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LUKE HENDRY/The Intelligencer Quinte Health Care president and CEO Mary Clare Egberts reports to the board at Belleville General Hospital Tuesday in Belleville.

Progress with wait times

Wait times at Quinte Health Care hospitals continue be an issue, but the corporation’s board has heard progress is being made in some areas.Board members received details Tuesday in a regular meeting at Belleville General Hospital.They discussed what’s known as a balanced scorecard, a report produced each fiscal year to track performance in specifi

Jonathan Ludlow/The Intelligencer Timothy Boyle and Aaron McKinney high-five as they complete the Roblin Lake Swim. The Roblin Lake Swim for Strong Kids took place Tuesday in Ameliasburgh. Participants swam or paddled three kilometres across Roblin Lake and back to raise funds for YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, a campaign designed to raise funds and resources to eliminate barriers preventing children from participating in YMCA programs.

Diving in for a great cause

Just a day at the beach.As part of the YMCA Strong Kids campaign, YMCA members, family, friends, and people in the community dove into the water to take part in the Roblin Lake Swim for Strong Kids.The Strong Kids Campaign is a program run by the YMCA that works to get rid of the roadblocks that prevent children and families from participating in a

Albert Maracle of Deseronto is celebrating after winning $7 million in the June 16 Lotto 6/49 draw. Since its launch in June 1982, Ontario Lotto 6/49 players have won more than $12.2 billion, including 1,356 jackpot wins and 242 guaranteed $1 million prize draws. The winning ticket was purchased at IDA on Main Street in Deseronto.

$7 million man

Albert Maracle of Deseronto is celebrating after winning $7 million in the June 16 Lotto 6/49 draw. Since its launch in June 1982, Ontario Lotto 6/49 players have won more than $12.2 billion, including 1,356 jackpot wins and 242 guaranteed $1 million prize draws. The winning ticket was purchased at IDA on Main Street in Deseronto.

INTELLIGENCER FILE PHOTO Coun. Egerton Boyce feels approving a $135,000 boost in the city's Facade Improvement Fund from the casino reserve fund is the right thing to do to continue the momentum of improvements to Belleville’s downtown.

Facade program gets funding bump

Downtown Belleville is bouncing back thanks to millions of dollars in investment over the past few years.To keep the momentum going with one of the revitalization project’s major success stories, council approved a $135,000 financial boost to the facade improvement fund at Monday’s meeting. However, it wasn’t a unanimous decision as several council

Submitted photo The Belleville General Hospital Foundation unveiled Heroes and Villians as the theme for this year’s gala event. The annual fundraiser will take place Sept. 22 with all funds raised going toward the purchase of needed medical equipment at Belleville General Hospital.

Heroes required for gala

Local super heroes are being called upon to help the Belleville General Hospital Foundation.‘Make a heroic impact on our mission of supporting better care at BGH’ was the sentiment expressed by officials from BGH Foundation when they announced the theme for the this year’s gala – Heroes and Villains. The annual fundraising event takes place on Satu

Intelligencer file photo MPP Todd Smith said his party, following its swearing in Friday, will fight after the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) issued a Notice to Proceed for wpd Canada’s White Pines project in Prince Edward County.

IESO’s permit to proceed to be challenged: Smith

There is no shortage of anger here after it was revealed the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) issued a Notice to Proceed for wpd Canada’s White Pines project during the provincial election campaign period.Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith said he is furious and vows his government will be taking “appropriate” action after the Progressive C

Second degree murder charge; mischief

Second degree murder chargeQUINTE WEST — A 45-year-old Quinte West woman has been charged in the fatal collision of a pedestrian earlier this month.Monday, members of the Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and East Region OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of Detective Inspector Rob Matthews, Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), arrested

TIM MEEKS/THE INTELLIGENCER City council finally passed its active transportation bylaw at Monday's meeting, establishing set fines and enforcement for the use of bicycles, e-bikes, in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards and Segways throughout Belleville.

Bylaw built for pedestrians

Belleville now has an active transportation bylaw that should keep pedestrians safer in the downtown core, says Coun. Egerton Boyce.The active transportation bylaw was established to regulate bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, e-bikes, Segways and other conveyances drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of muscular power in the C

Luke Hendry/The INtelligencer Buddy, an eight-year-old Shih Tzu, surveys Belleville's George Street boat launch with his owner, Cheryl Boyle, of Belleville Monday. The waterfront was busy as the week began with a clear, sunny sky. Expect more of that this week — with the exception of rain Wednesday — as summer takes hold.

