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Continued Council Notes for November 21 PAGE 3 _______________ Striking librarians reject final offer PAGE 6 _______________ Goodfellows campaign reached new record PAGE 7 _______________ EDHS recognizes students for academic achievements

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Members of the Salvation Army Band of Windsor performed during the Essex Centre BIA and Essex Salvation Army’s Tree Lighting and Christmas Kettle Kick Off last Friday evening.

by Sylene Argent On Friday evening, the Essex Salvation Army and Essex Centre BIA teamed up to host the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Kettle Kick Off event on the front lawn of the Essex Municipal Building. Youth, and the young at heart, had the opportunity get into the holiday spirit as they watched on in awe as Essex Mayor Ron McDermott and local youth gathered to officially turn on the holiday lights that added sparkle to the tree onsite. Flipping that switch also lit up the new star that the Essex

Centre BIA purchased to enhance the aesthetics of the annual event. The Tree Lighting was only one exciting activity offered on Friday evening. The Windsor Sunparlour Chorus and the Salvation Army Band also performed Christmas tunes during the event that event goers enjoyed listening in on. Some of the younger participants even got off their chairs to dance and sing along to the toe-tapping tunes provided for their listening pleasure. Residents also enjoyed warming up with a hot chocolate and either a hot dog or bowl of

chili during the outdoor event. The long line of people waiting to take a ride in a horsedrawn carriage indicated that the feature continues to be a popular attraction at this annual event. Youth listened intently as

the sounds of the horses’ hooves clipped along the pavement as they made their way around the block. The annual Tree Lighting

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Tree lighting kicks up holiday celebrations... event also officially kicked off the Salvation

Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Major Sam Roberts explained the Salvation Army is looking to collect $80,000 this holiday season through the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign and its annual Letter Campaign. The funds raised through these two campaigns, leading up to the holiday season, allow members of the Essex Salvation Army to assist local individuals and families in need all year long through the local church’s various programs and services. All the funds collected through the Christmas Kettle Campaign and the Letter Campaign stay local. One of the many services the Essex Salvation Army provides to local individuals and families in need include providing Christmas Hampers. The hampers

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Members of the Windsor Sunparlour Chorus shared a few Christmas tunes with those who gathered at the Essex Municipal Building last Friday evening to take part in the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Kettle Kick Off.

include a holiday meal in addition to toys for youth. During the Tree Lighting on Friday evening, the Salvation Army also accepted new, unwrapped toys for local youth whose families are

enrolled in the Church’s Christmas Hamper program. Essex residents can donate to the Christmas Kettle Campaign through the kettles that volunteers will man at Foodland and

No Frills grocery stores in Essex Centre, at the Post Office and Sandford & Son Super Market in Harrow Centre, or at the Walmart in Amherstburg leading up to Christmas.

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Colchester Harbour update Dan Krutsch of Landmark Engineering provided Council with the result of the Condition Assessment Report recently conducted on the Colchester Harbour. Director of Community Services Doug Sweet said this report was the first step towards the divestiture process from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The next step is to conduct an environmental

assessment. The Colchester Harbour Steering Committee has seen this report. Krutsch said for the report, an examination of the facility was conducted with the purpose of identifying issues. The pier, he said, is not in bad condition or unstable. It would be recommended significant repairs be undertaken by the owner for the concrete deck. The breakwaters are in generally good condition, he said. If they were repaired, he recommended

relocating some of the breakwaters. Some of the docks are showing more wear than others. The wooden stairs also have to be replaced. Krutsch noted that around $4.5million for long term repairs would need to be done and around $700,000 in short term repairs. He said traffic flow problems were also identified there. He noted some of the issues stem from the fact the original pier was built in the early 1900s. Breakwaters were added over the years.

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As a result, it does not have a configuration one would expect if built from scratch. Sweet said this report was needed prior going to the Ministry to indicate what is needed to be done to improve the harbour. Council received Krutsch’s report and the report to Council Sweet submitted on the subject.

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Santa’s Cause for Kids collecting toys Members of the Essex OPP and Essex Fire & Rescue have again partnered to host the annual Santa’s Cause for Kids program. This annual initiative collects and distributed toys for youth of families facing financial hardships. The purpose of the program is to ensure a


bright Christmas morning for area youth. Organizers of the program are urging residents to purchase and drop off new, unwrapped toys at various local businesses that are collecting items for the program. Some of the participating businesses include Home Hardware, Red Apple, The Dollar Tree, Essex Party & Discount, and Ken Knapp Ford in Essex Centre. The Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201) is also collecting items for the program. There are other drop off locations throughout the municipality. Look for the official Santa’s Cause for Kids signs. Organizers will collect the toys on December 16 and distribute them to the Essex Salvation Army, the St. Vincent de Paul chapters in Harrow and McGregor, and for the Zeta Kappa Sorority’s Santa Sack program. Donations can be made after that date, up until Christmas, but will be stored for next year’s program. Firefighters with Essex Fire & Rescue will host a Santa’s Cause for Kids collection at Canadian Tire on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and at Home Hardware on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. until noon.


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Do you ever feel like hurdles, obstacles, or red tape that appear on the course that leads to a desired goal are major tests, cleverly engineered to measure how we act when we are stressed out and overwhelmed? I do, most of the time. And then I have moments that remind me life can just be hard just because it is life and we can’t possibly have control over every aspect. Recently, I wrote about how I needed to replace my old, trusty laptop. It was sad to sail the old girl across the River Styx, but it was time to upgrade. I had quickly taken to the fliers to see what was available. Eventually, I selected my new laptop and my life continued as normal with a new piece of technology. Until, last week, being the complete clumsy individual I can be (no one has ever claimed they thought I was graceful; ever) managed to spill

vinegar over my brand new laptop! How, you ask? I’m not even sure. I was walking around it and it just splashed out of the bowl and landed right on my keyboard. Though, I can be quick to temper typically when I do stupid stuff like that, I managed to keep a relative calm in my panic. I just had this feeling it was going to be ok for whatever reason. The next morning, I brought it in for repairs, and after a few days of drying out, and a good cleaning from a professional, I was informed my computer was going to be ok. What a relief! I did worry about the state of my computer over those few days. I was cringing at the thought of having to buy a new one, already. I had my current computer for less than two month. But, I just told myself there was no need to get upset. I couldn’t change what happened. It was a

dumb accident. I would figure out what my next steps would be if I had to find a new machine. Fortunately, I did not have to go down that road. So, universe, what was the point of me spilling vinegar on my laptop? I was trying to avoid being near it altogether. Was it just to see how I would react? If it was, I hope I passed. There have been other instances I felt like the universe was challenging me just to see how I would react. And, I’m sure I failed a good handful of those times at least. But, if that is the point, the good news is that no one is perfect and that we always have the room to grow and learn from our mistakes.

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The Essex Town Council received about $250,000 for electrical vehicle charging stations that were to be placed in Essex and Colchester Centres. Apparently, the Colchester site can not be used. You would think before the site was selected, people would know if that site was acceptable. On the other side of the ledger, we need to replace a fire truck that has lasted past its life expectancy. Is it just me, or has our provincial and federal

governments gone mad; two hundred and fifty thousand? Put the one charging station in Harrow. Use the money for the second for the fire truck. Problem solved. I suggest putting a wild life camera at the charging station so we could see how many tourists we are attracting. Gord Wright Essex, On.

Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch D-Day 72 years ago It seems to be appropriate to think about D-Day when we have just observed Armistice, although it was in June. Without that battle, we might not be free of oppression today. My friend sent me a series of pictures comparing then and now where people are enjoying summer on the beaches. Chris Holden, a Reuters photographer, compiled these photos of that fateful day. He then took his own pictures from the exact same location. The vacationers there today are enjoying a lifestyle made possible by those who sacrificed their lives on that same place. I remember my attitude about having to study the history of World War 1 when I was a teenager, so I am aware it is difficult for young people to really comprehend. That is why we must keep it ever vibrant in our memories and I feel we make it more meaningful today than it was to me. Way back then, for a few years, we got a school

holiday. I asked an uncle what it was all about and did not get a satisfactory answer. We had some type of observance at school on the day before the holiday, but somehow that did not register real meaning to me. We hear some talk about making November 11 a holiday, but I think it is much better that the children are brought to the memorial service. I do wonder if we should observe the end of World War II rather than November 11, or perhaps both dates? Did we have to go through the Second World War to make us realize how important it is to never forget the sacrifice and the reason for it?

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Letter to the Editor... Dear Editor, With the election of Donald Trump, I have a fear that many strides that have been made in climate change in the past few years in the US will disappear. This frightens me. I have children and grandchildren who depend on our leaders making wise choices. Canada must step up. Canada made a promise at the climate conference in Paris in Dec. to cut carbon emissions by 1/3 within a decade. I believe climate control is the pressing issue of our times. We must encourage all politicians to honor this promise.

