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Photo submitted to the Essex Free Press ed Caza re-visited South Korea in 2010. Pictured, he stands next to a memorial there. It reads: ‘We will never forget you brave sons of Canada.’

by Jennifer Cranston On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918, the First World War officially ended. It was supposed to be the “war that ended all wars.” Sadly that wasn’t the case. Just over two decades later the world battled through a second war even bigger and more devastating than the last. It was followed by war in Korea and Vietnam and countless others. Our youngest Canadian generation is living to see war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Middle East and Africa are

plagued with civil war and violent unrest. We still reserve Nov. 11 to remember those who fought and died, and those who fight and die to this day, to keep oppression and fascism from our shores. They fight to preserve our values, our freedoms and our way of life for this and future generations. Edward Caza understands the importance of this fight. He also understands the devastation of war. He has the distinction of having served in two wars in his

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life. Caza was only 15 years old when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. It was the middle of WWII. “I fibbed a little bit (about my age),” he said. He served from 1943 to 1945. Following the war, work was hard to find so he reenlisted in the Navy in 1946. He served on the Tribal Class Destroyer HMCS Haida, the Mine Sweeper HMCS Portage and the HMCS La Hulloise. He was a “stoker,” working in the boiler

room. In 1949 the Army was suffering a shortage of mechanics, so he volunteered to transfer. In 1951 he was shipped to Korea. He was 24 and serving in his second war. He was a non-commissioned officer. “We landed in Busan. Our vehicles were in boxes and we had to assemble them. In a few days we were on the road - dirt roads in the rain for three days to Seoul,” he explained. He was in the Service Corps. He supplied everything from vehicles to food to medical supplies. He worked with a Medical Corps Unit. Supplying necessities was not his only job. “I had 14 ambulances,” he said. “In the middle of the night we’d get a call and we’d go.” He told the story of his trip to see a USO performance near Christmas time. “I had a corporal with me and we were in Seoul going to see Bob Hope,” he said. The pair heard a baby crying and began looking around for the infant. They found the baby abandoned in a pile of rags. They scooped it up and took to a little hospital there and saw that it was taken care of. “We never saw Bob Hope,” he smiled. After that his unit started an orphanage. “We gave a portion of our pay cheque. It wasn’t a hell of a lot, but it was big money to them,” he said.

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by Jennifer Cranston As we continue to examine the structure of Essex and how it operates, we look at the area of communications. Getting the word out As we continue to examine the structure of Essex and how it operates, we look at the area of communications. Manager of Communications Laurie Brett began in the relatively new position in July 2012. She comes from a media background. She says the skills she developed in journalism have

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helped her in this position. A large part of her job is dealing with the media. “An important part of my job is to make sure the media is aware of all the important things going on in Essex,” she said. She said she likes the variety in her work. “Every day I have new challenges and I learn constantly,” said Brett. She explained that she is always learning more about the town and its various departments. As the person in

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charge of informing the public, she has to have an understanding of town projects and there with always more to learn about the community. For Brett, each day has several different tasks that need her attention. She can be crafting surveys for the website, devising ways to market those surveys to residents, updating Facebook and other social media and preparing a grant proposal. “I’m always juggling bits and pieces of various projects,” she said. It works for her because she enjoys constant learning and dislikes being idle. Dealing with the media is the more visible part of her job, but Brett has plenty of work to do behind the scenes. Internal communications with town staff are her

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responsibility. Keeping the website up to date and monitoring media also fall under her umbrella. Seeing that Council and various committees are getting their messages to the public is also part of what she does. Brett prepares grant proposals for various funding from upper tiers of government and in the event of an emergency she would be responsible for making sure people had all the vital information they needed. “I don’t think that we can communicate enough about important things that affect us,” she said. “I’ve always been concerned about my community - the community I live in.”

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Essex Council Notes for Monday, November 4 by Sylene Argent Essex Fire shares new safety book Essex Fire & Rescue Fire Inspector Rick Malott approached Essex Council to explain its recent partnership with Community Safety Net in producing a handbook, which is being issued to area grade three students. The book is an educational tool the students can learn from about fire safety and prevention, and other safety concerns. The book is filled with puzzles and games the students can enjoy completing, at which point they can graduate from the program. Malott said the books were provided at no cost, but through sponsorships. He noted the Essex Fire Department has worked hard to reach out to elementary students about fire safety. The book helps build on fire safety skills. He estimates around 350 children will receive the book this month. It was noted Essex Fire & Rescue also plans to reach out to students who are home schooled. Councillor Bill Baker commented, “It’s a great book…[it] should be in all kids’ hands.” Council to help launch McGregor health center Brian Gray and Merrill

Baker of the Harrow Health Centre approached Council hoping to get assistance in establishing a primary care medical office in McGregor. When the McGregor Community Center was created, Gray said, it was intended to use some of its space as a satellite office to offer some of Harrow Health Centre’s services. The Harrow Health Center has 27 employees that work out of an 11,000 square feet facility. The management of the facility hoped for Council support to make the McGregor office a reality soon. They requested some relief from utilities and rent while they begin the McGregor practice. Gray would like to be in the facility by the end of the year. The intention would be to rotate its skilled healthcare providers so nearly all of its services would be accessible in McGregor. He believes the McGregor branch could easily serve 1200 people and would be open according to demand. He hopes for great response from the community in wanting to utilize this service, so that the Harrow Health Centre can make a better plea to the Ministry of Health during its next fiscal year. He thinks this is a great

growth opportunity for not only McGregor, but also all of Essex. Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche agreed that it was “an incredible opportunity.” He hoped Council would support it with free rent and free utilities until the province gets on board with the project. He made that a motion, which Council supported. Councillor Bill Baker said he knows the importance of this service first hand as he serves on the board. He said this is the next step in taking care of the community in terms of healthcare. Councillor Sherry Bondy said she is continuously impressed with the Harrow Health Centre. She would like to see a midwife on staff eventually. Essex Legion seeks permission to position surveillance Dan Gray, First Vice President, and Craig Chartier, President, of the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201) approached Council in hopes of getting support for implementing surveillance cameras on town property to monitor the memorial park area as it had been recently vandalized. The Legion wanted to install a security camera

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on a Town street light pole to survey the front of the cenotaph area, and another on the municipal building to survey the backside of the area. The wiring would go underground. The Legion, Gray noted, takes veterans seriously and will do what it can to fulfill veteran requests. The memorial park area was established to honour veterans and he does not want to see the veterans disappointed with more vandalism. The Legion has been working to get quotes and plans to pay for the project. Essex Councillor Randy Voakes made a motion that Essex staff look to see what funds were available in the Council Contingency Fund and allocate up to the $1500 to put towards the cost for the trenching for the underground wiring, depending on what is left in the fund. Council supported the motion and to allow the placing of the cameras on Town property. Sleddog race seeks support Lori Lee and Bill Gaspar of the Sleddog Sports Association of Southwestern Ontario sought Council support for its inaugural Essex County

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Essex Council Notes for Monday, November 4... International Dryland Dog Derby to be held at Camp Cedarwin on November 9-10. The club has around 100 members who race/ train on an assortment of modified rigs with their sled dogs. It hopes to attract 75-80 teams to race and hundreds of spectators each day of the competition. Grant opportunities were discussed at the October 29 Finance Committee Meeting. As a result, it was suggested Council sponsor the event with $1000 and provide a $1000 loan, which would be paid back through ticket sales. Council approved this request later in the agenda under Finance Committee minutes. Councillor Sherry Bondy commented this would be an exciting, unique event in terms of sports tourism. Colchester Village Fest update Jim Oakley, Chairperson of Colchester Village Fest, informed Council about the 2013 event. He said the event was successful. It took eight months to plan.

He noted it did not meet its financial target, but that was likely due to attendance. He noted, however, area restaurants commented they were busy and bed and breakfasts indicated they were well booked. He hoped the event could proceed in 2014 and sought Council’s support for that. Councillor Sherry Bondy noted it was a successful, classy event. She added that it competed with many other events taking place that same weekend. “Event’s like this put Colchester on the Map,” she said. There were a lot of onetime costs that would not have to be paid for next year’s event, Councillor Bill Baker added. Council moved support for next year’s festival. Essex/St. John’s Ambulance pilot pup project Council moved the recommendation to enter into an agreement with St. John’s Ambulance for a pilot project that would use its Therapy Dog Team during stressful and emergency situations as the Essex Fire Department

management sees fit. Lights out in Harrow Council supported the recommendation that Council accepts the report on the matter and that it recognizes administration would remove the decorative lights from Harrow Centre and would not replace them in the near future, but would continue to work with the Harrow Chamber of Commerce, E.L.K., and the supplier to determine a solution. Murdo McLean of the Harrow Chamber of Commerce noted the lights have had issues working. Director of Infrastructure & Development Chris Nepszy noted they would work toward finding a solution as to why the decorative lights weren’t working. Council issued grant monies for the fixtures around two-years ago through a beautification fund with the Chamber of Commerce. In the report to Council, it stated that following installation, these decorative light fixtures began to fail. In some cases it was the entire fixture, and in other cases it was one or several of the strands of lights. Alternate parking for Essex Centre Council supported the recommendation to amend “Schedule A” in Bylaw #224 for alternate parking on Jenner Street in Essex Centre. Parking is now permitted for the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November on the North/ East side of Jenner Street from Brien Ave. West to Laird Avenue. In the

























remaining months, parking is permitted on the south/ west side of Jenner Street from Brien Ave. West to Lair Ave. Small, Rural, and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund Council moved all recommendations administration submitted regarding the Small, Rural, and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund, which included receiving Corporate Service’s report that contained the recommendation to approve submitting an expression of interest for the reconstruction of Fairview Ave., and that Council supports the recommendations in the report, including that Council approves the submission. According to the report submitted to Council, if the Expression of Interest for the reconstruction of Fairview Avenue is approved under the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund Capital Program, the province could contribute $980,000 towards the $2.3 million project. Report to come on murals Administration will come to Council with a report in the near future regarding the mural project and costs associated to the structures. CAO Russ Phillips noted the report would include information on the condition of the buildings and costs associated to fixing them. Finance committee funding debates Council supported the Finance Committee


