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2006 Stories

The New Faces on Haliburton's Main Street

December, 2006 - Haliburton is growing and changing ...
The Kosy Korner restaurant has moved into the old Sears building.
Woody's is gone; The Codfather Fish & Chips is here, next to Under Cover Books.


Some people have been waiting a long time for Tracey's Bistro & Grill to finally open.
And at the old Curry Motors location, Rexall will soon be opening its doors.


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Spoiled Ballots Make a Difference in Minden Hills

December 19, 2006 - Have you ever thought your vote wouldn't make a difference? Well, maybe this story will change your mind. Previously rejected ballots were opened and counted in Minden Hills on Friday, December 15, as per court order. The ballots in question had been rejected and not included in the Municipal Election on November 13 because they did not include the signed declaration form. Because of the high number of spoiled ballots, a court order allowed the ballots to be opened and counted (if a valid declaration form was found inside the secrecy envelope). This resulted in Lisa Schell beating out Clayton Cameron for the second Ward 1 seat by a single vote. Cameron had originally beaten Schell by 11 votes. In Ward 2, Barbara Reid's win was confirmed with a 20-vote margin compared to the previous 8-vote difference. Click here for details...

December 20, 2006 - Highlands East, the other municipality who chose to use Data Fix instead of Canada Post's mail-in voting system, also received a high number of spoiled ballots. Those were counted yesterday and there is no change in the election results.

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Can you spell FREE?

December, 2006 - The Haliburton County Tourism Office is excited to announce a new program to help local event planners get FREE publicity for their events. Let them help you make your event the best it can be. Just tell the county about your upcoming event and they'll help you publicize it - including placing your event on their database and sending the info to a whole list of other sources including FYI Haliburton, local radio and newspapers, several online events listings, and even CHEX TV. For more info, please call (705) 286-1777 or email You can also get your events into the 2007 Destination Guide if you send them the details by December 20.

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Frost Centre to Re-Open Next Spring

December 4, 2006 - The Ontario government has made its decision. If all goes according to plan, the Leslie M. Frost Centre will be back in business by June 2007, operated by the FCI Group. After closing the centre abruptly in July 2004, the provincial government, in response to letters, petitions and demonstrations at Queen's Park, set up a working committee to explore options for re-opening the popular outdoor learning centre near Dorset, Ontario. The committee recommended that the facility remain publicly owned and that it be leased and operated as an environmental and outdoor learning centre.

The government chose FCI Group over the Friends of the Frost Centre, who also put in a viable bid to operate the Centre. The FCI (Frost Centre Institute) Group, headed by retired IBM executive Alain Aubry, will lease the main campus and reestablish the popular environmental and outdoor education programs. Other members of the group include Kyla Greenham, who operates the fish hatchery in Haliburton, and local potter Wayne Rose. FCI Group's vision for the Frost Centre is a year-round operation - educational camps in the summer focusing on environmental sciences, arts and non-motorized sports like sailing and kayaking, and during the rest of the year, a conference centre on weekdays and an environmental camp on weekends.

Read the news release...

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Municipal Election Results - Haliburton County

November 13, 2006
Click a municipality for detailed results.
Click here for county map.

Algonquin Highlands
Reeve - Eleanor Harrison
Councillor, Ward 1 - Don Shortreed (acclaimed)
Councillor, Ward 2 - Carol Moffat, Tom Gardner
Councillor, Ward 3 - Diane Griffin (acclaimed)

Dysart et al
Reeve - Murray Fearrey (acclaimed)
Deputy Reeve - Bill Davis
Councillor, Ward 1 - Andrea Roberts
Councillor, Ward 2 - Derek Knowles
Councillor, Ward 3 - Steve Pogue
Councillor, Ward 4 - Janis Parker
Councillor, Ward 5 - Dan Kay

Highlands East
Reeve - Dave Burton
Councillor, Ward 1 - Jim Mackie
Councillor, Ward 2 - Suzanne Partridge
Councillor, Ward 3 - Donna Graham
Councillor, Ward 4 - Gary Stoughton

Minden Hills
Reeve - Jim McMahon
Deputy-Reeve - Cheryl Murdoch (acclaimed)
Councillor at Large - Peter Oyler
Councillor, Ward 1 - Bill Obee, Lisa Schell
Councillor, Ward 2 - Barbara Reid
Councillor, Ward 3 - Rick Ratcliff (acclaimed)

School Board Trustee
Valerie Smith (acclaimed)

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Haliburton County Roads

Some are more appropriately named than others...


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Storm Update

Three cheers for Hydro One!!! August 11, 2006 - Hydro One says that as of 8:30 this morning, it had restored power to all but 239 customers, and tonight, those customers should be able to turn on their lights again. According to Environment Canada, winds faster than 120 km/h were recorded and at least eight tornadoes touched down over a 90-minute period on August 2, 2006. This storm, and the July 17 storm that preceded it, caused the most damage to Hydro One's system since the ice storm of 1998. Hydro One appreciates their customers' patience. Click here to see their thank you ad...

August 6, 2006 - Power has been restored to most areas after Wednesday's storm; however, there are still thousands without power and Hydro One expects that remote or water-access properties may not have power until Monday or Tuesday. For expected power restoration times in your area, visit For the latest Hydro One news release (Aug. 4, 2pm), visit If you see a hydro crew in action, be sure to give them a wave and a cheer!!

Important Safety Information: "Hydro One strongly urges people to take extra caution near fallen power lines. Even if a fallen wire seems dead, it can be dangerous. People are urged to report to Hydro One the location of the fallen wires as soon as possible. Touching a vehicle that is in contact with a power line can be fatal."

