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Youth recognized for leadership skills

Essex Town Council Notes PAgE 8 ________________ Possible progress for Maidstone Museum PAgE 13 ________________ Energizers host countywide skipping competition PAgE 17 ________________ Jones tournament continues to support community PAgE 21 ________________

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by Sylene Argent Every youth has a talent or a skill to offer. Exemplary youth often use those talents and skills to help others, and by doing so become leaders in the community. The Essex Optimist Club took the opportunity on Tuesday, April 22 to honour over forty local youth who have displayed leadership qualities and a strong sense of community at an annual Youth Appreciation Night held inside the hall at the Holy Name of Jesus Parish. Several local dignitaries as well as members of Essex Fire & Rescue and OPP were happy to take a break from serving the community through their important career roles and roll up their sleeves to serve the

youth during the dinner portion of the event. MP Jeff Watson was thrilled to be on hand and noted the highlight of the evening was serving the dinner. He also had an important message to share. Ò Young people are already leading,Ó he said. They are leaders in their churches, schools, and the community through the positive actions they do, he noted. He said he is a firm believer that to get things done in and around the community, all generations need to work together. Ò We all have a part to play.Ó Watson said it was nice to spend his evening at the Youth Appreciation Night and to learn the many different ways these youth have given back to the community. All of

those contributions were equally important, he said. Essex Optimist member Sandy Larivee said the event was a way the club and local public servants could say thank you to these youth for making a positive difference for others within the community. The Optimist Club received nominations from other area community groups or churches. The youth honoured were between the ages of five and 18. Larivee was pleased to welcome Optimist International President Ron Huxley to the Youth Appreciation Dinner. Having the International President at the event, she said, was a huge deal.

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New Park House curator talks to HEIRS by Jennifer Cranston The new curator of the Park House Museum in Amherstburg, Stephanie Pouget-Papak, addressed HEIRS (Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society) at its regular meeting last Thursday. Pouget-Papak joined the Park House Museum last September. She is a long-time volunteer in the local historical arena.

Pictured left: New Park House Museum Currator Stephanie PougetPapak speaks to HEIRS last Thursday about the future of the Amherstburg museum.

Her personal passions include period costuming and hearth cooking. She has even participated in the creation of a hearth cookbook. She is an experienced public speaker on the subject and has addressed groups all over Ontario and as far away as Ohio. Pouget-Papak has big plans to expand programming and community inclusion at the museum. Ò ItÕ s all about getting people interested and get them coming out,Ó she said. Ò We really want to get the community involved.Ó

Until recently the focus at the museum has been on the Park family. Pouget-Papak plans to continue with the pioneer and loyalist curriculum but she wants to expand into world events and their impact on the Amherstburg community. She explained that she hopes to transform the museum into more of a Ò community museum.Ó She is planning a summer exhibit that will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I. For this event the entire second floor will be transformed into a trench system so visitors can get a sense of the things that WWI soldiers may have experienced. In the following year she hopes to create a WWII exhibit, and in 2016 she plans to transform the second floor into a speakeasy and celebrate the roaring

20s in Amherstburg. Ò Exhibits wonÕ t be just display cases,Ó she said. Ò They will be total transformations.Ó She is also planning to add a Christmas program and an All HallowÕ s Eve in Victorian Amherstburg program. The All HallowÕ s Eve Program will examine how the holiday progressed from being a simple harvest festival to the spooky commercial event it is today. Pouget-PapakÕ s plans will include lots of fundraising events to help pay for the new programming. Ò There are a whole bunch of possibilities,Ó she said about new programming. Ò It all comes down to funding.Ó

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Gleaners fundraiser will help feed those in need by Sylene Argent The southwestern Ontario Gleaners group hosted its second annual spring fundraiser at ColasantiÕ s Tropical Gardens on Saturday evening to raise funds to help operate a dry soup processing project, and to raise awareness about the organization and what it intends to do in providing food essentials to those in need in the community and around the world. Board Chairperson of the group, Jim Founk, noted the organization is fairly new. The purpose of the fundraiser, aside from bringing in funds to operate this food processing initiative, was to bring in the community and get support. Ò WeÕ ve been really impressed with all of the support from the community,Ó Founk said. As a charity, there are costs the organization has

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ThereÕ s a real concerted effort going on, spearheaded by Joe Garon and the other members of the Fun Fest committee, to put a lot fun back into the Essex Fun Fest this year and the planned itinerary is impressive. The construction of the new arena displaced the Fun Fest, shifting it from its traditional site, which it had occupied since it was the Soybean Fest many years ago, and proved to be a hiccup that the Fun Fest committee worked to overcome. It’s been a difficult push these last few years and many wondered if the Fun Fest had Ò jumped the sharkÓ and was on its last legs. It was clear changes had to be made, one way or another. A silent challenge was there and Garon and his gang decided to take tackle it. ThereÕ s a real spark of energy at work and its infectious. In order to accomplish their goal though and breathe new life into the Fun Fest, the committee and the current volunteers are going to need help, lots of help. Volunteer manpower is a necessity. In the years that the Fun Fest was rolling along the volunteers were apparent. The Fun Fest is a group effort, a community effort.

In the last few years the weight of running the festival has fallen onto few shoulders. Now, itÕ s time to pitch in and help bear the load. People asked for more events, more rides, layout changes, the return of the outdoor stage, etc. etc. The list of Ô wantsÕ was long and the committee has done its best to tick all the boxes. Now itÕ s time to pitch in and help out, to recognize the effort of the committee to re-energize the festival and give the people what they want. This might well be the last kick at the can. If we want the can to go far and fly through the goal posts then we’ll need all hands on deck. It doesnÕ t matter if you can only spare an hour or two on Fun Fest weekend, or if you can only spare some time prior to the festival weekend to help them prepare. Whatever help you can provide is good. All help is welcome. If you want to lend a hand to ensure this yearÕ s fest is a great one and one to remember then contact Shelley Marchand at the Essex Municipal building at 519-7767336.


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Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch Tax Increase So it will cost us more to pay our taxes this year. I see there was a letter-to-the-editor in the Free Press that objects to the increase in spending and asks the question, Ô Will it never end?Õ Not likely. When a report states there is no increase there is need to wonder if something is being neglected, I am surprised that our council members were responsible enough to call for an increase in an election year. We have to be realistic. If nothing else, our streets need repeated repair. I think of Laird that was resurface about nine years ago without any curbs and gutters. From what I observe the town now installs those two amenities with a tremendous improvement in appearance. And we do want our town to make a good impression, donÕ t we? There is an added advantage on my street. The curb means that rain water does not overflow onto my lawn and flood around my house. And town property should not

drain onto household lawns any more than a neighbourÕ s property, which is prohibited from doing so. There are other reasons for tax increases. Buildings are one. When I saw our fire hall I groaned about the cost yet it is reason for pride to have such a beautiful and efficient source of town services. I reacted in somewhat the same way to our new arena. We do want Essex to be a place where we can take pride in living. I think of the condition it was in when I arrived to make it my home. It was a disgrace and it took a long time to overcome its rundown appearance. I do hope that the tax increase includes the cost of painting our street light poles. They are eyesores. After all, the impression they make on a person coming into our town for the first time suggests much neglect. And it appears to me we need more property standard enforcement when I look at a couple of stores on the main street.

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Gleaners fundraiser will help feed those in need... this group have recently revamped and renovated all of the equipment, including automatic processing equipment and a 42Õ gas dehydrator. After doing some research and development, Ò We are ready to go full speed,Ó Founk commented. Ò When we are fully operational, weÕ re hoping to pack six million servings of soup per year.Ó The labour force for this endeavour is volunteer-based. This organization will reach out to the community church groups, mission groups, retirees, service clubs, or high school students looking to obtain their 40 hours of volunteer work needed to graduate - to help provide the manpower needed to package the dry soup. This endeavour only has two employees. These volunteers will trim blemishes away from fresh vegetable product donated locally. That way, Founk said, the good portion of the vegetables can be saved and the volunteers can turn them into soup.

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Ò WeÕ re building be very lightweight and Gleaners will dry them partnerships every day,Ó could be shipped long up for them so they donÕ t Founk said. distances. Cold storing perish. Mary DeGoey, is not needed. And, at the Essex MPP Taras President of the destination, after a relief Natyshak and Kingsville Leamington Rotary organization distributes Mayor Nelson Santos Club, made a cheque these goods, recipients attended the event to wish presentation at the will just have to re- the group well. fundraiser for $3185.26. hydrate it. Natyshak thought it It was important for Cut DownÒ When on Litter!we make was encouraging to see the Rotary Club of a three pound bag of so many people present in Please recycle this newspaper Leamington to get vegetable soup, thatÕ ll support of such a fantastic involved to support the make 100 servings of endevour. cause. DeGoey noted she soup,Ó he said. This mix Ò ItÕ s a matter of grew up on a farm and could also be added to pride to know we have 16 CENTRE ST., ESSEX such as took notice of the waste rice. an organization because of blemishes. For anyone who the southwestern Ontario Ò This is a great way would like to learn Gleaners performing to use that produce,Ó more, is interested in such a vital component of she said, adding she volunteering, or has social programming,Ó he thought the initiative was produce to donate can log said. wonderful. onto or Santos added that It is hoped to get the food call 519-326-soup. there has been a lot of processing underway for Southwestern Ontario growth and expansion this charity as early as Gleaners, Founk said, of the program within this week. wants to work with the last year because of There are many real other area organizations, community support. advantages to dying including food banks. If The fundraising event these vegetables into they, for instance, receive on Saturday included a soup, Founk noted. a surplus of vegetables buffet dinner, music, and Firstly, vegetables are a they canÕ t distribute fast silent auction. huge strength in Essex enough, volunteers with County. The group wants the southwestern Ontario the blemished vegetables for the soup as typically consumers will not buy them in the stores. 16 CENTRE ST., ESSEX The target is to dry this soup mix to 14 percent moisture, making the produce stable. It will




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Fun fest to be bigger and better - volunteers are needed

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by Sylene Argent With summer approaching, volunteers and organizers are hard at work putting the upcoming Essex Fun Fest together, which is traditionally held the second weekend in July. Organizer Joe Garon

said a big focus this year for the Fun Fest committee is putting the Ò funÓ back into the festival. A large line-up of entertainment and community events are planned, with more announcements to be made in the near future. More vendors will also

be at the festival grounds, which will also offer an improved layout, he noted. The Essex Fun Fest will take place on July 11-13 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex grounds. This yearÕ s Fest will run under the theme Ò Get Fit, Essex.Ó Fitness

demonstrations are planned such as Yoga, karate, and Zumba in keeping with the theme. An invite is extended to those who could put on a demo. New to the Essex Fun Fest, there will be a kidÕ s zone. In that area youngsters will be able to enjoy, which will include face painting, pony rides, balloon crafters, jumping castles, puppet shows, games, and a scavenger hunt. Youth will be able to enjoy a dance on the Friday evening inside the Shaheen Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. This yearÕ s midway, Garon said, will be bigger and better. It will include rides for kids of all ages and also an array of games to play. The annual Essex Fun Fest parade will go down main street through Essex Centre at 11 a.m. on the Saturday of the event. The parade is around an hour long. Immediately after it, antique, rare, and classic cars will move in and park down Talbot Street as part of the Essex Centre BIAÕ s annual car show. Many businesses plan to offer special sidewalk sales at that time. Registering to display vehicles in the car show, or traveling up and down the street to look at the vehicles displayed, is free,

BIA Chairperson Stephen Bjorkman said. He urges all who wish to enter a vehicle into the show register online at www. The first 100 registered will receive a dash plaque and goody bag. Registration forms can also be printed off, filled out, and then handed in at Stationery & Stuff or Essex Party and Discount. Those who display their vehicles have a chance to take home trophies in several categories. The Essex Fun Fest Committee has many special attractions planned this year. Wrestling, which many of the festival-goers enjoyed last year, will be back on the Sunday. Two SISCAR full motion super stock car simulators will be on hand over the weekend. These simulators are like playing a video game in a 3/4 sized car, Garon said. Fun competitions are planned to take place intermittently throughout the weekend. The Craz-E-Crew BMX thrill show will also entertain. A few tournaments are also in the works, and festivalgoers will also be able to get pictures taken in a photo booth. The Bill Nuvo Experience will hold shows on the fairgrounds on the Saturday. This show features comedic juggling, magic, and illusions. Entertainment will be back outside again

this year, Garon said, on an outdoor main stage. Musical entertainment will include Elton John and Bon Jovi tributes. The vendors and an eating area will be set up in a grassy area instead of on the pavement this year. As is tradition, the Essex Fun Fest will host a church service at SadlersÕ Park on the Sunday morning, the pet show, and will wrap up with a firework display. To help accommodate the costs of bringing in all of this entertainment, there will be a $2 admission fee into the festival. Youth under six years of age and adults over 65 will get in for free. A $10 family pass, for five family members or more, will also be available. There will also be a $3 admission fee into the Bavarian Gardens, which will continue to offer music throughout the weekend, and access to the photo booth. The Bavarian Gardens will also offer wine this year. To help get this event running at full gear, the Essex Fun Fest Committee is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in donating their time and skills would be greatly appreciated and is urged to contact Shelley Marchand at the Essex Municipal building, 519-776-7336, for more information or to sign up to be a volunteer.

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Colchester North Rocks the School House

by Jennifer Cranston Parents and teachers tapped their toes and sang along to Ò Conjunction JunctionÓ and Ò Interjections,Ó and several other Saturday morning classics from the 1970s and 1980s as Gesto Theatre (Colchester North Public SchoolÕ s theatre group) presented School House Rock Live. Director and teacher Lori Ross and around 48 students came together to tell the story of aspiring teacher Tom Mizer, played by Austin Friesen. Tom is nervous on his first day as a teacher and turns on the TV to calm himself. The educational classics of School House Rock come to life around him and convince him that he already knows how to connect to kids and make learning fun. Ross is very proud of the students and the success of the three shows they put on last week. Ò They did really well,Ó she said. Ò When it came down to crunch time they pulled it all together. For such a small school IÕ m always so impressed with

the amount of talent.Ó Colchester North has been putting on a play each year for around 22 years and it has become a tradition that students and parents look forward to. Ò ItÕ s something the

