Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday December 1, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Civitan Christmas parade has kicked off our Christmas shopping season in grand style. Crowds of people were downtown to give Santa a warm sunny welcome.  In the spirit of the season, a few other important Christmas events for your consideration.  

Fresh from helping Santa out at the parade, the Midland Police are pitching in with their 3rd annual “Cram a Cruiser” Food and Toy drive. Midland’s Finest will be at Foodland, Superstore and Canadian Tire on December 7th, 14th and 21st from 8:00 am till 2:00 pm. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army to assist needy families at this time of year. I know all our good citizens will be supporting the Midland Police “Cram a Cruiser’.   

The annual YMCA Gifts to Give is upon us. Those who otherwise will have no presents to exchange this Christmas are invited to select from donated items on Monday December 2nd, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected for the Salvation Army Food Bank. If you wish to donate last minute gifts to the event (no furniture or clothing please) they can be dropped at the NSSRC on December 2nd from. 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Monday December the 2nd will be devoted to improving our area`s tourism. A two day workshop will be held in Tiny to plan a coordinated tourism strategy for the North Simcoe area. The cooperative efforts of the four municipalities are starting to pay off. Expect to see a very exciting tourism season in 2014, including the second annual Butter Tart festival.

Tuesday will be a quieter day with the conclusion of the tourism workshop and the regular BIA meeting at 6:30 pm at the library.

Wednesday will be quieter yet as the normal Planning Committee meeting has been cancelled with all items being moved to January.

On Thursday we return to economic development work with the business incubator meeting.  (A business incubator is a special facility that will rapidly grow start-up businesses) I will be headed down to Queens Park in mid-December to meet with a number of ministries to determine how they can help fund our job creating initiative. Thursday evening the Penetanguishene Curling Club is having a special member’s event to start moving Glenn Howard towards a well-deserved Olympic berth.

Friday December 6th will be quite busy. At 11:00 am you are invited to attend the Waterfront Project Steering Committee at the Town Hall.  At 1:30 pm Waypoint will be hosting a project completion event; another step in the massive expansion project in our neighboring municipality. Waypoint will open in May for normal use.

Two special events for the evening.  From 4:00 to 7:00 pm we will gather to honour Jamie Hunter who will be retiring from his position as Curator at Huronia Museum. All are invited to the museum to meet with Jamie and enjoy some light refreshments.  At 5:00 pm Rosewood is our host for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. All are invited to attend this very moving ceremony and reflect upon one of the great social injuries of our time.


Saturday: You are welcome to attend a special day-long celebration - the Battle for Becky.  Becky Cloutier is a beautiful 8 year old young lady in Tay who is facing a terrible fight with cancer.  Her community is rallying around her to raise funds for the long days head.  The fundraising event will start with a bazaar put on by her classmates from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm followed by a dance at 8:00 pm. All activities will be at the Oakwood Community Center in Tay.  Tickets are available in advance at the Tay municipal office or Minds Alive in Midland.

Sunday: Knox Church will host a special appreciation event for the many volunteers and supporters who make the Gift of Grace Soup Kitchen a reality. To the surprise of many, Midland has to rely upon the good work of this soup kitchen to feed many of our needy citizens.

Gord McKay

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