2017 Year in Review: December

January 5, 2018   ·   0 Comments

December 7

• Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCMA) will close its doors to the public later this month as staff prepares for the facility’s first major renovation since its opening in 1994.

Covering most of the local museum’s second floor, the $150,000 project will pave the way for a “state of the art” permanent exhibit highlighting DCMA’s crown jewel – Corn Flower glassware. To be located on the mezzanine overlooking the main level of the museum, the exhibit will be the “biggest and best” collection of Corn Flower glassware anywhere in the world. All of the costs will be paid for through a Canada 150 Infrastructure grant.

The facility will close its doors on Dec. 18 and is hoping to re-open sometime in the spring. This will mark the first time the museum has been closed for a prolonged period since its opening.

December 14

• As another year creeps ever closer to its end, Headwaters Health Care Foundation (HHCF) is making one last push in 2017 in an attempt to help their “everyday angels” help the community.

Since its launch way back in 2002, the local hospital has rolled out its big end-of-year Angel Campaign to great success. The annual fundraiser has raked in more than $1.8 million for the facility – all of which has gone towards purchasing “much needed” equipment at the facility.

Kicking off in November, this year’s Angel Campaign has already brought in more than $50,000, but Nicole would like to see that amount doubled by the time the initiative finishes up in the new year.

December 21

• A local Grinch may very well have ruined Christmas for Orangeville’s version of the Griswold family, stealing away a treasured piece of their jaw-dropping holiday display.

For the best part of half a decade, Kevin Malow and Gelene Slaney-Malow have transformed their Park Lane home into one of the brightest, most breathtaking seasonal displays anywhere in the province. Put together both for the enjoyment of daughter Marissa and the local community, the approximately $5,000 spread has wowed hundreds of locals in recent times.

It came as a big shock then to the family when they returned from a vacation in British Columbia to find a central piece of the display –  a twinkling Cinderella carriage – missing. A Christmas gift to Marissa two years previously, her dad has vowed that their display will not return next year unless the carriage is returned

The Malows are three-time winners of Orangeville’s Communities in Bloom Winter Lights contest.

• Mulmur Mayor Paul Mills has been elected by fellow county councillors as Dufferin’s 2018 Warden, and will oversee the county’s economic development plan and tackle the province’s intent for a greenbelt expansion in the county.

The county’s 141st warden received eight of the possible 12 votes, Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver receiving the other four votes. Shelburne Mayor Ken Bennington was absent for the vote.

• Orangeville Police have made two arrests in connection with a shooting that took place on Orange Mill Court on November 27.

Last Friday, December 15, police went to an Orangeville residence where one person was arrested and taken into custody.

“Our investigative team has worked diligently to bring the investigation to this point. We are thankful to members of the public who have provided valuable assistance to our team,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski after the initial arrest.

The 17-year-old youth was charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm with intent, uttering threats and possession of weapons dangerous.

The youth was released on $11,000 bail on December 18, under several conditions including remaining under house arrest and not possessing or using a cell phone, computer, or any device with internet access.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for a second suspect and on Wednesday, the teenager surrendered to police at the Orangeville Police Service and was arrested.

The second suspect has been charged with attempted murder, using a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The accused youth was held in custody pending a bail hearing regarding the allegations.

• When Chris Morning first walked through the doors of Far Shot Recreation in Orangeville this past summer, he had no idea he was taking his first steps towards an unlikely world championship win.

Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Morning, the facility rose to worldwide prominence Wednesday of last week (Dec. 13) as the Orangeville local bested 32 individuals from four countries to win the inaugural World Axe Throwing League championship. Tasked with taking 50 consecutive shots over the course of an afternoon, Chris finished with a final score of 277 – three points ahead of his nearest competition to land the axe-throwing community’s version of the Stanley Cup.

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