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Students at Colchester North Public School were happy to spend their Earth Day outdoors, revitalizing the school pond.

by Sylene Argent In celebration of Earth Day, students at Colchester North Public School took advantage of the sunny, warmer weather on Monday and worked together to start a new school-wide project to revitalize the pond and playground area. Part of the revitalization

project is to tie in the school’s playground to the fenced in pond area. Colchester North Principal Nick Arundine said that on Thursday an architect would make a presentation to the students regarding a new design for their playground. Part of the revitalization of the playground,

he said, will include more natural types of apparatuses, including logs and rocks. Revitalizing the pond, Arundine said, will give students the opportunity to learn about ecosystems, species of living creatures, and habitats. When the pond was originally designed, it included a

highland, a swampy area, and the pond itself. Each area, Arundine said, creates a different type of habitat for different species. On Monday, the students cleared out the trails leading to the pond, which had become overrun, and began adding a layer of stone and mulch to develop the pathway. Overall, Arundine said, the Earth Day pond and play area revitalization project was a day of success. As the older students worked, they already were able to note a few frogs and other species nearby. The younger students, as they cleared away debris, found snails and other smaller creatures. The students were also able to learn about trees and hardships they may face. The Principal hopes ground will be broken in June to begin construction on the new playground project, which would be established in phases if all goes according to plan. He is anxious to see the design as the students forwarded many suggestions to the architect for consideration. He noted that one theme the students were passionate about was the inclusion of a fitness area.

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ECHRS examines the Spitfire by Jennifer Cranston Guest Speaker Bob Swaddling spoke to the members of ECHRS and their guests about the Spitfire warplane, its history and its significance last Thursday night. “The hockey team and the car were named for the Spitfire air craft,” he said. Swaddling told the story of receiving his very FREE TE ESTIMA

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story of its design and the role it played in shaping the world as we know it today. Swaddling became friends with local Spitfire pilot Jerry Billing and advocates for local recognition. “The Spitfire figures quite prominently in Essex’s history, mainly because of one Jerry Billing,” said Swaddling. Billing is a World War II flying hero and recognized around the world for his achievements. He continued to fly Spitfires long after the war. “He is well known in aviation circles around the world for not just flying the Spitfire but for doing a magnificent aerobatic demonstration in the Spitfire, the likes of which will likely never be seen again,” said Swaddling. Swaddling is disappointed that when the Mural depicting Billing was removed when Canadian Tire was changed to Shoppers

Bob Swaddling shared his knowledge about the Spitfire warplane at ECHRS last week.

Drug Mart, it was never replaced. Swaddling thinks it’s time the Town do something to recognize their local hero in a permanent way and is asking for the help of local historians and residents to move his cause forward. “In two days he will be 92. I think that the Essex Historical Society and the town of Essex should give him a birthday gift of restoring his mural,” he said. “Or better still, acquire a fiberglass replica Spitfire, like the one seen in Jackson Park, and paint it as Jerry’s Spitfire and mount it on a plinth in an Essex park as a permanent tribute to their worldfamous son. I know that the money for such an artifact could easily be

raised. Essex should not forget.” At the next ECHRS meeting, guest speaker

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Essex CAO reflects on first six weeks in Essex

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members’ likes, and how Council members conduct themselves, he said. Phillips noted he wouldn’t be pulling many big levers in the near future, but he is looking forward to participating in a senior management strategic planning session next month. At the meeting, staff will review the strategic priorities set in 2010 and look at what has been accomplished during this term of Council, how they were

accomplished, and what is left to do. Within the first 90 days of his tenure as CAO, Phillips hopes to have his management style established. So far, he is pleased with the staff’s knowledge and commitment. “It’s simply a pleasure to deal with the staff. Their commitment is second to none,” he said, adding they roll up their sleeves and give extra effort to get things done. Since coming to Essex, Phillips has noticed there are many hidden treasures

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The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch

Drying clothes I recently received an email that recalled what it was like to dry clothes years ago. How many years depends on how old you are now. At my age it is not too many as I view time, but that is not the point. The point was the difference in the task today than when the writer’s mother did it - I would guess it was by a person in their middle years. At any rate she compared the line drying to throwing the garments in a modern dryer. She presumed no one hangs clothes on the line outdoors today, but that is

not the case. I see my neighbour’s clothesline filled with flapping clothes every once in awhile and I hang mine outdoors, too The big difference is that today we have a choice and in my case I don’t hang them out when they will freeze. Certainly in my mother’s day they were often freezedried but in a different way than we think of freeze drying fruit today. When I studied chemistry in high school I learned they dry by sublimation. They went from frozen state to reasonably dry without going through the thawing process. I can remember Dad’s long johns coming into the house stiff as an icicle on a deep freeze day. In fact, it was a good idea not to fold them because that could be hard on the knitted material.

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I read an article today that said one could save about $10 per wash by hanging clothes on an outdoor line. It didn’t say anything about saving human energy and I figure at today’s wage rate that is a hard-earned $10. Of course, in the days when everybody used that long line effect or, later, a whirligig type of drying mechanism, labour per hour was not so valuable so probably they were saving $2 at the most. The article said you could tell the events in the household by the clothesline and I guess that is true if you paid enough attention. You could get a message about the housewife’s idea of cleanliness when the clothes were a dingy gray instead of sparkling white. There was a time when you could tell when there was a baby in the family because of the long strips of cloth known as napkins. And if the clothesline was empty for a week or two you could assume the family was away. I have noticed that in the last five years after talk about saving the environment and money, more people are drying clothes on a line. Sometimes I see articles flapping across the skyline at a neighbour’s and I hang mine outside in warm weather. But I have not paid enough attention to learn anything about my neighbour via her clothesline. My Mother made a point of having her clothes on the line Monday morning before her neighbour housewives hung up theirs. She did that by getting the bedding and clothes ready Sunday night, even though she was very strict about doing only necessary work on Sunday. She must have thought that was necessary so she could build some pride about her housekeeping habits. Or maybe it was her early rising habit. There was one more aspect to this clothes washing and drying in those days; it was always done on Monday, unless someone was ill or there was a baby because then you had to wash several times a week. The very latest in clothes washing routine is to do it during the off-peak hours as rated by your hydro utility. Personally that is a pain in the neck because I do washing at my convenience which is usually sometime in the morning prior to noon, whenever the dirty (or should I say soiled) clothes hamper is full. So I must educate myself to believe I am making a contribution toward saving the environment if I follow those hourly rules. I kind of think it is supposed to represent saving money and I should care about that, too. What’s next in the clothes washing and drying techniques? Who knows? Oh yes, I forgot about washing clothes in cold water. I find it hard to be impressed by that idea. What sayest thou?

