Little Stories

Church hosts 10th annual

Christmas Day turkey dinner          

Once again Elmvale Presbyterian Church will be hosting the annual turkey dinner with all the trimmings. You are invited to come and join with us at 12 noon Christmas day in celebration of the true spirit of the season.

If you have had, or are yet to have, your Christmas celebration or are without family, please consider coming to celebrate this special day in the company of others in fellowship around a festive table.

All ages are welcome. We have elevator access.

All you are required to bring is your appetite.

   Please RSVP by December 18th to Elizabeth 705-322-2695 or Mary 705-322-2806  or the church 705-322-1411


Hillsdale Highlights   Alissa Shanahan

  • Hillsdale Tree Lighting: The 4th Annual Hillsdale Tree Lighting on December 1st was a huge success!  The Hillsdale Community Recreation Association would love to say thank you to: the Hillsdale Fire Fighters Association for their continued support and bringing Christmas trees to sell; Bling Face Painting for donating their time and incredible talent; Mary Templeton for donating the delicious candy canes for Santa to hand out; the many volunteers who donated baked goods; Jaden, Ava, Lilly, Kadence and Ethan for organizing and overseeing the crafts; Julie and Brandon Carter for donating decorations and hot chocolate; Ms. MacInnis for bringing so many children together to sing some Christmas carols; Mayor Don Allen, Councillor Perry Ritchie and MPP Alex Nutall for attending and welcoming everybody; and finally, to the entire community who gathered together and celebrated the start of the Christmas season!
  • Rink Update: It’s getting to be that time of year!  The incredible Garry Dunn is hard at work getting the rink ready for the skating season. Garry is working with fellow Hillsdale-ite Trevor Courchesne, who is generously donating his time to get some lines down on the concrete before flooding begins. If you are interested in being a part of the team that floods the rink throughout the winter, email me at the address below!
  • Social Time at St. Andrews:  The monthly Coffee Hour at St. Andrew’s takes place the third Thursday each month, from 9:30-11:00am.  Please note that December’s coffee time is cancelled, and the social time will resume in January.
  • Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  Due to the busy time of year, there will be no December meeting.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 23rd.   Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
  • From my house to yours, I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

The “Hillsdale Highlights” is a community news update, so please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you would like the community to know about! Follow the official Hillsdale Community Recreation Association on Facebook for details about upcoming events and social gatherings at “Hillsdale Community Group.”


Southern Georgian Bay home sales unchanged on a year-over-year basis in November, in line with their 10-year average

Residential sales recorded through the MLS® system for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 243 units in November 2018. This was unchanged from November 2017 and stood three transactions above the 10-year average for that month.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 2,921 units over the first 11 months of the year. This was a decrease of 19.2% from the same period in 2017.

The Southern Georgian Bay region comprises two distinctive markets.

Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, the Municipality of Meaford, and Grey Highlands, numbered 139 units in November 2018. This was down 7.9% (12 sales) from November 2017 and was three sales below the region’s 10-year average.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered 1,727 units over the first 11 months of the year. This was a decrease of 19.5% from the same period in 2017.

Meanwhile, home sales in the Eastern Region, encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny, Severn, and Georgian Bay Townships, numbered 104 units in November 2018. This was an increase of 13% (12 sales) from November 2017 and was seven sales above the 10-year November average.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Eastern Region numbered 1,194 units over the first 11 months of the year. This was a decrease of 18.8% from the same period in 2017.

“Home sales for the Association’s overall geographical coverage area were stable at average levels in November, with an increase in the Eastern District exactly offset by a decline in the Western District,” said Matthew Lidbetter, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “While activity across the region has improved compared to earlier this year, active listings have remained stuck near the historical lows they hit some two years ago. That is keeping the markets tight and placing a firm floor under prices. In fact, we may be seeing prices starting to pick up again.”

There were 311 new residential listings in November 2018. This was an increase of 22% on a year-over-year basis but remained below most of the last decade.

Overall supply remains near record lows. Active residential listings numbered 883 units at the end of November. This was an increase of 14.1% from the end of November 2017. It was also slightly above the same time in 2016, but was well below the 10 year prior to that when active supply at the end of November averaged more than 2,150 listings – two and a half times the current level.

