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A LOOK INSIDE Historical book highlights early McGregor PAGE 3 _______________ 4-H members receive project seals

PAGE 5 _______________ CTMHV displaying Bob Probert’s motorcycles PAGE 13 _______________ Fire destroys Story Book Early Learning Centre PAGE 14 _______________ Veigli settling in nicely with the Saints PAGE 19 _______________ 73’s Grab 3 of 4 points PAGE 24 _______________

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JANUARY • Holy Name of Jesus Church in Essex unveiled its new youth ministry centre. The Saint John Paul the Great Centre for Youth Ministry, located in the Church basement, is equipped with a state-of-the art multi-media system. • In early January, the Essex K of C Council, based at Holy Name of Jesus Church, was pleased to participate in the K of C Special Olympic Flag Relay. • The Essex County 4-H Club presented awards to existing members and welcomed new members at an event held at the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201). • On January 8, co-workers, family, and

friends honoured Essex Town Clerk and Manager of Legislative Services Cheryl Bondy with a surprise party to celebrate her upcoming retirement. • Before the regular Council meeting on Monday, January 18, Councillors and the Harrow District High School Working Committee sported t-shirts that read I love HDHS. The back of the shirts reads “#findaway.” On January 11, the Town’s request for an Administrative Review of the process that led the Greater Essex Country District School Board to the decision to close HDHS was officially denied by the Province. The Working Committee met the following Wednesday to discuss the possibility of further legal action.

• The Town of Essex announced plans to move forward with implementing proposed solutions to the basement flooding problem, despite learning that the town’s request for $2.8 million from the Small Communities Fund (SCF), a joint federal-provincial infrastructure grant program, had been denied. • On January 21, area youth gathered inside the gymnasium at Essex District High School to compete in the annual Essex-based Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition. • New Community Policing Officer, Constable Sean MacKinnon, was welcomed to the community. He wanted to be a police officer

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from the time he was nine-years old. • At the ERCA Annual General Meeting on January 21, several Conservation Awards were presented to individuals and organizations that make environmental concerns a priority. Don and Neal Huber of Harrow received the Conservation Farm Award, which is given in conjunction with the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association. FEBRUARY • The Essex Memorial Spitfire Committee helped to sponsor the 11th Windsor Military Studies Conference where WWII Veterans received their Legion of Honour Knighthoods in the rank of Chevalier. • The Harrow Early Immigrant Society (HEIRS) learned about some of the local soldiers who fought at the Battle of Dieppe in 1942 during a presentation Kingsville Historical Park Museum Curator Kevin Fox conducted. • The five nurse practitioners and three registered practical nurses who work at the Harrow Health Centre and the satellite

office in McGregor got their first contract after unionizing in May. • In early February, representatives from the 24 United Churches of Windsor and Essex County gathered at the Windsor Airport to welcome the Alhamawi family, who arrived from Jordan to begin life in their new home of Windsor. • There was fierce competition in early February as local Scouts participated in the annual Essex Area Scouting Kub Kar Rally and Scout Drags at the Harrow Agricultural Building. • In celebration of Food Freedom


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Day, representatives from the Essex County Federation of Agriculture (ECFA) forwarded a $1000 donation to the Salvation Army Church on Friday, February 5. • A group of grade eight girls from Holy Name Catholic Elementary School placed third in the First Lego League Provincial Robotics Competition, held at the University of Waterloo. • In early February, Rob Auger took over as Essex’s Manager of Legislative Services. • Peggy Van Mierlo-West took over as the Town of Kingsville’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). • To kick off Heritage Week, the Essex & Community Historical Research Society and the Town of Essex’s Heritage Committee partnered to host an information session at the old Carnegie Library on February 15. • On February 16, the Greater Essex County District School Board refused to revisit its decision to close Harrow District High School, in spite of continued pleas from The Town of Essex and community members.

• Constables Keith Daynes and Greg Adams of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the Town of Essex responded to call regarding a dog trapped in the icy waters of Cedar Creek, at Cedar Creek Bridge, just south of County Road 20 and west of County Rd 23 (Arner Townline). • The Essex Retirees’ Social Club’s Annual Soup contest boasted around 15 homemade soups that individuals and businesses donated. Essex Firefighters served as judges before doors were opened to the public. First place went to Cheryl Allen for her Italian Sausage Soup, Dorothy Brown brought home the second place prize for her Taco Soup, and Chartwell Retirement Home in Kingsville took third place with its Lobster Bisque. MARCH • Skate Essex’s 55th Carnival theme was “Spooky Spectacularâ€? with skaters, from every skill level, showing off the on-ice skills they had obtained over they season. • The Annual Essex Train Show attracted many individuals, who enjoyed the sights and sounds the many model train displays offered from inside Essex Public School’s gymnasium.

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Historical book highlights early McGregor

by Fred Groves In January 1876, Thomas Adair, then the Reeve of Southampton, saw a diamond in the rough, more particularly a great opportunity in Essex County. Adair purchased several large tracts of land in the former townships of Colchester and Anderdon and established himself in what became McGregor. The history of McGregor is wellchronicled in a book called “The McGregor News, The First 25 years,” which Amherstburg’s Marsh Collection Society produced. Collected from the pages of the Amherstburg Echo newspaper, “The McGregor News,” which was a section of the publication, is a detailed

look at the village from its conception in 1875 to 1900. “This is the very beginning. A lot of it is a gossip column, which is fun,” Eleanor Warren said, who, along with Vicki Petras and Pat Warren, compiled materials and researched for the book. Parts are a little hard to believe, including the October 12, 1878 submission about what a young girl named Oyenne thought was a huge snake. She apparently died after falling to the ground in convulsions in fright when seeing the 15-foot long snake. And while some of the stories in “McGregor News” may not be completely accurate, the book does provide an excellent look into those

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who first settled the area. These included lumber barons Thomas Ouellette, David Sicklesteel, and George Niebergall. There is also a lot of information about John Thrasher, who opened the first hotel and was instrumental in building the first school. “McGregor wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the lumber industry. Once the railway went through they could get the lumber out,” Warren said. The Canadian Southern Railway, which began in St. Thomas and ran to Amherstburg from 1872 to 1882, criss-crossed with Hiram Walker’s line which went from Walkerville to Kingsville. The village was originally called ‘Colchester Crossing’ and ‘Colchester Station,’ but when the first Post Office was set up on September 1, 1876, local residents decided to name it ‘McGregor’ after prominent businessman and politician, William McGregor. “What surprised me was in that first 25 years how quickly the village grew,” Warren commented. Hundreds of men came to McGregor to cut timber and many of them found themselves on the wrong side of the law as they produced clubs, knives, and even guns to settle

their differences. In fact, McGregor at times was almost like the wild, wild west. “Everybody had a revolver. They would shoot each other at night and the next day patch it up and be buddy-buddy.” With two rail lines, more than one prospering lumber mill and a quickly growing community, there were many deaths and a lot of them were recorded in the “McGregor News.” Warren’s grandmother’s brother was 15-months old when he wandered out on to the railway track and was hit and killed. “She never mentioned anything like that. Tragedy was common in those days. People took care of each other.” “ M c G r e g o r News,” which former Amherstburg Echo Editor E.P. Chant edited, chronicles the lives of several of the early settlers, including Anson Stewart, the first Postmaster, and Rev. Jean-Pierre Grand, who supervised the building of the first church in 1880. Warren is now working on the next 25 years of the “McGregor News,” for 1900 to 1925, which will include information on those men who fought in WWI.

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Howling at the Moon ••• Comment by Sylene Argent ••• Toys in the Attic

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Despite the phrase “toys in the attic” typically meaning insanity, it could also symbolize, in my mind, locking away one’s childhood to only be rediscovered down the road when one takes the time to climb to the dusty, upper level of long forgotten memory. I dusted off a memory over the holiday season, so to speak, after having (legally) downloaded Aerosmith’s “Toys in the Attic” album. When the first tune, which shares the same name as the album, began to blare, it took me back to being a youth of around eight-years old when I was out on an extended ice fishing trip with my dad and a few uncles Up North. I first discovered the album on that trip. It had belonged to one of my uncles, and after having heard it, I

insisted it was played on repeat for the remainder of the trip. My request was granted without much objection from fellow trip-goers. One night in particular, we were sitting around the kitchen table playing cards as this album played on repeat. We were playing Crazy Eights, and I kept hammering my one uncle with the pick up five card. I can still remember his playful frustration and my enjoyment at beating an adult at cards. During this trip, I had partially slipped into one of the ice-fishing holes, soaking one of my boots up to the ankle in the very crisp and cool water. I had also slightly burned one of my hands on the wood stove inside the shanty when I took that plunge; no one has ever claimed I was graceful. I was fine, but I had gotten a little

shaken up. My dad and uncles were quick to help me dry up and care for my burn. It is experiences like that that define, and challenge, the boundaries of one’s toughness. I had a great time that trip, and now as an adult, I am amazed my uncles and dad let me tag along. I am grateful for that. As a kid, we often do not think about how having a kid in tow on vacation could be an added responsibility for adults. And that can sometimes dampen the fun. As a child, you just want to be included. I certainly have a treasure chest of memories to cherish from many great trips Up North with the extended family. How lucky am I?!

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Essex Minor Baseball was born. The first year, there were four teams with players ranging in age from 7 to 14. Attached is one of the teams O.P.P. coached by Bob Nace. Who were the other sponsors, coaches, and players? If you would like to help in the planning of celebrations for the 60th anniversary, please email:trobsonbaseball@ Let us know your ideas for a spectacular celebration. Please let us know if you have any pictures from past years and we will arrange to pick them up and scan them and return them back to you, or if you can, send scanned pictures to email: Please add names of those in the pictures. We will also need to know if there is anyone who can donate a vehicle(s) for floats for the Essex Fun Fest parade. Let us know how you enjoyed baseball.

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The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Essex Minor Baseball. In 1957, then Essex Mayor Elmer Queen received a pay raise of $60.00. He declined the raise and donated the money to buy equipment for the boys to play baseball.

