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Picton Homes Redux

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Picton, red brick, renovations, restoration, Prince Edward County

Photography by Daniel Vaughan When Bad Things Happen to Good Houses Appreciating our built heritage is easy. Preserving it is another matter. The subject of heritage listing and designation arises – often too late – when a significant older building is demolished or renovated beyond recognition. The Ontario Heritage Act came into effect in 1975;… Read More

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Lesley Bonisteel’s Old Church Theatre

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Old Church Theatre, Lesley Bonisteel

“The church closed in 1972 and sat empty for close to 20 years,” said Lesley. “It was in rough shape, and Dad was approached to see if he might want to keep it standing, and he did but he had no real purpose for it. We spent a while doing renovations, and always had our family Christmas and News Years parties here. When neighbours asked, he would give them the keys and let them use it for Christmas pot luck or for actors to practice there.” Read More

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Beclawat Manufacturing

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Beclawat, Canadian Coast Guard

Beclawat, on Hanna Court in Belleville, recently celebrated its 105th anniversary. Conceived in London, England in 1912, its unique name stems from the founding members – Beckett-Laycock-Watkinson. Then, as now, it had a strong focus on designing and manufacturing windows for the transportation industry. Read More

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Kitchen Table Talent

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Lynn VanderHerberg, artist

David has some explaining to do. He’s in a bit of a spot. He made Lynn VanderHerberg weep and her vast network of family, friends, and fans won’t take kindly to that. Lynn first met David as a teenager. It was love at first sight. She cried then, and when they reunited years later, she openly wept. Read More

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Dahlia May Flower Farm and Floralora Flowers

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Dahlia May Flower Farm

Believing in community rather than competition, Melanie sees the path ahead with clarity. “I want to stay in my own lane, do what I do, and attract my own customers; those who are right for me. My job is to find customers interested in sustainably grown heirloom flowers. We’re not in competition with other florists. There’s lots of business for all of us. We all have a niche, and we can all work together. I’d love to work with a florist who wants locally grown flowers.” Read More

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Signposts – Trent Port

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Trent Severn, Quinte West, Lindi Pierce

An historic Trenton company, the Trenton Cooperage Mill, founded 1908, once occupied the Trent Port Marina area. The mill produced barrels for the export of apples to England. Old photos show booms of logs floating offshore, acres of stacked lumber, a sawmill and planing mill with tall smokestacks, freight sheds, and railway shunting yards. Read More

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Saitarg Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay

When I asked him how he came to be in the County, he explained that three years ago, Neetha spotted a house she loved in a real estate ad. “Where is it?” Linwood asked. “Prince Edward County,” she said. “Prince what?” he replied. “They’ve got wineries and festivals and restaurants and this great beach.” Read More