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One person is dead and another was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision involving a horse-drawn vehicle in Grey Highlands on Sunday morning. Just after 9:30 a.m., there was a collision between a Pontiac minivan and a horse-drawn vehicle carrying nine people on Highway 10 between Road 180 and Road 190, Grey County OPP said in a news release. One of the passengers from the horse-drawn vehicle is confirmed deceased, while another has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries, the news release said. The two occupants of the minivan suffered minor injuries, the news release said. Grey Highlands Fire Department, Grey County and Dufferin County emergency services assisted at the scene. Highway 10 between Road 180 and Road 190 is closed for the safety of emergency personnel involved in the investigation, which was in its early stages. The OPP West Regional Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information can call Grey County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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TAY TWP. – Firefighters had to extricate the driver of a car which rolled over on Highway 400, south of Port Severn Road, Tuesday evening. Just before 7 p.m., a grey Buick Allure southbound on the 400 rolled over for unknown reasons said Southern Georgian Bay OPP. Tay and Georgian Bay firefighters extricated the driver, a 54-year-old woman, from the car and Simcoe County paramedics took her to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is still being investigated by police. 

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The prospect of losing a loved one can be a difficult pill to swallow, but it’s a reality most of us will face. Death has become a symbol of sadness, pain and immense loss. Quite frankly, it’s a topic of conversation we often attempt to avoid. But among the negativity, a light of hope, love and support exists — you just have to know where to look. That’s where Doane House Hospice comes in. Though the quaint-looking home is located in plain view at the intersection of Eagle Street and Yonge Street in Newmarket, it is often overlooked – even recently having been mistaken as a hostel for local travellers. The idea of hospice care was introduced to the area in January 1989 during the official grand opening of Hospice Newmarket, originally located out of Green Acres on Eagle Street. In 2001, the historical building was relocated to its current site, where it continues to serve Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Bradford. Though hospice care is intended to support individuals who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their family members, there are still a number of misconceptions surrounding what the term hospice truly means. Executive director Juliet Irish, who has been with the non-profit organization since 2002, says she hopes to change people’s impression of hospice care. “Many people see it as being the end of life, when it’s really about living before the end,” she said. “Here we see a lot of laughter, smiling, friendship and camaraderie.” Run by a handful of health care professionals and a large number of dedicated volunteers, Doane House Hospice offers numerous workshops and programs including caregiver support, art therapy, a bereavement program and direct volunteer visits to clients’ homes. “We really build programs to suit needs. A big change we’ve seen in recent years is the complexity of people’s illnesses,” explained Irish. “Many people think we only deal with cancer patients, but that’s not the case. We also see clients with ALS, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and end of stage cardiac.” Among those clients, many are within a younger demographic than you might think. Doane House has become a very family-focused support system, with the average age of clients being 56 years old. As a community-visiting hospice, Doane House is a haven of recovery and understanding. Whether a client is able to recover or dies due to his or her illness, the organization is committed to providing a comfortable and accepting atmosphere. “When someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, they can feel like their world is tumbling beneath them. We want to make them feel confident, while helping them rebuild their life,” Irish said. Accredited through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario since 2006, Doane House was the inaugural recipient of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce’s Not-For-Profit of the Year Award in 2008. In 2011, it enhanced the learning process for volunteers by offering online training. With all services free of charge, Doane House continues to be the light at the end of the tunnel for many patients dealing with life-altering illnesses. The non-profit organization must fundraise $250,000 each year to keep operations up and running, so volunteers host a number of fundraisers, including the upcoming Hike for Hospice Palliative Care on May 1 at Fairy Lake in Newmarket. “We live in a great community. Everything in the Doane House has been donated through the generosity of others,” said Irish. “It’s an absolute joy to be able to work in this community and connect with our clients.”

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The Kingsville Kings picked up another victory last night during game four of the Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL) Russell Cup finals, evening their series with the Tottenham Steam 2-2. The Kings dominated Thursday’s game in Kingsville, winning 6-1. Game five goes tonight (April 1) in Kingsville and game six will be played Sunday (April 3) in Tottenham starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre. If required, game seven is back in Kingsville on Monday.

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National Public Works Week will kick off with an event at Barrie’s Operations Centre (165 Ferndale Dr. N.), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday This year’s theme is ‘Public Works Always There’. “This year’s National Public Works Week theme showcases the work we do in the community every day, “ says Craig Morton, manager of roads, parks and fleet. “It’s also a chance for kids to interact with our equipment, meet our team and tour the facility.” The event will include a draw for a rain barrel and a composter, a flower seed starter so children can plant seeds in a container to take home, and hot dogs and drinks for sale, with proceeds going to the United Way. There will also be a mini display of the city for children to interact with and an opportunity for children to have their photo taken wearing hard hats and vests, along with signs and equipment. There will be plows that have been painted by local students for the ‘Paint the Plow’ competition. The public can vote for their favourite. And there will be tours of the greenhouse, various public works equipment on display, including bucket trucks, snow plows, sidewalk machines, mowers, loaders and sweepers. The event will go rain or shine. National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May.

