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Special Olympian a Dukes capture back-to-back fit with OPP IMPACT wins over Trenton, Lindsay INSPIRING positive

Young anglers hooked at derby on Picton Bay

County secures $133,200 in federal funding for public washrooms, tennis courts, accessible path

Merland Park attracts more families to annual charity competition

Benson Park to benefit from Canada 150 grant


Caleb Jouwstra and his sister Samantha took turns lying down on the cold, hard ice of Picton Bay and sticking their heads into cut holes barely bigger around than pop cans. After lying still for a few moments, Caleb craned his neck and gave a report on what he has surveyed from the icy depths below. Sure enough, the first-time ice fisher spotted what everyone was waiting for. “I just saw a fish under here,” he said proudly. “I’ve just gotta get a fish. I really need a fish.” Samantha gives a similar report of schools swimming below, but thus far, the bites aren’t coming. The Jouwstra family travelled to Merland Park from Brighton Saturday for a bit of fun and adventure as part of the park’s eighth annual derby. A few feet further from shore in the next row, Brian Sword had a smiler idea. He knelt down next to his young daughter Maddy Cassels-Sword and helped string a line as she sat and waited for a bite. They talked and enjoyed their time, although the elusive fish didn’t seem to be biting. “It’s her first time ice fishing,” Sword said. “This was our first opportunity to get out on the ice.” Having moved from Vancouver, Sword said he was

FINDING FISH Caleb Jouwstra, of Brighton, shares news of the fish he saw underneath the ice at Merland Park’s eighth annual fishing derby Saturday.. Jouwstra was determined to catch one. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

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new backyard. Saturday was a starting point. Park owner Kevin Lavers

said stories like those were the norm this year as ideal weather conditions and prior advertising helped bring a larger segment of the public out for an afternoon that featured the park’s well-known shirts-off fish-off as well as a series of recreational games on the icy surface. “It looks like we’ve got at least 60 people from the public that came out today — and kids galore Last year, there was only about 20 from the public here. “What this is really all about is getting kids interested in fishing. If they catch a tiny, little fish, they can go pick out a big monster truck or something like that from the prize table and they’ll always remember it. They’ll want to come back out again.” Despite the frustrations of some of the younger anglers, the fish were biting. Andrew Fitches quickly caught one to put an end to the shirts-off competition and shortly thereafter there were several hauls. David Ramirez, of Hamilton, has been coming to the derby for the past four years with a group of friends to have a weekend away from the city. This year, he said, the fishing was much better. “I’ve probably caught 20 myself,” he said Saturday. “Last year, I only caught five or six all weekend.” Ramirez easily braved the cold as he bared his upper body for the contest and stated it was worth it to have some fun and support a great cause.

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Council approved agreements for a pair of grants this week. Reports presented to council at Tuesday evening's meeting indicate the municipality was successful in its applications for funding, receiving $133,200 toward the rehabilitation of Benson Park and $25,000 toward renovations at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. The agreements with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Minister of Employment and Social Development must be signed by the mayor and the clerk and returned for the payments to be received and the projects to proceed.

The municipality applied to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in June last year for funding toward the Benson Park project. The application was for 33 per cent of the estimated $400,000 cost of the project. The project has also been endorsed by several community groups with financial commitments and fundraising of $80,000. The $186,800 municipal share was approved in the 2017 capital budget. The plan includes new public washrooms and would link the new parking lot on King Street through the revitalized park via an accessible, rehabilitated pathway to Main Street near the Sir John A. Macdonald sculpture.

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County claims three economic development awards EDCO recognizes municipality’s 2016 marketing initiatives CHAD IBBOTSON STAFF WRITER


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The County's community development department continues to garner praise. At last week's Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference in Toronto, the department was recognized for its recent achievements in the industry. The department received three honours: Best 2016 Publication for the Prince Edward County community investment profile; Best 2016 Advertising for the Build a New Life campaign; and Best 2016 Technology and New Media for its ambassador program video booklets. The County announced the awards in a news release Monday. The honours recognize local economic development initiatives that demonstrate excellence and innovation. The recognition indicates the County initiatives are ahead of the pack compared to other municipalities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000. “It's exciting to be recognized by the industry,” community development director Neil Carbone said in the release.

SUCCESS Community development co-ordinator Trevor Crowe, left, and community development director Neil Carbone celebrate the department’s economic development honours received last week.(Submitted photo)

“These awards are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of the many entrepreneurs and residents whose stories were the foundation of these campaigns,” he said. “It's

our ongoing privilege to celebrate and share those stories with the community and all those seeking to make the County their home.” The community investment

profile is one part of the department's resident and investment attraction strategy to lure new businesses and residents to Prince Edward County. The ambassador video booklet is a presentation style booklet with a built-in video screen that displays three short videos. These videos profile young entrepreneurs who decided to make the county their new home. The booklet is actually an aspect of the department's larger Build a New Life campaign, which encourages relocation to Prince Edward. The campaign uses existing “county ambassadors” who share experiences with friends and family outside of the county. The campaign launched in May last year. Video of the launch presentation can be found at The recognition supports the municipality's strategic direction, Mayor Robert Quaiff said in the release. “This is a reflection of the priorities outlined in the County’s newly adopted corporate strategic plan, which includes the development of a business friendly environment,” said Quaiff. “Not only are these initiatives an example of that priority, but it’s great to see the community development department continue to be on the leading edge of community and economic development in Ontario.”

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Federal grant will help County hire consultant to study its transit needs, assets Matching funds will allow continuation of Vital Signs progress ADAM BRAMBURGER STAFF WRITER

Prince Edward County has received $22,896 from the federal government to help hire a consultant to study existing transit options and to create a business case for filling the gaps in the system. On Friday, Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was at Shire Hall to present announce the investment, which will be matched with funds from the County's 2017 budget and from the County Community Foundation. Ellis said the notion that Prince Edward County received the funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure program shows the quality of work being done to address transportation challenges in the municipality. "When you look at it, there were only 79 public transit projects that got approved in Ontario. We know that there's 444 municipalities in Ontario, plus Toronto. Do the math on that," he said. "Kudos to your staff for approving this and moving forward." County Community Foundation (CCF) president Joan Pennefather explained the study is a continuation of work started with the organization's Vital Signs report in 2013, which identified

ROLLING FORWARD TOGETHER From left, Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis, County Mayor Robert Quaiff, and County Community Foundation president Joan Pennefather celebrate a federal grant that will fund 50 per cent of a transit study for the municipality. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

the community's strengths and challenges. Following that process, transportation was identified as one of three priority challenges to be addressed. According to Pennefather, a working group comprised of representatives from more than 40 agencies and organizations have been meeting regularly to determine the existing transportation infrastructure and study comparative models in other communities.

After two years of work, the working group's members acknowledge there is still much to do. "The goal is an integrated, affordable system," Pennefather said. "To do that, we have to look at what the factors are that currently exist, how we can use what is currently here, and see how we can improve it and add new pieces of the puzzle so people can get to schooling, get to food, and get to their jobs."

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Wendy Lane, the County’s grants, contracts, and special projects co-ordinator, said the municipality was eligible for the seed funding because it has a specialized transit system already as Trenton-based Quinte Access has provided service for several years after a push from the Women's Institute to get that service running. In recent years, she said, Deseronto Transit has also come on board to augment transit services by offering pick ups and drop offs within the county and on routes to Belleville. Both service advisors are part of the working group supporting the study. Ellis, a proponent of a regional transit system during his time as Belleville mayor, said he believes it is a good time for the County to look to build its transportation system. In addition to federal funding, he said he understands the provincial government has doubled the funding it has made available for transit. "This is the right timing if you can build that business case, then the next step is how you wind it out," he said. Lane said the County is preparing to call for a request for proposals in the near future to secure a consultant to do the assessment. She said staff believes it is worthwhile to seek a contractor to do the work. "It really is necessary to do it third party," she said, adding ideally a contractor would bring a

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Next week history lovers will have a chance to imagine travelling more than 200 years into the past. Macaulay Heritage Park will be celebrating Heritage Week and Prince Edward County's 225th anniversary with a special audio-video presentation. Ontario Heritage Week runs from Feb. 20-26 and Macaulay Heritage Park has invited successful author and United Empire Loyalist descendent Jennifer DeBruin to be a guest speaker. DeBruin will be giving a talk and audio-video presentation titled “A Trip of 230+ Years: My Journey Back to the Mohawk Valley.” The talk will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. and will give those in attendance a sort of virtual tour of the Mohawk Valley in New York State. The region was the original settlement area for many Loyalist families who eventually relocated to eastern Ontario — including Prince Edward County — beginning in 1784. DeBruin's presentation will


allow museum guests to visit locations significant to this area's earliest settlers. DeBruin will provide background about life in the Mohawk Valley and the impact the American Revolution had on Loyalists. County museums head curator Jennifer Lyons says in a news release the presentation promises to be of significant interest to history buffs and is a good way to mark the celebrations. “This presentation will be a phenomenal introduction to early settler history in our community,” says Lyons. “We thought it an excellent way to usher in the 225th anniversary

year of Prince Edward County and are so pleased that Jennifer is able to be part of the commemorations.” DeBruin has ancestral ties to New France, Upper Canada, and colonial America. Those connections feature prominently in her writing, with several works of fact-based historical fiction. DeBruin's work includes 2015's Daughters of Conflict, 2013's Shadows in the Tree, and 2012's A Walk with Mary. The event is just the beginning of a spate of programs to be held throughout the year to mark the county's 225th anniversary and Canada's 150th anniversary. A second talk — titled “The Life & Times of (Our) Prince Edward 17671820” — is slated for May 24 at Macaulay Heritage Park. Guests to that talk will learn more about Prince Edward County's namesake, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and father of Queen Victoria. Guest speaker Nathan Tidridge will discuss how Edward's story relates to the story of early Canada. Admission to both talks is by donation. In the event of poor weather the Feb. 22 date will be postponed to April 20 at 1 p.m.

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Community and economic development commission to host forum with business leaders CHAD IBBOTSON STAFF WRITER

The County's community and economic development commission will be opening up a dialogue with the municipality's top employers. At its last meeting on Feb. 8, the committee approved a business leaders forum and approved spending $1,000 from its strategic plan implementation funding to host the event. Community development director Neil Carbone said it's not a large financial investment, but one that will allow the county to reach out to local industry leaders. “The rationale was this was an important way to connect with key business leaders in the community that we weren't already connecting with,” he told commissioners at last week's meeting. A report presented to the commission at the meeting says the intent would be to grow awareness of the commission and the community development department's purpose and initiatives and to generate some feedback on those initiatives. It says the feedback would help both bodies better understand business leaders' challenges and opportunities in Prince Edward County. The need for that feedback was highlighted through the recent business retention and expansion exercise and the development framework sub-committee. The report says it became clear that more outreach is required and there are still business leaders in the community that aren't being engaged by the municipality's economic develop-

ment efforts. “We certainly heard from members that there were individuals and key businesses that we could and needed to build a better relationship with,” Carbone said. Following the approval of the work plan and subsequent budget approval late last year, municipal staff met with the commission’s chair and vice-chair and citizen member Adam Busscher to develop an agenda and format. The proposed forum would involve invitations sent to selected owners or representatives from many of the county's largest employers, from across key sectors, and from businesses of strategic importance to Prince Edward County. The event would not be treated as a public meeting of the commission. Carbone said the forum wouldn't be an open invitation type of event, but rather would focus on top employers in critical sectors. He said the idea would be to have a smaller group and an environment where participants can speak candidly. The forum is being contemplated as a semi-annual meeting,

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but that will be determined by the initial meeting. The report indicates the forum will be held March 2. The agenda will include a joint presentation by the commission and the community development department on 2017 priorities. This would be followed by break-out sessions where participants will be asked what challenges and hindrances there are to doing business or expanding business in the county. They will also be asked what significant change they would like to see in the next five years that the municipality would be in a position to influence. Much like with like the recent development forum, information from the break-out sessions would be consolidated into a public report and would be brought back to a meeting of the commission. Citizen member Tim Ward said the forum is an excellent initiative. “Listening to businesses and their concerns and getting that feedback to the community development department and economic development commission is extremely valuable,” he said.

“The insights that can be gleaned from this are great.” While she said she liked the idea, councillor and commission member Dianne O'Brien had some concerns. “I just don't know if this is the mandate of the commission,” she

said. O'Brien said she was also concerned that elected officials wouldn't be included in the forum. “I get calls often to say if the roads need repair and they'll say, 'as my elected representative,

what are you doing?'” she said. “I see this as no inclusion of any elected representative and that's a concern because they will call a councillor.” O'Brien said she'd also want businesses from every part of the county included in the forum.

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Investment in transit study has potential to strengthen community

WHEN most people think of transit systems, they often think of situations in larger cities where commuters can stay way from gridlocked roads, reduce pollution, and ideally, save a bit of money that might have been spent on gasoline or car maintenance. Traditionally, it hasn’t been a major concern in rural areas, however many of the same goals apply. With 25,000 people spread out geographically across this municipality, the County Community Foundation discovered through its Vital Signs process that transportation is a hurdle for several county residents. Some live up to 20 kilometres from the closest place to buy food, many social services and community support agencies are housed in larger hub areas like Picton, and those pursuing work or higher education often have to find ways to Belleville and the county’s larger urban centres. Cost becomes a barrier and it leads to people moving out of the community at a time when they could be happy staying here and contributing. In recent years, there have been some positive developments to help people get around in the county and nearby. Deseronto Transit has come into the municipality and its routes have helped commuters who may not qualify for specialized transportation through Quinte Access. Ride sharing boards have popped up on social media, and localized bus services have

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also been established to take people to hot spots like Hillier’s wineries, the Sandbanks, and the core areas, which has taken some of the strain off the limited number of taxi operators serving the community. Still, a working group comprised of representation from a broad sector of local organizations and municipal staff members have concluded there are gaps in the transit system in Prince Edward County and there is a large segment of the population that is unaware of all the transportation options available for use. The options that are available aren’t as visible as they might be in a more densely populated area. Wisely, that working group decided not to just stop there, but to consider a case for a comprehensive, affordable, and visible system that’s tailor made for the county. We applaud the County Community Foundation and the municipality for taking leadership to secure funding to properly study transit and to bring forward options to improve service. Strong transit services offer the opportunity to make a large geographic area smaller and build a more inclusive, productive community. Any dollars committed in this fashion will be well spent if more residents are enabled to stay in the county and contribute in various ways. Presumably the investment will also offset some presents costs associated with overcoming existing transportation gaps.


