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Wollaston gets a clean audit

Wollaston township council got some good news at their June 13 regular meeting from their annual financial audit. Joanna Park, partner in Collins Barrow Peterborough, told council they have received a clean auditor’s opinion, and they remain in a financially sound position. Park congratulated township staff for their excellent work, and cooperation during the audit. Details of the presentation are available on the township web site.

Bancroft watersheds at high risk

Bancroft sits on the border of two of the most threatened watersheds in the country. 

A glimpse into the future of a quarry in Bancroft

Early morning June 1 saw more than 20 community members pack up and bus out to Orillia to tour Fowler Construction’s Fleming Quarry.

Bancroft’s fiscal future

I am a taxpayer in Hastings Highlands and have developed several worksheets designed to inform me about our municipal taxes and fiscal operations. Most folks ask me, “Why on Earth would you bother?”

Seniors wary of BPL partnering

Members of Bancroft’s Seniors Club showed up at the June 13 meeting of council to express their disapproval with the idea of sharing Club 580 with Bancroft Public Library.

Project to mark farms for first responders

The project would place 9-1-1 markers at entrances of hard-to-find properties such as hunting camps and easy-to-miss trails such as farm fields without identifying buildings. The co-ordinates of these signs would be entered into emergency service databases.

Bancroft on fence for $15 wage

Last week’s announcement that the provincial Liberal government will be increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 was met with mixed reaction in Bancroft.

OEB wants input on possible $141 increase

The Ontario Energy Board is looking for input on multiple rate-increase applications by Hydro One.

New doctors for Bancroft

Keep your eye out for a new face this week — possibly in a lab coat.

Board visits, talks North Hastings school reviews

“We have not had any discussion what-so-ever about North Hastings,” said Hastings Prince Edward District School Board chair Lucille Kyle to Hastings Highlands council and its audience members on the board’s school accommodation reviews. “I’m telling you that from my heart so you know that it’s the truth. I grew up and raised children not always trusting the system. We have not had [that] conversation yet. When that happens you will and we will all be in it together.”

School board action trouble for thrift shop

Wollaston township council learned during the May 9 regular meeting that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) will not renew the lease for the “Little White School House” in Coe Hill, which for many years has been the home of the Coe Hill Community Thrift Shop

Community News

Eagles Nest trails initiative moving forward

Members of the Bancroft Trails Committee provided council with an update on the Eagles Nest trail system they have been developing near the Hawk Watch overlooking Bancroft. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Algonquins of Ontario, the Bancroft and Area Stewardship Council, CESCO, Bancroft Field Naturalists Club and the Town of Bancroft. Delivering the presentation to council on this day were committee members Steve Wilkins, Roger Kelly, Peter Whitehead and Chris Drost.

Time for healthier foods

Hastings and Prince Edward county parents can’t find the time to get their kids healthier options, according to a report by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Local author encouraging kids to eat healthy

Two books aren’t bad for a new author and local chef.

Artists to support huge health care fundraiser

The North Hastings Fund Development Committee has committed to raising more than $250,000 for the North Hastings Hospital this year — triple the committee’s average commitment of $80,000 per year.

Campaign to protect Ontario’s Turtles continues

For the past 57 years, Brian Ensoll (also known as Bri Bri the Turtle Guy) has been rescuing turtles from roadsides throughout Ontario. Since moving to the Bancroft area from his hometown of Scarborough in 1987, the Anderson Lake resident has continued his campaign to protect turtles in Ontario.

Bancroft Buy and Sell opens

Bancroft is now home to a buy and sell store — not associated with the Bancroft Buy and Sell Facebook group.

Rudolphs five years cancer free

Reise Rudolph was born eight and a half weeks early with Down syndrome. The same day he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Relay in Bancroft has raised close to $100,000

Relay for Life is coming up next weekend and many teams are ramping up their fundraising efforts.

Fitness club celebrates 15 years in Bancroft area

Bancroft Fitness has celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Home-based business thriving after one year

Mystickal Paths just outside of Bancroft has celebrated one year in the community.

Sports

Peewee Jets sweep all-Ontarios in three games

The Vito’s Pizzeria peewee Jets swept the all-Ontario championship in the third game of a series against the South Huron Sabres on March 18 winning 6-1. Pictured are Jets Ben Landry, Owen Fergusson, Trevor McDowell, Tanner Potts, James Armstrong, Jonathan Young, Brady Hunt, Keegan Anderson, Colson Jenkins, Connor Sobry, Ryker Huygens, Eric Hall, Tyson Carr, Cody Switzer and Phillip Cannon and coaches Shawn Fergusson, Shane Anderson, Tim Jenkins and Bryce Wilson. / SUBMITTED

Rowing champion gives back

Andrew Riedl’s latest passion is rowing. As often as he can, he heads for the new LiveFit gym off Hastings to work on its rowing machine.

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 ...

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