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A LOOK INSIDE 2013 Citizen of the Year Wayne Miller Page 3 ________________ Lakeshore evicts Maidstone Historical Society Page 4 ________________ Chili warms up a Chilly day Page 5 ________________ Community partnership drives for a cause Page 10 ________________ Military training in essex Page 11 ________________ Local teenager proves cancer can be beaten Page 21

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Annual Pumpkin Carving a Success for Optimist Club by Garrett Fodor Creativity and imagination brightened up the Shaheen room in the Essex Centre Sports Complex on a dark and gloomy Friday evening. For nearly a decade, the Optimist Club of Essex has hosted an annual pumpkin carving and decorating event. This year’s event happened last Friday. There was no cost to the families who attended. Children were given a pumpkin and everything they needed to decorate it in their own style. For the last two years, the Optimist Club has asked families to bring in canned goods to be donated to the Essex Area Food Bank. The amount of smiles and beautifully designed pumpkins created at this event was astonishing. “We have been running this event for nine years now,” said Essex Optimist Club President Sandy Kotow. “This event is put on for the kids. It gives the kids something (fun) to do. Each kid who comes receives a bag of candy and chips. During the event, we also pull ten names and those ten names drawn will win ten dollars. “I have been doing this for five years now and my favourite part of it is just seeing what the kids can do and what they come out with, all the great decorating they do.” Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy the event. Parents too, enjoy it, such as

Diane Wilson. “We have been to this event before,” said Wilson, who brought her two kids to the event. “We came last year and the kids loved it. They now look forward to this event each year. My favourite part of the event is the kids’ creativity and the freedom to create what they like.” The event is a win-win overall. The kids who attend get to have fun decorating and carving their pumpkins while supporting a good cause in the community, the Essex Area Food Bank.

The essex Optimist annual Pumpkin Carving event was enjoyed by local residents while supporting the essex area Food Bank.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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The Way It Works

by Jennifer Cranston In our on-going series on the structure and organization of the Town of Essex, this week’s piece examines Infrastructure and Development. If it’s not broke… you probably won’t notice it Chris Nepszy is Director of Infrastructure and Development. He has several people who report to him who cover everything from sewers to ditches, to roads and

CAO Russ Phillips

Director of Corporate Services & Treasurer Donna Hunter

snow removal, to bylaw enforcement. His department also includes planning. Nepszy describes his department as the nuts and bolts of the operation. “I handle a lot of unseen stuff like water, sewer and roads,” he said. People don’t often think about what happens when they flush the toilet, until it stops working. We don’t think about the

Director of Community Services Doug Sweet

condition of our roads unless they are in bad shape and most walkers don’t think about the sidewalks until they trip over an uneven slab. “When it doesn’t work, it is something essential and usually very personal,” he said. Nepszy has been in the position for about five years and says he enjoys it. “I love it. It suits me,” he said. “It’s always busy because when these things fail it’s a big deal. There are always fires to put out.” Nepszy and his team works hard to keep those fires to a minimum by being as proactive as possible. He says the town has made improvements in this area in recent years. Maintaining the

Director of Infrastructure & Development Chris Nepszy

infrastructure before problems arise is very important. There is now a plan in place that lays out a regular schedule of maintenance. For example, the municipality has 90 bridges. Nepszy’s department replaces two each year. There are similar maintenance plans in place for everything from roads to drains to streetlights and more. He says that sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to get funding for some of his projects because what he does isn’t as visible as a new splash pad or a new facility. “When you put in a new splash pad, it’s for the whole community. When you fix a road, it’s in front of someone’s house. It can all become very personal,” he explained. Nepszy says he and his team are able to do a good job in helping council see the importance of some of the more “invisible” projects. He explained that many municipalities have come to realize that they can’t neglect infrastructure anymore. He says one thing that makes his job easier is that he came into a team of senior and knowledgeable professionals. “A lot of my managers have been here a long time and that helps me a lot,” he said. “There are people who have been here 25 or 30 years. Their experience is vital to our success.” He says the only part of his job he sometimes finds a little frustrating is that the “machine is slow.” What he means is that the processes and procedures that have to be

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Director of Infrastructure & Development • Infrastructure • Capital works • Drainage • Operations • Environmental Services (water and sewage) • Planning • By-law enforcement

followed when working within a municipality can add a lot of time to projects. “To get a drain moved, for example, because of the process, can take up to a year,” he explained. A large part of Nepszy’s job is planning. Town Planner Heather Jablonski works in Nepszy’s department and together they try to ensure that development in Essex is guided and logical. “You need to have a plan and a vision,” he explained. “You have to

think ahead and see the big picture.” He is passionate about his work and is proud of the municipality. He runs during his lunch hours, up and down a different road every time. He asks people he meets about the sidewalks and roads they use. He particularly enjoys seeing people use the facilities that he has helped bring into reality. “I believe in what we’re doing here and what we’re building,” he said. “I see what a great municipality Essex is.”

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2013 Citizen of the Year - Wayne Miller

Essex Mayor Ron McDermott, former Citizen of the Year recipient Henry Mulder, MP Jeff Watson, and Patti Hayes (far right) of MPP Taras Natyshak’s office, congratulate former Essex CAO Wayne Miller (center) on receiving the 2013 Essex Citizen of the Year Award. His wife Mary Jane Kozicki is pictured to his right.

by Sylene Argent The dinner was hot and the comedy was sizzling as Wayne Miller, former CAO of Essex, was celebrated at the 2013 Essex Citizen of the Year event. The banquet took place at Holy Name of Jesus Parish Hall on Saturday evening. Friends, family, former coworkers, and area dignitaries were there to extend congratulations, deliver compliments and a share a few funny tales. The Knights of Columbus (Council 3305), Heritage Essex, the Town, and the Essex Rotary Club work together every year to select a winner from a list of nominations the community forwards. A Citizen of the Year was first selected in 1978. On Saturday night, Essex MP Jeff Watson was quick to joke the annual award should be called the “Miller of the Year Award” as Wayne is the third member of his family to earn the recognition. His father Max was the award recipient in 1993 and his brother Scott in 2009. All joking aside, Watson said the family hattrick of Citizen of the Year Award recipients “says something very important about the Miller family and their commitment to community.” He pointed out that Miller was instrumental in helping kick start the Essex Railway Station restoration project. “To think without some of your leadership on that, that may not have been. It was very close to not being a reality, saving that station.” One of Miller’s programs that stood out for Watson was the implementation of the Essex Works program. This program helped get

people some work with the Town during the recent recession. Miller said that was a program he was proud to be a part of, and a few of those Essex Works employees still work for the Town. He noted that all the staff were involved in establishing that program. Watson and MPP Taras Natyshak’s offices awarded Miller with certificates in recognition of his being Citizen of the Year. Essex Rotary member Frank Mazzara emceed the event. He began with a joke that claimed, because of his close resemblance in look to Miller, he had an exciting week filled with mistaken identity. “This has been a very interesting week for me,” Mazzara said, pointing to the picture of Miller on the Citizen of the Year handout. “There’s a little resemblance [to me].” Mazzara went on to retell a few moments last week where he received accolades from area residents for winning the Citizen of the Year Award as people confused him for Miller. He joked that he took advantage of getting wrongly identified as the Citizen of the Year, cashing in on a free coffee and donut. “I was going to correct people…but [thought] what the heck,” he joked. Essex Mayor Ron McDermott has known Miller and his family for many years, but didn’t know Miller well until later on when both were representing the municipality. Miller began his municipal career as a member of Essex Council in December of 1980. On July 27, 1987, he was appointed CAO. He retired

in March of this year. Prior to working for the Town, Miller ran three sport shops. “Boy, were we ever lucky,” McDermott said of Miller working for Essex. “Everything was hunky-dory when he was around.” McDermott added that Miller did a lot of work behind the scenes. “The guy did one hell of a job for all of us. Everyone respected him like you wouldn’t believe.” Mayor of Lakeshore and Essex County Warden Tom Bain said he has been involved in municipal politics for 35 years, first getting involved around the same time as Miller, and he always knew Miller to be “as fair as fair could be.” Miller’s wife Mary Jane Kozicki said she was honoured to attend the event. “Ours is truly

a Canadian love story. We met at a hockey tournament,” she said. “For the last twenty years Wayne has been endlessly amusing,” she commented. “Wayne is a great storyteller; he never lets the truth get in the way of a great story…I listen, with great interest to each story as Wayne retells it, even if I was there. I want to see how it turns out this time.” One of the things she likes to brag about is that her husband buys her yarn even when on a motorcycle trip. During the dinner, Miller recognized his successor Russ Phillips. “He’s taken my place and taken it too well. Nobody has called me for advice,” he joked. He thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate with him. Miller noted that when he began work as the CAO he soon found that it was the job for him and knew it was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He now works for Pelee Island as CAO there. This year’s Citizen on the Year Award banquet benefited Essex Community Services through a silent auction. Essex Community Services offers a variety of programs for the community, including a foot care clinic, transportation services, security reassurance, and a friendly visiting program.

