Little Stories

A Starry Night Senior Prom
Residents had a simple wish; to have a dance ! On Friday night of June 1st, 2018 at Waterside Retirement Lodge, a simple request of a dance turned into a magical starry night Senior Prom.
A month’s worth of planning from Monica, our local high school coop student and two Resident attendants Nicole and Cassandra with guidance from Recreation Coordinator,  Christie Murchison pulled off a highly successful event.
Of course, the days setup, and execution also would not have been as much of a success without our very own amazing staff, their families and volunteers.  Staff's kids helped while sporting beautiful dresses or ties, the dance floor was full with super work from our DJ, Bryon, our Environmental manager . The MC of the evening was our very own General Manager, Krista Young, from bartenders to photographers, fun was had by all.
The turnout was incredible!   Residents went to our in-house hair salon, had their nails done and were party ready in prom attire and finished off with beautiful corsages.  Christie said, 'in her 20 years in the field, this is now her all-time favorite program and she said she has had some pretty cool programs over the years'.    
Congratulations to our very own Prom King and Queen to Bill Cox and Kathleen Hetherington; as no prom is complete without them.   
It is without a doubt, with the fun had by all, this will be the first of many Senior Proms at Waterside Retirement Lodge.   Staff, Volunteers, Residents and Family are still talking about how it was an amazing night and turn out. One person making a wish, turn out to be a magical evening for all ages.

Rural Intentions  – a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We took our city friends to Loobies for breakfast a couple of weekends ago, and the line up was right out the door. We're loyal to Loobies but they didn't need our business that particular morning so we stood in the parking lot and pondered our options.  I had heard there was a new restaurant in Hillsdale, so we checked it out.  We got the last table and there was a constant turn over - not one empty table all morning.  We were told the owner had put out a sign on Hwy 93 and then took it back down again because they were so busy: they really didn't need any promotion. The staff are friendly, the portions enormous and the decor is very attractive. It's very small so be prepared to wait for a table. The fact that both restaurants - Loobies and Hillsdale -  were so busy on the same morning tells me that the area can support two breakfast spots. Another favourite is Steelers in Elmvale which is under new ownership.  We go there on the occasional morning after church in Phelpston and Dave always orders a hot turkey sandwich for breakfast. Regular breakfast foods sometimes challenge his extremely fragile digestive system but a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes always goes down okay.  Abject disappointment permeated the air as he scanned the new menu: no hot turkey sandwich. But they did serve a roast turkey dinner so Dave presumed they must have roast turkey in the kitchen and bravely asked if they could make him a hot turkey sandwich  for breakfast. They did. We've been back several times and they've continued to accommodate his unique breakfast request. That's great customer service.
The old school house just east of Loobies came down some time ago and a sign has gone up for the proposed pharmacy. I'm not clear on how soon it can be built given the requirement for municipal services for any new development. It wasn't part of the Tim Horton's application for an exemption.  A pharmacy in an attractive building is probably a welcome addition to the village in any event and the sign suggests there will be other retail space available in the building.  The old school house wasn't particularly attractive (although it could have been made so) and presumably impractical to try to incorporate into the pharmacy design. It would be nice if the secondary plan would require new development to reflect heritage design to help maintain the historic feel of the village. On the subject of planning, the township is holding an open house regarding the Official Plan on June 18 at the administration center from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is a good place to find out about matters such as growth management, infrastructure, protecting natural resources, employment lands, housing, natural hazards, parks and schools.  You have to dig a bit  but there is a notice posted on  the township website under planning information if you want more detail.  https://www.oro-medonte.ca/municipal-services/planning-information

