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Bank bails

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm   /   County News

Bloomfield protests, to no effect, CIBC’s branch closure It’s noon in the small, air-conditioned Bloomfield branch of CIBC. The 62-year-old branch only has one teller at the front desk, and she’s busy helping an elderly man. He’s rough looking, dusty, with a thin shirt, thick, grey beard and well-worn hat. The skin on his arms […]

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Safe schools

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm   /   County News

Uneventful meeting brings an end to school closure drama The boardroom at the Ann Street head office of the Hastings Prince Edward District School board was overflowing Monday night, with some waiting outside in order to hear board trustees vote on the final recommendations from the accommodation reviews that have dogged the entire school year. […]

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Midtown makeover

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 9:32 am   /   County News

As brewing industry grows, abandoned Wellington property transformed as brewpub If ever there had been weather designed for sitting on a patio with a cold pint of beer, this past weekend was it. It was fortunate timing for Midtown Brewery, the latest of a stream of new breweries and brewpubs to open over the past […]

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Flora and fauna

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 9:22 am   /   County News

Species inventory contributes to Canada’s “nature selfie” For a 24-hour period this past weekend, nature specialists accompanied by citizen scientists counted species of flora and fauna at the Miller Family Nature Reserve on the County’s south shore. Starting at noon on Saturday and extending to noon on Sunday, nature enthusiasts took an inventory of the […]

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Books by the bay

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 9:12 am   /   County News

Publishing cooperative serves County authors It can be difficult for an aspiring author to find a publisher for their work. Large publishers are facing the onslaught of ebook demands and typically look to established authors who will provide them with healthy sales figures, sometimes dropping lesser-known authors or withdrawing some of the precious few opportunities […]

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Say cheese!

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 10:15 am   /   County News

Crystal Palace hosts showcase of Canadian cheese Thousands of visitors poured in to Picton on the weekend for the seventh annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival. For two full days, cheese lovers could indulge in their passion, with hundreds of different cheeses available for tasting and purchase, as well as having a broad selection of wine […]

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Tough bill to swallow

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 9:50 am   /   County News

To balance low-income, small business needs, this doesn’t fit the bill Ontario Bill 148, dubbed the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, got its first reading in the Ontario Legislature last week. The bill is intended to amend the Labour Relations Act and to make income and employee rights more fair, especially for those in precarious […]

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Wild world

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 11:45 am   /   County News

How to turn outdoors into dinner To an outsider, Hibernum Farms may appear a little unkempt, in need of some landscaping. But when owner Rebecca Lamb and her friend, Lee Earl look at the property, they see a lush landscape of wild foods, ripe for the picking. Spend a morning wandering the tall grasses and […]

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No more time

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 10:42 am   /   County News

Trustees hear final comments before voting on school closures The end is fast approaching for the school board’s accommodation review process. Last Thursday, those affected by the Prince Edward area reviews had their final chance to communicate their concerns to trustees before the elected officials vote on proposed changes on June 19. To date, the […]

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Something to crow about

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 8:48 am   /   County News

Wilkins Mercantile harkens back to Loyalist roots In 1794, Robert Wilkins arrived in Carrying Place after being awarded 5,000 acres of land for his service to the Crown. Wilkins was a United Empire Loyalist who had fought and been wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War. He had […]

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