Dozens gathered to bid farewell to a longtime Beaverton resident and veteran firefighter.
Lorne Martin passed away on Dec. 23 at the age of 77. A celebration of his life was held Saturday (Jan. 13) at Beacan Presbyterian Church.
Martin started his firefighting career in 1963 with the Toronto Fire Service, retiring 37 years later as a captain with Markham Fire Emergency Service.
Firefighters from both those departments made the trip to pay their respects, saluting his family as they left the church.
In addition to his firefighting career, Martin served as a volunteer with the Beaverton Lions Club and Beacan Presbyterian Church.
The Beaverton community is mourning the loss of Susie Olhiser, a member of the village’s Legion branch for more than four decades.
Olhiser passed away Monday (Feb. 5) afternoon at the age of 68, leaving behind her husband of 45 years, three children and five grandchildren.
“Anyone who knew Susie knew she had three loves — family, friends and Branch 135, in that order,” said her longtime friend and Legion comrade Tracy Perry.
Olhiser will be remembered for her compassionate nature and outgoing personality.
“She could always put a smile on your face. She knew everyone and if she didn’t know you, she’d get to know you before you left. She treated many of us like family. If something was happening in our lives, good or bad, she was right beside us to celebrate or to help pick up the pieces,” Perry said.
“Whether she was at the Legion or at home, she would always be checking up on anyone who needed it. Susie was one of a kind. We have lost a wonderful lady but heaven gained a great angel that will be watching over us all.”
“Susie was a very well respected member of our Branch, and community,” added branch president Joyce Summers.
“How she managed to keep so much information in her head, was amazing. As the new president in 2015, she was the go-to person when I needed to know something that happened before my time, both in the Legion and the community…we will all miss her very much.”
Beaverton firefighters withdraw donation of aerial unit after private meeting with Township officials
The Beaverton Thorah Firefighters’ Association has withdrawn its donation of an aerial unit following a second private meeting with members of council and staff in little more than a week.
While slated to make a public presentation during a special meeting of council on Monday (March 26) afternoon, those plans have been shelved following a meeting at the municipal office at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (March 22) night. According to a source that was in attendance, the meeting included Mayor John Grant, Regional Councillor Ted Smith, Ward 4 Councillor Therese Miller, CAO/Clerk Thom Gettinby and Fire Chief Rick Harrison as well as five firefighters.
The Association released a statement little more than an hour later noting that Township representatives gave a very clear indication of where the vote was going to go.
“The Association has remained committed to working with the Township on a solution to the donation of an aerial device. We understand that there could be implications with the donation although many other options were presented,” it reads.
“With this said, at this time, the Township has decided not likely to support the aerial device donation or options of currently obtaining one. The donation has been withdrawn as we do not want to waste any more time, for both sides, on this issue, as we have been told the answer would likely be ‘no’ at both meetings that were conducted in the last few weeks.”
Members of the Association still firmly believe that an aerial device is desperately needed and they will continue to work with the Township, forming a committee to develop a plan for the future purchase.
“The Association does believe that an aerial device is needed as soon as possible and are disappointed a solution could not be reached with the Township to obtain a device immediately…This committee will allow all parties involved to come up with a good solid plan on a brand new elevated device and continue to work in partnership towards this goal, again as soon as possible,” it reads.
Basil McRae will lead the Class of 2018 into the Brock Sports Hall of Fame.
The Beaverton native, who played 576 games in the NHL, will be inducted Saturday (April 21) morning during the Breakfast of Champions event hosted by the Township at the Sunderland Town Hall.
McRae got his hockey start at the village, leading a Peewee squad to a provincial championship – Beaverton’s first.
After suiting up for the London Knights in major junior, McRae was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the third round of the 1980 NHL entry draft.
He would go on to play more than 15 seasons in the league, scoring 53 goals and tallying 83 assists. But McRae didn’t make his name off his scoring prowess.
He was one of the top enforcers in the game as a member of the Minnesota North Stars in the late 1980s and early 90s, leading the league in penalty minutes in the 1989/90 campaign.
In addition to the Nordiques and North Stars, McRae also played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues and ended with career with Chicago in 1996/97.
Five of the candidates in the running for the June 7 provincial election tackled a range of topics during a debate in Sunderland Wednesday (May 23) night.
Incumbent Conservative MPP Laurie Scott was joined by challengers Zac Miller (representing the NDP), Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger (Liberal), Chuck MacMillan (Consensus Ontario) and Thomas Rhyno (None of the Above) for the event, which was hosted by The Brock Voice and the Sunderland Legion. Libertarian Gene Balfour and Green Party candidate Lynn Therien were unable to attend.
Scott, who has represented the riding for roughly 13 of the past 15 years, started the evening by urging voters to send the Liberal government packing.
“This is a very important election,” Scott said.
“We find ourselves being led by Kathleen Wynne’s tired Liberal government…I have lived each day to fight against Kathleen Wynne and bring change to this province. A Tory government would bring that change.”
A Conservative government would cut taxes, as well as lower hydro and gas costs.
A 33-year-old man faces impaired charges after police helicopter Air1 spotted a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in Sunderland last Tuesday (June 5) evening.
At approximately 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, officers from North Division of Durham Regional Police responded to the area of Highway 12 in Sunderland after numerous calls from citizens advising of an impaired driver in that area.
Air1 spotted the vehicle travelling northbound at speeds in excess of 150 km/hr in Sunderland. Air1 relayed the position and speeds of the suspect vehicle and officers were able to safely stop the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody.