Living North of 7

Bancroft, one of the most beautiful and most talented areas!

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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?



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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Baptiste Lake: Make your own memories here!

Price: $399,900
Address: 2337 North Baptiste Lake Road
Neighbourhood: Hastings Highlands Ontario
Agent: Emma Kearns & Ray Krupa, Century 21 – All Seasons Realty., Brokerage

Baptiste Lake – Viceroy Style 4 Season Cottage on fabulous 3 Chain Lake. Privately situated on 1.26 acres lot with stunning view of Baptiste lake, 112 feet of sandy beach shoreline, deep of dock, and enjoy a southern exposure . Cottage features 3 Bedrooms, mudroom, 4 pc large bathroom, cathedral ceilings finished in pine, ceramic flooring, loads of windows, walk-out to large decking great for entertaining, awesome bright kitchen with island. Property features dry boathouse with bunkie and wrap around large decking, change bunkie with running water, compost toilet and shower. Experience the peace and tranquility this property has to offer, pride of ownership is quite evident

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Urban Girl: Could this be a sign of commitment?


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




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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


Media passes are available.








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