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The Creemore


Friday, December 18, 2015

Vol. 15 No. 51

News and views in and around Creemore

Inside the Echo

Food Hampers Go Out Community supports food bank PAGE 3

Window to the Soul

New Lowell United wraps up renos PAGE 7

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Debbie Ebanks Schlums (left) Skypes for the first time with members of a Syrian family she is sponsoring along with Trevor Hunt, Catherine Carpenko, Rebekah Jamieson, Sylvia Durance and Rita Martin. Pictured right is Samar Mallah, the aunt of the Syrian woman being sponsored.

Locals sponsor Syrian refugee family by Kara McIntosh A local group of six individuals from Mono, Mulmur and Clearview have submitted an application to be the private, legal sponsors of a Syrian refugee family-of-three currently living in Lebanon. Debbie Ebanks Schlums, who heads up this local group called the Out of a War Zone Collective is optimistic that the application will be accepted and that the family will arrive in the Creemore area within four to 11 months. The process started back in September 2014, when Ebanks Schlums was trying to sponsor a young Syrian woman named Anahita Osman. Circumstances changed and Osman is now living safely in Germany. Through a refugee sponsorship training program, Ebanks Schlums met a Syrian-born Canadian, Samar

Mallah, who introduced her to her niece and her family who were looking for sponsorship. Rania Mallah, Zakaria Nassan Alsawa and their eleven-month-old son, Yahya Nassan Alsawa are very much looking forward to leaving their temporary home in Lebanon and coming to Canada. Rania Mallah’s aunt and uncle live in Toronto and have been very involved in the application process. Applications have been submitted to the co-sponsor, the Canadian Unitarian Council who is the official Sponsorship Agreement Holder, for review. Once the applications have been approved there, they will go to the Office of Citizenship and Immigration in Winnipeg. There are a number of private sponsorship initiatives in the region, including Mono, Alliston, Orangeville,


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Collingwood and Barrie. They are all trying to bring refugee families to Ontario. “We have connected with some of the other groups bringing Syrian refugees to the area. We are all working within different processes to bring them here, but it will be very nice to be able to bring the refugee families together so they are not completely isolated from their culture,” said Ebanks Schlums. The group is still collecting funds to reach their goal of $30,000, which will go towards supporting the family once they arrive in Ontario. The Scratch dinner held at Dunedin Hall during the Small Halls Festival in October raised $20,000 for the effort to bring a Syrian refugee family to the Creemore area. All the money will be spent in our region, as the family settles in and starts (See “Sponsors” on page 12)

Five men are facing drug charges after police seized more than 1,000 large marijuana plants with a street value of more than $1 million from an illegal grow op in Clearview Township. Huronia West OPP and the Canadian Drug Action Team conducted a search of the property in September. Five men are now facing charges in connection with the investigation. They are Zhangjian Fan, 54, and Zhehgmin Fan, 28, both of Clearview Township and Liange Chen, 30, Jian Ling, 28, and Xin Zuo, 28, of no fixed address. Each one has been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with one count of producing marijuana, possession of over 30 grams of marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking over three kilograms. They have been released on bail and are scheduled to appear in Collingwood court on Feb. 1.

Community Christmas

The annual Creemore Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Legion on Christmas Day, ensuring everyone has somewhere to go this holiday. The dinner is run entirely by volunteers is open to everyone. Those planning to attend are asked to make a dinner reservations by Dec. 23. Home delivery and transportation can be arranged for those in need. To register or volunteer, contact Donna Baylis at 705-466-2523 or Donations can be made at TD Canada Trust to account 0330 5202657. Visit

Hockey draws turkey dinner Creemore Minor Hockey is holding a draw for a free-range turkey and other ingredients to prepare a Christmas feast. Tickets cost $5 for three and are available at Flowers by Ms. Design, Creemore IDA, Glencairn Store, Hamilton Bros. and the Creemore Arena. The draw will be held on Dec. 19.

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This Weekend Friday, December 18

• St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stayner. Mass at 6:30 p.m. Confessions 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, December 20

• Church Services on page 5. • Stayner Brethren in Christ Sunday School

Christmas Presentation at 10 a.m. Refreshments to follow.

