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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
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A young Easter egg hunter talks over technique with a bossy cow at the Prince Edward Junior Farmers Easter Egg hunt hosted at Wilhome Farms near Bloomfield Saturday morning. About 50 children and their parents toured the dairy operation before hunting chocolate eggs. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)
County looks to score big by hosting Dudley Hewitt Tournament expected to bring 2,000 visitors to Wellington AdAm BrAmBurger Staff writer
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There’s no question in Terry Shortt’s mind that the top Junior A hockey clubs in central Canada will be well received in Wellington between April 29-May 3. Filling in for Mayor Peter Mertens at a press conference to detail plans for the Dudley Hewitt Cup championship, Shortt acknowledged a passionate following for Canada’s official winter game. “The community is a hockey community, it always has been,” he said. “When I grew up, if you didn't have a pair of skates on by the time you were five there was something wrong.” That said, the joint bid between the Wellington Counting down 2014 Dudley Hewitt Cup co-chair Doug Robinson shares some Dukes and the County to highlights of the upcoming Junior A hockey championship as co-chair Don Cotton looks on. bring the four-team tournament to the Essroc Arena The event runs April 29-May 3 in Wellington. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff) and browse said. studios “It's our hope the many experience<” he represents more than just a chance to satisfy a rabid visitors who come to wit- “They’ll partake in the fare through our many shops fan base. It’s a chance to ness the fight for the cup offered by our many and boutiques.” According to the Counvisit our showcase what this munic- will also take the time to restaurants, enjoy the whole county wineries, our galleries and ty’s community developipality can offer.
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ment director Neil Carbone, an anticipated 2,000 people will visit the area to take in the annual tournament and their presence will inject $300,000 into the local economy. The talk among the officials gathered at the Wellington and District Community Centre Monday was that the event could also lead to more opportunities to host major events. Tournament co-chair Doug Robinson said the dream started back when the Dukes first traveled to the championship in 2003 in Fort Frances. to compete for the regional championship. Then, in 2011, the team returned to tournament in the same year when the host centre was built. That, Robinson said, is when the dream seemed possible. “We had this brand-new facility that we're standing in here and everyone got excited about us being able to host one of our own,” said Robinson. “ I think we got our feet wet when we hosted the Central Canada Cup in 2012 and then went into the bidding process.” A committee was formed to make the bid.
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With a significant amount of partner funding going toward the project, it looks like a stormwater management study will soon be in the works for Picton's Delhi Park. The study was approved at last week's committee-ofthe-whole meeting and will go to council for final approval on April 22. The $240,000 stormwater management study will be undertaken by Quinte Conservation Authority on the municipality's behalf. The majority of the project — $200,000 — will be funded through the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF), and Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) funding. Another $16,000 will come from the municipality's development charges reserve and the final $24,000 for the project will come from the reserve for studies. Any excess capacity created by the project would be paid for by future development charges. A report submitted to committee of the whole last week says the study would determine required works for stormwater management ponds in Delhi Park that will permit development and redevelopment in Picton's core areas and comply with source water protection requirements. “Staff support undertaking such a study as it would assist development and redevelopment of the Picton core area by providing an end-of-pipe stormwater solution, thereby maximizing the developable land area in the core,” the report says. “As well the study
ColleCtIon area The Marsh Creek through Delhi Park receives runoff from. various storm sewer systems and drains into the Picton Bay, according to reports before council. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)
would assist the County in complying with Ministry of Environment request to upgrade these older facilities to modern standards and requirements.” The funding through GLSF and COA will allow for a complete environmental assessment, design, and approvals needed to retrofit stormwater management facilities. It also falls in line with areas targeted by Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP). “The Delhi Park area receives urban runoff from various storm sewer systems and drains it via Marsh Creek into Picton Bay. Some of the runoff is treated by the old pond in Delhi Park, some is treated by the Glenwood Cemetery pond, and some remains untreated,” the report says. “The BQRAP identified Delhi Park as an area for stormwater management improvement in order to help clean up the bay.” The report says the study could be completed within 10 months. Following completion of the study, any recommended construction would come to council via a report. Engineering, development, and works commis-
sioner Robert McAuley said development charge funds could be used as there is a growth-related benefit to the work. “What will happen now is any development in downtown Picton must comply with stormwater management requirements under the source water management legislation,” he said. “They probably can't do that on site or it there would be very little build space on the lots. What's happening is this study will tell us what we can do within the Delhi Park area to mitigate that impact and allow maximized building footprint in the urban area.” He said even without receiving the external funding, the municipality would have had to complete the study. The environment ministry had already ordered the municipality to obtain an environmental compliance approval for the Delhi stormwater pond. “In order to satisfy the MOE’s and source water protection’s requirements a study similar to what is being proposed is required,” the report says.
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Committee maintains White Pines heritage report ‘incomplete and deficient’ Staff report suggests wpd Canada’s documents still fail to address visual impacts of turbines on cultural resourses in area Chad Ibbotson
Prince Edward County councillors have given their thumbs down to wpd Canada's White Pines wind development. Councillors approved a prepared list of comments on the project at last week's committee-of-the-whole meeting. They will go to council on April 22 for final approval before they are forwarded to Ministry of the Environment and to wpd Canada, and posted to the environmental registry in response to the project. Council has received a number of deputations recently regarding perceived deficiencies in wpd's heritage assessment report for the project. Last Thursday, committee of the whole recommended council adoption of a motion which calls the heritage report “incomplete and
deficient” in identifying any visual impacts from turbines and construction impacts the project would have on cultural heritage resources in the study area which includes parts of South Marysburgh and Athol. The motion said the heritage report also lacked identification of appropri-
ate mitigation measures for the heritage resources within the study area, and asks the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to deny wpd Canada's Renewable Energy Approval (REA) application for the White Pines Wind Project. The motion also asks that if the REA is given, that the ministry modify the project to remove or relocate three turbines (T07, T09, and T11) that will have impacts on adjacent heritage resources. Comments from councillors on the subject were limited, but South Marysburgh councillor Barb Proctor expressed her support for the motion. “I certainly will support this motion and request that this approval be deemed incomplete and deficient in the identifica-
tion of visual obstruction impacts,” she said. “Simply because we have so much work and valid challenge to this REA process regarding heritage and we can't stifle those comments and that sentiment.” The wpd project was previously circulated for public and municipal comments in 2012. A report presented to the committee last week says many of the wpd reports filed with the current REA are the same reports staff reviewed in 2012. In terms of the revised heritage report, the report to committee says the Prince Edward Heritage Committee Advisory (PEHAC) raised a key concern with the methodology and lack of a consistent approach used by the consultants to identify impacts
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Council seeks staff report on use of neonicotinoid chemicals on local crops Deputation discusses the negative effects of widely used insecticides on bee and butterfly populations in North America and Europe was contaminated dust gen- harder and harder and hard- letting beekeepers know Chad Ibbotson concern to our food produc‘There’s no erated during the planting of er each year.” tion as well as even our econahead of time when they Staff writer treated corn seed. omy at the end of the day,” question bees She said butterflies have will be planting. The Pest The municipality will be she said. “We need to know “The chemicals, while also been hit especially hard, Management Regulatory are dying — exploring the use of certain how best as a municipality helpful to farmers in the saying it harkens to the eco- Agency (PMRA) have also types of insecticides on local we can help.” they’ve been hit short term, are now consid- logical movements of the altered the rules for farmers crops after hearing from a ered unsustainable by many 1960s and 1970s inspired by using neonicotinoid-treated The chemicals are widely and they’ve group of residents con- used in Ontario and Quebec and are going to damage the Rachel Carson environ- seed. The only seed flow cerned with the chemical's farming in meaningful long mental science book Silent lubricant permitted when been hit harder while planting corn and impact on the populations of term,” MacNaughton said. other crops. The seed is coatSpring, which led to the ban using the chemicals is Fluand harder...’ local honey bees and other In December, Europe of DDT for agricultural uses. ency Agent, which reduces ed with the chemical, which pollinators. Committee of the whole voted on Thursday to have staff come back to a future committee meeting with a report on how best to deal with the insecticides, called neonicotinoids. The issue was also referred to the municipality's agricultural advisory committee for comment. Councillor Bev Campbell made the motion to have staff come back with a report examining the issue. “I have to agree the loss of bees is absolutely a serious
artificially mimics nicotine's insecticidal properties and damages the nervous systems of living organisms. Speaking on behalf of a group of local residents calling themselves “Bee-Active,” Kate MacNaughton asked councillors at last week's committee-of-the-whole meeting to call for the initiation of a moratorium on the use of the chemical. MacNaughton said the use of neonicotinoids has become widespread over the last 15 years. A release from the
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While MacNaughton and the Bee-Active group were calling for a moratorium, Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture president John Thompson advocated for more vigilant measures to limit contamination and spread of the chemicals. Thompson said farmers are already being urged to limit the use of vacuum planters with treated seed to limit contaminated dust. He said Health Canada has released some best practices for farmers for the 2014 season. These include evaluating fields to determine if there is a high risk that warrants using treated seed, avoid planting treated seed in dry, windy conditions with vacuum planters, and
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Marina fuel supplies to run dry this summer as County moves to replace tanks, lines Boaters will have to seek alternative site to fill up for over a month Chad Ibbotson
out of servICe Boaters visiting Picton Marina will not be able to access the gas pumps for most of July and August this year as the County is poised to replace its fuel tanks and supply lines. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)
closure of fuel services during the busy summer boating season, such as temporary above-ground fuel tanks. McAuley said that route has been explored by staff and was found to be impossible due to costs and regulations. â€œBoth the conservation authority and TSSA would not support it, they view it â€” even if it's temporary â€” as a new fuel installation and must comply with all the requirements,â€? McAuley said. He said staff have also been advised that allowing boaters to use portable fuel cans to fill up at the marina is also not an option. McAuley said he was told to dissuade boaters from using portable fuel cans. â€œIf we see such a practice, we have been more or less told that we should have that boat ejected because that is not considered suitable practice for any boat operator,â€? he said. While Councillor Bev Campbell supported the
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5) It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to complete the entry form and tags, tags are to be signed by the exhibitor and attached to the item. 6) Entries must be those of the exhibitor and have not been previously entered, with the exception of the following classes - Poultry, Cattle, Horses, Dogs and Cats. 7) Entries are to be of the size, quantity and/or features as defined in their class to qualify for prize selection. (NOTE: This information is listed in the Prize List Book for each class).
