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Friday, February 13, 2009


Growth Vote Pushed to February 18

Council to vote on budget March 2 by Brad Holden Clearview Township’s 2009 budget was presented to Council in draft form Monday night, and at this point ratepayers are looking at a 2.75 per cent increase in their residential tax rate. If the budget were to pass as is on March 2, Clearview would collect $8.93 million for itself this year, an increase of 3.23 per cent over last year. The percentage comes down however, because included in the tax levy would also be $5.2 million for Simcoe County, an amount 3.42 per cent higher than last year, and $5.01 million for the School Boards, an amount even with last year’s requisition. All together, that would mean an increase of 2.75 per cent on the Clearview tax bill. What that means for a house now assessed at $239,805 (which, if its MPAC assessment rose by the average amount, would have been worth $228,101 in 2008) is a $90 increase in taxes, from $2,639 in 2008 to $2,729 in 2009. Overall, Clearview’s 2009 budget is proposed to come in at $32.2 million, a full 29 per cent larger than last year’s $24.9 million. The reasons for the increase are, for the most part, the large influx of capital grants received last year, most of which were transferred to this year, and the funding anticipated to arrive this year as a result of the federal government’s stimulus spending. That’s reflected in the fact that the 2009 operating budget comes in at $18.3 million, just $804,000 more than last year, while this year’s capital budget comes in at $16 million, a full $6.1 million more than 2008. “We’re going to get a lot of stuff done this year,” said Mayor Ken Ferguson after Treasurer Mitch Carruthers’ presentation. “The grant money makes a big difference and we’re going to go look for some more as well.” (See “Tax” on page 7)

Vol 9 No. 07

by Brad Holden After trying to reach a consensus on the Township’s future growth for more than two years, Clearview Councillors are waiting another week and a half before making their final decision. On the agenda last Monday night was a report from the Planning Department offering four different options for future growth, and a request that Council decide which should be used when staff drafts the Township’s longsought-after Growth Plan. But Councillor Thom Paterson, at the start of the meeting, moved that the report and ensuing discussion be deferred to a special meeting at 8 am on Wednesday, February 18, predicting it might take three or four hours to come to a decision. Not all Councillors seemed to think the discussion would take that long, but Councillor Shawn Davidson seconded Paterson’s motion on the condition that a final decision is made next Wednesday, with no further delays, so that Council can deal with the ensuing Growth Plan at its next regular Council meeting on Monday, March 2. (See “Growth” on page 7)

Winter’s Not That Bad After All! With the annual Sunnidale Winterama comes Mayor Ken Ferguson (top left) and Councillor Roger McGillvray’s (top right) log-sawing challenge to neighbouring municipalities. This year they were triumphant again, clocking a time of 27 seconds compared to Adjala-Tosorontio’s 31 seconds and Wasaga Beach’s 33 seconds. As usual, the weekend was a great success, with Saturday’s mild temperatures in particular attracting area children to activities such as the hockey shot challenge (bottom left) and the donuteating contest (bottom right). For more on the event, see page 10.

Echo Briefs A Good Job at Christmas The final numbers for last December’s Hope Acres Salvation Army Christmas Drive are in and they are impressive. Their hamper program assisted 87 families, up from 60 in 2007. And their Christmas kettles raised $78,500, nearly $13,000 more than last year.

ARC Public Meeting The latest public meeting in the ARC process that will determine the future of Stayner Collegiate Institute will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, February 19 at Elmvale District High School. A decision is looming; now’s the time to be heard.

Quilts and Blankets Needed

Wind Farm Update

The Creemore Fire Hall’s supply of quilts and blankets has almost run out. More are urgently needed to keep people warm at accident sites. Anyone with old ones they’d like to donate can call Captain Jim Morrey at 466-3271.

The Honeywood wind farm proposal by Eolectric is moving through the approval process, and on December 15, 2008, the company filed an Environmental Screening Report (ESR) with the Ministry of Environment. A meeting hosted by CORE (Conserving our Rural Environment) last Saturday raised several issues with the report. The commenting period on the ESR ends on Friday, February 20. To review the ESR yourself, visit www.eolectric. com. To find out more about CORE’s issues and to find out how to comment, visit and click on “News,” and read the most recent Memo/Newsletter.

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration will be held at the NCPS primary site, 35 Caroline Street West, on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19. To be eligible, your child must be four years of age by December 31, 2009. Please call the school at 466-6314 or 466-2624 to make an appointment or for more information.

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The River’s Mad Again

Weekend Weather

On Thursday morning, just as we were putting this issue of the Echo to bed, Creemore’s annual dance with the river began. Apparently, an ice jam in Avening the night before had resulted in no big drama, but as the rain continued to fall and temperatures stayed mild over night, the Mad continued to break up and rise. The picture at right is of a brave MacDonald Construction employee, commissioned by the Township Public Works Department to drive his excavator right into the torrent to break up an ice jam just east of Websterville. Last spring, there was some controversy about how the Township handled a big flooding event, especially in Avening. This year, the ditches appear to be flowing in Avening and the Works Department was on the job immediately in Websterville. Let’s give them credit for doing a good job, and at the same time let’s hope the worst of the flooding is over with.

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Love is blind. Love hurts. Can’t buy pick. Just be sure on Valentine’s Day that me love. Oh, the sentiments we weave on you tell someone you love them, even if the emotion of love. Where would we be you are just looking in the mirror. To my without it? That warm fuzzy feeling that special someone, Happy Valentine’s Day, starts at the top of your head, carrying a Russel. sea of warmth that ends somewhere in Other men said they have seen angels, the groin area. The feeling of pain and but I have seen thee, and thou art enough. Cat anguish that comes with a broken heart; FLACK - G. Moore we have all felt that stabbing feeling in our chest, the thought of how will we survive When you love someone, all your saved up wishes without that special someone in our life. Well, that start coming out. – Elizabeth Bowen is the power of love and in time, you just move on. There are more than 50 ways to tell your lover that Soul meets soul on lover’s lips. – Percy Shelly you love them, some mushy, some brazen, take your I have found men who didn’t know how to kiss. I’ve always found time to teach them. – Mae West

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romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. Love is a smoke made with a fume of sighs. William Shakespeare If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies. – Swedish Proverb Falling in love is so hard on the knees. – Aerosmith It’s not the men in my life that count – it’s the life in my men. – Mae West Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. – Jules Renard

People say love is in every corner. I must be walking in circles.

