Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


Contract awarded for new joint facility in Roseneath

After celebrating the official opening of the new joint municipal fire/county ambulance facility in Cramahe Township earlier this year, Northumberland County councillors have awarded a RFP for a similar joint venture in Alnwick/Haldimand and agreed to pursue the same thing in Trent Hills.

Hamilton Township council has voted down leasing a site at Baltimore Park for the erection of a telecommunications tower by a private company, as recommended by township staffer Trevor Clapperton in a report overseen by township CAO Arthur Anderson (left) and treasurer Paul Dowber (right). VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Hamilton Township won’t lease site for tower

Negative feedback from residents is the main reason Hamilton Township council decided this week against leasing a site at the Baltimore Park to permit SBA Canada to erect a telecommunications tower.

Matthew Wilson gave a persuasive presentation to Northumberland County councillors Wednesday to support the Association of Municipalities of Ontario proposal that sales tax be raised to 14% and the extra one per cent be shared by lower tier and county/regional governments to fund infrastructure and services. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Northumberland County council supports sales tax increase

Upping sales tax to 14% on goods and services from the existing 13% to generate more revenue to pay for county and municipal services and infrastructure was supported by Northumberland County councillors Wednesday.

Hamilton Township Deputy Mayor Gary Woods asked council to get behind informing the public, and councillors too, that they have until July 31 to tell the provincial government what regulation they want concerning recreational marijuana. He provided this information sheet to council Tuesday. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Cannabis survey deadline July 31

Former police officer and Hamilton Township Deputy Mayor Gary Woods asked that council support letting people know that the consultation period for matters surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Ontario is fast approaching.

Richard Ovcharovich

Increased amount of mosquitoes increase risk of virus

Rainfall and temperature may be responsible for there being more mosquitoes around this year than last, says a health inspector with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi outside of his Cobourg office. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Local parties organizing nomination meetings

With the next provincial election less than a year away, just two potential candidates have announced their aspirations to represent their respective parties in the new riding of Northumberland-Peterborough South.

Hamilton Township property owner needs road access

Hamilton Township Councillor Scott Jibb and its former building official is advising a property owner wanting to build a retirement house to look at creating a long laneway as opposed to upgrading a seasonal township road for access.

Ice River Green has bottles made from 100% recycled, post-consumer green bottles like ginger ale, 7Up and Perrier. SUBMITTED PHOTO

New water-taking fee will add big costs for companies

A letter-writing campaign to stop the whopping 13,500% increase in water bottle companies’ provincial water-taking fees started with workers worried about the impact on their jobs, says Grafton’s Ice River Springs co-owner Sandy Gott.

Visitors get welcomed into a garden

Monarchs were the big attraction at Kathryn McHolm’s In a Garden art and gardening event in Welcome this past weekend.

Dressler bursaries presented to area students

A new bursary was added this year to the four which have been given out annually to area high school students from the Marie Dressler Foundation and Vintage Film Festival over the past 25 years.

Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan

Campbellford bridge plans move ahead

The more than $16.5-million construction costs for a new bridge to cross the Trent River in Campbellford is a major undertaking in Northumberland County’s transportation plans – and phased construction will begin in five years.

Limelight Advertising & Design's employee and gardening manager Craig Smith (left) and company owner Peter Gabany (right) stand in the midst of a local Punk Rock Produce Community and Demonstration Garden producing food for free for the Northumberland Fare Share food banks this year. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Punk Rock Produce garden program is growing

The Punk Rock Produce Community and Demonstration Garden that sprang up on John Street in Port Hope last year is expanding – not only with other food-bank supporting gardens in the area, but around the world.

McHolm welcomes you to In A Garden

Longtime Welcome resident, gardener and artist Kathryn McHolm is opening her garden to the public for the 24th year this weekend.

Caroline Thornton

Rural Representation will reflect and regroup

“Absolute shock” is how the spokesperson for a Port Hope citizens’ group describes a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning a trust fund and residents of the former Hope Township.

Northumberland District ATV Rider Club president Mike Ainsworth (left at presenters table) and member Allan Knott are lobbying rural municipalities in Northumberland to establish a bylaw to permit ATVs on roadways. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

ATV road access debated in Hamilton Township

A presentation to allow ATV riders to use roadways to reach trails, fuel, accommodation, restaurants and other businesses in Hamilton Township got mixed reviews from the councillors Tuesday.

Local MPP Lou Rinaldi (at podium) and MP Kim Rudd (seated, right) were part of the official groundbreaking ceremony of a mixture of affordable and market housing at 86 Munroe St. in Cobourg to be providing housing within a year. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Groundbreaking ceremony for new affordable housing

The official groundbreaking for affordable and market housing development (a total of 31 units at 86 Munroe St., Cobourg) took place with all levels of government and the private developer attending the event Monday morning.

ATV club lobbying rural municipalities for bylaws

The Northumberland District ATV Riders Club is lobbying local rural municipalities to implement specialty bylaws to establish a continual trail across the county that includes roadways.