Happy Birthday wishes go out to Sandy Rawn, Amber Jolie, Melanis Pauze, Killian O’Conner, Wendy and Austin Laurin, Teresa Archer, Monica Clause, Sandy Bumstead, Dalene Dubeau, Benjamin Moreau, Audrey Snedden, Adrienne Scigley, Sherry Johnson, Joanna O’Conner, Brent Handy, Janice Barnes, Sheri Small, Lorna and Peter Webb, Jeff Caston and Dennis Archer.
Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the church basement. Light lunch and prizes. $2.50 per person. Winners from Sept. 24th were: 1st Marguerite Stone, 2nd Brian Edmond and 3rd Lillian Robinson. Winners from Sept. 30th were: 1st Ken Dawe, 2nd Marie Bunn and 3rd Evelyn Minty. Everyone welcome.
There will be no bid euchre this Friday October 6th.
Congratulations to Jason and Dallas Jones on the birth of their twin boys, Elias Alexander and Oliver William. They were born at Mount Sinai Hospital on Sept. 8th. Proud grandparents are Don and Annette Jones of Wyevale and Bill and Charmaine Graham of Wasaga Beach.
The turkey supper tickets are sold out. They are in need of helpers still. If you can help in any way, call Sandy Rawn at 705.322.6955.
Oct. 10th is Wyevale Board Meeting at 7 p.m.
Oct. 12th (Thursday) is U.C.W. Meeting at 7 p.m.
Happy anniversary to Jeff and Cathy Caston.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call and leave a message at 705.527.5274.
Township of Tiny Arboretum Grand Opening
Canada 150 Legacy Program, tree planting opening ceremony, was held Friday, September 29th, 2017 at CBO Park in Tiny.
The North Simcoe Anglers and Hunters Conservation Club has joined with the Township of Tiny to plant native trees at the CBO Dog Park in Balm Beach, especially those that are at risk of extinction in the Township. The first endeavor, was the spring planting. Tiny turned the old baseball diamond into a wonderful dog park with brand new fencing and the North Simcoe Anglers & Hunters Conservation Club added the trees to complete it.
At the entrance to the park, the club has planted 2 Red Maple to represent Canada, 2 White Pine for Ontario and 2 White Paper Birch for First Nations. They have also planted clusters of Ironwood and Ohio Buckeye as well as small white pine and our most endangered and valuable species Sweet Chestnut. The plantings continued this fall with other species of shrubs and trees along the fence lines and in the outside acreage.
Dignitaries Bruce Stanton, MP, and George Cornell, Mayor, offered thanks to Ed Borczon from Tree Canada and Jack Allen VP, Hunters and Anglers Conservation Club for their contribution and work in establishing the arboretum at CBO Park in Balm Beach.
A selection of club members were at the Opening Ceremony to answer any question about the Legacy Program and the tree species planted. The Hunters and Anglers Conservation Club have committed to a funding and planting program for the next ten years.
Fall Fair Entertainment
Circus Jonathon will be performing as a strolling entertainer on Friday, as well as on stage Friday evening. Local singer/song writers Emma Reynolds and Connie Smith are showcasing their talents on stage as well. Jason Maxwell and Band will entertain everyone with two sets during the evening.
Both of our Ambassador Competitions will be held on Friday evening – watch for a phenomenal group of young people!
Saturday brings the Still Kickin’ Band, Jackson & Grace Bray as well as musical selections by Al Beardsall and Lloyd Preston of North of 50!
ANTEN MILLS NEWS
As I sat at my desk last week, ruminating over everything I wanted to include in this column, I simply couldn’t believe how quickly the days are flying by. Summer has turned into fall, by the calendar at least, despite the crazy-hot weather enjoyed lately!
Be that as it may, our first community meeting of the 2017/18 year, held on Thursday, September 21, was well attended with plenty of active participation. Two upcoming community events were discussed: the first an all-ages Hallowe’en Family Fun celebration, a new event to take place on Sunday, October 29, and our Christmas in the Village weekend, on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday the 10th this year.
Hallowe’en Family Fun
The all-ages Hallowe’en Family Fun Celebration is planned for Sunday, October 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the community hall grounds and in the pavilion. It really does sound like it will be just as the name says: a very enjoyable afternoon of seasonal activities for everyone in the family. The organizers started out planning something for their own kids, and decided to share it with the entire Anten Mills community. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to get into costume if they wish, and enjoy a fun, candy free, family afternoon of Hallowe’en themed activities such as a family photo booth, costume parade, pumpkin ring toss, Monster tin can bowling, bobbing for ghost eyes, and lots more!
