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Public has say on Duntroon quarry expansion by Sara Hershoff A Clearview Township Public Meeting regarding a proposed expansion of the Walker Aggregates quarry west of Duntroon drew a crowd of about 130 Tuesday night, with more people expressing support than concern. Walker Aggregates, formerly known as Georgian Aggregates, has been quarrying on Highway 91 for over 40 years. With its current pit nearly mined out, the company submitted applications to the Township, the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in 2005 to expand its operations across the road. The project, if approved, would see 362 acres of land currently zoned Escarpment Rural under the NEC become the source of 43 million tonnes of limestone. While the Township ultimately doesn’t make decisions on redesignations of land protected under the NEC, it does work closely with the organization and, in the end, must incorporate any redesignations (See “Duntroon” on page 5)

A Proud Niece and a Job Well Done Creemore Skating Club member and NCPS Grade 2 student Abby Underhill was eager to introduce her fellow figure skaters to her aunt Barb at last weekend’s Huronia Funskate. The former World Champion was on hand signing autographs for four hours Sunday afternoon, but the real purpose of her visit was to watch Abby skate with the her dad John (who professed to being better on hockey skates) in the Family Dance division. They won third place, and were happy to have Barb be the one to present them with their medals (she’s quite familiar with how it’s done). For more pictures of the hugely successful Huronia Funskate, see pages 6 and 7.

The Bar Guy Versus the Car Guy With the BIA about to hold its first contested election in years, the Echo offers a look at the two candidates hoping to win the top job. The vote happens Feb. 4.

Michael Bennett

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by Brad Holden Michael Bennett moved to the area from Thornhill in 1991, retiring from a career in the furniture business and buying a farm on the Escarpment. Three years ago, he bought Jack Heslip’s house on Mill Street for his father. A year ago this weekend, on Superbowl Sunday, he bought the Old Mill House Pub. (See “Michael” on page 8)

by Brad Holden Corey Finkelstein and his wife Laurie Copeland moved to Creemore from Toronto in 2002, and Finkelstein moved his 14-year-old graphic/web design company to Creemore in 2007, after a brief stint in Collingwood. He recently merged his business with Nick Brindisi, a web designer previously based in Collingwood, and (See “Corey” on page 8)

Echo Briefs Emergency Hub Gets Underway Clearview Council instructed staff Monday night to issue a request for proposals to firms that could provide architectural drawings for the proposed Stayner Emergency Hub, a building which would incorporate the Stayner branch of the Clearview Fire Department, a satellite branch of the Huronia West OPP detachment, a base for Simcoe County Paramedic Services and an Emergency Operations Centre for the Township. According to Fire Chief Dave Carruthers, the Township is now in possession of a piece of property within Stayner where the building will be situated. An agreement between all the parties involved makes Clearview responsible for 77 per cent of the costs. If all goes well, Carruthers anticipated shovels could be in the ground by early summer.

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Leadership and Community During the past two months our community has hosted two major events that have left both residents and visitors amazed at what our village can do. Both involved strong leadership to provide motivation and organization, and then widespread participation from the community to bring them to successful fruition. Of course, we are referring to the Santa Claus Parade and Huronia Funskate, both of which faced very different and very daunting challenges. The Parade had a great history, but wound up in limbo when the Lions folded. The Legion and John Blohm came riding to the rescue, many additional community organizations and individuals got involved, and the result was the best parade in recent memory. Hosting the Huronia Funskate in Creemore was always out of the question because of inadequate dressing room capacity at the Arena. The new

facilities eliminated this problem, but Creemore was still by far the smallest venue to ever take on this big event. But Lynn Gowan, Julie Bigham and the Skating Club accepted the challenge, and from the outset sent out a clear message that success would require involvement from the entire community. And once again the community delivered – in spades. There is an obvious message here for all community groups: widespread participation and working together produces great results. Prodigious amounts of hard work are required to make these events happen, but people actually enjoy pitching in when all the energy is positive and focused on a common goal. It all sounds simple and obvious, but unfortunately as we know, things do not always happen that way. Let’s hope the Santa Claus Parade and Huronia Funskate have set a tone that can guide all our community events in 2009.

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Opinion & Feedback Letter to the Editor: I am writing to offer my sincere congratulations to the Creemore Figure Skating Club for the outstanding job they did this past weekend in hosting the Skate Canada Huronia Funskate Competition. The event itself was run with military precision, with over 350 skaters participating in almost 100 individual skating events. While the organization has been planning the event for more than a year, over 100 volunteers, many of whom did not have a connection to the skating club, stepped up to help out. These volunteers and organizers dedicated many hours over the weekend to help with everything from ice captains, announcing skaters, playing music, decorating, admissions, skater registration, music registration, raffle tables, handing out medals and ribbons, donating food, serving or doing dishes, fixing tents and repairing a heater in the early morning hours. I’m sure the Skate Canada officials were impressed with the community spirit, support and hospitality they received while in town, not to mention the fantastic meals and treats (which were also donated). This weekend proved once again the power of the Creemore Echo 3 Caroline St. W., Box 1219 Creemore, ON L0M 1G0 (705) 466-9906 Fax: (705) 466-9908 2007 WINNER Email: Publication Agreement # 40024973 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to the above address

