County to hire consultant for shoreline bylaw

By Chad Ingram The County of Haliburton will put out a request for proposals “to retain consulting services to lead the development of a draft shoreline preservation bylaw, including a review of the related science,…

Arena won’t open until June

By Chad Ingram It will be at least June before the Township of Minden Hills opens its new arena and recreation complex, councillors agreed during a budget meeting earlier this monthWhile initially scheduled to be…

Former Kinmount resident prepares to donate liver

By Sue Tiffin Brad Warren was scrolling through social media four months ago when he saw a post that made him pause, and then take action that would lead to potentially saving someone’s life.His friend…

Staff and students return to in-person learning

By Sue Tiffin More than 100,000 students from across Ontario returned to in-person learning on Monday morning [Jan. 25], including those from Haliburton County’s five elementary schools and one high school.Trillium Lakelands District School Board…

New infrastructure funding announced at conference

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County and its lower-tier municipalities will collectively receive about $645,000 in further infrastructure funding through the province’s Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.Premier Doug Ford announced $200 million in new OCIF money for…

Long-Term Care coalition hopes to inspire change in…

By Mike Baker After issuing a proverbial call to arms last May, a new community group committed to improving conditions within the region’s long-term care homes is continuing to share their concerns that many senior…

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in health…

By Mike Baker The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit received its first allocation of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday evening, with staff planning to start vaccinating residents of the area’s long-term care homes this…

Severity of mental health cases increasing in Haliburton…

By Mike Baker Since April of last year, the Canadian Mental Health Association of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge has offered support to 160 individuals from across Haliburton County.Unsurprisingly, the organization has seen a “slight uptick”…

Seeking improved connectivity for students

By Chad Ingram County-based social services agency Point in Time is launching a campaign to assist students and their families with the cost of internet connectivity in the virtual learning environment created by the COVID-19…

County addresses ‘misinformation’ on shoreline bylaw

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County councillors are calling another special meeting to further discuss the county’s controversial draft shoreline preservation bylaw, after a discussion during a Jan. 13 council meeting that addressed misinformation about the…

MH council eyes 3.65 per cent levy increase

By Chad Ingram Minden Hills council has set the goal of a tax levy increase in the township’s 2021 budget of 3.65 per cent.Councillors made that decision during a budget meeting on Jan. 14, the…

Seniors finding balance in fitness during Friday group

By Sue Tiffin For three years, Jim Hicks has been enjoying Balanced Fitness classes – a program that combines gentle seated and standing strength, balance and movement exercises – in the auditorium of Minden’s Hyland…

New pastor at Minden Bible Church

By Chad Ingram While the social restrictions of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic are making it a bit difficult at the moment, Pastor Bill Standish, new to the Minden Bible Church, is looking forward to getting…

County to create economic development position

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County council will create an economic development officer position for the county, as well as work toward joint procurement of goods and services for the county and its four lower-tier municipalities.During…

Funding available for businesses hit by pandemic

A couple of funding opportunities are available for businesses that have been impacted by the current economic shutdown imposed by the provincial government amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.For tourism-based businesses, the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization,…

Embracing the chill of winter and finding the…

By Darren Lum Most people bundle up during the winter to shield against the cold, but one small group of swimmers is bucking the trend this year, shedding their clothing every month and embracing the…

Lockdown pauses Storm hockey season

By Darren Lum This story was filed prior to the provincial announcement related to further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A follow-up article about the latest development will appear in a future edition. …

OPSEU buys former Frost Centre

By Chad Ingram The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has purchased the former Frost Centre south of Dorset.“We’ve been looking for a fairly long time to create a training centre,” OPSEU president Warren ‘”Smokey” Thomas…