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CAO Stephen MacKenzie gave Council an overview of the past year. He said the department has been busy. In Essex, in 2016, the WEEDC had 44 touchpoints with companies and 12 onsite visits as well. WEEDC has a satellite office in Essex Centre in the Small Business Centre space. He said it is very active. He said there were over 500 inquires to that office this year, which resulted in 113 consultations with start up companies and 56 consultations with companies that already existed. Several workshops were also hosted. There are currently 122 active files in Essex, which represents around 15 percent of its active files throughout the County. MacKenzie said one of the things he emphasised during his candidacy for the position was the belief of the importance for regional economic development.

Council received the presentation. Water/sewer rates Council provisionally adopted Bylaw 1566 to establish water and sanitary sewer rates and charges. Harrow/Essex Centre walkabout results Economic Development Officer Nelson Silveira presented an overview of the walkabout events that members of Council and administration conducted in the fall for Harrow Centre and Essex Centre. He noted all action items in the presentation will be forwarded to the five-year financial plan that Council will deliberate upon in the future. It was great to see the work that has happened in the past several years since the implementation of the Community Improvement Plans, he said. The purpose of the events, he said, was

to create awareness of maintaining and attracting businesses in these downtown areas. The highlights of the walkabout included potentially working with the local high schools to fill empty storefronts with art work, downtown

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Striking librarians reject final offer Council Notes... Continued from Page 5

by Fred Groves It has been over five months on the picket lines, and the Essex County librarians are beginning to dig in for what could be a very long winter. On Friday, CUPE 2974 and the Essex County Library Board met in an attempt to bring, what is considered the longest ever strike in Windsor-Essex, to an end. “We are standing up for what we believe in. This is not good for us,” CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman said of the board’s latest offer. Although the library

board sweetened the financial pot, the 58 librarians continue to reject what has been the biggest difference since the strike began on June 25, a third-party insurer for short-term disability. “They refreshed their same offer and we said, ‘no.’ We countered with no raises and no signing bonus,” Wightman said. “I believe my members would say ‘no’ to that third party. There is no wiggle room,” she added. According to Library Board Chairman Richard Meloche, this is the best and final offer. If it had been accepted it


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would have meant salary increases and a signing bonus for the librarians. He also said that a thirdparty insurer could save the county up to $500,000 per year. “They said they don’t want any monetary increases,” Meloche, who is also the Deputy-Mayor of Essex, said. Meloche explained that the librarians are CUPE Local 2974.0. The county’s inside and outside workers, which is Local 2974.1, he said has accepted the third-party insurer. “I think CUPE is trying to convince them we are trying to hide something,” Meloche said. Wightman countered by saying that while CUPE 2974 does have the same President and the same National Representative for the two groups, there is a difference. “It’s not a division. It’s a little frustrating. We are not employees of the County; we work for the Library Board,” she said. While there has been an out pour of public support for the librarians,

Meloche said that as the strike continues, that support could be shifting. “The more information that is out there, the more support we (the Library Board) are getting from the community.” Meloche said he believes that a lot of users may not revisit the 14 library branches that have remained closed. Wightman did not agree, saying, “We talk to a lot of our patrons and they say they are waiting for the library doors to open. I think when they are open, there will be a mad rush.” Meloche said that a lot of people are going to Windsor libraries and many are still accessing the Essex County Library Board’s internet. As far as preparing for more time on the picket line, Wightman said her members are getting ready to pull on the winter gear. CUPE 2974 has put out a lot of money in their campaign, including lawn signs, social media, and recently full-page advertisements in local papers. Members receive $300 a week in strike pay from the union.

paint street posts. He said a report to Council regarding street poles will come to Council in December through the Planning Department. This will go over the costs to replace existing poles. Silveira said there is no real signage that promotes downtown Essex. He said the Town reached out to Canadian Tourism-Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) and were provided with quotes. He added a Harrow tourist map is something that is being figured out. Another issue is that there are no brochures for tourists to take. There could potentially be a brochure rack added to the tourist booth. Another identified need was improvement to the Community Improvement Plan. Uptake has been good, but there could be a couple of additions that could be made to help businesses tap into the municipal program. Silveira suggested a mini grant to provide reimbursement for commercial building and façade improvement with no match needed. The amount would need to be decided upon by Council. This would require a bylaw to implement. He would like to collect success stories from businesses who have tapped into Community Improvement Plan funding to help promote the programs. Councillor Bill Caixeiro said a theme has to be selected for the downtown areas for trees, light posts, etc. Many Councillors expressed their like for the mini grant idea. This will be discussed in the future with specific recommendations. Council received the presentation.

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Goodfellows newspaper campaign reached new record

Goodefellows volunteers Wendy Pulleyblank (far left) and Christine Hayes (far right) present cheques to Harrow St. Vincent de Paul rep Tokey Ryan, McGregor St. Vincent de Paul reps Phil Jones and Michelle Vanhorne, Essex Area Food Bank rep Lonnie Jones, and Major Sam Roberts of the Essex Salvation Army. The funds were raised through the recent Goodfellows Newspaper Campaign.

Four local food banks each receive $13,000 by Sylene Argent Anyone can make a difference in the lives of others. Sometimes, making a big difference in the lives of others is as easy as contributing a few dollars to the Essex Goodfellows. On November 18 and 19, volunteers, local firefighters, and students from the St. Clair College

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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program, took to the streets to collect donations for the Essex Goodfellows through its annual newspaper campaign. Great weather on the Friday of the event, the dedication of the volunteers, and the generosity of the community, allowed the Goodfellows to forward $13,000 to four local food

the contributions from the community, both organizations were able to help those families in their time of need. “Because of the donation from the Goodfellows we were able to provide a whole family with beds and groceries,” she said. “They had lost a lot.” Roberts added that the Salvation Army has its regular food bank visitors, but does get a new individual needing the service every once in a

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That sometimes means having to go above and beyond distributing food items to individuals and families facing financially stressful times, but in also providing living comfort to those who have recently endured an emergency situation. Michelle Vanhorne of the McGregor St. Vincent de Paul and Major Sam Roberts of the Essex Salvation Army each shared a similar story. It was a story that involved families losing most of what they had to a fire. Because of

banks: The Essex Area Food Bank, the Essex Salvation Army, and the Harrow and McGregor chapters of the St. Vincent de Paul. The funds were mainly raised through the newspaper campaign, but also with corporate sponsorships. Combined, $52,987 was raised. More funds could trickle in yet, and if they do, they will be forwarded to the food



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banks. Representatives were pleased to receive the donations during the Goodfellow meeting held last Tuesday evening inside the meeting room at Essex Fire Station #1. “It was another successful year,” Essex Goodfellow Wendy Pulleyblank said. She was pleased with the outcome of this year’s newspaper campaign. It was pointed out during the meeting that volunteers with these organizations work hard to provide for those in need.


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EDHS recognizes students for academic achievements

Emma Kovacs, Lucia McElwan, Melinda Kovacs, and Claire Crawford were some of the students recognized last week at EDHS’s Academic Awards Evening.

by Sylene Argent Essex District High School students excelling

in their school work were recognized for their outstanding efforts at the

annual Academic Awards Evening on Tuesday,

November 22 at the Ciociaro Club. EDHS staff members had the chance to recognize EDHS’s 2015 Honour Roll students, who had an average above 80 percent; the students who made the Principal’s List, having earned an average over 90 percent; the students who earned Proficiency Awards for having earned the overall highest marks in their class; and the students who earned Subject Awards. EDHS Guidance Counsellor Melody Ouellette said this year’s celebration was the largest in several years. She noted 500 individuals attended

the awards ceremony, which included the high achieving secondary school students, as well as their parents and guardians. She added this year’s event also had the highest amount of Honour Roll students in quite some time. “This [event] recognized the students’ hard work all year,” Ouellette said. Credit for the students’ success was extended beyond the grade-earners alone, but also included recognition of support provided to them by the EDHS staff and the students’ parents and guardians. Ouellette explained

that the Academic Awards Evening is hosted to recognize students who excel in the classroom, “And are striving to do their best every day.” Fans recognize the outstanding achievements of athletes in the moment. Further, athletes are recognized through their own awards nights. She said it is nice, and often inspiring, for the students to have a special night hosted in recognition for their academic achievements, too. “This recognizes their moment,” she said. The students who make Honour Roll in grade nine are presented a plaque. They are given a

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EDHS recognizes students for academic achievements... bar to place on the plaque every year they earn a spot on the Honour Roll after that. The students on the Principal’s List received a plaque, a medal, and a certificate. Grade 12 student Lucia McElwan has been known for her athleticism, which recently earned her a full track and field scholarship to Central Michigan. However, she was one of the students recognized for her academic achievements last week as she made the Principal’s List in 2015. “Academics is my main focus. Going to

school will have more impact [on my future] than sports,” she said. “Sports can only make you go so far, but school can set your whole life up for you.” The grade 12 student has particular interest in math and science. When at university next year, she will take pre-optometry as she has a desire to be an optometrist. Emma Kovacs was recognized for having earned the grade 11 Proficiency Award as well as the French Award. Her little sister, Melinda, earned the grade nine

The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch

Not a word spoken Again, I am using one of those posts sent by my friend. The only way they are my experience is by having them sent to me. This one includes series of unusual pictures, such as nine ducklings in a bathroom sink, a cat and a mallard walking together, a dog holding two mice peaceably, and a Dalmatian with her spotted pups in a washbasin. Then the article states there comes a time in life when we walk away from all the drama and from those people and things that create it. I presume those unusual pictures are classed as drama. We surround ourselves with friends who make us laugh and forget our difficulties, at least for awhile. We tend to love people who treat us right, and we need to pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but as happy as possible. Don’t forget falling down is part of life, whether physically or emotionally. In either case, getting up can be difficult. We may need help, but we can make it with perseverance, or is that determination?

