Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Author: Michelle Dorey Forestell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Matthew Grant will assume the position of Napanee CAO on June 17, 2024. Photo via Town of Greater Napanee.

Napanee’s new big city CAO looking forward to small town life

In just over a month, Matthew Grant will take on the role of Greater Napanee’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and “the small town vibe” is something he looks forward to. The Town of Greater Napanee announced on Thursday, May 2, 2024 that it had hired Grant and that he will

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VIA 643 from Ottawa-Toronto rounding the bend at Montreal Street in Kingston. Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Napanee’s morning commuters ‘derailed’ by VIA

VIA Rail recently restored a morning commuter train between Ottawa and Toronto, but it’s not “All aboard!” for Lennox and Addington County. When VIA triumphantly announced “the enhancement of services between Ottawa and Toronto” in a press release on Monday, Apr. 29, 2024, it spotlighted the new commuter Train 641,

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Hastings-Lennox and Addington Member of Parliament (MP) Shelby Kramp-Neuman has been named the Shadow Minister for Women, Gender Equality, and Youth. Photo supplied.

MP Kramp-Neuman reflects on being appointed Shadow Minister for Women, Gender Equality, and Youth

Hastings-Lennox and Addington Member of Parliament (MP) Shelby Kramp-Neuman is taking on a new challenge with a position in the shadow cabinet of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. On Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2023, Kingstonist caught up with Kramp-Neuman, who has been appointed the Conservative Party’s Shadow Minister for Women, Gender Equality,

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Children and youth enjoying the aquatics facilities at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston's West End Hub. The Napanee Aquatics Committee has been working on bringing a similar facility to their town, but with little Council support. Submitted photo.

Councillor’s dream of pool in Napanee is sunk by vote

Napanee Councillor Dave Pinnell continued his long-fought battle for an indoor pool in Napanee this week, but Town Council sank his hopes – again. On Monday, Apr. 15, 2024, Pinnell, on behalf of the Town’s Aquatics Committee, presented yet another formal request to Council for $15,000 to update a pool

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The Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee, seen here, will be known as 'Best and Bash Arena' beginning September 1, 2024. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell.

Napanee’s Strathcona Paper Centre to be renamed Best and Bash Arena

Move over, Slush Puppie Place — the Napanee recreation centre currently known as the Strathcona Paper Centre will be called Best and Bash Arena beginning September 1, 2024. The winning naming rights bid and name were revealed at the Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2024 meeting of the Council of the Town

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Inset photos (L to R): Aaron Ryan, Khadijah Courneyea, Harold Russell, Steven Courneyea, and Morgan Belyea. The five are charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old boy earlier this year. Large photo: Belleville Court of Justice building.

Accused murderers of Quinte West boy face new charges in Belleville court

Four of the five people accused in a Quinte West homicide earlier this year appeared in Belleville’s Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024, facing fresh charges. Justice of the Peace Leona Dombrowsky oversaw the proceedings via video conference. Steven Courneyea, Harold Russell, and Aaron Ryan appeared from

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On Friday in Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Fire Station No. 2 in Seeley's Bay. From left to right are Township chief administrative officer Steve Donachey, Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey, Coun. Brian Mabee, Coun. Jeff Lackie, Fire Chief Mike Prior, Mayor Croinna Smith-Gatcke, IDEA Engineer Dino Di Sano, MPP Steve Clark, Coun. Angela Kelman, Coun. Mark Jamison, director of operations and infrastructure David Holliday, Rob Nash and JCB supervisor Soroosh Sharifpoor. (KEITH DEMPSEY/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter) On Friday in Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Fire Station No. 2 in Seeley's Bay. From left to right are Township chief administrative officer Steve Donachey, Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey, Coun. Brian Mabee, Coun. Jeff Lackie, Fire Chief Mike Prior, Mayor Croinna Smith-Gatcke, IDEA Engineer Dino Di Sano, MPP Steve Clark, Coun. Angela Kelman, Coun. Mark Jamison, director of operations and infrastructure David Holliday, Rob Nash and JCB supervisor Soroosh Sharifpoor. - Keith Dempsey photo

Ground broken for Seeley’s Bay fire station

On Friday, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Fire Station No. 2 in Seeley’s Bay. Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke welcomed Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark, council members, TLTI firefighters, township staff and the public to the event. Also attending was

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Jay Bradley, seen here in a self-published video just days before his arrest, will have his case heard at a preliminary hearing in November 2024 by a judge in Napanee.

Preliminary hearing for accused Napanee arsonist set for November

The man accused of setting fire to and destroying the old York Street arena in Napanee will have his case go to a preliminary hearing in November 2024, almost exactly one year after his arrest. Jay Nelson Bradley was arrested on November 3, 2023 and charged with two counts of

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the media Monday April 8, 2024. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell.

Trudeau announces billions in military spending during visit to Trenton’s 8-Wing

Billions in new military spending announced Monday, April 8, 2024, is intended to protect Canada’s Arctic sovereignty and better the lives of Canadian Armed Forces members. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chystia Freeland and Defence Minister Bill Blair announced that Canada will invest $8.1 billion over the next

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