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It looks like Prince Edward County boaters may have to plan their trips more carefully this summer. Last week committee of the whole gave the nod to a motion to issue a tender to replace Picton Marina's underground fuel tanks and supply lines with required double-walled systems to meet a compliance order from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Council has already included the estimated $140,000 cost to do the work in the 2014 budget. The estimated time for construction is six weeks or less, but the TSSA will allow the county to continue to dispense fuel only until July 3. This means that from July 4 to approximately Aug. 15, the County will discontinue fuel services at the marina while the construction is completed. Following the construction, it also appears the cost of fuel will by going up by an additional 10 cents per litre. The issue will go before council on April 22. Engineering, development, and works commissioner Robert McAuley said while the municipality has allotted six weeks for the construction, it could take as little as three. â€œObviously they will try to keep it closed as little possible,â€? he said. â€œIt will likely take three weeks to dig up what's there, investigate the soils, deal with any remedial work, and put the new tanks in.â€? McAuley said the soil beneath the tanks will still have to be sampled to test for any spills, but he said there's no evidence the tanks are leaking. â€œThere could be further issues although there's no evidence the tanks are actually leaking,â€? he said. Councillors bandied about ideas to mitigate the
old fuel tanks will be replaced with new underground double-walled storage tanks, new dispensers, and a monitoring system to detect leaks. The new tanks will allow the municipality to continue to sell fuel and are expected to last 40 years. The report says 80,000 litres of fuel was sold at the marina in 2013. Current prices for fuel are set using the municipality's bulk fuel cost plus an additional 30 cents to cover the cost of labour. The report says an additional 10 cents â€” to bring the cost to the bulk rate plus 40 cents â€” would allow the municipality to pay back the cost of the tanks in 17.5 years. McAuley said the new price will still keep the municipality's fuel competitive with other local marinas. â€œWe didn't suggest going higher other than the cost of the infrastructure because that would have put us at the top end of the (fuel cost) range,â€? he said. â€œLikewise, we didn't suggest going any lower because we really do have to pay for the cost of the marina, the labour, and the
replacement.â€? McAuley said a lot of fuel dispensing operations at marinas are becoming privatized. He said he believes this
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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Looking back in the
Picton Gazette 90 years ago — 1924
n After much deliberation, Picton council finally decided to commit $5,000 to purchasing a new school site and fitting it for Kindergarten purposes as requested by the board of education. The funding was based on the board ensuring the site would be up to the standard set by the Ministry of Education and would not be closed by the provincial authority. n More than 1,000 people attended a graduation ceremony at the Picton Methodist Church as the hospital turned three nursing graduates in the health-care field at the completion of their studies. Hospital president R. Davison shared that 1,253 patients had been served at the hospital since it opened five years earlier. Patients’ per-day costs ranged from $1.50 to 5.50, the latter for bedroom arrangements including a private bathroom. n The County Board of Trade expressed concern about the illegal trapping of fish in East and West Lake and its impact on tourism. Its members called on provincial authorities to enforce the laws.
70 years ago — 1944
n An objective of $1,100,000 was set for the county for the sixth Victory Bonds loan program. Each municipality had its own target with Picton’s the largest at $392,500 and Athol and North and South Marysburgh the lowest, each asked to raise $32,500 to help the war effort. A great parade from the Armouries past the cenotaph and back was planned to kick off the campaign to raise the money. n The Cement Karrier was the first boat passing down the bay from Point Anne along the county shoreline that spring. At that point, even the Glenora ferry had to delay its crossings due to ice. n An egg believed to set an all-time size record was brought to the Gazette office. A white leghorn yearling hen from Maurice Head’s farm on South Bay measured 9.5 inches by 8.5 inches. When opened, another complete egg was found inside and neither had any yolk. It was stated it had to be seen to be believed.
60 years ago — 1954
n Former County warden E.B. Purtelle passed away in Kingston General Hospital. Besides politics, Purtelle was well known for his contributions to agriculture. He was a leader in making the county a tuberculosis-free area for cattle and he was also a pioneer in the local canning industry. n Navigation in the Picton harbour opened with the arrival of the C.S.L. freighter Weyburn and Capt. Klaus participated in the traditional top hat ceremony. The Weyburn loaded 300 tons of canned goods in Picton to carry west.
20 years ago — 1994
n Construction began on two new fast food restaurants in Picton as a Tim Hortons was being built next to Home Hardware and McDonalds was being built in the Gardiner’s Village Centre. Both 40-seat restaurants were expected to be completed within three months. n Trustees with the Prince Edward County Board of Education raised concerns about the province’s plan to destream Grade 9 classes in fall 1994. n Picton passed a bylaw requiring dog owners to clean dogs’ droppings.
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There is a 40-per-cent chance of rain projected in Sunday’s weather forecast.
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Three swans a swimming in area waters
There was a time when the Bay of Quinte region had no swans. Hard to believe. The trumpeter swan had long been extirpated from the region due to hunting; the mute swan had not yet found its way into the region; and we were so far removed from the normal migration route of Tundra Swans that seeing one in the area was an unusual event. Today, all that has changed. There are three species common to our area. We can now count the day lost when we don’t spot a swan somewhere in Bay of Quinte waters. Perhaps the most obvious is the mute swan. Despite their name, they do have a voice, albeit muffled. Mute Swans are not native to this area; they were introduced many years ago as an ornamental swan for parks and other confined areas. A few eventually escaped into the wild and by 1958, were actively breeding, and multiplying, in the Great Lakes. The very first mute swan made its debut in the Quinte region at Consecon Lake, in 1963. The Great Lakes population has since expanded to an estimated 10,000, doubling every five years or so. In fact, the Prince Edward County and Quinte region in general, probably harbour the largest breeding population of Mute Swans in eastern Ontario. The damage that these large, aggressive, territorial birds cause is well documented. They displace other nesting waterfowl within their large territories and consume large amounts of submerged aquatic vegetation by
The Easter story of Christ’s crucifixion will come to life at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomfield this weekend. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. a cast of 40 will re-enact the last day’s of Jesus’ life on earth, followed by his resurrection and
uprooting twice as much plant material as they actually consume. There is grave concern over the future of other waterfowl species too due to their extremely aggressive nature during the breeding season when territories have been established. When patrolling their appointed space, adult swans will often drown any waterfowl species that dare enter their chosen territory. They often attack canoeists and kayakers out for a paddle and their powerful wings are capable of breaking an arm. At all other times of the year, they are passive birds and the symbol of grace and beauty as they readily take food from the hands of the admiring public. For many years, the mute swan’s counterpart, the much smaller tundra swan, formerly known as the whistling swan, was also a rare occurrence in our area. An Arctic breeder whose home is so far north that it barely touches Ontario, thousands migrate from wintering grounds at
Chesapeake Bay, and pass over Lake Erie every March. In recent years, their migration route has expanded, and Tundra Swans are commonly seen in our region too each spring and fall. Twenty years ago, it was also rare for a tundra swan to show up anywhere in our region during winter; they always migrated to Chesapeake Bay. Today, large numbers are now wintering here as more open conditions during winter offer shelter while an abundance of zebra mussels provide adequate food for their stay. The trumpeter swan is even larger than either the tundra or mute swan and resembles the tundra swan so closely that it takes a trained eye to separate the species when viewed from a distance. The larger size and some facial features around the forehead separate the tundra from the trumpeter. It has been only in recent years that the trumpeter swan has been added to the swan species regularly seen in our area now. Trumpeter swans once nested across eastern North America in precolonial times, but were extirpated by early European settlers before the mid-1800s. By 1900, they were nearly extinct and survived only in remote parts of Alaska, Alberta, and the greater Yellowstone region. Retired Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources employee, Harry Lumsden, initiated a re-introduction program in Ontario in 1982. Birds were released at over 50 sites, including the Wye Marsh in 1982, and at Prince Edward County in 2006. In Prince
Edward County, those releases took place at Big Island near Demorestville (15 birds), and the following week, at Huff’s Island (11 birds). In 1993, the first wild nesting in Ontario occurred at Wye Marsh and nesting Trumpeter Swans can now be found in isolated locations throughout the areas of release. Historically, Trumpeter Swans also migrated in winter to Chesapeake Bay, but having lost their migratory instinct over the last 100 years of near absence from our area, trumpeter swans now wander around locally seeking any open water free from ice where they can spend the winter. While many bird species are declining dramatically in numbers, it is encouraging to see the swan family doing well and establishing their niche in the Bay of Quinte region. Despite the current concerns over the burgeoning mute swan populations, all swan species appear to be getting along amicably, adding a sense of majesty and gracefulness on our local waters. Sometimes in our tampering with Mother Nature, we can produce some unexpected results. A successful re-introduction of a native species, too much of a good thing with a non-native species, and changes in wintering and feeding behaviour of a migratory species.
