Dukes win Game 5, extend season

Wellington Dukes goaltender Jonah Capriotti’s 35 saves helped extend his team’s season in a 3-2 Game 5 victory Friday night at Essroc Arena. (Photo: Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

The Wellington Dukes live to fight another day.

35 saves from Jonah Capriotti and a shorthanded, game-winning goal over half-way through the third period from Andrew Rinaldi proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Game 5 victory to prolong their season and their series with the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Jr. B call-up Bryce Yetman and Zach Uens also tallied for the Dukes, who were outshot 37-33 by Newmarket.

Andrew Rinaldi’s first goal of the Northeast Conference Semi-Final versus the Newmarket Hurricanes was a big one; a shorthanded, game-winning tally in Game 5 to help push the Dukes to a Game 6 Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Ed McPherson/OJHL Images)

Former Duke Josh Supryka stepped up with an assist, as did Daniel Panetta and Teddy McGeen.

With the series now at 3-2 Newmarket, the Dukes now need to win a pivotal Game 6 in enemy territory. That goes Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Ray Twinney Complex. If the Dukes can win that contest, Game 7 will go Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Essroc Arena.

CJBQ will have the broadcast if necessary, starting at 7:20 p.m. for Prinzen Ford Sales of Bloomfield.

Keeping the County beautiful

If you’re interested in keeping the natural beauty of Prince Edward County’s south shore intact there’s a meeting you might be interested in.

A recently formed group called the South Shore Joint Initiative is holding its first general meeting on Saturday.

The organization’s goal is to keep development from occurring on the south shore, an area well known as an Important Bird Area and for its biodiversity.

The meeting will be held at the Bloomfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m.

New device helping keep Belleville safe

Belleville Police Constable Brad Stitt accepts a Lidar speed detection device from Chair of the Belleville Community Policing Committee Ann Carr last Tuesday. Seated behind them are members of the Community Policing Committee. (Photo: Submitted/Belleville Police)

A generous donation from Community Policing Volunteers will help Belleville Police keep the community safe.

On behalf of the Belleville Police Service last Tuesday evening, Const. Brad Stitt accepted a new Lidar speed detection device from the Belleville Community Policing committee.

Lidar uses a narrow laser beam to easily target specific vehicles over a large distance as compared to traditional radar devices.

While the Traffic Safety Unit has been using a Lidar for several years, Stitt says this particular device would be deployed for use by officers on general patrol.

Chief Ron Gignac added that the device will increase road safety through enforcement and education and advance Belleville further to becoming the safest community in Ontario.


Stay off the phone while on the road

As part of the provincial Distracted Driving Campaign which ran from March 12 – 18, 2018 members of Central Hastings OPP laid 41 Drive with Handheld Communication Device charges.    The charge of Drive with Handheld Communication Device carries a fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction.

Central Hastings OPP would like to remind drivers to make a conscious decision to remain focused on the important task of driving. Distracted driving occurs when a driver’s attention is diverted away from driving because they are focused on something non-driving related.

A texting driver is 23 more times likely to crash than a non-texting driver. Sending that one text while driving may seem harmless, but it’s a decision that could alter the course of your life and other lives too. If you’re ON THE ROAD, make a commitment to stay OFF THE PHONE.

Brighton man speeds from police

A Brighton man faces numerous charges after failing to stop for police in Trenton.

Quinte West OPP officers spotted a vehicle committing a highway traffic offence on Telephone Road in Trenton Sunday and when attempting to stop it, the vehicle sped away.

Police eventually stopped the vehicle a short distance further and arrested the driver.

Twenty-five-year old Brandon Poff of Brighton, is charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police and five Provincial Offences.

He’s scheduled to appear in Belleville Court on April 26.

Anybody with information regarding the investigation can contact Quinte West OPP or Crimestoppers.

Belleville Police – March 18

(File photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

The Belleville Police Service responded to 60 calls for service between March 17, 2018 at 5 a.m. and March 18, 2018 at 5 a.m.

Intoxicated persons

On March 17, 2018, at 2:06 p.m. police and paramedics attended on Craig Street in relation to a “groggy” teenaged girl. The 16-year-old youth was arrested for her own protection under the Liquor Licence Act. The investigation is continuing.

Arrest on warrants

On March 17, 2018, at 4:33 p.m. officers attended on Coleman Street to check on the welfare of a woman. It was revealed that the 38-year-old Belleville woman was wanted on outstanding warrants by the Belleville Police Service. The charges included breach of probation and failing to appear for court and fingerprints. She was held for a bail hearing on March 18, 2018.


On March 17, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. police arrested a 37-year-old Belleville man for threats. The charges stem from a March 16 incident. The man will appear in court on April 12, 2018.

RIDE Program

On March 17th, 2018, officers set up a RIDE program on Cannifton Parkway. One hundred sixty-eight cars were checked. Two motorists were warned about expired valtags. There were no roadside tests administered.

Vacant house fire in County

The remains of a vacant two-storey house at 1483 Gilead Road that burned to the ground Sunday morning. (Photo: Quinte News)

(Photo: Quinte News)

A vacant two-storey house burned to the ground early Sunday morning in Prince Edward County.

