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Gentle Fit, Fun and Brunch receives federal funding A one-time grant from the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program in the amount of $24,810 will ensure the ongoing success of Glanbrook Home Support Programme’s (GHSP) Gentle Fit, Fun and Brunch Program. “The (program) consists of one hour of exercises that are done at a slower (pace) and have been adapted to be geared toward seniors with mobility issues,� said Janice Gumbley, executive director of GHSP. “(The) exercises can be done sitting or standing... (and) are lead by a qualified instructor.� On a weekly basis, there are about 25 participants of nearly 60 who are registered in the program, which is held every Friday at Binbrook United Church, located at 2617 Binbrook Road East. Registration for new members takes place at 9:30 a.m. and the adapted yoga program starts at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the brunch and socialization time starts. Everyone is welcome to attend; the cost is free, and the church is wheelchair accessible. “Seniors... have an opportunity to socialize and discuss issues or topic of interest such as health issues, wellness, prevention, etc. Each week, there is an information table of free brochures on health and

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Go on a Christmas house tour this weekend This weekend is the Glanbrook Home Support Programme (GHSP) Christmas House Tour and Tea Room. It is a self-guided tour of four local homes and Binbrook United Church. The tour is taking place on Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be on sale the days of the tour at Binbrook United Church; there will be complementary goodies and beverages at the church for those on the tour. A light lunch will be available. For more information and tickets, call 905-692-3464.

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(l-r) Joan Stahn and Madeline Triolo are two of the area residents who have taken part in Glanbrook Home Support Programme’s Gentle Fit, Fun and Brunch program. wellness topics. Seniors (are) able to receive transportation to and from the program,� said Gumbley. Each week, four volunteers, Christine Crooks, Steve Blakely, Owen Joyner

and Paul Henderson, look after the brunch. “They set up the tables and chairs and take them down afterwards, as well as preparing the brunch,� said Gumbley, adding how much

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THE SACHEM & GAZETTE • Serving the Communities of Haldimand & Glanbrook • Thursday, November 25, 2010 • Page 2

Black widow spiders found at Nanticoke Hydro One worksite Worker taken to hospital as a precautionary measure

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BY NATALIE CLEWLEY The Sachem A number of black widow spiders and their eggs have been found in Haldimand County at a Hydro One construction site located near the Nanticoke Generating Station. On November 22, a contract worker was sent to the West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville with an undetermined injury. “We can confirm he was brought to the emergency on a precautionary measure,” said David Bird, chief executive officer at the West Haldimand General Hospital. “As of November 22, we do not have any reports of any workers that have been bitten or injured,” said Alexandra Stadnyk, community relations officer for Hydro One. Contracted workers from Siemens spotted the spiders earlier in the month and a site policy notice was given out to all crew members, but not sent out to the general public during a health and safety meeting. “Local residents should have been notified, it’s a danger to the public,” said Al Bristol, who lives in the area. “Ten or less spiders were found, we were instructed by Ministry of Natural Resources, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency to kill all spiders on site,” said

Cayuga Light Up Night Visit us at 6pm at the Village Green in Cayuga and watch us as we “Light Up” Cayuga! Followed by a candlelight walk to the Cayuga Kinsmen Hall at 6:30pm where there will be live entertainment for the whole family. Daring Derek Magic Show, Stars on Dancing, & Santa will be there too! FREE hot dogs & hot chocolate for everyone! Sponsored by the Cayuga & District Chamber of Commerce

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A number of black widow spiders and their eggs were found in Haldimand County at a Hydro One construction site located near the Nanticoke Generating Station November 3. Nancy Shaddick, Hydro One media relations. “No eggs have been spotted.” Shaddick noted the spiders came to the construction site from a shipment of insulators from the southern United States. Black widow spiders are poisonous, and bites from

Donations welcome at Santa Parade BY NATALIE CLEWLEY The Sachem CBZ Deliver eez will be loading up the bee with donations for the Caledonia Food Bank during the Caledonia Santa Claus parade on November 27. Donations are needed for teenage boys and can include gift cards, bodyspray, pyjamas, etc. “People in the community have been really receptive to my business; I enjoy giving back to my community,” said Cindy Bergsma owner of CBZ Deliver eez. Bergsma’s two boys Jacob and Jesse will be collecting the items during the parade. Donations can be made up until Christmas if they are not collected during the parade.

them can cause extreme pain or death. The black widow has ten different species and lives in the moist, warm regions of eastern and central U.S., North America deserts and southern Canada. There has been an increased frequency of these spiders being found in

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Uncontrolled crossing needs to be changed Family of train crash survivor wants crossing marked BY NATALIE CLEWLEY The Sachem Nathan Plas, 24, is lucky to be alive after surviving a train crash on the morning of November 12, 2010. Plas who is from Jerseyville, Ontario was driving to work shortly before 7 a.m. in thick fog on Pauline Johnson Road, a road that he has driven many times. Plas proceeded to cross railway tracks at an uncontrolled railway crossing located on Pauline Johnson Road. As he approached the crossing he hit his brakes and within seconds his vehicle was struck by an eastbound Southern Ontario Rail train. “I didn’t have much time, I braced myself, turning my vehicle with my passenger door to the train.” As his car was lodged underneath a tanker car and being dragged along the tracks from what he recalls he put his front

driver’s seat backwards, got in the back seat, and jumped out the back door as the train was travelling 60 km/h. “I blacked out after that instance.” “The conductor didn’t slow down after my vehicle was hit, someone saw my car dragged by the train and called 911.” Plas was transported to Brantford General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. From the accident he received 17 stitches in his ear, stitches in his forehead and knuckles, neck trama, a black eye and a concussion. “My brother escaped a near-death experience and we are fortunate to have him alive. The police officer stated that 99.9 per cent of people would have died from this incident,” said brother Kevin Plas. The crossing where Plas vehicle was struck is passed by vehicles daily. “We want to state aware-

ness that these tracks are travelled frequently and that they are not marked with lights in many sections and if there were lights my brother would have had a chance to see it and take quicker action. Those who travel these roads with no marking will be prepared as someone else may die due to the dangers of unmarked crossings,” said Kevin. The Southern Ontario Railway, acquired by RailAmerica is a shortline railroad that began operations in 1998 and operates 111 km of track from Brantford to Nanticoke. The train travels daily through Hagersville, Caledonia, Onondaga, Kimbrough and Brantford. The railroad's traffic comes mainly from steel, agricultural products, petroleum products, and chemicals. The Ontario Provincial Police, County of Brant Detachment officers are currently investigating the

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Nathan Plas managed to escape his vehicle that was crushed by a Southern Ontario Railway train on November 12. Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating the accident. accident, as dense fog was covering the area at the time of the collision. “Severe fog occurred during the time of the inci-

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Wind turbine information night in Binbrook If you live anywhere near open acreages in this part of the province, industrial wind turbine (IWT) farms can affect you in ways you may not realize. We want you to understand why! On Wednesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at the Binbrook

Agricultural Hall, 2600 Highway 56, Binbrook, we are hosting a public information meeting about IWT farms. At this meeting, you will get the information the IWT companies don’t give you; information you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not you want

IWT farms in your area. Come out and listen to: • John Laforet, director of Wind Concerns Ontario • Ian Hanna, a Prince Edward County farmer who is singlehandedly bringing the provincial government to task for legislation that fails to show due

diligence in reference to the siting of these IWTs • Stephana Johnson, a retired teacher who exists in the midst of an IWT farm near Port Burwell • David Colling, a Ripley farmer who has become an expert on the stray voltage

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Remembering the sacrifices of veterans I recently had the honour of participating in the Remembrance Day service at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope. It’s a ceremony I have attended for a number of years now. The museum is truly a fitting place for such a service, with the crowd of over 1,000 people surrounded by Canadian military aircraft from the beginning of World War II to present day. I was also honoured to have the opportunity to meet and speak with veterans at local Royal Canadian Legions in Grimsby and Smithville that day, as well as attend ceremonies earlier in the week in Fenwick, Beamsville, Fonthill and Glanbrook.

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We all have our own reasons why Remembrance Day is important to us, but it is particularly powerful hearing from the men and women who have served or continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. We as Canadians are often too humble when it comes to acknowledging the many tri-

umphs our nation has had on the battlefield. During the world’s darkest hours, when the very future of freedom was in doubt, Canadians provided blood, toil, sweat and tears. And we made a difference. Whether it was defending the very independence of Canada at Queenston Heights, capturing Vimy Ridge, freeing the people of Ortona after days of vicious house-to-house fighting, saving the city of Seoul at the Battle of Kap’yong, or fighting for democracy and against terrorism in Afghanistan today, Canada’s men and women in uniform have proven themselves to be among the bravest and toughest anywhere. By the end of D-Day in World War II, 30,000 Canadian troops

had successfully landed, and pushed farther into France than any of the five seaborne landing forces. And Canada’s contribution to the Hundred Days campaign was instrumental in bringing an end to the carnage of the First World War. From August to November 1918, Canadian troops freed 130 kilometers of captured French and Belgian territory. There is truly no sight more inspiring to the innocent, and more terrifying to the enemy, than Canadian soldiers fighting for Canadian ideals. We are fortunate to live in a peaceful and prosperous country, but when called upon, our country’s fighting spirit is an awe-inspiring force.

