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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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Feature image: An outdoor seminar. Ben Caesar of Fiddlehead Nursery talks about Edible Landscapes at the Homesteading and Survival Show in Markdale.               &nbsp

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8/2/2015 10:58:42 PM

Fall Fairs in the country are a rural tradition. Most will have judging of animals, pies and pets – plus tests of strength for man, machine and beast! Here are a few of the local offerings. Most of these have been annual events for decades – some for more than 150 years! Hanover Fall Fair [&hellip

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8/2/2015 10:43:49 PM

An independent review of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project says that it has a sound business model for providing ultra high speed internet to all in southwestern Ontario. “SWIFT offers an innovative, realistic and strong business model for ensuring that Western Ontario can catch up, and potentially surpass, urban Canada in broadband infrastructure [&hellip

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8/2/2015 10:43:13 PM

Local tourism association, Stay in Grey, emailed members this week, to let them know that a tourism plan – beginning with “experience development” – has a green light from the Municipality of Grey Highlands. The local group has been making a case for tourism in Grey Highlands for the past few years through its own [&hellip

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8/2/2015 10:42:44 PM

A horticultural treat in the Flesherton Memorial Park, alongside the south side the South Grey Museum, is the Heritage Herb Garden. Filled with plants that would have been common in any local garden one hundred years ago, the plantings are divided into household, culinary, medicinal and tea herbs. The garden was an initiative of the [&hellip

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8/2/2015 6:43:22 PM

DRIVER ARRESTED FOR OUTSTANDING WARRANTS  - Friday, July 31, 2015 Officers from the Owen Sound Police Service were conducting a R.I.D.E in the area of 1500 block of 10th Street East, Owen Sound on Thursday evening when a young driver was stopped around 9:00 p.m. The young man initially gave an incorrect name but after [&hellip

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8/1/2015 11:05:42 AM

Operation “Dry Water” Aimed at Impaired Boating Over the Civic Day Long Weekend (August 1-3, 2015), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and other marine enforcement partners are teaming up for Operation Dry Water, a national campaign that aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries that result from operating a boat while impaired by [&hellip

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7/30/2015 10:37:19 AM

Federal funds were announced this week by Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Miller announced that the Township of Chatsworth will be receiving $50,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and the Township of Southgate will be [&hellip

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7/29/2015 12:10:59 PM

Changing the electoral system may become an election issue. Over the past few months, three of the four parties have come out publicly in favour of replacing the current system, sometimes described as first-past-the-post, for a different system. Some people think that first-past-the-post isn’t fair to voters and regularly lands Canadians with governments that don’t [&hellip

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7/26/2015 10:04:06 PM

Township of Southgate, Highlights of Council meeting, July 22, 2015 A public meeting was held concerning an Official Plan Amendment to add lands to the settlement area of the Village of Dundalk and designate the lands as Neighbourhood Area. The application, conceptual drawings and comments received are available on Southgate’s website under current planning applications [&hellip

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7/26/2015 10:03:38 PM