Christmas in the Village
Our Christmas in the Village weekend will take place during the second full weekend in December. More details as time grows closer, but just so you can get it in your calendars, the Christmas tree lighting celebration will be held at the hall early on Saturday evening, December 9, and Sunday’s 26th Annual Santa Claus parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, December 10. It’s never too soon to start planning your float. The folks on McLauglin need lots of creative competition!
October Community Meeting
The October Community Meeting is on Thursday, October 19, starting at 7 p.m., at the community hall. Everyone in Anten Mills is welcome to attend, be it to take part or simply listen in on what’s going on in your community.
Happy Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving weekend always feels very special around these parts, with the Elmvale Fall Fair on, various arts tours, and of course the heavier traffic on the roads with those enjoying colour tours and cottagers up for the weekend. Whatever your traditions this holiday weekend, wishing you great enjoyment, safe travels, and a very Happy Thanksgiving!
• Welcome Fall! The best season (okay, my opinion, ha ha) is upon us! The days are warm and the nights are getting cooler, and it’s wonderful to see so many people out for walks or riding their bikes. While many of us are out raking leaves, I would like to remind people to take pride in the way their house/lawn looks. Concerns were raised at the last Hall Board meeting about the appearance of our community, as some people are not cutting their grass, as well as leaving garbage on their lawn (furniture and tires were popular items named). Hillsdale is a wonderful community, let’s make it look as wonderful as it is!
• Crosswalk Update: Brad McLeaming gave a presentation at the September 20th Township of Springwater council meeting about the ineffectiveness of the new crosswalk at Hwy 93/Albert Street. These same concerns were raised by residents at the August 28th council meeting. Hearing residents’ concerns, Springwater Council asked Township staff to send a letter to the MTO addressing the crosswalk. Director of Public Works Heather Coleman sent a letter to the MTO dated September 27th. We will see how they respond.
• Boards Update: The boards around the pavilion will be installed in mid-October. This is great timing as we will be able to flood the rink when Mother Nature permits, and there will be boards around the rink this skating season!
• Hall Board Meeting Reminder: The Hillsdale Park and Recreation Board meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm 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, October 25th at 7 pm.
• On a personal side note, I would like to wish my husband, Jason, a happy anniversary!
Rural residents know that there is a fine line between an observant neighbour and a nosey one. Dave and I were recently caught trying to decide where that line is when we noticed a car sitting in our neighbour’s darkened lane one night. It had been there a long time, idling with just the parking lights on. We hummed and hawed as the minutes ticked by and finally, Dave decided to call their cell phone to alert them to a possible intruder. Turns out the number we had was for their home phone: suddenly all the lights flicked on as someone ran into the house to answer it. “Well, surely robbers wouldn’t turn the lights on to answer the phone,” said Dave and he hung up right away. Ten seconds later our phone rang and we froze like a couple of deer caught in a headlight. “I’ll tell them we pocket dialled,” said Dave anxiously as we stood there looking at each other. Turns out our neighbours’ grandkid had called as they pulled up to the house and they sat talking to him through Bluetooth for a while. We all had a good laugh. “Well, at least you know we’re looking out for you,” Dave told them.
Many years ago, neighbours Kit and Laura who lived in that same house were away for the weekend and I noticed people going in and out of their house. I must have left five messages on Kit’s cell phone and when he finally called back, he was laughing, “You were ready to go over there in your combat boots on weren’t you?” I was, and he was glad for it. (He had a better expression for my footwear but I can’t print that here.)
We too, have had opportunity to be grateful for a watchful eye. More than a decade ago, a contractor installing flooring in our house came by to get his tools expecting Dave to be home but he wasn’t. Because he knew us, he felt comfortable trying go in through a window to get his things but was stopped short when he turned around to find our sternly disapproving neighbour standing behind him. The contractor was mortified (as he should have been) and we were super glad to know that someone was watching out for us.
My favourite recent example of neighbourhood watch occurred one Friday night not long ago when I called a friend up the road who is very senior in age, but not of mind or spirit. There was no answer and I left a message. Saturday morning I called again and left another message. When I didn’t hear from her by Sunday, I began to worry and dialled up her neighbour across the road. He knew exactly where she was and what time she’d be home. We had a nice chat and a little catch-up, and I hung up the phone relieved that all was well. It takes a village to keep tabs on a busy senior.
