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Essex Area Food Bank settles into new home

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by Sylene Argent It has been a busy past couple of weeks for volunteers of the Essex Area Food Bank. Just as school let out for the holidays, volunteers were hard at work packing up food items and possessions to move them to the Food BankÕ s new location, the gymnasium at the former Sun Parlour Junior Public School. Thanks to Food Bank volunteers, a long list of new recruits who offered to help with the big move, and members of the Maidstone

and Woodslee Knights of Columbus groups, the move from the Food BankÕ s former location, at the rear of Essex District High School, to its new location was smooth. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the Greater Essex County District School Board announced the EDHS rebuild project would not allow the school to continue to house the Food Bank. The Essex Area Food Bank has been located inside EDHS, in different areas of the school, for

many years. For the past four years, the local food distribution service has been located at the back of the school. There was a brief period of uncertainty as to where the Food Bank would be housed and then the school board announced it had found space for the Food Bank inside Sun Parlour Junior Public School. The Essex Ravens Football Club is also housed in the facility, and EDHS plans to use a few of the

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Essex Area Food Bank settles into new home... classrooms in the Junior School during the high schoolÕ s rebuild project to accommodate student learning as needed. During that time of uncertainty, Food Bank Trustee Gerry Belanger said volunteers entered into discussions with the Town to look into possible facilitates. The Town, he said, was

very cooperative and willing to work with the volunteers to try and find a new location. The Food BankÕ s setup in the Sun Parlour gymnasium is similar to the set up they had previously, Belanger said. The new space is identical in size to the former location, but with the addition of the stage

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area the Food Bank will have over 20 extra feet for storage space. A former closet, located near the stage area, has been turned into a lunchroom for volunteers and the schoolÕ s former lobby is used as a waiting room. A former staff room, equipped with a bathroom, is being used for the office where clients can discuss their needs with Food Bank volunteers. The Food Bank served its final clients of 2013 on December 19, and opened in its new location on January 7. The move, which began on December 20, was a short jog down Maidstone Avenue. Some renovations were needed to ensure the new facility was equipped to serve the Food BankÕ s needs. An electrician completed some work to the new location to ensure electrical needs were met. The youth group from the Antioch Christian

Ministries volunteered to paint storage shelves. With most of the work done, and having a location to continue distributing food to local families facing financial hardships, there has been some relief, Belanger said. Belanger added the Food Bank is around 80 percent setup at its new location. The official Food Bank setup will be a work in progress for the next few weeks as volunteers determine what details work best. The new location worked out well for the Food Bank, Belanger said. He hopes the Food Bank will be able to occupy the gymnasium at Sun Parlour for many years to come. On behalf of the Food Bank, Belanger said he is thankful to all those who helped with the move, and to the GECDSB for providing the space. During the holiday season the Essex Area Food Bank receives a

lot of donations, but donations tend to decline after this. The Food Bank is grateful for all of the donations it receives. School and business food drives, along with personal donations, help keep the shelves at the Food Bank stocked for community members in need. Anyone in a position to forward donations, in food or monetary form, is urged to contact the Food Bank at 519-819-1431. Monetary donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 3 Essex, Ontario N8M 2Y1. Tax receipts are given for donations made over $10. The Essex Area Food Bank will continue with

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its hours of operation, which are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Food Bank, on average, assists 70-75 families each day of operation. It is estimated that for every family that utilizes the Food Bank, it represents three people. The Essex Area Food Bank forwards milk, three meat products, butter, bread, and eggs to its clients. Local Food Bank clients are typically allowed to utilize this service twice a month. Windsor clients utilizing this service are typically allowed to visit the Food Bank once a month.

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Essex looks forward to 2014

Town of Essex CAO - Russ Phillips

by Jennifer Cranston ItÕ s a new year and the Town has some exciting things to look forward to in 2014. The municipal budget is still being compiled and most of what town staff is hoping to accomplish this year is dependent on CouncilÕ s approval of the budget. This usually happens in early spring. CAO Russ Phillips says there are many capital projects up for consideration but there are some general things he is looking forward to this year. In October residents will participate in a municipal election. Ò The election is big,Ó said Phillips. Ò There is a fair amount of interest in that.Ó Phillips is hoping

for more economic development in the town. He wants to be able to take a more aggressive approach with business attraction and retention. Ò IÕ m hoping that weÕ ll be able to put more resources to that. Consumer confidence will go a long way and new jobs would certainly help,Ó he said. Philips said his team would be looking at what the town can do to help encourage business growth in the municipality. Ò Council wants to roll out the red carpet. They are ready to roll with business initiatives,Ó he said. He explained that the coming year will see improvements in communication between

the town and residents. Continuing improvement in communication strategies can be expected. Ò We want to better inform the public,Ó he said. Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer Donna Hunter explained that any projects the Town hopes to complete this year are still in the Ò maybeÓ stage. Everything is subject to Council approval. She said that we would be able to get a better idea of what will be approved by February. She and Phillips are both hoping to get approval for a re-build of Fairview Ave. The $2 million project would include work on the water main. The Town has applied twice for grants to help with this project and was not been successful. The road has needed attention for a few years. Hunter said that if it is approved it will be the biggest capital project of the year. Plans continue for a dog park in Essex Centre. The project is currently expected to cost the town about $44,000. Hunter said that is has come to the point where Council will have to make a decision regarding the silos.

Ò There are issues with the silos and it has to be dealt with now,Ó she said. The massive structures are in a state where repair or demolition will have to take place soon. Council will decide whether to demolish them at a cost of about $218,000 or refurbish them at a cost of $919,000. Some residents are hoping to see the silos refurbished in order to facilitate a giant mural. This is the last year for Memorial Arena. Council will likely decide to demolish that structure as well. The cost of taking it down will be about $183,000. Bringing the building up to acceptable standards for any community use would run well into the millions of dollars. Work on the Peace Garden in Colchester at Jackson Park will continue. It is in the final design stages now. The rebuild of Essex District Secondary School will require the town to do its part with the Aquatic Centre. That will cost about $240,000. Hunter expects to see a Community Improvement Plan for Essex Centre that will offer incentives for business improvement.


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Councillors look forward to 2014 possibilities by Sylene Argent With the New Year people make resolutions and set goals to help ensure the year is the best it can be. Essex Councillors are no exception\, and the local dignitaries are eager to create new opportunities in 2014 to enhance the municipality for those who live, work, and play in Essex. Councillor Bill Baker has a few initiatives he hopes to tackle in 2014. One of his main focuses this year will be to continue to look into rezoning

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for industrial land in Harrow and in Essex Centre in the Maidstone Ave. and Highway # 3 area. He will also look at bringing for-

ward an initiative to development opportunities for vacant lands in Harrow. Looking into industrial development opportunities is something Councillor Randy Voakes is also looking forward to, and investigating what lands could be rezoned for industrial purposes. One creative initiative Baker will focus on this year is the former St. MichaelÕ s facility in Essex Centre. He hopes to turn the town-owned facility into a boutique hotel to accommodate overnight stays in Essex Centre. He thinks this initiative would accommodate sports initiatives as baseball, soccer, and hockey tournaments are held locally. If Council supports the idea the hunt will be on for a developer. Baker noted the building that houses the former St. MichaelÕ s facility is structurally sound. He hopes it could house around 20 hotel rooms with a banquet facility. This idea, and potential options, would be dis-

cussed with Council in the future, he said. With Doug Sweet recently being added onto the municipal staff roster as the Director of Community Services, Baker sees an opportunity to accelerate the divestiture of the Colchester Harbour. This would include completing the business plan for the divestiture, which Baker noted is one of the final components to this initiative. Baker would also like negotiations to continue for the opening of the harbour restaurant. In 2014, Baker would like to see a focus on the park in Colchester, which is often referred to as Jackson Park. He noted erecting a pavilion is in the works, and he would also like to promote the second annual Colchester Village Fest. Establishing and moving forward with a youth advisory committee in 2014 is also a focus Baker has this year. He hopes such a committee would help with programming improvements in Harrow and help the Es-

