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A LOOK INSIDE ERCA celebrates milestone PAgE 3 ________________

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Issue No. 39

Historic retreat remembered

Cottam hitches up for driving clinic PAgE 7 ________________ Mcgregor makes dedication down Memory Lane PAgE 8 ________________ Ruthven Apple Festival hits 34 years PAgE 9 ________________ Bus Patrols prepare for new school season PAgE 11 ________________ Fall Home Improvement PAgEs 25-32 ________________

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Re-enactors spent two days camped at Maidstone Museum to commemorate the retreat to Moraviantown. Pictured right: shawnee leader Tecumseh, played by David Morris, tells his life story to an audience.

by Jennifer Cranston Maidstone Bicentennial Museum transformed into a 200 year old military camp over the weekend. In late September of 1813 British Commander Henry Proctor, Caldwell’s Rangers and the Native’s fighting with them reacted to losses of the Battles of Lake Erie and Put-in-Bay. They lost Amherstburg and Boblo Island and fled to Moraviantown near Thamesville. The legendary Native leader Tecumseh died on Oct. 5 1813 at the Battle of the Thames. A re-enactment of the historic retreat began in Amherstburg and traveled

through Lakeshore to ChattamKent and will culminate with the historic battle where the British suffered a devastating loss along with their native allies led by Tecumseh. Davis Morris has been playing Tecumseh for about 25 years and chose the 200th anniversary of the icon’s death to retire his character. He was preparing for his performance on the Maidstone leg of the reenactment as he talked about his upcoming demise. “I die on Saturday next week,” he said. “It’s a perfect day to die.” He says following the death of Tecumseh, Morris’s hair will turn white and he will become

an old native storyteller. He will model his new character after “Changes His Feathers,” who was a healer and storyteller of the Shawnee Nation. This week long re-enactment is led by Caldwell’s Rangers of Amherstburg. This reenactment group is modeled after the original Ranger unit that fought under William Caldwell and is based at Fort Malden National Park. Alex Dale is an Interpretation Officer at the Fort and leads the Rangers. Today’s Rangers are made up of Fort Malden summer staff who volunteered to make the week long trek in period costume and portray the period life style.

Dale explained that the Ranger Unit was equivalent to a Canadian Militia Unit and it was the only one to participate in the War of 1812. Dale and his Rangers were at Maidstone Centennial Museum on Friday and Saturday, camped in period appropriate tents and cooked over open fires. It was one of many educational stops along the route. On Friday 155 local students came to learn through living history at the museum. Saturday the encampment was open to the public. “I think it’s important to remember the history of where we come from,” said Dale. “It’s important for youth which is why we do so much for students.” He also pointed out that with Canada being a multi-cultural country with many newcomers, many people have no idea what happened here. “It’s important to know what happened in your own back yard,” he said.

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Town Hall -

The Way It Works

by Jennifer Cranston To run a municipality effectively, thousands of details must be addressed. There are large visible jobs like creating by-laws and building roads. There are also less noticeable, but no less important jobs such as cleaning and maintaining municipal buildings or cutting lawns in our parks. The town employs

CAO Russ Phillips

Director of Corporate Services & Treasurer Donna Hunter

people to do everything from crafting and marketing a positive public image, to teaching your five-year-old to swim. The budgeted operating costs for the town in 2013 are just over $30.7 million. Like any other business, staffing is a large part of that budget. Including wages, benefits and training, Essex will spend about $7.6

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million on staff this year. The town has 60 fulltime employees, 13 parttime employees and just over 200 seasonal workers. Over the next several weeks the Essex Free Press will look at how our town operates and the people responsible for making it run smoothly. We will explore the different departments of the municipality and meet the members of administration who run those departments. This week we will look at the structure of administration and the composition of each department. Next week we will begin to meet each administrator and examine the inner

Director of Infrastructure & Development Chris Nepsy

workings of their departments. The CAO can best be described as the overall supervisor and direct liaison to Council. Essex CAO Russ Philips is responsible for ensuring that the town staff has a strategic direction that is in line with the vision and priorities of Council. He is responsible for advising council and following their direction. He is also responsible for creating a work environment that is not only effective but also attractive to potential new employees. All of this can ultimately lead to an improved quality of life for the residents of Essex. Reporting directly to Philips are two Managers and three Directors. Manager of Communications Laurie Brett and Manager of Human Resources Connie Gosselin are departments unto themselves and have no staff reporting to them. Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer Donna Hunter has a staff that reports to her and together they handle many of the legal and financial aspects of the municipality. Hunter oversees financial and business services like accounting services, budget and payroll. She supervises purchasing and contracts and capital projects coordination. Also under Corporate Services is the Clerk and Licensing department that includes legislative services, tax collection and by-law development. The final thing under Hunter’s umbrella is Information Technology. I.T. as it is more

Manager of Human Resources Connie Gosselin

Manager of Communications Laurie Brett

commonly known includes everything from technical support services to data storage. Director of Infrastructure and Development Chris Nepszy also has a staff to manage. He is responsible for infrastructure and capital works and everything from ditches to water and sewer services. He also heads planning, by-law enforcement and general operations like snow removal and street cleaning. The position of Director of Community Services is currently

vacant. That department encompasses all of recreation and culture, parks and municipal facilities. Another department that reports directly to the CAO is Essex Fire and Emergency Services, which are headed up by Fire Chief Ed Pillon. From major projects to minutia, there are many cogs and gears in the municipal machine. It is important that we as citizens understand how it all works, how to make it work for us, and where to go to get answers to specific questions.

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ERCA celebrates milestone and recognizes conservation champs

Gerry Waldron and Phil Roberts were recognized as two Conservation Champions during ERCA’s sixth millionth tree planting ceremony last Wednesday.

by Sylene Argent community Many members gathered at the Essex County Civic Centre last Wednesday morning to celebrate with the Essex Region Conservation Authority as the organization planted its six millionth tree. ERCA General Manager Richard Wyma said he wanted to acknowl-

edge what a tremendous accomplishment it was to plant the sixth millionth tree in the region. He thanked everyone who has played a part in helping the Authority celebrate the feat, including landowners, stewards, municipalities, and private individuals. “We’ve all had a role to play in getting to our

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sixth millionth tree, so I do want to thank everyone for that,” Wyma said. The tree was planted behind the Civic Center. Ray Renaud is a member of the ERCA Board. He said reaching the milestone was a great accomplishment. There’s an old saying he shared that asks when is the best time to plant a tree? The answer, he said, is fifty years ago. The celebrated tree planting is a foundation of great things to come, he added. Essex MP Jeff Watson echoed those sentiments. It takes public agencies, governments, as well as private landowners to aid species at risk through creating a healthy habitat, in part through tree planting. As ERCA celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, organization representatives can look back and reflect on some of the accomplishments made over the past four decades. In its operation, ERCA has increased forest coverage from 3.5 percent in the region to 5.4 percent with a total natural area of 8.5 percent. In celebration of its 40th year of operation, ERCA has been honouring individuals throughout the year who have made significant contributions to conservation. Two more conservation champions were honoured during the tree planting celebration. “Both of whom have made significant contributions to the greening of the Essex region,” Wyma said. Gerry Waldron was

























the first to be honoured as a champion of conservation. He is a local expert ecologist with over forty years of experience in environmental planning and field biology. In his career he has worked with all tiers of government and organizations, and managed his own consulting firm. He has also penned several books on the flora of the Essex Region and the trees within the Carolinian Canadian zone. As a consulting ecologist, Waldron provides exemplary environmental impact assessments for various development proposals, ensuring the significant natural features of the region are protected. Phil Roberts was then honoured for his contributions to the environment and conservation. While in his last year of high school Roberts helped form the Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club. He served as club president for many years. With the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, Roberts helped coordinate the banding program and constructed the banding stations for migration data collection. He also helped the organization to establish a songbird banding station. To help improve natural habitat, Roberts also led the Destination Eagle and a Prothonotary Warbler habitat. Roberts said it was a privilege to receive the award with his colleague, Waldron.

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Country Village hosts grand opening

by Sylene Argent Last Wednesday, staff members at Country Village near Woodslee welcomed guests as they celebrated the building’s re-grand opening, marking the completion of the facility’s two-year revamp project. Village’s Country new Executive Director Michael Timmerman was extremely honoured

and proud to stand in the first home in the Erie St. Clair LHIN region that has completed its redevelopment. He noted the redevelopment could not have been achieved without the contribution of everyone involved in the project. Throughout the redevelopment process the residents and their families had been extremely

understanding and supportive, Timmerman said. “This really is an inspiring community of people that just wants to see good thing happen for other human beings. To be a part of this milestone in a person’s life is an honour and privilege, which is something I do not take lightly,” Timmerman said. Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos

congratulated everyone involved with the building’s redevelopment. He also recognized the history of care provided at Country Village. Mike Petersen, President and CEO of Southbridge Capital Inc., gave a history of how the redevelopment project was able to come to fruition. He explained a few years ago the Ministry of Health

and Long-Term Care proclaimed the 2007 long term care act. Through that process, all of the beds in Ontario were evaluated and new policies were set up, he said. As a result of the process, he continued, nearly half of the beds in Ontario were graded at a B, C, or D level. At that time, the Ministry decided many long term homes needed to be redeveloped to bring the standards up to the A level. A capital renewal program was then issued

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that would fund the redevelopment of homes, enabling the opportunity to offset construction costs so residents could enjoy a higher standard of care. Country Village was one of the first homes to take advantage of the opportunity. Mary Butler was present at the event to celebrate the home’s redevelopment and the official start of her retirement. At the event she handed over the Continued on Page 5

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Country Village hosts grand opening... Executive Director reins to Timmerman. Butler said that through the redevelopment project, the104 bed facility was revamped and the whole building was reconstructed. No additional beds were added through the project, but more living space was

added. The home was built in 1972 and is situated on around 38 acres. “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me,” Butler said of the redevelopment project, “I’m wrapping up my career right now after 40 years in long term care and I am so pleased this

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was the opportunity I had to see finished.” The project was finished on time and on budget, she said. Butler was pleased the community, the Erie St. Clair LHIN, and the Ministry of Health have supported the project. Timmerman said that Butler “has helped me understand the meaning of what it is to be an E.D. of such a magnificent home. The care and compassion that she shows to residents

and staff is inspiring. This is something I’ll use as a reference to guide future decisions.” Kanata Living’s Project Manager Willem Bijl said it felt great to host the grand opening. Kanata manages the facility. Country Village’s redevelopment was one of the more challenging projects he has undertaken as he was dealing with an older building, 104 residents, and many employees.

