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.…

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 27

The following are Letters to the Editor published in the Oct. 27 issue of the Haliburton Echo. Precision and planning pay off at drive-through To the Editor, Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, administrative…

Things to keep

By Jenn Watt Vehicles were lined up down County Road 21 on Saturday morning as residents arrived to get their flu shot through a drive-through service offered by the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team. Although…

Scam season

By Jenn Watt It hadn’t been an hour since I discussed this week’s story about a phone scam with reporter Sue Tiffin when I became the target of a scam myself.Stunned at the brazen nature…

Surviving cold and flu season

To the Editor, When you are healthy and you are exposed to a viral illness, your immune system is equipped to fend off the virus so you have either no symptoms, or tolerable symptoms. When…

The potential of group testing

To the Editor, Our ability to quickly and properly process COVID tests and follow up with good contact tracing is in many ways broken. To resolve this testing issue, why is group testing not being…

Seven hearts

By Lynda Shadbolt I was having a “terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day” (have you ever read the children’s book by Judith Viorst – it is a good one!). It was early September and…

What’s in a name

By Jenn Watt It’s a safe bet that most of us living in Haliburton haven’t cracked open a copy of The Clockmaker recently – or ever. The satirical book by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, after whom…

Combatting misinformation

By Erin Kernohan-Berning Throughout the pandemic we have been made to think about something that we normally don’t really think too much about – how things like viruses spread. It might feel strange to some…

Reporting in small places

By Jenn Watt Small things matter and small places matter. And in a time when we are overloaded with information pouring through the screens of our smartphones, laptops and tablets, having journalists who can sift…

The outdoor potlucks

By Lynda Shadbolt In his book, Embers - One Ojibway’s Meditations, Richard Wagamese has a chapter on Gratitude. In one of his entries he says “he is learning that happiness is an emotion that’s a…

LTC Day of Action planned

The Haliburton-CKL Long-Term Care Coalition invites you to join us in support of our LTC Day of Action Drive-In, Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will meet at the municipal parking…