Open house a hot hit

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

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.

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/ DELHI NEWS-RECORD

Three-year-old Liam Van Hove of Delhi dressed the part at the Hal­loween Open House event held Satur­day at the Delhi fire sta­tion.

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