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BIGLEYS

101 A SUCCESS STORY

NORTHERN

CASKETS AHEAD OF THE CURVE LAKEFIELD A MIX OF OLD AND NEW AND MUCH MORE!

COBOCONK

THE FRIENDLY

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Dear friends I have always marked my official start of

n Bigley’s Beach House, Bobcaygeon

summer with the opening of the Trent Severn locks, even though the official start of summer isn't until later this month. Our June issue showcases some popular summer destinations like Stoney Lake and Coboconk. Bigleys in Bobcaygeon celebrates its 101 Year Anniversary this year and is known province wide for its selection of shoes, clothing and swimsuits and we are featuring them in this issue as a business success story as well as Northern Caskets who have been in the Lindsay area for over 85 years. Take a tour of the Kawarthas in our June issue and see why there is no place on earth like this place. Enjoy

SOLID STYLE ...............................................................6 Home Buiders - Profile

BIGLEY’S 101 ............................................................18 Marjorie Fleming

A NATURALLY GREEN CHOICE: 1867 CONFEDERATION LOG & TIMBER FRAME Home Buiders - Profile............................................7

DID YOU KNOW... ABOUT THE KAWARTHA’S............................................................22 Marjorie Fleming

FAMILY STYLE - ROCK & ROLL Home Buiders - Profile............................................8

OPTIONS FOR ALL AT THE LINGERIE LOFT.. Karen Fergusson .....................................................24

NO LEAKS TO A SEAMLESS JOB Home Buiders - Profile............................................9

LAKEFIELD .................................................................25 Birgitta MacLeod

COBOCONK - THE FRIENDLY VILLAGE .....10 Marjorie Fleming

LIST OF EVENTS......................................................26 Karen Y. Hogg

LINDSAY CASKET COMPANY - AHEAD OF THE CURVE ................................................................12 Marjorie Fleming

ENTHUSIASM: NOT INCLUDED ....................28 Makin’ Waves - Profile

THE TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY AND REGIONAL MAP......................................................14 Kawartha Life STONEY LAKE - JEWEL OF KAWARTHA Marjorie Fleming ....................................................16

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Regards,

Don MacLeod Publisher - Kawartha Life PUBLISHER: Don MacLeod ACCOUNT MANAGER: Roger Leclerc, Advertising Works 705-300-2196 sales@adworks.ca ACCOUNT MANAGER: Miriam Newton ART DIRECTOR: Darren Catherwood EDITORIAL: Birgitta MacLeod, Karen Y. Hogg, Brian Markle, Geoff Coleman and Marjorie Fleming

ON THE COVER: Lock 32 in Bobcaygeon

©Copyright 2012: All rights are reserved and articles may not be published without the written permission of the Publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this paper, the Publishers assume no liability for loss or damage due to errors or omissions. The Publishers cannot be held accountable for any claims or results thereof as advertised in this publication.


A SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Stevi Young

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ighland Glass & Windows started in 1983 with a small glass shop to fill a niche in Haliburton. We are now a full service glass shop providing consulting and broker services for complete window and door projects, from retro fit to design built homes and cottages, as well as commercial projects, hotels and resorts. We distribute and install products to suit your needs and lifestyle. Doors range from french chateau-style to folding wall systems, patio doors and French doors. Window options include casement, double hung, swing and slides. In 1988, we added kitchens and cabinetry to our services. We provide threedimensional drawings with a full list of designs to suit your needs. We offer your choice of counter top, including granite, solid surface and laminates. &

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n A shining example of Highland Glass and Windows great work


SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Karen Y. Hogg

A naturally green choice 1867 CONFEDERATION LOG & TIMBER FRAME

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hen Derek Zoldy decided to build his family’s dream cottage in Haliburton, Ontario, as green as possible, it was more than quality construction that led him to 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame. He was also impressed by the company’s knowledge and willingness to work with him. As Confederation owner Rick Kinsman points out, a hybrid log and timber frame home is by its very nature an energy efficient and environmentally friendly choice. “Wood is a natural insulator, keeping the heat in during the winter and the sun out during the summer,” says Kinsman. “We also have several Eco Wise practices in place

to further green the building process.” All logs used by Confederation are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and are harvested at the end of their life cycle when they are no longer producing oxygen. In addition, the company was the first log home builder in Canada to meet Energy Star standards and has taken steps to ensure zero waste from its state-of-theart manufacturing facility in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Zoldy took those inherently green benefits a step further, convincing his family to go completely off grid and relying on Confederation’s expertise to help execute his plans. By choosing a starter solar system over the cost to bring hydro electricity to his property, for example, he saved $10,000 “right out of the gate.” Additional energy-saving features in his

Confederation log home include: propane appliances; a tankless water heater; a well with a 110-volt pump; low-flow toilets; efficient rain showerheads that reduce water use; an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation; and, Energy Star-rated windows. &

I always knew a log home would be the best fit for the natural beauty of our property. Now I know it’s the best fit for our new, greener lifestyle too. — Derek Zoldy

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family run business dedicated to personal, caring service to their customers, Glen Imrie and Sons septic s. Imrieystems was started by Glen in 1992 working part-time with a truck. Slowly and carefully grown, they became a full time business a couple years ago. They now have a full line of equipment that serves to meet the needs of their customers. They install septic systems from convetiional style systems to tertiary treatment systems. They give free estimates and will come to your property to assess systems that are giving you trouble. If you are thinking of selling your property they can check on the health of your system, for a nominal fee.

