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."
Mild Weather and Wildlife Warning
Friday, April 11, 2014 - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are warning the public to exercise extreme caution this coming weekend as the mild weather, along with additional rain in the forecast, will continue the rapid deterioration and melting of any ice that remains on area lakes, rivers and streams. "No Ice is Safe Ice," says Central Region OPP Chief Superintendent John Tod. Please follow this very important public safety message as any ice related rescue has the potential to put the lives of many first responders at great risk.
With the warmer weather, wildlife of all types are also reappearing as they return to their traditional low lying areas. Motorists are reminded that wildlife are most active half an hour before dawn, half an hour before dusk, and overnight. Please reduce your speed and be on the lookout for wildlife.
The Snow is Melting, Spring is Coming
and the Bears are Waking Up!
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 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?
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?
Call for Vendors - Treasures 'n Trash - June 14
Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre invites you to join in their annual Treasures 'n Trash event on Saturday, June 14. It's Haliburton's summer starter - a place to pick up bargains, turn your trash into treasure, have fun with family and friends and enjoy our lakeside park! Bake some butter tarts and enter the contest!
Antiques, vintage items, plants, preserves, books, games and sporting goods, fashions, jewelry, furniture, new and used items of all kinds, handicrafts, home businesses... and this year - delicious foods and art!
Bring it on!
$35 for 12 x 12 spot; $50 for 12 x 20 and $75 for 20x20 with parking at booth (limited number of large spots). Book your spot today - click here to register.
Food vendors require Health Department clearance. Please contact Laurie at 705-457-2330 to discuss options for service groups and individuals.
So You Want to Run for Council?
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:
Our local OPP detachment has been very busy lately, keeping our county safe. These men and women risk their lives every day to make our lives better, so thank an OPP officer today!
Below are some of the latest OPP police reports:
The Haliburton Concert Series announces the lineup for its 2014 season of classical music concerts. Saturday, April 26, 2014 - The Foothills Brass, a wonderful brass quintet that is serious about their music and serious about the fun! Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Trio 86, consisting of piano, viola, and clarinet. Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Mauro Bertoli, a young piano virtuoso who has won many international competitions and performed all over the world.
Visit the website for more details: www.haliburtoncs.blogspot.com. Tickets are available from June Smith at 705-457-3272 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The series is sold as a subscription of three concerts - $60 for adults and $25 for students. More than 50% of the subscriptions have already been sold, so don't delay!
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.