Here is my heart, guard it well. – French saying

The spaces between your fingers are meant to be filled with mine.

I wanted to make it really special on Valentine’s Day, so I tied my boyfriend up, and for three solid hours I watched whatever I wanted to on TV.

Are you tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.

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Community Calendar This Weekend Friday, February 13 to Saturday, February 14 • Purchase your Rose Pen for someone special this Valentine’s Day. Limited number available at Affairs Catering for only $3. All proceeds donated to sponsor a special needs camper at Peacekeeper Park. Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16 • Big Hearts Festival. See page 12 for details. Friday, February 13 • Enjoy the film ‘The Real Dirt on Farmer John’ at Station on the Green at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm. Admission is a donation to the Stayner food bank (cash or non-perishable items). 100 Mile Maplewood smoked chili & sourdough bread ($5) and quiche & cabbage salad ($5), 100 Mile popcorn and goodies. Local beverages. Hosted by Creemore 100 Mile Store. 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. • Rock ‘N’ Roll Car Show is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner at Centennial United Church, Stayner at

5 pm. Proceeds to GNE. Guest speaker is Judy Ross, author of A View of the Bay – Collingwood and Beyond. Silent Auction. $25. Call (705) 4457821 for information & tickets. • Don’t miss a Valentine’s Evening of Jazz at the Black Birch Restaurant in Hockley Valley with singer Leisa Way and Bruce Ley (of Trouble and Strife) on piano from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. No cover charge, but reservations recommended. Please call (519) 938-2333. • Creemore Legion’s Murder Mystery Dinner. Solve the mystery & win a prize. Murder mystery done by Murder Tastefully Executed from Niagara on the Lake. Must be seated by 7 pm. $25 per person. Call 466-2432 & leave a message. • Have a Heart Valentine’s Dance at Singhampton Community Hall from 8 pm to 1 am. Live music, good food, great friends. $20 or 2 for $30. Call 443-8007 or 441-5183 for tickets. Cash bar. Sunday, February 15 • 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. • Jamboree at Hornings Mills Community Hall at 1 pm featuring area musicians Greg Holmes MC. $5. Followed by Ham & Scalloped Potato Supper at 5 pm. Adults $10, under 12 $5. Come out & enjoy the music, dancing and/or a great supper! Sponsored by Honeywood-Hornings Mills United Church. • Jazz Vespers at St. Luke’s Anglican Church at 4 pm with Bruce Ley & his trio followed by wine & cheese reception. Donations gratefully received.

Upcoming Events Tuesday, February 17 • Taoist Tai Chi ‘continuing’ level classes (for anyone who has finished a beginner class) are ongoing every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm at the Station on the Green. New ‘beginner’ level afternoon classes (1:30 to 3:30 pm, instructor Elizabeth Brandon) will start on Monday, March 2 at the Station. Beginner level evening classes (7 to 9 pm, instructor Laura Walton) will start on Tuesday, March 3 at the Station. For more information please call Laura at 466-5011. • Stayner Heritage Society in celebration of Black History Month at Centennial 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. Wednesday, February 18 • Special Clearview Township Meeting at 8 am to decide on a Growth Glan for Clearview. Public is welcome to attend. • Creemore Horticultural Society Meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church at 7:30 pm. Trees & Shrubs: What works in our area. Kevin Elwood from Clearview Nursery will speak on the best trees & shrubs proven hardy for our zone with emphasis on drought tolerant & low maintenance varieties. An excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge. All are welcome. Reminder: 2009 Memberships are due. Thursday, February 19 • Researching the history of your heritage property. Hear a lecture by Ellen Millar, assistant archivist of Simcoe County Archives, to learn how at 7 pm at Collingwood Council Chambers, 97 Hurontario Street. Admission free. Call Annette Snowdon at 444-7730. • Annual General Meeting for the Nottawasaga Community Hall in Duntroon will be held at the Hall, #9025 County Road 91 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Sunday, February 22 • Creemore Legion Breakfast. Breakfast from 8:30

to 11 am. The menu consists of 2 eggs any way you want them, bacon or sausage, homefries and toast, or you can have one of our delicious Belgian waffles with fruit, syrup and whipped cream. Coffee, tea and juice included for only $5. • 2009 Collingwood MS Walk Kick-Off. Free afternoon of skating & live entertainment at Central Park Outdoor Rink, Collingwood at 2 pm. For more information call Mark Lapinski at 1-800-268-7582 ext 2048 or mark.lapinski@ Tuesday, February 24 • Pancake Supper at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 22 Caroline St. West from 5 to 7 pm. Adults $7, children 12 & under $3 and pre-schoolers free. Come out and enjoy pancakes, sausages, buns, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Everyone welcome. • Pancake Supper at Zion Presbyterian Church, 14 Margaret Street, Angus from 5 to 7 pm. Pancakes, sausages, cake & ice cream with a beverage. Adults $6, kids under 12 $3. Enjoy a great meal with friends & family! Saturday, February 28 • Clearview Township Recreation Department invites you to a Health and Leisure Showcase at the Stayner Arena from 10 am to 2 pm. Experience what Clearview has to offer. Programme demonstrations, information booths, registration opportunities, complimentary snacks, free games and activities. If you would like to promote your program or event contact 428-6230 ext 249. Friday, March 6 • Knox Presbyterian Church, in the hamlet of Dunedin is hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer Service at 10 am for the Creemore/ Dunedin area. Everyone is invited to this ecumenical Christian gathering organized by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. Light refreshments to follow. The church will be open from 9 am for prayer and contemplation. For more information, call (705) 466-5202 or email Saturday, March 28 • Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is

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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. Saturday, April 4 • 9th Annual Fur Ball with proceeds for Georgian Bay Animal Rescue “Dancing For Our Stars” starting at 6 pm at Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain. Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction. $125 per person. Tickets or donation information, call Deb Keep at 446-1510.



