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The Grand River

April 2019


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April is Detox month at MedPlus

id you know April is Detox Month? This is a great time to clean your body from the inside out and remove toxins and impurities using Osteopathic treatment. The liver is an area of the body that needs detoxification the most. It is the largest digestive and exocrine gland of the body. Why is it in such need of detox? The liver is responsible for the breakdown of toxic substances, including environmental pollutants.

medicine that focuses on total body health. To release liver dysfunction, an osteopath can help reduce muscle tension, and encourage better health by promoting blood and lymph flow.

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is another drug-free option that can MYER relieve symptoms. This unique and natural treatment BABAEFF falls under Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is also offered at MedPlus Wellness Centre. Traditionally, very fine needles are used to pierce the skin at specific locations to Some symptoms of liver dysfunction include: head aches, stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, vertigo, hemorrhoids, depression and more. Each organ in the body needs to move freely to Myer Babeff, Do (MP)-Registered Osteopathic Manual function at its best. If the liver moves along a different axes Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist has over 25 years of motion, the body may encounter these types of symptoms. experience in the health care field. He offers Osteopathic and Compromised liver function may mean behavioural and Acupuncture treatment to Centre Wellington residents at his emotional changes can also take place within the body. office in Fergus. Osteopathy and Acupuncture treatments are covered by many How can Osteopathy Help? extended health care plans. Please check with your insurance Osteopathy may help relieve restrictions or adhesions around provider. the liver, therefore improving these symptoms. Did you know that one of the Osteopathic principles describes MedPlus is located at 749 St. Andrew St. W. in Fergus (in the structure and function of the body as being inter-related to the Freshco Plaza across from JJs), visit  www.osteowellness. each other? This means that each element of your anatomy, ca for more info. Call 226-383-0505, or 647-709-1701, or book including organs, tissue, nerves, etc has a specific task and if an appointment online. one is not performing properly, the others will also be affected. Osteopathy is a natural, drug-free and non-invasive manual

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Yellow Sticker Requirements for Motor Vehicles/Trailers in Ontario

he Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) requires annual safety inspections under the Highway Traffic Act. These inspections are performed by MTO accredited Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations. A yellow inspection sticker will be applied to the trailer and or tow vehicle when they meet the inspection requirements set out by the province. This sticker is valid for one year expiring on the last day of the month punched out on the sticker.

You may think that the Inspection Sticker is only necessary for commercial vehicles. But be aware that even if you don’t use a tow vehicle and trailer for commercial applications, the commercial vehicle safety standards can still apply under some instances. Let’s look at what the MTO definition of “vehicle” translates to under the safety inspection standards. It includes, but is not limited to, pickup trucks, truck tractors, trade vans, mini-vans, 2 and 4 wheel drive sport utility vehicles that are used to transport cargo with the vehicle’s seats removed. The trailer being towed can be, and is not limited to, general purpose utility trailers, a boat, snowmobile, livestock or cargo trailers. The weight or size of a snowmobile or boat trailer may exceed a specified standard that sets them apart from the recreational category. Now that we understand the terms vehicle and trailer, there are three different weight categories that you need to understand and know how they are determined. • Total Gross Weight is determined by adding the weight of the driver, passengers, fuel, equipment, tools, cargo, etc. carried by the vehicle and trailer. • Registered Gross Weight (RGW) is the maximum weight used to determine the fees for the tow vehicle’s licence plates which can be found on the plate portion of the vehicle’s ownership next to “REG. GROSS WT.” This weight is based on, and must be at least equal to, the actual weight of the vehicle and its heaviest load (so the licensed weight is for both truck and the trailer). • Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) is calculated by the manufacturer and is the maximum weight the vehicle can safely carry . This should be found on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate, on the driver’s door or door post on or on some vehicles in the glove box . So what vehicles fit the yellow sticker category? According to the MTO a yellow sticker is needed when: • The total gross weight, registered gross weight (RGW) or

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manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (MGVWR) of the vehicle exceeds 4,500 kg (9,920 lbs). or • The combined weight of the vehicle and towed trailer exceeds 4,500 kg (9,920 lbs).

The annual inspection sticker is valid for 12 months and needs renewed prior to expiring to avoid paying a fine if stopped by MTO or Police. The inspection program insures the vehicles/trailers are in safe condition to help reduce accidents resulting from mechanical defects. The following components are thoroughly inspected to check that they comply with the National Safety Standard and applicable legislation: • power train • suspension • brake system • steering • instruments and auxiliary equipment

• lighting • electrical system • body / frame • tires and wheels • couplers and hitches

If you own a vehicle or trailer in the Province of Ontario that fits the descriptions above and don’t have the Yellow Annual Safety Inspection Sticker affixed you should have your vehicle/ trailer inspected by an accredited Motor Vehicle Inspection Station to avoid potential fines. Repair any items that do not comply to current safety standards. Once your vehicle/trailer has passed the inspection, and the Yellow Sticker applied to the vehicle/trailer you must also carry a copy of the annual inspection certificate (if you move or change addresses you must also be sure the certificate address matches the registered address on the vehicle ownership). I have seen owners ticketed for wrong addresses or license plates not matching their annual certificate. If you have any trailer or tow vehicle questions feel free to call, e-mail us or drop by and we will answer your questions. If you have a trailer that needs an annual inspection Buehler Automotive can perform an inspection and do repairs as required. Our contact information is 519-846- 9221. We are located at the lights in beautiful downtown Alma. We are here to serve you Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Find us on the web at Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the happenings in the automotive world.


Let’s get the fairytale started!

ow that the days are getting longer and warmer, you may be coming out of your winter hibernation. As you shed a layer or two of winter woolies, have you discovered that what’s underneath just isn’t cutting it anymore? At Sensational You, we often joke about “The Goldilocks bra” – one that isn’t too tight, isn’t too big, but is just right! We truly believe that every woman deserves at least one! When a bra fits well, there should be no breast tissue overflow at the neck or underarm. It may surprise you to know that it is the band rather than the straps that does all the heavy lifting. The band should fit snuggly and run fully parallel to the floor – no riding up, and no “faking” support by hoisting the straps! If you find yourself constantly tightening your straps, or worse still, if you have dents and ridges around your shoulders by the end of the day, chances are, your bra is too big. If it’s been awhile since you’ve purchased your bra, if you’ve lost some weight, if the back band rides up, or if the cups are puckered or gappy, why don’t you drop by and get a proper fitting? Since there is no consistent sizing between manufacturers, if you think that you are a 38C, do try on your “sister sizes” of 36 D and 40 B as well. Ensure that there’s no space in the cups, spillage over the cups, ‘uniboob’ or back bulge. Spring may be the perfect time to break out a new to you style: a smooth shaped tshirt bra, a lacy demi cup or a balconette with

a wee bit of padding. A change in your routine may also do the trick in putting your best self forward in this regenerative season. A “Goldilocks Bra” will lift and separate your breasts, and will transform your outerwear and even your posture. A proper fitting bra in the style that is perfect for you has magical powers: soft and luxurious fabric next to your skin will make you glow!! When you have the “Goldilocks fit”, it’s time to move to the Cinderella part of the tale. And that’s where the fun begins! Let us be your fairy godmothers and transform your basic wardrobe of underthings from boring beige to something beyond beautiful in every colour of the rainbow! As you can tell from the photo, “Serena” from FitFullyYours is available in a fantastic range of colours and sizes from 30A to 46J. The slightly glossy fabric of both the bra and matching panty is complemented with tone on tone floral lace. The contoured underwire and convertible racer-back straps are comfortable enough for everyday wear, but also perfect for those evenings when you strap on your glass slippers to dance the night away! Come visit us at our street level boutique at 181 St. Andrew St. E. to get the fairytale started, or call us at 519.766.8818. And remember to like us on Facebook to keep track of all our new arrivals!

