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The Creemore


Friday, June 12, 2009

Vol. 09 No. 24

News and views in and around Creemore

PROVINCE SAYS MUCH LESS GROWTH FOR CLEARVIEW Mayor, Deputy Mayor dejected after new announcement limits 2031 population to 18,800 by Brad Holden Several members of Clearview Council were in a foul mood Monday night after the release of a new plan from the Province of Ontario that contradicts the recently completed Simcoe County Official Plan and allocates much less population growth to rural areas like Clearview Township. The document, entitled Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth, is the rationale behind a proposed amendment to the 2005 Places to Grow Act, the legislation behind all of the growth planning that has taken place over the last few years at both the County and the Township level. If passed, and all indications are that it will be, the amendment will limit the 2031 population of Clearview Township to 18,800, up just 4,200 from its 2006 census population of 14,600. The 2005 Places to Grow Act had placed Clearview Township’s 2031 population at 26,000, and that’s the number that’s been used during all of the work done so far, both locally and at the County. There are several reasons for the reshuffling of numbers. With the

new plan, the Province has endorsed a nodal approach to growth in the area, stating that “to curb sprawl and avoid costly and unsustainable growth patterns, growth in the Simcoe area needs to be focused in existing cities and large towns.” Those towns, according to the plan, will be Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Alliston and

“I am not an angry person, but... this is three-and-a-half, four years of our time, and it’s meant nothing." -Mayor Ken Ferguson

Bradford. In order to accommodate the 210,000 people the Province now forsees living in Barrie by 2031 (the city’s 2006 population was 133,500), the Strategic Vision for Growth supports a “BarrieInnisfil Boundary Adjustment” that would transfer 2,293 gross hectares from the Town of Innisfil (and at the same time from the County of Simcoe) to the City of Barrie. To find the necessary population to place emphasis on the five “growth nodes” (keeping in mind the Places to Grow Act places a strict limit (See “Province” on page 11)

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THE JOY OF GIVING Mulmur resident Blaunshe Ciach was busy making rhubarb pies last Saturday as part of Mary’s Kitchen, a new initiative in Dunedin that celebrates both the giving and receiving of gifts. For a full story, see page 8.

Creemore’s last street-paving party, in 1928.

Time to party like it’s 1928! What better way to celebrate our freshly paved, pothole free Mill Street than a street party! And that is just what the Creemore BIA and Creemore Springs Brewery have cooked up for next Saturday, June 20. The festivities begin with an official ribbon cutting at 11:15 am, presided over by Mayor Ken Ferguson and lifelong Creemore resident Carm Gowan. The Beinn Gorman Highlander Pipe Band will provide the appropriate musical accompaniment. For the balance of the day there will

be an endless variety of things to do up and down Mill Street. Lots to eat (much of it free), a host of shopping deals and fun activities for kids. The inspiration for this old-fashioned street festival comes from a similar event held back in September 1928, when the street was paved for the first time. As you can see from the above picture (provided by Helen Blackburn), things haven’t changed all that much over the past 81 years! The place to be next Saturday is downtown Creemore. See you there.

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This Weekend Friday, June 12 • Creeemore Legion will host its last Friday Dinner until fall. Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, peas and coleslaw, homemade pies for dessert. Adults $14, seniors $11, $5 for children. Call Pat MacDonald at 466-2459 or the Legion at 466-2202 and reserve your place.

Saturday, June 13

• June Bug Community Yard Sale in the Sunnidale Corners Hall Parking Lot from 7:30 am to 2 pm. BBQ & refreshments available. Inside the hall if it rains. • Curiosity House Books welcomes darci-que for a special storytime as she reads from her latest Adventures

Sunday, June 14 of Mollie Doodle series Making Friends. from 10 am to noon at the bookstore at 134-A Mill Street, Creemore. (705) 466-3400 for more information. • Creedan Valley Walk N’Wheel-a-thon from 10 to 11 am. If interested in participating or donating, pledge forms are available at Creedan Valley or by calling Jan Saugh at 466-3437. This is a prime fundraiser for the residents’ wheelchair bus. • Station on the Green’s Art Auction. A fundraiser for the Station. Free preview all day. $25 per ticket for evening gala. Call 466-3636 to donate an art piece. Tickets available at the Echo. See ad on page 7.

• Church Directory is on page 5. • New Lowell United Church 136th Anniversary Service followed by lunch. Avening & St. John’s United Church services are cancelled for today. • Mad & Noisy Gallery has a continuing show featuring artists Bryan Davies and Katherine Beatty. Compelling visual images and unique sculpture that portrays a sense of beauty, humour, and harmony. Exhibit continues until June 29. (705)466-5555. • Honeywood Cemetery Service at 2 pm.

Upcoming Events Monday, June 15 • Spa Party. Spa services offered include manicures, pedicures, massage, reflexology, even waxing, to name a few. At 1 Jardine Crescent from 3 to 9 pm. Call (705) 466-3372 or (705) 466-3673 to book an appointment. • Collingwood G&M Hospital AGM at 7 pm. See ad below.

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 20

• Theatre Collingwood presents Dan Needles’ Wingfield’s Inferno starring Rod Beattie at the Gayety Theatre. When a fire devastates the Orange Hall, stockbroker-turned-farmer Walt Wingfield has no choice but to light a fire under the colourful cast of local characters for help. For tickets contact Theatre Collingwood (705) 445-2200 (866) 382-2200 info@

Wednesday, June 17

• Creemore Horticultural Meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker is Janice Schmidt, an accredited Judge of Horticulture & Design, talking about showing at flower shows. • SCDSB Meeting to make SCI decision at 6 pm.

Thursday, June 18

• Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County’s Annual General Meeting is today at 1 pm at Rowntree Theatre, Georgian College, Barrie followed by Alzheimer Symposium at 2:15 pm. To register call (705) 722-1066.

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Collingwood General & Marine Hospital ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, June 15, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. Collingwood Leisure Time Club 100 Minnesota Street, Collingwood Members of the Corporation and interested citizens of the communities served by the G&M Hospital are cordially invited to attend our Annual General Meeting. Business will include consideration of Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2009; election of members to the Board of Trustees, amendments to the Hospital By-Laws and other business properly brought before the meeting. The guest speaker for the evening will be Mayor Cal Patterson of the Town of Wasaga Beach, who is also a member of the G&M Board of Trustees. Mayor Patterson will be presenting some of the future plans for Wasaga Beach. Hospital Corporation Members will be provided with an agenda and all relevant information for the meeting by June 8, 2009. For more information about the meeting please call Jennifer Stevens at 444-8601, ext. 8303 or visit

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• Music in the Park at Station Park, Stayner from 7 to 9 pm. BlueDunk performs tonight - a jazz/rhythm & blues type group. Bring your own lawnchair.

Friday, June 19

• Movie Night at the Duntroon Hall featuring the animated hit BOLT, show time 6:30 pm, admission is free with a donation to the Islay Park Revitalization Project.

Saturday, June 20

• Creemore Street Party! Hey Neighbour - Join us for a good old-fashioned street party on Saturday, June 20th.” Ribbon cutting is a 11:30 at the Foodland corner. Fun stuff to do all afternoon! • Dunedin Annual Strawberry Supper today from 4:30 to 7 pm. Salads, ham, strawberries & homemade pies. Adults $12, children under 12 $6, 5 and under free. Please join us! • Strawberry Supper at Knox Presbyterian Church, 160 King Street South, Alliston from 4:30 to 7 pm. Adults $12, children 5 to 12 $5, 4 & under free. Take-out orders available.

Sunday, June 21

• Father’s Day Breakfast at Creemore Legion from 8:30 to 11 am. 2 eggs any way you want them, bacon or sausage, hashbrowns & toast or a waffle with all the fixings. $5 per person. • Badjeros United Church Roast Beef Dinner & Music Night with music by Fred Hale. Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Entertainment begins at 7 pm. Come and enjoy delicious food & great music! For tickets call David Culham (705) 466-2214. Adults $15, ages 7 to 12 $6, under 6 free. • Come celebrate the gift of the sun at a Summer Solstice Celebration with dance, poetry and song at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Garden at 7 pm. Please bring a snack to share.

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Thursday, June 25 • Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic from 3 to 7 pm at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Stayner. Call 1-888-2-DONATE to book your appointment. • Music in the Park at Station Park, Stayner from 7 to 9 pm. The Gulleys performs tonight - a local country group. Bring your own lawnchair.

Friday, June 26

• St. Paul’s Anglican Church Strawberry Supper, Singhampton from 5 to 7 pm. Ham, salads, strawberries & cake. Adults $12, children under 12 $6, 5 and under free.

Saturday, June 27

• Avening United Church Women regretfully announce the cancellation of their June 27 th Strawberry Supper. • Traditional Strawberry Shortcake at the Market from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Creemore Farmers’ Market. Prepared & served by Creemore Tree Committee. Free draw for CTC golf shirt or hat.

Calling all owners of antique cars, trucks and tractors The traditional Harold Crawford Memorial Parade of kids (large and small) on their decorated bikes, wagons and other wheeled vehicles will continue on Canada Day 2009, but on a larger scale. The kids will lead off the parade and will be followed by some special participants, the Braveheart Special Olympic Athletes and the Hillbilly Racing Team from Varney Speedway. Next will come a collection of antique cars and finally a group of antique tractors. Organizer Corey Finkelstein is still looking for more cars and tractors to participate in these festivities. If you are interested, you can contact him at 466-5276 or by email at info@ Those involved in the parade will gather at Mad River Park at 3 pm and then head up Mill Street to Wellington, and then over to the Legion. There will be a small car show at the Arena parking lot after the parade.

