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NEW CONTACT DETAILS: Free Press Online is now located at 7 Church St. S, in downtown Alliston (between Serenity Hair Salon and Cool Moose Ice Cream). NEW Email for this office: and phone 705.250-9100.

Former Alliston mayor, Oakla Gray passed away

Posted September 23 - New Tecumseth's flags are flying at half mast to mark the passing of Oakla Gray, a former mayor of Alliston from 1974 to 1985. Mr. Gray, who also served as a Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and Councillor, passed away yesterday (Sept. 22) in Stevenson Memorial Hospital, one week shy of his 89th birthday (Sept. 29). Visitation will be held at DRURY FUNERAL CENTRE, 519 Victoria St. E. Alliston on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Alliston Union Cemetery.
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Fire scene cleaned up
Posted September 23 - The ruins of the Aug. 19 Alliston Feed Service fire have been cleared away, creating a view from Albert Street that hasn't been as visible since the fire in 1917 destroyed the original elevator built in the late 1800s. It was rebuilt in 1918. The criminal investigation continues into the suspected arson. In the meantime, the retail operation has relocated to 29 Young Street, between Boston Pizza and Mac's.

Central LHIN recommendation to 'endorse' SMH redevelopment, positive step

Posted September 23 - Central LHIN's Board of Directors meet for the first time since June, on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and included on their agenda is a motion supporting Stevenson Memorial Hospital's (SMH) Stage 1 (proposal) submission.

Licensed marijuana operation raided for growing 'significantly' over its limit

Posted September 23 - Nottawasaga OPP reported this morning they arrested and charged four people from the GTA after executing a search warrant at an 8th Line property near Beeton, Tuesday, seizing approximately 500 marijuana plants valued at half million dollars.

Beeton school vandalized as dozens of windows smashed

Posted September 22 - UPDATED September 23Nottawasaga OPP is investigating an overnight case of vandalism at Tecumseth Beeton Public School on Patterson Street, where 74 windows on the east side of the building were smashed, and some solar panels on the roof damaged. Estimated damage valued at $20,000.

Central LHIN has four board seats to fill, applications accepted until Oct. 4th

Posted September 22 - The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which includes Stevenson Memorial Hospital, is seeking four new members to serve on its Board of Directors, a position that pays $200 per meeting.

OPP receive grant for 'Collaborate Nottawasaga' program

Posted September 22 - The Nottawasaga OPP detachment will receive $98,896 from Ontario's Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant for its "Collaborate Nottawasaga" program.

Terms of loan between County, Innisfil agency set for council approval

Posted September 21 - Simcoe County and InnServices Utilities have reached an agreement that will provide the Town of Innisfil agency a $57.7 million loan, starting with a two year term, at an annual interest rate of 1.5 per cent. There's an option to renew for a third year.
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Stripping Sobeys bare
Posted September 21 - Construction crews were on site early this morning with the heavy equipment to remove a roof top signature piece of the now former Sobeys Alliston. Pictured above, being dismantled. Renovations are fully underway to transform Sobeys into its discount grocery banner, FreshCo. It is expected to be 10,000 sq. ft. smaller when it opens in December. In addition to offering positions to former Sobeys employees, the company is holding a job fair Oct. 13 at the Red Pine in Alliston. FreshCo Alliston will employ approximately 80 people.

County moving to no green bin, no garbage collection, if SWM action approved

Posted September 21 - Simcoe County's solid waste management (SWM) department is recommending council approve making it mandatory for residential and businesses to "utilize a green bin for diversion of organics in order for their garbage to be eligible for weekly curbside collection."

Lower bag limit, fewer double-up days, standard size containers in the offing

Posted September 21 - Simcoe County's solid waste management (SWM) department is proposing several changes to the weekly curbside collection program including implementing an 80 litre standard size garbage container, reducing the number of tagged bags permitted from seven to three, and eliminating 'double-up' exemptions on Victoria Day and Thanksgiving.

Community group events to feel brunt of parks and recreation fee hikes

Posted September 20 - New Tecumseth councillors approved a near across the board increase to the fee schedule for parks, recreation and cultural services/programs, whose biggest impacts will add an additional $50 to the cost of using picnic tables, and an extra $60 per load of folding tables - and each plus HST.

