As I look out my window today while I write this, I see overcast skies and puddles in my driveway. I am not complaining about it at all, we definitely needed it and I am sure the farmers are very grateful for it as well. The brown, burned grass just isn’t a great look!
Our province has now put into place the requirement to wear face masks in public businesses. This is not optional, this is mandatory and there may be fines for not doing so. Simcoe County District Health Unit outlines that Individuals may be liable for fines from $750 - $1,000 up to a maximum of $100,000. For clear and additional information, you can visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Heath Unit website at SMDHU.org. There will be people who will have difficulties doing this but it’s something that we are just going to have to get used to. If it’s something you have difficulty wearing, try doing it at home for a little bit at a time. Increase the time each time you wear it and hopefully when you go out, it won’t be as difficult There are so many different types of masks that are available out there, perhaps you can try a different type if the one you have isn’t working for you. They are hot and your choice of garlic and onions on your meals may decrease, but they are protecting you and protecting others which is the most important thing.
Businesses will also need to be enforcing this new rule in their establishments as per the law, this is not their personal choice Remember this and don’t give them grief. Businesses have had to spend a lot of money installing different types of protection for their staff and they are working differently to serve us. Lineups will be present in many locations so don’t expect to get in and get out of stores any more. Our patience level is going to have to be present each time we leave our homes. Don’t be in a rush, take your time and anticipate that your errands will just take longer to complete.
After speaking with many neighbours and people in the village I have been asked to mention something about the social distancing and our local businesses. As residents we know that we are located on a “thruway” to Wasaga Beach and Collingwood for many people who live south of our community to travel through during summer months. We have a great location for those people to stop on their way through. This is making many local folks apprehensive about this because Simcoe County, and Springwater Township have kept our COIVD numbers down. These out of town folks are stopping in our community and we aren’t sure that they are being as careful as the locals are. We hope that the business owners will take this request from local residents to ensure that their businesses are protecting our village by putting into place, social distancing, mask wearing and limiting the number of people in their businesses. People will wait if they need something, I know I would if it will protect my neighbours and our community.
Enough of the COVID talk. We have had construction going on at our school property that began in the fall of 2019. I am sure many of you have heard or seen this going in and I am excited to see what the final results will look like. A new septic system and tiles have been installed and baseball diamond #1 has been moved a little and will have a new diamond and new fencing. The trucks have been travelling through the village and machine operators have been busy fixing it all up. Remember to let your children know to watch for the big trucks on the roads and to stay away from the construction sites so there are no unnecessary accidents or injuries. We will have to be patient to use the field and I know it will look great when it’s done.
Until next time, enjoy the warm weather, and know that better times will come so keep smiling.
ANTEN MILLS NEWS by Dennis Gannon
It’s gone. The yellow caution tape that has surrounded the playground equipment in our parks has now been removed. The exception is the Wagner or Ducky park where there is still construction ongoing with the water tower upgrade. Installed by the township what seems like forever ago to keep the children safe from that cursed pandemic, with the Stage 3 opening they were allowed to remove it last Friday. That’s great news for the children but it’s important to remember that it is not sanitized and regular hand washing is required by all who use it.
Several weeks ago the OPP Highway Safety Division along with the Huronia West detachment commander and the mayor of Clearview announced that enforcement on local roads in Clearview, Springwater and Wasaga Beach was going to increase. In a project they named “Strict but Fair”, they indicated that traffic enforcement on all three municipalities roads to curb impaired driving, distracted driving along with aggressive driving would occur. There is no question that the traffic along Horseshoe has dramatically increased in the past several years. Daily there is significant commercial traffic that uses the road. From Thursday afternoon to Sunday night there is a steady stream of vehicles, many pulling recreational units with them. Wilson has also seen an increase in volume as well with again commercial vehicles and vehicles pulling recreational units. In both cases many of the drivers are not observing the speed limit. As a community we have been extremely lucky that those who live on both of these roads know to watch the traffic and there haven’t been any serious accidents in several years. When travelling in different regions of the province, residents have taken various steps to let drivers know that there is a concern about speed. The sign at the community centre now has a very clear message. It reads
LIKE YOUR KIDS
Hopefully the message will resonate with some drivers. As well, it is hoped that the OPP Highway Safety Division will be on these two roads over the next couple of weeks and enforce the Commercial Motor Vehicle Act and Highway Traffic Act with the diligence required. With the County of Simcoe looking to develop property further along Horseshoe there will no doubt be an additional increase in traffic volume in the years to come. Let’s tell our Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Ward Council member now how we feel and while the speed limit will never be lowered, other steps can be taken to slow down the traffic.
