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Cobourg woman shares a story of abuse, pain and courage

Quite often, when talking about women who are abused, people will say, “Why don’t they just leave.” But, it is never that simple. On today’s show, Nicole Thompson, a Cobourg resident, will share her story of abuse. It is a story told with conviction and with brutal honesty. More than anything, it is a story about courage. Nicole’s account of her journey away from abuse is like so many others. Continue Reading →

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Friends rally around woman by forming a new group to fight racism in Cobourg

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When Valerie Gallagher came to Cobourg, she was looking to make a fresh start. She was impressed by the small-town feeling and it looked like a welcoming place for her and her family. But before she even moved into her new home, she was confronted by harassment. From there it grew into a racially motivated conflict involving lawyers and the police. The racism followed her to work, where she was the object of slurs that were both overt and others that were muted. Continue Reading →

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Diversity initiative launched by town hoping to make Cobourg more inclusive, says councillor

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The death of George Floyd ignited an explosion of anti-racism protests around the world, as well as Northumberland County. He was the American man who died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police last spring. Demonstrations were held in Cobourg and Port Hope. There was a flurry of statements by local politicians and community leaders condemning racist behaviour. In September, Cobourg council decided to take it a step further. Continue Reading →

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Young adults want to stay in Trent Hills but face barriers, says youth survey

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There was a tradition not that long ago that once you graduated high school in Northumberland County, there was a mad rush to see how quickly and how far you could getaway. For some, it was university or college. Then, it was off to a job in a big city. There was always a sense of moving away. You would always hear politicians and community leaders bemoaning the lack of youth and young families living in the county. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County offers lifeboat to those drowning in an ocean of viruses, scams and disinformation

 

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We all get them. Those emails from the bank that tells us there is a problem with our account. Or maybe it is the email from a business telling us we won a fabulous prize. All we need to do is click on the link to claim it. In our excitement, we quickly glance at the logo and the information. Continue Reading →

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Housing prices rise in Northumberland County despite pandemic economy, says real estate association president

 

 

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The average price of a house in Northumberland was about $620,000 in September. There are bidding wars going on right now for homes. When a home comes on the market, bids start almost right away. Before, it might have taken a couple of days for things to heat up. It’s crazy busy for agents. Continue Reading →

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Health unit recommends staying home, but for those who go out, here is some advice

Halloween is meant to be a scary time. It is time to dress up, celebrate ghosts, and remember the dead (more maybe even see a zombie). The annual festivities are a welcome time in the fall. This year, Halloween is even scarier. With the pandemic in its second wave and rising numbers of cases of COVID-19, parents are once more the public is being asked to take great care and caution to ensure the virus is not spread. Continue Reading →

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Opportunity to save money on electricity bills for residents and small business

Everyone likes to save money. Especially on those regular monthly bills. And, in particular, those electrical bills. Well, there is a possibility you may be able to reduce or, at the very least, pick a billing plan that is more suitable to your lifestyle. Lakefront Utilities is now letting you change your billing method. Continue Reading →

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Produce for Heroes program looking to serve Northumberland veterans and families

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A military pension in 2018 was just over $13,000 a year. It could go as low as slightly over $10,000. Unemployment rates for former military members are higher than the national rate. These are the conditions some veterans face after serving their country. For a Peterborough county couple, the needs of veterans struggling were too much to bear. Continue Reading →

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Rebuilding the annual campaign to rebuild Northumberland is goal for United Way

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Thanksgiving took place earlier this week. It is a time when we give thanks for the fall harvest. This story is about the Northumberland United Way annual fundraising campaign. It launched at the start of October. But like so many things, it is not the same during the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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