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8th Barrie Cubs donate ornaments to RVH

For the eleventh consecutive Christmas season, the 8th Barrie Cubs have supported Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). This year the Cubs made a special donation to RVH after being reminded that many people will spend this holiday season in the health centre, away from their friends and loved ones. The Cubs decorated Christmas tree ornaments that will be displayed throughout RVH to remind staff and patients that there is someone thinking about them this holiday season.

Construction Update Construction of the Emergency Department at Georgian Bay General Hospital continues on time and on budget. The senior leadership team got to take a sneak peek inside the new addition this week. Dr. Martin McNamara, the hospital’s Chief of Medical Staff, and an emergency physician, is pictured here standing in what will be the new trauma room. The move in date is slated for March/ April with a grand opening being planned for May 2014.

Suzette Hair Designers donates to cancer centre at RVH Suzette Hair Designers recently held a hairstyling campaign to raise funds in support of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). Throughout the month of October clients of Suzette Hair Designers could get streaks of pink in their hair for $10.00 to support this campaign. Jody Graham (left) presents a cheque in the amount of $710.00 on behalf of Suzette Hair Designers, with RVH Auxiliary Volunteer and client Jean McGinley (centre) to Jaime Campbell (right), stewardship coordinator, RVH Foundation, during a recent visit to RVH. Absent - Susan Ellsworth, Suzette Hair Designers.

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Editor’s Musings I am always trying to get caught up on my reading whether it be newspapers, magazines, letters, books or whatever.

(Elmvale) which was owned by Mr. Wm Berube who had another zoo twelve miles east of Sarnia. A one way trip by bus to Toronto cost $2.75 and if you wanted a return trip, it cost $4.95. The 7" Shop Craft skill saw cost $27.95 and the 3/8 inch drill was $14.95 Two tubes of Brylcreem (that's how it's spelt) cost 99 cents. Red Kelly retired after 20 years and 4 Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The drainage on Hwy 92 west of the Wye/Elmvale needed improved. (They have been working on it this past year let’s see 1967 to 2013 - 44 years...WOW!) Subscription to the weekly paper was $4.00. Our Man Flint was playing at the Drive-in.     movie. James Coburn stared as a super-spy Derek Flint in this action comedy which took the tongue-in-cheek wit of the James Bond series and shifted it into high gear. Flint is an ultra-sophisticated operative of international   

 " #        arts, electronic gadgetry (his cigarette lighter can perform 83 special functions), languages both human and animal (he can communicate with dolphins in a pinch), and even gives ballet lessons to the dancers of the Bolshoi. Ron Frankcom would drive within 5 miles of Elmvale to      Heinz Soup - 8 cans for a $1. The new Viva (Vauxhall car) was selling for $1956 at Currie's garage. Call Alex at 106W. Thought you might be interested.

Canada Post - Since I started this paper on June 4th, 1998, I have paid Canada Post nigh unto a million dollars to deliver it to your doors. In all that time, probably more than 99% of the time, I have had no problem.   ! ! My wife applied for her new health card. Two months later, when she had not received the card, she dropped    *;! <  !   =>; > ? > Q  made a call and found out that it had been returned by Canada Post - because it had a non-existent box number on it. The ministry of Health, whom we almost never get any correspondence from, scratched the box number and So I picked up the June 14, 1967 issue of the Elmvale because everything else on the card address was ok, took Lance. In it, there is a short article about the new well at the another envelope, another stamp and repeated the process Roadside Highway Park just north of Elmvale mentioning through Canada Post the 2 inch water pipe 180 feet in the ground. It says if oil I called Canada Post 1 866 757 5480 and pushed a whole ran like water, Elmvale would be in the midst of an oil lot of buttons until Bruce, who spoke English, got me boom. through to one of the Canada Post people who had no (Since a lot of people stop to get water there, and since interest in trying to solve a problem. Springwater Councillor Rick Webster has shown some Z    ; ;       [ !                     suggests that they want the mail to end up in the right e-mailed the story to him and he replied with something he mailbox so since the address was not correct, there was a said he scared up. You will see the Water Well Record just chance of the mail getting lost and therefore, maybe some below this article. Thanks Rick.) identity theft. Another article was about the opening of Jungle World Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see - everything was right except a non existent box number much like a lot of the junk mail I get which has something like SS1 on it which relates to nothing in my address book. As of late, there has been a lot of mail being returned to sender because it has the RR number on it. I am not sure what difference it makes when everything else on it is right. Why do they

  \   !  ?]!> ^ > ^  it take, how many people must handle it and  !   ^ > Would a little effort to get the mail out without backlogging the system with return mail not be >[ Does no one in the Canada Post linage really  >_  [[  ^`>> make it easier for a robot to do your job.   ?]!^  !q   My dad got mail. It was addressed to Donald Jacobs, Elmvale Ontario. {> ;   > me even having to go to the PO to tell them I lived there. A lot of our rural mail had RR3 on it so that  >   >  Gradually, we got postal codes. Great! The sorters did not have to know Canada as well. We moved. Instead of the RR3, we had Box 396. And on top of that, to make it easier, we were given street addresses. Now the mailman did not even have to know who lived there. And so when mail comes to my house with someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name on it, or when my mail arrives at someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house because that is the address, no matter who lives there, the post NOTICE OF MEETING !!   ^> Identity theft is not a concern. Notice is hereby given that: Springwater Golf Course One of this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headlines 1481 Golf Course Road, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2 is that the government will Will be holding a public meeting to present its annual report on Class 9 not be doing anything with pesticide use as required by Ontario Regulation 63/09 under the Pesticides Act. the CPP (Canada Pension The annual report summarizes the use of Class 9 pesticides used in 2012. Plan) because that extra Friday December 27, 2013 Location: Springwater Golf Course payment we might have to make could throw us back Clubhouse at 9:00a.m. into a recession. Please RSVP to 705-728-1866, Dave Birimcombe, IPM Agent Then Canada Post raises

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the price of a stamp from 63 cents to either 85 cents or a dollar, plans to not hire 6-8000 employees and maintains their seven Senior VPs and all their Junior VPs according to the taxpayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch. And in Ontario, hydro prices are due to rise 46 in the next few years and some of the predictions see us paying 250% more in the short future. We should all be just so happy to be alive. We have Federal government MPs getting a full pension after 6 years. Even when their pension money is coming from a unfunded pool, it is guaranteed income. We have public employees with a retirement pool shortfall     ^   Hide your income folks. Learn to barter - i.e. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll plow  ; }     ~      Make your own beer! Fix your own cars/appliances. Put your money under your mattress. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, someone else will be reaching for it.

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Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Adult Fiction) Rating: â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I loved this book so much Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m palming a bejeweled high heel if the bookstore doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open on time so I can purchase my hardcover copy RIGHT NOW. %& '*+5 :# ;+& <=+<:+ '=' > Climpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella Dempsey to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters. Reginald â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnipâ&#x20AC;? Fitzhugh often blunders his way into danger but Miss Arabella is a sort of trouble he never expected. When the two stumble upon a cryptic message written in French they are launched into a Yuletide adventure that rests the fate of the British Empire in their unlikely hands. --------------------------------------------Okay, okay, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit it - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cheating in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of the Springwater News. For those faithful readers of my article since the beginning, (hi Mom!) this is a repeat review but with good reason. Number one: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been super busy...tis the season. Number two: I cannot think of a better go-to read than this book for the holiday season if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to carve some time to yourself. Number three: actually, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a number three. Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  q^  ^ By far, this book is my absolute favourite in the entire Pink Carnation series. As to the why, well, let me crack my cranial knuckles and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dive in! At every turn, this book tells a wonderful tale. Within every writing element of plot, character development, setting and prose the parts click together like a perfectly made puzzle. At its conclusion, your step is lighter, your heart is happy, and perhaps like  Â&#x152;>>   >  ^     ;  mountain of dirty dishes that normally makes you grumble. The characters are delightful and as a reader you are so darn happy that plain, grey Arabella is seen as exceptionally beautiful to our clumsy, well intentioned male character, Turnip. I think that type of set up touches a chord deep in every female readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. With an ever growing repertoire of books behind her belt,  Â&#x2018;   >>>^    Â&#x2C6;    >   what I call â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;full-peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books. No person is an island and neither are Laurenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they have real families complete with young cajoling sisters, tutting mothers, best   !  ^>>  >>   !  ! >>;Â&#x2019;  heroine making them feel like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;full-peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as opposed to Â&#x2019; ! >   [ ^ Â&#x201C;  [  !Z q} it has been a great go-to book a second and third time around the block. The Mischief of the Mistletoe is a great read anytime you need a smile, pick-me-up or just want to revisit memorable characters. Ginger Tsang aka Springwater Library, Elmvale Branch Librarian

The Winter Solstice The winter solstice is one of the two times each year when the Sun is at its farthest point from the equator and appears to stand still. This year, it happens on December 21 at 12:11 P.M. EST. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun,â&#x20AC;? and stitium, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;stoppage.â&#x20AC;? The daylight will now start to increase a little more every day

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Happy Birthday wishes go out to Joanne Hales, Stephen Hall, Laci Steele, Jayne Vanderveen, Ed Cox, Harry Hunt, Rebecca Caston, Christine Quesnelle, Wendy Caston, Heather Hamelin, Dennis Blow, Blake Isaac, Marg Greaves, Ethan Marley and Kirk McDonald. Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. in the church basement. Light lunch & prizes. $2.50 per person. Winners from Dec. 6th were: 1st Rose Balcom, 2nd Dorothy Higgins and 3rd Brian Edmond. Winners from Dec. 13th were: 1st Pat Thomas, 2nd Pat McAuley, and 3rd Brain Edmond. Everyone welcome. Congratulations to Andrea & Cullen Fay on the birth of a baby girl Layton Charlotte Catherine, born on Dec. 9th. She is a new little sister for Brayson, Preston and Everson. Proud and happy grandparents are Sheamus and Catherine Fay and Grant and Dianne Ritchie of Elmvale. Congratulations also to Robyn and Martin Spears on the birth of a baby girl Gracie Kathryn on Dec. 11th. She has a big brother Tyler. Happy and proud grandparents are Terry and Susan Truax and Leonard and Kathy Spears of Sunnidale Corners. Wyevaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last school assembly is on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 9:00 a.m. hosted by the Grade 1 class. It is the last day for the students. I would like to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Students have a safe and happy holiday. School begins again on January 6th.

