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Freezin for a Reason"on January 1st at Balm Beach!!!

The Tiny Township Lions Club held their Aannual Polar Plunge New Year‛s Day at Balm Beach. Registration started at 11 am with the Plunge took place at NOON. The Tiny (Wyevale) Fire-department was on hand to handle any emergencies (there were none) and with ropes, designate the area the swimmers could venture into. For those who wanted a warm, dry place to change, the trailer behind the truck was available. But others, just braved the weather. All Proceeds go to support the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Last year the TTLC was able to purchase an X-ray machine and provide nine puppies with their first year of annual vaccinations from the pledges collected by the approximately 30 participants. It costs over $20,000 to raise a

Resolution 2012: Save Lives Make a New Year’s resolution to rally your family and friends to donate blood You may have always thought about giving blood. It may even be a promise you made to yourself long ago. Well, now is the time to hold true to that promise. Rally your friends, family and co-workers. Canadian Blood Services is encouraging you to make a New Year’s resolution that gives back to your community. Donate blood, and help save lives. The need for blood is significant as it takes many units to help save a life. For instance, a seriously injured victim of a

Dog Guide. Several graduates of the program were in attendance cheering on the participants. Lions Foundation of Canada trains Dog Guides and assist Canadians with a wide range of disabilities. With five programs in place, Canadians with disabilities are offered the opportunity to find greater independence, mobility and safety through the help of a Dog Guide. Canine Vision for people who are blind or visually impaired Hearing Ear for people who are deaf or hard of hearing Autism Assistance for children and their families living with autism spectrum disorder Special Shills for people with a medical or physical disability Seizure Response for people with epilepsy

car accident can require up to 50 units of blood – that means 50 people are needed to donate to help that one car accident victim. Leukemia patients can need up to eight units of blood each week while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. One small action can make a big impact on someone’s life. Canadian Blood Services needs over 16,000 new donors in Central Ontario to give blood in 2012. In January and February, we forecast that we will need to collect over 26,000 units of blood to help meet the needs of patients and hospitals in Central Ontario. The next time you visit a blood donor clinic, please book an appointment for a future visit.

Depending on the program, Dog Guides are trained to perform a set of basic skills that are useful to all handlers. However, some of their training is also tailored to meet the specific needs of their future handler. In the final stage of training, the client and Dog Guide train and live together at the Oakville facility for two to four weeks. This helps to ensure that the new working team develops a bond and prepares them for their next step returning home. With the ever increasing demand for Dog Guides, we are continually training more Dog Guides each year with a goal of providing 160 in 2012. For more information on how you can help, go to or contact Lion Marnie Redmond 526 6886. To date, the TTLC have raised in excess of $5000.

If you have received a seasonal flu shot, you can donate blood two days afterwards. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) or go online at to book an appointment and help meet the continuing need for blood. If you already have an appointment, thank you, and we urge you to honour it. Upcoming clinics: Elmvale Community Hall – Saturday January 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm New Life Brethren in Christ Church (Collingwood) – Friday January 13th from 11:30 am – 2:30pm About Canadian Blood Services Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that

manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 43 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. To book an appointment or for more information, visit us at or call 1 888 2 DONATE.

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Hwy 92 Storage The Springwater Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Township of Springwater for the Chamber’s new office space at 2231 Nursery Road, Minesing, ON, L0L 1Y2, in the Township administration building. The Directors of the Springwater Chamber appreciate the gracious ongoing support from Mayor Linda Collins, council and staff, and for making this new permanent location a reality.


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Editor’s Musings In defence of the Occupy Movement, I suggested that if they had a political party, they might work on establishing some change. I get the following mass e-mail from Kevin Clarke who has found a list of many newspapers and hopes he can get some publicity. Before reading it, I will let you know that Kevin Clarke has been a candidate for public office in Toronto. He is one of the most recognizable homeless persons in the city. He was a former student teacher in Scarborough in the 1980s. He was in the automotive business during the 1990s. And after reading the following letter (unabridged as sent to me), and after reading his bio, and seeing his website, if this man represents the Occupy Movement, I withdraw my former statement. kevin clarke< The peoples political party of ontario support THE PEOPLE Kevin Clarke : we start the new year bright and cheerfully,hope you all had as great a year this year as i had last year ,yet i doubt that,last year i was homeless and a drug addict ,To start the new year ,I am the founder and leader of Ontario’s leading anti poverty political party(The peoples political party of Ontario,The director of the occupyToronto familycompact movement, lead candidate to succeed jack Layton for a member of federal parliament ,Were on our goal to connect the municipal,provincial and federal government,Canada the people will occupy ,yes “The people “WILL OCCUPY GOVERNMENT AGAIN ,PEACE BE TO ALL, “LEADER”’THE PEOPLE’Thepeoples political party of ontario.. KEVIN CLARKE JACK LAYTON SUCCESSOR please volunteer/donate,, ph#647-340-4532 or 416-720-4948 be well this new year.. I would suppose our governments should represent all people. There are a number of illiterate people at all levels I guess but somehow, with the lack of ability to handle neither one of our official languages, I won’t be voting for this person. I think voters in all levels of office have no idea how badly some of your representatives can write. And possibly, that is why you seldom see anything from some representatives. The Midhurst Secondary Plan - this is probably quite easy to understand. But when you gat various/different answers, it is difficult to follow. The facts about how it got passed and why there are some different people/groups going to the OMB seems simple enough. Some want it to go so they can make $$$$ and some do not want it to go because they were not aware of the great changes to Midhurst and there are some very strong doubts as to whether it conforms to the Ontario Government’s Places to Grow legislation.. Nothing about it was in the Springwater News as that was the period - as former Councillor Reg Cowan said at an All Candidates meeting - where the Council had pulled their advertising with the Springwater News because there were some negative things said about them. As for the negative things, the old saying about patting someone on the back multiple times and saying something negative once, and what people remember stands out here as most of the things the last council did were without rebut. The Midhurst Secondary Plan - on December 8th, I reproduced a letter from the Township that said Hi Mike, I am following up on your request for a cost and funding breakdown related to the Midhurst Secondary Plan. There are two costs, those

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Springwater News 9 Glenview Avenue Elmvale ON L0L 1P0 Publisher: Michael Jacobs - Tel: (705) 322-2249 Fax: (705) 322-8393 • Cell: 321-BOLD (2653) E-mail: associated with development of the Secondary Plan and Articles can be dropped off, mailed, faxed those associated with completion of the Environmental and/or e-mailed to the above address or left in the Assessment. Elmvale Library ‘Drop Box’ 24 hours a day. Since 2005 approximately $195,000 has been spent on THE NEXT PAPER will be on January 19th, 2012. the preparation of the Secondary Plan. This includes Articles are on a first come basis by NOON Jan. 16, 2012. consulting and legal costs. This has been funded 100% Publications Mail Contract No. 1443739. with Development Charges. There has not been any Unaddressed Admail No. 3684814. Springwater News is produced every two weeks and delivered by funding provided by the tax payers. Canada Post and available at newsstands throughout the areas Since 2007 approximately $426,000 has been spent on mentioned below. The opinions expressed in articles contributed by interested parties and through the ‘Letters to the Editor’ do the Environmental Assessment work for Midhurst. This not necessarily reflect the opinion of this newspaper and/or the includes consulting and legal costs. This was funded by editor. The editor reserves the right to edit all submitted articles the developers through a cost sharing agreement and there or letters for clarity and space or to avoid obscenity, libel or invasion of privacy. All contributions must have the writer’s full was no funding from the tax payers for this work.... name, address and telephone number for verification. Copyrights Regards, Brad Sokack are claimed on all original articles. Amongst the people that jumped on that was a former Springwater News prints 16,500 papers that go to.. councillor, reeve and Warden of Simcoe County. He said 750 in the Utopia/Grenfel area L0L1B0 (492) and L0L1B2 (193) that Development Charges are not used for these causes 2100 in Barrie 678 homes in SS 101 Barrie area L4M 4Y8 which includes Bayfield St., Horseshoe Valley Road, Craighurst, Horseshoe & Hwy 93, and for me to do some more research. 361 homes SS 102 West Barrie area L4M 4S4 includes Miller Drive Rural So I did and this is what I received... Routes L0L 2K0, 821 homes in the SS 103 Barrie area L4M 4S5 St. Vincent Hi Mike, St., and 371 homes in SS 144, Barrie / Ferndale Drive, and area) Brad forwarded me your questions regarding Development 575 in Phelpston L0L 2K0 Charges. 620 in Hillsdale including the Rural Routes L0L 1V0 Development Charges are paid on issuance of building 2325 Elmvale + RR# 1, 2 & 3 L0L 1P0 which includes Orr Lake, Waverley and some Tiny Beaches permits. They are not paid by Developers unless the 1600 in the Midhurst RR#1, 2 and SS33 (L0L 1X0 and 1X1) 1250 in the Developer is actually building a residential or nonRR#1-3 Minesing/Anten Mills area L0L 1Y0 + 1Y1 residential unit. They are paid for by any person or entity 250 in the Wyebridge area L0K 2E0 that applies for a building permit. 800 inWyevale L0L2T0 includingTiny to Conc 8 and someTBRS areas, Development Charges are levied as a Township general 1200 in Perkinsfield including Balm Beach to Whippoorwill charge, and an area specific charge when appropriate. In 1030 in R.R .# 1, L4R 4K3 (775) & 2, L4R 4K4 (225) areas of Midland the case of Midhurst, anyone who applies for and is issued which includes Vasey, Ebenezer and the area North-West of Wyebridge a building permit would pay both the Township general 2100 in Lafontaine in RR # 2, 3 and 4 of Penetanguishene (Postal Codes L9M -1R2, -1R3 & -2H7) Development Charge and the area specific Midhurst 150 through mail outs and subscriptions in Canada & US Secondary Plan charge. Similarly if you built in Elmvale Subscriptions are available across Canada for you would pay the Township General charge and the area $50/year and $80/year in U.S. of A. specific Elmvale Water/Sewer development charge. I think your question may be more specifically not who CMCA pays Development Charges but who is paying through the AUDITED cost sharing agreement that the Director of Planning and Public Works references below. The parties to the cost this new debt. That is just the water and sewer DC’s! The sharing agreement are as follows: infrastructure such as roads, rec, fire etc will more than • 1754865 Ontario Inc double the shortfall effectively increasing the average mill • 1754866 Ontario Inc rate by 100%. I certainly don’t want my municipal tax to • 1754867 Ontario Inc double. We as a township could never recover. • 1755571 Ontario Inc So to add to my confusion, I get another e-mail with an • 451082 Ontario Inc attachment that follows... • Rome Development Corporation • Midhurst Rose Alliance DevelopmentCharges • Midhurst Rose Alliance Cooney Inc. Collected • Midhurst Rose Alliance O’Brien Inc TownshipWideCharges 2010 2011 • Two private land owners GeneralGovernment $ 12,958.15 $ 9,007.83 • 1728237 Ontario Inc Library $ 20,937.16 $ 23,009.34 • 285622 Ontario Ltd Fire $ 81,245.83 $ 70,789.55 • Davies Howe Partners (the Trustee) ParkDevelopmentandFacilities $ 43,712.34 $ 39,018.68 • Township of Springwater PublicWorksBuildingandFleet $ 65,450.11 $ 54,628.29 Hope that helps, if we can provide any further Roads $457,454.78 $ 396,869.19 information please don’t hesitate to ask. $114,698.40 $ 109,800.05 And this came from Laurie Kennard, the Director IndoorRecreation of Building and Financial Services. TotalTownshipWideCharges $798,466.77 $ 705,133.93 If you want to know who the principal(s) of each AreaSpecificCharges of these companies is/are, we can go to a lawyer, ElmvaleWater/Sewer $ 98,124.62 $ 126,722.82 to do a search. If anyone has done it, or if we MidhurstSecondaryPlan $ 3,373.32 $ 1,637.78 want to go together in funding the search, let me AntenMillsWater $ 8,302.00 $ 94.71 know. MinesingWater $ 6,016.00 $ 859.91 Trying to get a simple understanding, I went to another source and received this information $175,453.27 - Kindly note this excerpt from Laurie’s email CostofMidhurstSecondaryPlan DC'scollectedpriorto2010 $ 66,001.84 “Development Charges are paid on issuance of $ 5,011.10 building permits. They are not paid by Developers Collectedin2010&2011 $ 71,012.94 unless the Developer is actually building a TotalCollect residential or non-residential unit. They are $104,440.33 paid for by any person or entity that applies for a Amountstilltobecollected building permit”. That is the point all the councillors are missing and are So, although we have been told that the Midhurst convinced that the developers will pay the full DC’s in Secondary Plan will cost you and I as taxpayer’s, not a advance. They can ask the developer to front some DC’s cent, I tend to think otherwise. but they won’t front it all. Why should they? The MSP was passed by the former council. As yet, we Here is some more simple math. The new water/sewage have not heard the position of the present Springwater plant is anywhere between 100 and 150 million dollars Council. But many of them probably have no idea as to service 10,000 new residential dwellings in Midhurst. to what to do and if they have read the MSP and all the That equates to 10 to 15K water and sewage development information that goes with it, they probably need legal charges per property alone. What happens if they only sell advise as to how to react. This was evident at the fall 2,000 homes? The rest of Springwater will be faced with meeting in the Township “Bureau” as repeated by the the costs through the general tax levy. It costs $80,000 two employees who chaired the meeting. I was told that a year to service $1,000,000 of debt. if Springwater Township cancelled the plan, they could There could be a shortfall of 80 to 100 expect to be sued. Someone who was formerly on council million if the planned development said the Township has insurance for that anyhow so fear of failed or developed slowly. That legal proceedings should not exist. means that we as the general It was suggested that anyone who opposes this plan could taxpayer would be responsible for be subject to legal actions but I was told that is simply not the shortfall costing us $6.4 to $8.0 true. As long as you don’t make things up, your opinion on million a year or the about $640 to the plan is what democracy is all about. $800 per property (there are about Are you mixed up? 10,000 assessed properties) to service

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Madness in Midhurst by David Strachan - If you have travelled in the US, or overseas, you may have had occasion to ask a resident a question about their town or village and you might have been surprised at how little they know. Or maybe a foreigner has asked you a question about Canada, that you hadn’t considered before? My point is that we don’t seem to notice the things that we grew up with as much as we notice the things that are foreign to us. Wonderful as Canada is, I think most people would agree that you will have to travel long distances to find charming olde worlde villages resembling anything like those in Europe. I grew up in the UK and lived in Toronto for 35 years. Perhaps it’s my European heritage that helps me appreciate a charming village when I see one. Midhurst, in the Township of Springwater, is just such a village. Many small villages in Southern Ontario, grew up around the intersection of two straight thoroughfares, on relatively flat ground. Midhurst on the other hand, was founded on Willow Creek, a freshwater stream which runs through a winding gorge from Little Lake, just north of Barrie, out to the internationally renowned Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area. Around 1825, the first grist mill was built on Willow Creek at a site now commemorated on the village memorial at the corner of Finlay Mill Road and Wattie Road. Four other mills were to follow close by, together with a soap factory, a distillery and two hydro-electric plants. In 1888, Willow Creek became the first waterway in Simcoe County to successfully supply hydro-electric power to Barrie. Fast forward to 2012 and, if developers and the Township of Springwater get their way, Midhurst is about to change. Within the next 2 years, construction could begin on 3,850 new dwellings, adding about 10,000 more people to a village with a current population of 3,500. The plan also provides for a population of 30,000, within 20 years. Can you imagine what this will do to a charming village? Midhurst would become the same size as Orillia is today! And guess what, most residents didn’t find out about the plan until November 14, 2011, when the Township hosted a meeting to inform the public. In spite of claims of public consultation, to my knowledge, no notice ever went out with tax or water bills and no plans were announced in the Midhurst Community Newsletter or even in the Springwater News - only in the Barrie Advance! A ray of hope has fortunately come from the Province of Ontario, as they have appealed the Midhurst Secondary Plan to the Ontario Municipal Board. They point out that the plan contains growth forecasts way in excess of those permitted by the Province and even by the County of Simcoe. The plan also ignores Provincial directives for confining growth to existing built up areas with existing municipal wastewater systems (Midhurst doesn’t have one), or to designated green field sites. And where will the jobs come from for 10,000 people? (Readers from Council, take a moment for a sigh. ”Can this writer not see how many construction and spin off jobs will be created?”). Springwater has very little manufacturing, few raw materials, few remaining trees to harvest and only a healthy, but threatened farming industry (the second largest industry in Ontario by the way). We can work our butts off servicing each other, but if we are not producing anything to ship out of the County, where does the money come from to pay for the goods coming in? Has Council not thought about who will pick up the tab when the development ends and our high density housing is occupied by the unemployed? And who do you suppose will be paying for the extra police, fire and medical services required? Surely not Springwater Township ratepayers? If anybody needs more evidence of how short sighted this plan is, take a look at Barrie. The city has one of the highest growth rates in Canada, one of the highest levels of unemployment and higher property taxes than Toronto. And the developers are on record as claiming that “the Midhurst Secondary Plan can help put people back to work”. Sure, let’s bring more people in to do the work and pay them welfare when they’re done. Oh, and where do you suppose the plan calls for dumping Midhurst’s wastewater? Well it’s into Willow Creek, up stream of the Minesing Ramsar Wetlands. Great planning! Footnote: The Intergovernmental Action Plan (IGAP) – a joint study by Ontario, Simcoe County, Innisfil and Barrie – concluded Barrie should expand to the south. Lake Simcoe and its tributaries can handle growth better than the Nottawasaga River valley that’s already stressed by settlements. index.html

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Online at www.springwater.library.on,ca Did you Know? – 2012 DOG TAGS are now available at the Elmvale and Midhurst Branches, and at the Township office. Proof of rabies vaccination is required.

Family Literacy Day January 27, 2012 joins forces with Food Banks Canada to raise literacy awareness Approximately nine million adult Canadians struggle with low literacy. Why? There is no one reason. Maybe they dropped out of school early to help support a family, dealt with a learning disability or had one that went undetected, or perhaps after graduating from school have not been pushed to increase their skills and literacy levels due to stagnant employment. Unfortunately, individuals with lower literacy skills have lower rates of employment, and tend to work in occupations with lower skill requirements. Family Literacy Day is a national initiative that helps to increase awareness of literacy issues in Canada, and encourages adults and children to practice their literacy skills by engaging in at least 15 minutes of learning activities every day. ABC Life Literacy Canada and Food Banks Canada are pleased to be working together for Family Literacy Day 2012 to reach more Canadians with the literacy message. Learning happens in everything we do – it’s not just about reading a story at bedtime. There are so many learning opportunities that happen in our day-to-day lives – from grocery shopping to driving to Grandma’s to doing the laundry. These fun and easy learning opportunities provide a way for parents of all literacy levels to help their children learn while increasing their own skills at the same time. Research shows that children raised in literate households are likely to enter grade one with several thousand hours of one-to-one pre-reading experience behind them. Through Family Literacy Day 2012, Food Banks Canada and ABC Life Literacy Canada can show families how easy it is to make learning a part of daily life, and help them to increase their literacy skills. How can you help support hunger and literacy? Bring nonperishable food items to your local food bank, volunteer during this busy season, or make a financial contribution. With the holidays just around the corner, there are many hungry families that won’t be able to enjoy a festive dinner. To find your local food bank, visit http://foodbankscanada. ca/utility-pages/find-a-food-bank.aspx. To find a local Family Literacy Day event, access free tools and resources, or for more information, visit www. Canadians can become active participants and join ABC Life Literacy Canada’s vision of a nation where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life. Support life literacy programs and initiatives with an online donation at Homework Help’ Online Tool Assists Students in Grades 7 to 10 Simcoe County District School Board students in Grades 7 to 10 now have access to live, interactive online math help. The website is a free online tool where students can find real-time mathematics tutoring, delivered by qualified Ontario math teachers. “This is an excellent resource for our students,” says Kathy Bailey, Superintendent of Education. “‘Homework Help’ gives students the opportunity to gain math skills in an appealing, online environment.” Students can register for the program by completing the online registration form at the Homework Help website. Please note that students require their Ontario Education Number (OEN) to register. This number is located on all report cards.