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Elora Physiotherapy opening April 8th

elcome to Elora Physiotherapy — a beautiful, new clinic opening April 8th, located along the Grand River in the heart of downtown Elora. Their clinical focus is excellence in advanced orthopaedic assessment and treatment, neurofunctional electroacupuncture, individualized exercise prescription and a commitment to always provide you with one-on-one care with your dedicated physiotherapist. Their goal is to provide the highest quality of physiotherapy and rehabilitation care to the community. The clinic space is stunning, with beautiful views of the river that they cannot wait to share with you. The new location is designed to be clean, bright Ashlea Wilson and allow you to focus on your health Co-owner and wellness goals. Physiotherapist Elora Physiotherapy is owned and operated by two homegrown talents, BKin(Hon), MSc(PT), CMAG, FCAMPT Ashlea Wilson and Caitlin Williams who ventured out to receive internationally recognized advanced orthopaedic training in the field of physiotherapy. Upon completion of their academic training, Ashlea and Caitlin both decided to move back to Elora to raise their families and to serve the community that nurtured them along the way. Ashlea and Caitlin are registered physiotherapists with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. They love this community and are so honoured to be able to bring high-quality physiotherapy and rehabilitation services back to the area of Centre Wellington. They have both trained at some of the country’s leading universities in rehabilitation sciences — University of Toronto, McMaster University and Queen’s University. Upon completion of their undergraduate and Master’s degrees, both Ashlea and Caitlin furthered their education by achieving the status of Fellows in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPTs). This is globally-recognized as the highest level of advanced training a physiotherapist can

achieve in orthopaedic knowledge, manual therapy techniques and clinical reasoning. What they care about most, is using the skills honed to help you feel and move better, achieve your goals and live a healthy lifestyle. What is physiotherapy? Physiotherapists are university educated, primary health care providers that are highly-trained to assess and treat injury and disability. They are promoters of movement, health and wellness. They use their training to assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, movement disorders and injuries, using hands-on manual therapy techniques, exercise, education (so you can better underCaitlin Williams stand your condition and the preCo-owner scribed exercises) and modalities. Physiotherapist They work with you to help you B(Kin)Hon, MSc(PT), achieve optimal function in your life. MScCl(Manip Ther), They want to help you set goals and DPT, FCAMPT reach them, so you are able to fully participate in the things you want to do. Elora Physiotherapy provides advanced neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. This is a subset of physiotherapy which focuses on muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones and joints. They treat all ages and conditions from head to toe. Their services include manual therapy, individualized exercise prescription, electroacupuncture, custom and off-the-shelf bracing, paediatric physiotherapy and modalities. Please call 226-384-1100, email info@eloraphysiotherapy. com, or visit for more information. They are located at the corner of Carlton Place and Victoria Street in Elora, at 54 Victoria St. Unit 202. You can access Carlton Place from both Hwy 7 and Metcalfe Street. FREE Parking is at the rear of the building.  At the rear entrance — you can use the elevator or stairs to come up to Unit 202 — Elora Physiotherapy.  Hours: Monday to Thursday 7:00am - 3:00pm and Friday 7:00am - 3:00pm.



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Spring has Sprung at Yolanda’s Fashion Boutique

lthough we received a significant amount of snow last night, we are loving this amazing sunshiny weather today! With the sunshine brings a new breath of fresh air in the boutique as we continue to unpack so many fantastic NEW spring items. We have a lot of fun fit and flare dresses in, great cotton and linen pieces, and a fabulous array of floral patterns in the boutique. Skorts, capris, and great denim to choose from as well! April 9th, Penny Norkett of Young Living, will be hosting a “Sip & Sniff” event! We invite you to come join us for a ladies night out where you get to share the natural healing benefits of Young Living Essential Oils and support Lakeside Griefwalk Program. Enjoy a refreshing beverage and snack while learning about natures most powerful resources, essential oils. Penny will share how you can incorporate them into your life to promote health and well being and you will create your very own oil infused roller ball to use and enjoy right away! On May 2nd, we are hosting a Soap Making event to be run by Serenity Soaps Canada. This is sure to impress anyone who signs up. We have a maximum of 8 openings for this one. The cost is $60 per person. You will get 14 bars of soaps to take home with you, some appetizers and beverages, and instruction from one of the most amazing soap makers you will ever meet! I suspect this will sell out quickly so reserve your spot as soon as possible! For both events, you can get your tickets at Yolanda’s Fashion Boutique by calling in credit payment or visiting the boutique! We look forward to meeting you and thank you all for stopping in and checking us out! We are open Monday to Friday from 10 - 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 - 5 pm, and are CLOSED Sundays. Contact us at 519-341-5560. Yolanda’s Fashion Boutique is located at 5471 On-6, Guelph, Ontario (Between Guelph and Fergus on the corner of Bedford Road and Highway 6 behind the Pioneer Gas Station)

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Spring Alignment Special at Canadian Tire

fter a long tough winter, and with all those pot holes out there, now is a good time to protect the investment in your tires. Stop into Canadian Tire Fergus to take advantage of their Spring Wheel Alignment special during April. Until April 30th you can have a frontend alignment completed for $79.99 (a $20.00 savings) or get an allwheel alignment for $119.99 (a $30.00 savings). Drop in, or call, Darko or Brett at 519843-3680 today. They will be more than happy to help you keep your car running smoothly. Remember we also have no cost financing available, offer nation wide warranties, and can provide repair services on most makes and models. We can help keep your car safe for your commuting, weekend, and vacation travel needs.

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Also, remember you can visit www.canadiService Department perform an alignment and choose from over 40,000 items in our 25,000 square-foot store. Then, type in your postal code and make Fergus your home store. After you’re done shopping, you will be notified when it’s ready for pick up by email — usually within 4 hours for most items. Canadian Tire is located at 950 Tower St. South in Fergus. Our Phone number is 519-843-3680.

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The inside scoop on digital – and what it means for your dentures

hat do digital dentures mean for your denture care? If you are considering new dentures and you’re tired of the goop being used in an impression, then you will be happy to read on and hear about options that are available locally. Owner and Principal Denturist Franklin Parada is not only a Denturist but is dual licensed as a Registered Dental Technologist with a passion for his denture work. He is also passionate about the technology he has recently Franklin infused into both his practices at Parada Dentures, which he views as just a small step into the future of the profession. The team at Parada Dentures use 3Shape intraoral scanning technology to create a precise, computer-generated copy of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. The technology captures accurate impression information in minutes eliminating the need for traditional impression materials that some patients find uncomfortable and messy. Some of the other benefits of digital impressions include: • improved image and impression quality for better-fitting restorations • less chair-time for both patients and denture team • no more distasteful imression materials that cause some patients to gag

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• plastic trays and other materials eliminated, ensuring eco-friendly environment What are digital dentures and what are the benefits to you? Franklin’s team uses the Ivoclar Vivadent PM7 milling machine to produce the final denture product for digital dentures. This means that the final prosthesis has the teeth milled out of Vivodent base and the denture base (or pink material) is milled out of Ivobase which are both top of the line materials. The Parada milling process also ensures the best possible precision and accuracy. Same-day dentures can also be done, speeding up the timeframe for a new denture prosthesis and possibly eliminating the need for several office visits. Of course if you haven’t heard already, the Parada Dentures team is also pleased to offer Mobile Denture services at no added charge and same day services are available for emergency repairs, same day relines and rebases reducing the amount of time you are without your smile. They are conveniently located in the Freshco Plaza at 749 St. Andrew St. W, Fergus N1M 3H2 or in Guelph at 261 Edinburgh Rd. S., Guelph N1G 2J6. Call 519-766-1113 to book your appointment today or visit www.paradadentures. com for more information.

Start your summer wine now at Vintner’s


ever rush a good thing — now is the time to start making your wine for the summer. Whether you’re planning to make your own wine for your wedding, you need wine for the cottage, or if you’re looking to entertain family and friends on your deck, visit us at Vintner’s Cellar in Elora, and we’ll get you started. First thing’s first, plan ahead and make sure you have enough time to age your wine. What type of wine should you make? That depends on what you’re serving with it. The good news is that there are over 60 varieties to choose from. Why not come in and browse our clean and modern facility with state-of-the-art wine making equipment. Don’t forget to sign up for our “Barrel Club”. The wines in our French Oak barrels are from our 100% pure juice varietals and will go through our standard 6 week fermentation and stabilization process. They will then be barrel aged for 10 to 12 weeks. Don’t miss out on this amazing wine, call us for details. Remember to like Vintner’s Cellar Elora’s Facebook page, and we’re also on Instagram too. We’re located in Elora at 6484 Wellington Rd. 7. Call 519-846-8555 for more info.

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Paul’s experience sets The Fergus-Elora Driving School apart

he Fergus-Elora Driving School has earned quite a reputation as Centre Wellington’s premiere driving school. As a result of Paul Coombe’s excellent instruction, their students boast a 95% road-test-success rate. Paul Coombe has always been regarded as very patient and caring with his students over the years, which helps them to gain confidence on the road. He teaches them good driving habits, emergency maneuvers (including head-on collision avoidance), city driving experience in Guelph and 401 freeway entrance procedure. These are all skills that help young people become confident and vigilant drivers. The classroom component of the course emphasizes developing good driving habits, while the road course puts emphasis on defensive driving — gaining the ability to avoid even those collisions which would be the fault of the other driver. Paul is well qualified as a driving instructor. Along with his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, he has successfully completed many other courses in order to upgrade his teaching skills, including a certificate program from George Brown College in teaching and training adults. On road, he has 25 years of expertise with the Fergus-Elora Driving School and he also has several years experience driving buses and trucks around Toronto and the rest of Ontario for Gray Coach Lines and the Toronto Transit Commission. According to an auditor from the Ontario Safety League, Paul’s extensive

Award-Winning Instructor Paul Coombe with recent graduates Josh, Emily and their mom Cindy

background has made him a superior teacher. With Paul’s impressive skills, it’s no wonder that The Driving School’s latest graduates, Josh and Emily, both got their licenses on the first try! Don’t miss their next Classroom Course on Monday and Wednesday evenings from April 8th to May 1st. Then there’s another Classroom Course from June 25th to 28th (Tuesday to Friday). Call 519-787-9300 for more info. The office and classroom are in Fergus at 122B St. Andrew St. W., across the road from Ron Wilkin Jewellers. Their website is www.

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What you can do about seasonal allergies

decrease allergies by promoting anti-inflammatory hile most of us are excited for warmer responses. Additionally, removing dietary sensitiviweather brought on by spring, seasonties can help many people because the immune sysal allergy sufferers are dreading this tem is less over-stimulated by innocuous proteins time of year as it brings on symptoms of “hay fever” that it mistakes as foreign. also known as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms can range Also, managing stress is an important factor in from mild congestion to extremely itchy and watery preventing the allergic response. Our bodies cope eyes, chronic sinusitis, and even systemic swelling with stress by releasing hormones, such as cortisol, which can be life threatening. Unfortunately the invia our adrenal glands but over time cortisol can cidence of seasonal allergies is increasing due to the be either under or over-produced. Lab testing to rising pollen burden, which researchers say may be assess the function of the adrenal glands is helpful related to climate change. In Ontario, there are three in treating allergies as well using mind-body stress major allergy seasons: early-April to mid-June for Dr. Nicole Bobala, ND management techniques to calm the stress response. tree pollen, May to July for grass, and mid-August While the immune system is shifted to a healthy state, addressto the first frost for ragweed. Symptoms of seasonal allergies result from a hypersensitivity ing chronic sinusitis with steam inhalations with essential oils or response of the immune system towards harmless proteins in the daily use of a neti pot is very beneficial to many patients because environment such as pollen. The immune system then activates it clears the sinuses of irritants such as pollen. For other allergy numerous pro-inflammatory substances, such as histamine, symptoms, more symptomatic approaches can be useful such as which is what causes increased blood flow to the nasal area and supplementation with anti-allergy herbs such as Eyebright, and symptoms of sneezing, congestion, and increased mucous pro- supplements such as Quercetin and Vitamin C to stabilize histamine are often used. duction. Naturopathic Doctors treat allergies holistically – not just covIf you would like to learn more about other natural allergy ering up symptoms. A hypersensitive immune system is treated treatment options and how naturopathic medicine can help, with a whole-body approach and often this involves assessing don’t hesitate to call Dr. Nicole at Shift Family Health Centre the health of the digestive system and ensuring the microbiome at 519-787-8111 where she offers free 15 minute meet and greet (gut bacteria) is in balance. A healthy microbiome is essential to consultations. Shift is located in the Fergus Marketplace by the improve allergy symptoms as over 70% of the immune system river at 105 Queen St. W. is currently located around the digestive tract. “Good” bacteria

Fergus-Elora Taxi now offers the Mobility Vehicle


ergus-Elora Taxi is pleased to offer a new service — they are now taking bookings for their new Mobility Vehicle! The service is 24/7, however, bookings have to be made Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. This is a new service that they are excited to offer and availability is first come first served. Please call to book the Mobility Van at 519-831-3636. Owned by local Centre Wellington residents Bob and Cheryl Marsland, Fergus-Elora Taxi is the premiere taxi service in Centre Wellington.

For over 25 years, the locally owned and operated Fergus-Elora Taxi has been providing excellent customer service to the community. With a full fleet of cars and vans, they offer quick service. Airport service with flat rates is available to Pearson and KW Airport. Please remember to call ahead and make reservations to guarantee availability. Call 519-843-7433 or 519-787-7433, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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Prevent eye disease with routine eye exams at Fergus Optometry

ergus Optometry keeps their focus on their clients — they are a small, family-run business that goes the extra mile to ensure that their clients are completely satisfied with their products and services. Dr. Vanesh Kathiravelu chose Centre Wellington to raise his young family and establish his clinic because of the area’s natural beauty and the warm and welcoming spirit of its residents. He has been practicing optometry since 2007, when he graduated from the prestigious Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Dr. Kathiravelu truly enjoys serving the community with his extensive experience and knowledge. When was the last time you had an eye exam? Did you know that one in three Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by age 65 and that routine eye examinations are key to detecting and managing these conditions so that their effects are minimized?