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Grenfel & Centre Vespra News with Kathy Stunden-Hall 735-9423 or Christmas time is here again, and what a joyous time to celebrate the reason for the season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the birth of Baby Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem so many years ago. Grenfel United Church has been celebrating the Advent season with special Sunday services this month. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, comes our Christmas program with various ones, young and old, presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meaning of Christmas.â&#x20AC;? The Christmas Eve service will be at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 24. This will be our candlelight service and we welcome family members home for the season. This is a time to celebrate His wonderful birth. Regular weekly services are at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Everyone is always welcome to come and join us any Sunday during the year. For more info call June at 705-790-4376. Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020; Once again 12 ladies in Grenfel have kept one of our tasty rural traditions alive. In early December, Cheryl Arends hosted the 37th annual square exchange. As usual, the squares were wonderful and Cheryl served a delicious lunch. Three of the original members are still taking part in this exchange of goodies. Keep up the good work, Grenfel bakers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the tradition will be going strong next year too. Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020; Speaking of rural traditions, we got to see another one in the works on the weekend. We have been reading about the Holstein Non-motorized Christmas Parade for years. Saturday, one of the coldest days in the year, we decided to attend. Though brief, it was one of the best parades I have ever seen. This little village in Grey County hosts a parade with  >  >Â&#x2C6;    Â&#x2019;  ] !}     majority of the work but other creatures pulled carts too.  ^ ! >*[>>  ^  and others were ridden. Miniature horses, goats, a Suffolk sheep and dogs rounded out the parade. As well there were lots of people riding horses. Santa Claus himself used horsepower instead of reindeer at that parade. This week we can look forward to decorating our Christmas tree. Thanks to Maureen and Gord Andrew we have a beautiful tree once again. This year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially nice they have been able to keep up the tradition of harvesting trees, since Maureen is recuperating from her heart surgery. ZÂ&#x2122;[Z!   !  [ Z >  put them away in the spare bedroom. But since the summer cleaning purge I performed on the room, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wondering if  >>>>}!!>  buy some more. We have mostly old decorations anyway. To everyone in Grenfel and beyond, may the light shine on you this season. Merry Christmas. Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020; Please send your birthdays, anniversaries, new items and ideas for the Grenfel and Centre Vespra News. Kathy Stunden-Hall may be reached at 735-9423 or by e-mail at .

Anten Mills News The Murray family sent through a short note to thank the secret Santa who shovelled their driveway December 12th. Brittany has been recovering from surgery and a cleared driveway would I'm sure been a welcome sight indeed. A little goodwill goes a long way indeed. Enjoy the holiday and all that comes with it and be safe in your travels wherever your destination Take a minute to enjoy the simple pleasures that surround us this time of year , but are often too busy to take notice I'll catch up with you next issue Merry Christmas from the Sweets

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Wilson Outraged with Approval for Wind Turbines at Collingwood Airport (December 13, 2013) Simcoe-Grey MPP is reeling after getting news that the Ministry of the Environment has accepted wpd Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application as â&#x20AC;&#x153;completeâ&#x20AC;? to build ^Â&#x192;  >   Â&#x2019;^[  of the Collingwood Regional Airport and other airports in Clearview Township. The approval moves the application  ! ! >; ^}!!> >  > approval in a mere few months time. Today, Wilson sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne to question her governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to push forward with the application. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am writing to you today in response to your governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to declare wpd Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to build ^Â&#x192;  >   Â&#x2019;^[  the Collingwood Regional Airport complete and accepted for technical review,â&#x20AC;? wrote Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you are aware, my constituents and I strongly oppose this project.â&#x20AC;? Wilson continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Premier, this decision was made by your government without consultation and in spite of safety concerns. It goes against resolutions opposing this development from the Township of Clearview, Town of Collingwood and Town of Wasaga Beach. Once again, [>   !>  ><>> ^ Â&#x201D;[ Services Board, as well as the aforementioned resolutions against this project.â&#x20AC;? Wilson has been extremely vocal about his opposition [!![Â&#x2122;! >q[   renewable energy dates back to his days as Energy Minister that projects should only be built in communities where they are welcomed and wanted and at prices ratepayers can afford. Wilson has been working to restore local controls over these projects. He introduced legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bill 2, entitled Restoring Planning Powers to Municipalities Act, 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earlier this year. He also strongly opposes the Liberalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed-in-Tariff program that is driving up the cost of hydro bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Premier, the grid doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need this energy. Ontario canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to pay for this energy. Your failed energy scheme has already cost Ontario 300,000 manufacturing jobs and counting. Enough is enough,â&#x20AC;? continued Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What will it take for you to agree that massive wind turbines !>   [   ^   Â&#x203A; Wpd Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application is now in the technical review stage of approvals. Public comment is being accepted by the Ministry of the Environment until February 1st, 2014. Wilson urges his constituents to participate in this process. ` !            = ;   > Registry website,

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"#%'*+6*;6+;<#=>*6+%=<;<? By Mark Reusser, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Only 5% of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land base is suitable for agriculture. And since we have no way to make more soil, we need to hold on to all the productive land and soil we have. As farmers, we know the importance of using our land for the greatest potential â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with technology and conservation tillage practices to deliver the highest yields with the lowest impact. We take our responsibility seriously to provide safe and healthy food for those in our community and beyond. And if the supply of available, productive agricultural land continues to dwindle, everyone will suffer. Every day, prime agricultural land is lost to non-agricultural uses like housing and commercial developments and aggregate extraction. Statistics Canada reports illustrate  ; !> > Z   ;Â&#x2C6;  [    Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021; and 2011, nearly 260,000 hectares of farmland was lost. Whatever the reason, Ontario cannot sustain this level of > > !  [ ! ^ ^ }  fuel. And if losing farmland to development, urban sprawl and encroachment wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad enough, our growing population

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is putting increasing pressure on farmers to produce more on less land. Based on the Ministry of Financeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projections, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population will grow from 13.5 million in 2012 to 17.4 million in 2036. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 30% more people in 24 years. Feeding our own province on an ever diminishing supply of productive farmland is going to be tough. And we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the role Ontario farmers play in feeding our growing world population. With more mouths to feed and house and clothe, the value of preserving productive farmland should be rising in step with the population. Ontario farmers have a keen interest in ensuring public policy does not jeopardize or destroy our most valuable resource â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the land. We must have the assurance that neither urban expansion nor the presence of aggregates on or adjacent to our farms will prevent agricultural production. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)    ^[; ! >   [ ^!> > land be expanded to include Canada Land Inventory Class 4 soils, along with Class 1, 2 and 3 soils. The OFA is also advocating that aggregate extraction be prohibited


Springwater Fire and Emergency Services Donates 18 Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aid Society

 Â&#x2013; >  ^Â  < [    ; { q>} Â&#x2013;^ Kurt Williams, CAS representative Nancy Green and Fire Chief Tony Van Dam Springwater Township, December 13, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A number of homes in Springwater Township are much safer now, thanks to Project Zero. As part of the initiative, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services made a donation of 18 combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aid Society of Simcoe County (CAS) on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Project Zero is a public education program that aims to  !    > !     deaths to zero. In 2013, Enbridge Gas Distribution donated $100,000 in support of the initiative and effectively expanded the program to 15 additional Ontario Communities, including the Township of Springwater. Through Project Zero, Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Fire Marshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Fire Safety Council and Springwater Fire & Emergency Services have been working together to donate 184 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to homes in the community. When properly installed and maintained, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help provide the early warning      > >  ^ ;   or carbon monoxide exposure. Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and colourless ^   !> !  >  [> ! â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so grateful for the donation of these alarms,â&#x20AC;? said Nancy Green, Community Resources Coordinator for CAS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will be put to good use and provide much needed peace of mind for our clients.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ensuring our community is safe is our number one priority,â&#x20AC;? stated Tony Van Dam, Springwater Fire Chief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donating these combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is just one more way we can ensure our residents have the proper tools in place to maintain their safety.â&#x20AC;? Wal-Mart and MOST large companies, take out life insurance on its employees, without their knowing. If an employee dies, ALL the insurance monies go to the companies, i.e. an employee making $18,000 per year, dies, and the company might make as much as $1 million. Most often these monies, coming from what is commonly referred to as "Dead Peasant Life Insurance Policy", is paid out to executives as bonuses. (A common practice, unknown by the average consumer). from Canada Land Inventory Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 soils and specialty crop lands. OFA expects the Ontario government will be reviewing existing land conservation strategies of the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation and Greenbelt plans in 2015. We are already preparing for this review by developing recommendations to these plans that will ensure the long-term protection of prime agricultural lands for farming. The OFA believes farmland preservation is the number one issue affecting the sustainability of our industry. So when Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food Kathleen Wynne challenged our industry to double our annual growth rate and create 120,000 jobs by 2020, we have a challenge back. Farmland is a non-renewable natural resource. In fact, it is a strategic resource. Make sure you are preserving the farmland we need to continue driving Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth potential.

Mayor Collins, Council and the Township of Springwater Staff wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!


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approval from the North Simcoe Muskoka Local OFF Health Integration 40% -MATIC -O S & E D A Network (LHIN) for SH UTTER SH LINDS B the project, although the LHIN will not be 705 627-7760 contributing to the Elmvale Serving Simcoe County Since 1988 capital cost to build the facility. Wendat is of the Residenceâ&#x20AC;? says relying on fundraising Tomlinson. from the community Â&#x201D; ^ !  and to date has raised in     >    excess of $2.6 million. low income, the residence The full cost of the project will have the additional is $3.2 million and it will advantage of freeing up Wendat Community Programs has begun clearing the site to build    ]  Â&#x152;  > affordable assisted living facilities for frail seniors. The Residence will be built at 44 Dufferin Street

on land donated by the Town of Penetanguishene for this purpose. The site has been designated in the  Â&#x152; ! > [>   seniors housing for many years. A perimeter of trees will be left as a noise buffer and also to provide privacy for both the seniors and the immediate neighbours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very excited about this project,â&#x20AC;? says Wendat Executive Director, Lorna Tomlinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe we >> ]  Â&#x152; truly affordable assisted living facilities. The total cost for a single person to live in our Residence will be under $1,000 a month including a fully accessible building, private bedroom and bathroom, full meal service, social activities, laundry, transportation Superglue is so strong that a single square-inch bond can lift a ton of weight.

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one-third of seniors cannot afford the retirement homes and assisted living facilities that are currently available. Phase 1 of the Wendat Seniors Residence will accommodate 23 frail elderly persons. There are plans for a phase 2 which will expand the building to 40 beds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building will be here for decades and will serve hundreds of needy       Â? years of being openâ&#x20AC;? claims Tomlinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a program that is very much needed and will serve the whole community. Mistakenly, some people think Wendat   ^ >   nations organization, but we are not. We are here to serve anyone living in the North Simcoe-Muskoka region.â&#x20AC;? Wendat has obtained

be complete late in 2014. A project management approach is being used for the build that will enable the organization to use

needed general hospital beds. According to Lorna Tomlinson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supportive housing of this type

local trades and contractors as much as possible. Local architect Bob Laurin is heading up the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to the cooperation of our contractors and local volunteers, we have been able to harvest one of the oak trees from the lot and have it made into a mantle to be placed on the [> !  >

provides another place that frail seniors can be discharged to from hospital. We have a huge problem of seniors in need of supports unnecessarily occupying hospital beds because there are no affordable or available options for them.â&#x20AC;?