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Council News

Here are just a few of the people who spent last Saturday morning celebrating International Trails Day in Stayner – from left to right, darci-que, Michele McKenzie, Mayor Ken Ferguson, Councillor Shawn Davidson, Township CAO Sue McKenzie, Deb Bronée and Marie Leroux.

Funding for Stayner Rail Trail by Brad Holden Clearview Township will receive $66,000 each from the Provincial and Federal governments to build a recreational trail along the railway between Stayner and Collingwood. Under the terms of the 2009 Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the municipality will provide a further third for a total project cost of $198,000. Work on the 13-kilometre trail must be completed by March of 2011. The timing of the announcement could not have been more perfect, coming just days after Clearview Township held its first-ever International Trails Day celebration by inviting people to walk the rail allowance and envision what it will be like in the future, after trail construction and grading. Reviews from people who ventured down the future trail Saturday were overwhelmingly positive,

giving the route high marks for its scenic views and pastoral setting. The rail trail was one of three projects applied for under stimulus funding; unfortunately the Township was unsuccessful in acquiring grant money for improvements to the single-lane bridge on Airport Road or the construction of the Stayner Emergency Hub. The municipality also heard this week that it was unsuccessful in its bid to win a grant for an expansion to the Stayner Arena, something that had been applied for under Intake Two of the Build Canada Fund. All of that bad news tended to overshadow the good news about the trail at Monday night’s Council meeting. Mayor Ken Ferguson, noting that Collingwood was successful in obtaining every grant it asked for, wondered if this was a sign that the Province is turning its back on rural communities.

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Decision Day for SCI The meeting of the Simcoe County District School Board that will decide the fate of Stayner Collegiate Institute will take place on Wednesday, June 17 at the board office in Midhurst. The meeting will begin at 6 pm but will immediately go behind closed doors to deal with a separate matter. The public portion will resume at 7:30 pm. Clearview Township is recommending that all concerned residents attend this meeting to show their support for the future of high school education in our municipality.

by Brad Holden After three weeks of debate, Clearview Township will go ahead with short-term solutions to water problems in Creemore’s Village by the Park subdivision and on Sunnidale’s 9/10 Sideroad. As for the third situation, Sunnidale’s Michael Street, a working group of residents, Council members and Township staff will hold further meetings to trade ideas about what can be done. In the Village by the Park (formerly known as the Quanbury) subdivision, Council directed its staff and legal counsel to continue working with the developer to provide an outlet for sump pump drainage to the Mary Street ditch for the one house on Edward Street that has long battled groundwater problems. An amendment to the motion by Councillor Thom Paterson also directed staff to investigate two other properties in the subdivision that have been pumping large amounts of water. On 9/10 Sideroad, staff was directed to continue with road and culvert repairs and to clean out a ditch along an adjoining road allowance to facilitate drainage. The Michael Street problem has proved more troubling. A staff report from the Public Works Department Monday night basically recommended that the Township do nothing, stating that groundwater is currently too high to be affected by anything other than massive dewatering – something requiring a permit from the Ministry of Environment that would cost in excess of $30,000 and take up to 90 days to acquire. Once the work was started, the report estimated it would take 526 days and $200,000 to truck away all the water necessary to fix the problem. Rather than do nothing, Council voted to have a working group meet further with residents to investigate whether some of their short-term solutions might become part of a Township solution.

New Smoking Bylaw Council passed a Smoke Free Public Places Bylaw Monday night, prohibiting smoking at or within nine metres of any sports playing field, children’s playground or doorway to any public building. The bylaw is consistent with many others around the province. It will take effect immediately.

The Leisureworld Creedan Valley Caregiving Centre’s annual Walk N’ Wheel-A-Thon will take place on Saturday, June 13 from 10 to 11 am. Residents, volunteers, staff, families and supporters of Creedan Valley will wheel or walk around Creemore, beginning at the nursing home at 10 am, travelling down Elizabeth Street, north on Mill Street, east on Francis Street and back to Creedan Valley for a much-deserved drink and snack. The event is the prime fundraiser for the Creedan Valley residents’ wheelchair bus. All are welcome to join in the walk or to give a donation as it passes by. There will be prizes for any children involved.

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Why Ask Us at All? Regardless of whether you’d like to see Clearview Township grow by leaps and bounds or not at all, and regardless of whether you believe children should be educated in small high schools or big ones, it’s hard not to feel that there’s something wrong with the system these days. Three years ago there were rumblings that the School Board had its eye on closing SCI. They denied it and asked more than 50 volunteers to spend more than a year of their time working on their own solution. Then the School Board staff threw out that group’s findings and recommended that SCI close. Also three years go, there were rumblings that the province was thinking about regionalizing government in Simcoe County. They denied it, and asked the County to spend two years and a million dollars coming up with their own plan. Then, last week, they threw that plan out. And what lies ahead looks a lot like regionalization. These are hard times for local decision-making.

Jim Madill provided us this picture, and we don’t know too much about it. Its back was inscribed “Creemore Skating Party” and we figure it must have been in the late twenties or early thirties, since Jim’s dad Howard is one of the strapping young lads in the back row. Can anyone help us?


1928 paving party Premier urged to call School Board review Dear Echo, My dad Erel Blackburn says that the streets in the main area of Creemore, including Mill and Caroline, were paved in September, 1928. Apparently, Pansy Benelle had written sometime in the past that Maurice Miller was part of the original crew and that at the opening in September there was a big street party with a “cutting the ribbon” ceremony. My dad remembers as a four-year-old dancing at it! Donna Winfield for Erel Blackburn (now 84 years old), Creemore

Royal should respect the views of Crispo Dear Editor: What happened to the voice of the people? It is inappropriate for Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage to “wonder if it was any longer necessary to have (the late Councillor John) Crispo’s views represented on Council,” as reported in last week’s Echo. I must remind Ms. Savage that Councillor Crispo’s views are the views of at least 495 residents of Ward 3, as proven by the election figures – residents who deserve to have their views continue to be represented by the newly appointed Councillor Marc Royal. Councillor Crispo’s views on growth have most definitely not been resolved. The Province of Ontario has not approved the Simcoe County Official Plan. Growth is still the issue for the Province, the County and the Township. Growth is very much alive as an issue for Clearview. And very much alive in the minds of the Ward 3 electorate. Reet McGovern, Fairgrounds Road



Dear The Honourable Dalton McGuinty: (cc. the Creemore Echo) I am a retiree who has lived and worked in the financial sector in three of Canada’s major cities, the US and Europe. I now live in Creemore, a small village in Clearview Township in the County of Simcoe, and have taken an active interest in Township affairs. Recently, the Simcoe County School Board reviewed its secondary school accommodation requirements utilizing a volunteer group of citizens representing high schools from Midland to Collingwood. Despite the year-long process and the citizens’ unanimous recommendation to retain local schools under certain conditions, the Board has apparently ignored the recommendations and facts, opting to build three larger “factory schools.” In short, the process appears to have been a sham. The Board’s position is unresponsive and insensitive to the work conducted by over 50 volunteer citizens. More irritatingly, the Board’s proposed “solution” is selfserving, ignores the wishes of the taxpayers and is based solely on economics. If ratified, the Board route will result in increased busing and the removal of maturing students from their communities and culture where they are currently engaged in local co-operative business and work-skills development programs. Rural Ontario communities need to retain their youth to sustain their character and their very existence. The key considerations of the accommodation review to reach a recommendation for the future of the local schools, as defined by the Board itself, were: • Benefits to the student • Benefits to the community • Benefits to the economy • Benefits to the Board. Removal of students from their communities, where they are already surpassing educational norms and

learning future job skills, hardly benefits the first three criteria; only the fourth, which in my view, is the least important. Whilst urban centers like Toronto continue to morph into the “Canadian multi-cultural motif,” rural Ontario communities continue to represent a way of life and culture that is distinctly Ontario/Canadian. Further, larger schools tend to breed aberrant behaviour which increases social costs. A Suggested Approach: Because taxpayers fund all public assets and costs of operation, School Board assets should be combined with other public assets to create strong community centres. This has been achieved with success in Western Canada and in Erin, Ontario, where the local library, arena, hall, medical center, elder center, daycare and high schools share one expanded facility with shared costs. Public asset consolidation benefits a broad user group for longer periods and draws people of all ages together, thereby creating a sense of community. I would hope your Ministers will consider this model since it meets the four criteria above. As one concerned citizen, I would like to see a review of the Educational planning process, using criteria set by the Simcoe Board itself, and development of a plan of how public assets can be more economically deployed. Finally, if Ontario’s economic future depends on today’s youth, it makes sense to invest in this economic asset. Currently, billions in public dollars are being expended to save foreign auto companies; dollars which will be lost according to the Prime Minister; a tough legacy. Isn’t investment in education and cohesive communities a less risky and more productive proposition? Sincerely, Douglas A. S. Mills, Creemore

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Creemore Big Heart Seniors SENIORS

