleville’s Gleaners Food Bank, took place on Sunday, May 18. Organizers estimated that more than 150 motorcyclists took part in the event, which was projected to raise about $5,000 for the food bank. Gleaners director Susanne Quinlan wore a black, leather motorcyclist’s vest to show her thanks to the bikers who participated and said the sound of engines revving had never felt so good. Rising food, energy and fuel costs are making it more challenging than ever for the food bank to feed the region’s hungry. “I can’t believe the price of food. It keeps going up
and up and up,” she said, at Market Square on Sunday, where bikers had gathered for the start. The bikers left moments after the City Hall clock struck noon and crossed the bay bridge on their way to Bloomﬁeld. They then headed west to Wellington and up to Carrying Place, before heading back to Belleville via Rednersville Road. The post-ride festivities included music, a barbecue and a silent auction to raise funds. When asked what the food bank needs most right now, Quinlan promptly answered “money.” It allows the food bank to purchase items it needs immediately, rather than rely on donations of food. Plus it helps cover operational costs. She said the food bank is about to participate in an audit with Veridian to see how it can lower its energy costs, which are signiﬁcant since it
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Spring may be shut down News - Stirling - A natural artesian spring at Oak Lake may have to be shut down by the municipality because of the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. “It provides water for the residents,” said Chris Angelo, Quinte West’s director of Public Works and Environmental Services. He told the Public Works committee that the Health Unit needs to be ensured that it is safe potable water or action will be taken by July 7. Angelo said they are trying to determine if they need to do some kind of treatment on the spring, which would need continual monitoring. “We may look at closing it down,” he said. “This is not in the best interests of the public, but to the Health Unit it is a safety risk.” Don Kuntze said it has to do with the Clean Water Act, but they didn’t mention that. He said the spring is basically just a pipe in the ground. Angelo said the Health Unit considers it a fountain. Kuntze said they just have to take the pipe out.
Angelo noted they would have to restrict all access to the artesian well, since this is on municipal property. “Once we have a legal opinion we will talk to the Health Unit,’” he said. Jim Harrison commented the city had to decommission Tremur Lake and Mount Pelion for drinking water and the same for Spring Valley near Brighton because of liability. John Harris noted there are at least ten places like that, including one at Glen Miller bridge. “There is a great big sign warning of the perils of using the water,” Harris said. “It disclaims all responsibility.” He asked if a similar sign could be put up at the spring on Oak Lake. Angelo said a sign has been posted there since 2001. “The Health Unit says we have to do more,” Angelo said. “We are frustrated. We are weighing the risks. It is a municipal obligation.” Chuck Naphan asked if they could install another mechanical device. Angelo said it is a steel pipe with plastic that runs 24/7. “It has been there for decades,” he said.
News – Quinte West – 8 Wing/CFB Trenton will host an Open House and Air Display on Saturday, May 31 in celebration of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 90th Anniversary. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. This family-oriented event will be conducted behind the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) in the vicinity of the new hangars. The day will include: static aircraft and military displays (20), a ﬂying air display involv-
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Habitat for Humanity builds homes, shatters myths News - Belleville - Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings is getting pretty good at building homes. Its next job is to take down the perception that it gives houses away for free. “We’re trying to demystify some of the myths,” said Sylvia Draaistra, a volunteer co-ordinator with Habitat, in an interview following the organization’s annual general meeting last week. She said many people assume that people who live in Habitat for Humanitybuilt homes are living mortgage free, but that’s not the case. Those who live in Habitat homes have to buy the house at fair market value and take on a monthly mortgage. However, the benefit to them is that there’s no interest on the mortgage and a down payment is not necessary to purchase the home. Plus, the successful applicant for a Habitat home must put in 500 hours of “sweat equity” for the organization. That could be 500 hours of volunteering in Habitat’s ReStore, or volunteering in an administrative office.