MPP DUNLOP TO HOST NEW YEARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LEVEES It is sure hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another year. As 2013 draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of my wife Jane and myself, our family and all my staff to extend warmest wishes of the season to everyone. Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebrations are a special time to be with family and friends. I hope you will have  [[      Â&#x153;   Â&#x2019;!  all the good things that life offers us. I would also like to remind you to take time where possible to remember and help those less fortunate. Please join me in thinking of those who are bravely serving Canada oversees. Many of the young men and women are from my riding and our thoughts are with them and their families. I hope you will join us once again at one of our New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Levees. We will be at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coldwater on Sunday January 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and then at the Royal Canadian Legion in Midland on Sunday January 12, also from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. As your M.P.P for Simcoe North I wish you a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. The OPP was created in 1909 and has approximately Â&#x2021;}Â&#x2039;  ! Â&#x2039;}!;> [> and 850 Auxiliary members -- one of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest deployed police services. Commissioner Lewis is the 13th Commissioner of the OPP (its 14th leader) and      Â&#x201C; ]   ! >Â&#x17E;*~;  [   >Â&#x2C6;{ Â&#x; prices are no lower than anyone else's when compared to a typical family's weekly purchases. That's the view of the statisticians at the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (BLS) responsible for calculating the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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to that which exists in the medical sector in every Canadian Meth Adamson and Cyril Jackson who through their   $$   $  {  / province, federally and around the world. vision and hard work developed the park as the gem of When a group of people in government can hide their the Ontario public parks system. It is the most beautiful *+\]%<+^\ actions from scrutiny, big money is involved and there are park in the province. It was build by the pioneers of Vespra armed forces to ensure impunity from legal actions, the township with their sweat and grit. _6<#Z`+"j+Z result is always going to be the sort of governments that Springwater Park is a very special place for the To All EMHA Members and Coyote proliferate in Africa. families of the hundreds of pioneers who in the early    ^!  [   ! ! 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made the journey trough the dense forests of Players, Parents and Fans }          !q ^   Z only to have a bunch of shallow minded MPs try and take Upper Canada to build communities such as Anten seems like just yesterday we started the conditioning skates it away. Mills, Midhurst, Minesing, Grenfel, Edenville ( The and conducted our Rep and AE tryouts. EMHA recognizes If this goes through, your political career will also be garden of Eden )and other Vespra hamlets. They that tryouts are never an easy thing for the players, parents or through. I guarantee it. I will mobilize my considerable came to settle and develop this great township. coaches and we are committed to putting forth a Policy for next local forces to see you are never re-elected no matter what They built houses churches,schools,bridges,roads,farms, season that makes things more consistent across the board. other good you have done or intend to do. If you support and mills They left a legacy for their children that is the There is no great way to cut a player but with the assistance of this initiative, you are betraying your electorate, yourself envy of all present citizens. They built history and they this years coaches we hope to have a common practice in place and your country. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tolerate it and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anyone built Springwater park for all free men and women to for next year. else with an ounce of sense tolerating it either. enjoy. EMHA continually wants to thank all of our coaching staffs This is an action that clearly aims to defend against a It is our ( We the People) duty to all of them, the for volunteering their time to give our young children on repeat and/or a revisit of the Senate debacle that has reached opportunity to play hockey. To our membership thank you and  !  [>!   >q  Boys of Vespra, Supts. Adamson and Jackson, and the early pioneers of Vespra to through OUR government know we value your volunteer time to run many of our events If they need to talk, you have no business stopping them. reopen Springwaterv Park for the enjoyment of all freemen and fundraisers. Early in the season EMHA hosted the IP/Tyke Welcome BBQ and meetings and ran two specialty clinics with That cannot happen. You are not a king or a dictator even and ladies. Sincerely Jack Garner Springwater Taxpayer many of our coaches attending. For those of you that attended the though you appear to be trying to head in that direction. Thanksgiving Dance we thank you and hope you had a good time, You work for the electorate not the other way around. In case you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen it yet, here is a link to the story: "When I told my friends I was going to be a comedian, it was another outstanding success. Thanks to Denise Ritchie they laughed at me." -- Carrot Top Mclean, Paul Bouzis and all the volunteers who organized such parliament_employees_face_lifetime_ban_on_revealing_ a great night. "A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and Most of you should have received your team pictures and we information.html decides to remain anonymous."-- Anonymous Yours truly, hope you are happy with any extras that you may have ordered. John Newell, Pickering, 905-420-5710 "There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is Apparel has been ordered and coming in and I must say the stuff looks great on our players and fans. I hope you received the through these that new discoveries are made." email about being able to order these items directly from our website soon. Thanks to Kent Fay, Tina Robertson and Steve My View - Part 5- Springwater Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Response to Questions regarding the Barber (who you can email orders to for in stock items) for getting our website ordering set up and for helping make Coyote Mega Developments of the Midhurst Secondary Plan On May 17th of this year the township held an information Township Answer: The PPS does not apply to Midhurst as Nation look so good. Many of our teams are having early season success not only meeting and provided documents as an overview for the it is not an expansion of the existing settlement boundary. in our Georgian Bay and Georgian Triangle Leagues but in Midhurst Secondary Plan titled Midhurst 20/20. There My Opinion: We are not all stupid or idiots, is the short Tournaments as well. Our Novice and Bantam Rep teams was also a public open house on the Midhurst Secondary answer, if you think we will swallow that answer. Think along with our Midget LL team are all near the top of their Plan EA process on May 29th. about it. (Sorry to reuse these two sentences from the last leagues. Congratulations go out to our Bantam and Midget In September the township published its response to article.) First of all the PPS applies to all development Rep teams for Winning and being Finalist respectively in the questions posed and held a special council meeting from 2005 onwards. The MSP was not approved by our Brian English Memorial Tournament. Thanks to Marten on September 17th with a hired lawyer to outline the council until 2008 and after 3 letters of expressing nonNagel and volunteers for organizing that tournament and our  [Â&#x152; [        >>   compliance the County approved the plan in 2011. The upcoming Atom and Pee Wee AE tournament in early January. articles on this complex issue. I encourage you to read the council has totally ignored the serious impact that the EMHA was honoured to be able to host an Exhibition game document yourself (found on the township website under {*? >>  ;    Â&#x201D;^      [!! >> between the 93/94 Midget European Team and our 2013- Governance/Public Consultation/Midhurst Secondary ignored concerns expressed by the OFA and local farmers 14 Bantam Euro Tour team this past weekend. Again the Plan) and form your own opinion. Certain questions and such as Rob Wright. community came out to support our Elmvale Coyotes and Question 55: Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the MSP development plan be the smiles and good time that our Alumni were having was answers are truncated for space consideration. Question 38: Will the new municipal wells impact existing delayed until a major employer such as a Honda settles great to see. Elmvale Minor Hockey is lucky to be enriched private wells? in the community? in tradition, loyalty and pride as several of the 93/94 Midget Township Answer: No. Extensive testing in accordance Township Answer: The MSP has been approved by the members currently have kids playing hockey in Elmvale and or are coaches/executive members in EMHA. EMHA continues with Provincial regulations was completed. The testing Township, County and Province. Therefore it is permitted to have goals for our younger members to become excellent did not identify any areas where existing wells will be to proceed. My Opinion: Not exactly an answer from the township. citizens in their communities. The 93/94 team members are impacted. They then refer to the Phase 1 and 2 EA. My Opinion: In theory there may not be an impact as ?      >  ^   >    great examples of that for all our Coyote players. Best of Luck to our 22 Bantam aged players and 47 Family Z      ^    Â&#x2019;    [ !>  hectares have been approved to proceed in the MSP. members who will representing Elmvale, Ontario and Canada aquifer. However any shallow wells that exist today may Barrie for example require developers, in certain areas of on their Euro Tour in Finland, Sweden and Denmark leaving [ !    ^[ ! ^ !  development, to illustrate that there are actual jobs not just the Elmvale Arena on Dec. 26th at 1pm. Their trip will wrap amount of water that will be withdrawn from the lower land for future jobs before development will be approved. up cheering on Canada at the World Jr Championships for the Â&#x153; [! >>  Â&#x153; ^ ! >[ !  Of course we should include in all our development plans Quarter and Semi Final games and the Gold and Bronze medal by another but until the operation commences we are  Â&#x2122;!>  ^[[> games. 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be an extra Christmas gift for the Euro Bantam team going to Sweden at the time of the tournament. They have tickets for several games. With Christmas coming, I was thinking For everyone, have a great holiday. Merry Christmas and of some gifts that sports teams, players a Happy New Year to all! or management would like to see under Quiz Time: In 1984, Scotty Bowman became the the tree this year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; winningest coach in NHL history. What team was he Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames ! ! ^ q! Â&#x201D; > >    ^!!   ! On the Ice: The Elmvale Curling Club has been busy and a bow tie for Christmas. A conscience would be a nice at the two-sheeter and on the road. Our Bantams traveled touch also. to Gravenhurst last weekend. The teams performed well For the Raptors, a .500 season would be nice, but this and had fun. That is all that matters. Also, Tim Belcourt, would cause them to miss out on a high draft pick. Maybe Kevin Fleming, Arnold McAuley and Ron Belcourt won a .250 season would make a better gift so they could the zones in Midland in the Senior division. The team will exchange it for the high draft pick in the New Year. be traveling to Shelburne on the weekend of January 19th The Toronto Maple Leafs could use a new shot clock. for the regional playoffs...Team Howard gave their best The visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side is worn out but the home side is in good effort at the Olympic Trials but failed to make the playoffs condition. Also, to have Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak bringing the dream of an Olympic medal to an end. Glenn healthy would make a great gift. Dave Clarkson off the will have to decide if he is willing to give it another try suspension list would make a good stocking stuffer. in 2018â&#x20AC;ŚGreat job by Sherry Middaugh at the trials. For the Canadian Olympic Hockey team, Steven Stamkos   !   >    [ > ^       [>>  under the tree and ready for the trip to Russia in 2014 swallow, but Sherry and her team should be proud with would make a lot of people happy. their results even though they came up short by one game. The perfect gift for the Phoenix Coyotes would be a new On the Diamond:   >>   >> ! ^   home where they would be appreciated by true hockey conclusion that allowing runners to take a catcher out at fans. The Coyotes are a good team but need the respect of home plate and allowing catchers to block the plate is their fans from Santa. not good for either. I have written in this column many For pitching great Jack Morris, I can only hope that Santa times that this had to be changed to protect players from will bring him the best gift ever, a place in the Baseball concussions. Finally major league baseball is not going Hall of Fame. to allow a runner to hit a catcher above the waist or the The Blue Jays need to have a great season from the 25- catcher to block the plate. Brett Lawrie thinks changing man roster. This would bring happiness to all the fans that the rule is wrong. For some reason, he thinks being the will have baseball tickets in their stockings Christmas hitter and the person being hit are equal. Just proves to morning. This gift will keep giving and giving all summer. me that Lawrie isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the brightest bulb in the pack. Next Roy Halladay, who will retire as a Blue Jay -- I only ask rule change should be not allowing runners to take out the that he receive a new right arm for Christmas. The Jays  >  !  ÂŁÂ&#x2013;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;>> }{  >  could use him in the rotation as well as his leadership on get major league baseball back. the mound -- but afraid this is one gift that even Santa This Day in Sports (December 19th): On this day in cannot deliver. 1905, the Dawson City hockey team began their 9-day For Elmvale resident Chris Bigras, a place on the World walk to get a boat to Seattle so they could catch a train to Junior Hockey team. I am sure Chris would be happy if ]  [> * ><[ÂŁ Â&#x201C;Â&#x2018;^  this is the only gift he has under the tree. Also, this would  [>    ! >!    Â?Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x201A;ÂŁ  two games played in NHL history took place on this day in Â?Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x201A;ÂŁ=>Â&#x2013; ![>  Â&#x201C;Â&#x2018;^    Â&#x201C;`Q ^ Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x201E;ÂŁQ^<_!   NHL shutout in goal for the Red Wings in 1963â&#x20AC;ŚDennis >>! Â&#x201C;Â&#x2018;^ > Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201E;ÂŁ{  ^Â&#x152;  {   !     Â&#x201C;Â&#x2018;   !q [>  ^   Leafs in 1981â&#x20AC;ŚScotty Bowman became the NHL allCanadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paint Expert. time winningest coach in 1984â&#x20AC;ŚAt 23, Wayne Gretzky recorded his 1,000th NHL point in 1984â&#x20AC;ŚBorn on this Serving Barrie and Area for over 80 Years day include hockey players Doug Harvey (1924) and Matt A Hardware Store with ALL Stajan (1983). Also, baseball great Al Kaline (1934) and Your Needs! Canadian ladies golfer Lorie Kane (1964). This & That: The World Juniors are now in Copenhagen -&

