Little Stories

Craighurst Women’s Institute November 2019  Meeting

We began with our speaker, artist Charlotte Williams.  She had been setting up at the One of a Kind show in Toronto, so we were lucky to have her.  Charlotte does “Atmospheric Landscapes”, acrylic and water colour.  She told us of her career in entomology and accounting, which of course  led her to art.  Having lived in Wales and Brazil, Charlotte has a true global sense, and an appreciation of rural Canada, pastoral Brazil, Wales countryside.  Her works are unique.  Her greeting cards are also not to be missed, as is her website:

After a tea break Craighurst W. I. started our ninety first year of business. We opened with the Ode and Mary Stewart Collect.   The Catering Chair reported  on our recent  jobs.  We  discussed good works in the Community for the next two months, and we made plans for our December potluck meeting.  Once again we raised concerns about the County of Simcoe road widening through the village, a destructive plan for any pre-Confederation place, where the pioneers set their houses near the road, for easy access and not for four lane highways. Who in 1833, building a house,  would think to set back from the Penetang Road to accommodate sixteen foot wide teams of horses?  The meeting adjourned after a comedy routine by the President and Secretary, at 9:15.                                Sheila Craig


Minesing Moments

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 Greetings readers.  I blinked and all of a sudden the Christmas season is upon us and I realized that it has been some time since I sat down and shared some news and thoughts for our village.  I have a few things to let you all know about so here we go!

 Sunday December 1st is the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the community centre.  Activities begin at 4:30 and go to 6:30 p.m. with wagon rides around the village.  There will be face painting by Mrs. Claus, take your own pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts and caroling.  There will also be Christmas Vendors so you may be able to cross off a couple items from your shopping list!  The only cost is a donation to support our local food banks, food and monetary donations are greatly appreciated.  The tree lighting will take place at 6:30.  We look forward to seeing you out!

 The Minesing United Church, Evening Ladies Fellowship Group are holding a Cookie Walk on Friday December 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church (1662 Ronald Road, Minesing)  Come out and stock up on your favourite Christmas cookies, squares and candy for the holiday season.  Some crafts will also be available.

 I have enjoyed the gradual increase of Christmas decorations and lights being put up around the village and our Township.  It sure makes the season so much brighter and cheerful while we adjust to the darker evenings.  If you are trying to think of something to do during your evenings, hop in the car or take a walk to tour around our village or go further to surrounding villages.  There is a lot of Christmas spirit out there.

 As we all prepare for the Christmas season, as difficult as it can be, try to stay calm and cool in the shopping centres and parking lots.  It can be a stressful time of year.  Keep breathing and remember that it’s not what is under the tree, it’s who is around it that matters.

 Until next time, drive slower than normal and be safe as winter is now upon us.


Hillsdale Highlights

Alissa Shanahan

  • Hillsdale Tree Lighting: The 5th Annual Hillsdale Tree Lighting is happening on Saturday, December 7th at the hall on Hwy 93.  Arrive just before 6:00pm, as the lighting is happening just after 6:00pm.  The amazing men and women of the Hillsdale Fire Fighter’s Association will be there selling Christmas trees – and you can also bring canned food items to help them ‘stuff the truck’ for local food banks!  We hope to have the school’s choir performing again, and we hear that Santa himself will be making an appearance!  After the festivities, join your friends and neighbours inside the hall for some hot chocolate and baked goods, while the kids get crafty with our arts and crafts station in the basement.  To keep this event completely FREE, we are looking for donations of baked goods.  If you can bake (or even buy!) a dozen or two items, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you!
  • Christmas Tree Sale: The Hillsdale Fire Fighter’s Association will once again be selling Christmas trees at the fire hall beginning on November 30th!  Watch for the sign out front of the hall listing all the dates and times that trees will be sold so you can get your tree to take home and trim!
  • 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 December meeting, so please note that the next meeting will be Wednesday, January 22nd.  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.”


Penetang Library

Christmas Reading Challenge –For Kids and Grown-ups!

