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A new place for the arts in Bancroft

By Bill Kilpatrick Bancroft’s cultural sector became a little more dynamic last week with the opening of A Place for the Arts at 23E Bridge Street West. Between 80 and 100 people came out to celebrate the “new gathering place” ...

South Algonquin Township welcomes new CAO/treasurer

Mayor Jane Dumas and the council Members of the Township of South Algonquin are pleased to announce that Suzanne Klatt has accepted the CAO/clerk treasurer ...

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 ...

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 ...

Community rallies behind Maynooth woman

By Jim Eadie Maynooth’s Teena Sills and her family are overwhelmed by the community support for her wish to help her sister Rhonda Hoare by ...

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 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.

Local writer, editor and publisher of local history books, Paul Kirby, holds a copy of his latest book about the Old Hastings Road entitled “The Trail of Broken Hearts”.  The new book was launched with a book signing at the Old Ormsby School House in July 13. Kirby commits to books written, published, printed and bound in Hastings County. JIM EADIE SPECIAL TO THIS WEEK

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.

Wheels, Water and Wings brings town to life

By Nate Smelle Sunshine set a happy tone and helped bring large crowds out into the streets of downtown Bancroft over the weekend to celebrate ...


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.

Music fest impresses audiences

For 10-year-old Cara Rumleski, this is her fourth year of piano studies, and playing at the festival.

Community News

Youth learn what it means to be a steward at camp

By Jim Eadie Thanks to a big community effort, the first phase of Wollaston Young Stewards Environmental Camp for 2014 saw twenty more locally connected ...


‘We All Have A Dream,’ says Drennan

“It’s an amazing place, and the birthplace of a lot of creativity,” said Drennan.

Work begins on Lower Faraday Road

“I am very pleased we have hired a local contractor,” said Reeve Dan McCaw.

Tour builds understanding of how elk live  

By Bill Kilpatrick The Bancroft Chamber of Commerce and the Bancroft and Area Stewardship Council sponsored elk Tours continued on July 14 with a trip ...

Survey says … residents in Highlands East pleased with building department

By Angelica Blenich The results are in and according to the municipality of Highlands East, the majority of those who have dealt with the building ...

Moose FM hits the airwaves for North Hastings Hospital

By Tony Pearson CHMS “The Moose”, Bancroft’s local radio station, made a strong pitch last week for more than ordinary advertisers.  The station took part ...

Official plan rears its ugly head again in Wollaston

Wollaston Township council had good news on at least two fronts at their July 8 regular meeting. The chief building officer (CBO) report for the month contained very positive development numbers including 37 building permits having been issued or in progress for this year.

Frank Anrep from the Bancroft Fish and Game Association appeared in lederhosen and Tyrolean cap to announce that the club will stage an Oktoberfest party at their Highway 62 property on the first Saturday of October.

Council shelves garage sale bylaw

Bancroft town council, at its meeting last week, considered a draft bylaw that would have restricted the number of garage sales in the municipality, and required the purchase of a $10 license for every sale held.

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Fish Hatchery honours Campbell as volunteer of the year

By Tony Pearson Pig and lamb were on  the menu, but fish was top of mind at the Bancroft Curling Club last Friday night, as ...


Bunnett and Maqueque to play Maynooth on July 11 and 12

By Nate Smelle Jazz and world music fans happening to find themselves in the Maynooth area on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 are ...