Little Stories

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival event: the Sugar Bush Nature Walk 

Join the naturalists from the Tiny Marsh Biodiversity group Saturday April 27 2019 on a 40-minute walk through the sugar bush at a time when we are welcoming back many well-loved migrants and enjoying the flowering of our spring ephemerals. 

Catch the Sugar Bush bus, departing at 11am from Coffee Time. Or, head directly to Tim Lalonde’s, 1355 Flos Rd 8 East, Elmvale, 1 km east of County Rd 27. The walk will start at 11:20 am and last till around noon. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Grenfel Area News w/ June Everton

Sunday services at Grenfel United Church will now be at 1130 not 11am.  This change is so our sister church Angus can have time to visit with Rev Nor. Following their 930 service

Good Friday services will be held as a joint service at Angus United Church at 930 April 19

Easter Sunday Services at Grenfel United Church at 1130 followed by fellowship over lunch.

Easter Eggs available at Grenfel Church for $2.00.  These are made by the Grenfel Ladies Group.  For your orders call 705-790-4376

Big Birthday wishes to Russell Jennings who resides on Sunnidale Road.  On April 18 he turns 93.  Every Sunday he brings homemade muffins for our church lunches.  May you continue to be a smiling face in our community.

Mark May 25 at the Grenfel Hall on your calendar for our churches garage sale and bake sale.  Hot dogs and refreshments available.  Anyone wishing to rent a table for their treasures call 705-790-4376.  Cost is $10.00.

Our famous strawberry supper is set for June 29.   Hope the weatherman cooperates and ripens those juicy fruit which we love.  More details later.


Elmvale BIA Update for April 

Plans for Elmvale SCI FI Festival are Kicking into High Gear

If you are 18 years old, creative in body, soul and mind, come on out this July 20th, 2019 and you could win our GRAND PRIZE of $500.00 for our “Best in Show” Costume Contest at this year’s 3rd Annual Elmvale Sci-Fi Fantasty Street Party, hosted by the Elmvale BIA!  We will also have prizes 1st -5th    for kids 10 and under, kids 11 – 17, Adult Beginners, Adult Journeyman, and Adult Masters!  Get your cos-play on at the Elmvale Sci-Fi Fantasty Street Party!  

See our website or Facebook page for more contest rules and details!

Looking for Volunteers for Community Events.  

The BIA is entertaining some ideas to bring the community (and beyond) to our Town!   Research is being done on bringing music back to the parkette and we also had some other ideas that are working on. We are currently seeking coordinator volunteers/or businesses to help with some of these initiatives. 

Become a sponsor/volunteer coordinator alongside the BIA. Your help will give your business sponsorship advertising and social media promotion. And...the best part...we are giving people another reason to come to Elmvale. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help get events up and running in the community: 

  1. Movie Nights in the Parkette

Proposed Dates - an evening in late June and mid August.

Details: This family fun event is sure to be a hit with the community.  Your job would be to create a fun evening for families to watch a movie in the Parkette.  Sky is  the limit for what can be achieved during this event.  Solicit the support of a school or sports team, sell popcorn, face painting, crafts and more.  Proceeds from any sales could go to a local charity.  

  1. Bingo Night at the Community Hall.  

Proposed Date(s) - an evening or Saturday afternoon May and/ August.  

The night itself seems self explanatory:). We have a beautiful facility right here in our downtown core... let’s showcase our community hall and bring the community in for a fun event.  Bingo events have been a hit in the past... let’s bring people back in for more bingo fun.  Your job would be to coordinate the event and solicit other businesses for prizes and sponsorship.   Proceeds from any sales could go to a local charity.  

Any of these opportunities sound like some you and/your business or organization would be interested in spear-heading? It is also a great way for senior high school students their high school hours and to get involved in their community as well. 

Or maybe you have another event that you would like to work alongside the BIA with.  We’d love to hear from you.  


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Come to our monthly meeting and talk more about it with us! 

