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City approves an ORV link through Lindsay

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

Kawartha Lakes council, by a vote of 7-2, decided at their June 1 committee of the whole meeting to recommend only one route for ORVs to travel through Lindsay. Councillor Pat Dunn called the route the best choice “because it was the shortest, safest route with the fewest number of homes impacted.”

The route selected will impact the following streets:

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Busy streets in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon could soon be forced to accommodate ORVs

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New ORV routes being recommended at next council meeting

If the Off-road Vehicle Task Force gets its way, ORVs could soon be permitted on such busy Lindsay streets as Logie, Wellington, Cambridge and Angeline Streets, among many other choices. Bobcaygeon, too, could see ORV use on some of its main roads.

In what is expected to be another contentious meeting on June 1, Kawartha Lakes council is being asked to approve a new set of off-road vehicle (ORV) routes through Lindsay and Bobcaygeon.

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Wild rice and the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg

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Like Indigenous people the world over, the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg who have lived in the Kawartha Lakes for thousands of years have a culture rooted in a staple food: manoomin, which means “the good seed.”

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People are nothing but economic units now

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Thanks for your article — a scholarly article — on “A Poverty of Time. (Benns’ Belief, March edition) I am tempted to quote Welsh poet W. H. Davies.: “What is this life if, full of care/ We have no time to stand and stare.” 

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The heights and depths of water infrastructure

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The old Lindsay water tower in 2006, near Ross Memorial Hospital. Photo: Jim McKechnie.

As April showers turn to May flowers, and as we begin to unwind our garden hoses in anticipation of another season of fresh vegetables and verdant lawns rivalling that of the best-kept golf course, it’s hard to ignore water — even though we do tend to take it for granted.

We know there is an elaborate labyrinth of pipes and culverts beneath our feet, and we may be vaguely aware that these are connected to imposing water towers that let us know that we have arrived in Lindsay (or Fenelon Falls, or Bobcaygeon.)

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Rally for Bobcaygeon, says city, in Kraft Hockeyville contest

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The community is invited to rally for Bobcaygeon, as the arena has made it to the top four finalists in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville competition. Bobcaygeon is the only arena representing Ontario.

Bobcaygeon’s competitors are in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

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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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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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City to remove parking meters in Bobcaygeon  

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“They confuse the tourists. They are unsightly. They need to go.” Photo: Jess Topfer.

Council voted unanimously to remove the nine remaining parking meters from the downtown core in Bobcaygeon, and local councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan couldn’t be happier.

“The meters have not worked in years,” Seymour-Fagan said. “They confuse the tourists. They are unsightly. They need to go.”

Aaron Sloan, manager of by-law for the city, presented three different options to council: removing the meters by May of 2021 after engaging the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce and other downtown stakeholders, removing the meters without public consultation, or repairing/replacing the meters.

Sloan told council that since 2015 ideas around parking in the city has completely changed, beginning with the removal of all parking meters in Lindsay. Sloan reminded council that Bobcaygeon is the last location left in the city with meters. Sloan also pointed out that the meters in Bobcaygeon are almost two decades old and their internal components are obsolete and becoming difficult to acquire. Repairs have already been priced at over $9,000, and considering that the meters generate less than $1,000 a year in income, the investment for the city in repairing the units seems unwise.

Seymour-Fagan told fellow councillors that downtown businesses in Bobcaygeon have grown tired of providing change to tourists and answering endless questions about the non-functioning meters and how people can make them work.

Sloan suggested to council the option that would see the removal of the parking meters after community consultation no later than May 2021. That option was selected and meters are expected to be removed before the Victoria day long weekend.

Library board asks for bump in budget to move forward with new and ongoing projects

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Projects for 2021 include renovation and expansion of the Bobcaygeon library, expected to be complete by early 2022, and the ongoing expansion of Fenelon Falls' library.

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.

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