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We’re Local..We’re Wasaga Beach..Number 62 April 14, 2013

Denise Potter Heads Chamber

Pictured Wednesday at the Annual General Meeting of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce from left: Susan Irvine, Mark Bannerman and Denise Potter. President Mark Bannerman officially stepped down from his position and welcomed Vice-President Denise Potter to the position of President. As a result of a change of location for Mark's position with TD Canada Trust, he felt the need to step down. There was a full house in the Board Room as Denise was sworn in as the new President and took the oath with Mayor Cal Patterson at her side. Also sworn in was Susan Irvine as Vice-President of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Beach BOOSTER welcomes Denise and Susan to their new positions and we look forward to working closely with them and the rest of The Chamber! We also wish Mark success in his new location and know that he will still be active in The Chamber and Wasaga Beach as Past President of The Chamber.

Rebecca Stephens of Wasaga Beach Needs Your Rates and Comments on Much Music Coca Cola Covers Rebecca Stephens of Wasaga Beach Needs Your Support and she writes: The Much Music Coca Cola Covers contest is a competition which allows Canadian artists to upload their covers to be judged by both a Sony Music A&R panel as well as the public. The participants must choose to cover songs from a pre-determined set list of six songs. I chose to cover three of the six. The songs I covered are Frank Ocean's Thinkin' Bout You, Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break" and Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" The deadline of the competition is April 21st. After the 21st deadling the Sony A&R judges will deliberate the following week and choose their top ten finalists in all of Canada. Once the top ten in Canada are selected, the top ten will then be narrowed down to a top three. The top three will get to attend the Much Music Video Awards and the winner of the entire competition will be selected at the show and presented with a Much Music award! You can only rate my video once a day but you can comment on my video as much as you'd like! HERE IS THE LINK TO MY COVER OF FRANK OCEAN'S THINKIN' BOUT YOU. This song was on Much Music's "Featured" page for five days!:

I am not quite sure if it would be easier to get the public to type this link in their browsers or for them to add me on facebook. My facebook name is Rebecca Stephens. Once they add me on facebook then they will have access to the links to my covers, which I post on a daily basis. Whatever you think is best, will be great with me! The winner of the competition gets : A VIP trip to the MMVA's A Commercial -A singles deal with Sony Music A music video Performance opportunities and more

April 24th Military Appreciation Day at Boston Pizza Wasaga Beach

Alex Smardenka, owner of Boston Pizza Wasaga Beach, is celebrating his wife Sandy's birthday. Alex is inviting all current serving Canadian military to join the celebration. Boston Pizza will be offering a FREE meal to all who present a valid military ID card at the Wasaga Beach Restaurant (max $25/person) from 12 noon to 8 pm on Wednesday April 24th. This is a small token of Alex and Sandy's appreciation for everything the men and women of The Canadian Forces do for us. We hope everyone can join us this day.

For reservations or ways to volunteer please call 705 429-8646

May 2nd Next Breakfast at the Beach Speaker –Jeffrey Schmidt Executive Director, RTO7 The Networking Committee for the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the speaker for our next 'Breakfast at the Beach' on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. will be Jeffrey Schmidt. The breakfast will be held at Wasaga Sands, 10 Club Court Wasaga Beach. Jeff began working with the RTO7, prior to its incorporation and was subsequently appointed the organization's first Executive Director in July 2011. Jeff's involvement in tourism originated as an operator and member of several boards involved in destination marketing and development, including with another RTO. His background includes over 25 years of strategic management consulting to a wide range of public and not-for-profit organizations across North America. RTO7 provides strategic and collaborative leadership to build, sustain and grow tourism in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties. It is one of 13 independent not-for-profit corporations to which the Ontario government provides some $40 million in annual funding to lead tourism planning, marketing and development in their respective regions. The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Networking Committee are delighted to welcome Jeff as our speaker for what we believe will be a very informative talk on Tourism in our area. To confirm your attendance for this breakfast and to obtain more information, contact Trudie McCrea at the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247.


