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We’re Local..We’re Wasaga Beach..Number 35..March 26, 2012


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Glenn Cunningham hands President’s Gavel Over to Mark Bannerman

Glenn (right) says so long as the President of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, his term now over as he passes the gavel to new President Mark Bannerman Wednesday night at the Chamber's Annual Meeting. Glenn remains on the board as Past President and looks forward to spending more time with his real estate business, Realty Executives.

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“Little Shop of Horrors” Musical April 19 - 22 Wasaga Community Theatre is excited to present their spring musical “Little Shop of Horrors” as they begin their 21st year. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical written by Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. This quirky fun musical is about a hapless florist shop worker who grows a plant that feeds on human blood. The music is clearly in the style of 1960's rock 'n roll, doo-wop and includes several favourite songs such as “Skid Row”, “Somewhere That's Green” and the title song. “Little Shop of Horrors” started as an independent film starring Jack Nickolson in the 60's, then was turned into a Broadway musical before becoming a film again with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Director Amanda Bryce is a familiar face as an actress in previous Wasaga Theatre productions and is pleased to make her musical theatre debut in this pivotal job. As a graduate of theatre arts and having also directed for Gaslight Tours in Collingwood; she brings a refreshing perspective to Wasaga Community Theatre. This production runs from April 19-22 at the RecPlex in Wasaga Beach (1724 Mosley St.) with evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 8pm. For the first time they are introducing 2 matinee shows Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at Major's Guardian Pharmacy, 597 River Rd W and at IDA Pharmacy 30-45th St at a cost of $20/each or $17/each for a group of 10 or more. Dinner discounts can be enjoyed before the show with a ticket at Boston Pizza, Goodies Cafe, Barcelo's Restaurant & Grill, Harvey's Wasaga Beach, the Beacon Restaurant and Little Marina Ristorante & Pizzeria. For more information call Laura at 705-352-5922, or follow on facebook/wasagacommunitytheatre.

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What’s Happening Wasaga Beach March 26 – Small Business Enterprise Centre – Consultations Location: Chamber of Commerce, 550 River Rd. West. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thinking of starting a new business? Do you have an idea for a small business or are looking to grow? The Small Business Enterprise Centre is here to help. Now offering consultations. Our focus is to provide support to new and existing small business during their start-up, development, retention and operation. To book an appointment call 705-446-3355 / email Please visit our website at March 29 – Business After 5 This month’s “Business After 5” will be hosted by Boston Pizza, 311 Main Street. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Join us for a fabulous evening of networking, auction prizes, delicious food and great people. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to attend and membership is not required. We look forward to seeing you all there to support our local businesses!! Remember to “shop local”. For more information contact Denise Potter – 705-4290017 / or Trudie McCrea at 705429-2247 / March 30 – Bunny Hop Youth Dance Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost: $5.00 each in advance and are available at the Recreation office at the RecPlex – 705-429-3321 and at the Chamber of Commerce, 550 River Rd. West – 705-429-2247. Grades 5 to 8 only. Adult Supervision needed. April 7 – Blood Donor Clinic Location: Oakview Community Centre. Time: 9a.m. – 1 p.m. Please call 1-888-236-6283 to book an appointment. April 7 – Easter Eggstravaganza Location: Oakview Woods Gazebo & area, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Lions Pancake Breakfast and much more… For more information call 705-429-3844 ext. 2287 April 12 – Breakfast At The Beach Location: Beacon Restaurant on Mosley Street and 45th Street in Wasaga Beach Cost: Members: $15.00, Potential Members: $18.00 Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m Guest Speaker is Keith Johnston, Natural Heritage Education coordinator for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. For more information contact: Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 or visit our website at April 14, 15 – Wasaga Beach Lions Club 19th Annual Home and Garden Show Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Time: Sat.- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun.-10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Admission: $2.00 each. Organizers are inviting exhibitors that represent a wide variety of businesses specializing in home renovating, decorating, landscaping, gardening products and other services. Many special attractions are planned for the show so there is sure to be something of interest for all visitors. Back, by popular demand, will be our children’s activity area and food will be available at the on-site snack bar. There will be numerous free draws and door prizes. For further information please contact: Lion Fred Simms at 705422-1725 or email April 19, 20, 21, 22 – Wasaga Community Theatre – “The Little Shop of Horrors” Location: Wasaga RecPlex. Time: Thurs. & Fri - 8 p.m., Sat – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m. For more information & tickets call Mike & Margaret Ross at 705-422-0514 Nancy Island Lions meet every 2nd & 4th Wednesday. For more information contact: Richard at 705-429-8731 For more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 / 1-866-292-7242

