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Jailed in Honduras - Please Help!

Dear Simcoe County Neighbours and Fellow Canadians

We are requesting support from the Canadian government to ensure the safety and security of members of my family residing in Honduras –  my daughter, Karen Spring (a Canadian citizen), and her spouse Edwin Robelo Espinal (a Honduran national). These family members were caught up in the political crisis which broke out in Honduras following its November 2017 general election and are in need of protection from the international community.

The Honduran political crisis began when incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández claimed victory in the election, a claim rejected by the opposition candidates. The opposition and international monitors say the election was characterized by widespread irregularities and electoral fraud.

To protest against election fraud, the opposition organized peaceful demonstrations across the country in which hundreds of thousands of Hondurans participated. Hernandez responded with emergency measures, lethal violence against demonstrators, and the arrest of opposition leaders. Hundreds of opposition activists have been arrested and more than 30 demonstrators have been killed by the police and military. My daughter Karen and her spouse Edwin are among those affected by these repressive measures. Edwin, who is a pro-democracy organizer was arrested, imprisoned, and his case was brought forward as a hearing before a military tribunal. Karen, who has worked for pro-democracy NGOs in Honduras for 8 years is also at risk. Our family is in fear for Edwin's safety as he has been denied due process. Karen's safety is at risk as well.

The Organization of American States (OAS) has called for new elections in Honduras but despite this, the United States immediately recognized Hernandez’ victory claim – Canada hastily followed the U.S. lead. However, Global Affairs Canada also issued a statement that gives us some hope. It called on the Honduran government to, "protect human rights and ensure those responsible for violations are held responsible."

I am asking that the Government of Canada swiftly act upon these words, that it act to protect not only our daughter Karen and Edwin, but all of the opposition members who are being terrorized. Global Affairs Canada must investigate and exercise whatever influence it has with the Hernandez government to ensure that it stops using violence against demonstrators, stops arresting opposition members and releases the hundreds of opposition members who have been arrested.

My fellow Canadians, family and friends, please assist us by demanding the immediate release of Edwin Robelo Espinal by:

   1) Contacting your Member of Parliament. Please refer to this link to find your MP information:

  2) Call for the Canadian government to investigate and ensure that the Hernandez government stops using violence against demonstrators, stops arresting opposition members and releases the hundreds of opposition members who have been arrested.

Thank you so much - Janet and John Spring


Anten Mills News – Kim Tyler (705) 728-2801

After that bone-chilling cold weather over Christmas, then the warmer temperatures and lack of precipitation for a couple of weeks mid-January, winter is right back on track, just in time for all the winter carnivals and snow sports enthusiasts to get their fill!

Speaking of winter activities, I noticed that the Springwater March break camp and hockey program registrations are now available on the township website. For more information and to register your kids, go to, click on the Recreation icon at the bottom of the home page, then choose “Camps” under the Recreation Programs click-through on the left side of the page. Registration deadline for both programs is March 4th.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Moving forward into spring, the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at our community hall on the morning of Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Those who participated last year will recall a morning absolutely jam-packed with fun activities for the kiddies! Keep an eye on the Anten Mills community face book page and this column for more info and registration details as the date draws closer.

Community Notes

We continue to draw 14 to 16 people to the hall on Thursday evenings for progressive euchre. It’s an entertaining couple of hours, and there’s always room for more people. And don’t be concerned about messing up the head count for tables of four, or worrying about your euchre prowess. If it ends up being an odd number, one table simply plays with 2 or 3 people, and all levels of expertise are welcome. Playing starts at 7 p.m. and goes to around 9, and everyone throws in a toonie to cover any associated costs.

The two Rick’s (Hutchinson and Webster) have spent some time this winter cleaning up the basement of the hall, putting in shelving and organizing all the paraphernalia held in storage there. Thanks guys! In doing so, they’ve come across a box of kids’ baseball jerseys which seem to be from a prior era (i.e. they don’t look like anything the kiddies wear today playing ball). If anyone knows the proper home for these jerseys, please contact Rick Webster or Dennis Gannon, or send me a note at the email address below.