• St. Luke’s Anglican Church The Christmas Story

in Word & Song at 11:15 a.m. • Majengo Holiday Party in Dunedin at the River House, 8967 Cty Rd 9, Dunedin from 2 to 5 p.m. Fundraising, African jewellery, updates and presentation, food, cash bar. All welcome! Contact Lynn Connell at for more information.

• Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker at Historic Gayety

Theatre from 2 to 4 p.m. Mariinsky Theatre on screen. Tickets only at the door. Adults $15, students $10. See you there! www.gayetytheatre. com for details. • Carol Service with Fran Webster and Company at St. Paul's Anglican, Singhampton at 7 p.m. A fundraiser for food bank and collecting winter clothing for refugees coming to Meaford and Base Borden. Call 705-445-4199 for more information.

Upcoming Events Monday, December 21

• Winter Solstice Celebration at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Caroline Street West from 4:43 to 7:30 p.m. Come gather around the fire on the lawn at St. Luke’s Church to celebrate the season by greeting friends, roasting chestnuts and counting our blessings. All with the background of soft, seasonal music played on a dulcimer. Bring a warm blanket. No charge. 705-466-2206 for details.

Wednesday, December 23

• Caregiver Support Group Meeting at VON

Adult Day Program, Sunset Manor, Collingwood from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Connects family and friends caring for a person who is elderly or frail or with various stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. For more information call Fiona at 705444-2457 or

Thursday, December 24

• Christmas Eve Church Services: see page 5. • Christmas Church Services: see page 5. • 14th Annual Community Christmas Dinner

at Creemore Legion, 27 Wellington Street West, Creemore. Social hour begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by the traditional hot buffet meal at 6 p.m. Bring non-perishable food items. For more information, see www.CreemoreChristmas. ca or contact Donna B. at 705-466-2523 or email

Friday, January 15

• Brereton Field Naturalists Meeting at 7:30 p.m. at

North West Barrie United Church, 464 Ferndale Drive North. Frieda Baldwin will speak on the many and varied trails in Simcoe County.

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Clearview Stayner Food Bank supports whole township by Trina Berlo The Clearview Stayner Food Bank is handing out Christmas hampers this week for the families it supports. The Stayner Lions Club purchased more than $4,000 worth of groceries to make up 67 boxes for the food bank. They packed the boxes on Sunday and delivered them to the food bank Dec. 17, ready for pick up that day. The Lions will deliver to those who cannot pick up their hampers. The food bank supplements the food supply of 195 people living in all parts of Clearview each month. “Clearview has a population of 14,000 and we have a small food bank that supports a large area,” said food bank coordinator Pam Royal. She said food donations are coming in but cash donations are down this month even though food bank usage is up and food prices continue to rise. The food bank provides a few days’ worth of food per month to each of its users. It costs about $33,000 to run the food bank each year and the group of volunteers who manage the facility rely solely on donations. Approximately $13,000 of that is used to buy peanut butter, cereal and canned soup. Royal said the food bank gives out 600 cans of soup each month. She said she has a goal to have all cereal and peanut butter donated so she can buy milk and bread for families with children. “I don’t know if people realize how essential food banks are,” said Royal. “Ninety-five per cent of people wouldn’t come to the food bank if they didn’t have to. They come because they have to come and I am glad we are here to help.” The Clearview Stayner Food Bank, located at 7271 Highway 26, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or drop donations off at Home Hardware on the main street in Stayner. People are welcome to call Pam Royal at 705-428-5995 or leave a message on the food bank’s voicemail at 705-517-0166.

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Branch 516 New Lowell Legion has made a $1,000 donation to the Clearview Stayner Food Bank. Pictured from left is, Legion first vice president Ken Day with food bank volunteers Sheila Fenton, Rhonda Thompson, Mary Hunter, Jacky Morgan, Pam Royal and Legion past president Roy Pollock.

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Stayner Lions Club members and their partners packed food hampers Sunday for the Clearview Stayner Food Bank. Among them were, from right, partner-in-service Sharon Inkster, Lion Bill Ives, partners-in-service Deb Peverill and Donna Gascho, opposite Lion John Gascho and partner-in-service Agnes Charlton, Lion Bob Charlton and partner-in-service Eleanor Swanton in the distance.

