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The Creemore


Friday, May 14, 2010

Vol. 10 No. 20

News and views in and around Creemore

Inside the Echo

Business Award

Old Fire Hall Unveiling

Just Push Play honoured for commitment.

Village Builders to hold open house.



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Teddy Bears honours local realtor for crucial help with MPAC

Realtor Vicki Bell was presented with a “Golden Teddy Bear,” designed by kids enrolled at the daycare, for her role in saving Teddy Bears Picnic from having to pay approximately $25,000 in back taxes.

Local realtor Vicki Bell received the Teddy Bears Picnic Children’s Centre’s inaugural Community Volunteer of the Year award last week for her outstanding contribution to the Creemore daycare. Bell saved the daycare approximately $25,000 by managing zoning and property tax issues facing the small charitable organization. Acting on behalf of the daycare, Bell worked extensively with representatives of Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Township of Clearview to appeal assessments by MPAC and ensure appropriate zoning and assessed values were applied to Teddy Bears Picnic. As a result of the 2006 addition to the centre, MPAC had upgraded the property to “commercial” zoning from its historic “residential.” Also, the addition spurred a great increase to the centre’s assessed value. Late in 2009, the daycare received notices stating that collectively, these changes resulted in a large increase to property taxes retroactive over a four-year period, including interest, totalling approximately $25,000. (See “Teddy Bears” on page 10)

Wakestock coming to GNE by Brad Holden The Collingwood Fairgrounds will welcome Wakestock to its premises t h i s s u m m e r, a f t e r Clearview Council voted Monday night to allow the festival’s organizers a special event permit. Wakestock has a checkered history in the area, as many can remember the four rocky years that the event was held in Wasaga Beach. But organizer Todd Elsley maintained that the issues of drunken rowdiness that plagued the event in those days were a result of the event outgrowing a site that was already ill-suited. In 2006, Wakestock moved to Toronto Island, where it had

three successful years before moving to Millennium Park in Collingwood last year. Elsley brought a glowing letter of recommendation from the Town of Collingwood with him to Monday’s meeting. Wakestock will return to Millenium Park in 2010, but will also include a “companion” event at the Collingwood Fairgrounds, a supplement to the sporting event in Collingwood. It will involve camping, indoor concerts, action sport demonstrations, films, a bikini contest and a beer tent. It’s anticipated that 4,000 people will attend, arriving Friday and departing Sunday. (See “Council” on page 3)

THE ART OF QUILTING This landscape quilt depicting Mt. Rundle in Banff

National Park was one of many pieces displayed by guest speaker Wendy Spreitzer at the Mad & Noisy Quilters’ annual Dessert Tea this week. As always, the event was a success, with more than 100 quilting fans in attendance. The always camera-shy Jaclyn Fowler, by the way, did a great job of holding the quilts! Serving Mulmur & The Creemore Hills for 32 years

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Community Calendar Thursday, May 6 to Thursday, June 3

• Mad & Noisy Gallery Show for the month of May: “Paper & Porcelain” Hannun Lyn’s porcelain pieces & Loralie Clemmensen’s reduction linocut prints.

Saturday, May 15

• Town Hall Meeting with Mulmur mayoral candidate

Monday, May 17

• Passport Clinic at Clearview Township Council Chambers, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner from 2 to 7 pm. Call MP Helena Guergis’ Simcoe-Grey office for details at (705) 445-6762. • Clearview Township’s Council Meeting at 7 pm at the Council Chambers. Everyone welcome. • Drug Awareness Session for parents & guardians at Stayner Collegiate Institute at 7 pm. Attend this session to learn about the network of supports available in the region when families are faced with drug and alcohol issues. Panelists working with adolescents will talk to participants about identifying needs, confidentially accessing services, and evaluating the available resources they could use. Admission is free.

Tuesday, May 18

• Prim Pickins’ 1st workshop making a “Handmade Prim wood birdhouse” from 7 to 9 pm in Maple Valley. $25 per person. All materials provided except gloves. Snacks and drinks provided as well. Contact or (705) 716-4866 to register.

Wednesday, May 19

• Creemore Horticultural Society Meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall on Caroline St W. at 7:30 pm. “Green Roofs and Living Walls” by Beth Anne Currie.  Want to try something different?  Running out of garden space for all those plants you  must have?  Well, think about going up, way up. How about planting a part of your roof or the whole part with plants. Or how about a living plant wall? Have a long boring wall bordering your property? This is a solution for you. All welcome for this very exciting and informative evening.  If you want to grow green, this is a not to be missed evening for you.  For more information, please call Dawn McPherson. At 4666122.  Refreshments. • Peter Taylor –An Art Exhibit of paintings in support of AMICI to help share the gift of summer camp. One night only from 5:30 to 11 pm at Woman’s Art Association Gallery, 23 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto. Contact Peter if you are interested in pre-viewing any paintings at (705) 466-5424.

Wednesday, May 19 to Tuesday May 25

• Teddy Bears Picnic Scrap Metal Drive. Drop off

This Weekend

Paul Mills. Join Paul for a coffee and share your thoughts at the Mulmur Township Office from 9:30 am to noon. For more information call (705) 4663429, email or check out the website • Lawrence Lindsay is turning 80. Join him from 1 to 3 pm at the Gibson Centre, 63 Tupper Street West at

your scrap metal to Teddy Bears & all proceeds go to the Childcare Centre. Call (705) 424-7382 if you need a pick up. See ad on page 15 for details.

Friday, May 21

• Every Friday is Wing Night at the New Lowell Legion except on the last Friday of the month which is Fish & Chip Night from 6 to 9 pm. Followed by Karaoke from 9 pm to 1 am. (Must be age of majority to attend.) • Buck & Doe for Amber Thomas & Andrew Fisher at Duntroon Community Hall from 8 pm to 1 am. Age of Majority. Call Sebrina at 428-6003 for tickets or $10 at the door.

Saturday, May 22

• Creemore’s Townwide Yard Sale! See The Classifieds page for addresses – list your sale for $5 by calling 466-9906. • Creemore Farmers’ Market Opening Day from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Station on the Green. • Creemore Echo is at the Creemore Farmers’ Market! Stop by the Coffee Booth & chat with us as we start our Annual Subscription Drive. • Teddy Bears Picnic Annual Yard Sale & Breakfast Sandwiches at Station on the Green from 8 am to noon. This is a fundraiser for the Centre. For details about donations to the yard sale see ad on page 15. • Meet local author Lisa Timpf at the Creemore Farmers’ Market from 9 am to noon. Lisa will be signing copies of her new book A Trail That Twines: Reflections on Life and Nature, $16.  Her observations of nature, the creatures within or of her dogs inspire  appreciation of our wonderful surroundings here in the Purple Hills. Lisa will also be at Curiosity House Books & Gallery from 2 to 4 pm.

Wednesday, May 26

• The G&M Hospital Foundation Education Committee is pleased to sponsor a free seminar Cancer: Early Detection, Prevention, Treatment at The Leisure Time Club in Collingwood at 7 pm. A panel discussion on colon, skin, and cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). The panel members are Dr. Michael Lisi, General Surgeon, Dr. Susan O’Toole, Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Dr. Mark Quigg, Family Physician. Time for questions from the audience will be provided. To register or for

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Sunday, May 16

• Church Services are listed on page 5. • See Brad Bennett’s Arcade Game at Just Push Play Arcade today from noon to 6 pm. See page 9. • Creemore Tree Committee Meeting today at 1 pm at Station on the Green. See page 7.

