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County elementary teachers stage one-day strike ETFO members say they are fighting for all Ontario workers Jason Parks

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As expected, elementary school teachers from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board staged a one-day walkout on Wednesday. Parents with children attending public elementary schools in the Quinte region were left scrambling to find child care as local rank and file members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario conducted a one-day walk to voice their opposition of Bill 115. Introduced by the province as a cost savings measure, the contentious piece of legislation passed this September put a stop to local bargaining between Educational labour groups and Ontario's public school boards. With no negotiations between Minister of Education Laurel Broten and ETFO taking place, the group representing the provinces 76,000 elementary teachers, occasional teachers, and education professionals has been advising its various locals to

walking the line ETFO members Amira Loney and Sarah Hayes speak to

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board director of education Rob McGall outside of Queen Elizabeth School Wednesday morning as public elementary school teacher s staged a one-day strike to oppose Bill 115 . (Jason Parks/Gazette staff) conduct one day rotating strikes. In the Quinte area, there were nine protest sites in-

cluding a picket line at Queen Elizabeth School in Picton where most of Prince Edward County's el-

ementary teachers gathered in support of their group's fight against the province. ETFO local president

Karen Fisk said the membership felt very strongly about taking this message of frustration to the streets on Wednesday. “It is amazing how important this is to our members. They are angry, they believe so strongly in this to make a sacrifice and they are doing this on behalf of all Ontarians...Anyone that works in Ontario. Your constitutional rights can be taken away that easily,” Fisk told the Gazette. In spite of the current negotiation deadlock between teacher union groups and the province, Fisk said members have been cognizant not to take the fight into the classroom during normal education days. She also maintained ETFO did not arrive at the decision to stage one day rotating strikes lightly. “We're elementary teachers and we are committed to children. It's what our job is all about. Did we make this decision lightly? Not on your life. We knew this is a hard decision to take a day out of our working lives and take an educational day away from kids. It wasn't a decision that was made easily,” Fisk said.

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PEFHT opens cardiac rehabilitation centre in Picton Clinic

Partners pull together to offer funding , staffing for gym adam BramBurger

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More than 100 people toured Prince Edward County's newest gym facility Tuesday morning. Though impressed, most said they hoped they'd never be the ones to make use of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment installed at the Picton Clinic. The tours came as part of the Prince Edward Family Health Team's (PEFHT) formal opening of the PEACH (Prince Edward Ambulatory Cardiac Health) rehab centre. Through physiciandirected workouts and physiotherapy, the centre can be used to help the patients recover from heart surgery or to help patients at high risk of heart problems adopt healthier lifestyles that will reduce their risk and keep them out of the hospital system. The centre opened after a public campaign that saw the


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Prince Edward Cattlemen's Association lead a fundraising drive to $70,000. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary also chipped in about $20,000 for a special floor for the facility, while Irene Collyer was also a major donor as she provided funds for the front wall of the gym in memory of her husband. Beyond those contributions, PEFHT president Dr. Elizabeth Christie said her organization was also able to receive support from the Ministry of Health to staff the program and from the South East Community Care Access Centre to provide the physiotherapy. "We thank everyone who gave to this campaign with such enthusiasm," said Christie. "It is indeed a very exciting day for us and the PEFHT is very proud of this initiative and the marvelous results we've seen."


Christie said previously such cardiac rehabilitation facilities were few and far between. Until the Prince Edward Fitness and Aquatics Centre provided space to get the program running recently, most people had to drive to Kingston several times a week to participate. For many people that was a stumbling block to care. Auxiliary member Barbara Fairbairn was one of the people who did travel to Kingston regularly to take part in the program. Given her own experiences and her first-hand knowledge how difficult it was to make that drive, she recommended her organization offer support. "This, to me, is very important," she said. "We don't know how luck we are. All of our equipment is state-of-theart. It's the newest equipment and we're set up for a long time."

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Couple billed more than $13,000 over four months for municipal water Council may set precedent early next year in deciding whether to offer relief to ratepayers experiencing sizeable increase erate Merland Park Cottages in Picton. After a regular water meter reading indicated an abnormally large consumption amount, the meter reader suggested the couple check for leaks or a burst pipe. In September the couple were looking for a licensed plumber with a water locater when they received their July and August water bill from the municipality for over $8,000 — about $7,000 more than their usual payment. Later they received their September and October water bill, which exceeded $5,000. The couple estimated the costs were about

Jennifer Lavers, council's decision could prove to be precedent setting. A report from staff will come forward to committee of the whole in January with a recommendation in their case. The Lavers own and op-

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$11,000 above their usual payment. Last week the couple spoke to councillors at their committee-of-the-whole meeting, asking for consideration in this case. “Our meter was spinning out of control. We immediately tried to find the leak. This — on three-anda-half acres of property — is no small feat,� said Jennifer Lavers. “We had no apparent water seepage and now water was evident above ground to help us find where the leak may be.� Lavers called the amounts “astronomical.� “This dramatically af-


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Chris Skinner and the staff at Scotiabank take this opportunity to pass on Holiday Greetings and appreciation for another great year.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation recently held its 2012 National Awards ceremony at the CN Tower in Toronto. Trenval Business Development Corporation was on hand to receive the Outstanding Community Partner Award (Ontario) from the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, and John Risley, CYBF Chairman, for its instrumental role in helping launch young and emerging entrepreneurs’ businesses in the Quinte Region. “Our valued community partners, such as Trenval, are the crucial first point of contact with CYBF and play an integral role in the start-up process�, said Scott Bowman, CYBF’s Ontario Senior Director. “Trenval’s knowledge of local economic conditions and personal interaction with many young entrepreneurs helps new businesses flourish in the Quinte Region.�

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drain, the practice has been to forgive the sewer bill. The Lavers aren't on municipal sewage service so there would be no sewage bill to forgive, he said. “Council has typically not gone and granted relief on water charges for leaks that have occurred on the property,â€? he said. Councillor Kevin Gale made a motion have staff come back to the committee with a report and recommendation and to bring the issue forward at a meeting in January. “These things happen,â€? he said. He called an $11,000 increase in the Lavers' water bill “absurd.â€? “I don't know what the answer is today. I think $11,000 over other years is in excess and there has to be a way to remedy that,â€? Gale said. “We're a party to the problem, maybe not directly, but we are a party.â€? Councillor Barry Turpin agreed. He said the bill was excessive and obviously wasn't the Lavers' fault. “I'd like to see us do something in order to help them,â€? he said. Councillor Nick Nowitski disagreed. “I don't understand why anybody would actually come to council asking for relief. The standard is if it's on your property, you pay for it no matter what,â€? he said. â€œâ€Ś I would never imagine, ever, coming to council saying 'Help me, help me.' I find it very offensive.â€?



fects our business,� she said. When the plumber finally found the problem, Lavers learned the pipe had burst due to pressure. Lavers said when the couple purchased and built new cabins on the property in 2002, a pressure test indicated the water was being pumped in at 45 psi. “We just recently did another pressure test and it was between 70 and 80 psi,� she said. “We had no official notice or awareness in the increased pressure.� Engineering, development, and works commissioner Robert McAuley said municipal water systems are known to fluctuate. Although the municipality doesn't expressly tell owners this when developing property, he said contractors are aware the municipal system can go as low as 20 and as high as 100 psi. “The fluctuating range tends to be between 60 and 100 psi,� he said. McAuley said council has heard similar cases in the past, though not on this scale, and has taken different positions. “The position we take when we get these requests as the operator is — and council has more or less endorsed it — is treated water is already a cost incurred by the municipality, so we don't forgive it,� he said. He said in a case where the owner is on municipal sewage service and the water doesn't go down the

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nEw dEvEloPMEnts Mayor Peter Mertens, CAO Merlin Dewing and Nautical Lands Group director of development Peter Gregor address a group of residents and families during a public meeting at H.J. McFarland Home last week. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

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Upon hearing an outpouring of opposition to the proposed site of a new seniors housing development at the front of the H.J. McFarland Home property, the municipality negotiated a revised plan with the developer that would see the development erected at the rear of the current facility. At a Nov. 27 council meeting residents of H.J. McFarland Home came out in droves to voice their concern with the originally proposed site, which they considered their front yard. Just a week later developer Nautical Lands Group had a completely redesigned concept which actually expanded the planned development. They had proposed to buy and develop a three-acre property at the front of the home, but now would look to purchase and develop a four-acre parcel behind McFarland Home. Nautical Lands Group director of development Peter Gregor presented the plan to a crowd of concerned seniors and family residents at McFarland Home on Dec. 5. “We look for communities that are in need of more housing and services for seniors and we lead in the industry with retirement communities offering good quality housing and services at a competitive rate,� Gregor said, noting Nautical Lands Group had recently won an award for its seniors housing development in Paris, Ontario. “We look at providing comfort, security, peace of mind, independence, and socialization — those are all key to a good lifestyle.� The preliminary concept design would have the development start just past the current McFarland parking lot and would consist of two phases, each phase containing a four-storey building. The first building would be an independent living retirement residence with approximately 64 units. The second building would have about 75 units and offer assisted living. The concept plans also feature eight villas, each with four units, a private entrance and parking spot and shared laundry facility. On average the one-bedroom unit would be 600 square feet, while a two-bedroom unit would be 700 square feet on average. Gregor said on average the villas would be rented at about $1,600 per month with utilities included while the retirement residences could range anywhere from $2,600 to $3,000 per month. The price would include access to a lobby/lounge

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area, a central dining room with a commercial kitchen and shuttle bus. “The typical retirement suite is like a little one-bedroom apartment, but we've downscaled the kitchen because we provide three meals per day,� Gregor said. Mayor Peter Mertens told residents at the presentation that the municipality has to find new and creative ways to meet the needs of seniors. “As the County on our own, we found it increasingly difficult to meet the needs, so we have to look for innovative ways to make this happen,� he said. “Right now we have such an opportunity, and that opportunity is for much needed residential requirements and residential facilities here in the county which, again, is a need for all our people.� Later that evening a zoning change for the McFarland property went before the planning public council where the change was deferred. H.J. McFarland Home family council chair Jan Wel-

banks was at both meetings on Dec. 5. While she said she was relieved the development was no longer slated for the front of the property, she said she was still disappointed that many neighbours and residents weren't notified. “They're rushing it quite a bit,� Welbanks asserted. She said she spoke at the meeting to rezone the property. She said the rezoning would have affected the entire property and wouldn't rule out a development being built on the front of the McFarland property in the future. “I got a phone call (Friday) from planning. They're going to meet with the group of us so that we can rezone that front yard; save it and have it rezoned open space or public park,� she said. “At that point nothing now or in the future could be built on that.� She said many residents feel the process is being rushed and that's what's leading to what she feels are mistakes on the part of the municipality. Welbanks said there are still questions that many residents would like answered before the process moves along. She said those include potential traffic problems on the McFarland driveway as the driveway would be shared with the new development, and she said the new development won't offer housing for lowincome seniors.

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Local organization continues to support women in crisis AdAm BrAmBurger

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Look out Below! Look out Above Who’s turning 70? It’s JERRY LOVE!

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Alternatives for Women marks 25 years

Crowds of visitors piled into Books & Co. in Picton on Saturday for the annual Busy Hands Christmas Craft Show and Sale. The show has grown each year since being developed by Vicki Emlaw and Bay Woodyard. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

On the anniversary of one of the most brutal attacks on women in memory, Alternatives for Women in Prince Edward County gathers each year to remember and reflect. On Dec. 6, members of the organization gathered at Books & Co. guests to light candles for the 14 victims of the 1989 massacre at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, but also to share in Alternatives For Women’s 25th anniversary. While its a milestone to serve people in need for that many years consecutively, executive director Rahno Godfrey highlighted in her report that she’d rather her organization’s services were not still needed after all this time. “Usually, a silver anniversary is to be celebrated, however due to the nature of our work, a celebration hardly seemed appropriate,” said Godfrey. “Unless you count the fact that Al-

ternatives for Women is still here 25 years later, providing a most necessary and essential service. Some might say we are here in spite of ourselves.” From its inception in 1987 to the present day, Godfrey said Alternatives for Women has provided service to 4,998 women, which translates to about four per cent of Prince Edward County’s total population. Then, in 1987, she told those gathered at the annual general meeting last Thursday, the agency stayed open “on a wing and a prayer,” while now the programs have grown and the Ministry of Community and Social Services offers annual funding. The agency now employs four people full time and one part time. Statistically, there still appears to be a great need for that programming as Godfrey reported that 156 women received Violence Against Women Counselling services, 84 women relied on the agency for transitional and housing support, and

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stokIng the fIre Ameliasburgh Historical Museum head curator Jennifer Lyons showed visitors what Christmas would have been like in the early 1800s. Lyons demonstrated how the holiday has evolved from its humble start. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

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Christmas in the Village, a joint initiative in Ameliasburgh, brought a fun and historical look at Christmas to the village on Saturday. The event was held as joint effort of the Ameliasburgh Hall Working Group, Ameliasburgh Historical Museum and Pioneer Village, Friends of Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, the Al Purdy branch of the County of Prince Edward Public Library and Quinte Educational Museum and Archives. The events were spread across four locations with a wagon ride touring visitors around to each. One of the organizers of the event was Sandy Latchford. Latchford said the organizations decided they should all work together to provide one big event in the village. “We all came together and said we wanted to put on an event that would highlight this whole area because we have a lot of very nice things here,” she said. “We thought it would be a very good partnership to try it.” Latchford said the organizers are hoping it will become an annual event for the village. “We're looking forward to it, we've enjoyed working together and we hope people will plan on making it part of their Christmas itinerary,” she said. There were plenty of interesting events going on. At the Town Hall there was cookie decorating, wreath making and handmade crafts for sale along with free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. Over at the settler's log cabin visitors could see how settlers would have enjoyed Christmas in the early 1800s. The library featured lantern making and carol singing and the Victoria Schoolhouse had a room dedicated to a 1940s style Christmas and gave visitors the opportunity to make decorations for their trees. Latchford said that variety was important. “If you have children you don't want to just come out to one thing. If it can be

an event where you can move from one to the other and have different activities for the children — they can decorate cookies, the next place make lanterns, the next place make garland — it's more interesting for the children,” she said. She said it also makes for a more interesting experience for adults as well. She said the event looked to stress a county heritage theme, putting the spotlight on who settled here and what customs they brought with them. “We're really trying to get people to realize that there's a lot of really wonderful heritage elements here and it's worthwhile to come and see it,” Latchford said. “It's exciting and interesting and interactive for them and their children.” She said another event in the same vein was Taste the Heritage, which highlighted historical foods. She said that event was very successful and hopes Christmas in the Village will be received the same way. “You get to see different things and make an afternoon of it,” she said. “We've had a lot of positive feedback, we had a lot of good feedback from Taste the Heritage and we've had people interested in coming today.”

Latchford said another thing organizers wanted to do with the event was keep it free. “It's important. It's tough economic times and I think it's nice to have an activity where your children can come out and do three or four activities in an afternoon and you don't have to pony up a lot of money for it,” she said. The settler's log cabin display illustrated how different Christmas has come. Head curator of the Ameliasburgh Historical Museum Jennifer Lyons was looking after the display dressed in period clothing. She said wreaths and Christmas trees got started as people would want to bring some greenery into their homes during the long winter. “It was very, very simple — it wasn't an extravagant holiday,” she said. “Essentially it was a day of maybe some songs and prayer. If presents were exchanged it was just little trinkets that they might have hand made for each other.” Christmas trees were decorated with scraps of fabric, dried fruit and wood carvings. “Often the presents themselves would be unwrapped and be nestled in the branches of the tree,” Lyons said.

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Looking back in the

Picton Gazette 80 years ago — 1932

■ The farm producers of central Ontario formed a company, Ontario Farm Producers Ltd. to find better markets for their products. The company, which was to locate in Belleville, had secured a deal to have milk processed at a Wellington plant with returns to farmers being 25 per cent higher than elsewhere on the market. Company organizers hoped to spread their organization to farm producers across Ontario. ■ Prince Edward County made a net expenditure of $61,960.43 in 1932. The largest expense was $16,931 in maintenance for Consecon Road, No.1. ■ The lighthouses on Main Duck Island and around the southern end of the county were closing for the season. The steamer Brentwood from Fort William was the final ship to navigate in the area.

50 years ago — 1962

■ Town council heard a report from Barnett and Rieder Associates Architects about the possibility of converting several buildings in town to town offices. The sites considered included Legion hall, the fire hall, the Regent Theatre, the Brewers Warehouse site, the St. John Ambulance Building, and a new building. The theatre appeared to be the company’s preferred site cost-wise, so long as the majority of the facility remained a public space. ■ The Ontario Minor Hockey Association was planning to host a referees and rules forum in Picton. All referees, coaches, managers and players were invited to attend to take part in an informative discussion about the playing rules for hockey. Typically, the association would do 12 such stops in Ontario towns a year. ■ The federal department of public works sent a letter to Picton asking that the water fountain outside the Picton post office be maintained properly or removed.

