When the red, red robin . ..

By Jim Poling Sr. Now you see them, now you don’t.The robins were everywhere until recently. Listening and pecking for worms beside the house. Flitting branch to branch back in the woods as they searched…

A billion reasons to buy local

By Chad Ingram It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has been rough on businesses in Haliburton County, some have laid off employees and some have had to close their doors. It's up to us…

Let the leaves be

To the Editor, The fall leaves have been, and still are, beautiful this year. With gravity’s assistance they are building their annual carpet on the forest floor, and on our yards.Have you started clearing your…

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…

Setting a better example

By Jim Poling Sr. Young people are getting much of the blame for the soaring number of infections in what is being called the second wave of COVID-19.You know, the private house parties, those crazy…

Healthspan

By Laurie Sweig The term “healthspan” has been popping up frequently in the last while. I looked up the definition and it is “The part of a person’s life during which they are generally in…

Sleepless nights

By Chad Ingram I'm an insomniac, or at least a part-time one. That's been the case for virtually all of my adult life, the insomnia coming in waves. Typically it lasts a few weeks then…

October, a bad news month

By Jim Poling Sr. Welcome to October, a nice month with a reputation for pre-winter fun gatherings, fall beauty and OK weather.This October is different. Octoberfests are out. Crowded Thanksgiving dinners are not recommended. Halloween…

Take a breath

By Laurie Sweig I had a client who was a radiologist. During one of our strength training workouts I was coaching him on breathing. The optimum way to breathe when lifting weights is to exhale…

LTC Day of Action planned

To the Editor, 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…

Turkey, stuffing and contradiction

By Chad Ingram This weekend is Thanksgiving and, like most everything in 2020, it will be different than usual. As the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario drags on towards seven months, the number of confirmed new…

The arch of the foot

By Laurie Sweig As far as anatomy goes, the arch in our foot is not a body part. The arch is created when the muscles and bones in the foot are working well. It’s the…

Making earth great again

By Jim Poling Sr. The egg shells were the final insult.I awoke early today and rushed to the bedroom window, anxious to look out and spot any signs of fresh activity in the nightly war…

National child care

By Chad Ingram During last week’s Throne Speech, the Trudeau government laid out its priorities for a new session of Parliament.Obviously, addressing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic formed much of that speech, and continued aid, both…

Irondale needs waste transfer station

To the Editor, The following is an open letter to Minden Hills council, copied to Times readers. Submission of the attached petition and roadside photo serves to represent the Irondale area permanent and seasonal residents’…

Can individual passion save us?

By Jim Poling Sr. "All the rainbows in the skyStart to weep, then say goodbyeYou won’t be seeing rainbows any more ...”I was listening to those lyrics when I opened a newspaper to a shocking…

Ample opportunity

By Chad Ingram I've covered Haliburton County council for a long time – a dozen years next month – and in that time, I've never seen a council so concerned about providing ample opportunity for…

Time to revisit airport funding

To the Editor, Re: “Dailloux pitches sale of Stanhope Airport,” Minden Times, Sept. 9, 2020 If the airport is ever sold it will never be used as an airport because it is clearly not an…