February is Heart and Stroke month, when the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation conduct their annual fundraising campaign. We have several residents here in the village who voluntarily brave the cold and snow to canvass door to door seeking donations, so if you hear a knock at your door, there’s a good chance it’s one of these individuals. And who amongst us doesn’t know of someone whose life has been impacted by heart disease or stroke?

The next Anten Mills Community Meeting will be held next Thursday, February 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the hall. Everyone in Anten Mills is welcome to attend.


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 on a regular basis. And, if you have a family event or community announcement you’d like 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.


Wyevale News by Ruth Ann Caston (705) 527-5274

Happy birthday wishes go out to Vanessa Hansford, Diane Sickinger, Rob Wakelin, Betty Hall, Eric & Jeff Moreau, Debbie & Dave Bertram and Isabel Moreau celebrating birthdays in January. Early February birthday wishes go out to Sheila Cason, Mandy Stott, Michelle Taylor, Roy & Megan Nahuis.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. Light lunch & prizes. $2.50 per person. Winners from January 26th were: 1st Irma Archer, 2nd Lilian Robinson and 3rd Ken Dawe. Winners from February 2nd were: 1st Mable Woolhead, 2nd Irma Archer and 3rd Mary Reynolds. All welcome.

Tuesday Feb. 13th is the pancake supper from 5-7 p.m. in the church basement. Tickets are $8 for adults & $6 for children and seniors. Come and enjoy Shrove Tuesday.

Wed. Feb. 14th is Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m.

Feb. 20th Trustees Meeting at 7 p.m. in the church basement.

Friday Feb. 16th is the next Youth Group Meeting in the church basement.

Saturday Feb. 10th, is the Tiny Township Carnival, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free pancakes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Lots of activities. Come join at the Perkinsfield Park.


Hillsdale Highlights by Alissa Shananhan

  • Family Day Skate: Due to the instability of the weather, timing, and lack of volunteers, the Hall Board will not be hosting an official Family Day skate this year.  However, people are still welcome to skate at the rink anytime! Since Family Day is a holiday, please be reminded that there will be no hockey allowed between 2:00-4:00pm to allow skaters time to use the ice without the risk of being hit with a puck.  Thank you for your understanding.
  • Community Rink: It has been incredible to see so many people using the rink!  Thank you to the great group of people who are flooding the rink late at night for the rest of the community to enjoy.  Seeing the photos and videos of little ones learning how to skate on our very own rink has been incredible!  That is exactly what the rink is intended for, and why the rink boards were put in.  Just a reminder that we do have skating only times (as in, no hockey).  They are 5:00-7:00pm every Monday-Friday, and from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory holidays.  Thank you for respecting these guidelines.
  • Hall and Rec Board: The Hall Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  These meetings are fun and open to anybody!  We are just a group of people who live in and care about Hillsdale, that come together once a month to talk about what we can do to move our community forward.  The next meeting is Wednesday, February 28th.  The Annual General Meeting takes place at the April meeting (this year it is Wednesday, April 25th) where a new council is voted in.  Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
  • Craft ‘N Chatter: Do you have a craft you love to do?  Come to the community hall for the Hillsdale Monthly Craft ‘n Chatter on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:30 – 8:30pm with your current project!  Get inspired by others and enjoy socializing with friends and neighbours. 

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 Hall and Rec Board on Facebook for details about upcoming events and social gatherings at “Hillsdale Community Group.”


Springwater News Recognized - Councillor Katy Austin with Michael Jacobs

The Corporation of the Township of Springwater extended sincere congratulations to the Springwater News on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary for providing over 500 publications of local news to Springwater and the surrounding communities. Through the paper, residents past and president have been able to  connect and stay up to date with the local happenings.


Snowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museum Tuesday evenings in February from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of snowshoeing at the Simcoe County Museum every Tuesday night throughout February. Travel through our beautiful grounds lit by lamplight, and experience the stillness of a winter’s night. No registration is required and snowshoe rentals are included through the admission by donation process. 

 Bring your skates and make it an evening of outdoor winter exercise as the Simcoe County Museum’s new Skate Trail is open until 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. 

