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State of the Arts by Victoria Ward We used to have a running joke in my family; if you wanted to see how stupid someone was, you asked them “When was the War of 1812?”  Remarkably, several people over the years answered that they were uncertain. But beyond that joke, I didn’t really know much […]

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by Stephen Patrick As every parent of a teenager inHaliburtonCountyknows, illegal drugs — soft, hard, and the legally prescribed variety — are available almost as readily as a case of 24 is at the local beer store. Except that the drug dealers don’t bother to check ID. There are very strong cases to be made […]

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Aging Well By Penny Brown Dear Penny,  I wake up every morning with a backache. I’m sleeping on the same mattress for the last twenty years so I don’t know why it is getting worse. It’s usually in my lower back but lately it’s been in my neck too. Is this another thing I’ll have […]

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By Will Jones It comes upon us without warning sometimes, while at others it overpowers us slowly and relentlessly, heightening our sense of foreboding with every passing minute. It can be quick and violent, wet and sloppy or prolonged, all engulfing, a pouring forth of catastrophic proportions. All I know is that we have to […]

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State of the Arts Art doesn’t lend itself to online shopping By Victoria Ward I am now convinced that the Internet makes people crazy. Well, that’s a wee bit strong a statement, but I do believe that we have a new syndrome afoot in our culture that pivots on the belief that you can do […]

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Aging Well By Penny Brown Dear Penny,  Isn’t memory loss a common problem with aging? I know my memory isn’t what it used to be, but my children keep pestering me to see a doctor. I tell them it’s normal and when they get to be my age they’ll understand, but last week my daughter […]

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By Will Jones The annual ice fishing weekend with the barber and his chums: the perfect environment to continue my quest to become more Canadian, wouldn’t you think? Taking up a similar invitation one year ago, I walked into a hunt camp for the first time, not knowing what to expect. There were some hairy […]

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State of the Arts By Victoria Ward Propaganda in politics and culture meld many times throughout history. Shakespeare was rumoured to have written his histories with a nod toward keeping Elizabeth I’s family in a fair light. Artists can have an uneasy relationship with power; see film maker Leni Riefenstahl and her masterpiece, Triumph of […]

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Pardon The Eruption By Terrance Gavan – Highlander Sports Topic for today is the Haliburton baseball diamond: forlorn, neglected and moribund. Who cares, right? Who gives a sweet petunia? It’s just a baseball diamond. And as ballparks go, this one’s a diamond in the rough. Last week, The Highlander’s Will Jones reported that Dysart et […]

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People needing people

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People needing people

By Bram Lebo A vision, a vision! I feel like Tattoo fromFantasyIsland— ready to run up the nearest bell tower, point in the direction of Minden and shout out the good news. The report from Minden Hills’ town hall meeting last week is very encouraging, for a few reasons. First, there was a healthy dose […]

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