Little Stories

Hillsdale Highlights

Alissa Shanahan 705-794-2629

  • Moe Barbe Memorial Bench: On Sunday, July 9th, people gathered at the Hillsdale Ball Diamond for the unveiling of the Maurice “Moe” Barbe bench. Moe was a Hillsdale resident and active community member who passed away on May 29, 2016.  The bench sits in his “spot” behind home plate.  A beautiful tribute was given by friend and Hall Board Chair Marc Ladoceur in the presence of many family, friend and community members.  Moe will forever have a home in Hillsdale.
  • End of Summer Extravaganza: Mark your calendars now for what is sure to be our BEST End of Summer Extravaganza to date! We will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with tons of fun events. This event will take place on Saturday, August 26th – more information to come soon! In the meantime, we are looking for donations for our hugely successful raffle!  If you are interested in donating something, please email our Raffle Coordinator Sandra, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Meeting Reminder: The Hillsdale Park and Recreation Board meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the hall. It is a group of people who live in Hillsdale, and who want to see great things happen in our community! All members of the community are welcome to attend and this is the proper forum to voice your thoughts and opinions.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 26th at 7pm.
  • Celebrations: On a personal note, I would like to wish a Happy 40th Birthday to my husband, Jason Shanahan! For those of you who have been around Hillsdale for a while, Jason is the son of Jack and Lois Shanahan, grandson of the late George and Gladys Lockhart. I would also like to wish a Happy 7th Birthday to our daughter, Paige!  It is an exciting month in our house!


The “Hillsdale Highlights” is a community news update, so please feel free to contact me at the number above, or 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 Hall and Rec Board on Facebook for details about upcoming events and social gatherings at “Hillsdale Community Group.”


Wyevale News

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Avery Riley, Wilf Magee, Cheryl Phillips, Jeff Crawford, Rebecca Lawler, Greg Withall, Nicky Gamble, Jim Blow, Jean Priest, Cathy Marcellus, Glenda Knuff, George Bell, Greg Giffen, Russell Moreau & Donna Kalinchuk.

A great big thank you to all those business & people who donated to the fireworks. It was one of the best.  Great job to the firemen & township men for their great job as well.

Wednesday, July 12th is the opening of the new soccer field at 7:00 pm, 5th Concession East.

Saturday, July 22nd is the Township of Tiny community B.B.Q. and Canada 150 Celebration at the Perkinsfield Park 11:00 – 4:00 pm.  There will be great free food with live local music & activities for the whole family.

The annual roast beef B.B.Q. at the church, was once again a great success.  A big thanks to all of those who helped in any way.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 13th for the annual Albert Archer picnic to be held in Wyevale Park.  More details in the next newspaper.

Anyone with items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705-527-5274.



Rural Intentions

a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader

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The Jolly Roger has taken its last voyage with the Maders. We literally traded it in on route to a camping trip to Mara Provincial Park in Orillia.  “Let’s just pull in a Lazy Acres and see if they’d even consider it on a trade,” I suggested as we were driving to the park. The Jolly Rogers was having water issues – something we fully confessed to Lazy Acres. We had battled mice, replaced all the wiring, bought all brand new tires but a water damaged slide-out was more than we could handle. It didn’t seem to faze Lazy Acres though and they called us at the campground that night with their trade in offer. After I hung up the phone, Dave and I looked at each other for a minute and then said in unison, “I guess we’re buying a new trailer at Lazy Acres!” The enormity of our decision didn’t really hit me until we were cleaning out the Jolly Roger several weeks later. Unchained Melody was playing on the radio as we removed the last box of vacation detritus (we found things we had forgotten we’d ever bought) and wiped everything down. I’m not ashamed to admit to Springwater News readers that I shed a tear or two. Dave and I are not particularly adventurous and the Jolly Roger helped push us out of our comfort zone in ways we never imagined, bringing us closer together as we problem solved around situations we’d never envisioned. We’ve dragged our bikes down highway 11, been woken up in the middle of the night by a carbon monoxide detector, and on one memorable occasion had a critter in our pots and pans cupboard. We woke up thinking a racoon was banging around outside and went out to scare it off. Then as we stood outside the trailer listening to the noise, it slowly and horrifically dawned on us that it was coming from inside the trailer.  We went back in and I opened the cupboard door to catch something large and furry slithering off the side of a pot. I was sure it was as big as a squirrel but Dave insisted it was only a mouse and nonchalantly headed off the comfort station, leaving me alone with the creature in the cupboard.  I set every mouse trap I could lay my hands on and repositioned the bait stations. “I half expected to find you’d burned the trailer down,” said Dave when he got back.  I’m desperately hoping that New Trailer is miraculously more mouse-proof than the Jolly Roger.

