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2013 Stories

Golf Tournament Raises $120,750 for Flood Relief

June, 2013 - On Saturday, June 15, NHL stars Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres, and their friends hosted a Charity Golf Tournament at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre. Golf, lunch, dinner, live and silent auctions, and the "VIP Hot Stove" Question Period with Matt, Cody & Friends all resulted in a whopping $120,750 raised to assist victims of the recent flooding in Minden. Thanks to all who took part!

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Minden Flood on Coach's Corner

June, 2013 - Cody Hodgson, Matt Duchene and Walt McKechnie used their hockey connections to help with flood relief in Minden. On Coach's Corner on May 8, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about the situation in Minden and the Flood Relief Charity Golf Tournament at the Pinestone, June 15, 2013. The tournament raised over $120,000.

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Flooding in Minden Causes Road & School Closures

April 22, 2013 - The Township of Minden Hills declared a State of Emergency on Saturday, April 20, 2013 due to extreme flooding. Archie Stouffer Elementary School is closed on Monday April 22 and Tuesday April 23. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Township of Minden Hills are advising motorists that Bobcaygeon Road is closed at Invergordon Avenue, and Water Street is closed from Prince Street to the Canadian Tire entrance due to rising water levels. The OPP are asking for the public's assistance and patience during these closures. The public is also reminded that driving a motor vehicle on closed roads is prohibited and subject to enforcement. Penalties include a $110 fine and 3 demerit points. The OPP is urging people to stay away from the downtown Minden area, specifically the Gull River, for reasons of public safety.
For up-to-date information about road closures and flood information, please go to the County of Haliburton website at If you be in an emergency situation requiring Police, Fire or Ambulance, call 911. If you require additional, non-urgent, information, contact the Township of Minden Hills at (866) 856-3247.

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Road Washouts and Flooding Across the Region

Photo tweeted by @Dysartonline

April 19, 2013 - Haliburton County is reporting severe flooding and washouts in the Haliburton Highlands. If you are travelling, please confirm accessibility to your intended destination and make alternate plans if necessary. Roads crews are actively patrolling the county. The public is being asked to slow down, drive with caution (especially in the dark) and be on the lookout for road crews. Residents should consider checking in with neighbours, especially the ill and elderly.

A flood warning has been issued for the Township of Minden Hills. Real-time flooding and road closure information can be found at For a list of specific road conditions and closures, click here.

To report an unsafe road situation, please call the municipality in which the road is located:
   Algonquin Highlands: 705-489-2379
   Dysart et al: 705-457-1740
   Highlands East: 705-448-2981
   Minden Hills: 705-286-1260
If you are unsure of the municipality, call the County at 705-286-1762. Messages will be monitored.

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Local Author Publishes Children's Book

April, 2013 - Got any young ones on your gift list? Consider this new children's book by local author, Janis Cox. One reviewer says, "Tadeo Turtle is a one-of-a-kind children's book with a wonderful message—God has made you perfectly just the way you are ... Ms. Cox's illustrations will capture the heart and mind of a young child ... The endearing image of Tadeo and his 'problem' will make this a favorite story for young and old alike—a story with which we can all identify. The craft activities included will broaden inquisitive young minds to explore God's creation further. Tadeo Turtle is the best children's book I have read in a long time."
   Available at Master's Bookstore and online. See

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Spring Is Here!

Spring officially arrived on March 20, 2013. The first day of spring is called the vernal ("spring") equinox ("equal night"). The idea is that on the first day of spring there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, but it rarely works out that way. There is always a time each spring, and again each fall, when the hours of light and darkness are equal, but it usually occurs before the vernal equinox and after the autumnal equinox.

Fun Facts About the First Day of Spring:
   If you were standing on the equator during the vernal equinox (or during the autumnal equinox), you would see the sun pass directly overhead, the only two times in the year when that is true.
   The two equinoxes are also the only times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
   In spring, the Earth's axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.
  There is a persistent myth that at the vernal equinox, and only at the vernal equinox, can you stand a raw egg on its end. There is an equally persistent rebuttal that says it's not possible at any time to balance a raw egg on its end. Neither assertion is true. With a little patience (or maybe a lot), you can balance a raw egg on its end at any time of year. The first day of spring has nothing to do with it!

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