Because the residents had to stay on site, the project was completed in five stages. The award of the grant was issued in

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Over the past few weeks I’ve spent some time in the new Essex arena. It’s certainly a nice facility and not quite what I am used to. My experiences of both watching and playing hockey came from the old barn and arenas like it. Arenas are supposed to be cold and have a certain smell to them that borders on the offensive. Not so in the new arena. You don’t really need a coat and there’s no smell to speak of. Still, standing in the new arena, with the action down on the ice and the fans in the stands, I started to reminisce about the ‘good old days.’ The bowl seating in the new barn made it even easier because the old arena has the same seating. Like many people who grew up in Essex, I spent my fair share of time at the arena – as a player and as a fan. I have some great memories of my mom teaching me how to skate.

Yep, it was my mom who taught me because my dad couldn’t even stand on blades. I remember hoisting the championship cup with the Novice travel team as we did our victory lap, checking the standings regularly when I played in house league, and being a little afraid my last year playing regular hockey because some of the guys sported beards, smoked cigarettes in the dressing room and drank beer. As a fan, I recall watching the Essex 73’s when they were a fresh young team. Usually we had to peer past the elbows of the old timers to catch the action on the ice, or squeeze into a spot rink side. That was about the only time the heaters really seemed to do their job because there were so many people packed into the arena adding their body heat. Public skating was held on Sunday afternoons I think. Back in the day, the arena was the place


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to be. It was packed as we skated around the rink until the ice was really pitted and grooved. Later in life, I played pick up hockey with the guys on Essex ice. I think we get particular about the ice we play on - and all other ice is judged by the standards of home ice. I never really found ice I

liked like the ice at the old Essex arena. Yep, home ice is pretty special stuff. I know the old arena is well past its expiry date. But knowing that won’t bring me any comfort when she’s finally gone.

The Voice Of Experience by Evelyn Couch

- Computer idioms A survey report on the television stated that 32 per cent of Canadians own a tablet. “Is that all,” I said to husband Bob. “I own three bottles of tablets.” His reply to my silly remark was but these people own big ones. To that I replied, “Then they would be hard to swallow.” All these technological terms are hard for me to swallow. One that really amazes me is that I must hold a mouse and guide it around the screen (or is it the window?) when I want to change or position something. The first one I owned had a long, long tail but eventually one of its descendants had no tail. Poor thing! Maybe that is the reason it hides from me so often. But Bob says that happens because I make it run too fast! Windows throws me too. I thought you were supposed to look through windows but I can’t see beyond any that are on this computer. What is the difference between a television window and screen? Can it be because there are both that I can’t see through? I don’t think they are dirty. Oh well, I am happy to receive and send messages through the e-mail, whatever that is. And this contraption I have sometimes refuses to do that for me, or throws away my message before I am finished. I don’t get along with it very well. But then what can you expect from a running machine that you tell to start when you want to shut it off?

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- Our precious roots We speak of having roots in our hometown as if we were planted there. And quite a lot of us have been planted here in the sense this has always been home. However, any of us who chose to live here are likely to become rooted to this area too. Why? Because there is so much here to make it an attractive area in which to live. We have such an abundance of food varieties. Essex County is said to be one of the best fruit and vegetable growing areas of Canada. That applies especially to grapes and the wine industry is relatively new but we have 16 wineries in this county, including Pelee Island. For many years the wine area was in the Niagara region. I remember writing an article about one of the first to establish a vineyard in this county. It was the

price of land, much less expensive to buy a hundred acres here than in the Niagara region. And we have more heat units in both spring and fall than farther east. To top it all off, Essex County sits at the doorway to the United States and countries beyond. I had often heard that Essex County was on the same latitude as North California but I just recently learned that the same applies to its location with Northern France. That tells you I don’t know anything about the climate of France. Who cares about all this? I think it is good to be proud of all these attributes because that gives a sense of belonging and when you have that you are more interested in taking responsibility in activities that make this a more desirable place to live. It’s called community pride. Let’s all have some.

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Cottam hitches up for driving clinic

Gerald Wismer (left) was happy to share some of the tricks of the trade with the public during a driving and plowing clinic the Essex County Carriage Club hosted in Cottam on Saturday.

by Sylene Argent It was a beautiful day on Saturday to learn, and that is exactly what some horse enthusiasts did over the weekend as the Essex County Carriage Club hosted a driving and plowing clinic in the Cottam area. The event was opened to the public attendees could watch from the sidelines or take advantage of a handson approach of learning a few tricks of the trade from Amherstburg resident Gerald Wismer.

Wismer has been involved in the horse industry for many years, and got into the Clydesdale world 34 years ago. He has established a name for himself in the industry and has offspring of his own horses all over the world, including Germany and Scotland. Currently, he is awaiting the birth of two foals in New Zealand. Taking notice of the Clydesdale’s temperament, Wismer began investigating the

breed, and later began showing and raising the horses. He went on to do quite well in the show ring, especially with a stallion named SBH Phoenix, who earn 25 grand championship titles and has sired many winners. The warm weather on Saturday offered the many clinic goers an opportunity to hitch up their favourite team of

horses and try a few new moves with Wismer’s direction. The local horseman noted he was invited to instruct the clinic and he was happy to share some of his expertise. He was pleased with the community turn out and with the interest the local horse community has in the driving and hitching disciplines. Essex County Carriage Club President Murdo McLean was eager to learn how to drive a team of horses in what is called a “unicorn” formation. It involves hitching three horses to a buggy, two as a pair sideby-side, and a leader. The formation is not often seen, McLean said. It would sometimes be used when extra horsepower was needed to pull a load of goods through rougher terrain. The clinic, McLean said, was an opportunity for local horsemen to do something a little different and have some fun with their horses. It also was a chance to learn about the different types of hitches that can be used, which adds variety to training.

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by Melissa Middleton On “Dog-Gone Bad” My older daughter, Terri, has moved into a new neighbourhood, along with her Siberian Husky and her cat, Bomber. My furry grandson, Kalin, just happens to be a pretty macho kind of dog. As Terri relayed the story to me, the other day she and Kalin were going for a walk around their new neighbourhood. Kalin, who was on his leash, was

doing his best to check out the new surroundings, sniffing here and there while watching for any wayward squirrels that might be crossing the street, etc. Terri, Previously, Kalin and Bomber had lived in their country home and with such a big rural back yard it did not seem as necessary to carry waste bags to pick up after Kalin. However, in town,

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Melissa in the Middle... it was a totally different matter. Stoop and scoop was a necessity. So, being the kind of woman she is, she not only purchased a snazzy new dog tag with sparkles on it, but also several packages of (get this) designer poop bags. Who even knew there was such a thing? Does this mean that sandwich bags (minus the sandwich, of course) are not enough? Terri even got a contraption to hold the bags that simply snaps on Kalin s leash. So, on the day in

question, Terri and Kalin (Mr. Macho) were cruising down the street on foot (Husky pace). Now that Siberian is normally sweet and adorable as a rule, but, in his mind, Terri belongs to him, not the other way around. “Thou shalt not have any other dog before me,” is his adage. No other dog on the face of this planet should even consider replacing him for a moment. They turned onto another street in town. There, in the distance

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before them, were two dogs, both barking simultaneously at them. Kalin perked up his ears, and his little wolf tail became a flag flying high as he strained at the leash to block what he perceived as intruders. Mr. Macho was on the job! The problem was that, although the poop bag carrying case was firmly snapped onto his leash, unfortunately, the poop bags began to unroll themselves and, in the seconds that followed, about a foot and a half of the connected bags were now flapping in the breeze. Now, when five or six of your poop bags (with brightly coloured pictures of bones and puppy cartoons etc.) are flying in the wind like the flag on a pirate ship, it’s pretty difficult to look big and bad. So, Kalin and Terri avoided any conflict and returned home. Oh, don’t be fooled. Kalin can still look big and bad…that is, until the vacuum cleaner comes out of the closet.

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McGregor makes dedication down Memory Lane by Sylene Argent The McGregor community honoured another outstanding resident during a tree dedication down Memory Lane at Co-An Park on Saturday. Friends, family members, and neighbours went to the local ballpark to recognize and thank Hector Lucier for the many years of volunteer service he has provided to the McGregor community in a variety of ways. Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche said this year’s honouree “has invested his whole heart and soul into this community.” In 1952, Meloche said, Lucier joined the Knights of Columbus at St. Clement Parish. Lucier also donated many hours of service to St. Clement Parish in various capacities, including as an usher. In 1962, Lucier began volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society, eventually becoming a member of the board of directors. He later developed a McGregor-based division of the organization, which eventually became part

of the Windsor-Essex branch. Lucier also served as a volunteer on the board of directors for the retreat house in Oxley for nearly 30 years. Meloche added that Lucier was involved with the restoration of St. Clement Cemetery. Through his contacts in the industry as the owner of Lucier Drainage Supply, Lucier was able to have the necessary work completed in a costeffective manner. “When Hector saw a need, if he could fill it, he did, even if that meant for him to drive a school bus,” Meloche said, adding that he was told at one point there were no buses available in McGregor, but ten community members pooled their resources to offer a used school bus for the local youth. In its second year of operation, Lucier took on the role of bus driver, a position he held for three years. Meloche continued, “Hector also made it a point to hire people from the community of McGregor to work for him whenever the opportunity

arose.” Meloche told the story how Lucier offered to play Santa for area youth one Christmas and a member of the community said he was in need of work. Lucier told the individual to come and talk to him about it. He hired the individual who later retired still working for Lucier. He also hired high school students during the summer months. “Hector is one of those many individuals who helped make CoAn Park what it is today through donations of his time and materials made possible by his connection with Lucier Drainage Supply,” Meloche said. Hector’s father, Jacob, founded the company. “Put very simply, when Hector saw a need, he would step forward and offer whatever it took to get the job done. This was aspired by a love of the people of the McGregor community, never for personal gain,” Meloche said. Meloche then carried out the tree dedication on

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Ruthven Apple Festival hits 34 years by Jennifer Cranston The Ruthven Apple Festival continues to be one of the County’s most successful festivals. Over the last several years 12,000 to 15,000 people fill the grounds at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens for the twoday festival that benefits Community Living Essex County. Last year the festival raised about $40,000 and they are hoping to match that this year. When the festival began, over three decades ago, it was in an effort to raise funds for a school bus. Community Living no longer uses school busses, they use regular, unmarked vans, mini-vans and cars, but the funds from the festival still go

towards maintaining their fleet. Tony DeSantis, Manager of Community Relations at CLEC, explained that the provincial funding they receive doesn’t cover upkeep, replacement or modifications to the vehicles used to get people to and from work and volunteer opportunities. “It’s so important because in the county we don’t have public transit,” he said. A portion of the money raised also goes to other extras not covered by the province, like day trips and personal items, he explained. DeSantis said one of the biggest aspects of the festival is the coming together of community.