Get ready for a fun reading competition! We’re holding a Christmas reading challenge!  Come by the library, choose a beautifully wrapped book from our selection, unwrap it, read it, and come back to tell us about it for your chance to win a prize.  This is a great way to keep children engaged in literacy during the holidays, and a chance for grown-ups to discover authors and genres they may not otherwise read.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Workshop - Thursday December 5th  6:00-7:30pm

Back by popular demand! Join us for an evening of ugly sweater decorating.  You supply the sweater, we’ll supply the ugly!  Pre-registration is required by November 28th.   Bring a friend and get ready      for those holiday parties!

Gingerbread House Workshops - Registration required. Cost $15.00

Adults - Friday December 6th   5:00-7:30pm

Why should the kids have all the fun? Bring a friend and decorate your own gingerbread house, all supplies provided

Children –Saturday December 14th   2:00-3:30pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of gingerbread house decorating. are asked to bring  a tea towel, dish cloth, apron and a container to transport your house home in.

Circle & Story Time –Wednesday December 11th 10:30-11:00am

This wonderful program is for parents/caregivers and children. Come and enjoy singing, reading and playing while learning social and communication skills through songs, stories and playtime, followed by a “Make and Take”. This program is provided by our community partner EarlyOn. Suitable for infants to age 6.

Bath Bomb workshop-Thursday December 12th   6:00-7:00pm

Enjoy an evening of making scented bath bombs. These make a great stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts, or a nice treat for yourself.  $15 per participant. Pre-registration is required.

Our seasonal collections now circulate for the same amount of time as our regular collection. Check out our Christmas books for 3 weeks at a time, with the same household limits as our regular collection.

New This Month @PPL

Adult Fiction – Blue Bear Woman by Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau

Adult Non-Fiction – Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

YA Fiction – Kingdom of Ash by Sarah Maas

JUV-Fiction – A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

JP- Dinotrux, a read-along Wonderbook by Chris Gall

ADVD – Hobbs & Shaw

JUVDVD- The Lion King

PPL has something for everyone. To keep up to date with our program offerings check out our webpage, find us on Facebook by searching Penetanguishene Public Library and follow us on twitter @ PPLlibrarystaff. 


Memories of Traveling in Mexico  by Ed Donnelly

I have traveled to Mexico at least 4 times I think and each one had a different story to remember. The story begins with Milton & Donna driving us around to different sites and places. They lived in the Sierra Madre Mountains about 2 hrs east of Mexico City and Milton farmed with his brothers raising cattle on the ranch.

We drove along in these mountains for what seemed like hours and we were climbing all the way except for the downhill parts, when I seen this waterfall cascading from the top, or what looked like the top from our vantage point, and I wanted to refresh my face with this pristine water. I reached into the pool and cupped my hands like I would have done back home when Millie stopped me and told me not to even touch it. Why I wondered because it looked like it was coming from the top of the mountain and they were bare rocks, no place for a village or anything I thought. But the road went on around the mountain and up up we went again and lo and behold there was a village in front of us with this stream running down the gutter along the highway. The senorita's were sitting there picking through this truckload of yellow corn that had been dumped on the highway, the chickens were walking through it also and children in bare feet as well. The flowing water would have been the flushing of sewage that we take for granted, what a lesson for me. 


Rural Intentions – a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 “If I needed some brown sugar, where would I find it,” I called out to Dave. “It’s down here,” he responded and I watched as he trotted down the stairs to our family room and fished around in a cupboard low under our television. “You win,” I said. “I would never have thought to look there.” 

And so, the game of “find the food staple” has begun in the Mader household, signaling the start of all things Christmas.  Joseph, Mary, a small grouping of farm animals and the baby Jesus have taken up residence on my dry goods shelf and our clear glass pasta canisters have been turned into snow globes.

I went on the Maycourt Homes for the Holidays tour with my friend Fran a couple of weekends past and got to see how the designer homes do Christmas. Our house is something the opposite of all that.