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Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch Lyrics explained My friend who sends me these ideas says she is not certain if the explanation of the lyrics in that song about partridge and turtle doves is realistic, but this is what she found. Really it is not a Christmas carol. From 1558 to 1829 Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly, so someone wrote a catechism song for the young. It carries two levels of meaning; one known only to the church members and the other with code words that children could remember. According to her research, here it is! The partridge in pear tree represents Christ. Two turtle doves meant old and new testaments. Three French hens were faith,

hope, and love. Four calling birds were the four gospels. Five golden rings were the laws in the first five books of old testament. The six geese were the number of days of creation. The seven swans were gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership, and mercy. The eight maids milking were the beatitudes. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self control. The 10 lords leaping were the 10 commandments. The 11 pipers were the 11 faithful disciples, and the 12 drummers were the belief in the Apostles Creed.

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4-H members receive project seals

On Monday evening, the Cloverbuds proudly showed off the program seals they earned for participating in the club.

by Sylene Argent Leaders and organizers with the Essex County 4-H Association hosted an awards presentation for existing members and a sign up event for interested youth wanting to get involved with the local organization on Monday evening at the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201). During this annual event, interested youth were able to hear from leaders, many of whom have gone through the program themselves or have been involved in a leadership role for years, about the many

different clubs available to participating youths up to the age of 21. 4-H offers its youth members a chance to learn by doing, and although many of the available clubs are agriculturalbased, youth do not have to be from rural areas to get involved. Some of the clubs offered to participating youth include cooking, baking, canning, rearing different types of livestock or birds, learning about farm safety, and art-related initiatives. The Cloverbuds program, a relatively new initiative, is offered to youth from six to eight-

years of age, who are too young to join 4-H, but want to get involved. The Cloverbuds program introduces the participating youngsters to several different 4-H topics, which helps them decide where their interests may be when they get old enough to join 4-H clubs. Part of the 4-H program is teaching youth to speak publicly. Each of the Cloverbuds took a moment to explain to everyone at the event about something they learned through their club last year, which included making cake in a cup, learning about rabbits and dairy cows,

going to the Maidstone Conservation Area to learn about nature, and learning about greenhouses. Each of the Cloverbuds received recognition for their participation in the club. The youth who had perfect attendance received a medallion. The event also acted as a mini-graduation for the Colverbuds who are moving up to regular 4-H Clubs. The graduates received a piggy bank with a loonie for each year they have been involved in Cloverbuds. The Cloverbuds also won the Club of the Year award, which earned the group $200. Every season, youth have the option to join several different clubs within the 4-H Organization. The youth involved with 4-H, upon completing their programs and achievement days, are awarded project seals for their participation. Participating members were awarded their project seals during the event on Monday evening, which

symbolizes and recognizes the dedication and hard work they have put into learning. There are many opportunities made available to 4-H youth beyond learning through the many clubs available, including chances to travel, camps, and meeting other like-minded youth from great distances at events like conferences. Leaders were also recognized for their

dedication with volunteer awards. Volunteers help ensure local youth can continue to keep learning through the program. During the event, a call was put out to potential volunteers. Individuals do not have to jump in to lead a club, there are plenty of opportunity to help out. Students were also urged to look into scholarship opportunities through 4-H that could be available to them. TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE WWW.FORSYTHTRAVEL.COM




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2016 - A Year in Review... • The gym at Belle River High School was filled with youth and spectators from Windsor to West Lorne for the Knights of Columbus Regional Basket Ball Free Throw Championships. Among the winners was nine-year-old Cale Marontate, of Harrow. • In honour of Black History Month, the Harrow Early Immigrant Society (HEIRS) welcomed local historian Milo Johnson who talked about local Black History. • Members of the Harrow Community Committee, along with Essex Mayor Ron McDermott and Councillor Bill Caixeiro, traveled to Queen’s Park to continue advocating for education in Harrow. • 18-year old Brennden Nevin competed in and won the regional qualifying competition of the Cineplex World Gaming Championships, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 edition. • The Essex Optimist Club Tristar Basketball event


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allowed local youth to put their on-court skills to the test inside the gymnasium at the old Holy Name School. • Celebrations to honour the 80th anniversary of the Spitfire warplane were held in England while the former Essex Memorial Spitfire Committee members took the opportunity to celebrate this milestone here at home. • In early March, the congregation of Brooker Baptist Church in Cottam celebrated 140 years of worship. • On Friday, March 4, the Essex Peewee Minor Hockey team punched its ticket to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association championships in front of a huge crowd at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The team beat the Owen Sound Junior Attack, 5-3. • At the Essex Council meeting on Monday, March 7, Essex Council approved funding break wall repairs for the Colchester Harbour. In addition, it appointed the engineering firm of Landmark Engineers Inc. to provide engineering services for an overall assessment of Colchester Harbour. Combined, the two projects will account for around $83,000; $40,000 of which will be provided from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. • It was a bitter-sweet celebration for Kingsville’s long time CAO Dan DiGiovanni on Friday, March 11. DiGiovanni celebrated 36-years of work as a municipal administrator amongst colleagues and friends, but also had to say goodbye on his last day on the job before he moved on to retirement. • The Essex 73’s had taken another step towards defending its Schmalz Cup title, as the local team won the

Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ hockey title on Sunday, March 20. • Over the March Break, the Town of Essex offered many activities for area youth to enjoy, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. The town offered familyfriendly recreational skating and swimming opportunities, including a Windsor-Essex Communities In Motion sponsored free recreational swim. • The soon to retire Heritage Essex’s Promotions Manager, Cheryl Skilton, was recognized at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held at the historic Essex Railway Station. • The Essex Pee Wee Minor Ravens brought home an OMHA championship mid-March. Facing Barrie, the Ravens fell behind 1-0, but rallied to a 5-2 win, clinching the title and the Roy Beechy Trophy in three straight victories.

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• In March, the Essex County Farm Safety Association hosted its 7th annual Farmers’ Night at the Essex County Civic Centre. • On March 17, a group of local art-minded folks came together at the Essex Public Library to explore mental wellness through collective art. • Ten-year old Jake Ellis of Essex took second place out of five competitors after competing in the Juvenile Men under 12-years of age division in the Skate Ontario Provincial Championships, hosted in Sudbury from March 17-19. • The cool weather didn’t stop hundreds of area youth from heading to Essex Public School’s play yard on March 26 to participate in Essex Gospel Community Church’s annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. APRIL • The Essex 73’s Junior C Hockey club swept the Dorchester Dolphins to advance to the semi-finals of the Schmalz Cup series. • When the final buzzer sounded in the Bluewater League championship game, sticks and gloves flew as the Essex Novice Ravens celebrated a much deserved 4-3 victory over Tecumseh. Additionally, the Novice AE Ravens team capped off an amazing 2015/16 hockey season, winning the championship game over the Riverside Rangers. • In honour of World Autism Day, the Town of Essex raised the Autism flag at the municipal building in Essex Centre. • Through the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships Program, the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) filled six temporary positions in the Restoration and Rejuvenation of Heritage Village 1800s Pioneer Farm Life project. • On April 2, Essex Minor Hockey Association (EMHA) hosted its annual Day of Champions. The entire day was devoted to the official final day of hockey for the house league teams. • After serving around three years as Essex CAO, Russ Phillips would return to his old stomping grounds, near Winnipeg, to take on a new job. • On April 9, the Essex Ravens were crowned Ontario Hockey Federation Atom ‘A’ silver medalists, after defeating the Riverside Rangers. • Members of the Essex Energizers competitive jump rope team travelled to Grimsby, Ontario for the 2016 Provincial Competition. • Holy Name Catholic Elementary school’s all female robotics team was chosen as the only team to represent Canada against 50 other world-wide teams during the

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2016 - A Year in Review... International Championship in Australia. • On Wednesday, April 6, hundreds of people gathered in Leamington to celebrate the grand opening of Canada’s first Hospice satellite residential home in the County. The 10 bed Erie Shores Campus Hospice is an extension of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. • Tara McGowan, the new Human Resources Manager for the Town of Essex, had enjoyed her first week working in Essex. • The Essex 73’s quest to defend their Schmalz Cup title fell short as the Ayr Centennials, a familiar opponent, beat Essex in four straight games. • In early April, residents and nature enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the 151st Anniversary of Jack Miner’s Birthday and National Wildlife Week at the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation. • Local author Fred Groves was preparing to have his second book, “Homeless not Hopeless-Windsor’s Untold Story,” printed and available for the public to read. • In mid-April, the 15th annual Bill Jones Sr. 3-on3 tournament took place at the Libro and Shaheen ice rinks at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. 66 teams and hundreds of hockey players of all ages and abilities had taken part. • On April 16, the Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) invited the community out to its Essex-based horseback riding facility to join in a night of celebration. • Members of the Essex United Church community donned their thespian hats to entertain at the Church’s 15th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The play entitled, “Devil’s Gulch Annual Gala,” was set at the Bates Mansion, and was performed to sold-out crowds. • Six hockey teams comprised of personnel from various Southwestern Ontario emergency services took to

