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Lindsay’s Nate Copeland on the struggle to become his true self

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Nate Copeland is an amateur actor, parent, early childhood educator, member of Cambridge United Church, and a sci-fi fanatic. He’s also a transgender man.

“When I started at the theatre I wasn’t out as transgender,” he told Denis Grignon on a recent episode of The Advocate Podcast. “The theatre family are the people who backed me. It was a safe place to explore my identity.”

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Brittany N Bros believes shopping in person will be popular again after pandemic

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Store owner Tammy Thompson says her customers have supported her business all through the pandemic.

Nearly 23 years ago, a small shoe store in downtown Lindsay opened but soon grew to carry clothing as well. Brittany N Bros carries “comfort and fashion footwear and clothing,” and has been a vibrant part of the downtown since it launched more than two decades ago.

Its Canadian and European designs were popular enough that owner Tammy Thompson expanded to Port Perry and Cobourg in 2011, for a total of three locations.

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Benns’ Belief: Political confessions

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Benns’ Belief: Political confessions
Advocate publisher Roderick Benns at I.E. Weldon where political aspirations were first sparked. Photo: Erin Burrell.

I grew up in a family that voted Conservative, if they voted at all, because that’s how my grandparents had voted. Most political scientists believe voting through familial patterns is the norm and how we politically wire ourselves, often for life.

I was eight when I watched the federal election of 1979, when Joe Clark beat Pierre Trudeau in what was certainly an upset. Brian Mulroney was prime minister when I was in high school and his prolific agenda was thrilling for a young man with political aspirations. Free Nelson Mandela! Clean up our environment! Free trade! (I’m still happy with the first two.)

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City approves hiring of museum curator/manager

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Kawartha Lakes council approved the hiring of a curator/manager in the next two to three months who will have a very broad portfolio of responsibilities assisting the many cultural organizations in the city.

Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor, with the help of numerous senior staff, shared four possible options with council regarding the request from the Olde Gaol Museum Board who asked for financial assistance in hiring full-time staff for the 2021 season.

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Lockdown: Small businesses scramble again to counter COVID and its variants

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Lindsay’s Ctrl V will be one of many businesses closed during the lockdown.

Another lockdown is upon Ontario due to an acceleration of COVID-19 variants – and two local businesses are facing different realities because of it.

At 1:30 this afternoon, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the lockdown will begin just after midnight on April 3. This will not be a stay-at-home lockdown. Schools will remain open but for at least the next four weeks, various local businesses are to be subjected to the similar sort of measures already in place in hotspot regions.

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Overcoming hurdles: The Life of Eleanor McQuarrie, D.V.M.

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Life had changed in untold ways for Lindsay residents by the mid-1940s, particularly in terms of how they got around. Save for the odd wagon belonging to a milkman, internal combustion vehicles had long since displaced the horse-drawn traffic of years gone by. Scarcer still was the sight of someone riding about town on the back of a horse.

Yet, that was exactly what folks living across the way from 17 Adelaide St. saw when teenaged Eleanor McQuarrie emerged from that house and mounted her steed during that decade. Later, when the family moved to 251 Kent St. — home to today’s Kent Inn — Eleanor spent many pleasant hours with her horse adjacent to Lindsay’s increasingly busy main thoroughfare.

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Weldon’s International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes

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Weldon's International Baccalaureate program benefits from structural changes
Erin Matthew, IB coordinator at I.E. Weldon. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Superintendent of Schools for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Katherine MacIver, told trustees that structural changes made to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at I.E. Weldon have helped to make the respected enrichment program financially viable.

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Comedian comes home, virtually, for special fundraiser

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It’s a bit misleading – but very very funny.

“I’m a bit of hillbilly” professional standup comedian Rebecca Reeds confesses to her audience in “Buddy,” her debut CD.

“People always think I have an accent…that I’m from somewhere cool,” continues Reed, who grew up in Lindsay and still has family here. “They always ask, ‘Where’s that accent from?’ And I just tell them it’s from a lack of education.”

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Lindsay Downtown BIA asks for increase in 2021 funding

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The additional $10,000 will be spent on new planters and banners for the new light posts. Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Lindsay Downtown Business Improvement Association, representing approximately 150 businesses, made a presentation to Kawartha Lakes council asking for an additional $10,000 in funding for 2021.

The organization is responsible for advocacy, beautification, improvement and maintenance of the downtown area. They also coordinate marketing and special events to promote and improve the economic prosperity of the downtown.

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Remembering the last mayor of Lindsay and the first of Kawartha Lakes

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Former Mayor of Lindsay, Art Truax
Former Mayor of Lindsay, Art Truax

Among the favourite wintertime activities enjoyed by any youngster living north of Colborne Street in Lindsay is tobogganing on the hill in Mayor James Flynn Park. So named in honour of the town’s 46th  mayor, it is home to the “Mayor’s Walk” — a circuitous path along which some 50 trees have been planted, one in honour of each mayor who served the Town of Lindsay. The path begins with Robert Lang, who called the first council meeting to order in 1857. It ends with Art Truax.

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