No kid should be left out

Members of the 2017 Quinte West YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Committee. From left to right: Ron Riddell, Manager of the Quinte West YMCA, incoming Chair councillor Mike Kotsovos, Chuck O’Malley, Gino Leone, Sue Korver, and outgoing Chair councillor Karen Sharpe.(Photo/John Spitters/Quinte News)

It’s been a YMCA Strong Kids weekend.  Saturday, the Belleville Y announced its goal for this year’s Strong Kids Campaign, at $180,000, and Sunday it was the Quinte West Y’s turn.

The goal for 2018 is $90,000, up from $85,000 last year.

Last year’s campaign surpassed the goal, raising almost $90,000

Outgoing campaign chair councillor Karen Sharpe said over 500 kids benefitted from Strong Kids last year.

Campaign committee chair this year will be councillor Mike Kotsovos.

Money raised in a Strong Kids campaign is used to help financially challenged families enrol their children into the programs and activities on
offer at the YMCA.

This year’s campaign is off to a good start with the presentation of a cheque for $17,525 from the Quinte West YMCA staff and Board of Directors.

The campaign also received $5,000 from the Oshawa based  family of Liam Morgan, a former Trenton Golden Hawks forward, who is now playing at Union College in New York State.  Golden Hawks players are offered free memberships at the Y.

Joe and Sandra Dibbits of Dibbits Excavating were recognized as being the top donors to the Quinte West Strong Kids Campaign in recent years.(Photo/John Spitters/Quinte News)

Long winter at an end

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Finally! Spring has sprung!

frogs in spring

Better late than never as we are now enjoying a stretch of bright sunshine and warm temperatures.

The mercury climbed to just over 14 degrees celsius Saturday and we’ll be up to 15 or 16 degrees tomorrow and Tuesday.

Get outside and enjoy.

A moving movie experience

(Photo: Quinte News / File)

Some patrons enjoying a movie at Belleville Galaxy Cinemas are in for a “by the seat of the pants” thrill.

Two rows of seating now feature D-BOX motion seats.

D-BOX Technologies says the seats can be coded to move in concert with the action on the big screen.

The seats were installed last Thursday.

Galaxy Cinemas Belleville is the 83rd location where Cineplex offers the motion seating.

Strong finish for Strong Kids

From left to right are Dave Allen, CEO of the Belleville YMCA, this year’s campaign Chair Kelly McKinney, Amanda Smith of the YMCA, Past Chair Sam Brady, and Jennifer McTavish and Claire Kennedy of the YMCA.(Photo/John Spitters/Quinte News)

No child should be left out of the fun and character building programs at the YMCA because of financial need, and that’s why the Y’s Strong Kids Campaign exists.

And the Belleville YMCA’s 2017 campaign was a resounding success as $205,000 dollars was raised, well above the $170,000 goal.

CEO of the Belleville YMCA Dave Allen told a large crowd along the shores of the Bay of Quinte in east end Belleville Saturday that every cent raised for Strong Kids goes to help financially challenged families enrol their kids into the various programs and camps that the Y offers.

The Chair of last year’s campaign, Sam Brady of the Belleville branch of CIBC Wood-Gundy thanked his committee for their hard work and praised the community for its support.

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This year’s Strong Kids Campaign goal is $180,000 and the Chair of the committee is Kelly McKinney of McDougall Insurance.

And it was surely a heart-stopping beginning to the campaign for 30 brave souls who voluntarily plunged into the ice cold waters
of the bay in the Y’s annual Polar Dip event.

CEO Dave Allen of the Belleville YMCA, who danced into the freezing water to the sound of ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man leaps into the arms of a Belleville firefighter during the Polar Dip event.(Photo/John Spitters/Quinte News)

The breathtaking shock was well worth it though, as a little over $13,000 was raised.


Lockdown at jail ends


A lengthy lockdown at a Kingston area prison is over.

Collins Bay Institution, a medium-security prison, has been in a lockdown situation since
April 13 as officials conducted what’s known as an “exceptional search” in an effort to keep
contraband out of the facility.

Collins Bay is now operating normally and visits are again permitted.

