April 2017 Archive

Prom Project returns to NHHS

Hastings Prince Edward District School Board’s Prom Project is back and in full swing.

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.

Mayor takes leave of absence

Taking the advice of her doctor and her family, Bancroft Mayor Bernice Jenkins has decided to take some time to rest and restore her health and strength. She will be off for an indefinite period. While she is off-duty, Deputy Mayor Paul Jenkins will take over her functions.

JUNOs like a Cinderella night

Bancroft’s MusiCounts Teacher of the Year is back from the JUNOs.

Next week last chance to get vaccinated

More than 1,000 students in Hastings and Prince Edward counties need to get vaccinated.

Man dies in house fire

Just after 4 a.m. April 8, local OPP and emergency services were dispatched to a structure fire on Kamaniskeg Lake Road in Hastings Highlands.

Wild meat event returns in a new way

The Fish and Game Club will be hosting its first wild meat social. In place of their annual wild game dinner, the social will be held.

What if we legalized marijuana?

The Liberal government has set a date for its long planned legalization of marijuana. Now, I have never smoked marijuana. By the same token, the number of times I’ve had alcohol can be counted on one hand and I’ve never had a cigarette. So what does this writer, who has zero personal gain in the legalization of marijuana think? I spoke with MP Mike Bossio on the subject.

Council debates what constitutes a farm animal

Wollaston council grappled with the question of the implications of amending their zoning bylaw, which prohibits livestock or hobby farm use on lots currently zoned as rural residential, and comprising less than 15 acres. The question was raised at a previous meeting by Councillor Dave Naulls who questioned where the line is drawn between what is livestock, and what would be considered as a pet. For example, he noted, pot belly pigs, a pony, or even a few chickens could be considered as pets with an amendment to the current bylaw. In other council news; New community development co-ordinator; Voting methods to be updated; Recorded meetings.

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.

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