Covering the East Kawarthas
Friday, November 20, 2015
Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40727545
On November 10, the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce announced the Bullock family, owners of Cedarvilla Holsteins of Northey’s Road, Lakefield as the 2015 Farm Family of the Year.
Cedarvilla Holsteins is a second generation family farm. Randy and Tara Bullock started dairy farming together in 1999 with Randy’s parents, taking over a couple of years later. Now with the help of their three children, Lily, Aidan, and Liam, they run the 200 acre dairy farm and crop an additional 400 acres.
Over the years they have received numerous awards for Superior Production of 60,000, 80,000 or 100,000 kg of lifetime milk produced. They have been buying quota steadily over the past 5 years in order to keep pace with the ever increasing milk production.
Their herd is now classified with over 70% VG or better and they are working towards their Master Breeder Shield. In 2015 their herd was recognized for the greatest percentage increase in classification scores for herds their size within the top 5 herds in Ontario.
Randy and Tara are active volunteers in the farming community. Randy is a member of the Peterborough Milk Producers, having served as a Director and Chairman (2000-2010). Tara is a member of the Peterborough County Holstein Club, serving as Secretary from 2001-2015. Both are involved with the Peterborough County 4-H Association, serving as Dairy Leaders from 2010-2015.
On October 3 of this year the Amazing Habitat Race Warsaw event was held to raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity Warsaw project.
Now, that future Habitat home needs a family.
Members of the community that would like to own their own home in the Douro-Dummer area may want to attend a Homeownership Information Meeting On November 26. The meeting is being held by Habitat For Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region for anyone interested in learning more about the organization’s model, how partner families are served and who fits the criteria.
Habitat’s Homeownership Program makes affordable housing accessible to families who may not qualify for a conventional mortgage.
Partner Families are given a hand up, not a hand out. Habitat offers families a zero percent interest, geared to income mortgage and no down payment. Monthly mortgage payments are set at 25 percent of a family’s gross income and include principal payment and property taxes. Habitat homes are built using volunteer labour and donated materials from community partners.
To qualify for Habitat’s Homeownership Program, families must demonstrate a need for affordable housing, be willing to partner Habitat for Humanity, and earn a stable income of $30,000 to $57,000. If you are interested in learning more about the application process and qualification criteria, make sure to attend the meeting at Douro Community Centre - Harvest Room at 7:00 p.m. November 26.
The Lakefield Chiefs had a successful week last week as they picked up two wins to remain in fourth spot in the COJCHL. Friday night the Chiefs travelled to Keswick and had one of their biggest offensive outputs as the Chiefs crushed the Georgina Ice 12-1. The Chiefs were down 1-0 to the Ice before taking the game away from Georgina. Leading the Chiefs offensively were Eric Oosting with 2G, 2A, Jack Vautour 2G, 1A, Jeff Hawthorne 2G, Dalton Hill 2G, Mike Connelly 1G, 1A. Single markers went to Jordan MacLean, a shorthanded goal, Nick Hildenbrand, Colton Armstrong. Aaron Vatcher led the Chiefs in assists with four while two assists went to Riley Campbell, Ethan Schott and Max Moloney who was playing in his first Junior C game. Connor Ellis had a single assist. Oosting’s second goal of the game was scored on a Lakefield power play. Chiefs goaltender Brad Smith picked up his fifth win of the season as he stopped 23 of 24 Ice shots. Lakefield had 42 shots on Georgina goaltenders Emilio Gallenero and Bret Chandler.
The Lakefield Chiefs hosted the Uxbridge Bruins Tuesday night and edged the Bruins 3-2 before 200 fans in the Lakefield Smith Community Centre. The win was a big one for the Chiefs over the second place Bruins. The first period was scoreless but the two teams traded goals in the second period. Uxbridge talllied first on the power play as Wes Cowie scored from Coby Gardner and Shane Smith at 16:54. Lakefield tied the game on their own power play with thirty seconds remaining in the period.
On November 9, Warden J. Murray Jones and the County of Peterborough in partnership with Sustainable Peterborough sponsored a reception for public and private sector leaders in the County to discuss climate change.
The purpose of the reception was to initiate a conversation on how the local economy and businesses may be impacted by climate change and how to prepare for these challenges. To start the discussion, many private and public sector employers were invited.
Warden Jones congratulated participants on taking steps towards working together on this issue. “Together, through the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plan, we can make a difference. Local businesses and government can share knowledge and success stories to develop a plan for dealing with the impact of climate change on our local economy.”
As a child, Mary Dutchuk found herself living with her aunt in a small village she was determined to dislike. However, over the years, Lakefield became more than the place she grew up, it became home and a part of her very identity.