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Essa first to reject County's water overture

Posted March 24 - Essa councillors voted unanimously Wednesday night to keep their township out of any discussions related to water and wastewater services, with Simcoe County.

Alliston man charged in Cookstown hit and run

Posted March 24 - South Simcoe Police have charged an Alliston man for fleeing the scene of a two vehicle collision he was involved in yesterday afternoon.

Gravenhurst man arrested in nursing home thefts

Posted March 23 - Nottawasaga OPP executed a search warrant today at a residence in Gravenhurst and arrested a male wanted for thefts committed in Alliston and Orillia.

New Tecumseth should stay out of water, wastewater talks

Posted March 22 - Water water everywhere and Simcoe County wants it all. And where water goes, sewage will flow. So take that too.

Deadman Bridge rehab to close section of 10 SR through summer

Posted March 22 - GMP Contracting has been awarded a $771,969 contract to carry out the rehabilitation of Deadman Bridge on 10 Sideroad that will require its closure between the 10th and 11th Line, July 4 to September 30.

Beeton male charged break-in, mischief

Posted March 22 - Nottawasaga OPP were called to a reported break and enter in Alliston Saturday morning and located a male on the couch.

Council drops user fee surcharge for non-residents

Posted March 21 - New Tecumseth council voted 9-0 in committee last night (councillor Marc Biss was absent) to eliminate the 20 per cent surcharge that applied to all non-residents utilizing the Town's parks, recreation and culture facilities effective September 1, 2016.

Parkin appointed interim CAO, recruitment to take about six months

Posted March 21 - New Tecumseth councillors last night confirmed the appointment of Blaine Parkin as the Town's interim CAO effective April 3.

Toronto men charged in Angus thefts

Posted March 21 - At approximately 5:30 Saturday (March 18) afternoon, Nottawasaga OPP were called to Shopper's Drug Mart in Angus where two males "were observed shoplifting razor blades."

User groups not keen to collect out of town user fee

Posted March 20 - New Tecumseth's Parks, Recreation and Culture department is having a difficult time collecting a newly enforced non-resident surcharge because the organizations are balking at playing the role of collection agency.
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TNT Minor Midget AA win OMHA title
Game one was down in Burlington which saw TNT play a dominant style of hockey winning 6-0. Game two was a complete reversal. Burlington traveled to the NTRC and didn't want to go down by two games. They played us hard and gritty and came away with a 7-0 victory. Series tied at a game each. Game 3 turned out to be a balanced affair with a closer score, 5-3 for the Tornados. Game 4 was back at the NTRC. The local fan support was outstanding with many coming to watch the game. TNT scored the first goal 21 seconds after the opening face off. Turns out that's the only goal they would need. The Tornados came away with 5 to 0 win and took the series in 4 games.

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Time to eliminate two tier system

A reader writes: Posted March 22 - Regarding your editorial, you indicate: "... losing authority over those services leaves little left for a municipal council to do. Why have a planning department if the County controls the hard services?"

'After yet another debacle in Adjala Tosorontio'

A reader writes: Posted March 22 - The Ontario Municipal Act, Practices and Procedures, S,224, clearly states that the role of council is "to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality.

'Implications, far greater than this municipal council'

A reader writes: Posted March 21 - In reply to the March 17 story, 'Mayor, deputy mayor sound off on audit motions, Councillors Floyd Pinto, Ambrose Keenan and I have vigorously attempted to explain to Mayor Mary Small Brett, Deputy Mayor Doug Little and Councillors Dave Rose and Scott Anderson, a basic accounting practice required by the Canada Revenue Agency and our Employment Standards By-Law that are not being followed in our township.