Friday, February 13, 2009

Creemore Big Heart Seniors SENIORS

There were 46 out for cards today, hair cut last year to raise money for this most even with several members being at worthwhile cause. Your family (and the rest home in the “sick and not feeling well of us) are really proud of you, Megan, and besides” category. of you too, Ted. That was definitely showing The 50/50 draws went to Ted Underhill support in a very tangible way! (2), Doreen McDermid, Jack Heslip, We would like to send out a big “Hello” to Lillian Hiltz, May Johnston and Eileen Doris Read. Doris is Audrey Tidd’s sister, Sylvia Nash. and she now lives at Birchmere Retirement GALE Moon shots were played by Bob Home in Orillia. Doris was a member of Veale, Dave Smith, Roy Veinot and Bert Seniors for some years, and she is a lovely Douglas. This was the men’s day to shine, by the looks person, and a lot of fun to be around. She has been quite of it! Bob won the Sidewinders loot, and Bert won the concerned about a son-in-law who has been really sick travelling prize. lately. So we hope he is soon on the mend, Doris. For the last two weeks, Audrey Tidd had been low The Creemore Legion promises to be a very busy “man” on the totem pole score wise. This week she place this weekend with the Murder Mystery Dinner on obviously decided to change her ways, which she did Saturday, February 14, and there may still be spaces in grand style by being our top scorer with a lovely 321, available. If interested, call Dee Hanson at 466followed by Dave Smith 306, Wilma Bannerman 292 2432. Then on Sunday, February 15, there will be a and Bob Veale 279. Low was Norma Johnston with Bid Euchre Tournament. Registration from 12 noon, 106, which put her very close to winning the hidden and cards to start at 1 pm sharp. The cost is $12 and score of 109, which was worth $16. This prize goes up includes lunch. $ 1 per week till won, so it will be worth a respectable In talking to Reg Rawn, he told me that Mary Lou, $17 next week. who has been in Collingwood Hospital for quite some There was a birthday card for Warren Gale, but he time, has been moved to Barrie to the Woods Park was home coughing and snuffling along with about Care Centre. This Centre is for therapy to try to help half of the population, it seems. But he’s a very giving Mary Lou become well enough to undergo a possible sort of a lad, as it seems he has given his cold to me. liver transplant. She is at Woods Park Care Centre, Actually, when daughter Sharon was here last week, 110 Lillian Crescent, Barrie, Ontario L4N 5H7. Our she was really feeling rough with a cold or flu. I told very best to you, Lou. And to all you fine friends and her it was probably the bad coming out. She still has her neighbours of the Rawns, Reg cannot say enough nice sense of humour as she replied “Oh darn! This could things about you all. You have really helped him to go on for a year, then!” carry on through some pretty tough times. My thanks to It’s good to hear that neighbour Lloyd Whitley is Colleen and Alexis (gals at the Post Office) for digging doing well after his gall bladder operation a week or so up the postal code, etc. ago. Then recently Ellen had a bit of a bad spell, but she We would like to send our condolences to the Striegl is fine except for the horrible cold she is fighting. family – Kathy ( Joe) Meeser, Heidi (Bill) Elder and There was a chap around town with a long beard and Steve and Sharon Striegl and their families on the loss long hair. Then a little while ago, he trimmed the beard quite a bit shorter than it had been. But recently Ted Underhill had his head shaved as a show of support for his granddaughter Megan Turgeon from Gibbons, Alberta. Megan is 11 years old and the money she raised from pledges to get her head shaved went to the Children’s Wish Foundation of the Canadian Cancer Society. Her father Maurice also had his hair shorn in support of this endeavour. Megan had also had her

of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Striegl was a very hard working, caring woman whose family meant the world to her. When Kathy was still in her early teens, she babysat my kids one summer, and she was very good to, and with, the kids. They still remember her taking them swimming in the river every decent day. One day I came home from work and jokingly asked Kathy, “Who’s winning, you or the kids?” She then proceeded to tell me that she had taken them all swimming, only Lolo (as she was nicknamed then, and she is now called Louie, but her name is Carol) ran home ahead of the rest of them and locked the doors. So Kathy had to boost son Terry through the window to brave this seven or eight year old tyrant that was inside wielding and threatening everybody with a fly swatter. Anyway, Terry managed to get in and get the door open to let them all inside. After chewing Lolo out, I think I suggested to Kathy that next time she should tie that kid to a tree or something, all the while knowing that Kathy was far more lenient than I would have been. After writing the above, I was talking to Kathy and learned that the Striegl family had suffered another blow as their father George died suddenly less than three weeks after their mother had passed away. And Joe Meeser had just recently had heart surgery. But the one bright note is that Joe is recovering nicely, which is welcome news. I understand that Russ Wilkinson is going to do his darndest to stifle my reports of him and what he says at Seniors. So if I see him coming with a meat cleaver at the ready, I suspect my “writing” hand will be toast – if I’m dumb enough to stick around until he catches me, that is! But be afraid, Russ, be very afraid, ‘cause I can dream up lots of things to attribute to you – and I may even convince a few people that they are true and that you actually did say them!