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Maidstone Remembers Aboriginal Contribution to War of 1812

Local historians Robin and Jim Wellhieser demonstrate a traditional smudging ceremony at the Maidstone Bicentennial Museum last Friday.

by Jennifer Cranston The Maidstone Bicentennial Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the War of 1812. “We are the only established 1812 exhibit and encampment in Essex County,” said Vicky Beaulieu, Maidstone

Historical Society President. The Museum’s exhibit will run until 2015 with a new feature being added each year. On Friday they held an opening ceremony for the second phase of the exhibit that pays tribute to the aboriginal contribution to the war. “Aboriginals were the losers in this war,” she said. “They lost their

land.” Beaulieu said that this is an important part of our history and the museum’s hands-on approach is a great way for children to learn. Regional historian Elise Harding-Davis spoke on behalf of Essex MP Jeff Watson. She pointed out that while aboriginal people were the bigger losers at the end of the war, it provided opportunity for black people. “It gave us the opportunity to show our mettle,” she said. “It allowed us to come to Canada and make way for our brothers and sisters to come here.” Harding-Davis feels that this war is reflective of the multicultural society we have become. “It was a multicultural front that saved this country to become what it is today,” she said. Essex MPP Taras Natyshak spoke of “the fate that was born of those events.” He pointed out that our country could have gone in a completely different direction had the

outcome of the war been different. Everyone who spoke at the ceremony mentioned the importance of supporting the Maidstone Historical Society and the museum itself. Natyshak gestured to a leak in the roof of the meeting room. “It is important to protect not only this building but our shared history,” he said. The CAW sponsored in part the second phase of the exhibit. William Campbell represented the CAW Aboriginal Workers and Workers of Colour. Campbell made reference to the structural issues of the museum, specifically the leaking roof and promised to do everything in his

power to see it repaired. Senator Robert LeBouef of the Metis Council of Ontario spoke of his mission to have the Amherstburg area designated historically significant in Metis culture. Re-enactors in full costume performed a smudging ceremony and invited all present to participate. Jim Wellhieser, portraying John Norton, told the story of the war chief with Scottish and Cherokee parents and the role he played in the War of 1812. “Norton is recognized as one of the men who saved Canada,” he said. The Museum will hold its 6th annual 1812 Encampment in May. TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE WWW.FORSYTHTRAVEL.COM




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The demolition of the building located at 49 Talbot St. N brought back some childhood memories for me. Just a few doors down from that building – possibly where Amy Belle’s is now – used to be Simon’s arcade. That’s a place where I spent a significant amount of time as a youngster, playing Asteroids, pinball and all the other games we considered to be awesome at the time. The Jug ‘o Milk used to be across the road from 49 Talbot St. N. I liked that store because that’s where I’d get candy. Scott’s Discount sits on the site of Pro Hardware. My parents bought some furniture from an outfit that operated there. And, on the corner, next door to Pro Hardware was Steadman’s, which I remember as a kind of 5 and dime. Also across from 49 Talbot was Tubby’s & Chubby’s doughnut shop. I was a bit older, in my mid to late teens, when that place was in operation. We’d spend a lot of

late nights there, drinking copious amounts of coffee and talking about life. Down the road, next to where Schinkel’s is, there was once a bowling alley. That was a pretty cool place to go as a kid. A few hockey teams I played on had their end-ofseason parties there. Across the street from Schinkel’s there used to be a big, old hotel – as I remember it – the Aberdeen. My family ate in its restaurant a few times. Unfortunately, it burned down in the early 1970s. Another main street locale that played a big part in my childhood was the BP gas station, which was across from the United Church. It was the local convenience store for people who lived in my neighbourhood (I grew up on Jenner St) and was a frequent stop on the way back home from downtown. The Dairy Bar was on the other end of town. It was located next to where the Talbot Day Spa is today. I only went in there to get snacks and play the arcade games, but seeing as

it was on the route to the high school it was a fairly frequent stop. The Essex Youth Centre was also located on Main Street back in the day. It was housed in an old gas station that was on the site of the plaza where Piggy Mart is. It was a rough little hole in the wall, but it was our rough little hole in the wall. I’m not sure what it was about the downtown back then, but my friends and I had some great times up there. I guess there was just things for us to do – whether it was playing pool at the youth centre, bowling a few games at the bowling alley, playing arcade games or just hanging out and enjoying some coffee. There were also some natural places for us to enjoy as well – the brickyard, Sadler’s pond before it became Sadler’s Park, Tulley woods before they became Tulley Meadows. Yep, seeing an old building come down certainly stirs up the memories.

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Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch Walls come tumbling down By the time you read this I believe there will be a gaping space in the middle of the downtown stores. The open space was the site of what was commonly called the Michael building because it was owned by that family and operated as a store for many years. At least that is what it was when I came to town. I don’t remember if the third floor was used. I was allowed to go up there once so I could get unusual pictures for the Windsor Star of a parade during some celebration. At that time the upstairs was empty. I think the most interesting aspect of that store was the gallery along both sides and above the first floor. There were many suggestions for its use. One suggestion was an artists’ gallery where people could learn to paint; probably signs or murals. Certainly it could have been used for the arts and for many public activities. Do you remember when it housed a furniture store? With the use of the gallery there was a very attractive display setting. I heard one councilor say that it was going to cost half

a million to repair it inside and out and when that was spent we would still have an old building. Judging by the plain style of its architecture it was not really old. I don’t know anything about the condition of the interior. I don’t think the building was crumbling as the Windsor Star reported. It was the stucco finish that was falling off. Really I have no reason to make any comments because I don’t know what kind of wall was under that stucco. I expect that the finish was added because repair was needed to the exterior, but then again, perhaps it was built that way What to do with the space? A park has been suggested but I thought there was to be a park on the site by the silos. Council held an emergency meeting last Wednesday night (Apr. 17) and I expect they felt a great sense of urgency because of the problem created for stores on either side. One thing is certain, our streetscape is quite a mixture of the old, refurbished, and new architecture. Does that make it unique?

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Council decided to demolish town-owned building

by EFP Staff Essex Council held a special meeting last Wednesday to discuss the fate of 49 Talbot St. N., having already decided to vacate and close the building and its immediate neighbours prior to the meeting. The result of the meeting was to demolish the town-owned building for safety reasons. Discussion regarding the property, which was acquired in 2011 as the result of a tax sale process, began after a panel of stucco fell from the building and landed on a neighbouring roof. During this time, the property and lot was listed for sale. At the Wednesday meeting, Director of

Infrastructure and Development, Chris Nepszy, explained the costs of keeping the building. The total estimate to repair it was $97,000, which would include the removal of the stucco for $56,000 and an estimated cost of $41,000 to restore the exposed wall. He noted that there could be additional costs connected to the project as well. Other costs could include maintenance and other repairs that would need to be made to the facility. No matter what is done, what’s next, CAO Russ Phillips said. Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche said that it seemed like a lot of money and if Council invested

into the facility, it would still be an older building. He suggested Council consider the building’s demolition, which was stated to cost $150,000. From there the Town could then sell the lot, which could then house a brand new building. As it was deemed

an emergency situation, Phillips, as per procedure, was able to award the demolition. Gagnon Demolition of McGregor was selected to handle the demolition of the building. The removal of the upper floor of the three-story building started last Friday.

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Complete Demolition of the building could take two to three weeks, Nepszy noted. Closure of sidewalks and parking spaces, he added, would take place during the demolition process. Councillor Randy Voakes added there could be opportunity for a nice area or a parkette on the property after the building was removed. He said he didn’t want to be too quick to sell it. Deputy Mayor Meloche put the motion forward, which Council supported, to demolish the building and remove the sale listing. CAO Phillips said administration would meet with the owners of the businesses neighbouring 49 Talbot Street North in addition to the business that utilized part of the facility.

