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Time to ban Salmon fishing along the Ganaraska River in Port Hope

It is time to seriously consider closing the fishery along the Ganaraska River inside Port Hope. While the statement is heresy to some, those who think with calmer heads realize the situation along the river within the town’s borders no longer serves the recreational and tourism goals envisioned by town fathers and promoters many decades ago. Instead, it has devolved into some indescribable chaos where a growing number of anglers pack themselves along the banks with barely any space to properly fish. Then, the situation is compounded by those bent on using illegal fishing methods and other horrific practices. And, just to top it all off, there is the littering, trespassing and defiling of private and municipal property. Continue Reading →

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Local hockey thriving as seasons draw to close

By Robert Washburn

In one of the most spectacular runs in recent local hockey history, the Port Hope Panthers rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to play a thrilling final game for the Schmalz Cup last Friday. The 1-0 loss to the Essex 73’s was heartbreaking. But it does not take away from a stellar season with a first-place record of 31-8-1. The next closest team, the Nappanee Raiders, was 18 points behind the Panthers. It was a glorious playoff run as the Panthers defeated the defending champions, Picton Pirates in five games and then went on to sweep away Nappanee in a mere four games to win the Empire Junior C Hockey League. Continue Reading →

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Annual Jim Bradford Classic kicks off Friday

COBOURG — For the first time in the two decades of the fastball tournament, Legion Fields in Cobourg will play host to the Jim Bradford Classic. The 21st edition of the Classic runs Friday to Sunday. For the first 16 years, the tournament was held in Baltimore before moving to Grafton for the past four years. The existing tournament was renamed in memory of Jim Bradford following his death in 2001. Bradford, who was from Baltimore, was the only nationally recognized Level 5 umpire in both fast-pitch and slo-pitch. Continue Reading →

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Detailed report helps volleyball tournament go ahead

By Robert Washburn

A few changes made the difference as the Ontario Beach Volleyball tournaments won approval at Cobourg council Monday night to hold its events this summer at Cobourg beach. The tournaments, which run on the weekends of June 18, June 25 and July 16, were held up last week when Councillor Donna Todd was unhappy with the details provided in a report by tourism events coordinator Lara Scott. (more…) Continue Reading →

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