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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


An unimmunized child from Grey Bruce has been diagnosed with tetanus. This is the first recorded case of tetanus in Grey Bruce. The child has been hospitalized, in critical condition. Tetanus (lockjaw) is rare in Ontario, on average one case per year. Tetanus is a serious disease caused when tetanus spores get into a cut [&hellip

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5/29/2015 11:07:36 AM

May 20, 2015 Managers and staff from the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Public Health team attended to present a Public Health introduction to Council. Public health staff is available to present or provide information on various items within their mandate to groups within the area upon request. Council welcomes a new addition to the Southgate [&hellip

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5/24/2015 10:33:59 PM

Paramedics Week (May 24-May 30) is an annual celebration. It’s an opportunity for paramedics to provide public education about the paramedics role in healthcare and to encourage safe and healthy living. This year’s theme, as chosen by the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, is “Paramedics: Expanding Care.” The traditional role of a paramedic is growing beyond [&hellip

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5/24/2015 10:32:27 PM

The forestry services of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) are starting up for the season, with programs and services for landowners, including tree plantings. “We ordered over 160,000 trees this year,” Jim Penner, manager of forestry with Saugeen Conservation, says, “We will be planting 90,000 alone through the Trees Ontario 50 Million Tree Program which [&hellip

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5/24/2015 10:31:45 PM

Grey County Artists is spreading its wings with several art shows scheduled over the summer, including two at locations beyond Grey County. “We are at the stage where we are ready to take the next step and promote our local artists to a broader audience,” Erika Dick, president of the Grey County Artists, says. “We [&hellip

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5/24/2015 5:48:41 PM

by Annabel Drover EarthFire Gardening As a garden designer, my job is to determine what you want from your garden and how best to create it. When staring on a new project, I will ask you many questions and the more information you have available, the more likely you will end up with something you [&hellip

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5/23/2015 7:52:44 AM

WHEEL SEPARATES FROM CAR HITTING ANOTHER VEHICLE – May 27, 2015 On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at approximately 12:02 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated a collision after a wheel separated from a car and struck another vehicle on Hwy. 6/10 in the Township of Georgian Bluffs. Investigation revealed that a 1998 Mercedes [&hellip

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5/22/2015 4:28:36 PM

Three Bluewater District School Board students earned medals from the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, held this month in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Canada Wide Science Fair showcased the top 469 science students from 101 regional science fairs held across Canada. Kyle Teeter, a grade 8 student at École Macphail Memorial Elementary School in Flesherton, was [&hellip

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5/21/2015 8:39:58 AM

With over 2,500 trails of about 80,000 km in length, Ontario has one of the largest trails systems in North America and last week, Michael Couteau, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced an Ontario Trails Act. If passed by the legislature, the Act will result in changes to other Acts of Legislation to reduce [&hellip

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5/17/2015 10:31:58 PM

Grey County is joining many other Canadian municipalities by creating opportunities for anyone to dive into government-created data through an Open Data portal. “Open Data” refers to the free-of-charge release of government-produced and -maintained data via online catalogues so that data can be access, analyzed or used by members of the public for their own [&hellip

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5/17/2015 10:29:20 PM