Beware the Domain Registry of Canada
The Domain Registry of Canada (DROC) is not as official as it sounds. If you own a web domain (e.g. fyihaliburton.com), then you may have received an "expiration notice" from DROC. Please check with your webmaster or domain registrar (the company you registered your domain with) before sending these people any money. That "expiration notice" that looks like an official invoice (threatening that you will lose your website if you don't respond) may in fact be a ploy to get you to transfer your domain to them at a higher cost.
"In the city, I lose my mind . . . in the Highlands, I find it."
How to Keep Your Head Above Water
This Long Weekend
The "OPP Challenge" this summer is focused on encouraging boaters to WEAR a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times while out on the water. "Having a PFD available on your boat is simply not enough—you need to be wearing it at all times," says Chief Superintendent John Tod.
With the last official long weekend of the summer quickly approaching, the OPP want everyone to keep their heads above the water—literally. In the event of a sudden water related accident, wearing a PFD will allow you to float until help arrives. In one such occurrence this summer, the operator of a personal watercraft was rendered unconscious after a collision with another vessel. Responding officers determined that the outcome could have been fatal if the victim had not been wearing a PFD.
Purina Walk for Dog Guides
On Saturday, September 20, the Haliburton & District Lions Club will be holding the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. Come on out to the Village Square in Haliburton. Registration begins at noon, walk at 1:00pm. Pledge cards available on the Lions Club website. Pledge and walk your dog, or just come out to enjoy the music and tasty treats at the Lion's BBQ and bake sale. For more information call Lion Mary at 705 448-1128.
Heat Bank Haliburton County is a new community initiative with a mission to increase the supply of and ease of access to emergency firewood and heat for vulnerable residents of Haliburton County. Made up of a network of community agencies, organizations, community members and companies, the new organization is committed to ensuring that residents within Haliburton County have access to emergency heat when they need it. They recognize that struggling households can be faced with many challenges and so their aim is to eliminate the need to have to sacrifice on heat in order to purchase other necessities.
Find out more at www.heatbankhc.ca.
Weekly Farmers Markets Continue into October
This spring/summer/fall, you can get fresh local produce twice a week - Tuesdays in Haliburton (12-4pm at Head Lake Park, May 20 until October 7), and Fridays in Carnarvon (1-5pm at the new Rhubarb Restaurant location, June 20-October 10). Vendors are local farm producers, bakers, food producers and artisans. We have seasonal vegetables, berries, melons, locally-raised beef and lamb, mushrooms, honey, maple syrup, plant starts, flowers, home-made breads and other baked goods, preserves, meat pies, cheeses, East Indian foods and sauces are also available. Talented artisans showcase products made locally. The market also provides space for local not-for-profit organizations to fundraise or offer information. Other attractions include musicians, activities for kids and educational demonstrations. See you at the Market this summer! Visit the website.
On Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm there will be a Leisure Mart at the A.J. LaRue Arena. Come find out what recreation and leisure opportunities exist in Haliburton. Talk to local service providers and organizations to learn about the activities they offer. Some of the providers will be accepting registrations on this day.
To learn more about the event or if you are a service provider and would like to set up a booth, please contact Andrea Mueller at (705) 457-1740 ext. 35 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haliburton Concert Series
The Haliburton Concert Series will present the second concert of their 2014 season on September 13, 2014 with Trio '86—a clarinet, viola, and piano trio. Performers Krista Martynes, Keith Hamm, and Justyna Gabzdyl will present a program of music entitled The Kegelstatt Legacy. It begins with Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio and continues with music that was inspired by it composed by Schumann, Bruch, and Kurtág. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. Refreshments and an opportunity to speak with the musicians will follow the performance.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and are available from June Smith at email@example.com or 705-457-3272.
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Some Bear Wisdom
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding people to take simple precautions to prevent attracting black bears.
The potential for human-bear conflicts increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw them to populated areas.
To minimize the chances of attracting bears:
* Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids.
* Put out garbage only on the morning of pickup.
* Put away bird feeders. Seed, suet and nectar also attract bears.
* Pick fruits and berries as they ripen — don't let them rot on the ground.
* Clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills. Learn more about what you can do to keep bears out of your neighbourhood at ontario.ca/bearwise.
Who To Call if You Encounter a Bear
If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. At the request of police, during daylight hours the Ministry of Natural Resources will respond to emergency situations to assist. For non-emergencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources operates the toll-free, 24/7 Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327) and the Bear Wise website to provide the public with information and advice.
See also: Bear Encounters - Who Do I Call?
Summer Weather Hazards
Summer weather hazards are now more common than ever. Expect anything from hail and heat waves, to thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes over the next few months. Help protect yourself, your family and your property by knowing what to expect and how to prepare for it. Visit the Environment Canada website for information about lightning, rain, floods, storm surges, thunderstorms, wind, tornadoes, hail, heat and humidity, fog and frost, as well as air quality and the UV index.
If you're looking for a summer challenge, something to do for a good cause, or just a fun event, why not try one of these? Many have short and long distances, and the option to walk or run—all for a great cause.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes - Haliburton promotes and monitors long term supportive friendships with children that will benefit from quality relationships with caring adults. There are some little brothers and sisters in Haliburton County who are waiting for someone to commit to spending time with them. If you love children and have some time to give, please check out this link: Is mentoring for you?
So You Want to Run for Council?
Find Out What it's all About
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is providing an online course for anyone thinking of running in this fall's municipal election. This new course will answer questions like:
What does it take to run for council?
What should I know before I run?
How do I deal with the media during my campaign?
What is the true power and influence of municipal government?
What rules, regulations and laws govern my duties as an elected official?
The course costs $24.95 for 30 days' access to a wealth of knowledge. Visit the website for more details.
2014 Destination Guide
The shiny new guide is out!
Pick up your copy around the county, or have a peek online:
The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) has completed a pilot series video project. The video above, for the Haliburton region, features the Sculpture Forest, Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, Sir Sam's Ski & Bike, and Sir Sandford Fleming College. The OHTO will be using these videos on their website to promote the Haliburton Highlands.
Community Care Haliburton County would like to help seniors who live in remote areas of our county to get into town to do their weekly shopping, banking, prescription pick up, etc. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this service, please contact Judy at 457-2941 or by email. Community Care wants to help our seniors get to where they need to go.
Have you seen
the Eight Wonders of Haliburton County?
View from Dorset Tower
Hawk River Log Chute
Sleeping Woman in Sculpture Forest
The winners of the Canoe FM contest were announced on September 1, 2007.