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Ernie Demuth gives a presentation to members of the Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association on the ravages of Beech bark disease, as BAFIA VP Virgina DeCarle assists.

Healthy beech trees may soon disappear

“We may be the last generation to see any stands of healthy beech trees in our forests.” This was the dire prediction of Ernie Demuth, past president of the Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association (BAFIA), in his presentation to its annual meeting last week.

Earth Day celebrated at Riverside Park

Jane Kali, left, and York River Public School students work on potting local heritage seeds. The seeds are part of a seed library, used in ...

Area broomball team wins national championship

A team that originated in Quadeville and Palmer Rapids has taken a national title in the sport of broomball. The Misleads, who have twice been Ontario champions, defeated the reigning champs from Quebec (Broom-Shak Becancour from Trois Rivieres) to capture the coed/mixed crown.

Adam Palmer, Hailyee Aide, Kaylea Parkhurst, Candice Liedtke, Jamie Handt and Brittany Hass participate at the annual Learning Foundation's Prom Project at North Hastings High School. Photo by Julie Musclow

Prom Project about caring

From left, Adam Palmer, Hailyee Aide, Kaylea Parkhurst, Candice Liedtke, Jamie Handt and Brittany Hass participate at the annual Learning Foundation’s Prom Project at North ...

Dealing with diabetes

According to a study by the Public Health Agency of Canada, about two and a half million Canadians live with diabetes. If you’re a senior, a smoker, overweight and/or physically inactive, your risk increases.

Wollaston council gets good marks from their auditor

Wollaston Township council received some good news from their auditor at their April 12 regular meeting. “You again have a clean audit, in our opinion,” said Joanna Park of Collins Barrow Kawarthas LLP. “The township maintains systems of internal accounting and administrative controls of high quality, consistent with reasonable cost.”

Bancroft council deals with grants controversies

Bancroft council dealt last week and this week with a number of controversial applications for town support, from organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, North Hastings Children’s Services, and TROUT public transit.

Photo courtesy of  Andreas Pandikiu Moose FM.

Bancroft fire department responds quickly, saves house

The usual outcome of a house fire in a rural area is the loss of the building and everything in it. However, that was not the case last week, when the North Hastings Fire Service responded to a call on Upper Turiff Road. According to fire chief Pat Hoover, the department was on scene about ten minutes after the call came in.

Fundraiser planned for fire victims

A week after the fire that devastated their lives, the victims are experiencing different moods. Jeanaann Barnaby remembers the shock when her partner came running into their house as she slept, calling to waken her. She remembers looking out her bedroom window to see the garage between her neighbour’s house and hers on fire. She can recall the mad scramble to save their animals – dogs, cats and pigs; not only to get them out of the house, but away from the propane tank, in case it exploded (thankfully, it didn’t).

Business retention and expansion reveal in Hastings Highlands

By Sarah Vance A special meeting of council saw the Ron Emond Hall packed on Tuesday, March 29, as program coordinator Cathy Trimble revealed content ...

Roundtable gets $334,000 to look at solutions to poverty

The Poverty Roundtable for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties has just been awarded a Trillium grant of $334,000 over three years for their “Creating Community” proposal. This aims to once and for all create a co-ordinated multi-sector action to reduce poverty, including in North Hastings.

Community News

Local MPP named opposition critic for MNRF

The MPP from Prince Edward-Hastings has some new duties on his plate at Queen’s Park. This week, PC Leader Patrick Brown added the Natural Resources and Forestry portfolio to Todd Smith’s list of responsibilities, which already include his Caucus’ response to the government’s Hydro One sale.

Enterprise facilitator visits Women in Business

North Hastings Women in Business, an initiative of Bancroft Community Transit’s Heart of the Park and Community Futures, attracted a good crowd of entrepreneurs at its recent monthly lunch on April 19.

Tracey Dale (l), of the Metis Nation of Ontario, and Jane Kali (standing, right foreground), of the North Hastings Community Trust, listen to a student proposal for using fresh local produce at the Food Bank.

NERDs work on local food issues

This week, current and past Northern Environmental Research (NERD) students, as well as graduates of NHHS’s Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program, gathered at the Faraday Community Centre to answer a challenge from North Hastings Community Trust.

A group of Limerick Township's Youth Firefighters are ready to leave the fire station for Dickey Lake Beach on Apr 15 as part of their monthly training.