If you ever catch yourself in a situation where something doesn’t feel right, but you’re worried about where the line is between observant and nosey, my advice is error on the side of nosey. It’s always better to ask and risk feeling a bit silly, than to find out you could have done something and didn’t when something really does go wrong. It’s the neighbourly thing to do.
Craighurst Women’s Institute Meeting Sept 19 2017
Co-President Sheila Craig opened the meeting with the Mary Stewart Collect. Our speakers were from Amnesty International, an organization that shines a paper spotlight so to speak on individuals around the world that are being persecuted. “Write for Rights” is the idea, and when you are the Minister of Justice in Turkey for instance, or the Prime Minister of Canada, , and there comes hundreds of thousands of letters from around the world protesting your treatment of a certain person (and Amnesty does a very thorough check of all facts before publicizing an individual’s case), good things happen. Amnesty has a web site, and we were encouraged to visit it and see the latest campaigns.
We then turned to our agenda: but first we cut the cake we had had for our Labour Day Corn Roast, and had a cup of tea in Canada’s honour. Ah the Corn Roast! We were totally rained out, the first time in 37years. We had great donations ready to raffle. We had Brown’s sweet corn ready to boil. We had food donated by Craighurst Foodland ready to barbecue. We were prepared. But Mother Nature had other ideas. “Better luck next year” she said.
Other matters were our thanks to Carol Bosman for spearheading the installation of a flag and flag pole at our little Parkette. That was our gift to the Community for Canada’s 150th Birthday. We discussed the pros and cons of putting a Pavilion in Craighurst Park, a structure that might have saved our Labour Day Event. There are a lot of considerations. Co-President BA Dunsmore alerted us to a catering job coming up in November. Marilyn Bidgood announced the October 1 Ceremony at the Simcoe County Agricultural Hall of Fame into which two leaders (James Burton Somerville and Roy DeWitt Law) from the County will be inducted, Ceremony at Simcoe County Museum. Carol Bosman noted our neighbour Judith Banville will be speaking Oct 1 2pm at Knox School Heritage site, Innisfil, about the Barrie Tornado.
Next Meeting will be October 17, 7 pm @ St John’s Church, 3191 Penetanguishene Road, Craighurst.
Huronia Museum Film Series
Wednesday ,October11, 2017 @ 4:30 & 7:30 - LOVING VINCENT Director: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd
Runtime: 95 minutes
On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @4:30 & 7:30 - CHURCHILL Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery Runtime: 105 min.
Tensions mount for British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days leading up to the Allied D-Day landings. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. With her strength and shrewdness, his wife Clementine “Clemmie” Churchill halts Winston’s physical, mental, spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.
6 Pack $54.00 Single ticket- $10 Purchase at the Huronia Museum (705-526-2844) or at the door. Tickets and 6 Packs also available through Huronia Museum’s website ($0.50 service fee).http://huroniamuseum.com/film-series/
Gillian Ross, Education Coordinator-Huronia Museum
OSMH Foundation scholarship awarded to future medical student
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Reid Family Scholarship has been awarded to Orillia Secondary School graduate Cassandra Reynolds.
The $10,000 Reid Family Scholarship will provide Reynolds with $2,500 a year, renewable for the next four years. The scholarship assists students from Orillia and area who have had a desire to continue onto postsecondary education in a medical field, but do not have the financial resources to do so.
“Being chosen as this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipient is a true honour,” said Reynolds. “I dream of one day working in pediatric medicine and this scholarship brings me one step closer to making that a reality.”
Reynolds is embarking on her first year of post-secondary education at the University of Guelph as a biomedical student.
“I realized my passion for working with children after launching my own horseback riding program with my twin sister in 2013,” said Reynolds. “This has motivated me to pursue a career in pediatrics where I can make a difference in the lives of children by motivating them to fight back, stay strong, and be brave in the face of illness.”
As well as running her own business, Reynolds has also been heavily involved in extracurricular activities including: Student Council, Relay for Life and the Sears Drama Festival, all while maintaining a 90% average.
“The Reid Family Scholarship truly embodies two values which are very important to me: passion and honest hard work,” said Reynolds.
The Reid Scholarship selection committee was very impressed with Reynolds’ grades, work ethic and passion for pediatric healthcare.
“We are very pleased to have awarded another talented and passionate student with the Reid Family Scholarship,” said Sandy Davis, Reid Family Scholarship Committee Member. “Cassandra is an excellent student and we hope this scholarship will help her fulfill her dreams of working in pediatric medicine.”
The Reid Family Scholarship was started in 2005 through the generosity of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Reid of Oro Station. The scholarship program is intended to assist the hospital in recruiting new healthcare professionals, while at the same time assisting deserving students in their education.
