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HH library CEO and chair quit

The Hastings Highlands Public Library has lost two of its highest ranked members.

Land trust helps preserve Hypoint farm

Thanks to a collaboration between the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust and Mary LeFeuvre, 1,000 acres of land adjacent to Egan Chutes Provincial Park will now be protected.

Group wants to award champions of the community

A county anti-poverty group is providing a new way to champion the members of our communities that strengthen contribute to their resiliency.

OMB let’s at-large voting stand

The Ontario Municipal Board has announced that Hastings Highlands will vote at-large in 2018.

Council realigns, appoints councillor

Council has announced that acting mayor Paul Jenkins will be officially taking over for former mayor Bernice Jenkins. During the special meeting, council also named Councillor Charles Mullett as Bancroft’s new deputy mayor.

Town wastewater to receive FCM funding

Bancroft’s water and wastewater committee met to discuss ways of making the town’s system sustainable and affordable for everyone in the community.

Residents argue restrictions for lake

Possible Clark Lake restrictions — to protect it as the Bancroft’s water source — were a heated topic of debate at the town’s first public consultation.

Hastings Highlands Public Library audit spotlights $30,000 surplus account

Hastings Highlands Public Library has been accumulating budget surpluses for years, unnoticed by its board.

Midwives take on prenatal clinics

The face of prenatal education is shifting in North Hastings. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health hasn’t scheduled any area in-person prenatal education sessions for 2018. There are 18 groups of sessions scheduled for Belleville over the course of the year, 10 scheduled in Quinte West and four scheduled for Prince Edward County, but none for North Hastings.

Bancroft police costs to increase

In total, Bancroft residents will pay $494.82 per household for police services.

CEO can’t vouch for BPL’s safety

Former Bancroft Public Library CEO Chris Stephenson told Bancroft This Week he “lives and breathes” public libraries, but suggested he feels stonewalled by the municipality when it comes to ensuring fair wages for staff and addressing the library’s accessibility needs... Bancroft's acting mayor Paul Jenkins said while the operation of the library is not the responsibility of the town, the building is.

Community News

Business association wants development head hired

Maynooth and Hastings Highlands Business Association stopped by council to discuss 2018 economic development and tourism options. It wants a co-ordinator to spearhead growth for the municipality.

Wilno murderer gets life in prison

Basil Borutski will never walk among area residents again.

Lucille Kyle re-elected as chair

The area’s public school board trustee has been re-elected as its chair.

Big Brothers and Sisters wants branch in Bancroft

Mentoring co-ordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Kylie Caume said while BBBS is already serving kids in the area, the organization is planning to expand and hopes to eventually open a Brancroft branch.

Jobs act passes

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith said he’s concerned for government agencies that will need more funding to support the wage increases, or cut services.

Hastings Highlands steps into the future

The following are notes from Hastings Highlands council’s regular Nov. 22 meeting.

Report warns local lakes susceptible to algal blooms

Algonquin Negotiations Representative, Stephen Hunter sees the environmental commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe’s annual report, “Good choices, bad choices: Environmental rights and environmental protection in Ontario,” as a step in the right direction.

Group wants restorative justice in Bancroft

The Bancroft Area Community Conferencing Initiative is developing restorative justice alternatives for the community.

Loyalist staff return from strike

Loyalist College students are back at school this week — thanks to the province.

New Bancroft scout program seeking leaders

A new scouts program is coming to North Hastings.

Sports

Peewee Jets sweep all-Ontarios in three games

The Vito’s Pizzeria peewee Jets swept the all-Ontario championship in the third game of a series against the South Huron Sabres on March 18 winning 6-1. Pictured are Jets Ben Landry, Owen Fergusson, Trevor McDowell, Tanner Potts, James Armstrong, Jonathan Young, Brady Hunt, Keegan Anderson, Colson Jenkins, Connor Sobry, Ryker Huygens, Eric Hall, Tyson Carr, Cody Switzer and Phillip Cannon and coaches Shawn Fergusson, Shane Anderson, Tim Jenkins and Bryce Wilson. / SUBMITTED

Rowing champion gives back

Andrew Riedl’s latest passion is rowing. As often as he can, he heads for the new LiveFit gym off Hastings to work on its rowing machine.

Bantam girls Jets secure second round in playoffs

Bantam girls Jets secure second round in playoffs On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Parkview Dental/Canadian Tire bantam girls team hit the road and travelled to ...

Leveque Brothers/Rock Breakers Peewee Girls bring home the gold

The gold medal game saw the Jets facing off against the Kitchener Rangers in a rematch from a tournament earlier in the season that saw the girls on the losing end and they were out for revenge.

Rally win marks sixth for L’Estage

Antoine L’Estage won out against harsh conditions in his 2015 Subaru WRX STI at this year’s Rally of the Tall Pines — even up against conditions that put 14 other cars out of the race.

Huskies poised for future success

The following are responses to questions sent a few days after the North Hastings High School Huskies 3-2 loss to the Red Hawks of Haliburton Highlands Secondary School in the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics (COSSA) championship final on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary in Peterborough.

Bancroft Auto Body Atom Jets fight hard over weekend

This weeks sports highlights in local hockey...

Bird’s Creek Terry Fox Run

On Thursday Sept. 29 Bird’s Creek Public School participated in the Terry Fox Run. Kids were asked to run, jog, walk or bike around the ...

Hockey in the Highlands

This week's hockey highlights for the Vito’s Pizzeria Peewee Jets, Parkview Dental/Canadian Tire Bantam C and Bierworth Read-Mix Bantam Jets.

‘V’ for Vikings

Sea Cadets North Hastings kicked off a new year this month. Youth ages 12 to 18 gathered to set up classrooms and decorate the Dungannon ...

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