Experience Halton’s autumn attractions and local harvest through two upcoming events: Harvest Halton and Pumpkin Trail

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On October 5, Halton Region will host the second annual Harvest Halton culinary event at Country Heritage Park in Milton from 1 to 5 p.m. Harvest Halton is the Region’s signature fall event and a stop on the Pumpkin Trail, pairing local chefs and farmers together to create unique seasonal dishes for sampling.

While enjoying live music, family activities and wagon rides, guests will have an opportunity to meet directly with local farmers and top chefs to learn more about the importance of buying local. Vendors from local agritourism and tourism businesses will also have display tables onsite at an artisanal market with items available for purchase (cash only). Guests will also have an opportunity to take in 30 unique historical buildings and 20,000 artifacts at Country Heritage Park, and enjoy the view of the striking Niagara Escarpment. The event will run rain or shine as tents have been arranged.

Tickets for Harvest Halton can be purchased online at Halton.ca/harvest or at the gate with credit card or cash. Pricing for Harvest Halton is as follows:

Pumpkin Trail:
Halton Region is hosting the second annual Pumpkin Trail from September 19 to October 31. The Pumpkin Trail offers residents and visitors an opportunity to experience pumpkin and harvest themed fall events using a self-guided map to visit locations across the Region.

From the changing fall colours of the Escarpment to the taste of gourmet seasonal cuisine, farm tours and accommodation packages, the Pumpkin Trail showcases 26 Halton businesses and offers something for all ages to enjoy. Copies of the map are available starting September 19 by dialing 311 and at local Tourism offices and participating establishments beginning the week of September 22.

For more information about the Pumpkin Trail, visit Halton.ca/pumpkintrail or dial 311.

Posted: Sep. 26, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton District School Board students continue to perform above EQAO provincial average

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Results released today from the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show Halton District School Board students continue to perform above the provincial average. These results were based on assessments completed in the 2013-2014 school year for primary and junior students in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Grade 3 results this year show a gain in Reading, from 75% to 76% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average was 70%.

In Grade 3 Writing the results remained the same when compared to last year, with 81% of students attaining the provincial standard. The provincial average was 78%.

Grade 3 Mathematics results also showed sustained levels of achievement when compared to the 2012-13 results, with 74% of students attaining the provincial standard. The province also saw no change in Grade 3 Math with 67% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard. There were 4,459 students enrolled in Grade 3 at the time of these assessments.

At Grade 6, Reading results increased three percentage points to 85% of all students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average was 79%. In total 4,304 students were enrolled in Grade 6 at the time of the assessments. In the past five years, the Halton District School Board results for Junior Reading increased by 7% overall.

Results in Grade 6 Writing remained the same at 82% of all students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average was 78%. During the past five years, the Grade 6 Writing results for the Halton District School Board increased by 8% overall.

“It is encouraging to see Halton students achievement scores in Literacy improve relative to the provincial averages,” says David Euale, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “This is evidence Halton teachers are engaging students with instructional strategies that support learning.” The Grade 6 Mathematics results decreased by two percentage points to 61% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard. The province saw a decrease of 3% in Grade 6 Mathematics with 54% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard.

“Although Junior Math scores declined by two percentage points, the gap widened between the Halton District School Board and the province in 2013-14,” adds Euale. “We recognize and acknowledge there are challenges in Mathematics. We have implemented a three-year plan for effective math instruction that provides a minimum of 300 minutes per week of Math for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Our superintendents, principals and teachers will continue to review mathematics instruction to improve the performance of our students.”

Posted: Sep. 25, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Region warns residents of phone scam targeting electricity customers

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Halton Region has been made aware that there have been reports of possible telephone fraud reported in areas throughout Southern Ontario.

A number of people have reported receiving a phone call from a 1-800 number from a caller posing as a representative from a legitimate electricity utility. The caller threatens to cut off the resident’s power in one hour if payment is not received.

Residents are reminded that Halton Region utility companies – Burlington Hydro, Halton Hills Hydro, Milton Hydro and Oakville Hydro – never ask over the phone for payment via pre-paid credit card or wire transfer, or for customer account information.

If residents receive calls from anyone claiming to be a local hydro/water utility asking for personal banking information or credit card numbers, they are encouraged to:

Call the OPP’s Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or by email at info@antifraudcentre.ca to report the incident.

Posted: Sep. 25, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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2014 Community Bike Challenge hits 300,000 kilometre goal!

Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of participants, the Halton Hills Community Cycling Challenge has achieved its 300,000 kilometre goal. “I am so impressed with the response to the Bike Challenge! Our success shows that we have an active and engaged community that can literally rise to the challenge. This is a unique achievement that we can all be proud of,” said Jane Fogal, Regional Councillor and chair of the Town’s Trails and Cycling Advisory Committee.

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Homeowner Interupts Break In - Halton Hills

On Friday September 5th and Monday September 8th, 2014, the Halton Regional Police Service received reports of daytime residential break and enters in the Town of Halton Hills.

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Ontario’s Police Leaders Fight Theft of Personal Property By Endorsing New Anti-theft Tool

Ontario’s police leaders are endorsing a crime prevention tool that helps property owners prevent crimes resulting from break-ins and personal property theft.

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CN’s ‘Little Obie’ to visit Halton Regional Police Children’s Safety Village to Help Educate Children about Rail Safety

As part of CN’s All Aboard for Safety program, ‘Little Obie’, a miniature train that helps teach children about rail safety will visit the Halton Regional Police Service Children’s Safety Village during the week of Monday, September 22nd through to Friday September 26th, 2014.

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New Exhibitions at the Cultural Centre

Two new exhibitions will open at the Helson Gallery and Cultural Centre in early September. Exhibit will run until October 26, recent works by local artists, Artists Among Us, will be displayed in the Sisnett Lobby of the Cultural Centre. The show features a variety of subject matter and media and several artists will be on hand to demonstrate their techniques September 27 and 28 from 1 – 5 p.m.

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Fall Series of Public Programs at the Helson Gallery

A series of free public programs will be held at the Cultural Centre and Helson Gallery during September, October and November. Exhibition talks, professional development workshops for artists and a hands-on drawing class for absolute beginners are just some of the activities available

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Councillor Clark Somerville discusses solutions to issues facing our hometowns

Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville joined municipal leaders from across Canada for a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Board of Directors in Saguenay, Quebec to discuss solutions to the issues facing Canadians in their hometowns.

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