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Shelburne & Orangeville Fire Departments Respond To A House Fire

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Shelburne & Orangeville Fire Departments responded today to a house fire on County Rd #11 at the 25th Sideroad of Amaranth Twp. The home was destroyed, and thankfully no one was injured. Here are a few of the images of the fire.

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Here is the excerpt from the Orangeville Banner’s Richard Vivian.
‘Accidental’ fire causes $125K in damages. Hot ashes from a wood stove set off an “accidental” residential fire near Shelburne this week, said Fire Chief Steven Horsley. Firefighters were called to a home on Dufferin Road 11, south of 25 Sideroad, at about 12:45 p.m. Monday (Jan. 11). “It started around the porch,” Horsley said of the fire. “It’s a total wood house, so it doesn’t take long to get going.” No one was injured in blaze. The only person inside the house when fire broke out was a female homeowner, Horsley said, explaining she called 911 and was waiting safely in the driveway when firefighters arrived. Damage is estimated at about $125,000, he said, noting the family has insurance.
“It (fire) came up the back of the house, up through the roof. … There are holes in the floor where it got down in some flooring,” Horsley said in describing damage to the house. “It was sort of in the basement, main floor, right up into the second floor and into the roof.” Firefighters remained on scene for about eight hours. A tanker truck and crew from Orangeville were called in to assist.
Asked if he wanted to offer any words of caution for people as a result of the fire, Horsley said, “If they do have wood stoves, these things (ashes) should be contained in metal buckets — taken out in a metal pail and left somewhere away from the house, still in that metal bucket until they cool down. Maybe leave them for a day or so.”


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I had a great day yesterday at the Shelburne Residence here in Shelburne. Without the help of Barb Burnley and Christine Downton of Shelburne Residence, I could not have achieved doing this. Quite a few of the Residents came out to have their pictures made. Music is courtesy of Matt Stanfield To download the music.

Now that the printing process has come to a close. I removed the images to give the participants their due privacy.


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On December the 10th I will be getting involved in a movement called HELP-PORTRAIT where we, as photographers, give our time and resources for a day to those we feel are less fortunate or who may be alone this holiday season. I will be doing my part at Shelburne Residence here in Shelburne. Shelburne Residence will be hosting their annual Christmas dinner for residents and their families. I plan on making a portrait, or a family portrait, for all the residents who would like to have a memento of a time in their lives.
Please if you are a pro photographer, amateur photographer or hobbyist photographer GET INVOLVED! Even if you’re not a photographer you can do something to help those who are alone, or who are less fortunate. Please show you care by helping someone, with anything – any little thing, you will be glad you did!

2009 Remembrance Day Ceremony. Shelburne, Ontario

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Today I was assigned to cover the Remembrance Day Ceremonies here in Shelburne. I was more than happy to take the assignment as I have an affinity for our Veterans, for without them we may not be here today. I arrived early to find the best camera vantage point, and in looking, I ran across an fair number of people from Toronto to Windsor. At first I approached it as another photo assignment, and then when the parade Veterans started to march it hit my emotions full force, tears started to well up in my eyes so that it was getting really hard to focus the camera, I had to take a few deep breaths to regain my composure.
There are roughly 163,500 Canadian Second World War Veterans who are still alive, but with an average age of 86, their population is quickly dwindling.
There is only one surviving Canadian Veteran from the First World War, 109-year-old John Babcock. And as of today we have lost 133 of our finest young men and women in Afghanistan.

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The Army Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
‘Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
My Church have you been true?’
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had to much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
‘Step forward now, you Soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

~Author Unknown~

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


House9 Hockey Foundation Charity Game

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On Saturday House9 Hockey Foundation held it’s 2nd annual charity game here at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex located at 200 Fiddle Park Lane in Shelburne, a not-for-profit organization that helps provide children with the necessary sports equipment and fees required to participate in minor hockey.
NHL players on hand for the event were Aaron Downey (founding member), Darren Helm, Darren McCarty, David Clarkson, Jamie Tardif, Justin Abdelkader, Kyle Quincey, Mark Bell and Patrick O’Sullivan. They faced off against the Shelburne Muskies, ultimately extracting revenge for last years loss, H9H won the game 8-6.

Shelburne Fiddle Parade

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59th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship

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Here are a couple of images from April Verch‘s show last night. And 3 of the youngest competitors from today.
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Shelburne District Fire Department Training

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I would like to thank Chief Horsley & all of his staff for allowing me to photograph their training session. I especially would like to thank Instructor Ken Jones of FIRE-RESQ CONSULTING for letting me get underfoot, thanks Ken!. Due to weather conditions the session took place inside the Fire Hall, which limited my capabilities photographically. Ken is such an animated and fast moving subject he was a hard person to capture in a photograph, quite a few images of him are blurred…

Also on hand was a member of Dufferin County EMS Service, demonstrating a Back/Neck stabilization process for the team. About halfway through the session the new Salvation Army Community Response Vehicle showed up right on time for the team to ventilate & have a refreshment. This Sally Ann unit will be invaluable to to Fire Fighters, EMS, Police and civilians at incidents throughout Dufferin County.

All in all it was a great day (although indoors). My hat goes off to these fine men & women of our Emergency Services. More images are now posted on the website. I shot close to 600 images yesterday.

Shelburne District Fire Department Training

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Tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, I have been invited to photograph a training session of the Shelburne District Fire Department. They are going to be doing extractions on a bus, should be very interesting on how and what they do. Images to follow.

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Dufferin Child and Family Services Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Shelburne)

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GRAND OPENING:  The Headwaters Family Visit Centre, a satellite site of the Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCFS), opened on Wednesday in Shelburne.  The centre provides a safe, neutral, and child-focused setting for children to visit with their non-residential parents.  The Shelburne site is open on alternate Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Tina Hinsperger, Co-ordinator, 519-941-1530, ext. 325.