In This Week's Edition:

TL Works Depot

Kawartha's Finest

Jazz Art & Craft Festival

Photo coverage of Lakefield's annual Jazz Art & Craft Festival.

Kawartha's Finest special feature. Meet local businesses.

Construction of Trent Lakes' new  Public Works Depot soon to begin.

162nd Annual Lakefield Fair Special Update


Friday, July 21, 2017


Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545

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Covering the East Kawarthas



Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee


The minutes of the June 20, 2017 Dam 25 Community Liaison Committee meeting are posted on the project website at should you, or any of your neighbours/colleagues wish to see them.

Terry Gillis

Anxious reader, Gracie Elcombe (7) was one of the first kids to find a good spot at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield on Saturday morning to listen to authors Andrew Larson, “Dingus, A Squiggly Story”  and Kari-Lynn Winters, “French Toast” talk about stories and read from their books. The Children’s Tent is an annual event at the Lakefield Literary Festival.   More pictures here.


In this week's print edition



Tecasy Ranch proposal

Selwyn Council receives an Organizational Review update

Employment Standards changes too much, too fast

Well water sample drop off now available in Apsley

Local businesses help "Raise the Barn"

Camp Kawartha celebrated Canada 150

Hawkstone Manor Estate on the market for $4,250,000

23rd Annual Lakefield Literary Festival

Maple Tree Forever and Lakefield connection


Special Feature/s:


162nd Lakefield Agricultural Fair Update


Regular Columns and Features:


Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Reflections by Terry Gillis

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Story Time at the Buckhorn Library

Golden Years Club Update

Backyard Stargazing by John Crossen





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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.

Tecasy Ranch Proposal in TL

by terry Gillis

The Trent Lakes Building and Planning Department received a complete application on January 13, 2017 for amendments to the Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law for 38 Bolton’s Road, just off County Road 36, from Kent Randall, EcoVue Consulting Services Inc. on behalf of Tecasy Ranch and property owners Brydon and Stacey Cruise.

The proposal includes amendments to the Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law to redesignate and rezone a portion of the subject lands in order to permit a recreational facility known as Tecasy Ranch. The recreational facility will be capable of hosting events for non-profit groups and mainly used for mountain biking, but may also include hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter.

The applicants propose to host up to four events per year, with no more than 100 people attending. Brydon Cruise assured Council that there would be no motorized vehicle sports or events on the property.

The proposed facilities on the site include a 372 m2 (4000 ft2) mess hall, a comfort station with washroom and shower facilities, 12 outdoor sleeping cabins and an outdoor pavilion.

The Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are required to address the more commercial nature of the proposal, including mess hall for eating, washroom facility, multiple guest cabins, camp ground, parking, and servicing.

Prior to the July 11 Council meeting, a neighbouring property owner located at 33 Bolton’s Road raised a number of concerns. However, during the applicant’s comments and brief presentation to council, the neighbour at 33 Bolton’s Rd. was satisfied that Mr. Randall has taken measures to address the issues of concern.

Shawn Brennan, another neighbour was not satisfied with the steps and assurances Tecasy Ranch owner Brydon Cruise  provided. Mr. Brennan was concerned about the possibility of substantial equity devaluation, transient traffic and safety issues.






Well water sample drop off now available in Apsley

Testing well water regularly keeps you and your family safe


Peterborough Public Health and the Township of North Kawartha are pleased to announce a free new courier service starting Tuesday, July 18 that allows county residents to conveniently submit well water samples at the Township Administration office located at 280 Burleigh Street, Apsley, ON.

Water samples from there are picked up Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 and 10 a.m. and brought to the Peterborough Public Health Lab at 99 Hospital Drive for testing.

“Our goal is to make it more convenient for county residents to pick up testing kits and drop off water samples in North Kawartha so they can easily monitor their water quality,” said Atul Jain, Manager of Environmental Health Programs at Peterborough Public Health. “Water quality changes over time, that’s why we recommend testing private wells three to four times a year to prevent health risks. We hope by making this testing service more accessible that residents will test their well water more regularly.”

Water sample kits are free and available at the North Kawartha Township Administrative office located in Apsley. Samples are time sensitive, so residents are encouraged to read the instructions included with each kit carefully. Completed samples should be placed in the water sample fridge located in the office.

Water samples can also be dropped off at the following locations:

• Municipality of Trent Lakes Administrative Office, 760 Peterborough County Road 36 in the upper floor main entrance lobby on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

• Peterborough Public Health between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays.

• Public Health Ontario Laboratory at 99 Hospital Drive between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Hawkstone Manor on the market for $4.2 M

by terry Gillis

awkins who is best known for his rockabilly musical career as “The Hawk” and is considered one of the most influential musicians on rock music in Canada has put his famous Hawkstone Manor Estate on the market. The property is located at 2250 6th Line, Lakefield, on Stoney Lake, which has been on and off the market over the years at different prices, and is currently listed for $4,250,000. In 2013, Hawkins put the property on the market for $14.9 million. Sotheby’s listing states that the property has 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, however, it’s been reported as have 5 or 6 baths and 3 to 5 bathrooms.

This one of a kind waterfront estate and farm property is described as “Canada’s Graceland” on the lising. It has over 3,300 feet of lakefront shoreline and is situated on 175 acres. Before buying this piece of history, be prepared to pay $11,581 in property taxes (annually) and contract someone to maintain a 2,337,015,903.85 m2 lot. Parking, however, won’t be a concern since there are 20 parking spaces.

According to the listing, celebrity guests to Hawkstone Manor over the years inluded: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Gordon Lightfoot (who wrote his hit “Sundown” at the estate during his many visits there), Kris Kristofferson, Robbie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Rush, Blue Rodeo, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, and more. Most recently, in May 2016, Hawkins, Lightfoot and Kristofferson gathered at the Hawkstone studio on the estate to record a cover of “Me & Boby McGee.”

Hawkins moved into the home 45 years ago where he and his wife Wanda raised their three children. Hawkins’ son Robin is a well-known local musician who plays regularly at The Dobro in downtown Peterborough.