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The Creemore


Friday, January 28, 2011 Vol. 11 No. 4

News and views in and around Creemore

A RESPONSE ON GROWTH Township’s comments on Growth Plan Amendment present dire view of outcome

by Brad Holden Clearview Council will submit comments to the province on the proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe in advance of the province’s January 31 deadline, after receiving a letter from the Minister of Infrastructure denying its request for more time to respond. The Amendment, which deals with growth in Simcoe County, would limit Clearview’s 2031 population to 19,700 people, a figure less than the 26,000 predicted in the Simcoe County Official Plan or the yield from the 6,768 new

homes that the Clearview Township Growth Plan would allocate over the same period. As Planning Director Michael Wynia pointed out in the comments Council voted to submit Monday night, the number is also “significantly lower than the amount of growth that would result from applications with approvals and additional applications submitted prior to the Growth Plan, as well as the amount of growth potential within existing approved settlement boundaries and lands designated for urban uses.” Should the Amendment be approved as is, Wynia wrote, this “radical downward adjustment in growth (See “Council” on page 6)


The BIA’s effort to remove the Christmas decorations on Mill Street this week was a spirited affair, with organization president Aiken Scherberger receiving decorations in the back of his truck, lobbed from volunteers such as Miriam Vince.

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Those who haven’t checked out CreemoreCentric at the Mad & Noisy Gallery should know that bidding closes at 4 pm on Sunday, January 30. And anyone interested can also attend the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage CreemoreCentric Cocktail Party at the gallery from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday night, where bidding action is sure to be furious!

If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, either motorized or not, don’t forget about Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids, taking place on Saturday, January 29. Registration will take place from 9 to 11 am in the parking lot on Nottawasaga 33/34 Sideroad just west of Concession 10; after that you can join in on guided snowmobile or snowshoe tours in support of a good cause.

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A GESTURE OF THANKS Clearview Community Christmas organizer Brian

McKay (right) presented Doug and Ursula Abbott with a plaque this week, in recognition of Village Builders Inc.’s continued sponsorship of the event. This year, more than 150 people sat down for Christmas dinner together at the Station on the Green or were provided food in their homes.

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Community Calendar Friday, January 28

• Toonie Lunch at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Caroline St. W. from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Come out and enjoy some homemade soup and visit with your friends. • Friday Night Live Music at The Flying Chestnut Kitchen, 199 Pellisier Street, Eugenia. This week hear The Kindness Killers at 10 pm. $10 admission. (519) 924-1809.

Saturday, January 29

• Join Mylar & Loreta’s today for cake to celebrate their 26th Anniversary. Thanks for your patronage!

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This Weekend • Purple Hills Arts and Heritage members and those interested in learning more about The Society are invited to attend the Annual CreemoreCentric Cocktail Party. Bid on the works of friends, neighbours and area artists while enjoying a social evening at the Mad and Noisy Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. Free admission. Snacks provided by the Bank Café. Cash Bar. For more information contact Sara at 466-9906. A fundraiser for the Mad & Noisy Gallery. Sponsored by Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society & The Ontario Trillium Foundation. • The Collingwood Agricultural Society welcomes

you to attend its 155th Annual General Meeting at Centennial United Church, 234 William St. Stayner. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Potluck supper begins at 6 pm. Business meeting to start at 7:30 pm. For additional information please call (705) 444-0308.

Sunday, January 30

• Church Services are on page 5. • Church for families with young children who are looking for a family experience and an opportunity to play, worship and eat with other families. Messy Church is at St. Luke’s at 4:30 pm, the last Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Events Wednesday, February 2 to Saturday, Feb 26

• $5 Movies at the Gayety Theatre. Come to the movies! See movies like Toy Story 3 and The Social Network. See for titles, dates and times.

Wednesday, February 2

• Happy Groundhog Day! • Book Club Author Event at Curiosity House Book Store from 2 to 3 pm. Our February book club will welcome local author Catherine Gildiner who will be discussing and reading from her latest memoir After The Falls. This is sure to be a very special event. Everyone welcome. • Manifesting Wellness: Sense of Place at 7 pm at the Collingwood Library. Join Shelley Hannah, Spirit-based Life Coach & Ruth Hitchcock, chiropractic doctor for this evening of exploration and contemplation; expect to leave with an inspired sense of your own sense of place. www.

Thursday, February 3

• Canadian Blood Services’ Blood Donor Clinic at Angus Arena from 2 to 6:30 pm. Call 888 2 DONATE to book your appointment. • New Lowell’s 35th Annual Winterama. Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7 pm, Burning of the Green from 7 to 9 pm, Fireworks at 7:30 pm. • Collingwood Chapter of Recreational Aircraft Association, a group of aircraft enthusiasts devoted to the building maintenance and flying of light aircraft, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Collingwood Airport. Speaker this month: Doug Measures, a councillor for Clearview Township and a member of the Board of Directors for the Collingwood Airport. The RAA is for anyone interested in aircraft and flying as a hobby and a great way to introduce your son or daughter to aviation.

Friday, February 4

• Curiosity House’s Artists’ Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for the February Group Art Show. More than 30 artists will be participating in this very popular show, entering one piece of artwork which reflects their interpretation of this year’s theme, “Red is best!”. The public is invited to vote for their favourite piece and a winner will be announced on Friday, February 18th. At the opening reception, people will have a chance to meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and cast their ballot. Everyone is welcome! • New Lowell’s 35th Annual Winterama. Clearview’s Got Talent Show from 7:30 to 10 pm.

