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New wine for old wineskins: The changing role of your local museum

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New wine for old wineskins: The changing role of your local museum
Where Duty Leads Commemorative Dinner.

Another calendar year has dawned and with it has come the inevitable litany of resolutions about doing things differently in 2018.  Old habits, as the saying goes, die hard.

We are partial to “the way things were,” and are slow to fill old wineskins with new wine, lest the old wineskins break and leave a mess in our comfortable world of old habits and supposedly unassailable practices. History, said Henry Ford (1863-1947), is bunk.

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate

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A personal note from the publisher about The Lindsay Advocate
Photo by Jerry Holder.

It has been four short months since The Lindsay Advocate launched and it feels like we already belong here. For that, we owe thanks to all our readers.

Our focus has been – and will continue to be – on the social and economic wellness of Lindsay. With growth, we are open to extending that vision to all of Kawartha Lakes.

Readers have responded to this vision in droves and that tells us we are responding to genuine community need.

The inspiration for The Advocate comes from two places.

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King Albert: Lindsay school works with community to overcome income barriers

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King Albert Public School Principal, Dean Burke, with some of the items received for Christmas donations. Over 20 families were supported through the community partners who support the school.

Part Two. This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part two in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment. To read Part One go here.

This is a story about a community coming together to fight an all-too-common scourge – the fact that incomes are too low to meet people’s needs.

Call it poverty. Call it scarcity. It doesn’t much matter.

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Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program

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Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program
Food For Kids Coordinator Jennifer Armitage, far left, accepts a $3,000 cheque from staff at Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay.

While this gift isn’t from the North Pole, it is still being received with holiday cheer by supporters of local programs that support student nutrition at school. Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay is being recognized for its recent $3,000 donation to support the work of Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes.

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The week before Christmas at A Place Called Home

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Christmas at A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home staff members, Christina Alden (left) and Jennifer Lopinski (right).

As families settle into holiday mode its worth reflecting on the fact that not everyone has a place to live – even in a small town like Lindsay.

Just four days before Christmas, there are 17 people in town – three of them children under 12 – who are homeless. Fortunately, they’ve got A Place Called Home to get them through what is hopefully a temporary situation.

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Five economic development goals for Kawartha Lakes – and the fifth one’s the hardest

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Five economic strategy goals for Kawartha Lakes – and the fifth one’s the hardest
West McDonnell Park in Lindsay. (Photo by Jerry Holder.)

It might still be difficult to think of Kawartha Lakes as a city, given that so much of it is largely made up of pastoral farms and placid lakes.

And yet it has been over 16 years since Victoria Country and its townships were transformed into the sixth biggest city in Canada, in terms of area.

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

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Basic income and the future of work: Potential for social disruption

I have always loved school.  After high school I attended university and several years after graduation I completed a graduate degree. Wanting to dive into peace and justice issues, I returned to university at age 50.

Formal education has enriched my life and opened doors to new types of work. One of the things I learned, as a literacy practitioner is that not everyone was as keen about the value of school.

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Mayor says ‘tangible improvements’ coming to roads, parks, libraries, environment

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Mayor says ‘tangible improvements’ coming to roads, parks, libraries, environment
Nayoro Park, Lindsay. Parks are expected to get a boost under new budget.

The City of Kawartha Lakes council has adopted the 2018 operating budget which sets the base for the next 10 years – and Mayor Andy Letham says citizens can expect to see noticeable improvements in many local services.

“Residents can rest assured that the City will see tangible improvements to what they value most,” says Letham, including “good roads, community safety, arenas, parks, libraries (and) a healthy environment.”

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years
Coding school areas in Kawartha Lakes, top. Tina Franzen, technology services coordinator, left.

The mounting interest and need for students to learn code has been recognized in Kawartha Lakes for three years now — and school board officials expect that interest to grow.

“Very quickly we realized the powerful and deep connections to thinking, creativity and curriculum,” says Laura Blaker, communications officer for Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

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New director says Kawartha Lakes a great place to live, work, play

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Kawartha Lakes has attracted some more top-notch talent in Jennifer Stover, the new director of corporate services for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

She says she knows the whole municipality wants to make Kawartha Lakes a “great place to live, work and play.”

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