Beaver Valley Outreach’s annual Easter Eggstavaganza once again drew crowds this year featuring an egg hunt in a mound of shredded paper, face painting, music, raffles and a petting zoo, organized by the Beaver Valley Agricultural Society. The event took place at the Beaver Valley Community Centre on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This was the eighth consecutive year that BVO organized the event. Among scavenger hunts and egg dying crafts, BVO music director Jay Stiles started a drum circle for the children to participate in. BVO’s Treasure Shop brought along some items for sale, which, according to BVO executive director Carolyn Letourneau, helped raise the profile of BVO with families in the community and reinforce the importance of recycling gently used treasures to BVO. The Beaver Valley Agricultural Society, local Girl Guides, Kinettes and L.E. Shore Memorial library also organized events for the day. Letourneau offered thanks for the Rocklyn Academy girls and support staff, The Blue Mountains, Beaver Valley Preschool, Apple Valley Juice Co. and all of the volunteers. "Without your support this would not have been possible," she said. For more information on BVO programs and services, visit www.bvo.ca.
Seventeen local public sector employees made the 2009 Sunshine list. The list is published annually by the Ministry of Finance and includes public sector employees who earn more than $100,000 in salary and taxable benefits. The 2009 list is for the 2008 year. In Collingwood, CAO Gordon Norris earned $129,210 in salary and $1,065 in taxable benefits. Former fire chief Sandy Cunningham earned $115,901 in salary and $890.85 in benefits. Peter Dunbar, director of leisure services made $115,562 in salary and $2,676 in benefits while Donald Green, manager of environmental services made $106,782 in salary and $416 in benefits. Treasurer Marjory Leonard ($104,784 and $958), director of library services Kerri Robinson ($104,848 and $461) and director of planning Gord Russell ($103, 936 and $955) made the list. In the Town of the Blue Mountains, CAO John Paul Graham ($128,788 and $9,876), director of engineering and public Reg Russwurm ($113,176 and $761) and director of building and bylaw David Finbow ($104,535 and $530) made the list. In Wasaga Beach, CAO George Vadeboncoeur earned $147,247 and $1,287 in benefits and Jim McIntosh, director of public works made $116,157 and $1,059 in benefits. Clearview Township CAO Sue McKenzie made the list with a salary of $105,275 and benefits of $772. Four employees at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital made the list, with CEO Linda Davis topping the list at $189,220 in salary and $558 in benefits. Linda Macleod, vice president of patient services, earned $120,510 and $381 in benefits. Also, registered nurses Deb Foubert ($106,563) and Denise Young ($106,449 and $199.59).
Sunnidale Park users were turned away Monday morning after the body of a man was found by a dog walker at approximately 9:30 a.m. After cordoning off the area and remaining at the scene throughout the day, Barrie Police reported a 27-year-old man died from self-inflicted wounds during a press conference at 5 p.m. The man, who has not been identified, had “obvious signs of trauma” to his body, said Sgt. Robert Allan. He was found on the south side of the park, past a playground, down a hill, and just off a path. Close to a dozen officers set up a perimeter around the park in the morning, asking joggers, dog walkers and parents with children to stay out for the day. Many people stopped to ask what was going on, but police remained tight-lipped throughout most of the day. A few still tried to get into the park, heading into open areas not cordoned off. Officers quickly approached them to say the park was closed until further notice. By 4 p.m., most areas of the park had reopened to public use, and the coroner left the scene at 5 p.m. Allan acknowledged the discovery of the body has reminded many residents of the disapperance of 33-year-old Alexandra Flanagan who was last seen in Sunnidale Park on July 8, 2007. Partial remains discovered near Johnson’s Beach and Lackies Bush have been identified as belonging to the Barrie woman. Her case remains unsolved.
