Let it snow (please)

By Chad Ingram As I write this it's minus 11 degrees outside but it wasn't so a couple of days ago. A couple of days ago it was plus eight. This winter if you can…

Bold beautiful and foxy

By Jim Poling I saw him from the corner of my eye. He was standing statue still no more than 15 feet away staring into a pile of snow-covered rocks. He lunged forward nose into…

2016: The year of living differently?

By Jim Poling That was nice. The last two months of the year filled with optimism generated mostly by a new federal government. Lots of cooing and gushing about positive change. And a cheery -…

What’s the point?

To the editor: (re: Bridge requires major work - Minden Times Dec. 23 2015) It comes as no surprise to us that people aren’t reporting incidents of  misuse of the rail trail. It doesn’t mean…

Reformatting the fair

By Chad Ingram 2016 will be a year of changes for the Haliburton County Fair as organizers alter its format. The fair will be held earlier than usual this year on a single day in…

OpinionOpinion

By Jim Poling This is my favourite Christmas memory which I have written about many times in many places. Repeating it has become a Christmas tradition. *** Fresh-fallen snow protested beneath the crush of my…

The top 10 

By Chad Ingram As has become an end-of-year tradition around here these are the top 10 news stories of 2015 for the western half of Haliburton County. With an intake window for the province's feed-in-tariff …

A cappeletti Christmas 

By Jim Poling I t is warm and spring like outside but when I open the side door and step into the kitchen suddenly it is Christmas. Flour dust covers the table one end of…

A fine balance

T hey say the only constants in life are change and beer. Well they say something like that. The Beer Store recently announced it will be moving its Minden location from Water Street where it’s…

Sunny ways and cheap shots

By Jim Poling Sr. T he politicians are back on Parliament Hill apparently having learned little from October’s general election. It seems to me that we voters told them clearly that we want an end…

Event of default

By Chad Ingram The province has the ability to terminate its contract with Carillion. This is not earth-shattering but is something I can write with stone-cold certainty now that I have a copy of the…

Salvage yard not a good idea

To The Editor On Thursday Nov. 26 residents from Hunter Creek Estates and Gull Lake attended the Minden Hills council meeting. The extremely large group came to protest the proposal to create a salvage yard…

Scrap

W ho says municipal politics can’t be interesting? Minden Hills councillors were greeted by a protest as they made their way into the township building for last week’s meeting. Yes a protest with placards and…

Whispers of winter 

By Jim Poling Gentle mists caress the lake like a mother’s hand massaging her child’s back calming her to sleep. Sleep for the lake is delayed this year. Winter’s approach usually loud and bullying is…

The bigger story behind Sherborne Road

By Jim Poling Sr. I t is remarkable how tiny pieces of news help us to see much larger worrisome trends. For instance we now learn that the Natural Resources Ministry has been poking about…

Time of the season

By Chad Ingram D uring the weekend I attended not one but two Santa Claus parades because well my life is just really exciting like that. The annual parades in the villages of Minden and…

Race to the bottom 

During the weekend someone set fire to Peterborough’s sole mosque. Police are investigating the arson as a hate crime and while there is no proof it was some kind of  response to the horror that…

Wild thoughts on a wet day 

By Jim Poling I listen for sounds of movement but the woods are as silent as the wet stones on the hillside. Rain drips off my hunting cap brim each drip telling me that no sensible…