30 years ago — 1982

■ A provincial election seemed to be in the offing sooner than most expected as Ontario agriculture minister William A. Stewart told Progressive Conservatives to be ready at their inaugural banquet. Local MLA Norris Whitney also spoke of the possibility of two elections that could come at very short notice. ■ The nurses of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital broke into song to mark prized patient David Clark's 107th birthday. The spry Clark had spent four years in the hospital receiving care. ■ County council heard from delegations of landowners over the issue of an abundance of hunters trespassing on property they had no permission to be on in order to find their game. Warden John Fox told the landowners to notify the OPP of the offence at once.

10 years ago — 2002

■ Prince Edward County received funding for a second ambulance from the Ministry of Heath, but council had yet to be able to put the vehicle on the road because it did not have enough funds available to properly staff the ambulance. ■ The Ontario government was reminding secondary school students that they would not be able to graduate that year without finishing 40 hours of community service. Many students at PECI expressed concern they had not yet completed the requirement over their time at the school.



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Northumberland Forest a good place to hike

There is a high, rolling hill at the Northumberland Forest, north of Cobourg, called the Hogsback. Essentially, it is just a homoclinal ridge, quite steep actually, as we found when we followed the trail up the leading edge, and walked along this narrow ridge which descended sharply on either side into the ravines below. You may be familiar with cuestas. Almost the same but cuesta slopes are more gentle – the Niagara Escarpment is a good example. As you might expect, a hogsback is named for the ridge resembling the high, knobby area between the shoulders of a hog. When we were in the New England states many years ago, residents there referred to these moraine terraces as horsebacks. The hogsback where we were along one of the trails in the Northumberland Forest led to an elevated area that offered a panoramic view of the terrain below us, and a picnic area from which to enjoy it. The trails here in this over 5,000 acre multi-use forest don’t have names like hiking trails do in provincial parks and conservation areas. They are colour-coded and you simply pick whatever colour you like and follow the markers. It is always best though to do a little research first on the trails as some are only a bit over a kilometer, but a wrong choice could have you trekking for 13 km., or more. And that’s assuming you don’t inadver-


tently make a wrong turn as many of the trails cross each other and side trails will link up with other colour coded trails. As well, we found the coloured trail markers spaced rather far apart and it was always a reassuring sight when another marker showed up that indicated we were still on target, and lunch would be on time. We chose the five-kilometre “green” trail that took us over some interesting habitat, a lot of it reforested, and other areas where logging had just taken place. This forest is managed for harvest, a process which was never intended to reap great profits, but rather, help with the regeneration of pine plantations to mixed forests. The primary objective for the harvest here is forest health, not revenue. Harvests are scheduled outside of the sensitive bird breeding seasons as

well as sensitive plant seasons to ensure no negative impacts on the Forest's physiological processes. We came across one such area where it appeared that harvesting had taken place as recently as this year and were impressed with how little damage had been done to the forest floor and other trees. The limbs were left where they fell and will decompose to become part of the forest floor. In a very short while, the forest will recover and it will be difficult to see any evidence that a harvest had even taken place. The Northumberland County Forest web site explains that prior to European settlement, the Northumberland hills were covered in mixed-hardwood forests with towering beech, maple, hickory and white pines as well as tallgrass prairie and oak savanna. Once discovered, however, the region's white pine were harvested and sent to Europe for use as ship masts and settlers harvested the trees for building and fuel as well as cleared land for agriculture. The sandy soils here, however, did not support agriculture for long as nutrients were quickly depleted. Erosion and flooding became a growing concern. Appeals from farmers, particularly here on the Oak Ridges Moraine prompted large scale reforestation efforts to stop the erosion and retain precipitation that could cause flooding.

Because it was November, we saw little wildlife on our two hour walk, but we could tell that that the habitat we were in had the potential to support species like redshouldered hawks, wood pewees, red-eyed vireos and possibly hermit thrushes. We also saw evidence that we were not alone. Bear tracks were encountered a couple of times. The forest is also home to remnant Black Oak Savannas. Black Oak Savanna is a very rare habitat in Ontario. Prior to European settlement, there were about 200,000 acres of prairie and savanna in Southern Ontario. Today, less than two percent of this landscape remains. On a guided hike in mid-October, we were introduced to one of these rare habitats not far from the Forest – the Alderville First Nations Black Oak Savanna. Present to co-lead that hike was one of its founders, Rick Beaver. Next year’s program of outdoor events will feature a guided hike in the Northumberland Forest in the fall. I am looking forward to the opportunity of telling everybody about this special area, once I review the trail system again so we don’t get lost! For more information on today’s topic, please e-mail or phone 613-476-5072. For more information on nature in the Quinte area, be sure to check out .

Tip from motorist helps OPP nab suspected impaired driver

A concerned motorist alerted Prince Edward OPP about a possible impaired driver Monday morning. Just after midnight, police were told of a pick-up truck travelling south on Hwy 62 from Rossmore. Police intercepted the suspected vehicle near the Mountain View Airport, where they spoke to the driver and reported obvious signs of impairment. The driver of the truck, a 38-year-old Sophiasburgh man was arrested and

brought to the Prince Edward detachment for breath tests. Police report, however the accused had been behaving belligerently toward police and he refused to provide a sample into the breath tester. The man was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and refusing to provide a breath sample. The man was slated to appear in Picton court Feb. 13 to answer to the charges stemming from the incident.


Following the first week of the OPP’s province-wide Festive RIDE campaign, the force indicated that many drivers in Ontario still aren’t getting the message that drinking and driving is dangerous. In just the first week of RIDE checks, police report that 151 drivers were pulled aside from RIDe stops, while 152 drivers were issued imme-

diate warn-range licence suspensions. The OPP says it will continue the highly-visible campaign leading up to New Year’s and it is warning drivers that no amount of alcohol is “safe” and guaranteed to give a low breath test reading. They will continue to give warn-range suspensions for blood/ alcohol readings ranging from .05 to .08 -Staff

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Magical MoveMents Mariah Smith captures the attention of the Regent Theatre audience and the other

characters on stage as the County School of Dance puts on its performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker earlier this week. A large cast of dancers took to the stage to present the Christmas classic. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

Splash pad would be great attraction for young families

OVER the past decade many municipalities across North America have worked on plans for splash pads as a way to refresh the recreation opportunities they offer for families in the summer months. In almost all of those communities who have built these colourful, eye-catching attractions, the scene during the hottest months of the year appears to be about the same. Most of the time, the facilities are filled with families waiting for their turn to run through the water, take in a soaking and, ultimately, a few laughs while beating the heat. Those municipalities have likely benefitted by having those splash pads because young families have stayed in the community and spent their money at local business establishments or even at nearby canteens run by the municipalities themselves. As an added bonus, with no standing water requiring lifeguards and little ongoing maintenance required to keep them in operation, splash pads also offer optimal bang for the buck compared to other big-ticket items communities could put in. That said, it delights us, that this Christmas season, a group in Prince Edward County led by Prince Edward Child Care Services has come forward with a gift proposal that it will fundraise for the construction costs of such a facility, provided Prince Edward County is able to provide land for the park and keep it operating in the years to come. We hope that council takes a long look at this proposal and decides this is a service the County would explore as an attraction to keep families here and attract other families to cool off during the summer without a great expense. One must remember the County’s other great drawing card for families during the summer months, the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park is also becoming quite cost-prohibitive as it now costs more than $15 for a family to enter the park by vehicle. It’s a safe bet that some local families are already looking to drive to neighbouring areas to use their splash pads, so this would be a productive way to ensure dollars stay close to home. Should Picton residents be able to put together this first splash pad, one could also see how their model could be used in helping other communities across the county to produce similar parks, provided the model for building more is sustainable. It is hoped that in the new year, the campaign which started on social media and in small groups to bring this type of facility to the county will be receive more attention and that more community groups will come on board to realize this dream for county youth. One would also hope those looking at bringing in this splash pad find a way to not cut corners and to ensure that Picton has a splash pad that rivals other communities this size. If that is achieved, then there can also be discussions about how to maximize the economic potential of such an asset as well as the idea of marketing it with other local attractions.


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Library offers novel gift ideas to appeal to different tastes

People may not think of the library as a place to go for Christmas gift ideas but as the Prince Edward Public library logo states, the library “is more than you think!” For aspiring writers, a unique gift is being made available by well-known writer Vicki Delany. Delany is offering an eight-week writing course beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9. The course is entitled “Writing popular fiction” and is aimed at those thinking of writing a novel, who have a half-finished novel or a completed book that needs some work, or are simply interested in learning more about the craft of writing popular fiction. One of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers, with has twelve published books to her credit, Delany will take participants through the entire process of writing a novel. How to create compelling plots and characters that readers care about will be covered as well as delving into dialogue and viewpoint. The business side of writing will also be discussed, including how to write a compelling query letter and synopsis that will attract a publisher. Each class will consist of a one-hour lecture on the week’s topic, writing exercises, the chance for students to read their writing aloud and receive feedback. The cost is $200 for the eight-week course. Each class will be held from 2 p.m to 5 p.m with a maximum of 12 participants. A gift certificate is available. Contact or Christine at the Picton branch of the library at 613-476-5962 or by e-mail at A portion of the cost of the course will be donated to the library. For the gardeners in our lives, the library presents CBC Radio’s own Ed Lawrence at the Regent Theatre on April 6 at 2 pm. This fundraiser for the library is sure to be a winner as Lawrence presents his gardening advice live with “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” followed by a good deal of question-and-answer with the audience. There will also be a raffle for those in attendance to win dinner with Ed. Tickets are $15 and available at the Regent Theatre box office. For the person who has


everything, or one who loves to read and support life long learning in the community, a donation can be made to the library in their name. A card can be sent to the recipient from the library acknowledging the donation in their name from the donor. For a contribution of $50 or more, a commemorative plaque can be added to the Wall of Fame in the library. Another idea is a unique one for a family. It is the gift of a birthday party at the library. A recently added and already popular service, the library hosts parties with special themes, complete with games and crafts for a nominal fee per child. Funds raised from the parties are used to create free children’s programs for the community. Anyone looking for stocking stuffers or just great deals on books for Christmas might want to visit the library’s Armoury Mall used book store. There is a clearance sale underway where shoppers can fill a bag full of books for only $2. One of the best gifts to give is the gift of time with friends and family, and the library is a great place to meet and learn together. Consider sharing time in the New Year at your neighbourhood branch of the library. Meet to talk books, borrow DVDs to watch together, take a computer class with a friend, or learn a bit of French.For a complete list of services offered by the library, drop in or visit online at The library will be closed during the holidays on Dec. 24, 25 and 26, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.


The Kinsmen Club of Picton sponsored 30 CAS Christmas Angels and delivered gifts to be distributed to local youth at the CAS Angel Tree Office on Wednesday. Pictured with CAS Angel Tree coordinator (Centre) Sue Rose are Kinsmen Members (From Left) Mike Payette, Brian Lindensmith, Larry Craig and Garry Davidson.. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A scientific argument for the values of greenspace

There is understandable outrage at the notion of building a new hospital facility on the grounds of the McFarland Home in Picton. Many, including Joan Ainsworth in last week’s paper, understand the value of natural spaces for people in these health care facilities but there has been little empirical evidence offered to support the cause. Scientific evidence suggests that green spaces offer tangible benefits to our physical and mental health. At long term care facilities, this is especially important and deserves attention. A 1991 study by Talbot and Kaplan concluded that elderly residents in retirement apartments reported greater satisfaction and stronger feelings of well-being if they had a view of a garden. The ability to view nature from a window can also strongly mitigate stress. According to Kaplan and

Kaplan (1989), in intensely stimulating, brightly lit, and noisy health-care environments, the mind experiences "mental fatigue" which results in irritability and a lack of concentration. Observing nature from a window has psychologically restorative benefits because it requires undirected attention, in other words, one can simply look at the view and let their mind wander. Whall et al. (1997) compared bathing late stage Alzheimer’s patients in either blank, institutional rooms or in rooms with nature photography and sounds and the results demonstrated a strong reduction in patient agitation in the natural room setting. Views of nature can also have physical health impacts. Ulrich’s 1984 study compared patients recovering from gall bladder surgery who were assigned to rooms that either overlooked a grove of trees or a

brick wall. The study found that patients with a natural view had shorter post-surgical hospital stays, had fewer minor complications (ie persistent nausea or headaches), and received less negative notes in nurses reports (ie “patient is upset”). Patients with a wall view required more potent narcotic pain drugs while patients who had a natural view took weaker medication. Finally, according to Cooper Marcus and Barnes (1995) and Singleton (1994), gardens and natural settings offer opportunities for patients to socialize either with other patients, with staff, or with family members and friends. This type of social contact has been linked to improved recovery time in heart attack patients, improved survival lengths in cancer patients and even improved immune functioning in family caregivers of Alzheimer’s pa-

In past issues, I have read negative viewpoints concerning the lack of courteous service, or the absence of humanity, when interacting with customer service oriented businesses. While it may be true that some of us have suffered bruised egos from these incidents there are just as many good experiences and I would now like to relate one that recently happened to me. On a mild and sunny afternoon about three weeks back, fate found me rolling my Harley into Picton to fill

up the fuel tank before winter storage. The beast ran dry on York St. barely beyond Pitt St. Faced with the prospect of no petrol for blocks; I hoofed it to Ray’s Power Equipment who, I was sure, could sell me enough fuel to make the station. Once inside, I discovered that they only had 50:1 mix and no raw gas. Now I’m the type sans poker face and this news probably soured my expression, due to the unpalatable prospect of hiking uphill to the sta-

tion and back, because motorcycle boots are not for walking. The brothers, sensitive to my obvious visual disappointment, immediately decided it was time to secure some fuel for the shop and would help me once the precious liquid was obtained. With the gas in hand, I was driven back to my machine where the fuel was dispensed to the thirsty hog. Turned out that my money was no good and all that was requested, for this

tients (Spiegel 1989; KeicoltGlaser 1988). This is a relatively brief synopsis of the investigation into the healing powers of green spaces. However, it is quite apparent that there is a correlation between natural landscapes and the satisfaction and health of residents in long-term care facilities. The evidence presented supports the emotional testimonies heard by council from residents at the McFarland home. Isolating residents from their piece of nature would be misguided and short-sighted. As in the design of the building, the design of the landscape must be conducted with residents in mind. Ben O’Brien Ameliasburgh

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Good deed by local business offers motorcyclist hope

unbelievable act of neighborly kindness, was that I consider patronizing their business in the future. This solitary gesture of unselfish assistance is a stellar example of paying it forward! Most news in the 21st Century is littered with untold miseries and insensitive deeds which crowd out detailed reports regarding these spontaneous acts of compassion . . . but today I’m hopeful. Lawrence Lilly Prinyers Cove

Prince Edward and Hastings not represented on LHIN board

During its performance of Tuesdays With Morrie, the Prince Edward Community Theatre collected $247 for the Picton United Church County Food Bank. Here, founder Lynn Fennell hands over the cheque to food bank director Pat Romkey. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

I wonder if the residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties are aware of how much decision-making importance the board of the South East Local Health Integration Network (better known as the South East LHIN) has in terms of provincial health dollars spent in our two counties. As well I question how many residents in the two counties are aware that Hastings and Prince Ed-

ward counties have had absolutely NO representation on that important decisionmaking body for the past twelve months. There are supposed to be nine people sitting on that board and there have been only six making all the decisions for the past year. These persons are residents of Kingston, Leeds & Grenville and Lennox & Addington counties. Isn’t it about time that the provincial government

addressed this issue by filling these vacancies? Last January an advertisement for vacancies was posted in the Belleville Intelligencer. Interviews were held in June. Those who were not selected were notified in August. It is now December. To date no appointments from Hastings or Prince Edward counties have been made. In the meantime the board has continued to make hugely important de-

cisions surrounding the multi-million dollar expenditures on health care at our hospitals and other health agencies. As well it is making important decisions concerning the future of health care in our region such as the new Prince Edward County hospital, with absolutely no voice at the table representing our two counties. Phil Ainsworth Picton

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District W.I. establishes granting fund County Community Foundation to manage investments AdAm BrAmBurger

Staff writer

When breaking down the funding model for many community projects in the county, one can usually find a Women’s Institute involved somehow. This year, however, the Prince Edward District Women’s Institute has elected to not make a onetime donation to any of the projects brought before it. Instead, the organization has decided to start a longterm fund to be administered by the County Community Foundation. The District W.I. put $20,000 into the fund to start and it plans to grow it through community donations, future investment, and interest growth on the principle sum of money. “We had some money to invest and we had just talked about giving a one-time donation to a several different things,” said district president Nancy Wood. “We liked the idea of the continuation of this fund instead of a one-time donation to whatever. We felt it would be a better use of our funds and a way to keep giving to the community.” After much discussion and, according to Wood, even some overthinking, the District W.I. members decided the fund would provide grants to applicants dedicated to transportation, and the needs of women and children. “We support transportation big time — accessible transportation in the county is our baby — and women and children covers education and a broad range of pursuits. Wood said that while the Women’s Institute seems to be doing better than some service organizations in this age, there was some thought to future sustainability when the decision was made to create the fund moving forward. “Our membership is strong and our membership is committed. Like all organizations, new members is something that we’re not flush with. This fund is a way

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StArting point Prince Edward District Women’s

Institute president Nancy Wood signs off on the $20,000 investment into the fund as Doug Mcpherson of the County Community Foundation and Wilma McCagg of the W.I. examine the arrangement.. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

to maybe keep our name going.” Wood said the fund will not provide grants every year and, at this time, the W.I. has not set a timeline for when granting is to be completed. She indicated it will take some time for the funds to grow and some consideration will also be given to the needs of the applicants. Ideally, she said there would be grants to give away every two years with the first grants likely coming within a year. “I think we need to do it more often and keep it front and centre in our members' minds as well as everyone else's,” Wood said. The decision came after the County Community Foundation reached out to the District W.I. to talk about what it could do on their behalf to manage the fund, yet not take away the granting control. “We will look after all the back room stuff on your behalf,” said County Community Foundation treasurer Tony Dean, indicating the County Community Founda-

tion can advertise for more donations, manage the fund alongside the others it oversees to ensure maximum returns, and even issue tax receipts through Canada Helps. He said the foundation completely supports the W.I. in its ability to choose who to offer assistance to. “What we can do is support your grants committee in helping you get applicants. You make decisions on where that money is going to go and we’ll cut the cheques. It will all be spent on projects that are important to you.” The two organizations appear fit to work together, said County Community Foundation director Bridget Stevenson, because both movements go back to about the same time in Canadian history — the first Community Foundation in Canada started in 1921, while the first Federated Women’s Institute came together in 1918. Both organizations also consider giving and helping in the community to be a major part of their mandate.