Proficiency Award and the Math Award. Emma has earned the Proficiency Award in her grade for the last three years. She is hoping to earn the award this year as well. She is also an avid swimmer with the EDHS swim team and is a peer mentor, which means she dedicates her time to helping other students achieve academic success. “I like to help others excel at school work. I think if you are good at something, it is a great opportunity to help someone else,” Emma said. Melinda just signed up to be a peer mentor at the school and is looking forward to getting involved. She said she pushes herself to do her best. The sisters noted their parents push them to

achieve their goals, but they do not have to be the best at whatever it is they are doing. “They are proud of us no matter what,” Emma said. Claire Crawford earned the grade ten Proficiency Award, along with the Subject Awards for history, accounting, physical education, and French. She said she tries to do her best in every class. She particularity enjoys chemistry and physics. Though she focuses a lot of her time on her academic achievements, she said she is typically on the school’s hockey and soccer teams. Getting involved with sports can be stress reliever, Crawford noted. The girls agreed that having an Academic Awards Evening helps

them feel like their hard work throughout the school year has paid off. Last year, then EDHS student Mark Armstrong earned the Governor General’s Academic Medal for having earned the highest grade 11 and grade 12 combined average.

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During the Academic Awards Evening, he was presented the Senior Math Award (University) and the Senior Science Award (University). In his senior year, he made the Principal’s List and had also earned the grade 12 Proficiency Award.

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Rotarians will collect food items during Santa Parade

Gerry Belanger, a volunteer with the Essex Area Food Bank, and Essex Rotary Club President Rina Hyland prepare to collect non-perishable food donations during the upcoming Essex Centre Santa Claus Parade.

by Sylene Argent Spirits are expected to be high on the evening of Saturday, December 10 for the Essex Centre BIA’s annual Essex Centre Santa Claus Parade at 6:30 p.m.

Thousands of people are expected to line Talbot Street to take in the many floats that will proceed through Essex Centre in celebration of the upcoming holiday. With

keeping in mind the giving nature of the season, members of the Essex Rotary Club will collect non-perishable food items along the parade route for the Essex Area Food Bank. Rotarians hope community members will bring a few non-perishable food items for the local food bank to the parade. Rotarians will push grocery carts during the parade and collect them. The items collected will help stock the shelves at the local food bank, and further will help the Essex Area Food Bank volunteers put food on the tables of those in need of a little support. Members of Essex District High School’s newly formed Rotary Interact Club will aid the Essex Rotary Club in the

food collection during the parade. Several of these students will also collect letters to Santa from local youth along the parade route as well. Gerry Belanger, a volunteer with the Essex Area Food Bank, said this time of year, the Food

Bank is the beneficiary of many non-perishable food drives. He is grateful the Rotary Club is hosting this non-perishable food collection to assist those in the community who are facing economic stress. Essex Rotary Club President Rina Hyland

hopes that the community will really embrace this food drive. In addition, members of the Essex Rotary Club are also preparing to donate the fixings for a Christmas dinner for those who utilize the Food Bank’s Christmas program.

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while. “Every now and again, we get a new person to the food bank. It’s heartbreaking. They’re embarrassed they have to come in,” he said. “It is a wonderful thing to help someone in need.” Vanhorne said the McGregor St. Vincent de Paul is always there to provide assistance to those in need, and that reputation is getting around. Lonnie Jones of the Essex Area Food Bank pointed out that through studies conducted, it is estimated that every one person who enters a food bank for help on average represents three people. The extremely sad part, he noted, is when the others represented at the food bank are youth. Essex County has some wealth, but it is sad to see the stats. “What can we say, but ‘thank you,’” he said. A special contribution to this year’s Goodfellow campaign was the profits from a local lemonade stand that was hosted in Essex Centre over the summer. Three area youth, brother and sister duo Grant (9) and Grace Broughton (7), along with neighbour Isabelle Uzabakiliho (8),

raised $90 through their efforts that they generously forwarded to the Goodfellows. Uzabakiliho said it was important for the trio to host the lemonade stand and provide the profits to Goodfellows, “For people who do not have anything to eat.”

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Bethlehem Walk returns to GessTwood Camp

by Sylene Argent This Friday and Saturday evening, the known quiet and peaceful ambience of GessTwood Camp & Retreat Centre will transform to host the sights and smells of the first century for the annual Bethlehem Walk.

by Sylene Argent Last Thursday evening, Bill Sherk, known as the Old Car Detective, gave a rundown of the history of Ford for around 20 members of the Essex County Historical Society. Sherk noted that Ford began in Detroit in 1903,

and came to Windsor in 1904. The Model A was a popular car that had a crank start. Sherk pointed out that if not careful, that crank could come back and break the user’s arm. Ford used the letters A, B, C, F, K, N, R, and S before coming to “T” for

the new model in October 1908. Up until that point, Sherk said, most cars had steering on the right so drivers could keep an eye on the ditch. It was changed at that point to the left so drivers could keep an eye on oncoming traffic. By 1927, around 16-and-a-half million

Model T vehicles were made. Sherk explained his granddad had a Model T and a dog named Rusty. When his granddad would drive his vehicle, Rusty would jump onto the hood of his car through a hole in the windshield. “He liked being a hood Continued on Page 13

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portrays the true meaning of Christmas, the event will also raised funds for the GessTwood Camp & Retreat Centre Bursary Fund. This bursary allows youth to attend the camp to enjoy all of its amenities during the warmer months. In the past, the event has always attracted a large, enthusiastic crowd and organizers hope that this year’s play production does just as well. Event organizers are urging the community to come out to enjoy the event.

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Kaelyn Johnston and Helen Hazelton are in costume to practice their roles as an angel and villager for the upcoming Bethlehem Walk production to be hosted at GessTwood Camp & Retreat Centre this Friday and Saturday evening.

Visitors, for a free will offering, will have the opportunity to experience what first century Bethlehem could have been like as they take a guided tour through the camp site. Several exhibits will be hosted that will help outline the birth of baby Jesus, according to the Bible. Patrons will begin, the around half an hour tour, with a greeting from angels, who will announce the birth of Christ. From there, they will move through the stations, until they find the small infant in a stable with his new parents. Along the tour route, visitors will encounter Roman soldiers who are collecting taxes, the Inn Keeper who had no room for Mary and Joseph, and a busy market place. The play production will take place on Friday, December 2 between 7 and 8:30 p.m. The Bethlehem Walk will continue on the evening of Saturday, December 3 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tours will have various start times both evenings. In addition to offering a holiday theme, that for many


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Rotary Clubs Partner to Raise $15,000 for Erie Shores Hospice Project

submitted toEFP The five Essex County Rotary Clubs (Amherstburg, Cottam, Essex, Harrow, and Leamington) of District 6400 met at Colasanti’s Restaurant to celebrate this year’s fundraising efforts towards their Hospice Erie Shores Campus five-

year commitment. In 2014, the five Rotary Clubs committed $50,000, over a five-year period, to sponsor one of ten patient rooms at the recently opened Hospice Centre in Leamington. Several fundraisers were held throughout this year and jointly sponsored

by all clubs, including a Rotary Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Windsor, Hogs For Hospice Rotary Perch Dinner Fish Fry, and a Ciao Concert Event at the Roma Club of Leamington. This year’s total exceeded expectations,

as $15,000 was raised towards our goal, bringing the three-year total to $35,000! The clubs extend

a sincere thank you to all of the sponsors as well as the wonderful individuals who supported the events

through their attendance we look forward to an equally successful campaign next year.

Old Car Detective highlights the history of Ford... Continued from Page 11

ornament,” Sherk joked. Rusty would lift his paws, and then eventually jump back into the vehicle, when the hood became too hot. That helped his granddad estimate the temperature gage. Sherk said Ford received thousands of letters, many soaked with tears, when it was announced Ford would release a new model. Sherk provided a history of the cars to follow the Model T. He explained a lot of discussion was held during the

event on the Mustang. For around threeand-a-half years during WWII, he added, Ford had no cars built due to the war. One interesting fact he shared was that in 1932, Ford issued its first vehicle powered by a V8 engine in the low-price field. Sherk added that in the mid-1930s, there was a dispute in Detroit as workers tried to form a labour union. Sherk said Henry Ford was against this. Ford’s wife, Clara, told him she would leave him if he did not allow the union to form.

