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"In the city, I lose my mind . . . in the Highlands, I find it."

Midnight Madness!

For the 33rd year, the main street of Haliburton will be closed to traffic from 8pm to midnight on the Friday of the August long weekend. Come out on August 1, 2014, and celebrate Haliburton's 150th birthday! Wear your best 'Party Hat' and you could win CA$H! Party with the Ya Babys and the Highland Twirlers. Visit with the OPP, Dysart Firefighters and EMS. Sidewalk Mural. Haliburton Highlands Portable Musuem. Flaming Hula Hoop Demonstration. Kids Fun Zone with Youth Unlimited. Dysart Firefighters famous Beef on a Bun. FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE & BALLOONS! Birthday gifts to be won! Great deals, food and FUN for the whole family!

Upcoming Races

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:

Highland Yard — Sunday, August 3, 2014
10K run, 5K run, 2K run/walk
Village Green, Minden
Cause: Places For People

Stanhope Triathlon/Duathlon — Saturday, August 16, 2014
Swim-Bike-Run or Run-Bike-Run - various distances
Stanhope Community Centre
Cause: Stanhope Fire Fighters

Kash End of Summer Dash — Sunday, August 17, 2014
10K run and 1K kids fun run
Pinestone Resort, Haliburton
Cause: Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)


Anna Mueller's family is asking for your help to raise money to pay for Anna's aggressive cancer treatment. Come out and have a good time and support a great cause. At the Stanhope Fire Hall on Saturday, August 2, there will be live entertainment with Gord Kidd, BBQ, Washer and Horseshoe tournament ($40 buy in for each winner takes half the money), beer tent, 50/50 draw, yard sale & silent auction. Check out their Facebook page for more information or contact the family at 705-286-0166.

Highlands Summer Festival 2014
Promises Something for Everyone

Another exciting season has begun for the Highlands Summer Festival, and it includes an interesting mix of period pieces, comedy and music, according to Artistic Producer, Scot Denton. The 2014 line-up includes an adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations; a trip down memory lane to the music of the sixties in Back in '59; a musical murder mystery comedy called The Last Resort; the inspiring story of Canadian World War One flying ace, Billy Bishop Goes to War; and the ghost of John Barrymore in the great comedy, I Hate Hamlet.

Tickets are now on sale for all shows at $29.50 each. You can order tickets online at or by calling 705-457-9933.

Spring and Summer Weather Hazards

Winter storms are behind us, but spring and summer weather hazards are now more common than ever. Expect anything from hail and heat waves, to thunderstorms and tornadoes over the next several 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.

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Two Weekly Farmers Markets This Growing Season

This spring/summer/fall, you can get fresh local produce twice a week - Tuesdays in Haliburton (12-4pm at Head Lake Park, May 20-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.

Haliburton County—A Great Running Destination!

Check out these local race events. Many have short and long distances, and the option to walk or run—all for a great cause.

This Sounds Like a Dream Job!

Armed with a map, an iPad and a hashtag, the Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO)'s new Social Media Brand Ambassador is hitting the road this summer, taking part in a "Great Escape" trip that will change the way first-time visitors engage with our region's summer tourism offering. Beginning the Victoria Day long weekend, Carly Freeman, a Public Relations graduate from Humber College in Toronto, will become the ultimate tourist in Ontario's Highlands, acting as the face of the region and the eyes and ears of young, socially-connected and curious city slickers looking for an opportunity to get a taste of the travel experiences available between Haliburton County and the Ottawa Valley.

Freeman will be taking travel suggestions from OHTO's social media followers, who will guide her summer adventures using #OHletsgo, a hashtag the organization has created as part of its new summer campaign. She will be sharing photos, videos, social media updates and blog posts about her "Great Escape", showcasing the region's rural hospitality, vast breadth of summer experiences and unique stories hidden in the nooks and crannies of our communities.

Pictured above is the Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest. Do you think Carly should include this in her travels?

Some Bear Wisdom

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding people to take simple precautions this spring to prevent attracting black bears as they come out of hibernation. 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. Follow these simple instructions 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

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?

Could you be a Big Brother or Big Sister?

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:

2014 Haliburton Highlands Destination Guide

Promoting the Haliburton Highlands!

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.

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Seniors: Need a Ride?

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?
  • Ritchie Falls
  • View from Dorset Tower
  • Hawk River Log Chute
  • Sleeping Woman in Sculpture Forest
  • Gull River
  • Autumn Colours
  • Essonville Church
  • Furnace Falls
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