Little Stories

All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and Corn Roast
Colourful balloons caught the eye and drew attention to the sign at the Elmvale Presbyterian Church (EPC): “All you can eat BBQ & Corn; 11 – 1:30pm; $10” and “All proceeds to those affected by BC fires.”  Held at EPC at 22 Queen St. E., Elmvale, it was a great success: well over a hundred people came to dine and approximately $1800 was raised.  
There were hamburgers and hotdogs, corn on the cob, ice cream sandwiches and tea, coffee, water and pop.   The hamburger patties were larger than the buns and the corn was sweet and downright delicious, as good as it gets!  The ice cream sandwiches were a treat.  The refreshments hit the spot.  Neighbours and friends ate together either downstairs in the cool of the church basement or outside on the lawn and at tables set up on the church’s front driveway.  The sun’s warmth was upon us and the wasps were around us, making a nuisance of themselves.  The wind played tag with napkins and plates, much to the consternation of those chasing after them.
Mayor French was present and said, “I think this is a great example of the communities that exist in Springwater helping those who are in need in other areas.  And that’s kind of the spirit of rural Ontario: people are aware of their own needs but they’re also aware of others throughout the country.  God gifted us with a great day to do this.”  To the community of Elmvale and all those who joined us for the BBQ:  a huge thankyou.

Springwater Launches Community Improvement Plan
 The Township of Springwater has launched a Community Improvement Plan to support local businesses and stimulate investment in the community.
 A Community Improvement Plan allows municipalities to establish grants, loans, incentives and other programs to encourage private sector investment in development and renovation efforts that seek to improve and revitalize areas or achieve local goals and priorities.
 The Community Improvement Plan endorsed by Springwater Council includes 8 programs. Each program has a maximum funding amount, specific and general eligibility criteria and an application review process to determine appropriateness. Each year Council will determine the overall funding amount allocated to the Community Improvement Plan. All eight (8) programs have been activated and $50,000 has been allocated to the Community Improvement Plan for the 2017 calendar year.
 The eight (8) programs included in the Community Improvement Plan are:  
 Façade Improvement Program (Exterior Improvements)
Provides grants for façade restoration and revitalization of commercial and publicly visible and accessible agricultural buildings.
Maximum funding: 50% of the eligible costs, up to $5,000
Signage Improvement Program
Provides grants for signage upgrades and replacement.
Maximum funding: 50% of the eligible costs, up to $1,500
Building Restoration, Renovation and Improvement Program (Interior Improvements or Expansions)
Provides grants for interior building renovations / improvements that cover a portion of the costs associated with expansions and additions, general retrofitting, building code upgrades, or the repurposing of buildings for commercial uses.
Maximum funding: 50% of the eligible costs, up to $5,000
Planning and Building Permit Fee Rebate Program
Provides a rebate for planning and building permit fees associated with redevelopment, infill and new commercial development. For example, fees associated with Site Plan Approval, Severance, Demolition Permits, Building and / or Sign Permits.
Maximum funding: 100% of the Township fees, up to $2,500
 Development Charges (DC) Rebate Program
DC’s are levied by the Township for new residential and non-residential development to pay for a portion of growth-related infrastructure.
The DC Rebate Program provides a reduction in DC’s associated with the development and redevelopment of sites. The Program may be combined with the County’s DC Abatement Program.
Maximum funding: 60% of the Township’s Development Charge
Historic Property Improvement Program
Provides grants for maintenance and upgrades to heritage properties as identified on the Township’s Heritage Register or designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Maximum funding: 50% of the eligible costs, up to $5,000
Tax Increment Equivalent Financing Program
A tax incentive equivalent to the increase in property taxes as a result of major improvements to a property.
Maximum funding: total amount shall not exceed 50% of the total cost of the improvements or $5,000 annually, whichever is the lesser
Accessibility Improvements Program
Provides grants for accessibility improvements for commercial or publicly accessible agricultural properties by assisting to cover costs of a design and / or construction of upgrades.
Maximum funding: 50% of the eligible costs, up to $1,500
“Each of the programs in the Community Improvement Plan were carefully designed to provide support for businesses investing in our community,” says Mayor Bill French. “The spinoff effects of these investments will build the local economy and strengthen the community within Springwater.”   
For additional information on the Community Improvement Plan, a list of all eligibility criteria or to access an application form, please visit or contact the Township of Springwater Planning Department at 705-728-4784 Ext. 2032.

