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Covering the East Kawarthas

 

 

Terry McQuitty

The annual Harvest Craft Show was the place to be in Buckhorn this Thanksgiving weekend.  The wet, damp weather on Saturday didn’t stop people from coming out and browsing the 100 plus booths.  Sunday and Monday the weather picked up and plenty of people enjoyed the fall walk from the parkinig lot to the show.  Pictured above with her handcrafted puppets is Mary Cooke - Crazy 4Crafts from Curve Lake.

End of Season Operations on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Parks Canada is advising the public that the Trent-Severn Waterway’s 44 lockstations located between Trenton and Port Severn are closed for the season as of October 14th , 2019, following the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Parks Canada encourages the public to use caution in and around the waterway structures and channels over the winter months. From mid-October to the end of May, lock stations will be closed and the use of the waterway will be at one’s own risk. Unmarked hazards may exist. Wet leaves, ice, and snow may remain on stairs and walkways, and ice conditions on the waterway can vary. Boaters are advised that during the non-navigation season, aids to navigation may be missing, off-station, or inoperable until next spring.

Water levels will be decreased throughout the Haliburton Lakes area as per the drawdown forecast that can be found on the Trent-Severn Waterway Water Management InfoNet at the following link:

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet/rabattement-drawdown-forecast

As well as the drawdown forecast, the InfoNet also contains background information on water management practices, water management updates, frequently asked questions about water management, various reports on water management, and the most recent water levels of lakes along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Of specific note is the water levels tool within the InfoNet which provides lake levels data from the last 30 days and graphic representation of levels for the current year. The information comes from hydrometric gauges located at key points along both waterways and is vetted by trained and experienced Parks Canada water management staff.

This information is intended as supplemental information only. Stakeholders should continue to refer to their respective Conservation Authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as the primary source for relevant flood forecasting information specific to their area.

• Kawartha Conservation

• Otonabee Region Conservation Authority

• Ganaraska Conservation Authority

• Lower Trent Conservation Authority

• Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

• Crowe Valley Conservation

For all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, please visit:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

We would like to thank all visitors and look forward to welcoming you again in 2020. Lockage and mooring permits for 2020 will soon be available for purchase on the Parks Canada website.

For more information on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/trent or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.

 

In this week's print edition

Trent Lakes receives OPP Billing statement

Trent Lakes adopts memorial donation policy

Douro-Dummer discusses trail on Birchview

Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Awards of Excellence

First annual B’boon Ozhitta: Preparing for Winter event

Cubs’ Lair looks for next best startup

Historic All Hallows’ Eve • Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26

More winter coats are needed

Cody Crowley presented with a Key to the City

Warsaw pilot project for GreenUP

 

Special Features:

 

Fall Car Care

 

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

Horoscopes

Sudoku

 

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Trent Lakes to allow ORVs on municipal roads

by Marnie Clement

Off-road vehicles (ORV’s) will be allowed on all municipal roads in Trent Lakes.  Council agreed at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the by-law currently in place to allow for ORV’s to use municipal roads. It was discussed at council that this by-law will be looked at in one year to re-assess the situation.

Council held a special meeting on September 7, 2019, to get public input on this issue.  At that meeting, several presentations were made supporting the proposed change and there were a number of letters sent in expressing concerns.

The presenters at the public meeting highlighted the amount of tourism ORV users bring to an area and the need for more consistent uniform rules.  ORV use on municipal roads has been restricted to an area north of Pigeon Lake since 2013.

The Peterborough Public Health Unit was asked to provide input, and submitted a letter outlining the health unit’s goal of reducing the burden of preventable injuries.

“Given this, we would like to provide you with a summary of recent evidence and local statistics to help inform council in revising their off road vehicle (ORV) by-law,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra said in the letter.

Dr. Salvaterra’s letter said that research indicates that there are higher rates of fatalities and serious injuries for ORV riders on roadways compared to off-roadways, and that being on roadways increases the risk of collisions with other motor vehicles.

Her letter stated that certain design characteristics of these vehicles, particularly all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), makes them unsafe on roadways.

Local statistics show that from 2003 to 2018 there were 1,882 emergency department visits among Peterborough residents (city and county) from an ORV injury, an average of 116 per year.  Dr. Salvaterra said that over the same period there were 172 hospitalizations and 21 deaths.

Municipal staff also asked the Ontario Provincial Police to provide comments on this issue but have not yet heard back.

Staff recommended that the by-law be reviewed and updated to include off-road vehicles to be permitted on all municipal roadways.  Staff also recommended that ORV safety information be obtained from local associations and available at the Municipal Office, on the website and on social media.

 

 

Douro-Dummer explores new road maintenance methods

by Terry McQuitty

The road gravel issues in the Township of Douro-Dummer were revisited at the Tuesday evening council meeting. A previously requested report was presented by CAO Dave Clifford outlining the actions taking place to address conditions on roads that received gravel in 2017 and 2018.

The township adopted new maintenance measures earlier this year and adhering to the new policies Clifford said the grading is being done on a “grade light and grade often” basis. Clifford said the roads department has seen some positive results from this method.

Public Works has also been testing a few areas by placing a skim coat of new gravel on troubled roads to see if that would be of any benefit. Clifford said they are taking the test approach as it is more economical than spending large sums of money only to find the approach does not work.

The township has performed this test on the Eighth Line south of Webster Road. Clifford said following a light grading and some rain.

The same procedure is taking place on a section of the Douro 4th Line north of County Road 4. The plan is to monitor the road and see how they respond to the lighter grading and application of a slim coat of gravel. If the results prove positive Public Works will move forward using the new method.

Deputy mayor Karl Moher said “I am willing to work with staff to see if the testing will solve the problem, but I would like to remind council that the engineering report said to replace the gravel.”

Moher also said that the was not prepared to sign off on a plan that was not recommended by the engineer at this point, but he reiterated that he is willing to work with staff.

Councillor Heather Watson told Clifford that she appreciates what they are doing to keep the work within a budget, but she expressed concern that with the Fall weather approaching she is unsure how these test roads will hold up.

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Watson also said that she could not support the recommendations as she sees the test areas as a short term solution to the problem that has only experienced dry weather to date.

Clifford told council that the forecast is calling for rain and he would check the test areas and would report on the results. Clifford urged council to inspect the test areas after the rain as well.

 

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"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.