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Issue No. 26

Essex Fun Fest offers something for everyone

Essex Council Notes PAGE 3 _______________ Long-time volunteer receives Citizen of the Year award PAGE 5 _______________ Local youth learn rural safety PAGE 7 _______________ Local Artists Flourish PAGES 10 _______________ Memorial Bench unveiled in Harrow Centre PAGE 13 ________________ First Ontario Martinfest attracts big crowd PAGE 19 _______________

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by Sylene Argent Beginning last Thursday, and wrapping up on Sunday, the volunteers on the Essex Fun Fest Committee worked with community partners to offer an array of activities and attractions, including an exciting World’s Finest Shows midway, a vendor

and food area, and nightly music entertainment for the 2018 Essex Fun Fest. The Mixx, CIAO Band, Smokin’ Monkeys Band, White Noise, Exit 31, and DJ Rye supplied the musical entertainment throughout the festival for those enjoying the carnival or catching up with old

friends in the Bavarian Gardens. From the Libro Credit Union main stage, The AC/DC show Canada entertained on Friday evening and California Sun offered the sound of the Beach Boys on Sunday. The County Legends Tribute Tour-featuring the

music of Garth Brooks and Keith Urban- entertained on Saturday evening, setting the tone of the night before the annual fireworks display, which Countryside Chrysler, Jeff Smith County Chevrolet, and Ken Knapp Ford sponsored. From the Long and McQuade performance

stage, a variety of entertainment was offered, including Zumba and yoga stretch demonstrations from Onyx Fitness, singa-longs with Enchanted Adventure Parties, demonstrations from the Essex Belly Dancers, and

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The Justin Latam Trio preformed during the Essex Centre BIA’s Rockin’ Sidewalk Sales on Saturday.

and performances from Roberto the Painfully Mediocre Magician and the Ben Show, a comedy act using juggling, unicycling, and other stunts. Fairgoers were also able to learn about nature and birds of prey through special

lectures Kingsport Environmental hosted. Youth, and the young at heart, had a chance to challenge friends and neighbours in the watermelon eating contest on Saturday or head over to the Ken Lapain & Sons LTD. Thrill Zone to watch members of Cra-E-Crew Extreme BMX Stunt Team complete many high-flying tricks. Young participants were able to enjoy pony rides on Sunday and the Unifor Local 444 Kids’ Zone throughout the festival. Volunteerism was also celebrated over the weekend. On Saturday evening, Christine Hayes, who is a longtime Fun Fest volunteer, was awarded the Citizen of the Year distinction. She will be honoured in the fall at a banquet that will benefit Heritage Essex, which maintains the Essex Railway Station. Through the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community Awards, several citizens were recognized for their volunteerism and commitment to helping others. Artists were also recognized as the Arts, Culture, and Tourism (ACT) Committee presented the ACT Excellence Awards to deserving creative individuals on Sunday. Young performers also showcased their on-stage abilities in the Youth Talent Show, making it difficult for judges to decide top entries. Also, on Sunday, fairgoers were able to appreciate the bond between horse and rider as the Silver Stars Drill Team performed an array of routines. Community members also enjoyed several exciting match ups during the Classic Championship Wrestling showcase or were able to watch those with great aim compete in the annual horseshoe tournament. One of the main attractions of the Essex Fun Fest is the annual Saturday morning parade, which had a “Celebrating Hometown Heroes” theme this year. The around one-hour long parade featured those supporting cancer fighters and survivors, firefighters, and police officers. It also featured several marching bands and exciting floats, some of which dispensed sugary treats to young onlookers. Joe Garon, Fun Fest Committee Chairperson, was

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pleased with this year’s event, especially since it was coupled with great weather. In the past, the fair has had to battle on-and-off rain or extreme heat. “Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves,” Garon said of festival patrons. He suspected this year’s attendance for the festival was around 20,000. A few years ago, the Essex Fun Fest began charging a fee for admission, excluding youth under six or seniors. That collection has really allowed the committee to build on the event to bring in more entertainment and attractions, Garon said. He was pleased to have more food vendors onsite this year. “We really want the Fun Fest to be something for everybody, and I think we’re doing that,” he added. In the future, Garon hopes more interested individuals will get involved with the committee to help plan and organize the event, or in offering up a few hours to volunteer during the festival. Within the next week or so, members of the Fun Fest Committee will sit down to go over the 2018 event and will start making improvements, such as adding new attractions, for next year. To learn more about the Essex Fun Fest, log onto www.

The 2018 Essex Fun Fest Commiee would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s fesval an overwhelming success. Special thanks to our main sponsors without whom this fesval would not be possible: Special thanks to our presenng sponsors: Ken Knapp Ford Jeff Smith County Chevrolet and, Countryside Chrysler Jeep & Dodge

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners: • Ausm Ontario Windsor-Essex • Blackburn Radio Windsor Country 95.9/ 92.7, 100.7 Cool FM and 96.7 The Mix • Bell Media -AM BOO and 89X • Canadian Tire • Eamabus Inc. • Essex Centre BIA • Essex Free Press • Essex Home Hardware Building Centre

• Fesval Tent & Party Rentals • Foodland Essex • Holiday Inn & Suites Ambassador Bridge • Ken Lapain & Sons Ltd. • Libro Credit Union • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments • Molson-Coors • Town of Essex • Unifor Local 444 • World’s Finest Shows

Addional Thanks: To our team of reless volunteers for donang their me and showing tremendous commitment to making this event as success. We would like to thank Essex Town Council and staff, Earnabus Inc., Dinunzio Protecon Services, Ausm Ontario Windsor-Essex, Essex-Windsor EMS, and Essex Fire and Rescue Services for their enthusiasc support and contribuons of me and resources. Thank you to the residents and visitors who came out July 5th to 8th to enjoy Windsor and Essex County’s “best small town fesval”. We hope to see you all again next year at our 32nd annual Essex Fun Fest.