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DEC 14 – CHERRY VALLEY LIONS CLUB – Sponsoring a Christmas Youth Dance 7-9pm Grades 4-8 at the Cherry Valley United Church Hall. $5 entrance fee, prizes food & drink. DEC 14 – 1st ANNUAL PAJAMA PARTY – With “Stealing Patience” on stage at Cascades Pub & Grill, 9 Division St. Consecon. Wrapping up the Christmas fundraiser for the Storehouse Foodbank that evening. For info call 394-1537. DEC 15 – COMMAND PERFORMANCE CHOIR – Stand Up. Be Joyful! A concert of Christmas music by Bach & Pinkham: Music Then & Now. 2pm at St.Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Picton. Tickets $18 in advance on Command Performance website or $20 at the door. Proceeds shared with Picton Food Bank. Non perishable food donations welcome. Call 962-0832 or Barb 471-1753 DEC 15 – BLOOD DONOR CLINIC – PE Community Centre Main Hall, Picton 2-8pm. Booking in advance is greatly appreciated. Online or by phone 1-888-2 Donate (1-888-236-6283). DEC 17 – AL-ANON – Meets Mon(s) 7:30pm Gilead Fellowship Church. 1-866951-3711. Affected by someone’s drinking? DEC 18 – NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS – Meets Tues(s) 7pm Picton Hospital Boardroom. 1-888-811-3887 Problem with drugs? DEC 18 – AL-ANON – Meets Tues(s) 8pm Gilead Fellowship Church. 1-866951-3711 Affected by someone’s drinking? DEC 18 – ALATEEN – Meets Tuesdays 8pm Gilead Fellowship Church. Age 1219 affected by someone’s drinking? 1-866951-3711. DEC 20 – AL-ANON – Meets Thurs(s) 10:30am St. Mary Magdalene Church. 1866-951-3711 Affected by someone’s drinking? DEC 20 – ST. ANDREW’S PICTON – At 11am hosts an hour for contemplation featuring music by Sara Barrett Harris & photography by Phil Norton. DEC 22 – COUNTY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS – Lorraine Sine & Friends, 7pm Picton United Church $15p.p. Proceeds to Loyalist Humane Society. DEC 24 – ST. ANDREW’S PICTON – Sights & Sounds for a Wondrous Night at 7pm. Candlelight service with photography by Phil Norton. DEC 25 – 12th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER – Christmas is for everyone, 12 noon at the Picton Community Centre. To reserve your seat or arrange home delivery or a ride contact Cindy 471-1115, Theresa 476-7284, Maureen 476-1063 or Gilead Fellowship 476-2622 before Dec 23 if possible. On Christmas Day call 9225279 or 471-0052 or 471-0950. Sponsored by Gilead Fellowship & many friends. DEC 30 – WHATTAM’S FREE Family Movie 2pm at the Regent Theatre “Home Alone 2”. JAN 9 – SOPHIASBURG OVER 60 LUNCH & MEETING – Demorestville Friendship Church Hall 12noon. $10. No plates needed. Phone Peggy by Monday DEC 13 – ST. ANDREW’S PICTON – 476- 3755. At 11am hosts an hour for contemplation JAN 9 – WINDY ILLAGE OPEN featuring music by Sara Barrett Harris & STAGE – Returns for another season 7pm at the Wellington Legion, 364 Main St. W. photography by Phil Norton. DEC 14 – LOYALIST HUMANE SO- Wellington. Cash donations to the StoreCIETY – Christmas Craft & Bake Sale house Food Bank are encouraged. Coffee provided. All welcome – performers at any Armoury Mall 10am – 12:30pm. DEC 14 – WELLINGTON ELKS – level. Ham & Turkey Roll, Allisonville Hall Doors open 7:30pm. First roll free. Light lunch. Everyone welcome. SPACE IS AVAILABLE TO all nonprofit groups or organizations that serve 'The County' ONLY. Calendar items can be faxed 476-3031, email or placed in drop box at the side door of the Funeral Home by Saturday at noon. WHATTAM'S is proud to present....'Free Family Movie Day' at the Regent Theatre the last Sunday of each month 2pm. Dec 30 – Home Alone 2. PICTON FIREFIGHTERS CHRISTMAS TREE SALES - $40 each (any size). Available at the Picton Fire Hall corner of King & Ross Streets Picton. Supporting local charities. ROTARY CASH CALENDAR WINNERS – Nov 28 to Dec 4. S. MacCallum, B. Clapp, G. Miller, K. Lynch & M. Chapelle. ZUMBA TONE CLASSES – Every Thursday 5:45 – 6:45pm at the Picton Arena. $10. Doors open at 5:30. Everyone is welcome, must be over 16 years to participate. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF PEC – Looking for people interested in sitting on the Board of Directors or volunteering. If interested contact Linda at 476-2085. On line registration for Walk for Memories is now open at . Jan 26 1-3pm at either PECI or Wellington & District Community Centre. Each dollar raised supports families in PEC. PE County’s indoor fundraising walk. Info 476-2085. PE MS SOCIETY – Selling Christmas cakes 900g twin pk-$12. /Scottish shortbread 380g-$7. /Plum pudding 675g-$8. A limited supply of Mixed nuts-380g(no peanuts)$12./French truffles 100g-$4.25. To order call 476-2427. WELLINGTON ELKS NEW YEARS DINNER & DANCE – Allisonville Hall, Tickets $25p.p. $10p.p. dance only. For tickets call Dave at 827-2914. EVENING & SATURDAY PLAYGROUPS – For parents & their children 0-6 years old. Siblings welcome. Thursday evening, 5-7pm at Q.E. School Auditorium (enter from Elm St.). Saturday morning, 10am-noon, at the Ontario Early Years Centre, 10 McFarland Court, Picton. Contact PE Child Care Services 476-8142. ST. ANDREW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH WELLINGTON – The What Not Shop NEW hours starting Nov 22. Tuesdays 9-11am, Thursdays 2-4pm & Saturdays 10-12noon. Selling clothes, boots, bedding & household items. PICTON FOOD BANK in need canned fruit/veggies/cereals/kraft dinner/ cookies/ juice crystals/peanut butter/tuna. Donations to the newly established Pet Food Bank also appreciated. TOPS 4918 - 7pm - Every Wed night St Mary Magdalene Parish Hall. Information-Gena 399-3461. CONSECON LEGION – New Year’s Supper & Dance. Tickets now on sale. 60 seats available. Call the Legion to book 392-7433. ALBURY FRIENDSHIP GROUP – Meets every Wed morning at Albury Church Rednersville Rd. Quilts for sale. Proceeds to local charities for women.


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A public splash pad could be coming to Picton in the



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was at last week's committee-of-the-whole meeting where she asked councillors for their support and municipal land for the project. The committee asked staff to come back in January with a report on potential sites and that staff consult neighbouring municipalities on any issues that may arise — including liability — in operating a splash pad. Quaiff said she has worked in child care in the community for longer than 20 years and is constantly in contact with children and families. She said recently she's heard many comments from those families that, because of transportation issues, it's difficult for them to access the water and splash pad services in other municipalities. “Some of them have no

access to going outside the community and other do and they take those opportunities to go splash pads outside our community,” she said. A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water, which eliminates the need for lifeguards and other supervision. Brighton, Quinte West and Kingston all currently have public splash pads, Quaiff said. She said the pads are generally 3,000–4,000 square feet. One recently constructed in Kingston cost approximately $230,000. “Our proposal today is to ask for a space and then we would do the fundraising around that in order for us to get this up and going,” she said. While Quaiff said her group would do all of the

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Saturday December 15th 8pm Christmas Dance with "A Bit of Nostalgia" $10 person - Tickets at bar or at door. Light luncheon served.

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fundraising for the construction costs, the municipality would be responsible for the property and ongoing operating costs. Support for the project has already shown up online. Between Nov. 20 and when Quaiff made her deputation on Dec. 6 the Picton splash pad Facebook page received 276 “likes” while many others commented that the splash pad was a great initiative. Councillor Terry Shortt said Trenton's splash pad was very well received and expressed support for the project. “It's a great idea to help families with children because it's a free place for them to take their kids to cool off in the summer time,” he said. “One of our goals here is to try to make ourselves a little more friendly to younger families to try to get younger families to move back in and this is certainly an attraction.” While councillors were generally supportive of the proposal, a few asked whether the project could be expanded or moved to benefit other areas of the municipality. Quaiff said Picton was the preferred location as it has the highest population density in the lower end of the county. Also, she said splash pads are generally connected to municipal water services. However, she did say if this project is successful she would be willing to work with other groups to bring splash pads to their area. “Our primary issue today is to get this one in Picton,” she said.

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Clubs’ donations help with delivery of Grade 6 DARE program and Adopt-a-Child snowsuit outfitting operations

OPP youth programs receive boost from Rotary, Knights of Columbus Chad ibbotson

Staff writer

Both representatives of the Rotary Club of Picton and the local Knights of Columbus were on hand at the Prince Edward OPP office to present cheques for local kids programs last week. Rotary donated $500 toward the OPP's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, while the Knights donated $500 toward the Adopt a Child program. Community services officer Const. Kim Guthrie said the DARE program is delivered to all Grade 6 public school students in the county and consists of an hour class for nine weeks. “I've been teaching DARE for six years and, this is approximate, but about 1,380 children have received the facts and the truth about drugs and drug abuse and the consequences that go along with it,” she said. She said she hopes with that education the children grow up to make better decisions about drugs. She said the program is made more effective by public donations. “Delivery of the program is facilitated by community donations which enables me to provide planners to the students that we work from,” Guthrie said. “We're also able to reward the with mementos, visual reminders of the DARE. Program, some school supplies and some take away items that will be a visual reminder of their time with me and DARE.” She said although she can't promise the program will reach every student, but she said she hopes it will make an impact on some. “I'd like to think there are some kids walking away with some very valuable information and they think twice before they experiment with the unknown because the unknown is now known to them,” she said. Rotary director of community services Marion Hughes said the club was happy to support DARE. “We're honoured to be able to support the program,” she said. “One of our mandates is to serve the community and even more so families and youth within the community, so it's perfect.” Guthrie said the distribution for this year's Adopt -a-Child program is complete so all money raised now will go toward the program next year. She said the program, now in it's

25th year, annually provides children in need with brand new, warm winter clothing. “We actually distributed 159 snowsuits this year, which is 30 up from last year,” Guthrie said. Guthrie said she's been involved with Adopt-aChild for six years also and the average for Prince Edward County is usually between 112 and 120. “To have 159 kids this year on our list, that's an indication,” she said. She said Prince Edward OPP participate in the Adopt-a-Child program in partnership with the Belleville city police, Stirling-Rawdon police, Centre Hastings OPP and Napanee OPP. In total the program provided 1,100 children with winter clothing this year. “It's through the generosity of donations only, there is no other funding for the program, there's no provincial funding,” she said of the program. “It's all through individual or service clubs or corporate sponsorships, it's the only way to get it. Here in Prince Edward County, I must tell you, the generosity is profound.” She said one anonymous donor in particular visits the OPP office every year and donates $2,000 to the cause. “I don't know who she is. It's just a sweet lady who comes in every year with an envelope of cash and she drops it off attention to the Adopt a Child program and off she goes,” Guthrie said. Knights of Columbus deputy grand knight Gerry Mayer said this is the first year the Knights have supported the Adopt-a-Child program. “We've started a program to raise money for kids,” he said noting that the initiative raised about $1,000. “We're giving $500 to Adopt a Child and $500 to the (CAS) Angel Tree. Hopefully we can keep it up.”

a daring donation Picton Rotary represen-

tatives Rick Jones, Matt Stiff, and Marion Hughes present a cheque to Const. Kim Guthrie. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

winter warmth Const. Kim Guthrie accepts a donation from Knights of Columbus’ Gerry Mayer, Alfred Gannon and Doug Gannon. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

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Ontario service directory calendars have arrived at Community Care “The calendars are here! The calendars are here!� Each year we receive boxes of calendars that are specially designed with information to benefit seniors. The information in this year’s calendar covers an array of topics and includes a “service directory� for contacts in Ontario, as well as some national numbers on the last page.

The calendar covers such topics as: preventing hot water burns; safe medication use; epilepsy; low income seniors benefits; road trip readiness; self-neglect; tips when on Vacation; misuse of power of attorney; using walking aids; fire safety for the hard of hearing; pedestrian safety, and the benefits of exercise.

The calendar this year is brought to you by B.A.S.S.I.C. which stands for “Bringing an Awareness of Seniors Safety Issues to the Community.� Their website is if you would like more information. Please feel free to stop in today at the Community Care office and get your free copy of the “2013 Safe

Seniors Calendar�. We are always happy to see you.


Gift certificates are available for all programs and services and make great gifts for seniors. A gift of Meals on WheelsÂŽ, Foot Care, Seniors Luncheon Social, or ride to the doctor, would bring smiles on Christmas Day. Drop by the Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors office at 206 Main St., The Armoury in Picton or call 613-476-7493 for more information.


Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop now offers gift certificates. If you have someone on your list who is a thrift shop lover, this is your answer! Thrift shop gift certificates are available for purchase only at the Community Care office in The Armoury, 206 Main Street, Picton or call 613476-7493 for more information.


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CRESSY UNITED CHURCH CEMETERY Cressy United Church Cemetery has submitted revised by-laws for approval to the Registrar under the Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Any interested parties may contact William Leet at 613-476-2662 for information or to make copies. By-laws or amendments may be reviewed or copied by appointment.

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cial at the Consecon United Church hall on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at noon. Wheel House and Occasions Catering is preparing homemade soup, roast turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, rolls and butter, and Christmas pudding for dessert, all topped off with coffee and tea for $10 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at noon by calling 613-4767493. 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 takeout meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take out and eat in.

