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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

June 2, 2024 – Saturday June 1 was the first day of meteorological Summer. It was a pleasant day with clear skies, a bit of wind and comfortable temperature. Meteorologists start our four seasons at the beginning of the month that the season begins and not as we remember from school on the 21st. They do so for consistency of records for day to day, month to month and year to year reports. That way they can make scientific comparisons and not need to make corrections from information gathered.

So what does our Summer season look like from the experts? Apparently from both Environment Canada and the Weather Network we are in for a hot and humid summer in Ontario. June will still see some cooler days but the heat will build during the other two months and carry on into September. It is anticipated that we will have drier weather as the season progresses but with heat and humidity comes the risk of severe weather in the form of thunderstorms and torrential rain. If the experts are correct there will be an increase in wildland fires and the resulting smoke can cause respiratory issues. We live adjacent to an active forest area that has seen harvesting operations over the years which leaves behind what is known as slash.  This material becomes extremely flammable in the subsequent years and if you are often in the forest, please take care to prevent a fire and if you ever spot smoke or fire, call 911 immediately. If you don’t have the what 3 words app on your cell phone install it now. Not only is it beneficial in the event you are lost, emergency communicators can pinpoint accidents or other emergencies when you are not aware of your exact location. Let’s look forward to a great summer without any significant consequences.

Last Tuesday, the Knotty Knitters wrapped up their inaugural season of get togethers. What was initially envisioned of having a few people join in for some knitting and socializing has become an outstanding group. They averaged 20 ladies in attendance per week starting from almost their very first day. This amazing group held a pot luck on their last day and 23 attended. These knitters provided items to the Elmvale and District Food Bank with donations specifically for women, Furry Friends, Victoria Village, the ECC Shareware program and the Springwater Library Smile Bags. Officially they will restart on September 3 but you still might see some of them under the pavilion on Tuesday afternoons. The Anten Mills Community Recreation Association was proud to see how an idea came to life and has brought together community members who are supporting worthwhile causes.

Another community member has had two successful weeks of an event that she has taken on. Meghan reports that the Thursday night pickup ball has been going well and she intends to keep it running through the summer. This is a fun time for ball for kids aged 9 to 12 and runs from 5:30 to 7 at the community centre ball diamond. All levels of ability are welcome so let them join in the fun.

The community wide garage sale is slated for Saturday, June 15. Karis has indicated that there are 14 households already signed up and there will be a map of all the locations created. Check out the Anten Mills Community Bulletin Facebook page for signup details and get your location on.

The Ice Cream Social is still open for registration for elementary students from our community. For a $1 donation, the kids can have some last day of school meet and greet. The event is on Wednesday, June 25 from 5:15 to 6. More information is again available on the community facebook page.

School will soon be ending and for those going on to college or university they may be looking for additional funding. The County of Simcoe has a Bursary Program for students going on to post secondary education and reside in the county. They have 20+ bursaries available and to apply before July 31, 2024 go on to the County of Simcoe website for more details.

Cyndy the bear and her cubs have been making the rounds quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. Reports have seen them on a number of streets in the village both during the day and night. As usual please take note of their activity and avoid your bird feeders for a while as well as keeping your garbage and composting indoors until there is food for the bears to forage in the forest.

The two construction developments along Wilson have been busy recently. Water line extension along Wilson has had traffic controls being put in place for a short period of time. A facade has been put on the sales trailer for the new homes in the Estates of Anten Mills development. Interestingly enough, while there are no homes even under construction in the subdivision, the playground has been constructed which is nice to see.

Our Springwater volunteer firefighters are a valuable resource in our community and beside responding to our emergencies, they do incredible charity work. On Saturday, June 15 from 9 to 1 they will be holding a charity car wash at the radio station on Bayfield St. Stop by and get your car cleaned and help them support their charities. On July 13 they will be having their annual golf tournament at Springwater golf course. More details will be available soon on our community facebook page.

Father’s Day is on June 16. To all the Dads in the community it is hoped that you have a wonderful day with those that matter.

That’s all for this week, THANKS for READING, BE WELL and STAY SAFE!

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