There was a drop in smiling, always cheerful, attendance to 49 this week, always helpful, all round so perhaps folks were using nice guy Jim Ferguson with the decent weather to get 95. The hidden score was some plants and/or seeds into 172, and Roy Veinot with the ground. The guideline his 173 was close, as was used to be that one could set Jim Murray with his 174. transplants out by the May We signed Happy Birthday Sylvia GALE 24th weekend, but this year cards for Marj Thomson, has been much too cold. This Marion Wilkinson and “global warming� sure is confusing. Joan Monaghan. Edith Veale, who After some cute jokes by Edith Veale, buys our cards, goes to great lengths to the 50/50 draws went to Mercedes acquire real zingers. For instance, my Veinot, Alinda Bishop, Barb “Oh!Me!� last year’s card read, “This is a magic Cudmore, Doreen McDermid and birthday card. Whoever opens it will look Phyllis Seed. Then Ray Leighton, years younger.� Open it up and it says by finishing off one roll of tickets and “Sorry, sometimes it works, sometimes it starting another one, inadvertently ended doesn’t. Happy Birthday anyway!� This up with duplicate tickets. This was not always prompts me to search out a card noticed until the tickets were sold, so for Edith that I can retaliate with! we had two “split� winners with Lois We are pleased to be able to mention Walker and Audrey Fines sharing one that Roger Zeggil is home after his number and Wilma Zeggil and Pat wee “holiday� in hospital, and equally Winger sharing the other one. happy to be able to say that Rene There were five moon shots played, Whitley is coming along very well after but only three people played them as her recent hip replacement surgery in Roy Veinot went ballistic by getting Barrie Hospital. We are sorry to hear that the first two, which gave him the Harold Whitley, Rene’s husband, has Sidewinder’s money. This was followed been admitted at the G&M Hospital with by a win each by Dave Smith and Russ possible pneumonia. Another Avening Wilkinson, followed by Roy getting the gal, Shirley Oster has had a spell in last successful play, thereby winning Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto with a the travelling prize, which meant Roy badly broken leg, but they are hoping to cleared at least $12 in moon shot prizes. get her sent up to Collingwood G&M Very well done! for recovery. So very best wishes for a High scorers were June Hartley with speedy recovery to all of you. a very nice 333, followed by Alinda Our sympathies goes out to the Bishop 312, Audrey Fines 274 and extended Hornsby family on the death Pat Winger 265. Low was our always of well known Alex Hornsby, and to

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the Townsend family on the loss of Mirabel Townsend from the Shelburne area who was a member of Seniors. Also sympathy to the Pifer family on Elgin Pifer’s passing. Elgin was raised in Glencairn but was often around Avening in the 1960s with Lorne Lennox and the Trott boys, and collectively they helped to put out many a rampaging grass fire around here. It seems that empty lots and overgrown back yards were susceptible to spontaneous (?) combustion every spring whenever June Denison, Gertie Weatherall, Alma Fisher and I were gathered. Those young lads never knew just how much they were appreciated! We had a great weekend as Lynda Jeffery stopped by to pick up a parcel and stayed for a nice visit, then in came Mil Paddison, my former sister-in-law, and we had a great old chinwag. Then grandboy Curtis Kidd from the Red Deer/Markerville area of Alberta was a wonderful surprise visitor. It was a here again, gone again kind of visit. But hey – we’ll take any kind of visit and be glad to see one of the “wicked westerners�. In talking to daughter Sharon from west of Turner Valley, Alberta, on Saturday morning I discovered that they had four inches of new snow, and then Guy spotted a sow grizzly and two cubs about a mile from their place. Guy and Sharon both work in Calgary, but they have goats and chickens, and even with their fencing, if the grizzly takes a notion, make that had goats and chickens! Recently, Warren picked up my Spiriva prescription renewal, and guess what? Well, front and centre on the box was a warning label stuck on that said “DO NOT SWALLOW�. This is a capsule that is pierced inside an inhaler, and the powder inside of it is meant to be inhaled, and I had accidentally swallowed it. This medication never

had a “do not swallow� tag before, so after I quit chuckling, I phoned the Creemore Village Pharmacy where Stan was the pharmacist on duty. Well, he has a great sense of humour, so I said “Aha! I’ll bet you got a real laugh out of putting that caution on that box� and he chuckled and said “Ohhh yeah!� But he did mention that, after reading about my blunder in the Echo, some other people admitted that they had done the same thing! They were just smart enough to keep quiet about it. And keeping quiet about things reminds me about our refrigerator at home on the farm south of Creemore. If you came home quite late (or early?) in the wintertime, and were being very quiet, you would hear country music – fairly faintly – in the kitchen. After unplugging the radio and looking all over, you would zone in on the fridge. In the quiet of the frosty night, you could tell that it was WWVA Wheeling, West Virginia radio station that was coming – from the fridge! You could tell what song was being played, and could almost hear the words. Well, I never told anybody about this for years until one time my brother Jerry Jordan and I were talking, and I said “You aren’t going to believe this, but the fridge used to play country music�. Jerry looked so surprised, and he said “Did you hear it too?� Turns out we were both sure that Mother and Dad would be convinced we had been drinking the bubbly stuff if we had said we heard music from the fridge. In last week’s Spike and Rusty word scramble by Ken Thornton, I got a real kick out of Ken’s play on words by using Dolly Parton, boob tube and robust all in the same conversation. Well done and very sneakily thought out, Ken!

For Sunday, June 14, 2009 NEW LOWELL UNITED CHURCH 136th Anniversary Service Sunday, June 14 at 11 am followed by lunch Avening & St. John’s United Church Services are cancelled for today

Victoria Memorial United Church Honeywood Sunday Worship at 11 am Note that church will be closed from Sunday, July 5 to Sunday, August 9 Services resume Sunday, August 16 at 11am

ST. ANDREW’S MAPLE CROSS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1 Caroline Street West Worship & Sunday School at 10 am. “Where Jesus is Lord, all are welcome.â€? Rev. Elizabeth Inglis • 466-5838 Join us at ST. LUKE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH 22 Caroline St. W. 466-2206

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Singhampton Sunday, June 21 Founders Day Service at 11:30 am followed by lunch followed by Singhampton Union Cemetery Service at 3 pm 445-4199 for more info THE SALVATION ARMY HOPE ACRES COMMUNITY CHURCH Situated in Mulmur Township You are invited to Sunday Church Services at 10:45 am For more information call (705) 466-3435.

St. James’ Anglican Church Clougher-Lisle *Note Time of Sunday Service has changed to 9:30 am effective immediately. All are welcome to join us at that time.

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School fights aren’t new LOCAL HISTORY

The recent news about for $4.75. the future of Stayner high As early as 1912 plans school and the Prince of were underway for a Wales school in Barrie tells new school prompted by us how strongly people a critical report by the feel about their community school inspector that schools, whether they be in improvements must be Helen a small town or in a section made or a withdrawal of BLACKBURN of a larger one. grants was possible. The In Creemore it was no School Board requested different when the old school was $10,000 from Council for a new school. torn down and the new one built in The matter became a matter for a hot 1917. When I researched the material discussion at a Council meeting as for Has the Bell Rung Yet? I carefully reported in the Creemore Star. The byread the Creemore School Board law approving the money was passed minutes, which give the impression but this brought out the ire of many that everything proceeded in an orderly citizens about a tax increase. and congenial manner. It wasn’t until I In spite of these objections, the read the Creemore Stars of that era that School Board minutes showed that I discovered there was much more to the plans for a new school went ahead. the story. A site was chosen across from the The school the Creemore children Department of Education; collection attended between 1881 and 1917 was and debentures were arranged; and a located in the playground on the east tender put out for the evacuation of the side of the existing Caroline Street basement. Then suddenly there was no School. It was a two-story brick more mention of a new school. structure with no basement and two At the end of 1916 a scathing Letter rooms on each floor. A furnace was to the Editor was published indicating installed but later abandoned for potthat the problems were still there. The bellied stoves in each room with a writer, who called himself A Ratepayer, grand network of stovepipes. Toilet stated “We are unable to understand facilities were provided in little tin the selfish and unpatriotic attitude of covered buildings at the back of the certain Creemore Citizens towards school. Each year the school board the proposed new school. True, the spent twenty-five cents on a new pail majority of these citizens have no and tin cup for the thirsty pupils and children of school age, but some of for a touch of convenience, an oil lamp them have grandchildren and why they

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should seek to deny them the reasonably commodious and comfortable building in which to obtain that which will go with them throughout life and make them useful citizens, we will know not. We venture the opinion that the vast majority of the mothers in Creemore dread the approach of winter because they know their children will pass so many uncomfortable hours in the old school.” Early in 1916 the board requested $16,000 to be raised by 30-year debentures and approval was given.

LMF says “au revoir” by Brad Holden After seven years in business in downtown Creemore, Barbara Simpson will hold a closed-bid auction this weekend to move the last of her large furniture items. Part of the proceeds will go to her two favourite local charities: the Creemore Tree Committee and the NCPS Band Committee. The doors will then close at La Maison Francaise on the afternoon of Sunday, June 28. At the same time they’ll open on a new phase of life for Simpson: retirement. “I have a very long list of things I plan to do, but there are three that stand out, right at the top,” said Simpson this week, reflecting on her upcoming transition. “In no particular order, I want to play more golf, clean my basement, and visit my grandchildren.” It’s been a fun ride for Simpson and her employees, growing La Maison from a small furniture wholesaling business housed in the building that now holds the Creemore Echo and Bryan Davies Photography to what became one of Creemore’s cornerstone retail operations at the high-profile intersection of Mill and Caroline Streets. It all came about rather organically, and though there was a time she would

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It took a year though before there was much action. Finally, Joseph Akitt’s tender of $17,940 was accepted. In April 1917 men began the work of pulling down the 1881 school, while the pupils were transferred to various buildings around the village for classes. The new school was officially opened with much praise on January 11, 1918. And there it stands today over ninety-one years later, its rooms and halls holding many memories for the attendees of the school reunion scheduled for this August 1 and 2.

