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Eco-friendly locals meet at town hall

“The government of Canada, unlike in the past, is looking to consult with Canadians on what they want to see in a climate change plan,” Hastings–Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio explained, speaking to Bancroft and surrounding area community members who turned up at the 508 centre last week.

Music veteran releases new CD

Noah Zacharin took to the Arlington stage last Saturday to debut his new album Strange Rider. The Arlington was packed with over 65 people.

Two Originals at Wildewood Gallery

Wildewood Gallery is now showcasing Two Originals.

Quarry conversations resume with coming proposal

By Sarah Sobanski Community business leaders are concerned they’re being left out of the Freymond quarry conversation. The next Freymond quarry proposal will be brought ...

​Star columnist charged with assault in Wollaston​

Bancroft OPP have charged 60-year-old Rosie DiManno​ of Toronto​ with assault ​after an alleged "altercation" on Finnegan Lane​ ​in Wollaston.

Public art project benefits Wollaston Heritage Centre

Two Coe Hill artists have undertaken the painting of a large historical mural which once completed will be affixed to the front wall of the Wollaston Heritage Centre building in Coe Hill. Sheila Leuschner and Lee Maidlow are both mixed media artists who are donating their time, but encouraging other community members and artists to participate in the painting, making it truly a community gift to their local heritage centre.

Taking community groups for grant(ed)

Lately, a certain ill temper has crept into the discussions at Bancroft Council, centred around grants and donations to various community groups. What before tended to pass quickly, became this year the subject of much heated debate, as well as a fair helping of confusion.

Todd Smith will run for MPP of Bay of Quinte

My family, my team and I looked at both ridings very carefully. My mind changed almost weekly for an entire year about what riding I would run in.

Canadians X sex designation

People of Ontario no longer have to choose a gender binary for government issued identification.

Full boardwalk balked

Bancroft has a riverside boardwalk that extends from Bridge Street to Station Street – almost.

Athletes and principles

In June, one of the greatest athletes of all time died – Muhammad Ali. He changed boxing forever. Ali didn’t simply change the sport, he changed the world. He did so by standing on principle. In fact, he gave up the heavyweight boxing title and sacrificed the peak years of his career for it.

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Transit consultation

The Ministry of Transportation is looking to talk to Ontarians about intercommunity transportation.

Tracey Lee Green spoke to gallery visitors on opening night. She explained that her inspiration came from the summers in the area and her desire to give back to it. She signs her work with Nasti to remind people that there is a little bit of nasty in everything beautiful.

Painter brings wildlife indoors with lifelike portraits

Local artist Tracey Lee Green has returned to the Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB). Green debuted her first solo gallery Portraits of Nature: A Journey from Anvil to Easel last Friday. It showcases abstract canvases of nature through animal portraits and metal art landscapes.

Scotiabank VP gets an earful in Wilberforce

Scotiabank’s district vice-president for central east Ontario was mocked for his scripted non-answers during a meeting with residents ofz Wilberforce July 12.

Bancroft delegates Sam Riedl and councillor Bill Kilpatrick, and Hastings Highlands delegates Lexus Scott and mayor Vivian Bloom, with Hastings county warden Rick Phillips at the Summit of Rural Youth last month.  Each was hopeful for the future of young people in rural communities.

Summit engages local youth

Bancroft delegates Sam Riedl and councillor Bill Kilpatrick, and Hastings Highlands delegates Lexus Scott and mayor Vivian Bloom, with Hastings county warden Rick Phillips at ...

The Quinte Health Care North Hastings donor wall.

The donor wall becomes the giving wall

Since its dedication in 2000, the donor wall at Quinte Health Care North Hastings has almost doubled in size. Located in the foyer of the North Hastings District Hospital, this donor wall recognizes donations of a minimum of $1,000 from individuals, businesses, municipalities and organizations which support the purchase of equipment and training needed to sustain and advance care at North Hastings District Hospital, in Bancroft.

Brush with the North and Highlands Hot Tubs are bringing new products and curb appeal to Maynooth's downtore core.

Business booming in the Highlands

Business is booming in Maynooth where mayor Vivian Bloom recently announced that every store front is occupied by small-enterprise entrepreneurs.

Survey wouldn’t have stopped closure

Many questions about why the Maynooth Scotiabank is closing went unanswered at the Hastings Highlands Community Centre last Monday.

Work begins on Irondale bridge

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the July 11 meeting of Highlands East council.

New funding can only be used to repair schools

Hastings Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) will receive over $10 million in funding for school repairs.

Highlands East mineral collecting site closed

A once popular site for mineral collectors and a favourite among tourism promoters is no more after it was sold by the Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.


Students took to Spikeball quickly, playing hard to keep warm on the cloudy day.

Spikeball-A-Mania takes over York Public School

On Wednesday, June 22 and 23, 22 teams comprised of students in Grades 5 to 8 at York River Public School competed in the first ever Spike-A-Mania. Spike-A-Mania was a two day long Spikeball tournament run by Mr. Beauchamp at York River Public School. There were four divisions for Spike-A-Mania; a boys and girls division for the juniors Grade 5 and 6, and boys and girls division for intermediate. The Junior Good Team and The Fireballs won the junior divisions while the French Spikeballers and the Dank Team won the intermediate divisions. Congratulations to Johanna Hill and Ray Redmond for winning Spikeball sets through a random drawing of participant names. Despite some clouds and cool winds in the morning a great was had by all.

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.”