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Friday, June 24, 2022


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Sports Pad Discussions Can Continue


A motion to defer discussions about the Buckhorn Sports Pad until after the fall municipal election was defeated at Trent Lakes Council this week.

Councillor Peter Franzen re-introduced a Notice of Motion “To defer all discussions or further resolutions on the sports pad be deferred until after the 2022 municipal election.  He originally introduced in May but then withdrew pending a decision from the Buckhorn Community Centre (BCC) about whether they would allow the sports pad facility to be expanded beyond it’s current footprint.

The sports pad is owned by the municipality but sits on land owned by the BCC.

The BCC responded at the June 7, 2022 council meeting that it is not prepared to expand the lands associated with the facility.

Councillor Carol Armstrong said it made sense to move the sports pad discussion forward to the new council but Councillor Terry Lambshead said he did not want to be handicapped if something comes forward to council in the next few weeks.

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The Skelton family, Karen, Theo, Daphne, Odis, and Aaron, spent Sunday morning at the Buckhorn Berry Farm strawberry patch filling up a bucket full of red juicy berries for Father’s Day on the first day of pick-your-own-season.
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Douro-Dummer to form a working group for STRs


The contentious issue of Short Term Rentals (STRs) was raised once again at the Douro-Dummer council meeting on Tuesday evening. CAO Elana Arthurs presented a report to council, but they also received a delegation on the topic presented by Richard Clark and an action item letter from Suzanne Coros both asking for STRs to be banned.

Clark presentation outlined a number of issues with STRs asking the question “is Douro-Dummer a community or a commodity?”

Clark said he has been coming to Stoney Lake for 40 years and it is now his primary residence. He said that in the last year and a half alone he has witnessed the rapid expansion of real estate investment due to STRs.

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Trent Lakes to Hold Public Meeting about quarry


There will be a public meeting about the Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd by-law amendment application to rezone lands to establish a quarry.

MHBC Planning asked Trent Lakes council to schedule a public meting on August 10, 2022 and to notify the public about the meeting.

Council received an application from Dewdney Mountain Farms in July of 2020 to rezone lands on Ledge Road.  In June of 2021 council declared the application was complete and directed staff to coordinate peer reviews of the new technical reports and plans submitted with the application.

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Water Safety Update  issued for the Trent-Severn Waterway

Board Congratulates Trustee Cathy Abraham on her Continued Role as President of OPSBA

A hardy pioneer

Peterborough Police Introduce Hate Bias Incident Reporting

PPH warns of drug poisonings in Peterborough

Lakefield Cooperative Nursery School Community Carnival a Great Success

Disease in the hive

GreenUP Recognized in 2022 Green Community Awards

Morton Nature Santuary donated to Kawartha Land Trust

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