 Museum activities are weather and grounds conditions permitting. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call 705-728-3721


Flos Agricultural Society – Annual Meeting

Over 100 friends of the Elmvale Fair gathered on Jan.23, 2018 to celebrate the 157th Fair.

As always, a “church supper” precedes the AGM, and of course everyone eagerly anticipates the pies offered.

Greetings from the Township of Springwater, Fair Ambassadors Sydney McGee and Grayson Grummett, reps from the Elmvale Horticultural Society & the Elmvale Maple Syrup Committee highlighted the importance of the continued support received from our local Community.

Last year the FAS embarked on a raffle, with the proceeds going toward our $5000 pledge to the Elmvale District High School Facility Fund-Raising project. The first prize was a hand-quilted, queen-sized “Irish Chain” quilt. This was 1 of 3 quilts constructed from our quilt block challenge at the 2016 Elmvale Fair.

The “Maple Leaf” quilt was donated to the Royal Canadian Legion, Elmvale branch – recognizing Canada’s 150th Birthday; and the 3rd quilt was auctioned at our 2017 Fair. A pair of quilted pillows, made from the remaining Maple Leaf blocks was offered as one of the raffle prizes.

The winners were drawn at our AGM – and we are delighted to announce

  1st prize winner of the quilt – David Ritchie , Ritchie’s Feeds ‘n Needs

  2nd prize of $50 cash – Lori Archer, Barrie

3rd prize pair of pillows – Keith & Alice Brown, Stayner

The FAS was pleased to make their final donation, to complete the $5000 pledge. Katy Austin received the cheque for $2500, on behalf of the EDHS project.

Bi-Annual elections followed and the 2017 – 2018 Executive is as follows

           Past President – Marlene Lambie

           President  -- Brian Nelson

           1st Vice Pres – Doug Ritchie

           2nd Vice Pres – Brenda Munshaw

           Treasurer – Lori Townes

           Secretary – Pat Leonard

Scott & Connie Brown, from Dalston, were the very capable guest speakers. They recently were part of a humanitarian mission to Togo, Africa – helping to build a doctor’s residence at the Hospital of Hope.


GBGH Volunteers

Two Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Volunteer Association members were honoured at the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario (HAAO) convention. Nancy Strachan (left) and Lori Moreau were given HAAO Provincial Life Memberships in recognition of their many years volunteering and the leadership roles they’ve taken within the hospital’s Volunteer Association.

Moreau works in the GBGH Coffee Bar, at the main entrance information desk and takes a lead in the association’s bake and craft sales. She has also served on the association’s executive board for 10 years.

Strachan manages the Coffee Bar, participates in the annual poinsettia and geranium sales, and also served on the executive board for 10 years, recently as vice president.


YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Launches Annual “Move to Give” in Support of Building Healthy Communities

Eight communities will come together simultaneously to help children, youth and families stay active and healthy in Simcoe/Muskoka

The fourth annual “Move to Give” event will be hosted by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka on April 7, 2018. The massive fundraising initiative will help our friends, neighbours and community members access YMCA programs, who couldn’t otherwise afford it. The goal of the campaign is to raise $100,000 in an effort to help build healthier communities and to eliminate the financial barriers that many in our communities are facing.

The Move to Give event will take place simultaneously in eight YMCAs within our region: Barrie, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia and Parry Sound, and at all YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Child Care centres. The fundraising initiative will bring participants together to be active while raising money to support the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s much needed community programs. From running 5km to massive indoor cycling sessions, swimming challenges, fire truck pulls and more— participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves physically while at the same time, give back to their community. 

YMCAs in Simcoe/Muskoka provide a wide variety of programs that offer invaluable resources to communities. Health, fitness and recreation programs, education, child care, employment and training programs, camp and outdoor skills, leadership and volunteer development – all are much-needed community programs. By hosting the fundraiser simultaneously across eight communities, it directly reflects the YMCA’s mission and values of community support, participation and belonging.

Last year, more than 1,300 people in 8 communities across Simcoe/Muskoka joined together on one day and raised funds to help us provide over 15,000 children, youth, adults and seniors with access to YMCA programs.

