Brighton museum closing

A museum celebrating our railroad heritage won’t be open this tourist season in Brighton.

Ralph and Eugenia Bangay opened the Memory Junction Museum back in 1993, and have
welcomed some 3,000 visitors a year to enjoy the various railroad artifacts dating from the very
beginnings of train travel.

However, the Bangays are getting on in years, and Memory Junction has become too much for them
to operate so it will remain closed this season.

Lynne Heeney, one of the Bangay’s children, says her father began collecting stuff at the age of 2.

memory junction

The Bangay family are hoping some person or organization will step forward to keep the Memory Junction Museum in Brighton rolling for many more years.

Bear up tree

Photo: Twitter / Monitoring Quinte /Chris McKeown

Hopefully, a black bear is now wandering in friendlier spaces after being removed from the Town of Greater Napanee last Saturday.

Napanee OPP responded, along with personnel from the MInistry of Natural Resources, after a bear was seen up a tree on Marilyn Street.

The bear was hit with a tranquilizer dart and was transported out of town to the wilderness.

There had been reports of a bear wandering around Deseronto before that.

Farms welcome refugees

Sign outside of Wellington mushroom farm. (Photo: Quinte News).

A group of Syrian refugees will be finding out what life’s like down on the farm in Prince Edward County Thursday(May25).

The County’s Community Development Department and Quinte Immigration Services have organized a farm tour for 30 refugees.

The day long bus tour will feature stops at four county agri-food operations in hopes that some or all of the refugees will find work and perhaps even settle in Prince Edward County.

Taking part are Highline Mushroom Farm, Norman Hardie Winery, Hillier Creek Estates, and Hagerman Farms.

Assault and break and enters

There were two break and enters in the same east end Belleville neighbourhood recently.

City police say homes on Woodland Acres and Chelford Crescent were broken into.

In one instance, a rear screen was pushed through and in the other a basement window was forced open.

Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon Belleville police dealt with a disturbance on Grove Street. A 22 year old city man faces charges of assault, mischief under $5,000. and uttering threats.

Building evacuated

Apartment building at 75 North Front Street, Belleville.(Photo: John Spitters / Quintenews).

It was a cold and sleepless night for tenants of a Belleville apartment building.

Just after midnight, the fire department was called to the 12 plex at 75 North Front Street as
smoke was seen coming from one of the apartments.

The building was evacuated and firefighters had the flames knocked down within 15 minutes.

Three people were taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The damage was contained to the one apartment and other tenants were able to get back inside around 4 this morning (Tuesday).

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stranded on bay

A CH-146 Griffon helicopter takes off from United States Coast Guard Air Station Miami, in Opa Locka, Florida during Exercise SOUTHERN BREEZE on February 9, 2017. (Photo: Corporal Bryan Carter, Royal Canadian Air Force).

A search in the Bay of Quinte for 3 men missing on a boat overnight ended happily.

A helicopter from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at CFB Trenton spotted the boat stranded on a rocky shoreline near Point Anne shortly after 3 o’clock this morning (Tuesday).

Along with 424 Squadron, the OPP and the Coast Guard were also involved in the search.

The 3 men had been missing most of the night.

Decisions on Picton parking

Parking pay station.(Photo: Quintenews).

The always thorny issue of downtown parking will be in front of Prince Edward County council tomorrow night (Tuesday).

A staff report recommends replacing the single parking space meters in Picton with pay stations similar to those now in use in the downtowns of Trenton and Belleville.

The rate for most downtown Picton spaces will be one dollar an hour.

Meanwhile, many members of the Picton Business Improvement Area would like to see 2 hour free parking.

Prince Edward County council meets tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock at Shire Hall.

More water bad news


Flooding on South George Street Belleville as seen from north.(Photo: Quintenews).

The weather hasn’t helped those dealing with steadily increasing water levels in Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.

Sandbagging and other preparations continue in many shoreline areas as the waters keep rising, as has been predicted.

However, the situation has become worse, as, according to Environment Canada and readings taken from CFB Trenton, 15.4 mm of rain fell in the Quinte region yesterday.

Flood warnings remain in effect for both the bay and the lake.

Flooding on South George Street looking north from the bay.(Photo: Quinte News).

Another missing girl from Belleville

14-year-old Krystal Rose Stewart of Belleville was reported missing early Saturday morning (May 20) and was last seen on Catharine Street. Photo: Belleville Police

On 20 May, 2017 at 7:30 a.m., police received a report of a missing 14 year old female from Belleville. The female was last seen at a Charlotte Street residence. Krystal Rose Stewart is described as approximately 5’2”, slim build, shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and was wearing black pants, a black tank top and colourful shoes. Stewart is of First Nations decent.

Police are also looking for Leigha Broadbridge, 14 years old. She was last seen on the 20th of May 2017 in the area of North Front Street. She is described as Caucasian, 5’5, small build, blue eyes, shoulder length brown hair with blonde roots and possibly wearing a black shirt, black coat and dark pants.

Investigation has led police to believe that Stewart and Broadbridge are still in the Belleville area and are possibly together.

Anyone with information about the youths is asked to call Belleville Police or Quinte Crime Stoppers.

Tyendinaga Mohawks remember

Matthew Fairman (left) and Tyler Maracle.(Photo: Quinte News).

The Skyway Bridge between Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Prince Edward County was closed to traffic for a while late last night (Sunday).

OPP and Tyendinaga Police sealed off the bridge as members of the community held a Celebration of Life for two young Territory men who drowned in the Bay of Quinte in May of 2015.

The Celebration of Life involved a fireworks display.

Matt Fairman and Tyler Maracle never returned from a fishing trip and their bodies were found near the Skyway Bridge.

The bridge is now open to traffic.

Host team hoists the RBC Cup – 3 Red Devils earn rings

The 2017 RBC Cup champion Cobourg Cougars.(Photo: Twitter / OJHL).

3 former Quinte Red Devils are in line for championshp rings after the host Cobourg Cougars beat the Brooks Bandits 3-2 in overtime to win the RBC Cup.

Napanee’s Ryan Casselman scored the game-tying goal late in the third period. He’s joined by former Red Devil teammates Mac Lowry and Josh Maguire and former Belleville Bull Jake Bricknell.

Weekend finishing wet

Sunrise as seen from the Bay Bridge, Belleville May 21/2017.(Photo: John Spitters / Quintenews).

Nobody would complain about the start of the 2017 Victoria Day long weekend in these parts, but there will likely be much moaning about the finish.

Both Environment Canada and The Weather Network predict rain through today (Sunday) and tomorrow morning.

It will be breezy as well.

High temperatures will be about 3 degrees below normal for this time of year.