On site at the demolition on Sunday, Councillor Morley Bowman said, “The sooner we can get the businesses up and running the better.” He added that the demolition would “open a spot for a new modern business to go in.” said the Voakes removal of the building is “going to change the landscape in downtown.” He added, “There’s some good opportunities coming up for downtown Essex. It’s disheartening to see but there’s going to be good things [coming] out of it.” Voakes explained the decision to demolish the building. “As Council and administration we had no choice. It had to be done for the sake of public safety,” he said.

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Mystery, Mayhem, and Matrimony by Jennifer Cranston It was a groovy weekend at Essex United Church when over 200 people stepped back to 1969 for a dinner theatre “who-done-it.” This 11th annual fundraiser for the church casts diners as the guests at a New Year’s Eve wedding between the spoiled daughter of a hippie, and a pill popping, socially inept socialite who still has a nanny. The groom, played by Morley Bowman, has a secret. An uninvited guest

shows up with closetskeletons in tow. Before the evening is over, secrets and skeletons are exposed and two people are dead. It’s left to the audience to guess the murderer. Lucky sleuths who guessed the murder was the groom’s mother, Abigail Windsor, won a gift certificate to the Deluxe Diner. The play is directed and acted my members of the congregation. Directing this year’s play was Pearl Cunningham. Running the kitchen like a

clock so that each course was served between acts was Doug Arnold. The cast included Morley Bowman as the groom, Roger Windsor, Ellen Smith as the Bride Jewel Hogget and Evelyn Burns as the groom’s nanny, Brownalily de Blooma. “Our actors have a lot of fun doing it and it shows,” said Doug Arnold. The event employed the help of Essex Scouts and helped them to raise money to attend the Scout

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Essex firefighter redefining the “fireman” by Jennifer Cranston When Debbie Dufour received notice that she would soon be laid off permanently from Ford, she knew she

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BMO holds grand opening celebration for new facility Papineau noted the new Essex Branch has been designed to have an open concept and a welcoming atmosphere as a neigbourhood facility. The new Essex Branch is the first neighbourhood branch built in the Essex County area. The new downtown Essex Branch also provides a lot of parking space. With the new location, BMO is now able to offer a full time financial planner and will have extended hours. Reconstruction of the new facility, which was the former Shoppers Drug Mart building, began last BMO staff celebrated the new Essex Branch opening last Thursday. Left to right: Personal Banking Area Manager Bill Speed, Branch Manager Sandy Papineau, and Vice-President of the Ontario South West District David Blyth.

by Sylene Argent After a lot of anticipation, Bank of Montreal staff and clientele were able to celebrate the opening of the new barrier-free Essex Branch last Thursday afternoon. Sandy Papineau, Essex Branch Manager, said that BMO staff officially moved into the new Essex facility from the former facility (located at 38 Talbot Street North) on April 8. Staff, clients, and curious community members were welcome to celebrate the move at the new Essex Branch last week with a piece of celebratory cake. “We’re really excited to have the new branch in Essex,” Papineau said. “The BMO Customers and Essex deserve it.”

fall. Since then, the staff had been patiently looking forward to relocating. It took many long days and nights and a lot of hard work to relocate the Essex banking branch, but it was all worth it, Papineau said. She urges local residents to stop in and say hello and take in the new facility during business hours. On April 27, BMO will host a Kids’ Day at its new Essex facility.

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in emergency services and knew there were a few avenues she could take. She started in Essex Station 2 as a volunteer fire fighter about three and a half years ago and was hired on to Essex-Windsor EMS about two and a half years ago. She likes working as a paramedic but says she

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Redefining the “fireman”... still has a lot to learn. “You can do the job for 20 or more years and still not see everything,” she said. She enjoys being a fire fighter too, but there are differences. For example, EMS calls are higher in volume but are relatively short in duration. “Fire fighter call volume is lower but a fully involved structure or field fire is six to eight hours of working your ass off,” she said. “It’s a hell of a lot of work.” Being a woman in a traditionally male field has some challenges but nothing Dufour can’t handle. She remembers a big call in Harrow that went on for hours. “When men need to

use the restroom, they can go anywhere,” she said. Dufour doesn’t have that luxury. She had to walk half a kilometer to the next farm and ask to use their restroom. The residents commented on how small she actually was under all the gear. Being smaller than her co-workers doesn’t slow her down and it has some advantages. Being smaller allows her to get into tighter spaces than some of the men. The air tanks fire fighters wear on their backs last a little longer for her as well because her lung capacity is smaller than a larger person. So far she hasn’t discovered any tasks that she cannot do. She can handle all the equipment

and move ladders, etc. “I’m stronger than people perceive,” she said. She is a former gymnast and works out. It is important to her to stay healthy. “There’s too much out there that I want to do,” she said. In fire fighting the physical requirements are the same for women as they are for men. The emotional and mental requirements that come with work in the emergency services can be extreme but that isn’t a problem for Dufour. She’s had elderly people die on route to the hospital and they’ve had “do not resuscitate” orders. She says it can be very hard to do nothing to save them. When things get really rough she can talk to her co-workers. “We have resources if we need to talk to someone outside we can,” she said. The good times are more plentiful than the bad. “The times you help people outweigh those times,” she said. This is a large part of why she likes being a fire fighter; it provides many opportunities to help people. “I like fire fighting because I like the fire prevention education. I like going into schools and reaching children, handing out Christmas baskets and helping people,” she said. Some people work in emergency services for the adrenaline rush, but for Dufour it is about helping people in times of need and serving her community. Being a fire fighter has a lot of other benefits as well. There is a closer camaraderie than you might find in other fields.

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She says Essex Fire and Rescue is like family. Dufour was in her mid 30s when she began her new career in emergency services. She was also a wife and mother. Essex Fire and Rescue will be recruiting later this spring and Dufour encourages people to consider it. “Don’t let age or sex deter you from trying,” she said. “You don’t have to be super-human. Most people are stronger physically and mentally than they think.” Fire Chief Ed Pillon calls Dufour a “very dedicated volunteer and an asset to the department.” He says that some of the

requirements to become a fire fighter include minimum grade 12, valid Ontario driver’s license. There is an aptitude test, medical evaluation and physical performance test. Applicants must be residents of the municipality of Essex.

Voice Of Inspiration “Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”

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Harrow clothing outreach Essex Spay-Neuter Voucher Program begins May 6 program coming up by Sylene Argent “Need has no boundaries,” Sheryl Findlay said. Findlay is an organizer for the Free Clothing for spring and summer program that will be held at Harrow United Church on Saturday, April 27. She invites anyone with a need for clothing to attend the event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Findlay has hosted the free clothing event for the past ten years. This is the second giveaway event where the program

will provide summer and spring selections as families have different needs for different times of the year. The majority of the events have been geared to provide warm winter wear for the cooler seasons. The Keeping Kids Wa r m - C o m m u n i t y Clothing Closet is providing the free clothing that will be donated through the event and the Outreach Program at Harrow United Church will distribute the items. She noted that there are

also drop boxes located at the Church where clothing can be donated. It is then collected and distributed to those in need, locally and beyond to the London area. This is the first year in a while the free clothing outreach program has been hosted at a church, Findlay said. It is also the first time the clothing outreach program will work with the Keeping Kids Warm-Community Clothing Closet, although it has worked with its representative for several years. The community, Findlay commented, has been very supportive. She continues to organize the event because it is something she enjoys doing. She also thinks it is important to provide the outreach program to anyone wishing to utilize the service.