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Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo every Friday evening. Almost $5000 in prizes..$1000 Jackpot Game. RecPlex Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters meet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wasaga Beach Public Library. For more information call 429-6416 or 429-5464. Oakview Ladies Hobby Club meet Wednesdays from 7pm - 9 pm. Whatever your hobby is... painting, crafting, quilting, scrap-booking come out and meet like minded ladies who love to share their knowledge and company while they work. If you always wanted to learn to do a certain craft or you if just need one night out a week for yourself please join us! Contact : Laura at 705-429-3984 Collingwood Blues Series Returns. The Collingwood Jazz & Blues Society presents the return of the popular Blues series at the BMFA Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario Street Collingwood. The concerts will be held the 3rd.Thursday of the month starting at 7pm. Concert tickets Available in Collingwood atThe Crow’s Nest, 239 Hurontario St. 445-1900, Gabriele Photo, 133 Hurontario St. 445-9030 BMFA Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario St. 445-3430 Hasty Market, Cranberry Mews, Hwy.26 293-0619 March 21 – April 25 – Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Location: South Georgian Bay CHC, 14 Ramblewood Dr. # 202. Time: Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A 1st Step to Using Self-Compassion & Wisdom to cope with Stress, Anxiety, Impulsivity, Depression. Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and acceptance. For more info and to confirm your attendance call Robbi Currie at 705-422-1888 ext. 114 April 11 – 24 – Begin With Books Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 10:30am Ages 3 to 5. Creative activities help youngsters prepare for JK / SK. For more information and to register call the Wasaga Beach Public Library 705-429-5481 April 11 – April 25 – Paws To Read Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 6 p.m. Children read to a dog in the library! Dogs and handlers are trained and certified. Children involved show improved READING skills, develop a sense of PRIDE in their accomplishments, more willingness to become INVOLVED in other positive activities, more RESPECT and KINDNESS in their interactions with animals & found READING more enjoyable. For more information and to register call the Wasaga Beach Public Library 705-429-5481 April 12 – Need a hand to prepare your tax return? Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 2:30pm-6pm Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have low income and a simple tax situation. Volunteers are not employees or volunteers of the Canada Revenue Agency. Remember to bring all your slips and forms with you. People must come into the library to register to book their appointment. They take a Client Information Sheet home and bring it to their appointment. People with questions check off the “CALL ME” column on the registration form. The Volunteer from CRA will be in touch. Print clearly. April 18-21 – Art In The Library Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: Open various hours to the public. This fantastic exhibit showcases local talent. Open various hours to the public. Interested in exhibiting? Call Cathy at the Wasaga Beach Public Library 705-429-5481 ext 2405 or email April 18, 19, 20, 21 – Wasaga Community Theatre presents “Leading Ladies” Location: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Time: April 18, 19, 20 – 8 p.m. April 21 – Matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 each or $17.00 each if you buy 10 or more. Dinner before the Show – 10% Discount for tickets holders at three Wasaga Beach Restaurants: The Beacon, Boston Pizza and Little Marina Ristorante & Pizzeria. Ticket Outlets are: IDA Wasaga Beach Pharmacy, 30-45 Street South, Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street (Parks and Recreation window). Majors Guardian Pharmacy, 597 River Rd. West. For Ticket Reservations please call 705-422-0514 or email April 21 – Meet The Authors Location: Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. Time: 1:30p.m. Pat Boyle and Gail Gray Payne from the Wye Writers will be presenting their book, Anecdotes and Anecdates, a collection of recipes that include short stories about dating and important dates. Some of the stories are contributed by people who donate recipes. Reunited by Dr. Peter Willmott. After a lifetime of searching Dr. Willmot’s father finally made contact. What followed was a wonderful reunion and the opportunity to share their story and the stories of many others touched by the Salvation Army’s Family Tracing Service. Call the Wasaga Beach Public Library for my more information 705-429-5481 or visit the website