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Haliburton, Minden and Area Hammered by Storm

File photo by Trudy PogueAugust 4, 2006 - The storm that blasted the area Wednesday night (August 2) has left many still without power on Friday morning. The towns of Haliburton, Minden and Wilberforce have had their power restored, but many outlying areas are still in the dark. According to the Hydro One website, power has been restored to 61,000 customers, but 89,000 were still without power at 5pm Thursday.

Hydro One reports that approximately 1,000 field staff are out and about, doing restoration work in the affected areas. On Thursday, seven helicopters spent the day conducting aerial surveys. Thousands of downed poles, trees on lines and in some areas, impassable roads, were discovered. Restoration efforts will continue; however, due to the nature and extent of the damage, some customers in the most heavily hit areas could remain without power into the long weekend or even until early next week. For the latest Hydro One news releases, visit

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Higher UV Levels Predicted This Summer

May 2, 2006 - No doubt you've heard the "High UV Index" warnings accompanying the daily weather forecast over the last couple of weeks. So while you're out enjoying that beautiful, warm, spring sunshine, take precautions. Created by Environment Canada scientists in 1992 and now used around the world to safeguard people from overexposure to the sun, the UV index is included in the daily weather forecast whenever values are expected to be higher than 3.

According to Environment Canada, UV levels are expected to be about 4% higher than pre-1980 levels this summer due to the ongoing thinning of the ozone layer. Already at 7% below normal, the ozone layer is expected to continue thinning throughout the summer. The resulting increased exposure to UV rays from the sun will add to the risks of sunburn, skin cancers, cataracts and a weakened immune system.

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Got Some Time on Your Hands?

March 17, 2006 - If you can spare a couple of hours a week - either on a regular basis or just once in a while, there are lots of organizations who would love to hear from you! Please check out our Volunteer Opportunities page. High school students - it's easy to rack up 40 hours in Haliburton County!

A new entry has just been added - volunteers are needed at a summer camp in Sutton, Ontario, for kinship families raising "other people's children" (According to Stats Canada, 70,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren). More...

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Christian School Looking Forward to Second Successful Year

Samuel Colicchia studying math at Tall Oaks Christian Academy

March 11, 2006 - Haliburton County's Christian school, Tall Oaks Christian Academy, is nearing the end of its first year and looking ahead to the 2006-2007 school year. They will be hosting an Information Night on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church in Haliburton. This event is for parents, grandparents and anyone interested in the advancement of Christian education in the county. A full information package is also available at any time by contacting the school at 705-754-9364 or For more information and updates, please visit the academy website at
Read the March 2006 update...

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Free Web Pages for Not-for-Profit Organizations
in Haliburton County

February, 2006 - YES, absolutely free! FYI Haliburton is offering a free web page to not-for-profit organizations in Haliburton County that do not have their own website. A simple page can be set up for you on FYI Haliburton with information about your organization and contact info. You can then be listed along with all the other local links on the home page. By the way, this list is constantly growing and now contains over 70 links!!! Take some time to check out the sites of some of our local organizations. Haliburton is a happening place! To find out more about getting a free web page, contact us at

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Exciting Things Are Happening at FYI Haliburton!

February 8, 2006 - We have just added a new page to FYI - Things to See & Do. We all know that there is plenty to see and do in Haliburton County, and now it's listed on one handy web page for you to refer to whenever you need it. Included are golf courses, museums, galleries, camps, outdoor attractions, movie theatres and more. We are committed to keeping this page current, so please let us know if you have something that should be added.

The list of local links on the right hand side of our Home page is growing in leaps and bounds. There are now over 70 organizations that are reachable by a single click from FYI Haliburton. Not-for-profit organizations without a website are not excluded because FYI is giving them a free web page. Our most recent additions are:

Your comments are always welcome, so please send them to Thank you!

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Haliburton & Minden Rock!

February 1, 2006 - If you like classic rock, you'll love the new Moose FM radio station, 93.5, which broadcasts from downtown Haliburton. Along with our community station, 100.9 Canoe FM, there are now two radio stations to serve the people of Haliburton County!

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Frost Centre News

January 27, 2006 - The Friends of the Frost Centre are pleased to announce the launch of their new web site, The Friends of the Frost Centre are preparing a proposal to re-open the Frost Centre in response to the government's recent call for proposals. They are looking for schools, organizations, institutions, government departments and businesses who would like to book space at the Frost Centre. If interested, please complete the on-line Potential Use Survey. Please spread the word.
Read the January 10 news release...

If you would like to help strengthen the Friends' proposal by becoming a member, please visit

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We Voted

January 24, 2006 - Barry Devolin will be returning to Ottawa to represent Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, only this time he will be part of the ruling Conservative government rather than the opposition. According to Elections Canada preliminary results, Devolin received 49% of votes for a total of 29,427. Liberal candidate Greg Walling received 17,246 or 28.7% of votes, 10,340 (17.2%) of votes went to NDP candidate Anne MacDermid and Green Party candidate Andy Harjula ended the night with 5% or 3,017 votes. In total, 60,030 out of 87,730 registered electors (68.4%) in our riding exercised their right to vote, which is slightly higher than the overall voter turnout of 64.9%. To find out more about Barry Devolin, visit his website.

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2006 - Best wishes from FYI Haliburton and Wolf Song Communications. Traffic on FYI Haliburton increased significantly in 2005 and I wish to thank all the regular visitors and those who have taken the time to send comments and inquiries for information. Haliburton County is a great place to live and visit, and I look forward to continuing to serve you in 2006.

Trudy Pogue
Wolf Song Communications

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