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Friday, September 30, 2022


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Peterborough County All Candidates Meetings


The Peterborough and Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce are hosting nine all-candidate debates this week for the city and each of the townships within Peterborough County.

These debates have a heavy focus on the business community within the townships while also hearing input from the greater community.

The first two debates took place on Monday Sept. 26 via Zoom. First up from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. was Douro-Dummer Township. In addition to opening and closing statements, there were four questions asked within the allotted time frame of the debate.

1. How do you see the growth of the township over the next four years?

2. What is your plan to attract workers to the township?

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The Holmes family, Whitney, Lisa, Elizabeth, Maureen, Gord, Annabeth, and Cecelia enjoyed a family outing on Sunday Sept. 25 for an afternoon at the Lakefield Pride Picnic hosted at Isabel Morris Park. The event saw vendors, music, a fun bubble station from the Selwyn Public Library and a lot of Pride!  This was the second annual pride event featuring a march downtown in Lakefield.
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Probus Lakefield celebrates 15 years of fellowship, friendship and fun


Probus Lakefield is celebrating 15 years in the community this year. To celebrate this achievement, the group awarded their founding members with lifetime memberships last week.

According to Ann Turner-Murphy, one of the founding members in Lakefield, Probus was originally started by Rotary as a way of keeping retired Rotarians active and engaged.Probus is an international organization which aims to provide fellowship, friendship and fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years.

According to their website, they are a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide, 248 being Canadian clubs made up of over 36,500 members. Their clubs are about encouraging healthy minds and bodies and socializing with other retirees in the community.

“When you retire you wonder what you will do with your time,” Turner-Murphy said.

“These dedicated people who founded this club wanted to reach out to Lakefield giving retired people an opportunity to stay active and engaged in their own home town.”

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Selwyn sees 53 per cent reduction in corporate GHG emmisions


Selwyn Township has seen a 53 per cent reduction in corporate greenhouse gas emissions since 2011.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Sustainability Coordinator, Lilly Morrow presented council with a Climate Change Action Plan Update.

According to her report, Selwyn council adopted the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) in 2016.

This plan outlined both corporate and community strategies and actions for a greener township and to combat climate change.

Community actions included improving areas such as homes, workplaces and schools, transportation, food, land, and people. Corporate actions consisted of focused areas such as buildings, fleet, water and sewage, street lighting, and solid waste.

The report stated “Since adopting the CCAP, the township has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to climate action. The township has initiated community actions, including a Rain Ready Action Program with resident subsidies, waste diversion policies and programs, a public transportation pilot project, tree planting and naturalization projects, as well as fostering community awareness around climate change.”

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Municipal Elections 2022

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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