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The Secret to Successful Networking: Beer We all know that you shake hands and contracts are signed over dinner and drinks. Sports games and concerts are communal experiences shared by strangers. Bars are casual environments where people are more relaxed and open to conversation. All of these are situations where people who would otherwise never meet are encouraged to talk, and beer plays a significant role in those interactions. Let me throw a few recent examples at you. I was in Naples, Fla. last month. Sitting in a bar on St. Patrick's Day, I asked a gentleman sitting next to me where he got his green beer. He and his wife, he said, brought green food colouring with them and were adding it to people's drinks; I liked the guy immediately. He told me about a book he had written, linking extroverted behavior to success in business, and we got to the inevitable "so, what do you do" part of the conversation. It turns out he started a little company back in the '70s that you may have heard of: Chuck E. Cheese. My new friend Gene Landrum was the company's first president and has since become a prolific writer. Back in Wasaga Beach the following week at one of our local spots, I was seated next to couple, Peter and Fran, who are sampling multiple different beers. I make a suggestion for something to try, which lead to a conversation about beer and food and, unexpectedly, the apparel industry. He knew a ton about manufacture, sales, sourcing and more, which made sense when I learned that Peter Capolino is the founder of sport clothing brand Mitchell & Ness, which sells officially licensed vintage jerseys and jackets for the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL. He had a wealth of information. It's a scientific fact: Beer makes networking happen. You never know who you'll meet when you're out at a bar, but you'll never meet them if you're not there. And as someone said "Good people drink good beer," so you know you'll be in good company. If you've got a story of a chance encounter like one of these, I'd love to hear it. Tell us how beer has helped in your networking send an email to Drink more beer. Meet interesting people.

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More of What’s Happening Wasaga Beach April 25 – Business After 5 Hosted by The Style Studio, 1344 Mosley Street, Unit # 3. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking, auction prizes, delicious food and great people! Everyone welcome. There is no charge to attend and membership is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information contact: Denise Potter, Business After5 Coordinator, WBWBA and Chamber of Commerce – 705-429-0017 / or Trudie McCrea, Office Manager, Chamber of Commerce – 705-429-2247 / For more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce at 705-429-2247 /1-866-292-7242 or visit our Events Calendar at

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Making a Report to the OPP “How To” Calling and making a report of an incident or crime to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) or other Police Service is something many may never do and some only once or twice in their life time. This being said generally this report is of great importance to the caller and to us the Police so let's do it efficiently and do it right the first time. Here are some tips on what number to call and why and what information is generally need, so be prepared: 1) If the incident is one where someone could be seriously injured or a high value of property damage could occur, a good example of this is reporting a “Drunk Driver”, then call “911”. 2) If the incident, or your concern or crime is of a less then serious nature, such as seeing graffiti on the side of a building, call 1-888-310-1122. 3) If you need information such as a motor vehicle collision (MVC) report number, or calling to speak to an officer then call the Huronia West OPP during regular business hours Monday to Friday at 705 429-3575. Once you have contacted the OPP through one of the above 3 ways we will want some basic information: 1) Your name both first and last. 2) Where you are calling from, this includes house number (emergency number) street (proper name), community and Town or Township. For example 1234567 Finlay Mill Road, (Village of Midhurst) but include Springwater Twp. Know where you are! 3) If at home, write your address by your telephone, as the person who may call us that you just had a heart attack, may be a visitor who does not know the address they are at and you can't help. 4) What is the concern, what is wrong! Just the Facts! 5) If you are in a motor vehicle and need to contact us, do not use local slang for road names use the ones on the road sign. Telling us that you do not know the road you are on but you see a barn with a red roof and cows or just an emergency number on a green sign will probably not help us find you, but knowing the proper name of the road (Beachwood Drive) will. 6) If involved in a MVC, as hard as it may seem you must calm yourself, if you do not our communication people you contacted will spend more time trying to get the information they need from you, increasing the time it takes us to get emergency vehicles to your aid. 7) Remember that if you do call “911”, stay on the line until you are told to hang up. If you don't we will call you back and yes Police will attend no matter if you dialed it in error. Remember to check out my next “On Duty” article in Beach Booster!

