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When I am out and about, there are many opportunities for me to engage with a lot of people. I am grateful for this because I get a real sense of what our community is happy and proud about and what they are frustrated with. I am approached by many people because I am the editor of a newspaper. Here are some of my experiences this week.

I met Roman Kuchirka at the Elmvale Palace Jam Night on Thursday night. His talent was amazing.  I used to haunt the Chicken Deli in Toronto at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton in my younger days. When I mentioned this to Roman, he preceded to tell me he used to play there. Kim Mitchell also haunts the Chicken Deli. Unfortunately, it is no longer there. I was brought back to the memories of my youth. If you love really good blues then I suggest going to the Coldwater Legion to watch him. The details are listed in a poster on page 21. If you are looking for a fun night with live music and enjoy meeting a friendly bunch of people then I suggest going to the Palace for live music every Thursday night. The admission is free and prices are great.

I attended the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM as the Springwater News is a member. I am enjoying the benefits of the Chamber and the events they host, give me the opportunity to mingle with other businesses. There are so many businesses that I did not know existed. I met with J. Nichole that owns an AirBnb called Noel’s Nest at 2770 Triple Bay Road in Port McNicoll. She is so creative with her entrepreneur spirit and thinks outside the box. She hosts an Artist in the Garden Social every Sunday from 3 pm – 6 pm. There are singers, song writers, story tellers, visual artists with drama, plays and comedy that can be enjoyed amidst beautifully landscaped gardens and this is all free. There are $5 meals deals and you can also buy specialty drinks and exotic ice cream.

While at the Chamber meeting, I enjoyed talking with the Mayors of North Simcoe to learn of their struggles and wins. I have learned a lot from the politicians of Tiny, Midland, and Penetanguishene lately. They are in great support of the North Simcoe Springwater News and are grateful for the communication to residents.

This edition once again has controversy regarding Township of Springwater Council. Every where I go in our fine township people approach me and talk about our current council members actions. I get many phone calls on the subject and I am alerted to any unusual activity. I thank the community for their opinions as I need to keep in touch with the pulse of our community in order to make good decisions, not unlike a politician. One good thing is that people are now paying attention to municipal politics. I wish it was for positive reasons.

The Springwater News is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Federal Government’s grant application for special measures for journalism. Thank you for recognizing our community and supporting small business!

Boston Pizza Midland Supports Wendat Community Programs

May 9, 2024 – Midland – Over the past 17 years, BP Midland has proudly sponsored Wendat Community Programs through their annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Once again, BP Midland has generously partnered with Wendat through their 2024 Valentine’s day fundraiser. Recently Andy Staffen of Boston Pizza Midland donated $682.00 to Wendat from their Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Pizza Campaign. This brings the total raised to $524,083.00.

“We can’t thank Andy Staffen of Boston Pizza enough” says Andrea Abbott-Kokosin, Executive Director of Wendat. “It warms my heart to realize the huge amount of support Wendat has received from Boston Pizza Midland”.

Wendat Community Programs was founded in 1987 and provides high quality care and support to adults with mental illness and age-related care needs in the North Simcoe-Muskoka area.

Submitted by Andrea Abbott-Kokosin

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