. The Ontario Association of Optometrists state the importance of having regular eye exams to keep your eyes healthy. Besides offering comprehensive eye exams for adults, special needs persons and children 6 months and older, Fergus Optometry offers pre and post-operative surgical care, contact lens fittings, vision testing for drivers licences, and occupational eye testing. The clinic also provides emergency eye care, LASIK consultations and ongoing treatment and monitoring of conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts. Looking for new eyewear? Fergus Optometry carries an impressive selection of designer frames such as Tiffany and Co., Boss, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein and more. Come browse their optical boutique and check out their current selection of frames and sunglasses. They also stock a range of contact lenses with the newest technology to ensure the comfort and health of your eyes.

Fergus Optometry is located at 860 Tower St. South Unit 4 in Fergus. Call 226-383-2020 to book your appointment today and be sure to follow their Facebook page for eye care tips and information about their special promotions.

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Order your Easter baking now from Frannie’s


ome-cooked meals. Amazing breakfasts. Delicious baking. That’s what you can expect when you visit Frannie’s Restaurant located between Kitchener and Guelph on Highway 7.

Frannie’s is famous for their amazing home-baked goods. From pies to cookies, to tarts, they have everything you need to make your Easter holiday special. Be sure to order your Easter Baking now to avoid disappointment. They also sell local Kwartha Dairy Ice Cream just in time for the nicer weather! Fergus resident Fran Adsett became the owner of Frannie’s Restaurant and Bakery in September 2016. Fran has worked in the culinary business all of her life, and does all of her own baking. Don’t miss her Friday special in April — Buy-one-get-one-half-price Fish and Chips for take out only (available Good Friday as well). Hours are Monday to Sunday 6 am to 8 pm with daily specials and they will be open all Easter Weekend long (Good Friday hours are 7 to 8 pm). Stay tuned for more information in next month’s Booster about Frannie’s Golf Tournament with all proceeds donated to mental health. Tickets will be available at the restaurant. Book asap as they will go fast! Also, watch for Fran and her team at the upcoming Butter Tart Festival taking place at the CW Sportsplex in Fergus on May 26th. For an amazing home cooking experience and a wonderful selection of home baking, visit them at 2890 Victoria St. N. in Breslau, call 519-6482371 or like their page on Facebook.


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Remember the three “R’s” in life

Reupholster It used to be that when a sofa or a chair started wearing out after many years of use, without hesitation, people called an upholsterer and bought another 10 or 15 years on the set. Well today, hand me downs are being restored by the new keepers as needed. Also, keep in mind, the comfort on old pieces by far surpasses anything new you buy today. After being unable to get a new comfortable sofa, we have had customers who brought the old sets back up from the basement, redo them and got to enjoy them again. Refinish When it comes to solid wood furniture, whether it is a dining room or bedroom piece, wood is very forgiving. What I mean by this, is that after stripping, a good sanding and re-varnish, it is back to the original form and the beauty of the grain comes back out.

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Build Musical Confidence with Adrian Jones Music & Arts Camps

o you know someone who would love youth rock band camp or multi-arts camp? We at Adrian Jones Music and Arts Camps like to think that our flagship program is where bands and friendships begin.

Our camps help build musical confidence, and offer the opportunity to play with peers. Students of all instruments with at least one year of playing experience can benefit from our immersive approach to learning. Our goal is to develop students’ skills and give them the opportunity to jam in ensembles through an intensive week of playing and collaborating with their peers, all under the guidance of professional working musicians. Our campers build friendships, bands and have a lot of fun! Campers will be separated into bands with whom they will play for the entire week under the direction and leadership of one of our band leaders. Each day will focus on a different genre of music. There will also be a songwriting module included in which bands will compose and perform their own original songs. On the final day, there will be a performance for friends, family and fans to attend. This year, the curriculum will change each week to accommodate the many students who choose to come for more than one week of camp. The camp runs July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19 and July 22 to 26 from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Register online at Payment plans are available!

ing Company on Sunday April 14th 7-9pm. Adrian will bring along a big bag of ukes for attendees to use and everyone will learn how to play a couple of songs. No experience necessary, open to all ages. The $25 admission includes a pint of EBC beer or a craft soda. Sign up is in person in advance at the EBC or by contacting us at

It’s no secret that we love music at Adrian Jones Music School, and we share this love with our students. Our team’s approach to music education focuses on the inner workings of music, songwriting and improvising as soon as a student starts playing. We feel that learning an instrument should be the tool that helps to develop musicality, and our goal in teaching is to help students become intelligent musicians, not just instrumentalists or singers. We’ve seen this approach become very effective — many of our students have gone on to become professional performers, recording artists and teachers. For more information, please call 519-574-0139, email -- or visit The school is located at 133 Metcalfe St. in Elora.

Our Multi-Arts Camp was introduced to also accommodate younger campers or campers with less than one-year playing experience, and allows them to try out various aspects of the arts. Our Multi-Arts campers enjoy a week of Ukulele, Hand Drumming, Drama, Visual Arts, Photography, Karate and Electronic Music Lab, where campers can experiment with synthesizers, electric drums, theremin and vocoder. This year campers will be building their very own didgeridoo to take home and keep! On the final day, we will have an open house for parents and friends to attend. No experience necessary for this camp that runs from July 29 to August 2, as well as August 6 to 9, from 9 am to 4 pm daily and is run by instructors who are professional teachers in their respective fields. Adult Summer Rock Camp is similar to the Youth Rock Camp and runs from August 26 to 30, Monday to Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm and Friday from 6 pm to 1 am. On the Friday, a final concert will take place at the Elora Legion where each band performs the songs they’ve written and learned. One year experience in your instrument is required. We also offer intensive weekend workshops for Adult Rockers throughout the year- get in touch if you’d like information about the next weekend workshop, and cross one off the bucket list! Watch for the Uke and Beer workshop at the Elora Brew-

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April 2019


Spring is in the air: Have your hearing aids cleaned by a certified specialist


uffled sounds. Muffled voices.

Perhaps over the winter months your hearing aids have gotten to sound a little dull. Naturally, you’re frustrated. Maybe you even put your hearing aids away in a drawer because they stopped working for you. Don’t give up on your hearing! This is a great time of year for a “Spring Cleaning” of your hearing aids.

Here are a few “At-Home” tips for cleaning and maintaining your Hearing Aids: • Cleaning agents like “Rubbing” Alcohol can damage or weaken the shell. Use only a soft, dry cloth or tissue to gently clean the instruments whenever they are removed from your ears. • Remove any accumulated cerumen (the clinical name for “earwax”) daily. When using a cerumen removal tool, for example a “wax-loop” (the small tool with a curved metal wire on the end of a black handle) or a brush, always clean the instrument from below. The will prevent particles of wax or dirt from falling back inside the instrument.