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the ice at the Essex Centre Sports Complex to participate in the first annual Brian Bildfell Memorial Hockey Tournament. • The congregation at Trinity Anglican Church, that little white church in the cemetery in Cottam, began celebrating 150 years of worship. • On April 18, the hall at Holy Name Catholic Church was packed with outstanding young people, along with their families and community leaders, who had taken part in the annual Youth Appreciation Awards Dinner. This Essex Optimist Club event recognized the best of the community’s young people. • In late April, the soccer season kicked off in fine fashion as the local Essex Optimist Recreational Soccer League took to the pitches. • The Essex Energizers jump rope team hosted the annual Greater Essex County District School Board’s County Wide Jump Rope Competition on Saturday, April 23. • Colchester North Public School’s Gesto Theatre production brought its audience under the sea as it presented the play, “The Little Mermaid JR.” • The Gems and Cadets clubs at Essex Christian Reformed Church wrapped up another year with the annual Kub Kar racing event. • Through the Legacy Tree Planting Program, students from local schools helped the Town of Essex celebrate Earth Day with tree planting events. • The Essex Region Conservation Authority hosted the region’s first Western Lake Erie Student Conference

on April 21 as part of its broad spectrum of Earth Day celebrations. • On April 21, students and staff from Essex District High School took to the ice with members of Essex OPP for a friendly hockey game to raise money for the Raiders helping Raiders program. • The Essex 73’s announced its assistant coach Cam Crowder, who was focused on offensive play with the forwards, would take over the helm of the local junior “C” team as the new head coach. • On April 27, a “Be a Donor” flag was raised at the Essex Municipal Building to recognize Kaidyn Blair Organ Donation Awareness Day in Essex. • Under the direction of Rose Jobin, Lia Marinelli, and accompanist Tim Hebert, St. Mary’s Church Youth Choir of Maidstone took home three first place awards at the Windsor Kiwanis Music Festival that was held on April 28. MAY • Many community-minded volunteers participated in a Community Spring Cleanup in Essex Centre and Harrow to help welcome the arrival of warmer weather. • For their last play, the members of Harrow Players of Harrow District High School presented “The Wedding Singer,” and sold out all three nights. • At the end of last month, supporters piled into the hall at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ‘50s Diner with a 1950s theme event. • On May 5, we reported an update on the April 18 barn fire at Jobin Farms that killed 100 dairy cows and destroyed much of the operation. Phil Jobin and his brother Paul are the third generation Continued on Page 8

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and wanted to see if something could be done in Harrow, such as a sign or plaque, to recognize him and his accomplishments. • The months of hard work that staff and students at Essex Public School dedicated to the on-stage production of “Wizard of Oz” paid off with two excellent performances on May 5. • On May 7, the Essex and District Horticultural Society held its annual plant sale at the Essex Railway Station. Members sold plants they had grown themselves. • On Friday, May 6, Essex United Church hosted one of its “Fiddler on the Gym Roof” concert series fundraisers. This event had featured the Avanti Duo. • Essex’s Director of Community Service Doug Sweet was pleased with the number of residents who showed up to look over a number of design proposals for new playground equipment to be installed at Bridlewood Optimist to Park (or Big Hill Park) on Milne Street. • Greyhound Pets of America-Canada hosted its annual Paws in the Park dog walk on May 15 to help more retired greyhounds find their forever homes. • From May 13 through May 23, bargain junkies visited the Kingsville Historical Park’s annual yard sale fundraiser. • On May 13, senior students at EDHS witnessed a demonstration highlighting what happens in a serious accident caused by drinking and driving. The mock extrication was complete with one fatality, one arrest, and two serious injuries. • Essex’s Fire Chief Rick Arnel returned from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs annual general meeting, in Toronto, as the elected Executive Vice President. • Cousins Katelyn Medeiros and Mackenzie Atanasio,

who are grade eight students at St. Anthony’s Catholic Elementary School in Harrow, won the “Most Exciting Ride” award in the elementary division of the Wonder Coaster Contest. • It was announced that the department of Community Services for the Town of Essex will receive three grants. Recreation and Culture received a $17,340 Service Canada grant to offset the cost of wages for its summer students, and support other programs. Through a Ministry of Transportation grant of $252,820, the town can implement four Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations within the Municipality. Lastly, through the Ontario Tire Stewardship’s 2015 Community Renewal Fund, Essex received a $36,451 grant for a rubber surface for the playground located at the McAfee

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Street Park in Harrow. • In mid-May, history was brought to life at the 9th Annual War of 1812 Encampment, hosted at the Maidstone Bicentennial Museum. • On May 27, Community Living Essex County (CLEC) hosted its 11th annual Luncheon with the Mayors at St. Mary’s Hall in Maidstone. JUNE • In our June 2 issue, we highlighted the event that had many local law enforcement officials take a brief leave from their regular duties to support Special Olympics through participating in the annual Windsor-Essex County based Law Enforcement Torch Run. • Essex District High School’s track and field and cross country coach, Andy Hahn, had accepted a position as the new head coach of the track and field and cross county teams for the University of Windsor. • It was May 25 when we reported the Cupe 2974 library workers with the Essex County Library system rallied outside of Essex Centre’s library branch as the Essex County Library Board meeting was taking place inside the facility. June 2 was the conciliation date where the group was to meet with the conciliator and library management. • On June 2, the official sign unveiling for the multipurpose trail that runs along Fairview Avenue took place. The bike path was named “Frank Matthys Way” after a long-time volunteer and cyclist. • The usually quiet village of Cottam had bumperto-bumper traffic on its streets on June 4 as the annual Community Yard Sale was hosted in conjunction with Trinity Anglican Church’s Old Fashioned Country Fair. • In early June, the 13th Annual Water Festival brought 3,800 students out to the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village to learn about protecting our most important resource. • On Sunday, June 5, the Essex and District Lions Club hosted a fundraiser at Sadler’s Park for dogs and their owners to raise money for guide dogs. • At the June 6 Meeting of Essex Council, resident Floyd Cascadden (92) was recognized as the local recipient of the Senior of the Year Award. • In conjunction with the 2016 Essex Summer Concert Series, the Essex Rocks and Rolls Car/Motorcycle Cruise In took place in the municipally-owned parking lot on Wilson Avenue, adjacent to the Heritage Gardens Park. • St. Paul’s Anglican Church’s hosted its first Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market of the year on June 11. Local author Fred Groves was at the Market, selling and signing his books, “Rising From the Rubble” and “Homeless not Hopeless.” • Essex harpist Rylee Livingston captured a first-place trophy at the Ontario Music Festival and won at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Windsor. • For the first time in 24 years, rough water cancelled a portion of the Harrow-Colchester South Lions Club Colchester Continued on Page 9

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2016 - A Year in Review... Walleye Derby. • On June 17, VIP students celebrate the end of the school year during the VIP Fun Day, courtesy of OPP Community Policing Officer Sean MacKinnon and a host of volunteers, at Camp GessTwood. • On Saturday, June 18, Harrow District High School was the venue for a Celebration of Education that marked a final goodbye. There were heavy emotions and a few tears as people accepted that this was the last time they would walk the halls of HDHS. • The Town of Essex, The Essex Communities in Bloom Committee, and the Ontario Purple Martin Association, partnered to install a multi-compartment birdhouse at Colchester Harbour Park to help increase their numbers. • On June 20, Essex District High School art students showcased some of their work. The show featured a crosscurriculum cyborg mask project as the art departments and auto shop. • On June 15, the ribbon was cut during the official opening of The McAfee Street Playground, located beside the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre. • At the June 20 meeting of Essex Town Council, Harrow native, Lionel Sanders, was recognized and presented a certificate for his remarkable achievements as a world class triathlon athlete. During a special meeting of Council, Essex’s Planning Assistant and the Town’s liaison on the Essex Municipal Heritage Committee, Rita Jabbour, said the Committee wanted to explore the idea of a local heritage plaque program. Essex Council approved an agreement to allow the St. Anthony of Padua–St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank to operate a food bank out of the Harrow Soccer Complex. • On June 24, members of Essex Fire & Rescue held its 1st Annual Essex Fire Awards Night to recognize and honour area firefighters for having earned promotions or for reaching a years of service milestone. • At the end of June, former Essex District High School standout, and Essex Raven, Brandon Revenberg suited up for his first regular season with the Hamilton Ti-Cats of the Canadian Football League game. • On June 22, diplomas were presented to the Grade 8 students at Holy Name Catholic Elementary School as they celebrated their graduation ceremony.

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JULY • The graduating class of 2016 of Essex Public School celebrated the end of their elementary years. • For the second year, Essex United Church hosted a free picnic and Canada Day celebration for the whole community.

grade 11 and grade 12 combined average. • At the July 4, regular meeting of Essex Town Council, Tracey Pillon-Abbs was welcomed as the new CAO for the Town of Essex. • On July 5, the Essex County Farm Safety Association held its second kids’ Farm Safety Day of the year at the Harrow Fairgrounds. • The Essex Fun Fest started off with the annual Prince and Princess contest where Parker and Michelle were crowned. The Essex Centre BIA hosted another successful installment of its annual Classic Car Show. Also during the weekend festival, Essex resident Tim Catherwood was named the 2016 Essex Citizen of The Year. • On July 14, the Harrow Health Centre celebrate the organization’s tenth anniversary with a Passport to Wellness event. • OPP Sergeant Jeff Coulter took over as OPP Contract Manager for Essex. Continued on Page 11

• In early July, Essex District High School’s graduating class of 2016 celebrated during its convocation ceremony. Graduates reflected on the past four years of their academic careers and looked ahead. Graduate Mark Armstrong earned the Governor General’s Academic Medal for having earned the highest

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• Local athlete Paul Miner Jr. earned two first place ribbons and a second place ribbon to qualify for the Special Olympic Championships. • During the last week of July, murals were painted on some of the Bell Canada utility boxes in Harrow and Colchester as part of the Bell Box Mural Project. • Ruthven’s 15th annual Sun Parlour Rodeo was hosted by the Pavao family. AUGUST • In the August 5 issue, Don and Anita Leschied, of A Little Bit of Heaven Farm in Woodslee, were introduced. They are the owners of A Little Romance, a performance horse, who qualified to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio as part of Team Canada’s eventing team with her rider, Jessica Phoenix.