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Opinion Editorial Syrian refugees will face culture shock in Canada

As the first wave of refugees come to Canada we are seeing moving images of families being reunited. On the news, we see images of them getting a warm welcome and being provided winter coats and teddy bears. Most of the refugees that have come to Canada so far, have been privately sponsored by family members, friends and other sponsorship groups or individuals. The Liberal government is planning to bring in 25,000 government-sponsored refugees, 10,000 of them by the end of the year. This government is trying to make up for lost time and we know they are being criticized for bringing in a large number of people in a short time to meet a campaign promise but it appears that many Canadians support the initiative. It is a complicated process but it must be done expeditiously because they have been looking for a safe place to go for some time. The problem is that news reports reveal that not all Syrian refugees are jumping at a chance to come to Canada, mostly because of the distance. Many of them would like to return home one day, once it is safe, and it is daunting to come to a country where they do not speak the language and fear they will not be able to find a job, especially of they are lacking in education. For those who do accept the invitation, their lives are about to change profoundly and undoubtedly for the better but it is naïve to think it will be an easy transition. A national newspaper published some advice from a Vietnamese family who came to Canada as refugees 35 years ago. They advise people to embrace the values that make this country special like being polite and queuing. (We do seem to have a very low tolerance for people who bud in line-ups and do not hold the door or apologize profusely.) The family advised newcomers to ask for help because Canadians are friendly. They make mention of our affinity for Tim Hortons coffee and large supermarkets. They also talk about how important it is to stay warm and give a hint to the necessity of long underwear. Is that Canada in a nutshell? Knowing that the Syrians have been forced from their home because of war only to be stuck in limbo in neighbouring countries, sometimes for years, waiting for a ticket out, they are thrilled to be coming to Canada but one can’t help but wonder what they will make of it all when they get settled in, especially those coming to rural areas. Sometimes we Canadians find it lonely and boring and we are used to dull, dreary winter days and the isolation of life in the boonies. How will they cope? The refugees coming to our big cities will need a lot of support and hopefully that will be in place but it will be more challenging in the outliers. We hope that as a nation we can make them feel welcome and that they won't be too traumatized by culture shock.

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The Coates children, Bob (from left), Helen (Crawford), Jean and Peter, give their dog Jack a ride on a sheep at the family farm on Airport Road, near Avening.

All energy sources cause problems Editor: The wind turbine issue surfaces again in Clearview. The writers to your newspaper focus on wind turbines as if removal of the structures is the complete answer to all our energy problems.  With the increasing demand upon electricity the issue is greater than the blinkered thoughts of some in our community – send the problems to another guy’s backyard seems to be their answer. We have power at the touch of a switch without thought of where it came from or the problems that are associated with every source.  Atomic energy has a waste problem, (not in my backyard), oil has a pollution problem for the earth and air, gas has a fracking problem with a possible

effect upon drinking water. Of course, the removal of wind turbines or in some cases the ugly solar panels in our community will not solve any of them. But still, we all want that power switch. Another form of ugliness are the power lines running alongside our roads, but not a letter of complaint about those lines reach the editor. They will likely be there for another century or more, but if other forms of energy production develop and wind turbines are not needed, the turbines can be dismantled without leaving any trace or any harm done to this planet. Can we say the same for the others? Ray Jackson, Mulmur.

Love is better than hate Editor: How wonderful to be inclusive rather than exclusive. It’s the heart of all world religions, it’s the base to our understanding of who we are, and what our society aspires to. It’s a resolution of our conscience to accept those in need. I’m proud that our Prime Minister welcomed Syrian refugees into Canadian society personally. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric exposes his insecurity and feeds to the protectionist mindset of those with a need to hide in their homes with a gun. Surely the citizens of the United States deserve the

respect of a higher standard of conscience. He might note that our Prime Minister’s ratings have soared while he shot himself in the foot. Our world society’s hope is that of acceptance, not rejection. It’s populace needs to accept a basic love of each other, if we, as an international community, are to survive. A narrative of prejudice has no place in it. Keep it up Mr. Trudeau. Make us proud to be Canadian. John Wiggins, Collingwood. 2007 WINNER