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small town and the people with big hearts. If you had a chance to take in some of the figure skating, you will understand the organizational feat that was accomplished and if you did not… it’s too bad you missed it. Congratulations Creemore Figure Skating Club and volunteers… you did Creemore proud! Sincerely, Janice McLeod, Creemore Dear Editor: I just have to let everyone know how very impressed I am. Last weekend, the Creemore Skating Club was finally able to host Huronia Funskate, after years of being passed over due to a lack of enough dressing rooms. Lynn Gowan and Julie Bigham did a fantastic job as co-chairpersons. Other than their families, nobody knows the hours these two put into this competition. Many others contributed to the competition’s success – way too many to list. A few stand out, however, including Kathy Whitley and her crew for the great job in feeding all the volunteers and officials; Katie Dawson for getting all the sponsors and the prizes for a huge raffle table; darci-que for all her help with artwork and decorations; and the BIA and surrounding area businesses for their support and donations. Too bad it was such a cold weekend, as I don’t think many visitors were up to walking around town. And speaking of cold: we knew the lobby was not big enough to handle registrations and admissions, so we rented a tent. On Friday night for set up the tent was toasty warm – but on Saturday morning the furnace would not start. So after a 6 am call to Zeke Ver Beek and with the help of some Dads and arena staff – some

Spike and Rusty are running a contest for Valentine’s Day. Watch for clues until February 13. FIRST PRIZE: portable heaters first and, after a trip to Collingwood, a new furnace – we had heat by 8:30 am. I must admit I was very leery when Julie told me about being awarded Huronia Funskate – how would we ever get enough helpers? I cannot believe the number of volunteers. Skaters, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours, past skaters and parents. We even had to turn down offers of help. On Sunday we had a special guest – Barb Underhill, five-time Canadian Champion and one-time World Champion pair skater. Barb came to watch her niece Abby Underhill skate and was so kind to stay four hours to sign autographs. I had many parents and coaches telling me what a well-run competition it was – so congratulations to Lynn and Julie and all the others who helped make this competition a great success. Jane Ivits, your dream came true. Colleen Stamp, Creemore Past President, Creemore Skating Club Letter to the Editor: I just thought I should give praise to the people who have been plowing our sidewalks this winter. They have done a superb job so far. The sidewalk from Collingwood Street to Mill Street on the north side is horrible in nice weather, but so far this winter it has been very easy to walk on. Please keep up the good work gentlemen. Sincerely, Pat MacDonald, Creemore

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Community Calendar This Weekend Friday, January 30 • Toonie Lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Caroline Street West. Come out, bring a friend & enjoy some good soup. Saturday, January 31 • Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society invites members, prospective members and friends to enjoy the Creemore-centric Show and Silent Auction at the Mad and Noisy Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Society and to meet those with an interest in the arts and local history. Delicious

snacks provided by Roseberry Farm and Bite Me! Fabulous Food Experiences. Cash bar. • Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids. Go snowmobiling and support children, youth and adults with physical disabilities. Registration from 9 to 11 am at West Church Sideroad and Townline – near Nottawa. For more information contact Easter Seals 797-0424. Sunday, February 1 • United Church of Canada – Back to regular Sunday services: Avening at 9 am; New Lowell at 10:15 am; St. John’s in Creemore will have coffee

& fellowship at 11 am followed by service at 11:30 am in church hall during winter months. • St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church, 1 Caroline Street West. Worship & Sunday School at 10 am. “Where Jesus is Lord, all are welcome.” Rev. Elizabeth Inglis. • The Salvation Army Hope Acres Community Church, situated in Mulmur Township, invite you to their Sunday Church Services at 10:45 am. For more information call (705) 466-3435. • Join us at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Caroline St. W. for a joyful service of worship and Children’s Program at 11 am.

Upcoming Events Sunday, February 1 • Manulife Walk for Memories indoors at the Collingwood Centre. Registration from 2 to 2:40 pm, event begins at 2:40 pm. Contact the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County at (705) 722-1066 for your pledge forms or register on-line at Contact to have a pledge form emailed to you. Monday, February 2 • Clearview Township’s Council Meeting at 7 pm at the Council Chambers. Everyone welcome. Wednesday, February 4 • Creemore BIA Election at Creemore Legion at 6:30 pm. Call Lily White at 466-2240 or Thom Paterson at 466-6321 for more details. Thursday, February 5 to Sunday, February 8 • Sunnidale Winterama. Skating, pancake breakfast, dance, activities at the park. See page 7 for details or go to www. Thursday, February 5 • Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic at Angus Arena from 2 to 6:30 pm. Please call 1-888-236-6283 to book your appointment or for eligibility information. • Clean (Clearview Eco-Action Network) Meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Friday, February 6 • Curiosity House Books and Gallery presents its annual Group Art Show for the month of February called “In the bleak mid-winter……….”. More than 20 artists will submit artwork which reflects their interpretation of that theme and the public is invited to vote for their favourite piece of

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artwork. A winner will be announced on February 14th, during the Creemore Big Heart Festival. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 8 pm. At this reception there will be an opportunity to see some phenomenal artwork, meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and cast a ballot for the show’s People’s Choice Award. For further information contact Curiosity House Books at (705) 466-3400. Saturday, February 7 • Winterama Party at Sunnidale Branch of Clearview Public Library in New Lowell from 9 am to 2 pm. Meet darci-que the artist & Shadow the therapy dog.Lucky loonie draw, warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to support Alzheimers Society. • CORE Information Meeting on the proposed Honeywood Wind Farm starting at 10 am at the Honeywood Arena. Learn about the Eolectric proposal north east of Honeywood. Get the facts and ask questions. More info contact • Stayner Lacrosse League Registration at Creemore Arena from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. “Little Shooters, Paperweight & Tyke Divisions” Ages 3 to 8. $60 includes stick, pictures & tournament. Program runs one night per week for 10 weeks. For information call Gil at 428-6589. “Novice to Intermediate Divisions” Ages 9 to 20. $150. Call Chris Matthews at (705) 429-2145. Monday, February 9 • Public Meeting regarding new Water/Sewer User Rates. 7:30 pm at Clearview Council Chambers, Stayner. Friday, February 13 • 2nd Annual Classical Concert in support of Breaking Down Barriers at the Village at Blue

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Mountain Conference Centre. 7:30 pm. For tickets contact 445-1543 ext. 108 or Friday, February 13 & Saturday, February 14 • Creemore’s Big Heart Festival. Watch for details. Saturday, February 14 • Come discover the artist in you. Valentine’s Day Special Studio. Special prices. Drop in & “Paint & Take”. Call 466-6084 for details. Two Rivers Ceramics, 122 Mill Street. Tuesday, February 17 • Stayner Heritage Society in celebration of Black History Month at Cenntennial United Church in Stayner at 7:30 pm. Speakers Ann and Ron Harrison, members of the Black History Society of Ontario, will describe the lives of their ancestors, black families who settled in the Sydenham Owen Sound area and the Underground Railroad in Canada. This is the fourth Black History event that Stayner Heritage Society has held in February. Saturday, February 21 • Winterscapes Photography Workshop with Bryan Davies from 10 am to 2 pm. Learn how to capture wonderful winter scenes with your camera. $65. Call Bryan at 466-5775 to pre-register. Friday, March 20 • The countdown is on for the next Avening Hall Concert featuring Fred Eaglesmith. Tickets are available at the online store of www. Contact sara@creemore. com, 466-9906, Saturday, March 28 • Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is accepting entries for its 29th Annual Juried Art Show. Works will be received from 10 am to 5 pm at the Collingwood Library, 100 2nd St., Collingwood. Jurying takes place March 30. The show runs from Saturday, April 4th to April 28th.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m. MIDLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL 865 Hugel Avenue, Midland Regarding the Pupil Accommodation Review for Accommodation Review Area “B”: Collingwood C.I.; Elmvale District H.S.; Midland S.S.; PenetanguisheneS.S.; Stayner C.I. The Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) invites the public to attend this public meeting to learn about the pupil accommodation review process and the work of the ARC to date. Comments from the public are welcomed and will be received for consideration by the ARC. If you wish to present a delegation at this meeting, please contact the ARC Co-Chair, Superintendent Janis Medysky, through Area Assistant Charleen Croft (705) 734-6363 ext. 11711 before noon on Thursday January 29, 2009. Further information about this accommodation review process and the schools under review can be found on the Board’s website, under Capital Planning, in print at each of the schools under review, and in print at the Education Centre. IF INCLEMENT WEATHER OCCURS PLEASE REFER TO THE SIMCOE COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD WEBSITE AT OR LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION FOR UPDATES

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fact, the previous time the lady in the gift shop was busy, so I just waved at her and left the bag of books on the counter by the cash register. This time, as Warren got my “cart” out of the van (this is a “stroller” for my oxygen cylinder), he handed me a grocery bag and said “There’s the books you sent out with me.” So I hung the bag from a hook on the cart and went into the hospital through Emergency, where they give me a number for the Lab. I then went down to the lab and had the blood taken, and then came up the elevator and went to the gift shop. The lady in charge of the gift shop was busy with customers at the front counter, so I went over to the two ladies who are behind the desk by the front door. I handed one of them the grocery bag, and asked her if she would just give it in to the gift shop when the gal in there wasn’t so busy. She looked into the bag, and said, “Oh, I don’t think they want these.” So I said, “Yes, sure they do.” She said “No, I don’t think so.” I replied “Yes, they do. They sell them for $ 1 apiece.” She shook her head and said “No, I’m sure they have no use for them.” I said “Sure they do. They get a buck apiece for them, and they sell quite a few.” I’m beginning to wonder how come

this woman doesn’t know this, as it’s just across the aisle from her, and she’s looking at me as if she’s not sure that I shouldn’t be in the psych ward, and she’s not really sure how to handle this mad woman. But she stuck by her guns, and said, “Boots? I don’t think...” Then it hit me. I grabbed the bag and looked into it, and sure enough, there were my winter boots that I had put into a grocery bag to have with me “just in case” I needed them. And I had been quite adamant in trying to convince her that they would “sell them for a buck apiece” in the gift shop! So I headed out to the van, where I called Warren such things as “kook” and “turkey,” amongst other things, and had him take in the “real” bag of books. Only he went straight to the gift shop with them, so I don’t know if the lady I was talking to ever knew that there really were, somewhere, books. So – bag over my head? Or climb in through a window? I often wonder if other people ever get into these kinds of predicaments, or is it just me? But what I really am thankful for is the fact that the lady in the gift shop was busy at the counter, or else I would have just dropped off the bag and kept on going – until the next snowstorm, that is!

New Lowell News Great news! The Creemore February 5-8. Watch for Valley Hawks Local Atom 2 a flyer in your mail to won the championship in provide all the details, from a tournament in Clifford, the spaghetti supper, talent Ontario. The team remains night, parade route, pancake undefeated with 18 wins on breakfast, games at the park 1 tie. These boys (and one and the dance on Saturday Sandra girl) play for the love of the evening. During Saturday the BEDNAREK game and show excellent New Lowell United Church sportsmanship through the and the Library will serve kind leadership of coaches that believe as warm-up centers with some crafts in fun, fair play and friendship. Members and activities at both venues. of the team: Trainer Grant Casbourne, Story Hour for the Sunnidale Branch Donny Patton, John Morgan, Jackson of the Clearview Library will begin a Metheral, Head Coach Duane Metheral, new session on January 29. Please Assistant Coach Dave Patton, Krera sign up for this session. It is a great Orr Casbourne, Mitchell Lambert, time for preschoolers to hear a story, Ryan Michalchuk, Danny Patton, learn some basic library skills and do Jordan Taylor, Taylor Orr Casbourne, a craft. It runs from 10:30 till 11:30 and Goalie Tate Millsap. am each Thursday for approximately Twenty five years ago on January 18 6 weeks. John and Donna Lamers tied the knot; New Lowell United Church will we wish them a happy anniversary. worship at 10:15 am on February 1 If you haven’t had a chance to try but there will be no service at New out the Legion’s Fish and Chip dinner Lowell on February 8. on the last Friday of each month, then Our thought for this week: “Even January 30 should be your night to treat when you have pains... you don’t have mom, dad or grandma! Remember also to be one!” they offer “the best wings in town” on Please call 424-6497 or email alternate Friday evenings. if you Winterama is coming to town from have something for this column.



There were 52 of us out for Leighton, the 50/50 draws cards today, and it was nice went to Warren Gale, Ray to have Norma Royal join Leighton, Wilma Zeggil, us, but we are still missing Ruby McGoogan, Kevin Irene Dolson. Maybe if the Keogh, Vera Pettigrew and weather warms up, she will Irma Flack. feel more mobile. Irene is Moon shots were played Sylvia no wimp, so when the pain by Eileen Nash, Mary GALE from arthritis slows her Underhill, Ida Halliday, down, it is severe. Bob Veale, Janice Stephens, Bob Veale announced that all the Vera Pettigrew, Roy Summers, Jean leather change purses (and there were a Carmichael, Marge Douglas and Effie lot!) on the pool table had been handmade Taylor (2). Effie ended up with the and donated by Ted Underhill to anyone travelling prize, and Bob collected from who wanted one. Thank you very much, the Sidewinders. Ted. You will have noticed that the coin High scorers were Lucy Young 305, purses were scooped up pretty quickly, Russ Miller 293, Thelma Lightheart so they were obviously well appreciated. 289 and Norma Royal 287. Low was Also thanks goes to Mary Underhill for Audrey Tidd with 87. The hidden score again having the tables all in place, which was 167 and was not won, so next week makes it much easier to set up for cards. it will be worth $ 15. We would also like to thank Wilma We had a Happy Birthday song Zeggil for donating some candies to our and cards for Kevin Keogh and Ted much-enjoyed stash of goodies. Underhill. As Bob Veale delivers the Which reminds me – I was at a table cards, he usually gives the ladies a hug with Russ and Marion Wilkinson when and a kiss. This time Ted turned the tables the bowl of candies was passed around. on Bob, and acted as if he were going Everyone helped themselves except Russ to hug him – which had Bob backing and Marion. The comment was made down in a hurry, and gave the rest of us that they must have great willpower, to a chuckle. which Russ laughingly replied, “Oh we This Friday is the Toonie Lunch at the Anglican Church. This is a “souper” don’t eat candies, but we do drink like lunch, with lots of socializing, and the fish!” Marion is such a good sport. She money goes to a good cause. just smiled and shook her head. I’m sure I need to go back up to Collingwood there are times when she would love Hospital again to have blood work done, to have a gag on Russ and some of his and I’m wondering if I should try and “smarticisms,” but she just takes it all in find a back door, or perhaps just wear a her stride. I think she’s onto the fact that bag over my head until I get past the two Russ is never going to change, so she volunteer ladies at the front door. You see, just goes with the flow, and the rest of us I have to have blood work done every enjoy the banter and have a great time three weeks now, and the last time, before playing with them! I left home for this procedure, I gave The availability of Home Care Help Warren a grocery bag with 8 or 10 books was mentioned, and it was announced in it. These were to be donated to the gift that the information was available on shop, where they sell used books at $1 the Seniors’ Notice Board. After some each, and the proceeds go to the hospital. jokes by Edith Veale and a cute “prayer” I have done this before – as a matter of for 80-year-olds provided by Ray

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Duntroon quarry expansion will now go to OMB (Continued from page 1) into its Official Plan. In this situation, the NEC neglected to make a decision on the Walker application in the prescribed amount of time. Following that lead, neither did the Township or the MNR. As a result, the matter has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. Tuesday’s meeting was held primarily to aid Council in deciding the Township’s position for the upcoming OMB hearing. Presenting information on behalf of the applicant were Walker Aggregates Vice President Ken Lucychyn and Brent Clarkson of MHBC Planning. They were supported by a panel of

consultants specializing in everything from hydrogeology to traffic. The proposed project would see 168 acres used for extraction, 193 acres reserved for buffers and setbacks and the remaining land used for other related uses, including an asphalt plant, a recycled aggregate storage processing facility, fuel storage, scales and a pump house. Lucychyn and his team emphasized the project’s financial benefit to the community, in the form of 37 full time positions and 45 trucking jobs, creating over $4 million in wages each year of the life of the quarry. The life span for the operation could be anywhere from 14 to 29 years,

depending on market demand. Also noted were plans for the protection and rehabilitation of the site, which is not only located within the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve, it also encompasses some of the Rob Roy wetland, which offers habitat for the Harts Tongue Fern, a species of concern. When the microphone was turned to the audience, many people came forward to support Walker Aggregates, citing their active engagement with the community and responsible business practices. Among the supporting speakers were employees of the company Ray Martin and Louise Wilson and two businesspeople who benefit from activities at the current operation, Paul VanStavern of Stayner Rental and Jimmy Spears, an electrical contractor. Also speaking was Lucy Goorts of the neighbouring Highlands Outdoor Education Centre, who thanked Lucychyn and his company for opening the doors of the operation for Simcoe students learning about geology and mechanics. Though many shared the opinion that

Walker Aggregates has been very diligent in addressing concerns, neighbours objected to the environmental impact and worried about the effect of 777 trucks coming and going daily on road safety and quality of life. Among those noting these fears were John Millar of the Duntroon Community Association and Janet Gillham, who have both witnessed hauling-related accidents near their homes. Council listened attentively to the comments and concerns of all presenting and will now review this information as part of the process for OP revision. Clearview Council awaits Simcoe’s approval of the trucking and traffic issues along the County-owned trucking routes and review of studies by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority prior to taking a position. Meanwhile, Walker Aggregates will still need an amendment from the Niagara Escarpment Commision and the Ministry of Natural Resources will need to issue an aggregate extraction license. Both of those outcomes await a ruling of the Ontario Municipal Board.

