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A LOOK INSIDE Council hears community grant requests PAGE 3 ________________ Canadian Tire honours local employee PAGE 4 ________________

Vol. 134

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Issue No. 4

Students at EDHS make a difference

ERCA hands out 2013 Conservation Awards PAGE 5 ________________ Dippers make angels in the snow after plunge was postponed PAGE 9 ________________ EDHS feeder schools get update on Maforeka PAGE 14 ________________ Atlas Tube announces rooftop solar project PAGE 15 ________________

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by Jennifer Cranston Business Leadership students at Essex District High School spent the last day of classes before exams giving money to deserving organizations in the community. Throughout the semester the class, led by their teacher Shawn Dunn, raised about $6,500 for various local

charities and two of those groups came to accept donations and personally thank the students for their support and hard work. Bob Morin was there representing the Windsor Essex Cancer FoundationÕ s Ò ItÕ s in your jeans campaign.Ó He and others from the foundation accepted

$800 from the students. The money was raised during the studentsÕ Movember mustache growing contest. Ò IÕ m so absolutely proud of these students,Ó he said. Ò They are helping their fathers, brothers and all the men in their lives.Ó The campaign focuses on prostate cancer and is currently raising

funds to purchase a Da Vinci Robotic Surgery machine. The machine will be used in the beginning primarily for prostate cancer patients. Currently about 50 per cent of local prostate cancer patients are going to London or Hamilton to get access to Da Vinci assisted surgery. The machine can

perform surgery in a less invasive manner that can have a man back on his feet in about a week. The manual method of prostate surgery can leave a recovery time of a month or more. The machine will cost over $4 million. Ò ItÕ s in your jeansÓ is also raising funds to help build a menÕ s cancer centre similar to the state of the art womenÕ s centre that already exists at Windsor Regional Hospital. Judy and Gunther Funkenhauser were also at the school to accept $700 for their organization Ò A Day for a Life.Ó Students raised the money in only a few days following an assembly where the Funkenhausers shared the story of their son Trevor, who died eight years ago and donated his organs to save the lives of others. Following TrevorÕ s death, his parents and brother, Eric, started their organization to help raise awareness and promote education about organ donation.

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How Essex Town Council operates by Jennifer Cranston In our third edition of our series on the operations of Essex Town Council we talk to Councilor Bill Baker. Baker is one of two Councilors representing Ward 3 or Colchester. He is currently in his first term. He explained that the smallest part of his job is attending Council meetings twice a month. Councilors also attend community events and participate in a number of committees. He thinks that councilÕ s main job is to develop economic, social and cultural policies. He says the committee work done by councilors

is really the Ò heavy liftingÓ of the job. Baker sits on the Finance Committee and chairs the Personnel Committee. The Finance Committee handles financial requests from the residents and organizations of Essex. The Personnel Committee deals with hiring as well as other policies governing town staff. Baker explained that one of the challenges the personnel committee faced in the beginning of his term was modernizing the administrative structure. Ò The question we asked was Ô how do we renovate our administration to bring it to current stan-

dards,Õ Ó he said. The Personnel Committee initiated an Ò operational reviewÓ that helped them decide to add a new Ò shoulder of administration,Ó as Baker calls it. The town added a new Personnel Manager and a new Communications Manager. Baker is pleased with this decision. Ò We were not proactive in the past about communicating with the public,Ó he explained. Baker also sits on the Committee of Adjustments. This committee is a judicial body that makes decisions regarding property. They deal with property severances and minor exceptions or Ò minor variancesÓ to existing property by-laws. Baker is also on the Heritage Committee, the Trails Committee and the E.L.K. Board of directors. He explained that while each Councilor was elected to represent a particular ward, they all work very hard for the entire municipality.

Being a good councilor takes more than being known, he said. It is often about what you know and what you can bring to the table. Each Councilor has his/her own expertise, experience and passion. Baker says that each of the townÕ s Councilors has a unique perspective and that they come together like puzzle pieces to form the full picture. Baker has a varied corporate background that includes marketing, public relations and business development. He thinks this has helped him develop his niche on council as a councilor who focuses on the big pictures of economic development, strategic planning and growth. This is one of the reasons Baker attends conferences and symposiums hosted by the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) and FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities). He also goes to many regional functions regarding eco-

nomic development. These events are very educational and are part of the constant learning as a councilor. Baker says they are important for other reasons as well. He explains that these events allow him to network on behalf of the town. Developing connections with other municipalities and higher levels of government are an important part of moving the town forward, he says. Ò These organizations have sub-committees that help to set policies governing municipalities,Ó he said. Ò I want to look at getting us a seat at those tables so we can participate in federal and provincial planning.Ó He says it also helps to bring Essex to the atten-

tion of MPs, MPPs, and Ministers who affect policies governing municipalities. He compares being on Essex Town Council to being on the board of a large corporation with four subsidiaries. Ò We are a community of communities,Ó he said. It is important to recognize what opportunities and potential each community has and to encourage that growth in each community within the municipality.

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Council hears community grant requests Services, Kelly Stack, attended the meeting to request $20,000 in waiving of fees and a cash grant. The funds would go towards helping with costs of a bus for its transportation service in the Harrow/Colchester area, which she said has become busier. The submission also included the request to waive fees when the organization uses the Shaheen Community Room inside the Essex Centre Sports Complex for the annual chili cook off and pasta fundraising event. ECS offers several programs, including transportation and security reassurance. Last year, the organization introduced a Friendly Visiting component where volunteers visit elderly citizens. Stack said that the towngrant and the waiving of fees would help the organization continue to provide frontline services. The support would go back into the community through its programs. The Essex Youth Centre requested $28,000 from the Town to help keep the facilityÕ s doors opened for area youth. This funding, Executive Director Sandy Larivee said, would also further help the EYC look into long-term funding and fundraising solutions. Last year, the EYC received $16,000 in grant funds from Essex. In November, the EYC

board hosted a public meeting at the Essex Centre Sports Complex to engage the community about the financial hardships the organization is facing. Because of generous donations and the community auction fundraiser held in December, the EYC can remain open until April. Larivee said that there has been an increase of usage of the EYC as of late. During the day, there are at least 10 students studying while they are on spare. There are over 50 students there during lunch, and many of the students are starting after school programs. Preserving and promoting history in Harrow, HEIRS hosts monthly meetings and hosts other fun events throughout the year for its membership. Currently, HEIRS has 185 members so far this year. The group requested a $1500 cash grant. 100 individuals visited its resource center in the last fiscal year. The Harrow Electric Eels Aquatics Team also requested $1500 for insurance. The KingsvilleEssex Associated Band requested $10,000 from Essex. This organization also seeks funding from Kingsville. Katherine Gunning, Treasurer of Kingsville Historical Park, requested $10,000. In the report,

it notes this sum could be divided up over three years. At the meeting she said the funds would help the museum (which is located adjacent to the Kingsville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion) hire parttime staff. This would allow the museum to be open to the public more often, as right now itÕ s the work of dedicated volunteers that ensure the museum is open. ACCESS County Community Support Services requested $10,240. Executive Director Jenna Foley said these funds would be for programs and services offered through the Harrow Youth Centre. Last year there was uncertainty as to where the Harrow Youth Centre would be located, as it had to leave its pervious location. Foley noted it partnered with the Harrow Odd Fellows and is happy sharing the facility. Despite challenges last year in not having a permanent home, the Harrow Youth Centre engaged 1123 individuals in Harrow Youth Centre activities, totaling more than 20,178 hours of programming. The report submitted by Foley stated that the 2013 funding the Town of Essex provided represented less than 14% of the Harrow Youth Centre budget.