LIBRARY SURVEY - The Springwater Library Board is currently working on a new strategic plan. We need your feedback to help us serve you better. Surveys are available in each branch UNTIL JANUARY 14, and on the library website at Or on the Springwater Township website at http://www. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS are now available! For more information or to sign up for your one-on-one session call your local branch. EARLY YEARS: WINTER WONDERLAND: come on out with your little children and their 10 little fingers and 10 little toes for songs, stories and a craft. Elmvale Branch on Thurs. January 19th, 10:30am Midhurst Branch on Thurs. January 19th, 10:30am Minesing Branch on Thurs. January 19th, 1:30pm AFTER SCHOOL FUN! SNOWFLAKES, MOOD DIAL AND FROSTY THE BAGEL on Thurs. January 12th, at the Midhurst branch 4pm-5pm. Minesing branch will be on Thurs. January 19th at 345pm-4:45pm In 1998, Cairo lawyer Mustafa Raslan filed a $1 billion lawsuit against President Clinton in Damanhur, Egypt alleging that Clinton's sexual antics made it difficult for him to raise his own children with good moral standards. A mile on the ocean and a mile on land are not the same distance. On the ocean, a nautical mile measures 6,080 feet. A land or statute mile is 5,280 feet.

GASTRO OUTBREAK OVER AT RVH Royal Victoria Hospital, in conjunction with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, has declared the 13-day norovirus outbreak over on its 3 South B medical unit. The outbreak started on Friday, December 16 after three patients were experiencing gastrointestinal illness. Two more patients developed symptoms for a total of five patient cases during the outbreak. “Due to the outbreak being over, full visitation is once again being allowed on 3 South B,” says Deb Paton, manager, Infection Prevention and Control, RVH. “However, gastro viruses are extremely prevalent in the community at this time of year. Visitors to RVH are asked to not come to the hospital if they are sick or have had symptoms of gastrointestinal illness including nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 48 hours.” Most people with gastroenteritis will experience one to three days of nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Severe illness or hospitalization caused by gastroenteritis is uncommon, however the infection may be more severe in older individuals, young children or those with existing medical conditions. One example of a gastrointestinal virus, norovirus, is a very common virus causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The single most important preventative measure that can be taken to reduce the spread of gastroenteritis is to frequently and thoroughly wash hands.

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Grenfel & Centre Vespra News with Kathy Stunden-Hall 735-9423 or HAPPY NEW YEAR I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I don’t know what happened to 2011. It seemed to just fly by. No doubt, time will seem to stand still this week as I perform some of the most mundane tasks. I have to take down the Christmas tree and put away most of the festive decorations. I would like to keep the milk can stuffed with dogwood and hemlock boughs and ribbons on display, if I can. Those green and red plants take some of the dreariness out of January. I am also busy this week trying to hide chocolate—from myself. I think I’ve finally started to learn some kind of restraint where the food of the gods is concerned. The box of Turtles I opened on Christmas Day lasted until Saturday. Tuesday night, a friend gave us delicious homemade milk chocolate and white chocolate bark. One package remains in the refrigerator. My husband “helped” eat these treats. Then there’s my personal store of chocolate. In one kitchen cupboard there’s a huge Donini milk chocolate fruit and nut bar. You can also find an equally gigantic Donini milk chocolate bar—perfect for pairing with fruit wines. That’s just great—as if I needed to add more calories to my indulgences. If it can’t be enjoyed with a 60-calorie beer, then I guess I can’t eat it. CHOCOLATE CARAMEL BARNS BECKON Also in that kitchen cupboard is a box of chocolate caramel barns made by Picard’s, given to us by my brother and sister-in-law. That box of candy sits nicely atop the box of chocolate cups my husband purchased at Sobey’s. Plus there are Tim Horton’s chocolate truffles, courtesy of my niece who works at one of the coffee shops. And the list goes on. On the bedroom dresser I’ve “hidden” six Laura Secord chocolate Santas. At least three of them are safe from me because they have marshmallow in them. These treats came with the stocking stuffers my mother-in-law sent up. Every year she sends these stocking stuffers in a bag and I usually get into the loose candy before Christmas. I put the bag of stuff in the spare bedroom and nibble on the toffees and Hershey’s kisses she puts in an easy to open and more important, easy to close, zip lock bag. My husband has remarked several times that his mother doesn’t seem to put much candy in the bags anymore. I didn’t do any nibbling on the candy before Christmas—a first for me. Instead I’ve been at it all week. I hid the bag of candy behind the Christmas cards on the TV stand in the living room. I think my husband has totally forgotten about it. Now the bag consists mostly of candy wrappers. I finished off the toffees Christmas night and the different kinds of Hershey’s kisses bit the dust New Year’s Day. My New Year’s binge on these candies started out quite innocently. I woke up from a nap with a dry throat and thought the candy-cane type of mint would be just the thing to soothe it. I had a couple of the lovely Hershey candy with caramel centers—to help wake me up. Then I spied some foilwrapped chocolates that looked tempting. They too, were milk chocolate with caramel. On the third try I wasn’t so lucky. I unwrapped a foil-covered bell. It had a chocolate bottom and some kind of fondant top—yuck. I didn’t eat it. Instead I wrapped it back up as best as I could— what a treat for Mark. END IN SIGHT? If the supply of chocolate in the house just ended with candy, then I could see an end in sight, but it doesn’t. There’s half a chocolate cheese cake in the freezer along with numerous frozen squares. Staring out at me from the kitchen cupboard is a shiny two-pound container of those PC Belgian chocolate cookies. I was feeling a little smug with myself because I was able to resist a lot of desserts and candy at pre-Christmas gatherings. I was able to refrain from ordering dessert at those sweet-tooth mine-fields Swiss Chalet and Crock and Block. I had only pumpkin pie and one square at my sister’s place. We had dinner at her house twice over the Christmas season and each time she served dessert trays heaving with squares. Now, I think I see a pattern here. Last year the same thing happened. I didn’t pig out in the traditional holiday season. It was January that was the cruelest month for temptation with all the leftovers. I have tried to be very pro-active with exercise—sometimes snowshoeing for up to two hours at a time. But I think I really need to get the rest of this chocolate out of sight. Maybe I could put the chocolate bars under a whole bunch of meat in the freezer. Or I could put them in the truck—in case of emergencies. It’s so hard to resist. There’s chocolate all over the house with my name on it. *** Remember, to rent the Grenfel Hall call Anita Moore at 733-5277. The hall is a great venue for family and community events. *** 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 . Indecision may, or may not, be my problem." -- Jimmy Buffett


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Ontario Making Resuming Former Last Name Easier Ontario is making it easier for men and women to legally switch back to their former last names after the end of a marriage. Previously, those who chose to switch back to their former last names, after the end of a marriage, had to file a request within 90 days at a cost of $25. If they did not, they had to go through a longer, more complex name change process that cost $137. A new provision that takes effect tomorrow removes the 90-day time limit and will only cost $25 -- meaning switching back to a former last name is easier and less of a financial burden. Cutting government red tape for Ontarians is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to make it easier for families and businesses to access government services. • The change to the Change of Name Act only applies following a divorce, annulment or death of a spouse. • This does not impact people who assumed a last name as a result of marriage and did not legally change their last name. • Many people do not elect to change their name legally after they get married and simply assume their spouse's surname or combine or hyphenate their surnames at the time of marriage. • Effective January 1, 2012, amendments to the Pension Benefits Act and the Family Law Act will make it easier for couples to value and divide a pension in the case of marriage breakdown. Consumers can cancel a contract and get a full refund if the goods or services they purchased are not delivered within 30 days of the date promised. Anyone providing goods or services on credit must give the consumer a written statement showing all financing charges and the annual percentage rate of the credit transaction.

FACT SHEET: BENEFITS OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS SURVEY Alzheimer Awareness Month - January 2012 Let's face it! Get the facts. Know for sure. Early diagnosis, earlier intervention, better treatment About the survey In October 2011 the Alzheimer Society commissioned a nationally representative online survey to determine how long people wait after noticing symptoms before seeing a doctor; their reasons for not seeking a diagnosis and their awareness of the benefits of an early diagnosis. 958 Canadian caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia responded to the survey. Participants were between the ages of 45 and 65 and were evenly split between males and females. The survey focused on their knowledge of the warning signs of dementia and their willingness to seek a diagnosis. Key findings • Low awareness of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia causes a delay in diagnosis and a subsequent treatment gap for people with dementia. • Almost half (44 per cent) of respondents waited a year and 16 per cent of these waited two years or more before seeing a doctor because they thought their symptoms were just the signs of "old age," or would go away • 39 per cent thought their symptoms were episodic or said they didn’t take them seriously enough. • Over a quarter of the people with the symptoms refused to see their doctor or saw no need to go unless symptoms grew worse. Three quarters of survey respondents wished they had known sooner.

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Russian rocket launches U.S. satellites MOSCOW - A Russian Soyuz rocket has successfully launched six satellites for U.S. client Globalstar, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said. The Soyuz 2.1a with Fregat booster blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan Wednesday with the Globalstar-2 satellites aboard, RIA Novosti reported. The launch had been scheduled for Dec. 5 but was postponed at the request of Globalstar. The launch was a success just days after another Soyuz 2.1 rocket failed to place a Meridian satellite into orbit after launch from the Plesetsk space center, causing it to crash near the Siberian city of Tobolsk just minutes after liftoff. Six previous Globalstar satellites were successfully launched on July 13, 2011. Globalstar is a low-Earth orbit satellite telecommunications system founded by U.S.-based Loral Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., providing voice and data services to North America and more than 120 countries worldwide.

Conservative Tax Hikes Take a Bite Out of the Economy in 2012 TORONTO– The Conservative government’s New Year's Day increase to Employment Insurance premiums will slow economic growth, hurt job creation and squeeze family budgets, said Liberal Leader Bob Rae today. “I would have thought that in 2012 the Conservatives would be focused on the economy and jobs, jobs, jobs, but starting the year with a $600 million EI premium increase clearly demonstrates their priorities lie elsewhere,” said Mr. Rae. “The Department of Finance has already slashed Canada’s 2012 economic growth forecast 25% from the projections it made a year ago, and tax hikes like this are no way to turn this trend around.” This will be the second year in a row that the Conservatives have hiked EI premiums. As a result the average worker will pay almost $100 more this year than in 2010, and many employers will pay up to $130 more for each person they keep on staff. “The cruel irony is that while the Conservatives are charging Canadians more for Employment Insurance, they are slowing down EI processing times so that today there are about 400,000 unemployed Canadians on a growing waiting list,” continued Mr. Rae. “There are 600,000 fewer full-time jobs in Canada than there were before the recession, and Canadians deserve to know that the insurance system they paid into will be there for them if and when they need it.” Family wallets will also be squeezed by increasing household debt levels which have grown 55%–more than half a trillion dollars–since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister. This prompted the International Monetary Fund to issue a warning last week that any economic shock, such as a decline in commodity prices, “could result in significant job losses,” and “a protracted period of weak private consumption as households reduce their debt.” “Unlike the Conservatives, the previous Liberal government lowered EI premiums 12 years in a row saving workers and their employers $59 billion over that time. As Canadian households face record levels of personal debt it makes no sense to take even more money out of the monthly family budget with yet another EI tax hike,” concluded Mr. Rae. Forwarded by Alex Smardenka •

The most important reason for getting an earlier diagnosis was access to medications to minimize symptoms. • Other reasons given were more time to prepare for the future and ability to understand what was happening to the person with dementia. Memory loss continues to be the most frequently mentioned symptom, but others symptoms are also significant. • 75 per cent of respondents listed “frequent memory loss” as one of the early signs. • Close to two thirds (65 per cent) also listed disorientation of time and place, such as getting lost in familiar places or not knowing what month or year it is. • Close to two thirds (64 per cent) listed changes in personality or acting out of character, like becoming suspicious, fearful or confused. Family doctors play an essential role in getting an early diagnosis. • 83 per cent of respondents visited their family doctor first. • Half (49 per cent) of these were diagnosed by the family doctor. • Half (51 per cent) were diagnosed within six months.

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Springwater Fire and Emergency Services reminds you of common problems which could hamper the delivery of emergency services to residents. Please take a few minutes to review the following points to see if your home has any of these common problems that may hinder the delivery of emergency services.

A reminder from the County of Simcoe to residents:

Tuesday January 10 Elmvale Recreation Service Board 5:00 pm, Knox Building, 35 Queen St. W., Elmvale

In order to ensure proper pick up of garbage, recycling and organic material, all containers should be placed on flat ground at the end of your driveway, not on a snow bank, on the boulevard or in the street. If necessary, you may need to shovel a small area.

 A long, narrow, overgrown driveway or lane-way Be sure items are not covered in snow or otherwise leading to your cottage or home. If your car just fits on your driveway, the fire truck or ambulance will not. Remove all vegetation back to a distance of 12 feet wide by 12 feet high.  Make sure that your green 9-1-1 address sign is perpendicular to the roadway and not parallel. This allows the responding vehicles to see it from further away.  Is your green 9-1-1 address sign visible from the road and not blocked by tall grass, shrubs and snow in the winter months?  Is the house number on your home visible from the road in both day and night conditions? Use bright contrasting colors on the numbers, illuminated numbers, or post numbers under a porch light. Remember if you’re having trouble seeing the house number, so will the responding emergency service personnel.  Please ensure you keep gardens and snow away from fire hydrants on or near your property. A few minutes invested now to attend to these issues may make a difference in finding you during an emergency situation — seconds count!

SNOW REMOVAL By-law 2005-018, as amended. Please remember that the Highway Traffic Act and the Township of Springwater Traffic and Parking By -law 2005-018, as amended, restricts the piling of snow on roads and parking on roads within the Township of Springwater during the winter season, starting on November 1. For full details please visit our website or call Brandon Gibbons, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer at 705-7284784 Ext. 2033.

HERITAGE PARK COMMITTEE Are you interested in gardening, trees or nature?

We are looking for you! The Heritage Park Committee in Elmvale is hoping to find a couple of volunteers! The committee meets a few times a year to plan scheduling for the park, tree dedications and any maintenance/beautification projects. Please contact George at 705-322-2076 if you are interested in volunteering! This is a great w a y f o r students to get some volunteer hours and give back to the community.


hidden from view. This will ensure that your items are not missed for pick up, or damaged by snow plows or garbage trucks. Containers caught by the snow ploughs can cause damage to the containers and the trucks, as well as delays. Spills of the contents of the containers are the responsibility of the homeowner to clean up.

NOTICE - DRAFT NOISE BY-LAW Council is continuing to accept stakeholder input regarding the proposed draft noise by-law which will be presented on February 6, 2012 during the 5:30 regular Council meeting. To make a submission, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 705-728-4784 or Background information on the draft noise by-law can be found at under the Public Consultations page.

SNOW PLOUGHING The objective of winter snow ploughing is to clear snow off the asphalt and the shoulder areas of the roadway to the ditch, for snow storage and so melting snow will find proper drainage in the Spring. Shoulder areas are considered to be at least 1.2 m (whether grass or gravel) from the edge of existing asphalt. If left at the edge of asphalt, snow banks cause the narrowing of travel surface, ice formation and saturation and eventual Spring breakup up of road edges. Residents are not permitted to stake driveway entrances or boulevards with markers at roadside that restrict the snow plough from its objective and prevents safe operation of equipment. Stakes must be removed by the owner. Any stakes damaged as a result of the snow plough or removed by the Township will not be repaired or replaced. Any snow plough damages to shoulder areas will be addressed in the Spring cleanup. Any sprinkler systems that exist in boulevard areas are at risk and will not be repaired, replaced or maintained by the Township. The Township thanks residents for their cooperation in this matter!

WINTER DRIVING SAFETY Springwater Community Policing Committee reminds all motorists that winter driving conditions are back. Slow down, drive according to road and weather conditions, never drink and drive, clear the snow off of all your car windows (not just a small hole) and wear your seat belt.

The Township of Springwater 2012 Dog Tags are now available. They can be purchased at The Township of Springwater Administration Centre or at the Elmvale or Midhurst branches of the Springwater Library.

This safety tip is provided by the Springwater Community Policing Committee in consultation with the Huronia West OPP.

Applications can be downloaded at the Township of Springwater website:

Traffic moving too fast on your street? Let Stanley the Radar Speed Sign know!

FAMILY DAY 2012 FAMILY DAY is just around the corner! Watch for exciting special events planned for the community on February 20! Information will be posted on the website and in the Springwater Link, so keep checking back!

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Tuesday January 10 Grenfel Recreation Service Board 7:30 pm, Grenfel Community Hall Wednesday January 11 Anten Mills Recreation Service Board 7:30 pm, Anten Mills Community Centre Monday January 12 Library Board Meeting 7:00 pm, Elmvale Branch, 50 Queen St. W. Monday January 16 Council Meeting 5:30 pm, Township Administration Centre Tuesday January 17 Minesing Recreation Service Board 7:00 pm, Minesing Community Hall Wednesday January 18 Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) 7:30 pm, Township Administration Centre Thursday January 19 Special Planning Committee (Closed Session — not open to the public) 4:00 pm, Township Administration Centre Thursday January 19 Community Policing Committee 7:30 pm, Elmvale Library, 50 Queen St. W. Monday January 30 Planning Committee 5:30 pm, Township Administration Centre

FITNESS FOR THE NEW YEAR! Midhurst Community Hall Pilates (Ages 50+) Wednesdays 9:00 am - 10:00 am January 11 - March 14 $40 (includes HST) Yin Yoga (deep relaxation) Wednesdays 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm January 11 - March 14 $40 (includes HST) Elmvale Huronia Centennial 20-20-20 (Abs, butt & cardio) Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm January 11 - March 21 $65 FAB @ 50 (Ladies aged 50+) Wednesdays 6:15 pm -7:15 pm January 11 - March 21 $40 (Includes HST) ZUMBA Thursdays 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm OR Thursdays 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm January 12 - March 22 $65 Hillsdale Public School Hatha Yoga Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm January 10 - March 20 $65 Sgt. Schape-Her Boot Camp Blast Tuesdays 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm January 10 - March 20 $65 20-20-20 (Abs, butt & cardio) Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm January 12 - March 22 $65

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It was a great start to the season for the Elmvale Foodland Tyke #4 team with back to back games on the December 10th and 11th. Game #1 featured Tyke 4 playing a strong local team the Coldwater Wildcats. Elmvale came out strong in the first period and Julia Koski (#11) scored with solid assists from Christopher Hammer (#9) and Sean Crooker (#4). Even though it was the first game of the season the Tyke #4 team showed that their countless hours of on ice training have paid off. With great offensive play by Gavin Sanderson (#12) and Adrianna Birch (#17) and solid defensive play by Jacob Hesch (#2) and Elijah Williams (#6). The second goal of the game came late in the third period and was scored unassisted by Sean Crooker (#4). With Carter Smith in net the Elmvale

Foodland Tyke #4 came out on top with a score of 2 – 0. Game 2 was played on Sunday and featured a double Elmvale Tyke team face off. Tyke #4 scored four goals in this game, Christopher Hammer (#9) earned his first goal of the season and Sean Crooker (#4) achieved a hat trick. Assisting in these goals were Jacob Hesch (#2), Gavin Sanderson (#12), Ben Macmillian-Doupe (#7), Brayson Fay (#10) and Julia Koski (#11). Strong skating by Joshua Parnell (#16) and Tie Harris (#5) kept Tyke #4 in the game as they worked hard against a strong Tyke #1 team. The game featured many exciting saves by goalie Trent Peterson which kept the crowd cheering and the defence on their toes. In the end Tyke #1 came out on top winning this Elmvale showdown. Tyke #4 looks forward to

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a rematch later in the season. On December 28th the Elmvale Foodland Tyke #4 team travelled to Hanover for a one day tournament. In the first game the jetlagged Elmvale team struggled to come alive against a strong team from Orangeville. In game two the Tyke #4 team worked hard to win against a well matched team from Flesherton. With a hat trick from Josh Parnell and a solid goal from Christopher Hammer the Elmvale team won the game 4-2. In their final game of the day Elmvale played Owen Sound and outplayed their opponents winning 8-0. Goals were scored by Sean Crooker (3 goals), Josh Parnell (2 goals), Trent Peterson, Julia Koski and Jacob Hesch. Gavin Sanderson played all three games in net and was a fantastic goalie.

