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Solar farm conflicts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Community Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Giving Thanks By Ellen Cohen

Many of us will feel gratitude on October 12th as we celebrate Thanksgiving, a most beautiful and meaningful time of the year. As we celebrate our bountiful harvest, spectacular fall colours will highlight the day. We will feel thankful for those who grow our food, for those who prepare it, and for those with whom we share the day. However, on the early morning of the second day of fall, as I prepared to write this article, I had trouble feeling gratitude. I sat on my deck that overlooks a great expanse of Lake Couchiching. I forced myself to dig deep because I so wanted to write an article about giving thanks. But I found it difficult, almost impossible. Impossible because I am grieving the very recent loss of my beloved life partner. It was easier to feel deep sorrow than to think about thankfulness. But then my dear dog, who was spread out on the grass, warming her old bones in the sun, stood up, looked over the edge of the dock into the water and started to whine. Her tail wagged furiously. There were fish under the dock and she simply had to get in the water. She did. And I smiled. And then it occurred to me that if my 13year old arthritic, lame and lumpy old dog can still find comfort in the morning sun and such joy in something as simple as fish swimming under her dock, so could I. Despite grief’s vice grip on my chest, and overwhelming fatigue, a list began to form. I share it now with you. It is short.

Beautiful fall colours on a drive through Severn Township. Photo by Cathy Cleary. I feel gratitude for… • Family who give me unquestioning love and comfort. • A best friend who reaches into my heart to ease my pain - or share joy. • Neighbours who are kind and thoughtful and care so much. • Beauty in the sky, the water, in every inch of this extraordinary part of the world. • Food on the table - with plenty to share. • A home for shelter and a place to welcome those I love. When I wrote it down, it took no time before a profound sense of gratitude overcame me. And then I wondered about those unable to relate to even one item on my list: a widower not well enough to visit far away family; a woman who works hard but must spend most of her money on rent instead of food; a mother who has fled an abusive

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The cupboard is bare Christine Hager, the executive director of The Sharing Place Food Bank is worried. There are only two bulk shelves stocked with food. The rest are empty and people are hungry. Fewer donations over the summer, along with the resumption of school, has put tremendous pressure on reserves. The reserves Christine refers to are at 22 West Street South in Orillia. Operating four days a week, it is primarily an emergency assistance food centre, serving individuals who live in Orillia and the surrounding area. Established in 1988, it is the largest food bank in our immediate area and in the past 12 months it has provided food to over 15,000 people. Among their clients are the working poor - those employed but earning very little; seniors on small fixed incomes; single parents; and students. All of them simply find themselves in the untenable position of being unable to put enough food on the table. They turn to The Sharing Place to help them out and once a month they can secure a 3-5 day supply of food, including fresh vegetables, meat and milk. The Sharing Place relies on the generosity of individual donors, local businesses and large corporate partners. One example of a local business donor is Home Hardware Orillia. They have provided The Sharing Place with fresh garden produce for the past three years, expanding every year to what is now a project that includes nine raised garden beds. Home Hardware Orillia staff, MJ and Deb grow carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans, among other fresh produce. They clean it and pack it up and arrange for delivery to The Sharing Place.

The Sharing Place executive director, Christine Hager, left and Shawna Ballick are shown in the ‘check out’ area of Orillia’s largest food bank. Photo by Be Herd Communications. The garden project has been so successful representatives of Home Hardware’s head office have produced a video of the Orillia affiliate’s garden program. They hope that other stores will follow suit and become community-based food producers through their own garden centres. Christine Hager and operations manager, Shawna Ballick also work with Food Banks Canada with whom The Sharing Place is a member. This affiliation makes it easier to acquire donations from large corporate partners such as Heinz, McCain’s and Kraft. And, as the name implies, The Sharing Place makes sure when they secure large donations such as skids of canned goods, it is shared among other community organizations including the two other food banks, Salvation Army and Lighthouse, or churches that have a food program. Getting as much food as possible to the needy is, of course, the priority. Christine notes that cash donations result in more food on the shelves because the food bank purchases everything on a wholesale