offer an explanation of the meaning of the events of the first Easter as part of The Three Crosses. The story will look at the perspective of those who were there with Jesus, including the thieves who died on the crosses to his right and left, Simon, who carried his cross,
and the notorious Barabbas, who was freed for the Jews by Pontius Pilate in place of Jesus that passover. The message is portrayed with music, video, and drama and it also includes modern reflections by three people whose lives were impacted by
the message of the cross. There will be child care for children from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 during the shows. In past years, the re-enactments have been well attended, audiences are invited to come early.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
‘I soon found out solo sailing was going to be my passion. One person, one boat, just you and the sea and the mistakes made are your own. Once I started down this path, I knew then my life was not going to a be a normal life, that sailing was going to be a major part of it.’
-S aNdy M aCPhErSON ,
ON dISCOVErINg ThE jOy aNd ChallENgES OF SaIlINg SOlO aNd ON hIS rEalIzaTION ThaT IT WOuld bECOME a bIg ParT OF hIS lIFE MOVINg FOrWard .
sPecial celeBration It was a party a century in the making as the Machpelah Rebekah Lodge #144 celebrated their 100th anniversary Friday evening at the Prince Edward Yacht Club. (Top) Honoured with certificates of service were (Back Row, L-R) Myrna Martin, Diana Maxwell, Lynda Parks Sahadat, Noble Grand Lois Smith, Certificate presenter & Rebekah’s Assembly President Cindy Earhart, Bernice Hall-Stevenson, (Front, L-R) District Five Deputy Ruth McMullen, Helen Kemsley, Edith Hubbard, Gena Miller and Ruth Morris (Jason Parks/Picton Gazette)
It’s time for Ontario to look away from Beer Store monopoly
IT appears the owners of the Beer Store will go to any lengths to maintain a monopoly that most Ontarians don’t even know they have, just so they can maintain their own profit margins moving forward. Over the last few days, an advertising campaign sponsored by the Beer Store attempted to strike fear into the hearts of Ontario residents by suggesting that convenience store clerks would be irresponsible in their duty to prevent sales to minors. Despite that message, there doesn’t seem to be much data that would suggest the Beer Store can keep alcohol away from minors any better than retailers in a host of jurisdictions that already allow free competition in the sales of alcohol. We’re not scared, nor worried to make a change. Last December, the Beer Store released a discussion paper stating that Ontario residents would likely pay $10 more for case of 24 beers if government somehow corner stores to have the privilege of selling suds. Again, it doesn’t seem to compute when published 2013 comparisons show that prices for the same beer in freemarket Quebec were on average $9 less than in Ontario and the prices across the border in New York State appear even more favourable. Again, no one was fooled by this suggestion. Other brewers could offer it cheaper. A 2013 Angus Reid survey supported by the convenience stores suggests that only 13 per cent of Ontario residents know that their Beer Store is not operated by the government itself, but rather by the multinational parent companies of three Ontario breweries — Molson, Labatt, and Sleeman. Through their arrangement with the province, these companies can control distribution and pricing and they’re also able to impose fees on other breweries to have their products sold at the Beer Store. Barring direct craft beer sales and those sales from the LCBO itself, it dominates the market share of beer sold in this province It sounds like a pretty favourable deal when one thinks about it. It’s not exactly clear what the province gets out of the arrangement to leave the Beer Store in the hands of these companies, other than perhaps the convenience of dealing with one consortium when it comes to regulation and taxation. At least in the case of the LCBO, another institution that stifles the notion of a free market for all, the province owns the distribution chain itself and can argue it’s a public asset — though many have argued the private sector could do it just as well for less overhead and allow more players into the market, including Ontario-based companies. With respect to the Beer Store, however, when one looks at its actions in recent months, it becomes clear there is an obvious benefit to it keeping its majority and it’s not afraid to campaign to keep that benefit. While many of us may enjoy partaking in the odd beverage it distributes, we’re not inebriated enough to believe the message. It’s time to look at ending this governmentsupported monopoly and let the marketplace work.
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Become a volunteer member of the library board
The end of the four-year term for the Library board is approaching and following this tenure of dedicated service to the County of Prince Edward Public County Library & Archives, some members of the board will be choosing to move on. This means that applications to become a volunteer board member will be sought after the upcoming municipal election in October. The role of a library board trustee is an important one as members work together to determine the direction of the community’s library services. This is accomplished through analysis, development and decisions based on the needs of the community, all the while following the guidelines of Ontario’s Public Libraries Act. Those interested in becoming board members must be 18 years of age or older, Canadian citizens, and residents of the municipality for which the board is established. In addition to these requirements, applicants might like to know other details of the position and qualities that help foster a strong Board that is committed to the advancement of the library and meeting the needs of the community. The time commitment for a board member includes 10 regular monthly meetings per year, each approximately three hours long. Prior to the meetings, there is also time required to read and consider reports and other information. These are provided in a meeting package that is prepared in advance. Occasionally, board members may be required to participate in public participation meetings designed to seek input on key library matters. They may also elect to participate on ad hoc committees of the board such as finance or personnel committees. For example, the current board has been very active with various committees, including a facilities and services review committee, which held public consultations throughout the county.
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The results of the consultations are available from chief executive officer Barbara Sweet. Essential to being a library board member is a conviction that the public library is uniquely important to the life of the county. Leadership experience, business acumen, a financial or legal background, an ability to seek and listen to input from all stakeholders, and an ability to keep an open mind are some of the attributes that an ideal candidate may possess. The goal is to have representation from residents in every ward of the county. Municipal council appoints members to the County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives board of directors and invitations to apply will be advertised by the County after the election. The library is not responsible for the appointment of board members, however, inquiries of a general nature regarding becoming a member can be directed to Sweet at 613-476-5962 or by e-mail: email@example.com. An updated orientation package is being developed and will be available in time for those interested in applying. For those who may not be interested in governance, there are many other ways to help the library, including communicating your support for libraries to council candidates.
Picton Kinsmen Club member Larry Craig holds up some of the baked goods up for grabs while auctioneer Gerald Koopmans entices a bid at the service club’s annual furndrasing auction Saturday night. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff) The Picton Gazette welcomes letters to the editor of 500 words or less. The letters may be edited for clarity, legal ramifications, length or general taste at the editor’s discretion. We also reserve the right to refuse to publish submitted letters for the same reasons. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gazette, its publisher, or staff. Submitted items become property of the Gazette.