Months of inventory numbered 3.6 at the end of November 2018, up a bit from the 3.2 months recorded at the end of November 2017 but well below the long-run average of 8.6 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

The dollar value of all residential transactions in November 2018 was $124.8 million, rising 17.2% from this time in 2017.

Sales of all property types numbered 284 units in November 2018, up 4.4% (12 sales) from November 2017. The total value of all properties sold was $137.6 million, rising 16.6% from November 2017.

Consult your Local REALTOR® for market conditions and home value information specific to your neighbourhood.

Our REALTORS® live, work and play in Southern Georgian Bay and have the local knowledge you simply need to know!  Encompassing several communities along the shores of southern Georgian Bay, approximately 1½ to 2 hours from Greater Toronto, the area is one of Canada’s premier four season recreational playgrounds.

The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® represents over 570 REALTORS® registered with its member offices.  The geographical area served by the Association includes the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny and parts of Severn and Georgian Bay Townships; Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains and portions of the Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands.

Provided by:  Matthew Lidbetter, President

Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®

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Climate ‘Scientists’ And The Media Openly Lie About Climate Change To Maintain Funding And Keep Global Warming Hysteria Alive

A unique and fundamental difference, IMO, between climate change sceptics or realists, and climate change alarmists is that sceptics must absorb alarmist ‘science’ and corresponding media releases in order to provide a broad understanding of both sides of the debate. Objectivity and oversight can then be carried out, where the mainstream media will not, by detecting errors, exaggerations and even outright lies that exist within the masses of human-induced climate change information disseminated by the CO2-centric legacy media.

THIS is not a scientific observation, though it is quite accurate when you assess the complete lack of knowledge by climate alarmists to the vast body of climate science contradicting global warming dogma. The story or finding that best fits the alarmists catastrophic narrative qualifies, everything else is outlawed.

THIS is problematic as it foments a culture of groupthink where objectivity is heresy, scepticism is “denial” and questions are forbidden. In this environment, scientific discovery and advancement is stifled, debate is (intentionally) shut down, truth and reason an unnecessary evil.

THANKFULLY there are a growing number of dedicated and unpaid sceptics or climate realists across many different forums and mediums who are questioning what is all-too-often demanded as fact or the accepted view of the (bogus) “97% consensus”.

TRUTH seekers working in their free time are doing what the post-modern mainstream media will not do any more – question dogma, authority and the preferred wisdom of the day using little more than empirical data, common sense and reason.

Paul Homewood of the excellent site Not A Lot Of People Know That is one of the many truth seekers successfully calling out the pseudoscience and misinformation that riddles the field of climate ‘science’.

THIS recent post is a classic example of a typical BBC environmental article prefaced wth “climate change” that is completely shredded by Homewood using nothing more than ’empirical data, common sense and reason’…


Tiny Enjoys the 9th Annual Wyevale Santa Claus Parade & Party

(Tiny, Ontario) The Township of Tiny and the Wyevale Parks and Recreation Association joined forces to organize the 9th annual Wyevale Santa Claus Parade and Party. The festivities began at 6:00 p.m. at the Wyevale United Church with face painting by Mable Moon, holiday crafts at Santa’s workshop and refreshments. Approximately 200 excited children and adults attended.

At 7:00 p.m., families hit the streets for the Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the Wyevale Parks and Recreation Association. This year’s theme was ‘Santa’s Workshop’. The event was free to the public, and food and toy donations were collected along the parade route by the Wyevale Station 2 Firefighters.

After the parade, 100 parade-goers returned to the Wyevale United Church to warm up with festive drinks and snacks. Children and adults alike visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and all children received a special holiday gift.

Each year, Council supports Township Sponsored Events by dedicating resources in order to engage Tiny residents. Council’s goal is to build civic engagement, community pride and confidence in the future.


Seniors’ Residence Meeting A Huge Success

Standing room only on Tuesday night as more than 125 interested area residents came to listen to a presentation about the possibility of a Seniors’ residence in Elmvale. This exciting project grew out of conversations between Sam Langman, Craig Beacock, and Rosemary Johnston. Sid Tjeerdsma, project manager, and former Executive Director at Tollendale Village, has joined the team in an advisory capacity.