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Wednesday, May 26 to Saturday, May 29

• Beauty & the Beast presented by Collingwood Collegiate Institute. Creemore’s Emily Fischl is in it! Tickets: preferred $25, general $15, children 12 & under $10 available at CCI or Collingwood Library.

Saturday, May 29

• Dunedin Perennial Plant, Garage Sale & Bake Sale from 8 am to 1 pm at Dunedin Hall. Gardener’s basket draw. Kids’ table & more. Plant donations welcome. Accepting perennials, vegetables & herbs. Contact Tammy at 466-5622 or drop off at 8892 Cty Rd 9. Accepting donations for the garage sale at 5 Lavender Hill Rd (Claire 466-6161). Bake Sale by Dunedin Presbyterian Youth Group. We’re hoping that all of Dunedin area homes will join in with us by having their own garage sales too today.

Sunday, May 30

• Shift a workshop to reconnect us to ourselves, each other and to the planet. From 9:45 am to 5 pm in Singhampton. Cost is $30. Facilitated by Ayrlie MacEachern & Shelley Hannah. (519) 925-5469 or to register.

Tuesday, June 1

• A new session of Boot Camp and Yoga is starting today at Station on the Green! Classes are Tuesdays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 6:30 pm with Marcy and Jen. Everyone welcome! For more information contact 466-3690.

Sunday, June 6

• Pathways to the Past Guided Walking Tour of heritage sites of historical interest around Creemore. Meet at the Station on the Green at 1 pm rain or shine. Tea and cookies will be served after the walk. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family & available at the Echo or Curiosity House or at the coffee booth at the Market from May 22. Presented by Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society.

Saturday, June 12

• Toronto All Star Big Band will be performing at the Collingwood Legion from 8:30 to 11:30 pm with music to dance from the Big Band Era. Advance tickets $25 available at the Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood (705) 445-3780.

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EDUCATIONAL TOURISM Sixteen women from an electrical industry conference in Collingwood attended a Digital Photography Workshop with Bryan Davies last Friday. Bryan led the women, who hailed from all over Ontario, on a photo tour of Creemore, visiting various shops and galleries. The group stopped for lunch at Chez Michel and enjoyed a tour of Creemore Springs Brewery in the afternoon.

Council grants permit for Wakestock


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At Lilac Down Farm 3249 Simcoe County Rd 42, Airport Rd Creemore to feature

Architectural & Garden antiques, iron urns & planters, pine doors, columns & windows, street lights, antique pine furniture, store counter, wicker & rustic furniture, general store items, farm primitives, gas & oil collectibles, horsedrawn equipment - 1899 fire pumper, farm wagon & sleigh, modern woodworking shop & garden tools, antique pine lumber, Sears 18hp lawn tractor etc. Terms: Cash, cheque, VISA, MC, debit, 10% buyers fee.

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cost of its bond onto the organizers anyway, Council decided to approve the event but cancel the requirement for a letter of credit from the property owner. The event is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8. Council also received a presentation from Clearview Accessibility Advisory Committee chair Doug Hammill Monday night, who reported that the group will focus its 2010 activities on auditing municipal buildings, including community halls, for barriers to people with disabilities.

CAR DRAW WINNERS Pictured above are Sharon, Eric, Joel and Dave

Cresswell of New Lowell, winners of this year’s Creemore Minor Hockey Club Car Draw. Second prize ($1,000 cash) went to Lisa Azevedo of Mississauga and Third prize ($500 cash) to Vicki and Dan Trafford of New Lowell.

The Duntroon Quarry Expansion Proposal: It’s about our community.

I’m all for the quarry, quite honestly. If you have any beefs at all, Walker corrects it immediately. I’m an amateur astronomer, and one night, the quarry had its lights up, bright as the ski hills, and I called to complain. The very next day they changed over the lights so they only shine down, not polluting the night sky. They are excellent people to deal with. It’s hard to get good corporate people. For example, we were marooned here one day behind four feet of snow. I saw the quarry truck and waved. Three minutes later they came and cleared it all out. What I like most about living here is the peace and quiet. We’ve lived here 28 years, and we’ve never had a problem with the quarry noise, or the traffic. Not like down in Toronto. Jim Swinton County Road 91 Want to hear more? Call us: 705.445.2300 Quarry Neighbour

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Opinion EDITORIAL Watch the Hours Add Up


Anyone looking for some mild entertainment these days should stroll over to the Creemore Arena Hall, where the Consolidated Hearing regarding the Duntroon quarry expansion is now settling in for the long haul. If anything, it’s kind of amazing to count the dark suits and make an attempt at calculating how quickly the billable hours are piling up for Walker Aggregates, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Clearview Community Coalition. This week, among hours of continuing testimony about the site’s hydrogeological features, it was more or less decided that the hearing can now be expected to continue until sometime in October. Seventeen weeks are needed, apparently, and with so many conflicting schedules and vacation commitments among the various board members, lawyers and planners, it appears the hearing will break at the end of June and regroup sometime in late August. What this means in terms of lawyers fees on both sides is mind-boggling. But that is the way of the world these days, and like it or not, this is how major planning decisions get made.

On Sunday, June 13, 2010, Dunedin’s Knox Presbyterian Church congregation will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building of their current church (the cornerstone was actually laid on June 14, 1910). Marian Abbey brought us these momentos this week – a photo taken by her father of the church when it was half-built, an admission ticket from the cornerstone-laying ceremony, and a picture taken by her father in the fall of 1910, with the church looking shiny and brand new. The cornerstone was laid by Colonel John A. Currie, MP for North Simcoe, using a silver trowel. Entombed in the stone was a history to date of the church, the most recent issue of the Creemore Star, an edition of a daily paper and a one-dollar bill. The trowel was presented to Currie as a memento, and when he died in 1931, it became lost. It was found in the 1950s at a church sale in Rockliffe Park, Ontario, and the purchaser donated it to Knox Presbyterian. It sits to this day in a glassed box in the church’s foyer. Watch the Echo in the coming weeks for more details about the church’s planned celebration on June 13, 2010.


