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If you love to sing but don’t feel you’re quite good enough to be on stage, you might want to check out “Shout Sister!” a unique approach to choral singing.


What makes it unique? No auditions for one thing! Singing with the group is simply fun, including a wide variety of styles from pop to Motown, folk, country and blues.

You don’t even have to be able to read music because members learn from the recorded versions of songs. Experienced singers and inexperienced singers all find a refuge in the relaxed atmosphere, bonding with other sisters.

The choir was started in 2002 by Georgette Fry in Kingston. Georgette’s career spans 35 years. She is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene, a blues and jazz artist and a 1994 Juno nominee.

Georgette fiercely believed that music offers physical and psychological benefits and such benefits should be available to everyone. The development of the choir appealed to a wide range of women who enjoyed singing but who did not have formal training, could not read music, and who definitely did not want to have to audition for a choir. Women who would otherwise be robbed of an opportunity to sing with others suddenly had the chance to belong.

And now, 15 years later, Shout Sister! has 23 chapters across the province with the closest in Peterborough. The photo below is from the local chapter.


The Shout Sister! website includes a large selection of videos where you can see and hear a cross section of the choirs in action. Listen to everything from Hallelujah, Song for a Winter’s Night, Strange Man, Fields of Gold, Have You Ever Seen the Rain…the range of music is amazing.  

Shout Sister! fosters community spirit and giving. Many of the performances help to raise money for local causes, particularly supporting organizations for women and children. They work hard to keep the arts alive by reaching out and inspiring others.


Contact Peterborough Shout Sisters!

Director:               Barbara Johnston

Choir Chair:         Sue Smith

Rehearsals:         Monday evenings from 7-9pm

Greenwood United Church

737 Donwood Drive

Peterborough Ontario

Contact Email:     members@shoutsisterchoir.ca



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The Curve Lake Indian Reserve is part of the beautiful Kawarthas region.

The Reserve has a very rich history from generations of the Whetung family.  Over the years, the Whetungs have conducted steamboat cruises on the lakes around their peninsula, traded in furs, guided fishermen, catered banquets and operated a grocery store, postal station and taxi service. The Whetung Ojibwa Center evolved from a fishing lodge opened in the early 1900’s.

When unemployment was very high on the Reserve in the early 1960s, the Whetungs encouraged their fellow band members to produce crafts. Eleanor Whetung, her five children, and women from the reserve and their children were the core of the cottage industry in the Whetung living room that gradually extended to hundreds of band members.


They made canoes, pipes, birch bark and sweet-grass baskets, feather headdresses, dolls and moccasins. With the assistance of a loan, the first craft shop was built and opened in 1966 in the same location where Clifford Whetung’s great-grandfather had his grocery store, only a stone’s throw from the small, wooden cottage where Clifford was born. Business flourished and three years later an old barn was renovated to handle the expansion of craft production and storage.


Today the main building displays handcrafts from all parts of Canada, as well as those still produced within the community. The area downstairs offers a selection of arctic parkas, Cowichan sweaters, leather garments, souvenir apparel, gloves and various bead accessories. Adjacent to that is the museum. It features the Whetungs’ private collection, the work of artists and craftspeople from the Curve Lake Reserve and outstanding native craft work from across Canada.

Two special events to plan on attending:  

Sept 17 & 18, 2016 – Curve Lake Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a two-day celebration of song, dance, stories and food! Pow Wow time is the Native American people’s way of coming together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The Curve Lake Pow Wow is just down the road from Whetung Gallery. It is an annual event that draws visitors from across North America. Don’t miss this one!

Oct 8 & 9, 2016– Thanksgiving Art Show 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family to meet the artists and see them in action at this interesting event suitable for the whole family. Plan a day trip and enjoy the beautiful fall colours on your way to the Whetung Gallery.

The Centre is open every day and admission is free. If you are travelling from Peterborough, take Water Street North to Buckhorn Road to Curve Lake Road.

Travelling by boat?  From Buckhorn Lake, dock on Coppaway Point, only a few minutes’ walk from the Gallery.