Barbara Simpson never have envisioned getting involved in retail, there’s one aspect of the business she now knows she’ll miss. “The best part is the people you meet,” she said. “I just love talking to the people.” This weekend’s auction will include 15 large items, with reserve bids set at or lower than cost. Closed bids can be made from Friday morning until close on Sunday. At that point, envelopes are opened and winners will be notified. LG ANTIQUE & FARM AUCTION Sat June 20th at 10 am Alfons Buckholz, 7565 Conc 6 Clearview Township. 9 km sw of Stayner, south off Hwy 91 All antique house furnishings. Tractor; collectibles; LR, BR & dining suites & furnishings inc; nice walnut dining suite c. 1930, parlour & ass’t chairs & tables; quality wall unit; floor lamps; paintings & prints, trunks; armoire; charming washstands, dressers & chests; cherry sleigh bed; organs; dk Eminent (Solina) church organ; Technics dk (G7) & others; Collectibles; German violin; Oak filing cabinet and oak library table/desk; books; snowshoes; fanning mill; fishing rods; Kaiser collection inc; rare lg Bald Eagle by Tagliarol 1/800; beer steins & pewter collections; Kaiser plates; sterling; huge collection of horse books; Farm items: Int 441 D tractor wtih HD loader; scraper blade; bush hog; 2 f Massey plow; harrows; JD manure spreader; Noma 14hp riding lawn mower; lots of garden & hand tools inc lawn mowers; roto-tiller; chain saw; cement mixer; Champion ost roller; lots of lumber; ladders; grindstone; wheelbarrow; pressure washer; bench saw; tarps; MISC: Kiln; lots of china painting supplies; chest freezer; w washer; Findley cook stove; Filter Queen, old bathtubs; whippletrees; canoe; wagonload of sm farm-related items; lots of hardware; scrap iron, etc.

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More About Politics than Good Community Planning WARD 4 MATTERS

With the announcement developers to build on our of the Province’s planning excess greenfields; document, Simcoe Area: A • uncertain intensification Strategic Vision for Growth, and density targets that may Clearview now finds itself not preserve the character of with: our communities; and • less population growth • undetermined impacts Thom than was planned in our on our existing social PATERSON current (2002) Official infrastructure such as our Plan; high school, affordable and • less Provincial emphasis on job senior’s housing, recreational facilities. creation in our community; The plan as outlined should not please • more designated greenfield residential anyone who wants to see a reasonable level lands than can possibly be developed; of growth in Creemore and Clearview. • no provisions to assist Clearview in The Province has created an environment managing the growing pressures from of mistrust and uncertainty that must now

LUCKY DUCK Warm sun, fresh flowing waters, 66 anxious spectators and 100 cute cedar ducklings. All the key elements were present for the first annual Upper Mad Duck Race last Saturday afternoon. This fundraiser for the Singhampton Community Centre featured 200 entrants, which floated and bobbed their way from the calm millpond to the dam precipice and through bubbling rapids to the finish line. The winner of the final race was Lucas Sampson, here pictured with his winnings and a duck (a prop – the racing ducks were handmade and wooden). Second place went to Duntroon Daycare and Third to Donna Wall. The event was a success, with a great team of donors, duck makers, sellers, buyers and handlers. Special thanks go to hosts Dave and Sharon who shared their beautiful dam site. If any numbered cedar ducks are found downstream, please return them to the front step of the Community Centre, in downtown Singhampton.

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be overcome before there is any progress to be made in developing our own vision of sustainable growth for Creemore and Clearview. The process outlined in Places to Grow, once viewed as so promising, is now regarded by many as arbitrary, reactive and unsustainable. As one who has argued often for a managed community growth plan, I take no pleasure in this top-down approach. I have always maintained that the community itself knows best how it should grow both its population and its jobs. The province has now made the task of planning our communities that much more difficult. I am a strong supporter of Places to Grow. I was a member of one of several County Committees that worked very hard to prepare a Simcoe County growth plan for all of the 16 municipalities and the two separated cities of Orillia and Barrie It now appears that the Province is intent on taking land use and zoning authority back from the municipalities, a responsibility we have had through our Official Plan and Zoning By-Law processes. At worst, a “one-size-fits-all” approach may be imposed. At best we are moving towards a regional (Simcoe County-wide) planning approach. Managing growth should not be based solely upon competing for limited resources. That is the difficulty with past open-market-driven approaches to development. Ideally planning a

community is best done in a cooperative environment in which neighbouring communities work together to build on their particular physical, social and cultural assets. I find this new Provincial directive very troublesome because it is more divisive in its approach than unifying. It has the potential harmful effect of setting one community against another. We in Clearview are a community of small rural communities surrounded by productive farm lands and neighbouring larger urban centres. We do not fit the model the Province now seeks to impose on us. We need to continue to work on our growth plan despite the difficulties this latest announcement imposes to identify these unique and important differences. While some may applaud this approach as a way to limit growth in our communities, given past concerns expressed with our present planning efforts, I worry that it has left us even more vulnerable. I do not want the futures of our communities decided by the OMB or in the courts. The uniqueness of our villages we strive so much to preserve is now even more at risk. Barrie admits to having mismanaged growth and is now finding it necessary to take lands by disruptive means to try to balance past unsustainable residential growth with jobs. This decision I fear has been more about politics than good planning and the public interest.



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The art and joy of giving and receiving New Dunedin-based initiative Mary’s Kitchen offers “gifts of love” to anyone who may need one by Sara Hershoff It’s a gray Sunday for June, but everything is sunshine at the home of Anne Arrell, where a small group of people has come together to delight in an afternoon of cooking. They’ve transformed Arrell’s home into “Mary’s Kitchen,” a now-monthly tradition in the Dunedin area that sees volunteers cooking up a storm and later delivering the results to residents of the area who might benefit from an unexpected gift. “A small idea with a big heart” is how Alissa Price describes the project. Price got Mary’s Kitchen started last December, not long after moving to the area with her husband Luke Allen. Taking inspiration from the long-standing rural tradition of providing comfort and support through a yummy home-cooked meal, Price’s idea is that food, lovingly planned, prepared and delivered in confidence, can make a difference to those who may be experiencing bad times (or even good times, for that matter). “The intention is to offer gifts of love that acknowledge what’s going on for people,” said Price. This particular Sunday, the ambitious menu includes deviled chicken, orozo salad, mac and cheese and rhubarb pie. Gathered together in the kitchen are women of all ages, all wanting to help for their own reasons. Through their impeccable organization and cooperation, 65 packages will be ready at the end of the day. Some will be delivered right away and others will be frozen until the need arises. Each of these items has a sticker making clear that Mary’s Kitchen celebrates “the opportunity to lovingly give and receive.”

"We all know people who go through hard times when they need a gift. We want people to know we are thinking of them." - Blaunshe Ciach

Melissa Cornacchia and Anna Crandall are two happy Mary’s Kitchen recipients turned chefs at this month’s cook-a-thon. “We were welcomed to Dunedin with something from Mary’s Kitchen,” said Crandall, who is making the hamlet home for the next six months. As intern organic gardeners at The New Farm, both she and Cornacchia are interested in anything to do with food and really like the idea of making a further connection to the community by preparing something that means so much to them. While chopping a brilliant pile of peppers, Helen Blackburn pipes in about how happy she is to be healthy enough to now be on the giving end of the project. “When I had pneumonia they sent food

The women who lovingly put together this month’s Mary’s Kitchen packages – Jess Barrie, Helen Blackburn, Melissa Cornacchia, Barbara Ciach, Anne Arrell, Ayrlie MacEachern, Anna Crandall and Blaunshe Ciach. to me,” she said. “It really helped.” Clearly, the power of the gifts goes beyond the nourishment they provide. Also receiving food delivery are those who are struggling to feed themselves. Though not the primary focus, the project does offer relief to those with economic shortfalls. “Rural poverty is a really tough thing,” said Price. As living in remote locations can be expensive and services can be hard to access, a few meals a month can make a big difference in the lives of the financially strapped. One of the goals of Mary’s Kitchen is to help feed all people with dignity. But the giving and receiving doesn’t end there. “We all know people who go through times when they need a gift,” said Blaunshe Ciach, who sees Mary’s Kitchen as part of her spiritual calling as a Christian. “Sharing food really embodies the spirit of Christ. I see this food as a gift of love. We want people to know we are thinking of them.” Ciach’s thoughtfulness extends to those on her team as well. As a skilled cook, she feels that part of the joy of Mary’s Kitchen is the sharing of knowledge. “People may come and cook who don’t really know much about working in the kitchen,” she explained. “If they learn how to bake cookies and can now go home and make their own, they have also received a gift.” The impetus for Mary’s Kitchen grew out of a conversation between Price and Rev. Candice Bist of Knox Dunedin Presbyterian Church, not long after Price had moved to the area. “I opened my cupboard and showed Candice my canning and said ‘this is what I like to do for people,’” remembers Price. “Then others came along and said ‘I like to grow veggies,’ and ‘I like to write cards’… that’s how it

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Seen & Heard around Creemore HOT NIGHTS ON STAGE Theatre Collingwood has such a fiery season planned that it borrowed the Clearview Fire Department’s vintage pumper for a recent launch party. At left, artistic director Steven Thomas poses in front of the truck with Dan Needles, whose play Wingfield’s Inferno will open the theatre’s season on Monday, June 15. Inferno, in which Walt Wingfield becomes chair of the rebuilding committee after fire devastates the Orange Hall, will run until Saturday, June 20 with 8 pm shows each night and 2 pm matinees on Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 18. For tickets, visit or call (705) 445-2200.

