Open house a hot hit
One of the hottest annual events in Delhi just so happens to take place at the town fire hall.
Norfolk County Fire Station 5 played host to the third annual Halloween Open House Saturday. In 2016, the group wanted to welcome the community and have seen hundreds of youngsters and their parents swing by since.
“We always wanted to have an open house and have people come down – a chance for the kids to do some activities,” said Station 5 captain James Robertson. “Someone had the idea of doing a pumpkin carve. We just merged the idea two years ago, tried it and had 150 people the first year and 300 last year. We’re hoping to beat that this year.”
The group looked well on its way to reaching that goal by noon as dozens of families stopped in to enjoy the festivities, which not only included pumpkin carving but a junior firefighter obstacle course and photo booth courtesy Rebecca Sprau Photography.
In addition to the activities, the firefighters did an extraction demonstration and allowed attendees into their trucks.
“You see the fire trucks driving around all the time but you don’t get a chance to tour the trucks,” Robertson said as rain pelted the building. “It’s not a great day for that, but they can sit in the trucks, look at our gear.”
Also taking part were members of the Norfolk County OPP and 56th Field Artillery Regiment based in Simcoe.
“They’re allied agencies, we work with them every day,” said Robertson. “This isn’t just our hall, we like to show everybody off.”
Calendars courtesy the Delhi Public School Parent Council members were available, as was information on the Delhi Community Policing committee.
“It’s a great event and it’s been growing so it’s nice that we can be part of it and just let people know who we are and the things that we do right here in Delhi,” said committee member Jessica Stefan.
With two little ones – not to mention her husband Tyler being part of Station 5 – joining forces with the firefighters for the day was an easy decision for Stefan and her fellow committee members.
“It’s excellent because we can bring (the kids) along and get the exposure so people know about us,” she said. “And get the kids interacting with other kids as well.”
Attendance for the event was by donation and proceeds went to the Delhi Sharing Pantry.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for a string of bank robberies earlier this year.
The robberies include one on April 6 at the RBC branch in Scotland.
The reward is being offered by the Canadian Bankers Association.
Meantime, the OPP is asking for the public’s help in its investigation.
In each of the robberies, two male suspects, wearing disguises, entered bank branches and left with a quantify of cash. The suspects were carrying firearms, police said.
Police said the suspects are considered dangerous.
“Anyone who may know the identity or the whereabouts of the suspects or who may come into contact with the suspects should not approach them,” police said.
“Instead, contact the police immediately by calling 911.”
In the Scotland robbery, one suspect wore a grey shirt, grey baseball cap and blue gloves. A black hood covered his face. The second suspect wore a grey hooded sweatshirt with a dark face covering.
Here are details of the other robberies:
• On March 7, two suspects robbed a CIBC branch in Markham, Ont. One suspect wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey track pants, a grey face covering, and a dark baseball cap. The second suspect wore a black hooded jacket, black pants and a grey face covering.
• On March 8, two suspects robbed a TD branch in Fonthill, Ont. One suspect wore a green sweater, dark pants, dark sunglasses and a red bandana face covering. The second suspect wore a grey sweater, baseball cap and had a white face covering.
• On March 13, two suspects robbed an RBC branch in Moorefield, Ont., in Wellington County. One suspect wore dark clothing with a white scarf covering his face. The second suspect wore dark clothing, a Nike ball cap and a red bandana covering his face.
• On March 29, two suspects robbed an RBC branch in Embro, Ont., in Oxford County. One suspect wore a grey and black striped sweater, blue gloves and a dark hood covering his face. The second suspect wore a red Adidas sweater with a yellow hood, dark face covering and orange gloves.
The robberies are being investigated by the West Region OPP crime unit, along with members of York and Niagara regional police.
A dedicated tip line has been set up.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-677-4636 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
For more information about the reward’s terms and conditions contact Malcolm Chivers, director of corporate security at the association, at mchivers 330.
Three-year-old Liam Van Hove of Delhi dressed the part at the Halloween Open House event held Saturday at the Delhi fire station.