Sunday 23 September 2012

Clearwater Beach 2012 Horseshoe Tournament

Horseshoe Contest


Chris Minor
Julian Sulej

Consolation Prizes:

Mike Wehner
Cam Niebler

Reminder High Speed Internet Information Sessions Tiny Township

Point to Point high speed internet information sessions are being held from:

Saturday, September 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm


Thursday, October 25th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

in the Township of Tiny Municipal Office, Council Chambers, 130 Balm Beach Road.

I don’t think pre-registration is required, but you can call 705-526-4204 ext 263 for more information.

Saturday 22 September 2012

2012 Clearwater Beach Baking Contest

The Results


3rd prize, Autumn McDiarmid for 'Super Cottage Squares'
2nd prize, Autumn McDiarmid for 'Sinful Skor Squares'
1st prize, Hailey Sontag for 'Daisy Flowers'


1st (and only) prize, Isabelle Barber for 'Motivational Cookies'

We need more entries from teenage bakers!


3rd prize, Ghislaine Hatton for 'Chocolate Macaroons'
2nd prize, Dawn Strandholt for 'Hello Dollies'
1st prize, Karen Milligan for 'Clearwater Cake Pops'

Photo of some of the contestants and some of the winners

A Big Thank You to Wayne Y. for all his work on the 2012 Baking Contest

Sunday 16 September 2012

Special Anniversary Presentation

A highlight of the day was the special anniversary presentation of an $800 cheque by Sue Montgomery, Section 3 Director, to Louise Coutu, Managing Director of Camp Marygrove. The money will be used to buy a canoe which they’ll name “Jack” in honour of Jack Purkis, who in 1952 convened the first meeting leading to the founding of our association.

Monday 10 September 2012

Fire Safety Talk at the AGM

A Big Thank You to Dino Pangratti from the Tiny Fire Department for his talk at the AGM, and fire extinguisher simulator he brought. I think many of us learned something.

Sunday 9 September 2012

From the Pres...
Our 60th anniversary picnic saw blue skies and warm breezes over Clearwater Beach as about 135 families and guests enjoyed the fun, food, and friendship at Camp Marygrove!
When we begin preparations each year we always fret about getting enough volunteers, but when the day comes everything just falls into place and later we realize that there were so many helpers we don’t have the space to thank them all individually! So, here’s a big “thank you” to everyone who pitched in, and I’m sure that includes almost everyone who attended. We do good work, don’t we?
Some things do, however, require special mention. Wayne and Joanne Yetman’s cookie contest has grown to become a central event of the day, with entrants eclipsing Sam Sapiano’s fishing contest and rivalling Peter Ridout and Raz Bifilchi’s horseshoe challenge. Aside from the food line, the balloon toss and tug-of-war still seem to attract the most adult participation, but Ruth Barber’s kids remain the dominant attraction. Speaking of the food line, Jacque Ridout organized both the grocery list and the condiment table, while Dave Barber did an excellent job of marshalling the BBQ crew. Lexie Trott, Sam Sapiano, Sue Montgomery and Marianne Clayton spent many hours canvassing the beach, Cynthia Strandholt bought ribbons and trophies and Karen Milligan organized the prizes. Peggy Breckenridge kept the festivities humming as Master of Ceremonies, while also helping Mary Barber and Ghislaine Hatton on the registration desk. Throughout the year, of course, Terry Sanderson has become a major source of information through his Facebook postings and FOCA representation.
A highlight of the day was the special anniversary presentation of an $800 cheque by Sue Montgomery, Section 3 Director, to Louise Coutu, Managing Director of Camp Marygrove. The money will be used to buy a canoe which they’ll name “Jack” in honour of Jack Purkis, who in 1952 convened the first meeting leading to the founding of our association.
I would like to express our appreciation to our guests. Ray Millar, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, was very open and accommodating in his remarks and responses to our questions. Dino Pangrazzi, a volunteer firefighter with the Tiny Fire Department, was concise yet entertaining in his remarks on smoke and CO2 detectors and his fire extinguisher demonstration was a huge success with the younger crowd.
I’d also like to thank our sponsors and major contributors, and urge members to remember their generosity if a need for their services arises: Clare Boudreau, owner of EHL Homes; Michelle and Delva Lacroix, agents for Royal LePage real estate; and Keith Robillard, owner of Georgian Bay Sanitation.
This year’s operations again demonstrated the conservative fiscal management of our association. Revenues of $3.7 thousand were virtually identical to last year, with increased raffle proceeds offsetting a minor reduction in sponsorship revenue. Picnic expenses were up as we replenished some supplies, resulting in a break-even year excluding our special anniversary contribution to Camp Marygrove. After the special contribution, our reserves will decline from $5.3 thousand to $4.5 thousand, an amount considered sufficient to cover a full year of operating expenses in the event of an unforeseen revenue shortfall.
Have a great year, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s “fun day” which will be held on Saturday, August 31st. If you’d like to join the party and help out, leave a comment here or contact anyone on your executive.

