Little Stories

Elmvale District Lions Truck Draw
L-R Jim Elliott (Lions Club Member), Gerry Ribideux (President), Rick Lingenbert (Winner) and Dan McGinnis (Bougeios)
An excited Innerkip resident named Rick Lingenbert sowed up at the Bougeios dealership in Elmvale on Thursday to pick up his new truck. His name was drawn in the Lions Draw at 4:30 on Saturday, October 6th at the Elmvale Fall Fair.

Hillsdale's newest addition
Look what’s new in Hillsdale!
Hillsdale resident Natalee Schors, a grade 11 EDHS student took it upon herself to bring and help build a Little Free Library. An avid reader herself, I asked her why and how she came up with the idea of a Lttle Free Library. “I love reading and sharing books with others. This is also one way to (hopefully) encourage others to pick up a book. I was looking for ideas or ways to give back to my community and found that the Little Library movement is gaining momentum”. Inside there are a number of books that would interest readers at many levels plus childrens books too. The books are always changing. The only rule Natalee has asked of people (and is painted right on the door) is that if you take one book please leave one in its place  So far the Little Library has been positively received. The brightly coloured Little Free Library is located on Marlow Circle in Hillsdale.
Natalee has also gone out of her way, with the help of her family and community donations to donate approximately 1000 books to RVH. The wonderful volunteers at RVH then sell them to the public for $1 each. All of the money goes back into the hospital.
I would like to say thank you to Natalee for all of her contributions to the community and for sharing her love of reading.

Thank you from the Elmvale Fall Fair President!
The 158th Elmvale Fall Fair has come to a close, with overwhelming support from our community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and directors for the countless hours of creativity and enthusiasm that together, make our fair stand above all others. We must not forget to thank Mother Nature, as the drizzle of rain did not dampen the spirits of the outdoor exhibits, such as livestock shows, midway and tractor pulls. Our fair would not be complete without the support of our local schools that marched, created floats and entered exhibits. Thanks for bringing out your “Rubber Boots & Country Roots”.
Looking forward to the 159th Elmvale Fall Fair. Hope to see you all ‘Thanksgiving’ weekend 2019!
Brian Nelson  President of Flos Agriculture Society

Wyevale News
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Janice Barnes, Sher Small, Burton Merritt, Lorna & Peter Webb, Sherry Savage, Alex Rawn, Glenn Hall, Elissa Campbell, Aaron Mitchell, Landon Turner, Aislain Srigley, Bonnie Beardsall, Sandy Owen, Jennifer Berry, Joey Gamble, Bruce Dundas, Yvonne Moreau, Brenda Armstrong, Alicia Stephenson, Cameron Crawford and Drake Reynolds.
Bid-Euchre is on Friday afternoons in the church basement at 1:00 pAm. $2.50 per person with light lunch & prizes. Winners from October 12 were Dorothy Rumney, 2nd Rose Balcom and 3rd Lillian Robinson. All Welcome
Happy 40th Anniversary to Kim & Gary Fisch. Hope you have a good day. Congratulations
Macmillian Orders are due byNovember 5th. Please  submit themto the church office or Sandy Rawn, Gillian Reynolds or Pat Smith. You can view the catalogue online.
Sunday, October 21st, there will be a board meetingfollowing tehmorning worship.
Sunday, October 28th, Rev Kathleen Greidanus will preach
October 19th, your group will meet in the churchbasemant from 7-9 pm. Students from Grade 2 and up , come and bring a friend.
Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705 527 5274