NEW WHEELS NCPS Grade 8 teacher Kevin Weir has been driving the same old Mazda pickup truck since his students were in diapers. Not anymore – his father-in-law recently bought him a ticket in the annual Hunters & Anglers lottery and Mr. Weir is now the proud owner of a brand new Dodge Dakota truck! “I’m still trying to wrap my head around it,” said the lucky winner.

ANYTHING FOR A GOOD CAUSE Dan Clements was a good sport Saturday morning, allowing Hannah Whitley, Abby Underhill and Anna Carruthers to paint his toes as part of their cancer fundraising bake sale and pedicure centre at the Farmers’ Market. Dan’s daughter Eve (in the red) and his niece Hannah Gignac (in the stroller) look on in wonder.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION Rogers Daytime Live will not be live during summer holidays, but the crew was in Creemore recently to tape an episode all about our village. Here, BIA member Corey Finkelstein is interviewed by hosts Deb James and Glen Coulson. Also interviewed were Clearview Mayor Ken Ferguson, caterers Sarah Hallett and Charlene Nero, Laurie Copeland of Cardboard Castles, Catherine Randall of Curiosity House Books and Gord Fuller of Creemore Springs Brewery.

25 YEARS OF SERVICE Creemore’s postmaster Pauline MacIntosh shows off her recently received gold watch and silver pendant recognizing her 25 years with Canada Post – all spent here in Creemore. Congratulations to Pauline on this milestone achievement.

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Plant and rake without the ache HEALTH MATTERS

At this time of year it is hard to avoid twisting as you work, reducing the strain doing some yard work of some sort or on your back. another. Prolonged, repetitive activities There is usually plenty to get done in the yard, so alternate between heavy or such as gardening and raking are a repetitive tasks and lighter jobs. Raking, common source of muscle, joint and back in particular, can put significant strain on pain. If the number of recent patient visits to my office is any indication, it your back and arms, so take extra care Dr.Neil is worth repeating this topic which I with this activity. The “scissor” position Patrick covered a couple of years ago. is best for raking: stand straight with one leg forward and one leg back, switching Gardening and yard work can be legs and hands every few minutes to prevent muscle strenuous physical activities that should be approached as a form of exercise. Light to moderate gardening strain on one side of the body. Other jobs, such as can burn 300 to 400 calories per hour, and challenges weeding, require constant bending that can put your muscles and cardiovascular system much like strain on your back, neck and leg muscles and joints. Kneeling is better than bending, and can be any other physical activity. Before beginning it is a good idea to stretch the muscles you will be using, made more comfortable with kneepads or a kneeling mat. In all activities, make a point to change your including the legs, back, arms and shoulders. A short 10 to 15 minute walk around the block or marching on the spot will help warm-up your muscles and improve your circulation. Help yourself by choosing the right tools for the job that don’t add to the strain on your body. Consider The 107th Annual Meeting of the Simcoe West investing in a lightweight wheelbarrow with two District Women’s Institute was held at Nottawa United wheels for extra stability, or a good cart or dolly to Church on Thursday, May 14. The Women’s Institute make moving heavier loads easier. Ensure that tools is part of the world’s largest organization for women are a comfortable weight and size for you, and look who work for the good of all regardless of race, creed for ergonomically designed items with padded handles or political beliefs. and spring-action mechanisms. Long-handled, June Mason welcomed everyone on behalf of Mrs. lightweight tools will help you avoid bending and Alfred Watt Memorial Branch and the meeting began with the singing of the Institute Ode and repeating of the Mary Stewart Collect led by Judy Smith. Simcoe Area President, Maureen Couture ratified the District Directors. The In Memoriam for all passed members was given by Shirley Oster by reading a poem of remembrance. The Roll Call, “A Women I Admire,” was answered by each branch paying tribute to a woman of their choice. Three admirable individuals were cited: June Caldwell, Mayor Hazel McCallion, and local Gertie Carruthers, a life member of the W.I. who overcame many health problems to raise her family and pursue her nursing career. Following the reading of the Nominations Report, the election and installation of the officers was conducted by Glenys Hepinstall. The Officers for 2009-2010 are: Past President, June Mason; President, Judy Smith; 1st Vice President, Joyce Millsap; Secretary, Myrtle Bates; Treasurer, Margaret Clarke; Assistant Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Eileen

position or get up to move around and stretch every 10 to 15 minutes to keep all your muscles active. If your back and muscles are sore after spending time in the yard, give yourself a rest and put your feet up. If certain areas are particularly sore try wrapping an ice pack in a cloth and icing the area for 10 to 15 minutes per hour to reduce inflammation. If pain persists beyond 48 hours, seek treatment before the problem worsens or becomes chronic. With proper technique and the right tools you can get keep yourself in good shape while you get your garden in shape for summer. Dr. Neil Patrick is a chiropractor practicing in the Creemore Medical Centre. For more information, or to request future topics, call 466-3447 or visit www. .

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Standing (l-r): Donna Lowe, Glenys Hepinstall, Margaret Clarke, Myrtle Bates, Eileen Martin, June Mason, Della Giffen, Linda Wright, Joyce Millsap. Seated (l-r): Judy Smith, Shirley Oster Martin; Tweedsmuir History Curator, Margaret Palujanskas; Program Coordinator Donna Lowe; Advocacy Coordinator and Representative to Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture and Safety Council, Della Giffen; Financial Examiners Gwen Taylor and Myrtle Bates; Scholarship Committee, Donna Lowe and Muriel Fisher; Membership, Shirley Oster; Representative to Simcoe County Museum Joan Morby. The post-lunch speaker was Paula Davidson of Stayner, who with her husband purchased the funeral home in Stayner a few years ago. She spoke of how her interest in this work began back in high school following her Co-op work at the funeral home in Stayner. She gave us some insights into the work of a funeral director, and stated that the role of a funeral director was very rewarding. She also stressed the importance of everyone having a Will, so that your family knows what your wishes are for arrangements and who will be making the decisions. It is much easier for everyone if the family is aware of your wishes. The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario website is an excellent place to review the list of accomplishments that the W. I. has achieved and also a list of all the Resolutions that have been passed. The membership was reminded that Simcoe West District will be hosting the Simcoe Area Convention on Tuesday, October 13 at the Simcoe County Museum.

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Province lowers growth targets for Clearview Township (Continued from page 1) of 667,000 people for the 2031 population of Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia), the new plan shifts 40,000 people away from the County’s 13 smaller municipalities. In addition to Clearview Township’s loss of 7,200 people, Wasaga Beach’s 2031 population dropped from 35,000 to 26,300, Innisfil’s dropped from 65,000 to 58,000, Springwater’s from 26,500 to 24,000 and Adjala-Tosorontio’s from 14,200 to 13,000. The Barrie/Orillia area will now grow to 251,000, up from 164,900 in 2006 and 227,500 as set out in the new Simcoe County Official Plan. Bradford West Gwillimbury will grow to 52,000, up from 25,000 in 2006 and 49,700 in the new OP. Collingwood will grow to 33,400, up from 18,000 in 2006 and 30,200 in the new OP. New Tecumseth will grow to 60,000, up from 28,800 in 2006 and 49,000 in the new OP. At Monday night’s Clearview Council meeting, Mayor Ken Ferguson set the mood, telling his colleagues he felt “forlorn” and as if he’d been made “redundant.” His remarks were in response to the new plan from the Province, but also made reference to last week’s Stimulus Fund announcement that gave Clearview money to build a recreational trail from Stayner to Collingwood but ignored its request for infrastructure

projects like a new bridge and the new Stayner Emergency Hub, as well as the upcoming Simcoe County District School Board decision that seems likely to call for the closure of Stayner Collegiate Institute. “I am not an angry person, but it’s hard not to feel that way,” said Ferguson. “To me, this is three-anda-half, four years of our time, and it’s meant nothing. We fought the fight, we had a year’s worth of meetings, and now the Province comes in with its magic wand. I’m redundant, and that’s quite a feeling.” Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage was also clearly dejected at the recent news, echoing Ferguson’s view that the new numbers will wipe out several years work at the County level. “We spent two-and-a-half years and over a million dollars of taxpayers’ money,” she said. “We built a consensus and provided the local solution they asked for. And it was totally thrown out.” While it does mention a “land budget” to be conducted either the Province or the County that may or may not result in the down-designation of lands, one thing the new plan did not address was the now age-old problem of excess applications – as has been reported before, Clearview has applications from developers for thousands more homes than would be allowed with the new growth numbers in place.

Addressing those, Ferguson vowed not to spend a dollar of taxpayers’ money on OMB hearings. “From now on, we’re letting the Province deal with it,” he said. Savage noted several other implications of the new plan – that Clearview will no longer be receiving grants for required infrastructure, for instance, and that Simcoe County will likely have to raise taxes to make up for the loss of almost 2,300 hectares of taxpaying land to Barrie. “ I t ’s g o i n g t o m a k e i t m o r e expensive to live here,” she said, adding that Monday’s comments were obviously being made in the heat of the moment. “These are emotional remarks, but really, we’re not really sure why we’re here anymore. It really causes one to wonder whether they want to be around in the next term.” The County of Simcoe’s offi cial response to the Province’s new plan was more measured than the remarks at Clearview Council, but a hint of annoyance could still be detected. “Although the County of Simcoe worked towards a local solution and acknowledges the efforts of the 17 municipalities that participated in that process, the County also expresses respect and understanding for the Province’s position and efforts in this matter,” said a press release from the County.