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sex Youth Centre increase funding opportunities so the facility can stay open for area youth to utilize. Building relationships with area youth is also important to Councillor Sherry Bondy. She hopes to establish a youth committee or introduce youth reps to Council. Bondy said it is important to engage youth in municipal politics. She hopes more youth can remain in the area after completing their education. Bondy noted that, as she wraps up her inaugural term of Council, that she is continuing to learn and is expanding on the issues she has so far undertaken. She is looking forward, this year, to learning more about economic development and potential opportunities. Baker and Bondy also look forward to promoting the development and expansion of the ex-

isting Harrow Downtown Community Improvement Plan, and hopefully the implementation of the Community Improvement Plan being developed for Essex Centre. Bondy also hopes to encourage business uptake on the available programs. In 2014, Bondy and Voakes would like to see a policy in place that would input limits on Council spending as it pertains to conferences. She would also like to see information obtained at conferences shared by Councillors. In the recent past, Bondy noted Essex Council and staff have made headway as it pertains to animal welfare. She hopes the spay and neuter voucher system available to caretakers of free roaming cats and to low income family pet owners will be again available in the 2014 budget to continue to help control the pet population. In the near future, as one of EssexÕ s representatives on the Essex Region Conservation Authority board, Bondy would like to see Council start to tackle environmental issues. For Bondy, 2014 will be a year she will continue to learn and broaden her horizons.

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Councillors look forward to 2014 possibilities...

Randy Voakes

As Council will soon move into budget deliberations, Voakes is hoping to get dollars allocated to the Essex Centre Streetscape Plan to get that project started. He would also like Council and staff to have discussions with the mural committee to talk about the proposed silo mural project and discuss costs associated, structural reports, and fundraising opportunities. Voakes feels the potential silo mural should not be paid with taxpayer dollars. He is also hoping to come out of the budget deliberations with a small tax increase. Not increasing taxes, even at a minimal percent, stops progression, Voakes noted. A small increase, he added, will help the Town tackle

projects and get more done within the municipality. Voakes would also like discussions to surround the Memorial Arena in regards to the future of that facility. One project Voakes is eager to start is fixing Fairview Avenue. He noted the Town was recently denied a provincial grant that would have helped financially with costs associated in helping to redevelop the highly traveled road. He said the road is in deplorable condition, and as the spring thaw begins in the near future, he believes the roadÕ s condition will worsen. He plans to work to encourage Council to discover ways to get Fairview Avenue repaired. Councillor John Scott has already submitted his name to rerun for the position of Councillor for Colchester (Ward 3) because he wants to see projects completed that this term of Council members began, including the Essex Streetscape Plan, the silo district plan, and trail initiatives. Through the help of new development, includ-

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ing Tim Hortons and EnerQuest, and the Harrow Downtown Community Improvement Plan, rejuvenation has begun in the Harrow area, Scott noted. He hopes to keep moving forward with those initiatives. Scott is also looking forward to laying the first paved shoulder along County Road 50 as part of the County Wide Active Transportation Study partnership this spring. He also looks forward to watching some of the projects this term of Council initiated come to fruition as the year progresses. With 2014 as an election year, Scott looks forward to the excitement this year will provide. Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche is hoping the Town of Essex moves forward with a number of road projects, including continuing on with hardsurfacing gravel roads. Like Voakes, Meloche would like to try and find a solution for Fairview Ave. Meloche is also hoping there is a continued partnership with ERCA in extending the trail sys-



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tem from County Road 15 to the Town of Essex on the Amherstburg-Essex Greenway. In Colchester, Meloche hopes 2014 will be a year the Peace Garden will get completed. Meloche would also like to see the province persuaded to intervene with police costs and the Joint and Several Liability policy. He noted that this policy, which can make a municipality liable of a roadway accident if only found one-percent at fault, is raising insurance costs. He hopes that policy will be revised to fairly reflect municipal positions.

Morley Bowman

ernment tiered funding to help with road and other projects in the near future as the provincial and federal governments prepare for their own incoming elections. The downside, Bowman said, is seeing businesses closing. He looks forward to working with Council to look into

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ways to help existing and developing businesses. He believes the BIA will play a part in helping that move forward. The BIA, committees, and service clubs work hard within the municipality to improve the community, he said. Last year, Bowman received the Longstanding Service Award. The recognition gave him an opportunity to look back at the past 25years he has been a municipal representative and acknowledge how far Essex has come in that time.





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As it is an election year, Meloche and Councillor Morley Bowman are both looking forward to the election excitement. Meloche hopes many will voice their opinions and vote. Bowman said hopefuls are getting ready for election, which he said would be a big event of the year. Bowman also plans on running for Council again this coming election. Bowman is looking forward to continuing to move forward with ongoing projects, including the implementation of the active transportation routes along the south shore, along with the development of potential facilities for cyclists in that area. Road projects are always a big concern within the municipality. He hopes Essex will continue to work away at road and street projects this year and be able to benefit from higher gov-

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Election talk is heating up At the time of writing this, three people had filed their nomination papers for Essex council. Ron Rogers put his name in for Mayor, current Councillor John Scott has for a spot in Ward 3 and Terry Brockman has filed for the Council position in Ward 2. WeÕ re just two weeks into the election year, so itÕ s understandable that only three candidates have officially stepped forward. Still, there is a lot of talk on the streets of potential candidates. Some have even publicly stated their intention to run but have yet to file. I expect this election will be a busy one and I doubt there will be any council hopefuls stepping into their position by acclamation. Everyone will have to earn his/her spot on the campaign trail. When councillors, mayors and deputy mayors have to earn their spots, it shows that people in general have enough faith in the political system that they are willing to stand up for their beliefs and run

for office. ItÕ s no easy thing to be a councillor today. Times have changed. Amalgamation has created larger municipalities, which consist of several smaller communities thrust together. Costs have only gone up and big business is happy now to set up shop in smaller towns. Municipalities can no longer rely on the same old small tax base. Larger and ever-growing tax bases are required. They have to sell themselves to potential new residents and potential new businesses while keeping existing residents and businesses happy. The adage that seems to drive modern business is, Ô If you arenÕ t growing, you are dyingÕ is being applied to communities. Everyone panics when the building slows down. I donÕ t think you have to be in the middle of a building or growth boom all the time. There can be moments of maintenance and improving on

what is there, rather than rushing to slap new stuff over top of the old stuff that is in disrepair. Whatever. There are many challenges that are faced by todayÕ s municipal councils and there are many opportunities for them to improve the communities in which they live. I think that makes for interesting times. And it is good when people want to be an active part of it. I look forward to seeing who will step up as a candidate and I want to hear the candidatesÕ ideas for Essex over the next four years. I think Essex is at an important crossroads and the decisions that are made in this next term will be crucial, impacting on the next two decades to come. Right now, my ear is to the ground. And when thereÕ s election talk, IÕ m listening.