The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honoured long serving volunteers at its annual volunteer appreciation tea at the Picton United Church Hall on Sunday. Honoured for their years of service and membership to the PECMHA were: (Back row, L-R) Susan Law, Dorothy Speirs-Vincent, Shirley Oliver, Pam Strachan, Ursula Cattelan, (Front, L-R) Rebecca MacKellar, Wanda Strachan, Fran Donaldson, Virginia Blakely and Ann White. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)
Those honoured for thier cumulative hours of service to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Sunday were (from left) Lori Markland, Josie Eaglesham, Sue Law, Ginny Vincent, Marion Smith, Charlie Vincent, Fran Donaldson, Jill Currah, Jacqui Ireland and Linda Wadforth. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)
The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary celebrated those volunteers that went above and beyond in 2013 with the annual Mae West awards. Honoured by the PECMHA Sunday at their annual volunteer appreciation tea were (from left) Denise Ward, Beverly Thompson and Catherine Walker. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Church yard bullying appears alive and well
It is with great sadness that I must give up volunteering at the Picton United Church County Food Bank (PUCCFB). Anyone who knows me knows that my Friday mornings there come first in my life after my family. The PUCCFB volunteers have been a family dedicated to the cause of helping not only hungry people of the county, but also each other when support is needed. I know this firsthand. After open heart surgery two years ago, my first outing was a visit to the food bank where I received hugs and well wishes. A year later when my husband passed away, I was once again blessed with hugs and comfort from my food bank family which helped me immensely in the very huge task of moving forward. For 13 years, I have looked forward to Friday mornings more than anything else I do on a daily
basis. Now, however, there is a very black cloud over the PUCCFB due to the most wrongful of wrongs in the dismissal (“services no longer required” letter, also called a resignation) of four key volunteers for no reasonable reason. Rev. Hal Wilson and his wife Olive also fell victim to this kind of abuse. Hal, as we all know him, is such a fine person and we miss his cheerful smile and great sense of humour as he made his way around the busy food bank with a friendly greeting for all. This group of seemingly power-hungry persons have done a great injustice and caused a huge loss not only to the church, but also to the community in general. We are not told the “why” but we can only surmise with the evidence that we have. All those around the county who know our
beloved Pat Romkey also know the amount of praise for her knows no bounds. With no remuneration, the hours, time, travel, patience, kindness, and dedication are what her soul is made of. She not only handles the day-today involvements of the food bank, she also shops at her own expense for special items as toys and dolls for children who come into the food bank so they have those “extras” for Christmas. She endeavoured to have the Picton United Church become a member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) to reap the many benefits offered not only to the food bank, but also the people who come there, but those muscle-flexing powers that be, being afraid of losing control would not go for it. At the meeting of the church directors and volunteers, April 4, I asked if in the new “management” of the
food bank, the funds in the food bank account would be used only for the food bank. I was assured it would be and that it would be illegal to use it for anything else. The PUCCFB is being asked to use some of its money for costs other than food, however,when our churchs’ future committee demands the food bank pay $5,500 for 2012 and 2013 for a total of $11,000 for hydro and utilities, then $500 a month for a term of seven yaers? This is the money donated for food by people of the county. What happens if donations fall short in lean times? For sure, the church won’t have money to spare. People just won’t eat? My husband and I agreed upon our deaths, memorial donations would go to the PUCCFB. That has occurred once, but not again. Joan Gibson West Lake
Common sense solution required for coyote issue
We have had a third backyard visit from a coyote. Because the animals have displayed no fear of humans whatsoever, I telephoned the Ministry of Natural Resources in Kingston. I discovered that there is no ministry program in place to cull the coyote population. There is, however, a hunting season which in now in
place. It was suggested that we hire a hunter with a valid license. Apparently coyote birthing season is on the horizon and there will not only be more mouths to feed but also more destruction. It was suggested that I look up the Oromocto, New Brunswick coyote report. I did and it mirrors what is occurring in Picton down to the point that
friends within the city limits had a deer attack on their private property. Unfortunately when coyotes are not afraid of urban sites or people, the next step could well be an attack on a small child. Then public outcry will demand that hunters be hired to track down the perpetrators and dispose of them. Regrettably this will
be too late for a child, pets and livestock. County council and the ministry have to address this problem here and now or be willing to accept the consequences of sloughing off a request that is not alarmist but common sense. Janet Bingham Picton
The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
Prom Project returns to PECI for third year Event offers students chance to pick out gently-used formal wear AdAm BrAmBurger
They shall go to the ball — and they shall go in style. The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Learning Foundation (HPECLF) brought its Prom Project to PECI for a third consecutive year with some help from staff and girls’ group members who got to spend last Friday afternoon as personal shopping consultants. One of the students helping others find formal wear was Camelia Maracle. She explained the Prom Project was started to allow students who couldn’t afford to buy fancy, new formal wear a chance to receive something nice and take part in events like proms, graduations, or even weddings. Maracle said in the first half-hour of the five-hour exhibition, business was quite steady. “A lot of people left with beautiful dresses,” she said. “It was really picked over within the first hour.” Maracle listed off a number of designer labels she saw on the racks before she found her own prom dress with a glittery pink top and long cranberry skirt. “It’s so cute, It’s really ‘me’ for prom,” she said. Staff organizer Caryn Phoenix-Renz said many of the students left feeling like they found good deals as well. She added that had a lot to do with the generosity of donors from the county — including some teachers — who brought their dresses straight to PECI. “People were very generous this year,” she said. “Some of the dresses we have this year, people would pay hundreds for.” Phoenix-Renz said throughout the day, classes have the opportunity to come and “shop” in the gymnasium. Though one would think two students may fight for the same clothing, she said it has generally been a very civil, fun process. Often, she said, students would take time to shop for friends first. “We don’t say no to anybody, come shop and have a lot of fun,” she said. Phoenix-Renz said even the girls who couldn’t find anything suitable for them could arrange through the Learning Foundation to see additional dresses donated in other communities and in a worst-case scenario, there are partnering dress shops who are willing to help out. After picking their dresses, the girls were able to find matching shoes and accessories from items donated. They also had a chance to pick up a clutch, donated by
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Chapman shares his prom suggestions with PECI students, from left, Hanna Daley-Jewell, Rachel Wood, Rachel McDonald, and Danielle Wickware at Prom Project 2014 at PECI last Friday afternoon. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)
Bentley’s and receive makeup matching and advice from Glenda Tracey from Shoppers Drug Mart at the Quinte Mall. Marvin Chapman of Flowers by Marvin was also there to talk about arrangements and corsages. He said he always has a steady steam of questions to answer at Prom Project and come time for proms and formals, his generous gift of his time usually translates into repeat business. After being at the school for the past two Prom Project showings, Chapman said he believed this year’s event was the best he attended. “There were a lot more people here this year than last,” he said. The Prom Project does not exclude the male population from participation either. Each year, Lafferty’s donates a number of dress shirts and ties that young men can take
advantage of. Also, at PECI, some of the male teachers do their part by hosting clinics on how to properly tie ties. Phoenix-Renz said she thought the men’s wear moved more quickly this year than it had in past years, showing that more students are embracing that aspect of the program as well. The boutique displays would stay open until about 5 p.m. as Phoenix-Renz said Grade 8 students were also welcomed to visit for their own graduation needs. “The bulk of our business is usually done during our own class time,” she said. Phoenix-Renz also said the school owes thanks to Scott’s Store, Pierson’s Foodland, and the Rossmore Stop for serving as drop-off locations and getting clothing to a dry cleaner and to the HPECLF which organized logistics for the program in eight different secondary schools this year.
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HOSPICE PE is hosting its 3rd Annual “Hike for Hospice” on Sunday May 4th starting at 9am at the PE Community Centre. Hikers, strollers, ramblers & wanderers all welcome. Registration & pledge forms are available at Hospice PE, 40 Downes Ave Picton or online www.hospiceprinceedward.ca. The Canadian Cancer Society looking for Volunteers for Daffodil Days & Canvassers for the month of April. Donate as little as 2 hours during Daffodil Month & make a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteer to help with Daffodil Pin Sales. Sign up at vhub.at/hpe or call 962-0686.
