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The troubled community of Woodview received a further shock when a townhouse burst into flames in the early hours of Saturday morning.  
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Woodview fire burns through several units

By Tony Pearson The troubled community of Woodview received a further shock when a townhouse burst into flames in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to Fire Chief Pat Hoover, the department received multiple calls; he reported “the fire ...

Unbelievable journey just beginning for Heather Sararas

Heather Sararas is one of the crisis counsellors at Maggie’s Resource Centre of North Hastings, and for many years has been working to help women and children in North Hastings change their lives for the better. She is a mother, wife, and now grandmother; a hard worker devoted to her family and herself, and her community.

Hastings Highlands council grilled at budget meeting

Former mayor Ron Emond seized control of a special meeting of council, which took place in front of approximately 250 Hastings Highlands ratepayers last Monday.

Policing costs: the debate continues

By Sarah Vance The annual cost of policing by the OPP, which is showing no signs of de-escalation, is stretching the resources of many Ontario ...

Bancroft police investigate fatal accident

Shortly before noon on May 14, police officers with the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle ...

Bancroft assistance plan goes nation-wide

Like many good ideas, this one seems obvious in hindsight: Buy a Big Mac to support Fort Mac. And like many other good ideas, this one came out of Bancroft.

Council defeats move to examine cash flow

By Tony Pearson Bancroft council put a few final touches on its draft budget at last week’s meeting. The budget will now go to a ...

A sketch of how new interpretive signage would look.

Eagle’s Nest trail development planned

The Bancroft Trails committee is getting ready to enhance the experience on its trail systems this summer. The group has entered into partnership with the town of Bancroft, the Algonquins of Ontario, the Stewardship Council, CESCO, and the Field Naturalists. A first step is the pursuit of a Canada 150 grant to assist with the work they have in mind for the Eagle’s Nest.

Barry’s Bay cultural centre comes under scrutiny

Uncertainty about to the fate of the Madawaska Valley Visitor Information Centre, known also as The South of 60 Arts Centre, is prompting questions from concerned community members in Barry’s Bay.

Wollaston passes 2016-17 budget

Wollaston Township council has passed their 2016-17 budget with a net tax rate decrease of just under a half a per cent. Both the school levy and the Crowe Valley Conservation levy are down slightly for this year.

Non-profit housing board resigns

The entire board of the North Hastings Non-Profit Housing Corporation has resigned as a body. In a notice distributed to every unit in the Woodview public housing complex, the board stated that “it can no longer effectively govern the corporation.”

Community News

Pool coming to Bear Ridge Campground

By Jim Eadie It has been a long drawn out process, but at the May 10 regular meeting of Wollaston Township council, Traci and Jay ...

A student with monster truck Show Dawg, on display courtesy of NC Boyz Tech. MELISSA ARMSTRONG Staff

Fun times at Bird’s Creek PS

Last week, blessed with gorgeous weather, Bird’s Creek Public School held its annual Fun Fair.

Emerald Hills housing wants to scale back

By Tony Pearson When the developers of the proposed Emerald Hills housing project first came to Bancroft Council, they had large plans involving the old ...

Federal infrastructure funding for rural areas

Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced changes made to the New Building ...

Al Purdy documentary at Bancroft Playhouse

From a desire to tell the story of the campaign to save the ramshackle A-Frame where renowned poet Al Purdy found his voice, Maclean’s film ...

The North Hastings Choir, under the direction of Melissa Stephens, sings “Flower of Beauty” by John Clements. 
TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

North Hastings choir goes full-on spring

The flowers were definitely in bloom at the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Saturday evening, as the North Hastings Community Choir gave full-voiced celebration to spring with an invitation to one and all to “Come to My Garden.”

OLM Grade 3 choir in full voice. TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

North Hastings music festival impresses

The North Hastings Music Festival, now nearly 60 years old, traditionally ends with a “Festival of Stars”, featuring performances by all the award winners.

Faraday budget ‘the envy of the region’

By Tony Pearson Deputy Reeve Marg Nicholson officially pronounces it “a progressive, future-oriented budget.” Unofficially, the Faraday township council believes it is a budget that ...

On becoming an activist

May’s discussion at Topics on Tap (formerly Theology on Tap) In February a group of folks gathered at St. Paul’s United Church in Bancroft to ...

New local author Lea Kitler shares her recently published book “A Magnificent Life – my journey to the Hill” with the goats at her organic farm near Highland Grove. JIM EADIE Special To This Week

It can be a magnificent life!

Lea Kitler is incredibly thankful for “the magnificent life” that she has on her hilltop organic farm near Highland Grove, which is not surprisingly called Magnificent Hill. She is also a local real estate agent for Royal Lepage Frank Real Estate in Bancroft. Life is good, but it certainly hasn’t always been that way for her.


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, ...

Teachers and students pose for a group shot after the game. TONY PEARON Special to This Week

Students, teachers play for scholarship fund

The teachers and students of North Hastings High School squared off Friday in the 43rd annual Tom Welsh Memorial hockey game. Welsh was a popular tech teacher who died in the 1970s; the game was established by geography teacher Bob Shouldice in his memory. By now, according to teachers coach Dan Freeman, the game is now an institution – a part of the NHHS experience.