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New school for Cumberland Beach By Kim Goggins It’s been long awaited but it has finally been announced that a new public school in Westshore should be built in the next school year. In August, the Simcoe County District School Board announced it will receive funding to construct a replacement school on the site of Cumberland Beach Public School. The new school will accommodate students from both Ardtrea and Cumberland Beach schools, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. “This is really good news. It’s been on the horizon for years,” says Severn Township Mayor Mike Burkett. “It only makes sense that the school board move forward and build on the Cumberland Beach site because most of the area residents live on that side of the highway and it has sewer and water.” The new school is expected to be complete during the 2015-2016 school year, if timelines are met. The SCDSB Facilities Services and Business Services departments will now work with the Ministry of Education to finalize the funding amount and other specifications for the project before forming a design committee. Once a design is determined, the project will be sent out for tender. The current Council had briefly discussed partnering with the school board to use the

Haunted House in Washago Chris Godin (seen here applying special effects makeup to an actress) and a group of volunteers will be creating a spooky but fun Haunted House at the Washago Community Centre on Oct. 31, between 6 and 9 p.m. Donations are appreciated and will go towards ALS research. Anyone interested in helping beforehand or that night can contact Chris at library of the new school for the Washago and Westshore communities, but they decided to include a library at the new recreational facility that is expected to be built in Westshore. “I think in the larger scheme of things, Severn is in the position to build something and not have to borrow to build it,” said Burkett. “The facility we are building in Westshore will be a community centre and we’ll be able to incorporate a (branch) of our library, as well as a policing office and it will all be under the umbrella of Severn Township.”

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Our hero for 25 years By Kim Goggins It’s difficult for Sandra Dowell to hold back tears, as she relives the day she saved her husband Eric’s life, last winter. She was not used to being the hero. As Fire Chief for Severn Township and a firefighter for 25 years, that has always been his role and the emotion that gripped her then still has her in its clutches now. The couple had just gotten home and saw that snow and ice that had accumulated on their roof had finally fallen to the ground at the front and soon after they arrived, at the back of the house. When Eric heard the thunderous crash, he called out to his wife to ensure she was okay. She was, and told him not to go along the side of the house because the snow still hadn’t slid off. And then it did. “I was at the garage and I just turned around and I couldn’t see him,” she recalls, as the fear she felt at the time comes back to her. The snow had come down hard on top of him and covered him completely. Sandra called 9-1-1 and frantically started digging through the heavy snow and ice to give him some air. “I just followed his voice,” she says softly. Her quick action worked. Months before this incident, it was Eric’s voice that had alerted them to the possibility of a problem of an equally serious nature. He was having trouble talking and at times, he struggled with his muscles, too. He was going through a number of tests and in May 2014, he and Sandra got the diagnosis that Eric has ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease

Severn Fire Chief Eric Dowell and his wife Sandra (seen here with Bailey) take it one day at a time with his ALS diagnosis. that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. At this time, there is no cure. News of the Fire Chief living with the diagnosis has shocked and saddened staff and Council members as well as firefighters of Severn Township, many who are still coming to grips with the information. In the spirit of wanting to do something, many took part in a recent Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness about ALS. Eric and Sandra graciously accepted my request and invited me into their home to talk to them about Eric’s stellar career as a firefighter, their close-knit family, and his recent diagnosis.

When I arrive, I see the couple’s kitchen table is covered in newspaper clippings to give to the 50th Celebration of Station 1 where Eric started his firefighting career. At the time, it was Orillia Township and didn’t change to Severn Township until the amalgamation of 1994. These faded and treasured documents chronicle his progression from rookie to Chief and everything in between. They include pictures and articles of train derailments, home fires and tragic deaths, as well as happier times like when Eric

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A word in edgewise It doesn’t seem that long ago that kids were heading off to school for the new year and the streets quieted down with the cottagers back home. Now, we’re planning for Thanksgiving and Halloween, and soon, Christmas. Where the time goes, I do not know. But I do know that I’m going to try a different approach to the mad race of meeting deadlines all the time and try to slow things down a bit. I should know by now that living day by day and slowing down to enjoy life, friends and family is what we should all do, but I was reminded again after spending time with Severn Fire Chief Eric Dowell and his lovely wife, Sandra. They are learning how important it is to relish every moment with each other, to take extra time with friends and family, and to be grateful for each day. It was such a gift to sit down with them and then share their story with our readers in this issue. This month brings with it the 100th Anniversary of the Wasdell Falls Dam (it provided hydroelectricity from 1914 to 1955) and as I write this, the construction crew is busy getting it ready to generate once again by the end of this year. We are running two articles on significant buildings in our area in relation to the original dam. This issue features a funny little piece on Albert Reitsma, who lives in one of the log cabins built to house the original construction crew, prior to 1914, and next month’s issue will include a piece on the gatekeepers’ home. We, in this area, are so lucky to have historians that have cared for and researched these historical buildings. Thank you. One last note; there will be a Meet the Candidates event at the Washago Community Centre on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to meet the local candidates running in the area. Election Day is Oct. 27. Remember to vote!

