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Will small town pride trump Amazon convenience?

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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. 

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Kawartha Lakes’ only news magazine podcast reaches milestone episode

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Host and producer Denis Grignon chats with Marc Novoselec about his new CD, which he produced from his home in Cambray.

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.

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The reopening mantra: Do the right thing and let the rest go

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This bear was among a minority in Bobcaygeon sporting a mask. Photo: Nancy Payne.

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.

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Discussions about future of local policing have begun

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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.”

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Mayor encouraged by stage two reopening so far

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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.

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

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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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Family businesses supported Bobcaygeon relief fund

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British Empire Fuels was just one of many family businesses that supported the local fund.

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.

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Outbreak at Pinecrest declared officially over by health unit

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The outbreak at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon has been declared officially over by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Mary Carr, the administrator of Pinecrest, announced the good news in a press release today.

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Lab error may have created inaccurate local COVID-19 results

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Residents and staff from two long-term care homes are going to be retested after the local health unit was notified that a lab error may have resulted in false positive COVID-19 results for 13 area residents.

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The future of weaving looms large in Bobcaygeon

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Lisa Graves, Bobcaygeon weaver. Photos: Geoff Coleman.

Lisa Graves likes to say she is prepared for the zombie apocalypse. It’s not something you expect to hear from a person who is passionate about weaving, but Lisa is not the stereotypical weaver — and she’s not wrong. You will want clothes when the zombies come.

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