Christmas has come early for the United Way of Oxford and London-Middlesex.
A cool $505,000 was generously donated by CAW Local 88.
United Way Executive Director Kelly Gillson is elated with the news
" I'm almost speechless. That is unbelievable generosity from both Cami Automotive and again from the Members of CAW Local 88 and all of the employees".
The donation was presented early this afternoon at the Cami Plant in Ingersoll
Cami President Carolyn Watts says she is very impressed by the generosity of her team
" Even last year during more of a difficult year we did manage to raise about $430,000, so even during difficult years this team has been really generous".
CAW Local 88 Chair Mike Van Bokel says Christmas has also come early for the plant itself with the continued demand for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain
"it's looking exceptionally strong - we just went through probably our best year ever and next year is looking just as strong if not stronger - with the increase speed we could be very easily setting new records in production".
Van Bokel says currently the plant employees a little over 2600 employees with 100 -150 new hires in January.
Woodstock Police are investigating after a tree at the centre of a dispute between neighbours was cut down.
At 4 o'clock this morning, police were called to Vansittart Ave., where the 30-40-foot Maple Tree had been cut down, which landed on a 1998 Mercedes Benz, causing 5-thousand dollars in damage.
The damaged car is owned by Trent Zimmerman, a lawyer who had been trying to get the owner of the tree to cut it down.
Zimmerman was complaining of the mess birds were making on his car.
The woman that owns the tree, Claudette Power, is very upset someone cut the tree down. Her friend Cathy Mott explains why. "She's a lot disturbed that it could come to this She loved that tree and the symbolism of that tree in terms of in her case, her husband's memory. Essentially, this is a loss greater than the tree itself. It's a very very heavy loss in terms of her values and principles."
In speaking with Heart FM this afternoon, Power says, "I had a cry and mostly I'm sad, and shocked and puzzled. I just don't even have words for it....it wasn't the answer."
Power says Zimmerman was quick to call Tabors Tree Service to remove the tree, which was taken to a wood chipper. They let Power save a few of the branches, which she has stacked in her backyard. Zimmerman was unavailable for comment this afternoon, according to an assistant.
The cut tree has also infuriated an on-line community on Facebook with over 500 members.
Woodstock Police say they're Criminal Investigations Branch is investigating the matter.
They're not giving up without a fight.
About 75 Landowners from Norwich Township and Huron County gathered at Oxford Center Monday Night.
Many people reacted after hearing to 3 keynote speakers tell their story once again of how thousands of people are suffering from serious health affects because of living near wind farms
"As a group we do not want to see wind turbines in our area"
"We can start by getting the municipalities in Oxford would be a good start"
"it affects animals, it affects livestock"
"our councilors are sitting on their hands and not acting quick enough and that's part of the problem".
"we're leaving a big mess for our children and our grandchildren to clean up".
The event was sponsored by the East Oxford Community Alliance - an organization concerned about the impact of wind turbines.
Representative of the Alliance - Joan Morris says if Prowind Canada gets approval to build wind turbines in the Gunnshill and County Road 14 area, they'll be prepared to appeal with an Environmental Lawyer they have already hired
"she can certainly help us in terms of strategies at the municipal level, but also on the front of being prepared should we decide to launch an appeal to the project should and if the project does proceed".
Prowind Canada is currently awaiting for the go-ahead from the Ontario Power Authority to build at least 10 wind turbines in the area that the alliance says will also cause devastating affects on real estate and future business developments.
Fore more information visit www.windvigilance.com
Police across the province started ramping up their RIDE programs this weekend.
Here in Woodstock, police held 3 separate checks, screening some 250 vehicles.
One 7-day license suspension was issued to a man that failed a roadside screening test.
Police will continue frequent RIDE programs from now through the New Year.
Residents concerned about a pending wind turbine project in Norwich will gather tonight.
Once again, the focus will be on the reported health impacts wind turbines have had on residents living in other areas of the province.
Other concerns relate to property values and the loss of agricultural land to wind farm projects.
Pro Wind Canada has plans for 10 turbines to be erected in the area of Gunn's Hill Road in Norwich Township.
Tonight's meeting is at the Oxford Centre Hall, starting at 7:30.
The Norwich Merchants battled hard but came up just short after losing 6-5 to the Simcoe Storm in a shootout yesterday.
The Merchants are back in action Friday night at home against the Alymer Spitfires.
The Holiday Train begins its journey this weekend, but unfortunately it won't be stopping in the friendly city.
For the 12th year-in-a-row, Canadian Pacific's food bank fundraiser- actually two trains - will travel across Canada and parts of the U-S, stopping in about 140 cities and towns.
It will collect food and money at each stop for local communities.
The festive train is expected to pass through Cambridge, Ayr, and London on Wednesday December 1st with night time arrivals.
Each Holiday Train has 14 rail cars decorated with festive lights and has a box car that's been turned into a stage for performers.
Those in need this holiday season are getting a helping hand.
Loblaw 's corporate and franchise stores are partnering with local food banks across the province to raise awareness and needed funding.
VP of Loblaw Public Relations - Julia Hunter - provides the details of how you can help on a local level
"this year specifically we have a special program through the Zehrs store where customers can purchase a specially labeled can that's been labeled with the 'Extra Helping Food Drive'. They are valued at $5.00 or $10.00 and its a can of soup - and its represents one of the most needed food items recognized at food banks".
Hunter says customers can pick up a can of soup, take it to the cash register and automatically 5 or 7 items will be donated through the local food banks.
Friday marked the official launch of the "2010 Extra Helping Holiday National Food Drive".
In Niagara & District Junior C hockey the Woodstock Navy Vets got their 3rd win of the season against the Caledonia Corvaires Saturday night.
They defeated the Corvaires 5-3 with their first home win of the season after losing in overtime Friday night against the Simcoe Storm 5-4.
The Vets will go for 2 in a row when they play the Paris Mounties December 3rd.
In Junior 'D' play The St-George Dukes lost 5-4 to the Ayr Centennials last night and the Port Dover Sailors defeated the Wellesley Apple Jacks 5-4.
The issue of domestic violence continues to be at the forefront in Oxford County.
The Oxford Family Violence Counselling Program is looking for community support for their cause.
They're trying to gather enough money and equipment to embark on a wilderness retreat next year for victims of violence in the home.
Program Chair Kirsten Stevenson says domestic violence can be a misunderstood term.
"People hear abuse and immediately think of physical violence. And although that is a part...it can also occur on many different levels...emotional abuse, financial abuse..."
The wilderness retreat is part of a counselling program to empower women that have been victims in the past.
"We really encourage women to step outside of their comfort zone and really challenge themselves on many different levels. They're challenged to do things like rock climbing or caving. It costs roughly 500-dollars to send a woman on this third and final stage of this counselling."
And so they're also looking for donations of money, used camping gear, and even volunteer support on their board.
For more info, call: Oxford CAS at 519-539-6176 and ask for the Family Violence Counselling Program Department.
A Spa and Sale Day is taking place at the Moose Lodge on Sutherland Drive in Woodstock until 3pm today.
Money raised will be going towards 'Tommy Mooses' that will fill local Ambulance and Police Cruisers.
The Tommy Mooses will then be given out to children who have been involved in an accident.
For more information, call the Moose Lodge at 519-537-6010
Western Region OPP's Safety Division wasted no time getting the Festive R.I.D.E. program on its way.
Several OPP Officers and their mobile Command Unit were set up on the eastbound lanes under the Wellington Road Overpass in London Friday morning.
Traffic Inspector Mark Wright spoke with Heart FM News and says those even thinking about drinking and driving should keep this message in mind
"People need to understand there are devastating consequences for driving impaired and causing accidents and potentially killing people and we have zero tolerance for that".
Wright says if you do drink and drive - you better think twice
"we're going to be out 'in force' throughout the holiday period to make sure that if anybody makes that foolish decision that we're there to catch them doing that".
Meanwhile the Oxford OPP detachment joined the campaign Friday night
OPP Constable Dennis Harwood tells Heart FM the stats of impaired drivers are disturbing
"we had 304 people killed on roads that were patrolled by the OPP - of that '50' were alcohol-related collisions, so unfortunately we do have people out there that are not catching on that alcohol is not tolerated and we won't stand for it".
The Festive R.I.D.E. program runs through until January 2nd.
A memorial is being held this morning for Ed Bennett- who joined the Canadian Army Tank Corp in 1940 and passed away on Remembrance Day.
Ed was born in 1913 and was a regimental Sergeant major of the Oxford Rifles.
He commanded 3 tanks with the Calgary regiment in the raid on Dieppe France in 1942 before becoming wounded and a prisoner of war.
Bennett was also an advocate of Veterans rights, General Manager of Coles Brothers Insurance Company and very active within the city of Woodstock.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00am Saturday November 27 at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Devonshire.
Ed was also very active in Woodstock's heritage activities and an Honorary President of the Woodstock Historical Society.
In Niagara Junior C hockey the Simcoe Storm needed overtime to take the Woodstock Navy Vets. The storm took the Vets 5-4.
The Vets are facing Caledonia at Southwood Arena tonight. The puck drops at 7:45PM.
The Norwich Merchants came out ahead over the Dundas Blues 6-4.
In Junior 'D' play Tavistock Braves doubled their score against the Wellesley Applejacks with a score of 4-2.
Sunday's Tavistock at Port Dover Game has been rescheduled until 2PM
The Woodstock Navy Vets are on home ice this weekend.
Tonight, they face the Simcoe Storm, and will take on Caledonia at Southwood Arena. Both games start at 7:45.
It will be the first games on home ice for a couple of new players, including Left Wing Mackenzie Langford.
He's back in Woodstock after playing Midget hockey for Notre Dame in Saskatchewan. "I had a great 3-years out there. Loved the people, loved the sports out there I was playing. I was able to play hockey, football, rugby and basketball all the time, so I had some really good fun, and it was just time to come home."
Langford was added last weekend, along with Brent Wallace, who was playing for Burford in the Jr. D circuit.
If you're thinking about drinking and driving this holiday season...think again.
The Oxford OPP will kick off another season of the Festive RIDE program tonight.
The random roadside checks are designed to find motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Out of 304 fatalities in Ontario so far in 2010, 50 of those were alcohol related, so it is still a major issue in this day and age.
Oxford OPP Constable Dennis Harwood says it's a program officers take pride in. "We do bring in extra people to man these RIDE checks. All we're trying to do is make the road safe so when you're going out to visit over the Christmas Holidays that you feel safe going to where you're going and that you feel safe coming home."
Last year, local police checked over 37-thousand vehicles in Oxford.
The RIDE program starts tonight across Ontario and runs until January 2nd.
The new Cowan Park Indoor Soccer Complex is how hosting games on its brand new quarter-million dollar artificial turf field.