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‘R Cottage’ restaurant to open in Washago By Kim Goggins Era 67 Restaurant and Lounge in Orillia is known for its ‘taste of Canadian History’ and soon owners Sarah Valiquette-Thompson and Ian Thompson will bring this unique concept to Washago in the former Sweet Retreat location. But it won’t be what anyone will expect, says Valiquette with a smile. The concept of R Cottage, will be one of centuriesold cooking styles in a homey, rustic atmosphere that would be similar to visiting the couple’s cottage, if they had one. “I want you to come in and feel like I’m at Sarah and Ian’s cottage,” she says. “We want to feed you like you’re at our cottage.” Although the food and menu concept is top secret right now, Valiquette has confirmed that the method of cooking will bring back a popular technique from long ago that will feature naturally raised, home grown food. “The whole style of cooking that we’re bringing to R Cottage is going to be brand new for us, which is amazing,” says Valiquette. “It’s something that Ian has been researching for the last several years and it is a style of cooking that was extremely popular hundreds of years ago. It’s something we don’t do at Era. It will be a niche thing that we’ll do at R Cottage.” The concept of farm to table is not new to Valiquette who grew up with her ‘Granny Goose’ running the family cottage just north of Huntsville. “I used to spend my summers up there and literally, she’d spend her days out in the boat and would catch these fish, bring

Sarah Valiquette-Thompson and Ian Thompson of Era 67 are bringing their unique flavour to Washago in 2015. them in, clean them, and grill them on the campfire and that was our dinner.” Family is so important to the pair and Valiquette credits their families’ support and perhaps a little synchronicity for the opportunity to open their unique eatin/take-out eatery in the location on Muskoka Street. They first started thinking about opening a restaurant in the Sweet Retreat building when they saw it was for sale in March 2013. Negotiations with the former owners fell through, but Valiquette and Thompson just couldn’t believe their vision was dead. It was a vision that they shared with her parents and other grandmother (not Granny Goose) who loved Sweet Retreat and agreed their concept would work well there. “They had the same feeling,” recalls Valiquette. “They said, ‘Don’t give up. It’s going to happen. What’s meant to be is meant to be.’” Sadly, her grandmother passed away but

through that, her parents offered to use the money left to them in her will to financially back their idea. Three months ago, they saw a new For Sale sign in the window of Sweet Retreat and negotiated a deal with the new owners. “(My parents) said to Ian and I, we’re going to help you with your venture and hold the mortgage and we’ll make this all work for you guys,” says Valiquette, noting the deal closed on Sept. 12, 2014. This, added to Valiquette and Thompson’s savings will allow them to do extensive renovations over the next six months with the hope of opening in March of 2015. But don’t expect to dress up at the fullylicenced restaurant, as you might when you dine at Era 67. Flip flips, shorts and t-shirts (perhaps jeans and sweaters in the winter) will be the norm, just as it is at the cottage. They want you to be relaxed as you enjoy their food and perhaps listen to live music on the patio on a summer afternoon.

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By the Rotary Club of Washago & Area Centennial We are honouring a local high school student, Katie Smith, who was nominated by her mother as an Everyday Hero. Here are excerpts from the letter we received: “She took it upon herself to start volunteering at the Comfie Cat Shelter this summer, mostly to start her required hours for high school. She has almost reached her requirement already.” “…She won’t stop at 40 hours. She is going to keep going. As long as she can. She’s passionate about helping. She goes three days a week and would go more often if we lived closer.”

Katie Smith volunteers at the Comfie Cat Shelter. “A few weeks ago the shelter had a runt kitten who needed a foster place due to her quiet personality and getting left behind at feeding time…” Katie’s mom went on to tell the story about the kitten, Peanut, and Katie’s efforts to help the kitten through a difficult time. This involved taking Peanut home and spending a lot of time taking care of the sickly creature.

Ultimately, Peanut did not survive – despite her best efforts and emergency veterinarian care. Katie’s mom continued: “Katie was heartbroken. Why does this make her special? Because despite the heart break and emotional upset, she got up the next shift and went right back to work. She knew they needed her. What 13 year old kid does that? Selfless. That is what my daughter is. I’m so very proud of her. SO very proud.” The Rotary Club will make a donation, in Katie’s name, to the charity of her choice: The Comfie Cat Shelter. Do you know someone who is a local hero because they have done something small that makes a difference? Send your nominations to caston@ Thank you from the Rotary Club of Washago We would like to thank all the folks who came out to the Washago Music Festival – It was a great day and you helped to make it one. A huge thank you to our main sponsor Washago Home Hardware! Thank you to all the local businesses who supported the Festival by sponsoring bands: Georgian College, Green River Yoga, Credit Bureau Collections Ltd., CTC Computer Training, Scott Inc., Washago Timbr Mart, Jax Bootery, and Peter Keith. Thank you to The Villager for promoting the event. Thank you to the Township of Severn for allowing us to use the park and Continued on page 25


