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Huntsville Debate Tomorrow
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (2173 reads)

Tomorrow residents of Huntsville will have an opportunity to listen to Ward & District candidates present their ideas and ask questions of them at the Algonquin Theatre starting at 5pm with a meet and greet. 

The forums begin with District Council at 6pm, followed by Ward Council at 7.30pm.

The Mayoral debates will be held on Sept 23rd at the Train Station by the Huntsville Historical Society and on the 24th at the Algonquin Theatre presented by local media and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Huntsville's Terry Fox Run Raises Nearly $10,000
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (2199 reads)

About 300 runners took part in Huntsville's Terry Fox Run on Sunday and have raised nearly $10,000 for the event.  The run is one of several in the region and across the country.  The run is in its 34th year with Terry's parents spearheading the run in his memory.  Fox once said that "Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue.  It's got to keep going without me."

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Fitzgerald Running in Port Sydney
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (617 reads)

Jason Fitzgerald has entered the race for Stisted, Stephenson and Port Sydney wards in the upcoming municipal election.  Fitzgerald says he's running because he feels he has something to offer the people in his ward as a councilor.

Fitzgerald is an active member of the Stephenson Lions Club and resident of Port Sydney for the past 6 years.  Fitzgerald says that there are numerous challenges facing council  and his project management experience will be an asset.

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LOB to Hear First Impressions of Dorset at Council Meeting
Monday, September 15, 2014 (1188 reads)

Lake of Bays Council meets tomorrow for their regularly scheduled meeting and will recieve a deputation from a delegation from a Magnetawan group who are participating in the First Impressions Community Exchange Program.

The group which includes a Magnetawan councilor, Real Estate sales person, Newspaper editor and economic developement officer will advise council of their first impression of the village of Dorset.

The group will advise on Dorset's strengths and biggest challenges.

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Lots of Chances to See Huntsville Debates
Monday, September 15, 2014 (9085 reads)

You’ll have plenty of chances to hear from your council and mayoral candidates with the first of several mayoral debates taking place tonight at Diamond in the Ruff at 6.30pm.  Wednesday, an all candidates forum takes place at The Algonquin Theatre at 7pm.

The Huntsville Lake of Bays Sports Council will be holding another all candidates forum on Sept 18th, also at the Algonquin Theatre at 7pm.

Huntsville mayoral candidates will be debating for the Huntsville Historical Society at the train station on Sept 23rd, and then on the 24th at the Algonquin Theatre.  They will also debate on the radio on HBR on October 2nd.

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Zanetti Changes Mind to Run at the Last Minute
Monday, September 15, 2014 (5645 reads)

Stisted, Stephenson & Port Sydney Councilor Chris Zanetti has thrown his hat into the ring at the last minute after telling the press that he didn’t plan to run in this municipal election.  Zanetti said that when he was sitting at Corporate Services last Wednesday, that he realized that he enjoyed chairing that committee and leading the town in a fiscally responsible manner.  He said “I believe I can continue and would enjoy leading Council in that fashion.”

Also in the race is Karen Insley, who says she is running to protect the ward system which she says was brought into question in the last year.  She says being accountable to the people Council represents through the use of planning, assets, and Official Plan development is key.  Prioritizing projects will be both a challenge and an opportunity she says.

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LOB's Mayor Bob Young Acclaimed
Friday, September 12, 2014 (946 reads)

Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young has been re-elected by acclimation, as well as District Councilor Shane Baker and Mclean Ward councilor  Terry Glover.  Other wards have 2 people contesting for each seat at the council table.

In Ridout/Mclean ward for  District, incumbent Robert Lacroix is being challenged by Howard Rosenthal.  In Franklin Ward,  incumbent Nancy Tapley is  being challenged by Brent Statten and in Sinclair ward Ruth Ross will be talking on Henry McClelland.

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Bracebridge's Graydon Smith Has a Challenger
Friday, September 12, 2014 (7010 reads)

Bracebirdge has a mayoral race on its hands after Phil Kolyn filed to run against incumbent Graydon Smith. 

Six candidates are competing for 3 Districts councilor positions including John Duck, Joey Baratto, Steven Clement, Don Smith, Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini and Ian Wallace.

Bracebridge Ward has 3 fighting for one spot.  Leonard Chilton, Chris Wilson and Mike jefford hope  to be elected.  In Muskoka/Monck Ward Mark Quemby has been acclaimed.

