For forever, it seems that there has been the idea out there that not much goes on in a small community.
As a reporter operating in North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes, I know that this simply is not true.
Many of us have likely heard the old Corner Gas theme song that includes the phrase ‘where there’s not a lot going on’, however the local communities always seem to offer a plethora of goings on that would interest everyone.
Every week, there always seem to be interesting events for people to attend. This weekend alone includes many events, including two dog walk fundraisers in Uxbridge, the 4th annual Mutt Strut at Elgin Park on Saturday, May 28 and the Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 29, as well as numerous yard sales in North Durham and the Kawarthas. For theatre lovers, Port Perry Town Hall 1873, the Uxbridge Music Hall and the Lindsay Academy theatre offer many different productions.
As we head further into the year, there are numerous events including Canoe the Nonquon in June, Ribfests in Uxbridge and Port Perry, the Ride for Dad, and many others.
Until their summer recess in July, Council meetings are a great place to go for local happenings. Since I have started with The Standard, I have never left Council without some sort of news. People can go and get informed on everything from decisions on speed limits and stop signs, to the Greenbank Airport or the ISP project in Scugog, or the Brock Culvert project in Uxbridge just as some examples.
There are also numerous charities operating in the area that are always either holding fundraising events or making donations. For those who would like to be the people giving back, there are opportunities to volunteer or join. For example, 100 Men of Scugog are currently seeking members.
I bet many people would learn a lot as well from just talking to other people that are living in the local area. It is my belief that everyone has an interesting story to tell, and listening to others about their experiences could create an interesting afternoon.
These are just some examples of the things that happen during our news week. To me, every week in a small community has tons of potential for things to happen and is always a new and exciting adventure.
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