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Mental Wellness Revisted As more and more people are being diagnosed with brain trauma from a variety of sources, it is important that every person around the brain injured person learn to focus on mental wellness. It is especially important during the holiday season as brain injured person may have an especially hard time with the change of routine, extra conversation and depending on the stage !;; ^! !>  ^ holidays. When a brain injury is diagnosed each and every person involved in the recovery process will question the road to mental wellness. The brain injured person will struggle sometimes minute to minute with the desire to be mentally well. The people who care for the brain injured person will >^^>  ^  ! ^[ > recovery options to achieve mental wellness. Our call to action as human beings are to â&#x20AC;&#x153;take back our instinctsâ&#x20AC;? regarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;how we feelâ&#x20AC;? about our mental wellness in our lives and in the lives of people who are living with brain injuries. Mental wellness starts with recognizing the brain trauma as â&#x20AC;&#x153;something realâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;tune intoâ&#x20AC;? the effect of the trauma on the people with the brain injury. Recovery can take a different path when people realize that mental wellness is always challenged, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when trauma happens to the brainâ&#x20AC;?. The brain can be traumatized on so many levels and there is absolutely no rhyme or reason connected to the level that people experience the trauma. People who have brain injuries and the people who care for them can learn that â&#x20AC;&#x153;brain plasticityâ&#x20AC;? can be the key to creating a training program that could overcome the brain trauma and achieve a level of â&#x20AC;&#x153;mental wellnessâ&#x20AC;? based on New Brain Living. To the Brain Injured Person: Choosing mental wellness can make the difference on your personal recovery path To the People Who Care for the Brain Injured Person: Maintaining your own mental wellness can make the difference on the brain injured persons personal recovery path. I dedicate this column to the many Canadian Soldiers who have died from the results of brain trauma on the  >>   { ^ these families. Jean Oostrom lives in Springwater Township has lived with a brain injury since 1997 and has created a website www.newbrainliving where people with brain injuries and ! ^;!    New Brain Living Book Click on the Book Icon Twitter @New Brain Living Facebook Page New Brain Living Website Email





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Positive Energy Most of us would not knowingly ingest a toxic substance or breathe poisonous fumes. It is challenging to maintain the awareness that negative thoughts are just as toxic to our lives. When we think a negative thought, it is like we are inhaling negative energy deep into our psyches, and it will surely poison our bodies, our relationships, and our social environment. A negative thought may take the form of a judgment, a criticism, labeling someone, or generally not seeing the positive in life. When we think negatively, we distance ourselves from other people, and from the world. Positive energy is expansive. Negative energy contracts - we feel tightness in our bodies, and interactions with others become strained or constricted. Positive energy opens our hearts - negative energy closes them. An open-hearted person is radiant and a joy to be around. A closed-hearted person tends to pull back from life, and so it is harder to get close. Â&#x201C;  >>}  > >   accepting than the open-hearted soul. I do believe openheartedness is our natural state - it is associated with higher levels of physical health. I have also taught the principles of open-hearted living to children, and they grasp it readily. They practice it, and teach it to others, because it feels so right, and so good to them. The more we practice open-heartedness ourselves, the easier it becomes to recognize when our heart is closing. If we open it right up again, miraculously, the hearts of those around us seem to open as well. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit




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Penetanguishene Rotary Club November 20, 2013 STUDENT OF THE MONTH PRESENTATIONS (Penetanguishene, On)- On November 19, 2013 the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene convened for their weekly meeting at La Cle d'la Baie in Penetanguishene Club members mingled with the students and accompanying teachers over a hearty lunch prepared by E.L.M. Catering. The Penetanguishene Secondary School (PSS) Grade 12 Student for the month of November is Lauren Mavrou who was introduced by Mrs. Lee Moreau, Head of Student Services/Guidance at PSS. Mrs. Moreau spoke of Lauren as being a leader and an event organizer within the school for students of all grades to attend and participate in. Lauren is an Honour Student along with having membership on the Basket Ball, Volleyball, Nordic Ski Team's and Student's Council for four years and is currently the Co-President of the Council. She is considering to make application to several universities to take an Environmental or Recreation degree program after taking some time to get some work experience in Western Canada. The Ecole Secondaire LeCaron Student for the Month of November is Melanie Forget who was introduced to the Club by Music Teacher Lina Brouillard. Melanie is a Grade 12 Honour Student who possesses a very positive outgoing personality with an infectious smile. She is very involved in her school by being the President of the Sports Committee, Chair of the Intramural School Games along with being a member of the girls Senior Volleyball Team. The Club thanked the teachers for introducing their very talented students to the club and wish the students well in their future endeavors.

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Article and Photos by Jamie Dietrich The Gary Edgecombe CA Peewee Rep   !   !    > > }   Coyotes have three Alternate Captains: in building offensive chances, and in the Jake Bouzis, Ben Dietrich, and Jeremy change room, they do their best to focus Robertson. They share the task of leading their teammates before games. They a young team to build a winning frame believe every game is important and no            opponent can be taken lightly. They think   Â&#x; ;  }  >}  a team needs to focus before a game on six ties. Having acquired the taste for a the task and team at hand. They would long playoff run last year, they are trying like all players to share a common goal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to show their teammates what it takes to to give 100% each game for the sake of turn ties into wins, and how to prepare the team, and to be hungry for the win. mentally for the playoffs. It's always feels better after a game when, On Sunday, December 8, the Coyotes win or lose, they know they worked hard faced the Parry Sound Shamrocks for the to achieve a common goal.           ^ The Peewee Rep Coyotes have six more ended in a 6-6 tie. The second encounter, ^>   ^  !   Â&#x2C6; > ^     ;>> hunger. Their next home game will be on Tournament, ended in a 5-1 victory for Friday, December 20, when the Shelburne the Coyotes. This game would make it Wolves come to town. The Coyotes then clear which team was stronger. At the hit the road, playing in Collingwood      [ }  < >  and Shelburne on Saturday and Sunday. 3-0. By the end of two, the Coyotes led Come on out and watch this team build Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;  >__  } momentum for the playoffs. Coyotes celebrated a 8-4 win. It is important to note that Alternate Captain Jake Bouzis scored four goals and earned a total of seven points in the game. He also  !!  } !  net to score and once on the side of the net to freeze the puck. His efforts and bruises don't always end in goals, but serve to inspire teammates to push beyond usual efforts. The team went on to play three games in four days, a 1-4 loss to Midland, a 1-1 tie with <    | %KÂ&#x20AC;   Penetang, and a disappointing 2-2 tie off two Parry Sound defenders enroute to with Stayner. Alternate Captains Ben his second of four goals on the night. Dietrich and Jeremy Robertson give the

BRingo - by Jan McMurdo. Principal Wyevale Central P.S. #     K  K %=+Â   drive and Giving Tree program. The %=+Â        1,300 items for the Elmvale Food Bank and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received bags and bags of clothing items for our Giving Tree which will be donated to those in need. These programs are run by students on Wyevaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leadership Team. We have also been selling candy canes to support the OSPCA.

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Each year students from Timothy Christian School, Barrie are involved in a variety of outreach projects to bless their local community. This year Timothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas concert theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Came Downâ&#x20AC;? and students have been reminded that their Heavenly Father held nothing back but gave us the incredible gift of Jesus. In conjunction with their Christmas Concert theme, Students and parents of Timothy Christian have been challenged to donate mittens and hats which will be given to those in need over the Christmas holidays. These donations will be distributed to the Barrie Community

through the David Busby Street Centre. Each year Timothy Christian School has a theme verse to help inspire the students to develop their faith. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learners to Leaders: Rooted in Himâ&#x20AC;? based on Colossians 2:7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a staff we integrate this theme into our classrooms and throughout the chapels this year as a reminder that we are equipping our students as young learners to be leaders in the Kingdom of God and we long to keep each student well grounded in their Christian faith throughout that journey,â&#x20AC;? says Rod Berg, Principal.

