"Calling all Seniors and Seniors-to-be"
On Tuesday, December 4th at 7 P.M. in the Elmvale Community Hall, there will be an exciting presentation and interesting discussion about building a Seniors’ Residence in Elmvale. The Mayor-elect, Don Allen and several other members of Council, will be present as the committee outlines the needs and the possibilities. There will also be a presentation on The Tollendale Village (Barrie) success story.
In 2016, the average life expectancy of a Canadian was 82.3 years, and it continues to rise. The researchers tell us that living in your own home can result in loneliness, frustration and depression as routine chores become daunting. Malnutrition has become a concern as singles snack and do not prepare nutritious meals.
The Committee is looking into building housing units for Seniors on a non-profit basis. With its friendly downtown core, where one can go to shops, restaurants, get their hair done, and go to the library and arena, Elmvale would be the ideal place to build in Springwater Township.
Come out to the meeting where you can share your thoughts, ideas, and comments to help make Springwater Township the very best place to live.
(Refreshments will be provided)
Sam Langman Rosemary Johnston Craig Beacock
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Anten Mills News with Dennis Gannon
Thank you to all who attended a Remembrance Day service on November 11th. Remembering those who served so that we have the freedom we enjoy is the least we can do. At sunset on November 11th, church bells across the country rang out for 100 times at 5 second intervals commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The bells at St. Patrick’s in Phelpston joined in the chorus and we were happy to participate.
The past weekend weather gave us a small taste of winter and with that thoughts of the ice rink at the community park. Joe Racco has been the driving force at the rink for the past number of years and he has handed the reigns over to Chad Muir. Volunteers are always appreciated so contact Chad if you would like to help out and watch our Facebook page for cleanup and opening dates.
It’s exciting to see what being a rink rat can bring and the Racco family couldn’t been more proud of daughter Emily. Often seen at our rink and a student at EDHS, Emily has been awarded an academic and athletic hockey scholarship at Post University in Connecticut. Congratulations Emily and we look forward to the day you are representing Canada at the Olympics.
It’s time to make your plans to attend our 4th annual Tree Lighting on Saturday December 8th and our 21st Santa Claus parade on December 9th. In the past neighbours on several of the streets got together and entered their amazing entries in the parade. Rumour has it that a new street is putting together an entry that will create some new rivalries. We are looking forward to seeing what they have created and remind everyone that we are looking for all sorts of entries. So get creative and let’s see your kazoo band, decorated lawn tractor or family float. If you operate a business what a great way to let the community know. All entries are welcome and check the Facebook page for more information.
Our community is becoming known for our Holiday Spirit and the light displays throughout. There is consideration of an unofficial contest for the best decorated home. Why not do a little extra this year and maybe you could be our first winner.
If you are looking to purchase a live Christmas Tree this year consider getting one from the South Springwater Firefighters Association. The firefighters have been selling the trees for over 20 years and are great supporters of our community events. Money raise goes directly back into the projects they support. Trees go on sale November 24th at 14 Finlay Mill Rd. Midhurst directly next to the library.
The next meeting of the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association is tonight, November 15 starting at 7:30 at the Community Centre. As usual, everyone from the community is more than welcome to attend and hear what is being planned.
EDHS Update - Nov 10 2018
Students are getting excited about the new addition that has been taking shape so close to them. Parents and residents of the communities served by EDHS are driving by to get a look. One resident takes his camera with him on his morning walks hoping to get a look at what is going on. Finally, he got a few shots in windows and open doors.
The new Fitness Centre is being tendered at this time and will soon be under construction. The different parts of this major undertaking (construction and reorganizing of the educational model) are well underway.
It has been great to see the number of local contractors that have been employed on this project.
Congratulations to Peter Beacock for his re-election to the Simcoe County District School Board. He says that he wants to see the EDHS project to completion, and he wants to see that the students of Simcoe County get the best possible educational experiences.
Wyevale News with Ruth Ann Csaton
• Happy birthday wishes go out to Donalda Columbus, Joanne Ritchie, Richard Small, Emily Hall, Suzanne Robitaille, Hayley VanderVoort, Anne Marie Grant, Frances Marshall, Ryan Labrash, Raymond Hamelin, Tony Withall and Peter Mertz.
• Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons in the church basement at 1 p.m. $2.50 per person. Light lunch & prizes. Winners from Nov. 2nd were: 1st Nancy Ebenon, 2nd Bev Bunn and 3rd Judy Hall. Winners from Nov. 9th were: 1st Marg Irvine, 2nd Marilyn Bumstead and 3rd Vern Beacock. Everyone welcome.
• A very nice Remembrance Day Service was conducted on Sunday November 11th in Wyevale Church.
• Sat. Dec. 1st is the Santa Claus Parade in Wyevale. The theme is “Santa’s Workshop”.
• Sun. Dec. 9th is White Gift Sunday and also a Board Meeting.
• Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274
Hillsdale Highlights Alissa Shanahan
• Christmas Bazaar: December 1st is a busy day in Hillsdale, because before you come to the tree lighting, you must stop at St. Andrew’s Church for their annual Christmas bazaar! The bazaar is open from 9am-2pm, and it’s a wonderful place to get some Christmas shopping done. If you are interested in having a booth at the bazaar to sell your treasures, call Faye Trew at (705) 835-3180.
• Social Time at St. Andrews: The monthly Coffee Hour is back! Stop on by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (6 Mill Street West) 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 next coffee hour is Thursday, November 15th, with the next one being Thursday, December 20th.
• 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, November 16th.
• Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm. Please note that the next meeting will be Wednesday, November 28th. Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!
Greetings Springwater residents. As I write this there is snow falling and I am a little excited about this although I don’t anticipate it sticking around for long. The reason I’m happy about the snow is because the rain over the last several weeks has made it so miserable and dark, the whiteness of the snow brightens everything up a little bit.
Tree Lighting - Sunday November 25th is a date you should definitely mark on your calendars. It is the annual tree lighting at the Minesing Community Centre. Come out with family and friends between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Santa and Swampy will be available to take pictures with so bring your camera to snap those photos. There will be face painting by Mrs. Claus, Christmas caroling and crafts, colouring for the kids and Christmas vendors set up in the community centre. There will also be pizza and hot chocolate to enjoy. In an effort to help support our local food banks, we will be collecting food and monetary donations. We look forward to seeing everyone out to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.
I know this is a little late in the paper but I want to congratulate Wanda Maw-Chapman on her success in the recent municipal election. Wanda is very generous with her time and efforts spent making Minesing a better place to live and I know she will be there for all of those in her Ward. As a life-long resident of Springwater Township, Wanda has a passion to keep it a great place to live and raise our families.
Until next time, stock up on the sidewalk salt and be sure to get your tires changed for winter!
Rural Intentions – a word from Craighurst
Remembrance Day found us in Coldwater once again, where a large crowd came out for the Sunday service despite the snow and cold. The cenotaph is next to a gas station and it always amazes me (not in a good way) that people drive up and down the main street and even stop to get gas during the ceremony.
None the less it was a moving event and it's always lovely to see the school kids in the parade. These little ones stood pretty darn still during the ceremony and even doffed their hats during the lowering of the flag. This is something I had always wondered about myself - when the commanding officer calls out "Remove headdress!" is everyone supposed to take off their hat? Some post service google searching revealed that this is indeed the expectation, at least for men.
Four hours later we found ourselves some 300 kilometers away, in the town of Strathroy. There we attended the 100 bells ceremony to mark 100 years since the bells rang out across Europe declaring the end of the war. At 5:05 pm, the Town Hall bell started ring, followed by the Clock Tower Bell across the street. (A photo of the beautiful town hall is included.) These two historic buildings talked to each other in this way for 100 rings as the residents of Strathroy stood silent in respect. It was one of the most beautiful thing's I'd ever heard or seen.
After the event, I saw a number of people leave their poppy at the cenotaph. Poppy protocol requires that we always wear it on the left, always use a poppy purchased from a legion volunteer, and don't bling it up with other accessories.
My friend gave me a poppy holder that she purchased at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. It is a pin that perfectly and elegantly replaces the black centre of the poppy. You can't tell that it's not being held by the typical straight stick pin unless you look very closely. It is one of the most practical things ever invented: literally right up there with the screw driver and the skillet. If the Royal Canadian Legion were to sell these little pins with their poppies, I'll bet they would easily triple their revenue.