November 11th is a day for somber reflection. But we can also take great pride in what those who have worn our uniform have accomplished in Canada’s name. To me, there is no better way to honour the memory of those who never returned home from war than to pass on their courageous stories to future generations. I want to thank the men and women who continue to defend us by serving in the Canadian Armed Forces here at home, in Afghanistan, and around the world. Your strength, courage and dedication continue to remind us why we are so proud to be Canadians on Remembrance Day.

Canada’s evolving role in Afghanistan Our government recently announced the continuing part that Canada will play in Afghanistan after 2011. This decision was not made lightly; pressure from our allies who have been reliant on our contributions to this point was a deciding factor. The many sacrifices that have already been made by our brave men and women overseas have been felt by Canadians everywhere, and all with the goal of making life better for the people of Afghanistan. Our combat role in that country is coming to and end. Past 2011 there will be no more combat missions involving Canadian soldiers, and we will be focused on development work carried out in non-combat areas.

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Ottawa After 2011, Canadian Forces personnel will be deployed as part of the NATO Training to continue training Afghan National Security Forces in a non-combat role, until March 2014. Canada will provide up to 950 military trainers and support personnel. The new role for Canada in Afghanistan will build on the

significant progress that has already been made in the areas of security, diplomacy, human rights and development. To build a more secure, stable and self-sufficient Afghanistan that is no longer a safe haven for terrorists, and exists as a democratic country with respect for human rights is what we are looking to achieve. As Canada continues to work alongside the Afghan people and the international community, we will continue to play an important role in supporting efforts toward a better future for all Afghans. Our new non-combat role will focus on four key areas: investing in the future of Afghan children and youth through education and health; advancing security,

the rule of law and human rights; promoting regional diplomacy; and delivering humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. Since this mission began, Canada, along with our international partners, has helped to train and mentor about 50,000 Afghan troops. The post-2011 non-combat training mission will further contribute to the goal of preparing Afghans to assume responsibility for their own security. This chapter in Canada’s engagement will also include contributions aimed at improving the lives of Afghan women, as well as support to the G-8 Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. I think that regardless of

one’s opinions of our military role in Afghanistan, we can all agree that there has been progress made in that country. The enormous contributions and sacrifices Canadians have made in all areas of endeavour in Afghanistan over the past decade from security and development to governance and institution building speaks to why it is important for us to finish what we started. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the soldiers who are deployed overseas as well as their families who remain here in Canada. It is through their bravery and sacrifice that we are, together with the international community, building a better future for Afghanistan.


Six Nations had a ‘beary’ Merry Christmas parade BY ALICE GUTHRIE The Sachem Young and old gathered in Ohsweken on Saturday, November 20 to enjoy the 19th annual Santa Claus parade put on by the Community Minded Spirits in Action group. This year's theme was ‘A Beary Merry Christmas,’ and bears of all descriptions were out parading. Six Nations Police dog mascot “Buster” led the parade, greeting all spectators with a handshake, hug or high five. Buster's van followed, showing he stands for a bully free community. This parade started as a way to promote the Junior B hockey team,

the Ohsweken Golden Eagles, by Angela Powless and a few family members. Powless soon realized that this was something the community wanted and needed. It has since grown into a community event that involves kids from pre-school through high school, and is growing bigger and better every year. “We do it for the kids,” said Powless, but it is also an opportunity for the community to give back. In addition to the parade itself, there is a breakfast with Santa, which is a fundraiser for Stoneridge Child Care Services, and pictures with Santa to raise funds for Six Nations Child Care Services. There is a bazaar at the community centre where various crafters offer their creations for sale. Prizes for overall float went to Ogwehoweh Skills, Trades, and Training Centre (OSTTC), the Youth Lodge, and Village Pizza. Six Nations Child Care won the school division, while for kids, the top three were Papa and the Three Bears, Joselyn

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Soup is still a favourite as the fall weather turns chilly Grace United Church’s new cookbook has many delicious recipes Savoury Mini-Scones is a recipe from The Best of Grace, the new soup cookbook that I told you about last week. This recipe as is makes 16 mini-scones. It is easily doubled and freezes well, also. Seasoned croutons are a great way to use up that bread that is a day or two old. Cool and serve as a garnish on soup. Several years ago, Laurie MacDonald took a gourmet soup cooking course. This recipe was one that she made at the cooking school and it has remained a favourite of both her and husband, Bruce. Laurie likes the mild flavour of leeks and always keeps them on hand in her refrigerator. The recipe, as shown makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings. If you were unable to get out to get your copy of The Best of Grace, feel free to contact me and I will arrange for you to get one.

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Brush with egg; scatter with sesame, poppy and pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Cut each round crosswise into 8 wedges. Place seeded side up on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm. PEGGY’S SEASONED CROUTONS 4 slices of crust less bread, 3/4" thick, cut into cubes (sourdough, pumpernickel, French, or a combination) 1/4 cup olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 to 1 tsp dry herbs of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, tarragon, rosemary, or herbes de Provence) Pinch of salt and pepper Combine herbs and garlic with oil. Toss the bread cubes and seasoned oil together in a bowl. Spread cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 10 -15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Toast till golden and very crisp. BRUCE MACDONALD’S MUSHROOM LEEK SOUP 1/2 cup butter, divided 1 bunch of leeks dash or two of cayenne 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. sherry or lemon juice 3/4 lb. mushrooms thinly sliced

1 cup chicken stock parsley 1/4 cup flour 3 1/2 cups milk lemon slices salt and pepper Wash leeks well. Chop finely using white part only. In 1/4 cup butter, sauté until soft, not brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Melt the other 1/2 cup butter and sauté mushrooms until soft- about 10 minutes. Blend in flour and cook, stirring for a couple of minutes. Stir in salt and cayenne then remove from heat – stir in broth. Add milk and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and just comes to the boil. Add leeks, sherry or lemon juice, salt and pepper tot taste. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Serve with lemon slices and a sprinkle of minced parsley. If soup thickens too much, add chicken stock. HINT: For a bit of variety, add some cranberries, raisins or chopped almonds to any boxed stuffing mix as you prepare it. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny things compared to what lies within us.

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Guess who is coming to dinner at the Gingerbread House BY JANNA OVEREND The Sachem Local artist from Caledonia, Megan Davey, is presenting her second evening of entertainment to the crowd of diners at Gingerbread House Restaurant and Inn on Saturday, November 27, located at 311 Highway 54, next to Ruthven Park. “What I am going to be doing, is I take scenes from different movies and I reenact them,” explained Davey. “I move from side to side,

so you can figure out that I am switching characters,” Davey said. “I have been performing since I was four, not necessarily on stage, but in front of family members,” continued Davey. “I fell in love with community theatre when I was 16; I started with Caledonia Theatre, which is no longer around, then I moved to Binbrook Little Theatre, where I am in the show right now- ‘Sleeping Beauty’,” said Davey. “I love the stage; you just cannot really put the price

on the audience’s reaction, when you hear them react to what you are doing,” stated Davey. “She is amazing and we just love her!” exclaimed Peter VanWyck, the owner of Gingerbread House Restaurant and Inn. The three-course dinner and Davey’s act will be complementing each other through out the evening. The person who guesses the most acts will dine for free. Seating is limited; call 905 772- 1776 to make reservations.

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Selkirk Lions Turkey Roll & Spaghetti Dinner Thursday, November 25 from 5:30-7 pm at Selkirk Centennial Community Centre. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12. Rotary Club Of Caledonia Auction Wine & Cheese Saturday, November 27 at Notre Dame School at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Call Gary at 905765-4300. Proceeds support Old Mill Light & Sound show, International Water Project and the eradication of polio. Caledonia Presbyterian Church Santa Claus Breakfast Saturday, November 27 from 8-10 am. Adults are $6 and children are $3. For information, call 905-7654524. Parkview Meadows Christian Retirement Village Christmas Bazaar Saturday, November 27 from 9 am-1 pm at 72 Towncentre Drive, Townsend. For information, call 519587-2448. Canadian Warplane Heritage Used Book Sale Saturday, November 27 from 10 am-2 pm. All proceeds go towards the museum. Glanbrook Support Programme Christmas House Tour & Tea Room Saturday and Sunday, November 27 & 28. Self-guided tour of 4 homes. For information and tickets, call 905-6923464. Lowbanks Firefighters Annual Turkey Raffle Saturday, November 27 at 8 pm at Lowbanks Fire Hall. Royal Canadian Legion Caledonia Movie Night Saturday, November 27 at 7 pm. Cayuga Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar & Doll Display Saturday, November 27 from 10 am-2 pm at the church on Ottawa St. N.