Thursday April 18 5:15 pm in the basement meeting room of the Elmvale Library 


Wyevale’s News 

Happy birthday wishes go out to Catherine Moreau, Brian French, Adriana Wakelin, Katelyn Marshall, Vern Caston, Marion Ross, Jasmine Ross, Francine Raby, Tom Barnes, Fenton Archer, Katie Mustard, Nancy Hamelin, Roslande Maurice and Kim Maheu.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. $2.50 per person with a light lunch & prizes. Winners from April 12th were: 1st Rae Woolhead, 2nd Mary Reynolds and 3rd Pat Boyle. Everyone welcome.

April 18th, Maundy Thursday, pot luck supper at 6 p.m.

Sunday April 21st, Easter Sunday Service at 10 a.m.

U.C.W. May meeting is dinner out night. Enjoy ladies!

April 19th is Tiny Township Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. Register at 11 a.m. Hunt at noon.

Saturday May 4th is the spaghetti dinner with two sittings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at Wyevale Jug City Store.

Board meeting was changed from April 14th to May 5th after the church service.

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


Anten Mills News with Dennis Gannon

The weekend that children have been waiting for is upon us and there is no place better to be on Saturday morning than at the Anten Mills Community Centre. The Easter Eggstravaganza will kick off at 9:30 with the inaugural 1K Rabbit Run. Starting at the ball diamond, the fun runners will travel up Lawrence to Ghibb and back to the park. Residents in the area are asked to have a bit of patience as there will be some short road closures while the kids are having their run. Registration for the run is $2 and will be done Saturday morning.

Not only is there the run, the morning will feature egg hunts for the different ages groups, cookie decorating and crafts along with face painting and a magician. These events will begin at 10 under the pavilion and while there is no charge due to the great support of our sponsors and volunteers, donation boxes will be set up for Food Bank donations. The Food Bank needs some staples such as peanut butter, jam, pancake mix, toilet paper and toothpaste so please be generous with your donations. More information on the Food Bank needs can be found on the Anten Mills Community Facebook page.

The month of April is commonly known as Volunteer Appreciation Month. The Township of Springwater kicked off the month with an appreciation event attended by many community volunteers. Anten Mills is fortunate to have community members who come forward to organize and support our events and we are very thankful for their participation. The annual meeting of the Community Recreation Association will be held next Thursday evening at 7:30 PM at the hall. Volunteers will be sought to fill the various roles required for the CRA. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing new faces.

This past Saturday was a nice spring day and evening. Unfortunately for some residents they awoke Sunday morning to find that their property had been vandalized. A group of males and females were observed late Saturday night smashing mailboxes in the area of the community park. Obviously this isn’t the type of activity welcomed in the community and the damage was reported to the police. Hopefully this will be the only time this happens this year and we will have an otherwise uneventful year.  If you know anything about this activity, the homeowners would appreciate an apology from those responsible. Of course information can be passed on to the OPP at the Huronia West Detachment in Wasaga Beach or by contacting Crime Stoppers.

That’s it for this edition. From my family to yours we wish you a Happy Easter and I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with news and events.


Hillsdale Highlights  Alissa Shanahan

  • New Business Alert! We have another new business here in town! “Hills Deals” is now open in the old Hallyburton bike shop, right on Hwy 93. It is a liquidation-type store, selling a ton of assorted items. They are open 7 days a week, with hours being 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sundays. They will be closed Good Friday, but pop by on Saturday for their amazing Easter deals. Welcome to the community, Hills Deals! 
  • Social Time at St. Andrews:  Stop on by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (6 Mill Street West) the third Thursday each month from 9:30-11:00am to socialize with neighbours!  For a small fee, you can enjoy tea, coffee and muffins.  The next coffee hour is Thursday, April 18th
  • Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  The next meeting – which is also the Annual General Meeting - will be Wednesday, April 24th.  Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
  • Are you a crafter? If you like to knit, crochet, sew or do any other sort of craft, bring your current project to the Hillsdale Hall to socialize while you craft!  The Craft ‘N’ Chatter meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm, and the next event is Thursday, April 25th

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.”


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

As Dave and I took a walk through the woods behind our house this past weekend we reflected on our childhoods growing up on a farm. We both had creeks running through our properties and spring was a time of exploration and discovery. The farms are long sold, and soon a subdivision will be built in Craighurst and a large portion of the woods will be turned into houses. Everything changes. But, there will be some environmentally protected (EP) lands in the new subdivision and these will ideally provide future children with similar opportunities for discovery. Hopefully these future children will use the opportunity wisely.