Saturday mail delivery in Canada was eliminated by Canada Post on February 1, 1969, as a cost-saving measure. The roaring lion in the MGM logo was named Volney and lived at the Memphis Zoo. Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert. King cobras, the longest venomous snakes in existence, have been known to grow to more than 18 ft in length. Their half-inch fangs administer up to 450 mg of venom - enough to kill 13 adult humans or one elephant.

Ontario urgently needs to catch up with the rest of the country when it comes to producing skilled trade’s people to help kick-start the province’s faltering economy. As the Progressive Conservative Critic for Apprenticeship Reform: I am starting this New Year with a series of meetings with stakeholders who are concerned with the current apprenticeship system, the College of Trades and any other issues surrounding the trades in Ontario. Key to our plan is changing Ontario's antiquated apprenticeship ratio system that requires businesses to employ three, four or even five journeymen to train a single apprentice. Most provinces are well ahead of Ontario when it comes to lowering their apprenticeship ratios: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta all have lower ratios of apprentices to journeymen. Our plan would lower that ratio to one-to-one, while delegating more responsibility to Ontario colleges for matching apprentices up with employers. The result would be 200,000 new skilled trades’ jobs – from sheet metal workers to plumbers to electricians. Other elements of the PC plan to tackle Ontario’s jobs, spending and debt crisis include: A mandatory public sector wage freeze, so government employees share in the sacrifices their private sector counterparts are making every day: A top-to-bottom review of all spending areas to find efficiencies: A full examination of what services government should, and should not provide, and what better delivery mechanisms are available: Fixing a broken public sector salary arbitration system and a package of job creation measures, including lowered businesses taxes and a rollback of needless regulation NEW YEARS LEVEES ON TAP I would also like to remind you about my upcoming New Years Levees. We will be at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coldwater on Sunday January 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and then at the Royal Canadian Legion in Midland on Sunday January 15 also from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Both social gatherings feature entertainment, light snacks and refreshments. Everyone is welcome. I hope to see you there!

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Sister Acts ( L-R) Margie Marte, Darlene Archer, Bunny Murphy, and Deb Valender participated in and successfully completed The Running Room Resolution Run held at the Barrie Lakeshore on New Year's Eve. Each of the gals achieved a personal best in the 5 kilometre mini marathon. There were over 400 participants and many other Springwater natives were seen smiling as they crossed the finish line. Eat raw. Eat as many raw foods as you can. 84 percent of the vitamins are destroyed by cooking. 100 percent of the enzymes are killed when you heat food over 118 F. Minerals are coagulated and difficult to assimilate. In cooked food, because of coagulation, the protein is 50 percent less assimilable, as research showed at the Max Planck Institute for National Research in Germany. This means that a person needs to eat twice as much protein if it is cooked as opposed to raw.

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The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and Promote Wasaga Committee will host the very first Annual Wasaga Short Film Festival (WSFF) 2011 Viewing, Voting and Awards and Recognition Event scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex 1724 Mosley Street in Wasaga Beach. The WSFF is unlike any other film festival, it is a unique opportunity for grass roots film enthusiasts to compete on an even playing field. The WSFF aims to showcase the best in category short films submitted by individuals, groups, companies, teaching institutions and associations. Our film festival vision is based on capturing the imagination of filmmakers and actors at the grass roots level creating an opportunity for international exposure while eliminating entry barriers and providing a focus for talent, passion, capability and achievement. We hope to leverage the natural beauty of our location to inspire our participants to produce films that will promote the beauty, vibrancy, vitality and quality of life of Wasaga Beach honouring its natural ecosystems, visitors, residents and businesses. These short films are between four and eight minutes in length. Winning filmmakers will be honoured for their achievements and will receive awards at the event. There will be three categories: Best Video Advertisement, Documentary Best Film and General Submissions Best Film. These films have to be about Wasaga Beach or must be shot on location in Wasaga Beach, or have Wasaga Beach in the title. The films will be shown and judged online at the Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street in Wasaga Beach for viewer appreciation and voting followed by a Recognition and Award event on Saturday, January 21st, 2012. Public showing will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 viewing at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Oakview Room – Wasaga Beach RecPlex. The cost per ticket is $3.00 including popcorn, refreshments and door prizes. Recognition and Awards viewing will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Lion’s Den – Wasaga Beach RecPlex cost for this event is $10.00 including refreshments (licensed event). Wasaga Beach was the first beach in North America to be recognized as a “Blue Flag Beach”, an international award for clean beaches. Over two million people visit the town every summer to stroll the shores of the longest freshwater beach in the world, swim in warm clean waters and enjoy the panoramic Mountain View across the Bay. Tickets to attend the January 21, 2012 events will be available at local Wasaga Beach merchant stores and can also be obtained from the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce Office 550 River Rd W Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2X2, (705) 429-2247

Kathie Hamelin & Jim Ford would like to say Aloha from the beautiful Island of Kauai only one of four breathtaking Islands of Hawaii that we visited with Springwater News. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. All the best in 2012. Kathie & Jim

MSS Students Support “Angels with Backpacks” Once again Midland Secondary School students have generously given their time and finances to assist the group Angels with Backpacks by purchasing basic necessities and filling backpacks for the homeless and needy people in our community. With the guidance of staff member, Tim Jenkinson, the students are encouraged to work in small groups and given some class time to discuss the role they can play to be directly involved in helping those in need. Anyone wanting information or making a donation to Angels with Backpacks please call Mary Nason 705-361-1018.

Team Nimik representing St. Thomas consists of an Elmvale resident/Springwater’s Julie Columbus, Kim Tuck, Lori Eddy and Alison Nimik. The Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts Regional Playdowns are being held this weekend, January 6-8 in Penetanguishene at the Curling Club located at 8 Owen Street (549 8981). Since an event of this importance in Women’s Curling is seldom hosted by local clubs in our area, this is a chance that may not arise for a few years to come. There are 16 zones in Southern Ontario. We are in Zone 10. From each zone, previous events (Dec 9th, 16th and 17th) have been held to get two representatives to advance to each of the two Regional Playdowns in Penetang and Ganaoque. From here, the two top teams advance to Kenora (Jan 23-29) with only one team advancing to the Canadian Championship in Red Deere Alberta February 18-26. The World Championship will be held in Lethbrige Alberta March 17 to March 25th. With 16 teams competing in Penetang, Sherry Middaugh and her team of Joanne Rizzo, Lee Merklinger and Leigh Armstrong (representing Zone 10 and Coldwater) is probably favoured as one of the two teams to advance to the Ontario finals. Her first game is at 6 pm Friday. The other team representing Zone 10 is Heather Marshall from Orillia who plays at 9:30. A Stroud (Zone 11) team skipped by Sarah Picton play against the St. Thomas team (Zone 15) pictured above. The schedule is on the internet at http://www.ontcurl. com/images/Draws/up-12stoh_W.pdf. New material can aid in nuclear cleanup BRISBANE, Australia - Australian researchers say they've developed new technology that can remove radioactive material from contaminated water following nuclear disasters. Scientists at Queensland University of Technology say their absorbent material, using nanofiber and nanotube technology, can efficiently lock in deadly radioactive material from contaminated water and can be safely disposed of without risk of leakage, even if the material becomes wet. "One gram of the nanofibers can effectively purify at least one ton of polluted water," researcher Huai-Yong Xhu Zhu said. "This saves large amounts of dangerous water needing to be stored somewhere and also prevents the risk of contaminated products leaking into the soil." The technology works by forcing contaminated water through the fine nanotubes and fibers that trap the radioactive Cesium through a structural change, a university release said Wednesday. With the global debate about the safety of nuclear energy, now is the time to put safeguards in place, Zhu said. "Even if we decide that nuclear energy is not the way we want to go, we will still need to clean up what's been produced so far and store it safely," he said.

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NEW YOGA CLASSES Kids Yoga (ages 4 and up) - Mondays at 6 pm Gentle Yoga - Wednesdays at 6 pm Hatha - Saturdays at 10:30 am Classes will begin the week of January 16th. Registration required.

NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATION As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Springwater Yoga and Wellness offers a range of nutritional services from individual consultation to group seminars. The focus is on achieving optimal health through clean, wholesome nutrients.

Students of MSS and teacher, Tim Jenkinson, back, present members of Angels with Backpacks, Pat Simmons, right, and Dianne Paddags, front, with packs for the homeless.

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ATTAWAPISKAT CONTRACT No offense intended, to the builder (of houses for Attawapiskat), or anyone in particular...but I do have to question the Conservative Government and their logic, and lack of foresight. Yes, this particular company did have the lowest bid. That does not necessarily mean it is the best, most suitable 'product' or concept, for the project and problem at hand. Already convinced that it didn't make much sense to build 'houses' in Fredericton... only to have to transport them all that way to their Northern Ontario destination; in researching the story I see they have already had problems with the tarp-wraps blowing off (in the Sudbury area), and (if I read it right), the 'MODS' having to be sent back to Quebec 'for re-wrapping'. I hope these 'homes' stand up to 'the claims'. Apparently, they didn't wrap them properly for transport, high winds notwithstanding. I did bring it up in the Municipal campaign, specifically at the 'Tiny Airport interview', that a project for TINY could be a multiple design contest, to see 'what type of build' - inviting new ideas of course - would perform best in our Winter climate. A performance study with concrete results. It was about this time, when I was talking about antiquated building techniques, and some NEW homes I've seen, (with 6" roof overhangs), needing ICE MELTING CABLES on the roof... yes, it was about that time I noticed 'eyes glazing over' and restlessness in the observer group; in fact, one lady got up in boredom...I know an advanced study of building techniques may not be the most exciting subject matter to some, but to me, it IS, and we could do much better than what we are doing now, even with R2000 homes. There are still log homes & cottages going up; (you can have a log-look without the inefficiency, if you like). With these modular homes, I would suggest that just having thick walls and extra insulation top & bottom does not establish enough 'forward-thinking' in design techniques, or at the very least, make use of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a community concept'. In Nordic countries they have experimented, successfully, with central community-type heating for instance, feeding several homes. This would be ideal in a close-knit housing layout. What are 'we' doing with this project? Electric furnaces. Overlooked and / or ignored is the idea of a 'village style layout', with protective courtyards and garages etc. Not to mention, in the video reports there seemed to be quite a few 'outdoor dogs'. Proper shelter for these animals could be built into the overall concept. To me, just stringing about individual modular homes leaving 4 outside walls completely exposed - is not what we should be doing, in this new millennium. Here we are, 12 years into it. But at least ... 'it was a quick solution' to a problem. How typical (of a typical government). I will approach the Feds with the challenge idea...I would also suggest our good First Nations peoples be involved in future designs, contracts and builds. (PASTE from Google MAPS): "We could not calculate directions between Attawapiskat, ON P0L 1A0, Canada and Fredericton, NB, Canada." (PS: It's a heck of a long way! ) Peter E. Davenport, TINY TOWNSHIP

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Joe, I tried, without success, to find an email address for this woman because I want very much to send her a message. Since I have failed in that attempt I thought I would just tell you, in a way, one way or another my thoughts and feelings for her may just get passed along. The first thing that needs to be said is that even though we all know that everything is involved with politics this person and her story is far beyond the political realm but gets right into the whole business of why people become involved in public life. We have a long tradition in Canada of people serving their country as politicians and each enters into their quest for their own reasons, those reasons ultimately become unimportant because their participation makes Canada a free and open society, a democratic society, a place where men, women, all sorts of people play their part in the progress of our country. I have to tell you that I am fed up. I am away passed outrage, women must be part of every facet of Canadian life if we are to achieve the goals that I feel are necessary for my grand daughters and their grand daughters. Over the years I have seen what has happened to woman who accept the challenge and enter political life. The struggle to be "persons" and have the vote makes us all proud of our country for indeed we lead the way in the free world but we have done so at a tragic and miserable route where woman after woman has been treated far less than fair. It is important to consider some of those people. I remember the pride we Canadians felt when Ellen Fairclough became our first member of cabinet, but it was tough for her even though she was respected the press and her fellow politicians were often far more than unkind. In the Pearson cabinet there were several women who did great things and that tradition has been maintained with the women who followed in their footsteps. But all along the way there have been those mean jibs that hurt, not just the victim but Canadian women in general. Sheila Copps served Canada admirably but had to endure the embarrassment of John crosby's "have some tequila Sheila and lie back and love me again." that was just plain crap. Here in Saskatchewan we had a remarkable leader of the liberal party who was virtually drummed out of politics and in Manitoba I do not know how Sharon Carstairs endured the harassment she received. Then there was Canada's first woman prime minister who was given the thankless job of trying to soldier on after the fiasco of the Mulroney years. But, Kim held up her head and I cherish her spirit and courage. The Harper government has some great women but they have suffered considerable abuse. The hapless record on the environment had to be fronted by a well meaning woman and the most despicable treatment of a woman came right in parliament with Peter mackay's half concealed and later lied about comments about a woman who entered politics to put her good education and experience to good use only to be taunted as a dog. Helena Guergis was treated by her fellow politicians in such a manner that it really makes you wonder why they would treat another human being in such a shameful way. I cheered when I heard that she was suing because she must not just stand up for herself, but for all Canadian women in politics. She was betrayed, then she was publicly humiliated and made to bare whatever sins might have been, or we're alleged to have been carried out by her spouse. I do not share her political views but I share humanity with her and for that I am grieving for how she has been treated. 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Snow Ploughing Snow Shovelling Monday 60 Men's League Even The ten teams in the Monday day-time league were very even. Four teams were tied for first place. They were Bill Stephenson with John Dusome,D an McLean and Anton Vriends. This was the first that Anton had ever curled. This tells you that this a good league to start in. Also in first were Don Bell, Jim Park, Reg Cowan and Brian Jones. The third team tied here was Elmer McFadden, Jon Warren, Bruce Hall and Terry Hannah. Two teams tied for second, just one point back. They were Dennis Turner, Joe Rowntree, Wayne Dixon and Frank KleinGebbinck. The other team was John Clancy, Jim Hynes, Jim Sommerville and Milt Walters. In third, one point back was Gabe Quesnelle, Don McLean, Paul Lambie and Guy Maurice. Four teams were tied for fourth, just two wins back of first. They were the teams of George Allen, Clint Nesbitt, Mike Stone and Dennis Lemieux. This is a fun league so if you are in that age range come down some Monday and see them play. Then next year you can come and be on a team. Many use cues so if your knees aren't good, don't worry! Come and have some fun.

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Surveys confirm market demand for 100% smoke-free housing SIMCOE MUSKOKA - Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in apartments, condos and co-op housing is a serious public health threat for residents in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka, and the vast majority want smokefree housing. Results of two surveys by Ipsos Reid show a majority of all residents believe that all multi-unit dwellings should be smoke-free and, if available, would be the choice of a majority of tenants. The most recent survey conducted in November for the Canadian Cancer Society found 67 per cent of all Ontario residents support 100 per cent, smoke-free multi-unit housing. Those results build on a November 2010 survey conducted for Smoke-Free Housing Ontario. In that survey, 80 per cent of tenants who were currently living in multi-unit dwellings said they would choose to live in a smoke-free building, all other things being equal. Despite that, the supply of smoke-free housing remains disproportionally low. The surveys confirm that there is a market for smokefree housing. That’s good news for landlords and housing providers since smoke-free dwellings are less costly to maintain, clean, paint and refurbish than units where regular smoking occurs. As well, smoke-free units reduce the risk of fire and this can reduce insurance costs. “Building owners may not be aware that they have the legal right to implement a No Smoking policy for their buildings,” said Niddery. “They can require all new tenants to sign an agreement to keep their unit smoke free as a condition of a lease.” He pointed to Collier Place, a seniors’ building in Barrie, as an example of a high-rise that is becoming smoke free. Current residents can continue to smoke, but as the units turn over all new leases include a smoke-free clause. Over time the building will become 100 per cent smoke free. The Simcoe County Housing Corporation is also going to pilot a smoke-free building for its social housing residents beginning in January, after a survey of social housing residents indicated there is support for the move. The health unit has information and supports for tenants, landlords and housing providers to help them make their units smoke free. Call Your Health Connection at 705-7217520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit An Ipsos Reid poll, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division, was undertaken from November 16 to 21, 2011. For this survey, a total of 810 Ontarians from Ipsos' Canadian online panel were interviewed online, yielding a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. An earlier Ipsos Reid poll, conducted for Smoke-Free Housing Ontario, was undertaken from October 29 to November 9, 2010. For this survey, a total of 1533 Ontarians living in apartments, condominiums and housing cooperatives were interviewed online, yielding a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Calif. academy named 140 species in '11 - SAN FRANCISCO - Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 140 new relatives to the world family tree of life in 2011, the academy said. The new species described by more than a dozen academy scientists, working with several dozen international collaborators, include 72 arthropods, 31 sea slugs, 13 fishes, 11 plants, nine sponges, three corals and one reptile, a release from the academy's San Francisco headquarters said Thursday. The finds were made in six continents -- all except Antarctica -- and in three oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian, the academy said. Among the discoveries were four new species of shark, including an African dwarf shark collected from 1,600 feet below the surface off the coast of Mozambique. Arthropods -- the most numerous species on Earth -- got a boost with the discovery of 43 new species of ants and 20 new species of spiders, researchers said.

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Snow Tracks Outside my bedroom window, the snow lay glistening on the ground. Millions of tiny diamonds sparkled on the snow's surface as the sun shone down on this white blanket. As I gazed at this fantasy that lay before me, I noticed various tracks in the snow. One set of tracks was made by a deer, another by a rabbit, another by a black squirrel, and there was still another set that I couldn't make out. A path of tracks, leading somewhere--and I wondered where they led. Were these tracks made by the animal searching for food, or were they made by the animal going back to its individual home? The path was known only to the animal and its Creator. In the same way, the paths that we take are known only to us and our Creator. Paths direct us to whatever choices we make. Sometimes we make a good choice, which leads to success; sometimes we make a choice that leads to a disappointment, a failure, or a loss. Yet, all our paths and choices are known by God and allowed by Him. He is with us in whatever path we choose. Proverbs 16:9-The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (NASB) Matthew 28:20b-And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (NASB) Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for walking with us as we venture into the unknown by the choices that we make. You already know the consequences that our choices will bring into effect, sometimes good and sometimes bad. Yet in whatever circumstance in which we find ourselves, You are there with us, in all things, always. Amen. Rosemary Hagedorn, Penetanguishene

Paramedic Services Toy Drive exceeds expectations Midhurst/ December 21, 2011 – The annual County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive collected a total of 6,381 toys, 1,186 lbs of food, and $14,044 in cash and gift cards, making 2011 the most successful toy drive to date. All donations benefit local charities throughout Simcoe County. “This year’s toy drive exceeded all of our expectations, and I am so thankful to all of our residents who participated and to our dedicated paramedics who volunteered their personal time and energy during the campaign.” All toy drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe paramedics. Those charities include the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society, Barrie Food Bank, Coldwater Food Bank, Elmvale Food Bank, Wasaga Beach Food Bank, Salvation Army, Kinnette’s Toys for Kids, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Hope Acres (Salvation Army), Holy Martyrs of Japan, and Barrie and Area Christmas Cheer. Since its inception in 2002, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive has collected more than 31,000 toys, $52,000 in monetary and gift card donations, and 10,000 lbs of food from the generous residents of Simcoe County.

