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."
It's Fire Season
Haliburton - Local officials are issuing a reminder that the fire season has officially begun and the risk of grass, brush and forest fires is increasing on the top ground cover layer until it greens up.
With annual spring clean-ups taking place, the Haliburton Fire Department cautions about burning materials in large piles. Even the slightest breeze can carry a burning ember a considerable distance and threaten nearby homes, cottages and forested areas.
Forest Fire Danger
Toll Free HOTLINE is now operational 1-877-847-1577 * In case of FIRE - CALL 911
Check the hotline before lighting any fire to ensure that a fire ban has not been declared. A fire ban can be implemented any time environmental conditions create an increased threat of fire.
Questions relating to the local by-law can be directed to the Haliburton Fire Department at 705 457-2126. Burning Regulations In Effect April 1 to October 31
*No burning between 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset
*Fires must be attended at all times by a competent person with adequate equipment to extinguish fire (this person is responsible for any damages)
*Fire must be away from combustible material by at least 3 meters and must not exceed 2 meters in height.
Haliburton Fire and Rescue is also reminding everyone that as of April 15, 2015 carbon monoxide alarms are required in your home/cottage, adjacent to each sleeping area, if you have a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the building according to manufacturer's instructions. Failure to comply with the CO alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations. The minimum fine for homeowners not complying with the law is $295.
Attached is a information package from the Fire Chief about carbon monoxide alarms to share!!!
For more information please visit the Municipality of Dysart et al website or call 705 457-2126.
The Bears Are Back
OPP Remind Us to Be Safe
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 conflict 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 bears to populated areas.
Follow these simple instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears:
• Store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids
• 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
• Keep dogs on leash; sometimes bears will follow off-leash dogs back to you.
Bears entering a populated area are only a danger if they pose an immediate threat to your personal safety or that of the general public.
• Since 2004, Ontario's Bear Wise program has been educating people about bears, how to avoid attracting bears and how to prevent human-bear conflicts.
• The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and OPP have agreed on the roles and responsibilities for both organizations to help the public understand which organization to contact when they 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 and Forestry will respond to emergency situations to assist.
• For non-emergencies, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 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.
What's Blowing Our Way?
The Farmers Almanac Says...
Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario MAY 2015: temperature 11.5°C (1°C below avg.); precipitation 90mm (10mm below avg. east, 60mm above west)
May 1-10: Rainy periods, cool May 11-16: Scattered t-storms, turning warm
May 17-23: Showers, then sunny, cool
May 24-27: Scattered showers, warm;
May 28-31: Sunny; cool east, very warm west
JUNE 2015: temperature 17.5°C (1°C below avg. east, 1°C above west); precipitation 80mm (avg.) Jun 1-5: Sunny, warm east; showers west Jun 6-9: Showers east, sunny west Jun 10-16: Showers; warm, then cool
Jun 17-22: A few showers, cool Jun 23-30: Sunny, warm
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.
SIRCH, Abbey Gardens and the HKPR Health Unit have teamed up to provide a series of workshops about growing, preparing and preserving food.
Both workshops are $15. Register on-line at www.abbeygardens.ca or contact Irene at 705-457-4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down to Earth! - Get your hands dirty and learn about soil. Soil is not just dirt; soil is one of the most complex ecosystems known. It's one of the world's most important natural resources! Come out and learn about soil, what good soil can do for your plants & how to improve or sustain your own soil. Participants may bring a mason jar of their garden soil.
Facilitated by Pauline Plooard, Liz Case & Janice Hardy.
May 23, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm
at the Dorset Community Centre
Short Season Sweet Potatoes - We can grow sweet potatoes in Haliburton! Join us for some helpful tips while we learn about different varieties, preparing for planting, different planting techniques and how to harvest these wonderful tubers!
Facilitated by Lee Risdale of Gelert Garden Farms.
June 6, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm at Abbey Gardens, 1012 Garden Gate Dr., Haliburton
FREE Exercise Classes for Seniors
Haliburton – Highlands Medical Supplies – 10:30 Tues and Thurs Wilberforce – Maple View Apartments – 12:30 Tues and Thurs Minden – Hyland Crest/HHHS – 2:15 Tues and Thurs
Please join us for Senior Exercise Classes. These classes are FREE to attend and are provided by funding from the Local Health Integration Network. The programs are provided in partnership between HHHS, Community Support Services and Closing the Gap Healthcare Group.
Phone: 705-324-5085 x4070
Who You Gonna Call?
February 11 was 211 Day across North America.
Call 2-1-1 for information about the social, municipal and health services available in your community including housing, employment, mental health and addiction agencies.
211 is answered live, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, by trained specialists who know your community services and can refer callers to local support. Calling 211 is free and confidential. For more information, please go to www.211ontario.ca.
Call 211 for Information
Call 511 for Road Reports Call 911 for Emergencies
Knowing the right number to call will help residents find the right services for their situation and reduce inappropriate calls to 911.
Wildlife Collisions - Reduce Your Risk
On average, there is a motor vehicle/wild animal collision every 38 minutes in Ontario. Almost 90% occur on two-lane roads outside of urban areas, and in good weather. The risk of a collision is highest during May and June, and from October to January. Tips to Reduce Risk of Collision: Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. Slow down in areas marked with yellow wildlife warning signs.
Use high beams at night when possible and watch for glowing eyes.
Wildlife beside the road: slow down and pass carefully as they may suddenly bolt onto the road. Wildlife on the road: Brake firmly. Never assume the animal will move out of your way. Never swerve suddenly; you could lose control or head into oncoming traffic.
If you see one deer, there are likely more nearby.
If possible, avoid driving during dusk or dawn when most wildlife collisions occur.
Don't feed deer if you live near a highway.
For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Transportation website at www.mto.gov.on.ca.
For public safety tips, residents may check out the OPP web-site at www.opp.ca.
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 email@example.com.
ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Right Here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!
Two 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.
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.