Elmvale News

To the Elmvale Community,

We want to thank you for the incredible amount of love and support we’ve received since learning about Emma’s leukemia diagnosis. The way this town rallied around us meant so much to our family and helped us get through the most difficult experience. We’re so appreciative of all the messages, phone calls,

thoughtful gifts, generous donations, and well wishes for Emma during her treatments. While it was hard for Emma to be away from her friends at school, watching the encouraging videos from her classmates at Our Lady of Lourdes always put a big smile on her face. She’s also been loving all the pictures of “orange day”, looking through cards and crafts made by friends, and playing with the toys and stuffed animals gifted to her. Everyone’s thoughtfulness has helped to lift Emma’s spirits and is making her feel so loved. Words can’t express how thankful we are to this community. We’re forever grateful for all of your support

Sincerely, Ryan, Amanda, Emma and Jackson Reynolds


Springwater Students Learn the Value of Water

Submitted by Taylor Hardacre, Education & Community Outreach Coordinator, Ontario Clean Water Agency

Springwater, ON – June 13, 2024 – The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) visited Hillsdale Elementary School this past week to present a certificate for completing the Agency’s OneWater® Education Program back in March. This province-wide program sees OCWA’s water and wastewater operators in the classroom helping students discover the power of their choices when it comes to impacting our water systems and environment through hands-on learning. In Springwater, OCWA operator Paul LaChapelle presented the program to the class in March and this past week OCWA’s Senior Operations Manager for the North Simcoe region, Michelle Neal, presented the class with a certificate for their completion of the program while joined by special guest Councillor Brad Thompson from the Township.

The OCWA OneWater Education Program was born in 2014 out of a desire to strengthen and formalize OCWA’s commitment to water literacy and to the communities we serve every day. Working with an enthusiastic team of educators and OCWA operators from several communities across Ontario, we developed a free program that is geared towards grade 8 classes and is designed to complement the Ontario curriculum by introducing students to the water cycle, water and wastewater treatment processes, as well as how to make smart choices about what goes down their pipes.

To date, more than 4800 students from more than 70 schools across Ontario have participated in the program! Over the last few years, we have worked hard to strengthen and update the program with a new roll out in the 2023/2024 school year.

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) is a provincial crown agency established in 1993 that reports through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks and is a trusted leader in water for over 300 communities across Ontario. We provide environmentally responsible and cost effective water and wastewater services to municipalities, institutions, industry and First Nations communities.  We are an agency that believes in “our communities, our environment and our people” and are committed to building healthy, sustainable communities each day through our water and wastewater services.

The Township of Springwater owns nine drinking water system facilities that are operated by OCWA to deliver safe, reliable and cost-effective clean water services that protect public health and the environment. The Hillsdale Drinking Water System obtains its water from three wells and supplies clean water to approximately 1,100 residents.

Congratulations to the 2024 Elmvale District High School Graduates


By Kori Rowell

June 29, 2024 – All of the teaching staff would like to congratulate this years Elmvale District High School graduating class. We’re proud of everything you have accomplished and looking forward to what the future holds for all of you. Make us proud. Fly high Eagles!


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Wraps Up The Year

Submitted by Laura Awrey

July 1, 2024 – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is wrapping up another great year! We started off the year with our Family Pizza Night followed shortly after by the Terry Fox Run. Once again we participated in the Elmvale Fall Fair and from float building, to marching, to artwork, OLL loved being a part of this amazing tradition. Fun was had when the entire school attended Kings Wharf Theatre to attend a performance of Peter Pan. Our students also enjoyed many other fun field trips, including the CN Tower, Toronto Blue Jays, Camp Kandalore,

St. Theresa’s, Springwater Lanes, Wye March, Elmvale Jungle Zoo and more!

We had many school events providing excitement to the year, including our annual spring talent show which showcased our talented musicians and performers. Our sports teams did an amazing job this year, with our students bringing home many awards and banners. Our students also competed in science, art and speech contests, with many placing and moving on to higher levels of competition.

Special thanks to our vibrant Elmvale community! Thank you to the Elmvale Lionesses, Elmvale Lions and the Jeff Colyn Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament for donating to our sports jersey initiative. We also had a lot of support for both our fall fair float and annual Dance-a-thon, including North Simcoe Junior Farmers, Rounds Ranch, BMR Pro, Elmvale Jungle Zoo, Jack’s on Queen, Kaygee Farms, De Boer Farms, the Kenney family, Carney Homestead Honey, Dan Clement, Adam McElwain, Jeremy Smith and many other Lourdes families. Thank you to our volunteers for holding fundraisers, attending field trips and filling positions at events.

