Can we do it alone?

By Emily Stonehouse Nearly half a million dollars for a concession stand.  A hot topic in the community these days. I’ve had a series of emails, people stopping me on the street, calling my cell…

No greater love…

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. There are times when we might want to despair over living in a world of selfishness.  This week isn’t one of them.  That’s because the first week of…

To the dreamers

By Emily Stonehouse To dream the impossible dream.  That was the theme of the newspaper this week. From celebrating the memories of Canoe FM founding father Don Cameron, to an aquatic rehabilitation facility opening up…

The age of the grandparent

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. There’s been little to do during this winter’s days of chilly grey overcast. So I’ve taken to thumbing through stacks of photo prints that have been gathering dust…

Seen, heard, and together

By Emily Stonehouse I sleep with a notebook beside my bed.  Usually, my favourite ideas slither into my groggy mind at approximately 3 a.m.  I had a few ideas for this week’s editorial. Conversations around…

What’s with our winters?

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. Canada is winter country and we Canadians are winter people. So, I’m concerned about what is happening to our winters.  Is the current one of above average temperatures,…

Lots of noise about little

From Shaman’s RockBy Jim Poling Sr. When you go to a 10-pin bowling alley you have to put up with a lot of noise.That’s why Prince Harry’s book Spare, released this week, seems so appropriatelytitled.…

A year in review

By Emily Stonehouse I have read through every single Minden Times that was published in 2022.  Every year, the Times and Echo produce a year in review. The highlights of our hometown, the best of…

The realities of 2023

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. The celebratory shouts of Happy New Year! are but faint echoes now, pushed into the past by the realities of today. Today’s realities unfortunately remain the realities of…

Check on your friends

By Emily Stonehouse It’s no secret that this is the season for kindness.  The concept of giving - whether it be time, money, energy, or gifts - is the centrepoint for the holidays.  Last Thursday,…

O Holy Night!

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. (This column is a story I have written and told many times. Christmas without it again would not be Christmas.) --- Fresh fallen snow protested beneath the crush…

Our roadside garbage pits

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. What the world needs now are more dog walkers like Row Iliescu. Iliescu is the Toronto woman who spends a lot of her time picking up litter while…

Winds of Change

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. The wind off the lake is furiously slapping the flag on the pole anchored in the little flower patch out front my place. There’s nothing noteworthy about a…

Who will stop the Russians?

From Shaman's Rock By Jim Poling Sr. IF I THROW stones at my neighbours relaxing on their backyard patio, other neighbours witnessing the crime will rush in to stop me. If I take wire cutters…

Fixing social media

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. Whenever I read about global problems, I note climate change, serious pandemics, wars-military conflicts, poverty and hunger always top the list. I’d like to add one: social media.…

Home is where the heart is

By Emily Stonehouse HELLO, MINDEN. I think I know most of you. If not, my name is Emily, and I am pleased to be stepping into the role as editor for the Minden Times. I…

Of leaders and bucklers

By James Matthews Leading in the best of times is difficult enough. Leading in these hard-scratch economic times takes a toll beyond my comprehension.For the best leaders, anyway.Newly minted mayors and councillors in Haliburton County…

Of masks, decency, and the Tory heel

By James Matthews Just wear the mask. It’s the decent thing to do for the people around you. Go ahead: Put it on when you venture close to or within a crowd. If not for…

How to shiver correctly

By Steve Galea Now that the cold weather has finally arrived, new deer hunters might need a reminder on how to shiver correctly. As any veteran deer hunter can attest, this is one of the…

Finding a new way of living

By Jim Poling I’m not one for rewatching a movie, no matter how good it might have been. Especially if it is a remake. I made an exception recently and ordered up the 2021 remake…

Damned if you do …

Op-ed By Fay Martin You know the story about the blind men meeting an elephant. Each one had access to a different part. The one who had the tail described confidently that the elephant was…