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or discounted basis. However, whether donations come in the form of money or food, the work to turn donations into stocked shelves requires a significant amount of coordination. While Christine and Shawna manage the bulk of the management of The Sharing Place, more than 50 active volunteers work either in the warehouse or behind the scenes to ensure that whatever food is available is inspected, sorted, shelved and ready for their clients. In addition to staff and the volunteers who work at the operational level of the food bank, there is a twelve-member volunteer board of directors who offer their time and a variety of professional specialties. They support staff, offer advice and advocate for Sharing Place within the community. Community partners are also integral to the success of Sharing Place. Among others, they include the Orillia Youth Centre, Information Orillia, North Simcoe Victim Services, the Orillia Farmers Market, Continued on page 14


Ellen Cohen Publisher thevillagerpress@rogers.com 705-717-0322 The Villager, a Severn Township community news magazine, is an independently owned and operated publication delivered to households and businesses on or before the first day of every month. It is mailed through Canada Post north from the Severn Township/Orillia border to Severn Bridge and includes parts of Ramara Township. In addition to Canada Post delivery, The Villager is distributed each month through high traffic locations along the Highway 11 corridor and in many other select locations in Orillia. For a complete list of locations email thevillagerpress@rogers.com. Editorial and advertising material is protected by copyright. Reproduction of any article, photograph or graphic is forbidden without the express permission of the publisher. The sentiments of our columnists do not necessarily reflect those of The Villager. The Villager’s liability to advertisers for errors is limited to the portion of the advertisement in which an error occurs and only if the error is the fault of The Villager. Community event submissions and prearranged editorial contributions must be received by the 10th of each month for the following month’s publication. Advertising space must be booked by the 10th of each month in order to appear in the following month’s publication, with 5 business days thereafter to complete the advertising artwork and proof approval process.

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The north end of Lake Couchiching going to sleep on a late August evening. From the Publisher:

Cast aside your boredom! The federal election campaign has been one of the longest in Canadian history. Are you so very weary of reading column after column in countless news sources, each of them subtly, or not so subtly, swaying you for - or against - a candidate or political party? Are you ready to listen for another 2+ weeks to the drone of mind-numbing rhetoric, or the wellrehearsed and snappy comebacks that come in 10-second sound bites or 144 character tweets? It might be a lot to ask, but now is precisely the time to cast aside your boredom or complete indifference. Simcoe North has some bright, well-prepared, eager and sincere federal election candidates who are ready to represent you in Ottawa. Each of them has a very specific and well-thought out platform. They stand for something and it’s up to you to decide which one of them most closely represents your hopes and dreams for Simcoe North and for our country. Put aside the temptation to let someone else make the decision for you. Help shape our nation and exercise one of the greatest privileges available to Canadians. On October 19th, vote. LETTERS TO THE PUBLISHER: I would like to send a shout-out to Chef Becky for the pickled onions recipe in the September issue of The Villager. As much as I might wish to do some home canning of summer produce, I have to admit I am not particularly adept at it. Besides, there always seems to be something more important to do in my spare time - such as relaxing on the deck and reading a book. But Chef Becky’s recipe was really easy for me to make and the results were delicious. I predict this recipe will become a staple in my kitchen. Thanks! Cathy Cleary, Severn Township Low water levels - this is a huge issue for me and many other Lake Couch residents. Tuesday morning after Labour Day and my 230 Cobalt has already spent 4 weeks in the water at the end of my 108’ dock because the water level is too low to get my boat on the lift. I have attended every town hall meeting and spoken at length with the ministry. We need to demand a rule curve change that would give us 6 more inches of water for 6 more weeks. Bruce Stanton has facilitated meetings but he is either unable or unwilling to drive the issue forward. Jim Williams, Severn Township Letters to the publisher are welcome and may be emailed to thevillagerpress@rogers.com. Letters may be edited.


Local entrepreneur makes a difference Bonnie Smith has a passion for the health care service industry and particularly loves that she can make a difference in the lives of seniors. She’s worked in the health care service industry for most of her adult life, introduced at the corporate level at Shoppers Home Health Care. For the first five years she worked on the billing and order taking side of the business. Then, when she made the move to Orillia, she stayed with the corporation and had the opportunity to learn the retail side of the business, working directly with customers. After close to a decade in the health care service business, with skills firmly in place along with an excellent knowledge of the industry, she felt her next logical step was to start her own business. She started her business out of her home and for the next six years Home Comfort Care Services sold, rented and serviced medical supplies and equipment. Business was good and the need for her services grew. She branched out from the Washago area and soon had clients in Bradford, Alliston, Tottenham, Barrie, Orillia and beyond. Bonnie says that while on sales calls north of Washago, she was approached by

several different people in the Gravenhurst area who asked about service for their mobility aids. An entrepreneur at heart, she felt an opportunity could be in the waiting. She conducted some market research and an informal survey, both of which indicated that the closing of a Gravenhurst home health care business had left a void in the community. Bonnie knew she could grow her business so she decided it was the right time to open a store front. Luckily, she found a good location right off Highway 11 on Bethune Drive in Gravenhurst. The CDC (Community Development Corporation of Orillia and Area) was impressed enough with her business plan to help turn Bonnie’s dream into a reality. They provided a loan to renovate the Bethune Drive location and the store opened for business on June 8th of this year. It’s an open floor plan, a clean and bright store that displays a large and broad range of products including lift chairs, bathroom safety devices and aids for daily living, cushions and back supports, therapy products and mobility items. A specialist in incontinence, Bonnie’s business works confidentially with clients

Shown in her new store with customer, Bud Herd, Bonnie Smith is the owner of Home Comfort Care Services. Photo by Be Herd Communications. to provide the appropriate supplies. She works with many who live in retirement and nursing homes in the area. Bonnie also has contracts with Community Living and Simcoe Community Services, conducting one-onone consultations for these products providing adaptive clothing. She is also certified for compression fitting. Home Comfort Care Services is a full service business and they sell or rent, or can acquire, almost any product a client needs including walk aids and


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Washago Lions planning 15th Annual Grey Cup party By Sandra Crawford, Past President We have had an exceptional summer with lots of sunshine leading us into a great autumn. As always, Washago is the place to be with so much to see and do. Canada Day was a blast, the village alive with people many of them joining the Washago Lions Club with our all day events. Thank you Washago and surrounding areas for making this year one of the best ever. All of you are very familiar with our Annual Grey Cup party at the Lions Hall. This year will be the 15th year for our Grey Cup event on Sunday, November 29th at the Lions Hall with our fabulous Chili meal with sausage on a bun, lots of snacks, and of course The Watering Hole, our bar – a great name for Lions! And to top off the night, the winning ticket will be drawn for

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Federal Election Candidates – a brief review The following is a brief description of the federal candidates for Simcoe North, along with highlights of their individual party platforms according to their published materials or websites. This is by no means a comprehensive analysis but we hope that it is a start to inspiring you to look for more information. Voters still have 2½ weeks to learn as

much as possible about the federal election candidates. It has been our experience that candidates welcome phone calls and emails. It gives them, or their representatives, the opportunity to connect with voters. Each of them will want to answer your questions, discuss their platform and explain their vision of the future of Simcoe North and Canada.

Don’t hesitate to contact them. Publisher’s note: The candidates in this feature are listed alphabetically by last name. Only the four national parties leading (in the polls) are represented in this feature. For information on all candidates visit The Villager Community News on Facebook, September issue.


LIZ RILEY, Liberal party

A resident of Tiny Township, Mr. Banigan and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Banigan was the federal NDP candidate in Simcoe north in 2008 and 2011. He has been involved in a number of nonprofits and has volunteered for, among others, addicted youth organizations and community theatre groups. The federal NDP party platform includes: a balanced budget this fiscal year; a $15/day daycare program; scrapping of the income-splitting program; a cut to the tax rate for small business; a reversal of the current government’s tax cuts for big business. The NDP opposes the bombing campaign against ISIL. They oppose the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipeline and want more environmental review for Energy East.

Born and raised on a farm in Muskoka, Ms. Riley is currently a resident of Orillia. She has spent her professional life in the health care sector and retired in 2014 as CEO of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. Ms. Riley is a champion for fair and open government and a healthy environment and economy. Her advocacy includes improved health care, especially seniors, and agricultural issues. The federal Liberal platform includes: the running of a modest deficit; a cut to the tax rate for middle-class income earners and an increase to the tax rate for incomes of $200,000+; the cancellation of the TFSA increase to $10,000 and an introduction of a new taxfree child payment; cancellation of the current government’s plan to increase Old Age Security from 65 to 67 years of age. The Liberal

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BRUCE STANTON, Progressive Conservative party Mr. Stanton is a resident of Severn Township. He and his wife, Heather live near Coldwater with their two daughters. He has served in municipal politics in Severn Township and was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006. He was re-elected in October of 2008 and May, 2011. Prior to his election as MP in Simcoe North, Mr. Stanton promoted and advocated for the tourism industry and his local community. He has served on the boards of several tourism organizations. The Progressive Conservative platform includes: a balanced budget in this fiscal year; the reduction of the small-business tax rate; the introduction of a family tax cut for children under age 18; and a TFSA contribution increase from $5,500 to $10,000. The Progressive Conservatives are committed to the military mission against ISIL. They support the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline, the Keystone XL pipeline and the TransCanada Energy East proposal.

PETER STUBBINS, Green Party Peter Stubbins, a career physiotherapist spent two terms on council for the Township of Tiny, became the deputy mayor and then a Simcoe County councillor. He ran for a provincial seat in Simcoe North in 2011 and 2014. He has co-founded a number of cultural and environmental organizations geared to habitat restoration, public access to natural resources and waste diversion programs. The Green Party platform includes: the elimination of personal taxes on incomes below $20,000; the reduction of the small business tax rate with an increase to corporate taxes levels; the introduction of a comprehensive security plan that ensures responses to terrorism are within an international law framework. The Green Party will introduce carbon pricing through a fee-anddividend system to reduce fossil fuel use and encourage private sector investment in green technology.

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10 Local entrepreneur makes a difference Continued from page 5 An in-depth application process is required to coordinate these programs and requires working closely with therapists and other health care support workers to facilitate the needs of the clients, all of which Bonnie helps to coordinate. Bonnie believes that staff will provide the best service if they feel a connection to both the clients and to Home Comfort Care. She says that when she was very young and working in a factory, her boss would come onto the factory floor every day to say good morning. It was a small but important gesture – and a management style she mimics to this day, something she believes helps her deliver the best service.

“Because our clients’ needs are so unique, every staff member at Home Comfort Care, those working in the store or in a remote location, has to be part of what I call a ‘helping team’ with a connection to their customers and my company.” Notably, all staff understand the need to exercise patience and take the time necessary to make clients feel confident. That time, depending on what equipment is being purchased, includes a discussion about the operation of the equipment, proper fittings or adjustments or modifications, and a lesson in safety. “We want our clients to leave our store feeling that they’ve been helped and that we Home Comfort Care Services is located just off the highway in have made their lives easier,” Gravenhurst. They offer a full line of medical supplies and equipment says Bonnie. – sales, service and rentals. Photo by Be Herd Communications.

For more information about Home Comfort Care Services at 421 Bethune Drive, Gravenhurst, visit www.homecomfortcare.ca or contact owner Bonnie Smith directly at 705-687-3890 or info@homecomfortcare.ca

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By Pat Harwood, Recreation coordinator Summer is over but Severn’s Culture & Recreation department is not going into hibernation. In fact, there is always a lot going on. Check out the Recreation Guide on the township’s website. You’ll find programs available throughout the township. The culture and recreation planning for 2016 is just beginning. If you have ideas for new programs we would like to hear from you. Send us your ideas for indoor or outdoor recreation for all age levels. A Severn resident has suggested badminton and that is now on our radar. Perhaps there’s interest in bocce ball, indoors or outdoors? And for those who just can’t get enough of golf, perhaps there is interest in disc golf?

What about those volunteer hours for school? Now is the time to start planning. Students please get in touch with us and we’ll help you get your hours completed. For more information on Culture & Recreation in Severn Township please visit www. townshipofsevern.com

The Falcons Junior A hockey club is pleased to announce its inaugural season in Coldwater. Playing out of Coldwater & District Community Centre, a team of skilled players will drop the puck at their home-opener on October 12th at 7:30 p.m. During the season, the Falcons will play 21 home games.

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Proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 as "a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed," Thanksgiving draws upon 3 traditions: harvest celebrations in European peasant societies for which the symbol was the cornucopia (horn of plenty); formal observances, such as that celebrated by Martin FROBISHER in the eastern Arctic in 1578--the first North American Thanksgiving--in which Frobisher and his crew gave thanks for their well-being; and the Pilgrims' celebration of their first harvest in Massachusetts (1621) involving the uniquely American turkey, squash and pumpkin. The celebration was brought to Nova Scotia in the 1750s and the citizens of Halifax commemorated the end of the SEVEN YEARS' WAR (1763) with a day of Thanksgiving. Loyalists brought the celebration to other parts of the country. Starting in 1879, Thanksgiving was officially celebrated annually in Canada. Parliament declared 6 Nov 1879 as a day of Thanksgiving; it was celebrated as a national rather than a religious holiday. Later and earlier dates were observed, the most popular being the third Monday in Oct. After the First World War, Thanksgiving and Armistice (later Remembrance) Day were celebrated in the same week. It was not until 31 Jan 1957 that Parliament proclaimed the observance of Thanksgiving on the second Monday in Oct. E.C. DRURY, the former "Farmer-Premier" of Ontario lamented later that "the farmers' own holiday has been stolen by the towns" to give them a long weekend when the weather was better.

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At first blush, “green energy” sounds like a great alternative to the traditional coalburning or nuclear plants that have provided electrical power to Ontario. The coal-burning plants are now closed, and programs to kick-start solar energy development have been notably successful. But like so many programs based on good intentions, the Devil is in the details. Our region has emerged as a favoured area to locate solar farms, and now we are beginning to see the local downside of these projects. The Ramona Solar Farm proposal, which is located not far east of Washago, provides a good example. This project could cover up to 600 acres with row upon row of solar panels set on racks. These panels would be located primarily on lands leased from local farmers for a 20-year period. For this small group of landowners, the project will be a financial windfall. But for their neighbours, who don’t receive any significant compensation, the project raises all sorts of troubling questions. Will this kind of industrial use next door affect property values when the time comes to sell? Will the deer and other wild creatures that regularly visit my farm be scared off by the panels? Will my views of a rural countryside be destroyed? What disruptions will I have to face during several years of construction? Many of those questions would be the same no matter what kind of major land use change was proposed, whether a quarry or a subdivision or even a special events park. Any major development fundamentally changes the quiet beauty of the countryside. Worse yet, the solar farm proposal divides community members who have known each other for decades into financial winners and losers. Ramona is only one area facing these challenges. In the round of proposals for new solar facilities to be considered this fall, there are at least three sites in Ramara and one in Severn to be considered. The City of Kawartha Lakes has 10 proposals. Only a few are likely to be successful, and those will have to undergo a series of

environmental and technical studies to prove their acceptability. But the disruption to rural communities, even at this proposal stage, is very real. In large part, we are seeing this surge of solar farm proposals in our region because the Province has decreed that they can’t be built on high-quality agricultural lands. For both environmental and financial reasons, solar companies avoid heavily forested sites. So lower-class farmlands, like the Ramona site, are highly desired.

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Solar farm Ramara Township Council recently voted their support for the Ramona site, and in my view, they were right to do so. While I have considerable sympathy for the neighbours affected, there are larger concerns to be considered. A rapid shift from fossil fuels to green energy is an urgent priority to combat climate change. The company involved should do everything in its power to address community concerns, but the project should be given the green light to proceed. 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.


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the organization and necessary in order to manage change and develop new programs that meet community needs. Healthy Choices for Kids is an example of one of the programs developed out of need. Families in need, who have school-aged children have access to snack items such as yogurt tubes, fruit cups plus one piece of fresh fruit per child per day. This program has recently expanded from operating only during the school year to 12 months a year. The cost to operate this one program is more than $1,700 per month. In spite of all the work The Sharing Place does, the reality is, although we may not be aware, we all have neighbours, including children and seniors,

Filling these empty boxes with food can only happen if The Sharing Place receives donations of money and food. Photo: Be Herd Communications. who still go to bed hungry. It’s anyone’s guess how many clients the food bank will serve in the next 12 months but, Christine says, if we all give a little it will make a big difference in so many lives.

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She adds, “The goal of all food banks is to one day close their doors because of a lack of need. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that is happening anytime soon.” This article was made possible with the assistance of Laurie Herd, Be Herd Communications.

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Washago Flower Boxes Local residents and visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautifully maintained flower boxes on the sidewalks in Washago. Part of the township beautification plan, these flower boxes were maintained throughout the season by local business owners. Severn Council sincerely thanks them for their effort and ongoing dedication to this community project.

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Master Fire Plan Through the 2015 budget process, a capital estimated amount of $30,000 was approved by Council for staff to have a third party complete a master fire plan for the corporation. The purpose of the plan is to examine, review, analyze and provide a detailed report outlining strengths and weaknesses of the Severn Fire and Emergency Services. This report will include recommendations to address any shortcomings and provide for future growth, building on existing resources. The scope of work will include reviewing the bylaws, existing agreements with other municipalities and the fire prevention program. It is expected this project will come in under budget.

Volunteer Service Awards Each year, the Township of Severn recognizes individuals for their volunteerism. Six nominations have been received and they will be recognized at the October 1, 2015 council meeting. Those who will receive awards are: Rose Petit; Coldwater & District Horticultural Society; Washago Garden Club; Wendy Sullivan; Lorraine and Gerald Brown; and James Stanton. In addition to public recognition, all will receive a certificate signed by Mayor Burkett and a township pin. Congratulations to these dedicated individuals and groups for their contributions to the people of Severn Township.

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Fire Prevention Week is an annual public safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about fire safety. It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which tragically killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. In Canada, Fire Prevention Week is proclaimed annually by the Governor General. The Saturday ending the week is also proclaimed as Fire Service Recognition Day to express appreciation for the many public services rendered by members of the Canadian fire service. Each year presents a new key message in regards to fire safety and this year the message is “Hear the beep, where you sleep!” Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm as well as outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! The next thing you need is a Home Escape Plan. Fire can spread rapidly through

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Fall Mom to Mom Sale, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Rd., from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Buy and sell child-related articles – toys, clothes and craft supplies. Register to be a vendor or get more information by emailing CakeEventsOrillia@hotmail.com.

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Look, See, Paint fall colours. Flex your creative muscles with a walk in Elliott Woods, a 17-acre hardwood forest. Paint what you see with guidance from local artist Jeff Miller. Register for this free event by calling 705-326-1620 or email Tanya@couchconservancy.ca.

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Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour - over 30 outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work over the 4 days, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at sixteen different studios. Wide selection of paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewellery, photography, turned

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church Bazaar, from 9 a.m. – noon. Bake tables, knitting tables, silent auction, vendors and more. Hwy 169 at Quetton St., Washago.

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Fall Bazaar at the Ramona Hall on Fairgrounds Rd. Doors open at 11 a.m. Great lunch and good selection of vendors.

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Wye Marsh ‘Marsh Monster’ event, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. $5 admission (members and children under 3 are free). Wye Marsh will be overrun with ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Zombie walks, scavenger hunts and more. Visit www.wyemarsh.com for complete details.

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR PET EXPO, BBQ & FUN FAIR Baked goods, raffle table, pet photos and prizes A donation of $12 per family or $6 per person is requested.

Vendor Fair of local pet-related businesses. They will join us in raising money for the Farley Foundation, a charity that assists seniors and disabled persons with limited income in accessing necessary treatment for their pets. Visit www.farleyfoundation.org for more information.

DR. KATHY MARCHILDON & DR. SANDY DRURY To make an appointment or to learn more about our services:

www.lakecountryanimal.com or call 705-326-4800

3843 Soules Road, Orillia

Hours: Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Tues. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. – Noon • Evening appointments available.

10950 HWY 11 South Severn Bridge, ON 705-689-2291

FALL TIRE SALE EVENT October 10th • 9 am – 4 pm Bring in non-perishable food items and receive an additional $20 off sale price with purchase of 4 tires.

BBQ all proceeds go to charity



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