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From the Sidelines

2017 BUSINESS PLAN & BUDGET The Dra 2017 Business Plan & Budget was accepted by Tecumseh Council at their special meeng held on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Approval of the 2017 Budget is scheduled to be considered by Tecumseh Council at their regular meeng to be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Regular meengs of Council begin at 7:00p.m. and are held in the Council Chambers located at Tecumseh Town Hall.

Quesons or inquiries on the Dra 2017 Budget can be directed to the following at 519-735-2184: Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services & Treasurer, Ext 119; or Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Ext 125 For more informaon about Council Meengs, or to be scheduled as a delegaon, please contact: Laura Moy, Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Ext 116

HOLIDAY SEASON HOURS AND SERVICES COUNCIL MEETINGS Tecumseh Council meets in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Tecumseh Town Hall. Council will next meet on Tuesday, December 13th, for the last me in 2016. For further informaon relang to Council and Commiee Meengs, or to view meeng agendas, please visit the Town’s website.

TOWN HALL HOLIDAY HOURS The regular office hours of the Tecumseh Town Hall are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The office will be closed Friday, December 23, 2016, through to and including Monday, January 2, 2017.

TECUMSEH ARENA  HOLIDAY HOURS & PUBLIC SKATING The arena will be open for regular hours, and closed on the following dates except for scheduled rentals: Saturday December 24 Sunday December 25

Monday December 26 Saturday December 31 Sunday January 1 The 21st Annual Hockey for Hospice Tournament will be at the Tecumseh Arena on December 27th to 29th for Boys & Girls Divisions: Tyke, Novice, Atom, PeeWee, and Bantam. Proceeds raised support The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County

RECYCLING AND GARBAGE COLLECTION Regular garbage collecon and recycling will run as scheduled. Yard Waste pick up will end on Monday, December 5, 2016.

TECUMSEH TRANSIT SERVICE The transit service will not be running on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For the balance of the holidays, it will operate on its normal 6:00 am to 6:00 pm schedule. Informaon on the transit bus schedule and route map is available on the Town’s website.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Tecumseh is accepng resumes for the posion of:

Lifeguard / Instructor Further informaon on this Employment Opportunity and other

future opportunies, as well as how to apply, is available on the Town’s website. Qualified persons may send their resume to the Director Corporate Services & Clerk, at the address indicated below or to

SEPTEMBER RAIN EVENT AND HOUSEHOLD FLOOD PROTECTION On November 22, 2016, at the regular meeng of Council, a report on the September 2016 flood event in Tecumseh was received. The full report and presentaon to Council is available on the Town website. A Public Informaon Centre on the rain event and how property owners can protect themselves will be held in January 2017. Further details on this session will be shared in the new year. The Town is currently working on several iniaves including: • Updang the Water/Wastewater Master Plan. • Implemenng a Storm Water Master Plan which will focus on an analysis of the Town’s urban storm infrastructure within the storm pumping staon service areas. • Placing rain water shields in sanitary manhole covers. • Designing and implemenng a wet weather storage facility on Riverside Drive. • Connuing to update local storm sewers and outlets. Informaon on how property owners can protect their properes from flooding is also available on the website. Property owners are encouraged to review the informaon and

take proacve steps to protect their property from future heavy rain events. These steps include: • Installing a backwater valve. • Installing a sump pump drainage system where foundaon drains are connected to the sanitary sewer. • Improving drainage around the property. • Installing a sewage ejector pump at the sanitary sewer connecon. • Checking all areas of the property to prevent water from entering including the roof, eaves troughs, skylights, foundaons, window wells and at-grade entrances. • Checking all drain piping around the property to ensure there are no connecons that are cracked or broken. The Town offers two subsidy programs for flood prevenon work. The first is to disconnect foundaon drains and install a sump pump system; and the second is to install a backwater valve. If residents have any quesons or comments regarding the flood event, or how to protect their home, they are encouraged to contact Town Hall at 519-735-2184 Ext. 142.

SNOW REMOVAL Winter has arrived and so has the snow and ice. To help keep sidewalks and roads safe for travel, residents are reminded that it is unlawful under the Highway Traffic Act to deposit snow or other debris onto streets. Snow from parking areas and driveways are to be kept on your property. The Town’s Snow Removal By-law requires all residents to clear away and remove snow and ice from all sidewalks abung their property. Residenal (single and mulple family buildings) occupants or owners are required to do so within twelve (12) hours of snowfall, while occupants or owners of commercial property must do so within four (4) hours following the snowfall or

formaon of ice upon the said sidewalks during daylight hours; or four (4) hours following sunrise in the case of snow falling or ice forming overnight. When a property owner fails to do so, the Town may remove the snow and ice and charge the cost of removal to the owner. Please refrain from parking on Town streets during snow events. The Town’s Public Works Staff encounter difficules in snow removal where vehicles are le on the roadway. A heavy snowfall may be declared an emergency and vehicles parked on roadways may be towed at the owner’s expense.

A fresh start, a good opportunity

by Fred Groves Matt Puempel has always had a nose for the net. That’s why it wasn’t too big of a surprise when he scored in the first period in his first game with the New York Rangers. What might be a bit of a head scratcher is that the team that drafted him, the Ottawa Senators, decided to put him on waivers, which basically said, ‘back to the AHL kid, unless someone wants you.’ The Rangers did, and I predict the 23-year old Essex native will be a contributor for this team that so far seems to be a Stanley Cup contender. When he was a minor midget with the Sun County Panthers, Puempel scored 37 goals and had 62 points. That is why the Peterbourgh Petes picked him sixth overall and that is why he became an instant success at the Major Junior ‘A’ level. He was the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League Rookie-of-the-Year when, as a fresh faced 16-year old, he scored 33 goals. That also got him named to the OHL and CHL All-Rookie, All-Star team. It also got the attention of the NHL scouts, who not only liked his ability to score, but his size also meant he had the tools to make it to the show. Fast forward a few years to the fall of 2016. The Senators who drafted him in the first round, 24th overall in 2011, knew they had a goal scorer as evident by his 30 tallies in his inaugural year in the pros, with the AHL’s Binghampton Senators. So why this year did they put him on the fourth line? Pretty tough to score when you are skating with Chris Neil. Ottawa’s loss is New York’s gain. They got a young guy who has the capability to be a top six forward on a good team. That is if he gets the opportunity, which clearly with the Senators he did not. When he took to the Rangers’ dressing room, Puempel was the guy we here in Essex know and love. “I’m grateful for the opportunity.” “I am looking forward to a fresh start.” “Whatever they ask me to do.” “I enjoyed my time in Ottawa.” Always smiling, happy to be playing hockey. Class act, personable future star. Go get ‘em Pumps.

Thank you for helping to keep our roads and residents safe this winter season!

WASTE BYLAW CHANGE TO HARD SIDED CONTAINERS Changes are coming to Tecumseh’s waste pick-up rules. As of January 1, 2017, household waste must be placed at the curb for weekly pick-up in hard-sided containers which meet the following requirements: 1. A rigid metal or plasc container having: (a) external handles and a waterght lid; (b) a lid which is readily separable from the container; (c) a capacity of not more than 125 L (33 gallons); (d) an external height no greater than 100 cenmeters (39 inches); (e) an internal width or diameter no greater than 50 cenmeters (20 inches); and (f) a diameter at the top equal to or greater than the diameter at the boom or; A 340 L (90 gallon) Approved Roll-out Cart; or 2. A properly covered metal Bulk Li Container that is compable with the collecon equipment.

Items such as maresses, couches, chair and similar materials will connue to be collected. This new regulaon was created to discourage the proliferaon of urban rodents and other animals [i.e. skunks, raccoons, opossums, rats etc.] by eliminang a major food source. Doing so also reduces messy lier from torn garbage bags. Effecve with the first household waste pick-up scheduled for January 5, 2017, any household waste not placed in a hard-sided container with a waterght lid will not be collected. Residents and businesses are responsible for obtaining their own approved hard-sided garbage containers. Many local hardware stores, department stores or other retailers provide various types of hard-sided garbage containers. Containers can also be rented from independent local suppliers for a small monthly fee.

