Little Stories

History of Elmvale  by Miss E. Foster

The Barrie Examiner, Thursday, March 24, 1938 page 15

In 1878, Elmvale consisted of 12 houses and three stores, the latter conducted by Thomas Ellis, Thomas Stone and Joseph Lambie. During that year Alexandra Cooper of Angus, built a store on Queen Street. This was taken over by his son A. T. Cooper in 1886. Mr. Andrew operated a blacksmith shop and Samuel Manning had a wheelright shop on the lot now occupied by Mr. Bishop’s undertaking parlors. The village had one hotel, The Queen’s, on the site now occupied by Archer’s Garage, the proprietor being Georg3e Hunt. The buildings were either wooden or roughcast. The sidewalks were plant laid upon stringers; there were no street lights, lanterns carried by individuals whose business took them out after dark, served the purpose.

Mr. Stone’s store was on the corner where Hill’s store now stands. The first post office was a log building on the corner where the Four Corner Tea Room now operates. The first postmaster, was William Harvie, his sister, Mrs. Jane McGuire was his assistant and kept the office for him until 1890, and in that year A. T. Cooper was appointed the assistant. On November 1, 1892, Mr. Cooper was sworn in as postmaster. In 1878 there was mail only three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first railway, a branch of the Hamilton and North Western, was built as far as Elmvale in 1878, and was completed to Penetanguishene in the spring of 1879, after which the mail came to Elmvale by train, previous to this it had come by horseback from Hamilton’s Hotel on the Penetang Road.

The first school stood on the corner now occupied by the garage west of Foster’s store. The first brick school was built in 1884, on the lot where the school now stands. It fell a prey to flames one night in the summer of 1916, and our present school was erected in 1918.

In 1890 the bakery run by James Mix was in the building now occupied by Chars. Lillie’s fruit store. J. H. Smith built and occupied the store now owned by J. T. Foster, and George Stephenson used the premises now occupied by John Arnold, where Mrs. Stephenson carried on a millinery business. Robt. Peters’ hardware was where Lawson’s pool room now operates. The Central Hotel was the same as at present, only the name has been changed to Palace Hotel. Sneath Bros. General store was in the building now occupied by the Hydro as a supply shop, and David Ellis’ general store was in the building now owned by Mrs. Thos. Allen. Wm. Montgomery had a shoe shop in the building now owned by Matthew Lawson.

The Roller Mill and Elevator were built in 1887 by G. Copeland & Sons, and the Tramway from Elmvale to Orr Lake and Hillsdale was built in 1879-80, over which was to come thousands of cords of wood, shingles, telephone poles and farm produce. The years have wrought great changes. The fields are free of stumps, the farm buildings are comparatively new, no longer does the farmer need to go to the corner grocery to get his mail and hear the news. The rural mail and telephone have put him in touch with the city as well as his neighbor, and the local newspaper supplies the markets reports. The Tramway has long since been closed and finally taken up, after serving a section where labor and the products of that labor were in demand.

With the changing years a sawmill was established here by F. E. Shaw, and later purchased by the Copeland Milling Co., who have succeeded in making each year a nice cut of lumber from a territory that was considered cut out, and providing employment to a number of men which has been a factor in retaining our population and adding to the homes of the community.

In 1895, a bad fire nearly wiped out the business section, and this gave the place an impetus it has not experience since. There was an influx of people and building went on at a rapid pace. Brick buildings replaced the burned wooden ones and new buildings erected that were never expected or deemed necessary at the time, but which help to make our solidly built-up front street of today.

Throughout the years Elmvale has had many fires, only the most serious of which are recorded here. In 1907, a fire started about where Mr. Graham’s store is now, and all the buildings from the Bank of Toronto to the corner were totally destroyed. These in turn were rebuilt as they appear today. In 1924 a fire started in Mr. Carnahan’s stable and spread to the main street, destroying the Dominion Hotel, a three-story building, where the creamery now operates. Several other buildings were also destroyed and for a time it looked as if the entire town was doomed, a high wind blew embers in all directions and only the untiring efforts of the citizens and the coming of a providential rain saved the town. Again on February 10, 1926, a disastrous fire destroyed the buildings west of the Palace Hotel, including part of the building now occupied by Mr. Clute. In this fire, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. McWatters and their son Lawrence perished, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pearson and two children had to escape in their night attire.

Many new homes have been erected in the past number of years, and hew streets have been opened up, and the wooden sidewalks have been replaced by cement walks.