If you are looking for fresh vegetables and those big and delicious blueberries, then it’s time to head over to Clarke’s on Nursery Road. Their vegetable stand is out and blueberries are ready for the picking. In the past pick your own occurs in the morning and late afternoon daily with the exception of Saturday when they are at the Barrie Farmers Market. You can call ahead at 705 728 4369 to get details. Go ahead and pick, you won’t be disappointed.
Elmvale Bike Night is back!!
Once again this year every Thursday night, bike enthusiast are meeting up at Steelers Restaurant & Pub.
With Covid-19 things are a little different this year, as they are everywhere, but with restrictions changing, we once again can start enjoying a spot on the patio or just grab a piece of the curb and hang out with other bike enthusiast and enjoy some great food or just drop by and check out some of the beautiful bikes parked on the main street of Elmvale.
We are once again having our 50/50 draw with the proceeds from this draw going towards two organizations, the Elmvale Legion Branch 262 and the Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County.
This week we were pleased to present the Elmvale Legion with a donation of $250, from money that has been raised to date this year. We will also be presenting $250 to Down Syndrome association in the coming weeks. A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone for your continuing support.
This event is open to all so please drop by and help support these wonderful organizations.
Thursday's at 6pm, Steelers restaurant
Happy birthday wishes go out to Greg Webb, Lorne Beleskey, Kitty Burnett, Yvonne & Glen Molto, Jackie Stott, Avery Riley, Wilf Magee, David Price, Greg Withall, Nicky Gamble, Jim Blow, Anthony Hillis, Cathy Marcellus, Jean Priest, Glenda Knuff, Wayne Archer, Bob Ritchie, Gregory Giffen, Russell Moreau, Donna Kalinchuk, Mary Beth MacLachlan, Gary Dundas, Shawn Gibson, Maddie Webb, Brian Marshall, Lorna Capling and Madison Wakelin. Hope all July birthday people had a great one!
No bid euchre or church yet.
I hope everyone had a great Canada Day. The Lion’s members sold fireworks for those young at heart who still like to watch fireworks.
We had our highway paved into Wyevale, also the 5th concession paved right down to the beach. Those who bike and walk are now enjoying the smooth road.
School children are hoping to get back to school this September and see all their friends and teachers. Hopefully all will be okay by then.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE & ENJOY THE REST OF THE SUMMER.
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.
Springwater Public Library is pleased to announce that we are reopening the doors of the Midhurst and Elmvale branches starting on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28th respectively with some limitations in place. Masks required to be worn in library.
Limited reopening hours starting July 27 will be:
Elmvale: Tues. 10-6:30, Wed. 10-4:30, Thurs. 10-6:30, Fri. 10-4:30, Sat. 10-3:30
Midhurst: Mon. 1-4:30, Tues. 10-6:30, Wed. 10-4:30, Thurs. 10-6:30, Fri. 10-4:30, Sat. 10-3:30.
The MINESING branch will continue with Thursday curbside service.
In the meantime arrange for your curbside pickup today. Drop boxes remain open.
Holds can be placed through our website, through the Branch emails or by calling the branches during curbside hours.
Curbside hours are as follows: (Hours may change according to demand)
Elmvale & Midhurst: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-6, Fridays, 12-4, Saturdays 12 -3
Minesing: Thursdays, 2 -6
Pick-up is by appointment only. Once the holds are available, staff will be contacting you to set-up an appointment time.
For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca
JOIN OUR KIDS SUMMER READING PROGRAM
We have moved summer reading online, where there are missions, prizes and most importantly, FUN!
Here is how it works:
Register by downloading the Readsquared app. Parents and guardians can create one account for all the children in their household. You may create a custom avatar for each child!
Once signed up, you can track your reading by logging in and earning points. The program has begun with an ending date of Friday August 14, but you can still sign up.
Check our website for all the fun details! www.springwater.library.on.ca
SUMMER STORYTIME TUESDAYS
On our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel you’ll find Miss Amanda doing a fun interactive Storytime Program with rhymes, songs and stories. New Summer Storytime themes will happen each week
For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca
YOUR NEXT GREAT READ
We know that with curbside pickup it is hard not to be able to browse the shelves of awesome items in the library. Never fear! Your friendly Springwater Librarian is here...online! Just take a moment and let us know a few of your preferences and we'll hop right to it and help you find your next favourite author or book! You can find the link on our website: https://www.springwater.library.on.ca and click on the How Do I Tab.
Check out our “Springwater Township Public Library” YouTube channel. You can view our new and past recorded programs such as:
Meet Matilda, a Library Therapy Dog in training
Krafting with Kathy
Happy Crafting with Lesley
Local Author Talks
Audriana’s Top 5 Perennials
Stay tuned by subscribing to our YouTube channel today.
