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Sandcastle Theatre’s Meaford Hall students excelled at the recent Kiwanis Festival of Music in Owen Sound. From April 11 – 22 hundreds of musicians and actors bustled around the city from venue to venue competing in one of the most prestigious competitions in Canada. The annual Grey County Kiwanis Festival of Music began in 1932 with a mission to advance and develop musical talent and education in Grey County and to hold music festivals. This competitive music festival is held for two weeks each April whereby opportunities are provided for music students and community members alike from Owen Sound and the surrounding areas to be adjudicated and to perform before an audience. Awards are presented to assist musicians in their musical development. Sandcastle students walked away with a number of bronze, silver, bronze and gold certificates (and smiles.) On May 3, seven high-score Meaford competitors were presented with awards including prize money as per Kiwanis’s mandate to help them further their development in the arts. Award winners that night were: Abigail Adams, Franz Greenfield, Misha Greenfield, Matthew Rocque, Lilly Todds, Abby Woodhouse and Sara Wright. “I had never competed in the Kiwanis Festival before,” said Abby Woodhouse. “You perform and then an adjudicator gives you feedback on your performance and helpful suggestions for improvement. I really suggest that all young artists should take part in this opportunity.” Out of the secen actors awarded, four were also asked to compete in the upcoming prestigious Provincial Festival in acting and singing disciplines. “It was really never wracking and really fun at the same time,” Franz Greenfield said. “When I was younger I really wanted to be an actor.” Performances included a monologue, duet and a group improve session. “It was a lot of fun. I wish I could do it again,” said Misha Greenfield. “I was really excited I won. It was my first time doing drama. Most of my family has been in theatre a long time.” Sandcastle’s Meaford Hall instructor, Nadia Mear was thrilled with the performances of her students. “Some people think that acting is just memorizing lines, but it’s so much more. There are countless hours of technical work that go into preparing a scene, a monologue or a song and these kids are proof that their hard work has paid off,” said Mear. Sandcastle Theatre was established in 2002 to offer young people in Grey-Bruce the opportunity to experience engaging theatre programs and performances. Classes run from Collingwood to Port Elgin and since its inception, artistic director, Stephanie Fowler has worked with hundreds of young people in communities throughout the region. “Theatre is an art that anyone can participate in, regardless of age or experience.  It asks only that you be willing to make believe – to explore and experiment and take a chance. For children, that art of make-believe is so much more natural and even those who are new to theatre are able to dive right in and try out new roles,” said Fowler. “Having fun while working together allows participants to develop extraordinary amounts of self-esteem as well as communication, negotiation and problem solving skills that will serve them beyond the stage.” The actors are now preparing for the provincials. “I’m really excited to show them what Meaford has to offer!” said Woodhouse. Matthew Rocque, Franz Greenfield, Misha Greenfield and Abby Woodhouse will all compete in the Kiwanis Provincials June 1 – 3 in Peterborough.

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A school bus driver has been charged with careless driving and improper use of a seatbelt after the full-sized  bus careened into a deep ditch in south Innisfil yesterday morning. There were no children on board but the driver was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury. Firefighters and paramedics extricated the driver from the bus, which landed on its side in deep muck. The northbound bus drove off Sideroad 10 at about 9:22 a.m. while driving along an S-curve between Lines 2 and 3 in the garden marsh area near Hwy. 89 Sideroad 10 between Hwy. 89 and Line 4 reopened at about 1:30 p.m. after a heavy tow truck pulled the bus from the ditch.


MIDLAND – The inaugural Mayors’ Mac & Cheese Fundraising Dinner took place Tuesday at The Library Restaurant in Midland. Proceeds from the event went to We Are the Villagers. READ MORE:


William Martin doesn’t mind serving up a cup of coffee to random strangers. The 17-year-old entrepreneur recently started his own business selling coffee and is giving some of his proceeds and product to the David Busby Street Centre. “We started selling coffee to local businesses in January, so it’s fairly new,” Martin said. He is delivering coffee pods, coffee beans and ground Ara Azzurro coffee to 30 offices already and said his first donation to the David Busby centre was earlier this month. “I am donating coffee to the Busby centre, because I want to give back to the community. It’s a nice place to give back to,” he said. The street centre offers counselling, housing and job assistance to the homeless or those living at the poverty line. William’s grandmother worked with David Busby and he said the centre relies on donated coffee to serve to clients. The homeschooled youth was ready to jump into a career. After finding out about the Ara Azzurro brand packaged in Bolton, he and his dad, Vern, started the distribution business. “The name Genesis 2 comes from the Bible,” William said. “The second chapter, when all of the plants are there — including the coffee beans.” The company offers 17 different flavours of coffee pods, but he said the breakfast blend and dark roast are the most popular. As for William, he’s not much of a coffee drinker himself. Reach William at 705-305-8226 or for coffee distribution services.