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Lakeshore Evicts Maidstone Historical Society by Jennifer Cranston Lakeshore Town Council has chosen to demolish the building being used as a resource centre by the Maidstone Bicentennial Museum to make room for a salt shed. At a regular council meeting on Oct. 22, with a vote of four to three, to end the five-year lease held by the Historical Society early to accommodate the growing needs of its

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public works department. Over the last three years, the use of the municipal building next door to the original museum has allowed programming and activities to expand considerably. The extra space has also allowed participation at these events to grow from dozens of people to hundreds of people. The Maidstone Historical Society runs the

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museum. President of the Society, Victoria Beaulieu says this decision will set the museum back in its development 10 years to a time when it was on the verge of closing. This portion of the meeting began with presentations from Andrea Monkman from the United Nation of the Thames representing the Native people of the region, Gord Miall representing the Retired Teachers of Ontario and Beaulieu. Each of these presentations argued the merits, value and importance of the programming accommodated by the resource centre. Lakeshore Administration argued that the space they had to operate the municipality’s west-end Public Works facility is inadequate. The Puce River, residential land and the museum borders the public works yard. The 6,000 square feet provided by demolishing the former town hall will give Public Works about an eighth of an acre. The yard is currently

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about three acres and the recommended minimum space is five acres. In an earlier interview Manager of Public Works for Lakeshore Chuck Chevalier said other locations for the public works facilities had not been considered. It was also argued that the Historical Society had been unable to raise $50,000 towards the repair of a leaking roof, as was a requirement of their lease. Beaulieu argued that the short and uncertain terms of the lease made qualifying for grants impossible. Deputy Mayor Al Fazio and other councilors suggested that the Historical Society move its programming to other community centres and parks throughout the municipality. The municipality, as owner of the building would be responsible for the bulk of the cost of repairs to the roof of the resource centre. The cost of repairs has been estimated between $130,000 and $180,000. Councilor Len Janisse said that the municipality already supports John R. Park Homestead through the tax money it gives to ERCA. He said that he believes the two museums to be similar and competitors. “I don’t see it as a healthy situation to be competing against tax dollars,” he said. Councilor Linda McKinlay stated that the expansion the resource

centre accommodated is becoming vital to the survival of community museums and that the Comber Museum is currently in the process of building a resource centre and developing educational programming. McKinlay felt it was premature to close the facility to facilitate a public works facility five or more years down the road. “We know that all the land we own is not being used,” she said. She felt

other locations for public works facilities should be explored. Beaulieu and other members of the Society were visibly disappointed following the decision. “We’ve put over $10,000 into that building and countless volunteer hours,” said Beaulieu. “The Historical Society has to meet and make some decisions. We have a lot to discuss.”

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Chili warms up a Chilly day by Jennifer Cranston more needed The weather because much of was a little frosty their operational last Thursday but budget was spent hearts and bellies on a new vehicle were warm in the for their Harrow Shaheen Room at the operations. Essex Centre Sports “We drained Complex where 20 our fundraising varieties of chili account to buy a were sampled for bus for Harrow,” Essex Community said Stack. They Services. received some “This is our help from the biggest (Chili CookHarrow Lion’s off) ever,” said Club and from executive Director Sellick Equipment Kelly Stack. but the bulk of Judge Angus MacNeil works his way Last year’s event the cost fell on through the 20 chilies donated to Community had 13 donated Community Services’ Chili Cook-Off. chilies, and raised Services. The organization has between $1,200 and “Without the $1,300. This year around to raise about $65,000 support we receive from $1,500 was raised for the each year, over and above the community we would any government funding not be able to sustain the local organization. Judges’ Choice went it receives, in order to services we provide,” said to Jodie Matte who won a provide the services it Stack. $25 gift card. The People’s is relied upon for. This She said that she is Choice awards were as additional funding comes very appreciative of the follows: Amherstburg from a Town grant, businesses, donors and Community Services took donations and fundraising. members of the public “About half of our who help them every year. first, second place went to Mike Soulliere, and third programs are severely The next fundraising under-funded or not place was three-way tie event for Community between Chris Ford, Ken funded at all,” explained Services will be a fish fry St. Amand and Mason Stack. at Holy Name of Jesus This year the money Church, hosted by the MacDonald. Most of the prize money was donated raised at the Cook-Off Knights of Columbus on and other events is even Nov. 15. back to the cause.

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Gosfield is proud of its athletes

by Sylene Argent The school year is still young and Gosfield North Public School athletes have been busy improving their athletic skills and earning pennants that will add to the school’s collection. Gosfield North Public School was extremely proud of its soccer teams. The girls kicked their way to the top this season to earn a third place at the regional competition and won the Kingsville District High School Feeder Tournament. The boys’ soccer team also earned a third place win. The school’s crosscountry team was comprised of many topnotch athletes. Montana W. earned a first place at the District competition, Lucas P. earned a second place at

the regional level, and H o l l y moved on to compete at the district level. Over 50 students from Gosfield North Public School participated in the Cross Country Team. The school’s coaches noted the athletes had a successful season and the participating

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Let’s face it; the Youth Centre isn’t a priority It’s no secret that the Essex Youth Centre has been struggling financially for several years now. The grant money has diminished and so have other sources of income, such as bingo revenues. Times are tough; money is tight. Somehow though, the Youth Centre has managed to stay open. The Essex Youth Centre has a long history in Essex Centre. It has moved from an old gas station in the heart of the downtown corridor to a small house in the middle of a field to its current location at Essex District High School. That move to the high school was a high water mark for the Youth Centre. At that time, the decision makers saw the services the centre provided as a priority. The grand opening at its new locale, held on Monday Sept. 13, 1999 was viewed as important. Essex Mayor Joan Flood, MPP Bruce Crozier and other dignitaries attended that event and were full of praise for the new centre. Fast forward to today: the youth centre is in crisis and the decision makers don’t really care. The services it provides are no longer a priority. Well, for one thing, most people (including decision makers) can’t easily see what goes on in the youth centre. It’s located in a basement and its entrance is non-descript. But down there, things are happening. Go there on a school day at lunch hour and you’ll see it is filled with students, grabbing an affordable lunch, and socializing, making use of the many amenities that the centre has to offer. In the summer you’ll see that it is a place for youth employment, where local youth can make some money and learn some life skills. Josh Vermast was the first student hired there in May 1999 and students have been hired there every year since. You’ll see that it provides jobs connecting youth and seniors through the Helping Hands Generation to

Generation program. You’ll also see it as hub where unique programs, such as the Artspark Camps hosted this summer, are offered to youth and youngsters in our community. It’s no secret that I’m a member of the Essex Youth Centre’s Board of Directors. I have been for some time. As a result, I see the value that the youth centre has in our community. I don’t want to see it close, but that day is coming if things – attitudes and priorities - don’t change. There’s often talk of approaching council to solicit more help from the town. That’s been done. The majority of council has made it clear that they want to reduce the funding of the youth centres in Essex, not increase it. So any appeals, no matter how well worded, will mostly fall on deaf ears. The focus of this current administration is on building things. That’s good. Infrastructure has its place. It is important and necessary and a lot of new things have been built and developed in Essex in the past ten years. Clearly, the majority of councilors believe that if they build it, people will come. They just have to make sure there are some services in place when the people get here. In 1999, the Essex Youth Centre entered into a lease agreement with the town to lease the space it now occupies. The agreement was that the centre would pay a total of $100,000 to ensure that there would be a space guaranteed for youth until 2028. Three years later, on November 27, 2002 the youth centre made good on that agreement and paid off the lease in full. So, maybe the lights will be switched off in 2014. Maybe the Youth Centre will be forced to close due a lack of sustainable funding. But the agreement remains. The town took the money and that space is guaranteed for youth until 2028. I’ll be watching that space like a hawk, and I’m sure others will too, to

ensure it is used for or intended purposes. Mary Antonuzzo carried the torch for the Essex Youth Centre through some lean times throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. She stuck with the centre until that grand opening day in 1999. She clearly saw the value of the youth she served for so long. We have a great asset in our Essex Centre youth centre. It is a modern facility ready for a modern age. The world is changing. We have invested well into organized sports over the years. Most recently, we’ve built a new arena in Essex Centre and some great soccer fields in Harrow Centre. But the interest in organized sports isn’t as high as it was when I was a youth. Fewer kids play today than they did. Whether it’s the advent of the Internet or the decline of decent paying jobs that is pushing this trend is not important. What is important is to recognize that the interests of our youth are changing. I think there will be a greater need for youth centres in the coming years. I think we’ll have to develop more programs and new programs to engage tomorrow’s youth. If we don’t have a plan to accommodate the future, then we are stuck in the past. • I’m adding a very positive note to this column this week as I learned that the Essex Area Food Bank has a new home, not too far away from its current location. The food bank will be housed in the gymnasium space of Sun Parlor Junior School. That means more space, parking and no stairs - all great things. Food bank founder, Eileen Clifford, and all the staff at the food bank are thankful to the Greater Essex County District School Board, EDHS Principal Tony Omar and EDHS staff, and the Essex Ravens Football organization for making the move possible. You can be certain we will have a full article on this next week.

Let’s Talk About... by Evelyn Couch Again, we have a report of an Essex native excelling in sports. This time it is Ed Philion, a four-time Canadian Football League all-star. He was inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame last Friday. The story was in the October 24 edition of the Windsor Star. I hope you have read it but just in case you were not able to do that, for one reason or another, I want to tell the highlights about Ed so you too, can feel pride in what our sports people have accomplished. Ed’s picture is on the sports mural at the high school, in the first panel. He played football when he attended Essex District High School and he credits Ross Spettigue for the opportunities that came to him through that. He is quoted as saying Spettigue built the football program at Essex.

