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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

NOW is the best time to order tree seedlings

            Standing among some of the 3,500 trees he and his wife Sue have planted on their 49-acre property near Bobcaygeon, Brian Paradoski poses the simple question: “When is the best time to plant a tree?”

            His answer, echoing the great American conservationist Aldo Leopold, is:

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Gamiing to re-naturalize filtering wetland

            The Gamiing Nature Centre will be working this summer to remove invasive species from its share of the wetland that runs along the west shore of Pigeon Lake from near Lakeview Estates to south of Wispy Shores—including along the edge of Gamiing’s 100-acre property.

            The work, which will include replanting with native species, and building nesting platforms for the Trumpeter Swans, basking logs for Painted Turtles and breeding places for Blanding’s Turtles, will be supported by a grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. A number of community groups and schools will also help do the work.

            Gamiing’s focus this year is on wetlands, which are under tremendous stress from development and recreational activities. It will be launching a major publicity campaign as well as offering education about the importance of wetlands for many birds and aquatic species—not to mention humans.

            Wetlands work like giant coffee filters to clean and purify water that runs into the lake from roads, agricultural lands and lakefront properties. They trap and hold nutrients that should not end up in the lake.

            Other Gamiing news includes:

  • A new year-round hiking club for 55 plussers who can sign up for programs tailored to their capacity and needs.
  • A new tepee to replace the old one, now on Grassy Trail with a beautiful view over Pigeon Lake. New programs and activities will take place there with a focus on native history, culture and heritage.
  • A new entrance, moved further east to the field where three large solar panels are located. It offers much more parking space, especially for busses. Signs will be placed to direct visitors to the various activity areas.
  • Revitalization of a large fire pit, including adding 10 to 15 benches to seat about 40 people to listen to story tellers or musicians.

            Check the website at www.gamiing.org.

            Twenty-five years ago, a small group of volunteers calling themselves the Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society convinced the Village of Bobcaygeon to lease them the land to establish and operate Kawartha Settlers’ Village.

            The dream of establishing a living museum to

By Glenna Burns

            Sometimes recognition for service beyond and above the norm is a long time coming. In the case of my father’s World War 2 contributions, it took over

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Music at Cambridge United

KL Singers take you ‘Back to the Swing of Things’

            Whether you like soft ballads or hard-driving swing, the Kawartha Lakes Singers want to take you back to 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s on Sunday, March 8. That’s when they present “Back to the Swing of Things,” a concert of pre-war swing music at Lindsay’s Cambridge Street United Church.

            It’s just one of

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

John Huke was a passionate and feisty councillor

            John Huke, former Reeve of Somerville Township, County Councillor and City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor passed away Feb. 3 at the age of 84.

            Mr. Huke will be remembered “as a passionate and feisty debater with a penchant for

            Members of the City of Kawartha Lakes staff United Way committee presented a cheque to representatives of the United Way of Kawartha Lakes for $22,591.44 at a Feb. 17 council meeting.

            Each year the city

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Legion grant supports Kinmount health

            The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command has awarded a grant of $3,995 to the Kinmount District Health Services Foundation to pay for a

City of Kawartha Lakes residents are reminded that the city  remains open on Family Day, (Monday, Feb. 16) and that curbside recycling and garbage collection for the week of February 16 to 20 will operate on a regular schedule.

The appellants to the Ontario Municipal Board who opposed the Dewdney Mountain Farms Quarry will provide up-to-date information and response to the recent OMB decision approving the quarry at a meeting on Valentine's Day.

Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development (CFRAD) is sponsoring this meeting at the Bobcaygeon Service Centre (the City of Kawartha Lakes municipal building across the street from the Legion, on the corner of King and East Streets) at 9:30 am this Saturday, Feb. 14.

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