WB Rotary Car Draw
The long awaited Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach Corvette Lottery Draw was held at The Blue Mountain Conference Centre on Sept. 30. Club President, Angela Piercey shows the winning ticket from Jerry Moskovitch of Toronto. Ticket number 0784 was purchased at The Elvis Festival. Jerry will be the proud owner of the Yellow 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe. Since all 2,000 tickets were sold the Wasaga Rotary Club will be able to provide $80,000 to fund 14 Simcoe County Charities. The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach-Making Communities Better.
Warden’s Gala raises $51,000 for United Way
Midhurst/September 29, 2017 – Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall hosted the 11th annual Simcoe County Warden’s Gala at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston on September 28, 2017. Thanks to the sponsorship of the numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the event raised $51,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka.
“Over the past 11 years, the Gala has raised more $650,000 to assist our partners at the United Way bring residents from poverty to possibility,” said County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall. “It was a special night with a singular focus on making a meaningful impact on the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. Thank you to all our generous sponsors, partners and guests for making the Gala such a huge success.”
Highlights of the evening included a musical performance by Jeremy de Freitas, decadent food stations provided by the Nottawasaga Inn Resort, entertainment by comedian Gilson Lubin, and the outstanding work of CTV News Anchor Jayne Pritchard as the evening’s emcee.
The County of Simcoe is a proud partner of United Way Simcoe Muskoka in part because of the complementary missions. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager, the County administers essential social services programs for residents throughout the region including the cities of Barrie and Orillia through the Children and Community Services, Social Housing, and Ontario Works departments.
“We truly appreciate the ongoing support of Warden Marshall, County Council and staff, as well as the generosity of all sponsors and guests who participated in this year’s event,” said UWSM CEO Dale Biddell, whose team works closely with the County of Simcoe and many other community partners to improve social conditions for the residents of local communities. “Since 2006, the Warden’s Gala has been a valuable opportunity to build much-needed awareness, alliances and resources to further this work.”
United Way Simcoe Muskoka invests grants, research and expertise to address high-priority social challenges across Simcoe County. These life-changing resources help move County residents from poverty to possibility, to build inclusive communities, and help our children and youth reach their potential.
Springwater-Elmvale Farmer’s Market
“A beautiful Friday and nowhere to go? Try the Springwater Elmvale Farmer’s Market; it’s sure to be a good time and place to buy local.” Well, that was a common thread in conversations in and around Elmvale this summer.
This was the 9th successful year of the Springwater-Elmvale Farmer’s Market; it ran every Friday from 9am to 2pm, June 9th to September 30th, 2017. Held at the municipal parking lot on 33 Queen St. W., by the Elmvale Community Hall, it boasted about 20 vendors. They were very supportive of the Farmer’s Market, returning faithfully each Friday to offer their products to the people and their pets who browsed the rich variety of items: walking sticks, baked goods, chesses, preserves, plants and produce, craft beer and wine, clothes, jewellery, sock creations, ointments, tea towels, woodworking and BBQ hamburgers. Donated books were also sold by Donna Kenwell on behalf of the Springwater Library.
DeeJay Peter Kaukola livened up the place with an excellent, jovial mix of rock-‘n-roll music, contributing much to the atmosphere of the market. He also, on some Fridays, would give out balloons to the kids. In addition, a young lady, Shanelle Gillespie, performed on several Fridays with her guitar and vocals. There was also Adam DeSanti the face-painter.
Here are some comments from people who came to the Market:
“I think it’s great; gets better every year.”
“The vendors here are wonderful.”
“The music was excellent; we came mainly to enjoy it and even danced to a few numbers.”
“We should have more events like this here in town.”
Every week ballots were given by the vendors to customers for a draw held at one-o’clock: the prize was a basket of goodies donated by the vendors.
On the last day of the Market there was a luncheon for the vendors, catered by Henry and Michelle of Valley Farm Market and desserts prepared by Gail Henderson. Thank you to Mayor Bill French and members of the council for attending and helping to serve the luncheon.
Many thanks to the Springwater Township staff who helped support the Market; they provided the parking lot, hydro, and the occasional use of the community hall. And a huge thank you to Bob Simmons and Arnold Johnston; they did a wonderful job managing the Market each Friday.
By the way, there was only one day this year on which it actually rained on the Farmer’s Market, though the weather threatened a number of times, and that happened to be the last day of the Farmer’s Market i.e September 29th. Now, is it a beautiful Friday and you’ve nowhere to go? See you soon at the Springwater Indoor Market!
