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Holiday events planned for Asphodel-Norwood Township

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The colourful Light Up the Township event is back in Asphodel-Norwood Township for the holiday season.

Residents are invited to decorate their homes with lights and register with the township — online at or by calling the municipal office at 705-639-5343.

A tour map will be released Dec. 17 for people to drive around and see the displays on the weekend of Dec. 17 to 19.

As part of the event, the township is hosting its first Shop Home for the Holidays to promote local businesses and services.

On Dec. 18, businesses will be opening their doors in the evening for a holiday night market. County Road 45 will be closed and pop-up vendors, Christmas characters and music will be on hand. Businesses are encouraged to decorate their storefront with lights and to open their doors for local shoppers.

Each participating business or vendor will receive complimentary $10 vouchers to give to their first five customers who spend $20 or more.

Following the event, shoppers will be invited to submit their purchase receipts to the township to be entered into a random draw to win a tumbler and 52 garbage bag tags.

Vendors will be entered into a random draw to win a one-hour ice rental at the Community Centre.

As a thank you for participating, each registrant will have the opportunity to enter into a random draw to win one of the following prizes: a $250 gift card from the Christmas Corner, a Christmas cookie platter from Florna Sweets valued at $75, a fresh turkey courtesy of Hilts Butcher Shop and a fresh turkey from Ralph’s Butcher Shop.

The annual Load the Loader event for food bank donations has returned to the township for another year. Members of township council and staff are currently collecting donations for the Asphodel-Norwood Ministerial Food Bank, and community members are invited to try to beat their donations.

The public works team will have trucks, equipment and drop boxes set up to receive donations Dec. 6 between 6 and 7:30 p.m. at these locations: Westwood Library, Asphodel Heights mailbox area (North Indian Trail and Indian Trail intersection), Trentview Estates (Heather Glen Road and River Road intersection), Community Centre parking lot (in front of the arena) and the Norwood Foodland parking lot.

This year the loader will also be travelling around the Norwood Park subdivision gathering donations, starting at 6 p.m.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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