Facing tough competition this week at the OFSAA (Ontario) Girls’ Secondary School Hockey Championships this week, the three Orillia schools had a tough time posting wins. But they still basked in the glow of participating in a provincial championship in their own hometown. Play began Monday with 32 teams from across Ontario taking part in A-AA and AAA-AAAA Division tournament games at the Rama MASK, Brian Orser Arena and the Coldwater and District Community Centre. “There have been no problems and we have received some very good feedback from the visiting teams,” said tournament chairman Murray Eckstein, speaking with Orillia Today on Wednesday morning. The Patrick Fogarty Flames, Twin Lakes Thunderbirds and Park Street Trojans all hit the ice for the opening three games of the tournament. In an all-Orillia battle Wednesday morning, Patrick Fogarty picked up three goals from Danielle Jeffreys in an 8-3 win over Park Street. Michelle Donoghue added two goals and two assists, as did Laura Kennedy. Cleo Duffy added a single goal. Brittany Yoisten, Adrienne Robinson and Carley Gill tallied single goals for the Trojans. During a jam-packed week, Eckstein said visiting teams have enjoyed the activities at the 2009 OFSAA finals. “Many of the teams said the opening ceremonies we had at the Rama MASK were the best they have ever attended,” he said. Eckstein said teams were especially excited about the skills competition and the addition of a consolation round to tournament action. “Those two items were received warmly. With teams like Windsor it wasn’t just a matter of driving all that way to Orillia to play three games and then go home. The players had a chance to participate in the Skills Competition and also maybe get in an extra game in the consolation round,” he said. In between looking after numerous tournament details, Eckstein said he has enjoyed watching the calibre of hockey on display this week. “There is a lot of great talent out there,” he said. In their opening game Park Street lost 7-0 to St. Clair Secondary School, while Patrick Fogarty lost 5-3 to Courtice Secondary School. Jeffreys collected two goals and one assist for the Flames, while Donoghue added a single goal. Kayla Lacroix, Lindsay Shoniker and Taylor Brown added assists in a losing cause. Patrick Fogarty also went down to defeat 3-2 to Dryden High School with Jessica Hierons and Donoghue collecting one goal each. Carly Heitzner and Brown added assists. Dryden held a 2-1 lead after one period and extended their margin to 3-1 after two periods. But the Fogarty Flames rebounded to post a narrow 2-1 win over Bishop MacDonell of Guelph, led by single goals from Donoghue and Jeffreys. Myriah Kay collected two assists, with singles to Kayla Lacroix and Krista Catania. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie after the second period, before the Flames noted the winning marker in the final period. Park Street later ran into an potent College Notre-Dame squad and lost by a 9-1 score, Haylee Lawlor scored the lone Trojans goal, while Sarah Conway and Carley Gill added assists. Notre Dame led 3-1 after one period and extended their lead to 7-1 after the second period. The Trojans also lost to Lester B. Pearson of Burlington by a 4-2 score. Haylee Lawlor and Madison Finlay tallied single goals in a losing cause, while Gill added two assists. Janette Conway added a single assist. In AAA-AAAA Division action, the Twin Lakes Thunderbirds lost 2-0 to Birchmont Park Secondary School from Burlington, also losing later to Our Lady of Mount Carmal (Mississauga) by a 5-0 score. Action at the finals continues until March 27 at all three area arenas, with AAA-AAAA Division teams taking to the ice Thursday and Friday.
It’s a topic it seems nobody on Bradford West Gwillimbury council really wanted to discuss, but in the end, they all had their say. That topic was the remuneration they, as members of council, receive, be it as salary or payment for expenses. Bradford West Gwillimbury council previously voted to go ahead with the usual three per cent salary increase for members of council for 2009. However, some of them said it had to do with the fact the motion tied their salaries to the non-unionized staff member of the town, who were still deserving of a three per cent raise. As a way to possibly cut the amount of money councillors receive, Mayor Doug White brought forward a motion to create a committee of council in September to review the special meeting and expense remuneration members of council currently receive for the 2010 budget. “If we had not passed the three per cent increase, that measure could have saved us $5,000,” Mr. White said. “We have to show leadership by taking a look at what our spending is.” However, Mr. White did not ask council to consider a reduction for 2009, citing two reasons. Firstly, town staff expressed concerns about having to re-open the budget and secondly, some councillors might already have plans and schedules made regarding to their expenses for workshops, seminars and other field trips. Some items the proposed committee would consider include eliminating all mileage allowances for members of council and eliminating the $100 pay council members receive for attending special meetings above and beyond the usual three council meetings per month. The latter did not sit well with Ward 2 Councillor James Leduc, who had concerns with the timing of many of these special meetings. “I have a problem with the practice in which we schedule these meetings,” Mr. Leduc said. “For myself and the other councillors that work, we are forced to take a day off to attend these meetings and if you’re talking about taking away that money ($100), then we need to look at better scheduling.” This is just one of many concerns councillors expressed over Mr. White’s motion. “Whenever politicians deal with salaries, it’s not going to be fun,” Mr. White said. “The one thing that I am adamant about is that we do out part and just take a look at our spending.” The motion to set up the committee in September passed, with Mr. Leduc voting against it. “We are not overly paid here,” Mr. Leduc said. “We are talking about small potatoes here.”