ECNS Registration Night
The preschoolers at Elmvale Cooperative Nursery School (ECNS) recently had fun releasing butterflies as another exciting school year comes to an end.  The preschoolers are now singing songs and telling stories about starting Junior Kindergarten in September.  As this year's class moves forward in their school journey, the families and staff at ECNS look forward to welcoming our next class of students for the 2018-2019 school year.  
On June 14, ECNS will be hosting a registration night where we will begin accepting completed registration forms, including up-to-date immunization records.  The registration night is being held between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at our 27 Yonge St. South location in Elmvale. Registration packages are available on our website at www.elmvalenurseryschool.ca or for pick up in the classroom Monday to Thursday between 9:00 a.m and 12:00 p.m..  Enrollment is limited and spaces are held on a first come basis.  
ECNS also hosts an Open House in August for our new preschoolers and their families to peek around the classroom and see what preschool is all about. Keep an eye on our facebook page for more information.  
We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our supporters, staff and families for a successful year.  As a co-operative nursery school we rely on our parent volunteers, fundraising partners and those who support us by participating in fundraising events such as the Easter egg hunt and bake sale table at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival.  These events are always a lot of fun while helping us raise funds needed to continue quality programs in a safe and positive learning environment.  
At this time we are also looking to add an additional part-time/casual Assistant Pre-School Teacher to join our team next Sempember.  Position details available upon request.  Please e-mail resume's by June 15th to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Get Ready for a Howling Good Time at Festival du loup 2018
May 24, 2018 – Festival du loup will take place from July 12 to 14, 2018. Celebrating 15 years, this year’s edition will offer a little domestic entertainment – not to be confused with “domesticated” (an impossible thing for wolves!), but more in the “home-made” sense – with a whole slew of artists, storytellers, artisans, and home-grown activities.
The festival kicks off in the usual tradition on the Thursday with Les contes de Lafontaine, featuring Stéphane Guertin whose comedy and storytelling go way back. The great master will talk about his adventures while at the wheel of an old beat-up car, bringing spectators along for the ride through words and images. Local storytellers start things off ‘show and tell’ style, taking inspiration from antique items, talking about how they’re used, how useful they are, then teasing out a story that might’ve actually happened... or not!
The kids’ zone, normally a Saturday event, will take over from 10am to 3pm on the Friday for the first time. Youth who will have attended a brand-new art camp will showcase their newly acquired talents from the prior week. Also, the troupe In Vivo will perform with demos and training in circus arts: games, stilt-walkers, jugglers, aerial acrobats – so much to delight and involve both the young and young at heart. You’ll get double the fun on Friday and Saturday – two days of fun and games; what could be better?
The festival is proud to welcome a celebrity on Friday night, one of Lafontaine’s own: Damien Robitaille. Damien was with us for our 10th festival, and now he and his full band are back on stage for this next milestone anniversary. His songs will transport the audience into a “parallel universe” with their festive rhythms and cascading harmonies. Festival-goers will be entertained first by local emerging artists – come out to support some new young faces and their home-grown definition of folk!
The peaceful village of Lafontaine will awaken to the rumble of tractors on Saturday morning. Come check out the proud farm operators as they line up for a tractor parade at 10 a.m. You’ll find several local singers and performers under the tent, along with the group Les Barricades who bring their music from the West. Meanwhile, in the park, In Vivo will hold circus-worthy entertainment. The agri-food zone will offer local fare and refreshments. For supper, the one and only Larry prepping a fish fry with a fresh catch from Georgian Bay! The popular painted wolf auction is back, as are the vendor booths and artisans showcasing their wares crafted in North Simcoe.
Remember Ginette Spraynette? The group Deux Saisons performed at the very first festival back in 2002; Jean-Marc Lalonde – another celebrity from Lafontaine – and his accomplices will breathe new life into the group and get the crowd up and dancing again for the Howlin’ Good Time on Saturday night. As the band says - The more things change, the less they stay the same! The evening also includes a howling contest and the wolf auction finale – place your bids, ladies and gentlemen! Things wrap up with DJ Unpier’s incredible enthusiasm, putting his own ‘spin’ on 100% Francophone rhythms like Swing and Gabrielle Goulet, to get everyone up and dancing late into the night.
The Festival is always looking for volunteers to help out over the weekend. For volunteer opportunities or more information, call (705) 543-1535 or visit the website at www.festivalduloup.ca.
Put your wolves out on the porch or the lawn, and come howl with us from July 12 to 14!

Wyevale News
Happy birthday wishes go out to Jerome Moreau, Jim Hall, Brad Bumstead, Debbie Dobbs, Sandy Crawford, Reid Rawn, Carolyn Handy, Emily Ann Wickett, Bill Hall, Ruth Ann Caston, Katie Ritchie and Happy 90th to Alcime Dubeau.
There is no more bid euchre now until September 7th. Hope you all have a great summer and hope you all come back in the fall & bring your friends. All welcome.
Don’t forget the fireworks in the park on Sunday July 1st. Also leave your donation at the Jug City Store for this community event.
The Annual Beef Barbecue Dinner is on Saturday July 7th at Wyevale Church Centre with two sittings – 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Jug City Store. Adults are $20, and children 6-12 yrs. are $10. Volunteers are always needed on Wednesday night, Thursday night and Saturday. Also, volunteers required to help in any of these times. Please call Pat Smith at 705.322.0224. There are always lots of jobs!
Congratulations to all the dancers of Cyndy’s Just Dancin’ classes as they did so well in Orillia and Barrie Black Creek Secondary School this past weekend. We are all so very proud of our daugher/granddaughter Adrianna Caston. We always enjoy your dancing and we know how much you enjoy your dancing as well. Keep up the great job.
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.

