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Barrie residents honoured for saving life at Lowe’s

Five Barrie residents received Awards of Merit from Mayor Jeff Lehman Monday for helping save the life of a Lowe’s employee.

Peter Rovazzi had just finished his shift Dec. 21, 2015, when he decided to help a few last customers, one of whom later found him lying on the floor.

She and four others in the store, including one employee, took turns giving Rovazzi CPR before emergency crews arrive and took him to hospital.

“All of these individuals did something extraordinary under the circumstances,” said Lehman before presenting them with medallions. “(CPR) training saves lives.”

The Award of Merit recipients are Sherry Oudit, Lynn Lamoureux, Doug Switzer, Gary Banting and Anthony Cassiani.

Teen recovering after being hit by car in Barrie

A 15-year-old girl was hit by a car while she was walking on Toronto Street last night.

Officers closed Dunlop Street at 8:30 p.m. after the accident. The girl was sent to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre with non-life threatening injuries.

The intersection was closed for an hour so traffic officers could collect evidence and speak with the driver.

Officers are still investigating.

Collingwood Peewee AE cap strong seaosn with OMHA title

The Collingwood Peewee AE Blackhawks are the OMHA Champions.


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The team defeated the Glanbrook Rangers 3-0 in the best of five series to win the championship.

The Blackhawks fell in game won, but came back strong in game two and took an overtime win in game three before a 2-0 win in game four sealed the series. 

The team has had a strong season, having won the Mooretown Invitational Tournament, the Regional and International Silver Stick Tournaments, the OMHA finals, and are also in the Pee Wee AE Georgian Bay Championship finals. The season record is 54 wins, four losses and two ties.

The team includes Ben Cornell, Joshua Creech, Jack Foubert, Jack Garbutt, Thomas Hearn, Jared Hodgkinson, Aidan Hull, Warren Johnston, Ty Johnston, Ethan King, Jeyla Ling, Mason Parker, Maxim Porebski, Owen Rush, Tyler Sweat, and Jacob Ventrella.

Midland resident shares uncle’s artwork with community

MIDLAND – Midland resident Lorne McPeake hid his artistic talents during his lifetime, but his nephew hopes people will now be able to enjoy his portraits of the community.

“He was a real loner, hard to get to know,” Bill Logan said of his uncle. “He was eccentric, but talented.”

McPeake lived his whole life in Midland, spending most of that time residing in a home on Lindsay Street.

“He worked on the railroads,” Logan said. “So, whenever a boat came in at the dock, he sketched it.”

His uncle never allowed people to see his work while he was alive, Logan said, and would spend long hours in his backyard shed.

“He wouldn’t let you in, no matter how hard you banged on the door.”

Upon his death in 1986, the family came across a multitude of watercolours, sketches and clippings. They even discovered McPeake had been making his own animated films.

Now, Logan wants to share his uncle’s artwork with the community in hopes that people will be able to remember the Midland of old.

“I think they’d really find it interesting,” he said. “I hope they get some real joy from them.”

Raucous meeting at Thornbury library

THORNBURY – It was an overflowing and rancorous crowd in Thornbury’s L.E. Shore Library Tuesday night, demanding answers to the decision of the Library Board to give working notice to nine employees in a "restructuring process."

Speaker after speaker harangued the board of their decision.

Using examples from lack of transparency to incompetence to destroying the morale of the staff, speaker after speaker looked for answers from the library board.

The nine-member board listened in silence to the barrage of anger and dismay.

The Town of The Blue Mountains mayor John McKean took the microphone and tried to get the meeting back on track but was stopped by booing.

The board and the CEO of the library did not look prepared for the blowback they were facing from the packed meeting room.

After hearing motions from the floor, they agreed to delay the dismissal process for nine employees for one week before the meeting came to a halt and the committee adjourned abruptly to go into a back committee room, leaving an angry crowd with an unresolved situation.

On March 8, the library board made a restructuring announcement that will see the operations of the Craigleith Heritage Depot Museum merged with those of the library.

Many of the protesters are asking The Blue Mountain council to follow the same path as Collingwood when the library board was dissolved to resolve a local dispute.

Patrick Delaney, the unofficial leader of the group, was dismayed that although the board had many written deputations ahead of the meeting, the board did not answer any questions or concerns that had been raised.

"The board has had all of the questions that we had for six or seven days now, and tonight there was complete emptiness," said Delaney. "They’re hiding (the board), there’s a sense of emptiness, from this meeting, this issue is completely unresolved."

Mayor John McKean thought that the meeting went fairly well but was adamant that this was a "board issue" and not something that the town council should be involved in.

"I know that with a volunteer board, that they have done a lot of thinking about this," said McKean. "What I would ask them (the board) is that in a year’s time where are we going to be? In a year’s time, what benefit is this going to bring?" 

LCBO stores helping deliver safety message in north Simcoe

NORTH SIMCOE – Customers at local LCBO outlets this weekend will receive a safety message along with their favourite alcoholic beverages.

The Safe and Sober Awareness Committee has partnered with the stores to warn about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving.

Committee members and local high school students applied stickers bearing the message “Don’t You Dare, Be Aware” to more than 3,000 product bags provided by LCBO locations in Midland, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Lafontaine.

Texting and drinking are the most common factors in motor-vehicle collisions that cause fatalities or serious injuries.

The committee, which formed in 1995 and meets monthly, is comprised of representatives from the OPP, Midland Police Service, Anishinabek Police Service, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the Ministry of Transportation and several area business people.

Door-to-door water scam surfaces in Penetanguishene

PENETANGUISHENE – Southern Georgian Bay OPP are warning residents about scam.

OPP say concerned residents contacted police after two male knocked on their doors claiming to be contracted from the town to inspect water pipes for calcium build up. OPP say the pair stated the inspections were free and that they worked for Canada Home Service.

The pair are described as white males in their late 20s, wearing fluorescent construction jackets. They also wore lanyards with some form of I.D badge.

OPP would like to remind residents that they do not have to let anyone in their home who is pressuring or trying to sell a product, or do any type of inspection. These people may make it sound urgent in order to sell you something or get inside your home.

The following are safety tips to prevent you from falling victim to these scammers:

•Ask to see the company identification, if they fail to provide it ask them to leave and if they don’t call your local police service.

•Warn your neighbors about them after they leave. Remember do not let them in your home.

•Don’t be pressured by any urgency to act on their scam. Always check the source of the information to confirm if it is legitimate before acting on anything.

•Tell a family or trusted friend for advice.

Guinness officially recognizes record-setting curling game in Coldwater

COLDWATER – The “” curling event happened 17 months ago in Coldwater, but only last week did the 10 participants receive official certification as Guinness World Record holders.

The October 2014 undertaking at the Coldwater and District Curling Club broke the previous record for the longest game of curling. The group played for 79 hours, 15 minutes and three seconds.

Organizer Bill Pearce, who was also one of the curlers, said he had hoped it wouldn’t take this long to have the claim approved, but “the guidelines set out by the Guinness folks must be followed to the letter.”

The group submitted more than 80 hours of video, statements of authenticity from at least 40 witnesses and officials, and media clippings and reports.

The official certificate of the record now hangs at the club next to championship banners earned by the likes of Glenn Howard and Sherry Middaugh.

Although the curlers have no plans for any future marathon games, some of them said they wouldn’t rule it out entirely if their record is beaten.