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Craighurst W I Meeting May 21, 2024 – By Sheila Craig

May 28, 2024 – Our May meeting began with the speaker, David Town, telling us about the “Black Swamp Gang” that roamed in Oro Medonte in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Big Sandy McDuff was the leader. They either spent their time drinking in Price’s Corners’ best bars or they nicked horses, wagons, anything not tied down throughout Oro and Medonte. They high-tailed it into the Swamp (now Copeland Forest) and avoided the constable. Big Sandy was eventually arrested, did time, and then left for parts unknown. David has been researching that gang and other historical topics, and has published several books, which he had with him at our meeting.

We invited the Community, and we had a great turnout. We served snacks and Black Swamp tea, and Craighurst had a great old time (or Olde Tyme).

Then the Women’s Institute held a short business meeting. We reported on the World Fiddlers’ Day, and our catering to that fun event. “Tsk tsk” said some members, over the state of the Craighurst Parkette. “Alas, we must await the Township weeders” said others. Pray they come before the snow flies. Plans were made for going to the South Kempenfelt District Annual convention in Bradford. We will be in charge of the sales table. Ms. Robin Hadfield, President of the Ninety-Nines, will be the speaker. You can google the Ninety-Nines, dear reader, and stand in awe.

And so ended the meeting.


“Sock Hop” at “The Place” – By Helmut Paddags

May 26, 2024 – The Line Dancers from Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors organized a “Sock Hop” for members and guests at “The Place” in Balm Beach. Many ladies arrived in poodle skirts and fluffy crinolines. The best dressed male wore tan shoes with pink shoelaces, a polka dot vest and a big Panama with a purple hat band, embodying the song by Dodie Stevens, “Pink Shoelaces”.


Rotary Club of Penetanguishene Continues Support for GBGH

Melanie Linkletter from the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene presents a gift of $500 to the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation to support critical equipment and technology for the Midland hospital. This brings the total giving from the local club to $93,600. Melanie Linkletter, president elect, Rotary Club of Penetanguishene; RObyn Blanchet, community giving officer and Victoria Evans, key relationships officer, GBGH Foundation.


Hike for Hospice Raises More Than $120,000 Thanks to Very Generous Community!

By Debbie Kesheshian, CFRE, ED

June 3, 2024 – Penetanguishene.  Sunday saw more than 275 people turn out at Little Lake Park in Midland for the Hike for Hospice Huronia, their key annual fundraiser.  Families, clients, sponsors, donors and volunteers gathered at the large pavilion for the memorial walk; a short memorial ceremony, a beautiful hike through the park, a horse-drawn wagon ride, refreshments, music and lots of comradery!

Since opening in the spring of 2020, Hospice Huronia’s Tomkins House has been home to over 400 patients, supported 85 people at home and provided bereavement support to 483 people grieving the loss of someone dear to them. Thousands more have benefitted from Hospice services throughout our community. Most of our participants have been impacted by our services. They have seen first-hand, the difference a donation makes and what it supports. With our highest number of participants yet and donations still coming in, the Hike has raised over $120,000 this year!

“Residents from Elmvale to Coldwater, Tay and Tiny Townships and the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene rallied around this event” Debbie Kesheshian, Executive Director of Hospice Huronia states. “We saw so many familiar faces at our Hike this year. People we’ve been privileged to help through a difficult time with our programs and services. There were a few tears, lots of hugs and a lot of storytelling and memories shared.  They wanted to pay it forward so the next families would have the same exceptional care they received from Hospice Huronia. Supportive sponsors made sure that every penny raised will care for those with a life-limiting illness and at end-of-life.”

Hospice Huronia does not charge for their services.  This event and other fundraising initiatives are vital as they rely on donations, including in memoriam gifts, general donations and third-party events for more than 50% of their operating costs.  They are also creating legacy gifts from those who have named Hospice Huronia in their estate plans.

Hospice Huronia’s believes in a palliative approach to care and can help right from a life-limiting diagnosis to end of life. The only thing we can’t do is cure.

These services and bereavement support are free to all thanks in-part to the support we receive from events like our Hike this year.

For more information of Hospice Huronia’s programs and services or to make a donation, visit HospiceHuronia.ca or call 705-549-1034. We are thankful for those who make hospice their charity of choice.


