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Wyevale News with Ruth Ann Caston

Happy birthday wishes go out to Debbie Dobbs, Sandy Crawford, Reid Rawn, Emily Wickett, Carolyn Handy, Bill Hall, Katie Ritchie, Ruth Ann Caston, Kayla Marshall, Mike Jones, Steven Blow, Deb Gray, Melissa Small, Robert Hunt, Olivia Riley, George Hales, Todd Laurin, Vic Campbell, Kyle Dobbs and Jeffery Moreau.

Congratulations to my niece Carolyn Handy who celebrated her retirement in great style with a boat cruise on the Miss Midland with her family and many friends. Her daughters Laura and Crystal along with her husband Brian and a few others helped to plan the celebration. There was lots of good food, great music and a boat full of people. Everyone had a good time.

Arianna Caston performed with all the other dancers from Cyndy’s Just Dancin’ group at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie on the weekend. She received a top score award in her junior tap solo and a 3rd overall award (part time competitive junior solos). Congratulations Arianna.

Sat. July 8th is the annual beef BBQ at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Jug City Store. Adults $18, children 6-12 yrs $8. Volunteers are needed Wednesday night, Thursday morning and afternoon and of course Saturday for serving. If you can help out on any of these times, please call Pat Smith at 705.322.0224.

July 1st is Canada Day celebrations with fireworks at the park.

Pickle ball is at the Township Centre on 8th concession on Mondays 1-3 & 6-8 and Fridays 10-noon. The shuffleboard program is free of charge.

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

 

 

Rural Intentionsa word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rabbits, the bane of most rural and urban gardeners, have never bothered my garden. I speculate that it is because Dave and I are not particularly meticulous when it comes to lawn care (weeds mowed short look enough like grass) and rabbits love dandelions best of all. Our lawn is mostly dandelions, with a little bit of grass, lemon balm and even oregano in patches. It smells lovely when we mow it: which is no more often then we have to. Our implement of choice is a beat up old Sears brand self-propel push mower. It is a reliable little work horse that has served us well for 15 years, but not without the help of Murray Brothers who, to my mind, are like magical woodland lawnmower fixing faeries. We put our lawnmower out at night and it is gone when we get up in the morning. Then, some few days later - usually just long enough to make the bunnies happy - it magically reappears in our laneway, all fixed and ready to go.

Recently, after our neighbours "the other Pooles" moved away, we became aware that we might be getting new neighbours. In the interim, the grass next door grew long. "The neighbourly thing to do would be to mow it so they're not greeted by a hayfield when they move in," I said to Dave and we contemplated our options. The yard next door is the size of a football field: more than a little intimidating for a beat up old push mower and our middle aged constitutions.  We were just about to ask to borrow a neighbours riding mower when someone came along and did it.  "I hope they don't think we're lazy," worried Dave. "Well, when they see our lawn they'll know it's a fact," I responded. 

As I write this we're waiting for the woodland fix-it faeries to magically make our mower reappear. Meanwhile, the bunnies are having a roman feast in our yard.  Two of them have been with us all through winter and although they are starting to feel like family pets, my eyes narrow like a gun-slinger when I see them both head straight into my garden. I grab the binoculars to see what they're up to. Wouldn't you know, they're eating the dandelions. Two bunnies are weeding my garden from me. I tense up as one headed to the lettuce section but rather than eat the budding shoots, she sprawled out like a cat in the cool dirt, front paws stretched out and hind legs spayed behind. "These rabbits are getting a little too familiar, " I said to Dave.  "We're too good to them," he agreed.

In other news, completely unrelated to rabbits and lawn care, Perky's fish and chip wagon outside of Elmvale is open again for the season.  I haven't been there yet because Loobies fish and chips is really, really good too, plus they're closer and feel like family. But, like the return of bluebirds and ice cream trucks, just knowing Perky's is open makes it feel like summer is finally here. Hooray.

 

Anten Mills News 

Kim Tyler   •  705 728-2801

Mother Nature cooperated beautifully with a bright, sunshine-filled morning on June 3rd, for this year’s community-wide garage sale. There seemed to be plenty of vehicular and foot traffic in the neighbourhood; we had one household near us participating and they certainly attracted a good-size crowd. Hopefully it was a fruitful morning for all the buyers and sellers involved!

Thanks Jon!

Jon Gift, who has dutifully volunteered his time to change the messages on the Wilson Road community sign over the past year, is very soon departing Anten Mills with his family for the more northern climes of Thunder Bay.

All the very best to Jon and his family on their adventures north, and a big “thank you” to Jon for his attentiveness to his sign duties. You will be missed!

Community Sign Help Needed

Speaking of which, Jon’s departure leaves a gap in the team that looks after Anten Mills’ community signs, so a volunteer is being sought to take Jon’s place in changing the messages on the Wilson Road sign. If you’re interested in taking this on, please get in touch with Ken Rawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give him a call at 705-984-5632. This really is an important role in our community, with the funds raised from sign messages going directly to support our community events.

Canada 150 Celebrations

The township is preparing for its signature Canada 150 celebratory event on Saturday, June 24th at the township’s Administration Centre on Nursery Road. Titled “Celebrate Springwater”, this is an all ages evening full of fun and activities, culminating in a fireworks spectacular. Local bands will play throughout, with CCMA nominated band River Town Saints the featured entertainment.

There will no doubt be full details on this event elsewhere in today’s paper; as well, for more information on this, in addition to the full roster of Canada 150 celebrations taking place in communities throughout Springwater township this year, go to the township’s website at springwater.ca, choose “Community”, then “Canada 150”.

Happy Father’s Day

It simply doesn’t seem possible that we’re almost half way through 2017, nearing the summer solstice next Wednesday, June 21st. This also signifies Father’s Day, right around the corner on Sunday. A very happy Father’s Day to fathers of all generations, as well as to all those who represent a father figure in someone’s life!

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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.

 

THE SPRINGWATER ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA CELEBRATING CANADA’S 150TH

HOSTED BY LORRAINE FRENCH

This amazing Royal Tea was held on June 4, 2017, from 2-4 pm at the Township of Springwater Administration Centre. It was one of the kick-off events for the many Canada 150 events being held in the Township. The Township of Springwater was well showcased with photographs of every community in the Township as well as photographs of the world renowned Minesing Wetlands and our Agricultural Community.

I continue to receive emails every day thanking me for hosting this event in our Township and inquiring if this will be an annual event. They loved the setting of this location and we had people visiting the Township for the day as well as many former residents and present residents of the Township.

Councilors Jack Hanna, Sandy McConkey and Katy Austin were present as well as Mayor French, who offered the blessing, and our MPP Jim Wilson, who spoke about the deep-rooted traditions that have made our country Canada great for the last 150 years. I was grateful to Jim for taking the time from a very busy schedule to attend the event.

I would like to thank Lori Hanna, Mary Lynn Vanderweilen of Aurora, Angela Baker, Mary Murphy, Kenne-Anne Milne, Anna Romano, Brenda Stacey, Nia Gervais, Grace & Emma Barks, and Youth Citizen of the Year from Minesing, Emily Irwin. They were the dedicated set-up crew and the amazing servers who made the event so successful; and to all the Township of Springwater business contributors:

Springwater Garden Centre in Fergusonvale for all the flowers that adorned the tables; Soiree Party Rentals of Elmvale for all the linens, candelabras & china;

Lalonde’s Sugar Bush & Maple Products of Elmvale for the maple sugar leaf treats;

Birch Farms of Hillsdale for the delicious scones and the gift basket of mouthwatering butter tarts; Valley Farm Market of Elmvale for the tasty tea sandwiches & the delicious sweet treats and cakes.

I would also like to thank Chelsea Chocolates for the chocolate buttercream maple leafs, yum; Mary Murphy for leading us in singing our National Anthem, O Canada and also, God Save the Queen; our Harpist, Naomi Jackson; and Take My Photo/Photo Booth for providing take home souvenir pictures of our guests accompanied by a life-size stand-up of Queen Elizabeth II; Mary Lynn Vanderweilen once again who created two quilted placements in the Canada 150 theme & a second gift basket for gift giveaways.

This event was not only a celebration of Canada’s 150th, but also a fundraiser for the Elmvale & District Food Bank. We were able to raise $1006.00 for the Elmvale Food Bank.

Here is just one of the many emails I received in response to this event:

“Hello Mrs. French,

I wanted to take a moment to say how much my mom and sisters and I enjoyed the tea on Sunday. It was a terrific event and one we’ll remember and talk about for a long time. What a wonderful way to celebrate Canada 150 and our wonderful Springwater Township and to give back to the Elmvale Food Bank.

