County Police searching for missing man
Prince Edward County OPP are in search of a missing man from Ameliasburgh.
Twenty-four-year-old David Franks was last seen Tuesday at his home on County Road 28.
It was reported that Franks, an avid jogger, woke up early Wednesday for a jog, taking his cell phone and headphones with him.
Franks is described as having a solid build, 6′ 3″ about 200 pounds with shaggy brown hair. He was last wearing dark athletic attire with a weighted vest and dark steel toed shoes.
Polie are asking if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of David Franks, to contact Prince Edward County OPP.
Big money for a great cause
The St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School Relay for Life was a massive success Friday.
Students and staff combined to raise more than what they originally anticipated, stacking up $38,000 in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
They were aiming for a $35,000 benchmark.
Swinging into summer in fashion
The catwalk got a workout at the Hello Summer Fashion Show Friday night in Trenton.
The St. Peter in Chains’ Catholic Women’s League headed up the event at the Knights of Columbus Hall, which featured fashions from Vivacious Clothing and Day Spa and Lily’s Bridal among others.
Quinte Broadcasting’s own Tim Durkin emceed the event and reporter Nicole Kleinsteuber got a turn on the runway.
CJBQ and Mix 97 also sponsored the event.
All proceeds from the event will go to Catholic Women’s league charities.
Highway rollover, fuel leak in Napanee
Napanee OPP, fire and ambulance were all on the scene of a highway tractor trailer accident early Saturday morning.
The truck was reported to have rolled into a ditch on the westbound 401 near Centre Street in Napanee just before 3 a.m., leaking a large amount of fuel in the process. A blown tire off its rim is believed to have caused the accident.
A male driver managed to escape the truck, but suffered a broken collarbone. Fortunately, he was reported as being alert and talking.
Napanee OPP closed both lanes of the 401 westbound at Napanee and the Ministry of Environment, along with a heavy tow truck, was called in.
We will update you on this story once the 401 is reopened or if any further details become available.
Quinte Rhinos suit up
The Quinte Rhinos are the newest member club of Special Hockey International (SHI). Special Hockey International was formed in 1996 to create opportunities for youth with special needs to participate in the great game of ice hockey in an inclusive, supportive, and safe environment.
Quinte Rhinos will play out of The Pond at Rhino Sports and Playland. Randy Uens said, “Quinte Rhinos Special Needs Hockey will offer an organized, modified form of hockey to accommodate special needs for males and females of all ages. We hope to create teams with rosters determined by skill levels NOT age. Weekly games or practices from the week after Thanksgiving to the end of March in a safe, inclusive, accepting environment. Uens also mentions that “Equipment will be made available, when needed, through fundraising efforts planned and corporate sponsors. Special social outings such as picnics, pool parties, and Belleville Senator hockey games will also be planned.”
Nick Foley is a board member of the new organization and is also the founder of Move for Inclusion. Nick played Major Junior and CIS hockey and says that, “The Quinte Rhinos Special Needs Hockey is a wonderful addition to the Quinte area, offering opportunities that are not always available to youth with special needs. This organization demonstrates that true inclusion is when people value diversity and, in this way, we all learn from each other.”
Quinte Rhinos is a nonprofit organization and will be applying for registered charity status with CRA. Once that is completed, funding sources for the program will be finalized. The organization is confident that they will be able to subsidize costs to assist those families in need who would like to participate.
The organization will provide qualified coaches with an understanding of the challenges our players face. Coaches, players, and officials will also provide In-Service training. Quinte Rhinos also plans to align itself with the Quinte Red Devils AAA hockey organization to have players mentor players. “This is a great opportunity for both groups to learn from each other and embrace the value of the spirit of hockey.”
Quinte Rhinos is now looking for amazing, committed volunteers and sponsors to help with this amazing program. If you are a parent, guardian, teacher, or caregiver to a special needs child or young adult and would like to have your youth involved or you wish to help, Quinte Rhinos Special Needs Hockey is eager to hear from you. Please call Randy Uens at 613-661-6788.
Brighton water levels decreasing
It’s a welcoming sight for Brighton residents, as water levels have begun to slightly decrease and conditions are returning to stability.
Clean-up arrangements are still being made however, as it’s been determined that water levels won’t drop substantially in the coming weeks.
Brighton officials say they are focusing on monitoring conditions and keeping things under control.
The Municipality of Brighton would like to thank everyone involved in sandbagging efforts and for manning pumps overnight.
