Omemee: Storm left the village without phone, internet for 12 days

The May 21 storm, a derecho, brought major devastation to the area. Many hydro poles snapped, trees were broken and unrooted, roofs were damaged and had to be removed. So many households were left without power for many days.

Thanks to the hardworking linesmen and workers from Ontario and other provinces and northern states who worked long hours to restore power.

Omemee also had telephone and internet service interrupted for 12 days. Thankfully the Bell workers managed to solve the problem and restore service as well.

We can be complacent about modern day services and it is only when they are not working that we notice them. I, for one, am very thankful to be back in 2022.


Congratulations to Isabelle Basque, a member of First Omemee Scouting who recently was presented with the Earl MacNabb Scholarship by Scouter Doreen Miller.

The scholarship is presented annually to a youth member of the former Kawartha Waterways Area who is making our world a better place with their service to the community. Isabelle plans to attend Trent University in the fall to study nursing.

Lions fireworks

The Omemee Lions Club has announced that there will be Canada Day celebrations this year culminating with fireworks at Omemee Beach Park. Other community organizations will be involved in the celebrations and plans are still in process and will be released to the public soon.

The celebration will also help the Lions to mark their 65th anniversary of establishing a Club in Omemee.

Ducktona tickets are on sale again this year. Ducktona is a race of 750 plastic yellow ducks down a section of the Pigeon River in town. Tickets are $5 and available from Omemee Lions members, at Coronation Hall, Tuesdays and Thursdays or by sending your order and contact information to

The draw will take place at Omemee Beach Park, July 1 at 6 p.m.

Only 750 tickets are available. First prize is $1000, second, $350, third, a campfire package valued at $250 and $100 goes to the dead last duck.

The Omemee Lioness Lions Club is holding a draw for a Cuisart 4 burner gas grill. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and available by contacting Lioness Lion Pat at 705-879-2306.

Coronation Hall

The CKL Service Centre at Coronation Hall is back to normal pre-COVID hours. It is now open Mon-Fri. for all permits, tax payments, dog tags and other City business.

President Barry Marr can provide additional information. He can be reached at or 705-878-4765.

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