The city could soon take a closer look at Uber and the new sharing economy. Barrie councillors could send the matter to a city reference committee Monday, after a prompt by Alex Nuttall, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP. “I urge (council) to consider the successes and the pitfalls experienced in other places and to develop policies to ensure a free and fair market prevails, regulation is reduced and costs for consumers are cut,” he said. This week Mississauga banned Uber, the ride-sharing business which in some cities has thrown the taxi industry into disarray. All ride-sharing firms in Mississauga must halt operations unless they obtain a taxi brokerage licence, and run their business like a traditional cab company. But last week Toronto took the opposite approach, with its council allowing Uber but passing a long list of rules to regulate ride-sharing services. In the sharing economy, owners rent out something they’re not using – a car, bike, house, room, etc. In Barrie, the issue could be debated by members of the finance and corporate services committee. Coun. Michael Prowse is its chairman and said he’s had several conversations with Nuttall about the sharing economy. “Coun. (Andrew) Prince and I thought it time that we start the dialogue on how we will address services like Uber and Airbnb is (a website to list, find, rent lodging) in the future,” Prowse said. “We are fortunate that these services are not yet dominant in the Barrie economy, but we are starting to see their encroachment and our bylaws and regulations must adapt to the changing economy.” Nuttall says local governments right across Canada are making efforts to deny or adapt to the new sharing economy – because traditional firms must operate according to regulations which cut into their bottom line. “At the same time, these innovations (in the sharing economy) have reduced costs to consumers, developed internal quality controls through the collection and release of data and reviews, and amassed a large market share in the process,” he said. “Consumers are choosing services that are deemed more economical and user friendly and are not so heavily regulated,” Prowse said. “As one level of government I believe we need to respect that and course-correct with the times. “We believe this represents an opportune time to have city staff review some of the groundbreaking work already done by typically larger municipalities, and use that as a template for the City Barrie before we face protests and potentially illegal operations within our city.” Nuttall noted municipalities have banned open-market economics, reduced regulations and costs of traditional businesses, and legalized sharing firms. So the decisions about what happens in Barrie need careful thought and thorough research, said the former city councillor. “As always, I ask that you deliver policies that are most beneficial to our consumer and entrepreneurs, as they are also our taxpayers and citizens,” Nuttall said. Sending this matter to committee is an item for discussion on the May 16 agenda, sponsored by both Prowse and Prince. @BrutonBob


INNISFIL – A 17-year-old Innisfil male suffered serious injuries after he was ejected from a vehicle that rolled over Friday afternoon. South Simcoe police say the teen wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was one of six occupants in the eastbound vehicle that rolled on Belle Aire Beach Road in Belle Ewart shortly before 1 p.m. Police say the vehicle rolled several times and was travelling at a high rate of speed  before winding up in a  ditch. The other occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, police say, adding the driver and passengers were reminded of the importance of always buckling up. The crash remains under investigation.


Barrie Colts defenceman and captain Michael Webster is this year’s winner of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy this year. The award is presented by the Ontario Hockey League to a captain who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a dedication to the game. “This is an amazing award named after a former captain of the Windsor Spitfires, who I understand was a great leader on and off the ice,” Webster said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to play for an organization like the OHL’s Barrie Colts for the past four years and also to have been picked by our owner Howie Campbell and coach Dale Hawerchuk, to serve as captain this year. Webster, 20, is an overager who was suspended just before the team played its last game against the Niagara IceDogs in the Eastern Conference Division Finals. A member of the team the team for four years, he was named captain this season, during which he contributed a career-high 44 points in 64 games.  In all, he played 254 career regular season games accumulating 18 goals and 77 assists for 95 points. “The Colts are extremely proud of (Webster) and the way he handled himself as the captain of the Barrie Colts this season,” general manager Jason Ford said. “He showed outstanding initiative and dedication in the community and was someone all of the players looked up to on and off the ice.” Webster was nominated for the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for two straight years as the team’s Humanitarian of the Year. He supported the Canadian Mental Health Association, personally raising close to $50,000 for various causes including $21,000 this season for the March Mullet Foundation in support of CMHA.  Webster volunteered weekly with a CMHA program called LIFT (Life Skills & Independence for Teens), working with youth and using his positive attitude to help make a difference in the lives of those around him. “(Webster’s) leadership on the ice and in the community is unparalleled in my tenure in Barrie,” head coach Dale Hawerchuk said. “He has been a true team first player and would be a true asset to any organization.”


