In This Week's Edition:

Donwood Farmer's Market

Country Show & Sale renamed Donwood Farmer's Market found a home.

Forest Fire near Buckhorn

A 14 hectare fire 45km north of Buckhorn started by lightening.

methane collection system

Selwyn hoping for funding for methane collection system for Smith landfill.

 Friday, July 13, 2018 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas

Due to dry weather, there is a total fire ban in effect for most of Peterborough County



Due to dry weather, there is a total fire ban in effect for most of Peterborough County

Terry McQuitty

Alan Black & the Steady Band turned out to be the last band of the day at the 20th edition of the Lakefield Jazz, Art & Craft Festival held at Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield on Saturday. Coldjack was scheduled to finish the day, but had to cancel due to an injury in the band. Go here for more photos.

Selwyn extends police services contract

by Terry Gillis


As was reported in the June 1 edition of the Lakefield Herald, in November, 2017 Selwyn Township advised the City of Peterborough that they wished to extend the term of the contract for provision of police services to the Lakefield Ward for two years to December 31, 2020 under the same terms and conditions.


The Peterborough Police Services has been serving Lakefield on contract since the beginning of 2015, following the de-amalgamation of  the Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police on January 1 of that year. However, the original four year contract, from January 1, 2015  to December 31, 2018, is set to expire.


On May 24, 2018 a City of Peterborough (City) staff report recommended that city council grant the contract extension. The 2018 cost for the Peterborough Police Service contract is $570,359, a $10,325 increase from 2017. This does not include any overtime or specialized services which would be billed based on actual cost should they be required.




In this week's print edition



Selwyn extends police contract

Donwood Farmer's Market, a.k.a. Country Show & Sale, finds a home

Forest Fire breaks out 45kms north of Buckhorn

Selwyn hopes for funding for methane collection system

Fire bans declared throughout our region

Dare to Donate fundraiser a success

Susan Davidson named Governor for District 7010

Township of Selwyn officially a bee city

Jazz & Art Craft Festival coverage

Lakefield native accepts scholarship in Nebraska

Transportation Day Car & Motorcycle Show


Special Feature/s:


Ennismore Shamrock Festival


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





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Donwood Farmer's Market, a.k.a. Country Show & Sale, finds a home



The Douro and District Optimist Club appeared before Douro-Dummer council on May 1 to explain the club’s plan for a country show and sale which they were hoping to set up on the property of the Douro Community Centre located on Highway 28 and County Road 4.


Council initially supported the idea in principle, but requested more information before giving a firm commitment.


Marc Trudeau of the Optimist Club appeared before council again in June and presented the “Vendors’ Handbook of Rules and Regulations”,  a 17 page document that outlines the intentions and responsibilities of the country show and sale.


The Country Show and Sale is a fundraiser to help support local youth and their families with expenses associated with minor hockey, including  registration.


Councillor Tom Watt thought that it was a little unfair that businesses could take advantage of a prime location for a little bit of money while local businesses had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to set up shop.




Township of Selwyn officially a Bee City

The Township of Selwyn has been declared the 18th Bee City in Canada! Jointly, with the Lakefield & District Horticultural Society, the Otonabee region Conservation Authority and the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, the Township was successful in applying for and receiving its Bee City designation. By receiving the Bee City designation, the Township and its partners commitment to supporting pollinator protection and establishing and maintaining a healthy pollinator habitat within the municipality.


The designation was supported by the various initiatives undertaken by the Township and its community partners to encourage pollinator health and biodiversity in our community. Initiatives such as:

- creation of pollinator gardens enriched with native wildflowers and bee houses

- community education through information meetings regarding the plight of the pollinator, effects of pesticides on pollinator habitats

- naturalization of shorelines by planting native shrubs and vegetation to encourage pollination

- commitment to pesticide free municipal space by using hand/tool removal of weeds

- and many, many, many more...


As a Bee City, the Township has the role of raising awareness of pollinator diversity and the benefits of using native plants in habitat restoration. The Township and its partners will look for ways to set an example and inspire residents to become bee friendly by encouraging the planting of pollinator friendly plants including native trees, shrubs, vines, forbs and grasses, along with herbs and vegetables. Stay tuned for Bee City initiatives and ideas on how to become bee friendly.


To learn more about the Bee City movement, please visit the Township website or contact Tania Goncalves at 705-292-9507


"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

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.