Little Stories

 Minesing Moments

Greetings Minesing neighbours and those in surrounding areas.  I hope you are all still doing well and able to enjoy some of these beautiful days that we have had recently.  We did need that rain that happened on Sunday evening but the areas that had flooding hopefully rebound quickly from all of that water. 

 As I am all sure you know, our village is currently very busy with people out walking, kids riding their bikes, and getting out of their homes during these unprecedented times.  I’ve seen a few items mentioned on our Minesing Community Facebook page expressing concern about the excessive speed that people are driving within the village.  Please folks, take your time as you drive around our village.  Be patient and keep an eye out.  Those speeds are not for these village roads. 

 Another thing to be aware of is that people are in fact spending way more time outside and also have their windows open during the day.  People are working from home and are doing their best to adjust to this new way of working.  That being said, please be aware of the noise levels of your animals barking, the volume of your children playing, any music you are playing in your yard.  The distance that the noise travels outside of your yard doesn’t end at your fence line.  Please be considerate of your neighbours so that everyone can enjoy their summer outside.

 To anyone who is having a birthday, anniversary, birth or anything exciting in their world, we wish you all the best.  I am sure a big celebration will be well deserved once the social distancing is done. 

 Until next time, keep washing your hands, social distancing and most of all be kind, you don’t know what others are going through. 

 

Wyevale News

Happy birthday wishes go out to Kim Maheu, Paulette Stott, Fenton and Meridan Archer, Chris Stephenson, Kim Caston, Jack Hamelin, Arianna Caston, Melissa Rawn, Todd Archer, Madeline Maheu, Craig Caston, Gwen Wakelin, Laura Marley, Joan Crawford, Jessica Caston, Paula Madill, Marg Marchant, Jason Moreau and  Al Dubeau. Celebrating in June are Helen Molto, Alex and Terry Archer, Carol Withall, Billy Nahuis, Tone Webb, and Brian Campbell.

Congratulations to all the graduating students that di not get any graduating ceremony due to the pandemic.

There is no camp this year at Simpresca. Hopefully all the students will get back to school in September and see all their classmates, friends, and teachers.

Everyone will be happy when everything – stores etc. get opened up and things get back to normal.

Not too much happening at this time. Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.

 

ANTEN MILLS NEWS by Dennis Gannon

This past weekend we were given a glimpse, we hope of what the summer will be like this year. After enduring the cold and windy conditions of late it was without doubt a pleasant gift with the sun and warmth we received. While not as busy as most years, it was evident that cottages were open with the traffic on the roads. The hum of lawnmowers out for the first cut of the year was heard throughout the community and certainly a harbinger of summer, tree frogs were singing their lungs out. In years past Spring also brought out the sounds of the Spring Peepers. In the wooded area just north of us these chorus frogs are often heard as they come out of hibernation in the wet and swampy areas. The frog is very small in size and it is the male who does most of the singing as he looks for his mate. Their sounds are certainly an indication that warm weather is here.

If you have walked along the rail trail lately you were hopefully impressed by the displays of the Trillium along the path. Their white three petals with their three broad green leaves is another sign that spring is here. The Province of Ontario has designated the white trillium as the official flower of the province. It was designated the provincial emblem of Ontario in 1937 (Floral Emblem Act). The adoption of the white trillium grew out of a movement during the First World War to choose a national floral emblem appropriate for planting on the graves of Canadian servicemen overseas. There have been various designs of the trillium used by the province for their official use and it is often part of ceremonial gifts provided and found on official websites and documents. And in case you are wondering as it was often stated, picking a trillium is not illegal. It does however harm the flower and it may take several years for it to recover. So for now, enjoy their beauty.

Over the next several weeks we can expect to see another seasonal bloom in our community and that is of the lilac. The primarily lavender bush with its fragrant flowers will be visible throughout along our roadsides and in the yards of perhaps some of the older homes. In the book, A History of Vespra Township, it is recorded that in 1970, the Vespra Horticulture Society decided on the lilac as a suitable floral emblem for the Township, and the Vespra Council accepted their suggestion.  The notation further states “Since the early settlers, the most beloved of flowering shrubs has been the common lilac, often appearing in profusion around old farm buildings and abandoned farms. As a result of the adoption of this flower as its emblem, residents were encouraged to plant lilacs on their property, and 385 were planted in that first year, in 1970”.  This year then marks the 50th anniversary of the lilac making a huge impact in our community. The Township of Vespra coat of arms had the lilac as the primary symbol and in 1985 when the Vespra Township Fire Fighters Association presented the first Chain of Office to the Reeve, that coat of arms was front and centre in the photographs seen. When Springwater Township built the administration centre on Nursery Road, they planted several rows of the lilac bushes to form a hedge row.  The lilac is a symbol of our community and if you are looking for some interesting planting in your garden or yard this year consider planting a lilac in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.