Down Memory Lane...

Hector Lucier had a tree dedicated to him down Memory Lane at Co-An Park for years of volunteer service and dedication to his community.

behalf of the community to thank Lucier for his contributions over the years. Amherstburg Councillor Bob Pillon was impressed with Lucier’s community involvement, especially as a father

Volunteers, contributors, produce growers, entertainers and corporate sponsors all give of their time and resources. “All these people come together to create one of the best festivals in the province,” he said. The festival is well crafted to be a family event that appeals to all ages. From the 122 vendors to the entertainers, everything is family friendly. The car show on Sunday had about 300 cars, and DeSantis says it is always a nice balance to the craft vendors, so when couples come to the festival they both want to be there. The Apple Festival is one of those events that gives a face and a smile to

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of nine. He added the community is appreciative of his services. Lucier thanked all who were responsible for nominating him for the award. “I am truly honoured and humbled to have been chosen,” he said. He also thanked his family and friends who took time to celebrate with him on Saturday evening. “I take time each day to start my day to thank God for being with me and for giving me another day, and for sharing this day with all those around us.” When Lucier found out about the recognition he was shook up because he knew it was something special to be chosen. It is important for him to be involved in his community because “help always comes back [to you] one way or another.” Over the past few years, many trees and some of the ball diamonds at Co-An Park have been dedicated to many who have embodied the spirit of volunteerism. The Co-An Park Committee honours a new community member or two through the annual dedication event each year.

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the people it represents. “We’re inclusive as an organization and that reflects in our festival,” he said. Many of the volunteers are people supported by CLEC. They help themselves by working for their own benefit while raising awareness in the community. Art Tellier was selling raffle tickets on Saturday. He says he likes helping out when he can. He works in Tecumseh making skate guards.

Recently he went to see wrestling at the WFCU Centre. His favorite part was when Tecumseh born wrestler Phil Atlas came to his house and personally delivered the tickets. “It was great!” he said. Scott Legault is supported by CLEC and lives in Leamington. He was also selling raffle tickets at the festival. It is part of his mission to rack-up 1,000 community service hours before he’s 30. At 22 years old and

over 816 hours under his belt, he is well on his way to reaching his goal. He currently volunteers with The Apple Fest, Meals on Wheels, the Jingle Bell Run and Christmas gift-wrapping. “My motto is to be nice and help people every day,” he said. For enjoyment, he plays soccer and is currently writing his life story. “I have many chapters,” he said.

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A million dollar chance exciting the celebration includes a barbeque dinner, a disc jockey from The Rock radio station and a Coors Light Rock Party complete with Coors Light Girls. Each week members of the league have a chance to qualify for the contest by being “closest to the pin.” Organizer Cory LaJeunesse says it’s a unique way to promote the sport. “It’s a really neat concept because no one else does it,” he said. He says the whole league is a different take on traditional golf where they work hard to add more fun to the game. Every Wednesday wraps up with music and an after party. Until now the league has been a men’s league but he’s hoping there is enough interest next year to include women who want to play. To warm up the crowd for the big contest, 10 qualifiers from The Rock’s golf tournament took a shot at a $10,000 hole-in-one. That prize also went unclaimed.

by Jennifer Cranston Last Wednesday 20 men took a swing at $1million. Sutton Creek Golf Club wraps up its Wednesday night golf league with a hole-in-one contest that could send someone home with a big cheque and bragging rights for a lifetime. This is the second year for the contest and to date no one has won the coveted prize. Adrian Sanderson is the first to attempt Just to make a hole-in-one for $1 million at Sutton Creek the night more Golf Club on Wednesday.

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EDHS students lead prayer at the flagpole

by Sylene Argent A group of Essex District High School students who are also parishioners at Essex Gospel C o m m u n i t y Church expressed their faith and prayed for a successful and safe school year as part of the worldwide “See you at the Pole” event. Three students A group of students participate in the annual “See you at the spearheaded the Pole” event at EDHS’s flag pole last Wednesday. event at EDHS, Jennifer Howson, Emma Srigley and Taylor Hazzard. Other EDHS students joined them and the students took turns praying for students, teachers, school administration, and school board officials. The students also prayed for a safe school year free from bullying, fear, and anxiety. Hazzard noted the EDHS portion of the international event has been hosted at the local secondary school’s flagpole for the past few years. The students were happy to host the event again this year to keep the tradition going. Each year is different and there is a need to pray for different situations, Howson added. She was proud to participate in the event as it is one of the few times a year she said she stands up for what she believes in. As the students congregated at the flagpole, Howson noted many other EDHS students looked on in curiosity. Typically after the event, students approach her to ask questions and it is hoped they participate in the event next year. “See you at the Pole,” began in Texas in 1990 when a few students joined forced to pray at three schools. The event began to gain popularity, According to the event website, around 3 million students from around 20 countries take part in the traditional prayer event. For more information visit:

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Bus Patrols prepare for new school season

Bus driver and trainer Joyce Charron shows students how to kick out the windshield of a bus in case of emergency.

by Jennifer Cranston Last Tuesday school bus patrols from Essex and Amherstburg were at Co-An Park learning how to handle almost every kind of emergency that can arise on a bus. Sharp Bus Lines

joined forces with the local Police, EMS and Fire Service to teach this year’s bus patrols everything from basic first aid to putting out fires. Patrols also learned how to get an unconscious driver out of the way and

stop the bus safely before calling for help. Joyce Charron is a bus driver who was acting as a trainer on Tuesday. At her station students learned how to find and use emergency exits, where to find emergency

The Hawk’s Nest - Holy Name School News by Makenna Pailey and Alivia Acampor

It is hard to believe that we’ve already been in school for an entire month! On Monday, we welcomed Mrs. Edmunds to Holy Name School. She is teaching grade 7. We also held our monthly literacy hour. We were pleased to see many parents and grandparents participate in this worthwhile event and share some great books with our students. Our grade five to eight students also enjoyed literacy hour by reading the daily newspaper and becoming informed of current events and activities that are happening in the city. We held our first student of the month assembly for this school year last Friday. September’s theme was “Teacher’s Choice”. A new piece to our student of the month assemblies this year is the inclusion of a prayer video. Each

month a prayer video in the form of a song will be shown at our assembly. Our Can Food Drive began on Tuesday, October 1 and will run until October 10. The grade eight classes will be leading this project for our school to help support the Essex Food Bank and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We hope to collect as many cans as we can to help support these wonderful organizations and the many families they service. Our cross country and soccer teams are up and running. Coaches are pleased with all the hard work, dedication and effort that are being shown by all players. A big thank you to our coaches who have dedicated their time and talent to coaching these sports activities. Way to go Hawk players!

equipment and how to take control of the bus if the driver becomes incapacitated. Charron says this annual training is important and ensures that patrols are prepared. “Our main concern is their safety,” she said. “Everything here is something they need to know.” As a driver, Charron says this training makes a difference she can see. “I’ve had some of the best bus patrols in Essex County,” She said. “They do their job and they know what’s expected of them.” The community works together to make sure that the students on a bus are covered in case of any emergency. Charron says that often the bigger problems arise outside the bus and are caused by other motorists. “I wish drivers would watch more for us and our lights,” she said. She has had more than one close call when drivers didn’t stop for the bus’s flashing signals. Only last year she was stopped to pick up a high school student who was crossing the road to get to her bus when Charron

saw a vehicle coming fast from behind. She knew the driver wasn’t going to stop. If it hit the bus, students on the bus could be injured; if it veered left around the bus it would surely kill the approaching student. The driver veered right and put the vehicle in the ditch. She has even had students jump back onto the bus to avoid being

hit by a vehicle passing her on the right while her signals were flashing. “Everyone wants kids safe but no one wants to get stuck behind a bus,” said Charron. She points out that busses have the same schedule every day. The best way to avoid them is to leave a few minutes early.

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What’s Going On Oct. 4 - Pasta Dinner at st. Paul’s anglican church (92 st. Paul street, essex) 5-6:30pm. call 519-776-7711 for more details. Oct. 4 & 5 st. JOsePh’s Parish Bazaar, river canard sat. 8-5 and sun. 10-2. admission is free and all are most welcome! Oct. 5 - BuFFet stYle turKeY Dinner at Woodslee united church, 3-7 pm. reserve tickets: call 519-975-2461. take-out available 519-975-2252. Oct. 5 - esseX cOuntY liBrarY BOOK sale at the essex county civic centre, (garage at rear), from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Oct. 6 - lions club of Kingsville annual thanKsgiving BingO at the lions hall, 23 Mill st. W. Bingo starts at 2pm. You must be 18 years old to play bingo. Oct. 6 - JOin liFe chain, from 2:30 to 3:30pm, in Windsor and essex county. inquiries: right to life 519-325-0929 or 519-969-7555. Oct. 10 - sanDWich sOuth histOrical sOcietY Meeting at the Fire hall in Oldcastle, 7:30 p.m. With a special announcement from the town of tecumseh. Oct. 15 - esseX BlOOD DOnOr clinic at essex legion, 1-7 p.m. call 1 888 2 DOnate (1-888-236-6283) for info./ appointment. Walk-ins welcome. Oct. 17 - harrOW BlOOD DOnOr clinic at harrow arena, 12:30-7 p.m. call 1 888 2 DOnate (1-888-236-6283) for info./ appointment. Walk-ins welcome. Oct. 17 - echrs present Katherine lake hogan speaking on discovering and researching genealogy for your family tree, at 7pm 18 gordon ave. side door. Oct. 19 - Pasta With “KathY” Fundraiser for Kathy & ed shaw at shooter’s, 307 Queen st., harrow, 5-8pm. call for info./tickets, gayle: 519-738-2597. Oct. 19 - antioch christian Ministries Fall cOnFerence “KingDOM liBeratiOn” October 2- 4. Details at, or 519-839-4500. Oct. 27 W.r.a.c.e. annual hallOWeen hOOt: 5k run/Walk, 10k run (no Walkers) & Kids 1k visit online for more details: esseX liBrarY: aDult BOOK cluB on October 15, at 7pm. gOne haunting - celebrate halloween with books & games on saturday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 am., for ages 5 & up. teen BOOK cluB - October 30 at 6pm. ages 13 & up. cOttaM liBrarY: cOttaM teens BOOKs Meet on October 22, at 6 pm, for ages 13 & up. hallOWeen hOWls on tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6pm, for ages 7 & up. register online or at the