Incumbent Rick Maloney is being challenged by Cam Hoffman in Macaulay Ward,  and Archie Buie is going up against Gerry Tryon in Draper Ward.  Oakley Ward will see Barb McMurray competing with Rosemary Ramsay.

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Final Slate of Huntsville Candidates
Friday, September 12, 2014 (5118 reads)

The deadline has  passed for new candidates to file to run in the next municipal election scheduled for October 27th.  In Huntsville, a few new candidates have declared.

In Port Sydney, Stisted, and Stephenson wards, Jason Fitzgerald, Karen A. Insley, and sitting councilor Chris Zanetti have joined Gordon Haig and incumbent Det Schumacher who declared earlier.  The Ward will elect 2 councilors.

The mayor's race includes former mayor Hugh Mackenzie, current councilors Scott Aitchison and Tim Withey.

Huntsville Ward has two new candidates fighting for one position.  They include John Boysen and Bob Stone.

Wanda Lumley and Jonathan Wiebe  are fighting for one spot currently occupied by John Davis.  Davis is contesting for one of three district councilor positions.  Also running for district is newcomer Nancy Alcock, and town councilor Karin Terziano.  District councilor Brian Thompson rounds out the race.  In total 4 people are running for 3 spots.

There's also a big race for Port Sydney, Stisted & Stephenson ward, with 2 to be elected.  Both incumbents Det Shcumacher and Chris Zanetti are running, along with challengers, Jason Fitzgerald, Gordon Haig, and Karen  Insley.

Brunel ward has 3 running to fill a spot vacated by Tim Withey who's running for mayor.  Former Councilor George Young is joined by Dan Armour and Sue Ashley.

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Classic Car Show Downtown Saturday
Friday, September 12, 2014 (2474 reads)

Huntsville will be busy over the weekend, with Muskoka Sound at Lions Lookout and the Classic Car Show on Saturday downtown.  Portions of Main St will be closed for the car show on Saturday.  On Sunday the Terry Fox Run will be held at the High School at a new earlier time - 9.30am with registration at 8.30am.

No parking zones will be signed and enforced around the High School with a tag and tow policy in effect.  Designated parking for Muskoka Sound will be at the Huntsville Fairgrounds, with a shuttle service running between the parking area and the Muskoka Sound Venue.

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McPhee, MCN Part Ways
Friday, September 12, 2014 (467 reads)

Muskoka Community Network, the agency that has been behind the roll out of High Speed Internet is some areas of Muskoka have parted ways with its Executive Director, Rob Mcphee.  Officials with the organization say that Mcphee's contract was not renewed.

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Deadline to File Nomination Papers 2pm Today
Friday, September 12, 2014 (250 reads)

The deadline to file nomination papers is quickly approaching.  All candidates who want to run in this municipal election must file their papers by 2pm today.  The election will be held on October 27th by mail in ballots in most municipalities in the area.  Voters are encouraged to check to see that they are on the voters list before ballot packages are mailed out.  Contact your municipality to check to see if you are eligible.

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Muskoka Sound Starts Tonight
Friday, September 12, 2014 (1744 reads)

The Stages have all been set.  The area around Lions Lookout Field has all been fenced and secured. Muskoka Sound Music Festival, the biggest 3 day festival in the area is about to get underway.  And it all starts tonight at 5.30pm.

The festival is expecting thousands to take in the 3 day music fest that includes 19 national acts on the big stage,  and 14 locals acts sponsored by HBR on the Homegrown stage.

Tickets are still available online today at

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MNR Warns About High Water Levels
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (2593 reads)

The Ministry of Natural Resources is reporting that water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers are currently higher than what is normally expected or experienced at this time of year due to the large amount of rainfall received over the previous weeks.

Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around waterbodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.

Higher than normal lake water levels and river flows are expected to continue into next week before subsiding to more seasonal conditions.

The warning is in place for Muskoka and Moon Rivers, The Magnetawan River, The Seguin River, Lower Pickerel River, Black River & Boyne Rivers.

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Aitchison Challenges HBR Story
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (9215 reads)

Huntsville mayoral candidate Scott Aitchison has challenged Hunters Bay Radio's  story where we reported that he said mayoral candidate Hugh Mackenzie was lying.  Aitchison says that he did not say "suggesting or lying" as we reported but rather "suggesting are lying."