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Essex Town Council Notes for The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch Tuesday, April 22 by Sylene Argent Budget bylaw adopted Essex Council moved Bylaw Number 1312, a bylaw to adopt the 2014 budget for the Town of Essex. Administration from the Finance Department held a special meeting before the regular Council meeting to present the budget. Director of Corporate Services, Donna Hunter, noted the property tax revenues for 2014 are just over $14 million, compared to around $13 million last year, an increase of $1.3 million. Because of the decrease in the school board levy, the Mill Rate for Ward 1 will have an overall 2.4 percent increase. In Wards 2 and 3 there will be a 2.82 percent increase, and Ward 4 will have a 2.7 percent increase. This is based on an average residential assessment of a

$150,000 home. Hunter noted that the Ward 1 aquatic Center debt was paid off last year. All departments accepted a one percent decrease overall in funding this year. The budget includes the hiring of an economic development officer for $50,000, adding a full year of wages for the CAO, and the purchaser position to begin in September for $27,000. The capital program is decreased this year from the last by $2.8 million. This year it stands at $8.2 million. This includes vehicles and heavy equipment, roads, sidewalks and trails, bridges and culverts and municipal drains. Hunter noted that 57 percent of capital expenditures are in public works. Other programs that contribute to this amount are Essex Fire & Rescue and Community Services, which include repairs to the harbour and the Har-

row Arena. $518,000 was put aside in the budget for repairs to Fairview Ave. Canadian Union of Postal Workers Jennifer Grant, Vice President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 500 Essex, approached Council regarding the elimination of door-to-door delivery and the downsizing of the retail counter at the Essex Centre Post Office scheduled for May 10. She had two recommendations for Council consideration. Grant recognizes this is a federal issue, but noted municipalities have a responsibility as it pertains to postal-related matters that impact communities. She said that Canada Post recently announced that as of MotherÕ s Day weekend the corporation would downsize the EsContinued on Page 9

- Mail delivery I hear the door-todoor delivery of mail is to cease. I wonder how I can cope with that. Especially in winter. In all the years I have lived there has always been personal mail delivery. As a child in a rural area near Ingersoll, the mail was delivered, even if by horse and cutter in the winter. There might have been a few days when the mailman, not always a man, couldnÕ t get through the snowdrifts. When my family moved to Woodstock the mail was delivered twice a day. I loved that during the war years when I was looking for a letter from my sailor husband. When I moved to Essex I didnÕ t like the fact I had to go to the post office for mail and to me that meant a daily chore. Finally we had it brought to our door but soon after I moved to the country and mail came from the



Maidstone post office six days a week. By the time I had a rural Cottam address it was reduced to five deliveries weekly but that was all right You could leave money in an envelope and ask the mail carrier to bring you stamps. There was great service for parcel delivery, as well. And there was no need to go to the mailbox at the road unless there was mail because the carrier would use an arm on the mailbox to indicate if there was mail. The householder did the same thing to let the mail person know if you had anything in the box. To someone who lived in town that was not mail at your door. When I wrote for the Windsor Star

there was a mail strike so my pay cheque could not be mailed to me. Knowing I would need it, my editor, Norm Wetherup called to say he was sending it with a reporter who had to go to Leamington and it would be in my mailbox. It never arrived. The guy that was to bring it couldn’t find a mailbox at my front door and didnÕ t know the big box by the side of the road was my mailbox! Now with postal costs more than 25 times what they were in my early memory, the service is to be cut. No more mail delivery After all those years of enhanced service, suddenly it is all gone!

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Essex Town Council Notes for Tuesday, April 22... sex Post Office. The new office, she said, will look much different. The lobby will be one-third of its current size and the products they sell will no longer be available for display, and the sale of those products will be ceased as soon as the corporation finds a full service, privately run franchise in the area. Daily operations will be shortened by an hour. The Union, Grant noted, has proposed extended hours to be open, a halfday on Sundays, to serve the public better. It was also proposed to increase banking services, which could increase revenues and generate more profits. “Despite research proving that almost 2/3rds

of Canadians want financial services added to the Postal Service, Canada Post continues to ignore the public’s calls,” Grant said, adding that CUPW is determined to push for a more innovative approach to a public postal service; one that focuses on preserving important services and generating more revenue by expanding parcel service and adding lucrative financial and banking services. Over the next five years, Grant noted, Canada Post intends to eliminate door-to-door delivery. She noted no country in the world has eliminated door-to-door delivery, and “we don’t intend to be the first,” she said. “This is not

a proud heritage moment.” She added CUPW intends to fight this. “Essex residents will not take the loss of doorto-door delivery and the introduction of community mailboxes lying down.” She said that seniors and those with special needs would be affected the most if Canada Post eliminates door-to-door delivery. “They rely on this service to stay connected and independent.” She added that 63 percent of the country currently receives home delivery. Security of mail, she added, is a concern as people check their community mailbox less frequently. The recommendations she put forward requested Council to oppose the elimination of doorto-door delivery and that Essex write a letter to the Minister responsible for Canada Post that calls on the government to reverse the changes to services announced by Canada Post and to look for ways to increase services and revenues in areas such as postal banking. Councilor Bill Baker



IN THE MATTER OF an application by The Corporation of the Town of Essex, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8, for approval to expropriate land, being composed of Lot 69 on Registrar’s Compiled Plan 1645, Town of Essex, County of Essex, Province of Ontario, for the purposes of facilitating the redevelopment and improvement of lands within the downtown of the former Town of Harrow, pursuant to the Community Improvement Plan, Section 28(6) of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.13, as amended. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that application has been made for approval to expropriate the land described as follows: Lot 69 on Registrar’s Compiled Plan 1645, PIN 75199-0079 (LT) Town of Essex, County of Essex, Province of Ontario Any owner of lands in respect of which notice is given who desires an inquiry into whether the taking of such land is fair, sound and reasonably necessary in the achievement of the objectives of the expropriating authority shall so notify the approving authority in writing, (a) in the case of a registered owner, served personally or by registered mail within thirty (30) days after the registered owner is served with the notice, or, when the registered owner is served by publication, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the notice; (b) in the case of an owner who is not a registered owner, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the notice. The approval authority is: The Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Town of Essex, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8 THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF ESSEX Cheryl Bondy – Clerk THIS NOTICE FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE 1ST DAY OF MAY, 2014.

noted he could not support the resolution, as it is a federal issue. He said that people are using the service less. “If we want to support the system, keep jobs, send a letter,” he said. Councillor Sherry Bondy responded, “Anytime that there is a safety issue, an accessibility issue, a litter issue, an environmental issue, to me that’s a municipal issue… We are the first line of defense for our residents. We need to speak up when something affects our municipality. And from doing the research on this issue, to me it is screaming loud and clear that it affects our residents, our municipality.” She said a community mailbox in Colchester looks horrible. “If we think that is acceptable for our communities, then I really think we need to go back to the drawing board.” Bondy’s biggest concern was the lack of public consultation. Grant noted there was no public consultation is Essex about this issue. In the winter, Grant added, community mail boxes are not cleared regularly after snowfall. This winter, she added, was ter-

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rible. “Could you imagine someone with disabilities trying to walk down to a community mailbox where they have to walk over three foot snow drifts to try and access their mail. They’re not cleared on a regular basis. They are icy. They’re dangerous. They are dangerous for a well-

bodied person let alone someone who is a senior.” Councillor John Scott said he doesn’t like to see reduction in service. The Harrow Post Office is certainly a community place where people gather right in the downtown area. Deputy Mayor Richard Continued on Page 10