Seniors living alone, often with health issues, poor eating habits, and depression may be isolated within their own community.   Recognizing the need, and wanting to help, the committee began seeking solutions.   After several area residences were visited, meetings with township planners, phone calls and countless hours at the computer reading and researching, the team decided to have an open meeting to present what has been done and to receive input and suggestions.

Sam Langman chaired the meeting and outlined the Vision for the project.

To build a community of Seniors whose lives will be enriched by living close to one another, sharing each other’s joys and griefs, gaining strength from mutual support. Residents’ activities will be focused on diminishing isolation and loneliness.

All of our actions will reflect principles of human compassion, equality of all people, selfless giving and genuine caring”.

Sid Tjeerdsma then gave a presentation on the history and success of Tollendale Village in Barrie.

The mood of the meeting was very positive, questions were answered, ideas heard and more than 105 surveys filled out.

Mayor Don Allen was very supportive in his closing remarks, as was Councillor George Cabral. They and the team members all stressed the importance of the surveys as the answers will address key issues, such as need, location and size, etc. A recommendation was made to the committee that they hold a future meeting to discuss the results.

If you were not able to attend the meeting , but would like to fill out an online survey, it can be found at:

Paper surveys can also be picked up, completed, and left at the library.   Rosemary Johnston


Wyevale News

Happy birthday wishes go out to Nancy Wilkinson, Judy Hall, Paul Freiburger, Heather Sneddon, Joshua Smith, Arya O’Connor, Faith Matheson, Brian Vander Voort, Peter Sneddon, Barbara Mitchell, Mike Dorion, Gillian Ross, Karen Powell, Josh Walker, Taylor Webb, Drew Maheu, Kelly McNamara, Matthew Beacock, Mark Smith, Pat Lalonde, Cheryl Webb, Kirk McDonald, Jon McNamara, Joanne Hales, Stephen Hall, Lacy Steele, Jayne VanderVen and Rebecca Caston.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. $2.50 per person. Light lunch & prizes. Winners from November 30th were: 1st Brian Edmond, 2nd Marie Bunn and 3rd Judy Hall. Winners from December 7th were: 1st Rae Woolhead, 2nd Ken Dawe and 3rd Don Dempster. All welcome.

The Advent of Peace was recognized today. We heard “A Christmas Carol” from the children and a comical skit by Carol and Pat. White gifts were collected by the children.

Anyone interested in attending an informal bible study on Wednesday afternoons at the home of Lorna Webb, call her at 705.322.2947 for directions to her home here in Wyevale.

I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year in 2019.


The Township of Tiny Celebrates Noёl au Village  and the 15th Annual Tree Lighting

(Tiny, Ontario) On November 24, 2018, the Township of Tiny and Le Festival du Loup joined forces to offer Noёl au Village and Tiny’s 15th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. For the first time ever, these two popular events combined to bring the community a spectacular lighting of Lafontaine Village. Over 500 people attended Noёl au Village and kicked off their holiday season in Lafontaine. The event began at 3:00 p.m. with fun activities for the whole family, including cookie decorating, bon fires, holiday crafts and caroling. Pictures with Santa took place at the Parish Hall and each child received a Christmas advent calendar and take-home photo.  Le Musée vivant de Lafontaine (the Living Museum of Lafontaine) opened its doors to present an exhibit about the history of the Christmas Tree Industry in Tiny, including interactive displays and storytelling. Live musical performances were provided by Les Générations and the École Ste-Croix Children’s Choir. The event also featured a Christmas Market where local vendors were selling homemade butter tarts, Tourtière, Christmas trees, honey and more.  At 5:30 p.m., the church bells rang to signal the lighting of Lafontaine Village and the tunnel of lights. At 6:00 p.m. Mayor Cornell welcomed guests and thanked the many community volunteers, partners and sponsors who helped make the event possible. Finally, over steaming cups of apple cider and hot chocolate, people gathered around the Christmas tree to watch it come alive with sparkling lights and joined in the singing of “Oh, Christmas Tree”.  