Wishing you a Safe Holiday and Healthy New Year! Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at,, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Surviving the Holidays The holiday season will soon begin. This might be the first holiday, second, third or beyond aer your loved one’s death, or aer your separaon and divorce. In the coming days, you are going to be facing some tough emoons. And due to the nature of Christmas—with its focus on family, yearly tradions, expectaons, social events, and “cheer”—the emoons can blindside you. You can lessen the emoonal impact by knowing what to expect and being prepared. Surviving the Holidays is here to help! This special evening will enable you to not only survive the coming holidays, but also help you face them with a measure of peace and assurance. Call or email to register for this evening. LakeShore St. Andrew’s Church 235 Amy Cro Dr. Tecumseh 519-979-8082

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Retirees get into holiday spirit

by Sylene Argent The Essex Retirees’ Social Club opened up its clubhouse to the public on Saturday as its members hosted the annual fundraising Christmas Bazaar. Patrons were able to sit and have lunch and socialize when they needed an opportunity to take a break from the holiday shopping provided onsite. The event Sylvia Pearce and Judy Lane of the Essex Retirees’ attracted around a dozen Social Club manned the baked goods table at the Essex vendors, who all had tables Retirees’ Social Club’s annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. overflowing with unique, handcrafted, or rare items that may have been the perfect solution for those patrons in attendance who had hard-to-buy for-people on their shopping lists. The event also offered the chance for participating patrons to try their luck at winning one of the available raffle prizes, and a chance to peruse that white elephant table, filled with gently used goods. “It went very well; better than expected,” Essex Retirees’ Social Club member and one of the Christmas Bazaar organizers, Sylvia Pearce, said. “It was steady all day.” The 2016 installment of the event certainly attracted a better crowd than last year’s event. The Essex Retirees’ Social Club hosts two annual bazaar events, the Christmas Bazaar and the Easter Bazaar, as major fundraisers. They also give the public a chance to learn about the programs offered to the Essex Retirees’ Social Club membership. A relatively new venture for the bazaar events included the selling of homemade pies. These tasty treats were made onsite leading up to the events. Pearce and fellow Essex Retirees’ Social Club member Judy Lane explained a group of bakers gathered

to make pork and beef pies, as well as apple flavoured and chicken pies, too. The pie selling acted as another fundraiser for the Club. Lane and Pearce pointed out that while making the pies is a lot of work, the fun had in the kitchen with a great group of people makes it all worthwhile. December will be a busy month for the Essex Retirees’ Social Club members. The club members will host a turkey Bingo and the annual Christmas dinner. Non-members are welcome to attend both events. There is a fee to participate. For more information, contact the Essex Retirees’ Social Club at (519) 776-6689.



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Saturday, December 3 at 9:00 A.M. ON SITE: at 26 Queen Street North, Tilbury Selling for ORION JEWELLERS contents & exceptional antique display cabinets. 2-exceptional circa 1895 oak display cabinets; 5-1930’s mahogany & glass showcase store counters & other showcases; clocks & watches; Jewellery: rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, etc.; China & Giftware; & much more not listed!

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HELP WANTED: Greenhouse and Packing line Labour. General greenhouse labour, duties include pruning, picking, planting and cleaning of greenhouse. Packing line labour, duties include inspecting, weighing and packing produce on assembly line. Lifting, bending and standing is required. Must be able to work all shifts. Rural area. No public transportation available. Rate of pay$11.40. To apply please email tammy@ Or Mail to Domric International, PO Box 218, Ruthven ON N0P 2G0. 12/15 _____________________

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Essex Ravens Bantam Minor win Gold in Nation’s Cup

Pictured above is the Essex Ravens Bantam Minor team: (L-R) Brendan Fuerth, Brett Moore, Tyler Hurtubise, Ryan Zuech, Jesse Harrison, Brendan Smith, Luke Pye, Caleb Brockman, Evan Pruyn, Thomas Docherty, Sam Weston, Matt Deroy, Dalton Vanlare, Austin Monteiro, Nolan Caldwell, Ethan Chittle, Max Spidalieri. The coaching staff for the team include Head coach Scott Moore, Brent Pye, Shaun Fuerth, Trevor Wheaton, and Danielle Dent.

submitted to EFP Last weekend the Essex Ravens Bantam Minor team participated in the Nations Cup, held in the Detroit area. Over the tournament, Essex outscored its opponents 27-8. The Bantam Minor Ravens team went undefeated over the tournament, winning all five games, including the Gold Medal game. The

championship game, played on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Sharks, resulted in a 5-2 victory for Essex final. The successful tournament for Essex was highlighted with some great goaltending from Jesse Harrison and Matt Deroy, along with strong offense led by Tyler Hurtubise, Dalton Vanlare, and Caleb Brockman.


2nd PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE (Interim Update) The Town of Lakeshore is reviewing their Official Plan and you are invited to attend a 2nd Public Open House to learn more about the study, review draft Official Plan changes, and provide your input: DATE: December 6, 2016 TIME: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm LOCATION: Atlas Tube Centre (ATC), Renaud Room, 447 Renaud Line, Lakeshore FORMAT: Drop-in Open House to review materials and speak with Town staff and consulting team Purpose The Official Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies intended to guide future land use and growth within the Town to build sustainable communities, and protect natural and agricultural resources. The policies of the Plan are designed to promote the public interest in the future development of the Town, reduce uncertainty relating to future development, and to provide a basis for the Zoning By-law and other land use controls. Ontario’s Planning Act requires municipalities to conduct an Official Plan Review every five years. The Town’s current Official Plan was approved in November 2010, which consolidated and replaced the Official Plans of the former municipalities. The Official Plan review will need to ensure that the Official Plan is consistent with the latest Provincial policies, the new County of Essex Official Plan, and to support new community objectives and priorities in managing growth and change over the next twenty years. In support of the Official Plan Review, the Town is also undertaking a number of background studies including: Growth Analysis Study (including Employment Land Needs Review); Affordable Housing Strategy; Residential Intensification Strategy; Natural Heritage Review; Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update; and a Parks Master Plan. Have Your Say The purpose of this 2nd Public Open House is to present the work undertaken to date, and seek your input on planning issues and the draft Official Plan changes. Input received from the public will be considered in the review and update to the Official Plan. Written Submissions If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to provide comments, please submit your comments in writing to: c/o the Planning Coordinator, Maureen Emery Lesperance, CPT, 419 Notre Dame Street, Belle River, ON NOR 1A0, or email:, and indicate your name and mailing address. More Information For further information on the 5-Year Official Plan Review, please contact Kim Darroch, B.A.(Hons.), M.PL., MCIP, RPP, Manager of Development Services, at 519-728-2700, ext. 245 or To access the background studies, including draft Official Plan changes, go to, click on Business Resources, Planning, Official Plan and Schedule. We look forward to seeing you!

NOTICE DATED: November 15, 2016

Essex Thunder Houseleague Teams Perform well in Lakeshore Tournament

submitted to EFP Over the November 18 weekend, Lakeshore held its 3rd Annual Girls Hockey Tournament. The tournament had 31 teams participating, with many of them from out of town. The Essex Thunder Atom Orange team played a strong tournament and went undefeated over the weekend. This young team fought hard for the win and came out on top. The Thunder defeated Southpoint in the final to take home the Atom Division Title. The Essex Thunder Peewee White

team played hard all weekend and also went into the finals of the tournament undefeated. Unfortunately a narrow loss to Kingsville had the team take home the finalist medals. The Bantam Orange team also participated in the tournament, but was knocked out on Saturday night after a hard fought game. It was a great weekend for all the teams with a lot of exceptional hockey played. Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches.

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Lambier, Myrtle The family of the late Myrtle Lambier would like to thank all the family and friends who attended the visitation and funeral service. Also thank you to the Country Village Nursing home for your loving care and support. Special thanks to the Salvation Army, the pallbearers, and everyone who took part in the celebration of Mom’s life. ~ The family of Myrtle Lambier.

LAMBIER “JOAN ELLEN” (KENNEDY) ____________________ September 8, 1936 - December 1, 1996 ____________________ 20 years ago “Joan” was taken from us. “Joan” was a one of a kind lady. “Joan’s” presence is felt every day. The loss of “Joan” changed our lives forever. “Joan” left us with a legacy that will never die. “Joan’s” body may be gone, but “Joan’s” spirit still lives in me, Bill, Ken, Barb, and families.

The house is empty without you “Joan”. Your presence is felt every day. The only thing that makes life worth living is “Joan” you picked me to spend your time with. Someday “Joan” we’ll be together again until the End of Time.

____________________________________ In memory of “Joan” my wife, mother of Bill, Ken, and Barb, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. Till we hold hands again. Love, Cecil and family.

Voice Of Inspiration “To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.” ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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RUSTON, Helen Grace (nee Roberts) - Born April 27, 1921, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016 at Country Village Health Care Centre at 95 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Ernest Ruston (1978). Dear mother of Marjorie (Larry) Cowan, Bill (Debbie) Ruston, Mary Ruston (Martin Ward), Kathy Ruston (Shayne Mann). Loving grandmother of Chad, Cori, Chris, Kyle; Tyson, Ian; Julie, Marissa, Adam; Emily, Hilary. Loving great grandmother of 11 great grandchildren. Dear daughter of the late Charles and Annie Roberts. Dear sister of Don (late Pat) Roberts, Jack (Lynn) Roberts and predeceased by Margaret (Will) Burden, Jean (Bob) Pritchard. Will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Helen enjoyed her life on the farm as well as traveling and spending time with family. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Country Village Health Care Centre for the kindness and care provided to Helen over the last 20 months. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Avenue East, Essex (519-776-4233) on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial Service to celebrate Helen’s life from the Funeral Home will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Ann Corbet officiating. Interment Woodslee United Church Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Share a memory or make a donation at

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McCRONE, William “Bill” Nov 29, 1940 - March 2, 2004

The tears in my eyes can be wiped away but the loneliness in my heart never goes away. Keep watching over all of us. ~ Missing you constantly. Your loving wife, Sandra


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P. Jack Phillips In memory of a Dear Husband. Never more than a thought away. Quietly remembered every day. No need for words, except to say, Still loved, still missed, in every way. ~ Lovingly remembered by wife Doris, children Ruth, Susan, Robin, John, and their families.

