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Grocery sales down 40 per cent over long weekend compared to last year

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says grocery sales were down 40 per cent over a typical long weekend in the city because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a wide-ranging media scrum Letham and CAO Ron Taylor shared their thoughts on the disappointing business trends from the recent Victoria Day weekend and what issues the city will be facing moving forward next month and even into next year.

On the grocery store numbers, Letham says that “unless residents use their local businesses they are going to lose them.”

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

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Kawartha Lakes’ affordable housing hurdle: Can City reverse the trend?

Tyler Jones and his wife have been looking for a place to live in the Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon area for five months now. He’s got three daughters and another baby on the way, but has had no luck in finding an affordable place to live.

With a family this size he needs a four-bedroom home – but he can’t go over the $1,100-$1,700 range, even with both of them working.

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Apple Blossom Festival in Kawartha Lakes promises magical outdoor experience

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Apple Blossom Festival in Kawartha Lakes promises magical outdoor experience
Pauline Kiely with Monty. (Photo by Fred Thornhill Photography.)

There’s no reason to venture outside of Kawartha Lakes this May long weekend with an incredible new Apple Blossom Festival in full swing for the whole family.

Set on a beautiful old Irish farm called Dromoland (named after a castle in Ireland) in the Valentia-Little Britain area, Dromoland is “our own little castle,” according to owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant.

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Hobart’s says it has secret ingredient for all Kawartha Lakes’ restaurants’ well-being: data

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Hobart’s says it has secret ingredient for all Kawartha Lakes’ restaurants’ well-being: data
Wesley Found, left, Frank Peters, right, at Hobart's Steakhouse in Lindsay.

Wesley Found, of Hobart’s Steakhouse in Lindsay and Peterborough, says he has a new, data-driven approach to his family’s business that he thinks will help all local restaurants succeed.

He also believes this new approach will help create a healthier, more vibrant community.

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show

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‘Many people didn’t know we existed’ until Country Living Show
Record turn-out at Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show.

Jo-Anne Smith’s business is For the Birds – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her business of everything bird-related is just outside of Cameron in Kawartha Lakes, but too many people didn’t know where to find her – until four years ago.

That was when she decided to get some space at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls.

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Dana Bowman: ‘Everything I do centres on poverty reduction’

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Dana Bowman: 'Everything I do centres on poverty reduction'

It’s just a week before the deadline for submissions from Ontario communities that want to be chosen for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Mike Perry is at Queen’s Park, meeting with a senior adviser to the premier.

In his hand is a carefully researched, spiral-bound booklet pitching our community to decision-makers. At his side — as at previous meetings — is Dana Bowman.

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

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Pros and cons in accommodations for seniors in the Kawarthas

In the first edition of Aging in the Kawarthas we briefly discussed the aging population of Ontario and options for local seniors who wish to remain in the Kawarthas as they age in place.

Some seniors, or substitute decision makers, choose to leave their home and seek alternative living arrangements such as private retirement homes or long-term care facilities. However it’s no longer as easy as “Mom is going to have to go into a home” as we hear in the community very often. Keep Reading

Enbridge Gas expansion to Fenelon Falls a big part of Country Living Show

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Enbridge Gas expansion to Fenelon Falls a big part of Country Living Show
‘Granny’s House’ is an interactive home display taking visitors back in time.

Enbridge Gas is the title sponsor of the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls this year, and they have a good reason to be — Enbridge is expanding its services to include Fenelon Falls by next spring.

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls
The show this year is being held Friday, April 27 through to Sunday, April 29 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls can be credited with providing a great time for a lot of people, but it can also apparently cure ophidiophobia – that would be a fear of snakes. Well, at least it worked out that way for Shannon Bain, manager of the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.

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