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Everyone is invited to celebrate the new Omemee Library Branch Grand Opening– Kawartha Lakes Public Library

KAWARTHA LAKES— The Kawartha Lakes Public Library invites everyone to celebrate the official opening of the expanded and renovated Omemee Branch of Kawartha Lakes Public Library on Saturday January 13, 2018, between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. The formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 1:00pm.

Replacing the former Omemee Branch, the new branch is located at 24 King Street East, in the former Ace Hardware store. The new branch has been open to the public since November 2017. The Grand Opening will feature entertainment for children, music and prize draws for children and adults. Treats and refreshments will be available.

“Libraries play an important role in our communities, acting as the community’s living room. I am very excited and proud to have been part of this project. Everyone has worked very hard to complete this project,” said Jamie Morris, Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Board.

The Omemee Branch Library was designed to suit the needs of the community. The branch has high ceilings and is filled with natural light. It contains areas for comfortable seating, small meetings or just talking with friends. The space was designed to be flexible and inviting, with free Wi-Fi (coming early 2018) and computer stations available, as well as childrens, young adult, and adult collections filled with books and DVDs. The Library expansion includes many barrier-free features such as an automatic door opener and an accessible washroom.

 “Libraries are important partners in ensuring the growth of healthy communities. Our libraries encourage learning for all ages,” added Jamie Anderson, CEO/Library Director.

Branch Facts and Features

Size: approximately 1600 square feet


  • Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

Branch Features:

  • Welcoming ambiance
  • Flexible space
  • Comfortable lounge seating
  • Wi-Fi access (coming soon)
  • Book return open 24/7
  • Meeting space for small groups


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Friday December 1st, 2017 will be a night that Neil Young fans and the Town of Omemee (12 KM north of Bethany) will remember for a long time.


Neil played a solo concert for over 90 minutes at Coronation Hall. He brought is own 100+ year old piano with him that he purchased in the 1970’s for $1,500 along with a tree stump that was a gift from the First Nation’s community in Nebraska.

About 200 lucky fans got to watch inside. Hundreds more gathered outside. And the whole thing was streamed world wide on the internet.


A few years ago I sold a house on Mt. Nebo Road, high up on the hill overlooking Omemee. The owner told me the song Sugar Mountain was about that property.

Thanks Neil for coming home!





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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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Along with the Victoria Rail Trail I recently posted about, another great hiking or biking trail near Bethany is the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is a 44 kilometre trail between Peterborough County and Muncipality of Durham, near Uxbridge.  Most of the trail is the abandoned rail line which makes it easily accessible for all users. It’s a four season route with some historic and cultural heritage, linking five communities, parkland, farmland and the natural environment and providing opportunities for nature appreciation and interpretation.  There’s lots of room to hike, walk, cycle, go horseback riding and snowmobile on the trail.

The eastern part of the trail hits downtown Omemee.

Trans Canada Trail

I was interested to discover that this trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail, which is the world’s longest network of recreational trails. When fully connected, the Trail will stretch 23,000 kilometres (14,000 mi) from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. More than 16,800 kilometres (10,400 mi) of trail are currently usable, making it approximately 73% complete.  The network of the Trans Canada Trail is made up of more than 400 community trails. Each trail section is developed, owned and managed locally by trail groups, conservation authorities and by municipal, provincial and federal governments

Two hundred forty gaps totaling 6,200 kilometres (3,900 mi) must be bridged in order to achieve a fully connected trail. The Trans Canada Trail has given itself until its 25th anniversary and Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 to reach this objective.

The Trail has been funded by Canadian federal and provincial governments and contributions from corporate and individual donors. The first province to have completed its designated section of the trail was Prince Edward Island.

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