Local church reaches quarter-century milestone by Jennifer Cranston The Church of The Living Word in Woodslee celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday. The church began in 1988 when theological differences inspired United Church members to separate from that church. For five years the new congregation met in the gymnasium at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. “The Catholics were nice enough to let us reside there for free,” said Rev. Roger Jackson. Five years after their humble beginnings they had built their own church and moved into their new home. Jackson says it is only through the grace of God that they have done so well. His small congregation of about 50 families was instrumental in creating their church. The building only cost them about $340,000, which they paid off last year. They were fortunate enough to have enough skilled craftsmen within the congregation that they literally build the church themselves. They even made the stained glass windows under the tutelage of a craftsman within the congregation. Jackson is proud of the fact that while they paid off their mortgage, the small congregation was able to put an equal amount of money into mission outreach. “We have a very giving, generous and faithful congregation,” he

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Gord and Tracey Davison - seen here with Pastor Roger Jackson - were the first couple married at The Church of The Living Word in Woodslee.

said. In the beginning the congregation was made up mostly of former United Church members, now members come from all Christian backgrounds. The church is

very family-oriented, explained Jackson. They enjoy the family feel they find there. The celebration on Sunday included special music and guests during the morning service

followed by lunch and musical performances in the evening. “We’re going to enjoy each other and the fact that we’ve been here 25 years,” said the proud pastor.

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IN lOvINg mEmORy


Thelma Helen Waldron (Wighton)

Happy 1st Anniversary

June 6, 1924 - Oct. 5, 2011


In loving memory of our Mother. Deep in our hearts lies a picture more precious than silver or gold. It’s a picture of you whose memory will never grow old. A little tear falls from our eyes. We swallow hard, try not to cry. We think of you so far away. Two years ago you died today.

~ October 6th ~

Gordon & Robin Rounding, along with Mario & Anna Iatonna, wish to announce the upcoming marriage of their children. Lindsay Rounding & Joseph Iatonna will be joined in marriage on October 19, 2013. Best wishes from your family and friends.

Love, Bill, Lois, David, Clifford, and families. P.S. Take care of K eith.

With lots of love from your family! XO


Danny Leithead December 6, 2012

In loving memory of a dear Dad and Poppy.

55 th Wedding Anniversary

Wonderful memories linger every day of good times at home in Oldcastle, Kincardine, and the cottage. Family Christmas and get-togethers were always great. You are reunited with Mom now. We love and miss you both very much.


Love Dana, Pete & Peg, Cheryl (Sherry) and Dan, and all their families. ______________________________________________

McMurren - Jeffrey

~ OCTOBER 4, 2013 ~

October 1, 1984 - July 20, 1994

Donald and Florence will celebrate with family

29th Birthday Never more than a thought away. Lovingly remembered each and every day. No longer in our lives to share. But, in our hearts, you are always there.

Love you forever - Ma Reder and Family. ______________________________________________

Happy 90th Birthday!

Audrey (Robinson) Russell was born October 16, 1923 in Romney Township (Wheatley). She has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She will celebrate her birthday at an Open House on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, At Iler Lodge. All are Welcome. Best Wishes only.


______________________________________________ FUERTH, Francis Christopher “Frank” was surrounded by his children as he completed his life’s journey on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Hospice Residential House. He is now reunited with the love of his life, his wife Madeline (nee Vermeulen) (Feb, 1997). Loving father of Bernadette Fuerth, Brian and wife Karen, Sue Sherk and the late Tim (2013) and Steve and wife Jennifer. Proud papa of Spencer, Tate, Sabra, Graham, Devin, Cole, Kurtis, Tyler, Avery, Maddie, Carter, Trenten, Luke, Corey and Brady. Dearest brother of the late John (Marge), late Robert (Marion), Gerald (Lorraine), late Patricia Gillier (late Stan), Jean Wickenheiser (Ralph) and Donald (Denise) and brother-in-law of late Mick Vermeulen, Betty Isberg (late Fred), Blanche Loebach (John), Moe Vermeulen (Teresa), Rose Camphorst (Cory) and Al Vermeulen (Claudette). Francis will also be fondly remembered and missed by his large extended family. Francis was born on the family farm in Woodslee on December 31, 1935 to Charles and Marie Fuerth. He stayed and worked on the farm helping his parents and the farm eventually became his own, where he and Madeline raised their four children. He had a love of the land but his passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a kind and gentle man with an infectious smile who will be greatly missed. The family would like to give special thanks to all the “angels” who offered their time and support and to the staff at Hospice for providing a peaceful ending to his journey. Visitation was held at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233). A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1690 County Road 46, Woodslee, with Fr. Mousseau and Fr. Boutette officiating. Parish Prayers and K of C prayers Tuesday 4:30 pm. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial donations made to Hospice of Windsor Essex County would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at ______________________________________________ McMURREn, Steve Passed away peacefully with family at his side on September 28, 2013 at 78 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Ruby (nee Herniman-2013). Loving father of Marj and husband Ron Garant, Laurie Kowtiuk and Paul Desjardins, Anita and husband Dan Bleasby. Treasured grandfather of Bradley (Shannon), Brandon (Kerri), Josh, Greg (Kailey) and Tabitha. Papa of Cole, Sydney, Sierra, Tyler, Brodie, Mylee and Mason. Loving brother of Elgin (Phyllis), Audrey (late Harold), Roy, Dave (Joanne), Victor (Pat), Clayton (Dani) and Jean. Predeceased by his sisters, Joy (1933), Gail (1954) and his brothers, John (1964), Nelson (1972), Douglas (1988), Willy (2006) and Don Sr. (2009). Brother-in-law of Gloria (Howard) Musgrove, the late Vera, Rena, Marie McMurren, Leo Herniman (Audrey) and Bill (Shirley) Herniman. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Steve was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion # 201-Essex . He retired from Frito Lay after many years of service. The visitation and funeral service was held at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-7767378) 128 Talbot St. North, Essex. Interment followed at Country Meadows cemetery. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Windsor. You may send your condolences on Steve’s Tribute Wall online at




To Dr. Fleming, Dr. Chowdry, nurses & staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Leamington District Memorial Hospital, relatives, neighbours, Cottam Cripples Group and for well wishes and cards. Thanks to my caregivers Gayle, Joan, Diane, Ruth, Mark, Paul and Jonathan. Thank you for all the patience and encouragement regarding my extended retirement vacation. Thank you very much. Sincerely, John Halbgewachs

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The family of Joseph Roy Phillips wish to express their sincere thanks to the many relatives, friends and neighbours for all their loving support and acts of kindness. The beautiful flowers. gifts of food, sympathy cards and memorial donations were truly appreciated. We would also like to thank the many people that paid their respects during the visitation. It was very heart warming. Special thanks go to Linda Blair for her comforting words, to Joe’s nephew, Burle Summers for sharing some of his favourite memories of dad, to the nurses and caregivers at Iler Lodge and to the Bethel-Maidstone United Church Women who made sure our luncheon went so smoothly. A very special thank you to Tony de Ryk and his staff at Kennedy Funeral Home. Their guidance, support, careful attention to detail and kindness to our family was invaluable. Dad will be missed, but never forgotten. - The Joe Phillips Family -


The family of Marguerite Hooker, wish to express a heartfelt thank you to all of our friends, family, and neighbours who supported us during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the staff at Royal Oak for caring for Marguerite like she was their own. Thank you to Lorna and Reid’s funeral home staff for their special care and concern shown to our family. Thank you to the Woodslee United Church staff for the wonderful lunch .

The Hooker & Gillespie Families.

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

BINGO 1st & 3rd Fridays 7:15 P.M. 32 Russell St. - Retirees’ hall $ 500.00 JACKPOT 1-tf _____________________

FOR RENT: 4 car garage for rent. 700 square feet.  Great for cars or storage.  $350/ month + utilities.  Call Joy 519-890-7794. _____________________36-tf

FLEA MARKET: Vendor Space Available: Vintage Antique Show. Oct. 25 and 26, 2013, at Vollmer Complex, LaSalle. Phone: 519-969-7771, ext. 0

FOR RENT: One bedroom apt. in Cottam area. Available Oct. 14th. $575/m utilities included. Plenty of parking. 519-8191039. 38-tf _____________________

FOR SALE: 2005 FLAGSTAFF 5th WHEEL TRAILER 28 ft. $13,000. Also lot at Wildwood By The Lake, east of Rondeau Park. Call 519-776-8928. 39-1t*

STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT: Storage available, in Essex, for motor homes, trailers, boats, cars, and trucks. Monthly rentals available. Call for details and rates 519-776-4875. 13-tf _____________________

LEGAL nOtICE _____________________ nOTice Of HeaRing fOR a PeRManenT gUaRdiansHiP ORdeR Tom cabanaw Take notice that on the 8th day of October, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Drayton Valley Family Court, Room # 1 of 5136 51 Avenue, Provincial Court., Drayton Valley, Alberta, a hearing will take place. A Director, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act will make an application for Permanent Guardianship Order etc of your child born on 2005/05/20. You are requested to be present at the hearing. You have the right to be represented by legal counsel. An Order may be made in your absence, and you have the right to appeal the Order within 30 days from the date the Order is made. Heard on an expedited basis. Contact: Richelle Collins Drayton Valley District Office Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority Phone: 780-621-4021

