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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


A summary of the February 3, 2016 meeting of the Township of Southgate Council Open Forum: One resident spoke during open forum and requested a report outlining the differences between remuneration and training paid to Council from 2015, compared to previous years. The Chair of the Canine Control By-law review committee noted that the committee [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:15:30 PM

Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, was recently named to a number of committees in the House of Commons. Most recently he was named as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. “I am very pleased to be a member of the Standing Committee on [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:14:47 PM

Ontario began 2016 with an employment rate of 60.5% and a participation rate of 64.6%. The Four County Labour Market (Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth) saw the year start at lower rates of 56.8% and 60.2% respectively. Employment increased by 2,200 in the Four County economic region between December 2015 and January 2016. These gains were [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:13:48 PM

For individual taxpayers for the 2016 tax-filing season, there are changes and enhancements to existing services, credits, and amounts. Know that the CRA offers online services that are secure. You can use them to help file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track the status of your return, register for online mail, [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:13:03 PM

The staff immunization rate at local nursing and retirement homes is up slightly from last season, reports Public Health. Staff vaccination rates at local nursing homes averaged 75 per cent, up from 74 per cent in 2014-2015. All staff at Country Lane Nursing Home in Chatsworth received flu shots. Both Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:12:19 PM

Making better decisions – or at least using a better process for making decisions – is the goal of a new initiative at the Municipality of Grey Highlands (MGH). At the February 1, 2016 meeting of MGH, Council approved a plan to work with four students from the Rural Studies program at the University of [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:11:22 PM

With a new federal government and talk of marijuana legalization, we thought it was a good time to repost this blog from a few years ago. Since then, revenues for marijuana in the U.S. and Canada have only increased and several U.S. states have legalized marijuana. In Bruce Grey Simcoe Counties there are several “medicinal [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:10:18 PM

Hanover received its second straight economic development award last week at the annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards event for the establishment of a Youth Centre for skills and technology. “We’re ecstatic to be recognized for our regional work in youth retention. This award demonstrates the great work of many collaborations and partnerships, [&hellip

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2/7/2016 11:08:49 PM

In the wake of a tragic weekend that claimed the lives of three snowmobilers on frozen waterways, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are warning snowmobilers about unsafe ice and urging everyone, including anglers to stay off lakes and rivers. In one incident over the weekend, four snowmobilers [&hellip

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2/4/2016 9:41:46 AM

Grey County Council is headed to tender for the proposed addition and renovation of the Administration Building in Owen Sound. No final decisions have been made and Council is waiting on accurate costing from a public tendering process. The project plans to move the Provincial Offences court inside the main Administration Building bringing most of [&hellip

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2/2/2016 3:03:22 PM