Community centre a hub of activity By Rose Petit As we are preparing this article, the annual Fashion Show has not happened, but, the event has been sold out since mid-August. This popular event is the result of a hard working committee: Marg Gallagher, Gayle Guymer, Sue Harvey, Lynda Henery, Lynda Hepinstall, Pat Warwick, Darlene Woods and myself, and I wish to thank them for their

time and commitment. The show is not complete without Peter Keith who always entertains the ladies. In the next issue, I would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of many local businesses, but, at this time, the list is not complete and I would not want to miss anyone. Watch the November issue of The Villager for a

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Thank you to Katie who filled in the last three weeks for Austin McEwan (day camp counselor) who had a very serious motor vehicle accident on Aug. 5. Austin is in a rehab centre in Toronto, recovering from his injuries and we miss him and wish him a swift recovery. We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to organize the annual Santa Claus Parade. This is a very popular community event and needs to have some new and energetic volunteers. Call me at the Community Centre at 705689-6424 if you are interested in helping out.

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This dam cabin is the (longest) love of his life As construction continues to bring the Wasdell Falls dam up to current standards so it generates hydroelectricity again, the 100th Anniversary of when the original dam first started approaches in October 2014. This is the first of two articles The Villager will run to celebrate the Century-old dam. In it, we look at the log cabins that were built to house the workers who built the dam. The second article, on the gatekeepers’ home, will run in the November 2014 issue.

By Kim Goggins Albert Reitsma laughs loudly and admits it was a “dirty weekend” when he first laid eyes on the great love of his life. The year was 1982 and he was visiting the Washago area from Toronto with a date and he was looking forward to some fishing and maybe a little romance. A chance meeting with a real estate agent while picking up groceries in the village led him to his real love that weekend. “I said, if a guy was to have no money and loves log cabins, do you have anything?” he recalls with a chuckle.

In fact, she did. She directed the couple to Laidlaw Avenue, to a dilapidated old shack with orange windows, yellow door Albert Reitsma has added his own Dutch flare to one of the original frames and purple curtains. log cabins. Every piece of rock around it Have a certified staging professional was painted. prepare your home for a successful sale! “The moment I saw it, I was gone. It was just totally Oh. My. God,” he says, quite seriously. The next day, Reitsma went to the real estate office and Sherry Knappett negotiated a price of $29,000 for 705-345-4142 the cabin, two other structures, four boats and two trailers. His side of the deal was worked out on a paper grocery bag. Come see us at Booth 17, Orillia Business Expo, Casino Rama Oct. 23 Continued on page 9


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9 Continued from page 8 Save for Shiela, his true human love, Reitsma admits his relationship with the small cabin for the past 32 years has been the longest love affair he has ever had. He has cared for and expanded it over the years to become a lovely home that is up to modern standards but still retains the turn-of-the-Century charm that it had when he first laid eyes on it. Those who lived in the cabins originally probably didn’t share his admiration for them. These

log cabins were built to house the workers who built the original Wasdell Falls Dam and constructed prior to 1914. They were constructed by placing rough logs, one on top of the other, with moss and lichen filling in the cracks. (Now, cement fills the cracks.) These men lived in them from spring until fall while they were working on the dam and then went home to their families in the winter. “Now this is just hearsay because there is no documentation,” says

Reitsma, who has researched the history of Wasdell Falls. “There was a whole village at Wasdell Falls – about 27 buildings where they were building the dam. It was a construction site so they had buildings for these guys to sleep, a mess cabin, a latrine, etc.” It was tough for these men who were isolated without roads and away from their families for months at a time. After the dam began operation in 1914, the workers were no longer needed and the buildings sat empty.

Sometime later, exact dates are unknown, the buildings were moved to where three still sit with their original façade on Laidlaw Avenue and were used as a fishing camp. According to Reitsma, the camp shut down sometime in the thirties, and it’s unclear what they were used for over the next 10 to 20 years. But then someone purchased the road with the cabins and subdivided it into 100-foot lots. Continued on page 29

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October is a month of transformation. It begins with the annual pageant of colourful leaves; by month’s end, bare tree branches depict a more somber landscape, dominated by shades of grey. But one tree hangs on to its rich colour for a few weeks longer. In boggy lowlands, Tamarack trees clad in rich golden needles stand out until the deepening frost prompts their undressing as well. There is much to admire in a Tamarack tree, even its lyrical scientific name – Larix laracina. Tamarack, also known as Larch, is one of the toughest characters in the tree world, able to withstand cold snaps down to minus 65 degrees C. It grows in every province across Canada, and is usually the first tree to colonize shrubby bog areas on the edges of northern lakes. Tamarack is an ecological oddball. It is a conifer, so called because it bears its seeds in tight little cones rather than in fruits or keys. But other conifers – the pines, spruces and firs – don’t drop their needle-like leaves in fall. Instead, they depend on a stiff waxy coat on their needles to keep from drying out during the winter season. Only Tamaracks break that conifer pattern, shedding their entire stock of needles each October. Why the different approach? You could ask a Tamarack tree, but don’t expect an answer – it is just one of nature’s mysteries. Native peoples knew the Tamarack well, and made use of its tough wood for sled runners and snowshoes; in fact the tree is sometimes called Hackmatack, an Abenacki word for “wood used for snowshoes”. They also used its roots for woven bags, and even today the northern Cree weave Tamarack twigs into elegant decoys for geese. European settlers made good use of Tamarack too. Many of the old barns in this area have round Tamarack poles as rafters, preferred by early builders because they grew straight with little taper. Railway ties were another favourite use, taking advantage of this wood’s durability. Tamaracks are still a common species in our area, but the records of the first surveyors show that it was much more abundant 150