Maker Fun Factory V.B.S. a Success
Elmvale Presbyterian Church was a hive of activity during the week of Aug. 14-18. Maker Fun Factory V.B.S was full of epic Bible learning experiences that the kids were able to see, hear, touch and even taste. Participants shared in team-building games, cool Bible songs, fun crafts and tasty treats that kept everyone busy all week. Thank you to the many
volunteers who helped to make this week such an
enriching and positive event. The children are to be congratulated on contributing $474.35  to a “Clean Water Project” in Peru. Well done young people.

Canada 150 Challenge
The 157th Elmvale Fall Fair is just around the corner and the directors have been busy getting ready for this year’s celebration.  The fair has incorporated Canada’s 150th birthday into our theme this year.
CANADA’S 150th
Celebrating Everything Canadian
The theme  can be found throughout the whole fair this year form our children’s parade on Friday October 6th with all marchers having Canadian flags to wave at the crowds, Springwater Township is providing a photo both with props and a treat and there will be temporary Canadian tattoos for anyone who wants them applied. If you have not looked at the entry section of the fair book there are many Canadian themed entries that can show off your talent as well as your patriotism to this wonderful land we proudly call home.  Also please look for the 3 Canadian themed quilts that where a part of last year’s quilt block challenge to be displayed at the fair.
Another area where you can show off your love for Canada is to place  a float in this year’s Saturdays Parade October 7th.  Many fairs across Ontario have also used Canada’s 150th for inspiration for their fairs this year.  One fair issued a challenge for 150 tractors to be a part of their parade.  The Elmvale Fall Fair would like to challenge any individuals, groups, businesses, clubs, neighbours, sporting teams, organizations, churches, families and anyone else who does not fit into any of the above categories.  It is time to  puff out your chest and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by having some fun, creating an awesome Canadian memory and being involved in a community event that dates back before Canada was officially united into the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. The possibilities of a float are endless anything from depicting our forefathers of confederation -- do you have a John A. Macdonald or Cartier look alike in the family, or a love for our non-official ‘national’ sport hockey and its famous players, maybe basketball that was invented here in the north, a famous Canadian  Olympian, a red and white birthday cake, a baseball or lacrosse float, how about a float honouring our veterans, what about many of the inventions and inventors that are home to Canada, or a national hero, or simply what is Canada to you—many of us local citizens love our local way of life right here in Springwater township that quite simply reflects our Canadian lifestyle. Get together and start the ball rolling let’s see if we can have 150 floats celebrating Canada’s birthday at the Elmvale Fall Fair on Saturday October 7.  Please register with Brad McGrady at 705-627-7222, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mike Jacobs at 705-322-2249, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or just appear at HCES to register between 11:15 and 11:45 on Saturday October 7.

Rural Intentions
The Craighurst Women's Institute was successful in obtaining approval from the township to erect a Canadian flag at the former Craighurst Hall site. The site is a lovely parkette with gardens and interpretive signs depicting the history of our village.  I was sorry to miss the CWI's annual corn roast this year: I think it is the first one that Dave and I have missed since we moved here. A trip to Tobermory with our new trailer won out over our community spirit - just this once.  
Congratulations to Fran Poole and St. John's Anglican Church for once again earning a spot on the Oro-Medonte horticultural society's 2017 Blooming Good Garden list.  A photo of Fran's garden and the new flag at the parkette are included here.
If you haven't checked it out already, Amiche's $10 linguine and meatball night is pretty awesome. Amiche's does something magical with their Bolognese sauce which you can find in the Linguine Bolognese, the lasagne and their pasta special on Thursday nights. Our server hinted that their might be a change-up on the menu in the fall which is kind of exciting, but we begged her to tell Dave the owner to keep the lasagne, the Bolognese and their chicken wings.  
There has been surveying activity behind our house and some turning over of earth in a couple of fields. The young folks sifting around through the dirt said they were looking for artefacts so I would guess it is part of the archaeological study: one of the many necessary studies that need to take place prior to development. Lots more studies to go and I think I recall that the township is revising the secondary plan this year so we'll want to keep our ears open around that since the secondary plan ideally guides how development will proceed. This is a great opportunity to provide input. I'm writing this from Tobermory where they have put a lot of effort into reducing light pollution so that people can still see the stars at night. They have reduced the number of street lights considerably and use a special type of light that is softer and more subdued. The village is still nicely lit and feels safe. Several other nearby municipalities are following suit.

