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Art in the Park

A wide array of creativity was on display Saturday afternoon in Alexandra Park as the annual Art In The Park sale took place.

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16 mostly preventable deaths

ORILLIA – From vehicle occupants and motorcyclists, to boaters and swimmers, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) worked around the clock over the Civic Day Long Weekend investigating numerous tragic deaths that occurred during a wide range of transportation and recreation activities on roads and waterways. By midnight on Monday, 3 August, a total of nine people

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Surplus temporarily parked

NORTH MIDDLESEX - Council has decided where to tuck away the remaining ‘stash of cash’ left over from municipal operations during 2014.

As reported previously, $220,000 of the now audited year-end surplus of $1,855,369.01 was designated as revenue for 2015 to help offset a significant drop in provincial funding and to limit the residential tax rate increase

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‘Volume water discounts are

uncommon’: Treasurer

NORTH MIDDLESEX - Council apparently would be breaking new ground if members decide tonight (12 August) to provide a discounted water rate for livestock producers and other heavy consumers.

Price breaks are a rare commodity, according to a survey conducted by Acting Treasurer Deb Jonah. Six neighbouring municipalities in which there are ‘large’ agricultural properties responded that they have no discounted rates for farms.

“Strathroy-Caradoc does offer a discounted rate for large users, primarily industrial and the hospital, but none are agricultural,” Jonah reported. She did not identify the five other respondents.

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Memorial quilt will join trail

During a celebration of his life, members of Jerry Thompson’s family unveiled this barn quilt illustrating and commemorating his contributions to the auto racing achievements of the Earl Ross team and Jerry’s mentoring and sponsoring of his two nephews. Barn quilt committee chairperson Gary Walker acknowledged Jerry’s mother Helen for suggesting the quilt concept and explained for more than 400 celebrants that, within the checkered flag border, at top left is a monkey wrench surrounding Jerry’s car #72;

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Planning discussed

LUCAN BIDDULPH - At a previous council meeting they discussed the Avery/Lucan Estates and received an update from Planner Marc Bancroft.

In the summary there were details on the car wash issue which has been an ongoing discussion amongst council. As many know, one way to enter those new subdivisions is the same way you would enter the car wash, which can pose a safety issue, as well as possibly take away from the car wash’s business.

It was noted that staff have met with Avery to discuss this issue and move the requirements of the entrance and exits for the car wash ahead to reach the targets. Mr. Avery said that he needed more time to determine the viability of his car wash due to construction of a new one on Main Street.

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Housekeeping stuff

LUCAN BIDDULPH - Last week at Council’s regular scheduled meeting there was lots to discuss including a visit from the OPP.

That visit stems from a babysitter on Main Street letting council members know that she was concerned how fast some driver were speeding down main street. The day care owner was specifically concerned during crossing guard time. Council wanted to express their concerns on the issue.

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Holy Trinity Anglican: A ‘growing’ concern in Lucan

LUCAN - After just over a year at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Reverend Matt Martin talks about his ministry at here in Lucan and area.

At a time when many church congregations are in decline, Holy Trinity is growing.

Rev. Matt believes that there are many people out there who are looking for something. They feel that something is missing in their lives, but they just can’t define it or put a finger on just what it is that is missing. They are wanting something, or they are hurting. That missing factor is spiritual health and that’s where Rev. Matt sees Holy Trinity serving a need in the community.

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A soccer future on offer

Middlesex United U9 Boys Cameron Kilmer, Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi, EMSA President John Dutot, Vancouver FC Director of Player Development Dan Lenarduzzi and Middlesex United U10 girls player Callie Kilmer. The local soccer organization - geared to competitive soccer player development - has inked a deal to be part of a player development programme that will lead to full-time benefits for gifted local soccer players.

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Robin Fennell’s solar plan

Robin Fennell of Roes Stair Co., a Mt. Brydges manufacturing company, has been trying to get solar panels on the company’s roof for a while now - Discussions began nearly five year’s back.

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Economic Development going through changes in Middlesex

MIDDLESEX - “Middlesex is going through a metamorphosis in terms of economic development in the region,” stated Cara Finn, Director of Economic Development for Middlesex County. Cara Finn is the incoming Director of Economic Development, and is no stranger to the county.

Coming from the position of General Manager of the Business Help Centre just outside Poplar Hill, Finn took on the position at the county in late spring.

For the first time, Middlesex has a full time Economic Development Director in order to rebrand and aim their focus on different endeavours involving economic development in Middlesex.

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Ilderton Fair Ambassador Annie Krueger will represent

Ilderton at the CNE Ambassador of the Fairs Competition

ILDERTON/BALLYMOTE - It’s that time of year again approaching; the Ilderton Fair on 2-4 October. Before every fair, however, an ambassador is selected in a interview style competition to represent the Ilderton Agricultural Society, both at the fair and around the province.

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Art In The Park needs better location, add-ons

Tina Hois from Melbourne was one of the artisans on hand at Art In The Park along with her crew of daughterly helpers. Tina’s work includes original pieces of jewellery, offering something different to shoppers.

STRATHROY - Take a midsummer’s day, a leafy space, and a collection of people with creativity and what have you got?