Written and photographed by Constance Smith.
Bracelet Mystery Solved!
A former Elmvale man has received a most unexpected item in the mail – an identity bracelet belonging to his sister, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force exactly seventy-five years ago.
Jack Barnes was overwhelmed to find that someone was looking for his sister Jean Barnes, who died in 1999, because she wanted to return the bracelet to a family member.
The bracelet bears the number W301958, the name “Barnes, J.M.J.” and the date: January 10, 1942. On the opposite side is the RCAF crest.
The mystery surfaced four long years ago, after Emily Tucker of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, approached a wartime author named Elinor Florence, based in Invermere, British Columbia. Elinor writes a popular blog called Wartime Wednesdays, telling true stories of Canadians at war.
Emily had discovered a mysterious bracelet bearing the name J. M. J. Barnes. She found the bracelet among her uncle’s belongings after he died, but she had no idea where it came from. Her uncle was Elijah (Lige) Scargall, brother of her father Aner.
Lige served as ground crew in the RCAF. He married late in life and had no children, so that’s why Emily inherited his effects. She asked for Elinor’s help in finding the rightful owner.
“Over the past four years, I have been using all my sleuthing skills to find the bracelet’s owner,” Elinor said.
“I learned that these souvenir identity bracelets were fairly common in wartime, made in a variety of gold or silver metal, and don’t have much value in today’s marketplace. But I confirmed that the W in front of the number means it belonged to a woman, a member of the RCAF Women’s Division.
“Because I had her service number, Veterans Affair Canada was able to tell me her name, but it wouldn’t release any other information because I wasn’t a family member.
“I didn’t even know whether Jean was still living. In vain did I search the internet, hoping that a newspaper story about her might surface, or even an obituary.
“I posted about her on my blog called Wartime Wednesdays, on other websites and Facebook groups, hoping someone might recognize the name. I contacted the RCAF Airwomen’s Association, but they only have records of women who served after the war.
“As the years passed, I began to lose heart. Finally, in one last-ditch attempt, I wrote up a brief item and sent it to the Legion Magazine, where it was posted in The Lost Trails section.”
And who should read the item but Jean’s youngest brother and only surviving sibling, 88-year-old Jack Barnes of Cambridge, Ontario! Jack was astonished to read his sister’s name in the magazine and learn that someone was looking for her. The Barnes family farmed outside Elmvale.
Sadly, Jean died in 1999 at the age of 79, but Jack and his two sons, Cory and Ron Barnes, were happy to provide her story.
Jean’s parents Norman and Mary moved to Saskatchewan from rural Ontario in the early 1900s looking for work. They tried homesteading in Saskatchewan before returning to Ontario in 1928. Their first seven children were born in Saskatchewan. Jean Muriel Janet Barnes was born on the farm on May 6, 1920, the eldest daughter.
When Jean was eight years old, the family returned to Ontario and settled on another farm, near Elmvale, which was her father’s home town. They had another three children, for a total of ten. Jack was the youngest of the ten siblings.
Jean lived on the farm until she was sixteen years old, and then worked in Toronto until she joined the air force on January 10, 1942 – the date commemorated on the bracelet.
Her first posting after enlisting was to Guelph, Ontario for a cookery course, and from there she went to St. Hubert, Quebec. At the time, the British Commonwealth Air Training Program was operating dozens of training airports across the country, for tens of thousands of aircrews from every Commonwealth country.
Jean was sent to the air training base in North Battleford, Saskatchewan from June 1943 until May 1945, when Germany surrendered. She spent the last few months of the war in Manitoba, and was honourably discharged on November 22, 1945.
Jean settled in Toronto. It wasn’t until two decades after the war ended that she married Vic Blount, and the couple had no children.
After Jean’s husband died in 1992, she moved to Cambridge, Ontario to be near her brother Jack and his wife Betty. She died in November 1999 and is buried in Mississauga, Ontario.
According to her brother: “Jean had a quiet, loving nature. She always had a very pleasant way with everyone, especially little ones. She helped our parents throughout their lives in many ways, and helped them to remain comfortable in their own home late into life. Jean was always very generous with her helping hands. She was my favourite sister.”
Jack himself became a woodworker in 1946, and retired in 1989. He then made woodcarving his hobby. He carved an entire collection of horses, complete with harnesses attached to sleighs, wagons, carts and more.
Jack’s wife Betty died recently, and he has been very busy cleaning out his house in Cambridge. So it was fortunate that he spared a few minutes to read the Legion Magazine and discover the item about his sister’s bracelet!