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Letter to the Editor... The six figure outrageous salaries that civic employees are receiving must be stopped. Taxpayers are now paying for their holidays to Florida, Bermuda, Jamaica and other exotic destinations. How nice for them. How unjust for the struggling citizens trying to support their families. When my family moved to this area Mayors (there were no CAOs) often worked only for their lunch and

gas expenses. Taxpayers, it is time to cease paying any taxes. Show these overpaid employees that the fleecing of taxpayers must stop. Victoria Billingsley McGregor

Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch - Birds love Christmas trees I expect I am too late with this message but I didnÕ t realize until now how much a Christmas tree means to little birds. Between the two of us, my husband and I managed to drag ours to the backyard through heavy snow, thinking it would provide shelter. We put it near the bird feeder and soon the finches and juncos were flying into it. We could see they were pecking at something and we think it was those little brown knobs at the ends of branches. They must have found food in them because there were plenty of their favourite seeds nearby. As well as being protection from the wind, the tree made a close haven in case a hawk or shrike flew into the feeding flock. What to do with it in spring when the town collection is long past? By then most of the needles will have fallen off. Bob will cut away the branches, put them in yard waste, and cut the stalk into neat pieces for firewood. My son will like those for his outdoor barbecue pit. There were almost no birds at the feeders during the coldest of those three days so I thought we would be

finding frozen birds everywhere but the next day was a little less cold and the birds must have been hungrier because, although not as many, I was happy to see seven or eight at a time jostling each other for a place at a feeder. We failed to see our usual pair of cardinals and that made me unhappy but today I have seen that bright red male. It is possible his mate has been there and I didnÕ t nice her because she is not as brightly colooured. It is that crest on her head that identifies her. And did you know that cardinals mate for life. There was a pair that came to the outside windowsill when I lived near Cottam. I put black sunflower seeds there and enjoyed seeing him feeding her. The female is not as bold so she did not come up to the window to get the seeds.

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How Essex Town Council operates - Mayor Ron McDermott by Jennifer Cranston Being a member of Town Council involves much more than simply attending meetings once every two weeks. There are many other responsibilities that go with the job. There are certain rules and guidelines that govern how every municipality in the province operates but beyond that there are variations in each town that make every council unique. Generally these boards grow organically to develop policies and procedures that best fit each municipality. To best understand how our council works and what our councilors do, The Essex Free Press will be talking to each member to learn what they do as individu-

als as members of Essex Town Council. Mayor Ron Ò ToutÓ McDermott has served as Mayor for three terms and this is his eleventh year in that seat. As Mayor, he chairs all council meetings. Some Mayors chose not to vote except to break ties but McDermott exercises his right to make motions and vote on issues. Council makes decisions on every kind of municipal issue from drainage to fairs and festivals. They decide how municipal budgets are spent and even deal with disputes between neighbours. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are also both voting members of County Council helping to make

decisions for the broader region. McDermott is permitted to sit on any municipal committee as a voting member, but he doesnÕ t attend them all. He is currently on certain committees that he attends regularly. They include The Police Services Board and the BIA and he chairs the ELK Board of Directors. As a member of Essex County Council he sits on the Windsor Es-

sex Community Housing, and Windsor Essex Solid Waste Authority. In the past he has served with the Library Board and the Health Unit. One of the most important jobs of Council is to allocate the municipalityÕ s limited funds. Ò The whole municipality is full of people with different interests and priorities. It is always a balancing act,Ó he said.

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Letter to the Editor... Re: RizzoÕ s closing this month It is sad to see more businesses are disappearing one-by-one from the downtown. And you have to wonder if there is more to this story, and others like them, when it comes to the decision to close a business, especially a long-standing business. The historic Grand has closed and now RizzoÕ s Crossing is closing. A number of small businesses also closed last year. And in some cases there are those in a younger generation that could have taken the business on, but they have not. Why? The answer to that question is the bigger story, with many issues. And many of our local small business owners can tell you what those issues are. One problem has been sky-rocketing energy costs.

In December, the Canadian Press reported that Ò Ontario electricity consumers can expect their bills to jump almost 50 per cent in the next three years under the new long-term energy planÓ unveiled by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. This is on top of the huge increases we have already seen in recent years. Ontario has had the greatest increase in hydro rates of any province, over 46 per cent in the last ten years. Of course there are other problems too. But what are they? Many people do not realize the importance of small businesses to our economy, on the local, provincial and federal level. There is a need to put more light on this story. Andy Comber Essex


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4-H Club hands out awards, welcomes new members

Sarah Morris was awarded a print as recognition for graduating from 4-H. This year’s $500 4-H Club bursary recipient was Jenny Anger. Emma Anger was awarded a seal for completing 84 clubs. Matthew Anger was awarded with a print for completing 24 projects in five years.

by Sylene Argent The local 4-H Club hosted its annual registration and awards night at the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Monday evening. The event was an opportunity for area youth to learn more about the clubs available through the 4-H Club locally and meet others with similar interests. Youth were able to sign up for the clubs they wished to participate in this year and were welcomed to participate in a few ice breaker games where they could get to know other members. Representing 4-H Ontario, Andy

McTaggart, the Coordinator-Volunteer Support for Regions 5 & 6, was present to welcome new members and congratulate returning members on their 2013 achievements. He also thanked the volunteers for their participation. Without volunteers, he said, the 4-H Club would not be able to operate as it does. McTaggart urged the 4-H members to take advantage of all the opportunities 4-H has to offer. 4-H provides discovery days for its younger members and an array of camps and leadership seminars for its older membership. Every year, the 4-H Club awards a

deserving member with a bursary to help with costs associated to obtaining a postsecondary education. This yearÕ s $500 4-H Club bursary recipient was longtime member Jenny Anger. She will put the funds towards her studies at St. Clair College in becoming a practical nurse. Being a part of the 4-H Club has helped Jenny obtain leadership skills, which is a trait that is important in learning the hands-on skills of nursing, she said. With the help of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited, the 4-H Club awarded members who have completed 24 projects in five years with a special print. This yearÕ s recipient was Matthew Anger. As a graduation gift, Sarah Morris was also awarded a print as recognition for the years she has spent with the club. All of the members also receive their project seals, which are awarded after completing a 4-H Club program. Emma Anger received her seal for 84 projects during the event. Volunteers were also awarded with special seals. One of the volunteers was awarded for dedicating 40years of service to the 4-H Club and its members. Brenda Anger is the President of the Essex County 4-H Leadership Association. She noted the local youth wanting to sign up for the club at the registration night were awarded a $10 discount as Dave Santo of Santo Farms awarded a financial contribution to the club. This year, the 4-H Club is excited to start a new program for six to eight-year olds. The Cloverbud program will offer youngsters an opportunity to complete a

booklet and get a taste of what 4-H will offer them when they are old enough to join. Brenda noted each of the Cloverbud meetings would offer these youth members something different to do. Being a part of the 4-H Club, Brenda said, offers participating youth learning opportunities and a chance to gain leadership skills through the clubs and special activities offered at the provincial and national levels. She added that when former 4-H members go to apply for a job, potential employers often view their participation with the club as a positive because of the leadership skills 4-H members gain. 4-H also offers youth an opportunity to meet new friends and people from all around Canada. Last year, some of the members of the 4-H Club were welcome to take part in an exchange program where they received the opportunity to visit PEI, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. They then welcomed 4-H members from those areas locally. What is neat about the 4-H experience is that the youth do not need to live on a farm to participate in clubs that are animal orientated. In the Dairy Club, she noted, there could be as many as 30 youth participating, and some borrow calves from dairy farmers to learn about caring for cows and the industry. Last yearÕ s Essex County 4-H Club had 79 members with 25 new members. Brenda is hoping for more registrants this year.

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Essex Free Press

From The Heart

I Thursday, January 16, 2014

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COLLIN STOCKWELL Love Pipi and Mimi DeBlois, Mom and Dad, and Calli ~ XOXO

Wonderful Christmas Spirit!!!