Canadian Reformed Church Pipe Organ Restoration Celebration Evening Saturday, November 27 at 7 pm at 109 Inman Road, Hwy #3 E., Dunnville. Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Ontario Canine Rescue Presents Pawsitively Christmas Saturday, November 27 at Selkirk Town Hall from 9 am-3:30 pm. All pets welcome (on leash). For information, call Rose at 905-776-5391 or starchaser@sympatico.ca. Christ Church Woodburn Christmas In The Country Saturday, November 27 from 9 am-1 pm at 1307 Woodburn Road, Binbrook. Christmas crafts, baking. For information, call 905-692-3781. Caledonia Presbyterian Church Santa Claus Breakfast Saturday, November 27 from 8-10 am. Adults are $6 and children are $3. Dunnville Saddle Club Annual Dinner/Dance Award Presentation Banquet Saturday, November 27 at the Hunters & Anglers Club at 237 McLaughlin Road, Dunnville at 5 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for youth. For information, call Tina at 905-701-0256. Haldimand Abilities Centre Ladies Brunch Tuesday, November 30 from 10-11 am at United Church Hall, 34 Main St. S., Hagersville. Donations appreciated. RSVP at 905-768-4488.

Dunnville Lawn Bowling Club Euchre Party Friday, December 3 at Grace United Church on Caithness St. E., Caledonia at 1:30 pm. Prizes, refreshments etc. Admission is $4. Jarvis United Church Presents “Gospel According To Country” Concert Friday, December 3 at 7 pm. Freewill offering. Caledonia Lions Club Seniors Christmas Card Party Friday, December 3 at 7 pm. Free admission. For information, call 905765-5470.

Christmas at Wesley United Church, Jarvis Friday, December 3 from 2-9 pm and Saturday, December 4 from 10 am-3 pm. Church tour, bake sale, cookie walk and lunch on Saturday from 11 am-1 pm. Grace United Church Yuletide Tea Friday, December 3 from 2-4 pm at 301 Broad St. E., Dunnville. Cost is $6. Tickets available by calling Sandra at 905-774-3068. Hagersville Lawn Bowling Club Presents Hoss Saturday, December 4 at 1:30 pm at 16 Alma Street South in Hagersville. Caledonia Presbyterian Church Annual Christmas Cookie Walk Saturday, December 4 at 10 am.

Dunnville Optimist Club Casino Niagara Bus Trip Wednesday, December 1 with bus leaving the Optimist Hall, corner of Main and Cedar St., Dunnville at 9 am sharp. Cost is $15. For tickets, call Jan at 905-774-5446.

Hagersville United Church Pasta Dinner Saturday, December 4 from 4:306:30 pm. Adults are $10 and children, 5-12 are $5. Tickets at the door. For information, call 905-7683729.

Onondaga Firefighters’ Annual Turkey Raffle Friday, December 3 from 8 pm-1 am at the Onondaga Fire Hall. $5 admission. Lunch included. Refreshments available.

York United Church Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 4 from 11 am-2 pm at 35 Merritt Street, York. Lunch available. For information, call 905765-4155.

St. Paul’s Church (Glanford) Bake Sale & Bazaar Saturday, December 4 from 9 amnoon at 2869 Upper James, Mount Hope. Dunnville Lioness Club Presents Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 4 from 8:0010:30 am upstairs at the Dunnville arena. Adults are $5 and children are $3.

Christmas Bakeshop & Craft Sale Saturday, December 4 from 10 am-2 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 27 Orkney Street, Caledonia. Crafts, baked goods, meat pies, etc. Call 905-765-2779 for information. Cottonwood Mansion Open House Sunday, December 5 from 1-4 pm at 740 Haldimand Road 53, Selkirk, ON. For information, call 905-776-2538. Binbrook United Church Presents Community Christmas Choir Sunday, December 5 at 7:15 pm. Offerings of canned goods or money will go to the Glanbrook Food Bank. Haldimand Choralairs Concert Sunday, December 5 at 7 pm at Grace United Church in Caledonia. Admission by donation. Caledonia Presbyterian Church Candlelight Memorial Service Sunday, December 5 at 7 pm. Nondenominational service is for remembering departed friends and family to help those left behind to cope with their bereavement and grief. Binbrook Seniors Group Annual Christmas Party Monday, December 6 at 12:30 pm at Binbrook Memorial Hall, 2600 Hwy 56, Binbrook. St. Paul’s Anglican Church Festival Of Christmas Carols Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm at the church at 2869 Upper James St., Mount Hope. Featuring The Dofasco Ladies Choral Ensemble.

Haldimand Choralairs Concert Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dunnville. Admission by donation. Farmers’ Dell Co-op Preschool Presents Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 11 from 8:3011:30 am at Binbrook Ag Hall, 2600 Hwy 56, Binbrook. Adults are $8 and children, 2-10 years are $5. For information, call 905-973-6286. Cottonwood Mansion Cookie Walk Saturday, December 11 from 10 amnoon at 740 Haldimand Road 53, Selkirk, ON. $5 per pound. For information, call 905-776-2538. Calvary Pentecostal Church Christmas Banquet Saturday, December 11 at 5:30 pm at the church at 1241 Hwy 3E, Dunnville. Turkey dinner costs $5 per person or $20 per family. Cottonwood Mansion Brass Christmas Concert Saturday, December 11 from 2-4 pm at 740 Haldimand Road 53, Selkirk, ON. $10 per adult and $5 per child. To reserve, call David 905-772-5205. Cottonwood Mansion Country Christmas Dinner Saturday, December 12 at 1 pm at 740 Haldimand Road 53, Selkirk. $18 per adult and $9 per child. To reserve, call Barbara before December 5 at 905-779-3354. Haldimand Choralairs Concert Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm at Hagersville United Church. Admission by donation. Dunnville Lawn Bowling Club Euchre Party Friday, December 17 at Grace United Church on Caithness St. E., Caledonia at 1:30 pm. Prizes, refreshments etc. Admission is $4. Hagersville Santa Claus Parade Friday, December 17 at 6 pm. Evening with Santa from 7-9 pm and The Haldimand Norfolk Concert Band will be performing from 7-8 pm.

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Crystal Ball has been helping hospital for 47 years BY MARGARET KELLY The Sachem The annual Crystal Ball fundraising dinner and dance is to be held on Saturday, November 27 at McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia in support of the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. “This is the oldest and one of the most popular fundraising events in the region," said Alex Komarniski of the Knights of Columbus. "It was originally hosted by the West Haldimand Auxiliary and has moved through various towns in the region including Port Dover, Jarvis and Cayuga. It has been an annual event for the last 47 years and is always well attended and hugely enjoyed by the community, and I am sure that this year will be no exception." The event, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Council 9300, promises to be a festive event with dinner catered by A Taste of Elio and live music performed by Fare Enuf. The catering was chosen for its quality and the music will be diverse and lively enough to suit all ages and tastes. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktail hour and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.. The dancing will commence after dinner and continue into the night. “There will also be door prizes and raffles during the evening," Komarniski said, adding, "The price of tickets is $35 and they can be purchased at the coffee shop in the hospital, but you should note that they are selling quickly." The money raised will be used to purchase equipment for the hospital. Information on purchasing tickets can be had by calling Alex Komarniski at 905-765-6723 or Jim Braham at 905-765-4908.

Fickle health fads ing habits and There are two, large other bits of loony Jergens Hand Sanitizer germaphobia. dispenser gizmos boltSeems the sanied to the wall. One tizer fad was just an inside the staff washexciting gimmick room and one at the and didn’t change front entrance to the our habits or our office. Hardly anybody smarts too much. bothers palm-pumpJOHN HARDY According to the ing the button and John’s World S o c i e t y working-in squirts of researchers, 92% of the once-important people say they always wash after clear liquid any more. Why not? Because the panicky using a public washroom. When the trend of warding off nasty SARS or, researchers did actual surveillance, most recently, H1N1 was a momen- they found that less than 79% did. tarily exciting, gimmicky and trendy Fewer than 18% use soap. And the average hand washing time lasts fad that few dared resist. Like the countless yo-yo diets, about 11 seconds. Kind of sad, but the virtually fororganic croutons, flax seeds, copper bracelets, omega eggs and yolk-free gotten worry and gimmicks trigomelettes, SPF 60 suntan lotion, fist gered by H1N1 turned some people bumps instead of handshakes, bee into simplistic germaphobes who pollen and recycled paper grocery opt for gimmicks but really can’t be bags to flimsy plastic grocery bags to bothered doing anything serious about the worries. biodegradable satchels. Fewer than 30% of otherwise norThe gimmicky fads come and go, usually without a trace. But not mal people are a tad paranoid and those bulky, wall-mounted sanitizer completely avoid public pools and dispensers. We vaguely remember hot tubs. Some 23% avoid using a what they were for. Some work shared pen and 51% claim they places didn’t get quite as gung ho avoid doorknobs or elevator butambitious and just bought a case of tons- despite definite scientific the smaller pump containers and proof that most germs live for as litlaid them around the desks and tle as a few minutes or less on dry surfaces. Using a workplace or pubcounters. When the fad was over, at least lic phone, computer keyboard or they were thrown away, er, recycled, restaurant salt shakers or sauce disof course. But not those overlooked pensers doesn’t seem to occur to and forgotten about clunky dis- most people. The biggest culprit? pensers. They’re bolted into the drySubconsciously touching your face, wall for eternity. Maybe science is running out of rubbing your eye or mouth with gimmicky, trendy health fads. your fingers, hours after washing Maybe it’s because summer fun is your hands. Hey! Why not go ahead! Just to over, the season of being bored indoors is here and the time is right rekindle the excitement. For sentifor a strategic plot by sanitizer man- mental, H1N1 old times’ sake. Go ufacturers. When there is no panic, on. Do the worry-world a favour. create one. Or maybe it’s just a fluky Just give that lonely hand sanitizer coincidence that the Society for pump a couple of pushes. The world Microbiology just concluded an will be at less risk... and the sanitizer extensive survey about hand-wash- gizmo won’t feel as neglected!