NOVENA: O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsmen of Jesus Christ and faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg you, to whom God has given such great power, to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I propose to make your name known and cause your name to be invoked 3 Our Father’s, 3 Hail Mary’s and 3 Glory Be’s. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Publications must be promised. Thanks to St. Jude for favors received through intercession. With Grateful thanks D.D _____________________ May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved & preserved throughout the world now and forever, Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us, St. Jude helper of the hopeless pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day. By the eighth day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail, never. Publication must be promised. Thank you St. Jude for Prayers answered. With Grateful thanks D.D. _____________________

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WANTED productive land to buy, rent or sharecrop. Top prices paid. Call Dennis today @ R. Rivest Farms Ltd. 519-7966691. 1-tf _____________________

FOR RENT: Essex - 1 bdrm. main floor apt. available immediately. $675. Utilities included. Fridge & stove incl. Please phone: 519990-7464. 39-tf* _____________________

FOR SALE: 1950 MASSEY HARRIS #30. Good shape. New motor. Runs good and drives good. Best offer. 519-791-5657 38-2t* _____________________

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FOR SALE: Ford 1510 Tractor, Ford 105 tiller, 48” wide, 3pt hitch; Ber-Vac snow thrower 63” wide, 3pt hitch. $4500 takes all. 519-776-5176. 39-1t* _____________________ FOR SALE: Young Rabbits and bred does for sale. Please phone Louis at 519-776-7448 or cell: 519-965-4949. 39-1t* _____________________

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Briarwood Apts, 26 Alice St. N., Essex. Fine rental units available. 1, 2 & 3 bdrms, $795, $935 & $1090 respectfully + hydro, 519-776-4016 to view. 39-eow _____________________ FOR RENT: Spacious 2 bdrm. apt. Fridge & stove. Hook-up for washer & dryer, storage shed. 1 year lease. 1st & last required. $730 + hydro. 9475 Walker Rd. McGregor. Available July 1st. No pets please. 519-566-8661. 22-tf _____________________ FOR RENT: Bachelor apartment. $550 with utilities included. Call 36-tfn 519-776-8827. _____________________ HOUSE FOR RENT: 2 bedroom country home near Ruscom - Non smoking, no pets. Available Nov. 1, 2013. Phone 519-975-2369. 37-2t*




_____________________ RIDE WANTED: Looking for ride to and from Cottam and St. Clair College on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Please phone to discuss schedule and compensation. 519-890-1563. 38-2t*


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CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF KINGSVILLE Requires a Building Inspector /Property Standards Officer The Town of Kingsville, with a population of 21,000, is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill an immediate opening for Building Inspector / Property Standards Officer: The requirements of the position include: • Minimum post-secondary graduation from a Technical or Community College in the building science and construction field of study. • Completion of the general legal qualifications for the Ontario Building Code possessing a building code identification number (BCIN). • Certification or in the process of achieving CBCO. Achieved provincial qualifications in Plumbing, All Buildings, House, Small Buildings, Building Services, Building Structural, Part Three Large Buildings, and Part Eight On-Site Sewage System. • Knowledge of Ontario Building Code Act, Ontario Evidence Act, Provincial Offences Act and Municipal Act will be an asset. • Minimum 4-years’ experience in Building Inspections and Municipal By-Law and Property Standards Enforcement. • Knowledgeable in the operation of computer software including Microsoft Office. • Hold a valid Class G Ontario Driver’s Licence in good standing. Work is performed both in office and outdoor environments - 40 hour work week. If you are interested in the position of Building Inspector / Property Standards Officer, please complete the Career Profile Application Form. The form is available at the Town of Kingsville Municipal Office located at 2021 Division Road North, Kingsville, or from the Town’s Website at This package contains a detailed description with further instructions on how to apply. Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Human Resource Department, Corporation of the Town of Kingsville 2021 Division Road North, Kingsville, ON N9Y 2Y9

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Essex Ravens Bantam Major hockey action

Time to pay recognition to our sports greats

submitted to EFP Last Saturday night the Essex played host to the Riverside Rangers. Between the pipes for the home team was Jared Ratco. After a scoreless first period, Essex came out in the second period determined to get on the board first. Unfortunately, an Essex penalty resulted in the go ahead goal for the visitors making the score 1-0. In the third period it was another Essex penalty that allowed Riverside

by Fred Groves A couple of months ago, a local resident approached me about an idea he had – and it’s a good one. Heck, I will go as far as saying this is a must do. He thought, and I agree whole-heartily, that it’s time that Essex honors those who have brought recognition to this community by way of sports. In our brief conversation, I suggested to him a Sports Hall of Fame. He said ‘no’ and described his notion as a ‘Centre of Excellence’. Like I say – I like this. On October 15, Ralph Mellanby who spent his high school days in Essex and was a long time Executive Producer of my favourite show, Hockey Night in

Canada, will be inducted into the Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame by becoming a recipient of the prestigious Brian Williams Media Award. Just 10 days later, the Windsor-Essex Sports Hall of Fame will induct former Essex District High School and CFL standout Ed Philion. Currently here in town, we have recognized our sports heroes in a couple of ways. The Essex 73’s have hung three banners – for Keith and Bruce Crowder along with Les Garrod - to officially retire their numbers. Also, on the wall of the high school there are portraits of those who have excelled in sports. The problem with the latter is that there are no names underneath them and no description of what they have done. The gentlemen who suggested

the idea of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ suggested something in the Sports Complex, again I agree. Somehow this is an idea that I might be button holing the new parks and recreation director about. If and when that important position is ever filled. As I have mentioned in this space before, we have had many sports greats go on to great things not only on the local level but nationally and internationally. So, where to start? Well, we all know that inducting someone into a hall of fame becomes political which means you have to have thick skin. So I guess form a committee, strike a budget, determine where it will be and go from there. If I might put my two cents in, the best place to start is with a builders’ category. Guys like the first president of EMHA, the late Cliff Iler. Also, Max Miller, Tom Heenan and Bill Waldron just to throw a few names out there. Like Michael Jordan always said, ‘You will always miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.’ I think this is a shot we need to take.

to score, making it a 2-0 game. resulting in the second shorthanded goal of the game in Riversides favor. Back to full strength it was time for Essex to go to work. Spencer from the point unleashed a shot that would eventually find Brownell in deep, resulting in the only goal the Essex fans would see coming from the home team making the count 2-1 with less than 5 minutes left in the third period. It wasn’t long after

the celebration when the Rangers answered back going up by two. Last ditch efforts made by Fuerth and Hryniuk were for nothing as Essex would take another penalty and suffer their third shorthanded goal against leaving the final score 4-1. Big thanks for our AP players Blair Cosgrove and Daniel Mastrioni for their efforts as well as Brett Harrison for being at the ready if called upon. Let’s go get em’ next time boys!

Local Moto Cross - Cooper Takes 1st Place

Last Sunday, Essex MX racer Cody Cooper and Cooper Racing travelled to the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club grounds, in Wheatley. With family and friends in attendance Cooper was anxious to get to racing. Erie is one of his, if not his favourite, tracks on the circuit. The track was slick in morning practice but by the time the first time moto #1 started, it had set up for what would be a great day of racing. The gates dropped for the first heat with twenty-eight riders. Cooper eventually settled into the 8th position after the first turn. Cooper throttled up the approach to a massive triple step down jump passing two riders in flight. He continued this rapid pace and when the first lap was in the books, he was up to 2nd spot and right on the tail pipe of the leader. Lap after lap Cody went inside and then outside trying different lines to get around the leader but the more powerful 450 of the leader was able to hold off the much smaller 250 of Cooper to take the checkers. In moto #2 Cooper was hard on the throttle, out of the gate. He and the win hungry pack of riders entered the first turn all looking to get that ever important hole shot, but the pack would be denied. #78, Cody Cooper stayed on the gas a little longer and got on the brakes a little harder resulting in the top spot. Cooper never looked back taking a commanding lead over the second place rider and checking out claiming his first overall win in Ontario. This was Cooper’s second appearance on top of the podium for the 2013 season, picking up his first win in Brown City Mi. earlier in the season. Big hats off to Brad Dixon and the entire Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club and its volunteers who worked endlessly to prepare and maintain the track to perfection as they always do year after year to give the riders the safest and best racing conditions we could ask for. Well done.

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Holy Name of Jesus Church News submitted by Therese Lecuyer With many requests for Fr. Francis’ great homilies, copies will be available at our Information Desk each week. Pasta Dinner Fundraiser For St. Vincent de Paul Society - Friday, Oct. 11, 4:30-7 p.m. in our parish hall. Tickets are available at the door. Sponsored by the K of C. Through the waters of Baptism we welcome: Emmett Cunningham, Stone Delisle, Cole Maertens, Logan Tetler. May God bless you and your family! Life Chain - This is a silent vigil on Sunday, October 6th at 2 p.m. Meeting at the parking lot on Talbot and Arthur Streets. Come and spend an hour to save a life. Edge is for grades 6, 7, & 8 Friday, October 4th with an exciting Back to the Beach Party! 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This beach party will take place outside, so dress beachy, but warm! Prime is for Grades 1 to 5 and will begin on Wednesday, October 9th. Planning meeting for leaders on Wed., Oct. 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. First Reconciliation And First Holy Communion - Registration forms will be available in October. Mission Club - Meeting on Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. in the Board Room. New members are welcome.


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SA Connections meets every Tuesday from 10 -1 p.m. Drop in for an hour or stay for all three & enjoy a free lunch and all kinds of interesting activities. Men, women, and preschoolers are welcome. Messy Church meets again on Thurs., Oct. 10th from 6-8 p.m..This new way of experiencing church is open to all ages. It`s fun and family friendly. For more information on these two programs, call the church at 519- 776-4628. Maidstone Cross submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank For Thanksgiving, the Holy Roller pie makers are having their annual frozen pie sale on Sunday, October 13th after Mass at the Rectory garage. The Sandwich South Historical Society invites everyone to their next meeting on Oct. 10, at 7:30pm at the fire hall in Oldcastle. There will be a special announcement made by the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation. 5th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference takes place on Saturday, October 19th at Holy Name of Jesus church. Get your tickets early by calling Chris at 776-5157. Happy Birthday wishes to Fr. Dave Boutette and Gord


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Essex United Church Service at the church is cancelled next Sunday so the people can go to hear the United Church moderator, Rev. Gary Paterson for World-Wide Communion Day. Rev. Philip Newman, the son of the late Percy and Margaret Newman, who is president of the London Conference will lead the service. If you need a ride call the church office or Jim Hatt at 776-8924. Please continue to pray for Rev. Margaret as she recuperates from surgery. Start saving your treasures for our Fall yard sale. We are asking for volunteers for our Salvation Army Tuesday meal team once every three weeks. Call Duane Horton 7768089. We have a labelled box in the narthex for the needs of the Windsor Youth Centre, especially for the next meal we prepare. Thank you to all who helped for the presbytery dinner.