Saturday, February 5

• New Lowell’s 35th Annual Winterama. Pancake Breakfast 8-10 am, Parade 10:30 am, Snowmobile Radar Run at 11 am, Opening Ceremonies 11:45 & Family Activities to 2 pm, Euchre 1-4 pm, Adult Dance 9 pm to 1 am. The themes this year are “35 Years of Winter Fun” and “Chinese New Year: Year of the Hare” for the schedule (click on Winterama at bottom left hand corner). • Opening Reception of the annual “New Members Show” featuring furniture maker Brett Lundy, painters Pauline Bradshaw, Sue Belcher and Peter Miehm who specialize in oils, palette knife and chalk pastels respectively, photographer Brian Barrer and clay artist Jordan Menicucci from 2 to 4 pm. Show runs to February 28. 154 Mill Street (705) 466-5555 or • Dufferin County Museum & Archives is pleased to present 2007 National Jazz Awards and Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year Anne Lindsay live in concert in Historic Corbetton Church at 2 pm. Tickets $15 (includes taxes) available at the Museum. Hwy 89 & Airport Rd. 705-435-1881 or 1-877-941-7787,

Sunday, February 6

• New Lowell’s 35th Annual Winterama. Big Breakfast 9 am, Snowmobile Radar Run 9 am.

Tuesday, February 8

• Creemore Adult Skaters’ Valentine’s Lunch at Affairs Bakery at 11:45 am. Skating afterwards.

Saturday, February 12

• Curiosity House Story Hour from 10:30 to 11:15 am. Children from 18 months to 6 years of age will have the opportunity to listen to captivating stories with Miriam, share the love of reading and complete a small craft activity with a Valentine’s theme.

Sunday, February 13

• Creemore Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be having a Tea and Bake Sale from noon to 2 pm. There will be soup, sandwich, dessert, coffee or tea for $5. Baking and some crafts. Come out and enjoy a friendly lunch and get your baking at the same time. • Creemore Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be having their annual Valentine’s Day Take-Out Supper. Lasagna, Caesar salad, bun and dessert for $10. Please call (705) 466-2432 before February 10 to reserve your take-out. Treat your Sweetheart to a night away from the kitchen. Pick up between 4 and 5 pm. • Boots and Hearts: A Songwriters Salute to Valentines Day at the Sovereign Restaurant from 7:30 to 10 pm featuring Chuck Baker, Romney Getty, John Millar, Craig Smith and Mark Ruzylo. Tickets $10 in advance available at Creemore Echo, $15 at the door. Cash bar. All proceeds going to the musicians.

Saturday, February 19

• 4th Annual Canadian Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Event at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre. 3 or 5 km snowshoe walk & 5 km snowshoe race. Free demo snowshoes (first-come, first-serve) & food & refreshments available. Prizes. to register.

Saturday, February 26

• 3 rd Annual Health and Leisure Showcase. Experience what Clearview has to offer from 10 am to 2 pm at the Stayner Community Centre, 269 Regina St. Highlights over 40 sports, recreation and health providers under one roof. Interactive booths, demonstrating and programme registration. This year’s Grand Prize Giveaway: Xbox 360 Kinect! Donated by Stayner Physiotherapy Clinic. For more information visit

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A place to help teens reach their full potential by Brad Holden Creemore’s hugely successful RentA-Youth program, which has placed work-hungry teenagers with area homeowners who need work done, has finally found its way back to its roots... and all it took was a guy named Ray to show the way. On Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm, the doors will open on Ray’s Place, a brand-new “youth resource centre” located on Caroline Street West that will focus on helping our teenagers reach their full potential. Rent-A-Youth will continue, but will be just one of many programs that will run out of the centre. “We’re going to have a lot of fun,” said Laurie Copeland this week. She is a member of the organization’s new board of directors, along with a few people who have been around since Rent-A-Youth’s beginnings and a few who have come onboard to help guide this exciting new initiative. Ray’s Place will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Monday to Friday, and an adult volunteer will be on hand at all times to supervise. The stillevolving space will feature several modern computer kiosks and a large boardroom table, all in hopes of creating an atmosphere where youths between the ages of 13 and 18 will feel comfortable gathering for study sessions on both an individual and group basis. On Friday nights, there will be social evenings, with hockey games or movies being broadcast on a big screen television and less of an emphasis on getting homework done. On weekends, other programming is planned – things like resume-writing workshops, personal budget classes and college information sessions. The new facility is an exciting development for those who’ve been following the Rent-A-Youth story. That program grew out of a vague sense among a few Creemore residents that the village’s teenagers could benefit from a place to go, and things to do. When a group was initiated by Rev. Cathy Miller, Tony Fry and Jim Vandewater three years ago, a survey of local youth showed that kids felt the same way. Brainstorming sessions followed, with the focus being some

The Board of Directors of Ray’s Place, a new youth resource centre opening February 8, have been busy planning ways to encourage and inspire young Creemore area residents. From left to right are Bob Richards, Zach MacDonald, Laurie Copeland, John Fuke (chair), Jace Metheral and Tony Fry. sort of youth drop-in centre. But that idea soon morphed into something different – less of a place and more of a program, a way to give kids something to do that would put some money in their pockets as well. What followed, Rent-A-Youth, has been a true success story. Last year, there were 38 teens registered in the program, 93 clients who received services, and 2,540 hours worked in total. Under the tutelage of fulltime director Zach MacDonald, 27 teens received First Aid training, 16 received WHMIS training, 18 received communication and etiquette training and 16 received general training in everything from painting to pond cleaning. And what the program’s organizers discovered is that once teenagers are empowered, once they have a job and are making a bit of money, they start to realize they have many options in the future.


