Month: December 2021

Barrie woman tips off police about threats from would-be suitor

A woman who called Barrie Police from her workplace at 1:30 a.m. Sunday suspected a man was trying to break into her home.

The woman said she had been communicating with the man on Facebook for the two days and told the man she didn’t want anything to do with him.

Police say he became angry, making threats in person and with text messages.

Officers arrived to her home to find the man parked out front.

A 30-year-old Mississauga man was arrested and charged with uttering death threats, attempted break and enter and several counts of mischief. He was also charged with impaired care and control of a vehicle.

Ice storm causes power outages in Alliston, Barrie

UPDATED – The power is still out in parts of Barrie and New Tecumseth following last night’s ice storm.

Earlier today at the height of the outage, PowerStream said 6,699 Barrie customers and 11,549 customers between Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham were affected.

PowerStream and Hydro One hope to have power restored by late afternoon, according to the latest update.

An update from New Tecumseth deputy CAO Blaine Parkin on the restoration efforts was posted to social media earlier today.

“We are currently experiencing significant power outages across the town due to the severe weather that is moving through the area,” he wrote. “Our fire and emergency crews along with our public works staff are dispersed throughout the town handling several calls and are working diligently to address downed trees and blocked roads.”

New Tecumseth residents who come across downed tree limbs or other safety hazards are asked to call the public works emergency line at 905-729-2291.

In Beeton, the fire hall is open for residents who need to charge their cell phones or warm up.

If you’re on the roads, drive carefully. There is a lot of debris in the roadways.

OPP are also reminding drivers to treat intersections without power as four-way stops.

Police warn of major fraud scam in Bradford

South Simcoe Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a fraud suspect.

On March 23, an elderly Bradford resident reported a fraud, explaining to investigators that one week prior, she got a phone call from a man claiming to be a bank employee. He told her that $1,800 had been deposited into her account by mistake and that he needed her to withdraw the funds and hand them over to him.

The woman was told how to complete the transaction and got into a cab that the suspect sent to her home. She made the withdrawal and returned home. The suspect called back and had her walk to the corner of John Street East and Barrie Street to hand over the money.

Around 3 p.m on that day, she handed the money over to the suspect, though the woman was unable to provide a description of him. Anyone who can identify the suspect, has been approached in a similar manner, or who saw the transaction on Barrie Street on March 16 is asked to call SSP at 905-775-3311 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Churchill buildings recognized by Innisfil’s heritage committee

Innisfil’s heritage committee has recognized two historic buildings in Churchill.

The Lucas Store at 6272 Yonge Street and the Halfway House at 6273 Yonge Street have both been placed on the town’s heritage registry list.

That means owners must give 60 days notice of demolition, giving council time to decide if the buildings should be permanently protected through a designation.

The Halfway House, on the northeast corner of Yonge and Killarney Beach Road, was built in 1860 and has undergone many changes over the years, according to a heritage committee report.

“The “Halfway House” is a classic example of a storey and a half, wood frame structure with ample room for drinking and dining on the ground floor with dormitories above.”

The Churchill Curling Club had its founding meeting in the Halfway House bar room in 1878.

Larry Cotton, the author of Whiskey and Wickedness: Yonge Street: 100 Taverns in 100 miles, Toronto to Penetanguishene, told the Innisfil Historical Society the building should be designated.

“It is not so much for its architectural features as its significance in the developmental history of Churchill and the area that this building is most important,” the committee report says. “This Hotel/Inn is the last surviving habitable example of about 100 other similar inns that once lined the old “Penetang Road” between Penetanguishene and Toronto catering to the needs of travellers in the horse and buggy age.”

Across the street is the Lucas General Store, which was built in 1869 and remains a Churchill landmark.

“In approximately 1880, this whole building, except for the stone wall was then

bricked with red and buff bricks to make an impressive structure.”

The building has contained several businesses over the years, including a butcher shop and convenience store. It is now uses as an apartment complex.

Barrie Police Service introduce two new sergeants

Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood welcomed two new sergeants to the fold this week.

Sgt. Terry Cuff has served as a police officer for 19 years, beginning with the Whitby OPP in 1997. He joined Barrie’s municipal service in 2000. He works as a forensic identification officer and teaches Georgian College students the rules of evidence.

Sgt. Kevin Scales has been in Barrie for more than 15 years and has worked in uniform patrol, downtown, sexual assault, street crime and guns and gangs units. Scales came up with the idea for the PAVIS ball hockey game, which hosts ‘at risk’ youth aged 10 to 13 with the intent of creating relationships and opening new lines of communication with the youth.

Kids learn to be prepared, during March Break

Would you know what to do in an emergency – a major power outage, a crippling winter storm, a train derailment involving hazardous cargo?