Anten Mills News
For all you euchre players out there, Thursday evening euchre at the community hall is back for the season. Playing starts at 7 pm and there’s a $2 per person charge to cover the hall costs. Players from Anten Mills and beyond are welcome, including those who are complete newbies to the game, and it’s a very friendly group so if you’re interested, just come and join in!
Hallowe’en Family Fun
Calling all local ghosts, goblins, and other creatures that make their presence known at this time of year to join in on our Halloween Family Fun afternoon, taking place at the community hall on Sunday, October 28 from 3 to 5 pm.
This all ages event will include a variety of games and activities including pumpkin golf, Monster tin can bowling, bobbing for ghost eyes, cookie decorating, a family photo booth, costume parade (weather permitting) and more. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank where apparently there is a big need for Peanut Butter.
For the very latest information on this event check out our community Facebook Page, and hope to see you all there!
Anten Mills CRA Meeting this evening
In case you’re an early-bird reader of this paper, there is a meeting of the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association at the hall this evening, starting at 7:30 p.m. All residents are welcome to attend, whether to simply listen in or participate in the conversation.
Get out and Vote!
Our municipal elections are coming up on Monday, October 22. If you haven’t already taken advantage of one of the many opportunities to vote, please make sure you take the time to get out and vote on Monday!
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Remember, for the very most up to date information on what’s happening in and around the ‘Mills, don’t forget to check out the Anten Mills Community Bulletin on Facebook.

Hillsdale Highlights   Alissa Shanahan
• Get Out and Vote! Municipal elections are arguably the most important for us, as they deal with local, day-to-day issues and concerns.  Regardless of who you vote for, make sure you get out and vote!  Voting day (in person) is Monday, October 22nd, but you can vote anytime from now until then online or by telephone.   For more information about how to vote or to view candidates, visit the Township of Springwater’s website at http://www.springwater.ca/election2018.  
• Social Time at St. Andrews:  The monthly Coffee Hour is back!  Stop on by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (6 Mill Street East) the third Thursday each month from 9:30-11:00am to socialize with neighbours!  For a small fee, you can enjoy tea, coffee and muffins.  The first coffee hour is Thursday, October 18th and will continue running on the third Thursday of each month, ending in May.  
• Are you a crafter?  If you like to knit, crochet, sew or do any other sort of craft, bring your current project to the Hillsdale Hall to socialize while you craft!  The Craft ‘N’ Chatter meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm, and the next event is Thursday, October 25th.  
• Christmas Events: Looking ahead, Saturday, December 1st is a day to circle on your calendars!  Start your Christmas shopping by visiting St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church as they will be holding their annual Christmas bazaar!  Later that evening, the 4th Annual Tree Lighting celebration will take place at the Hillsdale Hall!  More details about both festivities will come over the coming weeks.  
• Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 24th.  Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
The “Hillsdale Highlights” is a community news update, so please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you would like the community to know about! Follow the official Hillsdale Community Recreation Association on Facebook for details about upcoming events and social gatherings at “Hillsdale Community Group.”

2018 Mary Bertram Memorial Baby Show - Elmvale Fall Fair
The “Mary Bertram Memorial Baby Show” was once again a success at the Elmvale Fall Fair, held Friday, October 5th.  There were 26 babies registered in the show, amongst the 3 classes.
In the first class, 0-6 months, the winners were  (1) Wyatt Schepers, 5 ½ months, Tay   (2) Emma Reynolds, 5 months, Elmvale  (3) Clark Henderson, 1 week, Victoria Harbour.
In the second class, 6-12 months, the winners were  (1) Scott Bowman, 10 months, Vasey  (2) Avery Challince, 6 months, Elmvale  (3) Owen Lidster, 9 months, Phelpston.
In the third class, 12-18 months, the winners were  (1) Millie McFadden, 17 1/2 months, Midland  (2) Leo Bader-Zacs, 16 months, Elmvale  (3) Lincoln Gambacurta, 14 months, Barrie.
The prize for the youngest girl went to Carly Hummelink, 2 months of Elmvale & the youngest boy went to Clark Henderson, 1 week old, Victoria Harbour. The youngest multiple births was twins Bradshaw & Scott Bowman, 10 months of Vasey.  
The overall winner of the “Mary Bertram Memorial” plaque was Millie McFadden of Midland, daughter of Danielle & Bryan McFadden, of Midland.
A big thank you goes out to the moms/dads, friends & relatives that entered babies in the show.  Without them, the show would not happen.
A very Special Thank you goes out to the following Business’ that donated gifts for the Show:  Elm Flower Shoppe, Yonge St. S., Elmvale, Scotiabank, Barrie Financial Centre, Collier St., Barrie, Essentials Salon, Queen St. W., Elmvale, TD/Canada Trust, Karen Ritchie, Elmvale, Fleming Electric, Elmvale,  Century Masonry, Elmvale, Scottland Tire & Auto, Barrie, Foodland, Yonge St. N., Elmvale, Babies R Us, Bayfield St. N., Barrie, Spence Home & Property Maintenance, Elmvale, Superior Facility Services, Yonge St. S., Elmvale, Pat Fergusson (Booth), Broker Sutton Group, Barrie,  McLaren Equipment, Horseshoe Valley Rd. & Highway 27, Phelpston,  Custom Making Mama, Wyebridge, Sophisticated Stitching, Victoria Harbour, Northern Automotive Solutions, Phelpston, Klink’s A Team Mechanical, Elmvale, K & R Precision Stonecraft, Elmvale.

