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Record home sales in December 2020 surpass 200 units sold, a new record
The Quinte & District Association of Realtors Inc. (QDAR) is a not-for-profit association that serves approximately 500 realtors in Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward, Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, Tweed, Brighton, Trent Hills, Colborne, and Deseronto areas as well as other adjacent communities. The Association provides a Multiple Listing Service System, ongoing continuing professional education courses, and related services for members.
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High Lake Ontario water levels to be released downstream, says IJC
Following several years of Quinte area waterfront owners calling for more water to released downstream from Lake Ontario to prevent spring flooding, the International Joint Commission (IJC) – the body governing lake water levels – said it will approve higher water flows.
Local women entrepreneurs celebrated
QUINTE WEST — International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated locally Thursday evening at the Trent Port Marina with more than 100 in attendance. Trenval and the Small Business Centre’s annual celebration focusing on the achievements of local female entrepreneurs featured keynote speaker Nancy Carroll (Burt’s Bee’s – The Clorox Company) who brought an inspiring message and shared her journey to becoming the business team lead for Burt’s Bees and sales strategy manager for Clorox Canada. Other featured speakers included Leslie Richards, Stephanie Rayton, Jennie Moore, Chanakan Kalapukdee and Dr. Aruna Alexander. The day has been celebrated for more than a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. The United Nations adopted the day in 1975. Centre For Workforce Development, Business Development Bank of Canada, Trenval, City of Quinte West, Quinte Economic Development Commission, Newman Insurance and Small Business Centre sponsored this year’s event. Trenval and the Small Business Centre has been participating in the event for the last six years. Trenval Business Development Corporation is one of the 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). CFDCs deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community. The Small Business Centre, managed by Trenval on behalf of the City of Belleville is funded provincially by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and provides business counselling, workshops and events to support start up and growth of businesses in Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington.
LTC event encourages farewell to frost
Technically speaking, spring is just around the corner, and like many, Lower Trent Conservation is ready to bid a fond farewell to the cold, blustery, wintry months. Those who are tired of hibernating, or just looking for something fun to do with the kids on March Break that won’t break the bank, Lower Trent Conservation invites residents to join them for the Farewell Frost Fest. This inaugural event is happening March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, just off Highway 30, north of Brighton. It’s the perfect opportunity to stave off those winter blues, connect with family and friends, and embrace the beauty of nature. Farewell Frost Fest features fun activities for people of all ages and is open to the public free of charge. Discover how forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, restores energy, promotes vitality, and freshens the senses as Lower Trent Conservation staff take attendees on a Winter Forest Bath guided hike. Test snowshoeing skills on a self-guided snowshoe adventure – snowshoes will be provided. Enjoy wildlife stories by the bonfire – there will be marshmallows for roasting too. Check out interactive displays, nature crafts for kids, and warm-up with a free cup of soup and hot chocolate indoors at the Goodrich-Conservation Centre. These are just a few of the highlights Lower Trent Conservation will be serving-up to celebrate the tail end of winter 2019. Lower Trent Conservation reminds those planning to attend to dress appropriately for weather conditions. For example, dress in layers and be sure to wear trustworthy winter attire such as coats, boots, hats, gloves/mitts, scarves and snow pants. Farewell Frost Fest is hosted by Lower Trent Conservation under the organization’s ‘Connecting KIDS with NATURE’ initiatives. While the event is completely free of charge, donations in support of their youth environmental education programming are welcome and appreciated.
Fundraiser comes up big for TMHF
During the past few months, Lorraine O’Quinn and her team have been working on a completely different theme to dress up an old concept. They organized a Down East Kitchen Party to raise money for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase a new CT scan machine. The O’Quinn Team spent countless hours canvassing many local business owners and local celebrities to garner support for this very worthy cause. Performances by Brandon Scott, Tyler Wilkinson, Chase Anthony, the Fiddleheads and other amazing local talents were the highlight of the evening. In short, the community stepped up big time. Those who know O’Quinn, know how much she has given back to the Quinte area over the years. She has been a Make-a-Wish Foundation wish granter to many local sick children, she has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Three Oaks Foundation woman’s’ shelter in Belleville, participated in events to support the local Heart and Stroke organization, just to mention a few. This past fall, the O’Quinn Team started the initial planning stages for the Down East Kitchen Party. They quickly realized the need to bring someone on board who also had a reputation for working their tail off for their community, so the phone call went out to former Quinte West councillor Duncan Armstrong, who in turn recommended inviting Leo Philips to join in, and so began the momentum. This “dress down” event couldn’t have had a better venue than the National Air Force Museum of Canada, where more than 200 attendees were able to roam around the exhibits, peruse the silent auction items and enjoy a wonderful buffet put on by Parsons Catering. A good time was had by all, and a total of $46,300 was raised for the hospital foundation. O’Quinn’s original goal was only $25,000. Major sponsors of this event were (GOLD) Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, KDA Law, Panelas Construction, (SILVER) Williams Hotels, Aleesha J Camp Professional Corporation, Jeffrey Murray Professional Corporation, Emmerson Packaging, CIBC, (BRONZE) Staikos Homes, CAA Travel, McDonald Homes, Lisa Thompson Group of RBC Dominion Securities, West City Honda, IOF, RBC Dominion Securities, Belleville Hyundai, Tipper Financial, Scaletta Group, Sioui Mitts Law, Howell Financial Group, Desjardins Trenton, Maxwell Paper. There were many more people who have donated items or their time to make this event the success that it was, and a full list will be on our social media sites. Very special thanks to Armstrong, Phillips, Michael and Sheila Hansen for all their drive and enthusiasm. They totally believed this would be a spectacular event from day one and put all their effort behind it.
