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New councillor for Monteagle Ward Alex Walder was sworn in to Hastings Highlands 
council Nov. 23. / SARAH SOBANSKI Staff

Alex Walder new councillor for Monteagle Ward

Let me begin by again expressing my sincere condolences to Mr. Leveque’s wife, Anne, his children, extended family and his friends on his recent passing.

DiManno seeks diversion

Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno has again had her assault charge adjourned Nov. 15 in the Bancroft Ontario Court of Justice, at the request of her legal counsel Gary Clewley.

Film store closing after 30 years

“The front door opens and you can hear a little child go scurrying into the castle, and you’ll hear them say, ‘Mom, I’m in the castle.’ Then you’ll hear Mom say, ‘I remember when I was a little girl I went in the castle too,’” shared Mr. Video owner Eileen Sutherland, gazing at the store’s iconic indoor castle around its children’s section. Her eyes watered as she remembered the good memories she has had running Bancroft’s oldest video store.

Provincial PC party representative for Hasting-Lennox and Addington Daryl Kramp. / FILE PHOTO

Kramp wins nomination

Former MP Daryl Kramp has been voted in to represent the PC Party of Ontario for the riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington.

Fire chief in the hot seat

The fire department was back on the radar at the Wollaston Township council regular meeting held on Nov. 22 at the township office.

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.

Woodshare wants to help locals keep warm

A pair of community organizations are teaming up to bring the community emergency firewood.

Highlands East looking at ATM alternative to bank

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Nov. 14 meeting of Highlands East council. While the Highlands East group People Before Profits continues to investigate the option of having a financial institution replace Wilberforce’s Scotiabank, the municipality is seeking other options to ensure bank services are offered in the area.

New president of Loyalist College visits Bancroft

Loyalist College has a new president. Dr. Anne Marie Vaughan became president of Loyalist College Nov. 7. She replaced President Maureen Piercy who retired in August.

Federal rural funding increased in fall update

The federal government is investing an additional $2 billion in rural infrastructure.

Bancroft saves on garbage trucks

Bancroft council found savings in one area last week. It is purchasing a used 2007 garbage truck for $50,000 — actually, less than that, as they received a $15,000 trade-in allowance on the current truck. This net cost of $35,000 compares to the budgeted leasing cost of $57,000 a year over several years. Similarly, instead of leasing a recycling truck, the town is buying a used 2010 vehicle for $70,000, a cost which will be partially offset by funds from the provincial Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF), set up to encourage recycling. Again, this one-time purchase price compares favourably with the budgeted $57,000 a year lease cost.

Community News

Agriculture motion defeat won’t stop councillor

Bancroft Councillor Bill Kilpatrick introduced a motion at a town council meeting in early November to ask staff to research allowing Bancroft residents to raise small livestock (chickens, pigs, goats). It was meant as a potential means of addressing local poverty and sustainable food issues.

Marching to stop violence

Community members will march to raise awareness for violence against women next week. Tuesday, Dec. 6 will mark the 27th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre that saw 14 women murdered in Montreal. Bancroft locals will once again gather at A Place for the Arts and march to the Heart of the Park to remember these women and those lost closer to home — Anastasia Kuzyk, Nathalie Warmerdam and Carol Culleton who were murdered last year in Wilno.

Bancroft council continues to search for water

Last week, another possible answer to Bancroft’s water and wastewater puzzle turned into a dead end. D. M. Wills Associates of Peterborough delivered their analysis to council, and noted that the average treated water flows over the past three years — the water leaving the treatment plant — was well within the provincial average for town water use.

Can a second language be taught too soon?

“Concombre!” Adelaide stated as she raised the half-eaten cucumber slice toward me. Adelaide maintained a tight-fisted grip on her edible prize as she expressed enthusiasm for her snack using this single French word. Adelaide is a curious two-year-old in a newly opened bilingual nursery school run by Lennox and Addington Resources for Children at The Prince Charles School in Napanee. Bilingual educator Kelsey McNeil explains that this half-day program is a fun way for preschoolers to learn French words that relate to their everyday world.

Hydration stations coming to Bancroft

Bancroft and surrounding area is set to receive seven new hydration stations.

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.

The gnomes marched to the Toronto to deliver a letter to the Minister of Energy in hopes that he would hear their cry for help against raising hydro prices which many community residents can’t afford. / DON WILSON Special to This Week

From the garden to Queen’s Park

“We are people of the soil and we have embraced this project,” said Dianne Eastman, also known as Gnome-y Cline from the North Hastings chapter of the Gnomes for Justice and Equality. “People need to eat. We have to get out of the garden.” The Bancroft this Week stopped by the Place for the Arts to meet the gnomes and discover their origins.

St. Martin of Tours opened its new playground structure to students Oct. 27. The school has been without a playground for four years. From left, Sandra Courneyea, Shannon Eagles, and Kelli Nicholas of the school council, vice principal Joanne Ronholm, junior kindergarten student September, principal Pat Flagler-Edwards, ALCDBS trustee Brian Kerby, ALCDSB superintendent of school effectiveness Theresa Kennedy, and Margaret Haskin of Whitney and Area Algonquins. For more see page 9. / SARAH SOBANSKI Staff

Whitney students smile for new slide

St. Martin of Tours Catholic School students have a new place to play.

Milestone reached for Bancroft’s 2017 refugee family

Bancroft’s Social Justice Without Borders (SJWB) has raised a third of the money required to bring a Syrian refugee family to Bancroft.

Hunter to run for chief as land claim is signed

A press release by the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation confirmed on Oct.18 that Algonquins have reached a milestone towards an Agreement-In-Principle (AIP) with the province.

Sports

Car 199 clocked in at 2:10:10.6, coming in just shy of first place at this year’s rally. Behind the wheel of the Subaru WRX STI was Travis Pastrana from Davidsonville, MD with co-driver Robbie Durant from Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK. For more from the rally see page 20. / ROBERT SZTUKA Special to This Week

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...

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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 299viking@gmail.com 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. 
/ SARAH SOBANSKI Staff

‘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 ...