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Bancroft sees stars at North of 7 Film Fest

Just as our neighbours to the south line-up to watch celebrities walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Bancroft is preparing for its own set of stars to arrive at the Village Playhouse with the launch of the 2014/2015 North of 7 Film Fest on September 9.

Our Bancroft-based monthly film program is run in partnership with TIFF and it offers some of the best independent films that run through TIFF each year. And with all proceeds from our festival going to support Hospice North Hastings, the sponsors, supporters and movie-goers are some of the biggest stars we know.

This year our festival is excited to welcome 50 new film patrons who have been awarded free passes through a generous grant from New Horizons for Seniors. The new program awarded free passes to older adults in the community as a way to recognize their efforts in community engagement, volunteerism and in their ability to make this the best community anywhere. These 50 pass holders are the true stars of our region and we look forward to seeing them at each of our ten films this season.

Launching on September 9 with screenings at 4:15 and 7pm, audiences can expect some down-home belly laughs with our first feature, “The Grand Seduction.” This bright comedy tells a conspiratorial tale that any North Hastings residents will be able to relate to. In order to secure a vital factory contract, the residents of a small Newfoundland fishing village need to charm a big-city doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician.

The North of 7 Film Festival continues the season in October with “Le Weekend,” and then in November with “The Lunchbox.”

The North of 7 Film Fest is operated in partnership with TIFF’s Film Circuit program and while our fall line-up has already been booked, Hospice Coordinator and North of 7 Film Fest programmer Heather Brough will be watching the response to this year’s TIFF offerings to help with film choices for winter and spring 2015.

Regular full season passes are now on sale at the Hospice North Hastings office or they can be purchased at the first screening. The full season passes are $90 and give you access to ten films. To show our gratitude, an additional single-film pass is also included so that patrons can bring a friend to a screening.

Catch “The Grand Seduction,” starring Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh and Peter Keleghan on September 9 at 4:15 and 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door or at This is an age of majority event.


For additional details:

Barbara Shaw


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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


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Home of the week: On a budget?

Price: $179,900
Agent: Dave Rattle, Bancroft, Brokerage

On a budget? No need to pay high waterfront taxes to enjoy this affordable, four season, three bedroom cottage, with deeded access to this pristine, spring fed lake! Features include a large, eat-in kitchen, four piece bathroom, large living room with airtight wood stove to stay cozy. Full basement with walkout, front deck & private rear balcony to enjoy your morning coffee or cool drink in the afternoon.

The 150 X 250 foot lot is level in front and gently sloping to the very private back yard. It’s situated on a year round, municipally maintained road with garbage and recycled material pick up. Under four minute stroll on the foot path, through the woods, gets you to the boat launch, your own dock and the sandy, child friendly beach.

Swim, fish, boat, soak up the sun and explore the hundreds of acres of surrounding Crown Land. Comes with furniture and appliances.

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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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Home of the week: Looking for your own island?

Price: $749,900

Address: 1164 Ruthvens Road

Neighbourhood: Highlands East Ontario

Agent: Emma Kearns & Ray Krupa, Century 21 – All Seasons Realty., Brokerage

Paudash Lake – This is truly a unique, one of a kind, special property located on a beautiful level peninsula with 3 points of land to enjoy plus your very own Island accessed with a board walk.

This 880 feet of gorgeous water frontage has many options for swimming and relaxing, (sand beach, rock outcrop and deep shoreline). With Multiple dynamic views of Paudash Lake (south, west & north exposure).

This turn-key property has a 3 bedroom, 4 season home/cottage with walkout basement, fully equipped 2 bedroom 3 season cottage, and large bunkie all nestled on this large, level, treed lot. Extremely private waterfront. Enjoy spectacular views from oversized private decks.

Let the hustle and bustle of the city disappear in seconds – ready to move into for the summer`s fun in the sun!


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Home of the week: Go the executive route for only $299,000


Address:  31519 Highway 28 East

Neighbourhood: Bancroft,Ontario

Agent: Emma Kearns & Ray Krupa, Century 21 – All Seasons Realty., Brokerage

Stunning Custom Built new Executive Style 4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom home located just outside of Bancroft.