(l-r) Janet Riddell and Mandy Frye are staff at West Haldimand G e n e r a l Hospital; the W e s t Halidmand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation is working to raise money to buy new equipment for the hospital. Sachem photo by Margaret Kelly

NOTICE OF PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE To be held by Capital Power regarding a Proposal to Engage in a Renewable Energy Project Project Name: Port Dover & Nanticoke Wind Project (”the Project”)

Project Location: The Project is being proposed for Norfolk and Haldimand Counties, Ontario (see map). The Project would be located east of the community of Port Dover (Norfolk County), west of the community of Selkirk (Haldimand County), and south of the community of Jarvis (Haldimand County). A larger area has been considered during siting of Project infrastructure and for consultation purposes.

Dated At: Haldimand County and Norfolk County this the 25th day of November, 2010. Capital Power GP Holdings Inc., in its capacity as General Partner of Capital Power L.P. (Capital Power) is planning to develop, construct, and operate a wind energy project in respect of which the issuance of a Renewable Energy Approval is required. The distribution of this Notice of Public Open House and the Project itself are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation). This notice is being distributed in accordance with section 15 of the Regulation prior to an application being submitted and assessed for completeness by the Ministry of the Environment.

Meeting Locations: Capital Power would appreciate your input and welcomes your attendance at our drop-in style public open house sessions for the Project scheduled for: Date: Monday, January 31, 2011 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: Jarvis Community Centre 18 James Street Jarvis, Ontario

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: Port Dover Lions Community Centre 801 St. George Street Port Dover, Ontario

Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the Project is considered to be a Class 4 wind facility. If approved, the Project would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 104.4 megawatts (MW). The Project would consist of 58 wind turbines and would also include electrical collection lines, a substation and other ancillary facilities such as turbine access roads.

Documents for Public Inspection: The Draft Project Description Report titled Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind Project – Draft Project Description was made available for public review on November 1, 2009 at www.tributeresources.com and on December 3, 2009 at www.capitalpower.com/portdovernanticoke. Further, Capital Power has completed various studies and prepared the following supporting documents to meet the requirements of the Act and Regulation: Ÿ Construction Plan Report Ÿ Design and Operations Report

Ÿ Built Heritage and Cultural Heritage

Landscape Inventory Assessment

Ÿ Decommissioning Plan Report

Ÿ Archaeological Assessment

Ÿ Project Summary Report

Ÿ Natural Heritage Assessment and

Ÿ Wind Turbine Specifications Report

Environmental Impact Study Ÿ Water Assessment and Water Body Report

Written copies of the draft supporting documents for the Project will be made available for public inspection from December 1, 2010 to February 7, 2011. Copies of the draft reports may be found online at www.capitalpower.com/portdovernanticoke and at the following locations: Haldimand County Caledonia Satellite Office 282 Argyle Street South, Caledonia Haldimand County Cayuga Administration Office 45 Munsee Street North, Cayuga

Norfolk County Simcoe Town Centre Office 150 West Street, Simcoe Haldimand Public Library Jarvis Branch 2 Monson Street, Jarvis Norfolk Public Library Port Dover Branch 413 Main Street, Port Dover

Project Contacts and Information: To learn more about the Project and the public open houses, to communicate questions or comments, or to be added to our Project distribution list, please contact the Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind Project team via e-mail at PDN@capitalpower.com or by phone at 519-761-3969. Capital Power must receive all comments pertaining to the draft reports by 4:00 p.m. on February 7, 2011 to be included in the Project's Consultation Report that will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment as part of the Renewable Energy Approval application. Please forward comments to: Todd Josifovski Port Dover & Nanticoke Wind Project Manager Capital Power 200 University Avenue, Suite 1301 Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C6 E-mail: PDN@capitalpower.com Phone: 519-761-3969 Fax: 416-773-7470


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Fitness instructor always aiming for new personal best Ashley Werner holds junior provincial powerlifting records

Dunnville Junior ‘C’ Mudcats win streak at six The Junior Mudcats of the Niagara Jr. ‘C’ league are returning to a tradition of competitive and winning hockey and the fans of Dunnville and district are returning to the rink for Friday’s ‘Hockey Night in Dunnville’. The Junior Mudcats are swimming upstream toward the top of the standings after winning six games without a loss. The Mudcats are in second place as of this week. All wins have been hard fought battles requiring three periods of continuous effort, good goaltending and individual and team discipline. The new owners and trio of coaches are pushing the right buttons and supporting the dedicated efforts of this blended group of hometown young men and their teammates from the surrounding district and towns. Throughout the long history of the Mudcats and their many successful years the local players and team organizers have recognized the benefit and need to blend their talents with those of surrounding towns and villages. The league is as good as it has ever been and the skill level is entertaining to watch, it is fast, hard hitting, yet remains relatively clean and disciplined. -Dave Green

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Sports I think we are all adrenaline junkies to some extent; it just depends on what makes you feel alive and drives you towards personal success. Being an athlete myself and realizing that inner drive, which comes out when competing with your own achievements as well as your opponents, gives such a rush and can be very addictive. For Ashley Werner, Jarvis, she has found her fix with powerlifting and in such a short time has become quite a success. I had the privilege of meeting her in April during World Health Day upon her recent return from the 2010 CPU National Powerlifting Championship that took place in Quebec City, April 711. I remember then the enthusiasm she had for her sport and the excitement which she exuded when speaking of her success and achievements in setting new provincial junior records in three categories (bench press, squat and deadlift) during the Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championship. She intends to compete in the OPA (Ontario Powerlifting Association) in January 2011 and “make some new personal bests.” As many athletes would relate to, Ashley states “I am in my element with sport. Especially competitive sporting where I can really come out of my box.” It was back during a time when Ashley didn’t have a sport, that powerlifting and weight training captured her interest after being exposed to it with her work at BodyWaves. She was involved with track and field in high school and then wrestling at

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••• Haldimand Bantam ‘B’ Rivercats win three in row

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Ashley Werner, a fitness instructor at BodyWaves in Caledonia, is also a competitive bodybuilder. university so it is no wonder, with the strength that she had exhibited in wrestling, that powerlifting is a good fit for her. After seeing her achievements thus far, and getting excited with her through her contagious enthusiasm, I am confident Ashley will continue to excel and wow people. She claims she wants to “eventually be the girl that

makes the crowd amazed. I want to give people something to be excited about.” She has set her long term goal to compete in world’s and this “drives her to strive for the future and to get those big numbers.” Ashley is an inspiration, not only in sport, but for her work ethic as well as she balances out her passion for her career. She’s a group fitness

instructor at BodyWaves (boot camp, cycling and high intensity training program) and brings an infectious and dynamic personality which drives her clients to success as she works on “taking them up to the next level.” The way she teaches and competes is the way she lives every aspect of her life - always striving to excel and beat her own personal best.

The Girls’ Bantam B rep team won its last three league games and are on a roll going into a weekend tournament in Stratford. The team had back-to-back wins against North Halton with Courtney Sullivan and Caitlin Lewis being the goal scorers for a 2-1 win. The next game saw Kylee Blaney record her first shutout and Maggie Kiernen was the lone goal scorer in a 1-0 win. On Sunday, Sammy Lickers faced 30 shots against Oakville to pick up a 4-1 win while goals came from Shanyna Chang, Rachel Vankleef, Amber Lemos and Caitlin Lewis. The team played a fast and aggressive style of hockey and the hard work paid off. Team manager Chris McLean credits the coaching staff and players for pulling together despite having girls that have not played together long. The Bantam B Rivercats will continue to improve and battle hard all year. The team plays in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League. -Chris McLean Haldimand Rivercats

SPORTS ARTICLE SUBMISSION POLICY The Sachem and Glanbrook Gazette welcome sports articles submitted from coaches, parents and fans. Sports articles should be no longer than 150 words. They should mention the names of the teams, the sport, the league, date of game played, where it was played, who scored (and assisted) and the names of any players who made an extraordinary play or contribution that was the turning point of the game. Reports can mention when the team plays next, especially in the playoffs. Sports reports should not list sponsors or thank players and coaches. Reports should be unbiased and written in the third person. Sports reports received by Monday will be considered for Thursday’s newspaper. Please send your sport articles to news@sachem.ca for consideration.


