|Swim for Hospice|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (328 reads)
Joy Jarvis is challenging residents to swim for Hopice on Sunday July 7th. Joy is a long distance swimmer, who will be taking to the Muskoka River from the town docks to swim out to Centreview Island in Lake Vernon and back to raise money for our local hospice.
Swim Challengers can join Joy at predetermined sites to complete the final 3km, 2km or 1km of swim, exiting at River Mill Park. Pledges made for the swimmers will go directly to the operation of Hospice Huntsville.
To find out more visit www.hospicehuntsville.com
|Top District Staffers Retire This Month|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (356 reads)
Two more District staffers are retiring. District Treasurer Stephen Cairns leaves at the end of the week, while CAO Jim Green will be leaving at the end of the month. The District has seen several top staffers retire this year.
|LHIN Hires New Chief Operating Officer|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (101 reads)
The North Simcoe-Muskoka LHIN has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer. CEO Jill Tettmann made the announcement yesterday. Neil Walker joins the local LHIN from Markham Stouffville as the Chief Operating officer of the local hospital.
The appointment is effective September 3rd.
|Town Celebrates National Aboriginal Day|
Monday, June 17, 2013 (468 reads)
The Town of Huntsville will be marking National Aboriginal Day this Thursday with a celebration at River Mill Park. The celebration will include cultural teachings and the Wasusksing First Nation Little Spirit Singers.
Teri Souter, manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage said “Huntsville has hosted traditional teachings to celebrate National Aboriginal Day for the last decade. We have been the grateful recipient of teachings from citizens of Wasauksing First Nation, Chippewas of Rama, Wahta Mohawks, Moon River Métis and many others. We have learned so much from the peaceful and respectful sharing of Muskoka’s first people.
The event is free of charge and starts a noon on Thursday at River Mill Park.
|5 Days Left to Comment on HBR's FM Licence Appliciation|
Monday, June 17, 2013 (1291 reads)
There’s only 5 days left to participate in HBR’s Licence application by making a comment about our licence application on the CRTC Website or by writing a letter to the commission on MuskokaOnline.com.
The CRTC allows 30days for the general public to make comments on our application to become a Community Radio Station on the FM dial.
To make a comment visit our website at www.muskokaonline.com
The CRTC has scheduled a hearing for July 22nd.
|HBR Presents Tina Turley's Hoot Saturday for Table Food Bank|
Friday, June 14, 2013 (553 reads)
Tomorrow Tina Turley and a host of performers will present the 7th Annual Family Traditions Hoot at the Stisted Fairgrounds. The one day event will be featuring live music from no less than 11 bands. The event is a fundraiser for the Table Food Bank. Admission is free with a donation to the food bank.
|Dorset Celebrates SS Bigwin's Return|
Friday, June 14, 2013 (132 reads)
The SS Bigwin will be plying the waters of Lake of Bays this weekend and Dorset will be celebrating its return to the waters with a community BBQ. The Bigwin, came to Dorset in 2002 for restoration, and over the course of several years and tremendous amounts of money, she set sail in 2010.
Cruises on the on this historic ship will take place at 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm tomorrow at the Dorset Docks.
|Take Pride Huntsville|
Thursday, June 13, 2013 (4480 reads)
Huntsville will be hosting its very first Pride Picnic this Sunday at River Mill Park. The event runs from 11am – 3pm and will feature a free BBQ and entertainment including local musicians and story tellers Gerry Lantaigne, The Fern Glen Fiddleheads, James Jones & Kip Daynard, Linda Mclean, Lynn Torree, Sean Cotton & Big Sweet Lou.
Kim Scott, an organizer with the event says that the event will be family friendly and that in attendance can help paint a Pride mural.
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|Town Finds Tennant For Empty Train Station|
Thursday, June 13, 2013 (4878 reads)
The Town has found a tenant for the Huntsville Train Station waiting room. The space has been empty since the Northlander train service was cancelled by the Provincial Government. The lease agreement will allow for the space returning to its original use as a waiting room if train service is restored by offering a short term lease to the tenants.
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|Firefighters Put Band on the Run Over the Top|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (1123 reads)
Over $9,000 was raised over the weekend for Hospice Huntsville by organizers of the Band on the Run. The event brought runners from all over Ontario to town to participate in a Half Marathon that featured a variety of local talent performing along the way.
