Hello again, I hope that you have had a safe, happy, restful summer and are now looking forward to the fall season. 

Heritage Lake Simcoe is moving along. We just had a letter from Oro-Medonte endorsing our project. We have hundreds more signatures on our petition from events around the lake this summer like, “Celebrate Lake Simcoe” in Innisfil , “Splash” in Georgina, “Ecofest” in Barrie and “The Big Bite “ in Beaverton.

If you haven’t signed our petition, please look for us at events around the lake and do so.

In the last blog I asked for your stories of the Lake. The Innisfil Public Library has a new community project to gather your stories.
They received a New Horizons Senior Citizens Grant and have invested in the equipment to video tape your stories.” Our Stories”, is all about building an archives for the community. Kathryn Schoutsen is the project coordinator and archivist. Many interested people are training on the equipment. If you would like to take part in this exciting project please phone the library and put your name on the list. It is fun, and you get to use all of the latest technology.

Lakeshore Library, Innisfil: 705-431-7410
Email address for Kathryn Schoutsen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Barb and I, with Kathryn and a few others, are going over to Georgina Island to interview the elders and tape their stories. We’ll take the opportunity to video their papers as well. With this very valuable First Nation information we’ll be able to tell the history of the lake from the beginning.

We are all very excited about this opportunity and we’ll be able to share this information with you. The history that we gather on Georgina will support the social and cultural history required to endorse the designation of Lake Simcoe as a Heritage Lake.

When I was summering at our cottage on Lake Simcoe at Cedar Harbour we didn’t have a refrigerator. If we wanted ice cream as a treat for dessert we would have to run to the corner store with a bowl and ask Mr. Dunn, the store owner, to scoop the ice cream into the bowl, and then run home, before it all melted. Another ice cream treat was a mellow roll. It was ice cream in a paper roll and one peeled the paper off the ice cream and pushed it down in the cone and licked it. M,m,m delicious!

On special evenings when the lake was calm, we would all hop in the canoe and paddle across the bay to Big Cedar Point, around the Point to Tent City for an ice cream cone. Back then, there really were only vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavours or neapolitan, which was all three flavours in one. Every once in a while someone would make homemade ice cream and that surely was the best!

Now there is a story about the lake. I’m sure that you have a story to tell. Please phone the library and make an appointment to go in and tell your story. We would like to hear it. Until next time…..