PICTON FOOD BANK in need of marg containers or similar containers, canned fruit/veggies/ kraft dinner/ juice crystals/pet food. Cash donations always appreciated. LOYALIST HUMANE SOCIETY – Always in need of food, litter, cleaning supplies, paper products as well as kitten food canned & dry. ROTARY CASH CALENDAR WINNERS – Week 12 (Mar 19-25)Marie Dawson, Doug Cutler, Evelyn Beaumont, Tanisha Bryan, Peter Fleming. MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT NETWORK – Picton Support Centre, 333 Main St. Open Mon-Wed-Fri 9:30am – 2:30pm. View the online calendar at www.mhsn.ca or call 471-1347. PE COMMUNITY CARE FOR SENIORS – Office will be closed Good Friday & Easter Monday. Meals on Wheels will be delivered as usual. TOPS #4918 – Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wed at the Anglican Church Hall Picton. Weigh in 5:45 & meeting 6pm. Your first meeting is free! A great way to meet friends & get healthy. Info Gena 399-3461. TOPS – Also meets Tuesday’s 9:30am weigh in & meeting 10am Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bloomfield. Contact Betty 476-3894. ARTS ON MAIN – Spring Show “Swept Away” continues through May 12. 223 Main St. Picton. Info 4765665. PEC PIPES & DRUMS – Practice every Thursday, Picton Town Hall 5:30-8:30pm. Free lessons. No experience necessary. SHOUT SISTER CHOIR – PPicton SS choir welcomes new members. All levels of singers welcome. Practices Thurs evenings 7-9pm St. Mary Magdalene Church 335 Main St. Picton www.shoutsister.ca Info: Nancy 453-6570. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – 12 & 12 meeting every Wednesday 8pm Picton Hospital Boardroom. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – Discussion meeting every Tuesday 7:30pm Consecon United Church Hall, Consecon. ST. ANDREW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH WELLINGTON –The What-Not-Shop – Hours Tues 10-12 noon, Thurs 2-4pm & Saturday 10-12noon. Selling clothes, shoes, bedding & household items. Closed Apr 15 reopen Apr 22. THE HUB CHILD & FAMILY CENTRE – Are you a working parent unable to attend weekday, morning playgroups with your child? The HUB has playgroups for you too! Join for Thursday evening BUSY FEET play group at QE School, 5-7pm and/or Saturday playgroup at the HUB, 10 McFarland Court, Picton 10am12noon. Call the HUB at 476-8142 for info. CAR SEAT INSTALLATIONS & INSPECTIONS – Are available & completed by trained staff of the HUB Child & Family Centre, 10 McFarland Court Picton. To book an appointment call 476-8142. WEDNESDAY MORNING FRIENDSHIP GROUP – Quilts for sale every Wednesday 9am-12 noon at Albury Church, Rednersville Rd. Proceeds to local charities for woment. CHERRY VALLEY YOGA – With Carrie Taylor resumes Apr 3. No class Mar 27. One hour drop-in Yoga Classes $5. Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm, Athol Community Hall 1679 Cty Rd 10 Cherry Valley. Presented by the Athol Rec Committee. www.atholreccentre.com. CHERRY VALLEY GAMES NIGHT – First & third Fridays of the month. Cards, ping pong, Scrabble, board games 7:30-10:30pm. Adults only. Bring snacks & refreshments. Note: No games Apr 18 Good Friday. Apr 11 instead. Athol Community Hall 1679 Cty Rd 10. www.atholreccentre.com. KNITTING CLASSES – Wednesdays 2-4pm Ameliasburgh Community Hall. ZUMBA CLASSES – With Jen Carter Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm Ameliasburgh Community Hall. NIA FITNESS CLASSES – Dance, Kick, Stretch & Laugh. Classes in Wellington sponsored by the Wellington Rec Committee. Call Gina 399-2588 for info & registration for Spring Classes. CONSECON LEGION –Euchre every Tuesday evening 7pm. Cost $5. (Every 3rd Sunday of the month 1pm/$5). Crib every Wednesday evening 7pm. Cost $5/Mixed Fun Darts every Thursday evening 7pm. BEGINNER FRENCH – Picton Library drop-in 2pm every Thursday with Maurice. FREE DROP IN CHESS – Every Tuesday 1-4pm Picton Br Library. FREE AFTER SCHOOL FUN CLUB – Each Tuesday
4pm Wellington Br Library. ublic Library 7:30pm. APRIL 17 – AL-ANON – Meets Thurs(s) 10:30am Gilead Fellowship Church. 1-866-951-3711. For adults affected by someone’s drinking? APRIL 17 – SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP – Meets 5:30pm Picton Br Library. Free & all welcome. APRIL 17 – TENANT SCHOOL – Learn your rights as a tenant with a lawyer from the Community Legal Access Centre. Free. 7pm Picton Br Library. APRIL 18 – WELLINGTON LEGION – Legion Closed for Good Friday. No dinner this week. APRIL 18 – PEC PUBLIC LIBRARIES – All branches closed Good Friday. APRIL 18 – SALVATION ARMY – Good Friday Service 10:30am. All are welcome to attend. APRIL 18 – CARRYING PLACE UNITED CHURCH – Good Friday Service 10am. Joint worship with Consecon. All welcome. APRIL 19 – WELLINGTON DISTRICT LIONS CLUB – Selling Donini Chocolate Easter Bunnies on Main St. Wellington 10am-2pm or call Dave 399-5167. APRIL 19 – BONNET MAKING & FACEPAINTING – Milford Br Library 9:30-11am. APRIL 19 – EASTER EGG DYEING – Ameliasburgh Br Library 10am-12noon. APRIL 19 – BONNET MAKING- Picton Br Library 1pm. Story time & meet a baby lamb. APRIL 19/20 – PICTON ROTARY WATERFALL TOURS – Check in with Rotarian upon arrival at each site 11am-4pm. Site #1 Cape Vesey 3718 Cty Rd 8 (E of Waupoos) Site #2 Jackson Falls Cty Rd 17 at Jacksons Falls Cross Rd (E of Milford). Info 476-1309/6065 or www.clubrunner.ca/picton. Tours made possible by generosity of land owners. Donations for fresh water projects World Wide gratefully appreciated. APRIL 20 – CARRYING PLACE UNITED CHURCH – Easter Sunday worship 10am. Led by the Rev. Dale Estey. All welcome. APRIL 21 – PEC PUBLIC LIBRARIES – All branches closed Easter Monday. APRIL 22 – AL-ANON (adults) & ALATEEN (teens) – Affected by someone’s drinking? 1-866-951-3711. Meets Tues(s) 8pm Gilead Fellowship Church. APRIL 23 – BASIC COMPUTER & E-MAIL – Picton Br Library 10:30am. Registration required with Amanda 476-5962. APRIL 23 – SENIORS LUNCHEON SOCIAL CONSECON – Consecon United Church 12 noon. Soup, bangers & mashed with onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, apple pie, coffee/tea $10/person. Reserve by Tuesday prior by 12 noon by calling 476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring soup bowl, plate, cup & cutlery. Meals can be delivered to shut-in seniors who live near Consecon. Advise when registering. APRIL 24 – AL-ANON – Meets Thurs(s) 10:30am Gilead Fellowship Church. 1-866-951-3711. For adults affected by someone’s drinking? APRIL 24 – KINETTE CLUB OF PICTON – Bridge Luncheon at Picton United Church 12noon-1pm Lunch & 1pm-3pm Bridge. To reserve a table phone Flowers n’ Such 476-0203. Admission $10/person. APRIL 24 – MAKE A SPRINGTIME WREATH – With Hedy Campbell. Free, all supplies provided. Register with Barb 476-5962. APRIL 26 – 2nd ANNUAL NORTH MARYSBURGH TRADE SHOW – Free 10am-1pm North Marysburgh Rec Hall 2699 Cty Rd 8 Waupoos. Showcasing businesses in North Marysburgh. Coffee & goodies. APRIL 26 – EASTERN STAR SPRING TEA – Masonic Hall Picton 11:30-2pm. $7.50 for lunch, desserts. Baked goods & other items available for sale. Proceeds support the local “Food for Learning” program. APRIL 26 – WELLINGTON ELKS COMMUNITY YARD SALE – Allisonville Hall 8am-1pm. Tables $10. Contact Randy 969-0746. APRIL 26 – FRIENDS OF CHRIST CHURCH CEMETERY HILLIER – Meets 1:30pm St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Parish Hall Wellington. Info 968-3320. APRIL 26 – ROTARY CLUB OF PICTON – Presents the 2014 “Mardi Gras”. Open 7pm PE Community Centre. Blackjack Tables, Wheel of Fortune, $1000.Raffle. Live & Silent Auction. Tickets $75. Can be purchased from Rotarians, Williamson Ins, McDougall Ins & Scotiabank. All proceeds toward charitable community projects. APRIL 27 – RELAY FOR LIFE – Vendor & Bake Sale 2544 Old Portage Rd, Carrying Place. Bake Sale & Silent Auction with all proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society through Relay for Life team “Mom’s on a Mission.” Info Jenn 965-5989. APRIL 28 – PE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY – (Picton Fair) General Meeting, 7:30pm Picton Town Hall (Corner Ross & King Sts.) All welcome. Info 476-6154. APRIL 29 – CENTENNIAL ORGAN CONCERT – 7:30pm Performed by Michael Goodwin with Josie Farrar & Michael Dufault, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, 335 Main St. Picton. Tickets $15 at the door. MAY 1 – PICTON KINETTES SPRING FASHION SHOW – Sponsored by Lady Gray. Picton United Church Centennial Hall 6:30pm. Desserts & Beverage. Tickets $10pp. Available at Flowers N Such, Lady Gray & all Picton Kinette’s. MAY 3 – ST. PHILIP’S ACW YARD & RUMMAGE SALE – St. Philip’s Church Hall Milford 10am-1pm. No early birds please. Info Valerie 476-1633. MAY 3 – WELLINGTON ON THE LAKE – Annual Garage & Bake Sale 8am-1pm 14 Empire Blvd (Hwy 33 & Prince Edward Dr). MAY 2/3 – PE COMMUNITY THEATRE – Presents “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin 8pm Mt. Tabor Playhouse. Advance tickets $14 at outlets or by phone 476-5925. www.pecommtheatre.com.