years ago. An insect pest, Larch sawfly, took a major toll in the last century, and of course the draining of wetlands has reduced their numbers as well. In winter, you might look at the lacy bare branches of a Tamarack and think it was dead. But spring brings a flush of vivid lime-green needles, clustered into little

The Tamarack tree keeps its leaves longer than the others. tufts along every branch. Small reddish cones soon appear among the soft needles. And when October swings around again, so does the golden hue of the Tamarack grove, one of the gentle pleasures of the fall season. A regular contributor to The Villager, Ron Reid is a natural heritage consultant and the cofounder and former executive director of The Couchiching Conservancy. He has written more than 30 magazine articles and co-authored three books. He lives in Washago with his wife, Janet Grand.


Blaines gets a facelift By Kim Goggins Even if you are the best at what you do, there’s something to be said for also looking your best. People take notice; people are drawn to you, and that’s exactly what Mark Stein of Blaines Automotive has discovered. It started with the need to fix the front entrance for safety reasons and to provide accessibility for everyone and, like most renovations, it burgeoned into something more, something that makes he and his father Blaine quite proud. “We did blossom into a facelift I guess you could say,”he grins.“We ended up going a little further than what we first anticipated but we wanted to do that.” The new stone ramp and entranceway were the beginning, but soon a flower garden, Muskoka rock and wooden arc were added to the building. A fresh coat of paint, new garage

doors and a new sign completes the polished look. Although the building, itself, wasn’t expanded during this renovation, the staff has expanded. Now, three fullylicenced technicians and an apprentice are there to assist customers. “We have always been blessed with a large workload but we wanted to get them in and out faster,” explains Stein. “So, instead of booking two weeks out, we’re booking in one week, as well as being able to do emergency repairs on the spot. We now have the resources to do it right away.” Check out the upgrades when you visit Blaines during their annual Tire Sale and BBQ Event, taking place Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You will also find the best deals on winter tires and get the chance to try the race simulator.

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Arts open house offers homey experience By Kim Goggins There was a time when Bob Ormerod needed to build tables and cabinets so his family could use them. Back in the early 70s, when their first home cost $26,000, there wasn’t much left for furniture after the mortgage was paid each month.

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“I bought a used jigsaw from Sears for $5 and put the wood down on the basement floor and that was it,” he reminisces with a chuckle. “We couldn’t afford anything else.” The country home Bob and his wife Allison have now is still filled with the pieces he made out of Allison and Bob Ormerod are part of a local group of artists called Continued on page 25 ‘Group of Severn’.

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Business expo expands its reach The fourth annual Orillia & consumers, a growing number of Lake Country Business Expo is which are consciously striving to scheduled for Thursday Oct. 23, use local business and services. “Since so many 2014. Last year people are seeing there were over the benefits of 100 LOCAL shopping locally vendors. we wanted to The event, expand the previously known event this year so as the Orillia consumers learn Business Expo about the variety has grown to of successful accommodate businesses and businesses from services we have the greater Orillia here in our own & Lake Country backyard,” says region. Partners Ken Forbes, throughout the President of the Townships of OroOrillia Trim & Medonte, Severn, Ramara, Rama The Villager was one of Door Ltd. “The more than 100 vendors that trade show expo and Orillia have attended the business expo, is also a great rallied together last year. opportunity for to support the ‘buy local’ message and shine businesses and consumers to a spotlight on local businesses. network, connect, and we hope, The event is promoted to all create lasting partnerships.”

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will fall on Oct. 23, during Small Business Week. “Small businesses are the heartbeat of a small town,” said Forbes, “and events such as this trade show really give businesses a chance to showcase their talent.” The expo will take place at Casino Rama on Thursday October 23, from 2 - 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Ken Forbes at 705-329-1084 or by email at


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Supporting Severn’s Fire Chief Members of Township of Severn staff and Council participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness of the terminal disease and to support their Fire Chief Eric Dowell who was recently diagnosed.



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Residents in Westshore will soon have a pavilion to picnic under at Shadow Creek Park. Members of Council passed a motion to spend just over $17,000 to have a 24-foot by 32-foot wooden structure constructed.

Get fit at the park For those who can’t afford exercise equipment or just like to exercise outdoors, the Township of Severn has just installed fitness equipment at two area parks.

Zipline incident injures man On Sept. 7, 2014, Orillia OPP attended a Fairgrounds Road address and found a 23-year-old Severn Township man suffering from serious injuries after falling approximately 50 feet from a homemade zip line. He was transported by air ambulance to a Toronto area trauma centre.

