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2021-09-22

Student volunteers wrap week of fun Sunday

A week of fun for a group of students to celebrate National Volunteer Week will wrap up this Sun., April 26 with a special event at the Gibson Centre in Alliston. The Gibson Centre for Community Arts and Culture and CONTACT’s Volunteer South Simcoe are hosting the second annual Community-Wide Volunteer Appreciation Event to celebrate and recognize the contribution of South Simcoe volunteers. The highlight of the week for a group of students was likely a “Survivor” type challenge last Sunday out back of the Alliston Fire Station as firefighters provided some equipment and set up challenges for a group of young high school volunteers taking part in the week’s festivities. Sunday, some of those same kids, who are participating in the ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge in South Simcoe, take to the stage in the Honda Performance Hall at the Gibson Centre for a special performance of dance, art, music and theatre. The event starts with a dessert and wine reception at 6 p.m. while the performance begins at 7:15 p.m. Earlier in the day, the students will be taking part in a “Day of Art” at the Gibson Centre. ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a way for teens to make a difference in their lives and in their communities by volunteering. The Day of Art Sunday is one of several events participating students have taken part in to mark National Volunteer Week.

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2021-09-01

Over 2,800 attend successful home show

From flooring to fitness, and landscaping to laser therapy, more than 100 diverse vendors displayed their products and services during the successful New Tecumseth Home, Health and Leisure Show. An estimated 2,800 visitors attended the 41st annual event, which was held for the second time at the New Tecumseth Recreational Complex on Industrial Parkway in Alliston. The show was hosted by the Alliston and District Chamber of Commerce. "Wow, what a great home show," said ADCC president Michael Keith. "Every year the show gets bigger and better. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alliston and District Chamber of Commerce, I give my sincere thanks to all the exhibitors for participating in the show." The Shop Locally theme is a priority for the ADCC, Keith confirms, and was evident in this year’s show with the strong show of area businesses. The planning committee invited vendors to do more than show up though, they also encouraged them to show off. Based on effectiveness, signage, presentation and creativity, a group of impartial judges awarded the Best Booth Award to the Alliston Home Building Centre for the second year in a row. Alliston Home Building Centre also took home bragging rights for the Greenest Booth, a new award this year that came with a bushy prize from RPN Trees. Picking the winner of the Best Booth and the Greenest Booth was challenging for the judges. All of the vendors who participated did a fantastic job of putting together their booths. With a well-organized and visually appealing booth comprised entirely of environmentally friendly products and services, as well as a ‘Kiddies’ Korner’ to entertain children at the show, the friendly staff of the Alliston Home Building Centre took home both awards. Children attending the show were also entertained by fan favourite clown Smoothie (Don Gates), and by the Ontario Early Years Centre staff, who displayed information for parents and set up a play area for youngsters. The big winner of the weekend, however, was Alliston resident Elaine Tindal who won the grand prize raffle, worth more than $2,000 that was tied into the show’s "green" theme this year. Among the environmentally friendly products she took home were a collection of Energy Star-rated appliances including a ceiling fan, dehumidifier, air purifier, and water cooler. She also received a low-flush toilet, a push lawn mower, a hot water tank jacket, CFL light bulbs, compostable bags, outdoor clothesline kit, yard waste bags, a bucket of eco-friendly cleaning products, and more. Tindal was thrilled, saying she could use everything she had just won. But no one went home empty handed. All attendees were provided with a complimentary re-usable green shopping bag from Sobeys. Volunteers from the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation handed out the bags while welcoming guests and goodwill donations. A total of $2,836.75 was raised for the foundation. The Rotary Club of Alliston presided over the money booth attraction this year where visitors could try to capture air-borne "money" to win prizes. By charging a toonie per try, the club raised a further $300 for the hospital. ADCC president Keith acknowledges the entire team that made the weekend possible, including Encore TeleSolutions, the 24-hour tele-reception service that sponsored the show hotline in the months leading up to the event. "Our congratulations to the show committee for making it such a successful event," said Keith, who added, "a personal thank you to John and Joan McFarland for co-chairing the home show committee. "Another thank you goes out to all the volunteers who worked so hard, and to the staff of the recreation complex who were invaluable." The committee is already planning a meeting to set the foundation for an even better show in 2010.

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2021-03-26

Window smasher nabbed downtown

Midland police chased, caught and charged a man after a downtown business had its window smashed just after midnight on April 24. Officers arrived at the King Street location and obtained a description of a suspect. About 30 minutes later, a second call brought police to another King Street business where someone was reportedly pounding on a window. Officers tried to speak to a man who matched the earlier description, but he bolted from the scene. A short foot chase later, the 19-year-old Midland man was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000. He was released with a court date of May 28.

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