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Canadian Tire honours local employee

Canadian Tire in Essex is sending a little piece of home to the Sochi Olympics. Parts Associate Ted Summerfield (above left) has been chosen to sign a Canadian Tire Flag that will accompany the athletes to this year’s Games, and owner Ron McLean (above right) says Summerfield is most deserving.

by Jennifer Cranston Canadian Tire is an Olympic sponsor and is celebrating that with its Ò We All Play For CanadaÓ program. Part of that

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Ted Summerfield is the employee recognized by our local Essex Canadian Tire store. The Canadian Tire flag will be stitched together from about 490 sections. One of those sections will carry Summerfield’s signature. Summerfield is a Parts Associate who is passionate about youth in sport. He says he’s proud to work for a company that is so supportive of youth sport. The company’s Jump Start Program is designed to help under privileged youth participate in organized sport. He believes making sports involvement possible for all children is very important. Summerfield, who is a NCCP Certified coach of martial arts, has been involved in the sport for over 48 years and has been teaching since he was 16. The Jump Start spirit has been a part of his entire athletic career. When he and his brothers were young, his family couldn’t afford to put them in organized sport. The Judo teacher who took them under his wing did it at no charge. Later when Summerfield owned his own school, he never turned a student away for financial reasons. “Sport teaches self discipline and self esteem,” he said. “These are things that carry you

through your whole life.Ó He believes that people who donate to the Jump Start Program are making a real difference in the lives of children. Ò All coaches have one thing in common,” he said. Ò They want their kids to do well in life. It is really hard on coaches who have kids who have to quit because of financial hardship.” Summerfield says one of the things he respects about the Canadian Tire Jump Start Program is that every dollar

donated goes directly to kids in need. There are no administrative or overhead costs that come out of donated funds. Owner Ron McLean says Ted was chosen to represent the store because his character, caring attitude and dedication really embody the Ò We All Play For CanadaÓ sentiment. The idea behind the program is that while it is the athletes who compete, it took a village to get them where they are. That village includes parents, family,

coaches and mentors. McLean made it clear that he feels Summerfield is definitely a part of that village. McLean says that Summerfield’s caring attitude is evident in his work, which is part of the reason he has been given the highest level of internal recognition for his customer service. “I’m very proud of Ted and his community involvement,” said McLean. “He cares about sports and its impact on kids in our community.Ó

Seniors hold 4th Annual Soup Tasting

by Jennifer Cranston Seniors sampled several soups at the annual Essex Retirees’ Social Club’s annual Soup Tasting Contest on Jan 21. The event is a fundraising opportunity for the local club and the money raised goes toward operating costs for the centre. Sylvia Pearce is a member of the Fundraising and Social Planning Committees. She explained that while the group receives some support for the province and the Town, it is not enough to keep the old building on the corner of Russell St. and

Centre St. in Essex up and running. “We try to hold at least one fundraiser each month,” she said. The soup event boasted 14 pots of donated soup. Local businesses, organizations and individuals donated the soup. Diners voted on their favorite by dropping a poker chip into boxes corresponding with each soup. First, second and third place winners received monetary prizes of $15, $10 and $5 respectively. Sandi Smith took first place with her Loaded Baked Potato Soup, second place went to JoAnne Hayes for her Bean and Ham Soup and third place was a tie. A Three Cheese Tortilini made by Brian Pepper on behalf of the Essex Legion and Cheryl Allan’s Sausage Minestrone shared third place honours. The Essex Retirees’ Social Club has been serving the community for over 40 years.

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ERCA hands out 2013 Conservation Awards

Conservation Award winners Terry Fink of LaSalle, Michael Mailloux, John Beattie of Hiram Walker, Claude Radley, Lisa Pavan, Maia and Isaac Nitschke, Kathy and Jim Dowling, Richard Labonte, Sue Desjarlais and Ray Renaud of LaSalle.

by Jennifer Cranston At the Essex Region Conservation AuthorityÕ s 40th Annual General Meeting on Jan. 23 they recognized eight individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding service to the environment. They also awarded the very first Dennis Chase Staff Award. Lisa Pavan was deeply moved to be the first recipient of the Dennis Chase Staff Award. Dennis Chase was a long time employee of ERCA who passed away in 2012. He was known for his dedication, commitment, conscientiousness, kindness to colleagues and enthusiasm for work, pride in a job well done and his good humour. Ò He embodied the qualities I value most,Ó said Pavan. Ò Dennis made a difference.Ó Pavan coordinates most social events in her work place and leads fundraisers

for worthy causes. She has initiated health initiatives in the work place and is always the first person to be there for colleagues when there is a need. The Conservation Farm Award went to Michael Mailloux. This award is given jointly with the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Mailloux has incorporated many best management features on his farms. His efforts include no-till cropping and crop rotation, GPS soil sampling to determine fertilizer needs and physical features like vegetative buffer zones, rock chutes and tree plantings. Mailloux says he was able to implement many of these features because of programs that ERCA helped him to access. Ò There are a lot of good government programs that helped us,Ó he said. Ò TheyÕ re there Ð use

them.Ó The John R. Park Homestead Award recognizes contributions to conservation of human and natural history in the region. This year Katherine and James Dowling were awarded for their restoration and preservation of the Snider House in Colchester. They are members of the original Snider family and say that the next generations are just as passionate about the homesteadÕ s preservation. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the home, they opened it up to public tours this past September. James said that sharing his home with the public was a Ò wonderful experience.Ó Ò Hopefully it will continue for many generations to come,Ó said Kathy. Maia Nitschke, 13, and her brother Isaac, 11, accepted the Youth Award. The two have been John R. Park Homestead

volunteers since their infancy. Isaac actually slept in a cradle there and surprised guests when they discovered he was not a doll. The siblings are regular costumed volunteers at the homestead and enjoy demonstrating 19th century skills and home crafts. They each volunteer at other community events and demonstrate leadership qualities, sharing their passion with peers and adults alike. The award was kept a secret from the children until the awards ceremony. A surprised Isaac simply said, Ò Thank you.Ó The Education Award went to Claude Radley who is a volunteer at Holiday Beach Migration Observatory. He oversees the banding tagging programs. He is passionate about educating interns and other volunteers, as well as visiting school children. He also teaches other licensed banders. He has also helped the organization acquire various designations and grants. Richard LaBonte accepted the Individual Volunteer Award for his environmental work and leadership within the Unifor Local 444. He is a member of several environmental committees and is passionate about research and education. He has helped with the Ò Plant a Row, Grow a RowÓ program that helps supply local food banks. Ò Labour has to be engaged in preserving our future,Ó he said. Ò Thinking globally and acting locally is what IÕ m doing.Ó The Volunteer Award for an Organization went to Friends of Point Pelee, who were absent from the ceremony. The organization has been around since 1981. Their focus at Point Pelee is threefold: educational support, ecological restoration and management. They have published field guides, host birding hikes and help fund exhibits. They fund research on species at risk

and help to manage and preserve habitat. Hiram Walker & Sons received the Environmental Achievement Award for an organization. The company has engaged ERCAÕ s assistance in greening its operations. They have restored their property in the Pike Creek Watershed, initiated a native tree planting program and restored more than six acres of fallow wetlands in their possession. They have also implemented award winning environmental practices within the operations of the plant. John Beattie was there to accept on behalf of the company. He said that programs like the ones