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(ORILLIA, ON) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning the public to exercise extreme caution near any surfaces that may appear to be frozen. Although [  ; ;!> }^ !   >> in the traditional snowbelt areas over the past week have created a situation in which it may appear that there is a thick layer of ice beneath you, when in some instances, this is not the case. Outdoor enthusiasts are being asked to refrain from any ice related activities until they see ice hut operators putting their huts out. These operators not only know the local waters, but will regularly test the ice thickness before allowing their ice huts to be brought out onto the ice and used. Although there have been no related ice rescues to speak of as of yet in the OPP Central Region, any need for rescues this early in the season has the potential to put the lives of  [  ^ q  ;!]?? is very simple as at this time â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Ice, is Safe Iceâ&#x20AC;?. 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them stick to their decisions. You probably know these things, and probably already practice them in your home. Still, it never hurts to look at the things we do as parents. So here are some ways to help make your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s values clear: Communicate values openly. Talk about why values such as honesty, self-reliance, and responsibility are important, and how values help youth make good decisions. Teach your child how each decision builds on previous decisions as oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is formed, and how a good decision makes the next decision easier. Recognize how your actions affect the development of you childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s values. Simply stated, the young copy their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behavior. Young people, whose parents smoke, for example, are more likely to become smokers. Try to think about and evaluate your own use of tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines, and even over-thecounter drugs. Consider how your attitudes and actions may be shaping your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice about whether or not to use mood-altering substances.     K  Role of the Parent, in my next

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More than three million Canadians are living with diabetes, and 90 per cent of them have Type 2 diabetes. The good news is research shows lifestyle changes can help delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating a well-balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and regular physical activity are your best weapons against Type 2 diabetes,â&#x20AC;? says Erin [  QÂ&#x201C;} <  \  = ! }  Q > Victoria Regional Health Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (RVH) Diabetes Management Clinic. For adults with diabetes, the Diabetes Management Clinic is available to provide information, guidance and care, helping people effectively manage their condition and maintain their quality of life. RVH also maintains a Paediatric Diabetes Clinic through the Child and Youth Services Clinic, part of the Maternal Child and Youth Program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who do have diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, can expect to live active lives through careful diabetes management. Diabetes management involves education, nutrition, weight and medication management as well as learning how to reduce stress and regular blood pressure checks,â&#x20AC;? says Thompson. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, a hormone which controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood, and is usually diagnosed in children and adolescents. Type 2 can occur when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use insulin, and usually develops in adulthood. Gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy and increases the risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child. The symptoms of diabetes include unusual thirst, frequent urination, weight gain or loss, extreme fatigue, blurred vision, cuts or wounds that are slow to heal and tingling or numbness in hands and feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to know that some people who have Type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms at all. If you are age 40 or older please speak to your healthcare practitioner about testing for diabetes,â&#x20AC;? says Thompson. Diabetes can be very serious if untreated or improperly managed and can result in a variety of complications, including heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, impotence and nerve damage. With proper diabetes management, people living with diabetes can reduce the risk of long term complications. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diabetes is a chronic disease that can be managed by the individual through informed decisions, establishing attainable goals, coping with the demands of daily living and making changes that support self-management and improve health outcomes,â&#x20AC;? says Cathy Miske, Manager and Nurse Practitioner, RVHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicine Treatment Clinic. Â&#x2022;Â&#x201D; Q }     [ !  <  \  Educators work together to address the needs of individuals and their families in the management of diabetes. Our team provides exceptional care, ongoing support and education to assist with day-to-day living.â&#x20AC;? To access the Diabetes Management Clinic at RVH a physician or nurse practitioner referral is required. For more information on diabetes visit the Canadian Diabetes Association website at

Minesing Moments w/Lorrie Norwood / 728-9784 \!   >[   !   are already half way through the month and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still trying  ^   Â&#x201C;;    Z  q [[>  right, the older you get the quicker life seems to speed by. We have to remember to stop and smell the roses now and again for sure. I have to say I am very impressed with the display of Christmas lights in our village this year. Looks fantastic and sure makes it feel festive. I recommend taking one night to drive around our township and take a look at the wonderful displays people have put up this year. They are quite impressive. Way to go Minesing. Recently on a visit to the Georgian Mall with my daughter, we stopped to watch Santa in his big chair having a great time visiting with all of the children who were plopped on his knee. Whether these children were smiling up at him, bowing their head in shyness or screaming their heads off reaching for their parents, he smiled in his loving way and listened to what each child wanted to say. It was quite a scene because all of the parents just wanted that few seconds where the photographer could snap a picture that was worth sending in their Christmas cards. Many of them ended up with the red faced, tear stained face, outreached arms child, with Santa holding on tight to make sure that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall off his knee photograph that they will only be able to laugh at in years to come. Hopefully the children will forget by next year the terror they endured last year and will be able to whisper their secret wishes to Santa. The tree lighting at the Minesing Community Centre was very well attended. We had Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course Swampy there to greet everyone. We had a special carol sing with our own Jason McCoy. There was face painting, horse drawn wagon rides, and crafts for the children. Thanks to all who contributed to the food bank,      [[!   >>  >>[ those in need. The Recreation Committee did a wonderful job organizing and we thank you for another job well done. As you travel to Christmas parties and family gatherings this holiday season, please travel safe, leave in plenty of time to avoid speeding and bad weather conditions and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink and drive. The grade 8 class at Minesing Central is going to be holding a bottle drive on Saturday January 11, 2014. Should you happen to be away that day and have bottles or cans, please place them in front of your garage door and we will collect them from you. If you would rather drop them off, please contact me at and I will provide you with our designated drop off location. All donations are greatly appreciated as the funds raised go towards the Grade 8 Ottawa trip in the spring. Should you be celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we send best wishes to you. Until next timeâ&#x20AC;Śfrom my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a wonderful New Year.

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(705) 728 9872 Dr Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mighty Molars Having a Great Year This years Dr Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mighty Molars Novice LL team has had   ! > =;[> [; ^ every ice time and they always have a smile on their face showing their love for this great game. The team record thus far is a respectable 6-7-1 as we have faced a number of very tough opponents. The improvements made and with team starting to really gel I forecast that the number in the wins column with increase faster than the other two. In late October this group of young players set out on a road trip to Hensall where we played in the BCH Novice LL tournament. We were given a tough schedule playing three of the best teams in the tournament and having our ^  Â&#x2026;[!  >   This did not phase these great kids in the least. They came out to play and showed us their true ability and effort level. In the end our round robin record was 2 wins and 1 loss which left us in a tie to move on but were edged out in the tie break process. Our only loss came to one of the championship winners in St George. All in all a great time and fun was had bonding and getting to know all the players and parents on the team. The coaching staff considered it a successful tournament on all accounts. We have had our ups and downs this year during the regular season with an unfortunate suspension and a couple of injuries that have left some players out of the lineup. In the end every player stepped up and picked up any slack with the missing players. Anyone who has come out to watch this team play >  ;    Q Â&#x2013; }Â&#x201D;;{[}  >>  

?>   [>   effort level and improvement these four individuals have displayed is second to none and we are proud they made the decision to take up the game. Brayson Fay and Wesley Nelson have been the goalies thus far this year. Both players have kept us in every game and showed potential to be EMHA superstars between the pipes. Ollie Nell has been the consistent rock on defense being our stay at home D-man. Hayden King, Nathan Scruton and Ben Doupe have all turned into good decision makers as they jump up into the play and move the puck forward as defense. Kyle Towns and Nikolas Schepers have lead the team offensively this year but it has been their great two way play that has kept us in every game and given us a chance to win. Joshua Pring, Noah Barber and Jackson Fee have all brought experience and some leadership as they have transitioned into Novice and continue to build on their skills adding excitement to every game. These great kids would love to see some local fan support in our upcoming home games over the Christmas break. Bring out family, friends and all hockey lovers to the Elmvale Community arena on December 21st at 3:20 as they take on the always challenging Midland Centanials. On December 28th the long time rivals from Penetang come into Elmvale to play at 3:20. I hope to see big crowds cheer on these great young players as they have fun and always play with a smile on their face! We would also like to thank Dr Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mighty Molars for their sponsorship. Without sponsors like them there would be a lot of young kids who would not be afforded the chance to play the great game of hockey. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you at the rink! Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an   !   ^  [>    1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans. How To Make Your Hands Soft Like a Baby 1. Squirt/pump some lotion on your hands. Smash your hands together. Do not put the lotion on like you would on any other time. Leave it. 2. Put the baby powder on top of the lotion. Leave it. 3. Leave it on from 5-30 minutes(depending on how crusty and hard your hands are). 4. Rinse off in hot water. Don't stop till all of it is off your hands. 5. Now you are done! Your hands are now moisturized and soft like a baby's bottom. "The inherent downside in a life of pursuing women is the possibility of inadvertently catching one." --Anonymous "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins."-Benjamin Franklin

Rural Intentions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader Following the success of the recent Christmas in Craighurst initiative, township staff recommended to council that $2,831.37 left over in the Craighurst Hall Reserve Fund be  >[[!   >

Â&#x2014;Â&#x2019; ^ [> pretty up the downtown Craighurst area. The cost of the banners would be just over $5,200 and local businesses were prepared to invest just over $1,100 and also have an approved CDC grant for just under $2300. It was hoped that the hall fund reserve could be used to make up the balance. Some residents feel that the hall funds shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be used for commercial purposes and several council members including Mayor Hughes felt the same way. I like the idea of banners: anything to pretty up downtown Craighurst is a welcome idea, but I was pleased to hear that several council members and our mayor werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to simply approve the expenditure of the former hall funds without some broader consultation within the village. The staff report that recommended the expenditure cited that  >>    ! >   I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t propose to know everything that goes on in our hamlet but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a red hot clue who was on the hall board. When the township proposed demolishing the hall and some community consultation was held, there only seemed to be one hall board member left in active service. The other statement in the staff report that caught my attention was that the Director of Finance recommended that the funds should not remain in a Craighurst Hall Reserve Fund and should be reallocated â&#x20AC;&#x153;as Council deems appropriate.â&#x20AC;? So if Craighurstians have an interest seeing those funds used in our community, a proposal should probably be developed sooner rather than later. Sugarbush has presented a proposal for a pavilion in Sweetwater Park and there has been some interest from some Craighurst residents to have a pavilion in our ballpark. This would sure come in handy during the annual corn roast which has been almost, but not quite rained out several years in a row now. But, $2,800 is a long way from getting a pavilion built. It sounds like the Craighurst Hall funds are still available to the village but the village does need to present a worthy,

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Time to Give and Celebrate by Indra Sharma The past months have been negative with disasters, the Senate scandal, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rob Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scandal making Toronto the laughing stock of the U.S.A. etcetera. My relatives living there were and are wincing for their city. The amount of time the media spends on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;garbage eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annoys me tremendously. I like to read small town newspapers and watch the Barrie news. They almost always show a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;feel goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story. There are so many communities across this incredibly vast land that engage in positive acts. This is escalated during the month of December when we celebrate that magical time â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Christmasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It seems to bring out the best in most of us. Organizations and people do much to make that day memorable for others â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the old, the abandoned, the young, the homeless and the needy. The statistics show that our country is one of the most generous on the planet. Hooray! We give the most aid to disasters et al. What an accolade. Our people, those especially in small communities helped and help to earn that incredible accolade. On December 8th, I attended the Presbyterian Church on Queen Street in Elmvale. There was a mitten tree where the children brought mittens to decorate the tree but in reality go give to those in need. They brought boxes and cans of food to put under the regular Christmas tree. The children gave joyously. They are being taught very well that it is better to give than to receive. I usually give the Foodland grocery bag and one can of powdered similac and a package of newborn pampers. I learnt about that need when one relative helped out with stuff for young ones. As usual I have to thank Michael Stone for the work he does for our food bank. I have to thank all the ladies of the Elmvale Presbyterian Church for their tireless work. This â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thanksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is on behalf of Mary Ritchie. All the women in our churches give their best to the churches and community. At this time of year I look at the night from indoors. It is too cold outside. I think of that Great Star thousands of years ago lighting up the Holy Land. That thought gives me hope for the future, for our beautiful children. Perhaps they will help to create a world of peace and goodwill to all mankind.

