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

Federal Election October 19, 2015

There will be time before and after the meeting to meet the candidates.
For those who are unable to attend, the meeting will be streamed live on HighlanderTV and archived at for later viewing. Send questions and issues you'd like to see discussed to Brought to you by The Highlander Newspaper, Moose FM, Canoe FM and Sticks & Stones. With Brigitte Gall as host, Sue Black as online host, and the Highlander's incoming editor, Jennifer Hughey, as moderator.

Guided Fall Colour Hikes

Algonquin Highlands is offering the folowing guided fall hikes at various trails with a different theme and leader each week. Thursdays from 10am to 12pm. Cost is $5 per hike. Please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring water and snacks. Trails are rated easy to moderate. Registration is required – call the rec centre at 705-766-9968 or email to book your spot.
September 24 — Sam Allard – Senses in Nature – Beetle Lake Trail. A discovery hike focusing on different senses in nature
October 1 — Ernie Demuth – If A Tree Falls… – Frost Centre Trails. Hike with Ernie as he explains how forests are managed in a sustainable way and discuss basic tree identification
October 8 — Corina Mansfield – Wilderness Survival – Frost Centre Trails. Learn how to survive in the woods with hands on demonstrations and practice of critical skills, tips and tricks
October 15 — Sheila Ziman – History & Nature - James Cooper Lookout. Explore Cooper's Lookout and beyond and learn about its history and the beautiful wildflower area, a raven nesting spot and more.

A Year of Extreme Temperatures

That's what we're in for, according to Jack Burnett, managing editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac. He broke the news in a recent interview on CTV's Canada AM. The abnormal weather conditions of 2016, he says, will start with another cold winter (up to five degrees colder than usual). However, the snowfall will be slightly less than average. That will be followed by a cool, wet spring and a hot, dry summer.

Burnett's advice for Canadians? Buy a few extra scarves!

The Old Farmer's Almanac has been predicting the weather since 1792— with about 80% accuracy.

(Adapted from the CTV article, "Big chill, wet spring, sweaty summer ahead: Old Farmer's Almanac")

Upcoming Events

Art, sports, music, nature, adventure ... whatever you're into, you'll find something to do in Haliburton County! Visit our Events page for details about these and other great events:

October 1,8,15 - Guided Fall Colour Hikes
October 3 - Colourfest
October 3 - Paul DesLauriers Band at the Dominion
October 3-4, 10-11 - Haliburton County Studio Tour
October 6 - All Candidates Meeting
October 17 - Autism is a Pain in the Aspergers! - Fundraiser for Community Living
October 17 - Homemade Stew III
October 17-18 - Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins
October 25 - Haliburton Concert Series - Kortgaard & Tiefenbach
Various Dates - Experience Haliburton - Embrace the wonders of the Haliburton Highlands with unique, fun, and active outdoor experiences. For details, see

Head Lake, Haliburton

Canadian Blues Legends Series Continues

The fabulous Paul DesLauriers Band opens up Season 5 of the Canadian Blues Legends series on October 3, 2015. DesLauriers, who is at the very pinnacle of Blues guitarists, and his two band mates, are multiple Maple Blues Award winners as well as winners of many awards in Quebec. This band has a very high WOW! factor. Tickets $20 online or via pickup at hotel. See

Autism is a Pain in the Aspergers!

Please come out and support Community Living by enjoying a fun filled night of comedy and music!
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Living with Cancer Support Group

The Living with Cancer Support Group is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with or has survived cancer. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Ruth Parkes Room at the Haliburton Hospital from 1-3pm. Please contact Lynn Higgs Thompson at 705-457-2941 for more information.

And Now the Weather...

The Farmers Almanac says...
Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario

SEPTEMBER 2015: temperature 15°C (0.5°C above avg.); precipitation 70mm (20mm below avg.)
Sep 1-6: T-storms, then sunny, cool
Sep 7-13: Scattered showers, cool
Sep 14-25: T-storms, then sunny, cool
Sep 26-30: Showers, warm

OCTOBER 2015: temperature 10.5°C (1.5°C above avg.); precipitation 85mm (10mm below avg. east, 50mm above west);
Oct 1-3: Sunny, warm
Oct 4-8: Showers, mild
Oct 9-13: Flurries, then sunny, chilly
Oct 14-20: Showers, mild
Oct 21-26: Rainy, mild
Oct 27-31: Sunny, mild

Annual Weather Summary for Southern Ontario
November 2015 to October 2016

Winter will be colder than normal, with near- to slightly below-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. The coldest period will be from late December through early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, early December, early and late January, mid-February, and mid-March. April and May will be slightly cooler than normal, with above-normal rainfall. Summer will be warmer and slightly drier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in early to mid- and mid- to late June and early and late August. September and October will be much warmer and somewhat drier than normal.

(adapted from

Lightning Safety

Each year, lightning kills approximately ten Canadians and injures approximately 100-150 others. So how do you keep yourself and your family safe when lightning strikes? Environment Canada has some tips:
"The first and most important thing to remember is that if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Take shelter immediately, preferably in a house or all-metal automobile (not convertible top). If caught outside far from a safe shelter, stay away from tall objects, such as trees, poles, wires and fences. Take shelter in a low lying area."

Fire Safety

Forest Fire Danger

In case of FIRE
CALL 911

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.
For more information please visit the Municipality of Dysart et al website. Questions relating to the local by-law can be directed to the Haliburton Fire Department at 705-457-2126.

Bear Safety

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have provided 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.

• 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.

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?

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

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 For public safety tips, residents may check out the OPP web-site at

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

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

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 Support Services (previously 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 705-457-2941 or

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
The winners of the Canoe FM contest were announced on September 1, 2007.

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