Huntsville Firefighters got in on the act, running with equipment on and raising a significant amount of the total money raised.
The event was capped off with a concert that featured The Sheepdogs and The Sadies along with Laganza and J’aime Payne.
|Tri Muskoka Looking for Volunteers|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (351 reads)
Tri Muskoka is looking for volunteers for the Sprint Triathlon & 5150 race which takes place at the Canada Summit Centre on the weekend of June 22-23rd.
Organizers are looking for volunteers who can help with positions that include medical, lifeguard, registration, water stations, finish line, swim boat support and swim entry and exit.
Tri Muskoka’s event will be bringing races from all over the province and the world and is one of the biggest events that Huntsville will host this year.
To find out more or volunteer, visit their website @www.trimuskoka.com/volunteers
|Fairvern Building Campaign Kicks Off With Paddle for Fairvern Event|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (963 reads)
Fairvern Nursing Home is kicking off its much needed campaign to raise the funds necessary to rebuild its facility to better serve communities in Muskoka, Almaguin and East Parry Sound with an event called Paddle for Fairvern.
Rob Laver, chair of the Paddle for Fairvern organizing committee says that they are quite excited to be hosting the event and hopes the community is going to be out in droves.
The charity fundraising event challenges participants to pick up their paddles to kayak or canoe from Lake Vernon to Peninsula Lake, passing through the Town of Huntsville and the site of Fairvern Nursing Home in support of the new building fund.
The event takes place on Saturday August 10th.
For more information visit www.fairvernnursinghome.ca
|Clock Tower Supports Deteriorating|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (852 reads)
The clock tower at Town Hall is in need of some TLC, and town staff will be asked to undertake an RFP to make repairs to the structure. The historic Clock Tower was renovated in 2005 at the time when the Theatre was added to Town Hall.
In subsequent years since this renovation inspection of the tower has determined the deterioration of the floor joist holding up the clock. These joists have been supported by temporary floor jacks for some time.
However, the floor jacks were never meant to be a permanent solution to the deterioration and recent inspections require work to be done to rectify this situation with a permanent solution.
|Emergency Plans Need to be Updated: Hernen|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (190 reads)
Fire Chief Steve Hernen will be briefing the Public Infrastructure committee at its regular meeting today about the Big East Flood. Hernen is expected to tell town officials that during the emergency it became apparent that the town’s emergency plan would need to be updated.
Hernen will outline a number of changes required in the event that a flood of the same scope were to occur again.
|75 Tons of Debris Removed from Fairy Lake|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (9619 reads)
Over 75 tons of debris was removed from Fairy Lake on the weekend, making the waters safer for boat users. 4 bins of wood debris, found floating in the lake, had been retrieved after the flood by conscientious property owners and then brought to the collection site on Saturday. The clean up was initiated by the Fairy Lake Association and their members.
|10,000 Without Power|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (539 reads)
Over 10,000 people are without power this morning in the Muskoka Lakes this morning. The outage spans from just north of Gravenhurst to sequin east of Hwy 400 to the Three Mile Lake Area.
Service is to be restored later this morning.
|RBC Raises Rates|
Monday, June 10, 2013 (1905 reads)
The Royal bank of Canada, the country’s largest mortgage leader is raising its rates and analyst predict other banks will follow suit leaving the threat of a mortgage war.
Mortgage rates became a major source of contention when some lenders ratcheted their rates to all-time lows and received a scolding from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who has been trying to cool off the housing market.
|Borbely Sentenced to Life|
Monday, June 10, 2013 (944 reads)
Samatha Collins may now rest in peace. On Friday Justice Bruce Glass sentenced Ian Charles Borbely to life in prison with no chance for parole for 17 years in the grisly murder of Collins.
Samatha Collins, formerly from Toronto, moved to Bracebridge to live with Borbely and their child. The relationship soured and the two were embroiled in a nasty custody battle. Collins’ remains were found in four plastic buckets three years after her murder in 2007.
|Successful 2nd Annual Huntsville Half: Band On The Run|
Monday, June 10, 2013 (480 reads)
They came. They ran. By the hundreds, from the young to the not so young, Huntsville’s 2nd annual Huntsville half: Band on the Run race was a terrific success. The Race last Saturday had participants from all over Ontario and beyond competing in five categories with the newly added kids Ikm. Highlights included moms and dads racing with their kids, retired couples competing side by each, and The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department rank and file in full fire-fighting gear, some running with full oxygen tanks across their shoulders, and sponsor Algonquin Outfitters carrying a canoe the entire race.