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World Record Reading Students at Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School celebrated Family Literacy Day, January 23, by joining in an attempt to break the World Record for Most Children Reading with an Adult in Multiple Locations. The previous record, set by students in the United States in 2006, was 78,791. The attempt NCPS was involved with Friday featured kids across Canada and had over 187,000 signed up to take part. From 2 to 2:30 pm, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 were read to continuously from the same five Robert Munsch stories. Pictured above and below are three of the 8 classes that took part. NCPS teacher-librarian Carolyn Pike reported a total of 194 students participating once all was said and done. Whether the record was broken remains to be seen; these things tend to take a little time to get sorted out.

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Registration is as easy as 1-2-3. To register: Call your local public school for registration dates and information (visit for school phone numbers and addresses). Gather the necessary documentation. We require proof of your child’s birth date and address, and request his/her record of immunization. Additional records are required. Your local public school will provide further information or visit Attend a registration session at your local public school and embark on a wonderful journey of learning!


Families of students new to Canada or Ontario are invited to call our Newcomer Welcome Centre at 705-725-8360, ext. 310.


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Simcoe County parents who cannot register during regular school hours may call 705-734-6363, ext. 11750 to arrange a Saturday appointment. These appointments will be scheduled on February 21, 28 and March 7, between 10 am and 2 pm, in the Barrie Learning Centre at the Bayfield Mall. Parents will be asked to bring all required documents.

Welcome to a wonderful journey of learning!


Friday, January 30, 2009 •

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Friday, February 6th CLEARVIEW'S GOT TALENT A night of fun and entertainment at the Royal Canadian Legion 7:00pm . Participants must preregister register on line or call Dave Wylie at 423-9399. $10 registration fee TEEN DANCE After the Talent grade 6 to 11 student can enjoy a dance at the Royal Canadian Legion until midnight. Hosted by the Groove Tube. $5 admission fee




This mouth-watering breakfast is served from 8 to 10 am at the New Lowell Legion for the cost of $5. Children (6 to 10) $3.50, under 5 are free! Sponsored by the NL United Church & OLA’s CWL.

A variety of activities throughout the day beginning at noon at New Lowell Recreational Park.

Hosted by the Barrie Snowmobile Club. $15 for the first hand, $5 for each additional hand. Registration starts at 9:30 am Great Prizes.

PARADE Come with all your space buddies 10:30 am. To enter your float contact Trish Rawn 424-3473

SNOWMOBILE RADAR RUN Registration for this event begins at 10 am at the New Lowell Legion. $10 registration fee.

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Winter has certainly hit your three-course meal you us with a cold and snowy are asked to participate in blast. Unfortunately the the solving of a murder. Scott Woods Christmas This is very entertaining and Show was cancelled due to a great way to spend the weather; however, our Valentine’s evening. Santa Claus Parade was a The Legion is open Pat huge success. MACDONALD Tuesday to Friday from There will be no 7 pm until midnight and Friday Night Supper in on Saturday from 2 pm to February. You are invited to come to a midnight. Call Robin Boyce at 466Murder Mystery Supper on Saturday, 6050 or leave a message at the Legion February 14. Tickets are $25 each at 466-2202 if you need to book the and can be obtained by calling Bob Hall for any special events. Hanson at 466-2432. We have held Our Bingo runs every Thursday several of these mystery suppers and night starting with the 6:45 pm Earlythey are a lot of fun. While you eat bird Game.

NCPS News The following items are taken from the January issue of the school bulletin.

Principal’s Message Douglas Paul took over as principal of NCPS immediately after the holidays. “I would like to begin by thanking the students, staff and community for the warm welcome that I have received since arriving in early January. It is always exciting and a little scary to start a new job in a new school, but the Creemore community has helped through their kind words and messages to make this transition very enjoyable for me. We have many wonderful events and activities happening in our school in

addition to the efforts that our teachers are making to ensure that your children are receiving the finest in literacy and numeracy education; we strive to make our school the finest in Simcoe County.”

Calling all volunteers The next volunteer orientation session will be held on Thursday, February 12 at 10 am at the Senior Site. Volunteers are an integral part of the school’s spirit of learning and socialization, and they are valued tremendously. The Simcoe County District School Board has guidelines in accordance with the Safe Schools Policy, which require all volunteers to provide a criminal reference check and attend a volunteers orientation session.

INFORMATION MEETING ABOUT THE PROPOSED HONEYWOOD WIND FARM Eolectric / Geilectric have proposed a 5 turbine wind farm north and east of Honeywood, approximately 1 km west of the Niagara Escarpment boundary. Just before Christmas, they filed an Environmental Screening review with the Province, giving until Jan. 30 (now extended to Feb. 20) for reply. Unless objections (referred to as “Requests for Elevation”) are received by the Ministry of Environment before Feb. 20, the Provincial environmental approval can come into effect. Information was filed with the Province that had never before been released to the public or the Township, and which was not made available to the public online. CORE has received that detailed information, however, and wants to ensure that you, a neighbour and / or CORE supporter, can be made aware of it, ask questions about it, understand what CORE has done to date - and get information on what YOU can do to make your position known to the Province and the Township.

BIA: Michael Bennett (Continued from page 1) During his years in Thornhill, he was active in the York Durham Fastball League, serving as president of that organization for years. Since moving north, he’s become active in a much larger organization, serving as president of the 1,700-member Bait Association of Ontario. What is the biggest issue facing the BIA? We need to get the community to come together as a whole. Nobody’s listening to what the average person has to say. That’s not the fault of the current committee – it’s just a matter of communication. You need to get out there and communicate with people. I’ve talked to a lot of people and I’ve heard lots of ideas. We need to listen to those ideas. No ideas are stupid, they all deserve to be heard. What would your priorities be as president? We have to make sure that stuff is routed down here. The Farmers’ Market is great, but what does it do for the people at this end of the street? We

also need a constitution, so that all of the procedural problems we’ve run into recently go away. Do you have any new ideas for promotions, events, etc.? The key is to have strong committees to work on these things. It’s not for me to decide what we’re going to do. I’d just like to get the right people doing the right things. If one person is good at planning events, then that person heads our events committee and works with other people who are interested in that kind of thing. How would you make sure others get involved and stay involved? You have to talk to everybody oneon-one, and find out what interests them. I really didn’t care about the BIA at all, until I found out how much money I pay to be a member. That’s when I got interested – because I want it to be an organization that’s worth the money all of its members pay for it. Other people might be interested for other reasons. Once you have people interested, it’s good. Then you have enthusiasm, and that’s what we need.

BIA: Corey Finkelstein (Continued from page 1) the pair operate out of an office above Affairs Bakery. Finkelstein is the founder and chief organizer of the now two-year-old Copper Kettle Classics car show. He recently joined the board of the Mad & Noisy Gallery and is also active in the Nitetis Lodge. What is the biggest issue facing the BIA? I think there are two perspectives on that. The first concerns the businesses themselves, in terms of their wellbeing, and the economy is playing a part in that. But the issue is how to get more people into Creemore, and how to attract more stores to Creemore. We need to offer a great retail experience to those who come here. The second issue is that we need to close this divide that has formed within the BIA. We need to make sure this is a BIA where you get out of it what you put in. What would your priorities be as president? Really, the top priority is to deal with that second issue. We need to make people realize that if you come to the meetings, if you help out, if you

participate, then this BIA can become the BIA you want. It can be a positive, open, enthusiastic organization where everything is out in the open and everyone is working together. But it starts with participation – if you don’t have that, you have people feeling like they’re on the outside of things. Do you have any new ideas for promotions, events, etc.? I think I have some great ideas. But for me, the thing to do is to strengthen the great work that the BIA has already done. The Big Heart Festival, Christmas in the Valley, Magic Night, the Car Show… these are all great events with a lot of great potential. We need to continue to work on them. 4. How would you make sure other people get involved and stay involved? That’s a real challenge. I would open a complaints email line, for completely open communication. And I’d be knocking on doors, asking people to help out, to serve on committees. I’m not shy about asking people to participate. Everyone has amazing skill sets, it’s just a matter of matching people to the right tasks.

We are also aware the Eolectric has appealed the Township’s OPA 12, (Official Plan Amendment 12), intended to provide clearer standards for turbine applications, and very recently filed for a rezoning bylaw. Eolectric is counting on residents not being educated or engaged in this process - their own reports show noise impact beyond Provincial standards on some of our neighbours, including those who signed Options to Lease BEFORE any analysis was done. Your attendance is crucial.



COME - get the facts and ask questions WHEN? Saturday Feb. 7th, 10 am start, ending at noon. WHERE? The North Dufferin Community Centre, (Honeywood Arena ) QUESTIONS about the Meeting? E-mail to Norm MacEachern


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Friday, January 30, 2009 •


The Lowly Lentil CREEMORE DISH

Well, hopefully all of us have now third largest global producer of lentils after India and instead of too much; and eating a variety wound down from the holiday season. Turkey. Here’s another little known food fact. 80 per of food types. Which brings me to this I managed to avoid overdosing on cent of the lentils harvested in Canada are grown in week’s topic – the lowly and often lonely Christmas baking this year because I Saskatchewan (along with other varieties), making legume. didn’t bake. I know, I know, it might be the province the legume capital of Canada. If you Legumes are among the most versatile hard to believe that this food columnist have nothing else to do one evening or have trouble and nutritious foods you can buy, and failed to create the numerous festive sleeping, visit the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers they are very easy on the wallet too. Elaine cakes, cookies and other bonbons she website – isn’t Google just the best? In Brazil, a Legumes, or “pulses,” are a class of COLLIER usually does every December. But while I common New Year’s custom is to eat lentil soup, vegetables which includes beans, peas didn’t bake much, I also didn’t scarf back which is supposed to bring good fortune in the coming and lentils. Packed with nutrition, they as much either. This led me into the New Year without year. Using coconut milk and spices give this hearty are commonly used by vegetarians as a good protein (for once) having to go through sugar, chocolate, soup recipe an exotic flavour without being too off source but need better publicity to grab the attention of pastry and candied fruit withdrawal, although I did the wall for those reluctant to try new foods. Have a all you carnivores out there. It’s time to take a closer have a few dreams where I was chasing chocolate bowl… it’s my wish for good fortune to all of you look at the lowly legume in all its forms, and give it Santas around the neighbourhood. But that’s another in 2009! a supper time whirl. story! Feedback is great and I would love to hear from This week’s recipe will ease you into the world This culinary aberration of mine, which I’m sure you. Email me at of legumes in a tasty and simple way, by making will not last through next Christmas, has at least Until next time, eat well, live well… use of a bag of dried red lentils. FYI, Canada is the made January easier for me to get back on the wagon in terms of healthy eating. In last year’s column at this time, I talked about the “D” resolution – or “diet” to those of you who can’t quote my columns word for word. While going on a diet/losing weight has historically been one of the world’s leading New Year’s resolutions, more and more people are Serves 4 starting to see that a healthy diet along with some consistent exercise is the method which will keep 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) you at a satisfactory weight and fitness level. Healthy 1 cup cooking onion, chopped does not mean eating one small meal a day to lose 3 tablespoons tomato paste weight, eating nothing but protein shakes for weeks 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger) on end or starving yourself. Healthy involves balance: ½ teaspoon ground cumin ensuring you get enough protein, carbohydrates and ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric other nutrients in each meal; eating just enough ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon white pepper 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup dried red lentils t’s a h w d see 1 ½ cups light coconut milk in an e m Co 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

