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Merci from Festival du loup 2019

The Board of Directors at La Meute culturelle de Lafontaine and the Festival du loup Organizing Committee would like to thank everyone who made the 16th annual festival a howling great success, some even say, the best yet! 

 Thursday evening’s storytelling raised the bar with 2 hours stories, poetry, music and theatre that kept the audience on the edge of their seats and emotions. The venue welcomed the largest audience since storytelling inception 4 years ago and garnered no less than 3 standing ovations! 

 New acts on the Friday schedule were very much appreciated. The emerging talent show that was held in Penetanguishene for St-Jean Baptiste day in June helped bring the best youth up and comers to the festival stage to the audience’s delight. Magical moment post-show: a bonfire jam under the moon, perfect for people and wolves. The only thing missing was the marshmallows! Also new this year, graffiti artist Mique Michelle took out her spray cans to paint a wolf mural during the live music shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Throughout the weekend, all artists brought out their best and the crowd responded by dancing up a storm in the heat. 

 The 16th edition was a success on multiple levels, even financially! The wolf auction broke all records for quality of the art and profitability. Funds raised were shared with partner organizations that had provided the painters for the wooden wolves that added beauty to the festival space. Thank you to the Georgian Bay Cancer Centre and the Women’s Art Cooperative! Judging from bar revenues, the festival goers were letting the good times roll. Cheers to a great year! 

 A heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who were involved in preparing and carrying out the event: organizers and planners, local businesses, partners, sponsors, 36 tractors and their drivers, and wolf painters among others. The efforts of more than 80 volunteers are to be commended, the largest contingent of help the festival has had, and an increased participation of 36%. Merci! 

 The spirit of togetherness that the wolf brought out at the turn of the century is alive and well judging from the great number of people who came from near and far to have fun with us in the heart of the Village of Lafontaine, despite the Saturday morning downpour. Merci to all for celebrating French culture, heritage and, especially music with us! 

 We look forward to another howling good time July 16-18, 2020, and hope you will join us! 

Come howl with us at Festival du Loup 2020, July 16-18!


Wyevale News with Ruth Ann Caston

Birthday wishes go out Charlie Stephenson, Bunny Hussey, Nayssa Hales, Jonathan Kanopoulus, Ryan Marley, Hunter Morrow, Russ Robitaille, Brenda Savage, Syd Small, Marilyn Bumstead, Lisa Bechard and Zachary Marion

Don’t forget to get your tickets at the store for the corn roast in the church centre on Saturday, August 24 from 6:30 to 9:30. Music provided by Hy Five Country. Adults are $5.00 and children are free.  Activities provided for the children and all ages are invited to attend.

Marilyn Bumstead is now residing at 750 King Street in Midland.  She would like to see your company.

Bid euchre starts up again on Friday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the church basement.  Adults $2.50. Prizes & light lunch.   Everyone welcome.

Sympathy goes out to Kim Nightingale and family on the passing of her husband Larry.

Wyevale U.C.W. meeting is on Thursday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement.

We hope all the school children had a great summer and are ready to go back to school to see their new teachers and all their friends again.

Anyone with news items for the paper please call me and leave a message at 705-527-5274



by Dennis Gannon

Where to start?  That’s the question I’ve had to ask myself as I sat down to write this edition’s column. There are a number of items that will be of interest so in what order do I put them in. Pondering is over and here we go.

In the last edition I wrote about Clarke’s blueberries and how tasty and plentiful they were. I went out last week and picked with Joan and as you can see from the photo, they are big and take my word, tasty. It took us less than 10 minutes to pick 3 litres and we only picked from 2 bushes. We were told that next week will likely be the last for picking so if you haven’t gone by, do so. Cauliflower and broccoli were on the self serve stand and you can’t get any fresher than farm picked.

