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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

It is hard to believe that we are in the final stretch of summer vacation for this year already. We are past the middle of August and making plans for fall and winter activities already. Where did the dog days of summer go or did we even have them this year with the changes of weather we had. According to the ANTEN MILLS by Dennis Gannon
It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of September and there is so much going on.
The Anten Mills Community Recreation Association Autumn Artisan Fair is booked up with 14 local artisans and crafters ready to share their hard work with you. This is a no commercial fair so everything you see has been handcrafted, designed, baked, cooked or made by the artisans. The fair is Saturday, October 1 from 10 until 2 at the Anten Mills Community Centre, 3985 Horseshoe Valley Rd.W in Anten Mills. To kick off the morning, fluffy delicious pancakes are being offered for the low price of a Tonnie with all proceeds going to the Elmvale and District Food Bank. There is no fee to come and shop and all the vendors have offered a gift from their table as door prizes. If you forgot to sign up and have a small tent, contact Jan by email, jancox1@sympatico.ca and she will see what she can do for you. Remember that you can also bring donations for the food bank as bins will be available for donations at the fair.
The Elmvale and District Food Bank has two great events going on next week. The Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign runs from September 19 to 25 and the Elmvale location has named the food bank as their recipient this year. On Wednesday, September 21 all Springwater fire stations will be out that night collecting donations as they try to Stuff the Fire Truck. Watch the Anten Mills Community Facebook page for details on what time they will be in the community. The food bank is also very appreciative of our donations so please do what you can.
Construction is slowly moving along which has an impact on our community. First is the reopening of Wilson Drive south of Hwy 26. It was delayed yet again and there has been no date established as yet when we can expect to be able to use it. It would be best if all the work was completed before opening occurs to keep traffic flowing as it is a major artery. The First View home subdivision along Wilson has seen its first coat of asphalt laid and underground works are progressing. Homes are shown on the company website ranging in size from just over 2000 square feet to 4200. The SWIFT broadband high speed internet project is also slowly moving. Crews are in the village on a sporadic base and last week they were working along Lawrence. According to their website, the earliest the work will be completed is at the end of October and possible service at the end of November. For those patiently waiting it has been a long wait considering it was to be done by this past spring.
With the shocking news that Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away last Thursday it was impressive to see that many in the village who have our National Flag flying, quickly lowered it to half mast. The flags should remain that way until the official period of mourning has ended which is likely the day following her funeral which would mean that on Tuesday, September 20 the flags can return to the top. The Queen’s funeral will be televised and it may be a National holiday in Canada which has yet to been declared as of writing this column.
This is a great time of year for fresh vegetables and the Clarke’s vegetable stand over on Nursery Rd has a terrific selection. The stand is self-serve and on the honour system with an e-transfer opportunity so help support local and stop by.
One of the great social activities put on by the CRA is the Thursday night euchre at the community centre. Over the summer a few people turned out and had some social time with friends and neighbours. The hosts of the fall, winter and spring euchre night have had a well deserved and enjoyable summer and are gearing up for the new season. They need to work out some details and in the next edition of the paper they will be shared.
In late August two very dedicated and involved members of the Anten Mills community moved into their temporary home as they await the completion of their new digs. Rick Webster served a term as our ward councillor and was the past Chair of the CRA. Kim Tyler was the previous Anten Mills News columnist and served as well as the recording secretary for the CRA. Both dedicated much to the community during their time here and will be missed. Their home was always beautifully decorated at Christmas and hopefully will continue with the new owners. The reindeer and sleigh that adorned their front lawn has a new home and will again be prominent in the community this year. Thanks Rick and Kim for all that you have done and enjoy your new home.
That’s all for this week, Thanks for Reading and Be Well.
Old Farmer’s Almanac, in North America it is the period from July 3 to August 11. During this time the weather is generally hot and humid. Other sources suggest that it is from mid summer to the later part. Whenever it is, we have had more 30 degree celsius days in August than in July. A few more warmer than average days would be nice along with the right amount of rain. We don’t need the torrential downpours like we had earlier this month. In August to date at our weather station we have recorded over 2.5 inches with the largest single event occurring on August 4 with over 1.5 inches falling.

The reopening of Wilson Drive south of Hwy 26 has been delayed for another month the Township of Springwater has reported. The projected reopening will occur sometime in September as the contractors have been having difficulties with sinkholes occurring along the roadway. There appears to be more equipment and construction materials situated along the north end of the project so hopefully that means they are getting closer.

When the road does reopen, motorists who haven’t been along Wilson will see that there are new traffic lights at the southern intersection of Snow Valley Rd and Wilson. They are now operational and should assist with concerns from travelers who were making left hand turns from Snow Valley onto Wilson particularly on weekends when cottage traffic was heavy. You will also notice that the new homes are now being constructed in the subdivision running between Snow Valley to Carson Rd. Traffic will soon be increasing even more when those homes are occupied.

The Anten Mills Autumn Artisan and Crafters Fair registration is full swing and spots are filling up quickly. The fair which is scheduled to occur on Saturday, October 1 will showcase the talents of local artisans and crafters and will be a great opportunity to get some fall and thanksgiving items along with some early Christmas purchases. To register for your space, send an email to Jan at jancox1@sympatico.ca. Jan will be able to provide more details and should all the spaces fill up, there may be an opportunity this year to accommodate more crafters with overflow space.  That’s a detail still being worked on.

Are you having a corn roast in the near future? If you are then why not check out Clarke’s over on Nursery Rd to see if they can assist you. While the blueberry picking is over for the season, they have a great selection of vegetables at their selfserve road stand. Tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, corn and other delicious fresh vegetables are available. In case you have a special occasion coming up or perhaps a little apology is required, there are gladiolus available as well.  Help support our local farmers and get your fresh vegetables nearby.

You may notice school buses out and about over the next several weeks as drivers are getting accustomed to their new routes. You may also notice that there are different lights on the bus now. Starting this fall, a yellow flashing light will precede the red stopping lights as a bus pulls up to their stop. This feature will give motorists an advance warning that the bus is coming to a stop and perhaps avoid the panic stopping some drivers do or the flyby many did.

Another light that many should see in our area and take notice of is a green flashing light used by our volunteer firefighters. The Highway Traffic Act permits volunteer firefighters the ability to use a green flashing light on the front of their vehicle as they respond to an emergency. It does not give them the right to disobey any traffic laws but should you see a vehicle either approaching you or from your rearview with a green flashing light, if it is safe to do so, provide them with safe passage. In our community, our volunteers need to drive to Minesing to get to the fire trucks so you may encounter them on our streets and roadways.

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

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