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Capture those low-light Christmas images by Bryan Davies I have always been fascinated by night scenes, displaying sparkling lights that glitter in the dark. It probably appeals to the inner child in all of us. Over the years, I have developed several creative techniques for capturing outdoor lighting on homes, retail shops and commercial buildings. A few years ago, I wanted to photograph Creemore’s Station on the Green at night. In order to create an extraordinary photographic image, I set up a level tripod and installed my DSLR camera across the road. My digital camera had a 70-200 mm zoom lens attached for a close view of the entire building while being a short distance away. After setting the camera dial to AV, for aperture preferred, plugging in a wired remote trigger and setting the aperture to f/22, I exposed several frames with the available ambient lighting. The reason we use a tripod is that it keeps the camera stable for long exposures (30-60 seconds). Any slight movement while making the exposure will cause a blurring or soft focus in the pictures. In this case, a hand held camera with image stabilization wouldn't produce as sharp a picture as using a tripod. After viewing the images of The Station, I was not happy with the result. The building did not have enough lighting in certain areas to show its strong architectural details. Years ago, at a photography seminar, I learned one of the key techniques that architectural photographers employ – painting with light. So, I dug out my powerful highbeam flashlight, tried shining it on the Station building and it worked well to brighten some of the darker areas of the

The fountain at Station on the Green, photographed by Bryan Davies. building. After the lighting rehearsal, I tried several 30 second exposures with my camera, while moving the flashlight around and ‘painting’ the scene with light while the camera was making the exposures. The resulting images were exactly what I had hoped for; dark enough to show that it was night, yet bright enough to feature the strong architectural details of The Station on the Green. I am proud to say that this picture was printed and donated to The Station on the Green for public display. The new streetlights in Creemore show a warm, yellow cast at night because of the style of light bulbs. Last winter I wanted to build a collection of winter night scenes of our wonderful retail stores around Christmas time. After it snowed, I set up the tripod, camera with wired remote trigger and shot wide-angle scenes of the entire street from the middle of Mill Street. I then captured closer views of individual

Friday, December 18 St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stayner Mass at 6:30 p.m. Confessions 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 St. James Clougher-Lisle Service of Lessons & Carols at 9:30 a.m. Mansfield Presbyterian Church Service at 9:30 a.m. New Lowell United Church 4th Sunday of Advent Service at 9:45 a.m. At Brentwood Hall St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church Morning Worship at 10 a.m. Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin 4th Sunday of Advent & Communion Service at 10 a.m. Stayner Brethren in Christ Sunday School Christmas Presentation at 10 a.m. Refreshments to follow. Church of Redeemer, Duntroon 4th Sunday of Advent Service at 10 a.m. Creemore Baptist Church Service at 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stayner Mass at 11 a.m. St. John’s United Church 4th Sunday of Advent Service: Lessons & Carols Service at 11 a.m.

stores with bright coloured lights and awesome Christmas decorations. Make sure you bring a small flashlight on location to help you see the camera settings in the dark. Once again the camera was set to AV and f/22, for a wide depth of field to show the entire Dickens-style Christmas scene featuring warm, coloured lighting on the snowcovered shops. You won’t get the same kind of feeling in the picture if you use a flash since it will wash out the warm and friendly tones and it will also reflect glare in the windows. If you have decked out your home with outdoor Christmas lights, you can use the techniques that we discussed for street lighting photography to capture some exciting available-light photos of your home exterior. You may even be able to capture good available-light images with your high-end cell phone camera, as long as you disable the flash and hold the phone very still.


One of my favourite warm-light children’s photos featuring my grandkids Troy and Courtney was created using a white backdrop and asking the kids to look down at a candle burning between them. The candle was placed on a stool and, as the only light source in the room, it created lots of warm, natural light to reflect on the children’s happy faces. If you plan to photograph your children’s play or music concert, you can use the following technique: Since flash photography is too distracting for stage performances, you can disable your flash by going into the menu on your DSLR camera and then selecting an ISO of 6400 or higher. Setting the camera to a higher ISO number simply makes it more sensitive to existing, colourful stage lighting. You may handhold the camera if your shutter speed is higher than 1/60 second, if not, I suggest setting up a tripod. On Christmas morning, when the members of your family are looking at gifts under the Christmas tree with the tree and room lights on, try a hand-held available-light shot using one of the techniques we shared. Also try making close-up photos of young children’s faces while they are looking at the tree decorations. I’m sure you will capture a beautiful, warm picture memory as the tree lights reflect in their faces when they reach for a colourful tree decoration. I hope these techniques have helped you to understand the concept of night and low light photography and how you can create some interesting photos with available light. Have a fun-filled Christmas.