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Ray’s Place is an extension of that, a resource centre aimed at helping kids identify and support their goals so they can achieve their full potential. In order to make this whole thing work, the Ray’s Place board will need adult volunteers, people who are willing to supervise kids at the centre and perhaps even offer a bit of advice here and there. To that end, the group will hold two Volunteer Information Sessions, on Sunday, January 30 and Monday, January 31 from 7 to 9 pm. For those who decide

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to become involved, two Volunteer Training Sessions will follow, on Sunday, February 6 from 1 to 3 pm and Monday, February 7 from 7 to 9 pm. All volunteers will be subject to a police check before signing on. Youth information sessions and regular weekly planning begins on Tuesday, February 8, with an official open house and ribbon cutting planned for Saturday, March 5. For more information, you can call Ray (or whoever picks up the phone – “Ray” is merely an acronym for Rent-A-Youth) at 466-3663.

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And now for something a little different

There’s a certain romance about moving to a new place, and when it’s a place as great as Creemore it can be a real heart-stopping one. Our newest contributor, who makes his (or her?) debut below, is in the throes of just such a thing. Shortly after moving to the area, they approached the Echo with an idea – how about a column about first impressions of Creemore, and first impressions of rural living altogether? And how about doing it anonymously, at least off the start, providing our readers a chance to ponder just who the writer might be? We thought about it, long and hard, reflecting on the fact that anonymity can be a dangerous thing in a newspaper. It’s never permitted in the Letters to the Editor and rarely anywhere else. But then we thought some more, and saw that this newcomer is someone who’s interested in being involved in the Creemore community, and that this is their way of having fun with that. So we told them to go ahead, with one condition: everything that’s written has to be written with one fact in mind – that one day, all of Creemore will know the identity of the person who wrote it. And with that, say hello to the “Ruminating Rusticator.” Kudos to anyone who figures out who the writer is in our midst...

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The Stayner Collegiate Institute 50th Reunion Committee is collecting old photos from the school, in advance of the Reunion being held on Victoria Day Weekend. Does anyone recognize these members of the 1968 Junior Girls basketball team?


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Live and work all of your adult life in the heart of an urban metropolis, and then one day you drive off the beaten path and find yourself a world away in a little place called Creemore. The Ruminating Quaint, friendly, rustic, RUSTICATOR charming… Creemore is all those and more. A lot more as it turns out. So what happens when that charming little town casts its spell and lures the urbanite to transplant permanently? Surely it must seem like paradise after the proverbial rat-race of the big city, right? The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is “Yes, but…” The “but” refers to some aspects of living in a small town that can take one by surprise, especially if one suffers from a little self-delusion to start with (and who doesn’t?). How hard could it be dealing with the social dynamics of a village numbering about 1,200 people? Stroll down Mill Street, nodding, smiling, soaking up all that small town charm, the locals obviously thrilled to have another big city transplant deign to live among them. This presumption was even enshrined in our pop culture back in the 1960s – the big-city sophisticate amused by the bumbling antics of the local yokels – in that television culture-clash classic Green Acres. But one quickly learns the bumbling is on the other foot – there’s a lot more going on than the rural


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charm of Mill Street is at first willing to reveal. In the big city you walk past hundreds, if not thousands, of people in a day – and it’s almost impossible not to be anonymous. Walk past three people on Mill Street and there’s nowhere to hide. In a small town like Creemore it seems every aspect of human behaviour, good and bad, is projected through a set of funhouse mirrors – distortions abound. Could it be that small towns attract a higher percentage of people whose eccentricities float closer to the surface? Or maybe people are simply more likely to let their guard down? Or maybe it’s all about size – the smaller a community the greater the magnification of human foible and strength. A social scientist might even devise a mathematical equation, a more sophisticated version of: the smaller the town, the more heightened the emotions. So what’s an urban transplant to do? Well, take the high road of course. Be the Switzerland of social relations. It’s a good idea – for about thirty seconds. Impossible to remain neutral – even if you don’t express a single pejorative about anyone (which is also impossible). All it takes is something as simple as being seen talking to someone who someone else doesn’t like and boom, you’re painted with the same corn broom bristles. And from there it only escalates. Soon you’re hearing about things you said that never actually left your lips – a kind of gossip

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ventriloquism where you’re the wooden dummy and others in town have their hands up your… At this point it’s impossible not to wade in. Your first instinct is to undo all those silly misunderstandings: you never said that, or, what you really meant was, or you’re a really nice guy honest, and so on. And yep, you guessed it, run those attempts past the funhouse mirrors and it all comes out distorted and now you’re in deeper than ever. But the funhouse mirrors also do what they’re meant to – make you laugh. The same way you do at Oliver Wendell Douglas and his surreal adventures in Hooterville. And he lived there for 170 episodes and never went back to the big city. Must have had something to do with a healthy sense of humour. Rusticator, by the way, is defined like such: (root word: rustic) someone who visits, moves to, or lives in the country. Ergo everyone who reads this is most likely a rusticator of some kind.

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There were 55 of us High scorers were out for cards today and, Earl Bentley 296, Peter as this was our postponed Gubbels 288, Irma Flack “Christmas” dinner day, 263, and Marion Kelly w e w e r e n ’t s u r e h o w 259. Low was Brian many games we would McGill with – oops! – get in before it was time minus 13! The hidden Sylvia to go into the hall of the score of 214 did not go, GALE Legion to “chow down.” so next week it will be We were all pleased to worth $17. have Norma Royal bring her mom, Bob Veale had set a bowl out Vera Pettigrew, out to join us for for anyone who wished to donate our catered dinner. We had a very to a local food bank. This donation nice “Thank You” card from St. was originally voted in to be an Luke’s Church read out, and we alternative to exchanging Christmas sang a “Happy Birthday” to Vice presents. Instead of exchanging a $5 President Ray Leighton. After Barb gift, we decided to put our money Pilon regaled us with a cute joke, into a donation to a needy charity – the 50/50 draws went first to our preferably the food bank. long lost member, Vera Pettigrew, We finished all eight games of followed by Roy Veinot, Bob Veale, cards and gave out the winners Doris Hare, Effie Taylor, Kevin money, and then it was time to go into Keogh, George Blakney and Gayle our previously cancelled (because of Gordon. weather) Christmas turkey dinner, Moon shots were rampant, with catered by the Legion Ladies. This Peter Gubbels playing three of group of both ladies and gents them, followed by Janice Stephens, (you are a gentleman, right Mark?) Isabelle Gubbels (2), Kevin Keogh, provided a plentiful and absolutely Bob Veale, Phyllis Seed (2), Elsie delicious meal that was cooked to Longson, Warren Gale, Betty perfection. Definitely a meal worth Bartlett, George Blakney, Wilma waiting for! Bannerman, Irene Dolson and I was talking to Winston Ferguson George Blakney again. George won the other evening, and he was saying the travelling prize, and Bob won the that he hopes to get his replacement Sidewinder’s loot. elbow by the end of February. Win,

