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CURBSIDE PICKUP

Springwater Public Library remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 but is continuing to offer curbside service during our regular open hours. 

 Please call your local branch for personalized requests or place holds using our website or app. All materials are quarantined for 5-7 days upon return in book drops. Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Elmvale Branch – 705-322-1482

           elmvale.library@springwater.ca

Midhurst Branch – 705-737-5650

           midhurst.library@springwater.ca

Minesing Branch – 705-722-6440

           minesing.library@springwater.ca

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

PINTEREST CLUB WITH LINDA AND LESLEY

Linda and Lesley share a cool craft /gift for you to work on.  Catch their debut video February 24th on Springwater Library YouTube channel. 

The craft is an awesome earthy wood sign project.  Kits are available for purchase by calling your Branch and arranging for payment and curbside pickup.  $5 per kit.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

LOOK WHAT YOU CAN TAKE HOME!

You can now checkout some of our cool new kits. 

Colour Blind Corrective Glasses – 3 different pairs compliments of PILESTONE in the kit to try.

Cognitive Care Kit (Games, activities and books to support  those with Alzheimers & Dementia

Light Therapy Lamp – provides full spectrum light  to help you get through winter.

Trekking Poles to help with balance and fitness.

Outdoor Explorers – includes compass, walkie talkies, binoculars and book).

Science Explorers – includes microscope, accessories and books.

Night Sky – includes telescope, attachments and books.

Bird Watching – includes binoculars, walkie talkies and books.

Fidget Toys –  includes lots of great boredom buster toys.

Getting Ready to Read , Beginning to Read & Reading Independently kits.

Be sure to place a hold on a kit today!

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

FEBRUARY FAMILY

Win one of 3 Smores Gift Baskets.  Request a February Family Challenge sheet from one of our 3 branches.  Complete all the challenges. Tick off each item turn in your completed sheet by March 1.  Draw will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 3rd.  (changed date so Kaitlyn can call in any last minute Minesing entries to Midhurst.)

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

EGO ANYONE?  MONTHLY SERIES

Get the kiddos making lego! It’s easy, it’s in your house and they could win a lego prize when they watch staff member Amanda’s video and then put together a fun creation.  February 18th theme is Rainbow.  Be sure to follow us at Facebook to catch our monthly series. 

Snap a quick picture of your lego creation and send it via email to midhurst.library@springwater.ca or below our Facebook post of Amanda’s video for your chance to win! 

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

COOL STEM KITS AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) play is now available to be checked out from the library.  Miss Amanda shows you how fun and interesting STEM is and how to use our STEM kits at home.  

Check our Springwater Library YOUTUBE channel. This month’s STEM video play is on MAGNIFYING BLOCKS and will come out on Friday, February 26th.More YouTube STEM videos that are available to view include:  Introduction to STEM,  Magna Tiles and Straws and Connectors and Squiggs.  Place a hold on your STEM kit today.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

MISS AMANDA’S STORYTIME

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.

The next couple of themes for  Storytime will be:  Snow and Feelings.  

Ask for you free Storytime Kit.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

KRAFTING WITH KATHY  (NEXT ONE March 4???

Kathy will share …………..the whole family to enjoy. This will be on our Springwater Public Library Facebook page, on our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel on Thursday February 4th for all to enjoy. Check out Kathy’s other great Krafting videos on our YouTube Channel.  Limited craft packages are available on a first come, first serve basis from your local branch. Call or email to reserve your package.  For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

E-BANKING & FRAUD – ADVANCE NOTICE

Thursday March 4, 3pm on Zoom

Grab your tea and join experts Kirsten Bradley and CateTheriault from BDO to find out how to get all your banking done without stepping outside your door. This session will also educate the consumer on spotting various fraudulent techniques and how to avoid some of the most recently reported methods. This will be followed by a Q & A. This one hour informative session will be done via Zoom on Thursday March 4, 3pm. Please call the library at (705) 737-5650 to register and a link will be sent to you two days before the event

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

20/21 INTERNATIONAL PLOWING MATCH AND RURAL EXPO IS MOVING FORWARD

Directors and staff of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association are proud to announce that they will be “Moving Forward” with plans for the 20/21 International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo.  While continuing to honour and respect the health situation and health regulations caused by Covid-19, the organizers will be simultaneously   planning both the traditional IPM and a re-envisioned IPM.