The first church services were held in Elmvale in 1860 and were conducted by Rev. Geo. Craw of Hillsdale. During the winter months they were held in the kitchen of John Ritchie’s house and in the summer in his barn on lot 4, Concession 8, the place at present occupied by George Dickie. The first Presbyterian church was built in 1865, and was on the lot where the cemetery is now located. The new church as we see it today was erected in 1894.

The Anglican church held their first services in the hall over Mr. Manning’s shop. The first church was built on what is now the north part of the school grounds, in the year 1882 or ’83. The present church was erected in 1904, and some time later the frame church was moved across the road and fitted up as a parish hall. The Rev. O. G. Dobbs was the first Anglican minister.

The first services of the Methodist church were held in February, 1882, in the upstairs of the building now used by Wm. Train as a machine shop; at that time it stood on the lot where C. E. Dutcher’s house is.

Source: The Barrie Examiner, Thursday, March 24, 1938 page 15

Re-typed by Nancy Caldwell


Elmvale Nursery School

Elmvale Cooperative Nursery School (ECNS), friends and families wish to thank all those who participated at the annual Easter egg hunt and silent auction at Heritage Park in Elmvale. The weather was great for a fun filled morning searching for colourful Easter eggs.  The kids also met the Easter Bunny, explored a fire truck and participated in other activities.  We would also like to thank everyone who donated items to the silent auction, Springwater Fire Department for bringing a truck for the kids to explore and community partners who donated items for the kid's loot bags. Your generosity continues to help our nursery school raise money for the classroom and host this fun-filled event.  ECNS raised over $3,400 this year.

ECNS continues to be busy with upcoming events including a bake sale at the Elmvale Maple Syrup festival.  Drop by our booth on Saturday April 28th and enjoy some delicious homemade goodies.  Information about ECNS and registration packages for the 2018/2019 school year will also be available.  All funds earned from the bake sale will go towards nursery school programming. Looking forward to seeing you there!  

Sherri Golds 


The Gravel Pit in Waverley Anne Ritchie Nahuis (pics from Fred Cattroll)

On April 9th 2018, Tiny Township Council considered an appeal to the Ontario Municipal board by Dufferin Aggregates / CRH Canada Group of the municipality’s failure to approve a permit which would allow for a further expansion of aggregate extraction on the Waverley Uplands.

 Dufferin / CRH seek an expansion to the north of an existing CRH gravel pit, located on the property known as Part Lots 79 and 80, Concession 1 O.S. (40 Darby Road). 

 The intent of the Official Plan Amendment application is to re-designate the subject property from the 'Rural', 'Environmental Protection II', and 'Mineral Aggregate Resource II' designations to the 'Mineral Aggregate Resources l' designation. The intent of the Zoning By-law Amendment application is to re-zone the subject property from the Rural (RU) Zone to the Mineral Aggregate (MAR) Zone.

 It should be pointed out that the Provincial Policy Statement prioritizes and protects mineral aggregate operations. This is quite perverse. Water recharge areas should be prioritized as the highest and most protected use.

 This is something that unfortunately Source Water Protection legislation fails to address, as it is focused solely on municipal supplies.

 As for the Simcoe County Official Plan, it states explicitly that, because of the PPS, “the official plans of local municipalities shall allow consideration of new or expanded mineral aggregate operations within local NHS and local natural heritage features and areas, subject to completion of a satisfactory EIS.”

 Tiny Township planner Shawn Persaud in his report recommended that, “if the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal proceeds to a hearing, Council direct staff to take an active role, which will include retaining the services of the Township Lawyer (Barriston LLP), Engineering Consultant (R.J. Burnside & Associates) and Land Use Planner (TBD).” Tiny Township Council voted to support challenging this appeal 5-0. 

Area residents and Water Watchers welcome the leadership being shown by the mayor and members of Tiny Township Council in this matter. We hope this will lead to the creation of policy that protects this water at the local and  County levels and will persuade the province to realize that aquifers matter more than aggregate.

Why are people concerned about the development of aggregate?

Aggregate  operations   have   a  wide   range   of  potential negative issues   for communities,  and  one that  is  consistently raised and of most importance is the  impact on  ground water,  aquifers,  and neighbouring  wells.  Many residents believe that the already operating CRH Teedon Pit (formerly Beamish) is having significant impacts on their wells.