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Tanya Snell is the innovative creator of What's Up Hut, a multi-faceted, pioneering marketing and information resource mobile Kiosk. Tanya recently launched What's Up Hut at our Business After 5 on Thursday, March 28th at Boston Pizza where she co-hosted with Alex and Sandy Smardenka. This latest device will direct traffic to your business by allowing customers to find your business quickly and easily with just 3-clicks away. A multi-tier advertising to enhance business listing offering map and directions to your business. Tanya stopped by Beach Corner to talk about her kiosk device. She's been living in The Beach for over ten years and is passionate about Wasaga Beach. Tanya has a marketing background and a company called “Outreach Marketing Group” for small to medium size businesses. She is eager to get information out there and connecting people to content. For eight years Tanya was a youth worker with the city of Vancouver and she has a huge spot in her heart for community development. Tanya says: “What's Up Hut helps marry those passions with a little bit of community development and business promotion.” The idea came to her when talking to a neighbor about our amazing resources in town. The neighbor was looking to dine in our community and Tanya suggested a restaurant. The neighbor unable to find that restaurant on the internet ordered a pizza instead. At that moment she realized how many more businesses are losing out due to the lack of information available to our tourist. Therefore, she came up with the idea to create an interactive system screen for all businesses, community events, volunteer groups with just three clicks. A lot of work has gone into this one of a kind prototype 7-1/2 feet tall. It is currently displayed at Boston Pizza in Stonebridge and plans are to move the kiosk before May 24 weekend to the west end. She's working on creating a different form and hopes to have 10-12 units. The units are very user friendly with large buttons, one touch of a category ie: “Community” on the front page then it brings you to sub-categories such as schools and places of worship. “The Get Involved Volunteer” button will provide all the organizations in town. The concept is designed to capture everything about the community and put it all in one place. You can access the system online with your home computer, tablet, and smartphone. Financially sustained by advertising every business in town is listed for “free” with no content and for a basic price you can enhance your listing. An enhanced business listing can post a promotional coupon on line and engage it to the site. People are becoming conditioned to obtaining snapshot information by accessing the What's Up Hut Kiosk. It will allow them to extend their stay in our beautiful Georgian Bay town and find your business online. For more information contact: or visit Dianna Chycki is host of Beach Corner and Committee Member of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival. Beach Corner broadcasts weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.





Hear what the Youth of Wasaga Beach have to say! Xavier, Rebecca, Dustin, Megan & Dawna will discuss topics that are current, interesting to their age group and informing listeners of local upcoming events for the Youth. If you are interested in being a guest speaker on the Youth Radio Show contact Steph at or 705-422-2494

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EVERYONE is welcome and all programs are free of charge Want to QUIT Smoking: April 9-May 28, Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm Diabetes Education Groups: April 17, May 8 and 15, (9am-12) Learn About Hypertension: May 1, 9:30am-11:30am Managing your Cholesterol: Wednesday June 5, 9:30-11:30am Upcoming Health Promotion programs offered here at the SGBCHC: WASAGA BEACH See our website for more details and upcoming events: Call us for more information or to register: 705-422-1888