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Remember The Neck Breaker? LOCAL HISTORY

It was with much I began my quest for stories pleasure I learned about of those long ago days. My the tobogganing and first question was addressed snowboarding fun enjoyed to a woman who doesn’t by kids on Jardine Crescent. want her name used. “Do Behind their houses they you remember The Neck have one of the few hills Breaker?” This brought a Helen free of trees and shrubbery. puzzled look. She did not BLACKBURN So many hills on all sides remember hearing of it but of Creemore have grown did remember coming down up into forests. It was not always so. the Collingwood Street hill on Ralph Creemore was once a sleigh-riding mecca Shepherd’s bob sleigh and shooting with hillsides everywhere beckoning across the County road seconds before thrill seekers to ride their slopes. a car passed by. Hearing about the Jardine Crescent My next query was addressed to Ann adventures sent my mind back to the Russell Gibson. She asked, “What’s 1940s and my days in Room 2, Creemore that?” when I mentioned The Neck Public School. Every morning we had Breaker. Current Events. The Department of She had not played there but had Education of the time hoped we would gone with her brother Neil to the hill on enlarge our knowledge of the world by the dairy farm across the road from the discussing such things as The War or cemetery. She said all the children from The Election. But in Creemore The War the village went there on weekends. “We or The Election was no match for The had lots of fun,” she siad. “ No TV.” Neck Breaker. Every morning there were Another classmate of mine, Norma exciting stories of what went on at The Steed Lawler, couldn’t remember The Neck Breaker the day before. Neck Breaker either. She did lots of

sleigh riding, as her house was at the top of a hill. She can never forget one tobogganing incident. A heavy crust was on the snow, so strong that she, her sister Eleanor and George Wines decided to go out for some fun. They climbed the hill across the road, never breaking through the crust. Wisely, Eleanor refused to go down on the toboggan. When Norma and George started off they were soon out of control. Norma flew into the snow and cut her face on the sharp ice. Gertie Montgomery Gowan has a marvelous memory but she didn’t remember The Neck Breaker either. She did tell me good stories of her sleigh riding experiences. The Montgomery house sat at the base of the hill on the western outskirts of the village. Many winter evenings, Gertie and her brothers and sisters enjoyed thrilling rides. The most fun, although tiring, was to climb way up to the top of the farm and have a long ride all the way down. Other times they were happy with shorter rides on the smaller hill east of their barn. At first, they had no toboggan and used pieces of cardboard or a wide board that soon became shiny smooth on the bottom. My sister Ruth Emmett Hughes

wasn’t any help either with The Neck Breaker, but reminded me of the fun we had on Grainger’s hill beside our Webster grandparents’ farm. It was littered with hawthorne trees that we had to dodge. Our dog Towser always came along and could be coaxed to pull our toboggan up the hill. He always came down with us, biting at our snow boots and madly digging us out if we fell off. After all those calls I began to wonder if my memory was playing tricks on me. Much to my delight, when I called Laura Coulter Jardine, she immediately said she knew what The Neck Breaker was and where it was located. Triumph at last! As a coincidence, The Neck Breaker hill is on the property she now owns. If you want to see it for yourself, cross the County road at the top of Mill Street and head north on what is sometimes called Fairgrounds Road. Before you start up Ten Hill look across the field to the west. There you will see a very steep bank, as if a hill had been chopped off. This was the scene of all those fast rides I used to hear about, of the tumbles and near disasters and hilarious fun. And no, no one ever broke a neck on The Neck Breaker, not even a leg or an arm.

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Seasoned FIREWOOD for sale. Delivery available. Call Bruce Kidd. 466-6728.

This Volunteer Board, established by Clearview Township, supervises the management and operation of the community-owned Creemore Medical Centre and engages in medium and long term planning to determine community needs. The Board acts as a liaison between the Township, the health care providers who are tenants of the Centre and the Community served by the Centre. There is one vacancy on the Board. Anyone interested in serving on this Board should advise Don Smith, PO Box 2002, Creemore, ON, L0M 1G0 by February 27, 2009 outlining qualifications and why he/she is interested.

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FOR RENT HOUSE for rent. 3 bedroom in Singhampton. 6 Appliances. deck, private fenced yard. $800 plus utilities. First, last, references required. Flexible availability date. Call (705) 444-6971.

FOR LEASE For lease: STORAGE AREA, 600 sq ft with 12’ ceiling. Secure, dry & heated, has main door access (80” x 30”) & bay door (8’ x 10’). Located on Airport Road, near Creemore. Hydro & alarm security included. Limited hydro 110V only (lights & outlets). Propane heat not included. $675 per month. Call (705) 466-2149.

HELP WANTED Chez Michel is looking for a part-time WAITER/WAITRESS. Please call (705) 466-3331.