 Over 16 households have reported that their water has changed since the wash plant began in 2008. Crystal clear water has turned cloudy intermittently. Silt in their water is the cause. It wrecks their washing machines, water heaters, furnaces and use of their water supply. The stress of this situation has not been alleviated by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). In fact if you have an artesian well, it does not seem to matter what occurs to it. These are what many area families have relied on this naturally flowing water for many, many generations. No pump required and beautiful water.

 Wilf Ruland, a Professional Geoscientist, has disagreed with the MOECC point of view and suggested in his October 20, 2015 report strongly the wash pond on site has impacted the wells.

"To date the MOECC has not done a good job of overseeing the aggregate washing operations at the Teedon Pit, and has failed to protect the off-site environment and neighbours of the site from the impacts of the leakage of huge volumes of wash water from the Cedarhurst property. In particular the MOECC failed to recognize that the site conceptual model which was the basis for the original 2008 Permit to Take Water (PTTW) was incorrect, and before issuing the amended 2010 PTTW failed to consider the fate of the massive volumes of silty wash water leaking from the Cedarhurst settling/wash ponds into the underlying groundwater flow system."

Dufferin Aggregates has also sought a water taking Permit renewal EBR Registry Number:  013-2282  to the MOECC. They are asking for over 6 million litres a day for 10 years, the purpose of the water taking: Industrial - Aggregate Washing, Final day to comment is April 23rd.

All efforts should be made to stop this proposal. Our Township cannot do it alone. I ask you to reach out to friends and neighbors to alert them as well as County Councillors and Provincial Candidates for the upcoming election. These are the people in charge of planning in Ontario. The County has approved this area as future aggregate extraction through the Official Plan and have has taken no steps to identify this significant water recharge area for protection.

Why should we protect this area?

Professor William Shotyk, President of the Elmvale Foundation and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at the University of Alberta, said it best when he stated:

"The artesian springs of Springwater, Tiny and Tay Townships represent what is arguably the cleanest natural water on Earth.  Every effort should be made to protect these aquifers for future generations to enjoy, as they are enjoyed today: these waters have supported the inhabitants of the region for millennia. Expanding aggregate quarries and dumping bitumen-containing industrial materials such as asphalt will reduce the extent of the soil zone which filters percolating rainwater, and increase the risk of contaminating the groundwaters; ultimately, there may also be consequences for surface waters. Expanding the industrial utilization of the groundwater recharge area is the polar opposite of the action needed to protect these waters. Having tested these waters for more than 25 years, first in my lab in Switzerland, then Germany, and now here in Alberta, I have no doubt about their unique quality and inherent value. If we have the best water in the world, why put this valuable asset at risk?"


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

With a provincial election looming, the sitting government is making lots of announcements about funding for programs including senior care. The emphasis is on keeping seniors at home and intuitively, this makes sense. But as someone with recent experience with senior homecare I feel pretty strongly that this really works best for seniors that are still reasonably capable. There is a shortage of PSW’s and when my elderly dad was sent home from the hospital with a catheter, we couldn’t get support for more than one 45 minute visit per day. Throwing funding at the problem may help if there is strong public interest in a PSW career, but it is hard work and understandably, PSW’s don’t care to risk their lives trying to get to rural houses in the winter. I recall one PSW telling me that he tried to get to a client and ended up in the ditch and never made it to the client or any other calls that day: a pretty stressful situation for both PSW and patients.  If my elderly dad had been living alone in such a situation, he would have had to figure out how to change a catheter bag by himself, he wouldn’t have eaten and he would have missed taking his meds for a day.  Dad has since been admitted to long term care and in contrast, while my mom huddled under blankets at home during the recent power outages, dad was warm and safe in a place that had a generator. He had no idea anything was wrong in the outside world. That said, he’s not happy there and would rather be in the outside world dealing all of its challenges so I guess there’s no perfect answer.

As early gen-X’rs and late baby boomers struggle to care for elderly parents who are living a long time, we know that we are not alone and that as baby boomers get older the challenge will become much more significant. Who will care for them – their millennial children?  Based on all the literature on millennials, I’m not convinced Boomers should count on that. In fact, research suggests that many Boomers may well be supporting their elderly parents and grown millennials at the same time.  And who will care for the Generation X’rs?  We don’t yet know much about the cohort coming up behind the millennials. Society needs solutions that are more economical than retirement communities which cost anywhere up to $5000/month or more (who can afford that??) and long term care which is billed as a final destination. One creative option is a communal living model like the Baba Yaga Place in Toronto which is described as an innovative model of living that will support community members to age within their own walls through mutual care and surrounded by like minded companions. There are models similar to Baba Yaga popping up even in communities like Bracebridge, mostly started by innovative individuals. Whatever the answer, it will take innovation and a strong sense of community to care for our aging population.  We need to be prepared to look after ourselves and each other.

