A good friend recently expertly articulated the challenges associated with the rural lexicon. He and his wife own an interesting property that occasions the odd tour request from random strangers. One such request had come from someone more local and his attempt to explain where they live sounded something like this. “Oh, just over on the 15-16, half a kilometre south of the 8th, not far from the 12th, just down from the old Smith house, around the corner from the Brown farm.” By the time he’d thrown in the third or fourth number, we were all laughing out loud. He paused his story and said, “Don’t you find that’s how all the locals talk around here?” It must be so because it certainly resonated with us. If the mathematical complexity of our township’s geography doesn’t challenge us enough, a few historical names thrown in for good measure will have our eyes crossed in confusion as we try to keep up. But if we do make an effort to keep up, after a while the country roads and historical names do indeed infiltrate the subconscious and we start sounding more like locals all the time. I can tell locals that our trailer is stored at the old Atchinson Farm and they know exactly where that is even though Atchinsons have not owned it for decades. (I am likely not spelling it correctly for I have only ever heard it, never seen it in print.) Apparently our house was once called the “chalet” and the little house next door to us was the “pink house.” The local rural lexicon adapts over time according to the speakers and how long they have lived here. Most folks now refer to the former “Mitchell house” by the names of its not so new owners but Jenny Cooper’s house will still be such for many years because Jenny only recently moved to BC and remains ensconced in the village muscle memory for now. I don’t know what the locals call our house these days but I suspect thanks to Dave’s efforts, it is likely “the house with all the Christmas lights.” Perhaps it will remain so in the village memory for a long time. I hope so.
I’d like to give an overdue shout-out to the entrepreneurial efforts of Amy Cowan from the Whistle Stop Pet Shop. Amy has established a pet sitting business and takes great care of our felines when we go on vacation (as does a good friend who keeps our tuxedo cat Porthos – AKA Fat Panda – in catnip all summer.) I’d also like to congratulate Cathy Caston on her recent retirement. I bump into Cathy at Foodland – where we all do most of our bumping into neighbours – and we often have a great little catch-up in the line up at the cash register.
Elmvale Fall Fair can help your Child’s Summer Boredom!!
The Elmvale Fall Fair children’s exhibits for the Elmvale Fall Fair are now posted on elmvalefallfair.com website. The summer would be a great time at trying to get some of these great exhibits started.
We have many great changes for each grade category. Grade 2/3 are the ONLY group doing a decorated pumpkin, Grades 4-8 will be decorating a Butternut Squash.
Some of our items are related to the Canada birthday theme, such as colouring a Canada Flag (preschoolers) decorating a gift bag (gr. JK-1), Beaver from a soup can (gr. 2/3), decorating a flip flop (gr. 4/5) and making a Mountie using your imagination (gr.6-8).
Youth can start practicing their baking skills to make sure they have winning cookies, breads and jams. Would they like to start sewing, crafting with paint, nails, hammers or glue to make the winning Homecraft times.
Have fun and the clue for a winning exhibit is lots of imagination. If you have any questions please contact Linda at 705-322-5067.
Happy Birthday Wishes go out to Scott Marley, Jim Small, Darryl Madill, Cody Trew, Alyssa Stott, Miranda Dobbs, Camille Pratt, Andrew Grant, Trevor Capling, Laura Poole, Charlie Stephenson, Bunny Hussey, Nayssa Hales, Ryan Marley and Ian Jones.
Sympathy goes out to Marion Ross (nee Stott) and her family in the passing of her husband Albert.
The 59th Albert Archer Family Picnic is on Sunday, August 13th in Wyevale Park at noon, rain or shine. Bring your food, family, chairs and appetite. Share this day with your relatives.
Congratulations to Karen and Lawrence Moreau who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, August 13th.
There will be no church service in Wyevale on August 20th.
August 18-20 is a Farm Fresh Food Fest at 4230 Crossland Road, Tiny. Breakfast is prepared followed by a church service on Sunday. Price is $10. Tickets are available on the website www.farmfreashfoodfest.ca
Pickleball for beginners are Mondays and Thursdays 10-12 and 6-8 am, June 5th - August 31st and are held at the Perkinsfield Pavilion - free of charge.
Free Admission to a community corn roast hosted by the Wyevale United Church on Friday, August 25th from 6:30 to 9:30 in the Stott Centre. Bring your lawn chair. Live music by Hy Five Country Band. All Welcome!!! Donations of non-perishable foods will be given to the Food Bank.
Anyone with News Items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705 527 5274
Minesing Moments w/Lorrie Norwood
Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, whatever time this article reaches you, I hope your day was a good one. Did today’s weather bring sunshine, rain, wind or clouds? Recently, it can be any of those options. As long as there is no snow yet. I’m writing this a little earlier than usual and as I do, a large dark cloud is coming towards my house and the clear blue sky will not be around much longer.
Well, we are half way through the summer vacation for school kids. Did that fly by for you? Have you pulled your hair out yet trying to keep the kids entertained?
I’m sure you are doing a great job, whatever you are doing. Kids need to be able to entertain themselves once in a while. I have to say the there are several kids in my immediate area that always seem to be outside and keeping busy a lot of the time and I’m pretty impressed by them. They ride bikes, go for walks, head to the park and just keep each other occupied outside. My favourite part is that they always say hi to me or at least wave when they see me outside too! They know me, I’m a familiar face to them but not all kids will speak if they are with their friends. I would like to say kudos to both the parents of those children who have taught them well with manners and the ability to keep themselves busy and to the kids who follow through on their parent’s teachings. I hope you know who you are, if not, maybe it’s a goal to strive for with your children.
I read an article not long ago that spoke of what our kids think of all of their parents “belongings”. It seems that young adults do not think about antiques and old fancy dishes the way that our generation does. They don’t seem to have any use for them and have no idea what to do with “all that stuff” when their parents are gone. I wonder where that caring went? When I was younger I used to attend antique auctions with my parents and loved seeing old furniture that my dad revived into gorgeous pieces to add their home. My thoughts on this is that it is cyclical and while we see people painting over wooden furniture with chalk paint to make it shabby chic, in about 25 or 30 years the next couple of generations will be sanding all of that paint off again to renew the beautiful grain of wood hidden underneath. Remember the lead paint that was layers upon layers in different colours that we peeled and sanded off that old dresser or coffee table? Same thing. I just hope that our kids hang onto the special pieces that hold a lot of interesting history. Items like a tea service that great grandparents were given as a wedding gift or a trunk that came over when ancestors came to the new world. Maybe now is a good time to explain to your young adults about the meaning behind many of your pieces or even write down what they mean to you and why you have kept them for so many years.
Until next time, enjoy your day and hugs your loved ones, life can be short.
Alissa Shanahan 705-794-2629
• Hall Board 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, August 23rd at 7pm.
• Monthly Stitch ‘n Chat: Bring your hand crafts to St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday, August 24th and share ideas and get inspiration from other people in the community who range from crafters just starting out, to seasoned stitchers. This is a wonderful time to get to know your neighbours and make new friends! Doors open at 6:30pm; bring your mug to fill with a hot drink!
• Important Public Notice: A public meeting is being held on Monday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Springwater Administration Centre (2231 Nursery Road) to discuss the rezoning of the lands within the Heritage Village (Hillsdale) subdivision. Proposed changes include permitting single detached dwelling units only consisting of wider lot frontages, removal of the proposed townhouse development, removal of a senior’s block, and modifications to a sanitary servicing solution. This subdivision affects everyone in Hillsdale, and as many people as possible should attend this information session to obtain information, ask questions, and present any concerns.