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Love to sing but not sure you are ‘good enough’? Well, Shout Sister thinks you are! In fact, you can join the Shout Sister choir even if you can’t read music and have no musical training.


Photo source: https://shoutsisterchoir.ca/

The new Peterborough Director, Kim Doolittle, is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She will direct you and the other members in a fun and unorthodox approach to choral singing. Learn everything you need to know to sing with the choir by studying recorded tracks of music including music from pop and Motown, to folk, to a touch of country and blues.

Everyone from those with no singing experience to others who have sung for years enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. After all, singing is a powerful activity that makes you simply feel good.

The first Shout Sister choir was started by Georgette Fry in Kingston in 2002. She opened chapters in Brockville and Picton in 2006. There are now 24 Chapters in Ontario under the direction of 13 Directors.

Georgette’s efforts were rewarded this past year when she was chosen to be a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal – Civil Division. The award recognizes Canadians for a “deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada.”

You can join the ranks of the Shout Sister members to ensure Georgette’s efforts continue – and to have fun! Director Kim Doolittle is accepting new members and would love to meet you on December 18th in Peterborough.

If the 18th does not work for you, you are welcome to attend another practice with no obligation at any time. Joining Shout Sister could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself!


Greenwood United Church- Peterborough

737 Donwood Drive, Peterborough ON, K9L 1G6



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The next section of Highway 407 East to Taunton Road is set to open in January.

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During the holiday season the feeling of getting or giving too much ‘stuff’ is becoming a common concern. What do you give to the person who has everything? Or what do you give to the person who is trying to downsize and de-clutter – at any age?

Why not give a donation on behalf of your favourite charity instead?

A recent article in the local Kawartha news about the great work of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) made me stop to consider all of the needs in our communities.

The PRHC Foundation works with donors of all types including individuals, businesses, event organizers, and a variety of funding bodies to ensure we have the needed equipment and technology that forms the backbone of patient care.

Many people don’t realize just how much the PRHC relies on the generous contributions of the local community. Lesley Heighway, PRHC Foundation President and CEO, says that the financial support for leading-edge equipment allows the hospital to continue offering world-class patient care.

“It takes a tremendous amount of technology to operate a state-of-the-art hospital,” Heighway explains. “While the government does provide funding to hospitals, it doesn’t provide the money for the vast majority of PRHC’s equipment needs and it’s equipment that our healthcare professionals can’t do their jobs without .”  

In fact, recent donations have been used for a wide array of pressing needs including updating nine of the twelve operating rooms with minimally invasive surgical tools and technology.

Current campaigns at the PRHC Foundation include raising $1.9 million for investment in mammography technology to continue to tackle breast cancer, and $1.4 in the Maternal Child Program, allowing fewer families with children to stay in the community for treatment rather than travelling outside of the region.

Check out the Foundation’s website to see what options you have to make a meaningful donation today http://www.prhcfoundation.ca/.

If you brainstorm with your family, I’m sure you will come up with a long list of other charities that deserve a financial boost no matter what time of year it is. And there are many ways to give. Consider a gift through your estate, a gift of stock, an endowment, become a monthly donor, attend the charity’s special events, make a memorial donation, or simply make a one-time donation – it all counts!






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The Toronto Star is reporting the Neil Young concert will happen in Omemee:



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You may know The Village of Omemee as a small community of approximately 1,400 residents, located on Highway 7 between Peterborough and Lindsay – a mere 13 km from Bethany. But if you are new to the area, you may not know that Omemee is “the town in Northern Ontario…” from Neil Young’s song “Helpless”. Yes, Neil Young lived in the small town on the Pigeon River from the age of 4 until he was almost 12.


Source: Google Maps http://www.regionalguidebook.com/travel/kawartha-lakes/omemee.html

So what is all the excitement about December 1st?

“December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor (a new 10-song Reprise Records studio album by Young) will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me,” Young wrote on his Facebook page on Nov. 11.

He doesn’t give any further details about where the show will take place.  But there was a time that Omemee was Young’s town!

Billboard Magazine has reported that it will be in a yet-to-be-determined venue that can hold about 200 people.

Young, 72, was born in Toronto and moved to Omemee with his parents – including dad and writer Scott Young.  The family also lived in Winnipeg, Toronto and Pickering – but could those cities be referred to as “my town?”

Neil was in Omemee recently in late September. He was in Ontario to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. At that time he posted a cell phone photo taken in front of the Omemee Hall.


Photo source: http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2017/11/21/neil-young-to-livestream-concert-from-a-canadian-hometown-stage

Photo credit: NEIL YOUNG Twitter photo

The broadcast, a partnership between CTV, Facebook and Shakey Pictures, has been scheduled for Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

The date marks the release of The Visitor, a new studio album recorded over the past year and backed by his band Promise of the Real. The date also marks the launch of The Neil Young Archives, an online comprehensive chronological collection of Neil Young’s entire recorded music, films, videos and books.

We will have to wait until December 1st to find out if the concert will in fact be broadcast from Omemee – but we’ll all be able to watch it live, for free, regardless.

“Hi there, December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free. Lots of Love, neil”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NeilYoung/photos/a.10155641820845317.1073741825.21931600316/10159516257540317/?type=3&theater



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Here is a link to a recent article published in The Star. Oshawa has reinvented itself as a health, sciences and education hub.

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Yes the clocks have turned back and it is time to get ready for the holidays.

What better way to get into the spirit than visiting the Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees is taking place this year from November 9th to the 12th, 2017. This is a special 4 day event where you can wander through displays of trees, wreaths, garlands, and other festive items that have been generously donated by a number of community sponsors – businesses within the City of Kawartha Lakes and outlying communities.


Photo Source http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/ 

There are activities to appeal to the whole family, young and old. Here are just a few  highlights:

  • Friday night, November 10th, start off with a great meal – there are two sitting for the famous Roast Beef Dinner. Tickets are only $20 each but there are only 80 seats per sitting, so get your tickets soon.
  • For the first time in 20 years, Santa’s Reindeer will be at the Village on Saturday, November 11th from 12pm-4:30pm.
  • On Saturday, the Twilight Auction features a special Christmas tree to auction off, with proceeds going to a local charity. Register at 7 pm and be ready for the bidding at 7:30.
  • Children can get all their shopping done at Santa’s Secret Shoppe with the help of volunteers.
  • Santa, Mrs Claus, and elves visit the Festival of Trees!  Bring your children to Toyland Showcase on Friday: 6pm-8pm, Saturday: 12pm-8pm or Sunday 12pm-3pm to have them tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.
  • A traditon at the Festival of Trees is the Memorial Tree. Purchase a special ornament to take home for your own tree and a memorial card will be placed on the Festival tree in your loved one’s memory. Ornaments are only $5.00.
  • Parents can do their shopping too at the Christmas Boutique which offers stocking stuffers and unique gift items.


Photo Source http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/

Hours & Admission 

  • Thursday, November 9th: 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday, November 10th: 5pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 11th: 12pm-9pm *Please note later than usual start time – Visit your local cenotaph and pay your respects for Remembrance Day*
  • Sunday, November 12th: 11am-3:30pm

Admission Price

  • Adult Weekend Pass: $10
  • Children aged 12 and under: Free

Complete details of all of the Festival activities can be found at the Festival of Trees Website http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/. 

Hope to see you at the Kawartha Settlers’ Village, 85 Dunn St., Bobcaygeon, On. 






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