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which is sure to be a big help. But the most interesting item as we were chatting came when Terry mentioned that this little town of Warner has the only Girls Hockey School in Canada. There are around 21 girls attending the hockey school right now, and they come from the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. These girls do all their academic studies at the school, and play hockey in a league with about 10 other teams. Some of these teams are in Canada, but most are in the States, and every weekend they are off playing hockey. Apparently Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser was one gal who trained there. Terry also mentioned that he was really busy in February with speaking engagements in Panorama, B.C., where they have the “Mountain of Hope” to “give people a hand up, not a hand out,” the Calgary Boat Show, the Abbotsford, B.C. Boat Show, the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure Show, the Killam, Alta 4H Club, in Assinaboya, Sask., in Chatham, Ont., the Edmonton Boat Show, etc, etc. All told, he’s going to be a busy lad this February and on into the spring. Speaking of spring, I don’t know about you folks, but I am all set for our January thaw. It can start anytime now – the sooner, the better. We are going to get one, aren’t we?

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as usual, always has a joke, no matter how he is feeling, and as usual he was fun to chat with. The Club received the Theatre Collingwood playbill recently and I see where the premiere of a new comedy titled Fair Play by Dan Needles will be playing this coming August at the former Gayety Theatre in Collingwood. Dan’s plays are nearly always comedies, and they are always enjoyable. The Legion held a breakfast on a recent Sunday morning that was a well-cooked and enjoyable meal. We had Betty and Ray Bartlett sharing our table, which was very nice. The other diners were all friendly, as usual. This good food and good company makes for a very pleasant meal. I was talking to son Terry, also known as “Mantracker” the other evening, and he mentioned having spoken at a fundraiser for a school in the small village of Warren in Alberta. With the new rules and regulations they, like many other schools and playgrounds, are finding it very expensive to bring the playground equipment up to the recent government standards to have everything totally kid-safe and kid-friendly. This fundraiser did add around $15,000 to their coffers,

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Earlier this month, Creemore resident Hailey Sacerty fulfilled a dream she’s had since she was four years old – she walked into Smart Cut in Wasaga Beach and had nine inches of her hair cut off, to be donated to a charity that collects hair to make wigs for kids with cancer.


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Honeywood quarry battle heats up by Brad Holden The North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT) held another capacity-crowd meeting at the Honeywood Arena last Saturday, updating residents on its ongoing efforts to defend 2,400 acres of Mulmur and Melancthon farmland from the Highlands Company, which is in the process of submitting applications to quarry part or all of the land. The morning’s most substantive presentation came from Margaret Walton, a Bracebridge-based planner who has been hired by NDACT to work on the file. She explained that NDACT has now filed an application for an Official Plan amendment with Melancthon Township, hoping to have about 10,000 acres of the municipality The De Sousa family pose with none other than Ronald McDonald at the family support centre that bears his name. From left to right are Stan, Cole (who was three weeks old when Connor was diagnosed), Connor, Lorraine and Cameron. The family has been at Ronald McDonald House since September.

Lisle family battles Leukemia by Brad Holden Just when you think life can’t throw any more curve balls your way, it throws you another. That might be a clichéd way to look at a situation, but in the case of the De Sousa family from Lisle, it’s hard to come up with anything else. Currently staying at Ronald McDonald House in Toronto, the family is now anxiously awaiting the outcome of a bone marrow transplant, received by three-year-old Connor and generously given by his five-yearold brother Cameron. If successful, the operation could signal the end of Connor’s two-year battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The disease first reared its head in early 2009, when Connor, just shy of his second birthday, started feeling sluggish and tired. His parents, Stan and Lorraine, noticed that as soon as he woke up from his afternoon nap, he was ready to sleep again. They also noted little spots on his skin. A couple of quick doctor visits later and they were at Sick Kid’s Hospital in Toronto, with a diagnosis of Leukemia and a two-year chemotherapy schedule ahead of them. The De Sousas were able to move into Ronald McDonald House immediately, and stayed there from March until May of 2009 while Connor received his first treatments. He received a full year of intense chemotherapy, and in the spring of this year, that was downgraded to “maintenance” chemotherapy. But in late summer, Connor experienced

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a relapse, so in September 2010 the De Sousas moved back into Ronald McDonald House. They’ve been there ever since. From September to December, Connor received a higher dose treatment, as doctors fought to put his cancer back in remission, but by Christmas it was decided that a bone marrow transplant would be more effective, if a related donor could be found. Sure enough, Connor’s older brother Cameron was a match, and on January 21, 450 millilitres of bone marrow was removed from his body and transferred to Connor. That operation came after Connor received two weeks of his most intense chemotherapy and radiation yet, in an effort to break down his immune system so it would accept the new bone marrow. Unfortunately, the day after the transplant Connor was diagnosed with influenza, a potentially fatal situation with his immune system so weakened. But on Tuesday, when the De Sousas talked to the Echo, Connor had just went an entire day without a fever, and hopes were high that he’d beat the virus. “He’s our little trooper,” said Lorraine, explaining that the family will remain at Ronald McDonald House until at least April, while Connor recovers from surgery and goes through several follow-up tests. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Lorraine said of the past two years. “But we’re hoping the future is bright.”