It went on to say that Warden Tony Guergis will be calling the 32 elected officials that represent County interests together for a strategic discussion around the impacts of the plan and would be reserving judgment until the outcome of further discussions with the Province. “Concerning local political posturing and infl uence associated with this announcement,” said the press release, “the County recognizes there is a political imbalance with respect to representation at the Province from this region. While we remain disappointed that communication, information sharing and local provincial political interests in relation to this matter appear to be inconsistent and not fairly undertaken between all parties, we will continue to work with the key Ministers and their staff at the Province whom we regard as solution-oriented to ensure that all efforts are undertaken in the best interests of the residents and communities within this entire region.” Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth can be found online at pdf/infrastructure/simcoe_area20090604.pdf. The province will be accepting comments from the public until September 2. To have your say, send an email to placestogrow@ or call 1 (866) 479-9781.

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FORM 6 • MUNICIPAL ACT, 2001 LAND BY PUBLIC TENDER • RATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CLEARVIEW Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on 24 June 2009, at the Municipal Office, 217 Gideon Street, P.O. Box 200, Stayner, Ontario L0M 1S0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day at 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office, 217 Gideon Street P.O. Box 200, Stayner. Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 002 03601 0000, 402 Warrington Rd, PIN:74022-0130(LT), PT LT 8 E OF FRONT ST E PL 72 NOTTAWASAGA AS IN RO316100; CLEARVIEW, File 07-01. Minimum Tender Amount: $6,631.50

Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 002 04903 0000, PIN: 58238-0019(LT), PT LT 26 CON 1 NOTTAWASAGA PT 3, R744; CLEARVIEW, File 07-03. Minimum Tender Amount: $7,090.57 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 002 04933 0000, PIN: 58238-0043(LT), PT LT 26 CON 1 NOTTAWASAGA PT 33, R744; CLEARVIEW, File 07-07. Minimum Tender Amount: $5,642.13 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 002 04935 0000, PIN: 58238-0009(LT), PT LT 26 CON 1 NOTTAWASAGA PT 35, R744; CLEARVIEW, File 07-08. Minimum Tender Amount: $5,895.36 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 002 04936 0000, PIN: 58238-0010(LT), PT LT 26 CON 1 NOTTAWASAGA PT 36, R744; CLEARVIEW, File 07-09. Minimum Tender Amount: $5,662.21 Property Description(s):Roll No. 43 29 010 002 11458 0000, 2 Murray Cres, PIN: 74028-0096(LT), PT LT 26 CON 2 NOTTAWASAGA PT 61 R709; S/T EXECUTION 93-02113, IF ENFORCEABLE; S/T EXECUTION 93-02602, IF ENFORCEABLE; CLEARVIEW, File 07-10. Minimum Tender Amount: $9,353.61 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 003 43618 0000, PIN: 58240-0153(LT), PT LT 31 CON 3 NOTTAWASAGA PT 40, R576; CLEARVIEW, File 07-12. Minimum Tender Amount: $4,464.15 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 003 43900 0000, PIN: 58240-0234(LT), PT LT 32 CON 3 NOTTAWASAGA PT 299, R706; CLEARVIEW, File 07-13. Minimum Tender Amount: $6,349.80 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 003 43938 0000, PIN: 58240-0176(LT), PT LT 31 CON 3 NOTTAWASAGA PT 337, R707; CLEARVIEW, File 07-15. Minimum Tender Amount: $4,972.09 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 005 00916 0000, 2125 Conc 5 N Notta, PIN: 58243-0111(LT), PT LT 34 CON 5 NOTTAWASAGA AS IN RO702025; S/T DEBTS IN RO702025; CLEARVIEW, File 07-17. Minimum Tender Amount: $6,090.73

Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 006 02500 0000, 4203 County Rd 124, PIN: 74052-0008(LT), PT LT 11 E/S HURONTARIO ST PL 52 NOTTAWASAGA PT 1, 51R10022; S/T EXECUTION 00-02537, IF ENFORCEABLE; S/T EXECUTION 98-02286, IF ENFORCEABLE; S/T EXECUTION 99-01023, IF ENFORCEABLE; CLEARVIEW. PROPERTY MAY BE SUBJECT TO AN INTEREST IN FAVOUR OF THE CROWN. File 07-18. Minimum Tender Amount: $62,484.44

FINAL PARADE The 1944 EME Royal Canadian Cadet Corps held their annual inspection on Sunday, May 31 at the Creemore Arena. Among many other award recipients, the cadets above received their Gold Star Qualification: Joshua Brown, Darcy Hodgson, Richard Madill and Neil Nicholson (presenting the awards at the left of the picture is Captain Rick Zablocki). B e l o w, J o s h u a Grant, Jeremy Dunn and Amy Linington receive their Red Star Qualification.

Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 011 17300 0000, 8914 County Rd 9, PIN:58227-0033(LT), PT LT 7 CON 9 NOTTAWASAGA AS IN RO1266129; CLEARVIEW, File 07-28. Minimum Tender Amount: $14,922.50

Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 012 04191 0000, PIN: 58252-0100(LT), PT S1/2 LT 37 CON 11 NOTTAWASAGA PT 91, R727A; CLEARVIEW, File 07-29. Minimum Tender Amount: $5,747.35 Property Description(s): Roll No. 43 29 010 012 04192 0000, PIN: 58252-0099(LT), PT S1/2 LT 37 CON 11 NOTTAWASAGA PT 92, R727A; CLEARVIEW, File 07-30. Minimum Tender Amount: $5,594.59

County of Simcoe Waste Management Info

Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land(s) to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. Note: G.S.T. may be payable by successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender, contact: www. or if no internet access available, contact: Mrs. Lynn Williams, Tax Collector, The Corporation of the Township of Clearview, 217 Gideon St. PO Box 200, Stayner Ontario, L0M 1S0 (705) 428-6230 ext 227

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE FOR A TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR STAYNER AND AREA TAKE NOTICE that the Corporation of the Township of Clearview will hold a Public Information Centre to obtain public comment on a Transportation Plan for Stayner and Area. The Transportation Plan identifies the needs for road improvements, or road additions, to maintain a safe and efficient road system within the Stayner area. In addition the Plan includes provision for pedestrian linkages (sidewalks, trails and bicycle facilities) within the area. This Transportation Plan is being prepared as part of the Township’s Growth Management Plan and Official Plan review, in response to significant growth pressures forecasted over the next twenty years. Details of the Draft Transportation Plan will be available for review at the following Public Information Centre: Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009 Location: Council Chambers in the Township of Clearview Municipal Office at 217 Gideon Street in Stayner Your input is welcome and will be taken into account in the finalization of this Plan. If you wish to submit comments, or if you require additional information, please contact: Mr. Steve Sage, CRS-S Deputy Director of Public Works Township of Clearview 217 Gideon Street, Box 200 Stayner, ON L0M 1S0 Tel. (705) 428-6230 Ext. 228

County of Simcoe Customer Service Centre (705)735-6901 1(800)263-3199 email: Space provided through a partnership between industry and Ontario municipalities to support waste diversion programs.

PESTICIDE USE The County of Simcoe Roads Department will be conducting a weed spray control program under the Health or Safety exception that affects Public Works and to control Noxious Weeds, in accordance to the Weed Control Act R.S.O. 1990. The roads scheduled to be sprayed are Simcoe County Roads No. 11, 42, 44, 45, 91 and 169 within the boundaries of the Townships of Clearview, Ramara, Springwater, and OroMedonte. 1RWL¿FDWLRQLVUHTXLUHGDVSHUFXUUHQWUHJXODWLRQVXQGHUWKH3HVWLFLGHV$FW5627KHZRUNZLOOEHFDUULHG out between June 11, 2009 and July 11, 2009. Pesticide: Registration No.: To Control:

Milestone (Aminopyralid) 28517 Noxious weeds as per Regulation No.1096 under the Weed Control Act

2, 4-D Amine (2, 4-D) 9547 Noxious weeds as per Regulation No.1096 under the Weed Control Act

The County of Simcoe will also be spraying for total vegetation control for visibility purposes on all guide rails on County Roads in all Municipalities between June 11, 2009 and July 11, 2009. Pesticide: Registration No.:

Vantage (glyphosate isopropylamine) 26172

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

Pesticide: Registration No.: To Control: CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Pesticide: Registration No.: To Control:

2, 4-D Amine 9547 Sight Lines-Health or Safety under the Public Works Exception

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Wishing you a pleasant Weekend Call us for membership information

Mad River Golf Club 705-428-3671 LAUGH A MINUTE! A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change. “I’ve got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you,” he announced. “Will the laziest man please put his hand up?” Nine hands went up. “Why didn’t you put your hand up?” he asked the tenth man. “Too much trouble,” came the reply.

