Month: July 2017

First-time school bus riders learn some new rules

Little ones just starting school and students new to taking the bus this September don’t need to fret. The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) will ride you through it to help ensure things run smoothly. Their First Rider Program is kicking off next month to help first-time bus riders and their parents get used to their new mode of daily travel. John Barbato, CEO and GM of the SCSTC is working in partnership with school bus operators, to educate students and their families of the rules and responsibilities on and around the school bus. “The highlight of the program...

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Conservation authorities look ahead to brighter future

Resource conservation and management have become increasingly complex due to increases in Ontario’s population numbers and density. With increasing pressures of climate change on the environment, conservation authorities will have an increasingly important role to play. Recently proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act will strengthen the ability of the province, municipalities and others to continue to work with conservation authorities. For over 70 years, they have had a role in resource stewardship and protecting people, property, and communities from water-related natural hazards. Chris Hibberd, Watershed Management Director at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) govern the watershed in...

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Alliston Potato Festival turns 45 this year

The Annual Alliston Potato Festival will turn 45 this year since launching in 1972 and hold their event August 11 – 13. Still one of the most popular events in the area, the festival is essentially split between the fairgrounds and activities on Victoria Street. Eva Martin, Director of Entertainment on the fairground field, has seen a lot of changes and improvements in the past 20 years. The festival has evolved from the early days of trips to potato farms when everything happened on the main street. When it first started, the pancake breakfast and midway were located behind...

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Spend your Stay-cation at Summer Sundays

If you are enjoying a staycation this summer, the Simcoe County Museum encourages you to do so with them. Located just northeast of Barrie, the museum offers food-inspired activities every Sunday that explores our history. Themes in August include All About the Grains, HCEA Building Simcoe County, Butterfly Paradise and Jam Session. Meredith Patterson, an event programmer on Summer Sundays helped to plan and prepare the themed activities and crafts. “This year our theme is from the ground so all of our activities relate to the ground, what we can get from the ground, how we use the ground...

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Tottenham Artisan Market provides unique outing

The Tottenham Artisans Market is a venue where local farmers, artists and craftspersons make their products available in an open, fresh-air environment. With entertainment playing and vendors chatting with customers throughout the day, the Tottenham Artisans Market creates a friendly, social environment for you to spend your day in. Whether you’re buying fresh locally grown produce, grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying the craftsmanship of some of the artisans, or simply strolling through the market enjoying the day, the market has something to offer for everyone. The market strives to offer the best in local farm products and unique artisan wares....

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