In local news, be sure to check out Herspectives – Women’s Work, an art exhibition hosted by Craighurst’s own Frances Poole, Marianna Gilbert and Sheila Britton. It will at the Double Door Studio at 4004 Horseshoe Valley Road in Anten Mills from May 4th to 20th. The opening event is Saturday May 5th.  Call 705-734-9856 or visit for more information, or just ask one of these local ladies.


Anten Mills News

How ‘bout that spring weather? Last weekend felt like an extended April Fool’s joke or Friday the 13th gone awry, that, let’s face it, just isn’t very funny anymore!

When Rick and I left home to head south eight weeks ago, I noted in our travel journal that at 8 a.m. on the morning of our departure, Friday, February 23, the temperature was -2. The sky was sunny and there was barely any snow on the ground. Given that balmy weather upon departure, we had high hopes we’d be seeing green grass and spring-like temperatures on our return.

Wow, did that turn out to be wishful thinking on our part!  When we arrived home two weeks ago, the skies were sunny but the temperature had barely changed from when we left and there was actually more snow on the ground than when we departed. Not quite what we were anticipating, for sure, but nonetheless still nice to be home. And despite the crazy weather since, there are definite signs of spring around: kids playing outside, robins in the yard, the extended forecast is projecting temperatures into the mid-teens, and most significant for many, The Fry Guy is now open for the season!

Food Bank Donations

Thanks to those who gave at this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza on March 31st, the Elmvale Food Bank was the happy recipient of two hundred pounds of food plus cash contributions. Dennis Gannon took care of getting all these goods to the food bank; apparently they filled the back of his SUV to capacity. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution for their generosity and sharing spirit, and thank you, Dennis, for your time and efforts!

Also please take note: a donation food bin will now be permanently situated in the foyer of the Community hall so that anyone holding a function or taking a class at the hall may use it for food bank donations, and Dennis will look after transporting these contributions to the food bank.

Euchre Thursdays

Euchre Thursdays are alive and well in Anten Mills! Thanks to the nurturing of Gord and Pat Wilson over the past three months, these evenings continue to attract new players with as many as 25 players now turning up each week.

All levels of expertise are welcome to join in, whether they live in Anten Mills or not, and there’s always room for more. It’s every Thursday evening, with games starting at 7 p.m. Players are asked to throw in a toonie to cover any costs involved, there’s tea and water available, and everyone’s welcome to bring their own bevvie or snack, should they wish to do so.


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, please send any family events or community announcements you’d like to have included in this column 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

Happy birthday wishes go out to Rhonda Rawn, Karen Magee, Gillian Reynolds, Joan Henry, Bill Nerpin, Nancy MacLachlan, Parker Sneddon, Michael Webb, Jayden Truax, Jenna Troughton, Kristen Marcellus, Bonnie Moreau, Debbie Downer, Catherine Moreau, Brian French, Katelyn Marshall, Vern Caston, Jasmine Caston, Nancy P. Moreau, Marion Ross, Steven VanderVoort, Fenton Archer, Robin Marshall, Ronda Ellery, Katie Dunsford, Roslande Maurice, John Brock, Ted Ross, Sherry-Lyn Cox and Kim Maheu.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. Light lunch & prizes. $2.50 per person. Winners from April 6th were: 1st Evelyn Minty, 2nd Dorothy Rumney and 3rd Irma Archer. Winners from April 13th were: 1st Evelyn Minty, 2nd Mary Reynolds and tied for 3rd Dan Boyle & Kitty Burnett. All welcome.

Sympathy goes out to the Irvine Family in the passing of Rod. He was a life member of the Elmvale Legion.

It is with heavy hearts, the family of Muriel VanderVoort have lost a dear mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Hill Cress Dog Haven in Victoria Harbour.

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


Township of Tiny Education Bursary Program

(Tiny, Ontario) – In 2017, Township of Tiny Council approved an Education Bursary Program designed to help students who are entering their post-secondary education, including courses and training programs of a technical and vocational nature. 

 The Education Bursary Program which is sponsored through the Township of Tiny is open to graduating students from the Township of Tiny attending École Le Caron, École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance, Georgian Bay District Secondary School, Saint Theresa’s Catholic Secondary School and Elmvale District Secondary School.   