As we wandered off the beaten path to find an old trail we used 17 years ago, we stumbled across a small skull and, just like the kids we were 45 years ago, we poked at it with interest. It had long incisors and was perhaps the size of a fisher, porcupine or muskrat skull.  I have a collection of dial-a-friends for certain things: former neighbour and outdoorsman Steve Poole is my go-to guy for animal prints and dead stuff. I texted him pics of the skull and we determined it was a carnivore…maybe a fisher then. Not much can bring about the demise of a fisher and we speculated maybe it just died of old age.

The EP corridor will run through the centre of hundreds of new homes. A report presented to council on April 3 this year contains ideas for walking trails in the EP area and recommendations for fencing between the new houses and the natural heritage features. There are a lot of privately owned farmed and forested acreages that back onto the EP area and the new subdivisions, so some barriers might well be helpful. Fences don’t tend to slow down explorers, but they can help reduce encroachment. The report contains comments from the conservation authority and the County, along with the township’s engineering and operations staff. It is interesting and detailed reading. Future road widening along the four corners of Highway 93 and Horseshoe Valley Road is still on the table and the County is quite insistent about it. If you have an interest, you can find the report at this link:  The report states that there are still some outstanding comments to be addressed which might result in further revisions to the draft plan of subdivision. The township recommends that the draft plan be circulated to township departments and outside agencies for a 30 day review period and that subject to this review, revisions might be made to the plan at which point the township would provide its notice of decision. 


EASTER FUNdraiser @ Heritage Park

Heritage Park plays host to the Elmvale Co-operative Nursery School’s Easter FUNdraiser.  Saturday April 20th, the Easter bunny arrives in Elmvale, hosted by the Nursery School to celebrate the Easter Holiday. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 for children aged 10 and under, or on the day of the event for $10.  The FUNdraiser runs from 10am-12noon and all are welcome and invited to bring along their Easter Baskets for collecting.

The Easter FUNdraiser will be showcasing a variety of entertainment to amuse children and guardians alike. A Silent Auction will be on display, as well as FacePainting and a Magician to wow the audience.  This year will be the first year to include a live BUNNY PETTING ZOO!  Also, if your Spring cleaning has begun, please don’t be shy to bring along your empty bottles and cans, as there will be a Bottle Drive happening. If this excitement leaves you parched and a bit hungry, there will also be beverages available, hot and cold, and popcorn to snack on while you partake in the other activities.

Then only one short week later, at the Maple Syrup festival, come visit the Nursery School inside the arena. By purchasing one of the yummy home-baked treats at our bake sale, you will be helping to support the Nursery School. Registration information will also be available at the booth. Two exciting weekends not to be missed.  For further information or to pre-purchase tickets email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How Does a Non-Profit Coffee House Last 17 Years?  By Heather James

Good Vibes Coffee House celebrated its 17th year on April 11th.  During that time, many other local coffee houses and musical venues have come and gone.  So how does a non-profit coffee house last 17 years and counting?

Well, first you need a core group of volunteers.  The working committee of Lu LaFrance, John Vella, Katy Austin, Brian Rawlins, John Walker, Gerald Boy and Heather James help keep things running smoothly.  We meet formally about twice a year to review finances, discuss any issues, and plan the anniversary party.  Informally, we sound each other out to discuss any non-urgent issues as they arise.  Most importantly, we have become and remain good friends. 

And good friends are at the core of Good Vibes Coffee House. Some of our members have been with us since our first night; many others have become regulars as well over the years.  We really do care about our members; our friendship doesn’t stop at the door to the coffee house. That’s why our logo states: “Where good music and good friends come together.” If Lu LaFrance knows when your birthday is, she will circulate a birthday card to be signed by those in attendance that night, and then perform a song tribute to you.  (If you want to bring a birthday cake, we’ll happily share it with you!)  Also, members have held gatherings at their homes in the summer and at New Years.  Most notable of these is Lu LaFrance, who generously invites members several times a year for pot-lucks to celebrate various occasions.