Ensuring easier access to supports, services, and resources – By County of Simcoe and Town of Midland

(May 24, 2024 – Midhurst, ON) Following the October 2023 Hope, Housing, and Health homelessness prevention forum in Midland, the County of Simcoe and Town of Midland are pleased to release a new Community Response Toolkit. This reader-friendly guidebook is available to those across North Simcoe who want to know more about supporting vulnerable people in their own communities and aims to unite everyone in championing a brighter future for unhoused individuals.

The Toolkit contains helpful information on access to supports, services, and resources available in the area including health resources, community safety information, and a “Who to Call” poster. It also provides tips and guidance for concerned individuals when interacting with persons experiencing challenges to help connect them with the right local service providers.

The Who to Call poster is a quick-reference sheet that can be hung or kept in a convenient and accessible location. It includes direct contact information for emergency and non-emergency services, and for local service providers who are able to provide a range of services, including, mental health, housing, and other community supports.

The Community Response Toolkit and Who to Call poster are available for download at simcoe.ca/midlandtoolkit.

For updates on the how the County of Simcoe is investing in our communities, visit simcoe.ca/BuildingUp.


Ontario Celebrates Seniors Month – New one-stop-shop website connecting seniors and their families to government services and resources

Submitted by Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

June 04, 2024 – TORONTO — June is Seniors Month in Ontario – a time to honour and celebrate the contributions seniors have made to help make this province the great place it is today.

To make it easier and more convenient for seniors and their families to find the information they need to connect to services and resources, the Ontario government is launching a new and interactive website at Ontario.ca/seniors.

“Thanks to our seniors, Ontario is a place we can proudly call home and I encourage all Ontarians to join me in celebrating Seniors Month through-out June,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “As part of our government’s plan to help people easily connect with the government services they need, our new seniors website now puts everything seniors and their loved ones need to find, right at their fingertips.”

The simple and easy to use website and its search tool provides a one-stop-shop for seniors and their families to have all the information and re-sources they need on how to connect government services and community supports such as home and housing supports, health and well-being, recreation, caregiving, and finances.

Seniors can easily find out how to connect to services such as Health811, renew a driver’s licence, and find tax credits. It also helps seniors find other community resources including local seniors organizations that offer social, cultural and recreational programs.

This year’s Senior’s Month theme, Working for Seniors, highlights the programs and services that are helping seniors all over the province stay fit, healthy, active and connected to their family, friends and communities.

Ontario is working for seniors by investing more than ever before in hundreds of local programs and services every year because when seniors have more opportunities to be social and together, they have a happier and better quality of life.


Waypoint and Chigamik Unveil Smilezone – Spaces Designed to Make Kids Smile

There were lots of cheery faces at the Community Health Hub today as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and Centre de santé communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre opened five Smilezone spaces in the Midland facility’s child and youth waiting rooms, treatment room, youth nook and Hub Café.

Smilezones are specially designed areas that provide children with a safe, engaging and supportive environment where they can relax and feel at ease. These vibrant and interactive spaces have been proven to increase children’s receptiveness to treatment, reduce anxiety during clinical visits, and offer a refuge from the stresses of their health journeys.


Ontario Celebrates Farmers During Local Food Week – Recognizing the people behind the products in the Local Food Report

Submitted by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

June 03, 2024 – TORONTO — June 3-9, 2024 is Local Food Week in Ontario. The week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote Ontario farmers while also recognizing the important role of food processors, restaurants, retail, and others across the local food supply chain that contribute to the success of the province’s $48.8 billion agriculture and food industry.

“Ontario’s farmers work hard to produce more than 200 different commodities, and that’s truly something to celebrate,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This week, and every week, we recognize the contributions of the people who put food on our tables, strengthen Ontario’s economy, and build up rural communities.”

This year’s Local Food Report features some of the people behind the products and recognizes the incredible contribution farmers make to the province. The Local Food Report includes stories about:

  • A business that applies innovative solutions that allow us to enjoy fresh, Ontario-grown strawberries that taste like summer, throughout the year.
  • A teacher who designed an urban farming class that teaches students about agriculture and exposes them to careers in the agriculture and food industry.
  • The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association’s Fresh from the Farm program where students fundraise by selling local fruits and vegetables.

Ontario food businesses, commodity organizations and retailers support the province’s local food supply chain by putting Ontario-grown foods front and centre. The Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards program recognizes and celebrates grocery stores that build creative and innovative displays promoting fresh, locally grown and in-season fruits and vegetables.

Minister Thompson presented the first award to the Foodland store in Markdale on June 1 and over the next few weeks, 59 other winning stores will be receiving their awards.