• Dozens of plowmen from across the area, and a few from farther distances, took part in the annual Essex County Plowing Match on August 6. • What was once an empty lot located next door to the Post Office was converted to a parkette. McGregor residents can now sit, relax, and take in the beautiful scenery of blossoming flowers there. • Great Waterfront Trail Adventure cyclists made a stop in Colchester. They began their six-day, 400 km journey at Pelee Island and ended it in Grand Bend. • Essex County farmers gathered at the farm of Don and Neal Huber for the Essex County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (ESCIA) Twilight Tour. • On August 10, fourlegged, furry friends

were the special guests of honour as the Town of Essex officially opened its new Dog Park, located where the former Memorial Arena used to be on Fairview Avenue. • The 32nd annual Steam & Gas Engine Show was held in McGregor over the second weekend of August. • The Maidstone and Area Historical Society hosted its annual Butterfly Day on August 12. • Former Essex Free Press Editor and Essex resident, Richard Parkinson, officially launched his first published novel, “The Call: Book One of The Book of West Marque.” • Essex Fire & Rescue Services, in conjunction with the Essex Community Services department, hosted a week-long Junior Firefighter Camp during the last week of August. • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride officers visited the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association and did not disappoint the hundreds of spectators who came out to watch their performances. • Local organ donation recipient, 14-year old Kaidyn Blair, won five gold medals during the Canadian Transplant Games hosted in early August. • Around 75 participants, aboard over 50 motorcycles, took part in the OPP’s 3rd annual Torch Ride for Special Olympics on Sunday, August 21. • After town-appointed Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze put forth his recommendations, Council approved a one month suspension of pay for Councillor Randy Voakes. • The Essex Municipal Heritage Committee officially launched the Town of Essex’s newly established Heritage

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• “Farmers’ Bounty” was the theme for the longrunning and ever popular 162nd Annual Harrow Fair, held over the Labour Day Weekend. • Over the Labour Day weekend, the Essex Bantam Minor Yellowjacket baseball team won the Ontario Baseball Association championship,

held in Waterdown. • The Cottam Rotary Club hosted its annual Horse Show and Fall Festival on Sunday, September 11. • On September 8, three local veterans were recognized and thanked for their service at the Essex Branch of the Royal Continued on Page 12

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2016 - A Year in Review... Canadian Legion (Branch 201), and further presented a homemade quilt through the Quilts of Valour (QOV) Program. Handmade quilts were presented to Maidstone’s Joe McLeod of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment; Essex’s Ed Caza, who served in WWII and the Korean War; and Tecumseh’s Jeff Artale, who served during five tours, serving six years with the Canadian Special Operations Regiment. • Essex’s New Economic Development Officer Nelson

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Silveira was welcomed at the September 9 regular Town of Essex Council meeting. • On September 25, local dog owners flocked to Sadler’s Park for the Canadian branch of Greyhound Pets of America’s second annual “Happy Tails on Trails” dog walk. • On September 25, many gathered in Oldcastle for a 50th anniversary remembrance of the tragic school buss accident that took the lives of eight local children. • It was reported that the County has spent $29,000 a week on security for the on going library labour disruption, which began on June 25. • The 37th Ruthven Apple Festival was hosted over the last weekend of September at Colasanti’s Tropical Garden to raise money for Community Living Essex County.

• The Essex Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee hosted its annual Awards Reception on September 28 to recognize a long list of top local gardeners who have shown civic pride through beautifying and enhancing the municipality. OCTOBER • Students from Holy Name Catholic Elementary School, escorted by OPP Community Policing Officer Constable Sean Mackinnon, took part in the annual Terry Fox Walk. Since 2005, Holy Name has donated over $5500 to the cause. • Former Essex resident, Jillian Teskey, announced she was excitedly living out her dream as she was living in Los Angeles and dancing professionally with dance company MusEffect. • Members of Essex District High School’s student Council and 2016/2017 Student Council Prime Minister Cheyanne Rainone were looking forward to a promising and exciting school year.

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hosted a successful social event at the historic Essex Railway Station on October 4. Representatives from area businesses, along with staff and decision makers from the Town of Essex, socialized, networked, and learn about upcoming Essex Centre BIA projects. • On October 7, the doors to Essex District High School were opened so members of the community could enjoy the annual homecoming celebrations. A football game that pitted the Red Raiders against General Amherst was hosted. The Raiders won 64-12 over the Bulldogs. Just in time for the annual event, Essex, along with its Municipal Heritage Committee, unveiled the Town’s first Interpretive Plaque, just outside the main entrance of the local high school. • The Annual Migration Festival in Kingsville was held in mid-October to celebrate migration, heritage, and conservation in Kingsville. More specifically, it celebrates Jack Miner, a famous conservationist who is known for his work with the Canada Goose and other aviary wildlife. • Essex Fire & Rescue hosted its popular annual open house event on October 12 in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. All three local fire stations welcomed local residents to visit and learn about fire prevention. • On October 28, the Rotary Club of Essex partnered with local pizzerias, to host “Pizza for Polio” to raise funds for the Rotary International Polio Plus Program. • Corporal Joe McLeod visited Holy Name of Jesus School to speack about Remembrance Day. • On October 21, the Essex Ravens Atom Minor team won the Regional Silver Stick championship to advance to the International Silver Stick Tournament in Newmarket, Ontario in January. • Town of Essex Wards 1 and 2 Youth Council Representative, Evha Hoffmann, was introduced to the community. • The 2016 Essex Citizen of The Year banquet was held inside the hall at Holy Name of Jesus Church on October 22 to honour Tim Catherwood. • Hundreds of children showed off their Halloween costumes on the morning of October 31during the Essex Centre BIA’s annual Tiny Tot Trick or Treat Parade. • The Town of Essex and members of the Essex

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by Sylene Argent Two beloved HarleyDavidson motorcycles that belonged to late Red Wings enforcer and avid motorcyclist Bob Probert are currently on display at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village. Museum volunteers are thrilled to be able to allow the public to view these unique, twowheeled vehicles and are encouraging community members to come take a peek.

The bikes, CTMHV Vice Chairperson Mickey Moulder explained, will be on display at the local Museum until sometime in the summer, and are expected to return for further display in around the fall. He is hoping Museum supporters, motorcycle enthusiasts, and Red Wings fans alike will head out to the Museum during its regular business hours to view the motorcycles in the onsite display section

dedicated to motorcycle heritage. The motorcycles, a 1990 Fat Boy and a 1993 Heritage Nostalgia, are on display at the CTMHV, thanks to Probert’s family. Another unique motorcycle on display at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village includes a 1942 Harley Davidson Solo. This vehicle is currently on loan to the Museum from a private collection, thanks to support from the Two Wheels Only Foundation of Ontario Riders. Moulder believes this vehicle was built in Canada. The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village hosts a variety of event throughout the year as a means to fundraise to ensure the Museum and its Children’s Education Program can continue to be available. Recently, Museum volunteers hosted the Museum’s annual New Year’s Eve party. Patrons were able to support the Museum through

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purchasing tickets to attend the event, which included live music entertainment and a meal. It also included the anticipated ticket-drawing for the 2016 raffle car fundraiser. All year, members of the CTMHV sold tickets for its 2016 raffle car. The proceeds of the raffle will support the Children’s Education Program. Essex

resident Randy Renaud was this year’s lucky winner. He picked up his prize, a white ’65 Corvair, last Wednesday morning. The 2017 raffle car, also to support the Children’s Education Program, will be a white 1967 Cutlass Supreme. Tickets will be sold throughout the year, with the winning ticket to be drawn at the 2017 New

Year’s Party. Fresh into 2017, the staff and volunteers are already preparing to host its first event of the year. On January 15, a Militaria, Hunting, & Sportsman Show will take place inside the Museum’s Hall. Volunteers with the CTMHV are always looking to recruit more help. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or about upcoming events, log onto

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Fire destroys Story Book Early Learning Centre Photos submitted by R. Shepley

by Sylene Argent The business core of downtown Essex Centre suffered a tragic loss over the weekend as the Story

Book Early Learning Centre building was destroyed in a devastating fire. Essex Fire & Rescue

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was on scene early Saturday morning, after the call for help was put in seven minutes to midnight. Donna Hedrick, Director of Story Book Early Learning Centre, said she has been overwhelmed with the outpour of support. In the past, she said Story Book Early Learning Centre has been involved in aiding others after they have gone through disasters, and though the current

situation is sad, it is uplifting to have that kind of support returned. “It’s unbelievable,” she said. “We have had a lot of back up.” Currently, employees of the local daycare are trying to secure a new location that will meet its and ministry standards. “That is a high priority,” she said, adding it is hoped something is confirmed in the very near future. Hedrick said staff members at Story Book

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Early Learning Centre are currently working on a Facebook Page that will keep parents up to date on their activities, and will let eager community members know how it is they can help. Many community members have donations they want to submit to help the daycare move forward, but Hedrick said collecting the goods will be tricky until a new space is secured. She is appreciative to everyone for their promises of donations and moral support during a very difficult time. Hedrick said Jill Foster founded Story Book Early Learning Centre around four decades ago. Hedrick has been a part of this

business’s legacy for 36 of those years, and moved into the role of Director two years ago, after Foster retired. Essex Fire Chief Rick Arnel said all three Essex Fire Stations were involved in putting out the early Saturday morning fire. Help also came from Lakeshore and Kingsville Fire Departments to ensure protection for the rest of the community. Firefighters were on scene for several hours. While putting out the blaze, Arnel said firefighters did a wonderful job putting out the fire in extreme weather conditions as the temperature dipped to -15 degrees. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined, due to the extent of damage. Arnel said it is estimated the fire caused $750,000 worth of damage. A member of the community began a Gofundme page to help aid Story Book. Log onto for more information.