I confess that the custom of leaving poppies at the Cenotaph causes me some angst. If you can get it anchored safely into a wreath then I guess that's okay, but having a plethora of synthetic poppies and stick pins blowing around doesn't feel like a good idea.
So here are two practical suggestions for the Royal Canadian Legion, offered with respect and heartfelt interest.
1) Sell poppy holders - something safer and more practical than a stick pin - and
2) place something at the Cenotaph that holds the respectfully discarded poppies more securely.
My poppy holder hasn't prevented me from buying new poppies. Dave and I pretty much donate every time we pass a Legion volunteer. Keeping our Legions going, and continuing to educate our school children are the most important things we can do to ensure the sacrifices of those that went to war are not forgotten.
So keep buying those poppies. Lest we forget.
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. 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.
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.
PaperPeas Cardmaking Club
This program at the Midhurst Branch, 6:30pm-9:30pm costs $15 for five original hand-made cards based on a monthly theme. Please register and pre-pay to reserve your spot. Tuesday November 20 Christmas theme.
Library Board Open House
Our current library board members invite you to attend their friendly succession open house immediately prior to the board meeting. This allows interested applicants to ask questions of the current board and afterwards sit in on the board meeting if they would like to do so. Tuesday November 20, 6:30pm at Midhurst Branch with board meeting to start at 7pm.
Learn to Meditate
Join professional meditation teacher Maria Elizabeth and learn what meditation is all about, experience a guided meditation and learn how to meditate on your own. Register for Thursday November 22, 6pm-7pm at Elmvale Branch.
PA Day Movie
Friday November 23, 1:30pm at Minesing and Elmvale Branch. Come watch a free viewing of Incredibles 2! Water and a bag of popcorn are just $3.
Holiday Crafting Day
All ages are welcome to this drop in program with hot chocolate, fun times and you can walk away with an amazing DIY spectacular Christmas craft! Saturday November 24, 11am-2pm at Midhurst Branch and Saturday December 1, 11am-2pm at Elmvale Branch and Friday December 7, 3:45pm at Minesing Branch.
Harry Potter World
Want a monster of a good time? Come to our Fantastic Beasts themed event! Create your own Fantastic Beast, find Niffler’s lost gold coins, make your own bowtruckle and more! Saturday November 24, 1pm-4pm Elmvale Branch. Midland Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter event on Friday November 23, 10am-2pm.
Great Beginnings Book Club
This brand new book club is looking for members! Our inaugural book will be The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George and we will meet the last Saturday of each month (November 24), 3pm-4pm at Midhurst Branch.
Holiday Tags, Cards and Wrapping Paper
Use your fingerprints and we’ll provide the materials so you can personalize your Christmas gifts this year! Monday November 26, 3:30pm-5:30pm at Elmvale Branch and Thursday December 6, 4:30pm-6:30pm at Midhurst Branch. Registration is required to ensure adequate supplies.
Adults and children age 8 and up must register for this party that includes an ugly sweater contest to win a dozen cookies from “The Naked Cookie Company”, decorate your own sugar cookie, hand spa treatments courtesy of Eve from Arbonne, participate in the White elephant gift exchange, make your own dessert parfait supplied by Whitney from Epicure, make Christmas crackers and holiday tags with the PaperPeas company and play some holiday games! Friday November 30, 6:30pm-8pm at Midhurst Branch. Cost $3.
Holiday Wood Signs
Sign up for this fun adult paint night to make a gift or keep yourself! There will be stencils and paint with an example to follow. Friday November 30, 7pm at Minesing Branch. Cost $5.
Storytime Christmas Caroling
All ages are welcome to come to a special storytime then listen (and sing along!) with the student choir from Elmvale District High School as they sing in the library! Friday December 7, 10am is storytime and 10:30am the caroling will start at Elmvale Branch.
Senior Sponge Painting
After the success of the last senior sponge painting program we are back for round two with a Christmas theme! Monday December 10, 2pm-3pm Elmvale Branch. Please register to ensure adequate supplies.
Southern Georgian Bay home sales remain below year-ago levels in October
Residential sales recorded through the MLS® system for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 295 units in October 2018. This was down 8.4% from October 2017.
On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 2,679 units over the first 10 months of the year. This was down 20.6% from the same period in 2017.
The Southern Georgian Bay region comprises two distinctive markets.
Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, the Municipality of Meaford, and Grey Highlands, numbered 182 units in October 2018. This was down 8.1% from October 2017.