You and your volunteers worked so hard. All the details were so appreciated, the welcome at the door, our pictures with the Queen, the spectacular decorations, the harpist, beautiful flowers, lovely tea cups, friendly servers in their black dresses and lace aprons, printed menus, delicious food, chocolate and maple sugar treats, good speeches and so much more.

Again, thank you very much to you and your volunteers. All your efforts were so appreciated. It was a spectacular success.

Kindest regards,  Louise Wilson”

Article submitted by Lorraine French

 

Springwater Libraries

Knit 2 Together

Come to our final month at Elmvale Branch for a fun knitting club Thursdays 7pm-9pm.  Drop in and see what people are working on!  We are open to anyone who wants to come knit, hangout, share ideas about knitting or crocheting.  Beginners are also welcome!

Ontario Early Years

Time for your 0-6 year old to have some fun with songs and a simple craft on:

Thursday June 15, 10:30am Elmvale Branch

Friday June 16, 10:30am Minesing Branch

Tuesday June 27, 10:30am Midhurst Branch

Tangled Threadz

Come join the “Tangled Threadz” at the Midhust Branch every 3rd Thursday of the month, 1pm-3pm: June 15.  Bring any project you are working on that involves a needle and thread.  Whether it’s cross stitching, canvas work/needle point, embroidery or hand stitching on a quilt.  Come join us!  This group is led by Theresa Morneau.

Create an Underwater Sea Creature

After a great run in May, we’re bringing this popular drawing club back for ages 10+.  This special drawing program is a great way to express individual creativity as you will be sketching your own original underwater sea creature!  Friday June 16, 3:45pm-5pm Minesing Branch.  This program is FREE but registration is required by Tuesday June 13.  Don’t forget to bring your sketchbook!

Movies

Every other Wednesday at Elmvale Branch 11am we show a free movie geared towards an adult audience.  The movie is free to watch but you can purchase popcorn and a bottle of water for just $3. The Great Wall June 21, The Shack July 12, Life July 26, Lost City of Z August 9.

Minecraft Party!

For ages 10+ we are hosting a Minecraft Party for you!  Bring your own devices or laptops and we’ll provide the wi-fi.  The group is open to suggestions such as Roblox, Clash and/or other games too!  Friday June 23, 3:45pm Minesing Branch.  Please register for this program.

Lego Batman Movie

We’ve got the perfect way for you to kick off your summer holidays with a fun movie matinee of Lego Batman!  Friday June 30, 1pm Elmvale, Midhurst and Minesing Branches.  The movie is free to watch but you can purchase a bottle of water and a bag of popcorn for just $3.  Please register for this movie at the Midhurst location as space is limited.

Multicultural Celebration!

Come celebrate Multiculturalism day Tuesday June 27 at Springwater Libraries!

Origami diy: This drop in program happening 4pm-6:30pm for ages 6+ at the Midhurst branch is sure to be fun!

Egyptian Collar: This is an all day drop in opportunity for all ages to celebrate the day by making their very own Egyptian collar at Elmvale Branch. 10am-7pm

Closed Canada Day

150 Happy Canada Day wishes to you from all of us at Springwater Public Library.  All branches will be closed Saturday July 1st but regular hours resume Tuesday July 4.

Reading Club

Starting Tuesday July 4 for all eager readers age 4-12 join our awesome reading club this summer!  We have weekly incentives and different prizes each week that include: a FREE ice cream cone from Midhurst Pharmacy, yummy pizza from Boston Pizza, a family day pass to the YMCA and Rounds Ranch just to name a few.  With these great prizes you won’t want to miss a single week!

Teen Summer Reading Bingo!

Starting Tuesday July 4 for all teens age 12+ who love to read. Get a BINGO card and fill in a line each week to win an awesome prize. Prizes include: Full sized chocolate bars, Tim’s cards and more. You can also get ballots to enter to win bigger prizes!  Pick up a BINGO card and get more details at your library.

Lego Building Challenge Club

This popular all ages summer program is back!  Get creative at our weekly lego building challenge that’s fun for all and a prize for first place!  This drop in program does not require registration.  Fridays 10:30am-12noon Elmvale and Midhurst Branches.  (NO lego club at Elmvale Branch on Friday July 20.  NO lego club on Friday August 11 at Midhurst Branch.)  Minesing Branch will host a Lego club challenge on Friday July 7 and Friday August 11 1pm-2pm.

