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Reconsider your relationship with alcohol: health unit

By Sarah Sobanski Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is reaching out to drinkers who might overestimate the size of a single portion of alcohol. The health unit has launched a Rethink Your Drinking campaign to bring awareness to the Canadian ...

NHCC gets 150 grant

The North Hastings Community Cupboard is upgrading thanks to a 150 grant from the province.

Children’s services seeking public’s help

The availability of child care is linked to economic development, according to Jessica Anderson, executive director of North Hastings Children’s Services. Yet recent cost increases, including a significant increase in their water and wastewater bill, as well as mounting hydro costs, threaten the ability to provide it. Utilities costs were $22,000 in 2016, and will be even higher this year. Anderson has sent a letter to parents and to the community at large asking for donations to keep the child care centre open.

Wollaston Township adjusts council

Wollaston Township council had a special meeting on Feb. 8 in order to accept the resignation of Deputy-reeve Marilyn Brickles, and to select her replacement at the council table. In the end, council had to resort to flipping a coin.

Allowances rate debate to return

Hastings Highlands council is looking to reopen discussions on its increases to shore road allowance rates.

MPP appointed as energy critic

“There isn’t one part of your life the electricity crisis hasn’t made more expensive,” said Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith via press release. It stated that the longtime local electricity advocate is making his Opposition official.

Golton wins gold

L’Amable has its own world champion dog sled team. Jacob Golton and his 12-dog sled team took home gold from the 2017 Winter Sleddog World Championships. The race came to the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve for Canada’s 150th anniversary year. It was held from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1.

Belbin back in custody

A Cardiff man charged after an Ontario Provincial Police child pornography investigation, is back in custody and accused of breaching a condition of his release.

Bancroft lobbies at ROMA

Mayor Bernice Jenkins believes in the “erosion” theory of lobbying: keep bringing the issues up, like waves breaking along a shoreline, and sooner or later some resistance will give way. The prime example here is policing costs. For years, Bancroft argued that the fees it paid for OPP service were unreasonable. Eventually, a new funding formula was developed which significantly lowered the town’s costs.

Council ‘laughing stock’: mayor

Bancroft’s Mayor Bernice Jenkins usually spends her opening remarks at council on developments in county and other levels of government, and on good news announcements. Not so at last week’s meeting. Instead, she delivered a blast at what she feels is a dysfunctional town council. Finding recent behaviour by councillors “bewildering,” she proclaimed that council lacked respect for each other, for the mayor, and for town staff. She declared a lack of team spirit, along with an absence of a common sense of direction.

MPP starts school closure petition

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith has started a petition to draw attention to rural school closures.

Community News

Reconsider your relationship with alcohol: health unit

By Sarah Sobanski Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is reaching out to drinkers who might overestimate the size of a single portion of alcohol. The ...

Cardiff and Wilberforce students meet Canadian author

Cardiff Elementary School students visited with Canadian children’s book author Joseph Lewin and his son Calvert on Feb. 15 where he read his book Calvert ...

BLP looking forward to gardening

The Bancroft Public Library wants to help North Hastings residents grow gardens this spring.

HE prepares to pass budget

Highlands East residents should prepare for a tax increase of approximately 2.4 per cent for 2017.

Dream guide out for area anglers

The Bancroft Area Stewardship Council has released the Bancroft and Area Stocked Lakes and Access Guidebook — and it’s swimming off the shelves.

School board opens consultations for school calendar

Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is seeking parent feedback for its upcoming school calendar.

Highlands East changes council calendar

The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Jan. 23 meeting of Highlands East council.

Wollaston to stop Hydro One herbicide use

In a remarkable example of quick grassroots organizing for the public good, a citizen group has convinced Wollaston Township council to pass a resolution requesting Hydro One not spray herbicides “within the township boundaries, including township road allowances and township property.” In addition, the group has asked council to draft a bylaw prohibiting such spraying to cover future requests for permission to spray.

McKees announced as citizens of the year

The McKee family of Monteagle (Larry, Rose and Michael) were honoured as the Maynooth and Hastings Highlands Business Association citizens of the year.

Smashing good time to be had on Hwy 28

“It is so satisfying to smash stuff,” said SIRCH Community Services executive director Gena Robertson. “It’s not bad manners here.”

Sports

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 ...

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 ...

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.