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Anten Mills

by Dennis Gannon

How did you start the New Year? Was it by watching the scaled down events on TV or a movie or game night with your family? It definitely wasn’t a New Year’s Eve celebration that many have had in the past. The world wide health crisis did minimize how the year was brought in but as low keyed as it may have been when the clock struck midnight there were fireworks heard in the community. Pyrotechnics always brighten spirits so thanks to those who fired them off and here’s hoping that 2021 will be brighter than 2020.

While 2020 wasn’t the year we were hoping for the Anten Mill Community Recreation Association was still actively involved in the community. Through the diligence of community volunteers there was skating at the rink for the season which many participated in. Regrettably the Easter Eggstravaganza became the first casualty and had to be cancelled as we were learning just what the virus was about. The annual general meeting of the CRA was also cancelled and those who previously volunteered maintain their positions currently. Easter saw the community step up with generosity of food bank donations. Three locations were set up in the village and the bins filled several times. The bins stayed out for the summer and continued to support the Elmvale and District Food Bank. The annual roadside cleanup of Wilson Drive and community parks occurred during a cool June weekend.

On July 1st the community welcomed the members of the Springwater Fire and Emergency Services who made their way through the village with their fire truck transformed into an iconic Canadiana theme. Homes were decorated, flags flew high and many were out showing their support. In the late summer a movie night was held under the pavilion which a number of families enjoyed. The success was such that a few more will hopefully occur this year. In September a few members of the CRA met with senior representatives of Springwater Township to discuss the upcoming 50th anniversary of the community association and upgrades to the community centre and park.

Those discussions continued with a delegation to Springwater Council and the Springwater Recreation Advisory Committee.

Halloween concerns were overcome by an extremely successful community Trick or Treat night. Nearly 100 children received treats that were generously donated by the community. On December 12 a virtual Tree Lighting was held with the appreciated assistance of the Springwater Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and of course Santa Claus. New this year is a Light Tunnel which is great for selfie’s and family photos. The event is still available for viewing on the Anten Mill Community Facebook page. As a community we are thankful for the volunteers who offer their assistance to keep our spirits alive year round and particularly this past year which was a challenge of a different nature. Event ideas are always welcome as well as individuals who are willing to share their time, experience or donations.

In 2020 we saw the passing of several community members past or present. To those families we collectively continue to offer our support and sympathy. Most recently the McNutt Giffen family saw the passing of Stan McNutt. Many will remember Stan from his policing role in Elmvale and then the entire Springwater Township and in particular, his dedication to community safety. To Val, Craig, Aubrey and Devon our most sincere condolences.

While the holiday season is winding down, many in the community have decided to continue lighting up their displays as a sign of support for the Frontline and Essential workers who are ensuring we have the groceries we need and the support we require. For all who have, thank you, your support is certainly appreciated.

Through the efforts of the volunteers, the rink has been started. Weather obviously creates a challenge to maintain the ice and they are doing their best to keep it open. The township has removed the hockey nets and required that the rink house remains closed. We are fortunate to have access to the rink and it’s important to recognize that it can be shut down if social distancing protocols aren’t followed. The nets were removed so that hockey/ shinny games are not played. Let’s keep the rink in use by all by keeping the numbers on the rink at a reasonable number and those enjoying their hockey skills remembering that the rink is for everyone. Watch the Facebook page for updates.

That’s all for now. Remember Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Strong.