With local businesses forced to close or reduce their hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly launched FanSaves Helps Gift Certificate Program is helping give business owners a boost across the country and in the Kawartha Lakes region.
The Academy Theatre has named a brand new GM for the new year, along with four new board members — including Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce President, Bob Armstrong.
In a message sent out widely by email, Academy Theatre Foundation Chair, Mike Piggott, says Craig Metcalf will be the new general manager.
Think about what contributes to a caring, supportive community. Any list would include the service clubs and the churches. Arguably, the press belong there. Near the top would be agencies like United Way and Community Care.
For decades Mike Puffer has played key roles in all of these.
Later this month, after 11 years as Executive-Director of the United Way and 14 years as Communications Officer with Community Care, Mike is “retiring” (more about the quotation marks later).
When I sit down with him it’s to hear some reflections on his professional and volunteer services. We meet upstairs at Remedy’s RX on Kent, the independent pharmacy owned and operated by his wife, Cathy.
The Lindsay Advocate has been named New Business of the Year by the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce at the 2019 Evening of Excellence event.
The Advocate was presented with the honour at the Lakeview Arts Barn — the second award for the Advocate in the past year, after winning an Innovation Award through the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation earlier.
Marlene Morrison Nicholls has been operating as an insurance broker in Kawartha Lakes since 1976. Her story and the reason for her continued community involvement, however, starts years before this.
Morrison Nicholls’ father, Stewart Morrison, established his first office in Sunderland in 1976. Under his name, Stewart Morrison Insurance grew, and so did the family’s drive for their community.
“He believed that volunteering and helping people was important,” explains Morrison Nicholls. The now president of the firm says that her father’s message during that time was to “support the people that support you.”
The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce has written a letter in full support of the City of Kawartha Lakes opting in to allow private recreational cannabis stories.
The letter — penned by Chamber President Bob Armstrong — was directed to Ron Taylor, Chief Adminstrative Officer of the City of Kawartha Lakes, and is printed in its entirety here:
The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce would like to provide this letter in support of the City of Kawartha Lakes opting-in to allow private recreational cannabis retail stores in our municipality. Our organization represents over 330 businesses in Lindsay and the surrounding area.
A little rain, a little sun gleaming through. It was perfect rainbow conditions for the fourth annual Kawartha Lakes Pride Picnic, held Saturday in Victoria Park, and though no rainbows formed overhead, they were everywhere at the picnic — on banners, clusters of balloons, this year’s t-shirts and even painted onto children’s cheeks.
A boisterous crowd gathers in the Plaza del Toro in a charming small town, awaiting in rapt anticipation the entrance of the magnificent bull Ferdinand and wonders what might become of Matador Jorge Louis Bernal. Who will win — man or beast? Will the bull be vanquished? Will the matador survive? A year of planning this ‘ballet in three acts’ by organizers in the small town has come down to these tense few minutes. Our scene is not set in some small Mexican pueblo. This bullring is constructed out of plywood and the setting is old Lindsay fairgrounds where almost 5,000 people have gathered to see Canada’s first bullfight. The year is 1958.
In an evening of excellence that recognized Lindsay’s top businesses, a rare lifetime achievement award was presented to Chris Karkabasis, a well-known businessman and BIA founder.
The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Cogeco held the 2018 Evening of Excellence event June 1 at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups and businesses gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.
Tony Tilly, president of Fleming College, was recently the guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.
Tilly made a short presentation on how Fleming – and Frost Campus in particular – has been playing a key role in specialized education the Lindsay area, before taking questions from community members.