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

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Parades in Haliburton & Minden This Weekend

Haliburton—Friday, November 21, 2014 on Highland Street. This fun family evening begins with Tree Lighting and Carols at the Town Tree at 6:00 pm. Parade at 6:30 pm. Winter Warm-Up at the Haliburton Legion after the parade. Bands include the Kawartha Kavaliers, Haliburton Silver Flutes, and Correctional Services Pipes & Drums. The Lions will be along the parade route collecting money for the food banks. Remember—No Parking on Highland Street! Visit the BIA website for more details.
Minden—Saturday, November 22, 2014.
"Christmas Through The Years" - the Township of Minden Hills' Santa Claus Parade, 11:30 am. Floats start at Archie Stouffer Public School and finish at the Municipal Administration Office. Free hot chocolate and pictures with Santa following the parade at the Vilalge Green. Kids! Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa! Phone: 705-286-1936 x204


GLITTER is a special fundraiser extravaganza—part of the Minden Festival of Trees. Don't miss the big social event of the season on Saturday November 22, 6-12 pm, at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. The evening includes many surprises, unique raffle items and auctions, a signature cocktail, bar, and live entertainment provided by the Highlands Opera Theatre. The whole idea is to glam it up, have fun and wear your glitter. This is a hot event so get your tickets now. $35 per person. For tickets to GLITTER and Festival of Trees call 705-286-3763. Major credit cards accepted.

Haliburton Christmas Shindig
Fun Fundraiser for Fuel for Warmth

Don't miss this star studded evening of entertainment by Shout Sister, Highlands Little Theatre Comedy teams, Joy Jam, Brigitte Gall, Heritage Ballet, Gord Kidd, an excerpt from Pirates of Penzance, The TentShakers, and Carl Dixon. Your hosts, Dame Beatrice and Elf, will add to the fun on Saturday, November 29. Tickets are available at Cranberry Cottage in Haliburton and Minden Pharmasave—$15 each or $50 for a family of four. 7.30 pm Location: Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion

Winter Driving - Are You Ready?

Apparently, many of us are not! Between Friday November 7 and Sunday November 9, 2014, the Haliburton Highlands OPP responded to 14 motor vehicle collisions as a result of drivers failing to adjust their speed to the weather conditions. The OPP want to remind motorists that winter is fast approaching, driving 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:
• 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
Note: Section 159 (2)(3) of the Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle if it can be done safely. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $400 to $2,000 plus three demerit points.

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

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
Repairs, maintenance, small construction and more done under the oversight of a licensed home inspector

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

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

Two Month Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario
NOVEMBER 2014: temperature 2°C (1°C below avg.) precipitation 65mm (20mm below avg.)
Nov 1-6: Scattered showers, mild
Nov 7-10: Snow showers, cold
Nov 11-18: Rain to snow, then flurries, cold
Nov 19-30: Snow showers, cold
DECEMBER 2014: temperature -4°C (2°C below avg. east, 2°C 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.

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Closing Up the Cottage for the Winter?
Lock it or Lose it!

Cottages and seasonal homes are most vulnerable to thieves between Thanksgiving and Victoria Day. The Haliburton Highlands Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are providing these crime prevention tips:
•Pack up and remove all food and alcohol
•Do not leave firearms or weapons at the cottage
•Trim trees and shrubs so that doors and windows are visible from the roadway
•Secure windows and doors – close curtains, blinds and shutters
•Take your valuables with you – electronics, personal items, tools, etc.
•Make sure there's nothing around your property that could be used to break in to your building
•Ensure that contact (key holder) information is made known for alarms, thefts, weather damage. Ask a permanent resident to check in on your property and provide them with your contact information
•Winterize any vehicles such as boats and ATV's. Ensure they are covered and locked, and the keys are hidden. For snowmobiles, you can remove the track and hide the keys
•Consider using motion sensors to light up the exterior of the cottage
•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.
•Consider an alarm system and leave your contact information with your alarm company

Municipal Election - October 27, 2014

Township of Algonquin Highlands
Reeve: Carol Moffatt (acclaimed)
Councillor Ward 1: Brian Lynch (262), Sarah Coombs (222)
Councillor Ward 2: Lisa Barry, Elizabeth Danielson (both acclaimed)
Councillor Ward 3: Bob Buckingham (344), Marlene Kyle (375)

Municipality of Dysart et al
Reeve: Murray Fearrey (3075), Janis Parker (2639)
Deputy-Reeve: Dennis Casey (2428), Andrea Roberts (3048)
Councillor Ward 1: Bill Davis (326), Bob Nichol (110), Nancy Wood-Roberts (580)
Councillor Ward 2: Steve Dunec (291), Derek Knowles (777), David McKay (519)
Councillor Ward 3: Bill Sinclair (415), Tammy Donaldson (438)
Councillor Ward 4: Susan Norcross (701), Aaron Walker (590)
Councillor Ward 5: Walt McKechnie (acclaimed)

Municipality of Highlands East
Reeve: Dave Burton (1959), Steve Cosentino (1350)
Councillor Ward 1: Steve Kauffeldt (160), Cam McKenzie (182)
Councillor Ward 2: Suzanne Partridge (644), Adam Szelei (432)
Councillor Ward 3: Cecil Ryall (627), Donna Graham (433)
Councillor Ward 4: Joan Barton (654), Todd Bertram (278)

Township of Minden Hills
Reeve: Brent Devolin (2159), Brigitte Gall (1596), Barb Reid (937)
Deputy-Reeve: Rick Ashall (1529), John Beattie (217), Cheryl Murdoch (2821)
Councillor at Large: Daryl Moore (1983), Ron Nesbitt (2402)
Councillor Ward 1: Jeanne Anthon, Lisa Schell (both acclaimed)
Councillor Ward 2: Ken Redpath (560), Pam Sayne (754)
Councillor Ward 3: Richard Bradley (165), Jean Neville (496)

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.
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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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