BALL, Elsie (nee Ibbott) - Passed away peacefully on November 26, 2016 at the Erie Shores Hospice at 91 years of age. Beloved wife of Gerald Rupert, and the late Fred Ball (1994). Daughter of the late Leonard and Elizabeth Ibbott. Loving mother of Andrew Ball (Debbie) of Edmonton Alberta, Edward Ball (Patty) of Tecumseh and Catherine Campbell (John) of Essex. Proud Step-mother of Debby Salter (late Roger-2014) and Bob and Gail Rupert. Loving Grandmother of James Ball (Jessica), Laura Mailhot (Kyle), Lisa Ingram (Jake), Aaron Ball (Heather), Katie Holben (Colin), Lisa McDonald (Matt) and Tyler Campbell (Alyssa), Carly Miller (Craig), Andrea Meloche (Craig), and Dawn Rupert (Colin). Greatgrandmother of 12 great-grandchildren and 3 on the way. Sister to Leona Vickers (late Paul), Marion Trube (late Alex), late Mildred Doherty, late Doris Andrews, late Eunice Kerr (late Wray), and the late Norman Ball (late Grace). Sister-in-law of the late George Ball (Greta), late Frank Ball (Florence), the late Marion Rawbone (Harry), late Agnes Watson (Jim) all of Hamilton, Ontario. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Elsie was born, raised and married in Hamilton, Ontario. She moved to Essex with Fred where they opened the first Canadian Tire Store on Talbot Street. Elsie was an avid gardener, great cook, and crossword enthusiast. She later met and married Gerald Rupert where she resided at Kingsville Court Retirement Home. Our sincere thanks to Leamington Hospital 2nd Floor Nurses, Dr. Chowdrey and the Nurses and staff at The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County (Erie Shores Campus) for the exceptional care and compassion. She will forever be loved but sadly missed, and will stay in our hearts forever. Elsie is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jim Hatt officiating. Interment Country Meadows Cemetery, Essex. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County (Erie Shores Campus). You may send your condolences online at “Elsie lived a wonderful life.”

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FLEMING, Dorothy Helen - Passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on November 24th, 2016 at the age of 80. Loving and caring Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt. She was a loving Mother to Ian, his wife Angela, and grandchildren Connor and Kyle. Also survived by her Dad Andy, sister Carol-Ann, sister Mary, Mary’s sons Clyde and Chris and families, Brother-in-law John and his wife Janette, Sister-in-law Jean, Cousin Marvin and his wife Dawn and their families, and wonderful friends and neighbors. Dorothy worked in banking and then became a mother and focused on her family. Dorothy’s goal in life was to take care of others, she helped in any way she could. She was a caregiver to her Dad and everyone she knew. A talented artist, she loved creating and crafting. She impacted many in different ways. She will be deeply missed by all. A special thank you to Rita, Nancy, Doug and the loving and caring staff at the GNGH, people that are really special. Thanks to friends and neighbors for all the support during this time. Cremation has taken place. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Arthritis Society or Gideon Bibles. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at


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Pastor Jay spoke on, “The Sound that Cannot be Ignored,” and how this is a pivotal hour in our history as we celebrate 25 years in ministry and launch out into the next 25 years! Congratulations Pastor Gerrie and thank you, Jesus! The Legacy Dinner scheduled for December 1st. has been rescheduled for January 12th. Young Adults Community Night is on December 9th, 7 p.m. Young Adults Christmas Party is on December 18th. On Christmas Day, we will have a one hour service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please remember the Essex Food Bank this Christmas Season.

Meals While We Heal. If you can help, please sign up at the Connect Centre. Restoration House Healing Rooms is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Please Note: Restoration House will be closed, December 24th and December 31st and beginning January 9th, the Healing Rooms new hours are 9 a.m.noon.) For more information visit our website at Be blessed! St. Paul’s Anglican Church The Essex and District Ministerial Association’s 2016 Advent Series continues on Wednesday, December 7 at noon, at Essex Christian Reformed Church. Theme: The Right Cradle. Light lunch to follow.

In the spirit of the season, we will collect new unwrapped toys for distribution through the Essex Area Food Bank. Donations can be made until December 4th. Again this year, we’ll have our “Socks and Knickers” clothesline, at the back of the church, to collect socks and underwear for our clothing cupboard leading up to Christmas. Our next pasta dinner is Friday, Dec. 2nd from 5 – 6:30pm, with entertainment by Walkerville Arts Students. There will also be a wine raffle! Our final Crafters Market of the year will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9am til 1pm. Call 519-980-4942 for table rentals. If you wish to place flowers in the church in memory of loved ones at Christmas, please add your name to the list posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex of the Church. Our Regular Sunday Services are at 8am (BCP Eucharist) and 11am (BAS Eucharist & Sunday School) For more information about us and what’s going on, please check out our website at, or our Facebook page at stpaulsessex. You can also reach us at 519-776-7711 or by email at office@

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Many Thanks!

Essex Region Goodfellows wishes to thank the following who helped to make our 2016 Campaign a huge success: The Essex, Harrow and Gesto Fire Fighters, St. Clair College Students of the Fire Services Program, Essex Knights of Columbus, Maidstone Knights of Columbus, John’s Restaurant at Paquette Corners, and Grandma Paquette, both Tim Hortons in Essex, Tim Hortons on Manning & Hwy #42, Esso Station in Maidstone, Essex Foodland, Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, The Essex Free Press, and Harrow News, Counting Team Ladies, Corporate and Individual Donors, Libro Credit Union, and the countless number of worthy volunteers.

Merry Christmas!

Our CWL is collecting winter items. Scarves, mittens, hats, etc. for adults and children. If you’d like to donate, please drop off in baskets in the Gather Space. Our St. Vincent de Paul is selling tickets for a quilt raffle after mass. Tickets available at the parish office as well. Draw is on December 4th. CWL Member Christmas Party is on Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in the St. Joseph’s meeting room. Come and make a Christmas wreath, have some refreshments, and goodies. Skate with Santa is Sunday, December 18th, from 2-4pm at the Essex Sports Complex. Free! God Bless you all and have a great week. Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman

Come join us for our Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 am. This is the second Sunday in Advent: Comfort and Peace. Rev. Ann will lead the service. The Holy Scriptures will be read by Libby Skidmore. Audrey Stanley and Jean Vetor will Greet you at the door. Lunch after the service will be served by Madeline Pehleman, Jean Matalik, Mavis Wharf, and George Sutherland. We are collecting hats, gloves, scarves, and socks at the warming tree, for the Downtown Mission. We are also collecting for the Windsor Youth Centre. There is a need for gift cards for Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Food Basics, and also new hoodies. Please say a special prayer for people on our Prayer List. A special prayer goes to Helen Ruston’s family on her passing. Time is running out to get your tickets for our Wheelbarrow of Wine Raffle, plus additional prizes: proceeds to be used for Capital Repairs. The winning tickets will be drawn on Dec. 11. Contact Elaine Mailloux or Liz Plat for tickets. The Bethlehem Walk: Friday, Dec. 2 between 7 & 8:30pm and Saturday, Dec. 3 between 6:30 & 8:30pm at Gess†wood Camp. An interactive outdoor drama where guests experience first century Bethlehem. Allow the

