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Southlake plans to add third catheterization lab, build new 10-bed hospice

Posted November 21 - Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket is underway on its plans to build a third Catheterization lab and replace its two existing imaging systems to handle the growing demands for advanced cardiac care within its catchment area, which includes New Tecumseth.

Tow truck companies now have to post rates, accept credit cards

Posted November 20 - The towing and vehicle storage industry gets the spotlight under new legislation passed today by the provincial government via its Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014.

Festive RIDE checks start next week

Posted November 20 - Nottawasaga OPP will join their colleagues from across the province on Monday to kick-off the annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign through to January 2, 2015.
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Christmas season upon us
Posted November 20 - Town crews this morning erect the Christmas Tree at Victoria and Mill Street, which will anchor the Alliston BIA's Hometown Christmas festivities on Saturday starting at 2 pm on Mill Street (next to Details). Hometown Christmas will include Santa's Reindeer, decorate some Christmas cookies, get your face painted, and enjoy some holiday music while sipping hot chocolate. Pictures with Santa will take place at Bern's Flowers. Downtown merchants are also having Christmas sales. The Tree Lighting on Mill Street will take place at 5 pm, followed by the Rotary Night-Lit Parade at 6 pm, starting at Banting Memorial High School and ending on Young Street (Canadian Tire lot). Christmas events move to Tottenham next Saturday and Beeton Dec. 6th.

Local mayors to contest second in command post at County

Posted November 19 - New Tecumseth Mayor-elect Rick Milne and re-elected Essa Mayor Terry Dowdall, intend to run for Deputy Warden at the Inaugural meeting next month of the incoming Simcoe County council.

OPP credits tri-partners nearly $160k for first half over-payment

Posted November 18 - New Tecumseth, Essa, and Adjala-Tosorontio will receive a rebate of $159,996 to reconcile the actual semi-annual cost of the Nottawasaga OPP contract between January 1, and June 30, 2014 which was $5,377,014.

Process underway for highway resurface into Alliston

Posted November 18 - The next phase of the resurfacing and culvert upgrades along Highway 89 between Cookstown and Alliston, shifts to a 5.8 km stretch between the 8th Line of Essa and Tottenham Road.

South Simcoe communities allocated infrastructure funds

Posted November 17 - New Tecumseth will receive $250,700 annually through 2016 as its share from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
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2 Service Battalion takes over Beeton

Posted November 17 - The Canadian Army's 2 Service Battalion based in Petawawa has moved into Beeton taking over the agricultural fairgrounds for a week long military training exercise that was reported to include about 280 personnel and 150 vehicles split into groups.
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Stunt driving charges in township

Posted November 21 - A Bradford woman lost her BMW and driver's license for seven days Wednesday morning for driving 132/kmh in an 80 zone.

Rash of thefts from cars in Thornton

Posted November 18 - Nottawasaga OPP are seeking four male youth in connection with several break-ins into vehicles early Sunday morning on Jamieson Court in Thornton.
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Tree clearing to provide more ag land in Utopia

Posted November 18 - Paul and Reta Dobson have applied to Simcoe County for a 'Special Permit' to clear about 10 acres (4 hectares) of trees to increase available agricultural farm area on their property at 8719 9th Line. The County has not yet made its decision.

Rogers proposes to erect new Cell tower for Borden area

Posted November 17 - The Standard Land Company, on behalf of Rogers Communications Inc., has submitted a request for a telecommunications tower to be placed at the corner of County Road 21 and County Road 15 (6867 County Road 15).

Water, sewer rates proposed to climb

Posted November 17 - Essa council is expected to set a public meeting date , recommended for December 17th, to deal with proposed increases of four per cent to the water volumetric rate from $1.23 m3 to $1.28 m3 and an eight per cent proposed increase to the water fixed part and corresponding increase to the sewer charge. The increase in water rates estimated to raise an additional $61,552, while sewer service revenue would climb by $50,160.

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Hornets tame Cougars, Orillia in tonight

Posted November 21 - The Alliston Hornets padded their league lead by seven points with a 6-2 win last night in Schomberg while Penetang dropped a 1-0 game in Stayner. Mark O'Donnell's two goals and assist, along with three point nights by Tanner Dockerty and Nic Archibald led the way. TJ Sherwood got the win in net. Orillia's in tonight for a 7:30 puck drop at the NTRC.

Coyotes lose to Bradford

Posted November 21 - Home ice didn't matter last night as the Alliston Coyotes dropped a 10-7 decision to the Bradford Rattlers. Alliston plays Toronto next Thursday night at the NTRC.
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Nikolettes trio off to Vegas with Team Ontario

Posted November 19 - Alliston Nikolettes Gymnastics Club members Camryn Gibson, Level 8; Ashlyn Christos, Level 7; and Kate Beausaert, Level 6, each earned spots on Team Ontario in their respective categories and will be representing Team Ontario at the 2015 Lady Luck Invitational in January in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steam score at will with home win over North York

Posted November 18 - The Tottenham Steam followed up Sunday night's 18-3 win over Meaford with an 11-0 drubbing of North York at Tottenham Arena, last night. Braden Kavaratzis paced the Steam with three goals and two assists, while Tyler Lesschaeve turned aside 20 shots in the shutout win, in his first start for Tottenham. The Steam have opened an eight point lead in the South Division. Tottenham travels to Temiscaming for a Friday night game against the North Division leader.

Bennett nets two in all-star loss, Hornets extend lead

Posted November 17 - Alliston's two wins on the weekend over Penetang 3-2 in OT, and 5-4 Sunday over Huntsville, has the Hornets with a five point lead over the Kings just about half way through the regular season.

Steam pound Knights, host North York tonight

Posted November 17 - Tottenham Steam's Ferdinando Colella's seven point night paced the squad to an 18-1 beat-down of the Meaford Knights last night. Colella scored three with four assists, while Braden Kavaratzis chipped in two goals and four assists and Valery Ledovsky's hattrick and two assists. The Steam are home tonight for an 8 pm puck drop against North York.

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My Sister's Place Charity Run/Walk Sunday

Posted November 19 - My Sister's Place Gimme Shelter Charity Run/Walk will take place this Sunday starting at 9:30 am from the Tottenham Community Centre. The route will follow Queen Street to Western Avenue to Walkem Drive and Mill Street. The event runs to approximately 11 am.

Bazaar, bake sale, auction, Saturday at Adjala United

Posted November 18 - Adjala United Church is hosting a bazaar, bake sale, and silent auction on Saturday, starting at 9 am to 11 am. In addition to the homemade baked goods, Adjala Quilters' table, crafts and silent auction items.
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Art Market opens in time for Christmas shopping

Posted November 17 - More than 30 local artisans and crafters are taking part in the annual South Simcoe Arts Council's Pop-Up Art Market now open daily at 96 Victoria St. Unit 4 in Alliston, running through to Dec. 21. There will be decorative home accessories, woodturning, jewelry, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, and more.

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