There have been several reports of the Baltimore Oriole nesting in the area this spring.  With their brilliant Orange and Black feathers, they are somewhat elusive birds that like wooded areas. Orioles apparently like ripe dark fruit and you may be able to entice them to your backyard feeder with some cut up oranges. If you happen to get them in your yard, snap a picture or two and share beauty with others.

While there hasn’t been much occurring in the community of late, the Anten Mills Facebook page is a good source to see what is happening. One event that did occur just recently was a milestone occasion for Jayne Hutchinson. Happy birthday Jayne and may you have many more!

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  Festival du Loup Cancelled

May 13, 2020 - La Meute culturelle de Lafontaine announced on Wednesday that its three-day 2020 event Festival du loup, like many others, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Simcoe County’s unique French festival was scheduled to take place July 16-18. However, organizers unanimously voted to postpone the Festival until July 15-17, 2021.

 Since 2002, over 2,000 people from all around the area and further afield attend the weekend festival that takes place in downtown Lafontaine. The celebration of French heritage and culture features vendors, artisans, artists, a tractor parade, howling competition, bands, storytelling, and local food. It gives festivalgoers and hard-working volunteers a chance to sing, dance, laugh, and howl together en français. 

 “It’s was a tough decision, and though heartbreaking for the entire community, it’s the right thing to do,” said Dr. Joëlle Roy, Executive Director. “The festival owes its existence to a strong sense of community. It’s normal that the health and well-being our volunteers and visitors be our top priority.” 

 Organizers said that, though disappointed, the Festival’s sponsors have all transferred their support to next year’s event and the artists who were due to entertain the crowds are rebooked as well. At a time when preparations would be starting to ramp up, Dr. Roy finds herself sitting out the summer season and waiting until fall and La Meute’s next event Noël au Village in late November. 

 If you would like more information on the Festival du loup, La Meute and its signature events, please leave a voice message at 705 543-1535 or visit the festival website at www.festivalduloup.on.ca.

 Come Howl with us next summer!  Festival du loup July 15-17, 2021

 

Breaking Ground on the New Elmvale & District Food Bank

Work on the new Elmvale & District Food Bank facility is moving forward following a physically distanced groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the Food Bank Board of Directors and volunteers, along with Township of Springwater Council and the contractor, each individually took their turn, at separate times, to break ground on this new venture.

The new Elmvale & District Food Bank is a cooperative undertaking between the Township of Springwater, the Food Bank and the community. Located at 62 Yonge St. N. in Elmvale, the new facility will address food storage, privacy and accessibility concerns that are present at the current location in the Elmvale Community Hall building.

“We are thrilled to soon have a facility of our own which will permit us to serve the community effectively with storage rooms, interview rooms and comfortable waiting areas for citizens using the food bank,” says Jan Drinkill, Chair of the Elmvale & District Food Bank. “The location will provide ample parking, privacy, convenience for residents of the village of Elmvale and a nearby bus stop for those travelling from outlying communities. Thank you to the Township of Springwater for steering this project to fruition. ”

In February 2019, the Township committed to a one-time capital contribution of $100,000 towards the construction of a new facility and the Food Bank has fundraised $100,000. The municipality has also agreed to front end the necessary funds in excess of $200,000 to be repaid over a period of up to 10 years.

Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed in early fall, with occupancy taking place before the busy Thanksgiving season. Until that time, the Elmvale Food Bank remains open and operational at 35 Queen St. W on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 noon with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. Anyone in need of assistance is urged to call 705-322-9096.

 

In support of Frontline Workers

The Wyebridge Women’s Institute decorated the Wyebridge bridge with blue ribbons in support of the frontline workers.

Our thank you to them.

I read an article and I believe it was in the Springwater News that a gentleman was hanging blue ribbons for that purpose so we thought we would follow suit.

Decorating the bridge for the Christmas Season, Easter/Spring, Canada Day and Thanksgiving/harvest is something we have been doing for a long time.

Many people drive over that bridge everyday so we hope the message gets through even if it is only to cheer someone up with a little colour.

