While 2020 has been a very challenging year for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, there are important changes on the horizon for 2021, says Jamie Anderson, CEO and library director. Anderson presented to council a budget request for an additional 5.35 per cent.
Bobcaygeon has found another cause to rally behind. From annual events like the Craft Beer and Food Festival and the Fall Fair, to more impromptu ones like organizing huge screens downtown to broadcast the final concert by the Tragically Hip, Bobcaygeon residents are no strangers to pulling together and making things happen.
The latest initiative is an entry into the Kraft Hockeyville contest that sees towns across Canada vie for the honour of hosting an NHL pre-season game and winning $250,000 in arena improvements. Bobcaygeon has been shortlisted to be among 20 submissions to go on to the next level.
A deputation made to Kawartha Lakes council by C. Brian Lailey, a resident of the Edgewater condominiums in Bobcaygeon, questioned why the complex did not receive leaf pickup for the first time in possibly two decades.
The condominium owner was caught off-guard when on both Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 of 2020 Miller Waste, responsible for the city-wide leaf pick up, did not arrive.
With the peak of a second COVID-19 wave coinciding with the holiday gift-giving season, saying the small business owner faces some challenges is something of an understatement.
So many come. So many go.
Disappearing into an internet ether of cat videos, how-to YouTube tutorials and incendiary, meandering blogs.
But with its 12th episode, which dropped August 1, The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes is becoming an established and “must-listen” for local residents.
Since it launched in early February the news magazine program set out to become a polished, professionally-produced and journalistically-sound show.
The only behaviour I can control is my own.
Never has that felt more true than right now, as summer lures us out of isolation back into a world where we’re still trying to figure out what’s safe, what’s considerate, and what we can live with. (This article by Advocate writer Kirk Winter is an excellent starting place.)
A Saturday afternoon in Bobcaygeon made me realize just how differently we all see those three things.
In a far-reaching press scrum, Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor discussed policing in Kawartha Lakes, their hopes concerning the city deficit, information about aquatic programs and their initial impressions of a return to patio season across the city.
In an exchange with reporters, Letham responded to a question about how the George Floyd incident in the U.S. might impact policing locally.
Letham said that the police budget is approved by the Police Services Board, of which he is a member. Meetings have already begun, “and everyone is being open- minded about the future.”
Today Mayor Andy Letham commented favourably on the public’s cooperation in following health and business protocols for the stage two reopening as set by the province.
“Over the weekend, our police and municipal law enforcement services reported no major issues related to COVID-19,” says the mayor.
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.”
The Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund has felt the impact of local family businesses that have created cause-related campaigns to raise funds, awareness and support for those in much need in their community, according to a press release.
The Buckeye Surf and Kawartha Lifestyle team stepped up for the relief fund. During the month of April, they ran a campaign to donate proceeds from the sale of any Hip-Town, Lake Life, or Bobcaygeon branded product. Through web-store purchases, call in orders, and contactless delivery they were able to generate sales of this signature apparel to their customers and help support a great cause.