Hillsdale Highlights
• School’s Back!  This is just a reminder that the 2017-2018 school year has begun, which means the children of Hillsdale will be out walking to and from bus stops and the school.  Please be extra careful on the roads.  Please also pay attention to the new cross walk on Hwy 93 at Albert Street – there are lights and signage to help ensure motorists stop. Pedestrians, please ensure you look both ways before crossing at the new cross walk – the lights turn on instantly, leaving zero time for drivers “past the point of no return” to stop. Our wonderful crossing guards will still be there during their regular times, but it is important to pay extra attention when they are not there.
• Thank You!!! Our End of Summer Extravaganza was a big success! Approximately 250 Hillsdale-ites came out to enjoy the festivities on a gorgeous day! We would like to send a big thank you to Franz and Shanta from “The Old Cornerstore” for donating all of the pizza dough for the delicious wood fire pizza, as well as multiple donations to our raffle!  Thank you also to: Outdoor Pizza Ovens for donating the wood fire pizza oven; DJ Kevin Harrod for bringing the rocking tunes; the Hillsdale Fire Fighters for bringing their trucks, Sparky and their fire fighter’s obstacle course; Dr. Dean Dentistry for donating goodie bags for each child who participated in the bike parade; Party Tyme, for giving us a great deal on the always-fun bouncy castles; and to Briana and her crew at the Township of Springwater for their support, advertising, bringing and running the mobile skate park!  Thank you to all who donated to our raffle, including (in no particular order): Deputy Mayor Don and wife Wanda Allen, Councillor Perry Ritchie, Orr Lake Golf Club, Chelsea Chocolates, Elmvale Jungle Zoo, St. Andrew’s Church, Ruby Young, The Whistle Stop Pet Shop, Elmvale Tim Hortons, Elmvale Foodland, Highlander Old School Barbershop, Erin Miller of Brassier Boutique, Lantic Sugar, and Sandra Parkin of Blue Cherry Sweets.  Finally, thank you to all of the volunteers who helped organize and run this exciting event. 100% of the funds raised from the Extravaganza have already been deposited to the Township as payment for the boards around the pavilion at the park. Way to go, Hillsdale!
• Important Public Notice: A public meeting was held on Monday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Springwater Administration Centre to discuss the rezoning of the lands within the Heritage Village (Hillsdale) and Sarjeant land subdivisions.  The minutes from this meeting can be obtained at the Township’s website.  The most important piece of information that I took away was the timeline: the developers are hoping to begin Phase 1 – which is putting in a watermain and connecting it to our water tower – as early as May 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Township, or our Councillor, Perry Ritchie.
• Monthly Stitch ‘n Chat:  Bring your hand crafts to St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday, September 28th and share ideas and get inspiration from other people in the community who range from crafters who are just starting out, to seasoned stitchers. This is a wonderful time to get to know your neighbours and make new friends!  Doors open at 6:30pm; bring your mug to fill with a hot drink!  
• Hall Board Meeting Reminder: The Hillsdale Park and Recreation Board meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the hall.  It is a group of people who live in Hillsdale, and who want to see great things happen in our community!  All members of the community are welcome to attend and this is the proper forum to voice your thoughts and opinions.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm.

