December 2016 Archive

CCNH thrift shops have volunteers with heart

At first glance the busy thrift shops located on Hastings Street in Bancroft or on Hwy. 62 in Coe Hill look like any other retail store offering a mix of gently used household goods, books, children’s toys, jewelry, craft supplies, gift baskets for all seasons and more! Only a few days left to holiday shop before the stores take a break for the holidays! Look at little closer however and you will quickly realize that it’s the volunteers who make these spaces special.

Resignations add to Wollaston council concerns

Following the bombshell announcement of Wollaston deputy fire chief Dave Jackson’s resignation from the department two weeks ago, five more senior firefighters have resigned, including the fire chief. Jackson, at the time of his resignation, pointed to “a couple of council members” bringing a new direction causing him to feel uncomfortable, and not valued or appreciated by part of council.

‘Tis the season to think local

The BBIA would like to remind visitors and residents to think about the overall impact of shopping dollars and to support the businesses that benefit our common interest. By buying goods and services locally, you contribute to a tradition that was established in the mid-1800s and there’s a profound benefit in keeping your money in town. Our communities depend on it.

Thrift store the perfect place for gifts

I was in the Thrift Warehouse just outside of Bancroft last week to talk about their new smash room opening in January. It’s a really cool idea. For a stipend you will get a couple of thrift pieces, most likely glasses, and get to smash them in a safe environment. Talk about therapy.

Wards petition submitted to Hastings Highlands

A petition has been made to Hastings Highlands council to equalize its voting system.

Bancroft doubles sewer rates

In an effort to stop the growth of its sewer deficit, which is threatening Bancroft’s financial capacity, the town council has decided to double sewer rates in 2017. In addition, water rates will increase by nearly six per cent. So if you are currently paying $50 a month for each, next year you will pay $100 for sewer and $53 for water.

Bancroft Canadian Tire robbed

Bancroft OPP are looking for two men following a robbery at Bancroft's Canadian Tire last night.

A new face for our currency

There’s a new face scheduled to grace the front of Canada’s $10 bill soon — and it belongs to a black woman.

Adopting a pet is a year-round commitment

It was a Tuesday, much like this one (Dec. 13). I was laying out the paper when I came upon a Home Again submission. Two young cats were up for adoption. I read the submission over, sent off the page and picked up my phone. “I’m bringing home a cat,” I texted my boyfriend. “He got in a cat fight. His name is Oliver. It says no one likes black cats.” “You’re allergic to cats,” he replied.

What’s the value of your vote?

When Hastings Highlands was created out of the previous townships in 2000, the townships were simply combined and no attempt was made to address opportunities for improved municipal efficiency. So Toronto ended up with 45 councillors, and Hastings Highlands (HH) ended up with six plus a mayor and deputy mayor.Reorganization didn’t happen. Many municipalities, regardless of size, have continued to operate as they did under amalgamation, when Harris took us from 815 to 445 municipalities in 2000.

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