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Fenelon Falls shows support for LGBTQ+ community after hate crime incident

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Oscar, Charlotte, Zoe and Levon Ceci show their support to staff at Grr8 Finds Market. Photo: Sylvia Keesmaat.

A large group of people congregated outside Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon on Wednesday to show support following homophobic harassment that targeted the owner and an employee the previous day.

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Expanded city services coming soon as mayor outlines details

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Playgrounds will re-open with no restrictions.

Mayor Andy Letham had a lengthy and detailed list of municipal services and facilities that will be ramping up their services over the next two to six weeks.

The city is moving into a “level 3” re-opening on Friday, following the provincial guidelines.

“This re-opening needs to be done properly,” Letham said, “being mindful that the city cannot end the year with the deficit it is currently carrying.”

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Fenelon Falls business targeted by “hate crime”

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Photo of staff as posted from the Grr8 Finds Market Facebook page.

The staff of the Grr8 Finds Market in downtown Fenelon Falls was victimized yesterday in what the investigating OPP officer initially described as “a hate crime.”

The business, which has operated in Fenelon for more than a decade, takes great pride in the fact its staff are “loud and proud queers.” Until this incident the men and women that worked at Grr8 had only experienced love and support from the people of Kawartha Lakes.

That ended yesterday morning when a man entered the store “and tried to tell an entirely queer staff that they were sick and disgusting.”

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Wear a mask when you dine at restaurants, says health unit

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Mask-wearing rule and eating in at restaurants will both be possible, says health unit

As Kawartha Lakes gets set to open its restaurants for indoor dining again, many are wondering how that option co-exists with the rule about wearing a mask in public places.

As it turns out, you’ll be expected to do both, according to Bill Eekhoff, communications officer at the local health unit.

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Kawartha Lakes receives over $1.4 million to support tourism recovery

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Kawartha Settlers Village is one of many draws in the city. Photo: Madelaine MacDonald.

On July 9, Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries joined Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, in Bobcaygeon to announce over $1.4 million in tourism recovery supports across the Kawartha Lakes region.

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Getting up to speed: The quest for fast rural internet

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Getting up to speed: The quest for fast rural internet

“Our internet service is just deplorable,” declares Angela Field.

The entrepreneur and mother of four describes a situation where data must be rationed – that is, only a little bit of internet time can be used per day for fear of going over an internet company’s cap and being forced to pay more. Family members must alternate their activities with only one person online at any given time. And Field, with her husband Evan Lang, lives just 15 minutes outside of Lindsay — the largest settlement area in the city.

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Mackey Funeral Home buys Stoddart Funeral Home

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Mackey Funeral Home has purchased Stoddart's Funeral Home. Photo: Jennifer Boksman.

Linden Mackey, owner of the century-old Mackey Funeral Home in Lindsay has bought out Stoddart Funeral Home, Lindsay’s other venerable funeral institution.

Shain Fletcher, the sole owner of Stoddart, quietly sold his shares of the funeral home to Mackey this spring, after discussions of keeping the funeral home locally owned and operated.

The Mackey and Stoddart families had long cooperated throughout the years, with Fletcher even training at one time under James Mackey and the late Linden and Gordon Mackey, according to the Stoddart website.

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Economic Recovery Task Force focuses on simplifying city processes

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Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

The Economic Recovery Task Force held its third meeting this week, focusing on feedback it has received from working groups. It also considered options to improve processes in light of limited resources and staffing due to the pandemic.

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Water restrictions now in effect for Lindsay

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Kawartha Lakes would like to inform all residents and businesses in Lindsay who are on municipal water services to begin water conservation practices immediately.

The area is experiencing significant increases in water demand due to extended hot and dry weather, and necessary repairs to equipment at the Lindsay Water Treatment Plant.

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Health unit further clarifies mandatory mask announcement

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The local Health Unit is clarifying its instructions about mandatory mask wearing in commercial premises — a policy that takes effect July 13. Commercial establishments are premises that are openly accessible to members of the public and used for the purposes of offering goods or services for sale.

An establishment would include a mall or other structure containing commercial premises, including: retail stores, convenience stores, restaurants, personal services settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, indoor farmers’ markets, areas of mechanics’ shops/garages/repair shops which are open to the public.

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