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Bancroft says goodbye to sustainable building class

By Nate Smelle Community members from Bancroft and beyond gathered out front of the newly constructed straw bale canteen in Riverside Park on Friday, Aug. 22 to say farewell and thank you to the 18 Sir Sandford Fleming College (SSFC) ...

Tour group gathers to watch rare species-at-risk

By Jim Eadie At dusk Monday, July 21 a Bancroft OPP two-person patrol car checked out suspicious activity at a private parking lot in the ...

Author launches new book on Old Hastings Road history

The Old Ormsby School House was the perfect place on July 13 for the launch of local author and publisher Paul Kirby’s new book tracing the history of surveying, building and settlement on the Hastings Colonization Road (now called the Old Hastings Road). Ormsby was an important stop on the original colonization road, and was located at the junction of the Hastings Colonization Road, and later the Central Ontario Railroad.


Cockburn communicates compassion through his music

Whether he is singing about Where the Death Squad Lives in Guatemala, or If a Tree Falls, Cockburn is able to communicate his impression of the world within and outside of him in a way that is distinctly Canadian.

Project puts social sustainability into action

By Bill Kilpatrick Much has been written about the environmental sustainability of the Riverside park project; however, the building being constructed also serves as an ...

Mineral tours attract ‘Rockhounds’

“The Himalayas and Mount Everest are nothing compared to what was formed when this massive upheaval occurred,” mineral tour guide Corey Lablans said.

Plans to build municipal voters list problematic

New arrangements to build an accurate voters list for the upcoming municipal election on Monday Oct. 27 have some local municipal clerks a bit nervous. The voters list for municipal elections are prepared in Ontario by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), the same folks who evaluate properties to determine property tax assessments.

Artist Shelley Beach stands in front of her latest collection of paintings on display at the Art Gallery of Bancroft. Titled Sanctuary the exhibit runs until July 27.
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Artist intends to create peace through painting

Haliburton artist Shelley Beach was in Bancroft on Friday, July 4 to officially open her latest exhibition, Sanctuary, at the Art Gallery of Bancroft. The show is on display until July 27, and features a collection of 25 paintings inspired by the artist’s affinity with the natural world.

GeoTour being developed in Highlands East

By Angelica Blenich The Geocaching committee of Highlands East want to create a GeoTour for the area and the municipality is on board. Representatives of ...


Artist draws inspiration from Canadian Arctic

“The one Inuit artist said to me that the snow and ice I had seen a few years earlier had been there for as long as his people could remember until it all melted over the last five years,” Lang said.

Biologist raising awareness for species-at-risk

“Turtles and all reptiles for that matter are the most at risk group of animals on the planet.”

Community News


Chapin uses music to bring people together

"If you are trying to create something, and you are giving something to people it has an authenticity," said singer/songwriter Jen Chapin.

Mayor Jenkins seeks provincial funding through new infrastructure fund

By Tony Pearson Bancroft Mayor Bernice Jenkins returned from last week’s Rural Ontario Municipalities conference in Toronto with another indication that more provincial financial support ...

Bancroft Council assesses its financial situation

By Tony Pearson In a marathon session lasting more than nine hours last Tuesday, Bancroft council reviewed a range of town business and came away ...

Hastings Highlands shelves plans for septage facility

  By Nate Smelle The following are a series of brief reports from the Wednesday, Aug. 13 meeting of council for the municipality of Hastings ...

Museum honours the late councillor Steve Bruce

By Tony Pearson The North Hastings Heritage Museum recently honoured the memory of former board member and town councillor Steve Bruce, who died last year ...


Award-winning folk music duo Stewed Roots to play in Maynooth

By Nate Smelle   Folk music duo Stewed Roots will be performing at the Arlington in Maynooth on Saturday, Aug. 16 as part of The ...

Celebrating Pride in Maynooth

By Jim Eadie One month following the huge World Pride 2014 celebrations in Toronto, the annual Pride event was held in Maynooth at the Arlington ...

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‘Partly Romantic’ comedy next up at Playhouse

By Tony Pearson A young couple marry and move into their first apartment – a promising beginning for any romantic comedy.  However, when it was ...


Art association brings 56th annual juried show to Bancroft

By Nate Smelle The walls of the Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB) are currently home to a collection of paintings by members of the East ...


HART and No Frills team up to help animals

Enjoying the shade under the raffle table at this event was Pebbles, an 11-week-old shepherd-mix that is currently up for adoption at HART along with her three sisters.