The Red Hawks wrestlers Aidan Coles left Chloe Sampson Hannah Riopelle Noelle Dupret-Smith Matt Manning Emily Klose Dylan Freake and Karissa Riopelle are all advancing to OFSAA this year. This is the largest contingent for Haliburton Highlands Secondary School ever to advance to the all-provincials./DARREN LUM Staff

Realtors roll up their sleeves for heat bank

By Jenn Watt

Nov. 8 2016

Local real estate agents came together on Thursday to pitch in for the heat bank.

A well organized group met at Abbey Gardens one of five wood depots in the county to split wood donated by Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve.

“It warms my heart so much” said Tina Jackson co-ordinator of the Haliburton County Heat Bank as she watched the volunteers quickly set up a system of stacking splitting and moving the firewood into a shed just outside the brewery on the site.

This is the second year that the Lakelands Association of Realtors organized the work bee.

“It’s an opportunity for us to help our community” said Mike Taylor president of the association. He said the association often chooses charity work that is related to the home – such as shelters and food banks.

“It seemed like a natural fit” he said. “It’s just a fun way to help.”

Last year the Haliburton County Heat Bank helped more than 200 people keep their homes warm through the winter. They delivered some 42 truckloads of firewood.

There is a fundraiser for Heat Bank on Nov. 20 at Rhubarb.