Bryan Davies is a professional photographer based in Creemore.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church The Christmas Story in Word & Song at 11:15 a.m. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Singhampton Carol Service with Fran Webster and Company at 7 p.m. A fundraiser for the local food bank and also collecting winter clothing for the refugees coming to Meaford and Base Borden.

St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Creemore Baptist Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. St. James Clougher-Lisle Christmas Hymn Sing at 7 p.m., Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 24

St. John’s United Church Christmas Eve Candlelight, Carols & Communion Service at 8 p.m. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Singhampton Christmas Eve Service at 8:15 p.m. Church of Redeemer, Duntroon Christmas Eve Service at 10 p.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stayner Carolling at 10:30 p.m. followed by Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at 11 p.m.

Christmas Eve St. Luke’s Anglican Church Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. Lorna May Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. with Rev. Jim Wilcox Mansfield Presbyterian Church Candlelight Service at 6:15 p.m. New Lowell United Church Christmas Eve Candlelight, Carols & Communion Service at 6:30 p.m. At the New Lowell United Church Christ Church, Batteaux Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m. Christ Church Banda Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Eucharist at 7 p.m. with Rev. Wendy Moore Stayner Brethren in Christ Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Sermon: Christmas Wish List.

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day Christ Church, Batteaux Christmas Nativity Feast at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ray Dobson St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stayner Christmas Day Mass at 11 a.m. (No Evening Mass) Creedan Valley Leisureworld Christmas Day Carol Service at 11 a.m. Lead by Rev. Lorna May of St. Luke’s Anglican Church. All welcome.


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Friday, December 18, 2015

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Bruce Semple from Salvation Army Hope Acres picks up the first load of toys from The Creemore Echo office, with Fred Mills, thanks to generous donations from the community. Dec. 18 is the last day to donate.

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Little opposition to budget by Trina Berlo Only one person commented on Clearview Township’s proposed budget at a public meeting Monday, Dec. 7. Treasurer Edward Henley presented a $44-million budget reflecting a 4.33 per cent increase. Once other taxes are factored including those collected for education and the county, the increase in expected to be about two per cent. Creemore resident Bill Mann said he was disappointed that residents’ ability to pay was not given more consideration when putting together the budget. “I think it could be tighter still. 2016 is going to be a bloody tough year,” said Mann, adding that people could be struggling to pay their bills whether they are coming from the township or elsewhere. He said this would be the year to hold the line especially from the mayor and deputy mayor’s point of view, who ran in the last election on a platform of fiscal responsibility. Mann said many retired people have seen an eight to 10 per cent decrease in their investments. “I think the increase could be down to zero per cent. It would be a demonstration that you listened,” said Mann. In his presentation, Henley said four budget items account for two per cent of the 4.33 per cent increase: $50,000

How the money is spent

Total 2016 expenses: $24,061,067 Salaries, wages and benefits: 29 per cent Administration: 18 per cent Contracted services including police: 17 per cent Facility utilities: 4 per cent Facility maintenance: 2 per cent Insurance: 2 per cent Vehicles and equipment: 5 per cent Transfer to reserves: 17 per cent Transfer to capital: 6 per cent for Small Halls Festival, a $55,750 increase in economic development funding, starting an inter community bus line for half a year at a cost of $60,125 and $84,000 for a planning review. The township will see $89,120 in new tax revenue from growth, 44 per cent from the industrial sector and 33 per cent from residential. Councillor Thom Paterson reiterated comments made at an earlier budget meeting, saying council should be doing more to reduce spending and that council should be out front of the budget process instead of coming in at the end. “We do need more input from the community going forward,” said Mayor Chris Vanderkruys.

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New Lowell United, home for the holidays by Trina Berlo The congregation at New Lowell United Church has every intention of celebrating Christmas at its newly renovated facility. It will most likely be the first time they have come together in the sanctuary since June when the renovation began. Members have been meeting at the Brentwood Hall or attending church at St. John’s United in Creemore. But last week carpenters were busy putting the finishing touches on the renovation project and volunteers were painting, in preparation for the carpet installation. Building committee chair June Robinson said the church has received tremendous support from its members and the community at large. The renovation is being done by Barrie based Hawkey Church Management but volunteers have done what they can to help keep costs down, said Robinson. Many volunteers, coordinated by Tom Macham, will have put in more than 1,000 volunteer hours when the renovation is complete, including more than 250 hours put in by local retired builder Tom Garrow. The church managed to exceed a $350,000 fundraising goal. Robinson said because they were a little while getting the project off the ground, the price went up slightly so there is still money to be raised, or the church may

