Peek at the Past

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A peek from the Town Crier files – April 21, 2004 – Town Crier Publisher John H. Hafermehl (right) was honoured by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association in recognition of 50 years of distinguished service to the community newspaper profession. Ron Wassink, Past President of the OCNA (Ontario Community Newspapers Association) made the presentation.  (Note:   At the time of receiving the award, John had worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years. He started his own paper, the Town Crier in 1965.)  

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A peek from the Town Crier files – April 28, 1972 – These boys and girls were named as the winners of the Hill & Dale Riders Snowmobile Safety Poster Contest. They were presented with trophies and cash awards. Front (left to right): Steven Lang, Brian Weishar, Sherry Siegfried. Middle row: Peter Weber, Bob Arnold, Doug Tangney, Carol Moran. Back row: Heather Brandt, Cindy Reinhart, Donna Weber, Michelle Durrer, Jane Dietrich.

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A peek from the Town Crier files – Friday, June 12, 1970 – All three pictured participated in a “Walk-A-Thon” for the Mildmay Swim Pool. Sister Eileen (right) raised the most  when she ended the 20 miles with a total of $145.00. One of her sponsors, Harvey Cassidy said he would pay her 1 cent a mile (merely as a joke). Sister Eileen thought  she would ask him to pay her the 20 cents by a cheque (as another joke). Mr. Cassidy was full of “yolks” so he wrote the cheque on a fresh egg. Looking at the strange payment method is Bill Steuernol (left) who was runner-up in sponsoring funds with a total of $135.00 raised, and Karen Fischer (now Huber) who at 7 years of age was the youngest walker to complete the 20 miles.    Editor’s note – This photo was chosen as a way to wish Karen (who in case you didn’t know works here at the Crier) a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” on February 17th!

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A peek from the Town Crier files – July 4, 1975 – Miss Dominion of Canada Sandra Campbell made a wish come true for a young admirer, Homer Schmalz (of Mildmay) when she danced with him during the Chamber Festival and Ball Tournament.

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A peek from the Town Crier files – June 23, 1972 – District Commissioner Mrs. Peppler of Hanover (2nd from left) presented Canada Cords to four Mildmay Girl Guides at the Mother/Daughter Banquet. Left to right: Beverley Schmalz, Donna Baynton, Debbie Fischer and Joan Campbell.

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The final cases of Bock Beer wend their way through the packaging machinery at Formosa.  The brewery moved to a Barrie location on January 3, 1972.
Joe Weiler (left) and Harvey Weishar (right) are pictured in the Formosa Plant Retail Outlet. They both transferred to Barrie.Peek at the Past - 2 Peek at the Past - 1

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A peek from the Town Crier files – January 21, 1972 – Formosa Spring Brewery officially closed at the end of 1971 and with some 31 of its staff, started producing their products in a new plant outside of Barrie, Ontario. In the first picture, Joe Kraemer and Otto Ditner put in their final day’s work at Formosa, where the final bottles were run through around 4:20 pm on December 31.

In the bottom photo, Edgar “Heschy” Lehman, who was with the brewery for 43 years, received a cheque to the brewery from “Chucks” Schmalz of the Commercial Hotel, Mildmay, for their final delivery.

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A peek from the Town Crier files – January 28, 1986 – A CN snowplow became wedged in a 12 foot high snow drift just north of Mildmay on January 14, 1986. Workers attempted to free the plow unit by hand-shovelling, but that was fruitless and a tractor snowblower was called in to clear out around the derailed unit. The train was later placed back on the track and continued its journey north.

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A peek from the Town Crier files – December 15, 2004 -Operation Candy Cane Going Fine – Frank Hoffele (left) owner of Friends Caring and Sharing in Harriston is seen taking away another supply of candy canes for Operation Candy Cane. Helping Frank is Jim Mack. The number of candy canes which had been picked up by Frank was 3,500! Local residents dropped off their donations of candy canes at the Crier office which were then shipped around the world.

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A peek from the Town Crier files – December 21, 1976 – The final float to make an appearance at the Mildmay 1976 Santa Claus Parade was this old fashioned sleigh pulled by a team of horses owned by Ed Reinhart of Carrick Township.  What a great ride for Santa!  Also taking part in the parade were the Walkerton Starlets and Hanover Majorettes, the Mildmay-Carrick School Band and the Durham Girls Band.