“We put the kitsch in Christmas,” I said to Dave as I installed a circa 1974 pink tree topper on a shelf next to the home-made snow globes that once housed my macaroni noodles.  For us, Christmas isn’t about perfection: it’s about cherished memories and our own traditions that have evolved over 21 years of marriage. Every piece of festive bric-a-brac from our childhood has a home here, alongside every ornament we have purchased together as a couple.

But back to May Court: the May Court Club of Barrie is a dynamic group of people that raise funds for local charities. The club has a store at 54 Maple Avenue that takes in very good quality used clothing: you can find some gorgeous things at great prices there.  I met some of their high energy volunteers at the May Court Christmas Tea at the Highlands clubhouse In the photo with Fran and me is Susan Turner, May Court volunteer and fellow feline enthusiast.

Christmas has arrived in the village as well. St John’s church held their annual Christmas Bazaar where I like to stock up on holiday baking. Dwellings Home Décor, one of the designers on the May Court tour, exudes country Christmas warmth. Around the village, colourful lights are coming on to ward off the early evening darkness with their festive glow.  

Christmas décor competes with developers’ signage this year. There’s a lot going on and it’s increasingly difficult to know who owns what but there are at least 3 development holdings that I’ve counted so far including Maverick Developments that has posted a lease sign for Trax hair salon that is moving to the new pharmacy building. Blue Rock developments which owns a large acreage on the southeast corner of the lights and whose website promotes plans for a grocer anchor, Tim Hortons and 318 residential units. And then of course, Geranium’s interest on the northeast corner has been sold to local developer Jamie Massie who I had the opportunity to meet at an event recently. We had a great conversation and I’m pleased that if anyone is going to build behind my house, it’s a local business with a friendly, approachable owner that you can bump into around town. It will be some time yet before all that comes to pass so for now we can let the ghost of Craighurst Christmas future show us how things might be and explore how we can help to affect the best possible outcome. 


Wyevale News

Happy birthday wishes go out to Al Marion, Ann-Marie Grant, Sarah White, Hayley Nahuis, Lindsey Montgomery, Dennis Maheu, Fran Marshall, Raymond Hamelin, Jacob Staples, Tony Withall, Mansil Haughton, Reid McLiravey, Greg Helsom, Mya Dorion, John, Danny & Tony Nahuis.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. Adults $2.50, with prizes & light lunch. Winners from Nov. 15th were: 1st Nancy Emond, 2nd Anne Dempster and 3rd Betty Woolhead. Winners from Nov. 22nd were: 1st Ken Bye, 2nd Marguerite Stone and 3rd Pat Boyle. Everyone welcome.

Friday, Nov. 29th is the next Youth Group in the church basement.

Nov. 30th is our Annual Santa Claus Parade at 7 p.m. starting from the Fire Hall. Warm up after the Parade with hot chocolate, apple cider & snacks in the church centre. Get your picture taken with Santa before you leave.

Every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 is craft corner. Please call Pat Smith at 705.322.0224 for further info.

Dec. 1st is lighting of the first advent candle & communion.

Thursday, Dec. 5th is U.C.W. at 7 .m. Roll call is mittens, socks, toques, etc. for the Christmas Tree. Light program of music & fun.

Saturday, Dec. 7th is breakfast with Santa in the church basement.

Dec. 8th is the second advent candle, white gift & pageant with Rev. Kathleen Greidanus.

Memorial Christmas flowers and poinsettias for the sanctuary by deadline December 15th. Contact Betty Hall at 705.322.2857.

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


ANTEN MILLS NEWS by Dennis Gannon

The weather this past weekend was perfect for catching up on some of the chores that were delayed by the early winter blast we received. Around our community that allowed many homes to start their exterior Christmas decorating. We are known for having some of the best Christmas decorations around and taking a tour of the village in the coming weeks will show our Christmas spirit. Last year we had an unofficial outdoor Christmas decorating contest. Watch for more details in the next edition of the paper. Don’t forget that National Christmas Lights Day is Sunday December 1. Let’s light up our community that night