Fun Fest Commiee - Members: Joe Garon - Commiee Chairperson, Kim Verbeek - Commiee Vice-Chairperson, Jake Morassut - Secretary, Doug Sweet - Director of Community Services, Riley Jones - Commiee Member, Pam McDermo - Commiee Member, Kim Verbeek - Commiee Member, Steve Bjorkman - Commiee Member, Natalie Sinn - Commiee Member, Kyle Flood - Commiee Member

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Essex Council Notes for Tuesday, July 3 by Sylene Argent and Adam Gault

Essex not interested in fluoridating water Essex Council is sending a letter to the three treatment plants from which it gets its water to make it known that it does not want fluoride added to its drinking water. Councillor Sherry Bondy put a Notice of Motion forward at the June 18 meeting to have Council discuss the matter last Tuesday evening, as this subject has recently been addressed at Windsor City Council and at County Council. At the recent County Council meeting, the Windsor Essex County Health Unit presented its report, “Oral Health Report 2018 Update.” Delegations, with opinions on either side of the matter, had an opportunity to speak. It was noted then it would be up to the individual municipalities to make the decision on whether or not there was desire to have fluoride added to drinking water. The Health Unit made four recommendations through the report: Windsor-Essex municipalities should consider the continuation or introduction of community water fluoridation as a key prevention strategy for dental caries; continue and increase support for oral health education and awareness in the community; improve access to oral health services within WindsorEssex; and advocate for improved funding for oral health services and expansion of public dental programs. At the meeting, it was noted there would be a cost of around $2 million to retrofit the current water system to accommodate adding fluoride to the drinking water. “I brought it up to put it to bed… in this Term of Council anyway, I don’t see it as a priority where our residents should be worried about it,” Bondy said. She wanted the Town of Essex to note it was not

willing to host fluoride in the drinking water this term of Council. “I believe it is our municipal responsibility to provide safe, clean drinking water but not our municipal responsibility to add medication to our drinking water,” she said. Councillor Randy Voakes agreed. “If I need to get fluoride, I will figure out a way to get fluoride…I don’t need someone pumping it into my water and everyone else’s water.” Chris Nepszy, Director of Infrastructure and Development, noted the Town of Essex gets its water from three different treatment plants, only one of which it has control over, the HarrowColchester South Water Treatment Plant. Essex residents also get water from the Amherstburg Water Treatment Plant and Union Water supplies Essex, Lakeshore, Leamington, and Kingsville. He suggested the Town send a letter to each water supplier to inform them of Essex’s position. Voakes put the motion forward that there be no opportunity for fluoride to be added to municipal drinking water and that a letter of that position be sent to Essex’s water providers. In a recorded vote, Councillors Bondy, Voakes, Ron Rogers, and Larry Snively and Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche were in favor. No one was opposed. Councillor Steve Bjorkman and Mayor Ron McDermott were absent from the meeting. Prime Consultant RFP for Fire Station #2 Council received a Community Services Report, which Fire Chief Rick Arnel prepared, to outline the next steps in building a replacement Fire Station # 2 in Gesto, and further approved renewing the Request for Proposal to hire a Prime Consultant to prepare architectural and engineering designs for a new Fire Station # 2. This report came in the wake of a November 2016 Facility Audit Report from

Stephenson Engineering Ltd., which determined the current Fire Station # 2 does not meet the needs of the Essex Fire & Rescue Services. Issues outlined in that 2016 report included that the lack of space in the current station, the lack of a proper exhaust system in the station’s apparatus bay, the lack of an area to store and decontaminate personal protective equipment, the lack of a function kitchen, and that there are no change rooms, as issues leading to the need of constructing a new facility. In April of this year, the Town approved the purchase of property at the corner of County Road 15 and North Malden Road to be the site of the future station. When constructed, the station will allow for improved response times to Essex Centre and McGregor, as well as addressing the deficiencies in the current Gesto station. With the approval of the Request for Proposal, the Town of Essex will seek to hire a Prime Consultant to prepare an architectural and engineering design for the new Fire Station # 2.

Chittle Sports Academy lease renewed Essex Council received Community Services’ report “Chittle Sports Academy Lease Renewal at Essex Centre Sports Complex” and further approved renewing the Chittle Sports Academy to operate there for an additional three years, commencing September 1, 2018, based on the amended leased space. The Report to Council noted Chittle Sports Academy first submitted a proposal in February of 2012 to the Town of Essex to lease space at the Essex Centre Sports Complex to operate a sports training facility on the first floor, with option for renewal. Parkland declared surplus Essex Council received Community Services’ report, “Declare Surplus Parkland Adjacent to Bridlewood Park in Essex Centre,” and provided the authorization to obtain pricing for the sale of the surplus lands. Revenue from the sale of the lands will be placed in the Ward 1 Parkland Reserve Fund for future park enhancements. In the report to Council, it notes the Town of Essex policy for all new residential developments Continued on Page 6

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Howling at the Moon ••• Comment by Sylene Argent ••• At our own convenience I notice we sometimes may settle for what we can do conveniently, rather than what we can do that may be more beneficial but requires a longer planning term. Every time I think that is the case in a situation, that famous JFK bit rings in my ears, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” I am a fan of breaking down a challenge into steps and finding what we think could be the best solution. Weigh those options. Consider alternatives. Do not settle for anything less than what we believe is the best possible outcome. What is convenient for us, may not be what is convenient for wild life, other people in other

communities, the environment, etc. Perhaps the nowness of technology creates a challenge in planning for a long-term goal, that would likely have a better outcome, than running with only one idea. Regardless of how people feel about putting fluoride in the water system, for instance, I was pleased with Essex Council’s recent decision to leave it out of the water. I think there is a better solution to what the Health Unit said is an increase to cavities in kids. I think better access to dental care is the better solution, albeit a solution that will take more effort to implement. In addition, if there are families in need, let’s find a way to get them the supplies needed to keep those teeth pearly white.

Sure, it may sound like a quick solution to some to add fluoride to drinking water, but I wonder how much water kids actually consume, which was the targeted demographic in the Heath Unit’s report on the matter. I suspect part of the reason cavities are on the alleged rise is that more sugar products, including juices, are being consumed. It will be interesting to see how other municipalities respond, especially those that share water treatment plants with us.