While in a local restaurant on Dec. 24th, a very kind and generous benefactor anonymously paid for dinner for all patrons present in the restaurant at that time. What a wonderful Christmas Spirit of giving by this gentlemen thank you so much and may God richly bless you with a wonderful year. From three ladies who were just some of the recipients present. _________________________________________________________

O’NEIL, William

Our family extends our sincere thanks to our friends and family for their kindness following the death of our Dad and Grampie. To all who visited at the Funeral Home, sent cards, flowers, gifts and made donations, we thank you. Many thanks to Rev. Paul Poolton, Marilyn and the choir for the beautiful service at St. Stephen’s Church. ~ Janet, Nancy and Families _________________________________________________________


We wish to express our thanks to our family, friends, neighbours and coworkers for their support during this difficult time. All of the flowers, cards, food, donations and Mass offerings show how much Pup was loved. We’d like to especially thank Father Mike Parent and Father Francis Thekkumkattil for their words of comfort during the service; granddaughter Jenny and Dave LaBute for their touching gift of song; Deacon Gary Flewelling for his assistance with Pup’s service; the Knight’s of Columbus for the prayer service and B J and Patty for their assistance with the luncheon; Tony and Jennifer de Ryk at Kennedy Funeral Home for their compassion and assistance. Thanks to the caregivers who helped support Pup and the family through Pup’s illness. Sincere appreciation to Dr. Rachel Park for her excellent and compassionate care. Your intervention allowed us to fulfill Pup’s wishes to the end and will not be forgotten. We take great comfort in knowing that Pup and Mom are reunited and walking hand in hand again with Joanne by their side. ~ With love and gratitude, The Schuurman family. _________________________________________________________

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT BONNEVIE (MILLS) Proud first time parents Brent and Danielle (Mills) Bonnevie are proud to announce the early but safe and healthy arrival of their baby boy, BROCK ALLEN WILLIAM BONNEVIE. He was so excited to be here for Christmas and to meet his great grandma; he came 3 weeks early, on December 17th at 12:22 am, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz. Proud first time grandparents, Glen and Laura Mills and first time aunts Jordyn, Madison and Natalie are so excited there is finally a future Essex Ravens football player in the family! This is the 8th grandchild for Gerry and Alice Bonnevie. Brock is the first great grandson for Chuck Galipeau. Watching over him from heaven is his great grandma, Pam Galipeau (December 23rd, 2013) and his great grandpa, Gloyde Mills (December 5th, 1998). He is also the great grandson of Bill and Lisa Dorosz (Newbury) and Bernice O’Halloran. His many aunts and uncles Kelly and Sylvie, Kirk and Becky, Ryan and Tara, and Adam and Megan are so excited to spoil him! Brock has many great aunts, uncles and cousins that are excited to play with him and watch him grow! A very big thank you to Dr. Victory and his amazing staff for the wonderful prenatal care and Dr. Bourke for assisting with a quick and safe delivery.

Love, Mart and Buck

Brady Sebastian Tang October 9, 2011 - December 24, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved grandson, Brady, the day before Christmas, at the tender age of 26 months. His life brought so much joy and laughter to so many of us. His bright spirit will be greatly missed by his parents, Chris Tang and Melissa DeMers. We wish to thank the many people who provided assistance and support: the Essex Fire Department and EMS who rushed to the scene, Constable O’Neil who stayed back and took care of our house, Constable Bose who stayed with us at the hospital, the E.R. doctors and nurses at Metropolitan Hospital, and of course, all of our family, friends, and neighbours who went out of their way to help us through this difficult time. We truly appreciate the love, kindness and support from all. Thank you. ~ Dave and Lee DeMers _________________________________________________________



Croft, Charles

April 20, 1935 - January 22, 2012 In loving memory of a special husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa. Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday, the ache in our hearts from losing you will never go away, because to us you were so special, what more is there to say, except we wish with all our hearts that you were here today. Forever loved & deeply missed Evelyn, Arlene, Mike, Laurie & Ken, Ken & Monique & families

Keith Roy Shepley

The family of the late Keith Shepley would like to express heartful thanks to all our relatives, friends and neighbours for all your support and kindness, in our sudden loss. Thank you to Rev. Frank Staple and the nephews for being pallbearers. Larry for the beautiful eulogy. The ladies of the Legion for the beautiful luncheon. Thank you everyone for all the Donations, flowers and condolences we received during our difficult time. Thank you to Essex & Gesto Fire & Rescue and E.M.S. for your quick response. Many thanks to Robert and all the staff at Reid Funeral Home. We will always remember your kindness and thoughtfulness. Sincerly, Glenda Shepley and family

What’s Going On JAN. 18 - UE Loyalists GENEALOGICAL WORKSHOP at ECHRS - 18 Gordon Ave., Essex, 10 AM - 2 PM. Contact: M. Stephen Botsford UE -

Retirement Party for Carol Ferrari

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the K of C in Maidstone, from 1-8p.m. There will be a 50/50 draw, silent auction, food and refreshments. Hope to see you there.

On January 20, 2005 we lost a mother, sister, grandmother and daughter. Miss her always.


JAN. 18 - BREAKFAST WITH THE ESSEX LIONS CLUB to learn more about the club. 9:30 - 12 noon at the Essex Legion. For info. contact Jacqui at 519-776-8880.

JAN. 19 - ESSEX COUNTY ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING with speaker Harvey Divinagracia. 1:30pm, at 5280 Howard Ave; Windsor. More info - www. New members and visitors welcome. JAN. 22 - ESSEX & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING at Essex Community Centre. 7:30pm. Guest speaker: Kathy Hudak. JAN. 23 - THE HARROW EARLY IMMIGRANT RESEARCH SOCIETY first meeting at 1:30pm in the Harrow-Colchester Arena meeting room. Speaker is Ted Steele. JAN. 30 - THE NATURALIZED HABITAT NETWORK MEETING at the Essex County Civic Centre in Room C at 7:00 pm, with guest speaker, professional photographer, Graham Brown. ESSEX LIBRARY: FAMILY STORYTIME Wed. (Jan. 15-March 5) and Thurs. (Jan. 16-March 6) at 11am for ages 9 months - 5 years old & caregiver. BABY STORYTIME Thurs. (Jan. 16-March 6) at 10:15 am for Ages 0-18 months & caregiver. BONKERS FOR BOARD GAMES Play board games with your family and friends on Sat., Jan. 25 at 11 am. Ages 5 & up. TEEN BOOK CLUB Wed., Jan. 29 at 6:30 pm. Ages 13 & up. COTTAM LIBRARY: STORYTIME Tues. (Jan.14 - March 4)at 10am. Ages 3-5 years & caregiver. COTTAM TEENS & BOOKS MEET on Tues., Jan. 14 at 6 pm. Ages 13 & up. SNOW, SNOW, SNOW Winter fun with books, games, craft, and books on Tues., Jan. 21 at 6 pm. Ages 7 & up. LET GO MY LEGO on Tues., Jan. 28 at 6 pm. Ages 4 - 6. McGREGOR LIBRARY: FAMILY STORYTIME Tues. (Jan. 14 - March 4)at 10:30 am. Ages 0 - 5 years old & caregiver. FAMILY GAME NIGHT on Tues., Jan. 14 at 5:45 pm. All ages welcome. ADULT BOOK CLUB: Mon., Jan. 27 at 8 pm. Register online or at the library branch for any of the above programs.

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HOWSON, Judy (nee Bennett) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Leamington Hospital at 65 years of age. Loving mother of Mike, Todd, Aimee Chapman (Rob), Chad (Danielle) and the late Andrea Jill (1976). Cherished Grammy of Paige Howson, Mackenzie Weaver, Drew and Jenna Howson, Chloe and Crysten Chapman and Elroy Howson. Also adored by Victoria Weaver. Predeceased by her parents William and Leone Bennett. Dearest sister of James Bennett (Judi), Mark Bennett (Barbara), Valerie Fox (William), Doreen Bowers (Scott), the late Gary Bennett (late Valerie) and the late Daniel Bennett. Judy will also be remembered and missed by many nieces and nephews and special friend Rosie. She had an enthusiasm for life and a bounce in her step. Her laughter and wonder will be forever remembered by her family and those that were close to her. Cremation and a private family service has taken place. If you desire memorial donations made to The Windsor Youth Centre or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and memories online at We’re gonna love you forever. Forever and ever, Amen Memorial verses available at _____________________________________________

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I Thursday, January 16, 2014

Essex Free Press

The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch

How Essex Town Council operates - Mayor Ron McDermott...