Fond remembrances of a birthday boy

Dear Editor, Amazing how the days, weeks, months and years pass and now Lawrence Lindsay is 80. Why I remember like it was last year,  sitting in the classroom when Mr. George Tilden was teaching History to the grade ahead and opened the text and looked over his class. Realize that in those days the Creemore Continuation School was a personal learning experience, with one year building on the next year, straight through  Grade 13. Teachers knew their students, their life around the village and surrounding hills, and the events of the moment in the classroom. So Mr. Tilden looked over his pupils, perhaps noticed Lawrence’s discomfort, moved a few steps closer and then looked directly at our 80-yearold birthday boy. “Tell us, what did you learn from the assignment last night, Lawrence?” Silence. “Go ahead, Lawrence.”  “Well Sir, I just skimmed through the reading.” “Then surely you should have been able to collect the cream.” The whole classroom was in an uproar, and Mr. Tilden enjoyed his witty comment best of all. Memories like these keep our hearts and minds entwined as we grow older. There is an old Jewish greeting: “May you live to be 120.” In the present day, we say, “May you live to be 100 and feel like 20.”    Best wishes Lawrence, and may we all join you in 2030 when you feel like 20. John R. Graham, MD    Albuquerque. New Mexico   

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Embrace change Dear Editor: I am pleased to renew my subscription to the Echo. I really enjoy reading it. The Letters to the Editor alone are worth the cost of the subscription. It amazes me how narrow-minded people can be at times. In my opinion, far too much time has been spent arguing polar opposites instead of working toward solutions when debating issues such as Alliance Homes and the brewery expansion. It is always best to work towards a compromise that everyone can live with. No matter how much we might want things to remain the way we remember them, perception isn’t reality. Things change whether we want them to or not. Working to manage change is much more satisfying and productive than fighting change. Creemore has changed a lot over the years since I grew up there, but it is still a great community and it will continue to be a great community as long as change is embraced. Jim Wines, Barrie

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Pennies from Heaven As I hike the concessions and sideroads All around this great Township of Clearview I find, on both narrow and wide roads, That perhaps a more apt name is “Beerview.”


ARMOUR Here’s a resource that’s always regrowing, And I, for one, find a great pleasure, In harvesting each weeks resowing Of this cash crop, this windfall, this treasure! These bottles must all come from hikers Who have stopped for a wayside libation, For I’m sure that no drivers or bikers Would chance a wee drink on occasion. Be that as it may, I’ve one motion, If I may indeed now importune, Don’t buy bottles. Buy cans is my notion. Though they’re lighter I’ll still make a fortune.


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Creemore Big Heart Seniors Seniors

There were 53 of us out for it will be $11. cards today, and Bob Veale We had Happy Birthday welcomed newcomers Paul cards and a song for Doris and Judith Turner, and he Hare, Dean Chestnut and welcomed back Ross and Karl Seifert, only Karl was Marilyn Cole.        absent, so he will be regaled The 50/50 draws went when he returns. We signed to Irma Flack, Doreen a Get Well/Thinking of You Sylvia GALE McDermid, Thelma card for Hazel Bellamy, Lightheart, Marion Kelly, who is still in hospital. Our Ray Leighton, Russ Miller, Irene thanks to Wilma Bannerman for (a) Dolson and Doreen Miller. reminding me about the card and, (b) Moon shots were played by Winston delivering it for us. And we at Seniors Ferguson, Sylvia Gale, Jim Murray, also owe a big vote of thanks to folks Doris Hare, Roy Veinot, Mary like Marion Kelly who set up the tea Underhill, Thelma Lightheart, Doreen and coffee, and then remembered to plug Murray, Jim Rigney (2), Ron Hartley, it in at the right time! Barb Cudmore Russ Cole and Dean Chestnut. Dean generally does this, and she also deserves won the travelling prize, and Roy won kudos for it. the “Sidewinder’s” loot. This past weekend there was a High scorers were Thelma Lightheart memorial for Wes Winchester (May 270, Irene Dolson 264, Audrey Fines Johnston’s brother) and an 80th birthday 245 and Wilma Bannerman 244. Low gathering for Gord Blackburn (Helen was Earl Bentley with – oops – just 34. Emmett’s husband) that I had planned The hidden score was 73 and it was not on attending – only Warren wasn’t won as it was not matched, so next week feeling up to par, so we didn’t get out at


Let’s protect natural heritage Dear Editor: The letter in last week’s Echo from a Walker employee and the expensive ad campaign by the company stress the economic importance of Walker’s application for a new quarry at Duntroon. On page 7 of the same Echo there is an important article on “Protecting Wetlands – Before It’s Too Late.” The new quarry will affect the headwaters of three rivers flowing from the Niagara Escarpment, a pond and provincially significant wetlands as well as countless springs and seeps. The escarpment and the scenic beauty of this part of Clearview make a considerable contribution to the local economy as

ever increasing numbers of part-time residents and tourists come to stay, shop and spend. The increased truck traffic and longer weekend operating hours of the new quarry will not add to the attractions of the area and the complex geology of the escarpment makes it impossible to know the impact of quarrying below the water table. Let’s consider all aspects of the economy and protect our natural heritage before it is too late. The entire Niagara Escarpment is 0.17 per cent of the area of all of Ontario – surely we can afford to protect such a tiny part of our province. Ruth Grier, Glen Huron

all. As they were both well-known and well-liked folks, I’m sure both functions were well-attended, but I would still have liked to have been there. There will be a Celebration of Life/ Memorial for Laverne “Luke” Barker at the New Lowell Legion on Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 2 to 4 pm. Luke was a big, friendly, easy going guy who always had a smile, and was a good friend to all. He was the goalie for the Creemore Hockey team many years ago, before the advent of hockey masks. One night, while playing in Creemore, his head was cut quite badly by a puck. So several members of the team loaded him into a car and tracked down Dr. Stubbings, who proceeded to stitch the cut, telling the eagle-eyed players who were watching just what each stitch was called, such as “blanket stitch”, etc. About then Laverne, or “Lum” as he was dubbed at that time, gave a groan. Dr. Stubbings, who could be forgetful at times, stopped stitching, looked at Laverne and then said “Oh – I guess I forgot to freeze it.” He then froze it, waited a few minutes, and carried on with his row of “decorative” stitches. “Stubby,” as Dr. Stubbings was fondly called, really was quite a good doctor – only, as I mentioned, a mite forgetful some times. Anyway, in talking to Frances (Laverne’s wife) she mentioned that he later designed and built his own face mask. I think she said that it was patterned after Jacques Plante’s mask. Plante was one of the first goalies to wear a mask in the NHL, and at the time it was

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quite a revolutionary idea. I noticed the Salvation Army guys out in full force recently, cleaning up the litter out of the ditches in Avening. Well done, folks! I know in other years that Ellen Whitley, and I believe Marg Rainbird, and sometimes Yours Truly and others used to do “ditch patrol” – but it is nice to see those younger chaps out “spiffing up” the neighbourhood. We had daughter Laurie and grandgirl Beth in from Calgary for a short – very short – visit. They arrived Sunday evening and left Tuesday morning, but got a ton of visiting (and work) done in that time. We also heard from grandson Curtis, who at one point was stranded in Iqaluit after an adventuresome time getting there. But he is now stranded in Resolute, so I will leave that story till I find out how it turns out. Last week in the Echo, I thanked Ted Underhill for digging and delivering a  nice  few  leeks to me. Someone at the Echo, in trying to straighten out my sometimes convoluted English, printed that Ted had delivered a  few nice leeks. Now, a few nice leeks is 180 degrees different in meaning from a nice few leeks. So, Ted, what I really wanted to do was to thank you for the nice amount of nice leeks that you delivered. And, don’t despair. Pretty soon, we will have the folks at the Echo speaking “Avelander” like a native! Our next Rama trip will be on Tuesday, June 1 and Thursday, May 20 will be our 12 noon potluck lunch.

