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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013
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Festival founder urges producers to be proactive
Cheese industry braces for trade deal
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pumped for pumpkins These enormous pumpkins were grown by the Langridge family and were just some of the giant gourds on display during the Pumpkinfest parade in Wellington on Saturday. Dozens of growers travelled to the village for the annual weigh-off and hundreds more enjoyed all the day’s activities. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)
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A cornucopia of people, parade, and pumpkin was on display over the weekend as residents celebrated the 17th annual Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest in Wellington. Presented by the Wellington recreation committee, Saturday's festivities began with the Friends of the Museum famous pancake breakfast at Wellington Town Hall. The breakfast was followed up by apple dumplings and coffee courtesy of the Hillier Women's Institute and kid's games on the lawn at C.M.L. Snider School. It all built up to a crowd-pleasing Pumpkinfest parade where hundreds watched the everpresent Belleville Shrine Club, floats, and some great costumes trot down Wellington's Main Street. The festival's opening ceremonies were followed by the eye-popping weighoff of giant pumpkins and other fruit and vegetables. The fun continued well into the evening with lawn tractor racing, weigh-off awards, and some great Oktoberfest food at Wellington Legion.
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Building support Tina Konecny of the
Wellington and District Business Association dressed as a pumpkin and sold buttons in support of efforts to build a new gazebo in Wellington Park. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)
Pumpkinfest organizing committee chairman Bob Greer told the gathered crowd at Saturday's opening ceremony the time leading up to Pumpkinfest is always interesting. He
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shared a story of a local woman whose children were each getting ready to enjoy the day. “That family, they're winners before we even get here because they've had good
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family time and they've enjoyed growing a pumpkin, having some fun and making some memories — that's really what this event is to a lot of people,” said Greer. “It's an opportunity for grandma or grandpa to bring their grand kids and have some fun.” Greer said he hopes people come to Pumpkinfest with family and appreciate that time and togetherness. Greer's own father, Bill, started Pumpkinfest in 1997 and is recognized for having grown the world's first 1,000-pound pumpkin. Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said Pumpkinfest is another one of Prince Edward County's signature events. “This is one of those great events that everyone looks forward to in Prince Edward County,” he said. “… It was great to see so many people out lining the parade route and taking part in one of the many great festivals we have to celebrate our roots.” Following the opening remarks a time capsule, buried under the Wellington Park gazebo in 1997, was opened by Tina Konecny, Linda Downey, Gord Dancy, and Art Hewer. Inside were copies of The Wellington Times, a letter detailing the history of the gazebo, and a Canadian flag.
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One outspoken champion of Canadian artisan cheese is urging domestic cheese makers not to throw in the towel with news that more cheese from the European Union (EU) may find its way here. Stories broke last week that in an attempt to finalize a multi-billion-dollar free trade agreement, Canadian officials would allow more than double the amount of European cheese into this country in return for greater access to the European market for exports of some Canadian agricultural products reportedly including beef, pork, and maple syrup. News reports have pegged the increase at about 17,000 tonnes — allowing the EU to have access to 31,971 tonnes or 7.5 per cent of all cheese sold in Canada. Georgs Kolesnikovs, the founder of the Great Canadian Cheese Festival, held annually at Picton's Crystal Palace for the past three years, says consumers will still buy quality Canadian cheeses, but there is concern about the volume of product coming into the country. “The best Canadian cheeses are as good as any excellent cheeses around the world — but the cheese industry here is so young and so small, relatively speaking, that the volume of imported cheese more than doubling is worrisome," he said. "My hunch is that all of us in Canadian cheese better be proactive before all that European cheese starts arriving in two years." Kolesnikovs said he is planning on hosting a conference next April for producers, distributors, and retailers to outline how Canadian cheese makers can take advantage of the deal and prosper.