Phillips to be honoured by QW chamber
A Canadian entrepreneur and local businessman will be recognized and honoured by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce next month. During its 2019 President’s Dinner and AGM on March 28, the chamber and local business community will pay its respects to this year’s Honourary Life Time Membership recipient, Mark Phillips. “It is our honour this year to recognize Mark Phillips with a Honourary Lifetime Membership,” stated Quinte West chamber president Amber Darling. “Mark is the embodiment of the Canadian entrepreneur, starting his first business at 13 years old selling comic books at school in Jamaica, immigrating to Canada to start with very little before starting his own business selling a variety of products from town to town until 1985 when he opened his first retail shop and started in the fireworks business. Thirty-four years later Mystical Distributing is the number one distributor of fireworks in Canada and now partners with four other companies to sell fireworks around the world. His contributions to Quinte West have made a real impact on our community and I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award.” Phillips is well known in the Quinte area for his company Mystical Distributing and the retail shop on-site in Trenton that sells fireworks, glow sticks, flags and a variety of other products. For the past several years, Mystical Distributing has put on — at a significant cost to the company — the largest fireworks show in the Quinte region during the Trenton DBIA Festival on the Bay. Phillips is also invested in other businesses in Quinte West including PropertyGuys.com, Trenton Self-Storage, Wooler Homes Ltd., and RUSH and has purchased or built numerous commercial and industrial properties in Quinte West. Phillips is a big supporter of 8 Wing Trenton and the personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces. Every year he puts out a Remembrance Day memorial display at his property on Sidney Street in Trenton, this past year it featured 2,600 Canadian flags displayed in the grass and a huge banner. This is just one example of his generosity, he also contributes to numerous events and causes including many area children’s foundations throughout the region and is a member of the Quinte West YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Over the years, Phillips has sat on numerous committees and boards and as a past Rotarian, he still supports the Rotary Auction by storing donations at his warehouse and delivered them to the event. “The efforts that Mark has made to make his local community a better place to live for everyone has been very impactful,” stated chamber manager Suzanne Andrews. “On top of being a very successful businessman he still finds the time to really give back to his community. Mark works hard but knows how to have fun and he is well known for his sense of humour that he uses on his road signs and to help raise money for his charitable work. Mark has helped out numerous other businesses in the area and is a true ambassador for the entire business community.” The Honourary Life Time Membership is awarded to local business people that have given freely of their time and expertise over the years to contribute to the growth of the community. Past recipients of this award are: Lt. General Howard Graham; Dr. W.A.L. McDonald; Wilf Wilkinson; Ian Darling; Doug Whitley; Eban James Sr.; Phil Panelas; Paul Tripp; Peter Davis; Rob Brown; Hugh O’Neil; Tom Kotsovos, John Williams, John Smylie, Paul Whitley and Mike Cowan. Those who would like to attend, tickets are available to the dinner and awards, which features a full course dinner by Occasions By the Bay and live music. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased online at www.quintewestchamber.ca or at the chamber office 613-392-7635.
Canadiens alumni game to benefit QW Youth Centre
The Quinte West Youth Centre has partnered with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team to host a fundraising hockey game at the Duncan Memorial Arena in Trenton. The game, scheduled for March 24, will consist of alumni players playing against players within the community of Quinte West. Some of the NHL Alumni to be present include Guy Lafleur (coach), Steve Shutt (coach), Guy Carbonneau, Francis Bouillon, Patrice Brisebois, Mathieu Dandenault, Stéphane Richer, Chris Nilan, Gilbert Delorme, John Scott, Sergio Momesso, John Leclair, Richard Sévigny, Keith Acton, Brian Skrudland, MarcAndre Bergeron, Glen Metropolit, Jocelyn Lemieux, Louis Leblanc and Arron Asham. All proceeds from this event will go toward Quinte West Youth Centre to be used for youth programming. As this is a community event, locals will have the opportunity to play against the former NHLers. Individuals sign up on a first-come first-serve basis. To earn your place on the team, a $200 fee is required as part of fundraising for the event. Also available is an opportunity to be an assistant coach alongside Guy LeFleur for $750. For superfans, there will be availability for the “Thrill of a Lifetime” in which two players are welcome to play with the Alumni Team for $500 per player. Tickets for the game are: • VIP Meet and Greet: $75 – Meet the players before or after the game. VIP seats will be behind the Montreal Canadiens Alumni bench. Also, have a chance to win an autographed memorabilia. • General Tickets: $25 • Standing Room Tickets: $15 The Quinte West Youth Centre is a successful charitable organization with a strong foundation that is supported in part by the United Way of Hastings and Prince Edward and the City of Quinte West. Now in its ninth year, the centre provides a safe, supervised place for youth to learn skills, find help with homework, find and connect with mental health and community resources, gain friendships and mentorship, access workshops, business skills, healthy eating/nutrition and a sense of belonging within their community. There have been over 25,000 youth visits to the centre since opening 2011.