The question remains as to why Lige Scargall was in possession of Jean’s bracelet.
It is believed that they met in North Battleford, when both were serving in the air force. Perhaps Lige received the bracelet as a romantic memento of their time together, or perhaps the kind-hearted Jean gave it to him as a good luck charm before he headed overseas.
After the war ended, Lige moved to Alberta, where he worked in the construction industry and eventually married a woman named Mary. They never had children, either.
Lige died in 1977 and his ashes are buried in North Battleford -- but he kept the bracelet among his possessions until he died.
Elinor Florence is a Canadian born author and blogger. She is the author of the best selling book called Bird’s Eye View. To learn more about Elinor, learn more about her books and her blog:
Wartime Wednesdays blog at www.elinorflorence.com
The Minesing United Church is celebrating an Anniversary Family Weekend on October 21 and 22. Saturday, October 21st from 4-6 p.m. we celebrate with Scarecrows, Pumpkins & Soup, featuring a scarecrow contest with a theme of "A Proud Canadian", homemade soups, biscuits, apple crisp and fun activities for all, featuring music by 'Friends with Fiddles'. Adults/Teens $12, School Age Kids $6 and Preschool Kids Free. Sunday October 22nd is our Anniversary Service 10 - 11:15 a.m. celebrating our Church, our Country and our Families, 11:30 - 1pm Luncheon – Free Will Offering. Stroll through our Family 'Museum' .
The summer of 2017 has probably broken several records with so much rain early on, then some very cold nights and most recently, the hot and humid summer which arrived during this last week now that autumn has arrived. It makes a person wonder why Mother Nature is keeping us on our toes. I have heard people talk about the winter that we will possibly be having and it sounds like a lot of snow could be in our forecast due to the warm temperature of the water in Georgian Bay. I guess we will wait and see what happens but it’s a good idea to be ready for it. Get your snow blowers serviced and your snow tires dusted off and ready to be installed on your vehicles.
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving with your family or loved ones this upcoming weekend I wish you a wonderful gathering. Please be responsible and do not drink and drive. For those travelling any distance, take the extra time knowing in advance that traffic will be heavy. If you can spare some extra canned goods or groceries, please donate to your local food drive to help those less fortunate. Most grocery stores have a bin that collects items for the food drive, perhaps this little reminder will tweak your memory to drop in some extras. Every little bit helps.
Enjoy your family time and cherish that time because as we saw this last weekend, lives can be taken so quickly and unnecessarily. The events in Las Vegas are mind blowing and beyond upsetting to everyone. To think that those people were enjoying an outdoor concert with no thought of the craziness going on elsewhere in the world and without any indicators, 50 innocent lives were taken and so many were injured. Hold your loved ones close.
Wishing my fellow Libra’s who are celebrating their birthday soon, and you know who you are, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! If you are celebrating an anniversary, birth or other important date, congratulations!
Until next time, stay warm or keep cool, sandals or boots, one never knows! Cheers friends.
Lion's Club Horseshoe Finale 2017
On Saturday, September 16th, 2017 with very summer like weather the Lion's Club Horseshoe finale was held. The Champions for the day were Earl Giffen and Jamie McLean. The runner's up were Paul Hatch and Ken Branch. After a great season of horseshoes the total points winner was Dave Fralick, total ringers and six packs was John Northy. We finished the day with dinner and awards. New players are welcomed to join us on Thursday nights - see you next May.
by Dick Wesselo.
The proceeds of the 2017 Tiny Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament were distributed during the September 25, 2017 Council meeting and the Chambers were filled to capacity for the occasion and understandably so. The 2017 Tournament was the Township’s most successful to date and raised 60k for various local charities and organizations.
As the primary beneficiaries, the Township’s Student Bursary plan, the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre and Hospice Huronia each were the recipients of a cheque for 10k and Community Reach, the GBGH Foundation, the Midland / Penetanguishene Guides & Scouts Youth Groups, Quest Art School, We are the Villagers and Wheels 4 Wheels were the beneficiaries of a cheque for $ 5.000.00 each. Pictures of the event can be found elsewhere in this paper.
If the August Meeting about the Teedon Pit in Waverly between local residents and the Dufferin Aggregate Group drew 25 people, about 125 concerned residents showed up for the September 19 meeting in the Wyebridge Community Centre. The interest in and importance of the meeting was underscored by the presence of 4 Members of Tiny’s Council, Mayor George Cornell and Councilors Richard Hinton, Gib Wishart and Cindy Hastings. The Township of Springwater’s Mayor, Bill French and the Deputy Mayor, Don Allen, were in attendance as well as Dale Goldhawk, the retired radio and TV personality who played a vital communication role during the Site 41 and Melanchton Mega Pit days.
