February 25, 2013

I think we are on the downhill side of winter now.  But the way we get weather in this area, you just never know.  We could have a few more feet of snow one day and then rain or sunshine the next.  It would be nice if the snow would stick around a few more weeks to keep the snow lovers happy for the March Break.

An interesting topic came up recently at a gathering of friends I attended.  The topic was about animals that can be found in our area that some of us didn’t know about.  At the time of the discussion, we weren’t sure of the actual name but after a bit of research (on a handy dandy iPhone), we found the name was in fact a coywolf.  This is a combination of a coyote and a wolf.  They are a little larger than a coyote but these animals aren’t as fearful of humans as regular coyotes are. Fishers are also something that many people haven’t heard of that are in our neck of the woods.  They are a medium-sized mammal, commonly referred to as being part of the weasel family. Fishers are a very dangerous animal and feed on smaller animals such as mice, chipmunks, squirrels and even cats.  They are one of the few animals that will attack a porcupine…now that is impressive.  They are a mid-sized animal ranging up to 3 feet in length and approximately 12lbs.  So there you go, a tidbit of information for you to research or to watch out for if you are on a nature walk or even on your regular out and about adventures.

Minesing United Church News

Sunday Service is at 10:00 am – Singing, Reflection, Children’s Program… Please join us.  Our theme for March is all about changes… spring is coming, change is coming, how do we respond?  If Sunday doesn’t work for you or you are looking for something different try our new Wednesday activity.  Minesing United, together with Dalston-Crown Hill and Midhurst present a relaxed and open exploration of spirituality.  We meet at Midhurst United Church and we begin with a meal at 6pm and then there are activities at around 6:45.  All ages, stages, and beliefs are welcome.  The only rule is the golden rule: We treat everyone as we would want to be treated.

Easter is coming, mark your calendar for these special services at Minesing United Church…. Thursday March 28 we celebrate the Last Supper at 7pm, Good Friday Service is at 10am, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7:30am and Easter Celebration Service is at 10am.

The Minesing United Church Cookbook is available $15 call the church for your copy.
Irish Stew Supper – March 16th – Dinner at 6:00 PM – At the Minesing Community Centre – Tickets $15 for Adults – $5 for children under 12 –

Entertainment Vacation Bible Camp – August 12th to August 16th, 2013 – For children 4-12.  Full or half days.  Youth volunteers welcome! Talk to Reverend Kirsty if you are interested.  For more information on any events call 705-737-5322.

Until next time…remember to get new batteries for your smoke detectors, the time change is coming up!

February 12, 2013

Greetings to all.  I hope this edition finds everyone well.  Minesing’s 41st Mini-Fest took place last weekend.  Congratulations to this year’s Citizen of the Year, Debbie White and to the Youth of the Year, Kelsey McLean.  Both very deserving people who have offered such a great amount of time and effort to our community over the years.

Though attendance was down this year at the Mini-fest activities, those who attended had a great time.  The adult dance was a lot of fun with tunes by the Hired Help who always play great music and make it enjoyable for all.  There were a lot of fantastic dance moves from all who participated…some fabulous step dancing from a young man who surprised all, as we observers had no idea he could do that.  Another attendee who had not intended to dance in her Sorel’s but they did not hold her back and she danced all night long.  It was great!

After my last edition where we had the Johnston Mini-fest baby story from years ago, I received an email from Nancy Switzer (nee Lord) let me know of her Mini-Fest baby story.

“I wanted to add my daughter Jordan Switzer as a Mini-Fest baby. She was born on February 12, 1999 at about 5:30 in the a.m.

We were sitting in the audience at talent night as my son had won 1st place in the colouring contest when my labour started. Once Lee collected his prize we had to sneak out the back door (after having a chit chat with Linda and Harold Parker), dropped Lee off at my parents and went to RVH to have Jordan.”

Thanks for your email Nancy.  Does anyone else have a baby born on Mini-fest weekend?  If so, send me an email.

Have a great week everyone!  Until next time, take your vitamins and drink lots of water to keep those germs away.

January 28, 2013

As I recently drove towards Snow Valley one evening to pick up my daughter who was skiing, I saw a large dark shadow moving amongst the trees just south of the Haight farm…near the bridge.  I slowed down to see what it was and I opened my window…only to hear “He-Row!” That’s hello in Swampy language to those that haven’t met Swampy.  The shadow disappeared deeper into the trees and I was on my way again.  I was glad to know that Swampy has been up and about, has anyone else been lucky enough to see him?

It’s only one more week before the 41st Annual Minesing Mini-fest gets under way.  Let’s hope we have a good turn out on February 8th and 9th to help our community stay active and have lots of fun!    Mini-fest buttons are on sale at the two stores, the library and the school.  Get yours today.

To those wanting to play in the bowling tournament on Friday night contact Lisa Kort at 705-721-1356.  The Family Skate with Swampy is being held on Friday night and so is the Euchre Tournament. If you would like to play cards, please call Terry at 705-728-7788.

Saturday February 9th will hold the Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Citizen & Youth of the Year, look for the nomination forms with the flyers.  The deadline is January 28th for your nominations.  Colouring & Bookmark contest, for the children is also back.  Again, you can find the sheets at one of the above mentioned locations. The submission deadline is February 1st.   Beer Gardens are open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Centre.

There is going to be an adult dance on Saturday night featuring “The Hired Help” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., doors open at 8 p.m.  There are still tickets available.  Contact Terry at 705-728-7788.

There will also be a Silent Auction taking place throughout the weekend.  Come take a peek and make a bid.

Happy 17th Birthday to our Official -“Unofficial”- Mini-fest baby, Cameron Johnston on February 8th.  Cameron shares his B-day with a couple of his good friends, Adam Sweet (Anten Mills) and Nathan Thompson (Barrie). Cameron was born on the Friday morning of Mini-fest weekend (at that time Mini-fest was a 3 day occasion). A day after, his mother Blanche was in charge of delivering the silver platter to the citizen of the year on the Thursday night, otherwise known as “Talent Night”. Instead she missed the ceremony and was busy delivering her 3rd boy at RVH in Barrie. The platter was also delivered safely to the citizen of the year on Thursday night.

Body Conditioning and Core classes will be starting at the Minesing School Monday February 4th   at 6:30 pm, classes are $7.50.  Work out in a group setting and be motivated by others.  Call Jan for more info 733-2975.

Until next time, I’m not sure if it’s going to snow or rain or sunshine this week, so remember your gloves, sunscreen and umbrellas and have a fabulous week.

January 14, 2013

It’s that time of year again when Swampy is starting to stir in the swamp.  His appearance at Mini-fest is always a hit so he’s getting into shape.  The 41st Annual Minesing Mini-fest is scheduled for February 8th and 9th so to all those who are going to attend and support the winter festivities, buttons will be on sale soon so keep your eyes open.  I’m sure as some of you read this you think of many of the fun times you have experienced over the years.  So come out and enjoy the pancake breakfast, the parade and the games.  It’s a great day to spend with your family and to see the neighbours you haven’t seen since the snow started flying.

There is going to be an adult dance on Saturday night featuring “The Hired Help”.  Tickets will be on sale at the Community Centre on Saturday January 19th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and again on Saturday January 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Get your tickets early it’s sure to be a great evening!

Though the Recreation Committee does a fabulous job organizing Mini-fest, volunteers are always welcome to help alleviate some of the long hours spent running such an event.  If you’d like to offer some of your time during the Mini-Fest weekend, please get in touch with Wanda at 705-739-7260.  Also keep watch at www.minesing.ca for updates.

An Open House is being held to celebrate the 80th Birthday of Dorothy Dunn on Saturday January 26th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Minesing United Church, 1662 George Johnston Road.  Best wishes only.  Bring with you only, memories, laughs and good stories to share.

Until next time, keep your eyes open while driving on George Johnston Road, Swampy will be up and about soon.

December 31, 2012

As we close off another year, it’s time to reflect all of things that have taken place over the last 365 days.  There are the good, the bad and the ugly, but that is what makes life so challenging.  If we didn’t have the bad and ugly life would be awfully boring, less stressful, but boring.  As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”.  Though I would like less of the bad and ugly and more of the good, and I am sure everyone agrees.  Take the time to cherish your loved ones and give them an extra hug, pick up the phone or send off an email to say hi (kids you can send a text).  Sometimes we just never know when our dance cards are full.

I would like to say how impressed I am with all of the beautiful Christmas displays in our village and surrounding areas this year.  It sure made it feel more like Christmas than the weather.  On my tour around our area there were a few that caught my eye that I’d like to mention… The Dougherty’s, those on Binnie Drive who festively lit up their street and there were also several houses in Midhurst on the cul-de-sac on Willow Landing.  I am sure there are many more that deserve mentioning so kudos to you as well.

To all of those travelling throughout this season, I hope that you travel safely and arrive to all destinations with all suitcases in hand and that your luggage doesn’t make a side trip to somewhere you aren’t going to be.  Those who travel by snowmobile for a winter tour, please drive within the speed limits and watch out for those (human and canine) who may be out skiing, snow shoeing or just enjoying nature on the trails.  Whether you are driving a car, truck or snowmobile, drive safe and drive sober!

I do wish to mention the loss of another long time Minesing resident.  Winston Downey in his 80th year, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2012 at Barrie Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.  Dear brother of Dorothy Fiegehen. Predeceased by sisters, Marion Camack, Jean Robertson and Helen Lord and Brothers, John (Jack) and Wendell. Winston will be missed by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. Our condolences go out to the Downey family.

From my family to yours, I wish you health, happiness and prosperity for 2013.  Keep buying those lottery tickets!

Until next time….is it time for the kids to go back to school yet? 

November 22, 2012

Wow, that was a fast month!  I apologize for not having articles in the last two issues, apparently my last email submission bounced back to me for reasons only my computer will know.

It was nice to see a good weather weekend this past weekend.  I noticed many in the neighbourhood out getting the last of the leaves raked up and gardens put to rest for the winter.  I did also notice some who were out putting up their Christmas lights getting ready for the upcoming season.  Good idea while the weather is warmer and fingers aren’t frozen.  I am excited to see how the neighbourhood will start to light up as we get closer to Christmas.

Maple Avenue East has a newly paved road and I am amazed that I didn’t notice how bad the road was until the new surface is there.  My car doesn’t dip to the right as I cross Huron street now, very nice.  I was impressed how quickly they actually tore up the old road and had the new one done.

I understand that a certain local country musician, Jason McCoy, filmed a Christmas music video in our very own bowling alley last week.  An exciting time for all those who went out to participate in the shoot.  We can’t wait to see it when it comes out, I’m sure it will be great.

Anyone interested in shovelling snow at the Community Centre for the winter, please get in touch with Wanda Chapman at (705) 739-7260.

Until next time, remember there are only 34 more days until Christmas!

September 25, 2012

Autumn is officially here and I love it!  The cool nights are great for sleeping and the trees are all turning beautiful colours.

The kids are all back to school and into the groove of things.  More running around for parents to dance classes, hockey, skating, music, and so many other organized activites, but those are the things that keep our kids active and busy.  It’s time to renew those friendships with team mates, class mates, teachers and coaches.  As parents, we re-connect with other parents who are racing around the very same way we are, and it makes that rat race seem a little more normal.  Did that sound convincing enough? It’s interesting for me to think back about how my parents did it with four kids…all heading in different directions.  I still haven’t figured it out but I sure was lucky to have that opportunity.
News from the Minesing United Church.  Mark Saturday November 10th on your calendar!  We will be having a craft and bake sale as well as a luncheon in the CE wing of the church.  The time is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come and get some Christmas gifts and baked goods.
We are looking for someone who would be interested in taking over the sign in Minesing.  If you are interested, please contact Lorrie at 705-728-9784 or by email at lorachalli@sympatico.ca
Until next time, enjoy your day and keep smiling.

September 3rd, 2012

As we end another summer we can think back about the heat and dryness that we endured over the summer and be thankful that the rain finally came.  I don’t know whether the early changing of the leaves on the trees has anything to do with that but it seems earlier than usual to have the gold and red hues making their way through our area.

The Annual Labour Day Baseball tournament took place this past weekend and it was very well attended by the teams and local residents.  I think a shout out should go to those who organized the tournament as I know it is a big undertaking, so way to go to the Recreation Committee.  We appreciate all of your efforts.  It is also just as important to recognize all of the volunteers that contributed their time towards the tournament.  Without the volunteers, it would be a tough thing to do with just those on the committee.  To those who contributed with donations, we also thank you! 

There were four divisions in the finals and the winners of those are as follows:
“A” – Extreme Kaos
“B” – Shred North Orioles
“C” – Cicco’s Mafia
“D” – Git ‘R Done

Way to go teams!  We hope all players, teams and fans enjoyed themselves.   I know personally that it is a fantastic time to see neighbours and friends that you don’t get to see as much as you’d like.

On Saturday September 1st, a lemonade stand fund raiser initiated by Olivia Imrie, 7 and her sister Noelle Imrie, 2 and assisted by good friend Payton Parker, age 7 raised a total of $82.75 by generous donations from Minesing families ! The fund that the girls are donating their raised money to is the Hospital for Sick Children.  What a fantastic gesture girls.  Great job!

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

Summer is over and as you settle back into your September routines, it is time to turn your thoughts to a home cooked meal with fresh pie for dessert…Yes folks it is not too early to mark at the Minesing Community Centre, 2347 Ronald Road in Minesing on September 22, 2012.  Dinner will be at 6 p.m., but come early so you can browse the auction table and put your bids in for the “Silent Auction”   The cost is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12 years.  Tickets are available by calling 705-721-9227 or calling a member of the church.  We hope you can join us!

Alan and Donna Johnston appreciate all those who came to help celebrate their 60th Anniversary.  Special recognition to the Elves and Anglican Ladies.

FOUND: One set of keys with a key fob and the name “Luke” on them.  It was found in a plaid hoodie at the Community Centre, contact 705-728-4414 if they are yours.