Why Humans Don't Have Much To Do With Climate Change Lawrence Solomon - Will temperatures on Earth be dropping until the year 2100 to Little Ice Age levels, as Horst-Joachim LĂźdecke, a scientist at Germany's Saarland Â&#x17E; ;}[ ! > q]>>[  only plunge until 2060, as Habibullo Abdussamatov, the  Q Â&#x;?>q;]; }! >[ !  Or has the cooling already begun, and might it end as soon as 2030, as claimed by Anastasios Tsonis, head of the Atmospheric Sciences Group at the University of !   These scientists and others who are now warning of global cooling have something basic in common -- unlike scientists who warn of global warming, who often rely on the Earth sciences and blame climatic change on man-made carbon dioxide, the global cooling scientists more often rely on meteorology, solar science and other disciplines that view the Sun, cosmic rays and Earth's orbit as the dominant factors in our climate. "The Sun, not man, warms the Earth," an earlier article by LĂźdecke, concisely expresses the emergent view that humans play an inconsequential role in climate change. The accumulation of evidence from scientists relying on celestial rather than man-made explanations for changes to the global climate has led even the BBC, an ardent advocate of the man-made global warming theory, to credit the Sun. "Real risk of a Maunder Minimum 'Little Ice Age,'" stated a BBC headline in October, in reporting the view of Mike Lockwood, Professor of Space Environment Physics at Reading University's Meteorology Department, that "solar activity is now falling more rapidly than at any time in the last 10,000 years." By the standard of recent years, global cooling predictions and natural explanations for climate change are controversial, even outlandish. By the broader standard of the last century of science -- and the centuries that preceded it -- what's outlandish is attributing massive changes in climate to increases in carbon dioxide, a trace gas that represents so miniscule a fraction of our atmosphere that it must be measured in parts per million. Established science had historically held natural forces to drive climate. The about-face in the established science came not from a change in the science but from a change in the establishment, in the form of the United Nations bureaucracy. When the UN created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988, it was mandated to examine man-made causes. This mandate led the IPCC to refuse to consider * Â&#x; Â&#x2019; ! = Â&#x;!>   [! discussion, as scientists learned at a 1992 IPCC meeting of delegates from around the world. To the surprise of the Danish delegation's Eigil Friis-Christensen, head of the Danish Meteorological Institute's geophysics division, he    >> [   ^ [Â&#x2C6;;  article he had co-authored in Science magazine that compellingly correlated sunspots and global temperatures. Only evidence of man-made climate change would be considered by the IPCC, he and the others in attendance were then told. And for all intents and purposes, he soon learned, only research into man-made causes would in future be funded, published and given credibility. FriisChristensen and others conducting research into the role of the Sun found their work ridiculed, marginalized and starved of funding. To a remarkable degree, the IPCC establishment succeeded in controlling which works would be accepted for publication, which careers would be assured and which would be cut short. What the IPCC couldn't control was the climate. Although carbon dioxide emissions have continued their ceaseless rise, temperatures have not followed along in lockstep, as the global warming models had predicted. Instead, temperatures peaked in the late 1990s and have since plateaued at those levels. Even advocates of the global warming hypothesis - including James Hansen, Al Gore's guru -- acknowledge that global temperatures stopped rising. The global warming scientists -- with their models defunct and now acting on hope rather than science -assert that temperatures will soon renew their climb. The global cooling scientists assert the opposite - that temperatures on Earth have peaked, as they have peaked countless times before in following nature's cycles. And that consistent with Earth's history, and with the laws of physics, temperatures on Earth will now be falling.

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Home sales rise in November Residential sales recorded through the MLSÂŽ System of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORSÂŽ came in above year-ago levels in November 2013. Home sales numbered 191 units in November, rising nine per cent from the same month last year. The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORSÂŽ comprises two distinctive markets. Home sales in the Western District which includes Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands rose 10 per cent on a year-over-year basis to 126 units. Home sales in the Eastern District encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the surrounding communities of Elmvale, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Coldwater, Port Severn, Honey Harbour and Tiny, Tay, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Georgian Bay Townships totaled 65 units, an increase of eight per cent from last November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resale housing demand remained strong overall in November, with sales coming in ;;    ; ^}Â&#x203A;       < > } ?     Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORSÂŽ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regional differences continue to play out. While activity in the Eastern District remains quieter by historical standards, it was gains there that resulted in most of the improvement in November compared to October.â&#x20AC;? A total of 2,571 homes have traded hands so far this year. This is running two per cent ahead of the same period last year and marks the best level since 2007. Year-to-date home sales activity in the Western District totaled 1,765 units in the  Â?Â?          seven per cent above the same period from 2012 and will most likely set a new annual record. Year-to-date home sales in the Eastern District totaled 806 units, down seven per cent from the same period last year.

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^ Â&#x160; H `     CTF Candice Malcolm - Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli unveiled Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term energy policy in early December, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretty. It was an especially tough pill to swallow for folks already struggling to make ends meet in Ontario. Ontario households can expect a 33 per cent increase in our energy bills over the next three years, and will see prices continue to soar over the next 20 years. In 2013, the government tells us, the typical familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly hydro bill was $125. Five years from now, in 2018, it will be $178, a $53-per-month increase. That means within ; >>[    >Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;[ year. Think about the average individual in Ontario earning minimum wage. This person brings in $21,320 in annual earnings, and pays $616 per year in provincial income tax. The increases to our energy bills alone ; ;  ^   amount of income tax paid by a minimum wage earner in Ontario. This hike equates to more than doubling the income tax of a lowincome earner in Ontario. Sure, low-income earners in our province receive the   :K % ; a credit to help cover property taxes, provincial sales taxes, and energy rates for low-income       [;  ![  with $115 per month or $126 for a senior; not even enough to cover their 2013 monthly energy bill, let alone the tab after the 43 per cent hike by 2018. Rather than apologizing on behalf of the Ontario government for driving up energy bills by forcing ratepayers to subsidize green energy producers, Minister Chiarelli suggested there might be government assistance for Ontario families to install solar panels. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to imagine many low-income families will be able to take advantage of that program. Minister Chiarelli offered little by way of conciliation or sympathy over his governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate hikes, saying that higher prices are just a fact of life. He refused to acknowledge any relationship between his governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disastrous green energy

policies and these rate increases. But according to the ministry of Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own data, the average residential costs attributed to green energy each month will be $31 by 2018, which represent an astonishing 1,450 per cent increase from 2010. Former Premier Dalton McGuintyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature Green Energy and Green Economy Act (2009) has lead to mass job losses in coal production, manufacturing, and countless other industries, has contributed to our colossal debt in Ontario, and has established Ontario as the highest-priced energy jurisdiction in Canada. From the cancelled gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville, to the billions in corporate subsidies from taxpayers to lure in green energy producers, this governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  ^     ^ >   ;  up the costs of energy and is destroying our standard of living in Ontario. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling for the government to dismantle the Green Energy Act once and for all. Instead of doubling down on this failed experiment as the recent plan suggests, the government should take steps to phase out failed energy sources and scrap the green subsidies like the Feed-in-Tariff scheme. The CTF also recommends eliminating the       %  so taxpayers stop giving ratepayers a 10 per cent rebate on their household energy bill. This is a cynical tool used to mask the soaring costs of green energy and still costs taxpayers $1.1 billion. By following these recommendations and eliminating these costly programs, the average Ontario household could save hundreds of dollars per year. That is a lot of money, especially for folks still struggling in our economy. The Wynne government should think about the people who suffer the most from irresponsible government decisions and stop letting poorly designed green programs guide our energy policies in Ontario.

Jennifer and Ryan Jackson have a long history of involvement in sports, being introduced to many activities by their parents from a very young age, but their pursuits in Nordic skiing have taken them to a high performance level. Both Ryan and Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic resumes are already decorated with many provincial and national medals. Jennifer and Ryan have been training with the Team Hardwood Devo Squad for the past two seasons. Jennifer was the top Junior girl in Ontario this past season and was 2nd in Canada. She recently graduated from Eastview Secondary School and has been named to the Junior National Nordic Ski Team and will be training at the National Development Centre in Thunder Bay. She is very excited to take her skiing

to the next level and hopes to represent Canada at international competitions in the near future. She is currently trying to balance full time studies in Engineering at Lakehead University with her training at the Development Centre. Q      [       [ Â&#x2030;; >    ]       Canada, guaranteeing him a spot on the Provincial team. He is in Grade 11 this    >> ![ ^      Junior Boy this season. He is up to the challenge of competing with older skiers and has been training hard all summer to be ready for the upcoming season. What started as a family activity for Jennifer and Ryan as children, has turned into an opportunity for them to represent Ontario and Canada in cross country skiing.

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Jennifer on her way to a Gold Medal at the 2013 National Championships.

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Â&#x2018;}Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;! ? }  >^ ! >  1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet  ^}>Â&#x201D;! >q <  !Â&#x2019;!> ^

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never too young or too old to enjoy a visit from jolly Saint Nick! The residents at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge enjoyed a special breakfast with Santa, where they discussed which list they all belonged toâ&#x20AC;Ś Â&#x201C; ^}Â&#x201C;!