In the end, the organization works to ensure that the homebuyer has a mortgage that’s no more than 25 per cent of their net income. “That way the payments are low enough that they can maintain the house,” said Draaistra. “They can work to increase their overall budget, instead of living pay cheque to pay cheque. They might be able to save some money.” One local family is expected to benefit from this philosophy soon and a couple more will likely benefit from it down the road. Habitat for Humanity Prince EdwardHastings is currently working on a home in York Street in Picton and has already selected a family (a single mother with two kids) to live in it. Applicants for Habitat homes have to pass a screening process, which demonstrates their need. Only those who’ve never previously bought a home are eligible. Construction of that house recently got under way and is expected to be finished late this summer Draaistra said. The organization already has a great group of volunteers, which include high
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She also explained that about 90 per cent of Habitat’s work is completed by volunteers. So far, more than 100 people have volunteered for Habitat over the course of 2014. “We can’t do this on our own,” she said.
Habitat Prince Edward-Hastings gave a plaque with a hammer on it to recognize Ben VanHuizen’s generosity over the years. He has donated legal advice and services for several Habitat houses in the region. Pictured (from left) are Jeff Whitley, Len Kennedy, Ben Vanhuizen and Bonnie Dobson. Photo: Submitted
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school students from a special Prince Edward Collegiate program and a group from the military. “It’s going very well. Of course we’re always in need in of volunteers for construction and community fund raising.” When that project is completed, Habitat hopes to break ground on a new project in Quinte West in the fall. It’s also now refurbishing a home on Stanley Street in Belleville. The home was originally built by Humanity, but its original owners have moved elsewhere. When that happens, Habitat has the first right to purchase the home back. The organization chose that option, so it could refurbish it and put it on the market again soon, Draaistra said. Much of the funds needed for these projects come from proceeds from Habitat’s ReStore, located at 365 Bell Boulevard. The store sells used construction materials and other household items. “We call it the engine that drives habitat here,” said Draaistra. “There’s no tax, no HST, anyone is welcome to purchase items. That money goes to support the affiliate, the office and the staff.” Thursday’s AGM at Sans Souci was very much a celebration of how well the organization is supported in the community. Eric Den Ouden, the president of the Quinte Home Builders Association, was the guest speaker. He encouraged Habitat to partner with the association in the future. Habitat officials also received a $25,000 cheque from Knights of Columbus. The money represented proceeds raised from a FunFest, which included a dinner and silent auction, held by the service group in April. These shows of community support are expected to continue. On May 31, West Lake Church is holding a chilifest, with proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity. The event runs from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the
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Riverfest a cold day along the river By Kate Everson
Events - Frankford - It was a cold, windy day along the Trent River with Frankford Riverfest on May 17. Even the woolly lambs were bleating. â€œThe animals donâ€™t really mind it,â€? said Kristie Istead of Kristieâ€™s Little Portable Petting Zoo from Bloomfield. â€œTheyâ€™re glad to be here and not across the road. There were red ants on that hill last year!â€? Kristie said the little goat was just baaing a lot because it wanted to be near its mother who was tethered just out of reach. â€œThe mother is trying to wean it,â€? she explained. Lily and Oscar the woolly sheep cuddled up to volunteer Chloe Reid from Wellington and only said baa once when someone came too close. â€œThis is their first time at a petting zoo,â€? Chloe explained. Luna the miniature horse seemed warm enough in its long white coat, but Holly Robson holding the reins was
shivering in her winter parka. It was a cold day to be standing along the river. Kristie said the animals enjoyed being petted. She had ferrets, silkies (chickens), bunnies, chicks, lambs, goats and an old goat Nana with crooked teeth. â€œNana surprised us this year with a baby goat,â€? Kristie said with a smile. Riverfest visitors were also shivering as they walked through the park. Some stopped to talk to sea cadets Hunter Hannah and Cole Rittwage promoting 79 Trent Sea Cadets on the base and the Navy League Trentonian. Interim branch president Lisa Allen said they are encouraging young people to sign up. They can learn sailing, First Aid, nautical activities, team sports, music, leadership training and participate in summer camps or international travel. Al and Orpha Weese also had a booth, selling raffle tickets on a canoe to support Quinte Sailability.
Hunter Hannah and Cole Rittwage are from 79 Trent Sea Cadets.
