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ANTEN MILLS NEWS   by Dennis Gannon

If you passed by the Community Centre this past weekend or any of the Township properties where our National Flag flies, you may have noticed that it was flying at half staff. The second Sunday of September is Firefighter’s National Memorial Day. On this Sunday we remember the over 1500 Canadian firefighters who have lost their life over the years in service to their community. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteer firefighters in our community who give their all when called to an emergency and always read to help their community when asked. Fortunately there have been no lives lost by our firefighters and for that we are eternally grateful. We must also thank our fire service leaders who ensure the safety of our firefighters and to our Council for their continued support. On Sunday, September 27 the flags will again be lowered. This time it will be in honour of our police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty on the Peace and Police Officers National Memorial Day. Take a moment and thank our firefighters and police officers for their dedication and service.

It was just over one year ago when Springwater Township became the very first Savestation community in Canada. With Automated External Defibrillators conveniently located in Savestation outdoor cabinets throughout the township, we have the ability to save a life from sudden cardiac arrest. The current health crisis and closure of our community facilities hasn’t limited the ability to get to the Savestation and AED which is located by the main entrance to the community centre. If you would like a refresher on how to use an AED, check out the Springwater link to Savestation.

While there may be limits on what activities can be safely carried out, the Anten Mills Community Recreation Committee has been busy.  On the Labour Day weekend they held a socially distant movie night in the pavilion. Springwater Township has purchased new audio visual equipment and it was successfully put to use. The visual quality of the movie and audio sound was superb and those in attendance enjoyed the evening. It is hoped that next year there can be a movie night more frequently. The CRA met recently to discuss potential future events. For the past several years a Halloween and pumpkin event has been held. One thing is for certain with the CRA is that the members think out of the box. Doing so, they are excited to announce that, subject to guidance, a Food Bank, Thanksgiving, Hallowen combined celebration will occur. This will be a unique combination assisting the food bank and ending with a safe Halloween night. More details once approvals have been obtained will be on the Anten Mills Community Facebook page and in this column. It will be a truly memorable event and something our community can be proud of!

The food bank is the recipient of the Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign this September so if you are in Elmvale stop by and enjoy a cookie and support the food bank. The Springwater Station 3 firefighters are also supporting the food bank with a drive through collection on Wednesday, September 30.  Following the route taken on their Canada Day celebration, the firefighters will be collecting food left at the end of the driveway. Watch for more details on the Township of Springwater website.

In the fall of 2021, our community will have had the benefit of having a group of volunteers who have been a driving force to ensure that we have had a gathering place and activities for all to enjoy for 50 years. For the next year we will try to highlight events and people that have made our community what it is today. This is the first installation.

From the A History of Vespra book we learn that in the fall of 1971, John Shannon, who lived on Lawrence Ave and a relative new resident to Anten Mills, suggested that there should be a rink for the children to skate on in the winter. The school house, which became our community centre, had reopened for a Grade 5 class. A meeting was held in the school on October 17 with 18 local residents in attendance. A second meeting was held on October 27 and following advice from Vespra Council, the group elected an executive with the intent of organizing a community centre. The first executive consisted of John Shannon, President, Glen Wagner and Ivan Skinner, Vice Presidents, Robert VanNispen,Secretary and Roland Wagner, Treasurer. Seven members were elected to a Recreation Committee and Lorne Wilson was named as Chairman. Next issue, the ice rink.

If you have photographs, newsletters or items that can be shared about our history please contact me.

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Minesing Moments

Greetings to all who have taken a few minutes to sit and read our little village news article within the Springwater Newspaper.  I hope this finds you well. 

 The schools are back and not without hiccups I am sure.  The new rules and regulations, masks, space between students, taking the bus and eating their lunches have all been changed.  I think of everyone going through these changes and wish them the best of luck.   Living close to the school in Minesing, I see that many people have opted out sending their children on the school bus due to the significant increase in vehicles flying by my house for drop offs and pick ups. I do have to comment on the sounds of laugher and voices that are heard from the school yard at recess hasn’t changed. It sure sounds like the kids are having fun so that’s great to hear. 

 Recently I have heard about and have personally witnessed the speed of some of the vehicles that are travelling in our neighbourhood, and also those who fail to stop at the signs around town.  Seriously, this is crazy!  Please make a mental note to yourself to remember to slow down, especially now that school is back and kids are walking around the neighbourhood to/from school.  I am sure the same people who speed will be the ones who will complain about the speed bumps if that is the direction we have to go in around town.  We don’t want any accidents, that would be horrible so please do your part to keep it slow and stop at the signs!  It will be greatly appreciated by all.

With the return of schools, both elementary, secondary and colleges/universities, we are no doubt going to creep back up with our COVID infection numbers.  Do not let your guard down with this illness, it’s still around and it is not picky about who gets it!  Keep washing your hands, wear your masks and definitely keep social distance (6 feet +) apart from others.  If someone gets too close to you, take a step back or ask them to respect your space.  Let’s do our part and keep Springwater, Simcoe County and Ontario healthy!

