Suspicious motorists approaches youth

Police say a woman driving a late-model gold coloured van offered to give a Wasaga Beach child a ride to school on Thurs., April 30. The child did not know the woman, police say. Const. Mark Kinney of the Huronia West OPP detachment says the incident happened around 9 a.m. "This gold van stopped beside the youth who at the time was in the area of the pathway that connects Caribou Trail with Birchview Dunes Elementary School," Kinney said. He said that thankfully the youth ran away and once at school, reported the incident. "The members of the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police remind all parents to speak to your children about being safe while walking along our roadways," Kinney said. He said that under no circumstances should youth ever enter someone’s home or vehicle if they don’t have parental permission to do so. He added that youth should also travel with a buddy and avoid isolated routes. Parents should also make sure they know the route their child is taking, Kinney said. Anyone with information about the above incident is asked to call the detachment at 429-3575.


Alliston LCBO hit Friday, again Sunday

Smash-and-grab thieves hit an Alliston liquor store twice this weekend. The LCBO in the Alliston Mills plaza on the west side of town was first hit at about 1:45 a.m. Friday, said store spokesperson Chris Layton. Police arrived at the store to find a front window smashed in by a rock. Two Texas Mickeys, each of which were three litres and worth $110, were stolen. Witnesses said two males were seen running around the west side of the building. Police patrolled the area but could not find the men. They did however find a grey and blue Coleman jacket, which is believed to belong to one of the suspects. The store was hit once again Sunday, at about 9:30 p.m. This time a hammer was used to smash the front window. Police canine units and the emergency response team were called in but could not locate any suspects. Fingerprints were taken from the scene as well as video surveillance footage. This time two $21 gift boxes were stolen. Police said the suspects didn’t actually enter the store in either incident. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at about $2,000. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


SCI students pick up education awards

Aaron Bourbonnais, Chris Greer and Tori Iceton, Grade 12 students at Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI), received Excellence in Education awards last week. The awards were handed out during the Simcoe County District School Board’s Evening of Excellence on Tues., May 5 at the board office in Midhurst. Students that received an award were recognized for success in such areas as academics, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Teachers nominated students that received awards, said SCI teacher John Limoges, who oversaw the local process. Bourbonnais, 20, who lives in Avening, said it was an honour to be recognized. He received the award for excellent grades and a positive in-class attitude. A member of SCI’s robotics team, he was also recognized for being a solid role model for younger team members and for his overall dedication to the team, which each year builds a robot from scratch and then enters it in a provincial competition. Bourbonnais said the award was somewhat of a pay-off after a rocky start in high school. He said his first year in high school his attendance was sketchy. He said school didn’t interest him and so he dropped out. Unable to find decent work, Bourbonnais said he attended the board’s Adult Learning Centre and began earning credits. He returned to SCI for Grade 12 and will graduate in June. “I never thought I’d get to Grade 12. I just thought high school was a bunch of hype,” he said. “I learned the hard way what you need.” Bourbonnais said he’s not sure what he wants to do after graduation. Greer, 17, who lives in Creemore, also said it was an honour to be recognized by the board. He was singled out for his involvement with many of SCI’s sports teams. Greer has played on soccer teams, basketball teams, badminton teams and hockey teams and according to the teachers that nominated him has shown solid leadership skills. “I like the release I get from sports – getting away from that pent up energy you get from sitting at a desk,” he said when pressed about what draws him to sports. Greer was also honoured for his academic success. He’s maintained a near 100 per cent average in school – he’s made the Honour Roll every year – excelling at such diverse subjects as accounting, chemistry, biology, English, history and physical education. Why such drive? “I recognize the importance of it [high school] determining my future,” he said. “If I do well, hopefully it pays off down the road. I’m trying to think ahead.” Greer said he’s not sure what he’ll do after high school. “I might take a year off. I enjoy traveling so I might do a bit of that.” He said when he does settle on post-secondary school he’d like to attend Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. He toured the campus recently and said he’s struck by its aesthetically pleasing layout and the small feel of the place. Iceton was recognized for her academic and community involvement achievements. She explained her hard work effort is because she wants to someday be a doctor. “Post-secondary is a big goal for me. I want to be a doctor and to get there I have to do well here,” she said. Iceton has made the Honour Roll at SCI each year and nabbed several subject awards for her success in such areas as French, English and math. Her community involvement for which she was recognized includes helping at Teddy Bears Picnic, a daycare in Creemore. Iceton said she volunteered there in Grade 9, 10 and for part of Grade 11. She also helped clean up sections of area roadways by volunteering through the Creemore Lions Club, when it was operational. She said she got involved through her mother, who was a member. That connection with the club also lead her to help with Santa Claus parades and Canada Day celebrations each year. Iceton is the current student council president at SCI and as a result has helped organize food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas – with the donations being handed over to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank.


Hospital warns of Mexican flu bug

Alliston’s Stevenson Memorial Hospital has issued an alert and is advising the community to be on the lookout for a virulent strain of an influenza-like illness that may have been carried into the country from Mexico. The hospital was notified by the Ministry of Health that cases of severe respiratory illness have been identified in various regions of south and central Mexico. The cases elevated from flu-like symptoms to severe respiratory conditions in about five days with some patients even needing assisted ventilation. Anyone who has returned from a trip to Mexico within the last two weeks and is experiencing signs and symptoms of an influenza-like illness is being advised to go to their local emergency room for treatment immediately. Signs and symptoms include a cough, sore throat, fever and chills, muscle and joint aches, and shortness of breath. It’s important to note that so far no cases have been identified at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. The hospital reminds the community once again that the spread of infections can be largely prevented by following a few simple practices including good hand hygiene by washing your hands well and often, the use of an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, sneezing coughing into your upper sleeve or elbow rather than your hands and staying at home when you are ill.


Lieutenant-Governor to unveil Simcoe

Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governor, David Onley, will do the honours of unveiling a bronze bust of John Graves Simcoe next Tues., May 12 at the Simcoe County Museum in Midhurst. A reception is being held at 2 p.m., with the official unveiling at 2:45 p.m. The 24-inch statue was commissioned last year by council to pay tribute to the area’s namesake, and it will be on display at the Simcoe County Museum for the public.