Transit link will benefit students As of Sept. 8, 2014, Lakehead University students, faculty and staff had the option to enjoy a new bus service between Lakehead Orillia’s 500 University Avenue site and the City of Barrie. The new transit link, established by Lakehead University and Hammond Transportation, will provide service between the Lakehead Orillia campus and the Barrie Bus Terminal, four times a day (Monday to Friday), as well as on weekends.

No work is good work According to the Orillia Gun Club located in Westshore, the plan for restarting work on the berms that surround the gun range has been revised based on the long range weather forecast. It’s expected to start Oct. 14 with an anticipated end date of Dec. 15, 2014.

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Serious collision in Severn Township

Private dock on public land to be removed

Drug charges after warrant executed

An off-duty Huntsville OPP officer was transported to a Toronto area trauma centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries after his van was involved in a collision at the intersection of Cambrian Road and Brennan Line on Sept. 3, 2014.

A private dock that is used to dock at least one boat and two jet skis was earmarked to be dismantled because it is on Severn Township property. Members of Council were surprised to learn that there was a dock jutting out into Lake Couchiching from a public property on Thomson Crescent and passed a motion to have it taken out.

Two Severn Township men have been arrested on drug charges after police executed a warrant at a Port Severn Road address on Sept. 12, 2014. Shortly after 7 a.m. when the warrant was executed at the address, 20 marijuana plants were seized along with a quantity of cash and dried marijuana.

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Canada’s middle class wealthiest in the world By Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton Child Care Benefit to provide notable progress in the fight

I would like to thank everyone who came out to the annual Constituency BBQ in July and Shore Lunch in August. It was a pleasure to see many familiar faces, along with meeting several new ones. Canada’s middle class is the wealthiest in the world. With the highest after-tax income, Canadian middle-class families have surpassed their American counterparts after years of trailing behind. Our government knows that the best way to fight poverty and support financial security,

is to help ensure that Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and affordable costs of living. With over one million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession – 90 percent full-time and 80 percent in high-wage industries - and the lowest federal tax burden in half a century, our Conservative Government is doing just that. Our low-tax plan is putting money back in the pockets of hard-working Canadians, so they can meet the needs and priorities of their families. Over one million low-income Canadians, including 380,000 seniors, no longer pay any taxes. Our government also increased the amount families in the two lowest personal income tax brackets can earn before paying taxes. We created the Universal

child care choice for parents and the Child Tax Credit. In all, the average Canadian family pays $3,400 less in taxes annually. Canadian families are benefiting from our measures with families in all income groups having seen increases of about 10 percent or more in their take-home pay since 2006. What’s more, we have made

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Liberal policies will hurt economy By Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop

other provinces combined. Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver said “We do have concerns about fiscal policies that result in a deficit of $12 billion.” He pointed to figures released this summer by the Fraser Institute that show this province’s debt has soared 89 percent since 2007-08 — faster than any other province. Mr. Oliver went on to say that “It’s morally wrong to pile up debt for another generation to pay off.” I could not agree more the thought of leaving behind such a huge debt for my grandchildren just sickens me. Events: The Orillia Day for Seniors will take place at ODAS Park in Severn Township on Oct. 17. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Municipal election heats up With the Oct. 27, 2014 Municipal Election fast approaching and the Sept. 12 deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers past, there have been a few changes in the line-up for Severn Township as a whole, as well as in the Washago and Westshore areas. In this issue, we are featuring profiles of the Severn candidates that have filed after The Villager’s deadline for the September issue, as well as profiles for Ramara’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Ward 1 candidates. These bios were provided by the candidates and some have been edited for space requirements. Those who have not provided their bio and photo before the deadline are not included. For a complete list of candidates and their bios (if provided to us) visit and click on Municipal Election at the top.

Please note that John Betsworth, candidate for Ward 3, has dropped out of the race. Here is a list of candidates for Severn Township: Mayor – Mike Burkett and Philip Sled Deputy Mayor – Judith Cox (acclaimed) Ward 1 – Mark Taylor (acclaimed) Ward 2 – Jane Dunlop and Jessica Gunby Ward 3 – Colin Bidmead and Ian Crichton Ward 4 – Karen Marriott and Ron Stevens Ward 5 – Debi Matias, Richard Weese and Donald Westcott Ramara Township: Mayor: Basil Clarke, Bill Duffy, Arnold Guettler and Shannon O’Donnell Deputy Mayor: Mandy Davison, Mike Harrington and John O’Donnell Ward 1 – Marilyn Brooks and Ken Burd

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Mayoral Candidate Philip Sled I am running again in this municipal election on my experience and ability to help lead Severn through the next four years. I see the position of mayor as one of uniting council to make well-informed decisions. Representing your interests as ratepayers through events directly related to our township is also a key job of this position. As both your

representative at the township and county level of government the position of mayor requires an individual that can step up to the plate when required . We need to keep our neighbouring municipalities close at hand and set up common goals and interests in order to not duplicate resources that could be shared. When we borrow from our reserves we must continue to replenish them and continue to work within our means. These principles are key to financial stability. As your past mayor from the year 2000 to 2010 and as a tourist operator for a number years in the township I have experienced the quality lifestyle that both permanent and seasonal ratepayers expect and enjoy. It is this lifestyle that I will dedicate my time to help preserve with your support on Election Day.