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minutes, which included five recommendations: to approve $3,000 from the 2013 Essex Tourism Development Fund to assist the Southern Ontario Military Muster with advertising, to waive the fees for the facility rental at the Essex Recreation Complex in the amount of $720 for an OPP fundraiser from the 2013 Essex Community Partnership Fund. That the fees for the rental of the Essex Community Centre be waived twice per month for the rest of the year ($93.13 per rental) for OPP training. And to approve the $1000 loan and $1000 grant (out of the Essex Events and Tourism Fund) for the Essex County International Dryland Dog Derby. Council received and approved the five recommendations in the report. One of the recommendations, however, did require some discussions. It was recommended that the

$115.75 fees for the rental of the Shaheen Community Room not be waived for the purpose of a stakeholders’ outreach meeting for the Essex Youth Centre. Councillor Randy Voakes noted this meeting would allow the organization to connect with stakeholders to look for opportunities to save the youth center. He said it is facing economic hardships and could face closure in the near future if a solution isn’t found. He wanted to see the fee waived. “To my surprise the Finance Committee turned us down,” Voakes commented. “And it’s beyond me why.” He hoped that recommendation would be amended to waive the fees for the room rental. He noted he would pay for it out of pocket, but thought Council should amend the recommendation. Councillor Sherry

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Residents lend ideas for CIP programs

by Sylene Argent Last Wednesday, community members filled the Shaheen Community Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex to present their thoughts and opinions on the upcoming Essex Centre Community Improvement Plan (ECCIP) during a public workshop session. A similar event was held in Harrow the week before regarding the existing Harrow Downtown Community Improvement Plan (HDCIP), and suggested expansions and improvements to this program. CIPs are programs a municipality can offer its commercial and industrial areas, in a predetermined boundary, to enhance or rejuvenate the area. Through loans or grant incentives, CIPs offer an array of programs, based on community needs, which can help attract new businesses and retain and maintain existing establishments. Popular programs included in CIPs are façade and signage improvement grant opportunities. The ECCIP is a project Essex Town Planner Heather (Ross) Jablonski and Policy Planner Jeff Watson are hoping, once Council adopts it, will help rejuvenate and improve the aesthetics of the Essex Centre downtown area to attract more businesses and visitors. Recently, the Town of Essex has adopted the “Essex Centre Streetscape and Silo District Plan,” as a reference tool for longterm improvements to the downtown area. This document lays out a cohesive strategy on implementing positive enhancements, locally, to visually appease area residents, help obtain and maintain businesses, and find a better use for the silo district. It was designed for Talbot Street from Maidstone Ave. to Arner Townline, and for the first blocks of the intersecting streets between Maidstone Ave. and Brien Ave. Sean Kelly of Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. prepared the “Essex Centre Streetscape and Silo District Plan” after meeting with community members and local stakeholders during a number of meetings and workshops this year.

The idea of the ECCIP was one idea the firm came up with, and Council agreed to hire Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. to look into establishing a CIP for Essex Centre. After Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. prepares a report on a CIP program for Essex Centre, Council would then have the option to officially adopt the grant plan. Watson noted the Essex Centre BIA has been a good partner with the Town of Essex in helping with recent downtown improvements, which included the implementation of waste receptacles, benches, and bike racks recently. He noted the BIA has been proactive in making the Downtown core of Essex Centre more attractive. After Council receives the draft report, there will be a 20-day appeal period, Kelly noted, adding the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing likes to be informed when a CIP program is being undertaken. Kelly is looking to have the ECCIP completed for 2014. Last Wednesday, community members were broken into groups to discuss what they think are Essex Centre’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Using stickers, the participants highlighted areas they thought needed the most attention in the

downtown area. Kelly noted this is an important part of the CIP document foundation preparation process. At the October 23 meeting at the Harrow Arena, around 45 members of the community gathered to discuss the existing Harrow Downtown Community Improvement Plan (HDCIP) and the proposed expansions to this program. Jablonski and Watson were thrilled with the turnout. One comment the Town Planning Department heard from a number of participants during that meeting is that the HDCIP boundary area should be further expanded. Currently, the Harrow CIP boundary goes through downtown Harrow along King Street from Erie to Walnut Streets, and includes part of McAfee Street and Queen Street. The Planning Department was suggesting extending the boundaries to go along Queen Street to Concession Road 3 and to the limits of the zoned industrial lands on the east side of Roseborough Road. Some of the community members at the meeting had expressed they would like to see that even further expanded east and west to the ward’s gateway areas, and further down Erie Street, to include other existing businesses.

Expanding boundaries of the Harrow CIP area, to the gateway area, Jablonski said, would allow more businesses to be eligible to apply for incentives available through the grant program. However, Watson has indicated in the past, the larger the CIP boundary area, the more diluted the potential funding becomes. Jablonski noted, in general, the Harrow meeting had a positive response from the community. There are currently six financial incentive programs in the Harrow CIP, including a Planning Application and Building Permit Fee Grant, Development Charges Grant, Façade Improvement Program, Cafes, Patios and Courtyards Program, Conversions and Redevelopment Grants, and an Architectural Design Program. The Town Planning Department is suggesting a Cash in Lieu of Parkland Transfer program and a Tax Increment Equivalent Grant be adopted into the program. These recommendations were suggested to help stimulate new development. The Tax Increment Equivalent Grant reduces the amount of taxes due to be paid to the municipality, which helps alleviate some of the tax burden for new commercial or industrial

developments. Through the proposed Cash in Lieu of Parkland Transfer the two percent of parkland of land value new commercial and industrial developments are required to establish under the Official Plan could be forgiven if the same amount of dollars are directed to projects like solar heating, green roofs, and storm water buffers. The Planning Department is also recommending revisions to the wording of the existing HDCIP

in order to make it more user friendly. This will also open the door for more funding opportunities in the existing HDCIP area. As a result of the October 23 meeting in Harrow, regarding the HDCIP, Jablonski noted there were a handful of businesses inquiring about applying for HDCIP grant opportunities. She added she would like to see more opportunities available to help





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The Ken Knapp Ford Jingle Bell Run is this Sunday and the local Goodfellows campaign is just around the corner. For me, these two events kick off the Christmas holiday season in this area. And it seems like just last week we were celebrating Christmas 2012. It’s weird. The days seem to snail by for the most part and I often think I am playing Bill Murray’s part in the film, Groundhog’s Day. But, almost paradoxically, the years seem to fly by, like time is accelerating. I keep telling myself I was young once and my mum keeps reminding me that I am still young. I guess the important thing to remember is that time is precious stuff, and when those good moments come along I should cherish them as best I can. When they talk about the upcoming streetscape plans, new school builds, and other large community projects, such as the dog

park, they seem pretty far down the road. But I guarantee they will be built in (relatively) no time. I remember sitting in on a meeting at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse on Fairview Ave. It was when the Kinsmen Club was still operating. Christine Heil, Randy Voakes, and other interested parties and stakeholders were at that meeting discussing the possibility of a new arena. Now I can drive down Fairview Ave. and see the results of those early discussions. The sad thing is, it doesn’t seem like that meeting was held that long ago but I bet almost a decade has past. In two years, we’ll look at Essex District High School and we’ll see something new there. The familiar brown brick façade that I have looked at all my life will be gone. Everything in that part of the high school will gone as well, which includes Room 217, the room my father taught in for as long as I can remember. The


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Sad Day for Lakeshore To certain members of Lakeshore Council, in regards to the vote on closing the Maidstone Heritage Resource Centre. The following quote is for your benefit (that is if you get it ). “When a man dies, he knows it not, for he is dead, but all around him know it. The same can be said of a stupid man.” Hope M. Jackson Cottam

library is already history. istory. I had some good times in there and checked out some of my favourite books from it. Still, I can’t wait to see what the new high school looks like. So, when they talk about things happening a few years down the road, keep in mind that isn’t too long from now. That’s why we have to be mindful about what is going on today, because tomorrow is just around the corner.

remembrance Day 2013 in memory of those who fought; Who gave their all each day on shores of countries friend and foe, in conflicts far away; they left their homes and families to meet an imposing foe; they bravely marched and flew and sailed to keep us free from woe, they gave their best; they endured wounds, they struggled, bled and cried; “Do not Forget” the sacrifice of those who also died. so on this new remembrance Day With heads bowed low to pray, remember them not short minutes, But every single day. - Robert W. Sinclair -

Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch - We must have a Youth Centre Did you read the editorial by Richard Parkinson in last week Free Press? He outlines the need to sustain the Essex Youth Centre. That was the struggle from the time it first started. Once it was established at the high school most of us thought its future was assured. And if the leader, Sandy Larivee were not so convinced of its need and so faithful for the sake of the young people, we would not have that Youth Centre. She is struggling to keep it going while our council members, for some reason totally unexplainable to me, keep cutting back on funding, when they should be supporting her for the wonderful contribution she is making by taking responsibility for keeping the centre on the job. As Richard said in his editorial, we do need the other projects that council has undertaken and maintaining

expenses have to be cut. I love the way my street was repaved with curbs and gutters. But surely those dollars taken from the Youth Centre funding, spread over taxpayers, won’t cost that much more. Actually that is not the point. What seems to be the cost cannot be considered that way. I am certain we benefit by having that Centre for our young people If you think the sports program is enough, don’t forget not every person enjoys sports activities and some are unable to be involved. We care about them too. What can be done? Surely a group that either exists now, or could be formed, could go before council with a plea for understanding the value of the youth centre and a change in policy. Someone has to make council understand we care and we know the EYC needs the original funding. Likely it should be increased rather than reduced.

