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Celebrating 10 Years Under the Spotlight See pages 6 and 7 for plenty of coverage of one of Creemore’s most glamorous events, annual the Skating Carnival

Friday, April 1, 2011 Vol. 11 No. 13

News and views in and around Creemore

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ECHO REVEALS DRAMATIC FUTURE PLANS by April Phule The Creemore Echo, on the eve of its 10th Anniversary, has revealed a grand vision for the newspaper’s future in the Greater Creemore Area (GCA). At a press conference held Thursday on the picturesque steps of the Horticultural Park’s children’s fountain, publisher Sara Hershoff declared the Echo’s plans to move to daily publication by July 1. Between now and then, in preparation for that eventuality, residents of Creemore will witness several momentous changes to the way that their beloved newspaper operates. “For all of those who have enjoyed reading the Echo over the past decade,” Hershoff told the several people gathered, “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” First of all, an application will be filed at the Clearview Township Administration Centre at 9 am Monday morning, seeking permission to rezone the property at 3 Caroline Street West to allow for the construction of Creemore Echo World Headquarters, a 40-storey LEEDcertified office tower. In order to increase Creemore’s profile in surrounding tourist-rich municipalities, the building will be designed so that it’s visible from from anywhere in Simcoe County. While many would suppose such a structure would be built to house the legions of new staff necessary to churn out an average of 178 pages per day, the Echo’s plan actually calls for no new jobs. Instead, Hershoff, editor Brad Holden and manager Georgi Denison each plan to occupy multi-level suites within the building. Unfortunately, at press time it was unclear who would be situated where – while the upper floors with their panoramic view of the Purple Hills of Mulmur and the rest of Clearview Township are tempting, so is access to the ground floor, where Echo staff is accustomed to receiving regular deliveries of baked goods from the kind folks of Creemore. Page Graphics, the Nature Conservancy, Bryan Davies Photography and Ccerlii Chow Shiatsu and Acupuncture will all be located on their own floors, complete

with private elevators. It’s also anticipated that the Echo building will have a “meet and greet” lounge, where frequent visitors will be able to sit on couches, drink Georgi’s special coffee and discuss the events of the day. Ken Thornton will have his own honorary red La-Z-Boy. As for the fourth Echo staff member, Fred Mills will man the newspaper’s new Foreign Bureau, located in downtown Singhampton. He will also be driving the still-to-be unveiled “Echomobile,” which will be outfitted with all the latest foreign-correspondent gear – hidden cameras, a flak jacket in the trunk, a police scanner, tinted windows and a glove compartment full of black Bic pens. Oh yeah, it will also turn into a helicopter and have the ability to land on top of the Echo tower. Some of you may be wondering how four people will be able to generate enough content for a daily newspaper, and that’s where the Echo is being as innovative as always. “Consider this an official call for more contributors,” said Holden. “If you’re interested in medieval and renaissance basket weaving, we’d like to hear from you. If you have an extensive toenail collection and think others may be interested in it, please get in touch.” Hershoff also reported that the Echo has been in high-level negotiations with the Big Heart Seniors, in hopes that the club will meet daily. After all, what’s the Echo without Sylvia Gale? At the close of the press conference, those in attendance were given swag bags containing old Clearview Township brochures, “cake versus pie” pins and pencil-holder miniatures of the new Echo building. For those of you who missed Thursday’s press conference and have questions about the Echo’s plans, the paper will be holding a joint public information session/10th birthday party on Friday, April 1 from 10 am to 3 pm at 3 Caroline Street West. There will be cake and coffee, and everyone is invited. (That last part is no joke!)

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Community Calendar This Weekend Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 17

• Theatre Orangeville presents Harvest “A Weeded Bliss” An adult comedy by Ken Cameron. For tickets visit or call (519) 942-3423.

Friday, April 1

• Creemore Echo’s 10th Anniversary. Drop in to our office between 10 am and 3 pm and enjoy some cake, coffee and conversation with us as we celebrate 10 years of community newspapering. • Mad & Noisy Gallery Opening Reception “Beauty Polished and Rough” featuring sculptor Katherine Beatty and painter John David Anderson from 7 to 9:30 pm. Show runs from April 1 to April 25. 705-466-5555 or

Saturday, April 2

• North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) Information Meeting from 10 am to noon at Shelburne Legion. The Highland Companies has applied for a 2,400 acre 200 foot below the water table quarry and the application and process for public objections will be discussed. The deadline

Monday, April 4

• Clearview Township’s Council Meeting at 5:30 pm at the Council Chambers. Everyone welcome. • Collingwood and District Historical Society celebrates 35 years of history in the Collingwood area with a keynote speaker, panel presentation and display of memorablia and publications. Christine Cowley will also present a history of the Collingwood Grain Elevators at the Leisure Time Club, Minnesota Street, Collingwood beginning at 7 pm.  Admission CDHS membership or $2.

Tuesday, April 5

• Ball Room Dancing Lessons starting tonight, the first night is a complimentary lesson starting at 7 pm at the Nottawa Community Hall and the course runs for 10 weeks. If anyone wants any additional information call Louise at 705-445-3269. • House Concert with Jack Maple at 7:30 pm at the home of Rita Machold, 2374 Riverside Drive. Enjoy an evening of acoustic mandolin & fiddle with duo violinist Tyler Carson and mandolin player Tom Cronin as part of their cross Canada Tour. A mix of acoustic bluegrass & self-penned ditties. Refreshments. All welcome. Admission by donation to the performers. $10 suggested. To reserve tickets contact Fran Webster at 705-4662386. Also there will be $5 for the jamming session. Check out

Wednesday, April 6

• Bunny Alert! The Creemore Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures will be coming door to door with milk chocolate Easter Bunnies for sale for $4. Thank you in advance for supporting The Creemore Scouting Group. • Manifesting Wellness: Sowing at 7 pm at the Collingwood Library. Georgian Triangle Wellness Association (GTWA) Members are planting seeds for a healthy body, mind and spirit with acupuncture, meditation and nutrition.  Join us to reflect on the ability to maintain a positive active and joyous lifestyle through conscious self-care.For more information, check out our website:

Thursday, April 7

• Canadian Blood Services’ Blood Donor Clinic at Angus Arena from 2 to 6:30 pm. Call 888 2 DONATE to book your appointment. • The Collingwood Chapter of Recreational Aircraft Association meets at 7:30 pm at the Collingwood Airport with a guest speaker. The RAA is a group of aircraft enthusiast devoted to the building maintenance and flying of light aircraft . The RAA is for anyone interested in aircraft and flying as a hobby.

Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9

• Wholly Hockey Tournament at Honeywood Arena. All are welcome to come & watch the games. • Clearview Community Theatre presents You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Stayner Community Centre, 269 Regina Street, Stayner. All tickets are general admission. $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 on sale at Nifty’s on Main

for filing objections is April 26, 2011. Follow www. or the Stop The Quarry facebook page for details and further information. • Curiosity House Artist’s Opening Reception from 2 to 4 pm for Michael Bowness, a Toronto based artist who creates original acrylic works on birch bark and mixed media. With nature as his subject matter he creates original paintings and prints which convey the beauty which surrounds us. Please join us at our opening reception, where you can share some refreshments and an opportunity to meet this fascinating artist. • The Door’s Annual Dinner Theatre. An evening of dining and entertainment at The Stayner Evangelical Missionary Church. Tickets are now available for $25 with a $15 tax receipt. For tickets or more information contact Jen Gerrior at 705-428-3733 or • Ward 3 Town Meeting at Singhampton Hall from 3 to 5 pm. Come hear what’s happening at Council and have your say. Everyone welcome. For more info call Brent Preston at 705-466-6302.

Upcoming Events Street in Stayner or call 705-428-2790. There will be four performances Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday at 2 pm and at 7:30 pm.

Friday, April 8

• Creemore Legion will hold a Pork Roast Supper from 5 to 7 pm. Supper is served. Adults $12 and $6 for children under 7 years of age. Everyone is invited to attend.   Please call 705-466-2202 to make your reservations.

Saturday, April 9

• Curiosity House Monthly Story Hour with Miriam from 10:30 to 11:15 am. Children from 18 months to 6 years of age listen to captivating stories, share the love of reading and complete a small craft activity with an Easter theme. • Jace Metheral Meet & Greet at Station on the Green from noon to 2 pm. Come out, ask questions and meet the Green Party candidate. Refreshments will be served. • 60 th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Alex and Marion Priddle at the Seniors Centre Auditorium adjacent to Dufferin Oaks, 151 Centre Street (Entrance C), Shelburne from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Best wishes only. • Know it all Ball Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Nottawasaga Community Hall, Duntroon. Doors open at 6, questions begin at 7 pm. Bar, BYO snacks. $10/person, come individually or together (max 8/table) prizes for highest scoring table. Silent auction. Fundraiser for the hall. 705-445-7681. • Blue Mountain Gideon Camp presents A Festival of Praise featuring Upward Way at Stayner Evangelical Missionary Camp, 295 Main Street, Stayner at 7 pm. Free will offering. Refreshments. Call Penny at 705445-7586 for details.

Sunday, April 10

• An Afternoon of Easter Music at Mansfield Presbyterian Church at 2:30 pm by Alliston Knox Presbyterian Cantata Choir with special guest, the South Simcoe Youth Choir & the Bizimana Family formerly of Rhianda who will perform in their traditional dress. Free will offering. Refreshments.

Wednesday, April 13

• The Milk Business - How It Boils Down. A ROSE (Rural Ontario Sharing Education) Program with John Miller, local dairy farmer and entrepreneur. Come to listen, ask some questions and get some answers from this well-informed speaker. Presented by Avening Women’s Institute.  St. John’s United Church Hall at 7:30 pm. Refreshments to follow.

Thursday, April 14

• Join the Clearview Community Policing Committee Meeting in the Clearview Council Chambers, Stayner at 7 pm. All are welcome.  For more information, call 705-352-0536 or check out our website at clearviewcommunitypolicingcommittee

Thursday, April 14 & Sunday, April 17

• Wasaga Community Theatre presents Grease at the Rec Plex in Wasaga Beach (1724 Mosley Street). Thursday to Sunday at 8 pm & a matinee

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• Honeywood Figure Skating Club Annual Skating Carnival at 7pm at the Honeywood Arena. Theme: “When I Grow Up” featuring skating routines based on different careers and professions Featuring Martin Nickel and Alexa-Marie Arrotta, Ice Dance Pairs who compete in Senior Ice Dance at the National Level and the Country Blades Synchronized Skating Teams. Tickets available at the door. • An Evening of Good Music at New Lowell United Church featuring the band “Ladies Night Out” at 7 pm. Adults $10, children free. Call 705-424-1476 for tickets or buy at the door.

Sunday, April 3

• Church Services are on page 5. • Pancake Breakfast at Sunnidale Corners Community Centre from 8 am to 1 pm. • Dufferin Grey ATV Club’s Annual  General Meeting at 1 pm at the Dundalk Legion. Have your say about the future of ATVing as a recreational sport in our area.  Members and prospective members welcome. See or contact for further information.

on Sunday at 2 pm. $18 at the IDA Pharmacy (45 th Street) and Major’s Guardian Pharmacy (River Road West) advance or at the door on show nights. or facebook/ wasagacommunitytheatre.

Saturday, April 16

• Tartan Fling. Tickets $25 from Tim Armour after April 1 or other members of the Pipe Band now.

Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17

• 12th Annual Home & Garden Show at the Creemore Arena. 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Fun for the whole family!  Great Home and Garden Exhibitors with the chance to win the “Big Backyard Giveaway”. Adults $3, children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Contact Kim Giffen at 1-877-848-5831 or email info@creemorehomeshow. ca or visit

Monday, April 18

• Spring session starting. Get Motivated! Get Energized! Get Buff! Mondays 9:30-10:30 Pilates & Relaxation, Tuesdays 9:15-10:15am Boot camp, Thursdays 9:1510:15am Pilates & Relaxation (8 week session - all fitness levels welcome) For more information call Marcy at 705-466-3690.

Wednesday, April 20

• Mantracker will be speaking at the RecPlex in Wasaga Beach at 7 pm. Hosted by Wasaga Beach’s Women’s Business Association. Tickets available at Creemore Echo. Call Lynda at 705-428-5942 for more information. • Creemore Horticultural Society Meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall at 7:30 pm. Joan Nieman-Agapas, Master Gardener, speaking on “Sensuous, Scintillating, Stunning: Make a Splash with Ornamental Grass”.   Again, another interesting and informative evening especially when we are all considering how to use our water more efficiently.  Refreshments will be served. Call C. Vorstermans at 705-466-2756 for more information.

