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Summer food insecurity sparks massive community response for kids

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Summer food insecurity sparks massive community response for kids

The anxiety some students were feeling about not having enough to eat during the summer months, without school lunch programs, has resulted in an unprecedented community response to combat the worry of hungry children.

Just over four months ago, after hearing this news from a colleague, Aisha Malik, a public health dietitian for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) took action.

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Lieutenant Governor says we can ‘absolutely’ eliminate poverty

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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario says we can ‘absolutely’ eliminate poverty
Dowdeswell was making her first-ever trip to Kawartha Lakes and met with Mayor Andy Letham and other community leaders.

Declaring that all of us are vulnerable to changing life circumstances, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell says we can “absolutely” end poverty as we know it if we choose to do so. Dowdeswell was making her first-ever trip to Kawartha Lakes and met with Mayor Andy Letham, as well as local Federal MP Jamie Schmale, a number of councillors, business people, and other community leaders, to talk about tourism.

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Advocate expands with surge of support across City of Kawartha Lakes

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After seeing an advertisement in a magazine, 46% used or planned to take action.

The Lindsay Advocate is expanding as the independent magazine rides a wave of community support from across Kawartha Lakes. The Advocate  expands as our sixth print issue is in progress, offering even more unique, local content with more pages and more distribution areas, thanks to the growing support of our advertisers.

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Kawartha Lakes Pride picnic draws hundreds to Victoria Park

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Kawartha Lakes Pride picnic draws hundreds to Victoria Park
Pride picnic organizers, Carrie Pearson and Matthew Maddox.

A little rain, a little sun gleaming through. It was perfect rainbow conditions for the fourth annual Kawartha Lakes Pride Picnic, held Saturday in Victoria Park, and though no rainbows formed overhead, they were everywhere at the picnic — on banners, clusters of balloons, this year’s t-shirts and even painted onto children’s cheeks.

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Kawartha Lakes Vignette: Kim Wagg

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If you have never met Kim at “The Coach” then there’s at least a good chance you might have seen her dog. Photo: Erin Smith.

Kim Wagg loves her job as a bartender at Lindsay’s Coach and Horses. “I love my customers and coworkers and the owners,” she says of the job she has had for five years.

If you have never met Kim at “The Coach” then there’s at least a good chance you might have seen her dog. Kim produces performance videos of her German Shepard dog, Chevy.

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Spiritualism and the New Age goes mainstream

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Spiritualism and the New Age goes mainstream in Kawartha Lakes

They come from the Toronto area and Durham Region. They come from points north, east and west. In the heart of Bobcaygeon, population 3,500, they’re coming to be a part of the Kawartha Mediums, their Zen Den, and the ‘New Age’ spiritualist beliefs that underpin who they are, and what they stand for.

For anyone who has met the three women of the Zen Den, there is an instant understanding that they do not conduct themselves on the fringes of society, despite their expertise. While there are tarot cards and energy books for sale, readings and reiki, there is also an acute understanding of what some would call ‘the real world.’

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‘Friends and Neighbours’: The inspiring story of Stanley Dayton

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'Friends and Neighbours': The inspiring story of Stanley Dayton

I am indebted to fellow Advocate writer, Jamie Morris, for allowing me to borrow the title of his column for this month’s installment of ‘Just In Time.’  As regular readers of the Advocate will know, “Friends & Neighbours” introduces the community to familiar individuals among us who have fascinating stories to share about their life, their culture, or their vocation.

Our past is full of interesting citizens who would have been regarded as friends and neighbours by their contemporaries. Whether it was the keeper of the local general store, the milkman, or the arena manager, small communities across Ontario could once claim a cast of characters who made an indelible impression on a generation of local citizens.

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Free lunches for kids for nine weeks as summer pilot begins

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Free lunches for kids for nine weeks as summer pilot begins
Queen Victoria Public School is one of four locations where families can access a free, nutritious lunch for their kids two days a week. Photo: Erin Smith.

It was a great start to the Summer Outreach Lunch Program yesterday, although even higher numbers are expected once the word gets out about available free lunches for kids.

Nearly 20 elementary age school kids showed up at one of the four locations involved in the pilot. Free lunches are served between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Queen Victoria School, Housing Help (Lindsay and Glenelg streets), and Kawartha Lakes Food Source on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer break.

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Kawartha Lakes makes splash in craft beer scene

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Kawartha Lakes makes splash in craft beer scene
Scott Nichol, Agatha and Vinh Mac, and Jennifer Boksman with Aaron Young. Beer tourism is about to get serious in Kawartha Lakes.

For a craft beer enthusiast within the Toronto area, names like Steam Whistle, Mill Street, and Black Oak resonate. They – like several others – are all breweries recognized for their great tours in the GTA.

But given their geographic location, none of them can hold a candle to the natural charm and get-away feel of Kawartha Lakes – and at least one craft beer entrepreneur here thinks that’s going to help make this area make a splash in the craft brewery scene.

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See the local TransCanada Trail with fresh eyes this Canada Day

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See the local TransCanada Trail with fresh eyes this Canada Day
The first of three free photography workshops for seniors sponsored by the Kawartha TransCanada Trail Association. Photo: Ruth Tait.

The TransCanada Trail (now officially the ‘Great Trail’) stretches some 24,000 km, winding through all 13 provinces and territories and stitching our country together, ocean to ocean to ocean. But sometimes it pays to think small; within any few metres of our own Kawartha section you’ll find photo opportunities. You just have to slow down and look with fresh eyes. That was the lesson of the first of three free photography workshops for seniors sponsored by the Kawartha TransCanada Trail Association.

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