In This Week's Edition:

161st Lakefield Fair

161st Lakefield Agricultural  Fair feature and schedule.

Buckhorn Lodge

Order to comply upheld for Buckhorn Lodge.

Discovery Day

Discovery Day at Selwyn Beach.


Friday, July 15, 2016


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Covering the East Kawarthas

Advance Lakefield Fair Midway Tickets Available at:  The Lakefield Herald and Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Terry McQuitty

George Oliver and Gangbuster entertained during the Lakefield Jazz, Art & Craft Festival held at Isabel Morris Park on Saturday. Many may remember Oliver from the legendary 60’s band The Mandala. Oliver invited festival goers on to the stage to dance and avoid a bit of rain. More pictures here.



Picard Lake landowners present their case to Council

by Terry gillis

As was reported in the Lakefield Herald on January 15, at the January 12, 2016 Trent Lakes Council meeting,  a delegation of concerned Picard Lake property owners presented their concerns and objections regarding the sale of the property at Fire Route 291 (Plan M86, Block 20) which they believed to be protected green space.

In December 2015, Council accepted the offer from Linwood Homes to purchase the property in question as well as   the property at Cedar Drive, Concession 13, Pt. Lot 20, Plan M87, Block 18.

Linwood Homes had intended to build a cottage on the Picard Lake lot which was to be auctioned through the Princess Margaret Hospital Lottery.

Joanne Brown, spokesperson for the delegation in January, argued that the “development on the lake has been contraindicated by at least two scientific studies of the lake’s capacity and water quality; a 1984 Ministry of Environment Impact Study and a 2011 Ministry of the Environment Water Quality Update and Assessment.”

Additional arguments included the need to protect at least two species at risk, and the belief that an environmental study dictated/restricted the number of lots that could be considered as building lots on the lake.

The Picard Lake Cottagers Association was also upset that the Municipality did not notify or consult with the lake association as stakeholder or even a party of interest with regard to decisions that affect the lake, or its residents.

At that time, in response to the residents’ and Picard Lake Cottage Association letters of protest, CAO, Lois O’Neill-Jackson prepared a report for Council and the concerned parties outlining the history and legality of the property and the sale.

According to the  O’Neill-Jackson report, Picard Lake is not included on the list of Highly Sensitive or Moderately Sensitive Lake Trout Lakes, and the property is currently zoned Shoreline Residential.



BEL Rotary presidential change

On July 4, the BEL Rotary Club celebrated the end of the very successful 2015 - 2016 Rotary year and the beginning of the 2016 - 2017 Rotary year.

President Dave Tilley thanked the club for a great year and passed the gavel to incoming President Tony Davidson.  President Tony recognized Past President Dave for his passion, dedication to Rotary and strong leadership.

President Tony said, “I am looking forward to a successful year.  We have a strong district team including our District Governor Margaret Walton and Assistant District Governor Rick Storey who give us amazing support and are with us this evening.  We are a small club that accomplishes big things. Our success is a team effort, and our families and friends (together with our members) make this success possible. Thank you.” said Davidson.

Davidson highlighted a few goals for the coming year which include the introduction of “Bike for Hospice”, a fundraiser in partnership with Hospice which will take place on September 17 (more information will be forth coming), investigation of a major community project and the continuation of the Adopt a Family Christmas Project.  The club will also continue the world-wide fight against polio and the operation of the school they built in Cambodia, in February 2016.

Rotary International President John Germ’s vision for the 2016 – 2017 year is “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  “This vision is safe in the hands of the BEL Club”, said Davidson.   With the strength of our membership and the tremendous support we get from our community, we will continue to work together to serve our neighbours in the local and international community and make a difference in the world.”



Low Water conditions upgraded to Level 2



Douro-Dummer youth gets a hand with a summer business

The Peterborough Economic Development’s (PED) Business Advisory Centre, through  the Government of Ontario’s Summer Company Program, helped thirteen youth create new student-owned and operated summer businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Summer Company, Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program, provides students aged 15 to 29 with the opportunity to open and operate their own business over the summer. Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre has been the proud program provider for the City and County of Peterborough for over a decade.

This year, the PED received forty inquiries and twenty-one applications. Of the twenty-one submissions, thirteen students were chosen to receive training, mentorship and up to $3000 in funding through the program.

Trevor Smith, of Douro-Dummer Township was one of the successful applicants. Trevor created “Student Shredders,” which provides shredding services to the community.

“We are proud to provide youth with the opportunity to be their own bosses this summer in a supportive environment,” said Peterborough Economic Development President and CEO, Rhonda Keenan, “Through our Summer Company and Starter Company programs we are able to set young entrepreneurs on the path to success. Last year alone, we connected local youth with over $100,000 in startup funding.”

Although there were no specific guidelines for the types of businesses that could be funded through the Ontario’s Summer Company Program, there were criteria for business owners. Entrepreneurs needed to be returning to school in the fall, were required to be a resident of Ontario (who is also a Canadian citizen or permanent resident), and be between the ages of 15-29 who are not already running a business or working for more than 12 hours per week during the program.

Each applicant was required to submit a business plan and a cash flow forecast. Students then underwent an interview with a Peterborough Economic Development business advisor.

A number of Summer Company Program students continue their businesses, others take the lessons that they’ve learned into their professional careers moving forward.


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.