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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

Summer officially arrived on Tuesday morning at 5:13 am just shortly before sunrise. Summer has two dates when it arrives. Meteorologists use the first day of June for their forecasting. Astronomical summer begins at summer solstice which is the longest day of the year. For us the number of hours of sunlight on June 21 is 15hours and 32.04 seconds. On June 22 we start to see the days get shorter, fortunately by not a lot until fall equinox on September 22. There has been some very unsettling weather this past Spring which fortunately we have been spared the brunt of. We did have some heavy rains recently where over 1 inch was measured in 24 hours and this past weekend has been extremely windy. Let’s hope that we have a nice warm summer with few weather events to be concerned with.

The Sunday morning kids pickup softball at the community park has started off well this season. Over a dozen kids have been showing up and according to the organizers, there was one recent week where there were enough players to have 2 complete teams. Sunday morning softball starts at 11am and kids 9 to 12 are encouraged to come out and have some fun. This isn’t about competition but having fun so don’t be concerned about your skills. Parents are also welcome to come and assist. A big thanks to the organizers for starting this activity for the season.

As a community we have had plenty of different activities over the years. For almost 25 years now there has been a Santa Claus parade and a Tree Lighting ceremony. There has been Easter Eggstravaganza for almost 10 years along with family fun days and Friday movie nights. Last year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association a successful local Artisans and Crafters outdoor market was held. The event highlighted what we knew, there are many talented residents who create and make wonderful products. As we move ahead this year input is needed from you the community on what you would like to see and participate in. To do this and be successful a brainstorming session is planned for Wednesday June 29 under the pavilion at the community centre starting at 7pm. Everyone from the community is invited and every suggestion will be considered. Plan now on attending even if for a few minutes as your opinions are valued and appreciated. In case you forget, a post will be on the Anten Mills Community Facebook page.

The SWIFT high speed internet project is slowly making its way through the community. More information will be sought for the next edition of the paper.

The school year comes to a close next week. While certainly better than the past several years, it was still a challenge for our students and their families. Whether you are graduating from SK, Grade 8, Grade 12, College or University we as a community congratulate you and wish you all the best for your future. We are proud of your accomplishments. Remember the community message board is available for congratulatory messages of all types and the contact information is antenmillssign@gmail.com.

Next Friday, July 1 is Canada Day. We take the day to celebrate this wonderful country we call home. Canada will be 155 years old that day. It is important that we don’t think of it as simply a holiday. There is very much to be grateful for and it must be celebrated accordingly. If you don’t have a National Flag, go and get one and fly it proudly that day and every day. Decorate your home and yard and show your pride in our country. Springwater has no official celebrations planned that day and regrettably there are none in our community. Spend the day with family and friends and check other local communities and see if there are fireworks to finish the night. If you decide to have fireworks, take all the precautions necessary to ensure the display is safe for everyone. Happy 155th Birthday Canada, my family is happy to call this our home.

That’s all for this week, Thanks for reading and Be Well.

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