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Electoral reform town hall greets enthusiasts and skeptics

Hastings—Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio hosted an electoral reform town hall last week to inform community members about alternatives to Canada’s first past the post (FPTP) voting system.

Library future uncertain

The future of the Wollaston and Limerick Union Public Library located in Coe Hill is up in the air after the Limerick municipal council decided to withdraw from its agreement with Wollaston, effective the end of this year.

Professor worries over quarry

An Earth Sciences professor with property on Jeffrey Lake is looking out for the Freymond quarry proposal. She wants to see it properly peer reviewed, and to make sure that locals understand the scientific language being used in the studies to come.

Paramedics’ mental health paramount

The Government of Ontario is prioritizing mental health for emergency service workers.

The hippest viewing party in town

Three local businesses are coming together for a great cause to honour a famous Canadian band.

Bancroft decides to take over town recycling

Bancroft town council has decided to take over the collection and management of its recycling program. It is currently handled by an outside contractor. It made the decision at a closed meeting; last week Greenview Environmental presented the cost figures involved.

Local councillor wants to make a splash

“For the last few years I’ve always dreamed, and I know the community has dreamed, about having a splash pad at Riverside Park,” Bancroft Councillor Tracy McGibbon said, sitting down to talk about a possible water haven for community members.

Hydro hurting locals

Dozens of people turned out last week to share tales of abuse of power – the power supplied by Ontario’s Hydro One. One after another, residents came forward to chronicle their ever-rising hydro bills, which in many cases now exceed housing costs. Speaker after speaker identified how often they were forced to make choices between essentials, skimping on food in order to pay for their electricity.

Federal tax funding announced for local municipalities

Hastings County and Lennox and Addington County will receive close to $2.5 million for infrastructure development.

Wollaston may take legal action over dock

Two dozen Wollaston Lake area residents jammed into Coe Hill’s council chambers for council’s regular meeting July 26. They were anticipating some fireworks, but at the end of discussion it was more of a fizzle.

Local doctor loses licence

A Coe Hill doctor has lost his right to practice medicine, but that isn’t slowing his desire to care for the community.

Community News

HPEPH plans to give community hydration stations

By Sarah Sobanski Hastings Prince Edwards Public Health (HPEPH) is looking to help local communities stay hydrated. As apart of the new Water Does Wonders ...

Bancroft chamber driving positive, green future

Electric car drivers can now charge up at the Bancroft Railway Station.

Bancroft Theatre Guild hosts second murder mystery

“Who hasn’t been to a wedding and thought, you know what, someone here should die?” asked Bancroft Theatre Guild president Kevin Newman. “Usually it’s the best man, or one of the groomsmen, or the creepy ex boyfriend or girlfriend that showed up with someone else — everyone wants someone to die at a wedding. Not everyone is happy by the end of the night, especially the in-laws, neither of them are happy.”

2015 marks second worst year for move over law

101 of 471 charges laid during the OPP’s Slow Down, Move Over campaign during the August long weekend were laid by East Region OPP. The East Region includes the Bancroft OPP.

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 ...

Madawaska Valley expanding health care village

Madawaska Valley council has purchased Sherwood Public School.

Rockhounding in the Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Geology Rocks - a mineral installation at the South of 60 Visitor’s Centre - is delighting tourists and locals, who are participating in summer workshops and excursions to abandoned mines.

Local botanical emporium blooms

No. 5 Bee Botanical Emporium is officially open in Maynooth.

Ontario increases funding for hospitals

Quinte Health Care (QHC) is receiving over $1 million for hospital repairs and upgrades.

AGB exhibit makes history

A small bit of local history was made last Friday night at the Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB), with the packed opening of Finding Critical Mass, the first AGB exhibition dedicated entirely to the art and culture of the Algonquin First Nations people.

Sports

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 ...

Diamond 2 Competitive girls Paige Sunstrum, Kayla Hickey, Paige Armstrong and Jaden Krieger finish their group routine, flourishing the Olympic Torch

Bancroft Gems hold Gym-fest

On Saturday, May 14, Bancroft Gems Gymnastics held their third annual Gym-fest for all the young athletes to showcase what they have learned this past ...

Bancroft football team off to flying start

The Bancroft Taxi T-Hawks football team, for youth in the Grade 6 to 8 age range, played their first game of the season on Friday ...

Dexter Short, Darlene Jackson, Jim Gwilliams, and Anne Ireland of the Bancroft Tennis club inaugurate the courts for the season. TONY PEARSON Special to This Week

Tennis club looking for new members

The Bancroft Tennis Courts officially went into use this weekend, as the Bancroft Tennis Club started registering members for the upcoming season. The courts are ...

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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 ...