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Haliburton Solar and Wind wins prestigious award

An energy project at Haliburton Soap Factory was recognized on the world stage for its innovation at the Intersolar North America exhibition in San Fransisco July 15. The company had a Grid Zero project installed by OutBack Power, working with Haliburton Solar and Wind, in June 2014 in an effort to reduce energy costs.

Summer art tour a delight for creative souls

Often referred to as the summer studio tour, the Tour de Forest begins this Saturday and goes until Sunday, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Pictorial of Minden’s Pan Am Games

The Haliburton Highlands played host this past week to the Pan Am Games canoe/kayak slalom event at the Minden Wild Water Preserve.

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Emergency calls up in Haliburton County

EMS calls in Haliburton County are up 36 per cent from last year for the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, Craig Jones, director of the department of emergency services, said.

HHHS gets base budget boost

Haliburton Highlands Health Services will receive a one per cent increase to its base budget from the provincial government.

MPP objects to piece in Queen’s Park exhibit

MPP Laurie Scott is concerned about the type of images a public gallery in Toronto has chosen to display.

Local glassblowers going to Hollywood

Artech Glass Blowing Studios in Tory Hill are travelling to the bright lights of Los Angeles to participate in an event connected with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, where they will be handing out their popular beer glasses made in the Haliburton Highlands.

Council considers new condo proposal

A new development is being proposed for the vacant property on the corner of Sunnyside Street and Highway 118 in the village of Haliburton, the site where Watercolours was planning to build.

Morrison honoured at last Community Care AGM

By Jenn Watt This year’s Volunteer of the Year for Community Care Haliburton County was also its last. Scotty Morrison was given the honour at ...


Pine Ave home gutted by fire

A house on Pine Avenue was destroyed by fire on Monday night in Haliburton. Seventeen firefighters arrived just before 10 p.m. July 20 after a ...

Palliative centre plans delayed

The board of Haliburton Highlands Health Services is moving forward with an alternative plan for its palliative care centre after a request for a minor variance from Dysart et al was rejected.

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Dr. Jeff Ennis found sanctuary from his chronic pain in boat building. He is on the Highlands East Studio Tour.

The studio that pain built

If you take the Highlands East Studio Tour on Aug. 8, 9, 15 and 16, you will enjoy the drive to a beautiful corner of the county.


Madness coming to Highland Street Friday

There is even more excitement to look forward to this Friday for the 34th annual Midnight Madness event taking place in downtown Haliburton.

Drive for the children

The Pinestone Resort and the Mulligan Club are asking golfers to drive with purpose this summer by golfing at their 18-hole course.

J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School student Dawson Hutchings performed in the Cirque du Soleil produced opening ceremonies on July 10 at the Rogers Centre. Working with Cirque du Soleil was a life long dream for Dawson. 
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Local dancer lives out a dream

By Darren Lum After taking the stage with hundreds in the Pan Am Games opening ceremonies Dawson Hutchings can say he has fulfilled a lifelong ...

Muskoka area writers Yvonne Heath, left, and Wendie Donabie chat during intermission at Tall Pine Tales in the Community Room in Haliburton on July 15, 2015. JENN WATT Staff

Local writers captivate at Tall Pine Tales

By Jenn Watt Siblings sit across the dinner table from one another, spaghetti on their plates, but their minds still at play. It starts with ...


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 ...

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 ...


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?”

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.