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Hawthorne to Commence Underground Development to Access the East Bain Gold Zone

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Hawthorne Gold Corp. (TSX-V: HGC, US: HWTHF) is pleased to announce that the Company has commenced underground development at the Cassiar Gold Mine. The Company is advancing one of the ramps approximately 160 metres to access the East Bain Zone, which is a faulted off extension of the previously mined West Bain Zone located within the Table Mountain underground workings. The next step will be to develop or undercut the mineralized gold zone and prepare the sublevels for shrinkage stope mining.
“We have come a long way over the past year to prepare for the commencement of underground development at the Cassiar Gold Mine. We have completed the necessary geological modeling and engineering of the mineralized zone, and look forward to taking the next step towards gold production,” commented Richard Barclay, President and CEO of Hawthorne.
Extensive Infrastructure in a Proven Gold Camp
The Cassiar Gold Camp, located in northern British Columbia, Canada, comprises approximately 56,300 hectares and hosts the Table Mountain and Taurus gold deposits. The Cassiar Gold Mine is comprised of a permitted 270 tonne per day gravity/flotation mill and tailings impoundment facility as well as 13 adits/portals, ~25 kilometres of underground workings, ~23 kilometres of surface access roads throughout the property, an assay lab and a 40 person camp. Highway #37 runs directly through the property and the Cassiar airstrip is also accessible some 10 kilometres from the mine site. The Cassiar Gold Mine is 100% owned and operated by the Company.
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