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Highland Archaeology Festival
27 September to 12 October 2014 This unique annual event celebrates archaeology and heritage in the Highlands area.   Its aim is to highlight and attract visitors to a rich array of archaeological sites and collections in the area, whether you are a first timer, a keen archaeology enthusiast or even study archaeology for a living.  
Doors Open Day - September 2014
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland.  Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public.  
Highland culture in many different forms, Highland family tree research, Macbeth, traditional Highland music, traditional Highland stories, and the things which people took with them when they left the Highlands are all themes of September's "My heart’s in the Highlands" events in the Highland and Moray Council areas.   The National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, the Falconer Museum in Forres, Cawdor Castle, Historylinks in Dornoch, and Portree Library will all be hosting events during September encouraging local people and visitors to explore and celebrate what makes the Highland special to them.  
Highland's new Youth Convener
Shaun Finlayson from Avoch will take up the role of Highland Youth Convener on Monday, 1 September 2014.  This full time role, based at the High Life Highland office in Ardross Street, Inverness, is a bursary position running to the end of August 2015.  
Canisbay Couple Celebrate Golden Wedding With Gift To Caithness Heart Support GroupThumbnail for article : Canisbay Couple Celebrate Golden Wedding With Gift To Caithness Heart Support Group
CAITHNESS Heart Support Group's funds received a welcome boost from Canisbay couple David and Jean Kennedy (centre) in the shape of this cheque for £1,090.   The couple, who live at Granzel, Tresdale, asked well-wishers to donate cash instead of presents on their golden wedding anniversary, for a charity of their choice.  
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Watten Fun Day 2014Thumbnail for article : Watten Fun Day 2014
There was plenty of fun, flowers and ferrets at the Watten Fund day on Sunday 24th August 2014.   Tea and cakes or burgers and sausages depending on how hungry you were.  
Serco NorthLink Ferries Sponsorship Programme Assists Record Amount of Islanders
Serco NorthLink Ferries is looking to build on its sponsorship programme offering having recently awarded £80,000 worth of ferry travel to local residents, clubs and event organisers.   The company's rolling yearly sponsorship programme is designed to support local community groups, events and individuals by providing discounted fares and travel vouchers, enabling them to travel between the mainland and the islands of Orkney and Shetland.  
46 Year Old Man Arrested Following Drugs Siezure
46 year-old man arrested and reported following drugs seizure with an estimated street value of £100,000.   A 46 year-old man is expected to appear at Tain Sheriff Court today in connection with drug offences committed in the Ullapool area.  
Police anxious to trace missing person Brad Acland from Dunbeath in Caithness
Police Scotland are anxious to trace Brad Acland (34) who has been reported missing from Dunbeath, in Caithness.  He has not been seen since leaving his home address around 12:00 hours on Tuesday 19 August 2014.  
Households Waste £227 Million a Year Leaving Appliances on Standby
- Seven in ten (76%) households leave electrical items on standby, with over a third (38%) admitting they do all the time.   - Homes across the country are losing out on £227 million a year by not switching appliances off at the mains.  
27 Students take advantage of summer work opportunitiesThumbnail for article : 27 Students take advantage of summer work opportunities
27 students were provided with summer work under this year's Students Summer Placement Scheme, which HIE contract Comunn na Gàidhlig to deliver.   The students, who are either fluent Gaelic speakers or learners, are working with businesses and third sector organisations across the Highlands and islands.  
Play Away Music ClassThumbnail for article : Play Away Music Class
Starts 29th August 2014.  Windsong Studio, Bower.  
A9 to WickThumbnail for article : A9 to Wick
This neat take off of a well known song highlights Wick by the well known character Mr Boom aka Andy Munro and added here for those of you who have not seen it before or if you have for another smile.   Published on 20 Aug 2012 "Golspie, Brora, the northern aurora, Helmsdale, Berriedale, Dunbeath and Lybster..." Andy Munro (aka Mr Boom, the one-man band from the Moon) points his spaceship northwards in the direction of Wick, on a mission to Orkney - his annual visit to the Orkney International Science Festival.  
Beat The Burglars - Home Security Tips From SafeChoiceThumbnail for article : Beat The Burglars - Home Security Tips From SafeChoice
As the nights draw in and temperatures drop and we start to prepare for the onset of winter, we need to be mindful that burglars often strike under the cover of darkness.  Window and door manufacturers, SafeChoice, have some useful tips to making your home safe and secure this winter.  
University of Glasgow Academic's [AT]LegoAcademics Twitter Account Goes ViralThumbnail for article : University of Glasgow Academic's [AT]LegoAcademics Twitter Account Goes Viral
A University of Glasgow researcher has created a viral twitter account about day-to-day life in academia illustrated by Lego figures.   Dr Donna Yates, an archaeologist in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, stages the [AT]LegoAcademics scenes using Lego's 'Research Institute' set, designed to promote a diverse and empowering view of academia to children.  
Concessionary Travel Scheme Is Just the TicketThumbnail for article : Concessionary Travel Scheme Is Just the Ticket
Research published today by Transport Scotland shows high levels of satisfaction amongst users of Scotland's concessionary bus travel scheme.   The research found that 98% of cardholders are very or fairly satisfied with the scheme which offers free bus travel across Scotland.  
Highland pupils go back to school on 19 August
Highland pupils go back to school tomorrow (Tuesday 19 August 2014) following a teachers' in-service today (18 August).   Chairman of The Highland Council's Adult and Children’s Services Committee, Councillor Alasdair Christie said: "There is great change in progress for all those with a stake in Education in the Highlands including our, pupils, parents, staff and our partners in building new schools in the region.  
Theft from a motor vehicle in Wick
Police in Wick are appealing for witnesses to a theft of hub caps from a gold coloured Citroën car at Riverside car park, Wick, which occurred on 16th August 2014 between 1240 hours and 1410 hours.   Police are interested in any sighting's of suspicious person's and/or vehicles in the area of Riverside car park, Wick on this date.  
Assault On Wick To Thurso Bus
Police Scotland are carrying out investigations into an incident that took place on the Wick to Thurso bus about midnight on Friday 15th August.   They are asking for any witnesses to this incident to contact them.  
Bower Gala 2014Thumbnail for article : Bower Gala 2014
Photos from Bower Gala 2014.  See the gallery link above..  

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