October 6 at Trinity, 7 p.m. St. Paul’s pasta dinner is Friday October 4, 5-6:30 p.m. We are partnering with Crafty Candles for our next fundraiser. Rev. Keith Nethery led our morning service last Sunday with the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel in his dream. Woodslee United Church submitted by Sue Holman Join us for World Wide Communion Sunday at 11:15am. Sunday School is at 11:15am. Rev. Catherine Eldson will give the message. Thank you to Phil Hernandez who gave the message last Sunday. The door greeters are Norm and Dorothy Knight. On Thursday The Lectionary Group meets at 9:30am. Friday, Oct. 4 the Potato Peeling and Meat Cutting Bee at 6pm. Saturday, Oct. 5 Buffet Style Turkey Dinner from 3-7pm.

Woodslee Friendship Club Our winners this past week were Leo St. Paul’s/ Trinity Anglican To continue our exploration of spiritual Durocher, Gail Koziana, Brenda Everitt, practice we will have evening prayer on Ruby Robertson, Marj Van Stone, Colleen Chevalier, Pat Mullins, George Sutherland, George Diesbourg, Veronica Granger, Cecile St. Denis, Joan Broedeur, Tom Allison ,and George Davidson. Note: No cards on Thanksgiving Day. We extend our sympathy to the McMurren Family in the passing of their dear brother Steve.

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Golden Years Mini Golf There were 37 golfters out last Thursday, sinking a total of 48 Aces over 36 Holes. Leading the way with four Aces were Frank Lasi and Iggy Arner followed closely with three each by Art Sweet, Pete Daudin, Lloyd Honey, and Gerald Wilkinson. Gerald Wilkinson shot a 16 for 9 Holes, followed by Bill Mayville, Glen MacKintosh, Frank Lasi, and Iggy Arner with 17s. The two best score for 18 Holes were Gerry Wilkinson and Frank Lasi with a 34 each followed by Bill Mayville with a 36. Gerald Wilkinson had the Best Score of the day for 36 Holes. He shot a 72, follwed by Lloyd Honey and Pete Daudlin with a 74. Team Finishing in first was Team 12 with a 225 (Bill Mayville, Frank Lasi, Lloyd Honey), Second Place went to Team 6 with a 243 (Julia Kos, Cam Keith, Al Stockwell, Bill Taylor). Third Place went to team 2 with a 244 (Eileen MacIntosh, Iggy Arner, Herb Ascott). Play Resumes at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 3RD at Colasanti’s .

Pictured left to right: Lee Jones, Lesley Tofflemire (Essex Thunder Girls Hockey), Barbara Wuerch (Salvation Army, Essex), Kaidyn Blair (\kaidyns-dream), Ed Fuerth (Essex Minor Hockey Assoc) and Dave Kigar (Essex Minor Baseball Assoc).

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Last Tuesday, the Senior and Junior Girls basketball teams hit the court for the first time, opening their seasons with an away games against Lajeunesse. That was followed up with their second games of the season, Thursday at home against Riverside. The Junior Girls came out strong, energized and prepared for their first action of the season. The team quickly took control of the ball and was off to a great start. The girls were excited and with the butterflies out of the way they won their season opener, 31-22. The Senior team


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also played the same day against Lajeunesse, wanting to continue the Red Raider momentum and ‘sweep’ the first games for each team. It was an away game and Lajeunesse had the crowd cheering for them, which led to the Senior Red Raiders dropping the first game with a score of 45-21. Tess Roberts led the way for the Raiders, contributing 13 points. On Thursday, the Junior team played a home game against Riverside. Essex was looking to build on their win on Tuesday while Riverside was looking to rebound from a loss.

This made for a close and exciting game, which was attended by a large proRaider crowd. Riverside played strong, although it wasn’t enough to stop the hometown Raiders who won 38-23 giving the Raiders a record of 2-0. The Senior Raiders had to follow up the good showing from the Junior team. The first quarter saw a lot of passing and a game that was held mostly outside of the paint, which led to a low scoring first quarter, 5-2 for Riverside. The coaches of both teams must have said something to get their teams going because in the second quarter it was a different

The EDHS Red Raiders Senior Girls Basketball team took on Lajeunesse.

game with shots coming from everywhere on the court, and play happening in the paint with both teams playing strong twoway games. The second quarter ended with a score of 23-17 for Riverside. But Riverside controlled the game from that point on and ended with a 5337 win. Lucia Mclwain and Britni Stephens both chipped in with six points each in the loss. The girls looked to rebound when the played Walkerville at home Tuesday. • The Junior and Senior Boys volleyball teams were in action last Tuesday when they took on St. Anne’s. Both teams suffered a 2-1 set loss. They also played Brennan last Thursday with the Seniors losing all 3 sets and the Juniors winning all 3 sets. They traveled to Villanova on Tuesday and

Walkerville on Thursday. • The Junior Boys football team took on Brennan last Tuesday and tied 14-14. Nash Prieur and David Reaume got the touchdowns for Essex. The Juniors played Tecumseh Vista on Thursday. • The Senior boys football team played last

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by Fred Groves Big day for Williams at the track It was a huge day at the Leamington Raceway for Cottam’s Mark Williams on Sunday afternoon. Beginning in the first race when he drove Mcrileymac to the finish line, Williams won five of the ten races. He was across the line in the third, sixth, ninth and tenth races. • Leamington Flyers veteran forward Tony Spidalieri of Essex suffered a suspected concussion in Saturday’s win over the Strathroy Rockets. He had the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the LaSalle Vipers last week in a first place battle. Still from the Junior ‘B’ ranks, netminder Trevor Wheaton is 4-0 between the pipes with a 1.24 GAA. • Golf season is in full swing at the Bill Willms’ grandparents owned this 1937 Terraplane 2-door sedan when this photo was taken in 1941. college and high school levels. Sabrina Mailloux of Essex District High School In 1909, the Hudson Motor Car Company began building cars named after J.L. qualified for SWOSSAA. Heather Hudson, a department store tycoon who put up most of the money to get the company McKenzie won the recent Fanshawe started. Ten years later, in 1919, Hudson introduced the Essex as a low-priced College Invitational and was looking competitor to the Model T Ford. By 1929, Hudson was the third largest automobile to win another medal at the OCAA company in the U.S. with over 300,000 units built that year. tournament earlier this week. Then came the Great Depression. The Canadian government imposed a • Cottam’s Conner MacKinnon is new range of customs duties against U.S. cars imported into Canada, and Hudson having a great start to the GLJCHL responded by opening a branch plant in Tilbury, Ontario, in 1932, thereby gaining season with the Wheatley Sharks. He duty-free access to the Canadian and British Commonwealth overseas markets. In made 17 saves and recorded the shutout that same year, Hudson introduced the Terraplane, claiming it had the best power-to- in a 5-0 win over the Dresden Junior weight ratio of any car in America. It won numerous speed trials and sold well. Kings on Friday. MacKinnon has a 2.33 Bill Willms of Leamington, Ontario, was four years old in 1941 when he travelled GAA. to a family reunion in Kitchener in his grandparents’ 1937 Terraplane 2-door sedan. • There was a great video clip of The car was light green and was included in the family photo you see here because Essex’s Matt Puempel on the Ottawa the car was indeed a member of the family. A portion of the 1941 Ontario license Senators website. Following his preplate (white with green numbers) can also be seen. It was powered by a flathead season game against Montreal, the inline six of 96 horsepower (101 if equipped with the factory dual carburetors). The first round NHL draft pick of the Sens brakes were hydraulic with a mechanical reserve for extra safety. Prices for 1937 said, “Growing up you always dreams started at $820. of times like this and it’s a step in the Bill remembers riding in the car when his dad pulled up to a STOP sign. When process.” Puempel’s stall was next to he attempted to shift from third into first, the floor shift lever fell off the top of the Bobby Ryan’s. 3-speed transmission. The drive home from Kitchener to Leamington had to be done • It was a tough night at Windsor entirely in third gear! Back home, Bill’s dad welded the shift lever back into place, and never said a word about this to Grandpa, who owned the car. Bill still remembers the rubber boot at the base of the shift lever. The repair was so well done that the lever never parted company with the transmission ever again, even when in the early ‘50s Bill drove this same car to high school in Leamington. A mural on the main street of Tilbury today is a reminder that this small southwestern Ontario town played a significant role in the history of the automobile in the 1930s. In 1954, Hudson and Nash formed American Motors. 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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Stadium on Thursday for the EDHS senior Red Raiders football team as they saw their WECSSAA record drop to 1-2 with a 45-0 loss to Holy Names. In junior action, David Reaume and Nash Prieur scored touchdowns in a 14-14 tie with Brennan. • The Red Raiders junior girls basketball team is off to a great start as they won a pair of games last week. Essex topped host Lajeunesse 31-22 on Tuesday and followed that up two days later with a 38-23 victory over Riverside. Tess Roberts had 13 points for the senior girls in a 53-37 loss to Riverside and the seniors came up short 45-21 against Lajeunesse. • From the volleyball court, the Essex juniors won three straight over Brennan while the seniors were beaten. • Alex Friesen, of Essex, an OHL draft pick, is playing for the Windsor AAA midget (96-97) Spitfires. Fellow forward Dalton Langlois, also of Essex along with Woodslee’s Matt Zelko and Brenden McGhee are on the roster. If you have anything for the sports roundup, please contact Fred Groves at

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undefeated as they beat the host Mooretown Flags 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday. Matthew Hebert netted the winner from rookie Phil Janikowski while Ryan had a pair with singles to Garon and Chad Hedrick. SLAPSHOTS Hebert has a six-game scoring streak going... Romeril is undefeated in four starts and has a 1.77 GAA and a .931 save percentage...Beaulieu it could have hurt us in a leads the team in scoring big way,” said Langlois. with 12 points. Essex remained