Where there’s a need there’s a Lion
Your Elmvale Lion’s Club recently reviewed this Lion Motto to ensure that we are on track and on focus. Below is a list of initiatives by our Club that we support financially as well as with volunteer efforts;
Beginning as early as 1961, we have hosted an annual vehicle raffle draw which has raised as much as $60,000 annually.
An annual Golf day which raises over $6,000 annually
Food Bank support annually which includes food drives, volunteer labour and financial contributions annually.
For over 20 years, our club has organized the annual Santa Claus parade in Elmvale.
Our well-equipped and licensed Lion Hall provides for many families and organizations to host events and is maintained and cleaned by Club members.
A large selection of assisted devices is available for loan to any member of the public. This includes scooters, wheel chairs, and a host of other devices. These items are picked up, maintained and delivered by our members.
Hospices in our region have received financial support in excess of $100,000.
We have provided financial support for the RVH Cardiac Care and children’s mental health.
We sponsored a new eye ear nose and throat treatment room at Georgian Bay Hospital.
Countless (over 1500 pairs this year alone) of used eye glasses have been collected and distributed to needy folks around the world.
Our club hosts the local Horseshoe pitching club weekly throughout the summer.
Our club provides the hall, prizes and trophies for the annual 4H banquet.
Our club provides volunteer and financial support to various Camps such as Lake Joe (CNIB), Dorest (dialysis patients) Huronda (diabetes) and Rosseau (deaf).
$45,000 is committed to the purchase of physical activity equipment for use by the public once the new Gym is complete at the Elmvale District High School.
Our club hosts an annual Public Speaking competition at 4 elementary schools in the area.
First annual Sock Drive to supply dry warm socks to Homeless folks.
Annual support of the Salvation Army Kettle drive by manning a Kettle for an entire day.
Specific individual needs are constantly in review and being supported by our members.
With the continued support of our Members and the Community we will endeavour to continue these many and worthwhile initiatives. Please consider becoming a Lion. We are a friendly bunch and are always there to support your community.
Submitted by:  The Members of the Elmvale Lions Club
www.elmvalelions.ca and on Facebook