A picture of him is on the Essex sports mural also. As a coach now, Ed said he understands the contribution Spettigue made for football while at Essex High School. After playing for the Buffalo Bulls and the Carolina Panthers, Ed joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1999. As I continue to look at the information from the Windsor Star article as written by Jim Parker, I find in the report that Ed was an All-Star four times and at five Grey Cup games he won the title in 2002. He is quoted as telling Parker about many great players from this area and that he brags about Essex County and the athletes from here that have gone on to success. Recently we heard about Dan O’Halloran (also on our sports mural).

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Lakeshore throws away a jewel to make room for salt

by Jennifer Cranston On Oct. 22 the Town of Lakeshore disregarded nearly three decades of work of some of its most dedicated volunteers, and in all probability, threw away one of this region’s more successful and educational cultural resources. The town has evicted the Maidstone Historical Society and the Maidstone Bicentennial Museum from a building they have been using as a resource centre for the last three years. Administration and Council have

decided to demolish the building to accommodate a new salt shed. I am truly surprised at how under-informed and often misinformed this council is about one of its community’s most successful volunteer organizations. I was also very disappointed to see that organization so clearly set up for failure by its own town. Several times members of administration stated that they were not trying to shut down the museum. It had been made very clear more than once during the meeting, that by taking the resource centre they were doing exactly that. The suggestion that programming be scattered all over the municipality further reinforced the demise of the museum. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, a community museum must meet certain basic standards

Letter to the Editor Re: The Real Issue, Letter to the Editor, by David Cassidy, Oct. 17. Kudos to resident David Cassidy for sharing his experience as a “disappointed” spectator of a recent council meeting for the Town of Essex. His letter ‘opened the door’ to give a wider audience a glimpse of our town politicians in action, albeit a moment of “total embarrassment”. Town council may have failed to demonstate the lesson in municipal

politics Mr. Cassidy had hoped for in bringing along his daughter. But the lesson continues, and by sharing his experience, he becomes the teacher, asking the tough questions and providing a whole different insight to our democratic system. One person can breathe new life into the “real issues” by bringing them to the surface. It is an education for all of us. Politicians often talk about more transparency in government, at all levels.

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But as we know, many questions go unanswered, and with politics, you could find brick walls with more transparency. Mr. Cassidy’s question was simple enough. How, in 17 months, could our town councillors spend $90,000 on meals, expenses, and conferences? That’s over $5,000 a month! That is a real issue. Is it too much to ask, who spent what, and to what benefit to the town and taxpayers? Should there not be a limit? Councillors will tell us that conferences help educate them, show them what other municipalities are doing. So, there must be a stack of reports at town hall, showing what was learned at these conferences? I have not seen or heard of one. In all my years in industry, there have been conferences, but a report was always expected, and of course, a detail

record of expenditures. That is reasonable. Is it not reasonable to ask our councillors, what was learned at the conferences they attended? What workshops did they attend? What idea, strategy or action could be applied to our town? How taxpayers’ money was spent? Has anything from a conference been used here? What and how? And if it has, has it been a success or failure? Many people have attended conferences. They also know that some take advantage of them as a vacation trip, the conference on the side, at the expense of others. For those, we should at least get to see some of the holiday photos, after all, we likely paid for them. The lesson continues. Andrew Comber, Essex

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to be considered a museum. They include space for educational programming and that that programming “provide an opportunity for the community to interact more closely with the museum’s collections and information.” The resource centre was that space. If programming is scattered miles away from the museum it fails in the second part of this requirement. A museum must also provide a separate space for research activities, archives and offices. The resource centre was that space as well. The small building currently housing the bulk of the artifacts cannot house these activities. While other small museums such as the one in Comber are working to grow to fulfill these requirements, Maidstone has been put back a decade in its development and reduced to a quaint old building that houses artifacts. It no longer qualifies as a museum and is disqualified for several grant opportunities. Many of the decision makers that night said they

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believed the programming at the museum to be “wonderful,” even though they clearly had only a vague idea of what that programming was; as illustrated by one councillor’s suggestion that it was so similar to the John R. Park Homestead, that they should join forces with that organization. Another councillor suggested that children should chase butterflies at the Millen Community

Centre. That might be hard to do when the specially crafted $5,000 butterfly garden, designed with native, rare and some endangered species is 14 kilometres away at the Museum. Five years ago Butterfly Day attracted about a dozen children to learn about native butterflies from ERCA staff. The most recent event had so many participants it had to be held twice to accommodate them all even with the auditorium in the resource centre. One of the reasons cited for evicting the Historical Society was that they had failed to obtain a minimum of $50,000 for repairs to the leaking roof. It was one of the requirements of the five-year lease given to the group on the building in question. The group of volunteers was set up for failure from the beginning. Without some assurance that the Society would inhabit the building for more than five years, it was impossible to raise those funds. No charitable organization is able to

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offer an organization a grant of that size for a building that may not live out the decade. In fact in most cases a 10 year lease is a specific requirement for grants or funding. It is also not ethical for a notfor-profit organization to ask their larger donors to put out tens of thousands of dollars for repairs to a building they may lose possession of in just a few short years. This decision has been a hard blow to the hearts of these volunteers. No one would blame them if they chose to brush the dust from their hands and step over the ruins of what they’ve worked so hard to create, and just keep on walking. However, if enough of them chose to re-build, may I suggest that they take what they can of their gardens, and all of the artifacts, knowledge and passion out of Lakeshore. Take the whole operation to a neighbouring town that will welcome the tourism, heritage and opportunity you provide.

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2013 Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel coming up

- new route takes the race through downtown For the past 18 years, Ken Knapp Ford in Essex has helped usher in the holiday season by hosting the Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel. Each year, hundreds of people from across Essex County gather at the event to celebrate the season with an event that promotes physical fitness and community spirit while rising thousands of dollars for Community Living Essex County. The 2013 Jingle Bell Run will be held on Sunday, November 10 and began at 10:00 a.m. sharp at Ken Knapp Ford.

This year, the run will feature a new race route. The race will start at Ken Knapp Ford head into the downtown corridor to Town Hall, turn in front of the cenotaph and return to the dealership. The 5 km race will end there with the 10 km runners following the extended route that leads north of Ken Knapp Ford. The Essex BIA is on board as the new race route is meant to promote the downtown area and shake it up for runners, walkers and supporters. The town’s own Essex 73’s will help with the

War Amps address label mailing to Ontario residents explains where it all began The War Amps 2013 address label mailing is on its way to Ontario residents starting this week. Its theme, “Where It All Began,” pays special tribute to the Association’s 95th anniversary. For Karl, “it all began” with an accident when he was a toddler. In the letter accompanying the mailing, he describes how The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program was there for him after he escaped his play area to explore the family farm and ended up losing his right leg in a grain auger. “Fortunately, CHAMP had been launched just two years before, and the first thing my family learned was that there would be help whenever we needed it,” Karl explains. “As I grew up, The War Amps support for artificial limbs, vast information and regional seminars gave me all the tools possible for my independence and success. They also gave me a motto that has stuck with me all my life – it’s what’s left that counts!” Sent as a thank you to supporters of The War Amps Key Tag Service, address labels are not just for envelopes! They can be used to identify items like books and for filling out name and address information on forms. Karl is just one of the thousands of Champs who have benefitted from

The War Amps 95 year legacy of “amputees helping amputees.” For more stories, the public is encouraged to read the Association’s latest annual report at The War Amps receives no government grants. Its programs are possible solely through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service. For information, or to order address labels, visit or call tollfree 1 800 250-3030.

monitoring of the cross roads for traffic control during the race and the OPP will also be present to help con-ordinate this effort. As always, volunteers are welcome. “We look forward to another great day and encourage families and friends to join us,” said Bob Blair, Chair of the Jingle Bell Run Steering Committee and a driving force behind the event since its inception. “The event is for everyone,” he noted, “from competitive runners to casual walkers, together for a great cause.” All proceeds from the event benefit Community Living Essex County, which provides a full range of supports so that people with an intellectual disability can live productive and meaningful lives. Register online for the race until Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at Contact Tony DeSantis, Manger-Community Relations and Resource Development at 519-7766483 (ext 246) or Jingle Bell Run Chair, Bob Blair at 519-776-6447 for more info.

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Kingsville honours 60th anniversary of Korean War

Korean War Navy veteran David Parent and Henry Martinak, KoreanWar veteran with the 2nd PPCLI, talked about the War with youth last Thursday evening during the “Remembering Korea” event at the Kingsville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 188) and at the Kingsville Historical Park.

by Sylene Argent In acknowledgment of the 60th anniversary of teh Korean War’s Armistice, the Passing the

Torch Committee hosted a special “Remembering Korea” event at the Kingsville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion

(Branch 188) and at the Kingsville Historical Park. Through the event, youth and those interested in learning about military

history were able to listen to speeches from Korean War Veterans and take in interactive exhibits displaying interesting artifacts from this military era. One exhibit displayed seven young men from the Windsor-Essex County Region who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War. Passing the Torch Committee member Linda Lynch noted the Korea War was often known as the forgotten war, “but it was a war, not a conflict,” she said. The War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. A peace treaty was signed three years later. The war would claim 516 Canadian servicemen from the Canadian Army, Air Force, and Navy. Through the use of the