They do most kinds of excavation from digging ditches and ponds, to trenches and basements, and they have a power-rake that can make short work of getting your yard ready for grass-seed or sod laying. They can meet all of your aggregate needs, whether that be sand for a sand box, limestone products for a driveway or gabion rock or armour stone for a shoreline project. Give them a call for an estimate. They also carry topsoil, triple mix and mulch products for use in your landscaping and gardening. Open for business 6 days a week. Closed on Sundays. You can reach us at 705-439-2348 or email at gimrieandsons@hotmail.com website after mid june: www.gimrieandsons.net.

Septic systems Installed System checks Excavation Land preparation for building, landscaping or sod laying Aggregate Topsoil. Triple Mix. Mulch

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LANDMARK LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND BUILD Owned and operated by Mark Imrie, a recent honours graduate of Niagara College for the Landscape Technician Co-op Program. Mark Imrie will pursue further education at Mohawk College for Small Business. Mark Imrie's vision for Landmark Landscape Design and Build is to create sustainable landscapes that are manageable and enjoyable for his clients. Landscaping not only increases the curb appeal of a home, but also improves the level of enjoyment and function that is available in every property. Call 705-439-2348 (cell: 705-928-3897) or visit www.landmark-landscape.ca

Landmark is a design & build company... Landmark Landscape specializes in Armour Stone retaining walls, and water features. Water features range from bubbling rocks and fountains, to pondless waterfalls and full out ponds. Landmark installs interlock patios, walkways, pre-cast retaining walls and garden beds.

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No leaks to a seamless job n RIGHT: Leak eavestroughs are the cause of many problems with foundations and basements

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ith more than 30 years of experience in the construction market, John Whyte’s strategy to every project is quite straightforward: “We will treat your home or business like it’s our own.” John is also proud of his small town roots, and understands that 100% customer satisfaction is the only way to go, and has made this a company policy. Eavestroughs and down pipes redirect water away from your home and are often overlooked until there is a problem.

Eavestroughs help to prevent mould growth, deck and foundation damage, wet basements and soil … We have made it our priority to concentrate on rain water management. We do not sell anything that is not directed towards your rainwater management. We specialize in seamless eavestroughing. we are very proud to say that we are in partnership with durham college apprentice program for eavestroughing course instructor John Whyte. True North’s strength is seamless eavestroughing. Let True North’s professional crew visit your home with their specialized equipment to fabricate

eavestroughs that are the entire length of your home – thereby eliminating seams and any potential for leaks. And if your home has trees on or around your property, you know how many times you must clean your eavestroughing to keep them functioning properly. True North has experience with a variety of different products and can recommend a leaf guard system that will give you performance and value for years to come. True North Eavestroughing is also a member in good standing with the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and Renomark.

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Let True North’s professional crew visit your home with their specialized equipment to fabricate eavestroughs that are the entire length of your home – thereby eliminating seams and any potential for leaks. True North Eavestroughing is also a member in good standing with the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and RENOMARK. Copper weather vanes and finials. We are certified dealer for Good Directions Weather Vanes beautiful and handmade. Go to the web page for information and click on finials.

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DESTINATIONS Marjorie Fleming

Coboconk The friendly village

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oboconk is known as “The Friendly Village� and when you pass through the town you can feel why. A slow drive along the main street gives you a sense of village life as it should be. People stop and chat, they say hello, there is a background banter that comes from people who have known each other a long time or been coming to their cottages and the surrounding resorts for eons and are just catching up. Coboconk has been this kind of a village since inception. It was first settled in 1851 with the building of a saw mill by John Bateman. Like so many other villages in Ontario it served the lumber trade which was clearing the surrounding forests and

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sending the logs downstream on the Gull River for processing. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, Coboconk lies at the junction of Highway 35 and former Highway 48, on the northern tip of Balsam Lake. In November of 1872 the railway came to the village. The Toronto and Nipissing Railway finally reached Coboconk and a station was erected. The station was called Shedden, after the president of the railway. On June 1, 1873 the village was renamed Shedden, in honour of both the person and the event. The name Shedden stayed until December 1, 1880 when local residents had their way and had the town renamed Coboconk. The railway line served the village well into the middle of the twentieth century. Its demise was brought on by a

number of factors; the start of local mail delivery and the building of highways in the area. The tracks were finally removed in 1965 and the station was moved to its present day site, the Laidlaw Heritage Village overlooking Legion Park. Of special note is the fact that this is not the original station; the old one burnt down in a fire in 1908, the cause of which was a lightening strike. When Lock 35 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, formerly the Rosedale Lock, was completed in 1873, Coboconk became the furthest point one could travel from Lake Ontario. It retained this status for over three decades during a period when the construction of the Trent Waterway ceased due to political and financial turmoil. Finally, with the opening of the Kirkfield Lift Locks


