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Digital Seminar

Kawartha Chamber of Commerce helps bring business into digital age

Craft Show

Buckhorn Craft Show to be held this Victoria Day Weekend

$2000 Tree Bill

Trent Lakes to pay $2,000 to have fallen tree removed.

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Friday, May 20, 2016



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From the staff at the Lakefield Herald, have a safe and happy Victoria Day Weekend



The Lakefield Legion made a donation last Wednesday from their Poppy Fund to the three Community Care offices that are in our area. Poppy Chair Loretta Marsden presented $1,500 each to Community Care Chemung, Lakefield and Harvey offices. Community Care provides special services to veterans and seniors in the Selwyn and Trent Lakes area and the Lakefield Legion is pleased to offer their support. Pictured above are Selwyn Mayor Mary Smith, Poppy Chair Loretta Marsden, Community Care Harvey’s Lynda McKerr, Community Care Chemung’s Denise Gould, Community Care Lakefield’s Lorri Rork, Michelle McLean who is on the Board of Directors for Community Care, and Branch 77 President Jim Marsden.   More pictures here.


Trent Severn Waterways now open for boat traffic


B.C. Author entertianed Buckhorn patrons and students

by Terry Gillis

The Buckhorn Library staff, visitors and Grade 4 - 6 Buckhorn Public School students were treated to a great discussion about dragons, fairies and magic for approximately an hour on Thursday, May 12.

Danika Dinsmore, an author, spoken word artist and educator from Gibsons, British Columbia, engaged the young and not-so-young audience members gathered at the library as she drew a picture (literally and figuratively) of a magical, mythical world of elemental chaos and adventure.

The Buckhorn Library was the eleventh stop on Danika’s thirteen Ontario libraries tour.

Ms. Dinsmore uses storytelling and energetic interaction to promote her “Faerie Tales from the White Forest” series of middle grade fantasy adventure novels. There are four books to date:  Brigitta of the White Forest, The Ruins of Noe, Ondelle of Grioth and the latest in the series: Narine of Noe.

Buckhorn Public School students created wings in class and brought them to the library to give to Ms. Dinsmore.


Trent Lakes residents not receiving dump cards or tax bills

by Terry Gillis

oon Council Meeting in Trent Lakes, Delegate Gary Firth wanted Council to address the issue of absent dump cards.

According to Mr. Firth, he and approximately twenty other Trent Lakes residents -that he, himself, knows of, did not receive their 2016 tax bill, nor the accompanying dump card.

In his presentation to Council, Mr. Firth stated that he had called the municipal office regarding the issue and was told to talk to the Mayor. He then contacted Mayor Matthews several times.

Mayor Matthews, in accordance with the new garbage policy informed Mr. Firth that under no circumstances will a second dump card be issued to a resident. The Mayor told Mr. Firth that the issue had been resolved.

Mr. Firth reiterated that he was not requesting a second dump card. He would have had to have received a first dump card in order to be requesting a second one. He did not, according to his presentation to Council, receive the first one.

Mr. Firth stated that he also attempted to contact Councillor Terry Lambshead, but to date had not received a response.

Mr. Firth said that it was the Municipality’s responsibility to put a dump card in the hands of taxpayers. Mr. Firth also said that “Council is hiding behind this By-law to deny us a dump card.” He told Council that they needed to “step up and make this right.”

Mayor Matthews told Mr. Firth that the matter was settled and that she was not going to argue with him. As far as the missing tax bills were concerned, the Mayor said that the staff would look into the issue.

Deputy Mayor Windover asked Treasurer Donna Taggart if she knew if there were a number of people who didn’t get their tax bill. Ms. Taggart confirmed that she had been informed that some residents did not receive it. The Treasurer then explained to the public, and to Council, that she personally confirmed all tax bills, which included dump cards in the envelope, were sent out and did indeed leave the municipal office. What happened once Canada Post took possession of them, she could not say.

Rededication of Chemung Lake District Lions Park

bY terry gillis

On Saturday, May 14, in a Rededication Ceremony under the cover of the gazebo at Chemung Lake District Lions Park in Bridgenorth, the park was renamed Paul. J. English Park in honour of life-long Lion, Paul English.

Paul English has been a Lion for 43 years, has served three terms as President of the Chemung Lake District Lions Club, and served on the Board of Directors for 42 years. Without Paul, the Lions Cruise Nights would not happen.

Paul has received many awards as a Lion, the most important of which were the Melvin Jones Award, and the Judge Brian Stevenson Award, two of the highest awards a Lion can receive.

Both the Lions Club and the Selwyn Council unanimously decided to bestow the honour of the renaming of the park on Mr. English in special recognition for his service and dedication to the Lions Club and his community at large.

During the Ceremony Saturday morning, Selwyn Township Mayor, Mary Smith, said that “We’re here today because we want to honour Paul and the work that he’s done in the club over the years as a citizen in our community. I always say that all the many service clubs that we have and all the wonderful volunteers add to the quality of life in the Township of Selwyn because we know that our municipality could not provide all the kinds of support and wonderful services that happen in Selwyn if it was not for the partnerships we have.”



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