The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
County joins with neighbours to fight bridge proposal Northumberland, Quinte West also look to keep two-lane bridge over Murray Canal Chad IbboTSoN
ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
Parish of Marysburgh Rev. Canon David Smith 613-929-2757
St. John’s 3207 County Road 8 Sunday Worship 9:00am
St. Philip’s 44 St. Philip’s St. Milford Sunday Worship 11:00am Website: www.parishofmarysburgh.ca
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BLOOMFIELD UNITED CHURCH “Where Faith is Fun” 272 Main St., Bloomfield Minister: Maureen Ellison
Maundy Thursday Service April 17, 7pm Good Friday Service, 10:30am Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 6:14am Meet at Church at 6am & walk to Millpond. Breakfast to follow. Regular Service, 10:30am
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9am & 11am (full children’s programs). 7pm (Bible study). a p t i (J/K s t - Gr C 8)h u r c h Tuesdays. 6:30pm Children’sB Programs. Wednesday. 6:30pm Mid-week Service. Dinner. Music. Study. Sunday Services Thursdays. Surge Student Ministries. 7pm. (Gr 9-12) 9am & 11am (full children’s programs). 7pm (Bible study). tŝƐŚǇŽƵĐŽƵůĚƐĞĞǁŚĂƚĂƐĞƌǀŝĐĞĂƚ May 12-15 Bus Trip to Lancaster PA.- Gr 8) Tuesdays. 6:30pm Children’s Programs. (J/K ŵŵĂŶƵĞůŝƐůŝŬĞ͍zŽƵĐĂŶ͊ŚĞĐŬŽƵƚ See “Moses” at Sight & Sounds. Wednesday. 6:30pm Mid-week Service. Dinner. Music. Study. ǁǁǁ͘ǇŽƵƚƵďĞ͘ĐŽŵͬĞŵŵĂŶƵĞůůŝĨĞŶĞƚǁŽƌŬ͘ For more info Honey King Thursdays. Surgecontact Student Ministries. 7pm.613•476•1138 (Gr 9-12) ϮϰϬDĂŝŶ^ƚ͕ůŽŽŵĮĞůĚͮĞŵŵĂŶƵĞůůŝĨĞ͘ĐŽŵͮϲϭϯͲϯϵϯͲϮϮϯϰ
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Prince Edward County will be teaming with a pair of other local councils in an attempt to ensure a main tourism gateway remains as barrier-free as possible. At last week's committee-of-the-whole meeting, councillors approved a motion to support and contribute to the establishment of a public consultation process which would call for the federal government to rethink its plan to replace the current western swing bridge across the Murray Canal with a new one-lane bridge. The bridge, located south of Brighton, connects Northumberland County and Quinte West with Prince Edward County. The motion requests Parks Canada and other federal officials suspend the current plan “to preserve existing funding, and investigate how to produce the required additional funding for bridge meeting requirements to be identified through a public consultation process.” The motion calls for public input, sharing with the public all existing research and analysis, and a revised replacement bridge that would be adequate for today and for the future. Mayor Peter Mertens said after looking at what the federal government is suggesting, he determined it wouldn't be adequate. “They're suggesting a one-lane bridge. So in addition to having to wait for boats, lanes of traffic now have to wait for light changes to go,” he said. “It is a major entrance point for Prince Edward County.” He said many vehicle GPS devices use the bridge as the shortest route into Prince Edward County. “It shows that bridge and that crossing as the simplest and quickest way into Prince Edward,” he said. “A lot of people use it, a lot of people I've met here use it. It's going to contribute a whole bunch of grief to people who want to come down here.” Similarly, he said a lot of Prince Edward County res-
‘Why they would even suggest a single-lane bridge is totally beyond me.’
PETER MERTENS MAYOR
idents also use that bridge to visit Brighton Speedway, golf courses, and other destinations west of the municipality. “Why they would even suggest a single-lane bridge is totally beyond me,” he said. “We have to make sure they know we're not supporting a one-lane bridge.” Mertens said he will be attending a public meeting to express Prince Edward County's view next week. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Quinte West council chambers. The meeting is being held by Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock and representatives from Parks Canada. A letter from the recently founded non-profit Murray Canal District Organization (MCDO) addressed to the mayors of Brighton, Quinte West, and Prince Edward County, says the plan was presented in a brief public announcement of $4.6 million in funding for the replacement of the bridge. “The Quinte West councillors attending our March 30 meeting also indicated Parks Canada has offered Quinte West additional options whereby Quinte West could choose, on its own accord, to find additional funding to build a more substantial bridge and to take over the operation of the bridge,” the letter says. “Beyond what we have been able to learn in these informal discussions, local or federal government officials have not publicly and substantively shared details of these plans or these options.”
Advance voting dates set for October municipal election
The advance vote times and dates for the October municipal election could be set as soon as next week. The advance vote times, dates, and locations were approved at last Thursday's committee-of-the-whole meeting. They will go to council on April 22 for a final approval. The advance vote would be held on Saturday, Oct. 18
between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. with voting locations at the Prince Edward Community Centre, Ameliasburgh Town Hall, and Milford Town Hall. Internet voting would run from Saturday, October 18 at 12 a.m. to Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m.
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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
Two county chefs prepare to show off their skills on Chopped Canada Woodland, Dowson tape episodes for Food Network show Jason Parks
A pair of chefs with Prince Edward County connections will be making debuts on the small screen next month, starring in highly rated cooking contest program on Canada's The Food Network. Picton native John Ross Woodland who has worked at the Devonshire Inn and Blumen and Neil Dowson, a Briton who now cooks at Bloomfield's Agraian will take part in upcoming episodes of the hit show Chopped Canada. The program is a realitybased cooking series pitting four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win $10,000. The competition is divided into three rounds — appetizer, entree, and dessert — and forces the four contestants to make the most out of a basket containing four ingredients including one off-the-wall material that typically isn't combined with the other three. Through the timed segments, each chef's creation is judged creativity, presentation, and taste and those that do not make the grade are eliminated until a winner is chosen by the panel of celebrity chef judges. Woodland was working at Blumen during the time of the filming last fall and has since moved on to Tu Casa, a Mississauga restaurant. A PECI graduate and former goaltender of note for the Picton Pirates and Trenton Sting, Woodland would learn his sharp culinary skills at the renowned Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island before returning home to cook. A watcher of the American version of Chopped, he happened to be looking through Kijiji want ads when he stumbled across an ad for the Canadian version. After an application and vetting process, Woodland got the call for an early morning taping. “Leading up to it, I was pretty nervous, I didn't sleep the night before,” Woodland said. “I talked to (Blumen head chef) Andy Feller and we did a lot of research like, if this ingredient comes up,
star ChoPPer Chef Neil Dowson of the Agrarian
Cheesemarket and Speakeasy prepares appetizers Monday. The Coventry native is appearing on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada May 1. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)
here's a direction you can take a dish.We did a couple of practice runs and nerves were there but then the cameras come on and you don't really have time to think and worry.” Like Woodland, Dowson was working at a different restaurant (Waring House) at the time of the taping. Now the ace of the Agra-
ian kitchen, Dowson took a very different route to displaying his culinary skills locally. A Coventry native, Dowson worked his way to be second chef at Savoy's of London before moving to Scotland and meeting his future wife Monica, a Newmarket resident. The couple would wed
with the idea of raising a family in her native Canada. Despite looking elsewhere first, the pair and their daughters would come to Prince Edward County where he would work at the Waring House and, later, East and Main before settling in to the Agraian. Like Woodland, Dowson said he started off as a fan of American version, and once he and Monics discovered there was a Canadian version being developed, it was she that encouraged him to apply. “My wife said you should do it, you've got a good story and half the time that's what gets you in...I was still highly surprised to get the email telling me I was selected,” he said. The process of working in a pressure-packed kitchen that was unknown and full of competitors was a tall order for the keen chef. “It's probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm feel like I'm pretty good at my job and I can work inside a comfort zone but this was something completely different, there's people in your face and it can be really stressful. The first round is tougher but once you start to get used to the surroundings, it's a little easier,” he said. Both have been sworn to secrecy by Shaw Media in terms of ingredients and results, however, synopsis of each episode is posted on the
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Who is eligible? To be eligible for either of these awards the student applicant must be residing in Prince Edward County, graduating in 2014 from a secondary school in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and proceeding to further education in visual arts, performing arts or arts administration at a university or college in Canada. Applications are available through your school Guidance office or call the PEC Arts Council office at 613-476-8767 Deadline April 30, 2014
star? “I want to watch but at the same time, I want to hide behind the couch,” Dowson joked. “It's not something I was too comfortable with but it will be nice for my wife and kids to see me on television. Woodland will likely feel the same way, but he will have to get over it quickly. Thanks to his appearance on Chopped, he and members of Tu Casa will be cooking for Beverly Thompson and the cast of Canada AM on CTV the following morning. “We did a tasting menu for her and she loved it, so we are supposed to cook for her the morning (May 16) after the show,” Woodland said.