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The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch Whither went the pumpkin? What happens to all those pumpkins that have been grinning (some of them leering) at us from homes’ front porches? Most years they have been frozen by Halloween but even if they aren’t it would seem that they go into the garbage. But why? They are food. Perhaps we think they are not the kind for pie but even if they aren’t they can make good soups. Yep. Good pumpkin soup. What is the difference between a pumpkin fit for a lantern and one suitable to make a pie? I think it is flavour and texture. Have you ever tried to buy a pie pumpkin? Once I bought one at a road stand where I was assured it was pie pumpkin. It wasn’t. This year they were in the grocery stores, each with a little nuisance sticker stating it was pie pumpkin. I know some people think they have one for a pie when it is small but that is no test. Anyway, I bought a small one that was wearing the tiny sign labeling it as pie pumpkin. So I cut it in half and removed the seeds with great difficulty, then discovered the pulp was stringy. No pie pumpkin was like that. Or so I thought. Who am I to argue with the person who grew it and labeled it? We didn’t see pumpkins greeting us when we went trick or treating when I was a youngster. Maybe they had them in town. And I didn’t know anything about pie pumpkins until I made a pie from a jack-o-lantern for my family and was told by a friend a pie pumpkin would taste much better. On close observance after that I learned those for pie are a brownish orange, well-ribbed and small. I have yet to find one like that There were some advantages to that little orange globe I cooked. It did cost much less than a can of the processed mush although I don’t know how much cost would be added by cooking it. As well I think I was paid for my labour at a very low rate. I cut it in half and then scooped out the pulp when that little pumpkin came out of the microwave oven. Although that takes some time it is not like trying to peel it. I think the price of the canned pumpkin is well worth the difference for the wonderful texture, colour and taste. Oh yes, I had all those seeds which I am told are wonderful food for me. I am guilty of throwing them out rather than trying to crack them open after roasting. I suppose I should have roasted them for the squirrels to crack. What did you do with your pumpkins?

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businesses start up bed and breakfast establishments at the south end of the municipality to accommodate those visiting local wineries or participating in athletic tournaments in the area. At the November 4 Essex Council Meeting, Scott Waters of the Harrow Home Hardware approached Council regarding the HDCIP. He wanted to see the plan expanded to the gateways. He wants to establish a new building for his establishment to increase business and employ more individuals. He would like to carry on with the project and, if he could, would like to get in on any financial support through a CIP program if there is any available. Where he is located he is not in the boundary currently, but wanted to be included. During the Council meeting, Council moved to implement the recommendations in the report submitted on the matter, which approved a bylaw to implement the expanded HDCIP project area and the November 2013 imple-

He remembers there would be kids learning from a teacher in a field that served as a classroom. “The next thing you knew there were planes and bullets and kids and teachers running.” Caza said an infantry unit started a school that still operates today. “We didn’t just go to kill people,” he said. “We went to help people.” Caza learned first hand how much he and his fellow soldiers are appreciated by the South Korean people. In 2010 he and other Korean War vets went back for a visit. “Those people treated us like gold,” he said. Caza wants young people to understand how fortunate they are to live in a country where education, healthcare, democracy and freedom are part of daily life. He wants people to understand that these things don’t come free. “This is the reason we speak; to teach youngsters the history of what went on. I stress how fortunate we are to live like we do. There are countries that don’t.”

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mentation strategy, and to adopt the further option of expansion of the HDCIP in principal to permit review and comment. It also concurred with the recommendations contained in the report. The report stated the bylaw would implement the revised plan, at the completion of the public appeal period, which would be around the end of November. Jablonski explained what Council approved was the expansion the Planning Department originally suggested (to go along Queen Street to Concession Road 3 and to the limits of the zoned industrial lands on the east side of Roseborough Road) as part of the HDCIP expansion. Also, in principal, Council approved the further expansion Waters suggested (further east and west on King Street to include Harrow’s gateway areas, and south to County Towing). To adopt this expansion in the future, Council would have to host another public meeting and bring that expansion request back to Council.

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Pet Of The Week: Rambo

Rambo is an outgoing, friendly boy looking for a new home. He previously lived outside a lot, so he will need a home to learn all the perks of living indoors and make his indoor home wonderful so he doesn’t feel the need to go outside. Rambo is curious and enjoys exploring. He would love a few cat trees and different areas to explore, as well as some great windows. He enjoys being held and he purrs a lot! If you would like to meet Rambo, come in today! This pet also comes with 6 weeks of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit www. or call 1-866-600-2445. Drop by the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society shelter to visit at 1375 Provincial Rd., Windsor. Ph.: 519-966-5751. The adoption center is open everyday at 11am.

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Doggy Dinner more than doubles their funds

Casandra Finn (up front on the right) shows off a brick community members can purchase to support the Essex Dog Park. She stands with a group of the dog park’s supporters during a steak dinner fundraiser on Saturday.

by Jennifer Cranston and Sylene Argent On Saturday night the Essex Dog Park Committee hosted a fundraising dinner that raised over $3,700 for the planned dog park in Essex. The banquette hall at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 201 in Essex was filled with dog lovers and people out for a fun evening of dinner, entertainment and dancing. Casandra Finn, a member of the Essex Dog Park Fundraising Committee, was pleased with the community

support as the event sold out of its 180 available tickets. “It’s been outstanding,” she said. Many donations helped to make the fundraiser a big success. The Legion donated the space, most of the food was donated and local businesses and individuals donated door prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction items. A steak dinner was followed by a performance by Belly Dance Essex, and then a disc jockey provided dancing music for the rest of the evening. Currently the dog park is planned for Hunter

Park near Brock St. Finn says the money being raised will be used to build fencing, a water feature and a walking path for the park. “Those are the first three things. Then we’ll bring in other equipment like benches and dog agility equipment,” she said. The Committee is selling bumper-magnets to raise additional funds and bricks are also being sold for $100, which will be set up in the future park, perhaps as part of the water feature. Some area residents have purchased a brick as a

memorial for their pets that have passed away. Forms to purchase a brick in support of the Dog Park are available at the Municipal Building and at Pet Valu in Essex. To keep up to date on the progress of the dog park, Finn urges people to visit Essex Dog Park on Facebook. Finn says the park will be good for dogs and

Belly Dance Essex performs at the Dog Park fundraising dinner on Saturday night.

people alike. “I think a dog park will be great to bring the community together,” she said. “It will be a place where dogs and their owners can connect and socialize.”

The next fundraising events planned by the Committee are the sale of their 2014 calendar that features photos of local dogs and photos with Santa in early December for dogs and children.

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Essex welcomes YaYa’s Food Bank finds new facility

L-R: Lonnie Jones, Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche, Mayor Ron McDermott, and YaYa’s Owner Chuck Roy.

by Sylene Argent Area residents flocked to YaYa’s Flame Broiled Chicken on Saturday to take part in the business’s grand opening event. Owner Chuck Roy was present to greet customers as they visited the establishment, the former KFC location, in Essex Centre. Roy owns another YaYa’s in Windsor, which opened in June. These two locations are the first of this franchise to be introduced in Canada. Roy said he chose Essex as he wanted to place his second franchise in a smaller town. The

former KFC location was a perfect facility to house the restaurant as it had the drive-thru option. Essex, he said, is a great town. Already, YaYa’s has gotten involved in supporting local causes; it recently became a sponsor for the Essex 73’s, and it used its grand opening event to support the Essex Area Food Bank. Leading up to the grand opening, Roy urged community members to drop off nonperishable food items for the Essex Area Food Bank. The Essex YaYa’s contributed $1 for every

non-perishable item donated, up to a max of $500. Roy was happy to forward a $500 donation to Essex Area Food Bank representative Lonnie Jones on Saturday. “We’ve always had a philosophy, you have to give back to the community,” Roy commented. Jones was happy to receive the donation on the Essex Area Food Bank’s behalf. The donation, with the business just coming to town, was fabulous, he said. He was appreciative of the gesture. There were prizes to be won at the grand opening as a 32” smart TV was raffled off. The winning name was drawn with the help of Essex Mayor Ron McDermott and Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche. The Town representatives welcomed YaYa’s into Essex and presented Roy with a certificate of acknowledgement. McDermott said Essex always looks forward to welcoming a new business to town. Roy noted YaYa’s chicken is never deepfried or battered, which he said makes for a healthier alternative. The YaYa’s Flame Broiled Chicken franchise began in Michigan around 30 years ago. Roy noted it is a smaller franchise with establishments in Michigan and Florida.

by Sylene Argent Volunteers with the Essex Area Food Bank can now breathe a sigh of relief. After a few months of uncertainty, the local food bank has secured a future location from which it can continue to serve the community. In September, volunteers with the Essex Area Food Bank were informed the facility could no longer be housed at its current location (at the back of Essex District High School) as the local secondary school will be undergoing reconstruction. For the past few months the Essex Area Food Bank Board of Directors has been looking all over Essex Centre in search of a new location that would meet the many requirements the food distribution service’s facility would need to best serve its clients. Fortunately, a location was found and the Food Bank does not have far to move. Additionally, its longstanding relationship with the Greater Essex County District School Board will continue. In the New Year, the food bank will move to the gymnasium at Sun Parlour Junior Public School. Essex Area Food Bank board member and treasurer Lonnie Jones was excited to hear the news that the GECDSB would be able to continue to accommodate the Food Bank. “We’re very pleased to have Sun Parlour,” Jones said. “This is very good for us.” The new Sun Parlour location will have ample parking for its clients and will be slightly larger than

the current facility. The layout will be similar to the Food Bank’s current floor plans. “This will be a wonderful set-up for the Food Bank,” Jones said. EDHS Principal Tony Omar met with many representatives with the GECDSB. He said the many superintendents he talked with agreed the Food Bank was an important part of the school and community, and began seeking a solution. “The Food Bank has always been a part of our school culture,” Omar said. He was happy to learn the gym at the Sun Parlour Junior Public School would not be needed for student use, and that the Essex Ravens Football Club was willing to accommodate the Food Bank. Omar noted an arrangement was made with the Ravens to accommodate the Food Bank. The school will renovate its Fieldhouse so the Ravens can use it as a change room and the athletes will be able to practice in Gym B at EDHS. Omar said he does not foresee EDHS needing the gym for student use in the future. Before Food Bank volunteers began to search Today Calllocation, for a new akthey And Speur had to stop and With O wonder ing to tisable if they Acould dverbe R s ep continue. Sa “I ledon’t think