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Early days in assessing cancelled cap and trade by Drew Spoelstra, Executive Member, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Weather, climate and trade are all hot topics in Ontario right now. The recent elimination of Ontario’s cap and trade program is leading the news in the province and leaving Ontario farmers with questions. Fulfilling an election promise, Premier Ford has formally scrapped the cap and trade program that was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has supported the concept of a system that would allow farmers to sell offset credits for the greenhouse gas reduction that often occurs when implementing beneficial management practices. Farmers have always prioritized the health of their soils and overall environment, and it was an appealing option to be recognized for these actions by offset payments from other industries and companies emitting greenhouse gases. The end of the cap and trade program in Ontario won’t stop farmers from continually improving their environmental footprint but the incentives and recognition to further drive performance could be lost. OFA is waiting for the full details of Premier Ford’s announcement that deals with the funding available from cap and trade revenues. We are hopeful that funding promised to the agricultural sector through the Climate Change Action Plan will survive. This funding flowing from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account was intended to support soil health initiatives for farmers. Healthy soil is vital to production today and tomorrow, and farmers are working diligently on projects to control phosphorus and improve carbon sequestration

by developing new tillage and soil improvement practices. Funding from the Greenhouse Gas Account could have also helped farm businesses retrofit their barns and buildings to conserve energy. Farmers have always been eager adopters of energy conservation initiatives because energy in all its forms is one of the largest input costs in a farm business. We’re hopeful that funding for these types of programs will continue. OFA will also be closely watching the upcoming carbon tax debate to be had with the federal government. Farmers are large consumers of fuel to run machinery and to heat barns and greenhouses. For a farmer to produce a crop and raise livestock, few economical alternatives currently exist to replace fossil fuel energy meaning a tax on carbon is an ineffective deterrent to consumption and only serves to take money out of margins and threaten our food security. If the federal carbon tax is imposed in Ontario because of the demise of the cap and trade system, OFA will seek a complete exemption on all farm fuels from the federal tax. We’ll be watching as Premier Ford challenges the federal government on their proposed carbon tax. These are early days for this issue and many details remain unclear. But OFA has been taking stock of all policies and regulations impacting Ontario farm businesses and we’re ready to get to work with Premier Ford and his government to ensure Ontario’s agriculture and food sector is positively accounted for in any changes to existing programs, including cap and trade.

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Will somebody, even a high school student, sit with “Captain Buck Rogers” during an Essex Council meeting to push the “big” talking button for the poor guy so everybody knows what he’s saying? Councillor Bondy, the last thing we need is a “Health Care” conspiracy issue before upcoming fall elections. Nice try! Shawn Conley Essex, On

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Long-time volunteer receives Citizen of the Year award

Christine Hayes thanks the people of Essex upon being named Citizen of the Year.

by Adam Gault One local resident received the surprise of the evening at the Essex Fun Fest this past Saturday. Amidst the Fun Fest festivities, longtime volunteer, Christine Hayes, was astonished to find out she was named the 2018 Essex Citizen of the Year during the annual announcement, held before the evening’s main entertainment. “Thank you, I’m a little shocked, I had no idea,” Hayes said, after making her way to the stage upon receiving the distinction. “This town is everything. We do so much here, and I’m glad I could be part of it. Thank you.”

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The Essex Citizen of the Year is awarded annually at the Essex Fun Fest, and its recipient is decided through a committee partnership of representatives from the Rotary Club of Essex, Knights of Columbus Essex, Heritage Essex, and the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201). “We’re really looking at how they’re contributing to the community as a whole,” Heritage Essex Vice Chairperson, Morley Bowman, said of the award’s selection process. “You’ve got to be pretty careful that you’re not taking somebody that is single tier in what they do. You look for some broad-

based community work, and [Hayes] has really exemplified that.” Bowman added Hayes’s portfolio of communitybased work and initiatives went well above and beyond the qualities of what the committee was looking for when making their 2018 decision. Citing Hayes’ work

and volunteer initiatives with her church, the Royal Canadian Legion, and fundraising efforts for local charity groups, Bowman explained it was important to recognize those in the area who take the time to go above and beyond in enriching the living experience in the community. “A lot of these people really don’t get a lot of recognition,” Bowman said of volunteers. “Each year, we try to pick somebody from the community that has done something for the community. It may have been something they’ve done this year, or it may be something they’ve done over a lifetime.” Hayes explained that it was the influence of her father, the late Pat Hayes, former Essex MPP, who taught her to put the community at the forefront when it comes to working together and helping others. “It all stems from my dad. He just instilled in us [the idea] of your community, and doing the right thing, and it’s just one

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Council Notes for Tuesday, July 3... requires a five percent parkland dedication or cash in lieu. In the 2015 Parks, Recreation, and Culture Master Plan, it was identified that Bridlewood Park is adequate in amenities and any new features would be added to current Bridlewood Park footprint and not the additional lands obtained. The new lands are not being used and add to the annual maintenance for the Parks Department. Natural heritage conservation easement Council received a Planning Development Report, which Assistant Planner, Rita Jabbour, prepared with information regarding the requested natural heritage conservation easement

for the Corestine lands at 3876 3rd Concession Road. The report followed Council’s March 2018 approval of a consent application for the lands in question, which allowed for the creation of a residential lot on the site, which is currently occupied by an existing natural heritage feature, known more commonly as a woodlot. A condition of the March approval was that the property owners enter into a conservation easement in order to prohibit any use which will damage or destroy the “protected area” or prevent their reforestation or enhancement. While the owners of the property have already entered into agreement

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with the easement and are currently working with the Essex Region Conservation Authority to enhance the land, the bylaw on the table was required to be passed to make the agreement official. The motion carried. Cannabis grace period request Council received correspondence from the Town of Amherstburg, which noted the neighbouring municipality supported the City of Quinte West’s resolution that requested a six-month grace period be enacted once legal recreational cannabis legislation passes later this October. This would be to ensure municipal law enforcement officers and the Ontario Provincial Police are adequately trained to enforce the new legislation. If a similar measure was to be enacted in Essex, recreational cannabis consumption would remain a town bylaw violation for an

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additional six months following legalization. The correspondence was recorded as received. Council supports ‘No Hot Pets” campaign The Ontario SPCA sent correspondence to the Town of Essex, which noted it launched the “2018 No Hot Pets” campaign on June 21 to educate the public on the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles during the summer. Council received and supported the correspondence, and directed administration, at Councillor Ron Roger’s request, to have the information posted on the Town’s social media accounts. The letter from the Ontario SPCA states the issue of owners leaving their pets in their vehicles during the hot summer months, putting animals’ safety at risk and even causing death, is a serious and ongoing problem across Ontario.