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TAX RETURN TEAM Volunteers with Prince Edward Community Care For Seniors go through a training session to prepare for helping seniors through the Canada Revenue Agency’s community volunteer income tax program. Volunteers will help provide income tax returns for seniors 60-plus with single incomes of $30,000 or less or household incomes of $40,000 or less free of charge. the service will be offered at 74A King Street from March 1 on. Eligible seniors are asked to bring relevant documents with them. Visits for shut-in seniors are possible.This marks the 35th year Community Care has participated in the program. The Prince Edward Learning Centre also offers the service for low-income singles and families. (Submitted photo)

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n Chas McGillivray was named the secretary of the executive committee overseeing Picton’s centennial celebration. The president of the Picton Motor League was known for his organizational talents. He quickly set to work, introducing subcommittees to tackle various jobs. n The Picton Motor League and the local board of trade petitioned the province to allow for the creation of large road signage marking the Hwy 33 route through the county. It was argued the signs would help with navigation. n Picton councillors held a special meeting to decide whether the town could afford to replace a dated bookkeeping system that was over 50 years old.


n The members of a planning board looking into the feasibility of a new 50bed hospital in Picton still believed construction was possible, despite higher costs than they anticipated. The board was set to review revised drawings intended to lower the required cost. n Athol Township was planning a wolf hunt to cull the population. Hunters would be restricted to using shotguns and any interested hunters were invited to participate in the event. n The Picton Police Association announced plans for the first policemen’s ball at the Agricultural and Recreation Centre. The money raised would help the campaign to install artificial ice there.


n Donald Baxter was celebrated as he retired from the Bloomfield canning company that he and his father started in 1930. While there were many changes in the canning industry with the onset of freezing technology, the former MPP said production was as high as ever. n Outlet Provincial Park superintendent Bob Davison estimated nearly 2,000 trees were destroyed over the winter by high winds and heavy snow. The majority of the trees were cedar. Davison estimated the park opening would be delayed over a month as crews cleaned up the damage. n Jim Dunlop of Lake Ontario Cement was elected as the new president of the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce.


n More than 500 people attended a town hall meeting at the Prince Edward Community Centre to discuss the province’s proposal to close the Prince Edward Heights facility by 1999 and to reintegrate its residents in the community. n North Marysburgh council announced it would not endorse a proposed aquacage fish farm in the township until its proponent, Oliver Lapenson, had all of his land deals and rezonings completed.The announcement came after the Ontario Municipal Board supported the operation. n The province cut $3,000 in funding for rehabilitation work on the Bay of Quinte and 15 other water pollution hot spots on the Ontario side of the Great Lakes.

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topics; teach speech reading skills and discourse strategies; give instruction on hearing aid use and how to obtain maximum benefit from hearing aids; discuss and demonstrate technical devices; develop practical strategies for difficult listening situations; and help people to become aware of and more comfortable in expressing communication needs. The CHS can help in a lot of ways, however it does not sell hearing aids. Don’t worry that they will try to get you to buy something you don’t want or

need. This is a not-for-profit organization that is partly funded by the Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care through the Local Health Integration Network. CHS supports those who are hard of hearing to cope with everyday living. The course will be held at the Community Care office, 74A King Street starting on Wednesday, April 5 and running for 6 consecutive Wednesdays. Participants are invited to bring along a spouse, friend or family member at no extra cost. Anyone with financial difficulties is welcome to discuss this in confidence to have the fee reduced or waived entirely. Sign up now to take the course. The person with hearing loss can bring along their spouse as well. Believe me, you’ll both benefit. We’re also hosting hearing health care clinics. There will be two clinics — Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Monday, March 20. Half-hour appointments are available for you to speak to the Hearing Care Counsellor. For more information on hearing loss, the course or the clinic please contact The Canadian Hearing Society at 613-966-8995. For registration at the course or the clinic contact Community Care at

Reducing barriers to library resources and services This is the third in our series about the strategic plan that’s guiding our work in the community through to 2021. You can pick up a copy of the plan at any branch of the County Library or find it online at We recognize it’s vitally important that any individual who wishes to can access public library services here in Prince Edward County. That’s why this week we’re discussing our 2021 goal to reduce barriers for access.


Over the years, we’ve worked to remove physical barriers for access to our bricks and mortar locations. For example, all branches are wheelchair accessible. Branches in buildings that have more than one floor are equipped with elevators. However, some barriers are a little less obvious. Several years ago, it was decided that the PEC Library would no longer charge late fees. We now accept donations from those who wish to give. We appreciate that even a small late fee can be a barrier for those who can’t afford it or who fear returning borrowed books and worry about a potentially astronomical late fee. The only time we will send you a bill is if an item is damaged beyond repair or lost and we need to replace it. We understand that there are still other things that may be holding you back from using the library. If there’s something we have missed or can do better, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Whether you’re a full-time

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resident, a county weekender, or just visit regularly, you are welcome to become a County Library cardholder. You can register by dropping into any branch of the library or signing up online at and we’ll mail a card to you.


Our hours of operations may sometimes be a barrier. We know that not everyone can visit the library during regular business hours. While it’s not possible for us to offer 24-hour service, our online services are available 24/7, anytime, anywhere you have an internet connection. This is part of our goal to evolve and promote the County Library as a virtual facility. Our online offerings include e-books, streaming music and movies, online magazines, Chilton car repair guides and much more. We know our patrons use these services while travelling, so you can rest assured there’s no geographic restriction for materials borrowed from the library. Did you know that you can access information and resources through virtual platforms? Adding to our wide selection of online resources, you can also interact with the library from the comfort of your own home. Access our full catalogue directly from our website. You can

search through our collection, place holds and renew current books under your account. All you need is your library card number and your PIN. Don’t know your PIN? Just call any of our branches and one of our staff will be able to get it for you. You can also find branch information and hours on our website, as well as contact information for each of our six local branches. Social media is another fun way to virtually interact with our library team members. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Follow us for breaking updates on new programs and weekly events, interesting articles and good reads as well as a view into the daily life and activities of the library! Contact us through our social media accounts and we’ll help with any questions that you may have! We strive to make our resources and materials as accessible as possible with our virtual platforms. In addition to meeting you in person at a branch or over the phone, connecting with you in new ways is extremely important to us. We appreciate that communications continue to evolve and change and we’re excited to find new ways to help you access a vast array of County Library and Archives resources. If you have ideas or suggestions, please share them with your local branch librarian, call them directly, talk with us on social media or visit today! You are also welcome to contact our chief executive officer Barbara Sweet directly at or 613-476-5962.

613-476-7493. Space is limited .


Community Care will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 20. Meals on Wheels will go out as usual on that day.


Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at noon. The menu features homemade soup, roast beef with gravy and horseradish, mashed potatoes, apple pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea, all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering. The cost is $10 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at noon by calling 613-476-7493.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Costs, public opinion better measures of performance

I don’t like political rhetoric, nor corporate jargon — both tend to be meaningless, and always self-serving. This was my reaction to the Feb. 2 article in the Gazette which describes how councillor Bill Roberts and the economic development commission have developed Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that will measure the performance of the commission. The article goes onto explain that Roberts’ hope is that these KPI’s as reported by the “dashboard tools” might also become a way for council to measure their performance, as well. Why does this remind me of IBM jargon that went out of style back in the 1980s? It was laughable then, and even more meaningless now. I believe what our community would rather have explained to them is what exactly is council’s definition of economic development? Unlike other communities, it appears the only definition we have experienced here is seeing economic development translate solely into more promotion for tourist based businesses. Not that tourism isn’t important, but let’s be honest it is not what most want to see – at least not without permanent well-paying jobs to go with it. The chamber of commerce did a darn good job of dealing with tourism, so why do we now need a whole department, with additional staff and additional costs to do the same job? Didn’t a previous council disband the then-economic development commission for the lack of production? If Roberts was truly in tune with the community, he would know that neither KPIs nor dashboard tools are needed by the public to measure council’s performance. Ask the public about council’s performance on issues like the size of council and the resulting OMB hearing (again), yearly four per cent-plus tax increases, dividing the community over water restrictions or farm tax ratio. Why doesn’t he ask parents whose kids have to leave the county because there aren’t any jobs here for them? They will very quickly tell him how

well the commission and council are doing. How does he explain the municipality’s support of the Picton Terminal – without having a basic environmental assessment done before allowing it to operate? The question of it not complying with the proper zoning will likely end up at the OMB too — more unnecessary costs for the taxpayers. However, the pollution in the water can be measured and yet no one on council seems concerned about the water intake pipe being located close to the terminal and what that might mean for the health of the residents. As for the economic development aspects of this terminal, very few (if any) jobs will result from it. You don’t need KPIs or dashboard tools to know just how ridiculous this is! It seems to me that Roberts and his colleagues on council want to dither away their time on meaningless systems to measure how well they are doing, when all it takes is an ear on public opinion. As far as measuring how well our staff is doing – isn’t that the role of the chief administrative officer? Oh, right – Council fired the last one for doing his job and paid him a severance of over $300,000. So let me check councils KPIs — $300,000 on a chief administrative officer pay-out, $125,000 on a needless self-serving OMB hearing, broken campaign promises, more money on lawyers for the Picton Terminals conflict, and let’s not forget the $200,000 on 29 trees for the downtown revitalization. Isn’t tallying the amount of money wasted on council’s decisions a more accurate measure of their performance? In my opinion, this bafflegab about measuring accountability with KPIs and dashboard tools is a poor attempt to deflect the public’s attention away from council’s actions and a great way for council to feel good about themselves by counting up their own brownie points. Dennis Fox Northport

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Special Olympics swimming champion is a team player at local OPP detachment Luke Flynn sets eyes on 2020 world championships, takes pride in maintaining fleet of police vehicles JASON PARKS STAFF WRITER

TEAMMATES Special Olympian Luke Flynn cleans a Prince Edward OPP vehicle under the watchful eye of detachment commander Staff-Sgt. Barry Freeburn. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)

A dedicated individual that excels in the pool is the face behind the gleaming fleet of vehicles being driven by members of the Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. Local Special Olympic athlete Luke Flynn has been basking in the limelight since being the guest of honour and dropping the puck during a ceremonial face off at the NHL alumni benefit hockey game at Essroc Arena in December. A provincial champion in the individual medley with sights set on competing at the 2020 worlds, Flynn, 27, spends two days a week working at the local detachment, cleaning and polishing the OPP vehicles.


“I clean all the vehicles I vacuum them, wash them and dry them,” Flynn told the Gazette. “It gets pretty dirty but I don't mind the work. I enjoy the challenge.” But when he's not working at the detachment, Flynn can be found enjoying his first love: swimming. A competitive swimmer that specializes in the individual medley and competes at the 25 m, 50 m, and 100 m distances, Flynn trains in Belleville with his friends. At a provincial meet last spring, Flynn picked up a gold medal and also captured two silvers and a bronze for four podium finishes and looks to be improving his personal best times in advance of larger meets in the near future. “Swimming is what I do and

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I love it. I love being a team player. I have a lot of fans that encourage me and my family really supports me...My mom and my dad are the best parents in the whole entire world,” Flynn said “My goal is to go to the 2020 worlds. I like to set goals and I want to thank my friends and my family for supporting me.” While the former NHL players drew some applause at the alumni game, the largest cheer was saved for Flynn who strode to centre ice and was a shining beacon of the Special Olympics spirit. “That was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to drop the puck and promote Special Olympics and I was honoured to do that,” Flynn explained At the detachment, Det.-

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WHATTAM’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Community Calendar is donated as a public service to our community by The Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., West, Picton (613-476-2450) SPACE IS AVAILABLE TO all non-profit 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.

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A GUIDE The Picton harbour document presented to the County’s Community and Economic Development Commission last week envisions a bustling space with enhanced boardwalks. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

Harbour subcommittee shares its vision Carbone says plan will serve as catalyst for developing Picton’s waterfront CHAD IBBOTSON STAFF WRITER

The Picton harbour development subcommittee has released its vision for the harbour's future. The committee was formed by the County's community and economic development commission to create a plan for strategic development in the harbour. The subcommittee completed the research and consultation phase of its development planning process in early September. The completed vision was presented to the commission at its latest meeting on Feb. 15. The next step will be for the municipality to adopt the vision as a framework document to guide public and private investment in the harbour. The document will go forward to a future committee-of-the-whole meeting and ultimately on to council for approval. Community development director Neil Carbone said the document has been in the works for the last year-and-a-half. He told the commission a lot of background research was undertaken and that research has already been beneficial to the department's ongoing work. Carbone said the vision document aligns with the planning policies outlined in the Picton secondary plan and establishes a road map for development “It will essentially be that catalyst — it's to get the community excited, to make people aware of the development opportunities,” he said at the meeting. “When development comes forward — and there is a lot of interest in harbour development these days — they're going to have something very concrete, very visual, very tangible, to look at to give them an understanding of how things will unfold in the next five years or ten years and who a lot of those players will be.” He said the document also identifies some next steps the municipality can initiate to get the ball rolling. A draft version was already provided to some interested developers who want

HARBOUR PLAN This graphic from the Picton harbour vision shows the area that is included in the vision. (Prince Edward County)

to get a sense of where things are heading, Carbone said. The vision document includes a detailed history and background of the harbour, including information from prior studies, land use planning as well as community and economic context. Research into the current state of Picton and other regional harbours, stakeholder surveys and an inventory of assets is also included. Through this, the sub-committee developed 23 priorities to guide the development of the harbour. Four key themes emerged from those priorities: Quality of place, accessibility, amenities, and activities. The document recommends several steps to improve the quality of place of the harbour. These include an entrance sign, encouragement of public art displays, new park space, and beautification of the water treatment plant. The document suggests the community development department could work with arts and heritage stakeholders to develop an attractive mural or other facade at the site. In terms of accessibility, improved wayfinding signage and boardwalks are key. Signage would point visitors to nearby trail connections, boardwalks, parking and amenities. The document proposes expanded boardwalks to circle the entirety of the harbour as well as greater connectivity

with local walking trails. Safety crosswalks would be integral to pedestrian access to the harbour near the bottom and top of the Town Hill on Bridge Street. The vision suggests amenities such as public Wi-Fi should be put in place throughout the harbour for residents, boaters and visitors. It suggests the community development department promote the need for bike, canoe, kayak and car rentals near the harbour. Added docks for larger watercraft, food trucks, and enhancements to the municipal marina building are all suggested. Finally, the document suggests outdoor events like concerts, farm/artisan markets, and historic signage could generate more local and visitor traffic at the harbour. The sub-committee identified initial priorities within the recommendations with consideration to their cost, impact and implementation time. The entrance sign to the harbour, improved wayfinding signage, expanded and improved boardwalks were all identified as short-term priorities. As were public Wi-Fi, additional docks, farm/artisan markets and a plan to incorporate food trucks at the harbour. The document acknowledges partnerships with businesses and private landowners are an important component of the vision. While the document includes timelines and, in some cases, dollar figures associated with the actions, Carbone said they are just guides. “We're not prescribing that all of these things are going to be included in budgets in the years or timelines they say they will,” he said. “What we're indicating is that in order to achieve this vision, these are some of the important activities that would need to take place, these are the people who would logically be involved in those activities and this is a rough idea of what it would cost.”