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2016 - A Year in Review... Optimist Club gathered inside Bridlewood Optimist Park to host a ceremony that recognized the donation of two sturdy oak trees. NOVEMBER • A few area businesses and clients have stepped forward to help Essex Community Services after the proceeds of its 8th annual Chili Cook Off were claimed to have been stolen. • In recognition of the Shanahan family’s deep roots in the Maidstone area, a park, located off of County Road 46 was renamed “Shanahan Park.” The official ceremony took place on November 6. • At the November 7 regular meeting of Town Council, a letter to Essex notes Library operations were suspended on June 25, 2016 as a result of the labour disruption associated with the unresolved CUPE 2974.0 Collective Agreement. Included in the September year-to-date expenditures were costs incurred directly related to, or in connection with, the labour disruption; $5,882.24 on computer systems support; $1,680.56 on locksmiths; $1413.78 on meetings/negotiation expenses; $47,037.23 on legal (includes estimate re: OLRB); $1,364.32 on staff mileage (delivery/pickups), $12,405.94 on security cameras/ electrical; and $411,601.65 on security. • The Town of Lakeshore recognized the accomplishments of 2016 Olympian Noelle Montcalm at its Council Meeting on November 8. • Before the official Remembrance Day ceremonies, the Sandwich South Historical Society hosted a tour of three very significant sites. It began at the cenotaph next to the United Church, was followed by a visit to the Spitfire Memorial Wall, and ended at the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201). • On November 11, the Essex Centre Remembrance Day ceremony took place at the cenotaph. Prior to the two minutes of silence and the traditional firing of the rifles, a special ceremony as

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held inside Essex United Church. • Sleigh bells were clinking and clanging on Sunday, November 13, for the Ken Knapp Ford’s 22nd annual Jingle Bell Run, Walk, and Wheel fundraiser for Community Living Essex County. • On November 17, Gosfield North Public School students set out to help set a new world record. Dozens of students in grades 3, 4, and 5 were amongst 618,394 cup stackers from across the world who took part on the Guinness World Records Day. • Mid-November, local Goodfellows, along with help from local firefighters and volunteers, took to the streets to raise funds for local food banks through the annual Goodfellows special edition newspaper campaign. • On November 21, the Essex District High School junior boys’ volleyball team beat the visiting John McGregor Panthers of Chatham to win the SWOSSAA ‘AA’ title. • Members of Trinity Anglican Church in Cottam celebrated the Church’s 150th anniversary on Sunday morning with a special re-consecration service. • On November 18, the Town of Essex Council hosted a volunteer appreciation night inside the Shaheen Community Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. • On November 22, Essex District High School held its annual Academic Awards Evening to recognized students who have excelled in the classroom and have shown outstanding effort. • On November 25, the Essex Salvation Army and the Essex Centre BIA hosted the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Kettle Kick Off event on the front lawn of the Essex Municipal Building. DECEMBER • On December 2 & 3, Gess†wood Camp & Retreat Centre transformed to host the sights and smells of the first century for the annual Bethlehem Walk. • Just past the midway point of the regular season, the 73’s Jr. C Hockey team was on an eight-game winning streak at the beginning of December. • Harrow farmer, Jim Brush, was announced as the 2016 Conservation Farm Award winner during the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s Annual General Meeting on December 1.

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• Cottam welcomed Santa for some cookies on December 2 as the Cottam Rotary Club hosted a meet and greet event at the pavilion inside Cottam Rotary Park. • In December, local businesses and shoppers

helped the Essex Fire & Rescue Services and Essex (M) OPP Santa’s Cause for Kids effort, to ensure families experiencing financial hardships have a good Christmas. • In December, participants of the Essex County Heroes Athletic Club were introduced to the newest addition to the Essex County OPP K9 Unit, Maximus, and his handler Constable Milan Matovski. • In our December 15 issue, it was reported Woodslee’s Evelyn Baker was honoured as a recipient of the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. • On December 10, the Essex Centre BIA proudly presented the annual Essex Centre Santa Claus Parade. Essex Centre was filled with the spirit of the holiday season through various community concerts, special events, and gatherings. • In December, after 90 years, the Essex Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star had held its last official meeting. • The Essex & Community Historical Research Society (ECHRS), which works to promote and preserve the area’s rich past, celebrated its10th anniversary. • The striking librarians voted 48-7 against the acceptance of what the Essex County Library Board has said is its best and final offer. The 14 branches that have remained closed since June 25 will stay that way into 2017.



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NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CHRISTINA WOLGEN And the Estate of EPPO CLARENCE WOLGEN late of the Town of Kingsville, in the County of Essex, and Province of Ontario, retired, deceased Creditors and others having claims against the said deceased Eppo Clarence Wolgen, who died on or about the 1st day of October, 2016 and the said deceased Christina Wolgen who died on or about the 2nd day of October, 2016, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of January, 2017, after which date the assets of the said deceased will be distributed having regard only to the claims that have then been received. DATED at Essex, Ontario this 13th day of December, 2016.

JOSEPH A. BYRNE HICKEY, BYRNE Barristers and Solicitors 14 Centre Street ESSEX, Ontario N8M 1N9 Solicitor for the Estate herein

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Snow Removal Notice Snow and ice are potential hazards to everyone. Residents and property owners are reminded of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of, alongside, and at the rear of their property within the prescribed time periods set out in Bylaw #1108. In particular, please note the following provisions: Single Family Dwelling – The owner or occupant shall clear away and remove snow and ice from sidewalks within twelve (12) hours following the snow fall or formation of ice. Multiple Family Building – The owner shall clear away and remove snow and ice from sidewalks within twelve (12) hours following the snow fall or formation of ice. Commercial – Where snow falls or ice forms upon the sidewalk, the owner or occupant shall remove the snow or ice from the sidewalk within a) Four (4) hours following the snow fall or formation of ice upon sidewalks during daylight hours; or b) Four (4) hours following sunrise in the case of snow falling or ice forming overnight. Avoid Creating Obstructions – Shovel snow away from fire hydrants, drains and sewers. Do not shovel or deposit snow and/or ice onto highways, roadways, sidewalks, or any thoroughfare intended for the passage of vehicles and pedestrians. Penalty – The Town may clear away and remove snow and ice from the sidewalks, and may recover the expense incurred in like manner as municipal taxes. The Town, at its discretion, may also issue a ticket for the violation. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe this winter!

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

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REAL ESTATE _____________________ Buying or Selling a farm? Do you know the right questions and answers? Farm Experienced Realtor Carl Idzinski, Real Choice Realty. 519-817-8891. 1-tf _____________________

_____________________ HELP WANTED: Immediate part time employment with potential of full time. Graduate or relevant knowledge of Word Press and social media is necessary, no experience required. Meticulous, honest, loyal, punctual, dependable, lacks interest in office politics. Willing to put in as many hours as needed (students schedules will be respected). Duties include repetitive activities, detailed observation, input and organization. Deliver resume to or Suchiu Art, 143 Keown St, Essex. 1-2t*


WANTED _____________________ CASH PAID for antiques, costume jewellery, furniture, gold, sterling, coins, tools, complete estates. We take it all! Free appraisals. Call 519-727-8894. 1-tfn

The Town of Essex is currently accepting applications for our Summer Student 2017 Program. Eligibility rules for the program, positions available, job descriptions and application forms may be found on our website at Students must complete an application form and attach a resume for each position they are applying for. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017.


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HELP WANTED _______________________________________________

Applications may be submitted: • by mail to Town of Essex Summer Student Program 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, ON, N8M 1A8 • in person at the Municipal Building



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Del Fresco Produce Ltd. Del Fresco Produce Ltd. is looking to add to our team and hire for the position of : SHIPPING/ RECEIVING SUPERVISOR

Sale of Land for Tax Arrears By Public Tender

Duties and Responsibilities: • Managing employees • Establishing work schedules • Training staff among other duties • Ensuring quality standards are met at all times • Working with inventory control software Requirements: • Experience and knowledge of produce considered an asset • Must be able to work well with others and be able to work independently • Attention to detail • Excellent communication skills • Attendance is important • Must have completion of high school

MUNICIPAL ACT, 2001 SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC TENDER THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF ESSEX TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day at Town of Essex Council Chambers.

Job Conditions: • Fast paced environment • Physically demanding • Cold warehouse setting • Permanent, Full-time position which requires days, evenings and weekend work Salary: • To be determined, depending on experience

Description of Lands: 1. Plan 1242, Lot 11, Town of Essex – Cottage – 103 Craig Street Take notice that an Order to Remedy has been issued on this Property and it will be the responsibility of the purchaser to comply with the Order. The Order requires that the site be cleared of all buildings, structures, etc. Please contact the Building Department at (519)776-6476 for further information.

Send resume to: Email: Fax: 519-733-5290 mail: 1414 Seacliff Drive, Kingsville, ON N9Y 2M2

Minimum Tender Amount: $11,253.15

Del Fresco Produce Ltd.

Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount.

Our Greenhouse Vegetable Packing Company and Produce Sales Company is looking to hire for the following position: QUALITY ASSURANCE & COMMODITY ALLOCATION SPECIALIST Responsibilities: • Monitor excess and inadequate inventory levels daily • Work with Sales Division on client requests and specifications • Ensure customer specifications and communications are regularly updated • Take samples of products, examine products to ensure conformance to company and customer standards Personal Suitability: • Ability to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, work in a fast paced environment • Must be a team player, excellent leadership skills • Must be organized, accurate, pay attention to detail, be able to problem solve Work Setting: • Cold Warehouse Setting Experience: • 1 year to less than 2 years, must have completed high school • Permanent, Full-time position which requires days, evenings and weekend work Salary: • To be determined, depending on experience Please forward resume to: Email: Fax: 519-733-5290

Christmas Tree Recycling Program Residents may drop off live Christmas trees at one of the designated municipal locations identified below, starting December 26 and ending January 30: • Co-An Park Parking Lot 11071 Concession 11, McGregor Centre • Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre 243 McAffee Street, Harrow Centre (south end of parking lot) • Kinsmen Field House Parking Lot 120 Fairview Avenue West, Essex Centre All trees will be mulched for future horticultural recycling programs throughout the town. For more information, call 519-776-7336.

Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Donna E. Hunter, Director of Corporate Services The Corporation of the Town of Essex 33 Talbot Street South Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8

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Gary McLellan Thanks for the great holiday supper at the Casino. ~ Love your brothers and sisters; Linda, Robin, Brad, Terry, & Connie _________________________________________________________



Wedding Announcement Robinson-Carder Audrey Stanley is pleased to announce the marriage of her granddaughter, Jordyn, to Bryan, son of Ron and Elaine Carder. The wedding took place at Woodslee United Church. Bryan and Jordyn reside in LaSalle. _________________________________________________________



ELFORD, Robert S. - Passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on December 25, 2016 at 91 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Elsie (nee Renaud) with whom he celebrated 67 years of marriage. Cherished father of Ronald and his wife Cheryl, and Barbara Anne. Grandpa of Paul, Andria, Jaclyn and great-grandpa to Evan, Brody, Ryan and Leyah. Loving brother of Jack (deceased) and his wife Jean, Jim and his wife Carole, Barry, Helen Stowe wife to the late Steve, Carol Andres and her husband Pete (Red Deer, Alberta). Uncle to several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Pearl Elford, and Milton and his wife Margaret Elford. Brother-in-law of the late Vernon and Freeman Renaud. Bob served overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He was a meat manager for Dominion Stores for 37 years. Bob was also a member of the Windsor Power Squadron, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, Royal Canadian Naval Association (Admiral Hose) and H.M.C.S. Hunter. If you so desire, memorial donations to St David’s Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family. Visitation was held on Thursday, December 29. Naval Veterans Memorial Service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Naval Association took place. The Funeral was on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville followed. We would like to thank all the staff of Iler Lodge for the many years of care to the Elford family. Their compassion was just not to our parents but to our entire family. We cannot thank the staff enough; their care was beyond our expectations.




