Bancroft's first Motorcycle Show'N'Shine & Swap was a remarkable success. Riders came in from Quebec, New York, Northern Ontario, South Western Ontario, South Eastern Ontario and all parts between. It was declared the perfect, central location for an Ontario Rally and plans are underway for next year.
Fabian welcomed riders and many registered for the show, while others came for a visit and went on to explore some of the Bancroft Area's exceptional scenery.
Bancroft's 5th Annual Wheels, Water & Wings Event is scheduled for July 8, 9 and 10th, 2016. The motorcycle rally will be one of the feature events on Sunday the 10th.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released new rules, effective today.
Distracted Driving: $490* fine and three demerit points; minimum 30-day suspension for novice drivers (* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs)
Dooring a Cyclist: $365* fine and three demerit points (* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs)
Passing Cyclists: Drivers must leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists or face a $110* fine and two demerit points; $180* fine and two demerit points for failing to leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists in a community safety zone (* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs)
Improper lighting on bicycle: $110* fine (* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs)
Slow Down, Move Over: Slow Down, Move Over requirement now also includes tow trucks stopped at roadside to assist; $490* fine for violation (* Fine as listed is set fine including Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs)
Additional Changes from Bill 31 - Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act
Effective January 1, 2016
•Drivers must yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.
Expected Spring 2016
•Municipalities will have enhanced ability to charge out-of-province individuals caught by red light cameras.
Expected Fall 2016
•New penalties for drug-impaired driving that mirror penalties for alcohol-impaired driving.
•Extending remedial measures and ignition interlock requirements to any accumulation of alcohol/drug impaired driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
Expected Spring 2017
•Expansion of licence plate denial for drivers who do not pay Provincial Offences Act fines for offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving without insurance and careless driving.
•Extending the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program to repeat offenders.
Statistically speaking, this has been a banner summer for real estate sales in the Bancroft Area. In June, volumes topped 10 million, an all-time high... and over 60% higher than June 2014. Average sale prices were up a smidgen over 25% from June 2014, too.
That said, it really isn't a "Sellers' Market". The typical signs are simply not all there.
Typical signs of a Sellers' Market are:
1/ Historic sale prices are lower than active listing prices. Well... okay, this is true.
2/ There is less than six months of inventory on the market. X There's quite a bit more for sale.
3/ Inventory is a lot lower than previous months or years. X There's lots to choose from.
4/ Average prices are up.X In some categories.
5/ Sold signs are going up just days after the for sale sign. X Not really, Buyers are still taking their time.
6/ Real estate ads and signs are getting smaller. X They're actually getting bigger in some cases.
So what is the bottom line? The current market shows us that Buyers believe the Bancroft Area is a good place to invest.
When I think of Al Purdy, I remember his wit and his bittersweet reminiscences that managed to avoid the trap of sentimentality and romanticism. He was real. I loved him immediately and spent far too little time with the man. For some reason I am thinking of him, today. Remembering dinners at Spinnackers, Harbourfront and that gravel dusted voice... contrary perspectives- just because.
Back then, I was a just a young woman from the city with family ties to the county where Purdy honed his craft.
Much has changed. Now, I've had twenty-five years in the area and recognize the importance of place as it calls from all of Purdy's poems, perhaps most notably in "The Country North of Belleville". It's been a long time.
Bush land scrub land-
Cashel Township and Wollaston
Elzivir McClure and Dungannon
green lands of Weslemkoon Lake
where a man might have some
opinion of what beauty
is and none deny him
Yet this is the country of defeat
where Sisyphus rolls a big stone
year after year up the ancient hills
picnicking glaciers have left strewen
with centuries' rubble
days in the sun
when realization seeps slow in the mind
without grandeur or self deception in
of being a fool-
A country of quiescence and still distance
a lean land
with inches of black soil on
earth's round bellly-
And where the farms are it's
as if a man stuck
both thumbs in the stony earth and pulled
it apart to make room
enough between the trees
for a wife
and maybe some cows and
room for some
of the more easily kept illusions-
And where the farms have gone back
to the forest
are only soft outlines
and shadowy differences-
Old fences drift vaguely among the trees
a pile of moss-covered stones
gathered for some ghost purpose
has lost meaning under the meaningless sky
- they are like cities under water and
the undulating green waves of time are
laid on them-
This is the country of our defeat and
during the fall plowing a man
might stop and stand in a brown valley of furrows
and shade his eyes to watch for the same
red patch mixed with gold
that appears on the same
spot in the hills
year after year
and grow old
plowing and plowing a ten acre field until
the convolutions run parallel with his own brain-
And this is the country where the young
unwilling to know what their fathers know
or think the words their mothers do not say-
Hershcel Monteagle and Faraday
lakeland rockland and hill country
a little adjacent to where the world is
a little north of where the cities are and
we may go back there
to the country of our defeat
Wollaston Elzevir Dungannon
and Weslemkoom lake land
where the high townships of Cashel
McClure and Marmora once were-
But it's been a long time since
and we must enquire the way
— "The Country North of Belleville," Al Purdy
This year marks the 4th anniversary of Bancroft's Wheels, Water & Wings event. The schedule of activities has something for everyone and promises a weekend of great family fun.
Opening night always begins with the Classic Car show which closes down the main street... over a hundred vintage cars will line Hastings Street between Flint Ave and Station Street. This year, we have Splash'N Boots coming to perform and Rita Carrey & No Strings Attached- yes, she's sister to Bancroft's favourite funny-man, Jim Carrey.
While you're in town, be sure to pick up a historical walking tour guide at one of the shops. Bound to become a collector's item, the brochure includes tid-bits of information about the town's history, which co-incides with the historical banners hanging throughout the main shopping district of our beautiful little town.
More information about these early families is available on Bancroft's BIA website. www.beautifulbancroft.ca
Featured on this banner is Henry Taylor. The youngest of 10 children, brought into the world in the family's cabin near the Conroy Marsh in 1904- his grandmother serving as the midwife. Henry worked for 42 years with the Department of Lands & Forests (now known as the Ministry of Natural Resources) as a forest technician. His positions included, towerman, timber scaler and fire ranger. After his retirement, he continued to work, scaling for various local lumber companies.
Henry was an accomplished, master canoe-builder. Following native tradition, it has been said that he built some of the best birch-bark canoes ever assembled by a non-native person in Ontario. Working with pioneer tools, Henry fashioned shingles and paddles and became a noted craftsman of beautiful woven baskets and primitive-styled wooden carvings. In the 1970's, using the very same broad axe, Henry felled, scored and hewed the timber to replicate his grandfather's 1860s log cabin and bunks.
For some 15 years, Henry was Santa for the local Lions Club's annual Santa Claus Parade. In 1999, Henry Taylor was named Bancroft's Citizen of the Century. He passed away in 2006 at 102 years of age.