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Victoria Day Weekend. May Long Weekend. May Two Four Weekend. Whatever we call it, to all in Wasaga Beach, it marks the un-official start of Summer and hopefully a very successful season! It is the day used to celebrate both the current monarch of Canada, and Queen Victoria, a tradition that can be traced back to settlers in then Upper Canada saluting the Queen in 1854. Alexandrina Victoria was born in London, England on May 24, 1819. She took the throne in 1837 and ruled for almost 64 years. She is the great-greatgrandmother of current British queen, Elizabeth II, and the great-great-great-grandmother of princes William and Harry, second and third in the line of succession for the British throne, respectively. Victoria oversaw a period in history when Britain became a great world power. Artistic endeavours, industrial developments and the creation of the British Empire were seen under Victoria's rule, a period now referred to as the Victorian Era. Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert, in 1840. Albert became not only her companion but a political adviser. The pair produced nine children, many of who would marry into other European royal families. Victoria and Albert are sometimes called the Grandmother and Grandfather of Europe. Albert died of typhoid fever in 1861 at the age of 42. Victoria was heart-broken and went into a deep period of mourning, retreating from public life and wearing black for the remainder of her life. She wore white only once, to her diamond jubilee, celebrating her 60 years on the throne. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1901 at the age of 81. She had an intense dislike of black funerals and London was bedecked with purple and white for the sombre occasion. She was interred with her consort and husband Albert, in Windsor Castle. Victoria oversaw vast changes to England and the world during her time as queen. During her time as ruler, Victoria was the subject of seven assassination attempts and is known as Britain's first modern queen, turning over power to the government and intervening less in the political process. Under Victoria the British royal family became more symbolic than a political force. For Canadians she is the queen that started Canada on its road to independence. She gave permission to four British provinces in North America to form a confederation in 1867, creating the Dominion of Canada. This established a federal government in Canada with a House of Commons, a senate, and a justice system. The documents approved by Victoria remained in use until Canada ratified its own constitution in 1982. Victoria Day Weekend has great importance to all in Wasaga Beach, although few of us know the basis for the holiday or about the grand woman who granted us a nation!

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What’s Happening Wasaga Beach May 24 – Welcome Centre Grand Opening Location: Nancy Island Historic Site. Time: 11 a.m. For more information contact: Nancy Island at 705-429-2728 May 24 – Celebrating Business in Wasaga Beach Location: Marlwood Golf & Country Club – 31 Marlwood Ave, Wasaga Beach. Award & Recognition Ceremony, Citizen of the Year Award. Tickets: $45 per person (HST included). Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner: 6 p.m. Entertainment – Free Door Prize Draw: Apple iPad 3. Hosted by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Tickets on sale now! For more information contact: Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 May 26 – Adopt-A-Road For more information contact: Holly Haire-Ellis (Chair) at 705-429-0188 or email at May 26- “ 4th Annual Spring Fling with the “The Martel’s” Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Time: 7:30 p.m. Event organized by the Wasaga Beach United Church to raise funds for the extension of the church. Tickets: $25.00 ea. For tickets call 705-812-1668. May 26 – Wasaga Beach Yard Sale For a Cure Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St. Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. To book a table is $20.00. For more information or to book a table contact: Candace at 705-429-4500 May 27 – Lions Foundation of Canada’s “Purina Walk For Dog Guides”Location: Oakview Woods Gazebo, 1724 Mosley St. Registration is at 10 a.m., walk starts at 11 a.m. All proceeds from this event will help fund our three Dog Guide programs.Canine Vision Canada*, which provides Dog Guides to Canadians who are blind or visually impaired. * Hearing Ear Dogs of Canada*, which provides Dog Guides to Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing. * Special Skills Dogs of Canada*, which provides Dog Guides to Canadians who are medically or physically disabled and have mobility concerns. Donations can be made on line at Support your local walk – Wasaga Beach. For further information, contact the Lions Club at 705-429-3331 For more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 / 1-866-292-7242