Although the Tree Lighting Ceremony is over, Le Festival du Loup continues to host Noёl au Village throughout the week: Le Musée vivant de Lafontaine will be open to the public; École Ste-Croix hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and on Friday, November 30th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the Parish Hall is having a Square Dancing event with a caller.  To view moments from Noёl au Village and the 15th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, please visit our website or Facebook page using the links below:



Each year, Council dedicates resources to special community events in order to engage Tiny residents. Council’s goal is to build civic engagement and community pride.


Christmas Tree Lighting in Elmvale Draws A Sizeable Crowd

Gateway Parkette, downtown Elmvale

Pictures courtesy of L. French and C.R. Smith

November 30, 2018  -  It is the last Friday night in November and over a hundred people are gathered in the Gateway parkette at the corner of Yonge & Queen Sts. in Elmvale to witness the lighting of the Christmas tree.  About 6:30pm Lisa Harpell of Creative Madness Art Studio, Elmvale sets up a table and the kids swarm over to make ornaments for the tree.  The temperature hovers around zero degrees and the air is damp but there is hardly any wind and the atmosphere is merry with Christmas music and lively children. 

Lines form at two wooden shacks:  Lalonde’s Sugar Bush - for maple-flavoured candy floss, and at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival (EMSF) shack – for hot chocolate, hot apple cider and popcorn.  

At about 7pm, John Savage of the EMSF committee makes opening remarks.  Mayor Bill French and councilor Katy Austin bring season’s greetings.  After a few minutes, a small chain of people forms on stage and holds the cords to be connected.  Then the countdown begins:  5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1, the connection is made and … wait for it, 3 – 2 – 1 … the tree lights up; so pretty!  A large silver star, donated in memory of Doug Minty by his family, tops off a beautifully-decorated tree. 

The hot apple cider really hits the spot for me so I stand and visit with friends and neighbours for a little bit.  An hour later a sizable crowd still lingers in the downtown square.  Chilly feet finally necessitate my exit; I am hesitant to leave the cheery conversation but my heart is happy with expectation at the beginning of a wonderful Christmas season.


Rural Intentions Lynette Mader

Our picturesque little village feels a bit diminished with the Horseshoe Valley Trading Post and Woodside Pottery closed up and sitting empty. The quaint little house at the downtown southwest corner continues to sit empty and there is no longer a Christmas in Craighurst event. But certainly there is still some great shopping experiences to be had in the village, and good dining options too with Loobies and Amiches.

Notwithstanding this transitory stage of evolution in the village as former businesses close and new ones (such as the proposed pharmacy) make their plans, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in its residents. In an attempt to do some charitable good with so little time in a busy work and family schedule, I tried something a little different this year. Dave and I host a gathering of the friends we have made in the village (and beyond) over the years, and instead of a hostess gift or wine, I asked if our guests would bring a gift for a senior living in long term care. Through this local generosity we were able to put together 25 wonderful gifts for the residents in one wing of my dad’s long term care facility. The staff there will know that the spirited little village of Craighurst far north of them made this happen. 

Christmas can be lonely for seniors in long term care and it can also be a very challenging time for people that are grieving. I read a wonderful article on grieving by Teresa Harris of Hospice Simcoe in the Barrie Advance on the weekend.  If you or someone you know needs some support this season you can reach out to Hospice Simcoe or check out

If you’re looking for a sense of community and Christmas spirit, it is alive and well at the historic St. John’s church in Craighurst. A dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol will take place on Dec. 16.  Tickets are $10. Check the bulletin board at Foodland for details and contact info


Anten Mills News with Dennis Gannon

This past Saturday and Sunday Anten Mills families turned out to our two Christmas in the Village events, the 4th Tree Lighting and our 21st Santa Claus parade and they weren’t disappointed.  With fresh fallen snow, children and adults rode down the Sno Tube run courtesy of Snow Valley, greeted Santa Claus as he arrived with the escort of the Springwater fire fighters, saw the new ground display sponsored by Forrest Jones, sang Christmas songs, counted down for the lighting of the community tree and then watched a magnificent fireworks display put on by the Wilson family in memory of Dorothy Wilson a longtime supporter of all our community events. Sunday afternoon the parade travelled down our streets to the delight of many who gathered with their families and friends to of course see Santa and then their neighbours and friends who entered in the parade. Following the parade hot chocolate, hot apple cider and goodies were served while greetings were brought by MPP Doug Downey, Mayor Don Allen and Anten Mills CRA chair, Becca Allan. The highlight, besides Santa, was the annual parade awards. The best group went to the 3rd Midhurst Sparks, Brownies and Guides who had close to 40 youngsters walk the 2 kilometre route, the Wilson’s, who won the best new entry and finally the coveted street award that was wrestled away from perennial winners McLaughlin Street by Luella Boulevard with their Gingerbread entry. It was a great weekend and plans are underway already for next year’s events on December 7th and 8th