Low-income families and caregivers of feral cats may be eligible to receive assistance through the Town’s new Spay and Neuter Voucher Program. Starting May 6, the Town will accept applications for spay and neuter vouchers from eligible Essex residents on the following basis: · A maximum of one dog spay or neuter voucher and one cat spay or neuter voucher per household for low-income families. · A maximum of three feral cat spay and neuter vouchers per caregiver of feral cats. Vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Each voucher is valued at $75 (inclusive of Harmonized Sales Tax) and can be used at participating veterinary clinics in Essex County. A total of 250 vouchers will be made available. Half of the vouchers will be allocated to lowincome dog and cat owners and the other half to caregivers of feral cats. Donna Hunter, Director of Corporate Services, says the program is an animal control initiative with two purposes. “In 2012, the Town conducted a door-todoor campaign for dog registration. From comments received at the door, we learned that many low-income families cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets,” says Hunter. “We also received many complaints about the feral cat population. Although the Town provides a subsidy to the Windsor-

Essex County Humane Society for the intake of stray cats, Council decided that assisting caregivers of feral cats would also be beneficial.” Council approved the Spay and Neuter Voucher Program for 2013 at its April 2nd meeting. Starting May 6, residents can request an application form by calling Town Hall at 519-776-7336, extension 10 or 11. Applicants must provide proof of permanent residency in the Town of Essex. In the case of vouchers for lowincome families, proof

of family income will be required. Residents of Viscount Estates in Essex Centre currently have access to a no-cost program for spaying or neutering feral cats. To find out more about this service, call the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society at 519966-5751.

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LARRY PARENT ~April 27th~ Love ya!

40th Louise Grona

Love Mike, Daine, Kale & Avery ______________________________________________ CARD OF THANKS ______________________________________________

RAINELLI, TONY I would like to thank my family and friends for celebrating my 90th birthday with me. I was truly overwhelmed by everyone that came and all your gifts and good wishes. May God Bless each and everyone of you.


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______________________________________________ IN LOVING MEMORY ______________________________________________

Allison Velma Marie Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on April 15th, 2013 at 83 years of age at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. Predeceased by her loving husband Melvin (1999). Survived by her children Tom (Deb), Gerry (Vickie), Doug (Suzanne), John (Maria), and Melinda (Jamie). Cherished .grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Sister of Edward Girard and Roland Girard. Predeceased by sisters Geraldine Pratt and Lorraine Hammond. She was a proud member of Holy Name CWL. Visitation was held at the Kennedy Funeral Home (519776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex. The funeral mass was celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church (146 Talbot St. S, Essex). Cremation followed. Donations in memory of Velma may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Wall Branch 201. You may send your condolences online at _____________________________________________

Thinking of Mother on her Birthday and Mother’s Day

Bernath , William ‘Bill’, B.A., CET, CRA Born November 9, 1925 in Szendro, Hungary, passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on April 16, 2013 at 87 years of age. Beloved husband for 60 years of Marion. Cherished father of William ‘Bill’ and wife Carol, Quesnel, BC; James ‘Jim’ and wife Debbie, Wallaceburg; Linda Bernath, Windsor; Nancy and husband Andrew Kuntz, Lakeshore. Loving grampy of Emily and Kaitlyn Kuntz. Dear brother-inlaw of Ann Bernath; brother of Helen Reidl, and James Bernath. Predeceased by daughter Barbara Ann and son William Holden and, parents James and Elizabeth Bernath, and brother Frank Bernath. Worshipful Brother William (Bill) Bernath was initiated into Masonry Nov. 9, 1949, passed and raised to Sublime Degree 4th Master Mason February 4, 1950 Parthenon Lodge #267. Bill was a Charter Member of the Lodge of Perfection and Rose Croix Chapter; Worshipful Master in 1997 of the Central Lodge #402 –Essex; Member of Mocha Temple Shrine; member of Essex United Church Choir, Past President of Essex Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. At Belle River D.H.S. he was the Technical Director 1963-1986; Real Estate Appraiser 1986 1992. The family wishes to thank the 2nd floor nursing staff of Leamington District Memorial Hospital for their kindness and devoted care. Visitation took place at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Avenue East, Essex (519-776-4233). A Masonic Service was hel. A Funeral Service to celebrate Bill’s was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Essex United Church, 53 Talbot Street South, Essex with Rev. Ross Williams officiating. Interment Greenlawn Cemetery. If you wish to donate in Bill’s memory the family has asked that donations be made to the Hospice of Windsor-Essex County. You may share your memories of Bill at _____________________________________________


Butchart, Lloyd Passed away peacefully on April 10, 2013 at 72 years of age. Beloved husband of Lorna (nee McLellan) with whom he celebrated 51 years of marriage. Dear father of Joy Demars, Carl and wife Wendy Butchart, and Sandy Suzor. Loved Papa of Brandon, Kyle, Ben, Carliegh, Carter, Chip and Santana. Great-grandpa of Dallas. Brother of Ron, Dave, Darlene and the late Dorothy, Ray, and Lynn. Visitation and the funeral service was held at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex. Interment followed at Victoria Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the CCAC or the Hospice of Windsor. You may send your condolences online at

Edith (Kennedy) Baldwin Born April 23, 1910 - Died August 14, 2010.

Deep in the earth lies a picture, Of a loved one laid to rest. In memory’s frame we shall keep it, Because she was one of the best. Sadly missed, always remembered Jean, George, and family

A Positive View ( Patrick Quinn )

if you could only feel the true joy in my heart you too would understand what sets me apart I take an optimistic view at everything that I see I’m sure the cup is half full it’s never half empty to me after a dream filled night the sunshine awakens me for each new days a chance for something special to see when I drift into a meadowI see no weeds, just flowers and beneath the new blue sky treasure the passing hours walking down a busy street there’s so many people I see as I pass on by, I give a smile as they smile back at me I too look out at this world for it’s not such a bad place and when we stop frowning we show off a happy face it’s my positive attitude that truly brightens my day even in the cold of winter I am dreaming of May

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in the Harrow Arena community room with guest Herb Colling. All are weclome . April - 27 Harrow United Church FREE CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION from the church basement at 45 Munger Ave E from 9:30 to 3:30. Memorial APRIL 27 - SILENT WALKverses & VIGIL, Meet at the South Point Community Church, 4 Queensavailable Ave. at 3:15 pm. Leamington Area Right to Life 519-325-0929. APRIL 26-27 - ESSEX UNITED CHURCH YARD & BAKE SALE, Fri. 8-4, Sat. 8-noon april 27 - Pasta Dinner at Church of the Redeemer, 15545 Cty. Rd. 8, ½ way between Paquette Corners & Hwy #3, from 4:30 – 7:30pm APRIL 27 - St. Stephen’s Church is holding a yard sale from 9am-2pm. Memorial verses available MAY 1 - Shooter’s Photography Club Meeting, 7-10pm. at Colasanti’s. Search us on or George Schiefer @ 519-733-5055. MAY 3 - Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (92 St. Paul Street, Essex) 5-630pm. Call 519-776-7711 for more details. 16 Centre St., Essex IT PAYS TO IT PAYS TO MAY 11The Ontario Purple Martin Association Meeting at the home of Al Hamill, ADVERTISE! ADVERTISE! 2643 Cty. Rd. 20 (corner of Cty Rd 20 & Ferris) at 9 a.m. 519-738-3476. Call Call 519-776-4268 519-776-4268 MAY 22 - Essex & District Horiticultural Society Meet at Essex Community Centre, 25 Gosfield Twnl. W, Essex. 7:30pm. Topic: Gardening Native Plants. 839-4651. MAY 26 - Squirettes of Mary STEAK & LOBSTER FUNDRAISER, at the K of C, McGregor. Dinner at 6pm, music at 7pm. For more information call 519-726-6494.