New Woodslee community group wants a cenotaph

by Sylene Argent A newly established community group has big plans for the hamlet of Woodslee. The first major project the Woodslee Millen Group is hoping to undertake is establishing a cenotaph to honour veterans and war brides. Donna Roubos is a member of the newly formed group. She said it is a small committee, but one with an interest in adding to the community. Since 2007, the Woodslee Friendship Club, a group Robous used to serve as President, has honoured veterans through its annual Honour the Veterans ceremony and dinner every November. With the former Millen Community Centre torn down and a new facility soon to be built, Roubos

and the Woodslee Millen Group wanted to continue honouring veterans and selected the cenotaph as its first community project. The idea still has to go before Lakeshore Town Council for approval. She hopes to get grant money for the project and is looking to the Town to assist in that. The group is looking to build a memorial monument around six feet high by six feet wide, and would like to place it near the flagpole on the Millen Community Centre grounds. As far as the design component for the possible cenotaph, Roubos would like to include maple leaf symbolism to go along with Woodslee’s flag, which depicts the leaf. The group hopes the monument could be installed for the

2014 Remembrance Day celebrations in Woodslee. “I’ve always envisioned something nice here to honour veterans,” Roubos commented. “With the new Millen Centre [on its way] veterans deserve a nice cenotaph.” Navy veteran Larry

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museum, the Committee tried to teach youth not just the “Remembering Korea” theme, but about the sacrifices Canadian men and women made in many wars and conflicts in which Canada has been involved, starting with the Boer War to present day. Lynch had the students go to various stations inside the museum to look for information in a way that would be meaningful to the youth. Lynch hoped “that when they leave here, they’re going to have taken away some piece of information they didn’t have before they came.” Students can read books or watch movies on military events, “but when they speak to the actual people that were there, and they can express to the students what it was like… you can’t get that same feeling from a book.” Henry Martinak, originally of Windsor,

is a Korean War veteran who was with the 2nd PPCLI. He served form 1950-1953. He said it was nice to be involved with the event and relay some education about history to area youth. Children, he said, should be brought up with an understanding of what war is about. Martinak explained that the War broke out when North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. Martinak quit his job and joined to help the cause with a few of his friends. “We did hold our lines and we did help to bring peace to the Korean people,” Martinak said. “We lost 516 Canadians… and to me they are the ones that are really the heroes because they paid the supreme sacrifice.” He was proud to serve as part of the Canadian Forces.

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Community partnership drives for a cause - kicks off food collection

by Sylene Argent Many people headed down to Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet on Saturday afternoon to participate in the “Drive one for a Cause” event and help kick off a food drive. Both activities will benefit the Essex Area Food Bank. With the holiday season just around the corner, representatives from Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet, United Way, Community Living Essex

County, and the Town of Essex teamed up to host the event. For every test drive taken on Saturday, the local car dealership offered $25 to help the Essex Area Food Bank in its efforts of equipping area families in need with essential food items. Through the event, Dave Hitchcock would give up to $3000 to the Food Bank. Essex Mayor Ron McDermott was happy to

take the first test drive of the day and lend his efforts to help earn $25 for the Food Bank. He noted there are many in the area in need and everyone should do their part in helping families facing economic hardships. He thanked everyone involved for hosting and supporting the event. “Every $25 helps,” he said. Until December 1, Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet will serve as a

Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet’s General Manager Jeff Smith, United Way Windsor-Essex County’s Manager of Community Engagement Lisa Raffoul, Essex Mayor Ron McDermott, and Dave Hitchcock prepare to collect donations for the Essex Area Food Bank while hosting the “Drive one for a Cause” event.

drop-off depot for nonperishable food items. These donations will be forwarded to the Essex Area Food Bank in time for the holidays. Lisa Raffoul, United Way Windsor-Essex County’s Manager of Community Engagement, focuses on the county. The “Drive one for a Cause” and food drive kickoff is one example of local businesses helping the community and giving back, she said. “That’s what community is all about, people working together to benefit their Town.”

Raffoul was also happy to partner with CLEC on the event. Those with special needs want to contribute to the life of their community. This past Saturday’s activities offered a great way to do that, she said. United Way believes community engagement is important, Raffoul noted. The organization is happy to see events like the “Drive one for a Cause” happen in communities. Dave Hitchcock Chevrolet’s General Manager Jeff Smith noted the event was a win/win situation. It gave area

residents an opportunity to try new vehicle models while supporting a local food bank. He added it was great to see so many supporters taking time out of their schedules to support the event on a Saturday afternoon. To promote the food drop off depot, a truck displaying the food drive info will be set up outside of the dealership. Area residents are urged to drop off non-perishables until December 1 to help “make sure everyone has a cupboard full of food for Christmas,” Smith said.

The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch Being lonely It is good news to read that Essex Community Services is asking for volunteers on a program to visit seniors who are living alone. Of course there is more reason than being lonely that the seniors need someone to visit regularly but loneliness is hard to live with. When I was working full time and living alone, I hated not having anyone with whom I could share the events of the day or discuss an issue of the time. When I came home often I sat in the living room just listening to the clock, a big grandfather clock, tick the time away. Sure I could have turned on the radio, or a television, but the rattle from either of those two, unless you have an interest in something, can be very annoying. That reminds me of a day when three grandchildren came to visit. One asked me why I didn’t have a television and another one told him, “She has one but

it doesn’t work”. Obviously they were used to hearing one at home running all the time. Apparently a television was not enough for two seniors I know. They decided to go to a nursing home because they could no longer endure being alone through long winter days. One was here, the other in the Ingersoll area. A pet is not enough. One needs verbal communication. Not everyone can live with a dog or a cat. I am too allergic to them and beside that, I don’t like the idea of living with an animal under any circumstance. I am certain this new program under Community Services will offer more advantages than easing loneliness, but that is a very important one. Even the ringing of the telephone was a welcome sound to me. Knowing I had a caring friend was a more important one.

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New School Construction Military training exercises in Essex Builds Student Opinions

by Garrett Fodor It is well known that students at Essex District High School are getting a new school, but student input has been limited throughout the process. This $18 million dollar project is being done in two phases. Phase one is already under way and set to end in July 2014, at which point students will move into the new part of the school allowing for phase two to begin, which includes the new arts wing. Construction has resulted in the closure of the track and the football field. Also, grade 10 - 12 tech students will have to be bused to Kingsville starting in January. Students have different thoughts and opinions on the rebuild. Grade 11 student, Conner Demars said,

“I have mixed feelings about it as my class is going to be the last class to graduate out of the old school, rather than the first from the new school, I do not like that. “I also hate the construction of it because students who take or plan on taking future tech classes have to be shipped out to Kingsville which can be difficult if you don’t have a car. But I am also happy with a new school being built because the school is old and needs better heating and cooling systems.” Grade 11 student, Jesse Vanbelle stated, “I think it will be good to have a new school because our current school is old and may have structural faults. Also I think it will be good to downsize as we have had the least

number of students in our school in a long time. “Although this new school will include smaller classrooms, smaller hallways, and will be placed farther away from the road, overall I like it and I am excited for it,” he added. “I think it is a great idea to have a new school built,” said grade 10 student, Drae Van Gent. “This one we have now is old and beginning to show its age. I think it will look nice when it is done, and it has a lot of perks to it like the lobby where we can connect to WiFi when we don’t have class. But I am not a big fan of the distraction the construction provides. I can’t wait for it to be built and to have my classes there.”

by Sylene Argent Driving around Essex Centre this weekend, area residents might have noticed the military personnel that were encamped at the Essex Centre Sports Centre. Soldiers from the 1st Hussars of London and the Windsor Regiment worked together to learn new skills and get refreshed on procedures regarding mounted, or vehicle, operations. Leith Coghlin, a Captain with the 1st Hussars, said the participating soldiers’ focus over the weekend was on mounted drills and training, which involved how to observe and approach a situation in a specific way. It also allowed the soldiers to learn protocol for reaction and response to a situation that brings about an outcome that may not have been expected, such as if going down a road that ends up being blocked. Essex and the surrounding area were selected for mounted drill training as the area has not been used for this type of training before. Previous training exercises have been carried out in the London area as well as Lambton and Kent Counties. Coghlin noted that there was plenty

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to have been involved with the Woodslee Friendship Club’s Honour the Veterans dinner annually. Costello added that it’s nice when small communities, such as Woodslee, acknowledge veterans from all wars for fighting for freedom and peace. The Woodslee Millen Group formed as the Woodslee Friendship Club organized a subcommittee to put on the double celebration this summer. That function acknowledged the Friendship Club’s 30th anniversary and the building’s 50th anniversary, first serving as the Dr. S.F. Millen School. Roubos said the committee members connected very well and wanted to remain together to continue serving the community in other capacities. “We’re looking forward to working together and doing good things for Woodslee,” Roubos said.

of room available in the area to allow the drills to take place without impeding civilians. These training exercises help soldiers prepare for deployment in all terrains and environments. Coghlin said it was a good experience for the two groups to work together over the weekend. Around 100 soldiers took part in the training, which stretched from Windsor to Leamington. The Essex Centre Sports Centre grounds served as one of the command posts. The soldiers, Coghlin said, work regular jobs throughout the week and take time out of their weekends to complete the training. In doing so, time is taken away from being with their families. Being involved is a big commitment, he said.

