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Kawartha Winter Festival on the horizon for 2022

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Kawartha Winter Festival on the horizon for 2022

When Dave Robinson thinks of the Nordic nations and their people, he thinks of winter done right with lots of enjoyment of the season. The potential to replicate that in Canada – and specifically Kawartha Lakes – has been on his mind now that he has permission from city council to launch a winter festival here.

As Snowshoe Canada president and a local cottager, Robinson was recently successful in obtaining a resolution from city council to pursue the concept of developing an annual winter festival in Kawartha Lakes starting as early as late 2022.

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Beekeeper says his job creates a lot of buzz, especially during COVID

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Beekeeper says his job creates a lot of buzz
Beekeeper Jerry Jerrard of Bobcaygeon.

For most people, spring means the usual seasonal transitions, like planting new seeds and storing away the heavy coats. For beekeeper Jerry Jerrard, he is getting ready to sell starter beehives, known as nucleus colonies, or ‘nucs’ for short, to those who want to become the owners of buzzing, furry, honey-producing bees of their own. He produces hundreds of nucs each year.

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Dunn provides off-road vehicles task force update to council

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Councillor Pat Dunn, who serves as chair of the Off-Road Vehicles Task Force, was asked by Mayor Andy Letham to provide council with an update on the work of the task force at the recent council meeting.

The task force has been asked by council to look at the issues surrounding off-road vehicles accessing municipally owned roads, and what roads, if any, should be opened to the off-road vehicle community.

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Urban design award won by city staff member for Logie Park

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Logie Park continues to impress. Mayor Andy Letham reported that the Ontario Parks Association has recognized city staffer Jenn Johnson for her role in helping spearhead the innovative park’s re-development.

Johnson was feted with an Urban Design Award by the provincial association who look at parks and park design right across Ontario.

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Food Source fundraiser brings laughs and money for the cause

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Food Source fundraiser brings laughs and money for the cause
Rebecca Reeds wowed her hometown crowd - from her home in Toronto.

Unconventional times require unconventional performance venues. In the case of the Food Source’s annual live standup comedy show fundraiser, that meant switching from its usual location of The Academy Theatre stage and into the individual apartments of its performers, virtually.

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Bobcaygeon in final four for Hockeyville contest

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Bobcaygeon has been shortlisted to the final four contenders for the Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Impact 32, a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers, reported on their Facebook page today that the village has made the Kraft Hockeyville top four.

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Better cell service coming with investments by province, feds

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Residents in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough County will now have more reliable cellular services as a result of Ontario’s $71 million investment, says a media release from local MPP  Laurie Scott.

The governments of Canada and Ontario, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus were all involved in making the cell gap project happen. Rogers Communications has been selected as the successful bidder.

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Local firefighter questions flood preparedness decision by city

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Local firefighter questions flood preparedness decision by city
Flooding seen in the Burnt River area in 2019. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

There are few guarantees in life, but once the weather turns warm in Kawartha Lakes, flooding, particularly in the north of the city, is all but a guarantee. For decades, volunteer firefighters went door-to-door from Burnt River to Cameron Lake warning of impending flooding and helping convey to residents the best way to prepare for the wall of water produced by spring melt in Algonquin Park.

For the last two springs, the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue has apparently discontinued this paid-duty program of personally warning residents of impending flooding, and long-time volunteer firefighter Mark Lowell believes this is a bad decision.

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We’ve relied heavily on women’s unpaid work; Can volunteers keep up the pace?

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Volunteering brings 'profound satisfaction' to Valmay Barkey. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Picture a community-minded female volunteer from the past. Perhaps you think of a hatted and gloved lady pouring tea at a charity luncheon, or a farm woman teaching teenaged girls how to sew curtains. Maybe it’s an image of capable women from 70 years ago organizing a campaign for the Ross Memorial Hospital or Academy Theatre … and then handing over the proceeds to a largely male board of directors.

Whether or not those pictures were ever true to life, it’s increasingly clear that they aren’t any more. Women volunteers have long been the backbone of a wide range of community initiatives, but their involvement is changing.

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Province invests in Extendicare, Lindsay, creating 160 long-term care beds

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Province invests in Extendicare, Lindsay, creating 160 long-term care beds

The Ontario government is expanding Extendicare in Lindsay, one of  80 long-term care homes province-wide.

According to a media release, these spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 long-term care spaces over 10 years.

Extendicare Lindsay is being allocated 96 new spaces and 64 upgraded spaces. This project will result in a 160-bed home in Lindsay.  Keep Reading

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