Terry Breckenridge

Thank you to Tiny Township Mayor Ray Millar

Thank you to Tiny Township Mayor Ray Millar.

He talked at our AGM about a number of topics including:
  • Tiny Township's Septage Study
  • Water levels and the beaches in Tiny
  • Encroachment on to township land
  • Garbage Pickup changes
  • Internet service

The executive is looking in to several of these issues and will be updating you on them in the next little while.

Saturday 8 September 2012

Thank you to the Set Up Crew

A Huge THANK YOU to all who came early to help set up for all of the day's activities. Your efforts help ensure the food and fun for every one.

 Lots of tables to move and setup
 Setting up the Raffle table
 Lots of prizes for the raffle
 Play area for the little association members, fishing pond, bubble blowers and chalk
 Getting the prize table for the games
Still setting up the raffle table

Cottage Tee's for Cottage Buddy's

Ruth B and Terry S wearing FOCA "I'd rather be at the Cottage" tee shirts at the 2012 Clearwater Beach AGM/Fun Day/BBQ

New Road Sign

After many years we have replaced our beloved road sign

Thank you Peter and Bruce for a job well done. 

Rural Broadband Information Sessions

Rural Broadband Information Sessions:

Township of Tiny
Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact Trevin at 705-526-4204, Ext. 263

Thank you Kathryn Hammond Britten for the information

An Open Letter on the Upper Great Lakes Study

An Open Letter on the Upper Great Lakes Study
Dear Stakeholder,

The International Joint Commission (IJC) deeply appreciates the hospitality, participation and passion of the people who shared their perspectives on Great Lakes water levels and flows. In mid-July, the Commission held public hearings in 13 communities on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, western Lake Erie and both the Detroit River and St. Marys River. We heard both praise and concern regarding the report and recommendations of the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS).

At the hearings, the IJC heard perspectives from governments, First Nations and Tribes, property owners, and citizens on proposed Lake Superior outflow management; an exploratory analysis on raising Lakes Michigan and Huron water levels; and the realities of living with the dynamic Great Lakes system.

Due to strong public interest, the IJC has extended the deadline for written comment until September 30, 2012. If you were not able to attend a public hearing, Commissioners will be available to listen to your comments at a public hearing by teleconference on September 19, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. EDT. You can find instructions to participate at

The IJC carefully considers all comments in deliberating on orders of approval, directives, and recommendations for water levels management.

The IJC encourages you to share your perspective on the Study Board report and recommendations at On the website, you will also find a presentation about the study, the record of the hearings, the final Study Board report, archives, and related research.

While the IUGLS was focused on water quantity, the Commission also plays a role in providing advice to the governments on water quality. And in that regard, we urge you to join the IJC and our partners in Cleveland, Ohio, for Great Lakes Week on September 10-13, 2012, to discuss the unprecedented efforts underway and opportunities to sustain North America’s Great Lakes.
We look forward to receiving your comments on water levels and working with you to sustain our shared waters.


Lana Pollack Joe Comuzzi
U.S. Co-Chair Canada Co-Chair

Lyall Knott Rich Moy
Commissioner Commissioner

Dereth Glance

Tuesday 4 September 2012

MPs fighting for waterway

MPs fighting for waterway Midland Free Press

MPs Bruce Stanton, Rick Norlock, Dean Del Mastro and Barry Devolin delivered a recommendation Friday to federal environment minister Peter Kent, suggesting the government not go through with the proposed reductions.


I hope they can get the government to change it's mind

Monday 3 September 2012

Top 10 end-of-summer songs

Top 10 end-of-summer songs you need to hear Toronto Sun

A nice selection to play over the next few days/weeks to remember a great summer.