Haliburton County chooses its deputy warden

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Haliburton County’s deputy warden is Highlands East Mayor Dave Burton.The two-horse race for deputy warden Jan. 24 was between Coun. Burton and Coun. Bob Carter, the mayor of…

Dysart OKs company to monitor STR compliance

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Dysart gave the nod to Granicus Canada Holdings to ensure short-term rental property owners comply with rules that will regulate the industry in Haliburton County.The contract is the…

Use of Dysart reserve funds cuts tax levy…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterFinance staff expect Dysart’s treasury to have finished last year with a surplus.An initial draft of the 2024 municipal operating and capital budget on Dec. 8 included an almost…

Health board hears it’s time to accept COVID…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterWelcome to the new normal in communities under the umbrella of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.Dr. Natalie Bocking, the medical officer of health and the unit’s…

Fifty years a Lion

By Emily Stonehouse“I became a Lion on January 4, 1974,” said David Mills, as he sat down with a coffee in the winter sun.The days seem like they’re getting colder, but the space inside the…

First baby in Canada welcomed by local family

By Emily Stonehouse What started as a standard New Year’s Eve for Haliburton County local Nadia Shivji, turned into an evening she will never forget.  Shivji and her husband, Jake Martell, currently reside in Halifax,…

Farm life

By Steve Galea Like a lot of people, Jenn and I recently agreed to make an effort to lead a more simple life and to get back to the land in 2024. Her exact words…

HSF presents Flannel Frolic

By Vivian Collings Highlands Summer Festival has stitched together the perfect blanket to warm up a cold January night: their first ever Flannel Frolic. Grab your favourite flannel, your partner, and some friends on Friday,…

A conversation about aging

By Emily Stonehouse It’s no secret that Haliburton County has an aging demographic.  With over 35 percent of the population falling within the 65 and up age range, the concerns around aging safely, sustainably, and…

Slow progress on the physician recruitment front

By Emily Stonehouse Since the Minden ER closed its doors in June of this year, the hot topic of physician recruitment has been a buzz term in the Haliburton Highlands.  When Haliburton Highlands Health Services…

Trillium Lakelands board recognizes staff contributions

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Innovation and adaptability are a teacher’s assets in a classroom. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board recognized those prized qualities in staff members during its Dec. 5 public…

Half of local COVID-19 deaths were in the…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Some people living under the umbrella of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit may have gotten tired of frequent talk about respiratory illness season. But that…

ATAC social highlights importance of movement

By Vivian Collings Aging Together as Community (ATAC) presented their holiday social this past Sunday to encourage connection and offer a look into some of the programs that keep minds and bodies moving in the…

Dysart looks into options for future waste disposal

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It’s a suitable time for Dysart to consider how waste management services can better cater to taxpayers. Andrew Buzza and Perry Larochelle of JP2G Consultants Inc. reviewed Dysart’s…

Donations to HHHS holiday campaign will be matched…

By Britney Pagliuca The Haliburton Highland Heath Services’ (HHHS) holiday campaign, Believe in the Magic of Giving, is a yearly fundraiser that aims to improve the well-being of community members through health services.  According to…

Dysart hears deer feeding bylaw may hinder hunters

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When is laying deer feed a means of prepping for hunting season and when is it violating a bylaw against feeding deer inside municipal boundaries? That was one…

Dysart keeps Sam Slick reference in park’s name

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Sam Slick name is entwined as part of Dysart’s history. And that’s that, according to township council. As such, council decided when it met Nov. 28 to…

A slice of my life

By Steve Galea In my short career as an old man, I have pretty well mastered the standard repertoire of old man skills. I can drive for miles with my right hand turn signal on.…