November 20, 2020 $1.25 Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
Covering the East Kawarthas

Sarah Bletsoe presented the Lakefield Village Lions with $1000 donation for their Toy Drive that operates in conjunction with the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Sarah’s daughter Keira Bletsoe and her friends also decided they would like to help. They went door to door in their neighbourhood, collecting toys and cash donations. Keira and her friends collected so many toys, they filled a SUV in addition to $365 to purchase more toys.

Vanessa Stark



In this week's print edition

Sport Pad openings in Trent Lakes in question

Selwyn hosts special council meeting

Trent Lakes 2019 Waste Management Report

Community Safety Zone on County Road 507

OPP report successful search for lost child

Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board appoints new Director of Education

Winners of the #PicturePTBOCounty photo contest

Trent Lakes Christmas Hamper Planning is underway

Lakefield Merchant Coupon Books

Canada and Ontario invest in green infrastructure to support

     Curve Lake First Nation

PKA SoftTouch named in Top Ten by iCan 2020

New Kid’s books at Buckhorn Library

Buckhorn Community Care presents COVID Cookbook

OPP Collision Reporting Centre Coming to Peterborough County

Thefts from vehicles continue in Peterborough County

ReFrame Film Festival extends dates and goes virtual across Ontario

COVID-19 Assessment Centre at PRHC Centre expanding

Peterborough Regional Health Centre recognized for surgical

      safety outcomes

Low water status returns to normal in the Otonabee Region watershed

So Long for Now, Carol


Special Features:


Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch

Lakefield Christmas


Regular Content:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement

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




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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.

The first ever Canadian 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar

by Vanessa Stark

Local Lakefield resident, Ute Shaw, has recently taken a huge step to help people within Canada and worldwide while spreading Christmas cheer at the same time.

The first ever Canadian 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar was recently launched with the founder coming from Lakefield.

The idea originated in Europe but was reborn, modified and designed in Lakefield by Ute Shaw.

The 24 good deeds advent calendar allows Canadian residents, as well as citizens all over the world, to count down the days till Christmas with a donation to charity.

“COVID is one big issue but there are so many other things that need to be looked after that are often being overlooked,” Shaw said.

Shaw has been a member of the Lakefield community for about 30 years, first coming to visit in the summer and then officially moving into the Village in 2008 to call Lakefield her home.

Shaw decided to fund a 24 Good Deeds here in Canada after receiving a European version of the advent calendar as a gift from her daughter. She fell in love with the idea and wondered if there was a Canadian version here.

When she discovered that no such thing existed, she set the whole thing in motion.

Shaw is responsible for finding, screening and then committing to the charities in the advent calendar.  She then had the charities commit to one project for the 24 Good Deeds so that people know exactly what the donation for that day is achieving.

The calendars cost $24. Each new day, leading up to Christmas Eve shows what charity the $24 donation helped.

The idea is one dollar, for one charity, for one day.

The Canadian Calendar has charities from both international and Canadian organizations.

“It’s like you are going out into the world and all over Canada, there are some really, really nice projects this year for Canadians. Some people may say well why don’t you help more of the poor countries internationally, well you also have a home country that has problems that we need to help. So half are Canadian and half are international projects. It will help home and the world.”

With this being the first year for the Canadian calendar, Shaw said she has received so much support from her friends in Lakefield helping to get it off the ground.

“The project came together with the help of local friends in Lakefield. For instance, our TV- and radio commercials were produced by Tom Orsi, an award winning sound designer and composer from Los Angeles, who is living in Lakefield and has a digital sound studio. He volunteered to dub the TV commercial and produced the radio commercials, with talents Bob Gainey, one of our greatest supporters, Sue Connelly King and our Christmas angel Reese Archer. They were awesome!”

The charities and projects for this year are a complete surprise but are split half international and half Canadian.

She gave examples of planting a tree in Uganda, or helping vaccinate a child in Africa, or helping to protect the wilderness in Canada.

They have already been shipping Calendars out from Lakefield into the world. They have been shipped all around Canada as well as countries such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, France, UK, and Germany.

The calendar can be purchased online at up until Christmas Eve.