Four storey addition proposed for Alliston apartment building

Posted September 20 - The owner of the three storey, 61 unit Alliston Gardens at 65 Young Street is proposing a four storey, 28 unit addition to the west end building.

DND reimburses Town for damage it caused to Beeton fairgrounds

Posted September 20 - The Canadian Army's 2 Service Battalion based in Petawawa held a one week training exercise in Beeton November 14-24, 2014, causing damage to the fairground field which rendered it mostly unsuable during the 2015 season.

NVCA looks to make smaller board size permanent

Posted September 20 - The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority's (NVCA) pilot project which was to reduce the size of its board of directors from 27 to 18 is at an end this month, and in its place is a move to make it permanent.

Arrest in Tottenham car break-in

Posted September 19 - A suspicious person call early Friday morning ended in the arrest of a 22-year-old male who was suspected as breaking into at least one vehicle on Metcalf Street, Tottenham.

Alliston woman charged in Bradford crash

Posted September 19 - A 28-year-old Alliston woman was charged with careless driving for her role in a two vehicle collision in Bradford, Friday afternoon.

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County as 'agent' for Tecumseth Estates, 'inappropriate'

A reader writes: Posted September 19 - Regarding your story that Simcoe County is aggressively pursuing its cost award of $5,000 from AWARE Simcoe, an award County Council decided to give away if collected, we learn now County lawyer Marshall Green is acting as an agent for the developer, Tecumseth Estates.

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Home and away weekend for Hornets

Posted September 23 - The 2-0 Alliston Hornets play host to the 1-2 Caledon Golden Hawks tonight at the NTRC starting at 7:30. The Hornets than travel to Orillia for a Saturday night tilt against the 1-2 Terriers. Puck drop in Orillia, 7:30.

Civics undefeated, Steam still winless

Posted September 23 - The New Tecumseth Civics are 5-0 after winning 5-4 last night in Alliston, over West Nippising. Defending league champs, Tottenham Steam are winless after five games, including two overtime losses, heading into tonight's game in North York to play the Toronto Attack. The Steam are on home ice in Tottenham tomorrow night for a 7:30 start against Northumberland.

Hornets fast out the gate with opening wins

Posted September 19 - The Alliston Hornets opened defence of their league championship, with wins over Stayner and Midland over the weekend to begin the regular season, 2-0. Friday it was Stayner in to for Alliston's first game, which the Hornets won 4-2. Ryan McReynods, Ryan Young, Justin Wing, and Devon Gillham, each scored. Mike Masucci got the win in net. On Sunday night, Midland made its first trip to Alliston, and left with a 4-1 loss. Stephan Nosad chipped in a pair, with Ryan Sallows, and Brandon Washer with one each. First year Hornet Chase Krompocker got his first win in net.

Orangeville win away from NDBL title

Posted September 19 - The Orangeville Giants have moved into the lead of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series winning two games against the defending champions New Lowell Knights on Sunday 3-2 and 6-4.

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Minor Atom AA hosting fundraiser Saturday

Posted September 21 - TNT Minor Hockey's Minor Atom AA is hosting their annual fundraiser dance this Saturday, September 24 at the Alliston Memorial Arena Hall. Door prizes, DJ and games, from 7:30 pm to 1:00 am.

SMH Auxiliary fall arts, crafts show, Saturday

Posted September 20 - Stevenson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Fall Craft Show takes place on Saturday (Sept. 24) at the Legion in Alliston (111 Dufferin Street), starting at 10 am, until 2 pm. Arts, Crafts and Home-baking will be available. This fundraising event is to support the 'Refurbish a Room Campaign' at SMH.

Register Thursday for 'Village Kids Club'

Posted September 19 - Registration for an after-school program, called "The Village Kids Club," for boys and girls aged 7 to 13 takes place this Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm at St. Andrew Anglican Church. The club meets weekly every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:00 pm - starting in October, at the church, located at
125 Wellington St. W., Alliston (south of Victoria St. and East of King St.). For more information call (705)435-9711.


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