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BWG receives court costs

  • CA BWGPL PH26538

Municipality :
Community : Bradford West Gwillimbury
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Concession :
Description : The Drainage Referee dismissed an appeal by the Town of New Tecumseth, East Gwillimbury, King Township, Caledon, and Newmarket, opposing a 1-time levy against upland properties that drain into the Holland Marsh. The levy was sought to help pay for improvements to the Holland Marsh Drainage Scheme, proposed by the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. The multi-million dollar proposal calls for the relocation of the canals, for both flood control and life safety reasons. As a result of the Referee's decision, Bradford West Gwillimbury is entitled to ask for costs resulting from the legal challenge -- and has already recieved a cheque for $10,000 from New Tecumseth, which decided it would be cheaper to pay the legal bill, than to go back to court and argue over costs. The project is now moving ahead. A joint committe with Kin Twp. will meet January 27.

31 Ontario Scholars At City High Schools

  • CA BWGPL PH26550

Municipality :
Community : Barrie
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Concession :
Description : This year the three Barrie high schools have graduated 31 Ontario Scholars -- students in grade 13 with an average of 80 per cent or better.
There were 16 Ontario scholars at North, 12 at Central and three at Eastview.
The top grade 13 student in the city is a young man who shoots through course the way he shoots golf.
Ian Postnikoff, a student at North Collegiate, shoots golf in the low 90s and this year he earned an average of 91.4 per cent in Grade 13. Ian is 18 and will be entering the University of Toronto to take honors science in the fall and he plans to become a medical doctor.
Ranks Second
Valerie Thompson, 17, also a Barrie North student ranked second in the city with an average age of 89.6 per cent. Valerie has been active in the high school drama club. This summer she plans to stay at home to enable her mother to take a summer course.
Valerie is entering York University on a scholarship and she plans to take an honors BA.
Marsha Goodhead, 19, stood third with an average of 89.4 per cent. Martha has been on the student council at Barrie North and she has spent much of her spare time working as a candy striper and Sunday school teacher. She will be entering the pre-medicine course at Queen's University in the fall.
Top Student
Dianne Beelen, 17, was the top student in grade 13 at Barrie Central Collegiate with an average of 88.3 per cent. Dianne has been active in both the glee club and the classics culb at Central. She plans to take French and Latina at the University of Toronto.
Judy Mason, 19, ranked second at Central with an average of 87.8 per cent. She's been active in a number of school organizations. Judy was president of the classic club, make-up director for the drama club, an executive in the biology club and a trombone player in the band.
Stanley Isbrandt, 18, also a student at Central obtained an average of 86 per cent. Stanley played the tuba in the school band for five years. This summer he is working for his father in construction In the fall he will go to the University of Waterloo to take honors math.
Ken Collum, 18, was the top student in grade 13 at Eastview Secondary School. He is an avid chess player and was president of the chess club at Eastview.
He is working on the farm for the summer and will attend the University of Waterloo next year where he will take math and computer science.
Alan Kneeshaw stood second at Eastview students will be receiving the $150 Ontario Scholarships as will the following 16 students from North: Wayne Campbell, Nancy Daym Glenn Godfrey, Marsha Goodhead, Terry Henry, Greg Kneeshaw, Murray Maw, Wendall McArthur, Ian Postnikoff, Lesley Reid, Julia Smith, Valerie Thompson, Chris Thorpe, Donna Tuck, Grace Veenema, John Wilson.

C.A.U.S.E. O.K.

  • CA BWGPL PH26564

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : Bradford has been accepted by the C.A.U.S.E. program, a program which sends in "SWAT" team of architects and architecture students to carry out a study of a town, and recommend changes and improvements. Although the Ontario Association of Architects will be holding a preliminary meeting with the municipality and the Town planner in October, the actual study will not beg in until April 1995.