in 1907, travel beyond the community of Coboconk became possible. Coboconk, as one of the larger unincorporated villages of the former Victoria County, has a rich and unique history amongst the villages of Kawartha Lakes. It has played a prominent role in the logging, limestone and tourism industries of the region over that last 150 years. It has many attractions that have kept tourists coming back year after year and many small but interesting historical anecdotes, one of which is Coby’s (affectionately known as) claim to fame as the ‘home of Canada’s smallest jail’. Small as it is, the absolute distinction of smallest goes to the jail house in Rodney, Ont. But the Coby jail is absolutely amongst the smallest jails in North America. It has two foot thick limestone walls mined from the local quarry and these, along with the iron bars, remain the same as since construction of the jail in 1884. The jail housed two cells and a warden’s office. The jail sat vacant for 50 years and in 1974 was purchased by the Coboconk New Horizons Club. As it should be, it is now a designated heritage site and museum named Ye Olde Jailhouse. For years Coboconk, with Balsam Lake as its spectacular backdrop, has played host to hundreds of thousands of fisherman, cottagers, resort seekers and day trippers. It is now getting some special recognition as a unique destination. The reason; if you were to leave by boat from Coboconk on the Trent-Severn Waterway from the western reaches of Ontario’s Kawartha lakes region, you could sail east to the Atlantic Ocean, west to the Pacific Ocean, north to the Arctic Ocean or south to the Caribbean Sea and never, ever touch land. With the blessing of Parks Canada local authorities have recognized the spot as Canada’s Fresh Water Summit; the highest body of fresh water in the world from which you can circumnavigate the oceans. On June 19th of 2011 the title became official and Balsam Lake and Coboconk will hopefully embrace a whole new contingent of tourists and day trippers. The tourism prospects with the recognition as Canada’s Fresh Water Summit are exciting as there is considerable historic importance for Canada. This is a lake and area that was navigated and portaged by First Nations peoples for centuries as well as by Samuel de Champlain in the 17th century. In Coboconk it’s always been about the water, the fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, hiking, camping; the list of pursuits is almost infinite. With the splendid Balsam Lake by its side, Balsam Lake Provincial Park and Indian Point Provincial Park just minutes east and a friendly village with a constant welcome mat laid out, Coboconk looks forward to greeting more visitors and showing off it charm as this summer quickly approaches. & June 2012

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Marjorie Fleming

Lindsay casket company Ahead of the curve n Gord Ferguson, president and Caley Feguson, vice-president. LEFT - an example of an eco-friendly casket

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that we were very conservative financially. aley Ferguson and his We did things as we could afford to. We grew father Gord are 4th and added in stages, and only when we had generation owners of the the money to do so. We also made sure our Northern Casket Company, quality was consistent; our standards have located in Lindsay Ontario. always been high.” Caley adds that they also The Northern Casket made sure they searched out high quality Company was founded in 1926 by six local Lindsay businessmen; over the course of many individuals to partner with for distribution. When the company started making years, Charles Ferguson, one of the original six would buy out the other partners. Charles had caskets in 1926 they had six employees and were building about 15 caskets a week. By two sons, and these two sons also each had a 1961 they had 11 employees and were son; these grandsons ran the company with a building 50 caskets weekly. They grew slow 50/50 partnership until 1987 when Gord and steady and purchased the entire When the company started smart. Today they business. Gord and his making caskets in 1926, have roughly 110 son now operate their they had six employees employees and company on St. Peter St. at will be building their 100,000 square foot and were building facility. about 15 caskets a week. approximately 26,000 this year, The Northern Casket which are 500 products weekly. (This Company is celebrating their 86th year in number is all products built, but not business and these years have seen many including urns.) They have carved an changes. During the post war boom the extensive distribution network which casket business grew and Northern Casket explains some of their growth; their made sure their growth was tempered with distribution is coast to coast in Canada, from prudent financial management, a the Maritimes to British Columbia with commitment to quality and very high some sales into the US. Northern Caskets standards. In 1961 there were 16 operating have also been sold in Guam, Ireland and casket companies in Ontario. Northern the Barbados. Casket is today the sole survivor; they are The casket business is dominated by large also one of the three largest in Canada. competitors so the Ferguson’s tended to When asked why they survived when all trend towards niche markets. In 1993 a others didn’t Gord responded “I would say

