Waterfront and multicultural festival numbers show festival growth

Belleville Chamber of Commerce CEO Jill Raycroft is happy with the numbers she’s seeing following the 40th annual Waterfront and Multicultural Festival.

She says they saw parking numbers stay about the same, but shuttle ridership increased by almost 1,000.

In 2017 there were 2,889 users of the shuttle and that increased to 3,600 this year.

Raycroft says to match the numbers they saw in 2017 will be difficult.

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She says the festival is continuing to build a following and while the numbers aren’t increasing astronomically but they are continuing to grow.

Raycroft says she would like to track more specific information from food vendors, such as the number of meals served, to help get an even more accurate take on festival attendee numbers.

Now that the festival is over, she says they are looking for the public’s feedback.

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Raycroft says once again, the public’s attendance proved this is an event the community believes in.

Napanee man facing multiple charges

A 22-year-old Napanee man is facing multiple charges including forcible confinement.

Napanee OPP say around 11 a.m. today (Thursday) they arrested the suspect following a sexual assault investigation.

He is also facing charges of sexual assault, mischief over $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order.

He appeared in court in Napanee today.

Mintech fined following death of employee

A local company has been ordered to pay a fine following the death of an employee in January last year.

Mintech Marketing of Campbellford appeared in court on Wednesday and was convicted of failing to ensure that materials, articles or things, to wit, transport trailers, were placed or stored so that they would not tip, collapse or fall.

According to Ministry Official Janet Deline, a fine of $100,000 plus 25% victim fine surcharge was imposed by the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg.

All remaining counts were withdrawn.

Bailey McDonald, 18, of Campbellford, died on Jan. 16, 2017 when one of two 53-foot long trailers he was working between shifted, and he was trapped between them.

McBride-Bowers pleads guilty to one charge

One of the cars involved in the head-on collision at Yeomans Street and West Moira Street early Saturday morning. Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News

A Prince Edward County woman who injured six people in a two-vehicle collision last spring has pleaded guilty.

Jessica McBride-Bowers appeared in front of Justice James Abrams today with her attorney, Jason Easton by her side.

The 20-year-old pleaded to one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm to six people.

On May 20, 2017 McBride-Bowers ran a stop sign causing a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Moira Street West and Yeomans Street according to Crown Attorney Caitlyn Downing.

The other vehicle ended up coming to rest on the porch of a home nearby.

She will next appear in court on September 7.

424 Squadron rescues pilot following crash

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A float plane pilot was rescued in Quebec on Tuesday with the help of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron from CFB Trenton.

RCAF search and rescue crews on a CC-130 Hercules and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter were dispatched to Lac-Lenôtre, following the crash of the small plane.

The pilot was able to swim to shore and use a satellite phone to call for help.

Due to the tall trees in the area, the helicopter crew hoisted the uninjured pilot on board and flew him to Val d’Or airport early Wednesday morning.

WCA wraps up operations after 139 years

Irene Hiebert, acting chair of the Women’s Christian Association displays the bronze commemorative plaque that will find a home in the Hastings Main Entrance lobby. (Photo: Amanda Smith/Quinte News)

Before women even had the right to vote, a group of women built the first hospital in Belleville.

The legacy of the Women’s Christian Association was honoured Tuesday at Belleville General Hospital as the group wrapped up operations after 139 years.

The nine remaining members of the organization; Diane Sule, Alfreda Rupert, Mary Bould, Clara Davenport, Elaner Pound, Ann Hitchon, Audrey Williams Brown, Fran Knudson and Hiebert were on hand for the celebration.

Acting Chair Irene Hiebert said the determination of that founding group of women was such a force.

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The group was created following the train tragedy in 1872 just east of Shannonville, where 40 people died.

Harriette Lyon Jacques led a group of women five years later to create the WCA, and to build a hospital and a home for the aged and underprivileged.

The hospital opened on July 20, 1886. It was then expanded in 1890, a school of nursing started in 1892, new wings added in 1911 and then again in 1918.

The BGH Auxiliary began in 1938 and in 1948 the WCA deeded the hospital to the city.

The bittersweet event was highlighted by a cheque donation from the WCA in the amount of $357,000 to the hospital for improvements to the Maternal Child Department (Quinte 7) at BGH.

Stuart Wright, Patricia Guernsey, Irene Hiebert and Mary Clare Egberts with the donation from the WCA to the BGHF for Q7 improvements. (Photo: Amanda Smith/Quinte News)

Mary Clare Egberts, President and CEO of Quinte Health Care detailed some of what the funds would go towards.

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Other improvements include an expanded working area, a storage room, installation of showers and improved security measures.

A commemorative bronze plaque was also unveiled that will be on display in the Hastings Main Entrance lobby.