Local Church

Sunday, May 16 St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church 1 Caroline Street West Worship & Sunday School at 10 am. “Where Jesus is Lord, all are welcome.” Rev. Elizabeth Inglis • 466-5838 Join us at St. Luke’s Anglican Church 22 Caroline St. W. 466-2206 For a joyful service of worship and Children’s Program at 11 am. All are welcome. Creemore Baptist Church Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. 12 Wellington Street West For info call (705) 466-6232 All are welcome

Directory Creemore United Pastoral Charge Avening at 9 am, New Lowell at 10:15 am & St. John’s Creemore at 11:30 am with coffee & conversation prior to service All are welcome


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

St. James’ Anglican Church Clougher-Lisle Sunday Service at 9:30 am All are welcome to join us.

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A new life for Creemore’s old fire hall

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Doug and Ursula Abbott in Village Builders’ new presentation centre. They will host an open house on Saturday, May 22 beginning at 11 am. floor surfaces (including reclaimed antique Elm, which covers the main viewing area. There’s also a spectacular 12-foot fireplace, clad in Wiarton limestone. The idea, explained Doug, was to allow his many subcontractors and suppliers to show off what they do as well. Customers wanting to see how a certain subcontractor does something

can be sent to the presentation centre to get an idea. While there, they may happen upon something else they like. Also on display is a healthy amount of firefighter memorabilia, a reflection of the building’s former purpose as the home of the Creemore branch of the Clearview Fire Department. “I liked the idea of keeping it

looking like a fire hall – or I guess you could say making it look more like a fire hall,� said Doug. “It seemed appropriate for the location, with the Station and the old jail nearby.� The Abbotts had been planning to build an office/presentation centre on a piece of land they own on County Road 9 just west of town when the opportunity came up to buy the old fire hall. “I got right into it,� remembered Doug. “I had the cupola built at home before we even made an offer on the building.� The location is also perfect, of course, close to Mill Street and right across from the Farmers’ Market. In fact, the company’s business has already improved as a result of market-goers dropping by last year as construction was taking place. “We’re a custom homebuilder, and we’ve spent a long time building our reputation,� said Doug. “Now, we’re at a point where we’re ready to grow. So we’re hoping this is going to be good for us.� Village Builders currently employs 10 people and specializes in both custom homes and renovations. To find out more about the company, call 4663202 or visit

The Duntroon Quarry Expansion Proposal: It’s about our community.


I live in Duntroon, one house from the corner. Having worked with the quarry trucks for 30 years as a dispatcher, I know how many potential problems we eliminate with our policies around loading, and how we continually remind drivers of our health and safety policies, and to respect our neighbours. These drivers are professionals — they take their jobs seriously. No one wants to be the cause of an accident. At least 80 per cent of the drivers live locally. It’s not just Walker employees benefitting from the quarry, it’s the haulers as well — and their families. Most of these people are your neighbours, too. Steve Currie Dispatcher, Walker Aggregates Inc. Want to hear more? Call us: 705.445.2300 Duntroon resident


by Brad Holden For those hankering for a closer look at the transformation that’s occurred both inside and out of the old Creemore Fire Hall, the time has come to check it out. Village Builders, who bought the building almost a year ago and have been diligently working on it ever since, will open their new “presentation centre� to the public during an open house on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 11 am. The event will also commemorate Ursula and Doug Abbott’s 30th year in the business of building houses. The company started in 1985, in the couple’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, and five years later it moved to Creemore, where it’s been operated out of the Abbott’s home on Jardine Crescent ever since. Now, both Doug and Ursula are pretty excited about having an office away from home. And it’s quite an office. “I wanted people to walk in and go, ‘whoa,’� said Doug this week. “The idea was to make it less like a store and more like a place for ideas.� There are ideas aplenty in the building, from several different ceiling options to a host of different

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Creemore Tree Committee is urgently seeking leadership Your participation is urgently needed on the Creemore Tree Committee so it can continue its efforts to help ensure a healthy population of attractive trees throughout the village now and for generations to come. Since its inception in 1990 the CTC has been fundraising to replace the numerous dying trees throughout Creemore and has added new plantings in areas such as the Fire Hall on County Road 9 and the south side of the Arena. The group has also installed hedgerows of lilac along the south side of Gowan Park and the west side of the Station on the Green. All plantings on public lands are done in consultation with the Township of Clearview. This dedicated group conducts a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year and hosts public awareness events at least annually. Their

most recent planting project was the successful re-treeing of Mill Street as part of the revitalization project to replace the deteriorating sewer and water infrastructure. Projects for this year include planting trees on side streets to replace the old once-majestic sugar maples that lined many of Creemore’s older streets and adding a hedgerow of fragrant dwarf lilac along the east side of the cenotaph. All CTC members are volunteers and there is no membership fee. Planned activities ranging from committee administration to researching tree educational material to servicing the many fundraising functions, etc., add up to a lot of person-hours. Not only can they use more help, they desperately need a clean, dry heated space about the size of a small bedroom to store CTC materials used for fundraising

and educational activities. The most pressing need at this time is in the area of committee administration. Having each served 21 years on the CTC, Diane and Brian McKay have resigned from holding office but will continue to volunteer when feasible. Most of the CTC’s 10 members are currently wearing several hats, being involved with at least one other communitybased organization, and some are struggling with age-related health issues. This means no one can possibly take on further responsibilities. The committee, which usually meets about six times a year, is in urgent need of a Chair and a Recording Secretary. The next general meeting is scheduled for 1 pm on Sunday, May 16 at the Station on the Green. Anyone who would consider taking on these duties or requiring more information about the CTC should please contact Diane McKay at 466-3126.

SCI Council offers free drug awareness info for parents Do parents have the resources they need to contend with their children’s drug and alcohol issues and addictions? Do they know how to recognize an emerging problem? A panel of professionals from social service agencies, law enforcement, family medicine, counselling and addiction services will set out to answer the question at a Drug Awareness presentation Monday, May 17 from 7 to 9 pm at Stayner Collegiate Institute. “The evening is focused on how parents can access the network of supports and resources available to them when they feel their children need help,” said Cindi Proud, a parent representative on the School Council. The issue of drug and alcohol abuse has become more complex. Not all drug use is recreational. Researchers are also concerned that children are using drugs to enhance performance in sports or help them with weight loss. Use of alcohol and other drugs may also reflect underlying issues

Reviewing plans for a Drug Awareness evening at Stayner Collegiate Institute this week were (l to r) School Council parent representative Cindi Proud, principal Jane Seymour, teacher representative Ben Murray and OPP Constable Mark Kinney. confronting adolescents. From people who work with adolescents every day, participants in the evening will get a glimpse of how their children face the issues and

CREEMORE MINOR HOCKEY would like to thank everyone who attended and supported this year’s car draw and dance. We are very fortunate to have the support of our community and especially our local businesses with their generous donations of door prizes and services. A special thank you goes out to the following: Jug City Creemore Country Gas Bar Creemore Village Pharmacy Affairs Chez Michel With Our Hands Hundred Mile Store Victorian Values Bank Cafe Creemore Home Hardware Hillview Cellars Seasons Pizza Perfect Cardboard Castles Life’s A Slice Dr. Hawthorne

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Family team, the OPP, the Children’s Mental Health Association, New Path, Simcoe Outreach Services, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and a doctor from the Stayner Medical Centre will describe the services available to parents. Panelists will talk about how to identify when your child needs the help of the school or community agencies and how to access the full range of supports confidentially. The evening will also help parents ask the questions necessary to evaluate the levels of support and expertise that they want to draw upon. The Drug Awareness evening is sponsored by the SCI School Council, an advisory body involving parents, administration and staff in making recommendations to the principal. Last year the council offered an information evening for parents on the issues of Internet safety and cyberbullying. There is no admission charge. For more information, you can contact the school at 428-2639.