 Eileen Norrie

 President of the Wyebridge Women’s Institute.

 

Springwater Libraries

Dear  Springwater Library Users

The provincial government announced that libraries are now able to offer curbside service as of May 19. Springwater Township Public Library is currently working on a plan to resume library services in a safe manner for both the public and staff. The library will be opening in a phased approach based upon medical and government guidelines. Check our website for further information on when we will open the book drops and offer curbside service. In the meantime, our digital services remain available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a library card or help with our resources. Stay safe!  See you soon! 

Jodie Player Delgado, CEO

Need a Library Card for ebooks?

Need a library card to access ebooks and audiobooks online? We can remotely set you up for 60 days, and the physical card may be picked up in the home branch (once reopened) and renewed upon presentation of ID for one year.  Applicants will need to share their name, full address, phone number, email and desired home branch (Elmvale, Midhurst or Minesing).  Tiny patrons will be asked to fill out the Tiny municipal form before receiving their permanent card in branch.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information and a card number will be issued via email.  If library closures extend longer than anticipated, the temporary cards will be extended on a month to month basis).

Author Talk Series

In this NEW Saturday morning series, we invited local authors to share with us their insights and experiences as writers.  Authors in this series include:  Lallie Napier, Peter Jennings, Colleen Winter, Trudy Rominak & more.  Head over to our website’s Virtual Programming page or go to youtube and search Springwater Library to find this interesting, and informative video series.

What are Audriana’s Top 5 Perennials?

We’ve got a special local CLD (Certified Landscape Designer) highlight video by Audriana VanderWerf chatting about her top 5 favourite perennials to plant this year you won’t want to miss!  Head over to our website’s Virtual Programming page or go to youtube and search Springwater    Library to find this fun, colourful and informative video.

Tumble Book Library

Listen and read-along to animated story books for young children, their parents and teachers.  Play games and watch videos from National Geographic.  This great resource includes a selection of French picture books.  To use this resource, please visit the Online Resources page of our website at www.springwater.library.on.ca

Fun Storytime Tuesdays

On the Virtual Programming page and at YouTube you’ll find Miss Amanda doing the Storytime Program for wee ones you know and love with new Storytime videos posted each week every Tuesday morning!  New Storytimes will include themes such as: gardening, the outdoors, bedtime, summer and more!

Fun with Matilda

Watch Joanne’s puppy Matilda experience new things. Visit the Virtual Programming page of our website to see the ongoing adventures of Matilda including:  her first walk, her first play in snow, meeting a new dog, playing hide and seek and more.  Matilda will train to become a future Springwater Library literacy dog.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

Krafting with Kathy

Get creative and have some fun with Kathy! 

Every Thursday on our Springwater Public Library Facebook page, Kathy will share a craft or project for the whole family to enjoy.  Check out her weekly videos for some fun ideas.  Kathy encourages families to feel free to post pictures of completed crafts in the comments section of the post. 

TD SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Advance Notice

Even though summer is different this year, summer reading is still on! Summer reading will still happen at Springwater Public Library. We will be moving reading online, but there will still be missions, prizes and most importantly, FUN!

Stay tuned!  www.springwater.library.on.ca

E-Newsletter

Signing up for our e-newsletter is easy and fast!  This will provide you with updates, the latest ebook/eaudiobook purchases and what’s going on with our virtual library programs.  To sign up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Alyssa Tess of Midhurst, Ontario releases introspective single on the emotional effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

 After being given a songwriting prompt in one of her college music courses, local songwriter, Alyssa Tess, wrote her new single “What Will We Remember?”, based on the COVID-19 pandemic. This song is an amalgamation of thoughts and emotions that Alyssa, and surely many others, are experiencing during this time.  Recorded in her makeshift bedroom studio, “What Will We Remember?” will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and many other music platforms on May 27, 2020.

Alyssa Tess is a local singer-songwriter who can be found all over Simcoe County and the GTA every summer, playing at weddings and events, busking on the streets or performing at festivals. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the summer plans for this Humber College music student. 

Alyssa released her debut EP “Twenty/Twenty” in 2017. The album was a strong collection of heartfelt originals that have been played on CBC radio and garnered her a fan following on social media and online music platforms. During these trying times, Alyssa Tess is reaching out to that online base with Facebook/Instagram Live performances and through the release of this new single.