All members of the community are invited to participate and are encouraged to raise pledges. All donations made through Move to Give qualify for a tax receipt.  For more information and to register for the event, please visit

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities.  We are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. We serve 1 in 5 people throughout Simcoe County and District of Parry Sound and Muskoka.


Minesing Moments w/Lorrie Norwood  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  /  (705) 728-9784

The 46th Minesing Mini Fest is THIS WEEKEND!  Do you have your button yet?  Get one at the store, Cicco's  This year’s theme is Mardi Gras and I am going to guess there will be a lot of fantastic colours and lively music playing over the weekend throughout our annually celebrated events.  If you don't know what you can find at Mini-Fest, please see the list below:

 Friday Night: Open Skate, Progressive Euchre ($5), Bowling ($75/team), Beer Garden.

Saturday: “Pancake Tuesday” Breakfast, Citizen & Youth of the Year (Send nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Parade following Pancake Breakfast, Children's Entertainment (TBA), Beer Garden, Raffle
Saturday Night:  Adult Dance featuring Scott & Colin

 *Anyone wanting additional information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing everyone out enjoying themselves! 

 Minesing United Church – Family Roast Beef Dinner

The Minesing United Church is hosting a family style roast beef dinner on Saturday February 17th at 5:30 pm. Of course there will be homemade pies to enjoy as well. Adults $20, under 13 $10 and preschool children are free. Come share your family dinner memories!

 Valentine’s Day is coming up next Wednesday for those of you who acknowledge it.  I personally avoid it as I think it’s a money grab for retailers.  If you love someone, let them know any day of the year, not on the day that you are guilted into acknowledging it.  I think it is appreciated more on the receiving end if it is “just because”.  Either way, have a great February 14th regardless.

Prom dress shopping has been the topic in my house recently.  Boy have times changed since I was a senior in high school.  It’s unbelievable to hear how much people are spending on a dress for this one evening event.  We were lucky enough to travel to go south of the border and find a beautiful dress for a reasonable price.  I have heard of some people spending upwards of $800-$900 for their daughter’s prom dress.  This doesn’t include shoes, jewellery, hair or makeup.  Crazy right?  I wish people could keep in perspective that one day these girls are possibly going to be searching for wedding dresses and then that would make more sense to spend that much money on a dress.  I will tell you that we looked at dresses of all prices, but as many of you know, one spilled beverage or dropping your meal on your lap and the dress is basically ruined.  You won’t feel as bad if this happens to a dress that is a reasonably priced dress over a $500+ dress with a splatter on it.  But, to each their own I guess, maybe I'm just cheap?  One thing I do know is that each young girl getting ready is going to feel special no matter what their dress costs and I wish them a great experience as princess for a day.

Until next time, have a great day and keep smiling. 


New elementary schools coming to Bradford, Oro-Medonte and Wasaga Beach

The Ministry of Education announced today that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will receive capital funding for three new public elementary schools. These new schools will be built in Bradford, Oro-Medonte and Wasaga Beach.  

With this announcement, the SCDSB has received funding for three of its top six capital priorities submitted to the Ministry of Education in September 2017 as part of the SCDSB’s revised capital priorities list.    

“We are pleased that the Ministry has recognized the need in our communities,” says Peter Beacock, Chairperson of the Board. “The addition of three new elementary schools will allow us to accommodate students in areas which continue to experience growth and development.”   

“We would like to thank our staff in Business and Facilities who continue to put forward strong business cases for new schools to the Ministry of Education for consideration,” notes Steve Blake, Director of Education. “The new elementary schools will help address enrolment pressures in Bradford, Oro-Medonte and Wasaga Beach.”  

In addition, the ministry has approved Early Years Capital Project funding to support two child care projects located at Lake Simcoe Public School in Innisfil and Pine River Elementary School in Angus.  

All approved Capital Priorities projects will be posted on the Ministry of Education’s website on January 31, 2018.  

More information on school site locations, completion dates and other details will be shared as they become available.  


COMING SOON – to Elmvale

Lent is almost here but before that we get to celebrate Shrove Tuesday at an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper. 

