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It’s simple. The Buddha is smiling because he has recently been released from a storage crate in time to greet visitors at the Cham Shan Temple Open House on June 19th, 2017.



The Temple is the first of the Buddhist Association of Canada Cham Shan Temple’s project to build four Temples that mimic the sacred Temples in China. Years ago the Buddhist Association of Canada purchased about 1,700 acres of land for this purpose. The Wutai Shan Temple is on 530 acres and is the first to be built. The remaining three are planned for Manvers Township.

The Temples will take at least 20 years to build for one simple reason – they are funded only by donations.

The doors will be open at 10 a.m. on June 19th for the annual open house. If last years open house is any indication, you will want to get there early as almost 2000 visitors enjoyed the 2016 tour. Admission and parking are free, but remember how critical your donation is to the ongoing development of the project. You will be able to tour all 530 acres by car, on foot or by tour bus.

The Cham Shan Temple is a recreation of a series of sacred sites of China, designed to be a smaller version of the sacred pilgrimage of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China.

The main building at the Wutai Sham Temple site is the Main Dharma Hall – it faces Devil’s Elbow Ski Hill. The main reception area, gift shop, tea room and dining hall are on the first floor. You will also find a display of 88 Jade Buddha Statues, all carved in Myanmar from white jade.

Below is an artist’s rendering of the Temple.


This year’s event will feature a prayer and blessing service to celebrate the Buddhist Association of Canada Cham Shan Temple’s 50th Anniversary in Canada.

Visitors will be welcomed by the massive Happy Buddha statue – smiling above!

Here is some trivia to mark the special open house on June 19th: the Happy Buddha weighs in at 126 tons and makes the landscape around it look small. The statue reflects the Buddhist philosophy of tolerance, compassion and the belief that you reap what you sow.

Enjoy the open house on June 19th!







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Yes it’s that time of year again and the stars have certainly aligned for school aged children. Friday June 9th is a PA day which has given the Fair organizers the chance for an extra day of fun and activities. The Millbrook Fair will actually open on Thursday, June 8th at 9:30 am for students in grades 1 through 3. They will have the opportunity to visit a number of activity stations, supporting their early learning of all things agricultural.

Others can get a head start at 3:00 pm when general admission opens. The early birds will be ready for the midway to open at 4:00.  


 This year marks the 168th year for the Millbrook Fair. That’s 168 years to perfect the full lineup of things to do and see. And there is something for everyone. What’s your preference?     

  •  The 4 x 4 Challenge
  • Ambassador Competition
  • Antique Tractor Show
  • Beef Show
  • Beer Barn
  • Demo Derby
  • Heavy Horses
  • Home Craft Show
  • Midway
  • Open Horse Show
  • Parade
  • Poultry Show
  • Rabbit Show
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls               

The 4 x 4 Challenge is hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Jeep Owners Club. Competition includes the Small Mud Pit, Big Mud Pit, Super Modified Challenge for Jeeps with tires 50 inches and over, and of course a Rock Crawl.        

The Ambassador Competition was designed for youth to show their leadership skills in supporting the community. Contestants have to complete a private interview, give a 2-5 minute speech on a selected topic, and answer an impromptu question. The ambassador will be present the weekend of the fair, attend the O.A.A.S Convention in Toronto in February at the Royal York and possibly represent Millbrook Fair at the C.N.E.  Ambassador Competition the following year in August. And a $500 scholarship will be presented to the winner.       

No Fair is complete without an Antique Tractor Show and Pull, Demolition Derby, and Truck and Tractor Pulls. Antique Tractors will compete in a variety of weight classes ranging from 2700 pounds to over 6500 pounds. The Truck and Tractor Pulls will include Local Gas 4 x 4 Trucks, Circuit Vintage Tractors, and Diesel 4 x 4 Trucks, including weights from 5500 pounds to 8500 pounds. 

If you want something a little more serene, you can enjoy the Home Craft Show including crafts, baking and more. 



The Millbrook Fair offers something for everyone, including an extra day to enjoy it all. On Friday you can have a flat rate ride pass for only $15. Students will be able to get their fill of rides between 11 am and 2 pm, have time for a bite to eat, and be ready to enjoy the 4 p.m. opening to the rest of the fair grounds. Parents can enjoy award winning singer and songwriter Dean James in the Beer Barn.  

Saturday starts off with a bang! The Ontario Xtreme Cowboy Event at 9 am will feature contestants who will work through a series of trail and farm based obstacles on their horses – showcasing both skill and speed.  Sunday activities include the Rabbit Show, Baking Competition Auction, Tough Truck Competition and the Demolition Derby.  

There is so much to see and do for the whole family. Get all the times and days from the Millbrook Fair paper or at the Fair Website at www.MillbrookFair.ca. 

See you there!


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Want to get the kids or grand kids interested in a great outdoor activity? Why  not take them to the Peterborough Greenwing Fishing Derby on April 29th, 2017. The event is hosted by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Joanne Barbazza, head of outreach and communications for Ducks Unlimited, said the event is “a way to get children to learn the sport of fishing and hopefully start them on the road to making it a lifelong passion.”





Boys and girls 15 years and younger will have the chance to fish for prizes on the 29th. The fish should be biting too! About 5,000 fish will be released into the water before the event starts. Many of the fish will have been tagged for prizes. Participants could win fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes, camping equipment and mountain bikes.