Mechanics at Don Wright Motors had an unusual service call last week. Service adviser Brandon Roi told The Mirror he got a call on March 5 from a Dodge Ram owner complaining of an oddly feline noise coming from under the hood. “The guy said he thought (a cat) was stuck in the wheel well,” Roi said. “I thought it was kind of crazy…. I started laughing. I wasn’t trying to be rude, but I’d never got that kind of call before.” After getting stuck, the cat travelled from Midland to Barrie before the driver of the truck noticed the noise emanating from between the inner and outer liners of the wheel well. Roi said despite the man’s best efforts, he could not get the cat out, so he decided to bring the truck into the dealership for help rescuing the feline. “He drove all the way to Barrie and back (with the cat inside the truck),” said Roi, adding once he arrived, they began the process of taking apart pieces of the truck. “The cat was freaking out. It was crying and crying … but once (the cat) was out, it was fine.” The cat – a four-month-old female now named Hemi – quickly acclimatized to its new surroundings, Roi noted, getting spoiled by staff until business manager Jackie Dollemont decided to adopt the courageous kitty. Hemi is doing really well in her new home, said Dollemont, who adopted the cat for her daughter after the family lost its longtime family pet. “I thought it would cheer her up,” she said. “(Hemi) is settling in good. She’s very active and curious…. I can see why she got stuck inside the truck. She likes to explore and try to get into small spaces.” email@example.com
New Tecumseth is looking for people to step up to BAT for its buy local campaign. Buy Around Town in Beeton, Alliston, Tottenham is being launched this weekend at the New Tecumseth Home, Health and Leisure Show at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex. It’s a town-organized initiative to promote shopping locally. A wallet-sized BAT passport will be given away at the home show and is also available in today’s Herald. People will get a sticker for their passport for every $10 spent at participating businesses in the three communities. Once a passport has 10 stickers it is put in a ballot box and the person is eligible to win one of three cash prizes, which will be drawn at the end of the 10-week campaign, July 4. The three prizes are for $2,000, $1,000 and $500 in BAT bucks that can be used at any of the participating businesses. When getting a passport, New Tecumseth business improvement association co-ordinator Sarah Toth said people will also get a pin. "People will be out looking for shoppers wearing a BAT pin," she said. When people are caught with the pin on, the pin-wearer gets $25 BAT bucks and will get their photo taken for the newspaper. Toth said participating stores will have a BAT poster in the window so people know they are a part of the campaign. An updated list of businesses will also be available online at www.allistonbia.com New Tecumseth’s economic development division is facilitating the initiative with the Alliston and District Chamber of Commerce, the Tottenham and District Chamber of Commerce, the Alliston Business Improvement Association, and the Beeton-Tottenham Business Improvement Association. For more information, contact Toth at 705-435-6219 ext. 256.
Andrea Falls, 24, of Creemore, pleaded guilty Apr. 14 to breaking and entering a dwelling house, receiving six months behind bars to be followed by 12 months on probation. The prosecution stated that overnight on Dec. 11, 2008, Falls and three others went on foot to an unoccupied address on the 6/7 Sideroad in Clearview Township. Once there, they forced open the front door by breaking a window, taking food, liquor, and some clothing. The Crown added that in the same time frame the accused smashed a window of an attached garage and took liquor, tools, and a 20-gallon fuel container. Police were called soon after by the homeowner, later finding about $1,000 in damage attributable to Falls, with the remainder owed by her co-accused. All four had allegedly put their vehicle in the ditch that night, and being unable to extricate it, spent the night in the victim’s home. Falls will be subject to a DNA order and she can’t associate with any of her jointly accused. In addition she will obey a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., while staying away from the victim’s address. Treatment and counselling for crack cocaine, depression, and respect for other people’s property were all endorsed as terms of probation.