Brian and his dedicated team of hearing professionals will always provide a thorough check-up of your hearing aids, cleaning them with special equipment as well as perform a Brian, Shannon and Jesse sound check. Even if it’s been quite a while since you’ve worn your hearing aids, feel free to come into • If the sound of your instrument becomes weak, it is likely Ward Hearing Centre so you and your hearing aids can receive that the wax-guard, microphones or sound outlet are blocked the best in hearing care. Proper maintenance will ensure that with cerumen (earwax). Either replace the wax filter or ask the your hearing instruments continue to give you years of troubleprofessionals at Ward Hearing Centre for advice on corrective free service and keep you hearing properly. action. (In some cases, Brian can provide you with wax-guard replacements free of charge, even if you didn’t initially receive Brian says it’s good to remember that, sometimes, in addition your hearing instruments from him). to a cleaning, an adjustment is necessary to “tune-up” the sound of your hearing aids, and Brian will let you know if it’s • The microphone inlets are less than 1mm wide and can easily recommended after a cleaning. become blocked if handled incorrectly. To prevent debris from entering the microphones and sound outlet on your hearing aids, ensure your fingers are clean and dry before handling them. Brian says “it’s important to remember that, while at home, day-to-day maintenance will ensure your hearing aids work properly every day, you still need to benefit from an in-office cleaning service that provides the in-depth cleaning that only a Hearing Professional can give.” 18 April 2019

Remember, “An unaided hearing loss is far more noticeable than a hearing aid.” For more information, please call (519) 843-4327. Ward Hearing Centre is located at 160 St. David St. S.- Unit 100 in the historic Groves Mill. Visit us online at to learn more about the services Ward Hearing Centre has to offer you. Whatever your hearing needs, you can rest assured knowing that Brian and the staff at Ward Hearing Centre are caring, experienced professionals who will always put your interests first to ensure your peace of mind. Ward Hearing Centre- Expert Hearing Care You Can Count On!


Connecting Weight Loss & Self-Image to Hormone Imbalance

s we age and transition into Menoloss journey -- by addressing the cause of unpause, our body shape changes. I wanted and at times rapid weight gain. For have always prided myself on makexample, stress hormones (like cortisol & epiing my Health a priority, working out and doing nephrine, also known as adrenaline) are critimy best to confront my age. Yet as I reached 49, cal to our survival. In times of chronic stress, I was no different than many women my age. cortisol (the “hormone of stress”) will be made Amanda & Kelly from I seemed to have marginal control on my body at the expense of sex hormones. The fall out efAvita Integrative Health shape and I was becoming bottom heavy (pearfect can lead to high fatigue and weight gain as shaped) similar to my Mother. our Thyroid requires balanced Cortisol to maintain a healthy My Weight Loss Journey began in early 2012 combining our metabolism. Homeopathic Weight Loss Formula with Lifestyle ModificaSo what happens when hormones stop playing well totions-hence reducing bad carbs to a degree and incorporating gether? We can often experience a ripple effect as it causes clean eating as part of my success habits. I found the Homeowomen to struggle with weight gain (and many other symppathic Weight Loss Formula was key to re-setting my metabotoms!) during Menopause which not only affects both their lism and maintaining my weight loss goal. physical and emotional health. Hormone imbalance during As you begin a Weight Loss Program its important to ask menopause can be a contributing factor to negatively affect our yourself the following questions: self esteem and our ability to lose weight. Hence incorporat• What are my True Needs? For example: self-esteem, iming the Saliva Hormone Test is a great tool to addressing both proved health, joint pain, body shape? weight gain and the emotional symptoms such as anxiety, de• What is my vision of success? 10>20>30.lbs or more? pression, irritability, mood swings, low libido, night sweats and • Am I able to commit to making lifestyle modifications? insomnia. Testing provides the client the opportunity to balance • Am I ready to be accountable? hormones by incorporating a customized program of integra• Am I in a positive mindset to move forward? tive medicine (herbal supplements) along with their lifestyle One of the most important steps is to know your true needs modifications. as it guides your success. Why do you want to feel good? Why The definition of self-esteem is an overall subjective emois it important for you to lose the weight? Most people miss tional evaluation of self-worth (an attitude towards self). I this step and think it is mostly about reaching a number. Your always tell Clients their own perception or their own self-revision of success is “a number” and important for goal setting flection is what counts most-for some clients it may be the last and commitment. stubborn 10 to 15 lbs sitting on their tummy (every 10 lbs is a Part of your vision may also be addressing your hormone balsize!) At our age its time to put our health first & create the ance thrown off track during Menopause. self-image and confidence we crave… Our hormone imbalance often becomes part of our weight Lets get started.




April 2019


Your bank always has your best interest at heart

does that money come from now? Right back from the bank with a home equity line of credit or a new mortgage Not quite. After all, the big six banks and the bank makes more money while didn’t make a record 45.3 Billion your family is still in debt. dollars in 2018 by being nice. 3) As you pay off your mortgage the benefit of the insurance (which is the Take a look at mortgage insurance as mortgage balance) is decreasing while one example. Often sold as a “would the cost stays the same. you like fries with that?” addition to 4) Those few boxes you check only your mortgage, it sounds great. Check a say you would like to be considered few boxes and your mortgage is paid off for coverage. You won’t know if you if you die so that your surviving spouse, actually are until you’ve passed away partner or estate can take control of the and the bank launches an investigation house without the debt. The cost is to see if in fact you did qualify. rolled right into your mortgage so you’ll The staff at Buy life insurance instead. It’s probably never think about it again. cheaper; 30% in most cases, guaranteed Ecclestone Financial Group after issue, the benefit never decreases There are a number of problems with and the money goes to where it’s needed as determined by you mortgage insurance that the bank probably won’t tell you. and your family, not the bank. 1) The bank is taking a risk in lending you the money in the form of a mortgage. By agreeing to mortgage insurance, you If you’re looking for someone to work for you and your finances are paying the bank to make sure the bank gets then it’s time to contact the Ecclestone Financial Group. its money. 2) Your spouse, partner or estate gets the Contact our office by calling (519) 843-5110 or visit house mortgage free but has no funds to pay and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page. property taxes, maintenance and other living costs that your salary used to cover. Where Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

20 April 2019


Bursitis Pain – Find Relief with Shockwave Therapy

ursitis is a painful condition that affects small, fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that act as a cushion for the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis is the term used when a bursae becomes inflamed. Symptoms include: pain, swelling, stiffness, redness and increased pain with pressure over the area. There is usually a very clear tender spot, but pain may travel and refer to areas around the sore joint.

after treatment, the people that received a cortisone shot had the least amount of pain, but when measured 3, 9 and 15 months post therapy, the Shockwave recipients felt less pain and had better joint function than any other group. In addition, the application of Shockwave Therapy is almost without side effects, a clear difference from the other treatments studied.

