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Brioche and books: How Omemee keeps getting cooler

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Mickaël Durand. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

For many people, Omemee will always be the coolest place in the Kawarthas simply on the alone of Neil Young having lived there at one time. But today, there are new reasons to like the little village that too many of us just breeze through on the way to Peterborough. One of the best is a unique union of books and brioche on the main street.

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Academy staff quits ‘stressful’ environment; Board pushes back against early meeting

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Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Academy Theatre’s long-time manager of administrative services, Loretta Kingston, has quit, as has box office support staff member, Penny Hainer, amidst a trying time for the theatre.

Kingston, the long-time administrator, has been under more stress of late after dealing with the loss of former General Manager Helen Nestor, who was turfed by the board in August after only four months at the helm. Many of Nestor’s duties fell to Kingston to try to manage.

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Pat O’Reilly new deputy mayor as voted by Council

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New Deputy Mayor Pat O'Reilly with outgoing Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie.

Pat O’Reilly, councillor for Ward 7 was elected as the Deputy Mayor of Kawartha Lakes for the 2020 term, effective January 1. Doug Elmslie ended his one year term as Deputy Mayor and made the nomination for Pat O’Reilly.

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David Morrison: The sound of band music

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David Morrison: The sound of band music
David Morrison. Photo: Jamie Morris

In its first year in existence the Kawartha Lakes Concert Band performed two concerts. The first happened just three months after it formed; the second was for a sold-out audience at the Academy Theatre. “When the band participated in the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festival, it earned a mark of 93 per cent and went on to win top prize for community bands in province-wide competition. So, as the band prepares for “To All a Good Night,” the Dec. 14 concert that will kick off its second year, the question is, what’s responsible for this success?

Some good fortune for sure: Who knew 74 musicians would answer a call to join, or that there’d be such a good balance of brass, woodwind, and percussion players? (Show me another community band that has 14 clarinets — a core component, clarinets are the violins of a concert band — and two bass clarinets, or three tubas and six trombones).

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Lessons from history: Academy Theatre needs its drama on stage, not at board table

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Lessons from history: Academy Theatre needs its drama on stage, not at board table

Way back in 1996 I was fortunate to win a first place national newspaper award through the Canadian Community of Newspapers Association (CCNA). The only reason I bring this minor tidbit of nostalgia up is because of what the award was for.

As arts reporter for Lindsay This Week at the time, I wrote a series of articles about Kawartha Summer Theatre’s board woes the year previous, back in the waning days of the Academy’s summer stock theatre.

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Affordable rural housing a challenge to find in nearby Haliburton County

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Low wages, seasonal work, inadequate social assistance rates and higher living costs are all factors.

“Apartment for rent $1,600.00 per month, no kids, no pets, no smokers.”

This ad sums up the difficulty facing many renters in Haliburton County.  Working full-time at minimum wage, one would have approximately $500 for all other expenses after paying rent.

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Taxes to increase 3.5 per cent under pressure from provincial cuts, winter control costs

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Taxes to increase 3.5 per cent under pressure from provincial cuts, winter control costs
Winter control costs have gone up for the City.

At the Special Council meeting on December 3, Council approved the 2020 Operating Budget. There will be a 3.5% increase to the tax levy, slightly below the forecasted increase in the long term financial plan.

Council received a presentation from Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services. Stover noted that the Operating Budget is $205 million of a total municipal budget of $305 million. The Capital, Water and Wastewater and Special Project Budgets were adopted by Council on November 26 totalling $100 million.

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High school teachers stage walk-out for first time in 22 years

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OSSTF negotiators remained at the table right up to a midnight strike deadline but the union says the provincial government and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce “failed to bring a single proposal to the bargaining table.

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Poor quality labour market has sparked more food bank use: Report

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The sweeping changes to the labour market in Canada over the past 20 years is sparking an unprecedented use of food banks. Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source says, “The road to the door of a food bank is as different as there are stars in the sky.  Housing, child care and transportation are expenses that must be a priority which moves food to the bottom of the list.  These choices are nearly impossible to make.”

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More children than adults at A Place Called Home this Christmas

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APCH Board Chair Karen Round.

The sound of children’s voices during the holidays typically conjures feelings of warmth and sentimentality – unless, of course, those voices are in a homeless shelter.

It’s a jarring mental image but one that A Place Called Home in Lindsay is being forced to contemplate.

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