Point of View May 24th Long Weekend marks the unofficial start of our summer in Wasaga Beach, as hundreds of cottagers return to The Beach looking forward to many, relaxing days at the cottage. As a kid I grew up enjoying every summer at The Beach and now realize how blessed I was to be able to enjoy this wonderful environment each and every summer! The family time shared with warm sand under foot and sunny summer skies above created memories that will stay with me forever. Recognizing how relaxing and rewarding cottage life can be, I have taken an interest in a great program known as “Cottage Dreams.” “Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative” is a program that helps cancer survivors enjoy the benefits that a week at a summer cottage can offer them. It has been proven that during the recovery process, time spent with family, in the relaxing cottage atmosphere greatly helps the cancer survivor rejuvenate and allows them to celebrate recovery with those close to them. Cottage Dreams asks cottage owners to donate their cottages for a week and then they find a cancer survivor to enjoy that cottage with family. The well managed program is set up so valuable summer weekends are not effected as the families chosen use the cottage through the week. (Sunday through Friday) Much work is done to screen the right family for the donated cottage to assure there is no mis-use. The cottage owners can even request a tax receipt for the time donated! Although this organized program has been assisting cancer survivors recover in this unique way for over ten years, most of the donated cottages have been in the Muskoka and/or Haliburton areas. There is never a shortage of caring, helpful people in Wasaga Beach and with our large number of summer cottages in our town, I think Cottage Dreams could do great things for cancer survivors right here in The Beach! If you or your family and friends have a Wasaga Beach cottage available throughout the summer, Cottage Dreams could be a wonderful way to be rewarded by helping a survivor of cancer celebrate with some relaxing cottage time with family. For more information, please visit or call 705-457-9100 Joe Bickerstaff

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Brian Edwards and Gayle Woods are celebrating 14 YEARS this month.....owning and operating Goodies Café on Mosley Street. They thank all the incredible people for the amazing support they have had over the years. But they have also annnounced they have sold Goodies Café! Their last day of business will be Tuesday, May 22, 2012. New owner Vania Caputo will take over on May 25 with a re-opening date set for mid June. The name “Goodies” and phone number will remain the same. Gayle and Brian are now at Wasaga Sands Golf Club and will be continuing their catering business from there.The new catering company is W.E. CATERING 705-429-9861

Canada Day Market The Town of Wasaga Beach is looking for interested vendors to participate at the outdoor market during this year's Canada Day Celebration. Taking place on July 1 from 12:00am until 6:00pm at the Stonebridge Town Centre. Cost of entry is $30.00 plus HST. To register or inquire about the market please contact or call 705- 429- 3844 ext. 2287. (All items will be subject to approval). Spots are limited and going fast. Please call today to reserve your spot to avoid disappointment!

Calling all Vendors!! Marketplace The Wasaga Beach Marketplace is back for 2012 at the RecPlex. The Market takes place from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Tuesday in July and August and 3 p.m. until 6:00pm in September. We are looking for vendors who sell any of the following items: Fruits and vegetables Baked goods Antiques and collectables Deli meats/bulk foods Any items that are unique in nature or home/handmade If you have, items that you would like to sell and wondering if they are appropriate for the Market contact or call 705-429-3844 ext. 2287. (All items will be subject to approval). Spots are limited and going fast. Please call today to reserve your spot to avoid disappointment!

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Bill Frieday and Joe Bickerstaff of Beach BOOSTER Group made the presentation of a certificate and “Good Job Bouquet” from Cathy’s Flower & Gift Boutique Barb McFadyen is a wonderful lady! I know this because I know her! Barb's heart is big and kind and full of compassion for people she cares about with a willingness to put herself out to help someone in need! Some time ago Barb went flat out to help her friend's hubby, he had a bad accident which presented the family with a difficult time. Barb wanted to do a benefit for them but didn't know exactly how…. but she found people who knew people who helped out and before long she had successfully planned, organized, found auction items, food etc and help from her community and held a very successful benefit. Now Barb is helping an elderly lady friend who has had to leave her home and go to a residence…and it all happened quite quickly. No family in town, Barb and her husband Joel, who have assisted this lady before, both jumped in to help yet again! The lady's house was sold and time was short and the house needed cleaning out before its new owners took over. How do you compassionately and kindly pack up and care for someone's life? I'm not sure most of us could or would….remember they are not related! However as Barb says she and the lady are friends and now after sorting things out for her Barb feels a special closeness! Barb and her friend Nancy Arthur have cleaned, packed, sorted and gathered for several days. A garage sale, a Nancy Arthur contents sale and many conversations with her elderly friend and it will all soon be over. I'm sure Barb's caring way and kindness have helped this particular lady through a very difficult time! Barb wouldn't want any pats on the back for herself but thanks to Beach BOOSTER and Cathy's Flower and Gift Boutique I recommend Barb for a “Good Job Bouquet”….she deserves every petal! Submitted by Liz Cunningham.