The summer vacation is coming to a close and the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association is all set to welcome everyone back into the village with the second annual Anten Mills Fall Family Fun Day. This is a welcome revival of a community tradition that slid away. Held the Saturday after the September long weekend, it’s going to be a fun filled active day. Starting at 11AM, there will be events for all ages. Returning this year are the Obstacle Course bouncy castle, the Henna tattoo artist and the skateboard park.  As well there will be family games of  musical chairs, limbo contests, tug of war, jumbo Jenga, Connect 4 as well new this year Bingo, a classic favourite. For the foodies, there will be a bake sale along with a lunchtime bbq. For the older kids (or adults thinking they are kids) horseshoes will be back starting at 1. Get your partner ready for some afternoon fun. The organizers have done a superb job of arranging a fun filled day. But they need help.  All the hard work of organizing is done and they need a number of people, young or old to donate an hour or so to supervise the events. This is an excellent opportunity for those new or returning high school students to work on their hours or a family to get involved in a small way initially and perhaps take on a bigger role for future events. If you want more information on volunteering, check the Anten Mills community Facebook page or drop me a note.  We will be happy to share the information. So remember the date, Saturday September 7 starting at 11 and wrapping up around 3 and we will see you there. As with all our events, we will be accepting donations for the food bank which is in short supply at this time so please give generously.

If you follow Springwater Township on Twitter or their news links, you may have seen that the Township Council approved the purchase of 12 SaveStations. SaveStations are best described as a weatherproof house for Automatic External Defibrillators or AED.  Public access AED are lifesaving devices that are used in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, the number one killer behind cancer. Placed outside, the AED will be accessible 24/7/365 for the public to use. We will be moving our AED from inside the community hall to the exterior in early fall. There is much more to report on this so watch this column for more information as it becomes available.

A friend of our community since we became Springwater Township, Ron Belcourt has announced his retirement.  I had the privilege of being a working colleague of Ron when I was with the township and we have always been in contact with each other over the years on projects and events at the community centre and parks. On behalf of all of us in Anten Mills we wish you a long and prosperous retirement Ron and now you will get to be a volunteer! 

In this the last local entrepreneurs list I would introduce you to Edward Wilson, cabinet and kitchen builder, Paul Priest, President of Sexton’s Mechanical Ltd.,  Michelle Weller, realtor and Don Jacques of ADEC Electrical Services.

That’s all for this edition. As always send me your announcements or information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Phelpston Horseshoe Tournament

It was a great day for horseshoes in Phelpston on Sunday August 4th. Another successful Phelpston Winger Dinger with 15 ladies teams and 14 men’s teams battling it out for the coveted championship titles. This year saw some new names on the trophies. Nancy Daniels and Robyn Cooper took the ladies championship and Cam Cooper and Joey Hayes won the men’s. 

The Horseshoe Tournament has been an ongoing event in Phelpston for many years. It is always great to see so many come out and support our community. This is our biggest fundraiser and all money raised goes directly back into the community. We would like to thank Springwater Township for all of their support, the new pavilion was definitely appreciated as an escape from the sun! And a huge thank you to the many volunteers that give their time to make this amazing community event happen.

The Phelpston Winger Dinger occurs every year on the Sunday of the August long weekend. Mark your calendars and come out to join us next year!

Phelpston Parks and Recreation Committee



The Elmvale Presbyterian Church family is excited! On Saturday, August 31 from 11:00- 1:30 we will be hosting a $10 ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ AND

CORN EVENT on the front lawn of the church. This year there is to be an added feature - a mini garage sale. The proceeds from the BBQ will be given to the Elmvale &District Food Bank to help raise the funds needed to build a much needed facility. 

For all the years of its existence, the Food Bank has operated from different facilities in town, working from less than adequate spaces which impeded the ease of operation. Recently the Food Bank has been operating from the Springwater building and storage of excess food items has had to be up a flight of stairs. Carrying heavy bags and boxes up these is dangerous as well as more than some of the Food Bank volunteers can manage. Needless to say, the volunteers are cheering the opportunity to work from a one storey building.

We are excited for them and proud that we can be a part of their project. You too can help by coming to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, corn, refreshments and ice cream – all you can eat for $10- , browse for bargains and find out more about the building from a representative of the Food Bank. The church is located at 22 Queen St. E. and the event will happen rain or shine.


Craig’s at Craighurst Celebrate 200 Years on the Penetang Road

Thomas Craig and family emigrated from Kendal, England to Medonte, Upper Canada, in September 1819.  They settled on lot 43, Penetanguishene Road, and 7 generations later they marked the milestone with a Family Reunion on the original homestead, now the home of Allan Craig, on Saturday August 3, 2019. 