TESSIER, Mary Bridget (Dunne) - Passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 31, 2016 at the age of 93. Predeceased by her husband Albert (2010). Beloved mother of Philip (Patti) Tessier, Annette (Randy) Laporte and the late David (2015). Loving Mimi of Nathan (Megan), Joshua (Tara), Jerry (Jen), Liv (Consta), Jesse, Chris (Lori), Alana (Jeff ), Owen (Melissa). Loving great Mim of Emilia, Hannah, Noah, Lucas, Olivia, Jacob, Asa, Hudson and Conner. Survived by her twin brother Billy (Ellen) Dunne. Also remembered by her special niece Janette (Geoff ) Hull. Predeceased by her parents Bernard and Norah Dunne, brothers Bernie, Johnny and sister Nonie. Mary was a member of the CWL since 1962.Visitation was at Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home, 197 King St. W. Harrow on Tuesday. On Wednesday, January 4, 2017 friends and family met at the Holy Name of Jesus Church 146 Talbot St. S, Essex, followed by the Funeral Mass. Cremation followed. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to CWL c/o Holy Name of Jesus Church. You may send your online condolences to ____________________________________________________

COWAN, Claude Nelson - A proud WWII Veteran, Claude passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Georgian Village Terraces at the age of 93. Former husband of Delys Cowan (nee Dunham). Loving father of Brian (Jane) Cowan, Dianne Fallico and Judy Quick. Cherished grandfather of Lisa, Julie (Marlon), Brandon, Shauna, Leah (Brian), Patrick and Connor. Great grandfather of Cole, Mya and Sophia. Pre-deceased by his parents Everett and Beatrice Cowan and siblings Hazel, Gerry, Ralph, Betty, and on December 16, 2016 his brother, Everett. Claude will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. In keeping with Claude’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund or Trinity Anglican Church in Cottam, Ontario. Messages of condolence can be left at ____________________________________________________

SADLER, Marsha - We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Marsha Sadler on January 4th, 2017 at the age of 68 in St. Thomas. Beloved daughter of Evelyn Bennett and Marshall Sadler. Leaving behind many cousins Ron, Scott and Carol Sadler, Gord Griffin, Mary Bol and Karen Slojtes. Will be missed by stepfamily Pat Watson and Alan Bennett. Acitve member of Lions Club of St. Thomas and Historical Society in Essex and St. Thomas. Dedicated elementary teacher for 28 years in the city of London. Member of Sweet Adelines of St. Thomas for 10 years. Gifted musician and talented piano player. Will be missed by her many St. Thomas neighbours and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to Victoria Greenlawn Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date.


FOSTER, John ‘Jack’ Howard—(August 25, 1926-December 30, 2016 ) - Jack/Dad/Grampie/ Greatgrampie died as he had lived—quietly, without complaint, grateful for his family that allowed him to die in his home. He was predeceased by his cherished wife, Joan, in 2011. The Smarties in his pockets, the hikes to Quartz Ridge, the Tim Hortons gift cards for every occasion, the turkey for each family feast are among the many acts of generosity that will be missed. An avid athlete until he lost his sight, Jack’s optimism and generosity of spirit continued to be demonstrated as he cheered on the Jays and the Raptors. He loved ‘the game’, whether hockey, football, basketball, golf. Left to reflect on his pivotal role in their lives are children Charles (Lisa) in Saskatoon, Beth (Robin James) in Barrie, Dave in Toronto, and Joanne (Rick Kalte) in Midhurst. He leaves 10 beloved grandchildren—Andrew Butler (Christina Lane), Liz McDowell (Todd McDowell) and Bronwen Foster-Butler (Rob Spicer), Lindsay (Finn), John (Chelsea) and David, Stephanie (Sean Garth), Amanda (Riaz Datoo), and Christina (Dean) and Brayden. The great grandchildren, who enjoyed holding his hand, though he never got to see their sweet faces, are Thomson, Eira and Brooks and the Bump. The family is so grateful for the incredible care Dad received towards the end of his 90 years. These angels of mercy include Dr. Brian Morris, a family doctor in the truest, broadest, most compassionate sense of the word, Dr. Craig Williams and Dr. Steve Emon and their medical support teams, Ms. Laura Amon, and Ms. Galina Bagley at Caring for Seniors who kept Dad comfortable and happy in his home, the CCAC and Bayshore Palliative Teams who also supported the family, Anna M who added caring, sparkle and shine to his last five years, the compassionate community at Tollendale Retirement Home (Carol, Kim and so many others). A private family service will be held next August when Jack’s ashes will join Joan’s on Lake of Bays. As an act of remembrance, Dad would love you to toast him with a glass of your best scotch, to sing along to Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, and to be grateful as you gather with your family and loved ones at this joyful time of year. How he loved Christmas. Online condolences and memories may be forwarded through ____________________________________________________

GREAVES, Gladys (nee Mackenzie) 97 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Iler Lodge in Essex. Beloved wife of the late Ivan (2005). Loving mother of Joan Young and husband Elmer, Essex; Judy Cribley and late husband Terry (2006), Essex and the late Jim (1959). Dearest grandmother of Jim (Marie), Teri Lynn (Rob), Ken (Alycia), Chris (Angeline), Joe (Liberty), 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Dearest sister of Marion Shuttleworth and predeceased by her sisters, Eleanor Watson and Helen Matier. Gladys worked at the Sears Catalogue Office in Essex for many years. She loved traveling and was an avid camper enjoying many fun times with their trailer club. The family would like to give a special thank you to the incredible staff at Iler Lodge for their loving care. Visitation was held at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (776-4233) on Friday. Funeral Service celebrating Gladys’ life was held from the funeral home on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Linda Blair officiated. Interment Greenlawn Cemetery, Oldcastle. Gladys lost her son Jim at the age of 16 due to leukemia, therefore the family would appreciate donations made to the Leukemia Research Fund. Friends may send condolences online at www. ____________________________________________________

DR. DAVID DRYHURST FOSTER - September 15th 1924 – January 3rd, 2017 David Foster died peacefully in his home with his wife of 56 years, Jill Foster, by his side. Loving father of Elizabeth (Wayne Albus), Paul (Jenifer), Jane (Peter Patiakas), Gail Teskey (Terry), and Stephen. Proud ‘G-Pa’ to Samantha Mulcaster (Adam), Julia, Holly, Jillian, Grace, Lucas, David, Emma, Olivia, Jacob, Lauren, and Cole. Doting great-grandfather to baby Jude David. Brother to Evelyn Lewsley, late Vera Hill, and late Al Foster. Brother-in-law to Colin and Lynne Onions, Raymond and Jenny Jones, and Michael and Margaret Onions. He will be missed by many extended family and friends. Dr. Foster graduated from England’s University of Birmingham Medical School in 1953. He and his wife Jill emigrated to Essex, Ontario in 1962 where he was a wellrespected practicing surgeon until the age of 65. He continued as a traditional family doctor until shortly passed his 80th birthday. A private service has taken place. Memories and condolences can be shared through the Kennedy Funeral Home website at Donations can be made to the Hospice of Windsor Essex County, Erie Shores Campus. Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex entrusted with arrangements.


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Veigli settling in nicely with the Saints

Nik Veigli goes up for a shot in a recent exhibition game.

by Fred Groves When St. Clair College basketball coach Jimmy Parsons was recently asked what he likes about his rookie point guard, Nik Veigli, he was quick to respond. “Attitude. He’s a great kid you can put into any situation and he’s up for the challenge,” Parsons said. Veigli was an all-star at Essex District High

School and now is a starter with the Saints men’s basketball team. “It’s a lot faster. There’s a lot of better players. It’s a challenge. I’m starting to get used to it,” Veigli said after a recent exhibition game at the St. Clair College Sportsplex. The transition from the secondary school to the collegiate court has not been easy for Veigli.

Last year, he was enrolled at the University of Windsor. Not recruited by the Lancers, he was a walk-on and made the team. But, he saw little playing time. This past fall, the local athlete decided to head over to St. Clair College where Parsons welcomed him. It took a few games for Veigli to get rolling as he suffered a severe ankle injury to start the season. “I lost my passion for basketball. Here, it’s a great opportunity and I know the coaches,” Veigli said. Parsons coached the talented player when Veigli was in Grade 11 at EDHS and a member of Team Ontario. He said Veigli is welcome on any team he coaches. Against the visiting Macomb Marauders on December 28, Veigli had a three-pointer in the third quarter and, at the final buzzer, netted a short jumper as the Saints came up short, 94-76. “Nik is a great shooter and he sees the floor very well. He does a lot on the defensive end,” Parsons

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said. Back on November 26, Veigli led the Saints with 15 points, including three of his bread-andbutter long rangers in a 102-96 loss to Sheridan in an OCAA regular season game. And while he is well known for his offensive ability, and for averaging over six points per game thus far with St. Clair, Parsons noted that Veigli is the main guy on the defensive side of things. His quick feet and reflexes create a lot of turnovers and he is always following the ball. “They want me to stay here for my full program (three years) and in my second and third year to step up and be a leader,” Veigli said. There is little doubt that the success he had in Essex will soon blossom at St. Clair.