Anten Mills News
Good heavens this summer’s gone quickly! It doesn't seem quite possible this is the first column back after a two month hiatus, and it’s now back to school time. And I can’t think of a happier way to come back than with congratulatory wishes to long-time residents of Anten Mills, Doug and Pauline Jones, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary next Thursday, September 14. Wow!
Happy 60th Doug and Pauline!
Doug and Pauline are both from local families for generations back. Pauline’s parents each began life in Elmvale and spent their entire lives in Springwater. As a married couple, they resided on the 6th concession of Flos before moving to the 4th concession just west of Phelpston. Doug’s father also started life in Elmvale, and his mother in Penetanguishine, moving around a bit before returning to the area when Doug was a young boy.
Pauline and Doug met in 1952, when Pauline was just 15 and Doug 6 years her senior. They married 5 years later in Elmvale, on September 14, 1957. After residing in Barrie for a short time as newlyweds, they purchased their first home in Anten Mills, then ten years later, in 1967, built the home they reside in to this day on Horseshoe Valley Road.
Doug spent his career at General Tire, then Brinks Canada, while Pauline was employed by Wagner Pulpwood (another local name), and retired from the Simcoe County Museum. In addition to their two sons, Doug and Glenn, Pauline and Doug are blessed with three grandchildren and welcomed their first great-grandson, Jackson, this June. Both have kept active in their retirement, which has included travel throughout North American, including time in the southern states. Their 60th anniversary will be a quiet affair spent with immediate family.
Congratulations and happy 60th anniversary Doug and Pauline! What a wonderful opportunity for celebration and what a great an example you are in your marriage. Their son Doug says “60 years is hard to believe. My brother and I couldn't have handpicked better parents and we are so blessed to still have them in our lives.”
Community Meeting September 21
The first fall meeting of the Anten Mills community ball board is scheduled for Thursday, September 21 starting at 7 p.m., at the community hall. All residents of Anten Mills are welcome to attend, be it to participate or simply listen in on what goes on.
For the most up to date information on what’s happening in and around the ‘Mills, don’t forget to check out the Anten Mills Community Bulletin on Facebook. And, if you have a family event or community announcement you’d like to have included in this column, please send it to me, Kim Tyler, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give me a call at 705-728-2801.

Canada 150  Award for Food Bank
The Elmvale Food Bank was awarded the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Excellence by MP Alex Nuttall commemorating  Canada 150. Constituents nominated exceptional individuals & groups which were reviewed & shared with municipal leaders. The Food Bank Certificate & the Medal of Excellence was accepted by volunteer Lynn Patkau. Thanks go out to all the local volunteers, individuals & organizations who contribute to the Food Bank.

The New EDHS
As we begin a new school year, staff across the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) are preparing classrooms, libraries and gymnasiums for the return of students. In Elmvale, preparations are also well underway for the addition and renovation at Elmvale District High School (EDHS).
Over the course of the summer SCDSB staff have been working with the Ministry of Education and the project’s contractor to ensure that funding and costs are aligned. The tender has been awarded, and the project is expected to be underway by the end of September, with an anticipated opening in Winter 2020.
“The addition and renovation at EDHS is a true example of a community partnership, with Springwater Township and the Elmvale community offering significant contributions,” says Peter Beacock, SCDSB Chairperson. “I want to acknowledge the hard work of SCDSB staff in making this community vision a reality.”
The addition and renovation will include a new cafeteria, servery and community kitchen, a right-sized gymnasium and a fitness centre/weight room on the school property that will be shared with the community. The renovation will also include updated change rooms, main office expansion, an update to the library and a new heating plant. The overall budget for the addition and renovation is approximately $10 million.

Tiny Township Family Fun Day
The Township of Tiny Fire and Emergency Services held their 4th Annual Family Fun Day Saturday, August 26th, 2017 and we could not have asked for a better day! Over 300 people were treated to a FREE hot dog lunch, cotton candy, freezies, popcorn and a number of fun activities such as face painting and photo shoots with Sparky, live fire hose practice for the youngsters (and young at heart), a magic show and balloon twisting, Jaws of Life demonstration, bouncy castle and slide, and our main attraction this year was a Live Burn Cell demonstration showing 2 burn cells - one protected by a sprinkler system and the other not protected. This eye opening demonstration showed the importance of the installation of a home sprinkler system both for life and property safety, the importance of working Smoke and CO alarms and having and practicing a home fire escape plan for your home. We would like to say a special thank you to Home Depot and Quality Fire Protection for their generous donation to the construction of our burn cells.