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Former Flight Lieutenant visits Spitfire Memorial

submitted to EFP Last week, Doug Chapman and his daughter, Nancy, praised the community for sponsoring and maintaining a beautiful project of remembrance and respect for our veterans, the Essex Memorial Spitfire. Chapman was a Flight Lieutenant-Pilot Officer, who flew a Hurricane plane. He is from Windsor.

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Local youth learn rural safety

by Sylene Argent Around 60 youths are a little more aware of potential hazards after participating in the annual Kid’s Safety Day last Thursday. The Essex County Farm Safety Association hosts the annual event with support from the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. This year’s event took place

at the Harrow fairgrounds, which provided plenty of room for the volunteers to set up and man a variety of safety stations, each with a different topic. Anne Anger is a Coordinator for the event. She said the stations included safety tips and information about sun protection, ATV use, precautions to take when around large animals, how to remain safe when boating or working around water, and what to do when working around a tractor or lawnmower. Another message promoted included not to play around grain. Members of Essex Fire & Rescue were also onsite to let the young participants use the newest piece of educational equipment, which the Harrow Rotary Club purchased for the local fire service. The machine allows firefighters to teach participants how to properly use a

Youth talent shine at Fun Fest

by Garrett Fodor Sunday, July 8 may have been the final day of the 31st annual Essex Fun Fest, but the festival was not shut down before local youth had a case to showcase their talents on the main stage. The Youth Talent Showcase featured several local performers, aged

five through nine, who demonstrated their various talents before a crowd of supporters. In addition to performing a dance routine or singing a song, the young performers also answered two questions from the event judges. One of this year’s judges was TiaLynne McCann, who was

recently named Miss Teen South Western Ontario. McCann said it was a fun day in which to participate. Ultimately, it was difficult to decide which of the talented performers would win top prize. “I was just looking at their appearance on stage, their act, and how they did it, and much practice went into it,” McCann said. “I hope I was able to inspire the kids, show them how to gain their confidence and not be scared to go out on stage and have fun. Everyone was amazing. I loved the confidence they all had.” This year’s edition featured six groups and seven total participants, with a wide range of talents ranging from singing and dancing to gymnastics. The participants all

received a chance to ride the float in the parade on Saturday morning and received a ride all day pass for the midway. Earning first place honors was Jaycee, 9, for her gymnastics performance. Bentley, 6, and Ella, 6, finished second and third for their singing performances, respectively. Carolyn Garon, event organizer, said the event is one of her favourites of the weekend. Garon hoped the competitors had fun and will be a part of next year’s festivities that may potentially expand to add a second talent show for the older age groups if possible.

fire extinguisher. “The kids got to put out a live fire,” Anger said, noting that was a significant piece of education they were able to bring home. The youth also watched on as a tractor’s PTO system pulled in a man made of straw, which demonstrated the hazard of working too close to this type of equipment. Another theme of the day was teaching the young participants emergency preparedness. The annual event offers many of the same stations year-after-year, because it is important for the youth to understand the messages presented, Anger noted. “The parents learn something, too,” she added. Anger thanked the volunteers who offered up their time to teach the participating youth, age five-12, about safety, which will hopefully lead to an accident-free summer. Not all the young participants live on a farm, she noted. Though the safety tips taught during the event are mostly rural-related, any youth could benefit as they could get opportunities to visit farms or rural areas. The participating youth not only got to take home a load of information with them, they also received a free safety day t-shirt and loot bag full of goodies.

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Horticultural Club hosts annual Flower Show WECCC presents awards to community contributors

Pictured are the top Flower Show winners: Kathy Hudak, Aletha Purdy, Sandy Ellenor, and Teresa Vermuelen.

by Sylene Argent While the Essex Fun Fest was in full swing on Saturday, members of the Essex & District Horticultural Society were able to show off their gardening skills to the community as they hosted the annual Flower Show in the basement of Essex United Church. Sandy Ellenor is the

Flower Show Chairperson. She was pleased to see the amount of submissions into the Flower Show. Despite a wet, cold spring and a hot summer, the event had around 90 entries this year, which were submitted into one of the event’s 35 categories. Some of the arrangement categories incorporate a theme, with this year’s

being, “Remembering the Adventures of Peter Pan.” Some of the creative entrants used lanterns, Captain Hook’s hat, or a pirate ship to decorate their floral entries. The public was able to view and enjoy the bright colours of the contest entries on display, and appreciate the time and effort the members of the

club put into their creations. In addition to the flower show, a yard and bake sale fundraiser for the club’s operations was set up. Club members were invited to participate in the 2018 Flower Show, which also offered a Junior Category for youth, who did not have to be a member of the club to participate. Having the Junior Category allows the club to get young people interested in the hobby and in learning about native and invasive plant life. Among the ribbon holders were Teresa Vermuelen who won the best rose and best herb arrangement awards, Kathy Hudak the dried arrangement award, Ellenor won the best arrangement in show award, and Aletha Purdy won the Junior Award.

by Adam Gault On Saturday afternoon, the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community (WECCC) took to the Essex Fun Fest stage to present several individuals, who have gone above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of others with a “Shining a Light on Compassion Award.” For around three years, the WECCC has brought people and organizations in the community together, with the goal of improving the quality of life for the area’s most vulnerable citizens. Through partnerships with a multitude of organizations, such as the Greater Essex County School Board, Community Living Essex County, the Downtown Mission of Windsor, and the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, WECCC seeks to engage the county in “building a fully effective community care system” and ensure everyone in need receives assistance to secure quality of life and involve the next generation of leaders. “Ultimately, we’re looking at raising equity, and improving quality of life for our citizens, starting with our most vulnerable,” WECCC Communications Consultant, Christie Nelson, said of the mission of the organization. “It’s just a way to further help support them so that they