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21 I grew up in Barrie and returned to the area six years ago due to aging parents. My husband and I moved permanently to Severn Township almost three years ago as this area provided an equal commuting distance for both of us, as well as the natural setting that we both enjoy. Candidate for Ward 5 I graduated from Laurentian Debi Matias University in Sudbury with my I would like to introduce myself to degree in nursing in the late the residents of Severn Township. 1980s. I completed a Masters

in Nursing, from the University of Manitoba, focusing on administration. Throughout my 25-year career I have been able to influence policy at local, provincial and national levels as a Nursing Officer for Health Canada in Manitoba. Although I do not have experience on a Township Council, I feel that my passion and interest to support the residents of Ward 5 will be demonstrated

by my ability to research issues and work on solutions with the other members of the Council. I am committed to financial accountability and will endeavour to respond to requests in a timely manner. When it is time to unwind, I enjoy riding my rescued thoroughbred horse. I am committed to community and dedicated to progress and would appreciate your vote.

I have been active in the Bayou Park Ratepayers’ Association since 2005 and served as vice president for two years. I volunteer at the Good Food Box on packing day and help out at the Cumberland Beach P.S. breakfast club. For almost two years I have served on the Severn Township Culture and Recreation Advisory Committee and attended the Active Transportation symposium last year. I found the experience

rewarding and intend to ask the new council to allow me to serve on the committee when it reconvenes. My time on the Culture and Recreation Advisory Committee has taught me that patience and a cooperative attitude produce results. For example, the new outdoor exercise equipment in the Washago Park and the dog park. The committee is already considering several suggestions

for improving the dog park. Ward 5 promises a lot of diverse interest to Council. Washago has infrastructure which must be maintained and could be improved, while the largest part of the ward is much more rural. The needs therefore will be different. I look forward to serving the residents of Ward 5 and welcome suggestions from my neighbours.

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Ramara Township

Mayoral Candidate Basil Clarke

I’ve always wanted to represent the township as Mayor, however I’ve always felt the mayor should have experience on council, which is why I started as councillor, then moved up to Deputy Mayor. Now I am ready to lead as mayor. Before you can lead, you need to understand how council and the municipality function. My goals for this term include bringing jobs to the township by increasing development in the

industrial park in Brechin. I am on the Economic Development Committee at the Simcoe County council, and our main goal is creating and sustaining businesses in Simcoe County. Ramara Township’s population is ageing as the youth leave the area because of lack of jobs. Any large-scale residential growth should be directed to the town of Brechin where the sewer and water infrastructure already exists. Growth in Brechin

will create new tax dollars which will benefit the entire township. We have to be conscious of the environment and the farming community. Any future growth must be environmentally responsible and not endanger our precious water resources.  This is why I will continue to oppose the contaminated soil site on B-C Sideroad which is right next to the Black River.


Ramara Township

Mayoral Candidate Bill Duffy

Mayoral Candidate Shannon O’Donnell

Deputy Mayor Candidate Mandy Davison

During the last few months I have been busy with flooding issues including the following: • The Township had a road tour in April 2014 • John O’Donnell and I got off the bus to investigate the blockage/ lack of water flow • Later I rented a helicopter and found the blockage. It was close to East River Rd. • I contacted MP Bruce Stanton, the MNR and the affected property owners. Here are some facts related to

the blockage: • 25% of the water is being held back causing Lake St. John to rise seven feet • This 50 x 100 foot blockage must be removed • The MNR is responsible for the bed of the river • Trees that fall into the river are the responsibility of the owners of the property Action taken by Township: • Ramara has a flood committee of myself and four others. If I am elected mayor I will work

hard to convince the MNR: 1. To upgrade the dam on Switch Road. 2. Do annual maintenance on the river in the fall, checking for downed trees. 3. To clear it themselves or provide the township with the funds to do so. • Raise Sheba Drive and Blue Bird. • I will also be working for funding for residents to waterproof their properties. Hoping you can support me for mayor.

