Author: Duncan Fletcher

Wintersong music festival caps a world-record event

The successful Guinness World Record effort to achieve the world’s longest concert by multiple artists was a memorable event last year that brought media attention from all over the GTA and brought a community together in a big way. But while tired eyes took a couple of days off to refresh, the effort to officially certify the event has been ongoing for months. The January Wintersong – Stouffville’s Winter Music Festival – hosted by Kevin Ker’s Epidemic Music Group along with a host of helpers and official backing from the town itself was, in many ways, an extension of...

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Mayor stands ground and looks to 2018

Mayor Justin Altmann is probably secretly glad to see 2017 in the rear-view mirror of his noticeable green and white pick-up truck. After all, a long and cumbersome process to find a new town CAO, sometimes-fractious council meetings, unwanted publicity on town personnel issues in Toronto news outlets, expense-related controversies and an Integrity Commissioner inquiry can wear on a person. But if you figured he would be bowed by those challenges, you’d be surprised to find that a strong-spirited Altmann is not giving an inch to criticism. He has focused firmly on more meat-and potatoes issues he feels Stouffville...

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Mar Thoma Church opens its doors

 After some zoning and other bureaucratic delays, the first church in the development lands near Stouffville municipal offices has finally opened its doors to the community. The Canadian Marthoma Church Toronto relocated to the Sandiford Drive location to better serve the growing local base of worshippers. The recent consecration (Koodhasha) ceremony drew an overflow congregation led by The Most Reverend Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan and other church and community dignitaries. The Mar Thoma church is a branch of the first Syrian Christian church in India and is one of the oldest Christian denominations founded by Saint Thomas, tracing...

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