2012 – Bicentennial of the War of 1812 This is an important year for those involved in preserving, recording, re-enacting and enjoying all about the War of 1812. Celebrations are planned for many communities in Ontario and parts of the United States. And there are a number planned for Simcoe County. Checking each website and watching the news media will give more information of each event. More events are being considered and should be announced shortly. Here are some: Guided tours of St. James on the Line Anglican Church will be offered. This church is noted for its wide centre aisle, built to allow four soldiers to march abreast. The church was constructed on the ‘lines of communication’ between the town and the naval base. Its intention was to serve as a garrison church as well as for the growing civilian population in 1836. Guided Tours will be offered of Discovery Harbour Historic Site and a Bi-national 1812 Travelling Art Collection. Discovery Harbour was established as a British naval and military base to safeguard access to Upper Canada. www. City of Barrie will have a special celebration in early summer. Wasaga Under Siege at the Nancy Island site will occur in August www.wasagaunderseige1812,com Festival at the Fort will be presented at Fort Willow, Minesing in September ................................................................................. Congratulations! Most township committees have a staff liaison person. The Springwater Heritage Committee has bright, energetic Erin as that person. Recently, Erin and her sweetheart were married on a warm tropical island in the Caribbean. Best wishes are extended to the happy couple as they travel down this new road in life. Sharks and rays share the same kind of skin: instead of scales, they have small tooth-like spikes called denticles. The spikes are so sharp that shark skin has long been used as sandpaper. During the first 90 years of this century, the USA dominated the race for the title of the tallest building in the world. In 1974 Chicago's Sears Tower was completed, and generally seen as the 'tallest building' in the world. Sears Tower held on to that title for over 20 years.

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New Voluntary Wheat Board May Struggle by Milton Boyd The federal government’s Bill C-18 will replace the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with a voluntary wheat board that would receive federal assistance for 5 years. The board may not be viable, as a lack of customers may make it difficult to finance. It would also lack access to capital, and have few assets. This was not a problem for the monopoly CWB. The voluntary board may also not develop the competitive culture of a private firm, making it difficult to compete in the marketplace. This was the case with the Australian Wheat Board, which was privatized in 1999. While the voluntary board may not succeed, there is no reason to believe that wheat producers can’t succeed in marketing their own crops, as canola farmers have done. Farmers in many other countries have done so successfully. In Bill C-18, the federal government plans a new voluntary wheat board to replace the current Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly in Western Canada. This new board would compete with the private grain companies, and farmers would be free to sell their wheat as they wish. The voluntary board, beginning in August 2012, would receive government financial assistance including guaranteed borrowing and annual guarantees for initial grain price payments to farmers, for a period of about five years.

However, the voluntary board may struggle and face many challenges, especially after the financial assistance ends, as there would be few advantages for a farmer to sell wheat to a voluntary board rather than to a private grain company. While a number of farmers prefer a CWB monopoly, others believe they can market their wheat better without either a monopoly or voluntary board, just as they do for canola and other crops, as long as regulators ensure sufficient competition and regulation in the grain industry and grain transportation system. A first challenge facing a voluntary board is that it might struggle to maintain enough farmer customers, resulting in high costs and considerable downsizing over time. A voluntary board may not receive strong support from farmers who prefer the CWB monopoly or even from those who oppose it, as many farmers may prefer dealing with private grain firms. Second, the current CWB monopoly is reluctant to evolve into a voluntary board, and some of its directors are considering legal actions to maintain the monopoly. CWB argues that a voluntary board is inferior to a monopoly and that the government is unwilling to provide enough preferential treatment needed for a voluntary board to succeed. The government counters that providing preferential treatment would be unfair to the private grain companies.

A third challenge is that a voluntary board may struggle to function as an average price pool like the Board monopoly price pool. This is because farmers could easily spread their wheat sales throughout the year as they do for canola and other crops, and a voluntary pool could not claim monopoly pricing power. Also, wheat farmers would be able to use futures contracts and forward contracts to stabilize price, just as they do for canola, further eliminating the need for a pool. Fourth, the voluntary board as proposed by the government would have few assets and would lack elevators to collect the grain and port facilities to export it. Further, it would no longer have preferential and desired access to private grain elevators, port facilities, and rail transportation as under the Board monopoly. Fifth, a voluntary board may face shortages of capital, especially if government financial assistance stops in five years and farmers are given board ownership. It may have difficulty either issuing shares or borrowing private funds, due to perceived risk. For example, farmers saw their Saskatchewan Wheat Pool brush against bankruptcy when shares dropped from over $20 in 1998 to less than 50 cents by 2003, and so farmers may be reluctant to finance a voluntary wheat board should it face future losses and too few farmer customers. Earlier in the 1990s and early 2000s, many of the four big grain cooperatives in Western Canada faced efficiency

challenges in competing with the private sector and were insufficiently capitalized. They ended up consolidating into one large private company, Viterra. A voluntary board may face similar challenges with strong competition and lack of capital. Sixth, a voluntary board may lack the competitive private sector culture and management necessary for a low enough cost structure to compete with private firms. The Australian Wheat Board was privatized in 1999 and faced many challenges, including private sector culture adjustments. Large losses caused the share price to fall by over 80 percent between 2006 and 2010, and it was later taken over by other firms. Overall, a voluntary wheat board may struggle. However, farmers can likely successfully market their wheat without a monopoly or voluntary board as they have done for canola and other crops, as long as there is sufficient competition and regulation in the grain industry and grain transportation system. Farmers from many countries have successfully marketed their wheat without grain boards in recent years, and farmers in Western Canada are likely to have similar experiences, regardless or whether or not a voluntary board succeeds. Milton Boyd is a Professor and Economist at the University of Manitoba. This article is based on his paper, Removal of the Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly: Future Changes for Farmers and the Grain Industry, published by the Frontier Centre (www.fcpp. org)

TODAY'S THRIFTY TIP: Make it a team effort: Team up with a friend or family member to host the party. Tag-team hosting can cut your expenses in half, reduce your workload and double your potential guest list -- just make sure you choose the right co-host and not a slacker. Borrow stuff: Rather than buying disposable glasses, utensils and plates, borrow from family and friends. Put the word out you need help with decorations and festiveCDs for the event. Comparison shop for food: A week or two before your event, start clipping coupons and comparing prices at area grocery stores, dollar stores and warehouse clubs. Plan quantities carefully: Avoid underand over-buying food, only to end up with a refrigerator full of fattening treats. For example: Plan 6-ounces of meat, three ounce of cheese and 1-2 rolls per person. Go with a potluck: Most people, at least those with any manners, will ask what they can bring. Don't hesitate to spread the expense around a bit by encouraging a potluck atmosphere. Those who shy away from cooking can always bring chips and dip or drinks.

(PENETANGUISHENE, On)- On November 22, 2011 at a regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene, Rotarian Anita Dubeau presented Lt. (N) Megan McKinnon of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Trillium Midland with a cheque for $500.00 to support their training of youth in our community. The Sea Cadet program which has been in existence for over 25 years teaches youth between the ages of 12 and 19 years- leadership, seamanship, discipline, drill and sailing skills. These well trained young Cadets are a great asset to our community. Submitted photo credits from left to right –Rotary Club of Penetanguishene President Elizabeth Stewart, Lt (N) Megan McKinnon of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Rotarian Anita Dubeau

FULL MOON SNOWSHOE/SKI The Wye Marsh keeps its doors open late, for this special event of snowshoeing or skiing by the light of the full moon. From 6-9pm, enjoy the fresh air and sounds of crunching snow under your feet. Bring your own mug and warm up with some hot chocolate as a nice treat at the end of the evening. $5 + HST for members and $10 +HST for non-members this cost includes rental of traditional snowshoes, upgrading is available for an additional cost. (Weather dependant) Dates: January, 9th 2012 Time: 6:00pm—9:00pm

SNOWSHOEING 101 Come and learn the basics of snowshoeing at the Wye Marsh, beginner, intermediate and avid snowshoer’s are welcome—you just might learn something new! Wednesday’s from January 11th - February 1st and the second session starting Wednesday, February 8th till 29th. Cost is $50 plus a one time $10 rental fee for snowshoes, if needed. This includes your admission so feel free to stay a while at the Marsh. Dates: (4 week Courses) Jan 11th—Feb 1st and 8th Time: 10:00—11:30am

SNOWSHOE FUN HOP RACE The snowshoe fun hop race gives participants a reason to get outside in the winter and take part in something different. Teens and Adults have the choice of a 2km or 5km snowshoe race, and Children 12 and under can participate in a 1km loop. This race is going to be a fun-filled event, prizes will be awarded to the top male and female participants in each category. For more information or to register please contact the Wye Marsh. Dates: February 4th, 2012 Time: Registration starts at 8:00am Contact: Information at 705-526-7809 or email - info@ "Thoughts on Genealogy" Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people. I trace my family history so I will know who to blame. Can a first cousin, once removed, return? Searching for lost relatives? Win the lottery! Every family tree has some sap in it. Genealogy: A haystack full of needles. It's the threads I need. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools. I think my family tree is a few branches short of full bloom. Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all related.

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Rural Intentions by Lynette Mader A word from Craighurst The Craighurst Women’s Institute held its annual Christmas potluck dinner on the Tuesday before Christmas. Holiday travels were already well underway for many and the crowd was perhaps not as big as other years but the mood was as festive as ever. After a scrumptious dinner of some of the ladies’ favourite recipes such as sweet potato casserole, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, ham, turkey, trifle and many other yummy dishes, the diners stayed for a good while, socializing and singing Christmas songs around a lovely piano that had found its way over from the Presbyterian Church. The carollers knew the first verses and choruses of many carols and when lyrics eventually failed them, they hummed away enthusiastically. There was talk of building a platform on wheels for the piano so it could be wheeled in and out of the back for various events. The inside of the hall has been freshly painted within the past couple of years and folks that hadn’t seen it for a while, commented on how nice it looked with its elegant paint job and the nicely framed historic photos of Craighurst that grace the walls. A lifelong Craighurst resident described

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provided a platform for local talent for Christmas pageants and other events. Every year, the CWI ladies prepare beautiful gift baskets full of home baked goodies for people within the local area that might need some cheering up. They also collect food for a local food program. At the end of the evening, which one CWI member felt ran later than other years because of all the neighbourly chatting and carolling, everyone pitched in to stack up the chairs, put tables away and help the CWI ladies carry parcels, crock pots and boxes back out into the snowy night. It was an evening of nostalgia and goodwill, reminiscent of times past and yet keeping up with the evolution of the Craighurst community throughout the years. Kudos to the CWI ladies for keeping this lovely Christmas tradition alive.

Elmvale Atom Rep Hungry for Playoffs

Article and Photographs by: Jamie Dietrich Elmvale welcomed party afterward. Oro to town on Friday, On an icy Thursday, December December 23, (the night 30 evening, the Coyotes invited before the night before), the Creemore Atom B team to an but were not in the giving exhibition game. Creemore has a mood. The team started 19 – 0 record in their division thus slow with caution, but far this season, and were happy for a picked up momentum, challenge. Both teams were missing winning the game 8 – 1. players, and a few AE players filled Goals were distributed in for the Coyotes, but in the end, the through all lines, with an Coyote defense and back-checking especially pretty goal and limited the Creemore team to few good shots on net, C. J. Beltrame splits Oro's leading to a 2 – defense on one of his inspired 0 victory for the and fruitful runs to the net. Coyotes. The Elmvale Atom Rep The boys hockey team, sponsored by are trailing the local Lions Club, are Penetang by now solidly in third place, 3 points, with threatening to take second only two games in their league. The team left of regular traveled to Shelburne on season. They Tuesday, December 20, not play the Stars sure what to expect after in Wasaga Jason Priest looks on having tied the Wolves at on Tuesday, home earlier in the season. as Jack Sneddon and January 3, and Down one player, the coaches Jeremy Robertson the Midland juggled the lines with some Christmas wrap Oro's Centennials success. Many Shelburne top scorer in a 8 – 1 at home on players went down during the Elmvale victory. Sunday, January game, slowing the play, and 8, at 6:05 lots of penalties were called, victory jump from C. J. Beltrame. The pm. Come on out after dinner and but in the end, Shelburne took most of team and their families celebrated the watch them make their final playoff them. The Coyotes won 3 – 2. victory with a mini-sticks Christmas preparations. Worms survive months in space - NOTTINGHAM, England - British researchers say a colony of worms that survived a trip into space is providing insight into the biological effects of deep space missions. In December 2006, a team of scientists led by Nathaniel Szewczyk of the University of Nottingham in England sent 4,000 microscopic worms, known as C. elegans, into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. They successfully monitored the effect of low Earth orbit on 12 generations of the worms during the first three months of their six month voyage on board the International Space Station. "We have been able to show that worms can grow and reproduce in space for long enough to reach another planet and that we can remotely monitor their health," Szewczyk said in a university release. "Ultimately, we are now in a position to be able to remotely grow and study an animal on another planet." The research was published Wednesday in Interface, a journal of The Royal Society. I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. Andy Rooney

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New rules that are being phased in between now and 2016 for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will give people greater flexibility to choose when they want to begin receiving CPP benefits and on how long they can contribute to CPP after age 60. Consider, for example, a 60-year-old worker who needs the income of a full-time job but would prefer to work fewer hours in order to take care of an ailing relative. The new rules make it easier for that person to receive their CPP benefits before age 65, which can be used to supplement their reduced income resulting from decreased hours of work. But while the new rules offer more choices, many additional factors need to be considered in order to make those choices, cautions Chartered Accountant Michelle Connolly, Regional Vice President, Wealth Planning with CI Private Counsel LP in Toronto. “As with any choice, there are trade-offs involved,” Connolly says. “For example, while it will be easier under the new rules to qualify to receive CPP benefits before age 65, the financial penalty for doing so will be greater. Currently, the benefit amount people receive at age 60 is 30 per cent less than it would have been if the person waited until age 65 to start receiving benefits. By 2016, that penalty will be greater – it will be 36 per cent less.” On the other hand, people also have the option of deferring the receipt of CPP benefits until as late as age 70, in which case they receive higher benefits than they would have at age 60. Under the new rules, the amount of those extra benefits will also increase, from an additional 30 per cent in 2011 to 42 per cent in 2013. People already receiving CPP benefits won’t be affected by the new rules - everyone else will have more choice. While each person should be guided by their own preferences and circumstances, Connolly recommends that people consider the following factors: • Events that dictate actions - While everyone prefers to control their own choices, sometimes events occur that limit those choices or make them for us. For example, if you lose your job after age 60 (and do not expect to become re-employed), or you are unable to continue working for health reasons, you may need the income from CPP benefits before you are 65. • Family and lifestyle circumstances - When deciding whether it is financially feasible to either stop working or reduce your working hours for family reasons (such as caring for grandchildren or acting as a caregiver for an infirm relative), factor in the costs that you would otherwise have to pay for daycare or other alternative care services, as well as any tax relief that may be available through deductions or credits. If the amount you save in out-of-pocket costs combined with the amount of your CPP benefits is close to the amount of employment income you will lose, you may decide that receiving CPP benefits before age 65 suits your financial circumstances. • Employment and other income - Although you may begin receiving CPP benefits as early as age 60 even if you continue working, it’s important to consider the new “working beneficiary” obligations and income tax implications. On the positive side, these additional contributions can create additional benefits under the new Post Retirement Benefit. Starting in 2012, people under age 65 who collect CPP benefits while continuing to work will still be required to make CPP contributions. However, the CPP benefit will be taxable as income along with your existing employment and/or other income, and may result in a higher marginal tax rate and, therefore, a higher income tax liability. If so, any financial gain you may have triggered by receiving CPP benefits may be diminished. • Anticipated sources of retirement income - CPP benefits are an essential component of most people’s anticipated retirement income. If, however, you expect to have few other sources of retirement income and you are still able to work, you may want to defer receiving CPP benefits until as late as possible in order to maximize your CPP benefit amount. As of 2013, people who wait until age 70 to start receiving CPP benefits will receive as much as 42 per cent more than they would have at age 65. You may also want to make voluntary CPP contributions if you’re working between the ages of 65 and 70 since they will create additional post-retirement benefits. Everyone’s financial situation is different, and there may be other factors to consider in addition to those listed above. A Chartered Accountant can help you assess the financial impacts of the myriad of CPP benefit planning choices. 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The OPP Report THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lock it or lose itâ&#x20AC;? The members of the OPP are requesting the assistance of the public in solving this crime. Sometime between the late evening hours of December 22nd and the morning hours of December 23rd, 2011, unknown person or persons entered 2 unlocked motor vehicles parked at a residence on Carson Road. Items stolen are still to be determined. BREAK & ENTER The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are requesting the assistance of the public in solving this crime. Sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on December 22nd, 2011, unknown person or persons broke into a residence on Concession 12 Sunnidale between Sunnidale Road (AKA County Road #10) and Klondike Park Road and stole the following items: 1. Cash 2. HP Laptop computer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beige in colour with a 17â&#x20AC;? monitor 3. HP Laptop computer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black in colour with a 13â&#x20AC;? monitor 4. God â&#x20AC;&#x153;box link chainâ&#x20AC;? necklace 5. Paul Reid Smith electric guitar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; starburst in colour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; serial # 5712918 and guitar case 6. Georgian Mall gift card 7. Toys R US gift card 8. Squire guitar case â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black in colour 9. Coach wallet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black in colour with a black â&#x20AC;&#x153;CCâ&#x20AC;? on it 10. Coach purse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black and white in colour with a black and white â&#x20AC;&#x153;CSâ&#x20AC;? on it 11. Canon Camera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black and silver in colour 12. Alcohol â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Baccardi Rum (full bottle), Canadian Club Rye (2 full bottles) and Smirnoff Vodka (1 full bottle) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prescription Medication Stolenâ&#x20AC;? Sometime between the late evening hours of December 21st and the morning hours of December 22nd, 2011, unknown person or persons entered an unlocked motor vehicle parked at a residence on Smallman Drive and stole the following items: â&#x20AC;˘ Prescription medication â&#x20AC;˘ Flash light â&#x20AC;˘ Assorted tools â&#x20AC;˘ Thermos â&#x20AC;˘ Glasses Police caution anyone who may come in possession of any prescription medication not prescribed for you or any prescription medication to dispose of them in a safe and environmentally respectful way and to NEVER consume prescription medication not prescribed to you, doing so

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Why Youth Uses Mood Altering Substances By: Ernest Matton I.C.A.D.C., E.F.A.P., Addiction Behavioural Specialist E.F.T. Practitioner Certified Gladue Writer Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move on, this does not mean that if you are in the pattern of having wine with dinner or an occasional beer or cocktail you stop. Young people can understand and accept that there are differences between what adults may do legally and responsibly, and what is appropriate and legal for the. Keep that distinction sharp, however. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve your youth with your drinking by letting them mix a cocktail for you or bring you a beer. And though it may seem harmless enough, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow your child to have sips of your drink. There are many things a lot of us do without thinking twice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal however if we want to send our youth the right message, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea to be careful about certain behaviors. Watch for conflicts between your words and your actions. Remember that youth are quick to sense when parents send signals by their actions that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all right to duck unpleasant duties or to be dishonest. Make sure that your child understands your family values. Parents assume, sometimes mistakenly, that children have â&#x20AC;&#x153;absorbedâ&#x20AC;? values even though they may be rarely or never discussed. You can test your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding by discussing some common situations at the dinner table; for example, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would you do if you saw a stranger drop a dollar bill without noticing?â&#x20AC;? As a parent we are responsible for Setting and Enforcing

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Rules or Guidelines Against the Use of mood altering substances. When it comes to mood altering substances, strong rules need to be established to protect the wellbeing of a young people. Remember setting rules is only half the job, however; we must also be prepared to enforce the consequences when the rules are broken. Here are some tips when making rules. Be specific. Explain the reasons for the rules. Tell them what the rules are and what behavior is expected. Discuss the consequences of breaking the rules, and what it will be, how it will be carried out, how much time will be involved, and what the purpose is supposed to achieve. Be consistent. Make it clear to them that a no-alcohol/ no drug-use rule remains the same at all times - in your home, in a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. Be reasonable. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add new consequences that have not been discussed before the rule was broken. Avoid unrealistic threats such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your father will kill you when he gets home.â&#x20AC;? Instead, react calmly and carry out the consequence that the youth expects for breaking the rule. I will continue with the Role of the Parent, in my next column. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please write me. For more information, or to book an appointment please call (705) 5331579. We are now offering home visit for one to one counselling, group work, E.A.P. & E.F.A.P. services. Up-coming articles I will talk about; how to Build and maintain Healthy Relationships, Anger Release, Signs of addictions, and specific workshops that I will be conducting in the near future.

