Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon
It was a fun, wet and singing Friday when the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association had its July movie night two weeks ago. With great support from our Springwater firefighters, the kids, and a few adults, got a perfect soaking as water was sprayed everywhere before the show. Junior firefighters even got to test their skills hitting the windows on the house prop with a spray of water through the fire hose and nozzle. This was not only for fun for the kids but an opportunity for last year’s firefighter recruits to do some pumper training along with tanker evolutions. The movie of course was a hit as a number of families watched and sang along to the tunes. The hosts for the evening hope to have another movie on Friday, August 26 so stay tuned and when details are available they will be published here and on the community Facebook page. Check out the Anten Mills facebook page for a short video of the action that evening as well as photos taken that night.
The members of the Springwater Fire and Rescue give a lot to their community. As volunteer firefighters they do receive a stipend for their fire department activities and still do much more without any compensation. The firefighters who look after our area primarily are from Station 3 Minesing and Station 2 Midhurst and have a fraternal association known as the South Springwater Firefighters Association. They are well known for their Christmas tree sales and for the past number of years they have had an annual golf tournament. Monies raised from these events are given to local charities such as Hospice Simcoe, the Elmvale and District Food Bank and Gilda’s Club to name a few. While they haven’t been able to host a golf tournament for the past couple of years they are having one this year on Saturday, August 13 at the Springwater Golf Course. For the joining fee of $125 you get golf, cart, lunch and supper along with a great prize table. You are also helping them support their local charities. For more information or to sign up send Sarah an email at email@example.com.
If you have ever thought about serving the community as a volunteer firefighter you are encouraged to check the Springwater Township website as currently there is a posting for firefighters. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the community and learn new skills. Check the website and if you need more information contact the fire chief’s office and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Now is the time to mark Saturday, October 1st on your calendar as the Anten Mills CRA is hosting the first Anten Mills Autumn Artisan and Crafters Fair. Following the great success of the 50th anniversary fair held last year, the CRA wants to again keep our local artisans and crafters in the spotlight by hosting an annual fair the weekend before Thanksgiving. This is an excellent opportunity for those from the community and local area to showcase their talents to the region. The day will also hold another event that is still in the planning stage with more details closer to the date. The first priority will be given to Anten Mills residents who make their own items as no commercial products will be permitted. The contact for this event will be Jan and you can reach her and sign up by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be a great day so plan on attending and participating now.
In the news the past week it has been reported that the Monarch butterfly is now on the endangered species list. These magnificent insects which endure a migration from our area and more to Mexico yearly have decreased in population significantly over the years. The milkweed plant crop on which the butterfly lays its eggs which turn into the butterfly has increased locally but unfortunately the sight of the Monarch nor its eggs have been seen recently. Let’s hope that’s a trend that can be reversed.
On a recent visit to the community park it was noted that the anniversary garden is blooming nicely and is great for the pollinators. Numerous bees have been seen moving about the garden which was one of the goals for the garden. If you haven’t been over to see the garden lately do go check it out. For its first year it is doing very well.
There have been a number of reunions and parties held under the pavilion this summer which is nice to see again. Booking of the pavilion or community centre is done through the Parks and Recreation Department and they can be contacted by calling 705 728 4784 ext. 2078. The rates are very reasonable and it’s a great place to make memories.
That’s all for this week, Thanks for Reading and Be Well.