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September 22 and 23, 2012 EVENT PROFILE The Wasaga Beach Home & Recreation Show, presented by Beach BOOSTER Promotions, will showcase the latest products for Home and Recreation under one roof at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex,1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario.This event will be one of the region’s largest exhibitions and second to none! Organizers anticipate more than eighty local exhibitors in home improvements, renovation, design, outdoor living, gardening, recreational products and related services will promote their products and services for visitors to experience during the two-day event. ATTENDEE & VISITOR'S PROFILE The Wasaga Beach Home & Recreation Show will draw local attendees and visitors from the Greater Toronto Area as well as the Niagara and Kingston corridors with a particularly loyal base from the Toronto area. Buyers, homeowners and cottagers from more than 100 cities, towns and communities within 150 kilometres of Wasaga Beach are here to enjoy the Beach every year, as they have been for the past many decades. EXHIBITOR INVITATION You are invited to reserve a booth and participate in the First Annual Wasaga Beach Home and Recreation Show to be held on September 22 and 23, 2012. There are approximately 80 display booths available for rent–all under one roof! Organizers are inviting exhibitors that represent a wide variety of businesses specializing in home renovating, decorating and for the first time ever in The Beach, recreational products and other related services. We hope to reinforce the importance of the recreational aspect of our economy, especially at a time when the fall and winter seasons are upon us. Many special attractions are planned for the show so there is sure to be something of interest for all visitors. There is an extensive, multi layered marketing plan being designed to promote attendance including and not limited to; print, signage, radio, regional press releases and direct mail. Businesses that are early to confirm participation will be able to maximize the potential inclusion of their business in this marketing plan. The number of “similar” businesses or products will be limited in order to capitalize on customer outcomes and to promote a variety of services. Food will be available at the onsite snack bar. There will be numerous free draws and door prizes. General admission is TWO DOLLARS. Booth costs: The charge for a single booth space is $325.00 (8’X10’) and $375.00 for (10’X10’). Booths are assigned on a first come basis. To reserve your space, fill out the attached booth application. It must be received by July 15, 2012 along with your $100.00 deposit and a cheque for the balance post dated no later than August 15, 2012. Make cheques payable to: Beach Booster Promotions. Set up: Exhibitors in the Main Hall could begin setup on Friday, September 21, 2012 after 12 noon. Those exhibitors showing in other rooms can set up Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Early bird special: Those who apply by June 1st will have their choice of booth and will be eligible to advertise in the show brochure for ½ the regular cost. Exhibitors please mail your completed application and payment to: Beach Booster Promotions, 1383 Mosley Street, Suite 1, Wasaga Beach , Ontario, L9Z 2C5 Contact: Richard Ratensperger 705-429-8731 or Bill Frieday 705-812-5507

Although we are a four seasons resort town with a lot of activities to keep folks busy and happy year ‘round, I think all of us love and look forward to the warm summer months. With the amazing warmer summer like temperatures that we have experienced over the last couple of weeks, it was great to see the smiles and happy comments about the weather from all who were eager to put on shorts and a t-shirt so early in the year. Prior to the first day of spring, our record breaking heat wave brought many to our beach to enjoy a splash in the cold waters of Georgian Bay and to soak up some rays on the sand that was covered in ice and snow just a few weeks earlier. Temperature records continued to be broken as we entered into spring officially and people seemed eager to do yard work around their properties that has usually been done in May and cold drinks were enjoyed on sunny beach front decks. It was fun to watch the flurry of

activity around cottage courts and seasonal businesses as all seemed to want to help Mother Nature along with her amazing gift of the premature warmth in Wasaga Beach. The snow fence along the Main Beach came down as town employees enjoyed the sun and temps in the high 20’s while convertibles and motor cycles made the traditional cruise around... and around Beach Drive. Although more seasonal weather is now upon us, the early taste of spring and summer has been a great inspiration for a town that was born as a result of our Nottawasaga River and of course the most beautiful fresh water beach in the world! As a true Beach BOOSTER, I would like to wish all in Wasaga Beach a happy, healthy and prosperous spring season... leading into what promises to be a great summer season in The Beach. The Beach is BACK in 2012! Joe Bickerstaff

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You may already know that the Windows 7 version of Calculator performs basic arithmetic, as well as scientific, programmer, and statistical calculations. What you may not know is that it can also calculate mortgage payments, fuel economy, perform unit conversions, and more. Here are seven Windows 7 Calculator features you may not know about: 1. Calculate mortgage payments No need to search online for a good mortgage calculator; you've got one built right into Windows. From Calculator, go to View > Worksheets > Mortgage. You can choose from monthly payment, down payment, purchase price, and term (in years).