Patricia Guernsey told those in attendance the WCA left a legacy that she isn’t sure will ever be replicated.

Police seeking public’s help to locate stolen boat and trailer

The boat stolen from Trent Hills Marina.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a boat and trailer that were stolen sometime overnight on Monday.

The boat and trailer were taken from the Trent Hills Marina parking lot according to Northumberland OPP.

The boat and trailer were last seen southbound on County Road 45 around 12:30 a.m.

The boat is described as a 1988 Chris Craft 245 LTD. It is a red and white 25 foot, cuddy cabin motor boat that was on a dual axle trailer painted white with some rust. The boat has the name “Barney Rumble” on the back of it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP or Crimestoppers.

Miller not seeking re-election

Belleville Councillor Jack Miller at city council, April 23, 2018 (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

Jack Miller will not be seeking re-election this fall.

The three term councillor and Quinte Broadcasting sports director announced Monday on Facebook he will be stepping back to allow for new blood and new ideas to be brought forward.

He stated there have been a number of improvements in his years on Belleville Council and he is proud to have been a part of them.

“In fact Belleville didn’t own a single pool or splash pad. The city was down to its last few acres of serviced industrial land. We needed new fire stations, a police station (better late than never) a new environmental services facility. We needed to improve and extend water services to the north to keep the industrial base we had and allow for expansion,” he stated in his Facebook post.

Miller says Belleville is now poised for growth for the next generation and beyond.

He said when he was first elected in 2006, the city didn’t have the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge or the Quinte Wellness Centre.

He continued on to cite the infrastructure in the downtown area had to be replaced, and the city is already seeing the benefit of the changes that will be complete this fall.

Miller stated there have literally been many hundreds of other important issues dealt with by the three progressive councils he has had the privilege of being a part of.

He finished by saying he has a lot of people to thank and will do that soon, but for now, he thanks those who elected him as it was an honour and a privilege to serve on Belleville City Council.

Glenwood LIVE to benefit cemetery restoration

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Cancel any plans you may have for this Sunday and get yourself to the Regent Theatre.

Tickets are now on sale for Glenwood Live, a matinee benefit concert.

Monies raised at the concert will help to restore Glenwood Cemetery following an act of vandalism last month.

Vandals went on a rampage in the historic cemetery, toppling and breaking 200 stones at last count, permanently destroying some monuments, including a 100-year-old Celtic cross. Many of the historic markers are not insured for repair, or are unable to be repaired. One of the saddest examples is the beheading of the angel monument, which according to Campbell Moments can be restored.

The damage is estimated at $150,000.

Local entertainer Lenni Stewart and her husband Sid Wells rallied friends within the artistic community to get together in a benefit concert to help raise funds for restoration.

“There has been a truly remarkable response, and we only wish that we could have fit everyone who wished to donate their talent into this initial concert,” said Stewart.

Wells has been working on securing funding for the Glenwood LIVE initiative, and has raised enough funds to cover rental and technical costs through the concert’s event sponsor, Huff Estates.

“They didn’t hesitate, and we can’t thank Lanny and Catherine enough for being instrumental in making this benefit become a reality. They are truly special people!”

Rick Zimmerman will be the Master of Ceremonies, and the Regent’s technical director Phil Dowling has donated his time. Soundman Caleb Hutton has not only volunteered his time as a performer but will be working tirelessly backstage for the day, keeping the music flowing.

Glenwood LIVE is set for Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for Glenwood LIVE are available through the Regent Theatre box office at 224 Main St. Picton. In addition you can call them at 613-476-8416 or visit their website at www.theregenttheatre.org/tickets.

FedEx facility expansion underway

Belleville’s FedEx Ground facility on College Street East. (Photo: Amanda Smith / Quinte News)

Construction is underway to grow the FedEx facility in Belleville’s Northeast Industrial Park.

Meredith Miller, the manager of FedEx Ground External Communications told Quinte News the project will add 20,000 square feet to the facility currently located on College Street East.

When completed she says the building will total over 48,000 square feet and enable them to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.

FedEx took out a $1.37 million building permit in June for the expansion.

Napanee issues total burn ban

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The Town of Greater Napanee has now issued a total burn ban, joining many other municipalities locally.

Fire Prevention Officer Kevin Duncan stated in a press release the burn ban, put in place today, prohibits any fires in open air and any activities that may start a fire.

The ban was put in place due to the extremely dry conditions which are expected to continue.

Kennelly throws his hat in the ring in Tyendinaga

Claire Kennelly has added his name to the list of people seeking election this fall.

He submitted his papers today for a councillor position in Tyendinaga.

He joins Heather Lang and Jen Phillips who have also filed their papers seeking a seat at the table following the municipal election.

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