On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered 1,588 units over the first 10 months of the year. This was down 20.4% from the same period in 2017.
Meanwhile, home sales in the Eastern Region, encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny, Severn, and Georgian Bay Townships, numbered 113 units in October 2018. This was down 8.9% (11 sales) from October 2017.
On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Eastern Region numbered 1,091 units over the first 10 months of the year. This was down 20.9% from the same period in 2017.
“Home sales were still running at somewhat subdued levels in October, a little below the 10-year October average in both the Western and Eastern Districts of the Association’s geographical area,” said Matthew Lidbetter, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “At the same time, active listings have barely budged from the historical lows they hit some two years ago. That is keeping the markets tight and placing a firm floor under prices.”
There were 443 new residential listings in October 2018. This was an increase of 20.4% from the 16-year low recorded in October 2017.
Overall supply remains near record lows. Active residential listings numbered 1,052 units at the end of October. This was up 6.3% from the end of October 2017.
Months of inventory numbered 3.6 at the end of October 2018, up a bit from the 3.1 months recorded at the end of October 2017 but less than half the 10-year average of 6.9 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
The dollar value of all residential transactions in October 2018 was $145.7 million, edging down just 0.6% from the same month in 2017.
Sales of all property types numbered 330 units in October 2018, down 7.3% from October 2017. The total value of all properties sold was $157.9 million, up 0.9% from October 2017.
Consult your Local REALTOR® for market conditions and home value information specific to your neighbourhood.
Our REALTORS® live, work and play in Southern Georgian Bay and have the local knowledge you simply need to know! Encompassing several communities along the shores of southern Georgian Bay, approximately 1½ to 2 hours from Greater Toronto, the area is one of Canada’s premier four season recreational playgrounds.
The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® represents over 570 REALTORS® registered with its member offices. The geographical area served by the Association includes the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny and parts of Severn and Georgian Bay Townships; Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains and portions of the Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands.
Matthew Lidbetter, President
Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®
TRADESPEOPLE ARE AMONG THE HAPPIEST WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY, NEW STUDY SHOWS
A 2018 study of 986 workers in the Skilled Trades reveals that they are among the happiest workers in Canada.
The report, called Trading Up: Why the Future of Education in Canada Must be Skilled, provides evidence for why careers in the Skilled Trades should be described has highly fulfilling in higher education conversations, especially given the country’s desperate need for skilled workers in the industrial sector.
“Compared to the general working population, Tradespeople are much more likely to have fun at work and to feel like they can be themselves. They also have more freedom to be an entrepreneur or work anywhere in the world,” says Project Director Dr. Jon Callegher of George Brown College. “But most importantly, they feel a much stronger sense of accomplishment and purpose. This can’t be underestimated given the amount of time we spend at our jobs and our individual desire for meaning in life.”
While the report is written for an audience of educators, administrators, and students, Callegher hopes it also reaches immigrant parents, who are more likely than their domestic counterparts to view jobs in the Trades as low status.
The report reveals that 64% of tradespeople believe they have “really accomplished something worthwhile” through their work, compared with 47% of general working population. They are also more likely to report that their work gives them a “sense of success and achievement” (68% vs. 49%) and “a lot of satisfaction” (65% vs. 48%). As well, 60% of tradespeople report “often having fun” while working, compared with 43% of other working Canadians.
“But what parents—immigrants and domestic—may not realize,” say Callegher, “is that careers in the Skilled Trades are much less stressful and allow for greater work-life balance than jobs in other sectors, in addition to being secure and well-paying.”
The need to promote the Skilled Trades in a new light inspired the creation of a YouTube series that Callegher calls Job Talks. His research team travelled across Ontario to film Tradespeople talking passionately about their jobs and editing the interviews into short, high impact videos for educators, counsellors, and trainers to share with students and parents.
“The response from educators and students has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Callegher. “It’s really captivating when you can see and hear the passion in someone’s voice when they talk about their work.” The video series continues to grow, which hundreds of subscribers and over 65,000 views.
“For our researchers, the community acts as an extension of the classroom,” said Krista Holmes, Director of Research and Innovation at the college. “Our social innovation projects build a lasting bridge between the college and these communities that surround them. Job Talks is a prime example of this principle in action: the project has taken raw data and mobilized it to tell a meaningful story of workplace fulfillment and change the way we view the trades.”