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Live & Uncensored ••• Comment Richard Parkinson •••

Got those winter blues? We consist of two basic components Ð a physical component and a mental component. Both components are fragile. We break easily. Unfortunately, we tend to focus almost exclusively on the physical stuff. We have doctorÕ s offices, nurse practitioner clinics and hospitals staffed by numerous professionals to fix our physical bodies when they break. We donÕ t have the same level of care when it comes to the mental stuff. ThatÕ s the problem with living in a physical world. We like to deal with tangibles, things we can see and feel. The human mind is extremely complex. It can be beautiful and wonderful and it can be the exact opposite. ItÕ s often easy to see when a person is struggling with a physical issue, when they are broken on the

outside. It brings out our compassion. It’s difficult to see when someone is struggling mentally, especially when people try very hard to hide when they are broken on the inside. And, sadly, we arenÕ t nearly as compassionate when dealing with mental issues. I strongly believe that while our physical form ages, mentally we stay young. We are always that child within the man or woman we grow up to be. IÕ ve had my physical ups and downs and IÕ m not afraid to say IÕ ve had mental ups and downs as well. Winter is a particularly grim season for me. I love the sunlight and warmth. They are great natural resources that buoy my spirits and strengthen my mental health and I am definitely happiest in the summer and dread the approach of winter. Still, I donÕ t suffer like some from seasonal affective disorder, but I do get a mild

case of the winter blues. Last Monday, January 20 was Blue Monday Ð a term used to describe the most depressing day of the year in the northern hemisphere. And the bitter weather only made last Monday bluer still. While we protect ourselves from the assaulting cold Ð and this winter has been one of the more offensive that I have suffered through Ð we need to protect our insides too. Certainly, hand your loved ones a warm cup of coffee but make sure you offer up a cup of cheer as well to really warm the insides. There might be a shortage of real sunshine outside, but a smile is sometimes a great substitute.

Letter to the Editor... Did Lakeshore Council Make the Right Decision? Councillor Monk you need to brush up on your local history and the understanding of the mandate, operations and goals of the Maidstone & Area Historical Society. Maybe if you, along with other Lakeshore council members, attended events at Maidstone Museum you would be better informed. Mayor Tom Bain and Councillor Linda McKinley are the only two that have ever attended. In fact, three members of council have never set foot in the newly renovated resource centre or museum. You stated how many museums are developing resource centres and increasing traffic, but you voted to shut down Maidstone for a salt shed. Council was given the Maidstone Historical SocietyÕ s three-year business plan that clearly shows the tourism and economic development impact the museum has on the area. By developing the Maidstone Heritage Resource Centre the museum operation became sustainable, traffic more than doubled and exhibits increased including the

first travel exhibit. Councillor Monk you and Lakeshore council say that the annual War of 1812 Encampment can be held in any park. How can the only established War of 1812 Exhibit in Essex County consisting of several 200 year old artifacts, over $2,000 in art work and Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812 be displayed in a park? Is this your idea of protecting artifacts? Now, because of you and your colleagues, the museum will have a difficult time staying sustainable without the kitchen, auditorium, gift shop and events. The research library will close and be sold. Many artifacts will be returned to the donors, as the Society now does not have the space to protect them properly. You cannot operate a museum and have its resource centre miles away as council believes. So did you make the right decision Councillor Monk? I guess we will know this fall at election time. Dianne Colantonio Lakeshore

Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch - Street Repairs There seems to be controversy over doing repair work on Fairview Avenue and to me it brings the question of the effort to avoid any increase in taxes. It would be great if that were possible but when it is a case of allowing a street to fall into disrepair, or a building either, rather than let the taxpayers think there is no reason to set an increase, that is folly. The cost is greater the next year. So I read that there is indecision about whether to do the $2 million project this year. (ThatÕ s the report in the Free Press under council plans for 2014), and I wonder if that is because some members of council are afraid they will not be re-elected if there is a tax increase this year. I am recalling the terrible condition of Laird Avenue when I moved into Essex about 12 years ago. I was

delighted when repairs were made to it and especially when they put curbs and gutters along the street in front of my house.... Before that was done, every time it rained water ran off the street onto my property and sometimes created a problem in my yard. Now the curbs avoid all that. So I hope Fairview will get the attention it needs. One thing that I donÕ t like is the idea of the town paying $40,000 for a dog park. Why does everybody have to pay for a park for the owners of animals? Yes, that amount of money isnÕ t much when divided among all Essex Ward 1 taxpayers but it has objectionable aspects that I have written about previously. I do hope Councillor BakerÕ s idea of getting a hotel established is an essential one and have wondered for years why the town has not sought a developer.

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HEIRS talks about gender roles of the past

Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society member Ted Steele was the guest speaker at the January meeting held last Thursday afternoon at the Harrow Arena. He chose to talk about roles within the family during the pioneer era.

by Sylene Argent With ValentineÕ s Day quickly approaching, Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society member Ted Steele focused on relationships and the customs that surround them as the January HEIRS meeting topic. The meeting was held inside the community room at the Harrow Arena last Thursday. Steele noted that pioneers would often marry their neighbours. When researching his own family history that was something he discovered

happened with his own ancestors. In the pioneer times, there was often a divide between men and women. At school and often at Church the males would sit on one side of the room and the females on the other. School classes, Steele said, were often taught by men but women taught as well. Lessons surrounded reading, writing, and arithmetic. Youth also took on different chores at home. Young girls were taught early on the skills they would need to run

a family. The laundry was done by hand, they milked the cows for milk to drink or to turn into butter. They were taught food preparation skills, including how to work a woodstove as a cooking tool. Women also tended to the garden, which was located near the home. Steele noted that in those days there was often very little opportunity to buy goods. If a family needed something, it had to grow it, make it, or process it. For example, another job that fell to women was cleaning freshly sheared wool, and transforming it so it could be used to make clothing. The boys learned things like carpentry skills. If a family was in need of a table or chair, it had to be made. They also cared for animals and tended fields. Cutting down trees for wood was also an important task. Wood was essential for building homes and furniture, it was also important as fuel for fires to keep the home warm during long winter

months. Boys were also taught blacksmithing skills. Making shoes for the horses or making tools to be used in the home, such as hooks, were important skills to learn. Life skills youth would need to run their own households were often parent taught, but Steele noted grandparents also played an important role in teaching these necessary skills. Corn, Steele commented, was important. It provided food for animals, the corn kernels could be pulverized into other important materials, and the husk could be turned into a doll, a pipe, or used as toilet paper. When it came to courting customs, Steele said, because of the limited number of people a family would know, marriages frequently occurred between neighbours. If a man was to spend the night at the home of the woman he was serious about marrying a custom

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called bundling was used to ensure he maintained his discretion. A man who was bundled was sewn into a bundle bag from the neck down. At around 16, it was time for a woman to begin thinking about marriage, Steele said. Things she would look for in a future husband was a man who owned his own house and property, was a good provider, someone who would be a good father, and would treat her well. Sometimes the community would recognize a

marriage through a public announcement between a couple before an official from the church could recognize it. Steele noted that the son of a United Empire Loyalist would receive 200 acres of land to begin his family. Conducting historical research, Steele said, is always fun. He noted the public library is a great resource to look into the past. HEIRS is also a good source to research genealogy and history.