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Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate? (Part II) CREEMORE DISH

Stephen and I went to the Creemoreof wine and some delicious treats. I centric show at the Mad & Noisy even had a few recipe discussions Gallery a couple of weeks back, which along the way, which I also loved. Any was sponsored by the Purple Hills Arts opportunity to talk about food is an & Heritage Society. It was wonderful opportunity not to be missed, and it to see so many imaginative people in makes me appreciate the fact even more our community jumping into the spirit that people are reading the column and of the show, not only through their Elaine trying out the recipes. COLLIER own artistic creations hanging on the Creemore is such a happenin’ place – walls, but also by participating in the just check out the Community Calendar very successful silent auction. While on page 3 of the Echo if you don’t believe me. So Stephen did yeoman’s service at the bidding table, what’s next on the busy Creemore schedule? Well, I enjoyed catching up with everyone over a glass we have a jam packed weekend – not only are we

Chocolate Love Dip Serves 2 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped ½ cup of 35% cream (whipping) 1 tablespoon of your favourite liqueur – try Amaretto, Grand Marnier or even Bailey’s Irish Crème An assortment of dippers such as: Strawberries Cherries Apple and pear slices Pineapple chunks (fresh or canned) Banana chunks Apricots (use dried apricots, soak in water to soften them and then towel dry them) Large marshmallows Almond biscotti or other “dippable” cookies Place chopped chocolate in a medium size glass bowl and set the bowl on top of a small saucepan filled with medium hot water (not boiling). If you have a double boiler, use that. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally with a heat proof spatula. Make sure no steam or moisture gets into the bowl or the chocolate will “seize” on you – meaning it clumps up. A small amount of butter stirred in should solve this problem if it occurs. Remove chocolate from heat and slowly mix in the whipping cream until everything is blended well together. Stir in your favourite liqueur. Pour into a heated fondue pot (if you have one) or a pretty serving bowl suitable for dipping, which has been warmed to keep the chocolate fondue from hardening. Dip fruit into the chocolate and eat slowly, saying “Mmmmm….this is good!” For every piece of fruit you dip, think loving thoughts about the person dipping across from you (they should be thinking the same thoughts about you). Feed each other chocolate dipped pieces… are you getting the picture? I think you can take it from there.

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celebrating Valentine’s Day and Family Day, it is also the Big Heart Festival with lots of sweet deals and events going on. I have a busy cooking weekend with our B&B full up but will find some time to make it into town and enjoy the festivities. Last year’s Valentine’s column had me waxing enthusiastic about Vitamin C, better known as chocolate (at least on February 14), and nothing has changed over the past year. If anything, I’ve become even more attached to chocolate. It’s now giving lemon mousse and crème caramel a run for their money in the dessert department. So to continue the tradition, chocolate it is (again) for the Valentine’s recipe. These days, everyone is looking for something simple and not too hard on the budget. So I’ve decided to share a warm chocolaty treat which is uncomplicated and quick to make, using only a handful of easily found ingredients (even if you’re in Florida, Brad). What could be better to tell someone you care enough to make them something special on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter? And if you lack a “special someone” in your life right now, just think about everyone – family, friends, pets, whatever – who makes your life better by being there for you. Everyone has a Valentine somewhere! Feedback is great and I would love to hear from you. I have really enjoyed all the emails from fellow cooking enthusiasts so keep them coming. Email me at Until next time, eat well, live well….



Friday, February 13, 2009

Frosty morning photos can be beautiful PHOTO CORNER

I’ve been a big fan of The two best times of Valdy’s music for a long day for shooting outdoor time. Whenever I see frost landscapes or natural light patterns on a windowpane, photographs are early I remember a line from one morning and late afternoon. of my favourite songs from At these times the colour his repertoire: “Frost king temperature of the light is Bryan has come, with a flick of his a warm, golden colour that DAVIES thumb, turned the windows works well in creating a to Rennaissance art.” warm-toned photograph. At One frosty March morning last year, I high noon the light tends to be very flat, walked out to the driveway where the van without a warm tonal range. was parked and I saw the most wonderful When you capture photographs where surprise. Sweeping across the entire front the light source is shining toward you and windshield were patterns of frost that your camera, it’s called back light. Back formed amazing abstract shapes, begging light is a very dramatic type of light, used to be photographed. in TV commercials, movie projects and Since the van window faced west and professional model shoots. the sun rises in the east, there was very One of the challenges of using little light shining through the frostback lighting for landscape and nature laden glass. Not wanting to disturb this photography is that the light rays extraordinary visual opportunity, I drove travelling past or through the subject the van down the street, opening the and toward your camera tend to fool the side windows for visibility. I parked the camera’s built-in light meter. The meter vehicle on an oblique angle, facing the tells the camera’s aperture to partially front of the windshield toward the early close down, because there is too much morning sunlight. light coming into the lens. Positioning the van’s windshield in As the photographer, you need to this direction allowed the sun’s rays adjust your camera to compensate for to create a golden glow of back light the under-exposure by adjusting your through the window frost, which was exposure compensation dial or camera reflected in the unique feather-shaped menu to (+1, +2 etc.) which opens up the patterns on the glass. I began shooting aperture an appropriate number of f-stops the backlit window from the driver’s to allow more light in for a well-exposed seat. A 24-70 mm lens was quite good for picture. Another time when backlighting capturing the medium close-up texture of control is often necessary is when you are frost formations. photographing people indoors, without a

flash, against an outdoor window. If you don’t compensate for the exposure, your picture will show a dark-faced silhouette against a bright background. Some digital cameras have a special back light adjustment feature. Check what your camera’s manual says about exposure compensation. Anyway, by the time I managed to capture 50 images of backlit, feathery frost on my van windshield, the warm winter sunlight began to slowly melt what God had created for a brief moment in time. Never again will those exact shapes be visible to another human. They will only live on through my photographs. On my morning walk the next day I stumbled upon an abandoned

yellow Volkswagen Bug with a frosty windshield. I later discovered this was Bob Ransier’s first snowplow. Again, the morning sunlight was streaming through the back window and made its way to the frost marks on the front windshield. Having my trusty Sigma 70-200 f2.8 zoom handy on the Canon 40D, I was able to capture high impact close-ups of the golden window frost with a bonus. The silhouette of the rear view mirror and semi-circular windshield wiper blade marks added even more mystery to the image. I was fortunate enough to have this image published in Photographer’s Forum – Best of Photography 2008. Try shooting frost; it can create wonderful images on your windowpanes and great pictures for your gallery.





