In This Week's Edition:

Jazz, Art & Crafts

Lakefield Jazz, Art & Crafts Festival 2017 line-up.

CMHA applications

CMHA Board of Directors accepting applications.

Cross Canada ride

Joel Allen's cross-country ride to conquer cancer.


Friday, June 23, 2017


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Covering the East Kawarthas

H.R. Accounts Manager, Barry Galloway, a 14 year employee with Savage Arms, explains to the interested group that every rifle is test-fired in a 25 yard range - where the wiring is explosive proof.   More pictures here.


Terry McQuitty

Douro-Dummer council has softened on the idea of allowing ATVs on municipal roads. In March, a delegation from the Peterborough County Trails ATV Club led by Weity Hamersma, requested that ATVs be allowed on municipal roads in the Dummer Ward from County Road 38 east to the boundary with Havelock Belmont Methuen. Council received the delegation and directed staff to research the issue and report back to council. That report was tabled at the Tuesday evening meeting.

CAO Dave Clifford explained to council that staff had looked at ATV bylaws in neighbouring municipalities and found most to be similar. Although ATVs are allowed on some roads, there have been restrictions put into place in areas such as parks, cemeteries and times such as after dark and in winter months. Clifford also found that the original bylaws drafted to allow ATVs on municipal roads were set for one year so council could reflect on the pros and cons before initiating the bylaw on a full time basis.

Clifford also researched the township’s liability through their insurance provider. The insurer suggested that the municipality partner with the ATV club, but on further inspection Clifford deemed this may not be the way to go. The club does not have an extensive trail network and many riders are not members of the club. Hamersma understood the situation, but explained that the club is serious about educating riders on the laws and safety measure required to ride an ATV.



ATVs one step closer to Douro-Dummer roads

by terry mcquitty



Curve Lake opens outdoor learning classroom

Curve Lake celebrated the planting of two educational gardens at a special ceremony held at Curve Lake School on Friday afternoon.

The Youth for Water Community Projects transformed the Curve Lake First Nation schoolyard into an outdoor learning classroom on May 23 and May 25. The two youth projects are supported by national organization Green Communities Canada, which provided training through the Youth for Water Program, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund as well. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. In addition, the Gaming Revenue Fund of Curve Lake First Nation, with support from Sacred Water Circle, are funding the two gardens and information sessions within the community.

Kristin Muskratt and Nathaniel Cummings, who collaborated on a project at the school were on hand last Friday to speak about their work with the Rain Garden and Traditional Medicine Garden, heritage and the connection to the environment.


North Kawartha update at Board of Health meeting


At the June 14, Peterborough Public Health Board meeting, North Kawartha Township Mayor Rick Woodcock provided an overview of the township infrastructure and discussed the public health issues specific to his community.

Woodcock noted the seasonable variation in population that ranges from 3,000 permanent residents and grows to 13,000-15,000 residents in the summer months. Consequently the local economy focuses on recreation and serving the seasonal residents, with local contractors representing the largest type of employer, typically operating only for six months in the year.

The village of Apsley does not have a municipal water or sewer system which impacts future economic development. The cost of housing locally is increasing, due in part to the trend of retirees moving to the area and building homes.

Apsley Public School has 129 students from JK to Grade 8, runs an exceptional breakfast program available to all students and also houses a daycare. There are many single parent families in the area who receive a great deal of support from local service clubs. Community Care offers vital services to the community, including support to local seniors, falls prevention programs, social activities and many other services. There are no retirement homes or supportive housing units in the township.




"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