Pet Of The Week: Adele Adele is a sweet, beautiful 10 month old cat looking for a new home. She is a young girl and has a very playful side, but can be a little shy when you first meet her. Once she is comfortable in her new space, she is very affectionate and loving. Adele will constantly head butt you and enjoys relaxing in your lap, once she is comfortable with you. If Adele sounds like the prefect pet for you, come and get her today! This pet also comes with 6 weeks of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit www.ospcainsurance. ca or call 1-866-600-2445. Drop by the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society shelter to visit at 1375 Provincial Rd., Windsor. Ph.: 519-966-5751. The adoption center is open everyday at 11am.

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Dippers make angels in the snow after plunge was postponed

by Sylene Argent Polar Bear Dippers will have to wait until Saturday, March 22 to put on their creative costumes and take the icy cold plunge into the frigid Lake Erie water. Due to uncooperative weather, the 14th annual Kingsville Polar Bear Dip was postponed this past Saturday to the future date. The postponement

was a let down to the many teams that raise funds for the event beneficiaries, ACCESS County Community Support Services (formerly the Youth & Family Resource Network) and Childcan. But participants were urged to head down to Lakeside Pavilion in Kingsville to hear the captains of some of the teams announce how much money their

teams raised this year. Ticket holders were also invited to attend the Evening of Fire and Ice dinner and dance, which was still a go later Saturday evening. ACCESS Executive Director Jenna Foley said postponing the dip was disappointing as it is an event many look forward to participating in or supporting. High winds on Friday made it impossible to set up a tent that is essential to the event. The tent is where dippers change into their swim gear and costumes back on into warm clothing after taking the plunge. Postponing the dip didnÕ t deter participants from having some fun. After completion of the

announcements on Saturday, many of those who were planning to get waist-deep in cold water just off the shoreline at Cedar Beach headed out into Lakeside Park, dropped down on the side of a hill, and made snow angels. Attending teams were also able to put on their costumes and get a group photo taken with the Polar Bear Dip Mascot. Foley hopes all of the Polar Bear Dip supporters and dippers will be able to attend the rescheduled date for a cool day of fun. She appreciates everyoneÕ s hard work and dedication. Ò It is nice to be able to celebrate all they do,Ó she said. There are many reasons why people take the plunge, Foley said. Some participants know of a family, or are part of a family, who has a child fighting cancer. Others have benefited from ACCESSÕ s services and want to give back. Foley added participating in the dip is seen by many of the participants as an achievable

challenge that will benefit two organizations in the community. Foley did not know what the 2014 Polar Bear Dip proceeds would be because of the postponement. Some teams also wanted to continue to fundraise until the rescheduled date. Last yearÕ s dip raised $148,000. That total was before event expenses were paid. The proceeds are divided equally between Childcan and ACCESS. The first 13 events raised $749,000. Childcan supports youth and their families dealing with childhood cancer in a variety of ways, including the providing of hospital parking passes, monthly parent

support groups, bursary opportunities, and family events. ACCESS provides an array of programs and services to youth, adults, and families in need in Essex County. In the fall of 2013, the Youth & Family Resource Network changed its name to ACCESS. The unveiling of the new identity was done inside the Shaheen Community Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The organizationÕ s former identity did not say all of what it provided to individuals and families in need within the area, Foley said. The rebranding, Foley noted, helps give the organization visibility within the community as well.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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In loving memory of a special sister, aunt, and great aunt

Allison, Doris May

BYRNE, Louis Bernard - 88 years young and a fine son of Woodslee and Pleasant Park. Proud and loving father of 11 children, and grandfather to 16. Devoted and loving husband to Jean Catherine (nee, Crowley predeceased July 13th, 1989). Louis passed peacefully and quietly on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014. Besides the love for his family, Louis had two other passions in life, tending to his fields as well as cultivating his business. Louis was born in Woodslee and never strayed too far off of the old 98 highway, moving down the road to Pleasant Park. Pappy was a tiller of the soil, a farmer, a contractor and a local businessman. He is now with Jeannie and will be missed by his children Paul(Pam Gignac), Tim(Cindy), Mike(Susan), Terry(Elaine), Frank, Dr. Mary-Lou Byrne(Alain Pinard), Thomas(Liuda Reeb), Susan(Greg Ebbinghaus), Maureen, Karla(Ron Comartin) and Cathy Byrne(Darren Worrall). Predeceased by siblings Jim, Gerald, Edward, Julie, Don and Bertha. Survived by brother Patrick and sister Charlotte Stevens. Loving grandfather to Danny, Brynn, Megan(Dave Georgiou), Joshua, Andrew, Shaun, Elizabeth-Anne, Derick, Ben, Zachary, Madeleine, Chloe, Julianne, Jesse, Colin and Owen. The family wishes to express our gratitude to the best in-home careworkers a family could have: Tammy and especially Dad’s favourite, Mary. We also appreciate the care given to our father by all of the staff at Country Village Nursing Home, Woodslee. Visitation was held at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex. The funeral mass was celebrated from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Woodslee. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery. Share memories or make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on-line at

who passed away on January 6th, 2002.


“In the book of life, a page is gently turned today.”

QUICK, William Clarence “Bill”- Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Iler Lodge in Essex at 84 years of age. Beloved husband of Hazel (nee Wheatley) for 62 years. Loving father of Patricia Lalonde and husband Michael, Arthur and wife Nadeline and Barbara Starling and husband Jayson. Cherished grandpa of Richard (Alicsa), Rochelle, Donna (Jeremy), Danielle (Jay), Brandon (Leah), Sophie, Hilary (Shawn), Hannah, Trevor (Samantha), Angie, Emma and William. Dearest great-grandpa of Avery, Nathan, Mason, Izzy, James, Cody, Madison, Myles, Maddalena, Hunter, Drake, Merrick and Wesley. Dear brother of Edison and wife Constance and brother-in-law of the late Ronald Wheatley, Freda McAllister (Don), Irene McIntosh (late Sandy), Bunny Walker (late Bob) and Eddie Wheatley. Predeceased by his sister-in-law Donna Quick. Bill will also be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends & neighbours. Bill started his career with the Windsor Board of Education as a custodian and advanced to Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance and retired after 34 years. Vacations and travelling were always something Bill and Hazel enjoyed together. They shared 24 winters in their Florida home and had many friends there. Bill loved sharing stories from his days on the farm & his time spent at Heinz. Special thanks to the Staff at Iler Lodge for the wonderful care and love Bill received. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Wednesday, January 29, 2-5pm & 7-9pm. Funeral service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:30am. Rev. Kim Gilliland officiating. Interment Fairview Cemetery, Wheatley. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor (Day Away Program). Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at

Fondly remembered by her family __________________________________ _______________________

CALHOUN Frances Jan

June 7, 1930 - February 8, 2009

Ray Anson

August 25, 1927 - February 9, 2005 Loving and kind in all their ways. Upright and just to the end of their days. Sincere and true, in their hearts and minds. Beautiful memories, they left behind. ~ Always remembered and sadly missed by Doug (Robin), Janice (Bill), Ron (Wendy), Lois (Tim), Chris (Jennifer), and their families. ________________________________________________________