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County author dishes up helping of Chicken Soup Litke’s hockey story makes cut to appear in popular inspirational book AdAm BrAmBurger

Staff writer

To use hockey terminology, author Jennifer Litke found herself in the right place at the right time to score big. Litke received a phone call one night from a friend in the media business, who informed her the Chicken Soup for the Soul series was looking for one more story for its latest book. It was an opportunity, to be sure, but the conditions were less than desirable. “She needed it by noon the next day, it was like 10:30 that night. The central issue was about hockey,” Litke recalled. “I actually am not very familiar with the game of hockey, but that was okay.” She thought back to an incident in her own son’s life. A class clown, he was constantly being bullied in Grade 1, when a hockey coach introduced him to the sport as a positive outlet in his life. “It was hockey that absolutely changed his life. It gave him something to be passionate about, it gave him something to focus on other than the issue at hand,” she said. “It was absolutely something necessary to get him away from feeling sorry for himself and put some control back into life.” Litke indicated the coach was real and most of the storyline was real, but just enough was changed to protect those involved because they live in such a small community. The publishers were quite receptive to the last-minute submission. “I was probably up until 1

a.m. writing and my friend said she didn’t have to do much with it,” she said. “When I read it in October, it was identical to how I had written it.” Her son, by the way, signed a waiver to have the story used and was pleased to be the focal point of his mother’s work. For her involvement in the project, Litke said she received a one-time fee for her story, but more important to her is the exposure the project can offer. “It gets my name out to the public. It is something I can reference and something I can put on my web site,” said Litke, who is looking for a publisher to work with on future projects after self-publishing her first book, Conceived, which was a self-help book for teenage mothers. “It’s not that it is an epidemic around here any more, but I was surrounded by young teen moms everywhere,” she said. “I attend a local church and it was on my heart there be more information available for them. They were completely unprepared for motherhood before them.” The book has been all the way to Ukraine and Litke said she has received positive feedback for trying to offer the young women hope and real-world solutions. That doesn’t sound too far from what Chicken Soup for the Soul does — and yes, Litke would also work with them again if possible. “That’s sort of where my genre lies and the books are widely read and respected.” Both of Litke’s books are available in Picton at Books & Company. ROAD TRANSPORT INC

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Once again this year, the Festival of Trees was a great success. The Auxiliary would like to thank all those who contributed: our sponsors and donors, the Festival committee, our volunteers and friends who worked so hard, the bakers who filled the bake sale table, the musicians who gave their time and talent. We are enormously grateful to Isaiah Tubbs Resort, who donated such lovely buildings and to their staff who helped create such a warm Christmas atmosphere. Thanks also go out to Home Hardware and Quinte Health Care, who helped with our costs and, last but certainly not least, all of you who supported us by your attendance and your generous bids. All the funds raised will help us to fulfill our mission to support and assist Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, its patients, staff and the local community in meeting their health-care needs. Many thanks once again to all, and best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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5 bedroom estate home on the Bay of Quinte, is nestled on a cul de sac with neighbouring homes of similarity. This antique white stone executive bungalow is on 6.9 acres with 800 feet of waterfront and features exceptional upgrades, including hardwood throughout, marble, granite countertops, procelain, sculptured glass, 3 car garage, heated inground pool, cabana, and professionally landscaped. The custom kitchen is the centre of the hub for this home with 2 islands, makes it easy for entertaining. Please view the virtual tour to experience all this home has to offer. Call listing agent for the in depth feature sheet that captures all the extraordinary upgrades this home has to offer! $1,800,000 Mls 2127422

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Beautifully maintained Century Home in the heart of Picton. Central Location for easy access to all amenities. Additional kitchen upstairs, 3 bdrms and 4 pce bath. Front and back staircases. B&B, in-law suite potential. House is zoned core commercial for a wealth of opportunities! Great high ceilings with original beadboard. Large newer kitchen with walkout to sunroom and private deck. Treed backyard adding privacy and fenced on 2 sides. Generous sized rooms, newer furnace, roof and most electrical is updated. A must see! $264,000 Mls 2125902

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WELLINGTON BUILDING LOT – Nicely treed, less than one block from the Harbour! Fenced on two sides, water & sewer to lot line. Walking distance to schools, churches, new arena, restaurants, shopping & beach. Build here & become part of this growing community. MLS 2126158 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN


East Lake water view bungalow. Recent extensive renovations. Newer windows, flooring, paint, shingles in 2010. Trickle system to 3000 gallon holding tank. MLS 2127395 HERB PLIWISCHKIES


BELLEVILLE – Cute, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been updated with new plumbing, electrical, drywall, doors & windows. Beautiful hardwood floors in living & dining rooms, large, bright eat-in kitchen & main-floor laundry. Great starter home! MLS 2125025 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN


This affordable family home has been renovated for great family living. Beautiful hardwood floors, open concept kitchen/dining room,4 bdrms & 2baths. MLS 2124529 RON & VERONICA NORTON

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Country Home. Attention families...this could be your first home! 4 lg bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 outbuildings, 2 acres. Important renovations complete. Features of a home of this era are intact: lg living room, fireplace, wide front porch. Excellent value, central location between Picton and Belleville. MLS 2125420 DARLENE ELDRIDGE & JIM WAIT



3+2 bdrm, 2 bath home with walkout lower level. Approx 2300 sq.ft. of living space. MLS 2127382 RON & VERONICA NORTON

WELLINGTON – CLOSE TO LAKE! This recently rejuvenated century home is ‘new’ from the walls in – now has gas hot water radiant floor heating, on-demand hot water, lovely kitchen overlooking eating area, living room & family room, 3 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms. MLS 2127158 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN




Ontario St. century home very well maintained & decorated. MLS 2121959 HERB PLIWISCHKIES


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ALL BRICK BUNGALOW with 5 acres. Features spacious rooms & finished lower level with its own entrance. Detached garage & outbuildings. Located in North Marysburgh. MLS 2127017 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN

PRIVATE SETTING in WELLINGTON. Beautifully finished & immaculately-maintained home featuring large rooms – separate living & dining rooms, eat-in kitchen with walk-out to fenced yard with pool, main-floor laundry, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms. Great entertaining home! MLS 2121101 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN


Custom built Hickory Home with 3 bdrms and 3 baths. Nicely sized in town lot in area of fine homes. MLS 2122038 MARY JANE MILLS


Sits on 80 acres of rolling, workable land. MLS 2125167 TONY SCOTT

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1600 sq.ft. shop, 13ft. ceiling, 13ft. wide x 12ft. high door. Building has great display area and parts area as its current use. MLS 2125758 RON & VERONICA NORTON


Picton Main St. Plenty of assigned parking in the rear, full basement with walkout. Newer roof is in excellent condition, and the building is on municipal water and sewer. Core Commercial zoning. MLS 2126074 DARLENE ELDRIDGE & JIM WAIT


3 GLADSTONE AVE, PICTON Redone century home in town - studio, wood floors, fenced yard, coach house, spectacular gardens, covered porch. MLS 2127417 DONNA & NICK HAWRYLUK




SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT & ELEVATED VIEWS. 4 bdrm, 2 bath cape cod style home overlooking Long Reach. Lots of room for family or entertaining. MLS 2120845 TONY SCOTT


Victorian beauty in Old East Hill Belleville, renovated for the modern family but with many original features. Private back garden with in-ground pool and enclosed porch. MLS 2127421 COLLEEN GREEN

Spacious home with attached 1 bdrm apartment & marina/store. 100’ waterfront. MLS 2126728/6729 MARC OUELLETTE




FISHERMAN’S PARADISE! Featuring 870 ft. on Hay Bay & 6.96 acres with a year-round cottage, lagoon & docks. Accessed by a year-round maintained road. Lots of room for family & friends! MLS 2125738 CHRISTINE & COLIN HENDEN


1.5 yr old award winning custom built home, professionally designed & decorated. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. MLS 2124455 MARY JANE MILLS

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145 acres agricultural land on Big Island. Fronts on North Big Island Road and Caughey Road. Enjoy the waterfront without the taxes! MLS 2126954 TONY SCOTT

East Lake Waterfront. Set on a gorgeous 20 acres with 528ft. of level, clean, waterfront on East Lake, plus an additional 34 acres (10 acres hardwood bush) across the road. An excellent opportunity for a B&B, vacation rental, or build your dream home closer to the water. MLS 2125198 DARLENE ELDRIDGE & JIM WAIT

5000sq.ft. home w/ great view of Bay of Quinte, sitting on 7 acres that includes a 10 stall barn. MLS 2126640/6642 RON & VERONICA NORTON

PINERIDGE SUBDIVISION PHASE II We are ready to accept your reservations on Phase II, 46 lot development. Photo is taken from elevation on 2nd phase. Several builders to choose from. Builders terms available. Reserve your water view lot before they are gone. Call Herb for more details HERB PLIWISCHKIES

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102 Main Street, Picton

The Gold Standard in Prince Edward County $184,900

Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*

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$1,295,000 MLS 2122832


$335,000 MLS 2125603

MLS 2120461

$164,900 MLS 2125866




MLS 2125951

Bev Skidmore

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$469,000 MLS 2126260




$239,000 MLS 2126731

$169,900 MLS 2113915









Jason, Kevin & Sandy Young Sales Reps.


$149,900 MLS 2123969



$119,000 MLS 2113122

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$217,900 MLS 2120971






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MLS 2124895

MLS 2115206

$349,900 MLS 2126287


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Carol Brough

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73 pAul Street, picton One of the nicest neighbourhoods within walking distance to all amenities. This bungalow is immaculate inside & out. Visit Arnold for your personal tour of this $274,900 lovely home. MlS® 2125095


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$450,000 Spectacular panoramic waterfront overlooking the famous sand dunes of West Lake from a unique and prestigious lot at the west end of Sheba`s Island. Enjoy the friendly neighbourhood. Minutes from Picton and Bloomfield, near Isiah Tubbs Resort and and Sandbanks Provincial Park. Great swimming, boating and fishing. Fabulous sunsets! Several wineries of Prince Edward County and fine dining locations are within an easy drive. Make your dream come true! MlS® 2125487


$157,000 Rare opportunity to buy your own business and premises in great location. Established restaurant with financial records available upon request. Summer patio is perfect for holiday tourists but locals come all year round! If you are ready to invest in yourself call today to see. MlS® 2113287


$549,000 Sunny rooms with lots of windows, open concept with family room, living and dining room all on one level. Fantastic waterviews over Hayward Long Reach. Plenty of room for company in this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. Outside tennis court, swimming pool and inside sauna for the active lifestyle. Rents as vacation home, figures available at office. MlS® 2113568

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$885,000 Exceptional estate situated on 34 acres enveloped by trees, gardens & nature. Custom built home designed to represent 19th Century appearance. Gracious foyer, centre staircase, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, outside gazebo, separate 20X40 studio and carport are just a few features of this ultimate country retreat. MlS® 2111720

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$449,000 A unique property that offers a mix of commerical and urban housing under one roof. Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Picton a perfect fit for professionals with Core Commercial zoning. Upper level is approx 1200 sq ft with main level of 1,600 sq ft. 3 car attached garage. Private back yard overlooking park. MlS® 2117594



$224,900 Lovely 3rd floor end unit "Sir Richard" model with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Bright and cheerful with eastern exposure. 12 foot balcony to watch those beautiful sunrises. Includes all appliances. Just move in and enjoy. MlS® 2126243


$689,000 A stunning waterfront home with the perfect combination of luxury and simplicity. Set against a back drop of the lake and the season's changing landscapes this immaculate 2 lvel home is fully renovated with high end finishes and features. Professionally landscaped with natural stone terrace on rock shoreline. MlS® 2126055

LAKE ONTARIO $365,000 Excellent building lot in an area of impressive homes and pastoral landscape. Amazing views of Lake Ontario and famous Sandbank dunes. 3.24 acres with 190 ft of waterfront. Well being installed. Build the home of your dreams! MlS® 2125197

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VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON Westwind Cres. 3 bedroom bungalow backing onto Conservation Area and Millenium Trail. Eat in kitchen, bright living rm, 2 3-pc baths, 1 1/2 car garage. Covered deck at back, gas heat, air conditioning. Full partially finished basement. Asking $199,000 MLS® 2127346

BAY OF QUINTE WATERFRONT At the Telegraph Narrows. Hint Lane off County Rd 15, easy access from Hwy 401 & 49. Lg lot, drilled well, hydro, zoned for residential use. Landscaping is done, extensive decking at shore. Perfect retreat while you are waiting to build your dream home. Call for more details. Asking $199,900 MLS® 2120805

LAKE ONTARIO VIEWS 9 Carla Court, Wellington. Modern Quebcois Keirstead log home. Open concept with high cathedral ceilings. Relax on your deck, listen to Lake Ontario. Tastefully finished on both levels, large decks off main and lower level, w/o from lower level. A very special home for a unique buyer. MLS® 2126485 Call for more info.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR BUSINESS AT HOME All this on 8+ acres of land with view of Bay of Quinte. Elevated bungalow, lg bright living room, eat in kitchen, patio doors to deck. Foyer leads to double garage and lg deck with pool and hot tub. Full finished basement with fireplace in family room, lg workshop. Perfect for growing family. MLS® 2126106

MAITLAND ST., PICTON The perfect home for retirees going south or a young couple starting out. Small lot, maintenence free exterior, neat and tidy interior. 2 bedrm, new oil furnace and tank 2010. Call to view. Asking $139,900 MLS® 2126793

CLOSE TO SOUP HARBOUR Peaceful and tranquil. 2 plus acres of land with deeded access to Lake Ontario. Drilled well, hydro to lot and entrance is in. Ready to go to build your new home on. Asking $69,900 MLS® 2125759

* 4.5% current mortgage, 3.09% new mortgage, 25 year am. Credit cards 19.5% and car loan 7%, both at 5 year am. OAC. Subject to change. For illustration purposes only.

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SUNSETS AT ADOLPHUS REACH The lot is cleared and ready for you to build your retirement home or a getaway cottage. 100 ft clean shoreline, perfect for swimming, fishing or deep water sailing. Private and pretty. Hydro to lot line, driveway is in. Call for more details. MLS® 2124707

AREA OF GREAT FISHING AND BOATING Bay of Quinte Waterfront Telegraph Narrows. Large treed nicely landscaped lot with drilled well, entrance and hydro are in. Ready to go to build your new home. Approx 90 ft of shoreline. Set in the trees. Close to 401, Kingston and Napanee. Asking $199,900 MLS® 2120848


CHASE RD., HILLIER WARD Close to Closson Chase Winery and Karlo Estate Winery. 25 ac of land. Asking $129,900 MLS® 2120655

1 ACRE PARCEL OF LAND Just west of Hillier. Drilled well on property, entrance permit available and hydro is close to lot line. Asking $41,900 MLS® 2126538

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A turret, wood detailing, and a wraparound verandah exemplify Victorian style. The double-door entry opens to a foyer with a lovelycurved staircase. The living room enjoys a fireplace, and the formal dining room sports a buffet alcove and access to the verandah. Thefamily room also gets cozy with a fireplace and opens with sliding glass doors to the rear yard. A tray ceiling and bay window highlightthe master suite. One of the additional bedrooms boasts a window seat. First Floor: 1,324 sq. ft., Second Floor: 1,192 sq. ft., Total: 2,516 sq. ft.



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WAUPOOS BUILDING LOT! Stunning 5.9-acre lot in Waupoos! Rolling and beautifully-treed, this property offers a wonderful opportunity for your retreat in “the County” surrounded by significant properties. Good well already in place. Minutes to Picton. Your new home in Wine County! (Adjoining 5.2-acres lot also for sale.) $88,600 MLS 2125802 Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Custom Built Home in a beautifully treed setting and over 5 acres to enjoy! This 4 bedroom home sits well back from the road only 10 minutes from Picton and 10 minutes to the 401 for easy commuting. The home itself boast high ceilings, many windows allowing for bright natural light and an open concept kitchen and eating area. Enjoy your privacy with the deck right off of the kitchen. Lower level family room with walkout. $338,000 MLS 2123323 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

Are you looking for a business that provides you with a comfortable income while putting smiles on faces? Established handmade chocolate/seasonal gourmet ice cream business with repeat clientele plus potential for expansion. Leased space in a Century Old Main Street location that looks like the old fashioned chocolate store that folks remember from their childhood. High volume traffic location with accessible parking. The recipes, quality of product and marketing presentation brings people back for more. Turn key. $97,000 MLS 2125481 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME! This gracious Victorian residence features exquisite proportions, pine floors, and high ceilings throughout and is within a block from Main Street! 3 large bedrooms and an office upstairs and outstanding principal rooms on the main level. Two staircases, two full baths, and a charming in-town garden, too! Hurry for this one! $349,000 MLS 2125261 Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Fabulous waterviews from an bright immaculate well maintained raised bungalow. Generous sized deck to enjoy an expansive view of Adolphus Reach. Propane fireplace in the living room/dining room, 3 bedrooms, plus full partially finished basement. Sunroom and back deck with private lot. Perfect for first time owners, retirees or a great getaway spot. Many upgrades. Close to wineries, restaurants, Fifth town cheese factory, Cider Company and vegetable/fruit stands. $198,500 MLS 2125602 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

Lake Consecon hobby farm! Architect’s own reinvention of a classic County farmhouse on 7+ acres of picturesque, rolling land. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and smashing main floor studio/den! Gleaming pine floors and trim, big eat-in kitchen, updated mechanicals, and spectacular vistas. Handsome big green barn, too! Bring your kayak and fishing rod! Easy access to the 401, wineries and Picton! $365,000 MLS 2126605


Residential/Commercial - Unique 1800 square foot building on Main Street. commercial area in front with 2 piece bathroom. Newly renovated living quarters in rear, large open concept with new kitchen. Patio doors lead to large backyard. Mere steps to all the amenities Wellington has to offer. $248,000 MLS 2127155 Gail Forcht** & Peter Lynch

A rare opportunity indeed! Exceptional spacious limestone Regency cottage;circa 1830-40 on 5.7 acres on a quiet secluded lane by a spring fed stream.The house retains many period details: wide pine flooring, mouldings, 2 stone fireplaces, oversized recessed windows and 9 ft. ceilings. Off the generous centre hall is a large livingroom with original fireplace and spacious main floor master bdrm including a bright office. The large windows on all sides create a light and airy feel. The large country kitchen keeps to tradition with an antique cast iron cook stove. An open-concept dining area and pantry are adjacent to the kitchen. The huge ground-floor studio with exposed beams and windows would suit an artist or could become a Great Room. The 2nd floor has been renovated in the period style of the house and offers additional living space with 2 bdrms. plus bath. Situated 10 mins. to the 401 with Belleville, Picton and Napanee accessible for shopping. $465,000 MLS 2123195 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

