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Wyevale’s News 

Happy birthday wishes go out to Travis Horgan, Jim Hales, Amy McNamara, Lisa Smith, Fraser Hill, Lindsey Knuff, John Matheson, Kenneth Stott, William Way, Sheila Webb, Joan Price, Kyle Trew, Jan Drinkill, Marg Hamelin, Cameron Archer, Kirk Hastings, Norm Hales, Hoon Kim, Mike Lacroix, Julianna Jolie, Irene Bremner, Vanessa Hansford, Rob Wakein, Betty and Frank Hall, Sidney Benoit, Jeff and Eric Moreau.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. Adults $2.50 with a light lunch & prizes. Winners from Jan. 10th were: 1st Ray Woolhead, 2nd Judy Hall and 3rd Marguerite Stone. Winners from January 17th were: 1st Kitty Burnett, 2nd Brian Emond and 3rd Piercy Hamel. All welcome.

Jan. 31st you will find a great fish fry in Penetang Legion form 5 – 6 p.m. Live music to follow. Cost is $18 per person. You need to get your tickets early as they sell out fast.

Fri. Feb. 28th is Midland Legion’s Annual Spaghetti Supper served from 5 – 7 p.m. with tea of coffee and dessert. Adults $11 and children under 10 years $5.50.

Sat. Feb. 8 is Winterama in Perkinsfield starting at 11 a.m.

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


Hillsdale Highlights  Alissa Shanahan

  • Happy New Year! I hope 2020 brings you good health, great love and much happiness!
  • Important Notice about an Open Air Burn: Western Mechanical will be removing trees and having open air burns on their property at 2145 Flos Road 4 East. This work began January 20th, and will continue until March 31st (where they have to stop due to Migratory Bird Regulations). Please be advised that if you see or smell smoke in this area, that it is a controlled burn.
  • New Business! Hillsdale continues to flourish with new businesses - we are now getting our very own pharmacy! No more travelling to Barrie or Midland for your medication! The pharmacy is still undergoing construction, but hopes to be open soon!  
  • Community Rink: Once again, our community rink is up and running! Thank you so much to the volunteers who make this happen; it is truly appreciated! While the rink is open seven days a week, please remember that we do have skating only times (as in, no hockey).  They are 5:00-7:00pm every Monday-Friday, and from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory holidays. A sign with these hours is posted as a friendly reminder.  Please remind your children of these hours so that everyone can utilize the rink (that is, it is not JUST a hockey rink). 
  • Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  There will not be a January meeting, so please note that the next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th.  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.”



by Dennis Gannon

Blue Monday was this past Monday.  Blue Monday apparently began back in 2005 when a travel company determined, obviously for marketing purposes, that the 3rd Monday in the month of January was the most depressing day of the year.  This was apparently determined by the weather here in the Northern Hemisphere as we are in the doldrums of winter and the fact that the Christmas credit card bills have come in.  It is also suggested that the day was never intended to be negative but a day to inspire and make bold actions.  I hope your Monday was a good one, not filled with negatively and you have been inspired to do something special in your life or for someone.

The Anten Mills Community Recreation Association met this past Thursday evening and reviewed our past events and what is going to come in 2020.  At the top of the list for this year is the Easter Eggstravaganza.  This is always a fun event to kick off the Spring season and last year the Rabbit Run was introduced which was a quick 1 kilometer run in the community that had a great turnout.  Our community sponsor has reported that they have a family conflict on that day so will need to step back this year.  The good news is that are still willing to assist in the event and provide guidance to anyone who may be willing to take on the challenge.  There are already donors and most if not all the events are planned out.  If you enjoyed the event in the past, we need your assistance now.  This is a great way to demonstrate our community spirit.  Get in touch with either myself, Lindsay or Lawrence and we will gladly provide you with more details.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be just one person.  Several can take on the task and more hands make tasks go quicker. Also was discussed at the meeting was our community desire for a new multipurpose pavilion.  The community of Anten Mills has been a leader in undertaking community projects. Our outdoor multipurpose pad was the first built in the township back in the mid 1980’s and has stood the test of time.  The Pavilion was another first undertaking by the community.  This shelter built by the members of our community houses many family and community events.  The issue unfortunately is that they are not together, and the ice pad suffers greatly when the sun beats down on it. At the meeting we discussed with our council representative, Wanda Maw-Chapman how we can go about building a case for Council to consider building a new complex for us.  What was also brought to the attention of those present is that in September of 2021, there will have been an active community association for 50 years.  This is a huge accomplishment in any small community such as ours and deserves a rightful recognition.  The CRA needs your support and ideas to make this a reality.  Contact any member of the CRA or myself with your thought and ideas.  We will be discussing this in more depth at our March meeting.