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WETRA hosts Spooktacular - Welcomes two new horses

by Sylene Argent Spooky ghouls and goblins came out to scare area children and youth and share in on the spirit of Halloween on Friday and Saturday evening as the Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association hosted its annual Halloween Spooktacular event. W E T R A ’ s Spooktacular serves as a major fundraiser for the local riding association. Program Director Sue Klotzer was pleased to announce this year’s

event attracted many supporters to the riding facility, located near McGregor, and raised $20,000 for the riding program. “Everything was great,” she said. Youth were invited to wear a costume at the event, enjoy a pony ride on one of WETRA’s horses, connect with friends, complete festively creative crafts, and take part in many games. The festival is a fundraiser that offers

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something fun for everyone, Klotzer said. She is thankful for everyone’s support. One of the event’s main attractions is the retelling of the spooky tale, “The Headless Horseman.” The mythical character galloped into the graveyard at full speed designed to help volunteers retell the tale. The Headless Horseman kicked up dust as he searched the graveyard for his hidden head. WETRA was proud to present Hector during the short, chilling skit. Hector was given the lead role as the Headless Horseman’s mount. Hector is 17 hands high, 25 years old, and just retired from the RCMP Musical Ride. He will now join the WETRA riding roster. “We’re privileged to have him,” WETRA’s Head Riding Instructor Becky Mills said. Mills is pleased to welcome Hector and another horse, Leo, to the WETRA riding program. Leo is also a retired

RCMP Musical Ride Jolie enjoys playing with a pumpkin that was used to horse, but he has been off help decorate WETRA’s indoor riding facility for the annual the circuit for around a Spooktacular fundraiser. decade. Leo and Hector will be great in helping some of the taller therapeutic riding students with higher end riding skills, Mills said. The horses’ height and quick response to the rider cues helps those students improve their in-saddle skills. Klotzer was also pleased to announce WETRA just launched its newly revamped website. Under the same domain,, those interested could fill out volunteer applications and clients can pay for services. The new website, she added, has a lot more information available and is designed to be easier to search.



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Murder and mayhem were afoot at CTMHV

photo submitted to the EFP Gossip Spreaders at the CTMHV Murder Mystery travel through the crowd spreading rumours. Sometimes they offer valuable clues and other times they lead detectives astray.

by Jennifer Cranston Amateur detectives were roaming the

Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village on Saturday.

They were on a mission to solve a murder. The annual murder mystery event is one of the village’s most interesting and enduring fundraising events of the year. This year’s mystery was written by Katherine Clark and was titled “Sink or Swim.” In 1899, in a town called Waterdowne Way, a young competitive swimmer is found dead in the pond he uses to train. Now it is up to the roughly 500 guests to determine the killer. “It’s a lot of fun,” said CTMHV Manager Kim Brimmer. She says of all the events she does at the museum, this is the most fun for her. The actors are members of the museum and volunteers. Even the participants don’t know who the killer is until the end of the evening.

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_____________________ CASH PAID for scrap cars and trucks. Free removal. Please phone: 519-776-9237 or 519791-5046. 1-tfn _____________________









HELP WANTED: Work on farm required, driveway to be scraped, bushes removed, one out building to be taken down, gravel spread, ideal for retired farmer with own equipment or access to equipment. Harrow area. Call 519-999-3275. 43-1t*

MIKE’S PAINTINg & DRyWALL repairs - Interior, Exterior, Mudding, Taping, Trim. 13 years exp. Seniors 10% discount. Call Mike for free estimate at 519776-9445. 23-tf _____________________

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To place a personal notice, email your photo and content to or drop by our office at 16 Centre St., Essex. Personal notices must be received by Monday at 12:00 noon to appear in the Thursday edition. ______________________________________________



IN lOvINg mEmORy


Wayne & Carol Lambier were married at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Puce, Ontario, November 2, 1963. They have two children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Celebrating with family.

Roger Tytgat A special dad is hard to find. You dad, we’re keeping in our minds. We wished you could have stayed forever. But we will never forget you, oh not ever. If dreams weren’t dreams and dreams came true, we wouldn’t be here we’d be with you. Distance is one thing that keeps us apart, but you will always remain in our hearts. A special smile, a special face, a special someone, we can’t replace. We love you and we always will. You filled a space that no one will ever replace.

- Love Your Family ______________________________________________

Marion McLellan 1933 - 2007

Oh happy hours we once enjoyed how sweet their memory still. But death has left a loneliness the world can never fill. Each time I see your picture, you seem to smile and say... Don’t cry, I’m only sleeping. We’ll meet again some day. Sadly missed by Husband Ray


Annabelle Seremack April 26, 1940 - November 1, 2008

Surrounded by friends I am lonesome. In the midst of my joy I am blue. With a smile on my face, I have heartache. Longing dear mom, just for you. Forever in my heart - Love Chris



______________________________________________ The family of the late Eileen Bradt would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Special thanks to Roni for praying with us and bringing peace to our mother. We want to thank Rev. Elsdon for her comforting service and message to us. Thank-you to the ladies of the Woodslee United Church for their help at the hall. A very special thankyou to Kelly Sauve, Angie Hasson, and Stacey Weston for putting on a wonderful lunch. Thank-you to Reid Funeral Home for their compassion to all of us. Thank-you to the staff at Country Village for your love and support to our parents. Thank You All - Jim Bradt & Family

What’s Going On NoV. 1 - PAsTA DINNEr at st. Paul’s Anglican Church (92 st. Paul street, Essex) from 5-6:30pm. Call 519-776-7711 for more details. NoV. 1 & 2 - FAll yArD sAlE at Essex united Church. Fri. 8-4, sat. 8-Noon. NoV. 2 - KITTENAIDE ADoPTIoN DAy - at Petzown. 1715 Manning rd. 11am-3pm NoV. 2 - EssEX DoG PArK sTEAK DINNEr FuNDrAIsEr at Essex legion, from 6-8pm. Tickets available at Essex source For sports. NoV. 2 - Woodslee united Church (2161 Belle river rd. Cty. rd. 27) ANNuAl BAZAAr 9am-2pm. luncheon 11am-1pm. For information phone 519-723-4601. NoV. 2 - ANNuAl TurKEy suPPEr, at Harrow united Church, from 3-7 pm. For information call the church office at (519) 738-4223. NoV. 6 - TurKEy suPPEr & PIEs, at st. stephen’s Anglican Church, 5280 Howard Ave., from 3-6:30 pm. Curbside take-out available. NoV. - 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 - 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. 9 & 10 - The Essex County orchid society orCHID sHoW & sAlE, at Colasanti’s, from 10 to 4 both days. Free Admission. NoV. 10 - 19th Annual JINGlE BEll ruN, WAlK & WHEEl at Ken Knapp Ford, Essex. register online at NoV. 16 & 17 - Charity CHrIsTMAs oPEN HousE Tour at the Dudzic Home, 5480 Walker rd., Harrow. 11am - 4pm. For details phone 519-738-2426.



BEETHAM, Brian passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at 53 years of age, on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in London, Ontario with the love of his life, Janet Beetham (nee Gowanlock) by his side. Brian will be greatly missed by his faithful canine companion Chloe and the late Tanya. Predeceased by his parents Earl (1991) and Doris (2012) Beetham, his brother John Beetham (2013). Son-in-law of the late Bob Gowanlock (2001) (Betty) and the late Florence Affleck (2013). Survived by his brother Doug and wife Pat, his inlaws Greg Gowanlock, Tim Gowanlock (Kathy), Jeff Gowanlock and Cindy Nussio (Kevin) and many nieces and nephews. Brian and Janet as a team owned and operated Tec Lanes in Tecumseh for over 20 years. He was extremely dedicated in business and was able to enjoy the sport of bowling until illness made him take a step back. He fought the good fight and always stepped up to face the challenges head on. He was lucky to have so many wonderful friends that supported him through his medical battles. Janet wants to thank family, friends, medical staff and anyone that put a smile on Brian’s face. He is irreplaceable and will be forever missed. Visitation took place at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519)776-4233. A Funeral Service to celebrate Brian’s life was held from the funeral home with Linda Blair officiating. Cremation followed. Memorial donations made to London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus Transplant Program would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at ______________________________________________

PETTAPIECE (BEACH), Annie I. (nee Parker) Born, January 26, 1908 and passed peacefully into eternal life at 105 years of age on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Iler Lodge, Essex, Ontario. Ann was the daughter of William and Ida Parker and loving sister to 6 siblings, all predeceased. Ann married Percy Beach on October 20, 1928; they had three daughters, Leona McBride (Norman) of California; Barbara Lincoln (Bill) of Wisconsin and Patricia of Essex. Percy passed away in 1952 and on October 9, 1955 Ann married Ivan Pettapiece (deceased Nov 11, 1985). Ivan’s son Bill passed away December 24, 1984 and his wife Ruth survives. Ann had 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Ann left the farm for city life in 1928 and returned to the farm in 1955. This quiet, pretty lady always created a loving home for her family and adjusted to numerous changes. Her family, home and church were always the centre of her life. Her independent “I can do it” nature, along with her strong faith in her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ sustained her through many difficult trials. Ann never gave up! Ann taught Sunday school, bible classes, and loved to have Pastors, Missionaries, friends and especially her family in her home. She loved to bake and cook and see people eat everything! Ann was unselfish and offered what she had, to the service of the Lord. Church was important to her, even in the nursing home; however the preacher had better believe and teach God’s Word. Ann was a woman of uncompromising faith in her Lord. Ann was confined to a wheel chair for the last 7 years, yet she wanted to take care of personal needs like brushing her teeth, and washing and brushing her hair. Mom you are walking again in your heavenly home, home at last! Sweet, quiet Ann will be missed by others, her family, especially daughter and best friend, Pat. Good night Mom, I will see you later or in the morning! Miss you Mom; but we know you are safe at last, all because of the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank all the staff at Iler Lodge, Essex for the loving care of Ann since December 16, 2008. (Her extended family). Funeral arrangements are incomplete. For additional information, please contact the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E, Essex (519-776-4233). Memorial donations made to Gideon’s or the Salvation Army would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at ______________________________________________