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This extremely cold weather has me trying to recall what was par for the course when I had to walk two miles to school. I donÕ t recall that we were ever taken, either by cutter or car. I do recall being very, very cold when I finally arrived at the big, high-ceilinged schoolhouse. We would gather around the big floor register in the centre of the room. I presume it was directly above the furnace that was stoked with coal in the basement. Although we were warned if we warmed our feet too quickly we would have chilblains. I had lots of sores from those blisters that were labeled chilblains. I had long woolen stockings and high boots. I think Mother depended on all the underwear she made me wear to keep me warm on the way to school. Perhaps, I should say, to keep me from freezing. I do remember a red toque with a tassel that covered my head. At one time when I was riding a bicycle when possible, she knit mitts of three strands of yarn that really insulated my hands. The part I donÕ t remember is dreading all the cold weather. When we would have freezing rain after a heavy snowstorm with four-foot drifts, I thought it was great fun to try walking on those ice covered heaps of snow, and laughing when my feet went plunging to the bottom, leaving me mired to my hips. Most of the fun was in the struggle to get out

of the hole and try walking on the icecovered drift again. We had two pumps in the kitchen, one from the cistern for washing and one from the deep well for drinking and cooking. I donÕ t remember anyone worrying about the pipe from the pump to the water source freezing. I certainly worry here and wonder why I agreed to buy a house with no basement. When I bought this house the pipes were not insulated so I did that immediately and I wonder if they ever froze in the past. Often, as I have thawed frozen pipes in my other homes before they split, I still hate that procedure, especially the crawling under the house. Until I came to Essex I never heard of houses being built without basements although likely there were some. Our farmhouse had a huge full-sized cellar, as we called it. GrandmaÕ s old drafty frame house had a cellar too. I donÕ t think she had any water pipes under that house. I read in the Three Rs that Charles Maedel, who had the Maedels beverage plant, covered pipes under Essex houses with a tallow mixture to prevent them from freezing. That was for some winter income as pop was considered a summer beverage. There are foam casings on the pipes in my house but I still leave the taps dripping when Ð 17C is due overnight.

While Council has little control over things like schools and churches, they are important to the community so they often advocate on behalf of the town with community partners and higher levels of government. McDermott is proud of the work done to save Harrow District High School a few years ago. Ò We fought like hell to save Harrow High,Ó he said. He is also very proud of the work that has been done during his tenure to unify the municipality following amalgamation. Ò It was part of my mission to bring this town together. We had our struggles but weÕ re doing so well now,Ó he said. Being the Mayor often means being the face of the community. Attending ribbon cuttings, ground breaking ceremonies, charity dinners, festivals,

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Ò As a Mayor or Councilor you have to have big ears because there is a lot of information coming in all the time,Ó he said. Ò We look good because these people do a hell of a job.Ó McDermott says his favorite part of the job is being able to assist people. He explained that serving his community has been a part of his life since he was a child. Ò IÕ ve been a volunteer since I was a Cub Scout. I looked up to service oriented adults growing up,Ó he explained. McDermott looks forward to the upcoming election and plans to run again if his health permits. He said that no one should simply be handed the job of Mayor or Councilor. It is good for residents to have the chance to assess Council and make a choice.

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parades and community events are all part of the job. He says that as the Mayor it is important to attend these functions. He likes them because most of the events he attends are beneficial to the community and often to those in need. To many, he says it means something to have the Mayor present. Ò To me, IÕ m just Tout,Ó he said. Ò But to some IÕ m the Ô MayorÕ and that means something to some people.Ó He credits the Town administration for much of what has been accomplished in the last 11 years. He explained that neither he, nor his colleagues on Council, are experts in most of the issues they have to deal with. They all depend heavily on administration to educate, and advise, and help them to make the best decisions possible.

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Essex Council Notes for Monday, January 13 by Sylene Argent Strategic location of Colchester under the CWATS program At a special meeting held before the regular Council meeting, Essex Policy Planner Jeff Watson addressed Council regarding the strategic location of Colchester Centre under the County Wide Active Transportation Study. He explained that for the past few years CWATS has been under discussion as it relates to the importance to the County and Essex. He wanted to talk about Colchester as he sees it as having a significant role in the future of active transportation in the municipality of Essex and Essex County.

Some of the things Colchester is known for are the harbour, marina, beach, other facilities, and activities that take part in the area, Watson noted. He added Colchester is a popular recreational area. Watson said that the Waterfront Regeneration Trust was created to develop a trail system along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to connect to the route in Quebec. This system passed through Colchester. In 2012, the trail leading from Lakeshore to Windsor, then down Lake Erie to the Niagara area (a 1400 km trail), was established through the Trust. In 2013, the Trust sponsored the first real public ride to get people exposed to the trail system. Watson


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added that a large number of the 200 participants said they would ride along the trail system again and would like information available on local attractions that they can take advantage of while in the area. With CWATS there are improvements planned in 2014, Watson added. Essex is completing the Dunn Road/County Road 50 project, which is the start of the active transportation system through Colchester. This plan includes trails on either side of County Road 50, which will extend through Colchester and connect to the Dunn Road trail system. Watson suggested making the trail go along Erie to Sinasac Ave., then towards the Greenway also to make trail connections in the area. To do that, he suggested taking advantage of the Public Works area and adding a gravel trail in that area leading to the greenway. Watson noted GDF Suez has allocated $55,000 to the Town for the construction of a cy-

clist pavilion and an information area for tourists. Watson suggested Council match that contribution for construction of a pavilion at Jackson Park for a shelter for cyclists and a tourism information area. He also suggested to connect the Greenway from Sinasac, and to erect Ô share the roadÕ and directional signage in the area. Council passed the motion to receive the proposal and bring the issue to budget deliberations. Accessibility Advisory Committee recommendations In the November and December Essex Accessibility Advisory Committee minutes there were several recommendations made. For the November recommendations, Council moved the five recommendations, including: that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation-Employment Standard Policy be received and adopted. That the Director of Infrastructure and Development look at parking in the T.D. Bank area in Essex Centre to investigate if accessible parking is needed. There is also a need for sidewalks to the McDonalds in Essex Centre, according to the committee. It was noted this consideration should be brought to future budget deliberations. Council also moved the recommendation asking that the accessible parking space located in front of 132 Centre Street West

in Harrow be removed as it was determined to be not needed. From the December Essex Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting minutes, Council moved that Corporate ServiceÕ s report regarding an accessible taxicab survey be received and forwarded to Council. It also moved that the Town promote the Care-A-Van through a transportation page on EssexÕ s website. This transportation page would provide a link to Essex Community ServiceÕ s website. In the report to Council regarding the Taxicab Survey, it indicated that through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 every municipality is to consult with its municipal accessibility advisory committee to investigate on-demand accessible taxicabs required in the community.

In November, a selected survey was launched on EssexÕ s website. The purpose of the survey, Director of Corporate Services Donna Hunter noted, was to see what the needs are in the community and how the municipality can address those needs. She did notice in some of the surveys that some of the respondents indicated they didnÕ t realize that Essex Community ServiceÕ s Care-A-Van was available.

Harrow Health Centre Lease agreement at McGregor Community Centre Essex Council moved to authorize the execution of a lease agreement between the Town of Essex and the Harrow Health Centre for office space at the McGregor Community Centre.

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Essex Minor Hockey - Novice Majors Essex Thunder Atom Orange girls

named 2013 Hockey For Hospice Atom O.W.H.A Champions

submitted to EFP Congratulations to the Essex Ravens Novice Major team for being named AM 800Õ s Team of the Week on January 8, 2014. The boys each received a certificate, free passes to some local junior hockey games, and a mini stick. They will soon enjoy a team breakfast, courtesy of McDonaldÕ s. They earned this recognition for showing great improvement throughout the season, along with their dedication and sportsmanship!