Cadillac Draw...40 years of tradition

  • CA BWGPL PH26578

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : In this, its 57th year of community service, the Bradford Lions Club still abides by the Lions International slogan, "We Serve." This year - 1994 - marks the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel, which hit the Holland Marsh and the Town of Bradford. Nineteen fifty-four was also an important year for the Bradford Lions. Forty years ago, the Lions held their Mammoth Car Draw, the first prize being a Cadillac Sedan DeVille. The price of the Caddie at that time was around $5,000. Tickets cost $25, and the winner was William Mulholland of Toronto. This year, the Cadillac will cost approximately $45,000. There will also be about $20,000 in cash given away in the elimination draw. Only 1,700 tickets are sold at $75 each. You could be a winner, if you have a ticket! They are available from any member of the Bradford Lions Club. Also back in 1954, the Town of Bradford was in the process of building a new
Community Centre, and the Lions Club donated $15,000 towards the Centre. Forty years later, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will be making major alterations to the
Community Centre. The Bradford Lions Club has already pledged $140,000 towards this project. This year, and in conjunction with the Car Draw Week, the Bradford Lions and Bond Head Lions Clubs will be holding a Monster Bingo on Wednesday, September 7th at 7 p.m. - in the newly renovated
Community Centre, which is slated to be opened by the end of August. Your purchase of tickets to either of these events would be greatly appreciated.

Destroying local history

  • CA BWGPL PH26580

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : To the Editor:
It seems the town of Bradford is establishing a reputation for rapid change and with it a wanton disregard for its valuable old buildings. I am referring to the old hotel demolished by Ingoglia Bros. and the old Wolfe farm home, more recently bulldozed on the west end of town. From previous inspection I can witness that these buildings were sound and could have continued to serve many more useful years. The building on the Ingoglia property was built about 1850 and is historically important since it was probably built as a hotel. It was a solid brick structure containing the original layout, staircase, doors, wood trim and some of the original window sash. This was a prime example of a fine early commercial building, typical of the old town of Bradford in 1850. The Wolfe farm house, c-1840, not originally located in the town, was a superb example of the early West Gwillimbury Regency style farm house. Built into the side of a hill, the single storey with living quarters in the walkout basement was a typical arrangement of the period. This gem was ceremoniously obliterated for a 'modern' subdivision. To my knowledge nothing was salvaged. The six-panel doors with original brass knobs, the panelled wainscotting, the doors and window trim, the 12 over 12 window sash, the elegantly simple front entrance with transom and rare nine panelled front door - all reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes! The panel molding on the doors was identical to that recorded on a Tecumseth township house that is now designated an historical house under the Ontario Heritage Act. Few people knew of its mud brick construction, a material commonly used in the mid nineteenth century. It had many interesting features. Is there a photograph remaining. There is no acceptable reason why both of these historically valuable buildings could not have been preserved. Some day effective legislation will prevent this shameful and thoughtless practice. In the meantime the people of Bradford and their council should do some serious soul-searching in an attempt to re-establish their priorities.

Dedication...

  • CA BWGPL PH26581

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : October 6th was a special day for the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Utilities Commission, and for Milton and Isobel Hambly. The PUC held an official ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling at its municipal well near the 8th Line, in honor of Hambly - a Bradford Councillor for 4 years, and members of the PUC from 1961 to 1972. A busload of friends, family members and dignitaries made the trip out to the 280' deep well, which adds 250 gallons per minute to the municipal water supply. Then the "tour" headed to the Town's new 1.74 million gallon standpipe watertower, for an official "christening." Hambly did the honors at both locations - cutting the ribbon at the well, and releasing a bottle of champagne to smash against the side of water tower. When the bottle resisted all efforts to break it, PUC Cahir Del Crake presented the champagne to Hambly. The bus then returned to the Bradford Legion, for a reception and cake-cutting. Crake noted that Hambly was Bradford's Deputy Reeve at the time when the Town was poised for growth. Hambly saw the potential for development, and helped to make the PUC "the very efficient and effective utility it is," Crake said, technically and operationally "prepared to go into the 21st century." Approximately 90 people attended the reception in honor of Hambly. Representing the municipality were Councillors Ron Simpson and Gary Lamb. "This dedication today has really put the icing on the cake, for my time spent on the PUC and Council," Hambly said, just before cutting a cake decorated with the logo of the PUC.