â€œAl goes out in an 18-foot Marlin or trimaran three times a week,â€? Orpha said. â€œHe is paralyzed on one side.â€? She said he just loves the program, ever since he had his stroke ten years ago. At 76 he is one of the oldest participants in the program which is designed for all ages and all disabilities. Even quadriplegics can use a mouthoperated sailboat. â€œItâ€™s fantastic,â€? she said. Riverfest had several food vendors, a midway, and plenty of classic and antique cars on the island parked along the canal. Rock and roll band the Shadows entertained in the shelter keeping the audience warmed up until the spectacular fireworks at dusk.
Photos: Kate Everson
Chloe Reid keeps warm with snuggly lambs Lily and Oscar.
Kristie Istead keeps Nana the goat happy while in The Shadows play hot rock and roll for the Riverfest visitors. the petting zoo.
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India and China: The tortoise and hare? Editorial - Soon after winning an absolute majority in the Indian parliamentary elections, prime minister-elect Narendra Modi promised “to make the 21st century India’s century.” If he can avoid tripping over his own ideology, he might just succeed. “India’s century” is a misleading phrase, of course, because no country gets to own a whole century. It wasn’t ever really going to be “China’s century” Gwynne Dyer either, although China is a huge country whose economy has grown amazingly fast over the past three decades. What Modi meant was that India, the other huge Asian country, may soon take China’s place as the fastest growing large economy – and it might even surpass China economically, in the end. At ﬁrst glance this seems unlikely. India’s GDP is currently less than a quarter of China’s although the two countries are quite close in population (China 1.36 billion, India 1.29 billion). Moreover, the Chinese economy’s growth rate last year, although well down from its peak years, was still 7.7 percent, while India’s grew at only 4.4 percent. But China’s growth rate is bound to fall further for purely demographic reasons. Due partly to three decades of the onechild-per-family policy, the size of its workforce is already starting to decline. Total population (and hence total domestic demand) will also start to shrink in ﬁve years’ time. And this doesn’t even take into account the high probability of a ﬁnancial crash and a long, deep recession in China. India’s growth rate has also fallen in recent years, but for reasons like corruption, excessive regulation and inadequate infrastructure that are a lot easier to ﬁx. And the reason that Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won by a landslide was precisely that voters thought he would be better at overcoming these obstacles to growth than the worn-out and deeply corrupt Congress Party. Modi did NOT win because a majority of Indians want to pursue divisive sectarian battles that pit Hindus against India’s
many minorities, and especially against Muslims. That has always been part of the BJP’s appeal to its core voters, but its new voters were attracted by Modi’s reputation as the man who brought rapid development to the state of Gujarat, which he has ruled for the past thirteen years. They want him to do the same thing nationally. The BJP’s absolute majority in parliament means that Modi will not be constrained by coalition allies like previous BJP governments. This could lead to a leap in the Indian growth rate if he uses his power to sweep aside the regulations and bureaucratic roadblocks that hamper trade and investment in India. He also has a golden opportunity to crush the corruption that imposes a huge invisible tax on every enterprise in the country. Unfortunately, his extraordinary political freedom also means that he will ﬁnd it hard to resist the kind of sectarian (i.e. anti-Muslim) measures that the militants in his own party expect. He cannot use the need to keep his coalition allies happy as an excuse for not going down that road. Nobody knows which way he’ll jump, but it might be the right way. What might that mean over the next decade? It could mean a politically stable India whose growth rate is back up around 7 or 8 percent – and a China destabilized by a severe recession and political protests whose growth rate is down around 4 percent. While neither political stability in India nor political chaos in China are guaranteed in the longer run, by 2025 the demography will have taken over with a vengeance. China’s population will be in decline, and the number of young people entering the workforce annually will be down by 20 percent and still falling. India’s population will still be growing, as will the number of young people coming onto the job market each year. That will give India a 3 or 4 percent advantage in economic growth regardless of what happens on the political front. In the long run both countries may come to see their massive populations as a problem, but in the medium term it looks increasingly likely that India will catch up with and even overtake China in economic power.