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Nancy Island Welcome Centre Grand Opening Thursday, May 24th – 11am

Everyone is welcomed to the grand opening of the new multimillion dollar Wasaga Beach Toastmasters meet every Tuesday Welcome Centre located at from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wasaga Beach Public Nancy Island Historic Site Library. For more information call 429-6416 or 429-5464. in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo Friday nights Canada. Ontario Parks has only. Almost $5000 in prizes with a $1000 Jackpot replaced the orientation Doors open at 5:30 p.m. building at Nancy Island Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331 Historic Site in preparation of the upcoming War of 1812 Bicentennial. Nancy Marlwood Men's Golf League Island has served as a With 92 golfers in attendance the scores for historic site since 1928 and Wednesday May 9, 2012 were as follows: is the most viable and “AA” Flight related site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Low Gross Georgian Bay Region. It represents a major event during the Low Net 1) Myles Bradford 36 1) Gary Evans 33 War of 1812 - HMS Nancy's August 14, 1814 battle against 2) Graham Ashton 37 2) Mike Lalonde 34 three American schooners. The island houses the charred 3) Nick Taylor 38 3) Ross Churchill 34.5 hull and artifacts of the HMS Nancy from this pivotal moment “A” Flight in Canadian history. The borders of Canada today are a 1) Jim McClaire 37 1) JimMcFadyen 31.5 direct result of the valiant struggle of the Nancy and her 2) Stan Carroll 39 2) Mariel Bedard 33 crew. The Wasaga Beach Welcome Centre, designed by 3) Al Chambers 41 3) Wayne Holwell 33.5 Ontario Parks architect Matthew Harvey, houses a gift shop, “B” Flight staff offices, meeting space, tourist information, washrooms 1) Rick Neron 41 1) Bob Preston 33 and interpretation relating to both Nancy Island and the 2) Kirk Ure 42 2) Dave Oakley 35.5 3) Dave Theodore 46R 3) Sam Spade 36.5 natural resources of Wasaga Beach. The new War of 1812 “C” Flight interpretive displays will highlight Heroes of the War related 1) Bill Clarke 45 1) Les Nicol 36 to the Nancy story. For more information please visit 2) Barry Watson 48 2) Win Cull 38

3) Brian McConnell 49 “D”Flight 1) Imao Kaibara 50 2) Bill Edgley 52 3) Sam Bailey 55

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Closest to the pin winner #15 Flight B-C-D Bob Preston Closest to the pin winner #18 Flight AA-A Murray Donaldson Hidden Hole #12 Allan Howe -----Score 9

Wasaga Beach Dome Taken Down

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1-877-839-8687 Reservations a must! Patrons having a valid Casino Rama Players Passport card upon bus arrival may be eligible to receive 300 bonus points. Bonus points are redeemable for $15 in cash. Bonus points and meal offers are non-transferable. Casino Rama Players Passport card is required to receive food offer or bonus points offer. Ineligible patrons will receive a $15 meal offer once a Players Passport card is obtained. Bonus points and meal offers are non-transferable.You must show government issued picture I.D. showing you are 19 years of age to board buses to Casino Rama. Programs are subject to availability and may change without notice. Program is valid until April 30,2012. Self excluded patrons are not eligible to redeem Casino Rama Offers.

