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Next week is not Recycling Week                                   Publications Mail Agreement # 40024973   Thursday, December 23, 2004                                    Vol 4. No. 52

Council News
   by Craig Simpson
                                          Merry Christmas                                                                                        Echo Briefs
                                                                                                                                                 New Appointment for
   The year finished with a lengthy                                                                                                              Guergis
but productive Planning Committee                                                                                                                   The Conservative Party of
                                                                                                                                                 Canada’s Ontario caucus has
   The meeting opened with a series
                                                                                                                                                 appointed Simcoe-Grey MP Helena
of public meetings, none of which
involved Creemore area issues. Most                                                                                                              Guergis as the Chair of the seniors
of the time was spent on a proposed                                                                                                              working group. The CPC’s Ontario
temporary storage facility for waste                                                                                                             caucus has created six working
fuels in Sunnidale.                                                                                                                              groups that will seek solutions to
   Tom Patterson and Geoff Ayton                                                                                                                 issues crucial to the health and
of the Creemore Ratepayers’                                                          •                                                           economic well being of Canadians.
                                                                                    ••                                                           Guergis and other Ontario caucus

                                                                                   • ••
Association made a presentation
summarizing their recent planning                                                                                                                members will examine key seniors

                                                                               • •• ••
workshop, the report of which had                                                                                                                issues such as:
been supplied to Council prior to the                                                                                                            • Income splitting and fair taxation

                                                                               • ••
meeting. Chair Shawn Davidson                                                                                                                    • Canada Pension Plan
thanked the group for their initiative                                                                                                             Underpayment
and encouraged their ongoing                                                                                                                     • Protection of the Canada Health
participation in the various                                                                                                                       Act
development projects expected to be
                                                                                                                                                 • Protecting access to OAS and GIS
formally tabled in the new year.
                                                                                                                                                 • Protecting older workers
Planning Director Michael Wynia
also welcomed their involvement,                                                                                                                 • Combating elder abuse
specifically mentioning the new                                                                                  Photo by Julia Salomone
                                                                                                                                                 Help Buy a Bench
                                          Mulmur                                       G&M Hospital
comprehensive zoning by-law, which
he expects to put forward in January.                                                                                                              Friends of Annie Wilson are
   Chief Building Official Scott McLeod                                                                                                          donating money to buy a bench for
reported that the number of building
               (Continued on page 3)
                                          Council News                                 Visiting Hours                                            Mill Street as a way for all to
                                                                                                                                                 remember a great lady. Donations
                                             A new emergency                              Visiting hours at Collingwood                          can be made at Blackburn’s, at the
Creemore BIA                              management program
                                          has been approved for
                                                                                       General and Marine Hospital will
                                                                                       remain from 2-7 pm each day
                                                                                                                                                 Creemore Meat Market, or to Fran
                                                                                                                                                 Millman 466-2839.
Deneen Allen graciously hosted the
                                                                                                                                                 Singing Bowls
                                          the protection of public                     through the Christmas season. To
December meeting at the Inn at            safety, health, the environment, the         accommodate families on Christmas
Creemore Hills, and the Creemore          critical infrastructure and property,        Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s                           Looking for a different musical
Business Improvement Association          and to promote economic stability                                                                      experience. David Hickey and his
                                                                                       Day, patients may receive two
ended the year on an upbeat note.                                                                                                                musical bowls, joined by Castalia
                                          and a disaster-resilient community           visitors at a time.
The major agenda items at this
                                          for Mulmur Township.                            However, to limit the number of                        on the Celtic harp, will be
session included election of officers
and the opportunity to pursue a              The Township is drafting a hiring         people coming into the facility, and                      providing their unique and
number of provincial government           policy and a procurement of goods            the possibility of the spread of viral                    beautiful sounds on Tuesday,
grants made available to promote          and services policy. These new               illness from the community to                             December 28 at the Small Hall in
tourism. Deneen will head up a            policies will be finalized and passed        patients, the G&M asks that on                            Stayner. The performance begins
committee to find out the details of      at the next meeting.                         Boxing Day and other days, each                           at 7:30 pm and tickets can be
these various grants, which provide          Starting in 2005 a number of              patient receive only one visitor at a                     purchased in advance for $15 by
matching funds (up to $3 for $1) for      changes to waste collection and              time. Also, visitors are asked to not                     calling 428-4122, or at the door
money provided locally.                   disposal practices are proposed.                                                                       for $18.
                                                                                       bring children along.
The current slate of officers agreed
to serve again in the coming year,        • There will no longer be tipping fees
                                          for small quantities of brush.
                                                                                          In an ongoing effort to limit the
                                                                                       spread of viral illness, visitors are
                                                                                                                                                 Echo Holiday Schedule
with the vacant slot at Vice-President
                                          • The landfill site will no longer           asked to wash their hands thoroughly                        As you can see this week’s paper
filled by Steve Lusk of Artful
Gardener.      Here is the 2005           accept asphalt shingles.                     and frequently, and to postpone their                     has been published on Thursday.
executive.                                • Loads of construction waste larger         visit if they or anyone in their home                     Our annual Year End Special Issue
• President – John Durrant                than or equivalent to a one tonne            is feeling unwell. The hospital                           will be distributed next Thursday,
• Vice-President – Steve Lusk             truck/trailer or equivalent will no          encourages family members and                             December 30. The Echo office will
• Secretary – Barbara Simpson             longer be accepted. All small                loved ones to visit patients on the                       close today at 4 pm and reopen on
• Treasurer – Tricia Jeffery                            (Continued on page 2)          telephone.                                                Monday, January 3 at 9 am.