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Name Change - Sistema Midland Music Program to the Sistema Huronia Music Academy

]  Â&#x2019;![  ; >> ! >     !!; Simcoe County. Centres can be established throughout the county under one charity organization. About El Sistema In Venezuela, El Sistema engages over 500,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in free after-school music lessons. Gustavo Dudamel, the world-famous music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was one such student. The El Sistema program has been adopted all over the world, including a rapidly growing number of Sistema inspired programs in Canada. Sistema Huronia is a free after-school orchestra-based music program where children: Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;  [>     Â&#x2020;![  !  Â&#x2020;{    ;  Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;  q    Â&#x2020;> !   ! >Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;  ; > >>q>>>  ^ musically. An Artistic Director will be hired for two hours per day, four days per week for 35 weeks. We will train volunteers to be mentors.Instruments will be provided at no cost. Children must commit to full participation in the program and will not be admitted to the program if they do not attend school each day. Children will be chosen through an open application and in consultation with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers and principal. Snacks will be provided and transportation where necessary.    ?^  >>  q [> !     ? q Public School in Midland. Fifteen students will begin the  >>^   ;> };>   three cellos. Garry Morehouse, Fundraising Associate Phone: 705.526.3621 Email:


Automotive students gain hands-on PRESENTATION BY THE CANADIAN ANTI FRAUD CENTRE experience thanks to ADP Dealer Services Inc. software, equipment donation Georgian College automotive students will gain hands-on experience in dealership management, thanks to a strategic partnership signed between Georgian College and ADP Dealer Services, Inc. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;ADPâ&#x20AC;?), a subsidiary of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Georgian College has selected ADPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealership management systems software to support courses taught to students in the Automotive Business and Bachelor of Business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Automotive Management programs. The ;Â&#x2C6;  ^   !>  ![ Â&#x153;[   software installation in the newly renamed ADP Lab at the Barrie Campus. Signing the agreement were Dean Anton, Vice President and General Manager of ADP Canada Co., Dealer Services and Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. Rob Scott, a student in the Bachelor of Business â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Automotive Management degree program, said learning on systems such as ADPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gives him and his classmates an advantage in the workplace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning dealer management software in the classroom >>  !^ ! >[> > in this increasingly digital industry. I was able to use the  Â&#x2C6;    >[  !Â&#x2C6;[ placements,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. ADPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dean Anton sees great value in making this donation to the college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ADP is very pleased to provide Georgian Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Automotive Business School of Canada with the latest in automotive retail management systems for the use of students and faculty. The responsibility to give back to the future employees and employers of the automotive industry is something ADP sees as very important,â&#x20AC;? said Anton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ADP has long been the leader in technology that drives automotive retail purchasing, and now students of the automotive diploma and degree programs at Georgian <>>^>>  [Â&#x203A; Monique Vaillancourt, Associate Dean of the Automotive Business School of Canada and the School of Business, said the donation is much appreciated by students and faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased to build on our relationship with an industry leader like ADP. We are grateful for this generous     ^>; >Â&#x201D;\?Â&#x152;!   !  academic programs and our students,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Barrie Campus of Georgian College is home to the Automotive Business School of Canada. Programs include a one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management) four-year degree and Automotive Business (Co-op), a two-year diploma.

from left to right Mr. Brock Godfrey Volunteer with the Canadian Anti fraud Centre and Rotarian Brian Angus (PENETANGUISHENE, ON)- On December 3, 2013 the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene convened for their weekly meeting at La Cle dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;la Baie in Penetanguishene . Club members were treated to an informative power point presentation by Mr. Brock Godfrey of the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (CFAC) www. on the numerous current frauds and scams that circulate in our society via telephone, mail and especially the internet. Brock spoke of the fact that the (CFAC) was founded in 1993 by an Ontario Provincial Police Detective out of North Bay and was originally named â&#x20AC;&#x153;PHONEBUSTERSâ&#x20AC;?. The name has since changed and the organization has grown with a partnership of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Competition Bureau of Canada. With VISA Canada as a funding partner, they have a full time staff of 26 and over 50 volunteers one of whom he is himself. Seniors in our society are most prone to these many frauds as they are often very trusting, accessible, often lonely folks who fall prey to online criminals who steal their savings without them realizing it until it is too late. Some of these scams and frauds are known as Service Scams, such as the antivirus or scareware scam, and ransomware scam that are solicited by telephone and internet contact ultimately looking to make money by criminal means from the contact. The Crypto-Ransomware Scam is fairly new one, and is quite dangerous. It holds  ![ > ÂŞ ! } [} ! !ÂŤ hostage by encrypting them. You are then asked to pay a ransom of $300 to $800. or more to have them decrypt  >     *;! *!     reported scams involving Seniors. Prize and Lottery scams hold second place and the Emergency or Grandparent scam comes in at third place. Romance Scams have also increased this year with the average dollar loss per victim reaching between $55  Â&#x2021;}   ^  ! >!>   [   Vancouver woman losing $1.3 million as reported in the Saturday Star on November 30th. The presentation was a wakeup call for many who were         Â&#x20AC;    not aware of the magnitude of these scams in our society. of software and equipment to the Automotive Business The following internet sites have been provided for your '     Z <Â&#x2020;; Â&#x2020;   '   

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Leon Tilt & Load We pick up scrap cars, trucks and metals. Call 705-527-9534

