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Post by DenBen » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:57 am

SMOOTH ROCK FALLS - Two young offenders have been charged with arson following a blaze that destroyed this town’s only grocery store.

The two youths are both 15-year-old males and residents of Smooth Rock Falls.

According to a release issued by the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police Wednesday, police were called to a structure fire on Main Street in the Town of Smooth Rock Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Firefighters received the initial call for service at approximately 4:30 a.m.

Police investigation revealed that two youths had set a fire in an abandoned building resulting in two properties, including Blanchette’s Freshmart, being completely destroyed by the fire.

Police subsequently arrested and charged the two 15-year-old males under the Youth Criminal Justice Act with one count each of arson.

Both youths are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Smooth Rock Falls on Nov. 5, to answer to the charges.
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Post by JohnW » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:07 am

A slap on the back of 2 hands coming up.

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Post by DenBen » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:18 pm

Their identities might be non-publishable but I'm sure every other person knows them and their family, I think, are probably feeling the backlash in the community. Small towns.........

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Post by JohnW » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:22 pm

Maybe they will be exiled and/or shunned.

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Post by DenBen » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:43 pm

What??? No Jasper "paddlin'" memes?

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Post by JohnW » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:43 pm

Oh, didn't think of it. [sad

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Post by Riskynet » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:54 pm

I'm almost positive that their families will need to move out of town..... that's almost a given.

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Post by Budgetman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:36 am

Two 15-year-olds in Smooth Rock Falls are being charged with arson. The pair burned down two buildings yesterday, including Blanchette’s Freshmart, the only grocery store in town.

The blaze started in an abandoned building, which was also completely destroyed. There are no reported injuries. The two teens have a court date in November.
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Post by JohnW » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:39 am

DenBen wrote:
SMOOTH ROCK FALLS - Two young offenders have been charged with arson following a blaze that destroyed this town’s only grocery store.

The two youths are both 15-year-old males and residents of Smooth Rock Falls.

According to a release issued by the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police Wednesday, police were called to a structure fire on Main Street in the Town of Smooth Rock Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Firefighters received the initial call for service at approximately 4:30 a.m.

Police investigation revealed that two youths had set a fire in an abandoned building resulting in two properties, including Blanchette’s Freshmart, being completely destroyed by the fire.

Police subsequently arrested and charged the two 15-year-old males under the Youth Criminal Justice Act with one count each of arson.

Both youths are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Smooth Rock Falls on Nov. 5, to answer to the charges.
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Post by Budgetman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:42 am

At least he is being productive :P
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Post by Riskynet » Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:52 am

SRF working on emergency source of food after blaze destroys grocery


The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is working with hospital program to ensure seniors have food delivered to them or have a means of transportation to getting groceries.

It is an interim measure in the wake of Tuesday's fire which destroyed the town's only grocery store.

The following release was issued by Luc Denault, the chief administrator for the Town of Smooth Rock Falls. It is printed word for word:

"Message from the CAO/Director of Economic Development

As a follow up to yesterday message in regards to the recent but rather unfortunate loss of our local grocery store (The Blanchette Fresh Mart), I would like to provide this update.

In our effort to help restore grocery services, we have met further with the owner of the grocery store as well as other agencies.
As a start, our intention is to address the more urgent needs of individuals who require assistance to get groceries; individuals who may not have access to a vehicle or the ability to leave their homes for various reasons.


The Aging at Home has offered their temporary support by offering the following services:


1. Temporary Travel Services to and from Grocery Store:

This service is for those people who do not have access to transportation, can physically get on a bus, travel to the grocery store and pick up their own items.

2. Temporary Grocery Delivery Services:

This service is for people who cannot physically travel to a grocery store to pick up their own items.

For more details or to register for these services, please call Carole Cloutier at 705-338-3224 by 3pm on Monday 14, 2015. For the days leading up to Monday, please call between the hours 8am-4pm. If calling after hours leave a voice message with a call back number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

This is one part of the initial steps to reestablishing an important service to the community. We are working on other important next steps and will keep you apprised of development by posting further information in the upcoming days.

On behalf of the community and the affected grocery store owner, we would like to thank everyone who has reached out to offer their help, suggestions and support.

Regards,
Luc Denault
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Economic Development
The Corporation of the Town of Smooth Rock Fall"

RON GRECH/The Daily Press

In the wake of a blaze that destroyed the town’s only grocery store earlier this week, the chief administrator for Smooth Rock Falls says they hope to have an action plan confirmed by the end of the day, Thursday.

