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



No Ice is Safe Ice

December 8, 2014 - The Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning the public to please stay off what may appear to be frozen ice surfaces. Although it may appear that there is ice on area lakes and rivers, the ice is not safe and the conditions have not been cold enough to allow for strong ice to form. Ice is constantly changing in response to weather and water conditions and is affected by many different factors including thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover. The Haliburton Highlands OPP encourages everyone to stay off the ice when conditions are obviously dangerous especially in the early winter and late spring. The advice of the OPP is very simple as at this time "No Ice is Safe Ice". 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.

Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers Needed

Did you know that the simple act of driving your car can help cancer patients in your community? For one in five cancer patients in Ontario, transportation to treatment is just one of the many challenges they face on their road to recovery. You can help provide rides to life-saving appointments by becoming a volunteer driver. All drivers must have a smoke free vehicle. Reimbursement and training are provided. For more information please contact Alison Payne at 1-800-463-0432 or apayne@ontario.cancer.ca.

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary needs your vote!

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary is a 100% volunteer-based charity that rehabilitates and releases orphaned and injured wildlife in the Haliburton Highlands. WWS is in the semi-finals of the Aviva Insurance Community Fund and needs the support of the community to vote for them once a day, every day, from Dec 1-10. Out of 120 Canada-wide organizations, only 40 with the most votes will make it to the finals. WWS is hoping to be one of them, and needs your daily vote. With the grant money, they hope to set up portable building that will serve as a wildlife nursery/ICU for the 100's of orphaned and injured wildlife they receive throughout the year. Please show your support for this much needed public service charity and vote for them at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19947. For more info, follow us on www.facebook.com/WWSanctuary, call 705-286-1133 or email admin@woodlandswildlifesanctuary.ca.



Fill a Cruiser Event Success!

On Saturday December 6 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Auxiliary Unit held the annual Fill a Cruiser Event at grocery stores located in Haliburton and Minden, ON. The outcome was a TOTAL success! Approximately 491 bags of food were collected and donated to the local food banks. Many generous cash donations and toys were received as well. Members from the Haliburton Highlands OPP wish to thank all those who donated to help local families during the holiday season.

FREE Defibrillator Training

Take advantage of the Public Access Defibrillator Training on Wednesday, December 10 from 7 to 10pm at the Dorset Recreation Centre. Learn how the defibrillator works and know what to do in case of an emergency situation. The training is free but registration is required. To register, call the Dorset Recreation Centre at 705-766-9968 or the Haliburton County Paramedic Service at 705-457-1616.

Gifts from the Heart

SIRCH Community Services is making it easy for you to give a gift that will make a difference right here at home! This Christmas, give a gift that will show your support for residents of Haliburton County who may be hungry, ill, alone or grieving. Every gift you purchase will go directly to help children, families and seniors right here in your own community. Gifts as low as $15 can and do change lives. Make a difference today!

SIRCH (So It Really Can Happen) provides several community services including:

Thrift Warehouse
128 Mallard Road, Haliburton — 1-844-847-4381
Amazing prices on used household goods, electronics, furniture, lamps, appliances, collectibles and more

Need a Hand
705-457-1742
Repairs, maintenance, small construction and more done under the oversight of a licensed home inspector

SIRCH Community Kitchen
705-457-1742
Nutritious, tasty meals distributed through community agencies to help individuals and families

ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Right Here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

Canopy Tour at Haliburton ForestTwo local experiences have been designated as Ontario Signature Experiences (OSE), which showcase the best and most unique tourism experiences in the province carefully selected to motivate visits to Ontario from global markets. The Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve (right), and the 'Haliburton Rocks!' package offered by Yours Outdoors were included, along with Madawaska Kanu Centre in Barry's Bay and Ottawa River rafting offered by OWL Rafting, Wilderness Tours, and RiverRun Rafting. In addition to the associated prestige that comes with being named an OSE, recipients receive marketplace credibility, worldwide recognition as part of the OSE collection, increased marketing through OTMPC partnership, increased packaging and cross-promotional opportunities with other OSE members, and strengthened business relationships with travel trade. For more information on OHTO membership, initiatives, or becoming an Ontario Signature Experience, visit www.ohto.ca.

Winter Driving

The OPP want to remind motorists that conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly, and motorists should drive according to the current weather and road conditions.
Get Your Vehicle Ready:
Install 4 winter tires
Have an ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle at all times
Keep your windshield washer fluid filled and keep an extra container in your vehicle
Keep your fuel tank at least half full in case you get stranded and to prevent condensation in the tank
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
Adjust your Driving Habits:
SLOW DOWN!   BE ALERT!   STAY IN CONTROL!
Keep full set of headlights ON every day throughout the winter months
Leave extra space between vehicles
Know your location
Monitor road and weather conditions before heading out

DO NOT CALL the OPP for ROAD REPORTS.
For driving conditions, please visit www.ontario.ca/511 or dial 511.


What's Blowing Our Way?
The Farmers Almanac Says...

Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario
DECEMBER 2014: temperature -4C (2C below avg. east, 2C above west); precipitation 40mm (avg.)
Dec 1-3: Snowstorm, then sunny, mild
Dec 4-11: Snowstorm, then snow showers, cold
Dec 12-16: Snowstorm, then flurries east and central; sunny, mild, then cold west
Dec 17-24: Snow showers, some heavy; very cold, then mild
Dec 25-31: Snowstorm, then flurries and lake snows, cold.

Annual Weather Summary for Southern Ontario
November 2014 to October 2015

Winter temperatures and precipitation will be below normal, with the coldest periods in mid-December, early and mid-January, and early to mid-February. Snowfall will be below normal in Southwest Ontario and above normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in December and mid- to late March. April and May temperatures will be near normal, with precipitation below normal east, above west. Summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest temperatures in mid- to late July and early August. Rainfall will be above normal in the east and below in the west. September and October will be warmer than normal, with precipitation below normal in the east and above in the west.

(adapted from www.almanac.com/weather/longrange/region/ca/3)


Heat Bank

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.





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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