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CITY OF HAMILTON CITIZENS APPOINTMENTS CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS TO HAMILTON AGENCIES, BOARDS & COMMITTEES Hamilton City Council will be appointing members of the public to fill vacancies on various local Agencies, Boards and Committees (ABCs). Each of the Committees has a specific mandate and helps Council in a unique way. Most meet monthly with additional work required between meetings. Membership appointments are for four years which is the term of Council. Further information regarding the mandates of these ABCs, is available on the City’s website – www.hamilton.ca Accountability and Transparency Sub-Committee - 4 members needed Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities - 15 members needed (A sufficient number of members will be persons with disabilities in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.) Agriculture & Rural Affairs Advisory Committee - 4 members needed CityHousing Hamilton Corporation - 4 members needed Cleanliness and Security in the Downtown Core Task Force - 3 members needed Committee of Adjustment - 9 members needed (Note: Not less than 4 members shall have knowledge and experience in rural planning and agricultural matters)

The deadline for submission of all applications is Monday, December 13, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Applications may be submitted to the Clerk’s Department, any of the Municipal Service Centres or at the Orientation Open House. (Please note we cannot accept applications submitted by fax or e-mail.) City Council wishes to ensure that its Committees and Local Boards reflect the diverse nature of the City of Hamilton’s population, including women, persons with disabilities, native persons, and racial and ethnic minorities and encourages all residents to consider these opportunities. Conflict of interest rules will apply to all citizen members, pursuant to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O., 1990, Chapter M.50, copies of which are available from the Office of the City Clerk. For further information regarding the Appointment of Citizen Volunteers to Hamilton ABCs, please contact: Ida Bedioui, A.M.C.T.O, Legislative Assistant Office of the City Clerk, Hamilton City Hall 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5 Phone: (905) 546-2424 ext. 4605 Email: ida.bedioui@hamilton.ca

Conservation Halton - 2 members needed Cross-Melville District Heritage Committee (Dundas) - 4 members needed (Note: Applicants shall be a resident in the Heritage Conservation District) Development Charges Stakeholders Sub-Committee - 2 members needed Environmentally Significant Areas Impact Evaluation Group (ESAIEG) 9 members having a high level of technical expertise needed Glanbrook Landfill Community Co-ordinating Committee - 4 members needed Grand River Conservation Authority - 1 member needed Hamilton Conservation Authority - 5 members needed Hamilton Future Fund Board of Governors - 13 members needed Hamilton Library Board - 9 members needed (Note: Applicants shall be a Canadian Citizen, a resident of the City of Hamilton and not be employed by the Board or by the City of Hamilton.) Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee - 11 members needed (Note: One resident from each of the former Area Municipalities, four residents from the former City of Hamilton and two citizens at large. Hamilton Waterfront Trust - 2 members needed Hess Village Pedestrian Mall Authority - 3 members needed (Note: Applicants shall be owners or tenants of the Hess Village Pedestrian Mall - George Street between Queen Street South and Hess Street South.) Knowles Bequest Trust - 3 members needed (Note: All applicants must be a resident of the former Town of Dundas) Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - 2 members needed Property Standards Committee - 5 members needed (Note: Applicants shall be ratepayers of the City of Hamilton. Definition of a Ratepayer – an owner or tenant shown on the last revised Assessment Roll of a property in the City of Hamilton) Note: Final composition of members may change subject to Council approval. Application forms and additional information are available at the following locations: • On the City’s website - www.hamilton.ca • City Clerk’s Department, Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 1st floor • At all of the Municipal Service Centres [for a location nearest you, please call (905) 546-CITY (2489)] An Orientation Open House will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Committee Rooms 192/193, 1st Floor, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton. The purpose of the Open House is to outline the scope of the various committees, explain the time commitment and any qualifications that may be required. Although attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. Applications may be completed and submitted at the Orientation Open House.

CITIZEN APPOINTMENT TO THE HAMILTON POLICE SERVICES BOARD The City of Hamilton is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the Citizen Appointee to the Hamilton Police Services Board (the “Board”), for the 2010-2014 term of Council. The Hamilton Police Services Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services, which includes crime prevention and law enforcement, within the City of Hamilton (the “City”). Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria: • a resident of, or owner of a business in, the City • an owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of such a person • a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age • not a member of the Legislative Assembly, the Senate or House of Commons, or an elected official of the City • not a Crown employee, nor an employee of a municipality • not otherwise disqualified from holding office or voting • of good character (applicants will be required to provide authorization to the Police Service to conduct a comprehensive background check) • a demonstrated history of community service i.e., previous experience on Boards or Committees • able to devote up to 20 to 25 hours per month to Police Board matters, including availability during normal business hours • skills or leadership in a business or a profession which demonstrates ability to work effectively as a member of the Board • specific knowledge, training, education or experience which may be an asset to the Board. The following persons are ineligible to be a citizen appointee to the Board: • a member of City Council • an employee of the City of Hamilton • a Judge or a Justice of the Peace • a police officer • a person who practices criminal law as a defense counsel. Persons interested in serving the community in this capacity can obtain a Hamilton Police Services Board Appointment Information Package and application in the Office of the City Clerk, 1st Floor, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, or at any of the Municipal Service Centres, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday commencing Thursday, November 25, 2010. Please call 546-CITY(2489) for the locations of the Municipal Service Centres. Applicants will be required to complete an application form, attesting to their satisfying the eligibility criteria. Applications can be returned either by mail, or to City Hall or a Municipal Service Centre, in the self-addressed envelope provided. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010.

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Information is collected under the authority of Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, (s.27), and will be used to assess suitability for appointment to the Hamilton Police Services Board. Questions about this collection of personal information or information regarding the appointment to the Police Services Board can be forwarded to: Carolyn Biggs, Co-ordinator Committee Services/Council/Budgets Office of the City Clerk 1st Floor, City Hall 71 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4Y5 Phone: (905) 546-2424 Ext. 2604 Email: Carolyn.Biggs@hamilton.ca

CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS TO HAMILTON VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES Hamilton City Council will be appointing members of the public to fill vacancies on various volunteer committees, each of which has a specific mandate that assists Council in a unique manner. Membership appointments are for four year terms to coincide with the term of Council. Most committees meet monthly with additional work required between meetings. This is an opportunity to meet new and interesting people, develop your skills and share your talents. Further information regarding the mandates of these Volunteer Committees is available on the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca. The City is seeking volunteers for the following committees: Advisory Committee for Immigrants and Refugees – Up to 20 Members Arts Advisory Commission – Up to 13 Members Clean City Liaison Committee – Up to 6 Members Committee Against Racism – Up to 15 Members Food and Shelter Advisory Committee – Up to 5 Members Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Committee – No Maximum Hamilton Cycling Committee – Up to 15 Members Hamilton Historical Board – Up to 15 Members Hamilton Status of Women Committee – Up to 15 Members Hamilton Veterans Committee – Up to 7 Members Hamilton Youth Advisory Committee – Up to 15 Members Seniors’ Advisory Committee – Up to 19 Members Tenant Advisory Committee – Up to 8 Members Application forms and additional information are available at the following locations: • On the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca • Office of the City Clerk, Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street W., 1st Floor • At all Municipal Service Centres – for a location nearest you, please call (905) 546-CITY (2489). An Orientation Open House will be held on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hamilton City Hall, Rooms 192/193, 1st Floor. The purpose of the Orientation Open House is to outline the scope of the various committees, explain the time commitment and any qualifications that may be required. Although attendance at the orientation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. Applications may be completed and submitted at the Orientation Open House. (Please note we cannot accept applications submitted by fax or e-mail.) The deadline for submission of all applications is Monday, December 13, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. to the Office of the City Clerk or any of the Municipal Service Centres. City Council wishes to ensure that its volunteer committees reflect the diverse nature of the City of Hamilton’s population including women, persons with disabilities, native persons, and racial and ethnic minorities and encourages all residents to consider these opportunities. Conflict of interest rules will apply to all citizen members, pursuant to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O., 1990, Chapter M.50, copies of which are available from the Office of the City Clerk. For further information regarding the appointment of citizen volunteers to Hamilton Volunteer Committees, please contact: Stephanie Paparella, Legislative Assistant Office of the City Clerk, Hamilton City Hall 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5 Phone: (905) 546-2424 ext. 3993 E-mail: stephanie.paparella@hamilton.ca


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Homes dressed in style

There’s a lot of myth

BY LISA MORAN The Sachem

• Natives were not As we approach the “indifferent” and many bicentennial of the War of fought with British1812, many people will be Canadian forces. curious about what hap• Joseph Willcocks pened close to home. But was killed near Fort tread carefully! The War of Erie, not Fort George. 1812 is one of those histor• Robert Nichol ical events that is surCHERYL MACDONALD would not have been rounded by all kinds of made Quartermaster myth and misinformation, War of 1812 General of Militia for and a lot of it shows up in Upper Canada had he early histories of been a political radical. Haldimand County. • Isaac Brock did meet Tecumseh near Take Page’s Atlas. It claims Joseph Brant led the Six Nations during the war. Detroit, but his main purpose in going That would have been quite a trick, there was to drive out American invaders. since he died in 1807. These authors probably did the best The Atlas also claims that a naval depot was built at the mouth of the they could with sources that were readiGrand River, but this did not happen ly available to them, but likely never consulted solidly researched academic until after the war. R. Bertram Nelles provides some works or original documents. As a result, interesting stories in Haldimand County their stories contain many inaccuracies. I’ll be writing more about some of the in the Days of Auld Lang Syne. However, his accounts of the Battle of Nanticoke people mentioned here in the coming Creek and the murder of William Francis months. In the meantime, if you’d like a detailed analysis of Harper’s account of are a vague and somewhat garbled. As for Russell Harper, he has two the War of 1812, visit my website at chapters on the War of 1812 in Early www.heronwoodent.ca and click on War History of Haldimand County, but there of 1812. And, if you have comments or are so many errors it’s probably best not suggestions for further stories, please contact me at heronto use the book. Some examples: • War was declared on June 18, not wood@execulink.com. June 1.

