In This Week's Edition:

Santa Claus

Lakefield Santa Claus parade scheduled for Nov. 20.

Winter Car Care

Winter driving tips in the Winter Car Care feature.

Climate Change

Selwyn's Climate Change Plan Drafted.


Friday, October 28, 2016


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Website exclusive, read about the Haunted Herald

Olympic Bronze Medalist, Hannah Darling in her hometown of Warsaw Ontario

Terry McQuitty


Lakefield Youth Unlimited hosted its annual fundraising dinner at Lakefield District Intermediate School last Thursday evening. The venue was changed to LDIS due to the closing of the High School. The venue was smaller, which made the venue a little more intimate. Pictured above are Kylyne Sutton, recipient of the 2016 Peter Bishop Youth Volunteer of the Year Award  and Sandra Peacock, LYU Volunteer and Steering Team Member.  More pictures here.


Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Awards of Excellence Finalists

by Terry gillis

his year’s Kawartha Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence Finalists were revealed on October 19.

Over 80 nominations were received for sixty businesses/organizations for the Kawartha Chamber’s 17th Annual Business Awards of Excellence!

The confidential judging panel is comprised of five people representing different geographic areas and business sectors. Members of the Chamber Board, nominees, those submitting a nomination and award sponsors are not asked to serve.

Commercial Development or Renovation Finalists:




Meet Selwyn's new Economic Development Coordinator

by Terry Gillis

The Selwyn Township Organizational Policy establishes that a review of wages, salaries, benefits and organizational efficiency be conducted once per term of Council. This term, the Organizational Review component was undertaken by TCI/GGA Management Consultants in 2015.

The Organizational Review report prepared by TCI/GGA Management Consultants contained 34 recommendations.  A number of these recommendations were related to increasing the resources available to support various functions, ie. Economic Development, Communications, Building/Planning and IT functions.

The TCI/GGA report recommended that three new positions be created in 2016, one of which was for the position of Economic Development Coordinator.

Council had indicated a strong desire to increase the Township’s economic development activities and in order to do so additional resources would be required. Accordingly, the Economic Development Coordinator position was recommended as a priority for implementation in 2016.

The creation of this position resulted in the previous Planner/Economic Development Officer position, held by Jeanette Thompson, being re-titled to Planner. This position, along with the Department Manager, will continue to have a significant positive impact on the economic growth in the community through the efforts to support both residential and commercial development by working with applicants through Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw amendments, Subdivision/Condominium plan approvals, Minor Variances and Site Plan Agreements.

After several months of interviews, a candidate was hired as Selwyn Township’s new Economic Development Coordinator.

On September 19, 2016, Mrs. Kari Partridge began her first day as Economic Development Coordinator by attending a Special Tri-Council Meeting hosted by Curve Lake First Nation and Chief Phyllis Williams.



Evidence of emarld ash borer  discovered in Lakefield

by Terry gillis

On Tuesday October 25, local arborist, Matt Logan, and his crew spent a number of hours removing several ash trees on Stewart Drive in Lakefield after evidence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered.

Logan Tree Experts owner, Matt Logan, said that he and his crew were taking proactive steps to combat the “very beginning of an infestation” of EBA in the area.

The emerald ash borer was first detected in North American in 2002, but was probably here at least a decade before its discovery. Native to Asia, the beetle has proven to be lethal to ash trees on this continent. Since it’s arrival, it has killed tens of millions of trees and continues to spread into new regions.

The EAB has been found throughout the Kawarthas, including Peterborough, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Balsam and Rice Lakes areas.

Matt Logan said that once you find one beetle, it’s a given that there are going to be more. That means inevitable death for ash trees.





If you have a long familial military history and rich traditions that have been passed down through the generations, then the Lakefield Herald would like to hear from you.

We are looking for interesting stories about military families, and how those families share their histories, for our upcoming Remembrance Day Issue.

Each year, the Lakefield Herald dedicates a November issue to the men and women who have, are, and will serve in the military.

This year, we would like to focus on family.

If you would like to share your family’s stories, please email:


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.