Aitchison says he never said that Mackenzie is lying, and instead said that "I said that he (Mackenzie) is suggesting our staff is lying. "

Aitchison said that there is a significant difference in the meaning of what I said and what HBR reported. The full comments made by Aitchison and follow up comments from Mackenzie can be found here:

Aitchison Offended By Mackenzie's Assertions on Town Finances

Mackenzie Claims Aitchison is Misstating the Facts

You can also listen to the full interview with Scott Aitchison, go to our Facebook page.

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Huntsville Corporate Services Approves $21,000 on a Fuel Control System
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (3965 reads)

The Corporate Services Committee had an extended discussion on whether the Town of Huntsville should spend $21,000 on a fuel control system at the Madill Yard.  Staff told councilors that they had 3 different refilling stations, but were recommending that the Madill Yard be equipped with a control system that would track which employee refilled which vehicle.  The information would be used to help the town better understand usage and control any loss.

Councilor Terziano asked if there was a problem and Councilor Zanetti answered that there was the potential for a problem.  He also indicated that the town had 2 other refill sites that wouldn't have the system, which is $21,000 per site.

Councilor Thompson urged councilors to leave the purchase for next year’s council as it was unbudgeted.  Council Aitchison said that fuel was the 2nd biggest expense at this former employer and was supportive of the system.

Council voted to purchase the system for the Madill Yard and would look at options for further control for other town vehicles.

Public Works spent $228,000 on fuel last year.


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Withey Challenges Automatic 2% Increase in Fees
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (1677 reads)

Huntsville Town Staff are working on starting to put together a status quo budget, including user fees for geomatic services that were proposed to go up by 2%.  Councilor Withey challenged staff that if they were working on a status quo budget, asking why is there a 2% increase built in.

The 2015 capital roads budget will be brought forward at the next committee meeting.  The committee will discuss each set of budgets as they are presented, but will leave any instructions for staff to the next council.

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LOB Offers Voter Assistance Sessions
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (156 reads)

Lake of Bays Twp is reminding residents to check to see that you are on the voters list in order to receive a vote by mail ballot for the upcoming municipal election.  You can check to see if you are on the voters list at

In addition, The Township of Lake of Bays Clerk’s Department will be available to assist you after normal business hours on

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dorset Recreation Centre

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dwight Community Centre

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Baysville Community Centre

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Watershed Council Offer Researcher for a Day Cruise
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (1498 reads)

The Muskoka Watershed Council is inviting residents to become a "Researcher for a Day."  Tomorrow, September 12th, you can join other participants aboard the Peerless II with Dr. Norman Yan and Sunset Cruises.  Participants will learn to make their own zooplankton net and learn about the living lawn mowers in our lakes while collecting and examining samples on a cruise of Lake Rosseau.

The cruise leaves the Port Carling Docks at 9.45am tomorrow and returns at 11.45am.  Tickets are $50.  For tickets, contact the Watershed council at

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Enterprising Women Conference October 7th
Thursday, September 11, 2014 (280 reads)

Women entrepreneurs will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Enterprising Women conference happening on Tuesday, October 7 at Nipissing University in Bracebridge.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Heather Payne, CEO of HackerYou and founder of Ladies Learning Code.

In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to meet with successful women entrepreneurs from Muskoka who have leveraged the strengths of Muskoka. Topics include how local markets and community events help promote business, the importance of networking, and how local agencies like Muskoka Futures or Chambers of Commerce can help sustain and grow businesses.

Interested women can register online at or call 705-645-9827.

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Muskoka Sound Call For Volunteers Today & Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (6281 reads)

The Muskoka Sound Festival is calling out for volunteers to help set and tear down the event.  Organizers are on site now and need help setting up fencing today and tomorrow.

You can head out to Lions Lookout Field or call the chamber for more information at 705-789-4771.

Day passes to the show are being offered as a thank you.

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Huntsville to Hold 2nd Closed Session Meeting on McCulley Roberston Park Acquisition
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (1635 reads)

Huntsville Town Council will hold its second special council meeting this week, in closed session to reconsider a potential acquisition involving McCulley Robertson Recreation Park.   A previous closed session meeting was held yesterday.  The details of which are unknown.

Today council will reconsider its actions of yesterday.