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MIDLAND – Steve Rastin of Midland will receive the John A. McLeish Award in recognition of his contributions to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice. The longtime lawyer will join just six others in Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) history who have received the accolade, which is seen by many as a lifetime achievement award. The Midland resident is past president of the OTLA and has law offices here and in Barrie, Collingwood and Orillia. He will be honoured during the OTLA’s spring convention May 26-27 in Toronto.

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 It is spring, despite what the forecast says. That means it’s time to get outside and help clean up your community. Registration is now open for the annual Spring into Clean events, which take place April 22 to 24. Register at barrie.ca/SpringIntoClean before the deadline on April 15.  Friday, April 22 (Earth Day):  Student Participation Day The City encourages all elementary and high school students to take an active role in this community clean-up project by cleaning up their property and adjacent parklands. After registering, schools will receive enough garbage bags and gloves for each student participant to help clean up their yard and surrounding areas.  Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Waterfront Cleanup Day (New location: Heritage Park) Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Supplies will be provided, also beverages and snacks will be provided by Tim Horton’s. Registered volunteers are invited to a free appreciation barbecue that will feature food, entertainment and activities for children. Registration is not required for the Waterfront Cleanup Day.  April 23 & 24: Community Cleanup Days All residents are welcome to participate in this community project by registering to clean up a local public space such as a park, ravine, trail or neighbourhood park. Everybody, including community groups, teams, neighbourhood associations, individuals and families are encouraged to participate! Registrations can be submitted online, individually or as a group. By registering, you will receive the official Spring into Clean collection bags, and you will also ensure that the garbage you pick up is collected by a truck at the end of the day.  April 22 to 24:  Corporate Cleanup Days This is a call to all businesses in Barrie to participate in this community project by registering to clean up a local public space such as a park, ravine, trail or neighbourhood park. Registrations can be submitted online, individually or as a group. Spring into Clean is sponsored by Tim Hortons and garbage collection is donated by Progressive Waste Solutions. The Spring Into Clean events coincide with Earth Week and are designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility. Last year, the events saw 16,050 participants collect 4,870 kgs across 159,328 sq. meters of the city.

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An Orillia native returned home this weekend with her first book in hand for a signing at Manticore Books. Sara Mody, a graduate of Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute, is the author of Wide Awake, which describes the “inspirational journey” she experienced as she fought breast cancer and went through a bad divorce. “Basically, how I hit rock bottom and pulled myself out,” she said. “I’ve given nine strategies or tips to inspire people and get their lives back.” The book was launched earlier this year. Self-published, it is the final product of three years of hard work. Her divorce, in particular, inspired her to write the book. It serves a market she said was lacking, from her experience. “I wrote it because when I was going through this, I couldn’t find any books on divorce,” Mody recalled. “It was all ‘get a lawyer, get a lawyer.’ There was nothing sort of emotionally to help me through that.” As her marriage fell apart, she kept journal after journal, describing what she was feeling, how she was coping. The book takes from those journals, hoping to provide inspiration for people to start their own journeys to a better life, the way she did. “I did it more to help and to inspire,” Mody said, “give people who are down in the dumps a way of picking their lives up, give them a start.” Meeting the people along the way has been the highlight of the entire writing experience. As important as sales would be to any author, especially a self-published one, the interactions Mody has had with readers have been paramount, and she feels it’s her purpose to help those people get back on their feet. But getting better won’t happen unless you take control of the situation you’re in, she added. “You have to choose to turn your life around.” pbales@postmedia.com twitter.com/patrickbales

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MIDLAND – Bayview Public School takes on École Secondaire Le Caron in the . The event, held Tuesday at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, was hosted by Midland Secondary School. Bayview went on to win the tournament championship, beating Burkevale Protestant Separate School in the final. Tay Shores Public School of Victoria Harbour won the B title. The event raised $500 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

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A Bradford man faces impaired driving charges after Barrie police twice tried to stop a vehicle early Tuesday. Just before 1 a.m., city police spotted a vehicle leaving an adult establishment on Dunlop Street before exiting south on Highway 400. It was both drifting within its lane and crossing into another lane, police said, and continued travelling south while straddling the 400’s lanes. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, police said, and continued south – eventually leaving the highway at Innisfil Beach Road. Police tried a second time to stop the vehicle, but the driver again refused to stop and continued north to the 5th Side Road. The vehicle turned into Georgian Downs’ parking lot and stopped. A 44-year-old man was arrested and taken to Barrie police station for breath tests. He is charged with impaired driving, driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system and flight from police. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for a week. He has a court date later this month in Barrie. 

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