JamesÊ Marchand The family of Jim Marchand would like to express heartfelt thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for all their support and kindness. Thanks to Dave of St. Mary’s Church of Maidstone, Shawn for the beautiful eulogy, and the ladies at the Legion for the beautiful luncheon. Thank you for all the flowers, donations and condolences. Many thanks to Tony and staff at Kennedy’s Funeral Home. We will always remember your kindness & thoughtfulness. ~ Sincerely Rose Marchand & Family


BUDANSEW, Peter - Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, January, 26, 2014 at Windsor Regional Hospital just short of his 63rd birthday. Beloved husband of Patricia Patrick. Pete will also be remembered and missed by his two sons, Stephan (Belinda) and Nathan and their mother Trudy Campbell (Darcy). Dearest brother of Mary Webley (Bob), Bob (Purlanne) and Roy (Holly). Son-in-law of Orion and Lucille Steinberg and brother-in-law of Orion (Mari), Gary (Darlene “Stacy”), the late Carolyn McDaneil (1999), Tim (Romina). Uncle of Mary Ann Hopkins (Doug), Mandy Webley (Mike), Belinda Budansew, Devon Budansew, Michael Steinberg (Heather), Michelle Steinberg (Dan), Jimmy McDaniel (Sheila), Crystal Lamont (Rob), Kris Steinberg (Holly), Trevan Wright, Terin Wright and great uncle of Alex Seebach (Erica) and Madison and Abby Webley. His many loving pets will dearly miss him. Pete started his career with Integram in 1989 and gave many years of service. He also did two years of service in Afghanistan with SNC Lavalin of which he enjoyed. Their group was so close they were like family and he missed them very much. Upon arriving home he finished his career at Integram Windsor Seating. Pete and Pat would like to thank them for their amazing support through Pete’s journey. Pat would also like to thank Dr. Alam, Dr. Hirmiz and Dr. Schneider and all the nurses of Windsor Regional Hospital and of V.O.N. for going above and beyond for Pete during his hard fought battle. Visitation will be held at Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service to celebrate Pete’s life will be held from the funeral home on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11 am. Rev. Kim Gilliland officiating. Entombment Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations made to Canadian Cancer Society or the Humane Society Windsor Essex County would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at

Voice Of Inspiration Ò To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.Ó

- Eleanor Roosevelt

What’s Going On JAN. 30 - THE NATURALIZED HABITAT NETWORK MEETING at the Essex County Civic Centre in Room C at 7 pm. Guest speaker, professional photographer, Graham Brown. JAN. 31 - GUATEMALA HOPE’S 3RD ANNUAL PASTA DINNER, 5:00 -7:00 pm at Colasanti’s. For tickets and info - Jeremy at 519-999-9161 or FEB. 1 - THE ONTARIO PURPLE MARTIN ASSOCIATION will hold its first meeting of 2014 at Colasanti’s at 9am. For more info, please call Paul at 519-738-3476. FEB. 3-9 - EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK - BANA - Visit kiosks around Windsor. For more information contact BANA at 519-969-2112. FEB. 7 -PASTA DINNER AT ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 92 St. Paul Street, Essex 5pm – 6:30pm. Call 519-776-7711 for more details. FEB. 8 - THE EKBOFMA PRESENT THE CROWE BROTHERS IN CONCERT AT BELLE RIVER K OF C at 7pm. For info: 519-776-8716. FEB. 18 - BLOOD DONOR CLINIC - at Essex Legion, from 1 - 7pm. Walk Ins Welcome! FEB. 20 - BLOOD DONOR CLINIC - at Harrow Arena, from 12:30-7pm. Walk-Ins Welcome! FEB. 21 - Pasta Fundraiser for Essex Community Services in the Community Room at the Essex Arena, 4:30 - 7pm. For tickets & info please call 519-776-4231. FEB. 26 - THE ESSEX & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING at Essex Community Centre at 7:30pm. Speaker is Maria Pap on Herbs & new flowers on the market. APRIL 5 - SHOOTER’S PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEETING - 7pm - 10pm at Colasanti’s Tropical Garden’s, 1550 Road 3E, Ruthven - Willow Room. Everyone welcome.

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Essex filmmaker releases second episode of “Yo, Ron?”

Ron McDermott with “Yo, Ron?” Creators Jakob Skrzypa and Alex Forman Photo Credit - Sebastien Gaspar-Woods

by Sylene Argent Nearly a year ago Essex Mayor Ron McDermottÕ s acting debut was captured in a University of Windsor film project that was uploaded onto Youtube for people to enjoy. The 25 minute comedy clip was entitled Ò Yo,

Ron?Ó and was created to be a satirical portrayal of ‘90s sitcoms. It was hoped this episode would be the first in a series, and the filmmakers are excited to direct Ò Yo, Ron?” fans back to the Youtube to check out the recently released second

episode. The first episode has had around 2400 views since its upload, and the second episode, which was just released, already has around 600. For Essex resident Jakob Skrzypa, who wrote, directed, and edited the film with fellow filmmaker Alex Forman, getting the second episode out for public viewing has been an exciting experience. The first episode was created as a film project for school, which he said garnered positive response from viewers. The second episode was something the local filmmaker wanted to do for fun, and he was happy McDermott was willing to again step into the role of a college student who loves to rap. Working with McDer-


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film was more of a dark comedy. As far as his University education goes, Skrzypa has one more year to complete. He hopes to make a career in the film industry, as he canÕ t imagine doing anything else. Being in University to learn about film and its industry has

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Essex District High School business leadership students met with Colchester North Public School students last Thursday morning for a special assembly. The elementary students were updated about fundraisers held for the EDHS sister school in Maforeka.

by Sylene Argent Essex District High School business leadership students, along with retired EDHS teacher John Garinger, visited area feeder schools recently to explain to the elementary students some of the fundraising initiatives that have taken place in the past several months to assist the high schoolÕ s sister school in the village of Maforeka, Sierra Leone.

Last Thursday, the business leadership students made their final presentation to the students at Colchester North Public School. To help the Colchester North students get a sense of what the high school has been fundraising for since 2010, a video called Ò Miracle in MaforekaÓ was shown that featured some of the students who attend the Sierra Leone school, as well as GaringerÕ s trip to Africa for the schoolÕ s grand opening. The video explained that the 11-year civil war that devastated Sierra Leone was officially ended in 2002 it resulted in the deaths of 75,000 people. Maforeka is located 260 kms from Sierra LeoneÕ s capital Freetown. In 2010, after learning about the devastation the civil war created in Sierra Leone, EDHS students went to work on fundraising. The students contacted feeder schools to help and organized a walk-a-thon. Altogether, $45,000 was raised, which helped build a school in Maforeka through the group Schools for Salone. The school building project started in January 2010 and it took around eight months to complete. The local high school

students continue to raise around $4000 a year to help with operating costs and to provide the Sierra Leone students with pencils, paper, and other school supplies. Garinger visited Africa to attend the Maforeka school grand opening. He said the people are very kind and are full of hope. He hopes to return for another visit in the near future. Student Success Teacher Mrs. Lindsay said it is important for EDHS and its sister schools to stay committed to the Maforeka school as the school gave the village hope. Each of the feeder schools sponsors a student from Maforeka to help pay for the childÕ s education. The group urged the students to come up with a few fundraising ideas to sponsor their student this year. Business leadership students Olivia Bernath and Jackie Stevenson noted now EDHS is trying to enlist the help of other high schools in Ontario to pitch in and help build Redemption school in Sierra Leone. A few of the fundraising initiatives EDHS has undertaken this school year includes an annual pasta dinner held at the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch

201) last fall. This event raised $2600 to help pay for student school supplies. At the Ken Knapp Ford Jingle Bell Run, Walk, and Wheel, students manned a baked good table where an additional $700 was raised for the cause. Around a year ago, the students at feeder schools were asked to donate used books for the students in Sierra Leone. This was very important for the students in Maforeka. A solar panel suitcase was also sent to Maforeka. The solar panels absorb light throughout the day and it generates enough electricity to power a light bulb for two hours. The light bulb is used so students can read at night or complete homework. It is the only light bulb in the entire town, the business leadership students said. The Maforeka project, Garinger said, was a success because of the feeder schoolsÕ help. Building the school gave the students in Maforeka hope, and those students canÕ t wait to get to school, he said. More information on Maforeka can be found on the EDHS website, www. essexdistricthighschool. com. The video Ò Miracle in MaforekaÓ can also be viewed there.

