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Volunteers can pose insurance risk, county council hears

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- Volunteers are important and make communities "more vibrant" an insurance representative told Hamilton Township councillors at their most recent meeting. But they have to be screened, trained and managed based on their skills, Robin McCleave said.

Anti-vaping legislation protestors picketed MPP Lou Rinaldi's Cobourg office Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 after doing the same at his Brighton constituency office. They included the co-owner of The Ecig Favourium in Port Hope Maria Duic and Stinky Canuck Trenton store owner Rowan Warrhunter (both left front) who both said vape advocates against parts of Bill 174 will go to Queen's Park Nov. 25 to continue the protest.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Vaping enthusiasts rally outside MPP's office

COBOURG -- Protestors against the part of Bill 174 regulating vaping in Ontario were waving signs at motorists on Division Street in Cobourg outside MPP Lou Rinaldi's office Friday after doing the same thing earlier in Brighton.Vaping should not be regulated as part of the proposed Bill's Smoke Free Ontario section, said spokesperson Rowan Warrhunt

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Northumberland County takes aim at Emerald Ash Borer

NORTHUMBERLAND -- The infiltration of the Emerald Ash Borer into Northumberland County is now being fought with a plan adopted by Northumberland County councillors at Wednesday's council session.The county chose option three, county spokesperson Kate Campbell said in an interview following the meeting.It deals with only county-owned lands, not priv

The Cobourg Police Service has made its entrance area dual purpose with couches, televisions, washroom facilities, etc. for homeless people needing overnight shelter. Administrative assistant Christine Zealand holds the door while an officer sits in a room with a view of the area on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 where up to seven people have used the new facility at the same time so far this year.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Homelessness on the rise in Northumberland County

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Homelessness in Northumberland County continues to rise, county councillors were told Wednesday.It's no surprise to people in the county social services and housing departments, or to those in outside agency like Green Wood Coalition in Port Hope that provides programming for the homeless and working to help put a roof over their

Five CCI students bring the "Morning Howl" 8-minute show and announcements to students at their Cobourg high school but their mobile television broadcast system is also bringing to students the world around them.At the controls on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 are (LtoR) Shane McGowan, David Noronha, Nathan Woodward, Graham Beer and Ben Storm.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Cobourg Collegiate Institute is on the air

COBOURG -- Students at Cobourg Collegiate Institute in Cobourg are attracting interest from other high schools because of their mobile broadcasting initiatives."Basically, we have a TV studio in the school," says grade 12 student Graham Beer, who also has one in his home using U.S.-based Black Magic Design equipment.Every morning, students includin

Northumberland County signs on for Giving Tuesday

NORTHUMBERLAND -- As a partner in Giving Tuesday, United Way Northumberland sought and received support from Northumberland County councillors this week to proclaim Nov. 28 that special day here in Northumberland.Last year across Canada, more than 5,700 people participated country-wide choosing from a variety of ways to give to their communities, s

PlanMac consultants Sean Decloux (L) and Mike Neumann hold a copy of the final design for the renovations and additions to the Gores Landing Wharf, a former federal government dock and park area, used in a presentation to Hamilton Township Council on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Gores Landing wharf coming in under budget

GORES LANDING -- The estimates for the final design and reconstruction of the Gores Landing Wharf and park area on Rice Lake are about $50,000 under the $409.000 budget, according to a presentation by PlanMac consultants, made to Hamilton Township councillors on Tuesday.Sean Decloux reported about the public meeting on the historic area project and

Fire damage is seen on Percival St. in Port Hope, Ont. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The blaze damaged a home and two sheds. VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Fire damages sheds, home in Port Hope

A fire on Percival Street near Percival Court in Port Hope early Wednesday destroyed a rear shed at 26 Percival St., melted the siding of the house at 22 Percival Court and damaged another shed at the rear of 28 Percival St.

