Covering the East Kawarthas


Friday, October 2, 2015



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by terry gillis

The Fifth Annual Bra Collection Campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month officially kicked off on September 25 and runs until October 23.

Colleen Rioux, Front Store Manager at Lakefield IDA Pharmacy, in support of Country 105 and OLG Slots at Kawartha’s efforts, has once again organized the annual local campaign.

Women (or men for that matter) are encouraged to drop off gently used bras from now until October 22. At the end of the campaign Colleen will personally take all bras collected to the Country 105 studio.

For every bra collected, OLG Slots at Kawartha will make a $1 dollar donation to the Canadian Cancer Society to support breast cancer research.

To donate your bra, stop in at the Lakefield IDA Pharmacy at 32 Queen St, during regular business hours. Everyone who makes a contribution is eligible for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate (ask for your draw ticket at the checkout).

To add your contribution, just look for the little pink container at the front of the store by the checkout counter.



by terry gillis


The Ontario Provincial Police’s Fall Seat belt Campaign started Wednesday and runs until midnight on Friday, October 9.

The number of deaths linked to not using seat   belts is on the rise, despite repeated safety messages and police campaigns.

 The OPP are reminding motorists that wearing a seat belt while in a motor vehicle is the law and officers intend to actively enforce that law during the Fall Seat Belt Campaign that is on right now.

So far this year 42 people have been killed on OPP-patrolled roads who were not wearing a seat belt in comparison to 34 people last year for the same time period. According to the most recent OPP statistics the forecast is not optimistic as increasing number of fatalities related to seat belts are expected. During the week of September 7 – 13, 2015, seven people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in Ontario – six of those people were not wearing a seat belt.




by terry gillis

 Earlier this year, the Township of Selwyn Council felt that it was the appropriate time, in keeping with its Strategic Plan to achieve excellence in governance and service delivery, to undertake an Organizational Review of the Township and its administration and service delivery.

The services of TCI Management Consultants and GGA Management Consultants were retained to study (review) and recommend possible improvements and/or changes in organizational structure and administration with emphasis on a number of key areas of interest identified by Council:

• Establishing a more direct role with respect to economic development

•   Long-term resourcing of community development

•   Securing an improved flow of applications through the regulatory process



by claudia Geldart


Lakefield United Church has recently embarked on a process of strategic visioning to explore the way they worship and serve the community. A large part of this project is directed towards understanding the larger community and, to this end, they recently hosted a round table discussion with those who serve and lead in Lakefield.

Sixteen leaders within the Lakefield community gathered on September 22 at the invitation of Lakefield United Church to discuss the services available (and missing) within Lakefield. Also considered was the current identity of Lakefield United Church and its position in the community. Representatives of local businesses, Selwyn Township, service clubs, LDISS and social service organizations were guided by a meeting facilitator supplied by Lakefield United Church in an attempt to gain an understanding of the needs in the community of Lakefield.




At last Thursday’s meeting of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB), Trustees approved the establishment of accommodation reviews to consider the future of Lakefield District Secondary School and Lakefield Intermediate Schools. The Board also approved a revised Pupil Accommodation Review: School Closure/Consolidation policy among other decisions.

In its report to the Board, administration is recommending that Lakefield District Secondary School be closed, and that students attend Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School beginning in September 2016. Current Grade 7 students at Lakefield Intermediate would remain at the school until June 2017.



by terry gillis


On Aug. 11, 2013 Peterborough County OPP upon arriving at a home on Fire Route 37, near Buckhorn, in response to a domestic disturbance call, discovered the body of Christopher Young, 27.

At that time, his father, Robin Young, 58, was charged with first-degree murder.

The first-degree murder charge has been withdrawn as pre-trial proceedings, which have been ongoing since June 5, 2014, continued in Peterborough Court of Justice on Sept. 17. The charge was reduced to manslaughter, court staff confirmed. Young is scheduled to appear in Lindsay Court of Justice on Nov. 26.

Young, who is currently living in Stouffville, was released on $450,000 bail on Sept. 24, 2013. He deposited $175,000 and a team of 10 people pledged a further $275,000.

He was ordered to stay at the home at all times unless accompanied by a surety. He must abide by an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and wear an electronic monitoring device. He is also prohibited from drinking any alcohol or consuming any non-prescription medication.