With the community tree and ground displays now lit nightly until January 7th, be sure to visit and take a tour of the homes throughout the community. Our official, unofficial home decorating contest is underway and any night now the judges will be making the grand tour to determine our winners. Remember to contact me via email if you want to “officially “ participate.

For almost half a century now, the members of the fire department have been asked by Santa to provide him with an escort as he visits Springwater communities on Christmas Eve. On good authority we have learned that this year, the fire fighters will again be providing his escort. It is anticipated he will be in Anten Mills starting around 7PM so listen for the sound of fire department sirens as he travels the streets and be sure to come outside to greet him as he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and asks the children to get to bed.

As this is the last edition before Christmas I on behalf of my family and myself along with the members of the Anten Mills CRA wish you all a very safe, healthy and Merry Christmas. 

Finally, any announcements, events or news please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Rosie’s Devotions

I Wonder As I Wander

Well, it's that time of year again and time does not stand still; as a matter of fact, as we get older, time seems to speed by us like a flash of light and we wonder where have the years gone?

Advent, in the Christian ecclesiastical calendar, is the season for observing and preparing for the Second Coming of Christ to this world. As I observe this season of Advent, I am compelled to look at my own life--the example I project--and I wonder about Jesus' return to earth. Over 2000 years ago, a baby was born and placed in a manger; such a lowly bed for a King! People expected a warrior king, not a servant or the son of a simple carpenter. Some believed that Jesus was a great prophet. And still others believed that He was a great teacher. They did not recognize Him for who He really was. When Peter was asked by Jesus, "But who do YOU say that I am?"

Peter answered with confidence, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

But people nailed Him to a cross, despite the many miracles He performed and the wisdom that He taught to the multitudes.

"And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

(Luke 2:10,11)

And I wonder, as I wander through this Advent season, "Will we be able to recognize Him, or will we continue to nail Him to the cross by neglecting to feed the hungry, bully the innocent and murder that which we do not understand, refusing to accept Christ’s message of love towards our fellow brothers and sisters who were created in God’s image?”

May peace, joy and love surround you and may God bless you and your families now and always.

Rosemary Hagedorn  Penetanguishene, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 This is the first in a series of three articles dealing with events in Waverley in 1884, as set out in three letters kindly provided by Ken Black. The events relate to John Black and his wife Mary Dougall. John Black was born in Rockliffe, Cumberland, England and came to Canada as a child with his parents, William Black and Mary Steel. William, who had been a weaver, settled in Pickering, where he was a teacher. John followed his father in that profession and by 1884 had been the teacher at the Waverley school for several years and had more than 30 years experience. He was slightly unusual as many rural teachers were young women who expected to and were expected to retire when they married or young men earning money for their education for one of the professions.

Mary Dougall Black was probably better known to the local residents, as she had grown up in Barrie and was from a well known family. Her father, Henry Dougall and her uncle, David Dougall (from Newburgh, Fifeshire)  had been partners in a furniture making concern. Henry was later a carpenter and builder but David expanded the business to a large steam furniture factory across the street from the court house. By profession David was a turner and many of the chairs and rope beds in the area came from his factory.

John was first married to Jane England but she died very young and he married Mary Dougall in Barrie in 1869. They had seven children: Mary (called Mamie), Isabella, Harry Dougall, Davidson, Fergus Nathan, Norman and Robert. They went to Waverley, probably about 1881. It is not clear where they lived, but it was probably in the Medonte quarter.

 Here is the first letter,  dated Aug 19, 1884 from Mamie Black to her cousin Bella Macintosh, with a postscript from Mary Black to her sister Margaret Dougall, who had married Duncan MacIntosh, also a school teacher. For reasons to be explained later, the letter was probably never sent.