New app helps Northumberland County residents track utilities

COBOURG, GRAFTON & COLBORNE -- Thousands of people in communities between Cobourg and Colborne can use a new app to manage their water and electricity consumption."All of Lakefront (Utility Services Inc.'s) customers can benefit from this app," Lakefront spokesperson Alexis Smith stated in a recent e-mail interview."Lakefront has 10,486 electric cu


Paramedics honoured for 20 years of service

Paramedic awards of recognition, the Governor General's 20-year exemplary service medals, were given to Northumberland paramedics Ed Dunk and Eric Lock at a recent county council meeting held Oct. 18 at the county headquarters in Cobourg.


ATV riders want access to more Northumberland County roads

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Northumberland County councillors will be asked during their monthly council session on Wednesday to extend the county roadways where it permits All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV).The new bylaw amends its current By-law #2016-54, passed after Trent Hills requested, and a county bylaw was passed the year before, to allow for "linkages on t

Hamilton Township finance director Paul Dowber takes council through the draft 2018 budget working papers on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at the township hall. The draft budget is premised on an almost 3% tax levy increase, utilizing reserves and other revenues to keep the increase to this level. After another session set for Dec. 7, the budget will come before council for approval Dec. 19, according to the published schedule. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Hamilton Township eyes 2.95% tax increase

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- Hamilton Township finance director Paul Dowber took council members through the draft 2018 budget "working papers" premised on a 2.95% tax levy increase over this year.While some decisions were made that expand the budget as suggested, final approval of the 2018 document isn't scheduled until Dec. 19.One such decision was to hi

Trent Hills Deputy Mayor Bob Crate, pictured herein 2016 in Hastings, will join Northumberland County Council to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan. VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY FILE PHOTO

County council to vote in new member: Trent Hills Deputy Mayor Bob Crate to step in

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Northumberland County councillors will vote Wednesday to accept the newly appointed Trent Hills mayor to its council.It is a formality.After receiving a letter from Trent Hills director of legislative services, J. Douglas Irwin on Nov. 8, that the Municipality of Trent Hills had appointed its Deputy Mayor Bob Crate to fill the vac

Dr. Kathleen Barnard-Thompson

Barnard-Thompson named family doctor of the year

WEST NORTHUMBERLAND -- A Cobourg-based doctor has received significant recognition from her peers.Dr. Kathleen Barnard-Thompson is a 2017 recipient of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Regional Family Physician of the Year Award."I am honoured to be recognized by my colleagues who are equally deserving of recognition for their tireless work

Negotiations to expand services into the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Eastern Ontario camp east of Cobourg in Hamilton Townshp is on hold awaiting more information, says the township's chief administrative officer Arthur Anderson.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Water beyond borders: Camp wants Cobourg services extended after province moves to see septic systems removed

COBOURG & HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- The Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp (LPC) is looking at options to meet the Environment Ministry's desire to eliminate individual septic systems at its Lake Ontario cottages, says local cottager Hugo Sonnenberg.The Ministry wants a "central community waste water treatment system," he stated in an e-mail interview."With the

SUBMITTED PHOTO Award winners Shauna Nelson (back row, from left), Curtis Jones, Winter Trapper, Ian van de Moosdyk and Elissa Foreman, and (front row, from left) Cameron Jones, Tessa Foreman, Haylee Surerus and Bretty Surerus gather at the Oct. 29 appreciation event held by the Roseneath Agricultural Society in Roseneath. People were recognized for their participation in the fair.

Roseneath fair honours volunteers, award winners

ROSENEATH -- Volunteers who participated in the Roseneath Agricultural Fair were honoured with an appreciation luncheon recently.Hosted by the Roseneath Agricultural Society, about 120 people attended the Alnwick Civic Centre next to the fairgrounds on County Road 45."Following an enjoyable meal served by Taylor Custom Meats and Catering, complimen

Northumberland Family Health Team, located in the Northumberland Mall, will receive $107,000 in additional base funding to support recruitment and retention, Northumberland MPP Lou Rinaldi announced Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The health provider will also receive $51,134 in additional base bunding and $8,000 in one-time funding to enhance quality and access to health care in the community. VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

New funding boosts Northumberland health care

NORTHUMBERLAND -- In addition to Northumberland Hills Hospital receiving an increase in base funding for its operations, two family health teams in Northumberland County have also received more money from the Provincial Government in the wake of huge demands on health care resources."Northumberland MPP Lou Rinaldi announced last week that the North