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Feed company owners intend to reopen soon

Maureen Adams and Charles McAleaney got the call at midnight on Nov. 14; their longtime business, The Great Haliburton Feed Company, was consumed by fire.

450 voters’ kits returned this election

Why did some voters not receive their voters kits this past election?

Manx and Marriner at Northern Lights

If Lakshmi – the Hindu goddess representing fortune and beauty – and Muddy Waters had a love child, that love child might be Harry Manx.


Cathartic journey in writer’s first attempt

In his first book The Lost 10 Point Night – Searching for my Hockey Hero–Jim Harrison, David Ward will take you back to his childhood when the NHL had few billboard-like advertisements and its players (with helmet-less heads) had long hair and bushy moustaches.

Donations to SIRCH go to building food programs

There are many SIRCH programs you can help during the upcoming holiday season.

Celebrating an old fashioned Christmas Shindig

On Nov. 29 Lorraine McNeil will join Mike Jaycock, in character as Dame Beatrice, for the inaugural Highlands Christmas Shindig at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.

Festival releases summer theatre line-up

It’s shaping up to be a sidesplitting season at the Highlands Summer Festival.

School board combats online bullying

At one time, bullying could only be done in person, now with the Internet and cellphone apps, students can be reached anywhere at any time by cruel messages.

Engagement varies by ward in recent election

While 44 per cent of eligible voters in Dysart et al turned out to cast their ballots on Oct. 27, engagement by ward was vastly different.

Fay Martin, left, and Fay Wilkinson take part in an exercise during the SPARC Network Summit at the Bonnie View Inn on Nov. 15.

Formulating a framework with SPARC

Deciding what a network for the performing arts in rural communities might look like was the goal at the SPARC Network Summit, held Nov. 14 and 15 at the Bonnie View Inn.

Lifelong cottager publishes first novel

On Nov. 1 Jeff Pinkney’s debut fictional novel, Soapstone Signs, was published and is available at the Haliburton County Public Library.

Community News

Robotics success depends on community support

The success of making a robot for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) depends upon the support of the community, the original members of the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Red Hawks Robotics Team say.


Haliburton Feed Company demolished by fire

Very little is left of the Great Haliburton Feed Company at 175 Industrial Park Road, which burned to the ground Nov. 13.

Ghomeshi sparks Scott request

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott is asking the province to create an all-party committee to review and improve legislation dealing with sexual harassment in Ontario workplaces.

Herbert Aubrey Maxwell, known as Aubrey to friends and family, was born and raised in Haliburton County, spending most of his life in Gooderham. In 1939 Maxwell enlisted in the war effort, serving overseas for six years. Following the war Maxwell was decorated by King George the fifth at Buckingham Palace for his bravery.

In remembrance of Herbert Aubrey Maxwell

A daughter’s tribute to the father who made her proud and served his country well.

Lesley Trotter, left, is a blur of motion, hurrying past Tamara Wilbee and Thrift Warehouse manager Cammy George, who rings the bell to start the trial run to the Shopping Cart Showdown at the Haliburton location last week. Buy a ticket for a chance to compete in the first Shopping Cart Showdown where contestants will have five minutes to fill a shopping cart with the highest value for a $1,000 cash top prize. The deadline to buy tickets is Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The three contestants, who must respond within three hours if they are not directly contacted, will be drawn on Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12 or 5 for $20.

Prove you are the ultimate shopper

The Thrift Warehouse in Haliburton is looking for a few savvy shoppers to compete in its first ever Shopping Cart Showdown on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.


Highland Storm dispatches

The following are Highland Storm hockey games from the past week.

Red Hawks junior football player Ethan Keefer returns a punt for a touchdown in the Kawartha tier II semi-final playoff game against the Holy Cross Hurricanes on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton. The Hawks won handily, beating the visiting Hurricanes 40-7 and advance to the Kawartha tier II final.

Hawks defence stands tall in semi-final

About the only thing not shaking from the frigid temperatures at the Halloween Kawartha tier II semi-final game was the resolve of the Red Hawks junior football team, who were focused and manhandled the visiting Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School Hurricanes to the tune of a 40-7 win during cold and wet conditions at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field last Friday.

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.


Novembering – a way to reflect

By Janet Trull No birds, no bees, no leaves on trees. You must remember, this is November. During my years as a teacher, I taught ...

Zombie yoga

I knew nothing about zombies except that a couple of really great moms that I know are zombies and go to events with their sons.


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 ...