What’s Going On... DEC. 1 & 15 - WOMEN’S HEALTH MENOPAUSE WORKSHOP - Free sessions, 5:307:30, Essex County Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic. Register: 519-776-6856. DEC. 2  PASTA DINNER AT ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH - 92 St. Paul St. from 5:00 - 6:30pm, takeout avail. Call 519-776-7711 for more details. All welcome! DEC. 2  FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - At Cottam United Church, at 7pm showing The Nativity. DEC. 2 & 3 THE BETHLEHEM WALK AT GESS†WOOD CAMP & RETREAT. Fri. 7-8:30, Sat. 6:30-8:30. Visit for more information. DEC. 3 - ANNUAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS HAYRIDE - at Colchester North Public School, 2651 County Rd. 12. 11am Sharp. Canned good donation appreciated. DEC. 3  HARROW SANTA CLAUS PARADE  At 6pm at Country Depot, right on Walker, left on Centre, right on King, left on Victoria, left on Maple, & left on McAfee to Legion. DEC. 3  CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS MARKET  St Paul’s Anglican Church (92 St Paul Street). From 9am til 1pm. Call 519-980-4942 for more details or table rentals. DEC. 3 & 4  EDHS CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW  Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 11:30am4pm. Free Admission w/ canned good. At Essex United Church, 53 Talbot St. S. DEC. 10  ESSEX CENTRE SANTA CLAUS PARADE - Downtown Essex at 6:30pm. For more info: DEC. 13 - ESSEX BLOOD DONOR CLINIC  at Essex Legion, from 1 - 7pm. Walk-ins Welcome! Book an appointment or for info: 1-888-2-DONATE or DEC. 15  ESSEX & COMMUNITY HISTORICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY 10-year anniversary open house. 18 Gordon Ave. 3 p.m.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On Monday, December 19, 2016 the Council of the Town of Essex will hold a Public Meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, to present and obtain public input on a proposed amendment to By-Law Number 1344, being a By-Law for the Imposition of Development Charges for The Corporation of the Town of Essex. The proposed amendment will extend the 50% discount for Development Charges on residential development in Ward 4, the former Town of Harrow, for a further period commencing December 29, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2017. All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Meeting of Council and any person who attends the meeting may make representations relating to the proposed amendment to the by-law. The meeting is to be held: Monday, December 19, 2016 5:00 p.m. County of Essex Council Chambers 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex, ON In order that sufficient information is made available to the public, copies of the proposed amending by-law, the background study that was conducted in 2014 and a staff report are available from the Town Clerk (519) 776-7336 and online at the Town’s website ( Interested persons may express their comments at the Public Meeting or in writing, addressed to the Town Clerk, at the below address prior to December 14, 2016. Robert Auger, L.L.B. Manager, Legislative Services & Clerk Town of Essex 33 Talbot Street South Essex, ON N8M 1A8

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Continued from Page 19 sights and sounds to carry you to the special night that changed the world. Donations to benefit the bursary fund at Gess†wood Camp are appreciated. Annual Hay Ride and Carol Singing Around the Village is on Tuesday at 6:30pm. It’s our way of Thank you and getting you in Christmas Spirit. Watch for our wagon. Choir Practice is every Monday night at 6pm. Coffee and Conversation is on Thursdays at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Salvation Army Essex Community Church News submitted by Carolyn Barnett

The Advent season has begun! Join us at 10:30a.m. for Family Worship, led by Major Sam Roberts. Our monthly potluck luncheon following the service on Dec. 4th. SA Connections will hold its Christmas program on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. The Chatham Citadel band will join us as we sing carols and celebrate the season. This is the last meeting until the new year. On Tuesday, Dec. 6th and the 13th, the Essex 73’s will hold a toy drive before the hockey game. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army Table located in the foyer of the arena. The 73’s will also collect canned goods for the local food banks both nights. The CCM Christmas Service at Iler Lodge is at 10:30a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, at 12p.m. the Essex Ministerial Association annual Advent Service is at the Essex Christian Reformed Church. During the Essex Christmas Parade on Dec. 10th, the Salvation Army will give out


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hot chocolate. Our Christmas Kettle season is in full swing and we need volunteers for shifts. If you have a couple of hours to spare, call the church office at: 519-776-4628, to sign up. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an important service to your community, and your help is much appreciated! Join us Christmas Eve for our Candlelight Service. It’s a good time to slow down from the Christmas rush and focus on the real meaning for the season.

Essex United Church Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. It is the second Sunday in Advent. Essex District Christmas Craft Show at Essex United Church - Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am - 4pm and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:30am - 4pm. A tremendous variety of vendors and gift ideas! Lunch will be available for purchase. GessTwood Camp’s Bethlehem Walk, December 2 & 3.

Essex Community Services Join us on Wednesday, December 21 for our Annual Christmas Light Tour. We begin with supper at Route 42 Diner, followed by a Tour of Lights. Call our office at 519-7764231 to reserve your spot on the bus. We look forward to a fun-filled evening! Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley Van Huizen

It is the Second Sunday of Advent and we would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend our morning worship service beginning at 10am with Pastor Aaron Thompson. During the service we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Nursery supervision and Sunday school are provided. Visit us online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two. Paquette News



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Mark your calendar for our Christmas Eve in the Country services on Saturday, December 24th. • 4:30pm at St. Stephen’s - family worship. • 7:30pm at Church of the Redeemer - Candlelight Worship. • 10:30pm at St. Stephen’s - Candlelight Worship. Join us at Church of the Redeemer for our Harmony Plus Christmas Concert. Performance starts at 7pm on Friday, December 9th. A free-will offering with refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there! Contact our office if you are interested in tickets for this years ‘Bishop’s Friends Christmas Dinner’, on Wednesday, December 6 at the Macedonian Centre at 6:30pm. Don’t forget about the weekly Bible Study as we dig in to ‘yesterdays’ readings on Mondays at 7pm, at St. Stephen’s. Just a reminder ‘Sweetie Pies’ have their freezers full of frozen, ready to bake, fruit pies for the Christmas Season. Call us with your order 519-737-6850 #210. (apple,

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Continued from Page 20 Essex Retirees’ Social Club Tom Kelly had high score at Saturday afternoon Euchre. Barb Murphy was second and Mavis Law third. Monday night Pepper had Roger Monchamp with the most peppers. Floyd Cascadden came in first and Lawrence Dobson had the low score. Tuesday afternoon Pepper had Tom Kelly with the most peppers. The winners were, Floyd Cascadden first, Wally Laframboise second, and Estelle Spoors was the low. Wednesday night Pepper had Roger Monchamp with the most peppers. Betty Fields and George Diesbourg tied for high score, while Don Ames took the low. Annette Anderson and Floyd Cascadden took high scores at Thursday night Bridge. Woodslee Friendship Club Monday, November 21st the Euchre winners were Leo Durocher, Helene Manley, Joan Broeders, Elmer Quinlan, Charlie Chevalier, and Dave Sylvester. Wednesday Pepper winners were Helene Manley, George Diesbourg, Aggie Rivait, Janet Chevalier, Elmer Quinlan, Mary Demars, Flo Rivest, and Marg Chevalier. Friday night Euchre winners were Cecile St. Denis, George Sutherland, Ernie Lariviere, Mike Renaud, and Tom Allison. For more information, contact Irene at: 519-975-2283. Trinity Church Please keep in your prayers Tyler, James, Bill, Debbie, Grace, and Joanne. The Sanctuary Lamp burns to the Glory of God and in loving memory of William Arthur Jackson, given by his sons Bill & Jim and his daughter-in-law Carolyn.


Thank you to Bill for a lovely service of worship for the celebration of our 150th anniversary. Meat pies and cherry pies will be ready for pick up on Saturday, December 3rd. There is still time to order, call Sharon at 519-839-4579, Brenda at 519-839-5184, or leaving a message at the Church office at 519-776-7711. The pie ladies will also have extra on hand. You can pick them up between 12 - 2pm. Our Toy Drive will end Sunday, December 11th. Please remember to drop off a toy to be donated to the Cottam/Kingsville Fire Station, for local area children at Christmas. Come out Sunday morning at 9:15 to join us in Worship, in the “Little White Church” in the cemetery in Cottam. All are welcome! Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Cunningham

Our Mission Group has put up the Giving Tree. Please take a tag to donate a Christmas gift wrapped and return by December 11th. Thank you for your generous support! Our Parish Family Photo Directories are in. If you had your photo taken, please pick up your free directory with your name on it at the back of the church. Pasta Dinner is on Tuesday, December 6th at St. Mary’s Hall. Proceeds go to the Essex Area Food Bank. If you or someone you know needs a Christmas food basket, please contact Wendy at: 519-890-9120, before December 10th. Christmas Mass schedule for St. Mary’s is on Christmas Eve at 3p.m. and at 7p.m. and on Christmas day at 9a.m. Please keep in your prayers all who are shut in, hospitalized or in nursing homes, and their caregivers in your prayers.


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Our Elder on Duty for our Advent II Service “Peace” on Sunday, Dec. 4th is Judy Knol. You will be greeted by Joan and Wayne Little, and Rob Reeb will take care of church lock-up. You are invited to join our Choir for the Christmas Season. Practice is every Thursday at 7:00 pm. Cherry pies are available for sale. Please see Hazel. Donations of cookies for the Bethleham Walk are requested. Poinsettias have been placed in the Sanctuary in honour of loved ones. If you wish to have someone’s name read, see Margery Reeb. We send our deepest condolences to the family of Ron Matlack on his sudden passing. Mark Friday, December 16 on your calendar to join us at 7:00 pm for our Christmas Bingo.


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1968 Chrysler convertible with local history since new

Jack Lecot’s 1968 Chrysler at Sun Parlour Home in Leamington.

