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2008 Stories

Haliburton's History in Pictures

December, 2008 - The Haliburton Museum has published a photo history of Haliburton in a beautiful, 155-page hard cover coffee table book. The book retails for $30 and is available at the museum as well as at local bookstores, the Rails End Gallery and the Art Hive. The Museum will ship it to you for about $11. The Museum's winter hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 10-5.

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Stopping Crime in Haliburton County

December 3, 2008 - The latest addition to Haliburton Central (the list of links on the left) is Kawartha - Haliburton CRIME StopPERS, listed under the Community Services heading. There are now over 100 links representing the many great organizations and services in this county. Check out the Crime Stoppers website. When you provide a tip to Crime Stoppers, your call is completely anonymous. They do not subscribe to call display. You will not testify in court and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000. Officers from the Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment are currently investigating a mischief complaint in the village of Haliburton. Sometime overnight on Monday, December 1, vandals spray painted graffiti in the alleyway beside the Stedmanís store that runs from Highland Street to York Street. The suspects also spray painted graffiti on the windows of several businesses in the village. Assisting in the investigation is a S.O.C.O (scenes of crime officer) from the Haliburton Highlands Detachment. Members of the public with information on this incident are encouraged to call the O.P.P. Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Cycling Master Plan for Haliburton County

December, 2008 - It's not exactly cycling weather, but the Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition has recently published its Master Plan for Cycling in Haliburton County. The plan was created in July 2008 and is now available on their website at The Cycling Master Plan outlines key findings and recommendations for facilities, cycling networks and program and policy development to make cycling an important part of active transportation in the community and to position and market Haliburton County as a cycling destination. It is intended to guide activities and shape decisions over the next 20 years. It was developed in collaboration with a consulting firm and with input from stakeholders, decision makers and the community at large through a planning workshop, communication with County and municipal councils, a series of community open houses, and a cycling survey. The Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition (HHCC) was formed in September 2005 with the vision that Haliburton County will provide and promote safe and enjoyable cycling of all types, for all ages. The purpose of the HHCC is to represent the interests of the cycling public within Haliburton County. To view the cycling plan online, visit For more information about the Master Plan or the Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition, contact Sue Shikaze at 705-457-1391 or by email.

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Deer Safety Reminder for Drivers

November, 2008 - Officers from the Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment investigated five car-deer collisions on the Thanksgiving weekend. In years past, Haliburton County has seen over 200 vehicle-wildlife collisions. On average there are 14,000 vehicle-wildlife collisions in Ontario every year, with most occurring during dawn or dusk. Drivers can take the following precautions to reduce collisions with wildlife:
* Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. If there is wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully.
* Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs that indicate areas of increased risk. Slow down when travelling through these areas.
* Use high beams at night where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.
* Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road. Remember, if one animal crosses the road, others may follow.
* Never swerve suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control and result in a more serious collision.

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Is Your 911 Sign Visible?

November 5, 2008 - Officers from the Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment would like to remind the public of the need to have your 911 number in a clearly visible area. In the past few weeks officers responding to calls for service on several occasions have had difficulty locating 911 numbers. It is important to make sure your 911 number is visible so emergency workers can locate your address should an emergency occur. Delays in locating an address could have serious consequences in emergency situations. Haliburton County also has a by-law governing 911 signs. Members of the public seeking more information can contact Cathy Howe at the County of Haliburton office, 286-1333.

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Haliburton Remains Conservative

On Tuesday, October 14, Canada reinforced Stephen Harper's Conservative government by giving it a stronger minority. Congratulations to Barry Devolin who was re-elected in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. Here are the local results:

Party Candidate # of Votes % of Votes
CON Barry Devolin 30,444 55.97
LIB Marlene White 11,095 20.40
NDP Stephen Yardy 7,962 14.64
GRN Michael Bell 4,502 8.28
CHP David Switzer 390 0.72

For Canada-wide results, please visit

Student Vote
On Friday, October 10, high school students across the country also voted. Here are the results for our future voters in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock:

Party Candidate # of Votes
NDP Stephen Yardy 728
CON Barry Devolin 602
GRN Michael Bell 527
LIB Marlene White 281
CHP David Switzer 69

For more details on the student vote, visit

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Students Make a Splash!

October 3, 2008 - Over 450 students in grades 4 and 6 from schools across Haliburton, Muskoka and the City of Kawartha Lakes participated in the 4th Annual Haliburton-Muskoka Children's Water Festival on October 2 & 3. The students 'soaked up' all kinds of knowledge about water at over 35 activity centres that combined hands-on learning with messages relevant to their environment and daily lives. "Each activity centre had an important lesson," said Rick Whitteker, Festival Chair. "However, the most popular activity centres were 'Reservoir Rendezvous' and 'The Amazing Aquifer.'" The four main educational themes throughout the activity centres were water properties, uses, connections and importance. The festival was held at the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Carnarvon, and organized by community and environmental organizations, volunteers, and schools within the Haliburton, Muskoka and City of Kawartha Lakes communities. Over 80 students from Trent University and the Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Management program at Fleming College helped run the activity centres.