The study was conducted through funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and from the CWB Welding Foundation. Project partners also included GBC’s Office of Research & Innovation, Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, Q.i. Value Systems, Skills Ontario, and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
Callegher’s newest initiative is Job Talks Construction, a deep-dive survey of construction industry workers in Ontario in partnership with the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA), and the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA).
To download the Trading Up report and view the video series, visit www.jobtalks.org
Serenata Choir brings Christmas Collaboration to Midland and Elmvale
The Serenata Choir rings in its 31st season with a seasonal concert entitled, Christmas Olde & New, which will host some of the region’s finest musicians.
Serenata’s New Music Director, Midland Native, Ms. Victoria Warwick, is an advocate of music collaboration. She says, “There is a tremendous wealth of musical talent in this area… and everyone benefits from these collaborations – audience and participants alike.”
And the proof is in the Christmas pudding! Christmas Olde & New will feature Midland’s own Children’s Community Choir, deemed one of the most outstanding choirs in Ontario! Also performing: Vivo - an Italian musical term for “lively” – and they are! This scholarship-awarded ensemble, part of the Children’s Community Choir organization, has a repertoire ranging from Bach to Broadway, from full accompaniment to a cappella singing. As well, the Bell A’Peal Handbell Choir will take to Serenata’s stage. The hauntingly beautiful sound of their consecrated bells is believed to have the power to dispel storms, and protect those in peril on the sea.
The collaboration doesn’t stop there. Mr. Colin Eccles will be joining Serenata’s own distinguished accompanist, church music director and long-time Huronia resident, Mr. Bob Bruer, at the piano. Colin teaches ballet and choreography, piano and theory in Collingwood and is an active piano accompanist in the region. What’s more, a brilliant Brass Ensemble consisting of Sadie Bridgemanon and Kelly Duguay on cornet, Matthew Rodnick and Dan Donaldson on trombone, and David Taylor on flugelhorn, will also play its part.
Serenata brings Christmas Olde & New to St. Paul’s United Church in Midland on Saturday, November 24th at 7:30 pm, and to St. John’s United Church in Elmvale on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available from Johnstone’s Music Land, Serenata Choir members, and at the door, at a cost of $20 for adults, $15 for students. Children under 12 are free.
Also in the spirit of collaboration, Serenata Choir will partner with St. Paul’s United Church in Midland this Christmastime, to present a benefit entitled Christmas Song & Story, on Sunday December 9th at 7:30 pm, with goodwill offerings going to Midland’s Guesthouse Shelter. Over the years, Serenata Choir's collaborative Christmastime presentations have raised over $10,000 to benefit the Guesthouse.
A non-profit community-based organization, Serenata Choir invites those who love to sing, to join at any time. No experience is necessary, no audition is required, to share in the joyful experience of song with Serenata Choir.
TIM HORTONS® annual Smile CookieTM campaign raises a record amount of (cookie) dough for local charities Elmvale District High School receives $5,029 from Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign
Elmvale, October. 19, 2018 – There were plenty of smiles in Elmvale during this year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign. The simple act of buying a chocolate chunk cookie lovingly decorated with blue eyes and a cheerful pink smile raised $5,029 for Elmvale District High School as part of a record breaking national campaign.
“We always look forward to participating in the annual Smile Cookie campaign,” says Jennifer Cote and James Lapcevich, Tim Hortons restaurant owners. “We want to thank our loyal guests and dedicated team members – this year’s campaign was a huge success because of their support. The money we raise makes a real difference in our community and we’re so happy to be part of it again this year.”
This year’s Smile Cookie campaign that ran from September 17-23, supported more than 500 charities in Canada and raised a record breaking $7.8 million nationally.
“It’s amazing that the small act of buying a cookie can make such a big impact,” says Dan Macdonald, Principal, Elmvale District High School. “Thank you to Tim Hortons for the continued partnership. We are so happy that our local community came out in support of Elmvale District High School and we can’t wait to make a difference with the dollars raised.”
Visit www.timhortons.com/smilecookie for a complete list and to learn more about the charities that will benefit from the millions of Smile Cookies sold as part of this year’s campaign.
About Tim Hortons Tim Hortons®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,700 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at www.timhortons.com.