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WHATTAM’S is proud to present…”Family Movie Day” at the Regent Theatre the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. PICTON UNITED CHURCH COUNTY FOOD BANK: Food items that are needed are peanut butter & jam, cheese whiz, canned stew/chili, canned fruit, hot cereal, rice. All donations are gratefully accepted. Please drop off donations at the Food Bank, 12 Chapel St Picton on Friday mornings 911:30. Or at the Picton United Church office Tues-Fri 9-11:30. Contact Ron 813-1970. LOYALIST HUMANE SOCIETY: Always in need of food, litter, cleaning supplies, paper products as well as kitten food canned & dry. ROTARY CASH CALENDAR WINNERS: January 9th Barbara Cornett, 10th Bill Franklin, 11th Margaret Kirk, 12th Michelle Webber, 13th Sean Mitchel, 16th Barry Swan, 17th Nancy Stonelake, 18th Paul Andrews, 19th Andrea Brigneti,20th David McKibben, 23rd Denis Darby, 24th Christie Atkinson, 25th Rachel Morris, 26th Steve Burn, 27th Margaret Kirk, 30th Robert Rutter, 31st Connie Forrester. COMMUNITY CARE’S THRIFT SHOP: Donations accepted. Drop off your good used items at the front or side door. Clothing, shoes, household items, linens, furniture, sports equipment, toys etc. Call 476-1555 for pick up. Shop Hours Monday 1-4pm. Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. 153 Main St. Picton. More volunteers always welcome too! 100% of proceeds stay in The County to help seniors live at home. SENIORS COFFEE CLUB: Monday-Friday 8am-11am at the H.O.P.E. Centre King St. Downstairs. Coffee & snacks $1. Come join us for a visit & a chat. All welcome. WELLINGTON ST. ANDREW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH BASEMENT “THE WHAT NOT SHOP”: Donations welcome. Drop off bin outside back door. CONSECON & CARRYING PLACE UNITED CHURCHES: Host Sunday Services at 10am in February at Carrying Place. MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP: A support group for multiple myeloma patients & their caregivers will be starting up in Picton in March. If you are interested in learning more or joining the group please contact Iris Phillips 476-0027. 2017 PECMH AUXILIARY MARATHON BRIDGE: Looking for new people to play this year (Apr 1 – Oct 31) 10 games in total. 20 hands of Party Bridge with light refreshments. $20/person/year with proceeds to our local PECMH Auxiliary. If interested, find a partner & call Sue 4766255 or Marion 476-8449 before February 17th. PICKLEBALL & BADMINTON: Pickleball every Thursday night & Badminton every Tuesday night 6:30-9pm at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, in Gym B at 41 Barker St Picton. Picton Recreation Committee provides the paddles/raquets & the balls/birdies. 2.5 hours of play for $3. ($15/term) there are two terms for the whole year. Play runs till the end of April. Ages 15 & up welcome. This is a co-ed event. Come out & meet lots of people & get great exercise. Info 393-5908. CHERRY VALLEY YOGA & MORE: Every Thursday evening. Drop in class $5. Mats provided or BYO 5:306:45pm. Stillness sessions ($5) Tuesdays 7-8:30pm at Athol Town Hall, 1685 Cty Rd 10, Cherry Valley. Presented by Athol Recreation Committee. YOGA CLASSES WELLINGTON TOWN HALL: Tuesdays 1-2:15pm. Drop in cost $10. Generously supported by the Wellington Rec Committee. Please bring a mat if possible. Contact 393-3798. PICTON CHESS CLUB: Meets every Tuesday 1-4pm at the Picton Library. Beginners welcome. ELKS LODGE PICTON #326: Bingo Tuesdays 6:15pm. RC LEGION BR 78 PICTON: Darts Wednesday nights at the Elks Lodge Hall in Picton beginning at 7pm, downstairs. Everyone welcome. AA: Meets every Wednesday 8pm Picton Hospital Boardroom. AL-ANON MEETINGS: (adults) Meets 8pm every Tuesday at Gilead Fellowship Church Picton. For persons affected by someone’s drinking. Info 1-866-951-3711. TOPS #4918: Take off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at the Anglican Church Hall in Picton. Weigh in 6:00-6:45pm & meeting starts at 6:45pm. Info Sheila 4762786.

FEBRUARY 16: BINGO IN THE COUNTY – Hosted by the Wellington & District Lions Club. 6:45pm start, doors open at 6pm in the Highline Hall, Wellington Community Centre. Join us for this weekly event for some fun, friendship & an entertaining evening. Call Betty Wight at 399-3105 for further info. Proceeds to local organizations. FEBRUARY 17: WELLINGTON LEGION BR 160 – Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. Serving 5-7pm. $15 donation. FEBRUARY 17: WELLINGTON ELKS STEAK BBQ DINNER – Allisonville Hall $16/person. Serving from 5-7pm. Everyone welcome! FEBRUARY 17: WELLINGTON DUKES STOREHOUSE FOOD DRIVE – Wellington Essroc Arena 7pm. Please bring in a non-perishable food item, toiletries, dish or laundry soap to help out your local foodbank. FEBRUARY 18: ANNUAL SOPHIASBURGH WINTER CARNIVAL – All day from 8am. Pancake Breakfast! Family Skating! Firefighter Hockey Tournament! Kids Activities! Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides! Fish Fry! Tree burn to end it all off. Sophiasburgh Town Hall (2771 Cty Rd 5, Demorestville). FEBRUARY 18: SEEDY SATURDAY – Free seed sharing, seed vendors, speakers & gardening experts on hand. 10am3pm at Prince Edward Collegiate in Picton. FEBRUARY 18: ROBLIN LAKE JAMBOREE & OPEN MIC – Classic Country & Rock 2-5pm at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall. No charge, donations gratefully accepted. Come out & perform or just enjoy the music. All levels & skills welcome. Refreshments available. Sponsored by the Ameliasburgh Recreation Committee. Additional info 9620001. FEBRUARY 18/19: PE COMMUNITY THEATRE – Presents “Proof” a play that centres on Catherine who spent years caring for her genius yet unstable father. A passionate story about fathers & daughters, the nature of genius & the power of love. At the Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milford, Sat (18th@8pm) Sun (19th@2pm). Ticket info Call 476-5925 or for the list of ticket agents. FEBRUARY 19: CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH MOVIES – Speakers for the Dead & Journey to Justice at the Regent Theatre 2-4pm. Admission $10. (Profits go to the Foodbank) Tales of buried tombstones, cinema seating, and service denied reveal key moments in the lives of Black Canadians in the 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s. FEBRUARY 20: FREE FAMILY DAY MOVIE – Hosted by PEC Free Methodist Church for the community on Family Day, 2pm at the Regent Theatre in Picton. Come enjoy the hilarious family-friendly movie, “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”. FEBRUARY 21: WEEKLY TUESDAY DROP IN KNIT & CHAT – Milford Br Library 10am-12 noon. FEBRUARY 21: AL-ANON - Meets 8 pm at Gilead Fellowship Church, for persons affected by someone’s drinking. (1-866-951-3711). FEBRUARY 22: ALTERNATIVES FOR WOMEN – Dropin information spot for Alternatives for Women services. Each Wednesday 11am to noon, Wellington Library front side entrance. FEBRUARY 22: LOAVES & FISHES LUNCHEON – Noon at the Salvation Army. All are welcome to join us for good food & fellowship. No charge for this event. FEBRUARY 22: SENIORS LUNCHEON SOCIAL CONSECON – Come out & enjoy lunch with old & new friends. Serving homemade soup with a roast beef dinner, dessert coffee/tea. Consecon United Church Hall at 12 noon. The cost is $10/person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior by 12 noon 476-7493. This event is sponsored by The PEC Community Care for Seniors Association. Take-out meals are available. This meal can also be delivered to housebound seniors who live in or near Consecon. FEBRUARY 23: BINGO IN THE COUNTY –Hosted by the Wellington & District Lions Club. 6:45pm start, doors open at 6pm in the Highline Hall, Wellington Community Centre. Join us for this weekly event for some fun, friendship & an entertaining evening. Call Betty Wight at 399-3105 for further info. Proceeds to local organizations. FEBRUARY 24/25/26: PE COMMUNITY THEATRE – Presents “Proof” a play that centres on Catherine who spent years caring for her genius yet unstable father. A passionate story about fathers & daughters, the nature of genius & the power of love. At the Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milford, Fri (24th@8pm) Sat (25th@8pm) Sun (26th@2pm). Ticket info Call 476-5925 or for the list of ticket agents. FEBRUARY 25: 7th TOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Invites you to a Potluck Dinner at 12 noon in the Ameliasburgh Community Hall, 13 Coleman St. Ameliasburgh. Members & guests will share stories on their family or other historical artifacts. Bring your potluck dish to share & your own plates & cutlery. Everyone is welcome.

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Public surveys indicate docking, public space, accessibility among most pressing issues Transit considered HARBOUR, from page 9

The ultimate goal is a bustling hub of pedestrian and boater activity where a increasing number of residents and visitors can come together to take in entertainment, dining, and outdoor markets. The document envisions the harbour as an extension of Picton's commercial core, but also a place where local culture and history are celebrated through art and architecture. The subcommittee undertook a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

(SWOT) analysis to identify the key issues related to the harbour. The vision document identifies the top four items in each category. The harbour's greatest strengths are identified as its sense of place, proximity to downtown Picton, the fact the harbour is well-protected, and that it offers boat services. The greatest weaknesses identified were water quality, a lack of control of surrounding properties, limited public access, and little public attraction. Threats include fiscal pressures, private property, competition and political instabil-

ity. The four key opportunities identified were potential for amenity redevelopment, the ongoing downtown revitalization project, the attractiveness of the community and Prince Edward County's profile, and the opportunity to work with private property owners. Stakeholder surveys elicited 51 responses. Respondents were asked to identify the top amenities needed in Picton Harbour. Based on that survey, 39 per cent of stakeholders felt restaurants are needed. About 33 per cent felt the harbour needed a public park, while 33 per cent

felt the harbour needed improved accessibility. Another 25 per cent identified docking as a top issue. Carbone said if the vision is approved by council, the document would inform the department's activities moving forward. “It gives us just another guide as we're planning our work plans each year, budgets each year — something to look to to inform what those look like,” he said. “We recognize there is a lot of value in harbour development, so we would be looking to this to tell us how we're going

to go about incenting some of that development or facilitating some of that development.” Subcommittee members included Picton councillor Treat Hull, the Picton BIA's Lyndsay Richmond and the commission’s vice-chair Christine Winiarz Searle. The sub-committee included four citizen members: David Dodd, Gordon Phillips, Brian Clark, and Steven Burr. County staff, including community development director Carbone and community development coordinator Grace Nyman also worked on the vision.

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From the outset of the Vital Signs working group, County staff have been at the table. Mayor Robert Quaiff celebrated the partnership with the CCF and the federal dollars earned. "Public transit has been identified as a key challenge facing members of our community — particularly, our youth."The funding for this project will go a long way in helping us attain an affordable and sustainable transportation system for our residents."

Church Services this week

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA Parish of Marysburgh Rev. Canon David Smith Archdeacon Bob Hales (Honorary Associate) 613-929-2757


John & Carol Delarge Theme: “All the More” based on Hebrews 10:25

St. John’s 3207 County Road 8, Waupoos St. Philip’s 44 St. Philip’s St., Milford Worship Service, 11:00am at St. Philip’s 44 St. Philip’s St., Milford

Gilead Fellowship

2 Downes Ave. Picton 613-476-2622

Jesus, the wisdom teacher, never understood that God was to be an article of belief. The Mystery we call God is an experience.

-paraphrased from Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (Borg)

Minister: Lynne Donovan 31 King St., Picton 613.476.6024



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Breaking of Bread 9:30am Sunday School/ Adult Bible Class 11:15am Gospel 7:00pm Thursday

Prayer and Bible Study 7:30pm

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BLOOMFIELD UNITED CHURCH “Where Faith is Fun” 272 Main St., Bloomfield Minister: Maureen Ellison

Seventh after Epiphany Service 10:30am Guest Preacher Aretta Hagle


PICTON UNITED CHURCH 12 Chapel St. 613-476-6050 Minister: Rev. Richard Hamilton

Sunday, February 19 Seventh after Epiphany Worship Service 10:30am Serving the Community for 223 years


Minister: Janelle Shaw Morning Worship 9:30am, South Bay 11:00am, Cherry Valley PRINCE EDWARD NORTH

UNITED CHURCH Sunday Feb. 19th

Wesley - Mountainview @ 9:30am Friendship - Demorestville @ 11:00 am All children welcome at Sunday School

Matthew 6:24 “You cannot serve God and wealth”.