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5. Unit conversions The Windows calculator can perform a large number of unit conversions, like area, length, power, and volume. Go to View > Unit conversion or use the Ctrl+U shortcut. 6. History support You can view and edit the history of your calculations. Standard and Scientific modes have their own history and can be accessed by going to View > History. Just double-click on the calculation you want to edit, then press Enter when you're done.

Like everyone this week, our friend Etienne enjoyed the warm Summer like temps as he showed off his new Spring clip.

That's it. The next time you start to open a spreadsheet or search for an online app, remember that your good old Windows calculator might be all you need.

Transit Passes Available The Town of Wasaga Beach is excited to announce the launch of a transit pass. The new transit pass replaces the ticketing system and allows individuals to use their transit passes on a yearly basis. Pricing for the transit pass is $40.00 per month for an adult pass and $30.00 per month for senior and student passes. Transit passes are available for sale at Town Hall, the RecPlex, and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Wasaga Sands Golf Club is an 18 hole semi-private facility conveniently located in the town of Wasaga Beach, a popular Ontario tourist destination. Visitors to the area are welcome. Our course provides a challenge to any golfer. It is perfectly suited to friends and families that would like to play golf while on holiday. We pride ourselves on keeping golf affordable.Very reasonable membership opportunities are available to residents and regular visitors. Our friendly staff look forward to seeing you soon! Call us to book a Tee Time.

A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend, who is ahead by a couple of strokes. The golfer says to himself, "I'd give anything to sink this next putt." A stranger walks up to him and whispers, "Would you give up a fourth of your sex life" The golfer thinks the man is crazy and that his answer will be meaningless but also that perhaps this is a good omen and will put him in the right frame of mind to make the difficult putt and says, "OK." And sinks the putt. Two holes later he mumbles to himself, "Boy, if I could only get an eagle on this hole." The same stranger moves to his side and says, "Would it be worth another fourth of your sex life" The golfer shrugs and says, "Sure." And he makes an eagle. Down to the final hole. The golfer needs yet another eagle to win. Though he says nothing, the stranger moves to his side and says, "Would you be willing to give up the rest of your sex life to win this match" The golfer says, "Certainly." And makes the eagle.

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As the golfer walks to the club house, the stranger walks alongside and says,"You know, I've really not been fair with you because you don't know who I am. I'm the devil and from now on you will have no sex life." "Nice to meet you," says the golfer. "My name's Father O'Malley."

The Dance Halls of Tiny Township Following an early taste of summer the Explorer delved into an article by Bonnie Reynolds on the dance halls of Tiny Township. There was a time when the 24th of May was the traditional opening date for Ontario's hundreds of dance halls. Beginning in the 1930s, big band music dominated the pavilions around Georgian Bay. Usually, they were local ensembles such as the Johnstone family band from Midland. Like other Ontario municipalities, Tiny Township had several dance halls over the decades of its history. One of the earliest was a white wooden building just to the west of the arcade on Balm Beach. Built in the 1930s, it had window shutters that could be propped open to let cool breezes blow in on fevered dancers. Admission was twenty five cents and the music was reported to be loud and often off-key. When Balm Beach's first dance hall burned down, a common occurrence with these flimsy wooden buildings, a new one was built. Named the Chateau Gai, it was a family pavilion run by Norm Wahl who allowed no drinking in his establishment. The Chateau Gai house band was known as the Georgian Swingers and included many members of the very musical Beauchamp family. The Chateau Gai kept its doors open well into the 1950s. Herb Beauchamp's love of music led to the opening of the Wagon Wheel dance pavilion, later to become known as the Barrel Works. Dances were held at the Wagon Wheel during the summer months until the building was destroyed by fire in 1956. Though it was replaced by a cement block structure, the popularity of dancing began to decline. Herb Beauchamp, who later became the mayor of Midland, sold his dance hall.

