Simcoe County Paramedics will be at events and locations across the County this weekend collecting toys and donations for the annual Paramedic Services Toy Drive.
Since the start of the 2013 Toy Drive, Paramedics have collected more than 2,988 new, unwrapped toys, 755 pounds of food and $855 in monetary/gift card donations for local children and families in need this holiday season.
Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following events and locations this weekend:
Dec. 6 Christmas, Past & Present (Simcoe County Museum) 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Dec. 7 Christmas, Past & Present (Simcoe County Museum) 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Dec. 7 Alliston Walmart 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Dec. 7 Stayner Santa Claus Parade 10:30AM
Dec. 7 Tottenham Santa Claus Parade 3:00 PM
Dec. 7 Creemore Santa Claus Parade 1:30PM
Dec. 7 Craighurst Foodland 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 7 Wasaga Beach Walmart 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Dec. 7 Orillia Walmart 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Dec.7 Barrie Bayfield St. Walmart 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 7 Barrie Bryne Dr. Walmart 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 7 Barrie Toys R Us 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 7 Coldwater Foodland 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Dec. 7 Coldwater Santa Claus Parade 5:30PM
Dec. 8 Barrie Bayfield St. Walmart 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 8 Barrie Bryne Dr. Walmart 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 8 Barrie Toys R Us 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Dec. 8 Anten Mills Santa Claus Parade 1:00PM
Visit http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ps/events/toydrive/index.htm for more information on upcoming events and drop box locations.
Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only food items and new, unwrapped toys).
|About Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka|
Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka is one of two Gilda’s Clubs operating in Canada, and is part of an international network of 56 affiliates. The Mission of Gilda’s Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The innovative program offered is an essential complement to medical care, consisting of support and networking groups, educational workshops, lectures and social activities FREE of charge to men, women, teens and children – along with their family and friends – whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Gilda’s Club does not receive government funding. Donations from individuals and businesses in Simcoe Muskoka keep our signature red door open.
Jack & Carey enjoyed a 4Cats Art Studio experience in Barrie on Friday (Nov. 15/13)
Christine and Nicole have the new and fun art studio that is great for individuals and unbelievable for birthday parties and even adult outings for team building, a hoot for bachelorette parties or anything different when you are looking for something special for any group.
(Nicole & Christine)
Visit 4cats.com/barrie for all the details.
The full details can be found at 4cats.
We received a good news story from Bob Wright this morning and we want to send out a big thank you to the residents of Bass Lake Woodlands, Warminster, Bass Line and the Marchmount area who helped to make the good news story possible. It surrounds the success of the food drive this past Saturday which was a huge success in support of the Salvation Army.
Bob said; “Thank you so very much for all of your help with this fall’s food drive. I estimate that with your help we collected at least one & a half times as much food for the Salvation Army this time, as we did last fall. (By the way they filled 2 trucks last year)
It is incredible how giving and willing to help others, the folks in our collection area are. It is awesome to see God’s hand at work in our community. Again I thank you for all that you folks do in & for our community. We’re already looking forward to our spring food drive.
Men of Marchmont Baptist Church
I love pretty much everything about Christmas, but what I love most is the family traditions that are carried on from generation to generation.
As a kid, Christmas Eve was the most special time of all. We always spent it at home. Sometimes we would have family and friends over, but even when it was just the four of us, we all got dressed up, my mom put out a spread of goodies, and we’d listen to Christmas records. My dad would monitor the radio for the Reindeer reports and we’d head off to bed when Santa got close. I rarely slept a wink.
When we got a bit older, we would watch a classic Christmas movie before bed. My favourite was – and still is – the original “A Christmas Carol”, in black and white, starring Alistair Sim.
By the time we got up the next morning – the magic of Christmas was gone, replaced by the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong I love presents, visiting family, and turkey – but the real magic was in the preparation.
As a mom, I wanted to establish similar traditions – and I hope my children are willing and able to pass some of them down to their kids.
For the past few years, I have had a snowflake themed tree – silver, white and blue. But this year I am bringing back a tradition that made my “Little Darlings” groan every year. But even though they tried to get out of it year after year, a little bird has told me that they actually miss it – and want me to revive it!
This year, my tree will be gold, cream and cranberry. Which means an afternoon of egg nog, Christmas music and stringing cranberries and popcorn for a garland.
Billy’s in Edmonton, so he’s safe – but fair warning Cayla and Bethany. We’ll see you on December 1st. I’ll supply everything, you just bring your festive spirit!
I love Christmas, and I’m not going to apologize for it!
Driving in winter weather causes me so much stress, that I have to have something positive to hang my hat on and at this time of the year it is the holiday season.
As soon as the boat is put away, I start working on Christmas – that means shopping, packing my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, planning parties and working on special craft gifts for my family. This year, I am also planning my tree as I am switching from a snowflake theme to something new and will have to be creative to do it without spending too much.