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we could sleep at night if we closed,” Jones said. The Food Bank assists an average of 70 families per day of operation. Each family represents an average of three people. Jones met with Essex representatives about possible locations, including the former Holy Name school building before the Food Bank was able to secure the gymnasium at Sun Parlour Junior Public School. He noted the Town of Essex was very kind in trying to help with the situation. Jones said the move will have costs. Any able volunteers or businesses able to volunteer their expertise or donate to the moving costs would be greatly appreciated. Potential volunteers can contact him at 519-7769949. The school used to serve the needs of those with special needs. Jones was the principal of the school for a short while before it became a junior school. It will now be the location serving those in need of food items and other essentials. He thanked the GECDSB and the Essex Ravens for making this move a possibility. He also thanked all those from the community who forwarded well wishes to the Food Bank while it was its state of uncertainty.


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Tiny Tots line the sidwalks

by Garrett Fodor Last Thursday was a wet and rainy day, but it did not dampen the spirits of the trick-or-treaters at the Tiny Tots Parade. Despite the weather, there was a large turnout. This event has been going on for a number of years and prides itself on giving back to the community. The participants were asked to bring in non-perishable food items for “Cans for Candy”, with the cans being divided up between the Essex Salvation Army and the Essex Area Food Bank. This year, there was a total of 300 nonperishable items donated to the cause. “It is one of the long standing traditions the BIA has continued to put on and it is important for us to be involved with the community,” said Mary Anne Bjorkman, one of the event organizers. “My favourite part of the event is seeing the kids, and seeing the businesses get involved and hand out candy,” she continued. “And this year looked to be a better turnout. Last year we had about 250 kids and this year we had 300. “This year, we had high school volunteers from Mrs. Drozdz grade 11 parenting class, dressed

up and handing out candy along the way for the BIA. Having the students, gives us more people on the street, and it is nice to have these kids get an understanding of the community, some of these grade 11 and 12 students

are big tough guys and they turn to mush when the kids come along.” On behalf of the Tiny Tot Parade organizers, Bjorkman thanked the participating merchants and also Jeff’s No Frills for making a cash donation. “I’d also like to say thanks to Constable Joe Meloche and his team for keeping the kids safe and trying to teach them about safety like crossing at crosswalks,” she added. It has rained on the Tiny Tots parade the past few years, but even on those rainy days, the children still come around with smiles on their faces and brighten up everyone’s day by saying, Trick or Treat.

Holy Name Hawk’s Nest by Makenna Pailey and Alivia Acampora Welcome back to another great week in the Hawk’s Nest. We had quite a busy week here at Holy Name. Our Cross Country Run took place on Tuesday Oct. 29 at Malden Park. We are very proud of all of our runners who showed great effort and sportsmanship. We celebrated Halloween by having an Orange and Black day at school. Due to the inclement weather our JK and SK students were unable to join the parade in the town of Essex, but they did parade within our school visiting all the classrooms while dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, November 1. The students at our school received a new unused paper grocery bag to decorate with symbols, pictures and words of appreciation and gratitude. Six of our grade eight students then went to Essex Foodland where they packed customer’s groceries in these bags and helped carry them to their car. It was a beautiful symbol of kindness and caring that was extended to our community and we are very proud of all our students for their contributions. A special thank you to Essex Foodland for the wonderful hospitality. We will have a Remembrance Day

mass here in our school gymnasium on Monday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. and all parents and family members are welcome to attend. Progress Reports are going home on this day as well, with Parent Teacher interviews scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Our school Book Fair starts this night and will continue for a few days, so make sure to come by and check out some great books for your reading pleasure.

We are happy to announce that Holy Name School passed our reada-thon goal of $10,000, which means that our principal Mr. Schulert will have all his hair shaved off! Come by and watch this exciting event occur on Friday, November 8! A huge thank you to all our students and their families for their participation and contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you. Go Hawks!

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submitted to EFP It is hard to believe that another month has come and gone already here at St. John the Evangelist School. Many exciting events and activities took place during the month of October. Along with children from around the world, we too participated in the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary for World Unity and Peace” campaign. What a powerful feeling to be connected in prayer with so many others. The grade 4/5 and 7/8 classes enjoyed a very informative visit from our Mayor, the Honourable Tom Bain. Both classes are currently studying municipal government and were able to ask questions, and listen to the Mayor’s presentation describing his role. Our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams had outstanding seasons with the boys making it to the semi-finals. Way to go Wolverines! Our Read-a-thon/ Walk-a-thon fundraiser was a tremendous success. Together with our Catholic School Council we raised over $4800. Since we reached our goal, we achieved some school-wide incentives that included an extended afternoon recess, hat day, an afternoon of electronics, and popcorn and movie time. Thank you to the students, families and community members for their generous support. Until next time…Go Wolverines!

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EPS Puts the FUN in Fundraising submitted to EFP Thanks to the Essex Public School community’s support for our Read-a-thon and Walk-a-thon fundraiser, we raised over $12 000. This is money that goes directly back to the students to make 20132014 another great year at EPS. The top three prizes won by students who raised the most money were a bicycle and helmet won by Nathan Hanrahan, a digital camera won by Ben Margerison and an mp3 player won by Johnathon Halbgewachs. Many students won our staff, students and ballot prizes such as a community. Thanks to family package of Spitfire everyone for their support. tickets, a family package of movie passes, games, footballs, soccer balls, dolls, gift cards, art materials and many other items. The classes in each division that raised the most money received a pizza party. That included Mrs. Doyle’s and Mrs. King’s JSK class, Mrs. Peleshok’s grade two class, Mrs. Merlo’s grade four students and Ms. Schmidt’s grade seven students. We also pulled two ballots from the ballot box and our Principal for the day was Emma Willis and Vice Principal was Kole Fowler. The fundraiser could not have been successful if it weren’t for the combined efforts of


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From The Heart

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DAVISON (nee Brown): Big Brother Matthew is happy to announce the arrival of his little sister Erica Ann, born on September 17, 2013, at 12:23 pm, weghing 7 lbs. 14 oz. & 20 inches long. Proud parents are Jeff and Melissa. Waiting to spoil her are grandparents Joe and Mary Ellen Brown, Margaret Kneale, and Dorothy Davison, and many aunts and uncles. Looking over her from Heaven is Grandpa Richard Davison.


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In memory of a dear Brother and Uncle who passed away 5 years ago Nov. 2 2008

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Love Mom, Dad & Caileigh XOXO


Loved and remembered Geraldine, Tex, Tammy, Sandy, Chris, Billy, and families. ______________________________________________


______________________________________________ Pannunzio, Domenic 66 years, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Cherished son of Elaine and the late Gino Pannunzio (1999). Dear brother of Gerry, Patrick and wife Kelly, the late Jean-Anne (1975), Michael and wife Andrea. Special uncle to Gina, Angelina, Gerry Jr., Kelsey, Morgan, Marina and Dante. Domenic will always be remembered by his dear aunts Bernice, Clara, Sylvia and Palmira. Domenic enjoyed a long and well respected career in real estate and greenhouse produce sales. His many ventures included ownership in the hotel industry and retail commercial real estate. He will be missed by his many colleagues. Special thank you to nurse Joe Garro and the 5th Floor nursing staff at Windsor Regional Hospital. Visitation took place at the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, Leamington. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Domenic’s life was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Leamington on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Interment at Erie Memorial Gardens followed. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Windsor Regional Cancer Centre or the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance or make a charitable contribution at ______________________________________________ SiDEBoTToM, Peter-John (Feb. 20, 1956 - Nov. 1, 2013) It is with heavy hearts that we announce passing of a beloved son, husband, and father, after a courageous battle with cancer. Cherished son of Marjorie and the late Rev. Roy (2006) Sidebottom. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Myatt). Loving father of Graeme (Toronto), Katie and husband Chris Lee (New Orleans), and Cassie (Toronto). He will be greatly missed by his only brother David (Kathy and Kate) of Lake Orion, Michigan. Peter-John attended Essex District High School, the University of Windsor, and Western University in London, Ontario, before relocating to Toronto. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with Humphrey Funeral Home, Toronto. Visit www. to share remembrance and view service details. “To have, to hold, and then to part, is the greatest sorrow of our heart”. ______________________________________________ BRaDT, Madolin “Eileen” passed peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Country Village Health Care Centre. Beloved wife of Jim for 67 years. Loving mother of Monica Chauvin (Andrew), Virginia DeMan (Hans), Jo-Anne Morris (Gerry), Jim Jr. (Rosemary), Gayle Mitchell (Art). Adored grandma of 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Dearest sister of late Della Taylor (late Charlie), late Charles McRitchie (Donna), late Donald McRitchie (Beattie), Margaret Bradt (Bob) and late infant Alma. Eileen retired as Assistant Post Master from Canada Post after several years of service. Jim and Eileen raised their family in Woodslee and were members of Woodslee United Church. Her favourite pastime was knitting and she passed on her talent to many in her family. She will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Child and the staff at Country Village for the special care given to Eileen. Visitation was held at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233). A Funeral Service to celebrate Eileen’s life was held from the funeral home with Rev. Catherine Elsdon officiating. Interment Woodslee United Church Cemetery. Memorial donations made to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at