The Ravens recently wrapped up their regular season with a very busy weekend! On Saturday, the boys played a tough game against an evenly matched Amherstburg squad. With lots of hustle and some great defence, backed by some stellar goaltending by Bryson D., the Ravens settled for a 2-2 tie, thanks to some great snipes by Cameron D. The boys had to then rest up for their home and away double header against Erie North on Sunday. Game 1 was in

Essex, and the team just didnÕ tÕ seem to have their legs. This time Dylan R. got the nod in net, and again backstopped the team with some great tending, but the Ravens couldnÕ t get much going offensively. Goals were scored on another perfect shot by Cameron D., and some fancy finagling by Kohen F., but it wasnÕ t enough, as the Ravens came up short with a 5-2 loss. Later in the day in Kingsville, the team was fired up to make up for the earlier game. They came out looking like they were ready to show Erie North what they were made of! Despite a much better team effort, along with more great goaltending by Bryson, and a great breakaway finish by Charlie P., the Novice team skated to a defeat, with a score of 4-1. With several practices scheduled this week, the Essex Ravens Novice Major team will be gearing up for playoffs this coming weekend in Amherstburg! Bryson and Dylan will be ready to shut the door on all of their opponents; they are sure to be supported by the strong defence of Drew T., Gavin B., Kyle G., Tyler F., Nathan S., and Emmit P.; and working together and passing to put the puck in the net up front will be Colin B., Quintin R., Konner M., Jacob R., Luke W., Kohen F., Kyle M., Charlie P., and Cameron D.! Good luck in the playdowns, playoffs, and your remaining tournaments, boys! And CONGRATULATIONS on being named TEAM OF THE WEEK!! Your coaches and families are very proud of all of you!

Submitted to EFP The Essex Thunder Atom Orange girls hockey team participated and were names champions of the 2013 Hockey For Hospice Tournament, held over the holidays, December 27th - 29th. The Girls raised $1,675.00 for Hospice. Coach is Mike Pailey & Assistant coaches are Steve Merritt, Denise Fuerth, Danny Primeau. Congratulations girls!

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Keeping roads safe

by Jennifer Cranston Old Man Winter accompanied Baby New Year and had Essex road crews working overtime to clear roads and keep us safe. Huge amounts of snow with record low temperatures and high winds wreaked havoc in our community and across many parts of Canada and the U.S. Winter storms before the end of the year added to the exhausting schedule kept by town staff. The first weekend following the New Year over 12 inches of snow hit our region. Ò WeÕ re not getting a chance to catch our breath,Ó said CAO Russ Philips. Chris Nepszy, Director of Infrastructure and Development explained that many people donÕ t realize the extent workers go to keep roads clear. Ò Just because it stops snowing doesnÕ t mean our guys are done,Ó he said. Snowplow drivers were putting in as many hours as they are legally allowed to be in their trucks, as many as 13 hours at a time, and it still took a few days to get the snow off the roads. While roads in urban centres may seem relatively clear, county roads can be treacherous and challenging for drivers and workers alike. Heavy winds resulted in 15Õ drifts on some county roads. Seymour Beach in Colchester was one of those roads. It took crews 12 hours to dig that road out. At one point

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Nepszy was afraid they might run out of places to put the snow. Overtime is voluntary at the town of Essex and Nepszy is grateful to all the drivers who put in as much time as they could. Drivers didnÕ t see their families for days as they worked and slept and did little else. Ò These guys have been tremendous, he said. Ò They have worked so many hours.Ó Driving conditions forced many vehicles off the road and snow plow operators were also having to navigate around cars and trucks abandoned on the shoulders or in the ditches by many roads. While these obstacles are sometimes unavoidable, there are things people can do to help with municipal snow removal. Nepszy said the most important thing people can do to help is to get parked cars off the roads whenever possible. Municipal roads were cleared and salted within a few days of the storm and crews took a deep breath and prepared for what the following weekend would bring. With forecasters predicting heavy rain, staff was ready for potential flooding and had the salt trucks ready just in case. While the town clears publicly owned roads, privately owned roads are another matter. Those who live along privately owned roads such as Viscount Estates rely on property owners to clear their streets. Ray Fornier lives in Viscount Estates with his

wife and children and he says that he is very unhappy with the level of service his neighbourhood receives following a snowstorm. Keystone Communities of Toronto purchased Viscount in March 2013. Ò They only pack the snow down and then it turns to ice and makes the whole neighbourhood a nightmare,Ó he said. Fournier has lived there for seven years and says it has always been difficult to get the snow cleared properly, regardless of the owner. Snow removal is part of his own business so he understands what is required and doesnÕ t understand why proper measures arenÕ t taken. He says it is especially hazardous with the high number of seniors in his community. Calls and emails to owners Keystone Communities have produced no results, he said. Ò Someone is going to get hurt,Ó he said.


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• Clean and finely chop button mushrooms.

• Over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and set aside in a bowl. • Open the Chorizo sausage and remove from the casing.

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Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley van Huizen We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend our Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10:00 am as Pastor Aaron Thompson will be leading us in worship. Nursery supervision is provided. Do plan to stay afterwards for a time of fellowship with coffee or tea. GEMS & Cadets will be meeting on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. All girls and boys ages 8 – 13 are invited to attend. You are invited to attend a Men’s Morning with Bob Dutko on Sat., Feb. 8 beginning at 8:00 am. For more information visit Come and check us out online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two.

St. Paul’s/ Trinity Anglican Join us Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s to celebrate the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is our acknowledgement that our divisivness is of our own creation. Thankyou Bank donations will be given to Downtown Mission in January. Vestry meeting dates are Jan. 19 at Trinity and the 25th at St. Paul’s. Information is always available on our website

Harrow United Church Submitted by Larry Anderson We welcome you to join us this Sunday at 10:30 am with Reverend Frank Staples and our Senior Choir. A thank you is extended to all those in our congregation who assisted in helping us contribute $27,120.82 to the Mission and Service Fund in 2013. As well, we have been able to provide the Harrow Food Bank with 7,230 pounds of food since 2010. Everyone’s generosity is very much appreciated! Our Fall/Winter Bible Study continues in January on Tuesday’s at 10:30 am and Thursday’s at 6 pm. Currently, we are completing the series entitled“If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat”by John Ortberg. Our Senior Choir and Youth Percussion Ensemble practice each Wednesday evening and would welcome new members. If you are interested in joining one of our enthusiastic music ministries, please call the church office at 519-738-4223 and speak with Laurene. To view and listen to Rev. Staples’weekly messages and to learn more about Harrow United Church, please visit us at:



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Salvation Army Essex Community Church submitted by Carolyn Barnett Join us Sunday at 11am for Family Worship led by Lt. Kristen Gray. If you have prayer concerns, join us at 10 -10:30 for our Sunday Prayer meeting. Messy Church meets again on the 23rd from 6-8 p.m. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to join us for a Family Style dinner, crafts and activities, a Bible story and lots of singing ! SA Connections meets on Tuesdays from 10 -1. Our theme on the 21st is “Wild West”so come out & see what we are all about. Men and women of all ages are invited to enjoy fun, fellowship and a free lunch.

Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer submitted by Barb Mactier Meat Pie Production starts January 13-15, 2014. We need lots of help so please come out if you are able. For orders, please contact Barb at 519-737-6619 or Soup Day at Redeemer on January 19th at 10:30 a.m. Cake meets at Church of the Redeemer on January 24th at 6:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Vestry Meeting is on January 26th. There will be a service at 9 a.m. followed by breakfast and meeting. Smash meets at St. Stephen’s on January 26th at 6:30 p.m. Pews and Brews and Cues meets on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. at Brews & Cues in LaSalle. Our sympathies to Janet & Leo Bezaire and family and Nancy & Perry Holdsworth on the death of their dad and grandfather Bill O’Neil – he will be dearly missed

Essex United Church Rev. Sharon Willis-Whitwell led us in our communion service and worship. Next Sunday our guest officiant will be Dino Salvador. There will be an open forum to discuss possible directions our church family might move toward for the future. It is important to have everyone there. Sunday, Feb. 16, is opportunity for baptisms and for receiving new members. Please contact the office now. The annual meeting will be held after the service the following Sunday. Annual reports are overdue. When the Rev. Barker was here we started giving Christmas baskets to anyone in need in our congregation. We continue the tradition every year. All the extras are donated by one of our congregation members. The frozen turkeys are purchased from the benevolent fund Money donated to the benevolent fun is used at the minister’s discretion throughout the year. Brooker News submitted by Ruth Newman You are invited to join us for our 10 am worship service with Pastor Steve Jones. Sunday school is available for the children. Kid’s Club every Tuesday at 3:30 pm led by Rev Linda Hollingsworth. All elementary school age children are invited. Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm the Essex Ministerial Week of Prayer for Christian Unity










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Meeting - Thursday, January 16th after 7 p.m. Mass. Parish Euchre Night - Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30pm in our parish hall. Happy Birthday Fr. Francis, May God Bless You! Hotel-Dieu Grace HealthCare is looking for Eucharistic Ministers and Volunteer Porters. If you’re interested in helping serve the sick please come to a training session on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11am at Malden Park in the Chrysler Room. For more info contact Fr. Chris at 519-257-5111 ext. 77811. Communion for shut ins - If you know someone from our parish who is shut-in and would like to receive Communion please contact our office. Welcome back to Fr. Francis on his return. May God Bless you all & have a great week. Essex Retirees’ Social Club Our computer class for all beginners and the more skillful are every Wednesday at 9.30am. Seating is limited so call: 519 776 6689 during regular business hours or Bob Burns at 519-776-5329 for information. Please bring your own portable device with you. Diane won with high score at Euchre on Sat. afternoon. Shirley Stiers was second and Suzanne third. Monday and Wednesday night Pepper was cancelled due to frigid cold temps. A few brave souls made it out for Tuesday afternoon Pepper. Georgette Naduea won with high score, Evelyn Vivier had the most Peppers and Estelle Spoors was low. A hot bowl of soup couldn’t taste better than at this time of year. Our 4th annual Soup Tasting/Contest is Tues. Jan. 21. Call 776-6689 for more details. Golden Years Mini Golf 48 players managed a total of 80 aces on our first golfing day in 2014. Leading the ace parade were Cam Keith, Frank Lasi, Bill Mayville and Shirley Thiessen all with 4 each. Three dropped for Dorothy Cascadden, Pete Daudlin, Lloyd Honey, Tom Hyatt, Marie Lasi & John Murphy. Recording 2 each were Iggy Arner, Herb Ascott, Madeline Butler, Murray Cascadden, Eunice Cascadden, Tom Dewhurst, Wanda Hayes, Julia Kos, Barb Murphy, Gary Honey, Colleen Pearse, Rose Taylor, Doug Vickery, John Vlodarchyk, Bryon Walker, Bill Ward & Gerald Wilkinson. Sinking 1 each were Carolyn Ascott, Kathy Bradley, Fran Clifford, Murray Hartford, Nancy Hill, Floyd Johnson, Dorothy Johnson, Betty McManus, Al Stockwell, Barry Sweet, Bill Taylor, Mary Anne Vickery and Pat Womack. Hi-light of the ace production was 3 consecutive aces on hole 18 delivered by team 4 [Wanda Hayes, Floyd Johnson, Dorothy Cascadden]. Low score for 9 holes with 17 was shared by Frank Lasi, Bill Ward, Tom Hyatt, Marie Lasi, Doug Vickery & Pete Daudlin. 18 was recorded by Bill Mayville(2), Gerry Wilkinson, John Vlodarchyk, Barry Sweet, Mary Anne Vickery, Fran Clifford, Murray Cascadden, Frank Lasi, Madeline Butler(2), Gary Honey, Bill Ward, Marie Lasi, Colleen Pearse, Gerrit Vriesen & Shirley Thiessen. Low score for 18 with 35 was captured by Frank Lasi followed closely by Gerry Wilkinson and Madeline Butler with 36 and Murray Cascadden, Bill Ward(2) & Doug Vickery with 37. Low score for 36 holes went to Gerry Wilkinson and Bill Ward each carding 74. Bill Mayville, Mary Anne Vickery, Doug Vickery, Colleen Pearse and Pete Daudlin each recorded 77. Iggy Arner & Julia Kos each had a 78.


We had a tie for first place with a 235 between team Kings [Marie Lasi, Doug Vickery, Tom Hyatt] & team 14 [Colleen Pearse, Julia Kos, Gerrit Vriesen]. Second placed with 237 went to team Queens [Bill Ward, Bryon Walker, Lloyd Honey] while third place was secured by team 3 with 239 [Caroline Ascott, Gerry Wilkinson, Bill Taylor].

Bakerville News submitted by Evelyn Baker Happy New Year to all my faithful readers from nea r& far. We have had an old fashioned winter lately and it was extremely cold and a lot of snow compared to the past few years and we have had extreme foggy conditions this past weekend as the weatherman has turned up the heat. Happy Birthday Wishes this week to Mildred Gaspar, Sue Nantais and my youngest great grandson Mason, Noelly Oskaboose, Barb Bullock, Mike Cosgrove & Michael Fitch and Katie Johnson. Happy Anniversary to Real & Rachel Thibodeau and Ken & Berneice Hillier this week. Sympathy is extended to Heather Hoecherl on the passing of Angus who struggled the last six months and lost the battle with ALS. He was known for his cowboy hat around town and his great meals he loved to cook for friends. The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a pepper party before the holidays and lucky folks were Isobel McLeod, Eileen Ames, Lillian Wells, Charles Chevalier. Don Ames & Ben Wells and on Saturday evening for Regular cards the lucky folks were Eileen Salter, Elaine Taylor, Alice Crawford, George Diesbourg, Thomas Allison & Ken Salter. Door Prizes to Yvette & Robert Mogyorodi. Come and join in at 7 pm. with friends and neighbours for some great card games. Have a great week and keep above the water as this snow is melting fast.

Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman Come join us for our Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 AM. Neil Fotheringham will be giving the message. Thank you to Richard Dalton who delivered the message last week. The Door greeters will be Elaine Mailloux and Elaine Ireland. Check out the website UNITED FUTURE at to join and share in conversation offering your hope, fears, dreams and visions about the future of The United Church of Canada.

Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank There will be two informational meetings for parents of young children on January 21 and on February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rectory. Sign up at the back of the church. Mission Group meets on Monday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the hall. You may have noticed that the old wrought iron fence has been removed from the cemetery and a new fence and sign will be installed soon. Happy birthday to Mary Bastien. Please keep in your prayers Renee Damphouse. Please keep all the shut ins, nursing home residents and the lonely in your prayers.


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Car/truck in Saskatchewan: What is it?