Rural Intentions – a word from Craighurst   by Lynette Mader  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The provincial government recently announced that it would keep commitments to increasing long term care beds in Ontario. This is a good thing but I'm told that these facilities also find it difficult to find and keep staff: its challenging 24 hour shift work and turnover is high. Funding is desperately needed for volunteer coordinator positions to help bring more people into these homes to spend time with residents.
With my mom in the hospital recently, our family wasn't visiting dad as much. He was bored and became so nasty that he drove my eldest brother away.  When I phoned dad this past weekend to tell him mom was home again, he was so awful that I jumped in my car and drove the short distance from her apartment to his nursing home to tell him off.  
I stormed in ready for a showdown, but stopped to say hi to one of his table mates who was seated in the dining room waiting for lunch. This wheelchair bound stroke victim is always pleasant and ready with a smile, and dad owes him one for softening me up before I got to his room. But I paused when I saw the  defeated old man sleeping in a chair with his sweater vest wrongly buttoned into his shirt.  I fixed his buttons, explained that it was hard for family to split their time between him and mom right now and walked him up to the dining room.  
As I left him there, a young employee approached me. "This is really random," she said almost apologetically, "but are you the person who sent us the video about the Butterfly Home Project?"   She caught me off guard and I had to think about it for a moment.  Some time ago, I had been researching how to handle seniors with behavioural challenges and came across a news story about a long term care home in Brampton that received funding to try new therapy techniques.  I sent the link to some senior staff at my dad's home.  "Did it make you cry?" I asked her (the story is unbelievably moving). "I bawled," she said and then added, "We're going to try some of those things here." She explained that plans to repaint the dementia wing in bright colours were underway.  
I was astounded.  I guess I am old enough to be sufficiently jaded that I never expected my email to be circulated or to have an impact.  This staff person thanked me and  shook my hand. Then she shook her head, stepped forward and gave me a heartfelt hug.   We both had tears in our eyes. I left there feeling uplifted but ashamed of myself for never daring to hope that I had done anything that might make a difference.  It was a timely reminder that reaching out is always, always better than doing nothing at all.   If you are interested in senior care, google   "The Fix" by the Toronto Star, or The Butterfly Home Project" and be prepared to be inspired.

