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New early years program launches next month across county

Starting in January, Northumberland County begins its transformation of the Ontario Early Years program in the hopes of bringing more diverse services to more children and their parents. But for some, it is a sad departure from a much-loved model at the local YMCA. The reasons for the changes are simple: the Ontario government no longer wishes to run the program, at the same time, it hopes to expand the services for young children and their parents, making it more localized. It will direct the program by providing guidelines, mandates, and some money, but leave it to the local municipalities to execute it. It is a lofty goal for the program, which started 14 years ago in 2003. Continue Reading →

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In Cramahe Township 17 of 20 bridges need repair

By Mandy Martin

CRAMAHE TWP. — Of the 20 Cramahe Twp.-owned bridges inspected for structural safety this year, 17 are identified as requiring some form of repair, rehabilitation and/or replacement by D.M. Mills, the engineering firm contracted by the municipality for $3,200 to do the inspections. The engineering firm suggested Cramahe schedule the estimated $2,277,000 of 16 recommended repairs over a 10-year period, with the highest priority items first. Top priority is the replacement of the Bailey Road bridge at an estimated cost of $495,000, followed by $48,000 of guide rail improvements of the Dawson Road bridge. Following the Bailey and Dawson Road projects by priority and estimated cost are:
• replacing Dingman Road bridge, $585,000;
• concrete patch, waterproof, pave, install guide rails and address settlement connections for Ontario St. Continue Reading →

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McGlennon remains insurance broker for Cramahe Twp.

By Mandy Martin

CRAMAHE Twp. — Cramahe Twp. council has gone with the higher of two bids submitted to act as the municipality’s insurance broker. Earlier this year, Deputy mayor Sandra Arthur pushed to have the brokerage service put to tender to ensure competitive pricing is in effect. Council directed staff to ask for quotes from potential insurance brokers. 
Only two firms submitted quotes for a five-year term: WWD McGlennon Insurance Broker Ltd. Continue Reading →

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A dear friend is gone

It is with incredible sadness I share the news regarding the passing of Scott Lamberton, my very good friend. He died suddenly on Oct. 31. He was 51-years old. After speaking with his wife and daughter, I am posting this to my website to let people know what has happened. Continue Reading →

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Council moves towards long-term plan for preserving Victoria Hall

By Robert Washburn

A small step towards a long-term plan to preserve Victoria Hall as a national landmark was unanimously approved Monday night at Cobourg council. An application for up to $10,000 in funding would provide half the funding for a major strategic plan to outline future restoration and preservation. Victoria Hall Volunteers President Claire Lloyd said her organization, which raises money to assist with maintaining the building, said this is delightful news. “We think it is imperative,” she said. “Working as volunteers with a mandate to preserve the historical aspects of Victoria Hall, this strategic plan will ensure the hall remains a beautiful landmark that it is.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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