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Grade 12 student Arianne Gervais says she'd like to see more supports in the high school to reduce stigma around mental health issues. Jenn Watt Staff

Bringing mental health into the light

Mental health problems are as real as physical ones; they can be debilitating, aggravating, isolating. They can also be treated and accepted.

Students rally around departing vice-principal

Local high school students are protesting following news that their vice-principal Gord Wood has been transferred to Ridgewood Public School in Coboconk.

Video: County encourages visitors to ‘Unwind Local’

Unwind Local. That’s the message of Haliburton County’s 2015 marketing campaign.

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Local man arrested after fleeing from police on snowmobile

A 31 year old man from Dysart et al is facing multiple snowmobile offences after he fled from the OPP last Saturday night.

Rec dept seeks ideas and volunteers for programs

Swimming, tennis and geocaching. Dysart recreation co-ordinator Andrea Mueller has many ideas for getting people active but is still seeking more suggestions and participants.

Dixon memoir about more than rock ‘n’ roll

In the foreword of Carl Dixon’s new memoir, A Strange Way to Live, fellow rocker Lawrence Gowan writes: “If I were to attempt to distill the essence of Carl’s story, it would come down to the simple yet complex phrase: keep going.”

Head Lake to host powerboat race event

There will be lots of speed and power on the waters of Head Lake this summer during the inaugural Haliburton Outboard Powerboat Races on Aug. 22 and 23.

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County facing big budget increase

Haliburton County councillors would need to find $1.2 million to keep this year’s budget in line with last.

$1-million program for elderly launched

The province is injecting more than $1 million into Haliburton County for the creation of new health-care services aimed mostly at seniors.

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MPP Laurie Scott contacts MTO over roads

Local MPP Laurie Scott spends a lot of time on Ontario’s highways and she says she agrees wholeheartedly with growing frustration over their maintenance.

Luck has nothing to do with tournament’s success

There’s no doubt that the past six years of the Scotty Morrison Hockey Tournament has been positive for the community raising money for Community Support Services, formerly Community Care Haliburton County, in large part due to the support from the very community it helps.

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HHSS artists featured in exhibition

On Jan. 7 the Michal Manson Memorial High School exhibition returned to the Art Gallery of Bancroft for the 24th year.

Ken Mott has been manager at the Wilberforce Food Bank for nearly a decade. Temporarily located in the former library branch on Loop Road in Wilberforce, the facility serves about 45 people every month. Jenn Watt staff

Community Builders

For almost a decade, emergency food has been available in the Wilberforce area thanks in large part to Ken Mott. The manager of the Wilberforce Food Bank, Mott has been responsible for keeping the doors open and food on the shelves – and providing it all with a friendly smile.

Tourism director sheds light on county promotion

Haliburton County tourism director Amanda Virtanen is bridging the gap between the Highlands and the elusive tourist.

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Local man arrested after fleeing from police on snowmobile

A 31 year old man from Dysart et al is facing multiple snowmobile offences after he fled from the OPP last Saturday night.

Ideas and suggestions were brought up at a public meeting for the Dysart recreation department, which now has a full-time coordinator, on Jan. 20, 2015. In December Andrea Mueller, far left, was hired on full-time as the municipal recreation coordinator, with pans to bring new programs and projects to the area.

Rec dept seeks ideas and volunteers for programs

Swimming, tennis and geocaching. Dysart recreation co-ordinator Andrea Mueller has many ideas for getting people active but is still seeking more suggestions and participants.

Sports

Girls storm into playoffs at top of Eastern Loop

The Minden Car Quest Auto midget B girls captured and secured first place in the Eastern Loop of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League for their league play-offs. The Storm finished their regular season with a stellar record of 18 wins, one loss and four ties.

The Red Hawks forward Erin Little, who scored the game-winner, chases down a puck for a breakaway against the I.E. Weldon Wildcats on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton. The Hawks won 3-1.

Lady Hawks taking shot at playoffs

After a hard fought win over the Spartans of Lindsay this past Tuesday at the A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton, the Red Hawks are looking to continue their winning ways for a place in the Kawartha High School Hockey playoffs.

Junior Hawks take positive steps heading into exams

Despite two tough losses over the last week to LCVI and Brock, the junior Red Hawks basketball team continues to take important steps forward in both their skill level and their understanding of the game.

Basketball seniors rule Bulldogs’ court

The Haliburton High Secondary School senior basketball team dominated Brock High School on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 52-29.

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Red Hawks enter break with success

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By Chad Ingram Earlier this month, the county’s tourism director unveiled the department’s new marketing campaign – Unwind Local – which is spreading its message ...

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Back to basics

Happy New Year Haliburton! No new year resolutions for me. Perhaps a couple of personal goals and wish for a prosperous 2015 for Haliburton Village.

God save the reeve

Local municipal councils have a sort of extra, de facto member, one we never hear from but who is present at every council meeting, keeping an eye on proceedings, usually peering over the reeve’s shoulder from her place on the wall.

Looking to 2015

Since we are off for a week over the holidays, when the next issue of the Echo comes out it will already be the new year. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the things we’re looking forward to in 2015.