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Lyndsay Bowen: New Kawartha Lakes library specialist for outreach and community engagement

New Kawartha Lakes Library specialist for outreach and 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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Russian farmers to learn about farming life here on the ‘Way for Milk’ tour

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Russian farmers to learn about farming life here on the 'Way for Milk' tour
Vera Mozgovaya, editor in chief, Russia Dairy News, on a 2017 tour of Ontario Dairy farms. Photo: Suzanne Atkinson.

Sometime in the middle of July, about 50 to 100 Russian farmers will be driving around Kawartha Lakes.

They won’t be driving aimlessly – they’re actually on a tight timeline and it’s a fully guided tour. They’ve only got six days and a massive area of Ontario and Quebec to explore – including two days here in Kawartha Lakes.

Most of the attendees on this journey are farmers or processors from Russia, along with some government officials, regional authorities, companies offering solutions for milk producers and processors, and federal and regional media. It has all been organized by the Russian DairyNews.

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Kawartha Lakes woman spearheads probiotic soil innovation

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Kawartha Lakes woman spearheads probiotic soil innovation
L to R: Chris Cookman, Jacob Cookman, with Kim Thompson.

One day, perhaps, this will be a well-known story. It will be a story of how a Kawartha Lakes entrepreneur, Kim Thompson, had a fitful night’s sleep. The legend will continue about how she used that late-night opportunity to pour herself into researching her business – horticulture – and after many more fitful nights’ sleep then finds her inspiration. It is the beginning of an insight that could overturn much of what we know about how things grow. Miryal will then become a great Canadian moment.

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Kawartha Lakes demonstrators protest Kinder Morgan buyout

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Kawartha Lakes demonstrators protest Kinder Morgan buyout

Sylvia C. Keesmaat — A group of local protesters joined more than 100 other protests being held across the country to object to the Trudeau government’s buy-out of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The local group gathered outside the office of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale, carrying placards with various messages, such as “Remember Paris!” “I want my taxes to go to Housing not Pipelines,” “PM Trudeau: Climate Leaders Don’t Buy Pipelines” and “Short Term Oil = Climate Turmoil.”

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Democracy: Go do what much of the world wishes it could do

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L to R: Andrea Horvath, NDP leader, Doug Ford, PC leader, Mike Schreiner, Green Party leader, Kathleen Wynne, Liberal leader.

Voting, like almost everything else that takes time and effort, is very easy to talk yourself out of doing.

The most persuasive and pervasive justification of abstinence from the democratic process is the belief that a single vote means very little. My vote, your vote, and your mom’s vote likely won’t change an election.

Thankfully, however, I am young. I haven’t been around long enough for political cynicism to take root.

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Chris Karkabasis wins lifetime achievement award; Robyn McNabb named Citizen of the Year

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L to R: Louis Karkabasis, Chris Karkabasis, Cathe Karkabasis, Christina Dedes, Nicki Dedes, Costas Dedes)

In an evening of excellence that recognized Lindsay’s top businesses, a rare lifetime achievement award was presented to Chris Karkabasis, a well-known businessman and BIA founder.

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Cogeco held the 2018 Evening of Excellence event June 1 at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups and businesses gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.

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Students of today, citizens of tomorrow: Graduation rites of passage

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It’s an annual ritual that occurs in the last week or so of June. Families and friends crowd into a hot auditorium and take their seats in front of a stage gaily decorated in floral blooms, the national and provincial flags, and the time-honoured school colours of red, blue, and old gold.

While the assembled multitude fan themselves with programs distributed at the auditorium door by student ushers, a long procession is forming in the hallway just beyond “the four corners.” Grade 12 students have donned dark blue robes and are being carefully marshalled into formation.

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

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Being a PSW is one of the toughest jobs in the caring professions

I can still remember it like it was yesterday, I was 17 years old and knew that I wanted to help others as a vocation. I took the nursing program in Barrie and completed my first two semesters before realizing that in order to complete the program I would have to raise more funds. So I moved home to Lindsay to save up. Funny thing about being an 18 year old in college for many of us is that life skills — like budgeting — was not a strong point.

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Paramedics in the Park teaches, and reaches out to students, public

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Paramedics in the Park teaches, and reaches out to students, public
Deputy Chief Derek Brown, top left, at one of the many teaching stations.

A spring storm threatened but never delivered on preventing more than 200 students — and many more members of the public — from experiencing the tenth anniversary of Paramedics in the Park in Lindsay.

School teachers from nearby schools descended at Victoria Park with their students to experience education stations on CPR, what to expect when you call 911, severe allergies and Epi Pens, Tick Talk, and basic wound dressing.

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10,000 of our neighbours in Kawartha Lakes don’t have enough to eat

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10,000 of our neighbours don’t have enough to eat
Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure.

Some of our neighbours are hungry. Others are constantly deciding between utilities or food. That this should happen in Canada — a major food producer for the world — should be reprehensible to us.

Food insecurity is usually defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” And we are – officially, at least – collectively against it. We have agreed at the United Nations that food is a basic human right and that right protects every human from hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Grand opening of new Fenelon Falls splash pad

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Making a splash: Grand opening of new Fenelon Falls splash pad

All residents are invited to join the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club as they celebrate the grand opening of the new Fenelon Falls Splash Pad on Saturday June 16th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls.

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