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR “The Punch and Judy show” Dear Editor, Election time again in Ontario and the same old play books trotted out, about as predictable as the kids show on the seaside we watched years ago. Tax cuts create jobs; well not really, ﬁring 100,000 public servants will create one million jobs, yeah sure. Can we try to remember what happened when Mr. Hudack was part of the Harris government; thousands of nurses laid off, they were compared to Hula Hoop makers and told to “Get a real job”. Hospitals were closed with the promise of new ones some time in the future. Roads and other provincial services were downloaded onto the municipalities and we still suffer from increased property taxes today as a result. Townships were forced to amalgamate. Teachers were thrown into a frenzy, parks privatized, the 407 built with public funds and now owned by a Spanish company. Toll proﬁts are sent offshore. Ontario Hydro was split up and the good parts sold, we got to keep the debt etc. All the while, tax cuts for corporations and the rich helped increase the debt. Why when we are told the imperative is to balance the budget, can the corporations and the rich not share some of the heavy lifting? Could it be that they are the ones mostly funding the two old parties’ election campaigns, and expect a return on their investment? Why will we not hear during this campaign, (as Robert Snefjella and others have pointed out recently in the Times) that we could borrow money from the Bank of Canada to re-
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pair roads, bridges and infrastructure, instead of the private banks at triple the interest rate? The Bank of Canada’s mandate “to lend money to government at cost in order to create jobs.” Do the private banks write the script these days, could they have a vested interest via multi million dollar bonuses for taking the working men and women to the cleaners? Those corporations who the Conservatives hope will create some employment may have other ideas. In an explosion of patriotism, one UK drug company stated, “Call me old fashioned, but I think you have to stand for something. I don’t buy that you can be this mid Atlantic ﬂoating entity with no allegiance to anybody except the lowest tax rate. You’re British, you’re Swiss, you’re American or Japanese. Whatever you are, you’re something. And this company is a British company”. I should add that this company GSK is currently under investigation for bribing doctors and hospitals around the world to push their drugs. Perhaps you can call me a skeptic but I would not count on corporations to help anyone but themselves. Given the freedom to set their own rules, they will milk the system as they have always done. Time to re-impose some government controls which make them accountable to the people for a change.
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Age means nothing By Terry Bush Editorial - A quick visit to my friend Merle’s in the wilds of Kaladar last weekend showed me once again that being past one’s prime is a relative term. While heading down Merle’s long driveway into the bush, we ran into him in his beloved Suzy, a chopped down Suzuki 4x4 that’s working its way through its fourth decade on the planet with Merle’s help. It really is a symbiotic relationship of sorts, Merle keeps Suzy running and Suzy takes Merle to many places around his large acreage to collect ﬁrewood where snowmobiles and ATVs fear to tread. More than once my friends and I have stumbled upon a set of tracks that can only be Suzy’s as her easy to identify tire chain imprints always give her away. It’s where we ﬁnd them that puts smiles on our faces … down many embankments where we’d fear to tread. We just laugh and look at each other and shake our heads, Merle and Suzy. Suzy deﬁnitely isn’t a looker anymore with a broken windshield, missing roof, tailgate and doors but that’s a good thing. When Merle sits in her, it just makes him look all the more handsome. This time round, Merle appeared to be in a supervisory role even though the white hardhat was missing. He warded off/attracted blackﬂies while two other guys manned shovels trying to drain some water off his road. Merle does live a couple of klicks off the grid so road upkeep is a necessary evil. The fact that Merle still lives in a cabin without Hydro back in the bush at the age of 79 gives all of us hope. While talking with him, he joked that I’d said years ago that he wasn’t allowed to move until he was 80 years old. He then quickly remembered that we’d moved that number up to 85. Going to our property in Kaladar just wouldn’t be the same without dropping by to enjoy his humour and the occasional fat-ﬁngered rye and ginger. There are two other 80-year-olds to whom I have to also grudgingly give credit. One is Bob Cole the subject of a column wrote years ago. As I recall, it wasn’t the most ﬂattering column because I probably wrote it soon after listening to yet another of Bob’s, shall we say, inaccurate play-by-plays of an NHL game. A ﬁxture on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for decades, Bob had become mistake prone to such a degree that I could swear he was watching a different hockey game than I was. He mixed up players’ numbers; he seemed bewildered at times when the whistle blew to stop play; he didn’t know which team had just been penalized. Maybe it was his eyesight that was failing. They do broadcast a long way from the play. Nothing has really changed in the way Bob Cole calls a hockey game but I have a new found appreciation for Bob. I listened intently during the Pittsburgh-New York series as Bob eloquently described a Sidney Crosby rush, crossing the blueline, circling and then storming to the net. It was exciting just listening to Bob describe it. If it had really been Sidney Crosby on the ice it would have been even more exciting but he was on the bench at the time. Evgeni Malkin