They had  a Friends and Neighbours drop-in the next day. 

Craig descendants came from Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Burlington, Sudbury and yes, Elmvale.  They saw the Family Bible, Thos. Craig’s oath of allegiance (necessary to be considered for a land grant), his petition for land, and the actual parchment deed, granted after the settlement duties were performed. 

Some of the other memorabilia to be seen were a letter of Commendation to Matilda Crawford Craig, dated 1835, from her employer Captain Keating at the Naval Establishment,  the 1884 wedding dress of Susan Moon, Mrs Abraham  Craig,  a summer lace dress from the 1910’s, Abe Craig’s 1902 buggy (not his horse), Thomas Craig’s 1840 surveyor’s chain, an anvil that was the focus of a “guess my weight” contest, an 1854 drawing book with a picture of Barrie in its youth on the front, RAF pilot Edward Talbot’s “short snorter”, and Simcoe County Constable Robert Craig’s  handcuffs and badge. 

Attendees went home with a sampler of Craig maple syrup and an appreciation for these early pioneers on the Penetanguishene Road.


We didn’t win but did very honourably!

Congratulations Corine!


  (Toronto, ON) August 19, 2019 – The Canadian National Exhibition is pleased to announce Sara Emick from Ancaster Fair (Ancaster Agricultural Society) as the winner of the 48th annual Ambassador of the Fairs Competition. The exclusive yearlong role of Ambassador of the Fairs will take Sara across Ontario as a representative of the CNE and all agricultural fairs in the province. 

 Competing with more than 60 contestants over three days at the CNE, Emick was one of seven finalists who participated in the final round of the competition on Sunday, August 18. Finalists were interviewed and judged on a wide range of criteria including: knowledge of the CNE and Canadian agriculture, poise, self-confidence, public speaking and overall impression. The first runner-up was Ally Spielmacher  from Durham Agricultural Society and the second runner-up was Kayla Tiller from Glencoe Agricultural Society.

 The Ambassador of the Fairs competition is a longstanding tradition at the CNE, aiming to educate and celebrate Canada’s rich history in agriculture. The contest has seen more than 3000 contestants from over 100 communities across the province throughout its 48 years. As the newly crowned winner of the 2019 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs, Emick will participate in a series of official duties during the remaining 15 days of Canada’s largest fair while also representing her local agricultural community. Emick has graduated from Brock University and has moved on to Humber College where she is now studying Post Graduate Public Relations. 

2019 Winning Contestants

 Ambassador of the Fairs: Sara Emick, Ancaster Agricultural Society

 1st Runner-Up: Ally Spielmacher,  Durham Agricultural Society

 2nd Runner-Up: Kayla Tiller, Glencoe Agricultural Society

 Semi Finalists

 Lucia Beggs, Bobcaygeon Agricultural Society

 Corine Bateman, Flos  Agricultural Society

 Lydia Zehr, Stratford Agricultural Society

 Emma Somerville, Sutton Agricultural Society

 About the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Founded in 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest community celebration and among the Top 10 largest fairs in North America. The 2017 CNE attracted 1.56 million people over 18 days, and the fair has an annual economic impact of $128.3 million on the province of Ontario and $93.1 million on the Greater Toronto Area.


Springwater Libraries

Master Plan Survey

What should a 21st century library look like in Springwater Township?  We’re reaching out to you about what you want in a library and how to make your library as useful as possible to the residents, students and businesses in Springwater Township.  We have a quick and easy 26 question survey for you that is open until August 24, 2019.  Please visit our website and let us know what you want!

Our Open House Events are taking place: Monday September 9, 6:30pm-8pm at Elmvale Branch, Tuesday September 10, 6:30pm-8pm at Midhurst Branch, Wednesday September 11, 2pm-3:30pm at the Springwater Township Admin Building and Wednesday September 11, 6:30pm-8pm at Minesing Branch.  The open house events promise to be fun and painless (we have treats!).

Lego Building Challenge

All ages are welcome to our weekly Lego building challenges happening throughout July and August!  Tuesdays in August 10:30am Midhurst Branch and Fridays in August 10:30am in Elmvale Branch.

