Salvation Army receives $500 donation
Students and staff at St. Michael’s Catholic School are doing their part to help the local Salvation Army.
On Wednesday, Dianne Noack, a member of the CUPE 1479 executive, presented Abby Mills with food donations valued at $500.
Mills, the Community Service Director says this donation will go a long way.
Mills says they have already seen an increase in their evening meal program.
She says in the first seven days that they’ve offered them, they have served over 700 meals, which is a 35% increase over this time last year.
Sears job fair well received
When Sears closes its doors for good in Belleville, they don’t want to leave their over 600 associates standing out in the cold.
The city hosted a job fair in the cafeteria of the Belleville warehouse Wednesday.
There were 59 potential employers present with over 900 jobs available.
Jeff Abbott, the Vice-President, Supply Chain and Logistics for Sears Canada says the job fair was paramount for the employees.
Karen Poste, the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Belleville, says the job fair was well received and there was a steady flow of Sears associates throughout the day.
She told Quinte News that the City wanted to put this job fair together to help make the best of a bad situation.
The job fair was open to only Sears employees.
Abbott wanted to thank Poste and the city for putting the job fair together and says it was important to get Belleville residents here in the city.
UPDATE: Auto body shop blaze ruled accidental
The cause of the blaze at the auto body shop off Hwy. 62 yesterday morning has been ruled undetermined.
Belleville Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Norton says it has been ruled accidental and not suspicious.
Damages are estimated at $200,000.
Belleville Fire was called to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday morning. Quinte West station 4 and Tyendinaga Fire were called in to assist.
Crews remained on scene until after 2 p.m.
There were no injuries.
Brighton mayor seeks to have lab services restored
South East LHIN CEO Paul Huras made a brief presentation to council in Brighton on Monday night about the status of getting a lab back in the city.
Brighton lost their lab in 2015 and residents have had to travel to Cobourg or Belleville since to get blood drawn or other routine lab work.
Mayor Mark Walas asked Huras to appear in front of council to explain their options.
Dr. Huras said they do have a few options and according to Walas, space seems to be the big one.
Huras told council the LHIN has very little to do with labs as they are private sector.
Brighton building renovation to move forward
Brighton Library Board Chair Bob Burke says the work planned for the library will bring them into the 21st century.
Council voted to give the project to Jeffrey G. Wallans Construction at a cost of almost $1.1 million.
Mayor Mark Walas says the renovations will take place within the current footprint of the building.
According to Mayor Walas, there has never been an update to the library or the administration building.
Councillor John Martinello wanted to defer the motion until they received more information.
CAO Bill Watson advised council if they delayed the decision they may have to re-tender.
Santa Claus stops in Belleville
The annual Santa Claus parade took to the streets of Belleville on Sunday evening.
The cool temperatures didn’t deter those who wanted to see the jolly red elf, as streets were lined from the beginning of the parade route to the end.
There were over 70 floats in this year’s parade which began at the Fairgrounds and ended near Metro on North Front Street.
Train stopped following vehicle rollover
One person has been sent to hospital after a car rolled on Lester Road early this afternoon.
Sources to Quinte News say the accident occurred around 1 p.m. and the vehicle involved rolled and came to rest on the CN train tracks.
A train was stopped while police, firefighters and paramedics attended the scene.
There were two men in the vehicle.
A police investigation is ongoing.
Farm 911, The Emily Project makes request of PEC council
When an emergency occurs, the seconds seem to tick by even slower.
Resi Walt and Prince Edward OPP Const. Patrick Menard are asking Prince Edward County Council for their support for Farm 911, The Emily Project to make sure another tragedy that took the life of eight year-old Emily Trudeau never happens again.
Walt says when the emergency numbering system was first introduced it was not a requirement for farmers’ fields to be numbered and cell phones were not as popular as they are today.
PEC Mayor Robert Quaiff says he supports the project.
Const. Menard explained to those around the horseshoe and those in the gallery that when an emergency call comes in, it goes to Smiths Falls and is dispatched from there.
According to a video shown by Walt, Emily’s father watched the ambulance drive by and had to call someone to explain their location because he wasn’t going to leave his daughter’s side.
She says the gap still exists for hunting camps and farmers’ fields and they are hoping to close that gap.
Farm 911, The Emily Project will appear as a budget item next month.
UHKF makes funding request of PEC council
Council in Prince Edward County will need to get creative when it comes to their 2018 budget.
Council heard a deputation from representatives from the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation on Thursday afternoon, asking for an annual contribution of almost $62,000 a year for a minimum of five years.
Mayor Robert Quaiff says they need to keep in mind they have also made a commitment to the Picton Hospital.
Council approved a motion to have the funding request be part of their 2018 budget discussions next month.
According to the UHKF statistics, Prince Edward County resident visits to Kingston hospitals have increased by over 5,000 visits which is 157 per cent since 2006. 13,029 Prince Edward County residents were treated at Kingston hospitals in 2015.
The hospitals have identified five areas of priority including the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, the emergency room, the operating room, labs and support services.
Locals win philanthropic awards
November 15th was National Philanthropy Day and there was no better way to spend it than celebrating those who work tirelessly to make our communities better.
In Kingston on Wednesday night, Kevin Gale and Herb Pliwischkies of RE/MAX Quinte took home the award in the category of Outstanding Corporation/Organization with 99 or Fewer Employees.
The two, called the Dynamic Duo were nominated by the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Gale says the recognition is nice, but not the reason for being involved.
Lanny and Catharine Huff, owners of Huff Estates Winery and other enterprises, were also honoured, taking home the Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.
They detailed some of the organizations they are involved with.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals of South Eastern Ontario ranges from Trenton to Brockville.
Chapter President Shannon Coull said the evening showed what a giving heart can accomplish.
The winners will advance to the AFP International Awards ceremony.
Belleville’s Mr. Hockey laid to rest
Belleville’s Mr. Hockey, Floyd Crawford got one last standing ovation on Wednesday morning.
A small crowd including some donning Belleville minor hockey jerseys gathered outside the Memorial Arena to pay their last respects to the man who put the city on the map.
Crawford passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.
He was the captain of the Belleville McFarlands, a team which made history winning the 1958 senior A Allan Cup before becoming world champions in 1959.
A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, which was filled with family, friends and those wishing to pay their respects to Crawford.
He was the father of nine children; Susan, Peter, Michael, Bobby, Marc, Louis, Danielle, Todd and Eric. Three of his sons, Bobby, Marc and Louis, followed in his footsteps and played high level hockey making it to the NHL.
Crawford was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Benson Park not to be a rush job by council
Council in Prince Edward Council wants to see the Benson Park project go ahead but they want to make sure it is done right.
Only one tender was given the go ahead for the project Tuesday night and councillors did not want the project to be a rush job, nor something left half completed.
Councillor Steven Graham wanted to be sure their priorities were right when it came to the approximately $238,000 project.
He wanted to be sure this project wasn’t going ahead simply to get the $133,000 Canada 150 Grant money or if there was a real plan in place.
Neil Carbone, the Director of Community Development explained the project is a design build and there would be plans brought forward to council as well as public consultations.
Councillor Kevin Gale asked for two amendments to be made to the motion to approve the project.
Councillors were also concerned with the lack of consultation with the Prince Edward Heritage Committee on this project in regards to Barker House and the washroom addition.
In a recorded vote, the amended motion was approved by a vote of 12 to two with Councillors Harrison and Pennell being the lone dissenting votes.