Pink in the rink for cancer
QUINTE WEST — Cheerful fans wearing pink in support of women’s cancer research will fill the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens when the Trenton Golden Hawks lock horns with the Cobourg Cougars Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Pink in the Rink has raised more than $49,700 since 2014. Proceeds from the event will support women’s cancer research including, but not limited to, ovarian, breast, cervical and uterine cancer. “We’re looking forward to this year’s Pink in the Rink,” said Lola McMurter, community fundraising specialist at the Canadian Cancer Society Hastings Prince Edward & Brighton Community Office. “This is sure to be a sold out game. Thanks to events like this and the generous support of the local community, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is making a real difference in the lives of your family, friends and neighbours by funding the best cancer research and clinical trials that test new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.” The night will feature a Pick-a-Prize, as well as a silent auction of all the players’ jerseys and a $500 Via Rail travel voucher good for anywhere Via Rail goes. “This event could not happen without the continued support from Huff Estates Winery, Williams Hotels, Via Rail Canada and the Trenton Golden Hawks, official sponsors for Pink in the Rink,” McMurter said. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and free pink ribbons and tattoos will be available while supplies last. Tickets are being sold via the Golden Hawks website www.tickets.trentongoldenhawks.ca Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for children. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Those who want to know more about cancer, visit the website www.cancer.ca or call the toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333. “Huff Estates and Williams Hotels, our lead sponsors, are paramount to making this event a success and we are so thankful they come back year after year to help us out,” said Doug Kane, senior manager, Community at CCS. “And a huge thank you to John (McDonald, Golden Hawks’ director of hockey operations) and his team. This is year six and this year Pink in the Rink will surpass $50,000, which is an amazing community event. Thanks to the players for actually agreeing to wear pink and representing the CCS while they’re wearing pink and raising a ton of dough for it. “The money that’s raised at this event goes towards women’s cancers and we’ve seen over the course of the last six years an increase in support, obviously due to the money that we’re raising across the country, but this goes in that big pile of money that goes toward women’s cancers and we’ve seen dramatic results in increasing quality of life, increasing the benefit of treatment, increasing survival rates over the last two decades with breast cancer,” said Kane. “This event is a huge success in our mind and we want to make sure it goes on forever.”
Batawa Ski Hill raises $1,700 for TMHF
BATAWA – The goal of Batawa Ski Hill’s first Give Back Saturday event on January 19 was simple – raise funds and awareness for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF). This was achieved as the small hill with a big heart recently announced, with the help of skiers and snowboarders at the hill, the event was able to raise just more than $1,700 for the local hospital. “We are blown away by the generosity and heart of everyone who came out to help us give back to the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation,” stated Brian Diedenhofen, general manager of Batawa Ski Hill. “We are so thankful to each and every one who came out and were a part of this special day and helped us raise funds for such an important cause.” Throughout the day, Batawa Ski Hill pledged to donate five dollars of every lift ticket sold on January 19 to TMHF. The day was filled with fun for everyone who came out to help the hill support the local hospital. Skiers and snowboarders were able to help be a part of the cause by serving as judges for the return of Batawa’s annual Chili Cook Off. The competition saw Batawa Ski Hill’s Chef Nicholas take on the firefighters from Quinte West Fire Station 5 in Batawa and the Batawa Lions. In the end, Jae Cheyne’s famous chili took the championship and the Gus’ Chili Bowl trophy – marking the third time the local firefighters have taken the prize. People at the hill could also help support the hospital foundation through a special draw for a chance to win a pair of limited edition 70th Anniversary Elan Skis. The lucky winner of these special skis was Anthea Savidge. Elan Skis and Salomon Snowboards also came out for the day and hosted demos throughout the day, offering riders at the hill the chance to try out new gear on the slopes. “We are so excited to partner with Batawa Ski Hill on Give Back Day, “ stated Wendy Warner, executive director of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. “With Batawa so close to Trenton Memorial Hospital, we know that the residents use our hospital and rely on the staff and medical equipment we have here. “This event helps up raise funds for life-saving medical equipment which is not funded by the government.” The hope is to see Give Back Saturday continue on into the future of Batawa Ski Hill and help raise both funds and awareness for the local hospital and its foundation.