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Faces Living North of 7: The Family Buisness

“The business has been owned by my family for 72 years and I have been back here for 23 years.”

“Why did you leave?”

“I went away to school and play hockey.”

“Why did you come back?”

“The short reason, I moved back for the quality of life.”

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Will drivers notice?

Bancroft cross walkAs I was walking the pup this morning I noticed that they were painting the cross walk by the Post Office. I for one was very happy to see this as I am a walker.

This cross walk has always been a challenge for me as drivers are not all the cautious in this area. I have jumped out-of-the-way, ran and once or twice I have almost been clipped. It makes me think of the older adults that also cross there to get their mail.

We all kind of joke about taking our lives into our hands but should we be?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not lumping everyone into one basket. There are quite a few that stop, wave, give a smile and a couple even ask if you want a ride if you are carrying groceries.

So my question to you all, do you think this will help drivers notice?

 


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Bancroft is having an election (a real one)!

bancroft-ontario-crestThat’s right folks we are having an election now as I have been informed that two new candidates are throwing their hats into the ring. Barry McGibbon has already filed in Dungannon Ward and another will file this morning in Bancroft from my understanding. This has taken us from an acclamation to an election.

What does this mean for us? We have been given a democratic right to make a choice … before it was just status quo. Now we have an opportunity for change (that is if you want change). The Town of Bancroft has had its challenges to say the least for a few years now and maybe just maybe having new blood will bring new perspectives, new skill sets to the table which I feel that would be beneficial to our community.

Like the rest of you, I will need to listen and hear what all candidates have to say. I do not know them (although have met a couple of them briefly at town functions) except for one incumbent with whom I had the pleasure of working alongside with regards to our public transit system the TROUT.

For a list of the present candidates click here

We have been handed a real opportunity here and I hope that all members of the community will take the time to first get the information you need to make an informed decision and secondly VOTE.

The deadline to file is Friday and who knows maybe we will get another surprise candidate.

Urban Girl xoxo


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Urban Girl: Could this be a sign of commitment?

mailbox

Before you all start going down the wrong path … it’s not about a relationship. Well, not one with another human but with a community.

After living here for almost 2 years, I finally took the plunge last week and went to get my own mailbox. That’s right, a mailbox … to you all that might not be a big step but to me it is ( you can start chuckling here).

It took about 45 mins at the Post Office to get it and I am thinking is this an omen….should I really be doing this as the sweat broke out on my forehead.

Being the first one in line, people started to line up behind and I thought to myself here we go and waited for the grumbling to begin. Anyone that knows me, knows I am not the most patient person and I was imposing my feelings at the moment on others.

What happened? What happened is a mini social with the other people in line. Conversations, laughter and yes a few jokes about the post office ( the post office was actually short-staffed that day). The people that day took the positive approach and the time was passed quickly and I left with a big smile upon my face.

By taking the social approach … the people in my community again reinforced why I am choosing to live here. You can only imagine if  this was in Toronto, Manhattan it would have been a very different group feeling.

Living, learning and loving North of 7.

 

Urban Girl

xoxo

 

 


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Faces North of 7: All in a days work

Bancroft Town Employee“I have been a town employee for past ten years full-time. I started out as casual labour and now the Manager of Public works and I certainly love every challenge every day.”

“How many challenges do you get in a day?”

Laughing as he says “it depends on the day. Some days I start my day at 8 in the morning to start that days work and I start that days work at 4 in the afternoon as something is always cropping up and it poses challenges and we are trying to promote development in Bancroft and there are lots of hurdles to cross there.”

“I was born and raised here and I want to retire here and I want to see this community the best it can be.”


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Fundraisers get competitive for Hospice North Hastings

The Fall Hike for Hospice is still a month away but thanks to some amazing incentives like two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies, fundraisers are out early securing pledges. The Hike will be hosted by the Bancroft Golf Course on Sunday October 5 but for Betty Pilgrim, Leena Minne and Jeff Anderson, that’s hardly enough time to get ready.

Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough and summer student Carly Smalczewski collect donations for the Hike for Hospice at the Bancroft Farmers’ Market on August 22. For a $5 donation supporters received a free coffee, donated by Tim Hortons, a lavender shortbread and a reusable cup holder.

Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough and summer student Carly Smalczewski collect donations for the Hike for Hospice at the Bancroft Farmers’ Market on August 22. For a $5 donation supporters received a free coffee, donated by Tim Hortons, a lavender shortbread and a reusable cup holder.

Betty Pilgrim was one of the original three who got Hospice North Hastings up and running but that’s not the only reason why she’s out collecting pledges.

“October 5 is my 80th Birthday,” Pilgrim says. “I saw that date and I thought – that is really trying to tell me something.”

Pilgrim told her husband about the hike and he pledged $50 dollars. When her son found out, he threw in $51 dollars.

“I’ve been volunteering my whole life,” Pilgrim says. “You just have to help others and I’ve done cancer work for 40 years but this is important. Hospice is important.”

Pilgrim walks every day for 70 minutes so the hike through the golf course doesn’t seem like a big deal and she’s happily collecting her pledges all around the Bancroft area.

“People look at me like I’m a dollar sign,” Pilgrim laughs. “I want to raise $1,000 dollars – I’d like to make $2,000 even!”

And while Pilgrim has been raising funds for charity for years, Leena Minnie thinks she can give Pilgrim some great competition. A PSW for the local Red Cross, Minnie spends many of her days supporting those in the community who need special medical care.

“I know the success of the work we do,” Minnie says. “This hike is about supporting people but also making sure that the Hospice R and R program for caregivers can continue. We know the caregivers need a break so they can do the work they do. We are just so blessed to have Hospice North Hastings and the programs it offers in the community.”