Phone 9am -5pm, EST  705-657-3661

Whetung Website

Email: info@whetung.com




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A new school year has just begun, and children and teens are excited and nervous as they find out what the year has in store for them. But if you’re planning to locate to Bethany in the future you should have nothing to be nervous about if you have school age children. Bethany boasts some of the most well respected public schools in Ontario.

Bethany Ontario Blog Rolling Hills Public School

Rolling Hills Public School, Bethany Ontario

Most of Bethany’s public school students attend schools which are part of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. In total the TLDSB manages 48 schools – 41 elementary and 7 secondary – and 7 Adult Education and Training Centres for persons looking to upgrade their skills or learn something new. However, most students in Bethany attend 1 of 3 public schools: grades Junior Kindergarten to 4 attend Grandview Public School, grades 5 – 8 attend Rolling Hills Public School, and secondary students are bussed to I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay, just outside of Bethany.

Grandview PS “is a supportive and respectful partnership connecting students, staff, families, and the community.” In the mid-1990s the opening of Rolling Hills PS allowed Grandview to limit its grades to JK through 4 in order to reduce class sizes and ensure children reach their fullest potential before heading down the road to Rolling Hills. The school’s aim is that all students gain “the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to be critical thinkers as well as caring members of our society.”

Bethany Ontario Blog Grandview Public School

Grandview Public School in Bethany, Ontario

Rolling Hills PS was first opened in 1996 and emphasizes service learning and the incorporation of social justice issues into the curriculum. This “leads to the development of students who are well rounded and connected to the challenges and joys of our world.” No wonder the school’s motto is “Making a Difference…one student at a time.”

I.E. Weldon SS was named for Isaac Ernst Weldon (1873-1962), a prominent lawyer who was raised in Lindsay and donated one million dollars to the local school board with the interest generated to be divided among graduating students in the county who were advancing to post-secondary education. Today I.E. Weldon SS is dedicated to an educational program where all students can learn in a safe environment that encourages, challenges, and enables individuals to realize their full potential. Students are taught the skills necessary for them to become life-long learners and succeed in a global and technological society.

Grandview Public School

698 Hwy. 7A Bethany, ON L0A 1A0

Phone: (705) 277-2322

Email: infogvp@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://gvp.tldsb.on.ca

Rolling Hills Public School

694 Highway 7A / Hwy 35 Bethany, ON L0A 1A0

Phone: 705-277-9515

Email: inforhp@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://rhp.tldsb.on.ca/

I.E. Weldon Secondary School

24 Weldon Rd Lindsay, ON K9V 4R4

Phone: (705) 324-3585

Email: infoweldon@tldsb.on.ca

Web: http://iew.tldsb.on.ca/

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Have you ever been disappointed that you missed a special event or happening in your community? I certainly have! We get busy and end up seeing the pictures in the local paper from an event that has passed.

Well, mark Sunday September 13, 2015 in your calendar now so you don’t miss the Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes event.


Grain Elevator

The first Doors Open Day took place in France in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Scotland.

The first Doors Open event in North America was launched in the year 2000 by the City of Toronto.

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across the province. Nearly six million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting initiative since the Ontario launch in 2002. Doors Open Ontario is now considered a cultural phenomenon – and that is why you don’t want to miss Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes!


Ballyduff Presbyterian Church

This year’s event will focus on the southern end of Kawartha Lakes, which has always been predominantly agricultural with crops of grain, tobacco and potatoes. The grain elevator, the homes, the churches and cemeteries reflect this heritage and will be highlighted on September 13th.


Lotus Mill

You will be able to visit:

  • Aunt Laura’s Tea Room
  • Ballyduff Presbyterian Church
  • Bethany Old Post Office
  • Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • Lotus Mill
  • Octagonal House
  • Pontypool Grain Elevator
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Church
  • St. Mary’s Lifford Cemetary

Octagonal House

Check out the website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kawartha-Lakes.aspx for more information.

And if you have some time to share, why not consider being a volunteer for the day!

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Bethany Park is a happening spot! And you will want to be sure to free up your schedule on August 15th to take part in the Bethany Park Antique / Garden Tractor Show and Pull.


