In This Week's Edition:

Gear up for winter

Special car care feature just in time for winter.

Celebration Garden

Ennismore & District Hort.  Society awarded Celebration Garden.

Pumpkin fundraiser

Woodview  General Store donates profits from pumpkin sales to LAWS and Alzheimer Society


Friday, October 21, 2016


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Covering the East Kawarthas

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Olympic Bronze Medalist, Hannah Darling in her hometown of Warsaw Ontario

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(Left) Sue Carstairs, Executive and Medical Director of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre discusses Blanding’s turtles with MPP and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry as the Minister toured the facilities on Thursday October 13. MPP McGarry (right) is holding Blandella, one of the Blanding’s turtles being cared for at the trauma centre..

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Eastern Ontario Wardens and mayors meet with Premier Wynne

by Terry gillis

On October 12, 2016 members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus (EOMC) met with the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, in Kingston to discuss key issues and concerns for Eastern Ontario.

The face-to-face meeting with the region’s representatives was held at the request of Premier Wynne, who was in the City in Kingston to address the Chamber of Commerce.

“This was an important opportunity for the EOWC and the EOMC to speak directly to the Premier about the situation here in Eastern Ontario facing our communities, our residents and our businesses,” stated Peter Emon, Chair of the EOWC and Warden of the County of Renfrew. “We certainly appreciated the Premier’s invitation to talk to her about some of our key issues and projects.”

“The Wardens and Mayors spoke about the need for further, real relief to the high costs of electricity for our residents, particularly those who have low or limited incomes. These residents simply can’t manage the financial burden caused by these soaring rates,” said Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones.


Smith Landfill Site Operations Review presented at Special Council Meeting

by Terry Gillis

At a Special Council Meeting on October 14, after Council toured the Smith Landfill site, Stephen Crough, Manager of Public Works presented a Landfill Site Operations Review at in an over-crowded Council Chambers for Council’s consideration and direction.

As Stephen Crough reported, tipping fee revenue at the Smith landfill site has been declining over the past number of years. While this is good news in that there is less waste being deposited resulting in the extension of the life of the site, the bad news is that the tipping fee revenues are no longer covering the cost of the landfill site operation.

The current hours of operation at the site are as follows:

From April 1 to October 31: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From November 1 to March 31: Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stephen Crough noted in his Review that one of the Landfill Site Attendant/General Labourers has recently retired. Although this will have an impact on both the Landfill Site and Public Works operations, it is being recommended that this position not be filled at this time.  It was noted, however, that there will be a need to supplement with part-time hours at the Landfill Site to accommodate the operational requirements.

Based upon the average traffic counts from 2013-2015, there is an average of 32,874 vehicles going over the scales each year plus an additional 4,834 using the recycling facilities only.

Staff have undertaken a detailed review of how the site is being used. The volume of traffic through the site during the April 1 to October 31 time period suggests that a reduction in hours would have a significant impact on landfill site customers.

During the November 1 to March 31 time period the traffic through the site slows, especially from January to March, and two options that would generate some cost savings without resulting in a dramatic reduction in the level of service are:



MPPs Tour Kawartha Trauma Centre

by Terry gillis

MPP (Cambridge) and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry, accompanied by MPP (Peterbrough) Jeff Leal, toured the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC) on Thursday October 13. The MPPs checked in on the centre’s patients, and visited with staff who provide year-round care to injured and wild turtles.

Of the eight turtle species native to Ontario, seven are listed as “species at risk.” The goal of the KTTC is to return the animals to good health and then to release them back into their natural habitat, giving them the best opportunity possible to increase the populations.

As Sue Carstairs, Executive and Medical Director of the centre noted, their goal is also to educate and inform the public as well as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The strengthening of the turtle populations in Ontario begins with information.



If you have a long familial military history and rich traditions that have been passed down through the generations, then the Lakefield Herald would like to hear from you.

We are looking for interesting stories about military families, and how those families share their histories, for our upcoming Remembrance Day Issue.

Each year, the Lakefield Herald dedicates a November issue to the men and women who have, are, and will serve in the military.

This year, we would like to focus on family.

If you would like to share your family’s stories, please email:


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.