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Minden, Ontario, Canada

Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Are you a Zoomer? And What is a Zoomer? As a Zoomer come and experience Hike Haliburton in the Haliburton Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,General Interest Newsy Stuff,General Interest Odd Stuff,Highlands Links,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 10:03 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008

Being a Zoomer is primarily a state of mind! It’s an attitude towards living long….on open optimistic attitude that combines a desire for new experiences with a sense of purpose and value. It’s an attitude that frankly recognizes the challenges of aging (and actively advocates for remedies to them), but also insists that aging doesn’t have to mean retreating from life.

Being a Zoomer isn’t about how much money you have, its about how much life you have. A Zoomer isn’t an idea we have to live up to, it’s a better way of expressing where we have been all along.

These are the words of Moses Znaimer who is the founder of the new Zoomer magazine, once called the CARP Magazine ,helping older adults with information useful so they too can begin living the life as a “Zoomer”. The magazine,s purpose as I understand is to show who the current Zoomers are and the adventures that they are experiencing and helping encourage you to live the best life now and in the future.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain.

Come and experience just another way of considering yourself as a zoomer. Come to the Hike Haliburton Festival in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. Come stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast and let me know you are a Zoomer and I will offer you $25 off the published rate for you room on the final night of a multip[le night stay.

Hike Haliburton is scheduled for October 16-18, 2008. There will be some 24 supervised hike, a BBQ, silent auction, and night of music. For more information go to .

Give us a call at the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast. 1-888-786-6976

Biography of Author MICHAEL BARNES, C.M.

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:19 pm on Monday, September 8, 2008

Biography for MICHAEL BARNES, C.M.
An author of books for adults and children
Abstract: Michael Barnes, a career educator for 35 years both in England and Canada, started writing professionally in 1968 and has authored close to 50 books held in Canadian libraries, many U.S. universities and some of the world’s English speaking national libraries. His field has been northern Canada, communities, mining and other resources, police work and characters. His bibliography is available on request. He is an accomplished speaker and broadcaster.
Main References: Members’ Pages, The Writers’ Union of Canada, /Wikipedia,/ Republic of Mining ( A blog by Stan Sudol).
Make Contact: Box 881, Haliburton, Ontario Canada K0M 1S0 telephone 705 457 9361
Background: Born 1934 London, UK, attended grammar school and college (now Brunel Univ.) migrated to Canada 1956, citizen, 1961, teacher and principal 35 years; BA Western ’64, M.Ed Toronto ’71; married Joan Wyatt ’59, three children grown and gone.
Some interests: has been library & trustee 27 years, OLS North Vice Chair, Police Services Board Chair, Trillium Bd. Foundation member, Anglican lay reader and vestry member, is still member Masonic Lodge Kirkland Lake & Haliburton, St. Peters Church Maple Lake.
Writer; multi published author of books, has been Globe & Mail correspondent, CBC freelance radio broadcaster, speech writer, ghost writer, annual report author, script researcher & television writer, Consultant/researcher for ON Heritage, Sony Tristar, CBC, TVO, History Channel (special on Killer Fire),six books digitalized for Univ. Calgary, consultant to Heat-Line, mining books accepted by ROM earth sciences gallery library. Quotes: John Robert Columbo-‘Most prolific writer in and about Northern Ontario’ 1994; Pierre Berton on being told that some consider Michael Barnes to be the poor man’s Pierre Berton-“That’s fine as long as he stays that way’. Mining books accepted by Royal ON Museum for mineral gallery library.
Speaker: Topics have included Order of Canada, northern history and related, gold mining, communities and their improvement, the OPP and subjects related to own books. Venues in Canada and USA have included Canadian Club, ON Arts Council reader, schools, Rotary, Probus, Lions, Chambers of Commerce, historical societies. Has been part time lecturer at ON OPP academy.
Honours: Wolf Pack Overture dedicated to M. Barnes by composer A. Hillo, 2005, Opted out of Citizenship Court Judge process due to writing commitments 2004, Hon. Member OPP Veterans 2004, Queens Golden Jubilee Medal 2002, Member Canadian Honour Roll 1998, Member Kirkland Lake Hall of Fame 1998, Finalist for book Ontario, Silver Birch Award of OLA 1996, Appointed Presiding Officer Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies, 1996, Member Order of Canada 1995, Kirkland Lake book winner Econ Dev Council Canada Gold Leaf award for best promotion of a community 1994, Ontario Volunteer Award 1994, Canada 125 Medal 1992, Hon. Inspector OPP 1991.
References: Northern Life, Sudbury,Sept 1 2006 ‘The Godfather of Northern Ontario History’, Contemporary Who’s Who of Professionals, Raleigh NC 2005, Who’s Who Canada 1996, Ontario 1995,profiled in Country Roads by T. Culbert, GSPH, 1995, included in Writers’ Map of Ontario, J.R.Columbo, 1994, Intl. Authors & Writers Who’s Who, Cambridge UK,1999, Intl. Dict. of Biography, Cambridge, UK, 1993, Something About the Author, Detroit, Gale, 1989.

