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Friday, December 1, 2023


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Selwyn Supports PUG Battery Storage Facility


Three different companies are interested in creating Battery Energy Storage Systems within the township of Selwyn.

The interest in setting up these plants comes from the province’s increased demand of energy with many electric vehicles now the norm, coupled with the closure of the Pickering nuclear plant and expiring contracts for existing facilities.

Selwyn Council received a report from staff on Tuesday afternoon outlining each of these projects and what they are looking to accomplish in Selwyn.

All three applicants, Plus Power, Peterborough Utilities Group, and Northland Power, have all given delegation to council outlining their proposals.

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Brooklynn Cruthers and her new puppy Nugget met with Santa Claus after the Warsaw Parade on November 25.
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Township of Selwyn reviews Waste Diversion efforts


Selwyn Township is once again looking at options to reduce their Greenhouse Gas Emissions and increase their sustainability.

At Tuesday afternoon’s council meeting, staff presented a report outlining the 2022 waste audit of the Smith Landfill and possible next steps moving forward into 2024 and 2025.

According to a report to council by Lily Marrow sustainability coordinator, in the fall of 2022, the Smith landfill, in partnership with Fleming College underwent a waste audit to understand the composition of waste being disposed of at the site.

The report showed that results of the audit showed that 45 per cent of the audited material was classified as divertible waste.

Her report stated that a total of 898 kg of waste was audited from 25 participating vehicles. The waste was then sorted into categories to identify the composition of materials.

Of the 45 per cent of divertible materials audited, 13 per cent was demolition waste, 11 per cent was carpeting, 10 per cent was from recyclable materials, seven per cent was from textiles, three per cent was from household hazardous waste, and just two per cent was from food waste.

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The Lakefield United Church labyrinth walks


The Lakefield United Church is offering residents a unique experience to calm their minds and connect to their spirit.

On the third Monday of every month, Rev. Kerrie Perry sets up a labyrinth at the church for an open walk.

Perry explained that a labyrinth is something designed from sacred geometry with one way in and one way out. It is not a maze where there are wrong turns, blockages, and places people can get lost. Rather a labyrinth is a pattern that is easily followed that allows the mind to focus and mediate. Perry said they have been used for over 4,000 years all over the world and in many different cultures.

“Walking a labyrinth can lower your blood pressure, calm your mind, it lowers your heart rate, and it calms your breathing. It’s very much a meditation kind of practice. You don’t need to have any kind of Faith whatsoever to walk it.”

Kerrie Perry has lent her own labyrinth to the Lakefield United Church which is printed on a 32 ft. canvas.

She explained how she came to learn about the power of a labyrinth walk.

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Christmas in Lakefield
$1,000 Shopping Spree!

Selwyn Discusses capital budget

Trent Lakes does not support plan

Kawartha Region Conservation Authority MOU approved

County Council Approves New Paramedic Collective Agreement

Christmas by Candlelight at Lang Pioneer Village

Peterborough County Warden for a Day

Laila Biali to take the stage at Performing Arts Lakefield

Participants learn about Project FeederWatch

Kevin T. Heffernan

Kawartha Wild

Editorial by Terry McQuitty

Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement

Lakefield Historical Society by Michael Chappell

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