MESSAGE: “Choose this day whom you will serve”

Rev. Kirby Breithaupt C-613-403-4742 or H-613-476-2020


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Painting night Feb. 22 to benefit splash pad construction Novice to experienced artists invited to take part in guided session CHAD IBBOTSON STAFF WRITER

Those looking for a fun night out can do so next week for a good cause. An instructed painting event will be held next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Picton. For $75, each participant will get supplies for the guided session. The price includes a donation to the Picton splash pad. Participants will also get to take home their artwork. Splash pad committee cochair Susan Quaiff said a previous painting event was held in January at the County Canteen and was a success despite the weather. “It was great,� she said. “It was a really bad ice storm, we had 17 registered and 12 showed, so it still turned out relatively well.� Similar events have swelled in popularity in recent years. A visit to shows events scheduled for Kingston, Napanee and Belleville. Quaiff points to the communal experience the events provide as reason for their success. “I think it's just people getting together with varying experiences — I'm not an artist at all, so it was a big deal for me to paint that,� she said of the first evening. “We were instructed through by Dawn Stafrace and her husband Jay Middleton. They did a great job.� Quaiff said the paintings don't, and rarely do, have to look exactly like the instructor's. She said nobody should let skill level be a barrier to a fun night out. “They're instructed really well through it, they don't have to worry about their level or experience as an artist — it's all just for fun,� she said. “I'm sure they'd enjoy just getting togeth-

UPCOMING WORKSHOP Paint a Project with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1-4pm IKEA wooden step stool provided $85 To register please contact 613-707-8980 or

ARTISTIC FUN The Picton splash pad committee is hosting a instructed painting session at the Prince Edward Yacht club on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Funds raised will go toward the construction of the splash pad. (Submitted photo)

er with other folks and seeing what kind of skills they do have.� The splash pad committee continues to seek support for the project. The committee has already raised approximately $215,000, about $35,000 short of the $250,000 goal. Quaiff said residents can continue to support the project through the painting event, or through the upcoming walkathon fundraiser scheduled for March 25 from 1-4 p.m. The committee's goal is to raise the funds by April 1 in order to proceed with construction prior to this summer. Walka-thon pledge forms are available at the Hub Child and Family Centre's Prince Edward County sites, through the organization's before- and afterschool programs, and at Angry Birds restaurant in Picton. “We're trying to close the gap here,� Quaiff said. “We still have some work to do.� Those seeking more information or to donate can contact Quaiff at 613-847-3498 or by email at

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Giving Back to the Community in 2016

Picton Elks #326 through your support; by renting our building; attending our weekly Tuesday Night Bingos, Meat Roll, dances, raffles... the more we collect, the more we can give back. The Elks gave to: • Alzheimer’s • Hospice Prince Edward • Picton Splash Pad - $5,000 • Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) • The Christmas Angels • Adopt a Child Program • Glenwood Cemetery • Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital • Royal Canadian Legion • Easter Seals Camp • Kids of Steel • Camp Trillium Kids Summer Camp • Loyalist Humane Society • Members & Spouses Death Tributes • Victims of Violence • Families with Personal Disasters - falls, fire, etc.

We want to thank Adam Busscher, in particular, and other businesses for their very kind donations to our causes!

We also support Elks National & Provincial Programmes mainly for the young - hearing aids, implants, and voice programmes. We also solicit you the reader, to join us as a member at Picton Elks Lodge #326 to work towards keeping our community vibrant.

This series of profiles will introduce the members of the Association. For more information please visit the website:

A-1 Excavating Nic & Alexia Conley 245 Station Rd, Hillier ON KOK 2J0

Phone: 613-399-5964 Fax: 613-399-1047

A-1 Excavating is an all-purpose, family-owned excavation company, owned and operated by Nic and Alexia Conley. Operating in the County for 30 years, A-1 Excavating was originally owned by Wayne and Bev Hynde, who built a strong business which prided itself on honest dealings, efficient and quality work. Upon their retirement in 2007 the business was purchased by Nic and Alexia Conley. This couple has worked hard to maintain the tradition of strong and responsive customer service set out by the previous owners. When it comes to excavation, A-1 Excavating is the company to contact, from gravel deliveries, driveway installation, drainage trenching, septic beds, landscaping, new home excavation and more. A-1 Excavating has a small-town, family feel to it and provides quality work in a timely fashion.They offer free estimates and on-site evaluations in Prince Edward County and Quinte West. To book your excavation project with A-1 Excavation, contact Alexia Conley.

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CHILLY CAMARADERIE Fishermen David Ramirez, left, and Nick Nieman participate in the shirtless ice fishing competition during Merland Park’s annual derby Saturday afternoon. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

Derby supports Kiwanis programming for children FISHING, from page 1

Lavers traditionally packs his resort for the weekend, which features the on-ice games on Saturday, card games, and time spent fishing away from the large crowds Saturday afternoon. He

Leadership Opportunity, Ages 19 to 25

The Rotary Club of Picton looks forward to sponsoring the par"cipa"on of a young person from our community in the annual District 7070 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) from May 14 to 19. This event will be held at Loyalist College in Belleville. Expenses are paid by Rotary.


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FIRST TIME FISHING Maddie Cassels-Sword tries to get just the right angle on her line to attract a fish Saturday as her dad brought her out to Merland Park to give the sport a try. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)


Fresh Fridays are back! LOCAL FRESH BLACK ANGUS BEEF arrives Friday around Noon

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The theme of this year’s event is “Leadership Begins With Me!”. It provides an opportunity for you to get to know yourself be#er and to cul"vate the respect and trust of others. You are able to iden"fy your own leadership skills and determine ways to make more effec"ve use of your resources. RYLA introduces a large number of young people to the Rotary ideals of service each year. It helps bridge the communica"on gap between genera"ons and helps improve rela"onships among youth groups, families and the community. Interested? Reply to Picton Rotarian Grant Reynolds at Tell me a li#le bit about yourself and please leave a telephone number and e mail address.

had 28 people stay this year with eight cancelling at the last minute. Many of those people spend money in Picton and help local businesses in the off-season. They also help local children as the Picton Kiwanis Club receives proceeds from derby entries for its Terrific Kids programming. Club members volunteer to help with children’s games and activities in return. Lavers said he believes people come back year after year because they can have some fun, but also because his sponsors make it worthwhile for them to participate. “My sponsors are so awesome. We don’t have to grovel with them any more. We have sponsors that are actually calling me and asking to donate. That’s awesome for the kids and for everybody coming out,” he said. “It’s all because of those guys putting prizes on the table. People seeing that are going to come the next year and they’re going to tell friends about it.” Merland Park plans to hold the derby in February again next year because there’s a better probability of safe ice and good weather. Despite some mild conditions this year, Lavers said he had no doubt about hosting the event as there’s no current on the bay to disrupt chances of having safe ice.


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50 MARY STREET, PICTON - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Excellent and well maintained solid brick triplex! Core Commercial zoning! Desirable location! Currently fully rented! A great investment! $595,000 MLS 550680016 GAIL FORCHT, Broker or CAREY LEWANDOSKI,

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107 UNION ST EAST Residential building lot in the town of Picton. Municipal services available.Centrally located near Conservation Park and walking distance to the harbor and close to shops and all that Picton has to offer. Nice level cleared lot waiting for your newly built design home. $89,900. MLS QR1700826 ELSIE WIERSMA,

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Broker of Record GEORGE REID, Broker

BREATHTAKING VIEWS – WAUPOOS FARM Rare 80 acre water access farm in Waupoos. Adjacent to Waupoos Winery. Several outbuildings, store, sugar bush with newer equipment for maple syrup. Apple orchard. Perfect grape growing land. $995,000 MLS 550860307


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BOATERS PARADISE! Unsurpassed Setting with over 2.5 Private Acres, and sprawling over 300 feet of Waterfront in the region, this is a rare opportunity in Prince Edward County! You’ll feel right at ease with nature and enjoy relaxing evenings watching the sunsets. The opportunity offers great potential to the next steward of the land - Explore the possibilities! $284,900 MLS 550960445

ROB PLOMER, Sales Rep KATE VADER, Sales Rep 613-471-1708

This spectacular triple brick home features restored mouldings and floors, high ceilings and 5 bedrooms. A large stone addition, garage and workshop adds a huge main level living space for the whole family, a home based business or all of your hobbies. Beautiful wood cookstove in the open kitchen/dining room. A covered deck/screen room faces South below the lovely sunroom/sitting area off the master bedroom. A front patio overlooks tiered gardens full of perennials, and a rear deck with screen room provides a great place to watch the sunset. Visit for more info.

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Apartment building for sale in central location close to downtown Belleville. The well maintained 12 plex, all 2 bedrooms and fully tenanted with very low turnover of tenants base provides onsite parking and coin operated laundry services. There have been many upgrades to the property: all new hydro meters for each unit installed in 2017, new roof in 2016, new carpets in common area in 2016, LED lighting in common area and in 5 units, new boiler and hot water heating system in 2014. The location is close to walking trails along the river and the bus route. Call today for further information. No showings prior to an accepted offer being in place. $1,295,000 MLS 405160153

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This two bedroom, one bath home boasts 1650 sq ft of living space on a 1+ acre country lot just minutes from Picton. The floorpan offers spacious common areas on the main floor, bedrooms privately located on the second floor and a finished rec room downstairs. Oversized windows and garden doors allow plenty of sunshine in the large kitchen/dining room which flows to a formal living room with fireplace and a separate family room. The driveway can accommodate numerous vehicles and the detached double garage provides room for parking and storage. $259,900 MLS 550600170


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Get everything you ever wanted in a home! Build your custom three bedroom, two bath home raised bungalow with view’s of Weller’s Bay, with the finishes and colours you want. In the Village of Consecon, just minutes to North Beach, County wineries and the 401, this home is on a fabulous half acre lot with municipal water and gas, and to be built by a reputable builder ( County Homes ), with Tarion Warranty. Full unfinished basement for storage or future finished living space. Please see attached Builder Specifications Sheet for more detailed information on building materials and finishes. $359,900. Call MARY JANE MILLS, Broker 613-476-7400 613-921-0028




COMMERCIAL $224,900 One of Prince Edward County`s favourite areas for visitors is West Lake and famous Sandbanks Park. This venue on West Lake Road offers endless possibilities for the entrepreneur. MLS®550540101 E lizabeth C rombie TTracey racey D ickson* Elizabeth Crombie Dickson* E lizabetS huC ie T rtaec*ey D ickson* Elizabeth Crombie Tracey Dickson* zraonm nebWhite* Whi Suzanne S uzanne White* White* Suzanne

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CARRYING PLACE Located on Loyalist Parkway - great location for commuting to Trenton & Belleville! Perfect family home with fully fenced back yard for children and pets to play safely. Features two levels of tastefully-finished living space and attached garage with inside access – perfect for this cold, snowy weather! $349,900 MLS 511720708 Broker & Sales Rep Tel: 613-922-2251

BUILD YOUR NEW HOME HERE - At the corner of Mallory and Scoharie Roads on this lovely wooded 8.3 acre lot, minutes from Picton, Bloomfield and Belleville. Part RR2, this large building lot with farmland behind has the natural beauty of some environmentally protected land to enjoy. $149,999 ID#550490314 SANDRA FOREMAN,

Great, level and treed 84 acre property with waterfront on Lake Ontario - level, pebble beach with easy access for swimming. There is a contract signed for the installation of one wind turbine - approximate revenue over 25 years to be $700,000. The zoning is RU3, allowing many varied uses as well as residential - hobby farm, equestrian centre, vineyard...many more. List of land uses available through realtor in documents. Close to Picton and Sandbanks Park - wonderful opportunity to live in this increasingly popular wine region and even run your own business from home. $475,000 MLS 550800093



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Next to the Pt. Petre Provincial Park and a close drive to the Sandbanks. Minutes from wineries, this sloping building lot is suited perfectly for a bungalow with a walk out basement. Partially cleared with a driveway. Plenty of wildlife including deer, turkeys, birds etc. Also includes a school bus, blue box & garbage pick up. Only 17 minutes to Picton. $49,900. MLS®# 550790058 Call MARK GARDINER, Sales Rep Office: 613-476-2700 Cell:613-391-5588


2 VACANT BUILDING LOTS Located on a quiet road in the northern part of Prince Edward County, TWO residential lots in an ideal location to build. Excellent wells are located in the area & the lots have been water witched. Close to access to the Bay of Quinte for swimming & boat launching. 8 minutes to the 401; 10 minutes to amenities. $49,000.00 each lot MLS 550420385 & 550520384


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LINDA HAS HAPPY SELLERS & HAPPY BUYERS Loads of room for the entire family to spread out in this 5 bedroom bungalow with the most magnificent view of the countryside. Your horses will be pampered in their insulated barn, riding ring and electric fenced paddock. Call for your viewing today. MLS 550540209 Sutton Group LINDA MIDDLETON, Prince Edward County Broker of Record/Owner 613-476-7800

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It’s All About the Space, Inside and Out! Light Spills in! Spacious and Bright, with lots of Charm! Walkout to back deck! In-law suite! Easy commute to Picton or Belleville! $339,000

Short Hop to Town! Picturesque Country Setting! Exposed stone walls and vaulted ceilings! 1000 sq.ft. Garage! $419,000

Panoramic Views of The Reach! Plus easy access to waterfront! Sunroom! Incredible views from every room! $698,000

Waterfront Home on Picton Bay! Spacious entertainer’s deck! Master bedroom suite! Large workshop with walkout! $757,000

Tons of Opportunity! Building, land and Business! Lots of parking! Right in Consecon. Close to wineries and beaches. $194,900


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LASTING IMPRESSIONS $2,395,000 Custom built waterfront home on peaceful Adolphus Reach with stunning waterviews. MLS®550440150

BAYSHORE ROAD $899,000 Peaceful private 21 acres with custom designed 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on beautiful Bayshore Road. MLS®451040055

IT'S A CHARMER! $399,900 Century brick home built overlooking the town of Picton with beautiful views of Macaulay Mountain. Original character and charm inside and out! Totally renovated. MLS®550740076

BUSY INTERSECTION $399,000 All brick 2 storey office building in the heart of Picton. Ample parking, great office space, rental income potential upstairs. Features gas heating, full air conditioning, detached garage and is wheelchair accessible. MLS®QR166226

INCOME POTENTIAL $449,000 Completely renovated commercial space plus 1 bedroom apartment in perfect location in downtown Picton. Run your business downstairs and live upstairs. Apartment is self contained and ready to move in. 4 parking spaces and garage in rear. MLS®550680004

STUNNING VIEWS! $685,000 Luxurious custom built stone home is loaded with features that all come together to make a great living enviornment. 1.8 acres with spectacular views! MLS®550650303

DOWNTOWN CONDO $159,000 Elegant, economical loft condo in downtown Picton. Join the trend towards living smaller with more resources for travel and other things! 850 sq ft of living space with elevator, storage locker & parking space. MLS®558020026

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Sean McKinney Broker/ Owner of Remax Quinte Ltd Congratulates Herb Pliwischkies Sales Representative on achieving the Platinum Sales Club Award for 2016. This award recognizes the Elite Sales Associates within the Remax International Organization of over 110,000 Members. We wish Herb continued Success!




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In the market for a new property? Here’s a tip from real estate broker Treat Hull: “When searching for a new home, look at properties priced a little higher and a little lower than you’re planning to spend. This will give you a better idea of value, so you can make a fast and sound decision when you find a house with potential.”

