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Christmas spirits anyone?

By Will Jones What is the true spirit of Christmas? It depends on who you ask. Now, in my previous urban life this was not an issue. I had surrounded myself with a group of fine friends who liked to celebrate Christmas just as I did – with a tipple or two, plenty of fine […]

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Talent shines bright before the holidays

By Mark Arike The Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion was filled with Christmas cheer when former Haliburton resident Kate Campbell took centre stage. The singer and actor returned to her hometown on Dec. 17 for a benefit concert titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in support of the YWCA’s Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace (HERS). At […]

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When Santa came to town

By Matthew Desrosiers The weather may have been bad, but Santa Claus still made it to town. Residents came out in the rain to see the big man in red parade through Wilberforce on Dec. 16. Afterwards, families filled the community centre where hot chocolate and other goodies were provided. Santa Claus then made another […]

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Students Wrap It Up

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Students Wrap It Up

By Matthew Desrosiers After a long semester, the arts students at Sir Fleming College put their work on display for people to see, and if they connected enough, to buy. The Wrap It Up sale on Dec. 15 brought parents, locals and visitors into the college to peruse the work of students from various medias […]

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Audiences flock to The Nutcracker

By Mark Arike For the first time in its nine-year history, both showings of Heritage Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker were sold-out. Held on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Northern Lights Performing Pavilion, the production included performances from 66 children and 10 adults. “That’s the most I’ve ever had,” said Julie Barban, director and […]

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Risk kids

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Risk kids

By Matthew Desrosiers Highlands artist David Alexander Risk is back on the arts scene, and his first thought is of the children. “We always do free art in nature classes,” he said. “We’ve been doing that for 30 years.” After launching his latest exhibit at Trophy Property Corp on Dec. 7, Risk invited children and […]

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Canada Writes Winner

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Canada Writes Winner

By Erin Lynch Janet Trull has been writing short stories for many years, participating in a number of writing contests. “Usually, when I think I have written a sure-fire winner, it doesn’t even make the short list,” says Trull, a retired teacher from Grand Erie District School Board. But this time the Fort Irwin resident […]

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Minden Santa Claus Parade

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Highlands talent comes home

By Mark Arike Kate Campbell is coming home for the holidays and local audiences will be fortunate enough to see her back up on the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion stage. “It’s something that I wanted to do for a while,” said Campbell, who will be performing with The Nick Mancini Trio in a benefit […]

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On the set with local actors

By Mark Arike The Haliburton Highlands is full of talented performers, both young and old. Their talents span a wide range of specialties, including dance, theatre, music and film. In my high school years at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, the stage was where I was most at ease (although I had to overcome butterflies in […]

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