On February 13, 2018  - at Elmvale Presbyterian Church - pancakes, sausage, real maple syrup, beverages and dessert will be served.  Come back for seconds or thirds - no one is counting.

The cost for adults is $10 - for children under 10 - $5 and little ones under 3, they eat for free.

The meal will be served from 5 until 7 at 22 Queen St. E.


Rosie’s Devotions - Virus

Fighting a virus, especially the influenza virus, is something that I do not want to experience again. I can't remember the last time that I was so sick. When I first contracted the virus, it attacked me overnight. I woke up and could hardly breathe. Worried, I asked my husband to drive me to the hospital. I must have had a fever, because I couldn't keep warm. The waiting time in the emergency department seemed like an eternity, until finally, I heard my name being called by the attending nurse. I went for an X-ray on my chest, which revealed that I had contracted the influenza virus. I was given a prescription to be filled, and then I was sent home.

I just wanted to sleep, and drink ginger ale, and sleep some more, which I did for two solid days. This virus seemed to cling on for almost three weeks. It robbed me of my appetite and energy, and at times, I felt as if I were going to die.

During the two weeks of not feeling up to par,  my writing was put on the back burner. I had no desire to pray, read my Bible, check my e-mails, or read a novel. I had literally no desire to do anything at all. All I wanted to do was sit in my recliner, curled up in a blanket, and let the television entertain me.

During this time of sickness, I knew that God was with me. He was with me on the ride to the hospital. He was with me when the technician took an X-ray. He was with me as I slept, and at the end, He healed me. Even though I couldn't pray, I knew that friends were upholding me with their prayers.

James 5:15-16-The prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (NASB)

During the current flu season, let us be on the lookout for sick people whom we can uphold in prayer.

Prayer:  Lord God, we thank You for being with us when we are sick. We thank You for doctors, nurses, and X-ray technicians. We thank You for medical research teams and for their discoveries. Sometimes, You heal us and sometimes, in Your omnipotence, You decide to call Your beloved children home. We thank You for friends who uphold us in prayer. Enable us to do the same for them. Help us to trust You in all things. Amen.

Rosemary Hagedorn, Penetanguishene,

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Application to remove millions of litres a day prompts calls for Tiny council to defend “purest” water

 By Kate Harries AWARE News Network

 Tiny Township residents as well as members of council expressed concerns Monday about an application by CRH Canada Group Ltd. for a renewal of a permit to take water at its Waverley Teedon Pit. 

Councillors requested a report from their engineering consultants J. J. Burnside and deferred any action on the application until their next meetings on Monday February 12. 

The application is posted on the EBR Registry (#013-2282); the deadline for public comment is February 22.

 CRH, which operates the pit through its division Dufferin Aggregates, seeks a 10-year licence to take 1.6 million litres a day from a well, and another 5.2 million litres from a pond, 210 days a year.

 In submissions to committee of the whole on Monday January 29 2017, area residents and representatives of the Friends of the Waverley Uplands and the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations (FOTTSA) urged council to oppose granting the permit.

 Many referred to the studies by Bill Shotyk, Bocock chair of Agriculture and the Environment at the University of Alberta, who has tested the area’s water for over 25 years and found that it’s cleaner than 5,000-year-old Arctic ice cores. 

“This is a huge issue,” said FOTTSA representative Kate Dewey. “This is the purest water that’s ever been tested on this planet. That’s awesome! That’s what we’re drinking here. What a blessing!”

 Dewey noted that the cottager groups were among the many who successfully opposed Dump Site 41 because of concern about the impact on the aquifer below, which also underlies the Teedon Pit.

 “There is a strong argument for asking the minister of natural resources and forestry to give the aquifer environmental protection,” she said.  “We urge council to vigorously oppose the renewal of the permit to take water for use in the Teedon Pit and that it explore all avenues for taking a stand on this issue,”

 The request was echoed by a group representing those living next to the pit. “Friends of the Waverley Uplands object to any further extension of the water-taking permit on the Teedon Pit,” said Pete Anderson, noting that “the gold standard of water … flows from French’s Hill.”