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BINGO 1st & 3rd Fridays 7:15 P.M. 32 Russell St. - Retirees’ hall $ 500.00 JACKPOT _____________________1-tf

FOR RENT: One bedroom apartment, in Cottam. Ph. 519839-5130. 1-tf _____________________ FOR RENT: McGregor - 2 bdrm. apt. $800. Utilities included. Coin laundry, appliances included. 519-990-7464. 46-tf* _____________________

FOR RENT: Office building, in Cottam. 519-839-5130. 1-tf _____________________ FOR RENT: One bdrm. apt. Upper level. $675, utilities incl. Call 226-350-1943. 16-tf _____________________ STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT: Storage available, in Essex, for motor homes, trailers, boats, cars, and trucks. Monthly rentals available. Call for details and rates 519-776-4875. 13-tf _____________________ FOR RENT: On Main Street, 69 Talbot. Call 226-350-1943. 16-tf _____________________

FOR SALE - PIANO in excellent condition. Asking $1850. Please phone 519-726-6289 for more information. 16-1t _____________________

“ON TIME MOVERS� - Are you moving? Need something picked up or delivered? Please call Larry or Dave today! 519736-7411 or 519-984-7412. 1-tf _____________________


Table rental available for the “Plant Sale� on May 11th at the Essex Railway Station, if you would like to rent a table to display your crafts, baked goods, jewelry etc. Please call 519-776-9800. 16-2t _____________________

FARMING _____________________ FOR SALE: 5000 Bushel Grain Bin for sale unloading system with it. Asking $1500. Phone: 519-995-4450. 16-1t _____________________ WANTED Farm Land to Rent Cash or Share Crop Call Jeff Siefker (cell) 519-7961240 or (home) 519-776-9501 _____________________1-tf Wanted productive land to buy, rent or sharecrop. Top prices paid. Call Dennis today @ R.Rivest Farms Ltd. 519-7966691. 1-tf

FOR RENT: Two and three bedroom apartments in Belle River. Asking $675 / $800 per month. Water included. Call 519-791-1530. 42-tfn _____________________ FOR RENT: 1 lg. bdrm. apt. Excellent condition. Located in downtown Essex. Fridge & stove incl. References required. No pets please. $520 / mo. + utilities. 519-326-5119 or 519987-4866. 49-tf _____________________ Commercial Property for rent in Cottam. Ph. 519-839-5130. 1-tf _____________________ 3BD Houses For Rent in Essex, On. Available now, $875/m +utils 1st/Last required. Contact Homes4rent@homestarts. org or call 519-984-2178 for viewing. 12-14t


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_____________________ Buying or Selling a farm? Do you know the right questions and answers? Farm Experienced Realtor Carl Idzinski, Real Choice Realty. 519-817-8891.



_____________________ LOST: A green metal cane was lost at No Frills, Essex. Please call 519-839-5212 if found.  Reward offered. 16-1t _____________________


TLC HOME CLEANING - Now serving Essex. Move in and move out. Weekly, bi-weekly,



LAWN CUTTING and additional services. Grass cutting, lawn rolling, aerating, dethatching, shrub trimming, granular fertilizer, and minor yard work. Call 519-839-4776 or 519-9814519, and ask for Steve. 13-tfn _____________________

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_____________________ HELP WANTED General Labourers Wanted. Fax resume to 519-723-2336. 49-tfn _____________________ SHORT ORDER COOK NEEDED - Part time. Bring your resume to Belleview Golf lub, 436 Belle River Rd., Woodslee. Ask for Pauline. Experience preferred. 16-2t






For Sale: Greelawn Memorial Garden â&#x20AC;&#x153;Block Jâ&#x20AC;? Six plots (valued at $2095 each). Asking $1400 each o.b.o. Please phone 519-966-3690. 16-4t* _____________________ For Sale: Commercial Bakery Equip., Habco cooler, True delicooler, Blodgett oven, display cases, stainless steel table, counters, triple sink, 2 hand washing sinks, grease trap, cash register, payment terminal, air-brushing system, open sign, pkg. supplies, cake rounds, variety of pans, and many more items. Call: 519-7764437 (leave message). 16-1t* _____________________

INCOME TAX - Confidential preparation of Personal, Farm, and Senior Returns. Pick up and delivery available. E-File or regular filing. Over 30 years experience. Call Tim Mousseau 519-975-2414. 5-12t* _____________________

Lawnmower for sale: Kubota Diesel 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; cut. $3500 obo. In excellent condition. Phone: 519-687-3424. 16-1t* _____________________

or monthy. Residential or office cleaning. Owner operated. Call Marianne 519-726-4967.


KAHL RECYCLING - We come to you and haul away your junk. Metals and appliances are free. Everything else has a fee. We also take electronics, ballist, computers. Kall Ken 519-3268559. Cell: 519-322-8305. 1-tf _____________________ Income Tax Preparation: Good rates on personal, rental and business returns. E-file or paper file. Call Jeannette Grass (519) 776-7090. 6-11t _____________________

370 Talbot St. S., Essex This home has it all! Convenience of being in Essex with privacy of a country lot. 4 bdrm, 2.5 baths, 2.5 detached garage. New roof (2012). Large open concept kitchen/family room, formal dining room, beautiful hardwood floors, french doors, natural fireplaces and more! Balconies off 2 upstairs bedrooms. Master has en suite and walk-in closet. JUST MOVE IN!!! Solar panels with great income sold separately!!

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Great home in the heart of Essex w/no neighbours. Open concept layout w/ galley style kitchen. Large mbdrm on main level w/2 bedrooms on 2nd level. Formal dining room w/gas fireplace. Oversize 1.5 car garage (approx 18â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) w/wood burning stove plus extra storage shed.


Good location in downtown Essex, for only dry cleaner in town. Approx 3500 sq ft on 1 level w/town parking lot of 100+ spaces plus spots on Talbot. Upgrades include roof 2011, hvac 2010, electrical 2008. All equipment stays & the owner is willing to train. Possible business expansion includes, solar, Laundromat, signage rental on exterior consignment/ thrift. Call for details.