Interestingly, there was no problem with the video recording of the August Meeting. Although none of those present objected to a taping, “Privacy” reasons were cited as being behind the decision not to allow any recordings of this meeting. As one of the Site 41 veterans noted, “we’ve been taped so often, what’s the problem with once more?”. That statement clearly referred to OPP actions during the Site 41 conflict when those objecting to the site’s construction were continuously under video surveillance.
Few answers were provided by the Company during the August meeting and those who were present were promised answers by email. It became abundantly clear that no-one had received any answers from Dufferin by either email or other media. Poor attendee writing was noted as the reason for the lack of communication. Some of the questions asked during the September 19 meeting were identical to those asked in August. They still remained unanswered. A fair bit of time was spent by the Company on their reclamation success stories which was clearly a message they wanted to get across to the attendees. Those in attendance however were more interested in local water quality and the future of the aquifers that supply their wells and areas beyond. Dufferin tried to split those present into smaller working groups. There was no appetite for such an approach.
Dufferin Officials will no doubt regret the response they did provide to one particular question. This question had to do with the volume of business the Teedon Pit generated for the Company. Upon hearing “less than 1%” as the answer, the suggestion to “WALK AWAY” was loudly communicated to Dufferin. That comment also summed up the general mood of those present and the ultimate message to the Company. The need for sand and gravel wasn’t challenged in any way. What was challenged is why this mining process has to take place in a groundwater recharge area that has been scientifically identified as containing “the purest water in the world”. The entire French Hill surface area after all is the main filtration system for the Alliston Aquifer. Once the surface layers are gone, regardless of the regeneration processes that may take place at some time in the future, they will never be replaced.
Dufferin’s mining license also allows them to store and recycle concrete and asphalt on the site. Company Officials tried to convince those present that the handling of those products was “not in our plans”. A resident suggested to “take it out of the license”. There was no response from the Company to that suggestion.
The amount of groundwater taken as part of the material “washing” operations and the handling of the resulting residue remains a sore point with local residents even though the Dufferin spokesman said that there “will be no off-site discharge” and that a “natural wetland adjacent to the site will not be affected”
Dufferin was reminded by local First Nation Representatives that they have “an obligation to consult with them” and that such consultation had not taken place to date. Dufferin was challenged as to why First Nations were not invited to the Wyebridge meeting and were reminded that they (the First Nations people) “fought [during the Site41 days] long and hard to protect that aquifer”. To significant applause, Ms. Sara Monague noted that “we need to make sure that we protect the purest water in the world for the next seven generations”.
Another Site41 alumni, Ms. Vicki Monague, announced in a Facebook post on September 24 that a strategic planning meeting is scheduled to coordinate “the opposition to the gravel pit expansions on French's Hill & to internationally protect the Alliston Aquifer.”
Also, a protest march is in the planning stages. The dates for the “water walk” are tentatively set for November 4th & 5th. The plan is to walk from Cedar Point, Beausoleil First Nation Territory to French's Hill. I will keep everyone posted as further details become available. Stay tuned….
The North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC) is leading a regional project to assess and analyze highspeed internet infrastructure throughout the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny, and the Beausoleil First Nation. The NSCFDC is asking for your participation in a Broadband Project Community Survey.
This project involves asking residents, businesses, and organizations in North Simcoe to voluntarily participate by providing information about their location and Internet performance. A link to the survey can be found in the banner on the home page of the Township’s webpage, www.tiny.ca. The Survey is part of the recently commenced gap analysis on internet connectivity in North Simcoe and is commonly referred to as the “SWIFT” initiative. The South-Western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is a forward-looking, financially sustainable plan to help the region connect, compete and keep pace in the digital world by building an ultra-high-speed fibre optic network across the region accessible to everyone. The project is spearheaded by community and businesses leaders across southwestern Ontario.
The project was initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) in 2011 and was quickly joined by additional partners, including the City of Orillia, the Town of Caledon, the Region of Niagara, Grey Bruce Health Services, and Georgian College. During 2016, SWIFT received $180 million in funding support from the federal and provincial governments.
Too bad that the variety store in Perkinsfield has closed again. On the positive side though, I learned the other day that the Cawaja Beach Store at the bottom of Concession 11W will remain open year-round. These smaller, local establishments provide a definite need for the day-to-day requirements of area residents. There are a number of these smaller stores located throughout the Township and every one of them deserves your support. Most of them are family ran, “mom ‘n pop” type stores. Regardless, they provide employment in the area and when it comes to employment, Tiny needs all the help it can get. Shop Local!!
