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The aliens are here: Invasive Dog-Strangling Vine threatens Lindsay’s ecosystem

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After a quick summer stroll through downtown Lindsay, one can see that this little town of ours is full of life. Trees and flowering plants take refuge on lawns and in neighbouring yards, and yet some of those plants are less than welcome. Dog-Strangling Vine is a highly invasive species which was introduced from Eurasia to the United States as a garden plant in the mid-1800s.

Now, in the 21st century, it has become increasingly prolific in Southern Ontario, competing with native plant species that are essential food sources for our insects, birds, and mammals. For those who can recognize its characteristic oval-shaped leaves, arranged in pairs on its fleshy stem, and seed pods which resemble green chili peppers, it is a frightful addition to Lindsay’s list of flora.

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Fleming’s sustainable agriculture program sees big increase in international students

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Roderick Benns recently interviewed Brett Goodwin, the dean at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, about the huge rise in popularity of its sustainable agriculture program. 

Benns: The rise in the number of international students at Fleming is considerable. In the sustainable agriculture program, for instance, I believe 75-80 out of 87 students were international last year. We’ve heard some concerns that the infrastructure at the college is not keeping up with what is needed in the program (such as the calibre of the greenhouse facilities or specially customized classroom spaces). Are you challenged by this influx and what has (or what can) the college do to help with this?

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Summer Reading Club launch swamped by kids and parents

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Summer Reading Club launch swamped by kids and parents
More than 300 people crammed into Lindsay Library to see Simon Ward kick off the TD Summer Reading Club. Photo by Lyndsay Bowen.

Now there’s a headline to gladden the heart of any librarian. It’s accurate, too. On Saturday morning over 300 — precisely 140 of them kids — crammed into the Lindsay library branch’s children’s area for the official launch of the TD Summer Reading Club.

The draw? Lindsay native Simon Ward, lead singer of the Juno award winning Strumbellas, was on hand to perform a rousing set of kids’ songs and officially present a collection of over 700 Lego minifigures (plus Lego Ferris wheel, castle, and sundry vehicles) that he has graciously donated to the library.

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New Kawartha Lakes Library specialist for outreach and community engagement

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Lyndsay Bowen: New Kawartha Lakes library specialist for outreach and community engagement
Lyndsay Bowen, Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement.

Let’s imagine the ideal candidate for the newly-created position of ‘Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement’ for the Kawartha Lakes Library system.

There are library branches in 14 communities distributed around the City’s 3,059 sq. km — so lots of communities to reach out to, engage and create programs for, and each community is unique. Our ideal candidate should know the Kawartha Lakes and understand the diverse needs of its communities.

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Parents: Pinnguaq providing free coding classes at library all summer

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Parents: Pinnguaq providing free coding classes at library all summer
Kevin Karyak and Jasper Pootoogook work during a teach session in Baker Lake, Nunavut, March 2017.

Want to give your child knowledge of coding? Lindsay’s Pinnguaq Association is offering free coding classes at the Lindsay Public Library this summer.

Pinnguaq was created as a not-for-profit, Pangnirtung, Nunavut-based technology company with a desire to see strong programming education available in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. Their te(a)ch program is a made-in-Nunavut curriculum and learning series for Northerners. Pinnguaq has an office in Lindsay, though, and is looking to give back to the community with their work.

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Teacher says ‘travel is the only thing that makes you richer’ as students prepare for Normandy

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From L to R: Shaun Soutar, Alison Smith, Emma Bartley, Reece Eason, Rebecca James

Several students gathered over a free lunch at Fenelon Falls Secondary School recently to enthusiastically discuss a 10-day trip to Normandy next year – and they got a chance to network with students who have already travelled internationally.

Julie Rocheleau, a teacher at the high school, has been organizing these international trips with her students for several years.

Rocheleau says, “I’ve been taking kids out-of-country pretty much every year since I started teaching, whether it be for sports or an immersive experience. Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.”

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

Overcrowding at Leslie Frost Public School in Lindsay – the only public system school in all of Kawartha Lakes that had offered French Immersion – has forced the school board to send its Grade 7-8 French Immersion students elsewhere this fall.

The decision was made public for the first time May 22 by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Superintendent of Education Katherine MacIver says the decision will affect about 67 students in Grades 7 and 8 who otherwise would have gone to Leslie Frost.

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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

The Food Security Working Group, a committee of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, will be running a pilot project in the Lindsay area centred on feeding children in the summer. The Salvation Army and the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, as part of the committee, are partnering on this project.

“This is a new and different way for us to reach out to the community,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, “and we are very excited to learn from this pilot.”

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Less than quarter of City residents have library card; New CEO aims to change that

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library, Lindsay. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

Only about 22 per cent of City residents have a library card – and that’s a statistic new CEO and library director for the City of Kawartha Lakes is intent on changing.

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library system will soon be undergoing a major outreach and community engagement initiative, with one of the primary goals to increase the number of library card holders, and to increase usage of its services.

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Pop-up exhibits by museum break new ground in educational programming

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Pop-up exhibits by museum break new ground in educational programming
Don Hart (representing the exhibit's sponsor G. Hart and Sons Well Drilling), Ruth Barrett (daughter of Charles Lytle, the focus of the exhibit) and Lisa Hart.

When the Olde Gaol Museum recently created a pop-up education exhibit that would travel to schools, it was a break in format for the museum that they hope will breathe new life into local history.

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