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The Shelburne Freelancer

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The Shelburne Freelancer                  Monday, August 29, 2016

Calling all blood types: Over 32,000 units of blood needed by Labour Day.

Shelburne area residents urged to take one hour before or after the long weekend to give life. There is an immediate need for new and returning donors to roll up their sleeves to give life to fill the gap of 32,000 units of blood needed for Canadians, by Labour Day.   

All blood types are needed. “We’ve recorded fewer blood donations again this summer and we are urging people to join the community of selfless Canadians who give life by donating blood. Our immediate need is for 32,000 units by Labour Day,” says Michael Betel, director of donor relations in the Ontario region.  

Shelburne Blood Donor Clinic

Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex

Friday September 2, 2016

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

75 Donors Needed this Friday!

“We are calling on more Canadians to become new and regular blood donors now to meet Canada’s current and future blood needs. In 2016, we will need about 100,000 new blood donors to give life, replace the aging donor base and maintain the national blood supply,” Betel says.

To discover all the ways you can give life and to book an appointment, Canadians can download the GiveBlood app or visit Donors can sign up to receive an SMS text message to remind them of their upcoming appointment; walk-in appointments are also available at all clinics.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.





Chris Hardy

Territory Manager

TEL. 519-837-4548 x 4931

EMAIL [email protected]

The Shelburne Freelancer             Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Shoe Store In Shelburne! 

J's Kicks Footwear & Accessories is a new Shoe Store in Shelburne located at 118 Main St. West. and has a wide variety of product to offer shoppers.

A family owned and run business, the Fenech's are eager to provide the service the community of Shelburne needs. This store wants to know which hours would work best for their customers, so stop by, shop and let them know. 

Fantastic to see Shelburne growing our Main St. thriving with new businesses catering to our needs. Now, there is no need to stop and shop on the way home to Shelburne when you can shop Shelburne and purchase shoes right here!

With more product on the way, best check out the shop soon. 

Store owner, John Fenech (R) shows off CSA approved steel toe boots,(titanium) in a variety of styles at affordable prices. Don't bother wasting gas to travel somewhere else! Shop Shelburne! 

These boots even come in a sneaker type style for the fashion conscious who need foot protection!

Meet John Fenech's Mother, Anna Fenech(L)who will also be available at the store to help out and just look at the variety of running shoes, high tops, skater, running shoes are available!

Contact J's Kicks at 519-939-8326 or email at [email protected] 

Shelburne's Chance Is Here!

 Support Our Very Own 

Shoe Store Today!

Below features high end brand names 

like Nine West for the fashionista in all of us! 

Shop Shelburne Today! 

The Shelburne Freelancer            Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Enbridge Gas Distribution Assists Mulmur–Melancthon Fire Department in Supporting Firefighter Training
To The Tune Of $5000

In attendance (LtoR)  John Doucet, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, Fire Chief Jim Clayton,an Moase, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.,  Mulmur Township Mayor Paul Mills, Melancthon Township Mayor Darren White, and  Mulmur Township Mayor Paul Mills.
The following press release generously provided by Elizabeth McCarthy, Communications, Enbridge Gas Distributions. Note: Shelburne District & Fire Department are also among the 20 proud recipients of this initiative and partnership. 

Enbridge Gas Distribution is partnering with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to help Mulmur–Melancthon Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials.

“Safety is a priority at Enbridge and we are proud to support Ontario firefighters who share in our commitment to help keep our communities safe,” said Ian Moase, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

"Project Assist is a program that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates. This year’s $100,000 donation will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including Mulmur–Melancthon Fire Department. Funds will be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 84 Ontario fire departments have received additional firefighter training."

“The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council is proud to partner with Enbridge Gas Distribution for Project Assist. Firefighting is a dangerous and unpredictable profession and firefighters need to be prepared for any hazardous situation,” says Arthur Pullan, Executive Director of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “Project Assist helps fire departments access a variety of training materials to supplement their regular training programs and ultimately contributes to firefighter safety on the job.”