A major source of income we receive for our community events is raised by our two community sign boards located at the community centre and on Wilson Drive.  Thanks to Ken and his assistant, the signs are changed on a regular basis based on the submitted requests.  In the 2020 township budget, a sum was allocated for the purchase of electronic sign boards for the community centres.  While no final policy has been established, it is unlikely that we will have access to the boards other than to promote community events.  The sign boards, particularly the one on Wilson requires refurbis  hing.  In light of the above, we are prone to build a new permanent sign at the community centre and move that current sign to Wilson.  If you like to design, we would be happy to receive submissions on what our new sign may look like.  Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.  Also don’t forget that both signs are available, and you can contact Ken at the email above to have your message posted.

That’s it for this week.  Send your comments, announcements or news to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Springwater Libraries

Keep an eye on our website for upcoming


Six Word Story Month

For the month of January we are hosting a special Six Word Story contest at all branch locations.  Six word stories are: 1) Went swimming.  Learned I can’t swim.  2) Handshakes are good.  Hugs are better.  3) Torched the haystack.  Found the needle.  On Family Literacy Day Monday January 27 at Elmvale and Midhurst Branches (Tuesday January 28 at Minesing Branch) we will draw a winning entry for a prize!

Infant Mother Goose

EarlyON is offering this program for parents/caregivers and their 0-12 month old infants with poems, songs, rhymes and more!  Thursdays January 23 – March 12, 1:30pm-3:30pm at Elmvale Branch.  To register call (705) 526-2456.

PA Day Drop In Program

Get ready for Valentines Day at our FREE drop in Valentine Card program using the new Cricut and special designs.  Friday January 24, 1pm-3pm ALL branch locations.  While supplies last.

Silk Scarf Program

Pick your colours to compliment your wardrobe and make your own personalized and unique silk scarf for yourself or as a gift.  Friday January 24, 7pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $10.  Registration required to ensure adequate supplies.

Plasticine Art

We’ve got the supplies, you bring your creativity!  Ages 5+ please register for this program to ensure adequate supplies.  Tuesday January 28, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $3.

Creative Seniors: Wire Art Pendant

Looking to spend a delightful afternoon with some friends making a beautiful and unique wire art pendant?  Be sure to register early for this program as space is limited.  Monday February 3, 2pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $5.

Cardboard/Duct Tape Sled

These sleds are known for their unique designs, colourful splash and lots of fun on the snow hills.  Tuesday February 4, 3:45pm-4:45pm at Minesing Branch.  Cost $5 per sled or Saturday February 8, 1pm-2pm at Elmvale Branch.  Cost $5 per sled.  Registration is required to ensure adequate supplies.

Princess Tea Party

This will be our 3rd annual event with a special guest princesses Elsa and Anna!  Charming children aged 3+ and their parent, please register early as spaces will fill quickly.  Saturday February 8, 3pm at Midhurst Branch.  Cost $10 per person.

Let’s Talk about Mental Health

Special guest, Aleta Armstrong, Manager of the Community Awareness Program is with us to discuss common mental health issues.  If you or someone you know supports a person with a mental health concern she is available for any questions you would like to ask.  Tuesday February 11, 6pm at Elmvale Branch.  There is no cost for this program but registration is required.

I Read Canadian Day!

Did you know that Wednesday February 19 is I Read Canadian Day?  Support our amazing Canadian authors by coming into the library and having your picture taken with your fav Canadian author and we’ll post it on facebook in support of this celebration!

Mom/Daughter Craft Club

Sign up early for this popular and fun monthly crafting night.  Thursday February 20, 6pm-7pm at Midhurst Branch.  Cost $10 per participant per craft.

Author Talk: Vanishing Barns

Cathy Walton is with us to chat about her book on Vanishing Barns in Springwater Township through pictures and stories from our local farming families.  Friday February 21, 3pm at Midhurst Branch.  Light refreshments will be served.  Registration required.

Alzheimer Society Dementia Program

This program is centered around the topic of “Building Communities for People Living with Dementia”.  Thursday February 27, 1pm-2:30pm at Midhurst Branch.  Cost: FREE.  To register please contact the Alzheimer Society at (705) 722-1066.

Adult Table Games and Social Club

Play games with friends and meet new ones too!  Bring your favourite table game to share or join others in learning a new one.  Led by Donna and Tony Cherutti.  Light refreshments and friendship included!  Wednesdays at Minesing Branch, 1:30pm-4pm.  For more information call 705-734-0753.


Penetanguishene Library News

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Happy New Year!

We’re starting 2020 off with many new programs and workshops. Stay up to date by visiting our website, following us on social media, or simply give us a call to find out what’s happening.

Logo Contest

Attention all creatives! Do you have a great idea for our new logo? Submit your entry by 1:00pm on February 8th for your chance to win a promotional item (once received in house), a Twenty dollar Tim Horton’s gift certificate, and bragging rights! Contest is open to all ages, submissions may be hand drawn or digitally produced. All images must be original. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the circulation desk or you may download from the adults tab on our webpage. Winner will be announced on Saturday February 15th at Winterama. 

