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GO Transit trips from Barrie to Toronto to nearly triple within five years

Posted April 17 - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Barrie this morning to confirm the government's plans to increase GO Train services and routes including increasing weekly trips from 70 to more than 200 over the next five years.

Local brownie/guide troops, Essa, among NVCA award winners

Posted April 17 - Volunteers and community supporters were recognized last night as part of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority's Evening of Thanks. Among them, the 1st Alliston, 3rd Beeton, and 1st Tottenham Girl Guides troops and the 4th Alliston Brownie troop.

C.  difficile breakout confirmed at SMH

Posted April 16 - Stevenson Memorial Hospital, in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), has declared an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), after three cases were confirmed at the hospital during the past week.

CRIC proceeds to support disc golf at conservation area, car draw May 2nd

Posted April 16 - The Community Recreation Improvement Committee (CRIC) has pledged $10,000 to fund the development of a disc golf course at the Tottenham Conservation Area (TCA).

County reserves decision on Rizzardo appeal to May 12, stop order remains

Posted April 15 - Nearly five hours of deputations by 14 speakers, including lawyers for both sides of a stop work order appeal, was followed by approximately 45 minutes of in camera deliberations, then ended in the 6th hour when Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall announced the fate of approximately 30 acres of woodlot in Beeton would remain unsettled at least until May 12 when councillors assemble again to vote on a decision.

Milne, Smith, remove themselves from hearing process

Posted April 15 - Prior to the beginning of the appeal yesterday morning, New Tecumseth mayor Rick Milne and deputy mayor Jamie Smith, who also sit as members of Simcoe County council, recused themselves from the hearing.

Thefts from cars in Alliston neighbourhoods

Posted April 15 - Nottawasaga OPP were dealing with seven reported thefts from vehicles that occurred sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Beeton woods appeal to be heard this morning by County

Posted April 14 - Simcoe County council will convene a special meeting this morning at 11 am to hear both sides of an appeal regarding a special permit issued to Tecumseth Estates to clear about 30 acres of woodlot from its 9th Line property in Beeton. The proponent, Maria Rizzardo has appealed the County's stop work order and seeks to reinstate the permit. Free Press Online will be at the appeal this morning in Midhurst, and will be live updating via our Facebook page.

Tender awarded for next phase of Trans Canada Trail

Posted April 14 - C&C Built Right Ltd of Bolton, has won a $61,971 contract (not including contingencies, consulting) to build Phase 2a of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) between the 9th Line and 10th Line, New Tecumseth.

Council approves OP, zoning changes for next phase of HCM growth

Posted April 14 - Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) has secured the official plan (OPA) and zoning bylaw amendments to permit construction of two outdoor storage lots for 5,200 vehicles and approximately 300 tractor trailer containers immediately east of its assembly plants in Alliston.

Ruthven to live on in new park, as Rotary cleared to begin Riverdale work

Posted April 14 - The Rotary Club of Alliston is expected to begin work on its splash pad expansion this week beginning with demolition of the current public washroom at Riverdale Park, to meet a self-imposed July 1 deadline for completion.

Stopping restrictions pending for AUPS area

Posted April 13 - No stopping zones will be extended to both sides of Church Street North in the vicinity of Alliston Union Public School (AUPS), between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Township proposes to pay $50k per year to New Tecumseth to settle P&R issues

Posted April 13 - Adjala-Tosorontio has an outstanding debt owed to New Tecumseth regarding provisions of parks and recreation services for its residents that dates back to 2011, equals about $111,000 annually, that remains unsettled, though the Township has collected the monies from its taxpayers.

Ballymore to clip townhouses from subdivision

Posted April 13 - Ballymore Homes's Mill Street Village is proposed to have 48 fewer townhouses if council approves the developer's red light revision to its subdivision agreement.

Township employee fired, connected to Thornton Arena incident

Posted April 10 - Press Release - Earlier this week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) informed senior staff at the Township of Essa that they had arrested and charged a 30 year old Bradford man with one count of Voyeurism contrary to Section 162(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

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National Volunteer Week, taking place between April 12-18

A reader writes: Posted April 15 - Volunteers are leading social change and impacting communities around the world. Every year during National Volunteer Week, we have the opportunity to celebrate their efforts and contributions.

'Taxi Transit Subsidy is reserved for shopping and medical'

A reader writes: Posted April 15 - Thank you, Peter Barbati for trying to renew interest in a public transit system in New Tecumseth.

'Any input from the Town would have been minimal'

A reader writes: Posted April 13 -Regarding the ambiguity surrounding the establishment of transit system or service in our community, during the last municipal election, I tried to bring the need for a transit service into the forefront of our meetings and conversations.

Arcan area's lone OHL selection draft pick

Posted April 13 - Jackson Arcan of Thornton, was picked in the 10th round, 192nd overall, by the Kingston Frontenacs, on Saturday during the 2015 OHL Priority Selection draft. Arcan, was a member of the Barrie Colts Minor Midget AAA squad last season. His brother Nick played this past season with the Alliston Hornets.

Essex wins opener

Posted April 13 - The Essex 73's opened the Schmalz Cup finals with a 2-1 win Saturday against Port Hope to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven finals. Games 2 and 3 is this weekend in Essex.

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Mobile new immigrant services in Alliston

Posted April 13 - New to Canada? Services for Immigrants are available in New Tecumseth. Phone to book an appointment with the Mobile Unit 1-877-761-1155 / Funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

SSAC readies for 2015 Music Festival

Posted April 10 - For the past 12 years, the South Simcoe Arts Council has offered the perfect opportunity for its community to perform for each other and the general public in a celebratory and educational event.

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