Recently the music industry has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With loss of upcoming gigs and no idea of when live music concerts will be able to start up again, artists have to find new ways to connect with their audiences and share their art. Connection, especially through music, is proving to be more important now than ever. Alyssa Tess attests to songwriting as being her saving grace during these difficult times.  “As things are starting to open up I think it’s really important that we take some time to reflect. As much as we may want it, our lives may never go back to the way we remember. I think it’s a fact of life that is more apparent now than ever before. So what will we remember when this is all said and done? What can we take from the past and this pandemic that can change how we take on the future? My hope is that we can come out of this pandemic with a little more kindness, patience and love for each other, ourselves, and our planet.” – Alyssa Tess

Alyssa Tess Singer / Songwriter

Cell: 705-529-6504

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“What Will We Remember?” will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and many other music platforms on May 27, 2020. Follow Alyssa Tess through her website (www.AlyssaTess.com) or on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube to stay posted on future performance dates and other new music releases.

 

Southern Georgian Bay home sales and new listings down due to State of Emergency

Residential sales recorded through the MLS® system for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 126 units in April 2020. This was a large decline of 58.3% from April 2019 and marked the lowest level for this month since 1995.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 785 units over the first four months of the year. This was down 6.2% from the same period in 2019.

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 66 units in April 2020. This was a large decline of 64.9% from April 2019. On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered 451 units over the first four months of the year. This was a decrease of 15.1% from the same period in 2019.

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 60 units in April 2020. This was a large decline of 47.4% from April 2019. On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Eastern Region numbered 334 units over the first four months of the year. This was up 9.2% from the same period in 2019.

“Demand and supply both stepped out of the housing market in April as we saw the first full month of physical distancing measures pass by,” said Mike Scholte, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “REALTORS® continue to adjust the way we do business to adhere to the mandates set in place, and we are hopeful for increased market activity come late-Spring as demand grows and restrictions ease.”

There were 321 new residential listings in April 2020. This was a large decline of 43.4% on a year-over-year basis and marked the lowest April in more than 30 years. Active residential listings numbered 966 units at the end of April. This was a decrease of 10.8% from the end of April 2019.

Months of inventory numbered 7.7 at the end of April 2020, up from the 3.6 months recorded at the end of April 2019 and above the long-run average of 6.4 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 April 2020 was $60.3 million, declining significantly by 60.4% from this time in 2019.

Sales of all property types numbered 148 units in April 2020; this was a large decline of 57.1% from April 2019. The total value of all properties sold was $65.8 million, declining significantly by 60.3% from April 2019.

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 more than 600 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.

Provided by: Mike Scholte, President

Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®

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NEW SURVEY OF ONTARIO GRAIN FARMERS REVEALS STRONG CONCERN FOR FAMILY FARMS’ VIABILITY WITHOUT GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

GUELPH, ON (May 12, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, today unveils the findings of its most recent survey, which showed great concern for the viability of today’s grain farms without proper support programs in place from the federal and provincial governments.

“Grain farmers in Ontario have made it very clear that the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of realistic government support are putting farms at risk with 61 per cent telling us that they are concerned about their business’s ability to survive this downturn. Grain farming is fundamental to our food system and our economy. Keeping this industry stable must be a priority for our governments, and we are shocked at how little acknowledgement the importance of grain farming has been given,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario.  

Some important highlights from the survey:

  • 86 per cent expect their net income to be reduced in 2020
  • Over half of grain farmers are already seeing a reduction in sales and another 24 per cent are experiencing cancellation or delays of existing contracts
  • One third are experiencing cashflow and another third expect cash flow issues in the near future
  • 55 per cent fear that they will have an inability to cover the cost of production
  • 77 per cent of grain farmers want to see government support equivalent to what the U.S. is giving its farmers.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has launched an ad campaign (www.grainfarmers.ca) to remind the federal government of the impact that grain farmers have and what the loss of those farms could mean to the country. Grain farming in Ontario alone contributes to 75,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic output.

“It is easy for people to forget that the flour that is missing from grocery shelves started in a wheat field; that the nutrient-rich food we give to animals starts in a soybean or corn field. Where will we get bread, oatmeal, crackers, pet food, and the thousands of items in the grocery store that are made with grains if the viability of family farms is threatened?” Haerle asked.

The federal government has a suite of programs that need to be updated to help see farmers through this crisis. The programs are assurance programs and not bailouts. Grain Farmers of Ontario continues to request that the federal government inject farmers AgriInvest accounts with five per cent of net sales and to fund AgriStability (a program farmers pay into) to 85 per cent; and that the provincial government fully fund its assurance program for farmers.

