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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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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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New book about HMS Speedy gives fresh insight into Indigenous side of story


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This time of year, as the fall colours are changing, it is nice to drive to Presqu’ile Park in the county’s east end. Driving along the most southerly part of the park, the view of Lake Ontario in October can be deceiving. On a bright, sunlit day, the billowing clouds over the blue waters offer a spectacular view. But when the weather grows colder, and a gale appears, the beauty disappears. It is replaced by an angry, violent turmoil of waves and wind. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Hills Hospital prepares as second wave of pandemic getting underway

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If you know anything about Boy Scouts, you would likely recognize its motto: Be Prepared. Our stories this week are about being prepared. This story is about Northumberland Hills Hospital’s preparation for the second wave of the pandemic. The provincial government, health officials, and others acknowledged the beginning of the second wave earlier this week. Forecasting models are showing a doubling of new cases every 10 to 12 days. Continue Reading →

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Preparations underway for Poppy Campaign 2020 as Grafton Legion faces pandemic challenges

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Earlier this week, the Royal Canadian Legion announced major changes to the 2020 National Poppy Campaign. Starting on October 30 in response to the pandemic, the legions will be discouraged from setting up donation tables or placing volunteers at business entrances and other public locations. However, it is introducing a new tap-and-pay technology called Pay Tribute. It will choose select locations across the country to use this new system. Supporters are also being asked to go to the Legion’s website to donate. Continue Reading →

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Impact of residential schools on generations of children felt in Alderville, says Chief Dave Mowat

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Sitting on the Second Line Road, just a short drive east of the Alderville Memorial on County Road 45, is a white, long building next to a very old United Church. The elongated building stretching back from the road is home to the administration offices of the Alderville First Nation. But before that, it was a Day School for the local Indigenous community. Prior to that, it was an industrial school dating back to 1838 when the government of Upper Canada decided it wanted to train boys from Indigenous communities. They took these children from their families in Alderville, Mud Lake, and Lake Scugog to turn them into tradespeople. Continue Reading →

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Drought hits crops hard, but food supply secure says Northumberland farmers

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Six months ago, I spoke with this same group of farmers from the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture. The lockdown had just started. Some grocery store shelves were empty. Everyone was buying toilet paper. You could not find yeast to save your soul because people started bake bread at home. Continue Reading →

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Navy League one of many extracurricular activities facing challenges during fall startup across Northumberland

Many parents like to keep their kids busy outside of school. Whether it is playing rep hockey, martial arts, or music lessons, extracurricular activities are a part of many children’s lives. Usually, these activities gear up come September. This year is different. Like so many other aspects of our lives, these groups are facing challenges as they adjust to the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Venture 13, police and local entrepreneur launch tool to fight pandemic

As many of us brace for the possible second wave of the virus to hit, there are efforts across Northumberland looking at how we adjusting to the ongoing challenges we face. Today’s show looks at two aspects of the ways our community is adapting. When the pandemic first hit Northumberland during the lockdown in March, within a two-week period, Venture 13 pulled together a micro-manufacturing operation to create personal protective equipment for hospitals, senior’s homes, and others within the county. If that wasn’t enough, it was recently announced another innovative enterprise is helping to protect frontline emergency workers in the county. This new start-up company created a scanning device that is being used by police, firefighters, and paramedics to quickly determine if people have a fever – one of many signs a person is infected with COVID-19. Continue Reading →

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