Bright and spacious, this open concept bungalow is situated on a large, centrally located country lot. Boasting four main floor bedrooms including a very generous master bedroom with an ensuite. The main floor den makes for a great family room especially for kids and teens! Recent updates include a large open concept kitchen, living and dining area featuring tile and hardwood floors, a high efficiency airtight fireplace insert, a beautiful bow window and garden doors leading out to the patio. It truly is a fantastic space for entertaining! The basement is quite large and mostly finished with a lovely fireplace. The home offers a separate entrance that lends itself for a potential "nanny suite". Other great features include the attached two car garage with inside entrance, and the high quality and volume of water available year round from the dug well. $265,000 MLS 2124991 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

Perfect pied-a-terre in downtown Picton in a private mews just behind Main Street! Walk to everything from this chic two-storey townhouse with great space and exemplary finishes! Spectacular master suite, gourmet kitchen, principal rooms with two-sided fireplace, plus a great family room and guest suite. Your own secure garage, and a large terrace with lovely views. Perfect turnkey situation for sailors or snowbirds! One-of-a-kind! $639,000 MLS 2125803 Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Charming home on quiet street in beautiful town of Picton. Ideal spot for in town living at it’s best. Friendly, safe neighborhood within short walking distance to stores, restaurants, and daily amenities! Home exudes warmth and comfort with open concept design and architecturally pleasing traits throughout the dwelling. Lounge around on warm evenings on the front porch or take refuge in the spacious backyard with family, friends and pets. Comfortable interior features 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite and two with walkout to second level sunroom, intimate living/family areas with dining room featuring walkout to the main level sunroom. Hardwood floors in excellent condition, kitchen’s ‘Sex in the City’ tile theme provides an uplifting environment to cook and entertain with modern convenience. Some additional upgrades include refreshed basement with interior paint and sound room for music. Detached garage and mature trees add to home’s attractive exterior. $277,500 MLS 2126369 Kate Vader*, Rob Plomer*

Nestled behind its own stand of trees and surrounded by stunning gardens, this home imparts a sense of tranquil serenity. Inside, superior quality is apparent throughout this architect designed, custom built home. This prime professionally landscaped property offers privacy, blending into its natural environment,ideally situated backing onto 2 fairways of the acclaimed Timber Ridge Golf Course. Upon entering you are greeted by a generous foyer. Attention within to details, boasting a spacious Master Bdrm with His/hers ensuites and an electric fireplace`. Euro style, first class `Neff` kitchen. Fireplace in the Great Room with cathedral ceiling and tall windows. Elegant formal dining room and a study with a large window and sliding glass doors. A screened Garden Room with a soaring pine ceiling, is perfect for entertaining. This is country living with style, comfort and convenience.Close to Presqu`ile Park and Prince Edward Cty. Minutes to Brighton, Trenton, Belleville and Highway 401. $759,000 MLS 2126550 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

* Sales Representative


Laurie Gruer*


This 30 + acres is located on Morrison Point Road and is considered to be one of the most exclusive roads in the County, a very picturesque tree lined road with custom homes and farms. There are three 10 acre lots, that were severed in 2011 with deeded accrss to Prince Edward Bay and wells have been installed on each lot. The waterfront is pristine, great for swimming and boating and offers great waterfront views. Prince Edward County is home to over 30 wineries and the world famous Sandbanks Provincial park. This is an opportunity to builders to build three luxury custom homes. Hundreds of mature spruce trees exist on the lots. Unique opportunity!! $449,000 MLS 2127392 Lori Slik*

Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Gail Forcht**


Outstanding 7.10 acre waterfront lot on Prince Edward Bay/Lake Ontario with spectacular views. Unbelievable opportunity to build your dream home! Drilled well on property. $225,000 MLS 2125327

Ann Cooper*


Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Betty Burns*


Monica Liz Peter Jones* Klingenberg* Lynch*

Rob Plomer*

Duane Russell**

Sarah Scott*

Sam Simone*

Lori Slik*

Kate Vader*

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* Upgrade appliances. Renters are just as likely to fall in love with curb appeal as buyers are. While there may not be a yard to entice renters if you purchased an apartment complex, curb appeal can apply to an apartment's interior. One of the more notable eyecatchers to prospective renters is updated appliances, especially since appliances may be the only items actually in the apartment when it is shown. Stainless steel appliances provide an instant upgrade over older appliances that

270 FEET OF WATERFRONT ON HUYCK’S POINT! A waterfront manor house on one of the County’s most-coveted roads! This gracious property features walled gardens, oak-paneled rooms, a two-storey great room, and 270 feet of spectacular Lake Ontario shoreline! Outstanding four-season solarium, mature trees, and a waterside studio/cottage/guest house are all huge features. $759,000 MLS 2124793 Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

The Montrose Inn is a magnificent mansion, one of the best examples of “ante bellum” architecture in Ontario. Business includes B&B, Tea Room and Wedding Centre. 5.7 acres, 2 storey columned verandas overlooking the Bay of Quinte. 7 bedroom residence, over 5,000 sq. ft. graciously finished space, additional “Gentleman’s Area” in the basement, accessible attic. 6 fireplaces, 6 bathrooms, hardwood and marble floors, elegant formal dining room. 2400 sq. ft. guest annex rented as duplex, detached 3 car garage with loft, 1800’s drive shed. Zoned for a 5 room Inn and other uses. Expansion possibilities, development possibilities, lots of upside. Go to to see floor plans and more! $995,000 MLS 2125494 Lori Slik*

Enjoy the panoramic water views from almost every room in the home. 9ft ceilings in the lower level with large 2nd master bedroom and walkout to the patio. Main living area offers bright and spacious rooms with walkouts to the cedar deck. Custom kitchen with Diamastone countertops, stainless steel appliances, soft closing drawers and an abundance of storage. Perfect for entertaining, the kitchen opens up to the large dining room with the wall of windows and 20ft ceilings. The open concept flows into the Living Room with pot lighting throughout, new heat producing fireplace with glass door and screens built in. Private suite and 2 spacious bdrms for guests and family. Treed ravine leads to the waters edge or drive down to the protected cove below. Walking trails and room for pool and tennis court. Home is beautifully landscaped with extensive gardens. Impeccable home in a desirable location only minutes to Picton and 10 minutes from the 401. $819,000 MLS 2124354 Gail Forcht** & Sarah Scott*

CIRCA 1880 stunning waterfront Home and/or B&B.Located in the trendy downtown village district of Wellington ON just a couple of blocks from restaurants, café s, pubs, and boutiques. 225 +/- feet of pristine and improved rock pebble shoreline with Southern exposure. This single family home is currently being utilized as a B&B with the highest nightly rental rate in Prince Edward County. Elegant principal rooms, 3 fireplaces, 4 suites all with ensuite baths and sitting areas, 4 stunning verandas and English gardens. $999,000 MLS 2126578 Lori Slik*

THERAPY ON THE BAY - This handsome home sits on 3.5 acres and features a large family room with a propane fireplace, formal dining room, new custom kitchen, large guest bedrooms all with ensuite baths, Master bedroom with walk-in closet, private balcony overlooking the lake and a sophisticated master bath with steam shower, in-floor heating and jacuzzi tub. There are 2 cottages on the property both with views of the lake and a 100x40 boat slip plus a 2800 sq. foot storage barn. Professional landscaping by Scott Wentworth with outdoor shower, hot tub and spa pool. Don`t miss out on this terrific opportunity. $850,000 MLS 2124784 Rob Plomer* & Kate Vader*

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Panthers prowl into top spot in Brockville tournament PECI seniors sweep through Christmas Classic AdAm BrAmBurger

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With knowledge an imminent work-to-rule situation this week could play havoc with their schedule, the PECI Senior Basketball Panthers took care of what they could control over the weekend. They played basketball and, as every team wishes it could do, they won their last game decisively. After beating the Rideau Lions 41-32 and the Kingston Collegiate Blues 47-45, the Panthers grabbed a 48-38 win over the host Brockville Red Rams in the final — the first time PECI had played in a tournament final in more than a dozen years. “We were expecting the guys to be nervous, but they were calm and ready to win,” said coach Rob Garden. “We had a meeting before the game and drew up a few plays to beat the press. The guys did what we asked them to do.” Brockville was forced to take its press off and it concentrated a trap defence against high-scoring Taylor Reddick. The Panthers had been hoping to get scoring support all season and this game, it was there in spades with Morgan Johnson, Mark Mitchell, and Scott McQuaid stepping up for 18, eight, and five points respectively. Johnson also added 11 rebounds

unBeAten The PECI Panthers were Brockville Collegiate Christmas Classic champions. Back row, from left, are coach

Rob Garden, Matt Gallo, Bob Wilson, Scott McQuaid, Jamie Ferguson, Taylor Reddick, and coach Ernie Macmillan. Front row, from left, are Jared Found, George Goddard, Mark Mitchell, and Morgan Johnson. (Submitted photo)

to earn tournament MVP honours. Reddick also fought through the tough defence to add 12 points, while Bob Wilson played hard and chipped in five. The Panthers never waved and didn’t let a slow start hurt them in the final.

“We were down 17-10 after the first quarter, but had a great second quarter and carried it through,” said Garden. To start the tournament, the Panthers knew they needed a win and they employed a pressure defence of

their own against Rideau. Garden said that led to a bit too aggressive play as the Panthers had to save Reddick and Johnson throughout the second quarter due to foul trouble. Given that, the Lions managed to lead 22-20 at half.

Then, coach Ernie Macmillan talked to the team about the need to improve defensively and the Panthers did. They only allowed two points in the third quarter and managed to lead the game 33-24 going into the final. PECI played its tempo the rest of

the way and got its result with a nine-point spread. Reddick scored 12 points, McQuaid seven, and Johnson six in the game. Against the Blues, the Panthers knew they’d be in tough, Garden said, as the Kingston school had a dominant post player. The coaching staff challenged Johnson to shut him down. PECI never led through three quarters, but held the game tight, trailing by only one point going into the final quarter. That’s when Macmillan decided it was time for his team to press. Garden said the Blues looked unprepared against that tactic and the Panthers took four quick points to gain control. Kingston Collegiate would try to press back, but the Panthers were able to break that defence and run valuable time off the clock. Mitchell and Reddick made three of four clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the two-point win. As for Johnson’s challenge? He put up 17 points of his own and limited his check to just 15 points. Reddick matched that total with 17 points and four three-pointers, while George Goddard had a good game off the bench with four points. Matt Gallo and Jamie Ferguson were also instrumental on the defensive end. Garden said his team should be proud of the weekend they had as it shows the value of the hard work they’ve been putting in and the potential they have.

Demorestville’s Davies commits to Division 1 Alaska-Fairbanks for 2013-2014 Forward among league’s leaders with Humboldt JASOn PArkS

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Come this time next year, Demorestville's Joe Davies will be playing hockey on top of the world — or as close to it as possible. Davies, a high-scoring forward with the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, has committed to the NCAA Division I University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Davies will study business administration while suiting up and playing for the Nanooks for the next four seasons. It's been a strange and wonderful hockey Odyssey for Davies who suited up for two season with the OJHL's Trenton Golden


Hawks before heading west and joining the Broncos prior to the 2011-12 season. In has last season in junior, Davies, 20, has managed to combine the gritty aspect of his game with a nice offensive touch and, until this past week, was leading the 12-team league

in scoring with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists) in 28 games. After shattering his elbow in Game 2 of the Anavet Cup series between the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Junior League champions last spring (an injury that sidelined him for the 2012 Royal Bank Cup), Davies has taken the fast lane in his recovery and has gotten on a roll when it comes to putting the puck in the net. “Things have been going my way and my linemates have been great,” Davies said Monday after the Broncos mid-morning practice. “The pucks have been getting that extra bounce here and there and I've been able to capitalize.” Junior A hockey in Big Sky country is a little more rough and tumble than that of its Ontario counterpart but Davies has thrived on the prairies.

“The OJHL might be a bit more skilled, but SJHL is older and much tougher. Its a real muck and grind game. They are all big farm boys, ex-WHL guys and line brawls are a regular occurrence,” Davies said with a laugh. Not only is the style of hockey more to his liking, the laid back country lifestyle of central Saskatchewan while playing for one of the top Junior A hockey clubs in Canada has been wonderful. “This has been one of the greatest opportunities of my life to come out here and experience this,” Davies said. “Humboldt is one of the greatest Junior A organizations in Canada and the community is so tight knit and friendly. It's been a great time” The offensive outpouring combined with Davies strong two-way play was enough for Nanook scouts

to take note and offer Davies a scholarship package he couldn't refuse in spite of Buffalo's Canisus College also knocking on his door. “Canisus would have been great as well, but I like how I fit in to the UAF lineup and who they play in the regular season,” Davies said. “Just the opportunity to go to the last frontier. How many people can say they've ever been to Alaska let alone go to school and play hockey there?” While racking up the frequent flyer miles, the Nanooks lock horns regularly with top notch schools like University of North Dakota, Michigan and Michigan State and University of Miami-Ohio. Davies played regularly with the Quinte AAA program during his minor hockey days but did play with the Prince Edward County Kings for a couple

of years at the bantam level, an experience that includes an appearance in the OMHA finals. His Kings teammates are among those he nods his helmet to when it comes to reaching his penultimate hockey dream. “Everyone that I played with in bantam when I came back to the County, everybody at PECI, (teacher) Bob Bell, everyone like yourself that was talking hockey, that have come to my games and have supported me,” Davies said. But first comes family. “Playing Division I NCAA hockey has been my goal and there is some selfsatisfaction in realizing it but I couldn't have done it without all the support of my dad (Mike), mom (Kathy), my sisters Megan and Ally and my grandma Carol Ostrander who drove me to games when my parents couldn't,” Davies said.

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Pirates pound Rebels, Storm as they continue to lead pack in Empire league Power play pays dividends as Picton defeats Campbellford Chad Ibbotson

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The Picton Pirates got a measure of revenge against a growing rival and carried the momentum through a couple of blowout victories this week. The club took a 6–1 win over rival Campbellford on Thursday before downing Deseronto 10–0 on Friday night. Coach and general manager Ryan Woodward said he was happy with the effort in the four-point week. “The guys played well at both ends of the ice in both games,” he said. It was a solid response on Thursday after losing three in a row against the Rebels. Although the Rebels were missing several key cogs, Woodward said the Pirates had more jump in their step. “Obviously there's a rivalry building between the two clubs. Both teams were missing a couple of key players, but we just wanted to take the game as any other,” he said. “We wanted to put our best on home ice and get off to a good start. We did a good job of that Thursday.” With the club on a fiveon-three power play, Evan

CrossIng the Crease Picton Pirate Kyle Dekeyser (6) threads a pass across the front of Campbellford Rebels goaltender Amos Lloyd’s crease to teammate Jeremiah Doherty for a good scoring chance early in the Pirates 6-1 win over the Rebels last Thursday.. Picton again draws Deseronto and Campbellford this week. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

Greer opened the game's scoring at 9:48 when he fired the puck past goaltender Amos Lloyd to finish off a nice passing play. At 14:35 Jeff Kingdon scored his first since returning to the Pirates, a powerplay marker from Coleman Foisy and Geoff Cleminson. “Our special teams have been important this season. We've talked about making the most of our opportunities and the guys did a good job there on the power

plays giving us a lead,” Woodward said. “We've had those opportunities in past games against (Campbellford) and we haven't capitalized. Thursday they made sure not to let the opportunities slip away.” Just 46 seconds later it was Greer making it 3–0. Picton controlled a good chunk of play through the first 20 minutes, out-shooting the Rebels 16–6. Although the shots were closer in the second and the

Rebels had more chances, it was the Pirates who were able to capitalize. Jack Davison scored his 20th of the season at 9:16 of the second stanza, with Ryan Sizer and Mitchell Smith picking up the assists. Just a minute later Sizer buried another one on a pretty backhand deke after a breakaway pass from Smith. With less than four minutes remaining in the period the Rebels finally got on the board with Dylan Baxter beating goalie Adam Wood. Just 19 seconds later Sizer scored his second goal and fifth point of the night to make it 6–1. That would be the final score after a scoreless third period. Woodward noted the team's commitment to defence in the win.

“We taking pride in how few goals we allow. Goaltending has been very solid, but we're really pleased with the efforts the group of defencemen are making in order to take care of our own end,” he said. There's not much to say about Picton's 10–0 blowout of Deseronto on Friday. The Storm have had a rough first season in the Empire league, with a last-place record of 2-23-0-0 for four points. At the opposite end of the spectrum sit the Pirates in first place with 36 points, three points ahead of the second place Port Hope Panthers. Cleminson kicked off the scoring for Picton at 7:59 of the first. Five minutes later Smith made it 2–0. Cleminson added a second marker at 14:48 with his team on the power play.