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_____________________________________________ NOTICE TO CREDITORS ______________________________________________ Claims against the Estate of EDWARD JASON UPCOTT, late of the Town of Kingsville, in the County of Essex, and Province of Ontario, who died on March 14, 2013, must be in my hands by May 31, 2013, after which date the estate will be distributed. WILLIAM K. KENDRICK, Barrister & Solicitor, 903-500 Ouelette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 1B3. Solicitor for the Estate Trustee. 16-3t


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DIRTY PAWZ DOG GROOMING - Professional, certified dog groomer. Fully insured. Home visits for nail trims. Pick up & delivery service available. 519551-3580. 16-4t* _____________________

BUYING used shotguns, rifles, ammunition, hunting knives, old fishing tackle, farm scales, gas pumps, old Coke machines, and old metal signs, all antique furniture, glass and china. 519738-3224. 15-4t* _____________________


CASH PAID for scrap cars and trucks. Free removal. Please phone: 519-776-9237 or 519791-5046. 1-tfn

_____________________ FAMOUS CANADIAN PSYCHIC Norah of the North - Available to you for readings in person and by phone. 519-776-1266. 1-16t* _____________________ KENNETH YARD WORKS Spring Clean Up. Sod, mulch, eavesthrough cleaning, and repairs, power washing. Trees & bushes trimmed or removed.. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Kenneth 519982-0362 or 519-776-4881.

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GENERAL LABOURER Looking for a self reliant, responsible individual for maintenance of: Equipment, Buildings, Property and Vehicle Detailing. Apply with resume and references to:

The main purpose of the Weed Control Act R.S.O. 1990 is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture. Primarily this act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure. Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5 Sections 3, 13, 16 and 23, you are required to destroy all noxious weeds on your property. All properties, within the Municipality of the Town of Lakeshore are therefore requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act by the 24th day of May, 2013 and throughout the season. In Urban Areas Sections 3, 13, 16, and 18 of the Weed Control Act do not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes, as they do not interfere with that use. In these areas, the Town of Lakeshore’s Tall Grass and Weeds By-law 8-2008 shall apply. Chuck Chevalier, Manager Public Works Services Division

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EMBA helps host Bill Jones Sr. 3-on-3 hockey tourney

Owen is ready to participate in the Bill Jones Senior 3 on 3 Hockey Challenge over the weekend. Volunteer Evan helps set up the dividers before the puck dropped to begin play.

by Sylene Argent Last weekend, the community celebrated Canada’s favourite pastime as well as giving back through the twelfth annual Bill Jones Senior 3-on-3 Hockey Challenge. The Essex Minor

Baseball Association played a key role in helping ensure this year’s event was a go. “They’re doing a lot of work and doing a great job,” Lee Jones, the tournament facilitator, said on Saturday morning while

watching the action on the ice. The tournament proceeds will help fund EMBA’s annual Tiger’s Day where all of the EMBA players are invited to attend a major league baseball game near the

end of the baseball season. Proceeds from the 3-on-3 tourney will also support other youth sporting initiatives, Jones noted. Since the tournament’s inception, proceeds have gone to support a wide variety of community causes, including youth sports and area individuals in need. During the three-day 3-on-3 Hockey Challenge, 58 teams took to the ice to compete. Jones noted that there was a wide range of players involved in the tournament from youth to men’s competitive and recreational teams. He was happy with the turnout. The EMBA players who are high school aged and helping out over the weekend were rewarded with community service hours required for graduation. The youth tackled many jobs, including working the clock, keeping score, and refereeing. Jones was pleased to also have many of the event’s longtime

volunteers helping out over the weekend. T h e tournament was founded in remembrance of Jones’s father, Bill Sr., who passed away 12 years ago on April 11. Jones noted his father was very involved with the community and baseball. He got the idea to host a remembrance 3-on-3 tournament while participating in a similar event in the U.S. EMBA Director Dave Kigar and EMBA President Joe Grondin noted the local baseball

association was happy to help, as they know it takes a lot of work to host a tournament. Getting the youth involved was a great way to give the youth a sense of what is involved in planning and executing a tournament while being involved in the community. “They’re learning these things just don’t happen without volunteers,” Kigar said.

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Essex 73’s return home with split in series

photo by Bruce Bell Essex forward, Scott Bromley, who had two goals this past weekend, moves the puck during Game 1 in Picton.

by Fred Groves The OHA Junior ‘C’ championship series is even at a win apiece. Sunday afternoon in Picton, the Essex 73’s came from behind to win 3-2, splitting Games 1 and 2 in the best-of-seven finale. In their quest for their seventh Schmalz Cup, the 73’s lost the opener 4-1 Saturday night and now look to take full advantage of home ice this weekend with the third and fourth games at the Essex Sports

Complex. “It’s a small arena (in Picton) and they had it packed. It took us a while to get accustomed to their arena. It’s an old arena and it has a lot of character,” said Essex coach Gil Langlois. Sunday’s game in Picton saw the visitors once again trail 2-1 after 40 minutes of play, as they did in the opener, but a couple of late Pirates’ penalties in the middle frame gave the 73’s the boost they needed.

“We are not satisfied (with the split). I thought we could have won both games if we had played better. It was undisciplined penalties,” said Langlois. Alex Garon tied things up quickly in the third on an Essex powerplay and Scott Bromley, who had the lone goal in the opener, sent the 73’s home with the split. Bromley, who had 10 goals during the regular season, has been called upon to be both an offensive and defensive

player this season. “He has both skill sets. We bounce him around a lot on different lines,” said Langlois. Picton, which won the Empire B league for the second straight season, has never been to the Schmalz Cup final but the team has a lot of talent and depth like the opponents, the GLJCHL champions. “Our pre-scout on them was fairly accurate. We did video between games and went back to Continued on Page 23

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making fruit salad for snack) Keep in mind April 27th – Yard & Bake Sale at St. Stephen’s from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 7th Annual Pasta Dinner at Church of the Redeemer, 15545 County Rd. 8, halfway between Essex and Paquette Corners on April 27th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank Thank you to Shaun and Kolleen Fuerth and family for their time and effort in making the Confirmation Retreat a successful one! Thank you to the Confirmation candidates who participated in the Mass and with the Parish Breakfast along with the Altar Society. If you are celebrating a special anniversary this year the Diocese of London invites you to attend their Wedding Anniversary Mass on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral with Bishop Fabbro presiding. The St. Mary’s Mission Club is hosting a Family Day with a Goofy Golf & BBQ on Sunday, June 2. Celebrating birthdays are: Dick McCarthy, Josh Kovac, Isabelle Fuerth, and Matt Rau. Please keep in your prayers Bob McCarthy, Ryan Fuerth, Rose Renaud, Fr. Matt George and Matthew Lemon. Essex Retirees The trip to the dinner theatre in Chatham to enjoy a comedy, The Battle of Tecumseh, is on Friday, May 17. Our yard sale is on Sat., May 25. (Please note the corrected dates). Our next Friday night public Bingo is


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May 3, with a jackpot of $500 guaranteed. All those 18 and over are welcome. Eileen Gardiner took high score at Monday night Pepper. Louise Perrault had most and Kevin Edwards had low score. At the Cribbage Tournament on Tuesday, the team of Evelyn Vivier and Mary Lou Chibi had high score and the team of Dorothy Rimbault and Cecile St. Denis was second. Thanks to the volunteers who helped make it an enjoyable afternoon for everyone who attended. Eileen Ames held the high score at Wednesday night Pepper and Shirley Stiers held the most Peppers. Anna Dobson was low. Floyd Cascadden was the winner at Thursday night Bridge and Annette Anderson was second.