Check our website for all the details! www.springwater.library.on.ca
Signing up for our e-newsletter is easy and fast! This will provide you with updates, the latest e-book/e-audiobook purchases and what’s going on with our virtual library programs.
Springwater Public Library Partially Reopens to the Public the week of July 27, 2020
Springwater Public Library is reopening the doors of the Midhurst and Elmvale branches on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28th respectively for limited services. The Minesing branch will continue with Thursday curbside service. Computer access will be available starting Tuesday, August 4 by appointment only.
Library staff are excited to welcome our customers back to the Library branches. There will be a few changes inside as we work to keep everyone safe. Plexiglass has been installed at the circulation desk, arrows are on the floor for promoting one way movement throughout the branches, toys and chairs have been removed, and bins have been placed throughout for the reshelving of materials.
We would like to remind everyone that:
Masks are to be worn when inside the library.
Computer usage is by appointment only, please call your library branch to book your half-hour timeslot. This service will commence on Tuesday, August 4.
To ensure physical distancing, we may need to limit the numbers in the building to no more than 10. If there is a sign on the door stating the Branch is at capacity, please wait outside, six feet away from others, and staff will let you in shortly.
Materials are to be returned through the bookdrop only and will be quarantined for 3 days. Late fees are not being charged for the moment.
Materials are not to be reshelved, but are to be placed in the marked bins for quarantine.
There is unfortunately no tech support for the computers at this time.
Exact change is required for printing and photocopying (25 cents per page).
Washrooms will not be available for public use.
Toys have been removed for safety reasons.
We encourage everyone to use our wifi outside the branch. All chairs have been removed from inside the branches.
Midhurst Branch will have a separate entrance (front door) and exit (back door).
We are closing early each day for additional cleaning and disinfecting. Our new open hours are:
Elmvale: Tues. 10 – 6:30, Wed. 10 – 4:30, Thurs. 10 – 6:30, Fri. 10 – 4:30, Sat. 10 – 3:30
Midhurst: Mon. 1 – 4:30, Tues. 10 – 6:30, Wed. 10 – 4:30, Thurs. 10 – 6:30, Fri. 10 – 4:30, Sat. 10 – 3:30
Minesing (Curbside pick-up only) Thurs. 2 6
“We look forward to seeing everyone back in the library. Although we have been providing library services virtually, library staff have missed seeing everyone in the branches. We have been working hard behind the scenes so it will be safe for everyone. Thank you to the Springwater community for being so patient and supportive of our digital and curbside services during this time,” says Jodie Player Delgado, CEO.
All programs will remain virtual for the moment. Check out our website https://www.springwater.library.on.ca for more details and to access our online resources and programs.
For computer appointments or for curbside service at Minesing, please call your branch directly.
Jodie Player Delgado, CEO Springwater Public Library
(705) 728-4784 ext. 2065 or (705) 220-2496 cell
Residents and visitors to Little Lake Park Beach cautioned after blue-green algae bloom confirmed
TOWN OF MIDLAND — A blue-green algae bloom in Little Lake Park Beach, on Little Lake in the Town of Midland, has been confirmed and residents and visitors are being reminded to take precautions.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is asking resident and visitors to exercise care where blue-green algae is visible and to take the following measures:
- Do not use the lake water for the preparation of infant formula
- Do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible
- Be cautious about eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur
- Do not use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides that may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water
- Avoid swimming and other water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.
As well, do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible. Blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint.
Many species of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria) have the potential to produce toxins that are harmful to the health of humans and animals. Symptoms from consuming toxins from a blue-green algae bloom can include headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and can be more serious if water is swallowed in large quantities.
To learn more about blue-green algae visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org,
Province releases final bait management strategy after extensive consultation
July 21, - The Ontario government released its final bait management strategy to protect the province's lakes and rivers from the threat of invasive species and fish diseases. As part of this new strategy, the government will be establishing four bait management zones to limit the movement of live bait across the province.
Live bait that is harvested in one area of the province is often shipped, sold, and later used in another region. If unused bait is not disposed of properly, invasive and other illegal bait species that may be mistakenly mixed in with the bait, or fish infected with disease, have the potential to establish new populations or infect other fish in the new waterbody.
To prevent the spread of invasive species and fish diseases through the movement of live bait, four bait management zones will be established across the province. This will limit the movement of most bait to the same bait management zone where it was harvested. Individual anglers who wish to use live bait outside of their own bait management zone will be required to purchase bait from a licensed commercial bait operator in the zone where they will be fishing.