Collisions in Belleville

Belleville police officers had their hands full with vehicle collisions yesterday. There were 10 in all, most of them minor in nature.

Of note are two accidents occurring within 25 minutes of each other in the same general location at North Front Street and Bell Boulevard. The first collision occurred at 12 noon.

Both collisions involved drivers experiencing medical distress and paramedics had to become involved.

There were no charges in either accident.

Anger and danger in Belleville

A woman faces weapons charges after a disturbance in east end Belleville Friday morning.

Police officers responded shortly after 9 o’clock after reports of screaming and yelling coming from a residence. It was also reported that someone was armed.

Police arrived and arrested 36-year-old Alicia Ann Palmer. She was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon.

There were no reports of injury.

Ellis hospitalized

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis speaks at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. (Photo: Amanda Smith/ Quinte News)



The Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte riding is in hospital.

On Monday, Neil Ellis was hospitalized for an unknown medical issue.

An article from iPolitics says he was taken from his office on Parliament Hill to receive treatment.

A member of the family tells Quinte News that Ellis is expected to make a full recovery, however he is in hospital after an unknown medical issue.

Hops happening this weekend

Emily of Waupoos Premium Ciders pours a cold beverage for a patron at the 2017 Hops on the Water event in Trenton. (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

It’s all about local food, drink, and entertainment this weekend in Quinte West.

The second annual “Hops on the Water” event goes this Saturday from 11 to 7 in the Farmer’s Market
parking lot along the Trent River in downtown Trenton.

Enjoy live music, buskers, samplings from local craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and more.

More information and tickets available here.

Better information for immigrants

A website promoting the Quinte region as a great place for immigrants to come and build new lives is better than ever.

The provincial government has provided extra funding to allow more profiles, language translations, and marketing tools on the Bay of Quinte Welcome Portal.

Karen Poste is the City of Belleville’s Manager of Economic Development.

karen poste

The immigration website is supported not only by Belleville, but by partners Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Hastings County.

To see the Bay of Quinte Welcome Portal, click here.


You’re invited to do almost nothing!

Community Development Council of Quinte Executive Director Ruth Ingersoll. (File Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News))

Everyone is invited to a big charity dinner, but don’t expect any food and don’t expect to have to dress up and go anywhere or do much of anything.

The Community Development Council of Quinte is inviting people to its first annual “Non-Dinner, Dinner!”, the complete opposite of the ubiquitous fundraising gala.

Executive Director of CDC Ruth Ingersoll says the agency, which provides programs and services to people and families in Hastings and Prince Edward County, sees its “non-event” as a way to spread the word about what the Community Development Council of Quinte does.

All people have to do is pick up a formal invitation to the Non-Dinner, Dinner! or have one mailed to them.


Invitations are available at the CDC office on Station Street in Belleville or you can call them to have an invitation mailed to you.  The numbers
are 613-968-2466 or 613-847-3033.

Arrests, collisions, disturbances

The Belleville Police Service responded to 67 calls for service between April 17, 2018 at 5 a.m. and April 18, 2018 at 5 a.m.

Arrested on warrants

On April 17, 2018, at 10:21 a.m. an officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop on Cannifton Road. The driver of the car identified himself verbally as the owner of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver had provided a false name. Once his true identity was gleaned, a check revealed that he was wanted by the Napanee OPP on outstanding warrants. The 34-year-old Belleville man was arrested and turned over to the OPP. No charges arose from the traffic stop.

Traffic charges

On April 17, 2018, at 12:06 p.m. a vehicle was stopped on Wallbridge-Loyalist Road. A check revealed that the driver was a suspended driver. His licence plates had expired, and he did not have insurance for the vehicle. The 34-year-old Belleville man will appear in Traffic Court on May 7th, 2018.

On April 17, 2018, at 3 p.m. officers attended on Sidney Street in relation to a two-car collision. EMS attended and treated the parties for minor injuries. A 35-year-old Belleville man was charged with ‘following too closely’ under the Highway Traffic Act.


On April 18, 2018, at 1:06 a.m. police attended at a residence on Liddle Lane in relation to a disturbance. A 26-year-old Belleville woman was arrested for breach of the peace. Alcohol was a factor in this incident. There were no injuries.


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