The Wasaga Film Festival and the Town of Collingwood are hosting the first Public View and Vote Regional South Georgian Bay Youth Film and Video Makers Category for young filmmakers from across the South Georgian Bay Area. The event takes place at the Collingwood Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, April 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. READ MORE: The Regional SGB Public View & Vote Youth category event will feature local film producers sharing their experiences as part of the screening of the youth film and video makers entered in the Wasaga Film Festival competition. Winners of the competition will be selected based on an evaluation of appointed film judges by the film festival that will make up 65 per cent of the overall score. Public View and Vote scores from the attending public will represent the remaining 35 per cent of the overall score. “We are absolutely tickled that the Town of Collingwood has joined forces with us to sponsor the youth film public view and vote event right in Collingwood,” said Gary Cerantola, chairperson of Wasaga Film Festival. Awards will be presented at the Red Carpet Gala Awards, Saturday, April 30, at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $25 per person. The Friends of the Festival tickets are $50 each; a Friends of the Festival ticket is a pass allowing two people entry to every Public View & Vote scheduled during the month of April, as well as an individual means to support the growth of the film festival. Tickets are available at the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, 550 River Road West, Wasaga Beach. First place winner of the Regional SGB Youth Film and Video Makers category will receive a post-sound package from Mountain Goat Film Company valued at $500. This sound package can be used towards the sound design, edit and 5.1 surround sound mix of any short film up to five minutes in length, along with $300 in cash. The second place winner will be awarded $200, and the third place winner will be presented $100. For more information, .


You can check out Innisfil’s newest fire station — Cookstown’s #4 — Saturday, May 28. Innisfil Fire & Rescue Services is inviting the public to tour the King Street (Hwy. 27) firehall from 2 to 4 p.m. You can also meet firefighters, learn about fire safety and enjoy light refreshments during the grand opening. Parking available on-street or at Cookstown Library, 20 Church St.


Fame and centre stage are on the horizon for some local residents with special needs. They will put their creativity to the test as they piece together an ensemble performance for the community. "Going in front of people will be a new thing for me, and change can be good," said Ryan Smyth, who will perform on stage with his friends. "I did it at school a lot and wanted to do it as a little kid." Stephen Pinney received a $10,000 grant through the Ontario Arts Council for an artist partnership with a community organization, and that’s how the Able Project came about. "In terms of the community, we realized there are certain things for individuals for special needs to do in town," said Pinney. "There isn’t generally an opportunity to be creative this way, to be a performer, and this project is going to allow that opportunity." A number of years ago, Pinney wrote a play featuring characters with special needs, but the it was performed by professional actors who didn’t have special needs. The positive reception to the play laid the foundation for the idea of individuals with intellectual disabilities starring in their own play. "It’s great for them because it’s skills in communication and performance and being in front of people," said Tom Carson, a theatre director helping Pinney put together the project. "Sometimes, people with disabilities become invisible and go in the background, but with this, they will come forward and people will relate with them in a way separate from their disability." Depending on the amount of interest expressed by Christian Horizons residents in Orillia and area, he expects there to be at least a dozen performers. Their input will be considered equally when organizing the show. "Instead of having a set script to work with, we’re meeting and putting a show together over time," said Pinney. "Right now, there is no title for the show. We’re investigating possibilities and trying to work from the interest of the participants and performers and allowing them to express what they want to." But one of performances will have something to do with music, he said. "I will play Johnny Cash, The Beatles and all sorts of things," said Fraser Collins, who is excited to take to the stage. "To me, in my heart, I want to be on stage." The 10-week project began March 31, when, after a couple of weather-related delays, the group of interested performers were able to begin their weekly meetings at the Orillia Community Church. "I think what it’s going to do specifically is offer an opportunity that might not have been offered before," said Pinney. One a schedule is finalized, the Able Project hopes to put on two performances: one at the Gravenhurst Opera House May 26 and one at the Orillia Opera House June 2. Tickets will be available at the respective locations by the end of May. For more information or to volunteer, call Pinney at 705-325-8272.