Many people find that they experience chronic bursitis flare-ups that no amount of medication or Dr. Kira Bailey DC therapy can seem to heal completely. This is when The most common locations for bursitis are in the the addition of Shockwave therapy can make a huge shoulder, elbow and hip. Bursitis often occurs around difference. With almost no side effects and a proven track joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. It can also be the record of success with both short lived and chronic bursitis result of trauma, such as a fall onto a vulnerable joint, or due to of the hip, shoulder, elbow and knee; Shockwave therapy is a chronic, poor postural and body mechanics. healing modality that is worth pursuing. Common treatments are rest, ice and the use of medications I offer a free consultation for those who are interested in for pain and inflammation. Active therapies such as stretching, learning more about how Shockwave might be able to help them. muscle strengthening, acupuncture, and ultrasound are also Please call Shift: A Family Health Centre at 519.787.8111, or commonly used. If the pain persists or becomes chronic a email us at . cortisone shot is sometimes recommended. However, there is now another, more effective choice of therapy available to bursitis sufferers. A series of new studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy is more effective than all other forms of treatment for bursitis, even cortisone, in the long term. Studies tell us that 1 month

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Sole-Ful Passion #ClairesHike4Hope / #ShowYourSole

Did you know? • Centre Wellington and Wellington North has a suicide rate that is almost 3x the provincial average? • 70% of adults with mental illness need counselling to deal with something that happening in their childhood • 90% of people with depression never seek treatment • 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness during their lifetime • Opioid use for children grade 7-10 is 9% higher than the provincial average in Wellington County! These children and families need support! • 75% of children with mental disorders do not access specialized treatment • Funding from our Government is extremely limited for well needed free mental health counselling in our community Local Realtor Claire Knight (Warren-Welsh) is on a mission to create awareness, raise funds and inspire others in our community to help with Mental Health Initiatives in Centre Wellington and Wellington North. Claire plans to raise upwards of $20,000 that will directly go to CHMA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Counselling and Support Services through donations from local businesses, and individuals. She is organizing fundraising events and walking 800km over 30 days in 2020 on the Camino de Santaigo trail from Spain to Portugal to help raise funds. Claire has painted the SOLES of her shoes TEAL which is the colour of MENTAL HEALTH to raise awareness that mental illness is not something


that we can see, like many other illnesses.It does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, religion, education or wealth. $500 from every home purchased or sold by Claire in 2019/2020 will be donated directly to local Claire KnightRHN, HBHK, MBA mental health initiatives in our community, in the buyer/sellers name. What Can You Do to HELP? 1. Show your Soles and take a Stand for Mental Health! Take a photo of you, your family or your business colleagues showing the soles of your shoes, and share your photo on your social media using #showyoursole and #claireshike4hope. 2. Show your support by following and sharing Claire’s fundraising and story on your social media or donate directly under your name or business at: en/charities/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-centre-wellington/thirdparty/ClairesHike4Hope/?fbclid=IwAR2vwxI441Njl8P1tFbLE LU-fYD4OHnaAKjIIJhmpJn5lvhWzROE0qkJVIE For everyone who is generous enough to support this initiative with a $20 donation (or more), Claire will personally donate $20. Follow her journey and support her fundraising ventures on Facebook and Instagram (below). Call Claire Knight, HBHK, RHN, MHK at 519-993-6226 or email Claire@CWHomeSales. com FB: @ClairesHike4Hope IG: ClairesHike4Hope Feeling Drepressed or Suicial or know someone who is? Call Here24/7 (1-844-437-3247) 24-hour crisis and support line for children, youth and adults.

The Ask the Professional Program is back

providing valuable insight and direction at an ood news for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout affordable rate. Guelph and Wellington County. Local professional service providers and The Business Centre Guelph-Wellington has program partners sharing their expertise inrelaunched its popular Ask the Professional clude Beyond Rewards Inc.; Baker Tilley; Program. Jeffery & Spence Insurance; Meridian Credit This program provides access to one-on-one Union; Miller Thomson LLP: Nelson Watson sessions with professional service providers LLP; RLB LLP; Sutherland Insurance; SV Provost Lane location including bankers, accountants lawyers, insurLaw; The Cooperators; 2H Media; and 1 Stop in Centre Wellington Affordable HR Services. ance agents and marketers at a reduced cost. If you are a small business owner in the busiAlthough the program was unavailable for ness planning stages, or looking for guidance around growing a time, the Business Centre restarted it after several business an existing business, you can book a 45-minute appointment owners expressed the need for guidance in some important asfor only $25+HST with a representative through the Business pects of their businesses. Some of the important areas of need Centre Guelph-Wellington website and meet at the downtown were in bookkeeping, legal, banking, accounting, marketing Guelph office. and human resources. Sessions are scheduled throughout 2019. Visit the GuelphThe Ask the Professional Program helps entrepreneurs who Wellington Business Centre website and social media for future don’t have the time or resources to access the professional dates. Call 519-826-4701 and visit guidance needed for their business. The program solves this by

22 April 2019


How to renew your mortgage in 5 simple steps

f you have a mortgage, you’ll be completing a mortgage renewal when your current term has finished. While most Canadians spend a lot of time and expend tons of effort shopping for an initial mortgage, the same is generally not the case when looking at mortgage renewals.

It is true that signing the renewal document is easy, however it is in your best interest to take a more proactive approach. Money in the lenders pocket comes directly out of your pocket.

5 steps to save you money on your mortgage renewal 1. Receive the renewal offer from your current So what is a mortgage renewal? mortgage lender and examine immediately. This ROGER HICKS, Mortgages terms are locked in rates that are *over a gives you enough time to make an informed decision AMP, Mortgage/ set term* which can vary from 1-10 years. 2. Do your online research about the best current Leasing Agent About 3 months before the end of your term, your rates for you DLC Home current lender will suddenly become your best friend 3. Call your current lender and negotiate! Capital Solutions showering you with attention and trying to entice you 4. If your lender will not offer you a better rate (broker # 10844) with early renewal offers…And the first offer is never then it is time to move your mortgage. You will their best. It really shows how they value the relationship. have to complete a mortgage application and gather applicable documentation just like you did for your original mortgage, but “Please, please sign here on the dotted line to renew… we will help with most of the work! it’s sooo easy!!” 5. Take a look at your budget and see if you can increase the amount of your mortgage payments. This will eventually save You have 3 options you money by paying off your mortgage faster 1. Sign and send back with no alterations or changes (don’t do it, really I mean it… don’t do it!!) Your mortgage is one of your biggest expenses. For this 2. Check the market to make sure you are getting the best rate reason, it is so important to find the best interest rates and and renegotiate with your current lender mortgage terms you possibly can. 3. Talk to a mortgage expert and together we can discuss the best options available for your situation As you can tell there is lots to discuss about mortgage Lenders know that 80% of people will sign their renewal renewals. We can help. Contact Roger Hicks at Dominion forms because it’s fast, easy and convenient. Banks & lenders Lending Centres, located at 672 Woolwich St. in Guelph, or push this “take it as it is” tactic to borrowers to ensure they call 519-546-3772. Visit the website at make the highest profits to keep their shareholders happy. As an educated consumer, you need to take the time to ensure you are being offered the best possible rate & terms you can get. Remember all those hours of research you did regarding lenders and mortgage rates when you were buying your first home… don’t forget!

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April 2019


We’re celebrating 5 years with prizes and specials


appy 5-year anniversary to us! We at the Village Spa want to thank our clients and all our supporters in the community for helping us get to where we are today. We are planning so many exciting things for Saturday, April 27th because we couldn’t have done FIVE years without your support.

The Open House is from 10 am to 2 pm, and the day will include: • A gift to the first 25 party animals at the door. • Fifteen-minute psychic readings for $40 with the amazing Psychic Keri. • $5 make and take Himalayan bath salts. • 25% off Diego Della Palma skin care. • A special Birthday price on our custom candle from The Scented Market (the 27th only). • Door prizes from some of our favourite handmade companies. • Some awesome vendors will be there, including Kelly SobolFraser with Thirty One. • Some of the best finger foods made by some of my most longtime clients and of course something sweet from Kaileigh’s Custom Creations. And so much more, so don’t forget to keep checking back for updates on Facebook and Instagram as we get closer to our our FIVE-year Birthday party. Hope to see you there!

