In This Week's Edition:

Del Mastro back to jail

Dean Del Mastro loses his second appeal and returnes to jail.

Fall hunting Feature

New hunting and trapping season closures for wolf and coyote.

Chiefs win

Chiefs put one in the win column already.


Friday, September 22, 2017


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Covering the East Kawarthas



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.


Terry Gillis

The first day of this year’s annual Curve Lake Pow Wow was attended by thousands of people from around the county, the country and the world. The crowd cheered as dozens of dancers in their colourful and spectacular regalia performed under the hot 27 degree sun on Saturday September 16 in Lance Wood Park.   More pictures here.


In this week's print edition



MP hosts food policty town hall meeting

Dean Del Mastro loses second appeal

United Way campaign sets gol of $1.85M

DD discusses facebook

Trent Lakes' newst staff members

Dave Smith elected PC candidate

Douro Automotive Flea Market and Car Show

Second Annual Bike for Hospice a huge success

Traditional County Fair celebrating Canada 150 at Lang Pioneer Village

Knobby Tire Trek for Kids

Curve Lake First Nation's Annual Pow Wow

Chiefs put one in the win column

Public meeting for ATVs on public roads

Lakefield Youth Unlimited Annual Fundraising Lunch or Dinner

Guest speaker at Lakefield College School inspires students

Ennismore's Darlene Edwards-Evans' fate postponed


Special Feature/s:


Fall Hunting Feature:

New hunting and trapping season closures for wold and coyote

Shopping Chemong Road


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

Backyard Stargazing by John Crossen





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MP hosts Food Policy Town Hall meeting

by terry gillis

On Friday afternoon (September 15) approximately one hundred people attended a Food Policy Town Hall meeting at the Douro Community Centre, hosted by MP Maryam Monsef and her staff in partnership with Peterborough Public Health.

In attendance were representatives from a variety of food sectors including; farmers, processors, retailers, transportation and distribution and, of course, consumption. As well, about fifty grade seven and eight students from St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough arrived with teachers Aaron McFadden and Mariza Zister.

Students were brought to the Town Hall meeting, said teacher Mariza Zister, “to participate in a Town Hall meeting and to have a voice in government.”

Town Hall participants were arranged in groups and were asked to discuss three questions:

1. Is ongoing reduction of farmed acreage a concern? Are there influences that will change the patterns experienced over the last 40 years? Should action be taken to prevent ongoing loss and/or put idle farmland back to work?

2. Is the reduction in the number of farmers and farm businesses a concern to our community? If so, what could be done to reverse current trends?

3. Are there actions that could be taken to increase the economic and practical feasibility of local food production to help Peterborough feed itself?

MP Monsef helped the St. Alphonsus students with the questions and asked several young participants to serve as spokespersons for their group.

Grade 8 St. Alphonsus student Austin said, “my family’s working on the health and safety of the  community by making foods safe.” In response to MP Monself’s question on how they are doing that, Austin replied, by making sure it’s safe to eat.




Douro-Dummer discusses Facebook

by terry mcquitty

Anyone hoping to friend the Township of Douro-Dummer on facebook will be out of luck. At the direction of council, staff looked into the development of a facebook page and reported to council on Tuesday evening laying out the pros and cons of this method of communication.

Council understood that facebook is a common form of communication used by other municipalities, but were concerned with two particular issues. The first being negative comments and gossip that could end up on the site and secondly the amount of staff time it would take to service and operate the page.

Council were told that there is a policy in place for their twitter account (presently about 130 followers) that deals with negative comments and this could also apply to the facebook page. They were also told that the facebook page could be updated at the same time as twitter which would limit staff time.

After a fairly lengthy discussion council felt that the more friends the township had the more time it would take to deal with the page. Initially they tossed around the idea of developing a facebook page on a three month trial basis. This would see a change of season and could be used for road information. The  page would be reviewed in January.

Council decided that  negatives outweighed the positives and voted 4-1 not to implement the facebook page at this time.

Guest speaker at LCS inspires students

by terry gillis

On Friday morning (September 16), Lakefield College School (LCS) students and teachers listened to guest speaker, Tessa Smith relate her story of surviving cancer, not once, but twice in her nineteen years and to encourage students to continue the Terry Fox Run at the school annually.

Tessa Smith was diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma (cancer of the retinas) when she was 3 and a half months old. After chemotherapy blew the tumor apart in her right eye, it was removed so that the cancer wouldn’t spread through her optic nerve and into her brain. After another round of chemo and a number of laser treatments for her left eye, she was cancer free...until she was thirteen years old.

At thirteen, Tessa was once again diagnosed with cancer. This time  the cancer was in her left leg. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), the same disease that took the life of her hero, Terry Fox.

Tessa told the four hundred students and teachers in the packed Bryon Jones Theatre that, “as the cancer invaded my leg, above my knee, with the tumor sitting right on a blood vessel, amputation and resections became my only option.”

Tessa underwent a thirteen hour surgery and seven months of high-dose chemotherapy.

Tessa told the LCS audience that all the while she was going through her surgery and chemo, she remembered the courage and strength Terry Fox possessed during his fight and she “hoped she was able to portray even the smallest portion of those same traits” while she was fighting her own battle with cancer.



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.