It's the first phase of the facility that will also soon feature an indoor walking track and banquet hall.
Heart FM got a tour of the facility today, courtesy of Soccer Club Director of Sponsorship, Ted Beynen.
Oxford Public Health is joining a province-wide fight to weed out smoking from movies.
Tonight (7PM), youth at the Fusion Centre will take in a screening of "The Last Airbender", one movie that does not depict tobacco use.
Youth Engagement Coordinator Victoria Leck will talk to teens about how they see smoking in the movies.
She'll also ask people in attendance to sign a petition. "Placing their (tobacco companies) products in movies in order to get young people addicted, and they're really targeting young people with their messaging. So we are asking people to sign a petition in the form of a post card to say 'Smoking in movies is not ok'."
The Petitions will be sent to the Ontario Film Review Board in an effort to get them to place an 18A rating on any film that shows tobacco use.
Leck says that will make movie producers think twice about having smoking in their films.
The first public meeting for the Ingersoll Solar Farm was underway last night in the Ingersoll Town council chambers.
CEO of Intech Clean Energy Hans Vollmer says they show how the system works, answer questions, also background on Intech Clean Energy.
Mayor Elect Ted Comiskey says there are a lot of educated and responsible people involved to make sure the project is a working business.
Comiskey also says come forward and ask questions, know what is happening.
Tammy Jeffery is a resident of Ingersoll and thinks solar energy is something we can move forward with and it is good for the environment.
Technical Consultant Jarriod Pridham says it is a 10 MW facility. The project will take about 5 months to complete, once all of the paper work and grading in complete.
He adds the revenue will be put into the hands of the town to delegate where the money is going.
Woodstock Police are continuing to investigate a rash of vandalism in north-east Woodstock.
Following 8 cases of spray paint graffiti on cars and buildings last weekend, there have since been three more called in.
A vehicle on Conestoga Road, as well as Huron Park Secondary and DM Sutherland schools have been hit.
The culprits are tagging "GSG" or "Grey Street Gang" in grey spray paint.
Police are investigating and ask any tips to be called into Woodstock Police at 537-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 421-TIPS.
Another lighting ceremony is set to go tonight.
The 5th annual Memory Tree of Lights is being presented by the Winter Lights Committee for Woodstock and Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home.
The official lighting of the tree ceremony will take place tonight starting at 7PM at the South Gate Centre in Woodstock and will be displayed from November 25th to December 31st.
The Memory Tree is decorated with coloured lights as well as the white memory lights that honour those who have passed away.
All donations from the Memory Tree will be given to the VON Sakura House.
t could generate the kind of revenue of having two more CAMI plants in Ingersoll.
But is it a sure-fire plan?
A public meeting is being held today at Town Hall with Ingersoll staff and In-Tech Clean energy showing their plans for the 35-million dollar investment.
Projections have the town drawing a 2.3-million dollar profit per year.
Economic Development Commissioner Bill Mates is encouraged by the province's commitment to green energy. "If we read between the lines...I think to be very proactive and positive about this...I think definitely we're hearing a lot about a lot of good things happening with a lot of municipalities across the province right now, so I think we feel very comfortable in the direction we are going."
The public meeting runs from 4-7PM with a drop-in format.
If the new council signs off on the deal, construction could begin in August.
"Growing Stronger Together".
That was the general consensus around the horseshoe at County Council.
Wednesday night was the last council meeting for 5 municipal representatives.
Ingersoll Mayor and County Warden Paul Holbrough gave an emotional speech to council and thanked them for their hard work and dedication.
Holbrough says he has confidence in Ingersoll Mayor-Elect Ted Comiskey's ability to carry on
"I think Ted's got a pretty good handle of what the community wants and there's some positive things that we've already started that he's committed to moving forward wether its through the strategic plan and so on and so forth".
"I think it's important to stay grounded and remember where you came from in which I know he will".
Meanwhile Tillsonburg Mayor Steven Molnar says Oxford County is more visible on the map thanks to the efforts of County Council
"I believe the county of Oxford has evolved significantly". I've travelled and represented my community and represented Oxford County across the province, across the nation and even around the world at times and I think is what you've seen is some of the successes that have started here and they are now being duplicated around the province and around the country".
Mayor Michael Harding provided a speech thanking all members of council and staff and says "It's been a great 7 years".
SWOX Mayor James Hayes spoke of his 16 years working in politics and plans on continuing being involved in his community.
Blandford-Blenheim outgoing Mayor Ken Howling refused to comment.
A branch of the Community Health Centre will be opening soon in Ingersoll.
The location will be announced next month where a health care team will be providing care and advice to people in the town.
Additionally, the CHC has announced that a Nurse Practitioner-Led Health clinic will be opening up in August 2011 in Ingersoll.
For those in the town, interested in becoming patients at the new Ingersoll CHC, call 519-539-1111.
The CHC is designed to serve groups that don't have a family doctor, including those facing income, mental health and addiction challenges.
An elderly woman remains in hospital, after she was hit crossing Dundas St.
It happened last (TUES) night around 6:30.
The 80-year-old woman was crossing to get to a function at Holy Trinity Church when she was struck by a car being driven by an 80-year-old man headed to the same function.
She was taken to Woodstock General and treated for minor injures and remains under medical observation.
Police say no charges will be laid.
Drive-thru attendants see all kinds of things...in this case...they would rather have not.
A 22-year-old Cambridge man is facing charges after going through a coffee shop drive-thru in Paris...naked.
It happened early Tuesday morning.
Police were able to track down the minivan the man was driving, and say he was impaired by drugs.
Michael Sousa is charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and impaired driving.
An Oxford County OPP officer is facing the long arm of the law.
50-year-old Constable Eric Enkelaar has been charged with uttering threats. Enkelaar is an 11-year veteran of the provincial police who works out of the Oxford County detachment.
Police allege the off-duty officer contacted someone by phone in conducting an unauthorized private investigation for someone else.
He's scheduled to be in court on January 11th.
19 teams of area high school students competed in the 5th annual Oxford Youth Invitational Challenge Tuesday night.
About 100 students, mentors and community members filled the Goff Hall at Woodstock's Community Complex.
WCI Student David Hough tells Heart FM he's fascinated by technology
"I just find it really interesting- figuring how stuff works - making it work - it just really interests me".
Glenco District High School Student Emma Holder explains where the concept came from for their invention
"we went to the Cami plant where we saw an actual really big press that they use for pressing auto parts, so that's where we got the idea and went from there".
Holder says the invention is able to utilize pneumatics for a miniature pressing machine that stamps their school logo onto the final product.
Each robot was built using the Lego Mindstorms Robotics kit.
Teams that completed the project and participated in the challenge were awarded a bronze, silver or gold honors and got to keep the kit - a $600.00 value.
The Winners are:
Arthur Voedan Secondary School - Gold
Catholic Central High School - Silver
Collage Ave Secondary School - Silver
Fusion Youth Center - Bronze
Glencoe District High School - Platinum
Glendale High School - Bronze
Huron Park Secondary School - Gold
Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute - Silver
John Paul ll Catholic Secondary School - Bronze
Mother Teresa High School - Silver
Nick Fischer Designs - Bronze
Parkside Collegiate Gold
Parkside Collegiate Gold
Rehoboth Christian School - Platinum
Rehoboth Christian School - Silver
South Secondary School - Silver
St. Mary's High School - Silver
Strathroy District Colliegiate Institute - Silver
Westminster Secondary School - Gold
Woodstock Collegiate Institute - Silver
Woodstock Police have been fielding calls about door-to-door high pressure salesmen in the last few days.
Monday afternoon, police were called to Lee Ave to investigate a suspicious salesperson, similar to one described recently by a Heart FM listener.
Police were able to confirm the man did represent a legitimate Toronto-based company.
However, police caution residents to call police if you have an overly aggressive salesperson at your door, or even someone soliciting for a charity that appears suspicious.
Officers will be dispatched to verify the person's intentions are lawful.
Goff Hall at Woodstock's Community Complex is the meeting place for the Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge.
Twenty teams representing Woodstock, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas will compete at the 5th annual event beginning at 3:15 this afternoon.
About 100 students will showcase their industry-based achievements while learning about technology and manufacturing.
Judging will take place until 5pm with presentations at 6:15.
A Woodstock woman is telling her story about how she was ripped off by Bellagio Limousines.
The Cambridge-based company is at the centre of a massive fraud investigation.
Shelley Lonsberry had dealings with the company last year. Bellagio was set up at the Divine Details Bridal Show in Woodstock in October 2009.
Lonsberry says was called by the company, saying she won a "prize", good for a 500-dollar limousine voucher.
They were getting married in Cuba, and didn't really need a limousine, but decided to hire the company to bring their wedding party to the airport.
On the day they were flying out, Bellagio called to say their Hummer Limo was broken down, and would have to send Robert Q instead.
Arrangements were made for a limo for the ride home from the airport, but again, Lonsberry says, the company didn't deliver. "We get back to the Toronto Airport at 1:20-2:00 in the morning...there's no limo. There's no one from the company to be seen. We ended up having to take taxi-vans home...like 900-dollars worth of taxi-cabs that we had to take home from the Toronto Airport at like 3 in the morning."
After numerous phone calls and e-mails to the company, Lonsberry contacted a lawyer.
They found out the company had skipped out on their landlord, and no longer had an address, so they were unable to serve them with court papers.
Lonsberry says they've decided to cut their losses at 2-thousand dollars, and have spoken to Waterloo Regional Fraud investigators, who are working on an increasing number of cases.
If you've had contact with Bellagio Limousines, you should call investigators at 519-650-8500 ext. 8372.
Woodstock Police are looking to catch up with members of the "Grey Street Gang".
Over the weekend, there were 8 incidents of the letters "GSG" or "Grey Street Gang" spray painted in Grey across the north-east corner of the city.
5 vehicles and 3 buildings were tagged.
The Criminal Investigations Branch is looking into the graffiti, and ask for the public's help in identifying those responsible. Call 537-2323 to speak with police.
Woodstock drivers are steering in the right direction.
A 2010 survey produced by All-State Canada says the Friendly city ranks 3rd for safe driving.
The survey, derived from 50 Ontario cities, says on average - 3 collision claims are submitted for every 100 vehicles on the road.
Right behind Woodstock is the city of St. Thomas with 4 claims.
All-State says Brampton was dead last with more than 6 claims.
Belleville made the top of the list for the safest drivers.
A Cambridge-area Limo company is at the centre of a scandal.
A 36-year-old Brantford woman has been charged with fraud in connection with an investigation of Bellagio Limousines.
The company allegedly took deposits from couples arranging their wedding-day transportation.
Several couples either received substandard service, or no limo at all.
Some of the complaints about Bellagio Limousine date back to January 2010.
If you have had any dealings with this company, you're advised to contact investigators at 519-650-8500 ext. 8372.
