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What will Mary think? Academy doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

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What will Mary think? Academy Theatre doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

Lindsay’s storied Academy Theatre is almost unrecognizable on Monday. Almost.

As I step into the construction zone, every seat in the orchestra section has been ripped from the floor to make way for new ones. There’s a fresh base of concrete to support the memories of a new generation of theatre and event goers.

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Governments should give money without conditions to create a better society

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Governments should give money without conditions to create a better society
As an experiment, a group of 13 chronically homeless men in London, England were given cash with no strings attached.

I live a good life and I try not to take it for granted. Because I have a certain income, I can choose what to buy and where to shop. I can generate options and choose what is best for my family and me. I am fascinated about what makes up a good life and the following passage got me thinking about the link between choice and income:

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‘Madame Assia’ enjoying small town life in Lindsay

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Assia Bah: "Everybody smiles and says ‘hi.' In that way, it’s like Guinea.”

What a difference an hour-and-a-half drive can make. Toronto is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world. Over half the population was born outside of Canada and over half of Torontonians belong to a visible minority group.

Lindsay? Not quite so diverse.

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Bridging the digital divide at your library

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Kawartha Lakes Libraries have great digital resources for the whole family.

If you are reading this you’re almost certainly on the “haves” side of the digital divide.

You have at least one computer, tablet or smartphone — you may even have all three. For a monthly fee a service provider connects you to all that the internet has to offer and to a community of other users.

You may also make monthly payments for additional streaming music or videos. And for sure you have the skills to use devices and navigate the web. (You found your way to The Lindsay Advocate website, didn’t you?)

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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O’Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon

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Kawartha Lakes remembers Delores O'Riordan, proud mother and 90s rock icon
Delores O’Riordan spent much of her adult life in the Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough area.

Delores O’Riordan’s passing suddenly at the age of 46 is heartbreaking for countless reasons.

Her voice is immediately recognizable, her harmonies defining The Cranberries, one of the most important bands to emerge from the 1990s. For many of us, she defined our youth; our maturation into adults with emotional, political and spiritual awareness.

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Of passion and pastries: Mickaël’s Café Librairie in Lindsay

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Mickaël Durand: The focus is always on freshness and high standards.

Imagine a French bakery. A boulangerie.  There are racks of warm baguettes and country loaves with slightly blistered crusts. And croissants, of course. In a see-through case are the day’s cookies and tarts.  Maybe a surprise, too. One day there are chouquettes (what Timbits aspire to be in their dreams), another day there may be buttery, dense Breton kouign-amann.

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The Library: What’s in it for you?

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The Library: What’s in it for you?
New materials are constantly being added.

The experience of reading a good book, watching a memorable movie, or finding just the information you need to complete a project may be priceless, but the actual books, DVDs, and services of a reference librarian can all be assigned price tags.

Built into the website of one Ontario library is a value calculator, a nifty tool that lets you calculate the dollar value of the library resources you use.

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Hiding in plain sight: Post Envelopes a thriving 83-year-old Lindsay business

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All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. — Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy got it all wrong about happy families. At least, that’s the lesson I take away from a morning with Roberta Allen and her Post Envelopes co-workers–very much a family, very definitely happy, and beyond question unique.

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