Building an inventory...

  • CA BWGPL PH26584

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : The Bradford West Gwillimbury Local History Association will be working with architects Nancy Smith and Gillian Hurley to undertake an Historic Building Inventory of the old town of Bradford. The project started about two years ago, when members of the Association found a 1924 map of Bradford in the Ontario Archives. Since then, the BWG Local History Association has been taking photographs and preparing background material, relating to the homes, stores and other buildings that appear on the old map. There are over two hundred locations involved in this study. Smith and Hurley will be working with all available records to "produce an easy-to-understand working record and analysis of the built form in town." The work is being done on a volunteer basis, and the BWG Local History Association is asking for the assistance of residents - especially those who live in a home that was built before 1924. The study team is interested in any old photos of your home, and descriptions of construction details and additions.

Marsh

  • CA BWGPL PH26587

Municipality :
Community : Holland Marsh
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Concession :
Description : We are a bus company from Grey County near Durham. Recently, we ran a mystery tour in your area. Our customers were thrilled with the part of the trip that included a guided tour of the Holland Marsh. Our guide was Mr. Edo Knibbe. We started out by contacting the Chamber of Commerce, who introduced us to Mrs. Barbara Verney. She is so knowledgeable of the area, and hence was a tremendous help to us. We also received excellent response from stops at the Bajar Greenhouses and Bradford Oak Ridges Market. We wish to thank the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, Mrs. Verney and Mr. Knibbe for their kind assistance.

Look bact at the first

  • CA BWGPL PH26595

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : You might think that the original event of Confederation would be front page news. Not in Bradford. This excerpt comes from page 2 of the South Simcoe News, from the July 4th, 1867 edition. And what was on the front page? A continuing serial entitled "The Pot Of Gold - A Pretty Cute Story."
Comments of confederation
"The long anticipated commencement of our national existence as the Dominion of Canada is at length realized. Henceforward, the four millions of British subjects on this continent will exist but as one people. We began our new era of history under most auspicious circumstances. The causes that provoked so much strife and bitterness between us and our sister provinces are at length happily removed; the objects for which, as a people, we have so long struggled have been in the main, effectually secured, and the calamities that loomed so ominously in the future have vanished altogether from the political horizon." No mention of the celebration of Dominion Day made the pages of the June 30, 1943 edition of the Bradford Witness. No parades were planned, and the only outlet for social activity seemed to be the Holland Theatre, which was offering a double bill. The 'A' feature was "Desperate Journey", starring Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn, preceded by "Tarzan's Triumph." And, 100 years after the fact, the event of the Canadian Centennial passed with no fanfare, and little official recognition. The Rotary Club held their annual Carnival and Car Draw, but no mention was made of the anniversary. One of the few indications of the historical significance of the date was to be found on the masthead of that week's Bradford Witness, which proclaimed "Bradford - 10 years older than Confederation." The Editor at the time made this comment: "Canada's 100th birthday passed very quietly in Bradford, with almost the only indication of the special day being the heralding of church bells at midnight."

Royal Bank's 125th

  • CA BWGPL PH26596

Municipality :
Community : Bradford
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Concession :
Description : Royal Banks across the country celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Royal Bank of Canada last Wednesday, with birthday cake, balloons and giveaways. The first 125 customers through the door received free pine tree seedlings, and the Bradford Branch also gave away five copies of the illustrated history of the Bank, "Quick to the Frontier." One of the recipients was 92 year old Bill Fuller, a life-long resident of Bradford who, with his wife Mae, helped to cut the cake. Bill Fuller shared his reminiscences of the early days of Bradford; he and the Bank represent 217 years of experience. The Bradford Branch opened its doors in 1955. A number of photographs of the bank when it first opened are on display. 125th Anniversary draw winners at the Bradford Branch of the Royal Bank were Eileen Madden, Pat Pitre, Jack Eek, Margaret Brush, Carol Harmon and Sharon Beamish.

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