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Great property, great location. Walk to shopping, restaurants, theatre and the harbour. Originally built for the rail road Station Master the home sits on a large in town lot. $210,000 MLS 550660033 Ron & Veronica Norton

PICTON – Located close to shopping and downtown amenities, this home is larger than it looks! Features 3 bedrooms & 4 pce bath upstairs; living room, dining room, 2 pce bath, kitchen, laundry & family room on main level. Good investment property with current tenants – contact us for more details.  $249,900  MLS 550620046 Contact Christine or Colin

Stay super warm and cozy in this easy-to-heat 3 bedroom country home sitting on 2.5 acre lot on edge of Cressy, close to Lake on The Mountain, Glenora, and Picton. With boiler heating system, steel roof, original and custom rustic flooring, ground floor laundry, enclosed porch, and covered rear verandah. Enjoy the use of the grounds, massive greenhouse, or take on a variety of projects in the detached garage and workshop with insulated addition. Cool off in the above ground pool on a hot summers day! Call to view! $259,000 MLS 550860116 Tony Scott

BLOOMFIELD CENTURY HOME 3 bedroom brick home with hardwood floors, tin ceilings, wide wood trims, pocket doors and more. Gas fireplace in dining room & master bedroom. Enclosed 2nd floor balcony with view of the village. Third floor has 2 large rooms that easily be transformed into bedrooms, etc. $429,000 MLS 550490363 Kevin Gale

CENTRAL LOCATION – 3,500 sq. ft. building on 2.2 acres. Features office, retail space, warehouse/shop and storage area – 14 ft ceiling in shop with 12 ft. door.  Phase 2 environmental assessment on file.  Current zoning allows many uses including a micro brewery.  Call Colin for more details. $300,000 MLS 550480163  Contact Christine or Colin

F E AT U R E P R O P E R T Y SANDBANKS SUMMER VILLAGE with East Lake frontage & 80 acres to explore offering all the recreational activities you could want! Lovely, upscale summer home offered fully-equipped, sleeps 6.  Bring your family & friends or take advantage of the investment opportunity offered by the Village Management.  $269,500 MLS 558100061 Contact Christine or Colin

Comfy 2 bedroom home in quiet neighbourhood 1/2 block to Queen E. Public School & 1 1/2 blocks to PECI. Walk to Main Street shopping, restaurants & theatre. Large 3 car carport & mature treed backyard. $239,000 MLS 550600136 Ron & Veronica Norton


CLOSE TO PICTON – Fabulous brick home with over 4,000 sq.ft. of beautifully-finished living space on two levels with attached 2+ car garage and additional 1,000 sq. ft. space with it’s own entrance. Private setting well back from the road 3.78 acres backing onto woods. $739,000 MLS 550740452 Call Colin or Christine for full details.

Located on the eastern tip of Big Island, this waterfront lot to be severed offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Quinte. The lot is a prime area for the construction of your dream home on the water. Level and clean shoreline is ideal for fishing, swimming and other recreational water activities. Upon final severance the owner will install a well and new survey. Properties like this one come once in a lifetime, so don`t miss out! $329,000 MLS 550410249 Kevin Gale


Wonderful building lot on a quiet country road approx. 8 minutes from Picton. A great place to build your country retreat and close to amenities, beaches, wineries, etc. $39,000 MLS 550830139 Colleen Green & Joe Day

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Totally renovated century home with Barn Style Roof, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in excellent Picton neighborhood! Newer windows, stained glass in the foyer. Walkout to multi-level deck in back yard leading to shaded gazebo and salt water pool finished off elgantly with tumbled paving stones, and a custom outdoor shower! Features a front porch with enough space and privacy for relaxing conversations - rain or shine. $379,000 MLS 550590051 Tony Scott


Just choose one of these two lots, and we'll introduce you to Kyle at Hickory Homes, so you can design your new home from the foundation up, or just choose your finishes and move into this spacious 1250 sq ft Raised Craftsman Style Bungalow nestled with privacy on a 7.5 Acre mature lot. Features 3 beds, Custom Kitchen and double garage, All In, turn key @ $425,000. MLS 550370065D2/550370065D3 Tony Scott


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Dreaming of the perfect farmhouse in Prince Edward County. Presenting 662 Highway 62. Ideally located on 1.7 acres near Bloomfield, the home offers: gracious living spaces, eat-in kitchen, back staircase and 4 bedrooms, 2 baths plus a nearly complete separate apartment/in-law suite and home office. Other features include a welcoming verandah, barn, and single car garage/storage and much more. Lovingly restored with many original details intact, it's up to you to complete the picture by adding your finishing touches. Ideal weekend retreat or full-time country home! $448,000 MLS 550490355 Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Located on a private country lot, this immaculate 1.5 storey stone home is warm and inviting. The beautifully landscaped yard and large front porch make you feel welcome and at peace. Oversized windows, open floor plan and cathedral ceilings promote bright sunny rooms on both levels. The main floor offers open concept living areas perfect for families and entertaining. The master bedroom suite is tucked away on the main level allowing for privacy while two large bedrooms are located upstairs with a 4 pc. bathroom. Other features include a metal roof, walkout to the backyard and patio, radiant heating throughout, ceramic and engineered hardwood flooring, crown moulding and an attached double garage with inside entry. Oh, by the way did we mention Air B&B? Easy access to Picton and all amenities. $549,900 MLS 550450067 Jim Wait*, Mark Davis*

IN-LAW SUITE This is the country estate you’re looking for. Custom 'two homes in one!' on 36.5 Acres featuring bright open concept living, recessed lighting, tray ceilings, cathedral great room, propane fireplace with elegant maple floors throughout. Spectacular kitchen with maple custom cabinetry, fabulous island and quartz counters. Spa-like Master suite. Double garage with epoxy sealed flooring & bonus lower level workshop. The 2-bed in-law suite has a gorgeous kitchen, in-floor heat and in-suite laundry. The walkout lower level with wood burning fireplace is a great to create a rec/media room, or bar. This property would be perfect for horses or a hobby farm. Only 15 minutes to Belleville. $898,000 MLS 403130255 Shannon Warr-Hunter**, Ken Arseneault*



Contemporary bungalow completely renovated inside and out. MidCentury Modern Aesthetic. Two large bedrooms. Two full baths. Mainfloor laundry. Gourmet kitchen. Lovely private back deck. 9' ceilings in bright walk-out lower level. Central Air. Don't miss this one! $450,000 MLS 550250086 Shannon Warr-Hunter**, Ken Arseneault*

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History lives here! Much-admired 1812 farmhouse on 11.4 acres featured in “The Settler’s Dream”. Full of original details including pine plank floors, a distinctive staircase, slip rooms and original trim. Endless features include cedar shake roof, in-ground pool, 5-stall horse barn and several paddocks, plus a heated and insulated garage perfect for a studio! Separately-deeded building lot, too! Create your own family compound just minutes from the 401! $659,000 Exclusive Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

Fabulous family home boasts all of the amenities you would expect in a home of this caliber. Tall ceilings, hardwood flooring, radiant in-floor heat, on-demand hot water system, granite and quartz counters and a spacious custom kitchen with walk-in pantry. Open concept main floor living, plus separate formal dining and living areas. Finished lower level with rec room, 3 pc. bath and in-law suite. The backyard paradise includes a western cedar deck, outdoor kitchen with built-in BBQ and hot tub. Landscaping features include easy maintenance perennials and gorgeous rock formations. $699,000 MLS 550740233 Jim Wait*, Mark Davis*

Turn-key Vineyard built in 2009 is ready for you to get started! Designed with high-density planting with 3,630 vines per acre - this established operation produces notable wines such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. $978,000 MLS 550230105 Gail Forcht** & Carey Lewandoski*

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Elegant and welcoming, the Merrill Inn has on several occasions been named one of the top 25 small hotels in Canada - and no wonder! Impeccably-updated and meticulously-maintained, its thirteen rooms offer private ensuite baths, and its fifty seat restaurant and patio is one of the County`s busiest. Classic 1878 Victorian on 1.07 acres with parking for 24 cars. Substantial upgrades and renovations since 2002. Beautiful reception areas and exquisite detail throughout. Situated among other impressive historical buildings on Picton`s Main Street. Impressive financials available with signed confidentiality agreement. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! $2,150,000 MLS 550610048D Laurie Gruer*, Sam Simone*, Monica Klingenberg*

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PICTON GAZETTE Brampton Thunder star forward shines in league showcase on Air Canada Centre ice in Toronto

Demorestville’s Jones notches hat trick in CWHL all-star game JASON PARKS STAFF WRITER

To anyone paying attention to the Canadian Women's Hockey League and its scoring race, Jess Jones' hat trick in the 2017 all-star game shouldn't be all that surprising. The Demorestville native and PECI alum has been at or near the top of the scoring race in the world's best female hockey league all season long while leading her Brampton Thunder into the thick of the CWHL playoffs and the Clarkson Cup. Jones continued her scorching play on Saturday in front of over 8,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in the third annual CWHL all-star showdown. The local product, playing for team captain Carlee Campbell's Team White, scored the games first goal early in the first period, tipping home Campbell's feed at 7:36. About five minutes later, Jones was at it again, taking a goalmouth feed and tucking home a back hand effort to put Team White up 2-0. Jones would have to wait until the third period to complete her hat trick. With the contest in favour of Team White, Jones took a Rebecca Johnston feed and found a hole in the back of Team Blue's net for a key insurance goal en route to a 9-5 win. With many supporters in the stands including dozens from Prince Edward County and the Quinte Area, Jones put on show on one of the largest stages in women's hockey. “It was an awesome experience to play with and against the best players in the world,” Jones told the Gazette Monday. “I really didn't expect to do that well but our line was rolling early. I had some really good linemates trying to move the puck around to get everyone a chance.”


With 14 goals, the tempo and pace were drastic and quick and the crowd seemed to appreciate the passion in the game. Jones said the players could feel the support at ice level as nice, crisp passes, laser shots and big saves thrilled the crowd. “This year, the crowd and everything was really good and it was probably the best atmosphere we've had so far,” she said. It seemed one section of the crowd cheered extra loud when Jones was firing pucks into Team Blue's cage and the Mercyhurst alum called it “The Jones section.” “My fans and family have always supported me and to have that many of them there, I think they all had a lot of fun,” she said. “I think with the big crowd and my success they were able to experience a wow factor and there was definitely a lot of high fives and hugs outside the A.C.C. after the game.” Several hockey pundits were calling the contest an unofficial showcase for the upcoming Canadian national team selection in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and would think Jones hat trick might spark a thought or two with the Hockey Canada brain trust.

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Panthers grind out win to open playoffs McHugh’s 17-point half lifts PECI seniors past Moira 48-32 ADAM BRAMBURGER STAFF WRITER

For a second straight year in a playoff battle filled with grit, physicality, and close competition, the PECI Senior Basketball Panthers had more to give than the rival Moira Trojans. As expected in a battle of a fourth- and fifth-seeded teams, the rivals played a scrappy, back-and-forth contest for much of three quarters. The Panthers prevailed 48-32 on the strength of a strong first quarter and a finesse shooter who didn’t find his range from beyond the arc until the second half. John McHugh hit two clutch three-pointers in the third quarter when the Trojans were challenging to take their first lead since falling behind 11-3 early on. He followed that up with another pair of successful long shots and a five-for-six performance from the free-throw line in the fourth for a game-high 17 points. Coach Caleb Hugh called McHugh’s performance “phenomenal.” “We always say we need our top guys to be our top guys. He really stepped up in the second when we needed him to and that was great to see,” Hugh said. The Panthers earned their early lead as Max Manlow and Braeden Kelly controlled the boards to earn points in the paint. They also got a spirited effort from veteran guard Jordan Stacey who scored nine first-half points and turned a few Moira drives in the opposite direction with quick-handed turnovers. Moira managed to stay competitive with some big plays from its guards. Defensively, they pressed the Panthers hard in the backcourt to slow the offensive attack. At the other end, point guard Jackson Cleave was having a big night, scoring 10 points in the first three quarters, while teammate Jake Wilson had eight points from the field.

SWARMING DEFENCE PECI Senior Panthers , from left, Jordan Stacey, Wyatt Gilbert, and Ryan Kelly outnumber Moira Trojan Jake Wilson in a race to secure a loose ball in their own zone. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

Hugh said the pressure defence was a new look Moira didn’t show in the regular season, but his team kept its composure and found ways to overcome it to get scoring chances. “I think we were fortunate enough last week playing against St. Theresa, we saw a similar zone press. Although we’re not great with breaking the press, we had some experience going against it,” he said. Defensively, the Panthers slowed Moira’s speed game by using one of their best assets: size. “We really tried to emphasize our size and use our size to our

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advantage. We’re the biggest team in the league,” Hugh said. “By playing our one-three-one zone defence and encouraging our guys to use their size, get wide and get their arms out, it really clutters things up for the other team and makes passing lanes hard to find.” Forward Ryan Kelly added the Panthers recognized Cleave was going and mixed in some schemes to double team him at times and try to throw the Trojans off their offensive rhythm. Frustration boiled over for the Trojans after the third quarter as their bench took two tech-

nical fouls. McHugh capitalized at the free-throw line to extend his team’s lead to double digits and it remained there. According to Hugh, the Panthers seemed to thrive a bit on the energy and animosity building in the gymnasium. “It’s happened in a few games. The other team gets penalized, but it ends up giving us a little spark. The crowd gets into it, our guys get fired up, and it’s more motivation to our guys to know they’re frustrating the other team.”

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Dukes squeak past Trenton on road, then pound Lindsay Wellington comes out flying at home after beating division leaders JASON PARKS STAFF WRITER

The Wellington Dukes saw both ends of the OJHL spectrum this past weekend and it was a sight to behold in both instances. The Dukes were in the belly of the OJHL beast Friday night and came away with gritty 2-1 win over the host Trenton Golden Hawks in a hotly contested affair where the locals were forced to kill off eight penalty kill situations in order to secure two points. On Sunday, Wellington kept its intensity at the maximum level and blasted the moribund Lindsay Muskies 9-1 in which nearly every Wellington Duke skater (14 of 18) registered at least one point. With the wins, Wellington (2918-4) moved two points ahead of the Kingston Voyageurs and into solo possession of fifth place in the North-East Conference although it should be noted the Vees do hold a single game in hand over the Dukes. Dukes coach and general manager Marty Abrams has been imploring his club to play the right way for a full 60 minutes and that was certainly the case for Wellington as they continue to develop a body of work whether it be against the higher or the lower lights of the OJHL. Despite Sunday's game being delayed somewhat due to travel conditions, Abrams agreed there was carryover from Wellington's 2-1 win in Trenton on Friday. “We wanted to bring the same intensity and pace from the Trenton game and I thought overall we played a pretty solid hockey game,” Abrams said. With regular backup Victor Olivier-Courchesne still suspended for making contact with an OJHL zebra during the club's loss to Markham, Connor Ryckman won his fifth straight start en route to his 25th win this season, becoming the first Wellington puck stopper since Jordan Ruby in 2010-2011 to post that number of wins in a single campaign. For his efforts, Ryckman got to watch the final 10 minutes of Sunday's game from the bench after Abrams lifted the Minesing, Ont. native in favour of Quinte Red Devil and part-time backup

ON THE HUNT Wellington Duke Hunter Gunski gets down to block a blast off the stick of Trenton Golden Hawks forward Micheal Silveri during the Dukes’ 2-1 win in Trenton Friday night. The Dukes prevailed despite being outshot 45-22 in the contest. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)

Pierce Nelson. Abrams said the Dukes staff decided to try to get Nelson some minutes in order to better acclimate him with Junior A hockey should he be pressed into duty at this level. “If the opportunity presented itself, we were going to get him some minutes and Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to accomplish that,” Abrams said. After Wellington had lit the lamp early and often and built a 9-1 margin, the last ten minutes of the game were hardly uneventful as Lindsay forward Cameron Robinson took a healthy and late run at Duke defender Keegan Ferguson, earning a five-minute major for Lindsay's third leading scorer.

