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Young adults want to stay in Trent Hills but face barriers, says youth survey

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There was a tradition not that long ago that once you graduated high school in Northumberland County, there was a mad rush to see how quickly and how far you could getaway. For some, it was university or college. Then, it was off to a job in a big city. There was always a sense of moving away. You would always hear politicians and community leaders bemoaning the lack of youth and young families living in the county. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland County offers lifeboat to those drowning in an ocean of viruses, scams and disinformation

 

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We all get them. Those emails from the bank that tells us there is a problem with our account. Or maybe it is the email from a business telling us we won a fabulous prize. All we need to do is click on the link to claim it. In our excitement, we quickly glance at the logo and the information. Continue Reading →

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Housing prices rise in Northumberland County despite pandemic economy, says real estate association president

 

 

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The average price of a house in Northumberland was about $620,000 in September. There are bidding wars going on right now for homes. When a home comes on the market, bids start almost right away. Before, it might have taken a couple of days for things to heat up. It’s crazy busy for agents. Continue Reading →

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Addressing the challenge of race relations in Northumberland is difficult, says committee chair

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Back in the summer, I posted a picture to my Facebook page from a photojournalist friend. It was a picture of two garden statues of Black children. They were dressed in overalls and straw hats and they were fishing. It was right out of Mark Twain, but it was in Northumberland County. Continue Reading →

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Health unit recommends staying home, but for those who go out, here is some advice

Halloween is meant to be a scary time. It is time to dress up, celebrate ghosts, and remember the dead (more maybe even see a zombie). The annual festivities are a welcome time in the fall. This year, Halloween is even scarier. With the pandemic in its second wave and rising numbers of cases of COVID-19, parents are once more the public is being asked to take great care and caution to ensure the virus is not spread. Continue Reading →

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Produce for Heroes program looking to serve Northumberland veterans and families

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A military pension in 2018 was just over $13,000 a year. It could go as low as slightly over $10,000. Unemployment rates for former military members are higher than the national rate. These are the conditions some veterans face after serving their country. For a Peterborough county couple, the needs of veterans struggling were too much to bear. Continue Reading →

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Rebuilding the annual campaign to rebuild Northumberland is goal for United Way

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Thanksgiving took place earlier this week. It is a time when we give thanks for the fall harvest. This story is about the Northumberland United Way annual fundraising campaign. It launched at the start of October. But like so many things, it is not the same during the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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New book about HMS Speedy gives fresh insight into Indigenous side of story

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This time of year, as the fall colours are changing, it is nice to drive to Presqu’ile Park in the county’s east end. Driving along the most southerly part of the park, the view of Lake Ontario in October can be deceiving. On a bright, sunlit day, the billowing clouds over the blue waters offer a spectacular view. But when the weather grows colder, and a gale appears, the beauty disappears. It is replaced by an angry, violent turmoil of waves and wind. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Hills Hospital prepares as second wave of pandemic getting underway

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If you know anything about Boy Scouts, you would likely recognize its motto: Be Prepared. Our stories this week are about being prepared. This story is about Northumberland Hills Hospital’s preparation for the second wave of the pandemic. The provincial government, health officials, and others acknowledged the beginning of the second wave earlier this week. Forecasting models are showing a doubling of new cases every 10 to 12 days. Continue Reading →

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Preparations underway for Poppy Campaign 2020 as Grafton Legion faces pandemic challenges

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Earlier this week, the Royal Canadian Legion announced major changes to the 2020 National Poppy Campaign. Starting on October 30 in response to the pandemic, the legions will be discouraged from setting up donation tables or placing volunteers at business entrances and other public locations. However, it is introducing a new tap-and-pay technology called Pay Tribute. It will choose select locations across the country to use this new system. Supporters are also being asked to go to the Legion’s website to donate. Continue Reading →

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