Pedicures Spring means we’re one step closer to sandal weather, and you’re just in time for our Pedicure. Book a pedi with us, and choose from a great palette of wonderful Spring colours. Now’s the time to rock your favourite opentoed foot wear with an amazing new nail shade. Perhaps a different kind of pampering is what you need. Book a special pampering session to rejuvenate winter-ravaged skin and nails in time for warmer weather. There’s so many options, including a manicure, facial, massage — everything to put you in a Spring mood. We also provide eyelash extensions, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and waxing services. Book an appointment today. Visit us at 115 Geddes St. in Elora and call 519-846-1818.

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What you need to know about diabetes


monitor at home with your own blood pressure cuff or id you know that diabetics have 2 to visit Shoppers Drug Mart to check your blood pressure 4 times the risk of developing heart on the machine provided. disease? Diabetes can affect the heart and blood vessels by speeding up the process of High cholesterol is another risk factor for heart disease arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a thickening and that must be closely monitored in diabetics. It should hardening of the blood vessels which cause them be checked at least on an annual basis. The target to become narrow or to clog up completely. The Cholesterol – LDL-C should be ≤ 2.0 mmol/L. possible dangers of arteriosclerosis include heart attacks and stroke. For more information regarding diabetes, visit How can diabetics prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels? The most obvious is to keep you Stefan Gudmundson from with a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist in Elora at 89 Geddes St. Call (519) 846-5379. blood sugar within the target range of 4.0 to 7.0 Shoppers Drug Mart mmol/L before meals and 5.0 to 10.0 mmol/L 2 hours after meals. Type 1 diabetics should test at least three times per day and Type 2 diabetics at least once daily. A test can be done (A1C test) to determine your blood glucose control over the • Organizing your medications past 3 months. The target is 7% or less. Controlling your blood pressure is as • Blood pressure checks important for diabetics as controlling your blood • Easy refills sugar. Have your blood pressure checked at each visit to your doctor. High blood pressure can • Injection services available lead to strokes, heart attacks and kidney damage. The target range for diabetics is 130/80mmHg 89 Geddes St. Elora or less. If you are having trouble controlling (519) 846-5379 your blood pressure, it may be a good idea to

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“I would recommend them 100 times over”

“Our experience at Ron Wilkin Jewellers has been beyond perfect!” say Aleasha O’Donnell and Nick Hansen. “We could not have hoped for better people to work with during this exciting time! “Both Amy and Graham have been there from helping my fiancée with choosing the perfect ring to helping us choose our wedding bands! They are both so welcoming and have made us feeling more than welcome to call or stop in when we have had any questions.” Aleasha and Nick both agree that Ron Wilkin Jewellers is the best place to shop for jewellery. “My fiancée has gotten me a number of pieces of jewellery from there over the years, and I’m never disappointed seeing a little bag or wrapped box from them on any special occasion! Amy and Graham are both amazing people and show so much excitement and passion when helping with anything. I would recommend them 100 times over.” Visit Ron Wilkin Jewellers at 109 St. Andrew St. W. in Fergus, call 519-843-1225. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates. See their full page ad on page 31.

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April 2019


Question and Answer with Dean Dunbar

Booster Guy: We are here with Dean Dunbar of Parallel Estate and Executor Services at his office in Fergus. Firstly Dean, tell us a bit about yourself. Dean: “Well, I’ve lived in Fergus for over 20 years. I’ve raised my 3 kids here and have watched this area grow and continue to flourish. It continues to be a wonderful place to not only start a family, but to settle down and eventually retire. I’ve been a Financial Security Advisor for over 30 years. I feel what sets my process apart is I work with my clients from a holistic perspective; I help them envision the whole picture, not just one aspect of their immediate planning needs. I have always had a primary focus towards retirement income planning, estate planning and issues facing seniors. I hold my Elder Planning Counselor and a Certified Executor Advisor designates.” Booster Guy: So why is Estate Planning so Important and what can you offer your clients? Dean: “My typical client, well all Canadian families really, work extremely hard to save and pay off debt. This has created significant net worth and with that the necessity to preserve as much of this as possible for themselves, and their families. Consider this for a moment - 750 billion dollars will transition from one generation to the next over the next decade. Couple this with the alarming statistic that less than 50% of adults have up to date wills and you can see why estate planning should be so important to all families.”

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Booster Guy: What should someone do to start the process Dean? “I usually suggest my clients gather all important documents and take an inventory of where they stand currently. We can then help them work through what they have, what they need to do and the issues their estate will face. We can assist at every stage. WE OFFER ALL NEW CLIENTS A FREE INITIAL ESTATE CONSULTATION. Call us today: (226) 383-1201 , your family will thank you!”

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Last Minute Tips for Tax Filing Season

t this time of year, it’s not hard to find articles and commentary on how to file, what credits to claim and a never-ending list of tax tips. In the little space I have I will try to concentrate on some of the out of the ordinary items to keep in mind. 1. Reporting of foreign assets on Form T1135 can be an onerous task. However, starting back in 2015 there is a two-tier information reporting structure available for specified foreign property that will simplify the task for some taxpayers. Where the total cost of the foreign property was more than $100,000 but less than $250,000 throughout the year the simplified reporting method can be used. 2. Students moving home to work for the summer that were attending a College or University that is more than 40 km from home should look at moving expenses.  There is a simplified no receipt calculation available based strictly on distance that could be used.  In most cases this will not make much difference but may save some tuition credits for the future or increase current income tested benefits. 3. The benefits of pension splitting for seniors cannot be denied as it’s saved some couples thousands of dollars.  In certain cases, it makes sense to move income from a lower income spouse to the higher income spouse, so the benefits of a split should be tested both ways. 4. Whether a child under 18 who has income from a part time job should be filing is a question that comes up quite often. If there is no tax withheld (and in many cases, there should not be) then technically no return has to be filed.  However, filing will generate RRSP room for the future which could be used sooner than later if the child does a Home Buyer’s Plan contribution and withdrawal transaction before buying their first

TAX TALK Ed Mitukiewicz home. This allows them to generate a tax deduction to be used in the future without reducing funds available for their down payment. 5. If you invested in a speculative stock which became worthless in 2018 be sure to report the loss as it will never expire and could be used against future capital gains or eventually against any income in the year you pass away. 6. Lastly if you cannot file on time but think you owe tax then at least make a payment by the due date which eliminates the penalty and saves on interest charges. The current interest rate charged by the Canada Revenue Agency is 6%. Space did not permit me to include all the issues and considerations related to the items listed above so be sure to review them with your tax advisor to see if or how they might be applied in your situation. 