Saturday, April 30

• Fish Fry at Centennial United Church in Stayner from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Adults $12.50, children, 6 to 12 $6, under 6 free. Come and bring family and friends! Delicious fish fillets cooked by Tom Howell right at the Church. A fundraiser to aid the Church’s work.

Sunday, May 15

• In celebration of St. John’s United Church’s 125th year, the Congregation invites you to An Evening Concert of hymns and anthems performed by our choir. Come and help us celebrate the music that stirs the soul and praises God at St. John’s United Church, Mill Street, Creemore at 7 pm.

Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21

• Stayner Collegiate 50 th Reunion. Reunion registrations due by April 1, 2011. Visit www. or sci_50th_reunion@hotmail. ca for more info and registration forms. Registration forms are available at the Clearview Township office, all Clearview libraries and community centres. Tell your family and friends. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.

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Facilitator to look at Provincial growth numbers Report expected after fall election

by Brad Holden Clearview Council had a mixed reaction at Monday night’s meeting to Friday’s announcement from the Province, stating that the Office of the Provincial Development Facilitator will work with provincial ministries, the County of Simcoe and area municipalities on matters relating to Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan and the outstanding approval of the County’s 2008 Official Plan. Significantly, Township planning director Michael Wynia notified Council that he had been told to expect a report from the facilitator no earlier than mid-November, more than a month after this fall’s Provincial election. “The County has been pushing for (a facilitator) for two years, and this is like rubbing salt in the wound,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage, referring to the timing of the scenario. Clearview Township, along with most other municipalities in Simcoe County, has been caught in somewhat of a development limbo for the past half-decade, as the Province delayed and delayed the release of “growth numbers” for the area to be used in the implementation of the Places to Grow Act. In the meantime, Clearview has created its own vision for growth and continued to respond to pressure from developers who are hoping to build here. But when the Proposed Amendment was released last fall, with some solid numbers listed, they were lower than those in both the Clearview Growth Plan and the County’s Official Plan, which the Province has delayed approving since 2008. Now, with a facilitator coming in and a November time frame for a report, it seems it may be all for naught if the Liberals are voted out in October. “We’ve supported this process from the get-go, but we’ve been given no respect,” said Mayor Ken Ferguson. “And now, while this is a step in a good direction, it looks like all of this may never even come to light. As far as I’m concerned, that means that for now, it’s business as usual for this municipality.” Wynia, in commenting on the announcement, seemed to agree with Ferguson. “If we sit and wait for them to make up their minds, it could be a long wait,” he said. “For now, I suggest we continue with our own growth plan, and continue on with the policy

landscape we are in.” Savage agreed, adding her hope that the Township will now be able to focus on working with its development partners to “get some action on the ground, and not just in the office. “We are the municipality, we are the planning authority, and we know our communities,” she said. “Hopefully now we can get on with things.”

Community Grants Passed In a move different than previous years, Council passed its annual slate of Community Assistance Grant allocations Monday night. Usually saved for the end of the budget process, Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage said, “we know these groups need the money,” so the decisions were made earlier. In total, the Township will hand out $16,750 this year, down from $17,250 in 2010. Of 29 organizations

asking for assistance this year, 23 received a grant. Social Service organizations received the most money ($6,750), followed by Arts and Culture ($3,750), Community Service ($2,500), Environmental ($2,250), Parks and Recreations ($750), Economic Development ($500) and Agriculture ($250). Some of the largest recipients were the Clearview Community Theatre ($2,000), the Georgian Triangle Residential Resource Centre ($1,500), My Friend’s House ($1,500) and the Clearview Food Bank ($1,500). Creemore-based recipients included the Creemore Children’s Festival ($500), Teddy Bear’s Daycare Centre ($500), the Mad & Noisy March Break Camp ($500), the Creemore Legion Canada Day celebration ($500), Rent-A-Youth ($500), the Creemore Santa Claus Parade and Trust Fund ($500) and the Creemore Horticultural Society ($750).

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April Fools!

We sure hope you read the front page of this week’s paper before noon on Friday, since the old adage says that if you try to dupe someone after that point on April Fools Day, the label more correctly applies to you. That said, from Canada’s Wonderland’s local plans to cougar hunts in Nottawa to Conrad Black’s stay in the Creemore jail, we always like to have a bit of fun on April 1. It is our “birthday,” after all. If you’re not too angry about our grandiose plans and would like to join us to help celebrate our first 10 years of community newspapering, we’d love to have you visit the Echo office between 10 am and 3 pm on Friday. Over the years, we’ve quite enjoyed the chance to spend the day chatting with our readers over coffee and cake on this special occasion. If you’re lucky, we might even reveal our real plans for the next 10 years... and don’t worry, they won’t involve us gaining a really great view of your backyard.


A coal/wind fact-check Dear Editor: Letter writer Byron Montgomery makes a compelling argument for the elimination of coal in Ontario’s power generation mix that I think most readers would readily agree with. In fact, the phaseout of coal is largely complete in Ontario. Readers can see a real time display of where our power is coming from by looking at the pie chart on the website of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO): supply.asp.  Most of the ill effects of coal that Mr. Montgomery correctly cites are now visited upon us by the enormous amount of coal burning taking place south of the border.  Electricity cannot be stored, it must be generated the instant it is required and the on-going balancing act of matching electrical generation with demand is the role of the IESO.  Part of what makes coal so desirable in Ontario’s generation mix is that it is reliable and dispatchable, i.e. it can be turned up or down as power demand fluctuates.  Wind generation has neither of these important attributes, and hence does not replace any of the thin sliver of coal generation that still contributes to our power requirements. Most of the output of our decommissioned coal plants has been picked up by nuclear and a significant increase in natural gas generation.    Whatever the merits of wind turbines may be, replacing coal fired generation is not one of them. Peter Lang, Glen Huron

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Calls to action re. Melancthon quarry Dear Editor: Our survival as a rural community and food producers as we know it may be changed forever and now hangs in the balance. The reason being the Highland Companies’ application for a massive 2,316 acre, five kilometre wide, deeper than Niagara Falls, below water table open pit mine. It may depend on how many letters of concern/ objection we write. Two are required: one to Ministry of Natural Resources, 2284 Nursery Road, Midhurst, Ontario, L0L 1X0 and one to the Highland Companies, Box 377, Shelburne, Ontario, L0N 1S0. They must be received by April 26, 2011 with your name and complete address shown on the letter. Please act now. Thank you. Ralph and Mary Lynne Armstrong, Honeywood Dear Editor I just celebrated my 38th birthday on March 25. It was lovely to be here in Australia with one of my oldest friends that I still keep in touch with, Juniper Wilkinson – we met we were in grade 7. I am telling you about my birthday because it was around this time that I read the emails about The Highland Companies finally putting in their application for the Melancthon quarry. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. I get a sick feeling in my tummy when I think about this ‘mess’ we are in. Many of you either live and/or play in the surrounding communities. You can easily imagine what a huge impact this proposal will have on the area... the land and its creatures, the water, the farmers, the peacefulness and the beauty. This land buyout by the US company already has had a huge impact on the sense of community. I am asking for a birthday present from you this year...