The famous Dome at Wasaga’s main beach was taken down last Friday. The dome was always used as a temporary solution to fill the empty area left after the great fire at Main Street in 2007.The story about the Dome is known to all: the Levy brothers made a deal with the Town of Wasaga Beach and the Dome was placed partially on town land in exchange for parking space on the lot next door where the fire had destroyed several buildings. The lease on the Dome was approved for 3 years but was extended when the Levy Brothers went bankrupt in 2010 and former owner of the land Nick Vidinovski foreclosed on the property. The Dome’s covering was destroyed by heavy winds during Snowman Mania in February 2011. The cover was never replaced. Beach BOOSTER Promotions increased the Worldwide fame of the Dome on November 14, 2010 by lighting the Dome Blue in recognition of World Diabetes Day. Because the covering was not replaced a new venue to light Blue had to be found for 2011 and it was the Blue Lit Theatre Building on Nancy Island that reminded everyone of the five-year theme on “Diabetes education and prevention.” This also was a Beach BOOSTER Promotions event which excited many people in Wasaga Beach and Worldwide. The Dome will always be a part of the history and saga of Wasaga Beach.

Fishing On My Time Host Sea Cadets June 2nd On Saturday June the 2nd the Sea Cadets will be descending upon us for their year end festivities. The Sea Cadets are a wonderful group of young teens aged 12 to 18 years from the Navy League in Midland. The teens live amongst us within Simcoe County and here in Wasaga Beach. The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps is a program that introduces young Canadians to a nautical life. The cadets learn valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, organization and effective communication. Their program introduces today's out to become community leaders.They chose Fishing On My Time as their destination for their year end party. We are very excited to be hosting their event. And it couldn't be more appropriate than a boating experience. On June 2nd the cadets will be heading out on the “Tortooga” Fishing On My Time boat into the waters of beautiful Georgian Bay where they will put to task the skills that they have learned throughout the year. The importance of knot tying will come into play as well as navigating through the waterways. Once arriving on the Bay they will have a BBQ and enjoy some swimming . Along with the Sea Cadets several Officers will be accompanying the group. Once safely docked and moored back at the docks the cadets will set up their tents for the night. On Sunday June the 3rd the morning starts off with breakfast and then a full drill parade will be completed. The cadets, in full dress uniform, will parade from our docks behind Pedro's Gift Shop, up to the beach and down Beach Drive. Several competitions will take place on Sunday at the Docks of Fishing On My Time where the Cadets can show off their skills. Captain Shawn and Andrea and the staff of Fishing On My Time hope you can stop by to visit the Cadets and give them a Wasaga Beach welcome! Page 4 beach BOOSTER 39

Sunnidale Road Water Tower Repainting

The Sunnidale Road Water Tower is undergoing a $395,000 massive repainting job. There will be an inspection of the exterior repainting works, as well as an inspection and report on the interior condition for another $35,000. The Tower has to be drained to allow the steel inside to completely dry. Only then can the inspection and repainting can commence. The placement of new antenna towers will be scheduled for installation after the Tower repainting has been done. The scaffolding is immense complete with an elevator and Beach BOOSTER was told 600 sheets of 3/4” 4x8 sheets of plywood were required as platforms. There are rumors of a big used plywood sale after the job is completed.

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I don’t know whether this photo is too blurry – it’s taken with my i-phone. Westie Mulligan is happy that the weather is improving, and can’t wait to get up to his happy place. He loves long walks on Woodland Beach, watching sunsets across the bay and happy that it seems we have a plan to come up North for the long weekend. Jennifer Kutlesa

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Mobile Mountain Owner/Operator Marijan Lucic A new attraction is coming to Beach Area One! Mobile Mountain is an amazing mobile rock climbing wall that will be in operation on Main Street at Beach Area One this summer. An exciting rock climbing experience will be offered with 4 different climbing routes. Mobile Mountain will welcome all adventurers on weekends from 10 am until 6 pm, weather permitting and open daily starting later in June. Come to Main Street to see this new feature. Why? Because it’s there!