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Rent-a-Youth returns with new leadership and a new home base by Brad Holden We all witnessed a wonderful success story last summer, when the idea for some type of youth centre in Creemore blossomed into something entirely different – Creemore Rent-a-Youth, an employment service for local kids that doubled as a learning experience and a lesson in leadership. Under the tireless direction of Tony Fry, 43 local teenagers took part in the Rent-a-Youth program last summer, helping 82 clients clean out barns, paint porches, fix computers and weed gardens. In total, the program generated $21,889 and the kids made anywhere from $100 to $3,500 for their summer’s work. This year, the program is returning, bigger and better than ever. The big news is that Zach MacDonald has come onboard as a full-time director, beating out 38 applicants for the job and bringing experience from working in the YMCA system in Nova Scotia. Also joining the

team is John Fuke, who will act as the program’s chairman, and Laurie Copeland, who will help with marketing efforts. Tony Fry will continue as well, but this year will focus on developing the Rent-a-Youth model so that other communities may adopt it. He’ll also keep working on the group’s original goal, to establish an actual drop-in youth

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centre in Creemore. “There’s no doubt that there’s interest in the community,” said Fry, who anticipates a fundraising effort at some point in the future. In the meantime, Rent-a-Youth will have a new home this summer. Doug and Ursula Abbott, who have renovated the front two-thirds of the old Fire Hall to create their new Village Builders Production Centre, have donated the use of the back third of the building to the program. There will be a few changes to the way Renta-Youth operates this year, including a cap on the number of students involved at 42. To do this, the decision has been made to limit participants to those who live in the Creemore area. If kids in Stayner or New Lowell show interest, Fry will do his best to help them start up their own programs. But to cut down on driving times and keep things most efficient for clients, Creemore’s Rent-a-Youth will involve local kids only. Clients, however, are welcome to hail from anywhere in the area roughly bounded by Stayner, New Lowell, Honeywood and Singhampton. The hourly rate for using the program this year will be a dollar more than last year, a reflection of the recent minimum wage increase. Utilizing Rent-aYouth will now cost $11 an hour, with $10 of that going straight to the youth and $1 going toward administration costs. Despite its inclusion in this year’s information pamphlet, the decision has also been made to not offer babysitting services, for insurance purposes. With MacDonald running the show, there will be plenty of workshops for the kids, on everything from first aid to etiquette. For Fry, that’s the most important aspect of the program. “It’s a chance to get inside these kids’ heads, to instill in them the value of staying in school, and the value of having good relationships with adults,” he said. “We saw a real change in the attitude of the kids over the course of last summer, and we want to keep focusing on those things.” Rent-a-Youth is still accepting kids from the age of 13 and up, although the roster is getting full. And for those of you needing help with odd jobs and ongoing jobs, Rent-a-Youth can be reached by calling (705) 441-0078 or by dropping into their new base (accessed through the door on the right of the Village Builders building). A website is also in the works, and will be located at www.

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Last Saturday’s Creemore Mocks “Mocktail Party” at Creemore Springs was a big success, drawing about 40 would-be filmmakers. Ideas were flowing as fast as the beverages, so you can expect a great installment of the annual film festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 16. Those interested in making a movie who couldn’t make it to the party can find out more at

Michelle Zorychta was recently awarded the 2010 Business Excellence Award, given to the graduate of the Barrie-Simcoe Business Enterprise Resource Network who has shown the greatest business determination and involvement in their community. On Sunday, Just Push Play will play host to 12-year-old Terra Nova resident Brad Bennett (right), who will be showing off an arcade game that he built himself (dubbed the “Awesome Arcade Game”). The machine features more than a hundred classic arcade games. The free event will run from 12 to 6 pm.

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Spring is a busy time in Town of the Friendly People VOICE OF STAYNER

Spring is the perfect time diamond.  The money has for change.  We all been used to upgrade both feel awake, fresh, and facilities. The pool building is curious about how our twice the size and looks great. I surroundings may have spoke to Barry Lavers, the morphed over the cold head of Clearview Parks and winter months.  This Rec, last week and he told Lisa is certainly true in me that the new building has SQUIRE Stayner! Near the end of been completely overhauled April, my family and I and boasts new equipment, were at the Centennial United  Church change rooms, and washrooms in a large for their annual fish fry.  Sitting across addition. The building is now differentlyfrom me was Maxine Coutts-Reid. She abled friendly ( I prefer this term over assumed that I should be in the know “disability.”) The pool is the same, but about all things Stayner, so she asked the system has been upgraded, so let’s me a few challenging questions, which hope its a little warmer this year, huh I had no reply for! So now, after some kids?  I admire those instructors each careful research, I’m going to do my best morning when they have to get into the to answer Maxine’s questions. pool without terrifying the children with In March sometime, Fud Bistro their shivers and shrills of discomfort!  closed their doors suddenly. A sign Mr. Lavers reports that the instructors was placed on the front door, and then will be at the pool preparing for the the rumours began to fly!  Well, the summer near the end of May. At this time rumours do continue to fly, but it seems the public is welcome to go in anytime that at least one of them was true. The to sign up for summer programs. All new Fud Grille has opened up at the programs will start immediately following Edenvale Aerodrome. I was there with the end of school. I encourage everyone my family on Mother’s Day – it looks to check out what our local pool has to nice, has a beautiful fireplace and lots offer, as each year the staff is excellent of seating. There is no word on the fate and the variety of programs are worth of the late Fud Bistro building, but stay looking at. It’s a great  place for some tuned as I’m sure that this saga is far family fun and fitness, as well as a safe from over! environment for the kids to go on a hot Last summer Helena Guergis (you summer day.   may have heard of her!) visited the Stayner The ball diamond at Ives Park has new Pool to present an infrastructure grant dugouts, and some upgrades were done to that was awarded to the pool and ball the outfield last fall. The play equipment

adjacent to the pool is untouched and in perfect condition, due to the diligence of our active Stayner Lions Club. Garage sale season is rearing up, and oh how I love a good bargain! The Centennial United Church is having their very popular yard sale on Saturday, May 22, and The Door Youth Centre yard sale is also on the same day. Both start at 7 am and both are accepting donations and will come and get your things. There is no excuse for extra stuff hanging around in Stayner these days. Come out and support our local youth at a dinner theatre, proudly brought to you by The Door.  The event will be

Teddy Bears avoids $25,000 hit (Continued from page 1) “The outstanding taxes, if unchallenged, would likely have resulted in the closure of our community daycare,” said Alyson McQueen, Teddy Bears’ volunteer treasurer. As a result of Bell’s volunteer efforts to find a solution in partnership with MPAC, the doors at the non-profit daycare remain open for local families and the property’s zoning and assessment have been successfully reconsidered. “I believe that giving back to your community, in any capacity that you are able, is extremely important and very rewarding. I am very happy to have been able help Teddy Bears Picnic day care and the families that depend on the