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Please write a letter of opposition in regards to this application. All you need to do is care, take a few moments to write, and let your voice be heard. Together we will have a powerful impact! This needs to be done within the month, so please go for it asap! Maybe take a moment today and get it done. If you need help with your letter contact my dad – Please ask at least one other person in your life to get informed and keep the letter wave flowing! Big hugs and thanks for my birthday present... it means the world to me! Ayrlie MacEachern, Mulmur (via Australia) Ed. Note: While the Highland Companies (THC) might take issue with Ralph’s characterization of their plans – technically, they only plan to quarry several hundred acres at a time and leave the rest in agriculture – there is no doubt that something very, very big is happening to the southwest of us in Melancthon Township, something that could very well have an effect on our own way of life here in the Creemore area. And Ralph and Ayrlie are correct – the company’s current Aggregate Resource Act application requires comment by April 26. To be frank, the Echo is having trouble finding the “humanpower” to cover this story in its entirety, but we encourage any and all who are concerned to educate themselves – study the application and read about THC’s plans at, and even more importantly attend NDACT’s community meeting at 10 am on Saturday, April 2 at the Shelburne Legion. Additionally, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Melancthon Township will speak about the matter at the outset of the Clearview Council meeting on Monday, April 4.


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well-attended funeral service There were 50 of us at Fawcett’s Funeral Home out for cards today and in Creemore recently. There newcomer Marie Cameron were quite a large number was welcomed. After Barb of Verna and Jack’s friends, Pilon put everyone in a neighbours and family there, jolly mood with her joke, which attests to the regard the 50/50 draws went to Sylvia in which they are held. It Effie Taylor, Eileen Giffen, GALE was nice to see this as Jack Marie Cameron, Barb and Verna quietly did many Cudmore, Bob Veale (2) things that were a great help to their and Audrey Tidd. friends and neighbours at one time or Moon shots were played by Bert another. Douglas, Karl Seifert, Doreen Murray, We then went to Stayner to the Roy Veinot, Ron Hartley and Phyllis celebration of life for Robert Walker. Seed (2). Phyllis won the travelling prize When we got there, all the parking spots and Roy took the Sidewinders loot. anywhere near the building were taken, High scorers were Barb Pilon 301, and we were faced with quite a long walk Karl Seifert 282, Dorren Murray 275 (longer than I could have managed) to and Kevin Keogh 269. Low was Marg get into the hall. Now I know there is Hope with 98. a large Walker-Coe-Lightheart-KiddI was not at Seniors on Thursday, so Wilkinson-Beatty etcetera connection, thanks to Barb Cudmore for the nittybut there were also friends, neighbours, gritty. Also thank to Phyllis Seed and school and sports related friends and others for info, and to Bob Veale and business acquaintances, which added Ray Leighton and all you folks who up to a huge crowd. So to Lois and her phoned to check on Warren’s wellbeing. family – sorry we weren’t there, but He thanks you all for your concerns. there was just no way. Robert and Lois We went to Verna Hanning’s very

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Sunday, April 3 The Salvation Army Hope Acres Community Church Invites you to attend Sunday Church Services at 10:45 am 998614 Mulmur Tosorontio Townline, Glencairn For more info call (705) 466-3435

Victoria Memorial United Church

St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church 1 Caroline Street West Worship & Sunday School at 10 am. “Where Jesus is Lord, all are welcome.”

Creemore Baptist Church Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. 12 Wellington Street West For info call (705) 466-6232 All are welcome

Join us at St. Luke’s Anglican Church 22 Caroline St. W. 466-2206 For a joyful service of worship join us each Sunday at 11 am & Messy Church at 4:30 pm on the last Sunday of each month. Taize Service at 7 pm on the last Wednesday of each month.

Creemore United Pastoral Charge Avening Sunday School & Worship at 9 am, New Lowell United at 10:15 am & St. John’s in Creemore at 11:30 am coffee & conversation starting at 11 am All are welcome 466-2200

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Sunday Service at 10 am Join us for Restoration of spirit, Renewal of compassion & Refreshment of love. Rev. Jim McVeigh

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April 7, 8 & 9 All are welcome to come & watch the games

Honeywood Reverend John Neff Church service at 10:15 am for April, May & June. Church office (519) 925-3775

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explore your faith at a pace that is right for you. Stayner Brethren in Christ Church

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were both members of Seniors, and Lois and I went to high school together. Her parents, Bob and Myrtle (Wilkinson) Coe had moved from the farm on Corn Hill into Creemore by then. Lois, and probably Della, then attended school in Creemore. I do remember being in the same class as Lois when we were “bussed” up to Collingwood Collegiate for Home Economics. One day we were all given pointers on how to “properly” file and shape your fingernails – only when the teacher (Mrs. Carstairs??) checked Lois’s nails before we started filing, she told Lois that her nails “were just fine the way they are.” She mentioned that Lois had done an excellent job, and she could do whatever she wanted while the rest of us were set to work with the emery boards. My nails were a big problem because I used to nibble on them, which made it hard to get them to pass muster. Son Terry Grant, also know as the Mantracker, will be speaking at the RecPlex at 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 7 pm. This is a “Successfully Speaking” event which is put on by the Wasaga Beach Women’s Business Association that is open to the public. The tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. Tickets are available at the Creemore Echo; Rose Home Solutions in Angus; Noble Insurance and Sunshine on a Cloudy Day in Collingwood; Investor’s Group in Stayner and Cheers! Make Your Own Wine, Edel’s Mane Control,

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Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and Water Depot in Wasaga Beach. I have only heard Terry speak once (and that was to a younger crowd) and he did a great job that time. It was both interesting and humorous, and we are all looking forward to this event. Also, I understand that Tim Hortons will be there with coffee and some goodies. For information call Sonia at 705-999-7673 or go to www. We have a bus going to Rama on Tuesday, April 5. This bus comes to the Creemore Legion for pickup at 8:30 am, then to the New Lowell Legion for pickup at 8:45, and then on to the corner by the B&M store in Angus for 9 am. This trip costs $5, and I do send an envelope around if you wish to tip the driver. We have room for more, so if you are interested call Sylvia Gale at 705-466-5732. We would be happy to have you join us. We are pretty lucky to live in this day and age, because it was in March of 1692 (just 319 years ago) when three women – Sarah Good, Sara Osborne and Titula – were brought before the magistrates in Salem Village in Massachusetts, which marked the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials. I was a bit late with the above bit of history, as it will be April 1 when the Echo comes out – but it is just in time to say “Happy Birthday, Echo – and many more!”

