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KPR's new Director

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board appoints Interim Director.

AED follow-up

The Automatic external defibrillator program follow-up

Buckhorn Craft Show

Coverage of the Annual Buckhorn Spring Craft Show.


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Peterborough County Recognition Awards Recipients

by terry gillis

Peterborough County Council announced the 2017 Recognition Award Recipients at its May 17th, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

“We are extremely proud of our County residents and their accomplishments,” said Warden Joe Taylor.

County Council will recognize the award recipients at the 2017 Recognition Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, May 26 at the North Kawartha Community Centre, located in the Village of Apsley, at 7:00 p.m.

The Accessibility Recognition Award (one County-wide award)  is given to a group, individual or business who has contributed to accessibility improvements within the County of Peterborough.

Accessibility Recognition Award recipient is Savage Arms Canada Inc. of Selwyn.

Acts of Heroism (Unlimited awards) - Individuals will have had to display bravery in the face of personal risk, injury or death, at an incident that took place either in the County of Peterborough or was to the benefit of a County of Peterborough resident and which action did not occur while the individual was acting in his/her professional capacity while on duty.

No nominations were received this year.

Agricultural Leadership (One award per municipality) - Any individual or farm enterprise is eligible to be nominated in this category.  Factors that will be used to assess the nomination will include such items as innovations, agricultural promotion and the recognition brought to the County through its operation.  It may include involvement in agricultural organizations.   Leadership in the agricultural community will also be considered.

Agricultural Leadership Award recipients:

Maple View Retirement Residence in Asphodel-Norwood

Harley-Davidson – Bob and Gail Longley in Cavan Monaghan

Wood by Design – Derek Julian in Douro-Dummer

Andy Assinck in Havelock-Belmont-Methuen

Woodview General Store – Ron Warburton in North Kawartha

Walton Wood Farm – Leslie and Peter Scott in Otonabee-South Monaghan

Young’s Point Personal Training and 24Hour Gym – Dan and Diane Caldwell in Selwyn

Style Your Nest – Jamie Stephenson in Trent Lakes



As is the case every Victoria Day Weekend, the corner of Queen and Bridge Streets in Lakefield is a very busy place on the Saturday morning. Hundreds of people showed up to get some amazing deals on plants as well as support the Lakefield Horticultural Society during their annual plant sale. The library also hosts a book sale and the Lioness Club always had delicious baking for sale on the porch of the Baker - Cole law office.  More pictures here.


Terry McQuitty

In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The new tribunal will be mandated to give greater weight to the decisions of local communities, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future.

The reforms, officially unveiled on Tuesday, May 16, would strip the OMB of its over arching powers and give local municipal councils much more control over their own planning. Among the changes unveiled by Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro are provisions that would:

- Eliminate the current lengthy court-like hearings by moving the new tribunal to largely written arguments, and imposing strict deadlines;

- Limit the new tribunal to reviewing whether a municipality’s decision conforms with provincial policy and its own plans, with the power to send a decision back to the municipality for reconsideration before the tribunal could make a final decision;

- Allow for panels of multiple tribunal members to hear large cases;

- Set up an office to provide free legal help to citizens challenging developments before the tribunal;



Ontario Municipal Board expected to be replaced

by terry gillis

Final 2017 Selwyn Township tax levy

Near the beginning of 2017, Selwyn Council’s approved budget included a 3 percent increase in the net tax levy. There was no increase in the O.P.P. area rate levy and a decrease in the Peterborough Police area Levy.

At Tuesday’s meeting, R. Lane Vance, Manager of Financial Services/Treasurer, reported to Council that all of the applicable County and education tax rates have now been approved. There were some delays in receiving the approved tax ratios and new landfill class information. Nevertheless, according to Mr. Vance, the Township is on track to approve the schedule for tax rate consideration. The annual final tax billing/mailing will be completed in June.

After all rates are applied, a typical house in the rural ward with an assessed value of $285,764 would expect an increase of $40.71. That same house in the Village ward would expect a decrease of $44.78. The primary reason for the difference is the decrease in the Village police area rate.

A  consolidated  tax  rate  comparison  year  over  year  was prepared by Financial Services staff and demonstrates the  impact  on  the typical homeowner when the new residential tax rates are applied.

Council had no comments or questions and the By-law to establish the rates of taxation for the Year 2017 was approved.




by terry gillis

The Trent-Severn Waterway 2017 Navigation Season will open in stages starting on Friday, May 26th.


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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.

Unheralded the documentary