Spring Update: A New Chapter for The Friendly Corner, V-Ball, FOTTSA, and More

May 16, 2014

Howdy beachers!

The long weekend is here and summer is around the corner! We've got a few more pre-summer updates for you and also wanted to remind everybody that the roster deadline is May 19th.

Renew your membership now.

The Friendly Corner Store and Restaurant

After 27 years of hard work, commitment and dedication running the Friendly Corner Store & Restaurant, the time has come for Dino and Toula Papastathis to hang up their aprons and explore the benefits of retirement.

They have enjoyed their work, but most of all they have enjoyed the personal relationships developed over the years with their valued customers. We all cherish those relationships.

Dino, Toula and our entire family would like to thank our loyal customers for allowing us to serve them and for letting us be a small part of their daily lives in Thunder Beach.

Like many of our customers, Thunder Beach has given us many happy memories. We have watched some of our customers grow from toddlers to teenagers to adults with children of their own. At times we have served four generations of families at once. We have been there when people celebrated their happiest of moments and have been there for others during times of great sorrow. We treasure all of the moments you have allowed us to be a part of.

The Friendly Corner Store & Restaurant was our home away from home many months of the year for many years. We are now handing over the aprons to another family. We would like to introduce you to Jason Baron and Doris Fusco. Jason has over 21 years of experience as a chef and business operator. Many of you may know Jason from 5-Star Take Out which is located at the Esso station in Lafontaine. Doris was also a business operator for over 35 years. She recently sold Garden Greenhouse in Stouffville where she made and sold baked goods and organic food. They are very much looking forward to serving the patrons of Thunder Beach beginning this May long weekend! We wish them the very best of luck!

On behalf of Dino, Toula and the entire family (Eve and Peter, George and Jenny, Maria and Marc with Dean and Elena) we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your many years of patronage, support and most of all, your appreciation. We enjoyed serving you and your families.

We will say a farewell but not good-bye as we will still be around Thunder Beach enjoying it in a leisurely way.

Retirement may be an ending, but it is also a new beginning. (quote from Caroline Pulsifer)

Best Regards,

Dino, Toula and the rest of us!


The Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament

The Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday July 19, 2014. It will follow the same format as last year, where individuals are assigned to a team upon arrival. It’s a great way to mix and mingle with Thunder Beachers. We would like to thank the Butler and Bolt family for graciously agreeing to host this event again on East Beach (just a few cottages east of the Simcoe Country road right-a-way). Remember to walk (not drive) and to respect their property and the neighbouring properties. Further details to come regarding sign-up, starting times, and registration fees.

A special thanks to Tyler Richard for all of his hard work in taking the lead on organizing the tournament in past years (with big assists from Amy Saundercook and many others).

John Philpott and Brad Martin


Municipal Update and FOTTSA

The Municipal Elections for the Township of Tiny are being held on Monday, October 27, 2014. If you are a property owner in Tiny, then you are eligible to vote (which can be done by mail!). Please visit http://www.tiny.ca/government/election-2014 to register. Moreover, if you are eligible to vote then you are also eligible to run for council! There are serious issues affecting shoreline properties and the voice of the shore remains under-represented on council. If you are interested (even slightly) or have any questions regarding any of the municipal issues, please feel free to email John Philpott at jphilpott@btzlaw.ca.

Cottagers who remain concerned with the decreasing water levels in Georgian Bay can find further information and updates at http://www.restoreourwater.com/ and http://www.georgianbayforever.org/.

The FOTTSA Annual General Meeting will be held on June 21, 2014 at the Midland Cultural Center at 10:00 a.m.. All Thunder Beach members are welcome to attend. (Location may be subject to change, so please email jphilpott@btzlaw.ca to confirm if you intend on attending).

If anyone is interested in advertising in the Tiny Cottager or submitting an article, please email John Philpott at jphilpott@btzlaw.ca.


Thunder Jam III

When: Saturday August 9, 2014, 8 pm to 10:30 pm at the Clubhouse!

Please join other beach summer music lovers for an evening of listening, singing, and playing with fellow Thunder Beachers at the Clubhouse. Bring your friends, lawn chairs, instruments, and singing voices, and join the fun – all types of music played. Hosted by Steve and Licia Elder at 8 Centre Beach Road West. Please give them a call anytime at 902-832-2997 (Halifax) or 705-533-2758 (TB) after August 3rd,and they will make sure you get included / accompanied / listened to etc. Or email lelder@ns.sympatico.ca Everyone welcome regardless of experience, if you’ve ever sang anything in the shower, you qualify. Sound equipment provided. No alcohol served at this event, but we still will have fun, right ?