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2010 Ontario Summer Games Update

August 6, 2008 - The County of Haliburton has been informed by Sport Alliance of Ontario that Haliburton was not successful in its bid to host the 2010 Ontario Summer Games. Blair McIntosh, Games Director for Sport Alliance, commended Haliburton for the quality and content of the County's bid, noting "... the Sport Alliance of Ontario Site Review Committee was thoroughly impressed by the dedication and commitment your community put forth in coming together to present your bid". The County of Haliburton, while deeply disappointed with the news, is encouraged by Sport Alliance's offer to hold a debriefing with the Bid Committee and their encouragement for Haliburton to submit future applications for sporting events administered by Sport Alliance of Ontario.

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Old Fridges ... Your Time Has Come

The Great Refrigerator RoundupJune, 2008 - That old, inefficient second fridge of yours is wasting up to $150/yr in electricity. Hydro One will come and pick it up for FREE. It's the Great Refrigerator Roundup! They'll haul it out of your basement for you and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner. After recycling and reclaiming the material, all thatís left for the landfill will just about fit inside a cowboy hat! If you have an old fridge (at least 10 years old) in working order, you can schedule a pickup appointment. Please note that you must be on a road that is serviced year round by the municipality. Call 1-877-797-9473 or visit

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Bad Bug Season ... Watch Out for Deer, Moose

July 3, 2008 - According to a CTV report by John Musselma dated July 2, the bugs are driving moose and deer onto Ontario roadways. Police and wildlife experts are warning drivers to be on the lookout for moose and deer on highways in cottage country. Insect experts say last fall's wet season, combined with the snowy winter, has created many breeding grounds for mosquitoes and blackflies. The cooler, wetter spring and early summer have also contributed to an increase in the number of active mosquitoes and blackflies. As a result, the moose and deer are trying to escape by coming out of the woods more often. Police officers have reported an increase in vehicle-wildlife collisions so far this year. Accidents with moose in particular can cause serious injury or even death. Two years ago, an OPP officer was killed when his cruiser struck a moose on Highway 169 in the Muskoka area. The Muskoka Wildlife Centre's Keith Packer says drivers should not stop and take pictures if they see moose at the side of the road because the animals will begin to think cars won't hurt them. If you're driving by and you see a moose or deer, the best thing to do is honk and scare it off the road so that it becomes afraid of cars and people. Wildlife experts say the bugs will remain a problem until there is a bout of hot, dry weather.

Bring it on.

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Relay For Life Breaks Record - over $184,000 raised

The Survivor's Lap

June, 2008 - Congratulations to the organizers, supporters, participants and volunteers in this year's Relay For Life. The overnight event, which took place June 13-14 at the Haliburton High School, raised over $184,000, surpassing last year's total of over $130,000. Funds raised through Relay For Life support the Canadian Cancer Societyís mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for Canadians living with cancer. Way to go, Haliburton County!

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Mail a Piece of Haliburton History

April, 2008 - You can now mail a piece of local history to anywhere in the world with a new limited edition R.D. Lawrence Place commemorative stamp. The stamp features a picture of Ron Lawrence and Tundra, one of the wolves he rescued and raised at Wolf Hollow. This is the property he shared in the Gooderham area with his wife Sharon and many, many wild and furry friends. The stamps are available only at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. This is the first Canadian stamp to feature a Haliburtonian from Ontario. The stamps are being sold in sheets of 40 or on a commemorative sheet which features 20 stamps, a blow-up insert of the photograph by Jim Wuepper, and original artwork of a wolf and a line drawing of R.D. Lawrence Place by local artist Donna Bisschop. Both sheets retail for $40. Special packages containing a sheet of 40 stamps plus one of the first 11 of the numbered commemorative sheets, and a ticket to an exclusive wine and cheese evening with Sharon Lawrence at R.D. Lawrence Place will be sold for $100. Proceeds will go towards developing exhibits and programming. For more information, contact Sheryl Loucks at 705-457-7690 or 705-286-8606.

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New CD Celebrates the Fine Musical Talent
of the Haliburton Highlands

April, 2008 - The Haliburton County Folk Society presents Haliburton Folk. Tap your toes to tunes performed by Haliburton County musicians and friends. The likes of Albert Saxby, Zoe Chilco, Thom Lambert, Gord Kidd, Kris Kadwell, Cass Marie, Bethany Houghton, Laurel McCauley, Stan Russell, Dave Fougere and others play both original and cover songs. With 17 tracks, this CD is a must have for your music collection. Mike Jaycock, Canoe FM President, observes, "We have some amazing musical talent in the Highlands and that was emphasized to all of us when we featured many of these artists on the Highlands Radio Almanac. This is a CD that weíve been looking forward to, and you should too." Special thanks to Ian Pay of Quantum Entertainment for initiating, leading, and managing this project. For only $20 you can receive this entertaining collection of songs that takes you to the heart of Haliburton. The CD is expected to be available by the end of April 2008. By ordering now, you are making the entire production possible as well as supporting the work of the Haliburton County Folk Society in their efforts to foster appreciation of, and participation in, folk music in Haliburton County. See for more information and upcoming concerts. Thank you for your support.

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Road Washout

Photo by Steve PogueApril 18, 2008 - A portion of Hwy 648 just east of the town of Harcourt is closed today because of a washout in the south lane. Due to the volume of water, road crews will be unable to repair the road until at least Monday. Traffic is being redirected to Mumford Road just south of the highway.

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Edgewater Beach

March, 2008 - FYI Haliburton has received numerous inquiries about Edgewater Beach on Lake Kashagawigamog. According to a reliable source, this campground and cottage rental facility is no longer in business and the individual cottages have been sold.

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