end up carrying a small loan. The renovation was done with two goals in mind; to create a public meeting space and to make the church wheelchair accessible. The 1,100 square foot addition includes a new entrance with power doors and a lift, a family washroom, new staircases to the sanctuary and lower level and a common area with coffee service station. The common area will be available for public use. “This congregation has been mindful that if we didn’t make it accessible to keep the congregation alive and growing, what would happen to the building?” said Robinson. There is a lot of local history worth preserving in the old church, she said. New Lowell United Church was established 142 years ago. The original church was destroyed in a fire in 1908 and when it was rebuilt in 1909, all of the pews and other furnishings were built by Jacques and Hay, an American firm that established lumber mills and a factory in New Lowell. Two stained glass windows purchased from the now-closed Avening United Church are being restored and will hang in the new common area. Another window that was above the front door of the church has been restored by congregation members Marilyn and Lorne McLellan and will

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A stained glass window at New Lowell United Church is now a focal piece in the new entrance way. also hang in the new addition. The Christmas Eve candlelight carol and communion service is planned

for 6:30 p.m. at New Lowell United Church, with interim minister Rev. Leslie Searles.


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The CDRC Board of Management is seeking a positive, team-oriented individual to fill the position of Part Time Facility Operator-Maintenance Attendant. Under the direction of the Facility Maintenance Manager, the successful candidate will be involved in a diverse range of job activities including facility custodial maintenance, ice maintenance and some repairs. The successful candidate will also be involved in the monitoring of a refrigeration plant, seasonal outdoor pool and completion of log reports as required. The job requires some physical requirements. The successful candidate must be available to work scheduled week nights and weekends as well as special events during the summer months. The job requires strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with other staff and the general public. A background in recreation would be an asset. This position offers between 15-25 hours per week. Wage range: $15.51-$18.88/hour dependent on experience and qualifications. Full details for this position is available on the Town of Shelburne website at Resumes for this position will be received until 1:00pm on Monday, January 4, 2016 by email or in person, addressed to: Marty Lamers, Facility Maintenance Manager Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex 200 Fiddle Park Lane, Shelburne, ON L9V 3C9 Email: Please note position applying for on cover page. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted

A small gift can make a big difference Donation of non-perishable food, money, gifts and gift cards are being received at The Echo’s office to help people in our community. All donations go the Clearview Stayner Food Bank and Hope Acres Salvation Army. We will be collecting items during our office hours until Friday, Dec. 18. The Creemore Echo • 3 Caroline St. W. Creemore 705-466-9906 •

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Illustrator darci-que has a new run of five of her Mollie Doodle books available at her Creemore shop, Hillview Cellar. She is also busy working on illustrations for other authors, with one book – The Kenneth David Brubacher Book of Truth and Wisdom – due out this month and another Ruth Garret book – Ups, Downs and Helping Hands – in the New Year. She is also working on an eleventh Mollie Doodle book, which she developed in partnership with the band at Christian Island called Mollie Learns about Christian Island.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Big Heart Seniors distribute $3,450 to local organizations

Curling Club standings (Win-Loss-Tie)



