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Rae Spoon performs before a full house at the Arlington in Maynooth, on Saturday, June 18, on the eve of the Summer Solstice.

Indie icon Rae Spoon shines at Arlington

You could have heard a pin drop as Canadian icon Rae Spoon took to the Arlington Hotel stage on Saturday night.

Junk pays for school trips

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure, something that couldn’t be more true for the Coe Hill School parent council.

Theatre Guild to move outdoors

After a not-very-pleasant split with the Hospice-managed Bancroft Village Playhouse – its home for over two decades – the Bancroft Theatre Guild has a new plan for staging its 24 hour theatre this summer. They’re taking to the Park. Just like companies in Toronto perform in High Park, and New York companies perform in Central Park, the Guild will mount the plays in Millennium Park – hopefully, on the bandshell stage. Club 580 will be the back-up venue in case of rain, as well as serving as the locale where the plays will be written the night before they’re performed.

Whooping cough outbreak over for Bancroft area

The incubation period for Pertussis (Whooping Cough) has passed.

Sitting tall for long-term care

Members of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) took a moment to rock outside of the Hastings Centennial Manor last week – but not in the musical way.

New bi-weekly transit service in Wollaston

As of June 10 there was a new way to get to Bancroft from Wollaston Township.

Music brings joy to Manor residents

The Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward is helping Alzheimer patients connect with loved ones through their shared memories of music.

Don Zilstra shows off the Works of Wood organic rain barrel.

Carpentry course launches student’s new career

In an outcome which again indicates that you really can start afresh, a recent graduate of the SIRCH Community Service carpentry course has found full time local employment in her new field – one she had never practised before taking the SIRCH training. And in turn, that has resulted in an invitation to show off the range of student projects at the Saw-Tech Log-Expo, taking place this weekend in Bancroft.

Communities concerned about schools

A Hastings Prince Edward District School Board discussion paper suggesting the closure of three rural schools in North Hastings over a 10-year span, and busing the children to Bancroft or Bird’s Creek, has got many parents chewing their fingernails again. But instead of anger, the prevailing emotion this time around seems to be grief and sadness.

Bancroft passes budget, learns ‘drop-dead’ date

Last week, after a number of meetings discussing various items (particularly grants to organizations), Bancroft passed its 2016 budget.

Board to look at possible school closures

Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board has started a process which may lead to the eventual closure of three local elementary schools – in Maynooth, Coe Hill, and Hermon.

Community News

Board secretary Marg Nicholson presents  Clauge Robinson with a Tom Thomson print to honour his many years of service as board chair of the North Hastings Family Health Team.

North Hastings Health Team honours its founders

The North Hastings Family Health Team honoured founders Dr. Peter McEnery and Clauge Robinson at its annual general meeting last week. McEnery, the first family physician at the community-based health team, was presented with a long-service appreciation award. His work dates back a decade to when he and a part-time assistant made up the entire staff. The staff now has over a dozen members.

Patty Card stands with a bouquet of clovers she picked just the night before her photo op with the This Week.

Bancroft woman has all the luck

Lifelong Bancroft resident Patty Card might just be the luckiest woman in town.

Flying lanterns pose fire hazard

The Lake St. Peter Property Owners Association (LSPPOA) is concerned about fire risks associated with flying lanterns – popular in the region around Canada Day.

Bancroft Lions to collect used eyeglasses on Canada Day

In just about any dresser drawer, you can generally find an old pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. Yet, that pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life for the better. So can an old pair of sunglasses, or magnifiers, or even lenses and frames separately.

Maynooth Scotiabank to close

Scotiabank’s branches in Wilberforce and Maynooth will be closing as of January with operations consolidating in the Bancroft branch.

Maynooth parents launch campaign to save their school

The parent council at Maynooth Public School isn’t in favour of closing their local school. They’ve raiseed new points against a school consolidation in North Hastings.

Renee and Brian Porter in costume as the Macdonalds.

Sir John Eh! coming to Bancroft

History buffs will have the rare opportunity to interact with the first prime minister of Canada tomorrow at the Village Playhouse.

New physical literacy concept for parents and schools

The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) Healthy Kids Community Challenge program is helping to educate elementary school parents in physical literacy.

Questions remain on South of 60

The fate of the South of 60 Arts Centre/Railway Station and Visitor Centre in Barry’s Bay is to remain status-quo, but there continues to be questions for Danielle Paul, the former culture and tourism co-ordinator.

Exhausted and wet but pleased, Relay organizers Audrey Mackey and Flo Vandermeer pose under the Sign of Hope at the end of the event.  This year, the rain held off until 4 a.m.

Light and hope at Relay for Life

Cancer is a very scary word to many people. To those wearing yellow T-shirts last Friday evening, the word was a challenge met - a battle fought and won.


T-Hawks play last game of season

On Saturday, June 4, the Brinklows Bancroft Taxi T-Hawks played their last home game of the season.

Pickleball is coming to Bancroft

What is Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is actually a combination of three sports – tennis, badminton and ping pong (table tennis). The game is played ...

Ian Wright, co-ordinator of the Rally of the Tall Pines, presents Mayor Bernice Jenkins with a plaque of appreciation for Bancroft's partnership. TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

Rally of the Tall Pines asked for more for road repairs

Rally of The Tall Pines organizer Ian Wright came to council last week to report that the organization’s surveys continued to show that Bancroft was deriving substantial economic benefit from the Rally car race weekend.

Bancroft T-Hawks lose to Quinte Saints

The Bancroft Taxi T-Hawks minor football team travelled to Belleville on Thursday night to take on the Quinte Saints for their second game of the ...

Diamond 2 Competitive girls Paige Sunstrum, Kayla Hickey, Paige Armstrong and Jaden Krieger finish their group routine, flourishing the Olympic Torch

Bancroft Gems hold Gym-fest

On Saturday, May 14, Bancroft Gems Gymnastics held their third annual Gym-fest for all the young athletes to showcase what they have learned this past ...

Bancroft football team off to flying start

The Bancroft Taxi T-Hawks football team, for youth in the Grade 6 to 8 age range, played their first game of the season on Friday ...

Dexter Short, Darlene Jackson, Jim Gwilliams, and Anne Ireland of the Bancroft Tennis club inaugurate the courts for the season. TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

Tennis club looking for new members

The Bancroft Tennis Courts officially went into use this weekend, as the Bancroft Tennis Club started registering members for the upcoming season. The courts are ...


Jets among best in Ontario

A year ago this month, 15 young women from the Minden, Haliburton and Bancroft areas came together to form the Leveque Brother/Rock Breaker Bancroft Peewee ...

CanSkaters Isabella Best, Averi Card, Lane Humen, Jynelle Robbins, Raelynn Robbins, and Taylor Switzer perform to Blondie’s/One Direction’s “One Way Or Another.” TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

Skating club ends season with British rock extravaganza

Some of us remembered the lace collar and frock coat worn by the young lad checking tickets at the door of the North Hastings arena on Saturday. We had seen them on Mick Jagger and Peter Noone when they first came to North America in the 1960s (and a special prize goes to those who remember who Peter Noone was, and can still remember who they are). Along with other “mod” costumes, it set the tone for the Bancroft Skating Club’s 2016 ice show – its 44th – entitled “British Invasion.”

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Peewee girls battle Lynx

The Leveque Brother/Rock Breaker Bancroft Peewee Girl Jets were in North York this past weekend for their divisional championship. Facing off against three rival teams, ...