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community, it’s really encouraging people to come together as one and support each other,” Nelson said. The WECCC Awards were meant to recognize those select few who have been an integral part in demonstrating the WECCC’s core community value of compassion and making a positive difference in the lives of citizens across Windsor-Essex. “These [award Emma Mineau (C), is presented with a ‘Shining a Light on recipients] have been Compassion Award’ for her contributions to the WECCC mission. nominated by members of [the] community have a circle of care around them so that when they need the support, it’s readily for everything that they do, whether it be available and a plan is in place to support volunteering at a soup kitchen, volunteering for their church, supporting one another in them.” Through their partnerships with the their communities. There’s a whole range various community organizations, WECCC of different reasons why we’re nominating offers programs such as “Life and Living different people and awarding them Well,” where people come together to learn tonight,” Nelson explained. “It’s people about support resources available in the who go above and beyond their call of duty community when it comes to supporting in the community to help support others, their pursuit of living a full and healthy and just out of the kindness of their hearts.” Awards were presented to: Holly Boyle, life. In addition, the “Neighbours helping Neighbours” program encourages people in Emma Mineau, Thomas Fawdry, Kylie Rian the community to look out for one another Costie, Austin Siverns, Kaitlyn McCarthy, in offering their services to elderly or and Donna Patterson For more information on WECCC or anyone who needs a hand. “Whether it be helping to mow a volunteer opportunities, visit neighbour’s lawn, going shopping for somebody, or just spending time in conversation with a member of your

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by Garrett Fodor On Sunday afternoon, the Art, Culture, and Tourism (ACT) Committee helped to wrap up the Essex Fun Fest with the Act Excellence Awards to recognized local talent. Peter Youngson, the Arts, Culture and Tourism Committee Chairperson, said the award program was designed to raise awareness of the arts in the area. He believes the awards celebrate local artists who improve the community.

The ACT Committee advises Essex Council on arts and culture matters, while promoting, developing, and supporting arts and culture initiatives. Entries for the Art Excellence Awards were accepted into the competition until May 28. Various mediums were accepted, from sculptures to paintings to videos. The top three entries received prizes of $1,000, $650, and $350 respectively.

Taking home first place honours was James Semperger, who submitted a bandsaw jewelry box. Semperger said it was his first time entering the event and he looks forward to competing in it next year. “I take recycled woods that I have around the house for it. I saw a design similar to it once online and said ‘I am going to make one for my wife.’ I have a lot of fun doing it and since I’ve probably made and given away about another 20. I just love doing it. It probably took me about three weeks to make start to finish.” The winning exhibitions were available for viewing all weekend at the Essex Centre Sports Complex and will also be displayed on July 28 at the Explore the Shore event.




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Memorial Bench unveiled in Harrow Centre

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by Sylene Argent The Clifford family officially dedicate a memorial bench last Thursday afternoon, which is located in front of the Shoppers Drug Mart in Harrow Centre. Doug Sweet, Essex’s Director of Community Services, thanked the Clifford family for what is likely one of the nicest benches within the municipality. He said it will likely get a lot of use in its downtown Harrow location. The memorial bench was placed in memory of Blake Clifford, who passed away after a car accident five years ago at the age of 23. The memorial piece, however, also remembers every loved one lost too soon, which is indicated in the engraving on the bench’s back, which reads, “Remember our children who have left before us. Until

we meet again.” The bench was purchased through the Blake Clifford Memorial Fund. Clifford’s family hosts a golf tournament annually and uses the proceeds to support various causes. In the past, the funds have supported the Harrow Food Bank with a non-perishable food donation, the Ignite the Spirit firefighter charity, and local sports. Todd Clifford, Blake’s dad, noted this was the second memorial bench purchased through the fund. The first was placed at Lambton College where Blake graduated from the Fire Science program. The Fund also supports an annual Lambton College Award that is presented to a student in the Fire Science program that demonstrates pride, passion, team work skills, and dedication.

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13 th Aaron VanBelle ~July 14th~ Love Chloe

Purpose ( Patrick Quinn )

There is a warm comfort, found in the knowledge. That with each timely ending, comes a bright beginning. For is not the evening sunset, followed by a new sunrise. While the harsh winters chill, gives way to a friendly spring. And each man’s final passing, brings on forth a new birth. For the universe is in motion, and life is like a wild river. Flowing down to the mighty sea, never stagnant, but moving. And with every new question, there is an answer waiting. And with every new answer, there comes another question. And the many great scholars, who have devoted their lives. In the pursuit of the answers, to the meaning of existence. Will not find those answers, for they’re not for us to know. With our limited capabilities, answers that can only be found. When we leave this life behind, and evolve into a higher level. In accordance with God’s plan, of the evolution of the soul. Evolving into pure thought, so one day we may see him. And truly begin to understand. God’s purpose for mankind.


Love, Mom & Dad _________________________________________________________

CARD OF THANKS _________________________________________________________

Beaulieu, Joseph “Joe” The family of the late Joseph “Joe” Beaulieu wish to extend our sincere and heartful thanks to relatives and friends for the beautiful floral tributes, donations to Ronald McDonald House Windsor, masses, cards, and online condolences, and for all the people who attended the visitation and Joe’s funeral service, and also all the old cars in the funeral procession. Thank you all for your wonderful memories of Joe. Special Thank You to the nurses in ICU Met Hospital, Windsor. “Wonderful nurses.” Thank you to the ladies of St. John’s Hall, Woodslee for the lovely meal. A special thanks to Melady Funeral Home for the kindness and guidance during this difficult time, and for the wonderful Eulogy by Shari, and the beautiful music by Kelly. We express our gratitude to all who made Joe’s funeral beautiful. And as the grandkids would say, “light it up in heaven, Pépé!




In loving memory of my parents

Stan - who passed away 34 years ago, on July 26, 1984. and Evelyn - who passed away 10 years ago, on July 3, 2008. Your memory is held forever dear in our hearts with every passing year.