CouTurE, Josie - The family of the late Josie Couture, wish to express our sincere thanks to family and friends for floral arrangements, sympathy cards, emails, donations and visits on Tuesday. Special thanks to Cathy McCarthy for the beautiful floral arrangements, and to Lorna and staff of Reid funeral home for their caring and compassionate care. A special thank-you to Pastor Kim Gilliland, Pam Osborne (soloist), Lou Anne Mayville (organist), Rev. Rodger Jackson, Randy Collins, Lyle Miller and grandsons as pall bearers, for a beautiful service. To the staff at Sun Parlour Home, words can’t express our deep gratitude for your wonderful care to our mom and the family. God bless you all. - The family of Josie Couture

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Essex Public School news submitted to EFP Ms. Schmidt’s and Mrs. Henze’s grade 7 classes went on a field study to Fighting Island in LaSalle on October 18th. Fighting island was the final resting place for DBO (distiller blow off) until 1981. DBO is a term applied to the unstable byproduct left overs from the manufacturing of soda ash. DBO is a greyish-white, fine grain soil that looks and feels like plaster. Only some portions of the island are still covered in DBO. A field study was done on the soil to check for ph, nitrogen and phosphorus. The students had a great time collecting samples from the ground and observing

water species such as the water scorpion. We couldn’t have had this great experience without our parent volunteers Mr. Chaulk, Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Sinn, Mr. Hamilton, Mrs. Drake, Mrs. Krieger, Mr. Lambier and student teacher Ms. Hatt. This year’s Cross Country Team worked

very hard and practised regularly to train this autumn. Thirty members participated in the meet at McAuliffe Park in September. Several students finished in the top 20 and everyone showed great school spirit! On October 3, students participated in the Pronger race at Kingsville’s Lakeside Park. From there, Zoe Reaume, Hailey Pye, Abby Caldwell and Olivia Sweet went on to compete at the District meet at Malden Park on October 17. They gave it their all and represented EPS extremely well. Mr. Lamb, Mme Hawkins, and Mrs. Quaglia would like to thank and congratulate all of the athletes for a great season!

Essex Public School Cross Country Team

Holy Name School Hawk’s Nest by Makenna Pailey and Alivia Acampora Welcome back to another great week in the Hawk’s Nest! On Monday, October 28, students participated in our Read-a-thon for the entire morning in combination with our monthly literacy hour. Students were able to bring in pillows, blankets and have an opportunity to relax and snuggle up with a good book. A special thanks to our parents, grandparents and other family members who were able to share some

of their time and read to the students. An enjoyable morning was had by all. Congratulations to our boys’ soccer team that advanced to the finals at the Vollmer Center. The boys played an intense game but unfortunately lost to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our players showed great Hawk pride and sportsmanship and we are proud of their fine efforts. All boys played a wonderful season and we are looking forward to yet another great team next year. A very special thank you to Mrs. Harris,

Mrs. Meloche and Ms. Montello for their time and commitment in coaching the boys. Great job everyone! We celebrated Halloween by having an orange and black day and our JK/SK students enjoyed participating in a Halloween Tots parade through the town of Essex dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Thank you to all parents and family members who volunteered their time to assist our little ones. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.

St. Mary School supports FCC Drive Away Hunger Campaign

submitted to the EFP St. Mary School in Maidstone is the little school that can! The students and families of St. Mary School are generous year in and year out. For the past three years they have been collecting canned goods and nonperishables for The Farm Credit Canada Drive Hunger Away Campaign. Every year the total collected gets higher and higher at St. Mary. In just three short years the school has gone from collecting 900 lbs of food to over 1300 lbs of food. In total, the school has collected around 3500 lbs of food for our community.

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9:30-11:30 am. All are welcome. Plan to attend our Movie Night on Friday, November 1 beginning at 6:00 pm. We will be showing “Monster’s University.” Check us out online for service times and directions or just to listen to a sermon or two. sponsorship by:

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Essex Community Services WE NEED YOUR HELP! COATS FOR KIDS – We need your help! We have a severe shortage for this year’s campaign and are looking to the community to donate new or gently used coats. A network of community agencies across Windsor-Essex County are working together to distribute warm winter coats to children and families in need. In Essex, please drop off your donations to Super Quality Cleaners or cleaned coats to Essex Community Services, 35 Victoria Ave, Unit 7. Please call 519-776-4231 with any questions. Thank you for your support of this program.

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to the residents. Check us out on Facebook at salvationarmyessex and keep up to date on all our activities.

Salvation Army Essex Community Church submitted by Carolyn Barnett Don’t forget our potluck lunch on Sun., Nov. 3rd after Family Worship at 11 a.m. led by Lt. Kristen Gray. Following our weekly prayer meeting from 10-10:30, Lt. Kristen continues her sermon series titled “Living the Vision.” SA Connections meets Tuesdays from 10 -1 . Join us for fun, fellowship and food. Community Care Ministry will hold its monthly service at Iler Lodge on Wed., Nov.6th at 10:30 a.m. and Thurs., Nov.7th at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend as we minister

Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank Happy Halloween to everyone! All Souls Day Mass is on Sat., Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. for our parishioners who passed away this year. Join us for Mass for next weekend when the Diocese of London does a head count. If you are unable to attend Mass please sign the list at the back of the church to be counted. Our numbers reflect decisions made by the Diocese. The winners of the Mission Club’s Harvest Raffle were Elizabeth Sexton, Liz Vanhorn and Janine Krieger. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. The Cemetery Board meeting is on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. First Communion and First Reconciliation Parent Meeting is on Tues., Nov.5 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. St. Mary’s Altar Society’s Pasta Night is on Wed., Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door. The Sandwich South Historical Society invites everyone to their next meeting on Thurs., Nov.14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall in Oldcastle. Guest Tim McGuire will tell us the history of the McGuire and McCarthy families of Maidstone. Happy Birthday wishes to Kathy McCarthy, Elizabeth Sexton and Dan Fraser. Please keep in your prayers Mary Jessop, Lucas Gerard and Joanne Hayes.







Woodslee Friendship Club Winners this past week were Gail Koziana, Collen Chevalier, Joanne McMurren, Adrian Diesbourg, Bernie Belleau, Helene Manley, Pat Mullins, Charlie Chevalier, Mary Demars, George Sutherland, Dave Mc Murren, George Diesbourg, Joan Broeders, and Audrey Stanley. There will be no cards on Fri., Nov.8 , but there is regular euchre on Mon., Nov. 11th at 1:00 pm. Call Joanne 519-075-2409 for information.

Essex Christian Reformed Church submitted by Beverley van Huizen Join us Sunday, October 27, at 10:00 am as Pastor Aaron Thompson will lead our morning worship service. Nursery supervision is provided. GEMS and Cadets meet on Monday evenings from 6:308pm. All girls and boys ages 8-13 are welcome to attend. Plan on meeting new friends, sharing stories from the bible and making cool crafts. Our Ladies Bible study has begun on Tuesday mornings



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Bakerville News submitted by Evelyn Baker Weather has sure cooled down this past week but at least we don’t have that white stuff. Happy Anniversary to Rob & Tammy Srigley, Don & Eileen Ames, Gary & Noelly Oakaboose, John & Elsie Smith, and Keith & Josie Dresser. Deepest Sympathy to the Chevalier families on the passing of Harold’s wife Helen this weekend. The Pleasant Valley Community Club pepper party winners were: MaryLou Chibi, Elaine Taylor, Dorothy Fields, Don Ames, George Diesbourg, and Bob Ford. Regular card winners were: Evelyn Young, Mary Demars, Eileen Ames, Ben Puglia, Ken Salter, Grant Beacom, and George Diesbourg. Door prizes went to Robert Mogorodi and John Smith. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before bedtime on Saturday evening. The farmers are on the road with tractors and wagons and big combines. Please share the road. Essex Retirees’ Social Club We are starting a craft class with Cathy Little as our instructor. The first session is on Monday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Please call 519-776-6689 if you would like to join. The trip to the London slots leaves this Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. from the parking lot to travel by car. Monday night Pepper winners were Louise Perrault with high score, Shirley Stiers with low score and Isabel had most peppers. Eileen Ames took high score at Wednesday night Pepper, Doug Fields was low and Mary Lou Chibi had most peppers. Floyd Cascadden was the winner at Thursday night Bridge and Ruby Robertson was in second place. Our next Friday night public Bingo is November 1. All 18 and over are welcome.


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Planning & Preparation Paquette NewsTax – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer by Barb Mactier Bookkeeping Services Managerial Needs &4Problems Help is needed on November & 5 at 9:30 a.m. for Cash Flowto&the Business various duties related TurkeyProjections Supper – please come out and help you are able.•The AnnualPlanning Turkey Supper on GSTif Consultants Financial November 6, beginning at 3 p.m. We are always in need of help before as well as at the dinner. If you can help in any way, please contact Verna or Barb. GRAHAM SETTERINGTON McINTOSH Staff Meeting at St. Stephen’s on November DRIEDGER & HICKS LLP7 at 5 p.m. St. Stephen’s Parish Council on November 12 at 7 p.m. Chartered Accountants Family Fun Night at St. Stephen’s on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. AlNov W.14 McIntosh, Sprouts meet on from 10-11CA a.m. at St. Stephen’s. Paul H.16 Driedger, B Sc. CA Smash meets on Nov. at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s. Cake R. Tyler Hicks, B A, CA (Grades 3-5) meets on Nov. 22 atB6:30 p.m. at Redeemer.