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We as individual residents of Wasaga Beach have more power than we realize to promote our famous town. If we were all raving fans of Wasaga Beach communicating one solid, audacious “sticky” message about the beach on social media that would make people want to visit and live here we could virtually create a far reaching buzz in the proportions of a social epidemic. If you are curious and fascinated with how little things can make a difference check out Malcolm Gladwell's book called “The Tipping Point” to understand how a sticky message can go viral in today's social media world. One good example of a sticky message is Wendy's “Where's the beef?” This, my friends would create the conditions to accelerate development in our town. What would be left to do would be to harness that growth in a responsible way to improve the economic situation and assure the social and environmental requirements of the community are protected. It's increasing visitor numbers and new resident growth that creates the business case for development and additional services. It's people that build strong vibrant communities, not companies, not developers. I'm not sure but maybe the “sticky” message is our current mantra “The beach is just the beginning” and we flood the incredible number of social media sites out there with our sticky message and how the beach lead to greater things for ourselves personally. This could cause a buzz that no advertising or communications plan could ever rival. You may want to include beach pictures with that message. We can help you with that. If there was a need we could add a picture repository onto the Beach Booster website where people could access pictures to send to friends, family and contacts along with their “sticky” message. So I'm open to what “sticky” message or tagline suggestions work for Wasaga Beach. Let me know what you come up with. What do you think of creating a Beach Booster website repository of great pictures of Wasaga Beach, its attractions and its residents for anyone to supply pictures to or access pictures and use? You can contact me at

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The Way Wasaga Joe Bickerstaff As someone who has always had a keen interest in Wasaga Beach’s past, I am very proud to be a part of The Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee. This committee was created by Town Council and consists of others who are eager to learn more about our history, The Town’s roots, its people and buildings. Our aim is to be able to share the interesting stories of how our town was created and grew through the years and hopefully generate interest in preserving some of these memoires and stories. Personally, I believe that knowing where we have been and how we developed, helps with us moving forward into the future! The Heritage Advisory Committee has often discussed the Cook Farm, the small farm house that still stands along the shore of the Nottawasga River on Klondike Park Road. This little brick home was once used as the Wasaga Snowmobile Club’s Clubhouse and is located on the edge of The Wasaga Beach Sports Park. Members of the committee decided to try and find out more about this little brick building, one of the very few farm buildings left within the town’s limits. Bonnie Cooper, of our committee was diligent in asking questions and researching this task was pleased to find that someone who grew up in the Cook Farm house was currently living in Stayner! Lillian Hiltz (nee Cook) was contacted. Bonnie and Connie Grey, chair of the committee set up a visit. Bonnie and Connie were thrilled in having the opportunity to meet with Lillian, 91 years young, who shared fascinating stories about her family, the farm and growing up in that little brick house on Klondike Park Road. Although Lillian’s Mom and Dad, Rita and Lewis Cook purchased the home in 1925, the building was built by Mr. Hiram Wilson from Crow's Corner (a hamlet at Sunnidale Road and the 12th) in 1890. Prior to purchasing the home, Lewis Cook, a veteran of The Great War, resided in Wasaga Beach and earned a living clearing lots and moving sand with his wagon and team of horses. Lewis married Rita in 1919 and after a brief time spent in the Sault St. Marie area, he and Rita moved back to The Beach and eventually into the Cook Farm in 1925. Originally growing oats and hay, in the early 30’s, Lewis switched from crops to Dairy Farming. He named his homestead Hillside Dairy and became the major supplier of fresh milk to the few residents of the Village of Wasaga Beach, the many summer cottagers and the businesses catering to the many coming to enjoy our wonderful beach. Milk production was made possible with the cutting of Winter ice from the Nottawasaga River and storing it in the farm’s ice house to cool the milk through the warm Summer months. The Cook family drove a late 20’s model Chevrolet to deliver fresh milk throughout The Beach. Lillian and her sister Ethel often made the deliveries in The Beach, in Winter and Summer. To better serve the many summer visitors and cottagers, Lillian would pick up fresh baked bread at Wood’s Bakery in Stayner and deliver it with the fresh milk. Sometime in the mid 30’s pasteurized milk was mandated, so milk from Hillside Dairy was first sent to Bessie Dairy in Stayner for pasteurization and then delivered to The Beach. After Lewis Cook’s death in 1974, Rita sold the Cook Farm to the Ministry of Natural Resources and later the property would be purchased by The Town of Wasaga Beach as part of the Wasaga Beach Sports Park. Lillian also had 2 brothers, Ray and Leon who grew up at the Cook Farm. Lillian’s Grandfather (Lewis's Dad) was the first Ontario Provincial Police Constable in the Village of Wasaga Beach. I thank Lillian for originally offering this interesting story to Bonnie and Connie, then attending one of our meetings with more great stories. Lillian took the time to lend me some of the pictures included here and helped me with this story of the little brick house on Klondike Park Road. For more information on the Wasaga Beach Heritage Advisory Committee, contact<> Disclaimer: Although beach BOOSTER hopes the stories related in The Way Wasaga Was are accurate, we can only rely on our own memories, photos and those of others who offer to help with this feature. Please contact us with any stories and or corrections on The Way Wasaga Was.

Lillian Hiltz (nee Cook)

Cook’s Hillside Farmhouse

This photograph courtesy Wasaga Beach Archives

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