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designated a “Specialty Crop Area.” Such a move would not necessarily preclude the establishment of a quarry, but it would make the decision much more controversial in light of the Provincial Policy Statement’s equal emphasis on the importance of aggregate and prime agricultural land. The application has been deemed complete by Melancthon planning staff, meaning the clock is ticking on a decision. The Highlands Company has also submitted a letter to the Township, disagreeing with staff and claiming that the application is incomplete. Highlands has so far made no official application regarding a rezoning for aggregate purposes.

Council submits comments on Growth Plan Amendment (Continued from page 1) expectations would have significant negative implications to public and private investments that have relied upon previous expectations and policy.” This would require the Township, the comments continue, to alter virtually all municipal policy and planning documents, including its official plan, its zoning bylaw, its strategic plan, its development charges bylaw, its servicing Environmental Assessments for Nottawa and Stayner, its recreational master plan and its roads needs study. Current and future capital projects such as the Emergency Hub and the servicing agreement between Stayner and Wasaga Beach would have to be cancelled or continue severely underfunded. Perhaps most worrying, according to Wynia, is the wording in the Amendment concerning its effective date and proposed transition regulations. The document seems to suggest that any decisions not made prior to the Amendment being put in place would be subject to the provincial Growth Plan – even those made after the original Growth plan was passed. But exactly what the word “decision” means is unclear. Thus the now age-old problem of exactly what this document would mean for Clearview and the developers who have intentions to build here continues, along with the possibility that the only way these things can be resolved is at the costly Ontario Municipal Board or in court. With those comments, Clearview Township then gave the province several recommendations, among them that the growth numbers in the Amendment should be revisited to “provide a more appropriate consideration of existing development pressures, approved development, existing municipal growth plans and servicing plans, and growth capacity in the County of Simcoe,” and that the policies related to the numbers “should be expanded upon to allow flexibility in order to avoid stagnating incomplete communities and allow for appropriate development of smaller communities.”

The comments written by Wynia were approved by the majority of Council on Monday night, with the exception of Councillors Thom Paterson and Brent Preston. Preston had submitted his own comments to Wynia in hopes of having them included as an addendum, however it was decided Monday night that the only comments forwarded to the province from the Township should be those approved by Council as a whole. Preston was told he was welcome to submit his own comments personally. His comments, included for Council’s consideration on Monday night’s agenda, said that from his experience during the recent campaign and his knowledge of our community, “the majority of consituents in Ward 3 would strongly support the overall goals and vision of the Growth Plan and subsequent amendment, and would be in broad agreement that the growth forecasts proposed for Clearview Township in the amendment are reasonable.” As for Paterson, he told Council that while he would be submitting his own personal comments to the province and wouldn’t be supporting the Township’s comments (as they are predicated on the Township Growth Plan which he did not vote for), he did find a lot of common ground with Wynia on this subject. “My basic objection is the removal of basic decision-making powers from the muncipality,” said Paterson. “And I do agree that the numbers are too low – they are not even consistent with our existing Official Plan – but for me, this has gone beyond numbers. Numbers are an indication of growth; they shouldn’t be the tool.” Paterson also agreed that transition rules need to made clearer, and said the province needs to either provide legislation to ensure that municipalities cannot be legally at risk when developers get shut down, or access to funds to help fight the inevitable challenges at the OMB or in court. “Communities shouldn’t be punished for whatever measures they take to comply with this plan,” he said.

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Friday, January 28, 2011 •


THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR TRAVELLIN’ Singhampton residents Patrick Keating and Ayrlie MacEachern were on the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni

in Bolivia last spring when they decided to take a few creative shots using Patrick’s boots. The salt flats are famous for the false perspective photos you can take there due to the lack of visual references, and since Patrick is so fond of his Blundstones, before long they were staging this photo of them “riding” the boots. Back home, they happened upon a photo contest being run by Blundstone Canada and decided to enter this one on a whim. And they won first place – providing them with two free round trip tickets to Australia! The couple leaves on February 6 to explore Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. We wonder what the boots will get up to this time.

A Winter Storm in December 1944 Submitted by Marg Miller Valerie (Bannerman) remembers her school days at No. 23 school on Airport Road. In early December 1944, a snow storm swept in, catching everyone by surprise. The children were all at school. Neither cars or horses could get through the drifts. Her father (Horace Bannerman) and neighbour, Roy Brown, walked to the school. They tied the children together with a long rope. Roy led the way and Horace followed, at the other end of the rope. This way the children could not wander off track and get lost in the storm. Wylie Bowman met them at his sideroad (No. 16-17). He untied all of the Bowman and Rankin children, tied them onto his rope, and led them home to his house. The Rankins stayed at his farm while the storm lasted, and Bannerman kept the Sheffers and several other neighbouring children at their farm. At one time there were 13 children at Bannermans. As always, during a storm, the event took on the atmosphere of an unplanned party. Everyone was safe, there was plenty of food and the wood fires kept the house warm. They played board games; the girls helped Mrs. Bannerman in the kitchen, and the boys kept the wood box full. They slept three in a bed, on couches and easy chairs, and for years afterward Elsie Sheffer would phone Mrs. Bannerman every time it stormed, to say it reminded her of her delicious Chelsea buns. The children didn’t return to their homes until the end of the week. I got this information from Mrs. Wylie Bowman. She lived across the road from me on Airport Road. She could tell me many stories about life in the old days, as we enjoyed a cup of coffee in her cosy kitchen.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Clearview Township Notices Job Opportunity The Township of Clearview