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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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You're part of the “Wasaga Beach Experience” cast! The May 24th weekend is fast approaching and if you look around, you will see a scurry of activity especially around the seasonal business locations that come alive for the tourist season. It won't be long before the sun fun volume of traffic returns for the season and we see the many visitors shopping in our shops, visiting our attractions and populating our historic, cultural, scenic and play areas. Are you ready for that age old question our visitors ask every year? "What do you do for fun around here?" When visitors come to our town, replies to this question can make or break their impression of our beautiful community. If you want visitors to come back again—and say nice things about our town to others who might come, too—you need to have some good answers at the ready. Each and every one of us Wasagians are ambassadors to our fine town that is home of the world's longest fresh water beach, with BLUE FLAG internationally eco-label quality status at that! As a business owner, do you have your Wasaga Beach Visitor Guide Book close by as a handy reference? Do you need another book? Call the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre at (705) 429-2247 to get another copy. If you just happen to be asked about things and don't have the answer, you can always direct visitors to the Visitor Information Centre on 550 River Road West or recommend to any smart phone user they can access the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce website to see what's happening and where to go to have fun and experience the attractions. As a traveller, you just have to think back to the last time you were on a trip and had a great experience and found it memorable. The feeling you got from that great experience really sticks with you for a long time. You may remember the way people greeted, treated and entertained you. You may remember how you were wowed by the service. You may also remember that “in the moment” experience or connection that created a lasting impression in your mind to recall whenever you want to feel good about life. Well friends, we are all cast actors in the Wasaga Beach Experience and have a part to play as ambassadors and service providers. In the spirit of community let's not forget to greet our guests with the utmost of friendliness and help to make their experiences memorable. We'll keep them coming back helping our local economy to support better services and create more opportunities for community quality of life. Some visitors will be so impressed they may even want to move here to become part of our great community. Beach Booster is certainly here to help our ambassadors and service providers. Send me your thoughts. Please email me at

The Victoria Farmer's Club There have been many farm organizations in the history of Ontario. Among the first was the Grange Movement also known as the Patrons of Husbandry. Intended to improve the farmer's lot through the establishment of co-operatives, it was followed by the Patrons of Industry who entered the political arena, running for provincial and national office. After the Patrons vanished from the political map, Farmer's Clubs made their appearance. Organized as a male equivalent to the Women's Institutes, Farmer's Clubs also turned their attention to the co-op movement. One of these Farmer's Clubs was established in the Collingwood Township hamlet of Victoria in 1914. Acting as a collective agency for its members, the Victoria Farmer's Club purchased bulk coal oil, binder twine, salt, wire fencing, feed grain, root seeds, flour and sugar. A year later, the Victoria Farmer's Club became the first such group in Ontario to sell a car lot of livestock co-operatively in the Toronto market. Before, local drovers had purchased cattle from farmers for shipment to the city. Instead, the men of the Victoria Farmer's Club decided to do it themselves. Succeeding in signing contracts in Toronto, the club began marketing their own cattle. So successful was the experiment that in one year, 160 train car loads of livestock with a value of over $200,000 were shipped away. The membership of the Farmer's Club grew rapidly and the operation continued in business until the early 1940s when trucks forced the railroads out of livestock shipping. The Victoria Farmer's Club carried on but eventually faded from sight.

Community Volunteer Work that Makes a Difference If you’re interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun – you can do all of this and more as a Lions club member. As a Lion, you’ll perform volunteer work to improve your community – and communities around the world. Wasaga Beach Lions Club meets at the RecPlex. Call 705-429-3331.