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“Energy and a penchant for getting things done” coffee with ken

Michael Bennett, entrepreneur extraordinaire and until recently the ebullient proprietor of the Old Mill House Pub, was born on April 13, 1953 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Three years later the Ken family moved to Etobicoke THORNTON where Mike eventually attended Vincent Massey School. Blessed with a business acumen, he learned early on the value of a dollar. He established a paper route and in winter months added to his weekly stipend by shovelling snow off driveways. After a year at Ryerson College he joined the upscale family business known as Peggy Joyce Interiors and Decorating on Avenue Road in Toronto, where he remained for 10 years. During this period, Mike became interested in racing outboard motorboats. Sponsored by Mr. Submarine, Mike raced at many events throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. He holds the distinction of winning seven Canadian championships and as he was claiming his seventh, his first daughter was born. With a big smile, he adds that “after winning that race, I set a new record en route to the hospital.” In 1970 Mike married his childhood sweetheart Cathy, and together they raised two daughters and one son. In 1986 Mike decided to start his own interior decorating business, L&T Interiors, also on Avenue Road, where he remained for 12 years. Mike is a guy who doesn’t remain still for long and soon found an interest in hockey, which he played for six years. After winning several trophies he switched to coaching softball for the city of Vaughan. This effort paid off when his team won one Canadian championship and three Provincial titles. Mike currently holds the title of a certified Level 3 coach. The old adage “like

father, like son” is applicable in this scenario, as Mike’s 26-year-old son is an exceptional player who has been invited to join the Canadian national team. At age 27 Mike moved to Thornhill, Ontario where he spent seven years. He became involved in the bait business (not to be confused with the “switch and bait” business), where he currently holds a license from the Ministry of Natural Resources. This proved to be a lucrative hobby and Mike continues to visit streams to dip his net and extract certain types of fish Michael Bennett to sell as bait. His eldest daughter is employed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Mike arrived in Creemore in 2003 where he is a member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church and is currently president of the BIA. For the last few years, he has enjoyed operating the Old Mill Pub, deriving immense satisfaction from the camaraderie of his ever-increasing clientele. The decision to sell was difficult, but came down to the amount of time it takes to run such a booming operation. Mike says he didn’t take the highest offer for the Pub, but rather the one from the buyer that seemed most keen to devoting their time to running it as a family operation. I had a personal tour of his property, which is literally out of this world. Trumpeter swans swam graceful circles in the pond, fish jumped sporadically and frogs emitted a chorus of symphonies. Not to be outdone, several deer gazed at us quietly as we departed the premises. Among Mike’s collections are a series of intricate, hand-painted leaden soldiers dated prior to World War I, and a more impressive assemblage I’ve never seen.

In 2005 Mike approached a wellknown gentleman by the name of Jack Heslip with the intention of buying Jack’s house for his father. It was Jack’s wish to have a responsible person occupy his home, and the first day they met, a deal was struck and a price arranged, with Mike agreeing to wait on Jack’s decision as to when he could take possession. All this on a handshake, not a common occurrence in today’s climate. Thank you, Mike, for your hospitality and a delightful visit. Believe me, the coffee would have Bryan Davies Photo had Tim Hortons scrambling to acquire the flavour. By the time this exposé goes to press, the news will be all over town. However, I feel privileged to have enjoyed a conversation this morning with a lady whose demeanour exuded the epitome of happiness. “And who could this be?” you ask. I am happy to tell you, her name is Sandy and on her left hand was the most elegant diamond you can imagine. Congratulations, Mike, I can think of no one more deserving to win this lady’s favour. And I must ask, with your energy and penchant for getting things done, could it be a reasonable assumption that one day we may see a new hat, and a fresh face, in the political arena? I wish you happiness in the days ahead, and leave you with the following thoughts to consider as you move forward. Live every moment to the full, accept everything that nature has to offer including the change of seasons. Revel in the songs of birds and the fragrance of a rose and pause for a moment to appreciate the delicacy of a butterfly. And above all else, keep in mind that in terms of life’s reality it is all too short.

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Fact #4: All stone in Ontario is not created equal Available aggregate resource is largely constrained There are very few sources of rock in Ontario of a quality high enough to be used as aggregate for building and construction. Most bedrock is not suitable. Dolostone rock and some limestones, particularly high calcium limestone, are the best quality aggregate. Much of Ontario’s aggregate resource is not available for Niagara several reasons: Escarpment  existing development Georgian Oak Ridges  too much overburden Bay Moraine Lake  environmental constraints such as wetlands, Huron streams and endangered species Approximately 70% of all aggregate resource in Ontario is located within the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment – both are highly regulated. Only the Escarpment Rural designation allows consideration of amendments to permit new quarries. One of the Plan objectives is to provide for new extraction areas within the Escarpment subject 100 200 Rural area, 400 Km to a Plan amendment.

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Clearview Township Notices Notice of By-law Amendment This notice is being provided to inform you that the Township of Clearview has adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. This notice provides information about the adopted amendment, your potential rights of appeal with respect to the amendment, and where you can obtain additional information regarding the amendment. Application File Number and By-law Number ZB 2010-007 – By-law 10-28 Date of Passing - May 3, 2010 Application Location - All lands in Clearview Township

BRAVES WILL TRY AGAIN THIS WEEKEND Mother Nature had other ideas than to allow the Creemore Braves to start their season last Sunday. Was it because it was Mother’s Day? Only she knows... With snow in the air, the game was postponed due to weather and field conditions. That means the Braves will officially get underway this weekend, with a heavy schedule of games. They’ll host the Midland Twins (Jr.) at 2 pm Saturday, and follow that with a make-up of last weekend’s game against the Angus Black Sox at 5 pm. They’ll then host the Bolton Braves (B) on Sunday at 1 pm. All games will be at Gowan Memorial Park.

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Purpose and Effect of the Proposed Amendment The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to amend the interpretation section of Comprehensive Zoning By-law 06-54 to permit the construction of a new building or structure on an irregularly shaped lot in an approved registered plan of subdivision between January 1, 1994 and January 1, 2010 that has less frontage and area than identified in Zoning By-law 06-54. Description of the Subject Land A key map showing the location of the subject lands is not attached as this amendment affects all lands in Clearview Township. Notice Circulated in Accordance With Planning Act - This notice is being circulated in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended, and the regulations there-under. The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the passing of an amendment to the zoning by-law. Last Date of Appeal - June 3, 2010 Notice of Appeal A notice of appeal must be filed with the Clerk of the Township of Clearview on or before the last date of appeal. An appeal may be filed by individuals, corporations and public bodies. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group, however, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of and unincorporated association or group. The notice must set out the objection to the decision and reasons for the appeal. The notice must be accompanied by a $125.00 fee, as a certified cheque or money order in Canadian Funds, made payable to the Minister of Finance. An appeal form and additional information regarding how to file an appeal are available from the Ontario Municipal Board at Rights of Appeal Notification Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. Additional Information The application, the adopted amendment, and additional information relating to this application are available for inspection at the Township Planning Department located at 217 Gideon Street in Stayner, or by telephoning (705)428-6230, during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday). This notice has been issued by : Planning and Development Department Township of Clearview Box 200, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner, Ontario, L0M 1S0 705-428-6230 Date of Notice: May 12, 2010 Requests for information should be addressed to the above.