This Bungalow features 1830 sq feet of main floor quality finishing which includes ceramic & hardwood flooring, and a full finished walkout basement. Main floor laundry, open concept floor plan which makes it perfect for entertaining, kitchen w/quality cupboards & peninsula overlooking dinning area w/walkout to a large entertaining covered deck with propane BBQ hookup and also enjoy a large covered front porch for those rainy days. Main floor also features a masterbdrm w/ 4pc luxurious ensuite and walk-in closet plus 2 bedrooms, the 4th is a large bedroom located in the lower level with a 3pc ensuite. Enjoy 2 fireplaces …. Loads of windows and nature at your back door and lets not forget a stamped concrete patio. Make this picture perfect peace & quiet rural living home your next viewing! You will not be disappointed!



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Hike, feast and fundraise for Hospice North Hastings

HospiceNothHastings logoPledge sheets are ready for the annual Hike for Hospice and it’s worth collecting sponsorship early. The annual event brings together those who like to hike with those who like to eat and this year Hospice North Hastings also invites those who like to travel.

The hike happens on Sunday Oct. 5 at the beautiful Bancroft Golf Course. Registration and warm-up starts at 3pm and the walk, ride or run through the golf course gets going at 3:30pm. Don’t forget you can actually bring your dog on this Hike!!

This year, as a way of recognizing outstanding fundraisers, WestJet has partnered with Hospice North Hastings to provide the gift of flight. Anyone who raises $1,000 or more for the Hike for Hospice will be entered in a draw to win two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. This is a great reason to grab your pledge sheet and start collecting sponsorship early. There will also be great prizes for the best team and more.

The hike is a great community event. Tim Hortons coffee will be available this year along with a delicious selection of cookies to keep the hikers moving. In partnership with Tim Hortons, Hospice North Hastings is offering reusable cup holders that fit a Timmy’s cup perfectly.

Hikers will certainly work-up an appetite while enjoying the beautiful fall colours and that appetite will come in handy for the Chili Fest that starts at 5pm.Bancroft_course_photo

Chili Fest is open to anyone – not just hikers. We’re offering over 15 varieties of chili and some other delicious surprises for those who want to share some hearty food with others from the community. The cost of Chili Fest for those not doing the Hike is $10.

The Hike for Hospice is an incredibly important fundraiser for Hospice North Hastings. Our unique rural, residential hospice provides end of life care to those in need as well as providing support for family members. We provide care in the community or in our two-bed Hospice House. Our program receives no health care dollars and fundraising makes it possible to deliver programming and services to North Hastings residents free of charge.

Hospice North Hastings also operates a medical equipment loan program that provides things like canes, crutches, bath seats, commode chairs and walkers on a short term basis, again, free of charge. Hospice staff clean, repair and maintain all the equipment.

Hospice North Hastings also operates the popular R&R Support program for those that caregivers and clients that need a break. The program runs once a week and offers yoga, reiki, relaxation, massage, art therapy and lunch. Fundraising dollars pay for this program so that there is no charge to the participants.

The Hike for Hospice offers an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and share a meal with others in the community and fits into our desire to add life to our days. Your participation provides support for others who are in need.

The Hike for Hospice will be at the Bancroft Golf Course on Sunday Oct. 5 with registration and warm-up at 3pm. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 13 years of age. Chili Fest starts at 5pm and costs $10.

Pledge sheets are available now at the Hospice North Hastings Office at 27 Bridge Street East between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.


For additional details:

Barbara Shaw 



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What happens when you mix a Chamber, a Legion and toss in an Ambush?

You get one heck of a good time that was had by all who attended. I was a little taken back that there wasn’t as many as I expected but that didn’t deter any of us from having a phenomenal night.

Ambush has been delivering a brand of high-octane country music (their words)  since 1993. The trio of Mark McDonell, Riq Turner, and Tom VanCoughnett put on a high energy show for those there and had us all on the dance floor most of the night at the Bancroft Legion. Check out their video and see what you missed.



Mike Daly from the Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce was an absolutely amazing host and I just wanted to give the Chamber a thank-you for booking this band.

Urban Girl AmbushA final shout out to Steve their roadie who went out of his way to get my now new favorite hat.

Urban Girl xoxo