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Highlands East cultural plan taking shape

After years of work, the cultural plan proposed for Highlands East is near completion. Consultant Jim Blake, who was hired by the municipality to undertake the plan, presented the final draft to councillors before making it available for public comment.

July flooding costs county $125,000

Flooding in Haliburton County on and around Canada Day will cost the county about $125,000. At an Aug. 13 county roads committee meeting, roads director Doug Ray told councillors the bill for flood-related repairs will be approximately $126,500.

Future of Corduroy Enduro event unclear

Organizers of the Corduroy Enduro are looking for support from the municipality of Highlands East to ensure the event continues in Gooderham.

Haliburton County Food for Kids co-ordinator Aaron Walker is looking for volunteers to help 2,200 students this year. Ensuring children get a healthy breakfast or snack has a direct correlation to academic success, he said. Contact him for more information awalkerfood4kids@gmail.com or at 705-455-2358.

Volunteers needed for Food for Kids

Heading into his third year as the co-ordinator of Food for Kids, Aaron Walker is looking for more volunteers to bolster his team of close to 60 people who help with ensuring some 2,200 students receive close to 4,000 healthy breakfasts or snacks every week during the school year.

County moving in right direction, OHTO director says

Haliburton County’s tourism branding strategy is moving the right direction, says the executive director of the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO).

Parkinson SuperWalk needs your support

Dave Graham is not one to shy from challenge. Even with cancer Graham is driven by love for his wife, Val, to organize the second Parkinson SuperWalk for Haliburton for Parkinson Society Canada on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Update: Police confirm missing woman found deceased

The Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed a missing woman has been found deceased.

County OPP costs to increase by millions

The new OPP billing model will increase Haliburton County’s annual policing costs from approximately $3.3 million to approximately $6.5 million during the next five years.

Community News

Opera Studio hitting all the right notes

When people think of the Haliburton Highlands, it’s not likely that opera will immediately spring to mind, but perhaps it should. Over the past several years the Highlands Opera Studio, which operates out of the St. George’s Anglican Church in Haliburton, has been providing coaching and performances for opera singers who are looking to improve their skills.

The Dysart et al Environment and Green Energy Committee Repurposing Contest, which challenges people to create things from items otherwise put in the landfill, wants people to think about what they throw into the landfill. There are three categories with $100 cash prizes for each.

Repurpose contest rewards ingenuity

There’s more than just $300 in prize money at stake in the Dysart et al Repurposing Contest 2014 said the township’s chief administrative officer Tamara Wilbee.

Finding solutions to flood water

When more than 80 millimetres of rain fell almost overnight at the end of June, Linda Shantz learned a lot about the drainage act and what rights she has (and doesn’t have) over water. The Mountain Street resident was away during the flood and returned home to find her basement awash and her furnace destroyed.

Miskwabi Lake cottagers Michael Harrison and Kimberley Wilkinson donated $100,000 to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation's Making Moments Matter campaign, an initiative to raise $900,000 for the construction of Haliburton Highlands Palliative Centre. Harrison and Wilkinson donated in honour of Wilkinson's parents, Bonnie and John. As the campaign works towards its goal, Harrison and Wilkinson hope to raise awareness and inspire others to donate.

Donors make moments matter

Launched on Friday, May 23, the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation’s Making Moments Matter campaign for the Haliburton Highlands Palliative Centre is steadily working its way towards the $900,000 goal. Thanks to the generous donations given by the community the campaign is at the $600,000 mark.

Bruce Cockburn performs at the Bone Lake Amphitheater during the Forest Festival at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Cockburn expresses compassion through music

There is a naturally enchanting quality to the music and lyrics of Bruce Cockburn that connects with Canadians in a special way. Through his songs he paints vivid pictures that reveal both his love for the natural world and his outrage against its abuse.

Sports

U.S. race drives bicycle racer

Fresh from his stateside experience Haliburton’s Owen Flood, a junior mountain bike racer, is reflecting on a solid string of performances, most notably the 17th place Catamount Classic 2014 in Vermont where he represented the province in juniors.

Bishop finds the edge, winning Roots title

Jacob Bishop came through in the clutch, outperforming the competition in the Root Wake Series’ final event in Bala to take the overall season title for the rookie boys 17 and under class.

Taking the guess work out of stick buying

Living in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t get the perfect hockey stick.

Wheelie good time

The Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike resort is fostering a love for mountain biking with its Skills Camps this summer.

Head Lake to host wakeboarding elite

Local wakeboarders Jacob Bishop and Gavin Hicks are getting anxious to showcase their skills for family, friends and the public when the Sharpley Source for Sports Provincial Championships is held in Haliburton for July 12.

Duchene Day to include music, barbecue and charity dinner

Matt Duchene Day is for the community and the children of Haliburton, said the man of the hour.

OFSAA caps off season for Hawks

From the rookie to the veteran, the Red Hawks were represented well at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Track and Field Championship at Mississauga’s St. Marcellinus Secondary School from June 5 to 7.

Nearly half of Hawks qualify for Eastern Regionals

Perennial gold medal threat Charlene Hicks led the Red Hawks with a gold in the senior triple jump at the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics track and field meet Thursday at Bruce Faulds Track and Field Complex in Belleville.

Keeping karate alive in the Highlands

Haliburton’s Kai-Shin North Branch Karate Club has been a fixture of the village’s downtown core for 14 years.

Hawks strike soccer balance

The following are HHSS sports briefs for the week of May 5 to 9.

Commentary

Now what?

Your government shouldn’t make you feel powerless.

What really matters

When it comes to the role of a politician, there is only one quality that truly matters – the ability to do the job. Of course, this one quality is composed of several nuanced factors.

Getting around

Little puts more stress on municipal infrastructure than long weekends in the summer. A town built to comfortably accommodate a year-round population of 5,000 just can’t properly fit another 10,000 on top of that.

A little midnight etiquette

With Midnight Madness on Aug. 1, the editor of this publication turned to me and asked if I might write a little about how best to enjoy the event.

Sweet Dreams

I recently attended a yoga workshop about yoga and having a good night’s sleep.