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German study found that crematoriums were the third greatest emitter of dioxin into the air. Explains Gord and Caley “Cremation has gained increasing market share in the funeral industry. Years ago the crematoriums were built away from the public. With huge population growth they are now located in urban areas; cities have literally grown up around them, and established cemeteries added crematoriums to their properties as the need for cremation grew. Huge amounts of toxic effluent are expelled from these facilities.” In early 1994 the Ferguson’s began marketing “Enviro-Caskets” and patented the name. The “Enviro-Casket” is free from any metals, steels, chemicals, dyes, staples or harmful glues. It uses a natural walnut oil or beeswax for finish. Adds Gord “We were way ahead of the curve with this casket. No plastics, metals or synthetics appealed and still appeals to an ever growing number of people. It is an alternative that truly respects the conservation concerns of today and for the future.” Cremation started increasing in popularity in the late 80’s. Today over 50% of funerals in Canada involve cremation, except in British Columbia where the number is closer to 90%. The usage and cost of land, plus sometimes a lesser cost factor, has driven the growth rate. As a result of this growth, in 1999 Gord founded a company called “North Urn Ltd.” which introduced the world’s first urn carrier, named “The Funeral Ark.” After the successful introduction of the Ark, North Urn began production of a complete hardwood urn line that has continued to grow to this day. In the late 90’s Northern Casket


introduced rental casket systems. Gord and Caley explain “Once again, the environmental factor came in to play. People were telling us that they felt guilty buying a beautifully crafted mahogany casket and then having it destroyed. We have found this to be a great option for people who desire less waste.” The rental casket is very smartly designed; one would never know that this casket has an end that opens to reveal an insert that fully slides out. The insert is of course constructed as an “enviro-casket.” Adds Caley “The growth of rental caskets has been huge; rentals are now about 1518% of the business. Rental caskets are generally only used for cremation. A funeral home would use the same casket approximately 10 times which makes the environmental impact huge.” Both Gord and Caley are ready for the changes that lie ahead. Gord comments “The industry is going to change. The way we handle our funeral rites are already changing. They are moving to a more

simplified, personalized, cost effective format. The emphasis is shifting to life celebration; funerals will be smaller, services more personal.” What this means to Northern Casket is they change with the changing times. They are well positioned with their “Enviro-Casket” line and their rentals; both of these will be a large focus for the future. They both add “We are constantly adjusting our focus. We have always been a leader in what the trends are and we will continue to be innovative and efficient.” The Ferguson’s are just about to announce their involvement in pet funeral products. Gord notes “I met with someone in Florida this year who has built a huge business in caskets and urns for pets. People love their animals and many wish to give them a

proper goodbye; some want to keep them close. We will be making caskets and urns in all dimensions, for animals up to 100 lbs. You will be able to personalize the urns by sending us a picture which we laser carve onto the face of the urn.” The Northern Casket Company maintains that their bread and butter customers are the small independent funeral homes in Ontario. With 4th generation leadership, innovative ideas and a reputation for having high quality standards, the company is poised to meet the challenges of tomorrow while still maintaining their place as the last Canadian casket company to offer “Customized products.” Their innovative approach will see them into a bright future. &

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DESTINATIONS Marjorie Fleming

Stoney Lake Jewel of Kawartha

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toney Lake also spelled ‘Stony Lake’, forms the eastern end of the Kawartha Lakes region and is located in Peterborough County, almost two hours north of Toronto. The lake is approximately 40 kilometres long and five kilometres wide and is part of the TrentSevern Waterway system. You enter Stoney Lake through the locks at Burleigh Falls which is a gorgeous area of rushing white water over craggy pink granite rocks. Stoney Lake is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Kawartha’s’. When you see it, you will know why. Formerly known as Salmon Trout Lake, Stoney Lake is dotted with hundreds of rock islands and shoals which boast some of the earliest traditional cottages in southern Ontario. The lake has a combined surface area of about 28

kilometres and encompasses over 1,000 islands. In her 1852 book, ‘Roughing It In The Bush’, English born Canadian author Susanna Moodie writes “Oh, what a magnificent scene of wild and lonely grandeur burst upon us as we swept round the little peninsula, and the whole majesty of Stony Lake broke upon us at once… Never did my eyes rest on a more lovely or beautiful scene.” Situated on the edge of the Canadian Shield, Stoney Lake was created during and after the last ice age. The region was inhabited for thousands of years as evidenced by a remarkable collection of prehistoric rock carvings at the east end of the lake, at the Petroglyphs. Historic research makes a convincing argument that Samuel De Champlain traveled the area in the 17th century. In the 19th century, First

Nation people were joined by European settlers who came to the area for logging and farming. Logging became a huge industry throughout the Kawartha’s and Stoney Lake was used as part of the highway for moving logs to downriver sawmills. In addition to granite, the abundant limestone at Stoney Lake makes the lake more resistant to the effects of acid rain. As a consequence of this the lake has provided an excellent environment for fishing. The lake has been renowned since the late 1880’s for fishing and sportfish caught in the lake include smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye and muskellunge, to name a few. The fishing also attracted some of the earliest cottagers from Ontario and the US. Many of these original cottage families still come to Stoney Lake every summer.

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Like all other lakes in the Kawartha’s, before powerboats and roads, cottages on Stoney Lake were accessed by steam ships. These steamships were the lifeblood for many communities and villages close to the lakes. As roads were built and the steamships disappeared, hydro and telephones replaced an entire way of life although, to this day, there are some islanders on Stoney Lake who prefer having no hydro. Telephones were introduced in the 1960’s and over the years more cottagers have come to the area to build their dream vacation spot. With the cottagers came resorts, housekeeping cottages, marinas, restaurants, a golf course and many other tourist amenities. Stoney Lake is truly one of the most beautiful lakes in the Kawartha’s; a real “Jewel”. A strong cottage association, breathtaking scenery, fabulous fishing and lots of things to do in the area make it truly worth a visit for the un-initiated. &

A FEW THINGS TO DO AROUND STONEY LAKE n Petroglyphs National Park – Located in Woodville, great hiking and wildlife viewing, Aboriginal rock carvings. n Warsaw Caves – 289 Caves Rd., Warsaw. Hiking, spelunking (cave exploration), bird

and nature observation, fishing and canoeing. n Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and Art Gallery – Curve Lake Indian Reserve. Great collection of Indian crafts, fine art, jewelry, music, books, etc.