A new hotel under construction in Woodstock is hoping to open it's doors in the coming months.
The Holiday Inn Express, located just north of the 401 on Norwich Avenue is already conducting interviews for its 87 luxury room facility.
General Manager Imran Meghani says the Hotel is looking at hiring 20 -30 full or part time jobs.
Once built, its rooms will offer 32 inch flat panel multi-media TVs', high speed Internet access, an indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise room and meeting rooms.
The New hotel is slated to open sometime in early 2011.
Politicians, new and old, from all across Oxford County are gathering today.
An orientation session is taking place today to update them on the very latest information on their municipal roles and responsibilities.
County CAO Michael Bragg says this session is especially important for those coming into County Council for the first time, "Most of them are experienced councillors from their own local municipalities, so it's not like it is all new to them. There are some changes at the upper tier structure, and the relationship between the county and the area municipalities is some times a little fuzzy for folks right at the start of their term."
There will be five new faces around the County Council horseshoe. Bragg says in 40-years working at the County, he can't remember an election that produced as much turnover.
But, he says, all are bright people that have been backed by their community.
It's a day many will never forget.
It was December 6th 1989 when an enraged gunman roamed the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique and killed 14 women.
A day of remembrance will be marked here in Oxford County by way of an educational and awareness campaign and candle light vigil.
CAW Women's Committee chairperson Laura Romanick says the event is open to the public
" We have key speakers from the CAW explaining Bill 168 which is the violence in the work place that was put out this year. We have Linda Armstrong from D.A.R.T. (Domestic Assault Review Team), Michelle Murphy from Ingersoll's OPP detachment, Ellaina Taylor from the Woodstock Police and Katie Peters from V.A.S.O.C.".
The event takes place at the CAW Hall located on Beale Street in Woodstock December 6th.
It's a busy weekend for Santa Claus as he puts in appearances across the country.
He took part in parades in Saint John, Montreal and Ottawa yesterday.
And he'll find time to meet his fans in a number of cities today, including Regina and Toronto.
This is the 106th year for the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, the oldest in the country.
Here in Oxford County all 3 Santa Clause Parades were a huge success.
Ingersoll Chamber of Commerce Manager Anne Campbell says the turnout in Ingersoll was the best she has seen in years.
Thousands of people young and old lined the streets of Broadway in Tillsonburg yesterday afternoon and more than 100 floats and 10's of thousands of on-lookers paraded from the Fairgrounds in Woodstock down Dundas Street to Vansittart Park bringing in the official launch of the Christmas season.
Oxford Tourism is getting a boost.
A new video, with (underlying music you are hearing now) has been produced in an effort to raise awareness and promote Oxford County as a place to live, work, play and do business.
The 2 minute video depicts several areas in and around Oxford County including restaurants, area farm land, music, the arts, accommodations and more.
Tourism Specialist Cathy Bingham says there more in the works
" it was an impression. To create an impression of our community with no distraction of voices. However, we are in the process of filming next week for two additional videos. One will be on trails and birding and the other will be on artists, studios, galleries and art centers.
To view the video, click on this link: http://www.tourismoxford.ca/Home/Photos.aspx
A family of 5 escaped serious injury - thanks to their smoke detector.
Woodstock fire department responded to a blaze shortly before 8:00am Saturday at a Lindsay Road address.
Upon arrival Fire officials discovered flames emitting from the basement windows and reaching the first and second floors.
Crews were able to extinguish the flames before the fire spread to adjacent units.
The cause is said to be electrical in nature with damages pegged at $100,000.
The smoke detector awoke the homeowner and allowed enough time for four children between the ages of 10 and 20 get out safely.
The family's pets were also saved.
A woodstock Woman is telling people to be aware of strangers at their door posing as illegitimate solicitors.
Bethany Maltby says she was approached at her door from a man posing as a Water Heater Rental agent.
Maltby says the man was pushy and believes he was trying to scam her out of money or for other reasons, but she says, she received a tip and acted upon it
" I haven't mentioned it to Police, but I did receive a phone call stating that type of thing was happening. That's kind of why I was tipped off when I saw 'water rentals' on the man's clipboard and they said to go to a Website called www.burnedatthedoor.com and report our area as a hot spot because the local police and the OPP were watching that Website - to keep an eye on what area these people were in".
Maltby says the unknown man is described as 6' tall, sandy colored hair, beady blue eyes with a wide set face and spoke with a thick European accent.
If you planned to put up those new L-E-D holiday lights this weekend -- don't.
Home Depot Canada is recalling all L-E-D light strings sold between October 1st and November 18th.
It says they don't meet the company's quality standards, but also stresses that it knows of no safety issues associated with the lights.
You better be on your best behavior because the jolly ole man himself will be visiting Oxford County today.
There are a 3 Santa Claus Parades throughout the day today including Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock.
The Ingersoll Parade begins at 11 this morning, Tillsonburg's Parade begins at 2 this afternoon with Woodstock's beginning at 6 tonight.
The Woodstock Christmas Parade promises to be the best ever yet with over a hundred participants.
The Salvation Army will be out collecting toys and non-perishable food items for those less fortunate.
300 High School band members from Ohio will be , along with the Burlington Teen Tour Band.
The Parade leaves the fairgrounds at 6:00 PM and should arrive Downtown between 6:45-7:00PM.
In Niagara Junior 'C' hockey the Woodstock Navy Vets were shut out by the Norwich Merchants 5-0 Friday.
The Vets play again in Paris against the Mounties tonight at 7 PM.
In other action Dunville took Grimsby 5-3, and Caledonia outscored the Spitfires 7-4.
In Junior 'D' play The Tavistock Braves defeated the Burford Bull Dogs 6-2.
A Woodstock Police officer is facing a charge of failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
At 10:30 Wednesday night, police were called by a witness that saw a vehicle hit a parked car on Canrobert St. The driver fled the scene.
Woodstock Police Chief Rod Freeman says the investigation led police to one of their own. "Through the investigation, discovered the vehicle had been driven by an off-duty Woodstock Police officer. That vehicle had struck a parked vehicle. One of our officers was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of an accident."
30-year-old Constable Crystal Hough will be in court for first appearance December 21st. Hough has been suspended from active duty until the case is resolved.
No one was hurt in the incident and the damage to the two parked vehicles resulted in 8-thousand dollars in damage.
In having to arrest one of their own, Chief Freeman says "We're an organization of 105 very human beings, and from time-to-time we're going to run into these situations that need to be addressed, and they need to be addressed fairly and transparently so we maintain the credibility of our police service in the community."
Hough was suspended back in 2009 when she was charged with assault and intercepting communications illegally. Those charges were later dropped.
A strong showing of community support for the Salvation Army this morning.
Heart FM opened up our parking lot for a drive-thru donation campaign in kicking off this year's Kettle Campaign.
Several community leaders came out to help ring the bells and wave cars into the drive-thru.
The grand total from this morning's drive was $1,199.56.
Two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum face off in Norwich tonight.
The Norwich Merchants haven't been beaten in regulation at 15-0-1, while the Woodstock Navy Vets have just 2-wins in their first 16 games of the season at 2-11-3.
Brynn Schultz has just been moved from forward back to defense for the Navy Vets and says they're starting to turn things around. "I think we're staring to build off of some the games. We got our two first wins there, so I think the team is really building off of those right now."
Tonight's game in Norwich starts at 8 o'clock. Woodstock travels to Paris on Saturday night.
It was the final meeting of the current term of Woodstock City Council.
For three around the horseshoe, it was their final meeting, as they won't be returning when the new council is sworn in on December 2nd.
That includes Mayor Michael Harding. "Politics is never forever, except for maybe Hazel McCallion."
Harding says he doesn't have anything lined up at this point. "No, I don't have any plan. One is in search mode at the moment. For my own company, I wound it down, because I couldn't serve two masters. The master was going to be the city of Woodstock. So for the first time in 35-years...I find myself unemployed."
However, Harding will still have several Mayoral duties in the next two weeks, including riding in Saturday's Santa Clause Parade.
When it comes to his legacy, Harding reflected on the many positives of the last 7-years, including the creation of 1600 jobs.
But in talking about the decision that may have turned many against him, in transforming an aging building into a new Art Gallery..."Time will be the true test. I think our community will come to embrace the downtown redevelopment."
Outgoing Councillor Ross Gerrie says he'll miss being a city councillor, but insists you haven't heard the last from him. "I'm going to stay active in the community, my plans are to remain as active as I always have been."
Connie Lauder says knowing it was her final meeting was sad, but she will be staying active and is considering a number of offers to sit on community boards.
Adults and peers hold the solution to the problem of bullying.
How you react to bullying as a parent speaks volumes to your kids, and that kids themselves are most effective when they stick up for a victim of bullying.
Those were the key points from Dr. Claira Crooks, a Clinical Psychologist who has been looking at the issue of bullying for the last 15-years.
She spoke at last night's bullying symposium across the Thames Valley School Board.
"There's usually peers there, it's a minority of incidents where the peer has the skills or the sense of responsibility to step forward and do something. But the good news is when they do intervene, they're successful most of the time, in stopping the bullying in about 15 seconds."
However, school board officials and Dr. Crooks recognizes the new problem with bullying, in that more of it is happening in the cyber-world than the school yard with the advent of Facebook and other on-line sites.
Community discussions took place last night in Woodstock, St. Thomas and London. Suggestions will be taken forward to the Anti-Bullying Task Force for consideration.
Director of Education Bill Tucker urged those listening to look beyond the school for solutions. "Another challenge I put forward are to the parents and adults in the community. We need to examine how we conduct ourselves. What modeling are we giving to the adults of tomorrow?"
Over 100 turned out to the even in Woodstock.
A 1-billion dollar debt payment and 10 per cent electricity rebate were the two hi-lights of today's fall economic update.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan conceded, electricity bills have been soaring, due to green energy investments and the HST, but says relief is on the way. "We are introducing the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit...will give Ontario families, businesses and farms a 10 per cent rebate on their bill for 5-years Mr. Speaker."
Even with the 10 per cent rebate, the government admits hydro rates will still jump 46 per cent over five years.
Tory Leader Tim Hudak says families are working harder and seeing their household budgets shrink, but will end up paying more because the government isn't serious about finding savings.
"In reality, they're taking more money out of the wallets of families that will soon be paying 732-dollars more per year on their hydro bills."
Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman summarized the announcement like this: "This isn't a positive message. This is a message that it was (power rates) going to be terrible, and we're going to try and bring that down to really bad."
The other big headline from today's update is the government has signed a 50-year contract extension with Teranet, the company that operates the province's electronic land registry.
This will save the province $1 billion that will be applied to the debt, and will lower interest costs by another $50 million a year.
Some good traffic news for the south end of Woodstock.
The Wilson St. rail crossing should be back open sometime between 4:00-4:30 this afternoon, in time for the rush hour drive.
