In This Week's Edition:
Selwyn considering Tile Drainage Loan Program
Celebrate the blooming of the Lakefield Dutch-Canadian tulip garden
Ontario Soil Mapping Initiative announced
Covering the East Kawarthas
Friday, April 29, 2016
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LDSS alumni and past Lakefield resident ran the Boston Marathon read more here
The Weston Silver Band, a 35 member British style brass band raised the roof at the Bryan Jones Theatre in Lakefield this past Sunday evening. This was the final concert for the Performing Arts Lakefield (PAL) 2015-16 concert series. The next concert series begins October 7, 2016. To purchase season tickets or single performance tickets call 705-652-3703 or visit www.PerformingArtsLakefield.org. More pictures here.
Maryam Monsef hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Warsaw arena on Saturday afternoon. A small group gathered to meet the MP and learn a little bit about her mandate while getting the opportunity to ask a few questions.
Those in attendance were asked what they liked about the region and what they thought could use improvement. Interestingly enough most of the negative comments had more to do with provincial jurisdiction than federal, but it was agreed there was a place for the federal government to contribute as well.
Monsef spoke a little about her role as Minister of Democratic Institutions. She asked how we could get more people involved in the democratic process. The most common response was education. It was noted that this also is a provincial mandate, but with more education it was the consensus that more people would turn out to vote.
Selwyn's Parks and Recreation Department and Sir Sanford Fleming College Partnership
After a few months of discussions, Selwyn Township Parks and Recreation (Manager Mike Richardson) will be working in partnership with Sir Sanford Fleming College’s Forestry Programs (Joe Outram and Tom Mikel) in Ennismore Waterfront Park beginning this fall (2016).
Approximately 35 years ago, thousands of red and white pine trees were planted in tight rows within the fifty acre park. Today, according to experts, including ORCA, in order to maintain the health (and growth) of these trees the forest itself must be thinned out. As Mike Richardson said, “we have to thin the forest to thicken the trees.”
This is where Sir Sanford Fleming comes in. Students from the Forestry Programs will mark and remove every third or fourth row of trees. The felled trees will then be transported to the school’s sawmill, where the red and white pines will be turned into lumber and returned to the Municipality.
In addition to thinning the forest, Fleming students and faculty will also provide surveying and inventory services. Trees need to be counted, catalogued and examined for health threats. With the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, these services will help keep Selwyn Township forests healthy and pest free.
The Emerald Ash Borer attacks both healthy and stressed Ash trees when its larvae tunnel through the tree’s vascular system which delivers water, nutrients and sugars throughout the tree. Emerald Ash Borer will only travel a few kilometres per year on its own; however it can be easily dispersed long distances by people moving infested materials, such as firewood, logs, lumber and woodchips.
The Selwyn Township Parks and Recreation and Sir Sanford Fleming College partnership is a beneficial one for both parties. The Township receives expert assistance and students receive invaluable hands-on practical experience.
It is expected that the partnership will continue for a long time. Every five years or so, the woodlands throughout the municipality will require thinning, and students from Fleming will require experience.
KPR held first public Info session on new K-8 school
On Wednesday, April 20, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board held the first Public Meeting to discuss their plans for the relocation of Ridpath Public School to the current Lakefield District Secondary School building and share their vision of what the new elementary school could be.
The meeting was to accomplish two things; to provide information to the community and to receive stakeholder opinions, suggestions and preferences as to whether parents (especially) would prefer the school board extend the current Ridpath facility or create a new Grade K-8 school at LDSS.
Superintendents Steve Girardi and Greg Ingram hosted the informal information session and Board Trustees Mary Lynch-Taylor and Diane Lloyd were on hand to answer questions as well. Current Ridpath Public School Principal, Penny Hope, and a number of teachers were also in attendance to learn more about what may or may not be happening to the school and to offer their thoughts, opinions and suggestions.
Many of the questions from the audience (of approximately 75 people) centred around student safety. Parents were concerned about their young children having to cross the Bridge Street bridge, having to disembark near a busy road, and play areas near businesses. Both KPR staff and Selwyn Township Deputy Mayor, Sherry Senis, assured the audience that every effort would be made to ensure that the students would be provided with a safe environment.
Superintendents Ingram and Girardi told attendees that they were confident that the $4.9 million in funding to renovate the school, no matter whether that will be adding on to Ridpath or redesigning LDSS, will be received on time to have the K-8 school ready and open for September 2017.