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A SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Marjorie Fleming

Bigley’s 101 n Jenna Haagsma, Manager, The Little Shoppe

n Celebrating 101 years in business: Everything You’ve Wanted to know About the Bigley Shoes Success Story

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alking into Bigley Shoes and Clothing Store in downtown Bobcaygeon, Ontario is almost overwhelming. Your eyes go everywhere at once and your first impression is that you have indeed found shoe heaven. But then, your eyes adjust and you start seeing colors, lots of colors. A couple more steps in any direction and you realize that this isn’t just a shoe mecca; there are handbags, and jewelry and clothing and swimsuits and all of this is in every color and size known to mankind. This isn’t just shoe heaven; this is truly a shopping nirvana. Who could have imagined that a shoe store and harness repair

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shop, started in 1911 by Charles Bigley, would 101 years later not only have survived but thrived and become a unique shopping destination for customers from far and wide? Bigley’s is a survivor when so many others have failed in large part due to the people who have guided it through so many years of change. For 69 years Charles Bigley and his son Walter ran their business at 41 Bolton St. in Bobcaygeon, the pretty village known as “The Hub of the Kawartha’s”. In 1980 Walter sold the business to Bob and Barb Peel. Bob knew shoes and was an expert in the production of footwear. Bob and Barb carried the business forward all the while earning the affection of the townspeople. Also in 1980, Sherry, married to the Peel’s son John, joined the Bigley team, bringing with her credentials in advertising and marketing. Sherry was energetic and focused and not only understood shoes; she understood style. In a few years time Sherry and John took over the store, and the rest is history. Sherry and John’s vision was growth. In the eight years between 1992 and 2000, they purchased 3 buildings, all of which were interconnected to the original shoe store at 41 Bolton St. Ladies and men’s clothing was added and the shoe store space more than doubled. In

2006 the original Bank of British North America building, on the corner of Bolton, right at the Bobcaygeon locks, was purchased and the store further expanded; Bigley’s was now a row of stores facing Bolton Street. At this time another property was purchased; this one was behind the bank and facing the locks. The building was torn down and in its place a unique building was erected that sits almost like a crown jewel overlooking Lock 32. This is the Bigley Beach House. With seven stores under one roof and the Beach House, the expansion was not quite complete. Across Bolton St Bigley’s Little Shop was opened and has just turned one year old. The nine store that now form the basis of the Bigley “empire” have year after year lured more and more tourists, cottagers and the just plain curious to their doors. When we visited we talked with some of the staff and toured the nine stores so we could get an appreciation of just how Bigley’s has evolved. Adrienne Harrop, Director of Advertising met with us and although she has only been with Bigley’s for 2 months she was happy to give us a tour and explain what each new building was able to add to the inventory that makes Bigley’s such a great shopping experience. Each store offers the ultimate in fashion, style, size and color. There is a dress


shoe department, an active wear store, a vault that houses jewellery, there is women’s fashion ,handbags, men’s shoe’s and fashion, seasonal footwear and of course The Beach House. Samantha Hodgson, a Bigley’s sales associatae took over from Adrienne and also showed us around. When asked to tell me something interesting about Bigley’s and what makes it different from other stores Samantha replied, “So many lines and brand names have been added over the years, to the point that this is now a one stop shopping destination. It’s funny; I can be somewhere and have someone ask me where I’m from. When I say Bobcaygeon, they say ‘where? When they ask me where I work and I say ‘Bigley Shoes and Clothing’ they say “I know where that is”. Inevitably, they have a friend or someone they know who has shopped here.” Its no wonder so many people know about Bigley’s. They have about 250 designer labels, among them such names as Michael Kors, Joseph Ribkoff and Linda Lundstrom to name a few. The nine stores house approximately 40,000 pair of shoes, in all sizes and widths. There are thousands of beautiful handbags in every conceivable color imaginable. There is hardly an inch of space that is not filled with the best shoe and clothing collections from around the world. Beautiful, fashionable jewelry abounds. Just so you know, the hot colours for this summer are coral, bright pink, turquoise and orange. — continued on page 20

n Shannon McDonald, Sales Associate, Ladies Wear

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Another reason to visit Bobcaygeon. Stewart Morrison Insurance has been doing business in The Kawarthas for decades. The Village of Bobcaygeon is a wonderful summer destination. It’s also a great place to do business. That’s why we’ve opened a new office there. If you’re looking for the right coverage and great service from your insurance broker, visit our newest location, or one of our community offices nearest you.

