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Car care feature

Find out what four habits could damage your car.

TL needs more staff

Trent Lakes Fire Chief requests additional staff.

Awards finalists

18th Annual Kawartha Chamber Business Awards finalists.


Friday, October 20, 2017


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Covering the East Kawarthas



Terry Gillis

One of the first signs of the season change is the opening of the Pumpkin Festival at McLean’s Berry Farm in Buckhorn. This annual event brings thousands of people out to enjoy corn mazes, pumpkin cannons and at the same time buy their Fall gourds. Pictured above are Brynn and Emily Toll picking out their Halloween pumpkin.   More pictures here.


Trent Lakes endorses Tourism Wayfinding Project

by terry gillis

At the October 17 Trent Lakes council meeting, Tracie Bertrand, Director of Tourism & Communications for Peterborough and The Kawarthas Tourism, and Peter Nielson, Manager of Technical Services with the County of Peterborough gave a presentation on the Kawarthas Tourism and Wayfinding Project.

During the initial stages of the project a Technical Advisory Committee was established which included representatives from all eight lower-tier municipalities, the City of Peterborough and Curve Lake First Nation. CAO, Lois O’Neill-Jackson sits on the committee for Trent Lakes.

The main objective of a wayfinding program is to provide visitors and residents with information to easily access local attractions, parks, historical buildings and meeting venues.

At the beginning of the presentation, Bertrand and Nielson discussed the current signage, lack of wayfinding signs and their varying states of disrepair throughout the county.

Bertrand said that as part of a consultation, following a two-day examination of the county, Form: Media, a design firm specializing in signage, asked “if there was a pest problem in the Kawarthas.” Bertrand explained that consultants saw more pest control signs than directional signs.

Nielson and Bertrand told council that they were not asking for any kind of financial support at this time since the project is still in phase one. Rather, the presenters were seeking council endorsement.




In this week's print edition



DD answers questions

Trent Lakes endorses Tourism Wayfinding Project

Trent Lakes Fire Chief requests additional staff

RTO8 TSW Trail Workshop held at Legion

Trent Lakes approves staff for Building and Planning Department

Fatal collision on Selwyn Road

MPP Jeff Leal opens funding doors for Hospice Peterborough

18th Annual Kawartha Chamber Business Awards of Excellence finalists

Peterborough County Cattlemen distribute the proceeds from their Annual BBQ

Performing Arts Lakefield presents the Penderecki String Quartet

Trent U tops Maclean's rankings seventh year in a row

Lakefield Chiefs blow out Little Britain 12-1

Public reminders about exploring natural areas with your dogs

Rotary clubs walk for Polio Awareness

7th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Trent Lakes acquired park land in Buckhorn


Special Feature/s:


Home Improvements:

Do this fall yard work and reap springtime benefits

Car care - Gear Up for Winter:

4 common habits that could be damaging your car

How your old car can help save the world

Get your vehicle winter-ready

When to splurge and save on baby and child gear


Regular Columns and Features:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Reflections by Terry Gillis

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Story Time at the Buckhorn Library

Golden Years Club Update

Backyard Stargazing by John Crossen





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Douro-Dummer answers questions

by terry mcquitty

The floor was open for questions on August 24 as the Township of Douro-Dummer hosted a Town Hall style meeting. The idea was to invite ratepayers and have them ask council any questions that crossed their minds. Approximately 35 people attended the meeting and topics ranged from road maintenance to minor variances.

On Tuesday Douro-Dummer held a special meeting to go over some of the concerns raised at the Town Hall meeting. CAO David Clifford told council that some of the concerns raised have already been addressed. One such concern was a volunteer fireperson who was constantly speeding down a concession road. Clifford told council that the Fire Chief had been informed and the individual was reprimanded.

The biggest issue raised was road maintenance throughout the township, especially in the Spring. Deputy Mayor Karl Moher stated “People are no longer satisfied with the status quo” and asked if staff could come up with an alternate plan over the next month or so as ratepayers want to see a higher standard.

The general consensus with road work is that the municipality has to get ahead of things. The thought of buying or renting another grader was tossed around. Moher also suggested that the criteria needed to hardtop roads should also be reexamined.

Council asked staff if they could come up with a plan, but Public Works manager, Harold Nelson stated that there was a roads needs study being completed and it would be advisable to wait until it is published before too much time and effort is extended.

Moher suggested that they wait until they see the draft report, then possibly arrange a formal meeting or a road tour to address the roads problems.

Another hot topic was Shoreline development. Many in attendance at the Town Hall meeting wondered if there was anything that could be done to monitor shoreline development.




RTO8 TSW Trail Workshop held in Lakefield

by terry gillis

On Thursday evening (October 12) Kawarthas Northumberland, in partnership with the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism held a Trent-Severn Waterway Trail Town Workshop.

From the U.S., trail tourism expert, Amy Camp of Cycle Forward in Pennsylvania, gave an interactive presentation to approximately twenty-five invited business owners and interested guests.

Camp helped to launch the first multi-community Trail Town Program in 2007 and now consults with communities across North America on how to leverage their trail systems.

Over the next two years it is the Regional Tourism Organization 8’s (RTO8) intent to hold similar workshops in various communities along the TSW.

Building off a regional workshop hosted by Kawarthas Northumberland to ignite the tourism economy last fall, this second phase focuses on helping communities better leverage the waterway and trail systems to increase visitation, length of stay and visitor spending.

During the Thursday workshop, upon arrival guests were asked to provide feedback on three specific topics/questions:

1. Help us draw an ideal community

2. Share your five word story (about the trails)

3. What barriers do business face in attracting visitors (i.e. cyclists, kayakers, etc.)

Participants were then given a two-page questionnaire and asked to take a walk through the village and along the trails and, from the perspective of a visitor, answer and comment on community related questions.

A light dinner was served after the walkabout.

Following the meal, Camp discussed creating a strategy to increase tourism to approximately fifteen communities along the Trent-Severn Waterway which would bring more visitors to our region who will stay longer, venture farther and spend more of their dollars at our local businesses.


Unheralded the documentary

"Unheralded" chronicles a week in the life of "The Lakefield Herald", a local newspaper published in Lakefield, Ontario. Whether writing about dog shows and 100th birthdays, or telling stories of citizen opposition and community loss - local news reporters have a difficult job, especially when the readers are their neighbours. "Unheralded" is an NFB-TVO Calling Card production.

Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee


The minutes of the June 20, 2017 Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee meeting are posted on the project website at should you, or any of your neighbours/colleagues wish to see them.