Notice to Residents of the Town of Essex 2017 Council Meeting Dates Regular Meetings of the Council of the Town of Essex are held in the County of Essex Civic Centre Council Chambers (2nd Floor), 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex, Ontario commencing at 6:00 p.m. The following are the dates of the regular meetings for 2017: Monday, January 16 Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 21 Monday, March 6 and 20 Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 18 Monday, May 1 and 15 Monday, June 5 and 19 Tuesday, July 4 and Monday, July 17 Tuesday, August 8 and Monday, August 21 Tuesday, September 5 and Monday, September 18 Monday, October 2 and 16 Monday, November 6 and 20 Monday, December 4 and 18 All regular meetings are open to the public who are invited to attend. If you wish to appear as a delegation before Council visit the Town’s website at to obtain the Delegation Request Form. Robert Auger Manager of Legislative Services / Clerk The Corporation of the Town of Essex 33 Talbot Street South Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8 Email:

Request for Expression of Interest Essex Fun Fest Bavarian Gardens and Main Stage Serving Area

The Town of Essex is looking for an organization that may be interested in operating the Essex Fun Fest Bavarian Gardens and Main Stage entertainment serving area in 2017. Interested parties are invited to obtain the Request for Expression of Interest document (RFEI-CS-16-022) on the Town of Essex website ( or the Merx website ( Responses must be received no later than 3:00:00PM local time on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Jackson Tang, MBA, MA, MCIPS, CSCMP Assistant Manager, Business Services Town of Essex, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8 Telephone: 519.776.7336 x1123, Fax: 519.776.8811 Email:

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TAKE NOTICE that The Council of The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville will consider amendments to the following By-laws: • Fees and Charges By-law 25-2015, as amended • *Water Rate and Sewage Rates By-law 2-2014, as amended, and • Building Services By-law 37-2015 (Permits Fees and Fees for Other Services)


at its Regular Meeting to be held on: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsville Council Chambers, 2021 Division Road North, Kingsville *The proposed Amendment to the Water Rate and Sewage Rates By-law includes an increase to the sewage rate and an increase to the water rate. A Summary of the Proposed Amendments pertaining to each of the abovementioned By-laws will be available online at on Friday, January 13, 2017. Anyone wishing to appear before Council to speak to this matter may advise the Clerk in writing not later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Comments which are made at the meeting or in writing will become part of the public record which is available for anyone to view on the Town of Kingsville website.

The Town of Kingsville is seeking applications for student employment for the period of May 1, 2017 through September 4, 2017. Information and application forms are available at the Municipal Office and online at under the Employment Opportunities heading. Interested applicants must submit the Application for Student Employment form along with a resume and cover letter no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to: Human Resources Department Town of Kingsville 2021 Division Road North Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 2Y9 Email:

DATED at Kingsville, Ontario this 6th day of January, 2017. Jennifer Astrologo, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville 2021 Division Road North Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 2Y9

All applications are appreciated however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations under the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will be provided upon request.

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Fresh food. Friendly neighbours 191 Talbot St. S., Essex

We thank our dedicated Deacons, Choirs, Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Alter Servers, Welcome Committee, Counters, Decorators, and Tony de Ryk from Kennedy Funeral Home who televised our Mass into the hall for us. Thank you to Mrs. Gaspard and her Grade 2/3 class for the wonderful Christmas Pageant. You all made our Christmas Masses extra special. Thank you. Through the generous support of the community. The St. Vincent de Paul Society was able to hand out 19 Christmas Food Baskets and supply seven new beds to families. The next K of C Fish Fry is on Friday, January 13, from 4:30-7:30 pm. Take out is available and tickets can be purchased at the door. From my family to yours, Happy New Year and may you have a blessed and healthy coming new year. Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman


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Annual Meeting: Jan 29 at Woodslee. Breakfast will be served before the meeting. Choir Practice: Monday at 6 pm. New Members are always welcomed. Coffee and Conversation: Thursday at 10 am. Come join us for coffee. Salvation Army Essex Community Church News submitted by Carolyn Barnett

We welcome you in 2017 to join us at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday for Family Worship led by Major Sam Roberts. Stay after the service and get acquainted as we enjoy refreshments and fellowship. Our free community programs include SA Connections which is open to men and women of all ages- preschoolers are welcome, too. We meet on Tuesdays from 10 -1 and enjoy many activities, and a delicious lunch. At 1p.m., join us as Major Shirley Roberts leads us in an interesting Bible Study as we explore the Word. On the fourth Thursday of the month, Messy Church is a new way of experiencing church and is for families with kids of all ages. We meet on Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The program starts with a family style dinner followed by singing, a Bible story, crafts, and activities. Everyone is welcome! A special thank you to all who assisted in making our Christmas outreach a great success! With their help, we are thrilled that we again surpassed our goal.

As Pastor Rod spoke, he had us walking on a journey with God through His Word, explaining how, as apostles of God, we have authority, power, and purpose. Young Adults Encounter night is January 15th, at 7 p.m. At ACM. Restoration House Healing Rooms, open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit our website at Be blessed!

Join us for Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 am. Rev. Ann will lead the service. The Holy Scriptures will be read by Doug Wilson. Greeting at the door will be Elaine Mailloux and Doug Wilson. Elaine Mailloux and Chris and Kelly Sauve will serve lunch after. Please say a special prayer to all the people on our Prayer List. Need a special visit from Rev. Ann, please contact her. There is a special meeting of Essex Presbytery on the Remit discussion on Tuesday, January 17 at Essex United Church beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to all Presbyters as well as to Board/Council members of individual churches. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity occurs every year January 18-25. The Essex Ministerial is holding a special event at Holy Name of Jesus RC Church on Sunday, January 22 at 3pm.










519-776-4255 Antioch Christian Ministries submitted by Linda Knight

Essex United Church Happy New Year! Join us in 2017 for a wonderful year. Our Sunday services begin at 10:30 am. A great way to start your week. Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley Van Huizen

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There is a special wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s in February for couples who celebrated their first, 5th, 10th - every five years up to 50 and more. Cozy Corners - Bethel-Maidstone United Continued from Page 20

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morning worship service beginning at 10:00 am with Pastor Aaron Thompson. Nursery supervision and Sunday school are provided. Join us afterward for a cup of tea or coffee. GEMS & Cadets meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. All girls and boys from Grade 1 – 8 are invited to attend. Visit us online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two.

Our 2017 Church envelopes are in the Narthex. Small cherry pies are for sale. Please see Hazel. The 2017 Door Greeter list is currently being worked on. Please sign the sheet on the bulletin board if you would like to be a greeter. Thank you for your participation. January 15 is the second Sunday after Epiphany. Meditation is “Here I am Lord!” Lunch & planning meeting following the service. Door Greeters are Hazel & Jerry Farough, Elder on Duty is Glen Rogers, Church lock-up is Bill Manning.

Essex Retirees’ Social Club Wishing a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to all our friends! Monday night Pepper showed Roger Monchamps with the most peppers. Winners were: Louise Perrault in first, Don Ames in second, and Tom Kelly was the low. Tuesday Pepper had Judy Lane and Wally Laframboise tied for most peppers. Floyd Cascadden took first place, Louise Perrault had second, and Estelle Spoors had low score. Georgette Nadeau won at Wednesday night Pepper with high score. Roger Monchamp had the most peppers and Evelyn Vivier was the low. Thursday night Bridge winners were Pauine Olafson and Diana Dennis.

Woodslee Friendship Club Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone. Members celebrating birthdays this month are Claire Renaud, Dave Sylvester, Flo Rivest, and Bob Mullins. On Monday, Jan. 2, the Euchre winners are Gloria Seguin, Fr. Larry Mousseau, Elmer Quinlan, Mike Renaud, Mary Demars, and Joan Broeders. Wednesday Pepper winners were Charlie Chevalier, Mary Demars, Dave McMurren, Judy MacKenzie, George Diesbourg, and Joanne McMurren. Friday night winners were Ron Deschaine, George Diesbourg, Fran McKim, Mary Marg Chevalier, Tom Allison, and Charlie Chevalier. For info on joining our card club, please contact Irene at 519-975-2283.

Trinity Church Keep in your prayers Bill, Debbie, Erin, Jane, Joanne, Moneta, and those known to you alone. The Sanctuary Lamp burns to the Glory of God and in memory of Jean Martin, Barbara Finch, and Ralph Brannon, given by Ron & Maggie Martin and family. Our Thank You bank donations for the month of January will be given for use of supplies for the fidget blankets project the ladies of Trinity are working on. Those who need to prepare a report for the Vestry Meeting Booklet, please have your reports into the Church office no later than Wednesday, January 18th. Come out and join us Sundays at 9:15 AM., in “The Little White Church” in the Cemetery in Cottam. Everyone is welcome!

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The Official Board Meeting is Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm. St. Paul’s Anglican Church Join us for our Beef Stew Dinner on Friday, January 13th from 5-6:30pm. Vegetarian option available, free will offering. There is a Communion Service at Iler Lodge on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30a.m. and also at Country Village on Tuesday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m. Our Regular Sunday Services are at 8am (BCP Eucharist) and 11am (BAS Eucharist & Sunday School). For more information about us and what’s going on, please check out our website at or our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/stpaulsessex. You can also reach us at 519-776-7711 or by email at office@

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Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, our doors are open and so are our hearts. Robbie Burns Dinner: Saturday, January 28th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Limited tickets. Contact Pastor Kim for tickets and more information. Snow Removal: The Property Committee is looking for someone who would be interested in snow removal from sidewalks and steps. Please contact the Church office at 519.839.4266.











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Welcome 2017! Happy 150th Birthday to Canada! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in making the Christmas Masses at St. Mary’s extra special. Congratulations to Fr. Pat Fuerth on his retirement from the priesthood. Welcome Fr. Gerry Campeau to Woodslee as he will reside at St. John’s rectory. The Mission Group is collecting sweaters of all sizes for the migrant workers. Please drop off at the back of the church. There is a meeting for the Jubilee Refugee Committee on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s hall. Adoration takes place every Tuesday at Holy Name of Jesus church and everyone is welcome.


