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INNISFIL – Familiarity bred arrest for a local man here Wednesday afternoon. The South Simcoe police canine unit patrolling Alcona at 2:40 p.m. spotted a car known to be associated with a suspended driver – one who had been continuously suspended since 1998, police said. When police stopped the car, that man was indeed behind the wheel. A 46-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving while suspended. He has a court date this month. 

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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.

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INNISFIL – One man has been arrested and charged, another is being sought, in connection with a violent threatening incident. On Feb. 6, a woman evicted a 53-year-old man – a tenant – from her Alcona home. Shortly afterward, South Simcoe police say a second man wearing a balaclava thumped loudly on the front door. Police say a man barged into the house, swinging a wooden pole, striking walls and scaring the woman. She was verbally threatened before the masked man and her former tenant fled, police said. Detectives identified a man and used a search warrant at his home. A 55-year-old man turned himself in to police Monday. He is charged with breaking and entering, wearing a disguise with the intent to commit a crime, assault and threatening death. The man was later released with a May court date and on condition he stay away from the woman. Police say a warrant will be sought for the 53-year-old former tenant, who faces similar charges. 

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PENETANGUISHENE – Penetanguishene Secondary School took part in Toga Day on May 11 to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. READ MORE:

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Twin Lakes Secondary School drama students present ‘Rehearsal For Murder’, a murder/mystery set in 1980s New York City. The intrigue begins when playwright Alex Dennison learns that his fiancé – and star of his latest production – is found dead. The play runs April 14 to 16. Pictured are lead actors Mac Snider and Emily Marlow. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at the main office and front door.

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The victim is the match and the bully is the fire. Wise words from 13-year-old Sawyer MacLeod, one of six Grade 7 and 8 Hillcrest Public School students who decorated the Camphill Store on Dunlop Street East to raise awareness about bullying and the International Day of Pink on April 13. What prompted MacLeod’s match analogy was a frank discussion between the six students about why people bully and the victim’s role in the incident. “If you’re going through a really bad batch of self hatred and the victim says something, even small like ‘you’ve got some mustard on your cheek’, it can be enough to set off a chain reaction of bullying,” said his classmate Xiao Leonard. To that end, the students created positive, reaffirming messages for the Camphill Store, which sells the artwork of disabled people, their friends and families. In bright pink letters, the storefront window reads ‘Repeat after me, I can do this’, promoting the mental health of both the bully and the victim. “We wanted to tell people you can’t be hating yourself all the time, and that you’re unique,” said Sienna Hayward. “We wanted to go after and get the attention of the victim, too, and say ‘you can do this’ to give the victim more confidence,” Leonard said. More than 120 teams of public school board students were matched with stores in Alcona, Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Creemore and Midland to decorate their store windows to raise awareness about the pink anti-bullying campaign. Each year, the second Wednesday in April is marked as the International Day of Pink after two students at a Nova Scotia high school stood up for a new student who was being teased by other students because he was wearing a pink shirt. Travis Price and David Shepherd encouraged other students to wear pink to support the student and the bullies backed down. One of the Camphill Store’s founders, Diane Kyd, said she was impressed by the Hillcrest students’ collaboration on the decorating task, as well as their ability to talk about their own bullying experiences. “Five of the six said they had been bullied,” Kyd said. “One little fellow said he felt dis-included. Dis-included, I like that. It’s a new word and it’s a good word to describe what he was going through. “This population of people,” Kyd said, nodding at the artwork created by disabled folks on her walls and shelves, “used to be very marginalized. They, too, know the difference between being teased and being taunted. They know dis-included.” Jane Dewar, the equity and inclusion resource teacher at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), said she believes bullying goes beyond the school yard. “It’s not a school yard problem, it’s a community concern. It’s about all of us and it’s about more than just a pink shirt. We need to do things for each other and just be kind to each other,”Dewar said. Dewar said as we are bombarded with news of terrorism acts across Europe and in war-torn countries, she believes the anti-bullying campaign sends a strong message across the globe. “The reason that doesn’t happen here is we are inclusive here. We celebrate our differences and make an effort to include us all,” she said. On Tap for Wednesday, April 13 – Barrie’s official International Day of Pink celebration will take place at City Hall at 4:30 p.m. – Representatives from the SCDSB and Barrie Pride will be at the flag raising, along with other local dignitaries. – In Barrie and Collingwood, students will be joined by MacKenzie Oliver, founder of the I Love Me Club, to take a bullying prevention pledge. – Grade 10-12 visual and media arts students from Innisdale Secondary School will displaying artwork at the SCDSB Education Centre in Midhurst. The exhibit will run during the last two weeks of April. Cbrowne@postmedia.com Twitter.com/cherylbrowne1