Canada 150 funding coming to Lennox and Addington
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, today announced funding of $21,250 to the County of Lennox and Addington to celebrate Canada 150. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Lennox and Addington County will celebrate Canada 150 by producing a free large scale outdoor event which will take place on August 19, 2017. The celebration will feature local musicians and will be headlined by a large-scale Canadian musical performance. A spectacle/variety performance will be presented during the evening.
To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in local, regional, and Canada-wide projects.
The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment, and our country’s place in the world. It is also an ideal opportunity for Canadians to get involved in their communities.
As we prepare for a year of celebration, the Government of Canada invites all Canadians to take part in activities surrounding the Canada 150 countdown. This is an opportunity for all of us to express what it means to be Canadian and how we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Quinte Business Achievement Awards looking for nominations
If you want to show your appreciation to your favourite local businesses, now’s your chance.
The Quinte Business Acheivement Awards are in their 21st year and celebrate business excellence in the region, in areas such as entrepreneurship, business development, community involvement and customer service among others.
Awards Coordinator Stephanie Wilson explains a little bit about the awards.
Wilson explains how you can nominate.
The deadline to cast your nominations is June 30.
Winners will be announced at the awards gala on October 20 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.
Relay for Life aiming big
Students and staff at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School will be walking for a good cause Friday.
The school’s Relay for Life will be held, with the opening ceremony going at 11:00 a.m. Staff and students will participate in a survivor walk and will continue to walk all day with various activities expected to go until 11:00 p.m.
They are aiming for $35,000 in fundraising.
Contact Jessica Salmon at the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board if you want to learn more.
Auto parts theft in Stirling
The Stirling-Rawdon Police Service is asking for the public’s help in regards to a theft at Woodbeck Auto Parts in Stirling.
Last Friday evening (May 19), a cube van drove onto the property at Woodbeck’s. The suspects broke through a fence, entered a building and stole approximately 200 used vehicle batteries.
The value of stolen items is approximately $4,000.
Anyone having information about this crime is asked to contact the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service at 613-395-0844 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-TIPS.
Great Place Awards recognize great people
A celebration of recognition and achievement was on display Tuesday evening in Belleville.
The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board handed out their prestigious Great Place Awards for 2017 at their regular meeting. The awards presentation was hosted by Director of Education Mandy Savery-Whiteway and Board Chair Lucille Kyle.
The awards are in their 16th year and are made to recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, and volunteers alike to their school communities.
One award recipient, teacher Sue Tripp, has been working at Trenton High School since the early 1990s.
Tripp says she wasn’t expecting to be considered for the award, but is “humbled and honoured” to receive the recognition.
She talks about her genuine surprise to Quinte News.
Another recipient, 11th grade Moira Secondary School student and student board trustee Saud Haseeb, says he was pleasantly surprised and taken off guard by the support he received from staff and fellow students.
Haseeb says he is involved in many activities and initiatives in the Moira community, including working intensively with international students, mentoring students after hours, peer tutoring, and competing in sports. He says he is aiming for a medical science program at university and hopes to possibly go on to medical school in the future.
The full list of winners are as follows:
– Natalie Brownell, volunteer, Bird’s Creek Public School
– Eric Caley, maintenance mechanic, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
– Keith Dickey, bus driver, North Hastings High School
– Robyn Elson and Reece Monk, Grade 8 students, Tyendinaga Public School
– Sherry Harrison, secretary, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
– Saud Haseeb, Grade 11 student & school board trustee, Moira Secondary School
– Debbie Stott, educational assistant, Bayside Secondary School
– Heather Taylor, teacher, North Hastings High School
– Sue Tripp, teacher, Trenton High School
– Anne Anderson, Rachel Bush, Marilyn Callahan, Nadia Clark, Carrie Dutton, Deniece Hunter, Tracey Locke, Debbie Royle, Angela Schaefer, Lynne Ulrich, and Mike Brown, team from Best Buy, Breakfast Club volunteers, Harry J. Clarke Public School.
Marathon walk a success
It was a successful day Friday for three local walkers.
Jennifer Cobb along with friends Sally Peck and Geraldine Jenkison all teamed up to walk under 10-and-a-half hours and around 49 kilometres across the Millennium Trail in Prince Edward County. They started from the County trail in Consecon and ended at Highway 49 in Picton.
This was done in a fundraising effort to help resurface the trail. Cobb and Peck walked the full length, while Jenkison joined about 18 kilometres in.
Cobb tells Quinte News how much they raised.
She adds that Mother Nature co-operated for them throughout the day.
Cobb says she was a little sore, with a bit of blistering on her feet, but admits both she and her friends were in pretty good shape at the end.