Stories from our past – June 24, 2021

Each week, the Gazette looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…


  • A deputation consisting of a joint committee of the Farmers’ Clubs’ Association Executive and the Picton Board of Trade waited upon the County Council, while in session last week, asking for aid to scheme to advertise Prince Edward.
  • The farming district around Hillier has not looked so promising in years. This the statement of a prominent and long time resident of the village is borne out on every cross road. The county is looking beautiful thesis last June days.
  • Ameliasburgh – The Ice Cream Parlors are attracting large crowds of people every Saturday evening, who come to enjoy music, and fireworks and enjoy the delicious ice cream served by a quartette of our finest young ladies, which proves quite a drawing card.


  • Picton United Church was well represented at the First Festival of Sacred Praise sponsored by the Session of St. Paul’s United Church at Stirling on Monday. The Festival had 140 entries in 17 classes from which the 9 separate Picton entries obtained 2 first, 3 seconds, 1 third, with the lowest mark received by any Picton entry being 83.
  • At Picton Rotary Club’s meeting Tuesday noon, Sheriff Herb Colliver reminded members of the visit to Picton Wednesday evening next week of the Training Command Band of R.C.A.F. This symphony band of over forty pieces will play at the Collegiate campus, with a silver collection to benefit the Crippled Children’s Fund.
  • Control of excessive speed of motor cars in the Town of Picton was the subject of two resolutions at Town Council’s session Tuesday. One backed the Police Commission as to enforcement by Police of speed limits set by Highway Traffic regulations, the other instructed a committee to secure prices for possible installation of “blinker lights” or “stop lights’, subject to approval of the Dept. go Highways.


  • Some Prince Edward County farmers this season are participating in the experimental growth of new pea varieties. According to Robert Cobbledick, fruit and vegetable specialist for the Ontario Department of Agriculture in Picton, 27 pea varieties have been planted on ten farms and 16 data fields sown.
  • Changes on Bowery Street from Mary St., south are among those approved by Picton Town Council last week for the Traffic and Parking bylaw. The idea came from Police Chief George Pitt who noted the street lacks a dead end sign and is also very narrow. He asked for no parking on both sides.
  • The Ontario Water Resources Commission will hold a public hearing in Picton June 29 to consider the designation of Prince Edward County as a water and sewage service area. Larry South of the OWRC’s Kingston office said the commission will make a presentation on existing water and sewer facilities in the county, then invite the public and politicians to give oral or written briefs.


  • Phase 2 Main Street reconstruction, from Talbot Street to Downes Avenue, has the Picton Public Utilities Commission and the Public Works Committee considering alternatives and recommendations for servicing the north side of Main Street, according to minutes of the Public Works Committee.
  • Provincial Agriculture Minister Lorne Henderson touched down briefly in Prince Edward County Tuesday night and managed to avoid some touchier issues that have focused attention on his office in recent months. 
  • Sophiasburgh voters will be going to the polls for the second time in less than a year as a result of a decision handed down Tuesday by County Court Judge John O’Flynn. The township’s three council seats are up for grabs and one of those who will be in the running is farmer Arnold DeVries whose disqualification from the local election race last fall resulted in the court action.