           On an unrelated note, a big thanks to Len from Hillsdale for his kind words and for sharing that there is a Tim’s in Bracebridge that is wood and stucco. It’s good to hear that there is, to use Len’s eloquent words, the precedence for a chink in the Tim Hortons corporate armour. Fran Poole shared there is a blue cottage-like Tim’s on highway 11 north. I have passed by it many times and didn’t notice. (Don’t tell Tim Horton’s as I suspect that’s not the effect they are looking for.)  Siske Pratt shared that there is a Tim’s in an old house in Guelph and also asked me to stop talking about the trees since it was just an old red pine plantation. I don’t hold a particular bias toward red pines. They’re more attractive than looking at dumpsters. For that matter, even a Tim’s would be more attractive than a view of the dumpsters.  The public meeting is Thursday July 13th.



Louis LaFaive – new album

On Saturday, July 15th, Franco-Ontarian family band Ariko will release “Portrait de famille”, an 11 track album of original compositions inspired by their roots in French-Canadian folkloric repertoire. Spirited and inviting, “Portrait de famille” combines Celtic melodies, exhilarating fiddle tunes, and zydeco rhythms to create a dynamic portrait of this musical family. Featuring the fiery fiddling and enticing harmonies of sisters Nicole, Jill and Kelly, as well as the stellar musicianship of their parents, Louis and Laura on keyboard and bass, “Portrait de famille” is Ariko’s second album.

Having performed at the Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City, and at the Pan Am Games at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre since their 2010 release “La première récolte”, “Portrait de famille” is truly a coming of age for the Lefaive sisters, who have honed their craft as songwriters and musicians.   Ariko’s album release weekend will kick off in the Lefaive family’s hometown of Lafontaine, with a headliner performance at Festival du loup on Saturday, July 15th at 7:30pm. On Sunday, July 16th, Ariko debuts the new record in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre with a free afternoon performance at the Stage in the Round at 3pm. Both concerts will feature the entirety of “Portrait de famille” as well as lively traditional French-Canadian repertoire and toe-tapping fiddle tunes!

For press inquires, interviews and additional information, contact Laura Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 705-549-5096.


Coffee in the Park

by Centre Flos Women’s Institute

June 29th, 2017 9:30 to 11am.

It was a dreary, rainy morning when I arrived at Heritage Park this morning.  But the atmosphere at the Women’s Institute Coffee Party there under the pavilion was sunny as people enjoyed visiting, catching up on the latest in each other’s lives.  There was plenty of cakes, squares and biscuits, coffee and tea; enough fare for all, 40 in number.   A few were dressed in patriotic red and white, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching on July 1st.   

Proceeds will go to support the EDHS Shared Facility Project.  You can look forward to two more coffee parties, at the end of the months July and August, also in support of EDHS.  Thanks to all who braved the wet weather to make this a worthwhile event; we will see you again next month.

By Constance Smith



Canada 150 Vintage Festival

An event sponsored by the Elmvale BIA

The Canada Day 150 Vintage Festival started relatively early; at 8am, there was activity at the Gateway Four Corners in Elmvale as vendors arrived and set up a small farmer’s market in the adjacent parking lot.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments were for sale.  Dessert was also available: baked goodies, maple cotton candy and other maple treats and butter tarts.  By the way, the butter tart is 100 percent Canadian; Canada is the birthplace of this sweet, satisfying treat.  Soon came some antique vehicles from the Wasaga Beach Cruisers Classic Cars, including a 1956 tractor from southern Manitoba now at home in Phelpston. 

There were free balloons, candy and face-painting for kids of all ages.  Charlie Chaplin strolled the sidewalks, hamming it up, much to the delight of pedestrians.  A few people dressed up in clothes from yesteryear and were acknowledged with a gift from the Elmvale BIA.  There was also a couple in clothes of the future i.e. in sci-fi fantasy costume.  They were promoting the upcoming sci-fi-fantasy festival which will be held on July 22nd, 2017 in Elmvale.

In addition to celebrating Canada’s 150th it was the 3rd annual “Strut Your Vintage” festival.  In the municipal parking lot beside the Community Hall could be found sellers of antiques and collectibles, 18 in all.  Examples of their wares: china, plates and dishes, glass, art on fabric and canvas, hardware, clothes and clocks.  In the spirit of celebration, vendor spots/stations were free and so were Canada Birthday cupcakes.  Money from an antique silent auction went to the local foodbank.  There was even an antique appraiser on site. 

The band, “Erinz Fire” performed from 1pm until 4pm at the Gateway Four Corners.  Energetic and fun, they were a pleasure to listen to.  All the members were very talented, no doubt some of the best musicians in this area.  Named for their lead singer, Erin, they cover a wide range of pop, soft rock, country and dance hits.

