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Flesherton, Ontario -- The Gateway to Beaver Valley


     The village of Flesherton (population 700), often referred to as "the Gateway to Beaver Valley", is beautifully set in the rural countryside and sits at the crossroads of Highway 10 and Grey County Road #4 in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.  In addition to Grey Highlands Secondary School and MacPhail Memorial Elementary School (which was beautifully rebuilt in 2006 and abuts Flesherton Hills, a 100 acre wooded walking trail), the village includes an arena, post office, brand new library (2011), the South Grey Museum, a Canadian Legion hall, 2 churches and various small parks and walking trails.  Charming shops include a bakery, cheese and produce markets, hardware and plumbing supply stores, real estate offices, auto sales and service businesses, a funeral home and a bank, as well as popular restaurants and the Inn at Munshaw House. Flesherton also boasts a thriving artistic commuity, including various artists' studios and galleries which are regularly opened to the public.  The Farmers' Market, held at the arena each Saturday morning from May through October, and nearby scenic attractions such as Eugenia Falls, the Saugeen and Boyne Rivers and sections of the Bruce Trail, never fail to please.  

 

     Village history can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century, when an influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants arrived to begin hard, new lives around this mill town on the Boyne River.  One of the first was William Kingston Flesher, who was responsible for much of the initial development of the valley economy, building a saw mill and grist mill on the Boyne River and going on to act at various times as post-master, magistrate, druggist, doctor, county warden, village reeve, captain of the local militia, and in 1872 as MP, when Flesher was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Grey East.  The village now bears his name in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.

 

     Notable residents and former residents include Agnes MacPhail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons, who served as MP for the area for more than a decade; Oliver Schroer, an award winning fiddler and recording artist; Matt Galloway, CBC radio host; Chris Neil, NHL hockey player and local hero, currently playing for the Ottawa Senators. 

 


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The winning team at the Flesherton Kinsmen Groundhog Trivia Night was KMS comprising David and Karen Stewart, Darlene Lent, Don and Muriel Stewart, Samantha Lougheed and Donald Lent. The event raised over $500 which will go to the community’s greatest needs. Ironically, the trophy was donated by the Trophy House (the Stewart’s business). The fundraising event [&hellip

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3/2/2015 11:34:57 AM

TOW TRUCK COLLIDES WITH SCHOOL BUS – March 03, 2015 On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:50 a.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a motor vehicle collision between a tow truck and a school bus on Sideroad 9B in the Township of Chatsworth. A Wathke School bus, carrying 12 [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:58:37 PM

The Walking Village, which originated in the Village of Flesherton, is brushing off its hiking boots and stepping into its new role as an incorporated not-for-profit. “Our aim has always been and continues to be simply to promote and enhance the enjoyment of walking in our area,” David Turner, chair of the organization says. The [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:51:37 PM

Minister Jeff Leal and Minister Michael Chan announced they will be leading a trade mission to China in April 2015. The mission will focus on increasing opportunities for Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market. Leal is the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Chan is Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:48:10 PM

Grey County is hosting a public meeting to collect feedback on the draft transportation plan this Friday from says 6pm-8pm at the Administration building in Owen Sound. The Transportation Master Plan will guide policy and infrastructure decisions over the next 25 years. The plan studies the big picture of regional travel looking at all aspects [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:46:05 PM

Youth Employment Rates Improve with Age A new set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets analyze youth employment rate data and indicate trends within industries and occupations. “Rural development forum participants have shared their concerns about youth unemployment but data analysis indicates that reality may not be as challenging as perceived as youth move [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:43:41 PM

Here’s a peek inside a different kind of “artist’s studio” – the after school Arts Club organized by the Grey Highlands Arts Umbrella. The program is held at École Macphail Elementary but it is open to all children in the area. “We have some home-schooled kids who come, too,” says Eric Robertson, a parent and [&hellip

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3/1/2015 10:39:37 PM

Ontario is providing small, rural and northern municipalities with funding to build and repair critical infrastructure and create jobs across the province. The province has approved 78 projects through the application-based component of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) which will help communities maintain, repair, expand or update vital infrastructure such as bridges, roadways, water [&hellip

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2/27/2015 1:34:10 PM

Extreme cold weather has caused a number of homes and businesses in Ontario to experience frozen pipes. A media release from the Township of Southgate, suggests that “All Dundalk residents are required to keep one cold water tap running continually to ensure constant service. The flow of water should be maintained at the diameter of [&hellip

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2/27/2015 1:28:12 PM

The big cheque ceremony to receive the Ontario Trillium Foundation funds of  $43,500 to start at TV channel for Grey Highlands happened on Saturday February 21 at a photo opportunity arranged by the Museum in Flesherton. You may recall that the Municipality of Grey Highlands (MGH) council passed a bylaw to accept funding for a [&hellip

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2/23/2015 4:28:27 PM