Bancroft and Madoc OPP amalgamation not currently tabled, says OPP

February 15, 2018

North Hastings has been abuzz with talk that the OPP is reviewing an amalgamation opportunity between its Bancroft and Madoc detachments, but a spokesperson for the OPP Eastern Regional Headquarters maintains amalgamation is “not on the table.”

Town hosts debrief after first phase of CCP

Bancroft’s wastewater plant has received a clean bill of heath with regards to its operation after the first phase of the town’s composite correction program.

Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce predicts promising 2018 at AGM

Bancroft’s chamber expects to “break even” with operations expenses by the end of 2018. Harris CPA and Associates founder and chartered accountant for the chamber Gary Harris says once this happens the chamber can put operating revenues into its accumulated debt.

HHPL welcomes new management

There are a few new faces at Hastings Highlands Public Library, including a new CEO.

Nate Smelle named Hastings-Lennox and Addington Ontario NDP candidate

“I am honoured and humbled by your support, and the opportunity to become the NDP’s candidate for the riding of Hastings – Lennox and Addington,” Nate Smelle told those gathered at the ONDP nomination . “In the last 20 years in my opinion we have seen little significant change improving the quality of life in Ontario … especially rural Ontario.”

Mauled deer found near Bird’s Creek Public School yard

Hastings Prince Edward District School Board says “student safety is a top priority” following suspicion that wolves are circling one of its school’s yards.

Hastings Highlands investigating OMB costs

Hastings Highlands ratepayers will soon know what the municipality’s Ontario Municipal Board hearing cost them.

Home Again improves lives

Since 2010, Home Again has rescued thousands of local stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Working with a network of foster homes and volunteers, they have had great success finding forever homes for most of the animals they have taken in. Home Again volunteer Mary Freeman said last year alone the organization re-homed 88 dogs and 140 cats. She said they also spayed or neutered 93 dogs and 234 cats in 2017. Though these numbers are consistent with statistics from previous years, Freeman said as of Feb. 2, 2018, they already have 11 dogs and 39 cats in foster homes waiting to be adopted.  

Union library would provide solutions: consultant

The current proposal looks at library service populations, operating revenues and expenses and total circulation from 2016 for Bancroft Public Library, Hastings Highlands Public Library, Wollaston Public Library, Carlow-Mayo Public Library out of Hermon Public School, and Faraday Township which partners with BPL.

Town plans Carillion contingencies

Since Carillion Canada’s U.K.-based parent company announced it was filing for bankruptcy, and entering liquidation protection, several municipalities throughout the province have been reassessing their options in terms of how they can continue to provide winter highway maintenance.

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