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Lakefield's Nick Lalani

Looking after the community is part of the job.

TASS is Ready

School Board says TASS is ready for LDSS students.

New Trent Lakes By-law

New and updated False Alarm By0law for Trent Lakes.


Friday, August 26, 2016


Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545

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Covering the East Kawarthas

County seeking Sign By-law Survey participation from residents


Terry McQuitty

Michelle Towns and Chris Coons stand in front of the PG Towns & Sons General Store on County Road 8 in Douro- Dummer on Monday, August 22, shortly after announcing that the 124 year old business will be closing its doors. After much thought and debate, Michelle and Chris finally decided it was best to let the store go and move on to a new chapter in their lives.

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New Raffle game available for fundraisers

by Terry gillis

Trent Lakes Acting Clerk, Kari Stevenson presented Council with a report on a New Raffle Game added by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) at the August 9 meeting.

According to Kari’s report, over the past few months, the AGCO has been reviewing a new progressive style raffle game that is played in the Eastern provinces. This type of raffle lottery has now been approved by the AGCO and give the name “Catch the Ace.” The Municipality will be able to issue a license for this type of raffle beginning September 1, 2016.

The Acting Clerk will be sending out a letter to all charitable organizations that have obtained a license from the Municipality within the last three years advising them of the new game. For individuals and organizations not on that mailing list, here is the description provided by AGCO:

What is “Catch the Ace?”

A “Catch the Ace” progressive raffle lottery is a multiple-draw game in which participants purchase tickets for a chance to win:

a) a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of tickets from one draw; and

b) the draw winner also gets a chance to win a progressive (cumulative) jackpot by selecting a card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards.

How is “Catch the Ace” played?

- The person who holds the winning ticket selected in each draw has the opportunity to select one playing card from the single deck of 52 playing cards. If the Ace of Spades is selected, in addition to winning the prize from the draw, the person will win the progressive jackpot.

- If the card selected is not the Ace of Spaces, the selected card is removed from the deck and the progressive prize portion of the ticket sales for that draw is rolled over into the progressive jackpot for the next scheduled draw.

- The licensee conducts the scheduled events until the Ace of Spades has been selected and the progressive jackpot has been awarded.

- Tickets are valid only for the draw for which they are purchased. Once the draw is completed, the no-winning tickets are removed from the draw container. A new series of tickets will be sold for the next draw.

Council received the report for information.


PG Towns & Sons to close

by Terry gillis

Labour Day weekend marks the closing of a season for most of us. This year, this Labour Day weekend will also mark the closing of an institution in Douro-Dummer. PG Towns & Sons’ owners, Michelle Towns and Chris Coons will be closing up shop permanently.

Since 1896, when Patrick George Towns and his wife Ellen returned to their hometown of Douro and opened PG Towns & Sons General Store on the old Hammerhans’s House site, three more generations of Towns have serviced the Douro-Dummer community.

In 2005, one hundred and eight years after Patrick and Ellen opened the doors, their granddaughter, Michelle and her husband Chris purchased the general store from Michelle’s father, Mike Towns (author of a number of historical books on Douro).

Mike and Rosemary Towns had taken over the store around 1970 from Bill and Mary Towns. At that time, Douro was a strong, vibrant farming community and PG Towns was the place to shop for all your grocery and farming needs.

By the time Chris and Michelle took the reigns, the business was becoming “a bit more of a challenge.” Times were changing, and although they knew it was going to be a tough go, they decided to try to keep the family business going, knowing that it was a gamble. They were prepared for the possibility of the end of a family tradition.

Chris noted that, “when Mike and Rosemary owned the General Store, it was big enough to be considered a legitimate grocery store. That was before all the big guys came to town. But that all changed in the early 90s when the big stores came to the area.”

With the invasion of the big box stores, PG Towns customers’ perceptions changed and buying habits changed.




OBHA Championship held in Lakefield and Ennismore



You could win $1,000 courtesy of the Chamber

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has launched an exciting contest to celebrate the launch of the new One lucky winner will receive a $1000 Gift Certificate to redeem with a Chamber member of their choice. Members include; accommodations, auto and marine, health services, home and cottage services, restaurants, retail, spas and salons, and much more.

The $1000 prize could also be donated to a not-for-profit organization. With 350 plus members to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Visit the Member Directory on for a full list of Chamber Members.

Entering the contest is easy – all you need to do is visit and answer a few short questions about the new website. Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into the draw to win the $1000 Gift Certificate.

For an additional entry – take a ‘Web Surfing Selfie’ with the new site and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #wealthofchoice encouraging others to participate.

Visit for full contest details and to enter. Contest closes at the end of September. A winner will be drawn and announced in the first week of October.

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.