Rosie’s Devotions
The Little Black Vacuum Cleaner
I have two bird feeders. One, is hanging from a pole by our walk-out patio, on the first floor. The other one, formed from an old metal clothes hanger, hangs from our eavesdrop over the balcony. I enjoy watching various kinds of birds visiting and picking at the seeds. Sometimes they fight, and at other times, I see two or three sitting on the perches, enjoying and sharing the food. Sometimes, through this commotion, seeds fall onto the balcony floor; wasted, so I thought. I was just about to sweep them over the side, when I noticed a black squirrel, scampering about, eating the discarded seed, just like a little vacuum cleaner. Not only was I feeding the birds, but a little black squirrel as well.
This incident reminded me of the seed story that Jesus shared with the crowd:
Matthew 13:3-9-And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (NASB)
Jesus, further explained:
Matthew 13:37-43-And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
What kind of seed or tare are you?
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you for your Son, Jesus, Who continues to teach your children by example through the word and deed. Help us to discern between the good seeds and the bad tares. May we learn from Jesus' example through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Rosemary Hagedorn  Penetanguishene
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Springwater Libraries
Special Events one week only! Ontario Public Library week is Monday October 14 – Saturday October 20.  All programs have a focus on celebrating the various forms of literacy and ties in with the theme “a visit will get you thinking.”  Be sure to register for the programs you’d like to attend!
Giant Games for everyone!
We’ve got a special giant game of Connect Four coming from Monday October 15 through to Friday October 27 at Elmvale Branch.
Sensory Play with EarlyON
Children age 18 months to 5 years old and their caregivers are invited to this one-time event to explore learning through all our senses.  Thursday October 18, 1:30pm Elmvale Branch.
Lego Building Challenge
All ages are welcome to participate in our monthly Lego Building Challenge on Thursday October 18, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch.
Local Author’s Pavilion
In partnership with Clearview Public Library we are having an author bonanza!  We have 22 authors to meet and greet, purchase books, sign books and do some readings.  Bring your friends and support our amazing local talent!  Friday October 19, 3pm-7pm Minesing Branch.
Halloween Lego Event and Prize!
All ages are welcome to this special Halloween Lego building program.  Each participant is invited to fill out a ballot for four passes to Legoland in the Vaughn Mills Mall!  Saturday October 20, 10am-12noon at Elmvale Branch.
Georgian Bay Reads
It’s the 10th anniversary of this fun and entertaining literary event of the season!  Springwater Library’s representative is Tracy L. Ward (author of Marshall House Mystery series) defending the book Random Passage by Bernice Morgan.  Tickets are now available for: Saturday October 20, 7pm-9pm at Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, 12 Nelson Street East, Meaford.
St John Ambulance PA Day Courses
We are partnering with St John Ambulance to offer two courses: Babysitting course: 9am-4pm ages 11-15, cost $65.  Bring a doll/teddy bear, drink and lunch.  Home Alone course: 9am-12noon, ages 10+, cost $45.  Bring a drink and lunch.  Monday October 22, Midhurst Branch.  Just a few spots left so register today!
Feature Films through the Decades
Join us at the Elmvale Branch for bi-weekly movie matinees at 2pm.  This is a free drop in program but you are welcome to purchase a bag of popcorn and a bottle of water for $3.  1920s Phantom of the Opera on Monday October 22. 1930s It Happened One Night, Monday November 5.  1940s Great Expectations, Monday November 19.  1950s Some Like It Hot, Monday December 3.  1960s Dr No, Monday December 17.  1970s Papillon, Monday January 7, 2019.
Reading Buddies at Minesing Branch
This program pairs adults and early readers aged 5-9 for shared reading and literacy games.  Registration is required for a half hour time slot.  Thursdays 3:45pm-4:45pm from October 25 to November 29 at Minesing Branch.  Many thanks to Angela Alphonse Financial Services for sponsoring the Reading Buddies program.
Introduction to Salsa Dancing
Got no rhythm?  Instructor Kim McGrath will teach some basic salsa moves that guarantee fun and laughter!  This program is open to women ages 20+.  The program is free but registration is required.  Thursday October 25, 7pm-8pm Midhurst Branch.
Firefighter Storytime
Come see a fire truck, meet our fire fighters as well as Sparky at this special Storytime on Friday October 26, 10:30am at Elmvale Branch.
Kids Taste Test Challenge
There will be three rounds of taste testing, a Blindfold challenge, Chip Champion and the Gross out round.  Friday October 26, 3:45pm at Elmvale Branch, cost $3 or Tuesday October 30 at Minesing Branch, 3:45pm, cost $3.
After School Movie
We will be watching Hotel Translyvania 3.  The movie is free to watch but you can purchase a bag of popcorn and a bottle of water for $3.  Tuesday October 30, 4pm at Elmvale Branch.
Ladies Night Out
Bring a blanket and a comfy chair and settle in with your friends to enjoy Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again! Friday November 2, 7pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $4.  Please register by Friday October 26.
Essential Oils 101
Traci MacCabe will teach us about the uses, benefits and the top 10 oils in the industry.  Saturday November 3, 1pm-2:30pm at Elmvale Branch.  This program is free to attend but registration is required.
Amazing Race: Library Edition
Homeschoolers are invited to travel the continents in this game.  Ages 8+ but families are welcome to help younger children.  Friday November 9, 2pm Minesing Branch.  Registration is required.
The Raven Boys Book Party
Teens be sure to read the book and sign up for our one night event party with trivia, games a tarot card reading, prizes and pizza!  Friday November 16, 4pm Elmvale branch.  Registration is required.
Annual FREE Coat Giveaway
Coats, scarves, hats, mitts, boots and snowpants for all ages, boys, girls, men and women are yours to take for FREE to help families in our community stay warm this winter.  Saturday November 17, 10am-12noon Elmvale Branch.  This program is presented by Sharewear.  Donations can be dropped off prior to November 17 at Sharewear and the library.

The Township of Tiny Opens the Doors of Heritage Sites  for 2018 Doors Open Ontario
(Tiny, Ontario) On September 29, 2018, the Township of Tiny was excited to be one of 11 municipalities in the County of Simcoe participating in Doors Open Ontario. This is an annual event during which municipalities across Ontario invite residents and visitors to explore important cultural and heritage sites within their community. Tourism Simcoe County partnered with several municipalities across the region to offer complimentary access to more than 45 different heritage sites. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., members of the Township of Tiny Heritage Advisory Committee opened the doors to St. Patrick’s Church, Ste. Croix Church and Copeland Hill Cemetery.  The Township wishes to thank the residents and visitors who took advantage of this exciting opportunity and the churches for opening their doors for the day. The Township of Tiny is a municipality rich with cultural heritage and countless locations of historical significance. To learn more about Tiny’s heritage, visit our Local Heritage webpage at www.tiny.ca/heritage.

