A Bracebridge man has been charged after a serious collision in Orillia. On Saturday at noon, Orillia OPP rushed to the intersection of Highway 12 and West Ridge Boulevard. Four vehicles were involved, including two motorcycles. A pickup had been turning left from Highway 12 onto West Ridge Boulevard when it was struck by one of the motorcycles. The rider was ejected off of his bike and ended up in the rear of the pickup. The second motorcycle collided with the first one in the intersection. The pickup still continued through the intersection and hit another vehicle. The driver of one of the motorcycles, a 73 year old man from the Blue Mountains, was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The pickup's driver, a 20 year old Bracebridge man has been charged with careless driving.
Police are asking drivers to make sure their vehicles are road safe in order to prevent wheel separations. The OPP has investigated around 60 incidents since January that involved wheels being separated from light duty vehicles. Warning signs range from nothing to a lot of noise and shaking and poor handling. Police remind drivers that car trouble may be inconvenient in the driveway, but deadly on 400 series highways.
The District is developing new bylaws to respond to a growing demand for affordable housing in Muskoka. One bylaw will create a framework that would respond to a wide range of housing needs. A second redirects current District expenditures into the new program over the next five years. There is an increasing shortage of rental accommodation within Muskoka, with the District's wait list for rental units growing at a rate of 75 per year. District Commissioner of Community Services Rick Williams says this needs to change. The new Affordable Housing Initiative is being funded through a redirection of funds, as well as savings.
Hockey and beer never looked so good together! Lake of Bays Brewing Company is teaming up with the NHL Alumni Association in a three-year deal to launch a new family of collaboratively-produced beers this fall. President and Founder of Lake of Bays Brewing Darren Smith says proceeds from sales will go to the NHL Alumni in support of their charitable causes. The first beer to hit stores in September will be a lager, with special release and collector brews to follow in October.
You have a chance to hear local authors in their own words this summer and fall at area libraries. The ‘Word’s Worth in Cottage Country’ public reading series is holding events at local libraries in Bracebridge and Baysville and also in Minden Hills. The series’ promises an eclectic collection of memoirs, fiction, humour and poetry penned by writers from Muskoka and Haliburton Highlands. More from the series’ founder Melody Richardson….
It’s hoped the readings will also inspire members of the public to write. On August 21st the Baysville Public Library event runs from 7 to 9 pm. Then on September 16th, the series hits Bracebridge Public Library also between 7 and 9. Next month will see the first in the series happen July 17th at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, from 11am to 1pm. Admission is by donation.
Huntsville OPP is investigating a break-in at West Side Fish and Chips and West Side Laundry in Huntsville. Police say at about 10:00pm Sunday, someone smashed a window on the side of the building went inside and took cash from a register. The thief also damaged the office in the basement and kicked the door open to the laundry. Police believe nothing was taken from the laundry.
Police are looking for a man between 18 and 24-years-old, wearing cargo shorts, short sleeved soccer shirt and a baseball cap. If you know anything, call police or crime stoppers.