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The Starters



The sequence in which where the shoulders your body rotates during turn 90 degrees and the your swing is essential hips only 45 degrees. to good and consistent The feet remain solidly shot making. It creates on the ground during the proper coil on the the backswing whenever backswing and the uncoil possible (people with Debbie on the downswing. flexibility problems may CLUM On the backswing the raise the left heel a little). shoulders, arms, hands, Keeping your feet on the and club start back together. The ground gives you a solid base in order lower body remains stationary until to start the downswing properly. it is forced to move because of the The downswing starts with the shoulder turn. This will create that turning of the hips while the weight coil that is always talked about, is shifting to the left foot. So many

golfers start the downswing with their upper bodies. This causes a hit at the ball or over the top swing path that many times causes the big banana ball. Think of a spring, where you are holding on to the top and bottom of it. You hold the bottom while you turn the top till it will not turn any more. Let go of the bottom and watch it spring back. That is what should happen in your golf swing. Create a better sequence on both the back swing and down swing to produce those solid shots that feel like you have hit nothing.

• 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

Animal Care

Susan’s Grooming Salon PROFESSIONAL GROOMING FOR ALL BREEDS 31 Caroline St. E East entrance OPEN Mon-Fri Call for appointments

(705) 466-3746


Place your ad here for just $12 a week.

Auto Mechanic


Computer Repairs

General Contracting Renovations & Repairs

Safety’s & Fuel Injection

218 Main Street, Stayner

Make one call - we do it all Over 30 years experience

Neil I McAvoy 705.466.3804

Gardening The

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Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

We weed, prune, edge, plant, water, cultivate, topdress, etc.

Residential & Commercial

(705) 445-8713 Call Rose (really)


JOHN L. FERRIS Barrister & Solicitor

190 Mill Street T 705-466-3888


Simply Painting Spend $250 & get a $25 Home Hardware Gift Certificate

Paul Briggs Master Painter

(705) 466-5572

Over 25 Years Experience

residential & commercial interior & exterior colour consultation included Diane or Beverly (705) 435-5680 • (705) 440-7840



466-3447 Decor

Lawn Care

Soil & Mulch

Get a Load of This!

Large & Small Loads, Weekend & Evening Delivery Available

Top Soil • Aggregates Mulch • Coloured Chips

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Builder Custom Homes, Additions, Renovations and Repairs Also available for project management and consulting. Over 35 years experience

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Cleaning Service Contact Kelly Martin Bus (705) 466-5124 Cell (416) 708-8489


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Specializing in residential & commercial lawn maintenance

Peter Weel • 888.0224


Paint - it Expert Painting Professional Masonry New Work and Repair 30 years experience

New Lowell • 424-0708


Customized maintenance for your estate or weekend property OWNED AND OPERATED BY ANDREW GROHAL


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PLUMBER Jason Gardner

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




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Servicing Creemore and surrounding area

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For all your tent & party needs!

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Garry Stamp, Owner/Operator

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THE HOME DECORATOR Interior Design Plumbing & Electrical Ceramic wall & floor tile Carpentry & repairs Home Staging

Drywall • Painting Carpentry • Tile Work Masonry • Roofing

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Small Engine Repair compact tractors • chain saws lawn care equipment • trailers

Specializing in John Deere “We pick up and deliver”

45 Sandford Fleming Drive Collingwood • 444-1443 www.

phone 466-3334 • fax 466-5166






Serving Georgian Bay since 1988 Celebrating 20 years in business!


Residential • Commercial Design Sales • Service Installation Landscape Lighting

TOWING 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

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Machine Shop Facility • Custom Steel Fabrication & repairs • Decorative Iron Railing, Fences & Gates 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Monday to Friday Book ahead for Saturday Service Don Brearey or Gloria Howie

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2887 Fairgrounds Road South, Creemore. Saturday June 13 from 9 am to 3 pm. Some contents of home. Books, blankets, dishes, linens, silver tea service, bone china cups and saucers. Miscellaneous items.

GARDENING ASSISTANCE – experienced and knowledgeable gardening assistance required. Contact Melissa Emerson at (705) 466-2634.

A Day at Victoria’s Fine Antique, Linen and Lace Home and Garden Show and Sale. Come let us awaken your memories of Grandma’s house in the country whilst breathing the gentle breezes as soft as angels whispers. Be inspired by our unique collection of elegants and rustics for home, garden & cottage. Experience many museums quality pieces in our grande ensemble amongst our 100s of pieces of lovingly restored antiques & vintage linens and lace. Our beautiful Irish Damask linens, heirloom crocheted table cloths & doilies, hand-worked luncheon cloths & runners, christening dresses & clothing, wool & chenille blankets, quilts, down comforters & bed linens, kitchen linens & aprons, bath towels & hankies all beautifully displayed in every room of our 1878 Victorian farm house. Also featuring French, Irish & English pieces as well as an entire room of Scottish tartans, quilts, tablecloths & more. Enjoy our wholesome country kitchen fare of homemade baking, honey butters, hand-milled soaps, knit and crochet ware & enchanting country & Victorian wreaths. Gift ideas include our unique planted vintage containers, beautiful books, handmade angels, note paper and cards, candles & bath items, fine china, silver, jewellery, collectibles, cottage & garden wares. Treat yourself to tea, scones in the garden. More than 4 people please call ahead. Visit the potting shed of antiques & rustics. June 5 to June 28. 10 am to 4 pm daily. Bring slippers. Evenings by appointment. Accepting cash & cheques. 2 km east of Stayner on Hwy 26 to Centre Line Rd, south 3 km to Conc. 9, east 1 km to A Day at Victoria’s Fire #5681 (705) 428-0445 Cathy.

SMITH, William “Davy” M.D. died peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2009. Davy was born on February 14, 1923. Davy had a style all his own. He loved all the women in his life. His mother Dorothy Downing Smith, his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Smith, his sister Ruth Lonergan and his two daughters Sandy and Karen. It is somehow fitting that he was born on Valentine’s Day and died on Mother’s Day. Davy loved stories and told them well. At night he would tell stories of Canada. His grandfather, William Davy Smith was a blacksmith in Creemore. His father Wilfred Davy Smith M.D. was named for the Prime Minister of Canada. William only let Wilfred stay in school, rather that work in the blacksmith shop, when he found out that the teachers made in a week as much as he made in two months. Wilfred graduated from the University of Toronto Med School in the Class of 1911. He set up a home office and married a schoolteacher, Dorothy. Their children Ruth and Davy enjoyed all the events of a small town life. Davy loved the outdoors, riding his bike and playing hockey. He made rounds with his dad in the cutter in the winter. Neighbours knocked on their door asking for his dad to come quick! The family was solidly a part of the community and cared for it deeply. Eventually Wilfred went on to Parliament. Davy was elected MVP of St. Thomas Juvenile hockey team 1939. Like all boys of his age he would have enjoyed playing with the Maple Leafs and marrying Prince Margaret. Davy always regretted that the war ended before he graduated. His best friend dropped out of Med School to become a pilot and was killed in Europe. Davy graduated at age 23 and practiced in Orillia, a town he never forgot. He flew his sea planes, drove his boat, the Dolvik, danced, smoked and sang (and saw patients) for 10 years. He received advanced surgical training at Bellevue and NYU in Manhattan. He met and married his wife Dorothy, a purser with PanAm and as a RN. They met in the ER at Bellevue when Dorothy and a friend decided that if they wanted to marry doctors that is where they should volunteer. Together they were a glamorous sophisticated couple for 50 years. Davy and Dorothy settled in Philadelphia where he limited his practice to Colon and Rectal Surgery. He thought it was a privilege to practice medicine. He loved the technical side of the OR and the human side of the office. He was well known at Riddle Memorial Hospital for his even temper, pleasant disposition, generosity to nurses and authentic bear hugs of patients and friends. As a son of the Empire he cried when he finally took his US citizenship. He loved to tell stories, some of which were true. He loved to imagine what would have been if only… He often reminisced about Creemore, Orillia and Camp Temagami. After he retired he travelled the world and settled in to many happy hours drinking coffee, walking the dogs, feeding the deer, checking his Charles Schwab accounts and working out with Dorothy. Aronomink Golf Club quickly took over the place of the OR in our Dad’s life. He spent 20 years on what he considered the most beautiful course in the world with his Tuesday afternoon friends. Davy was buried at St. David’s Church (circa 1715) near his home of 30 years. My family and I pray that Davy is in Heaven, but knowing Dad he’d rather be at Lake Temagami or on the golf course at Aronomink. Love K., Sandy, Leah, Elle and Ross

6443 County Rd 9, New Lowell. June 20 th & 21 st . Owner moving overseas – must liquidate all household items! Appliances, tools etc. Includes Craftsman Snowblower (8.5 HP) only 2 years old $350. 2 mirrors dresser $60 or best offer. Phone (705) 424-0906. Gaelyn Woods, south of Avening, turn west at Banda Corners, go 2 concessions. Huge yard sale on Saturday, June 20 & Sunday, June 21 starting at 8 am each day. Antiques, furnishings, tools, horse tack & more. (705) 466-2745.

FOR SALE SUNFILM BALE WRAP by the skid or roll. Call Jim Steed at 466-3017. Sylvia Designs SEWING/QUILTING TABLE/CABINET. Designed for the serious sewer quilter to keep your machine and accessories all in one convenient place. MSPR $1349. Used for one year. Cherry finish. $600 OBO. Have a look at: h t t p : / / w w w. s y l v i a d e s i g n . c o m / ourproducts.php?m=1520

FOR RENT ROOM for rent long-term or shortterm on the edge of Creemore. Airport Road and Edward St. (705) 444-4852 APARTMENT for rent. Call Jug City at (705) 466-2025. 2 bedroom APARTMENT available mid June. $675/month heat included, hydro extra. Call 466-2356 after 6 pm. Large 1 & 3 bedroom APARTMENTS in Creemore. $450 & $700 plus utilities. Call (519) 922-3256. APARTMENT in downtown Creemore. Call 466-5297.

