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Places of worship: Keeping the faith during COVID-19

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St. Andrew’s developed a boxed lunch ministry for those who are ordinarily served by its Community Soup Kitchen. Photo: Evan Aube.

Most of us first knew something significant was upon us on March 12 this year when Ontario’s schools were shuttered. For those who belong to communities of faith, the pandemic didn’t really hit home until a few days later, on the morning of March 15 – a Sunday.

When places of worship closed, it was generally assumed that this would be, at most, a temporary hiatus. Like those who hoped against hope that the First World War would be over by Christmas of 1914, Lindsay’s churchgoers thought that they would be back in their meeting places by at least Easter. Alas, the most important festival in the Christian year came and went, with the “Alleluias!” of Easter being confined to private homes.

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Need a break? Boys & Girls Club summer camps are ready to go

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Need a break? Boys & Girls Club summer camps are ready to go

Summer living should be easy, especially for our kids, especially this year.

As Amy Terrill, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL) notes, during a crisis children have “even more need for some sense of normalcy, playtime, physical activity and social contact.”

To meet the needs of kids who’ve been cooped up and isolated for months, the club has just kicked off 10 weeks of summer camp.

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Kawartha Settlers’ Village continues growth: New visitor centre coming

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Big plans for Kawartha Settlers' Village.

Kawartha Settlers’ Village is looking forward to the warmer weather as they plan to break ground on a new visitor centre. The new building will serve as a welcome centre, where visitors can receive a full orientation of the Village upon arrival.

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Sign up now for Lindsay Makerspace winter programs

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Sign up now for Lindsay Makerspace winter programs

The Lindsay Makerspace, an initiative of the Pinnguaq Association, is a community space for people to explore, make, create, think, play, share, learn, unlearn, hack, and discuss.

It opened its doors early in October of 2019, and are focused on supporting digital justice and building gender and racial equity in STEAM by providing access to space, educational workshops, tools, and resources.

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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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An annual tradition: The Living Christmas Tree

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It’s the first week of Advent, circa 2001. Throngs of children and teenagers arrayed in burgundy-and-white choir gowns gather in the Sunday School room at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, talking excitedly among themselves.  In due course, they troop upstairs and are marshalled outside of the minister’s vestry.

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Fenelon Falls’ Santa Day, night parade, a hit for 20 straight years

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Fenelon Falls' Santa Day, night parade, a hit for 20 straight years
Fenelon Falls Live's Mike McConnell and Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

It has become such an institution that a generation of Fenelon Falls and district residents may not believe it, but there was a time when the Fenelon Falls Santa Claus parade was held in the afternoon. It became a night time affair in 1999 and has never looked back, growing into an all-day event. This year, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the evening parade, events are scheduled on the Friday and Sunday bookending Santa Day, always held on the last Saturday of November.

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Valerie’s Blessing will honour late woman and feed hundreds at Christmas

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Valerie’s Blessing will honour late woman and feed hundreds at Christmas
Pastor Joel Holtz with Giant Tiger Manager Judy Sorenson. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Valerie Brunst may have passed away last year at the age of 77, but her gift to her church is ensuring her legacy will go on this Christmas — through Valerie’s Blessing.

Pastor Joel Holtz of Calvary Pentecostal Church in Lindsay says Brunst left her entire estate to the church — and now the church wants to find a way to “share some of this blessing with the community at large,” he says.

Brunst cut an eccentric figure, often seen on Hwy 36 about seven kilometres north of Lindsay in front of her house, hitchhiking for a ride into town.

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Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

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Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

It’s in between bursts of rain and sunshine when I meet with local tattoo-artist-by-day-musician-by night Cassie Noble at Lindsay’s Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, a place familiar to the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

Noble, who has toured with her band, The Do Good Badlies all across the country, is now putting considerable time and energy into the pursuit of a solo career. She was quick to express her gratitude for Boiling Over’s impact on local music, having played there herself with her band on numerous occasions, and noting the welcoming, all-ages feel of the coffee-shop. It’s a spot which serves as a starting point for many up-and coming local musical talents.

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