Most of the people I asked came from Elmvale and surrounding area; they either read about the Canada celebrations in the paper or Facebook (i.e. social media), saw the signs around town or stumbled upon it on their way to/from some place nearby.  Surprisingly, there was a lady from Florida, USA.  She claimed to be so fond of Canada that, beginning in Wasaga Beach, she spends all day July 1st taking in the Canada Day celebrations from one town to the next, including Elmvale.

All in all, it was a very successful birthday party-vintage festival; well attended and fun for whole family.

A report on Canada Day 150 celebrations would not be complete without a quiz.  To test your knowledge of our great nation’s history, here are some questions for you:

On what date was the British North America Act (BNA Act) passed by British Parliament, creating the Dominion of Canada?  What three colonies made up the Dominion of Canada at that time? 

What decision of the Supreme Court of Canada did women activists appeal in 1929 and win?   (A) that women were not allowed to wear men’s clothing in public.  (B) that women were not to work outside the home.  (C) that women were not to take part in government because they weren’t “persons.”

The Indian Act outlines Ottawa’s responsibilities for deciding Indian status, local First Nations governments and the management of reserve land. Today it still rules around reserves, guardianship of youth and children, and management of band resources and elections.  What year was the Indian Act first introduced? 

On Sept. 3, 1939, the Second World War began when Britain declared war on Germany. But rather than rushing to join Britain, like Australia and New Zealand, Canada defined itself as an independent country by deciding to enter the Second World War of its own accord.  How long did Ottawa wait to enter the fray?   (A) Seven days.  (B) Two weeks.  (C) Two days.

The discovery of oil confirmed that this country had resources for the 20th century.  When and in what province did Canada’s Geological Survey first discover the presence of this black, gooey substance?

Canadian medicare was borne out of fiery debate in the 1960s.  Premier Tommy Douglas held up a belief that all residents should have a basic level of health care.  10 years later all provinces would adopt similar health care systems.  What province was the first to have it?

On April 17, 1982, the Queen signed a proclamation in Ottawa that gave Canada ownership of its Constitution.  It also enacted a document that protects freedom of expression, the right to a democratic government, the right to live and seek work anywhere in Canada, the legal rights of people accused of crimes, indigenous people’s rights, the right to equality (including gender equality), among many other rights. What is this document called? 

Answers to quiz:

Passed on March 29th, 1867 and came into effect on July 1, 1867.  The Province of Canada (Ontario and Québec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.




1875, Alberta


The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Contributed by Constance Smith



Canada Day Celebrations

Many in the community celebrated in the arena when the weather made Heritage Park Amphitheatre a doubtful site.  Spirits were not diminished. 

The music was outstanding; the EDHS Blues band set the toes to tapping, they were followed by Jackson and Grace Bray of Elmvale with their incredible voices and their mastery of multiple musical instruments, and finally Al Beardsall and his ever popular music rounded out the two hour concert.  It was exciting to hum along to so many popular Canadian tunes while enjoying music from talented musicians of all ages.

At 4:00 local politicians brought greetings; Alex Nuttall MP, Patrick Brown MPP, and Mayor French of Springwater Township.

George Allen accepted, in the name of the EDHS Fund Raising committee, the ‘big cheque’ made out for $5,000 from Marlene Lambie, president of the Flos Agricultural Committee.

Frank Beasley dedicated the new flag pole located in the Gateway Park (Corner of Queen and Yonge), and Doug Kirton thanked community individuals, businesses and organizations for such enthusiasm and financial support.

George Allen updated those present on progress toward the retrofit of EDHS Shared Facility.  The project costs have been higher than anticipated, and SCDSB has to review the contract with the Ministry of Education, a process that is expected to take two weeks.  The Fund Raising Committee has received donations amounting to $198,000 of the community partnership commitment.   George says that his committee will continue to seek the support of individuals, businesses and organizations until our facilities are equipped in a manner to bring out the best in our students and serve people of all ages in our communities.  Everyone needs an opportunity to support this ‘hub of the community’.

Wayne Allen, accompanied by his son Braedan, delivered the ‘Tribute to Canada’.  He shared in word pictures and table display their visit to Vimy on the 100 year remembrance of Canada’s historic contribution to the war effort. Wayne brought that emotional journey back to our arena and shared his pride in our wonderful country;  a lot of people were choking back tears of pride.

Thanks to all the individuals that volunteered and the Lions for staffing the BBQ.  Special thanks to Tom McGinnis for his assistance throughout the day.

The afternoon was capped off by a historical photo of those who came to represent our community in the celebration of Canada Day and show support for  our wonderful high school.  Mike Guilbault, local photographer with a Queen Street location, took the photo.  It will be proudly displayed on a wall of the new high school, a tribute to our supportive community.