This will be an exciting – and unique – day for the family. Consider watching the Tractor Pull at 11 am followed by the Antique Tractor Slow Barrel Roll Race at 1:00 p.m.


You won’t go hungry either! Breakfast includes sandwiches, pancakes, bacon and coffee for $5 followed by Marshall Mac’s Unique BBQ served from 11 am to 4 p.m.

Bouncy Castles, Kidz Karnival, games and prizes run from 10 am to 4 pm.

And for the adults, the Beer Gardens open at 11:00 until 1:00 am.

An adult dance complete with DJ starts at 8:00 p.m. to finish off the fun.

The Bethany Park is run by the Bethany Athletic Society and has been serving the community for over 100 years. The Society is a not-for-profit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors. In fact, if you have time on August 15th, you can always lend a hand for a few hours.

Volunteers, Sponsors, Community and Board members make every event a success.

The Bethany Athletic Society is working hard to continue the traditions that started over 100 years ago.  Over the last few years the Board of Directors and community members have put an effort into expanding the parks services to including new softball clinics, first aid clinics and new fund raising events to help make improvements to the park as a whole.

Future plans include replacing the current playground with a modern play structure and a new combination skateboard / bike park for summer use, and a skating rink in the winter. The softball committee is working hard to bring in a new surface for the softball diamond to improve drainage and safety.

Finally, the volunteers are working towards general park improvements such as new lights for the grounds and a retaining wall for the parking lot.

Join the local community on August 15th and help support the Bethany Athletic Society.


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“I thought the pain would go away!”

Have you ever had some aches and pains and uttered the classic 6 words? “I thought it would go away!”

Well, Dr. Larry, as the local Chiropractor is known, wants to caution us against uttering those words!


He knows all too well how a person – young or old – can suffer needlessly when in fact an appointment with him or his staff could make all the difference in the world. Why let a situation get out of hand and actually get worse when effective treatments are available?

The Cavan Chiropractic Clinic – just east of Bethany – offers a well-rounded approach to your care, using procedures such as spinal adjustments, muscle stimulation, electro-acupressure, therapeutic ultrasound, soft-tissue therapy, and exercise rehabilitation.


Common conditions treated include back, neck and headache complaints, as well as shoulder, knee, ankle and hip problems.

The clinic proudly provides service to the local community, including everyone from children to seniors.

The home-based office is located in the beautiful hills of Cavan. Often appointments can be arranged for the same day. Many health insurance plans are accepted including WSIB if you are injured on the job as well as Veteran’s Affairs.

Or why not book a massage? Massage has been proven to reduce muscle tension, relieve chronic pain and provide relaxation and stress relief.


Flexible hours make it easy to book an appointment including Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00.

Call the staff at the Cavan Chiropractic clinic at 705-944-8964 or visit them at 1493 Tapley Quarter Line, Cavan, ON L0A 1C0 or online at  www.cavanchiropractic.ca

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Kick-off your summer at the Bethany Park Annual Fair this Victoria Day Long Weekend. Located at 1 Wilson Street in Bethany, the Long Weekend event is hosted by the Bethany Athletic Society, a non-profit organization, whose focus is putting on sporting and community events in the beloved 107 year old park.


The Athletic Society’s mission is “providing Bethany and surrounding communities with family fun for all ages, by supporting sporting activities, active living and community events.” One look at the upcoming festivities will have you saying, “mission accomplished!”

All of their usual events are here, plus a return to Classic Community Fun!  They have rented 3 inflatables and have a selection of classic carnival games with prizes for all.  Face It! Face Painting is back Friday evening, as is Razberry the Clown who will have her booth set up to make awesome balloon creations for the kids.  They will also have a selection of carnival games with prizes for everyone.

If you’re into cars the Annual Show & Shine is revving up to have the park full of beautiful classic cars again this year.


And it’s already time for those interested to think about getting your pets ready for the Pet Show on Sunday, and floats ready for Monday’s Parade.

