2016 Year in Review: December

January 19, 2017   ·   0 Comments

December 1, 2016

  Orangeville council has taken steps to increase pedestrian safety along a busy stretch of Alder Street beside Westside Secondary School, approving the installation of a $25,000 crosswalk at its Nov. 28 council meeting.

The move follows hot on the heels of yet another incident in the area, which saw a 15-year-old girl struck by a pickup truck while crossing Alder Street at the intersection of Montgomery Boulevard in early November. The teen suffered a severe concussion and several minor injuries.

  After 28 years of hosting the annual Candy Cane Fair, the Headwaters Heath Care Auxiliary is now seeing former child visitors arriving with their own children for a day of fun Christmas activities in the lobby of the hospital in Orangeville.

The fair, held on Nov. 26, featured kid-friendly events like a bake sale, craft tables, face painting and raffles. There was also an opportunity for children to have a photo taken with Santa Claus.

December 8, 2016

  Orangeville Transit celebrated its 25th anniversary with the introduction of a new bus, marking significant improvements for transit and the Town.

The 30-foot, low-floor Vicinity bus, which cost $400,000, now has an access and exit ramp, features large windows and an air-cushioned ride. Those with wheelchairs have extra space by folding seats and can strap themselves in. There are no 24 seats (the previous had 20) and extra space for people to stand.

  For two decades, Orangeville Toastmasters has acted as a beacon of hope for individuals looking to make a positive change in their life. On Dec. 5, the local organization held a special open house officially celebrating its 20th anniversary in Orangeville.

  The Orangeville Police Service will toe the line on spending in 2017, with an $8.5 million budget that requires no additional funding by town taxpayers.

  The festive season officially arrived in Orangeville on Dec. 2 as the 24th annual Christmas in the Park kicked off with a bang at Kay Cee Gardens.

Hundreds of people from far and wide descended upon the beautifully decorated site located between Bythia St. and John St. on Dec. 2 as representatives from the Optimist Club of Orangeville, with a little help from some special guests, led the official opening night lighting ceremony.

  Family Transition Place commemorated the infamous Montreal Massacre by holding a candlelight vigil on Dec. 6, raising awareness and celebrating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

December 15, 2016

  A distinct effort to improve regional economic development appears to be the chief priority of Dufferin County Council in the new year, with the municipality’s new Warden – Melancthon Mayor Darren White – saying he’d like to see the County do more to encourage increased commercial investment in Orangeville and Shelburne.

Acclaimed as the 140th Warden of Dufferin on Dec. 8, Mr. White spoke at length about his vision for the County and promised to build on the “fine work” of his predecessors – most notably former warden Laura Ryan.

December 22, 2016

  Headwaters Health Care Centre is in the midst of celebrating a “momentous milestone” as the local facility was recently recognized as one of the leading health care providers in the country by Accreditation Canada.

The local hospital met 100 percent of the Canadian watchdog’s Required Organizational Practices (ROPs), and 99.9 percent of almost 2,300 standards. The most notable of the areas surveyors recognized at Headwaters included engaged physicians and strong leadership committed to delivering quality care to area residents, a visible and unwavering commitment to infection control in ever area of the facility and an impressive culture of patient safety and focus on quality improvement initiatives across the hospital.

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