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— continued from page 19 The windows and display counters are chock full of the brightest and best the fashion world has to offer. The Beach House is really quite extraordinary. We talked with the manager Maria Galazka for a few minutes; that is when she wasn’t answering the always ringing phone and helping customers. Maria has been with Bigley’s for seven years and this is her fifth season as manager of the Beach House. She has been there since its inception. With 15,000 swimsuits, cover-ups and cruise wear in stock the Beach House is literally one-stop shopping for beach wear. Adds Maria “We can outfit you head to toe, right down to the sun tan lotion you need. What is important to know though is that we specialize in cup specific bathing suits. Our sizing goes from A to H and we do fittings by appointment, not just here for swimsuits but for orthotics also.” Maria explains that they started out with about 10,000 swimsuits and over the last five years have added cover-ups, cruise wear and all other beach related necessities. It is truly something to see; 15,000 pieces of swim wear in every color, size and shape imaginable. We could have spent all day at Bigley’s; there is just so much to take in. We finally left but not before Terri Mackay, a lively and very knowledgeable sales rep, helped me pick out two pair of shoes. There was no way I was leaving this shoe mecca empty handed, so thanks Terri. I love my new shoes, we were more than impressed with Bigley’s and we will be back with friends in tow. &


Proposed 432 acre Mega Quarry and concrete batching plant To be located on Ledge Road in Galway-Cavendish Harvey With the potential to expand 5 times greater!

Concerned residents of Galway-Cavendish Harvey Township, the County of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Minden Hills and Haliburton Highlands Area residents are concerned by the impact and adverse effects of this project for the following reasons: l AIR POLLUTION from fine dust particles l NOISE POLLUTION from crushers, blasting trucks, and day to day operations l WATER CONSUMPTION AND SAFETY l INCREASED TRAFFIC on Highway 36 including multiple bridges and the Bobcaygeon by-pass l IMPACT ON SET BACKS FOR SENSITIVE WATER AREAS, FISH SANCTUARY AND PROTECTED SPECIES The concerned residents trust that Council will be persuaded to make the right decision on this project until further public input can be heard. www.stopthequarryonledgerd.blogspot.ca. We need your support... and your voice! Attend the

PUBLIC MEETING Saturday, June 23 rd

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DID YOU KNOW Marjorie Flemming

About the Kawarthas performs

DARK SIDE of the MOON Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide, performed

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n Balsam Lake is claimed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world from which one can sail to the ocean. In June of 2011 Parks Canada recognized this feature and placed a historical landmark at the Coboconk docks.

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n Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attended Lakefield College School, in the town of Lakefield in 1977 and remains very fond of his time spent in the Kawarthas. n Also in 1977 the Lakefield campus was the filming location for the Canadian film ‘Age of Innocence’. n In 1839 the population of Buckhorn was 50. n Dunsford House, at the heart of Eganridge estate on Sturgeon Lake is named for the prominent English family who settled there in 1837. It remains one of the regions finest square-timbered structures with massive hand-hewn logs. n The village of Kinmount was originally called Burnt River, which is now the name of a neighbouring village. It was renamed Kinmount in 1859 by Mrs. Malcolm Bell, after Kinmount, Scotland. n One of Kinmount’s primary business and tourist draws is the Highland Cinemas, a first-run movie theatre with a movie poster and equipment museum. This year 50,000 moviegoers are expected to visit this movie mecca in cottage country. n Thousands of people visit the Kirkfield Lift Locks every year. They come to see the fabulous engineering of the world’s second tallest lift locks. The Kirkfield Lift Lock celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. n Sir William Mackenzie is the village of Kirkfield’s most famous son. n Rosedale, is home to Lock 35 of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The lock was completed in 1873, allowing boats to traverse between Cameron and Balsam Lakes. &


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A SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Karen Ferguson

Options for all

Twenty-four years in business, with three certified bra fitters on staff. We fit for mastectomy bras, regular bras and breast forms. • bras • panties • nightwear • bathing suits

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he Lingerie Loft opened it’s doors 24 years ago in downtown Lindsay. It started when I would travel with a girlfriend to Aurora two or three times a year to be fitted and purchase my own lingerie, slips, camisoles, nightgowns, bridal gifts etc. Before long, we had three car loads of girlfriends making this an all day event. I realised that obviously there was a need for certified fitters right here in our own home town. With my youngest son starting school, I opened the doors to The Lingerie Loft. Now, if you can remember “fashion” and “must haves” from twenty-four years ago, the store looked quite different than what it looks like when you walk in the door today. In 1988, all brides wore white and most brides planned their honeymoon trouseau. The working gal always wore a cami and half slip. Pantyhose were a must in the workforce and garter belts with stockings were a basic option. Well, as The Lingerie Loft has reached 24 years of age, I am also 24 years older. We’ve come a long way baby! Women have more choices today. We've discovered how to keep our shoulder straps from following down,

how to keep underwear from riding up and how to keep our breasts where they should be. Until only a few years ago, if a woman had a mastectomy, she had to stop shopping in her familiar ladies boutique and could only purchase mastectomy garments and breast forms in government regulated clinics. Now, as long as a fitter is certified, you can continue to shop in your local boutique and still receive your breast prosthesis government grant. At the Lingerie Loft, we have three certified fitters. And pretty; well, come in and check the selection out”. We cater to sizes small to 3xl, in everything from bras, panties, nightgowns, bathingsuits, lounge wear and all undergarments, including Spanx, Jockey, Warner’s, Triumph, Chantelle, and many, many more, both domestic and imported brands. And in case you are in a hurry to visit a friend in the hospital or picking up a last minute gift for that someone special, we offer complimentary giftwrapping. In closing, our goal is to make each person who walks through our doors, feel like they just walked into their own bedroom and don’t know what to wear. That's where we come in. &


