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You have a choice: Save the Grand, reader tells new owners

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To the new owners of the Grand the citizens of Lindsay ask that you please work with owner Charlie McDonald and save our iconic restaurant.

There are few things left that reminds us of our humble beginnings.

The Grand the building and the Grand the bar are two different things to most of us.

The bar-restaurant has been here for 160 years and Charlie and his staff have made it a home away from home for over 10 years.

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Grand Experience to close at end of August

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Charlie McDonald, owner of The Grand Experience in Lindsay, says on a social media post that the well-known restaurant and bar will close by the end of August.

“After 160 years of serving the downtown Lindsay community, the buildings of 171-185 Kent Street have been sold, and because I have not had a lease since this past March, we have been evicted with 30 days notice,” McDonald writes.

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Fenelon Falls shows support for LGBTQ+ community after hate crime incident

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Oscar, Charlotte, Zoe and Levon Ceci show their support to staff at Grr8 Finds Market. Photo: Sylvia Keesmaat.

A large group of people congregated outside Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon on Wednesday to show support following homophobic harassment that targeted the owner and an employee the previous day.

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Fenelon Falls business targeted by “hate crime”

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Photo of staff as posted from the Grr8 Finds Market Facebook page.

The staff of the Grr8 Finds Market in downtown Fenelon Falls was victimized yesterday in what the investigating OPP officer initially described as “a hate crime.”

The business, which has operated in Fenelon for more than a decade, takes great pride in the fact its staff are “loud and proud queers.” Until this incident the men and women that worked at Grr8 had only experienced love and support from the people of Kawartha Lakes.

That ended yesterday morning when a man entered the store “and tried to tell an entirely queer staff that they were sick and disgusting.”

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Health unit further clarifies mandatory mask announcement

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The local Health Unit is clarifying its instructions about mandatory mask wearing in commercial premises — a policy that takes effect July 13. Commercial establishments are premises that are openly accessible to members of the public and used for the purposes of offering goods or services for sale.

An establishment would include a mall or other structure containing commercial premises, including: retail stores, convenience stores, restaurants, personal services settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, indoor farmers’ markets, areas of mechanics’ shops/garages/repair shops which are open to the public.

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Lindsay’s David LaMantia to serve on Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council

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David LaMantia, owner of Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council, says a press release from MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister responsible for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, held the inaugural meeting of the province’s Small Business Economic Advisory Council.

The Ministerial Advisory Council consists of 12 small business owners from across the province who have been tasked with advising the Minister and in turn the government on tackling the challenges of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

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Acu Total Health closes from pandemic economic pressures

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The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another small business in Kawartha Lakes, with Acu Total Health in Lindsay closing just a year-and-a-half after opening.

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A View from Parliament Hill: A summary of the COVID-19 emergency response act

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The House of Commons began debate early this morning on the federal government’s response to the economic and social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act was presented to parliament after a marathon of last-minute negotiations among the major political parties and outlines the framework that will be used by government to spend the proposed $107 billion to assist individuals, small businesses, along with the nation’s housing, banking and financial sectors.

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Local businesses work around downtown reconstruction

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“We would love people to take the steps to come see us.” Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline replacement project is moving along as planned, with crews completing work along Kent Street, from Lindsay Street North to William Street, and continuing towards Victoria Avenue.

It’s not easy for local businesses in the downtown that are affected but most owners are taking it in stride.

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Flower power: A dark and early drive with Sarah Hill

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Hill’s is not just a family business but a multi-generational family business. Photo: Jamie Morris.

It’s 3:30 a.m. when the Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses van pulls up. Eleven years ago I climbed into the same Ford Econoline to accompany Roger Hill on his weekly trek to “The Clock” — the Mississauga flower auctions.

There’s a different Hill at the wheel this time: Sarah, Roger’s daughter, who for the past few years has been the one occupying the Hill’s seat in the auction gallery.

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