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Toronto woman killed in Essa accident

Police have identified the woman killed in Sunday’s fatal crash in Essa Township.

The victim, 24-year-old Toronto resident Bronwyn Dalziel, died after two vehicles collided around 4 p.m. March 27 on the 9th Line at the 5th Sideroad.

Police said the woman was driving a car south on the 9th Line when she ran a stop sign and crashed into a van.

Another person sustained life-threatening injuries, while three others were also hurt.

The road was closed for several hours for the police investigation, re-opening around 10 p.m.

Fraud prevention forum at Orillia city hall

Orillia’s OPP detachment will host a fraud prevention forum at the council chambers March 31.

Running from noon until 4 p.m., the event will address a range of topics, from seniors’ fraud and Internet scams to prevention of elder abuse.

Nish Vairavanathan and Devon Jones will discuss counterfeit currency and business fraud.

Vairavanathan has been working at the Bank of Canada’s currency department for the past five years as an analyst.

Jones is the RCMP’s counterfeit currency coordinator for Ontario.

Coffee and lunch will be provided at the event.

Injuries are non-life-threatening

A Barrie teen was struck by a vehicle in the city’s downtown Sunday night.

She was taken by ambulance to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, where her injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening.

City police were called to the corner of Toronto and Dunlop streets at 8:30 p.m. for the collision with a 15-year-old.

The driver remained at the scene and was co-operative with police.

The intersection remained closed until 9:30 p.m. and police say the investigation is continuing. 

Simcoe County approves organics waste site in Springwater Township

Whether residents like it or not, Simcoe County council voted Tuesday to approve a site in Springwater Township for its new organics waste facility.

“Approving the best location was an important milestone in this process as we look to manage and control our waste in a more responsible way,” said county Warden Gerry Marshall.

“Our staff will now focus their efforts on determining site-specific requirements, work to identify technology and continue to engage our neighbours and stakeholders in an open and transparent manner.”

The site for a combined organics processing and materials management facility was selected from 502 potential locations.

Springwater residents who live near the 84-hectare site, at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Rd., have spoken voiced concerns about odours, traffic and potential effects on groundwater and nature.

The facility will be built on five hectares of the Freele Tract of Simcoe County Forests, about two kilometres east of County Road 27.

“Everybody in the community is very disappointed about this. Not only for it going our backyard per say, but we’re pretty disappointed how the county wants to change the zoning. It’s a huge self-sustaining forest,” said Karen White, who lives near the site.

“Industrial land or an old landfill site or an old gravel pit would be better. That would (fit) the county’s example of reduce, reuse and recycle.”

For the project to move forward, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Springwater Township will each need to approve planning and zoning changes.

The county is hosting public information sessions April 19 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum.


Spring/summer 2016

• Environmental, geotechnical and engineering studies begin

• Procurement process and request for proposals (RFP) for organics processing technology to start

• Council and public input on procurement process

Fall 2016

• RFP to be released

Early 2017

• RFP and business case to be presented to council for direction on next steps

Springing into an Innisfil Easter weekend

Sherie Britnell (left) and Melanie Hope of Lavender Floral in Stroud are ready for a bright and fragrant Easter weekend.

The shop, at Yonge and Victoria streets, has plenty of ways to bring the feeling of spring to your home.

A mixed bad of weather is in store for the long weekend, with Saturday looking like the nicest day. A sunny Saturday with 7 degrees C is in the forecast. Temperatures rise to 11 degrees C Sunday, but with overcast skies.

Politicians spend night at Midland shelter

MIDLAND – A group of local politicians stayed overnight at the future location of Midland’s Guesthouse emergency shelter March 17.

The sleepover at the 522 Elizabeth St. facility served as a fundraiser and a way to draw attention to the issue of homelessness.

From left to right are: operations manager Beth McCormick; Penetanguishene Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau and Mayor Gerry Marshall; Tay Township Mayor Scott Warnock; Tiny Township Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Mayor George Cornell; board president Bob Bruer; Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton; and Midland Mayor Gord McKay.

Students presenting Rehearsal for Murder

Playwright Alex Dennison’s fiancée was murdered on the opening night of a play he wrote a year ago. A year later, he has written another play to bring back the same cast and catch the killer.

Don’t fret; that’s just the plot of a play. But it’s a killer plot indeed.

Mac Snider, a Grade 12 student at Twin Lakes Secondary School, is playing the lead, Dennison, in a suspenseful production of Rehearsal for Murder, to be performed for community audiences in April.

"I love old murder-mysteries," said Snider, 17. "And you definitely get twists and turns in this. It’s a really cool plot. I want to show the audience the contrast of my character’s personality, Alex Dennison."

The play is being put together by students in grades 9 to 12. Thirty-five students are working on the production either on the stage or behind the scenes.