DESTINATIONS Birgitta MacLeod

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ere’s a recipe for a wonderful weekend outing: First, set your transportation, motorized or pedal-powered, to “scenic”; then add fresh water, unique shopping, great food, and a liberal helping of friendly customer service. Add your choice of accommodation – hotel, B&B, camping. Mix in any order you desire. Depending on the season, you may also include a dash of fishing, boating, stimulating culture, live entertainment or market-fresh produce. The name of this delectable dish: Lakefield, Ontario. Sitting on the shores of the Ottonabee River, the village of Lakefield is a mix of old and new. Well preserved architecture rubs shoulders with the latest fashions. Canadian literary icons such as Margaret Laurence and Catharine Parr Trail are celebrated along with notable authors whose books are just now landing on the shelves of Canadian retailers and libraries. In lovely Lakefield, literary leanings abound. There’s Happenstance Books and Yarns, a charming shop that promises “a fresh take on old addictions” and a wellestablished literary festival that begun as a tribute to writer Margaret Laurence, who lived in Lakefield from 1974 until her death in 1987. The festival is always held on the weekend in July closest to her birthday. This

year’s festival takes place July 20th to 22nd and opens on the Friday afternoon with a screening of the documentary West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson hosted by the film’s producer, Peter Raymont, followed by a lively discussion with art historian Joan Murray and author Roy MacGregor. On Friday evening, July 20th, acclaimed Toronto author Kim Moritsugu will host an evening of reading and discussion with storytellers extraordinaire Frances Itani and Steven Heighton. Itani will read from her novel, Requiem, and Heighton will share stories from his recently published collection, The Dead are More Visible. Full details about the weekend long wordfest can be found on the festival’s website www.lakefieldliteraryfestival.com. To make a weekend of it, book a room at The Village Inn, a newly constructed hotel that blends beautifully with the town’s historic architecture. There are also plenty of bed and breakfasts, camping and resort style accommodation options. Earlier in July, the annual Jazz, Art and Craft Festival promises a breezy day of outdoor summer living in Isabel Morris Park. On July 7th the music swings from 11 am to 11 pm and the art and craft exhibit and sale opens at 10 am. Or if country music is more your cup o’ joe, the Lakefield Agricultural Society is hosting its first annual Lakefield Jamboree

from June 28 to July 1. Special event or not, Lakefield is a charming place to visit. The pace is pleasing, there’s no rush and everyone is delightfully friendly. Your dining options run the gamut. Mouth-watering barbeque at Bohemian BBQ, authentic Greek at the Lakefield Restaurant and more contemporary dining at Cassis Bistro or The Riverhouse Company. For something sweet it’s hard to resist Kawartha Lakes Fudge Company, the Chocolate Rabbit or Hamblin’s for ice cream. After all that comestible goodness you might feel the need for a walk, an easy feat as there’s a noteworthy trail on Lakefield’s doorstep. The Millennium Trail along the waterfront will take you as far as Peterborough if you like. In fact, there’s a whole network of trails in the area. If you’ve come by boat, the Lakefield Marina is your starting point for your visit to Lakefield. The marina has fully serviced slips, showers, pump out service, and is next to Isabel Morris Park, site of the Jazz Festival and Thursday Farmer’s Market. The market season runs from May 17th to October 4th and everything comes straight from the farmer, crafter and cook to you. So if you’re looking for a new recipe, something to spice up your weekend a bit, or to slow it down a notch, consider mixing up a batch of Lakefield. Be prepared to share the recipe with your friends. & June 2012

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Karen Y. Hogg

June 2012 Events

Many exciting events this month in the Kawarthas for you and your family

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n 1-3 — Carden Nature Festival at Carden Rec. Centre of Lake Dalrymple Rd. 326-1620 or visit www.cardennaturefestival.com n 1-3 — Haliburton Home and Cottage Show visit www.haliburtoncurlingclub.com n 2 — Old Fashioned Fish Fry, (4 p.m.-8 p.m) celebrating 35 years of Buckhorn Community Centre. Call 657-8833 n 2 — Unlock the Summer Street Festival, Bobcaygeon. Call 738-2202 n 2 — Various events ongoing at the park. n 2 — Kawartha Lakes Food Source Gala evening celebrating 10 years of helping to feed the hungry. Dinner and music at Victoria Park Armoury. Tickets call 324-0707 n 2 — Ten in a Tent, various events at Victoria Park Armoury to help raise awareness of hunger in our community. Call 738-0707 n 2 — Alexei Gulenco Pianist performs at Trinity United Church, Bobcaygeon. www.alexeigulenco.com n 2 — Community Living ATV Poker Run 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Log Chateau Park. Call 328-0502 ext 223 n 2 — Adventure Travel Filn/Slide Festival, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Activities at both Fleming Colleges in Lindsay & Peterborough. Call 3243222 n 2 — Music Alive Concert series, 7 p.m. Bobcayegeon Music Council presents Alexei Gulenco the passionate pianist. Call 738-1975 for tickets or visit www.bobcaygeonmusic.com

