Northumberland gets new Warden

 

The new Warden of Northumberland County has been sworn in for the upcoming 2018 term.

Hamilton Township Mayor Mark Lovshin will take over for outgoing warden, Brighton Mayor Mark Walas, who led Northumberland County Council for the 2017 term.

Warden Lovshin says he is “energized and excited” to take over the position and complete the objectives outlined in the county’s four-year plan.

B-Sens burn devils with wild shootout victory

Belleville Senators forward Jim O’Brien takes a faceoff during a game against the Binghamton Devils, at Yardmen Arena, on December 13, 2017. (Photo: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators)

It was a wild Wednesday night at Yardmen Arena as the Belleville Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period and beat the Binghamton Devils 4-3 in a shootout.

The game was physical from the opening puck drop, with both teams frustrated by six-goal losses in their last outings and led to 148 minutes in penalties, which included a handful of fights, a slew of unsportsmanlike misconducts and a trio of game misconducts.

Belleville coach Kurt Kleinendorst told media post game he was proud of how his team stuck with the Devils, despite being down three goals and feels they were rewarded for that hard work late in the game.

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Kleinendorst added that he didn’t mind the grittiness of the game, but would like to see his team be more disciplined after the whistle and not take extra penalties.

Binghamton opened the scoring late in the first when Ryan Kujawinski knocked the puck off the stick of a Belleville defender and past Chris Driedger, for his first goal of the season.

The only goal of the second came with 15 seconds left in the frame on a goal mouth scramble, after a post-whistle Belleville penalty, with Blake Speers pouncing on the loose puck.

Binghamton would add one more, just 37 seconds into period three, when Kevin Rooney shook off Macoy Erkamps behind the Belleville net and wrapped around to beat Driedger on the backhand.

About five minutes into the third, Belleville broke a home scoring drought, which had lasted more than 136 minutes, when Filip Chlapik tipped a Jordan Murray point shot past Ken Appleby, cueing the B-Sens’ comeback.

Gabriel Gagne broke out of a crowd on the left wing side close to five minutes later and snapped a wrist shot between Appleby’s legs and then Ben Harpur found the goal with a seeing-eye wrist shot, with just over two minutes to play.

The B-Sens are 5-0 with Harper in the line up and he gave credit to his teammates for battling through a physical affair to pick up a much-needed two points at home.

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Belleville Senators defenceman Ben Harpur shows off the team’s “player of the game belt” during a post game interview, after a shootout win over the Binghamton Devils, on December 13, 2017. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Colin White had the only goal in the shootout.

Both Chris Driedger for Belleville and Ken Appleby for Binghamton made 32 saves on 35 shots against.

The game also marked the return of B-Sens captain Michael Blunden, who had been off with a serious hand injury since October and says this was the perfect game to get his legs back underneath him.

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Belleville Senators captain Michael Blunden battles in front of the net, during a game against the Binghamton Devils at Yardmen Arena, on December 13, 2017. (Photo: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators)

Next up for Belleville is a home match-up with the Manitoba Moose on Friday night.

It’s the team’s first ever Teddy Bear Toss and Toy Drive night, with fans encouraged to bring a stuffed toy to be thrown on the ice and collected at the first intermission.

Puck drop Friday is set for 7:05 p.m. but you can tune in to 800 AM CJBQ for all of the coverage, with the pre-game show starting at 6:50 p.m.

You can click here to read the full box score from Wednesday night and the highlights below.

Draft 2018 budget presented in Northumberland County

If approved by Northumberland County Council, taxpayers in that area could see an increase of 1.91%, or about $11 on the median home.

County staff presented the 2018 draft budget on Wednesday, totalling $124 million.

The budget also includes a Dedicated Infrastructure Levy of 0.3%, which will go directly to projects for maintenance and construction of critical roads and bridges.

Some of the projects included in the budget are the construction of a transfer station for organic materials, in advance of waste collection program expansion in 2019, launch of the design process for a new Trent River crossing in Campbellford and the planning, design and construction of a new joint paramedic/fire base in Trent Hills.

Councillors will now review the entire budget and will vote on the spending plan at the January 24th meeting.

GH Manufacturing donates another $25,000 to United Way

Staff at GH Manufacturing in Belleville presented a $25,000 cheque to the United Way of Hastings and Prince Edward, on December 13, 2017. (Photo: Submitted / United Way of Hastings Prince Edward)

Another workplace fundraising campaign is paying off for the United Way of Hastings and Prince Edward.

Employees at GH Manufacturing in Belleville presented the United Way with a cheque today worth $25,000.

The donation brings the company’s total contribution since 2008 to more than $250,000.

The United Way says as of last Friday it has raised close to 59% of its $1.97 million fundraising goal for this year.

The campaign wraps up on December 31st.