During the same stoppage, Mack Warren had a dust-up with Lindsay's Cameron Lamport and both pugilists earned a one game sit down for fighting in the final ten minutes of an OJHL game. Other than the Warren suspension, it was all good news for Wellington Sunday. Rory Milne built on his gamewinning tally Friday night in Trenton and led the Wellington points parade with a goal and four helpers. Colin Doyle (two), Mitchell Mendonca (two), Jackson Arcan, Evan Foley, Justin Bean and Brendan Rylott (with his first OJHL goal) also found the range for Wellington. Clearly all lines were firing for the Dukes on Sunday.

“Rory had a huge night and the balance of this team has been more like that in recent games then at any other point of the season There are more guys involved in the play and more guys involved the offence,” Abrams said of the balanced attack. Friday night's contest in front of a packed Duncan MacDonald Memorial Gardens was for a win that was badly needed by both teams. While Wellington looks to jockey in the middle of the OJHL's North-East Conference, Trenton is attempting to keep pace with the league-leading Georgetown Raiders for top spot overall and home ice advantage throughout the balance of the 2017 playoffs.

Thanks might be in order to the Trenton brain trust from the Wellington side if only for the fact that the Golden Hawks were so eager to host the 2017 OJHL Winter Showcase. Last month's two-day event ensured Wellington had an opportunity to play a pair of games at the Gardens in back-toback succession and the locals won both in rather convincing fashion. Abrams admitted that acclamation to the cozy confines of one of the OJHL's most intimidating venues served Wellington well Friday evening. “I think it did, we had some confidence from that showcase and we didn't seem to get as rattled or flustered with the penalties

as we might have normally,” Abrams said. “I thought we kept composed for the full 60 minutes.” Wellington was tasked with killing off three Trenton power plays in the opening stanza and another three late in the second frame including a lengthy fiveon-three situation. “Being shorthanded that much certainly impacts your bench, the number of shots you give up and the ice time you allot your players,” Abrams said. “Thankfully we still had a little left in the tank in the last few minutes because we knew Trenton would be coming hard to get the equalizer.” The game was scoreless until late in the first when Arcan picked up a Keegan Ferguson feed at the Trenton blue line and beat Trenton starter Elliot Gerth for a 1-0 lead. The Dukes built on that lead in the second thanks to a fortuitous scenario midway through the second. Off a rush, a Trenton shooter blasted a puck high and outside of Wellington net, causing the puck to ricochet out of the Dukes zone and onto the stick of Milne. Skating into the Trenton zone, Milne slapped a rolling puck that knuckled and beat Gerth to the high corner for a 20 margin. Perhaps realizing his folly, fiery Golden Hawks bench boss Jerome Dupont was lighting quick with a hook replacing Gerth with OJHL standout Chris Janzen. The move electrified the Golden Hawks and Lucas Brown beat Ryckman just under two minutes later to give Trenton some life but Wellington stood tall after that sequence. Ryckman was rock solid during the aforementioned string of Wellington penalty kills in the late going of the second and made 13 of 45 stops in the final stanza when the hosts were hunting for another goal. “He was razor sharp” Abrams said. “He's been outstanding for us down the stretch and it's really nice to see him get the win in that rink.” Wellington hosts Pickering on Friday evening and then returns the favour on Sunday. Their final home game comes one week from Friday when they host the Whitby Fury in a preview of what could be a potential North-East quarterfinal match-up.

Stortz named OJHL North-East player of the month for second time this season

For the second time this season, Wellington Duke centre Brayden Stortz has been named Bardown OJHL North-East Conference player of the month. The Welland, Ont. native managed 20 points in 12 games during the month of January and sits second in the Junior. A loop in scoring overall with 35 goals and 44 assists for 84 points in just 51 OJHL regular season games. Stortz, 20, was also player of the month in September. Wellington picked up the overage player from the Kirkland


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one of the Wellington Dukes' finest in club history. The man who managed to bring Stortz to the Essroc Arena, Dukes coach and general manager Marty Abrams, agrees. “He's been the model of consistency with no dry spells in his output. Some offensive players can hit those highs and lows and he hasn't.” Abrams said upon learning Stortz had added to his 2016-2017 laurels. “He leads the OJHL in game-winning goals with 10 and that shows he comes through when the game is on the

line and plays well under pressure.” After watching him this season, it's clear to this and any observer that Stortz's hockey acumen is one of the sharpest in the Junior A ranks and his coach agrees. Abrams said one of the keys to Stortz's success is he anticipates the play better than virtually any other skater in the OJHL. “He gets to those open spots and areas and play off his teammates very well and that makes the guys around him better,”

Abrams said. With five games left in the OJHL season, Stortz is closing in on the Wellington Dukes franchise record in terms of points. Chris Auger set the mark with 92 in the 2005-2006 season and that was nearly tied last year when Napanee native Luc Brown posted 91 points. With a scorching hot January, Abrams said the franchise record is in danger of being equalled or exceeded for a second straight year. “It's crept up on him after hav-

ing such a big January and he's put himself in this position,” Abrams said. Another aspect that's impressed Abrams has been the way Stortz has taken to the community. “He's wanted to make the most of his time here in Wellington and we would have like to have him earlier in his career. We are really proud of him and happy for him,” Abrams added. -Jason Parks, Staff

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Elite competition at Kawartha Classic helps PECI prepare for playoffs ADAM BRAMBURGER STAFF WRITER

The PECI Junior Basketball Panther didn’t have to elevate their game for the Bay of Quinte Conference post-season Monday evening — in fact, truth be told, the playoff opener was a bit of a let down. Coming off three games against some of the province’s top ‘AA’ clubs over the weekend in Peterborough, the top-ranked Panthers saw little challenge from the eighth-place East Northumberland Blue Dragons in an 85-24 decision. “We knew that was going to be one of those games,” said coach Rob Garden. “We know those games happen and we’ll be able to get back on track in practice. The weekend set us up for whomever we’re going to play.” The Panthers got scoring from 13 different players in the quarterfinal contest Monday, and scored 12 times from beyond the threepoint line. Garden said that’s an indication the Panthers have players who can score. Ian Forsyth came off the bench to lead PECI with 13 points. Brodie Byford had 11, Alex Arsenault contributed 10, Ben Wells and Joe Burley eight each, and Joey Monroe and Cooper Rogers seven. Keiren Lewis was the brightest shooter for the Dragons with a 10-point night. Garden was pleased the Panthers were able to compete in the prestigious Kawartha Classic just before going into the playoffs. The event allowed PECI to learn some lessons they couldn’t learn in the regular season. “From a competition standpoint, it was exactly what we needed. Our league has been pretty unbalanced this year and we’ve had a lot of blowout wins,” Garden said. The first game Friday pitted the Panthers against the Woodroffe Tigers from Ottawa. Garden described the Panthers’ rival as a “big, athletic team” and noted it took a bit of time to match the intensity they brought to the court. “Once we realized we were at the level these elite teams are at, we started to compete,” Garden said. “It was back-and-forth all game and we were actually winning with 26 seconds left. Having not been in those games this year hurt us because we didn’t have the experience of closing out games. They hit a three and we couldn’t match.” Byford led Panthers scorers

DRIVING TO THE BASKET Panthers ball carrier Gabe Goad drops his shoulder and attempts to get into shooting position as an East Northumberland Blue Dragon defends Monday. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

with 13 points in the 53-50 loss. Jack MacCool and Wells had nine each. Later that day, the Panthers suited up to face the St. Peter’s Panthers from Barrie — a team that was just as athletic as Woodroffe, if not as big. This time PECI dominated the play and captured a 54-30 triumph. Byford again paced the team with 19 points. Arsenault had nine and MacCool eight. On Saturday, the Panthers faced their stiffest competition of the season in Cambridge’s St. Benedict Saints — but they rose to the occasion to play what Garden described as their best game of the year. It was a seesaw game with the Panthers starting each quarter slowly. They regrouped to tie the first half 26-26, but could not keep pace down the stretch as the Saints turned in a 52-50 win. Again, Garden said a lack of experience in tight games hurt. “We were up by five with under two minutes to go, but we couldn’t finish,” he said. Still, the coach said his team

reached a new level of physicality in that contest and suggested if they continue to be able to score 50 points against good basketball teams, they should give themselves a chance to win. Arsenault was the leader that game with 16 points. Garden said the strong, athletic player continues to get better as he learns to play the game. Wells added 10 points. While in Peterborough, the Panthers had an opportunity to scout Kawartha’s top-ranked team, the Adam Scott Lions. Garden said the teams match up well, but first, the Panthers want to take care of their own league. PECI hosted a semifinal game Wednesday after press time for the chance to advance to the Bay of Quinte Conference final tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Moira. It was expected the final would be a rematch of last year’s final between the Panthers and the St. Theresa Titans. “We’re not looking too far ahead. We want to focus on Friday night, get that win first, then look at what we can do for COSSA.”

Pirates host Port Hope in Game 1 tonight

Playoff hockey starts in Picton tonight. The Picton Pirates will take on the Port Hope Panthers in Game 1 of their seven-game Tod Division playoff series this evening. Game 2 will see the series shift to Port Hope on Saturday,

Feb. 18 and return to Picton next Thursday, Feb. 23. Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 in Port Hope. Puck drop for all for all four games is 7:30 p.m. Dates for games five to seven of the series are to be decided. The Pirates haven't been able

to find an answer for the Panthers all season, with Port Hope winning all eight prior meetings this year. The last clash between the clubs came on Feb. 2 when the Pirates fell 3–2. -Chad Ibbotson, Staff


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The Picton Gazette

Jones accepts that she’s probably a long shot to return to Canadian national team lineup SCORER, from page 20

Unfortunately, with an exception or two, Jones figures the national team has likely been earmarked and she won't be in contention for

be an Olympian in a year’s time. Jones played for Canada as a member of an under-18 national team that won silver at a women's world junior championships back in 2008.

“Obviously I would love to have a chance to play in the national program again but when you understand the process when it comes to the team, I likely won't have an opportunity,” Jones said.



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SMITTY’S KING OF APPLIANCES Open Evenings & Seven Days A Week River Road - Corbyville (Just North of Corby’s)


Olympic gold. “You're not the first person that has mentioned it, but knowing how the program works and the process, it's probably a long shot. I have no hard feelings. I just love the game and I'm just happy to be playing and doing well at this level,” Jones said. Her Brampton Thunder will close out the season with a pair of games against the Boston Blades this weekend. As the CWHL continues to reach out to areas in Canada, the contests will be hosted in Pickering (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.) and Clarington (Sunday, 1 p.m.) as a tribute to Blades blueliner and Newcastle native Tara Watchorn. Barring any unforeseen results, the Thunder will likely meet the Montreal Canadiennes in a best of three series hosted in la belle province next weekend. The one game, winner-take-all Clarkson Cup Final will be held in Ottawa March 5.



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4 WiNTER tires on rims, like new, 205-75-R14 $240 613-476-9056. ATv’S, SNOWMObiLES. The snow is coming. Repair & replace covers & seats before the season starts. Weldon 613-885-6871.

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GET READy for winter now. Cut your own firewood. Easy access. $50 a cord. Phone 613-813-0842 MOviNG SALE. 25 Jasper Avenue, Picton. Starting Sat 18 Feb every weekend until Sun 5 March 9am5pm. Good quality household goods for sale and give away. Books, bedroom furniture, snow blower, pool table, winter tires on rims, office desk and more. Visit or phone 6452018. Cheers! Rain or Shine. SEASONED fiREWOOD, cut, split and delivered. 613-813-4678 WOOD. cuT, split and dry. Stored inside. $300/cord. Call 613-393-5690.






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NOW iS the time of year to get your favorite piece of furniture refinished. 25 years experience. 613-847-3159.


GENTLE TOuch GROOMING & TRAINING offering at home services for dogs, cats, and other small animals. Contact Richelle 613-920-2326.


GREAT vEhicLES for under $5000 call Joe Lightfoot Motors. Our vehicles come saftied, e-tested, warrantied and have at least a half tank of gas. Call for appointment 613-813-5401, 314 Cty Rd. 10 (Cherry Valley Road).


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2001 PONTiAc Grand Prix GT, some new parts, approx. 200,000km. Asking $2,500. Good shape, easy certify. Phone 613-503-0025.

ThE MAPLES of Picton (Independent Retirement) has a room available. 613-476-4340.


MiNT AND used postage stamps, covers, post cards, coins and paper money. Call Bob, 613-967-2118 WANTED STANDiNG Timber, hard and soft wood. Also looking for field boulders 613-968-5182.



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.



WiNTER iS just beginning....Vintage, highly collectable, Moto Ski Mirage1 1970 snowmobile, showroom condition, only 900 original miles $2500 or best offer. 613-645-2242.


2 bEDROOM large luxurious furnished loft apartment above Arts on Main, 223 Main Street, 5 appliances, references $1100 plus hydro. No Smokers. No pets. 416-721-5101. DOWNTOWN PicTON loft for rent. Fabulous 2 storey loft in the heart of Picton with vaulted ceilings, original hardwood floors, two car covered parking, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, in-suite laundry, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, large kitchen island, ample storage, gas fireplace and so much more. $1,950 monthly, Immediate occupancy. Call 613-922-8555. fAiRWAy APARTMENTS 2 bedroom, all inclusive. First, Last and References required. Call 613-4381611 for details. fuRNiShED 2 bEDROOM cENTRAL PicTON Available Monthly feb 1-Apr 30 Bright second floor newly renovated, fully equipped sit down kitchen, modern appliances. Comfy furniture and queen beds. All utilities included, WIFI, cable TV, snow clearing, garbage tags, reserved parking too. No smoking. No pets. $1600. 613-471-1169.