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ORO-MEDONTE TWP. — There’s much more than fruits and vegetables, farm crops and trees growing in Oro-Medonte Township. A unique, and award-winning, subdivision is also sprouting up. Georgian International’s residential development, Braestone in Horseshoe Valley, located on Line 9 North, is taking shape. Model homes are in place on the sprawling 566-acre development, which has been named Best New Home Community of the Year 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders Association. The Braestone Discovery Centre, where future homeowners can design details for their purchase, was also named 2016 Best Low Rise Sales Office in Canada by the CHBA. Georgian International president Jamie Massie said the project is close to his heart and has been a long time in the making. "We bought the land 16 years ago and David Bunston (Georgian International real estate executive vice-president)) and I walked it in snowshoes and we absolutely fell in love with the property: the amazing differences in terrain, the woods, the streams, the ponds," Massie said. "We thought it was a very special place and we wanted to do something that was appropriate and pays tribute to this piece of land." There are many "remarkables" that make the development unique, he said, adding amenities such as a toboggan hill, Christmas-tree farm, skating pond, trails, a working farm, sugar shack and berry picking will add to the residents’ lifestyle. "A lot of the things we installed are things we looked at from our own lives and said, ‘If I’m here with my grandson, what is it that makes it special?’ We love the outdoors," Massie said. "We’ve got 10 miles of trails to walk and hike, snowshoe and cross-country ski on. It’s the remarkables that makes it very special." Phase 1 of Braestone will include 118 homes followed by another 111 in Phase 2. "We’re going to deliver 30 homes this year and 40 homes per year after that so basically in five years we should be built out," he said, adding Georgian International’s commitment to the community is reflected in Braestone. "As a company, we do things long-term. We have all these employees who live and work in the community and the more our community benefits, the more our businesses have benefited," Massie said. "That’s very important to us. The things we do are consistent with how we want to be treated ourselves and how we want to live." During a ceremony Friday morning in the Braeside Discovery Centre that recognized the CHBA awards, Massie — who is an honorary colonel at Canadian Forces Base Borden — took a moment to pay tribute to local fallen hero Pte. Kevin McKay, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on May 13, 2010. "He’s an Oro-Medonte boy and here we are today on the anniversary of his death," he said. "I think it’s very important we never forget Kevin and his sacrifice. What he did is so important to what our country represents." To learn more Braestone in Horseshoe Valley, visit www.braestone.ca. imcinroy@postmedia.com

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INNISFIL – Two women lost $1,700 after cashing phoney cheques from men they met through a dating website. The women told South Simcoe police the men offered them jobs at a local seniors’ home. When they met with the men, they were given cheques and asked to cash them as a favour, police said. They cashed the cheques for the two men, then discovered the cheques were fake. The two men are described as back, had a small white car and called themselves ‘Zip Recruiting’. Calls to their cellphones go unanswered, police said. 

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The Tottenham Steam are hosting a fan recognition event tonight (April 7), to say thank you for all the support they have received throughout their Russell Cup-winning season. This event will take place at the Tottenham Legion, 25 Richmond St., between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Read more: It will give members of the community a chance to meet and speak with the Steam players, see and feel the Russell Cup, and take as many pictures as they’d like. This is an informal occasion, a chance for players and staff to show their gratitude and enjoy a fun atmosphere with the people that supported them along their journey to victory.

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Hijinks ensue when a maid uncovers a body while cleaning the office, in Wasaga Community Theatre’s production of Busybody. The troupe presents the Jack Popplewell-penned play this week, April 21 through 24, at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex. “It’s a mystery, which everybody likes, and it’s a really funny play on top of that,” said first-time director John Robinson. “You have mystery and comedy.” Related: Robinson has been with Wasaga Community Theatre for about a decade, after he took his kids to a play. “I’d never seen live theatre in my life, and the next thing I know I’m in the show.” According to Wasaga Community Theatre’s publicist Steven Skinner – who also portrays a police officer in the play – comedies always seem to go over well with audiences. “We always try to make the audience laugh, and this play has a lot of quirky one-liners that make people laugh,” he said. This is Skinner’s 10th show with the community theatre group. “It’s a chance to be someone you wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to be,” he said. “It’s about exploring the personality of a character and bringing it to life.” Show times on April 21, 22, and 23 are 8 p.m. Sunday’s show is a matinee, opening at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Major’s Guardian Pharmacy, Wasaga Beach IDA, U-Pick Parties, and the Wasaga Beach RecPlex.

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