“There’s various options and various organizations, people and that sort of stuff that have reached out to the community,” Luc Denault, the town’s chief administrator, told The Daily Press. “So we have gathered that information and we’re working very closely with the store owner and meeting with other organizations to finalize an approach to restoring supplies for today, and looking at the short term and also what the long-term look is for us.”

Smooth Rock Falls, a town of 1,400 people, does have at least a couple of convenience stores where residents can purchase some basic food items.

“There are other venues which can provide the daily things you need like bread and milk and that kind of stuff, and some have readjusted accordingly” since the fire. “But in terms of the whole slate of the various grocery products, they are unfortunately not currently available in Smooth Rock Falls.”

Blanchette’s Freshmart was destroyed early Tuesday morning in a fire which police say was purposely started.

Two youths have been arrested in connection with the blaze. Both are 15-year-old males from Smooth Rock Falls who have been charged under the Young Offenders Act with arson. Their first scheduled court appearance is Nov. 5 in the town’s provincial court.

Asked if the parents or anyone connected with the accused youths have reached out to offer assistance, Denault replied, “At this point, my preference is to focus on finding a positive outcome to the unfortunate loss of our grocery store. And that’s really where we want to focus our communication from the community here.”

Denault said he and municipal officials had a “full slate” of meetings scheduled Thursday in hopes of establishing some provisional location where people can pick up groceries.

In a Facebook message posted on the municipality’s website Thursday night, Denault stated, “The town is currently in discussions with the owner of the grocery store and other groups to come up with solutions to restore both the immediate and future availability of the grocery services.”

In his written statement, he added, “As a community, we have always demonstrated resilience in the past and worked in unison to overcome negative impacts. This present situation is no exception, we will continue to work collaboratively to find solutions.”

The post received a number of responses from residents of neighbouring communities, offering to deliver groceries from out of town if need be.

Denault acknowledged the response the community has had, telling The Daily Press, “We’ve had a series of organizations, people and others who have reached out to us and offered some options. So the reach-out has been very positive.”

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Post by Riskynet » Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:36 pm

September 11, 2015 Update

Grocery Services for the Town of Smooth Rock Falls

In our effort to help restore grocery services, we have met further with the owner of the grocery store, local stakeholders as well as other agencies.

As a start, our intention is to address the more urgent needs of individuals who require assistance to get groceries; individuals who may not have access to a vehicle or the ability to leave their homes for various reasons.

The Aging at Home has offered their temporary support by offering the following services:

1. Temporary Travel Services to and from Grocery Store:
This service is for those people who do not have access to transportation, can physically get on a bus, travel to the grocery store and pick up their own items.

2. Temporary Grocery Delivery Services:
This service is for people who cannot physically travel to a grocery store to pick up their own items.

For more details or to register for these services, please call Carole Cloutier at 705-338-3224 by 3pm on Monday 14, 2015. For the days leading up to Monday, please call between the hours 8am-4pm. If calling after hours leave a voice message with a call back number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

In addition to that, local stakeholders are providing the following products for sales to the entire population and agreed to order in additional products if requested by a good number of people:

Sunrise Orchards: Fresh Ontario Produce, Dairy Products (milk, cheese, etc.), Bread (all kinds), Essentials (sugar, salt, honey, coffee etc), Meat (To be made available in the next two weeks)

Chez Real Confectionery: Offers a little bit of everything (No meat)

Esso Restaurant: Dairy Products (milk, cheese, etc.), Bread (all kinds), Cat and Dog Food, Paper Products (toilet paper, Kleenex etc)

This is one part of the initial steps to reestablishing an important service to the community. We are working on other important next steps and will keep you apprised of development by posting further information in the upcoming days.

On behalf of the community and the affected grocery store owner, we would like to thank everyone who has reached out to offer their help, suggestions and support.

Regards,

Luc Denault
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Economic Development
The Corporation of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls
P. O. Box 249
Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
P0L 2B0
Office: 705-338-2717
Email: luc.denault@townsrf.ca

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Post by Budgetman » Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:02 pm

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Post by DenBen » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:07 pm

It's something you never really think about until it happens, especially in a small town like that where there is only one business that offers something. When it's groceries too, it's pretty important.

Kudos to all those in SRF and the surrounding communities pitching in and working together to get up and running for the town and its citizens.

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Post by Loco101 » Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:51 pm

DenBen wrote:It's something you never really think about until it happens, especially in a small town like that where there is only one business that offers something. When it's groceries too, it's pretty important.

Kudos to all those in SRF and the surrounding communities pitching in and working together to get up and running for the town and its citizens.
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Post by Riskynet » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:10 am

[yup Thanks for that.

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