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LOOkiNG fOR Quality, small group licensed care? Interested in becoming a provider? Call Rachel at The HUB’s Home Child Care Program 613-476-8142.


buRROWS RENOvATiONS. Decks, Landings, Storage Sheds, Railings, Building Repairs, Drywall & Trim, Flooring & Painting 613-471-0036. iNDOOR/OuTDOOR MASONRy. Small jobs, concrete floors, repair work, fireplace/woodstove backing, pointing, basement, repair work, professional masonry and brick cleaning, repair brick & block work. Small deck and small deck repairs. Call George 613-393-2144 or 343263-0027. PREciSiON PROPERTy MANAGEMENT. Comprehensive home care including lawns, landscaping, eavestrough cleaning, snow shovelling and general maintenance. Seniors and snowbirds are our specialty. Reasonable rates. Call or text Brad Brown and his team at 613-846-0044.


JObS AvAiLAbLE Prince Edward County Job Fair, Wed.February 22, 10-2pm – Community Centre, Picton

Includes transfer from local place of death (20 km), required documentation, transfer to crematorium, cremation casket and urn, cremation fee and Coroner’s cremation certificate.

NOTE: Report errors immediately. The Picton Gazette will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion of an advertisement. CLASSIFIED DEADLINES: Tuesday at 12 noon




1. A vineyard in Adolphustown wants a full time experienced vineyard employee. The employee must know full operation of vineyard, reliable, hardworking, operating machinery with experience in wine making is as asset.

2. An orchard farm in Waupoos is looking for an experienced full time employee. The employee must know full operation of orchard farm, reliable, hardworking, operating machinery with experience in cider making is as asset. Please send resume to

FULL TIME BARBER/STYLIST position available immediately in Picton. Willing to train. 613-476-4230 or 613-476-1394 leave message WANTED TAxi DRivERS. Daytime and nighttime, clean driving record. Apply Terry’s Taxi, 708 Hwy 49, Picton.


ARE yOu looking to purchase a home? Or renew your mortgage? I can help. I deal with banks & financial mortgages. Call Gary Rorabeck Mortgage Brokerage lic# 11026 lic#M08005371. 613-966-6750.


WANTED: vAcANT land for building lots north of Wellington and Bloomfield. Gary Rorabeck Real Estate Brokerage 613-966-6750.



Hicks Funeral Home and Cremation Centre - providing full range of services to our community. Locally owned and operated. 2 Centre Street, Picton 476-5571 Robert C. Osborne Funeral Director


fRESh MARkET vegetable farm seeking reliable laborer. Looking for someone who is consistent, hard working, committed, and physically fit. This job will require outdoor physical work in all weather conditions. Requires a valid drivers license, with own transportation to and from work. This position requires you to be available 7 days/week May through October. Must be able to lift minimum or 50lbs. For more information please contact Blake or Sandy Vader. Email: Phone: 613-921-8825.




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The family of the late Mabel Smithson wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our caring family and friends and neighbours for cards, phone calls, beautiful messages we received, food and visits. Our sincere appreciation to Rev. Lynne Donovan for her consoling service, to Bob Osborne and the staff at Whattams for their excellent arrangements and to the pallbearers for their support. Special thanks to Dr. Trump and their medical team and staff at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Also I can’t say thank you enough to the Care Partners staff and Sheri Mitchell and Tanya Vancott for the wonderful care they gave to Mabel. I couldn’t have done it without your wonderful team. Lily sure will miss you all! Also a big thank you to The Beck and Call for the lovely lunch after the service. Sincere thanks for all the donations to your charities. The support and prayers of everyone during this time of sadness are greatly appreciated and the many acts of kindness will always be remembered. God Bless, Michael & Susan, Ryan and Tyler Moore.


ALGAR, Ralph - In loving memory of a dear husband, father, father in law and grandfather who passed away on February 18, 2009. We cannot lose the one we love, they stay around us everyday. Deep in our hearts, a memory is kept to love, cherish and never forget. Always loved and remembered by Barb, Susie, Darlene, Cindy & families

In Loving Memory


10 years Experience









Virginia May August 19, 1972 - February 16, 2001 "He will gather the lambs in his arms, He will carry them in his bosom" Isaiah 40:11 Loved forever, Dad, Mum, Ben, Kris, Emily, Max, Kate and Maeve.

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HELE, Diana Lynn. In loving memory of our dear daughter, Diana, who left us on February 16, 2012. It’s sad to walk this road alone Instead of side by side. To each there comes a moment, When paths of love divide. You gave us years of happiness, Then sorrow came with tears. You gave us wonderful memories We’ll treasure through the years. Sadly missed and always loved, Mom, daughter, son, sisters and brothers. LEAVITT, Randy Ronald. March 21, 1961-February 16, 1982. We still recall the way you looked Your voice, your laugh, your smile, And all the things you said and did Are with us all the while. Forever in our hearts. Loving you always, Your Family



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MILLS, Clayton George

VOS, Margaret Loretta (Nee Vanward)

ELLIOTT, Howard Keith

CAUGHEY, Margo Elizabeth (nee Roche)

Feb. 07, 2017 - With family by her side, Margo Elizabeth (Roche) Caughey passed peacefully to join her parents, Nan and Hal, her brother Larry and sister Maureen. She will be missed by her sister Pam, nephew Brendan Roche, nieces Courtney Doxsee (Jason) and Kim Evans (Mike), her sisterin-law Mei Mei Roche and by her adopted family Margaret, Theresa, Judy and Penny Tunnell,  great nephews, Lincoln and Henry Doxsee, and her good friend Ed. Our thank you for the amazing care at Hospice Prince Edward to whom donations can be made in lieu of flowers. A Celebration of Life will be at a later date.

DEACON, Clarence Alonzo

Peacefully at Hospice Prince Edward on Thursday February 9th, 2017. Clarence Deacon of Picton at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Annie. Dear father of Douglas of British Columbia. Dear brother of Marie, Phyllis, Evelyn, Roy, Melvin, and the late Murdock. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Lisa Ellis and Kevin and Tim Deacon. At Clarence’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation with interment at Cherry Valley Cemetery in the spring. If desired, Donations to Hospice Prince Edward would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to


ROSS, Henrietta MacDonald

After a short stay at Belleville General Hospital on Sunday February 12, 2017. Etta "Effie" Ross (nee Mackenzie), at the age 92. Born in Chipperfield Saskatchewan, she and her beloved husband, the late George Ross, raised their children in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), lived in Scarborough and finally retired to Milford in 1983. Dearly loved mother of Carol Cooke (Mike) of Ottawa, Don Ross (Heather) of Milford and Stuart Ross of Milford. Proud grandma and “bizzus” to Matt (Angela), Patrick (Sadie), Jenna (J.L.), Ben (Natalie), Becky (Patrick), Kirstie and Malcolm and great “bizzus “of Owen, Hailey, Maizey, Cooper, Nolan, Reilly and Everett. Dear sister of the late Norm, Mary, Jessie Mac, Ken, and Peter, and remembered fondly by their families. All who met her were inspired by her propensity to find great joy in the simple things that surround us. Any who were troubled or were suffering found themselves healed in spirit by her warm loving kindness. Even in her latter years when she laughed it was the laughter of a young girl. All who have known her are the richer for it. She was truly a special person. At Effie's request there will be no funeral service or visitation. Cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends will take place in Milford in the spring. In recognition of the excellent care she received, donations to the Belleville General or Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundations would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to


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Passed away peacefully at West Lake Terrace, Picton on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017. Howard Keith Elliott in his 87th year. Loving husband of Evelyn (nee Kelly). Dear brother of Bruce Elliott (Doris), Doris Greer (late Mac) and Donna Armstrong (late Bob). Predeceased by his sister Barbara Elliott and his brothers Claire and Clifford. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Helen and Mary. Sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends called at the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington on Friday, February 10th from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service was held in the chapel on Saturday, February 11th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Belleville Cemetery at a later date Memorial Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences at

Funeral Home

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Peacefully in her sleep at the Toronto East Health Network Michael Garron Hospital on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017. Dianne Hinchcliffe (nee Duffy) of Toronto, formerly of Belleville, in her 73rd year. Daughter of the late David & Gladys Duffy (nee Luffman). Wife of Mark. Loving mother of Sarah of Toronto, Tim of Toronto, and Victoria (Anthony) of Montreal. Special grandmother of Joachim. Survived by her brothers Neil Duffy of Hawkesbury and Paul Duffy of Hamilton and fondly remembered by her cousins Lewis, Ted & Butch. Fondly remembered by her nieces, Samantha & Meredith, and her nephew Jackson. Memorial Service will be held at the Belleville Funeral Home & Chapel, 68 North Front Street, Belleville, K8P 3B3 (613-9685080) on Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. with visitation for 1 hour prior to service. Spring Inurnment at Belleville Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Trillium Gift of Life Foundation (by cheque) would be appreciated by the family. Belleville Funeral Home & Chapel 613-968-5080

SMITHSON, Mabel Adelaide

At Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital on February 7th, 2017. Mabel Smithson of Fawcettville, at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late Thomas. Much loved and special aunt to Susan Moore and her husband Michael of Fawcettville.  Loved nanny to Ryan and Tyler.  Dear sister of Florence Carter (late Jack) of Cressy and the late Blanche Rand, Ken Pringle, Everett Pringle, Gerald Pringle, Morley Pringle, Edna Branscombe and Russell Pringle. Sadly missed by her sisters-in-law Reta Pringle and Clara Pringle.  Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Mabel rested at The Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton. A Funeral Service was held in the chapel on Friday February 10th at 2:00 p.m. Spring Burial Cherry Valley Cemetery. If desired, donations to the PECMH Auxiliary or Reaching for Rainbows would be appreciated. Friends were invited to visit Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. until service time.

RODGERS, William (Bill) Douglas

Suddenly yet peacefully at his home on Saturday February 11th, 2017. Bill Rodgers of Centre Street, Picton at the age of 70. Loving husband of Donna. Dear father of Sepp and his wife Deborah of Colorado Springs, Peggy of Picton and Chris and his wife Jenny of Kars, ON. Dear brother of Marilyn Duguid, Margaret Knarr, Margo Rodgers, Dianne Cook and Mark Rodgers. Sadly missed by his 3 grandchildren Liam, Siobhan and Cameron. Mr. Rodgers rested at the Whattam Funeral Home 33 Main Street, Picton, ON. Funeral service was held in the Bloomfield United Church on Wednesday February 15th, 2017 at 2 p.m. Reverend Maureen Ellison officiated. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association or the Bloomfield United Church would be appreciated by the family. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Masonic Lodge of Prince Edward County A.F & A.M. Lodge #18 held a service.



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Suddenly at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, George Mills of RR 8 Picton passed away on Sunday February 12, 2017, at the age of 69. Beloved husband of Janice 'Jenny' Mills (nee Bourette), George is survived by his mother Erma (nee VanWart) of Ameliasburgh and was predeceased by his father Clayton and brother Timothy. Dear brother to Lois (Doug Chard), Lucille (Larry Lounsberry), Clifford (Lisa), Bonny (John Bourette), Jimmy (Rhonda), Katherine Mills (George Peck), Stella (Laverne Valleau), Mary (Jim Brown), Bob (Pat), Bill (Sue), Teresa (Bill Symons), Steven (Cindy), Richard (Lisa), Barbara Smith (Mark McDow) and Andrew. Brother-in-law to Betty (Don Mabee), Marlene (Alvin Vance) and the late William and Jennette Bourette. George will be remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Mr. Mills rested at the Hicks Funeral Home, 2 Centre Street, Picton. 613-476-5571. A celebration of Georges's life will take place at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bloomfield on Thursday February 16  beginning at  10 am, service at  11am. and continuing in the reception hall. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations made to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE


Marg passed away peacefully with family by her side at H.J. McFarland Home, Picton on Monday February 13th, 2017. Born and raised in Picton, formerly of Belleville, at the age of 85.Daughter of the late Joseph and Mildred Van Wart and loved step-daughter of John Carey. Beloved wife of the late Hank Vos. Loved mother of Shirley Daniels of Belleville, Louise Liberty of Oshawa, Rhonda Payne (Randy) of Kemptville, David Heffernan (Carla) of Woodstock, Dale Heffernan (Lisa) of Smithfield, Patrick Heffernan (Karen) of Picton, Kate Heffernan (Michele) of Georgetown, the late Jackie Heffernan and step-mother of Vivian Long (Ron) and Walter Vos (Brenda-Lee).  Loving nan to Jesse, Aron, Laura, Jamie, Michael, Jeremiah, Amber, Jeffrey, Molly, Liam, to five stepgrandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.  Dear sister of Erma Mills and the late Percy Vanwart.  Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton on Tuesday February 21st at 2 p.m.  The Reverend Wally Mayhew officiating.  Cremation has taken place with spring interment in Cherry Valley Cemetery.   If desired, donations to the H.J. McFarland Nursing Home Resident Council or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Friends may visit on Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m. until service time. 


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MINAKER, Peter James

January 5, 1960 - January 27, 2017 With sadness, we have lost our amazing brother, cousin, friend, uncle Peter James Minaker, after a fierce but short battle with cancer. Peter, born January 5, 1960, died January 27, shortly after his 57 birthday. Peter worked for Telus as a telephone equipment installer for 35 years and had recently retired. With Telus he travelled to England and to the southern United States as part of an international switch installation team. He was looking forward to a new chapter in his life. At home he enjoyed NASCAR races and over the years he collected older vehicles and parts with the idea of restoring them after he retired. He also enjoyed skiing and travelling to visit friends and family. He was a very loving son/brother to his parents and family, and a loyal friend to the many people he met as he travelled through life. He was a truly caring, carefree and gentle soul who will be missed by many.Peter is predeceased by his parents Douglas and Doris Minaker of Milford, Ont. He is survived by his siblings Garry (Helen) of Stony Plain, Bill (Jean) of Picton Ont., Lynne Joakim (Andy) of Kitchener Ont., Al (Lyn) of Edmonton, and Dean of Bruderheim, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Sincere thanks to Norwood Palliative Hospice and the special people there who made his last days as comfortable as possible, especially his friend Kate Bentley. A Celebration of Life will be held July 16th at Picton Elks Hall



All claims against the estate of DOUGLAS STEPHEN WELBANKS, late of the Township of Athol in the Municipality of The County of Prince Edward, who died on or about the 11th day of April, 2015, must be filed with the undersigned Estate Trustee on or before the 16th day of March, 2017; thereafter, the undersigned will distribute the assets of the said estate having regard only to the claims then filed. Dated at Picton on the 26th day of January 2017.