Approved bursaries are not based on scholastic standing but rather on the successful admission status to a post-secondary institution leading to a recognized degree, diploma or certificate.  There are five bursaries available, one for each of the listed schools, at $1000 each.  

 Mayor Cornell stated, “Thank you to Deputy Mayor Walma for bringing this idea to Council. The Township is pleased to offer a post-secondary Education Bursary Program as we appreciate the importance of pursuing higher education and the financial challenges it can bring.”   

The deadline for submissions to the 2018 Education Bursary Program is the last Friday in April 2018.  Completed applications will be accepted by mail or in person at the Township of Tiny, 130 Balm Beach Road West, Tiny, ON, L0L 2J0 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 For complete details contact:

 Bonita Desroches, Director of Recreation

705-526-4204, Ext. 230 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



2018 4-H Canada Science Fair Report by: Michael Jones

The 3rd annual 4-H Canada Science Fair was held on March 1st to 4th in Truro, Nova Scotia. This event invited the top 18 4-H youth scientists from across the country to compete for the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Festival. There were 4 participants from Ontario:

Madi Cherwoniak and Madi Egger from Milton, who teamed up to find out how feed affects milk production in dairy cattle,

Andrew Jones, who did his project how often farmers should clean their automatic calf feeders based on the amount of bacterial growth,

And Michael Jones, who did his project on developing a novel bio-insecticide from brown mustard plants.

While in Nova Scotia, finalists were judged on their hard work by leading Canadian scientists, including a couple of Canada Research Chairs. They were also given the opportunity to share their knowledge and innovation to the public, and learn from other finalists about current real-world challenges. Along with these, participants were able to network with each other, build leadership and scientific inquiry skills and explore a bit of what Nova Scotia has to offer.

Although it was an extremely hard decision for the judges to choose the winners, five very deserving finalists were selected to move on to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May. These finalists are:

Neleah Lavoie, PEI       - Lara and Liesl Stewart, Alberta

Amanda Hardman, Alberta   - Mac Dykeman, British Columbia

Along with Michael Jones as the team alternate.

            The 2018 4-H Canada Science Fair was a great experience and created many long lasting memories and friendships between the finalists that attended this year.


Presbyterian Craft  Group Gives Back!

Over 300 material bags were donated to Community Professionals heading to the Dominican Republic to conduct health clinics. These bags are used for the medications & medical supplies to take home. The Craft Group of  Elmvale Presbyterian Church  has been supplying these for a number of years.  THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.


North Simcoe Club to Club Exchange Update By: Michael Jones

This summer, 10 local 4-H members will challenge themselves to “learn to do by doing” by participating in the 4-H Canada Club to Club exchange program. We have been partnered up with 10 other 4-H’ers from Barlow Creek in British Columbia, for an 8 day exchange. The local 4-H’ers involved are:

  1. and M. Veenstra    J. and H. Parnell                      J. Bateman
  2. and A. Jones   E. and J. Martin                       C. Robertson

The program is generously sponsored by 4-H Canada along with Heritage Canada, meaning that we will not have to pay for our flights to and from BC. We will be learning about Canadian heritage and giving back to our communities by participating in community betterment projects both here and in BC. We will also have the opportunity to experience a completely different part of Canada and create long-lasting friendships with the other 4-H members from BC.

As there are many costs associated with hosting the members from Barlow Creek, we will be doing some fundraisers over the next couple of months leading up to the exchange. We are also accepting donations from the public, and looking for sponsors as well. If you or your business are interested in supporting us, please contact Michael Jones at 705-534-1018 or our chaperone, Margaret Bateman at 705-322-2079.

We are very excited about what this exchange will offer and also excited to share our great community and province with our fellow Barlow Creek 4-Hers.  Thank you in advance for your support.


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

Come on spring!  Hurry up and get here.  This has been the longest wait for spring that I remember in a long time.  We need some leaves on the trees and flowers in the gardens because it’s pretty blah and bare around here.

 Our own “Minesing Mayor” aka Wanda Maw-Chapman recently celebrated her 50th birthday.  Wanda, as a community we wish you a fabulous year ahead with all things wonderful.  The village is very fortunate to have someone like you who cares about the community and donates so much time and effort to keeping it a super place to live and raise our families.  Cheers to you!

 The Minesing Community Recreation Association would like to hear from you about any suggestions you may have for a new community project to put our fundraising money towards! If you have an idea, please bring your proposal to the next meeting on May 1st at 7pm at the Minesing Community Centre.