was actually the one carrying the puck but at least Bob knew it was one of the better players on the team so I cut him some slack. I actually had a bit of company for a change watching the Penguin/ Rangers series but now that Mare’s beloved Jerome Iginla is polishing up his golf clubs, she won’t be watching hockey anymore. Too bad, because we had a pretty good game going ourselves seeing who would be the ﬁrst to catch one of Bob’s many “all rights.” “They’ve cleared the zone, all right.” “That’s a pretty good save by Price, all right.” But, in what may be the last year of Bob’s lengthy career, I have to give him some props for making every game exciting if not entirely accurate. And to still be doing the call at the age of 80 deserves some respect. Same for CBC’s other 80-year-old, Don Cherry. Yes, Don is so full of himself that he’s hard to take at times. He’s a dinosaur from a different hockey era; Coach of the Year as he keeps telling us but he was awarded that title, well, six or seven years before my friend Merle’s Suzuki was even in it’s planning stages. I think I might have been in Grade 10 at the time and it’s been close to 40 years since I was in high school. So despite the fact that Don hasn’t played or coached in a number of years, you’ve got to like the fact that he’s not afraid to speak his mind from time to time and he’s still working at 80 years of age. It might be his last year as well, given most of us won’t be watching hockey on CBC in the near future. But still, I will give him some respect for telling it like he thinks it is and I’ll even admit I’ve occasionally agreed with him a few times over the years and recently as well. Can you say Matt Cooke. EDITORIAL Editor Terry Bush, 613-966-2034, ext 510 firstname.lastname@example.org Belleville News Terry Bush email@example.com Quinte West News Kate Everson firstname.lastname@example.org PRODUCTION Glenda Pressick, 613-966-2034, ext 520 email@example.com
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Arts Awards program adds five new recipients
By Jack Evans
News - Belleville - The Quinte Area’s cultural community gathered in strength Thursday in the Park Ballroom of the Travelodge Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Recognition Awards program. A capacity crowd ﬁlled the spacious dining hall as many former recipients, in fact most of the 90 names recognized over the past 20 years, attended, along with ﬁve successful new nominations. They include individuals, cultural organizations, service clubs, corporations, performance groups, artists, artisans, writers, singers and individuals and organizations that
have sponsored or otherwise ﬁnancially supported the arts. The long-standing program has come to be regarded by recipients as the “Oscar Awards,” for Quinte area residents. Each recipient requires two detailed nominations and must still be selected from a list of those nominated by a panel of judges. Recipients have come from across the Quinte area, from Milford to Madoc and Trenton to Deseronto. Highlight of what in recent years has become the “Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts” was the formal presentation of ﬁve new awards. Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall received
one for her 42 years of service to the Belleville Theatre Guild. Those years, she told the gathering, embraced “many shows, many people and many memories.” From Prince Edward County, two men who have made a name throughout the area for their skills as sound technicians, Paul Johnson and Rob Kellough and their Through the Cedars Music Production, also got one. A man many regard as “Mr. History” for Belleville and Hastings County, Gerald Boyce was another. His citation read: “For his tenacious support and promotion of local history.” A professional educator, Boyce reﬂected on his part-time
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stint as a radio announcer, and cited long-time Belleville librarian Olive Delaney as one of his mentors in preserving and cataloguing historical documents. Somewhat different was an award to a group called “We Create Artisan Events,” comprising Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie and Cara Hunter. Their love of local artisans and crafts led them to organize special events for them such as the “Mother of All Craft Shows,” and “Kaleidoscope.” Speaking for the group, Barb Forgie described how they want to “help handmade artists stay alive,” and promised the
crowd, “We have just begun.” Finally, a now-retired weather forecaster cum pianist-singer-performer and musicologist was Rick Penner. He has also served as musician for several theatre guild productions and as a church musician and choir director for both St. Matthew’s United Church, Belleville, and St. John the Baptist, Anglican, Madoc. “Music brings memories for me,” said Penner as he accepted his award. A surprise award went to Mayor Neil Ellis as sponsor of the luncheon for the past several years and who
had announced earlier he would not be running again. The mayor got a piece of locally handcrafted art. In his opening remarks, Mayor Ellis talked about the importance of the arts to the community and praised the efforts of local participants. “Arts in the Quinte area are in good shape,” he said. Dan Atkinson, arts council chair, welcomed the crowd and said: “Arts and culture play an important role in deﬁning who we are as a community and contribute to a healthy local economy and lifestyle for those who live and work in the area.”
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Al Newman, seen here on his Harley-Davidson, is the head organizer for the Ride for Hunger. Photo: Stephen Petrick Continued from page 1
has several large freezers. The food bank also pays to drive and maintain a vehicle and must have money for insurance and other administrative purposes. The Ride for Hunger, however, has become an annual fund raiser the food bank can count on. Al Newman, the organizer of the event since its inception, said he was pleased at the turnout of the event. Newman, is the clinic manager of the Early Treatment physiotherapy centre, in Belleville. He said the centre used to do simple fund raisers for Gleaners, such as yard sales. John McLaughlan, of Belleville, was among the But after a while, he wanted to motorcyclists participating in the Ride for Hun- do something more signiﬁcant. ger. Photo: Stephen Petrick Since Newman is a Harley-
Davidson rider and had many connections in the motorcycle community, he thought of doing a Ride for Hunger event. Similar events have been held in Western Canada to much success, he said. “[Bikers] love to congregate like this,” Newman said, looking out at the crowd of motorcyclists, many of whom were dressed in leather. “They’re very passionate people and they’ll get behind a charity.” Newman said he hopes the event will grow and eventually be seen as a festival for entire families. “If you like bikes come down and check it out,” he said. “You don’t have to have a bike. Come down, check it out, walk around, buy a lunch.”
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Lifestyles - Every year, the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit conducts oral health screening in all local publicly funded elementary schools. Every student screened takes home an oral health report card with any suggested or required dental care. This is an activity mandated by the Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care within the Ontario Public Health Standards. The Health Unit reported children in our community are twice as likely to require urgent care for their teeth as children in the rest of Ontario. For the 2012-2013 school year, the oral health screening report shows 12% of children in Hastings and Prince Edward coun-
ties required urgent care at time of screening compared to the provincial rate of 6%. Urgent care includes any large cavity or cavities, infection, abnormal mouth sores or any reported oral pain. For the past two years, a greater percentage of students in our community have qualified for fluoride treatments and sealants compared to the province. The participation rates in our area for school screening are very high, and we have a lower rate of refusals or exclusions compared to the province as a whole. Our community continues to demonstrate a great need for dental services for children and the Health Unit offers a variety of oral health
programs and services to help meet this need. “The school screening is essential to identify and connect children with dental needs to dental care, which will improve their health and well-being” says Veronica Catry, Program Manager of Oral Health. The Health Unit has a number of health promotion projects for 2014 in efforts to enable all children to achieve and maintain optimal health. For more information about oral health programs and services call the Health Unit at 613-966-5500, toll-free 1-800-267-2803 or TTY at 613-966-3036 Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or visit the website at yourhealthunit.ca.
Quinte Conservation to start work on accessible trail this summer
News – Belleville – Quinte Conservation is excited to announce that the Parrott Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Accessible Trails Project. Communications Manager Jennifer May-Anderson says, “We were so thrilled to get this news from the Parrott Foundation. We have been fundraising for the past three years to get this project off the ground. This very generous donation means that we can start building the trail this summer.” May-Anderson adds, “At Quinte Conservation we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to spend time in nature to experience the wonder that our Conservation Areas have to offer. Almost all of
our Conservation Areas are already economically accessible, as we work hard to keep them free. “We will now be able to make a trail accessible to people of all ages and abilities so that everyone can enjoy the lush green of a forested trail in summer and explore the wonder of an autumn colour display.” Quinte Conservation had already raised $25,000 through events such as Wines of the Watershed and Family Fun Day. Local businesses and community organizations have also supported the project. The trail will be located on the south side of Hwy. 2 across from the Quinte Conservation Ad-
ministration Office in Belleville. Features will include turtle habitat ponds, a trail along the Bay of Quinte shoreline, accessible picnic tables and scent gardens. Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www. quinteconservation.ca.
