He’s finally gone

By Mike Baker Brace yourselves people, the United States of America are on the verge of re-entering the civilized world.It’s a date that, I would imagine, has long been marked down, highlighted and circled in…

This isn’t the time to be playing games

By Mike Baker As a massive sports fan, there’s a big part of me that kinda, sorta hates the fact that I wrote this editorial. Alas, it had to be done. I expect I’ll cop…

A silly tradition

By Mike Baker When you really think about it, New Year’s resolutions are a bit silly.It’s a tradition that dates back some 4,000 years, to the time of the ancient Babylonians. There’s evidence that the…

Make the most of your Christmas

By Mike Baker Bah Humbug.While Christmas hasn’t been completely cancelled, and the early speculation that the Ontario government would be enacting a province-wide lockdown on the eve of the biggest and best holiday of the…

Editorial: Ripple effect

By Sue Tiffin When Don Smith’s family responded to a request about people who might want to talk about his life, and his contribution to Haliburton County, which he first visited in 1947, the list…

Letters to the editor: Dec. 8

The following is a letter to the editor published in the Dec.8 issue of the Haliburton County Echo. Focusing on the wrong government To the Editor, This Letter to the Editor is in response to…

All eyes on the UK

By Mike Baker Is anyone else at least a little bit surprised by the news that a COVID-19 vaccine could be readily available on these shores before the end of the year? And we’re not…

Never waste a good crisis

To the Editor, There is an old adage that goes way back in time and that has been used by political leaders of all stripes. That adage is, “never waste a good crisis.” The basic…

Highland Wood and Hyland Crest love

By Lynda Shadbolt Greetings readers of this column! I hope you are well and finding ways to stay connected, safe and focused on being positive and hopeful in these unique times. We all inspire, support…

Well hello there Haliburton

By Mike Baker It’s 2 a.m. on the morning of my first real production day with the Echo. Despite already writing a dozen versions of this introductory piece, here I am, with a deadline fast…

Christmas happenings and a chance to win

By Angelica IngramA lot has changed in the past eight months and this column is just one example of something that’s different in Haliburton Village. As you may recall, the last time you read BIA…

Handling compost better

To the Editor, I was happy to read the article in the Nov. 10 issue of the Haliburton Echo, describing the efforts of Dysart et al councillors to reduce the amount of organic waste being…

Letters to front-line workers

From Grade 7/8 students at J.D. Hodgson Elementary School, courtesy of Shannon Blanchard. Thank you front line workers for doing your job in scary times. You were at work during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you…

New directions

By Jenn Watt I distinctly remember the day I drove up to Haliburton to interview for a reporter’s position with the Minden Times. It was a warm, sunny day, not overly hot, but I had…

Happy Stories – story starters

By Lynda Shadbolt Thanks for coming to this page to get inspired to write or tell your story about the goodness that is around you in these times of COVID-19. You can do this! Your…

Hiking at Barnum

By Jenn Watt Many of my Saturdays of late have been spent on the trail, crunching through fallen maple leaves, trundling up ridges, and breathing in the fresh breeze that flows across the open field.…

Happy (AH) Part 2

By Lynda Shadbolt In my last article I asked how you are doing and talked about the practice of noticing the goodness that is around you every day. I’m really interested in the little and…

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 10

The following are Letters to the Editor published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Haliburton Echo. Beach maintenance needed To the Editor: Re Head Lake Park Plan.   Hopefully a first effort in achieving the park’s…

Acts of Remembrance

By Jenn Watt Remembrance Day in Haliburton County is taken seriously. Poppies over hearts, residents not only take a moment to think of those have served, they participate in the ceremonies each year.  On Nov.…

Health costs

By Jenn Watt Since March we’ve been relying on our health-care professionals to be there for our community as we confronted the new public health threat of COVID-19. We expected that they would do the…

Happy (as hell), part 1

How are you doing? How is your spirit in this first week of November? If you are anything like me, you have moments of worry, doubt, feeling disconnected, fear, grief, loneliness, anger, sadness and more.…