Invites applications for the following opportunity:

Deputy Fire Chief - Job # 2011-01 Full Time The Corporation of the Township of Clearview, a community of 15,000 residents from the Town of Stayner, the Village of Creemore, and the Townships of Nottawasaga and Sunnidale in the Georgian Triangle approximately one hour from Toronto, is currently seeking a Deputy Fire Chief. The department consists of five fire stations with 110 paid volunteer fire fighters serving the urban and rural communities. This role will provide management supervision of the day-to-day function and training initiatives, while also performing the fire prevention duties for the Township. The successful applicant must be an energetic and self motivated individual with superior leadership, communication, organization, time management, analytical, problem solving and customer service skills with demonstrated municipal Fire Service experience. Preferably, candidates will have ten years experience in fire operations with three years in a senior officer role with a strong ability to interpret and apply legislative requirements. Additional requirements include completion of the Company Officer and/or Training Officer Diploma and the Fire Protection Technology program, coupled with a valid DZ driver’s license in good standing. For more information regarding this position, please visit our website at Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and covering letter, quoting Job # 2011-01 by February 14, 2011, @ 4:30 pm to: Denise Henry, Township of Clearview, Box 200, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner, ON, L0M-1S0;; fax #: 705-428-0288. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Information gathered relative to this position is done so in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for this competition. The Township of Clearview is an equal opportunity employer.

nOTICE The Annual Reports and the Financial Plans for the Stayner, Creemore, New Lowell, Nottawa (McKean), Colling-Woodlands and Buckingham Woods Water Systems are available for download at or copies may be obtained at the Township Administration Centre, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner or Public Works Office located at 5833 27/28 Sideroad Nottawasaga without charge. Mike Rawn, C. Tech. Water/Sewer Superintendent Township of Clearview

nOTICE Annual Community Assistance Grant Program Funding may be available to community non-profit organizations through application to Clearview Township Council. Applicants will be considered on merit and funding is not guaranteed. This grant opportunity may be available to community groups on an annual basis, depending upon Council’s budget. Each organization is required to complete an application form. The deadline for the 2011 Budget application is Friday, February 18, 2011. Applications can be picked up at the Clearview Administration Centre, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner or on the Clearview Township website www. Please note that only completed applications submitted to the Office of the Clerk by the deadline will be considered. Robert Campbell, Clerk Township of Clearview Clearview Township, Box 200, 217 Gideon St. Stayner, ON L0M 1S0 705-428-6230 •

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As I write this column is a fun family night, when it is minus 24 outside, but we get to see that “New on the positive side the sun Lowell and Clearview Has is shining and that means Talent.” Saturday morning you a great deal this winter. It don’t have to make breakfast, hasn’t been a good winter just head over to the Legion for travelling, both on foot for a Pancake Breakfast and or in the car.  Let’s hope Sandra then outside to view the parade BEDNAREK the groundhog brings us as they celebrate the theme of better news in a couple the Winterama: the Chinese of weeks! New Year of the Rabbit. Maybe you The community wishes to express will see lots of “hopping” around the their sympathy to Nelson D’Aoust and parade route. Saturday afternoon at the family on the passing of Deanna D’Aoust Recreation Park there will be games, last Wednesday, January 19. Deanna had prizes, skating, and refreshments, and fought a courageous battle with cancer if you get cold wander over to our and lung disease for many years.  She library and see what activities they are passed in her home with Nelson by her presenting or go to the Legion for a side. There will be a Memorial Service on euchre tournament.  Saturday evening Saturday, January 29 at 1 pm in the New will be the Annual Dance. Don’t forget Lowell United Church with a reception to get your souvenir pin and your draw to follow in the church. tickets for 2011 Winterama. Are you ready for some good food New Lowell United Church will and dancing? Come out to the “Dine worship at 10:15 am on January 30, but & Dance – Italian Cuisine” at the New there will be no service on February Lowell Legion on Saturday, January 6. Avening will worship at 9 am on the 29. There will be a delicious dinner of 30th and St. John’s Creemore at 11:30 am. Spaghetti/Penne with meat sauce, bread, New Lowell United Church is looking dessert and coffee/tea. Come at 4 pm for for a pianist for their Sunday morning socializing and the dinner will be at 6 services.  This is a paid position.  The pm. Following the dinner there will be applicant should have at least Grade dancing to the live music of the Martin 7 music and be familiar with playing Koch Band. Tickets are $10 each and for church music. Contact Sandra at 424further information call Jim at 424-6781 6497. or Linda at 424-3008. Thelma McGillivray recently Get your warm mitts, hats and boots out welcomed friends and family to her for the 35th Annual Winterama. Thursday new residence to celebrate her 80th evening join the Firefighters as they birthday.  George and Thelma wish to prepare a spaghetti dinner for you at the thank everyone for the good wishes and Legion, then off to the Recreation Park particularly for their support over these for the burning of the green, skating, last 18 months.  hot chocolate and fireworks.  Friday If you have any news, I’m at sandra. is Talent Night at the Legion.  This or 424-6497.



Clearview Township Notices Job Opportunity The Township of Clearview

2011 SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Township of Clearview is now accepting resumes for Summer Seasonal Employment (May until September 2011) for the following positions: Heritage Planning Assistant

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For more information regarding this position, please visit our website at Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and covering letter, quoting the appropriate Job Number by February 14, 2011, @ 4:30 pm to: Denise Henry, Township of Clearview, Box 200, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner, ON, L0M-1S0;; fax #: 705-428-0288. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Information gathered relative to this position is done so in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for this competition. The Township of Clearview is an equal opportunity employer.

