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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

This is the weekend that the magic of Christmas comes to our little community. With the support of the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association, the volunteers and sponsors, it will be a weekend to remember. The fun begins on Saturday, December 9, starting at 5 PM, Through the generous support of Snow Valley Ski Resort, the SnoTube slide will be running. Kids, young and old will have the chance to slide down the run which mimics one of the hills found at Snow Valley. While it’s a bit shorter, the thrill is still the same and it’s lots of fun. For those who might be hungry, volunteers will be serving hot dogs and chips. Hot chocolate is also going to be available.

Then around 6:40, Santa Claus himself will be arriving on a fire truck with the assistance of the volunteer firefighters from Springwater Fire and Emergency Services. For those looking for a photo with Santa, he will be happy to do that.

Come 7PM, with Santa leading the charge, the countdown to the official start of Christmas in Anten Mills will begin with the lighting of the huge tree in front of the pavilion and the ground displays. Not that this isn’t enough, the skies over the ball diamond will be lit up by a great fireworks display. The lights on the trees and ground displays will be on every evening from 5PM until 11:30 PM until January 6 so that the Christmas season can be fully enjoyed.

Thanks to the sponsors of this event there is no admission charge for the fun filled evening. In keeping with the tradition of the Anten Mills CRA, donations for the  Elmvale and District Food Bank will be accepted. Please give generously and let’s fill at least one pickup truck full of food to help them replenish their shelves.

Sunday, December 10 is the day the 26th annual Santa Claus parade comes to the village. The parade starts at 1PM, winding its way through the village coming to an end at the community centre. Last year’s parade was a big success and this one may even be bigger. Already confirmed is a ship, a group of dancers and some family and neighborhood entries. The Simcoe County Paramedics will be collecting toys for their annual toy drive and if you haven’t had an opportunity to give the gift of a toy for a needy child, this is your chance. When the parade ends, there will be hot chocolate and treats back at the community centre. To top the event off, seasonal greetings will be offered and the fun awards will be handed out. It’s not too late to enter the parade just send an email to antenmillschristmas@gmail.com and details will be provided. For the parade route and all details of the Christmas in the Village weekend check out the Anten Mills Community Bulletin Facebook page.

The official “Unofficial” outdoor Christmas display contest is underway starting this weekend as well. For the past several years the amazing outdoor displays from our community have been seen and judged and featured here and on Facebook. From what has been seen so far this year, there are some fantastic displays and the judging will be fun. If you see someone taking photos of your home in the evening, it’s likely the judges so watch here for the results.

The off-road vehicle and dirt bike trails in the county forest have now been officially closed for the season. Snow has fallen and the snowmobile season will begin soon. Regrettably some individuals seem to think that our community park is free rein for them to operate their machines. The Township of Springwater bylaw prohibits any type of motorized vehicles in the parks unless authorized. Last week after a snowfall, someone decided to do donuts on the ball diamond and in the park which resulted in damage to both. If you have a machine in your household take the time to discuss where the machines can be operated with all the operators and be respectful of our parks and keep them out.

Should the weather cooperate, the outdoor rink can soon be open. Chad has posted on Facebook the need for helpers to clean and flood the rink.  If you can help, check the post and contact Chad to learn more and help.

That’s all for this week, hope to see you at this weekend’s events, so until the next time, BE WELL, STAY SAFE and THANKS for READING.

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