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Essex Town Council Notes for Tuesday, April 22... Meloche said he doesnÕ t believe it is an advantage of the Post Office to remove home delivery because more people will use the Post Office less because of it. Mayor Ron McDermott noted that this is a tough situation. He said he would support letting the government know how the Town feels about the situation. He would be ok with administration looking into the situation. He doesn’t want to see change. Bondy noted the resolution put forth talks to the loss of jobs, eliminating door-to-door delivery, the closing of Post Offices, dramatically increasing postage rates, and to

encourage the finding of ways to increase services and revenues in areas such as postal banking. Councillor Randy Voakes added this should be sent to local leaders at the federal and provincial level. In a recorded vote, the resolution was supported with support from Councillors Bondy, Voakes, Scott, and Deputy Mayor Meloche. Councillors Bowman, Baker, and Mayor McDermott were opposed, commenting they couldn’t support the way the resolution was worded. Fair Elections Act Kim Verbeek approached Council as a citizen to express concerns in regards to proposed Fed-


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eral Bill C-23-The Fair Elections Act and in ensuring the election process remains democratic. “The so called ‘Fair Elections ActÕ does exactly the opposite of what the title suggests,” Verbeek said. Among her concerns with the Act, which is at its second reading at the federal level, is that it will restrict Elections Canada in its ability to investigate irregularities. This Act, she said, will decrease participation in democracy by forbidding Elections Canada from conducting initiatives to promote voting. Further, it will entrench partisan influence on elections at a local level by giving the MPs the ability to appoint election officials, she said, adding this Bill will allow parties to spend money on fundraising that they will not have to account for as a campaign expense. She also has concerns with the component that deals with vouching. While approaching Council, Verbeek hoped Council would send a letter to Essex MP Jeff Watson and Prime Minister Harper stating her concerns about the unfairness of this Bill and to slow down the process at which

it is being sped through to potential implementation. “It may be a federal Bill, but it affects all people in this municipality,” Verbeek said. Council received a report on the subject that administration forwarded. At the previous meeting Council asked Administration to come to the table with a report on the subject. CAO Russ Phillips explained the info provided was taken from the federal government resources. He said admin chose not to get into researching the issue in terms of looking at what other information was out there. Councillor Sherry Bondy asked, “Since when is democracy not a priority?” She said she has done some research on the Bill. One of the issues, Councillor Morley Bowman noted, is that it is moving through Parliament quite quickly. He said also that there are many questions surrounding this Bill. He suggested Council send a letter to the government asking to postpone implementing


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the Bill and allow for more input. At least this would send something to ask that the Bill be looked into further and for more discussion. Council supported this motion. St. MikeÕ s High School Essex Council received a report from Community Services regarding the appraisal of the Townowned St. Mike’s facility. It also agreed to put this facility on the market for sale, not including the gym portion as this is used for community programs. This also does not include the Library or OPP Satellite office areas. Councillor Bill Baker initially wanted to include the gym as a market option for marketability. He wanted to see the gym as a purchasing option. Bowman noted, however, that as it is part of the Town’s recreational program, including it in any future sale would affect these programs. According to the report submitted to Council, it noted the 2013 revenue from gym rentals and us-

age was around $17,000.

Memorial Arena review Essex Council supported the administration’s recommendation to commission CCI Group to conduct a structural, mechanical and electrical review of the Essex Memorial Arena as per the Procurement and Disposal of Goods Policy. According to the report, under the regulations of the Ontario Health and Safety Act, owners are required to get engineers to do structural investigations and prepare reports of arena facilities every five years. The Memorial Arena’s last structural investigation was completed in 2011. The 2011 report stated the Essex Memorial Arena is relatively sound, but does not meet current Building Codes. That structural report recommended getting the building up to code and to address some deterioration issues. Those costs could be between $750,000, and up to $3.1 million worth of

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by Kaylee Drouillard and Reese Dendiuk Welcome back to another great week at the HawkÕ s Nest. We continue to support Ò Light It Up BlueÓ for Autism Awareness on WednesdayÕ s for the month of April. We are proud to see the color blue being worn by many of our students and staff in support of Autism. Our grade eight students along with our SKÕ s planted a tree on Earth Day - Tuesday, April 22nd, which was sponsored by Communities in Bloom. The students planted a Red Maple Tree. The tree was a gift to the Senior Kindergarten class from the graduating class of 2014. The program is intended to help create a legacy of environmental awareness over the course of the Senior

KindergartenÕ s academic life at the school, while also encouraging students to take pride in their community by enhancing and beautifying green spaces. Our Badminton team travelled to the University of Windsor, St. Dennis Center where it participated in a Badminton Tournament. Our Holy Name Badminton team placed second in the overall competition. We congratulate all these fine players and extend a huge thank you to our coaches for their time, talent and expertise. Great job everyone! Our grade eight students set off for Muskoka on Saturday, April 26 and returned on Tuesday, April 29. They returned with lots

of stories to share! An amazing and memorable trip was had by all. Please remember to join us for our Education Week Liturgy here at the school on Monday, May 5. Our Book Fair also begins this week so be sure to check it out. Our grades three to eight students will enjoy a Track and Field Day at Cardinal Carter on Thursday, May 8. The students have been practicing hard and canÕ t wait to compete. WeÕ re hoping for great weather from Mother Nature. Our rain date is Friday, May 9. Thanks for another great week! GO HAWKS!!

























Students at EPS show their support for the Canadian Cancer Society by wearing bright yellow clothing and big smiles!

submitted to EFP The Essex Public School community is always looking for ways to support others in need. On Thursday, April 24th, staff and students were encouraged to participate in a fundraising event

for the Canadian Cancer Society. Students were all given a sticker to wear for the day that stated they Ò Support Canadians Living With Cancer.Ó Many daffodil pins and bright yellow clothing were worn that day as well. Staff and students

brought in donations that will be given to the Canadian Cancer Society to continue their important work. It was another wonderful way that the Essex Phoenix show they care!

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Essex Town Council Notes for Tuesday, April 22... work. This was done looking at the facility as one that contains ice. Council had asked administration to look into a review of the arena after The Essex Ravens and the Harrow Hurricanes jointly showed interest in the facility, and the Southern Ontario Military Muster, separately indicated it would like the facility also. Both proposals were for dry use to enhance programming. The report noted $7,000 was approved in the 2014 Essex Memorial

Arena operating budget. The cost to have CCI Group perform a structural, mechanical and electrical review as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act would cost $9,250. The difference would be transferred from the 2014 Community Services Administration Community Master Plan funds. Use of County Council Chambers Essex Council supported the recommendation that regular Council

meetings, and any special meetings to be held prior, continue to be held inside the County Council Chambers at the Essex Civic Centre. If Council wishes to, it can review this at any time. Live Stock valuator appointed Essex Council moved the recommendation that Essex County K9 services be retained as the Livestock Valuator for Essex.

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Bylaw approves youth reps Essex Council moved a bylaw that would amend Bylaw Number 548, which provides for the rules of order and procedure for the Municipal Council of the Town of Essex and its Committees. This amendment will create two designated youth representa-


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tives to sit with Council and to participate in Council deliberations. Day for First responders Essex Council moved to establish May 1 as First Responders Day. Harrow cleanup Councillor Sherry Bondy announced the

fourth annual Harrow Community Cleanup would take place on May 3. Volunteers will meet at the Harrow Arena for 9:30 a.m. All are encouraged to attend and help out. This is a great opportunity for high school students to work off community service hours needed to graduate.