Local and Provincial volunteers look forward to welcoming visitors to the Municipality of Kawartha Lakes from Wednesday, October 13th to Saturday, October 16th.    As planned, the IPM will be hosted on the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring farms.

The traditional IPM features such as the BMO Plowing Competition, the Hydro One Education and the Queen of the Furrow Competition presented by Ontario Mutuals may look a little different this year but you can be assured they will be just as exciting and memorable.

Alternate designs for both the Tented City and the RV Park are being developed.   The revised designs will protect our exhibitors, volunteers and visitors with additional health protocols.

“Our provincial and local volunteers will be ramping up their committee planning with conference calls and video calls.  And, we really look forward to the in-person committee and community meetings that we will be held just as soon as the provincial health situation allows”, said Don Priest, vice-president of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association.

As part of their commitment to the community, and through the generosity of the Celebrate Ontario grant programme, the Ontario Plowmen’s Association was pleased to partner with the Lindsay Agricultural Society to present the “Merry and Bright Festival”.  The IPM display highlighted some of the features you will be able to see in-person at the 20/21 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.

Visitors and volunteers are urged to check additional plans and progress at www.plowinghmatch.org

For further information, please contact:

ONTARIO PLOWMEN’S ASSOCIATION, Sheila Marshall, president, Don Priest, vice-president,

188 Nicklin Road, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7L5      519-767-2928  cathy@plowingmatch.org

Ontario Heritage Week

Every year, during the third week of February, the Province celebrates Ontario Heritage Week, honouring Ontario’s irreplaceable heritage resources, and celebrating the many thing that make Ontario such an incredible place to live, work and play. Each February, the Ontario Heritage Trust encourages all Ontarians to participate in Heritage Week – to celebrate heritage in all its forms (cultural and natural, architectural, archaeological and collections), and our diverse traditions and cultural expressions.

Heritage week provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and communities to reflect on their contributions to Ontario, learn how heritage is promoted and commemorated, and think about how it might help to shape the future.

This year’s Ontario Heritage Week runs from February 15 to 21, and will focus on our province’s natural environment and the natural heritage properties the Ontario Heritage Trust works to preserve and protect. The Ontario Heritage Trust owns 170 natural heritage properties that protect 4,116 hectares (10,073 acres) of provincially significant natural heritage lands across the province. These properties protect a variety of rare and sensitive environments, including wetlands, forested areas, cliffs, and a rare northern Ontario orchid habitat. Some of our natural heritage properties also have provincially significant archaeological sites. The Ontario Heritage Trust works in collaboration with a range of partners, including conservation authorities, land trusts, field naturalists and the Bruce Trail Conservancy to steward these lands.

This year, Ontario Heritage week will be moving to a virtual platform, with the Ontario Heritage Trust, along with local communities, hosting a variety of virtual events, including tours of heritage properties as well as online presentations and discussions. I encourage each and every one of you to take the time this week to learn more about our local heritage through these excellent virtual presentations.

I encourage all of you to virtually visit our local museums, including the Simcoe County Museum, and natural heritage sites. We are lucky to live in such a historically rich area, as Simcoe County is home to 40 Ontario Heritage Trust plaques, including: the Willow Creek Depot, Hewitt Bernard, the Nine Mile Portage, Steamboating on Lake Simcoe and many more. A full list can be found at the Ontario Heritage Trust website.