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Chopped website. For Dowson's episode which airs at Thursday, May 1st,at 10 p.m. the program's heading is entitled “When life hands you Lemonade...” which might be a tip to the hidden ingredient. Woodland's episode is called “The spruce is loose” and involves mussels and mushrooms accroding to the brief episode teaser at www.foodnetwork.ca/chop pedcanada. As to what he thinks his reaction will be once he starts watching the program, Dowson isn't sure. Had it been a friend or colleague competing, he would have tuned in as he normally would. But with himself as the
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PEC's THE ROC presents
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Quinte Symphony presents
The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
County Community Foundation continues to streamline Vital Signs work Councillors updated on four priority areas identified for projects Staff writer
The County Community Foundation is hoping to improve the quality of life in the county by spurring on actions to address significant local needs as identified through their recently released Vital Signs report. Project leader Brian Beiles spoke to councillors at last week's committee-of-thewhole meeting to provide a progress report on the organizations recent actions and future plans. While the Vital Signs report identified 11 key issue
areas, Beiles said the organization has since prioritized those key issues to four groups: Food insecurity, learning, getting around, and economy and work, although the economy and work priority was deferred pending approval of the community development strategic plan. “From those 11 issue areas our advisory committee, based on a number of criteria such as need and feasibility, determined these to be the four priority issue areas in terms of collaborative action moving forward,” Beiles told councillors at last Thursday's meeting.
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Beiles said each of the four priority issues are extremely interrelated. He said one of the first steps toward action planning was to identify additional key stakeholders. He said the foundation designed and facilitated an initial cross-organizational action planning session which took place on Jan. 21. That session included 40 people representing 24 organizations and was intended to generate high-priority ideas, build on existing initiatives, and build a resilient and healthy community around the prioritized areas. He said the session also sought to form cross-organizational working groups to assist in identifying and planning collaborative projects. “The process that we embarked upon was first examining what we knew. Basically what existed, what supports existed, what barriers were in place as well and, in the context of that, looking at ideas,” Beiles said. He said a second working group session took place March 25 where the group was able to build a comprehensive inventory of existing initiatives. Beiles described the list as “considerable” and “went way beyond the initial research we did in vital signs.” Some of the high-priority ideas that resulted were categorized within their respec-
us atCaper’s Caper’s Restaurant Restaurant (Ritchie Room) JoinJoin us at (Ritchie Room) 272Front Front Street 272 StreetBelleville Belleville Wednesday April April 23rd at 7atpm Wednesday 23rd 7 pm to the Public.Discussion Discussion totofollow. Donations Welcome penOpen to the Public. follow. Donations Welcome Call 1 888 554 2372 or email@example.com Call 1 888 554 2372 or firstname.lastname@example.org REQUEST FOR QUOTATION Miscellaneous Service and Operated Equipment Rental #2014-EDW-51 The County of Prince Edward will be undertaking road construction work and maintenance throughout Prince Edward County during the 2014-2015 season. Various types of equipment will be required. Contractors, owners and suppliers of equipment are invited to provide The County with a listing of rental equipment and the associated hourly rates for fulfilling the 20142015 requirements. Quotation documents are available at The County’s Purchasing Department, located at 280 Main Street, Picton (The Edward Building), Monday-Friday, 8:30am—5:00pm. Quotations submitted win a plainly marked, sealed envelopes will be received by The County Clerk at Shire Hall, located at 332 Main Street, Picton Ontario K0K 2T0, until: 2:00 p.m. local time Monday, April 28, 2014 All projects out for competition are posted online at www.pecounty.on.ca/purchasing.html The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward reserves the right to accept or reject any quotation and also reserves the right to accept any quotation other than the lowest quotation.
MovIng forward County Community Foundation board member and Vital Signs project co-ordinator Brian Beiles explains the report at its release last October. Last week, he updated council on the action taken since then. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette file photo)
tive groups. In terms of learning the group identified a need to expand “on the ground” learning initiatives leading to post-secondary eduction, to create more extra-curricula accessible, and affordable learning opportunities, and to establish youth developed and operated drop-in centres and programs. Food insecurity priority ideas included the formation of a food council to network, co-ordinate and build on current programs, the expansion of food reclamation initiatives, and the creation of
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food-related community drop-in centres with learning opportunities. Priority ideas for getting around included encouraging greater municipal involvement with transportation, development of one consolidated transportation booking system, and development of collaborative solutions with current service providers. For each idea, a vision and potential projects have also been identified, Beiles said. The vision for food insecurity is “Good food for all: 'Hunger no More.'” “The potential projects which emerged in that meeting were basically two-fold: Utilizing community halls and existing vendors to develop community food centres,” Beiles said. “What's important about that is there is a fair amount of precedent for that ranging from established initiatives in Toronto … to similar programs in rural communities such as Stratford, Peterborough, Gleaners Food Bank in Belleville.”
The vision for learning is a community culture that embraces learning and personal development, and that enables everyone to meet their potential. Potential projects identified were leveraging existing bridging opportunities and exploring potential for expansion. Also potentially developing a joint community proposal for RBC's after school initiative. The vision for getting around is an interconnected Prince Edward County transportation system that is sustainable, barrier-free, affordable, and that meets the needs of the community. Potential projects identified were gathering more data to develop a business case for transportation, and working with council to leverage existing services. Beiles said the next steps will look to continue on the momentum already generated by designing and facilitating individual follow-up sessions to: Commit to collaborative projects that would significantly contribute to the high-level goals for the three key issue areas, develop chosen projects' objectives, strategies, and success measures, define action steps and accountabilities, establish a feedback process to track progress, identify project team leads, and continue to update inventory of existing initiatives and collect data to support a potential vital signs report for this year. Beiles said one of the County Community Foundation's roles is to continue to facilitate collaborative planning and action to address the highest priority community needs. “On the other it's creating increased awareness of these priority needs leading to, ideally, increased support to assist in addressing them so these projects ultimately get funded,” he said.
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Wii bowling leagues offer fun, low-intensity exercise and competition for people of any age
Community Care has been running a Wii bowling league for seniors since the Wii game system hit the market several years ago. Anyone of any age and physical ability can play this game. A person doesn't even need to stand to do this so people
who use a cane, walker or wheelchair are just as able to be competitive as everyone else. It's ironic that our agency is running the only "bowling alley" in Picton and on April 1 we opened our thrift shop in the real bowling alley.
When you visit the store you'll see the lanes still visible on the floor. A twist of fate brought Community Care to 153 Main Street and we feel right at home. If you join the Wii bowling League you can meet new people and make new friends. If you already have a group of three other people, you're welcome to bring your own team of four. Wii is a video game system developed by Nintendo. We set up two lanes and eight people play at a time, 4 on each lane. The laughter is infectious. It's a great way to get involved. Players use the remote control to mimic the bowling actions. Individual and team scores are kept. We run this just like a regular bowling league and at the end the top team gets the prize. Perhaps your team name will appear on the trophy! Teams are being formed now. No experience is necessary. Really, no experience at all. Imagine telling your kids and grandkids that you play a video game. You just need to enjoy having fun and meeting new people. Call the office today at 613-476-7493 and sign up. Bowling starts soon. It's spring. Time to try something new.
The Prince Edward Community Care office will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday. Meals on Wheels will be delivered as usual on these days.
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Community Care's Thrift Shop will be closed Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21. The shop will be open Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Normal business hours will resume again on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
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If you have three hours a week to spare and you love people then volunteering in Community Care's thrift shop might be just the thing for you. Work in the shop with soft goods (clothing, et cetera.) or hard goods (furniture, housewares, et cetera.) Orientation and support is provided. This is another great way to make new friends and try new things. If you have a background in retail you'll feel right at home. Give us a call at 613-476-7493 today.
