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Springwater Public Library’s Creative Seniors Program Launched June 22nd 
Elmvale, ON – Springwater Township Public Library (STPL) is pleased to announce that its Creative Springwater program launched on June 22nd, thanks to the $28,800 Seed grant the Township of Springwater received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2020. The program tests a new delivery model for seniors by linking them directly to local professional artists through virtual workshops and tours. Workshop supplies will be provided directly to participants. “Our local libraries are an important part of our communities. Through them, residents can discover a love of reading, or find new ways to remain connected to their community,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. “With this funding the Springwater Public Library in Elmvale will continue to enrich the lives of those in the community through art, culture and a better understanding of our shared heritage.” Funds from the OTF grant are being used help with staffing, workshop costs, professional and curated virtual tours, and marketing. A one-on-one How to Zoom tutorial is offered for those who would like more experience using the virtual platform. The Creative Seniors program will run throughout the summer and fall. For more information on the Creative Seniors Project, and how you can become involved, please visit: www.springwater.library.on.ca or call the Elmvale Branch 705-322-1482.  “We are excited to offer the seniors in our community a unique opportunity to explore creativity in new ways,” stated Joanne Nijhuis, SEED Grant Project Coordinator. “We can’t wait to get started.” STPL prides itself on offering outstanding customer service while providing information and entertainment to Springwater residents. STPL operates three physical branches (Elmvale, Midhurst, and Minesing) as well as a robust digital branch consisting of our website, social media platforms, online resources, ebooks, and virtual programs. In 2019, STPL circulated almost 100,000 items and had over 93,000 visits. Springwater is a mix of urban and rural in the centre of Simcoe County, with a population of approximately 19,000 residents. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF has awarded more than $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Elmvale-Springwater Farmer’s Market Season 2021 
The Elmvale-Springwater Farmer’s Market season 2021 was off to a rainy start with short breaks in between cloudbursts – good for the farmers but perhaps somewhat inconvenient for the average shopper.  Scheduled to be held every Friday from 9 am to 2 pm from June 18th until September 17th, the market boasts an impressive variety of goods: fresh fruits and vegetables; jams and jellies and sauces; baked goods and sweets e.g. breads, buns, pies, cookies, butter tarts and cinnamon buns; short order meal e.g. peameal-on-a-bun and cold drink; handcrafted jewellery e.g. bangles, necklaces; assortment of meats and cheeses; hand-sewn/knitted items e.g. tea-towels, placemats, decorative table covers, mittens, sweaters, bags, custom-made dog-coats; books and magazines (for sale by donation) and a truck draw.  Where else can you find such a wide range of items in one place?  Please come out and support our local businesses.  Vendors included Valley Farm Market, Georgian Bakery, Krysta Marie Designs, Say Cheese, Elmvale Lioness and Lions Clubs, El-Cam Farm, Birch Farm Butter Tarts, Lady Bug Designs, Sister Act and the Springwater Library.  Written by Connie Smith

Flos Agricultural Bursary Winners
For the last several years, the Flos Agricultural Society has awarded a bursary to students who have contributed/participated in the Elmvale Fall Fair and who are heading off to further education following their secondary schooling. We are proud to announce the winners for 2021 who learned of their winning in their respective commencement exercises held in June. In keeping with the social distancing requirements this year, the foursome met on a Zoom platform with our President, Doug Ritchie. Congratulations to all and good luck in your future endeavours.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 262 Elmvale Recieves Thoughtful Donation
Below is the presentation of a cheque for $500.00 to theRoyal Canadian Legion Branch 262 Elmvale by the Elmvale District Horticultural Society, now known as Elmvale District Garden Enthusiasts (EDGE). EDGE has been meeting at the Legion for many years and appreciate the support that the legion has given to them. This presentation was a way of saying thank you. Shown below from left to right: Graham Simmonds, President, Branch 262; Bev O’Neill, Treasurer, EDGE; Joanne Ritchie, Co-Chair, EDGE; Sharon Chambers, Co-Chair, EDGE; Frank Beasley, Secretary Branch 262.