So with all this going on, I happened to mention on air today that my heart was gladdened by the sight of a big, beautiful fully lit Christmas tree at the front of the Martyr’s Shrine on my way to work this morning.
I even played a bit of the Jingle Dogs, because it makes me happy (and, perhaps more importantly, annoys Jack).
I know that some people don’t appreciate this. I have been taken to task before, but the one complaint that really gets under my skin is from people who say I shouldn’t put up decorations before Remembrance Day.
Who made up that rule?
Enjoyment of one does not mean a lack of respect for the other. I am proud to say that I wear red every Friday as a show of support for our troops and their families; I support the Royal Canadian Legion through their annual poppy sale; and I will be in the crowd at the Penetanguishene Cenotaph for ceremonies once again this November 11th.
My understanding is that the sacrifices made by our veterans, the same sacrifices that are still being made by our soldiers and peacekeepers today, is to ensure all Canadian citizens have the freedoms we hold dear – including the freedom to celebrate Christmas where and when we choose.
So, Lest We Forget – Merry Christmas!
The news is ticking me off this morning.
First off – Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin.
As a fellow member of the media – I am ashamed to call these people former colleagues.
Both, but especially the uber Tory Duffy, made their bread and butter by exposing government scandal and the rampant misuse of taxpayers money. Since being appointed to the senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, their bread and butter has come at our expense, and apparently they are screwing us over by submitting claims for the peanut butter and jam as well.
I applaud the senate for taking action to suspend them both as well as Patrick Brazeau (also a Harper patronage appointee), without pay. I’d make the suspensions permanent, but two years is a good start.
Secondly – what do you think about the impending Hydro One Rate Hikes?
Our hydro bills are about to go up 3 per cent in a couple of weeks, which works out to an extra $4 on our monthly bills. But the customers who will be hit hardest will be those who take advantage of cheaper hydro on off peak hours. Off peak rates are jumping 7.5 per cent.
I don’t know about you, but after the Smart Meter was installed at my house, I re-arranged my life to accommodate off-peak hours; doing things like laundry and running the dishwasher overnight, holding off on the vacuuming until the weekend, and even making the rest of the house shower or bathe at certain times, and not at others.
I thought the goal of the time of use billing was to encourage people to use less power at peak times. Could I be wrong? Because it really feels like they are penalizing us instead by hiking the off peak rates to the tune of more than double the rate hike for peak times.
Does anyone else think we are being screwed without being kissed?
Thanks for letting me vent. I will now step down off the soap box and focus on enjoying the weekend. Happy Friday all!
If you were asked to give your most important Law of Life, what would you say. Area
students are being asked to think about that as the Kiwanis Club of Orillia presents once
again the Law’s of Life Essay Contest to Orillia high school students.
There is no right or wrong answer. The goal of the contest is straightforward. Students are
asked to identify a personal “Law of Life”—an idea, principle or value that guides them in their
life. Then reflect and write in a short essay why they believe the Law of Life is important.
The contest is divided into two divisions. The Junior division includes students in
grades 9 and 10 and the Senior Division, students grades 11 and 12. The winners in
each division will receive $400, while the second and third prizes will be $200 and $100
respectively. In addition, four runner up prizes of $25 will be awarded in each division.
Students are urged to take advantage of TWO submission dates: December 15, 2013
for first semester submissions, and April 15, 2014 for second semester submissions.
Contest winners will be announced in May, 2014.
Upon completion of the judging process, an awards ceremony will be hosted by the
Orillia Kiwanis Club to celebrate the winners and their essays. The essays will be
published in a booklet for distribution throughout the area.
More details are available at Orillia’s high schools, Orillia Library or visit www.kiwanisorillia.ca.
Photo (LtoR): Joanne Watson, Laws of Life committee chair and Sheri
Nicholls, teacher at Twin Lakes Secondary School
The American Music Association has announced the nominations for the upcoming AMA Awards – The awards show will air on ABC on November 24.
There are a couple of country acts up for some big mainstream awards including:
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
It simply cannot be okay that a Peel police officer tasered an 80 year old woman.
And yet the SIU says there will be no charges laid against the officer in question.
The elderly woman – who suffers from dementia – was found wandering a Mississauga street in the middle of the night clutching a large knife. When she didn’t drop the knife when the officer ordered her, she was tasered, fell to the ground and broke her hip.
Granted, I wasn’t in this police officer’s shoes, but I can’t imagine any good reason, ever, for a cop to taser a sick and confused 80-year-old woman.
Even the SIU noted there was another obvious option available – which was to simply wait; to monitor the woman and try to convince her to disarm herself.
In my mind this officer showed a complete lack of patience, compassion and, quite frankly, common sense – three things that all good cops have.
And if they aren’t good – they shouldn’t be cops.