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SERVICES BUSI-B BOOKKEEPING. Affordable bookkeeping service, accurate recording, honest and confidential specializing in small business and farm finances. Call Lynn at 466-2477. ROLLING RIDGE ROOFING & SNOW REMOVAL. We clear your roof & decks of snow & icicles. Call Kevin (519) 986-2545.

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THANK YOU We wish to thank the community of Dunedin for their care and support of our Uncle, Alfred Webber, who passed away on Monday, January 19, 2009. He was quite a character and will be missed by many in the village. A special thank you to the Rowbotham family for all your selfless support and friendship towards Alf over the many years and to Rev. Candice Bist who gave tirelessly of herself during his final weeks. The family of John and Claire de Ruiter Creemore Curling Club wants to recognize our generous sponsors and hardworking volunteers for making our Mixed Bonspiel such a success. Large thank yous to Dave Huskinson of the Investors Group and to Goldline Curling Supplies. We very much appreciate your support

IN MEMORIAM In loving memory of our dear Dad and Grandpa, Wilfred Wilson who passed away on January 25, 1995. Unseen he is always near, still loved still missed and very dear. Just as he was, he will always be, treasured forever in our memory. We miss you everyday. Bruce, Helen, James, Krista, Kevin and Brent Fraser



In Memory of Les Anning - 28 January 2008. A year has passed so quickly & our lives have changed so much since you left. Your quiet strength is gone and now we must find the strength within each of us to continue your legacy. It is difficult and lonely. We miss you Les. Sons Lee & Les, Daughters-in-law Helen, Brenda, Gerda, Grandsons Ryan & Devon and Friend Eileen

HISEY, Onadell, nee Smith. Gone home to be with the Lord. At Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in her 84 th year. Beloved wife of Thomas Arenth Hisey; loved mother of Heather Benjamin and her husband Sjahman, Sharon Reimer and her husband David and Bonnie Lubbers and her husband Leonard; dear grandmother of 8 grandchildren; dearest sister of Lawrence, Earl (deceased) and Allan; also sadly missed by her nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel, 21 First St., Orangeville on Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11 am. Spring Interment Creemore Union Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Mrs. Hisey in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair. com)

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Creemore BIA Election Notice The Creemore BIA will be holding an election for the offices of President, Vice-President and Treasurer together with membership positions on the Board of Management on Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm at the Creemore Legion. NOMINEES ARE: PRESIDENT: Michael Bennett Corey Finkelstein VICE-PRESIDENT: Cynthia Gordon Pat Steer TREASURER: No nominations BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: Catherine Randall, Bill Coulter, Karen Gaudino The election will be conducted by Councillor Thom Paterson and BIA Secretary Lily White. Voting is limited to BIA members, which includes both commercial building owners and tenants in commercial spaces located in the designated BIA area. Owners of multiple buildings have only one vote. Voting by proxy will be permitted by those qualified members who provide a signed proxy statement. Voting will be conducted by secret ballot. Winners will be announced at the meeting. Anyone with questions about their voting eligibility can contact Councillor Paterson at 466-6321 or come to the meeting to state their case.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Valentine’s Day Murder by Norm Nordstrom Will a poetry reading or a murder massacre occur in Creemore on Valentine’s Day? Bring your sweetie or a group to the Murder Mystery Dinner at Creemore Legion to find the answer and perhaps solve the mystery of why a dastardly deed will be done at a “Poetry Reading.” This is an important reading by the one and only Bobby Hulk, ex-hockey great of the Chicago Blackjacks. Simone DeBourdoir, ex-wife of Bobby’s agent, Samuel Colon, an aspiring writer, and Beatrice Little, a literary critic, are attending this feast to comment on the reading. Is there a detective in the house? To find the answer mark, your calendar for the evening of Saturday,

February 14. Beginning at 7 pm that night, Murder Tastefully Executed from Niagara on the Lake will carrying out this murder. Everyone who attended our past murders (help) has enjoyed themselves. We do worry about some of these murderous people, but we promise that you will be safe. Feel free to participate or observe the proceedings while enjoying an excellent meal. Solve the murder and win a prize. The cost for the evening is $25 per person. Please call 466-2432 and leave a message for reservations in advance. Call as soon as possible as this provides us with better dinner planning. A n d w e p r o m i s e , w e w o n ’t accidentally murder you.

Mea Culpa





Regarding recent temperatures a score or mere sub-zero I must accept the blame... reveal myself as anti-hero, For back there in December, in the hopes that he might grant a Christmas wish, I took my pen in hand and wrote a note to Santa. I jotted it down quickly, without paying close attention To grammar, form, or syntax. I must not neglect to mention, And I say this with some hesitance, (This weakness is most telling.) That it never was my long suit to be accurate in spelling. In this c-o-l-d, I can’t complain if I’m the object of your curses, But those of you who know me well all know my love of verses. Oh, I would be a rich man if I had one skinny dime For each of my misspellings, for I asked the gift of RIME! Dear Children, pay attention when, in school, you study phonics. The boy or girl who spells well is becoming rare as onyx.

Kids on board. It’s a smoke-free zone. Smoking in motor vehicles with anyone under 16 is illegal and the fine is up to $250. As of January 21, 2009, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking or having lighted tobacco in a motor vehicle while a person under 16 years old is present. Second-hand smoke levels in motor vehicles can be up to 27 times greater than in a smoker’s home. It’s even a risk on short trips and when the windows are rolled down. Children who breathe second-hand smoke are more likely to suffer health problems such as sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and, later in life, cancer and cardiac disease. For more information, contact your Public Health Unit or call the INFOline toll-free at 1-866-396-1760. TTY: 1-800-387-5559. Or visit: For help quitting, visit or call 1-877-513-5333.

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January 30, 2009  
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