"Sponsor a Bloomzin Hanging Basket"
 Check out the baskets hanging on Elmvale's Main Street! The Springwater Township Staff were hard at work, Shellby & Jonny were assisted by Mark & Ryan to hang the beautiful baskets that were prepared by Springwater Garden Center.
Sponsors are still needed. Baskets are $75.00. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to help Elmvale Horticultural Society. Families and individuals are the largest group of sponsors and dedicate the baskets in memory of loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion. Contact Sharon Chambers (705-322-2257) or mail a cheque to Mary Fleming at
49 Archer Crescent, Elmvale, L0L 1P0.
Thanks for your support.

Hillsdale Highlights  Alissa Shanahan
• Annual Community Garage and Bake Sale:  The Community Garage Sale on May 26th was a success! There were lots of shoppers throughout the morning, the vendors sold a lot of their treasurers, and every baked good disappeared!  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success, and we were able to fundraise more money to go towards paying for our rink boards.  
• Summer 2019: Summer is almost here, meaning there will be kids out and about throughout the town.  Please watch for kids as they are bike riding and playing with friends.  Summer also means road work will begin on Albert Street East as the Township puts in water lines and new pavement.  They are supposed to begin work on Horne Street, moving up Albert Street to the vacant lot (where the road to the new subdivision will eventually go).  The sidewalk will be on the north side of the street, leading up to the school. Get ready for road restrictions and detours on the east side of town.   
• Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  Please note that the Hillsdale CRA will not be meeting in June.  The next meeting will therefore be Wednesday, July 25th.  Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
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.”

Rosie’s Devotions   A Thankful Heart
The other day as I was sitting in my recliner, reading, I saw the sun's rays pierce through the array of trees outside my living room window, resembling a glowing, illuminated cross.
Special moments like these bring to mind thankfulness. As I sat and reflected, my mind turned to other parts of our planet that we call home, where our brothers and sisters are battling against the forces of nature: floods, wildfires, mudslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and giant sinkholes. For them, there are no moments of peace or a time to relax and read.
Even though all seems to be lost, there is always something to be thankful for. We can be thankful for volunteers who go out of their comfort zones to help those in need. We can be thankful for the brave firefighters who put their lives on the line in order to help a stranger. Yet, the greatest gift that we can be thankful for is the death and resurrection of Jesus, God's Son, who willingly sacrificed His life for us.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NASB)
His life on earth showed us a way to live a life of peace and resurrection from our old ways of life. All we need to do is to accept this, and turn from our old way of doing things. If we ask, the Holy Spirit will show us what areas in our life need to change, and we can be thankful for God sending us the Spirit to help us and direct us.
John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (NASB)
1 Peter 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (NASB)
What are you thankful for, and what areas in your life need to change?
Prayer: O Lord, may Your Spirit urge and direct our hearts to give thanks, and may He show us areas in our life that need change. We ask for courage and strength to stand up against injustice and fear. May we be Jesus' examples to make this world a better place. Amen.
Rosemary Hagedorn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

Anten Mills News
It’s for certain that Heaven gained a very special angel with the passing of Dorothy Wilson, matriarch of the Wilson clan, on June 6th. Dorothy has been part of Anten Mills and Minesing since she moved onto Golf Course Road upon her marriage to the late Laddie Wilson in the fall of 1947. Almost 71 years ago - imagine!
Dorothy’s was a life well lived and celebrated. Over the decades she and Laddie, along with their family, were dedicated members of this tightknit community, always there to lend a hand and get involved. In later years, after Laddie’s passing, Dorothy continued on in this vein, spending time and keeping up with family and friends, remaining a regular attendee and supporter of Minesing United Church, participating in the church knitting group, and with her lifelong love of music, singing in the choir until recently. Dorothy possessed a lively spirit and sharp wit, and being in good health right up to the end, we could always look forward to her presence at community events and activities, from our Christmas in the Village weekend to Minesing Minifest. Lately she rarely missed Thursday evenings playing euchre at the Anten Mills hall, and could be depended on to hold her own against the best of card players, no problem.
Our condolences go to the Wilson clan: son Gord and his wife Pat whom many of us know through their deep involvement in the village, as well as Gord’s brothers Allan, Charles, Wayne and Edward, and the large clan of extended Wilsons including Dorothy’s 17 grandchildren and 19 great grands. It was always a delight to spend time with Dorothy. She set a great example to us all and will be missed by many.
Garage Sale Success!
Last Saturday could not have been a better day for our community garage sale. We had plenty of treasure seekers at our driveway by 7:30 a.m. that morning.
Thank you to Ken and Lindsay Rawson and their team of volunteers for your efforts in making this all come together. The map was a wonderful touch that many of our customers much appreciated!
Community Recreation Association Meeting on June 21st
There will be a Community Recreation Association Meeting on Thursday, June 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. This will be the first meeting under the new executive, and all residents of Anten Mills are welcome to attend, whether to participate or simply listen in.
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For the most up to date information on what’s happening in the ‘Mills, don’t forget to check out the Anten Mills Community Facebook page regularly. And, please send any family events or community announcements you’d like to have included in this column 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.