Shannon is a community developer, non-profit manager, leader, and active volunteer. She knows what contributes to a healthy, sustainable community. Shannon’s roots in Ramara are strong, and her heritage goes back to the early pioneers of this area. She is commonly known for her involvement as the founder and lead organizer of the Ontario Lumberjack Championships which has put Ramara on the map. She has worked with both the

private and public sectors, developing strategic plans for small local organizations to large national non-profit corporations. Shannon has a combined honours degree in International Development Studies and French, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She is fluent in both French and Spanish. For six years she worked nationally and internationally with communities in British Columbia, Nova Scotia,

Newfoundland, Ghana, Honduras, Ecuador and Nicaragua before accepting a position as the Nation Programs Manager for the Girl Guides of Canada and finally returning to settle in Ramara Township. She is currently the Executive Director of Information Orillia. She is a director of the Brechin Community Centre Board, Mara Medical Board and the Ramara representative on the Orillia Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Strong family values, work ethics, and morals were deeply instilled in Mandy Davison’s upbringing. Her junior years were spent in military schools overseas before moving to Ontario to complete her schooling. She has a background in Security and is a successful Entrepreneur. She is the owner of a home staging company which she operates out

of her home in Ramara, where she has resided for almost a decade. She is trained in Conflict Resolution, and has trained in Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Health and Safety, Customer Service, etc. She’s been licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and

Financial Services Commission of Ontario. She currently sits on the Ramara Flood Task Force and is committed to providing the people and businesses of Ramara with consistent, whole hearted service. She believes she has the newer methods, fresh ideas, and the determination that will guide Ramara along that journey.

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I grew up in Mara/Ramara Township on a beef farm just east of the Junction of Highway 12/Highway 169. After completing high school in Orillia I moved to Oshawa to work at GM and completed 37 years of service. In those same years I was running a beef operation, both with my father and on my own, until 2010. I am running for deputy mayor

because I am retired and have the time to do the job full time. I have the interest and knowledge to do the job. Since 2003, I have attended 75 percent of Ramara Council and Committee of a Whole meetings. I am here to protect the environment. I have been attending the blue/green algae meetings and have made a deputation to the OMB to not

allow a soil remediation plant. Ramara’s financials are not in the best of shape as we are $10 to 13 million in debt. My promise is to work on the above issues day by day and not to accept campaign contributions from anyone. I will also not charge kilometres for any travel performed in the township.

I am currently Councillor for Ward 2, Township of Ramara, and I am running for Deputy Mayor in the upcoming election. The Council of the Township of Ramara has a policy whereby

citizens are asked to contact their ward councillor with any concerns they have. Because I sit on so many boards/committees, I am constantly running into people outside my own Ward 2

with concerns they would like to have addressed. As Deputy Mayor, I will be able to represent ALL the people of Ramara, not just those in Ward 2.

My name is Marilyn Brooks and I am seeking the seat as Ward 1 councillor for the next four-year term. The past four years have been exciting and very busy. I am the council liaison for Protective Service, Community Police, Mara medical, as well as the Ramara Library Board. Protective Service covers fire. The Community Police

Committee is here to help with speeders in your area, signage and various other issues. Emergency Management is here in the case of emergency such as the flood in 2013. The committee met twice a week to keep up to speed on water levels, sand bags, supplied bottled water to those who needed it. A Flood committee

was also formed to fundraise for victims of the flood and did a great job in meeting their goal. I am also a member of the Ramara Historical Society. This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary. We called it yesteryears and what a great event.

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Grey Cup mania at the Lions Hall By Sandra Crawford, past president

Washago and District Lions Club Grey Cup Raffle Ticket Sales have been fantastic for the 2015 POLARIS 400 ATV including a Triton aluminum trailer, Sponsored by Performance Recreation and Triton Trailers. Appreciation goes out to Washago’s LCB0 for allowing us to sell tickets outside of their store, until the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. The Lions will have tickets to sell at Fall Fairs and our Grey Cup Party. The Grey Cup Party is held at the Washago and District Lions Hall, 4343 Hamilton Street, Washago on Grey Cup day, Sunday Nov. 30, 2014.

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Fire Prevention Week is an annual public safety campaign that aims at raising fire safety awareness. It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed

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Our hero for 25 years Continued from page 3 received his 25-year service award from the Province last year. As he pours through them, they bring him right back to the day of each event. Always handsome and with a devilish smile, the photos show a young Eric, right up to the distinguished man he is now who still always looks out for others and especially his comrades in the fire service. During the most stressful, dangerous times when attention is a must, Eric led the men and women of his four fire stations with unrelenting courage. When heart-pumping adrenaline surged through new recruits, Eric calmed them. “I talk to them. I remain calm, myself,” he says. “The adrenaline is flowing and you have to control that … I try and calm them down and have them focus on the task, to get the job done. That comes with time in as a firefighter, as you learn the skills.” As he looks through the clippings, the stories come out. Eric was continuing the family tradition when he signed up to be a volunteer firefighter in 1988. Both his father and brother were firefighters, his dad in Toronto for 30 years. His son, Chad, is also the District Chief with Station 2 in Severn Township. Eric became a captain within 18 months and soon after that, fire prevention officer, but he never dreamed he would one day be Chief. “I was just so happy to be a volunteer firefighter. I never imagined that I would run the department,” he says, noting that Glenn Hepinstall and Doug Tennant (former Fire Chief ) were great mentors and being so grateful for that, he has always tried to be a good mentor to his team. “I push them to be the best they can. We have a big responsibility. It’s a privilege to be a firefighter.” The 10 years that he has been Chief have been the best of his career, he adds. But what these clippings and pictures don’t show is the dedicated family man and friend he has always been. He and Sandra started off as high school sweethearts and he was thoughtful even back then. She remembers Eric leaving little notes with cartoon drawings in her locker when she was 16. That was 43 years ago, and after recently celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary, their love is still palpable at this kitchen table with kind,

