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New Projects To Help Heat Old Homes
More than 2,200 old, cold properties across Scotland are to be transformed into warm, environmentally friendly homes which are easier and cheaper to heat.   New Scottish Government investment of £3.5 million has been allocated to 19 projects across Scotland, for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing and central heating in older homes.  
Cashback Funding Reaches £50m
Youth organisations will receive a CashBack Christmas present of £1.5 million, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced today.   The first tranche of £5.6 million seized by the Crown from Abbot Group Limited under the Proceeds of Crime Act will go to a consortium of six national youth organisations led by Youth Scotland.  
Highland Educators Lead OnThumbnail for article : Highland Educators Lead On
Around 65 staff in The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service have recently completed a training programme aimed at encouraging generic leadership skills.   Hugh Fraser, Highland Council’s Director of Education, Culture and Sport Service welcomed participants to a presentation day held in Milton of Leys School, Inverness on Saturday 8 December.  
New Bird Boxes Built At Seadrift CentreThumbnail for article : New Bird Boxes Built At Seadrift Centre
The Caithness Countryside Volunteers spent last Sunday morning building bird boxes at their last event of the year.  A total of 14 standard bird boxes were built at Seadrift, The Highland Councils wildlife centre at Dunnet Bay.  
More Drink Drivers Than Ever Caught
Head of Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit has expressed disappointment at the 13 drivers who chose to put their own and the lives of others at risk by drink driving despite numerous warnings.   The 13 were detected by Police during week one of the 2012/13 ACPOS Festive Safety Campaign, which focuses primarily on drink and drug driving.  
Assistance to Communities as part of Council’s winter resilience campaign
The Highland Council has written to all community councils to let them know that assistance will be available to any communities who wish to help clear snow and ice from local footpaths.   Following bad weather last winter a number of Community Councils approached the council to enquire about taking action in their own areas to clear snow and ice from footpaths as and when needed.  
Householders and Businesses Urged To Protect Pipes
With the arrival of lower temperatures and snow across Scotland, Scottish Water is reminding householders and businesses to ensure that their properties are protected and prepared for the winter.   Communities throughout the country are being urged to follow Scottish Water’s winter code.  
Highland Education Stars Sought For National Awards
Nominations open for Scottish Education Awards 2013.   The search has started for the Highlands’ brightest education stars as local people are called upon to nominate top teaching professionals and schools in the area for recognition at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Children's Choir Sing Christmas songs At Tesco, WickThumbnail for article : Caithness And North Sutherland Children's Choir Sing Christmas songs At Tesco, Wick
Shoppers were greeted today with a wide range of delightful Christmas songs by the members of the Caithness and North Sutherland Children's Choir.   The songs ranged from Christmas Carols to popular songs from tv and film all with an appropriate seasonal theme.  
Caithness Groups Among ICANN AwardsThumbnail for article : Caithness Groups Among ICANN Awards
Caithness and Sutherland nurseries celebrate awards for children’s communication.   Staff from north Highland nurseries and playgroups have recently received awards for their organisations from I CAN the Early Talk Scheme run by the national charity for children with speech and language difficulties.  
Highland School Closures Online Launched As Winter ArrivesThumbnail for article : Highland School Closures Online Launched As Winter Arrives
With the onset of wintry conditions, The Highland Council has launched a new school closure page on its website to supplement its school closures telephone information service.   School Closures Online is prominently featured on the home page of the Council’s web site to advise parents and pupils if local schools have been closed due to adverse weather conditions.  
Whyte Sisters From Caithness Complete LejogThumbnail for article :  Whyte Sisters From Caithness Complete Lejog
CAITHNESS sisters Seren Whyte 23 and Elise Whyte 21 have completed the LeJog Land’s End to John O’ Groats classic car reliability challenge, in their Mini Cooper.  They were among the first arrivals to complete the popular route and met up, today, with other drivers who stopped off at Wick's former Haldanes car park where their cars were driven onto low-loaders for the return journey south.  
New Scheme to Tackle Litter at Schools In Highland
The Highland Council awarded £24,000 to trial new project to prevent littering in the Highlands.   A new project led by The Highland Council to prevent littering around 10 secondary schools in the Highlands is set to take place thanks to funding awarded by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government-backed body set up to help Scotland reduce waste, recycle more, and use resources sustainably.  
Real Christmas Trees Sale 8th December - Newtonhill CroftThumbnail for article : Real Christmas Trees Sale 8th December - Newtonhill Croft
Take the kids to see Santa in his Grotto at Newtonhill Croft and pick up a real Christmas Tree..  
Funding For Voluntary Groups
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Drink Drive Campaign Will Be Enforced Hard This YearThumbnail for article : Drink Drive Campaign Will Be Enforced Hard This Year
Police vow to use all resources at their disposal to catch drink drivers as Festive Safety campaign kicks off.   Whilst senior officers support any plans to reduce the drink drive limit the message is that those who plan to get behind the wheel should not drink any alcohol at all.  
4 and a half hours tae Thurso townThumbnail for article : 4 and a half hours tae Thurso town
A wee song about a Truck drivers thoughts on the road from Perth to Thurso, with poetic license of course.   Words 4 and a half hours tae Thurso town 4 and a half hours tae Thurso.  
Chill Out - Caithness: Loin de la lumièreThumbnail for article : Chill Out - Caithness: Loin de la lumière
Dim the lights - sip a dram or glass of sherry and lie back and relax to this video..  
ERI External Seminar, 6th DecemberThumbnail for article : ERI External Seminar, 6th December
We are delighted to invite you all to the latest ERI seminar, this coming Thursday (6th December) at the Environmental Research Institute, Castle Street, at 5.15pm.   Professor Phil Whitfield, from the UHI Centre for Health Studies, will be talking to us on the subject of “Weighing-Up Your Options: The Application of Mass Spectrometry in Biology and Medicine”.  
Keiss Primary School Christmas FayreThumbnail for article : Keiss Primary School Christmas Fayre
KEISS primary school got into the festive spirit at its annual Christmas fayre which also attracted a big crowd and raised cash for school funds..