 A reminder to those with a sweet tooth that the Minesing United Church will be hosting a bake sale on Friday April 20th from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Come early to purchase some delicious baking.

 Until next time, watch out for wildlife when driving as they are moving around a little more at this time of year. 


Arctic Beach Party by Constance Smith

Friday April 6th was an appropriately wintery night for the Arctic Beach Party at the Elmvale Community Hall.  Approximately 100 people enjoyed the night of musical entertainment and refreshments provided by Elmvale District High School (E.D.H.S.) music students which included a special guest acapella performance by Vern.

Donations were accepted, which will go toward funding the student exchange between E.D.H.S. and Iqaluit High School, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.  14 Elmvale students from grades 9 through 12 accompanied by 2 teachers will leave 29 April 2018 for a week in Nunavut and 14 Iqaluit students will come to Elmvale 25 May 2018 for a week.  While in Iqaluit, the students will be staying in the school gym; while in Elmvale, the students will be at Camp Wildman in Tiny Township.  Follow their adventures on twitter @nwilsonEDHS.  We look forward to hearing all about the exchange upon its completion.


Elmvale and District Lions Club – April 2018

Judging from the smiling faces of the 21 members attending the April 10th meeting, it would appear that we are all ready for warmer weather. Let’s hope Spring shows it’s welcome face real soon and we can do our annual grounds spring clean-up and get the horseshoe club started.

Here are some highlights from our February and March activities:

$500 was donated to the Elmvale Figure Skating Carnival

$1,000 is to be awarded as two $500 scholarships at the EDHS commencement

$500 was donated to the Rumball Camp for the deaf

35 Bed Kits valued at $1,225 were provided for Sleeping Children Around the World program

$508.50 was provided to pay for a  hospital bed rental

$1,000 was donated toward 4H youth exchange program

Lion Jason Harris reported that four schools participated in this year’s Effective Speaking Contest. The Club feels that every participant is a winner so congratulations to you all.

There have been some reports that our property on the Flos Rd. 7 W needs improved signage. Watch for our new sign!

Members who attend the Penetang Winter Carnival to sell Truck Draw Tickets have finally thawed out. Much appreciation goes out these heartiest of Lion Members. For whatever reason, our sales this year are off slightly over 2017. We will be kick starting our spring and summer initiative with two booths at this year’s Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival on April 28. Please drop by for a laugh and chat and of course, to purchase a ticket. At $20 each, if you’re looking for an inexpensive treat to slip inside a birthday card or as an alternative to purchasing weekly lottery tickets, please consider purchasing a truck draw ticket.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors for 2018/19. These are the members who give tirelessly to our club and keep us all pointed in the right direction.

Please consider our newly renovated and licensed hall for all those family occasions that your house will not accommodate. We offer horseshoe pits, walking trails, a fire pit and 5 acres of lawn for fun activities. Call Lion Bob Coe at 705-322-4484 for details and availability.

Respectfully submitted by: Lion Rick Webster


Springwater Libraries

Extended Hours: Did you know we have new extended hours at all our branches?  Check out our new hours online!

Donations Needed: If you have any of the following we would really appreciate your donations!  Plain flat sheets (white or coloured), washable paints, small yogurt/fruit cup containers, pint size jars, sparkles, silk flowers and salt and pepper shakers.  In addition, for our upcoming second annual LADIES NIGHT OUT fundraiser we are looking for donations of gently used, trendy women's clothes, footwear, purses, jewelry, etc.  With many, many thanks!!!

Whats Up at my Branch?  ELMVALE

Friday April 20, 1:30pm-3pm. Homeschool Science Fair.

Tuesday April 24, 6pm.  Cost $2. Vegetable Gardening Seminar.

Friday April 27, 10:30am-3pm. Spy Training Drop in Program.  Ages 5+.

Saturday April 28, 10am-12noon Local Author: Connie Smith Safely Home: Healing Songs book launch.

Saturday April 28, 10am-4pm.  Elmvale Maple Syrup Book Sale with musical guests: Good Vibes Coffee House!

Saturday May 5, 1pm.  Cost $2.  Girls Pamper Me Program.

Wednesday May 9, 10:30am.  Seniors Craft.

Tuesday May 15, 6pm.  Pinterest Club: Mosaic Pots.