Employment Opportunity

The Township of Clearview

Invites applications for the following opportunity:

Document & Records Clerk - Job # 2010-07 Temporary Part Time (21 hours/week)

The Township of Clearview is seeking an energetic and self motivated individual to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Document & Records Clerk. This role will develop and coordinate the Township’s document and records management system and respond to internal and external requests for the production of municipal documents and records. Qualifications: 1. Completion of a two-year community college diploma in a Business Administration, Records Management or related field and/or equivalent experience 2. Previous records management experience considered an asset 3. Advanced level skill with Microsoft Office products The hourly rate for this position is $18.21 to $21.42 per hour

You’ll get a warm welcome and cold beer.

For more information regarding this position, please visit our website at www.

TOURS • TASTINGS • BOUTIQUE 139 Mill Street, Creemore ON. 1-800-267-2240

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 only be used for candidate selection.

At Creemore Springs we take pride in introducing folks to the great taste of our beer and showing them how we make it. So the next time you’re near the town of Creemore, drop by the brewery, the hospitality is on us.

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Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and covering letter, quoting Job # 2010-07 by May 25, @ 4:30 pm to: Denise Henry, Township of Clearview, Box 200, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner, ON, L0M-1S0; dhenry@; fax #: 705-428-0288.

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• The Creemore Echo •

Friday, May 14, 2010

Who should speak for Clearview? Over the past several objectives. The public’s months, Clearview reasonable expectation of Township has been a municipal representation very active place. With on matters important to important issues occupying them is frustrated when the Council agenda the municipality does not such as the Duntroon recognize or want the Thom quarry expansion, responsibility to act on a PATERSON the 2010 Budget, particular public concern. the Creemore Springs One recent example of Brewery expansion and industrial this occurred during the Council debate wind turbines to name a few, the on May 3 that led to the adoption of fundamental underlying roles of both a third resolution in just over a year the municipality and its residents often regarding the planning, approval and appear to be at odds. placement of industrial wind turbines. More and more, residents are The intent of that particular motion expecting, even demanding, more was to once again state the Township’s say in municipal decision making. desire to have a meaningful role in Municipalities, ours and others, the approval and administration of want to be seen in control of their alternative energy projects within own legislative agenda and as such their municipal boundary; a role that want to contain public input to that was taken away through the adoption which supports their planned program of the Green Energy Act. The motion

some push back to this motion from Council members commenting along the lines that since the Province has seen fit to limit our responsibilities the municipality need not consider this matter and further that such antagonistic positions taken towards government policy might work against our chances to receive future provincial grant money. While they may be seen by some as a practical approach, these kinds of arguments should not undermine our fundamental role in understanding and representing our residents’ concerns on matters of health, safety and security of person. Trading off one in favour of another risks alienating residents and contributes to cynicism and apathy. This Council is the voice of its residents and it should continue to speak out for Clearview.


was brought forward in support of the persistent and growing number of individuals, groups and municipalities that want our Province to listen to their concerns. By way of clarification to the report in last week’s Echo, the motion was not brought forward at the urging of the PC Party. It is the other way around. Other political parties have now recognized the importance and the momentum behind this issue and have seized upon it to pressure the current government at the urging of growing public concerns. The point being that it is not at any political party urging, but on the public’s lead that our Township continues to speak out on behalf of our residents. Several points were raised during the Council discussions that go to the heart of defining our roles and how they should be carried out. There was

• Service Directory • Accountant Ramona A. Greer CGA Certified General Accountant 28 Elizabeth Street East Creemore, Ontario

(705) 466-2171 Member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario




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Services Maintenance Pruning • Bedwork and more

(705) 423-9969

Paint & Masonry

Painting & Repair Contracting

Alternative Energy

GRAVITY SUN POWER solar generation for energy savings and income professionally designed and installed

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Lawyer General Practise of Law Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Tree Removal


Towing at its best! For all your towing and recovery needs!

Kells Service Centre 80 High Street, Collingwood (705) 445-3421 • Fax (705) 445-7404

Country Roads Complete Lawn Maintenance Landscape Construction Decks, Fences, Outbuilding Dan Vroom • Horning’s Mills


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Odd Jobs

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Interlocking Stone Carpentry and Renovations Painting and Drywall Asphalt Shingles Evan Dodd Contractor - Creemore Phone (705) 730-3915

Property Management

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Designs from Traditional Detail to Ultra Contemporary

Landscape & Construction

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Home and Property Management & Gardening Services

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Landscape Construction

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Repairs to all makes of cars and light trucks!

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property for sale


in memoriam

Lawrence Lindsay is turning 80. Join him on Saturday, May 15 from 1 to 3 pm at the Gibson Centre, 63 Tupper Street West at Paris in Alliston. Best wishes only. Please join us.

6.7 acres within settlement area of Creemore. Enjoy this property now, while holding for future development. $245,000. (705) 466-2683 Royal LePage Patrick Prime &Co. Brokerage. Vacant land for sale, 8.7 acres, 74 Sydenham Trail W., near Duntroon, View of Georgian Bay, privacy, dead end road, well treed, driveway, drilled well. (705) 445-6095, www.

Hanson – In loving memory of my wife Barbara. Though you’ve walked through heaven’s gate six years ago. You’re right here still deep within my heart. Memories are forever. Love Howard

Buck & Doe for Amber Thomas & Andrew Fisher on Friday, May 21 at Duntroon Community Hall from 8 pm to 1 am. Age of Majority. Call Sebrina at 428-6003 for tickets or $10 at the door.

Wasaga Community Theatre Auditions for children, teens & adults of all ages at the Beacon Restaurant on Thursday, May 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Try out for “A Night on Broadway” to be performed at a summer arts festival on August 4. See for more details.

yard sales

tree & shrub sale

Saturday, May 15 & Saturday, May 22 Garage Sale/Moving Sale. Everything must go! 9 am to noon at 8958 County Road 9, Dunedin.

Open to the public. Not So Hollow Farm Native Tree and Shrub Sale at 838369 4th Line E Mulmur, north off Cty Rd 21, west of Airport Rd 4666290

S a t u r d a y, M a y 1 5 J u b i l e e Presbyterian Church in Stayner is holding a Yard and Bake Sale from 8 am to noon. Including Toys and Books, Proceeds to Mission & Outreach. F r i d a y, M a y 2 1 M a n s f i e l d Presbyterian Church Bake and Yard Sale from 9 am. Lunch available. Plant sale. Proceeds go to Haiti fund and other local charities. A fundraiser for caring for others. Saturday, May 22 Big Garage Sale at 24 Caroline Street East from 8 am to 1 pm. Saturday, May 22 The Creemore Legion Ladies Auxillary’s Indoor Yard Sale & Bake Sale from 9 am to 1 pm. Anyone wishing to rent a table for $10 please call 466-2432 or the Legion at 466-2202. Rain or shine. Saturday, May 22 Creemore’s Townwide Yard Sale! Call the Echo at 466-9906 to have your address listed here for $5: 24 Caroline St East 3435 Cty Rd 42 (beside Avening Hall) 3185 8th Conc, north of Dunedin Saturday May 22 Teddy Bears Picnic 3rd Annual Garage Sale & Breakfast Sandwiches at Station on the Green. 2010 from 8 am to noon. We are accepting donations of all items. (toys, books, household items, sports equipment etc.) Please drop off items at Teddy Bears any Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and special drop off dates Wednesday, May 19 to Friday, May 21 until 7 pm. Saturday, May 29 Dunedin Perennial Plant, Garage Sale & Bake Sale from 8 am to 1 pm at Dunedin Hall. Gardener’s basket draw. Kids’ table & more. Plant donations welcome. Accepting perennials, vegetables & herbs. Contact Tammy at 466-5622 or drop off at 8892 Cty Rd 9.To donate garage sale items contact Claire at 466-6161 or drop off at 5 Lavender Hill Rd. Bake Sale by Dunedin Presbyterian Youth Group.

