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Two ATVs stolen from Highlands East cottage

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two all-terrain vehicles that were stolen in Highlands East. A 1997 Arctic Cat ATV with Ontario licence plate 09YA1 and a blue Yamaha Champ 100 with no licence plate were stolen ...

Mental health care and physiotherapy grow at HHHS

Strides were made in both physiotherapy and mental health care at Haliburton Highlands Health Services this past year.

Former soldier pays it forward

To see Dan Hrechka smiling you would never know the inner battle he wages every day. Most people in the Highlands know him as Dan Mawbey, son of West Guilford’s Ann Mawbey and brother of Bev Sisson. He is a former soldier and Haliburton Highlands Secondary School alumnus who now lives in Kingston.

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County amends bylaw to allow ORVs on roadways

Off-road vehicles, including side-by-side ATVs, will be permitted on Haliburton County roads as council amends the municipality’s bylaws in the wake of regulation changes by the province.

Fleming students building sustainable house at Haliburton Forest

A sustainable two-family dwelling to be exact. Far from any ordinary house, the new units meant for housing forest workers, are being designed and built as the practical project for Fleming College’s Sustainable Building program.

Harcourt’s Donaldson guards war memorial

Cpl. Jarrett Donaldson, 24, who grew up in Harcourt reflects on sentry duty at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

County borrows from Infrastructure Ontario

Haliburton County will borrow approximately $3.6 million from Crown corporation Infrastructure Ontario (IO) to pay for some large projects.

MP Tony Clement was at the Haliburton School of the Arts June 29 to announce new funding for Fleming College in Peterborough. Seen here from left: Debby Keating, Fleming president Tony Tilly, MP Tony Clement, MP Barry Devolin, and student Dwayne Hartshorn.

Clement announces program funding

Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board and MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, was at Haliburton School of the Arts on Monday to make a funding announcement for Fleming College.

Community supporting Rae family after accident

It may be months or years before Scott Rae is back on his feet, but the lifelong Haliburton resident and Hydro One employee is determined to get there.

Pat Kennedy new land trust executive director

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Patrick Kennedy will assume the management of the Land Trust operations as its executive director, as well as responsibility for implementing the organization’s strategic plan.

Council approves funding for new hood fan in Lloyd Watson Centre kitchen

As renovations continue for the Lloyd Watson Centre, council approved a budget of more than $20,000 to have a new hood fan designed and installed in the kitchen of the community centre June 22.

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Summer Festival starts with laughter

Kicking off the Highlands Summer Festival this summer is Lend Me A Tenor, the award-winning farce by Ken Ludwig.

Haliburton Highlands Secondary School's class of 2015 reacts to Jadon Bull's valedictorian speech by leaping to their feet at ceremony's June 24. ELIZABETH BATE staff

New beginnings a time to look back for HHSS grads

Vice-principal David Waito contemplated the use of the word commencement – to begin or start something – as the name for the ceremony recognizing the end of high school at the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School graduation ceremonies June 24.

Former EMS director Pat Kennedy is embarking on a new adventure. Kennedy has come out of retirement to head up the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust as its executive director. His first day was Wednesday, June 24, 2015. JENN WATT Staff

Former EMS director will lead Land Trust

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Patrick Kennedy will assume the management of the land trust operations as its executive director, as well as responsibility for implementing the organization’s strategic plan.

J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School's Kylie Brohm was still smiling close to a week after her first foray into mountain biking because of Bike Fest 2 held on Friday, June 12 at the Buckwallow Cycling Centre in Gravenhurst.The event was developed by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board's healthy active living department in partnership with Canadian Tire Corporation Jumpstart, Muskoka Children's Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lindsay./DARREN LUM Staff

On the trail of discovery and fun

A steady all day rain did little to stop the young participants of Bike Fest 2 from having an unforgettable experience riding the trails on Friday, June 12 at the Buckwallow Cycling Centre in Gravenhurst.

Fourteen Grade 8 students graduated from Wilberforce Elementary School on June 23 and were celebrated with a ceremony and party at the Lloyd Watson Memorial Community Centre. The class was one of the largest for the school in recent years. Back row, from left, Evan Lunge, Ian Plumb, Nikki Middag, Chaz Whitehead and Haylee McNeil. Front row, from left, Jordan Dewitt, Becca Pacey, Kadie Raimey, Lexi Millson, Halle Dale, Melanie Toth, Brooke Billings and Brittany Hewer. Missing from the picture and graduation was Shaylynn Haughton.

Wilberforce Elementary School says goodbye to 14 graduates

A large contingency of the student population of Wilberforce Elementary School said goodbye to their classmates and teachers at the Grade 8 graduation ceremony on June 23.


The Red Hawks junior sprinter Kenndal Marsden can still smile after her all-provincial experience running the 200 metre dash on Saturday, June 6 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. She is looking at next year to return to the all-provincials and wants to prepare differently for a better result. /DARREN LUM Staff

First OFSAA trip memorable and motivating

By Darren Lum For first time Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship competitor Kenndal Marsden it was all a little daunting. The Red Hawks ...

The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School athletes of the year award recipients Erin Little and Ryan Hill were announced at the 37th annual Athletic Banquet on Wednesday, June 10 at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton. Both athletes demonstrated athletic excellence and are people of character and integrity./DARREN LUM Staff

Little and Hill named HHSS athletes of the year

By Darren Lum Hello and goodbye: these were the prevailing themes of the night at the 37 annual Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Athletic Banquet on ...

The Red Hawks senior javelin thrower Ryan Hill knows he could have thrown better at the all-provincials on Saturday, June 6 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, but isn't too disappointed. Hill plans to return next year and hopes to peak later in the season rather than at the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics championship./DARREN LUM Staff

Javelin thrower takes aim at next year

By Darren Lum It was far from Ryan Hill’s personal best, but he was still smiling days after his 24th placing in the senior javelin ...

Red Hawks senior javelin thrower Ryan Hill finished third to advance to the all-provincials at the East Regional Track and Field Meet from May 28 to 29 in Brockville. Hill will compete with the best in the province at Varsity Satdium in Toronto this week from June 4 to Saturday, June 6. This is the Grade 11 athlete's second trip to the all-provincials, having earned a spot in javelin in Grade 9. 
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Hawks javelin thrower takes aim at OFSAA

A bronze medal performance in the senior boys’ javelin event at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) East Regional competition is sending Red Hawks javelin thrower Ryan Hill to Toronto this week to compete against the best in the province.

Update: OSGA 55+ event coming to the Haliburton Highlands

Submitted by Brian Daoust As we prepare for the upcoming Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) 55+ regional games to be held in Midland this Aug. ...


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?”

Treasures, tarts and Tuesdays

June and summer are coming our way in this paradise that we call home in the Highlands.

Where there’s smoke

Highlands East recently created a new advisory committee, one that would look at “developing and enhancing the fire department,” according to the township’s chief administrative officer; its meetings will not be open to the public.

Wise parenting

I recently returned from a three-day silent meditation retreat. There were no books, journals or technology for the duration.

New tourism flavour

For anyone to suggest the Haliburton Highlands is doing poorly when it comes to culinary tourism is untrue and unfair.