Bakerville News submitted by Evelyn Baker The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a pepper party on April 16 with the winners being: Elaine Taylor, Betty Fields, Mary Demars, Isobel McLeod, Mike Foldese, Thomas Allison and Keith Dresser - and for euchre on April 20 the luck folks were Audrey Stanley, Elsie Smith, Elaine Taylor, Ken Salter, Thomas Allison, Keith Dresser and Robert Mogarodi. Door prizes to Norma Beacom and Eileen Salter. Celebrating birthdays are Jacob Gartner, Anita Beaulieu, and Margaret Tremble. If you would like to enjoy a game of cards with your neighbours come on out on Tuesday and Saturday evenings for 7 pm. Have a great week everyone!

Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley van Huizen Join us on Sunday, April 28 at 10 am as we welcome Pastor Ken Brown during our morning worship service. On Sunday evening we continue with our scripture reading workshop at 7pm.




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someone to pick them up 519 776-7551. St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican Next Sunday, April 28, there will be Morning Prayer at all usual services. Mini We Day is Thursday, May 2, 12 noon to 2:15 at Essex High School. Students will be inspired by musical Our GEMS Girls Club and Cadets Boy Club has talent and motivational speakers to “Be the Change” concluded for the season. In May we begin our monthly they want to see in the world. community Movie Nights. Coffee Break our Ladies During the Friday, May 3, Pasta Dinner at St. Paul’s, bible study meets on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am. Essex Pathfinders will be hosting a bake sale with all For more information go to our website at www. proceeds being donated to the Me to We ad Free the Children organizations. We are still collecting good used clothing, and Essex United Church News monetary donation, for our clothing cupboard. We Thankyou to Neil Fotheringham who brought the need volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday when the message last week. This Sunday, Paul Sharron will be cupboard is open. our guest officiant. We keep Rev Margaret in our prayers during her surgery recovery. Golden Years Mini Golf League Thanks to the Scouts and their leaders, and to all On April 18, 48 golfers pocketed 93 aces. Shirley who helped make our annual murder mystery play a Thiessen led the way with six followed closely by Bill wonderful success. Taylor and Gerald Wilkinson with five each. Leading Our yard and bake sale is this weekend. The luncheon the way on 9 hole scores was 16 for both Iggy Arner will take place on Friday, and on Saturday (yard sale and Gerald Wilkinson. 18 holes were completed in just ends at noon) the Scouts will host a hot dog sale. 33 shots by Gerald Wilkinson followed closely with 35 We need all kinds of baking for our bake sale Bring by Linda Walsh and Iggy Arner. Gerald Wilkinson led the donations Friday morning or call Alan Halliday for the way for 36 holes with 73 followed closely by Iggy Arner with 74 and Marie Lasi with 75. Bill Ward, Andy MACHINE REPAIR & SERVICE Orsini, Bill Taylor and Frank Lasi each had a 76. First place went to team 14 with a 233 (Rose Taylor,



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Brooker News submitted by Ruth Newman Join us for 10 am Worship Service every Sunday with Pastor Steve Jones. Kid’s Club every Tuesday at 3:30 pm led by Rev Linda Hollingsworth. Doug and Ruby Cowell have returned from an enjoyable trip to Switzerland. Our deepest sympathy to the Osbourne and Augustine families on the passing of Shirley Augustine last week.

Woodslee Friendship Club Last week’s Euchre winners were: Donna Roubos, Bob Mullins, Dave McMurren, Marjorie Van Stone, Mary Demars, Bill Roubos, Joan Broeders, George Diesbourg, Jean Matalik, Joan Broeders, Denis Levasseur, Dave McMurren, and Edna Chevalier. Pepper winners were: Audrey Stanley, Colleen Chevalier, and Joanne McMurren . For more information on the events contact Donna Roubos 519-975-2634.

Cozy Corners - Bethel-Maidstone United submitted by Bev Holland All are welcome to attend our Sunday worship service at 10a.m. This Sunday, Dale Butler is our guest speaker. On May 5th, Sue Anderson, and on May 12th, Lonnie Jones. The Door Greeters this Sunday are Margie and Roy Soullierre, Elder on duty is Jennifer Riel and Lock up is Cliff Campeau. Congratulations to Linda and John, who are

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celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. May 7th is the nursing home service at Iler Lodge at 2 pm. Volunteers are welcome. Gesstwood Camp is having a clean-up this weekend, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Check the camp website at www. A new photo directory is in the works for May 23rd, 24th and 25th. Please pick up your information package and choose a date & time and mark your calender. Cottam/Cottam United Church by Helen McLeod Girls’ Night Out at Cottam United Church on May 4th at 5:30 pm. The men of the congregation are cooking and there will be entertainment. Call the church at 519-839-4266 for more information. Gesstwood Camp Golf Tournament at Wildwood Golf and Resort, is on Sun., May 26. To register call Pauline 519-962-9853 or Mary 519-776-8839. Please join us for Sunday morning worship at 10:15 am. The rain barrel truckload sale has been extended to Sat. May 25. Visit www. or call 950545-5577 for details. are on Baptisms Mothers’ Day, May 12, speak with Pastor Kim if you would like to participate. The Youth Group meeting is Sunday, April 28 at 6:30pm. Bible Study is on Mon., April 29 at, 7pm. An Official Board Meeting, in on Wednesday, May 1, at 7pm.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Essex is a large retirement lot and there are not many things to do within the community. Some people disagreed and did not like my statements, others thought it was just a good article, and some wanted to do something about it. I understand the people that don’t agree with me are probably the ones that have lived here their whole lives, but I’m sure even those people go to Windsor to partake in outings with friends and family. I’m not here to step on toes, just to make it easier for kids to enjoy themselves without having to pay for gas as they travel back and forth from Windsor. I was also told that I should be more active in the community and volunteer to preoccupy

my time. I have hundreds of hours of community service with people and paper to vouch for it so I do not believe that is the problem. I’ve done what you asked and I’m still not content with what the town has to offer. Sherry Bondy, Ward 4 Councillor, contacted me and agreed with what I had to say. Tabitha and I met with Sherry and Essex Free Press Editor, Richard Parkinson to discuss what we could do to make Essex a more exciting place to visit and reside in. We concluded that there should be a student focus group that could meet with Council and have input on what we want to see done with the town. We realized that it won’t just happen overnight and shopping malls, movie theatres and art centres won’t just

spring out of the ground so we decided it will be a long term goal. We are striving to help Essex to keep its youth in the town permanently. After Sherry told us that she got us a meeting with Council on May 21, we began to come up with some names for the focus group of students. We are currently putting together a team of enthusiastic youth that also wish to see a change in the town. Our ultimate goal is to make everyone happy and make the town a more fun and interesting place to come and visit. We want to be able to provide youth and even other age groups with the same kind of entertainment as places such as Windsor, instead of having to drive there to be able to enjoy themselves.