Fingerprinting clinic in McGregor The Essex Municipal Community Policing Committee and the Masons are sponsoring a fingerprinting clinic that will be held this Saturday, May 3, at the McGregor community centre from 11:00 a.m. Ð 2:00 p.m. The clinic is open to all area children. The clinic will utilize the Mason Ch.I.P program that utilizes modern, police-approved techniques to create children identification kits. The kits include photos, video, voice recordings,

digital fingerprints, etc. that can be used to aid Ontario law enforcement officers in the safe recovery of missing children. The kit is given to the parent or guardian and no information is ever stored by the MasonCh.I.P program. Ò This is important,Ó Essex OPP Constable Joe Meloche said, urging people to participate. Ò It gives the police something to go on if, unfortunately, a child goes missing.Ó

submitted to the EFP On Thursday, April 3 OPP staff and some of the Essex Red Raider students suited up to face off against one another in the annual charity hockey game held at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. This game is a fun event that supports the community. This yearÕ s proceeds

will be forwarded to Special Olympics Ontario. Since the puck was dropped, organizers have been tallying the event proceeds. $1300 was raised for Special Olympics Ontario. The Ms. SmithÕ s EDHS business leadership class organized the game as part of their class curriculum.

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Thomas Canning signs big export deal by Sylene Argent On Tuesday, April 22 Thomas Canning of Maidstone, a tomato processing plant supplying the Ò UtopiaÓ brand, announced a $25million export deal with Nigeria. the official At announcement Thomas Canning co-owner Bill Thomas publicly signed

the export contract with Nigeria and the Festrut Group. This export contract is for tomato products. The announcement was made in Leamington at DVD Farms, with a greenhouse backdrop. This deal, Thomas said, Ò Will increase employment in our area.Ó The multi-million dollar

deal will positively affect growers, suppliers of plants and materials and increase employment at the plant. The same thing will happen in Nigeria, he noted. Ò ItÕ s a two-way street here in which the distribution of the product will create employment there,Ó he said.

Thomas and his new partners from Nigeria visited many local agricultural-industrial businesses last Tuesday, including an area mushroom processing plant, greenhouses, St. Clair College, and a local winery. The small tour gave these new partners a Ò nice

cross section of the food industry here and what we are capable of in the area,Ó Thomas said. Thomas noted he has been working on this Nigerian project for about three years. It takes time, he noted, in finding the right business partner. Already, Thomas Canning has shipped

one container of canned tomato goods to Nigeria. In the next few weeks more products will be shipped. He noted the businessÕ s processing season will begin in August this year, so at that point the shipments will be stepped up quite a bit.

Possible progress for Maidstone Museum by Jennifer Cranston Lakeshore Town Council is examining the idea of transferring ownership of the remaining building at the Maidstone Museum to the Maidstone Historical Society. At a regular meeting on Apr. 22 Councillor Linda McKinlay introduced a motion to request that administration meet with the Society to arrange a transfer of ownership of the 100-year old former Maidstone Town Hall at no cost. The arrangement would include a $10,000 annual grant. Currently the Town is responsible for utilities and maintenance for the museum. This arrangement would leave the Society responsible for these things. The Comber Historical Society is currently in a similar arrangement with the Town where they also receive a $10,000 annual grant. The motion also includes moving the property line to include the existing parking lot. Councillor Len Janisse was the first to address the proposal. Ò IÕ m not prepared to give anyone a $10,000 grant without a report from administration,Ó he said.

He also suggested splitting the money currently given to Comber between the two organizations and forcing them to combine programming. Director of Development and Community Services Steve Salmons explained that if the idea was approved, administration would negotiate a comprehensive agreement to be brought to council for approval. Councillor Charles McLean was concerned that there was no formal request directly from the Historical Society. He wanted information on their financial ability to maintain the building and an explanation of future plans. Ò WeÕ re jumping the boat big time with this,Ó he said. Councilor Dave Monk liked the idea. Ò This is a win situation,Ó he said. Ò Ownership will allow them to apply for grants. This could be the solution to a little peace in the area. IÕ m all for it.Ó Councillor McKinlay explained that the grant is less than the current financial burden of utilities and up-keep. Councillor Steve Bezaire suggested it might be as simple as re-allocating funds already budgeted.

It was agreed that a comprehensive report and proposed transfer agreement would be brought back to council before a final decision is made. President of the Historical Society Victoria Beaulieu says her organization would be happy to take over ownership of the building. She said the old building is in good shape structurally but like any old building it needs maintenance. They only have five years remaining on their current lease and that is not enough security, she explained. The group cannot apply for any grants from higher levels of government without a very long-term lease or ownership of the building. They are also very reluctant to invest any of their own money in the building under the current arrangement. The Society was recently evicted from a second town-owned building they were using as a resource centre.

Ò After putting over $10,000 into the (resource centre) and losing it we are very leery about investing in the museum,Ó she said. The society has a three-year business plan and wants to continue the work they do. Ò ItÕ s important to us because we believe very strongly in preserving and teaching local history,Ó said Beaulieu. She explained that the society is seeking assurances from the town. Ò If we donÕ t get some kind of security from Lakeshore, we will have to examine what weÕ re doing and look at the possibility that we should not be investing in Lakeshore,Ó she said. She pointed out that a large portion of the SocietyÕ s funds are donated and they canÕ t in good conscience risk wasting those funds on a building and grounds they could lose at any time.

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519-776-4255 Harrow United Church Submitted by Larry Anderson We welcome you to worship with us this Sunday at 10:30 am. We thank everyone who joined us for worship last Sunday morning and we are grateful for the gifts of music provided by Matthew Broser (piano) and Ben Chittle (guitar). A “Downton Abbey Tea” will be held at Harrow United Church on Saturday, May 3rd from 3-5 pm. Costumes are optional but encouraged. For more information regarding tickets, please contact Laurene at the church office. On Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th a cleanup will be held at Gess†wood Camp. If you are able to help, your assistance would be appreciated. For more

information contact Dennis Graham at 519-776-7444. A “Woodland Walk” has been organized for Sunday, May 11th following the morning service. Following a light lunch at the church, we will take a tour of a beautiful, Essex County forest. There will be spring wildflowers, Tulips and Paw Paw trees and many other species of plants. Our gracious hosts for this tour will be Candice and Terry Anderson. This is a free event for our church family and friends. For more information, please contact Patricia McGorman at the church. Dolores Duncan sends cards on behalf of Harrow United Church. If you know of someone who is ill, celebrating a special occasion, or just needing to know

that someone is thinking of them, please contact her at 519-738-2537. Also, please let our church office know if someone is in the hospital by calling 519-738-4223. To view and listen to Rev. Staples’ inspiring weekly messages and to learn more about Harrow United Church, please visit us at: www. . Woodslee Friendship Club Wow! Our tables filled up quickly this week. But that’s O.K.-we love a full house and we welcome newcomers. Our winners for the past week were: Annette Bellemore, Joan Broeders, Mary DeMars, Chap Fuerth, Ernie Lariviere, Helene Manley, Jean Matalik, Dave McMurren, Bob Mullins, Donna Poisson, Ruby Robertson, Mary Sauve, Audrey Stanley and George Sutherland. For information, contact Fran McKim at 9619532. Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman Come join us for Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 am. Special Thank You to Lonnie Jones who gave the Continued on Page 18

