The Lakefield Sidewalk Sale was held on Saturday with thousands of people wandering Queen Street looking for some deals and enjoying some great food. Pictured above is Dianne Grimms along with Ella, Ari and Mia Wiles. More pictures on page 10.
by Marnie Clement
The Buckhorn Community Centre (BCC) has given the Municipality of Trent Lakes a non-answer to the municipality’s formal inquiry about whether the BCC would consider selling the land the Buckhorn Sports Pad sits on.
Although the Sports Pad is owned by the municipality, the land it sits on is owned by the BCC.
Earlier this year the Sports Pad Committee approached council about the possibility of refrigerating the ice pad located on the BCC property.
The estimated costs of refrigeration is $1 million, and the municipality would have to fully own the land that the building sits on in order to be eligible for government grants to help cover the costs of the refrigeration.
The request covered land the Sports Pad sits on, the adjacent baseball field, the parking lot and the driveway to access the building.
Bill Kent, on behalf of the BCC Board of Directors, responded to council that they are not comfortable with either a yes or no answer at this time.
“We are happy with the current parameters of this family facility and its availability to the community as it was originally planned,” he said. “We don’t consider your request and our response to be an urgent matter relative to the probably start date of the project.”
There is no start date as asking the BCC about the land is the first step, and if the answer was negative, very likely the municipality would not move ahead with this project.
Kent asked the municipality to withdraw the request for now and that the municipality continue to work with the BCC and look at the issue. He said the BCC board will send the municipality more input regarding the questions and concerns they have about the request.
Council approved a motion to receive Kent’s letter.
No answer on Buckhorn Sports Pad from BCC
Selwyn receives $150,000 from Trillium for the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre
Federal government investing in high-speed Internet for DD
Peterborough--Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef was in Warsaw on Monday to announce $1 million in internet funding. Pictured above Maryam Monsef and Douro-Dummer mayor J Murray Jones
Pictured from left to right is Ennismore Ward Councillor Donna Ballantyne, Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis, OTF Volunteer Les Kariunas, MPP Dave Smith, Mayor Andy Mitchell, Lakefield Ward Councillor Anita Locke and Smith Ward Councillor Gerry Herron
by Vanessa Stark
Selwyn Council received $150,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tuesday night at the regular council meeting for re-roofing the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre.
MPP Dave Smith, along with Les Kariunas from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, presented council with the money, which equals about 50 per cent of the total cost for this project.
In late 2017, council first started looking at options for a new roof on the Lakefield arena. council requested a report be submitted on the structural capacity of the building, as staff had concerns about whether the building could withstand the construction proposed.
A report from Berry Bryan Associates Limited confirmed that councils could proceed with their preferred method of re-roofing the arena.
They will be taking a roof-over-roof approach, which allows for a new roof to be built overtop of the existing roof while adding a layer of insulation installed at the same time.
This same approach was used back in 2015 on the Ennismore arena and council says it has proven to be a superior method of re-roofing for arenas.
During the presentation at council, Smith expressed his approval for this project stating he is very happy Trillium looked at this project and saw its importance not only economically, but also for the community itself.
Monday, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced funding of $1 million for Nexicom to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to rural Ontario. In addition to the Government of Canada’s investment, Nexicom is contributing $334,600, for a total investment of over $1.3 million.
“Canadians living in rural communities have told us that to be competitive in the 21st century, they first and foremost need access to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet,” said MP Monsef. “Being connected is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity. Canada’s Connectivity Strategy is the federal government’s plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians will have access to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet, no matter where they live.”
This high-speed Internet project is possible thanks to the top-up to the Connect to Innovate program announced in Budget 2019. As a result of this investment, residents of Warsaw will be able to connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.
“We are absolutely delighted to hear the news of this much needed helping hand to increase the access to high-speed Internet,” said J. Murray Jones, Peterborough County Warden and Mayor of Douro-Dummer Township. “Nexicom have been part of the Douro-Dummer family for many years and we are very appreciative of their efforts and the generous assistance of the federal government.”
Connect to Innovate is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.
“Investments like the one announced today help grow our local economies, build stronger and more inclusive communities, and safeguard the environment and the health of Canadians for years to come,” concluded MP Monsef. “By investing in the infrastructure that communities need, our government is creating the conditions so that all Canadians can reach their full potential and share in our nation’s prosperity.”
"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.
Unheralded the documentary
In this week's print edition
Trent Lakes looks at by-law enforcement
Trent Lakes grant criteria
DD holds Roads Needs meeting
Retirement of long time CAO announced
New chapter of Council for Canadians in Kawartha Lakes
New Community Development Coordinator for Buckhorn Community Care
County Assessment review program
Shawn Mullin is the new voice of the Petes
Road improvements in North Kawartha
Cruisin in the County for United Way
Looking for volunteers
Order rain barrels from Kawartha Conservation
Second Annual Art Show & Sale
Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour
Rock the Locks
Regular Columns and Features:
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire
Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn
Book Review by Barry Mutter
@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner
Story Time at the Buckhorn Library
Golden Years Club Update
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