 Dear Cousin Bella

I suppose you will be thinking that I will am never going to write to you again but I hope that is not the case. I started several letters to you but they never got to the end. I have been staying at Mr. Parker’s. I’ll soon be there four weeks. I like working in a store. I said to Ma the other day that I thought she might let me go to your place and help you to work but she only laughed at me. They celebrated the 12th July in Elmvale. Mr. Chas Gravit (perhaps your Pa knows him) got hurt very badly and is not better yet. Our Temperance Society is growing splendid. We have about two hundred members already. The Society had a picnic on the 1st July, they made $52.50 which has paid for the organ they had got, all but about $14-$15. I have not been there since it came but the others say it is very nice. Four weeks ago eleven of us sang two pieces. Leah Moses and I sang the verses and the rest joined in the chorus. The name of the 1st was “What Some Folks Do” and the 2nd was “I’m a child of the King”. Did you have a very large garden this year. We have just the same only there are more onions this year. Harry and I were home from school the last two weeks weeding the onions. We went over them three or four times. We got down on our knees and pulled every weed out from between them. I did between thirty and forty row a day besides going over the potatoes mostly twice a day. The children have got over the whooping cough, now the scarlet fever has been at Orr Lake. There has been six funerals from up there. I’m glad it did not get this far. Mr. Dobbs (The English Church minister) has left here and gone to St. Johns, New Brunswick. He was a splendid speaker. The morning he preached his farewell sermon the church was crowded and many did not get seats. Did you see a bill of the Exhibition in Barrie in October. There is a large one in Mr. Parkers store. If there is everything that is on the Bill I think it will be very nice. The village is getting a pair of Hay scales. The man came today to put them up. Our school opened Monday but there are not many there the weather is so very hot. We had a letter from your Ma a short time ago. We did not know what was the matter you were so long in writing. Our Baby is growing a big boy now, so are all the boys. I think I will have to stop very soon they are all in bed but Ma, Pa and I, it is nearly time I was in bed. I hope you are all well. We are. Write soon and let us know how you are getting along. Write soon. From your Affec. Cousin Mamie.

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Dear Maggie, I received your paper and lace and letter last week. Will write as soon as possible. School is open again. I should like to have gone to Barrie. John & Harry was only down. I had so much sewing and nursing I did not get time. Baby is the fattest I ever had, he is a great weight. He moves about on the floor & this A.M. tried to get up to a chair, fell & the chair on him. Sarah Dougal’s Ma is getting better when John came home, she has been dangerously ill. That is the way I hear Barrie news. Recess in. Yrs. Mary

 The Mr. Parker mentioned in the letter kept the general store in Waverley, right on the Tay corner (the present building is a replacement there). Charles Gravett was a son of James Gravett, a former Royal Navy seaman who had settled just south of Waverley. Leah Moses was a daughter of Max Moses (who had owned a store in Wyebridge and later in Waverley)and Lucy Truax - she later married James Cooper, who operated a saw mill at Saurin. The Isabella to whom the letter was addressed later married Thomas W. Copner of London. Her father, Duncan MacIntosh, had been the teacher at Waverley just before John Black and this is why the Macintoshes would have had an interest in Waverley news.


Libraries in Springwater Township

We’re Hiring!

We currently have two part-time(temporary up to six months) positions available offering between 4-15 hours per week for circulation duties, planning and implementation of program and assisting patrons with technology.  For further details please see our website.  Application deadline: Friday December 21, 12 noon.

Supplies Needed

If you have any paint in the colours of red, green, gold or black that you could donate to the library we would appreciate your generosity as we get ready for our holiday programming season.

Feature Films through the Decades

Join us at the Elmvale Branch for bi-weekly movie matinees at 2pm.  This is a free drop in program but you are welcome to purchase a bag of popcorn and a bottle of water for $3.  1960s Dr No, Monday December 17.  1970s Papillon, Monday January 7, 2019.

Seniors Rock

Free gathering where you will make a simple Christmas craft.  Wednesday December 19, 10:30am at Elmvale Branch.

Lego Club

All ages are welcome to our monthly Lego building challenge Thursday December 20, 3:45pm Minesing Branch.