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Huntsville's Corporate Services To Discuss User Fees
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (1034 reads)

Huntsville's Corporate Services Committee meets today and will hear reports on User Fees for town services.  The councilors will also hear a report from staff on Property Tax Assessment Write-offs as well as reports on the Building Canada Fund for small communities and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.

The meeting starts at 1pm in Huntsville Council Chambers.

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Special Weather Statement Calls For Downpours
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (20422 reads)

The weatherman has issued a Special Weather Statement calling for thunderstorms with very heavy downpours and gusty winds possible this afternoon and into tonight.

An early fall type of low pressure system over Iowa will track northeastward towards the Great Lakes today. This moisture laden low is expected to drag a fairly sharp cold front across Southern Ontario tonight. Thunderstorms with very heavy downpours and gusty winds will be possible late today and tonight and could give local rainfall amounts near 40 mm.

The cold front will sweep out the moisture laden air mass by Thursday morning and considerably cooler air will arrive in its wake.

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Table Food Bank in Need of Donations
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (3067 reads)

The Table Food Bank is dipping into their emergency funds and is desperately in need of cash donations to help fill the shelves.  Heather Berg says that the food bank continues to feed  10.3% of the nearby population and financial help has been sparse this year.

Donations can be dropped off at the Table Food Bank or donated online via credit card or paypal at their  site,

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Kyle 'The Monster" Nelson Moves Up MMA Rankings
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (1946 reads)

Huntsville native and MMA fighter Kyle "the monster" Nelson has seen his ranking jump since going professional in the last year.  Nelson currently ranks 4th in the Featherweight division and has a 6-0 undefeated record.

Nelson's first MMA fight as an amateur took place in 2010.

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Small Business Centre to Open Office In Huntsville
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (8236 reads)

The Muskoka Small Business Centre will be opening an office in Huntsville.  The organization had been centered in Huntsville a few years ago and moved to Bracebridge.  Now the organization will be sharing space with Muskoka Futures in an office at Town Hall that was formerly occupied by the District of Muskoka.

The new location will help both organizations expand their reach into the Huntsville area.

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Huntsville Community Services to Hear About Swing Bridge Photo Installation
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (2088 reads)

Huntsville's Community Services Committee meets this afternoon and will be hearing a deputation from Diane Thoms, Kareen Burns and Suzanne Riverin on a photo installation about the Swing Bridge. The committee will also hear staff reports on small community grants and the director’s report.

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Terry Fox Run This Sunday
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (570 reads)

Now in its 34th year, the Terry Fox Run is returning to Huntsville this Sunday with a new earlier start time. The run, one of the oldest running charity runs in the country, has raised more than $650 Million for cancer research, with Huntsville always raising its share.  The run starts at Huntsville High School at 9.30am.  Registration starts at 8.30am.

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Countdown to Muskoka Sound is On!
Monday, September 08, 2014 (1071 reads)

The Muskoka Sound committee is working hard to get Lions Lookout field ready to accommodate the biggest music festival ever to come to Muskoka this weekend.  Muskoka Sound will be featuring 3 days of great music from no less than 19 acts on the main stage including The Skydiggers, Hawksley Workman, The Strumbellas, The Trews, Serena Ryder & Walk Off The Earth to name a few.

In addition the Homegrown Stage will give some of our best the chance to shine throughout the 3 day festival.

Designated parking for the area will be in the West End with Shuttle service between the venue and parking running throughout the festival.  Parking will be tightly controlled around the High School and immediate areas with a tag and tow policy in effect.

Tickets are still available online at

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Last Week to File for Upcoming Municipal Election
Monday, September 08, 2014 (1809 reads)

This is the last week that candidates can file nomination papers for this year's municipal elections.  The deadline is 2pm this Friday. Anyone interested in filing should contact your town clerk for assistance.

This year, in Huntsville ballots will be mailed out to eligible voters.  In order to receive a ballot package you must be on the voters list.  To check to see if you are on the voters list, follow this link:

Ballots will be arriving in the mail the week of October 2nd.

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Mackenzie Claims Aitchison is Misstating the Facts
Friday, September 05, 2014 (13887 reads)

Huntsville Mayoral Candidate Hugh Mackenzie says that Councilor and contender for the Mayors job , Scott Aitchison is misstating the facts when it comes to the town's finances. 

Yesterday Aitchison said that Mackenzie was "lying" about the state of the town's finances and the "sky is not falling" when referring to the town's audited statements.  Aitchison went on to say that town staff auditors were more trained in reading financial statements than Mackenzie.

