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Music to our ears: Van Halteren’s Music Centre a Kawartha Lakes fixture

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Music to our ears: Van Halteren’s Music Centre a Kawartha Lakes fixture
When the store opened Gerald was just 11 – now he’s nearly 57. Photo: Timber Masterson.

If you’ve heard the sound of music – not the musical, but literally just music — in Lindsay there’s a good chance Van Halteren’s was connected in some way.

Now a long-time business fixture in town, it was 45 years ago that Van Halteren Music Centre was established on Nov. 18, 1974 by Jerry Van Halteren and his younger brother, Zeger. It was created at the suggestion of Jerry’s wife, Grace.

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Council approves massive transient camping site at Lindsay fairgrounds

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Council approves massive transient camping site at Lindsay fairgrounds
There will also be 64 tent sites and 13 camping cabins.

Kawartha Lakes City Council has approved rezoning for a 172-site transient camping space on the fairgrounds of the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX).

This zoning amendment allows short-term camping, with 95 full-size RV sites, complete with water, electricity, and sewer hook-ups. There will also be 64 tent sites and 13 camping cabins.

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BIA concedes challenging years ahead but lots to celebrate, too

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BIA concedes challenging years ahead but lots to celebrate, too
Lindsay's downtown is under reconstruction for two years. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Absent at a recent BIA meeting were the angry rants and finger-wagging at business leaders and city officials that one might have expected, given the looming major downtown reconstruction. Instead, the tone and atmosphere was mostly buoyant.

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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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Police see a 10 per cent increase in collisions since 2014

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Kawartha Lakes Police Service have seen a near 10 per cent increase in collisions dating back five years.

Sergeant Dave Murtha says in reviewing statistics in the latest traffic report compilation, from 2014 until 2019 the increase in total collisions over half a decade can “be attributed in part to the ever-increasing population and number of vehicles on our roads.”

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Lindsay and area does not have the highest teen pregnancy rates

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Lindsay and area does not have the highest teen pregnancy rates

If you’ve lived in in Lindsay or Kawartha Lakes long enough, you probably have heard an urban myth presented as fact: that Lindsay has the highest per capita rates of teen pregnancy in the province.

I know I have heard it and if I’m honest about it I’ve probably repeated it in the past, passing on this “statistic” as some sort of social commentary.

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Scott calls union strike action ‘unacceptable:’ OSSTF says cuts are a worse disruption

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
One-day strike commenced today in front of MPP Laurie Scott's office, as well as all area schools. Photo: Joli Scheidler-Benns.

Calling today’s strike action “unacceptable,” MPP Laurie Scott says it’s families who are affected most in their struggle to find childcare.

“While parents are understandably frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” she tells the Advocate in an email.

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Pages and Pints: Library’s latest outreach a hit with young and old

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Pages and Pints: Library's latest outreach a hit with young and old

Not your mother’s book club.” That’s how it’s promoted, and for sure the Kawartha Lakes library’s “Pages and Pints Book Club” has unexpected features calculated to draw young and young-at-heart adults — not the least of which is its location.

Held upstairs at the Pie Eyed Monk, beginning at 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, tippling of beer and consumption of bar snacks is certainly an option.

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More than $2 million in community infrastructure funding announced by Scott

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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will receive more than $3 million across eight municipalities, including the City of Kawartha Lakes receiving more than $2 million, according to a recent announcement from MPP Laurie Scott.

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