Holiday Hours of Operation

CLOSED: Monday December 24, Tuesday December 25, Wednesday December 26.  OPEN: Thursday December 27, Friday December 28, Saturday December 29.  CLOSED: Monday December 31, Tuesday January 1, 2019.  We will reopen to regular hours of operation on Wednesday January 2, 2019.

Paper Peas

Come to our creative card making club!  Tuesday January 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm.  Cost $15.  Midhurst Branch.  Our theme is Valentines this month.

St John Ambulance

Babysitting Course: 9am-4pm ages 11-15, cost $65.  Bring a doll/teddy bear, lunch and a drink.  Home Alone course: 9am-12noon, ages 10+, cost $45.  Bring a lunch and a drink.  Saturday January 26, Elmvale Branch.  Registration/payment is required.


Sleigh Ride in the Village

Sponsored by the Elmvale Lioness  Friday December 7, 2018 6 – 9pm

Over 500 people enjoyed the event, “Sleigh Ride in the Village” by the Lioness’ in Elmvale on Friday December 7, 2018. It was a beautiful clear and frosty night.  Young and old alike were delighted by the horse-drawn wagon rides (there wasn’t enough snow in town for sleigh runners).  People came from Elmvale with family and friends from Barrie, Wasaga Beach, Moonstone and Phelpston.   A choir of carolers from Elmvale Community Church and their friends accompanied by Bruce Roberts on a portable electric keyboard serenaded the line-up with “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and other Christmas favourites. 

Rides were offered the whole evening from around 6pm until after 8:30pm.  There were three wagons.  One wagon was pulled by Buddy and Major (both Belgian horses) and a second wagon by Olaf (Petron-Hackney cross) and Myra (Belgian); each with room for about 20 people.  A third wagon was pulled by two horses from Rainbow View Farm.  They made a loop from the municipal parking lot (beside the community hall) winding through the residential streets to the Elmvale high school and back.  The rides lasted ten to fifteen minutes long, just right in the nippy night air.

Inside the hall there was a happy buzz of conversation at tables set with red tablecloths and green tablecloths and centerpieces.  A wide range of ages was represented: babies, toddlers, school age children, youth and adults young and old.  Hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot apple cider were being served.  There was much to see and do: a craft table with colouring, playdough and face-painting for the kids; guess how many candies are in the jar; a country store selling gifts for $2 to $5.  As part of the fun at the country gift store, contents were not according to the package.  My gift came in a box for a small piece of computer equipment and turned out to be a lovely, soft, rust-coloured scarf.  A gentleman showed me his: a box with a picture of a crock pot containing hand-crocheted dish cloths and dish soap  – he laughed as he told me that his wife had picked out the box for him.  There were also tickets for a door prize (free), 50/50 draw, table runner or gingerbread house ($1) and children’s toy draw (3 tickets for $1; 36 toys to choose from!). 

Many thanks to the sponsors: Guardian (drug store), G & S Computers, Elmvale Jungle Zoo, Coffeetime, Foodland, Stewart Food Services, Fox’s Bakery & Deli, Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, Home Hardware Building Centre, TVR Track Vehicle Repair, TD Canada Trust, Tim Hortons and Elmvale Lions. 

The Elmvale Lioness generously offered this sleigh ride free to the community as their service work.  Any money raised will be donated back to the community.  The Lioness are open to new members; interested ladies are invited to contact Linda Belcourt, president, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone (705) 322 3703.

The sleigh/wagon ride outfitters were Bob Corbett of RDC Stables, phone (705) 817 8352 and Leo Ste Croix of Rainbow View Farm, phone (705) 322 3609. 

Story by Connie Smith


Elmvale Lions Speaker Series

The Elmvale & District Lions Club recognized World Diabetes Day on November 14th by bringing in a speaker to discuss Diabetes at our November 27th meeting.

Our speaker was Jim Bartley from the Alliston Lions Club who is also the district chair for Diabetes in our area. Jim discussed the importance of fighting diabetes for the Lions Club organization across the world.

Lions Clubs International is now focused on 5 key areas: Diabetes, Vision, Hunger, Environment and Childhood Cancer. Jim explained that diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body can’t produce enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin that’s available He then further explained the differences between Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes. Diabetes is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the world with 1 person dying from diabetes every 7 seconds and 50% of people with diabetes not even knowing they have it.