If you haven’t saved the date, then you better put a big circle around December 7th and 8th when Anten Mills celebrates our Christmas in the Village weekend. The festivities begin on the Saturday evening with a family Christmas movie under the pavilion at 5:30. The Springwater fire fighters will be bringing Santa to the community centre around 6:20 and there will be plenty of opportunities for photos with Santa along with tours of the fire trucks. At 6:45 there will be carolling followed by the lighting of the tree and ground displays at 7. There are over 1000 light bulbs on the tree and several hundred more on the ground displays and smaller trees. To cap off the evening, we will have a spectacular fireworks show.  Hot apple cider along with hot chocolate will be served throughout the night. And it will be a wonderful evening to walk through the village and take in the many Christmas lights on our homes. On Sunday our annual Santa Claus parade will wind its way through the streets. Marshalling will occur at the intersection of Pinery and Laddies Lane at 12:30 and the parade will step off at 1PM sharp. Remember that there is a slightly different route this year and it will be posted on the Anten Mills Facebook page. It’s not too late to put an entry in the parade. We know that there should be a friendly competition between two streets and hopefully another may enter this year. So if you own a business, have some dogs who like to walk, a lawn tractor or golf cart you want to decorate, a horse you like to ride, all are welcome. Drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know you are coming. We hold all of our community events through the donations and sponsors from the community. Anything you can provide to assist with these celebrations is appreciated. We are also a very giving community and for both events donations for the Food Bank are greatly appreciated. Bins will be out to receive your gifts. As well this year the Simcoe County Paramedics will be back accepting donations for their annual Toy Drive during the parade. So feel free to have your unwrapped toy available to give them as they go by.  This will be our 5th Tree Lighting and 22nd Santa Claus parade and planning on being a part of the weekend is a must for all families.

There are many other activities to take part in this weekend. On Saturday November 30th the South Springwater Fire Fighters Association are having their Christmas Tree Party from 1 to 5 at 14 Finlay Mill Road in Midhurst. The fire fighters are are celebrating selling trees for 30 years at the same location in support of their charities. The goal is to sell 30 trees on the 30th in recognition of 30 years. Come out and support the great work our fire fighters do. On Sunday our neighbours in Minesing, Midhurst and Hillsdale will all be having their Tree Lighting.  We wish them the very best and to check out the times and locations go to the Township website for more details. Elmvale will be welcoming Santa Claus with their parade on Sunday afternoon.

For the craft shoppers head over to the Minesing Central’s Holiday Market. The sale is Saturday December 7 from 9 to noon at the school. A perfect place to pick up some gifts and support the school.

That’s all for this edition, check out the Anten Mills Community Facebook page for updates and please send me your news and announcements at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Springwater Libraries

Christmas Tree/Craft Party

In association with the South Springwater Fire Fighter’s Association we are offering a special one day only event where you can purchase a tree for charity (the goal is to sell 30 trees in honour of 30 years of tree sales).  There will be a FREE photobooth with Santa, hot drinks, cookies, Sparky and firetrucks will be there and you can make a free Christmas craft at the library!  Saturday November 30, 1pm-5pm at 14 Finlay Mill Road (next to the Midhurst Branch).

Senior 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.

Holiday Party

Ugly Christmas Hat contest, decorate a sugar cookie, Eve from Arbonne is here for a hand spa treatment, enjoy a hot chocolate dessert bar by Whitney from Epicure, make pop up Christmas cards from the Paper Peas, have fun in the White elephant or Yankee swap gift exchange and enjoy some holiday games!  Adults and children age 8+.  Friday December 6, 6:30pm-8pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $3.  Max 30 party people so register early!

Holiday Wood Signs

Personalise your own wooden holiday sign!  Friday December 13, 7pm at Minesing Branch, cost $10.

Holiday Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation over the Christmas holidays are as follows:

Tuesday December 24 10am-2pm (Elmvale and Midhurst Branches only, Minesing closed)

Wednesday December 25 Closed

Thursday December 26 Closed

Friday December 27 10am-5pm

Saturday December 28 10am-4pm

Monday December 30 1pm-5pm

Tuesday December 31 10am-2pm

Wednesday January 1 Closed

Tuesday January 2 return to regular branch hours

Elf Escape Room

Looking for something fun to do over the holiday school break?  Sign up for your one hour session to help Buddy the Elf find the hidden key to Santa’s sleigh!  Ages 8+, Saturday December 28, 10:30am-2:30pm at Midhurst Branch, Friday January 3, 10:30am-3:30pm at Minesing Branch.  Registration required.