Grenfel Area News w/ June Everton
What wonderful weather we are having and everything looks so green.  With not having a lot of rain we are having less mosquitos.
What a great showing of well wishers for Bea Baldwick, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.  May you continue good health surrounded by your family love.
Grenfel United Church is once again having a strawberry supper.  Saturday, July 7 from 4:30 to 7 in our friendship hall.  Adults $15.00.  Children 7 to 12 $7.00. Under 6 free.tickets at the door.  Continuous seating.  Ham, salads, strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  For info. 705-790-4376 Mark September 8 on your calendar for our churches giant garage sale.  Tables available to rent for $15.00.  Hot dogs, coffee and a slice of homemade pie available when you enjoy a rest from browsing.  Info call 705-790-4376

The Elmvale & District Horticultural Society
Thank you to those people that donated plants for our plant sale. It was a huge success.
Congratulations to our Best in Show Winners. Paula Newton, Mary Collinson and Catherine Verlaan for their efforts in the Flower Show. The judge was impressed with the amount and quality of entries.
We also had a children’s section for sunflowers. Look how well our budding future gardeners did!

Canine Handler and Special Constables Visit Lady of Lourdes Catholic School  May 31, 2018
A couple of students were interested in being a canine handler and doing investigative work, so they asked their mother, who is an OPP special constable, to come and bring along a member of the OPP canine unit.
Canine handler, Officer V. Hick
The whole student body of Lady of Lourdes Catholic School was on hand Thursday afternoon in the back school yard to see the OPP canine unit.  
Cash, a 9-year-old Italian Shepherd with the OPP canine unit, can smell a person from 2 to 3 kilometers away on a windy day; I was impressed.  Named after Johnny Cash, he has been working with handler Officer Hick for 8 years and is Hick’s first canine partner.  He is the oldest dog currently working with the OPP.  Beginning when he was 1 ½ years old, Cash took 7 months training to learn to work with a partner in the canine unit.  Officer Hick’s training included police college after grade 12, OPP academy for 9 weeks and canine officer training for 7 months, with Cash.  [Hick worked with the OPP previously for 23 years before meeting Cash.]
Most dogs with the canine unit are not small dogs, but not too large or heavy, either.  Canine unit officers routinely wear 70 pounds of gear and during the course of a day’s work, it may be necessary for the handler to also lift his/her dog over a fence or some other obstacle.  Cash weighs approximately 71 pounds.  
Cash works at finding missing persons, suspects and criminals, drugs, weapons and at riot control.  [He is not trained to find animals.]  When Cash searches out weapons it is the metal that he smells.  Guns go through “bluing,” a special process to rust-proof the metal and it is this bluing treatment that produces a distinctive odour.  And as much as we’d like to think not, everyone has a strong personal odour – strong to Cash’s nose, at least.  If you take a bath you will still have an odour, and a soapy, sudsy smell, too.
Officer Hick puts a special collar on Cash when it is time to sniff out something or someone.  He rewards Cash by rubbing his ears and back and giving him a special ball; special because he does not often get a ball to play with.  Cash will sit and wait patiently for Hick to say the word, “break,” and then he can take the ball from his handler’s hand.  All police dogs are trained to respond only to the voice of his/her own handler so that no one else will be able to control the dog.
At the beginning of training, when pairing a dog with an officer, the personality of the dog is matched with the personality of the handler.  The two must work together seamlessly because training is intense for both dog and handler.  Officer Hick related that during one exercise, Cash almost died.  It happened when Cash was jumping around in a farmer’s field where there was a piece of sheet metal hidden in the grass.  Cash cut himself on the metal and severed an artery in his leg.  Fortunately Officer Hick had been a paramedic previous to being a police officer and they were close to a vet.  He put a tourniquet on the dog’s leg and carried him into the doctor’s office, his blood-soaked uniform startling some other dog owners.  The vet stitched up the cut and Cash, luckily, survived.  Every day they work, Cash and Officer Hick put their lives on the line.  