Things get kicked off at 5pm on Friday, May 15th with a Family BBQ, live band, a Beer Garden for the adults, and fireworks at dusk!


On Saturday, May 16th the fun continues with a softball tournament running from 8am-5pm, the family BBQ and Beer Garden beginning at 11am, and an Adult DJ Dance Party that starts at 8pm.

On Sunday, May 17th the 25th Annual Show & Shine Car Show takes place, as well as a Pet Show from 12:30-1:30pm. And of course the Family BBQ and Beer Garden are back from 11am-5pm – but if you’re looking to start your fun a little earlier – Sunday features a pancake breakfast from 8am to noon.

To wrap things up on Monday, May 18th registration for the Bethany Parade begins at 10am and the Parade gets under way at 1pm. There’s also the 29th Annual Pie & Cake Competition and a performance by the Port Hope Pipe Band. And before you ask, yes, the Family BBQ and Beer Garden are back from 11am-5pm.

Every day there will also be two bouncy castles with free admission set up for the kids and fun community-built skill testing games for all ages!

To top it all off it’s all for a great cause. A collection bin for the Daily Bread Food Bank will be set up all weekend long in the pavilion to accept non-perishable food donations and family care supplies for local families. All donations will be delivered at the end of the weekend to the Bethany United Church to be made available to local residents. All proceeds from this event go to help support the on-going maintenance and youth sports offerings at the Bethany Park.  As always, all donations are welcome, and appreciated!

You can follow Bethany Park on Twitter @BethanyPark19 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BethanyCommunityPark, and be sure to check out the events website (http://www.bethanypark.ca/events/40-victoria-day-weekend-is-coming.html) as the weekend approaches.

Come on out to this year’s events and start your summer off with loads of fun for everyone!

Phone # (705) 772-­8126

Email: info@bethanypark.ca

Web: www.bethanypark.ca

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With the weather finally heating up there is one thing on a lot of our minds: FORE! And the friendly staff at Black Diamond Golf Club are working hard to get their course ready for the 2015 golf season. The news that they are opening today is certainly music to golf lovers’ ears.


Black Diamond Golf Club near Bethany Village in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Black Diamond Golf Club is located 8 minutes from Bethany and an hour from Toronto. It is located 20 minutes north of the 401 and off of HWY 115 (Porter Road Exit 26).

Black Diamond is a par 72 Championship golf course with four tee decks, so no matter your skill level you can enjoy their spectacularly laid out course. An 18-hole facility which ScoreGolf.com calls “an excellent local course,” Black Diamond Golf Club is carved out of dense forest and is nestled in the foothills of the Kawartha Oakridges Moraine giving it a much more wooded and natural feel than some courses located further south in Ontario. Set on rolling terrain, Black Diamond sits amidst tree-lined rolling fairways, fescue grass, sculptured mounds, multiple elevation changes, spring-fed ponds, 70 bunkers, and a double green.


When Black Diamond Golf Club was designed, the aim was to excite and challenge, rewarding golfers who can control their ball flight, while still being forgiving to players of all skill levels with ample room on generous fairways. Four ponds come into play on holes No. 6, 8, 11, 14 and 17, but with no forced carries over creeks or wetlands it has a high degree of playability for the average golfer.

Golfers are faced with a dramatic finish requiring varying degrees of uphill shots to the greens on holes No. 15, 16 and 18. Black Diamond also features five doglegs to the left and five more to the right, providing plenty of challenges and opportunities to strategize.

Sean Morey is Black Diamond’s General Manager – SMorey@blackdiamondgolfclub.ca

If a wedding is in your future, Black Diamond Golf Club wants you to know “your happily ever after can start here!” They offer complete planning, preparation, and service to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams. Their elegant outdoor gazebo overlooks the front 9 of the golf course. It is a fantastic location for a wedding ceremony, while receptions are held in their large and bright banquet room featuring an attached stone patio.

Barb Timms is Black Diamond’s Event Coordinator – BTimms@blackdiamondgolfclub.ca

Black Diamond Golf Club – 705 Pontypool Road, Pontypool, Ontario,  L0A 1K0


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