For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at GPS SHOULD NOT REPLACE GOOD DRIVING On December 19th, 2011 at approximately 5:00 p.m. members of the Huronia West OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving a single vehicle. An investigation revealed that a Grey 4 door Mazda motor vehicle was travelling northbound on Bayfield Street North (AKA Hwy #27 / #26) when the driver a 19 year old male attempted to turn westbound on to Hwy #26 and ended up in a ditch. A further investigation by Police revealed that the driver turned left following the directions given by his GPS, but was travelling too fast to safely make this maneuvre. Charged with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Careless Drivingâ&#x20AC;? under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario is a 19 year old male from Markham, Ontario. For more safe driving tips, please visit our website at, REDUCE FALSE ALARMS? Responding to false alarms can be time consuming for first responders, but police will continue to respond to all alarms until they have been determined to be either an accidental trip or false. Recently, a number of area municipalities have established a â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Alarm Policiesâ&#x20AC;? bylaw which will have a monetary fine once a set number of â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Alarmsâ&#x20AC;? has been reached during the calendar year. Members of the (OPP) would like to ask all commercial property and residential home owners who protect their investments using an alarm system to review the following false Alarm reduction hints. Use an Alarm monitoring company that subscribes to using â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enhanced Call Verificationâ&#x20AC;? (ECV) which assists in verifying if an Alarm is actual or false. Train all users of the Alarm system in the proper procedure of arming and disarming and the proper procedure to follow if the Alarm system is accidentally activated. Ensure your Alarm monitoring company has the most current key holder and property owner information including full names and all phone numbers for those persons. When arming the system and leaving the property, ensure that you have secured all doors and windows and cleared the sensors of any items such as plants or curtains and advertising banners/balloons which may activate the Alarm when the furnace or air conditioning comes on in your absence. If you have remodelled the interior of your property or become the owner of a new pet, contact the Alarm monitoring company to check if changes are required to your system. Have your Alarm system checked annually by qualified personnel as all systems have electronic components, sensors and batteries and they do require periodic service. Never provide a key to your property to a person who is not familiar with your Alarm system. IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION Identity theft occurs when someone accesses another individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal information such as their name, date of birth and SIN. The OPP would like to offer the following tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of identity theft: â&#x20AC;˘ Only give out your personal or financial information to individuals you know and trust and only give that person what is needed, no more. â&#x20AC;˘ Shred all financial documents that you would have thrown out. This includes those â&#x20AC;&#x153;pre-approved credit card noticesâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;˘ Pick up your mail regularly and report any missing or damaged mail to both Canada Post and the Police. â&#x20AC;˘ Do not respond to any unsolicited offers via e-mail, the Internet or the telephone. â&#x20AC;˘ Do not carry your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card with you, keep it in a secure place and only have it with you when you are going to use it. â&#x20AC;˘ Ensure your computer has up to date anti-virus and spyware and your firewall is on and working properly. â&#x20AC;˘ When disposing your old computers remove the hard drive and destroy it. â&#x20AC;˘ If you store personal or financial information on your wireless devices, when you get a new one erase all information on it then destroy it so it will not work. â&#x20AC;˘ Always remember to protect your debit and credit cards and your pin numbers. â&#x20AC;˘ Check your credit score or report from time to time. For more safety and crime prevention tips, please visit MISCHIEF â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interfere with enjoyment of propertyâ&#x20AC;? On October 4th, 2011, members of the Huronia West Detachment of the OPP responded to an on going concern with regards to a neighbour dispute in the Village of Phelpston that had escalated over the last couple of months. An OPP investigation determined that the on going actions of one of the neighbours were criminal in nature and interfered with the other neighbours, enjoyment of their property.

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Free Diving Taking the oxygen-free plunge Lifeguards at public swimming pools don’t like it when you disregard the signs that say “Walk, Don’t Run!” But they like it even less when you don’t move at all. As a lifeguard is scanning the pool, the last thing he or she wants to see is a body floating face-down and motionless in the water. I remember getting yelled at for doing exactly that when I was about 10 or 12 years old. I couldn’t understand what the problem was. I wasn’t bothering anyone, I was just enjoying the sensation of holding my breath, floating, and staring at the bottom of the pool. But the lifeguard reprimanded me: “You have to keep moving. Otherwise I won’t know if you have drowned.” I thought that was unfair, because kicking around in the water isn’t as relaxing or serene as just floating there, but ever since then, as a courtesy to those who could not discern my state of consciousness from a distance, I have refrained from floating face-down. Little did I realize that what I was doing would soon be a major competitive sport. Kicking the Breathing Habit Serious breath-holders would call what I was doing Static Apnea—just one of several categories of the sport of freediving. The current world record for Static Apnea is held by Czech diver Martin Stepanek, who floated in a swimming pool while holding his breath for eight minutes and six seconds. That is, if I may say so (and pardon the pun), an unfathomably long time. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Freediving is all about pushing the limits of physical and mental endurance, defying common sense all the way. Freediving is the name for a class of activities that involve holding one’s breath underwater for an extended period of time. In its simplest form, freediving is a lowtech alternative to recreational scuba diving. Although freedivers can’t stay submerged as long as divers who use tanks and regulators, they can move much more quickly and freely without the drag caused by the equipment. It’s a quieter experience too, and with fewer bubbles there’s less chance of scaring off fish. The only equipment required is a mask, wetsuit, and extra-long fins, making it a less expensive pastime than scuba diving as well. The Length and the Breath But when you start talking about competitive freediving, it begins to sound like a sport that could only be appreciated by someone whose brain had been deprived of oxygen a bit too long. Static Apnea is all well and good, but serious freedivers consider that just the first step. Dynamic Apnea ups the ante by requiring the diver to swim horizontally underwater; the idea is to cover as much distance as possible without taking a breath. Separate categories exist for divers using fins and those without. But then things start getting really interesting. In the other major forms of freediving, a rope (with markings to indicate depth) is dropped to the sea floor, and the objective is to follow the rope as deep as possible before returning to the surface. In a Constant Ballast dive, divers must descend and ascend under their own power; they can optionally use a weight to help them descend but they must carry the same weight on the way back up. Free Immersion is similar, except that the diver can pull on the rope to assist in the descent and ascent. Then there’s the Variable Ballast dive, in which a weighted sled takes the diver farther down into the water; the diver then leaves the sled to ascend under his or her own power. If that’s not challenging enough, a No Limits dive uses the same weighted sled to go even deeper, at which point the diver inflates a lift bag to facilitate a speedy ascent. Diver Tanya Streeter currently holds the world record in both of the most challenging freedive categories. On August 17, 2002, she made a record No Limits dive of 160m (525 feet), and on July 21, 2003, her Variable Ballast dive went to 122m (400 feet). But freediving is intensely competitive, and records are set and broken with astonishing frequency. The endless push to go deeper and longer is, not surprisingly, very risky, even for extremely well-trained

In order to properly plan for future growth in the Anten Mills Settlement Area, Leonardo Properties Inc. is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment planning process to determine water supply and wastewater treatment and disposal to accommodate the proposed Estates of Anten Mills Subdivision and have the potential to be expanded in the future to accommodate the remainder of the Anten Mills Secondary Plan area. The following study is being completed as a requirement for the Estate of Anten Mills Subdivision to obtain draft plan approval relating to a 111 lot residential subdivision.

THE PROPONENT WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU Public consultation is a key component of this study. The proposed consultation plan provides for public consultation during Phase 2 (with a public open house). A notice of Public Information Centre (PIC) will be published in the future. In addition there will be an opportunity to review the final Environmental Study Report. The area of land where new infrastructure may be located (such as wells) is known as the Study Area. The Key Plan depicts the limits of the Study Area. The area of land which will benefit from the proposed services is known as the Service Area. In this case, the Service Area and Study Area coincide with one another.

PROCESS The study will follow the planning and design process for Schedule “C” projects as described in the Municipal Environmental Assessment Document (October 2000 as amended in 2007), published by the Municipal Engineers’ Association. Public input and comment on the problem statement, the Study Areas and the Service Area are invited for inclusion in the infrastructure planning. Comments will be received until January 23, 2012. If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive project information, please contact the Township or the Engineering Firm undertaking the study.

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A memorable journey into the past along the Otonabee certainly were simpler, in some ways, but families still River. Vincent Barnes – just like the rest of us – yearns for the days gone by when life was more simple and perhaps more sweet. He is now 90 years old and the golden days of his childhood were set in the 1920s and '30s where he grew up alongside the Otonabee River in Peterborough in eastern Ontario. This is beautiful cottage and vacation country and it is the Otonabee that flows between Stoney Lake and Rice Lake. Barnes grew up during a period when times were hard and good-paying jobs were even harder to come by. The family was a large one and for his mother and father, it was a constant, daily struggle to make ends meet. But there was love in the home and there was food on the table – and there was this marvellous Otonabee River just yards away. There was swimming and fishing in the summer; and there was skiing on the ice-packed river in the winter. Those were the times when there were no computers, no television and when electrical power and telephone communications were still in their infancy. Those were the times when the horses ploughed the fields and when milk and bread were delivered to your door by horse and wagon. Those were the times when, at the age of 13, a young Mr. Barnes took a job in a bowling alley for $2.50 a week – or in the summer, he would take on the back-breaking job of picking tomatoes for 75 cents a day. Barnes brings to life his vivid memories of those childhood years in his recently published book, The River Otonabee of My Boyhood. For those of us of a certain age, the book is a lovely, reminiscent journey into the past when times divers. In October 2002, world-renowned freediver Audry Mestre died in an attempt to break Streeter’s record with a dive of 170 meters. A combination of equipment malfunction and human error prevented her from ascending fast enough, despite the numerous safety measures that are always taken during dives of this sort. But this tragedy seems to have had a galvanizing effect on the freediving community, inspiring them to push themselves even further as a tribute to their lost comrade. If you think about other mammals that hold their breath to make extended dives—whales, seals, and sea lions— freediving doesn’t sound all that crazy. Human physiology is quite a bit different, but research has shown that with training, almost anyone can develop the ability to hold their breath for three or four minutes. Still, there’s a big difference between holding your breath on the surface of a nice, safe swimming pool and doing the same thing under hundreds of meters of water. That requires stamina, guts, and probably a little insanity. —Joe Kissell


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had to endure the hardship of the difficult economic times. And as life moved forward, there was war to contend with – and with war came death and tragedy and sacrifice and even greater struggle. Vincent Barnes is a story-teller at heart. He wrote The River Otonabee of My Boyhood primarily as a legacy for his own offspring and for the generations to come to offer to them a snapshot of what the world was like so many decades ago. As the author himself puts it: "My world as a boy was less complicated than yours today. I hope to bring you some happiness in the knowledge of the world I lived in. Life is really what we make it." Follow Vincent Barnes on his life's journey along the Otonabee River. It's a journey that will make you smile – and perhaps bring a few tears to your eyes. *** Vincent Joseph Barnes is a much-published Canadian author, who began his writing career writing for the union newspaper during the period he worked at General Electric, Davenport Works, Toronto. He has published poetry and short stories and his first published book, Our Long Road to Happiness, was co-written with his wife Dianne. He is also the author of these titles: What Was That War All About, Anyway?, Adventure on a Frozen Island, Global Warming and Corporate Power in Collision, Cubans and Canadians: Our Two Societies, and My Life in a Trade Union. The River Otonabee of my Boyhood ISBN: 9780981067933 $17.99

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3NT is an optimistic contract, but things get better when West leads the Heart Three to East’s Ace, followed by a second Heart. With the ♥A in the East hand, the bidding marks all the remaining HCP with West. How will you take advantage of this?

The Club finesse is sure to work, taking the trick count to eight. The bad news is that the Spade King is surely sitting over the Queen … the good news is that, as West holds the missing high cards, he is likely to come under pressure when you play the Clubs. So, after winning the ♥K at Trick 2 you successfully run the ♣9, play a low Club to the King and Ace, and cash the ♣J. When West shows out, what do you know about his distribution? Not five Diamonds (West didn’t lead one), nor three Diamonds (East didn’t raise), so assume four Diamonds. How many Hearts? West would have led top-of-nothing with three (also, East might have bid 1♥ with five), so assume West has four Hearts. That means West is 3=4=4=2 and the hand is an open book. What does West pitch on the third Club? Not a Spade, in that case you cash the ♠A and duck a Spade to West’s King, scoring the 9th trick with the ♠Q … not a Heart, in that case you cash the ♥Q and run the ♦J around to West (now West must play on Diamonds or Spades, either of which gives up the 9th trick) … and not a Diamond, in that case you run the ♦J around to West’s Queen and have the timing to set up the 13th Diamond. Poor West was squeezed in three suits, but it required accurate card reading to take advantage of that. Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email For games in Barrie see For games in Midland see

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Question for Sidney Crosby If I had a chance to sit down with Sidney Crosby and ask him about his brain injury this is what I would ask him "Do you think, if you can keep your physical body in shape the other effects of the brain injury will get better? Early in my recovery because I was very athletic I thought that surely if I could get my physical body back in shape then all the other things like brain fog, the emotions attached to a brain injury, and day to day living would certainly get better. I soon learned that certainly was not the case. The idea was right but the way I approached the physical part of my recovery was certainly the wrong way to go. What I didn't consider was that when the brain is damaged then the way the body reacts to all stimuli including exercise, is going to be different. So if I overworked the body then the brain got overworked. It was about a year after my brain injury when a doctor sat me down and looked me straight in the eye and said, "If you don't start to rest then you are not going to get where you want to go in your recovery.” That was very hard to hear because I was used to tackling every day life head on with determination. Sleep....that didn't seem to fit my recovery agenda at all! So after trying my own way I decided to heed the advice of this doctor and implement sleep and rest into a very important part of my recovery. I believe that if I had continued on my own recovery agenda and not heeded that wonderful doctor I would not be experiencing the level of brain injury recovery that I have today. When you incorporate rest into your exercise program the recovery results can have a different outcome. To the Brain Injured Person: Remember that rest can be a very important of the recovery process and your caregiver can be the one who can help you balance your physical recovery. To the Caregivers of the Brain Injured Person: Remember rest can be an important part of recovery and you may be the one that balances the brain injured persons physical recovery.

DELAY IN SEEKING DIAGNOSIS FOR DEMENTIA SYMPTOMS RESULTS IN HUGE TREATMENT GAP FOR CANADIANS ACCORDING TO NEW ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SURVEY This Alzheimer Awareness Month... Let's face it! Get the facts. Know for sure. BARRIE, ON, January 4, 2012- Canadians are still dismissing symptoms of dementia as “just old age” based on survey results released today by the Alzheimer Society. Close to 50 per cent of Canadians lived a year or more with their symptoms before seeing a family doctor. Of these, 16 per cent waited more than 2 years. A delayed diagnosis results in a huge treatment gap and prevents people from getting valuable information about medications, support and better disease management. To promote the benefits of early diagnosis, this January during Alzheimer Awareness Month the Alzheimer Society is launching its Let’s face it! campaign. The online survey, which was conducted by the Society in the fall of 2011, also revealed that the most common reason for the delay (53 per cent) was the belief that the symptoms were part of "old age" and would eventually go away. Another 39 per cent said their symptoms were episodic or didn't take them seriously enough. Over a quarter either refused to see a doctor or saw no need to go unless symptoms grew worse.

How much time do you spend talking on the telephone to someone you'd rather not be talking to? How often do you visit with people you really don't like spending time with? My clients frequently comment about how little time they have to themselves, and bemoan the fact they have many obligations to others. This is a typical complaint in our society, because we have been trained to care what others think. We worry that others may speak badly of us if we don't behave as they'd like us to. However, constantly responding to others when our own needs go unfulfilled may attribute to poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety, irritability and resentment. Certainly responding to others in our lives is a positive value, but consider how things have changed over the years. In the old days, it was not uncommon for neighboring farm families to lend a hand to one another. Perhaps once in a while you'd help out at the church too. Now, you must contend with your parents, your in-laws, the soccer team, the skating association, the parent/teacher group, the Cubs or Brownies, the sorority, the community league, fundraising for various causes and perhaps sitting on a board or two. (I forgot to mention the full-time work commitment and maybe some overtime.) Your most effective survival skill may be the ability to effectively use the word "NO". The ability to say "yes" only when we truly mean it is the flip side of this skill. Your time is a precious commodity, and you must allocate it carefully. Even if time is not the issue for you, it is still important to stop making yourself do things you do not want to be doing. If someone calls for an hour-long chat when you are busy, simply tell him or her you only have a few minutes. If someone makes repeated demands on your time, it is better to tell them you are not going to have as much time for them as they would like, than to hold simmering resentment. If friends or relatives act as though you owe it to them to be there when they want you, it is time to take yourself back. No one owns another human being. Parents definitely have the right to set guidelines and assign jobs to their children. However, that kind of power ends when the children are grown and gone to live on their own. Friends may naturally choose to support one another, but support cannot be an obligation. No one should be mad at you if you decide to do something that you want, rather than spend time with them. To do so is to invoke guilt, in an attempt to control you. When this happens you are no longer free to be yourself in the relationship, and the joy and spontaneity are gone. Further, when you respond out of guilt and duty, you begin to lose touch with your own feelings. Think how wonderful it is when someone surprises you with a card or gift for no particular reason, except their desire to show appreciation for your role in their lives. How special it is when you know it is not because it's their "turn", or because they expect you to do the same. There is so much to see and appreciate in this lifetime. There are sunsets to watch, flowers to smell and loved ones to hug. Make these kinds of things a priority, even if it means others have to wait. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and awardwinning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

However, three-quarters of respondents – caregivers of people with dementia – admitted that they wished they had sought a diagnosis sooner to have access to treatments to manage symptoms. They also recognized other benefits of getting a diagnosis when shown a list of these. Seventyeight per cent of respondents said that early diagnosis would help them put their legal and financial affairs in order; 69 per cent said it would keep the person with dementia at home longer, and allow the person to actively participate in decision-making. Sixty-two percent of respondents attributed better coping and living with the disease to early diagnosis. "Symptoms of dementia are different from normal aging,” says Debbie Islam, Executive Director at the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County. “We need to help Canadians recognize the symptoms for what they are: signs of a brain disorder that will affect 1.1 million Canadians in the next 25 years. While we don’t yet have a cure, we

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What type of home are you looking for? OREA – December, 2011 – If you’ve decided to buy your first home, one of the many questions you’ll need to ask yourself is, what type of home do I want? The most common answer to that question used to be “a single-detached, two-storey home.” However, today’s homebuyer has a wide array of home ownership options to choose from including bungalow, semi-detached, townhome, duplex or condominium. With so many choices, deciding on the type of home that’s right for you can be challenging. Fortunately you can rely on the expertise of a Realtor to assist you in finding a home that matches both your financial needs and your lifestyle. When you enlist the services of a Realtor, he or she can help you consider the pros and cons of different housing options and see you through the entire homebuying process. New house or resale? Deciding to buy a brand new or resale home really depends on your preferences. Ask your Realtor to help you weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each. One advantage to a new home is that it’s likely more up-to-date and usually has larger room sizes and better storage. It also hasn’t been subjected to someone else’s decorating touches. The downside is you will need to put out extra cash for landscaping, fencing, window coverings and appliances. With a resale home, you often get these additional features for little or no extra cost. Many resale homes have already been upgraded over the years to include expensive items like central air conditioning, finished basements, decks or even a pool. Buyers of resale homes are usually fortunate to be able to purchase these upgrades as part of the selling price. To condo or not to condo? Condominium living is a great choice for people who don’t want the upkeep of a traditional home. Many first time buyers choose the condo option because it’s often far less expensive than a house meaning they can get into the housing market sooner. Also, condo living is ideal for “empty-nesters” or retirees who wish to downsize. Keep in mind that in addition to your monthly mortgage payments and taxes, you will be required to pay a monthly maintenance fee. This fee is your share of owning and maintaining the common areas of the condo development. Choosing the home that’s right for you is a matter of weighing your list of needs and wants against the benefits and drawbacks of the different housing choices available. Whatever your choice, you’ll want to have a Realtor on your side to ensure you make the smoothest move possible. For more information on buying a home and choosing a Realtor, contact the Ontario Real Estate Association at 1-800-265-OREA (6732) and ask for your free copy of “How to Buy your Home.” This article is provided by local REALTORS® and the Ontario Real Estate Association for the benefit of consumers in the real estate market.

