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Motel mavens April Brown and Sarah Sklash are embracing their It Girl status with a Netflix reality show launched world-wide this fall. Motel Makeover follows April and Sarah, fresh from their success with PEC’s June Motel, to document the duo as they “Junify” a long-forgotten 70s relic in Sauble Beach into a retro-inspired, perfectly curated and Instagram-ready holiday hot spot.

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If you are a fair-weather cyclist who prefers the cooler temps and colourful landscapes that only fall cycling tours can bring, this is your season! A tour through Watershed country offers a variety of scenic routes, rough and ready trails, and more challenging destinations to suit your mood and fitness level. Our very own Micol Marotti shares her cycling tour around Port Hope in this issue’s Day Trip  and we’ve dug up a more in-depth look at cycling routes with Tom Cruickshank’s Backroads for Bicyclists from our Summer 2018 issue.

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Belleville-born Dr. James Collip, one of the great minds of Canadian medicine, will be honoured with a memorial to recognize his ground-breaking medical research. Dr. Collip worked alongside Drs. Banting and Best, who are credited with the discovery of insulin. Subsequent research performed by Dr. Collip and Professor J. J. R. Macleod helped to refine and purify insulin, which could then be injected into patients suffering from diabetes.

The unveiling ceremony and dedication of the Dr. James B. Collip Memorial and Reflective Gardens takes place on October 16th on Belleville’s Kiwanis Bayshore Trail. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Alison Li, a medical historian and author of the book JB Collip and the Evolution of Medical Research in Canada. Another important date in the life and times of Belleville’s most notable physician is January 23rd – commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first use of Dr. Collip’s purified version of insulin on a human diabetic patient.

photograph courtesy of Campbell Monument


Community journalism lost a good friend in August with the passing of Nancy Hopkins, the founder and publisher of Country Roads magazine. Nancy believed in celebrating the arts, outdoors, history, people and places in Hastings County, and Country Roads accomplished this with each issue. The magazine has now ceased publication, but we will not forget Nancy and her fine work.

photo by Haley Ashford and distributed
courtesy of Penword Communications


Cornerstone Connects – a secure, compassionate text or online chat portal monitored daily between 6pm and 6am – is a vital tool that helps women find resources, create safety plans and ensures women and their families can access the support and services they need. This is an important tool recently provided by Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre because as we all know violence can occur at any time, and the global pandemic has further isolated women and children who live in an abusive household.

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Quinte Arts Council’s Umbrella Arts Magazine reaches a milestone this year. They’re celebrating an impressive 30-year anniversary in 2021. This visually appealing arts publication started life as a tabloid newsletter and quickly evolved into a much-anticipated glossy publication telling the stories and sharing the work of the arts community in and around the Quinte region.

[Fall 2021 departments]