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Peter McTeague, left, sits with Rotary exchange student Alix Uzelac Vedris in a boat on Grass Lake in Haliburton in late-August. Host mother Michele McTeague encourages people to host 15-year-old Alix of Croatia, who is in need of a host family, because of the rewards for everyone involved. It will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Enrich an exchange student’s life in Canada

It’s amazing to see the wonder and discovery in the eyes of exchange students, said one of this year’s host mothers Michele McTeague.

Pagliaro becomes ‘Causemetics’ spokesperson for breast cancer support

As Breast Cancer Awareness month draws to an end Haliburton resident Daniela Pagliaro has been working hard to bring consciousness to a different side of breast cancer.

Fearrey, Roberts win top spots

With results rolling in during the wee hours of Oct. 28, after a four-hour wait due to election difficulties, incumbent Reeve Murray Fearrey reclaimed his seat as the head of council.

Program manager Janine Burk takes a photo of smiling duo Carol Thompson and her brother Willis Harrison at Highland Wood on Oct. 24 during the annual Fall Formal Dinner. The event includes a menu chosen by the 30 residents. This year chicken supreme, maple glazed baby carrotts and chocolate tartufo were served.

A first for Highland Wood Fall Formal Dinner

The smiles were more vibrant than the fall decorations on Oct. 24 at Highland Wood.

Speaker encourages girls to get into skilled trades

Jamie McMillan, 41, tours schools and promotes the trades to students during her weeks off.

School pedestrian path a lesson in collaboration

Establishing a cycling and walking path for students to use between County Road 21, the high school and J.D. Hodgson Elementary School was an exercise in patience and perseverance, but also in the power of co-operation.

Highlands East residents see similar council re-elected into office

All but one incumbent was re-elected in Highlands East, with Reeve Dave Burton returning with a solid majority of support.

Retired Haliburton Highlands Secondary School principal Gary Brohman is the acclaimed school board trustee, representing Haliburton County on the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Brohman will be serving his second term as the area's trustee, a role he has enjoyed immensely.

Brohman to focus on education for four more years

Gary Brohman was acclaimed as the Haliburton County school board trustee for a second term, giving the retired principal the opportunity to continue being involved in education.

Dysart unofficial election results

The votes are in and the winners of the Dysart et al 2014 municipal election are as follows:

Burton keeps reeve seat in Highlands East

The unofficial results of the municipal election in Highlands East: Reeve Dave Burton: 1959 Votes Steve Cosentino: 1350 Votes Ward 1 Councillor Cam McKenzie: 182 ...

Letter: Democracy main election issue in Ward 3: candidate

To the Editor, I am running for Ward 3 councillor in Dysart et al. Our ward faces a unique situation in that 55 per cent ...

Community News

MP Devolin recalls shooting at Parliament Hill

There are a lot of “what ifs” running through local MP Barry Devolin's mind following Wednesday's shooting at Parliament Hill and the fatal shooting of at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Haliburton Highlands Health Services president and CEO Varouj Eskedjian, right, ate with more than 200 people who attended the Taste of Italy annual fundraising dinner for the Haliburton Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton. With the Haliburton Hospital Auxiliary event sold out in the first week of July, this year's tenth annual event is considered one of the best ever. It raised (a preliminary figure) $15,542.50 to bring the 10 year total to $100,000.

Taste of Italy hits $100,000 mark

The Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton was crowded with smiles, full bellies and an extremely happy Haliburton Hospital Auxiliary past president Judy Skinner because of the auxiliary’s annual Taste of Italy dinner, which hit the $100,000 mark this past Saturday in its 10th year.

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Two senior staff departing HHHS

Two senior staff members will be leaving Haliburton Highlands Health Services in early November.

Highlands East Municipal sign

Happy trails for Trailblazers

The following are briefs from the Oct. 14 Highlands East council meeting.

Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan of Cabin Pressure have been renovating a cottage on Drag Lake for their second season. Greg Brown Construction has been doing landscaping and septic work for the pair and will be part of the show, which airs spring of 2015. From left, Greg Brown, Andrew Brown, Colin McAllister, Benton Brown, Justin Ryan and Jordan Brown. Photo by Pasi Posti

Cabin Pressure films full season in Haliburton

The Haliburton Highlands will be the backdrop for 13 episodes of Cottage Life TV’s second season of Cabin Pressure.

Sports

Red Hawks varsity A defender Madison Allore, right, pushes a ball from a Crestwood Secondary School Mustangs forward on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Haliburton. The Hawks took a 2-nil lead into the second half and outpaced the visitors 4-nil to remain undefeated and on top of the Kawartha Field Hockey League. Goals came from Alicia McLean, Maggie Scheffee, Rebecca Anderson and Emma Scheffee.

Mid-season test passed with flying colours

The undefeated Red Hawks varsity A field hockey team made short work of the second place Crestwood Secondary School Mustangs beating them 4-nil on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Haliburton.

A Red Hawks junior defender clears the ball from a St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School forward on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton. The visiting Saints won 3-nil after fending off an early offensive attack from the Hawks.

Autumn Red Hawks sports in full swing on pitch last week

Hawks busy on the pitch.

Red Hawks midfielder Angus Sullivan, right, clears the ball from his end against the Saints of St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School in the Haliburton home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field. The Saints spoiled the home opener, beating the homeside 4-nil.

Hawks lose opener

The best thing to do when you play the top team in the Kawartha Soccer League is to take note, said Red Hawks senior soccer team coach Rob Gervais.

Red Hawks senior tailback Tom Paul, centre, is held up by a Fenelon Falls Secondary School Falcons defender during a rush on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton. The seniors controlled the game early, but a 95-yard rushing touchdown led to 17 unanswered points before the Hawks responded with eight after the Falcons made it 24-0. The final score was 31-16.

Falcons spoil Hawks’ Friday

When a player scores a 98-yard rushing touchdown it’s hard not to be impressed.

Junior Red Hawks player Izac Reid, who scored two touchdowns and completed a two-point convert play, charges forward toward a Lakefield District Secondary School Tigers defender on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field. The Hawks controlled the game and won 34-12.

Fun Friday for junior football

Besides a few nervous sequences, the Red Hawks showed they have the makings of a playoff bound team routing the Lakefield Tigers 34-12.

Commentary

Hali-ween

I know that you know Halloween is Oct. 31 but did you also know that Hali-ween is Nov. 1?

A Mouse in my House: a personal account

I screamed so loud you would have thought there was an intruder in my place. And in a way, there was.

With benefits

By Chad Ingram An interesting point was raised during the Highlands East all-candidates debate last week. Well, several interesting points were raised – like whether ...

Effortlessness

Many years ago I fell in love with the practice of yoga when I went to take a month-long course in giving relaxation massages and we did 4.5 hours a day of yoga as part of the course.

Grasp at joy whenever you can

Even on the worst of days there is always room for some joy.