April 2017 Archive

Deuce Tattoos celebrates anniversary

Deuce Tattoos has proven to be a successful endeavour for its owner, Lisa Bickert, who said that her store fills a need in the area. She has managed to carve out a niche for herself. Despite being unsure about the business when she started, the tattoo parlour celebrated its second anniversary April 15.

Peruvian filmmaker at AGB

The Art Gallery of Bancroft is starting its 2017 Artist Talk Series with a focus on animation with artist, curator and filmmaker Madi Piller.

Bancroft council faces new costs

Bancroft council took place last week without a familiar face. As previously reported in Bancroft This Week, Mayor Bernice Jenkins is taking an indeterminate leave of absence. Paul Jenkins has become the acting mayor. In other council notes; Budget meeting set; Surplus properties put up for sale; Bancroft election will not have online voting; Council recommends collaboration for Club 580 plan; Town considers better ways to get the word out; Muncipal assessment costs town; Water and sewage contract proposals due April 19.

NHHS student wins provincial award

Nick Boudreau, a Grade 10 North Hastings High School student, is now a provincial student achievement award winner.

Small schools and libraries discussed in Wollaston

The future of small North Hastings public schools, and their impact on community development and growth came up several times during the Wollaston Township regular council meeting on April 11. Local schools have received a reprieve from the threat of closure by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, but only for this round of reviews.

Choices valued for contribution

Anyone attending physiotherapy at the North Hastings Hospital will now be visiting the Volunteers of Choices Thrift Store Physiotherapy Department.

What Bancroft folks like

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.

Boxed in

Did you ever have one of those years — you know, when all the financial news is just plain bad? That’s the current situation with Bancroft. Council learned last week of another hit to their bottom line — and it’s entirely beyond their control. They did nothing to cause it, and they can do nothing to remedy it. But it could impact the tax rate of every Bancroft ratepayer.

Wollaston receives conflict resolution report

Wollaston council received its requested mediation and conflict resolution report, prepared by Fournier Consulting Services, April 6. In February, council had requested mediation assistance to help them and township staff get back on track in a more productive and effective manner. The consultant, Stephen Fournier, conducted one-on-one interviews with all members of council and staff, as well as the former Deputy-reeve and fire chief, to prepare the report delivered. Following the special public meeting, Fournier said he would also be conducting private mediation for unnamed persons.

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.

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