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Atlas Tube announces largest rooftop solar project in Canada by Jennifer Cranston Atlas Tube in Harrow, in partnership with OYA Solar Inc. and Polar Racking, has developed CanadaÕ s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant. The solar plant, which covers about one third of the roof at Atlas Tube, covers about 12,000 square feet and generates enough power to supply about 60 homes for a year with an annual power output of 897,128 kilowatthours. Lindsey Flemming is Vice President, Engineering/ Technology for JMC Steel Group, which is the parent company of Atlas Tube. He explained that the project began back in 2009 with the introduction of the Green Energy Act. Generally the racks are made with aluminum but they wanted to get their steel tubing into the racks. Ò We spoke to several companies,Ó said Flemming. OYA Solar and Polar Racking joined the project. Flemming explained that the manufacture and installation of the system was the easy part, years of red tape had to be cut through to receive approval

Pictured are Marcello Cuzzolino (Project Manager) and Lindsey Flemming (Vice President, Engineering/ Technology) for JMC Steel Group are excited to announce the completion of Canada’s largest roof-top solar plant.


from the province. Ò This is a gateway project,Ó said Marcello Cuzzolino, Project Manager. Ò We have a whole solar division now.Ó Officials at Atlas are hoping to see completion of phases two and three in the near future that will see the other two thirds of their roof being utilized to supply power for the grid. JMC Steel Group is an international company and they are investigating similar projects at other locations. Polar Racking continues to forge its strategic alliance with Atlas. Polar, who designs, manufactures and assembles racking in Windsor, ON, has incorporated AtlasÕ steel tube to manufacture its second generation of ground mount racking systems which was recently presented at Intersolar North America 2013. AtlasÕ steel tube provides Polar with competitive cost, greater strength and structural rigidity over the use of aluminum as well as other benefits in solar applications. Ò We are excited to have teamed with OYA Solar and Polar Racking to complete this project at our Atlas Tube manufacturing facility in

Harrow. This solar installation proves that steel tubing is a viable solution for rooftop applications,Ó said David Seeger, President of JMC Steel Group. Ò As the demand for solar continues to grow throughout North America, JMC Steel Group looks forward to providing highquality steel tubing to support those demands.Ó Atlas Tube employs about 150-160 people locally and feeds the local economy with spin-off contracts with other local businesses. Harry Zekelman founded Atlas Tube in Harrow in 1984. Following his passing in 1986, the company was taken over by his three sons. Atlas Tube flourished to become the largest structural steel tubing producer in North America, with locations across the continent.

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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 Saturday, February 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.

Salvation Army Essex Community Church submitted by Carolyn Barnett We invite you to attend Family Worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. led by Lt. Kristen Gray. Our Sunday Prayer Meeting is held from 10 -10:30 a.m. Stay after the service on Feb.2nd for our monthly potluck luncheon. Candidate for Officership Danielle Feltham will be joining us for this service. Every Tuesday from 10 -1 p.m. SA Connections meets for fun, fellowship and a free lunch. Men, women & preschoolers are welcome to be a part of this enjoyable community program. Our monthly nursing home programs take place at Iler Lodge on Wed. Feb.5th at 10:30 p.m. and at Country Village in Woodslee on Thurs. Feb.6th at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend as we minister to the residents at both facilities.

St. Paul’s/ Trinity Anglican Our first pasta dinner this year is Feb 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a joint service Feb. 2, with a visit from Bishop Terry. More details later. Our day for lay leaders is May 10 at St. Andrews, LaSalle from 9:30 to 3. for details check : http.// To register: email allsaints.sarnia@

Harrow United Church Submitted by Larry Anderson We welcome you to join us this Sunday at 10:30 am with Reverend Frank Staples. A supervised Nursery and Sunday School Program also takes place during our worship hour. Our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 2, as part of our morning worship service, followed by a lunch of soup and sandwiches. Confirmation sessions will begin following the morning worship service on Sunday, February 9. Any youth in grades 9 or 10 who are interested in becoming a member of the church are asked to contact the church office at 519-738-4223. For info on our upcoming Bible Study based on the book“The Last Week”by Marcus J. Borg and John Crossan, please contact Rev. Staples by calling the church office. Everyone is welcome to join the discussions. The AOTS Valentine’s Dinner will be held on Friday, February 14, at Harrow United Church. Tickets are available by calling the church office. To view and listen to Rev. Staples’weekly messages and to learn more about Harrow United Church, please visit us at:



Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer submitted by Barb Mactier Meat Pie Production continues. For orders, please contact Barb at 519-737-6619 or Redeemer Vestry Meeting will take place on February 2 with a service at 9:30 a.m. followed by meeting and breakfast. Joint Warden’s Meeting on February 4th at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. Family Fun Night on February 5th at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. Staff Meeting on February 6th at 5 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. Deanery Council Meeting for wardens and lay Synod delegates on the evening of Mon. Feb 10th at St. Mary’s Walkerville. Sprouts meets on February 13th from 10-11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Redeemer Parish Council meets on February 13th at 7 p.m. Our Parish Event is Back by Popular Demand - Soup Day with a twist! Join us for “Sunday Soup for the Soul”. Mark your calendars: Sunday February 16th & Sunday March 16th at Church of the Redeemer, County Rd. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Happy 70th Birthday to Beth Wickett.