Jim talked about how Lions Clubs around the world are being encouraged to help educate their communities on diabetes and the great benefits of regular physical activity, a healthy diet and maintaining normal body weight in helping to fight against diabetes.

On a local note the Elmvale Lions Club regularly donates money to Camp Huronda which is a kids camp in the Muskoka’s specifically for kids with Type 1 Diabetes.

Our next speaker on December 11th is actually the fantastic local entertainer Jamie Williams who is coming in for our annual Lions Club Christmas party. 

If you are interested in volunteering in your community the Elmvale Lions Club is always looking for individuals looking to contribute to their community. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



I remember playing coffee houses in the late 1960s with my sister. I actually saw Gordon Lightfoot perform one night at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa around 1967.  I loved the atmosphere and that memory has always remained with me. I knew right away that I would learn to play his style of picking on the guitar.

We have friends in Moonstone and for many years we have driven past the Good Vibes Coffee House sign in Mt. St. Louis.  I often thought it would be nice to stop in some time and see what was going on.

My wife and I finally dropped in on January 19th, 2017, to see what Good Vibes was all about. I left my guitar in the car and  we went in to listen. As we entered the hall, we were met and welcomed by a very friendly hostess. After the first and second acts played, I brought my guitar in and signed the players’ board. I was so nervous. I had only been playing at home for some time.  I got up and began my first song. Immediately, someone came down the isle with a camera and took my picture. I completely lost focus and forgot the words to the song.  It took a second or two to regain my composure. After each piece there was enthusiastic applause and I felt the warmth and support from the crowd.

It seems like such a short time since we started attending Good Vibes but we rarely miss a Thursday night. The evening starts at 7pm and concludes around 10pm with a Buzz Word Game and finale with everyone joining in.

 Being part of Good Vibes is one of the highlights of our week. I hate to miss out on the fun and entertainment provided by all who participate. Not to mention the fact that there is a warm and friendly atmosphere of belonging which makes you feel part of a larger family.

There is a $5 donation at the door.

Home cooked treats and coffee are available for a small price. The donation goes in part to support Sistema, a charity that provides instruments to children and teaches them to play.

Good Vibes is a wonderful environment for all ages and gives opportunity for musicians of all levels to show their talents with full support and no criticism. 

My wife and I are proud to say we have found a new home and family here at Good Vibes. Come on in and join the family.                             Robb Brown




A Hidden Treasure within Woodland Beach

You don’t have to be 65+ to join…they welcome you at 50+

A middle-aged woman moved up to Tiny. One day over a cup of coffee she heard about this hidden treasure, the Bay Shore Seniors Club, where people have found a second home, and a new family. She was pleased to hear you didn’t have to be 65 to join membership starts at 50 years!

After joining, she decided to attend an upcoming event; they’re “Anniversary Tea”, where she got to learn about the history. Ten enthusiastic people had founded the Association 43 years ago with one goal in mind to start up a club that would bring members of the community together with an array of activities and events for seniors. During their first official meeting an astonishing 71 people joined, most putting up 2 hands indicating their spouse would love to join making membership of 128!

She was pleased how warm and friendly the people were. Telling her about the different Events they have throughout the year…Fashion Show, Corn Roast, Barbeque, Anniversary Tea, Pot Luck Supper (every 3rd Thursday), Christmas Dinner and Bus Excursions. As well they have Activities ranging from Darts, Crafts, Shuffleboard, Lifestyle exercising, Mini Putt, Billiards, Table Tennis, Bowling, to Cards, as well as a beautiful library. General Meetings held each month for members where upcoming events and news are discussed for the months to come at Bay Shore.

She started playing Shuffleboard, learning different crafts, and playing cards. She has gone to the Pot Luck Suppers, Fashion Show, and a Bus trip to Cambridge to see “Holiday Inn”. She is looking forward to the annual Christmas Dinner, and also volunteering for special events. She has more friends than she could have ever imagined.

The hope of this article is to inspire new people within the readership of Springwater News to strengthen and support our hidden treasure. It will enhance your lifestyle, as it has done for many others at Bay Shore Senior Citizens Association, 2000 Tiny Beaches Road South, Tiny, Ontario (705) 361-1331.             By: Lorri Watson