Hundreds of people will be coming together tonight to try and put an "End to Bullying".
A video conference being led by the Thames Valley District School Board will be taking place tonight in London, St. Thomas and here in Woodstock.
College Ave. Secondary is the site here, where officials from the school board, police, social service agencies and parents groups will gather.
Experts will speak on the topic, and community discussions will be had on how all agencies can work together to put an end to bullying.
Tonight's event begins at 6PM.
Postal workers in Woodstock have been involved in three incidents with dogs in the last week.
In one case, a block of residents on Huron St. didn't get their mail for three days, after a letter carrier was chased.
Canada Post Spokesperson, Tom Creech says "A letter carrier was chased down the street by two German Shepherds. We were able to identify the owner of those dogs and they have provided us with a letter of assurance those animals will be restrained. We have resumed mail delivery in that part of Woodstock."
Back in September, a Woodstock postal worker was actually bitten by a dog, that broke the skin.
Creech says the cases speak to the need for separation between your pets, and where your mail is delivered.
A three pronged investigation is taking place at the scene of the fire at Woodstock Auto Recyclers.
The OPP, Ontario Fire Marshall's Office and Ministry of Labour are looking into the blaze that injured three people Tuesday afternoon.
All were workers at the facility.
One suffered serious, life-threatening burns, and remains in a London Hospital. Two other workers were seriously injured.
There's no information yet on the cause of the fire as investigators remain at the scene this afternoon.
They could be targeting your home next.
Woodstock Police are warning of intruders that have been staging break-ins in the city's southwest end.
There have been five of them in the same area since November 9th.
In some of the cases, the intruders are stealing goods as the residents of the home are asleep.
Purses, electronics and jewelry have been stolen.
Police ask the public to lock-up their homes at night, and report any suspicious behaviour immediately.
A window of opportunity awaits for increased tourism in Oxford County.
Five projects are in the works to promote tourism, create jobs and increase an awareness of what Oxford County and the region offers to outside visitors.
Ontario's Tourism Industry Advisor - Nancy Fallis - tells Heart FM what motivates people to explore specific areas
"we still see one of the biggest reasons people come is 'sightseeing' -that's really about one of those authentic stories of your area. People want to understand what's this all about and why do people come here and what are the important stories of this area and that's told through the cultural heritage experiences. You're getting something that's educational and at the same time it allows you to get in there".
Oxford Tourism Specialist Cathy Bingham says projects such as Agri-Tourism Strategies, Market Development, Birding initiatives and motorcycle tourism will also help enhance business opportunities and additional growth
"If you look at some of our marketing materials and some of the product that we have - people are just blown away and don't realize we have that here". We often overlook what's in our own backyard and I think we're just going to highlight that now".
Bingham says Tourism Oxford is also promoting the launch of their new video that can be found at www.tourismoxford.ca and click on the 'photo' link.
The Globe and Mail is reporting the Woodstock Toyota Plant has lost out to California on producing an electric Rav 4.
The new model will be unveiled later today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, along with the announcement that the electric Rav 4 will be produced at an auto plant in Fremont, California.
The Globe report suggests Rav 4 frames will be shipped from the Woodstock Plant to California. It also says government officials on this side of the border had lobbied to have Toyota build the electric Rav 4 at the Woodstock assembly plant.
However, Toyota expects a bigger market for the model in California, as well, Toyota has invested Tesla Motors, which is creating the major electric components for vehicles.
The Ontario government has offered rebates of up to 10-thousand dollars to consumers who purchase electric vehicles.
A fire that injured three people is under investigation today in Norwich Township.
Woodstock Auto Recyclers on Horn road was the scene of the blaze that broke out at 2:45 Tuesday afternoon.
Three employees of the facility were burnt in the blaze. Two were in serious condition while one worker received serious, life-threatening burns and was rushed to a London hospital.
The fire was brought under control by the Oxford Centre, Burgesville and Norwich Fire Departments.
Fire officials, along with the Ministry of Labour will be investigating.
Emergency crews have rushed to the scene of a fire, just off the south end of Woodstock this afternoon.
The fire is located at the Woodstock Auto Recyclers on Horn Road, near Sweaburg Road. It broke out around 2:45 this afternoon.
Three people, employees of the facility, have been taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
Several houses in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.
The good news is, Norwich Township Fire Departments have the situation under control.
Emergency crews have Horn Road closed for investigation. The Ministry of Labour will also be looking into the matter.
For most businesses, it's the most wonderful time of the year.
But this year, Christmas may never come for Dee Lights Bakery.
The forced shut-down of their Dundas St. storefront continues during the painstakingly slow demolition of the neighbouring Capitol Theatre building.
The latest estimate is still putting the project completion another 3-4 weeks from now.
Owner of the Bakery, Dee White says the wreckage scene out front of the building is causing some of her customers to believe they are closed.
"That's been very hard. This weekend I had customers calling me, they're desperately looking to find out where we are. But we're not closed. We are re-opening there. This is my building, we're just waiting to get back in. I just can't pick up and go somewhere...it's hard to move an entire bakery."
Dee Lights is still operating its catering out of the Dundas St. United Church and are still taking orders by phone and e-mail.
But White says the idea of missing out on sales and the fun around the Christmas season hurts from a sentimental and financial standpoint.
One of her staff members, Karen Sills says they're trying to stay positive. "We all just work together. We keep a light heart and we just try to keep saying to one another 'We're going to get back home. We're going to get back to our bakery and it's going to happen for us'."
It was a historic moment at Woodstock's General Hospital this morning.
Hospital officials, staff and dignitaries attended the official unveiling of two time capsules performed by Woodstock Museum Curator Karen Houston.
Inside one copper-plated box dated 1954 - were several documents with references to the School of Nursing that dated 1895, fundraising initiatives by the woman's auxiliary, greetings from then Hospital President James Vance and a complete history of the hospital that is dated 1895 - 1954.
Houston, who assisted in removing the items from the capsules, says the contents were fairly common for the era
" it's a little heavy on the actual paper aspect of things, but that's not surprising because it was the administration that was actually doing it. They had a formal list
of the ceremony and who was here, so of course that's how they are going to commemorate is 'paper' because that's what they understand".
Hospital CEO Natasa Veljovic says she was very intrigued by the unveiling
"we're always proud of our past here at the hospital. We go back to 1895 and it's quite fascinating to glimpse what went on in 1954 and 1961 today and the good governance of the board was in place over the many decades and that continues today as well".
A second capsule dating back to 1961 revealed the last will and testament of Ethel Finkle - who left her endowment and money raised from selling a Chicago property to help build the hospital.
All of the items will be on display in the hospital's cafeteria until 1:00 this afternoon and then they will be collected and put into the hospital archives and Woodstock's Museum.
Communities in Oxford County continue to show their support for Oxford County's Sakura House.
$1,900.00 was raised through the efforts of Shoppers Drug Mart and its customers in the township of Norwich.
The funding was in conjunction with the Shoppers Drug Mart "Tree of Life" campaign - a 4 week program held across Canada each autumn.
More than $13 Million dollars has been raised for Canadian Health Charities since 2002.
Providing shelter to those without a home...
The Inn Out of the Cold in Woodstock is set to open tonight, marking the start of another cold-weather season.
It runs out of the Old St. Paul's Anglican Church on a nightly basis.
Coordinator Daryl Watson says the need will be great again this year
" definitely most importantly is volunteers - it's run strictly by volunteers, so we are going to need more of them to keep this program running for the year.
We need other donations as well such as hats, scarves, gloves - any kind of winter clothing"
Watson says snack like foods would also be a welcomed donation.
It is open to any single person over the age of 16 that is without a place to stay.
If the numbers are any indication, there is a real need for the service. Last year, 100 people sought shelter at the Inn.
A local hero is being remembered.
Ed Bennett, who joined the Canadian Army Tank Corps in 1940, passed away on Remembrance Day.
Ed was born in 1913 and was a regimental Sergeant major of the Oxford Rifles.
He commanded 3 tanks with the Calgary regiment in the raid on Dieppe, France in 1942 before becoming wounded and taken as a prisoner of war.
Ed's brother, Fred Bennett, spoke of fond memories of his brother with Heart FM this morning
" one of my fondest memories of my brother was back in the fall of 1944 when Ed was released from the prison camp. I had a sister Ann who was in the air force stationed in London, England - I can't remember the details, but she told me Ed was being released."
Bennett says it was a memory he'll always remember and ...they knew how to celebrate
" we had quite a family reunion when Ed was repatriated. We spent most of the day together and that night we all went to see the Glen Miller band at one of the theatres in London, England".
Bennett was one of 7 other siblings and General Manager of Coles Brothers Insurance until he retired in 1979.
He was also very active in Woodstock's heritage activities and an Honorary President of the Woodstock Historical Society.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday November 27 at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Devonshire in Woodstock.
Oxford OPP are sending out a warning about what they call "unscrupulous salespeople".
A Tillsonburg resident recently reported to police, that in going to visit her 84-year-old mother, there was an unknown vehicle in her mother's driveway.
The elderly woman, who suffers from Alzheimers, was with a salesperson who was apparently in the middle of a hard sales pitch.
The woman asked the salesman to leave, and they apparently exchanged words before he left.
Police say some salespeople refuse to take "no" for an answer, and that they will try to wear seniors down with an aggressive sales pitch.
Police say if they can't take no for an answer, than call police.
Close, but no cigar for the Woodstock Navy Vets.
Despite 2-goals from Kyle Robertson, the Vets went on to lose 4-3 in a shootout to Simcoe. Derek Cowing had the other Woodstock goal, Devon Young had 2-assists.
Neil Pittock was strong in goal, making 36-saves in defeat.
The Navy Vets also lost at home, 6-3 to Aylmer on Friday night.
It's going to be slow-going through the south-end of Woodstock most of this week.
Construction crews are set to close off the Wilson St. railway crossing.
This will mean traffic will be diverted to the west on Main and Henry Streets, leading to the 4-way stop at Wellington St.
This could add at least 10-minutes to your commute during busy periods today.
Look at using Springbank, Butler or Mill Streets to avoid the delay.
The construction at the tracks is expected to last until Thursday.
We'll keep you posted.
The Artistic talents of many local artists are being proudly displayed at Craigowan Golf & County Club this week-end.
About 43 artists are showcasing oil and water color paintings, pottery, hand made jewelry and much more.
Woodstock Visual Artist Shelley Malcolm describes some of her unique paintings (pictured here)
"I work in water color and acrylic and I also have limited edition G-clay prints that I offer and everything that I paint is out of my imagination".
Other local Artist, Eric Simard, explains where his wax paintings, namely encaustic, originated from
"actually it was a high school art project - Leslie teaches it at St. Mary's High School - she put me on to the medium and told me to look it up and check it out and my first piece was in highschool".