The celebration was accompanied by many local musicians performing along the race route including Christine Heron’s opening set at 7AM, with more from J’aime Payne opening for Laganza, The Sadies and headliner The Sheepdogs.
|Local Citizens Recognized at Awards Ceremony|
Friday, June 07, 2013 (1227 reads)
On Friday June 7, , the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Central Region Awards Ceremony will take place at the Barrie Golf and Country Club. The ceremony, which is scheduled to run until approximately 3:00PM and recognize police and citizen acts of bravery, lifesaving, and community service, exemplary performance of duty, investigations, selfless actions and assistance to the OPP.
The following are a list of local members that will be recognized for their selfless acts in our community are:
Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving
Ms. Barbara Baker & St. John Award
Ms. Ginger Wiken
Firefighter Bob Finney Commissioner's Letter & SJA
Firefighter Dan Flynn
Firefighter Adrienne Flynn
Firefighter Ken Robertson
|Parry Sound - Muskoka M.P. Tony Clement Votes Against Vet's Admendment|
Friday, June 07, 2013 (3375 reads)
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement joined fellow Conservatives in voting down amendments to the Veterans burial fund. “This is not a partisan issue. It is something all members, regardless of party affiliation, should have been able to support.”
If passed, veterans applying for assistance would have faced a 66% rejection rate. The bill was defeated 151 to 125.
|Martin Short's Commemorative Coin Celebrates Muskoka|
Friday, June 07, 2013 (580 reads)
Martin Short has honoured Muskoka with a $3 silver
collectors coin designed by Tony Bianco for The Royal Canadian Mint.
The Martin Short Presents Canada Coin features Short’s
summer home on Lake Rousseau and can be acquired from The Mint directly on line
at Mint.ca for $49.95 and after June 11 from your local Canada Post location.
|Staff Cuts Coming to Townhall?|
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 (2668 reads)
Mayor Claude Doughty is concerned that the town’s staffing costs continue to grow. Doughty told council that in 2010, staffing costs grew 6% over 2009, while in 2012 the increase was 19% over 2010.
Doughty says the increased costs are for fewer staff, and the town must concentrate on getting back to core businesses, by freeing up salary dollars for public works, which is without a director due to budget constraints.
The town elected to remove $45,000 during budget deliberations in April and not hire a replace head for Public works.
At Monday’s council meeting, councilors voted to fill the vacant position using un- budgeted income from Lakeland power.
Before council went into closed session, Doughty expressed his concerns that the town wasn’t frugal enough, and they had to make some hard decisions.
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|Roads in Worst Condition Ever|
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 (2479 reads)
“Roads are the worse we have ever seen them” was repeated through council chambers on Monday as councilors expressed their concern on the deterioration of the town’s road infrastructure. Both Councilors Tim Withey and Det Schumacher said that they are receiving calls on a regular basis from residents about the quality of the roads.
Schumacher is concerned that the town spends too much money on consultants, yet can’t afford to hire a director of public works that overseas the town’s infrastructure including roads. Schumacher explained to council that staff is left to organize and prioritize jobs without adequate supervision and administrative help.
Councilor Karin Terziano, asked council if anyone would apply for the position in public works, given the town’s track record, with directors only lasting a year. The town has gone through 4 directors of public works in recent years. “We better make sure that doesn’t happen again” Terziano told council.
|Budget Cuts Target Seniors: Miller|
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 (1342 reads)
On Monday during the ongoing debates on the 2013 Provincial Budget, Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka took the opportunity to voice local concerns about the proposed changes by the government to the current funding and delivery of physiotherapy across the province.
“I have met with local physiotherapists, and share in their concerns, particularly the lack of consultation that took place before the decision was made by the current government to plan for this budget cut.” stated Miller.
In the 2013 Budget, the Ministry of Health has planned to spend $44 million less on providing physiotherapy. This amounts to a 22 percent cut from the $200 million that was provided for physio last year.
