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Survey says residents in HE pleased with building department

The results are in and according to the municipality of Highlands East, the majority of those who have dealt with the building department in recent years have had an excellent experience.

MOE rejects sewage request, hauler files appeal

The Ministry of Environment has denied an application by a sewage hauler to continue spreading waste on a property near West Guilford.

David Zilstra is the new Rotary Club of Haliburton president. Zilstra is also the publisher and ad director for The Haliburton County Echo, The Minden Times, County Life and The Bancroft This Week newspaper.

Rotary to continue on bandshell momentum

The Rotary Club of Haliburton’s history can be seen throughout the village: in the locomotive beside the high school, in the tennis courts by the beach, in the new Head Lake bandshell and many points in between.

Construction on new EMS base gets underway

Construction will begin on Haliburton County’s new EMS base in Minden after county council gave the project the go-ahead at a special meeting July 16.

Councillors hope to meet with AMO on OPP

Haliburton County councillors are hoping to meet with the president and executive director of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to relay their concerns about the proposed OPP billing formula.

Building restoration hinges on blueprints

A worldwide search for missing blueprints is on, with a reward of $1,000 up for grabs.

St. Peter's All Canadian Hockey School, a private all boys Catholic school with a focus on sports, has been located in Haliburton for the past three years, the last two in this building located next to the Haliburton Legion on Mountain Street. School headmaster Peter Thyrring has informed Windsor media he is relocating the school to Amherstburg this fall.

Private school leaves town

After a three-year effort, the St. Peter’s All Canadian Hockey School is packing up its school supplies and relocating from Haliburton to Amherstburg, just south of Windsor.

Community News

JoAnne Sharpley is now the sole owner of Source for Sports in Haliburton Village. From left, Kevin Sicard, manager; JoAnne Sharpley, owner; Joel Hicks, sporting goods staff; Courtney Cook, assistant/manager.

JoAnne Sharpley buys sporting goods store

It’s a small change in name, but it makes a world of difference for JoAnne Sharpley and the store that has been part of her life for 23 years.

Carol Jones was born in Hamilton and has travelled the world in her 91 years. She moved to Haliburton about a decade ago, first living in Parklane Apartments and then moving to Highland Wood long-term care home. On July 16, 2014 she chatted about her time as a farmer, her love of nature and God.

Carol Jones: a life of love, God and nature

By Jenn Watt This is part of a series of profiles on the people who live in Highland Wood long-term care home in Haliburton. Carol ...

A cottager collects some water from the Dover Spring located on Fred Jones Road (formerly Dover Spring Road) just outside of Haliburton. The spring has provided locals and visitors with a source of water. For users, who even claim feeling "refreshed" after consuming it, the cleanliness if rarely in doubt, but for water experts and the health unit it's recommended to take a cautious approach. Darren Lum

Belief in Dover Spring’s purity not only about the numbers

Murray Austin smiles when he points from his home on Riverside, recalling how several decades ago he and his friends walked across the open field to cross the narrow portion of the river using the “Schofield” rope bridge as an adolescent to get to Dover Spring long before Highway 118 was ever built.

Workshops help keep residents steady

Anybody can fall.

Haven Marks shows off his tentacled finger puppet that he made during the Haliburton School of the Arts Kids' Puppet-a-Day class that ran from July 7 to 11.

A puppet a day keeps kids at play

“My name is Porky, I’m a pig that flies,” was a song that echoed through the halls of the J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School on Friday, July 11.


A young girl rides through pylons on a course, learning to develop her trail riding skills during the Skills Camp offered by the Sir Sam's Ski and Bike resort this past Thursday in Eagle Lake. For more information about the next Skill Camp or other related information see

Wheelie good time

The Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike resort is fostering a love for mountain biking with its Skills Camps this summer.

Melissa Kurtin tries her hand at some wakeboarding jumps in the intermediate women's wakeboard qualifiers on July 6, 2013 at Head Lake in Haliburton. The Sharpley Source for Sports Provincial Championships will take place in Haliburton this Saturday.

Head Lake to host wakeboarding elite

Local wakeboarders Jacob Bishop and Gavin Hicks are getting anxious to showcase their skills for family, friends and the public when the Sharpley Source for Sports Provincial Championships is held in Haliburton for July 12.

Duchene Day to include music, barbecue and charity dinner

Matt Duchene Day is for the community and the children of Haliburton, said the man of the hour.

Red Hawks triple jumper Charlene Hicks savoured the experience at OFSAA after earning her berth with a third place at the East Regional competition. Hicks' last trip to the all-provincials came in her first year as a Grade 9 athlete.

OFSAA caps off season for Hawks

From the rookie to the veteran, the Red Hawks were represented well at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Track and Field Championship at Mississauga’s St. Marcellinus Secondary School from June 5 to 7.

Nearly half of Hawks qualify for Eastern Regionals

Perennial gold medal threat Charlene Hicks led the Red Hawks with a gold in the senior triple jump at the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics track and field meet Thursday at Bruce Faulds Track and Field Complex in Belleville.

Keeping karate alive in the Highlands

Haliburton’s Kai-Shin North Branch Karate Club has been a fixture of the village’s downtown core for 14 years.

Hawks strike soccer balance

The following are HHSS sports briefs for the week of May 5 to 9.

Duchene needs votes

Haliburton’s Matt Duchene needs votes to make the cover for the upcoming EA Sports NHL15 video game.

Brock outpaces Sr Hawks

The storm might have held off, but Brock struck for six goals against the Red Hawks senior girls’ soccer team this past Thursday at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field in Haliburton.

55+ games to focus on promoting Highlands

In less than a year, more than 1,000 people will flock to the Highlands to participate in the 2015 Ontario 55+ Winter Games from Feb. 17 to 19, and this time organizers have prepared a decidedly Haliburton County experience for them.


Experience Haliburton’s brilliant summer night life

By Gail Stelter Come to Town Tuesdays. Come to Haliburton Village. Come for the farmers’ market from noon to 4 p.m. Come for the Haliburton ...


My friend and I are “bug widows.” This term was coined by another friend last weekend as we headed off to attend Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia.

Party’s over

Another provincial election has come and gone and Ontarians are looking at four years of rule by a very unexpected Liberal majority government.

Our capacity for creativity

I recently walked the Sculpture Forest over the at the college in the early morning and found myself contemplating our capacity as human beings for being creative.

Forest art

Deep in the forest at the edge of Head Lake you can find a tiny piece of Africa.