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Seniors are welcome to attend this event on Wednesday, April 23 at noon for great food and company of new and old friends. Wheel House and Occasions Catering is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed with onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, rolls and butter and apple pie, all topped off with coffee and tea for $10 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can't come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to shut-in seniors who live near Consecon. If you wish to have a take-out
INCOME TAX DEADLINE APRIL 30
Community Care volunteers are completing income tax returns for seniors who live in Prince Edward County. If you are a senior 60-plus whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for the program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete income tax returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1,000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. Home visits can be arranged for seniors who are shut-in. For information call 613-478-7493.
If seniors are isolated and need some encouragement and support, Prince Edward Community Care can match them with friendly volunteers for visits in the home. To sign up for this program, or refer someone, call Community Care at 613-476-7493.
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Authors show funny side of festival Friday with first day dedicated entirely to humour group of people in attendance. McPherson read from his new book Cube Squared, Strong from Edgar Gets Going, and Norman read from his fantasy novel Emberton. During the question period following the riffing the audience asked a variety of questions about writing humor, getting published, and what inspired them. The 2014 Authors Festival final chapter for the year con-
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The 2014 Prince Edward County Authors Festival celebrated authors and readers last weekend with various events. The festival kicked off Thursday afternoon with presentations for local students at the Regent Theatre in the morning and at PECI in the afternoon. Richard Scrimger and Ted Staunton, both award-winning authors for their books for young people. County author Andrew Binks who writes poetry, essays, short fiction, novels, screenplays and stage plays, gave a presentation to a large audience about how to get works of writing out into the world. He shared his experiences and gave the audience advice to get their own work published. Friday was the first time there was a day at the festival dedicated to humor writing. Laughs at the Authors Festival started with a workshop about writing humor, with humor author Trevor Strong. He is the author of the novel Edgar Gets Going, as well as collections of short stories, and is part of satirical music group The Arrogant Worms. â€œWhenever I say something is a rule, it isnâ€™t really a rule,â€? said Strong. There are no real rules of how to write anything, especially humor, he said. Strong gave tips to the group about places to get
cluded last Saturday. The final day began with readings of poetry and non-fiction. The first to read were the poets,starting with David James Brock, followed by JonArno Lawson and Catherine Graham. After a break, non-fiction was kicked off by Jane Fairburn, followed by and concluded by Carol Devine and Wendy Trusler, co-authors of The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning.
The final event of this yearâ€™s Authors Festival had three novelists read excerpts from their novels. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer read from All the Broken Things, Jennifer Robson from her best-selling novel Somewhere in France and the afternoon concluded with the launch of Shani Mootooâ€™s latest novel Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab.
THE SHOWDOWN In true comedic fashion authors Peter Norman and Trevor Strong play rock, paper, scissors to decide who would read after Christian McPherson finished reading Friday night at the 2014 Prince Edward County Authors Festival. (April Lawrence/For The Gazette)
ideas, how to break writerâ€™s block, and how to deal with failure. He said good humor ideas often come from the things that irritate the writer and why. Strong said that he has written man songs for The Arrogant Worms based on things that bug him. â€œYouâ€™re always on the lookout for that funny moment,â€? said Strong. Many ideas come from watching what people do and hearing people say funny off-the-cuff comments. To help avoid or break writerâ€™s block Strong said he set deadlines for himself even if he doesnâ€™t have an official deadline. Another tip is to write what you know and feel. And when it comes to failure, he said it is good to
embrace it. â€œIn comedy, you fail a lot,â€? said Strong, because not every personâ€™s sense of humor is the same. Later, he said â€œyou can tell right away when youâ€™ve failed in comedy.â€? Finding and knowing the audience is key, he said. Knowing the audience helps the author or comedian gauge where the line is that they should not cross in their humor. Friday evening contained more laughs with Giggles and Grins in which Peter Norman, Trevor Strong, and Christian McPherson riffed on humor, each reading excerpts from their novels. Beer, cider and snacks were available for the diverse
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Geothermal: Heating System or Energy Source? eothermal energy, like many renewable technologies, is plagued with common misconceptions and confusion. In most cases, this is the result of consumers not fully understanding what they’re buying and how they’re buying it.
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Geothermal provides consumers with positive cash flow from day one. Monthy cash flow allows consumers to use this extra money to pay down their mortgage, reduce costly credit card debt or save more money for retirement. When someone switches to one of our geothermal systems from heating with oil, propane or electric resistance, the combined finance cost and operating cost of their system is often less per month than their old fuel bill alone. In other words, you can upgrade to a brand new geothermal system with several added benefits and actually have more money left over at the end of the month.
The real difference between paying monthly for conventional energy as apposed to paying monthly for geothermal energy is that with geothermal, consumers are getting much more with their monthly payment. Paying for a monthly oil or propane bill gives consumers nothing more than heat as a by-product of burning a fossil fuel and sending toxic smoke up the chimney. When paying monthly for a geothermal system, consumers get their
payments for a geothermal system can be paid to the bank in the form of a loan. This means there’s a light at the end of the tunnel knowing that eventually, the loan payments will end.
A major benefit of geothermal is the non-depreciating value it adds to the home. Unlike many investments homeowners make, a geothermal system will appreciate the home’s value as conventional energy costs rise. When the time comes to sell, showing potential buyers the low monthly operating cost of geothermal can increase the perceived value of the home by approximately $10,000. Most home improvements either have a life cycle or will eventually go out of style. The geothermal energy source buried in the backyard will last longer than the home and free energy never goes out of style. Instead of paying a fuel company for an energy source that comes from thousands of miles away, why not harness a renewable energy source already stored in the backyard. For more information contact
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“Pitch-In” Prince Edward County April 26, 2014 ~ 10:00am – 2:00pm
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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
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Prince Edward County girls are ready to rock for another year with the Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) program Girls Rock-It program. In the second week of the program Grade 7 and Grade 8 girls talked about how they communicate with each other in this age of technology. The seemed anonymity the internet and social media provide, opens girls and boys up to serious cyber bullying, because it is easier to say mean things online than in person. â€œIf you wouldnâ€™t say it in person, you shouldnâ€™t say it at all,â€? said program coordi-
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To help keep these programs free so every child and youth can participate the Centre will be hosting The ROCâ€™n Revue fundraiser at the Regent Theatre on Thursday May 8 at 7 p.m. The ROCâ€™n Revue will feature county youth talent, including Megan and the Minors a girl group that performed at Pictonâ€™s International Womenâ€™s Day Event this year. The Revue will give kids the chance to perform on a real stage that they may not get to otherwise, said Fennell. Other things to enjoy at the Revue will be treats by chef Michael Hoy, door prizes and a draw to win a summer barbecue package. Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 at the Regent Theatre box office. It will be a night of music, dancing and fun. People in the county are encouraged to come out and support local youth, the Recreation Outreach Centre and have some fun said Fennell. The centre is looking for help from local businesses through sponsorship to be able to keep the programs there free, said Fennell. We work closely with the principals, teachers, child and youth councilors, childrenâ€™s mental health, and the Childrenâ€™s Aid Society said Fennell. They all work together to help keep parents and kids up to date with the programs available for them to participate in through the centre.
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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
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Donâ€™t miss Donâ€™t Opening mi Lange La ge g & Fetterâ€™s e e s GGrand a d Op pe g Month! o Itâ€™ss going to be a Celebration Itâ€™ Celebr elebrration of Grand Grrand Proportions Proporrtionss, with unbelievable u l deals on every every new and pre-owned vehicle on our lot.
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2014 BRAND NEW SPRING ARRIV ARRIVALS VALS VALS 2014 F-150 XLT XLLTT CREWCAB CREEWCAB 4X4 $
32,495 32,495 32,49 49+HST 9HST5
2014 2014 FF-150 201 -150 X XL
$106/week + HST
2014 F-150 SUPERCAB XLT RCAB XL LTT
2013 20 013 13 EDGE DGE S SEL EL
$21,695 $21,69 $2 1,695 69+HST 9HST5
$30,995 $330,99 0,995 99+HST 9HST5
$30,495 $30,49 $3 30,495 49+HST 9HST5
Black, 5.0L V8, Auto, Cruise, Tilt, Microsofft sync, Trrailer Toowing Package, XTR package with Keyless entry, Chrome running boards, power/heated mirrors, and 18â€? Chrome clad wheels. STK#14322
White, 5.0L V8, Auto, Air, Limited Slip Rear axle, Trrailer Towing Package, cloth 40/20/40 Seat, AM/FM radio, Full 8ft Box, 7050 GVWR. STK#14460
5.0L V8 Automatic, with trailer tow package and XTR package with chrome step barr,, power/heated mirrors, keyless entry and 18â€? chrome clad wheels! STK#14446
3.5L V6, Auto, Cruise, Tilt, heated seats, MyFord Touch with Navigation, Microsoft Sync, reverse camera, 20â€? Chrome Clad Wheels. STK#14018
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