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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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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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Local man excited about possibility of outdoor rinks for hockey, skating

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Allen Irvine grew up in Lindsay playing hockey every opportunity he could. Now, years later with children of his own, Irvine would like to see Kawartha Lakes expand the options for children to get out and play a game of shinny by considering the construction of an outdoor ice rink for community use during the winter months.

“I have played hockey my whole life,” Irvine said. “I have kids of my own now and there is nowhere to play hockey outside in Kawartha Lakes. With this new (COVID) world we are living in I think the rink would be well used and it is something we should do.”

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Council looks at multiple full-sized outdoor rinks for future

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After three months of budget preparation and discussions, council finally had a chance to talk about other key issues, such as outdoor rinks and downtown reconstruction in Fenelon Falls and Lindsay.

Petition for outdoor rinks 

Lindsay resident Al Irvine presented a petition to council with over 700 signatures supporting the creation of at least one full sized outdoor hockey rink in Kawartha Lakes.

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Bobcaygeon gets shortlisted for potential NHL pre-season game, new money for arena

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The village could win $250,000 to put toward its arena. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

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.

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Stories from Kawartha Lakes – podcast teaser    

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It’s been a few years since Denis Grignon played pick-up hockey on a regular basis.

Post Office Memories

I gasped a few days ago, driving through my old neighbourhood and past what was once Reaboro’s de-facto epicentre: the local post office, which the hamlet’s beloved matriarch, Norma Jean Sutton, operated from her kitchen for more than 50 years until her passing a few months ago.

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Benns’ Belief: Cherish our history, welcome new ways

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My best friend in my elementary school years was, to my knowledge, from the only Indian family in Lindsay — Deep Chatha. His parents owned Queensway Market and Queensway Motors, businesses that many readers will doubtless remember at Queen and St. David streets.

Deep was cool enough to have an Atari system and often after school we’d hang out at his house where we’d obliterate misshapen, pixelated asteroids.

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City concerned about financial impact of loss of community sports

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Director of Community Services Craig Shanks is keeping an eye on the ever-lengthening list of local sporting groups that are suspending or restructuring play for the 2020 summer season and the 2020-2021 winter season.

His department, responsible for public spaces, is already facing a reduction in revenue of $1.7 million because of pandemic-inspired cancellations and things continue to look bleak as soccer, figure skating and hockey struggle with making tough decisions based on player and parent safety.

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Local youth sports blindsided by COVID-19

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Local youth sports blindsided by COVID-19

In Kawartha Lakes, May is recognized as the beginning of the summer sports season. Whether it is baseball, rugby, lacrosse or soccer normally youth sports across the city are in full swing with gyms, diamonds and fields filled with local children enjoying the sport of their choice. May of 2020 is very different, and some wonder if and when sports of any kind will return for local kids.

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Game on! Wards Lawyers Kids’ Road Hockey Tournament might be Canada’s biggest

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This just might be the nation’s largest kids’ road hockey tournament.

What could be more Canadian than a road hockey game? Well, how about a tournament with no fewer than 12 road hockey rinks and games running all day?

The Wards Lawyers Kids’ Road Hockey Tournament in support of youth mental health is set for Sunday, May 26. According to lawyer and organizer Jason Ward it will probably be the nation’s largest kids’ road hockey tournament.

All that will be missing when it gets underway at 8 am will be game-pausing cries of “Car!” (Kent Street, from Cambridge to York, will be closed to traffic for the event.)

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