Tuesdays After School Roblox Club

Thursdays and Saturdays  Volunteer Income Tax Program

Thursdays 7pm-9pm.  Knit 2 Together.  All levels of expertise welcome.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-4pm.  Early ON (previously Ontario Early Years) Stay, Play and Learn.

First and Third Friday each month.  10:30am-11:30am.  Preschool Storytime.  April 20, May 4 & 18, June 1 & 15.

Whats Up at my Branch?  MIDHURST

Thursday April 26, 4:30pm.  Cost $3.  Mother’s Day Craft  Ages 5+.

Thursday April 26, 30 min appt from 6:15pm-8:15pm  Mini Home Staging One-on-One Consultations with Helene Jattan.

Friday April 27, 11am-5pm.  PA Day Escape Room & Treasure Hunt.

Thursday May 3, 6pm-7:30pm.  Cost $15.  Sculpture and More with Lisa Harpell from Creative Madness  Ages 5-12.

Tuesday May 8, 5pm:Cover Kids, 6pm:Cover Girls Book Clubs.

Mondays: May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25, 4pm-5pm.  Kid’s Tech Mondays  Ages vary per date/session from 4-8 or 7-12.  Please visit our website for details.

Sunday May 27, 2pm-4pm.  Cost $5.  Indian Tea & Family Event.

Monday evenings 7pm.  Scrabble Club.  Register online at

Wednesdays 10am-12noon.  Senior Tech Help with Armando.

Third Thursday each month, 1pm-3pm.  Tangled Threadz needle and thread craft group.  Run by Theresa Morneau.

What’s Up at my Branch?  MINESING

Thursday April 19, 3:30pmLego Building Challenge: All ages are welcome!  Our next Lego building challenge will be on Thursday May 17.

Friday April 20, 6pm-9pmCelebrate Vaisakhi! Tickets: Ages 5 and under are FREE, Ages 6-16 $5, College/University Students $10, Adults $15.

Friday April 27, 1pm.  Big Hero 6 PA Day Movie.

Thursday May 3, 3:45pm.  Cost $2.  Kids Craft for Mother’s Day  Ages 6+.

Tuesday May 8, 6pm-7pm.  Cost $2.  Herbs/Garden Tips and Tricks with Linda Peacock, Master Gardeners of Ontario.

Friday May 11, 2pm-4pm.  Lego Homeschool Geography Event  Ages 7+ but families can participate with younger children.

Friday May 18.  Home Alone & Babysitter Course: Home Alone (ages 8-10) 9am-12noon, Cost $45 and Babysitting Course (ages 11-15+) 9am-4pm, Cost $65.

Tuesdays 9am-4pm.  Early ON (previously Ontario Early Years) Stay, Play and Learn program.

Second and Fourth Friday each month.  10:30am-11:30am.  Minesing Playgroup.  April 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22.

Saturday June 9, 6pm-8:30pm 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out Fundraiser!


Penetang Library

Seed Library @PPL

Thank you to everyone who came out to make our second annual “Seedy Saturday” a success! Our ongoing seed library is possible due to the generosity of our community members. Why not celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree? Pick up a package of seeds at the library. To find out more about our seed sharing library, visit the events page on our website, follow us on social media, or ask a staff member.

Hey Kids! Bring Mom and/or Dad to the library and learn how to make a Mother’s Day meal (Broccoli Cheddar Pasta) with an Instant Pot.

Saturday May 12th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. $5 program fee per participant, and  pre-registration required. Visit us at the circulation desk for more information.

The Friends of the Penetanguishene Public Library annual garage sale is on Saturday June 2nd from 8:00am-12:00pm. When clearing out your clutter this spring, consider donating your gently used items to the sale. Get rid of your unwanted items, and support your library at the same time.

PPL circulates video games!  We have games available for Wii, Wii U, Playstation and Xbox consoles. If video games aren’t your thing, we also have boardgames. All games circulate for a one week period.

PPL is a Click Connect location for Newcomers.  

 New This Month @PPL

Adult Fiction – Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas

Adult Non-Fiction – How to be Well, by Frank Lipman, MD

YA Fiction – Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter

JUV-Fiction – Beep and Bob Too Much Space!, by Johnathan Rother

JP- People Don’t Bite People, by Lisa Wheeler

ADVD – I, Tonya, Pitch Perfect 3

JDVD – Ferdinand

PPL has something for everyone. To keep up to date with our program offerings check out our webpage, find us on Facebook by searching Penetanguishene Public Library and follow us on twitter @ PPLlibrarystaff. 