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There are times in our life when we may feel overtaken by events seemingly designed to ruin us or at minimum prearranged by circumstance to overwhelm us. We generally find it deep enough in ourselves or through some help to develop the ability to adapt to our series of life's frustrations that we encounter and move forward. My take on these circumstances is that they are placed in our life to make the good things we experience great. My daughter and husband and seven week old little bundle of joy Charlotte came to visit us of late. There is just something special about having a new born in the home to dote over and celebrate all of the new beginnings of life which seem to create this emotional high of joy, hope and love that we can share amongst all of us. It’s a moment of magical transformation where in a short space of time, life makes sense, good feelings are Julie and daugthter Charotte amplified and stronger more meaningful connections are made amongst all of us. So I thought I would share this joy with our beach BOOSTER readers. We all need to stop and savour the good things in life. There are so, so many moments of magic available to us, everyday…and we choose whether to notice them or not. Even making the decision to seek out and look for magic in our lives can spark a new awareness and appreciation in us, and we begin to notice more and more of life’s magic. “You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you might find You get what you need” (M. Jagger/K. Richards), Rolling Stones 1969 album Let It Bleed I think Mick and Keith got it right in these lyrics. There are so many things not within our control in life that can get us down. It’s up to us to find the things in life that bring magic to us and in most cases they are exactly what we need to help us savour the moment, give thanks for the good things in life and allow us to live life as meaningfully as we can. This awareness boosts our resilience for dealing with life’s fines for being alive. Sometimes, turning inward to seek what you need can open up a whole new purpose in life. No sense in sleep walking through the remainder of your life. Find those good things that are great. They make you feel alive. Thank you little Charlotte. You have made everyone in our family feel alive and well.


The Hamlet of Van Vlack is now Wasaga Beach

Photo of Van Vlack Bridge Wasaga Beach Archives The other day, the Explorer found a postcard in a large box if discarded mail. Someone was getting a jump on spring cleaning and the dust covered box from the days of the Second World War had been put out on the curb for pickup. He rescued it, sorting through old wedding notices, school report cards and unpaid bills and found a postcard of the beach at Wasaga Beach. The card was dated July 3rd, 1943 and the endless sandy beach was covered with cars and what seemed to be 10,000 people, many in uniform. Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world, is a place filled with stories, such as that of John Van Vlack. The sand beaches at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River had already passed through centuries of history when this jack-ofall-trades arrived in 1870. It had been a summer encampment for the Huron, a French trading post, a battleground and a Military Fort. But The Beach had never become a permanent settlement. And then John Van Vlack purchased 69 acres of land south of the river’s mouth, turning his hand to creating a community. He built a shingle mill, opened a general store, and became the first postmaster of The Hamlet of Van Vlack. Of all the important tasks he took on was the building of a bridge over The Nottawasaga River. Van Vlack’s wooden bridge opened Wasaga Beach for development. Soon, a centre portion could be raised to allow tugs to pass under. By 1880, there were more than a hundred residents living in The Hamlet of Van Vlack. Little did they know that their tranquil life would one day be broken by countless summer visitors who came to Wasaga Beach, not Van Vlack as it had been known for years



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Natural Medicine: Separating Fact From Fiction Is Iron Deficiency Weakening Your Immune System And Causing Fatigue? by James Meschino DC, MS, ND, ROHP Iron deficiency remains the leading nutrient deficiency in the world, including Canada. Severe iron deficiency results in anemia (abnormal red blood cell appearance), as iron is required to make a key part of hemoglobin within red blood cells, which transports oxygen to our tissues. Signs of iron deficiency anemia include excessive fatigue, decreased appetite, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, hair loss, cold hands and feet, sore tongue, easy bruising, brittle or sore nails, and some other signs and symptoms. Blood tests for iron deficiency show a low serum ferritin (protein bound to iron in the blood) and a very low hemoglobin count. Medical doctors are very good at identifying iron deficiency once it reaches the stage of anemia. However, many women, during their childbearing years, do not have iron deficiency anemia, but are walking around with Early Stage Iron Deficiency due to the blood loss that occurs with menstruation. Early Stage Iron Deficiency: Early symptoms of iron deficiency often involve frequent infections such as colds, since iron is necessary for normal immune function. Some individuals feel cold as a result of reduced body temperature regulation. Frequent headaches and constant fatigue are also common features of early stage iron deficiency. Iron deficiency may even aggravate or trigger bouts of depression. I generally become concerned about iron deficiency in women that have any combination of these symptoms, if they exhibit a serum ferritin level between12 and 20 ug/L (micrograms per liter). A level below 12 ug/L indicates depletion of the body’s iron stores, which will eventually result in anemia. What To Do: If you have any of the above symptoms ask your doctor to perform blood tests for iron deficiency. If you don’t have anemia, but your serum ferritin is between 12 and 20 ug/L, you would be wise to consume more iron-rich foods and take a supplement to help support your iron status. I am not a fan of recommending red meat or organ meats to patients. In these cases I do allow the dark meat of chicken and turkey, which provide appreciable amounts of heme iron, which is the most bioavailable