can offer treatment that may slow the progression of the disease, and a wealth of information to help people prepare for their future needs.” Dr. Francine Lemire of the College of Family Physicians of Canada agrees. “Dementia is a complex disease but a diagnosis can be reassuring for both the person exhibiting symptoms and their family. With early diagnosis, medications can help minimize symptoms and improve quality of life.” During Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society encourages Canadians to face dementia by visiting its Let's face it! campaign site: www.alzheimerletsfaceit. ca There they can learn more about dementia and its warning signs and download a Preparing for your doctor's visit checklist. The site also features moving testimonials of caregivers and people with dementia who tell what early diagnosis has meant to them. About the Alzheimer Society

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BETTER PRODUCT LABELING GIVES CONSUMERS CHOICE When it comes to consumer products, how much do we know about labeling of chronic hazard chemicals that may harm you or your family? A 2008 poll conducted on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society revealed that Ontarians are almost unanimous (99%) in their agreement that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;there should be an easy-to read label, or symbol that indicates if toxic substances are found in a product.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Leading up to the October 6th election, Ontario voters can help in the fight against cancer by posing questions to their provincial candidates on where they stand on several key policy areas including Environmental and Occupational cancer causing substances or carcinogens. The Canadian Cancer Society is concerned about toxic substances in our air, water, land and consumer products. Workers and consumers have the right to know about any environmental and occupational risks, especially those involving cancer-causing substances that we are being exposed to. This will allow Ontarians to make informed decisions about their health. Listing ingredients on items like cosmetics, is not sufficient for consumers to assess the health impact of using that product. Most consumers do not know the names of chemical substances, their properties, or their interactions. Furthermore, those who wish to find out more do not always have the time or resources to research every product they use. To improve consumer knowledge and allow them to make informed choices, a system that requires a symbol on products containing carcinogens is needed. There are a number of other steps that government can take to reduce public exposure to toxic substances and to help them make informed choices, including: â&#x20AC;˘ Establish and maintain a registry of buildings containing asbestos in Ontario. â&#x20AC;˘ Protect Ontarians from cancer-causing radon gas by requiring that homes be built with features like venting in order to reduce exposure to this deadly carcinogen. â&#x20AC;˘ Establish an independent research institute to advance the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity for toxic use reduction activities, safe substitution, green chemistry, education and information outreach and training on toxic reduction planning. More information available at

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Fifth Annual Forest Hill PS Christmas Cheer Challenge a Success The fifth annual Forest Hill Public School Christmas Cheer Challenge was another success with 25 schools participating and 1,057,540 items collected. Every year, Forest Hill PSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global Action Team sends out a friendly challenge to all schools in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) to collect items (food or toys). The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is based on the most number of items collected per student. The first Christmas Cheer Challenge was held in 2007 with nine schools and 53,181 items collected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is exceptionally inspirational to see school communities from across Simcoe County making such a difference in the lives of those in need,â&#x20AC;? says Megan McColman, Forest Hill Teacher and organizer of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global Action Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While it is always fun to add a friendly competition to the challenge, it continues to be extremely important to acknowledge that every single item collected makes a difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life -regardless of who â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;winsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the challenge!â&#x20AC;? The top three schools are: 1. Uptergrove Public School with 272 students (and five-time Christmas Cheer Challenge winners) Total: 1,001,167 items = 3,681 items/student 2. Forest Hill Public School with 493 students Total: 14,511 items = 29.4 items/student 3. Codrington Public School with 303 students Total: 7 103 items = 23.4 items/student All participating SCDSB schools: Alcona Glen Elementary School Allandale Heights Public School Bradford Public School Ernest Cumberland Elementary School Ferndale Woods Elementary School Hewittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creek Public School Innisfil Central Public School Mapleview Heights Elementary School Minesing Central Public School Moonstone Elementary School New Lowell Central Public School Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School Pine River Elementary School Shanty Bay Public School Steele Street Public School Tecumseth Beeton Public School Tosorontio Central Public School W. C. Little Elementary School West Bayfield Elementary School Warminster Elementary School Willow Landing Elementary School Wyevale Central Public School

New Years Resolutions You Can Keep Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point: â&#x20AC;˘ Gain weight. At least 30 pounds. â&#x20AC;˘ Stop exercising. Waste of time. â&#x20AC;˘ Read less. Makes you think. â&#x20AC;˘ Watch more TV. I've been missing some good stuff. â&#x20AC;˘ Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow. â&#x20AC;˘ Spend more time at work, surfing with the T1. â&#x20AC;˘ Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more. â&#x20AC;˘ Get in a whole NEW rut! â&#x20AC;˘ Personal goal: bring back disco. â&#x20AC;˘ Buy an '83 Eldorado and invest in a really loud stereo system. â&#x20AC;˘ Only wear jeans that are 2 sizes too small and use a chain or rope for a belt. â&#x20AC;˘ Get further in debt. â&#x20AC;˘ Break at least one traffic law. â&#x20AC;˘ Associate with even worse business clients. â&#x20AC;˘ Spread out priorities beyond my ability to keep track of them. â&#x20AC;˘ Wait around for opportunity. â&#x20AC;˘ Focus on the faults of others. â&#x20AC;˘ Mope about my faults. â&#x20AC;˘ Never make New Year's resolutions again.

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Best & Worst Role Models of 2011 from What To Do With The Kids! What To Do With The Kids (www.whattodowiththekids. com) is pleased to re-issue its Special Report: Best & Worst Role Models of 2011. Originally released in September 2011, What To Do With The Kids asked parents from around the world who they thought were the best and worst role models for kids today. Using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and email, 132 different responses resulted in over one thousand suggestions. While there was an overwhelming list of people considered to be the worst, generating a list of the best was a little more difficult. It should be noted that the list was created prior to the passing of Amy Winehouse and just after Kim Kardashianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;wedding.â&#x20AC;? Response since then would have Kardashian replace Paris Hilton from the top spot as the worst role model list by a landslide. The results of the Special Report are not in any way scientific and are solely based on the answers submitted by parents. Best Role Models for Girls 1. Selena Gomez - Actress 2. A Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother 3. Tyra Banks - TV Show Host 4. Miranda Cosgrove - Actress 5. Taylor Swift - Singer & Actress 6. Beyonce â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer & Actress 7. Oprah Winfrey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TV Show Host 8. Ellen DeGeneres â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TV Show Host 9. Kate Middleton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Duchess of Cambridge 10. Michele Obama â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Lady Best Role Model for Boys 1. Justin Beiber â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 2. A Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Father 3. Jonas Brothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actors & Musicians 4. Harry Potter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Film & Book Character 5. Barack Obams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; President 6. Troy Polamalu â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Football Player 7. Cole & Dylan Sprouse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actors 8. Shaquille Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Basketball Player 9. Peyton Manning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Football Player 10. Derek Jeter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Baseball Player Worst Role Models for Girls 1. Paris Hilton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Socialite 2. Kim Kardashian â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Socialite 3. Lady Gaga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 4. Amy Winehouse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 5. Snooki â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reality TV, Jersey Shore 6. Lindsay Lohan, Actress 7. Brittany Spears â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 8. Miley Cyrus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 9. Heidi Montag â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reality TV, The Hills 10. Amber Portwood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reality TV, Teen Mom Worst Role Models for Boys 1. Charlie Sheen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actor 2. Tiger Woods â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Golfer 3. Chris Brown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 4. Mike Tyson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Former Boxer & Actor 5. Kobe Bryant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Basketball Player 6. Anyone from Jackass â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actors 7. Lebron James â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Basketball Player 8. Gary Busey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actor 9. Kanye West â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Singer 10. Mel Gibson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Actor Launched January 15, 2011, What To Do With The Kids is the website for adults who want to know what to do with the kids. The website features games, crafts, special events, party ideas and downloads including activity sheets, birthday cards, party invitations and personalized awards. It also features a Market Place directory of unique products and services and a Where to Go section filled with kid and family friendly places to go in select cities. Unlike other similar websites, the content is original. For more information contact Brian Presley at or visit www. if you want to knowâ&#x20AC;Ś..

Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;Ś ÂŽ by funding research to find the cause and the cure. About the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County

The Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County is a registered charitable organization that provides education and support to people with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease or a related dementia, their families and their caregivers. The Society relies on the generosity of the community to achieve its goals. Funding is provided through donations and fundraising activities, as well as the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide Network. Through its affiliation with the Alzheimer health charity for people living with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of disease and other dementias. Active in more than Canada, the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe 150 communities across Canada, the Society offers County plays an active role in supporting research Help for Today through our programs and services and giving a voice to those with dementia and their for people living with dementia and Hope for caregivers within all levels of government.

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SCAMBUSTERS from - There's never pleasure in saying "we were right" when it comes to looking back at our 2011 top scams predictions. We made a couple of small adjustments to the final outcome, but according to the feedback we get from thousands of subscribers and readers, plus our own indepth research and monitoring of surveys and crime reports, we were pretty close to the mark. As we see it, this is the way things turned out.

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ROTARY WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER AND K-9 FRIENDS (PENETANGUISHENE, On)- Rotary Club of Penetanguishene had a special guest speaker being 16 year old Spencer Williams and his K-9 Agility Team at the regular Rotary meeting on Dec 27,2011. Spencer brought along his 4yr old Sheltie(Peak) and 6yr old Golden Retriever(Gibson) who provided the membership with an amazing live indoor Agility demonstration. Along with the demonstration Spencer narrated an video presentation of his achievements in Agility competitions globaly. Currently he has been asked to join the 2012 Canadian Agility Team and represent Canada in the upcoming international Agiltity competition. The membership thanked Spencer for his presentation and pledged support to the Cancer Support Center in Penetanguishene.

10. Travel and vacation scams (Predicted #10). Each year, we hear of a new crop of travel tricks but timeshare-related scamming is a hardy annual. Also in 2011, global travel was hit by a volcanic eruption in Iceland. As well as triggering seismic activity, it sparked a number of scams including bogus claims of being stranded and a phishing scam based on a phony compensation offer to travelers. 9. Doorstep scams (Predicted #8). This is a catch-all term covering bogus contractors and crooks trying to talk their way into victims' houses or collect for non-existent charities. Natural disasters, like hurricanes, push up the incidence of this scam and 2011 was not as dramatic as some previous years. So, the scam came in one place lower than we forecast -- but it's still a "top-tenner." 8. Investment scams (Predicted #9). After the Madoff scandal, we thought we'd seen it all but more and more Ponzi schemes (albeit not as big as Madoff's) surfaced. And with low interest rates, the hunt for better returns lured more and more investors into dubious, too-good-to-be-true schemes. 7. Skimming (Predicted #7). The practice of stealing credit and debit card numbers has become more widespread. ATMs used to be the sole target but we increasingly receive reports of skimming devices being used at gas stations and by restaurant servers using pocket-sized skimming devices. 6. Nigerian s c a m s (Predicted #4). Those Nigerian tricksters seemed to

be down on their luck in 2011. Most people no longer fall for those poorly-worded messages saying we inherited a fortune or asking us to help smuggle out government cash. But advance fee type scams, where victims have to wire cash to scammers after receiving a bogus check, are still going strong. 5. Lottery scams (Predicted #5). You won -- you really did! Oh no, you didn't. Despite their implausibility, phony lottery win notifications continue to hoodwink hundreds, if not thousands of victims, especially among vulnerable groups like seniors. The tragedy is that the amount of money some victims hand over in response to repeated requests from the crooks often runs into five or even six figures. 4. Internet sales (Predicted #6). Online scams based on bogus for-sale items soared in the past year as more of us turned to the Internet for our shopping. We've noticed a particular rise in reports about scam sales on Craigslist (despite the company's repeated warnings to users) and a surge in the setting up of spoof shop-window websites. They sell fakes at designer-label prices, poor quality products or, worst of all, non-existent items. 3. Economy-related scams (Predicted #3). You didn't have to be a crystal-ball gazer to see that economic recovery was going to be a struggle in 2011, and it was. With unemployment figures remaining stubbornly high and many Americans battling to keep their heads financially above water, bogus jobs and foreclosure scams abounded. 2. Malware (Predicted #2). One of the biggest ever organized malware scams surfaced towards the end of the year when 4 million PCs were found to be infected with a virus that redirected users' shopping searches to particular retailers. The alleged perpetrators were said to have earned $14m from the scam. And that's just one example of how malware continues to dominate Internet crime. 1. Phishing and Identity Theft (Predicted #1). The 2011 Identity Fraud Survey by Javelin Strategy & Research randomly polled 5,000 adults and found 466 -- or just less than 1 in 10 -- had been ID fraud victims. This was considerably lower than the previous year, which had been exceptionally high. Even so, Americans collectively lost more than $30 billion to ID crooks.

Central Asian glaciers resist warming - ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Glaciers in Central Asia will melt far less from the effects of climate change than will those in other mountain ranges, researchers say. This means the people who depend on those glaciers for water will be shielded from the effects of global warming for several decades at least, scientists said. The mountains in and around the Himalayas are so high, unlike in the Andes, the Alps or the Rockies, that even in summer temperatures remain below freezing and most of the glaciers don't melt away at all, Richard Armstrong, a geographer at Colorado University's National Snow and Ice Centre, told Inter Press Service. "It doesn't make much difference if it gets a little warmer up there because it's still far below zero," he said. In a study of a part of what is called High Asia, researchers found 96 percent of the water that flows down the mountains of Nepal into nine local river basins comes from snow and rain, and only 4 percent from summer glacier melt. Of that 4 percent only a small proportion comes from the melting away of the end points of the glaciers due to global warming, Armstrong said. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."-- The BibleEcclesiastes 4 "The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."-- Walter Bagehot

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Help is needed to bring the Birds home to the Wye Marsh If you have visited the Marsh recently for a stroll through the trails, you would have noticed the new construction happening in our Birds of Prey field. Over the past few months the Wye Marsh has been working very diligently acquiring quotes, materials and man hours into completing their new bird housing. This new build was a necessity for the Marsh and their feathered friends; in the past the nonnative species would be housed off-site for the winter months. The Birds now will be coming home to the Marsh; for that to happen we needed to construct a place that would meet Provincial and Federal guidelines as well as be something the Birds would be happy to Tweet about! “Now, with the help of the Community, we can bring the birds home. With the birds onsite every visitor that passes by their home will be able to see birds that they would only see from a distance in the wild.” Commented Heather Eland; Member of Board of Directors, Friends of Wye Marsh. The challenges that the Marsh faced were around housing some of their non-native feathered friends such as; JJ, the Spectacled Owl. Being from Costa Rica, Midland winters are not normal for him and he and 4 others must be housed inside, with heat. Housing of captive birds requires special permission from Provincial and Federal governments, it also comes with special requirements for ensuring the highest quality of care. These requirements include individual rooms for each bird (10’ X 14’) with durable, washable and sanatizable surfaces, also a heat source and running water. The cost of building this structure is $50,000, through the generosity of our donors, we have raised over $17,500 to date. This has enabled the Wye Marsh, with the help of staff and volunteers to construct the building. Your donation would be paramount in helping to provide the birds with

all the comforts that they require, while we also meet the requirements of the Provincial and Federal governments. “We are always striving to ensure that all the 39 captive animals at the Wye Marsh lead enriched, healthy and happy lives. And that includes our other birds of prey such as Maura, the Eagle Owl, Wodin, the Snowy Owl, Casper and Jimmer, the Barn Owls, Guy Smiley, the Ferrugenous Hawk and Rusty, the Red-tailed Hawk.” Says Executive Director; Sara Street. If anyone is interested in donating to the Birds of Prey housing please contact Sara Street at the Wye Marsh at 705.526.7809 or by e-mail stewardship@wyemarsh. com – Your continued and generous support is always appreciated.

Hospice Simcoe Annual Appeal for Donations Hospice Simcoe is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people living with lifelimiting illnesses and those grieving the loss of a loved one. Our focus is on caring, not curing and life, not death as we strive to care for our clients. For over 24 years, Hospice Simcoe has provided compassionate, in-home volunteer support and bereavement support in Simcoe County. Since opening in 2009, our 10-bed residential hospice provides an alternative for those who choose to spend their remaining days in a home-like environment staffed by a care team of trained volunteers, 24 hour nursing, physicians and a chaplain. All of our services are provided at no cost to the client. We need your help to reach our goal for the annual appeal. Like many organizations, Hospice Simcoe depends on the generosity of the community to provide services. This year, we are short of our goal by 30%. Please consider helping Hospice Simcoe reach our fundraising goal this year. Please visit www.hospicesimcoe. ca for more information about Hospice services or to find out how you can make a tax deductible donation.