~ Love; daughter Doreen, Son-in-law Ray, grand-daughter Tammy and husband Mark. _______________________________________________

~ The Beaulieu Family _________________________________________________________



What’s Going On... JULY 12 -15 - BELLE RIVER SUNSPLASH  For more information: www.belleriverbia. com/sunsplash/ JULY 14 - MONTHLY MARKET - St Paul’s Anglican Church (92 ST Paul Street, Essex) 10am til 2pm. For more details or table rentals, call: 519-980-4942. JULY 17  PICKIN’ IN THE PARK  presented by EKBOTFMA - At Lakeshore Optomist park, Belle River at 6:30 - 9:00pm. Canned-goods for donation appreciated. AUGUST 17  VICTORIA WELLNESS CENTRE BBQ  It is held in the parking lot at 35 Victoria Ave, Unit 7, from 4pm - 7pm. Fun planned for the whole family. For more information: 519-776-4231. SUN COUNTY LYME AWARENESS SUPPORT GROUP - Learn & share about Lyme disease. Monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of every month at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens @ 6:30 p.m. All welcome. COPING WITH ANGER GROUP - Wednesdays at Erie Shores Healthcare. For more information, contact Community Partnership at 226-348-4548 or email info@

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Mennonite Church. During the month of July, services will be held at the Harrow United Church and during August, services will be at the Harrow Mennonite Church. All services will begin at 10:30am. Recently, our newly appointed Minister, Rev. Darrow Woods, videotaped a “Welcome Message,” which can be found on our updated website. Please find it and other information about Harrow United Church at www.

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519-776-4255 Salvation Army Essex Community Church submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Looking for a cool place to be with friends during this hot summer? Pop into the SA Café at the Salvation Army Essex Community Church on Tuesdays between 10a.m. and noon! Enjoy a beverage, some sweets, and fellowship, while meeting new friends. There is no program or lunch provided- just a casual and relaxing time together. At 10:30a.m. on Sundays, Major Sam Roberts leads Family Worship. We invite you to join us and stay after for refreshments and fellowship. Take a few minutes this week to contact someone on our sick and shutin list. They will be happy to hear from you!

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Office Hours this week: Monday and Friday 9-1. The office will be closed most Fridays during the months of July and August. Please check the calendar on the website, or phone ahead before stopping in. Our next Market will take place on Saturday, July 14th from 10am until 2pm. Call: 519-980-4942, for more details. Please note that our Summer Worship Schedule began on Sunday, July 1st with a Joint Service at 10am at St. Paul’s. In August, the services will move to Trinity Cottam at 9:15am. Communion Service at Iler Lodge is on Thursday, July 19 at 10:30am. The Thank You Bank contributions for July will go to our Clothing Cupboard. Please visit our website at www. or our Facebook page at You can also reach us at 519-776-7711 or by email at

Holy Name of Jesus Church submitted by Therese Lecuyer

We hope everyone enjoyed the Fun Fest. Congrats to Ella Adams who won third place in the talent contest. LifeNight is on Sunday, July 15, until 9:45pm, following Mass at 6pm. The bus leaves after mass for ‘Archery Mayhem.’ There is a fee and a liability form, so please contact the office for information. Tickets for Fr. Fernando Suarez’s Healing Mass will be available after masses over the next two weekends. The Healing Mass is on Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm. FREE! There are no reserved tickets or seating, so it is a first-comefirst-serve basis. Tickets are available from the office after July 9th. ‘Drive of your Life’ is on Sunday, July 29th. Contact the office for information.

The parish office is closed on Fridays until August 29. New school supplies and backpacks will be collected in the Gather Space at the designated table during the months of July & August for the Children’s Aid Society. Bible School is from August 13 - 17 for ages 3 to 10 years. Free! Registration forms available soon. The Parish Picnic is on Sunday, August 19 at 12noon. Join us for food, fun, & fellowship. FREE! Please continue to save your Foodbank receipts. Thank you! God bless and have a wonderful week!

Antioch Christian Ministries submitted by Linda Knight

Pastor Gerrie and Pastor Claude shared on their recent missions trip to Haiti and how nice it is to have a church family, even away from home. Camp Impact, for those completing grades JK-6, meets on August 7-9th. Our Church Picnic is on July 22nd at GessTwood Camp at 11am, following the 10am service. “Heavy Rain,” with Drew Neal is on July 25th at 7pm. Healing Rooms at ACM are open on Saturdays, 9am-noon. Please enter office side of building. For more information, visit our website: Be blessed.

Trinity Church In August, we will be back at Trinity at our regular time of 9:15AM. Thank you bank contributions for the months of July and August will be given to the Clothing Cupboard at St. Paul’s. Have a safe summer and we would love to see you in August in “The Little White Church” in the cemetery in Cottam. All are welcome back on August 5th., at 9:15am, as we have our outdoor service. Bring your lawn chair!

Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman

Come join us for Sunday Service at 10 am. Our service will be a joint service with Belle River United Church in Woodslee with Rev. Murray Rounding leading the service. The church office will only be open on Thursdays for summer hours. Please call ahead before coming. Coffee and Conversation: Thursdays at 10 am. Harrow United Church submitted by Larry Anderson

Our summer services will once again be combined with the Harrow

Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley Van Huizen

We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend our Sunday morning worship service, beginning at 10:00am as Mr Steve Baarda from London, ON will lead us in worship. Nursery supervision is provided. Do plan to stay afterwards for a time of fellowship with coffee or tea. Visit us online for service times and directions, or just to listen to a sermon or two.

Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Cunningham

Congratulations to Christine Hayes on being the winner of Citizen of the Year for the Essex region. Also, congratulations to Judy Robson on being the winner of the Town of Tecumseh Senior of the Year. Both honourees are well deserved! Be a part of history and have your family name and or business engraved on the Sandwich South plaque that will be permanently displayed in the new Sandwich South Cultural & Resource in Oldcastle (attached to the fire hall). If you are interested, please contact Judy Jobin. The grand opening is on Sunday, September 30th at 1p.m. If you have extra fresh vegetables from your garden, why not donate them to the Essex Food Bank? They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30a.m. to 1p.m. Vacation Bible School for 3 to 13 years old takes place on August 13th to 17th at Holy Name of Jesus church and is free! Registration forms are at the back of the Church. There will only be one summer bulletin for July and one for August. The Mass intentions will be posted at the back of the Church. The parish office will be open for July and August on Tuesday to Thursday. Please keep in your prayers and all the people who are sick, shut-in, and in Hospice. Essex Retirees’

Social Club Dorothy Fields had high score at Saturday night Pepper, Evelyn Vivier was second, and Jairmen Bagot had low score. Debbie Monchamp had high score at Monday night Pepper. Roger Monchamp and Kevin Edwards tied for the most peppers and George Diesbourg was low score. Tuesday afternoon Pepper had Tom Dewhurst with high score, Janece McLaughlin with low score, and Larry Lane had the most peppers. Wednesday night Pepper winners were Roger Monchamp with high score of 316, Betty Fields with the most peppers, and Janece McLaughin with Continued on Page 17

Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-law Amendment By the Corporation of the Town of Essex Take notice that the Council of the Town of Essex has passed By-law Number 1723 on the 3rd day of July, 2018, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, which authorizes the Town to amend its general zoning by-law, By-law 1037, when deemed appropriate by Council, when an Official Plan is in effect for the municipality. By-law 1723 applies to farm operations throughout the Town of Essex. It amends general zoning by-law to provide for on-farm diversified uses as additional permitted uses ancillary and subordinate to farm operations. The complete by-law and any associated information are available for inspection in my office during regular office hours. A Key Map showing the location of lands affected is not provided as this is a change to text of By-law 1037. And take notice that only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a zoning by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal of the decision unless, before the by-law was passed, that person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the Council, or in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body. An appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in respect of the by-law may be completed by filing with the Clerk of the Town of Essex not later than Tuesday July 31, 2018, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons in support of the objection accompanied by the required fee of $300 (subject to change) by certified cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance. The appeal must state specific reasons why the by-law fails to meet the policies of the Town of Essex Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement and or such other policies of the Province of Ontario. Persons seeking more information or assistance concerning the appeal process can contact the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre at or by telephone at 1-800-993-8410. Dated at the Town of Essex this 3rd day of July, 2018. Robert Auger, Clerk Town of Essex 33 Talbot Street South Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8 Telephone: 519-776-7336, extension 1132 Email: Explanatory Note By-law 1723 amends General Zoning By-law 1037 to broaden the range of uses and regulations that apply to on-farm diversified uses. On-farm diversified uses are supplementary farm and non-farm related uses permitted in combination with agricultural operations. The changes to the regulations governing these uses, which shall be subordinate to agricultural operations, conform with the provisions of the Town of Essex and County of Essex Official Plans and provincial guidelines set out in the policy document, “Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas,” by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The definition of an onfarm diversified use and the regulations that apply to them are set out in the amending zoning by-law. Note that the establishment of an on-farm diversified use is subject to site plan approval by Council and the execution of a site plan agreement. Prior to adoption of By-law 1723 no written and oral submissions were received from the public concerning the rezoning.

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Continued from Page 15 low score. Thursday night Bridge winners from last week were Edna Chevalier and Diana Dennis. This week’s winners were Diana Dennis and Floyd Cascadden.

Essex Community Services Attention St. Clair College Students! Do you need a ride to and from school ,starting in the fall? Our Student Shuttle can help! We offer transportation Monday through Friday and pre-registration is required. Please call Essex Community Services at 519-776-4231 for information on schedules, fees, etc, or to register.

Please join us Sunday mornings at 10am for worship, and coffee hour to follow! Our church and hall are air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. This summer, Rev. Catherine is doing a Sermon Series throughout July and August; Kingdom Under Construction: Battles, lust betrayal, and a throne: things are heating up this summer! Follow the stories of Samuel, David, and Solomon, as God speaks to us about faith, leadership, taking risks, and making mistakes. Coming this fall: Preschool Play Time! Starting in September, every Thursday from 9:30am - 12noon, caregivers & kids are invited to drop-in. There will be toys and crafts, circle time, and healthy snacks. Please remember the sick and the shut-ins. If you would like to add a name to the Prayer List, see Rev. Catherine, add a name to the list in the foyer, or contact the office. You can find us on the web at The office number is (519) 723-2284. Office hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am till 1pm.

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Paquette News Summer Hours for the Parish: In July, there will only be one service at 10:00am held at Church of the Redeemer, 15545 Cty. Rd. 8. There will be one service on August & Sept 2 at 10:00am held at St. Stephen’s. All are welcome to join us and be surrounded by fun people who love to worship our Lord and Saviour.


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The 4-H Cloverbuds attended the Kids’ Safety Day in Harrow last week. The group visited nine different stations including fire safety by the Essex Fire Department. We got to put out a fire using a fire extinguisher.


At the water safety station, Dan Metcalf showed us different sizes of life jackets and how it is important that we wear our correct size. At the lawnmower station, presented by McGrail’s Farm Equipment, the group learned how to stay safe around lawnmowers. Bob’s Motorsport had an ATV on display, and explained the safety rules about riding an ATV. Anne Baldo from Farm Credit was in charge of the disability station where the club learned how people adapt to a disability. John and Michelle McLean spoke about safety around animals at the animal station. Dennis McLean and Gerald Herdman discussed and demonstrated how to stay safe around tractors. The dangers of playing in grain was the topic at the grain station and at the emergency preparedness station how to be prepared for unpredictable events was the topic. Club members were given a farm hazards placemat to circled the hazards that could be seen in the picture. Mary Mayville talked to the club about sun safety and how to protect yourself against sunburn. There was a PTO (power take-off ) demonstration set up. The PTO allows a piece of machinery to take power from a tractor to make it run and should always have a protective shield around it. Simply, stay away from a running PTO. The day ended with ice cream and a short evaluation of the day. Everyone received a take-home bag of information and items. Thank you to all the volunteers who taught us to stay safe this summer and to Anne Anger and Bonnie Popov for organizing this safety day. Everyone had a great time!





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Essex Minor Mosquito baseball

1967 Fairlane GTA at Essex Railway Station

Andre Quenneville with his 1967 Fairlane 500XL GTA hardtop at the Essex Railway Station’s All-Ford Car Show on June 8.

On Friday, June 8, Andre Quenneville of Essex, Ontario, arrived at the Second Annual All-Ford Car Show at the historic Essex Railway Station behind the wheel of his 1967 Fairlane GTA 2-door hardtop with a Deep Forest Green finish and a license plate that lets you know he lives in Canada: “67 GT EH.” That’s a variation of GTA, the official designation of a Fairlane 500XL GT hardtop coupe with automatic transmission. Under Andre’s hood is the standard GT 390 cubic inch big-block V8 engine with 335 horsepower, all the get-up-andgo that Andre will ever need. The automatic shift lever is on the floor between the two black bucket seats. The car originally came from Sarnia and Andre bought it twenty years ago. It needed work. Over the next six or seven years, he rebuilt it into the dazzling show car it is today with its Deep Forest Green finish, a later model Ford colour in base coat/clear coat. He grew up in Stoney Point and remembers three local muscle cars, including a Fairlane. Andre has now worked for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years and three generations of his family have worked for Ford. It is not surprising that Andre decided a ’67 Fairlane GTA was the perfect car for him. The Fairlane name was first applied to the top-of-the-line Fords in 1955 with the name coming from the Ford family’s ancestral home in Ireland. It’s also the name of Henry Ford’s Fair Lane estate near Dearborn, Michigan. In 1962, Ford entered the mid-size market with the Fairlane, a full two years before GM brought out the Chevelle. In its first year, the Fairlane built and sold almost 300,000 cars. In its second year, it sold over 300,000 cars. Its wheelbase was six inches longer than the compact Falcon and 3.5 inches shorter than the full-size Ford Galaxie. With its lighter weight and sportier handling, the Fairlane GT and GTA became very popular with people looking for horsepower. These cars are highly collectible today. Andre was born on Saturday, July 17, 1954. This story is scheduled for print just before his birthday. Wishing you many happy returns! I’m always looking for stories. Email billtsherk@

It’s always a fun game when Essex and Woodslee compete

submitted to EFP The 10-year-old Essex Minor Mosquito team made two trips to Woodslee last week. Once to compete against the Orioles Minor then again to face the Major team. Essex played the Minor team first and found itself down 7 to 1 after three frames. But, the Essex players were up to the challenge, and the seasoned team began playing stingy, steady, routine baseball as they battled back until Essex found itself with a two run lead into the sixth inning. Essex scored a few insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete the exciting comeback. Essex pitchers, Jacob Clemens, Tobey Trepanier, and Ryan Smith, all served well and earned the win. Zack Grein hit 3 for 4, and the talented Cavanagh twins

combined to hit 5 for 7 with a walk. The Jackets played the Major team the following day and again found themselves in the hole early. The Orioles jumped out to a 7 to 2 lead in the first inning before Essex began play steady baseball. Unfortunately, rain and lightning ended the game before the fifth inning with Woodslee still holding a lead. Essex has one game to play, against Tecumseh

minors, before the July 13th tournament in Leamington where the Jackets plan to show well.

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First Ontario Martinfest attracts big crowd

Richard Carr bands a Purple Martin at Colchester Harbour and Park during the first annual Ontario Martinfest on Saturday.

by Sylene Argent Despite many events taking place on Saturday, the first annual Ontario Martinfest was a big success as it attracted a large crowd out to Colchester Harbour and Park.

Paul Hamel, who is the President of the Ontario Purple Martin Association, which organized the event, was pleased with the outcome as around 250 people attended the first annual event by mid-

afternoon. “We are giving out a lot of information and people are interested,” he said of the event, which offered several lectures throughout the day where members of the Association

discussed a range of Purple Martin-related topics, including how to attract them, how to house them, and how to identify North America’s largest swallow. Purple Martin numbers are dwindling, locally,

and the event was put on as an educational tool that could engage the many individuals who would like to know how they could help. Purple Martins, for instance, need a house to nest. So, club members were onsite to discuss how to offer a house to the bird and how to properly look after them. “Purple Martin houses need to be monitored,” Hamel said, noting other birds may try to take over the nests. To help with this situation, the Essex Community in Blooms Committee has purchased Purple Martin houses, which are located throughout the municipality. One is located in Colchester Park, McGregor Centre,

and in Essex Centre. Just before Saturday’s festivities, a second Purple Martin house, equipped with 14 apartments, was added to Colchester Park. Already, it is estimated seven nesting pairs are utilizing the new home. The event also offered an opportunity for event attendees to watch Purple Martins get banded, which will help track the birds in the future. Children’s activities were offered and an assortment of vendors set up shop in the park. As admission, event attendees were asked to forward a donation for area food banks.

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Bear Patrol performs during Tune Up the Parks

by Sylene Argent The solid sound of good old rock ‘n roll could be heard echoing throughout Essex Centre as local cover band “Bear Patrol” performed last Wednesday as part of the Arts, Culture, and Tourism (ACT)

Committee’s Tune Up the Parks Concert series. “Bear Patrol” offered a wide-range of classics for its audience to enjoy. The local band played under the newly installed pavilion, which is now open for use inside the Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre, to get a little shade from a blistering sun on a very warm evening. This local band is no stranger to the local summer music series, in fact, it was the very first to perform when the series began four years ago. Members of the five-piece band always perform the music on their set list with a lot of energy. For more information about Bear Patrol, log onto bearpatrolmusic/


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Karen Morand, a local singer/songwriter, is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, July 11 inside the Heritage Gardens Park. Her performance is slated to start at 7pm. Concert slots may change or get cancelled. Concertgoers are urged to bring along their own

lawn chair or blanket and have the option to forward a donation to the performers. For more information about upcoming Tune Up the Parks performances, which primarily take place in Colchester Centre on Monday evenings and in Essex Centre on Wednesday evenings, log onto

Youth Centre’s carnival kicks off summer fun

by Garrett Fodor With summer here, and school officially out, a place has opened up for area youth to spend time and have fun. Located in the basement of the Essex Aquatic Centre, the doors to the Essex Youth Centre officially opened for the season on July 3. The kick off for summer fun was celebrated with a carnival party on July 7, which provided free snacks and refreshments and a chance for the youth in attendance to win prizes. Since 1981, the EYC has been a spot in the community where young people across the town could come together to participate in various activities and games in a safe place. This year, the EYC received a grant through Canada Summer Jobs to employ five university students so its doors could open for the season. Tauner Martin is the Director for the EYC. She said the important thing about having the EYC is that it is a free and safe space for youth to hangout. It also offers youths a wide-range of activities, from video games and computers to billiards. It also facilitates the Helping Hands Program, a service that provides assistance to seniors and those with disabilities. The centre will operate Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the end of August. It welcomes students from grade eight through to recent high school graduates.

Essex Free Press - July 12, 2018  

EFP - July 12th, 2018 issue

Essex Free Press - July 12, 2018  

EFP - July 12th, 2018 issue