form. Iron can also be obtained from non-heme sources such as fortified cereals and breads, beans, tofu, dried fruits, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables like spinach. Iron Supplements: Ask any woman and she will tell you iron supplements are constipating. Not to mention that they are not well absorbed. In recent years a new supplement has entered the marketplace, which is a chelated iron. This means the iron is attached to two glycine molecules (glycine is an amino acid). This new form of iron resembles the iron found in meat (heme iron), which is highly bioavailable. Studies have shown that this new chelated iron is four times as bioavailable as are inorganic iron supplements, such as ferrous sulfate and can raise serum ferritin levels to a significant degree. Not only that, but it is not constipating. In my view, cases of early stage iron deficiency should be managed by using the dietary measures mentioned above, in conjunction with the ingestion of a supplement containing 45 mg of iron chelate (iron bound to glycine known as Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate) in a formula that also provides other nutrients that support red blood cell and hemoglobin synthesis (Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Copper). Taking two capsules per day until serum ferritin levels are above 20 ug/L is a typical protocol. Remaining on one capsule per day, thereafter, may guard against relapse to an iron deficient state in the future.

Dr. Meschino, who lives in Wasaga Beach is the author of The Meschino Optimal Living Program. Take his free online Nutrition Assessment at Any nutrition questions or follow-up research contact: You can follow Dr. Meschino in every issue of Beach BOOSTER and weekly on

Advertise your Garage or Yard Sale for FREE! email: Don’t forget we publish every second Sunday so the deadline is Tuesday before the Sunday. Our next issue is dated April 28th. This offer is good for one time per household. The Ad will inlcude date, address and timing. Any further information will require payment.

YARD / GARAGE / MOVING SALE 135 Fernbrook Drive (off River Road West) Saturday, May 4, 2013, Rain Date: Sunday, May 5 8:00 A.M. - 4 P.M. Items Include: China & collectables, antiques, art work and frames, lamps, dishes, cutlery, sports equipment, furniture, tools and yard equipment, bags & totes, clothes, books, puzzles and much more. Something for everyone.

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our 1.35 million members - who perform community service in 207 countries and geographic areas - are different in many ways, but share a core belief: community is what we make it. When you join Lions, you join a global service network. So, at the same time you're doing local community service, you can also contribute to Lions volunteer efforts around the world. Learn more about Lions - our history, mission and community service work. Call Wasaga Beach Lions Club 705-429-3331

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The Wasaga Beach Lions Home & Garden Show was opened on Saturday Morning by Mayor Cal Patterson along with Councillors Stan Wells, Morley Bercovitch and George Watson. Members of the Wasaga Beach Lions and Lioness look on with approval. Rumor has it that Mayor Patterson always carries his own scissors ready for any occasion!

meets 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Social 6 p.m. at the Lions Den, RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach, ON Wasaga Beach Lions Club Bingo every Friday evening. Almost $5000 in prizes..$1000 Jackpot Game. RecPlex Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Lions Club at 705-429-3331