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Growth decision deferred Council News (Continued from page 1) The vote to defer then passed unanimously. Absent, however, was Councillor John Crispo, who arrived late to the meeting due to a family matter. Unfortunately, Crispo, who has driven much of the desire for a Growth Plan, is scheduled to be part of a University of Toronto delegation to the United Arab Emirates and Dubai next week, and is therefore unable to attend the February 18 special meeting. Efforts to find an alternate date were unsuccessful, so Crispo expressed his intention to make his views known about whatever decision is made at the March 2 meeting. Mayor Ken Ferguson instead encouraged Crispo to put his views on the record previous to February 18, so they may be considered when the decision is made. Crispo said he would try, but seemed more eager to go on the record after the vote is held, stating that “you all know how I stand on this anyway.” As for the options, put simply they are this: • To f u l l y c o m p l y w i t h t h e County Growth Plan; to provide for consideration of additional greenfield applications over the 20-year planning timeframe; to focus growth on Stayner and Creemore; to recommend which current applications should be denied to achieve all this; and to freeze all

surplus greenlands for 20 years, subject to five-year reviews; or • To fully comply with the County Growth Plan; to focus growth on Stayner and Creemore; to recommend which current applications should be denied; and to freeze all surplus greenlands for 20 years, subject to five-year reviews; or • To fully comply with the County Growth Plan; to spread growth between Stayner, Creemore, New Lowell and/or Nottawa; to recommend which current applications should be denied; and to freeze all surplus greenlands for 20 years, subject to five-year reviews; or • To provide for the allocation of the County Growth Plan as well as additional growth on the basis of consideration of the applications which are grandfathered by the Growth Plan transition; to spread growth between Stayner, Creemore, New Lowell and/or Nottawa; and to freeze all surplus greenlands for 20 years, subject to five-year reviews. Members of the public are welcome to attend the 8 am meeting on Wednesday, February 18. Also deferred Monday night was a final decision on the 1,000-home Dancor development, proposed for the east side of Stayner. That matter will now be taken care of on March 2, after Council has finalized the Growth Plan.

by Brad Holden First up at Monday’s Council meeting was a public meeting regarding a zoning bylaw amendment for the property at 29 Elizabeth Street East, recently acquired by Martin Zeng. Zeng has plans to turn the existing building on the property into a semidetached dwelling, and also to sever a lot off the west side of the property, either for resale or to build another home on spec. The matter of the severance has already been before the Committee of Adjustment, where a number of neighbours objected to the fact that the new lot created would be 719 square metres in size, on a block where all the other lots are closer to 2,000 square metres in size. That decision was deferred, in part because of the neighbours’ protests and in part because the zoning amendment being looked at Monday night – in short, that any dwelling built on the property, whether it’s severed or not, should have a front yard setback of 11 metres instead of the six metres required in the new zoning bylaw – would need to be in place should the severance be granted. The reason for the proposed change in setback is that every dwelling on that side of the street already has the larger setback. If a house was built according

Tax increase of 2.75% goes to Council March 2 (Continued from page 1) The three projects mainly responsible for the increase in the capital budget are the new Stayner Fire Hall and Emergency Centre, which in total will cost $4.5 million, the Tenth Line Bridge reconstruction, which will cost the Township $700,000, and the new Highway 26 bypass around Stayner, which has a price tag of $3.2 million.



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The Highway 26 project will be funded from a combination of Ontario Roads and Bridges funds and specific Ontario grant funding for the project. The Tenth Line Bridge project will also be funded from Ontario Roads and Bridges funding. Only the Stayner Fire Hall will actually cost the Townships some money – while the County will contribute just over $1million, $25,000 will come from police development charges and $100,000 will come from the proceeds of the old Creemore Fire Hall sale, the Township will still have to debenture $3.4 million to get the job done. Of course, with stimulus funding on the horizon, Carruthers will be keeping an eye out for grant possibilities to bring that number down. Other big expenditures, all covered by grant money, include $911,000 for the new water pipeline in New Lowell, $447,000 for well rehabilitation in Stayner and $480,000 for a new equalization tank at the Creemore Sewage Treatment Plant. The draft budget is a result of four special Council meetings held in late

January and early February, at which Councillors met with department heads and went over their proposed 2009 spending line by line. At the end of his presentation Monday, Carruthers said there were “still a couple numbers that might get switched around.” A final version of the budget is intended to be passed at Council’s next meeting, on Monday, March 2.

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to the new bylaw, it would stick well out in front of the existing houses. The only voice from the public Monday night was Doug Mills, one of the neighbours, who reminded Council that the public has strongly objected to the severance at the Committee of Adjustment level. With that, Council ended the public meeting on the subject.

Public Meeting on Water/Sewer Rates Council also held a public meeting concerning the proposed changes to the water and sewer rate schedule. The only controversial decision here, which Council will have to grapple with when they pass the new rates on March 2, is whether to treat the $200,000 in costs accrued by the Township last spring due to the Creemore Sewage plant being overwhelmed as an amount that only Creemore residents should make up or one that should be factored into sewer rates right across the Township. If the former option is chosen, sewer rates will be marginally higher in Creemore than in the other settlement areas for the first five years. After that, all will be even. The other option sees things even all the way. There was little public participation on the subject Monday night.