Orr Lake Subwatershed 2017 Conditions Report Released
PORT MCNICOLL, ON, October 5th, 2018
The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is excited to announce the release of the Orr Lake Subwatershed 2017 conditions report. This report identifies the status, trends, and baseline conditions of Orr Lake and, although the water quality is improving, there are signs of pressures on the Lake.  
“It’s important to have this report because it will function as a record to compare to as monitoring continues in Orr Lake and the Township of Springwater. It points out that our indicators of water quality are overall improving. That being said, there are also indicators that have room for improvement or that are being impacted by environmental pressures.” says Carl Lesperance, Watershed Monitoring Lead at SSEA.
The data in the report is from the SSEA, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) Lake Partner Program (LPP).
“We are thankful to the Township of Springwater and the MECP for their support in continuing to monitor the state of Orr Lake and the surrounding watershed” says Julie Cayley Executive Director of the SSEA.  
If you are interested in being a volunteer partner, be the “eyes on the water” and help monitor Orr Lake quality please contact the SSEA.  For more information or copies of the report, visit us at www.severnsound.ca, call us at 705-534-7283 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The mission of the SSEA is to sustain environmental quality and ensure continued protection through implementing a legacy of wise stewardship of Severn Sound and its tributaries.
Copies of the Orr Lake Subwatershed conditions report  Photo credit Carl Lesperance, SSEA
Aisha Chiandet, Water Scientist at Severn Sound Environmental Association collecting water chemistry samples  Photo credit Paula Madill, SSEA

The Midhurst Ratepayers Association has a great little Newsletter that is sent out by e-mail from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
This was emailed to the paper on October 4th. We wanted to share it with you to help their group

IMPORTANT UPDATES!
First, a BIG thank you to the community volunteers that put on the  Autumnfest.  It has become quite the event and important in building our community.  Normally, MRA has a booth and is able to provide updates that way, but our key volunteers and board members were unavailable to help out.  Rest assured, it's not because we've gone mute - we just have busy lives too.

MSP UPDATES: In case you haven't heard, the township agreed to send the Environmental Assessment of the MSP to the Ministry of the Environment.  Although we are very disappointed in this decision by our council, we continued to take action to protect and preserve the community that we all love.  As a result, we submitted a long and comprehensive part II order (bump up) which asks the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to increase the conditions of the submitted environmental studies conducted mostly by the developers or their agents.  Our submission is long and comprehensive -  and should take the Ministry  a fair bit of time to assess.  We think we've made compelling arguments for an Individual EA based on recent research, guidance of field experts and our in depth knowledge of the ruinous special rule. MRA worked long and hard on research, analysis and writing [many drafts] to produce our finished product, of which we are very proud. The next step is to await a decision from the Ministry about whether they will make the environmental conditions and testing more stringent or not.  We will keep you posted once we hear back from the Ministry.  Special kudos to David who worked long and hard with me to make this the most compelling and comprehensive document that we could.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION
With stopping the disastrous MSP our top focus, we had to set aside our springtime plans to mount an all-candidates meeting and get heavily involved as an organization in the election campaign.   The timing was simply awful. That said, we have been contacted by many people who want our guidance to determine the best choices for council.  We are working on something that we can send out, but due to new changes with election law, we will not be able to endorse candidates like we did last time. However, there are candidates who have worked very hard for Midhurst (and Springwater) and have stuck their neck out on behalf of their constituents- they deserve to be recognized and supported.
What we do know is that at all levels, (mayor, deputy mayor and councillors) we need people with courage, intelligence and experience to continue to advocate for our communities.  Whoever may win in the forthcoming municipal election, the people of Springwater expect the new team to fight to remove the burden of the unnecessary, environmentally unsound and financially crippling Midhurst Secondary Plan and other community ruining projects.
Sandy Buxton, MRA President