With a 3–0 lead heading into the middle frame, the Pirates didn't take their foot of the gas. Smith increased the lead to four with his second of the game at 1:20. Two minutes later Jeremiah Doherty made it 5–0 and two minutes after that Nolan Powers increased the lead to six. Greer scored a powerplay marker at 7:35 of the second and a minute later Cleminson completed the hat trick. Not to be outdone, Smith also scored his third of the game with the hattrick goal coming at 13:54 of the second. Brad Jacklin would score a late power-play marker in the third to wrap up the scoring as the game mercifully came to an end. “The guys were on top of their game. You don't like to see the score get run up high like that, but the guys did a good job of playing the game the right way and making sure they didn't put themselves in a situation where they might get into any kind of injury situation,” Woodward said. He said he especially liked the work of Cleminson. “It was really nice to see Geoff Cleminson get rewarded for his work. He's really been coming on strong here in the last month or so, using his body and becoming more physical,” said Woodward. “He needs to be a power forward, he needs to win puck battles and he needs to be a presence in front of the net. He's been working on that aspect of his game and on Friday he got rewarded.” The Pirates face the same competitors this week. Deseronto will be in Picton tonight at 7:30 and Saturday night at 7:30 Picton will take on the Rebels in Campbellford.


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Vlack and Cansick-Demers both scored with help from Channell on both goals. VanVlack helped on one and Brandon Ubdegrove also added a helper. The Kerr Construction PeeWee Kings visit Centre Hastings on Saturday and Gananoque on Sunday.

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After a so-so start to the regular season, the County Farm Centre Prince Edward Novice Kings are hopeful a recent tournament triumph in Brighton will kick start their second half of their OMHA slate. The locals travelled to the home of Applefest on Saturday and emerged victorious, knocking off the host Braves 3-1 in the A final. Kings coach Jamie Lane said his club responded well to the challenge of playing three games in one day. “Overall, we played well,” Lane said. “Going in we didn't now what to expect. We were missing Ben Lamorre due to illness and that put us down to nine skaters but Riley Grimmon moved up to forward, rotated three defenceman and got the job done. It was a great effort all the way around.” Netminder Nolan Lane was spot on for most of the tournament and surrendered only one goal in nine periods of hockey, earning the MVP of the final game. That single goal came in the final contest against the Braves and was the first goal of the match. But the Kings rebounded nicely as Nick Foster picked up a hat trick to lift his club to a 3-1 win.


royal ascent The County Farm Centre Novice Kings won the Brighton Braves annual hockey tournament on Saturday. Kings netminder (Front, right of trophy) Nolan Lane surrendered just one goal in three games and was named the most valuable player of the final game. (Submitted photo)

Emerson Byford had a pair of assists while Josh Cunningham added a helper. The Kings punched their ticket to the finals thanks to a 4-0 win over the Durham Crusaders. Cunningham and Foster each tallied a pair for the Kings who got all their

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liminary round. The Kings and the Braves played to a 0-0 draw through the first three periods, forcing overtime. During the 3-on-3 extra frame, Foster had a glorious chance to end it with a breakaway but was stonewalled by Braves netminder. In the shootout, Lane surrendered one penalty shot goal and that was barely enough to get Brighton past Prince Edward County 1-0. “But we got our revenge in the final,” Lane is quick to add. For the rookie-laden lineup, many of whom are playing their first season of rep hockey, lane hopes the win is a springboard to more confident play in the Eastern OMHA loop. “It's going to be a confidence booster,” Lane said “You could see guys were getting down after losses in the regular season but to see them skate around with the trophy on Saturday, you know they build on it. The County Farm Centre Kings host Centre Hastings this evening at the

Over a busy weekend the Prestige Construction Midget Kings picked up five of a possible six points in league play. On Friday night they were in Amherstview to face the Jets and came away with a 2-2 tie on goals by Tyler Philip and Brad Reid. Seth VanVlack(two) and Robert Stapely collected the assists while Brad Wells protected the Kings crease. On Saturday night the Kings hosted Frontenac in Picton and with the help of four AP’s including three Bantam-aged players, they recorded their first league win of the season, handing the Flyers a 5-3 loss. Philip had big night with the hattrick and a helper while Tyler Allison was the setup man with three assists. The other Kings goals were scored by Ben Wilson and Stapely with assists going to Gavin Ronan, Stapely and Jake Staley. Bantam goalie Kevin Wilson had a strong game in the Kings cage for the win. It was back to Amherstview on Sunday for a rematch with the Jets. VanVlack scored twice in the second period to give the Kings a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. Stapely scored at 12:55 to give the Kings a 3-1 lead but it wouldn’t last long as the home squad made it 32 just thirty seconds later and then tied things up at three with 8:05 on the clock. It looked like the Kings would have to settle for another tie until Philip scored on a feed from Dallas Hunter with just 0:42 left in the game. Hunter added an empty-netter before the buzzer to nail down the 53 win. Other assists on Kings goals went to Scott McQuaid, Brock Nowack and Stapley while Wells collected the win in net. The Midget Kings next home game is Friday night at 7 in Wellington versus the Frontenac Flyers.

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205 70/15 set of four Michelin X Ice snow tires, driven one winter $350, over $600 new 613-399-2438. 36 KEY, YAMAHA keyboard and stand $495. FULLSIZE 88 Key Yamaha Keyboard $1495. Both also new, seldom used, call after 7pm 613-393-1751. 4 USED Goodyear snow tires on rims MS P175/65R14, $140. Phone 613-476-4930 AUTOMOTIVE KEYS & remotes with programming. By appointment. Prince Edward Locksmith 613-476-3382.

County Traders We Purchase Estates Furniture & Antiques BUY, SELL, TRADE 39 Stanley Street Bloomfield, Ontario MON.-TUES. CLOSED Wed. - Sat. 10am-4pm Sun. 12noon -4pm

613-393-9993 888-905-9993

DRY FIREWOOD, cut, split and delivered. Call 613-476-2526 DRY SEASONED Firewood. Softwood $250/cord and hardwood $300/cord. Local delivery included. Call 613-399-3610 or 613-8476297 and leave message. FIREWOOD FOR sale!!! Maple, $200/cord. No delivery. Phone 613-399-3947 FIREWOOD LOGS delivered in Prince Edward County. $1,500 per truck and trailer load. Call 613332-1199 or 613-334-9544 FIREWOOD, HARDWOOD, log lengths. 8 cord load, $1,100. Doug Storring, 613-393-5078 FITNESS QUEST AB Lounge $200. Kodak Showtime 8 Projector $50. Brownie 300 Projector. Presley Memorabilia, Books, Paper, Clippings and Records $400 613-968-6673. GEORGE WHITE 12" post hole digger, used very little, can be seen operating; 2 Ford 8N tractors, rebuilt, field ready; Ford 9N tractor, rebuilt engine, 12 volt system, good rubber, field ready. Call for prices, 613-476-7212

NEW & USED TIRES installed, balanced & repaired. We sell all brands.

725 TIRE

613-476-5107 613-438-1748

THE PITY OF THE WINDS. Great Christmas Gift! A mystery novel by local author Robin Timmerman. Books and Company, Picton or ebook from


Factory incentive on the ECL 1400. Limited quantity. Call for more information

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PROFESSIONAL FURNITURE refinishing and restoration. Antiques bought and sold. Free pick-up and delivery. Butler Creek Antiques, Schoharie Rd. 613-476-1142.


GUITAR LESSONS, all ages, 1 free month of guitar use. Contact Drew Ackerman, 613-476-8900




Stoves, washers, dryers, freezers, dishwashers, 3 mos. old & up. Sold with written guarantees. Fridge's $100. & up.


At the lowest prices in the area. Trade-ins accepted on new appliances. Big selection to choose from.


For good used appliances in working order or not but no junk please. VISA & MASTERCARD accepted. We have our own financing also. Shop at our competitors & then come see for yourself quality at low prices. Open evenings 7 days a week. We Deliver.


DOYLES WINDOWS AND SUNROOMS BUY DIRECT AND SAVE HUGE FACTORY DISCOUNTS Take advantage of the weather and large Discounts available on our custom made Windows, Entrance Systems, Patio and Storm Doors. Come see our displays at our showroom at: 140 Industrial Blvd., Unit 1, Napanee, ON Call 613-354-3597 or 1-888-282-5213 Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Evenings and Weekends by appointment


LOOKING TO RENT barn and pasture for a few horses, must have water and hydro, perferably within 15 minutes of Picton area. Needed as soon as possible. (Not looking for a boarding arrangement, we will supply bedding, hay and do own chores). 613-922-2737


QUINTE PET Minders. Loving care for your pets in their own home. Daily visits, also overnights and vacatioin stays 613-476-6265.


AUTO PARTS, new and used, auto and truck parts, we buy scrap metals. cars and trucks wanted. 816 Goodyear Road, Napanee. Call Parts-A-Plenty Inc. 613-2422326 1-888-689-1795. Yes, we have tires. CARS AND trucks wanted for scrap or recycling, we buy scrap metal, free pickup or you bring in. Dan 613-929-7572. We also sell auto parts and tires.


$725/month plus hydro, 1 free parking spot, 47 King Street, Picton. 1 block to downtown, non smoking, clean, quiet. Contact Brian 613-240-5332,


Main Street Apt. 1 bed, 2nd floor level, available Jan. 2013 $650 plus Apply at our Office:

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1 & 2 bedroom apts, beautifully furnished, close to downtown $800 & $1000 mo. includes utilities, cable & internet, 613-391-1441, 941-249-2425. 1 BEDRM apartments available, 44 Main St. Picton. These units have been completely redone, new flooring, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures & kitchen appliances. Also heavily insulated for sound. Units are starting at $800 plus hydro, includes heat, water, garbage & laundry. Please contact Jeff at 1 BEDROOM apartment, available January 1, on ground floor, over looking Picton Harbour $750mo. all inclusive call 613-403-1024. 2 BEDROOM 2nd floor, and 2 bedroom third floor apartments available. $930 monthly includes utilities. First/last and references required. For more information call 613-476-7265 2 BEDROOM apt. 1100sq', small balcony, over looking harbour, $850 monthly plus H & H, includes fridge, stove, washer, dryer and 2 car parking 613-771-3203. 2 BEDROOM 2 bath, 2012-13 models natural gas heat, very economical utilities. Lawn cutting, snow removal & water included. Starting at $99,900 purchase or lease at $1095/mo Raspberry Fields, 100 Upper Lake St. 55+years community. 613-8851307 for details. 2 BEDROOM 2 level house, Spring Street, Picton. $1,200 plus utilities. Large yard. Washer/dryer, fridge/stove. Available Jan 1st. 613-476-6459 2-1 BED apts. in adult building, 1st apt. over looks Tip of the Bay, with private entrance, storageroom, gas fireplace. 2nd apt large one bedroom with small 2nd bedroom or office and private balcony, both apts, include fridge, stove, washer/dryer hookups, 2 car parking $750 mo. plus H & H. Reduced rent for person willing to do minor duties such as vacuuming, snow shovelling and grass cutting 613771-3203. 3 BEDROOM executive country home just minutes from Belleville, two 4 pce baths, open concept main floor, suitable for professionals, non-smokers, no pets. $1,800 plus hydro. 613-471-0497 APARTMENT AVAILABLE in adult building. Large one bedroom with small 2nd bedroom or office and private balcony, includes fridge, stove, washer/dryer hookups, 2 car parking $750 mo. plus H & H. Reduced rent for person willing to do minor duties such as vacuuming, snow shovelling and grass cutting 613-771-3203. CLEAN, FULLY equipped, close to town, basement apartment, reasonable 613-476-6318. HEATED INDOOR storage, new secure building for cars, boats, etc. $100/month, $500/season. Bloomfield. 613-393-3890, 613-849-1977



QUIET, BRIGHT, renovated 2 bedroom apartment in historic building near Merrill Inn, $950/mo includes heat, laundry, parking, suitable for mature individual or couple. Sorry no smoking or pets. Call 613-4711437 for appointment. SHORT TERM accommodations. Beautifully furnished 1 & 2 bedroom units, until May, one block away from downtown Picton. Call 613-391-1441 or view

Providing professional service with care, dignity and personal attention to all details surrounding the loss of a loved one. 2 Centre Street, Picton Robert C. Osborne 476-5571 Funeral Director NOTE: Report errors immediately. The Picton Gazette will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion of an advertisement. CLASSIFIED DEADLINES: Tuesday at 4:00pm


Bachelor Apartment available! Quiet area on the Bay Appliances, laundry Super on site


•Ideal for Students & Seniors •Receive your own pay

UPSTAIRS OF house for rent. Living room, bedroom, bathroom, shared kitchen. $400 monthly (all included). Phone 613-476-8713

cheque! •Great exercise •Once a week delivery •Weekends Off

WATERFRONT 2 BEDROOM apartment, Glenora Ferry, utilities/ laundry included, no pets/nonsmk, ideal for single person, $850 613-373-9368.

E MAPLES H T Retirement Home

has available a private room with 2pc bath, all inclusive, parking.

Call Jean 613-476-6318


RENOVATED MOBILE HOME! One bedroom with open kit/living, 4pce bath and laundry. Completely insulated with new windows and floors, new fridge, stove, washer & dryer included. In a quiet adult park, easy walk to grocery, drugstores and downtown Picton, $55,000, reasonable offers considered. Lot fees $125 per month include property taxes and public utilities. Call 613-393-3172 after 6:30pm.


MINT AND used postage stamps, covers, post cards, coins and paper money. Call Bob 613-967-2118.


WILL Buy Scrap Vehicles Metals and Appliances


613-476-2994 or 613-242-0117


Call Janice 613-476-3082 CHILD CARE

MOTHER OF 2 providing in-home fulltime or part-time daycare. Please call Andrea, 613-885-8136 for more information.



DRIVERS NEEDED TO TAKE PATIENTS TO CANCER TREATMENT. Volunteer drivers urgently needed to take cancer patients to the hospital for treatment. If you have a car and some time to spare,please call the Hastings–Prince Edward County Unit (613) 962-0686 or 1-800-385-5457

The person in the picture is an actual cancer survivor who volunteered his time.



A CERTIFIED PERSONAL Support Worker. Do you or a loved one need in home personal care, meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation to appointments or shopping. Tracey, 613-399-2080 A DINNER PARTY? Booking Christmas parties, party platters, Hor d'oeuvres. Call Sheila Brushey Catering 613-393-5021. A FALL day is the time to get rid of unwanted trash, eavestroughs cleaned, yard work done, trees trimmed, pruning and any other jobs. Half ton truck available. No job too small. For reasonable rates call Paul 613-393-5021. ABSOLUTE LAWN and Home Maintenance: snow removal, light construction: drywall, paint, trim, etc. Senior rates. 613-920-0681 ADAM COLTON WOODSPLITTING 613-393-3173.

Scrap Metal & Scrap Cars & Electronics - TV’s, Computers, etc. Appliances


Climate controlled winter storage for your second love. Safe secure pest free. We have a limited number of spaces available for your pride and joy at very reasonable rates. Linda @ or call 613-885-1375

CHAPPY'S. We'll do almost anything! Moving, dump runs of brush, grass cutting. Garage and basement cleaning. Ph 613-476-2994 or 613-242-0117 or Jenny 613243-7204. HOUSEKEEPING. One time clean or whatever you need 613-393-1357.


TUTOR AVAILABLE: Study/Literacy Skills, post-secondary preparation, English, Social Studies +more. Grades 4-12, 20+ years experience, personal, individual approach to helping your student to be the best they can be. 613476-0088


MARJ'S HANDKNITS for Christmas. Baby sets, socks, mitts, toques, helmets, tea cosies, legwarmers, slippers, children's sweaters. Phone 613-476-4229

Are you interested in joining the highly successful PEC Studio Tour? Call Tracy Douglas at 613-476-7901 ext. 214 or email for application forms and information. Application forms also available on the Studio Tour website at Artists must be full-time PEC residents or apply as a guest artist.

Deadline for applications & fees is Jan. 7, 2013


NEW YEARS Eve Dance music by Jennifer Brant and Mustang, Country music with some 50's & 60's Rock. December 31st, 8pm12:30am. Light lunch included, Orange Lodge Hall, York Rd, Tyendinaga Territory. $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance: Pat 613-396-2132. Jennifer 613-396-3308, Lenore 613476-7632


BUFFET DINNER ROAST BEEF Sunday, December 16th Serving 4pm - 7pm $10 per person

613-476-2342 166 County Rd 6 *No Reservations


• Lady’s gold ring • Found at Maker’s Hand event - key on tag - glass case • Found at Picton Fair - pair sunglasses - pair subscription glasses • Found on Cty Rd 10 after Marathon -Windjacket & pair of socks

To claim come to

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renovations - Additions Siding - Decks Painting - Floors Phone 613-393-2819 613-393-1196 Book for Spring!