Firstly I want to wish Norma Johnston, Mary all readers a very Merry Bouchard, Lillian Hiltz Christmas. and Flo Kerr. Thank you to Bob Five moon shots were McNichol for candies and played by June Hartley, after dinner mints, which Pat Winger, Janice will be appreciated after Stephens with the travel Evelyn our Christmas dinner on prize to Karl Seifert x2. Warden Dec. 10. Winners for cards were Welcome to Lloyd Somerville Eileen Nash, 327; John Van Voorst, back after a lengthy absence. 300; Wilma Zeggil, 264; Janice As is customary each year we Stephens, 261 and low went to Bob were to decide which charity we are McNicol, 33. supporting and how much to donate. A 14-year-old girl with purple hair, Motioned by Wilma Zeggil and piercings everywhere, ripped jeans seconded by Alinda Bishop that and a ratty old leather coat went into $200 go to the Clearview Stayner McDonald’s and ordered 15 cups Food Bank. of coffee and 15 ham-and-cheese Motioned by Jim Rigney we give sandwiches. $1,500 to the Creemore Legion and When the astonished server told all were in favour as the Legion does her the total she pulled out a $100 not charge us for hall rental. bill and paid. While waiting for the Motioned by Barb Pilon seconded order she noticed a tip box and asked by Pat Winger to give $500 to Lorna if the tips were distributed among May who is in charge of caring for all the employees and if any were needy families. in college. The reply was that at Motioned by Alinda Bishop least five employees were attending seconded by Bob McNichol each college so she put a number of $20 church receive $100 and the Salvation bills in the tip jar. She left the store Army receives $500. with her purchases and the server Motioned by Marion Kelly, chased after her and said, “Miss you seconded by Wilma Zeggil that put more than $100 in the tip jar.� the school band receives $150, as She said, “I know, my father is filthy they have to purchase their own rich and I do not know of a better way instruments. than to make things a little better for Business closed and so on to cards those less fortunate�, and as she said where lucky draws were won by this she was handing out coffee and Isabelle Gubbels, Marg Hennessy, sandwiches to homeless people. Karl Seifert, Alinda Bishop, Remember: Expect nothing and Art Bishop, Leona Hartling, appreciate everything.

Baylis 5-1-1 Millsap 4-2-1 Kelly 2-4-1 Steed 1-5-0 From The Hack: The McArthur Family Trophy was played by Team Baylis (5 wins) vs. Team Millsap (3 wins). As the game came down to the last end Donna and her team were sitting shot and Gayle and her team needed two for a tie. Gayle made her first take out at just the right time and ended up sitting third with a final score of 8-7. Very exciting finale! Congrats to Gayle, Ann and Claire. Consolation game was Team Kelly over Team Steed 7-6. We were joined by Milton and Marion McArthur with Milton presenting the trophy. Being a man of few words he passed on his congratulations, that was all he said but it was very heartfelt. Lots of goodies and giggles rounded out the evening. So all you ladies out there who will be going through the January blues, fight it by coming out and curl on Monday night. My phone is being manned by my husband. He is waiting for your call, the line is open, first caller through gets a really neat gift... Come on out if you live in and around Creemore, become a part of the curling club family. See you next year. Call the ladies representative Gail, at 705-466-6399.


Steed 9-2-0 Martens 7-3-1 Ruppel 6-5-0 McArthur 4-7-1       Hammill 1-10-0 From the Hack: Team Steed was able to finish the season with another win and with that, they topped the league.

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Crevier 5-1-0 Bell 4-2-0 Kelly 3-1-2 Lindsay 3-2-1 Neelin/Baylis 3-3-0 G. Fuller 3-3-0 Lambert 2-3-1 Cass 2-3-1 C. Fuller 2-4-0 Crawford 0-5-1  From the Hack: Paul Crevier’s team held on to first place. His name, along with Glenda Brown, Kevin Brown and Naomi McArthur, will be placed on the Jim Steed Memorial Trophy. We’re all looking forward to this Friday’s fun curling, Christmas party and gift exchange.                

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A. Millsap 5-2-0 Verstegen 5-2-0 D. Millsap 4-3-0 McArthur 4-3-0 Rowbotham 3-4-0 Bell. 2-4-1 Fuller 2-4-1 Crevier 2-5-0 From the Hack: One more night to go and things are all tied in the hunt for the Gord Miller Memorial Trophy. Championship Tuesday at 7 p.m. sure to be standing room only. Anyone interested in curling in the next draw starting in January, call Adam at 705607-2326.


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Congratulations to skip Marilyn Steed, vice Mike Loranger, second Linda Wright and lead Murray Skinkle. Team Martens finished a relatively close second. Unfortunately Team Ruppel lost out to Team Alliston on the second day of the Grandmasters playdowns, oh well, maybe next year. Good curling everyone.


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Hay for sale – Small squares and 4’x 5’ rounds of horse hay. We deliver year- round. Call Norm of Stonehedge Farms at 705-466-2607.