Jack Lecot of Kingsville, Ontario, is the proud owner of a 1968 Chrysler Newport convertible, a rare car even when new with only 2,847 built. It was bought new by Gwen Kennedy, also of Kingsville, and she and a girlfriend rode around in it summer and winter for 17 years. By 1985, rust had taken its toll, but Gwen was determined to restore the car to its original glory. Sid’s Restoration Shop in Kingsville performed the work. A rust-free 1968 Chrysler New Yorker hardtop was brought in from Arizona. The upper half of the hardtop was cut in half as well as the lower half of the convertible. The two halves were then joined together to return Gwen’s car to showroom condition. The New Yorker nameplate and rear taillights are on the reconstructed car as a reminder of the lower half from Arizona. No Chrysler New Yorkers in 1968 were convertibles. The Newport script on the passenger side of the dash is from the original Newport convertible. Under the hood is Chrysler’s legendary 383 cubic inch V8 with horsepower in the 290-330 range. Jack’s engine has a 2-barrel carb with dual exhausts. When he bought the car around the year 2000, the odometer showed only 32,000 miles. It’s now up to 87,500 miles with some of those miles added during Jack’s four trips to Florida. On one of those trips, Jack blew the seal on the automatic transmission. He returned from home with a friend and trailered the Chrysler back to Ontario for a rebuild by Pete’s Transmission a few miles northeast of Kingsville. Aside from this work and a brake job, the car has been a very reliable form of transportation. On the morning of Friday, August 19, Jack drove up to Windsor to participate in the First Annual Oullette Avenue Cruise sponsored by the Downtown Windsor BIA with lots of other collector cars from near and far. This was Windsor’s response to the Woodward Dream Cruise across the river in Detroit on the same weekend, and the event in Windsor was a resounding success. Jack also took part in the Second Annual Sun Parlour Home for Senior Citizens Car Show on Thursday, June 16, for the benefit of the resident s living there. A total of 47 historic vehicles showed up, much to the delight of the seniors who experienced many fond memories at the sight of all those vintage cars and trucks. I’m always looking for more stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico. ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, Ont. N8H 3W2. Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my book: “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Red Raiders hockey team ties two by Fred Groves The Essex District High School boys’ hockey team is off to a good start to the season as its players tied their first two WECSSAA games. Last Wednesday, in the opener, Liam Hall and Rhett Bellaire scored in a 2-2 deadlock with Holy Names. The following day, the Red Raiders tied General Amherst 4-4. Ross Riley led Essex with a pair of tallies with singles from Hall and Dan Mastroianni. • A positive season came to an end for the EDHS junior boys’ football team last week as it came up short, 14-6, in the WECSSAA final. • Cameron Branch has returned to the Nipissing Lakers men’s volleyball team in a big way. After rebounding from an injury, the EDHS grad had 12.5 points, including 11 kills, to help his team to a 3-0 win over RMC on Saturday in OUA play. • Still with volleyball, three local players are helping the St. Clair Saints women’s team maintain a fourth place OCAA ranking. Third year middle Jessica Masse,

second year outside hitter Raeanne Lapin, and rookie setter Niccole Tytgat are all having a good season. • Defenceman Clay Kraynack had an assist to help the LaSalle Vipers to a big 7-0 blanking of Sarnia in Junior ‘B’ hockey action last Wednesday night. • EDHS grad Emily McCloskey continues to be a powerful force for the University of Windsor women’s volleyball team. On Friday, she had seven kills and 11.5 points to help the Lancers beat host Lakehead, 3-0. The next day, she had eight kills and 11.5 points as the Lancers were beaten by the same team, 3-1.

• Nik Veigli had a season high of 15 points for the St. Clair College men’s basketball team as they fell 114-83 to host Sheridan on Saturday. The next day, Veigli netted six points for the Saints in a 102-96 loss to Humber. • It was a good pay day for Gord Mcdonnell on Friday as his Relleno Hanover won the ninth race at Western Raceway and Rightinthekisser was third in the tenth. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at FredGrovesgrover54@

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73’s Extend win streak to five

Photo by Laurie Beaten - Michael Vieira watches as the puck goes into the corner during Essex’s 9-1 win Tuesday.

submitted by Garrett Fodor It is the largest winning streak, so far, of the season for the Essex 73’s. This past week, Essex has won five games in a row. This in part is due to consistent goaltending and offense, combining for 19 goals in three games. To begin the week, the 73’s traveled to Wheatley and faced the Sharks. The visiting 73’s swamped the Sharks in the first and into the second period, as the home team struggled to touch the puck, let alone get a shot. After two periods of play, the scoreboard read 4-0 for the visitors, with a pair

of goals being scored in each frame. Eric Shaw and Anthony Cristofaro scored in the first frame, to go with Quinn Fazekas and Cody Leeming’s tallies in the middle frame. Shots after two periods were 24-15 for Essex. Essex added another pair of goals in the third period to increase their lead to six. However, in the closing minutes, 73’s goalie Tyler Ryan was beat by former 73 Ryan Markett, who buried home a rebound to spoil Ryan’s near perfect night as Essex prevailed 6-1. 24 hours later Essex was back in action hosting the first place Blenheim

Blades. In a previous meeting, Essex beat the Blades 4-2 in what some fans called their best allaround game of the year. However, Tuesday’s game was different. Similar to Monday’s game, the 73’s dominated the play throughout the first 40 minutes of play, with opponents not testing the goalie, Jax D’hont. After two periods, Essex had a 6-0 lead with goals from Adam Gaiarin, Brett Smith, a pair from William Stadder, Eric Shaw, and Riley Meyerink. After two periods of play the shots were 28-9 for Essex. In the final frame, Essex was content

with its lead and played a more defensive system in the third. But, it didn’t stop the Essex offense as Eric Shaw and Brett Smith both netted their second goals of the game, along with a goal from Dalton Langlois. However, similar to D’hont’s debut, he was beaten in the last half of the third period to spoil an otherwise perfect night as Essex beat Blenheim 9-1. To close out the week, Essex traveled to Petrolia on Thursday. Unlike previous games earlier in the week, Essex began the game down a goal, with Hunter Bryce beating Matt Badour. However, to close out the period, Eric Shaw scored for Essex. In the second period, Essex once again fell behind early, however responded with a pair of goals from William

Stadder and Matthew MacLeod. In the final minute of the third period,

Tyler Scott added an empty netter as Essex flew over the Flyers 4-2.

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Novice Major Ravens Hockey

Capitals Cup Challenge Champions! submitted to EFP This past weekend the Ravens participated in the Capitals Cup in Leamington. In the first game Essex faced Halton Hills, from the Iron league. Essex would scored 9 seconds

into the game, with Caleb C. and Braeden C. dominating from the opening face-off, with pin-point passing, resulting in a goal by Braeden. The Ravens went on to win by a score of 7-3. It was a solid team effort with tremendous

passing, including some well-timed D to D passes. Hudson D. pocketed his first goal of the year, with solid net-front presence, resulting in a three point night. Others lighting the lamp were Cade S. with 2, Sean W. with 2, and Ethan O with a single. On Saturday morning, the Ravens faced a strong team from St. Thomas. This game was sloppy from the start with the Ravens players never finding their mojo. Unfortunately, Essex drop this one 5-1. Essex knew it would learn from mistakes made and more than likely have to face St. Thomas again in the near future. Late Saturday afternoon, the Ravens played Niagara Falls, from the Federal league. The Ravens scored late in the first period when Owen S. went top cheese with just under one minute left. In the second period, the Ravens had numerous chances but failed to capitalize. Stellar hustle by Sean W. and Jaclyn

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W. on the forecheck, with strong defensive play put in by Jesse C. and Cole G., limited Niagara’s chances. The Ravens potted four more goals in the third period for the 5-0 victory with Ben F. and Reed V. splitting the shutout. On Championship Sunday, the Ravens faced off against Amherstburg in the semi-finals. This game featured strong goaltending by both teams, with the Amherstburg goalie turning the Ravens away time after time. Essex finally got one past the Amherstburg tender on a goal by Caleb C. Strong backchecking by Meredith C. and Wyatt G. ensured no other goals would be scored in this matchup. Ben F. and Reed V. split

their second shutout of the tournament. The finals had the Ravens in a re-match with St. Thomas. With spotlights shining during player introductions the team was all business. Looking to avenge their previous loss to the Stars in round-robin play, the Ravens players were ready to play some oldtime hockey and “Essex ‘em”. Essex players had a jump in their stride from the get-go. and took a first period lead on a determined effort in the corner by Sean W., who would saucer a beauty pass to Ethan O. out front. Later in the first, the Ravens jumped to a 2-0 lead on a goal from Braeden C. off a great pass from Caleb C. Mason G.

and Evan M. ensured Ben F. held a shutout through the first two periods. Midway through the third period Nash L. made a great defensive play to break-up a 2 on 1 and protect the two goal lead. St. Thomas did score, but the Ravens tightened the hatches and fended off all rushes. As the final buzzer sounded, it was clear that a determined effort from all three lines, and all six defensemen, led to the championship. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff for their motivated play and never say die attitude. As was overheard in the post-game celebration… “it’s time to drink Gatorade from the Cup!!”

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