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Dream began in PEI for 1985 Olds Cutlass 442

by Fred Groves Quinlan up for top award Congratulations go out this week to South Woodslee’s Kyle Quinlan who has once again been nominated for the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Male Athlete of the Year Award. The McMaster University standout who heads to the Montreal Joey Arsenault’s 1985 Olds Cutlass 442 dream car, one of only 3,500 built that year. Alouettes training camp on June 4, was the OUA Joey Arsenault was a high school student living in Cap Egmont, PEI, when he nominee and was the Hec fell in love with a car: “On my way to Summerside one day, I drove past a small car Crighton winner for the dealership. Parked front centre was a black and silver 1985 Olds Cutlass 442 (named top football player in the for its 4-speed gearbox, 4-barrel carb, and dual exhausts). I pulled into the parking nation. lot, looked underneath and through the driver’s window at the grey bucket seats, Quinlan, an Essex console shifter, and t top glass panels. Wow! Then I looked at the information sheet Ravens graduate, will on the window and saw the price: $12,000. That was back in 1995 when I was in head to the awards ceremonies, April 29 in Grade 10. Price way out of reach so I left, shattered.” Two years later, Joey purchased a nice one-owner 1983 Olds Cutlass Salon Toronto. The honor brings a $10,000 post-graduate 2-door. verses Not quite his dream car, but nice. He drove it for about three years,Memorial then sold it when scholarship. available at • High school baseball his work relocated him to Mississauga, Ontario. “In 2002, I helped a friend at work with his ’69 Dodge Dart. Then he tossed me season is underway and al the keys and we went for a cruise. I had the bug again! That night, I started scanning the EDHS Red Raiders car ads and, to my surprise, saw a listing for a 1985 Cutlass 442, black and silver, grey boys team started out in fine fashion last week, le bucket seats, and t top roof. I test drove it and bought for $4000. Memorial blanking visiting St. versesup. The “Ten years and $18,000 later, the car has been restored from the ground available quick paint job done a year before I bought it was to hide its true colours. Almost Anne’s 4-0 in WECSSAA on Thursday. every piece of sheet metal has been replaced. The car spent six months in the body action Pitcher Noah Wilson, shop before coming out with its flawless original black on silver paint scheme. The Memorial exterior looks completely stock. The interior is modified slightly to incorporate a Matt Krutch and Cory verses available at full autometer gauge cluster for reliability. The worn-out Olds 307 V8 was replaced Lemire combined to toss a with a mild 350 Chevy backed with a TH350 3-speed transmission. The power is no-hitter for the winners. put to the pavement through the original 8.5 inch rear axle with 4:11 gears, Olds rally • From the soccer pitch, the EDHS girls wheels, and BF Goodrich tires.” Memorial verses Joey now drives his dream car to local cruise nights and the ice cream shop team came up short 4-0 available with his two young daughters, who have taken quite a liking to the classic car scene. to Massey. The boys fell “Some of my favourite memories include cruising down to California’s on Wednesday 1-0 to Forester and 3-2 to night in Mississauga and watching my 2-year-old dance to the cruising music from Kingsville. Deen Oozer the announcer’s booth. I have already done two 1800-km trips with the car and hope and Miguel Ortiz scored for Essex. to join the hot rod power tour in two years with my two girls.” Essex’s Tony • Memorial verses available I’m always looking Spidalieri was recently for more stories. Email named the regular season billtsherk@sympatico. MVP for the Leamington ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 Junior ‘B’ Flyers. In other Please 16 Centre St., Essex John St., P.O. Box 255, IT PAYS TO IT PAYS TO Recycle news from the Flyers Leamington, ON N8H this

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assistant coach Jamie McDermott announced he would not be behind the bench next season. • Maidstone’s Noah Bushnell who was recently drafted 33rd overall by the Sarnia Sting heads to the U16 Gold Cup camp in Kitchener May 9-13. This is a selection process for the Ontario team. • The cars will be back on the racetrack at South Buxton this weekend. Look for local drivers Doris and Patrick Lajeunesse, John Simard, Gerald Martin, Rob Quick and Brad Noland all vying for the checkered flag. First practice session goes Saturday and opening night is May 4. • EDHS graduate Kelsey Balkwill is back running for the Miami Hurricanes. At the recent Alumni Meet, she ran the

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200 meters in 24.75 and helped the 4x100 relay team to a second place finish. • Madeline McCloskey started up where she finished last year on the track as the EDHS junior who brought home gold from OFSAA last year. She was first in the 100 m at the first WECSSAA allcomers meet last week. She ran a quick 13.21 and teammate Tori Roovers was fourth at 13.83. In the girls 100m, senior Sierra Wolfe was second at 13.23. Austin Siefker was first in the midget boys 1,500 while Mitchell Taveirne was in the senior boys long jump. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at grover45@

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Talented trio from EDHS moving on

by Fred Groves Three talented local athletes have their sites set on the big leagues. This fall, Cody McCann, Justin Orton and Cameron Branch all head off to post-secondary education where they will apply their craft in football, baseball and volleyball respectively. McCann, a powerfully built running back will go up the road to the University of Windsor where he hopes to crack the lineup of a very good Lancers men’s football team that is already laden with his former teammates from the Essex Ravens. “I am looking forward to winning a championship in the OUA. They are definitely on the right track,” said

McCann who has been a standout not only with the Ravens but also with the Essex District High School Red Raiders. The recruiters did not have to come far to take a look at his efforts both in the WECSSAA league and the OVFL. Heading to a higher level of competition, McCann knows there will be some adjustments both academically and athletically to be made. “I take it as a challenge. I will have to prove myself,” said McCann who is enrolled in the Environmental Sciences program. While McCann won’t be far from home, Orton is heading out to Vancouver where he will be part of the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbirds

baseball team. Orton was spotted when he was playing for the Ontario under-18 team and it is possible that the freshman could step into a starting role at third base. “I played on the Ontario team at the Canada Cup. They had a scout there watching and they called me a month later,” said Orton. He has already been out to Vancouver and says the Thunderbirds play against mostly American schools and sometimes they play their home games on an ‘A’ level professional field. “It’s beautiful out there. It’s hard to explain, the campus is really nice. It’s a little nerve wracking because it is so far away.” Orton is currently playing for the EDHS Red Raiders

Essex 73’s return home...

the drawing board,” said Langlois of adjustments made between games. In the opening game played in Picton, Evan Greer, who led the Pirates with a goal and three assists, was assessed three stick penalties in the second period. According to the OHA’s Scott Farley this is an automatic game ejection. Greer, however, stayed in the game and assisted on the winning goal and scored the fourth. Essex Director of Hockey Operations Chris Wojnarowski said that the 73’s had

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launched a protest and, as of press time, had not received a response from the OHA. Farley said that he was awaiting reports from the referees and the official scorekeeper. SLAPSHOTS… Essex goalie Trevor Wheaton stopped 83 shots during the two road games... Great job by Eric Shaw who was called up in Game 2 to replace Corey Beaulieu who did not finish Game 1 due to a reoccurring injury.

Pictured are EDHS athletes (left to right) Cody McCann, Cameron Branch and Justin Orton.

team, which has a lot of potential and once again he will be a mainstay on his club team, the Windsor Selects. He plans on taking a general business program to get him started in B.C. While Orton and McCann know what their future holds, Branch, a 6’6” inside hitter and a dominant force on the volleyball court, is still weighing a few options. “I haven’t signed with anyone yet but I am leaning towards Nipissing right now,” said Branch of the North Bay school. The Lakers are the defending college champions and next year

are planning to move up to the university level. Branch said picking a school, where he plans on taking Health and Physical Education, has not been an easy task. “It’s hard to pick, I’ve had offers. At Nipissing I would get a starting position.” As the trio walk

through the halls of EDHS and look ahead, there will be a lot of memories and while there club teams have played a significant role in their development, there is little doubt that suiting up for the Red Raiders has also had a great deal to do with their success.



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