“I do this for the chance to help someone” – youth firefighters

“I am very proud of our little volunteer fire department,” said Limerick Township Deputy Reeve Sharon Carson. She is particularly proud of the department’s “Youth Firefighter” program, now into its third year. “Jason Post, our fire chief, does a fantastic job,” she said. “And all young people are welcome to participate. We have young people not just from our township, but from Bancroft, Wollaston, and Tudor and Cashel as well.”

Ethan enjoys the sights and textures of the Quilters Curve, in Combermere the primary sponsor of the Telling Tales through Quilts installation at the South of 60 Railway Station, in Barry's Bay. Photo submitted by Quilters Curve

Sewing together stories in Barry’s Bay

Cultural narratives continue to be a theme of the arts community, as the “Tales Told Through Quilts” exhibition gets underway at the South of 60 Arts Centre and at the Madawaska Library in Barry’s Bay.

From left, Jeff Pickney from the Ministry of Economic Development; Melanie Wright, project manager for Community Futures; Jimmy Haythornwaite, the owner of Universal Seal; Blaine Shannick, Plant Manager of Universal Seal; Mary Lynn Rutledge, General Manager of Community Futures as they celebrate the plant expansion.

Local manufacturer receives grant for new product line

Universal Seal in Hastings Highlands just received a grant of $100,000 from the Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). The grant (conditional on project completion) represents a contribution to the costs of equipment and training to support the development of a new polyurethane seal product line. The new line will be sold world-wide.

Rick Cassidy and Marian Pierce dish out pancakes and maple syrup to hungry students at Hermon Public School.

Hot lunches at Hermon Public School

Rick Cassidy and Marian Peirce moved to North Hastings eight years ago. They moved here after selling their resort in beautiful Burleigh Falls, so they wanted another scenic location for their new home.

Following a community pot luck dinner  held to support his and another family who recently lost their homes and possessions in a fire, Gary Hicks receives a charcoal sketch of favourite artist Leonard Cohen by local artist Carolyn Henderson. L-R Kendra Post, Gary Hicks, and Carolyn Henderson.

Community gathers to support recent fire victims in Coe Hill

For the third time in less than a year, Coe Hill area neighbours and friends organized a big community gathering to morally and financially support community members suffering a sudden tragedy.

Grant Roughley, vice-president of North Frontenac Telephone Company, speaks with Bancroft councillors about his company's feasibility study of the area. TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

Bancroft might get higher speed Internet

Bancroft council was told this week that its homes and businesses could be linked by fibre-optic cable to the main line of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), allowing them to get much faster and more reliable downloading and uploading speeds.

A North Hastings idea for saving our precious water

“Water is our most precious natural resource,” according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “and working together, preserving it to support the world’s growing population, should be a big priority.”

Sports

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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.

Bancroft Peewee girls heading to championships

After a 1-1 tie back on March 10, Game two and three of playoff games for The Leveque Brothers/Rock Breaker Bancroft Peewee Girl Jets were ...

Great season finale for Bancroft Midget B Girls

The Bancroft IDA/Canadian Tire Midget B Girls Jets travelled to Keene Tuesday  night to continue their LLFHL East loop final against the Wolverines. The Jets ...

Caleb Manus holds off an Ilderton player as Jackson Wiltshire battles for the puck. Photo by Tony Pearson

Bancroft Jets go down fighting

Heading back to Bancroft down two games to one in a five game series, the Bancroft Boyer Midget Jets were determined to force a final deciding game in their All-Ontario Championship Final with the team from Ilderton. They showed this when they jumped out to a 2-1 first period lead when Jackson Wiltshire and Tanner Shatraw scored. Throughout the period, they pressed, and were full value for their lead.

The second period started well, with another goal by Tanner Shatraw. But then it turned into a different story. Bancroft was now down a key player; Tori Howran was ejected from the game when she was called for a hit from behind.

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 ...

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 for a small participation fee. Photo by SARAH VANCE Special to This Week

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 11th the Bancroft Tykes travelled to Baltimore for the Tyke Yearend Windup. The Tykes won 14-5 in the final ‘C’ Division Championship. The Tykes, with the coaching staff of Jeff Mills, Adam Kavanaugh and Martin Cox, not to mention the other  parent volunteers that have come out through the year to help on the ice, had a fantastic year and improved incredibly. Thanks coaches and volunteers for all your time! See you next year. -photo by Christa Brownlee

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. ...