 Bonnie Pauze drew council’s attention to a critical 2007 report by Doug Jagger on the original permit to take water, applied for by then owner Beamish Construction.

 Jagger, whose firm Jagger Hims was Simcoe County’s hydrogeological consultant at the time, found that Beamish’s report failed to address long-term changes to the water budget related to global warming. These changes could reduce groundwater levels which in turn would affect the catchment area, Jagger wrote, recommending a cumulative impact assessment.

 Jagger also noted that the source of water for the underlying aquifer is principally in the upland area and suggested the County of Simcoe consider establishing the lands in the vicinity of Waverley as a groundwater protection zone.

 “I know you weren’t on council, and one council can blame another council… but let’s have some vision!” Pauze urged. “What about this cumulative impact assessment? It’s been 10 years, we spend money on a lot of things.” And, she added: “ I hope we have the courage for the future of this township. This council needs to think, do you want to be remembered for the guys who ruined the water, or the guys who saved the water?”

 Members of council were supportive.

 Mayor George Cornell reported that County Warden Gerry Marshall, following his attendance at the November 2017 Water Walk, had convened a meeting of the mayors of Tiny, Tay, Springwater and Oro-Medonte to discuss the situation.

 They are waiting for further input from the public, Cornell said, but hope to meet with Nathalie Des Rosiers, the new minister of natural resources and forestry, at the February 25-28 Ontario Good Roads Association conference.

 Cornell said noted he’s “disappointed” to hear that Dufferin hasn’t worked with the community on well-monitoring. He added that he’s “perplexed” that the community liaison committee has not met, “yet we see an application coming forward to extend the (permit) to take water. I find that a little disconcerting.”

 A longer version of the story, with links to more information, can be found at


Springwater Library

Breaking News: Extended Hours!

In answer to surveys, comments and feedback from Springwater residents we are adjusting our hours of operation to better meet your needs!  The new hours will start after the February Family Day weekend and we’re ready to celebrate our extended hours with you by having a Monopoly themed party that week!  Midhurst and Elmvale branch new hours start Monday February 26.  The red text is our new open/close time.

Mondays 1pm-5pm, Tuesdays 10am-7pm, Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm.

Minesing Branch new hours start on Tuesday February 20.

Tuesdays 10am-7pm, Wednesdays 1pm-5pm, Thursdays 1pm-7pm, Fridays 10am-5pm

The first 20 customers through the door will receive a yummy treat.  The first 100 customers through the doors on the start date of our new hours (Minesing branch Tuesday February 20, Elmvale and Midhurst branch Monday February 26) will receive a special monopoly scratch ticket with awesome prizes!

Minesing Minifest Fun

It’s that time of year again for the Minesing Minefest Family Fun!  The Minesing Branch will be open on Saturday February 10 from 9am to 3pm.  After your yummy pancake breakfast be sure to stop by the library to pick up and enter your free ballot for a chance to win a great prize!  Prizes include: a 3 month Family YMCA pass, a large Cicco’s pizza, a Yoga Gift certificate.  We will also be awarding prizes for the bookmark and colouring page contests as well as having some heritage colouring books on hand for sale.

Stay, Play and Learn

In partnership with EarlyON (previously Ontario Early Years) they will be offering families/care providers with children prenatal through 6 years a drop in, friendly environment in both the Elmvale and Minesing branch locations.

Minesings Tuesdays 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Elmvale Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

The activities provided for the children include creative experiences, science and math experiences, circle time, snack time, activities that promote literacy and experiences that promote social and emotional development.

Cover Kids/Cover Girls Book Club

There’s still time to register and join! Awesome treats, challenging trivia, fun games and a shared love of reading.  This monthly club meets at the Midhurst Branch the second Tuesday of each month: February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12.  Cover kids: Ages 9-12, 5pm-6pm.  Cover Girls: Ages 13-16, 6pm-7pm.

Kids After School Craft: Chinese New Year

Ages 4+ after school come to the library and celebrate Chinese New Year by making some colourful crafts.  This drop in program will run on Tuesday February 13, 4pm-5pm Elmvale Branch.

