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Wreckers filling in
Posted April 28 - Neighbours of #9 Auto Wreckers on Hwy 9, west of Tottenham Road in New Tecumseth, noticed this week dump trucks delivering fill into the wrecking yard compound, and in the picture of above, activity on site. At this update the Chief Building Official is being called in to investigate whether there are breaches of the Town's site alteration and fill bylaw. More details when they become available. Last Monday night, council revoked the site plan agreement regulating the fill operation at the Tottenham Airfield, which is east of Tottenham Road.

New NVCA CAO rooted in horticulture, landscape design and nursery mgt

Posted April 28 - Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority announced in a press release this afternoon, Doug Hevenor, has been hired as its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) effective May 29 "following a brief transition period."

Updated - Board to alter bell times to deal with 'shortfall' in transportation budget

Updated April 28. Original Posted April 27 - Faced with a $780,000 "shortfall" in its 2017-18 transportation budget, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), has decided to alter the start times at 15 of its elementary schools, including six in the New Tecumseth area, which is expected to cut into the deficit by approximately $400,000.
Posted April 27 - Tec We Gwill WI celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Tec We Gwill WI hall in Newton Robinson, Sat. April 22. The event recognized past, present and future members. Some original members of the "junior branch" of the WI also were in attendance, Grace Copeland and Louise Houghton Bowman. And Simcoe Area WI president Alana Robinson brought greetings on behalf of all the WI members of the Area. In addition to the reminisces, Members with over 25 years in the WI were presented with a life membership. They are pictured above, Back Row: Marion Thompson, 38 years; Pat Wood, 28 years; Gladys Fieldhouse, 27 years; Jean Keffer, 58 years; Michelle Rich, 25 years; June Petch, 42 years; Helen Hamilton, 50 years; Beth Harvey, 43 years; Bonnie West, 39 years. Front row: Joan Jebb, 63 years; Ruth Langford, 64 years; Donna Jebb, 37 years. Missing: Emlyn Westlake, 70 yrs; Sylvia Plant, 40 yrs; Barbara Andrews, 64 yrs; Mary Orr, 51 yrs; Elsie Arnold, 27 yrs; and Elma Ross, 25 yrs.

Alliston condo development site plan approved

Posted April 26 - New Tecumseth council has ratifed the site plan agreement for Pratt Homes Banting Square condominium development on the former St. Paul's School site in Alliston.

Town renews deal with Fire Marque

Posted April 26 - New Tecumseth has opted to renew a four year deal with Fire Marque for its Indemnification Technology program which acts to recoup fire department costs from insurance companies at a commission rate of 30 per cent.

Council votes to revoke TAC site plan agreement

Posted April 25 - New Tecumseth councillors voted last night to revoke the Tottenham Airfield Corporation (TAC) phase two site plan agreement that went into effect May 1, 2016, citing breaches of its terms, most notably importing fill from a facility that accepts PCB contiminated soils.

Lease expires on Banting Homestead operations, Town, Foundation to meet

Posted April 24 - A lease and operations agreement for the Banting Homestead Heritage Park between the Town and the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) which officially expired as of yesterday and was to serve as a deadline to strike a new deal will be extended so the two side can meet to negotiate terms.

NVCA has its new CAO, name to to be released Friday

Posted April 24 - The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) has found its new CAO, but has not announced who it is.

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Hornets name Chapman new head coach, Molto new GM

Posted April 27 - The Alliston Hornets announced several off-ice appointments this afternoon, including a new general manager, assistant GM, and head coach.


Innisfil historian to join Museum's Wall of Honour

Posted April 26 - The Museum on the Boyne Advisory Committee has selected Donna Wice for her contribution to heritage in South Simcoe during this year's Wall of Honour ceremony on May 6.

Ms. Wice is a longtime and active member of the Innisfil Historical Society. She was the committee chair to produce four books on the history of Innisfil and is currently heading the committee for the "Innisfil Review 2020" book. She is working with the Innisfil Library to document historic pictures, documents and oral histories. She has created heritage programs for seniors and school children. For these and her numerous other accomplishments.

The ceremony will take place at the Museum on the Boyne on Sat., May 6 beginning at 1 pm. It is located at 250 Fletcher Crescent in Alliston


'We have several members who have gone rogue'

A reader writes: Posted April 25 - I am distressed by two members of this Council and the next election game playing that is quite evident.


TNT announces rep teams it'll ice

Posted April 25 - With the registration deadline tonight at midnight to take part in TNT Minor Hockey AA tryouts that get started tomorrow, the organization announced its roster of teams for next season. TNT will be icing AA and A teams in Minor Bantam, Bantam, Minor Midget and Midget. AA and AE in Novice, Minor Atom, Atom, Minor Peewee and Peewee.

IceCats cap season as tournament champs

Posted April 24 - The Clearview IceCats Bantam BB played in the Brampton "World's Largest Female Hockey Tournament" over the Easter weekend and finished off their incredible season as champions.

Tottenham water tower, 'sound' but restoration costs pegged over $500k
Posted April 21 - A structural assessment of the circa 103-year-old decommissioned water tower in south end Tottenham "is generally in sound condition," according to the RJ Burnside report included on Monday night's council meeting agenda.

Final OLG instalment of the year lifts Innisfil take to over $5 million
Posted April 21 - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued a fourth-quarter (January to March, 2017) payment of $898,195 to the Town of Innisfil for hosting OLG Slots at Georgian Downs.
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St. Thomas Aquinas students bussed in this morning were diverted to Tottenham Community Centre while OPP investigated a reported threat of violence that turned out to be directed to a same named school in Brampton.

St. Thomas Aquinas put on lock down as safety measure following general threat
Posted April 20 - St. Thomas Aquinas students and staff arrived to school this morning in Tottenham to a heavy police presence and immediately put on lock-down following a threat of violence issued over social media, though it did not specify the location.
New Tecumseth's upper tier tax hit climbs in 2017
Posted April 19 - New Tecumseth property taxes directed to Simcoe County, will climb by $1.3 million over last year for a total of $16,118,430, up from $14,813,070 in 2016, according to the County Rates and Tax Ratios for 2017.
County's legal department marks first year
Posted April 19 - Simcoe County's legal department celebrates its first anniversary this month by reporting savings of approximately $300,000 by handling files in-house.

Shannon won't return to coach Hornets
Posted April 21 - The Alliston Hornets lost their Schmalz Cup semi-final series to Port Hope last weekend, and will also lose their head coach Darrin Shannon, who told Free Press Online he will not be behind the bench next season.

"I'm definitely done coaching, and will not be part of the coaching staff next year," Shannon wrote via email. "Time for me to move on, and time for the team to have a different voice and person to push the team forward."

Shannon has served three different times dating back to the 2005-06 season as head coach. This third run started in 2015 season.

The veteran of 10 NHL seasons (a career cut short by injuries) Shannon's stints include successive league titles, and two Schmalz Cup titles.


'Maybe we will finally get some measure of transparency' A reader writes: Posted April 19 - Except for the fact that it is our tax dollars that are going to be spent, I would find it extremely amusing that Adjala Tosorontio Deputy Mayor Doug Little has called for the Integrity Commissioner to investigate ward councillors Bob Meadows and Floyd Pinto.
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