Oxford Creative Connections Cultural Coordinator Mary-Anne Murphy says along with door prizes, visitors can also sample some tasty treats and tour Craigowan's clubhouse
" the 19th hole is actually open - that's Craigowan's restaurant and bar and they have lunch and dinner during the show days, so that's a really good time to come out and see the club because it's normally a closed club to the public, so you can see the club and have a bite to eat and see the show".
About 270 visitors attended the art show on Friday and doors will open again today from 12-5.
The local school board and and local authorities want you to help make a commitment to end bullying.
Woodstock Police, in conjunction with Thames Valley District School Board's anti-bullying task force will be holding a simulcast discussion on Bullying this coming Thursday.
The free event will be broadcasting live from London to Parkside Collegiate in St. Thomas and College Avenue Secondary School here in Woodstock.
Woodstock Police Chief Rod Freeman explains
"the forum we've got going on will be discussed on a variety of levels that include cyber, sexual, homophobic, physical and verbal bullying
Freeman, who spoke on the Heart FM's morning show on Friday says it's time for more action on bullying
"we've got to look after people who are being victimized and we've got to hold the people who are doing the victimizing accountable. One of the problems in dealing with bullying is in some respects is very similar in domestic bullying where the victim is afraid to speak out and speak out and therefore they continue to be victimized in silence with no defense with nobody coming to their defense".
Doors open at 5:30PM at all 3 locations for a 3 hour discussion. A pizza dinner will be offered to those attending.
More information and to register for the event, visit www.tvdsb.ca/endbullying or call by phone at 519- 452 -2000 extension 20210.
Following a tense labour dispute with the university, faculty members at Western in London have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new collective agreement.
The voting wrapped up yesterday with the faculty voting 86 per cent in favour of the deal.
Roughly 16-hundred unionized full and part-time faculty members at Western have been without a contract since June 30th.
Details of the agreement will be pending approval next week from the university's board of governors.
In Niagara Junior C hockey the Woodstock Navy Vets were unable to make it two in a row after the Aylmer Spitfires outscored the Vets 6-3 at Southwood arena Friday night - scoring 3 late game goals.
Scoring a goal each for the Vets were Forwards Derek Cowan, Christian Crossett and Defenceman Andy Fallowfield.
The Vets take on the Simcoe Storm in Simcoe on Sunday.
In other action the Norwich Merchants were all over the Glanbrook Rangers dowsing them with a 9-1 victory.
In Junior 'D' play The Tavistock Braves defeated the Delhi Travellers 3-1
Oxford Creates comes to the county for the fourth year this evening, and this weekend at Craigowan.
It is the largest indoor art and cultural exhibition in Oxford County which showcases contemporary fine art, music, and literature.
Cultural Coordinator, Mary-Anne Murphy adds it is a great opportunity to see all of the talented people in one location.
Admission is $2 and kids 12 and under are free.
The show runs tonight from 7 - 10pm, Saturday 10am to 5:00pm as well as Sunday noon to 5pm.
The HINO truck plant in Woodstock has launched it's new 2011 medium sized truck model today.
Over 200 people gathered at the plant for the unveiling that featured a plant tour to show how the trucks are built.
HINO has a 20 per cent market share of the heavy and medium duty truck market.
HINO Canada President Shin Nakamura says the Woodstock plant was threatened by the recession of 2008, but has recovered thanks to the resiliency of team members. "During that period the Woodstock plant had to go through a lot of challenges. We have grown through this experience and by sharing cost reduction ideas among team members, we have become a strong plant in terms of managing our operations."
The new 2011 HINO model is not only one of the most fuel efficient trucks, but also features one of the lowest emission ratings in the industry.
President of Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association Steve Rodgers credits both Toyota and HINO for continuing to localize their parts purchasing, which is creating jobs across Southwestern Ontario.
The second stage of Project Round-up has been completed with Woodstock Police making 7 more arrests.
More drug raids were conducted on Thursday, following Wednesday's raids that have now resulted in 13 people being arrested for drug trafficking or possession.
One person also faces a weapon charge.
Woodstock Police Chief Rod Freeman says police are still totaling the quantity of the drugs seized. Police seized prescription painkillers including Oxycodone and Morphine, along with street drugs crack, cocaine and marijuana.
The Chief warns other (alleged) drug dealers in the city: they better be looking over their shoulders.
Charged in "Project Round-Up" are:
Karen Store, 45 years, of Woodstock – Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Valerie Strickland, 52 years, of Woodstock – Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Matthew Tucnik, 50 years, of Woodstock – Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Shane Boudreau, 42 years, of Woodstock – Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Ron Rogers, 46 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Tony Pimentel, 48 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Jack Amey, 44 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Armin FORSTER, 46 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Chris HOFFMAN, 35 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Lou Antonnisen, 61 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Kathleen Elsbrie, 46 years of Woodstock - Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
Channa Veres-McLean, 25 years, of Woodstock -Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
Patti Shillolo, 50 years, of Woodstock - Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
Woodstock Police are using Crime Prevention week to try and curb a rising crime trend: Facebook threats.
Woodstock Police Constable Laurie Ann Maitland says threats being made on-line and through text messages is more serious than you might think.
Maitland says the first reaction of someone who is placed under arrest for criminal harassment is "I didn't mean it."
But, she says as long as what you write is perceived as a threat, you can be charged.
She says people need to think twice before they post anything online.
Over 1000 turned out for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Woodstock's Victoria Park.
The ceremony was very emotional this year, as there was a new name added to the war monument.
Private Tyler William Todd added to the cenotaph. Todd was killed in April in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
With surviving family members in the crowd, his mother, Beverly, laid the Silver Cross Mother Wreath at the foot of the monument that now bears her son's name.
Pastor Ken Charlton presided over the ceremony, replacing Peter Grogan, who has done the event the last 20-years. "Peter has laid the foundation, and I think he's responsible for the large crowds. He's gave such passionate addresses. I was trembling, but really glad to be here today. It's really about the veterans."
But, there were some other notable absences at the ceremony. Several veterans from the city have been left off the Cenotaph. Mayor Michael Harding told the crowd that will be corrected in the coming months. "To add the 16 names who were forgotten in the WWI, that qualify to be added to this cenotaph. We're doing further research to investigate to make sure every single veteran that served in WWII is commemorated here. The facade will be refreshed and it will represent those people that paid the ultimate sacrafice."
Oxford Public Health has issued a measles advisory.
Anyone who visited the Schaus Decorating Store in downtown Woodstock on Monday, October 25 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m may have been exposed to the measles virus.
The owners of the store want to clarify that it was a customer that had measels that was in their store for 5-minutes.
Public Health indicates there are no known cases of the virus present in the community.
Symptoms can occur between one and three weeks after exposure that include
cough, runny nose, fever, white spots in the mouth and red watery eyes that are sensitive to light.
These symptoms are followed by a red rash which lasts about six days.
Travis Horvath scored a hat-trick and added an assist leading the Woodstock Navy Vets to a 6-2 win in Glanbrook last night. It was the Navy Vets second win of the season.
Kyle Morris had a goal and two assists and Matt Smith scored his first goal of junior hockey.
Trevor Neable got his first win between the pipes for the Navy Vets as well.
Up next, Woodstock is home to Aylmer on Friday night.
Many Canadians turn their attention to the country's war dead and wounded this morning -- if even for just a couple of minutes.
Remembrance Day ceremonies will take place across the country at 11 o'clock as Canadians honour those who fought for our freedoms, past and present.
This year's ceremony at the Woodstock Cenotaph in Victoria Park will take on a present theme this morning. The name of 26-year-old fallen Private Tyler Todd will be added to the war monument.
Todd, a former high school student in Woodstock, and resident of Bright, was killed back in April in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.
If you can't make it to your local ceremony this morning, Heart FM will have hilights of Woodstock's ceremony today, as well, we'll have a special Remembrance Day piece, starting prior to 11AM this morning.
A public advisory from Oxford County Public health...
Anyone who visited the Schaus Decorating Store located at 593 Dundas Street in Woodstock on Monday, October 25 between ll:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m may have been exposed to the measles virus.
That's the message from Oxford County Board of Health.
Manager of Health Protection Mary Metcalfe explains how the virus is spread
" It is spread by airborne droplets, but it's only people who were in the exposure site at a specific time that are of any concern. Probably a number of people have protection against the disease, but we just want people to be aware that if they are experiencing symptoms what the cause may be then they should seek medical attention".
Symptoms can occur between one and three weeks after exposure that include
cough, runny nose, fever, white spots in the mouth and red watery eyes that are sensitive to light.
These symptoms are followed by a red rash which lasts about six days.
Metcalfe says as a precaution, Public Health is asking anyone born in 1970 or after who has not received two doses of the measles vaccine—or who has not had the measles infection-- to watch for signs and symptoms of the disease and to contact Public Health.
A local family has opened their hearts and their wallets for the new Woodstock General Hospital.
The Wettlaufer family has decided to donate 1.5 million dollars.
President and CEO of the Woodstock General Hospital, Natasa Veljovic says this gift will make a real difference in their continuing efforts to provide great patient care.
Jack Wettlaufer and his wife Jean own the Bright Cheese House here in Woodstock. He says the community has been a big part in their success, so they wanted to give something back.
In recognition, the "J & J Wettlaufer Family Wing" will include the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Cardio Respiratory Unit and other important units.
Woodstock Police and their drug enforcement unit,with the help of the Waterloo Regional Police Service Emergency Response Unit, cracked down on drugs in the city.
Police acted on three search warrants this morning at homes on George and Dundas Streets and Ingersoll Road in Woodstock.
During the investigation, police seized quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, marihuana, oxycodone and morphine.
6 people, 3 males and 3 females ranging in age of 25 to 61, all residents of Woodstock, face a series of drug-related offences.
WPS says further charges are pending and more arrests are expected throughout the remainder of the week.
It's already been a long, tedious process, but the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) in Norwich has made at least one recommendation - to keep Otterville, Burgessville, Norwich and North Norwich Public schools open.
Ward 2 Councilor in Norwich Lynne DePlanke says she has her fingers crossed this will take place - once reports have been presented and finalized within the board
"there's so many options that are out there, I'm just hoping I think as a Township that TVDSB will consider the options that come forward from the Accommodation Review Committee and we'll have some input".
Trustee Graham Hart says the TVDSB need to look at the forest before it can see the trees
" the difficulty as we move forward is to look at what education might look like in the Norwich Township area in the next 5, 10 or 20 years from now and ask the question: Will we just continue with the present facilities that we have? Or will we make some changes?
During a recent meeting in Norwich, the ARC committee also recommended that a school be kept open in each of the three communities.
OPP say two men from the Six Nations reserve died in a single-vehicle collision in Brant County.