Caledonia definitely decked the halls with boughs of holly this past weekend. Grace United Church held its 11th annual Along the Grand Christmas Tour of Homes and Bazaar on November 19 and 20. The self-guided tour showcased three unique homes in the area that had been adorned for the season with the assistance of decorators and local store owners who loaned out their seasonal embellishments. Ruth Lewis has been a part of the tour since it first began. “The first year we were a committee of three, we now have 10 people helping to make this a bigger success each year,” said Lewis. “Over the two days, we will typically sell between 500 and 700 tickets with the proceeds going towards the Work of Grace United, which helps out local missions, hospitals and the food bank; it’s important that the money stays local.” Alan and Pam Moesker opened up their century home

Sachem photo by Lisa Moran

(l-r) Homeowner Pam Moesker and Pat McClung from the Coach House enjoyed greeting each guest as they arrived to view the festive trimmings on Banff Street for the tour. “I submitted our home to the committee,” said Pam, “I wanted to see some new ideas of what could be done with our house during the holidays.” “This is also a great way to get to know people in the area; it is a

fabulous community event where everyone wins.” Following the tour, complimentary refreshments and Christmas snacks were served at the church, where guests could also shop the bazaar for baked goods, crafts or holiday boughs.

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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS

It can take a long time to preserve history There’s no main subject for history this time, just some random happenings and thoughts from past weeks. This doesn’t impact Glanbrook directly, but it does have significance for provincewide cemeteries. Just off Lime Kiln Road in Ancaster is the “abandoned” HattCooley cemetery, established by those early settlers in Ancaster around 1800. Over the decades, the cemetery fell into decay, headstones were lost and burial sites

became generally unknown. It was a reasonably marked cemetery and its location known through the generations. In the late 1990s, a development plan was formulated to develop land in the area and a plan of a subdivision showed a roadway through the cemetery. From “a few” graves, the archaeology survey discovered about 100 burial shafts, of which over 40 were proposed to be moved. Fast forward to November, 2010, and

an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing at which, finally, a plan was agreed upon by the city and developers in which the roadway was re-aligned, burial shafts were intact and there was general satisfaction all round. If the original plans had any common sense instead of maximum profits, things could have been settled years ago. At least a pioneer heritage landscape will be preserved. After decades of neglect, the

November 25 and close on December 13. Information is available at city hall and municipal service centres. Two committees of historical interest are the Hamilton Historical Board (HHB) and Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC). HHB members are selected at large while MHC has one of its 11 members appointed from Glanbrook. Just thought you’d be interested. Art French, Glanbrook Heritage Society

Lister Block in Hamilton is emerging as a symbol of heritage renewal. Once the exterior scaffolding is removed in the next few months, the building, built in 1923, will finally be worthy of its heritage designation as approved in 1996. It’s the city’s oldest surviving office∕retail complex with an indoor arcade and should be quite interesting when it opens later next year. A call for volunteers for city committees will be posted by

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BINBROOK AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Ag society presents awards, shows appreciation On Saturday November 20, the Binbrook Agricultural Society (BAS) hosted its annual Appreciation Night and Awards Presentation Ceremony. Approximately 200 people attended the event. They enjoyed a great meal prepared by Jones’ Catering of Caledonia and members of the Binbrook Agricultural Caterers; witnessed the presentation of awards; and had an opportunity to view photographs of the Binbrook Fair and other events hosted by the BAS over the past year. The BAS welcomed several guests, including: Art Gill from the Niagara Regional Exhibition; Ted and Sylvia Parr of the Ancaster Fair (Sylvia is also homecraft director of District 6 of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS)); John and Pat Hussack of the Caledonia Fair; Jim and Gay McIlwain of Lincoln County Fair and Gerry Fuchs, OAAS District 6 agricultural director. Among the award recipients were Natalie Lopez and Sean Bienhaus for most

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points in the elementary department; Lopez also won for the most points in the junior department. The 1st Binbrook Scouts won the award for the best youth entry in the parade. Wilma Switzer presented Colleen Zimmermann with the Edna Marshall Memorial Trophy for the most points in baking; Joe Morrissey won the award for the most points in photography. Ila Swayze won the Grace Mitchell Memorial Award for the grand champion quilt, presented by Clint Burrows on behalf of the Mitchell family. Swayze also won for her grand champion machine quilt. Her quilt also won top quilt at the District 6 of the OAAS annual meeting held in Wainfleet. Marilyn Bienhaus won the Jean Court Memorial Award for the best knitted baby set. Cody Switzer won the Royal Bank Trophy for the champion bale of hay; Raymond Wilson won the O’Neil’s Farm Equipment trophy for the best wheat, oats and barley collection;

and Kim and Dawn Turnbull won the NK Seed Trophy for the most points in corn. James McIlwain was presented with the Russell Smith Memorial Trophy for the most points in poultry; Grant Howley was presented with the award for the best doe in the goat show. Joe Lavadinho of the Bank of Montreal accepted the O’Neil’s Farm Equipment Trophy for the best commercial display. The Kinnear and the Anderson families were presented with a check for their yard displays helping to advertise the Binbrook Fall Fair. Lorraine Rush, youth volunteer co-ordinator, distributed Community Service Volunteer forms to any high school students present who volunteered for the BAS during the past year. Homecraft president Shirley Allen presented Joanne Robitaille and Linda Whitwell with their BAS Life Membership Cards. Colleen Zimmermann presented Kylene Spoelstra with the BAS Lifetime Member

Scholarship Award for 2010. Andrew and Pam Bienhaus received the OAAS Agricultural Society Service Diploma for their outstanding service to the BAS for their involvement in the Fair, maintaining the BAS website and many other volunteer activities with the Society. Diane Switzer was recognized as the designer of the 2011 Fair Book cover and was presented with her

cheque. President Clinton Burrows presented the ‘Innovation at the Fair Award’ to Cliff Stickland for his leadership in the design and the construction of the new Elmer Davis Gate at the Fair as well as his leadership in paving the parking lot, the new roadway and the new enlarged horse ring for the 2010 Fair. The Woodburn and the Binbrook Women’s

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River Arts Festival finishes its fifth year BY LACIE WILLIAMSON The Sachem The evening of November 20 was the closing ceremonies for the River Arts Festival, which has been taking place since November 6. The final week of events included performances from internationally renowned artists as well as up and coming local artists who will soon reach the top. The beginning of the week featured performance art at Bohemian Friday by Kelly Ridley; the artist shadow-knitted for 14 hours in order to create a masterpiece that she has donated to the Haldimand Artworks Art Auction, which will take place in the new year. Authors’ Night welcomed local author Josie Penny and internationally renowned writer Dave Bidini to share their stories and talk about the writing process and the journey it has taken them on. "There are artists that need and artists that want," said Bidini "The artists that need will be those who create." Penny, inspired by her life events and the need to pass her story along, wrote So Few on Earth. Penny is the only Métis woman from Labrador to have an internationally published book, and was honored with a book launch on Parliament Hill over the

weekend. Following the Authors’ Night event, the BidiniBand took stage at Flyers Cafe. Towards the end of their performance, the BidiniBand unplugged and wandered into the crowd for a singalong that allowed the crowd to voice their opinions of local and international issues. The final week also included a Theatre Production Workshop hosted by Linus Hand. Hand has been the executive producer of movies such as Disney's High School Musical 2 with his company SilverMist Productions, on top of working for Ed Mervish for 16 years. Hand lead a very informal workshop which brought those who attended through the "production process, from the initial stages of concept through the various stages leading to presentation." The Film Event for the River Arts Festival this year featured the work of Cory Levitt, who shared his student film Dead Serious and also his passion for low-rider cars in his documentary A Rolling Canvas. The final headliner performance for the River Arts Festival featured Toronto based band Mr. Something Something. The band played what they describe as Afrobeat Jazz. Within two songs

Sachem photo by Lacie Williamson

Shadow knitter Kelly Ridley gave a 14-hour performance at Bohemian Friday on November 15; this was part of the Dunnville River Arts Festival. the band had managed to establish a dance floor, which started at the base of the ramp at Flyers Cafe

up and onto the main floor in front of the performers. The crowd grew big enough that in order to

make space for dancing, the art easels were moved aside so not to be damaged. With every table in the house full, people seated on the stairs and very little standing room only left, Flyers was packed. Finally, Saturday, November 20 held two events that recognized artists and closed down the festival for 2010. First at 2pm at the Dunnville Public Library Tracey Stone recognized and awarded the winners of the Children’s Art and Literary Showcase. First place winners in both categories received a basket full of necessary tools of their trade: paint and brushes for the artists, and notepads and dictionaries for the writers. The youth artists were recognized and awarded at the closing ceremonies of the Festival at Flyers Cafe. Following the awards Jonathan Kingma was welcomed to the stage. Kingma is a classical pianist, who over the course of the night ended the festival with classical pieces such as his own Concerto in C Minor, and favourites such as O Holy Night and Angels We Have Heard on High. Festival chair Jody Orr thanked everyone who supported the festival and reminded everyone to mark November 5 through 19 of 2011 for next year's River Arts Festival.