20th Home & Garden Opened Saturday with Mayor Patterson Cutting Ribbon

Photo Roger Barr

Lion Kaye Walker-O’Leary Dies Peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, March 31, 2013 surrounded by her family at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood in her 73rd year, Kaye of Wasaga Beach, beloved wife of Jack O’Leary and the late Jim Walker (2008). Loving mother of Karen (Hal Napper) and Scott (Michelle) Walker. Cherished grandmother of Courtney, Shayla, Amanda and Taylor - “Gran’s Girls”. Dear sister of Tom (Isobel) Fox, Jim (Anita) Fox, Angus (Barb) Fox and Carol (Jim Black). Kaye will also be missed by her dearest friend of over 64 years, Anna McGlade, her faithful companion Wullie, her many nieces and nephews, Jack’s children - Shan, Scott and Cindy and their families, her fellow Lions and Lioness and her many, many friends. Kaye devoted herself to her family and her communities. Kaye was a member of the Eastern Star and was always involved with her children’s organizations and activities. Kaye devoted herself to Lionism and was a long time Lion and Lioness with the Brampton and Wasaga Beach clubs and was a charter member of the Nancy Island Lions Club. She received numerous Volunteer Service Awards including the Lions highest honours - Helen Keller Fellowship and the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Her life long efforts were recognized as she was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her passion, love and sense of humour will be missed. Lions and Lioness joined Kaye’s family and friends for a Celebration of her Life at the Wasaga Beach Rec/Plex, Friday April 5, 2013. Reception and fellowship followed. Remembrances to the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by Kaye’s family. Arrangements under the direction of the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home - Wasaga Beach Chapel. For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

Be sure to attend 50th Charter Anniversary Wasaga Beach Lions and 35th Charter Anniversary Wasaga Beach Lioness Lions Den, Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street May 4, 2013 6 p.m. Social 7 p.m. Dinner 8 p.m. Guest Speaker and Live Entertainment $40 Per Person RSVP or 705-429-3331

The Way Wasaga Was by Joe Bickerstaff With mid April fast approaching, all in Wasaga Beach start thinking about the upcoming spring and summer season. Although for decades, we have promoted ourselves as a Four Season Resort Town, our tourism roots certainly started as a result of the lure to our beautiful sandy shore in the warm summer months. For generations people have enjoyed our beach and the safety and beauty of the shallow, welcoming waters of Nottawasaga Bay. Our Nottawasaga River has provided cottagers and tourists with some the best fishing in the world with the opportunity to boat from the numerous docks along the shoreline. With the cottagers and tourists, came commerce and the birth or our tourism industry. It was 100 years ago that the McLean family built the original Capstan Inn on the beachfront and a few years later followed with the construction of our famous Dandanella Dance Pavilion. Commercial buildings continued to develop and grow along the beach and on Main Street. Wasaga Beach became one of the most popular summer destinations to all in Southern Ontario and some parts of the northern US states. Our reputation of providing fun in the sun and entertainment spread even further as Wasaga Beach was discovered by members of our armed forces and those of our allies, who spent time at neighbouring CFB Borden. When there was time in the summer months to leave the base and travel to The Beach for some R & R, memories were surely made that were then shared with friends and family all over North America and the world! Today we take pride in welcoming visitors to our modern town and of course still boast about our world famous beach. Although our valued visitors can enjoy all that nature has to offer and many businesses have unique activities and services to keep our guests happy… some of the great summer activities that were enjoyed in The Beach for many years have disappeared. Recently I had the pleasure of going through a copy of The Wasaga Weekly dated July 1966! Although I was fascinated with headlines like “SpringhurstBrock‘s Beach to study merger with Wasaga Beach” and “Council Buys Radar Unit” with the story about the village purchasing one of these units to be installed in one OPP cruiser, it’s the many ads for local businesses that really brings back memories! There are numerous ads promising great food with live entertainment at hotels and lounges with cool sounding names. El Morocco Dining Lounge offering Pizza Pie, The Dardanella, “right on the beach” boasted about it’s Upper Deck Holiday Dancerama with 3 Big Bands and Go Go Dancers! The Sharke Barre in the lower level of The Dard advertised 2 bands. The Bali H’ai Room at the Nottawa Hotel advertised The Fabulous Inspirations performing, while reminding all to visit The Surf Room for fine dining. Other famous local names are mentioned, such as Hank & Frank’s Tavern, The Beacon, The Dyconia Hotel, “The Hotel for the Mature Persons” with it’s Dinner Bell Room for dining. Other ads fill the pages with things to do in The Beach! The Imperial Hell Drivers, featuring 1966 Valiants performing at Wasaga Speedway with Stock Car Racing every Saturday night, Horse Back Riding at The Hitchin’ Post, Roller Skating complete with Go Go Girls and entertainment at the Palace Peir, 5 and 10 pin bowling offered at Wasaga Bowl and the list goes on. The little paper from July ’66 boasts Wasaga Beach is “Canada’s Premier Beach Resort”. There sure was a lot to do, in addition to enjoying The World’s Longest Freshwater Beach!