Police say 21 year old Paul Edward Laforme Jr and 27 year old Ernest William Silversmith, were pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night.
Another Six Nations resident, 21 year old Rayal Anderson,was taken to a Hamilton hospital with serious injuries.
Police say a speeding car left Burtch Road, west of Bateman Line, slammed into a utility pole and rolled over several times.
All three men were thrown from the car.
October's election results are producing a dramatic change to the economic development group SCOR.
Short for the South Central Ontario Region, SCOR's board of directors is comprised of 10 members from 5 different counties, including Oxford.
Following election night, SCOR is set to lose half of its board.
Five of 10 members on SCOR, the South Central Ontario Region, either did not run, or were defeated on election night.
That includes one of two Oxford members: Stephen Molnar in Tillsonburg. Donald Doan remains.
However, Chair of SCOR, Dennis Travale, says it shouldn't be a major setback for the organization. "It shouldn't have a dramatic impact. We will transition forward into the new year. We are fortunate to have completed the staffing of our General Manager and Development Officer...they will keep the engine running."
Cindy Amos is the new General Manager of SCOR.
They recently asked the federal government for 15-million dollars in new funding. That was the original commitment to SCOR. So far they've spent half that money, which has helped generate 300 new jobs for rural areas in the region.
Provincial police say alcohol and failure to wear seatbelts were major factors in a double fatal accident near Brantford.
The two victims died at the scene Tuesday night while a third man in the car was rushed to hospital in Hamilton for emergency surgery.
Police say the car left Burtch Road, west of Bateman Line, slammed into a utility pole and rolled over several times.
Debris was spread over a 100-metre area.
Names of the victims have not been released.
Ontario's Environment Minister John Wilkinson comments on the new solar thermal project at Oxford Gardens.
Several over achievers were recognized for their fundraising efforts through the MS Society.
Celebrations took place at the 4th Annual 'Celebration of Champions' dinner held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto October 29th.
Individuals and teams from across the province who raised $10,000 or more - were award recipients of the 2010 MS Walks and RONA MS Bike Tours.
Woodstock resident David Wilton has participated the last 9 years in the 2 day/150 Kilometer bike tour and raised $11,171.99.
Fundraising Coordinator Amanda Travnicek says she's very pleased to see such generosity
"it's amazing that actually over the years we've had so many people raising such astounding amounts of money - I think one of the very first tours raised about $100,000 and this year the Grand Bend and back tour raised almost $1.2 Million".
Wilton, who was not readily available for comment, generates most of his funds through business.
Travnicek says the money goes towards research and services for the MS Society and those that suffer from MS.
The Ontario Hockey Association recognized 4 quick-thinking individuals who helped save the life of a Sebringville Linesman last December.
Kevin Brown broke up a brawl between players during a Junior C hockey game between the Woodstock Renegades and the New Hamburg Firebirds.
Brown was slashed across the neck when one of the players' skates came up off the ice during the fight.
Brown lost a substantial amount of blood in the incident.
Prior to a Firebirds and Navy Vets Game Friday, Registered Nurse Paula Thomson and Woodstock Trainers Dan Dukes and Bert Cowell - were presented a letter from OHA President Brent Ladds.
Firebirds Trainer Greg Henning received a crystal puck.
Brown is still recuperating after suffering from a stroke due to his blood loss.
Leading edge solar technology has been unveiled in Woodstock today.
Officials gathered at Oxford Gardens Retirement Home for the unveiling of a major solar thermal power system.
162 solar collectors on the rooftop of Oxford Gardens collect solar energy, which can be converted to heat the water, the pool and the air in the retirement home.
Project Manager for Proterra Solar, Suni Ball says it can also help cool the building.
"In the summer, we've got a special air conditioner and it will actually use the hot water to generate air conditioning for the building. It's likely the most significant solar thermal project in Canada this year."
German technology was used in the project, and German Consul General Sabine Sarwasser was on hand to praise the investment made by the Van Haeren family. "It's what we call a lighthouse project: one that is visible and attracting attention from a far."Nik Van Haeren tells Heart FM they're already getting interest from across Canada and US from businesses that want to see the solar thermal technology in action.
Ontario Environment Minister John Wilkinson was on hand for today's grand opening. He credits the Van Haeren family for making an investment that will help advance the technology in Canada. "We need this type of technology to be adopted across North America. There's a lot of people that won't do it until they can see it and touch it and know for sure that it works. And so we want to particularly praise all the partners here for deciding to put up the best demonstration you can for this product by having it right here at Oxford Gardens."
If you're thinking about getting your seasonal flu shot, there's no time like the present.
Free Flu Shot clinics continue throughout Oxford County.
The Plattsville Public School will host a clinic Wednesday between 3PM and 7PM.
Zorra Highland Public School will hold also a clinic between 3 and 7pm on Thursday, then Saturday the Church of the Epiphany located at Dundas & Wellington will hold a free flu shot clinic between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM.
For a complete list of Flu clinics in Oxford County, visit:
"It takes a whole village to build a child".
Those were the words echoed by Thames Valley District Board Chair Terry Roberts.
Roberts attended Glendale High School in Tillsonburg this afternoon to help celebrate nearly $9 million dollars in renovations.
He says it's been a trying year throughout Oxford County with school closings and openings, but, he says, it's for the benefit and the future of our kids and communities
"there's nothing worse than having to close down a school because you're hitting at the emotions of the total community, but when they see what happens when we consolidate and put the additions on something brand new - they know that it's in the best interest of their son or daughter. They're students. We're doing the right thing in terms of investing in their future".
TVDSB Board Trustee James Stewart agrees
" Yes, it is very distressing it causes a lot of aches especially with single school communities, but at the end of the day there are less kids in each school and our funding comes from the province and we have live with the way the money is doled out and we have to do what's best for our kids".
Glendale Principal Sarah Khan says she has seen students transition into her newly renovated school and make the adjustment
"the ones that came from Annondale - they were there in grade 7 and grade 8 and so they came over with their grade 9 buddies, so they came as a large group - half of our school is grade 9 or 10 students. For the students who came from other schools it probable is a bit more of a challenge -a bit more of a change for them".
About 1,000 kids, school faculty and community members celebrated new science classrooms, a drama studio, large gymnasium and library resources centre to name a few.
The renovations were made possible through the 'Reliving The Legacy' campaign Chaired by Mike Bossy.
The school also received $42,000 from the Trillium Foundation that was put towards a 7,600 square foot gymnasium.
Three people are facing charges after Oxford OPP found stolen snowmobiles.
Police say a fenced compound in Eastwood was broken into back on October 30th or 31st and three snowmobiles were stolen.
November 1st, the victim was leaving for work when he was passed by a pick-up hauling an enclosed trailer.
He tailed it to the Waterloo area, where police stopped it an arrested the 41-year-old driver from Petersburg with possession of stolen property.
The next morning, a search warrant turned up a stolen snowmobile at a home on Old Stage Road. A marijuana grow-op was also located. A 36-year-old man and 35-year-old woman are also facing charges.
The other two stolen snow machines were found abandoned alongside the 15th Line of Zorra Township November 2nd.
The Woodstock Police Service wants to be your friend.
City Police have opened up their own Facebook page, in hopes of opening up the lines of communication with the community.
Constable Laurie Ann Maitland explains one of the main reasons for police to join the largest social network. "It encompasses a couple of different things, because the theme of Crime Prevention Week this year is 'Connecting to Kids Today, Preventing Crime Tomorrow' and where are kids? They are on Facebook. So it just makes sense for us to be there and keep the lines of communication open.
Maitland also encourages older users of Facebook to add the Woodstock Police page to their list of sites to check.
There will be safety tips posted on there, press releases and community forums on matters dealing with the police.
You can find the page at:
The Canadian Convenience Store Association is once again fuming over the issue of Contraband tobacco.
The "Window on Contraband" tour came to Woodstock today, to the Star Light Convenience store on Dundas St. A mock smoke shack was set up to show non-smokers how illegal smokes are sold for a fraction of the cost of legal cigarettes sold in stores.
CCSA Regional Coordinator Peter Seemann tells Heart FM the explosive growth of "smoke shacks" on the nearby Six Nations Reserve just proves illegal cigarettes are widely available. "94 smoke shacks as of a few weeks ago to a population of 11-thousand that live on Six Nations. As a comparison, in an area of about 100-thousand people, there will typically be about 50-60 convenience stores or gas bars that are selling legal tobacco. So they've got double as many, almost, at a-tenth of the population, so you know that's not servicing the smoking population of Six Nations."
The Convenience Stores Association have demanded the governments come up with a plan to weed out contraband smokes.
Seemann says the recent HST continued to raise the tax on legal smokes, making illegal cigarettes an even more attractive option for smokers.
Legal smokes now sell for 80-dollars a carton, while contraband can sell for as cheap as 11-dollars a carton.
A teen is dead and a woman is injured after a crash near Brantford.
Their car was travelling on Brant Highway 54 near the town of Onondaga, when it somehow rolled several times and ended up in a ditch.
A 19-year-old male passenger died from his injuries at a hospital in Brantford. His name has not been released.
The 20-year-old Brantford woman who was driving the car is in a Hamilton hospital with serious injuries.
The crash happened around 10:45 Sturday night.
The road was closed for several hours while police investigated.
The funeral for Former Oxford Liberal MP John Finlay will take place this afternoon.
Finlay died peacefully last Sunday at PeopleCare Long Term Facility in Tavistock.
He was 81.
Finlay served as Oxford's MP for three terms from 1993 through 2004, when he retired from politics.
He also served as a Liberal Party Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
A celebration of his life will be at Knox United Church in Embro at 2:30.
In lieu of flowers, and according to John’s wishes, the family requests memorial donations to the Parkinson’s Society Southwestern Ontario or the Woodstock Hospital.
Small but 'vocal' crowds of veterans gathered across the country, to protest benefit changes.
A reported 150 people gathered in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, while about 100 people met in St. John's and about 50 attended a Halifax rally.
A number of vets also held protests in front of the constituency office of Oxford MP Dave MacKenzie in Tillsonburg at 11 o'clock yesterday morning.
Meanwhile only a handful of people turned out to a rally in Toronto.
The veterans are protesting the change away from life-time pensions to wounded and injured veterans by a combination of lump sum payments and income support.
The country meets the big city as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair continues in Toronto this weekend.
New additions this year include celebrity chef competitions, concerts, and horse hockey (that's a combination of polo and hockey).
The fair also features traditional crowd favorites like livestock barns, dog shows and giant vegetable competitions.
President Gail McPhearson says there's something else unique to the show today
"we have the Royal Rodeo today as well and also for family's we have the woof and hoof which is the ultimate dog and pony show that stars Andrew Marshall of Heartland and, we have some celebrity cattle sorting which stars former Toronto Maple Leaf greats Wendel Clark and Curtis Joseph".
