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Anten Mills – by Dennis Gannon

Excitement is beginning to take hold in our community in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. As you travel about in the evening it’s hard to miss seeing that light displays are starting to appear and many are very festive. Soon an announcement about the “official “ unofficial home Christmas outdoor decorating contest will be made. In the meantime, if you haven’t started your outdoor decorating, look around at what has been done and let’s see if someone in the community can outdo the Griswold’s!

This past Sunday, a group of community minded volunteers put the new lights on the tree at the community centre in anticipation of our upcoming Christmas in the Village the weekend of December 11th and 12th. The weekend will start on the Saturday evening when we light up the tree along with the ground displays. With the assistance of the members of the Springwater Fire and Emergency Services, Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck shortly after 6:30 PM. After greeting the young and old there, he will do the official countdown. Once the tree lights are on, the evening sky will light up with the fireworks that have been graciously donated.

Sunday, Santa Claus will again come to the community as we celebrate our combined 23rd / 24th Santa Claus parade. As we could not have a parade last year the decision was made to asterisk last year’s parade and join it together with this year so that we can have the 25th anniversary parade in 2022. Our community parade is one of the best small parades around. Street members and families come together to create floats or displays with a little community rivalry, those who operate a business have the opportunity to thank everyone with their contributions, nostalgic vehicles are driven along, animals are walked and clubs and organizations all want to come out. If you want to participate all you need to do is send me an email and details will be shared. There are already a few entrants and more are always welcome. Following the parade seasonal greetings will be offered back under the pavilion along with some refreshments and of course our awards. Donations to the Elmvale and District Food Bank will be accepted on Saturday and on Sunday, the Simcoe County Paramedics will be part of the parade accepting toy and food donations for their annual toy drive. Mark your calendar now so that you don’t miss the best holiday celebration around! If you would like to make a donation to help offset the expenses incurred, they would be greatly appreciated.

The members of the South Springwater Firefighters Association would like to thank the community for supporting their urn greenery sale. Over 100 inserts were sold and most here in Anten Mills. All money raised is turned over to the charities they support. This Saturday, they will be kicking off their 32nd year of Christmas Tree Sales with a Christmas Tree party in Midhurst at the old fire hall, 14 Finlay Mill Rd. next to the library. The party begins at noon with Santa’s arrival. The festivities continue with the opportunity to have a photo with Santa, Sparky and the fire trucks as well there will be family crafts in the library. Make this a family outing and help the firefighters support very worthwhile charities. Trees will be available daily until all are sold but get there soon for the best picks of top quality fir trees from a reputable group with years of experience.

Recently a healthy looking red fox has been seen running about in the community. As with any wildlife caution must be exercised when observing animals that live in the wild. Watch from a distance and do not leave food out for them.

That’s all for this week. Send me your questions about the Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade and let’s make this a holiday season like we have had in the past. Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Strong, antenmills1@gmail.com

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