Chalk the Block week

From Tuesday July 4 to Saturday July 8 during open hours at Elmvale Branch we will have a section of the sidewalk flagged for all ages to come and decorate our sidewalk in honour of Canada's 150th birthday!  Bring your creativity and we'll provide the chalk!  Parental supervision is recommended.  Please note this drop in program will be cancelled on any rainy days.

Ontario Early Years Baby & Me Music: Heritage Park

We will meet at the Elmvale library at 10:30am and walk with you strollers to Heritage Park for our program.  Tuesday July 11, 10:30am.

Make a Mess Storytime

Ages 1-6 come join us on Tuesday July 18, 10:30am Midhurst Branch for a messy, fun filled storytime!  Come dressed for mess to get your hands dirty, create some beautiful artwork and have fun!  Registration required.

TD Summer Reading Program Registration

The theme is Canada 150 for ages 5-12  at this week long program (either morning 10am-12noon or afternoon 2pm-4pm). It’s sure to be a summer highlight with games, activities, crafts and more!  This year there is a registration deposit fee of $10 per family which is refundable on the last day of the program.  Registration will be accepted by telephone but payment received = guaranteed registration.

Elmvale Branch: Tuesday July 18-Friday July 21, 10am-12noon OR 2pm-4pm

Minesing Branch: Tuesday July 25-Friday July 28, 10am-12noon

Midhurst Branch: Tuesday August 8-Friday August 11, 10am-12noon OR 2pm-4pm.

Have a Ball!

When games subtly include Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM Program) the learning is fun!  We’re having a STEM Program for ages 5+ with all supplies provided and a surprise prize for one lucky winner!  Thursday July 20, 11am-2pm Midhurst Branch.  Please register by Saturday July 15 for this program to ensure there are adequate supplies for everyone.

Culture Places Pass: SUMAC Simcoe County Program

Library patrons and visitors to public libraries in Simcoe County are able to borrow single-day passes to 10 different museums, archives, art galleries, historic sites and interpretive centres located in the County.  With the online reservation system, patrons can search for the pass of their choice, reserve it and pop by the library to print it.  The website is: www.sumac.info

 

The Guesthouse - new Midland location ready for action 

The Guesthouse is now open as the major components of the renovation to the third floor at 522 Elizabeth Street, Midland are completed.  This will be the newest addition to housing to address homelessness in the North Simcoe area. A sparkling new kitchen, upgraded ventilation, up to date fire alarms and congenial spaces for the lounge and dining area – plus the sleeping rooms, are ready for occupancy. 

 Architect Robert Reimers commented “All current building code requirements are now met.     As well an effective layout to maximize the use of every inch of space has been achieved”.    The new space also includes a hub of social service information to assist in helping individuals address their life issues and to successfully move forward. After years of being graciously hosted in the small basement space at Knox Presbyterian Church this larger and improved space will be permanent and will generate a renewal of volunteer energy and commitment for help to some of the most vulnerable in Midland. 

Providing emergency assistance in this renovated space is a cost-effective alternative in comparison to a street arrest ($325 per incident), or emergency hospital visit ($425 per visit) according to statistics in a Region of Waterloo study.  Chief Executive Officer Robert Sykes stated “We cannot under estimate the positive impact of providing a welcoming, safe space that closes the front door to homelessness through improved service coordination in a person centred approach for our guests, diversion from more costly institutional places and support for their individual discharge planning.”

The Guesthouse has worked over 3 years now to complete the upgrades needed since the property on Elizabeth Street was first purchased.  The capital fundraising campaign continues as the loans provided for capital improvement need to be repaid even as service provision at the new location commences. Volunteers are always welcome and are an important part of the service plan for the guests who arrive at The Guesthouse. 

The “Grand Opening” and an open house was on Monday, June 12.

 

Elmvale District Lions News – June 2017

Your Lion’s certainly have been a busy group! With Truck Draw ticket sales in full swing, many readers have no doubt seen us out and about. Most recently we have attended the Midland Buttertart Festival, The Georgian College Car Show and we were at Foodland in Elmvale on Victoria Day Weekend. Many folks just stop to talk for a minute and it is welcomed as often these days are quite long. Curiously to us, we often are asked two questions; One, “what is Lion’s Club?” and two, “where do the proceeds go from this draw?”.  At another time, I will go into the substance of what and who we are today as well as some history of Lionism. As far as the second question goes, please see the list below of who received financial assistance in 2016. Some may not know, but by legislation, we must provide audited statements of the truck draw annually to the Ontario Government and we must disperse all the funds within a year.