The Royal Winter Fair runs at Exhibition Place until Nov. 14.
It is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.
For more information visit www.royalfair.org
Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman is reminding Ontarians the importance of owning and checking Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Hardeman spoke recently at the Ontario legislature and stressed the importance
of the detectors as he prepares to re-introduce his private members bill (the Hawkins-Gignac Act) this December.
During a recent interview on Rogers TV Woodstock, Hardeman said he's confident the bill will be accepted
" Since it was supported unanimously on the second reading in the previous setting of the legislature, I have no reason to believe that it won't do that again unless someone says something very foolishly about the bill that we did a debate about, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't pass".
Hardeman introduced the first version of his bill in December 2009 after Oxford OPP Constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and children Cassandra and Jordan died from a carbon monoxide leak in their Woodstock home.
Health Canada has issued a recall of some car seats because of two possible hazards.
The recall covers Chaperone-brand infant car seats that were made in China over a 13-month period that ended last May.
Health Canada says the harness chest clip can break, creating sharp edges that could cut someone.
And, because the clip is so small, it could choke young children.
About 24-hundred of the car seats were sold across Canada.
In Niagara Junior 'C' hockey action the Woodstock Navy Vets gave the Aylmer Spitfires a run for their money.
The game headed into overtime before the Spits defeated the Vets 3-2 .
Chase Thorton got a short handed goal and Derek Cowing also scored for the Vets.
The spitfires grabbed the win with just 22 seconds left in overtime.
In other local hockey action the Norwich Merchants came out on top beating the Caledonia Corvaires 3-2 .
A 21 year old Guelph girl's ambition is taking her singing career to new heights.
Danielle Todd will be performing the National Anthem at Sunday's NFL Football Game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto when the Buffalo Bills take on the Chicago Bears.
Todd tells Heart FM she's elated
" it is pretty exciting - up to 50,000 people are going to be there and it's an honor to be able to play and sing in front of that many people - especially for such an important game. It's so exciting - I can't wait".
Todd was runner up and performed 'The Good Guy' and 'Next To You' on Heart FM's Big Break 3 contest in 2009.
Big Break is sponsored by 104.7 Heart FM that allows artists to compete for a chance to win on air and studio recording time, along with cash prizes.
Woodstock Police responded quickly after two men were reported to be in the downtown area with a gun at about 9am Friday.
Police say they received a call saying a male was threatening another male with a firearm near Museum Square.
Police responded to the scene but the suspects had fled the area.
Police Chief Rod Freeman says with the assistance of witnesses, they were able to make their arrests.
Police have now charged 46 year old Kevin Brett of Woodstock with several firearms related offences - including unauthorized possession of a firearm and careless storage of a firearm. He was released from custody and will appear in court December 14th.
53 year old Clifford Racine of East-Zorra Tavistock is charged with several firearms related offences including assault with a weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm while committing an offence and pointing a firearm.
Racine is being held in custody pending a bail hearing today.
A third was male was arrested and later released without charges.
Police retrieved a sawed off shotgun during their investigation.
In Niagara Junior C hockey the Norwich Merchants defeated the Grimsby Peach Kings 4-2
The Woodstock Navy Vets were outscored by the New Hamburg Firebirds 6-3
In Junior 'D' play Tavistock edged the Delhi Travellers 2-1
In tonight's action the Woodstock Navy Vets take on the Aylmer Spitfires at 7:30.
Also tonight Simcoe is at Paris , Dundas takes on New Hamburg and Caledonia is at Norwich.
The new Woodstock General Hospital has reached another milestone.
With many accomplishments reached, and many more to come, the latest highlight has been the "commissioning" of the building.
Commissioning is the quality control process of the construction to ensure the building and all of its mechanical systems will perform as intended, such as the heating and ventilation system.
President and CEO of the Woodstock Hospital, Natasha Veiljovic says "Commissioning brings us another step closer to substantial completion scheduled for June 2011."
A day of remembrance will be taking place tomorrow for two well known community members.
MP John Finlay passed away Oct 17th, at People Care Long Term Facility.
His life will be celebrated tomorrow evening with visitations at Longworth Funeral home, from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
Finlay's funeral will be held Sunday November 7th at 2:30pm at Knox United Church in Embro.
Also Dr. Kelly Shaughnessy who passed away October 30th, will have his visitations this evening from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
This funeral is to be held Saturday at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Ingersoll.
For more information on both of those visitations, visit longworthfuneral.com
Woodstock Police are investigating a report of a youth being attacked and robbed in the north end of the city.
Police say a 17 year old male and 16 year old female were walking through the Northdale Public school property Thursday when they were approached by 2 to 3 males. The teen says the males began to kick and punch him, demanding his cell phone and wallet. The suspects removed the items from the teen and fled on foot south across the school yard.
The suspects were wearing bandanas and the victim can provide only a vague description. He received only minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
Police are asking anyone with additional information to call them at 537-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 519-421-TIPS.
Three males have been arrested after calls came in to Woodstock Police of a male being threatened with a gun.
Police received a call shortly after 9AM this morning that the male was threatening another male in the downtown core. Investigations led the Police to identify one of the males involved, and with the assistance of OPP, officers were able to arrest one of the males at a residence in East Zorra-Tavistock.
The other two males believed to have been involved were arrested at a residence in Woodstock.
Police have the 3 males in custody and a weapon has been recovered.
Police Chief Rod Freeman says they have the 3 suspects in custody and a weapon has been recovered. He stresses that there is no danger to the public.
The investigation is on going with charges pending.
Oxford County stepped it up and raised thousands for United Way.
Teams climbed their way through the Community Complex yesterday and raised over $27,000.
The Student Stair Climb raised $15,552.66 in the morning, with the IDCI taking the top spot for the 7th consecutive year in a row raising $7678.
Then the adults stepped in for the evening and raised over $12,000 at this years event.
All money raised goes to support the United Way of Oxford.
A huge success....that is what many our saying about the 1st annual Lights and Sirens Charity Ball.
The event held on October 22nd was organized by the Woodstock Fire Department, Oxford County EMS and Woodstock Police Service. The organizers say each year new local charities will benefit from the proceeds of the Charity Ball, and this year, the Make-A-Wish of Southwestern Ontario and United Way of Oxford with each be receiving a donation of $12,500.
Committee members will be making the presentations today in Woodstock - Heart FM will have more on this story later this afternoon.
A Progressive Conservative member of Ontario's legislature is calling for Remembrance Day to be made a statutory holiday in the province.
Nepean-Carleton member Lisa MacLeod says making November 11th a statutory holiday would recognize the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in military service.
Oxford MP Dave McKenzie says there is mixed reaction on the bill
"Veterans organizations are somewhat split on it too because they're concerned that people will just see it as another holiday to do their shopping or whatever else it may be that folks wish to do, so I don't think their is unanimous consent in the country".
Ontario is one of the few provinces and territories that doesn't recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday.
MacLeod's bill would also require every school to hold a Remembrance Day service on the last school day before Nov. 11.
Oxford County Students Reach Out.
The student United Way stair climb took place this morning at the Southwood Arena in Woodstock.
550 Oxford County students from six local high schools climbed the stairs and raised a total of $15,552.
United Way Executive Director Kelly Gilson says "It's really something, not only did they do a great job raising the dollars but they really came out and showed their school spirit, they showed their community spirit and they really had fun."
Gilson also announced the winner of the school challenge, "The reigning champs decided they wanted it one more year, so for the 7th straight year IDCI took the championship, they raised $7,678."
The adult stair climb will take place tonight at the Community Complex starting at 5:30.
It was a night many won't forget for some time.
Hundreds filled the Oxford Auditorium Wednesday night for the 13th annual business awards of excellence.
Gary Farrington of Farrington Plumbing received the Community Service Award
"it's overwhelming for one person - I enjoy doing what I do so much. There is not enough money in Woodstock to pay me for the satisfaction for doing it and anybody that's not volunteering don't know what they are missing".
Adam Hagan and his team received their award for Outstanding Food Services at Craigowen Golf
Hagan says he's very proud "it's an honor to be part of these great businesses here in Woodstock and the surrounding communities and to be awarded the prize for the best food services is an honor for our club".
Marna Wilkinson of Picard Peanuts Woodstock took home the Outstanding Retailer of the year award
" I'm very happy to receive this award. I have put a lot of work into working with this business - we grow our own peanuts - it's a family business - I can't say any more than that".
Margorie Miller took home top honors and received the Presidents Award - for her volunteer work encouraging The Boy Scouts in their work for almost 40 years - Miller says she's absolutely speechless and surprised by the win.
It's another win for Ingersoll.
550 students from six Oxford County high schools climbed the stairs of the Southwood Arena this morning in an effort to raise money for the United Way of Oxford.
The team from IDCI raised over $7,600 collectively, with the overall leader being Kyle Fairbain who raised $1,125.
United Way Executive Director Kelly Gilson says $15,552.66 was raised this morning at the student stair climb.
The adult climb is taking place later this evening at the Community Complex ...
2010 Business Awards of Excellence Finalists & Runner Ups:
Gary Farrington: Farrington Plumbing
Runner Up: Jeff Worthington – Investment Planning Council
Terry Thompson – Nesbitt Coulter LLP
Sherri Stevens: Stevens Resource Group
Runner Up: Barnim Family: Als Tire Craft
Joe Odumodu – The Dispensary
Young Professional/New Business Award:
Colleen McKay: “Your Farm Market”
Runner Up: At The Office
Eden Bella Boutique
Professional Services Award:
Tim Barnes: Barnes Chiropractic
Runner Up: Beatty, Stock & Boddy
Outstanding Achievement Award: Commercial:
Park Place Retirement Residence
Runner Up: Dollars & Sense Book Keeping
Outstanding Achievement Award: Manufacturing:
Maglin Site Furniture
Runner Up: Pre Con Inc.
Vuteq Canada Inc.
Franchisee of The Year Award:
Boston Pizza Woodstock
Runner Up: Home Hardware Building Centre
Woodstock Ford Sales
Outstanding Retailer Of The Year:
Picard Peanuts Woodstock
Runner Up: Oxford Tire & Auto
The Stereo Man Ltd.
Outstanding Food Services Award:
Oxford Golf & Country Club: Craigowan
Runner Up: Banana Leaf Thai Cuisine
Miss Woodstock Restaurant
Tradesperson of The Year Award:
The Furnace Guy
Runner Up: Deroo Bros. Home Builders
Ricks Heating & Cooling
Energy & Conservation & Innovation Award:
County of Oxford
Runner Up: HINO Motors Canada Ltd.
Oxford Gardens Retirement Village
There was plenty of excitement at the Oxford Auditorium Wednesday night.
The Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce held its 13th Annual Business Awards of Excellence banquet recognizing outstanding achievements within the business community.
One highlight of the evening included the award presentation for Young Professional/New Business.