County fire halls 2 and 7 were called out around 3 o’clock to 1483 Gilead Road north of Wellington near the mushroom farm.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

(Photo: Quinte News)

B-Sens hang on to edge Comets

(Photo: Belleville Senators)

Three points from Filip Chlapik and a 36-save effort in goal from Danny Taylor helped the Belleville Senators break a substantial home losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Utica Comets Saturday night.

The victory was the B-Sens’ first at the Yardmen Arena in just over a month, snapping a seven-game slide. They last won Feb. 16 over the Toronto Marlies.

B-Sens head coach Kurt Kleinendorst says their hard work and solid play over the last three weeks has paid off.


After a tough performance Friday night for Chlapik, Kleinendorst says he liked the resolve from his top young sniper in returning to form last night.


Daniel Ciampini added a goal and an assist, and Jack Rodewald also scored for Belleville.

The Senators are off until next Friday, when they host the Toronto Marlies once again. CJBQ has broadcast coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. for EasternOverhead Doors and Deerhaven Farm and Garden.

Dukes developing on and off ice

Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Wellington Dukes Randy Uens says that the organization is continuously aiming to engage with fans young and old in the Quinte region. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The Wellington Dukes organization has had a roller-coaster ride ride of a season in 2017-18 season.

The move of former long-time GM/Head Coach Marty Abrams to the arch-rival Trenton Golden Hawks in June started it off. That was followed by the changing of majority ownership hands from Michael Mulvihill to Ken Clement later in the summer.

Things then completely changed during the season when the entire coaching staff consisting of Scott McCrory, Ryan Woodward, Kyle Hawkins-Schulz and Ryan Kitchen were all replaced by John Druce, Derek Smith and Mike Farrugia after the Christmas break. Along with the addition of several new young players and the moving and shifting of other off-ice matters, it’s safe to say it’s been a whirlwind year for Prince Edward County’s beloved junior hockey team.

Many fan questions about the current season and what’s in store for the future were answered and discussed at a town hall-style meeting at the Essroc Arena before Game 1 of the Dukes’ Conference Semi-Final series versus the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Vice President of Hockey Operations Randy Uens organized and presided over the meeting, attended by a solid number of Dukes fans wanting to understand what the future of the OJHL franchise holds, both on and off the ice.

Uens addressed one of the biggest questions in the meeting right off the top, letting the group know the team will not be moved out of Prince Edward County, despite the change of ownership.

Uens tells Quinte News that the hectic season will hopefully be a good jumping off point for future team success.

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One of the biggest examples Uens mentioned was fan engagement, which is something he says they attempted to work on over the course of the year.

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Getting the players out into the community also has been and will continue to be a big piece of the puzzle moving forward. Some of the different events players attended during the year included:

Another key item mentioned by Uens in the meeting was that he and his partners have committed an LOI (Letter of Intent) to buy the Picton Pirates Junior C hockey club, with the idea to create a “feeder” system from them to the Dukes. Uens says this will create a good prospect pool to keep local players within the Quinte region and gives the Dukes a chance to easily replenish their team after graduation of veteran players.

Other key points brought up in the meeting were improvements to the off-ice experience for players, the possibility of adding new amenities to the Essroc Arena, the hiring of a nutritionist, strength and conditioning coaches and the hiring of Chris Longo as skills coach for next season.

Uens encourages people to get involved in volunteering/working with the team and helping keep game days and daily operations running smoothly.

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For the full interview with Randy Uens, click below.

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Improving accessibility in Quinte Region

(Photo: Submitted/MP Neil Ellis)

On Friday, Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that Royal Canadian Legion Trenton
Branch 110 in Trenton has received financial support through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to update the
facility’s sound equipment and improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities.

Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from participating fully in all aspects of our

Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is committed to reducing these barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.


The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110 will be receiving up to $20,331 to help update their
sound system, allowing seniors who are hard of hearing to engage in their community.

Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through an annual EAF call for proposals.


Lockdown at Collins Bay

Collins Bay Institution Main Building.

A lockdown is currently in effect in the medium security unit at Collins Bay Institution.

The lockdown was put in place around 2 p.m. for staff to conduct what they call an “exceptional search”.

The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates.

Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Visits have been suspended until the search is completed.

Transit infrastructure funding for HL&A

Mayor of Loyalist Township Bill Lowry with Hastings-Lennox & Addington MP Mike Bossio. (Photo: Submitted/MP Mike Bossio)

The Government of Canada and the province of Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy – leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of over $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government. These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.

Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreational infrastructure; and rural and northern communities infrastructure.

Hastings-Lennox & Addington MP Mike Bossio with Deseronto Mayor Norm Clark.(Photo: Submitted/MP Mike Bossio)

Under the public transit stream, Loyalist Township will receive $898,526.94 in federal funding and $741,285.00 in provincial funding to support the transit line from Loyalist to Kingston, operated by Kingston Transit. The Town of Bancroft will receive $84,307.59 in federal funding and $69,554.00 in provincial funding for Bancroft Community Transit. The Town of Deseronto will receive $154,191.41 in federal funding and $127,208.00 from the province to support Deseronto Public Transit. Finally, the Municipality of Marmora & Lake will receive $41,208.20 from the federal government, and another $33,997.00 in provincial funding to support the Central Hastings Support Network Transit System.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, and enabling smarter and more efficient communities.


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