Bibliography of Author Michael Barnes who resides in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:12 pm on Monday, September 8, 2008

Bibliography for Michael Barnes in Chronological Order
*** April 2009*** Haliburton in Highland Ontario
Red Lake- Golden Treasure Chest, GSPH, August, 2008.
More than Free Gold-Mineral Exploration in Canada since WWII, GSPH, 2008.
The Scholarly Prospector-Don MacKinnon, GSPH, 2007.
Whirly Bird Applesauce in I Sold My Gold Tooth for Gas Money, Summit, Vancouver, 2006.
Ride the Polar Bear Express, GSPH, 2005.
Looking Back Cobalt, Vanwell, 2004.
Wolves and Haliburton Forest, Haliburton Forest Press, 2004.
Looking Back Kirkland Lake, Vanwell, 2003.
Killer in the Bush, Boston Mills/Highway, 2003.
Haliburton-Memories of Past years, Haliburton Forest Press, 2003.
The Essential Haliburton-Discover Highland Ontario, GSPH, 2002.
Great Northern Ontario Mines, GSPH, 2001.
The Tri-Towns, Highway, 2000.
Dedication to Duty-OPP Officers who Died Serving Ontario, GSPH,2000.
Helping You, OPP,1999.
Pour Vous Aidez, OPP , 1999.
Ontario, Lerner, USA, 1997.
Northern Gateway-North Bay, GSPH, 1997.
Gold in Ontario, Boston Mills, 1995.
Great Northern Characters, GSPH, 1995. Trillium Book award nominee.
Timmins-The Porcupine Country, Boston Mills, 1995.
Kirkland Lake on the Mile of Gold, Boston Mills, 1994. Winner Econ Council Canada best promo.
Fortunes in the Ground, Boston Mills, 1993.
Temagami, Boston Mills, 1992.
The Gift, Methuen/Gage, 1992.
Policing Ontario-The OPP Today, Boston Mills, 1991.
Polar Bear Express Country, Boston Mills, 1988.
Canadians All 8, Methuen/Gage, 1988.
Link with a Lonely Land, Boston Mills, 1985.
Police Story, Scholastic, 1981.
Hartley Trussler’s North Bay, North Bay Chamber Commerce, 1981.
Gateway City-The North Bay Story, North Bay Chamber Commerce, 1981.
A Souvenir of Kirkland Lake, Chamber Commerce, 1981.
The Town that Stands on Gold, Highway, 1978.
Gold in the Porcupine, Highway 1976.I
In the Public Service-The OPP, Highway, 1974
Roza Brown-Gold Camp Pioneer Highway, 1973
6 books by Highway 1976-77.: The Thunder Bay Threat, The Sudbury Moon Chase, Arrest at the Soo, The Message to Moosonee, The Chief Commanda Hi-Jack, Monster from the Slimes.
Cochrane-The Polar Bear Town, Highway, 1976.
Night Search, Highway1975.
Wawa Adventure, Highway, 1975.
Cobalt Adventure, Highwy, 1975.
Jake Englehart, Highway 1973.
Contributor to reading texts, work and study books, guides, pamphlets, freelance Globe & Mail correspondent,
Columnist for six papers, journal articles, CBC Radio scripts, etc. See page in Wikipedia and Stan Sudol blog, The Republic of Mining.
Contact: Box 881 Haliburton, ON Canada K0M 1S0, tel 705 457 9361