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How To Fix A Golf Swing Balance Problem Fast If you’re suffering from losing your balance as you’re swinging you’ll know how detrimental this can be to your ball striking. So that’s why in this article I’m going to give you a simple golf drill to help you fix your golf swing balance problem, fast. Ok, let’s get started. First, you need to understand that the setup you use to hit a golf ball has a HUGE affect on your balance, or lack thereof, as you’re swinging a golf club. So to help you achieve a balanced setup position, here is the step-by-step posture setup drill I want you to go through: 1st. Stand up straight. Position your feet about shoulder width apart. 2nd. Let the straightness out of your knees so they have a slight bend to them. 3rd. Position a driver along your spine. 4th. Bend forward slightly while making sure that your spine remains straight. Having the golf club on your spine will help you to feel this. When you do this it’s important that you feel as though your backside is moving back like you are going to sit on a chair. Doing this creates a balanced posture position. Also, it’s important that your weight is positioned on the balls of your feet, not the heels or the toes. 5th. Move your left hip slightly towards your target by about 2 inches. This helps to place your head behind the ball so you can put all your power behind the shot for longer golf drives. 6th. Get the driver from your spine and setup with it as though you are about to hit a golf ball. You may have to either bend over more or stand up straighter to get into a comfortable setup for your driver. Now to tell if you are in a good balanced posture position I want you to get someone to lightly push on both shoulders from behind and in front. You’ll find when you get someone to do this that it will force you to anchor yourself to the ground and balance yourself so you are not easily pushed over. When you find your balanced setup position you’ll discover that when someone gives you a slight push you will be steady and solid. So to fix your balance problems in your golf swing, do this setup exercise and get someone to test you to make sure you’re in a balanced setup posture position. You’ll find when you get this mastered that you’ll hit much better and more consistent golf shots and your golf swing balance problems will be solved!

Call for a Tee Time: 705-429-2791 Schedule of Events for May Every Wednesday Morning 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Senior Men League - Modified Stapleford Scoring Every Thursday Afternoon from 1:00 p.m. Mens’ League - Stroke Play May 7 Mixed League Sign Up and Social 6 p.m. May 14 Mixed League Starts 3 p.m. May 24 Mens’ Match Play Begins May 26 Captain’s Open: Mens’ League May 29 Ladies’ League Scramble and Lunch

Wasaga Sands Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf League May 8: Lowest Score Total for "649” Aileen Simpson 13 Mary Son-ling 15 Pat Den Bok 18 Nancy Thatcher 18 Cleila Clark 18 Lilli Brielmeier 18 50/50: Nancy Thatcher

Wasaga Sands Men’s League Results May 10 Low Gross Low Net “A” Flight- Larry Karpowicz 40 Mark Son Hing 36 “B” Flight- Don MacDonald 43 Barry Stewart 37 Dave Stavinga 49 Dick Burton 40.5 “C” Flight- Walter Karas 47 Doug Adams 36 Don Westbrooke 50 Larry Crake 37 “D” Flight- Doug Rowbotham 49 Ross Gough 29 Andy Trail 55R Neil Brown 39 Closest to Pin A & B- Chris Bernier Closest to Pin C & D- Mike McWilliam Sr. Clostest to Boston Pizza Box- Rick Zahorchak

Join us for 1st annual "Alex Smardenka Open" Supporting: Simcoe/Grey Federal Liberal Party Saturday June 2, 2012 WASAGA SANDS GOLF CLUB 10 Club Rd Wasaga Beach, On L9Z 1J8 705-429-2791 Registrations: Drop your form at: Boston Pizza, Collingwood Or Boston Pizza, Wasaga Beach Phone (705 429 8646) Fax (705 429 8647) Cell (705 351 8962) Email: Registration Fees: $100.00 per golfer (tax receipt for $50.00 per golfer) 1:00 p.m. shot gun Golf, Cart, Prize presentation and a Buffet Dinner @ BOSTON PIZZA, 311 MAIN ST, WASAGA BEACH Method of Payment: Cheque: Payable to “Simcoe/Grey liberal Riding Association” MasterCard, Visa, Amex

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The first testicular guard, the “Cup”, was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. Wasaga Beach Sports Park

Wasaga Sands Golf Club is an 18 hole semi-private facility conveniently located in Wasaga Beach. Visitors to the area are welcome. Our course is a challenge to any golfer. It is perfect for friends and families who want to play golf while on vacation. We take pride in keeping golf affordable. Reasonable memberships are available to residents and regular visitors. Our friendly staff look forward to seeing you soon! Call us to book a Tee Time.

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The Way Wasaga Joe Bickerstaff The Ontario Zoological Park

Real Estate Bench Mark by Glenn Cunningham I HATE CHANGE!!!!