Our Hall on Flos Rd. 7 is in the process of a complete update. A fresh coat of paint has been applied and the kitchen is about to be gutted and updated. The yearly maintenance and updating are costly matters. The bulk of the labour is supplied by our members and we are thrifty bunch when we go shopping for materials. We cannot use Truck Draw funds to update our facility.  Many thanks to all the suppliers who have treated us so well and of course to those who have donated funds for this purpose. Please consider the Hall for any function that you may be having. Call Lion Bob Coe at 705-725-2397 for details and availability.

Respectfully submitted by:

Lion Rick Webster

 

Ladies Night Out

Springwater Public Library held a very successful Ladies Night Out Fundraiser in Midhurst on Saturday, June 3rd. Approximately 100 women came out and shopped in our Thrifty Boutique, bid on silent auction items, ate gourmet desserts, made cards, relaxed with a mini massage, had their hair and make-up done, and much more. Our fundraiser was very successful, raising over $5000 towards children’s program materials and supplies. We are overwhelmed with the community support and generosity, receiving many donations for the silent auction and thrifting party. Although we cannot name every individual who donated and volunteered their time, and there were many, we would like to thank the following businesses for their support: Anna Lewandowska from RemaxChay Realty Inc, A Sharp Piano Lessons, Barrie Country Club, Barrie Baycats, Barrie Hill Farms, Cabela’s, Costco, The Cozy Cabin, Currie Truck Centre, Elements Hair Salon, Elmvale Bakery, Guardian Drugs (Elmvale), HMH Law Offices, Image Hair Studio, Kevin Steingard Photography, La La Lashes, Midhurst Dental, Midhurst Family Eye Care, Midhurst Pharmasave, Orr Lake Golf Club, Sierra Acres, Simcoe County Museum, Snow Valley Ski Resort, Springwater Pharmacy, Township of Springwater, Wasaga Paintball, Willow Creek Day Camp, Yanch Homes, YMCA – Barrie/Wasaga Beach. Our evening was made perfect with the help of the following businesses who provided activities for our attendees: Esthetic Escapes, Fresh Radio 93.1, Panache in Motion, The Paper Peas, Springwater Massage Therapy, Steeped Tea – Jennifer Weston and Scarves by Piper.

Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, and attended our Ladies Night Out. Our library is truly a community hub, and we thank you for supporting us.

Jodie Player Delgado, CEO    Kathy Cook, Midhurst Branch

 

Farmer’s Market OPEN

9am – 2pm  Every Friday at parking lot beside Elmvale Community Hall, June until September

June 9th was the first day of the farmer’s market; it was at the municipal parking lot on Queen St. W., Elmvale.  Pet lovers have no fear, the market’s friendly to those canines you hold so dear. 

A dozen or so vendors offered a wide variety of items for sale eg. walking sticks, baked goods, plants and produce, clothes, jewellery, ointments, tea towels, woodworking, books (from the library), and BBQ hamburgers.  Music was provided by D.J. Peter K. 

Here are some comments from people who were there:

I think it’s a wonderful market; getting better every year. 

Really adds to the sleepy town of Elmvale on a Friday. 

It brings out lots of people. 

We have wonderful vendors here. 

People enjoy it, they seem to love it

I think it’s great; we should have more events like this here in town

Bob Simmons has done a wonderful job with the vendors and also manages the whole operation.  For more information, contact him at 705-322-1715.

 

Sacred Farmland/ Aquifers ‘Part two’  John Bacher/Danny Beaton

The Willow Creek watershed that pours its flow into Minesing, had its population of Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly wiped out by Euro-Canadian invaders. By 1900 most of the land here had been stripped of forests and degraded to marching sand dunes that threatened to bury Barrie, as they had done to an earlier seat of Simcoe County, Angus. However, through determined political leadership, guided by expert scientific advice. this was reversed. The lessons of history are now being ignored however. The watershed of Willow Creek, once buried by sand from burning trees, is now at risk of being covered over by the cement of sprawl.