 There have been posts on social media about Halloween  I am not sure what the rules will be on that but it would be really nice to be able to keep it for the kids.  They’ve had to adjust so much in the last several months, and a little fun would be nice for them if we can just think of some great ideas of how to keep our distances and be super safe.  I look forward to updates from the government about this and will pass on anything I hear in the next issue.

 Wishing everyone a great week ahead, stay safe and keep smiling. J

Lorrie Norwood -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wyevale’s News   Ruth Ann Caston  705-527-5274

Happy birthday wishes go out to Matthew Webb, Tyler Griffith, Grace Mertz, Anissa Webb, Marg Irvine, Kylie Marshall, Peter Wilson, Michael Molto, Hunter Reynolds, Kim Fische, James Chilvers, Jackie Webb, Foster & Nicklas Webb, Crystal Smith, Yvonne Giffen, Morley Marchant, Brooke Bumstead, Dave Smith, Rae Henry, Sean McNamara, Ralph Rawn, Doug Brown, Alexander Wickett, Chris Caston, Darreus Molto, Taylor Horgan, Joan Taylor, Jeff Caston, Jason Eisenberg, Olivia Pauze, Wayne Savage, Linda Desroches, Nathan Lacroix, Isaac Trace, Jim Clause, Elwn Kargus, Brian Handy, Chris & Paula Desjardins, Madison Wakelin, Scott Archer, Travis Stephenson, Jayde Isaac, James Caston, Alaina VanderVoort and a happy 70th to Betty Rawn.

The community has had two special anniversaries this month. A happy 60th wedding anniversary to Fran and Morley Marshall and a happy 50th anniversary to Glenn and Francie Hall. We wish both couples many more.

Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274



Helen Coutts Memorial Park Dedication

A new park in Springwater has been named after former Mayor Helen Coutts. Mayor Allen and Councillor Moore joined Snow Valley Developments and members of the Coutts family for the official dedication on Friday.

Helen Coutts served as Councillor and Reeve of Vespra Township for 6 years and was the first Mayor of the newly amalgamated Township of Springwater in 1994, where she served for an additional 9 years. She served as Warden of the County of Simcoe in 1999. Ms. Coutts was also an active volunteer and served on the board of the Royal Victoria Hospital, along with many other volunteer activities.



Captain’s Invitational golf tournament raises more than $354,000 in one evening!

On Friday, August 28, 2020, a small group of 56 golfers gathered at the Midland Golf & Country Club for the first-ever Captain’s Invitational Golf Tournament, raising more than $354,000 in support of Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH).  Presented by Toronto-based Urbacon, and hosted by Glenn Howard, the tournament commanded $8,000 per foursome, with a goal to raise $110,000 for GBGH. 

Urbacon Chairman, Marco Mancini, has a 10-year, $500,000 pledge to GBGH through the annual Glenn Howard Charity Golf Classic, which, like many other events, had to be cancelled this year.  Determined to rally others to join him in supporting the hospital, Mancini proposed the smaller, executive tournament with a dinner and celebration at his private residence in Tiny Township.

“It is my privilege to assist the Foundation to help make a difference in people’s lives. Over the 20 years my family has been in Georgian Bay, we have made several trips to GBGH.  We are lucky to have this outstanding facility in our region,” said Mancini.  “I am thrilled with the results of the Captain’s Invitational.  Urbacon is in the business of building, but we are also committed to building better, stronger and healthier communities.”

This unique tournament brought together loyal Glenn Howard Charity Golf supporters and a handful of teams associated with Urbacon. The results were nothing short of inspiring.  Mancini challenged everyone involved to step up for GBGH, and committed to matching every donation made at the event.   

“Marco’s challenge had an immediate and contagious effect,” says Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation. “Ten individuals pledged gifts ranging from $1,000 to $30,000, with a grand total of $104,000 committed in less than one hour.  I am overwhelmed by the amazing generosity and incredibly grateful to everyone who is helping ensure that critical health care is available close to home. Most of us don’t expect to be admitted to hospital – until we are. Nothing is more important than the health of our community.”

The funds raised will complete the surgical expansion project, which began with the Glenn Howard Charity Golf Classic in 2018. The $300,000 project expanded the surgical services at GBGH to include laparoscopic hernias, three specialized urology procedures, two specialized ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeries, and orthopedic shoulder surgeries. Additional funds will help address the hospital’s significant investment in COVID-19 pandemic preparedness, which totals more than $500,000.  Add this to the hospital’s unmet capital equipment requirements of more than $7-million, and it is clear that supporting the hospital has never been of greater urgency.

“I am thrilled to see the fundraising for the hospital’s surgical expansion project completed,” says Glenn Howard, world champion curler and host of the Captain’s Invitational Golf Tournament.  “Kudos to Marco and Urbacon for ensuring we could get this wrapped up for GBGH this year and support the most ongoing critical needs. A donation to our hospital is really a donation to everyone within the community. I want to share my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who pitched in.”