"We’ve managed to involve lots in our backstage program," said Sally Holdsworth, director of the play and drama teacher at Twin Lakes. "We also use our cosmetology program to do all the makeup and hair as part of their course."

The students’ level of experience varies from rookie to veteran.

"I’ve been in the last two productions here, so I have a lot of experience backstage," said Kayleigh Arsenault, 18, student stage manager for the play.

Even though it’s stressful, she said, seeing it all come together in the end makes it worth the hard work.

Breanna Yundt, 15, will juggle multiple roles on the stage.

"My character (is) a smaller character, so we just have one scene," said the Grade 10 student. "But when we need crossovers or extras to fill up a scene, that’s when I get to play different roles."

Snider is proud of the hard work the cast and crew have put into the production and he believes audiences will see that in the final product.

"They will come in for a high-school production," he said, "but we’ve put in a lot of work, and it’ll go beyond their expectations."

The play will be performed at Twin Lakes April 14, 15 and 16, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $8 per student and will soon be available through the main office and also at the door on the performance dates.

For more information, call the school at 705-325-1318.

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Maureen Jennings reads from forthcoming book during event Saturday in Ramara

A treasure trove, a dead man and an unsolved Second World War murder — perfect for a case for detective inspector Tom Tyler.

But that was all Maureen Jennings, author of the historical fiction books featuring the British police inspector, would say about her upcoming book, Dead Ground in Between.

“My friend found the trove of 137 coins using his metal detector,” she said, explaining the premise of the new novel to about 100 fans at a reading Saturday at the Ramara Public Library. “When I asked him how it got there, he said, ‘It’s a mystery.’ And as soon as he said that, a light bulb went on in my head.”

Jennings is best known for her books featuring police detective William Murdoch, a character who has now been featured in nine seasons of the award-winning CBC series Murdoch Mysteries.

“It’s been amazing,” she said of the success of the series and, subsequently, her books. “Sometimes I get frustrated because it’s not what I would do (with the script), but mostly, I’ve been happy with it. It’s opened a lot of doors because it’s gotten so popular.”

The opportunity to meet so many fans and read to them is largely thanks to the popularity of Murdoch Mysteries, giving Jennings a following of fans of almost all ages.

“I watched the show first, and I found out there are books,” said Abby Whalen, 13, whose favourite character in the series in George Crabtree. “I always like books more than movies, so I figured they’d be great, and they didn’t disappoint.”

Jennings also gave fans a taste of what’s to come next in the Murdoch series — an older William Murdoch.

“The one I’m now working on is set in Toronto in 1917,” she said. “I’m just starting that and there are a lot of questions to ask — like, is he a bit greyer? Is he heavier? Is he thinner? What’s happened to him? It’s fun, but I have to answer all those questions.”

Even though the Murdoch series remains her most famous work, some fans were more interested in talking about her book based in Orillia.

“The one street that she (mentioned) is where my husband and I first lived out in Atherley: Ogden Street,” Barbara-Ann Townson said, referring to Jennings’s novel, The K Handshape, which follows the adventures of forensic profiler Christine Morris stationed at OPP headquarters in Orillia. “So, you associate with that and you forget where you are and you’re right in that story.”

Jennings, who lives in Toronto, said she "didn’t really know Orillia very well."

"Once I decided to have a world there, I tried to get to know it,” she said.

She familiarized herself with the city by driving and walking around town and talking to people to learn more about what her character’s experiences might be.

“She writes in a way you never get bored,” said Pat Berner, who attended the reading. “They’re written in a way you could get lost in the story, and I do.”

But there’s another mysterious affair aside from the unsolved death in the upcoming novel, slated for release in August. It’s an affair of the heart.

“Will (Tom Tyler) have a lady? No? Yes?” she said, noting this novel is “probably a bit more romantic than others."

"It’s more about Tyler’s heart and his feelings.”

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Bradford man facing weapons charge

BRADFORD – An 18-year-old Bradford man is facing a weapons charge following a suspected drug transaction.

South Simcoe police say a detective spotted the suspected transaction Wednesday evening and called in a uniformed officer to make an arrest.

Police say the detective watched as the suspect threw an item away before being taken into custody. A expandable baton was found following a search of the area and the young man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He will appear in court in April.?

Thief swipes credit cards, cash from Barrie Curling Club

Barrie Police have released several photos of a man wanted for stealing cash and credit cards from lockers at the Barrie Curling Club March 18.

Officers said he used the cards at several stores, wearing different clothing and head wear while shopping. He was seen leaving in a dark-coloured Dodge Grand Caravan.

Police say he is in his late 30s to 40s with an olive complexion and short, clean-cut hair.

If you have information, call Barrie Police at 705-725-7025.