Converstation French

Bring a friend and join us for an hour of conversation in French. We’ll provide the coffee. All levels are welcome.  Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm, beginning January 23rd. Call or visit us to register. 

Internet help  at the J.B.M. Branch @ Georgian Village

Join a Library staff member at the John Brown Memorial branch, on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm  and learn how to navigate the internet. Stuck on something? Bring your questions and we’ll figure it out together. Please bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Register by calling the main branch.

Join our Teen Environmental Club

Is the environment on your mind? Join us at our next meeting, where we will be creating environmentally friendly beeswax wraps.. January 30st from 5:00-7:00pm. Community volunteer hours are available for those who are interested. Registration is required, there is no cost for this program.

Amazing Race –Winterama Edition

PPL is hosting the Amazing Race event at Winterama on February 15th. Register your team of four and get ready for some fast-paced, fun winter activities. Registration forms are available at the circulation desk, and can be downloaded from our “adults” tab on our webpage. All ages are welcome to sign up.

Circle and Storytime

This wonderful program is for parents/caregivers and children to come and enjoy singing reading and playing, while learning about listening, turn-taking, rhyming, reading, counting, and being social, as well as language and communication skills. “Make & Take" craft to follow. In partnership with the Early On Centre. Our next session is Wednesday February 12th from 10:30-11:30am. This is a drop-in program for ages 0-6, free of charge.

We have both youth and adult Snowshoes, as well as Ice Fishing poles available for you to borrow with your library card. A great way to try out a new hobby for free!

New This Month @PPL

Adult Fiction – The Way Forward, Ruth Hartzler

Adult Non-Fiction – Regrow Your Veggies, Melissa Raupach

ADVD – Joker, Judy

JUVDVD- Abominable


Trail opens today

Midhurst / January 17, 2020 – The scenic Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail, which travels around the Museum's heritage buildings, historic equipment displays, and forest pathways, officially opens today for the 2020 winter season.

Spanning more than one kilometre in length, the outdoor Skating Trail is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). 

Please visit the Museum website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates on Skate Trail operations. Rates can be found on the website and include admission to the Museum. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.


Facebook: @SimcoeCountyMuseum

Twitter: @SimcoeCountyMUS

Telephone: (705) 728-3721

Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at for further details.


Another [Failed] Arctic Sea Ice Prediction Comes to Pass

The list of FAILED predictions claiming the Arctic would be devoid of summer sea ice has grown (yet again). Prof Peter Wadhams, of Cambridge University; and Prof Wieslaw Maslowski, of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California are the latest scientists left with egg on their faces.

Back in 2007, Professor Wadhams, a self-professed leading expert on Arctic sea ice loss (a genuine field?), claimed that summer sea ice would be completely gone by 2013. However, by 2013, the reality was that levels were actually 25% higher than they had been when Wadhams made his claim.

In 2012, I assume with the foresight that he was about to be proved wrong, Wadhams bumped his prediction up to 2016, a forecast supported by Professor Maslowski, who in 2013 published a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences forewarning of an ice-free Arctic by 2016, plus or minus three years.

Once again though, far from record lows, 2016 actually saw the quickest Arctic refreeze ever recorded, with the sea ice extent advancing 405,000 m2 (1.05 million km2) in just three weeks — the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) noted that that rate of refreezing was the fastest since its daily records began in 1987.

That contradicting reality didn’t stop Professor Wadhams cashing in on his scaremongering, however. His book entitled A Farewell To Ice –in which he again repeated the assertion that the polar region would ice-free within just a few years– was published in 2016 to the predictably-blind critical acclaim of AGW propaganda rags such as The Guardian, among others…

But now let’s be fair to Maslowski and his crystal ball, as this prof’s prophecies did give him some leeway; he had up-until 2019, remember–“ice-free by 2016, plus or minus three years“?

So, how did the Arctic’s minimum sea ice extent look last summer (2019)?

The Nowaay Ice Service @lstj - The Svalbarb #seaice aera from the ice chart for the 16th of January 2020 is 421,236 sq km. This is 30,962 sq km above the 1981 -2010 average.

The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.

NASA has recently revealed this upcoming solar cycle (25) will be “the weakest of the past 200 years.”



Toronto, ON Kenneth Beatty and Mona Gibson of Barrie have that “6/49 feeling” after winning the LOTTO 6/49 jackpot worth $25,127,625.50 in the January 8, 2020 draw. Kenneth and Mona matched all six numbers to win the prize. They also won an additional $2 on their ENCORE selection, bringing their total winnings to $25,127,627.50

Kenneth discovered their win using the OLG Lottery App. “I had to check six times, and then I had my wife check too,” he said, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up their cheque.

The married couple hasn’t yet made plans for the future.

“It feels great – like this is a new chapter in life,” they concluded.

LOTTO 6/49 players in Ontario have won over $12.9 billion in prizes since 1982, including 1,388 jackpot wins and 315 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws. LOTTO 6/49 is $3 per play and draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart on Essa Road in Barrie.