Another motto of Good Vibes Coffee House is “Good Vibes, Good Deeds”.  We sell only fair-trade coffee; and provide Brita-filtered water rather than selling bottles that have to be recycled; wash dishes every night rather than using paper plates and plastic utensils; and encourage members to “lug a mug” and bring their own coffee mugs with them. Over the years, we’ve collected money for members in need and matched the amount collected; sent flowers to those who were ill; and made donations in memorium of lost loved ones.  Good Vibes is a supporter of Sistema Huronia Music Academy, a free after-school music program for students in grades 3 to 8 that promotes personal growth through music.  And at our 17th Anniversary, as with all anniversaries and Christmas celebrations over the years, we accepted donations from our wonderful members to the food bank.

So, how does a non-profit coffee house last 17 years and counting?  Through good music, good deeds, good friendships, and Good Vibes.

We’re open every Thurs. from 7-10pm, at the corner of Mount St. Louis Road and the 4th line of Oro-Medonte. For more info, call me at 705-526-3175.


Elmvale Seniors Housing Association Public Meeting on May 7, 2019

Elmvale Community Hall

The members of the Elmvale Seniors Housing Association are working quietly, but efficiently, as we continue to lay the groundwork for the acquisition of an affordable seniors housing facility in the community of Elmvale.

A quick look at the graph from the 2016 census illustrates the need! Almost 700 people in the Elmvale area are over 60 years of age. We need to plan for future housing for seniors.

We are well-aware of the need to ensure due diligence is followed as we pursue this goal. We have analyzed nine potential sites within the town limits and have prioritized each of them. We have had meetings and correspondence with the Planning Department of Springwater Township, and have engaged the services of our own Professional Planner. We have hired legal counsel and are in the process of becoming incorporated. Meetings with several financial agencies have been held, with more being planned. We are becoming more familiar with Senior Housing Facilities in other communities and are planning on visiting more of them in the near future. We are also studying optional building and construction methods for a housing project. Our work is not highly visible at this point, but it is vitally important!

Again, we remind readers who were unable to attend the December 4th 2018 Community Meeting that if they wish to get caught up with this exciting project, they can get in touch with our Association by e-mailing us at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We are in the process of developing our own website. We will be launching it soon! The public meeting on Tuesday, May 7th will give a much more detailed progress report to all attendees. A “waiting list” will be established at this meeting for all of the folks who are seriously interested in securing a unit within our complex. A nominal fee of $100.00 will ensure your place on the waiting list, so make sure friends and neighbours are aware of the meeting!


Springwater Libraries

Baby Sign Language

This 4 week program at Elmvale Branch for parents/caregivers and their infant (ages 6 to 18 months) will teach you basic ASL signs for food, numbers, everyday needs, songs, playing and more.  Thursdays April 18, 25, May 2 and 16, 1:30pm-3pm.  To register contact (705) 526-2456.

Lego Club

All ages are welcome to our Lego building challenge on Thursday April 18, 3:45pm Minesing Branch.  Our next date is Thursday May 16.

Easter Holiday Hours

Please note all branches of Springwater Public Library will be closed on Good Friday April 19 and will be open on Saturday April 20, then closed Easter Monday April 22 and reopen to regular hours on Tuesday April 23.

Bunny in a Basket

All kids are welcome to make a sock bunny and put it in a basket of treats.  Saturday April 20, 1pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $2.  Registration is required.

Book Sale

During your day at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival be sure to drop by the library for our amazing book sale!  Saturday April 27, 10am-3pm Elmvale Branch.  Our prices are rock bottom: $2 Hardcover, $1 paperback books, $1 DVDs, and 50 cents for children's books!

Volunteer Income Tax Program

Book your appointment & file your taxes for individual taxes up to $30,000, 2 person or family taxes up to $40,000.  Appointments will be held in March & April on Thursdays 1pm-6:30pm & Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm.  Our last dates for appointments are Saturday April 20 & Thursday April 25.

PA Day Amazing Race

Come out and race through roadblocks and challenges ending with ice cream floats!  Ages 6+ (4 per team, max of 6 teams) Friday May 3, 2pm-3:30pm, Minesing Branch.  Cost $1 per person.

PA Day Robot Craft

Ages 3+ are welcome to stop by and let your creativity shine at this drop in robot program.  Friday May 3, 1pm-3pm Elmvale Branch.

