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Late night roll over in Cramahe PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen German   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:27

Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single vehicle roll-over collision on Tuesday April 22, 2014.


At approximately 11:43 pm on Tuesday, a westbound 2007 GMC Sierra pickup truck was involved in a roll-over collision ending in the north ditch on County Road 2 near Barnes Road in Cramahe Township. OPP officers started an investigation into the collision and the sobriety of the male driver. The male passenger of the truck wastransported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Jayson Edward DITMARS, age 22 from Brighton, Ontario has been charged with one count of driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood under the Criminal Code. The accused was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brighton on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at 9:30 am. He was also issued a 90 day driver’s licence suspension.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:30
Avril opens her show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:26

avril1Colborne Art Gallery artist Avril Bull-Jone opened her one-person show at the gallery on April 19. Everything Moves features a range of works which capture leaves. Using painting and printmaking she layers the works to create impressionistic effects.


avril2Avril's show runs until May 25. During the show her works can also be seen in the town hall in Colborne.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:42
4th annual Northumberland for Youth Concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:53

(Port Hope, Ontario) – Northumberland for Youth celebrates National Youth Week in Port Hope with their 4th Annual Local Youth Concert. This year’s event will take place in Port Hope on May 2, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm in Memorial Park, Port Hope, and will include musicians of different musical genres and varying experience. The concert showcases young local talent (under 30) and aims to help raise awareness of Northumberland Child Development Centre’s Northumberland for Youth program and the services available to youth throughout the County.


There is no cost for registration or to come out and support your favourite local musician(s). This year members of the Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services will be working the BBQ and hot dogs and drinks will be available for a nominal charge of $1.00 each. All proceeds raised will go to Northumberland Child Development Centre programs and services.


“The Concert is an exciting way to celebrate the value of youth in our community and to give our performers an opportunity to showcase their talents. We are grateful for the support from our Northumberland For Youth Partners and our community” said Clare Paterson, Executive Director of Northumberland Child Development Centre.


Northumberland for Youth is a collaborative community based program sponsored by Northumberland Child Development Centre and funded by Northumberland County Community and Social Services. The program links young people under the age of 30 to support and emergency services as needed.


The May 2 concert is presented by Northumberland Child Development Centre, Northumberland County Community and Social Services; the Kaitlyn Bates Foundation; Northumberland Youth Advisory Council and our dedicated Northumberland for Youth Community Partners.


For more information, or to register a youth band for this event, please contact Melissa Cranston, Northumberland for Youth Coordinator, at 905-885-8137 x 227 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit our Facebook page – keywords Northumberland For Youth – for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:07
First to file for council PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:28

We have the first person to file for a seat as councillor in the October, 2014 election in Cramahe Township.


Dan Smith, a resident from the north end of the township, filed on April 22. He joins Marc Coombs (mayor) and Jim Williams (deputy mayor) and Cyndi Dickspn (public board of education) on the ballot. 

News from Switzerland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:02

On April 17 we reported the merger of Holcim with Lafarge SA, a deal that created the biggest cement company in the world. At the time it was stated that the new company was expected to be requred to divest itself of 18% of its world-wide holdings.


We sent an email off to the company, asking how the deal might affect the Ogden Point operation. 


On April 22 we got this reply from Eike Christian Meuter, from Holcim Group Services in Switzerland. "I am afraid that at this point in time it is too early to give any details on a country- or site-level so we are not able to comment any further on this."

Colborne PS scores well at Regionals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:01

drumline2Colborne Public School drumline leader Chad Morford sent us the following information from the Canadian Drumline Association's Eastern Ontario Regional Competition held at the Keeler Centre in Colborne on April 17.

Concert Class:

St Marcellinus 83.9

St Michael's Junior 83.7

Intermediate Class:

Colborne Public School 77.5

Premier Class:

St Michael's 93.9

Oak Ridge Percussion 90.6

Father Henry Carr Percussion 78.3


Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 23:13
I dreamed I was Colborne's Easter Bunny PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:39

The following story was submitted by an undisclosed writer. It is a delightful expression of the gratitude felt by the community for the actions of a few every year at this time -



This dream was related to me Carol and Lee’s bunny.


One sunny afternoon while lazily snoozing on my very own chair in from of the picture window looking over Lake Ontario, I dreamed I was the Easter Bunny in Victoria Square, Colborne.


I watched quietly in awe as Steve Bowskill, our local pharmacist, with his many helpers rose early on Easter Saturday morning to ready our park in the centre of town for the annual Easter Egg Hunt for all the children of the community. They blew up balloons of every colour of the rainbow, hanging them on trees, and lamp posts and ribbons. Steve and his helpers usually hide the thousands of Easter eggs themselves, but this year they chose me to be their Easter Bunny and their helper.


First I stood by quietly as I admired all the colourful balloons and streamers. I flopped my ears and wiggled my nose as I thought about how much effort they had gone to, to make the Cramahe children happy.


Steve was giving me orders and directions.


“Bunny, you go hide these eggs up under the swings – no not under the swings. Someone might get hurt. I’m sure you will find the right places for them; after all you are the Easter Bunny.”


Off I hopped, carrying as many brightly wrapped Easter eggs as I possibly could.


The nice man and his helpers found a lot of neat hiding places under the trees and around the big black cannons. “Bunny, do you think you could use your skills and dig the grass back in a few places? Not to harm the well-groomed park but just so we can put these eggs under cover a little.”


I was so excited to do what I am so good at. Usually I’m being scolded for digging holes.


The children started arriving from everywhere, so happy and enthusiastic. Their eyes were as big as the eggs themselves. I watched from my hiding place as the children scurried around collecting all the eggs and putting them in their baskets.


I was disturbed from my sleep by a noise at the door. Carol and Lee had returned home. I yawned as I stretched in my comfortable chair and thought about all the good will these Colborne people were spreading around the town.

Support the fight to end polio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:08

If you are passing through Brighton on Saturday, you might stop by and support the Interact Club, co-sponsored by Colborne Rotary -


On Saturday April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the East Northumberland Seconday School Interact Club will be presenting an END POLIO NOW awareness event at Sobey's in Brighton.  The ENSS Interact Club members will have a table set up to take a loonie donation for each pinkie dip in purple food colour.  Posters are prepared and information pamphlets describing the need to eradicate this disease are ready for hand-out to community members. 


Members will also have END POLIO NOW wristbands available at $2 each.  Of course, any additional donations will be accepted.  Please join the ENSS I C members to support their cause.  ENSS I C is co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Brighton and Colborne.  All funds raised will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and go directly toward eradicating this disease. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:13
Easter Egg Hunt 2014 photos are in PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Monday, 21 April 2014 22:22

egg33Our second gallery of photos from the Easter Egg Hunt 2014 are now in. Take a look....

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:26
Festival promises to be "entertaining" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Monday, 21 April 2014 22:22

The 2014 edition of the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival promises to keep visitors entertained - day and night.


During the Saturday activities, festival committee member Pam Blyth has lined up a mix of entertainers to please the senses. At 10 a.m. a Celtic band hits the gazebo stage for a two-hour gig. At noon the mood changes to toe-tappin' country. From 2-4 p.m. a three-man acoustic band will fill the air with music.


From 12- 3 p.m., kids and adults alike will marvel at juggling, stilt walking, hula hoop wonders, balloon tricks, a clown act and a fire guy. 


And if you're not all tired out from the day's entertainment then head down to the Keeler Centre for a adults-only dance with Sawmill Road . Tickets can be purchased from any Apple Blossom committee member and at various businesses throughout Colborne. Admission is only $10 if you buy your ticket in advance, or $15 at the door.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:46
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