Stump Grinding Tree Trimming and Removal Brush Chipping Lot Clearing Cabling & Bracing Fully Insured 15 years Experience


ESTATE SALE 6 Argyle Cres. Picton

Sat. Dec. 15 10am - 4pm BirtH








Christmas Sale



December 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 11am to 4pm End of line Note Cards, County Books, Matted & Framed Photos. Volume discounts on 2013 Calendars

172 Main Street, Unit 105 Picton 613.476.1099


Bake Sale

Friday, December 14th 10am - 12:30pm Armoury Mall, Picton Come out and support your local Humane Society

Christmas Sale Homemade Crafts, new Avon products, VCR tapes $1 each

Friday, Dec 14th thru Sunday, Dec 16th 10am - 3pm daily 2157 Fishlake Rd 1 km east of Hwy 49


Small Items

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Robert and Virginia Chapman are proud to announce the much anticipated arrival of their first grandchild.

Rowan Joseph Stafrace

was born on the 24th of September 2012 at 5:13 pm in Belleville, weighing 6 lbs 14 ozs. Very proud parents are Phillip and Debralee Stafrace of Wooler. George and Mavis Chapman of Wellington are elated at the arrival of their first great grandchild.


ALgAr, Wayne. In loving memory of my Poppy, who passed away December 9, 2010. What I wouldn't give.. To ride around in that old truck with him Miss you Poppy every day! Love Brodie

BAiLEY- In loving memory of Douglas, who passed away December 16th ,2009. Sometimes it feels so long ago Sometimes like yesterday I often wish I could go back Somethings, I didn't say All I have are memories Pictures in a frame And although I cherish every one I wish it was the same. Sometimes it feels like long ago Sometimes like yesterday It doesn't matter how much time will pass I will miss you just the same. Lovingly remembered by Sandra, Bob, Jennifer and Emma.


In loving memory of my husband and our father, grandfather and greatgrandfather who passed away on December 14, 2010. He is greatly missed by all. He was kind and he would do anything for anyone. He was Santa and he will be missed but not forgotten. On special occasions and holidays we know you are near. With love your family, wife Sharon, daughter Tracey and son-in-law James, son Scott and Christine, grandchildren T.J. and Alicia, Tanya and Madison, great-grandchildren Billi, Ethan, Lucas and Gavin .

JENKiNS, In loving memory of Lyle Clifford Jenkins, who passed away on December 8th, 1993. If we could have one wish It would not be for gold But just to have you back again As in the days of old. Sadly missed with love by daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Leon Gerow and family. rOBLiN, In loving memory of a dear father Bill (October 18, 1976); a dear mother Inez (Dec 16, 1970); a dear brother Ron (March 15, 2006) and a dear sister Edith (Sept 21, 2011). You were someone very special, Who can never be replaced, Your memory in our lives, Can never be erased, Time cannot steal the memories, We carry in our hearts, Or take away the happy years Of which you were a part, Those we love don't go away They walk beside us everyday. Always remembered by Hugh and Marjorea, Marie and Glen. tANSEY, John Joseph Aug. 21,1936 - Dec. 16, 2006 It's not the tears shed at the time That tells our hearts were broken, It's the silent tears in after years When your precious name is spoken Time cannot stop the heartache Or even stop the tears Or take away the memory Of someone we love so dear. Never forgotten "Sweetheart" Rosalie

We thought of you today But that is nothing new, We thought of you yesterday And will tomorrow too. We think of you in silence And make no outward show, For what it meant to lose you Only those who love you know. Remembering you is easy We do it every day, It’s the heartache of losing you That will never go away. In loving memory of my daughter Melissa who went to Heaven December 8, 2007 Dad (Steve)

CArPENtEr, Doris Corinne "Pat"

Peacefully at the Hallowell House Nursing Home on Wednesday December 5, 2012, Pat Carpenter (nee Dodds), at the age of 98. Beloved wife of the late Alan Digby Carpenter (MC). Loved mother of Peter (Bonnie Robson) of Salmon Point, David (Karen Ralley) of Picton and Carol (David Walker) of Bath. Dear grandmother of Arwyn, Robert, Hadley, David "Harry", Reeves, Alana and Stefaney and great grandmother of Jules, Conrad, Ava, Mabel and Aliyah. A Graveside Service will take place in York Cemetery, Toronto, in the Spring. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Cheques only please. Arrangements entrusted to the Hicks Funeral Home, 2 Centre Street Picton, 613-476-5571.

SirOt, Constance Lee (nee Campbell)

August 20th, 1946 - December 7th, 2012

Passed away peacefully on December 7th, 2012 at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton. Constance Sirot, beloved wife of Gordon B. Sirot of Wellington. Precious daughter of Leah and the late Ray Campbell of Lindsay. Dear sister of J. Colin Campbell also of Lindsay. Caring aunt of Jonathan and Mark Campbell of Lindsay. Loving niece of Douglas and Ruth Cunningham of Mt. Pleasant, Brantford. Sister-in-law of Norma and Herman Sirot of Toronto. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington. Reverend Audrey Whitney officiating. Following the service there will be time of celebration and refreshment at the funeral home until 4:30 p.m. Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences at





We wish our neighbours, relatives and friends a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Love Gerald & Nancy Monroe.


Ron (Mac) MacDonald - August 2, 1934 - December 9, 2012. With his loving family at his side, Mac passed away at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. With deep sadness we mourn losing our husband, father, Grampa and "GaGa". Mac is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his daughter Debbie MacDonald Moynes and her husband Rick. Awesome Grampa to Jessica and her husband Desmond Stuart of Plainfield, Laura and her boyfriend Bob Wilson of Trenton. Proud Great Grampa (GaGa) to the triplets, Marley, Eli and Leah. He called them "my babies". Brother to Albert Hayes of Fergus. Predeceased by sister Mary Avey of Woodstock and mother-in-law Mabel Blackburn. You are encouraged to visit with the family on Tuesday, December 11th from 24 and 6-8pm. A celebration of Mac’s life was held at 2pm on Wednesday, December 12th at Whattam Funeral Home in Picton. The Reverend Jim Cullen and The Reverend Canon Pat Johnston officiating. Interment Glenwood Cemetery. Lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 78 followed. Memorial donations to The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association would be appreciated by the family (cheques only please).

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HALLOWELL / SOPHIASBURG WARDS Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012 to be collected Monday Dec. 24, 2012. Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 to be collected Monday Dec. 31, 2012.

BOXING DAY Dec. 26 - regular collection schedule. Please have your garbage at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Waste Management Canada 1-800-267-7874

BOWErS- Wallace & Elrena. In loving memory of our dear parents Wallace, November 30, 1984 and Elrena April 16, 2005. Sadly missed along life's way Quietly remembered everyday No longer in our life to share But in our hearts you'll always be there Always sadly missed and loved by her daughters Marjorie & Bernice. iSENOr, Melissa. June 25, 1990 - December 8, 2007. In mmeory of our niece and cousin. Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed. Love Aunt Tam, Uncle Rich, Reed, Riley.


Recycling Collection SMitH, Daniel Lee

February 17, 1923 – November 17, 2012

LEWiS, William (Bill) Charls

(WWII Veteran) At his home on Sunday December 9th, 2012, Bill Lewis, of R.R.#8, Picton, at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Gretha of 67 years. Dear father of John and his wife Anita of Bancroft, Margaret Harris of R.R.#4, Picton, Florence Coghlan of Consecon, Carol and her husband Lyle Mitchell of R.R.#8, Picton and Garry and his wife Cheri of Demorestville. Dear brother of the late Florence Perry. Sadly missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. As desired by Mr. Lewis there will be no visitation or service. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (cheques only, please).

With sadness the family announces the sudden passing at his home on Big Island, surrounded by family on Friday, December 7th, 2012, Daniel Lee Smith formerly of Hamilton, at the age of 43. Beloved son of Percy and Thelma Smith, brother of David and his wife Lynne of Burlington, Andy of Demorestville, Carol of Brantford and the late Tommy. Survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Longtime V.I.P. Member and dedicated fan of the Belleville Bulls Hockey League. Mr. Smith rested at the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton, ON. Funeral service was held in the Chapel on Wednesday December 12th at 10:30 a.m. The Reverend Kirby Breithaupt officiated. Memorial donations to Epilepsy Canada or the Prince Edward County Minor Hockey Association would be appreciated. (cheques only, please). The family received friends on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until Service time. On-line donations and condolences at

Whattam Funeral Home


Collection regularly scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Collection regularly scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Please have your garbage at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Quinte Waste Solutions 1-800-210-0762

For more information, please visit our website or you may email or call (613) 476-2148.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Sale 6:30pm Viewing 5:00pm

662 Cty. Rd. #12 3.5 kms southwest of Bloomfield at Koopmans Auction Centre Always accepting good clean consignment for upcoming sales. We also conduct Estates and Commercial sales onsite. For your entire auction needs, call Auctioneer: Gerald Koopmans 613-393-1732.


LARGE ART & ANTIQUE AUCTION TO INCLUDE STAMPS & COINS Sunday, December 16 - Preview 9:30 a.m. Auction 11:00 a.m. Estate Jewellery, Collection of Royal Doulton Figures & Toby Jugs, Glass & China, Silverplate, Collector’s Items & Books. Selling at 12:00 Stamps, Coins to include: 2 Olympic Gold Coins, Canadian Paper Currency, Railway & Hollywood Memorabilia. Large Collection of Oil Paintings, Watercolours & Prints MANY SOLD in LOTS. Small Selection of Furniture to include: Set of Press Back Chairs & Walnut Dining Room Suite. Watch Web Site for Updates. Large Indoor Yard Sale: Sunday @ 9:30 a.m. David Simmons: Auctioneer & Appraiser Looking for quality estates or single items for upcoming auctions 101 Applewood Drive, Brighton, Ont. K0K 1H0 Phone 1-613-475-6223


AT 11:00 AM AuCTION SAlE - BuSINESS FOR SAlE BY puBlIC AuCTION ANThONY’S CAFé RESTAuRANT DINER, 394 FRONT STREET, BEllEVIllE, ONT. OpTION #1 FOR SAlE BY puBlIC AuCTION AT 11:00 AM SuBjECT TO A REASONABlE RESERVE - existing family owned business. 890 sq.ft. restaurant with dining area with cafe tables and chairs, dinnerware and flatware, well equipped kitchen, patio facing Moira River, currently licensed for 20 inside and 30 outdoors, washroom facilities. All chattels are included in the sale of the business. Current rent of 1000.00 per month plus utilities. TERMS - $10,000 deposit day of sale by certified cheque made payable to Robert Sullivan and Sons Auctioneers Ltd - balance due in 30 days or upon agreed closing date. Viewing available by appointment - john 613-968-4841. OpTION #2 In the event the Restaurant does not sell as an on-going business, all chattels will be sold by auction. DEC. 17th AT 11:30 A.M. Chattels include Hobart 20 quart mixer, Double basket commercial countertop deep fryer, Kitchen Aid mixer, commercial toaster, Bunn coffee makers, double door fridge, chest freezer, warming oven, bakers kitchen supplies pots, pans, Belgian waffle maker, Panini press, stainless steel inserts, dinnerware flatware, 4 ft glass top showcase, event, bbq, cash register, cafe table and chairs, patio table and chairs, numerous other articles. All ITEMS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER. TERMS- CASh OR ChEQuE OWNER & AuCTIONEER NOT RESpONSIBlE FOR ACCIDENT OR INjuRY DAY OF SAlE SullIVAN AuCTIONEERS plainfield 613-477-2082 for photos



AT 5:00 p.M. AuCTION SAlE - Estate of Mrs. Evelyn lloyd, Belleville DOuG jARREll SAlES ARENA, BEllEVIllE A Gibbard “Chantilly” style dining room set including a table/ 4 leaves, 4 cushioned seat chairs, a china hutch and matching server, Gibbard bedroom suite consisting of a double bed/ box spring & mattress, chest of drawers, dresser with mirror and 2 matching night tables, rectangular refractory maple kitchen table with 4 arrow back style chairs, an older chesterfield, lazy boy style recliner, several living room chairs, coffee & end table set, 2 footed drum end table, several oak end tables, 2 balloon style parlour chairs both re-upholstered, bedroom bench, pine floor length dressing mirror, solid wood TV cabinet with flat screen TV, older cabinet model TV, a cabinet model radio record player, cabinet model sewing machine, washer & dryer and several other small furniture pieces. A number of pieces of glass & china, again including, a partial set of Royal Albert “Petit Point” dishes, 3 pieces of cranberry glass , 2 “Moorcroft” vases, “Indian Tree” cup & saucer, assorted cups & saucers, several pieces of Blue Mountain Pottery, A “Holt-Howard” cookie jar, retro stoneware cookie jar, a number of pieces of “Cross & Olive” crystal stemware, old cake platters, a “Salada Tea” small tea pot, a number of old books, everyday dishes including some corelle ware, pots & pans, bake ware, Corning ware casseroles/ lids, Royal Doulton figurines Vanity HN 2475, Sandra HN 2275, Janet HN 1537, Tootles HN 1680 Valerie HN 2107, First Recital HN 3652, Tinkle Bell HN 1677, A child from Williamsburg HN 2154, an older Irish Belleek vase ( black stamp), pinwheel crystal cream & sugar with tray, a set of Wm. Rogers flatware, table cloths & linens, assorted bedding, towels etc., a set of International sterling flatware “Prelude” pattern in a double drawer chest (approx. 90 pieces), 2 German candle holders, brass candlesticks, assorted lamps, prints & frames, Delft figurines, a few pieces of Evangeline ware, other assorted vases & bowls, old hat boxes, few small shop hand tools and a few garden tools. Everything in this sale is in pristine condition. See my web site for detailed list & photos. AuCTIONEERS: DOuG jARREll & BEN TREVERTON 613-969-1033

Babies of 2012!

$ 00 plus HST!

We can’t wait to see the babies born in 2012! Here’s your opportunity to show off those little ones (just a little). We will be publishing our Annual Showcase of Babies on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Just bring in, or email your baby’s colour picture, along with the information below on or before January 25, 2013!

Don’t miss out! Baby’s Name: _________________________________________

Date of Birth: _________________________________________



Weight: _____________________Time: ____________________ Jackson David Kenny March 4, 2012 Lyndon and Keera Kenny

Parents’ Names: _______________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________________________________

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Wellington forward named conference’s player of the month

The Soup was being served piping hot at the Essroc Arena last month and the Ontario Junior Hockey League has taken notice. The OJHL announced earlier this week Dukes leading Craig Campbell is the Gong Show Gear North East Conference player of the month for November. During the month, Campbell, 20, notched 11 goals and 20 points in just a dozen games. To put it in prospective, Campbell recorded points in eight of the club’s twelve games during the month, including a six game goal and point scoring streak in which he notched nine goals and eighteen points. The Strathroy native would record two five point efforts and multiple points in five consecutive games during the streak. In other words, who could the player of the month been other than Campbell? Wellington Dukes coach and general Manager Marty Abrams agreed with this corner's assessment Campbell's nomination should have been as close to a slam dunk as their has been in the history award. Abrams has watched Campbell progress and develop since the forward came to Wellington from his hometown Strathroy Rocket Junior B hockey club two years ago and said Campbell is a leader in the Duke lineup. “He quietly does the job, he quietly leads the team and he is respected by his peers,” Abrams said. “He's taken his game to a new level. Last year was a transition year making the jump from Junior B to Junior A.


Dukes win two of three weekend contests Complacency set in after shootout victory JASon PARkS

Staff writer


He trains hard and whoever takes him next season is going to get a player that just seems to grow and get better each and every game.” Currently out with a shoulder injury, Campbell has racked up 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) in 31 games for Wellington this season and is the Dukes most consistent scoring threat. Abrams believes that is due to his ability to lift his fellow line mates to new heights. “He has that rare ability that, no matter what line he's on, he can make the players on that line elevate their play. He makes his teammates better. We've had a few of those guys here in the past so you know it when you see it as a coach but it's a huge and rare attribute for a player,” Abrams said. “Every forward in our room wants to play on his line and they were saying that was before the huge offensive output.” Campbell has NCAA aspirations but has yet to commit to a program. -Jason Parks, Staff

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For the Wellington Dukes, a four out of a possible six points weekend was what the club needed to stay in the middle of the pack of the OJHL's North East Conference. The above scenario was precisely what the Dukes achieved although it wasn't without its peaks, valleys and white knuckle moments. Wellington (17-14-3) picked up a pair of wins in three games this past weekend, sandwiching a 5-4 comeback shootout win in Kingston on Thursday and a 4-0 blanking of Pickering on Sunday around a 3-0 setback against Cobourg on Friday. Wellington coach and general manager Marty Abrams said the club was shooting for a four-point weekend going into the three- game set “I think we got a bit greedy on complacent after the big dramatic, come from behind win on Thursday and we didn't play very well on Friday.,” Abrams said. Following the loss, the Dukes dissected game video and practiced on Saturday as they ramped up for Sunday night's home game against Panthers “We approached Sunday's game talking about the need to play with passion, intensity and urgency and I think that's we brought against Pickering,” Abrams said. Wellington fought its way tooth- and-nail past the Panthers Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead into the final period and finally slating the game away with a pair of empty netters. Matt LaRose was great in the Wellington net, stopping all 37 Panther volleys sent his way for his second OJHL shutout. “Any time to you get a shutout at any level of hockey but especially at the Jr level, you are doing some-

SCREEn DooR Wellington Duke Spencer Turcotte tries to screen Pickering Netminder Connor Barrie during Wellington’s 4-0 win Sunday night. Turcotte picked up his first goal as a Duke in the second period.. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)

thing right,” Abrams said. Matt was very solid, he made the big saves and it was a great job by out penalty killers to keep the Panthers in check.Your best penalty killer has to be your goalie and he was stellar.” Another key link in the Dukes chain of victory was the defensive work of the Jan Kaminsky, Spencer Turcotte and Mike Soucier who managed to keep the high flying Carlos Amestoy off the score sheet for just the fourth time this season “I know they were out there a lot against him along with (defencemen) Kyle Paat and Josh Finkelstein and they did just an outstanding job against their top unit,” Abrams said. Wellington's Luc Brown staked his club to a 1-0 lead in the first when he picked the corner on Panthers starter Connor Barrie at 15:09.

