Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- When Jake walked out his front door, his eyes were assailed by the colours spread before him: scarlet and tangerine, gold and sunny yellow, magenta and even burgundy. He didn’t want to see them. The scenery was completely out of sync with...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
EDITORIAL -- County politicians are wasting a great opportunity to secure votes for the upcoming election. The all-candidates meetings – for the most part – have been contests between candidates as to who can give the best sound bites. Instead...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- Now, I must stress that I was not privy to the goings on at both of the parties I am about to tell you about. However, I did have a man on the inside, a fellow of high standing and one not known to ever have been coerced into saying or doing...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- And so the preparation for winter begins. As I stood at the picture window yesterday, I began to notice all the signs of the change of season. I watched the last of this summer’s boaters and jet skiers as they propelled across the lake in
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- “...the guy who lives down Pine Street, the painter. You know him, you gotta, he's English, too” My pal didn't even blink as he said it, just assuming that because the fellow he was describing had also emigrated from Blighty to Haliburton...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
EDITORIAL -- The Highland East all-candidates meeting on Sept. 23 was far from a barn burner. In fact, the stuff coming out from both candidates and audience members was so damp, you couldn’t have lit a fire there if you wanted to. These meetings are..
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Right now, at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, there’s an exhibition titled ‘tomato/tomato.’ The title is taken from the song ‘Let’s call the whole thing off,’ which contains the phrase “You say tomahto, I say tomayto.” That phrase...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Life throws up a dilemma from time to time, and by dilemma I mean something that my lovely wife and I don't agree upon. Now some would say that is normal, that they hardly ever agree with their wives, but I have to admit to being pretty much...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Election day is drawing ever nearer, but there is no reason to feel uninformed about the candidates vying for municipal council. Information is readily available so we can all vote wisely. One benefit of being a reporter is having the...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
EDITORIAL -- It’s time we talked about mental health. In this week’s issue, Mark Arike writes about mental health in Haliburton County and how some alarming statistics from the OPP indicate we need to do more. Over the last six years, 17 people have...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
OPINION -- If there's one common theme in all our municipal elections, it's money. We don't have any, aren't getting any, and the OPP billing increase is already burning a hole in next year's budgets. The concerns come from both the candidates and...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
OPINION -- It all happened on Thanksgiving weekend and I'm only now really coming to terms with it. There was so much that I could not until now – now that I have had chance to sit back and take stock or digest, if you will – truly appreciate...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
OPINION -- The sound of silence has returned to the house. Everyone has gone back to their own homes. I love the thanksgiving holiday, the smell of the roasting turkey, baking pies and other sweet treats. My mouth waters at the very memory of our...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
OPINION -- This past Friday we took a drive down to Hastings County on a cheese tour in search of some aged cheddar. The sky was a gunmetal grey-blue. Rain was ever-threatening, but all that materialized was an occasional hazy drizzle. It was...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
OPINION -- On Monday and Tuesday, the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) will hold its annual general meeting and a tourism workshop at the Pinestone. Local tourism operators have been invited to learn about a number of topics from a variety...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
EDITORIAL -- This issue of The Highlander marks our third anniversary as a newspaper in Haliburton County. When I told my colleagues that I planned to write a nice column looking back at how far we’ve come over that time, I was told I couldn’t...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- We hope you found last week's issue scorecards for reeve and deputy reeve municipal candidates helpful in making your voting decisions. The original intention was to go a bit further than that and provide report cards for each of the...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- When Rose heard the sound she was surprised and perplexed. Why, she wondered, is the aquarium motor running? All her previous experiences had taught her it should not. As she watched the bubbles gurgling up through the water, she tried to...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- The lake spread out before me, a frame of red and gold maple leaves giving way to the shimmering waters that reflected the blue skies and cotton wool clouds of a perfect autumn day. A loon, swimming in the distance, called out and somewhere...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- Today is the day. I’m going to vote. After going to the municipal office and picking up my voter registration the month after I turned 18, taking it home, completing it and returning it to the office, I finally received my first ever voting.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- For three years, starting in 2008, things were going well for our writers. Through the Cultural Centre in Minden, and the Haliburton Highlands Writers and Editors Network (HHWEN), local writers had literary festivals, book launches...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- On Monday evening, candidates for reeve and deputy reeve in all municipalities of Haliburton County will gather at Fleming College for the final in a series of public meetings. Eight of those present will end up on county council, the...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- When I first moved here my grandmother and I went to a local store and we took our dog, Sophie. She came in with us while we shopped and I thought it was very cool that we didn’t have to leave her outside alone in the vehicle. Not too long.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
EDITORIAL -- Sheila lives in Highlands East. She’s a single mother of three and a former nurse-turned personal support worker, helping those in her community that can’t quite get by on their own. She’s also a volunteer firefighter. When her emergenc
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