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Archive for: 9月, 2021


Barrie Minor Hockey Association’s 50th Anniversary sculpture has been unveiled. Created by Spirit Catcher sculptor Ron Baird to celebrate the BMHA’s 50th anniversary, the sculpture is a dynamic steel piece that features hockey sticks, suspended at various angles that move with the wind. The silver sticks commemorate the local win of the prestigious International Silver Stick tournament. The sculpture is north of the Barrie Molson Centre and west of the centre’s north parking lot, so it will be visible from Bayview and Mapleview drives. The sculpture was constructed by Stainless Outfitters of Barrie.


A tender for gravel roads re-surfacing came in slightly over budget. Meaford council at its regular meeting on April approved the granular road resurfacing project tender from E.C. King Contracting at a total price of $210,846.72. The project was just over $10,000 more than budgeted. At the same time, council approved a staff recommendation to move $10,846.72 from the Roads and Bridges Reserve to fund the difference in the tender price and the amount budgeted. Members of council asked if just over $200,000 for gravel roads resurfacing was enough considering the needs and number of roads in the municipality. Director Financial Services and Infrastructure Management Darcy Chapman said no municipality comes close to meeting gravel roads needs. Chapman said the recommended standard is for roads to get three inches of gravel every three years. He said that standard isn’t being met and Meaford tries to have its gravel roads get three inches of gravel every five years.


The Beeton Trinity United Church is holding a Talent Auction Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. At the auction, people can place bids on services offered by individuals. The services include car cleanings, baking a pie once a month for up to a year, going on a fishing trip, driving a person to their appointments and more. The auction will also feature items donated by businesses and individuals, including a hockey sweater donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed by Phil Kessel. The church is located at 37 Centre St. N., Beeton.


The Circle Theatre played host to the ’s drama performances today. Several youth performers took the stage to wow the audience with poetry, monologues, and storytelling. While showing off their skills, the young actors and actresses were adjudicated by industry professional Len Silvini. Upon completion of each category, Silvini presented certificates to each participant and provided them with professional feedback on their performances. Read more: This year’s performers were Rebekkah Martin, Marie Conceicao, Sean Bagha and Brie Taylor. The SSAC Music Festival continues April 18, with piano performances being held at the Knox Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


MIDLAND – Midland Ribfest has been called off. Glen Moffatt of Slam Promotions, co-ordinator of the planned Aug. 5-7 happening, issued a press release May 10 indicating there were too many barriers to staging the event successfully. Identified as the main “obstacle” was the Midland Police Service, which Moffatt said was “asking way too much of us for a first-year event.” BACKGROUND: Chief Mike Osborne responded in his , noting sparse details about the event put police in a difficult position. “Mr. Moffatt has never submitted a final operational plan,” wrote Osborne, “but he did make it clear that he did not wish to pay for a police presence or the recommended number of security personnel that would protect the interests of Midland residents.” Moffatt said vendors who had booked spots for the event will have their money refunded.

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MIDLAND – The Midland Indians have won four straight games to open the North Dufferin Baseball League season. Nick Boyd continued to hold a hot hand on the mound Tuesday at Tiffin Park, earning his third win of the season as Midland defeated the Lisle Astros 3-2. On May 12, the Indians blanked the Nobleton Cornhuskers 3-0. Boyd pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits. “Nick was looking really good,” manager Steve Lafreniere said following the Nobleton game. “His curveball is keeping hitters off balance and makes his fastball look even faster.” Boyd threw four innings and allowed two unearned runs on five hits. He struck out four Lisle batters. Against the Cornhuskers, he struck out eight while issuing no walks in another complete game. Nathan Dix scored two runs for Midland, while Tyler Boyd contributed two hits. Despite the hot start to the season, Lafreniere said there is room for improvement. “(The team) is a little behind from the standpoint of pitching and defensive play, but we’ve had some key hits in games and I am sure some big innings are just around the corner,” he said. Next up on the schedule is a home game tonight (Thursday) against the Ivy Leafs. Midland will then host the Creemore Barons on May 24. First pitch in both games is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The junior division Midland Twins, meanwhile, took it on the chin Saturday in Mansfield, losing 9-1 to the Cubs. Jake Flower started on the mound for Midland and surrendered nine hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three batters and struck out four. Tyler Cascagnette came on in relief and gave up one hit and two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Jared Aube scored the only run for the Twins, while also collecting a hit. Sam DeCock also added one hit. The Twins are scheduled to play back-to-back road games against the Ivy Rangers tonight and on May 24. On May 31 at 7 p.m., the Twins will host Mansfield at Tiffin Park.


