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Haliburton County's paramedic chief and EMS director Craig Jones stands outside the municipality's new emergency base on Highway 35 in Minden.

New paramedic base complete

First approved in July 2014 by county council, the 4,700-square foot EMS base at 12410 Highway 35, just south of Minden has been up and running since April 1, 2015.

Palliative Care Community Team ready to roll out

Palliative services in Haliburton County will soon be more comprehensive with the upcoming launch of a community team dedicated to all the stages of end-of-life care.

Citizen science contributes to lake health

Anna DeSellas of the Dorset Environmental Science Centre talks about the Lake Partners Program during a lake stewards training session the CHA hosted in Stanhope ...

Cindy Trapp of the Investors Group, centre, presents a $1,000 donation to SIRCH's Marilyn Rydberg, left and Wendy Iles in support of the upcoming Release of the Butterflies, scheduled for June 14. The new event is raising funds for the SIRCH bereavement program and will take place at the Minden Cultural Centre.

Release a butterfly and send out a wish

On June 14 wishes will be sent far and wide as more than 200 butterflies will be released at the inaugural Release of the Butterflies event hosted by SIRCH at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre.

Colin and Justin coming to Home and Cottage Show

TV hosts Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have become semi-regular parts of Haliburton life now that they’ve renovated a cottage on Drag Lake for their show Cabin Pressure.

County to get new tourism website

Haliburton County will leave its current tourism website behind, replacing it with one built in-house by the municipality’s tourism director.

Delegation protests hydro rates

On Wednesday, May 13, area residents travelled on a bus to Toronto to voice their anger at the hydro situation at Queen’s Park.

The West Wing of the Ontario Legislature, seen here, is home to many community exhibits showcasing cultural institutions from across the province. This summer the Rails End Gallery will be on display in an exhibit highlighting the history of the transportation hub to cultural centre. The exhibit will be titled Beginning, Middle, Rails End. © Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Legislature gets a peek at the Highlands

Rails End Gallery has been accepted to be part of the community exhibits program at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

MP Devolin testifies on Duffy visit to riding

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Barry Devolin said he felt like a pawn in a chess game when he testified in the trial involving former Conservative senator Mike Duffy on May 7.

The senior Red Hawks boys' doubles team of Curtis Ballantyne, left, and Caleb Schmidt returned from the all-provincials with bronze medal. Although they were initially disappointed because they were close to a chance at a gold medal, the team is satisfied with their achievement. /DARREN LUM Staff

OFSAA bronze for Hawks badminton duo

It’s hard to accept bronze after losing a pivotal semi-final match when a chance at gold at the all-provincials was so close.

Introducing Ringo

HHHS Foundation releases its newest fundraising creature: Ringo the Raccoon. Seen here with HHHS Support Services Staff Member Cheryl Foyster, who named him. Ringo is ...

Community News

The benefits of making special gifts to charity

By Jenn Watt When Paul Heffer’s neighbour passed away, as the executor of her will, he found himself responsible for overseeing a sizable charitable donation ...

The upsides of downsizing

Home Suite Home Transitions, which helps people downsize as they plan to relocate, offers May 28th session on ways to make decluttering and downsizing easier.

MP Devolin testifies on Duffy visit to riding

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Barry Devolin said he felt like a pawn in a chess game when he testified in the trial involving former Conservative senator Mike Duffy on May 7.

Kathryn Kidd, and husband Gord were happy to be recognized by the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) Peterborough Region on Thursday, May 7 at the Echo Hills Apartments in Haliburton. Gord was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Peterborough region office for his generosity in allowing the CHS to regularly use his Haliburton and Minden offices for more than five years. There has been 10 Hall of Heroes inducted since 1996./DARREN LUM Staff

Gord Kidd inducted into Hall of Heroes

Gord Kidd smiled and did what came naturally to him to show his appreciation for being inducted into the Canadian Hearing Society Peterborough region Hall of Heroes.

Portraits of students from the Owen Sound area line the walls of the Rails End Gallery in Haliburton on Thursday, May 7, 2015 for the Be Our Ally exhibition. This multimedia production included a play at the high school, audio, photography and music. The exhibition continues at the gallery until May 16. JENN WATT Staff

Multi-faceted exhibition asks viewers to fight homophobia

Two boys go to the school dance together. They are ridiculed, beaten up and rejected. If you saw this happening, what would you do? That is the premise of the play Be Our Ally, which was performed at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School on Thursday.

Sports

Bottum living the top sports fan’s dream

Imagine getting paid to watch National Hockey League games in the ultimate recreation room.

The Red Hawks junior soccer player Emily Klose, right, clears a ball past an I.E. Weldon Wildcats forward on Thursday, May 7 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton. The Hawks remain winless despite a early offensive pressure in the 3-0 loss to the Lindsay side. /DARREN LUM Staff

Red Hawks progressing after each game

After a 3-0 loss against the visiting I.E. Weldon Secondary School Wildcats of Lindsay, the junior Red Hawks girls’ soccer team has reason to be smiling despite the loss.

The senior Red Hawks boys' doubles team of Curtis Ballantyne, left, and Caleb Schmidt returned from the all-provincials with bronze medal. Although they were initially disappointed because they were close to a chance at a gold medal, the team is satisfied with their achievement. /DARREN LUM Staff

OFSAA bronze for Hawks badminton duo

It’s hard to accept bronze after losing a pivotal semi-final match when a chance at gold at the all-provincials was so close.

Riding the wave of a lifelong dream

It’s a dream come true.

The Red Hawks junior soccer players run for a loose ball in a throw-in drill during a practice on Wednesday, April 29 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton. The juniors and seniors will host the Spartans of Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute for their home opener. Games start with seniors at 3 p.m. followed by the juniors./DARREN LUM Staff

Striking at team goals for success

The Red Hawks junior soccer players run for a loose ball in a throw-in drill during a practice on Wednesday, April 29 at the Gary ...

Commentary

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.

Save our Legion

Right in the middle of Haliburton Village sits one of the best community events venues we have. It’s accessible, affordable and seats 220 comfortably for dinner. It’s got a full kitchen and a licensed bar. But sometimes this venue is overlooked.

Spring into action

April in the Highlands. Spring is here. Well, maybe not quite here but it is very close and I am looking forward to watching for robins and gazing at the magic that is melting lake ice.