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Friday, December 3, 2021


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PolarFest a go for 2022


The 15th annual Polar Fest will be running again in February 2022.

The event will run from Friday Feb. 4 to Sunday Feb 6, 2022 with a weekend full of winter events within the Township of Selwyn.

According to Mike Richardson, manager of recreation services, the event will be host to the Snowman Challenge that will run leading up to the weekend and the ice sculpture contest will also run, although it is not yet known where.

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Vanessa Stark
Santa Claus came to town on Sunday, November 28.   Santa was the grand finale to the, very successful, second annual drive-by parade hosted by the Lakefield & District Lions club.
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Township of Selwyn adopts new building fee structure


The Township of Selwyn has adopted a new building permit fee structure that will be taking effect Jan. 1, 2022.

On Nov. 9, the township hosted a public meeting during their regular council schedule for the public to voice any comments or concerns they had in regards to the proposed new structure for building permit fees.

No residents spoke at the public meeting so the final permit fee restructuring did not change from the draft proposal presented at the Nov. 9 meeting.

The permit fee structure currently in place for the township is based on the value of construction cost, meaning that the building permit fee rate is the same for everyone looking to make a new build in the township regardless of construction type. The rate is currently set at $14.54 per $1000 of estimated cost of construction.

The new building permit fee structure that was adopted by council at the Nov. 26 meeting will change that structure on Jan. 1, 2022 to a cost per square foot which would be calculated at about $1.50 per square foot of finished construction area.

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Lakefield District Public School cereal challenge


Lakefield District Public School (LDPS) recently challenged their students in a way that both educated the kids and enhanced the community.

The Great Cereal Box Challenge was started last month with the goal of collecting 1000 boxes of cereal to donate to the Lakefield Food Bank. The challenge was led by Amanda Vallillie, a kindergarten teaching and Jocelyne Laperle, a Grade 6 and 7 teacher.

“There has been lots of great math, teamwork, communication, and planning in this challenge,” Vallillie said. “Students have been estimating, sorting, counting, and planning how to best set up the domino run. We are so proud of our students, staff, and school community!”

The two teachers said that they had seen the initiative done at other schools and wanted to join in, stating that the holiday season always puts a high demand on the local food bank. They felt this was a great way to educate the students at LDPS through math while highlighting food insecurity within the local community and helping to give back to those in need.

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Lakefield Christmas $1,000 Shopping Spree

Curve Lake announces new Chief Operating Officer

Online Information Session About the COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5-11

Cuddles for Cancer launches fundraising campaign

Selwyn clear bag update

Lakefield Trail Celebrated 20th Anniversary

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Children Ages 5-11 hosted at Local Schools

Santa Claus Parade donates to worthy causes

Chemong Lodge first annual Christmas Market

Kevin T. Heffernan

Kawartha Wild

Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement

Bird Column by Rachel Lancashire

Book Review by Barry Mutter

@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner

Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn

Golden Years Club Update



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"Unheralded" the Documentary

This short documentary is a portrait of a tiny town, Lakefield, Ontario, and its independent weekly, the Herald. Across North America, newspapers are dying, but in Lakefield, Terry McQuitty, the town paper’s publisher, carries on a rich, 150-year-old tradition. Set to the pace of small-town life, Unheralded is a testament to the vital role newspapers can still play, and the close bond between reporter and reader.

Aaron Hancox   2011
Link to full doc provided by the National Film Board of Canada