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Buckhorn Lodge rezoning application approved.
New Head of LCS
A new person is at the helm of Lakefield College School.
Lock 30 Update
Lovesick Lock 30 masonry work progressing well.
Friday, February 17, 2017
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Have a safe and happy Family Day from the staff at the Lakefield Herald
On the morning of Valentine’s Day, February 14, Ridpath Public School held an assembly in the gymnasium to celebrate and remember the good works of the priest Valentine, for whom the day is named and honoured. Teachers sang songs and played ukuleles as part of the morning’s events. Children also told jokes, demonstrated what love means to them and had a fun experience. More pictures here.
Selwyn seeks answers from KPR
Jack Nigro, Superintendent of KPR appeared as a Delegation at the February 14 Selwyn council meeting at the request of Council.
Mr. Nigro began his presentation by stating that he was there to update Council on the “goings on with our new Lakefield elementary school.”
Almost verbatim, Mr. Nigro reiterated that thanks to the six million plus dollar funding announcements from the Ministry of Education, KPR was creating one of the most unique elementary school in their board. He listed all the advantages of the new school, including the ability to retain grade seven and eight French Immersion, maintaining a strong Curve Lake First Nation presence within the local educational community, enabling access to students of a large gym, library and multi-purpose space, and providing elementary students with a dedicated music room.
During his presentation, Nigro announced that last Thursday “they” met as an Ad Hoc naming committee to discuss possible names for the new school. Overall, 162 submissions were made to the board. Next Thursday (February 23) a report will be going to the Board with a recommended name. Superinentendant Nigro said that he was not able to share the name because the report has not yet been made public.
Nigro touched on community use and partnerships. He stated that they “plan to accommodate all of the community activities that previously took place in Lakefield and Ridpath schools.” However he informed Council that, “given the tight summer construction schedule, we may need to relocate some of those activities to Ridpath for the summer.” “We’ll be working with groups individually to make sure this happens in a smooth manner,” he continued.
Rash of snowmobile accidents cause spike in death toll
Six recent snowmobile deaths have led the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) to strongly urge snowmobilers to stop taking unnecessary risks while riding.
The latest series of incidents brings to 13 the number of snowmobile fatalities this winter, compared to eight deaths at this point last season. While lack of snow was a factor in last winter’s lower numbers, the constant over the past two seasons are the causal factors leading to the deaths.
OPP investigators are linking the fatalities to riding on unsafe ice, speeding, loss of control, alcohol use and driver inattention, confirming that driver behaviours continue to cause otherwise preventable snowmobile deaths.
In one incident last week, an 11-year old girl died after the snowmobile she was driving collided with a transport truck as she attempted to cross a major highway. Another collision claimed the life of one driver and left another in critical condition after two snowmobiles crashed head-on. Over the weekend, members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit brought to shore the lifeless body of a male driver from a lake, making it the third incident of the season during which a snowmobiler died while riding on unsafe ice.
“The vast majority of these incidents are not random ‘accidents’ that can happen to just any snowmobiler. Somewhere along the way, a risk was taken or an error in judgement was made,” says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “Sadly, tragedies occurred at an alarming rate last week and the only way to prevent them is for every snowmobiler to eliminate all forms of risk when riding.”
“As with all recreational activities, there are always risks. These latest incidents serve as tragic reminders that making smart choices while snowmobiling helps ensure that your journey will be as safe as it is enjoyable,” adds Lisa Stackhouse, Manager, Participation and Partnership Development for the OFSC.
The OPP and OFSC remind the snowmobile community that family members can positively influence those who take unnecessary risks on a snowmobile. If you suspect that a loved one’s snowmobiling behaviour is placing them at risk, speak up and remind them how important it is to you and your family that they make it home safely after every ride.
The Lakefield Herald Office will be closed on Family Day, February 20. We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday February 21.
Fish for free this Family Day
Families and fishing enthusiasts across Ontario can fish licence-free from Saturday, February 18 through Monday, February 20.
This Family Day weekend, anglers can go ice fishing without a licence, so head out to one of Ontario’s provincial parks that are open during the winter to give it a try. Learn the ropes of ice fishing at one of the many events happening across the province, including:
Locally the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day will be held on February 18 at BEL Rotary Park in Ennismore.
Remember to follow the rules for ice fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province’s fish populations.
Recent mild weather may have made ice on many bodies of water unsafe, so be sure to check with local ice hut operators before venturing out and make safety a priority.
Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
No matter what the winter weather, ice conditions can be deceptive and unpredictable. Ontario is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish.
Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers, and can be hazardous at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is often much thicker.
• Check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move further out on the ice.
• Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice.
• Clear blue ice is the strongest, white or opaque ice is much weaker.
• Ice that has a honeycombed look, common during thaws or in the spring, should be avoided.
• Heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow the freezing process.
Travelling on frozen lakes or rivers with snowmobiles or vehicles can be dangerous and precautions must be taken. At least 20 centimetres (eight inches) of clear blue ice is required for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) or more is needed for most light vehicles. This thickness should be doubled if the ice is white or opaque.
Before Heading Out:
▪ Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers.
▪ Let others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan to return.
▪ Appropriate clothing and equipment are critical to safety and comfort. Many anglers wear floatation suits and carry a set of ice picks.
▪ Register your ice hut where required:
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.