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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. 


The Flesherton


The Municipality of Grey Highlands (MGH) council has passed a bylaw to accept funding for a cultural project which aims to increase community access to and engagement in local arts and heritage activities and events, according to a  press release issued jointly by the Library and Museum. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) application was outlined [&hellip

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1/29/2015 3:00:00 PM

As much as $1 million is up for grabs after the province announced a new round of grants to help groups launch projects that help seniors get active in their communities. Starting today, local non-profit groups can apply for this grant, which ranges from $5,000-$8,000. “With the growing senior population, there’s also a growing need [&hellip

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1/28/2015 6:21:45 PM

Editorial: Publishing a news & views website puts me firmly in the business of sharing: Sharing information, sharing photos, sharing stories, sharing opinions. Indeed is especially proud of our record of sharing stories that might otherwise not be told. We hang our hats on original content. Stories of a WW1 war medal returned to [&hellip

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1/27/2015 6:55:24 PM

an occasional page of local business news in brief. Pet Grooming Debbie Tait at Nurture Sensible Pet Solutions is more than enthusiastic about the pet grooming service she offers at her Markdale store. Nurture sells excellent pet foods, herbal supplements and pet accessories, but it’s the grooming service that Tait says is putting her on [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:28:56 PM

Highlights from the January 21, 2015 session of Council A representative from Enbridge Gas attended to provide further clarification to Council on the standard Franchise renewal document presented to them in December. After receiving the clarification, Council approved that the franchise renewal agreement be forwarded to the Ontario Energy Board for approval. The Site Plan [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:20:29 PM

The third time was a charm for the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Thursday evening at the Flesherton Kinplex. The first two attempts at this meeting were postponed due to bad weather. The evening kicked off with a social hour and trade show, followed by awards presentations and a guest [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:18:15 PM

By Peter Lambrick, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Every spring the provincial government tables its budget, a roadmap for how and where money will be allocated in the coming year. And each year the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) prepares a submission and meets with government and policymakers in advance of the budget to ensure [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:14:18 PM

In meetings this month with business leaders, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, highlighted the government’s ongoing commitment to cut red tape and to introduce, simplify, and enhance services to meet the needs of Canadian small and medium businesses. Minister Findlay noted the many actions the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has taken [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:10:48 PM

The Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative got a green light from the province to proceed to the next step in the funding process under the New Building Canada Fund. Grey County staff working on the SWIFT initiative submitted a comprehensive funding application and business case just before the holiday break, achieving a new milestone [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:07:27 PM

A new sidewalk on Hwy 10 at the south end of the Village of Flesherton has been approved by the Municipality of Grey Highlands (MGH) council. The work will be done this year by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) as part of a project that is already scheduled for Hwy 10 south of the village. [&hellip

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1/25/2015 11:04:25 PM