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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


Grey County wants the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) gone. At the monthly meeting on October 6, Council discussed asking the province to disband the Niagara Escarpment Commission. The NEC has authority, under the Ministry of Natural Resources, to oversee development in areas where the escarpment is present. The Escarpment runs from Niagara through Grey County [&hellip

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10/7/2015 4:07:46 PM

There is no more beautiful season in our area than autumn. The meadows are covered in fall asters, with their delicate alabaster and purple blooms, blazing sumacs and spears of goldenrod. Forests of birch, elm and maple are transformed into of a tapestry orange, red and gold, even the unique tamarack trees get in on [&hellip

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10/5/2015 10:16:53 PM

Ontario is providing rural communities, businesses and organizations, with funding to help attract investment, create jobs, and boost tourism, through a renewed Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The RED program is now open and is accepting applications immediately and through til January, 2016. The renewed program will now have two streams for applications: a Community [&hellip

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10/5/2015 3:39:47 PM

Saputo Inc. announced today (Monday) that it has acquired the companies forming Woolwich Dairy. The purchase price of $80 million, on a debt-free-basis, was paid in cash at closing. Woolwich generates annual revenues of approximately $70 million. It produces, distributes, markets and sells goat cheese in Canada and the USA. Woolwich operations comprise three manufacturing [&hellip

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10/5/2015 2:32:50 PM

Around the Township is an occasional collection of photos from Grey County south from the week that was. Some photos are submitted with media releases or from readers who enjoy sharing their photographs. We welcome your photos. Please see our submissions guidelines. Featured image photo credit: Jon Radjokovic. Grey County farmer and former politician, Bill [&hellip

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10/4/2015 10:04:01 PM

by Sandra J. Howe Standing atop Metcalfe Rock you gaze out on a landscape where everything seems miniature. Farms, fields and tiny cars go about their business far below your lofty perch. You look down into the treetops. The Mill Creek Valley stretches to the south and north. The cliffs of Duncan Crevice Caves Provincial [&hellip

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10/4/2015 10:03:21 PM

A search warrant was executed at the farm of raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt in West Grey on Friday with authorities ultimately leaving empty-handed. Inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), along with police support from OPP and West Grey forces, arrived at the farm mid-morning on Friday. [&hellip

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10/4/2015 10:02:50 PM

As the October 19 federal election draws near, here is a list of 10 rural-specific questions composed by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) that voters may want to ask of their candidates. The ten questions below were developed by the ROI based on rural stakeholder priorities in response to an on-line survey by the ROI [&hellip

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10/3/2015 10:11:02 PM

FRAUD CHARGES AFTER ONGOING INVESTIGATION - October 6, 2015 On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a male and female from South Bruce Peninsula in connection to an ongoing fraud investigation. The suspects attended the Giant Tiger store located on Hwy. 6 & 21 (Springmount) in the Township of Georgian [&hellip

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10/1/2015 1:28:12 PM

Early on the morning of Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated a motor vehicle collision involving wild turkeys on Sideroad 20 and another collision on Grey Rd. 40 near Gore Crescent in the Township of Chatsworth which involved a cattle beast. Despite the damage to the vehicles, there were no [&hellip

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9/30/2015 12:07:10 PM