Minnie also says the Hike is a great event to be at. There’s a beautiful walk with amazing fall colours and the Chili Fest is not to be missed.

“This hike is about togetherness,” Minnie says. “It’s about comfort and joy and it’s a day to get away from grief.”

After losing his mother in June, Jeff Anderson is looking forward to a break from the grief and he’s happy to be participating in the Hike for Hospice. Anderson wants to show his support for the services Hospice North Hastings provided to his family while his mother was ill.

“My mother was at Hospice House North Hastings and the level of care that she received was amazing,” Anderson says. “The caring and compassion that was given to my entire family will never be forgotten. Hospice House North Hastings is just like being at home, but with unlimited, exceptional care that we as families just cannot provide to our loved ones in their time of need. It a service that the people of the North Hastings should be very happy that they have. That’s why I’m hiking.”

The Hike for Hospice will be hosted by the Bancroft Golf Course on Sunday October 5 starting with registration at 3pm. Those who collect $1,000 in pledges will be entered to win two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. Chili Fest runs after the Hike at 5pm and everyone is invited. Pledge forms are available at Hospice North Hastings.

Hospice North Hastings provides free services to North Hastings residents through their medical equipment loan program, a lending library, through the R and R program for caregivers and through our unique rural residential Hospice programming.

Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough and summer student Carly Smalczewski collect donations for the Hike for Hospice at the Bancroft Farmers’ Market on August 22. For a $5 donation supporters received a free coffee, donated by Tim Hortons, a lavender shortbread and a reusable cup holder.

 

 

For additional details:

Barbara Shaw

bjshaw@sympatico.ca

613.334.4164


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A rural life is better: Living in a concrete jungle is stressful and make you vulnerable to depression

(Source:MailOnline) – Scientists have confirmed what every urbanite has long suspected – life in the city is more stressful.

Researchers have shown that the parts of the brain dealing with stress and emotion are affected by living among the crowds.

The findings help shed light on why those who are born and raised in urban areas are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and schizophrenia than those brought up in the countryside.

Country life: Past findings have shown that exposure to green space boosts health and reduces stress

Country life: Past findings have shown that exposure to green space boosts health and reduces stress

The team of international scientists behind the finding are unsure why city life is so bad for the nerves.

However, past studies have shown that exposure to green space reduces stress, boosts health and makes us less vulnerable to depression. The findings come from the brain scans of 32 healthy volunteers from urban and rural areas.

Dr Jens Pruessner of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Quebec, who helped carry out the study, said: ‘Previous findings have shown that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21 per cent higher for people from the city, who also have a 39 per cent increase for mood disorders.

‘In addition, the incidence of schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals born and brought up in cities. These  values are a cause for concern.’

Dr Pruessner and colleagues from the Univerity of Heidleberg in Germany monitored the brain activity of adult volunteers while they carried out mental arithmetic puzzles under time pressure.

The functional magnetic resonance imaging scans revealed that the brains of those living in cities reacted differently to stress, the researchers report in the journal Nature.

Rat race: City life affects the region of the brain which controls stress, according to research

Rat race: City life affects the region of the brain which controls stress, according to research

The region of the brain called the amygdala – involved in mood and emotion – was more active among the volunteers raised in cities, they found.

And those with an urban upbringing had a more active cingulate cortex – a region involved in regulating stress – while carrying out the task.

A larger study would be needed to confirm the findings. The researchers are unsure why city life affects the regions of the brain that handle stress.

Pollution, toxins, crowding or noise could all contribute, they say.

However, past studies have shown that access to green space soothes frayed nerves and improves well-being.

In 2009 Essex University  scientists showed that as  little as five minutes in a green space cut stress.

Other studies have shown that those with access to countryside are less likely to have heart disease or strokes.

Psychologists have argued that millions of years of evolution means the human brain has not developed to cope with life surrounded by thousands of strangers.

 

Urban girl: Why I live here in photos

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Foodland and Schneider’s sponsor hotdogs for Hospice

In four hours on July 26 Bancroft Foodland and Schneider’s helped raise $859 for Hospice North Hastings by selling hotdogs from the Schneider’s truck. Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough and volunteer Bev Rollins were at the BBQ and thrilled by the support.

In four hours on July 26 Bancroft Foodland and Schneider’s helped raise $859 for Hospice North Hastings by selling hotdogs from the Schneider’s truck. Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough and volunteer Bev Rollins were at the BBQ and thrilled by the support.

Bancroft loves Schneider’s hotdogs. In four hours a small BBQ truck from Schneider’s sold a ton of hotdogs for Hospice North Hastings and Hospice coordinator Heather Brough is thrilled with the results.

“We were overwhelmed by the support from all of the shoppers who came by to grab a bite and talk about our programs and services,” said Brough. “We also go to chat with cottagers who were amazed that North Hastings has its own residential hospice.”

The fundraiser was generously organized by new Bancroft Foodland owners Carole and Joe Favot.

The couple moved to Bancroft from Kirkland Lake and have been keeping busy since taking over the 24-hour grocery store on June 8.

“We love it here,” said Carole Favot. “This town is awesome and we’re just happy we could help Hospice North Hastings.”

And with Schneider’s, Bancroft Foodland, Heather Brough and Hospice North Hastings volunteer Bev Rollins selling hotdogs in the busy Foodland parking lot on Saturday July 26, the results were outstanding.

In four hours a staggering $859 was raised.

“We are thrilled,” Brough said after the BBQ. “This was a great event and we thank everyone that was involved.”

 

For additional details:

Barbara Shaw

Plan B Communications Consulting

334.4164

bjshaw@sympatico.ca