Month: November 2017

Spirit Catcher Award recipients honoured

The Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Committee has selected Erica Curtis for the Order of the Spirit Catcher and Zachary Hofer for the Youth Spirit Catcher Award. The two recipients received the awards at a gala on Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Council recognized them at the Nov. 20 Council Meeting. Curtis has raised thousands of dollars for Parkinson’s research and Hofer has raised thousands and increased awareness of youth mental health issues. The Order of the Spirit Catcher was established in 2000. It is the highest honour bestowed by the City to a volunteer for outstanding service to our...

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Do diets work?

Enter the hair-raising, jaw-dropping world of nutrition. From an era of low fat, calorie counting and energy expenditure galore, to today’s trendsetters. Dare we assume that relying on mainstream tidbits of new nutrition information guide us in the right direction for the benefit of our health? It’s a loaded question. Let’s begin with what went wrong. It would be accurate to say that there was a general thought instilled amongst loyal North American folk that by eating low-fat (if not non-fat) would benefit areas like weight loss, blood sugar and heart health. Without accusation or generalization, it would be...

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Paramedic Services launch 2017 Toy Drive

County of Simcoe Paramedic Services celebrates the kick off the 15th annual Toy Drive on November 17. The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 18, 2017. During the last 14 years, the Toy Drive has collected 67,000 toys, 20,000 lbs of food, and approximately $126,000 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County. “We look forward to another successful Toy Drive as we make Christmas special for so many of the children and families...

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Wacky satire, witty humour and traditional fiddling at Mady Centre

Mark your calendar for some great shows this December taking place at the Mady Centre. Talk is Free Theatre presents Candide which runs until December 2. Candide takes the audience on a round-the-world romp of idealistic optimism as it clashes with a series of absurdly unfortunate events. Throughout the course of the story, however, this hopefulness is constantly called into question as Candide is exiled, forced into the Bulgarian army, caught up in the Spanish Inquisition, cheated out of a fabulous fortune, shipwrecked on a remote island, and generally torn apart from his love. Featuring a splendid score by the unparalleled Leonard...

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Collingwood woman raises money for My Friend’s House selling golf balls

By Perry Lefko Marylou Gollert has come to be known as the Golf Ball Lady in Collingwood. For the past seven years, the retired principal has been selling used golf balls that she repurposes to raise money for children’s needs at My Friend’s House, a non-profit agency offering support for abused women and children living in the Georgian Triangle of Ontario. Gollert has collected about $20,000 through her endeavor, which continues to grow yearly. In 2017, she collected $5,000, the most since she began doing this. Gollert, who worked as the Principal at Grenoble Public School in Brampton, originally...

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