n 5 — Cruise Night (Tuesdays) at Strang’s Garden Centre, Gateway Plaza, Bobcaygeon. Call 738-2202 n 7-10 — Millbrook Fair, just south of Peterborough. Visit www.millbrookfair.ca n 9 — Beef Bar-B-Q at Minden Community Centre. Call 286-1225 n 9 — Haliburton County Fair Beef-Bar-B-Q, Nesbit Memorial Centre Call 286-1225 n 9 — Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, boat races on Little Lake. Visit www.survivorabreast.com n 9 — Brian’s Not Just Blues Festival, (11 a.m.5:30 p.m.) annual showcase blues/roots music, Lockside Trading Company in Young’s Point Visit www.lockside.com n 9-10 — Canada/US Walleye Tournament. Call 738-2202 n 10 — Boyd Heritage Museum—Verulam Cemetery Tour, 7 p.m. Call 738-9482 n 10 — Settlers’ Day at Kawartha Settlers’ Village, Bobcaygeon. Call 738-6163 n 15-17 — Peterborough Celtic Festival at Morrow Park. Visit www.peterboroughcelticfestival.com n 16 — Summer Lakeshore Festival, Gamiing Nature Centre 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. n 16 — Minden Kinsmen Truck Pull, Minden Hills Fairgrounds. Visit www.fyihaliburton.com n 16 — Bobcaygeon Annual House Tour, tour traditional and contemporary homes. Call 738-9032


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n 17 — Father’s Day Smoke and Steam Show at Lang Pioneer Village. Call 1-866-289-5264 or visit www.langpioneervillage.ca n 21-24 — Kinmount Country Jamboree at the Kinmount Fairgrounds. Visit www.kinmountfair.net n 22-24 — Steam and Gas Heritage Show at Lindsay Fairgrounds (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).Visit www.lindsayex.com n 23 — Classic Fly-in and Antique Car Show at KL Municipal Airport on Hwy # 35. Call 878-9354 or www.klma.ca n 23 — Bobcaygeon Lioness Club Craft and Bake Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 657-8798 n 23 — National Canoe Day, celebrate watercraft at Roger’s Cove off Maria Street, Peterborough. Visit www.nationalcanoeday.net n 24 — Bobcaygeon Bike Fest. Motorcycles, music and more. Bolton and Canal Streets. 738-2202 n 25-July 7 — Globus Theatre presents ‘The Mysterious Mr. Love’ 1-800-304-7897 n 26 — Canadian Canoe museum open house. Free admission 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monaghan Rd., Peterborough n 30 — Midnight Madness, Fenelon Falls offers music, food and super sales. 887-3409 n 30 — Little Lake Musicfest at Del Crary Park, with Jimmy Rankin 8 p.m., free admission. & This list is compiled well in advance of the events and may be subject to changes. We recommend that you check times and dates for these events. All phone numbers are in the 705 area code unless otherwise noted.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS Kawartha Life

Enthusiasm not included

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ince 1989, Cottage Toys has been the Kawarthas' source for the hippest styles in street wear and the hottest gear for snow and water sports. We stock a wide assortment of clothing and accessories, as well as a full range of water-sports equipment - from kayaks and stand up paddle boards to wakeboards, wake-surf boards water-skis and wetsuits. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always ready to help. Cottage Toys can provide you with the right equipment you need to enjoy the lake this summer and for years to come. Wakeboards, wake-skates, water-skis... even kayaks and inflatables are available for rental and can make your purchase

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decisions easy by renting and then crediting rental towards the purchase. Stay chill when things get hot. Whether it’s shorts and a tee for a sweltering July midday or casual wear for the cool of an August evening, Cottage Toys will keep you looking great all summer long. Take a lesson with the Cottage Toys Wakeboard and Water-ski school and get off to a great start in water-sports. The laid-back approach and equipment are provided. Catering to beginner and intermediate riders is rewarding and fun for the instructors as well as the customers. Having a party or family gathering? Show them a wet and wild time with our party rental service. We supply a boat, driver, instructor/spotter and all equipment,

including ropes, boards or skis, and PFDs. It’s a great way to party! WELCOME TO COTTAGE TOYS WAKEBOARD AND WATERSKI SCHOOL Summer’s here time for water, sun and fun! Get a dose of all three at our new Wakeboard and Water ski School on beautiful Stoney Lake. Build some skills and confidence behind the boat whether it’s by wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake-skating, knee-boarding, bare-footing or tubing. We provide the boats, instructors, and all the equipment you provide the enthusiasm! Students get plenty of personalized instruction and use of our equipment. &


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