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Local news more essential than ever: A message from the publisher

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As journalists, we tend to see our community in stories.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re more aware than ever that our community has amazing stories worth sharing.

There’s the story of our front line health care workers, who are the linchpins of this fight. Their courage is evident day after day as they put others’ needs first.

There’s the story of our vulnerable loved ones in long-term care and retirement homes, who hope to once again spend time with their families.

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Support local truck drivers by letting them use essential services’ washrooms, city says

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During this COVID-19 emergency, the city is urging gas stations, restaurants providing take-out and others, to show their support to truck drivers by letting them stop to rest, get gas and use washrooms.

“They deserve our support, respect and thanks for ensuring we can feed our families and have access to necessary items,” says a press release from the city.

“From retail workers to healthcare professionals to truck drivers, the City of Kawartha Lakes is reaching out” to thank service providers for their service. Truck drivers from across Canada and here in Kawartha Lakes have continued to work long hours and days to deliver food, equipment and essential supplies to Canadian families.”

As essential workers, Kawartha Lakes “thanks all the women and men who drive trucks, who have helped us protect Canadians and keep our economy moving. During this critical time, the services of truck drivers and other front-line workers are most appreciated.”

Kawartha Lakes also urges community members to show their support by social distancing, self-isolating and quarantining when necessary.

By continuing to stay at home, wash your hands and follow the advice of the Government of Ontario, the community of Kawartha Lakes can keep each other safe, “including our front-line workers.”

For municipal information, visit COVID-19 Information.

Downeyville Hall does big time renos with legacy in mind

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Mary Connell (L) and Karen Cook (R) are part of the team responsible for the major renovations to the historic Downeyville Hall.

On paper, it made fiscal sense to tear down the historic Downeyville Hall and start anew from the ground up.

Indeed, even a cursory budget would have shown it was the wiser option, compared to undertaking a monumental, and more costly, renovation.

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses
Dennis Geelen.

Local innovation expert, Dennis Geelen, is offering free 30-minute consultations to business owners to try and help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geelen, of Zero-In Consulting, says this is an ideal time for small businesses to show leadership, innovation, and customer-centric values, given there is an opportunity now for reflection and planning.

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Kawartha Lakes declares state of emergency

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Mayor Andy Letham has enacted a declaration of a state of emergency. This decision is in line with the previous Provincial declaration. It will allow the municipality to mobilize local resources where needed to support front line health care partners and emergency services to support the COVID-19 pandemic efforts.

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Valentia-based miniature horses bring joy to local seniors

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Patti Sheppard with one of her miniature horses. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

Nearby, and soon, a horse named Red, Mia, or Max will enter a seniors’ home or a homeless shelter wearing a diaper and booties.

I am not making this up.

The horse — actually a miniature — will be under the care of Valentia’s Patti Sheppard, and is part of a unique form of equine therapy where the animal is brought right into a facility giving residents the chance to interact with it.

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RMH makes changes to COVID-19 assessment centre

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Following the announcement of the first positive case of COVID-19 in the City of Kawartha Lakes on March 14, Ross Memorial Hospital introduced a temporary ‘drive-thru’ assessment centre in their ambulance bay. In response to the community’s feedback and guidelines from the Ministry of Health, the hospital is introducing a new model for
assessment as of March 18.

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Letter from Ireland: Advocate’s Jamie Morris on being overseas in shadow of pandemic

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Irish literary giant, James Joyce. Photo: Jamie Morris.

You know the situation is dire when the Irish government shuts down the country’s 7,000 pubs just days before St. Patrick’s Day.

When my wife, Glenda, and I arrived in Dublin on March 3 there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19, both of them Irish citizens returned from Italy. As of today (March 17) the number stands at 223 confirmed and two deaths.

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

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Local businesses concerned for those less fortunate in wake of COVID-19

As the province shutters schools for three weeks because of COVID-19 and people are urged to stock up on essentials, Jamie Bergin, one of the owners of Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, is worried about Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

More specifically, he’s worried about the increased number of people who will most likely be accessing food banks in our area.

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Pandemic declaration does not change local COVID-19 response: Health unit

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Although the World Health Organization today declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the area’s Medical Officer of Health says there is no need to panic.

“At this time, we still do not have any local cases,” says Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

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