Learn more about the virtual events and listings in our communities during Heritage Week, and all year long, by visiting the Ontario Heritage Trust’s website at www.heritagetrust.on.ca

Official Plan Review – Stakeholder Meeting

 A public engagement session will be held by the Township of Springwater on February 23, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom to provide an update on the Township of Springwater Official Plan Review (OPR) project and an overview of the draft Background Studies completed to date. These major reports include: 

The Population-Related Employment Land Market Study – Assesses whether there is an adequate amount of designated lands within the Township to accommodate commercial and institutional growth to the year 2031.

The Intensification Strategy – Builds on the recommendations of the 2018 Growth Management Strategy to identify opportunities to facilitate intensification within the Township in support of meeting targets established by the Simcoe County Official Plan.

The Bayfield Street Corridor Study – Evaluates intensification opportunities along Bayfield Street near Snow Valley Road and provides an urban design approach to ensure an appropriate scale and mix of land uses to meet forecasted needs.

Stakeholders/residents will be provided with a presentation and an opportunity for question and answers. To learn more about how to participate and/or submit comments, please review the Stakeholder Meeting Information letter. 

For additional information on the Township’s Official Plan Review, its progress to date and to view the draft Background Reports, please visit springwater.ca/OPR.

Georgian offering virtual events for people who want to get to know us

Curious about Georgian College and want to find out more about your postsecondary options? We’re here to help. The college is offering a series of monthly Get to Know Georgian virtual events – Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 23 from 6 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, April 20 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Whether you’re thinking about attending Georgian yourself or are a parent or supporter of a future student, this event is your opportunity to connect with our friendly recruitment team about all things Georgian.

Get to Know Georgian is a great opportunity to:

learn about Georgian’s flexible study options, including 130+ programs and opportunities for full-time, part-time and online study

get information on the many supports available to students

find out about the Georgian Learning Guarantee

discover financial aid options

and more

There will also be a Q&A session where people can ask specific questions about Georgian. Plus, those ready can learn how Georgian will cover the $95 OCAS application fee so they can apply for FREE!

“Get to Know Georgian is the ideal opportunity to find out what Georgian College has to offer as you or your loved one explore postsecondary options,” said Kristy Linklater, Associate Director, Marketing and Recruitment. “Our knowledgeable and friendly student recruitment team is here to answer all your questions, and assist you with applying to college. We can’t wait to meet you virtually!”

Register online and get full details at GeorgianCollege.ca/GetToKnowGeorgian.

Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Charlee’s Run in Support of Soldiers’

Virtual Event Raises Awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

 ORILLIA, ON – Registration for the 5th Annual Charlee’s Run event is now live on CharleesRun.com. Once again, the run will be taking place virtually to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Charlee’s Run is an annual fundraising event named in honour of Charlee Clare Holmes, who passed away in 2011 only a few hours after birth. Her parents, Dave and Mallory Holmes, started the run as a way to end the silence surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. To date, the event has raised more than $185,000 for paediatric and neonatal needs at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

 This year, participants are invited to run or walk along any route for any distance on May 8, 2021. Festivities will kick off at 9:45 a.m. on the official Charlee’s Run Facebook page with a virtual Bubble Ceremony to celebrate the lives of all the little ones taken too soon. It will be followed by a virtual warm-up and the official event start.

 The registration platform is new for 2021 and allows for more personalization from participants than in years past. It also provides an opportunity to follow along with the event’s fundraising progress as funds come in. Early-bird registration pricing is in effect from now until March 14th. Children 12 and under are free to register.

 Every year, more than 1,000 babies are born at Soldiers’ and some of these infants need a little extra help at birth. The funds raised from Charlee’s Run 2021 will support the purchase of a Panda Bedded Warmer with resuscitation system.

 To register for the event or to make a donation, please visit CharleesRun.com.

  About Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation

The OSMH Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the communities it serves. The Foundation fundraises to purchase medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the Hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community-based healthcare.