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Kim Rudd

Federal budget gets mixed reviews

Some are calling it no budget at all – but the mayors of Port Hope and Cobourg aren't saying it that strongly.

Northumberland County's chief administrative officer Jennifer Moore tries some blueberry-and-basil soda developed by Bree Seeley of the County Yum Club, Prince Edward County, who is working with the Agri-Food Centre in Colborne. Single-can servings will be manufactured this spring, Seeley said. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Taste-testing in Colborne declared a success

The growing success of Northumberland County's Agri-Food Venture Centre was evidenced by a wide variety of food, condiment and beverage developers offering free samples at the Colborne facility this week.

Part of a large herd of sheep graze in a field on Academy Hill Road near Ste. Anne's Spa in Grafton. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Grazing time in Grafton

Part of a large herd of sheep graze in a field on Academy Hill Road near Ste. Anne's Spa in Grafton.

Brighton's Chris Auger of "E" has developed his home-based, tea-based, ready-to-drink carbonated beverages to the point that his company is going into production at Northumberland County's Agri-Food Adventure Centre in Colborne this May. He was among a wide-ranging number of food, condiment and drink entrepreneurs sharing their freshly developed savoury wares at a taste-testing event hosted by the centre Tuesday night. Debbie Fitzerman gave a thumbs-up to the orange-flavoured nitrogen-infused tea she was sampling, as the crowd swelled to about 300 by 8 p.m. See more photos and a story about the developing companies in Friday's newspaper. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Thumbs up at Agri-Food Centre taste-testing

Brighton's Chris Auger of "E" has developed his home-based, tea-based, ready-to-drink carbonated beverages to the point that his company is going into production at Northumberland County's Agri-Food Adventure Centre in Colborne this May. He was among a wide-ranging number of food, condiment and drink entrepreneurs sharing their freshly developed sa

Alnwick/Haldimand councillors accepted a water report for the Grafton system at their most recent meeting after discussing an investigation into natural occuring ammonia into one of the two wells. An RFP is to undertake the work. Pictured, from left, at the council session held in Roseneath are Deputy Mayor Gail Latchord, administrator Terry Korotki, Councillor Bernadette Murray, Mayor John Logel, clerk Robin van de Moosdyk and Councllors Sherry Gibson and Ray Benns. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Elevated levels of ammonia in Grafton water well

A tender will be going out soon to investigate elevated levels of ammonia in one of the Grafton Communal Water System's two wells, Alnwick/Haldimand councillors discussed at their most recent meeting.

Fire Chief Kelly Serson told Hamilton Township councillors this week that tightening up on fire setting within the municipality has reduced the numbers and associated complaints. As of this year, no fires can be set without a permit. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Council updated on fire-protection news

The number of open-air fires and other fire incidents has dropped to 18 in 2016, from 26 in 2014, illustrating the positive impact of tightening up regulations around setting fires in Hamilton Township, Fire Chief Kelly Serson told councillors this week.

Work is underway on Cell 1 of the LLRW facility in Port Hope. Submitted photo

$100-million LLRW storage details released

The same Toronto-based contractor who began building the first cell of the new low-level radioactive waste facility in Port Hope for $16-million last year is doing the next three cells, plus operating the site, with a further $100-million contract.

Green Wood Coalition members Renee MacDonald (left) and David Sheffield presented Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd with postcards from 210 Northumberland County residents asking that the upcoming federal budget contain help for the homeless. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Federal funding for homelessness sought

Northumberland County residents who signed 210 postcards asking for more resources for homeless people will be watching the federal government’s budget coming down today with a special interest.

The Immel House in Grafton. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today file photo

Immel House ceremony planned for May 26

Plans continue to be made for the grand opening ceremony of the Immel House in Grafton as part of Alnwick/Haldimand Township’s Canada 150 celebration.

Janet Irvine

Mental health referrals on the rise

Hamilton Township was the only municipality in the county to respond to a request from the Northumberland Counselling Centre, executive director Janet Irvine told councillors at their meeting last week.

Complaints about a brush fire from residents, including Edward Lacika of Forest Hill Drive, are prompting Hamilton Township to rewrite its fire permit bylaw. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today

Hamilton Township residents voice concerns about brush fire

A brush fire that burned eight hours to heights reaching an estimated 30 feet at times, and sending smoke billowing into two Forest Hill Drive homes, was the reason Edward Lacika and Ron Smith went to Hamilton Township council last week.

Early Years surveys on through March 28

As the provincial government looks to change the roles of early learning and associated services, a county spokesperson said, families in Northumberland County are being surveyed.

Spring ahead with seed exchange

It may look like winter is continuing, but people meeting Saturday in Cobourg are focusing on the spring ahead with a seed exchange.

Under Northumberland County Warden and meeting chair Mark Walas, county councillors decided against providing tax relief to county farmers, although he supported doing so. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

County votes down farm tax relief

Despite two impassioned pleas by a pair of rural mayors and the support of Northumberland County's warden, a recorded vote resulted in no tax-ratio relief for Northumberland farmers this year.

Complaints about a brush fire from Edward Lacika of Forest Hill Drive are prompting Hamilton Township to rewrite its fire permit bylaw. VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

Township will review fire-permit bylaw

A brush fire that burned eight hours to heights reaching 30 feet at times, sending smoke billowing into two Forest Hill Drive homes, was the reason Edward Lacika and Ron Smith went to Hamilton Township council Tuesday afternoon.

Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd was joined by Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson Tuesday in council chambers, as he announced the municipality will receive a total of $25,000 to build an outdoor leisure park to allow seniors to participate in such activities as checkers, gardening and shuffleboard. Additionally, the municipality will upgrade the air-conditioning unit at the Ruth Clarke Centre to allow seniors to continue to enjoy tai chi, line dancing, card games and cultural activities. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today/Postmedia Network

Rudd paints the area green with funds

NORTHUMBERLAND —Northumberland MP Kim Rudd covered the west end of Northumberland with money Wednesday, handing out funding for young and old alike.