What’s on in April In the Gallery METALWOOD Michael Bowness

Artist’s Opening Reception Saturday, April 2, 2 to 4 pm Toronto-based artist Michael Bowness creates original acrylic works on birch bark and mixed media. His new show, METALWOOD features original paintings and prints which convey the beauty which surrounds us. Michael will also be bringing a selection of his greeting cards. Please join us at our opening reception, where you can share some refreshments and an opportunity to meet this artist.

Monthly Book Club Wednesday, April 6 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In April we be discussing The Long Walk, Slavomir Rawicz’ incredible wartime tale of his trek with fellow prisoners from a Siberian Gulag to British India. We hope you will join us.

Children’s Story Time

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A “Save-the-Date” message from the Station on the Green Board – October 1, 2011 The Station on the Green is celebrating 10 successful years of providing recreational and reception facilities to area residents in 2011. Weddings, Memorial Services, Wellness Exercise, Art Classes, Farmer’s Markets and Special Events have all been part of the Station’s last decade. In short, the Station is the centre where the community gathers, participates, celebrates and remembers. With the advent of technology and the Ontario Government Green Energy Plan, the Station Board has decided to add solar panels to the Station Roof. This project is self financing and will contribute additional monies for the operation of the building. The project has been approved by Township Council. In order to add the solar panels, a new roof is required. Further, to keep rental rates reasonable, the cost of the roof needs to be financed through a community fundraising event. The planned event promises to be fun, friendly and affordable. Please mark down Saturday, October 1 in your diary for a fun gathering and true community event. Stay tuned!

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Stayner LifeLabs to stay open for “forseeable future” Clearview Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage provided the Echo with this letter from Lifelabs last Friday. Both Savage and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson have been pushing hard for the lab’s continued operation, after the company threatened to shut down the Stayner operation last fall. “Dear Ms. Savage, On behalf of LifeLabs, I am writing to confirm that we have decided to maintain our patient service centre (PSC) in Stayner for the foreseeable future, continuing with its current operating hours. Patient access is a top priority for LifeLabs, as is ensuring patients are serviced in a compassionate manner. Given the significant volume increases we saw in the nearby Wasaga

Beach area, we increased the physical capacity of our PSC there, opening the new site on February 28. We have received very positive feedback from patients on the new space and resulting service improvements. Continued operation of Stayner provides an exceptional level of patient access compared to many other areas of the province – both rural and urban. Therefore, we may need to revisit this decision in the future, as operating multiple PSCs within such close proximities in a rural setting is not a service standard that is sustainable.   LifeLabs is committed to strong service to rural patients. Demonstrations of this are the differentially broad footprint covered by our PSCs and the

number and location of our regional laboratories in which we invest to assure strong access, highest quality processes and turn around times.  As you know, there is no change to our other services to the community. We continue to offer courier services to local area physicians who wish to do their own specimen collection and we continue to provide homecare services to housebound patients and long-term care facilities.   I want to again thank you for reaching out to us on behalf of your constituents.  Sincerely,  Monette Greenway VP Business Development and Ontario Government Relations”


The Accomodation Review looking at the future of Duntroon Central Public School will present its report to the Simcoe County District School Board at a special meeting at 6 pm on Monday, April 4. This meeting will also see the SCDSB staff present their report on the ARC’s report. There will be no debate on the issue at that meeting, but two (or three) important meetings will follow: On Wednesday, April 20, the board will receive delegations on the subject, and if need be, they will also do so on Thursday, April 28. A final decision is scheduled to be made on Monday, June 16.

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“Town Meeting” time in Ward 3 Ward 3 Matters

My wife Gillian was born and raised in the great state of Vermont. The highlight of the municipal calendar in her hometown of Williamstown (population 3,225) is Town Meeting Day. Held the first Tuesday Brent Preston of March in every town in Vermont and observed as a state holiday, Town Meeting is a chance for every resident of the municipality to discuss and vote on important local issues.  This isn’t the sterile, scripted campaign gimmick that has come to be known as a “town hall meeting,” this is a serious legislative event – the most important Town Meeting task is to pass the municipal budget for the following year.  Gillian fondly remembers piling into the car with her parents and siblings, then being allowed to run free with the other kids as the adults set priorities and passed bylaws in the high school gymnasium. This kind of direct democracy certainly has its drawbacks (every year, the citizens of Williamstown enthusiastically vote down any attempt at land use zoning, leading to all kinds of unfortunate development in their beautiful hills) but it also gives every member of the community a chance to speak up, to be part of the political process, and to set the municipal agenda in a very concrete way.  If you are 18 or older, a resident of the town and you show up at Town Meeting, you get a vote. This is the kind of spirit I hope we can capture during the Ward 3 Town Meeting this Saturday at the Singhampton Hall.  Our local democracy is representative, rather than direct, so while we can’t

actually vote on legislation, the meeting will give everyone in the community a chance to tell me how I should vote on the many important issues now before Council. Right now our Township is struggling with a provincially mandated growth plan, wind turbine proposals, several large subdivision developments and a proposal for a massive quarry just to our south in Melancthon.  Most importantly, we are in the midst of creating our 2011 budget, a process that will require some very difficult decisions.  For several years our Township has been relying on reserve funds to cover budget shortfalls as municipal costs climb and anticipated growth has failed to materialise, but these reserves have been more or less exhausted, and the

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choice before us is now stark. On Saturday I will be looking to the residents of Ward 3 to tell me what kind of budget they would like to see. This is an important time in the life of our Township. I hope you can find the time on Saturday afternoon to come out and be part of the political process.  I am constantly amazed at the depth of knowledge, experience and wisdom in our community. We will all be better off if we embrace the spirit of the Town Meeting and give everyone a chance to contribute. Councillor Preston’s Ward 3 Town Meeting will take place from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, April 2 at the Singhampton Hall. For more information you can contact Brent at 705-466-6302.