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What’s Going On noV. 8 - BEEf STEw DinnER, at St. Paul’s anglican Church, from 4:30-6:30 pm. free will offering. Call 519-776-7711 for more information. noV. 9 - Harrowood Seniors Community BazaaR & BaKE SaLE, 10am-4pm. 1 Pollard Drive, Harrow. 519-738-2286. noV. 9 - united Empire Loyalists’ assoc. of Canada MEETinG, 1 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, Kingsville. Ruth nicholson uE on area Loyalists in the war of 1812. noV. 9 - CTMHV MuRDER MYSTERY - opens at 5, dinner at 6pm. Phone: 519-7766909 or visit online at for details on this annual event. noV. 10 - St. John’s CwL BazaaR, 10-4 at Parish Hall, Cty. Rd. 46, woodslee. noV. 10 - uMEi Christian High School LunCH funDRaiSER. Meal will be served from 11:30 am - 1 pm with take out also available. admission by donation. noV. 9 & 10 - The Essex County orchid Society oRCHiD SHow & SaLE, at Colasanti’s, from 10 to 4 both days. free admission. noV. 10 - The 19th annual JinGLE BELL Run, waLK & wHEEL at Ken Knapp ford, Essex. Register online at noV. 16 - uSw Social Committee annual CHRiSTMaS BazaaR 10am-4pm at Essex Retirees’ Centre. accepting new unwrapped toys for donation to those in need. noV. 16 & 17 - Charity CHRiSTMaS oPEn HouSE TouR at the Dudzic Home, 5480 walker Rd., Harrow. 11am - 4pm. for details phone 519-738-2426. noV. 16 & 17 - CHRiSTMaS BazaaR at ESSEX STEaM & GaS EnGinE MuSEuM (Coan Park, McGregor), from 10 am - 4 pm. free admission. noV. 23- Holy Rollers annuaL fRozEn TouRTiERE & fRuiT PiE SaLE at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Maidstone, from 9am- 12. Call Carol, (519) 776-4069. noV. 24 - The 5th annuaL PoLaR SPLaSH at 1 pm, at the west Belle River Beach. for information call Tracey Bailey/Jim Tracey at 519-728-1435. verses noV. 28 - Cottam united Church, annuaLMemorial TuRKEY DinnER available at & BazaaR. Serving Dinner 3-7pm. Take outs available.

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_____________________ BINGO 1st & 3rd Fridays 7:15 P.M. 32 Russell St. - Retirees’ hall $ 500.00 JACKPOT 1-tf _____________________ BUYING SCRAP GOLD. Cash $$$ In. Mon., Nov. 18 & Tues., Nov. 19, from 9am-3pm, at Essex Retirees’ Social Club, 32 Russell St., Essex. Cash for all Coins, Scrap Gold $$$. All gold rings, chains (even broken gold jewellery), gold teeth, sterling, mint sets, musical instruments, etc. Top prices. We simply pay the most. House calls available. Dan Jones B.A., B.Ed. 519-8191805. 44-2t _____________________ TABLE RENTAL AVAILABLE for Craft Show at the Essex Railway Station, to be held on November 23, from 9-3. Call 519-776-9800 for further details. 43-3t

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_____________________ WANTED Farm Land to Rent Cash or Share Crop Call Jeff Siefker (cell) 519-7961240 or (home) 519-776-9501 1-tf _____________________ WANTED productive land to buy, rent or sharecrop. Top prices paid. Call Dennis today @ R. Rivest Farms Ltd. 519-7966691. 1-tf _____________________

FOR REnt _____________________ STORE FOR RENT in downtown Essex. 1400 square feet. $650/ month + utilities.  Call Joy 519890-7794. 36-tf 36-tf _____________________ FOR RENT: McGregor OR Essex - 1 bdrm. apt. $650. Utilities incl. Fridge & stove incl. Coin laundry in building. Ph: 519990-7464. 38-tf* _____________________

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Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 am For Roy & Linda Sibley at 22788 King & Whittle Rd., Tilbury. On Sat., Nov. 16 at 10:00 am selling the complete contents of a very well equipped workshop, scales, weights, plus 2 motorcycles & few household items. Also an Open house for an approx. 5000 sq. ft. unfinished house & 1500 sq. ft. workshop. This property is selling by tender due Friday, December 6, 2013. Details & photos at auctioneer: Jack morris, 519-687-2530

Consideration of By-Law Number 1236, Animal Care and Control By-Law At the Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for November 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., Council will be considering giving third and final reading to By-Law Number 1236, the “Animal Care and Control By-Law”. This by-law consolidates six existing by-laws and includes a new section dealing with the keeping of pets, which addresses things such as: •

The responsibility to care for animals;

Tethering of animals; and

Animals in vehicles.

A copy of the proposed by-law will be available on the Town’s website,, commencing November 4, 2013. An information session on the proposed by-law will be provided in a Special Meeting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2013. Both the Regular and Special Meeting will be held in the County of Essex Council Chambers, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6. Persons wishing to address Council on the proposed by-law must register with the Clerk by no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Cheryl Bondy, Clerk The Corporation of the Town of Essex 33 Talbot Street South, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8 Telephone: (519) 776-7336, extension 32 Email:

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STORE FOR RENT: Downtown Essex. Lots of parking. For more info., call 226-350-1943. 42-tfn _____________________ FOR RENT: 4 car garage for rent. 700 square feet.  Great for cars or storage.  $350/ month + utilities.  Call Joy 519-890-7794. _____________________ FOR RENT: 2 bdrm. apt. North Woodslee. No pets. Call 519776-7665. 44-2t _____________________ Briarwood Apts, 26 Alice St. N., Essex. Fine, large rental units available. 1, 2 & 3 bdrms, $795, $935 & $1090 respectfully + hydro, 519-776-4016 to view. 41-4t _____________________ STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT: Storage available, in Essex, for motor homes, trailers, boats, cars, and trucks. Monthly rentals available. Call for details and rates 519-776-4875. 13-tf _____________________

FOR sALE _____________________ FIREWOOD: Seasoned and split hardwood firewood. $60 / cord. 9870 Conc. 9, Essex. Call 519776-6299 or 519-890-6631. 43-6t*


nOtIcE _____________________ NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SOPHIE LICHON late of the Town of Lakeshore, in the County of Essex, and Province of Ontario, retired farmer, deceased. Creditors and others having claims against the said deceased, who died on or about the 5th day of October, 2013, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned on or before the 22nd day of November, 2013, after which date the assets of the said deceased will be distributed having regard only to the claims that have then been received. DATED at Essex, Ontario this 24th day of October, 2013. JOSEPH A. BYRNE HICKEY, BYRNE Barristers and Solicitors 14 Centre St., Essex, Ont. N8M 1N9 Solicitor for the Estate herein.

HELP WANTED General Labourers wanted. Fax resume to 519-723-2336. 49-tfn _____________________ DRIVERS WANTED - AZ or DZ. Clean record. Will train qualified applicants. Fax resume to Quinlan Inc. 519-723-2336. 17-tfn _____________________ CAREGIVER WANTED - A livein caregiver is needed to help take care of aged parents in their rural home. The applicant must be a loving and/caring individual, a non-smoker, and preferably have some nursing abilities. Pay, room and board will be according to employment standards. Please apply by e-mail to 44-1t* local wriTer looking for personal sTories anD phoTos from the february14, 1980 essex explosion. please contact fred at 519-776-7501 or email:


PERsOnAL _____________________ PRAYER TO the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, You who make me see everything and who show me the way to reach my ideals. You who give me the Divine Gift to forgive & forget all that is done to me, and you who are in all the instances of my life with me. I in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything, and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you & my loved ones in your perpetual glory. A person may pray this prayer 3 consecutive days without asking for their wish. It will be granted no matter how difficult it may be, and promise to publish this dialogue, as soon as your favor has been granted. E.P.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RITA MARIE ANNE LAVERGNE Late of the Town of Essex, in the County of Essex, and Province of Ontario, deceased Creditors and others having claims against the said deceased, who died on or about the 12th day of May, 2013, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned on or before the 14th day of December, 2013, after which the date the assets of the said deceased will be distributed having regard only to the claims that have then been received. DATED at Essex, Ontario this 31st day of October, 2013. Edwin C. Hooker WOLF HOOKER PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 72 Talbot Street North, Suite 100, Essex, Ontario N8M 1A2 Solicitor for the Estate herein






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Essex Council Notes... Bondy and Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche explained there is a policy in place that indicates an organization can only apply for grant opportunities once per year, and the EYC had already done that. Bondy noted she would be in favour of waiving the fee because it could present an opportunity for the EYC to become self-sufficient. Meloche said he would not support waiving the fee, but would help pay for the room out of his own pocket as he felt this was a good cause, noting there were other ways the EYC could host the event, perhaps in a different room where no cost would be charged. The Finance Committee’s position, he added, was that there were other places that could be used. The Finance Committee thought, at that time, perhaps the policy

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should be under review in moving forward. He noted everyone has to be treated equally. In March the Essex Youth Center received a grant of $12,800 from the Town for its programs and services to area youth. That amount was a 20 percent reduction from what was forwarded last year. In a recorded voted, Voakes’ motion of waiving the fee was defeated with Voakes, Bondy, and Councillor John Scott in favour, and Mayor Ron McDermott, Meloche, and Councillor Bill Baker opposed. Councillor Morley Bowman was not present at the meeting. During the debate, a few local residents collected the funds and placed the donation on the table to help pay for the room fee.