thoughtful words and gestures. The two have always loved the outdoors and even went camping to Algonquin Park for part of their honeymoon. Camping is still something they do with friends and family but now with a comfortable trailer. Eric has always had a pickup truck and he chuckles when he says he always wants the best and it always has to be red. He’s also an avid weather watcher, but he blames that on being a firefighter. “In emergency management, that was part of my responsibility,” he says, looking at the dark clouds forming outside. A special rain ‘event’ is forecast for that day and Eric, always in ‘Chief mode’ is thinking about what his firefighters may be called to later. But the most important thing that Eric and Sandra have is their children and five grandchildren, close friends and the support of their second family, Severn Fire Service and Severn Township staff. “It’s all about family,” says Sandra. “(The ALS diagnosis) has been hard on the family but we have a very strong family. Eric’s mother is 94 and we have great kids and grandkids. The fire department is such a good supportive family, too. They’re there when you need them.” Just as Eric always has been for others. The interview comes to a poignant point and tears flow freely as I ask Eric and Sandra if they have come to terms with what is. “I think so, yeah,” says Eric quietly. And then he smiles slightly and quotes his good friend Henry Sander, CAO of the Township, “Still living the dream.”

This dam cabin is the (longest) love of his life Continued from page 9 Reitsma bought the middle of the three log cabins from the man who was the butcher in Washago at the time, and has been in love ever since. Even with the improvements he has made, updating the kitchen and fireplace, adding a loft, master bedroom, bathroom and sunroom, he knows the house is surely sinking and there is no foundation. Luckily he is retired, he says, as it’s a full -time job caring for this beauty.

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS • Difficulty understanding speech • Asking people to repeat themselves • Difficulty understanding women and children • Difficulty hearing on the phone • Favouring one ear • Ringing in one or both ears • Difficulty hearing in noisy situations • Isolation, depression and irritability • Family & friends suspect hearing loss


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October 23, 2014 October 4, 2014

The Fourth Annual Orillia & Lake Country Business Expo will take place between 2 and 8:30 p.m. at the Casino Rama ballrooms. This is where consumers meet small business. Last year, there were over 100 booths. Visit www.orilliabusinessexpo. ca for more information.

Lake Country Animal Hospital on Soules Road will host its Annual Farley Fair Fundraiser between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be fun games, BBQ, baked goods, a raffle table and prizes. New this year will also be a vendor fair of local pet-related October 23, 2014 businesses. Admission is $5 per person or A ROSE Program (Rural Ontario Sharing $10 per family. Education) will be hosted by the West Shore and Pine Grove Women’s Institutes October 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. Catherin O’Connor, a hearing The Ramara Historical Society will hold its care counsellor, will speak on hearing and Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Udney hearing loss, seniors and fire safety and Community Centre, 2347 Concession Road more. Meet Ekko, a hearing ear dog. The 10 (east of Orillia). Heritage Theme: RHS program will take place at St. Athanasius Member Bruce McRae will do a presentation Church, 10 Westmount Dr. N. Orillia. A on ‘Picnics on Strawberry Island - 1885 to donation to the WI is appreciated. 1914’. Light refreshments will follow.

October 17, 2014

October 24 & 25, 2014

The Group of Severn is holding its 5th Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop will Annual Art & Crafts Open House at 3515 hold his annual Orillia Day for Seniors at Fairgrounds Road, 2.2 km north of Division ODAS Park. The free event runs from 9 a.m. Road. Nine local artisans will take part from to 2 p.m. noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

October 25, 2014

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Washago is holding a Bazaar between 8 a.m. and noon. There will be lots of good stuff to buy as well as a toonie table, baking, muffins, and coffee/tea.

October 25, 2014

The Ramona Hall presents its annual Fall Bazaar with luncheon, bake sale and craft sale. Doors open at 11 a.m. Known as ‘the best bazaar around’. Don’t miss this great day and huge array of draws and prizes.

October 27, 2014

Election Day. Get out and vote! Polls close at 8 p.m. in Severn Township.

October 31, 2014

A spooky and fun Haunted House will take place at the Washago Community Centre from 6 to 9 p.m. Fun for all ages! Donations are appreciated and will to go towards ALS Research in honour of Severn Fire Chief Eric Dowell.

October 25, 2014

A craft show will take place at the Ramara Public Library between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A lunch and bake sale will also be provided by the Friends of the Ramara Library. The library is located on Hwy 12 east of Orillia, next to the Lazy Acres RV lot.

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation’s Powwow Celebration took place on Aug. The three-legged race was a favourite 24 and 25, 2014 and featured competition activity with the kids at the Ramona Fair on singing and dancing. Sept. 13, 2014.

Chris Cronk and Ashley Cleavley shared their wedding vows with their daughter Letisha as the Flower Girl and son Cohen as the Ring Bearer on Aug. 16, 2014. Congratulations!

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