Essex Public School skippers were happy to showcase their talents at the GECDSB Countywide Skipping Competition on Saturday.

by Sylene Argent The Essex Energizers Jump Rope team has had success at the national and world level. On Saturday, these elite skippers traded in their jump ropes for pens and score sheets to help host the GECDSB

Countywide Skipping Competition for area elementary schools at Tecumseh Vista Academy elementary school. Event Convener Fran Van Gent and the Essex Energizers Jump Rope Team welcomed

300 elementary school skippers from ten different regional schools to the competition. The participants proudly wore their school colours as

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uplifting message last week. This Sunday message will be given by Brian Stocks. The door greeters will be Liz and John Plat. To sign up for doing the lunch after the Service please contact Audrey Stanley. Coffee and Conversation on Thursday at 10 am. Visit the Church Library to see the new books available. BBQ Rib Dinner is on June 7, between 4 to 7 pm. Advance ticket available from any church member or call 519-890-6312. Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley Van Huizen We would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend our Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10:00 am as Pastor Aaron Thompson will lead us in worship. It is GEMS Sunday and we will recognize the GEMS and their leaders. Nursery supervision is provided. Do plan to stay afterwards for a time of fellowship with coffee or tea. Plan to attend next Movie Night on Friday, May 30, 2014. We will show the movie ‘Planes’. Visit us online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two. Visit us online: Cozy Corners -Bethel-Maidstone United submitted by Bev Holland All are welcome to attend our Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Linda Blair. Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m. A nursery is available during the service. Coffee hour is held in the hall after the service for refreshments, snacks and fellowship. We thank Elaine Butler for being our guest speaker last Sunday. She will be our guest speaker again next Sunday, May 4th. The door greeters are Margie and Ray Soulliere. Elder on Duty is Shona Jones, and Lock-up is Rick. Unfortunately, the Mother and Daughter Banquet has been cancelled for this year. Volunteers are always welcomed for our nursing home

service at Iler Lodge at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 6th. The Gess†wood Camp clean up is Friday and Saturday, May 9th & 10th, 9 am - 4:30 pm. Any time you can give would be appreciated. Lunch will be provided. The U.C.W. meet in the hall on Monday, May 12th, at 1 pm. Thank you to everyone who came and supported our yard sale this year. Essex Community Services CARE-A-VAN GROUP OUTING: Essex Community Services is planning a group outing to Colasanti’s on Wednesday, May 7th. Pick-ups will begin at approximately 2:30pm. Call 519-776-4231 today to reserve your seat. Join us for a fun afternoon, followed by supper. Hope you can make it! Salvation Army Essex Community Church News submitted by Carolyn Barnett We invite you to join us for Family Worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. led by Lt. Kristen Gray. If you have prayer concerns, you are welcome to join us before the Sunday service for our weekly prayer meeting from 10 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6th is our “Free Spirit Day� at SA Connections. Join us from 10- 1 relax and enjoy yourself, meet new friends and have a free lunch. There are lots of activities for men, women and preschoolers. All are welcome to be a part of this exciting community program. CCM’s monthly service at Iler Lodge is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7th. Join us as we minister to the residents there. Messy Church meets Thursday, May 8th at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A free Family Style dinner starts off the night, followed by music, a Bible story with related crafts and activities. Everyone is welcome! Please continue to save your loonies and toonies for our Partners in Mission project. Ladies, don’t forget our Women’s Day Out at Chatham Corps on Sat., May 24th. Call the office at 776- 4628 for more information. “We disarm the power of money by giving it away.�





grass is green instead of white. Happy Birthday to my grand-daughter Brianne Baker, Carman Miller of Port Franks and on Thursday next week to Claude Cowan who is celebrating 91 years. Happy Anniversary to Howie & Margaret Hanson as they celebrate this Tuesday. Sympathy is extended to Roger & Barb Miller and Sarah on the recent passing of Barb’s mother Mary over the weekend in Wardsville Rest Home. The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks on Tuesday were Josie Dresser, Eileen Ames, Mary Demars, Jack Morris, George Diesbourg & Keith Dresser. For Saturday evening Euchre winners, they were Elaine Taylor, Eileen Ames, Eileen Salter, Keith Dresser, Ken Salter, Don Ames. And for Door Prizes: Robert Mogyorodi & Don Kettle. Come out and enjoy a few games of cards with your neighbours and help keep this hall open. If you are interested in renting a hall for a family event, phone Don Kettle or Don Ames. Get Well Wishes to my brother Oliver Smith who is a patient in Leamington Hospital but hopes to be home soon. Also, Get Well Wishes to Dianne Noble. Have a great week everyone!

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am - 4 pm. Contact Lori Fawdry at 519-776-7377. The next K of C Fish Fry is on May 23rd, from 4:30 - 7 pm. Our Mission Yard Sale is on May 17th. Start Spring cleaning to find treasures to donate. Please continue to save your Foodland receipts. God Bless you all and have a great week. The Parish Breakfast is on May 4th after 8:30 and 11 am masses. Free will offering with proceeds to our Youth Ministry. If you are in Grade 3 and interested in becoming an Alter Server please see Fr. Dave after Mass. A Silent Walk and Vigil begins on Sunday, May 4th, at 3:30 pm from Leamington High School.. The 3rd Annual Women’s Coference is on May 3rd, from 8


Essex Retirees’ Social Club On Saturday, May 31, we will have an indoor yard sale complete with white elephants. Stan Weglarz is conducting a safety and security session, open to anyone, based on his knowledge as a former OPP officer. It will be on Monday. May 5 at the Retirees Centre. Call the office for details and time The computer class has started again for beginners on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Essex County Library ESSEX COUNTY LIBRARY’S BOOK SPINE POETRY CONTEST. Deadline is Thursday, May 15th, 2014. Open to children, teens and adults. Visit for contest information and rules. Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer by Barb Mactier St. Stephen’s Vestry Meeting on May 4th at 12:30 p.m. Smash meets on May 4th at 6:30 p., at St. Stephen’s. Family Fun Night on May 7th at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. Sprouts meet at St. Stephen’s on May 8th from 10-11 a.m

Pie Palooza - Sat/Sun, May 10 & 12 at the Bloomin’ Gardener (Mother’s Day weekend)-bring your family to this weekend event and enjoy a serving of homemade pie and ice cream while you check out the beautiful plants & flowers. St. Stephen’s Dessert/Card Party on May 15th at 1 p.m. SENIOR’S LUNCEHON: Come with us on a MISSION to hear Rev. Hilton Gomes and Rev. Paul Poolton as they share their experiences in doing God’s work in Central and South America on Wednesday, June 4th at 11:00am at Church of the Redeemer. In continuing God’s work we are going to ask you to participate by bringing can goods to support the St. Andrew’s Food Bank. Call Dawn at 519-978-1252 to reserve your spot by May 28/14.