Join hundreds of families on the Trent Severn Waterway, just below the Peterborough Lift Lock for all of the fun. “The weather’s looking good and it’s going to be an exciting day,” said event co-chairman Gordon Bowley.


Children (and adults) will learn about waterfowl, wildlife and wetland conservations in addition to fishing. And children who register for the derby will automatically become members in Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwing program.  


“Greenwing Day” is only open to children 15 years of age and younger on the 29th. Registration is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child per family. Fees from children’s registration go toward the Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Greenwing programs involved in conservation awareness. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be wearing a life jacket. Instant prizes for tagged fish will be awarded to registered Greenwing participants from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm only. On-site registration begins at 8:00 am.  Lunch will also be provided to registered Greenwing participants, including a hotdog, drink, cake and ice cream.



“Adult Fishing” is open April 30th 2017 through May 5th 2017 to all registered participants. Adults and youth 16 years and over can register a cost of $15.00 each. All registration costs must be paid in cash on the day of registration. 


To pre-register for the Greenwing Derby, get your forms at:

   Canadian Tire’s Lansdowne Street and Chemong Road locations

   Bridgenorth Sports and Marine on Garthorne Ave

   Peterborough Bait and Tackle

   Or download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event http://ww3.ducks.ca/NATURAL/98747041.PDF


“Get yourself hooked, come out and catch some fun.”






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We live in a beautiful, resource rich area. It can be shocking then to realize that food insecurity is a real problem…even in our communities. According to Roberta Sommerville, Executive Director of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, 1600 – 2100 people of whom 40% are children, use the food bank on a monthly basis in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a community effort to reduce hunger in the City of Kawartha Lakes. They do this by maintaining a central warehouse to supply food to organizations that provide food to individuals in need. Local food banks provide short term relief for emergency situations. Volunteers at public food banks assess each client’s income and expenses. If they have less than $200 left over each month after expenses, they are eligible for food.

Who uses food banks? Seniors, families with young children, and people who are employed but do not earn enough to make ends meet.

“Ontario’s income gap between the richest and poorest families is now at levels not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s…. Fifteen per cent of Ontario’s children live below the Low Income Measure, according to Statistics Canada . 

Statistics Canada reports a staggering 34% of older Canadians  (65+) who live on their own are at nutritional risk and financially insecure. Many seniors struggle to meet their basic needs of housing, food and other essentials.

23% of Kawartha Lakes and 28% of County of Haliburton residents are over the age of 65. It is important that we are vigilant in monitoring and addressing food security for our older neighbours.

It’s Easy to Help Out!

There are a variety of ways you can get involved with Kawartha Lakes Food Support to play an active role, helping to feed the hungry.


You can make a donation through cash, cheque, Master Card, Visa or make a donation of food. Financial donations go a long way – a donation of $10 turns into the distribution of $60 worth of food!


Have a Food Drive

It’s easy to sponsor a food drive. You can collect food items in lieu of gifts for your birthday or anniversary. Have a challenge at work. Encourage your kids to get involved and have a food drive at their school.



There are no shortages of jobs for volunteers. Everything from sorting food, stocking shelves, coordinating events, picking up food donations, driving, or working on a committee. People are needed who have skills in marketing, finance, coaching, public speaking – or simply people who are hard workers. You can see more detail about volunteering on the website at http://kawarthalakesfoodsource.com/how-to-help/.

There are 9 local food banks in the Kawartha Lakes. You can find the full list at http://kawarthalakesfoodsource.com/find-a-food-bank/.

In a three-month period, the Food Source provides 11,000 servings of milk, fresh fruit and healthy snacks such as granola bars to hungry schoolchildren in 20 of our local schools. That would not be possible without donations and volunteers.





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Did you know that ‘Birding’ or bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America. There are more than 450 different kinds of birds in Canada alone. The numbers and variety provide endless hours for enthusiasts who want to simply watch, monitor, feed, film or photograph.

According to Drew Monkman, creator of the website “Our Changing Seasons, A Nature Almanac of the Kawartha Lakes District of Ontario”,  local residents are getting a great head start on spring migration. Tundra Swans have been enjoying the spring weather. There were 27 seen just last week on Lake Chemong and in the Peterborough area south of Hwy 2.


Birders who enjoy watching water fowl have seen Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead and of course Canada Geese. Others, used to looking up to the skies are enjoying Hawk migration, Turkey Vultures, Peregrine Falcons, Northern Saw-Whet Owls and Eastern Screech Owls.

For enthusiasts the possibility of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles southwest of Bobcaygeon is exciting!

Where would you get started? Kyla Makela with Bird Studies Canada says to start in your back yard! And guess what? You can even download an app to help. The Merlin Bird ID app  is free to download. It walks you through basic bird identification including the size of the bird, it’s color, where you are seeing it and what it’s doing. From four simple questions it’s able to provide a really good guess on what bird you’re seeing.

Drew is also the co-author of a new book, “Big Book of Nature Activities…” for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers to help youth of all ages – as well as adults – explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world.”


Birding and books about our outdoor environment support a step in the right direction for engaging our children – and ourselves – in the world around us. Many species in nature including birds are endangered. Our community provides the perfect back drop to develop a new hobby.








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Enjoy this slide show showcasing our spectacular one acre building lots in our Horizons Phase. These picture were taken in earlier this month.




For more info:

Jeffrey Kerr, Broker, RE/MAX Unique Inc.




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