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All ages and Royal Canadian Legion Br. 147 (728-4002) and fun with Docâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karaoke or e-mailed to - experience levels are welcome. And the Daily Events If you have an ongoing event mentioned in the coming 2nd Wed 7 - 8: 30 pm.- Wasaga and area Cancer Support group Tue Jan 10, 12:30 pm. Reiki & Numerology Information events, CALLING ALL MIDHURST CRAFTERS AND meetings open to all cancer survivors, caregivers and family ARTISTS - Join the Midhurst Arts and Crafts Home Tour members at Body â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Balance Physiotherapy - 950 Mosley Street, Session & Registration with Lise St.Amand at Askennonia Senior Centre Classes start the following week. Tuesday afternoons Beg on November 24 and 25, 2012. We are looking for artists or Wasaga Beach. Call (705) 429 - 9619 for details. Reiki ($25 for 10 wks) followed by Meditation (Donation). Wed Last Wed 7 8 pm. 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Jan 7: Bruce Graham at Barrie ANAF Rec meet in the Community Centre. 835-5240 Mon: 9 am. Coffee Club and Art Group - 9:30 am Pool and 10 Club Wed. 7:30 pm Cribbage at Barrie Legion. am Tiny Stitches The Place 300 Balm Beach Rd. PerkinsďŹ eld January 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free Family Wed: 7:30 Euchre at the ANAF Club Barrie 526-5074. Skate and hot chocolate at the Minesing rd 3 Wed of the month: 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon The Mon: 10 to 11:30 or 7:30 to 9 pm Ladies Interdenominational Rink sponsored by the Minesing United Dutch Canadian coffee club meets in Georgian Bible Study at Willow Creek Church 2387 Gill Rd. 722-7582 Church Mall food court by elevator. Mon to Fri: Country Kitchen at the Barrie ANAF Club is open Jan 9: 7-9 pm Waterside Retirement 4th Wed. 7:30. Horticultural Society meets Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. 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Moving into the 2nd Thurs 7 - 9 pm. The Barrie District Stamp Sports Club. All Welcome Jan 12: 7-9 am Breakfast at the Beach Club, (Chapter 73 of the Royal Philatelic Society) Community or Mon: Euchre 7:30 p.m. RCL Barrie Waterside Retirement Lodge, 239 Zoo Park meets f until June (inclusive) at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having a Baby? 2nd Mon.: 7 p.m., Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Road, Wasaga Beach. Guest Speaker is Jim Presbyterian Church, Owen & Worsley Streets, Church, 208 Mosley St., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alzheimer Caregiver Support Groupâ&#x20AC;? McPherson from Quilty McPherson LLP, We have gifts and Barrie, Draw Table, Silent Auction and Club Last Mon.: 7 p.m., Bayfield House Retirement Lodge, 5 Beck Sales Circuit binders available monthly. 705information for you! Chartered Accountants. Chamber Office at Blvd. Penetang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alzheimer Caregiver Support Groupâ&#x20AC;? 705-429-2247 735-6009.â&#x20AC;? Please call Linda at Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9 am-3:30 pm Elmvale Adult Day Out Jan 13: Noon Askennonia Senior Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Thursday 9:30-11 am coffee party at St. Program at United Church Manse. Social activation/assistance 705 429-6846 New Years Party in the Community Hall at Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church, Hillsdale April w/daily living activities 549-6277 or Katherine (Midhurst) the North Simcoe Sports and Rec Centre, 19, 2012. Tues: 9:30 Coffee Club - 12:30 Bid Euchre @ The Place Midland. Everyone is invited to purchase an 3rd Thurs: 10 am - noon - The raging grannies at 705 796-5323 Tues. 6-7 pm Painting Classes for ages 5-12 @ Creative $8 ticket in advance and come enjoy lunch, meet at Woods Park retirement facility 110 Lillian Madness 322-6588 then Askennoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Jammers perform a fun musical Cres. in Barrie. 322-1575 . Tues. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm Waverley Youth Group at Waverley 4th Thurs: 1-3 Nottawasaga Bay Stroke Recovery meet at 135, variety show. A cash bar and door prizes will add to the fun. Gospel Hall. GRADES 7 & UP. Free - All Welcome 705-526-7609 or 32nd St. in Wasaga Beach Guests speakers 429-9571 1st & 3rd Tuesday 6:30 Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp Club Fri. Jan. 13: 4:30 PUB SOCIAL Join us for an evening of 4th Thurs: 1:30 pm Diabetes support group meets at the First Tuesday, in Midland at the North Simcoe Sports and ReHealth and Wellness Center friendship and food at the Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors creation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd. 3rd at Penetang General Hospital, (50+) The Place, 300 Balm Beach Rd. W. Meat draws, cash bar. Thurs, at the Prime Time Club, 1724 MosFamilies and friends welcome. Donation to Food Bank or Angels with Backpacks appreciated. ley Street, Wasaga Beach. 705-534-3771 Peameal meal available for $8. per person. For more information 549-0881 3rd Tues The Bay Photography Club 4th Thurs. 3-5 pm call the club at 705-526-5074. All Welcome! meets September to June, 6:30 to 9:00 pm Jan 13: DJ Keep Them Dancing at Barrie ANAF Club Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group at the Wasaga Beach Christian Church, Need someone to talk to Jan. 13: Todd Nolan 7:30 pm at Barrie Legion meetings at the Superstore 268 Main St., Jan 14: DA the DJ at Barrie ANAF Club about mental health or addiction? Midland 526-9170. Tues: 7-9 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters at Jan 14-17 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.mâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Security Guard Training, First Thurs. 7 - 10 pm Good Vibes Call the CAMH Telephone Support line at the Library 429-6416 Aid & CPR Courses Presented by Collective Security Services. Coffeehouse at Mount St. Tues. 7 pm Bid Euchre at Bayshore Louis Road and 4th of Oro- Location: Chamber Office, 550 River Rd. West $250.00 per Seniors Club Woodland Beach. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all person. A $100.00 deposit per person will be required ASAP to Monday to Friday, 3:00 to 9:00 pm Medonte - Open Stage welcome! Confidential telephone support provided by volunteers Thurs. 7 pm Bid Euchre at reserve your spot. No Refunds on cancellations. Please bring Tues. 7 pm Chess (beginners and the Georgian Shores Swinging pen/pencils, notebook. Classes are offered in groups of 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 advanced) at Bayshore Seniors, Woodland people. Contact Brigette at 705-429-7236. Future classes will Seniors Centre, 526-5074 Beach 2000 TBRN Thurs. 7 pm Progressive Euchre and or Weekly Snooker also be available. Dates and location T.B.A. Tues. 7:30 pm: Bid Euchre and darts Barrie Legion Sat Jan 14: 8:15 a.m. The Brereton Field Naturalists will hold Tournament at the Barrie Legion Tues. 8 pm Elmvale Legion - First Tues, General Meeting - Last a CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING event in Earl Thurs. 7 pm - Elmvale Com Hall Euchre/Bid Euchre Lunch. Tues. Executive meeting Fri: 9:30 a.m. Coffee Club - 9:30 Pool, 12:30 p.m. Bridge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rowe Park. 705-435-1623. Depart from Little Lake Parking lot First Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 pm Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp Admission $2.50 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Includes Coffee/Tea/Cookies Georgian Shores Enjoy winter birds and some fresh air and exercise. If there is Club meets in Midland, North Simcoe Sports and Recreation not enough snow, winter boots are fine and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll simply walk. Swinging Seniors â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Placeâ&#x20AC;?, Perkinsfield, 705-526-5074 Centre 527 Len Self Boulevard 534-3771 PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST SUPPLY YOUR OWN Fri: 5:30 pm Wasaga Beach Lions Bingo at RecPlex 429-3331 3rd Tues.: 9:30am/7 p.m. Alzheimer Society OfďŹ ce, 12 Fairview Last Friday of each month Elmvale Ladies Auxiliary of Royal EQUIPMENT Go to Rd. Unit. 103, Barrie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alzheimer Caregiver Support Groupâ&#x20AC;? Jan 15: 1 pm Tour of Interiors of Place at McLaen Art Centre Canadian Legion monthly supper $8.from 5 to 7pm Wed: 9 am Coffee Club - 10 am Pool - 12:30 pm Games AfterFri.: 6 pm - Full course meals RCL Barrie $8 Reservations Barrie noon 1st/3rd - 2nd Wednesday - 1:30 pm Camera Club Georgian Jan 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Order of Wasaga Beach/New Years Levee will be required, 728-4002 Bay Swinging Seniors â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Placeâ&#x20AC;? 300 Balm Beach Road 1st Friday of the month â&#x20AC;&#x153;KID ZONEâ&#x20AC;? Elmvale Presbyterian honouring the contributions of its citizens at the New Years First Wed. of month: 9-11 am coffee party, St. Peters Anglican Levee. Wasaga RecPlex. 1 p.m. 705-429-3844 ext. 2287 or email Church, 22 Queen St., E. Children J.K. to Grade 8 welcome. Church, Minesing Every Friday 6pm Minesing United Church Youth Group Jr. to First Wed/Month: Regular meeting of the Georgian Bay MĂŠtis Jan 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frosty Friday Youth Dance Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Youth Grade 5-6, Sr. Youth Grade 7-12 705-737-5322 Council in the office at 355 Cranston Cres. Midland 526-6335 Friday Night Euchre 7pm Legion Elmvale John St. Looking Mosley St. Tickets: $5.00 each in advance. Grades 5 to 8 only! Wed Mornings 9-12 Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Tots (Dads too) St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United for an evening out to play cards? Light lunch provided. Hosted Time: 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. 705-429-3321 Church, Elmvale Fun for preschoolers and caregivers Jan 20: 8 pm Larry Carlton or 705by the Ladies Auxiliary of Branch 262 Wed: 9:30-1:30 am Preschool playgroup at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican 687-2117 Fri.: 9 pm KARAOKE NITE Maple Valley Sports Bar, 533 Church in Minesing. Crafts, songs, stories and snacks. 1st Wed of Jan 20: Belly Dancers Exibition 8:00 to 9:30 pm then Wayne 2369 the month--Ontario Early Years. Jones DJ at Barrie ANAF Club Sat: 3pm Meat Darts And BBQ at Legion, Branch 147, 410 St. Wacky Wed: 12-1:00 Lunch, $6 at Barrie Legion. 728-1412 Jan. 13: Bruce Graham 7:30 pm at Barrie Legion Vincent Street, Barrie, Everyone Welcome.705-728-1412 Wed: 12:30 Euchre at Wasaga Beach United Church 361-2022. Jan 21: DJ Wayne Jones (Tom) at Barrie ANAF Club Sat. 3 pm Meat Darts. ARMY NAVY/AIR FORCE CLUB, 7 3rd Wed of month: 2-4 pm Vetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at the Elmvale Legion Jan 25: 1:30-3 pm at VON Adult Day Program at Sunset Manor George Street, Barrie 728-8240 Branch 262. Everyone welcome. Collingwood The caregiver support group connects family and Sat: 4:30 Steak Darts Elmvale friends caring for a person who is elderly or frail or with various Legion. All Welcome! Sun: 9:45 am Knox Flos stages of dementia, including Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Fiona at Presbyterian Church Regular (705) 444-2457. . Thurs., Jan. 26 7-8:30 pm Irlen Syndrome Meeting Zehrsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Services (Cty Rd 29, Community Room Bayfield St Barrie ON Fran Stenclik 705 Crossland) First Sunday of month - 719 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0549 Jan 28 8 pm Oli Brown Band or 705Family Breakfast Barrie Royal 687-2117 Canadian Legion 410 St. Jan 28: DA the DJ at Barrie ANAF Club Vincent St. - 11 - 12:30 pm Jan 30: 1:30-3 pm at Bayfield House Penetang The caregiver


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Springwater News • Jan. 5, 2012 Edition 355 • Tel: 705.322.2249 In Memoriam BROWN, Ruth and John - In loving memory of our dear parents and grandparents who passed away January 11 and 13, 2003. Happy Trails to Mom and Dad, Grandma and Papa. Always remembered and forever missed. With Love, John, Cindy, Rob and Rebecca In Loving Memory of Harry Wood April 23/1923 - Feb 25,2011 Those We Love don't go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard,but always near Still loved, Still Missed & Very Dear Sadley Missed By Wife Vera & Family

A business plan for business success Are you a small business owner without a business plan? Perhaps you think that you are too busy to write one or that you don’t need one. In fact these days, you can’t afford to be without one! Here are some tips from the experts on why you need a business plan and how to develop one. A business plan is not just for the bank – “Business owners often think they need a business plan to get financing,” says Chartered Accountant Robert Gold, FCA, Managing Partner with Bennett Gold LLP in Toronto. “But you need to think of your business plan in terms of internal focus, as well as external focus. An internally focused plan can guide you on cash flow management, capital expenses and cyclical issues. It can help you focus and forecast. It is your crystal ball.” External audiences for your business plan may include investors, suppliers and your bank who will be a part of your financial forecast. A good plan will help you make good decisions – “Anyone starting a business should do a business plan,” agrees Chartered Accountant Chi Ho Ng, Principal, Auditing and Assurance Standards for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. “It provides a road map for the business owner to determine whether he or she is on the right track, which, in turn, provides the information required to make important decisions, such as whether to continue the business or go to Plan B.” Customize your content – “A comprehensive business plan includes a cover page, table of contents, executive summary, business description, analysis of the business environment in which you are operating, industry background, analysis of your competitors, market analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, description of the management team and financial plan,” says Gold. “You can pick and choose from these elements, depending on your plan’s focus and audiences.” Include goals and timelines – “Ask yourself what you realistically want to achieve in the next three months, six months, nine months, year, two years and five years,” suggests Ng. “Then set out what you have to do to get there. For example, within the first three months you may want to have a client list and marketing materials. Within the first six months, your goal may be to contact 100 potential customers.” The plan should also identify breakeven points and timelines. “This will help you know when to go to Plan B,” explains Ng. Write the first draft yourself… – “The business owner is the most knowledgeable about the business, so the owner should write the first draft,” says Ng. You can start from scratch or use one of the many business plan templates that are available. …then seek professional assistance – “You will need a Chartered Accountant to help draft the financial part of the plan and a communications person who has written business plans before, and who understands the market and the industry,” advises Gold. “The communications person should work with the CA to ensure that the financial and other information flows through the entire plan.” Banks often insist that the financial part of the plan be prepared by a CA. “The owner is the best person to predict revenues. The owner and CA need to work together on this part of the plan,” explains Gold. Monitor, update and adjust – “Once you write the plan you have to work the plan,” says Gold. “See your CA on a regular basis to compare your financial projections to your actual results and then adjust the plan as needed.” Brought to you by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario CRUSHED GRAVEL, BACKHOE, BULLDOZING, WATER HAULING, SCREENED TOP SOIL, CUSTOM CRUSHING

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Thank You Lockhart - We would like to say thank you to family, friends and neighbours for the beautiful flowers, donations, cards, phone calls, kind words, and food brought to our homes at the time of Mom’s passing Special thanks to Dr. Larry McCutcheon, for the continued care, the nurses and staff of Hillcrest Village for your kindness and caring of Mom while she was with you. Words can never express our thanks for everything you did. Also to the Women’s Institute members for their memorial service and to the Lynn Stone Funeral Home, who made Mom’s last wishes complete. The family of Jeane Lockhart Locke - The family of the late Fred Locke would like to extend their sincere thanks for all the sympathy and kindness shown after the loss of our dear Father, Grandfather ,Great Grandfather. We would like to thank the staff of GBG for their care during his stay their, Rev. Lois Lyons for the heartfelt graveside interment, the staff of Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, all our neighbours for the food, flowers, cards,charitable donation and words of sympathy, a special thank you is extended to Tina, Cathy, Bunny, Janine, Bev, Michelle, Charmaine, Ruthanne, Heather, Heather, Brenda, Donna, Marianne, Anne, & Terry for the luncheon provided at the Elmvale Legion. To all, your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Gord, Glenn, Carol & Family Townes, James Larry - Passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the age of 72 years. Beloved husband of Jacqueline (nee Robins). Dear father of Shirley, Cathy (Gerry White), Larry (Kim), and Terry (Tammy). Loving grandfather of Crystal, Jenna, Andrew, Alana, Nicole, George, Janessa, Tyler and the late Mitchell. Great grandfather of Victoria, Tyler, Ethan and Connor. Brother of Harold (Muriel) and Doug (Kay). He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law of Susan Robins (predeceased by Wayne) and the late Adele Crawford (Gordon). A memorial gathering will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd, Wyebridge on Friday, January 6th at 4 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and will be received by the LeClair Cremation Centre, Midland.

HURONIA FILM SERIES THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE FILM LOVERS and WELCOME TO OUR 16 TH YEAR. Winter Series starts with an interesting mix of movies. Every year we show about 20 movies that are part of the Toronto International Film Festival and brought to smaller communities( about 225 of them) in Canada through the Film Circuit. We are very fortunate to have this programme in our community. The subscriptions are available at the Huronia Museum 705 526 2844 and so are individual tickets which make a great gift. Check this line-up for our Winter Series Beginning: The following Wednesdays nights @ 7:30 pm January 11th THE GUARD January 18th THE WAY February 1st THE TRIP February 15th LE HAVRE February 29th A SEPERATION Tickets are ready and available at the Midland Huronia Museum Season Pass $45.00 Individual ticket $10.00 Our winter series open on Wednesday January 11th, 2012 at 7.30 pm at the Galaxy Midland. Please arrive early to get preferred seating.

Record attendance makes Community Newspaper Lobby Day a success Mmembers of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) gathered in Ottawa to take part in a historic lobby day with record attendance. CCNA board members and regional staff met with over 80 Members of Parliament to discuss a full range of issues affecting the industry including government advertising, freedom of information, Canada Post, the Canada Periodical Fund, readership research, copyright and more. Following the lobby day meetings, CCNA hosted a reception for ministers and staff which was attended by leader of the opposition Nycole Turmel, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and other prominent government figures. "This event was our most successful lobby day ever and was an important step in fostering relationships between community newspapers and our new government," said CCNA president Paul MacNeill. "The association hopes to build on the success of this lobby day as we go forward with our government efforts." "All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true." -- T.E. Lawrence (AKA Lawrence of Arabia)

Obituaries Doris May Barbour (Nee Strath) - The death occurred at Trillium Health Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 of Doris May Barbour of Mississauga, Ontario, aged 92 years, beloved wife of the late Hugh Benjamin “Ben“ Barbour. Predeceased by her parents, Alex and Nora (nee Bell) Strath of Elmvale, Ontario, and her sister Marion Pilon of Elmvale, Ontario. Doris will fondly be remembered by her cousins, nieces, nephews and her many special friends at Constitutional Place Retirement Home, Mississauga, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to Andrews Funeral Home, Brampton, Ontario. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service and interment to take place at a later date in Montrose, Prince Edward Island. BANASH, Anna Maria (Nee McGinnis) - Passed away at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Anna Banash of Orr Lake, in her 62nd year. Beloved wife of the late Cliff Banash. Dear mother of Tammy Martin (Michael Shelton). Loved sister of Teresa (Murray) Archer, George McGinnis, Tom (Colleen) McGinnis, Tim McGinnis (Anne), Paul "Rusty" McGinnis (Sheila), Marianne (Dan) Charlebois and the late Kathy Marchand (Martin) and the late Frank McGinnis. Daughter of the late Tom & Mary McGinnis. Daughter-in-law of Joseph & Pauline Banash and sisterin-law of Joan (Fred) Bosko and Tim (Michelle) Banash of Manitoba. Anna will also be lovingly remembered by her many nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews. Friends called at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Service was in the Chapel on Thursday, December 29 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at the Elmvale Legion. Cremation. Memorial Donations to Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated. CIPOLLONE, Bruno Vittorio (January 1, 1930 December 26, 2011) - Just shy of his 82nd birthday, Bruno Cipollone, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at 8 p.m. December 26th in his home surrounded by his family. He is sadly missed by his wife Diana, his children Steven, Daniel and Rachel, his daughters-in-law, Nancy and Kate, his son-in-law, John, and his grandchildren Robbie and Georgie. He also leaves behind his sister, Aurora, and brother, Mario, in his homeland of Italy. Bruno came to Canada 40 years ago, and worked in Sudbury at Inco as a Chemist. He was an avid fisherman, soccer and tennis player. He spent years in Australia, Africa and England prior to settling in Canada. He was a kind soul with razorsharp wit, great card player, chess master, and will be greatly missed by us all. A Funeral Service was held at Lynn-Stone Funeral Home in Elmvale on Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m. God Bless you dad. Love always, your family. MARIC, Mladen 'Michael'- Passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, on Friday, December 16, 2011. Michael Maric of Barrie in his 21st year, loved and will be missed by his mom Arlene, sisters Kristal (Joe) and Starie and his niece Briseis. Friends called at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale, on Thursday December 22, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Cremation with interment at St. James Anglican Cemetery, Toronto. Donations in Michael's memory may be made to Children's Aid Foundation, if desired. RANCE, Viola D. - Passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Vi Rance of Elmvale, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Lorne Rance. Dear mother of Larry (Eleanor) of Elmvale, Anne Rance of Elmvale, Rob (Marg) of Waterloo and Debbie Rance (Dennis Bittman) of Elmvale. Loved grandmother of Shirley Naczynski, Lindsay (Corey) Egan, Laura and Craig. Sister of Norma Dicceco, Marjorie Sloane and the late Doreen Carter, Audrey Maw, Thelma Columbus, David & Edward Smith. Sister-in-law of Shirley Smith, Kay Smith and Dick Columbus. A Private Family service will be held at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale on Saturday January 7. Friends and family are invited to a public reception at the Elmvale Legion on Saturday January 7 at 1:30 p.m. Cremation. Memorial Donations to Elmvale Legion or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), America's most famous female poet, published only seven poems in her lifetime; all were published anonymously and against her will. It wasn't until after her death, at 56, that her nearly 2000 poems were discovered.

