More additions to Coe Hill World: Mark Bonokoski’s Moose Country, current weather, moon phases and more local news added

Take a look down the left side of the main page of Coe Hill World and you’ll see I’ve been fiddling around with things again… I’ve added news feeds from the Weather Network, moon phases and Mark Bonokoski’s Moose Country three-times-a-week commentaries.

You’ll also see feeds from Bancroft This Week; The Toronto Star’s top news and sports stories; Belleville Intelligencer; and Peterborough Examiner.

So after you look at the lastest news postings in the middle of the page, click over the the left and see what’s going on in Coe Hill’s suburbs…

Kevin

Shoppers Drug Mart construction photos in Bancroft, Ontario

Construction of the new Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bancroft Ontario. Photo taken Jan. 31, 2009 by Brent Goodwin

Construction of the new Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bancroft Ontario. Photo taken Jan. 31, 2009 by Brent Goodwin

Brent Goodwin sent me these photos of the new Shoppers Drug Mart under construction in Bancroft, across from the No Frills supermarket.

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Construction of the new Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bancroft Ontario. Photo taken Jan. 31, 2009 by Brent Goodwin

Construction of the new Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bancroft Ontario. Photo taken Jan. 31, 2009 by Brent Goodwin

If this store is anything like what I’m used to near my home in Cambridge, Ont., then it will be worth the drive to Bancroft from Coe Hill.  The new Shoppers are mini-supermarkets, with drugs at the back.

I bet the Bancroft store will look like this …

Shoppers Drug Mart in Cambridge, Ontario, opened in 2006.

Shoppers Drug Mart in Cambridge, Ontario, opened in 2006.

Coe Hill World update – new look

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Coe Hill World will be a work in progress for a while… my first issue is finding the  best template, so information easy to find and read.

This is a bit different than the original style you may have seen in your last visit, but  I think it works better.  I’ll leave this one in place for a while… and I’ll change the heading photo when the season changes… snow can be a become a depressing greeting after a while.

As always, post up a comment about your thoughts on the blog.  

And please e-mail me anything — news, events, photos — you’d like posted on Coe Hill World to : coehillworld@gmail.com

Kevin

Here’s videos of rear-axle-drive snow machine created by Coe Hill native

 

Rear axle drive snowmobile by RND Innovations

Rear axle drive snowmobile by RND Innovations

Inventor of this rear-drive snow machine, Shawn Watling, grew up in Coe Hill and attended high school in Bancroft, Brent Goodwin says.

 

His invention was featured in December on the Daily Planet show on the Discovery Channel: http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/clip121232#clip121232

This is his company site, where there’s another video: http://rndinnovators.com/

Hastings County stalled on high-speed internet expansion north of Highway 7

Don’t hold your breath waiting for expansion of high speed internet services in the north woods… because Hastings County is told it’s expensive north of Highway 7.

Here’s a story about it from the Community Press in Stirling.

By Janet Richards

Jan. 29, 2009

Belleville – The push to expand broadband Internet service in Hastings County is making headway.

County council approved a recommendation from its planning and development committee to work with Barrett Xplorenet Inc.(BXI) on the development of broadband service in the south part of the county.

Paula Preston, a consultant hired by the county to help with expanding broadband services, told council yesterday that the cost of servicing areas north of Highway 7 is too great for the county to undertake right now, even with provincial grants.

The county had invited BXI and Bell Aliant. to submit proposals. Preston said the BXI proposal contained better costing and more coverage for the county’s needs.

CAO Jim Pine told council the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) has been speaking to both the federal and provincial governments almost daily on the issue of broadband. The caucus on Jan. 13 issued a request for expressions of interest to help develop a network that will service 95 per cent of eastern Ontario. By Jan. 28, Pine said, 25 submissions from the private sector had already been received.

“There’s definitely an interest.”

Pine told council the EOWC expects to make a funding request to the federal government in the spring.

Pine said the “trunk network” will fill in the gaps still left in the county’s broadband service, including areas to the north, as well as enhance service. He expects it will take three to five years to develop.

Preston said funding for the broadband enhancement project through the Provincial Rural Connections program should be received in May and service could be in place as early as this fall.