Clearview Township, Box 200, 217 Gideon St. Stayner, ON L0M 1S0 705-428-6230 •

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Friday, January 28, 2011

“Always looking for something new to do” coffee with ken

Gerry Blackburn was born on a farm two-anda-half miles southwest of Creemore. He attended all Grades, from 1 to 13, in the old brick school on Caroline Street. In 1952 he Ken married Doreen Carter of THORNTON Scarborough and they were blessed with two children, Lynne and Bill. Lynne, a nurse, is married to Hans Galesloot and they live in Port Alberni, British Columbia. They have two girls: Sarah, at the University of Lethbridge, and Sydney, presently an au pair in Turin, Italy. Bill is a diesel mechanic and lives with his dad. Unfortunately, Doreen died in 2005. Gerry’s first paying job was helping Stan Eggleton of Creemore wire farm buildings that had never had hydro available. Following that he worked five years for the Bank of Toronto in Alliston, Toronto, Orillia and Gananoque, but soon he returned to Creemore, where he ran Blackburn Radio & TV for 10 years. In 1965 Gerry went across the street to work for his good friend Howard Noble in the insurance business. He continued this until retirement in 1992, but then went back for four years to provide computer support. He has always been interested in Municipal

Gerry Blackburn affairs, serving on the school board, being a Councillor, and serving as Reeve of Creemore. He also has his 25-year pin for long service with the

Creemore Volunteer Fire Department, part of which time he was Deputy Chief. He has been a faithful member of St John’s United Church, presently serving as an Elder and as their representative at Northern Waters Presbytery, where he is on the Property Committee. He is a member of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada and the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society. He will be a 60-year Mason in February, was Master of Nitetis Lodge in 1971 and is starting his 36th year as treasurer. In 2007 he was appointed a Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada, in the Province of Ontario. Gerry likes to curl in the winter and during the summer bikes around Creemore daily and takes his 54 Meteor to car shows. He also has a small collection of antique phonographs, including a Victor with a horn and a working Marconi radio made in 1927. During the past few years he has become quite interested in restoring antique 32-volt Delco Light Plants, and presently has two operating units mounted on a trailer, complete with an operating 32-volt wringer washing machine which he takes to steam shows. He enjoys travelling, particularly visiting with his family in BC. Despite these varied activities he is always looking for something new to do. Keep up the good work, Gerry. You are an inspiration to us all!

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January brings snow. Makes our feet and fingers glow. [Sara Coolridge] Mylar and Loreta’s Restaurant, Singhampton (705) 445-1247. Join us for cake on Saturday January 29 to celebrate our 26th Anniversary! Thank you for supporting us all these years.

Wanted: Collector looking for vintage motorcycle. 1980 or older for restoration, any condition or make considered. Call John at (705) 466-2207.

for rent New Rooms for rent. Furnished. $110 per week includes shared living room, heat, hydro, wireless internet, satellite TV, parking. Linens supplied. No smoking. Call (705) 444-4852. 1 Bedroom Apartment available for immediate occupancy on Mill Street in Creemore. $550 / month, heat included, hydro extra. Non-smoking. Please call (705) 445-0660. 3 Bedroom house for rent very close to Creemore. Fireplace, large lot, 1200 sq. furnished or not. Short term available. Close to skiing. Call 466-6593 for info. Toronto (west) accommodations. Main floor bungalow suits 2. Short term, weekly & daily rentals available. www. Call (647) 389-2568.

for sale Updated 3 bedroom home at centre of Creemore, 1500+ sq.ft., open, bright, large lot. Call for more info 466-6593. 250 4x5 round bales of first cut hay. Stored inside. Call (705) 466-3391.

thank you A year has passed since I strode into the office of the Creemore Echo and approached the editor, Brad Holden, with an idea to write the life story of local residents. The caption was designed to read “Coffee with Ken.” Since that time many interviews 5110 have been written, and the recipients have been assured of confidentiality on what 5 was said. Topics are varied and often include discussion of religious 4 politics, etc. 2 that 8 in3a number 1 matters, of1instances are omitted from the 9 7 final column. I wish to thank all of those 6 participated in this 8 who have willingly venture, 1 and on a personal note2to add my sincere appreciation. For me it has 3 2 been and continues to be a learning 5 1 experience6and on many occasions, the camaraderie has created a bond that left 7 8 5 9 4 a feeling of respect and admiration. 2 Keep up the good work, Creemore... you’re the best! Ken Thornton

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Wanted: Antique & modern firearms, handguns, ammunition & reloading equipment; military collectibles – helmets, uniforms, medals, swords, bayonets, knives; antique & vintage pre-70’s fishing tackle – wood & metal lures, reels, rods, old wooden decoys, modern tackle, boats, ob motors, etc. for upcoming Spring Sportsman’s & Militaria Auctions. Please call John Simpson Auctioneer at (705) 466-2207. Details at Do you like to sew, hem, cut out material, socialize? Then come out to the Creemore Skating Club’s “Sewing Saturdays”. The club is preparing for its upcoming carnival and is looking for sewing volunteers and expertise to help with new costumes. Materials (and snacks) will be provided, but require sewing machines and volunteers.  9 to 11 am on Saturday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 19, 26 in the Arena hall. Please call Julie at 424-0626 or Lynn at 466-2995. Pick the date(s) that works best for you!

services Building Blocks Home Daycare currently has full and part time, before and after school spots available. For more information or to set up a play date please call (705) 466-6355. House cleaning what you need, when you need it. Call Sue (519) 9236376. Spic & Span housecleaning Trial Offer 50% off your first appointment reasonable rates references. Tamara (705) 424-2130.