Instead, the federal government announced $252 million in funding directed to food processors, beef, pork, and dairy farmers, leaving out the vast majority of agriculture, including grain farmers. G

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover over 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $4.1 billion in production value, result in over $18 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 75,000 jobs in the province

 

Community Assessment Centre available for expanded testing

May 26, 2020 – The COVID-19 Midland Assessment Centre is ready to perform expanded testing in response to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s announcement regarding increased testing across the province.

Testing is available at the Midland Assessment Centre to anyone based on the following expanded criteria:

Anyone with at least one symptom of COVID-19 (mild symptoms included)

People who are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19, including anyone who is in contact with or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case

People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants)

People who want to be tested but have no symptoms or risk of exposure to COVID-19

The Assessment Call Centre, which schedules appointments, is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The call centre will provide individuals a booked appointment upon request. 

To book an appointment at the Midland Assessment Centre, call 705-529-1025. The centre takes appointments to ensure the safety of the public and staff through physical distancing.

The Community Assessment Centre is a partnership between GBGH, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Chigamik Community Health Centre, Wendat Community Programs and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre. The centre is staffed by representatives from these organizations.

 

Barrie Gun Club Supports Springwater Food Bank

In keeping with its tradition of supporting local charities, The Barrie Gun Club recently made a sizable donation to the Springwater Food Bank.

Knowing that this COVID 19 virus was putting a strain on the foodbank, BGC Directors voted to support local citizens.

The Barrie Gun Club has a long history of supporting good works in the community through donations raised by shooting competitions in the township.

In recent years, open houses have been held to raise money for cancer care, prostate cancer research, and heart and stroke research.

Due to the lockdown, our open house supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been postponed, but as soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will be making plans for this open house in the fall.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Douglas Bailey at 705-722-8333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Local restaurateur donates more than $28,000 in meals for hospital staff

 May 26, 2020 – On Friday, May 15, the staff working the evening shift at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) were treated to a dinner of lobster tails, prime rib sliders and garlic mashed potatoes thanks to the incredible generosity of Phil Karpathios, owner of Phil’s Casual Dining in Penetanguishene and Phil’s Pub & Eatery in Midland.

 This was one of six meals Phil and his staff have prepared and delivered to the hospital since April 15, 2020.  In addition to the fine dining dinner menu, the restaurants have provided eggs benedict with bacon & sausage for breakfast, a selection of wraps and salads for lunches, and chicken souvlaki, schnitzel, fish & chips and a variety of pastas for dinner.  In total, the meals donated have a retail value of $28,200.  

 “The front line staff put themselves at risk while keeping us safe and there are not enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation,” says Karpathios. “We are happy to be able to provide a weekly meal to the staff of GBGH while we are in this situation.”

 Staff at the hospital expressed their gratitude, thanking Phil for his kindness and praising the delicious food.

 “We have been very moved by the generosity and support of the community during this time and specifically and have been amazed by the meals we have received from Phil’s,” says Crystal Handy, recreation therapist at GBGH. “Knowing there have been delicious lunches awaiting us, inspires and gives us a much needed boost each week.  It is extremely heartwarming to see how the community is truly standing beside us through this pandemic.”

 Phil’s restaurants remain open for take-out and delivery.  Phil’s Casual Dining in Penetanguishene is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.  Phil’s Pub & Eatery in Midland is open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.  

Staff from the Rehab & Physiotherapy team at GBGH give a wave of thanks for one of six meals provided to Georgian Bay General Hospital by Phil Karpathios & his staff from Phil’s Casual Dining and Phil’s Pub & Eatery. Karpathios’ restaurants have generously donated more than $28,000 in meals for the hospital staff since April 15, 2020.

 

Barrie Gun Club Supports Springwater Food Bank

In keeping with its tradition of supporting local charities, The Barrie Gun Club recently made a sizable donation to the Springwater Food Bank.

Knowing that this COVID 19 virus was putting a strain on the foodbank, BGC Directors voted to support local citizens.

The Barrie Gun Club has a long history of supporting good works in the community through donations raised by shooting competitions in the township.

In recent years, open houses have been held to raise money for cancer care, prostate cancer research, and heart and stroke research.

Due to the lockdown, our open house supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been postponed, but as soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will be making plans for this open house in the fall.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Douglas Bailey at 705-722-8333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.