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Local realtor to serve as president of real estate board in ‘09 by Brad Holden Local realtor Vicki Bell will serve as president of the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board (GTREB) in 2009, something she’s dreamed of doing since first joining the organization in 1998. The GTREB, with 345 member realtors across Meaford, the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township, is dedicated to embracing new technologies and advancing quality education and high ethical standards in support of its membership while delivering MLS and real estate services consistent with the changing regulations and market dynamics of the real estate profession. It also acts as a fundraising body, donating significant sums of money back to its communities each year. During 2008, GTREB members offered financial support totalling $13,800. The most noteworthy of these were contributions to

Vicki Bell Habitat for Humanity of South Georgian Bay and Grey Bruce totaling $6,505 and My Friend’s House in Collingwood totaling $1,820. Financial assistance was also made to local food banks and through the organizations’ annual “peanut butter build,” which sees realtors from across

the region donating jars of peanut butter to the area food bank. Another mainstay of the GTREB’s fundraising initiatives is an annual golf tournament in support of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals – in 2008, members contributed $4,915 to this worthy cause. At the provincial level, the Realtors Care Foundation has been established to assist those less fortunate with their shelter-based needs. Over 85 per cent of the almost 50,000 realtors across the province, including those who are members of the GTREB, have committed to funding this foundation on a monthly basis. Money provided to the Realtors Care Foundation ultimately funnels back to the very realtors who are engaged in local fundraising initiatives to support the shelter needs of their respective communities. To date, the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board has received

$16,500 from this foundation, which in addition to what the board has raised on its own, has been given to the above local charitable organizations. As for the state of the market, Bell is honest about the fact we’ve entered a period of correction. Following record sales across the Georgian Triangle in 2007 of $571.6 million, the 2008 number dropped 23.3 per cent to $438.1 million. In terms of unit sales, 1,711 properties sold in 2008, down from 21.4 per cent from the 2,178 properties sold in 2007. In 2008, one out of every 3.5 listings sold, compared to 2007, when one out of every 2.5 listings sold. So the local market has slowed down. But Bell is confident that prices have not come down as far as in other places – perhaps only 10 to 15 per cent lower at the moment. In light of such a dramatic slowdown, Bell says that’s reason to be confident.

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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Tips for snowmobiling safely While it started out as a trauma units in Canada. means of transportation for Snowmobiling accounts for snowy Canadian winters, as many of these injuries as snowmobiling has become skiing and snowboarding a popular recreational combined. The majority activity. As of 2006 there of injuries seen in were 700,000 registered snowmobile incidents are snowmobiles in Canada, musculoskeletal in nature, Dr.Neil Patrick and more than 160,000 and over half of these are kilometres of snowmobile to the upper and lower trails to enjoy. Whether limbs. Injuries to the knee you participate yourself, or see and lower leg are frequently seen, due riders out on local trails and around to the fact the legs are the most lateral town, it is clear that snowmobiling structure on a sled and are almost is a prominent winter activity in this completely exposed. Head trauma area. and drowning are the primary causes Recreational snowmobiling is a way of fatalities. The most common to be physically active in the winter mechanism of injury is collisions and enjoy the great outdoors in a with other vehicles or objects such social setting. Most modern machines as trees, with other injuries occurring have hand and seat heaters which, from loss of sled control or falling along with wind-proof and moistureoff the snowmobile. Nearly one wicking clothing, snowmobile suits third of all injuries occur as a result and helmets, keep riders warm and of a snowmobile hitting “bumps” dry on even the coldest days. The such as a mound of snow or covered Ontario Federation of Snowmobile rock. While machines can weigh as Clubs ( is a great much as 270 kilograms and travel at source of information, facilities and speeds over 140 kilometres per hour, services to help new and experienced it is human, rather than mechanical riders get out on their local trails. factors that account for virtually all Like any activity, exercising modern snowmobile injuries. For appropriate care allows most people example: to enjoy snowmobiling safely. • most crashes occur at speeds Snowmobiling is, however, the greater than 50 kilometres per hour. greatest cause of winter recreation• a high proportion of injuries occur related injuries seen in specialized on roads, not groomed trails.


• alcohol use is associated with a majority of injuries. • most accidents occur at night when lighting is poor. • the greatest proportion of injured snowmobilers are young males. Clearly these human risk factors are largely preventable by individual drivers. To aid in prevention, provincial laws include regulations for minimum driver age, snowmobile registration, wearing of helmets, speed limits and use of public roadways. These laws are further enforced in Ontario with the help of qualified snowmobile club members in the Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol (STOP) program. Avoiding snowmobiling injuries is best accomplished by remaining sober while operating a snowmobile, wearing an approved safety helmet, and driving at a speed and manner that allows for the avoidance of fixed objects. By preventing many of the risk factors associated with snowmobiling, riders who exhibit good judgement and avoid unnecessary risks will continue to enjoy a fun and safe winter out on the trails. 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 .

Can you help find these folks? The Creemore School Reunion, which happens every five years, is coming up on August 1 and 2, 2009. The committee is searching for a few people who attended school here between 1967 and 1977. If you can help with the following names, please contact John Montgomery at (705) 4453110 or oldmisery@sympatico. ca or Catherine Harper at (905) 279-5761 or c _ _ _ harper@ (that’s underscore three times with no spaces when you type them on the computer). Mark Curran, Michele Curran, Carol D’Aoust, Rose Marie Darrock, Juanita Davidson, Peter de Bruin, Bart de Lint, Elsa de Lint, Michelle de Lint, Robert de Lint, Caren Denison, Linda Dunn, Dale Feather, Nancy Ferguson, Bonnie Fisher, Jean Fletcher, David Foley, Karen Foley, Vicky Forbes, Steve Foster, Colette Fournier, Joey Goheen, Debbie Graham, Kelly Graham, Lynne Grant. Many thanks for your help.

