What Bancroft folks like

April 20, 2017

Bancroft folks (or, at least, folks who drive on Hwy 28 near Bancroft) like: Tim Hortons: hot drinks, almost exclusively. Beer, water, and soft drinks (roughly in equal quantities). For beer: overwhelmingly Canadian (with a few Stella Artois thrown in — or out). For soft drinks: surprisingly, Pepsi over Coke by a long way, with some Crush and ginger ale to round out the numbers. For water: Real Canadian.

Arresting arrears in Hastings Highlands

Now that 2016 is in the books it’s a good time to look at how we are doing on tax arrears, a subject we have been deeply concerned about for the past couple of years.

Thank you, emergency services

This Saturday past, I fainted at the Bancroft Legion. An ambulance was summoned and paramedics determined I had suffered a dramatic drop in blood pressure to approximately half my normal. That was subsequently well addressed by our own Dr. Fransky.

How the ‘Not in my Backyard’ petition started

Not in My Back Yard — NIMBY — started because Bancroft council decided to leave the sale of our dump on the table — just in case. I did talk to some of the council before I started the petition. I was told to bring 35 letters in and that should be enough to take the sale of the dump off the table. So that was my goal. I thought that if I got 35 letters letting council know that we did not want our dump sold that they would put forth another motion and they would agree to at least take the sale of the dump off the table. That was my original intent.

Concern consultants missed things

This article is in response to Sarah Sobanski’s front page report on the public information meeting hosted by the proponent, Freymond Lumber Ltd. and Fowler Construction, and the consultants working on the their behalf, at the Fish and Game Club on March 20.

Maynooth Station group reaching out to MPP

Save the Maynooth Station Action Group Committee representatives Nancy Brookes and Pat St. Louis, spoke with part owner of the station, Hastings County administration personnel Jim Duffin earlier this year

Quarry no good for climate change

The proposed quarry by Freymond Lumber Ltd. will be the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the Bancroft area with up to 60 vehicle and diesel truck trips per hour/day/week/month/year for 50 years (Traffic Impact Study of Nov. 2016). All the world’s leading scientists, 136 nations of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations and the majority of people all over the world agree that we must reduce our GHGs by 80 per cent as soon as possible to save our common future for our children.

Looking for support to move from Hastings Highlands

After years of heavy taxation and shamefully neglected services by the Township of Hastings Highlands people are looking for better options. The Kamaniskeg Area Property Owners Association has undertaken research into the feasibility of a realignment of a portion of the former Bangor Township with the Township of Madawaska Valley.

Give blood and give back

On behalf of Canadian Blood Services, I’d like to urge the residents of Bancroft to come and join us at our next blood donor clinic.

Bylaw is against Tim Hortons policy

It is with great frustration that I write this letter to the editor, in hope that Bancroft council will focus on the issues facing our town, rather than being involved in matters that they have no information on, nor ask for consultation on.

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