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submitted to EFP In September, 8-year old Maidstone resident, Avalene Ridder received a Rainbow Loom Maker for her birthday. A Rainbow Loom Maker is a creative tool that is used to make bracelets. At a Windsor mall, Avalene and her sister, 11year old Brielle, noticed that completed bracelets were selling for over $2 each. They both thought that they could recreate these bracelets and start up their own little business. After making a few, Brielle designed one that consisted of both pink and white. She brought it to her mom, Marie, and said, “Mom, doesn’t this look like the breast cancer colours?”

After some discussion, both girls told their mother that instead of making bracelets to sell and make a profit they would make them, sell them for a $1, and donate their money to the Breast Cancer Foundation for the month of October. Brielle and Avalene’s parents got the word out about what the girls were doing and friends, family and supporters began contributing to this cause. The girls worked hard in the evenings, on weekends and every moment they could, to make bracelets and keep up with the orders that were coming in. They had no specific goal in mind but were

still overwhelmed with the final numbers. Brielle and Avalene raised $230 on their own in less than a month and their Pepe contributed another $200 to match their earnings. The cause holds a special spot in the family’s hearts as the girls’ grandmother, Flora Apollonio, is a breast cancer survivor and there are many women in their lives that have been affected by this. The family will be submitting $430 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of all those who have fought, are fighting and will fight this courageous battle in the future.

Looking to build up momentum for the playoffs and finish the regular season on a high note, the Boys’ volleyball teams were in action this week winning all their games. • In their second last regular season game, the Junior Boys volleyball team took on Massey last Tuesday. The team played well, winning all three sets: 25-20, 25-19 and 2519. The Boys hosted Sandwich on Thursday for their last regular season game. The team played another strong defensive game, allowing just 46 points through the three sets allowing for the Red Raider win 3-0. The boys played their first playoff game Monday, when they hosted Brennan. • The Seniors were also in action this week, playing Massey last Tuesday. The Boys had a run for their money in the three sets, but Essex was able to hold on and win 3-0. The Boys closed out their regular season on

Thursday when they hosted Sandwich. This game was a good match up, even though it may have not appeared so on the scoreboard. There were several great defensive plays and long rallies throughout the game. Despite the efforts of Sandwich, Essex won all 3 sets. In playoff action, the Boys hosted Assumption Monday. • The Junior Boys football team played their last regular season game Tuesday against L’Essor in a game that went down to the final seconds. The

boys came up short, losing 19-14. David Reaume had Essex’s 2 TDs. The boys played Sandwich on Wednesday in preliminary action. • In quarterfinal action, the Senior Boys football team took on Kennedy on Friday at Windsor stadium, winning 28-16. Chris Drouillard had 3 TD catches from Matt Hobson and James Morgan ran for a 60 yard TD. The boys advanced to the semi finals and play St. Anne’s on Friday.

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St. Paul’s/ Trinity Anglican On Sunday, Nov. 10 there is a special Remembrance Service at Trinity at 9:30 a.m. We will share letters, memories, etc., as voices from veterans of past wars, serving to remind us of God reminding us of the way for peace. During the service you may bring symbols of war and peace to create our own memorial on the chancel as the service begins. Our book study continues Wed. at 7 p.m. Bob is giving his beef stew dinner again, Friday, November 8, 4:306:30 at St.Paul’s. The holiday dinner show is Sat., Nov. 30 at the Essex Legion. Dinner at 6:30.

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Celebrating anniversaries are Richard & Angela Trimble and George & Diane Newman. Sympathy to the Chevalier families on the passing of Helen this past week. The Pleasant Valley Community Club held their Pepper Party and the lucky folks were Isabel McLeod, Audrey Stanley, Jean Matalik, Betty Fields, Charles Chevalier, George Diesbourg & Keith Dresser and for Euchre on Saturday evening the winners were Eileen Ames, Jean Matalik, Elaine Taylor, Don Ames, Ewald Dobetsonburger & Robert Mogaryordi. Door Prizes to George Diesbourg & Mary Demars. Come on down and join in Woodslee Friendship Club for an enjoyable evening of card playing with your neighbours. Winners this past week were Dave Mc Murren, Helene Manley, Edna Chevalier, LeRoy Davison, Colleen Chevalier, Veronica Granger, Joanne A drive through the country to enjoy the colours in the bush lots on Mc Murren, George Diesbourg, Audrey Stanley, Mary Demars, Joan the farms is a sight to behold. Enjoy this beautiful tour. Broeders, Bernie Belleau, Roger Bellemore, and Fran Mc kim. Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer NOTE - No cards on Friday, Nov.8, but regular euchre on Mon. Nov. 1 submitted by Barb Mactier at 1:00 pm. St. Stephen’s Parish Council on Nov. 12th at 7 p.m. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Helen Chevalier - Family Fun Night at St. Stephen’s on Nov. 13th at 6 p.m. A wonderful neighbour and friend in our community. Sprouts meet on Nov. 14th from 10-11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Smash Call Joanne 519-975-2409 for information. meets on Nov. 16th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s St. Stephen’s Dessert Card Party on Nov. 21st at 1 p.m. Salvation Army Essex Community Church Cake (Grades 3-5) meets on Nov. 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Redeemer. submitted by Carolyn Barnett If you go to the website you can check the Nov. Pews & Brews & Cues is on Nov. 27th at 6 p.m. at Brews & Cues in issue of the Salvationist and see the article about our successful ball LaSalle. hockey program this past August. Our community outreach continues Bishop Terry will visit the parish on Dec. 8th – this will also be White with the SA Connections program every Tues. from 10 -1 p.m. The Gift Sunday theme for Nov. 12th is a Scavenger Hunt. Join us for fun, fellowship Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make our turkey and a free lunch. Note that Messy Church meets again on Thurs .Nov. supper successful. A special thanks to Verna McLean for her leadership 14th from 6- 8 p.m. Families with kids of all ages are invited to join us and the many, many hours spent ‘behind the scenes’’.

crafts. Our Ladies Bible study has begun on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am. All are welcome. Many thanks to Rita and her helpers who organized and hosted a Fundraising Dinner for a new projector and screen for the sanctuary. The dinner was a huge hit with a wonderful meal, great fellowship and musical entertainment. Come and check us out online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two.

for a family style dinner, crafts and activities and contemporary worship. Everyone is welcome to attend both of these free programs. You are welcome to join us for a video- based Bible Study on Tues. Nov. 12th at 1:30 p.m., to learn the answer to life’s most fundamental question, “ What on earth am I here for?” Join us from 10 -10:30 a.m. on Sundays for our Prayer Meeting followed by Family Worship at 11 a.m. Lt. Kristen Gray continues her sermon series “ Living the Vision,” which focuses on God’s vision for His church and His people. Watch for news about our upcoming Kettle Volunteer Information and Sign Up Night being held Wed., Nov. 13th.

Essex United Church Problems resulting from knee surgery have put our minister on sick leave again. Neil Fotheringham conducted our service last Sunday. At the Presbytery meeting priorities for congregations were discussed and congregations are encouraged to submit the results of their discussions. Ours will be discussed at the church board meeting Nov, 19. Help us make the best choices. The yard sale chair persons thank the community for supporting our fall sale, especially those who contributed beyond the price charged for their purchases. Our church benefitted tremendously. The annual Christmas House Tour is Saturday, November 30. The Bethlehem Walk at Gess†wood Camp will be on December 6 and 7. Volunteers are needed. Call 519-903-3351.

Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley van Huizen Join us Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10am as Pastor Aaron Thompson leads our morning worship service with Praise Team participation. Nursery supervision is provided. GEMS and Cadets will be meeting on Monday evenings from 6:308 pm. All girls and boys ages 8-13 are welcome to attend. Plan on meeting new friends, sharing stories from the bible and making cool

Bakerville News submitted by Evelyn Baker Weather has turned much cooler over the weekend and the wind has been busy cleaning off the trees and filling the eavestroughs. Happy Birthday wishes this week to Lenore Palmer, Chase Cosgrove, Kevin Marion, Lauren Sauve, Michelle Thibodeau, and Jean Stockwell.






Harrow United Church Submitted by Larry Anderson Our Sunday morning services begin at 10:30 am. Thanks is extended to Emily Deimling who sang three beautiful solos for us this past Sunday.


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R.November Tyler Hicks, Bspecial A, CA Join us on Sunday, 10th, forBour Remembrance Day Service. Heather L. MacPherson, BAcc CA Our annual Turkey Supper was very successful Lindsay L. Rounding, BAcc,because CA of the hard work by many volunteers and the generosity of all those who provided P.O. Box 49goods. Erie St. N., Leamington, Ontario N8H and 3W2 produce and189, baked Appreciation is extended to Eleanor Roy Phone 519-326-2681 • Fax 519-326-8044 Walker, Beth and Dennis Graham as well as John and Janet Woodbridge for organizing such a great evening for our church community. On Tuesday, November 12th at 7 pm, representatives from Hospice will visit Harrow United Church toMargaret present information about their program. This is open to everyone in the community. Da Silva Please consider donating to our “Giving ManagerTree”. You can bring in hats, scarves, mittens and socks to decorate the tree. We understand that the Downtown Mission and several other organizations are in need of these items already this year. To view and listen to Rev. Staples’weekly messages and to learn more about Harrow United Church, please visit us at: Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Street HolmanSouth, Essex, ON 180 Talbot Our Remembrace Service is Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11:15 AM and N8M 1B6 Day 519-776-6488 Sunday School. Elaine Butler will give the message. Door Greeters are Elaine Ireland and Bill Olson. Thank you to Essex Legion Branch 201 Colour Guard who will be bringing in the Colours. Also Thank youCowan to Tom Lawther who is setting Mike Partnerto the Fallen Soldiers who up his Flag Tribute on the lawn his Tribute gave their lives in Afghanistan. Golden Years Mini Golf High winds and driving rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 53 senior golfers who braved the elements to arrive at Colasanti’s and record 97 aces last Thursday. Leading the ace parade was Gerry Wilkinson with seven followed closely by Andy Orsini with six. Carding a score of16 for 9 holes was Talbot Street Essex, Andy180 Orsini(2) and GerrySouth, Wilkinson. 17ON was recorded by Ken Womack, N8MJulia 1B6Kos, 519-776-6488 Al Stockwell, Bill Taylor, Mary Anne Vickery, Bill Ward(2), Gerry Wilkinson and Doug Vickery. An impressive 18 hole score of 33 was recorded twice by Gerry Wilkinson which also gave him low score for 36 holes on the day of 66, followed by a 72 by Andy Orsini and Bill Ward. Bill Craig Miller Mary Anne Vickery, Andy Ward managed a 35 for 18 with Ken Womack, Staff Accountant Orsini(2), Lloyd Honey and Doug Vickery recording 36 and Al Stockwell a 37. Cozy Corners - Bethel-Maidstone United submitted by Bev Holland All are welcome to attend our Sunday worship at 10:00 a.m. with pastor Linda Blair. Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m. A nursery is available during the service. The flowers in the Sanctuary were placed in loving memory of Brian 180 Talbot Street South, Essex, ON N8M 1B6 519-776-6488