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Whet Your Appetite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Drink Water! Our bodies are mostly made of water, and yet we lose two to three quarts of it every day through perspiration and other bodily functions. As a result, we need to constantly replenish our stores to ensure the right hydration levels to carry nutrients and waste to and from all our cells and organs, lubricate our joints, and regulate our body temperature. Follow this advice to keep your body running in tip-top shape: Get at least 64 ounces of water each day. Yes, eight glasses! The proverbial eight glasses of water each day donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to come just from pure water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can count water-filled produce like watermelon and oranges, coffee or tea, or soups toward your daily requirements. (Skip the sodas, though â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re simply calorie-filled sugar or unhealthy chemicals.) If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working out and sweating, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need even more than 64 ounces of water to keep your body properly hydrated. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. By the time your mouth finally feels dry, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already dehydrated. Keep drinking water all through the day. If your lips feel dry, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another sign you may need hydration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and drinking lots of water is better than any lip balm on the market. Minimize the amount of water you drink with your meals. To maximize your digestive fluids, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually better to hydrate between meals rather than during your meal. When you drink water while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eating, you dilute your saliva and the stomach acids that are vital to digestion, slowing down the processing of the food youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eating. Try to avoid drinking water right before you eat and during the first half of your meal. Get the cleanest water possible. Unfortunately, our tap water can be a major source of toxic chemicals that our overworked livers are required to process. A water filter will help, and a reverse osmosis filter is essential if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fluoride in the water where you live. "For fast acting relief, try slowing down." -- Lily Tomlin

Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories helps people learn about dementia while raising crucial funds for local programs Alzheimer Society study shows that Canadians tend to delay seeing a doctor about signs of dementia and miss out on important medications, treatment and support. Barrie, ON, January 4, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk/Skate for Memories has a special purpose this year amidst news that Canadians tend to dismiss symptoms of dementia as â&#x20AC;&#x153;just old age,â&#x20AC;? and wait a year or more before seeing a health-care professional. The result is a significant delay in access to helpful medications, treatment and support. An online survey conducted by the Alzheimer Society revealed the worrying treatment gap for people showing signs of dementia such as memory loss, mood or behavior changes or getting lost in familiar places. For more information about the survey, visit www. Locally, Walk/Skate for Memories events are taking place in Midland at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre on Saturday, January 21 and in Barrie at the Holly Community Centre on Sunday, January 29. Participants

Pack Your Diet With Powerful Proteins My body craves protein â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a natural carnivore! Plus, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much good information about the importance of the essential amino acids we get from protein that I try to eat it at most every meal. Not everyone has this craving and taste for animal-based protein. Opting for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can also provide good nutrition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if you have the knowledge and know how to carefully balance your diet with alternate sources of protein. While fruits and veggies get a lot of good press for being nutrient dense, some protein-rich foods can be just as nutritionally potent as produce, such as these superfoods: Salmon. This excellent cold-water fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help keep your hormone levels stable and protect your health. The monounsaturated fats it contains can also help lower your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Just insist on wild-caught seafood, as farm-raised varieties are sometimes fed corn to fatten them up. Eggs. Organic eggs fortified with omega-3 and DHA are the way to go â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and fortunately, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also one of the cheapest forms of organic protein you can buy. Nuts. Nuts are one of the best sources of protein (and healthy fats and carbs) out there. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re loaded with nutrients, including omega-3s, manganese, copper and ellagic acid (which supports the immune system and helps with cancer protection). Quinoa. Consider this a protein in disguise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it looks, acts, and tastes like grain, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a relative of leafy greens, and it contains all the eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed with numerous other nutrients as well: lysine, which helps with tissue repair, along with manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. Studies have shown that this superfood may help fight migraines, diabetes and atherosclerosis. "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures." -- James Thurber can choose to either enjoy an hour of skating or walk in the gymnasium and participate in fun activities. Donate or register as a participant and collect pledges at www. The events in Barrie and Midland are among 58 Walks being held around Ontario to fund programs and services for people living with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and other dementias. Today, 181,000 Ontarians have dementia, a number that is expected to rise 40% to 255,000 by 2020. In Simcoe County, close to 7,000 people already live with the disease. The Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County gives people living with dementia access to information and support through the entire course of the disease. January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it! Get the facts. Know for sure,â&#x20AC;? is meant to encourage Canadians to recognize the signs of dementia and get the medication, treatment and support that will help them make informed decisions about the disease. Registration at both Walk/Skate for Memories events begins at 9 a.m. Welcome ceremonies and warm-up will take place at 9:45 with the walking or skating from 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. followed by refreshments and prizes. To participate or for more information about the Walk/Skate for Memories, visit or call 705-722-1066.


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The 5 toughest questions for men are: 1. What are you thinking about? 2. Do you love me? 3. Do I look fat? 4. Do you think she is prettier than me? 5. What would you do if I died? What makes these questions so difficult is that each one is guaranteed to explode into a major argument if the man answers incorrectly (i.e. tells the truth). Therefore, as a public service, each question is analyzed below, along with possible responses. Question # 1: What are you thinking about? The proper answer to this, of course, is: "I'm sorry if I've been pensive, dear. I was just reflecting on what a warm, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, intelligent woman you are, and how lucky I am to have met you." This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer, which most likely is one of the following: a. Baseball. b. Football. c. How fat you are. d. How much prettier she is than you. e. How I would spend the insurance money if you died. (Perhaps the best response to this question was offered by Al Bundy, who once told Peg, "If I wanted you to know what I was thinking, I would be talking to you!") Question # 2: Do you love me? The proper response is: "YES!" or, if you feel a more detailed answer is in order, "Yes, dear." Inappropriate responses include: a. Oh Yeah, loads. b. Would it make you feel better if I said yes? c. That depends on what you mean by love. d. Does it matter? e. Who, me? Question # 3: Do I look fat? The correct answer is an emphatic: "Of course not!" Among the incorrect answers are: a. Compared to what? b. I wouldn't call you fat, but you're not exactly thin. c. A little extra weight looks good on you. d. I've seen fatter. e. Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died. Question # 4: Do you think she's prettier than me? Once again, the proper response is always: "Of course not!" Incorrect responses include: a. Yes, but you have a better personality. b. Not prettier, but definitely thinner. c. Not as pretty as you when you were her age. d. Define pretty. e. Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died. Question# 5: What would you do if I died? A definite no-win question. (The real answer, of course, is "Buy a Corvette!") A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.-- George Bernard Shaw Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.-- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994) We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.-- Aesop










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Springwater News • Jan. 5, 2012 Edition 355 • Tel: 705.322.2249

Fax: 705.322.8393 Cell: 705.321.2653

Free advice regarding social assistance, housing, EI and CPP issues. Conseils juridiques gratuits en logement, aide sociale, assurance-emploi et pension (RPC). Call the French Legal Advice Line / Appelez la Ligne d’avis juridique 1-87 POUR AVIS • 1-877-687-2847

Announcements / Coming Events GIBBONS-COBBETT Big sister Isabella is very excited to announce the birth of her baby brother! Lincoln Ronald Joseph was born on November 6th at 1:06pm at RVH. He weighed 9lbs 6oz and measured 21 1/8 inches in length. Ecstatic parents are Shannon and Ron. We are so very thankful to our wonderful midwives Sarah B., Marie and Kerstin of Barrie Midwives for their care and safe delivery of our wee man. Proud grandparents, Lorraine Cobbett and Ron & Janette Gibbons, along with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins welcome Lincoln into their lives.

Elmvale Cooperative Nursery School Open House!

Please join our class Tuesday January 10th and Thursday January 12th to try Nursery School for FREE! Drop-off at 9:00am & pick-up 11:30am at St.John's United Church, please bring a healthy snack and indoor shoes. Register at


Elmvale Maple Syrup FestivaL BOARD PoSITIONS available currently operating without a Board join us at our next General Meeting Tuesday, January 17th 7:30 p.m. Masonic Lodge, Queen St., Elmvale • 705-322-6613

Flos Agricultural Society Annual General Meeting Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2012 • 6:45 pm St John's United Church, Elmvale. Annual meeting, elections & guest speaker to follow. Tickets $15 each, available from Fair Directors, or call Ariel at 705-322-5900, during business hours.

CALLING ALL MIDHURST CRAFTERS AND ARTISTS Join the Midhurst Arts and Crafts Home Tour on November 24 and 25, 2012. We are looking for artists or crafters who will open their homes or studios for this tour. If you would like to participate either in your home or in one of the homes already on the tour ---Call now. Dan or Cathy at 705-722-8205

Music Instruction Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Accordion, Drums, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin & Ukelele lessons available in Elmvale for Children, Adults, Seniors. Flexible times. Reasonable rates. Private Instruction. For more info, call John Brown at 322-7696 or 322-3995

If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Call Alcoholics Anonymous Orillia 325-6385 • Midland 526-3305 Bracebridge ~ 705-646-2491

About the Stephen Lewis Foundation The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) supports community- based organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. They provide care to women who are ill and struggling to survive; assist orphans and other AIDS affected children; reach heroic grandmothers who almost single-handedly care for their orphan grandchildren; and sustain associations of people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, SLF has supported more than 700 community-level initiatives in 15 sub-Saharan countries. To learn more, visit www.

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Free Pick up of electronic waste Including appliances, car batteries, BBQs, lawn mowers, old pots & pans, wires & junk metal. (Anything with a cord) Call 705 717 4456 or 705 518 0110 Sharon Threadkell 705-322-7871 • 705-229-3183

What’s New

It’s Line Dancing at its BEST Now...2 nights of Beginners, easy Intermediates and Advanced Line Dance Instructions to Blues, Country and Rock & Roll music. This is great exercise for all ages. Lafontaine Community Centre (near the LCBO) each Monday and Friday night from 7-10 pm with the exception of the 2nd Friday of each month. $2 per night Instructor Robert Needam For information please call533-2215. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Top Ten Winter Energy Saving Tips Conservation Helps Ontarians Manage Energy Use, Cut Costs Energy conservation is an important part of Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, which has set a goal of reducing energy consumption by 7,100 MW by the year 2030. That is the equivalent of taking over 2.4 million homes off the grid. Ontario families can help manage their energy use this winter by following some simple conservation tips: Install a programmable thermostat: When properly set, a thermostat can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 10 per cent. Set your thermostat to 20°C when you're at home and 18°C when sleeping or away. Protect against drafts: Install weatherstrip around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches and air conditioners. Reducing drafts can save up to 30 per cent a year on heating costs. Flip your furnace filter: Change your furnace filter monthly. It's also a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional every year to ensure it is running at maximum efficiency. Go off-peak: Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-peak hours. Run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or on weekends when electricity rates are lowest. Unplug it: Be sure to unplug electronic items not in use. Devices like computers, TVs, and cell phone chargers continue to consume small amounts of electricity unless they are unplugged. Try plugging these items into a power bar with a switch or timer, so you can easily turn them off when they are not needed. Lock in the heat: Block heat from entering unused areas of your house, like a storage room or crawlspace, by closing doors. Keep closet doors shut too. Opt for efficient lighting: When it's time to replace a light bulb, choose energy-efficiency compact florescent lights (CFLs, LEDs), rather than incandescent lights. Let the sun shine in: During the day, keep your curtains open to draw in sunlight. Solar energy can help naturally warm your home. Clean your fridge coils: Be sure to regularly brush or vacuum your refrigerator coils to make them more energyefficient. Ditch the drip: Make an effort to quickly repair leaky faucets. Even a small drip can waste litres of water per month and add to your water heating costs. Building a clean energy system that supports healthier families, a healthier environment and a healthier economy is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy. QUICK FACTS - Through conservation, Ontario homeowners, businesses and industry have achieved over 1,700 MW of energy savings since 2005. That's the equivalent of over 500,000 homes being taken off the grid. The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit is helping Ontario families, farms and small businesses by taking 10 per cent off of all electricity bills for the next five years. Through the Long-Term Energy Plan, Ontario is committed to increasing wind, solar and bioenergy from less than one per cent of generation capacity in 2003 to almost 13 per cent by 2030, an increase of over 400 per cent. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. Don’t name a pig you plan to eat. Don’t sell your mule to buy a plow. Don’t skinny dip with snapping turtles.


1 st MONTH FREE WITH A 3 MONTH MINIMUM CLEAN – SECURE 705-739-7353 Snow Valley Self Storage • 1489 Snow Valley Rd.

For rent/sale - apt., houses, and halls Old School House Apartments. 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available immediately. Large picture windows, hardwood floors throughout and new appliances. Large parking area, coin laundry, and close to all amenities. Rents start at $750 and up and includes heat, hydro water. Cable/TV and internet not included. Call 1-877-642-5548 for appointment to see.

Elmvale in town 705 322 3008 • 322 2644 – 2 bdr apts in 12 plex available immediately. 1st and 3rd floors. $800/mo. plus hydro. Elmvale area - small 1 bedrm apartment. Heat and hydro extra. $560 - First/ last / references required Call 705 322 1431

Office Space for Rent Over 2000 sq ft of office space in Professional Building. Well appointed. Plenty of parking available. Call Dave 705-322-0155 Commercial\ Building for Lease -2 000 sq. ft. Elmvale Main St. 18 Queen St. W. Retail Location. Available Oct. 1. $1200 per month plus utilities. Call Tim Belcourt @ 705-321-2297


Up to 60 Tables & 500 Chairs for Rent Property of the Elmvale Fall Fair - Rob 790-1772 Hall - Elmvale Lions Club Hall is available for reunions, anniversaries, dances, parties or whatever. Kitchen included. Call Gary Feehan at 322-3088 Elmvale Community Hall - capacity 220 for great dances, beautiful weddings and other super events. Stage and kitchen facilities. For rental call 728-4784 ext. 2055

Weddings, Anniversary Parties, & Birthdays Orr Lake Golf Club is now renting out its hall for wedings, anniversary parties & birthdays. Seating for up to 175 people. Dancing for up to 200 people. Basic setup, cleanup, in-stock utensils/dishes/linens, and bartender included in rental fee. Catering done fresh in house. Call 705-322-1664, email: c Web Site:

Child Care Offered / Wanted Experienced reliable daycare available in Elmvale. Loving home, safe environment, in-town near Our Lady of Lourdes school. Fulltime and part-time, and B/A spaces available. Call Dee @ (705) 790-3817.

Daycare Provider FT/PT Christmas/holidays/weekends/nights No pets and Smoke free Excellent references, tax receipts 705 828-1239

For Sale TRUCK FOR SALE 2002 Ford F250 Super duty V8 4X4 manual, 7' Fisher snow plough,good working cond., asking $5000, call 705-322-7338 FURRY FRIENDS ANIMAL SHELTER UPDATED REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS Furry Friends Animal Shelter for cats has an urgent need for mature, responsible, volunteers for our new larger shelter at 25 Hart Drive, Unit 15. We need people to clean in the mornings and others to look after sick cats mornings or evenings. For more information please go to or call Ginny at (705) 896-4315. Volunteer application forms are also available at the shelter. We are also in need of wet cat food, good quality pate-type preferred, and laundry soap suitable for a front-loading washing machine. Monetary donations to help pay vet bills would be most welcome and tax receipts are issued for all donations $10.00 and over. Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and kicked. Every path has a few puddles. Gooder than snuff and ain’t half as dusty. Happier than a june bug on a tomato plant. Happier than a possum in the corncrib with the dog tied up. He ain’t exactly settin’ the woods on fire.

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Springwater News • Jan. 5, 2012 Edition 355 • E-mail: •

Barrie & District Christmas Cheer

ELMVALE DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL For Grade 8 Parents & Students

Pictured, left to right: Shawn Turner, Stu Andrews, Wendy King, Ted Blaker, Tara Dawn, Jamie Hall, Charlie Carswell, Hank Thibideau, Mike Blaker, Kristy Scott. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Raschewski There were a lot of toys and lots of food - and even gift cards - in the mountain of donations left over the last few weeks at chay today @ 93 1fm and B101. Listeners were generous and their efforts are greatly appreciated, though toys are still needed for boys and girls, infant to age 10. For information on where to donate, visit, because everybody deserves a Christmas.

HOOPP moves to immediate vesting for members, beginning in mid-2012 Move benefits members, aligns with Ontario pension reform laws The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan has announced that effective July 1, 2012, members will be able to vest in the plan without going through a two-year waiting period. While this legislation has not yet come into effect (and there’s no details yet on when it will), HOOPP is making this move “because it’s the right thing for our members – and because our fully funded position permits us to make the move now,” says HOOPP President & CEO John Crocker. “The government has clearly indicated that it wants plans like ours to offer immediate vesting – we see no reason to hold off on this, and are moving ahead on it now.” “Our members won’t have to go through any waiting periods – they’ll be vested for the full HOOPP defined benefit pension from day one after this change,” he says. “This means they will be able to start to build their full pension benefit earlier than before – and that’s beneficial to them.” The two year vesting rule will continue to apply until July 1, 2012, but all nonvested members who are actively contributing or who join HOOPP on or after July 1, 2012 will be vested immediately. If the government wants the change sooner than July, HOOPP will make the change sooner. HOOPP will communicate this change to its members. About the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Created in 1960, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) is the pension plan of choice for Ontario's hospital and community-based healthcare sector with over 370 participating healthcare organizations. Among our 260,000 members and retirees are nurses, medical technicians, food services and laundry workers – and the many other people who work hard to

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:30 PM

Check Us Out! 9 Learn about the Grade 9 Program at EDHS o Extra curricular activities o Mini timetable of compulsory subjects o Samples of Grade 9 student work: academic, applied and locally developed 9 Enjoy short music and drama performances 9 Meet our Grade 9 teachers 9 Tour our campus

All area parents are welcome! provide you with your valued Ontario healthcare services. HOOPP invests the assets of its $35.7 billion fund, administers the Plan and pays more than $1.2 billion per year in pension benefits. As a defined benefit plan, HOOPP provides eligible members with a retirement income based on a formula that takes into account a member's earnings history and length of service in the Plan. Once eligible members start receiving a pension, they receive it for life. HOOPP is governed by a Board of Trustees

with representation from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and four unions: the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The unique governance model provides representation from both management and workers in support of the long-term interests of the Plan. HOOPP was named one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2010.

Think Pink Golf Tournament

GOLFERS: While you're busy planning your year ahead, remember to mark Saturday July 21st on your calendars. That's the date for the Think Pink Golf Tournament to be held at Orr Lake Golf Course. This year the funds raised will go to support breast cancer programs at the new Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre opening in 2012 at RVH in Barrie. This will be the third annual tournament to be held at Orr Lake Golf Course to raise funds for breast cancer research and support programs. The tournament has grown in the first two years and we expect to have even more players and supporters in 2012. Last year we raised over $6000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, and experienced great camaraderie and fun while we did. Just

look at all the smiling faces in the photo! (and the sea of pink... t-shirts, hats, shoes, even hair!) Raising this amount of money required the help and contributions of many many individuals and businesses. We want to thank you all... and would encourage readers to support the businesses that helped us out: Bradford Greenhouses, Barrie; Business Affairs, Caledon; Canadian Tire, Midland; Chelsea Chocolates, Craighurst; Corner Cut Salon and Spa, lmvale; Dr. Brian Cole, Elmvale; Elite Fitness, Midland; Fleming Electric, Elmvale Foodland, Elmvale; G & S Computers, Elmvale; Gorilla Golf, Barrie; Helicon Properties, Victoria Harbour; Helping Hands, Elmvale; Investors Group, Barrie; Irvine

Carpets, Barrie; LFJ Bookkeeping, Orr Lake Lindor Dorlene, Midland; Minning's Electric, Elmvale; NEBS Business Products, Midland; Orr Lake Acres, Orr Lake; Orr Lake Golf Club, Orr Lake; Paint Box Gallery, Hillsdale; Pat Sanouris Consulting, Elmvale; Paul Jennings, Orr Lake; PJ's Pets, Barrie; Richards Home Renovations, Hillsdale; Rob Havers, Midland; Rockwell Automation, Rockwell; Silver Thorn Flowers and Gifts, Elmvale; Simcoe County Honey, Phelpston; Solly Family Dentistry, Elmvale; Solo Esthetics, Elmvale; TD Canada Trust, Elmvale; Tee 2 Green Clearance Golf, Barrie; Waldencroft Shiatsu Clinic, Barrie; WalMart, Midland; Will Marshall Insurance, Barrie; Wine Rack, Wasaga Beach

There are many ways you or your business can help us out in 2012: you could become our corporate sponsor, sponsor a hole, donate a prize, make a cash donation, or play in the tournament. And new this year, we are excited to have the Golf Lab attending our tournament. By sponsoring the Golf Lab, it will give you a unique way to promote your business. Please contact us if you want more information about this or helping in some other way. We'd like to hear from you. You can e-mail us at Remember, we can all help battle breast cancer. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

January 5, 2012 Ed 355  

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