A few new specialty services have surfaced recently in Tiny that you may not be aware of. If you have a portable generator that is not running as it should or have one that simply needs some professional TLC, call Mike Binseel at 705-209-1951.
For those interested in upcoming local events:
- Two segments of the Fall 2017 Paddle Series are remaining and will be held on October 7 and 14. Call the Wye Marsh at 705-526-7809 for further information AND registration.
- Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:30-7:00, Fall meeting of the Guys Who Care at Lot102, King Street in Midland. If you want to be part of a dedicated group of men who will make an immediate, direct and positive impact on the lives of our less fortunate neighbours in North Simcoe and want 100% of your charitable donations to go to a local charity, join us!
- Thursday, November 14, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM, Council Chambers, Recreation Master Plan Open House
- Tree Lighting Celebration – November 25, 2017, 6-7pm, Municipal Office.
- Special Committee of the Whole Meetings for the 2018 Tiny Budget: November 20, 2017, December 11, 2017 and February 5, 2018. The February 2018 meeting replaces the meeting originally scheduled for January 22, 2018
During the Committee of the Whole Meeting (CoW) of September 25, 2017, Mayor Cornell congratulated Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Sue Walton, Tiny’s Clerk and Director of Legislative Services and Laura Russell, Tiny’s Sr. Administrative Coordinator on their recently completed educational accomplishments.
The nice weekends of September 16 and the 23rd caused some challenges for both the Bylaw and Public Works Departments. With the parking restrictions removed as of September 15, it was, subject to HTA restrictions, “open parking season” again in Tiny. Council will have to review the Sept. 15 date during its 2017 Parking Review.
The President of the Carusoe Bay Association delivered a presentation regarding the unfinished Crosswalk installation at Concession 9 West and Tiny Beaches Road South. Pictures were taken of people walking along the 9th Concession who, based on what they carried, obviously were headed to the beach. NONE of them used the Crosswalk! Concerns were also raised in that the created Crosswalk almost directly led into a resident’s private driveway. Tiny’s Staff recommended finishing the installation. The two choices the CoW came down to was to either finish the installation or abandon the idea entirely and paint the white zebra stripes black again. The recommendation to remove the Crosswalk in its entirety won the moment and was carried by a vote of 5-0. Due to potential liability issues, expedience was key and the matter was forwarded to the September 25, 2017 Regular Meeting of Council for formal consideration. To my surprise, the matter was pulled for discussion during the evening’s Regular Meeting of Council. I suspect that something must have happened behind the scenes in between the two meetings. After a convoluted and rather lengthy discussion during which rationale occasionally was lost, the recommendation was reversed and, by a vote of 4-1, Council decided to now complete the installation. Even Councillor Wishart, who made it very clear that he did not want to see any Crosswalks in Tiny, changed his mind. Councillor Hinton was the one who stuck to the morning’s decision. Per procedure, the October 11 CoW Meeting will have this item on its Agenda again. I hope that discussion will bring more clarity.
A very technical trend analysis about the water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron was delivered by representatives of the Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation. The presentation was the lead-in to a request for Financial Support. Questions were asked by Council about the objectives of the many Georgian Bay related organizations out there. This request will be further discussed on Oct. 11.
$114,875.00 was approved 5-0 for the Supply and Installation of an additional Salt/Sand Storage Building. This project was part of Tiny’s 2017 budget. This matter was also deemed urgent and presented accordingly for formal consideration at the September 25, 2017 Regular Meeting of Council.
The Township of Tiny consented during the CoW Meeting to the adoption of a by-law by the County of Simcoe for the operation of an Inter-Municipal and Intra-hub transportation system. Given the fact that a million and a half of our tax dollars are involved, I was both disappointed and surprised that this support passed without much discussion. The net financial requirement associated with year one implementation was included in the County’s 2017 budget. It is comprised of $644,000 in net operating expenses (i.e. after gas tax revenues and user fees) and $895,000 in capital expenses, for a total of $1,539,000. Little is known about the anticipated number of riders that may use the system. This makes the estimates somewhat suspect. Councillor Hastings accurately noted that none of Tiny’s settlements were part of the initial phase.
Mayor Cornell announced that for 2018, the County is trying to stick to a 1% Municipal Tax increase. There was no mention of the additional revenue the County automatically will receive as a result of increased property values.