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."
Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby
On March 7-8, 2015, Haliburton welcomes mushers, skijorers and their amazing canine partners as they take part in the annual Dogsled Derby at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre. Races include 4-dog, 6-dog and 8-dog sled races, youth and kids races, and 1-dog and 2-dog skijoring and are spread throughout the day. Lots of great vantage points along the course. Come out and watch!
Need more info? See www.haliburtondogsledderby.com.
Winter Folk Camp March 6-9
Music, learning, community, winter adventure—Winter Folk Camp is designed to get you through the late-winter blahs and satisfy your appetite for tasty musical experiences. Registrants choose from the following streams:
Eve Goldberg: Ukulele Orchestra;
October Browne: Musical Lunchbox;
Jory Nash: Songwriting;
Roly Platt: Harmonica;
Jane Lewis: Choir;
Sam Turton: Slide Guitar;
Linda Shadbolt: Yoga.
You can also customize your experience with a variety of informal workshops, jam sessions and song circles. Evening ceilidhs showcase the artists-in-residence in a professional stage setting. Afternoons are set aside for getting outside and enjoying the wonder of winter in the Haliburton Highlands with your choice of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, hiking and even napping! Location: Camp Wanakita.
See www.winterfolkcamp.com or contact Thom Lambert, Coordinator, at 705-457-9110 or email@example.com.
Winter Folk Camp Ceilidh
Warm up to some great music at Camp Wanakita on Sat. March 7 at 8:00 pm featuring Eve Goldberg, Jane Lewis and Sam Turton—three of the Winter Folk Camp's artists-in-residence.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Folk Society members and students). Get yours at www.madeinhaliburton.ca, Halco Electronics/The Source in Haliburton and The Organic Times in Minden.
See www.winterfolkcamp.com for more information.
Think Spring! 2015 Plant Sale On Now
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust and Friends of Environmental and Ecological Learning (FEEL) are proud to launch their 2015 online plant sale. Not only will you get high-quality seedlings to plant on your property, but you'll be supporting two non-profit organizations who are committed to preserving Haliburton County's land, waterways, and the many animal species who inhabit them.
For more information on the sale; to browse available plants, trees and shrubs; or to place your order, please go to plants.haliburtonlandtrust.ca.
Orders must be placed by April 1 for delivery to the Haliburton Beer Store on Victoria Day weekend (weather permitting). Payment is required in advance, and quantities are limited. This sale was previously managed by the Haliburton Stewardship Council.
There Is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch!
Every Monday from March 2 to May 11, meals will be cooked and served with love at NO COST TO YOU at Baked & Battered in Haliburton, from 11 am to 3 pm. It's truly an experience in kindness. By being a customer, you will help food service trainees gain experience and hone their skills. You may choose to throw some cash in the jar to "pay it forward" for the next customer. "Cook It Up: Gratitude in Motion" is brought to you by SIRCH Community Services in partnership with Baked & Battered. It is based on the pay-it-forward Karma Kitchen concept to offer a free nutritious meal to anyone, promote gratitude, connect the community and provide food services training for motivated individuals.
More info: www.sirch.on.ca or 705-457-1742
OPP Investigating Several Break and Enters
February 24, 2015 – Haliburton OPP are currently investigating numerous break and enters to seasonal properties around the area of Blue Hawk Lake Road in the Township of Dysart et al.
Between early afternoon and late evening on Sunday February 22, 2015, several cottages along the North Shore line of Blue Hawk Road were reached by snowmobile, broken into, ransacked and searched for alcohol. OPP are seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the Haliburton Highlands OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous information can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.khcs.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Protect Your Cottage
The OPP is urging residents to take the following steps to help protect their cottages:
Ask a permanent resident to check your property and provide them with your contact information
Remove all food and alcohol
Secure windows and doors – close curtains, blinds, shutters
Consider using motion sensors to light up the exterior of the cottage
Consider an alarm system and leave your contact information with your alarm company
Get to know your neighbours, know who is a stranger and who belongs there and contact the police if you see someone who appears suspicious
For more information about protecting your property visit the OPP website and follow the OPP safeguard link.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Conditions: Sir Sam's
What's Blowing Our Way?
The Farmers Almanac Says...
Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario MARCH 2015: temperature -4°C (1°C below avg.); precipitation 30mm (20mm below avg.); Mar 1-10: Snow showers, then sunny, cold; Mar 11-16: Sunny, then showers, mild; Mar 17-19: Rain to snow east, sunny west; turning cold; Mar 20-25: Snow, then flurries, cold; Mar 26-29: Rain and snow east, sunny west; cool; Mar 30-31: Rain and snow showers. APRIL 2015: temperature 6°C (1°C above avg.); precipitation 65mm (20mm below avg. east, 50mm above west); Apr 1-7: Showers, then sunny, cool; Apr 8-13: Showers, cool; Apr 14: Rain, then sunny, cool; Apr 15-21: Rain, then sunny, warm; Apr 22-30: A few showers; warm, then cool.
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.
This is the new hashtag created by Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). The #RememberWinter campaign hopes to draw visitors from Toronto, Ottawa and surrounding areas by capturing what locals between Haliburton County and the Ottawa Valley already know: that even though you eventually grow up, every day can feel like a snow day! Remember when you embraced winter with authentic wonder and couldn't wait to come out and play? OHTO is asking visitors and locals alike to share photos that show them embodying winter fun for a chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of a Canada Goose jacket. Entries can be submitted at ontarioshighlands.ca or facebook.com/ontarioshighlands.
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.
Help Haliburton Become the Next Kraft Hockeyville
Haliburton is ready.
We want to be the next Kraft Hockeyville!
Our community could host an NHL pre-season game and receive $100,000 in arena upgrades.
Slushy, salty commutes to and from the office. Dirty brown 'snow.' Treacherous driving conditions. No wonder you think you don't like winter. Come and see this beautiful season from a different perspective!
Not into motorized fun?
Try downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or dog sledding!
We have it all in Haliburton County.
FYI Haliburton will have a new look in 2015! The new website will be launched soon and when it does, you'll be able to easily manage your own events and business listings. We have received several event submissions for later in the year but are holding off on posting many of them. Please be patient ... if they haven't been posted yet, they will
be part of the new website.
Wildlife Collisions - Reduce Your Risk
From Nov 1 to Dec 18, 2014, Haliburton Highlands OPP officers investigated 26 collisions involving deer. 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.