Dominican Republic trip will make lasting impact on students

A number of Georgian College health and wellness students will have the opportunity of a lifetime in April and May to help provide care and health education to those in dire need in the Dominican Republic. Two separate groups, one a mix from the Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, and the other a mix of both nursing and Dental Hygiene students, along with nursing and dental hygiene faculty, travel to two rural areas, Consuelo and San Jose De Ocoa.

These trips, which Georgian has organized since 2000, have a huge emotional and professional impact on the students. The trips also broaden their cultural awareness and understanding of the implications of poverty on health. Hundreds of Georgian students have participated in this experience over the years and benefitted from the opportunity.

"This trip is an incredible opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and beliefs, outside of our Westernized thinking and day-to-day lives,” said Katherine Coes, a second-year Practical Nursing student. Coe added that while she was humbled to have the opportunity to help people in Ocoa she was also excited about the prospect of making real, raw connections with the people there. 

The Georgian group travels each year in partnership with Rayjon Share Care, a registered non-profit organization located in Sarnia.

Interprofessional care is given to the residents in rural communities in several ways:

community clinics  • working alongside nurses and doctors at the local hospital

home visits  • visits to long-term care homes  •visits to an orphanage

Students provide overall health assessments, wound care, respiratory care, musculoskeletal care, pain and parasite medication and more. They also visit local schools and provide much needed supplies and education to children.

The amount of people seen by the students is staggering. In the first two weeks of the San Jose de Ocoa trip last year, close to 2,000 people received care.

Each student and faculty member covers the cost of the trip personally and is responsible for fundraising and collecting needed supplies such as medications, vitamins, eyeglasses, sunglasses, wound care supplies, dental supplies, school supplies and more.

To date, fundraising efforts have included bake sales and a GoFundMe page. There is an upcoming 18+ comedy pub night at The Last Class (Barrie Campus) on April 2. Donations of supplies from the community are also welcome. Students and faculty will be packing for their trip on Saturday, April 7 at the Barrie Campus. If you are interested in making a donation or purchasing a ticket for the comedy night, please contact Alicia Sedgwick or Susan Vodarek.



Celebrate Earth Day and “Coin Up” for  Clean Water

With Earth Day (April 22nd) less than a week away, what will you do to make a positive impact on our planet? A revolutionary mobile app dedicated to making big impact with small change, Coin Up (, is here to remind you that your everyday purchases can lead to powerful transformation. Coin Up is creating real change with your digital “spare change”!  Everyone can donate to support their environmental charity of choice, or other cause, by “rounding up and donating” their everyday credit or debit card transactions on Coin Up App.  

This month make your spare change count for Earth Day by supporting one of our water based charity partners such as - The Samburu Project (, Let It Flow (, or Project Concern International (, which all provide access to clean water through well drilling initiatives and community empowerment to remote third world villages.  In addition, you can join the Walks for Water on April 22nd with PCI in San Diego and The Samburu Project in Hermosa Beach, which recognizes the strenuous miles that are walked by the inhabitants of these villages for basic, clean water. 

 You can also select environmental based charities that are dedicated to protecting and preserving our earth through their missions, including Keep America Beautiful, Heifer International, Leave No Trace.  Regardless of which charity you select, all of your giving through Coin Up is confirmed by an annual tax donation receipt.

To share just a glimpse of life in these villages, The Samburu Project enables outlying families to grow their own food and empower themselves through small businesses. Instead of walking over 12 miles every day in search of water, community members can spend time building better futures. In Samburu, clean water means a clean bill of health, which means that children can attend school and gain unlimited opportunity for happy, fulfilling lives. Since 2005, The Samburu Project has drilled over 100 wells in Samburu, Kenya, providing 100 communities and over 100,000 people with access to clean, uncontaminated water.

 In honour of Earth Day, support a cause you are passionate about with your incremental donations through Coin Up, or spend your Earth Day (April 22nd) walking with The Samburu Project in Hermosa Beach or PCI in San Diego, to raise awareness about the power of providing clean water access to everyone in our world. For more information on Coin Up please visit and to participate in the Walk for Water visit OR .   Make your difference count everyday!

 About Coin Up: Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give to their favourite charitable causes effortlessly. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up everyday purchases made on your credit card or debit card to the nearest dollar and send the “spare change” directly to your chosen charity each month. The app is free to download and backed by the highest levels of bank encrypted security.   Coin Up's mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. For more information, visit THE FUTURE OF GIVING @CoinUpApp