Cash sleeps in a kennel at Officer Hick’s house, or in the back of the canine unit truck.  When Cash retires from the OPP, he may have a home at his handler’s place; they have grown quite fond of each other.  When Cash is done working, Officer Hick may change jobs, perhaps to the OPP recruitment department; it is not certain yet.  
Special Constables Pring and Hotte
After watching and listening to Officer Hick and his partner Cash, the grade 7 & 8 students moved to the front of the school to where the OPP prisoner transfer bus was parked.  Special Constables Pring and Hotte were on hand to show and tell the children about their jobs taking prisoners from jail to court and back.  
Between jail and court, even though it is rare that a prisoner will smuggle contraband, they are put through a number of searches.  Another safety measure is that prisoners are required to wear orange jumpsuits and blue shoes – so that they will stand out and be easy to find, should they escape custody.  At the jail they must submit to a search and then change into street clothes before going to court.  Then they are searched again.  Prisoner’s hands are cuffed in front and to each other in what is called a “daisy-chain.”  Some are also put in leg-shackles.  They remain restrained like this while they are transported.  There is audio- and video-tape running all the time on the bus.  The motto of these special constables is to get prisoners to court “safe, secure and on time;” judges, lawyers, officers, and court officials are counting on them.  
The job of transferring prisoners is not a particularly perilous job, but the constables do need to be constantly aware.  The most dangerous part of the job, said Constable Pring, is after a serious offender is sentenced for his/her crime.  It is possible that they may react by attempting to self-harm or break free.  Therefore the constables must be on high alert.  In addition, sometimes there is an open area, such as a parking lot, that some may see as providing an opportunity to run before they arrive at or leave the court building(s).  
Special Constable Pring was a police officer before she became a special constable.  “The job of a police officer, not to be confused with a special constable, is interesting and adventurous,” said Constable Pring.  “But it also involves a huge time commitment.  I couldn’t be both a good officer and the excellent mother I desire to be.  I chose to change my job so that I could spend time with my spouse and family.”  
Constable Pring asked the group, “Why do we do what we do?”  After hearing some responses, she explained that she has employment because some people make bad choices.  
Constable Pring continued, “Why do people make bad choices?”  Answering her own question, she said, “Not everyone is blessed with a good background, is in a good situation or has good influences in their life.”  Constable Hotte estimated that ninety-nine percent of prisoners are not murderers, rapists or serious criminals – they have simply made bad choices, usually involving drugs and/or alcohol.  Perhaps a person just had three drinks and thought they were fine to drive, got caught during a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program and then found themselves in the prisoner transfer bus on their way to/from court.  Special Constable Pring noted that that her job is not to judge nor condemn but to treat with respect and to transport.  “Most [prisoners] already feel bad, know they have messed up and don’t need us telling them so,” she pointed out.  Words are very important.  Special constables do not carry firearms; their weapon is their words.  What you say and the way you say it can have a profound effect on those you deal with and those you work with.
At the end of the talk, kids were given the opportunity to sit in the front passenger seat.  They were shown the inside of the back of the bus where the prisoners sit.  The vehicle holds a maximum of 23 people in two “bins” holding eight each, and two other bins holding one or two each.
Afterward, in casual conversation, Constable Pring encouraged the students to: listen to adults in their lives who care, make good choices and stay away from drugs and alcohol.  That is good advice for us all.
Written and photographed by Connie Smith