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Police support Special Olympics with torch run, dinner run By Stephen Petrick
News - Belleville - Local police have such a strong history of supporting the Special Olympics that last week they were willing to do something really daring, the kind of thing that sends shivers up the spine of a constable; they served meals to customers at the Lone Star Texas Grill.
“We’re rolling up our sleeves, it’s not as easy as I thought.” “We’re rolling up our sleeves, it’s not as easy as I thought,” said Belleville Police Constable Darrell Hatﬁeld, with a bit of nervous laughter. All kidding aside, the event was a great way to raise funds for the roughly 180 Special Olympic athletes in the region. Guests to the restaurant, located on the grounds of the Quinte Mall, were surprised to see police ofﬁcers last Thursday Lone Star teamed up with police officers to raise money for the Special Olympics last Thursday. Pictured are Lone Star staff serve as hostesses and waiters during the (from left) Kelly Sargent, Tia Graham and Sharlaina Phinney and police officers (back row from left) Jason Marcotte, Darrell busy lunch and dinner periods. About a dozen police representing BelHatfield, David Ludington and Peter Valiquette. leville Police and OPP detachments from Quinte West and Madoc participated. Hatﬁeld said that, while some were nervous about messing up an order, they were all willing to do it for a good cause. Customers were left with envelopes which they could use to donate money to the Special Olympics. The money will help fund special programs, and allow
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OPP Staff Sergeant Peter Valiquette from Madoc, helps Lauren Massingham take an order at the Lone Star Texas Grill last week. Police were there raising money for Special Olympics. Photo: Stephen Petrick
athletes to travel to meets, including a large upcoming one in North York and a national competition in Vancouver, which two local athletes plan on attending. The next day, officers continued to raise awareness for the Special Olympics with a torch run. A group left the Quinte Mall on Friday and carried a torch all the way downtown, as a show of support for Special Olympics programs. Hatﬁeld said this year
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Glisky also made it clear that the race will be a challenge for him. While he said he’s aware of the major issues facing the city that tend to get in the press, he expects to learn about more less public issues as he begins to campaign and knock on doors. “While I made the decision to run quickly, I did not make it lightly,” he said. “I’m under no illusions that being the mayor – or running for mayor – will be easy.” Glisky’s announcement livens up what’s so far been a slow start to Belleville’s
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News – Belleville – A few days ago, Bill Glisky was the managing editor of Belleville’s daily newspaper. Now, he’s running for mayor. Glisky announced his intention to run in the Oct. 27 municipal election at a press conference outside Century Place Tuesday. “I’m very excited to announce my candidacy for the Mayor of Belleville,” said Glisky, to the sound of applause by dozens of citizens who had gathered at the busy downtown intersection. The crowd included several of his former colleagues at The Belleville Intelligencer, plus other civic leaders, including outgoing Mayor Neil Ellis (although Ellis said he’s not ofﬁcially endorsing any candidate). Glisky announced that he was let go suddenly and without warning from Sun Media, the company that owns the Intelligencer, on Tuesday, May 13. After consulting with numerous people, he decided to run for public ofﬁce. He said that his career as a journalist prevented him from contributing to the community in some ways, but now he’s free to take on a partisan role. He was previously a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Downtown, but left it because he was in “a conﬂict of interest.” He’s also currently the chair of the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, and a past board member for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. While Glisky said he will release a more detailed platform later, he stressed that his number one priority is to preach the importance of continuing with Belleville’s building plans. “I believe whole heartedly we need to keep building Belleville,” he said, noting that that includes building roads, bridges and other infrastructure. “We absolutely need to keep building our downtown core … We need to start planning that now to build for tomorrow.” He also stressed a need to continue recruiting businesses to give Belleville a stronger tax base. “We need to make it easier for people to live and work here.”
marks the 27th year that local police organizations have supported the Special Olympics. He said he, and other ofﬁcers, get involved in supporting the Special Olympics because it’s very uplifting to be around the athletes, who all have disabilities but love to compete in sports. He said he’s attending Special Olympic events in the past and it’s always a great experience. “There’s a vibe you get from it,” he said. “It’s an amazing, amazing thing.”