Mainella sitting out his fifth and final game of a suspension carried over from minor hockey, the 73’s put Bromley back on defence. Earlier in the year, Langlois had lots of praise for Bromley who plays Memorial verses available both the wing and centre as well, saying, “He is such a smart player, we could put goal pads on him and he would go and do that.” 16 Centre St., Essex Ejections and an injury to Colin DeLaet meant that the 73’s had to shuffle their lines and play with Call Call 519-776-4268 519-776-4268 four defencemen as the game wore on. “We were lucky because the game was well in hand but in a different scenario



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A LOOK INSIDE: Prep work important before painting..... Page 26 Autumn marks a great time to clear away clutter...................... Page 26 Budget-friendly outdoor renovation ideas......................... Page 27 Home improvement projects perfect for fall...................... Page 28 Safely clear gutters of grime... Page 29 Make the most of small bathrooms............. Page 30 New rules for mouse and rat pesticides protect children and pets................. Page 31 The best time to prepare your lawn for winter is now......... Page 31 Winterizing 101 How to prepare your yard for winter................... Page 32

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Prep work important before painting

Painting a home’s interior can give it a completely new look and feel. A fresh coat of paint can make a room feel more vibrant and up-to-date, creating a whole new attitude within the room without breaking the bank. Whether creating an accent wall or painting each wall within a room, painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive home improvement project. But that doesn’t mean painting does not require a little prep work before the project can begin. * Address any holes or bumps on the wall. Holes or cracks in the wall will need to be patched with spackle, which then must dry before the wall can be given a new coat of paint. In addition, sand down any bumps until the walls are smooth and free of any unsightly abnormalities. * Wash the walls. Walls

can get dirty, and that dirt may or may not be masked by paint. Before adding a new coat of paint, wash the walls and inspect them for dust. Dust can collect on molding, especially in rooms that get little natural air. When dust has collected on the molding and around doorways and trim, use a damp cloth to wipe it away before adding any new paint. * Apply primer. Primer can serve many functions,

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not the least of which is its role as a bonding agent between the wall and the top coat of paint. Primer can also help conceal dark colors, prevent stains and increase the life expectancy of the paint job you are about to undertake. * Prepare your paint. Preparing the paint is a simple task, but one novice painters may not be aware of. When opening a new can of paint, stir the paint before using it. In addition, even if you don’t plan to use a roller when painting, do not paint straight from the can, which can be heavier to hold than a small bowl, and a light bowl is less likely to be spilled than a potentially heavy can of paint. In addition, once paint has been removed from the can, replace the lid so dust and other impurities do not settle in the can. * Purchase painter’s tape. Painter’s tape can be especially valuable to novice painters. Painter’s tape makes it easier to paint smooth and clean paint lines, giving a room a more professional looking coat of paint without the cost of hiring a professional painter. Painting can be an inexpensive and fun way to upgrade a home’s interior. But even though painting does not require the technical know-how of more large-scale home improvement projects, it still requires some prep work and attention to detail to ensure the job is done right.


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Autumn marks a great time to clear away clutter Clutter is a concern for many homeowners. Clutter can gradually accumulate, and over time a home can turn from a welcoming respite to a claustrophobic place overwhelmed by items of little or no value. Homeowners who have battled clutter in the past often find that it is most likely to accumulate over the winter, when frigid temperatures outside drive more people indoors. Spending more time indoors means more trash indoors. Newspapers and magazines might be easy to discard when the weather is warm, but a trip outside to discard such items takes less precedence when it must be made in below freezing temperatures. The likelihood that

even the cleanliest of homeowners might accumulate some clutter over the winter only highlights the importance of clearing a house of clutter in the fall. While clearing clutter can seem like an arduous task, the following tips can make the project much easier. * Clean one room or area at a time. A disorganized approach to getting organized is likely to waste time and may even prove fruitless. Work your way through your home or apartment one room at a time rather than jumping from room to room. Have boxes or crates designated for items you find that belong in other rooms, and place items in the appropriate boxes as you clean rather than returning items to

the right room as you find them. Once you have finished a room, move on to the next one and try to finish a room on the same day you started. * Invest in a paper shredder. Old bills, bank statements, receipts, and other once-important papers have a way of accumulating on desks, in drawers and on counters. Such documents often do not need to be held onto, but men and women are hesitant to discard them because they contain personal information. A paper shredder is a great investment for homeowners and apartment dwellers alike and can be the safest way to discard documents with potentially sensitive Continued on Page 27

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material and style. Poured concrete patios will cost less than placed blocks or stones because concrete is less labor-intensive. For those who desire the look of patio blocks without the cost, stamped concrete can mimic the look for less. Homeowners may not need to replace patio furniture, even if chairs and tables have seen better days. A can of spray paint can cover up any rusted areas or spots where paint has peeled off due to exposure to the elements. Updating cushions and purchasing a coordinating umbrella can revitalize the patio’s entire look. Also,

very often stores run sales to clear out merchandise for new displays. Defining edges of planting borders and refreshing the landscape may be all that is needed to improve the yard. This is easily achieved with inexpensive mulch and some vinyl edging. While cleaning up the yard, use a pressure washer to clean stains off of siding and patios and create a likenew appearance. End-of-season sales can also be the ideal opportunity to purchase big-ticket items like a pool, a hot tub or an outdoor fireplace/fire pit. Shoppers can learn when stores discount their merchandise to make room for new inventory and then use these sales as opportunities to save.

Sometimes saving means repurposing antiques or items found at garage sales. Thanks to the Internet, people can easily advertise items they no longer need or desire. A person can search for backyard items they need at a deep discount if they are fine with previously used materials. From patio furniture to masonry blocks to aboveground pools, patient homeowners can find just about any item they may need to upgrade their backyards. Though not all homeowners can afford to create the backyard of their dreams, with a little ingenuity and some sweat hard work, homeowners can still create an outdoor oasis.

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Home improvement projects perfect for fall

Home improvement projects can add value to a home and do-ityourselfers know the sweat-equity that goes into such projects can give homeowners a greater sense of pride in their homes. But no two home

improvement projects are the same, and homeowners should know that certain projects are best tackled during certain times of the year. Fall is a great season to work on your house, as the weather is often at its most agreeable once the summer heat has gone and before winter weather arrives. The following are a handful of fall-friendly home improvement projects for homeowners looking to improve their homes. Roof repair Whether you’re repairing or replacing the roof, fall is a great time of year to dust off the ladder and get some work done on your roof for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, fall is ideal for roof work because you won’t have to be up on the roof with the summer heat

bearing down on you. This can make the project move along more quickly, which is especially beneficial if you are paying laborers to work on the roof. The fewer hours workers are fixing your roof, the less you will be paying in labor costs. In addition, fixing up the roof in the fall ensures those winter storms, be it rain or snow, won’t find their way into your home via leaks. A leaky roof in winter is hard to fix, as the roof surface could be treacherous in the winter and winter winds can make it dangerous to be up on the roof at all. Addressing leaks in the fall can prevent damage to your home’s interior, which can mount up if a leaky roof is not addressed until the following spring. Window work When the weather

outside gets frightful, poorly insulated windows can allow cold air into the home. That often has a trickle-down effect on finances, forcing you to turn up the thermostat in an attempt to offset the cold air pouring into the home. Whether you need your windows replaced or simply need to patch up any leaks, a proactive approach to leaky or older windows in the fall can save you from unnecessarily high heating bills come the winter. Addressing leaky windows also makes a home more comfortable for its inhabitants. Fall is the ideal time to address a home’s windows because the temperature outside tends to be pleasant. This means you likely won’t have to make much of an effort to offset the elements, and open windows in the fall won’t make your home’s interior very hot or cold like they might if you were to tackle the project during the summer or winter. Fixing the floors Wood flooring is a hot commodity for many homeowners. But not all flooring can be added to a home at any time of year. That’s because certain types of flooring employ adhesives that need temperatures inside the home to be within a certain range, and that range is often within 70o to 80o F, which makes fall a great time to install such floors. Colder

temperatures can make it difficult for the flooring to dry and bond, which will prove problematic down the road. What’s more, many people entertain friends and family come late fall and into the holiday season, and it can be difficult to do so if you are busy installing new flooring. Painting projects Painting is another home improvement project that seems tailormade for fall. A fresh coat of paint or a new color scheme around the house can give a home an entirely new look and feel. But paint can be pungent and the aromas may last if it’s applied at a time of year when it can’t dry while the windows are wide open. Paint fumes inside a home can make the home uninhabitable,

but painting at a time of year like the fall, when you can keep the windows open during and after the project, can help air the home out. But interior painting isn’t the only painting project homeowners can tackle in the fall. Many exterior paints are temperature-sensitive and need the temperature outside to be above 40o F. Paint that freezes won’t dry properly, and homeowners might be left with a costly and unsightly mistake on their hands. Fall temperatures tend to be amenable to both interior and exterior painting projects, just be sure to check the weather forecast before making your first brush stroke.

