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Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Tree Lighting

It was a celebration of people, gathered under the softly falling snow to a start off the Holiday Season. The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Tree Lighting was at the main intersection in Elmvale. Thank you to Councillor Matt Garwood and Mayor Jennifer Coughlin, for pitching in and serving drinks to the very large crowd.

Jennifer announced, “It was very special to drive in for this event and see such a special crowd. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.”

Council. Matt Garwood added,

“Thank you to everyone who came out to help us kick off the festive season. It was a fantastic evening, made even more so by the dusting of snow that gave a wintry atmosphere to the event”. He added, “It takes a  village…”, referring to the people behind the scenes.

There are so many people to thank:

Len and Bonnie Hoogenboom from Hillsdale, for the tree.

George Begley from BMR Pro, for use of his boom truck to transport the tree and install it in its location and Devon Scott for operating the truck.

Pete Minnings of Minnings Electric, for supplying the bucket truck and Brian McKee for his help to install all the lights.

Ross Langman, for supplying the tower light to light up the venue.

Tim Lalonde of Lalonde’s Maple Syrup, for providing his delicious maple cotton candy.

EMSF Committee ladies, Irene Burgler, Jan Drinkill, Denise McLean and Marg Lambie, for handing out the hot drinks and popcorn from our sugar shack booth.

More thanks go to the Elmvale branch of the Springwater Library for use of their popcorn machine and donation of the children’s craft supplies.

the Minty family, for the beautiful star in memory of Doug Minty.

Last, but by no means least, our Christmas Tree Boys; Doug Kirton, Tim, Tom and Rusty McGinnis, Paul Archer, Doug Tinney, Dan Tinney, Dan Clement, and BMR Pro for transporting the tree.  We’re confident that a great time was had by all. the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Committee gives to the EDHS Music Program with limited funds they have to donate.

The Maple Syrup Festival Committee wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!!


Update on Elmvale Road Construction Projects

The capital projects taking place on Houden Street, Simcoe Street, Bertram Drive, Archer Crescent, and Nash Avenue have now finished up for the winter. Some minor deficiencies will be addressed in the spring of 2024.

Project improvements included road resurfacing, new concrete sidewalks, and curbs along Simcoe St and Houden, plus drainage improvements within the construction zone.

The Township thanks residents for their patience throughout these capital projects.


Elmvale Foodbank Update

DID YOU KNOW…. If a single person (items are provided based on the number of people per household) took every item offered to them on our food list, the value of the items would total approximately $211.51?!

Despite rising food costs our local citizens and organizations have been very generous once again this year. Local schools have begun their annual Christmas food drives and we have been delighted with what they are providing to our food bank. Many thanks to Hillsdale Elementary School and Our Lady of Lourdes, Elmvale for collecting food items. Elmvale District High School’s E. D. H. S. GIVES provided us with approximately 1200 much needed various personal hygiene items. The Huronia West OPP Detachment held their successful annual Stuff The Cruiser event which certainly helped begin to fill some empty spaces on our food bank shelves. We are grateful to 93 North Band for donating some of their annual proceeds and to Springwater Vespra Lions Club for their generous donation following their Pumkinpalooza! 2023 event. A group of Stonemanor Neighbours gave a wonderful donation following a fun activity day at the home of Tai Sigh. We were honoured to be the beneficiary of some generous monetary donations in November. Busch Systems employee, Steph MacMillian, elected our food bank to be the recipient of a generous donation given yearly by the company, to a charity of their employees choice. The family of Dr. Tim Henshaw celebrated his legacy by raising funds and donating generously to us. Graham Scott Fleming held a farewell concert mid-November and kindly donated a portion of ticket sales. And the CPKC Holiday Train, along with the giving people who attended that event, brought cash and food items that were received by our volunteers with much gratitude.

With much appreciation we continue to accept food items and cash so that we might help those facing food insecurity enjoy a happy Christmas. The food bank will be closed from December 22 until reopening on January 10, 2024. All of the volunteers of the Elmvale and District Food Bank wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.


Elmvale Lions 2023 Truck Winner, the Start of our NEW 2024 DRAW and Lions Club Updates…

Nov. 29, 2024 – Once again a HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and to Bourgeois Ford in Midland for all their help!

Congratulations again to Janet Grant from Kitchener for winning the 2023 Truck.

Our New Truck Draw is now starting and we have a 2024 FORD Maverick XLT AWD Supercrew valued at $46,250.

A great Christmas Present for your loved ones who already have everything!

Last year we were again completely Sold Out so don’t miss out!

To purchase your tickets for 2024 PLEASE CLICK HERE: https://www.elmvalelions.ca/truck-draw-2024/


As usual it’s been extremely busy for our Lions Club. We have been fortunate to add some great new members as well the following:

  • Organizing the upcoming Elmvale Lions Club Christmas Parade
  • Sponsoring the Christmas Lights being put up at the local Seniors Facility Sara Vista
  • Lions Club Members are operating a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Bell for a day
  • Financially supporting our local high school girls basketball team who have made it to OFSAA Finals
  • Donating to the new capital campaign for the Lions Club Dog Guides Facility

There’s lots more but I’ll save it for the next email. Thank you again for all your help, to help us, help our community.

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