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Bancroft council learns of mystery emails

Last March, Deputy Mayor Paul Jenkins sent a private email to Progressive Waste Solutions, a for-profit waste disposal company, asking what price the town might get if it tried selling its waste site. Jenkins said such a sale might help bring down the deficit and debt which Bancroft continues to run up on its sewer operations.

Great big name coming to local stage

“I’ll never play a rink again. In a hockey rink you dumb it down, it’s not about the music, it’s about the party.”

Wollaston township remembers Albert Vader

After several months of considering an appropriate tribute, Wollaston township council has decided to honour the late Albert Vader by installing an engraved memorial bench in front of the township office in Coe Hill.

Council discusses reeve allegations

Wollaston Township council has been left reeling following the news that the township Reeve Graham Blair has been arrested for a second time this year within the municipality.

Locals disappointed by ombudsman

Hydro One ombudsman Fiona Crean didn’t have the answers community members wanted.

Community co-ordinates to stop domestic violence

North Hastings Children’s Services (NHCS) is helping local families get ahead of domestic violence.

Wollaston reeve flips car, faces drunk driving charge

Wollaston township Reeve Graham Blair, 68, has been charged with impaired driving after police allege he drove his car into a ditch.

Town of Bancroft Councillor Tracy McGibbon announced Sunday, Oct. 2 that she will be seeking to represent the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party for in  Hastings—Lennox and Addington. / SUBMITTED

Councillor sets sights for MPP

Town of Bancroft Councillor Tracy McGibbon could be the area’s next MPP.

Bancroft looks at new works yard

Financial issues continue to dominate the proceedings of Bancroft town council. The town will soon have to decide whether to build a new public works yard, a project arising from an unexpected substantial increase in the fee paid to Ontario for the current yard. This fee just jumped by $100,000 a year. Despite numerous promises from the provincial government for political representatives to look into the more than 400 per cent increase, the fee increase remains in place.

Protesters shut down Bancroft’s main street Saturday, Sept. 24. Supported by community leaders like  Town of Bancroft Councillor Bill Kilpatrick, centre, and North Hastings Community Trust co-ordinator Jane Kali, locals rallied to fix hydro and put food in the budget speaking out against hunger and energy poverty. / SARAH SOBANSKI Staff

Fix Hydro protest draws residents from across region

Community members came together to protest energy and food poverty.

North Hastings receives funding for infrastructure

Ontario is allocating close to $350,000 to building in Bancroft.

Community News

Unique fibre exhibit

The Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB) is rediscovering the use of fibre.

The art of glassblowing heats up Killaloe

It took effort to navigate a steady stream of cars lined up along Coll Street in Killaloe over the weekend, to attend Tanya Lyons’s gallery.

A dedicated team showed their love and support for Hospice North Hastings on Oct. 2 at the Village Playhouse at the annual Hike for Hospice and ChiliFest. The weather, for the first year ever, was clear and warm, so hikers enjoyed the sun on their backs as they wandered through Bancroft led by Joan Brough and Cassie the dog. ChiliFest attracted the hungry and the Playhouse lobby was filled with great stories and laughter. For the five supporters who raised over $1,000 it was tense as a name was drawn for a week at the Lobe Family Cottage in PEI. This year the grand prize went to Alex Boyle and Nick Ziebarth. Having just returned to Bancroft where Nick serves with the OPP on the ERT, the young couple looks forward to supporting Hospice in whatever way they can. While Nick has been busy with his new team at the Bancroft detachment, Alex was kind enough to bake over 200 cookies for the charity event. All funds raised will support the Residential Hospice House for North Hastings as well as the free community programs provided by Hospice North Hastings. / SUBMITTED

Annual Hospice Hike

A dedicated team showed their love and support for Hospice North Hastings on Oct. 2 at the Village Playhouse at the annual Hike for Hospice ...

District EQAO results fall short of provincial averages

School board EQAO test results reveal local junior students keep up with province for reading, but fall short in all other elementary school testing.

OPP honours local officers

The OPP is honouring officers from its Bancroft detachment.

Prince Edward—Hastings MPP Todd Smith, left, shakes hands with former MP Daryl Kramp in Madoc Monday, Oct. 3. / SUBMITTED

Former MP in the running for PC MPP representative

Former Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Daryl Kramp is looking to return to politics as an MPP.

Councillor Mike Leveque died Monday, Oct. 3. / SUBMITTED

Hastings Highlands councillor dies

“Heavy hearts this afternoon in Maynooth, Maple Leaf and area with the loss of a great friend, musician and member of our council for the Municipality of Hastings Highlands,” Mayor Vivian Bloom said via Facebook. “Rest in peace Mike, we will all miss your music, humour, and good friendship.”

New play equipment

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward has delivered new play equipment to the North Hastings Children’s Centre.

Séan McCann confirmed for Friends of the Playhouse Gala

These are exciting times at the Bancroft Village Playhouse and the team from Hospice North Hastings are now busy planning the annual Friends of the Playhouse Gala as a way to connect with some of the theatre’s loyal supporters.

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Rio medallist visits NHHS

Hannah Darling, bronze medallist from the Canadian Women’s rugby sevens team, joined the student council and girls rugby teams from NHHS on Thursday, Sept. 22, ...


Bancroft Auto Body Atom Jets fight hard over weekend

This weeks sports highlights in local hockey...

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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.

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 Recreation Centre for training over the next few months. It’s not too late to join. All are welcome to come and build leadership skills every Wednesday night. There is no membership fee. Contact Stephane Richer at for more information. From left, back; Kendra McCoy, Logan Kauffeldt, Mateo Wealch, Ian Plumb, Justin Post, Gavin Arnott, Dana Wilkes, and Elizabeth Wannamaker. From left, front; Sonora Plumb, Ronen Huygens, Brady Whiteside, Samantha Busby, and Jack Scott. 

‘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 ...

Nick van der Woude and partner Michael Bushuk finished first at the 134th Annual Roya Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines. Van der Woude said he takes after his dad when it comes to rowing. His favourite part about rowing is the finer details and techniques behind the required in the sport. While he loves rowing, van der Woude wants to become a police officer once he graduates from Laurentian University.

Bancroft local takes home gold at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Nick van der Woude and partner Michael Bushuk finished first at the 134th Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines. Van der Woude said ...

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 ...