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Creemore goes Hollywood at Skate Carnival

The Creemore Skating Club’s annual Carnival was as successful as ever last Sunday, this time playing on the theme of “Creemore goes Hollywood.” At the end of the production, Mieke Patton (second from left above) and Maureen McLeod (third from left) where given the Jane Ivits Memorial Trophy, presented each year to a current or past executive member who has dedicated at least 10 years of volunteer work to the Skating Club. Presenting the award were Kathy Dodd (left) and Delsie Quesnel (right). Kathy and Joy Weatherall sponsored the trophy, as they were good friends of Jane’s. But since Joy could not attend this year’s Carnival, Delsie (Jane’s sister) took her place. The following people were winners of the Skating Carnival draw: Terria Woodhouse ($1,000), Willow Windatt ($500), Joan MacDonald and Tom Schmidt ($250), Scott Hayward ($125) and Brian McDonald ($125). The 50/50 draw went to Marg Kirkwood, and door prizes went to Andrea Jones, Marion Bigham, Anita Verstraten, Trish Rawn, Lucas Schmidt, Brody Coe, Chris Reed, Mary Bouchard, Sarah Crawford, Peter Dodd and Janice Alcorn.




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I run to work each week eager to start my visits at the Community Mental Health Service. I greet so many people in the waiting room and I enjoy seeing them smile and relax. I like their pats and soft voices telling me, “you are so gentle and cute.” Did you know that patting a pet like me can help to reduce your blood pressure and set in motion the body’s relaxation response? I’m a great stress reliever! I was born in Clinton and come from a long line of service dogs. In addition to my work at the G&M, I also allow kids to read to me at the Collingwood Library. Kids who read to dogs develop a life-long love for reading. The best advice a dog like me can give – live in the moment! At the G&M we’ve got lots of challenges ahead but remember We’re ALL in this together.

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Springtime at the Library LIBRARY NEWS

April showers bring opportunity to express your May flowers, but what do opinions. late March snow blizzards As we gear down from bring? our March Break activities If you are looking to and start to think about put the white stuff in your programming for our TD rearview mirror, come on Summer Reading Program Michele in to the Creemore Branch (“Splash” is the theme for McKENZIE of The Clearview Public 2011), we would also like to Library. Distract yourself take this opportunity to invite with our excellent selection of first run you to “share” any surplus craft supplies, and/or classic movies, talking books, beads and Canadian Tire Money with gardening magazines and Easter dinner us.  If you are spring-cleaning and wish cookbooks. Check out our collection of to lighten your bookcases or CD shelves kids craft ideas – we would like to thank of unloved titles in good condition, we all the local young artists at this time would also be happy to receive your kind for participating in our March Break donations of any genre. We are going coloring contest and activities. They to have to look for ways to stretch our did a wonderful job with colorizing our library budget and one way is to recycle mermaid and sea creatures, compliments and reuse “new-to-us” materials. of one of our favorite house artists, darciIn particular, as we are planning to que. We also wish to thank Jen Gerrior make bear-bell charms as a Library from The Door and Lori Martin from Outreach craft for the International Trails Ontario Early Years as well as Glenda Day celebrations that will take place on Newbatt, our Story Hour coordinator, Saturday, June 4 in New Lowell this year, who helped me organize a creative, active any old necklaces or bracelets that you no holiday from organized schooling. longer want and that we can convert into If you value your library and what the beading material would be appreciated three branches offer here in Clearview for this craft. Township, let your Ward Councillors Nothing goes to waste at the library know your thoughts and opinions by and it is always a treasure hunt to go email, Canada Post or in person. We into the book stacks to find out other would like to invite you to the Budget frugal means and ways of creating fun Presentation and Open House, scheduled without spending lots of pennies. So see for Thursday, April 14 in the Council you in the library in April when the snow Chambers at the Township Office in has finally melted and the daffodils are Stayner from 6 to 8 pm for another starting to grow!

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McCarl of Duntroon and Rily Henderson and Jessie Whitley of Creemore were thrilled to meet three-time Canadian Olympic Gold medallist Carolyn Ouelette after Ouelette and her Montreal Stars beat the Toronto Aeros to win the Clarkson Cup, the championship of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The game was played at the Barrie Molson Centre last month.

Winning Speakers

NCPS students once again excelled at the District Speech Competition at the Royal Canadian Legion in Tottenham on March 26. Judah Page placed first in the Intermediate Division, as well as winning the award for highest overall score of all the competitors present. His younger brother Obi finished second in the Junior Division. From here, Judah heads to Paisley on the Saturday, April 16 for the Area Competition, representing the Simcoe Area against students from Toronto as well as Grey Bruce. 


We l l w e h a v e j u s t you don’t have someone finished a week of the visit your home please spring season and how call Tammy at 705-424nice to see the sun 5252. Hats off to Tammy shining so brightly and Samuels and all of her warm. Now let’s get the volunteers, between them temperature higher and it they have around 25 girls will be perfect. I noticed doing Guides on Monday Sandra BEDNAREK the packages of seeds are evening and Brownies appearing in the stores, doing Wednesday evening which means that soon little sprouts at the hall in the New Lowell United will appear.  We have had a few church. This kind of volunteering robins around looking for food.  All makes for a wonderful community. encouraging signs of a beautiful Get well wishes go out to Myrna season to enjoy. Templeton as she recovers from her The Knights and Dragons were recent surgery. around the village on Saturday Special sympathy to Joan Doll evening, especially at the Legion, and her family as they mourn the as they celebrated their sold out loss of Don Doll. New Lowell also event of Medieval Times dinner and lost a longtime resident when Nelson dance. The Legion invites you to Grant passed away last week.  To their Country and Western Dinner and Grace and her family, we send our Dance on May 28.  Get your tickets condolences. early as these events sell out quickly.  The New Lowell United Church You can get more information from welcomes you to an evening of good phoning the Legion at 705-424-1621. music and fun times with the band They have many interesting events “Ladies Night Out’ on Saturday, so stay tuned to this column and I April 2 at 7 pm. The tickets are $10 will bring you the updates.  Don’t for adults and $5 for children.  The forget the Wings Night at 6 pm with contact number is 705-424-1476 or Karaoke at 9 pm. you can buy tickets at the door. This The local Brownies and Guides event is for all family, not just the from New Lowell might be knocking “ladies.” The Church is also selling on your door to sell their famous the products from the MacMillan original cookies for $4 a box. These Cookie/Muffin dough company. These young gals use the income for their products will be delivered frozen on camping and special events. If April 18 (orders due by April 4). You