Miller said that “When speaking with physiotherapists, service providers in long-term care homes and those working in the retirement community, all have raised concerns about how their patients will be affected by these proposed changes to physiotherapy”.
Miller asked that the government delay implementation of the proposed changes until adequate consultation has taken place to ensure that physiotherapy service continues to be available to those who need it most.
|Council Agrees to Hire New Director of Public Infrastructure|
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 (20572 reads)
The Town of Huntsville will be hiring a new director of Public Infrastructure – move that comes weeks after removing $45,000 from the budget to come in with a 7% budget increase.
The change was announced last night at a special council meeting where council discussed their strategic direction for the balance of this council term.
Councilor Det Schumacher pitched the case that the empty position leaves too big a void for town staffers to fill. Det was looking for someone who could see the “big picture”.
Mayor Doughty told council that the town had just received $62,000 in unbudgeted income as a dividend from Lakeland Power earnings. The town owns a portion of Lakeland.
Council debated the idea of spending the money, but quickly authorized staff to prepare an advertisement for the position.
|Chamber of Commerce Warn Georgian Bay Not to Cancel Medical Marijuana Deal|
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 (513 reads)
The South East Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce is throwing its hat into the ring in the Medical Marijuana debate in Georgian Bay Township.
In a press release, the chamber explained the need for medical marijuana, but also the financial impact if Georgian Bay Council were to change its mind on working with Mettrum, the company interested in locating in the village of MacTier.
The proposal saw an underused arena being used to host the firm that would create 35 jobs in the first year and up to 300 jobs by 2024.
Georgian Bay Twp had entered into a letter of intent, but some councillors are having second thoughts. The Chamber warns that if the twp changes its mind, Mettrum will walk away from the area.
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|5150 Triathlon Returns This Month|
Monday, June 03, 2013 (476 reads)
The World’s Largest Triathlon Series is once again returning to Huntsville, Ontario on June 22nd and 23rd. The Subaru Triathlon Series fourth event of the 2013 season will have over 1000 athletes participating at the Canada Summit Centre. Rich Trenholm says the Subaru 5150 Muskoka Triathlon is one of Ontario’s premier events due to the venue, surrounding area, amazing volunteers and support from the community.
Athletes form across Ontario will be racing in the four events hosted on the weekend. This year’s event has gone back to the two day format. The first events will be held on the Saturday afternoon at 4pm.
The Subaru 5150 Muskoka triathlon has numerous qualifying spots for athletes to earn for the 2013 IRONMAN Canada, 2013 HYVEE Championships and the 2014 World Championships in Edmonton.
Trenholm says that Muskoka’s the 5150 is a great tune up for the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka which is held in September.
|Council to Discuss Priorities For Next 2 Years Tonight|
Monday, June 03, 2013 (499 reads)
Council will be continuing a discussion they started at the last council meeting tonight at a special council meeting scheduled for 7pm in council chambers.
The discussion is centred around a laundry list of priorities that council envisioned at the beginning of the term. Tonight’s exercise is to decide what priorities council wishes to make for the last 2 years of their mandate.
|6,000 Without Power|
Saturday, June 01, 2013 (16972 reads)
Yesterdays storm has resulted in over 6,000 people without power this morning. The outages are scattered throughout the region with Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes areas hit the hardest. Crews are on scene, but don't expect to restore power until late tonight to affected areas.
|BIA Organization Wraps Up Meeting at Deerhurst|
Friday, May 31, 2013 (537 reads)
The inaugural meeting of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association will be wrapping up today. The organization has been meeting at Deerhurst Resorts. The Organization representitives, 17 in all, are meeting to discuss policy, share ideas and network.
The group took a tour of Huntsville last night.
|RCMP Musical Ride Saturday|
Friday, May 31, 2013 (461 reads)
The RCMP Musical Ride will be coming to the Burks Falls Fairgrounds tomorrow. The iconic ride is performed by a troop of 32 riders and their horses who undergo months of rigorous training.
The day starts off with a parade at 11.30am with lot of attractions and events prior to the Musical Ride which starts at 4pm.
|Library Continues to Attract New Members|
Friday, May 31, 2013 (226 reads)
Councilor Karin Terziano reported to council that the Library continues to be an important service provided in the town and their membership continues to grow, last year by over a thousand for a total of 10,400 people that use their services.
Terziano said that more people borrow books from the library than buy books.