Springwater Libraries
TD Summer Reading Program
Ages 5-12 are invited to our awesome TD Summer Reading Week program: Tuesday July 17-Friday July 20, Elmvale Branch,Tuesday July 24-Friday July 27 at Minesing Branch and Tuesday August 7-Friday August 10 at Midhurst Branch.  Registration has started and  a refundable $10 deposit is required.  You’ll receive a FREE Pony Ride coupon at Rounds Ranch when you register!
Teen Summer Bingo is back!
Register to win prizes like full size chocolate bars, gift cards and more!  Each week is a different prize and all you need to do is read!  Registration has started so be sure to come in and participate July 1 – August 17.
Summer Reading Club - Want to keep your reading skills sharp over the summer?  We’ve got weekly incentives for the young readers in our community and it’s all FREE!  Registration for the reading club has started with the reading incentives take place July 1 – August 17.
Kids Pamper Party - Ages 7+ are invited to attend this party where you will be making a strawberry mask and some bath bombs.  We will also be painting our nails in a fun colour!  Saturday June 16, 1pm Elmvale Branch and Friday June 22, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $2.  Please register for this program.
Kid’s Tech Time! - Please register for the program of your choice(s).  Cost: FREE! Wednesday June 20 Minesing Branch 3:45pm-4:45pm Squishy Circuits ages 4-8, Monday June 25 Midhurst Branch 4pm-5pm Little Bits ages 7-12.
Lego Building Challenge
All ages are welcome to participate! Thursday June 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm at Minesing Branch.
3D Modelling Workshop
In partnership with Animation Art & Design Academy, we are hosting a FREE 3D Modeling Workshop for ages 10+ on Thursday June 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Midhurst Branch.  Digital sketching and 3D model animation will be our topics.  Registration is required.
Home Alone & Babysitter Course
Home Alone (ages 8-10) 9am-12noon, Cost: $45 and Babysitting Course (ages 11-15+) 9am-4pm, Cost :$65 are taking place on Saturday June 23 at Midhurst Branch.    Registration/payment is due Friday June 15 and guarantees your spot in this program.
PA DAY Movie Event
Fill your belly with laughs at this fun family movie being shown on the PA day in June: Friday June 29, Sherlock Gnomes 1pm, Elmvale Branch.
PA Day Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party
Snacks!  Trivia!  Games and Prizes!  Ages 8+ are invited to a PA day Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party which is the best way to kick off summer.  Friday June 29, 1pm at Midhurst Branch.  Cost $2.  Please register for this event or you might not make it!  Zoo-Wee Mama!
Chalk the BlockOur second annual “chalk the block” party is taking place the first week of July outside the Elmvale Branch.  We’ll have the sidewalk area sectioned off and the chalk available at the circulation desk for you to create a happy sidewalk for visitors and locals alike to enjoy!  For safety purposes we ask that young children are supervised by a parent/caregiver for this activity.
Flipflops, Freezies & Fun
Decorate a pair of flip flops and enjoy a freezie at this fun summer program!  Friday July 6, 3:30pm at Minesing Branch, Tuesday July 10, 2pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $2. Please register for this program.
Messy Storytime
Join us on Tuesday July 17, 10:30am Midhurst Branch for our annual make a mess storytime!  You will hear messy stories, sing messy songs and then play with slime, paint and all the other fun things you don’t want to clean up at home!  This program is free but registration is required for supplies.
STEM Program
Ages 5+ and their parents are invited to participate in this special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program to make their own marble maze.  Thursday July 19, 11am-2pm drop in with registration required at Midhurst Branch.
Weekly Programs at Springwater Public Library:
Senior Tech Help One-on-One: Wednesdays 10am-12noon Midhurst Branch.
Knit 2 Together: Thursdays 7pm-9pm Elmvale Branch.

Exploring Dreams Can Go Beyond Wishful Thinking
Fairytales teach us that dreams can come true. Life teaches that we can create our own dreams. A limiting belief that many hold is that you must be either very fortunate or lucky to get what you really want in life If you ask most people to tell you what their dream is, they will likely describe something very lovely, even utopian, but will follow their description with a comment on how unlikely it is that they will ever experience their vision.
 The phrase "in your dreams" is currently another way of saying "forget it". We live in a society that does not honor dreams. We pay lip service to dreams through lotteries where you are twice as likely to get struck by lightning than you are of winning the big one. If we define dreams as impossible, unlikely, or only wishful thinking, that is the reality that we create. And sure enough, our dreams won't come true.  
I met a man recently who spent the last year traveling around the world with his partner, as they .... where they would make their home. They weren't going where "the job" was, they were exploring the planet to find what for them would be the perfect spot. That sounded wonderful to me. I asked him if one need to be independently wealthy in order to do that.  
He laughed and shook his head, explaining that it's a matter of simplifying your needs. You don't need a lot of "things" to enjoy life. He lived simply and saved most of his money. By releasing attachment to "stuff", he gave himself freedom. If maintaining a particular lifestyle is hindering you from living your dreams, perhaps it's time to begin redirecting your resources.
 Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books, cds or MP3's, visit www.gwen.ca. Follow Gwen on FaceBook for daily inspiration.