 In October of 1905 the future Premier of Ontario, Ernest Drury, and the future Chief Forester of Ontario, Edmund Zavitz, went on a tour of the sand dunes of Simcoe County. While walking through the desert they came upon an important contributor to Willow Creek, a bubbling spring. With an abundant aquifer of pure clean water, similar to that which spawned the struggle to stop Dump Site 41, lead by Danny Beaton, (Mohawk Turtle Clan) Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, Stephen Odgen and Elizabeth May, they decided that the spring provided an excellent place for a tree nursery to reforest the spreading desert. This nursery eventually become the 48 hectare Springwater Provincial Park. The park became a staging place for the reintroduction of the Trumpter Swan and Beaver, which now restored, thrive in nearby Minesing.

 The battle to rescue Springwater Provincial Park from closure is illustrative of the difficult struggle ahead to stop sprawl in Midhurst. Following closure a year round Objiway struggle led by Beth Elson of occupation followed. It eventually, successfully resulted in the park being reopened under an arrangement between the provincial government and the Beausoleil First Nation.

 Springwater Park is only one example of how Willow Creek watershed has benefitted from one of the most massive efforts at ecological restoration in Ontario. It has 21 Simcoe County Forests, which restored 2,039 hectares of blow sand wastes. The forested corridor along Willow Creek is substantial enough to provide a migration corridor for daring bear and moose to enter Minesing. This corridor could expand if it was properly protected from sprawl. The landscape is now an excellent example of how nature and agriculture can co-exist well, with an astonishing mosaic of Class One farmland and interconnected and slowly growing forests. The forests are especially thick in protecting Willow Creek and its tributaries.

 The wonders of the struggles of ecological protection and restoration of the past are now threatened by the sinister prescriptions of the Midhurst Secondary Plan. As it stands currently, the plan calls for the construction of 10,000 housing units enough for 30,000 people, on the Class One farmlands in the Willow Creek watershed. This will have an enormous environmental impact. Storm water will be dumped, laced with road salt, oil and other toxins into Willow Creek and eventually into Minesing. Building on top of the aquifer that provides recharge water discharged into the Minesing wetland, will also help to dry it up.

 The struggle that stopped Dump Site 41 gives an appreciation of the magnitude of the effort to rescue Willow Creek and Minesing. The public servants who attempt to guide the provincial politicians with ecological folly know that it is folly to permit sprawl in Midhurst. The Growth Plan that is supposed to guide land use planning in the most rapidly growing part of southern Ontario, originally attempted to confine urban growth in the Simcoe County region to the current municipal borders of Barrie. This would have kept sewage pollution out of the Minesing wetland.

 The Growth Plan’s provisions were not changed on any rational basis, but simply to bow to potential developers. An aroused Ontario public would convince provincial politicians to listen to their land use planning advisors to impose a Ministerial Zoning Order under the Planning Act, to stop sprawl in Midhurst.

 

­­Southern Georgian Bay home sales remain at near-record levels in May

Residential sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® came in a little below record year-ago levels in May 2017. That said, it was still the second best May on record for the region, standing well above all other years in history.

Home sales numbered 413 units in May 2017, down 2.4% from a year earlier. Year-to-date home sales numbered 1,397 units, also down just 2.4% from the record set last year.

The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® comprises two distinctive markets. Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Municipality of Meaford and part of Grey Highlands edged down 3% on a year-over-year basis to 262 units in May 2017. Year-to-date home sales in the Western Region numbered 901 units, down 3.8% from this time last year.

Meanwhile, home sales in the Eastern Region, encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny and part of Georgian Bay Township, totaled 151 units in May. This stood just 1.3% below may 2016. Year-to-date home sales in the Eastern Region numbered 496 units, sitting just one sale above the first five months of last year.

“Despite some small year-over-year differences, the bigger picture is that sales so far in 2017 are looking a lot like 2016, and that is true in both the Eastern and Western Districts of the Association’s coverage area,” said Stan Reljic, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “With all those sales happening in a market where inventories have been slashed in half compared to a year ago, prices are understandably way up from last spring.”

The number of new residential listings in May 2017 was 646 units, edging down 0.5% from a year earlier.

Overall supply stands near record lows. There were just 620 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of May 2017, down 41.9% from year-ago levels.

There were just 1.5 months of inventory at the end of May, down from 2.5 months recorded at the end of May 2016 and well below the long-run average 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 value of all residential transactions in May was a record $183.1 million, rising 29.8% per cent from May 2016.

Sales of all types of properties numbered 500 units in May, up 3.1% compared to the same month in 2016. The total value of all properties sold in May 2017 was $211.1 million, up 30.8% from May 2016.

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.