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Friday, January 19, 2018


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The Ontario Speed Skating Oval in Lakefield South has had one of the earliest starts ever. Pictured above Connor McGeachie laced up speed skates for the first time and took advantage of the fantastic ice conditions during public skating on Sunday (noon - 3:00 p.m.) The Oval is gearing up for two of its most popular events. Zambonie Day on January 27 and the Candlelight Skate (a PolarFest event) on Saturday February 3. Visit for up to date ice conditions.

Terry McQuitty

by Terry Gillis


Trent Lakes’ Planning Technician, Adele Arbour presented Council with a status update on the proposed amendments to the Official Plan for Flynn’s Corner Golf Course and Residential Subdivision.

The applications for official plan and zoning by-Law amendments together with an application for a Plan of Subdivision were originally submitted in 2009 and were the subject of a Public Meeting in 2014.

December 15, 2017 Trent Lakes received a memo from Chris Jones, Planning Consultant for the Municipality of Trent Lakes which summarized several provincial policy issues that require resolution before moving forward with the outstanding planning applications.

At a meeting held on January 10, 2018 were property owners Steve Leckie and Ken Summers, their planning consultant Steve Edwards, Chris Jones, Adele Arbour and lain Mudd, County of Peterborough discussed the memo,  Leckie and Summers stated that they were not going to proceed any further with the applications. However, according to Arbour’s report “after having a few days to reflect on their decision, Mr. Leckie reached out to staff and wanted to pursue the applications.”

In November, 2016 Council supported a further public meeting as a result of several comments and concerns raised at the initial public meeting. Additionally, the development has been subsequently modified, and a new Growth Plan has been put in place. Because of the above noted, staff recommended another public meeting was has been scheduled for February 20, 2018 subsequent to receipt of the requested documentation from the applicant, on or before Monday January 29, 2018



Flynn’s Corner Golf Course and Residential Subdivision Proposal Public Meeting



In this week's print edition



MESH Sofware coming to Trent Lakes

CO Calls up in Trent Lakes

Douro-Dummer remuneration for 2017


Ontario Chamber calls for tax reform

CMHA HKPR received exemplary standing from Accredication Canada

Polar Plung "Jump in the Lake for Charity"

Hire a Student

Chiefs win 11 in a row

Lakefield Ladies Hockey Association results

New Year, New Public Health Mandate

12th Annual PolarFest


Special Feature/s:


Bridal Edition - Weddin Wishes



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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Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of PolarFest



 PolarFest is an exciting winter carnival offering events guaranteed to entertain the whole family. The opening festivities will take place at the Ennismore Community Centre located at 553 Ennis Road. Enjoy a hot beverage and help kick off the 12th anniversary of PolarFest. The ceremony will conclude with a fireworks show brought to you by Eastlink which will be put on by Fire in the Sky.

Also taking place on Friday is Youth Shinny, Gun’s and Hoses Charity Hockey Game, Lakefield Trail Night Hike.

The fun continues on Saturday with more events:

• Snow-Pitch Tournament in Ennismore

• Free Pancake Breakfast at Causeway Christian Assembly

• Ice sculptures through the Township and a competition/awards ceremony

• Fun Activities for Young Children at the Lakefield Library with the Ptbo Family Resource Centre

• Little chippers - hands on ice carving for children

• 5 km Polar Run in Lakefield

• RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides (weather dependant with no wind) Isabel Morris Park

• Ice Bar Party at the Lakefield Legion

• Nordic Day and Candle Light Skate at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval

• Free Public Skating at the Lakefield Arena sponsored by Nexicom

• Polar Paddle on Queen Street in Lakefield, an event that can’t be missed!

• Horse drawn sleigh rides in Ennismore hosted by the Optimist Club

• Bridgenorth United Church Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday February 4th is the Annual Polar Plunge hosted by B.E.L. Rotary Club. Watch people who raised money for local charities plunge into the frigid waters! While you are there hop on the RE/MAX hot air balloon and be sure to check out the antique snowmobile display. Before the plunge starts try your hand at lake curling, stones available at plunge site from 12-2pm or stop by the Ennismore Community Centre and enjoy free public skating at 1pm sponsored by Brad Sinclair; Flat Rate Realty.

Last but not least don’t forget to build a snowman for PolarFest weekend! Enter the PolarFest Snowman Challenge by uploading your picture to Facebook for a chance to win prizes (see website for more details).

There are so many reasons for you to come chill with us for PolarFest 2018!

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See next week’s Lakefield Herald for an updated schedule of events.



Issues for another day


Douro-Dummer council pushed a couple of important decisions down the road on Tuesday evening.  The township hosted two meetings on Tuesday. A special meeting was convened for the 2018 budget presentation  which took place directly before the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Darlene Heffernan presented a reworked 2018 budget for the fourth time. The original budget included a levy increase of  over six per cent to which council requested the number be brought down to 3 to 3.5 per cent. The levy increase proposed on Tuesday evening was a 3.76 per cent increase or $170,214 over the 2017 numbers.

Council thanked Heffernan for all her hard work, but there was still a will among council to lessen the percentage even more. Councillor Ray Johnston questioned the $25,000 being transferred to reserves for the severe weather fund. Council agreed three years ago to put money in to reserves in case the budgets for road cleaning was blown away due to severe weather as happened in 2014.

Johnston questioned Hefferen as to the impact this would have and the response was that it would bring the increase down to approximately 3.2 per cent. A motion was made by Johnston to have the $25,000 taken out of the equation, but the motion was defeated in a 3-2 vote.

Mayor Jones suggested that councillors go over the budget one last time looking for possible savings and report these ideas to Heffernan prior to the next council meeting. Council also agreed that they would see one more budget presentation on February 6 prior to the regular council meeting. If all goes according to plan a public meeting will be held after February 6 to introduce the 2018 budget to ratepayers.

Also up for discussion on Tuesday evening was policing contracts for the municipality. The current OPP contract expires at the end of 2018 and council was asked for direction for an upcoming contract. This discussion took place on November  21, but council thought it best to defer the conversation until Mayor J. Murray Jones returned from sick leave.

Council was presented with four options regarding policing contracts and they are as follows:

Option 1: negotiate a new contract in 2018 with the OPP- minimum term of 3 years.

Option 2: negotiate a new contract in 2018 with the OPP- minimum term of 3 years, and during the 2nd and 3rd year of this contract term, investigate other service providers for policing services with the intent of entering in to a new contract effective January 1, 2022.

Option 3:  et the contract expire at the end of December 2018, and the  OPP will still provide policing services, but the municipality will not be able to have a Police Services Board and will not be eligible for some of the funding opportunities that are available when there is a contract- one of which would be the RIDE grants.

Option 4: pursue other policing options during 2018, in anticipation of making a selection for a service provider for policing to be effective January 1, 2019.

A motion was made to enact option three and bring the issue back to council no later than the second meeting in June. The motion passed unanimously.



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.