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Flooding update


Water levels in local rivers are expected to increase today and perhaps again tomorrow.

Yesterday, Quinte Conservation officials said rivers could go up another four inches over the next couple of days before peaking.

This means the already bad flooding could spread to cover more land and roads.

Parts of Harmony Road and Mudcat Road in the Foxboro area have been closed, along with the southbound lane of Highway 62, south of Madoc, at Watson Lane.

A few showers are forecast for tomorrow.

Sandbagging continues in Foxboro and other communities.

The high water levels should remain until well into next week.

Of course, significant rainfall could worsen the situation again.

Body found in the county

A missing Prince Edward County man, presumed drowned last fall, may have been discovered.

OPP Sergeant Kristine Rae says that a body was found after 4:30 p.m yesterday in West Lake in the County.

Last October, 54 year old Sandy Rutherford went fishing in bad weather on West Lake and never returned.

A post-mortem on the body is being done today for identification and cause of death purposes.

School bus changes/flooding

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services have been advised by City of Belleville officials of the following temporary road closures in the Foxboro community:

River Road is closed between Cannifton Rd and Harmony Rd

River Road is closed north of Harmony Rd

Hamony Road is closed between Ashley St and River Rd

Mudcat Rd is closed from Country Charm Dr to Phillipston Rd

As a result of these road closures there will be no school bus transportation in the affected areas today.

Low temperature record

We set a new low temperature record yesterday.

The mercury dipped to minus 6.4, as recorded at CFB Trenton.

The previous record low for an April 16th was minus 6.1, set back in 1943.

The low temperature record for this date, April 17th, is  -5.3 degrees, set in 1980.

12 year old facing charges

Northumberland OPP have laid vehicle theft and dangerous driving charges against a 12 year-old.

Police say it started with a report of gas being stolen in Quinte West last Sunday.

The car was spotted on Highway 401 in the Port Hope area and stopped near Newtonville.

The Toronto area 12 year old was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft under $5,000, flight from police, dangerous driving and breach of recognizance.

Police did not say if the suspect was a boy or a girl.

Huizinga hoping for council

Another candidate is in the running for councillor in Brighton.

Scott Huizinga says the current council’s partisanship is what has prompted him to put his name in.

Huizinga works at the Warkworth Institute has lived in Brighton since 2006.

Belleville is malting

Belleville city council has given the green light to the city’s first  malt house operation.

The city has rezoned a section of agricultural property, owned by Devin Huffman and Leslie Roseburgh, on Zion Road in Thurlow Ward to allow the production of malt.

A 167 square metre building will be built for a three-step process of wetting, sprouting and drying of barley.

The malt will be sold to craft breweries and the chaff by-product will be sold for livestock feed.

Production is expected to begin by fall.

Second helpings begins today

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties are getting their first food reclamation program.

The pilot project called “second helpings’ will help divert surplus perishable foods from producers to distribute to people in need.

The pilot project will officially kick off at an event at Loyalist College’s cafeteria today at 10:00 a.m.


Flood plain expected to expand ‘significantly’

Centre Hastings and Tweed have joined Belleville in declaring states of emergency due to widespread flooding.

Tweed has put a call out for volunteers. Those that are able to help should head to the Public Works building on Marlbank Road between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Rising water levels on Moira and Stoco Lakes forced the municipalities to make the announcement yesterday afternoon in order to facilitate the decision-making process and securing of resources in a timely fashion should flood conditions worsen.

Meanwhile Quinte Conservation officials say the flood plain on the Moira River is expected to expand ‘significantly’ over the next 48 hours, with waters expected in increase by four inches.

Water resources manager Bryon Keene says the upper gauges of the Moria River along Highway 7 peaked overnight.

He explains this means we’ll see the rest of the peaks coming down through the rest of the water system very soon adding water levels are beginning to level out through Tweed.

Keene Apr 16

Tweed Mayor Jo-anne Albert says residents are working through it as best they can to protect their properties.

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George Logan has lived along the Skootamata River in Actinolite, north of Tweed, for 30 years.

He’s never seen the river running so high.

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Sand and sandbags are available for Tweed residents at the Stoco Works garage on Marlbank road and Quanset Building behind the library.

Meantime the rising Moira River is causing further headache, more work and several road closures in flood zones in Foxboro.

Nick Whaley, who lives on Upper River Road in Foxboro, says the house he lives in is flooded inside, and this spring has been very bad.

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Shane Sager has a family home on Ashley Street along the Moira.

Sager believes the water is about seven inches higher than 2008.


Volunteers are asked to respond today to the Gerry Masterson Community Centre on the Harmony Road, Foxboro.

Sandbags and a supply of sand are available for Centre Hastings residents at the sand dome on Slab Street, for use at their homes.

Good Baby Box opens in Picton

Hastings County’s Good Baby Box program is expanding into Prince Edward County.

Hundreds of families have accessed the Good Baby Box  program each year to help stretch their food dollar, reduce food costs and meet the food needs of their infants and toddlers.

Spokesperson Ruth Ferguson says these are the greatest needs.


She says no there are no financial questions asked.


A new Good Baby Box depot has opened this week at the Hub Child and Family Centre in McFarland Court in Picton.

Money for downtown Brighton

Brighton is getting $25,000 through the Rural Economic Development program to help with the downtown.

The money will go towards supporting the development of a revitalization plan for Brighton’s downtown that will improve sidewalks, parking, identify new business opportunities and attract new customers.

Brighton’s Downtown Revitalization project is targeted to begin this summer.

Jeffery murder trial resumes tomorrow in Picton

James Beau Jeffery is escorted from Picton Superior Court on February 4, 2014. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

James Beau Jeffery is escorted from Picton Superior Court on February 4, 2014.                        (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The second-degree murder trial of James Beau Jeffrey resumes tomorrow in Picton after a month-long break.

Jeffery is accused of killing his mother Elaine Jeffery on August 24, 2011.

Tomorrow, the court will hear closing arguments from Crown Attorney Jodi Whyte and Defence lawyer Christopher R Murphy.

Justice Robert Scott will make his decision April 30  on whether or not to find Jeffery criminally responsible for his mother’s death.

Golden Hawk flies home for Canada Day

Goldenhawks flying in formation in 1959 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Goldenhawks flying in formation in 1959 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Belleville’s own Golden Hawk should be back home this Canada Day, if all goes well.

The F-86 Sabre jet, donated to the city by the Lion’s Club, was taken down from the podium in Zwicks Park in 2011 for a total restoration by technicians in the Aerospace, Telecommunications, Engineering and Support Squadron at CFB Trenton.

Major Karla Swift says there’s still some work to do.


Swift says the aircraft, which had years of water damage, is 100% sealed up.

The canopy of the 63 year-old aircraft had been destroyed and the plane was full of birds’ nests when it was taken to the repair shop.


The F-86 Sabre jet was a front-line fighter jet, used by the United states in the Korean war, and a member of Canada’s former demonstration team, the Golden Hawks.

The project cost Belleville about $30,000 for parts, but the restoration work itself, by ATESS technicians and apprentices, was  free.

Bioniche sale update

Belleville-based pharmaceutical company, Bioniche Life Sciences,  has closed the sale of its animal health division to a French company for around $60 million.

That sale will allow Bioniche to pay down some debt, as the company focusses solely on human health products.

Meanwhile, at its Belleville headquarters, about 50 employees will continue working, but for the French company, while another 30 workers will remain at the Dundas East location, working for Bioniche.

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