We were happy and thankful to have Father Pat of the Martyr Shrine to perform mass for our students and the Rosary Apostolates for celebrating the Rosary each month.

Happy summer and we will see everyone back in September!


2024 EDHS Bursary Winners

The Flos Agricultural Society, organizer of the Elmvale Fall Fair, is thrilled to announce the winners of two $250 bursaries:  Rachael Lange & Evelyn Wood. These were presented at their respective Graduation ceremonies of each winner.

Criteria for the application was as follows: The applicants must be continuing their education and have demonstrated volunteerism relating to the Flos Agricultural Society, aka Elmvale Fall Fair. They were required to complete a short questionnaire, related to their contribution to the Society,

  1. How have you shown your involvement with the Elmvale Fall Fair? (i.e. as an exhibitor, a committee member, a volunteer with your school)
  2. What benefits do you feel that you derived from your participation?
  3. What improvements/changes do you envision that would be helpful in continuing with the next 150 years of the Elmvale Fall Fair?

The application was then reviewed by the Bursary Committee, prior to selecting the winning recipients. Their involvement with the Elmvale Fair has been an important part of our success and we value their input. These Youth continue to make our Community a better place. They will be our future!

We wish them much success in their future education, and hope that some of the community skills that were developed, while volunteering, will serve them well.


Kharesa Fights Another Battle

By K Wilkey

June 24, 2024 – Kharesa is a brave and beautiful 21 year old fighter going through her second battle with lymphoma. Kharesa is part of our Springwater/Oro-Medonte Family. Some of you might remember her mom, Nicole Jamieson from her time at Chidiac Animal Hospital in Waverly. Please support Kharesa and her family with medical and travel expenses by donating at Go Fund Me (https://gofund.me/40c91598). Any help you can provide, including positive vibes will be greatly appreciated by the family.


CWI June meeting

By Sheila Craig

June 22, 2024 – Craighurst Women’s Institute “met” you might say at the Iron Skillet in Barrie, for our June night out. Everyone attended (except our two members from away, BC and UK, and one member with a hitch in her getalong). All formalities were ditched. No Opening Ode, no Mary Stewart Collect. No treasurer’s report, no minutes. It was a holiday for all officers. The discussions ranged from track athletes to heat pumps to poison ivy at the Park to a planning meeting then on to the Black Swamp Gang (you remember last month’s meeting topic, gentle readers, the Gang that terrorized east Oro in the 1880’s). We also found out that the husbands’ group that meets when we do has issued themselves membership cards.

They are the “Craighurst Boys Institute”, and they list the member as being “in fairly good standing”. Honestly! as Ethel used to say to Lucy.

We remarked on the Craighurst Parkette’s appearance, all mulched by the Township of Oro-Medonte, thank you very much. They have made a start. But mulching usually comes after weeding. C’mon Oro-Medonte, you can do better.

With that we paid our bills and went home. We’ll talk again in July.


Elmvale Community Recreation Association Hosted Bingo for Emma

By Matt Garwood

June 21, 2024 – On June 20th the Elmvale Community Recreation Association hosted Bingo for Emma.

Around 70 members of our community enjoyed an evening of bingo with friends and neighbours, all in support of an incredible local family.

Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, Flos Agricultural Society Junior Fair Board for offering snacks and ECRA volunteers who made this event possible!


Day Camp is Back for Summer 2024 at Elmvale Presbyterian Church


By Elizabeth Hill

June 28, 2024 – This year’s theme is Scuba. Diving into Friendship with God. This day camp runs from Aug. 12-16 from 9:00 – Noon for all children who have completed JK through to Gr. 5 (born 2013 -2019).  There is no charge for the week but there is a cap of 60 for registration so get your registration in early.

At Scuba, kids explore what it means to have a friendship with God. They participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork building games, devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out sciency-fun filled experiments that get the imagination bubbling.

Each day concludes with a Fin-tastic Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are invited to join in daily for this special time at 11:30.

Enrollment is limited to the first 60 registrations received. All registrations must be in to the library or the Presbyterian Church by Aug 2.

There are registration forms at the library and they can be downloaded from the Presbyterian Church Website.

This is always a fun week for the kids and they often end up making new friends.

For further information call 322 1411 or 322 2695.

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