Car converted to truck in Saskatchewan around 1938

The photo here came from Don Mensch of Leamington, Ontario. Don was born in 1934 and is in the middle with his brother on his left and cousin on his right. The car was owned by DonÕ s grandfather, a carpenter and bee-keeper in Saskatchewan, who turned this old roadster into a pickup truck to haul jars of honey. Such conversions were very common during the Depression of the 1930s as people struggled to earn a living. Some old cars even had their engines yanked out and were hauled by a horse, giving them one horsepower. Such vehicles were called Ò Bennett buggies,Ó in reference to Richard Bennett, prime minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935. Cars with rumble seats were easily converted to pickup trucks by removing the rumble seat and replacing it with a pickup box. DonÕ s grandfatherÕ s vehicle was photographed around 1938 on the family farm near Langenburg, Saskatchewan, a small town on Hwy. 16 southeast of Yorkton and not far from the Manitoba border. Being familiar with my “Old Car DetectiveÓ newspaper column, Don asked if I could identify the make and year of the car. I checked several reference books but none were of any help. Judging by the height and angle of the windshield, this car could have been built as early as 1919, when 90 per cent of all cars built in North America were open cars. Ten years later, 90 per cent of all cars built were closed cars Ð coupes, coaches, and sedans Ð because people were demanding greater comfort and protection from the weather. Side curtains were drafty and the Penman underwear company’s advertisements warned of the risk of influenza by riding in a car in cold weather. The easiest way to identify a car back then was to look at the nameplate at the top of the radiator shell. Since we canÕ t see the front, we have to look for other clues. The louvers on the side of the hood are at an angle, eliminating all Model T Fords. The rad shell and hood are round at the top instead of squared off, another clue. And the front fenders have a long and straight downward slope before they meet the running boards, another possible clue. I asked my readers if anyone could identify it. Murray Hall of Wingham, Ontario, tells us it is a 490 Chevrolet, a model built from 1916 to 1922. IÕ m always looking for more stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico. ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2. Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book: Ò Old Car Detective Favourite Stories, 1925 to 1965.Ó

by Fred Groves Branch gets coachÕ s praise EDHS grad Cameron Branch is getting a lot of praise from his coach. The outside hitter for the Nipissing University Lakers menÕ s volleyball team beat the University of Toronto Blues in three straight sets on Saturday. On the LakersÕ website, coach Eric Yung says, Ò Cam is starting to become the physical presence I knew he could be and living up to expectations. HeÕ s been tremendous at terminating points and putting the ball away.Ó • Essex native Tony Spidalieri had a pair of goals, including a shorthanded tally, to pace the Leamington Flyers to a

10-2 win over St. Thomas in Junior Ô BÕ action last week. • Goalie Trevor Wheaton, a former 73Õ s, made 25 saves in net and ran his record to 12-6 for the Tony Piroski coached Flyers that are 25-9-2. • Matt Puempel continues to put the puck in the net for the Binghampton Senators of the AHL. The rookie forward scored in a 3-1 win over Rochester and potted his 12th of the season in a 4-2 victory over Hershey. Puempel has four powerplay goals thus far. • Three EDHS baseball players are listed on the roster for the 2014 Windsor Selects under-18 baseball team. They are

catcher Mitch Hudvagner, Matt Krutsch who plays the outfield and pitches and Jeremy Orton who plays both the outfield and the middle infield. • Kyle Kudroch is amongst the leading scorers for the Mississippi Surge as he has 18 points in 27 games. • Essex’s Aaron Langlois is playing baseball for Saginaw State University. • Look for former EDHS wrestler Lydia Congdon of Cottam and the rest of the Brock Unversity Badgers to do well at this weekÕ s OUA championships. If you have anything for the sports roundup, contact Fred Groves at

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Kment, McIntyre lead 73’s past Flyers

by Fred Groves When you are killing penalties, your goaltender has to be your best player. That certainly was the case Friday night in Alvinston as Essex 73Õ s rookie netminder Jacob Kment backed the visitors to a 5-2 win in Great Lakes Junior Ô CÕ Hockey League action. At one point, the host Flyers had a two-man advantage - actually it was three as defender Dylan Solecki was guarding the front of the net with a broken stick - and failed to capitalize due to KmentÕ s outstanding performance.

Ò I think Jake played great. We had a lot of penalties to kill. He really held us in,Ó said veteran forward Daniel McIntyre who paced the 73Õ s to their 27th win of the season with a pair of goals. Kment who is the top goalie in the GLJCHL let one slip past him on the Flyers first shot of the game but he was solid the rest of the way. In the middle frame he made 17 of his 37 saves. Essex coach Gil Langlois said that Kment controlled his rebounds well, and keeping the Flyers at bay during that 5-on-3 situation was a big difference in the outcome of the game. Ò That was a pivotal point in the game when they didnÕ t score. Jake came up big,Ó said Langlois. Alvinston led 2-1 after the first period as it looked as though Essex was suffering from not playing a game in 10

SLAPSHOTSÉ It is a busy schedule for the 73Õ s as they will play five games in 10 days… Essex goalie Darien Ekbled is undefeated in his first starts thus far.

Essex forward Phil Janikowski (right) moves the puck past Alvinston’s Sam Vokes in Friday night’s game.

days. However, the 73Õ s tied things up after two periods and it was all Essex in the final 20 minutes. Ò We got off to a good start but the first penalty took the momentum away. Confidence is

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a fragile thing,Ó said Langlois. Ò We knew if we kept getting pucks deep we were in good shape.Ó Just 31 seconds into the final period, Daniel Slipchuk scored on the powerplay, his ninth goal of the season, and just 70 ticks later McIntyre scored when the sides were 4-on-4. Mathew Hebert also connected for the winners and Scott Bromley had a beauty as he faked and then shot up high. Ò We got that big 5-on-3 kill and came out big after that and then we popped a couple of quick ones,Ó said McIntyre. His linemates, Jordan Ryan and rookie Tyler Scott each had an assist. On Sunday, in Amherstburg, the 73Õ s ran their league leading record to 27-3-1-2 with a comefrom-behind 2-1 win over the host Admirals. Jordan Ryan and Slipchuk scored 45 seconds apart in the third period. Tuesday the locals hosted the team they will probably face in the first round of the post season,

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and frequent baskets. The RaidersÕ continued their strong play in the second half, despite the efforts of Tecumseh to close the gap. The Raiders won 5131 to improve their record to 5-0. Nik Veigli had 13 points while Chris Drouillard also added 13. The team plays its last regular season home game on Monday, January 20 when they host Lajeunesse. Game time is at 5:30. • The Junior Girls’ volleyball team was in action last Thursday when they traveled to Sandwich. The team lost its first set 25-16. In the second set Jeremy Orton goes up for the basket during the the team bounced back to win 25-18 but fell short second quarter of last Thursdays win over Tecumseh Vista. in the third set loosing uted 15 points while Noah 25-18. The team hosts St. by Garrett Fodor After an extended Lauzon and Marshall JosephÕ s on Tuesday. break, the Raider Roundup Brownell both added 8 • The Senior Girls’ volleyball team also and Raiders sports are points. played last Thursday The team traveled back in full swing. The Junior BoysÕ to Cardinal Carter on against Sandwich. Just like basketball team continued Tuesday. The teamÕ s next their junior counterparts, its season on Thursday. home game is January 20 the seniors dropped the The team hosted Tecumseh when they have their last first set 25-13. But came home regular season game back strong to win a Vista. Essex had a strong against Lajeunesse. Game close second set 29-27 and rode the momentum offensive game, time is at 4 p.m. controlling the ball getting • Still with basketball, into the third set winning Senior Boys’ 25-19. The team hosts St. into the paint and making the key shots causing early were also in action on JosephÕ s on Tuesday. Raider dominance that Thursday when they • In Boys’ hockey, the did not let up. The Raiders hosted Tecumseh Vista. team hosted Leamington cruised to a 61-30 win and The Raiders controlled last Thursday winning improved their record to the ball the entire game, 4-1. Jake Walton was in allowing them to set up net for the Raiders. 6-0. Jamil Basilio contrib- plays and leading to quick

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Volleyball Christmas Classic Winners

submitted to the EFP The Essex United Church Sports & Social Club held its annual Volleyball Christmas Classic over the holidays. Taking the top spot for the second year in a row was the black team. Pictured are the winning team members: Tiffany Gyori, Eddy Gravel, Joe Van Vrouwerff, James Knapp and Allan Halliday.

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