Boots and Hearts in Oro-Medonte
Well it was another fantastic year at Boots and Hearts at Burls Creek in Oro Medonte.  40,000 country music fans and a line up that kept the country fans and even some rock fans happy too.
We could review all these amazing country musicians, both men and women with vocals and instruments that we could only wish for a sliver of talent - but the real review for Boots and Hearts is with the organizers, Republic Live.  We really had thought we had done it all attending prior Boots and Hearts festivals, but this year much to our surprise we were yet again blown away.
Republic Live is to be acknowledged and commended for their well oiled machine keeping these 30000 fans organized and supported for a weekend festival. Never have we seen so much behind the scenes activity, from garbage to sewage, security, transportation, medical services, food trucks and vendors not to mention the huge pop up camp ground. All with needs, supplies and staff. Yes it would rival Disney, because Republic Live does it in a field!
Wildwood Catering shared they were organizing meals to the huge numbers of entertainers and backstage crews, with weeks of preparation, menu planning and staffing. Each group with their own set of special requests. Thousands of meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night all timed and set on cue. Well making lunches in September for the kids, that’s not looking so bad now.
During the rainstorm on the Friday night, they evacuated 30,000+ people successfully - orderly, timely and safely to their campers and vehicles.  Emergency preparedness is on the minds of many municipal officials these days, perhaps the training could come from Republic Live - because they were ready and it was all so seamless. At one point, we looked around and wondered where did everyone go?   Keith Urban had said surprisingly “not only did you all leave in an orderly fashion but you all came back”.  And come back we did. We are Canadian of course! And I’m sure with Buzz Brainard entertaining the crowd, his Sirius XM coverage showcased as his favourite Canadian venue.
Oh sure we were wet and a little stunned we had to leave, but it seemed to make us appreciate the show more. When Keith Urban not only got on the stage and played after being delayed, he played in the rain. Yes, as you can imagine Michael, many of us did melt with his hair flipping and dripping in the rain. It was when he pulled one of the Oro Partridge Boy’s shirt out of the crowd and put it on, the fans roared with delight. As there was Keith sporting, a white Oro Boyz, home made t-shirt in the rain with his stunning guitar licks.
I spoke to the young Partridge lad, he was excited to have had such an honour and to meet the Mayor of Oro Medonte and the head of Republic Live.  But I think he brought a new popularity to Oro that even their World’s Fair can’t match, an Oro endorsement by Keith at Boots and Hearts with over 100,000 attendees in total. Let’s hope they have a “homemade printed t-shirt” class at the Oro fair this year! Elmvale Fair may also be up for a challenge!
Respectfully submitted,
Mrs. Woods & Mrs. Graham

Make A Wish
At the Villa Retirement Lodge, we are doing our best to make seniors' wishes come true. Sunday August 20th we were able to make our resident Edith's wish come true by taking her to her Church "Christ Church Anglican" in Waubaushene.
Edith was welcomed by old friends, received communion and even enjoyed a homemade buttertart. Once church service had ended we took a drive to the Waubaushene cemetery where Edith could visit her late husband Ken.
It was a great experience for Edith who was accompanied by her co-resident and friend Marg who also attended service at the same church in the past. Moving into a retirement home doesn’t mean that seniors should lose their freedom and quit having fun.
That’s why it is important for us here at the Villa Retirement Lodge to help our residents celebrate aging and continue to make their dreams come true.

Wyevale’s News
Happy birthday wishes go out to Kim Fische, Hunter Reynolds, Hannah Eisenberg, Betty Rawn, Jackie Webb, Crystal Smith, Foster Webb, Yvonne Giffen, Morley Marchant, Brooke Bumstead, Justin Marcellus, David Smith, Ralph Rawn, Jean McNamara and Alexander Wickett.
Congratulations to Richard Blue & Emily Eisenberg on the birth of a baby boy born on August 30th. He weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. Richard Gregory Klaus Blue is welcomed by his grandmother Joan and his many relatives.
Thursday September 7th is U.C.W. meeting at 7 p.m. in the church basement. Guest speaker is Bob Ritchie. Everyone welcome, even the men.
Leo’s Group will have their first meeting on Thursday, September 14th at 7 p.m. in the church basement.
Bid euchre will start up again on Friday, September 14th in the church basement at 1 p.m. All welcome. Hope to see all the regulars back again.
On Sunday, September 17th will mark the 128th anniversary service at 9:30 a.m. Come out and help us celebrate.
Sympathy goes out to Peter Beacock on the passing of his wife Gwen. She will be sadly missed by her two sons Jeremy and Austin and family and friends. Funeral is on Friday September 8th at 11:30 a.m.
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me at 705.527.5274.