thank you We wish to thank the community for all the cards, flowers, all the food and goodies. The telephone calls from near and far and the friendship and support through this time. Marg Ransier, Betty and Grant, Bob and Robyn, the grandchildren and the great grandchildren NOTICE TO CREDITORS & OTHERS THE ESTATE OF GRACE LILLIAN GOWAN ALL PERSONS having claims against the Estate of GRACE LILLIAN GOWAN, late of the Village of Creemore, in the Province of Ontario, who died on or about the 19th of November, 2010, must file claims with the undersigned on or before the 28th of February, 2011, after which date the Estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall then have been given notice. DATED at Barrie, Ontario, this 25th day of January, 2011. SMITH, McLEAN Barristers and Solicitors 118 Collier Street Barrie, Ontario L4M 1H4 Solicitors for the Estate Trustee


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in memoriam Robert (Bob) Lloyd June 26, 1938 – January 28, 2008 They say memories are golden. Well maybe that’s true But we never wanted memories We only wanted you. Loved and remembered Sherry, Jerry, Calla and Rylee

in memoriam Striegl – In Memory of our parents and grandparents Gertrude Striegl, who passed away January 18, 2009, and George Striegl, who passed away February 8, 2009. Mom and Dad, you are not forgotten, though you’re not here anymore. Still in memory you are with us as you always were before. With love from Kathy and Joe, Frank and Rolf

Healing the Planet With Hemp seek out products made from There are many devastating this plant. Mostly recently environmental ills harming we’ve enjoyed quality hemp the Earth, everything from running shoes which, besides the oil spill in the Gulf of hemp, feature such ecoMexico to global warming, friendly materials as organic deforestation and pollution. cotton, recycled car tires Our species’ dependence on and even laces made from fossil fuels has resulted in Glenn PERRETT recycled soda bottles! many catastrophic situations. Hemp paper is naturally Cutting down the planet’s acid-free, can last for hundreds of forests to satisfy our insatiable appetite years and is made with less energy and for paper has also irrevocably harmed pollutants compared to tree paper. Hemp the environment. Fortunately there is paper can also be recycled many times a plant that can significantly heal the more than wood-pulp paper. Returning Earth, if it can regain the popular status to hemp as a significant source of paper it once enjoyed. The plant is hemp and would save many of the planet’s forests, the annual herbaceous plant has made a reduce pollution and improve soils. modest comeback in Canada. When it comes to clothing, hemp Hemp has been used for thousands of fabric is comfortable, durable and longyears for many items including clothing, lasting. There is a saying that “hemp paper, rope and sails. Benjamin Franklin wears in, it doesn’t wear out.” I’ve had owned a mill that produced hemp paper. some hemp shirts for more than a decade Henry Ford made a car body and car and they’re still in great shape and getting fuel from hemp. Unfortunately, in increasingly comfortable with each wash. 1937 Congress put a prohibitive tax Other products that we have in hemp are on hemp production that destroyed the jeans, hats, bags, a reusable coffee filter, hemp industry in the United States. wallets, dog beds and shower curtains. Canada banned hemp in 1938, but the Currently we are using hemp fabric to versatile plant has been grown legally in make curtains. Canada since 1998. The hemp plant is Hemp is also a nutritious food. Its an annual herbaceous plant that grows seeds are very nutritious, containing from 3 to 16 feet in height and has a amino and fatty acids. We use numerous very strong natural fibre. Industrial hemp foods containing hemp and we have also contains less than 1% of THC (delta-9 been pleased with treats and shampoos tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive for our pets made from hemp. component of marijuana. There are a myriad of other uses for Hemp has many qualities that make hemp. We have finished many of our it good for the environment, including floors with a wood oil made from hemp. the fact that it can be grown in many Hemp is also used to make construction areas unsuitable for other plants and it materials and biofuels. As mentioned can be cultivated in as few as 100 days. before, in1941 Henry Ford produced a car Naturally resistant to mildew, mould and body made from hemp plastic which was UV rays, hemp thrives without the use of much lighter than a steel car and which pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. could withstand a much harder impact Soil degradation is a problem and without denting. Ford’s car was fuelled hemp can improve soil health. The tap with hemp-based ethanol fuel. Hemp is root of hemp plants extends down a foot even being used to remove impurities into the soil drawing up nutrients and from wastewater and contaminants from making them available for subsequent soil. It would appear that the uses for this crops. The plant’s extensive root system plant are endless. breaks up soil. Because hemp is densely Last summer my wife Lynn and I grown and grows quickly, it suppresses visited a 10-acre field of hemp. What the growth of weeds. Hemp returns 60 a beautiful sight, seeing a field of this per cent or more of the nutrients it takes environmentally friendly plant with its from the soil. dark green foliage reaching up to the For more than a decade our family blue sky. Embracing hemp and using has used numerous items made of hemp this plant for such things as paper, food, – from clothes, paper and foods to insect building materials, biofuel and clothes repellant, bags, wood oil and candles. would go a long way to healing the We’ve been so impressed with the quality Earth. It was only a 10-acre field, but of the products, and the fact that hemp is it was a field of dreams. good for the environment, that we now



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The Honeywood Skating Club’s Country Blades Synchro Skating Teams travelled to Newmarket last weekend to take part in Synchro Capers, a synchronized skating competition. The Pre Novice team placed 7th in their division and the Adult 1 team (pictured above) placed 2nd, bringing home a silver medal. Back Row: Andrea Jones, Amber Giffen, Morgan Allen, Lauren McNalty, Brittany Priddle, Jeanette McNalty-Brooker, and Caitlyn Coe Front Row: Julie Bigham, Melanie Gollinger, Allison Essland, Jeanette Atkinson, Lisa McInnis, Katie Hannon and Janice Bigham.

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