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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.

Wolves sign two local players

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

Police identify man who died in shooting

Police have now identified the deceased male as 62-year-old Michael Chapman of Haliburton.

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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.

Bwana Johns to close Haliburton location

Known as purveyors of bright and breezy fashions and accessories imported from the far reaches of the globe, Bwana Johns’ Haliburton location will be closing this Thanksgiving after 30 years.

Cottager wants better understanding of autism

Rebecca Alves’s younger brother Alex loves to watch YouTube videos.

Ball diamond to find new home in Glebe Park

After much discussion council is hoping to move the popular ball diamond to a new location in Glebe Park.

Council addresses traffic concerns

Following a traffic study conducted this past summer, councillors are now looking at ways to mitigate traffic at the intersection of Highland Street, York Street and Cedar Avenue.

Koshlong family gets off the couch and creates Swim the Highlands challenge

Dean Wilson’s tour of the Highlands began with the simple idea of getting himself and his kids out of the house. Wilson and his children AJ and Alyssa Lounds created what they called the Swim the Highlands challenge, setting out from their cottage early and swimming in 28 Highlands area lakes in 14 hours on Aug. 4.

Shakespeare in the park cancelled

The president of the Highlands Little Theatre says the group will not be performing Shakespeare in the Park as planned.

Arenas, park receive federal grants

Submitted by the office of Barry Devolin Local MP Barry Devolin announced $138,200 in funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for three separate ...

Community News

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.

Buoy Buddies owner Michelle Bilboe holds up two of her products in front of Agnew's General Store in Wilberforce. Buoy Buddies are oversized rubber ducks that mark obstacles under the water. They replace unsightly bleach bottles on the lake. The company was recently started by Michelle Bilboe of Cope Lake. /Photo Submitted

A cheery alternative to the bleach bottle

Rubber duckies make bath time lots of fun, but they can also bring a little extra joy to the lake.

David Bishop Sr. reflects on life in Haliburton as a young boy in 1946 at the Haliburton Historical Society's monthly meeting held on Aug. 20 at the Haliburton Highlands Museum. Bishop reminisced about what main street looked like back then, getting into trouble with neighbourhood kids and his elementary school years. ANGELICA INGRAM Staff

Bishop reflects on life as a boy in Haliburton

It was a trip down memory lane as David Bishop Sr. recalled what life was like in Haliburton Village circa 1946.

Hot vehicles dangerous to pets

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is reminding pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars this summer.

Twenty-one-year-old Rebecca Alves has been cottaging in Haliburton for the past decade with her family. An older sister to two brothers with autism, Alves has been dissappointed with the way her brothers have sometimes been treated by members of the community and wants to bring more awareness to the issue. ANGELICA INGRAM Staff

Cottager wants better understanding of autism

Rebecca Alves’s younger brother Alex loves to watch YouTube videos.


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 ...

Hodgson headed to the Preds

By Darren Lum Days after Cody Hodgson’s contract was bought out by the Buffalo Sabres, the Nashville Predators signed him to a one-year $1.05 million ...


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?”