Brain Health Seminars

This four week program presented by Dana Bessette from the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County will cover all topics of brain health as we age.  Cost: FREE (optional booklet is $5).  Contact the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County at (705) 722-1066 for more information and to register.  Space is limited so register early!  Mondays May 6, 13, 27 and June 3, 1:30pm-3:30pm at Midhurst Branch.

Author Visit: Ted Barris

Come listen to Canadian author Ted Barris speak about his new book Dam Busters, the story of a daring raid by Canadian airmen against Nazi Germany.  Ted Barris is an author, broadcaster and journalist for the Globe and Mail and the National Post.  Tuesday May 7, 6:30pm at the Springwater Administration Building.  Cost $5.  Space is limited so register at the Midhurst Branch soon!

Stone Art

This will be a ‘rock’in good time at this program where you will hand draw art on various size rocks.  Thursday May 9, 5:30pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $3 or Monday May 13, 3pm Elmvale Branch.  Cost $3.

St John Ambulance

We are partnering with St John Ambulance to offer two courses on Saturday May 11, Midhurst BranchRegistration is required.  Babysitting course: 9am-5pm ages 11-15, cost $65.  Bring a doll/teddy bear, drink and lunch.  Home Alone course: 9am-12noon, ages 10+, cost $45.  Bring a drink and a snack.

Mother’s Day Craft

Create a painted rock cactus centerpiece and spend some quality time together mother/daughter or grandmother/granddaughter.  Saturday May 11, 11am at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $4 per creation.  Registration is required.


Did you know there is new Lego with coding capabilities?  Ages 6+ are invited to a special program and learn how to take your Lego creations to a new level!  Sign up with a friend because this is a partner based program with four groups of 2 (maximum 8 participants).  Thursday May 16, 4pm Elmvale Branch and Friday May 31 (PA Day) 1pm at Minesing Branch.  Registration is required for this program.

Acrylic Pouring

Make your own unique work of art or to give as a gift. We will be experimenting with different pouring techniques and colours.  Tuesday May 21, 6pm at Elmvale Branch. Cost $5 or Friday May 24, 7pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $5. Please register early to save your spot and ensure adequate supplies for the event.

Will & Estate Planning

Have you thought about planning for the future?  Lawyers Douglas Hill and Mark Weir will be sharing their legal expertise.  Their brief presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.  Tuesday May 28, 6:30pm at Midhurst Branch.  Please register for this seminar.


Southern Georgian Bay Western Region sales decline offset by Eastern Region gains in March

Residential sales recorded through the MLS® system for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 236 units in March 2019. This was little changed, edging back just 0.8% (two sales), from March 2018.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 536 units over the first three months of the year, up 2.3% (12 sales) from the same period in 2018.

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 146 units in March 2019. This was down 9.3% (15 sales) from March 2018.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered 343 units over the first three months of the year, down 2% (seven sales) from the same period in 2018.

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 90 units in March 2019. This was an increase of 16.9% (13 sales) from March 2018.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Eastern Region numbered 193 units over the first three months of the year, an increase of 10.9% from the same period in 2018.

“Home sales posted a solid year-over-year gain in the Eastern district of our overall geographic coverage region in March 2019, which almost exactly offset a decline in the Western district,” said Stan Reljic, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “Having said that, with inventories across the region still near historic lows, these monthly sales fluctuations may simply reflect where the really desirable properties are coming up for sale.”

There were 486 new residential listings in March 2019, climbing 4.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Overall supply remains near historic lows. Active residential listings numbered 934 units at the end of March, an increase of 13.1% from the end of March 2018. That said, looking back over the last 20 years, inventories at this time of the year have averaged about 1,800 listings.

Months of inventory numbered 4 at the end of March 2019, up a bit from the 3.5 months recorded at the end of March 2018 but still less than half the long-run average of 8.5 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 March 2019 was $122.8 million, up 6.3% from this time in 2018.

Sales of all property types numbered 270 units in March 2019, down 3.2% (nine sales) from March 2018. The total value of all properties sold was $134.4 million, up 7.6% from March 2018.

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 an estimated 580 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.

Stan Reljic, President

Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®

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