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can look at the catalogue and get more information from any member of the Congregation or from the above number. You can have delicious home baking all ready for Easter dinner. The New Lowell United church is fundraising for improvements to the building for accessibility and minor repairs. Spring cleaning? It is that time again.  Set aside your extra “stuff” and rent a table for May 28 for a community yard sale sponsored by New Lowell United church. You can rent a table for $10. The same day in the Public School parking lot there will be the MidWest Metal trailer all ready for you to place your recycle items. The funds from this program will go to the Public School. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is May 8 – but you can treat that important lady in your life to a Tea on Saturday, May 7 at the New Lowell United Church. The ladies of the church will also be selling their delicious baked goods. A nice treat to take home for dessert for Mom on Sunday. The New Lowell Public School has a new phone system in place. The number remains the same, just with different directions when you call. If you have a little one that will be 4 years old before December 31, 2011 then they are ready to take the big step into Junior Kindergarten.  Call

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the school at 705-424-0991 for further information. The Parent Council says a huge thank you to all the families that donated soup for the winter warmup lunches. This program has now ended for the season. Remember, the school is always in need of volunteers and you don’t have to have a child in the school.  It is very rewarding to help out in some small way. Email Jennifer at tim@gardensofprestige. ca for further information. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Clearview Community Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on April 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm or the matinee on April 9 at 2 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at Nifty’s on the main street in Stayner or by calling 705428-2790. Adult prices are $18 and children $15. Story hour at the Sunnidale Branch of the library begins on April 7 at 10:30 am. This is a free programme for children 2 to 6. A perfect time for stories, crafts and beginning library skills. Happy late March birthday to the president of the New Lowell Public School student Council. That’s the news for this week... r e m e m b e r, i f y o u h a v e s o m e community news please call 705-4246497  or email Sandra.bednarek@


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From Comfort to Crunchy creemore dish

Although warmer the real spring, not the w e a t h e r h a s n ’t q u i t e calendar spring – is really reappeared around these just around the corner. parts for good, I’m starting This week’s recipe is a to see the signs. We’ve relatively light fish dish seen lots of robins hanging that is, as always, easy around (a sure sign that to make. Even better, it’s Elaine good worm pulling a great way to get more COLLIER times are just ahead), the Omega 3’s into your diet. streams are running high I don’t know about you with spring melt from further up the but I’ve grilled, baked, fried and Escarpment, and patches of grass are roasted salmon fillets many times. starting to appear here and there in While salmon is always a healthy our fields. I can now trek the property choice, it sometimes needs a little with my beautiful neon yellow rubber dressing up and a bit of crunch to get REEMORE • Friday, February 1, 200 boots on, rather than snowshoes and theCtaste budsECHO tempted. This recipe ski poles. delivers the taste and the crunch your Our B&B winter seasonals have whole family will enjoy! Make sure checked out until next year, and I am you use panko and not regular bread looking around the house thinking crumbs. Panko will deliver the crunch, it’s time for a good spring cleaning. while regular bread crumbs can get a When I view my kitchen, I think of bit soggy in the pan. putting the crock pot away for a while, Feedback is great and I would making the shift from heavier, saucelove to hear from you! Email me at laden comfort foods we so love to eat all winter long, towards some lighter Until next time, eat well, live tastes that remind me that spring – well...

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Need a friend? Find a quilter IN STITCHES

March is the transition me with the wonderful quilts month, and this one was they have made. no different. One day it The quilts go to special was cold and snowing friends, or a hospital, or and the next was one of cuddle quilt projects in our those “hint-of-spring” community. I think we all days where the water was enjoy this sharing of our Linda running down the laneway talents because by the time COCKTON and the snow was slowly we have worked on a quilt melting. for a long time, it feels like The bad days are always good to there is enjoyment and good feelings put the finishing touches on your latest stitched into every square inch. One of quilting project. Our Mad & Noisy our gals says she is having an “affair Quilters took advantage of a nasty, with quilting.” Another says her van icy day to sew one whole Saturday turns into every fabric store in North at St. Luke’s Hall. We had 17 women America. stitching and cutting and making a quilt We call our fabric collections our pattern called “Triangulations.” We stashes, and some of our stashes are shared stories and fabrics and a potluck out of control. lunch. That is what it’s all about – the In my experience, all quilters are fellowship is great, and we learn new friendly people, and they do keep you tips and techniques. Our teacher, Gail “in stitches.” We have a passion to sew, Hunter, was a great teacher. And our to let everything go and just sew. quilters are so talented. We have a term: In closing, let me leave you with my “show and share,” or “bring and brag.” favourite saying: The lady who dies That part of our meetings is the best. with the most fabric wins. Every month they absolutely surprise Happy stitching.

information Evening for school Food and Beverage Vendors The Simcoe County District School Board is committed to making schools healthier places for students in order to establish the conditions needed to realize the full potential of all students. The Ministry of Education School Food and Beverage Policy (Policy/ Program Memorandum No. 150) was announced in January 2010. Full implementation by all schools is expected by September 1, 2011. At that time, all food and beverages sold in schools for school purposes must meet the nutrition standards set out in the policy. The policy can be found by accessing the following website: In order to prepare for full implementation of the School Food and Beverage Policy, the Simcoe County District School Board is hosting an information evening to assist vendors with their understanding of the new requirements. Compliance Letters will be available and anyone wishing to be identified as an approved vendor is encouraged to attend.

The meeting takes place on: Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Simcoe County District School Board Education Centre 1170 Hwy # 26, MIDHURST, ONTARIO INFORMATION: 705-734-6363, EXT. 11354 School Food and Beverage Vendors should confirm their attendance at this meeting by contacting Karen Charlton, Simcoe County District School Board, 705-734-6363 Ext. 11354.