Sports Report Wasaga Beach resident Doug Adams, Sports Director for Beach BOOSTER reports on all local hockey. The weekly show will have your local WBMHL scores including the popular "Feature Game of the Week". Stay up to date with local Junior hockey action! Mondays 3, 6, 9 pm & midnight. Tuesdays 7:30 & 10:30 am & 3, 6, 9 pm & midnight. Contact Doug:

Melody Room To remember the opening of The Melody Room in 1963 to complement the beverages rooms of Wasaga Beach’s Allistonia Hotel, we are proud to present Melody Room! Two hours of "The best darned music you have ever heard!" COMMERCIAL FREE! Kick back and enjoy your own "Cocktail Hour" with Melody Room. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 5 - 7pm.

Beach Corner; Sponsored by The Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Dianna Chycki will be exploring what's happening in town and telling us the inside story of festivals, concerts and events in and around The Beach. Beach Corner is also a regular feature in beach BOOSTER publication. Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5 pm & 7 pm. Contact

Yesterday Once More Cliff Lamb is an expert on the oldies that we all remember and love. Now on Beach BOOSTER Radio, Cliff plays the tunes from the 60's & through the decades with stories about the songs & the artists. Cliff’s “Top Ten” from a given point in the 70's will really get the memories racing back. Yesterday Once More, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm.

The Way Wasaga Was Joe Bickerstaff has been writing stories of Wasaga Beach’s past in beach BOOSTER publication since it’s start. You can now hear The Way Wasaga Was throughout the week on Beach BOOSTER Radio. As always, Joe would like to hear from anyone with stories of Wasaga Beach’s past!

Eastern Passage Craig Miills introduces you to...or brings you back to...some of the best East Coast music around. Sit back and enjoy these down home sounds every Sunday morning from 11:00 a.m. until noon. What a way to enjoy your Sunday mornings!

The Beach Talks! Coming Soon! Bill and Joe host this lively & fun show, as they banter about all things Wasaga Beach. Topics are whatever comes to mind, as long as it’s local. Show's locations will move around town, so be prepared to join in the conversation. Days & times to be determined. Stay tuned for more info!

Dardanella Daze To help remember and recognize the glory days of our historic "Grand Old Lady of The Beach", The Dardanella, enjoy an hour of the Big Band music that was once heard over the sands of Wasaga Beach. We will feature all the greats like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & more! Wednesdays 8 pm & 10 pm, Sundays 7 pm & 10 pm.

Cornerstone Conversations Coming Soon! Xan and Gary talk with each other and one local resident each week to explore lifestyle topics relevant to Wasaga Beach residents. Tune in to hear insights, experience, ideas and the letter of the week. Days and times to be determined. Stay tuned for more information.



Sound of Speed Local Racing Authority Sam Chapman will be bring us news and updates on the best racing from Southern Ontario and around the world! Tune in for details of special racing events planned for our Racing Headquarters: Wild Wing Wasaga Beach! Sound of Speed! Wednesdays 5 pm and again at 7pm.

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