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Beetham, by his family. Brian passed passed away suddenly. The door greeters next Sunday are Shona & Lonnie Jones. Elder on duty is Georgeanne Welsh and Lock-up is Rick Chauvin. Friday, Nov. 8, there is a “Sewing Party” at 10am to art out and sew Christmas shoe bags for Haiti. John will provide lunch. Next Sunday, Nov. 10, there is a “Congregational Meeting” following the Church service. Please attend. Your vote is important. On Sunday, Nov. 10, there is an Official Board Meeting at 7pm. All leaders of the groups are requested to attend. Anyone else who is interested is welcome. On Nov. 11, the UCW meet in the hall at 1:30pm. All ladies welcome. On Wednesday, Nov. 13 there will be a “Wrapping the gifts for Haiti” at 10am. John will be providing lunch. All are welcome. The Essex - Bethel Maidstone study group is meet on Tuesday from 7-8:30pm at Bethel Maidstone United. All are welcome. The Haiti Christmas Trip of Nov. 18 to 28 are still collecting running shoes, sizes 4-12 for children at Callebasse Christian School. If you or someone you know is ill or in hospital and would like a visit from Pastor Linda, please call her at 519-712-9512 or the office at 519723-2284 so she can make arrangements to visit. Holy Name of Jesus Church submitted by Therese Lecuyer The next K of C Fish Fry is on Friday, November 15 from 4:30 to 7 pm. Children’s Christmas Party for children under 12 years. On Dec. 1 at noon in the hall. Please register by Nov. 17 by calling Ray at 519-995-6867. Christmas lawn signs “Keep Christ in Christmas” and cards for sale after mass on Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec.1. CWL Annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar - Sunday, November 24 at noon-5pm. Tickets at the door. We need baked goods, crafts, raffle items, & your help. Contact Jan Rounding at 519-776-5506. Parish Euchre Night - Monday, Nov. 18 at 6:30pm in our parish hall. Come our for a fun filled night. All ages. Hosted by the K of C. Memorial Mass - Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7pm to commemorate our parishioners who have passed away this year and for all those who have lost loved ones. Confirmation Preparation date changes: Sunday, Jan. 5 - 2pm-8pm, Sunday, Jan. 19 - 2pm-8pm, *Sunday, Feb. 9 - 2pm-7pm. * With parents to join us at 4:30pm from dinner and bonding time. Goodfellows - Friday, Nov. 15 & Saturday, Nov. 16, if you have 1-2 hours to spare to help sell Goodfellow Newspapers, please contact Brian at 519-818-9621. Students looking for community hours are welcome. All proceeds to our local food banks. Sponsored by K or C. Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank The fall tree colours have reached their peak and have been a beautiful display for us to enjoy! Fr. Dave will take part in the Polar Bear Splash on Sunday, November


24th. All proceeds to Lakeshore Food Bank. Please sign his pledge sheet at the back of the church. Holy Rollers are holding their annual tourtiere and fruit pie sale on Saturday, November 23rd at 9 a.m. to Noon at St. Mary’s hall. All proceeds to the needy of our community. The Sandwich South Historical Society invites everyone to their next meeting on Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall in Oldcastle. Guest speaker is Tim McGuire who will tell us the history of the McGuire and McCarthy families of Maidstone. Essex Goodfellows will be selling their newspapers on November 15 and 16. Please support this worthy cause. All proceeds towards local food banks. Happy Birthday wishes to Roger Bastien, Jared Fuerth and Tom Fuerth. Please keep in your prayers Mary Jessop, Lucas Gerard, and Joanne Hayes. Please remember all who are sick or lonely.

Essex Retirees’ Social Club The Centre is buzzing with activity these days. Elder College has good attendance at the two courses being offered here. There were 463 at the Windsor Essex County health Unit annual flu clinic. Weekends are booked with Christmas parties coming and Take a Break on a weekly schedule. We are starting a craft class being led by Kathy Little, an instructor with Michael’s Craft Store of Windsor. Our exercise and computer classes are growing. Feel welcome to drop in and observe any of these classes and activities. George Davidson won with high score at Saturday afternoon Euchre. Diana Dennis and Georgette Nadeau tied for second place. Our once a month special Pepper night captured some good scores with Sally Bell in the lead by one point, followed by Betty Fields with second. Rose Girard was third and Edna MacLellan fourth. Hope to see all of you in November. Louise Perrault had high score at Tuesday afternoon pepper. Ruby Robertson had the most Peppers and Marion Fuerth was low.

Brooker News submitted by Ruth Newman Join us Sunday morning at our 10 am worship service. Sunday School is available for the children. Kids Club is every Tuesday at 3:30 pm led by Rev Linda Hollingsworth. All elementary school age children are invited. Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are to be returned by Sunday, Nov. 10. The Fall Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24. Keep the many in our community with health needs and those in nursing homes in your thoughts and prayers.


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Dryland dog derby comes to Essex

Pictured right: Bill Gaspar gets Riley (right) and Echo ready for a run. Pictured below: Sheri Weatherbie-Blair with Echo and Riley on the Greenway Trail.

by Fred Groves Echo loves to sing, and run and hang out with his pals. The four-year-old purebred Siberian Husky is one of 18 dogs owned by Bill Gaspar and part of a huge sport that is gaining in popularity in Southwestern Ontario. While you might say that Essex County will be going to the dogs this weekend when it hosts its International Dryland Dog Derby, it will be a chance for spectators to come and watch fourlegged and two-legged athletes battle a challenging course at Camp Cedarwin. “We started with the winter races last year up in Haliburton and we had a ball,” said event organizer Lori Lee. Dogs, and especially huskies owned

by Gaspar, love to run and are bred to challenge snowy conditions and pull sleds but they are just as adapt at pulling scooters and carts – anything that gets them moving. “We have people who say why do you make them do it? They love to do it,” said Lee. A recent demonstration by racer Sheri Weatherbie-Blair who took a couple of Gaspar’s dogs out for a run with her scooter, without a doubt show that these guys enjoy stretching their legs on the Greenway trail. “As long as they are in a harness, they don’t care what they are pulling,” said Gaspar. Echo, joined by a more experienced six-year-old Riley, pulled Weatherbie-

Blair around with ease and confidence. “I have had show dogs since 1984 and I’ve been running them since 1990. By then I had enough to run a team,” said Gaspar. He won’t be running his dogs at the derby because he will be the trail boss which means that Echo, Riley, and youngster three-year-old Desna have to stay home. But hundreds of others from places such as New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine, Wisconsin, Quebec and Ontario will be out at the camp on County Road 20, just off the Arner Townline. “We want to be on the circuit every year when people chase their points,” said Lee. Among the events that will be held Saturday and Sunday are carting, scootering, bikejoring and canicross in which owners are hooked up to their dogs and together they run the trail. The participants will run in teams of four, two and singles. And just how fast do they go? Gaspar said that recently a team covered a three-mile course in eight minutes. For Weatherbie-Blair and her border collie Mandy and her other dog, which is a husky, it is a chance to get outside, enjoy some fresh air together and exercise. “I have been doing it for recreation. When we went up north (to Haliburton) I was a spectator. My border collie has a lot of energy. When I took her the first time, she was a natural, it’s to burn off energy.” We a t h e r b i e - B l a i r and her dogs will be participating in the twodog scooter event this weekend while fellow racer Andrew Buzzeo will have his four dogs on the course. Prize money of $6,100 has come through fund-

raising and sponsorship and Lee said the group has been very active in promoting what hopes to be the first of many international events for this area. “Leading up to this we’ve been doing festivals and parades. People love to come and see the dogs,” said Lee. Those coming to the Dryland Dog Derby are asked to leave their own dogs at home. For more information, contact Lori Lee at 519-981-1098. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Buzzeo at

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Throughout history, millions of soldiers have marched into wars to protect the freedoms of their countries. Remembrance Day is a solemn time to commemorate those soldiers’ achievements and sacrifices and to pay respects to soldiers who died in battle. In the United States, people honor their present and past military on Veterans’ Day. In British commonwealth countries and territories, including Canada, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day. Since the end of World War I, memorials to remember those of the armed forces who fought in battle and perished in the line of duty have been dedicated on this day. Armistice Day origins Remembrance Day was once known as Armistice Day because it marks the signing of the armistice that put an end to the hostilities of World War