Mackenzie said that  "Aitchison’s reported allusion to my inability to read financial statements, I would point out that while he has never owned or managed a business, I have decades of experience in doing so and would not have been successful without competency in financial matters including a thorough understanding of balance sheets.”

Mackenzie says that he has concerns about the Town’s finances and lays the blame for this at the feet of some members of Council and not the staff or auditors.

Mackenzie says it is the audited financial statement itself, which validates his claim.

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Aitchison Offended By Mackenzie's Assertions on Town Finances
Friday, September 05, 2014 (14440 reads)

Huntsville Mayoral Candidate Scott Aitchison says that he thinks the town is in good shape financially.  Aitchison says that he's offended by former mayor and mayoral candidate Hugh Mackenzie's assertion that this council is hiding the true status of the town's finances.  Aitchison said that the town has professional accounting staff  and outside auditors who are "certainly more trained that he (Mackenzie) has ever been, in reading financial statements."  Aitchison went on to say that Mackenzie is  "suggesting or lying" and "the sky is not falling."

Aitchison did explain that the province has just recently changed the way all municipalities have to report capital asset replacement which puts all municipalities in a deficit situation when the reports are given.  Aitchison says that all municipalities are working on plans to eliminate capital deficits. In terms of how the books have been reported,  Aitchison he didn't know what was being alluded to.

The interview can be heard Saturday at 6am, or next Tuesday at 11am, only on HBR.

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Heat Warning in Effect For Southern Ontario
Friday, September 05, 2014 (2156 reads)

A heat warning is in effect for the Orillia area and the rest of Southern Ontario today. A hot and humid air mass is expected to affect portions of southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe today. High temperatures near 30 degrees and humidex values near 40 are forecast for this afternoon.

Meanwhile our forecast is calling for a high of 29 degrees with rain expected to start this morning.  The weatherman is also calling for Thunderstorms to develop this afternoon with about 10mm in accumulation.

While extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for

- older adults

- infants and young children

- people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses

Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.

A cold front will sweep across the area this evening bringing a return to near seasonal temperatures for the weekend.

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Residents Invited to Come Downtown for Ironman 70.3
Thursday, September 04, 2014 (2814 reads)

Main Street will be closed this Sunday as the town readies for the Ironman 70.3 race that is coming to town.  Part of the course goes through the downtown core and it will be closed to traffic.

Rich Trenholm, the organizer of the Ironman in Huntsville is inviting the community to come out and support the runners and bring your family.   Trenholm says the event will be family friendly with activities for the kids including HBR's own Barry Hayward and his ever popular drum circle.

Transportation will be available running from Deerhurst to River Mill Park throughout the day.

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Rotary Donates $5,000 to Top Hat House
Thursday, September 04, 2014 (369 reads)

The Rotary Club also handed out proceeds from Rotary Dockfest, held last July to Top Hat House.  The cheque in the amount of $5000 was presented to members of the organization last night.  Top Hat House is a place for homeless youth that was created in 2011 as a long term home for teens while they are in school.

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Rotary Puts $5,000 Towards Controversial River Mill Park Sign
Thursday, September 04, 2014 (3984 reads)

Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty received a cheque in the amount of $5,000 last night to help pay for the town's new River Mill Park Entrance Sign.  The sign which is currently be manufactured, wil  be made of wrought iron by a company from North Bay.  The lettering will be done in town, and will feature gold letters, according to Doughty.

The sign was pushed through by council last month and will cost $46,000.  The town's portion of the cost will come from capital fund that the town received in 2008.

Doughty said that the sign will be a great addition to the downtown core, letting people that are visiting know about the park which is hidden from view behind buildings on Main Street.

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Muskoka Futures Hosts Community Development Conference at Deerhurst
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (2954 reads)

Deerhurst Resort will be hosting over 200 delegates from all over Ontario this week as the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations conference hosted by Muskoka Futures gets underway.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Taking Care of Business” and the opening ceremonies on September 3 will feature greetings from President Denis Bérubé, Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty and District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck.   Local speakers include Fanotech's Lisa Tomasoni,  Mary Storey of the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society and HBR's own Jeff Carter.

The Keynote speaker will be Dara Howell.

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Huntsville to Host Women's National U18 Championships
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (2304 reads)

The Town of Huntsville in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, have announced that the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship will be held in Huntsville next year.

