United Way Hastings & Prince Edward Reaches over 50% of its campaign goal

The United Way Hastings & Prince Edward Counties says that has reached over half of its $1,970,000 fundraising goal as of the end of November 2017.

The agency says in a news release that it is continuing to challenge the community to support its fellow community members, who are facing difficult and vulnerable circumstances.

“At this time of giving, we are honored that the community continues to come forward to support those in need…but we still have a ways to go,” said Kathy Murphy, Executive Director.

The community led campaign has currently raised more than S1.1 million, and many campaigns are wrapping up in early to mid-December. These important dollars provided by the local community – go towards supporting agencies and programs that give a “hand up” versus a “hand out” – to many in need.

Weeks ago, at Deseronto Transit’s 10th anniversary, Mayor Norman Clark recalled a man who needed to find a way to get to work from his rural home.

Deseronto Transit (one of 75 United Way funded programs) provided this important transportation service, allowing Dave to gain employment, and remain working.  Mayor Clark further recalls speaking to Dave some time later, and learning he earned enough money to eventually buy his own vehicle.

This “hand up” for Dave and many others, allows our fellow citizens in Prince Edward and Hastings Counties their independence and dignity, while participating in the economy.

“Every one of us is equally deserving of a dignified life,” says Ms. Murphy.

Money raised remains 100% local, and stays here in Hastings and Prince Edward county, serving one in three people in need.

It’s Your United Way and United Way Hastings and Prince Edward thanks all donors for their generosity and kindness.


Teen dies after pickup truck crash on Highway 62 in Limerick Township

LIMERICK TOWNSHIP – A teen from Tudor & Cashel Township died in a single-vehicle crash Nov. 30, 2017, Bancroft OPP reports.opp logo

Emergency services were called at 6:32 a.m., to Highway 62 in Limerick Township, where a pickup truck left the highway and hit a rock cut.
James Keller, 18 years, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police continue to investigate.




Christmas toy drive for Kids in Need 2017: Get ready to register

Bancroft and Area Kids in Need in partnership with the Bancroft OPP, Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, MOOSE FM, local merchants and community volunteers try to ensure that every child in the Bancroft area will have a present under their tree on Christmas morning.

The Toy Drive program is designed to assist children of low-income families residing in Faraday Township, Wollaston Township, Limerick Township, Cashel Township, Carlow-Mayo Township, Town of Bancroft, Municipality of Hastings Highlands and the Municipality of Highlands East.

This year,families under financial restraints can register children who are 12 years of age and under (born 2005 to present) for the program.
Registration will be held at the Bancroft OPP Detachment on the following dates and times:
• Tuesday the 05th of December between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday the 06th of December between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• Thursday the 07th of December between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• Friday the 08th of December from 9 a.m and 12 p.m.

The registering adult must be the permanent custodial parent or legal guardian and attend the OPP detachment in person to complete the form and display proof of residence and custody of the child they are registering. The child must be a permanent Bancroft area resident to be registered in the program.

Source: Bancroft OPP 

Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe this Halloween: Be Aware and Follow the Rules of the Road


Ontario is reminding drivers and pedestrians to stay safe and be aware while ghouls, goblins and ghosts celebrate this Halloween.

To help protect excited trick-or-treaters who are on the streets after dark, drivers are reminded to:

  • Slow down and stay alert, especially near stopped vehicles who may be dropping off children
  • Always yield to crossing pedestrians, be aware of your surroundings and watch out for children darting onto the street
  • Avoid any distractions – keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
  • Always communicate clearly with pedestrians and other drivers on the road, and use your turn signals
  • Always drive sober

Parents and trick-or-treaters are encouraged to review safety precautions before heading out, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules, and are reminded to:

  • Be seen — there are many ways to make it easier for drivers to see you, like wearing costumes with bright fabrics or reflective material and carrying a flashlight
  • Be alert and cautious of surroundings, especially on roadways
  • Look both ways when crossing the street and make eye contact with drivers
  • Always walk — do not run from house to house
  • Walk on the sidewalks whenever possible and always cross at pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks or marked intersections
  • If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic
  • Ensure children under the age of 12 have proper supervision
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit

Quick Facts

  • Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for Canadian children.
  • On average, one person is killed on Ontario’s roads every 17 hours. In 2014, pedestrians and cyclists made up approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s road fatalities.
  • In May, Ontario passed legislation to protect the most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists, by giving municipalities more tools to address speeding. These tools include the ability to set reduced default speed limits and use automated speed-enforcement systems on roads with speed limits below 80 km/h that are designated as community safety zones or in school zones.
  • In June 2015, Ontario passed legislation to toughen penalties for offences such as distracted driving.
  • In September, Ontario announced that it will propose legislation that, if passed, would help protect pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers.

Additional Resources

Source: Ontario government