CLASSES / LESSONS FULFILL YOUR DREAM. Learn how to ride with an Equine Canada Certified Coach in Glencairn. Outdoor lessons available weekday, evenings & weekends. Call (705) 466-3705.

AUCTION Special RETIREMENT AUCTION. La Maison Francaise is conductiong a closed bid auction of remaining furniture items Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14. Winners will be notified on June 15, Be sure to drop by La Maison at 172 Mill Street.

Got News? Call Brad


Part-time van DRIVER required. (705) 466-3066. KITCHEN HELP wanted. Must be 18 years of age or older. Call Pizza Perfect at (705) 466-2776.

SERVICES Professional Property Maintenance and Repairs. Fully Insured. Call THE LITTLE FIX IT COMPANY. Ask for John. Daytime (705) 434-8061, evenings (705) 424-2810. BULLDOZING & EXCAVATING – Driveways & grading; land clearing; property cleanup; fence-line improvements. Call Bruce Kidd at (705) 466-6728. Experienced HOUSE CLEANER is now taking clients in the Creemore area. References available. Call Lesley on (705) 424-2810.

THANK YOU The family of Eldon Barber would like to thank those that expressed their sympathy personally phone calls, cards and sent flowers. To those that brought food to our homes and to the gathering we had on May 30th. A special thank you to the staff at the Creedan Valley Nursing Home. When he got too sick to stay at home, he only wanted to go back to Creemore. He always talked about how great the staff was to him when he was there recovering from his stroke. Also to Dr Houston for looking after Eldon the last 2 months. Lois, Colleen, Dale, Ray, Lynn and families

NEW FARMERS MARKET New Farmers’ Market - VENDORS WANTED for Mansfield on Saturday mornings. Market opening is July 4. Location: Orange Hall lot on Airport Road. Preference for organic produce, crafts and antiques. Cost $15. Tables available. Contact Wayne at (705) 434-1511.

AFFAIRS BAKERY&CAFE Affairs Bakery & Cafe is serving Fish & Chips and Quarter Chicken Dinners from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm & 5 to 7 pm on Fridays.

IN MEMORIAM MATTICE, Linda Ann – In treasured memory of a wonderful sister who passed away on April 17, 2008. We often sit and reminisce and have a laugh or two, Fondly telling stories of things you used to do, They bring a laugh and a lot of tears but always a wish that you were here. Sweet Jesus take this message to our sister Linda up above, tell her we miss her and give her all our love. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Donna and family, Debra and family. We love you Nan.

DEATH NOTICE HORNSBY, John “Alex” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital in his 68th year. Alex, beloved husband of Mary. Dear father of Kim Hirlehey, James Hirlehey, Tammie (Dale) Vince, Kellie (Mike) Lawson, Kathy VanMinnen and Tammy Hirlehey. Sadly missed by sisters Jean (Porky) Montgomery, Audrey (Al) Nelson, Pat (Jack) Muller, Marilyn (Fred) Lindsay, and Linda (Ken) Baverstock, and his brothers; Robert , Gord (Pat), Don (Margaret), & Ted. Predeceased by brothers Ken and his surviving wife Becky, Bill and his surviving wife Jean and parents Raymond and Annie Mae Hornsby. Will be forever cherished in the hearts of his grandchildren Ash-Lee, Brandon, Rebekah, Kaitlyn and Kylie. Forever remembered by his many brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will take place on Sunday June 7, 2009 from 2-4 & 7-9pm at Fawcett Funeral Homes, Creemore Chapel, 182 Mill Street. A Celebration of Alex’s Life will be held on Monday June 8, 2009 at 11:00am in the chapel. Interment, Creemore Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the charity of the donor’s choice in Mr. Hornsby’s memory. Friends may visit Alex’s on-line Book of Memories at www.

LOST / FOUND GOLD BRACELET lost. Gold links with ruby & diamonds on each link. Reward. Call 466-9906.



Friday, June 12, 2009

Braves busy at tournaments by Craig Simpson The Creemore Braves made it to the final of the Tillsonburg Tournament last weekend, and this weekend host a qualifying tournament for the Ontario Baseball Association Championship to be played over the Labour Day weekend in Orillia. The Braves played solid baseball in Tillsonburg, beating Niagara Falls 2-1, Windsor 11-0 and then losing to Glanbrook 3-0 in the championship game. Todd Gowan earned the win against Niagara Falls yielding 5 hits and striking out 9. The Braves won this tight game despite getting only 2 hits, including a Gowan solo home run. Brett Trott pitched the shutout against Windsor, and was supported by a 15-hit attack, including 4 hits by Chris Greer, 3 from Jeff Akitt and a 3-run homer by Todd Gowan. Creemore managed only 2 singles in the shutout loss to Glanbrook. Ryan Bartley started and took the loss despite giving up only 4 hits. In league play, the Braves played Mansfield Wednesday night, beating them 6-1. Matt Baldry picked up the win, allowing 3 hits while striking out 8 batters. The braves made the most of only two hits, one each by Todd Gowan and Darryl Fremlin. This win lifts the team’s league record to 7 wins and 2 losses. Gowan Park is the site of an OBA qualifying tournament this weekend with the Braves playing

Soccer News

Chris Greer games at noon and 3 pm on Saturday. The Sunday schedule will be determined by the results from Saturday’s action.

Past president search North Dufferin Baseball League executives, including Creemore’s Myles Morrish, are planning a reunion of past league presidents to be held at the July 5 All-Star game in Lisle. Morrish indicated that they have located 27 of these individuals, but are missing the names for: 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1945,1947, 1948, 1951-55, 1958-62, 1967, 1973 and 1988. If anyone knows who or where these past presidents are, please contact him at 466-6900.

Here is a summary of the results provided to the Echo this week. In the 7/8 year old division Creemore Legion won a couple of lopsided games, defeating Creemore Foodland 6-0 and then New Lowell RBC 7-1. Goal scorers were: Jon Greer, Samuel Gayle, Jullian Gignac, Evan Durish, Tyler Bryan, Nicholas Hill and Deacon Gunn. Strong defense was provided by Sadie Crowley and Makenna Halliday. In the 9/10 group Creemore Affairs Bakery beat New Lowell #8 9-1 in a rain-soaked affair. Derek Droog and Riley Lammle each scored 3 goals; Jacob Day had a pair, and Chase Quanbury a single. Kobee Quinn was outstanding in goal. Also in that age group Creemore #9 and New Lowell #8 played to a 4-4 tie. Declan Adams and Kristen Scott each had a pair of goals for New Lowell. Stranz split a pair of games in the 11-13 division, losing to Push and Play Arcade 7-4 and then beating Village Builders 4-3. Ryan Clark had a hat trick in each game for Stranz; Colton Goodfellow and Sky Bloxam also scored; and Jessica Rowbotham played strong on defense. Hayden Durham booted in 5 goals for Push & Play. Village Builders lost another tight game to Clearview Auto by a 3-2 score. Jacob Clarmo scored both goals for Village Builders.

Summer Camp Guide Stayner Brethren in Christ Church

Summer Gymfest

Day Camp:


July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24 week long camp for girls/boys 5 + Evening classes: Tues/Thur (8weeks July 6-Aug 28) all ages Pre-school to teen, beginner to advanced Competitive Team Tryouts– Saturday, June 20th 2pm boys and girls. Please contact in advance Registration starts June 15th at the Buell Fitness & Aquatic Centre BCRA Kiosk Base Borden Gymnastics Club is located in the Andy Anderson Arena For pricing and programming information go to or email for recreational and for competitive.

Call 791-6732 for more information


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T H E A T R E C A M P2009

“The Globe” Vacation Bible School For grades SK-Gr.5 July 6 to 10 9am to noon

Call for info 466-2405 St Lukes Church Vacation Bible Camp

For more information or call 705-428-6537


at Larkspur Farm Plant seed of art, drama, sculpture... and watch your creativity grow July 20 - 24, 2009 9:30 - 12:30 $25 per child, $40 per family Children ages 4 -10 Call Judith 466-3687 to register

Mad and Noisy Gallery Summer Camps July 6 to 10 - day program for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 12 July 13 to 17 - day program for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 12

Call Kim 466-5555 for more information or to register

More Local Day Camps in our area Uniquely r ural week-long drama day camps $250 (plus gst) includes lunch and snacks - Only 12 students per week Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm • Friday showcase 3pm-4pm July 6-10 • July 13-17 • July 20-24 • July 27-31 • Aug 10-14 • Aug 17-21 Ages 8-13 (if sufficient interest, also ages 13-16) Larkspur Farm, Nottawa, Ontario – Home of Heath and Dan Needles


Camp in Your Own Backyard from Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin. This fun & free camp is brought to you by Cairn Presbyterian Camping & Retreat Centres & hosted by the church. For kids 5 to 14. 9 am to 4 pm each day. Register now by calling 466-5202 or Rome: Paul & the underground church from Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24 at from 9 to 11:30 am each day. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, south of Nottawa, 3521 Hwy 124. 444-6823 to register. Medieval Kingdom from Tuesday, August 4 to Thursday, August 6 at New Lowell United Church from 9 to noon. Register quickly, limited space. Call (705) 424-6497.

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June 12, 2009  
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