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Essex United Church Lindsay L. Rounding, BAcc, CA Bill Wakeley brought us thoughts about being humble P.O. Box 189, 49 Erie St. N., Leamington, Ontario N8H 3W2 at our Sunday morning service. We had fun and fellowship Phone 519-326-2681 • Fax 519-326-8044 before and after the service with the amusing statements on the t-shirts worn at the request of Wakeley. Contact Rev. Margaret if you wish to have children Margaret baptized. Da Silva Our yard and bake sale is this Friday, Nov. 1. Join us for Manager lunch. At Presbytery last week they discussed setting priorities for congregations. Congregations are encouraged to name what is important by exploring the areas of ministry and mission. Your church board will be discussing this and their


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decisions will go to Presbytery. We are in need of volunteers for our Salvation Army Tuesday meal team that prepares a meal once every three weeks. Searching for a meaningful Christmas gift? A United church giving catalogue is available in the narthex.

St. Paul’s/ Trinity Anglican There is a beef stew dinner on Friday, Nov 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 at St. Paul’s. Our next pasta dinner is November 1 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s. To prepare for the moment to remember the sacrifices made for us by veterans on Sunday, Nov 10 we will have a joint service of remembrance at Trinity at 9:30 to share messages, as voices from the war which we will share reflections with the words of God to remind us of the way for peace. Bring medals, photos, or whatever is meaningful. The purple in our church indicated we are standing in solidarity with victims of child abuse. Let us pray for the end of violence and abuse to all, especially our children. Our fall book study continues at St. Paul’s at 7 p.m.

Harrow United Church Submitted by Larry Anderson Everyone is invited to join us for our weekly service, at 10:30 am. Thank you to Mary Baruth who provided beautiful violin music for the choir anthem this past Sunday.

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On Sunday, November 3, Emily Deimling will be joining us with several vocal arrangements. Our annual Turkey Supper is from 3-7 pm on Saturday, November 2nd. Tickets are available at the door. Take-out is available. Our church is hoping to have the “Giving Tree” ready for Sunday, November 3rd. You can bring in hats, scarves, mittens and socks to decorate the tree. Organizations are in need of these items already this year. Reverend Staples and Larry Anderson are going to co-lead a study based on the book: “If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of The Boat” by John Ortberg. If you are interested in participating, please let Rev. Staples know by calling the church. To view and listen to Rev. Staples’ weekly messages and to learn more about Harrow United Church, visit us at: www. Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman Come join us for Sunday Service and Sunday School at 11:15 AM. Lunch follows the service. Rev Catherine Eldson will be giving the message. The Door Greeters are Doug Boylan and Judi Stowe. Sunday School Costume Party is on Sunday with special games, a scavenger hunt, tasty cupcake decorating and more. Wear your best costume and bring a friend. The Woodslee United Church Annual Bazaar is on November 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Soup and Desert Night at Harrow Baptist Church on Nov. 2 at 5:50 pm in support of our Bible Club Missionaries. Daylight Savings Time ends this Saturday night. Enjoy an extra hour of sleep. 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. 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. Sat., Nov. 2 we turn our clocks Back an

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Spook House scares up the grub hour before bedtime. Tues., Nov. 5 is the nursing home service at Iler Lodge at 2 pm. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Come join us. Fri., Nov. 8 is a “Sewing Party” at 10 am in the hall. Please come out and sew Christmas shoe bags for Haiti, John is providing lunch! John and his team are collecting running shoes of all sizes for the children at the Callebasse Christian School in Haiti for their Christmas Trip from Nov. 18 to the 28. A huge Thank You from the women of the U.C.W. to everyone who helped with the Turkey Supper and all who came & supported this year both men and women. On Nov. 3 the door greeters are Connie & Cliff Campeau, Elder on duty is Derrick Rogers & Lock-up is Cliff Campeau. 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 519-723-2284 so she can make arrangements to visit. Antioch Christian Ministries submitted by Karen Chaulk We are holding our annual Women’s Conference at Antioch Christian Ministries in Essex. This year’s theme is “Stepping Through the Open Door”. Please register online at register or call 519-839-4500. There will be a complimentary lunch on Saturday for all those who attend. We hope you can join us. 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. A huge thank you for all the volunteers and attendees of the 5th Annual Rise Up Conference. Funeral Lunch Coordinator - Our parish is looking for a volunteer who has the time to coordinate funeral lunches at any given day and has vehicle to pick up groceries. Life Teen - For High School students Sunday, November 10 with Mass at 7 pm “Royal Pain” Life Night to follow. Prime Time - Grades 1 to 5 meets on Wed. Nov. 6, from 6:30 -7:45 p.m. in Meeting Room A. COR - Calling all young people in Grade 11 or older... come join us for an amazing weekend... bring along some old friends and make some new ones. The experience begins the evenings of Friday, November 3. We welcome through the waters of Baptism: Kallie Cook, Samantha DiRisio. Autumn Mallen, and Charley Market. St. Peter’s Seminary Come & See Weekend - For interested young men age 17 years and older to see what priesthood is all about on November 8 to 10. Contact Fr. John Pirt at the Vocations Office 519-4321824 ext. 204. Catholic Women’s Breakfast Friday November 9th at 9:30 a.m. at Teutonia Club in Windsor, guest speaker is Fr. Patrick Beneteau from St. Michael’s in Leamington. Register or call Anne-Marie at 7765334.

by Jennifer Cranston Each year in Gesto a family barn is converted into one of the most thrilling haunted house adventures in the region. For 32 years the Gesto Spook House has been scaring the wits out of people to collect food for those in need. This year, 1564 people had their socks scared off over the three evening event and donated over 4,000 items of food. Michelle Vanhoorne, President of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in McGregor, said that the food donated by the Spook House would keep their cupboards stocked for about six months. The food bank serves about 150 families. Jason Mailloux has been heavily involved with the Spook House for about 28 years. He says it takes about 100 volunteers to pull it off each year. This year they had volunteers ranging in age from 12 to mid-70s. His family has been involved with the event for years. He says

Phil Jones and Michelle Vanhoorne of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank pose with organizers Jason Mailloux, Lisa Fryer and Kathy Mailloux in front of the 100 cases of food collected at this year’s Spook House.

the reasons are simple. “It’s about knowing that you’re helping people who need help,” he said. “I was taught to help and now I’m teaching my daughter the same thing.” T-shirt and hotdog sales at the event help out with costs and local businesses donate some food. Allsop Farms donated pumpkins

this year and many of the volunteers donate to the event as well. Beyond this the Edwards/Mailloux family is responsible for the event. “This is one of the most generous families you’ll ever meet,” said Vanhoorne.

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by Fred Groves Cancer can be beaten. Devon Bechard of South Woodslee is living proof of that. The 15-year-old Grade 9 student at Essex District High School has not only beaten it, he has slammed the door shut on cancer and now enjoys playing hockey and football. It has been nearly

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Local teenager proves cancer can be beaten

A healthy Devon Bechard with his brother Dane (left), sister Brinley and mother Michele.

nine years since the healthy, good-natured teenager was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin and he has recovered to the extent where it is really no big deal any more and something that is in the

past. “I don’t remember much, it didn’t bother me,” said Devon from his living room surrounded by his family. While he does not recall a lot of what happened,

between the original news, then the trips to various hospitals and doctors and eventual surgery, he does remember the great care he got. “The doctors and nurses, they became like my second family,” said Devon. His first family - which includes younger brother Dane, 9, and sister Brinley, 5 - have got a big brother who looks after them, but at one point, according to mom Michele, Devon did not have a very good chance of survival. “He had two weeks left to live when we got him to London. His kidneys shut down,” said Michele. Discovering that cancer was invading her young six-year-old son’s body was to say the least a

New sport/hobby event planned for spring

The WFCU Centre is slated to house the new North American Sport and Hobby Expo this spring. Event Producer Andrew Adam announced last week the event will take over the entire WFCU Centre and outdoor space from May 30-June 1. The large event will total 14 zones and cover over 100,000-square feet. Organizers are looking to attract around 300 exhibitors to take part in the event to share their insight and skills with others who have similar interests. Adam is calling the event an interactive festival weekend for sport and hobby enthusiasts. The 14 zones planned for the large event will make room for trending sports and an array of traditional athletic zones.

The regular season is winding down, making the points earned more valuable, forcing teams to play harder and leave everything they have on the field and the court. The games this week showed the intensity and how much Essex wanted to win those points for the standings. • In the first game of the week, the Junior Girls basketball team won their game on Tuesday against Cardinal Carter, 35-26. The team played Kennedy Thursday, winning 41-28. • The Senior Girls basketball team only played one game this week, which was against Kennedy on Thursday and the came up with a 47-9 win. Lucia McElwain had 8 points and Maddie Andrade had 7. • The Junior Boys football team won their lone game Wednesday, 7-4 over St. Anne’s. David Reaume had Essex’s lone TD. • In volleyball action, the Senior Boys team played Riverside Thursday, winning 2-1. • Just like their Senior counterparts, the Junior Boys volleyball team played Riverside on Thursday winning 2-1. • In their last regular season game, the Senior Boys football team was shutout against Belle River on Friday, losing 17-0.

