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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

Today, February 2 is Ground Hog Day. As this column is prepared in advance, the forecast by the furry prognosticators won’t be published here. Will they see their shadow and run back into their hollow or no shadow and spring will come early? Winter up to now hasn’t been that difficult with the milder temperatures but the lack of sunshine has definitely made it seem longer.

On the positive side, the rink, after a considerable delay, is now ready for skating. Thanks to Chad and his helpers, the ice is in good shape and with the colder temperatures this week a great base has been created. Watch the Anten Mills Community Facebook page for updates and go enjoy the ice while you can.

Another great thing that is now coming into its third week is the Sunday morning Anten Mills Playgroup at the community centre. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with toddlers to meet others and have an hour of play. A Facebook posting referenced a similar playgroup that met more than three decades ago. The post was from a former resident who had taken her daughter to the previous group and was reminiscing about how fun it was back then. It’s great to see the full circle of current parents engaging in fun events from their childhood.

The rink, the playgroup, the Easter Eggstravaganza and all our community events are as a result of our community volunteers working with our Anten Mills Community Recreation Association. Annually there is a requirement that the CRA hold a general meeting to update the community as to the current status of the association and to bring them up to date on activities planned and in the past. Do you like what has gone on in the past? Do you have an idea for an activity that you would like to see in the future? Are there enough activities and events for the children, adults and seniors in the community? Is there sufficient recreational equipment in our parks? Would you like to help out at one of the events? The CRA is always open to ideas, comments and suggestions and would like to hear from you. The general meeting is your opportunity to discuss all these ideas so plan to attend on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30PM in the community centre. Our Ward 3 councillor, Brad Thompson will also be in attendance that evening and will bring an update on Council proceedings and as well be there to answer questions that you may have. Put the time and date in your calendars now and be sure to attend. There will be posts on the Facebook page as well to remind everyone.

One of the weekly events that is held at the community centre is euchre on Thursday night. Prior to the restrictions a good number of people attended regularly and enjoyed an evening of fun and some competition. The numbers have unfortunately dwindled but there is still a small group of regulars. You don’t need to be a good player or even know how to play to enjoy this fun evening. The euchre group would be happy to have you join them. They are at the community centre on Thursday evenings and start at 7PM.

The Anten Mills community signboard along Wilson Drive is always a great place to announce important family events. Most recently a Happy 65th birthday was announced for a longtime resident and former writer for this column. If you would like to have something posted send an email to antenmillssign@gmail.com and details will be sent to you on how the process works.

The snow accumulations haven’t been too severe this winter and until recently there hasn’t been much on the ground. Now that there is, it is important to remember that if you have a fire hydrant in your yard or near you it should have a one metre snow clearance around it. When firefighters need to hook up to a hydrant they do not have the time to clear the snow away. Take the time now and make all fire hydrants in the community available should they be needed.

February is Heart Month. During this time of the year we are reminded about good heart health. Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? Do you know how and when to do CPR? Are you aware that we have available 24/7/365 an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the community centre that anyone can use in the event of a cardiac emergency? Take the time this month to learn about CPR, how an AED works and stop by the community centre and look at where the AED is located. Remember, that knowing CPR and applying an AED can make a significant difference in the outcome should a cardiac event occur.

There will not be a Family Day event in our community this year. Our neighbours in Minesing will be celebrating their 51st annual MiniFest on the weekend of February 10. Take some time and go join in their great events.

That’s all for this week. Remember that it will be Valentine Day on the 14th and chocolate should be on your list! Thanks for Reading and Be Well.

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