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No appointment necessary. The winner of Saturday euchre was Dianna with Shirley S. in second. It was good to see a larger group out for Monday evening Pepper. The high score was Shirley S., most peppers Mary Lou Chibi and Louise had low score. Wednesday night Pepper high scorer was Doug, George had most peppers and Louise again brought up the rear. Woodslee Friendship Club Congratulations to our new executive, namely, President-Donna Poisson, Vice President-Colleen Chevalier, Treasurer...George Diesbourg, and Secretary....Fran Mc Kim. Winners this past week were Pat Mullins, Dave Mc Murren, George Diesbourg, George Sutherland, Millie Fuerth and Jean Matalik. Memberships are encouraged, but you do not have to be a member to come out and enjoy a euchre or pepper card game with us. We welcome everyone. If cards are cancelled due to inclement weather etc., we will call you ahead of time. For info call Joanne Mc Murren at 519-975-2409. Holy Name of Jesus Church submitted by Therese Lecuyer As you may know by now that Fr. Francis will be transferring to St. Philip Parish 25 Centre St, Essex N8M 1N8 in Petrolia. His last Mass here will be on March 1st & 2nd. Fr. Dave Boutette from St. Phone: 776-6522 Fax: Mary’ s in Maidstone will be our new776-7265 Priest along with Fr. Mike Ryan a retired Priest from __________________________________________ Woodslee. Fr. Moe Charbonneau will be the new Priest at St. Mary’s and St. John’s. Fr. personal 1975” Rob will be back“Friendly, on February 20th and will beservice here untilsince February 23rd. Then he begins at the Church of Atonement in Windsor. We&welcome Fr. Dave on March 4th! Tax Planning Preparation Prime Time - Grades 1Bookkeeping to 5 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Our next night is February 5th. Services Managerial Needs & Problems Cash Flow & Business Projections PLUMBING GST Consultants • Financial Planning

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Parents who are interested in helping with snacks and supervision can call the office. 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. General Meeting - Thursday, February 6th after 7 p.m. mass. Pasta Dinner Fundraiser For Schaafsma Family Fire Relief - Saturday, February 1st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in our Hall. Tickets available at door or from Tom 776-4206 or from Peter 776-4310. Please come and support this family. Mission Commitee - Next Sunday’s Mission collection will allow us to continue supporting people in Africa. Churchill-Hudson Bay, El Salvador, Essex, Haiti, India, NWT, and Peru. As well as Development and Peace. Thank you for your generosity. Youth Ministry - Life Teen - Sunday, February 2nd with Mass at 5 p.m. and a Super Bowl Party to follow for all high school students. Also mark in your calendars our upcoming retreat February 22-23. CWL Sweetheart Bake Sale - Will take place after each Mass on February 1st and 2nd in the Gather Space. CWL members please bring in your baked goods before the Mass you are attending. Thank you! JK Registration - At Holy Name School takes place from February 10 to 21 with an Open House on Wednesday, February 12 at 5 p.m. More info contact Mary Kay at 7767351. God Bless you all and have a great week! Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman Come join us for Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 am. Neil Fotheringham will be giving the message. Thank you to Brian Stocks who gave the message last Sunday. The Greeters will be Mac and Cheryl Affleck. Don’t forget the Congregational Meeting this Sunday at 8:30 am, Sunday Service will be at the regular time. For Pastoral concerns contact Rev. Olav T Kitchen of The Ruthven Pastoral Charge. March 7 is World Day of Prayer at Woodslee United Church at 11 am. Cozy Corners - Bethel-Maidstone United submitted by Bev Holland All are welcome to attend our Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Linda Blair. Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m. A nursery is available during the service. Office hours are Tues. and Thurs. mornings from 9 am to 1 pm. Telephone: 519-723-2284, email: Last Sunday Jan. 26th - 3rd Sunday After Epiphany we would like to thank John Cats for being our guest speaker and bringing us an inspirational message that “God’s Promises Are Priceless”. Next week Sunday Feb. 2nd Phil Hernandez will be our guest speaker. His message will be“Discovering God’s Direction”. Tues., Feb. 4th is the Nursing Home Service at Iler Lodge at 2 pm. Volunteers are always most welcome and appreciated. Please join us. Sun., Feb. 9th our guest speaker will be Jean Bennett who will speak on “The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, A Christian Response to Hunger”. Mon., Feb. 10th is the U.C.W. Meeting in the Hall at 1pm. All women of the congregation are welcome to attend.


Sun., March 2 the “Annual Reports are Due”to be typed for the Annual Meeting on March 30th. Please get them in as soon as possible. Thanks for your cooperation. Next week Feb. 2nd- the Door Greeters are Margie & Charles Toffelmire, Elder on Duty is Shona Jones and Lock-Up is Rob Reeb. In case of an emergency please call Rev. Kim Gilliland at 519-839-4266.

Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank St. Mary’s Parish will be celebrating special wedding anniversaries on Saturday, February 8th at 7 p.m. Please sign up at the back of the church. Guatemala Hope Pasta Dinner is on Friday, January 31st at Colasanti’s. The Mission Club is collecting new or gently used sweaters in all sizes for migrant workers. Please drop off at the back of the church. Baseball registration takes place on Feb. 1-2 in the hall or register on-line at Happy Birthday to Caroline McCarthy. Please keep in your prayers Roy Deehan, Renee Damphouse and Lucas Gerard. Please keep all the shut ins, nursing home residents and the lonely in your prayers.

Bakerville News submitted by Evelyn Baker Weather has sure been very wintry all month so maybe February will be kinder. Happy Birthday Wishes to my son Glen, Dalton Smith, Ruth Dunn, Mike DeVries & Kyle Sorrell. Next week to Elwyn Robinson who is celebrating #92 and Aunt Bernice Baker who is celebrating her 95th in Michigan. Sympathy from our community on the passing of Louis Byrne & Paul Rivait. Paul used to live on the 11th concession and owned Paul’s Auto Wreckers for many years. The Pleasant Valley Community Club have been having card parties but I had nothing else so here we go. For Pepper Party the lucky folks were Betty Ann, Mary Lou Chibi, Eileen Ames, Don Ames, George Diesbourg, Keith Dresser & Al McLellan for last week. Regular Euchre the lucky folks were Don Ames, Keith Dresser, Grant Beacom, Thomas Allison, Ken Salter, Norma Beacom, Eileen Ames, Eileen Salter. Door Prizes: Alice Crawford, Elaine Taylor & Robert Mogyordi. Pepper party lucky folks were Eileen Ames, Elaine Taylor, Josie Dresser, Charles Chevalier, George Diesbourg & Thomas Allison. Keep in touch if there is card parties being held as the weather predicts whether we play or not. Have a great week!

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. Please keep those with health needs and those in nursing homes in your thoughts and prayers.


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Henry Dueck’s 1947 Morris around 1951 with brother Jack and a hired man on the family farm

Henry P. Dueck of Coaldale, Alberta, writes: “Here is the story of my first automobile. It was the summer of 1951, I had recently sold my Harley 45, and I had about $300 which was burning a hole in my pocket. My friends were driving cars and I felt left out. “One Sunday afternoon, a fellow drove into our farm yard and offered to sell me his 1947 Morris sedan. It wasnÕ t much of a car but it had four wheels and it ran. We negotiated a price, and I think it was about $290.00. I made a few minor improvements and come next Sunday, I took my friends for a ride. “Driving down Hwy. #3 east of Lethbridge, an Austin A50 passed us, so I decided to overtake him and pressed the gas pedal to the floor. After a km or so, I heard this terrible bang and, looking out my rear view mirror, I saw something bouncing on the road. We pulled over and lo and behold, it was a connecting rod. It blew a hole through the cast aluminum oil pan and took a piece of the block with it. “We towed the car home to the farm, and the next day I went looking for parts. They of course had to order them from England and I waited six months for a new oil pan and a new piston and connecting rod. The block I was able to have welded. I finally had it running again by the spring of 1952. I made a quick trip and traded it in on a 1948 Ford sedan, a beautiful car and also our honeymoon vehicle. “Cars have been my passion. I have restored two Studebakers, a 1949 Starlight coupe and a 1962 Lark sedan as well as a 1957 IHC half-ton. I am presently working on a 1971 VW Bug. I also own a 2002 Sebring convertible as well as a Ford Windstar van.Ó HenryÕ s 1947 Morris was built one year before the company launched its famous Morris Minor, built from 1948 to 1971 and the first British car to exceed a production run of over one million vehicles. Morris cars were named after William Morris, an Oxford cycle and motor agent who built his first car in 1913, a Morris-Oxford. By the 1920s, Morris cars were among the best-selling vehicles in the U.K. 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 73Õ s beat Mooretown 5-4 The Essex 73Õ s surpassed last yearÕ s point total in the GLJCHL standings with a 5-4 win over the visiting Mooretown Flags on Jan. 21. Veteran defenceman Tyler Raymont led the offence with a goal and a pair of assists with goals from Alex Garon, Corey Beaulieu, Jordan Ryan and Daniel Slipchuk. Six of the nine goals, including a shorthanded maker by Beaulieu, came on special teams. • Congratulations to Essex District High SchoolÕ s Lucia McElwain for recently being selected as a WECSSAA allstar. She helped the Red Raiders to an 8-2 regular season and into the playoffs where the locals were ‘AA’ finalists. • Still with high school sports, the wrestling team is in the midst of its season and have already begun to take home medals. At the recent Sarnia Invitational, Rebecca Reaume won gold, Madison Mills silver and a bronze for veteran grappler Kyle Hill. The Red Raiders will be at the WECSSAA event on Feb. 12. • Following the break for exams, the undefeated Red Raiders senior boys basketball team will face Villanova on Tuesday; the senior girls volleyball team, at 8-0, will host St. Anne on Monday and the 5-3-2 boys hockey team is at Kingsville. • Add two more former Essex Ravens who have

