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Fearrey county warden for 12th time

By Chad Ingram Make it an even dozen. Dysart et al Reeve Murray Fearrey will be warden of Haliburton County for 2015. It will be the 12th time he’s held the post. Fearrey was elected to the position by his ...

HHHSF invests in new ultrasound equipment

A $280,000 ultrasound project is bringing new technology to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services.

Wilberforce Food Centre gets $141,300

Construction is set to start this spring to create a new food centre in Wilberforce to house goods for the food bank and create space for community programming around food.

Radiothon nets local food banks $17,600

Haliburton County showed its holiday spirit, giving $17,640 to area food banks for the ninth annual Moose FM Radiothon.

Zombie walk to make changes for next year’s event

Organizer Alex Bell, front right, gets the crowd moving at the start of the Haliburton Zombie Walk on Nov. 1  in Head Lake Park. Bell ...

Highlands East welcomes new council

A new tradition was unveiled at the Lloyd Watson Centre on Dec. 9 during the inaugural ceremony for Highlands East councillors.

Updated: Passersby save woman from Dunloe Farm fire

Barry Miscio and Joe Voicey were on their way to work Wednesday morning when they saw smoke rising up over the trees on the Barry Line near West Guilford.

Dysart et al firefighters and Algonquin Highlands firefighters work to contain a fire at Dunloe Farm on Barry Line on December 10, 2014 near West Guilford. The two-storey house was entirely destroyed. The cause is not yet known. JENN WATT STAFF

Fire destroys house at Dunloe Farm near West Guilford

A fire that started Wednesday morning at Dunloe Farm on Barry Line destroyed the two-storey home.

Revised communications tower proposed for Kennisis Lake

A proposal for a communications tower serving residents in the Kennisis Lake area is coming back for approval.

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Long-time Haliburton café closes its doors

Shannon Cole chokes up when she talks about the business she has poured her life into for nearly a decade.

Community News

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Community Builders: Barb Fawcett

When Barb Fawcett dreams of retirement, she imagines community service.

Chair of the Ontario 55+ Winter Game, Alan Clark, left, and Mike Ross, area manager for Colio wines, celebrate a partnership between the wine company and the winter games at the Haliburton LCBO on Dec. 10, 2014. A dollar from every bottle of Colio wine sold from now until next February will go towards the games. The company offers a red cabernet merlot and a white pinot grigio/chardonnay. The wines are available at 17 area LCBOs and restaurants throughout Haliburton County.

A toast to the winter games

Wine connoisseurs everywhere will be able to make an investment in the Ontario 55+ Winter Games, to be held in the Haliburton Highlands this February, simply by buying a bottle of red or white.

Defibrillators replaced throughout Haliburton County

By Angelica Blenich Five new automated external defibrillators have been placed throughout the county in arenas and community centres. The machines, portable devices that help ...

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Partridge chosen to be deputy-reeve of Highlands East

By Angelica Blenich The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Dec. 9 meeting of Highlands East council. Returning Councillor Suzanne Partridge will ...

The Great Haliburton Feed Company owners Maureen Adams and Charles McAleaney on their first day at the new location at 33 Hops Drive in Haliburton on Dec. 5.

The Great Haliburton Feed Co. reopens

Three weeks after their store burned to the ground in Haliburton, The Great Haliburton Feed Company’s owners Maureen Adams and Charles McAleaney are back at it.

Sports

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Overtime heroics for Hawks

The junior boys’ Red Hawks basketball team played some inspired ball at a weekend tournament the last week of November in Bracebridge. 

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Wildcats win war of attrition

Last Wednesday was a day of war.

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Ten wrestlers bring home medals from tournament

The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School wrestling team travelled to Peterborough on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to compete in the 14th annual Kenner Wrestling Tournament. Twenty-two Red ...

Peewee AE hosts Silverstick in Minden

Sponsored by the Peppermill Steakhouse and Restaurant, located just south of Carnarvon on Hwy 35, the Highland Storm Peewee AE hosted the annual Silverstick Tournament ...

The Red Hawks senior boys basketball team works through a drill to breakdown zone coverage during pre-season practice last week at the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School in Haliburton. The team will host its first game against Brock on Monday, Dec. 1. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.

It all starts with defence for senior basketball team

The coach isn’t dreaming of dominating the league so much as a respectable record.

Commentary

Gratitude for comfort and warmth

Today, the third of December, we were presented with a reminder of nature's wrath when for over an hour we watched the snow blow across the lake and block out almost everything within our view. What a reminder to all of us of the strength held by natural forces over which man has no control.

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed the cheese bars are smaller? It started several months ago, they have been 500g for a long time. One brand went to 460g and even 400g. Then the other major brand did the same and the store brands followed. The price did not go down. Again, more packaging per volume.

Benefits of shopping locally

It was a winter wonderland Friday evening, Nov. 21 in Haliburton Village. The BIA would like to thank everyone who came out, who supported and who gave so willingly of their time and efforts to make our Christmas tree lighting and carol singing, the Santa Claus Parade and Winter Warm Up such enjoyable and memorable traditions.

Community builders

This week, the Echo is starting a series of articles on those behind-the-scenes volunteers called Community Builders. In this feature, we are talking to the people who help create the foundation that we build our community upon.

Jobs

There’s one way everyone can help with jobs. When you need something built, hire a local contractor or construction company to do it.