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2   • CREEMORE ECHO            •    Thursday, December 23, 2004
                                                                      Hampers, you have been as busy giving to charity
The Four Parts of Christmas
                                                                      as shopping.           The response has been
                                                                      overwhelming, and we are just one of many such                   CREEMORE
   Every year the complaints about Christmas
becoming too commercial get fainter, largely
                                                                      programs and collection depots, so the charitable
                                                                      spirit is truly alive and well in Creemore.
                                                                         Getting together with family and friends is a
                                                                                                                                      Weekend Weather
drowned out by all the aggressive advertising for                     fundamental part of the season. Most families
                                                                                                                                         Ideal for being inside celebrating
the many businesses that depend on the Christmas                      have a host of traditions such as where they spend
                                                                                                                                                  with family and friends.
season to survive. The truth is that if Christmas                     Christmas Eve and Day, when and how they give                     Friday, December 24 A few flurries
became less commercial our economy would                              out presents, what they have for dinner and so on.                    High –5 Low –13 Wind 30 km/h N
                                                                                                                                                                    POP 90%
probably go in the tank.                                              These traditions can be a bulwark of stability and
   Of course Christmas has become extremely                           sanity in a world of ever accelerating change and               Saturday, December 25 A few flurries
commercial, and busy, and stressful. They say                         inexplicable conflict. For those away from their                     High –8 Low –16 Wind 10 km/h W
                                                                                                                                                                    POP 60%
that the only way to deal with such a complex                         families, we have a wonderful new tradition in
issue is to break it down into more manageable                        Creemore, the Community Christmas Dinner.                             Sunday, December 26 Flurries
parts. Let’s apply that principle to the Christmas                       At some point in your busy schedule make sure                      High –2 Low –13 Wind 20 km/h S
                                                                                                                                                                   POP 40%
season, where there would seem to be four                             to spend some spiritual time to reflect on the birth
components: commercial, charitable, social and                        of Jesus Christ. All the local churches have special                          Merry Christmas from the
spiritual.                                                            Christmas services, and once again hearing the                                  staff and members at
   Hopefully by now you have completed the                            story of Jesus’ birth and singing some timeless                                 Mansfield Ski Club!
commercial phase and all your shopping is done.
Or perhaps you simply want to declare it finished,
                                                                      carols adds something uniquely deep and
                                                                      sustaining to the celebration of Christmas.
                                                                                                                                                             Great skiing
so you can have additional time for the other more                       So have a Merry (4-Part) Christmas, drive safely,                              closer than you think.
satisfying aspects of Christmas.                                      and let us hope that the Christmas message of
   Judging from this year’s Echo food and toy                         Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men will prevail in
drive on behalf of the Salvation Army Christmas                       the New Year.                                              For information on our
                                                                                                                                 innovative membership
                                                                                                                                 programs please contact us
                                                                                                                                 (705) 435-3838
Opinion & Feedback                                                                                                               (800) 461-1212
  To the Editor:
  It used to be fun having a birthday. You
know, going out with your better half to
                                                                      afford that! We couldn’t even sell the car for
                                                                      that much. Luckily, under the regulations, I
                                                                                                                                 Growing Up with
celebrate with a meal or a movie.Well, not
anymore. Not since the Ontario government
                                                                      could spend another $400, and the car would
                                                                      receive a “conditional” pass. Add that to the              Kids
gifted us with the dreaded emissions test. I am                       cost of the (two) tests, we are out over $500
                                                                      for    the    privilege    of    driving    our
                                                                                                                                 >O   Sara Hershoff
a retired public school teacher, so I am happy
to blame the Tories for this useless test (as well
as anything else I can think of—including when
                                                                      car…conditionally. Meanwhile, we have been
                                                                      driving the car to Toronto twice a week and to             The Anti-Claus
I get the flu). On my wife’s birthday, our 15-                        work daily with no problems at all.                           I am one of those hard-nosed moms who all
year-old Toyota needed to be tested as a part                           We live in Creemore, and it is a necessity to            yearlong denies my kids the latest greatest
of her licence renewal. Of course, it failed. A                       have two cars. (Last time I checked, there                 things. No Gameboys or fancy computer
smooth-talking           government-approved                          wasn’t a subway or streetcar here!) Last year,             software. Remote controls are completely out
emissions officer gave us the good news. We                           we bought a six-year-old Buick, and when we                of the question. My children know full well that
could spend $1,400 on parts and labour, and                           got the bill it felt like we’d purchased a                 I never buy these things, and that I am strictly
then maybe, maybe the car would pass. My                              Cadillac. Cars are sure expensive these days!              the purveyor of socks and all things
head started spinning. There is no way we can                         And when you add the costs of the emissions                educational. So when Christmas comes along
                                                                      testing and then the required upgrades, driving            they are poised and ready to run right to the
                                                                      becomes unaffordable. We are certainly not                 source of their every desire - Santa.
                       Creemore Echo                                  the only ones in a position like this.                        They write adorable letters and put post-it
                        176 Mill Street                                 I would be quite happy to see the                        notes on the key pages of the Sears Wish Book.
                   Creemore, ON L0M 1G0                                                                                          Meanwhile I am scorned because of the
         Tel: (705) 466-9906 Fax: (705) 466-9908                      government do away with the ineffective and
                                                                      costly emissions testing. It amounts to nothing            expected holiday package of underpants that
                Email:                              more than a hidden driving tax and an                      will bear my name. As Mr. Claus is plied with
          Publication Agreement # 40024973                            opportunity for those government-sanctioned                love and adoration, my kids tease me,
 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to the above address                                                                    mockingly calling me a big spender, knowing
                                                                      mechanics to grub you for the parts and labour
                                                                      needed to “make the grade.” Happy Birthday?                my fiscal and ideological limitations. While
     Co-Publishers: Craig Simpson & Phil Stevenson
                 Editor: Craig Simpson                                Bah, Humbug!                                               Santa thinks about fulfilling every child’s
         Production Manager: Phil Stevenson                             P.S. The Toyota is running just as well as it            deepest wishes, I think about how those wishes
           Office Manager: Georgi Denison                                                                                        end up cluttering up my house or even worse
           Sales Coordination: Sara Hershoff                          did before its $400 “conditional” operation.
                 Production: Gary Page                                  D.D. Long, Creemore.                                     require policing, as in the case of electronic
               Circulation: Mary Wilson                                                                                          timewasters, for the rest of year.
       Coop Student from SCI: Julia Salomone                          Send your letters to The Creemore Echo, 176 Mill              But what to do when at odds with the
             Sandra Bednarek - New Lowell                             Street, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0 , email to                    patriarch of presents? Become a Mom against
           Lawrence Bell - The Able Body                     or drop them off at the Echo’s           a Christmas institution? Intercept the gleefully
            Helen Blackburn – Local History                           Office. Letters must include the sender’s full name. All   anticipated gifts I don’t want my kids to have,
              Rod Bradfield - Travel Tips
               Allen Clarke - Esoterica                               letters submitted to the Echo are not necessarily pub-     snatching them away in the middle of the night
                Debbie Clum - Golf Tips                               lished. The Echo reserves the right to edit letters for    a la Grinch? Of course I could show the big
             Bryan Davies - Photography                               length and clarity. The views and opinions expressed       guy up, go head to head with the man in Red,
                Jack Eakins - Baleywick
              Nancy Falconer – Gardening                              in these letters do not necessarily reflect those of the   beat him to the punch, steal away his glory and
                  Cat Flack - Sayings                                 Creemore Echo.                                             stick that perfect present, that big ticket item,
                  Sylvia Gale – Seniors                                                                                          that hot new thing under that Christmas Tree
           David Hahn - Mulmur Notebook
                                                                                                                                 with a big tag reading “LOVE MOM” and get
              Jeff Inglis - Preacher’s Bench
           Carri-Ann Laflamme – Technology                            Mulmur Council News                                        the gift I want most every year - gratitude from
               Tom Lamont - Investments                               (Continued from page 1)                                    my kids.
          Christine MacLean – Mental Health                           quantities of construction waste will be subject              But alas no, everything will stay the same.
        Melanie McKane - Options & Alternatives
         Rev. Cathy Miller - Ministerial Message                      to increased tipping fees and be placed in a               In the interest of magic Santa will be providing
               Andrew Monahan – Fitness                               dumpster to be hauled to another facility. For             the big gift and I the pajamas that will be worn
              Glen Perrett - Green Living                             details please call the office at 466-3341.                when little hooves are heard up on the roof top
                 Daphne Randall – Food
               Dawne Recker – Glencairn                                 An application under the new Canada-                     and airplanes are mistaken for the festive cargo
                 Bev Stableforth - Herbs                              Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund                sleigh. He can bring the goods and I will make
            Ken Thornton - Spike & Rusty                              (COMRIF) will be submitted for round one for               sure that my children hold tight to hopes and
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                                                                                                                                                                   CREEMORE ECHO •      Thursday, December 23, 2004 •            3
Clearview Council                                                                                                                              Community Calendar
(Continued from page 1)                                                                                         Friday, December 24                                     Friday, December 31
permits, the fees received for those permits and the                                                            • Christmas Eve Church Services: St. Luke’s             • Join the Creemore and District Lions Club on
estimated construction value of these projects are all                                                            Anglican Church Service at 4 pm,                        New Year’s Eve for a family skate at the
up substantially in 2004.                                                                                         Communion at 11 pm; St. Andrew’s                        Creemore Arena 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free.
   The Planning Committee recommended that                                                                        Presbyterian Church Service 7 pm; Knox                  Donations of non- perishable food items for
Council adopt a point of view on growth proposed                                                                  Presbyterian Church, Dunedin Service at 7               local food banks. This event is co-sponsored
by the Economic Development Committee and titled                                                                  pm; Creemore Baptist Church Service at 7 pm;            by mSPEC.
“Bringing Smart Growth to Clearview Township.”                                                                    St. James Clougher-Lisle Service 7 pm; New            • Creemore Minor Hockey New Year’s Eve
This recommendation was based on incorporating a                                                                  Lowell United Church Communion at 7 pm;
                                                                                                                                                                          Dance at 8 pm at Creemore Arena Hall (see
number of minor word changes, which will be built                                                                 Christ Church Banda Service 8:30 pm; St.
                                                                                                                                                                          ad below)
into the final version presented to Council.                                                                      John’s United Church Communion 9 pm
                                                                                                                Saturday, December 25                                   Saturday, January 1
   The Canada Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure                                                                                                                    • Happy New Year!
Fund (COMRIF) is available to communities of less                                                               • Christmas Day Church Service: St. Luke’s
                                                                                                                  Anglican Church Christmas Communion 10                Sunday, January 2
than 250,000 population. There are three intake                                                                                                                         • Regular Church Services: St. John’s United
periods when solicitations will be reviewed on a                                                                  am
                                                                                                                • 3rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner at                Church Combined Service 10 am; Knox
competitive basis with the first being January 10,
                                                                                                                  Station on the Green. Pre-registration is               Presbyterian Church, Dunedin 10 am; St.
2005. Working with their consulting engineers, staff
                                                                                                                  recommended. Refreshments from 2 to 5 pm.               Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 10 am; St.
has reviewed the possible list of projects that would
                                                                                                                  Dinner will be served 5:30 pm. You can make             Luke’s Anglican Church 11 am; Creemore
qualify for this funding and be the most compelling
                                                                                                                  a donation at TD Canada Trust trust account #           Baptist 11am
in this competitive environment. The conclusion was
                                                                                                                  5202657. Admission is a donation of a non-            Wednesday, January 12
to pursue funding for fixing the water systems in those
                                                                                                                  perishable item. For info call 466-3126.              • Jean Vanier Catholic High School Grade 8
community halls and fire halls with existing problems                                                           Sunday, December 26
and for a series of water main upgrades that have                                                                                                                         Parent Night and Open House 7:00 to 8:30
                                                                                                                • The Salvation Army Hope Acres Community                 pm. Enriched French meeting at 6:30 pm. All
been planned for the next several years.                                                                          Church, situated in the beautiful rolling hills of
   Michael Wynia reviewed the status and                                                                                                                                  welcome.
                                                                                                                  Mulmur Township, invite you to their Sunday
implications of three major studies to be undertaken                                                              Church Services at 10:45 am and 6:30 pm
by Simcoe County: Assimilative Capacity, Growth                                                                   “Good singing, Bible based messages, Warm
Management and Source Water Protection. The                                                                       fellowship” Church pastors: Captain Andrew
former is to be funded 100% by the province, while                                                                & Major Dana Brown. For more info call 466-
the latter two will be cost shared 50/50 by the                                                                   3435.
province and local municipalities. Wynia strongly                                                               • Regular Church Services: Avening United
recommended that the Township participate in these                                                                Church Combined Service 10 am; Knox
projects to the fullest extent possible as the best means                                                         Presbyterian Church, Dunedin 10 am; St.
of controlling their own destiny. The Planning                                                                    Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 10 am; St.                We now represent 32 different
Committee agreed and recommended that Council                                                                     Luke’s Anglican Church 11 am; Creemore                        artists/artisans
approve a series of resolutions to make this happen.
   The Committee recommended to Council that staff
                                                                                                                  Baptist 11am
                                                                                                                                                                            all in one location!
authorize site plan approval to Mad River Golf Club                                                                                                                          * Call us regarding the 2005 workshop schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                  * Have you considered a commission
for the rebuilding of their clubhouse.                                                                                                                                                       of your property?
                                                                                                                                                                            * Now featuring our Small Christmas Originals Show
                                                                                                                                                                                     * Gift certificates now available.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday, December 25 - Closed
                                        Cheryl MacLaurin                                                        Creemore Minor Hockey                                         Sunday, Dec 26 & Monday, Dec 27 - 12 to 4 pm
                                                    Sales Representative
                                                                                                                New Year’s Eve Dance                                               Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Closed
                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday, Dec 30 & Friday, Dec 31 - 10 to 5 pm
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                                                                                                                       At the Creemore Arena Hall.
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4    • CREEMORE ECHO     •   Thursday, December 23, 2004

Creemore Big Heart Seniors                                                                                     New Lowell News
by   Sylvia Gale                                                                                               >O Sandra     Bednarek
  There were lots of things going on this week         Clews, and Donalda Mackey.                 Donalda,        Winter has arrived - perha ps not on the
involving Seniors, such as Monday night Legion         unfortunately, was not up to going on her date          calendar - but certainly from the recent
euchre, the Senior Curlers’ Christmas party, and       with Warren to the Christmas dinner, and                weather conditions in our community. We are
Thursday the Seniors’ Christmas dinner. We             afterwards to . . .! There was a nice Thank You         all reminded of driving safely and being
started the day by paying our $3 membership            from Beth Looby that will be read out next week.        cautious about road conditions. No matter
dues, and then on to the election of the 2005          She is in the Shelburne Residence, and keeps up         how much we don’t like to see the bad
executive for our Club. The Officers are the same      with our news through the Echo.                         weather conditions it is a delight to see the
old, same old: President - Warren Gale; Vice-             The gift exchange started with Edith explaining      clean white blanket of snow on the trees and
President - Bob Veale; Treasurer - Edith Veale;        to us that Warren stressed that she not stint on his    fields and the Christmas lights twinkling their
Assistant Secretary - Barb Cudmore; and in spite       gift this year. So as she presented him with his        warm welcome of the season.
of Jack Heslip’s pleas for “somebody, anybody,         gift, she assured us that she had not stinted. When        Congratulations to Dan Trafford on the
to get rid of me - any warm body,” I am again          unwrapped, it was a 6 pack of Budweiser, but            recognition of his 1968 Camero RS car by
Secretary. All Jack wanted was someone who             when opened, it contained 6 empties! That               Snap On Tools. Dan has refurnished the car
wouldn’t mention it in public when he got (and         brought down the house! Then, to alleviate any          and it was chosen from entries all over the
keeps getting) his comeuppance, so he doesn’t          confusion, I called on different tables to come up      U.S.A. and Canada for the Snap On Tools
have to be afraid to open the Echo every week!         and take their choice of gifts. I did feel sorry for    2005 calendar. Check out the picture for the
  The 50/50 draws went to Marg Tait, Howard            3 of the 4 people who were the very last to be          month of February to see this local persons
Tait, Maxine Frye, Marge Douglas, Mary                 called up, but I’ll bet they don’t sit anywhere near    talent.
Clement, Bert Douglas, and Nora Snow.                  Jack next year! (The gifts that I saw were all             The Congregation of New Lowell United
  Moon shots were played by Joan Monaghan,             really nice, so it didn’t matter if you picked first    Church trave lled to Bethlehem on Sunday
Warren Gale, Edith Veale, Mervin Johnston,             or last.)                                               morning . Amidst carol singing , scr ipture
and Irene Dolson, who got the travelling prize.           The Legion Ladies (and you too, Mark and all         reading the locals were dressed in their finery
The high scorers were Pat Winger 227, Lloyd            the other gents) put on a fantastic turkey dinner       as they came as shepherds, wise kings, Mary
Whitley 212, Irene Dolson 211, and Wilma               with all the trimmings, so we all ended the day         and Joseph and three charming little angels
Zeggil and Marge Douglas tied with 209. These          well sated.                                             to the manger to welcome the Baby Jesus.
scores were pretty good, as we played fewer               Ray Leighton was down to Newmarket                   This year the Congregation had the added
games today. Low was Dave Smith with 39.               Hospital, where his tests showed a quite a bit of       bonus of a costumed sheep and donkey
Dave had the princely score of 1 until the last        blockage in the arteries to the heart, so he will be    coming to the stable. The rest of the
game, and he didn’t move all day. Dave just            facing some corrective surgery in the near future.      Congregation came as villagers and took part
chuckles as he adds to his Rama fund! The              We are all rooting for you, Mr. Leytinsky!              in the giving of white gifts and toys to be
hidden score was 280, and will be worth $26 next          There was a very nice surprise birthday party        sent to the food bank and toy drives in the
week. We then voted and the majority wanted to         for Norma Friest at the Legion on Saturday, at          community.
have cards on December 23 and 30, so it will be        which she was caught totally off-guard. Norma,             Christmas Eve service will be at 7 pm at
business as usual.                                     and others such as Reg Rawn are now quallified          New L ow e l l a n d 9 p m a t S t . J o h n ’s i n
  We had birthday cards and a song for Phyllis         to join the “brown envelope” club!                      Creemore.
Seed, Roy Veiniot, Gertie Gowan, and Betty                We would like to extend Best Wishes to all for          There will be a combined service on
Coker, and cards for Winston Ferguson, Ida             a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.           December 26 at 10 am in Avening and on
                                                                                                               January 2 at 10 am in Creemore.
                                                                                                                  Story Hour for the Sunnidale Branch of the
Wash Your Hands to Help Prevent Illness                                                                        Clearview Library has been cancelled for this
                                                                                                               session due to illness. Mark January 13 as
                                                                                                               the beginning of the next story hour session
  It’s that time of year again, when friends and           •  after using the toilet
                                                                                                               to be held at the New Lowell United Church
family get together to share company, warmth and           •  after coughing or sneezing
                                                                                                               Hall under the direction of the Sunnidale
good cheer, and viruses and bacteria. Colds, flu           •  before preparing or eating a meal
                                                                                                               Branch of the Clearview Library. The story
and gastrointestinal illness are common at this time     Hand sanitizers can be used for additional
                                                                                                               hour lady sends best wishes for a Merry
of year and are all easily shared. To protect          protection after washing with soap and water, or when
                                                                                                               Christmas with hopes of lots of Christmas
yourself, you need to use the single most effective    soap and water are unavailable. For more information
                                                                                                               story time at your home.
tool against the spread of illness – hand washing.     about hand washing, call Health Connection at 721-
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        Re-opening Monday, December 27                                                                                  Clearview Greenhouses
                     466-2776                                                                                               we would like to
          6 Caroline St. W. Creemore, Ontario                                                                                wish everyone
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                                                                                                                                 and a
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                                                                                                             CREEMORE ECHO        •    Thursday, December 23, 2004 •                   5
Esoterica                                                                                        Spike & Rusty WordScramble
by   Allen Clarke                                                                            Hey Rusty! Remember
                                                                                                                                      I loved it, Spike! And
                                                                                              our first time under
Let It Snow                                                                                      the mistletoe?
                                                                                                                                      you did more then kiss
   It has come to my attention that     Minnesota websites, and having
much confusion and even tension                                                                                                            i e c d k t l
                                        spent four winters in Minnesota, I
exists about the use and placement      can vouch for the fact that the folks
of snow fences. Some people             there know snow:
believe strongly in snow fencing
while others are less convinced of      design.html or
its virtues. Some local residents,
including our illustrious Echo          distribution/naturalresources/
editor, have tried the often cursed     DD7277.html
heuristic method of snow fence             First and formost snow fences
placement, which can produce the        can only work if there is a
                                                           prevailing wind
                                                           direction for your
                                                           specific area. If the
                                                           wind comes from
                                                           variable directions,
                                                           a fence cannot                 Answer to last puzzle: fetlock
                                                           help.      Set       up                                                            by Ken Thornton
                                                           perpendicular to
                                                           the       prevailing
                                                                                      downwind drift there is an all                  height of the fence, so the standard
                                                           wind, the fence will
                                                                                      important area where little or no               48 in snow fence should produce
                                                           produce a bit of
                                                                                      snow falls, because the shape of                a bare area starting some 140 feet
                                                           drift in front, but its
                                                                                      the drift has acelerated the wind               downwind. If your property does
                                                           principal effect is to
                                                                                      again preventing the snow from                  not extend that far, place the fence
                                                           cause the snow to
                                                                                      falling. It all has to do with a                as far away as possible from the
                                                           drop           farther
                                                                                      number of physics principles such               area you want to keep snow free.
The key to making a snow fence effective is place- downwind.. The
                                                                                      laminar flow and Bernoulli. The                 As our editor will tell you, the worst
ment. Your first instinct may well be wrong.               snow disipates its
                                                                                      whole key is to place the fence                 possible approach is to put the
                                                           energy           going
                                                                                      strategically, so as this area of little        fence about 5 feet from the road
exact opposite of the desired effect    through the porous fence creating
                                                                                      or no snow fall is precisely over               or driveway!
and dump great quantities of snow       a slower eddy or dead zone of air
                                                                                      your driveway.                                    So now you’re ready, and as
exactly where you do not want it.       downwind allowing the snow to
                                                                                         This downwind drift on level                 Sammy Cahn wrote, “Let It Snow!
  The snow fence was invented by        drop. Farther beyound the
                                                                                      terrain is about 29-35 times the                Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Governeur Herrick of Rensselaer
County New York and was first
manufactured in the mid 1800’s as
a “standard combination fence”                       CARA Report                      of Creemore provided that it proceeds
                                                                                      in conformance with proper planning
                                                                                                                                      for the establishment of a system of
                                                                                                                                      continuous        greenspace       –
consisting of vertical strips of           by Geoff Ayton                             practices and is appropriately phased           comprising parks, public walkways,
wooden lath held together by wire.         Here are the recommendations from          to enable it to be supported by existing        recreation grounds, and existing
The fence is most often constructed     the October 16 Community Planning             infrastructure, park space, and social          natural and environmental areas -
of 48 inch by 1½ inch by 3/8 inch       Forum that formed the basis of the            services.                                       which       links    the     various
aspen or spruce painted with an         presentation to the Township                     • Diversity + Vitality – both physical       neighbourhoods with each other,
iron oxide stain, and wired             Planning Committee last Monday                and social – should be encouraged               with the historic core and with the
together by number 13 gauge             night.                                        through activities, developments, and           Mad River Valley.
galvanized zinc-coated steel wire.         • CARA and workshop participants           services that maintain and/or promote             These Planning Principles are
The slats are placed 2¼ inches apart    were concerned that the Official Plan         a variety of cultures, ages, income,            intended to guide ongoing
with the wire having 2 complete         does not allow for sufficient local           etc., within the community.                     community input into the future
360-degree twists between each          input during the design process to               • Residents stressed their interest in       planning process for the Village of
slat and placed on the vertical 10      facilitate local accountability in terms      Mill Street being retained as a strong          Creemore.
inches apart, 4 inches from the         of growth that reflects the unique            commercial core—a place that
ends. This fence is produced in         values and history of this village.           supports stores that provide groceries,
rolls of 50 and 100 feet. More             • Mixed land use and population            socks, and thread as well as
recently, easier-to-handle plastic      that should encourage a mix of                restaurants and upscale furnishing
fencing, which works in the same        residential and employment, and               stores.
fashion as the traditional wood and     institutional land-uses. In turn, this will      • Main Street-Related Retail –
wire, has come onto the market.         encourage a range of housing types            special attention should be focused
  Most people concede the fact that     capable of accommodating a varied             on the centralization, intensification,
snow fencing works, although            and diverse population. This mix will         and infill of the existing Mill Street
there is at least one disbeliever in    allow residents to live, work, and shop       commercial area before any new
the Clearview area. It is the placing   within the village, and will reduce the       retail areas are developed, as is
of the snow fence that is the           likelihood of Creemore becoming a             proposed        in      the     Alliance
contentious issue; however, much        bedroom community.                            development.                                            We’re Open Every Day!
scientific data on this subject does       • Future Expansion in Phases – the            • Continuous Greenspace – future                      December 17th – January 2nd
exist. I refer you to these State of    community supports future expansion           planning should include consideration                   closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day
                                                                                                                                                      and New Years Day

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6   • CREEMORE ECHO   •   Thursday, December 23, 2004
                                                                                                                    CREEMORE ECHO   •   Thursday, December 23, 2004 •   7
Horticultural Society Photo Contest

  The Creemore Horticultural                          in the five categories: Winter, Spring,
Society initiated this competition                    Summer, Autumn and The Four
open to anyone in the area back in                    Seasons, which required a series of
August with entries due by the end                    four photos from each of the seasons.
of November. The response was                         Judges Patti Friday and Bryan
fantastic; 158 entries were received                  Davies had a real challenge to pick
                                                      winners from among this excellent
                                                                                                    We extend to our friends and                Merry Christmas
                                                      group of submissions. Here are the
                                                                                                 neighbours our warmest wishes               everyone! A happy,
                                                                                                  for a Merry Christmas Season             healthy and prosperous
                                                      Winter: 1 st prize – Jacquelaine
                                                                                                   and a prosperous New Year.              new year to one and all.
                                                      Briggs; 2nd prize – Kathy Meeser
                                                                                                     Carman and Mae Gowan                       Gwen O’Malley
                                                      Spring:        1 st prize – Norm
                                                      Nordstrom; 2nd prize – Kathy Hall
                                                      Summer:         1 st prize – Norm
                                                      Nordstrom; 2nd prize – Kathy Hall
                                                      Autumn: 1st prize – Kathy Meeser;
                          Photo by Focalight Images
                                                      2nd prize – Diane Hutchings                                                            Merry Christmas and
                                                      4 Seasons: 1st prize – Kathy Meeser;             Merry Christmas,
Kathy Meeser receives the grand                                                                                                             Health and Happiness in
prize, a book of magnificent photos                   2nd prize - Bert Schaly                          Moms and Dads                             the New Year.
by Freeman Patterson, from                            Honourable Mentions: Dorothy                from the kids at Cathy’s                       Gertie Gowan
judge Bryan Davies, who also                          Shropshire (4), Marie Anne
donated this most appropriate                         Jackson (3), Graham Reed (2) and
prize.                                                June Reed

Are Children Committing to Character?                                                                                                           Merry Christmas
                                                                                                    Merry Christmas Mom                        to our Friends and
   by Julia Salomone                                  moved up to those in the higher grades,            and Dad!                            Community from the
   As mentioned in a previous article,                the overall interest and the word for         Love, the Creemore                        1st Creemore Girl
Commit to Character is a new program                  word answers started to fade. By the
developed by the Simcoe County                                                                           Beavers                                     Guides.
                                                      time I got to my fellow high school
School District as a replacement for the              students, there was awareness of the                                                      We would like to
previous anti-bullying efforts. A list of             word of the month and what it stands                                                    extend a big thanks
10 words, one for each school month,                  but not much interest. I must admit I                                                  to Creemore Legion,
was created for the teachers and the                  wasn’t very surprised with these                                                          Lynda at Gaelyn
students to talk about and recognize                  results.                                       Our very best wishes for                 Woods, Flowers by
in the daily life of the school.                         Before launching this program the       Christmas and 2005 to all our                  Melissa, Honda,
   The word for December is Caring.                   consensus of most educators was that        friends and the friends we                   Katie Dawson and
This word is defined as “showing                      younger children would have more                 haven’t met yet.                           Katy Meeser
kindness towards each other.” Public                  interest and greater absorption than the         Helen and Gordon                         for their support.
school and high school students across                older ones. Not to say that the whole               Blackburn
Simcoe County are being taught this                   idea of Committing to Character is lost
more positive approach to anti-                       in the halls of high school. There are
bullying, but are the students actually               several groups focusing on anti-
listening? I decided to conduct an                    bullying, such as Friends against
informal survey to see how many                       Bullies (FAB). Led by high school                                                      Merry Christmas
students are actually staying awake for               students FAB offers advice to many             Merry Christmas                      and a Happy New Year
these sections on the word of the                     of their fellow students about bullying        Nicholas & Erica,                     to everyone from the
month.                                                and ways to confront it.                                                            Lackie Family, Murray,
   When questioning the younger                                                                          Love Mom                            Sandra, Kirsten,
                                                         The Committing to Character
primary children about the word of the                program is off to a solid start, will                                                Nathan and Shadow
month, they would often give me                       continue to build awareness
answers straight out of the book, the                 throughout the year, and restart again
majority of them word for word. As I                  in September.

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 and see the
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     Creemore                                          We are open
                                                       over the holiday
   Baptist Church                                      Friday, December 24
                                                       8:30 am to 1 pm
      A Grace-Driven Church for a
         Grace-Needing World                           Wednesday, Dec 29
                                                       & Thursday, Dec 30                             Merry Christmas,                        Merry Christmas
         9:45 am Children and                          7 am to 8 pm                                       Mikey!                             Mom, Dad & Mel,
           Adult Sunday School
                                                       Friday, December 31                             Your friends in
         11 am Morning Worship                                                                                                                   Love Julia
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8   • CREEMORE ECHO     •   Thursday, December 23, 2004

An Interesting Job Description
   How many of us would have taken this position       handle assembly and product safety testing of                      continuous and exhausting basis.
had we first seen this job description. Thanks to      hundreds of cheap plastic toys and battery-                           Wages and Compensation: Get this - you pay
Nancy Falconer for sending it to us.                   operated devices. Must always hope for the best                    them! Including frequent raises and bonuses. A
   Position: Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma              but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final,                  balloon payment is due when they turn 18
Father, Dad, Papa, Daddy, Pop                          complete accountability for the quality of the end                 because of the assumption that college/university
   Job Description: Long term, team players            product. Other responsibilities include floor                      will help them become financially independent.
needed for challenging permanent work in an            maintenance and janitorial work throughout the                     When you die, you give them whatever is left.
often chaotic environment. Candidates must             facility.                                                          The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme
possess      excellent     communication        and      Possibility for Advancement and Promotion:                       is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could
organizational skills and be willing to work           Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same                  only do more.
                                                       position for years, without complaining,                              Benefits: While no health or dental insurance,
variable hours, which will include evenings and
                                                       constantly retraining and updating your skills, so                 no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid
weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
                                                       that those in your charge can ultimately surpass                   holidays and no stock options are offered; this
Some overnight travel required, including trips
                                                       you                                                                job supplies limitless opportunities for personal
to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and
                                                         Previous Experience: None required                               growth and free hugs for life if you play your
endless sports tournaments in far away cities.
                                                       unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a                    cards right.
Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive
courier duties also required.
   Responsibilites: The rest of your life. Must be
willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until
                                                       Disease Prevention Begins in Childhood
someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue          by Dr. Susan Surry
repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical               Gone are the days when eating at restaurants                    tend to include more fruits and vegetables, less
stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from 0        was reserved for special occasions, when a child’s                 fried food, soft drinks and trans and saturated fats.
to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat in case the screams        main beverages were milk or water, and the                         These surveys indicate that traditional family meal
from the backyard are not someone just crying          neighbourhood kids walked to and from school                       patterns are changing and this has an impact on
wolf this time. Must be willing to face stimulating    and played outdoors for hours on end.                              food choices.
technical challenges, such as small gadget repair,        In just a few decades, lifestyles have changed                     With less than recommended levels of physical
mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.       significantly. Wherever today’s kids are found –                   activity and nutrition, it was not surprising that the
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and        fast-food restaurants, cinemas, at home or at school               survey found more than one in four children was
coordinate production of multiple homework             – they are drinking pop and sugary fruit-flavoured                 not within an acceptable weight range. But it’s
projects. Must have ability to plan and organize       drinks, consuming foods that are high in energy                    not all bad news. Parents, schools and supportive
social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental   and fat, and spending less time being active than                  environments were shown to influence eating and
outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one      ever before. Busy lifestyles are also making it more               activity patterns of children.
minute, and an embarrassment the next! Must            and more difficult to plan and prepare meals or                       What kids eat and do at school and with their
                                                       find time to be physically active.                                 parents is affected by the types of activities,
Better to Be Moving Than                                  It’s no surprise that parents and health
                                                       professionals are concerned. A Child Health
                                                                                                                          resources and services that the broader community
                                                                                                                          offers.      Our community needs to create
Idling                                                 Survey conducted by the health unit in co-operation
                                                       with local school boards during 2003 confirmed
                                                                                                                          opportunities for children to choose wisely
                                                                                                                          wherever they go – at school, out shopping, at a
  You have probably heard something like that          what many parents and health professionals                         restaurant, in the doctor’s office, on the way home,
in regard to your personal behaviour, but it is        suspected. Local children are no different than                    at the grocery store, the bank, the mall, the cinema,
even move true about your car. The                     elsewhere in Canada and may not be physically                      the playground and in the home. Parents,
Environment Network in Collingwood has                 active enough or eating enough nutrient-rich foods                 educators, health professionals, community
provided some enlightening information about           for proper growth and development.                                 organizations, policy leaders and industry
the impact of automotive idling. Although                 The survey was conducted using interviews with                  representatives all play a part. Together we can
written from the point of view of the                  the parents and teachers of 1,172 Grade 1 students.                build a lifetime of good health – starting now!
environment, there are also obvious                    They were asked about eating habits and physical                      To help build a lifetime of good health for
implications here for saving money on what is          activity patterns at home and in school. The height                children, visit the health unit web site at
currently and likely to remain very expensive          and weight of the children were also recorded to          or call Health Connection
gasoline.                                              determine children’s weight patterns.                              at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 anytime between
  Each year the average car emits over 5 tonnes           The results show children are spending a lot of                 8:30 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday.
of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.                 time on sedentary activities such as watching TV,                     Dr. Surry is a paediatrician and one of Simcoe
Canadians idle away $1.8 million of fuel every         using the Internet or playing computer games.                      County’s Associate Medical Officers of Health.
year, and idling accounts for 3% of Ontario’s          Close to three-quarters of kids watch television
fuel consumption. If the total daily idling            every day and one in five has a TV in his or her
across Canada could be reduced by just five            bedroom. Results also show that more time spent
minutes, it would reduce the total emission of         watching TV was linked to less time spent being
carbon dioxide by 2 million tonnes, the                aerobically active.
equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off he road.            Information on children’s and family eating
  With that as background here are some                patterns was also gathered and shows that children
additional facts that you can take action on.          may not be meeting even the minimum
Just 10 seconds of idling consumes more fuel           recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide to
than restarting your engine. Idling creates more       Health Eating. Survey results show that two-thirds                     Griffin /
than twice the amount of emissions than that           of families eat one or more meals away from home
of a moving vehicle. With today’s computer-            every week and only half of the families eat dinner                    Stevenson
controlled, fuel-injected engines, you need no         together every evening. Other surveys have linked                               Alastair and Sandy announce
more than 30 seconds of warm-up idling on              eating at fast-food restaurants with increased daily                                    the arrival of
winter days before driving away.                       intake of nutrient-poor items like soft drinks and
  So don’t sit idling!                                 French fries, while dinners eaten together at home

                                                                                         Our Practise of Law
                                                                                    General office will be
                                                                                       closed for
                                                                                    Mediation and Christmas
                                                                                    alternative dispute resolution
                                                                                                                                      Zaley McGregor Griffin
                                                                                    FeeDecember 24, 2004
                                                                                        estimates in advance
                                                                                                                                    weighing in at 8 pounds on Friday,
                                                                                    Nountil January 3, 2005
                                                                                       charge initial consultation
                                                                                                                                 December 10, 2004 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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                                                                                      We would like to wish
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                                                                                      you a Merry Christmas
                                                                                                                                grandparents are Dorothy Stevenson, Tony
                                                                                     and a Happy New Year                          and Kitty Griffin, and Francis Robb
                                                           1 Elizabeth St. West, Creemore T 705-466-3888 F 705-466-5225
                                                                                                               CREEMORE ECHO     •   Thursday, December 23, 2004 •           9
Young Writers                                                                                                       The Importance of
   The Echo is pleased to continue bringing our
readers some examples of excellent writing by the
                                                           The Shortcut
                                                           Jess Timmons felt the cool fall breeze ruffle his        Credit Ratings
students at Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School.       dark hair as the stepped out his school’s front door.          A person’s credit history and rating play significant
These two are from Mr. Ball’s Grade 6/7 Class.          He was going home for lunch and planned to be               roles in securing a mortgage or loan, getting a credit
   Tranquility                                          back in time to play soccer with his friends. He            card, buying or leasing a car, or even renting an
   Anna Bellwood was on a peaceful midnight walk        walked down the rickety, old steps of the little            apartment. In fact, a new nationwide survey conducted
through the dark forest of Tranquility when she         country schoolhouse and made his way down the               by Decima Research for MasterCard Canada finds
noticed a horse with a headless horseman galloping      road.                                                       that more than one in 10 Canadians have been denied
towards her at full speed! She froze in terror as the      Jess stopped, look around, to make sure no one           a loan, mortgage or some other form of credit because
horse’s shattering scream broke the silence of the      was watching and walked into the ditch. He                  of a poor credit rating. Despite the clear impact a credit
tranquil night. “STOP! “ she shouted at the top of      jumped over a fence completely ignoring the No              rating has on financial health, the study finds that a
her lungs, “STOP!” Still the horse and rider            Trespassing sign, as he always did, into Mr. Wilne’s        quarter of Canadians don’t know what a credit rating
thundered towards her. She soon realized that she       cornfield. Mr. Wilne was a mean man and                     is. Of those that do, nearly two thirds have never
had to start running for the highway, and figured       everyone was afraid of him and his evil dog, Jaws.          checked their credit rating.
out that there were only 600 meters to the road.           Even thought Jess was afraid he wanted to take              ”It’s surprising how few Canadians have seen their
The hoof beats sounded louder. She felt and heard       the shortcut through the cornfield to save time. As         credit report,” said Kevin Stanton, president of
the breath of the horse, and the blood of the rider     he stepped inside the maze of corn all went quiet.          MasterCard Canada. “A credit report is the snapshot
down her neck. And then there was nothing. No           Jess walked on, not noticing the absence of wind            lenders look at to assess a person as a credit risk. It’s
scream. No hoof beats. Not even the sound of            blowing through the cornstalks or the unusual               how lenders decide whether to give you a mortgage,
crickets. Even the comforting knowledge of the          silence.                                                    a car loan, and even an apartment, so it’s critical
headless horseman not being behind her could stop          As Jess stepped out in to a clearing in the maze         consumers become familiar with their credit history.”
her from sprinting towards the road. Then in a split    he could only think of how hungry he was and what              A credit rating is a mathematical calculation
second the horse emerged from the last 10 meters        he would eat for lunch. He had not been paying              reflecting a person’s creditworthiness. It’s based on
of wood before the road. Riderless. The horse was       attention to where he was going so it took him a            how consistently they meet financial obligations and
riderless! The horse stomped in front of her, she       moment to realize that he had walked into a ragged          pay their debts. Most lenders refer to this rating when
could hear its heavy breath, and see the beautiful      veil made up of thin sticky threads. He tried to pull       making a lending decision. A person’s credit history
silver shimmer of its soft coat. Anna loved horses      away but couldn’t he was stuck. He moved his                is created as soon as he or she first borrows money or
and so was lost in the beauty of the silver stallion    head slightly and saw that he was caught in a giant         applies for credit. From then on, many of that person’s
that she did not notice the shadow over her…. then      web!                                                        financial transactions, such as credit card or line of
out of mid-air the headless horseman appeared on           “I don’t think Mr. Wilne would’ve put this up to         credit payments, are recorded by money lenders such
the back of the horse! All at once, the horse reared    catch people in his cornfield and nothing could             as banks, credit unions and retailers. They in turn send
on its hind legs, its eyes turned red, coat turned      made a web this big” he told himself out loud. “A           specific and factual information to credit
black, and a butcher’s knife came down on her neck      least, no spider could’ve….” His voice trailed off          reporting agencies.
and cut her head off. Then headless Anna Bellwood       because he’s heard something very big moving                   Stanton advises Canadians to check their credit
and the headless horseman thundered away off in         above him. He looked up and screamed! The spider            report once a year, to track new information that has
the night. Never to be seen again. Or will they?        was huge with large fangs, and it was coming…               been added and to ensure that all entries are correct.
                                                                                                                    Reports are available through Canada’s two major
                                                                                                                    credit bureaus, TransUnion Canada ( or
Kids Create the “Write to Read”                                                                                     Equifax Canada ( Basic reports are
                                                                                                                    available for free by mail or in-person. They can also
   General Motors Acceptance Corporation of             congratulating the young authors, and encouraging           b                                                         e
Canada, Limited (GMAC), in partnership with             the entire community to keep reading and writing.           generated immediately online for between $15 and
World Literacy of Canada (WLC) and Friesens                In Canada, 22% of adults have serious                    $22. Under Canadian law, Canadians are entitled to
Corporation are pleased to announce the                 difficulties dealing with printed materials. Given          see any information a credit agency has about them.
forthcoming launch of the “Write                                         this statistic, it is crucial to instill   Any discrepancies or mistakes should be reported
to Read Collection,” a bilingual                                         an early love of reading in                immediately to TransUnion or Equifax to ensure they
book about communities across                                            children across the country to             are corrected.
Canada written by kids for kids.                                         promote a national culture of                 MasterCard Canada has also created Credit Cards
The Write to Read Collection                                             reading and writing. The priority          Today, an easy-to-understand credit card users’ guide
features 13 stories, poems and                                           of the Write to Read Project is to         to help Canadians understand how credit card usage
letters in English and French - -                                        help children build confidence in          affects their larger credit picture. It is available online
one from each province and                                               their literacy skills. To this end, the    at
territory -- written by kids in                                          book includes ideas and
grades 4 and 5. Since each piece                                         suggestions          to    encourage
paints a unique picture of a                                             children, even reluctant writers, to
Canadian community as seen                                               pick up a pen and express
through the eyes of child, WLC asked six Canadian       themselves. To further encourage a culture of
illustrators to create unique drawings inspired by      reading and writing, each child who participated
the children’s stories to include in the collection.    in the contest will receive a personalized letter
   8,000 copies of The Write to Read Collection         thanking them for their entry, and a copy of the
will be distributed free of charge to kids, schools,    book.                                                             146 Mill Street              168 Mill Street
libraries and literacy organizations across Canada.        To request copies of the book, or to obtain more                 Creemore                     Creemore
Plans for book launch events across the country         information about the Write to Read project, or to                  466-3638                     466-5000
are underway to celebrate the achievement of the        arrange an interview with World Literacy of
book’s young authors. The local mayor of each           Canada, GMAC or Friesens, please contact
community featured in the collection, in
partnership with the child’s school, will be
                                                        Carmen or Allegra at World Literacy of Canada at
                                                                                                                           Boxing Day Sale
                                                                                                                          Monday, December 27

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10    • CREEMORE ECHO                •      Thursday, December 23, 2004

                                         Seen & Heard around Creemore
 New Ice Rink
                                                                                                                             Surprise! Norma Friest is 65!
                                                                                                                               Last Saturday afternoon friends
                                                                                                                             and family threw a surprise party
                                                                                                                             at the Creemore Legion to
                                                                                                                             celebrate Norma Friest’s 65 th
                                                                                                                             birthday. Everyone had a great
                                                                                                                             time, and yes, she was totally

     Paul Ruppel and Denis
  Sainsbury took advantage of the
  frigid temperatures on Tuesday                                                A Visit from Mrs. Claus
  to get the first layer of ice down                                               Red hats and
  for an outdoor rink at the Station                                            reindeer      antlers
  on the Green. Weather permitting                                              made Mrs. Santa
  the ice makers aim to have a                                                  Claus feel right at
  smooth skating surface for                                                    home when she
  everyone to enjoy over the                                                    visited NCPS for
  Holiday Season.                                                               their         annual
                                                                                C h r i s t m a s
                                                                                Assembly.        The
                                                                                children sat rapt
                                                                                listening to the
                                                                                stories she had to
                                                                                tell and then joined
                                                                                in chorus for carols
                                                                                as the band played
                                                                                an assortment of
                                                                                tunes to round out
                                                                                the festivities.

                                                  • Service Directory •
                   TOWING                                                                                                   General
               Towing at its best!                                                                                       Practise of Law
For all your towing                                                                                                          Mediation and
and recovery needs!                                                                                                       alternative dispute

      Kells Service Centre
                                                  SELF STORAGE                                  JOHN L. FERRIS
                                                                                                 Barrister & Solicitor      1 Elizabeth St. W.
       80 High Street, Collingwood               various sizes • County Road 9                                               T 705-466-3888
 (705) 445-3421 • Fax (705) 445-7404                       466-2665                                                                                                           phone 466-3334 • fax 466-5166

           T. NASH
                                                 Ramona A. Greer CGA
                                                 Certified General Accountant
                                                                                              Valley Auto & Tech                                   Starvin’ Marvin’s
                                                                                                                                                    Auto Wreckers
                                                                                                                                                                              Robyn’s Bobbins
                                                      28 Elizabeth Street East                    Repairs to all makes of cars and light trucks!
  PLUMBING                                              Creemore, Ontario                              Safety’s & Fuel Injection
                                                                                                                                                    $40 per ton over scale,
                                                                                                                                                                              Alterations • Sewing • Embroidery

   Servicing Creemore
  and surrounding area                             (705) 466-2171                                               218 Main Street,
                                                                                                                  Stayner, ON
                                                                                                                                                      less tires (plus gst)
                                                        Member of the                                                                              including farm equipment
  (705) 466-5807                                      Certified General
                                                 Accountants of Ontario                        Bus. (705) 428-3393 ~ Res. (705) 466-2343
                                                                                                                                                      Ownership required
                                                                                                                                                      (519) 925-3072
                                                                                                                                                                                   8 Elizabeth Street East
             Lic. No. P889                                                                                Garry Stamp, Owner/Operator                                            Creemore, ON 466-6526

                                                 j                                             PLUMBER
                                                                     Edward St. E, Creemore
                                                                  Call John (705) 424-2533
                                                                        Cell (416) 605-2619
              Machine Shop Facility
   • Custom Steel Fabrication & repairs
• Decorative Iron Railing, Fences & Gates
                                                                                               Jason Gardner
                                                                                               Qualified service for all your
                                                                                                                                                                                   wood • gas • pellet
                                                                                                                                                                                    WETT certified
                                                                                                                                                                                     (519) 925-5551
8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Monday to Friday                                                               plumbing needs
   Book ahead for Saturday Service               Heavy Equipment Repair                                                                                                                   Toll Free
    Don Brearey or Gloria Howie                  Trailers • Machine Shop
                                                                                               Call for your free estimate                                                           1-888-211-8295
      705-466-2149                               General Repairs                              Tel: (705) 466-3519                                                             Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 89 Shelburne

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     In Home Foot Care
  · Fungal nails · Calluses ·                                                                 Advertise Your Business Here
          · Corns ·
        $20 per visit
 Dienie Grootoonk RPN
                                                                                                 Call Sara at 466-9906
                                                                                                      CREEMORE ECHO        •   Thursday, December 23, 2004 •        11

The Classifieds                                                                   Common Cents
                                                                                  >O Tom    Lamont
            SERVICES                                THANK YOU                     A Christmas Wish List for Investors
The Perfect Edge Interior and            Creemore Minor Soccer Club                  This is a wonderful time of the              For 2005 I am not asking for much,
Exterior Painting. All Home Reno-        would like to take this opportunity      year! Personally I love it. The crisp        Santa.
vations. In business for over 18         to thank our community members           bite in the air, snowflakes gently           1. No major drops for the TSX 300.
years. Cell (705) 627-5110. Free         for a great season. A special thank      drifting down, the twinkling lights,         Wouldn’t a 7% gain be nice?
                                         you to the Royal Canadian Legion         the warm feeling as everyone                 2. No major interest rate hikes. We can
Estimates, call Joannne. We also
                                         Creemore Branch for their generous       decorates and spruces up, the spirit         live with a couple of percentage points,
hang Christmas Lights. Bobcat serv-
                                         donation to the club. Over 120           of giving, children’s’ laughter and          but my friends could use some of that
ice also available.
                                         children from Creemore and the                                                        cash in their jeans!
                                                                                  the added friendliness from old
                                         surrounding areas enjoyed a great                                                     3. Keep Canada in the economic
            FOR SALE                                                              friends and even strangers! These            forefront. Our “rocks and trees”
                                         season thanks to community
                                         donations and all of our sponsors.       are a few of my favourite things! Is         economy and that oil underground are
NEED A BED? Unbelievable com-            We are grateful for your continued       this not pure magic? Oh, that we             nice to sell to our customers in China
fort at an unbelievable price! Top       support as well as our coaches,          could bottle this spirit up and use it       and abroad.
quality Sealy Hospitality Line Box       referees, parents and volunteers.        when needed throughout the year!             4. Keep the Loonie in balance with the
Spring and Mattress in plush or pil-     Anyone interested in assisting with         Yes, we do have much to be                greenback. That fatter loonie is great
low top Twin $400 Queen $750 King        next year’s season by being a coach,     thankful for. Living in the best             for the snowbirds, but tough on the
$1000. Taxes and delivery* extra         referee, executive or sponsor, please    country in the world. A growing              exporters!
Scarborough pick-up or home deliv-       contact Bob Kacarevich at 466-           economy, among the strongest in the          5. How about using some of those large
ery* anywhere in Canada! Price de-       6453. Wishing all of you a               world. An ascending Loonie, great            government surpluses to lower taxes?
pends on location Call (705) 428-        wonderful holiday season.                                                             We can use the cash, Santa!
                                                                                  for those trips down south! The
2242 to place an order (or try out the                                                                                         6. Most important, take care of those
                                                  LOST & FOUND                    fellowship of friends and family. The        less fortunate!
beds!)                                                                            positive memories of those who                  At this very special time of year allow
USED TIRES, BATTERIES &                  LOST - Men’s sterling silver braclet     have passed on or moved away                 me to extend to you, your friends and
AUTO PARTS for sale. Reasonable          between Stayner Arena and SCI on            Each year I have published my             loved ones a glorious and festive
prices. Call Greg 466-6191 or (519)      Tuesday, Dec. 14. Call 428-3068.         Christmas wish list. As I am a trifle        season, and may 2005 be a happy and
938-1161.                                                                         heavy for Santa’s knee, I hope Santa         prosperous year for you and yours.
                                         FOUND - large black mature cat in                                                        God Bless and Happy Holidays!
Bagged FIREWOOD for Sale.                                                         reads my list!
                                         Avening. Please help it get home for
Delivery Available. 435-9384
                                         Christmas! Call 466-3622
DINING ROOM set circa 1950.
Excellent condition 466-5763 or          FOUND - Pair of men’s Black and
(416) 488-4882.                          white Adidas running shoes in
                                         Creemore. 428-3068
Running or not. Call Greg 466-6191       NEW       ADDITION         FOR
or (519) 938-1161                        CREEMORE FAMILY to Mary
                                         Lou and Reg Rawn, Baby “B”.
OLD BARN OR SHED WANTED                    With love Aunt “B” & Uncle “J”
3 or 4 bays approximately 30 x 50
ft. Call Allen at (416) 508-6787
                                                New Years Eve Bash!
            FOR RENT                                Intentional Misuse
APT FOR RENT Creemore. 466-                       Mundane Redemption
2665.                                         December 31 at Avening Hall
                                                           7 - 10
Downstairs          two-bedroom                $5 in advance $8 at the door
APARTMENT         FOR    RENT.             For tickets or more info contact Dan
Available Immediately. Call 466-                 O’Halloran at 466-3518
2318 and ask for Noel.                                                                                 County of Simcoe for
                                                                                                    TOWNSHIP OF CLEARVIEW
                                                                                             WASTE AND BLUE BOX COLLECTION NOTICE
                                                                                             CHRISTMAS/ NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
                  Susan’s                                                                                       Christmas Week
                  Grooming                                                         THERE IS NO CHANGE TO YOUR COLLECTION DAY SCHEDULE.
                  Salon                                                                                        New Year’s Week
     Professional Trimming &
            Grooming                          Boxing Week Sale                     THERE IS NO CHANGE TO YOUR COLLECTION DAY SCHEDULE.
              All Breeds                              40% OFF
                                                 all Christmas items                                  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:
        Call for appointment:
     (705) 466-3746 or 466-3666                       25% OFF                                    The County of Simcoe Customer Service Centre
                                                  everthing in store                                  (705) 735-6901 or 1-800-263-3199
      8 Caroline St. W., Creemore
      Open Mon, Wed, & Alt. Fri

     Jug City is now under new
   management, and there is more
                                               OPEN: Sat. 2pm - 1am
     of everything you need . . .
  Gasoline and Propane, Groceries,
                                               Mon.-Wed. 9pm - 12am
                                               Thurs. & Fri. 8pm - 1am
   Ice Cream, Gifts, Tobacco and
      Cigars, Videos/DVD’s                 BINGO every Thurs. 7:00pm
                                           EUCHRE every Mon. 8:00pm
          and lots more!
                                           HALL RENTAL Phone
    (Including beer bottle returns.)       466-2202 (leave message)
        OPEN DAILY                               AIR CONDITIONED
    6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.                    POOL TABLE - LARGE TV
12    • CREEMORE ECHO        •   Thursday, December 23, 2004

Sports                                      Don’t Take Away Gym Time!
                                              Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer      von Zweck. “But activity is a right     math class, but we might give
Clearview IceCats                           of Health’s recent report on Ontario
                                            obesity rates sends an important
                                                                                   and a responsibility - not a
                                                                                   privilege.” Exercise not only helps
                                                                                                                           additional homework. It follows
                                                                                                                           that if a child misbehaves in gym,
Novice House League – Dec. 19               message to us all: keeping our         kids stay healthy, but also helps       we could prescribe more movement
       Clearview #1                  0      children healthy and active is more    develop motor skills, coordination      time. For example, teachers could
       Clearview #2                  1      important than ever.                   and self-esteem.                        send a note home assigning the
                                              “Obesity among children ages 7-        Teachers need to change the way       child an extra 20 minutes of high-
Natasha Trzebinski scored the only
                                            13 tripled between 1981 and 1996.      they look at gym and recess,            energy activity like skipping,
goal of the game. Congratulations to
                                            This is alarming, but we have the      emphasizes von Zweck. If a school       jumping jacks or jogging on the
Hailey Young for a great shutout.
                                            knowledge and tools to                               class is playing          spot. If parents have time, they
Stephens Fuels Bantam C – Decem-            stop it,” says Claudia                               hockey and a child        could walk outside with their
ber 12                                      von Zweck, Executive        Obesity among            acts up, he or she        children or join them in a fun
       Clearview                     0      Director      of      the
       Orillia Hawks                 1      Canadian Association of
                                                                        children ages            should be removed
                                                                                                 from     the     game.
                                                                                                                           activity like tobogganing, kicking
                                                                                                                           a soccer ball, or playing catch.
IceCats Novice “C” – Dec.20                 O c c u p a t i o n a l      7-13 tripled            However, instead of         It’s our duty to do everything we
                                            Therapists. “We can                                  sitting idly, the child   can to keep our kids active and to
       Clearview                     8      help the next generation    between 1981             should keep moving        promote the next generation of
       Orangeville Tigers            1      of adults to be healthier
There were a lot of goal scorers in         than the one of today,
                                                                          and 1996               with jumping jacks or     healthy, fit adults. The Canadian
                                                                                                 another activity until    Association of Occupational
this excellent game. Alex Breedon           where half of people are                             ready to rejoin the       Therapists        believes      that
netted a hat trick; Briana Hockey           overweight.”                           group.                                  encouraging activity in our kids
scored two goals; and Kaycee                  First and foremost, we should          When a child misbehaves in            will allow them to develop good
Stewart, Rebecca Goorts, and                encourage activity among children      math, we don’t cancel the next          habits to last them a lifetime.
Ryleigh Bradey all had single mark-         every day. Kids love to move! “We
ers.                                        sometimes think of gym and recess
                                            time as privileges, and teachers
Avening Bowling                             may threaten to take them away    
                                            when children misbehave,” says
Ladies Afternoon Bowling – Dec. 15
Marg Falls                  34
Orneva Pardy                31
Myrtle Carruthers           25
Shirley Oster               10
High scores with handicap were:
Myrtle Carruthers           228
Rachel Stephens             227
Marg Prescott               224, 207
Jackie Houston              214
Hazel Middlebrook           212
Kay Newell                  203, 202

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