Driver flees scene after serious Bradford crash

A driver fled the scene of a serious vehicle collision last night in Bradford. A Chevrolet Equinox travelling north on Simcoe Road pulled to the east shoulder to let a passenger out. A fast-travelling Chevrolet Impala drove into the back of the Equinox. The Impala then skidded off the road, struck a house on the east side and caught fire. The driver and four passengers got out of the Impala and the driver fled on foot. Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11:15 p.m. The driver of the Equinox was taken to hospital with serious injuries to her head, leg and hips. She is expected to survive. Two of the Impala’s passengers were also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police closed Simcoe Road for most of the night to investigate the collision. Police identified the driver who fled the scene and urge him to speak to a lawyer and turn himself in. Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Const. Maxwell Brown at 905-775-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Blue Rodeo tickets on sale this week

Tickets for the much anticipated Blue Rodeo concert sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alliston at this year’s Alliston Potato Festival are on sale this week. The Rotary Club is bringing in the country/rock band for the concert the Friday night of the festival, Aug. 7. The show will take place at Rink 1 of the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex. General admission tickets for the show go on sale publicly Fri., March 6 at a cost of $45 plus $5 convenience fee purchased locally. Tickets can be purchased at the Customer Service Desk in Canadian Tire on Young Street in Alliston or from any Alliston Rotarian. Tickets bought online at are $53 – which includes an $8 convenience fee. These tickets will be mailed out. The link for tickets went up on the website earlier this week. Note that this is a 19-plus age event and government photo ID will be required to be shown to gain entrance to the concert. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold with 800 stadium seats in an alcohol free area and the remainder on the arena floor. Standard concert fare will also be available. Proceeds from the event will go towards community projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alliston. Rotary Club member Bill Wray said the concert wouldn’t be possible without incredible support from the Town of New Tecumseth, especially the Parks, Recreation and Culture department staff. He also credits the Nottawasaga OPP and New Tecumseth Firefighters for their support. In order to hold the concert at the recreation complex, Nu-Tek Electric is also permanently installing electrical upgrades to the building. These upgrades will benefit other events at the complex such as the Alliston and District Chamber of Commerce Home Show and future concerts at the location. Nu-Tek Electric staff will also be on hand the day of the concert to ensure there is safe and adequate power for the event. Blue Rodeo has been on the airwaves since their debut album in 1987. Through the years they have made a name for themselves across Canada and internationally.  Small Miracles in 2007 is their most recent album, but over the years the band has released 11 studio albums and six compilation and live albums. For updates on the Blue Rodeo concert be sure to keep checking the Alliston Herald, one of the official media sponsors of the event. Other event sponsors include Canadian Tire and Nu Tek Electric.


Kelsey’s poised to reopen

After closing its doors in October, Kelsey’s Restaurant in Midland is hoping to once again become a popular neighbourhood bar and grill. The restaurant, located at 917 King St., closed Oct. 10 after the owners “left the building,” according to general manager Ken Webster. He told The Midland Mirror at the time that the restaurant had been placed in a holding pattern while Cara Corporation Ltd. attempted to assume responsibility. It may have taken four months, but the family restaurant is now a bustle of activity as new owner Stephen Moro and staff hurry to breathe new life into the establishment.  The restaurant held a job fair that saw more than 200 people trying to score one of the more than 80 job openings. In the meantime, crews have been hard at work giving the restaurant a bit of a facelift. “We’re modernizing it … making it look a bit more contemporary,” said Moro. “Each Kelsey’s is entrenched in the neighbourhood … so we’re changing the décor to showcase the history of Midland and Penetanguishene.” Although he has worked in the restaurant business for more than a decade, this is Moro’s first foray into ownership. Despite the location’s recent past and his own apprehension about diving into a new venture, Moro opted to take the risk. “I understand there was a history here, but our focus is on the future,” he said. “As long as we keep delivering on the promise of great food, great service, great atmosphere, I think we will do well.” Moro has worked for the company for more than 15 years. “The restaurant business is challenging, but I … knew the market (in Midland) for a long time and I knew the potential, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it.” Kelsey’s will be staying true to the brand, but will also feature a new look, a new team and a new menu, he noted. “We call it familiar classics that are done really well,” Moro said, adding they’re working toward fresh, good-quality ingredients. 


Provincial tests cancel classes for some students

Local high schools are going to look a little empty tomorrow morning (Thursday). The Simcoe County District School Board is conducting its annual Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test that day. The test is for Grade 10 students and other students that failed previous tests. The three-hour test will be conducted Thursday morning. Only those students scheduled to write the test are to go to school in the morning. Classes for all of the students will be postponed until the afternoon. Bus service will run in the morning as usual, but there will be additional runs at midday for students starting class in the afternoon. Students will be bused home after school as usual. The exam is a standardized test, prescribed by the Ministry of Education, and administered to students across the province. Students and parents can learn more about the test and review sample questions by following the OSSLT links at the website,


Couple believed killed in fire were longtime residents

An elderly couple who owned a home north of Rosemont destroyed by fire last week largely kept to themselves in their final years. Police have not confirmed the identities of two victims killed in the fire, but neighbours said Ostop (Stan) and Myra Najduk had lived on the property on the Mulmur-Tosorontio Townline for about 50 years. The body of an elderly woman was pulled from the fire last Monday. The remains of a second victim were discovered in the rubble a day later by fire investigators. Ostop, known to most as Stan, was bedridden and had difficulty walking after suffering a stroke. Myra was rarely seen outside the house, and occasionally walked to the end of the driveway to get the mail and went into town to buy groceries. The Najduks originally farmed the property, which is north of the 5th Sideroad. They later moved out of the farmhouse and built a second home on the property. That was the house that burned to the ground last Monday. Verona Velazquez was born just up the road from the Najduks and has spent most of her life living there. She remembers the couple moving to the area as immigrants during the middle of the last century. After years of farming, Stan decided to give it up to work in Collingwood, Velazquez said. "They were very, very good people, and very good neighbours," she recalled. Velazquez said many of the families who lived in the area when the Najduks came have since moved away. She suspects that as new people moved into the area, the Najduks found they had less in common with their younger neighbours and became more reclusive. "They kept to themselves in the later years. They didn’t know the people who had moved in on the road," she said. "They were real farm people, and they probably didn’t want to encroach." Roman Najduk, a godson of the couple, said the Najduks did not have any children, but said they have family in Canada and Ukraine. He said the extended family is still waiting for the coroner’s office to confirm the identity of the victims. OPP Const. Al Buck said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but foul play has been ruled out. The investigation is ongoing.