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Energizers host countywide skipping competition... they went through their various routines in front of peers, family, and a panel of judges that was partly comprised of expert ropers from the Energizers team. The competitors came from all over the county, including Essex Public School, Gosfield North

Public School, A.V. Graham, Tecumseh Vista, Prince Andrew, Mount Carmel Blytheswood, D.M. Eagle, Victoria Public School, and Lakeshore Discovery. Van Gent noted that the while the Essex Energizers helped judge the many events at the

competition, they also took on other roles, including running results to officials, manning the music station, and helping out in the kitchen. Ò ItÕ s the Essex Energizers favourite time of the year,Ó Van Gent said. The Energizers,

who travel around the nation and the world for competitions, enjoy their role at the countywide skipping competition. Ò This is a good experience for the elite skippers,Ó Van Gent noted, explaining that it allows them to get understanding of what judges are looking for when they compete at their own competitions. Some of the Essex Energizers team members are still in elementary

school. Because of their experience, however, they were unable to compete with their own schools over the weekend unless they agreed to an Ò eliteÓ status and did not allow their points to count. The elementary school competitors competed for a total of 12 pennants, which went home to the teams and groups obtaining the highest points. The students were also able to compete for ribbons up to fifth place in

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both the single and double events for freestyle and speed, and also in double power. The Essex Energizers will compete at the national competition in May. This event will take place in British Columbia. The Energizers also plan to participate in a few local shows as well as participate in the Essex Fun Fest parade.

Student skippers from Gosfield North Public School participated in the annual GECDSB Countywide Skipping Competition. This year’s event was held at Tecumseh Vista Academy on Saturday.

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Jones tournament continues to support community

by Fred Groves No icing, no offsides, and keep playing after you score. In other words, just plain good old shinny hockey. The Bill Jones Sr. 3-on-3 tournament was held in Essex for the 13th year in a row this past weekend and, while the focus was on the game, this has become a huge regular fundraising event. According to Lee Jones, son of Bill Jones Sr., the event has raised over $110,000 over the past dozen years and it has become so popular that Essex Minor Baseball Association is now the major organizer. That group distributes the funds raised and last year, among other events, used it towards minor baseballÕ s Detroit Tigers Day. Ò After dad passed away, we said letÕ s try this. The first year we had 20 teams and now we have nearly 60. ItÕ s always full,Ó said Lee Jones. Beginning Friday night, and wrapping up with the divisional championship games on Sunday, the tournament had 14, 4-team divisions from the youngest, Super 7Õ s to a menÕ s group. Ò A lot of guys put in their own division. They have a draft and then they play.Ó Bill Jones Sr. was a long-time sports enthusiast and this is a great opportunity for his family and the community to acknowledge his memory and contributions.

Ò My dad was an original executive of the Essex 73Õ s and he was big into baseball. He is a life member of the Legion,Ó said Lee. The tournament started in the old Essex Memorial Arena and has

moved over to the new Essex Sports Complex. Teams played 3-on3, with a goalie and substitutions were on the fly. Each game consisted of three, eight minute periods. Among the

participants this year, and who has played in all but one of the tournaments, was CottamÕ s Dan Newman. He played pro hockey for eight years, including 126 in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers in which he had 17

goals and 41 points. Ò ItÕ s a passing game. When you play 3-on-3 itÕ s a lot of puck control,Ó said Newman, prior to lacing up the blades. The 62-year-old was the eldest player on his team, simply called Ô NewmanÕ and the youngest, he said was

48. He still plays several times a week including with the Detroit Red Wings Alumni. Saying that he still enjoys winning, Newman said, Ò We enjoy doing it, itÕ s fun. ItÕ s good to support minor ball and we look forward to this.Ó

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by Jennifer Cranston Phoebe Truskey of Comber is generous beyond her years and she proved that last Tuesday when she donated her hair for cancer patients. Ò TheyÕ re going to make it into a wig and give it to a person with cancer,Ó she explained. Ò The medicine they give them kills their hair and makes it fall out.Ó Not only did the kindergarten student from Centennial Central Public School give up 10 inches of her hair, she also collected over $1,500 to give to the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of Cancer Month. She beat her own goal of $1,000 in pledges. Phoebe is not the first person in her family to donate hair to this worthy cause. Her big sister Stefanee also donated her hair several years ago.

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South County Black win Silver Division 1 - Tier 2 OVA Provincial Championships

Pictured above, from left to right: Back row - Assistant Coach Dr. Amanda Everaert, Ally Kozak, Kayleigh Debergh, Ana Lozo, Sara Galipeau, Emma Wood, Maddie Borland, Coach Cathy Debergh. Front row - Alyssa Tytgat, Hannah Nicholson, Maddie Pearce, Jenna Pellerito.

submitted to EFP The Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) held its 14U Provincial Championships April 4-6th, at RIM Park in Waterloo. Three 14U teams, from South County Volleyball Club

began their quest for Gold. All 93 teams competing in the 14U Division were ranked within 3 Divisions, and the three South County teams from Windsor and Essex County earned a Division 1 ranking. South County Ô BlackÕ

was ranked 24th and were placed in Division 1 - Tier 2. This team is composed of Grade 8 girls within Windsor and Essex County, and coached by Cathy Debergh, along with her three assistant coaches Amanda Everaert, Jordy

Tytgat, and Christine Belcher. The team closed out play on Friday with a 1-2 record for the day. Saturday proved to be a great day, as they won all three matches that they competed in. Teams were then re-pooled, and re-ranked before the beginning of the final day. On Sunday, Ô BlackÕ was matched up against Burlington Blaze and they won in two straight sets. Quarterfinal action was against Peterborough Thunder, and again Ô BlackÕ came out on top with a 2-0 win. Semi-final action was against Leaside from Toronto, who was originally ranked 13th overall from Tier 1. Scores for this exciting match were 25-23, 1025, and 15-13. South County took the win and advanced to the

Championship game. Beating Leaside proved that the original rankings were inaccurate, and solidified to the team that they could be competitive with any opponent. The Division 1-Tier 2 Championship game started a 5:00 pm Sunday. LVC Fire Intensity from London was originally ranked 32, last in Tier 2, was re-ranked to 18th vs. South County Ô BlackÕ reranked 25th. Final scores of the match were 17-25 and 22-25, but not giving a true reflection on how intense the final match was. South County 14U Ô BlackÕ won the Silver

medal in Division 1 Tier 2 OVA Provincial Championships. The team won seven matches out of ten at Provincials, ending their successful season with a 17-13 OVA winning record. The coaches and players appreciate all the parents for their support over the season. Special congratulations to our two Essex residents Alyssa Tytgat and Emma Wood Ð nice job representing Essex.