Summer forecast more seasonable than 2017’s

A hotter July and a more typical August are in Environment Canada’s summer forecast for Quinte.“Generally it’s looking to be more of a summer than we had last year,” warning preparedness meteorologist Geoff Coulson said.Quinte residents should expect more heat and humidity this summer than in 2017, he said, but not to the extent felt in 2016.“July

Courtesy County of Prince Edward Archives History will come alive this summer thanks to the guided tours in Picton. The 90-minute tours will delve into the region’s history.

Picton’s history comes alive with guided tours

Imagine a village once named after a British customs clerk in Boston, Benjamin Hallowell, who was forced to make a run for it when mobs threatened to tar and feather him during the American Revolution. Later, that same community was renamed after a Welsh soldier, Sir Thomas Picton, once described by British military hero Lord Wellington as a “rough

BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER Martha Griffin (left) and Irene Hiebert of the Canadian Federation of University Women sit in one of the gardens on County Road 3 (Rednersville Road) featured in the 19th Annual Town & Country Garden Tour on July 7. The tour features three gardens in the County and five are in Belleville’s old east hill.

Gardens grow education

It promises to be a great day to come out, smell the flowers and help send a kid to school.The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Belleville and District will hold its 19th Annual Town & Country Garden Tour on Saturday, July 7, featuring a trio of Prince Edward County gardens and another five on the north end of the Norris Whitney Brid

Lower Trent pledges wetlands protection

At its June board meeting, Lower Trent Conservation pledged $15,000 to help purchase 2.5 km of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline habitat along Presqu’ile Bay. Along the shore of this 231-acre parcel is an intact coastal wetland, which forms part of a large, provincially significant, wetland and the Presqu’ile Bay Important Bird Area.Coastal wetlan

Intelligencer file photo Cyclists take off to start the PwC MS Bike fundraising last year in Picton. The fundraising event is scheduled to return to Prince Edward County next month.

Cycling for a cause

More than 200 cyclists are expected to hit the scenic streets of Prince Edward County next month for the PwC MS Bike ride.The annual event raises money for multiple sclerosis research.Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated one in 385 Canadians living with the disease. MS is a chronic, often disabli

LIBRARY LINE: Summer fun easy to find

It’s hard to believe that school is almost out, but don’t worry, the Belleville Public Library has lots of fun activities to keep your children entertained and engaged all summer long.The TD Summer Reading Club kicked off on June 16 and will run until August 16. Children ages 2 to 12 can register for this fun program and receive a free reading kit.

A group of gentlemen check out some of the wine selections at Uncork Canada at Crystal Palace in Picton on Saturday.

w88Việt nam A world of wine in Picton

It was a wine-lover’s paradise at Picton’s historical Crystal Palace on Saturday as Uncork Canada celebrated its fourth year.The annual fundraiser, supporting both the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s new hospital fund and Rotary Club of Picton community initiatives, featured more than 700 wines from the All Canadian Wine Champio

BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER Pictured are members of the Eco Team at Holy Name of Mary Catholic School in Marysville. The school has received its platinum designation from the Ontario EcoSchools for the first time after receiving gold for five consecutive years.

Area elementary schools turn green to platinum

This is a story about two country schools where students and staff alike care deeply about the environment.So deeply in fact, much of the day-to-day activities at both the Holy Name of Mary Catholic School in Marysville and St. Mary Catholic School in Read centre around minimizing both schools’ carbon footprint.With less than 100 students at both s

BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER Jackie Tapp, president of the Belleville Farmers’ Market Association and her son Anthony visit with another vendor on Saturday morning. Tapp said vendors are perservering through a tough construction period.

Vendors try to stay positive

It’s not a perfect scenario but vendors at Belleville’s Farmers’ Market are making the best of a tough situation during construction in the city’s centre.With much of the southern portion of the downtown core torn up for the City Centre (downtown) Revitalization and Redevelopment Project, vendors are dealing with a host of problems this summer as t

Car in river; impaired charge

Vehicle ends up in riverThree passersby are being credited for assisting a 56-year-old city woman whose vehicle ended up in the Moira River Sunday evening.City police report it was 5:30 p.m. when emergency personnel were dispatched to Cannifton Road just south of the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre for a vehicle that had been driven into the Moir

Tim Miller/The Intelligencer Members of 436 Transport Squadron march through Bain Park on Friday in Quinte West. The squadron recently added the Afghanistan Battle Honour to its colours.

Squadron adds battle honour

CFB Trenton’s 436 Transport Squadron has been officially honoured for its role in aiding both Canadian and allied troops in Afghanistan.On Friday, members of the squadron showed off the addition to its colour (ceremonial flag) of the Afghanistan Battle Honour in a ceremony near the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Bain Park. The honour was just