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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:20

Kawartha Lakes roundup - Nov. 4, 2016

KC 2.5 percent budget hike: Kawartha Conservation is asking the city for $34,717 or 2.5 percent more in its 2017 budget than the 2016 figure. “In preparing this budget our staff and our board were very aware and respectful of the city’s financial challenges,” said KC CAO Rob Messervey. “We also recognized that one of the city’s Top 10 Strategic Priorities identified in their Strategic Plan is to protect and enhance water quality,” he explained, adding that “as part of this budget we have been able to leverage $283,000 from outside sources.”

No Driving School bylaw: After hearing from Young Drivers of Canada representatives, council decided to

By Julia Taylor

            The City of Kawartha Lakes material-recovery facility (aka recycling plant) doesn’t like recycling black garbage bags because the company that buys their plastic #4 makes light coloured raw material.

            So dark plastic bags can really mess up a whole batch of product.

            This is also the reason we in Kawartha Lakes CAN recycle Tim Horton’s cups and most municipalities do not—because

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:18

Here comes the Festival of Trees

By Jessica Bullock

            The Festival of Trees returns for the 19th Christmas season to Kawartha Settlers’ Village (KSV) on Nov. 10-13. Visitors can stroll amongst the village to see the beautifully decorated sponsored trees, wreaths, garlands, and gifts in-kind.  

            Event highlights include: Santa’s Secret Shoppe, Twilight Auction, the Memorial Tree, Children’s Workshop, Toyland.

            Children can meet Santa on Friday from

By Pat Warren

            Kawartha Lakes council decided Oct. 17 to cut the number of city councillors in half—from 16 to eight. The historic change will be implemented for the 2018 municipal election, once ward boundaries and representation are ironed out.

            This decision—like it or not—is probably the city’s biggest since amalgamation. And unlike the 2001 amalgamation, dictated by the province, this one is “Made in

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:13

Get involved with the Bobcaygeon chamber

President Kent Leckie (left) and vice-president Max Miller, present Crazy Monkey Tree Services owner Aaron Shaw with a plaque on behalf of the Chamber recognizing his leadership and work in organizing the Tragically Hip simulcast concert in Bobcaygeon last August.

By Kent Leckie

            I can’t believe an entire year has passed since I started as your new president in the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce. Wow, what a terrific summer.

            Thank you everyone who took the extra time out of your busy schedules to contribute and volunteer in some kind way. You have all helped to make our community flourish.

            Your chamber board is very energized. And we are currently working on some great ideas for the 2017 campaigns and events.

            Just a last-minute reminder: If you haven’t renewed your membership for next year, now is the time. If you are thinking about becoming a member, we encourage you to do so. Get involved in your community by joining the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce and discover membership’s many benefits.

            Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Bobcaygeon Service Centre on Nov. 8 at 7 pm. Come and learn more about how the chamber is serving our area businesses, associates and tourism.

            We are currently seeking members to become chamber directors, and really get involved by volunteering their skills and working as a team on the 2017 board. If interested, please contact us today, or even better, drop by the Chamber/MTO office at 21 Canal St., and say hello. We always appreciate hearing from you.

            Our website and Facebook pages are constantly being updated with the latest news and events, so please visit us often at bobcaygeon.org.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:11

From my perch—161104 - Wilderness Park

            Bend in close. I’ve got a secret to share.

            It’s about Bobcaygeon’s Wilderness Park—a little gem, a natural delight within the village limits.

            Wilderness Park shouldn’t be a secret. A few people do use it regularly. I meet them when I go walking there—and I go often, on lunch hours or

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:05

Free CPR training

            Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service is offering a free, hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) clinic in the lobby of the Lindsay Recreation Centre on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 am to 4 pm.

            Anyone can attend. The clinic is designed for people interested in learning a lifesaving skill or looking to refresh their existing skills and knowledge.

            “Our training is designed to

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:04

Time to get your flu shot

            With winter just around the corner, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants local residents to not only get their flu shots but also ensure they are up-to-date on all their vaccines.

            The Health Unit recommends that anyone six months or older get the vaccine every fall to

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:03

Fenelon’s turn for lock painting

            The lock gates at Fenelon Falls Lock 34 will be removed and painted this winter—as was done with the gates at Bobcaygeon Lock 32 last winter.

            This will be an even bigger operation than the Bobcaygeon one as the Fenelon locks have an average lift of 24 feet, compared to Bobcaygeon’s five feet—with correspondingly

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:01

Dr. Bowen comes to town

            Dr. Cody Bowen—born and raised in the City of Kawartha Lakes—is coming back home to join the practice of Dr. Brian Fagan. Both docs will care for Dr. Fagan’s patients.

            “Dr. Bowen completed a number of medical electives in Lindsay during medical school and residency. I am very pleased that he has

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