2017 Annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner -   Cheque Presentations

The 2017 Annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner, held this summer at the Brooklea Golf and Country Club, was a success with $60,000 being raised for local charities.

 At the September 25, 2017 Council Meeting, Mayor Cornell and Council were very pleased to present the proceeds to the charitable recipients.

 The 2017 charitable recipients included: 

Hospice Huronia

 Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre

Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation

Township of Tiny Bursary Program

Wheels 4 Wheels, Huronia Seniors’ Volunteer Care Team

We Are The Villagers

Midland & Penetanguishene Scouts & Guides Youth Groups

 Community Reach

 Quest Art School

 The Township of Tiny wishes to thank its many generous sponsors, volunteers, donors, participants and the organizing committee for their donation of time and money.  Next year’s tournament is scheduled on Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Brooklea Golf and Country Club and promises to be another great community event. Save the date!

 To view photos of the cheque presentations, please visit the Township’s website, Event Photos at


Pickleball Rocks in Pentanguishene

Pentanguishene embraces Pickleball, the new active and healthy sport, exploding in popularity.  The indoor  program takes place on Wednesday evenings at James Keating Elementary School.

“Typically, those who have played racquet sports enjoy pickleball. There is a camaraderie and friendliness between all players, no matter where they play. Most players are out to have a good time, and a fun workout but there are also opportunities for advance play which appeals to more competitive players.” ~ excerpt from the Pickleball Canada Newsletter.

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game uses the dimensions and layout of a badminton court. It’s played with a paddle and a whiffle ball. It can be played indoors our outdoors.

Pictured are the players that came out for the second night. Many are new players and they love it. They will soon be addicted to this sport.

Call Marlena Ladouceur, Recreation & Events Coordinator for the Town of Penetanguishene at  705-549-7453 x 223 to reserve a spot in the fall Pickleball session.  Space is limited.

Submitted by Garry Morehouse


Warden’s Golf Tournament

Photo caption (image attached): The team from Paul Sadlon Motors teed up to support the Warden’s Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Midhurst/ September 15, 2017 – Community supporters joined Warden Gerry Marshall at the Midland Golf and Country Club yesterday for the 13th Annual Warden’s Golf Tournament in support of regional mental health initiatives, including training and youth mental health programs.

This year’s tournament raised approximately $40,000. This is the start of a larger campaign and partnership with area organizations, such as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, focused on supporting regional mental health needs in Simcoe County.

“I’m thankful to all our generous sponsors and participants for supporting this important cause,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We are all impacted in some capacity by mental illness, as it’s estimated that one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem each year. The growing impact on our youth is extremely concerning and I’m proud that we are working with area partners and communities to make a lasting impact for those suffering from this illness.” 

The success of the Warden’s Golf Tournament as the first step in our campaign and partnership to support mental health initiatives in Simcoe County was made possible by community supporters and sponsors, including:

Gold Sponsors: R J Burnside and Associates Limited; Cowan Company; DeCast; Medical Pharmacies; Nottawasaga Inn; Geranium Corporation; and Cortel Group

Silver Sponsors: Town of Innisfil; Sargeant Hub International; Ainley Group

Bronze Sponsors: Walker Aggregates

Special Challenges Sponsors: Closest to the Pin sponsors: Lett Architects and Greenland Group Companies; Longest Drive sponsors: Pat Lalonde Fencing and the Jones Consulting Group; Hole in One Sponsors: Paul Sadlon Motors and Investors Group

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at


Mike Townes

I never knew that our Country has a Team Canada Dodgeball team. Also, I did not know that Jennifer Ritchie from Elmvale has played dodgeball for over ten years, winning a gold medal for Canada’s Women’s team in 2012 and 2013, as well as a silver medal in Melbourne, Australia in 2016.

The 2017 World Championships will be held in Toronto and Jennifer will be the team captain for the fourth time, the longest serving captain in Team Canada history. The Championship will be held from October 18 to the 21st in Markham at the Pan Am Centre. Best of luck to Jennifer and Team Canada in Markham!

The 2018 Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame has announced the nomination process is underway for the 2018 Induction ceremonies that will be held in September, 2018. The Board is encouraging nominators to submit their Athlete, Builder or Team nominee(s). Just visit the “Hall of Fame-Inductions” section of the website ( for helpful details and simple-to-use nomination forms. Any questions? Contact a member of the Springwater Sports Heritage Board or e-mail your questions through the website. The deadline for receiving nominations is March 30, 2018. 

Vasey are the 2017 Simcoe Rural Fastball Champions after defeating Minesing 9-7 last Thursday night. Vasey took the best-of-five series 3-1. They finished the regular league schedule in fourth place but they got hot at the right time losing only once in the playoffs. It was Vasey’s fifth title since 2004.

In my first April column last spring, I wrote:

By the time you read this, the 2017 Major League Baseball season will be in full swing. The Toronto Blue Jays started this season on the road with two games in Baltimore and then four in Tampa Bay. The home opener for Toronto will be Tuesday, April 11th against the Milwaukee Brewers who are in town for two games. The Orioles then come in for four.

The Blue Jays have always had trouble with Baltimore and have never played well in Tampa and the Milwaukee Brewers have been a thorn in their side when the Brewers were in the American League. Taking these into account, Toronto may not get off to a great start in 2017.

Well, the Blue Jays were 2-10 after playing those 12 games against Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee and Baltimore again. The trend for the season was set. Toronto came close to .500 several times but it was not meant to be.

Also I wrote:

I am picking Toronto to be competitive only if the starting pitching can produce the same results as last season. If not, I cannot see them with a winning record. They need a healthy Devon Travis and the return of Jose Bautista as an offensive threat to be a factor this season. They have questions, especially in the outfield, to be answered very soon, and Justin Smoak, at first base, has to increase his numbers or he will be gone.

The starting pitching could not produce the same results as last year.  Where was R.A. Dickey? (10-10, 190 innings pitched with Atlanta). Devon Travis was hurt most of the season and was no help to the team. Jose Bautista was no threat to the pitchers in the league batting just over .200, plus the outfield questions were never answered especially in left field. Justin Smoak had a career year and has solidified his spot on the team in the future.

More predictions: 

I am predicting Toronto to finish with a record under .500. I see them finishing 80-82, and fourth in their division.

Since the pitching was not as good as 2016, the Jays finished with a 76-86 record, but finished in fourth place.

More ranting:

Game one is over. Toronto loses 3-2 in 11 innings. They out-hit Baltimore 11-9, leave 13 on base, no bunts, no hit and runs plus eight strikeouts. They out pitched and out hit the Orioles but lose because the manager refuses to play “little ball.”

John Gibbons refused to admit his team was not the same as 2016 and after game one, things had nowhere to go but down. The team started 2-11 and never fully recovered the rest of the season because he thought the team would hit homeruns to win games. Toronto was the worst team in the American League in most offensive categories.

Quote of the Week: Doug Sanders, professional golfer: "I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect."