Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday December 7, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

Christmas is barreling down on us and now we have snow to contend with along with all the Christmas errands. A recommended stress reliever is to take a few moments out of your schedule to help someone in need at this time of year. The Out of the Cold program can always use a small donation for those with no place to live.  Please drop by Knox church any day after 5:00 pm. The Midland Police Cram a Cruiser program will be at Valu-mart, Foodland, Superstore and Canadian Tire on December 14th and 21st from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army. Take time to participate in the spirit of the season.

On Monday Dec 9th Council will be holding three public meetings at the Town Hall. At 6:00 pm we will have a special meeting where an investigator will provide a report on a “Bill 168” investigation. These investigations deal with complaints of harassment and safety in the workplace.

At 7:00 pm is the December General Committee.  A short agenda including;
-          A presentation of the Huronia Museum business plan. Council will use this information to decide what level of long term public support is appropriate for the museum
-          A new policy on holding large public events on town property
-          Report on improved signage to deal with the traffic and safety of children around Bayview Public school
Following the General Committee meeting Council will move into a special meeting of Council to decide on applying for funding for our Source Water Protection Plan.

Tuesday Dec 10th at 6:00 pm will see the regular BIA meeting (open to the public). Topics such as the recent Santa Claus parade and the upcoming Butter Tart festival will be discussed. The meeting will be held at the ShopMidland location at Hugel and King. I encourage you to drop by and see this new hub of activity in in our town centre.

That same evening an important meeting for our Town is being held in Penetanguishene. The Simcoe District School Board is hosting an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) series of meetings. The ARC process is occurring because of declining enrollment in our high schools. The question currently before the meeting is to determine whether PSS or MSS should be closed.  The unfortunate aspect of the meeting is that it pits our two communities against one another. A better course of action needs to be identified that works for Midland, Penetanguishene and our entire area. The meeting is at 7:00 pm at the Penetanguishene High School.

Early on Wednesday Dec 11 you want to get over to Foodland to meet the 104 the DOCK morning crew. The DOCK bus will be there until 9:00 am to collect food donations for our local food bank.

Then at 7:00 pm that evening the MCC will present the compelling story of the famous WWII escape from Stalag Luft III (and a surprising truth avoided in Hollywood’s telling) A young man from Penetanguishene named Alfred Burke Thompson was one of these who escaped. Mr. Thompsons grandson will recount the adventure. Tickets are $19 at Box Office or online at

On Thursday you are invited to a special musical performance at St Paul's United Church. The Juno award winning Ensemble Caprice will delight you with selections from Europe, Mexico and South America performed on period instruments. For 20 years Ensemble Caprice has received national and international acclaim and is regularly invited to participate in prestigious festivals around the world.

To close the week, on Friday at 7:00 pm Huronia Players will host their season special “Christmas on Broadway”. Please check with HP at the Midland Cultural Centre to see if room is still available.


-          Vox Huronia Community Choir’s A Big Band Christmas at St. Paul’s United Church at 7:30 pm.   Tickets are $15 for adults, kids 16 and under are free
-          Midland Heritage Committee brings you the Victorian Christmas Tour.  From 5-9 pm tour six beautiful Christmas homes. Tickets are available by contacting the Town

-          We Are the Villagers is hosting a fundraiser.  Please join them for an enjoyable turkey dinner buffet from 5-7 pm at Library restaurant.  Ticket price is $30

Gord McKay

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