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Bancroft councillor resigns, says he’s not finished with politics

Kilpatrick hosted a rally at A Place for the Arts Saturday morning to announce he had submitted his letter of resignation to Bancroft Mayor Paul Jenkins earlier that day.

New fire regulations could cost rural residents

Proposed provincial legislation for Ontario’s firefighters could cost North Hastings Fire Service nearly $15,000 per new firefighter.

NHHS gains special programming

The school will introduce a Community Integration Program this September. It starts students with developmental disabilities on the path to an Ontario Secondary School Certificate — not the same as an Ontario Secondary School Diploma but formally recognized by the Ministry of Education.

Fatal fire at retirement centre

An elderly woman has been located deceased in a fire at R.J. Brooks Retirement Centre.

Suspicious man offers child ride

Bancroft OPP wants you to remind your children not to talk to strangers. The detachment reports a stranger offered a Cardiff child a ride March 5. The man is described as middle-aged with a dark complexion. His car was “black, old and dirty” and he was wearing “a black ball cap and black sweater.”

Joint fire chief possible for Limerick, Wollaston, Madoc

Heads of three municipal councils, along with some councillors and staff, met March 5 in Madoc Township to continue discussing the possibility of hiring a full-time fire chief for their departments. Limerick, Wollaston and Madoc townships are currently in discussion. Also affected would be Tudor and Cashel Township which doesn’t have a fire department but purchases service from Limerick.

Bossio sees benefits in Canada’s Budget 2018

“There were lots of things in here that benefit rural Canadians and my riding in particular,” Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio said following the release of Canada’s 2018 budget.

County conundrum: official plan denied by province

Hastings County council is none too pleased the province has some changes for its draft official plan according to council Warden Rodney Cooney.

Municipalities may face another ‘iron in the fire’

Ontario has announced new proposed regulation changes to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, and allowed only a little over a month for public input.

Algonquin family centre coming to Maynooth Public School

Hastings County has announced more than $680,000 will go to the Anishinaabe Baptiste Community Organization to develop a family centre supporting North Hastings's unique Indigenous heritage. 

‘The Manhattan Project’ will use Bancroft as backdrop

An independent film company will be shooting a film in Bancroft for 16 days during March, and possibly a few days in April or May. It could feature Bancroftians too.

Community News

HH grants $4,000 to groups

Hastings Highlands has chosen its grant recipients for 2018.

Local festivals getting $10,000

The province has announced its Celebrate Ontario 2018 funding for more than 300 festivals and events. Nearly 200 of those chosen are from rural and northern areas, according to the province.

Ontario by Bike Network rolls into town

The Ontario by Bike Network rolled into Bancroft March 6 and conducted a workshop with nearly 50 local small business and service persons to assist them to be more prepared to welcome cycle tourists.

Boards divided by union proposal

The idea of a union library isn’t new to North Hastings municipalities, according to Southern Ontario Library Service library development consultant Peggy Malcolm. She’s worked in the area since 1996.

Bancroftians helping get clean water to Guatemalans

Two North Hastings natives found themselves sitting together in Nicaragua. They’d travelled there with the same circle of friends for a holiday. Though they’d travelled as mutual friends of friends in the past, the pair had never found a quiet space themselves to really get to know each other away from the group.

Parkinson support comes to Bancroft

CARE North Hastings has started a Parkinson’s support group for those affected by the disease and their caregivers in North Hastings.

NHCS helping families prepare for September

North Hastings Children’s Services is helping preschoolers prepare for their first day of school.

Foodies flock to local resort

New owner of Nomi Resort Elise Blouin says Nomi resort is “rebranding” with a shift in focus, new events and renovations.  The resort was previously known as White Pine Shores Resort and Martinwood Resort.

Ice climbing a ‘process of self betterment’: SOIceFest organizer

Peach Sparrow. Kermit’s Finger. Where Egos Dare. If these names sound intriguing, it’s time to strap on your crampons and head out into a landscape filled with ice pillars and rolling flows. Here you will find ice covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls with climbing trails — lines in ice climber speak — leading up into the sparkling winter sky.

Town hosts debrief after first phase of CCP

Bancroft’s wastewater plant has received a clean bill of heath with regards to its operation after the first phase of the town’s composite correction program.


Bantam Jets all Ontario finalists

The Bierworth Readi-Mix Bantam Jets were on the road Saturday for game three of their series against the Mitchell Meteors. Being down two games to ...

Weekly open gym offered at Bancroft Gems gymnastics

Bancroft Gems Gymnastics students practice their skills as part of the new weekly open gym format, offered every Saturday afternoon to members and non-members alike ...

Bancroft Jets Tykes Win C Championship

On Saturday, March 11 the Bancroft Tykes travelled to Baltimore for the Tyke Year-end Windup. The Tykes won 14-5 in the final C Division Championship. ...

Bantam Jets down in the finals

The Bierworth Readi-Mix Bantam Jets hosted the Mitchell Meteors this weekend for games one and two of their all Ontario finals. Saturday, the Jets kicked ...

Switch yard ball hockey house league returns

Due to the great success of our first year of running the Switch Yard Ball Hockey House League last spring, the Switch Yard is once ...

Midget Jets down a game in All-Ontario finals

The Bierworth family was honoured at the North Hastings arena  Saturday  night just before Bancroft’s Bierworth Readi-Mix Bantam Jets took the ice to start their ...

Howran inspires at Birds Creek

On Thursday, Tori Howran visited the students at Birds Creek Public School where she herself attended as a kid. Watching all the kids file into ...

Jets soar through the weekend

The Leveque Brother/Rock Breaker Peewee Girl Jets continued to dominate the ice over the weekend. Saturday afternoon the Jets played in Bancroft taking on the Cold ...

Midget B Bancroft Jets advance to eastern loop finals

The Bancroft I.D.A/Canadian Tire Midget B Girls Jets travelled to Frankford  on Saturday  afternoon to face off against the Cold Creek Comets in their last ...

Two shutouts for Peewee Girls’ Jets

Never underestimate the determined. The Leveque Brother/Rock Breaker Bancroft Peewee Girls’ Jets played two local games this past  Sunday  that seen both arenas full of ...

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