Your dog will enjoy their stay at Club Amarillo. Our Boarding Retreat boasts indoor and outdoor runs including large pack walks, grooming, flat screen TV, hand walking and more all set in the beautiful Mulmur hills. Contact Dana Mailhot 705466-6556

Vokes, Christopher You are always with us. Remembering a special young man Who we lost December 18, 2006. Because of you we are more willing To accept life’s challenges. You still live in our hearts and minds. Never forgotten, forever loved by Kathy, Eric and family

Services Cleaning Service by Queen Bee. Sit back and enjoy while I keep things clean for you this bzzzy season. Call 705-434-1540. Elliott Painting and Decorating, over 30 years experience with excellent references. Interior and exterior painting and wallpapering. Call for free estimate at 705-466-2356. Clearly see Santa this year – Call Rod the Window Cleaner. Residential, commercial, year-round. All windows welcome. You deserve a clear view. Call Rod at 705-351-0768. References on request.

horses This year, the Cosack family is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Peace Valley Ranch in Mulmur. Check us out for Horse Boarding & Training, Trail & Ranch Riding. 519-925-0152.

rentals OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT. Approx. 250 sq. ft of office space located on Mill St., upper level. Bright & clean with back door to balcony. Access to bathroom. $475 per month, includes utilities & wifi. Available Oct. 1, 2015. Call 705-727-6161 or 416-546-2555.

Lovely, quiet Log cabin. 5 minutes east of Creemore. 3 bedroom. Sleeps 6 comfortably. Available January 4 to April 1. $2500/month or $6000/season inclusive. Pet friendly. Contact Gord & Andrea at 416-554-8635.

3 bedroom home with loft, large detached workshop, fenced yard beautiful northwest views, quiet 0.6 Acre corner lot in Avening, conservation trails across the street. $274,900. Mls# X3318923. Call 647-505-6770.

Ransier, George In memory of our Dad, Grampa and Great Grampa who passed away 5 years ago this Christmastime. Tis sweet to know we’ll meet again Where troubles are no more And that the one we loved so well Has just gone on before. Love you, Bob, Betty (Grant) and families

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The Manito Shrine Club presented noble Stan Nixon with a certificate and a pin recognizing his 50 years of service on Dec. 4. Pictured, from left, is president-elect Bill Hennessy, ambassador John Chipchase, assistant rabban of Ramses Shrine Club Dave Rawn, Legion of Honour member Stan Nixon and Manito Shrine Club president Mitch Lohnes.

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Thank you to the Manito Shriners for the Christmas cakes and the delicious shortbread! We really appreciate it! Creemore Echo

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Christmas Meat Sale – Last Call for this season. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2-4 at Mansfield Heritage Farm. Whole Chickens, Duck quarters, and Pork (ham, shoulder and butt roasts great for pulled pork-, pork hocks to help make flavourful soup, limited bacon and sausage (gluten and nitrite free). All from naturally raised animals. Meat is frozen so stock up. N.B. Ever wonder why you can’t freeze regular ham? It is pumped full of water! Ours is the best you will ever taste!  Located just east of Airport Rd., at 588383 County Rd. 17 (the road to Everett). 705-890-1848.

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(Continued from page 1) their new life here. The legal sponsors are responsible for supporting the family for up to three years once they are in Canada. They will need help in assisting the family to integrate into the community and will be looking for inkind donations of things like clothing, furniture and food. “The generosity of our surrounding community has been amazing. Local businesses were so supportive of our major fundraiser, Scratch. Recently, some people have donated money

to our group in lieu of birthday and holiday gifts, they have sold household items online and offered workshops and directed the fees to our initiative,” said Ebanks Schlums. For more information or if you would like to help, please contact Debbie Ebanks Schlums at debbie. Cash donations will be accepted at The Creemore Echo office, located at 3 Caroline St. West. Cheques should be made out to Out of a War Zone.

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Notice Request of applications for Clearview Youth Services Committee Clearview Township is currently seeking applications from the general public and representatives from youth organizations who are interested in becoming a member of the Clearview Youth Services Committee. For more information or to read the terms of reference, visit: Mission Statement: Clearview Youth Services will be a committee of community orientated volunteers, geared towards advocating on behalf of all youth in Clearview. It will work with existing youth organizations to encourage and develop new opportunities for our youth to achieve leadership and social skills, positive scholastic levels and mental health wellness. Applications are available online at:, or in person at the Clearview Administration Centre, 217 Gideon St., Stayner, ON, and L0M1S0. All applications must be received by Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 12:00pm. For more information, please contact: Pamela Fettes Director of Legislative Services/Clerk 705-428-6230 ext. 224




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