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Students play A Haunting We Will Go Entertainment - Bayside - Thereâ€™s no such thing as a ghost. Or is there? Students at Bayside Secondary School are putting on a play called A Haunting We Will Go that will get the audience asking that same question. â€œA young TV producer goes back to her hometown,â€? explains director Allison Richard. â€œHer childhood dream is to stay one night in the Inn of the Three Sisters which is said to be haunted. That night she has a series of unexpected guests.â€? Assistant director Cathy Wijshijer says the play is thrilling and funny, a mystery comedy, okay for kids and families to watch. â€œItâ€™s not a horror show,â€? she says with a laugh.
The 18 students in the cast and four crew come from all grade levels and pathways. They have been rehearsing since October for the show which goes on May 22, 23 and 24 with show time at 7 p.m. â€œItâ€™s pretty fantastic,â€? Wijshijer says. â€œThis is a great group of kids. They have worked really hard and are excited about the show.â€? Drama teacher and director Allison Richard adds, â€œThis is a great example of the talent at Bayside Secondary.â€? She notes there was also a great contribution from staff such as the art and technical departments. This full-length production written by Tim Kelly has a great combination of characters and they already had the set from Phantom of the Opera two years ago. â€œWe just
added walls,â€? she said. Norma Grace, the lead actor, commented she loved the play because of its â€œawesomeness.â€? â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun,â€? she added. Wijshijer noted that over the months of rehearsals she has enjoyed watching the students form relationships with
each other. â€œThey all get along beautifully,â€? she said. â€œThey are really good kids.â€? Performing in the show are Grace Duncan, Ariane Gacianis, Josh Terpstra, Emma Eadie, Andrew Francis, Natasha Mullins, Mike Terpstra, Sydney Moorman, Kayla Haggett, Avery Southorn,
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Highest flows in five years affect water treatment plants By Kate Everson
In Trenton on March 29 a partial tertiary filter bypass occurred for 648 hours (ten days) caused by heavy rains and melting snow which overloaded the tertiary filters. The bypass volume was 152,737 cubic metres. On April 23 in Trenton a spill occurred of 400 litres of Polyacrylamide Emulsion, an old polymer chemical used at the treatment plant, spilling onto city property. â€œOriginally, the spill volume was estimated at 200 litres [one drum] but when operators went to move a second drum, while trying to dispose of it, the bottom of the drum let go and an additional polymer was spilled,â€? he said. The spill was cleaned up by staff on April 24 and restoration of the area is expected to be completed by late spring by adding new soil and seed. On April 29 in Trenton a partial tertiary bypass occurred for 164 hours with a volume of 35,318 cubic metres. Tracey also reported that the engineering design for the treatment plant and pumping station expansion is ongoing. Keith Reid commented that in Frankford the whole area was flooded from the creek. â€œWe have to drink that,â€? he said. R0012709305
News - Quinte West - High water flows have been affecting the Frankford and Trenton Water Treatment Plants. â€œThese are the highest flows Iâ€™ve seen in five years,â€? said Matt Tracey, manager of Water and Wastewater Services. Chuck Naphan asked at the Public Works committee if there was any cross connection. Tracey said, â€œNot that I know of.â€? Jim Harrison said they have done a lot of improvements on the plants. Don Kuntze asked if there were any repercussions from reporting partial tertiary filter bypasses to the MOE and the Health Unit. Tracey said the water still receives most of the treatment and no further action is required. On April 4 a bypass occurred for 156 hours in Frankford. â€œHeavy rain events and melting snow caused heavy influent flows which in turn hydraulically overloaded the tertiary filters,â€? Tracey reported. The bypass volume was 9,832 cubic metres and UV disinfection remained operational. On April 29 a partial tertiary filter bypass in Frankford occurred for 65 hours caused by heavy rain, with a bypass volume of 2,799 cubic metres.
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