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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

Caygeon Chamber news

            Congratulations to Bobcaygeon’s 36th annual Canada/U.S. Walleye Tournament for another highly successful event. One hundred and forty teams competed for the

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

Church Doings-July 15, 2016

Last year’s summer student Olivia Phillips (left) joins Rev. Rodney Smith-Merkley and summer student Katie Knox at the “old pianer” that’s spending the summer in front of the church for all to play.

Anglican churches, St. James, Fenelon Falls and Christ Church, Coboconk, will give area kids a hands-on experience of reconciliation this summer at the Good Neighbour Bible Camp—based on First Nations’ traditions.

            James Whetung and Patty Shaughnessy, both from Curve Lake, and Kim Muskrat of Hiawatha First Nation helped the parish develop the home-grown curriculum, and will teach during the camp.

            We’ll be looking at points of intersection between our Christian story and the teachings and traditions of the First Peoples, says Rev. Susan Spicer—as well as “the history of first contact and what has happened in that relationship.”

            But “this is camp, so the idea is to have a whole lot of fun and learn at the same time,” she adds—with drama, storytelling, crafts, games and outdoor adventures.

            She’s hoping the kids will take away a deep appreciation of the richness and traditions of the First Peoples of this region, and beginning relationships with local First Nations persons. This is Anishinaabek land, the land of the First Peoples here.

            The Good Neighbour Bible Camp runs two one-week sessions beginning Aug. 8 and 15. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 705-887-2537.

Everyone’s invited to “make a joyful noise” again this summer on the old outdoor piano that’s back beside William Street in front of Trinity United Church, Bobcaygeon. Visitors from around the world loved this addition to the front yard of the church grounds last year—and now, a “prayer tree” has been added. Take a ribbon from the piano and write a person’s name or a situation on the ribbon and tie it to the tree as a prayer.

            The colourful piano will be covered with a blue tarp at night or on rainy days, and the church invites any passersby who chance upon the poor piano uncovered in the rain, to please stop and throw the tarp over it a (hint: it’s tucked in behind the piano).

Summer student Katie Knox will be hosting Sunday worship this summer at Trinity, as well as “Lemonade on the Lawn”—an all-ages story-telling session Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30. There’s also a children’s summer camp, themed “Peace begins with me,” mornings Aug. 22-26 for children ages 5 and up. Registration by donation with forms at the church office (www.trinityprovidence.com).

“The Next Generation” of Lakefield’s legendary musical Leahy family, shows off their fabulous step dancing at the 2015 Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Contest, Bobcaygeon.

By Joyce Bryon

            Back in February 1975, local farmers, a dairyman, an electrician, insurance salesman and feed-mill operator bonded together to create the Ontario Open

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

Fenelon shines at car show

            Fenelon Falls will be the place to see all manner of cars, trucks, bikes and snow machines at the 34th annual Fenelon Show and Shine and Flea Market, July 30-31.

            The Fenelon Fairgrounds will be filled with those who like to

As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka

            Remember the 1923 Williams Treaty and how it kept us from living off the land? There was not much money to go around back then. We HAD to live off the land to survive.

            When the government told us we couldn’t hunt deer except for two weeks in a year—and that we could not fish in winter at all—it created a situation in which we

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

NPLRA Annual General Meeting

            The North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers Association will hold its annual general meeting and barbecue on Saturday, July 23, at the Bobcaygeon Lawn Bowling club, 72 Dunn St., (beside Settlers' Village). The meeting will start promptly at

What city?—Open letter to Mayor Letham

            I just received my tax bill for 2016. And yes, it went up by a whopping 8.1 percent.

            This means that since amalgamation in 2001 my taxes have gone up by 92.8 percent. They are now at $7,087, and that does not include

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00

World’s biggest knickers revealed

Globus artistic producer James Barrett clutches the corner of a vast sea of blue fabric destined to be turned into the world’s largest pair of knickers. True story.

            Who makes their wife a present of the world’s biggest pair of knickers . . . panties . . . bloomers . . . briefs . . . or whatever you want to call them?

            Well, apparently James Barrett, the artistic producer at Bobcaygeon’s Globus Theatre, does. With a little help from

Thursday, 07 July 2016 00:00

Taking it all in

            Diners at Canada’s Fresh Water Summit in Coboconk enjoy the sights and sounds. Coby is situated on the Trent-Severn’s Balsam Lake, officially recognized as the highest body of fresh water in Canada from which one can circumnavigate the world by boat.

            You can go anywhere, or just sit dockside and take it all in, like these diners.

            Fenelon Falls is the place to be this Saturday evening, July 2, from 7 pm to midnight, for . . . yes . . . Midnight Madness.

            It’s the community’s annual summer celebration of local

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