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New episode of The Advocate Podcast to feature interview — with a cup

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New episode of The Advocate Podcast to feature interview -- with a cup

Podcast producer and host Denis Grignon has drawn on his 30-plus years as a journalist to conduct an interview…with a discarded Styrofoam cup.

It’s a unique interview, to be sure. “And, likely, the first of its kind,” boasts the Dunsford-area resident, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, before adding that he also drew on his training as a professional standup comic and sketch writer.

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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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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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Debut of Advocate podcast generates (down) loads of positive feedback

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Advocate publisher Roderick Benns admits he was a bit tentative the night before his news site’s newest venture – The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes – launched February 15.

“We’d had many meetings, a lot of back-and-forth, and more than a few phone calls about the content, the direction and tone of the podcast,” he says. “But, really, you can only do so much of that. Eventually, you just have to put it out there, take a breath, and let the audience respond.”

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Podcast teaser: Bugged in the winter by mosquitos

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It’s an ideal title for a kid’s book – especially if those kids live in a climate similar to ours in Kawartha Lakes: There’s a Mosquito in My Bathroom and it’s Winter.

So, if you’ve gotten out of the shower on a minus-20, blizzard-like and blustery morning, only to see a mosquito – (or two, or three) – sluggishly buzzing about your window, you’re not alone, says Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, a professor of urban forestry and coordinator of the arboriculture program at Fleming College’s Frost campus.

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Advocate stakes out new ground with The Advocate Podcast – Stories from Kawartha Lakes

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Denis Grignon interviews Warren Frank and Tanner Paré of Heaps (formerly The Kents) at Boiling Over in Lindsay for an upcoming podcast.

It’s new territory for the Advocate – a podcast geared exclusively to, and about, people in Kawartha Lakes. The first episode of the twice-monthly, news magazine program becomes available for streaming and download on February 15.

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