The North American Sport and Hobby Expo will also showcase the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends exhibit, which will display around 200 pieces of memorabilia and NHL hockey trophies. Many other activities are slated to take place to entertain the whole family. The event has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and local minor sports organizations in hopes of earning $50,000 to fund coaching and mentoring programs. For more information, log onto

shock, and hard to believe. “I was sitting behind him at a basketball game and he had a lump on his neck. The next day it looked like a small fist popping out of his neck,” she recalls. They immediately took him to a doctor in Windsor who thought at first that Devon had a bad case of the mumps. A biopsy was done and that is when he was rushed quickly down the 401 to London. Within four hours of a diagnosis there, treatment was started to quickly flush the poison out of his kidneys. A healthy child had turned into a very, very sick young boy. “It was the saddest thing, I never want to see the pictures again,” said Michelle. With baby Dane, who was just a year-and-a-half old keeping everyone’s spirits up, Devon began to recover slowly, and the best news was that there was less than five percent of cancer in his bone marrow and none in his brain. “I was sick, I just didn’t feel sick,” said Devon. A member of the Essex Red Raiders junior football

team where he is a solid lineman and a forward for the Essex Minor Hockey Association midget local league Ravens, Devon is moving forward in his life. When five-year-old Brinley was asked if she knew her brother had cancer when he was not much older than she is now, she shyly said ‘no’. However, the youngest sibling in this clan is playing a huge role as her umbilical cord was kept when she was born and her blood cells were frozen, just in case. But if it comes knocking on Devon Bechard’s door again, he is healthy and strong enough and living proof that cancer can be beaten.

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1938 Ford pickup: perfect blend of old and new!

Ron Favot’s 1938 Ford pickup at Bothwell Car Show, August 2013

At a car show in Bothwell, Ontario, in August, an old Ford pickup truck caught my eye. It appeared to still have its original, although weather-beaten, finish. “I’ll bet there’s a story behind this truck,” I said to myself as I put my card on the windshield with a note: “Please call me.” Later that day, when we returned home to Leamington, a message was waiting on our phone: “Hi Bill, this is Ron Favot calling from Tecumseh. You left a note on my windshield. I’m the owner of the 1938 Ford pickup.” I called Ron right away and got the story. The truck came from Minnesota to Ontario around 1999 and was all stock and unrestored. Ron’s cousin kept it under a tarp for the next ten years, then Ron bought it, took it all apart, and rebuilt in in 2010. The rebuild is a wonderful blend of old and new. The original flathead V8 has been replaced with a 355 cubic inch Chevy bored out .030 and mated to a 200 R4 automatic transmission. A Gran Prix driveshaft was a perfect fit to carry the power to the ’98 Dakota rear end. The clutch pedal is now gone but the original brake pedal still goes down through the floor. The original mechanical brakes had been replaced with “wet” (hydraulic) brakes when the truck was still in Minnesota. Disc brakes are now on the front with drums at rear. The electrical system is now 12 volt but the battery is still in its original position under the hood. This truck still has its original steering wheel and original front suspension with transverse “buggy” spring. The rear springs are now parallel leaf. A Genie shifter is mounted on the floor. The dash features after-market gauges but the speedometer and odometer are still original and still working! The odometer shows 52,555 miles. The original two-piece windshield can be cranked out for the 1938 version of air conditioning. Ron tells me that as long as the truck is moving at 10 miles an hour, the breeze coming in is nice and cool. Turn signals are from the top of a ’72 International truck. The front bumper is from a ’37 Ford and the rear bumper is the front bumper from this truck. And the original finish includes some lettering on the driver’s door as a leftover from when someone owned the truck in Minnesota. The lettering is more or less illegible but it will remain on the truck, along with all the original paint. A very cool ride! 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 Philion inducted into Hall of Fame Congratulations this week goes out to Essex District High School graduate Ed Philion who was inducted into the Windsor-Essex Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night. Philion, now a coach with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, won a Grey Cup in 2002 when he a player with the Montreal Alouettes. He credited his former Red Raiders coach Ross Spetigue for getting him involved in the sport. Philion also played for the Essex 73’s. • The EDHS Red Raiders senior volleyball team made it all the way to the final of their own tournament on the weekend where they bowed in the championship to St. Anne’s. Coach Adam Connell was very pleased with his team’s effort. • Several local runners recently took part in the Detroit Marathon. Essex’s Kelly VanDeBovenkamp along with Cottam’s Sandy Neudorf, Sarah Smith and William Smith all put in great times. Harrow’s Mark Salisbury covered the distance in 3:09:57 and Rebecca Sanders crossed the line at 3:48:35. • Cottam’s Kyle Kudroch is off to a great start with the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL. He had a goal in his team’s 4-2 loss to Louisiana Friday night. A former Leamington Flyers, Kudroch had 22 points in 52 games last season. • Matt Puempel of Essex had one goal in regulation and another in the shootout to lead the Binghampton Senators to a 4-3 win over Wilkes-

Barre/Scranton in AHL action Friday night. • It was a tough way for the AKO Fratmen to wind up their great season as they were beaten by the Vancouver Raiders in the national semi-finals in Windsor on Saturday. Essex’s Dalton Wilkinson was on the Fratmen this year. He is a three-year veteran lineman along with big Amari Ellsworth a 6’3” 275-pound rookie offensive lineman. • A pair of Essex hockey players helped the Leamington Flyers to a huge win over first place LaSalle in Junior ‘B’ action last week.

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OHL draft pick Alex Friesen scored two goals, including the winner in a 3-2 victory and goalie Trevor Wheaton made 32 saves. • Getting ready for the WECSSAA playoffs, both the EDHS junior and senior girls picked up wins last week. Despite a short bench, the juniors beat Cardinal Carter 35-26 while the seniors made it seven in a row with a 47-9 over Kennedy, which saw Lucia McElwain net eight points. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at

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submitted to EFP Last Friday, the boys traveled to the WFCU centre to take on the Riverside Rangers. Thanks Christian Wuerch, Dylan Taylor and Hunter Lapain who came out as the A/P’s tonight. Essex got on the scoreboard first, with a nice pass from behind the net out front to Matt Gillis who knocked it in. Assist by Daniel M. Riverside responded with a goal. Four minutes later on the power play, Zach Dulong fed Adam Bisson out front and tapped the puck in over the line to put Essex up by one at the end of the first period. Early in the second, Riverside tied it back up. The Ravens answered the call though and Daine Grona found the back of the twine by crashing the net with 5:56 left in the period. Assist by Daniel M. At 2:16, the combo of Dulong and Bisson slammed another goal in to go up by two. Riverside was able to sneak one past us with seconds left in the period to come within one of Essex. After the flood between the second and third period, the boys were ready to add to their score. Right away, Daine G blasted one past the goalie to put Essex up by two. Assist by Matt G. Three minutes later, with a scramble in front of the net, Daniel Mastroianni nudged the puck over the line. Assisting on the play was Daine G. With the period coming to a close, Essex continued to put pressure on the Riverside goalie. Daniel M had a shot from the hash marks and as the puck was just barely hitting the ice, out of nowhere came Jack “Flash Gordon” Hicks to drive in the goal. Jack is on a roll! Riverside replied back to come within three of Essex, but the boys were not done, as Daniel M came in on a fast rush up the left side and roofed the puck over the goalie’s shoulders and in. The final score was 8-4. Great job boys! Thank you to all that helped with a bottle drive fundraiser. It was a great success.

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Essex 73’s still undefeated during regulation time play

Essex captain Corey Beaulieu wins a faceoff.

by Fred Groves When you are one of the premiere Junior ‘C’ hockey teams in

the province, and the defending league champs, losing a game can really take the wind out of the

Voice Of Inspiration

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” -Confucius

old sails. And on the flip side of the coin, good teams will always find a way to win. That was the situation in the two recent games for the Essex 73’s as they lost 5-4 to visiting Blenheim on Oct. 22 and followed that up on Friday with a come-from-behind shootout win over host Dresden. Tuesday against the Blades, Essex watched as Blenheim built up a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes and after a scoreless middle frame, the 73’s had a slim one goal lead with 1:59 left in regulation before Jordan Durston tied it up and sent the game into overtime. “I thought we played well enough to win but we couldn’t get it done,” said Essex coach Gil Langlois. Essex defenceman Brett Clarke was called for a late penalty and the Blades scored just 53 seconds into overtime on the powerplay. ‘Mr. Everything’, Scott Bromley moved up to take Alex Garon’s spot on the left wing and he led the way with a pair of goals and an assist for the 73’s with a goal and a couple of setups from captain Corey Beaulieu and the other from Matthew Hebert. “It breaks up the rotation,” said Langlois of not having Garon in the game. “Bromley did a great job filling in.” Beaulieu, last year’s MVP and scoring champ, took several faceoffs during the night and winning one of those resulted in Essex’s third goal of the night. “Any draws on the right side he will take. He’s our highest win percentage on the faceoff from that side,” said Langlois. Veteran defenceman Chad Hedrick had a beauty of a pass that set up Essex’s fourth goal and Colin DeLaet was aggressive on the forecheck, which almost resulted in a goal. Jordan Ryan and Aaron Thiebert both had big hits. “Last year we were 8-3 after 11 games. This year we are 10-0-1,” said Langlois after the loss to the Blades. “That said… we let one get away.”

Essex 73’s forwards Phil Janikowski and Dallas Pereira in action against the Blades.

Friday in Dresden it looked as though Essex would suffer their second set back of the year but with six seconds left in regulation, and playing with the extra attacker, Beaulieu netted his ninth goal and 25th point in just 11 games. Beaulieu had two with Clarke scoring once and setting up two others. Following a scoreless overtime, Phil Janikowski scored in the shootout. SLAPSHOTS… The 73’s will be selling poppies for Remembrance Day on Saturday, Nov. 9. Look for them around town...After Blenheim’s Durston scored late in the third last Tuesday, he was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting the Essex bench and a game ejection for abuse of officials.

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