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1935 Plymouth in the winter of 1944 A letter arrived from Linda Walsh of Harrow, Ontario: “Hi Bill. I enjoy reading your column every week in the Harrow News. I am enclosing a picture of a car but not sure make or year. That’s me standing in front of the car, and as I was two years old, I don’t remember it but I’m told it was taken in the winter of 1944. “My father was working at Chrysler and believed in always purchasing 1935 Plymouth with Linda Walsh in 1944. Chrysler products. You work there, you support your employer. He worked there as a tool grinder until 1965 and passed away in 1995 at age 85. “Could you please identify the car for me?” The car in the picture is a 1935 Plymouth. You can see the bracket for the missing front license plate just behind the driver’s side of the front bumper. Because of the shortage of metal during the Second World War, no plates were issued in Ontario for 1944. Instead you received a registration sticker for your windshield. That sticker can be seen in this picture in the lower passenger side corner of the windshield. And because of the war, car companies were busy building tanks and other weapons. No new cars were built between February 1942 and late 1945. Several features of the car in the picture are noteworthy. The slanted grille is an early example of streamlining and the horizontal lines on the sides of the hood are designed to make the car look like it’s speeding along even when it’s standing still. The single windshield wiper on the driver’s side was very common in the 1930s. Also many cars, probably this one too, had only one taillight on the driver’s side. If you wanted one on the passenger side, it was usually an extra-cost option. I was 15 in the summer of 1957 when I washed cars on a used car lot in Leamington for 50 cents an hour. One day in the office, I found a Used Car Sales Handbook covering all cars from 1935 to 1941. I still have that book and a whole page is devoted to the 1935 Plymouth! With its single windshield wiper, the car was probably standard and not deluxe. As such, it had a Windsor factory list price when new of $795. Under the hood was a flathead six cylinder engine with 201 cubic inches cranking out 82 horsepower and going through a floor-mounted 3-speed manual transmission. The 4-wheel brakes were hydraulic at a time when Ford still had mechanical brakes. If any of our readers own a 1935 Plymouth, please get in touch and we will feature your car in this column. I’m always looking for more stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico. ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, Ont. N8H 3W2. Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my book: “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”


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Puempel nets hat trick for Rangers

The Essex novice majors hosted the LaSalle Sabres and came up short, 2-0, in minor hockey action on Friday night.

by Fred Groves Essex’s Matt Puempel recorded his first professional hockey hat trick on December 29, netting three power-play goals for the New York Rangers in a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. “My teammates helped me a lot,” Puempel said on the Rangers’ website. It was the first time a New York player had scored three power-play goals in a single game since 1994. Puempel was pleased to have his older brother at the game. On December 27, Puempel helped set up the winning goal for the Rangers as they beat his former team, the Ottawa Senators, 4-3. A week earlier, he had a beauty of a wrist shot goal in the first period against the Penguins. Puempel has recently been put back on the injured reserve list. • Former Essex Raven Luke Willson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and hauled in three catches as the Seattle Seahawks beat San

Francisco 25-23. In this past Saturday’s playoff game, Willson had a four yard catch in the 26-6 win over the Detroit Lions. • Congratulations to the Essex peewee majors who recently won the Silver Stick tournament in Watford. The Ravens beat Woodstock in double overtime to clinch their third tourney title this season. Sporting an overall 30-3-5 record, the peewee majors and all minor hockey teams are preparing for the playoffs. • After the holiday break, the high school sports schedules continue this week. The Essex

District High School Red Raiders girls’ volleyball teams are in Kingsville on Thursday and the boys’ basketball squads, including the 3-0 junior side, will host Belle River. • Essex’s Deen Oozeer, a third-year player, along with rookie Jamil Basilio and Cottam’s Cornelius Froese, helped the St. Clair College men’s volleyball team bring home a silver medal from the Niagara tournament this past weekend. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at FredGrovesgrover54@

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Essex Thunder House Essex Ravens Novice Major hockey action notched the natural hat trick. In the third the combination to EFP league teams support submitted The week between Christmas and New Year’s the of solid goaltending by Ben F and shut down defense of Ravens travelled to Parkhill to participate in the Novice Mason G, Cole G, Evan M, Jesse C, Hudson D, and Nash Hockey for Hospice L kept the Rockets off the scoreboard, resulting in a 4-3 A regional Silverstick Tournament.

submitted to EFP Over the Christmas break Hockey for Hospice held its 21st tournament to support the local Hospice. The Essex Thunder Atom Red team fought hard during the three day event to make the finals, losing by a small margin to Harrow in Game 5. The Essex Thunder Peewee White team went into the finals undefeated and came out victorious against Amherstburg to win the tournament. The Bantam Orange team fought for a spot in the finals and also won their division against Tecumseh. Congratulations to all the coaches, and players for a great tournament. Thanks to all who supported a great cause.

In game one, against the London Bandits, the Ravens scored first when Jesse C sprung Owen S on a breakaway. Midway through the second period, the Ravens went up 2-0 with some solid puck movement from the line of Jaclyn W, Ethan O, and Sean W tipping in for the goal. London scored two goals in the final period to end the game in a 2-2 tie. Ben F continued to flash that awesome glove hand to ensure a point for Essex. Later that day, the Ravens faced off against North London Nationals. Owen S scored for Essex only 14 seconds in, on assists from Cade S and Meredith C. That line combined for a second goal just two and a half minutes later on a snipe from Cade S. Following a North London power play goal, Braeden C scored the third goal for Essex off a great feed from Caleb C. Unfortunatley, the Ravens began to show some tired skating legs and the Nationals capitalized, scoring twice to end the game in a 3-3 tie. The following day, the Ravens played a strong Strathroy Rocket team. The Rockets scored first off a scrum in front of the Raven’s net. With four tenths of a second left in the first period, Wyatt G evened the score at one, with a nice power play goal. Down a goal in the second period, Braeden C scored for Essex on a beautiful passing play from Wyatt G and Caleb C. Following a power play goal for Strathroy, the Ravens battled back to tie the game at three, on a rebound goal from Braeden off a Jesse C point shot. With ten seconds left in the second period, the Ravens took the lead when Braeden C

Essex victory. A quirk in the schedule gave the players and their families a whole day off to enjoy tobogganing, swimming, and nature hikes. Special thanks to coaches Jack, Al, Joe, Jeff, and Eric for organizing the team meal as well as the barbeque the next day. The Ravens faced the North London Nationals in the semi-finals. The first period felt like a prize fight with both teams feeling each other out. The defensive pairing of Evan M and Hudson D had a strong period, clearing the zone on numerous occasions. Late in the second period, Caleb C scored for the Ravens, to go up 1-0. The third period, strong goaltending by Reed V held the Ravens to the one goal lead until late in the game when London tied things up at 1-1. This exciting semi-final headed to overtime. The first five minutes of sudden death solved nothing. The game went to one minute each of 5 on 5, 4 on 4, 3 on 3, 2 on 2 and finally 1 on 1. Reed V held the Nationals off the board throughout overtime resulting in a 1 on 1 scenario. Unfortunately with a 1 on 1 scenario, puck luck is a coin flip, and the Nationals scored for the 2-1 victory. Although a disappointing result, the team should be very proud of the battle the players put forth not only in this game but all week, with some of the strongest play of the season. The coaching staff felt the team bonded both on and off the ice and this will strengthen them heading into playdowns.

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by Garrett Fodor The Essex 73’s did themselves no favours in the standings this past week. Despite sitting at first place in the tight standings, with second place Lakeshore two points behind, the Essex 73’s failed to keep pace, as they only managed to pick up three of the possible four points this past week. The Canadiens picked up four. On Tuesday, the 73’s hosted the Dresden Jr. Kings. Making his 73’s debut was forward Brayden Kettlewell. Kettlewell is originally from Brantford and is in his last year of junior eligibility. He was acquired from the Wallaceburg Lakers. He tallied twelve points, including nine goals in 22 games for the Lakers. Kettlewell said he’s not an offensive player, but it felt good to get his first goal with the 73’s. He is excited to join the Essex team in his final season. The 73’s came off the heels of a shutout loss to the Lakeshore Canadiens on December 30. However, it did not take long before the 73’s found the scoreboard. Just 19 seconds after the puck drop, Tyler Boughner walked in and snapped a wrist shot past Joel Sowinski. To close out the frame, the Essex doubled its lead on a man advantage opportunity. David Cooke tipped in a goal past Sowinski. In the middle frame,

Dresden drew within one goal when Dillion Liberty beat 73’s goalie, Jax Dhont in the final minute of the second period. The first 40 minutes were dominated offensively by the 73’s, as they outshot the visitors 33-15. In the final frame, Dresden came out flying, scoring just 20 seconds after the puck drop, with Liberty tallying his second goal of the night. With four minutes left, Kettlewell drove to the net hard and scored to put the 73’s ahead. With 79 seconds left, the Jr. Kings ‘never-say-die’ attitude was rewarded when they beat Dhont with a trickling five-hole goal, sending the game into overtime. In overtime, Kevin Ritzer, was the hero for Dresden as he ended the game just 44 seconds into the extra frame. Shots were 48-25. Essex fell 4-3. On Sunday night, the 73’s closed out the week in Amherstburg to face the Admirals. The Admirals, who were were defeated 5-1 by Lakeshore on Friday, Jan. 6, were unable to catch up on the 73’s in this match-up. Michael

Vieira opened the scoring for Essex just two minutes into the period. The lead lasted only five minutes before Ryan Alexander tied things up at 1. Closing out the period, Essex found the back of the net, with Blake McConville converting on a pass from William Stadder, with ten minutes to go in the opening frame. In the second period, teams exchanged goals from Tyler Boughner and Dean Patterson, three minutes apart. Shots read 27-12 and the score was 3-2 for Essex, after two periods. The third period was all about offense. Admirals forward Caleb Paquette tied the game two minutes in. But the resilient 73’s scored one minute later, when William Stadder netted a fantastic goal. Patterson blasted a slapshot by Dhont for his second of the night for the Admirals before Essex scored three unanswered goals in the final ten minutes to prevail 7-4 over its rivals. Shots were 41-17 for the visiting 73’s.

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