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Safely clear gutters of grime

Homeowners have many responsibilities synonymous with certain times of year. For example, pool maintenance must be a priority in the summertime, but such a chore is unnecessary in the heart of winter. Cleaning gutters is a household chore that many homeowners associate with both spring and autumn. Cleaning gutters prevents water damage on the roof while protecting your home’s siding and foundation. In addition, cleaning gutters in the fall gives homeowners a chance to ensure they are firmly secured to the house, an important precaution when potentially

harsh winter weather is just around the corner. Unlike many household chores, cleaning gutters can be quite dangerous, as it often requires homeowners to climb up and down on ladders or spend ample time on the roof. As a result, safety should reign supreme when cleaning gutters, and homeowners should take the following precautions before gutting their gutters of grime. * Don’t try to be a hero. If you are afraid of heights, then it’s perfectly alright to hire a professional to clean your gutters. Men and women with a fear of

heights cannot predict how they will react when climbing a ladder, so play it safe and hire a professional if the thought of climbing up and down a ladder frightens you. * Inspect the stability of your ladder. Ladders play a key role when cleaning gutters of leaves, dirt and grime, so homeowners should inspect their ladders before they get to work. An unbalanced ladder may not be reliable and should be replaced. You will be moving and swaying somewhat while cleaning the gutters, so you will need a secure ladder that does not teeter back and forth each time you reach for the gutter. * Keep the ladder on stable ground, and ask a friend or family member to hold it. The ladder should always be planted on a flat and secure surface before you climb up to clean the gutter. And much like you might have a spotter when lifting weights, have a friend or family member hold the ladder as you climb up to ensure the ladder remains stable. * Move the ladder frequently. It can be tempting to reach as far as possible when you’re on the ladder, as you can save time by covering more ground on each trip up the ladder. But overextending yourself is a considerable safety risk, so move the ladder frequently, even if the job is taking more time than you had expected. * Wear tight clothing. Loose clothing when cleaning gutters can easily get stuck on shutters, tree branches or other items when climbing up or down the ladder. If you aren’t paying attention, clothing that gets snagged can throw off your balance when you start to move, increasing your risk of

falling. * Wear protective gloves. Anyone who has cleaned gutters in the past can attest that you never know what might have settled in gutters since the last time they were cleaned. Wear a thick pair of gloves that won’t puncture when caught on a gutter, or sharp twig or branch. You won’t want any holes in the gloves, as holes may leave you susceptible to any bacteria in organic items that might have settled in the materials in your gutter. Gutters also may have sharp edges that can leave you susceptible to cuts if you aren’t wearing gloves. In addition, gloves keep your hands warm, which will come in handy as you clear the gutters of materials that are often wet. When choosing gloves, be sure to choose ones that give you some grip so you can firmly grasp the ladder as you climb up and down.

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Make the most of small bathrooms

A frameless shower can take up less space in a small bathroom.

Renovating bathrooms is commonly at the top of home improvement to-do lists. Though some rooms around the house may remain timeless, bathrooms, like kitchens, show their age (and era) much more easily, which could be why homeowners are always on the lookout for new ideas. Although many people may dream about creating a spa-type oasis in their

homes, not everyone is lucky enough to have a large bathroom, much less a large budget for a fullscale renovation. Small bathrooms are common, particularly in older homes, but they needn’t force homeowners to compromise on style when renovating. Small bathrooms may be a half-bath on a main home level or even a full bath, depending on

the home. By thinking creatively, homeowners can maximize their spaces and redo bathrooms in ways that bring out their best assets. * When space is at a premium, it’s best to look for fixtures and items that fit with the scale of the bathroom. Although you may want a large vanity and cabinet in which to hide all of your toiletries, this simply may not be practical -- taking up most of the bathroom real estate. Instead, look for elegant pedestal sinks that have a much smaller profile. They’ll also help you control the clutter in the bathroom because there won’t be anywhere to hide it. * Use optical illusions to make the bathroom appear more roomy. For example, lay tile diagonally to create the impression of space. A large mirror will reflect the room back and make it appear much larger than it really is. * Select lighter hues in paint colors and accessories. Dark paints and fixtures could make the room feel cramped.

Dark colors are generally used to make spaces feel more cozy. In a small bathroom, it may make the space feel claustrophobic. Instead, think light and bright and the room will instantly feel more airy. * Minimize wall hangings and keep fixtures smaller. Filling the walls with knickknacks may contribute to clutter and make the space appear closed in. Use decorative items sparingly. * If possible, store towels in a closet outside of the bathroom. This way you won’t have to devote space inside the bathroom to a closet, leaving more room for other things. * While some people like the thought of a separate bath and shower, in smaller bathrooms this may not be possible. Instead, look for a combined shower and bath, or select a walkin shower with a much smaller profile. * Windows are often welcome in bathrooms because of the ventilation they provide, but they could be a hindrance in smaller bathrooms because they take up

prime wall space. Cover a window in a shower stall to free up space. Just be sure to install a venting fan to reduce moisture in the bathroom. * Maximize wall space if you need storage. Find cabinets that will fit beneath windows or be able to fit in thin areas between sinks and toilets. Over the toilet is prime area for cabinetry. * Consider a frameless shower. This is a partitioned area of the bathroom that’s set aside for the shower and is typically only cordoned off by a thin wall or piece

of glass. Or a shower with no walls at all is the ultimate in space-saving. The entire bathroom floor is decked out in tile, and a portion is sloped toward a shower drain. about * Think installing a skylight if you prefer natural light, but there is no room for a traditional window. Thinking creatively can help turn a cramped bathroom into a spacesaving and well-designed room homeowners desire.

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New rules for mouse and rat pesticides protect children and pets (NC) Every year poison control centres across Canada receive calls from parents concerned about the possible poisoning of their children. While most calls relate to medication and household cleaners, some involve pesticides used to control rats or

mice (rodenticides). Since mouse and rat bait can look like cereal or pet food, children and pets may accidentally eat it. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning from traps baited with rodenticides, Health Canada introduced new measures that came into

effect January 2013. All rodenticides sold to consumers must come with a pre-packaged ready-to-use bait station designed to be tamperresistant to children and pets. Also, certain high toxicity rodenticides can only be used by licensed pest control professionals.

The best time to prepare your lawn for winter is now (NC) Preparing your lawn for a Canadian winter can be a tricky business even for the most experienced gardener. Follow these three tips early this fall and watch the fruits of your labour blossom after a long, cold winter: • Top-dress your lawn with a thin layer of compost or good garden soil, and add grass seed appropriate to your lawn condition and local growing area. This will help to regenerate your lawn and take care of any thinned-out areas. Mix the compost into the existing soil before seeding or laying sod, or spread it in a thin layer raked over the existing lawn. • Over-seeding, or regularly spreading grass seed on your lawn, will ensure that it remains dense. Keep the new seed well-watered until the new grass is established • Fertilizing promotes vigorous growth the following spring. Clippings left on the lawn are rich in nitrogen and provide free and easy fertilization. Make sure you spread fertilizers evenly and thinly to avoid clumps. A healthy lawn reduces the need to apply pesticides for the control of weeds and insect pests. More information on this topic is available from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Consult “Maintaining a Lawn” at www., dial 1-800-267-6315 toll-free, or e-mail

To reduce the need for rodenticides, the following tips will help prevent rat and mouse problems in your home: • Repair any exterior cracks or holes that could provide access - mice can squeeze through cracks as small as a dime, rats the size of a quarter. • Apply metal weatherstripping under exterior access doors and weatherstrip windows. • Cover dryer vents, attic vents and soffits with fine mesh, metal screening. • Avoid providing potential hiding places for rodents by cutting back vegetation and tall grass that is up against the house, placing woodpiles well away from the house, and cleaning up any clutter around the house and in the garage. • Avoid putting fatty or oily food waste (such as eggs or milk products) in your garden composter. • Secure garbage in containers with tightfitting lids. • Eliminate water sources like leaky taps, open drains and sweating pipes as some rats are

attracted to damp areas. • Indoors, keep your kitchen clean and store dry food in metal or glass containers. Important: Consumers should always carefully read all label instructions before purchasing and using rodenticides or any other pesticide product. More information on

this topic is available from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Consult the pest note on “Rats and Mice” at www.healthycanadians., dial 1-800-2676315 toll-free, or e-mail pmra.infoserv@hc-sc.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Winterizing 101 How to prepare your yard for winter Changing seasons can be tough on a lawn. Always exposed to the elements, lawns can fare especially poorly upon the arrival of winter, a season known for its harsh and unforgiving weather. Even the most perfectly manicured lawn can suffer at the hands of winter weather, causing homeowners to sit idly by and hope spring arrives that much sooner. But as punishing as winter weather can be on a lawn, homeowners are not without recourse. Much like homeowners can take steps to help their lawns survive sizzling summer heat waves during the warmer months of the year, they also can take steps to help their lawns make it through the often stormy weather synonymous with winter. * Don’t procrastinate. Putting off the process of winterizing a lawn can put that lawn in jeopardy. Lawns will turn dormant the closer you get to winter, and they may reject the nutrients found in fertilizer as

a result. Those nutrients will prove valuable once spring weather returns, so start the winterization process in early fall so the lawn has sufficient time to absorb nutrients and strengthen itself for the seasons to come. * Treat trouble spots. Summer can be even harder on a lawn than winter, especially for those lawns located in regions where heat waves and drought are common. In such instances, certain spots on the lawn seem to be hit harder than others, and those spots should get special attention when winterizing the lawn. Check the soil’s pH levels before fertilizing or applying any treatments. Such a test will reveal which spots need the most attention, and treating trouble spots now will make spring lawn care that much easier. * Aerate the property. Aerating can help a lawn recover after a long summer and help it survive the potentially harsh months that lie ahead. Aerating, which involves puncturing the

a lawn to health by improving its drainage and allowing more water and air to reach the roots of the grass. Aerating also makes it easier for nutrients to penetrate the soil, which encourages a healthier lawn over the long haul. Aerators can be purchased or rented, but homeowners uncomfortable with the process may want to enlist a professional to tackle the job. Parents of small children who spend lots of time in the yard may need to aerate their lawn more than most, as heavy lawn traffic compresses the soil, a potentially harmful process that can be reversed via aeration. * Take steps to strengthen the roots. Aerating promotes stronger roots, but homeowners might also want to find a winterizing product with potassium and phosphorous, Removing debris, including both of which can strengthen dead leaves, from a lawn before roots. Different types of lawns the arrival of winter weather can will respond differently to help prevent suffocation. certain winterizers, so discuss soil or removing cores of soil your options with a lawn care from the ground, can restore professional who can help

you find the right fit for your property. * Remove debris from the lawn. Debris left on a lawn over the winter can prove very harmful. Piles of debris left scattered around a lawn can suffocate the blades of grass, leading to long-term damage and a potentially unsightly lawn come the spring. In addition, piles of debris might make good homes for organisms that can damage the lawn. As fall moves into winter, periodically remove all debris, including leaves and branches fallen from trees. * Make the lawn off-limits once the temperatures dip below freezing. A lawn should be offlimits once the ground freezes. Stepping on grass that has frozen will leave noticeable footprints, and walking on frozen grass can kill the turf. When winter arrives, people should avoid using the lawn as a shortcut into and out of your home and stick to driveways and sidewalks instead.

Essex Free Press - October 3 2013  

EFP - Oct. 3, 2013

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