County of Simcoe expanding services with new Elmvale Health and Emergency Services Centre

Midhurst/November 14, 2019 – On November 14, 2019, County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell was joined by County Councillors, staff, caregivers and clients for the grand opening of the new Elmvale Health and Emergency Services Centre. Combining a Paramedic Service Station and a new Adult Day Program, this joint facility will replace two leased facilities in the Village of Elmvale and meet the needs of growing demand on services and growth in the surrounding communities.

“This is another example of the County continuing to make responsible and impactful investments in our communities,” said Warden George Cornell. “Both Paramedic Services and our Adult Day Program are vital lifelines to the residents they serve, and the new Elmvale Health and Emergency Services Centre will enable the County to better control long term costs and meet growing demands for our services.”

The County had outgrown the leased space at the Elmvale Fire Hall, which was originally set up for a single paramedic response unit 12-hours per day, and was being used to house a 24-hour, fully staffed paramedic transport unit. This new two bay station meets current needs, while allowing for future resources as demand requires.

The new facility also allows the County to increase capacity at the Elmvale Adult Day Program, which was previously leased out of the Manse of St-John's United Church in Elmvale. The new space will allow for an increase in capacity and reduce the existing waitlists for the program. The County will provide services to an additional 8 residents per day in the expanded facility (total of 18 per day), who can participate in crafts, socialize and relax in a safe environment suitable for residents with limitations.


CP Holiday Train Bringing  Festive Cheer to Springwater

 Township of Springwater / November 21, 2019 – The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling into Springwater at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Highway 26 and Anne Street North.

 The CP Holiday Train brings a box car stage, a line-up of great musical talent and a corporate donation to local food banks. This event is free to attend, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities. The Elmvale & District Food Bank and Barrie Food Bank will be accepting donations in Springwater to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this holiday season.

 Anne Street North will be closed to accommodate the expected foot traffic and allow for safe viewing. Parking with shuttle service will be available at the Simcoe County Museum (1151 Highway 26) and Tree Nursery Sports Park (2231 Nursery Road). Accessible parking is available to those with a permit on Anne Street North, however space is limited.

  Performing on the train this year are Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. Scott Helman is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter from Toronto, best known for his hit singles ‘Everything Sucks’ and ‘Hang-Ups’. Madeline Merlo is a CCMA Award winning artist with five Top 15 singles under her belt, including ‘Honey Jack’, ‘Whatcha Wanna Do About it’ and ‘War Paint’.

 Since its inception in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food for those in need.

 For more information, please visit the CP Holiday Train website at


Elmvale Active Seniors Residence   Seniors Retirement Complex -  Announcement

After several months of behind-the-scenes research and exploration, the Directors of the Elmvale Active Seniors Residence are ready to present our plans to the Springwater Township Council.

On December 4th at 6:30 pm, at the Springwater Township Administration Centre on Nursery Road, we will also be asking Council to lay out the steps needed to obtain an Official Plan Amendment, and Zoning change, in order to make the Seniors’ Retirement Complex possible. The need for such a facility will be stressed, and also the urgency to facilitate the process as quickly as possible so that we can move forward. Conceptual drawings showing the proposed location, potential buildings, sample floor plans and parking layouts will be part of our presentation.

You can help us. We need to show Council and Politicians that all of the people of Springwater strongly support this most needed facility. To that end, we are asking as many people as possible to attend the meeting to show your enthusiasm for this project. Please spread the word and car pool with those who don’t like to drive at night. We would like to see an overflow crowd.

Making a Seniors’ Retirement Complex in Elmvale for all Seniors in Springwater a reality is going to take a huge combined effort from everyone. Just look around the village of Elmvale to see what great things can happen when we all work together.                                                  

Sam Langman   E.A.S.R. Chairman