I am amused when some local folks seem surprised to hear there was once a world class zoo in Wasaga Beach. Does one not wonder why we have a Zoo Park Road? In the mid sixties, while many smaller municipal zoos with provincial funding were being closed, it was decided to create one provincially owned, world class super zoo and Wasaga Beach was chosen for this project. Plans were made for the park to encompass 100 acres when complete. By 1966, the operating park was over 15 acres as the expansion plans continued. In an editorial about the zoo in a local 1966 publication, it stated: “It is a different sort of zoo. A unique combination of the traditional zoo and a scientific research project”. The Park’s parent organization, The Upper Canada Zoological Society, had a working relationship with the University of Guelph for its research work. Buffalos, Hippos, African Lions, Jaguars, Bengal Tigers, Arctic Wolves, Hyenas, Wapitis, Moose and Chimpanzee were just some of the residents of our large, pine-studded park. A highlight of the zoo was the naturally formed Beaver Dam, where over 30 Beavers shared their home with Wood ducks, Mallards, Blue winged Teals, Herons and Kingfishers.

Family at Zoo & Wasaga Beach Elephant

Our zoo was also home to a very unique conservatory that housed over 50 species of wild birds. The structure was one of the few in the world that allowed visitors to walk in the “Free Flight” area of the birds, with specially designed entrance and exit trap doors, to prevent the birds from leaving the structure. Plans for one of North America’s best Pachyderm exhibit was in the works as the park was already home to one female elephant and a mated pair of Nile Hippos, each weighing over a ton and enjoying their specifically designed Hippo Pond. (There is a sad story about the demise of Wasaga Beach’s loving Hippo couple, but I will leave that for another time.) Exciting plans for the continued expansion and addition of a mini railway to transport visitors through the park never came to be. Although for a time, our own Ontario Zoological Park was recognized and respected by experts around the world, the Provincial Government eventually sold the park to private enterprise. For several years the park was operated as Wasaga Wild Life Park and was home to Animal Actors. Trained animals from the Wasaga Beach attraction often appeared in movies, TV shows and commercials. Some locals may remember the surprise when some of these famous animal actors entertained us by showing up at local beverage rooms!

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As with many others - we have certainly seen a lot of change in our industry! I remember my first deal in 1988, writing the offer on my client’s kitchen table, yep, 4 copies, with carbon paper! Do you remember carbon paper? Press hard, 3rd copy’s yours! I can tell by the look on your face “CARBON PAPER!” OK here’s where we save the trees, we had one paper 2 sides and when financing was put together we used a single piece of paper to waive that condition, now, the average file I send down to my head office has 42 pages with it! That covers everything from instructions to the buyer or seller on what we do, to your identification and yes now the offer is at least 5 pages long. One of the very first things I did when I started in real estate was to make a major purchase - a car phone, now an antique, yep dash mounted and a box in the trunk, hate to tell you what it cost! 50 cents a min for local time, but here’s the strange part, my broker thought I was nuts…. Why do you need that he asked? Now, the iphone or blackberry or whatever has to have email, mobile apps etc up the yingyang! Instant messaging? what happened to “I’ll return the call when I get back to my office” ???? I remember going to pick up little 1 ½” X 2 ½” photo prints to stick onto feature sheets, (I’ve always liked to make information sheets that have style, and give buyers something really nice to take away as a reminder) now, well, we shoot 50 or 60 digital stills then we do a blended digital video and then we do a real video with a walk through voice over so that our listings all have enough information to grab and hold a buyer’s attention. That, of course is then made available on a whole bunch of “social media” platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Wompit, Kijiji, as well as our own custom website, man, this time saving stuff is sure a lot of work!! Truth is, I really do like this new and fast changing way we need to do business. Is it hard? Yea, but it’s exciting, it’s challenging, and it’s giving us an opportunity to push ourselves to learn about things that help us to keep up with our grandchildren. It’s going to change the basics of how we do our business in the very near future. In the mean time check us out on Facebook and have a fantastic holiday weekend!! Glenn Cunningham SRES®, Broker at Realty Executives Plus Ltd, a local, full service real estate brokerage, I can be reached at 705 429 4100 or email your opinions, questions and comments are welcome!

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