This week, and every week, the province encourages Ontarians to support local farmers and businesses by purchasing foods with the Foodland Ontario logo, or, where possible, buying directly from farmers either on-farm or at their local farmers’ market. Foodland Ontario has played an important role in helping consumers identify and purchase locally grown and made food for more than 45 years.

Quick Facts

  • Communities across Ontario depend on the 836,000 jobs created by the agriculture and food industry and benefit from the $48.8 billion in GDP contributed to the provincial economy.
  • Ontario celebrates Local Food Week annually, beginning the first Monday in June. Support local when you shop at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and on-farm markets, and while you’re ordering online and eating at restaurants.
  • Increasing consumption and production of local food is one of the goals of the Grow Ontario Strategy, and through Local Food Week the province recognizes hardworking food businesses, individuals and organizations who share that goal.
  • To know what fruits and vegetables grow in Ontario and when they are at the peak of freshness, visit Foodland Ontario’s availability guide and check out their recipes.


Seven Charities Receive over $38,0000 Raised by May Court – By Marianne Schall

May 26, 2024 – On May 15, 2024 the May Court Club of Barrie represented by their volunteer Request Review Committee gave 7 charities $38,820.00.  These funds will be used by Bridget’s Bunnies for a community lending library, Seasons Centre for a Deaths Grief Support Group, Samaritan House for programs assisting and empower survivors of gender-based violence, The Busby Centre to expand their facility, Empower Simcoe to support the Campership Fund for children and youth, Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County to continue the Young Adults Day Program for individuals over 21 and YouthReach to support 10 children to participate in activities otherwise out of financial reach.eive over $38,0000 Raised by May Court


Clothing and Electronics Collection Programs Return this June – Midhurst/May 30, 2024 – This June, curbside Clothing and Electronic Waste Collection is back. Clothing Collection runs the weeks of June 3 (zone 1) and June 10 (zone 2), and Electronics Collection runs the weeks of June 17 (zone 1) and June 24 (zone 2).

New zones are in effect but please note that special collections fall on garbage weeks. To confirm your zone or for more information on other special collection days, download the new Simcoe County Collects app or visit our website, www.simcoe.ca/waste. Materials should be placed a minimum of 2 feet from your carts and set out at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day, regardless of the time that your regular waste is normally collected, as materials will be collected by a different truck.

Details on Clothing Collection (June 3-13):

To help reduce plastic waste, this year the County did not distribute pink clothing recycling bags. Instead, Simcoe County residents can place clothing and textiles in a clear plastic bag. To ensure collection, bags must be sealed and weigh less than 20 kgs. Items must be clean, dry and odour free. Acceptable materials include:

  • Clean clothing
  • Towels, linens, and pillows
  • Coats and outerwear
  • Hats, belts, and scarves
  • Purses, backpacks, sleeping bags and luggage
  • Socks, mittens, and shoes in pairs (wrap with elastic to hold together)


Wheels & Tracks in Motion at Simcoe County Museum – June 8 and 9, 2024 – Submitted by County of Simcoe

Midhurst/May 29, 2024 – Get ready for a weekend of history and heavy machinery. The Simcoe County Museum and the Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada invite you to “Wheels & Tracks” – a thrilling two-day event that celebrates the might and marvels of vintage construction equipment running June 8 and 9!

Join us at the Museum to experience restored construction machines, from towering cranes to powerful excavators, all roaring back to life. Stroll through our outdoor heritage buildings to see skilled demonstrators at work, practicing traditional trades. Hop on our people mover for a tour around the Museum grounds, where you’ll encounter historic artifacts and buildings. You can also explore the indoor exhibits to learn more about our history.

Whether you’re an equipment enthusiast or just looking for a unique family outing, “Wheels & Tracks” is packed with excitement, education, and hands-on fun.

EVENT: Wheels & Tracks in Motion

Date: June 8 and 9, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days

Location: Simcoe County Museum

Details: We have everything from road graders to steam shovels, and from earth movers to excavators! Learn about construction history by watching wheels and tracks in action. Stop by our concession stand for refreshments or bring your own snacks to enjoy in one of our picnic spots.


Special event rates apply:

$10 per adult (21-64)

$8 per senior (65+) and youth (12-20)

$5 per child (4-11)

Preschoolers and museum members – Free admission

About the Simcoe County Museum

Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at museum.simcoe.ca for further details. Simcoe County Museum does not require proof of vaccination to enter the Museum. Physical distancing and masking requirements are still in effect inside the Museum.

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