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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
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Dukes finally confirm Essroc Arena will host championship in 2014
Wellington now officially host for Dudley Hewitt Cup JASON PArKS
Health unit brings water awareness program to beaches PAge 3
wellington chef featured in television series PAge 4
refreShiNg treAt Ashley Grasby grabs an apple by the stem after a few tries
to bob for the fruit at the Pioneer Days at the Red Barns. The family oriented fundraiser brought in nearly $800 to fight multiple sclerosis. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)
Old-fashioned fun for a good cause Families enjoy Red Barns to help fight MS
County fastball teams jockey for position in season games PAge 24
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The path down the White Chapel Road to the Red Barns may be the road less traveled, but those who found their way found great family fun last weekend. Owners Heather Watson and Peter Josic opened up their artisan village for their sixth consecutive Pioneer Days celebration to help fight multiple sclerosis (MS) in the county and had a great turnout. “A lot of people don’t
know we’ve been here eight years, so it has taken a long time,” said Watson, who said the county for Saturday alone included more than 200 guests. Arriving at the Red Barns — a converted farm — families had the opportunity to take in a series of live demonstrations in glass blowing, chainsaw carving, and blacksmithery. Children were able to start a scavenger hunt of the property and they could take part in pioneer games, like apple bobbing and ring toss or make their own distinct pottery. Watson said the weekend was really everything she envisioned back when she
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first felt the local MS group could benefit from a fundraising activity. “It’s everything I envisioned,” she said. “It’s back to roots and it’s nice to see people using their hands.” Tom and Lorraine Tinsley brought their two children to the Pioneer Days as part of their first excursion while vacationing in the county. Lorraine indicated they were impressed by the number of things they were able to do at a reasonable price. Their children took part in almost everything and had a hard time finding just one favourite activity to participate in.
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It has been the worst-kept secret in Prince Edward County but the cat is finally officially out of the bag. The Dudley Hewitt Cup is coming to the county. The Wellington Dukes and the Essroc Arena will play host to the Central Canadian Junior A Championships this spring with a berth to the 2014 RBC Cup on the line. The playoff champions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Superior Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League as well as the host Wellington entry will play in a week-long round-robin tournament from April 29 to May 3. This marks the fourth time an OHA/OJHL-based club has hosted the event since the round-robin tournament format began in 2003. The Dukes join the Georgetown Raiders (2005), Newmarket Hurricanes (2008) and Huntsville Otters (2011) as OHA/OJHL hosts. Wellington is also a twotime Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion, having won the event in 2003 in Fort Frances and 2011 in Huntsville. While an easier path to a potential national championship has been paved, Wellington Dukes coach and general manager Marty Abrams said the organization was looking at the big picture with the Dudley Hewitt Championship providing an opportunity to promote Prince Edward County and the newly-built Wellington and District Community Centre. “As an organization, we've tried to look at the big picture and more important than our on-ice product is to bring this type of event to the municipality,” Abrams said. “It's been open for three years and with the exception of the events we've hosted (The Russian all-star game, the Central Canada AllStar Challenge) there hasn't been much done to pro-
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mote it getting the word out that it's a great facility.” Lisa Lindsay, Prince Edward County's manager of community centres and events marketing, said the event will be great for the community. "Not only is this an opportunity to showcase our municipal arena at the Wellington and District Community Centre, but it's also an opportunity to boost community spirit while raising the profile of Prince Edward County. “The County of Prince Edward is thrilled to be providing the facilities for the Dudley Hewitt Cup," Lindsay said in a news release. Great facilities and regional promotion aside, tournaments of this magnitude can be a double edged sword for the hockey clubs that host them. Since 2003 when the Ontario Hockey Federation came up with the fourteam tournament concept, the Fort Frances Borderland Thunder, the Schreiber Diesels and the Huntsville Otters have all ceased operations a season or two after hosting the Dudley Hewitt Cup. While there might have been other factors in play in these markets, the expected financial boon of hosting a large scale Junior A hockey tournament never materialized. So what can the Dukes do to ensure the tournament doesn't become a financial that sinks the hockey club?
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Following a near drowning at the Outlet Beach this weekend and facing calls to reinstate life guards, the superintendent of Sandbanks Provincial Park spoke positively about the park’s safety record. “There’s a really good record here,” Robin Reilly told the Gazette Tuesday morning. “The beach is so shallow and it goes out far, it's a good place to swim.” Reilly said it is made clear to visitors that they are responsible for their own safety and that they are not swimming in a venue like a municipal pool where the conditions are always fixed and definable. According to Reilly, the park does have a safety sys-
tem in place that allows swimmers to quickly notify park staff and emergency services if they observe anything unusual or unsafe happening at the beach. “We have four white flags connected by telephones. That's one of the things we do so people can say if there's a problem and there's constantly staff back and forth along here.” Reports indicate that a 20year-old Toronto man was pulled from the lake just before 3 p.m. Saturday when another swimmer conducted CPR, while witnesses told the Belleville Intelligencer that parks staff and paramedics were quick to attend to the victim before he was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Reilly said his under-
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standing was that the rescue went well on all levels and was aided by some of the patrons on the beach that day. “We had ambulances and we were lucky there were some nurses and firefighters on the beach,” he said. When asked about the idea of lifeguards being employed at the park, Reilly said “there’s nothing in the cards anyway.” Just last week, Canadian Olympic swimmer Elaine Tanner and her husband John Watt wrote to the Gazette expressing their beliefs Sandbanks should have lifeguards as suggested in the report of Ontario’s chief coroner in 2011. Watt said the successful rescue doesn’t change the importance of the issue, stressing a trained lifeguard posted in an observation tower might have prevented the man from reaching the point of being in danger. “The fact that a member of
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SAfety reminderS Parachute vice-president Pamela Fuselli, left, and Hastings and Prince Edward public health nurse Cindy Kirkpatrick show off a beach towel designed as a visual aid to promote individual responsibility for water safety.. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff) swimming as a life skill, get trained in CPR and in first aid, donâ€™t consume alcohol, wear PFDs and take stock of all water condition warnings.
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This weekend, every visitor to the beach at the North Beach and Sandbanks Provincial Parks will receive a post card. The cards are a reminder to swimmers that they are not invincible and that they are responsible for their own safety around water. The campaign is part of a new partnership between the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and Parachute, a national injury prevention organization with over 80 years of experience. Recently, Parachute worked with British Columbiaâ€™s Community Against Preventable Injuries in developing a campaign in that province to help people be cognizant of the preventable nature of most injuries. Parachute vice-president Pamela Fuselli said the focus groups they studied showed people generally know what to do to stay safe, but are looking for reminders at the point where injuries could occur.
program this year. â€œOne of the goals this campaign has had is around changing attitudes and behaviours. The campaign does have an impact on people's awareness and their behaviors.â€? The local health unit was the first organization to bring the campaign to Ontario and public health nurse Cindy Kirkpatrick said the countyâ€™s beautiful beaches were a prime consideration in its decision to become involved. â€œIt's a beautiful beach, I believe one of the largest fresh water sand beaches in the world,â€? s he said. The media announcement was staged to coincide with national drowning prevention week and it was purely a coincidence that Sandbanks had a near drowning on the weekend.
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