A one-stop permit system for shoreline development would aid Lake Simcoe and help property owners navigate around what is now a convoluted process, a town report says. The town has been working on a shoreline development permit system for more than a year in a bid to ensure lakeside property owners follow rules under the Lake Simcoe Protection Act. “Ultimately this project is about responsible development along one of the town’s most significant natural resources,” policy planner Michelle Banfield said in a report to council. The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan aims to protect existing natural shoreline and ensure natural vegetation cover around the lake. “The private ownership desires must be balanced with the need to protect and enhance Lake Simcoe, its shoreline and its ecological health,” Banfield said. The Town of Innisfil, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority are partners on the project, which could see a local bylaw in place in 2017. That bylaw will be used as a template to be used by other municipalities around Lake Simcoe. The need for a new permit system was first raised during a forum held in Innisfil in 2013, where municipal, provincial and conservation authorities complained some landowners were altering shoreline properties inappropriately. Last June, Innisfil council froze development on 39 Big Bay Point area properties until the new permit system is developed. That interim control bylaw is now under appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. Several landowners told council last summer, they disagreed with what they called the town’s heavy-handed approach. Matt Goodchild told council last year the temporary development freeze infringes on her property rights. “I pay taxes on that property, but I can’t build on the lot,” he said. The new shoreline permit system will expand the definition of development, Banfield’s report says. It would include site alteration, grading changes and the removal of vegetation, including trees. “A DPS can therefore combine zoning, minor variance, site plan approval, site alteration and vegetation removal into one application,” the report says.


(SUBMITTED) – A section of the Simcoe County Forest is receiving a spring cleaning this weekend thanks to the Simcoe County Off Road Riders Association (SCORRA). The group is hosting its annual cleanup day on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lawden Tract in the Township of Clearview. Through one of several Use Agreements with the County of Simcoe, SCORRA is actively involved in establishing and maintaining off-road motorcycle trails within the County Forest. Their network of single track trails within the Forest are also enjoyed by a range of other users and the relationship is managed through the County’s Forest Recreation Policy and Bylaw.  “We want to thank SCORRA for their efforts this weekend and all our partners who make the Simcoe County Forest such a unique entity,” said Graeme Davis, County Forester. “All users should be reminded that designated trails are established and maintained by volunteers, and that respect for others goes a long way to ensure a great experience for everyone.”  Through partnerships, a tremendous network of hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile trails have been established throughout many areas of the County Forest. The enjoyment of our Forests is greatly enhanced by the many individuals who dedicate their time to trail stewardship.  At more than 32,600 acres and still growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada with over 150 properties ranging in size from 13 to more than 3,500 acres. Simcoe County is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that continue to invest in additional lands to ensure that the substantial environmental, social and economic benefits continue into the future. Within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,600 acres. More than 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception and $35,000 from forestry revenues is directed annually to local agencies to support tree planting on private lands within our communities.  SCORRA will provide lunch. All participants are welcome. Formed in 2006 with an inaugural membership of 25, SCORRA is a family orientated off-road motorcycle riders club which has since grown to become one of the largest of its kind in Ontario with more than 1,000 members. Visit for details.


Ardtrea-Cumberland Beach Public School will celebrate its history Saturday. The school will close June 30. Saturday’s event is an opportunity for the school community, including current staff and students, alumni and community members, to gather to share memories. The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Formal remarks at 12 p.m. will be followed by light refreshments. The school is located at 3797 Telford Line in Severn Township. Cumberland Beach Public School closed last year. The Cumberland Beach site is the home of the new Severn Shores Public School. All staff and students from Ardtrea-Cumberland will make the move to Severn Shores in September. 


SIMCOE COUNTY – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is aiming to help low-income citizens achieve “health equity” with the rest of the population. According to Megan Williams, manager of health promotion and communications, low-income citizens are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, oral-health problems and shortened life expectancy than those with higher incomes. Twelve per cent of Simcoe Muskoka’s total population is classified as low income, she noted, adding the number jumps to 32 per cent for single-parent families and 19 per cent for aboriginals. Williams outlined an action plan designed to better serve low-income families and individuals. It also looks to work with community partners to address the factors that create poor health for low-income citizens. More help needed for those who can’t afford dental care. Many seniors, as well as low-income adults and the working poor, are not getting the dental care they need, says the board of health. The body is calling on the provincial government to extend financial support for dental care. The province currently provides support for low-income families with children up to 18 years of age, for emergency care for adults using Ontario Works, and for adults on disability support. However, these programs cover only a small percentage of the vulnerable populations. Health unit welcomes two new board members Two new representatives have been appointed to the board of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Steve Kinsella served 41 years in law enforcement before becoming manager of municipal law enforcement for the Town of New Tecumseth. He lives in Barrie. Peter Willmott recently retired from his position as director of health protection services in Halton Region. He is a resident of Wasaga Beach. They were welcomed at the board’s March meeting.