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Wilberforce resident Jacquie Roberson recently released her first published novel, titled As the Fog Clears. A historical drama set against the war of 1812, the book took Roberson four years to write and was released a month ago. ANGELICA INGRAM Staff

Wilberforce resident debuts first published novel

Jacquie Roberson always wanted to write a book but life kept getting in the way. Now, the 57-year-old grandma and empty nester can add published author to her resume, with the release of As the Fog Clears, a work of historical fiction.

Board hopes to reach agreement with ETFO

Students in Haliburton County are heading back to the classroom next week and for the majority of them, school life will follow a normal routine.

A Red Hawk joins the Wolves pack

Minden’s Curtis Ballantyne signing to play with the Haliburton Wolves is indicative of the strength of the team’s program, says its coach.

Chef Shane Leach is owner of Smokin' Jakes BBQ Shack in Eagle Lake. He says Haliburton's tourism marketing works as long as operators are willing to engage with the campaigns and become ambassadors for the Highlands. JENN WATT Staff

Shifting the Highlands tourism experience

Haliburton County and the larger region of Ontario’s Highlands are promoting a shift to this style of tourism as a strategy to jumpstart the industry and develop a well connected, better developed network for visitors.

Honeydew could be the sticky culprit

The sticky residue being found on vehicles, patio furniture and everything outside around Haliburton County could be the result of excrement or “honeydew” from plant eating insects such as aphids or scales, says one entomology professor.

$600,000 gap on Head Lake bridge work

Repairs to the Head Lake bridge, near Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, are going to cost Haliburton County $600,000 more than anticipated.

CUPE vows action on government cuts

A representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees was in Haliburton on Aug. 28 to condemn the provincial government for a funding freeze on hospitals they say is the cause of belt tightening at Haliburton Highlands Health Services.

HE Plein Air festival coming soon

Already seeing an increase in registered participants over last year’s Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival, organizer Gary Blundell is excited to see the results of the four-day event Sept. 10 to 13.

DeBruin to embark on third Yukon Quest

They may say the third time is a charm, but for Hank DeBruin the chance to participate in the Yukon Quest will be anything but charming. The local musher and husky lover will be packing up his dogs and gear this coming winter as he takes on the Yukon Quest, after a one-year hiatus from racing.

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Bob Deremo(NiDan), Michael Chapman (6th Dan), Kyle Seabrooke (NiDan)

Karate club regroups following Chapman’s death

Police have released few details about the shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 16 except for the name of Michael Chapman, who died at a property on Highway 118 east of Haliburton.

HE proposes bylaw changes for boathouses, docks

The municipality of Highlands East held three public meetings in two days to answer questions and address concerns regarding proposed changes to its zoning by-laws Aug. 20 and 21.

Community News

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian at the Haliburton County Library holds up a copy of this year's One Book, One Community selction Fifth Business by Roberston Davies. The book will be released into the wild by the library on Sept. 1 and have its journey tracked using the Book Crossing website. Other events will take place in Haliburton County throughout the fall. ELIZABETH BATE staff

One Book, One Community aims to bring book lovers together

September marks a return to school, and as the kids are hitting the books, so too is the county of Haliburton.

Plans for Haliburton village ball diamond move to Glebe Park

Now that Dysart et al council has found a new location for the Haliburton ball diamond the real work begins to get it constructed.

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Two charged with impaired driving

Members from the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Provincial Police have charged two drivers with impaired driving offences in two separate incidents over the weekend. On Friday, ...

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John Black, Chris MacCargar , Lorrie McCauley  (all ShoDan)
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Bob Deremo(NiDan), Michael Chapman (6th Dan), Kyle Seabrooke (NiDan)

Karate club regroups following Chapman’s death

Police have released few details about the shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 16 except for the name of Michael Chapman, who died at a property on Highway 118 east of Haliburton.

Wendy Wood creates felt for a dress by rolling wool fibers wrapped in bubble wrap and a towel to create the friction necessary for the fabric to bond and get its unique characteristics. Wood participated in a four-day felt making workshop at the Haliburton Curling Club Aug. 18-21 offered by Pam De Groot, an Austrailian artist known for her work with felt. ELIZABETH BATE staff

Taking felt to the next level

Unconventional techniques to make and use felt was the theme of two workshops taught by artist Pam de Groot and presented by the Art Hive at the Haliburton Curling Club Aug. 17 to 21.


Wolves sign two local players

The Haliburton Wolves head coach Walt McKechnie is excited about signing Haliburton’s Cole Rowden and Jacob Bishop.

US Parapan Am Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team gold medalists Mike Paye, left, and Steve Serio show the gold medal they won at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games held from Aug. 8 to 15. The two American athletes spent last week in Haliburton as part of a visit with friend and former Team Canada men's wheelchair basketball member Joey Johnson, who hosted a family reunion. DARREN LUM Staff

Gold medallists embrace Haliburton Highlands

American Parapan Am Games athletes Mike Paye and Steve Serio spent last week soaking in the sun and basking in Haliburton hospitality on the shore of Grass Lake at Jurgen Haedicke’s property.

Local wave rider relishes his podium finish

By Darren Lum Haliburton’s Jacob Bishop is basking in the glow of his podium finish at the JoAnne Sharpley Open hosted on Saturday, July 11 ...

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, Ontario is representing Canada in the C1 (canoe slalom singles) and the C2 (canoe slalom double) with Ben Hayward at the Pan Am Games from July 17 to 18 at the Minden Wild Water Preserve. /file photo (Darren Lum)

Preserve first natural course in multi-sport event

The Gull River offers a challenging, natural course for kayak/canoe slalom. That’s why the Pan Am Games is hosting its event here and why those who know the course believe it’s set to become much more popular in coming years.

Head Lake ready to host JoAnne Sharpley Open

By Darren Lum JoAnne Sharpley, owner of JoAnne Sharpley Source for Sports, said the importance of being the title sponsor for the upcoming provincial wakeboard ...


Real transit needed

SIRCH Community Services’ Hop On Hop Off bus pilot program recently ended two weeks early, the shuttle running each Tuesday for six weeks instead of eight.

When raccoons fly

By Janet Trull I love reading the newspaper at the cottage. There is no better place in the world to enjoy the timeless luxury of ...

Beautiful Games

By Jenn Watt From a spectator’s point of view, the Pan Am Games in Minden ran like an intricate pocket watch: its inner gears working ...

For the love of tourism

By Lynda Shadbolt Love is love. We all know the feeling of having our hearts wide open, spacious, calm and happy. We can all experience the feelings ...

These hands

One of my favourite songs, by Dave Gunning, is called These Hands. In the song he asks over and over again “what shall I do with these hands of mine… the world could use a hero of the human kind…so tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?”