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Last Fri. of month 5 - 7pm Elmvale Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion monthly supper $8. Fri.: 6 pm - Full course meals RCL Barrie $10 board 549-7611 for info. Register at town hall.. 3rd Wed of month: 2-4 pm Vetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at the Elmvale Reservations required, 728-4002 CHRIS CROSS BOATWORX 1st Friday of the month â&#x20AC;&#x153;KID ZONEâ&#x20AC;? Legion Branch 262. Everyone welcome. Elmvale Presbyterian Church, 22 Queen St., Mechanical boat repairs Outboard, Sterndrive Wed. 5:15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30 pm Springwater Township Are You New E. Children J.K. to Grade 8 welcome. 14218 Cty Rd 27 S. Elmvale Rotary Club meet Wed @ Midhurst Library to the Community? Every 2nd Friday 5:30 to 7 Branch 721.3148 (across from Jungle Zoo) 322-BOAT 2628)      262 Elmvale Legion presents TGIF BBQ Wed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids Awana Group     Hamburgers - Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cook in the heat, when Mon. Aphasia Communication Group - The Stroke at Waverley Gospel Hall SK to GR 6. you can chow down at the Legion. Come Second Wed: 6.30 - 8.30 pm Georgian Recovery Association (Barrie and District). All sessions one, come all. Chef Mikey on duty Bay Coin and Stamp Club Real Canadian free 737-9202. Every Friday 6 pm Minesing United Mon: 9 am. Coffee Club and Art Group - 9:30 am Pool Superstore, Wasaga Beach. Peter 534-3771 Call your local rep or Church Youth Group Jr. Youth Grade 5-6, Sr. Wed: 7 pm Euchre at Sunnidale Corners and 10 am Tiny Stitches The Place 300 Balm Beach Rd. register online for your Youth Grade 7-12 705-737-5322 Hall! All ages and experience levels are FREE Welcome Gift bag Perkinsfield Fri. 7 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Euchre, Ladies Auxiliary, and Visit. welcome. Mon: 10 to 11:30 or 7:30 to 9 pm Ladies Branch 262, RC Legion, Elmvale (upstairs). Candi Fox (705) 515-2252 2nd Wed 7 - 8: 30 pm.- Wasaga and area Interdenominational Bible Study at Willow Creek Church Fri.: 9 pm KARAOKE NITE Maple Valley Cancer Support group meetings open to 2387 Gill Rd. 722-7582 Sports Bar Mon: 1 p.m. Elmvale Community Hall, euchre/bid all cancer survivors, caregivers and family Sat: 3 pm Meat Darts BBQ at Legion, Branch 147, Barrie, members at Bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Balance Physiotherapy (705) 429 euchre Sat. 3 pm Meat Darts. ARMY NAVY/AIR FORCE Mon/Wed 1- 3pm at Brian Orser Hall Penetang Seniors 9619. Last Wed 7 - 8 pm. - Wasaga and area Stroke Support CLUB, 7 George Street, Barrie 728-8240 shuffle board 549-7611 for info. Register at town hall. Sat: 5:00 Meat Darts Elmvale Legion. Welcome! Mon: 6:30 - 8 pm @ HCES SEVENTY8 All gr. 7&8 Group meetings held at Bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Balance Physiotherapy Sun: 9:45 am Knox Flos Presbyterian Church Services 429-9619 students are welcome join in awesome games and Sun. 10 am St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church, Elmvale, 27 Yonge First Wed. of month: 7 pm Hillsdale Parks and Rec meet challenges. A ministry of Elmvale Community Church. St. S., warmly invites you to join us for worship. www. 1st Monday of the month -7 pm to 9 pm Come to our in the Community Centre. 835-5240 Wed. 7:30 pm Cribbage at Barrie Legion. monthly knit and craft gathering at Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phelpston 1st Sunday of month - Family Breakfast Barrie Royal Wed: 7:30 Euchre at the ANAF Club Barrie Tavern. Free. 3rd Wed of the month: 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon The Dutch Canadian Canadian Legion 410 St. Vincent St. - 11 - 12:30 pm 728Mon: 7 pm Midland District Railroad Club at Huronia coffee club meets in Georgian Mall food court by elevator. 1412 Airport - basement of white building 705-526-3461 _#Â&#x2020;  All day â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karaokeâ&#x20AC;? at the Barrie Royal Canadian 4th Wed. 7:30. Horticultural Society meets Elmvale Mon: 7 pm Texas Hold em Tournament at the Maple Legion Br. 147 (728-4002) Legion Valley Sports Club. All Welcome And the Daily Events Thurs: 9 am Coffee Club- 10-3 p.m. Tiny Stitchers The Mon: Euchre 7:30 p.m. RCL Barrie Saturday December 21st, Brereton Field Naturalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2nd Mon.: 7 p.m., Wasaga Beach Community Place Perkinsfield, 526-5074 will host their annual census of birds. Teams of birders First Thursday Phelpston Rec Committee meets Presbyterian Church, 208 Mosley St., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alzheimer will survey a section within a 7.5-mile radius of Barrie and 1st Thurs 7 pm Midland District Camera Club Caregiver Support Groupâ&#x20AC;? Last Mon.: 7 p.m., Bayfield House Retirement Lodge, 5 at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, record individual numbers and species of birds. Novice Midland, in Askennonia Seniors and new birders are teamed with experienced members - a Beck Blvd. Penetang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alzheimer Club area. Guests welcome. great way to get an introduction to winter birds and have Caregiver Support Groupâ&#x20AC;? Speakers, refreshments. www. fun. Feeder watchers count birds visiting their feeders on Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9 amthe count day. A potluck supper for all participants will 3:30 pm Elmvale Adult Day Out 2nd Thurs "September - June, be held at the North West Barrie United Church to end Program at United Church Manse. Need someone to talk to (inclusive) Barrie District Stamp the day and compile the results for the historical record. Social activation/assistance w/ about mental health or addiction? daily living activities 549-6277 Call the CAMH Telephone Support line at Club. 7 - 9 pm at St Andrew's Meeting starts at 6 p.m., meal will commence at 6:30 p.m. th Presbyterian Church, Barrie. www. Contact Chris Evans 705-722-1136 before December 10 , Tues: 9:30 Coffee Club - 12:30 if you wish to participate. or 705Bid Euchre @ The Place Monday to Friday, 3:00 to 9:00 pm Sun. Dec. 22 10am St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church warmly Tues. 6-7 pm Painting Classes Confidential telephone support provided by volunteers 735-6009 invites you to join us for worship. This week is our 2nd Thurs Sept to June 7 for ages 5-12 @ Creative Madness pm Barrie Thornton Fiddle Club Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Pageant â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Promise of Christmasâ&#x20AC;? 322-6588 Tues. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm Waverley Youth Group at at Thornton Banquet Hall above the arena. Evening of and we will be having snacks with Santa after the service. Waverley Gospel Hall. GRADES 7 & UP. Free - All entertainment, dance, square dance. All welcome to 27 Yonge St. S.,ndElmvale December 22 10am Unity United in Vasey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peaceâ&#x20AC;? perform Lloyd Preston 705 722 8335 Welcome 3rd Thurs: 9:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:00 am Sept 19, 2013 to May Christmas Sunday celebrating with Communion 1st & 3rd Tuesday 6:30 Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp Dec 22: 7 pm Coldwater United Church Sr. Choir and Club First Tuesday, in Midland North Simcoe Sports and 2014 Coffee Party at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church Friends present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I hear the Prophet Callinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 835 6489 Recreation Centre, 3rd Thurs, at the Prime Time Club, Hillsdale. Christmas is Coming â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday, December 23, 2013: Thurs. 10 am St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church, Elmvale, invites 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach. 705-534-3771 Tues: 7-9 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters at the Library you to join us for Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Just prior to Christmas day, campers will transform into one of Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elves by making toys, decorating festive Steve. 27 Yonge Street S. 429-6416 3rd Thurs: 10 am - noon - The raging grannies meet wreaths and help solve the mystery of the Gingerbread Tues. 7 pm Bid Euchre at Bayshore Seniors Club at Woods Park retirement facility 110 Lillian Cres. in Man! Christmas is Coming camp Simcoe County Museum Woodland Beach. Welcome! 705 728 3721 Tues. 7 pm Chess (beginners and advanced) at Bayshore Barrie. 322-1575 . Tues. Dec. 24 7pm St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church warmly 4th Thurs: 1-3 Nottawasaga Bay Stroke Recovery meet Seniors, Woodland Beach 2000 TBRN invites you to join us for our family Christmas Eve at 135, 32nd St. Wasaga Beach Guests speakers 429-9571 Tues. 7:30 pm: Bid Euchre and darts Barrie Legion worship service. 27 Yonge St. S., Elmvale www. 4th Thurs: 1:30 pm Diabetes support group meets at the Tues. 8 pm Elmvale Legion - First Tues, General Meeting Health and Wellness Center at Penetang General Hospital - Last Tues. (summer excluded) 322 1042 December 24th 730 pm Unity United in Vasey Christmas <*^*%?  6" Georgian Bay Coin and 549-0881 Carols & Special music by Unity Choir 4th Thurs. 3-5 pm Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group meetings Eve for Readings, Stamp Club meets in Midland, North Simcoe Sports and th December 25 10am Unity United in Vasey Christmas at the Superstore Midland 526-9170. Recreation Centre 534-3771 Thurs. 7 - 10 pm Good Vibes Coffeehouse at Mount St. Morning service with Birthday cake & coffee Wed: 9 am Coffee Club - 10 am Pool - 12:30 pm Games Dec 30, 31, Jan 2 and 3 for ages 6-10 New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Afternoon 1st/3rd - 2nd Wed - 1:30 pm Camera Club Louis Road and 4th of Oro-Medonte Camp ayt the Midland Cultural Centre705 326 2159 Thurs. 7 pm- Euchre at Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phelpston Tavern and Georgian Bay Swinging Seniors â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Placeâ&#x20AC;? 300 Balm Dec 31: 8:30 The Partland Bros at www.petersplayers. Eatery Beach Road Thurs. 7 pm Bid Euchre at the Georgian Shores Swinging com with dancing, party favours and snacks First Wed/Month: Regular meeting of the Georgian Bay Dec 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Dinner & Dance Prime Time Seniors Centre, 526-5074 MĂŠtis Council at 355 Cranston Cres. Midland 526-6335 Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1724 Mosley Street. Cocktail Hour 6:30 p.m. to rd Thurs. 7 pm Blue Grass Music at Barrie RCL 3 Wed of the month: 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon The Dutch Canadian 7:30 p.m. Dance & Dinner to follow. Club 705-429-4266 Thurs. 7 pm Elmvale Com Hall Euchre/Bid Euchre coffee club meets in Georgian Mall food court by elevator. Dec 31 New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gala at the Midland Cultural Centre Lunch. Wed: 12-1:00 Lunch, $8 at Barrie Legion. 728-1412 Thurs. 7:15 pm Barrie Shambhala Meditation Group 705 527 4420 Wed: 12:30 Euchre at Wasaga Beach United Church 361Whimsical Winter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday, January 2, 2014: After meets at the Soul Studios, 40 Bell Farm Road, Unit #8. 2022 the Christmas rush, campers will enjoy a combination of Sitting / walking meditation, study, discussion, tea. Wed 1- 3pm at Brian Orser Hall Penetang Seniors shuffle outdoor and indoor activities such as tobogganing and Fri: 9:30 a.m. Coffee Club snowman making. Children will warm up indoors as they - 9:30 Pool, 12:30 p.m. visit the Star Lab to discover the winter constellations that Bridge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Includes Coffee/ shine in the night sky! Whimsical Winter camp Tea/Cookies Georgian Simcoe County Museum 705 728 3721 Jan 2-3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Holiday Chimes Wasaga Beach Public Shores Swinging Seniors Library, 120 Glenwood Drive. 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Ages 5-10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Placeâ&#x20AC;?, Perkinsfield, yrs. Festive family stories. Registration required. 705-429705-526-5074 Fri: 5:30 pm WB Lions 5481 or visit Winter Olympics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, January 3: Get into to the Bingo at RecPlex 429-3331

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Thank you!!! Bill and Janine Boyle would like to express their appreciation and thanks for the assistance they received from the Palace, Steelers, the Legion and the Lions in their time of need. The renovations to our place of residence have made our lives much easier. It will not be forgotten. Thanks! McFadden - A special thank you to our family and friends who joined in to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Thank you for the cards, gifts and best wishes. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe our kids pulled one over on us!!! And thanks to everyone who helped with the party. Garry & Nellie McFadden

Christmas in the Village Draw Elmvale & District Lioness announce winners of 2013 Shopping Spree: 1st: Carole Crossley; 2nd: Brian Belcourt; 3rd: Donny Woods 4th: Melissa Gautheir

Elmvale &. District Lions Club would like to thank all participants and sponsors of this years Santa Claus Parade. It was excellent to see the wonderful community involvement. Â&#x2019; 

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Elmvale & District Lioness Club would like to thank the following sponsors for making our Sleigh Ride in the Village a great success. Elmvale & District Lions Club, Elmvale Maple Syrup Committee, Special Thanks to a Secret Santa, Special Thanks to John King, Coffee Time Elmvale, Elmvale Home Building Centre, Stewart Foodservice, Tim Hortons Elmvale, TD Canada Trust Elmvale, Springwater Lanes Bowling Centre, and Guardian > Â&#x152;?  ! Thank you to everyone who attended "Meet the Authors" at Elmvale Legion. A portion of book sales has been donated to the Elmvale Food Bank. We appreciate our community's support. Wye Write Writers' Group With Thanks Dear Michael Thank you for publishing my Career Development story in the November 21 st edition of the Springwater Â&#x201C;>[  Z   the National Career Competition in a very respectable Â&#x192;[> ! ^!    > >  honour, but getting the support of my community was heartwarming and meaningful as well. Many thanks and Merry Christmas Joanne Stuart Life Changes Consulting

Announcements / Coming Events Flos Agricultural Society Annual Banquet, General Meeting & guest speakers will be held

Tues Jan 21st, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Elmvale. <##Â&#x201A; 6"Â&#x2020; Tickets $15 each & available from Ariel 705-322-2900, during business hours.

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HURONIA LAND CONSERVANCY Project Coordinator- Huronia Land Conservancy The Huronia Land Conservancy is looking for a dedicated and dynamic Project Coordinator to spearhead their Land Securement Strategy in North Simcoe. Position will be part-time, one day per week renewed annually for two years. The successful candidate will collect and compile biological survey information, assist with the landowner contact program, assist with fundraising and special events; complete summary reports, liaise and provide updates with Board of Directors, volunteer staff and contract biologists in order to inform HLC planning and development decisions and create a long-term Land Securement Strategy document.

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Obituaries STONE, Mary Theresa - Passed away peacefully at the Sara Vista Nursing Centre, Elmvale on Friday, December 6, 2013. Mary Stone formerly of Phelpston in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Emmett Stone. Dear mother of Leo (Mary) of Red Deer, Barbara of Victoria B.C, Mary Rose of Phelpston, and the late Donald (Pauline) and Phonse. Sister of Bernadette Reynolds, Pat Moran, and the late Gerard, Eugene, Jack, Margaret Belcourt, and Joan Kennedy. Friends called at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home Elmvale from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Monday, December 9, 2013. Funeral Mass was at St. Patrick's Church Phelpston on December 10, 2013 at 11 am. Spring interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Phelpston. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Brain Tumour Foundation would be appreciated. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Take time nowâ&#x20AC;Ś To help your family later. Planning your funeral does more than spare your family the burden of making decisions for you. It also: Â&#x153; Provides service and payment options to meet any budget Â&#x153; 

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Dec 19 2013 edition 406 for web  
Dec 19 2013 edition 406 for web  

Christmas Edition with news from the Anten Mills Santa Claus Parade, RVH and Midland Hospital, the water Well Park north of Elmvale and an a...