Salmon Cakes

Serves 4 4 salmon fillets, fresh or frozen (no bones or skin) 4 green onions, finely chopped 3/4 cup Japanese panko bread crumbs 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip fat free salad dressing 1 large egg, beaten Pinch of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil Poach or microwave the salmon fillets until they are cooked through. Cool fillets slightly, then break them into small pieces and place in a medium size mixing bowl. Add green onions, panko crumbs, salad dressing, beaten egg, salt and pepper. Mix gently with a fork until all ingredients are blended together. Divide mixture into 8, then make individual salmon cakes with your hands, patting them into flattened rounds. Heat large fry pan to medium high, and add canola oil. Add salmon cakes to pan, cooking on each side just until golden brown. Remove from pan, drain on paper towels and serve immediately - 2 salmon cakes per person. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if desired.


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• The Creemore Echo •

Friday, April 1, 2011

Memories of a special lady in Creemore sports sports zone

Creemore minor hockey was a great experience for me growing up as a kid. Memories of playing with a great bunch of guys, the fun in the dressing room, and the Alex road stories... could I HARGRAVE tell a few tales there, and mostly about the parents! Our goalie was Rob Hanning, a tall goalkeeper with the fastest hands in Ontario. We always seemed to go far in the playoffs and a big reason was because of Rob. His mom and dad, Verna and Jack, used to drive us to lots of games and I liked going with them because they didn’t mind me talking. His mom just recently passed away and I’d just like to pay tribute to her because she was a special person. She was a contributor to sports in her own way. Not only was she a great hockey mom but she ran the canteen in the arena for 20 years, beginning the day it was built in 1978. Sometimes I would go in and help Verna make fries or serve the customers. She never seemed to mind and we would have some great chats. “She loved the kids around here,” said Creemore’s arena manager, Dan Gowan. He added that her canteen was her domain. Dan’s dad Carl, who was the arena manager for years, and Dan himself never crossed the line with her. “Our health report always passed with flying colours,” he remembered. “You could eat off the floor in there. She kept things clean and organized. You never took anything and not put it back in the proper place or you would be sure to hear about it.” Once Rob finished playing, Verna still supported minor hockey and figure skating in Creemore. I

better add, and I know this was important to her, that the flower gardens in front of the arena and at the medical centre were extremely well-cared for, weedless and very beautiful. God bless you, Verna. We’ll certainly miss you. Speaking of the arena, the skating carnival was held Sunday. The theme was “Hollywood Comes To Creemore” and once again the house was jampacked and the skaters put on a great show. This weekend, the arena will host the minor hockey league’s all-star games. Games will be begin at 9 am Saturday morning and run all day. Sunday will follow a similar schedule. Over in Stayner, the Stayner Siskins, which really should be called the Clearview Siskins (but let’s not let over 40 years of history change anything), had a great season, finishing second in the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League and made a great run in the league playoffs, losing in overtime 1-0 to the Alliston Hornets in a thrilling seventh game. Alliston, the defending Ontario champs, now lead the series 2-1 over Walkerton in the provincial quarterfinals. The other three series pit Port Perry against Picton, Belle River versus Wheatley, and Norwich against Grimsby. Norwich is up 3-2 and Picton and Belle River lead 2-1. The other day, Lyle Noble was telling me that a team called the “Highlanders” competed in the Ontario Broomball Provincial Championships March 18 to 20 in Stratford and won a bronze medal. Stayner ’s Gord Zeggil, a one-time Creemore Brave, Honeywood Norduff goalie and Stayner Siskin coach and general manager, got the most points in the tournament, scoring twice and assisting on four others. Lyle also contributed a goal. Other team members include Creemore’s very own Doug Sampson, John Hamilton, Terry Woodley, Greg Andrews, Ian Gallaugher, Norm

Lindsay, Pete Lennox, Don Elliot, Doug Kenwell, Rick Zeggill, Bob Graham, Lyle McIntyre, Scott McDonald, and Jerry Wright. The women were also represented. Glencairn’s Tina Stephens and Stayner’s Deb Charman played for the Wicked Ice and came home with silver medals from their 3-2 record. Finally, the inaugural season of the Creemore Sunday Night Hockey League (check out the acronym: SNHL) is over, with the Cashtown Whiskey Jacks taking the Cup honours after winning the league and playoffs and defeating New Lowell in the finals. During the season, Cashtown tied with Belarus for first with 26 points each, next came New Lowell, 18, and the Garner Maroons came last, 14 points. Rumour has the league expanding to six teams next year. Registration for 2011-2012 season has already begun. If you’re interested you can review the league on its website, www.creemoresnhl. com. Big kudos to Shawn Hughson for getting this off the ground and being the league’s first commissioner.

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celebration 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Alex and Marion Priddle on Saturday, April 9 at the Seniors Centre Auditorium adjacent to Dufferin Oaks, 151 Centre Street (Entrance C), Shelburne from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Best wishes only.

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Hanning – My family and I wish to thank Paula and staff at Leisureworld for the good care given to Verna for the past four months. We appreciate the cards and condolences received from friends, with special thanks to Reg Rawn for his kindness given with gifts, food and flowers etc over the years. Also we thank the Anglican Church WA for the lunch provided & Affairs Bakery for the pastry plate and Life’s a Slice for sandwiches. Rev. Jeff Inglis performed the service and did an excellent job. Jack Hanning and family

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The Creemore Curling Club would like to thank all those who came out to make Hot Shots 2011 so memorable! Special Thanks to Rick & Diane Kelly, Bill Martens, Rusty McArthur & Neil Rowbotham for their hard work before, during and after the event. Creemore Echo would like to thank Wayne Barber for bringing us the fruits of his labour. Also thanks to Creemore Adult Skaters for sharing their potluck with us!

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in memoriam Scott, George – In memory of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away April 1 of 1998. Everyday in some small way Memories of you come our way. No longer in our life to share. But in our hearts You will always be there. Always remembered and sadly missed. Alice and family

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Friday, April 1, 2011

CRAZY CURLERS The Creemore Curling Club’s annual Hot Shots Tournament is a fun affair, signalling an end to the season and allowing everyone to

show off their finest team costumes. This year’s winners for best costume were Carey Lammke, Kelly Van Hook, Tiera Woodhouse and Shannon Woodhouse (top left) for their Leprechaun theme. Meanwhile, the scary-looking Viking team (Steve Lindsay, Donna Baylis, Neil Rowbotham and Gord Miller) took the top spot in points. Top female curler and top overall curler was Donna Baylis (below left), while Jim Bell (below right) was the highest-scoring male. See next week’s Echo for the final draw results.

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