The final Sustainable Bait Management Strategy, posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, is a result of extensive engagement with bait operators, stakeholder groups, the public, and Indigenous communities. They provided input on key elements related to the use and movement of bait, the type of bait allowed, and administrative improvements.
- Ontario’s bait industry is estimated to be worth $23 million per year.
- In 2020-2021, Ontario is investing over $2 million to support ongoing research, monitoring, and management of invasive species across the province.
- Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has standalone invasive species legislation. The Invasive Species Act provides legislative tools to prohibit and restrict certain invasive species and carriers that facilitate the movement of invasive species.
- Protecting our environment from invasive species by working with partners and other governments and using tools to prevent, detect and respond to invasions is a commitment under the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.
- Anglers spend more than $1.6 billion annually in Ontario and support jobs in many rural and northern communities that depend on recreational fishing.
- The use of bait is one route for the potential spread of fish-based diseases (e.g., viral hemorrhagic septicemia [VHS]) and invasive species (e.g., round goby) across Ontario.
Elmvale District Lions Club Pledges a Donation
to New Food Bank Building
Elmvale Lions Club President, Brian Belcourt presents a cheque to Elmvale & District Food Bank Director, Debra McLean as members of the Lions club look on.
The Elmvale District Lions Club pledged to make a donation of $15,000 to the building fund of the Elmvale & District Food Bank.
“It has really made a full circle for the Lions Club in pledging this donation,” said Lions Club President, Brian Belcourt. “The Food Bank was started in the late 1970’s by Lion Club members Mike Stone and Don Hocken along with the Ministers of the local Churches to assist families in need. At that time the Food Bank was run out of the coat room at the Elmvale Lions’ Club Hall.”
Over the years the location of the Elmvale & District Food Bank changed several times as the need grew substantially. In 2016 the Elmvale & District Food Bank incorporated and became a registered charity under the Income Tax Act.
The last number of years the Food Bank has partnered with the Township of Springwater to deliver its services at the Elmvale Community Hall. The Community Hall site, though adequate, has had its challenges, including moving food and supplies up and down a narrow stairway and insuring the confidentiality of the clients. With the passage of time the Food Bank outgrew this space. Construction on the Food Bank’s new home began on May 27th, when the builders, Murcott Design Build, began clearing the ground at the site on Yonge Street North in Elmvale.
“We want to thank the Elmvale District Lions for this very generous donation,” said Deb McLean, a member of the Elmvale & District Food Bank Board of Directors. “The Elmvale Lions raise the money for their community service through the sale of Truck Draw tickets and with the Covid-19 pandemic it has been a challenging year for them. I would encourage people to support the Lions Club by checking out their website and buying a ticket.”
Meanwhile work on the new Food Bank building continues with the hope that it will be up and fully operational by the early fall.
“We are really excited about how fast things are moving along with the building,” noted Mclean. “We also now have a website at www.elmvaledistrictfoodbank.net where we can accept donations for both our building fund and for our everyday operations.”
Donations can also be made to Elmvale & District Food Bank, 35 Queen Street West, Unit B, Elmvale L0L 1P0. Donations are eligible for a Charitable Donation Tax Receipt.
“Keep the Keewatin in Port McNicoll” petition
garners 2500 signatures in the first few weeks.
Started by Port McNicoll resident Dan Travers, the petition encouraging local municipalities to work together to help keep S.S. Keewatin in Port McNicoll seems to be building momentum. “This is a wonderful response! I’m really heartened.” said Travers.
Travers was prompted to start the petition by news that the ship’s owner, Skyline Investments, was considering moving her to Kingston, or out of the country, or breaking her up. This lead to an appeal by Friends of Keewatin to Tay Township to act to keep her here, by requesting Simcoe County negotiate with Skyline to gift her to Simcoe County Museum.
“Skyline’s original plan to use S.S. Keewatin as the centrepiece for their planned residential development in Port McNicoll was the right idea.” said Travers. “The Keewatin should be preserved and kept as part of a town revitalization effort, creating a heritage attraction and local employment.” Skyline has since sold the former CPR lands it had acquired to a new developer.
According to Travers, “The contribution of “lakers” to the fabric of North Simcoe is remarkable. Port McNicoll alone was home to a fleet of 5 CPR ships and the second largest grain elevator in the country. For more than 50 years it was the “boat-train” railhead for tourists boarding Keewatin to travel to Port Arthur and connect to The Canadian for a scenic rail trip across Western Canada.”
“S.S. Keewatin is not only an icon for the region. Travers continued. “She is also, remarkably, the last surviving Edwardian passenger steamship in the world. There is nothing else like Keewatin anywhere. She deserves to stay right here, where her history is.”
The petition can be found at change.org: search on “keewatin”
Friends of Keewatin.