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Wellington doubled the lead at 10:04 of the second when newcomer Spencer Turcotte banked home a goal off Barrie's backside. In the third, Joe McKeown and Abbott Girduckis added empty net goals as Pickering pressed to break up the LaRose shutout bid. On Friday, Abrams said the squad was guilty of puck watching, a dangerous activity against the Cougars and their new-found system of defence-first hockey that has bringing them some measure of success as of late. Evan Jasper and Dalton Bew scored goals 13 seconds apart in the first and the Cougars added a goal in the second and that was all Cobourg needed. To skate off with the win. It's not hard to see that the guy (Curtis Hod gins) that coached in Bowmanville and Whitby is now the coach in Cobourg and he likes to trap when he gets you down a few goals,” Abrams said. “He's not going to give you a whole lot through the neutral zone and we couldn't counter.” If Friday's game was the mundane, Thursday's contest was the absurd. The hometown Voyageurs built a 4-0 lead over Wellington through the

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first part of the game only to see the Dukes storm all the way back and take it 5-4 in a shutout. “On the bench we've been preaching to the players not to scoreboard watch and worry about the process, how you are playing and structure” Abrams said. “I thought we were playing a pretty good game in the first as far as process. Tactically, we played four lines and six defence for 52 minutes before we cut it back while they were shortening up their bench in the second. We simply had the gas to take it through to the end.” Wellington's Brian Bunnett sparked the comebacks with a goal in the second half of the second that made it 4-1 Kingston. Erick Delaurentis then went on a tear, scoring one near the close of the period, setting up Josh Gervais on another in mid way through the third before completing the comeback at 17:37 of the last stanza while on the powerplay. “He has been so valuable for us, he adds tremendous offence with grit and determination and I just can't say enough about him,” Abrams said. After a scoreless overtime, Soucier, Delaurentis and Kaminsky all scored in the four round shootout to lift Wellington to the win. Going into tonight's OJHL action, Wellington is just one point back of fifth place Kingston with a game in hand. Wellington is in Trenton Friday and plays a home and home with the Lindsay Muskies Sunday and Tuesday. Sunday's game at home starts at 7 p.m. ‘Round the 'Roc: Cam Nicholl has been cleared to return to the Wellington lineup after finger surgery this past fall. Abrams was going to put the rookie winger through his paces at practice in an effort to ramp up his availability for this weekend...Turcotte, 18, comes to the club by way of the OHL Guelph Storm...Jake Marchment returns from suspension this weekend...OJHL player of the month Craig Campbell remains out of action due to a shoulder injury.



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Forward thinking should reduce health care costs, divert workload from hospitals

REHAB, from page 1

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said keeping people healthy is a key to reducing strain on the health-care system and ultimately reducing the

health-related costs. "Congratulations to the entire community for coming together to make this happen. It's going to keep our health-care costs low. If we can keep people healthy, that's what it's all

about," said Smith. "Hopefully we don't need to get into the hospital if we keep ourselves in a healthy state." County Mayor Peter Mertens said he was impressed with the way this

community always seems to come forward in support of things happening within it, particularly those to do with health care. He congratulated the PEFHT for thinking outside the box to improve quality of care. "I'm sure I speak for the community when I say we have an immense amount of pride for the Family Health Team. They're forward thinking in terms of what they've already done and are able to do. This is a huge move forward in terms of health for Prince Edward." Speaking on behalf of the clinical leadership of PEACH, which also in-

cludes Dr. Steve Blanchard and registered nurse Mary Stever, Dr. Phil Wattam said this was a project he hesitated about at first, but with the commitment of the PEFHT through executive director Duff Sprague and the outpouring of community support the Cattlemen were able to spark, it is working. "I knew it would be a big undertaking, bigger than anyone anticipated at the get-go," he said. "It's come together and I think we're really lucky to have this facility." Wattam said it is known exercise is a major factor in good health in general and

that it can decrease mortality rates and improve the health of patients with known coronary conditions. He said the PEFHT is taking steps to enroll all the people who need to be enrolled and he said it will continue to work to take full advantage of the treadmills, elliptical and rowing training machines, and resources at hand to reach its capacity. "What we have today is the start — a physical foundation for the rehab program," he said. "We have the capacity to do a whole lot more to make it go fullforce forward."

Mertens says there’s no need to delay development


PLAN, from page 3

“There's more study that needed to be done. We just feel it's very rushed and there's a lot of questions that need to be answered. On Dec. 7 the municipality issued a press release saying many residents demonstrated “not only relief, but strong support for the proposed change” at the Dec. 5 presentation to McFarland residents. Welbanks said she didn't see much positive feedback from her vantage point at the meeting as many residents still had unanswered questions. Welbanks said the meeting was cut short and, overall, she was disappointed with the presentation. After considering the feedback from the meetings, councillors reviewed a staff report at their Dec. 6 committee-of-the-whole meeting and voted to send a recommendation to council that the land be declared surplus. That recommendation will go forward to council on Dec. 18. Welbanks said now that it looks like land will be declared surplus, she hopes the developer and the municipality we try harder to involve

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the community. “Involve the home, the residents and the neighbours especially and the people of Prince Edward County itself,” she said. “(I hope) maybe they learned something, that they went about this wrong and many people feel suspicious of their actions.” Although the majority of councillors at the committee meeting felt there was no need to delay declaring the land surplus, councillor Brian Marisett said there could have been value in bringing the declaration of surplus and rezoning back at the same time. “I've heard a lot of concern from the existing nursing home and the fear that I have is they're going to see this as a move that could be interpreted by them as total disregard for the comments they brought forward,” he said. Mertens said at Thursday's committee meeting the proposed development would address three different needs for seniors housing in the county. Mertens said it's an opportunity the municipality can't afford to delay. “(Nautical Lands Group) came, they put their money where their mouth is, they want to get this done. They've done these sorts of communities throughout southern Ontario,” he said. “… There's absolutely no reason why we should put this

on hold or defer this and not move forward with this.” Mertens said the changes to the concept plan addressed the concerns brought forward by McFarland Home residents at the Nov. 27 council meeting. “The one's that are saying we're doing this too fast or doing it piecemeal are three people that are driven that way,” he said. “I don't see that as a difficulty that we can't manage.” Councillor Nick Nowitski said the changes made by Nautical Lands Group shows they're willing to listen to residents' concerns and didn't see a need to delay the declaration of surplus. “In the short amount of time they had they came back not only with a redesign, but an increased redesign. To me they're showing they're committed to this area and to the people of Prince Edward County,” he said. The declaration of surplus would be only a small step toward the sale of the property. If approved by council on Dec. 18, negotiations would continue. The price and terms of the agreement haven't yet been finalized and the property will still have to come back to a planning public council meeting for rezoning early next year. Any final negotiations and resulting building and planning reviews would still have to be approved by council before breaking ground.

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Council revisits idea of delegating minor tasks to staff Chad Ibbotson

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If passed by council, the bylaw would delegate several actions that have traditionally be carried out by staff along with several practices that have been delegated to staff by resolution, but have not been included in a bylaw. Mertens said these needed to be passed by bylaw to protect the municipality from any potential liability issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For everybody's protection that should be backed up by bylaw,â&#x20AC;? he said. New delegations would include: The authority to sign grant applications to fund municipal initiatives and funding agreements when council has already approved the project and budget; the authority to approve and execute extension agreements, extending the period of time the cancellation price is to be paid after registration of a tax arrears

certificate; the authority to approve uncontested and stand alone consents; the ability to approve uncontested minor variances; the authority to approve and execute encroachment agreements; the temporary closure of highways for construction and lowering posted speed limits in a construction zone; and the authority to approve temporary weight and speed restrictions on roads. Councillor Brian Marisett put forward a motion to remove several of the new delegations, but the motion lost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I don't see where there's a whole lot of time saves,â&#x20AC;? Marisett said of the proposed delegations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounds more complicated and I don't see how the process now is so burdensome.â&#x20AC;?

County looks to review advisory committee structure Staff writer

The County is looking to initiate a process to review the municipality's advisory committees. Committee of the whole voted to have advisory committees submit a report to a committee-of-the-whole meeting by the end of February which provides information on their use of staff resources, the value the committee adds to the council decision-making process, the value the committee adds to the community at large, current impediments to adding value, and the potential impact of discontinuing the committee. County chief administrative officer Merlin Dewing said the municipality would ask the residents who make up the advisory committees to get their opinion on the committees, how they feel the committees are doing and what they think they provide to council's decisionmaking process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could they be doing more, should they be doing less. They're spending taxpayers' dollars so perhaps they report to council on how

they do that and is there a way, or is there a need to look at how that's managed,â&#x20AC;? Dewing said. A report presented to councillors at last week's committee meeting says in July 2012 council directed staff to commence project planning with the goal of implementing a Resident Resources Program in 2013. The program would look to improve the advisory committee system and have on file a pool of community individuals who council could consult for various expertise when dealing with different issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although the Resident Resources Program is still in the development stage, background information would be beneficial to better understand the roles currently played by our existing council appointed advisory committees,â&#x20AC;? the report says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An understanding of the purpose and value of each committee is necessary to determine whether some purposes may be better served by a committee with selected membership, or through the broader random selection process envisioned by the Resident Resources Pro-

gram.â&#x20AC;? The report identifies an examination of the 10 advisory committees appointed directly by council as a first step. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although all of these committees have served the municipality well in the past, it is wise to not only review their relevance in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more constrained fiscal environment but also to examine opportunities for minimizing staff time currently allocated to these committees,â&#x20AC;? the report says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally the value to the corporation and the council decision making process must be measured

against the cost.â&#x20AC;? Dewing said idea wouldn't be to have the advisory committees justify their existence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thinking that we're asking them to justify their existence isn't what we're looking at. We're looking at the committees and the council appointees being those on the ground who know the value that that committee is serving,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of trying to understand it at the council level, let's have those who are participating come to council and say 'yes this is the value added to your decision-making process.'â&#x20AC;?

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While council had previously voted down a bylaw to delegate some minor decision making authority to staff, the discussion was revived at last week's committee-of-thewhole meeting where the changes were approved. The delegations will still have to be approved by council. It was at this step that the changes were previously denied. Mayor Peter Mertens explained that although council hadn't passed the bylaw, they had already approved the report recommending the changes, so the discussion never really left the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When this came to council the actual report was approved by council. What didn't get passed was the bylaw, so this report has

already been passed once,â&#x20AC;? he said. The report was approved again last week with the exception of one provision which would have allowed staff to approve and execute site plans and site plan agreements. A report presented to the committee says municipal council's delegate the minor authority to staff â&#x20AC;&#x153;when there is no need for political input or public involvement and to streamline approval processes.â&#x20AC;? The report says under the current approval process a decision can take six to12 weeks before it gets to the stage where the mayor and clerk sign an agreement. Under the delegated approval process, the report says that time could be cut to two to four weeks for the agreement to be signed.

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New land sale bylaw that would streamline process approved in principle Chad Ibbotson

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Committee of the whole has approved in principle an updated sale and disposition of land bylaw that will look to streamline the sale process, though some councillors noted that faster isn't always better.

A report from clerk Victoria Leskie says the current bylaw was enacted in 2005. It says since that time the Municipal Act has changed and some parts of the bylaw aren't relevant today. “It really does need a revision,” Leskie told councillors at their Dec. 6 committee-ofthe-whole meeting. “One of



the difficulties as well with the previous bylaw was just the language. It was difficult to work with, it was difficult for purchasers to understand sometimes.” The report says staff prepared a new draft of the bylaw with more plain language and changes “so that we may deal with the sale of

surplus properties in an expeditious manner and as cost-effectively as possible while maintaining transparency.” The report says a couple of new sections allow council the flexibility to expedite a sale for any purpose as long as it achieves council priorities of goals.


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the changed to negotiate and enter into agreements of purchase and sale for “certain minor or routine transactions, conditional upon council authorizing the agreement by bylaw,” where in the past all offers where presented to council even if the asking price was offered and all conditions were met. CAO Merlin Dewing outlined the process which would be used in this case. First he said council would identify which properties it deems surplus. These would be divided into economic drivers or community development benefits which would determine whether council must get an appraisal on the land. Once offers are received for the lands they will be presented to council for a decision on the sale. Council could impose conditions on the sale which would have to be met before the sale would proceed. The bylaw suggests the CAO would act as the mediator during this negotiation. “Someone has to be the middle ground the person communicating the offer between council and the prospective purchaser. We're suggesting that's the CAO or designate,” Dewing said. “Then once we meet all those conditions we would ask for council's authorized bylaw then when the purchase is consummated it goes through legal and the CAO has the authority to sign the document.” The new bylaw also provides clarity in the procedures for the sale of industrial park lands and adds more flexibility to obtain a valuation of property. Dewing said the former aspect means that if council decides to sell a piece of property where getting the best price is not the main goal — such as selling land at a reduced price to promote the construction of affordable housing — they can elect to sell without getting the land valued by a licensed appraiser. The previous bylaw required council to pay for the licensed appraised to give a value of the property even for small land-locked parcels. “If you're wanting to sell land that has a community development potential to it that opens the door up to selling it for below appraised value, so why spend the money to find out what the appraised value is,” Dewing said. The bylaw also introduces a new step to notify the public when the municipality intends to sell a property, notifying residents at an earlier stage. The bylaw also identifies where money from the sale of lands will go. For example the sale of a fire hall would go to the fire department reserves. The new bylaw also opens up the opportunity for the municipality to keep bid deposits when costs have been incurred. While the changes were approved by the committee and will go forward to council for approval, some councillors were wary of the changes. Councillor Terry Shortt said recent events have given him reason to want to take the time to look at each land sale. “Our elders brought to our attention that expediency and efficiency is not necessarily conducive to good decision making for the municipality as a whole. I'd like to have a little more time to look at this before we make any changes,” he said.


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Hospice expects to learn about pilot status this week South East LHIN to decide whether Downes Avenue home receives funding Representatives of Hospice Prince Edward were at Shire Hall last week to provide an update on their residential hospice project and thank the municipality for its efforts to assist the organization. Hospice Prince Edward executive director Nancy Parks said the organization wanted to thank all of council and staff who have worked with hospice on the project over the past two years. She said council's vote to support repurposing Benson Hall for the residential hospice in principle helped jump start the process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In doing so it allowed our community a vision of what a residential hospice project could be, that the services could be in their community,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In turn we received tremendous support for that and we thank council very much for that opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Parks said as the project went forward Hospice Prince Edward realized Benson Hall wouldn't be the best project for their needs. She said in September, amid all the advocacy for operational funding for the project the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) said they wouldn't make any decision on funding until spring 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We've had such tremendous support in this community and demand for a residential hospice that our

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board decided that we needed to put services in this community sooner rather than later â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we weren't going to wait any longer,â&#x20AC;? Parks said. She said the board decided to move ahead regardless and set up the residential hospice, if even just for a year until the LHIN made its decision on operational funding. She said the property, which was subsequently purchased on Downes Avenue in Picton, came to their attention a short time later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had to design a home from scratch for a residential hospice, it wouldn't look much different than this home is,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to take the step of purchasing this home at 40 Downes Avenue with the though that we would start even with one bed for hospice and then at least have an aspect for that.â&#x20AC;? She said not long after that the LHIN notified them that because of the advocacy for the service coming from Prince Edward County, they would look at the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were told we're going to be getting a call next week if we have been one of the pre-selected pilots for this area,â&#x20AC;? Parks said. She said the LHIN has said that they will work with the pilot sites to make sure they are given the best chance to be successful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We're sure that our pilot will be successful to receive that ongoing funding,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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