scrap metal fundraiser Teddy Bears Picnic is having a Midwest Metals Fundraiser. Drop off your scrap metal to the Centre on: Wednesday, May 19 to Friday, May 21 from 5 to 7 pm; Saturday, May 22 from noon to 2 pm and Tuesday, May 25 from 5 to 7 pm. Call Shannon for more details at 4662241. Call (705) 424-7382 if you need a pick up.

for sale TREES for sale. We have a few trees left after landscaping including some white spruce ($10 each), lilacs ($3 - $4 each) and two small Colorado spruce. (705) 466-2864. Our own home-grown asparagus for sale at Giffens Country Market, Glen Huron (705) 466-3080. Extremely rare antique Nova Scotian side spring horse buggy. Museum condition. Sacrifice at $1200 or best offer. Please call (705) 445-4458.

classes / lessons English Riding Lessons. Learn how to ride with Equine Canada Certified Coach in Glencairn. Outdoor lessons available weekday, evenings & weekends. Call (705) 466-3705. 5 th Year of Private SWIMMING LESSONS in private heated swimming pool. $80 for 5 lessons given by certified lifeguard and Red Cross instructor. If interested please call Clarissa Wilson (705) 466-6430 or

for rent Rooms for rent. Furnished. $100 per week includes shared living room, heat, hydro, high speed internet, satellite TV, parking. Linens supplied. No smoking. Call (705) 466-9968. Lovingly restored 5 bedroom Victorian house. Central air, BBQ on spacious privacy deck. Fully furnished, in the heart of Creemore. Call (705) 4663423.

wanted to rent House wanted to rent – 2 or more bedrooms, 5 appliances, garage preferred for a charming professional couple. Non-smokers, no pets. Looking for availability July 1st or later in Creemore, Websterville, Dunedin or Lavender area.  Willing to pay $800$1000 per month on a 1 year lease. Please call Kathy Metheral McCuaig Collect at (613) 314-1442 or email

services PONDS & TROUT STOCKING. Rainbow, Brook & Brown Trout starting @ 99¢ and up! Min 100. Koender windmills, Otterbine Fountains, Pond Aerators, True Blue, Bactapur, Nets. (519) 8332559, Erin Ontario.

Hanson – To our mother Barbara Hanson, Our family mourns together for one who was so central in our lives. Love Marilyn, Lynda, Howie, Heather, Cynthia and families


Is epicure your gift? Treat your guest with the best. Hire a chef. Call Alain at (705) 466-5049 or (416) 9973062.

Building Blocks Home Daycare. Booking now for summer spots! Full & part-time spots available. Healthy lunches & snacks, indoor & outdoor play, crafts, music, lots of toys and learning activities. Close to park. Reasonable rates & hours. CPR and First Aid. Call (705) 466-6355.

help wanted

open house

Established custom home builder looking for experienced carpenter. Competitive wages. Creemore area. Email resume to jwgordon@sympatico. ca or fax to (705) 466-5567.

Victorian Blossom Tyme Antiques and Linen and Lace Open House. In our country Victorian home discover hundreds of century old vintage linens, lace, antiques and prints, fine china, silver, vintage books, dolls, bears and jewelry.  Delight in our handmade soaps, honeybutters, country baking, pansy planters and garden wears.  Enjoy tea and scones in the garden. Call a day ahead to reserve for a group Victorian luncheon. May 15 to June 13. 10 am to 4 pm daily. Accepting cash or cheques. Bring slippers.  2 km east of Stayner on Hwy 26 to Centerline  Rd, south 3 kms to Conc 9, east 1 km to “A Day at Victoria’s” (fire # 5681) (705) 428-0445.

Clearview Public Library is seeking 2 Children’s Summer Activity Program Assistants. Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age and must also have been a full-time students during the previous academic year and be intending to return in the Fall. Both positions are 30 hours per week for 8 weeks and include day, evening and Saturday hours. Experience in developing children’s programming is an asset. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and have reliable transportation as both positions will work at a number of locations. Please submit resumes by Thursday, May 27 to J.La Chapelle, CEO, Clearview Public Library, 201 Huron St. Box 160, Stayner, On L0M 1S0 or by fax (705) 428-3595. 2010

thank you 3 9 2 The Creemore Tree Committee 8 3all the 4generous folk wishes to thank who contributed clean and intact 2 3items for its Giant Yard Sale held at the 2 4 Legion 3 8 7 Thank 6 Creemore last Sunday. you to all who came 6 to check out the bargains and shop.  A total of $656 was 6 9 5 3 1 2 raised.  Part of these funds will be used to plant a hedgerow of dwarf 5 fragrant 7 lilac on the west side of Library Street 7 6 4 at the Legion’s Cenotaph. 3 2 1 Spike & Rusty: CHATTEL

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notice Creemore Medical Centre Service Board. This volunteer Board was established by Clearview Township to supervise the management and operation of the Medical Centre including medium and long term planning. The Board acts as a liaison between the Township, the medical tenants and the Community served by the Centre. The Board is presently looking for two new members. We endeavour to have a mix of age, gender, skills and in-town/ out-of-town residents on our Board. We are at the early stages of expanding the Centre and would welcome those willing to serve on the Board during this exciting time. Those interested should advise Donald Smith, P.O.Box 2002, Creemore by May 31, 2010 outlining qualifications, interests and why he/she would like to serve on the Board.

thank you The Mad&Noisy Quilters would like to thank Wendy Spreitzer for showing us her beautiful handiwork at our Annual Dessert Tea on Wednesday night, thanks to everyone who attended & thanks to the quilting members for all of their help at the Tea & for providing all of the delicious desserts.

correction Creemore Echo would like to apologize for printing an incorrect phone number last week. Here is the correct information: A trust fund has been set up for Ashlee and Daine, daughter & grandson of Coco Kutchaw. Contact Ken Day at (705) 4666089 concerning donations. Sorry for any confusion or concern.


• The Creemore Echo •

Friday, May 14, 2010

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Every Friday The Creemore Echo publishes the news and views of this community.

We are able to do this because of the strong support of people like you. People who care about their home, or their home away from home, people who want to be informed, engaged and entertained by what’s happening here in the Creemore area, people who truly understand the value of their local paper and are willing to help through the purchase of a volunteer subscription.

Your $45 volunteer subscription makes it happen! Meet us at the Market, drop by our office, email or give us a call if you would like to offer your support for The Creemore Echo. • (705)466-9906 •


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