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Students take stand against bullying Cayuga will have BY LINDSAY LABRIE The Sachem

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” While the concept is optimistic, it is also flawed. With the easy accessibility to technology, it is easier than ever to hurt, abuse and harass others in a non-physical way. Anita Ricker, a teacher at Caledonia Centennial Public School, explained this change as: “It’s still there; it’s just changed its face. It seems that cyber bulling is more common. They are brave when they are not face to face.” In an effort to speak out against bullying, especially in the school system, the school decided to participate in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, which is the third week of every November, by engaging in proactive activities that not only informed the students but challenged them to change. One evident action was the wearing of pink shirts on Friday, November 19. Ricker and fellow teacher Deb Ovellette explained some of the activities that their students participated in prior to Friday. One activity was the schoolwide initiative of which 100% of

Sachem photo by Lindsay Labrie

(l-r) Grade 5 Caledonia Centennial Public School students Haley Black and Brittney Jenkins wore pink shirts to show they were taking a stand against bullying during the school’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. the faculty and 95% of the student body signed a pledge against bullying. This impressive response by the students was brought on by personal conviction on the subject along with numerous commercials that were shown in school on different types of bul-

lying and awareness projects that the students participated in. There is a lot of bullying that seems to go without students’ knowledge, Ricker explained, and so the school is not only trying to educate its students but to promote positive change in trying to put an end to bullying altogether. The school is involved in many incentives and organizations that encourage students to get involved in various causes, such as Operation Christmas Child, as well as providing opportunity for students to be “recognized for acts of kindness throughout the year,” says Ricker. “We’re really trying to push positive character here and we’re doing things to highlight character attributes,” said Ovellette. Ricker said the students and faculty are “pledging to stand up against bullying.” “There’s quite a change with (my students),” said Ovellette. “In general it’s more pleasant here.” One of the school’s goals is to “(empower students) to stand up for themselves and to learn to walk away,” said Ovellette. “You can choose to bully and not to bully.” Since the awareness efforts and the pledge, “there’s a lot more pride in our school,” said Ricker.

Christmas parade BY LACIE WILLIAMSON The Sachem Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the community of Cayuga will be able to enjoy a Christmas parade this year. In past years, the Cayuga Lions Club has been the sponsor of the Cayuga Christmas Parade, but this year, was unable to sponsor the event. Once people heard the news that the Lions could not sponsor the parade, the question was raised as to whether there would even be a parade. Soon, concerned citizens started calling the Cayuga and District Chamber of Commerce. They not only wanted answers, they wanted to know how they could help. One concerned citizen, Darren Blaylock, owner of Gardener's Choice Landscaping in Cayuga, called president of the Cayuga Chamber, Lynn Hewitt, asking how exactly he could help put on a parade. Not only did community members offer to help and volunteer to see that a parade took place this year, the Cayuga Kinsmen

Club offered to sponsor the event. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 4, following the Light Up Night ceremonies on December 3. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at J.L. Mitchener Public School in Cayuga, and circulate through the community. Blayblock and other volunteers will be working with the Kinsmen Club of Cayuga to ensure that the event is a success. The Chamber has also offered to help advertise the event while advertising the Light Up Night, which is a Chamber initiative. "The parade is a true community partnership," said Hewitt. "It is a small parade, but it is obviously very meaningful to the community to have so many volunteer their time when there is so much already going on in the holiday season." The Chamber, as well as the Kinsmen Club, is encouraging businesses and organizations to get involved by entering a float in the parade. For more information on how to get involved, contact Hewitt at 905-772-5954.


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Joanne Weeks opening home for Christmas tour BY TAMARA BANNON The Gazette Joanne Weeks is a longtime volunteer for the Glanbrook Home Support Programme (GHSP), even having sat on the board for a number of years, so when the call came asking her to decorate and open her home to the public in support of the GHSP, there was only one answer– yes. “My dad started with the GHSP first, when I was a volunteer, he sat on the board, for a time, we sat on the board together,” said Weeks. Weeks was the chair at the time the GHSP began doing the Christmas Home Tours.

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Joanne Weeks places the finishing touch on her entryway table in preparation for the Glanbrook Home Support Programme's annual Christmas House Tour and Tea Room. “I’ve come full circle now. This is my first time

decorating. It’s for such a great cause.” Weeks still volunteers as a driver with the GHSP. As a retired teacher and principal, Weeks has many Christmas ornaments to share. “I have many very special ornaments that were gifts from former students.” In addition to the sentimental ornaments, Weeks has a variety of antiques, which will be displayed in her home as well. She will have ornaments and antiques from her family, including her Aunt Hendershot, whose last name is “Like the road!” Her family has a long history in the Glanbrook

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area. There is not one theme in the home, but each room will have its own specialty. “There will be a Santa room; a blue, silver, and turquoise room; the angel room; snowmen, reindeer and sleigh, trees and bells,” said Weeks. Part of the allure of

Christmas is the scents of the season. “I will be decorating with natural greenery too, pine and cedar.” GHSP’s Christmas House Tour and Tea Room, a selfguided tour of four local homes and Binbrook United Church, will take place Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

and Sunday, November 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be on sale the days of the tour at Binbrook United Church; there will be complementary goodies and beverages at the church for those on the tour. A light lunch will be available. For more information and tickets, call 905-692-3464.

2011 BUDGET PROCESS The City of Hamilton has begun its 2011 budget process and will be passing the by-laws, including user fees, charges and rates by-laws, associated with this process. The first 2011 budget meeting is scheduled as follows: Committee: General Issues Committee (User Fees (including Transit)) Date: December 14, 2010 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: City Hall Council Chamber The agenda for this meeting will be available on Thursday, December 9, 2010. A copy of the agenda can be viewed on the City of Hamilton’s website at www.hamilton.ca under “2011 Budget” or at the City Clerk’s Office, 1st Floor, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8P 4Y5. Anyone interested in making a presentation on the above-noted matter is asked to pre-register as a delegation by no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, December 13, 2010 by contacting: Carolyn Biggs, Co-ordinator, Committee Services/Council/Budget (905)546-2424 Ext.2604 Carolyn.Biggs@hamilton.ca Presentations are limited to 5 minutes. Written submissions are welcomed and will be accepted by e-mail at the above-noted address, by fax at (905)546-2095, or by mail to the City Clerk’s Office, 1st Floor, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5 up to and including Friday, December 10, 2010, for distribution to the members of Council. Information with respect to the 2011 User Fees (including Transit) can be obtained by any member of the public at no cost upon request as of Thursday, December 9, 2010, by contacting 905-546-CITY (2489), by accessing the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca under “2011 Budget”, or by viewing this information at the City Clerk’s Office. Over the following months, further meetings will be held to discuss the 2011 budget, including user fees, charges and rates. Information with respect to the dates, times, locations and agendas of these meetings can be found on the City of Hamilton’s website or at the City Clerk’s Office. The agenda for each 2011 budget meeting will include reports in respect of the items to be discussed. Please be advised that additional meetings may be added to the schedule at any time, or existing meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled. In addition, meeting agendas are frequently subject to change. Please check the City of Hamilton website (www.hamilton.ca) or contact the City Clerk’s Office for regular updates if you are planning to attend a meeting. The current 2011 budget schedule, as of the printing of this public notice, is as follows. Again, you are advised to confirm and obtain additional information with respect to these meetings by regularly checking the City’s website or contacting the City Clerk’s Office. 2011 Budget Meeting Schedule General Issues Committee (Capital Budget) – Jan. 13 & 21, 2011 General Issues Committee (Corporate Budget Overview) – Feb. 3, 2011 Standing Committees (Departmental Budget Overviews) – Feb. 16, 17, 22 & 28, 2011 General Issues Committee (Public Delegations) – Feb. 24, 2011 General Issues Committee (Boards & Agencies) – Feb 25, 2011 Standing Committees (Departmental Budget Deliberations) – Mar. 24, 25, 28 & 29, 2011 General Issues Committee (Budget Deliberations / Approval) – April 7 & 8, 2011 The Council of the City of Hamilton intends to approve the 2011 Tax Operating Budget at the Council meeting scheduled for April 13, 2011, or at a later Council meeting if budget deliberations are deferred. This public notice is given in accordance with City of Hamilton By-law No. 07-351, the Public Notice Policy By-law. This Notice dated November 25, 2010


THE SACHEM & GAZETTE • Serving the Communities of Haldimand & Glanbrook • Thursday, November 25, 2010 • Page 19

Local artists featured at Art and Photography Show BY LISA MORAN The Sachem When Bob and Catherine Meharg retired, they had one goal in mind; to give back to the community. Living in Caledonia for 35 years, they saw the recent need to increase tourism and wanted to promote local artists. On Saturday, November 20, they held their second annual Art and Photography Show at the Caledonia Presbyterian Church. This year’s event showcased 31 artists and featured live music throughout the day. “The majority of last year’s artists returned again today and I have received a number of business cards from artists that would like to be a part of the show next year,” said Catherine. “This is a fabulous way to give local artists exposure and help them prosper while also raising money for the church.” Dunnville artist Gloria Kingma heard about the

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As well as organizing the second annual Art and Photography Show at the Caledonia Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 20, Bob and Catherine Meharg were also selling Catherine’s photographs and the limited edition, ‘Highlights of Haldimand’ calendar. show through a local ad. “I liked that it was a oneday show and focused solely on the arts,” she said. “This is a great venue to

make contacts between bodies of artists; I have met and accepted new students for the art classes I teach.” “We want to create an

awareness of artists in the are,” said Catherine. “Giving back to the community is a full time job, but a very worthwhile one.”

