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Happy Trails: Local snowmobiling club is a community effort

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Happy Trails: Local snowmobiling club is a community effort

The local snowmobile trails have long been a popular destination for sledders, as they’re affectionately called. With nearly 200 kilometres of crisp trails to enjoy, it’s easy to see why.

In the early 2000s ridership on Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club (KLSC) trails climbed to the point where volunteers were stretched thin from trying to maintain them. Maintenance involves keeping trails clear of windfalls and repairing grooming equipment.

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses

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Area non-profits get more than $300,000 to help cope with pandemic losses
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is one non-profit helped by the new money. Advocate file photo.

In Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, four non-profit organizations received funding under the Resilient Communities Fund for a total of $309,200.00 for 2020-21.

The recipients included the Community Care Health and Care Network, Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, The Land Between and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes. These grants from the province are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Podcast teaser: Adapting to adjusting in 2020

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Student minister Kevin Fitzpatrick.

We adjust. We adapt. We learn.

Granted, some of us have achieved this more than others in 2020. And some have had to do more of it than others – often not for themselves, but for those they serve.

By his own admission, Kevin Fitzpatrick is no video producer.

Or, rather, he wasn’t until recently, at least. But the student minister who serves both Janetville and Mount Horeb United Churches rose to the challenge when he realized a nicely-produced, pre-recorded video church service would be the best – and safest – way to reach his congregations this Christmas.

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Province gives $1 million more to city to help it avoid deficit

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New funding to help local governments avoid operating deficits in 2021 was announced today by MPP Laurie Scott’s office, including about $1 million for Kawartha Lakes.

The money was announced as part of Phase 2 of the Safe Restart Agreement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new funding will help municipalities in HKLB develop a 2021 budget that reflects the challenges of COVID-19,” said Scott.

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Podcast teaser: The play’s the thing – and then some.

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Jess Topfer, the Advocate's digital content manager, figures into the most recent episode of The Advocate Podcast – as a comic performer.

Sure, bringing interesting, important stories and introducing fascinating people from our community to The Advocate Podcast’s listeners has been rewarding since we launched last February.

Heck, I’m not sure I would have otherwise had the opportunity to speak with an artist who used gingerbread to miniaturize Bobcaygeon’s downtown or the couple that transforms its home into a Christmas light show that rivals Parliament Hill’s. (Spoiler alert. Listen for those interviews in upcoming episode 21).

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Christmas trees are all-year business for local family  

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If you’re not already in the camp that regards artificial Christmas trees as an abomination, just spend a little time with Dan Vanderzwet.

Dan is an ardent advocate for the real thing. With his wife, Heidi, their daughter Bella and sons Dominic and Joshua, he operates Potash Creek Farms, the only cut-your-own Christmas tree farm in Kawartha Lakes.

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Letham casts deciding vote to close Ops Arena; Locals hope to reverse decision

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When Deputy Mayor Patrick O’Reilly contacted Ron Pearson and Murray Walden to inform them council had voted 5-4 to close Ops Community Centre, Pearson and Walden were shocked.

The two men, who had been instrumental to the operation and construction of Ops before amalgamation in 2001, are waiting for a meeting with Mayor Andy Letham to push for a reversal.

However, it was Letham who cast the deciding vote to close the aging arena.

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Downtown Lindsay’s Ironman steels himself to ride out COVID

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Greg Nisbett. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Greg Nisbett was well into a 150-kilometre training ride on his carbon-fibre bicycle when he was caught in a flash storm. High winds buffeted him, and he was soaked by freezing rain. Drenched and shivering he reached the turn toward home. Then, after cresting a hill by Omemee, he faced steady headwinds for the final 20 km. He never gave in.

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Schmale announces referendum: Medical assistance in dying bill

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Local MP Jamie Schmale announced that he will hold a constituency referendum – his third – to give every eligible voter in his riding the opportunity to cast a vote on whether Schmale should vote in favour of, or against, Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying), when it comes to its final vote in the House of Commons.

“I believe the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock deserve to have their opinions heard directly. As such, I am asking the people of our riding how I should vote on this bill through a constituency referendum,” said Schmale.

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Juniper Street housing project gets a step closer: Council to sell land to non-profit

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“Fenelon Falls is not a community prepared for this kind of development.”

Kawartha Lakes council prioritized the need for housing in Fenelon Falls over the range of objections of a handful of people who were determined to block a new development from being built.

Council approved a bylaw to sell a surplus Fenelon Falls property adjacent to Juniper Street for potential future development, despite five deputations presented by local residents opposing the sale.

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