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April 2019



The Salty Horse COMES TO YOU!

he Salty Horse is the first This state of the art technology mobile service in Canada is designed to re-energize damaged that offers both Salt cells by inducing electrical charges Therapy and PEMF Therapy for within the cell that restores it to its horses. We are a new business in normal, healthy state. Ultimately, the Wellington County and our passion immune system becomes healthier, is to help people who are looking for the nervous system relaxes, bones real solutions for real horse issues. and joints become stronger and vital Our service provides safe, nonorgans, such as the liver, kidneys, invasive therapies for ALL horses, and colon, are able to rid themselves including performance horses for all of impurities; therefore, detoxifying disciplines. the body. PEMF can reduce pain and Ed and Dan from The Salty Horse Equine Salt Therapy improve the quality of your horse’s Equine Salt Therapy relieves the life, by allowing its body to function symptoms of: as it was designed to do. • IAD (Anti-Inflammatory or Allergic Airway Disease) These therapies are not only beneficial to horses, they are • LAD (Lower Airway Disease) also great therapies for both people and house pets such as cats, • RAO (Recurrent Airway Obstruction) dogs, small animals and birds. • Inflammatory Skin Conditions (Mud Fever, Cracked Heals, Summer Sores) • Travel Sickness • Mineral Deficiencies The use of Equine Salt Therapy reduces the reliance on antibiotics and often harmful medications. Our salt chamber provides a natural healing environment, putting no undue pressure on the horse by providing a stress free treatment experience. Due to it’s natural nature Salt Therapy is beneficial for ALL horses. It is especially ideal for pre-race treatments as the sodium chloride hydrates cells, which aids the horse to rest, recover and preform better. During the 30 min session, the horse enters the salt chamber and passively breathes micronized salt. The salt acts like an expectorant, accelerating mucous clearance and improving lung function, while killing harmful bacteria and Dan demonstrates PEMF Therapy on Zoom soothing the respiratory system. Equine PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field)Therapy This is why we provide the same therapies at our Global Equine PEMF Therapy uses the earth’s magnetic field to Pet Food store located at 715 Wellington St in Guelph. The positively affect the overall health of the horse in many ways. store provides a perfect environment to help bring awareness DECREASES INCREASES of these alternative therapies and their many benefits. For more • Pain • Circulation information for people and house pets please call (519) 265• Stiffness • Energy to cells 8966. • Inflammation • Cell hydration • Edema • Bone density OUR THERAPIES ARE SAFE, NATURAL, DRUG • Spasms • Lean muscle mass FREE, AND EFFECTIVE! • Stress • Flexibility • Bruises • Strength For more info on our cutting-edge alternative equine therapies, • Contusions • Endurance contact us at or call 519-731-3533. • Immune system • Nerve response • Muscle response

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Have you visited our restaurant LaFONTANA yet? aFontana in Elora welcomes you with a truly enjoyable atmosphere and the comfort of great food.

Enjoy with family and friends, sharing from our delicious selection of in-house made fresh pasta tossed in the most fragrant sauces, wood oven baked pizza made the true Neapolitan way, and tasty dishes showcasing the seasonal offerings of our territory! We are passionate about local, sustainable and seasonal food. Have you seen our wood-fired oven yet? Enjoy hot, Neapolitan style pizza with a thin centre, and high edge, straight from the hearth, served 5 days a week. A new addition to our menu is our springtime inspired pizza with asparagus sauce and tips, sheep ricotta, spicy n’duja sausage and pistachios. Our pasta offerings feature classic spaghetti in basil tomato sauce in the true Italian way, a zesty kale pesto, and a melt-in-your-mouth braised wild boar with pappardelle. Our pasta is made fresh daily in house, ensuring a memorable experience. Don’t miss our desserts, creation of our chef Jer! The chocolate dessert is to die for, with different versions of chocolate to

create a symphony of flavours! Visit us for an authentic meal and a warm, cozy atmosphere! LaFontana is located on 15 Mill St. E. in Elora, call 226384-2300, visit and be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates.

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We are a full service data recovery lab in Guelph that has been in the field of data recovery and computer forensics for over 10 years.

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Acquainting Newcomers with the Community

Have you just moved to Centre Wellington? Or, do you have a new baby at your home? Or both? Call Rita Olejko 226-500-0799 for your free gifts & civic information


190 St. David St. S. Suite A Fergus, ON. N1M 2L3 To receive your complimentary package of civic and community information and printed invitation cards to be redeemed for welcome gifts from local business email... June Walinga

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Spring home renovations?

ith the warm Spring weather just around the corner, it’s time to check the water treatment and plumbing systems in your home.

Aquarius Water Treatment in Elora offers the Aquamaster 700 and 900 water softeners that are not only made for well water but both of these units work great with city water as well. The 700 and the 900 use as little as 30 gallons of water per regeneration and less than 5 lbs. of salt. The staff at Aquarius recommend the Aquamaster 950 for city water - it reduces chlorine taste and odor, uses as little as 20 gallons of water per regeneration and it uses less than 5 lbs. of salt. It costs about $3.50 in hydro per year to run these softeners. The warranty for these units is 1 year labor and 10 years on the tank and parts. Aquarius Water treatment also sells 5 gallon and 3 gallon bottled RO water. Delivery can be arranged if required. And don’t forget that owner Simon Davies is a licensed Plumber and Gas fitter, so if you are doing any spring renovations or need the new gas BBQ hooked up we can help. Aquarius Water Treatment is located at 195 Geddes Street in Elora; our phone number is 519-846-9090.


Owner Simon Davies

What is a good walking shoe?

he answer is simple. Shoes that allow you to walk without pain for a prolonged period of time. So what are the ingredients of a good walking shoe? That depends. It depends on how the shoe fits, how it is constructed and the shoe type. A good fitting shoe will be fit for your foot size, width and girth. The shoe construction should accommodate your weight, foot displacement and foot type. For example: If you are heavy, the midsole material of the shoe should not be soft or it will deform quickly. Deformed shoe soles can damage your lower limb joints.

fit the shape of your toes.

The roll point of the shoe should coincide with the ball of the foot. If you have a flat foot you need a straighter last. I can go on....


If you perspire a lot you need a breatheable upper material to prevent internal damage to your shoes. The way you lace your shoes can affect how the shoe fits and feels. If you have weak ankles and you walk on uneven terrain, you need high cut boots, like a hiking boot. The shape of the toebox should

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If you have a perfect fitting shoe and your foot starts to hurt soon after you start walking, you may need something more then just the flat 3mm spongy insole that comes with most shoes. Try upgrading to an off the shelf arch support first before looking into custom orthotics.

Or if you are not sure what it is you need, you can book a no-cost consultation with a certified pedorthist and we can take an in-depth look at what may be causing your difficulty with walking. Call Bob Witte at Fit to walk at 519 843-7979! Foot clinic and on-site lab is located at 135 St.David St.S. Unit 3.

151 St. David St. N.Fergus, Ontario N1M 2J5 519-843-2346



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Editor/Advertorial Writer Nancy ‘Booster Chick’ Waddell


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The Booster Magazine is an advertising magazine for business. The statements made by our advertisers are theirs and do not necessarily reflect those of the Booster or its staff. Readers are invited to comment on any ad or advertorial by emailing our office at the above address.

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...everyone needs a little help now and then

Who are we?

A non-profit organization that understands the value of a resilient community and the importance of accessible supports for mental health.

What do we have to offer?

Expert therapists located in Mount Forest and Fergus to provide one-on-one same day counselling services. Everyone can expect to leave with an action plan.

How can we help?

Come see us at one of our same-day locations.

Mount Forest Family Health Team (Claire Stewart Clinic) Mondays 10:30 am to 6 pm Call 519-824-2431 ext.36, or email our intake workers starting at 9 am to get a same-day appointment Fergus location Centre Wellington District High School Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm No appointment necessary just Walk-In Everyone welcome

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