Quarry decision deferred

by Marnie Clement

Trent Lakes Council decided that it doesn’t have enough information to make a decision about a new application to amend zoning to allow quarry operations on the Dewdney Mountain Farms Limited property at 543 Ledge Road.

Council deferred a motion to declare a new application complete until they can be updated on the full history of the file.  They set a 30 day time limit to get legal advice, for staff to update them on what’s in the file and on the history of the file.

This highly contentious file has a long history that goes back to 2011 and has involved four previous Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) or Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), and issues that ended up in Divisional Court, according to Chris Jones of Municipal Planning Services Ltd.

The lands cover 433 acres and has a frontage of 1,550 meters along Ledge Road.

The most recent development was in April 2018 when the OMB ruled the zoning amendment could not be approved because of the haul route noise mitigation issue, but stated that the balance of the original decision must be treated as intact.

Jones told council this new application is coming to council because there are new technical reports dealing with the haul route noise, the point upon which the previous application failed.  These reports include a new Noise Study Report, a new Haul Route Noise Assessment Report and Engineered Road Improvement Drawings.

The new documents have reduced the projected truck traffic from 47 in the previous study to 14 trucks in the current report.

“I believe the proponent has provided the requisite technical materials to allow the approval authority and members of the public to review and consider this issue,” he said.

Councillors Peter Franzen and Carol Armstrong, who were not members of the council during the earlier process, said they needed more information before they could make a decision.

Armstrong said this quarry has been a very contentious issue, and said she need more information such as why there is such a difference in the number of trucks in the new study.

Jones cautioned council about the timeline expectation under the Provincial Planning Act, and said this request came to Trent Lakes in July 2020, and that the municipal response has already exceed the 30 day review period.

“If you defer for more information, the proponent can appeal to LPAT to have the application declared complete, “he said. “I suggest you give the proponent an opportunity to make a deputation to council.”

He told council that once the application is declared complete there will be peer reviews of the different studies.

After passing a motion to defer the decision, council passed a second motion to ask the proponent to make a presentation to council at the same time that council gets more information from staff on the file.

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority to repair Warsaw Dams

by Terry McQuitty

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority Dams (ORCA) located in Warsaw are scheduled for face-lifts. ORCA CAO, Dan Marinigh made a presentation at the Douro-Dummer council meeting on Tuesday evening outlining the repairs and the financing required to make those repairs on the Back Dam and the Auxiliary Dam located in the village.

Marinigh explained to council that airing the conservation authority budget is a regulatory requirement and that the 2021 budget would have considerable changes for the Township of Douro-Dummer.

Marinigh told council that the ORCA assets are inspected annually and in 2017 the Warsaw Dams were put on the list for repairs. At that time it was suggested that these projects should take place within five years. Marinigh said that at the present rate of deterioration the dams have moved up the list.

The estimated cost to fix the dams is $323,000. The cost is broken down in to three components and they are as follows:

Back Dam - ($26,000) - remediate erosion and repair crack in the weir

Auxiliary Dam - ($117,000) - extend the deck and replace railings to address operator safety issues

Auxiliary Dam - ($180,000) - repair and remediate erosion, armour stone retaining wall and deterioration of gabion baskets.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $323,000. The plan is to pay for the projects with provincial grants amounting to 50 per cent, Douro-Dummer covering 45 per cent and the remaining municipalities in the authority covering five per cent.

Deputy mayor Karl Moher is the Douro-Dummer representative with ORCA and he asked Marinigh to explain the 90-10 per cent funding break down when dealing with authority assets.

Marinigh explained that the municipal portion is based on which municipalities get the benefit from the repairs. The Millbrook Dam was used as an example. This was a multi million dollar project which benefits only the village of Millbrook. In this instance they paid 90 per cent of the municipal costs and the other municipalities kicked in the remaining 10 per cent. Marinigh said some conservation authorities have the principal municipality pay the entire bill, but ORCA chose not to take that route.

In the case of the Warsaw Dams, Douro-Dummer is the sole beneficiary and therefore in responsible for the 90 per cent.

Marinigh told council that they would apply for the provincial grants and if they were not approved this year the project would be put on hold and they would reapply for the grants the following year. Marinigh said he believes these repairs would be at the top of the grant list and said he is confident they will qualify.

Acting CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig told council they were anticipating this expense and have put some money away.