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New rooftop solar installation keeping up with changing times

STRATHROY-CARADOC - While the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc has so far not been approached for a wind turbine farm, there are plenty of solar panel installations blooming on rooftops and in farm fields.

A recent blanket resolution of support provided by council at their 13 July 2015 meeting is another step closer to the realization of three or four year idea to install solar panels on the Roes Stair manufacturing facility in Mount Brydges.

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Glendon Drive can look forward to some makeovers

KOMOKA/KILWORTH - Don’t get a makeover unless you research it first! Middlesex Centre and Middlesex County are collaborating on the beginning steps of a possible makeover to the Glendon Drive streetscape. However, research through a consultant is a must before the municipality begins to dig at one of the biggest infrastructure projects that Middlesex Centre will take on.

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Four businesses OK’d for 2015 community grants

ILDERTON - The Ilderton Community Improvement Committee has met again, and came back with a report of the successful grant applicants, along with pondering ideas on how to make the programme better.

To begin, this year’s round of applications were very limited; only five businesses applied with four being successful.

Sharing Organic Co-Op is receiving $10,000 for 2 projects (stucco and new windows), the King Edward pub is receiving $4,212.08 (paint and windows) and Active Chiropractic is receiving $2,462.27 (awnings and signage).

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Sod-turning

(L-R): Delaware Lion Eric Cornelius, Middlesex Centre Mayor Al Edmondson, Director of Community Services Scott Mairs, Operations Manager (South) Matt Brown and Delaware Lion Mike Rombouts (and special friend Buster) are pleased to announce the start of construction on the long-anticipated Delaware Skate Park.

Police Files

Break & enter to apartment

LUCAN – On 5 August 2015, the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a break, enter, and theft, in the 100 block of Water Street.

Between 10am and 2:30pm on 5 August 2015, culprit(s) trespassed onto the property. Once on the property, they accessed the interior of an apartment, and stole a television.

Man charged with arson

KOMOKA – The Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Middlesex Centre Fire Services were called to an Oxbow Drive address for a reported structure fire on 29 July 2015, at approximately 3:45pm.

The structure was a residence at a rural property, in the 10000 block of Oxbow Drive.

The fire was brought under control by the Middlesex Centre Fire Services. There were no injuries, and the cost of damage to the structure has yet to be determined. Members of the Middlesex County OPP Crime Unit, with assistance from the OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS), and the Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM), commenced an investigation into the cause of the fire, which was deemed suspicious.

As a result of the investigation, 22-year-old Justin WAUGH, from Middlesex Centre, was arrested, and has been charged with arson – damage to property, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was held in custody, and subsequently released. He is scheduled to appear in a London court to answer to the charge on 13 August 2015.

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Lieury ball tradition continues

The Lieury Jets had a wonderful season this year, finishing up with a year-end tournament in Mitchell this past weekend. The boys played their hearts out, winning 1 game and losing 2. Great job, boys...next stop, Toronto Blue Jays.

SARI Therapeutic Riding is busy with summer campers

Campers during the Camp SARI Summer Camp are all smiles while taking riding lessons, learning about the horse.

ARVA - The wonderful staff, volunteers and participants at SARI Therapeutic Riding don’t take breaks in the summer!

For nine weeks, SARI runs a summer day camp, with each camp being a span of a week, along with a “Little Britches” camp for 4-8 year olds who want to know the basics of taking care of a horse!

The Banner caught up with staff and volunteers at SARI to see what has happening!

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Rare Willys-Knight debuts

Brenda and Bob Morrisey of Mt.Carmel area enjoyed many admiring accolades for their immaculately restored 1928 Willys-Knight Model 70A four-door sedan which made its first public appearance at Corbett Fun Day’s 30th annual vehicle show. Bob told The Banner that he found and purchased the rare treasure in “all original” but deteriorated condition at Owen Sound 20 years ago and has had it restored within the past two years. One major adaptation is a 350 cubic inch peppier, ‘thirstier’ power plant replacing the Knight six cylinder in-line engine which Morrisey still has in storage. Willys-Knight was produced between 1914 and 1933 by the Willys-Overland Company of Toledo, Ohio. The Willys name lived on for its version of the legendary Jeep.

Corbett’s music, fun and food

Ray Hewitt, at left, Mark Wolfe and Doug Stinchcombe performed as The Persuaders, headline band at the 30th annual Corbett Fun Day. They were joined on the community centre stage Saturday, 8 August for some tunes by Gary and Karen Boyle. The vehicle show attracted 64 registrants. Patrons dined on 158 steak and 64 chicken dinners and lucky draw winners included Randy Kirch, Elmira ($1,000), Maggie Nirta, Parkhill ($250), Marion Larmer, Parkhill ($100) and Anne Russell, Grand Bend ($50). Co-organizer Anne Wiersma told The Banner the auction of 60 items donated by area businesses and organizations raised $2,104 and she estimated Fun Day’s overall proceeds at $6,000 to be contributed to maintaining Corbett Community Centre. It opened in 1902 as Corbett school and was purchased by a community group in 1959 after opening of McGillivray Central School.