MARGARET WANDA CHARLTONWATTS, Estate Trustee, by her Solicitors, HENDERSON WILLIAMS LLP, 199 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0. Attn: Kelly Henderson, 613-476-3241



AT 5:00 P.M. AUCTION SALE DOUG JARRELL SALES ARENA, BELLEVILLE Leonard apt. size chest freezer, pine china hutch, kitchen table/2 leaves & 4 chairs, Round kitchen table/leaf & 4 chairs, roll top desk, chesterfield, sofa table, coffee & end tables, plant tables, recliner, arm chairs, 2 single beds, electric bed, chest of drawers, 2 dressers/mirrors, cedar chest, cabinet sewing machine, 2 storage cabinets, large qty. of glass & china, prints, corning ware, collectibles, lawn furniture, garden & shop tools & many more pieces. See my web site for detailed list & photos. DOUG JARRELL AUCTIONS 613-969-1033



The County of Prince Edward is an island community on the shores of Lake Ontario with a proud United Empire Loyalist heritage. Boasting beautiful beaches and a unique rural landscape, the County offers serene country living. Our strong agricultural roots, thriving tourism attractions, renowned regional cuisine, and growing wine industry combine to offer a unique and unmatched quality of life. Our Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for summer students. To be considered for a student position you must be: • A minimum of age 16 • Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year.

2017 vacancies are as follows: Corporate Services & Finance: Engineering, Development & Works: Finance & Revenue Representative Water & Wastewater Labourers (2) Roads Labourers (6) Community Development Facilities Labourer (7) Sr. Museum Assistant (5) Parking / By-Law Representative (2) Jr. Museum Assistant (3) Civil Engineering Representative (2) General Qualifications:

• Safety conscious • Able to work both as part of a team and independently as required • Customer service focused • Some positions may require the following; • Valid Class “G” driver’s licence and certified safety footwear • Proof of a satisfactory Criminal background check / Vulnerable Sector Screening Check

Most student positions start early May until the end of August. The starting hourly rate ranges from $11.40 - $13.89; depending on the position. If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please forward your cover letter and resume, or complete our student application form (available online), indicating the summer position(s) you are applying for, by 4:00 pm on March 13, 2017 to

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We are an equal opportunity employer and support applicants with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the recruitment process. Please email your request or call (613) 476-2148 ext. 1042. The personal information being collected will be used in accordance with The Municipal Act and The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and shall only be used in the selection of a suitable candidate.

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Panthers net invitation to Bay of Quinte championship tournament today Juniors work together to finish among top eight in conference ADAM BRAMBURGER STAFF WRITER

The young PECI Junior Volleyball Panthers set themselves in position for a shot at earning the Bay of Quinte Conference championship today in Madoc. Coach Dave Inch said the Panthers were able to finish among the top eight seeds in the 14-team high school league, which qualified them for tournament play. "We just made it," he said. "They've been playing very, very well and playing their hearts out but the competition is stiff. There's a lot of good volleyball in the area." With seven Grade 9 athletes and five Grade 10s, the learning curve was a bit steep for the Panthers but Inch says the team has improved as the year has gone on. Typically, he said, defence is the biggest adjustment in the high school game. "We try to play an aggressive offensive game and a sort-of relaxed defence," he said. "The girls are finding their feet as far as the defensive part of it. Everyone wants to play offence — they want to hit and they want to serve. The tricky part of

TEAM PLAYERS The PECI Junior Volleyball Panthers credit their success this season to team togetherness and hard work. Pictured, from left, are Katherine Reddick, Trinity Roche, Emma Lamorre, Rebecca McHugh, Myla deBoef, Shelby Smith, Mikayla Leavitt, Breanna Channell, and Madalynn Snider. Not pictured are Hailey Clayton, Lucca Latchford, and Emily Thompson.The Panthers are to play in the Bay of Quinte tournament today. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

any of this is positional play." The Panthers have seen leadership and offence from return-

ing members of last year's team that had a taste of COSSA play. Mikayla Leavitt has developed


as a primary hitter this season, while Emma Lamorre and Breanna Channell have emerged as

the team's setters. Shelby Smith is a strong all-around player. Lamorre said she enjoys

leading the young Panthers. "We get to teach them. We can show them our skills and help them improve," she said. Leavitt added the team's success this year has come from team together. "Our team is close together and we work hard together," Leavitt said. "It's everyone together." Fellow returnee Katherine Reddick also likes how the team has progressed. "We've learned to become more of a team this year. Last year, we were very separated," she said. "We've also improved our skills, Dave has helped us out a lot there." Grade 9 players Myla deBoef and Trinity Roche have earned starting time, while fellow firstyear player Madalynn Snider has shown determination and hustle as a defensive specialist. The Panthers had high hopes for themselves going into today's competition. Reddick said if they manage to stay positive and make smart choices, they have a chance to win matches. They’re in a four-team pool with the East Northumberland Blue Dragons, Centre Hastings Centurions, and Marc Garneau Astros with their first match against the Dragons at 9 a.m. The top finishers in the pool will play leaders from the other four-team pool in the playoffs.


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FEBRUARY 19, 2017 at AMELIASBURGH TOWN HALL from 1 pm to 4 pm

5th Annual Dust Cup Hockey Game

 PAINTING FOR KIDS – step by step Friendly Snowman or Free-form Spring blast pain$ng.

Lehigh vs Lafarge

 Teddy Bear Clinic for teddies and fluffies with boo-boos.

Saturday, February 18th 1:30-4:00pm

 Donut Factory

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Employee Family Skate 1:30-2:30pm Game 2:30-4:00pm

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General Public invited to the game to cheer and show your support. Taskforce Lounge open during and after game. For any information contact Mike Gyde 613-922-9313 or Lehigh 613-476-3233

To show your support for our community, we request you bring a non-perishable food donation for our local food bank.

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Pickard skates to Ontario title

COSSA berth appears likely VICTORY, from page 20

Quinte Blades speed skater Paul Pickard struck gold at an Ontario master’s short track competition in Newmarket last weekend. Skaters took to the ice at the Magna Centre for seven races in four distances — 1,500 m, 1,000 m, 777 m, and 500 m. Pickard captured easy wins in the 1,000-metre and 500-metre races Saturday and finished just off his Canadian record pace in the 777-metre race Sunday. In the 1,500 Pickard had a shaky start and sat in fifth place early, but he caught the pack and took the lead with three laps remaining. He kept it to earn a maximum 4,000 points by winning each distance. Pickard, the principal at Queen Elizabeth School, will race with the Blades again this Saturday in Brockville at an eastern Ontario regional meet.

Ainsworth Funeral Home Midget BB Kings forward Riley Young, left, tangles for position with Napanee Stars defenceman Kael Fredenburgh Sunday in Napanee.The teams are tied 1-1 in a close-fought series with the Kings winning 2-1 in Wellington Saturday and the Stars responding 3-1 Sunday.Game 3 in the six-point series was sched-Staff uled last night in Picton. Game 4 goes tonight in Napanee at 9 p.m. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)



Pancake Breakfast (prepared by Friendship United Church) $4 for adults, $2 for elementary children 8-10am Family Skating 10am-3pm Vendor Craft Sale inside Town Hall 10am-3pm Kids Games and Crafts inside Town Hall (courtesy of Picton Library) 11am-2pm Battle of the Blazes Hockey Tournament (Sophiasburgh, Desesronto, Tyendinaga, Belleville Fire Departments) 11:30am-2pm Lunch (provided by Demorestville Women’s Institute) $5 for adults, elementary aged children eat free 12-3pm Free Wagon Rides (provided by Blaine Way) 3-7pm Family Skating 5-7:30pm Fish Fry (prepared by Demorestville Volunteer Fire Fighters)$15 per person (fresh pickerel, fries + drink) - 2 seatings (5 & 6:30pm) 7:30pm Christmas Tree Bonfire

Call County Shores for Fish Fry Tickets 613-476-7290 Call or message us on Facebook - Sophiasburgh Recreation Committee

Stacey finished the game with 11 points. Manlow contributed seven. Braeden Kelly was a factor at both ends, ending up with six points and drawing Hugh’s praise for his hustle. Ryan Kelly also chipped in five. With the win, the Panthers advanced to the semi-finals Wednesday (after press time) against a Nicholson Crusaders squad that beat them handily before Christmas. Hugh said the return to the Providence Gymnasium would be a difficult challenge. He said the Panthers were hoping to create defences that would disrupt Nicholson’s flow. “We need to play hard and really, really focus on containing their shooters. Just like today, we need to get in the passing lanes and get them out of their rhythm,” he said. “We also need to execute and take care of the

ball. They’re a really efficient team offensively and they’ll make you pay if you turn the ball over.” Win or lose, it appears the Panthers will have an opportunity to play at COSSA, likely at the AAA level.


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PEFHT selects Korzeniowski as executive director


Volunteer Recognition

Administrator has over 20 years in health-care delivery , familiarity with county

The Prince Edward Family Health Team (PEFHT) will welcome its fourth full-time executive director on the job next week. The health-care organization announced last week that Debbie Korzeniowski will take the helm after serving most recently with the Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care as director of the provincial programs branch. Before that, she hold a post with Cancer Care Ontario. Korzeniowski relocated to Toronto from Alberta in 2010. There, she worked in the health sector for more than 20 years, progressing to work in senior administrative leadership positions. “Debbie brings experience and perspective that will be a real asset for the PEFHT,� president Dr. Helen Cluett said. “We’re delighted that she’s joining the team and look forward to working with her.� Korzeniowski, who holds an undergraduate degree in cellular molecular biology from the Uni-


versity of Calgary and a master’s degree in health-care administration from the University of Central Michigan actually has ties to the county already. The PEFHT release notes she has owned property here for a few years now. Korzeniowski said she’s excited about putting her experience in primary care to use while becoming a part of the county community. “Joining and being a part of

the PEFHT and a part of the county community is a wonderful opportunity for me both personally and professionally,� she said in the release. “My enthusiasm to assist in primary care delivery is inspired by the tremendous reputation and commitment the PEFHT has for servings its residents.� Connie Forrester had been serving as interim executive director at PEFHT since August after Ronald Lirette left seven months into the his role as executive director. The PEFHT is in its 11th year with membership including 21 family physicians, their office staff, and clinical and administrative teams. The organization serves as an access point for health-care service delivery in the county. Its membership has been dedicated to creating innovative models of community collaboration in rural health care. -Staff

Opportunity awaits at County’s job fair Feb. 22

OM NOMINATE A VOLUNTEER TODAY for the presented by PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon

Deadline for Nominations is March 31st.

Tickets $25 for the luncheon and awards ceremony.




Prince Edward County will host its annual job fair Wednesday, Feb. 22 — and if statistics from last year are any indication, the prospects for qualified job seekers are good. More than 60 employers had close to 600 opportunities with more than 100 offered yearround. With 330 job seekers in attendance, several found work. Home Hardware hired four per-

manent full-time staff. Huff Estates, Sebastien Schwab Cuisine, and Currah’s combined to hire 10 seasonal employees. This year’s fair promises a range of jobs in sectors including from construction, retail, hospitality, and agriculture among others. A full employer list is available at The event takes place at the

Prince Edward Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Career Edge will be offering a job preparation workshop 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 141 Main Street to help job seekers develop strategies, personal presentation, and resumes to be prepared to interact with employers at this year’s job fair. -Staff

Ameliasburgh museum gets $25,000 for accessibility GRANTS, from page 1

The tennis court will also be refurbished with a new multi-sport surface. The project is anticipated to be partly complete by July 1 this year with full completion prior to March 31, 2018. The County applied to the

Federal Enabling Accessibility Fund for $25,000 toward renovations at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. The report says the municipality's accessibility advisory committee identified the main building at the museum as needing improvements to the washrooms and entrance

door. The improvements, estimated at a total cost of $40,000, are being undertaken with the goal of creating a year-round accessible space that will meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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PECT takes on Pulitzer Prize-winner Proof at Mt. Tabor

The numbers are the easy part for lead character Catherine in Prince Edward Community Theatre’s latest, Proof. The tough part in less tangible determinations. Mihal Zada takes on that role in the upcoming production of David Auburn’s play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for best play after its 2000 debut. Catherine was the caretaker of her Robert (Bill McMahon), a mathematical genius plagued by mental illness for much of his life. Following in the aftermath of Robert’s death, she has questions to answer — both in her own mind and in how she is to be perceived by others. Essentially, as friends are cleaning out Robert’s belongings, they find an inspired mathematical proof. Catherine, who takes after Robert with numbers wrote it but nobody believes her. She starts having doubts about whether she, too, is afflicted by mental illness. “In mathematics, they call it a proof if you write something that explains the process and here it’s a double-edged sword,” said director Jennifer Sills. “Not only did she write the proof, but she has to prove to the people closest to her that she did it. She worked in seclusion with her dad, she wasn’t out on a university campus with a group of people watching.” Catherine’s successful older sister Claire (Becky Mulridge) and Robert’s student protegee Hal (Josh Lambert) challenge her. There are also a number of flashbacks to key moments in the past four years of Robert’s life. Sills said she’s more accus-

SISTERS Claire (Becky Mulridge), left, and Catherine (Mihal Zada) try to move forward with life in the wake of death of their father Robert (Bill McMahon) in PECT’s production of Proof. (Submitted photo)

tomed to directing comedy, but she was impressed with the dramatic script Proof offered. While there are some chuckles, she said its’ a serious play tackling relationships and communication. “There’s so many little messages,” she said. “A strong message is to listen to each other and place trust in someone. When a character says something point blank, the different interpretations can take it to so many different areas. If one just listens to what was said, they would have heard correctly.” Sills also said she found comfort in the idea that all four characters are relatable. She said she feels she knows someone like each one portrayed on stage. She said she’s pleased how the veteran cast delved into the story and adopted their characters. Each has been a familiar face at Mt. Tabor. Behind the scenes, Proof also draws on the expertise of an experienced crew in local theatres. Cheryl Singer serves as stage manager, Lindsey Payne has done costume work and is helping backstage, and Rob

Clark built sets. PECI drama teacher Matt Sheahan is the show’s technical director and Sills said he brought a great

plan to complement the action. “It’s great to have people you know and trust them to run with it,” she said. Proof runs Feb. 18, 24, and 25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Tabor. Tickets are $18 at the door, or $15 in advance at Books & Company, the Rosehaven Yarn Store, and Green Gables, by phone at 613476-5925 or e-mail at Sills cautions there is some strong language that may not be suitable for young audiences. -Adam Bramburger, Staff


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