Paper Peas Cardmaking Club

Come join the Paper Peas for fun and creative card making!  This program costs $15 for 5 original hand made cards.  Please register and pre-pay to reserve your spot.  This club meets once a month at 6:30pm Midhurst Branch on a Tuesday: February 20 (Birthday), March 20 (Wedding and Baby Shower), April 17 (Thank you cards).

Lego Building Challenge

This popular drop in program is fun family time!  All ages are welcome to participate in a special Lego Building Challenge on Friday February 20, 3:30pm-4:30pm at Minesing Branch.

Moonlite Storytime

Come and join us for a special projected storytime where you can sit back and watch stories come alive.  Wear your pjs, bring a blanket and experience storytime in a whole new way.  All ages are welcome.  Registration is required.  Thursday February 22, 6pm, Midhurst Branch.

Homeschool Bowling Event

This fun, informal bowling event is taking place in the Vintage Bowling Alley in the basement of the Minesing Community Centre.  This is an unsupervised family event and due to the age of the bowling alley, bowlers will need to help set up their own pins as they play.  There is no registration required for this free, drop in program.  Friday February 23, 2pm-3:30pm Minesing Branch.

Kids After School Party!

Come out for snacks, beverages and help Minesing Library plan some fun programs for kids!  Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and your friends.  The more the merrier!  Tuesday February 23, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Minesing Branch.

Daddy Daughter Princess Tea Party

Ages 3+ daughters and their Dads are invited to come to a Daddy Daughter Princess Tea Party!  Come dressed up in your best princess dress and meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast!  Saturday February 24, 3pm-4pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $5.  Registration is required by Friday February 16.

Parent Workshop

Make your own visual timer.  Similar to a sand timer, this is a visual aid that you will be making to target children’s morning routines.  You can vary the time anywhere from 5 minutes to 60 minutes.  Tuesday March 6, 6pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $2.  Registration is required for this program.

March Break Programs

It’s that time again to start thinking about registering your school aged children for March break programs and we’ve got something fun for all ages (and speeds!).  At the Elmvale and Midhurst branches we’ll have a remote control vehicle race track set up in the library all week so be sure to come and give it a try, log your speed and at the end of the week the fastest recorded time wins a prize!

Monday March 12: 1:30pm-3:30pm Lego fun Midhurst Branch, 2pm Family movie Coco Elmvale Branch.

Tuesday March 13: 10:30am Eye Care storytime registration required Midhurst Branch, 10:30am-12:00pm Drop in Family Bowling registration required parental supervision mandatory at Minesing Branch, 1pm-3pm Drop in Optical Illusion Challenge ages 3+ Midhurst Branch, 2pm Drop in craft Elmvale Branch, 5:30pm-6:30pm Open outdoor fire s’mores dessert at the library registration required Midhurst Branch.

Wednesday March 14: 10am-12pm Giant Games ages 3+ Midhurst Branch, 1:30pm Family movie Coco registration required Midhurst Branch, 2pm-3:30pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party ages 8+ registration required Cost $2 Elmvale Branch.

Thursday March 15:11am Family movie Coco registration required Midhurst Branch, 1:30pm Surprise craft ages 4+ registration required Minesing Branch, 2pm Lego challenge and games Elmvale Branch, 5pm Tinker Thursday/Paint Craft ages 4+ registration required Midhurst Branch.

Friday March 16: 10:30am Projected Moonlite Storytime Midhurst Branch, 11:30am-12:30pm Bingo for kids Minesing Branch, 2pm Movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul Elmvale Branch, 6:30pm-9pm Kids Painting with instruction by professional painter Mary Breedon registration required Cost $20 Minesing Branch.

Scrabble Club

Do you love Scrabble and want to become a better player?  Come play every Monday evening and sharpen those skills.  Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome from novice to expert. Mondays evenings 7pm, Midhurst Branch.  Register online at  Bring your own board if you have one.

Senior Tech Help

With new technology being released daily, it can be hard to keep up.  Receive FREE tech help at Midhurst Branch!  Appointments are for 30 min to 1 hour.  Please call to make an appointment or you can register at the front desk.  Every Wednesday 10am-12 noon Midhurst Branch.

Knit 2 Together

Come to 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!