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at Western last week including Anthony HamlinÕ s horse which was second in the fourth race on Friday and Michael HamlinÕ s ‘Annie’s Chica’ was first in the second race on Wednesday with a time of 2:06. Also on Wednesday, Gordon McDonnellÕ s Ô Gizmo GirlÕ was second in fourth race. Howard and Bob Dinning of Harrow continue to have a good year with Ô Not So ForgivingÕ that won the first race on Friday. • Essex’s Matt Pumpel Ian Panton posing with pride alongside “Black Beauty,” his 1939 Mercury 4-door sedan was hit hard in the Senators Morgan St. Louis (right) of the EDHS senior girls’ soccer Binghampton Here is a 1939 Mercury telling you its Ò auto-biographyÓ right from birth, team controls the ball in the game against Cardinal Carter. playoff loss on Friday courtesy of Ian Panton in Kingsville, Ontario: and did not play in the Ò I was born in 1939 in the Ford plant in Windsor, Ontario. My VIN is 56,906. IÕ m many days. On Tuesday, next nightÕ s overtime win EDHS girlsÕ soccer classified as a Series 99A 4-door Town Sedan with a V8 engine of 239 cubic inches and they were beaten 9-5 by against the Wilkes-Barre/ team wins twice a curb weight of 3,013 pounds. My first owner paid $957 for me, and I was worth it! LÕ Essor in a game that Scranton Penguins. “That first owner was a Polish immigrant to Canada who lived in Kitchener, Ontario. by Fred Groves It was a great week on saw Dalton Langlois go • Essex lefthander I meant a lot to him and he always kept me housed in a garage and never drove me Aaron Langlois pitched in the winter. Fortunately, he was able to walk to work at the Electrohome plant in the soccer pitch for the 2-for-2. They bounced four strong innings on the Kitchener. He kept me for 34 years and, when he was 59, he found another loving Essex Red Raiders senior back and beat Riverside girlsÕ soccer team as they 8-4 in which Matt OÕ Neil weekend. He allowed just home for me. By that time, my odometer read 18,173 miles. five hits and walked three Ò There were three other employees at the Electrohome plant who were interested in beat visiting Cardinal was the winning pitcher and struck out three as the making me a part of their family. When the day came, my first owner selected a man Carter 2-1 on Tuesday and Jeremy Orton and Saginaw State Cardinals from Listowel, Ontario, as my new owner because he was paying my full price in cash. and followed that up Mitch Hudvanger each a couple of days later had a pair of rbis. Essex edged Ohio Dominican, The other two had brought cheques and there had been stories of cheques bouncing. Ò My second owner was a real Ford enthusiast who took excellent care of me during with a 1-0 shutout over came up short 3-2 to 5-4. the next 15 years. He had my body repainted and my seats and floor reupholstered. Lajeunesse. On Tuesday, Sandwich in the third • In recent track and field action, EDHS senior Most of the time he just washed and polished me. He had a very clean building where Bianca Gualdieri and game. Madeline McCloskey was he kept his other cars and I was always indoors with them. Tess Roberts scored • Still with baseball, “In September 1988, Ian Panton from Oakville fell in love with me on his journeys for the winners and on Jeremy OrtonÕ s brother third in both the 100m through Listowel and my owner finally agreed to sell me to Mr. Panton. By that Thursday, Taelar Byrne Justin recently had an rbi and 400m. Sierra Wolfe time, my odometer read 22,812 miles. And so I joined the Panton family and the had the lone Essex goal. double and got some time was second in the 400m loving care I had been receiving all my life continued. My engine was rebuilt and my Essex took their 2-1 in at second base to help and Lucia McElwain was transmission was overhauled along with all the usual washing and polishing. Every record against Kingsville the University of British second in the 1,500m. If you have anything winter I was lifted up onto my frame to take the weight off my springs. Perhaps the on Tuesday and Thursday Columbia Thunderbirds for the sports roundup, greatest highlights of my nearly ten years with Mr. Panton were being the wedding car host Catholic Central. to a 9-0 win over please contact Fred for his daughterÕ s marriage and driving in the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. In Meanwhile, the Red Simpson. 1998, I went to another good home in Troy, Alabama.Ó Raiders boysÕ team is • Several local horse Groves at grover45@ The first Mercury was introduced as a medium-priced car for the 1939 model 1-1-1 after a slim 2-1 loss harness top finishers year to fill the price gap Sandwich last week. between the Ford Deluxe PASSto TIME IN LINE. Adam Zanier scored for and the Lincoln Zephyr. Essex. It was an instant hit with • It was a busy week For Effective Advertising Contact us today! an estimated 75,000 built for the Red Raiders boysÕ 16 Centre St., Essex in the first year. baseball team as they IÕ m always looking 519.776.4268 played three games in as for more stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico. ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H Cut Down on Litter! 3W2. 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Lakefield Chiefs win over Essex 73’s

Essex defenceman Scott Bromley (right) attempts to get the puck from Lakefield’s Travis Brault.

by Fred Groves The Essex 73Õ s will have to wait another year to hoist the Schmalz Cup. Sunday afternoon in Essex, the locals fell 6-2, concluding a four-game sweep by the Lakefield Chiefs for the OHA Junior Ô CÕ championship. Ò ItÕ s tough, especially for the overagers. They (Lakefield) capitalized and we couldnÕ t. They are a good team,Ó said Essex centre Daniel Slipchuk. SundayÕ s game saw Essex hit the scoreboard first as rookie sniper Phil Janikowski made it 1-0 but by the mid point of the second frame, the

Chiefs had the game well in hand, up 4-2. The difference in this game, and the series, was special teams. Essex was 0-for-11 with the man advantage on Sunday and 0-for-5 in SaturdayÕ s 4-3 overtime loss. Lakefield last won in 2000 and for the second straight year, the 73Õ s have to settle with being finalists. Ò I thought overall, they were just a little stronger than us. I donÕ t take anything away from our boys, they battled right to the end,Ó said Essex coach Gil Langlois. Lakefield played

giant killers in the semis, as they knocked off the defending champion Picton Pirates in the seventh game while Essex had an easier route, beating the Wingham Ironmen in five games. What was the toughest series for the 73Õ s was the quarterfinals in which they won the seventh game at home against the Dorchester Dolphins. Against Dorchester, Essex native Chad Hedrick was hurt badly and did not return to the 73Õ s lineup. He was an overager, along with captain Corey Beaulieu, Alex Garon and Dylan Solecki. Ò Our goal at the start of the year was to carry the Cup,Ó said Langlois. Ò The guys like Chad who grew up worshiping this organization and couldnÕ t put the jersey on, itÕ s disheartening.Ó The Chiefs dominated throughout the series, winning 5-0 and 5-1 at home, 4-3 in overtime in Game 3, and then wrapping things up with a four-goal difference on Sunday. Ò This was our goal.

Essex coach Gil Langlois talks to his players in Sunday’s game.

Last year we got beat by Picton in Game 7,Ó said Lakefield coach Tim McCormick. Ò Hats off to them (Essex), they are a good hockey club. Our guys came focused and ready to play.Ó A year ago, the 73Õ s were in Picton as the Pirates raised the Schmalz Cup and by the emotions of several of the Essex veterans, losing to Lakefield, hurt just as bad. Ò They both hurt the same because you have young men in that room you know arenÕ t coming back,Ó said Langlois. It could be a very challenging off-season for Langlois and GM Scott Miller as there are eight possible overagers next year and they can only keep four. One of those is defenceman Aaron Thibert who scored the other goal on

Sunday from outside his own blueline. Another is Colin DeLaet who blocked a shot but kept on playing. Slipchuk, Scott Bromley, Tyler Raymont, Jordan Ryan, Brett Clarke, and Daniel McIntyre are the other possibilities. Ò ItÕ s up to the coaches. Whatever

happens is best for the team,Ó said Slipchuk. SLAPSHOTS: Over 950 fans were at both games on the weekendÉ The 73Õ s are hosting their annual golf tournament on May 31É SaturdayÕ s game saw goals from Janikowski, Bromley and Michael Popel.

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