The tournament will include eight provincial and regional teams, including Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Ontario Red is the defending gold medallist, winning its eighth gold medal at last year’s tournament in Calgary, Alta.

The 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship will bring together teams made up of the best female hockey players born in 1998 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, who will evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, as well as at other international events.

A number of Canadian women’s hockey stars have competed at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, including 14 who helped Canada’s National Women’s Team win the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Bracebridge Rec Holds Sports Registration & Equipment Swap
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (502 reads)

The Town of Bracebridge Recreation Department is hosting its Fall and Winter program registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday September 9.  Also on this day, the Department is hosting its semi-annual Multi-Organization Registration and Sport Equipment Swap from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community sport organizations and clubs will be at the Bracebridge Sportsplex providing information and registration opportunities. Sports Clubs or parents can also book table space to swap or sell used sport or activity equipment during this time.

For further information contact the Town of Bracebridge Recreation Department at 705-645-3037 or go to

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Hospital Parking Fees On the Rise
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (6490 reads)

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is standardizing and aligning the parking systems and parking rates across our sites and for the first time in several years will be implementing a rate change to the public parking system to take effect in early September.

The most significant change to the parking system is converting public parking at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital from a flat fee - by token, to a time-based structure.

The new fee structure for both sites will be $3 for the first half-hour, and $2 for each subsequent half hour to a per visit maximum of $7. Parking rates for the first 15 minutes will be free of charge. Both sites will maintain the weekly parking rate of $30, the monthly parking rate of $50, and the six-month parking rate of $240. The MAHC says the new rate is comparable with what other hospitals in the North Simcoe are charging.

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MCF Seeking Female Athletes for Howell's Sport Fund
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 (4518 reads)

Muskoka Community Foundation is inviting amateur female athletes in Muskoka to apply for funding from the ‘Dara’s Women into Sport Fund’. A maximum of $1,000 is available per athlete. Overall, the Foundation will be granting $2,000 from the Fund.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell created the ‘Dara’s Women into Sport Fund’ in April 2014 to give back to the community that supported her on her journey to the podium. This unique Fund provides additional funding to girls and women who are residents of Muskoka and competing in any type of individual or team sport above the local club or rep level.

Olympic Gold Medalist Senator Nancy Greene Raine will join Dara to present the grants at the first annual Dara’s Women into Sport Event, on Saturday, October 18th at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville.  Howell, and Greene, who won a gold medal in the Giant Slalom at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France, will share what it’s like to be an Olympian and discuss how sport has changed in the last 46 years.

To apply for funding contact Muskoka Community Foundation at 705-646-1220.

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Clement Announced $600,000 in Funding for Gravenhurst Business
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 (1574 reads)

MP Tony Clement announced $600,000 in funding for the Muskoka Rock Company in Gravenhurst last week.  The funding will be used for new equipment at the facility including an automated production line.  Clement presented the funds on behalf of Fednor.

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Drivers Reminded to Watch for School Children
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 (574 reads)

With another school year beginning this morning, police are reminding drivers to watch for children around school buses.

According to police, 800,000 children ride on school buses each day in Ontario.

The law requires drivers to stop for school buses that have its red lights flashing as they load or unload passengers. Vehicles behind the bus need to stop at least 20 metres away.

Failing to stop for a school bus carries a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence.

Police are also reminding motorists to be mindful of children who walk to school, and that the speed limit in school zones is 40 km/h.

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Race for Mayor's Job in Muskoka Lakes
Friday, August 29, 2014 (1146 reads)

Muskoka Lakes has a race for mayor after the sitting mayor filed her papers last week.  Alice Murphy filed her papers on August 22nd, after announcing her intention to do so on HBR earlier this summer.

Don Furniss is challenging the controversial mayor.  Furniss is currently a township councilor.

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Deadline Looms to File Nomination Papers
Friday, August 29, 2014 (338 reads)

It’s not too late to file your nomination papers for the 2014 Municipal and School Board Election. Voting day is October 27, 2014. Candidates have until 2:00 p.m. on Friday September 12, 2014, to file nomination papers.

In Bracebridge, there is at least one candidate for every position except Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

In Huntsville, there is a candidate for every position.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact your town clerk as soon as possible.

