(Staff) – Midland residents eager to prove that man is a dog’s best friend will be taking part in the Friends for Life walk-a-thon on May 24. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Midland branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raising $11,000 in 2008. The goal is to double that this year. "We can reach our goal if 100 people joined and each person raised at least $200 of pledges," said branch manager Maureen Dool, adding she is aiming to raise $1,000 herself. All the money raised will go toward care of the animals at the shelter. "I am hoping some of our past rescued dogs will join us on the walk," she added. "It’s exciting to see them with their families and how they have matured into great friends." Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Visit to register or to learn more about the walk. Pledge forms are also available at the shelter, local veterinary offices, Pet Valu and Global Pet Foods. A free lunch and drinks will be provided. There will also be a number of prizes up for grabs, including a Disney World holiday for two.
A 53-year-old Alliston man sustained serious injuries during a car crash south of Primrose Saturday. The crash happened on Highway 10, south of the 25th Sideroad. The four-vehicle collision involved a transport truck and three vehicles. The Alliston man, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf, was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto by air ambulance. The road was closed for several hours. The investigation is ongoing.
Stevenson Memorial Hospital celebrated yet another landmark occasion this week as the first meeting of the hospital’s advisory members was held. During the course of the meeting between hospital membership card holders and the board of the directors a special presentation was made. Lifetime Alliston resident John Lewis was made an honorary advisory member in recognition of his long standing membership in the SMH Corporation, his years serving on the board of directors and his support of the hospital. SMH board chair, Dr. Ted Vandevis, made the presentation. Over 60 people attended the meeting Monday night at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex. Of that, 44 were people who were not staff, Auxiliary or Foundation members. A question and answer period at the end of the meeting was well received. The board plans to have at least two Advisory Membership meetings each year and will engage the membership in other ways. On Monday, they participated in a vision and mission session, giving feedback, both verbal and written, on a new vision and mission for the hospital. They were also asked their opinion on integration, a new hospital and what the current administration is doing well and what they can do to improve.