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Archive for: 3月, 2020


Matthews House Hospice’s annual Hike for Hospice is fast approaching. This year’s event, which is the organization’s second biggest fundraiser, takes place Sunday, May 1 at the walking path outside the Adjala-Tosorontio Municipal Centre. Participants have the option of taking a two-kilometre stroll or the full five-kilometre trek. Registration is at 11 a.m., followed by the hike between noon and 1:30 p.m. Organizers are hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising total of $82,000. “Hike for Hospice is a unique national fundraising event that raises awareness and funds for hospice,” reads a press release. “All the funds raised by our local hike come direct to Matthews House, helping us to continue to support people in our community.” The municipal office is located at 7855 30th Sideroad, Alliston. To register or for more information, visit .

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PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES Orillia got a blast of wintry weather Wednesday, and several collisions followed the snow’s return to Simcoe County. A woman received minor facial injuries following a two-car crash on James Street, just east of Memorial Avenue, early in the afternoon. A westbound minivan slid into the Acura, which was travelling east. The collision could have been significantly worse, though, as the car caught fire shortly after impact. 


There’s no telling how old he is in scarecrows years, but Sam, Meaford’s iconic scarecrow, is looking as fresh and vibrant as he did when he was created over a decade ago and he is ready to celebrate the Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival’s 20th birthday in style. The much-loved, much-celebrated Sam is legendary. He has become the face of the invasion, modelled after the official invasion logo designed by Meaford artist, Kerry Riley. Sam has made many appearances on television, in parades and window displays, and during community events, according to Mary Woods, who created Sam along with Joan Cooper, Laurie Adams, and Kate Belec. “Back then, we had no idea how to build a scarecrow,” Woods said. “We used batting, straw, and wood. The end product was one very heavy scarecrow. We figured a scarecrow should wear a vest and when a neighbour offered us a suit jacket, we cut the sleeves off and made Sam’s first vest. He has had a few makeovers during the years, and several new vests. His trousers have been patched many times, and this year, he is sporting a brand new plaid shirt for the birthday celebrations. It is the same face and the same Sam smile that Gary Chick created back then.” Sam is currently on display at the RBA Financial storefront on Sykes Street alongside a 20th birthday cake created by Thornbury artist Barb Smith. Like Sam, Barb’s cake creations are a work of love, each one designed with a person or special occasion in mind. For information, contact Helen Solmes at 519-372-7514 or


Local dignitaries and community members joined Orillia’s Royal Canadian Legion branch in the unveiling of an updated memorial at Veterans’ Park on Sunday afternoon. The granite memorial now includes the names of 88 Orillia-area veterans who died while serving in WWII. Previously, the memorial featured only the names of veterans who died in WWI. MP Bruce Stanton was among those in attendance at the event.


The Wasaga Beach Youth Centre is addressing a tough topic that has hit close to home for some of its regulars. The centre will be hosting a three-hour training session, safeTalk, on May 5, 6 until 9 p.m., at the Wasaga Beach Public Library. The session teaches people how to reach out to someone – notably a young person – who is contemplating suicide. The session is available to anyone over the age of 15. Related: “It educates them to notice the signs of someone who might be considering suicide, and what’s the next step beyond that – how to address it and how to get help,” said youth centre coordinator Shelley Brook. Brook said the idea of hosting the session was a result of what she says are troubling numbers. “In the Georgian Triangle area, there has been a lot in the last year, including one which touched the youth centre,” she said. “Since that incident, we’ve been trying to figure out how we can help those youth, and help them feel like their more prepared and that they’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again to another one of their friends.” The session will teach people to recognize the signs, and how to address it with the individual and help them connect with resources. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, participants will be better able to: move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide; identify people who have thoughts of suicide; apply the TALK steps to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers. “It is geared toward someone identifying someone else, but at the same time, it would help you look at yourself and see what you’re thinking about, and understand the severity of that, and how you can get yourself help,” Brook said. The centre will be getting some financial help in hosting the session. Mayor Brian Smith stopped by the youth centre on Monday to drop off a cheque that will, among other items needed at the centre, cover the costs of the training. “It’s extremely important; if you think of the cause itself, and when you think about the number of youth suicides, and youth crisis we hear about nowadays, I think it’s extremely important we educate youth and others,” Smith said. “It felt like the right thing to do, it’s a great initiative by the staff (at Wasaga Beach Youth Centre), so I wanted to stand behind it.” For more information on the session, or to register, call the Wasaga Beach recreation department at 705-429-3321, or the youth centre at 705-422-2494. The cost is $5, which pays for materials. Registration closes on April 20, and is limited to 30 participants.


Area mayors recently joined Helping Hands for the ‘March For Meals’ event, delivering food to local clients through the non-profit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The program relies on volunteers to transport nutritious meals to shut-ins and others who are unable to shop for their own food or cook. Pictured are mayors Steve Clarke (Orillia), Basil Clarke (Ramara), Harry Hughes (Oro-Medonte), and Mike Burkett (Severn).


The Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce will hold its first Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 7. Walk for Alzheimer’s is a new National Walk bring held by Alzheimer Societies across Canada. It replaces the former Walk for Memories that was held each January. “We are pleased to be part of the new National Walk,” said Deborah Barker, Executive Director. “Walk for Memories was our most important annual awareness and fundraising event and we believe the Walk for Alzheimer’s will be even bigger.” The Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce will be holding walks in two locations – at Kelso Beach in Owen Sound and at Sulphur Springs Conservation area south of Hanover. “We chose May 7, because that is Mother’s Day weekend,” Barker said. “When you consider that more than 70 per cent of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia are women, and that women also take on a greater share of the caregiving responsibilities it seemed appropriate to hold our Walk on that weekend.” Barker said it is important to note that although the Walk for Alzheimer’s is a national event, all of the money raised locally will stay in Grey-Bruce to help support local programs and services for persons with dementia and for their families and their caregivers. “We provide information, education, support and counselling services to more than 3,000 people each year,” she said. “That works out to an average of almost 10 contacts per working day. “Our support staff are very busy and the support we provide helps many people maintain their independence and the highest quality of life possible as the disease progresses. “We cannot continue to meet that need without the generous support of the Grey-Bruce community.” Already many individuals and teams have signed up online at Alzheimer Societies across Canada are encouraging people to form teams and to walk in recognition of someone they know who has dementia, or who is a caregiver for someone affected. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected,” Barker said. “This is a wonderful way to show your support for a loved one, or for someone you know.” At both locations registration begins at 9 a.m., the Walks officially begin at 10 a.m. and everything wraps up by noon. “The Walk for Alzheimer’s is a family event and we have multiple generations taking part,” Barker said. “Both locations are accessible and have a variety of walking options from short, accessible loops to longer routes. Everyone will be able to participate according to their ability,” she said. As well both locations have playgrounds and there will be children’s activities. Barker said the Society is encouraging as many people as possible to participate. “Please join us as an individual or as part of a team,” she said. “You will be helping to make a real difference in the lives of people we all know and care about, right here in Grey-Bruce.” Participants are encouraged to register and collect pledges online at: You can also obtain a pledge form from the office at 753 2nd Ave. E. in Owen Sound or by calling 519-376-7230 or -800-265-9013 or visit: For further information call or office or email


3:38 PM Wednesday, April 6 Special weather statement in effect for: Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago Innisfil – Angus- New Tecumseth A low pressure system from the west is bringing a significant April snowfall and rainfall to the area tonight into Thursday. After a few centimetres of snow accumulates into early this evening, the precipitation will change over to rain in all areas by mid evening. Latest indications continue to suggest many areas will receive 10 to 20 mm of rain before the rain eases off into scattered showers in the eastern sections and flurries over areas closer to Lake Huron. Snowfall and winter storm warnings are in effect from near Parry Sound and Haliburton northward into Northeastern Ontario where snowfall amounts of 15 cm or more are expected. Motorists should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions from accumulating snow and low visibility in heavy snow and adjust travel plans accordingly. Given the extra rainfall expected, it is recommended to check with the local conservation authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District for additional information.


Wow! That was some ice storm we had last week! Not only did it knock out the power for a day or more in some areas, it also destroyed or damaged many of the trees in Alliston. We live beside the river and it completely devastated many of the beautiful old trees lining the river. I’m personally thankful for family members who came up on the weekend and helped chop up the fallen branches as well as get rid of the debris. I honestly don’t think that my wife and I could have done this without their help. I hope that you all kept safe and sound and that no serious damage was done to your property. Nottawasaga OPP Const. Harry Lawrenson was the guest speaker at the March 21 general meeting. He presented an interesting and informative talk about scams and fraud. We also had a second guest from the drama group, Shirley Fulcher. Her humourous and outstanding performance of an Irish monologue was well received by the audience. I have been informed by those who attended the jam session that it was another huge success. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I have also been asked to inform you that the government-sponsored chair balance exercises have begun. They are being held on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bowling results for March 22 are as follows: ladies’ high single and high triple – Sharon Sullivan; 229, 569. Men’s high single and high triple – Hal Paton; 291, 726. Winners for shuffleboard for March 28 were Jack Walton and Tom Sharpe. Thursday bid euchre winners were Elaine Pittman and Peter Goymour. Saturday euchre winners were Gloria Hill and Muriel Carnduff who tied. Monday bid euchre winners were Marianne von Cube and Ed Elliotson.


Rotary Club of Collingwood’s James Saunders, left and John McNiven are kicking off their spring fundraisers selling Terracotta Rain Barrels. The 212 litre barrel is constructed from repurposed food grade plastic. Money collected from the sale of the barrels covers to important elements. First, for the environment, reduce potable water consumption for flower beds, lawns and secondly to raise money that will be used to support school children in Africa. Rotary members are reclaiming much of the used surplus furniture and supplies that the SCDSB finds itself with as they continue to close or redevelop schools. The goods that has no continued use here, but has a tremendous impact for the schools in Africa. Rotary is collecting and shipping these to Tanzania as well as other locations in Africa. It costs approximately $10,000 per shipment. Barrels can be ordered online at the Collingwood Rotary Club website and will be ready for pick up May 14 at the print shop on Ronell Cres.