Ten Most Recent Book of Author Michael Barnes, C.M who resides in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:09 pm on Monday, September 8, 2008

Summaries of the Ten Most Recent Book of Michael Barnes, C.M.

2008 Red Lake- Golden Treasure Chest
This tells the story of one of the most beautiful places in NW Ontario, home to the largest gold mine in Canada.

2008 More Than Free Gold-Mineral Exploration in Canada since WW11
This covers all the major discoveries over the past 60 years, the major players, how this capital intensive industry is financed, best practices and a review of the major metals.

2007 The Scholarly Prospector.
This is the authorized biography of one of Canada’s most successful prospectors, Don MacKinnon,a school chum of Tim Horton, who found the gold at Hemlo and has been actively promoting the north for many years.

2005 Ride the Polar Bear Express.
This is the fifth edition of the Canadian best seller meant for all those who want to know more and travel to Moosonee and Moose Factory on the famed train and see the oldest place in Ontario, co-equal with Kingston.

2004 Looking Back Cobalt.
This book tells the story in words and pictures of the first great precious metals mining camp in Ontario.

2004 Wolves and Haliburton Forest.
The book tells the story of wolves and how they have been treated and depicted over the ages, then centres on the wolves in the finest wolf centre in North America.

2003 Looking Back Kirkland Lake.
The story of the gold camp in words and pictures that among other things brought the fortunes of Harry Oakes, once Canada’s richest man.

2003 Killer in the Bush is a reprint of the great fires of northesastern Onario which forces the province to set up the great air fire fighting service we have today; subject of an oft repeated History Channel programme.

2003 Haliburton-Memories of Past years.
The story of the third largest country in Ontario in words and pictures.

2002 The Essential Haliburton-Discover Highland Ontario. The beauty spot of central Ontario from every aspect.
Michael Barnes may be contacted at michaelbarnes53@hotmail .com or seen on Wikipedia, or Who’s Who in Canada.

Yours Outdoors Presents Cycling and Rock Experiences in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Yours Outdoors is offering the following experience packages this fall:

September 13 – Pedal Your Arts – Tour du Village (10km) See

September 24 – Pedal Your Arts – Gears for Guilford (35km). See

October 4 – Pedal Your Arts – Tour du Village (10km). See
October 6-8 – Haliburton Rocks. See

October 20-22 – Some Like it Hot – See

November 7-9 – See

There are still spaces available for these tours. Do you have any guests who might be interested in participating? There is day rate for all packages. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Barrie Martin
Yours Outdoors
Experience Broker

1344 Barry line
R.R. #1
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
705-754-3436 (telephone/fax)

The Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast is a place to stay when yolu are attending any of these programs. We would love the opportunity to help you plan your holiday in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario. 1-888-786-6976

I will also miss my hugs with Ace – she’s such a goofball!

Filed under: Guest Testimonials,Woodrush Fallasview Suite Guest Messages — Sally at 9:37 pm on Monday, September 1, 2008

Hi Sally:
I’m glad we found you. We had a terrific weekend up here! The weather was fabulous (after a rather unpredictable summer), the breakfasts were delicious (I expecially liked the happy face grapefruit!) and the views wonderful. Thanks so much for your warm hospitality, the nightly chats over cocktails and the Wii (even tho’ I’m a total spazz at it!).
I will also miss my hugs with Ace – she’s such a goofball!
Ginny & Andy
Toronto, ON