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Lifelong learning at your local library

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Mother Goose Program presented by EarlyON at Lindsay branch.

You’re never too young to learn, and with older kids back in school and settled into their classroom routines now is a good time to think about the resources on offer for pre-schoolers at that other educational institution, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, where lifelong learning happens.

As Lyndsay Bowen, the library’s outreach and community engagement librarian (and a qualified teacher), notes, “children’s brains develop most rapidly between 0 and 5,” so it’s a crucial period and any young parent will tell you those first years are a challenging and constantly shifting terrain to navigate.

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Funding opens doors for Lindsay Transit

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Over the last year, Lindsay Transit has received a boost through funding at both federal and provincial levels. With the funds provided, through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) of $229,145 combined with the Gas Tax Fund (Gas Tax) of $229,145, Lindsay Transit has been able to enhance accessibility and convenience for residents and commuters.

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  
Photo: Mark Ridout

“Is this what a regular family does on the Family Day holiday?” That was 13-year-old Siya Patel’s question as she replenished coffee supplies in a unit of the Kent Inn. (I’m imagining a slightly plaintive tone.) Her brother, Shivam, was vacuuming nearby as their mother, Priti, made the beds, and father, Chetan (Chris), cleaned in the bathroom.

What was the response? They all — Siya included — laughed good-naturedly and stored away the anecdote to reminisce about from time to time.

This is the story of a successful family-owned-and-operated business and a hard-working, close-knit family that in a variety of ways is contributing to our community.

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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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Ross Memorial grapples with suspected Norovirus

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Ross Memorial clarifies outbreak restrictions
The norovirus.

The Ross Memorial Hospital has put visitor restrictions in place on the medical unit (third gloor) due to an outbreak of what is suspected to be Norovirus.

Since March 1, six patients and more than a dozen healthcare providers have become ill, with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headache.

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Meals on Wheels program – more than a meal

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Meals on Wheels program – more than a meal

On any given day of the work week (Monday to Friday), dozens of local residents’ nutritional needs get met when affordable, home-like nutritious hot meals are delivered to their door through the Meals on Wheels program provided by the Community Care Health & Care Network.

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Citizen’s Relief Association raises money for Academy circa 1931

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A vintage advertisement about a benefit night for the Citizen’s Relief Association at the Academy Theatre, Dec. 15th 1931.

This benefit night made $205.93, and featured a variety of talent including Mary Crowley’s orchestra, Prof. Rupert Gliddon’s band, Al Perrin’s band, dancers, and comedians.

The Master of Ceremonies was Art Allin, and theatre manager “Hi” Meehan delighted the crowd with his imitation of the famous American “illustrated song” performer, Eddie Cantor.

Established in the autumn of 1931, the Citizens’ Relief Association was a joint venture between the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and was designed “…to find work, homes, and food for those in want.”

Circumstances had become increasingly dire for many families since the onset of the Depression two years before.

To compound the problem, a steady stream of unemployed men were making their way through town by riding illegally on passing freight trains and lodging overnight in the police lockup.

Often, these “hobos,” or “transients,” would be offered a warm meal by private homeowners in exchange for some work: chopping firewood or cutting weeds, for instance.

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