Chances are your kids know, thanks a Simcoe County Program that brings Emergency Preparedness training into the classroom.

STEP, STudent Emergency Preparedness, teaches kids the importance of being prepared for an emergency, having a plan, and preparing a 72-hour Emergency Kit.

Experience shows that it may take 72 hours to restore power, or for emergency responders to reach your home; having a handy kit containing water (2 litres per day per person), non-perishable food, a hand-operated can opener, flashlight and batteries, crank or battery-operated radio, First Aid kit, cash, whistle (to attract attention), special needs items (pet food, infant formula, medication, assistive devices), and documentation (in case of evacuation) can be critical for coping with disaster.

County of Simcoe Emergency Management Training and Promotions rep Rob Heffernan, Bradford West Gwillimbury Firefighters, and Astrid Vig-Bergsma of Emergency Management Fire & Emergency Services, brought a child-friendly Emergency Preparedness Program to the Bradford Public Library during March Break.

Kids (and their parents) could watch a video, try putting out a digital fire using a simulated fire extinguisher, and pick up everything from Jr. Fire Chief hats, to reflective Halloween loot bags and Emergency Preparedness information, free.

The annual event has become an important educational tool – because when kids know what to do in an emergency, they tell their parents.

Are you prepared for an emergency? Step one is knowing the risks and hazards that you could face. Blizzards, ice storms, hail, high winds, flooding, thunderstorms, lightning, heat waves and power outages are all  dangers that occur in Ontario.

Step two: Prepare a Family Emergency Plan. Draw up a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room. In case of evacuation or separation, plan two safe places where everyone should meet, and make sure everyone has the phone number of an out-of-town emergency contact, in case local communications are disrupted.

Step three: Prepare your 72 Hour Emergency Kit. If evacuation is an option, add sleeping bags, blankets, extra clothing for every member of the family, toiletries (including hand sanitizer), utensils, toilet paper, basic tools (hammer, pocket knife, duct tape), and extra house keys.

Storm damages Innisfil lines

As power is being restored, Innisfil residents are reminded that if they still are without electricity to contact InnPower by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling 705-431-4321.

The phone lines will be busy at times, but customers will eventually get through.

Please remember to leave contact information and an address.

As of Saturday, March 26, the power has been restored to the majority of Innisfil but there will still be isolated patches throughout the weekend and possibly into next week. The power is still out for part of Big Bay Point, but InnPower and other crews are aware and will be focussing on restoring electricity to the area.

“We want to thank our residents for their patience this holiday weekend,” said Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Staff at the Town, InnPower, Police, Fire, Water and more won’t stop until all power is restored and our roads are clear.”

The ice may melt quickly on Saturday afternoon and residents are reminded to be cautious about falling chunks of ice and branches.

The Innisfil Public Library is open on Saturday until 5:30 p.m. for any residents who need a warm place to stay or to charge their electronic devices.

Stayner student has winning doodle in school board art contest

A Clearview Meadows student has doodled her way to a top prize for her class.

The Simcoe County District School Board will be recognizing 15 winners who have been selected from more than 1,000 entries to the Doogle4SCDSB contest.

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The contest was modelled after the popular Doodle 4 Google competition.

Clearview Meadows Grade 6 student Sophia Vermilyea placed first in the Grade 6 to 8 category.

Kindergarten students to adult learners were encouraged to create a doodle that told the world “What makes me unique” using the letters SCDSB. The doodles could be made from any material: crayons, clay, graphic design, even food and video games. The submissions included an artist’s statement that explained the art piece.

First place artwork from each grade grouping will be featured on the cover of the 2016-17 SCDSB student agenda, and their classroom will receive $1,400 to support the arts. Classrooms of second-prize winners receive $400 for creative projects, and third place winners will get art supply bundles from Brault & Bouthillier Canada and Baldwin School Supply.

“We were inspired by the creativity and spirit of our students. It was a real challenge to choose winners from over 1,000 entries,” says Jamila Monahan, Itinerant Resource Teacher, Arts K-12. “This contest sparks student creativity and helps kids tap into their inner artists to represent who they are in a doodle.”

The winners will be honoured at a special presentation at the SCDSB Education Centre on April 13.

New Tecumseth participating in Earth Hour

For the ninth-straight year, the Town of New Tecumseth will be going dark in recognition of Earth Hour.

On Saturday, March 19, all non-essential lighting and equipment at the town’s facilities will be powered down for one hour between 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is an international initiative started by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change.

The town encourages all residents and businesses to participate in this year’s event.

Last year, the town had the third highest power reduction rate in Power Stream’s service area.

The town’s power consumption rate dropped 7.7 per cent compared to the typical day.

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