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CFRAD fundraiser shows community support

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George-HewisonSueSmithJonathanLynn    Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development (CFRAD) showed the depth and breadth of the community support for its position when the group’s musical fundraiser, Limestone Blues, raised over

$9,000 on Saturday, Aug. 23.
    “Good things happen when a community comes together for a place we love—the Kawarthas,” said Janet Klein, one of the appellants opposing the bylaw change that would allow the quarry. “The music and silent auction was over the top and your support for us will never be forgotten,” she said in an email on behalf of appellants, the Kleins, Pillsworths, Eastmans, Jorys and Johnsons.
    Host and musician George Hewison, singer/songwriter Sue Smith and spoken word artist Jonathan Lynn combined their talents to entertain a sell-out audience of CFRAD supporters. CFRAD mounted the concert in the Murphy Barn at Kawartha Settlers Village.
    The money will help offset legal costs of challenging zoning issues at the Ontario Municipal Board for the Dewdney Mountain Farms quarry proposal in the Municipality of Trent Lakes. The large-by-local-standards quarry is slated for development on Ledge Road about 10 km northeast of the village of Bobcaygeon.
    Some Ledge and Quarry Roads residents have been opposing the quarry, specifically based on the anticipated truck traffic, noise and dust on their until-now quiet back road, and environmental considerations.
    Significant public opinion has coalesced to support them in the formation of CFRAD, with other objections, including increased truck traffic through Bobcaygeon itself, environmental damage, including affects on endangered species (blandings turtles and whippoorwills), and negative impact on winter deer yards, First Nations harvesting rights, and local water quality.
    OMB hearings have run over the summer, ending Aug. 19. A decision is expected soon from hearing chair Colin Hefferon.
    “CFRAD will continue to fight to protect our unique, beautiful and fragile environment, to maintain road safety, and ensure a secure community, and to protect and grow our tourism- and retirement-based economy,” said organizer Elaine Bird. “These critical factors make living in the Kawarthas, and around Bobcaygeon in particular, such a wonderful experience.”
    The organization is also preparing guides—available soon—to inform voters in the next municipal election, about candidates’ positions around responsible aggregate development.

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