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It was a feel-good moment as Storehouse Food Bank volunteers awaited the final tally on a spirited shopping spree through Picton Sobeys. The $500 shopping spree has been awarded annually to the biggest bidder during The Great County Pie Auction — presented by the Edith Fox Life & Loss Centre on Sept. 28 during Taste Community Grown. The auction featured 22 pies and raised over $1,400 for the centre. The Edith Fox Life & Loss Centre is a non-profit organization located in Northport which provides clinical grief counselling services. This year the spree was awarded to Wellington resident Barry Davidson who bid $375 for Major Micky's sour cream raisin meringue “Air Force Pie.” Davidson in turn donated the spree to Wellington's Storehouse Food Bank. Food bank volunteer Lisa Marquardt took on the role of “runner” for the spree, during which she scooped up canned goods, peanut butter, laundry soap, juice, and pasta with zeal to fulfill some of the
Pb and sPree Storehouse Food Bank volunteer Lisa Marquardt grabs for some peanut butter as Picton Sobeys employees and owner Jamie Yeo look on during a two-minute timed $500 shopping spree at Picton Sobeys last Friday. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)
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The Picton Gazette THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013
Crews, family, and friends have been looking for Rutherford since Saturday A Prince Edward County angler remained missing somewhere on the Wellington side of West Lake as of Wednesday afternoon as the OPP Underwater Search and Marine Recovery unit continued its search. A massive search for Wellington's Sandy Rutherford, 54, initially coordinated by the CFB Trentonâ€™s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and involving the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Prince Edward OPP, local anglers and friends has been ongoing since Saturday evening when the angler failed to return from an afternoon fishing trip. After official search efforts were temporarily suspended Tuesday afternoon due to high winds and poor conditions, the OPP's Underwater Search and Marine Recovery units were back on West Lake Wednesday morning. Prince Edward OPP community services officer Const. Anthony Mann said the service appreciated all the help from volunteers both on shore and on the water. â€œIt's been a community effort and we certainly appreciate all the help from the public. We all want to do what we can to find Mr. Rutherford,â€? Mann told the Gazette Wednesday morning. Mann also conveyed a message from the Rutherford family to the community. â€œOn behalf of the family, they certainly want to extend their gratitude to the community for the overwhelming support. Everything from people that are out, assisting in the search to bringing food by the house...it's been very supportive for the family
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Rutherford has been missing since Saturday evening after he failed to return from fishing on West Lake. The search was still on going as of Wednesday. (Submitted Photo)
and they wish to publicly thank everyone and share their appreciation,â€? Mann said. It's understood that Rutherford departed the safety of the Wellington harbour on Saturday afternoon in his 14-foot Zodiac watercraft at about 3:30 after grey skies and intermittent drops of rain vacated for pleasant weather. However, a fast-moving weather front swept in off Lake Ontario a couple of hours later, bringing stormy skies, wind and rain. Concerned family made the call to the Canadian Coast Guard at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday night after Rutherford had failed to return to shore. Not long after, the Wellington Rescue Coast
Guard Auxiliary were in West Lake, combing both sides of Garratt's Island and the Wesley Acres peninsula. Soon, the crew was joined by Search and Rescue Technicians (SARTechs) in a CH-146 Griffon helicopter while a circling C-130 Hercules dropped flares, illuminating the water and islands of West Lake and lighting the Saturday night sky from Milford to Hillier. While the rain stopped, the westerly wind continued to whip. Some time after 11:30 p.m. Rutherford's overturned boat, a life vest and a shoe were found on shore south of the Sztuke farm, leading rescue co-ordinators to surmise Rutherford's craft would have been in the Wellington side
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of the lake. The search continued through the evening and into the next day. More than a handful of fellow anglers and friends with watercraft joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Griffon in the search on Sunday morning as the sun rose. Would-be rescuers took the waters around Garratt's Island hopeful that perhaps an injured Rutherford had made it to shore and was waiting to be found. Land searches were conducted by the OPP as well as friends hoping to find the Procter & Gamble employee. Just after mid-day, the operation was handed over to the OPP and the Underwater Search and Marine Recovery unit was brought in Sunday afternoon as the case transitioned from a rescue mission to a missing persons situation. Mann said the search will continue until Rutherford is found or all avenues have been fully and completely exhausted. He added Wednesday's conditions were much more conducive to the operation. â€œTuesday was a very challenging day for the underwater unit and we want to ensure that nothing is missed in the search,â€? Mann said. â€œ(Wednesday) the conditions are very good and it's hopeful this will be more helpful to the dive team members.â€? Mann added the water clarity of West Lake wasn't as much of an issue for the team as the weed beds are. â€œIn places, it's a very shallow lake and the weeds are quite thick. That's something we are dealing with,â€? he added.
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