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Clement to Make Funding Announcement
Friday, August 29, 2014 (2432 reads)

Tony Clement MP for Parry Sound Muskoka will be on hand to make an announcement about investment funding and job growth this morning.  Clement who is making the announcement on behalf of Fednor will be at the Muskoka Rock Company in Gravenhurst at 10am.

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Muskoka Art Collective Presents First Exhibition
Friday, August 29, 2014 (225 reads)

The Muskoka Art Collective is proud to present its first exhibition of art works as a formal group. The Collective will be holding two simultaneous art shows during September and October. The first venue is at Huntsville’s historic train station, now known as the Culture Station.  This showing at the appropriately named “Signal North Gallery” will run from September 3rd through October 30th.

The second venue is at Bigwin Island Golf Clubs' celebrated Rotunda Dining Room, from September 19th through October 5th.

The Collective is a new group of accomplished local artists who have come together to show their artistic merits and share them with the public. The group is comprised of Matt Coles, Gerry Lantaigne, Janine Marson, Ron Murdoch, Mark Reeder and Neil Sternberg.

25% of proceeds from the sales at the Bigwin Island showing will go the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. The group will soon be presenting a cheque to the Foundation from proceeds they earned from their inaugural show earlier this summer at The Bigwin Island Golf Club.

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Wahta Protest Bala Falls
Friday, August 29, 2014 (812 reads)

The Community of Bala invited the public to witness canoes being portaged at the Falls as a way of creating awareness and protesting a new private hydro electric project on a site in the center of the Bala Falls on the Moon River in downtown Bala. The First Nation community of Wahta was invited to participate and did the historic portage from the Moon River to Lake Muskoka while a crowd of two hundred people cheered. Many participated in the historic portage had  a clear message to Save the Bala Falls and are hoping to  stop this project from going ahead.

The Falls is under the Williams Treaty and the Chief of Wahta Phillip Franks spoke to the crowd explaining that there has not been proper consultations with Government. He said that letters had been sent to various levels of government but he says he has had no replies yet.

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Huntsville Holds Apple Picking Festival Today
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (2604 reads)

The town of Huntsville will be holding an Apple Festival today at Orchard Park at the end of the Hunters Bay Trail.  A group of residents has been working hard to improve the apple orchard at the park by pruning and grafting the existing fruit trees, removing dead wood and invasive species, and planting new zone hardy fruit trees and bushes.


To celebrate their efforts the town is inviting the public to come pick the apples this afternoon from 3-7pm at Orchard Park. Bring your family, friends, and a basket to collect apples.

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MAHC Hospital Sites Outperform Province in Patient Satisfaction
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (3277 reads)

Patient satisfaction for acute care and emergency care services for overall care received at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare hospital sites continues to rank above provincial averages for Ontario community hospitals, according to a recent independent study.

The three-month survey, conducted from January 1 to March 31, 2014 indicated a 94.9% overall satisfaction rate by acute care patients and a 90.6% overall satisfaction rate by emergency care patients at MAHC’s two hospital sites. The provincial averages for Ontario community hospitals were 92.7% for acute inpatient care and 85.5% for emergency care.

Natalie Bubela, the CEO of the MAHC said that "As we continue to work toward a patient-and family-centered care philosophy, these results are helping us to gage the patient experience. While we are pleased to rank above provincial averages, we are also keen to further improve our care" she said.

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Ironman Comes to Town Next Weekend
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (1274 reads)

Participants of the Ironman 70.3 race will descend on Huntsville next week in preparation for a weekend that culminates with race that will make its way through town.

The bike portion of the race will include stints on Brunel Rd, Hwy’s 35, 117,& Hwy 60. The run course includes sections of Hwy 60, King William St and Meadow Park to Main St.

The race has been held in June typically, but with Huntsville being awarded the Ironman Triathlon starting in 2015, the 70.3 was moved to September 7th.

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Wahta Mohawks Hold Protest Over Bala Falls Portage
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (1398 reads)

The Wahta Mohawks are staging a "portage-in" to protest the obstruction of the traditional and historic Bala Portage.  The protests will be in the form of portage of canoes across the historic Bala portage from the Moon River landing to Lake Muskoka and will take place today starting at 11am.

Transportation by water and portaging is traditionally and culturally important to all First Nations, and the band says it is disrespectful that the Wahta Mohawks were not informed of the impact on the Bala Portage by the proposed Bala Hydro project.

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