Hornets draw first blood on Patriots

Posted March 22 - The first ever Schmalz Cup playoff meeting between Alliston and Mount Forest goes to the Hornets, who opened the quarterfinal round with a 4-2 win on home ice last night. Drake Board's pair of goals, and single markers by Devon Gillham and Stephan Nosad, who also notched two assists, led the way. Matt Nixon, who the Hornets signed just prior to the start of league playoffs, extended his playoff record to 10-1, including one shutout. Nixon, from Barrie, was playing Jr. A in Timmins, when an injury sidelined him, which has turned into Alliston's gain. Game 2 is Saturday in Mount Forest, 8:30 start. Game 3 is Sunday in Alliston, 6:30 puck drop.

Alliston, Mount Forest to tangle in first round

Posted March 20 - The quarterfinal round of the Schmalz Cup finals features the Battle of Highway 89 between the Alliston Hornets and the Mount Forest Patriots. Mount Forest is making its first trip to the provincial round in 21 seasons, thanks to a Gm 7 win over Walkerton to win the PJHL Pollock Division. The Hornets have home ice advantage should a Gm 7 be necessary. Game 1 is Wed., March 22, at the NTRC starting at 7:30 pm. It's the first time Alliston and Mount Forest will meet in a playoff game.

North Series:
Alliston vs Mount Forest

South Series
Grimsby vs *Ayr

East Series
Lakefield vs Port Hope

West Series
Essex vs Dorchester

*Defending champions

Mayor, deputy mayor sound off on audit motions
Posted March 17 - Adjala Tosorontio mayor Mary Small Brett told Free Press Online she is surprised to hear the same councillors who've been critical of the Township's procedural practices in the past are upset that she followed them in relation to their Notice of Motion to trigger a forensic audit.

Male suspect in Alliston and Orillia nursing home thefts

Same suspect wanted in Alliston, Orillia nursing home thefts
Posted March 17 - OPP in Orillia and Nottawasaga are seeking the same suspect following a reported theft at a nursing home in that city that took place last Sunday afternoon.
Councillors keep forensic audit motion alive
Posted March 16 - Adjala Tosorontio councillors voted 4-3 in favour of moving a motion triggering a forensic audit of the Township's books, to their next meeting in April, for ratification.

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Hornets sweep to Carruthers title
Posted March 15 - For the second game in a row, the Stayner Siskins couldn't hold a 2-0 lead, and last night it proved fatal as the Alliston Hornets needed just under nine minutes of overtime to dispatch the top seed Siskins 6-5, at the NTRC, in four straight to win their third straight league championship, and ninth in 10 years. Stephen Nosad, who scored the winner in overtime last night, was named the playoff MVP. The Hornets now move on to the provincial Schmalz Cup round, and will meet the winner between Mount Forest and Walkerton. Mount Forest holds a 3-2 lead and can win the Pollock Division title with a home win Friday night. Game 7, if necessary would be Saturday in Walkerton.
Milne, Smith vote to trigger facilitated talks with County, Essa, BWG opposed
Posted March 14 - Simcoe County council, in a recorded vote, approved this morning a motion to engage a provincial facilitator to begin negotiations with the 16 municipalities regarding a "future role" for the upper tier in water and wastewater operations - a municipal domain.

Suspect sought in reported break and enters at hospital, Good Samaritan
Posted March 13 - Nottawasaga OPP is investigating break-ins at Stevenson Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Alliston that reportedly took place on the same day last month.
County council to vote on mediation for 'future roles' in water, wastewater Posted March 13 - Simcoe County's mayors and deputy mayors, who sit as County council, will be asked tomorrow morning to set their towns on a course that opens the door to the upper tier's involvement in municipal water and wastewater operations.


At the end, 'we wouldn't change it for anything'
A reader writes: Posted March 14 - Last Saturday evening, my youngest son Mark played his final game in minor hockey, thus concluding 15 years of watching my kids play the sport.

Township should 'welcome a forensic audit to clear the air' A reader writes: Posted March 13 - I personally think it is well past time for a forensic audit of the books in Adjala Tosorontio.
Use driveway into former transfer station on the 7th Line A reader writes:Posted March 13 - I have lived for 25 years on Sideroad 10, on the north side of the Town of New Tecumseth-owned bush that has been a contentious issue for a few years.


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