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Potato Festival keeps its place in top 100

Posted March 5 - The Alliston Potato Festival has been named again among the Top 100 festivals & events in Ontario, by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO), and sponsored by VIA Rail.

Outdoor vehicle, trailer storage triggered HCM's need for OP, zoning amendments

Posted March 5 - Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) requires official plan (OPA) and zoning bylaw amendments to build its two outdoor storage lots for 5,200 vehicles and approximately 300 tractor trailer containers because open storage is only permitted in rear yards and the 247 acre subject site is its front yard.

NVCA extends CAO term to end of 2016

Posted March 5 - Gayle Wood, who retired from the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority last July after nearly 20 years, then appointed interim CAO of the NVCA in the wake of Wayne Wilson's ouster after 22 years, last summer, will continue to serve in the position at least to the end of 2016.

HCM parts supplier announces first Canadian plant in Alliston

Posted March 4 - The provincial government announced this morning approximately $1 million from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund will go to Howa Canada Manufacturing, Inc., which is opening its first Canadian plant in Alliston to supply Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM).

Honda seeks OP, Zoning changes for next phase of growth

Posted March 4 - New Tecumseth council is holding a public meeting tonight at 7 pm in Alliston, to deal with three planning applications, including from Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) which is proposing to construct a storage area for 5,200 newly assembled vehicles, a fire-training centre, office building, tractor trailer lot and additional parking for associates.

County orders tree cutting to stop in Beeton

Posted March 3 - Simcoe County Warden Gary Marshall, and CAO Mark Aitken announced this afternoon that the special permit issued to Maria Rizzardo (Tecumseth Estates) will be suspended pending further review.

Door-to-door dog tag blitz to commence this spring

Posted March 3 - New Tecumseth's five year renewal of its Canine Control Services contract with K9 Pest Management will cost $57,630 in 2015, and increase three per cent each year through to March 2020. It includes 20 hours of general patrol per week.

Wilson weighs into Beeton situation with letter to MNR

Posted March 3 - Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, interim leader of the Official Opposition, has penned an "open letter" to Bill Mauro, Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, seeking an explanation as to whether "there is any protection under provincial legislation for this endangered species."


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Beeton residents turned out last night to oppose tree cutting in Beeton.

Protesters secure partial reprieve on tree clearing in Beeton

Posted March 3 - Opponents of a Simcoe County approved "special permit" issued to Tecumseth Estates (Rizzardo) to remove 35 acres of woodland at 6386 and 6416 9th Line in Beeton, succeeded this morning in disrupting, at least for today, work crews accessing the property to continue the tree clearing which started over the weekend.

Arson charge in Dufferin Street fire

Posted March 2 - Nottawasaga OPP have charged a 58-year-old man with arson in connection to the Feb. 24th Dufferin Street house fire in which he had to be carried out by New Tecumseth firefighters who found him in the basement.

Board moves to declare vacant AUPS as surplus to its needs

Posted March 2 - The former Alliston Union Public School (AUPS) site on Albert Street is among six Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) properties recommended to be declared surplus, which is the first step in the disposition process.

Deal reached in west coast port action, regular HCM production resumes Monday

Posted February 27 - Shipping companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative deal last Friday, which, while still requiring union ratification, ends a nine month labour action that slowed overseas trade between Asia and 29 U.S. West Coast ports.
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Final cut to reserve transfer lowers levy

Posted March 5 - The average residential tax bill for municipal purposes on a home with an assessed value of $281,391, in Essa Township, will increase $62 or 9.9 per cent over last year.

Council set to approve 2015 budget

Posted March 4 - Essa council is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 3 pm to deal with the latest draft of its 2015 budget that if approved would increase the average tax bill for municipal purposes by $86.12, or 13.68 per cent over last year, on a residential property assessed at $281,391.

Hornets open finals with statement win, Gm 2 tonight

Posted March 5 - The Alliston Hornets halted Schomberg's five game playoff winning streak with a 5-1 win last night at the NTRC to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven GMOHL finals. Special teams got lots of work with Alliston assessed 68 minutes in penalties, while Schomberg garnered 58. Each scored their first goals on the powerplay. Game 2 goes tonight in Schomberg at the Trisan Centre, puck drop 8:30.

Tottenham runs out of Steam, as season ends in rout

Posted March 5 - The Tottenham Steam's inaugural season ended on home ice last night, with a 12-3 loss to Halton Ravens, who take the best of five Russell Cup quarterfinals 3-2. They now move on to play the Temiscaming Titans. Halton built a 4-0 after one, and held a 6-0 lead until Tottenham finally scored 10 minutes into the second. It was 8-3 early in the third, before the Ravens finished with four unanswered goals in the victory.

TNT Midgets back at it tonight with Ajax in Alliston

Posted March 5 - The TNT Tornados Midget AA and Ajax Knights play Game 2 of their OMHA semi-final action tonight, (March 5th), starting at 7:30 pm at the NTRC. The series is tied at 1-1 following TNT's 5-0 road loss last weekend. (Tonight's game is rescheduled from Tuesday night which was cancelled because of weather). The other series features the Brampton 45's and Belle River Canadiens, who are also tied at one game each, and resumes on Friday and Saturday.

JR playoff hockey in Alliston, and Tottenham tonight

Posted March 4 - The Alliston Hornets and the Schomberg Cougars open the GMOHL best of seven finals tonight at the NTRC starting at 8:30 pm. At the south end of town, the Tottenham Steam need only win to advance to the GMHL Russell Cup semi-finals. They're tied 2-2 against Halton Ravens in the best of five quarterfinals. Game time at Tottenham Arena is 9 pm. The winner moves on to play the Toronto Attack.

Alliston, Schomberg first finals meeting in their 44 year rivalry

Posted March 2 - Alliston and Schomberg have been playing against each other since 1971 when they both joined the South-Central Junior D Hockey League.

Steam, Ravens reach win or done with Game 5 Wednesday

Posted March 2 - The Tottenham Steam saved their season by winning their first playoff road game Sunday, 4-2, to even the best of five Russell Cup quarter-finals against the Halton Ravens at two each. Tottenham was in the elimination position, after losing its first home game of the playoffs, Saturday night, 5-1. The deciding Game 5 is Wednesday night in Tottenham starting at 8 pm. It's the first break between games for the Steam after playing in six consecutive days, and nine games in 10 days. The Game 5 winner will meet the Toronto Attack in the best of seven semi-finals.

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'The planting of a few replacement trees is quite silly'

A reader writes: Posted March 2 - The process of approval for the tree clearing operation on the Tecumseth Estates, Beeton has once again proven to be flawed.

'The rules should apply to everyone equally'

A reader writes: Posted March 2 - I am not only concerned about needless destruction of our earth and environment but also not too keen on favouritism.

'It is time that developers are taken to task'

A reader writes: Posted March 2 - It is shame that permission has been given to cut down and destroy endangered trees in Beeton.

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