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New Lowell News evening with a youth dance Happy Valentine’s Day to that followed. all! The symbol of the heart Saturday morning is a symbol we all have come many took part in the to know as love. Whether it tasty Pancake Breakfast, be a small child, a budding the parade and the games romance, a special friend or at the park. The Library a long time relationship the Sandra hosted a warm up centre heart means that part of you BEDNAREK with an illustrator, crafts goes to someone to show that and many other interests you love, care and hope that for those who wanted to keep warm. person realizes how important they are in Dancing and visiting with friends at the your life. May you see many hearts this Winterama on Saturday evening brought week and in the weeks to come! the day to a close. This past weekend Winterama was The New Lowell Public School and celebrated in the village of New Lowell. A Our Lady of Assumption are classed good “winter” time was had by all and as “Living Schools” in our area. This congratulations to the committee for means these schools initiate the entire organizing yet another weekend full school community of students, parents, of fun for all ages. By all accounts the teachers, administrators, public health, spaghetti supper, burning of the green and sport and recreation organizations, skating at the park on Thursday evening community coalitions, local businesses was a great time for community spirit and municipal governments to support even if it was a real “cold” Canadian and enhance an active healthy lifestyle evening. for all children and youth. The weather warmed up on Friday To support this challenge there are evening as the “best talent show some activities being offered to all not on snow” got under way at the community members: Legion. There were 11 entries ranging Gentle Yoga for Older Adults from dance, singing, juggling to musical and Beginners at NLCPS on Wednesday instruments. The three finalists were evenings from 6:30 till 7:20 pm at $5 per Jessica Bowman, Christine and Micheal person per night. Guillard, and Katie Hubbard. Jessica Intermediate Yoga for Adults Bowman took home the most votes and Wednesday evenings from 7:30 till 8:30 the $300 prize. Congratulations to all pm at $6 per person per night. that entered. It was a very entertaining

Please contact Jennifer Elliott at 4247450 for more information. There is also a Co-edAdult Recreational Volleyball on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 pm with a $2 fee. The contact for this is Alicia Russell at 424-9491. These activities are all skill levels with the emphasis on fun. Within the schools you will hear about the Good Food Box, soup days, working awareness for health living and an upcoming Healthy Living Fair to be held on Thursday, May 7. If you wish more information on any of these school activities call either school or contact Deb Shackell at New Lowell Central Public School. A Winter Active School Challenge will take place on Wednesday, February 18 (weather permitting). All schools have been challenged to get outdoors and get active on this date. New Lowell Public is joining in on the fun with a variety of activities. Make sure your child is dressed for outdoor play that day. There is an after-school program running for Grades 5 to 8. Every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm with games and sports to play. Permission forms have gone home for this activity. The New Lowell Public School is pleased to announce that the D.A.R.E. program (an information program about drug awareness for Grade 6) has started in February. This is run through the Huronia

West OPP detachment. Remember the “danceathon” that will be taking place on Friday, February 20. Don’t forget that kindergarten registration is happening this month. To be eligible, your child must be four years of age by December 31, 2009. Please call the school at 424-0991 for further information. The Story Hour at the Sunnidale Branch of the Library continues on Thursdays at 10:30 am. This is an excellent time for your preschoolers (including kindergarten children) to learn early library skills, listen to a story and do a craft. Call the library to get your child on the list. The New Lowell United Church will have regular service on Sunday, February 15 at 10:15 am. The following Sunday, the 22nd, they will have a short worship at 9 am followed by the Annual Meeting. On that day, Avening United will not have a worship service but St. John’s in Creemore will have its regular worship at 11:30 am. On Sunday,March 1 all services are back to regular times. We are sorry to hear that Luceal Day has had a fall and is in Royal Victoria Hospital. We are glad to hear that Linda Henderson is improving health wise. Everyone in the community is wished a good Family Day on February 16… a good day to do something together as a family.

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JONES, Winnifred “Winnie” went peacefully to be with her Lord on Friday, February 6, 2009 in her 93rd year at Creedan Valley Nursing Home in Creemore. Beloved wife of the late Valentine “Val” Jones. Loving mother of Valerie (Wayne Stephenson), Nancy (Rick Monkman) and David Jones (Melanie). Predeceased by her son Ronald. Cherished grandma of Ryan (Cheryl), Timothy (Lisa), Darryl (Karen), Michelle, Matthew (Denise), Andrew, Hannah, Jacob and Mikaela. Adored great grandma of Joel, Madeline, Carter, Cameron, Kate and Kevin Stephenson. Much loved sister of Evelyn (the late George Mutford), Joyce (Cyril Rideout) and Clarence Oxford (Lily). Predeceased by her sister Annie Jones, her brother-in-laws Bill and Aubrey and brother Harry Oxford. Dearly remembered by her niece Linda Troy, her extended family and many friends. Visitation took place at Fawcett Funeral Homes, 182 Mill Street, Creemore on Monday, February 9, 2009. A Funeral Service took place on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 2 pm at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Caroline Street West, Creemore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to St. James Anglican Church or to the Charity of Choice in Winnifred’s memory. Friends may visit Winnifred’s on-line Book of Memories at

STRIEGL, George of New Lowell, passed away peacefully at Stayner Nursing Home on Saturday, February 7, 2009, in his 84 th year. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude Striegl. Loving father of Kathy Meeser (Joe), Heidi Elder (Bill) and Steve Striegl (Sharon). Cherished grandfather of Frank and Rolf (Peggy) Meeser, Kimberly and Kristi Elder, and Melissa, Madelaine and Brian Striegl. Loved great-grandfather of Gerrit and Emilee Meeser. Dear brother of Katharine Findeis (Joe). Fondly remembered by his nephews Joe (Judy) and Peter (Shirley) Findeis. Predeceased by his parents Franz and Rosalia Striegl. George will be sadly missed by his many relatives and friends. Friends paid their respects at The Steven R. Bridge Funeral Home, Angus on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 from 7 to 9 pm. Graveside service to be held in spring at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Brentwood. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Royal Victoria Hospital or the RVH Cancer Care Centre would be appreciated by the family. For more information please visit condolences on our website at