“Safety of our firefighters and the residents of our community is our first concern,” says Fire Chief Jim Clayton. “We must be prepared for any emergency any time of the day or night. This can only be done by training and pre-planning in our department. With this Enbridge Gas grant we will assist to supply the educational resorts needed to meet our goal.”

About the Fire Department

The Mulmur-Melancthon Fire Department was formed by both Mulmur and Melancthon Townships. It was established in 1976 with a coverage area of the north portion of Mulmur and the north portion of Melancthon.  This is a volunteer department that consists of a Chief, Deputy Chief, Captains, 21 Firefighters and 4 apparatus. The Fire Department is located on County Road 21 in Honeywood adjacent to the Arena. 

About Enbridge Gas Distribution

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Enbridge has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past seven years and was also named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2015. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGasNews.

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105

Email: [email protected]

Fire Chief Jim Clayton, Mulmur-Melancthon Fire Department

Tel: 519-278-0534

Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth McCarthy, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Tel: 1-855-884-5112

Email: [email protected]

The Shelburne Freelancer           Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Shelburne Heritage Music Festival & 66th Canadian Old Time Fiddle Championship Weekend Coverage
Like Never Before Seen! 

Click image (L) of Councillor Benotto and Fiddle Champion 2016
Greg Henry 

Missed It? Catch it here! 

The Shelburne Freelancer              Thursday, August 4, 2016 

A Town Makes Good On Promise

 To Grieving Parents

One year ago today, no one could have predicted the events to follow in the next days ahead which would unfold in such a grievous tragedy, a community was rocked to its core with shock and disbelief. While preparing for Shelburne's Annual Parade held during what was then referred to as Fiddleville Weekend, Shelburnites became gripped with news of the unfortunate death of a 

local 12 year old girl, named Natasha Paterson. The absolutely unpreventable incident involving Paterson's horse, was a heart wrenching reminder of just how fragile life can be and is not to be taken for granted. Paterson, by ALL accounts, a delightful, precocious, avid reader and lover of horses, is dearly missed by her community and all those who knew her and definitely loved participating in the annual parade with her horse. 

Following the grieving process, the Town of Shelburne committed to rename part of the Hyland Park, which is the location where the incident took place, the Natasha Paterson Memorial Park, and agreed to have signage in place. As of Wednesday, August 4, 2016, that promise was fulfilled and a Stone Memorial Sign in now installed in all it's grandeur, a form of signage that is indeed eternal.

Furthermore, Council has agreed to the rebuilding of a Pavilion in Hyland Park, also in Natasha Paterson's name and construction plans are well underway. The Town of Shelburne, proud to fulfill a promise on the behalf of grieving parents and community will now, a year later, embark upon a much needed healing process.   

Shelburne Gets Ready For
 The Shelburne Heritage Music Festival
 & 66th Fiddle Championships.

Formerly referred to Fiddleville, Fiddlefest, the now named, Shelburne Heritage Music Festival promises to be everything it's always been and so much more. Starting the weekend of highlighted events off with the world renown Leahy's, The Next Generation is a clear indication the weekend will be Fun! Fun ! Fun! And it all begins at 7p.m. August 4th!

Proudly presented by The Rotary Club Of Shelburne, the organization decided to kick it up a notch and welcome The Jim Cuddy Band to perform on Friday night's headlined venue. 

Tickets are moving fast! After all, where in the world can you probably walk to a concert in your neighborhood for that price as the Event is being held at the local arena, the Centre Dufferin Recreational Complex. 

Be sure to visit Our Events & Classified Page for a full Weekend Itinerary of Shelburne's annual Heritage Music Festival & 66th Fiddle Championships! 

Click on image (L) 

The Shelburne Freelancer                    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shelburnite, Alice Porter 

Celebrated Her 90th Birthday!

Stay tuned for more on this wonderful, extraordinary woman's amazing life!

 A video interview will be coming this month.