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Give pause on Remembrance Day I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, guns fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare between the Germans and Allied troops. The armistice agreement was signed in a French train carriage at 11 a.m. Later, the carriage where the historic event took place was placed in a specially constructed building to serve as a monument to the defeat of Germany. Although it was moved by German forces and later destroyed during World War II, after that war ended a replacement carriage, correct in every detail, was rededicated on Armistice Day in 1950. Remembrance Day evolution Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day after World War II to commemorate soldiers from both world wars. It is now used as a way to pay hommage to any fallen soldier. Each year a national ceremony takes place at

the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, a monument erected as a memorial to soldiers buried elsewhere. The Queen will lay the first wreath at the Cenotaph, while others will leave wreaths and small wooden crosses. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in many provinces and territories. Official national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Events begin with the tolling of the Carillon in the Peace Tower, during which members of the Canadian Forces participate and congregate at Confederation Square. Similar ceremonies take place in provincial capitals across the country. Very often moments of silence are offered for lost lives. What about the poppies? One of the unifying symbols of Remembrance Day is the poppy that is worn to honor lost soldiers. The bold, red color of the flower has become an

enduring symbol of those who died so that others may be free. The poppy became a symbol for a specific reason. Some of the most concentrated and bloody fighting of World War I took place in Flanders, a region in western Belgium. As a result of the fighting, most signs of natural life had been obliterated from the region, leaving behind mud and not much else. The only living thing to survive was the poppy flower, which bloomed with the coming of the warm weather the year after fighting in the region had ceased. Poppies grow in disturbed soil and can lie dormant in the ground without germinating. Without the war, they may have never come to the surface. John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, was moved by the vision of poppies flowering in Flanders and wrote a poem titled “In Flanders Fields.” After

the poem was published, it received international acclaim, and the poppy became a popular symbol of those lost in battle. Men traditionally wear the poppy on the left side of the chest, where a military medal would be placed. Women wear it on the right side because that is where a widow would wear her husband’s medals. Remembrance Day

is celebrated every year, providing people humbled by the sacrifices of soldiers an opportunity to remember those soldiers’ efforts to secure freedom. Source: Metro Creative

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1977 Pontiac Firebird with one owner 29 years

Darren Pike poses with pride alongside his 1977 Firebird. His plates read CB.NFLD because he comes from Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Darren Pike of Hamilton, Ontario, writes: “Good day, Bill, I’m sending pictures of my 1977 Pontiac Firebird that I have owned for 29 years. I bought it in 1984, when it was only seven years old, and put 2000 miles on it before the motor blew. That’s what I get for buying a car ‘as is.’ “So I went out and bought another engine, a 350 Chevy V8 from my friend’s dad for 300 bucks and with only 49,000 miles on it. All’s well that ends well. I’ve had that motor in my car ever since. It’s been a very reliable car and now has 160,000 miles on it. Fresh paint and body work was done nine years ago. From that day on, it’s been my boy toy and never sees rain.” Ten years before Darren’s 1977 Firebird was built, General Motors was having a milestone year with the launch of the Chevrolet Camaro and, a few months later, the Pontiac Firebird. Both these new cars rode on a wheelbase of 108 inches, and with their sporty good looks and choice of engines were designed to compete head-on with the Ford Mustang. Darren’s ’77 Firebird also rides on a 108-inch wheelbase. The first generation of Camaros and Firebirds came in two body styles: a 2-door hardtop and a 2-door convertible. The second generation models appeared in mid1970 with low-slung European styling and one body style: the 2-door hardtop, of which Darren Pike’s ’77 is a beautiful example. A Chevrolet 350 V8 has powered his Firebird since 1984. That small-block Chev V8 can trace its origins back to 1955, when Chevrolet brought out a V8 engine with 265 cubic inches, its first V8 since 1918 (yes, Chevrolet had a V8 in 1917-18 but it was too far ahead of its time and was dropped). In 1957, the “265” that came out in ‘55 was punched out to 283 and cranked out horsepower as high as 283 if you had the Super Ram-Jet Fuel Injection engine. Another boost came in 1962 when the small block V8 was boosted to 327 cubic inches. The next boost came in 1967 when the small-block Chevy was punched out to 350 cubic inches, an increase of 85 cubic inches from the engine introduced in 1955. The Chev 350 V8 has been a favourite engine for street rodders for the past 40-plus years. They are powerful yet compact, and can be made to fit into almost any engine compartment. I’m always looking for more stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico. ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2. Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book: “Old Car Detective Favourite Stories, 1925 to 1965.”

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by Fred Groves Spidalieri returns to lead Flyers Leamington Junior ‘B’ Flyers veteran Tony Spidalieri has returned to the lineup after missing several games with a concussion. On Thursday, the Essex native had a pair of goals as the Flyers beat the Chatham Maroons 5-4. • The Essex Ravens are in the process of starting a Booster Club. Anyone wishing more information or to join can contact the team at ravensfootball@ The Ravens are trying to get some improvements done to Raider Field including new bleachers and a turf field. • Still with football, Ravens graduating defensive lineman, big Nick Simone will be joining fellow former Ravens Cody McCann next season with the University of Windsor Lancers. • Essex Minor Hockey Association is looking into the future that includes the possibility of amalgamating their travel teams with Southpoint Minor Hockey (Wheatley-Leamington), and Erie North Minor Hockey (Harrow-Kingsville). There is a meeting tonight (Nov. 7) at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaheen Room of the Essex Sports Complex. • Candace Chevalier of Essex had a pair of goals on Friday to lead the University of Windsor women’s hockey team to a 3-1 win over Ryerson. • The Essex Red Raiders senior boys football team came up with a huge quarter-final win in WECSSAA action last week. Chris Drouillard caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Hobson in a 28-16 win over Kennedy. James

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Morgan had a huge 60yard touchdown run. Essex will take on St. Anne’s this Friday in the semis at the University of Windsor field. • Essex’s Matt Puempel had a goal for the Binghampton Senators as they beat Syracuse 4-2 in AHL

action on Saturday. • After four games, Cottam’s Kyle Kudroch leads the Mississippi Surge with four points and has a team leading 18 shots on net. • At the Ironman Florida, held in Panama City Beach on the weekend, Essex’s Sandra Burks had a great time of 12:14:52. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at

Essex Raven Bantam Major hockey

submitted to EFP Last Thursday evening, the Essex Ravens Bantam Major team played the Erie North Shore team for a ‘spooktacular’ game in the old barn. With Jared Ratko in net, Essex took the lead early on a goal from Cale Cooper, assisted by Jared Spencer. At the end of the first period the score was 1-0. Erie North Shore scored the only goal of the second period making the game 1-1. The third period saw a different Essex team take the ice and unfortunately the opponents scored four goals, making the final score 5-1. On Saturday night Essex faced Erie North Shore in Harrow. Harrison got the call between the pipes. Harrow started the scoring in the first but Essex answered back with Calvin Ross scoring with the assist going to Cale Cooper. The two switched it up at the end of the first with Cale scoring and Calvin assisting. Essex lead 2-1 going into the second. Michael Hryniuk found the back of the net on a power play at 7:33 in the second period, assisted by Jacob Onions and Jacob Rose. Harrow returned a goal late in the second, but Essex scored twice in the third for a 5-3 win. Goals going to Cale Cooper and to Dyllon Noakes. Assists going to Brownell, Spencer and Cooper.


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DeLaet scores shorthanded winner over Canadiens




Daniel Slipchuk each had a goal and an assist while Daniel McIntyre, along with rookies Eric Shaw and Tyler Shaw also connected. On Tuesday, Oct. 29 they beat visiting Alvinston Flyers 7-1. SLAPSHOTS... Forward Alex Garon was shaken up in Friday’s game when he collided with the net and then the boards. After being attended to by trainer Adam Ripley, Garon was able to return...Beaulieu leads the league in scoring with 32 points.





league on the powerplay, scored three straight man advantage goals before DeLaet got the eventual winner. “An experienced team doesn’t get rattled. They just kept playing. There was no panic anywhere,” said Langlois. “On the night, if your specialty teams are in the plus, you’ve got a good chance of winning.” Coupled with a big 5-2 revenge win over the host Blenheim Blades on Sunday, Essex ran their record to 14-0-1-1 which they took against the Wheatley Sharks. Against the Blades, Beaulieu and







the biggest win for the 73’s thus far in the Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ Hockey League. “We knew what we had to do. We are pretty happy. This is a big win for us. It puts some spread in the standings,” said DeLaet. An Essex Minor Hockey Association product, he made a very unselfish play late in the game, when, with an open net to shoot at, opted to pass over to Scott Bromley. DeLaet, Jordan Ryan and Dylan Solecki all had a goal and an assist for the winners with singles to Bromley and Aaron Thiebert. The league’s top point getter, Corey Beaulieu had a pair. Essex has had to comefrom-behind more than once this year to win but this one was a biggie. “I think people were


On a strong forechecking effort, DeLaet blocked a clearing attempt with his skate and then had lots of time to go in and beat Canadiens netminder Adam Leboeuf. “He turned the puck over and I just wanted to get a hard shot on net and luckily it bounced in,” said DeLaet. A shorthanded winner to beat your biggest rivals on their ice after trailing by three goals, not once, but twice, is probably


by Fred Groves The crash-and-bang kid got it done in a big way for the Essex 73’s last Friday night. Erasing a pair of three goal deficits, the 73’s came from behind to beat the host Belle River Canadiens 7-4. Veteran Colin DeLaet, known more for his physical, aggressive style of play than his goal scoring ability, got the winner, a shorthanded tally in the third period.


Essex 73’s defenceman, Brett Clarke (right), clears the way so 73’s goalie, Arren Romeril can see.

more frustrated than panicking,” said Beaulieu of the mood on the bench. “We turned those emotions into good emotions. You aren’t going to win if everyone is nagging.” Friday’s game did not get off to a good start as rookie netminder, Jacob Kment let in three goals on as many shots early in the game. Veteran Arren Romeril replaced him and he was outstanding, giving his team a chance to win and making 21 saves. “I am so proud of these kids,” said Essex coach Gil Langlois of the comeback. “I knew we had that jump. If we didn’t panic and kept going, we were going to roll over them.” The 73’s trailed 3-0 and it was 4-1 early in the middle frame before Essex’s special teams took over. The number one ranked team in the
















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