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DEATH NOTICE PATTON, Elsie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at her home in New Lowell in her 89th year. Wife of the late Roy Patton. Loving mother of Ray and his wife Diane. Grandmother of Mark, Kim and Mike. Great grandmother of Alicia, Samantha, Kali, Ryan, Michael. Nicole, Stephanie, Joshua and Luke. Stepmother to Alice Brown and Bill Patton. Dear sister-in-law of Mary Simpell. Loving aunt to Venah, Verle, Wilfred, Patrick, Shelley and Sherry. Great aunt to 13 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Wilfred and Ross and parents Walter and Venah Stacey. Visitation at Fawcett Funeral Homes, Creemore on Friday, February 13 from 6 to 9 pm. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at New Lowell United Church at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to New Lowell United Church or Charity of Choice in Elsie’s memory. Friends may visit Elsie’s on-line Book of Memories at

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AUCTION Sat., February 21 @ 10am

Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Creemore to feature Quality Victorian, modern & designer furnishing – French Provincial walnut livingroom suite, Regency settee, console & parlour tables, Victorian walnut coffee table, spinnett desk, Kaufman TV cabinet, Italian chess table, wingchairs, washstands, pressback rockers, Morris & Deco armchairs, walnut dressers, nic-nac cabinet, cherrywood dining table; antique glass & china – Royal Dux, Dresden, Herend, Hummel & Royal Doulton figurines, Swarovski, Rosenthal 6-pl dinnerware set, Nippon, Schafer & Vater; sterling & silverplate tablewares; jewelry – gold & diamond rings, sterling brooches, jewelry boxes, designer costume jewelry; clocks & watches – Westminster shelf, wall & boudoir clocks, gold & silver pocket watches; antique lighting fixtures & lamps, oil lamps; oil paintings, prints; collectibles – antiquarian books, antiques & art reference books, coins, pens, lighters, carvings, beadwork, fur coats, Singer 221 sewing machine, cameras; and an importer liquidation of 40-50 quality Persian carpets & runners. Terms: Cash, cheque, Visa, MC, debit. 10% buyers premium.

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There are not enough words to say “Thank You” to our little village of Creemore. The Creemore Skating Club has been overwhelmed by the support that our club has received during our adventure of hosting Huronia Funskate 2009. As most of you know the Creemore Skating Club hosted Huronia Funskate 2009 on January 24th and 25th, and what a success it was!! This was the first time for this event to hit the village of Creemore, and boy did we show our guests how a small skating club and their village can pull together and host an event of this size. Approx. 1000 people had the opportunity to witness this event as just over 350 skaters participated throughout the weekend. We have received nothing but positive comments and congratulations from other local clubs, parents, coaches, skaters, individuals in our community, Central Ontario Section officials, Central Ontario Section staff, our Area Reps (Mark and Michelle), and the list goes on. We actually received an eleven out of ten from our area reps!! We could probably take up a whole page with thank yous, but there are a few (ok, more than just a few) we would like to mention. So here we go…where do we start……to our skaters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, past members, past executive members, the arena staff of Dan, Tom, and Peter for all their patience and overall help, Murray Henderson and Glen Millsap for their extra help on the Friday afternoon, Terry Gowan for his creativeness in fixing our tent entrance way, Bob Harper for his overall devotion, Zeke Verbeek for his early morning heroics, Creemore Minor Hockey for their overall support, The Creemore Curling Club for the use of their facility and overall support, and the Stayner Skating Club for the use of miscellaneous items, their food booth, and all their support – THANK YOU! To our event sponsors, Creemore businesses, surrounding businesses, The Creemore BIA, Township of Clearview, Skate Canada Central Ontario Section, Technical Rep – Meighan Ferris, judges, data specialists, individuals who donated product for our hospitality suite and raffle table, and the Creemore Echo for their ongoing support towards our club and for the great coverage of the event – THANK YOU! To the Huronia Committee themselves– Kathy Whitley and her huge crew of workers for the fabulous hospitality suite you created, darci-que and Emily for her valuable program cover, last minute signs and decorating talents, Katie Dawson – our advertising, sponsorship, and raffle chairperson, who we are fore-warning, may get hired by a company for marketing, Susan Hall – our registrar who spent hours organizing the skaters into their respective events and groups, Lisa Halliday – our top notch “money girl”, Janice Bigham – our music room coordinator and behind the scenes “skater tag maker” and “professional podium maker”, plus doing more jobs than anyone will ever know, Annette Belkosky – our skater registration coordinator and now professional hi-lighter and number counter, Sandra Gee – our secretary who now has muscle cramps in her hands from writing and typing so much, Colleen Stamp – our admissions chairperson and friend who was always there to bounce ideas off and who witnessed Jane’s dream come true, Dan Talbot – our security chairperson, who did his chores very early in the morning and very late at night as he didn’t miss one hour of the event, Janet Lambert – our music registration chairperson, who now knows what a skating competition is all about, Janet Bigham and Glenda Brown – our ice captain chairs and the ones that Julie and Lynn volunteered without even asking them first, Nancy Vander Heyden – our medal and ribbon chairperson, who is another beginner mom in the competition world and probably had the best job all week end seeing those smiling faces receive their awards, Donna Harper – our head gopher and an amazing supporter of the club, and last but most certainly not least – Julie Bigham – the best co-chair anybody could have, and what a worker this girl is, she’s the best!! I have to admit we make a great team – we just seemed to know what each other was thinking of and the jobs got done, and I think we are still in withdrawal from not talking to each other daily and not sending an outrageous number of e-mails to each other – THANK YOU! So in closing, I apologize for missing anyone that deserves the extra credit. We do not know our final outcome of fundraising efforts yet, but the committee is ecstatic about the preliminary numbers, and once again the community needs to be reminded, that we live in a very special place in Ontario, and only a community like ours can come together and pull off an event like this. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help and overall support, so congratulations to the Creemore Skating Club but also to the community for a job well done!! Sincerely, Lynn Gowan, President and Co-Chair of Huronia Funskate 2009



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