Summer Party!

Participants of the Summer Reading Camp or Club can purchase a $5 ticket (adult or child) and join us at Rounds Ranch to celebrate a fun summer!  All children must be accompanied by an adult (any additional adults are required to pay full price for their ticket).  Due to our private use of Rounds Ranch no food or drink service is available so please pack your water/snacks.  Tuesday August 19, 1:30pm-3:30pm Rounds Ranch (rain date Tuesday August 26).  A limited number of tickets can be purchased at your library branch.

Family Event Build a Maze

Families are encouraged to come race the maze everyone worked hard to build in the library using cardboard and it’s beautifully decorated by you as well!  Friday August 26-Friday August 31.

Kids Spa Day

Ages 7+ sign up with your friends and make some Key Lime Body Butter, paint your nails and indulge in some treats!  Saturday August 24, 1pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $3.  Registration required.

EarlyON Summer Hours

Please note the following changes to hours during August:
Elmvale Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-3:30pm (one hour lunch closure 12noon-1pm) and Midhurst Branch: Fridays 9am-12noon.

Labour Day Holiday

Happy Labour Day!  We will be closed Monday September 2 and will reopen to regular branch hours on Tuesday September 3.

Regular Programming Returns!

September marks the return of some of our regular programming that took a break over summer: Storytime Tuesdays 10:30am at Midhurst Branch (starting September 10) and Fridays 10:30am at Elmvale Branch (starting September 20).  Tangled Threadz the third Thursday of each month, 1pm-3pm at Midhurst Branch.  EarylON hours at the Elmvale Branch return to 9:30am-4pm (one hour closure for lunch 12noon-1pm).  EarlyON hours at Midhurst Branch remain as 9am-12noon.

Ladies Movie Night Out

We are hosting a special PG-13 movie featuring “The Hustle” with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson on Friday September 6, 7pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $3.

Family Movie Event

All ages can enjoy our special movie feature “Secret Life of Pets 2” on Saturday September 14, 1pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $3.

Lego Coding Club

Ages 6-10 can sign up now for a special club that focuses on the new Lego coding product.  We’ll learn how to program movement, make a sound or flash colours.  This program is limited to 8 participants so be sure to sign up soon!  There is no cost for this program.  Mondays September 16, 23 & October 7 from 4:15pm-5pm at Midhurst Branch or Thursdays September 19, 26 & October 3 from 3:45pm-4:30pm at Minesing Branch.

Sign Program

All ages can get creative decorating and painting a pre-cut sign of one of the following: Dream, Love, Live or Laugh.  Tuesday September 17, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch or Saturday September 21, 1pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $2.


Rounds Ranch presents our Sunflower Festival

Rounds Ranch is proud to present our first annual Sunflower Festival! The Festival will take place on August 30th – September 1st, running from 10am – 10pm.

At the Sunflower Festival we have a lot of exciting events! During the day we have our Sunflower Experience where guests will take part in a scenic and educational wagon ride around the farm, stopping at various points to learn about the crops grown in the fields, with the main destination being the Sunflower Field. Once at the Sunflower field guests can take photos with several varieties of gorgeous Sunflowers! Each guest will also have an opportunity to pick their own Sunflower to cut from the field and take home! The Sunflowers make a great centerpiece in any home!

In addition to the Sunflower Experience package, the Sunflower Festival includes a Campfire, a Flashlight Cornmaze, and Square & Line Dancing. We also offer a BBQ & Corn Boil for an additional cost.

All regular Rounds Ranch activities are also included in the Sunflower Festival, such as our petting zoo, buckaroo bouncer jumping pillows, boxcars, pedal carts, confusions corn maze, zip lines, and more!

“Love this place for the price you can't beat it. Amazing petting zoo, fun activities for the kids. So much to do. My son also had 2 birthday parties here and they were amazing as well.” —Christine Gregorio

Rounds Ranch is an AgriTourism farm, owned and operated by Ken and Geri Rounds since 2002. Rounds Ranch offers day camps, birthday parties, weddings, class trips, corporate events, and groups events. At Rounds Ranch we love creating fun for our guests!