316 Loyalist College students leave programs after strike

Students supporting faculty on strike at Loyalist College, October 18, 2017 (Photo: submitted)

While thousands of students missed five weeks of classes, due to a labour dispute between unionized faculty and Ontario’s 24 colleges, including Loyalist, the majority of them are sticking with their programs.

The province has released the final numbers for students who accepted full tuition rebates following the strike, which ran from October 16th, until the government instituted back-to-work legislation on November 20th.

Across Ontario, 90% of students have decided to continue on with the shortened semester and at Loyalist 316 students, or 11.26%, decided to drop out and get their money back.

Students can also apply for the Student Strike Relief Fund and the college says it will make sure that all eligible applications are honoured.

Homelessness survey coming to Quinte area

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A pair of community groups is banding together to survey the homeless population in Hastings County.

The goal for the Community Development Council of Quinte and Bridge Street United Church is to get valuable statistics on the number of people in the region living in temporary housing, or sleeping without shelter.

Bridge Street United’s Steve Van de Hoef tells Quinte News they’ll be speaking to homeless members of the community in places that they usually receive social services, within Belleville, Quinte West, Centre Hastings and Bancroft.

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Van de Hoef says the church has been serving meals to people for over 20 years, but this program is about figuring out why people get into those situations in the first place.

The CDCQ’s Executive Director Ruth Ingersoll says the data will be passed on to upper levels of government, as they continue to develop provincial and national homelessness strategies.

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A community engagement survey will also go out to the general public when the program begins in April.

Blunden back as B-Sens host Devils on CJBQ

Belleville Senators captain Michael Blunden carries the puck during a game against the Laval Rocket. (Photo: Stephane Dube / AHL Images)

The Belleville Senators will get another boost to their depleted line up as they host the Binghamton Devils tonight.

Captain Michael Blunden  missed almost two months of action, due to a significant hand injury and will return to action tonight, after having pins removed from his hand and being cleared by doctors last week.

The 30 year-old forward has 277 points in 532 American Hockey League games and had one assist in four games played this season.

He also has 13 points in 126 career NHL games.

Last time the Devils were in the Friendly City on November 8th, the B-Sens picked up a 4-3 victory, thanks to a pair of goals from Jim O’Brien and a 25 save performance from Andrew Hammond.

Game time at Yardmen Arena tonight is 7:05.

You can hear the game and get full pregame coverage on 800 AM CJBQ, the CJBQ website, or the CJBQ smartphone app, starting at 6:50 p.m.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on Highway 62 near Stirling

Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash on Highway 62 this hour.

OPP say two cars were involved in the crash, near Foxboro-Stirling Road, just after 11 a.m.

No other details were immediately available, but traffic could be slow in the area of Highway 62 and Foxboro-Stirling Road, as crews work to clear the scene.

 

Father charged after not stepping in to break up son’s fight

A father and his son have been charged by OPP after a fight in Odessa, west of Kingston, on Monday around noon.

Investigators say the 16 year-old boy was involved in a fight with another youth, in a convenience store parking lot and his 49 year-old father stopped anyone else from getting involved, or breaking it up.

The 16 year-old is charged with assault, while the father is charged with counselling an offense.

Both were released on promises to appear in Napanee court in January.

Two car crash on Highway 37, north of 401

Expect delays if you’re travelling on Highway 37 just north of the 401 this evening.

Belleville Firefighters say there’s been a two-car crash, at the intersection of Casey Road.

Reports to Quinte News say at least one person had to be extricated from a vehicle and may be injured, but the extent of those injuries isn’t known.

OPP and Belleville firefighters are on the scene.

No other information has been released.

B-Sens spread festive spirit at QHC hospitals

Members of the Belleville Senators pose for a photo after singing Christmas carols and signing autographs for patients and staff at Belleville General Hospital. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

The Belleville Senators got into the festive spirit on Monday, visiting a number of units at both Belleville General Hospital and Trenton Memorial Hospital.

Wearing Santa and elf hats, players met with patients and staff, signed some autographs and sang Christmas carols to try and spread some holiday cheer.

Quinte Health Care’s Catherine Walker says the visit was a big morale boost for staff and patients and was an extremely meaningful event.

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Members of the Belleville Senators pose for a photo with staff from the Trenton Memorial Hospital’s Radiology Department, on December 11, 2017. (Photo: Matt Tidcombe / Belleville Senators)

B-Sens captain Michael Blunden says giving back to the community is one of the most important things the players can do away from the rink.

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It’s been a busy couple of community-oriented weeks for the team, which also recently made some visits to local schools and significant donations to the Quinte Children’s Foundation and the Gleaner’s Food Bank.

 

B-Sens crunched by Syracuse

Belleville Senators goaltender Danny Taylor is screened by Syracuse Crunch forward Michael Bournival, during a 6-0 Syrcuase win at Yardmen Arena, on December 9, 2017. (Photo: Jason Scourse / Belleville Senators)

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