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Mask Up Northumberland gives away free masks on Saturdays, says advocate

Advocacy is nothing new for Ashley Bouman. The paralegal is a longtime activist in Cobourg. She is a community leader for LGBTQ2+ youth for many years. It is one of the many causes she champions regularly. More recently, Ashley has taken up a new initiative to help others during the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Elgin Park redevelopment gets financial boost from feds and province



Federal, provincial, and local politicians gathered at the corner of Elgin and Darcy streets to announce a $5.7 million grant. It will more than double the existing affordable housing from 18 units to 40. The multi-phase project represents a huge upgrade to the existing buildings that were originally constructed in the 1960s. Rebecca Carman,  the Manager, Housing Services for Northumberland County, explains. The housing mix will expand what is already there. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg police board seeks public input on use of body cameras

Charges of racism and police violence have renewed calls in Canada for frontline officers to wear body cameras. The debate is taking place across the country. From the RCMP to Toronto’s police, Indigenous groups and Black Lives Matters are calling for officers to wear video recording devices on their chests. The longtime debate over the need to wear body cameras is coming to Cobourg. As part of its technology and innovation strategy, the Police Services Board wants your opinion. Continue Reading →

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New county committees promise more public engagement, openness and transparency, says warden

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In an effort to become more open and transparent, Northumberland County Council recently approved a new system of committees. This is not new. The county used to have a number of citizen-driven advisory groups. But following the amalgamation in the mid-1990s, those fell by the wayside. Recently county councillors approved a new parliamentary-style system of committees. Continue Reading →

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Young adults in Campbellford undertake unique study to determine future

There is a unique study taking place in Campbellford. It may be the only one in Canada. It is a survey of young adults, 18 to 29-years old. What makes it special is this. There are very few studies done about this age group. Continue Reading →

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Habitat for Humanity makes sure an older house gets new life for local family

There is a house that was built in the 1940s or 50s sitting in the parking lot of Northumberland County Movers on Highway 28, just north of Port Hope. It used to be at 311 University Avenue, across from the NAPA outlet or the old Home Hardware. It has an interesting story. Meaghan Macdonald, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, can tell it. The house is older and it needs some TLC. Continue Reading →

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Future of Port Hope Library service some of the same and something new

Like so many other libraries in Northumberland County, the Mary J. Benson Library in Port Hope was preparing for its March Break programming full throttle. In the background, a worldwide pandemic was about to change everything. Suddenly, the programs were being cancelled. Then, just as fast, the library was closed. Chief Librarian Margaret Scott and her staff had to pivot quickly in response. Continue Reading →

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Grad lawn signs appreciated by students and parents, says local realtor

Graduation ceremonies are special. The grad dance is a chance to dress up in stylish gowns and tuxes. The parade is a grand moment for family and grads as they make their way to the bash. Then, there are the solemn moments when the graduate crosses the stage, and parents burst with pride. It is an important ritual – as a touchstone for many lives marking the end of one stage of life, moving us into another. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Community Care continues to serve clients in face of pandemic


Whether it is a hot meal to an elderly woman or a bit of help around the house for a retired man, Northumberland Community Care has assisted people in need for more than 30 years. The programs are diverse. They include meals on wheels, transportation services for hospital visits, a host of support services to keep people living at home, plus hospice and palliative care. Like so many other organizations, the pandemic left Executive Director Trish Baird and her staff trying to find ways to continue to serve this vulnerable group over the past two months. It took some creativity. Continue Reading →

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Local Navy League leader receives national award for distinguished service



Learning seamanship might sound like something out of a swashbuckling movie like Pirates of the Caribbean. Yet twice a week, about 23 young people between the ages of nine and 12 meet at a hall on Mill Street in Port Hope next to a fish and chip shop to learn the skills of sailors and much more. The Navy League of Northumberland has been a going concern since 2003. And its leader, Lt. Michael Pigeon, was recently recognized for his service to the organization. He received the National President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the Navy League of Canada and for his work with the local group. Continue Reading →

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