21 year old Colleen Mackay was presented the award for "Your Farm Market" - a fruit and vegetable stand located on Dundas street east in Woodstock.
MacKay says she owes a lot to her family and the people she serves
"it definitely took a lot of family support to get it there - it's a huge family business - all 3 of my sisters and my dad are a huge part of making it what it is and the community- we do it for the community".
Chamber President Diane Langner says she admires MacKay's goals and ambitions
" I think Colleen has grown her business fantastically. I think that it's the best little shop going and as she said she wants to make her first $million in Oxford County - I think that's great".
The Young Professional/New Business award was sponsored by Cowan Insurance Group.
The runners up were "Eden Bella Boutique" and "At The Office"
Oxford OPP are gearing up for the 5th annual charity basketball game - and they are going to need it after last year's whooping.
Ingersoll's Fusion Youth will be taking on the cops beginning Monday November 8th at 7PM.
They'll be hooping it up in the main gym at Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (IDCI) in Ingersoll.
Admission is only $2 and the money raised will be given to a local charity chosen by the youth.
A new addition is coming to Woodstock Police Headquarters.
Over the course of the next few months WPS will be incorporating a Collision Reporting Centre.
Woodstock Police Chief Rod Freeman says the new centre will utilize policing where they are needed most
"in our particular case, it will free up about $190,000.00 worth of Officers time that we can redirect towards proactive programs, enforcement programs and high visibility patrols as opposed to sitting on the side of the road investigating minor accidents".
Freeman says with new centre, a few renovations will need to take place
"the centre will be set up right here in the lobby at the Police station. We're going to do a little bit of renovation to make some room for it. We'll reconfigure our front counter and part of the front counter will be the collision reporting desk, the other part of the counter will be the Police Services reception desk, so we're going to have it right here in the building"
Freeman says the new Reporting Centre, new Officers hired and a host of other improvements in the last year, Woodstock Police will become much more effective and efficient in every aspect of policing for a safer community.
As the cold weather settles in, the Coats For Kids Campaign is in full swing.
Coordinator Sharon Maybee says that donations are down this year and they are reaching out to the public for help in keeping everyone warm this winter season.
Maybee says they typically distribute over 1000 items each year which includes jackets, mittens, hats and boots. And even though it is called Coats for Kids, they need coats for all ages from babies to adults.
With donations being down, organizers are asking the public to drop off their items before the deadline of Saturday at any of their locations in Woodstock.
Drop off locations are:
Pets On Board (Springbank Plaza)
Oxford County Admin Building
St. David's United Church
Church of the Epiphany
Ontario's insurance brokers want the government to outlaw the use of credit scores to set home insurance premiums.
The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario says about half of the big insurance companies are using credit scores instead of just risk assessment to set premiums or even to deny coverage.
Spokesman Bryan Yetman says the province banned the use of credit scoring to set auto insurance premiums five years ago and needs to do the same now for home insurance.
He says if it makes good public policy sense on the one product line it should make sound public policy sense on the other, calling it a matter of fairness.
Yetman says insurance rates should be determined by the risk involved, not some unknown calculation that decides a low credit score is an indication of how likely someone is to make a claim.
The New Democrats support the brokers' call for a ban on using credit scores to set home insurance premiums, calling it a profoundly unfair practice.
It's classes as usual today for UWO students.
Professors at Western had been threatening to strike but negotiations between the two sides went into the late hours of the night, and a tentative deal was reached between the school and faculty association.
Classes will continue today as scheduled.
OPP say a pick-up truck exploded at about 5:00PM and was on fire between Culloden road and Highway 19.
Commuters are advised to seek an alternate route if at all possible.
Also OPP are advising westbound commuters to stay focused as you're travelling through the area.
There is no word of any injuries or what caused the truck to explode.
Emergency crews are on scene.
Again that's highway 401 eastbound at Mile Marker 218 in the Ingersoll area between Culloden Road and Highway 19.
Wednesday night marks the 13th annual Business Awards of Excellence.
The dinner and awards presentation presented by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce will be jam packed with several local businesses that strive for business success and achievement.
The 2010 finalists and Nominees can be found by visiting:
The event begins at 6:00PM Wednesday November 3rd located at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock.
Tune in to 104.7 Heart FM Thursday for all the results and comments from award winners.
Education remains one of the top priorities for the Mayor of Norwich.
Donald Doan, who defeated Allan Dale by more than 900 votes this election, says he hopes to keep both schools open in Burgessville and Otterville - he says it's very important to have these schools in each community.
Doan says packing too many children into a learning environment does not make for quality education
" Just the thought of putting upwards of 700 kids in one school - some of them are just 3 years old when they're starting and that's pretty tough going for them. We're very hopeful - maybe it means grades 7 and 8 can move out of Burgessville and Otterville into the larger school in Norwich - something like that".
Other priorities include restructuring, hiring of a new Fire Chief and a newer or upgraded Municipal building.
No injuries are reported, but 29 students were shook up after their School Bus was rear ended southeast of Springford this morning.
Oxford OPP say the bus had stopped at Cornell Road to pick up students.
When the bus pulled away, it was struck by the car.
The bus contained 29 students ranging from senior kindergarten to grade 8.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.
Another court date has been set for the Ingersoll babysitter charged in the death of 5 month old Brookelyn Hopkins.
Defense Lawyer Rhonda Fawcett appeared on 40 year old Melissa Garland's behalf in a Woodstock courtroom this morning.
Fawcett stated she has received 20 DVD's of disclosure, but needs more time to review the case against her client.
The Crown in the matter is also awaiting a full coroners report.
Garland faces charges of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of Life after Hopkins was rushed to Ingersoll hospital unresponsive before being moved to London.
Hopkins died of her injuries at Sick KIds Hospital in London on August 9th.
The case has now been remanded until March 22, 2011.
East Zorra-Tavistock have sold the former Tavistock Library and PUC shed.
Dave and Kim Piggott are the new owners of the building and lands to the rear of the library. The Township has retained the former Tavistock PUC Office as it will continue to be the home of the Tavistock & District Historical Society.
The Piggott's say they do not have immediate plans for the building but are tossing ideas around. They are considering a commercial tenant, but will be putting the ideas out there to see what type of response they receive.
The Piggott's renovated the former Oxford Hotel into residential apartments and the new home of the Tavistock Library.
Mayor Don McKay says, "Based on their experience with the Oxford Hotel, Dave and Kim are the right people to give the old Tavistock Library a chance at renewal. It is encouraging to see the private sector continuing to invest in our community."
After winning the Municipal election with nearly 400 votes, Ingersoll Mayoral-Elect Ted Comiskey says he'll be taking an optimistic approach as Ingersoll Mayor come December.
Comiskey shared a few thoughts on Rogers TV Thursday and maintains that open communication is key to good government
" one of the big things I believe will be in presentation. The atmosphere within the council members in Woodstock is certainly in a different position. When you present yourself to council, you are facing the council members - in Ingersoll you are not right now- you are off to the side and so you are actually not being able to....you are more or less discussing to the audience rather than presenting yourself to council".
Comiskey hopes to incorporate dual television cameras within Ingersoll's council chambers for proper presentation for everyone involved.
Mayor-Elect Pat Sobeski says he's looking forward to a new slate as Woodstock City Mayor come December.
Sobeski was interviewed on Rogers TV Talk Local last Thursday and was asked what his thoughts are when the 3 new council members join the horse shoe
" We have a former Police Chief who understands cities and has been in a management role. so he'll bring that management experience to the table. Paul Plant, a former Economic Developer and Bill Bess is certainly familiar with council, but Bill is more than just an environmentalist, so it's going to be an interesting mix of new people".
Sobeski says his first order on the agenda is to ask his staff to provide detailed and broader reports to counselors that will provide good dialogue and better debates.
The interview with Sobeski will run tonight beginning at 7PM and will be played throughout the week.
Sobeski and council members will be sworn in - in December.
A recount has been confirmed in a Ward race in East-Zorra-Tavistock.
For the second election in a row, Ward 1 has been decided by less than a handful of votes.
It's now been confirmed that Clive Lawry has defeated Shirley Hanlon by just 2 votes for the 2nd councilor position in the Tavistock Ward.
Ballots were recounted this morning.
Hanlon received 490 votes to Lawry's 492.
A 22 year old Tillsonburg man is facing charges after allegedly punching a Peace Officer in the Face.
OPP say a man was seen punching at store windows just before 2:30 AM Sunday morning in the the downtown area.
Police say the man was clearly intoxicated at the time of the arrest and injured hand and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
As police were transporting the man from the hospital to the detachment, the male allegedly struck the Officer across the head.
22 year old Eric Armstrong faces charges of being intoxicated in a public place and assaulting a Peace Officer.
The Officer did not require medical attention.
Oxford OPP are investigating a barn fire.
Police say the blaze broke out just after 10:30 Saturday night on North Street west of Tillson Avenue in Tillsonburg.
OPP say the fire is suspicious in nature because the barn did not have hydro.
Police are hoping the public can help them in their investigation.
Damage estimates are not readily available.
Anyone with information or may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area are asked to call the Oxford OPP at 688-6540 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Oxford OPP are investigating a couple of break-ins over the week-end.
Police say the first involved unknown suspects entering through a 'Man door' at a Cobble Hills Road address in Zorra Township between 12:00 Noon and 2:30 PM Friday.
A quantity of hand tools were taken. Police say the suspect entered the home, but nothing was taken.
A second break-in occurred on old highway #2 near Eastwood during the early morning hours of October 31st.
OPP say unknown suspects entered a locked, fenced-in compound and 3 snow mobiles and a trailer were taken. The trailer's license plate is D-3-2-7-3-H - that theft is estimated at $13,000.
Anyone with information should contact Oxford OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Woodstock Police have charged 3 area people with drug related offences in Oxford County.
Police say Drug Enforcement Officers stopped a vehicle on Thursday in the area of Oxford Road #2 and Oxford Road #4 while investigating suspicions of cocaine trafficking.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of quantities of cocaine, codeine, marihuana and Canadian currency with a combined street value of about $8000.00.
36 year old Lisa Minard, 46 year old Armin Forster, and 21 year old Jessica Watson now face charges of possession of controlled Substances for the purpose of trafficking, possession of controlled Substances and possession of property obtained by crime.
There is a power outage affecting the east part of Woodstock, north-east and south of the city into Norwich township.
Hydro One crews say there was an equipment/material failure which lead to the power outage earlier this morning.
Crews are continuing to work on the issue and hope to have all power restored by 11AM.
Norwich improved their record to 10-0-1 after another win yesterday against New Hamburg. The Merchants were victorious 5-2 over the Firebirds, holding top spot in the West division.
Norwich will be back on the road taking on Grimsby Peach Kings Friday night, who are holding the #1 spot in the East Divison.
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