moved on to university football. The University of Windsor Lancers will have a pair of talented, and very big offensive linemen suiting up in Brandon Martins and Lucas Moore. • Kyle Williamson has returned to Canada. The Essex native who was an OUA all-star and a two-time AllCanadian volleyball player is no longer playing professionally with the Sora Argos of Italy. Williamson, a strong outside hitter, led the University of Windsor for five years including 2008 when he was named the rookie-of-the-year. • Matt Puempel celebrated his birthday in style on Friday night as he had a goal and an assist for the Binghamton Senators

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as they beat Albany 5-2. Puempel was named the third star of the game. • Kelsey Balkwill, an EDHS graduate, helped the University of Miami Hurricanes womenÕ s track and field team to a third place finish at the Rod McCravy meet in Lexington, Kentucky on the weekend. The 4 x400 team had a time of 3:35.58. • It’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend and that means a big day for former Essex Raven Luke Willson and the Seattle Seahawks.

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Essex Ravens Bantam Minors hockey team

submitted to EFP On Saturday, Jan. 25th, the Essex Ravens by Fred last year for the league so here is a break down travelled to LeamingGroves title. of whose-who around the ton where the Bantam A In their third year now, province. play downs were being The Essex 73Õ s have 73Õ s GM Scott Miller and Certainly, the Picton hosted. The first game shot the moose and now coach Gil Langlois have Pirates, the team that was against Erie North itÕ s time to get it out of the assembled a team that captured the Cup over forest. just might win EssexÕ s Essex last year, are looking Shore. Austin Szarek In other words, the first Schmalz Cup since to repeat. Coming into was between the pipes real work, the dirty stuff, 2009. While most teams this past weekend they for us. Erie got on the begins now. acquired new players are 32-1-1 and are led by scoreboard first, but we After finishing on throughout the season, sniper Brian Bunnett with answered back at 5:12 top of the Great Lakes these guys showed their 77 points. Goalie Andrew with a powerplay goal by Brady Fuerth, picking up Junior Ô CÕ Hockey League confidence in their 23. Pearson has a 1.76 GAA. standings once again, the Alliston Hornets and the rebound in front of The only change was locals are poised to win that they sent goalie Arren the Kings of Penetang the net. Assists by Austin their third straight league Romeril to Amherstburg are fighting it out in the Friesen & Matt Brown. championship. when they had an Georgian Bay loop. Matt two minutes later, AusThey will open up opportunity to pick up Fischer leads the Kings tin F. was fed a nice pass out front by Brady F. and against the eighth place Junior Ô BÕ all-star Darien and has 86 points. Dresden and - pending a Ekblad. Rookie netminder Over in the Midwestern knocked it in. Essex up royal miracle - the Kings Jacob Kment is the top League the New Hamburg 2-1 at the end of the first. Essex maintained the will be eliminated quite goalie in the league and he Firebirds are just a point quickly. has steadily improved all up on our old friends hard work into the second After that, and into the season. from Ayr. Grimsby and period with many defensecond round, it could be Essex is an older, Hagersville are even in sive plays especially Jara little tougher for Essex experienced team and the Niagara League and rett Phibbs shutting down as the standings down are led by the best player itÕ s a horse race coming an Erie attacker with the stretch of the regular in the league, Corey down the stretch in the ease. Erie tied it back up. campaign have been the Beaulieu, who will win Western League between It wasnÕ t till the last minclosest in quite a few his second consecutive the Wingham Ironmen ute of play that Austin years. scoring title and, the and the Walkerton Hawks. F. fired it in to go up by With only a few games fastest guy probably in all Ironmen Aaron Armstrong one. Assisting was Brady left, Wheatley was in of Junior Ô CÕ hockey, Alex leads all Junior Ô CÕ players F & Matt B. Erie would second place followed by Garon. in Ontario with 95 points deflate our sails by scorBelle River, Alvinston and Langlois and Miller in 32 games. ing to tie the game. DurBlenheim. There are four know that getting out of Strengths for Essex ing the flood between the points between the Sharks the GLJCHL will not be a as they get ready for periods, the boys were and the Blades. cakewalk. No doubt they the playoff season are pumped up in the dressEssex has beaten these arenÕ t looking past the goaltending (again), a ing room by the coaches teams quite handedly this next game. veteran team and a desire and it seemed to work. At year, all except for the ThatÕ s why I did a little to win it all. 6:28 in the third, Essex Sharks, the team they beat snooping on my own and Weaknesses are injuries was rewarded when Danlike everyone else this iel Mastroianni stole the time of year and getting a puck and drove to the net handle on penalties. and Daine Grona came in

73’s ready to defend league title and beyond

hot right behind him for the big rebound to find the back of the twine. Essex up 4-3. Icing on the cake with an empty net goal by Brady F would end the game with the score of 5-3 and the big win. Essex moved on to the 5pm game. All they had to do was win this game and they would be heading into the six point series with home ice advantage. Their opponent in this match was the St. Thomas Stars. Austin Szarek stood tall again in net for us from the drop of the puck till the final buzzer. Action went back and forth in the first period with the two teams trying to figure each other out. In the second, EssexÕ s fans were treated to the first goal of the game with a nice feed from Matt Gillis on the side of the net to Daniel Mastroianni who flipped it over the line. St. Thomas did have some chances, but Ryan Friesen with some awesome back checking

came out of nowhere to tie up. Now into the third period, Essex had some nice passing again and Daniel M fed the point where Blair Cosgrove shot the puck hard on the net that left a juicy rebound at the hash marks for Austin F. to get another goal. The team was not done yet and got one more goal with a quick rebound by Matt G and assisting on the play was Daniel M and Daine Grona. Essex earned the 3-0 shutout victory and clinched their spot in the series starting Jan. 31st weekend. Essex will be facing St.Thomas again in the six point series and we wish the Ravens the best of luck. Win it all boys! Go Ravens!


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