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Learn about diabetes and help prevent it November is Diabetes month and the Haldimand Abilities Centre offered classes ‘Cooking for One and Cooking for Diabetics’. The classes were offered for seniors, giving tips on how to cook nutritious meals and how to cut back recipes making just enough for one or two people. With the help of Karen Chandler, Lauralynn Gentles, Sasha Singh and Bev Young, a student from Mohawk, we tried new recipes. Everyone gets a wee bit tired of cooking and planning meals day in and day out and so it is good to take some lessons to learn new ways to make cooking interesting. It is so

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'Lite-up' Night was new excitement for Caledonia with lighting com“The official 'Litemittee members, visup' Ceremony will take iting DJs Angus place at the four corMcKay and Dave ners in front of the forSmith from mer Colour Centre Hamilton's CKOC building (Cornerstone) at 7 pm, Thurs evening BARBARA MARTINDALE radio station received T shirts, November 29th. Come For What It’s Worth Caledonia and Mayor Dave out and help celebrate did the the first lighting of the bmartindale@mountaincable.net Peirson countdown. new Christmas decoraA big surprise tions in Caledonia." That was a small notice on the came from the Caledonia Fire front page and on an inside page of Department at 7 p.m. when the the November 28, 1979 issue of the lights turned on. Snow was lacking that first Lite-up Night, so the fireSachem. Some will remember those new men took care of that by spreading 1979 Christmas lights. The total foam about two feet thick on the cost was $14,031.83 and as of three lawn beneath their lit Christmas days before "Lite-up Night", more tree outside the Fire Hall. That wasn't all- Emerson than that by $55.19 was raised. Just interest and a public utilities bill of Phillip's horse-drawn sleighs (four of them, in fact) had been mounted $1,520.74 was needed. Those lights got a huge welcome on wheels and were at Kinsmen to Caledonia on that first 'Lite-up' Park providing rides to the public. The Caledonia High School stuNight and lasted for nearly 20 years. They were sold to the town of dents were commended for the colourful Season’s Greetings sign at Arthur in 1997. The week after 'Lite-up' glowing the top of the high school building reports of a successful night was (River Heights) that "could be seen headline news on the front page of from all three northern entrances". To get the crowds downtown, at the December 5, 1979 Sachem. An estimated crowd of 2,000 6:30 p.m. Jones' sound truck, jammed into the main intersection manned by the "golden voice of to witness the turn-on, reported Bruce MacDonald", enticed people The Sachem. A short ceremony from their homes to get down to the

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Falling under hypnotist Maxwell’s spell BY JOHN HARDY The Sachem Comedy hypnotist Robert Maxwell did it again. He made the audience chuckle, laugh, howl and good naturedly grunt, wince, groan and moan to make it a terrific night of good fun. As Maxwell has done for nearly 15 years in a variety of locations and venues, he performed at The BarrelHouse Club in Caledonia on Friday, November 19.

Where ever he performs, Maxwell knows what the audience comes to see: ordinary people volunteering or reluctantly getting volunteered to step up on stage to get hypnotized into acting, saying and doing harmlessly hilarious things. When his volunteers were onthe-ready, willingly sitting in their chairs, Maxwell explained and asked the audience for an initial five or so minutes of silence while he skilfully takes his volunteers into a deeper state of relaxation. Some

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Paris Performers put on Who’s Under Where? A few weeks back, while being where most of the world seems to DENISE LEMIRE find themCurtain Calls selves these days, on Facebook, I came across a notice that one of my favourite plays was being performed in Paris by the Paris Performers Theatre (PPT). This being PPT’s 20th anniversary, what better production than Marcia Kash and Doug Hughes’ play Who’s Under Where?, directed by Greig Graham. Barring jumping up and down, I called and booked a couple of tickets ASAP just because it is definitely a must see, given the fact that while we were up and running as Caledonia’s Theatre Amicitia (CTA), we presented the same play with favorable results.

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Appeals ground airport lands BY KEVIN WERNER The Gazette Hamilton officials have tentatively settled about half of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeals against the airport employment lands secondary plan, which was approved by council last month. Guy Paparella, director of industrial parks and airport development, said the city has “dealt with” seven of the 13 appeals that were filed. “We are dealing with the appeals that are site specific,” said Paparella. “We still have to write up a settlement agreement and provide it to the OMB.” A hearing has yet to be scheduled, but Paparella says it’s possible a hearing could he scheduled next spring. “We are hoping for (a hearing date) sometime sooner rather than later,” said Paparella. The deadline to appeal council’s October decision approving the 830-hectare development, after nearly seven years when it was first introduced by former mayor Larry Di Ianni, was November 10. Among the six appeals still pending against the so-called “aerotropolis”, are from Environment Hamilton and Hamiltonians for Progressive Development (HPD). Michael Desnoyers, chair of HPD, said in an earlier interview, his group was reviewing the documentations to determine if the city had erred in its process. He expected if HPD did appeal the decision, that it would be based on how the city conducted the necessary study sessions.

HPD and Environment Hamilton argue in their appeals the development “fails to optimize the use of the existing land supply” and “promotes sprawl development.” Opponents to the airport lands have criticized the city’s employment planning strategy as only focused on green space. They say city officials should be redeveloping the vast brownfields in the city’s core for potential businesses. HPD and EH argue as well the development will eliminate prime agricultural land, and will “adversely affect the achievement of intensification and density targets …” The airport employment land document projects by 2031 the creation of 24,300 direct jobs and 11,500 spin-off employment opportunities, while creating about $66 million in net tax revenue annually to the city. It states building the infrastructure to support the employment lands will cost about $353 million, with about $227 million identified for roads. Developers are expected to pay about $114 million of the infrastructure cost. Proponents of the airport lands say developers will pay the bulk of the infrastructure, while opponents argue the true infrastructure cost is about $1 billion, and taxpayers will pay most of it. Paparella said he was pleasantly surprised there were not more appeals over the controversial planning document. He also believed the decision by the province to not appeal the city’s document indicates the province agrees with how the city established the parameters for the proposed development.

“It would have been more problematic if the province had appealed,” he said. “They accepted our land budget and the land around the airport. It’s an in principle endorsement of the document.” Paparella said he has spoken to provincial officials recently, and they have not “raised any red flags” about the document. Both the province and HPD appealed a council decision to the OMB to create the airport employment lands a few years ago. As part of the settlement was the creation of the airport employment growth district community liaison committee that had been reviewing the airport lands for over a year. Other people who filed appeals include seven property owners along the south side of Twenty Road, a variety of developers, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which wants to use part of its property for recreation uses. A number of the

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appeals opposed the restriction that prevented residential homes from being constructed on the land. Paparella said the airport employment growth district does not allow for residential construction. But councillors in the future could include that type of development into the plan if they want to. “At the end of the day, if council wants to it can have residential,” he said. “The city needs employment lands. It’s a tough nut to crack to get residential.” Paparella remained optimistic that a settlement can be reached with the church. He said its property has a number of planning obstacles, such as creeks meandering through the land; there is a woodlot, and parts of the land is designated environmentally significant. “There is not a lot of flat land in that area,” he said. “We will see what happens. We don’t want to fight the church.”

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Is your cat behaving even more strangely? Cats, like their owners, are living longer than ever before. That’s the good news. With enhanced longevity comes the downside of aging- arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney problems and even dementia. If you live long enough you’ll likely inherit these afflictions. A recent survey by Scottish veterinary surgeon Danielle GunnMoore reveals that 28% of cats aged 11 to 14 are affected by feline dementia. That number jumps to 50% for cats 15 years of age and older. Similar to Alzheimer’s, a protein in the form of sticky plaques build up on the brain’s nerve cells causing mental deterioration by disconnect. Her research was inspired by Dr. GunnMoore’s own cat; 12-yearold Cardhu started showing signs of human senility. (Single malt lovers are welcome to make up their own “12-year-old Cardhu” joke here.) There are exceptions to the rule of dementia for aging cats. Not all old cats go batty. Years ago, I stayed one week in a draughty bed and breakfast walkup in Chalk Farm, half way up the Black Line of the London Underground system. The Irish lady who operated the place completely creeped me out with her ghoulish theories

hyper-tension are just two of the symptoms of feline dementia. Other signs include aimless wandering, a decrease in grooming and a sudden lack of interest in food. However with some of the signs the dementia survey warns about, with a cat, it can be a little tricky. “Inappropriate vocalization,” for instance. Could be a symptom of senility, or if the dog walked off with Missy’s stuffed mouse in his mouth, it could be a sign that your dog is about to have a nose bleed. “Episodes of disorientation?” My neighbour once found my cat Wedgie hiding in his bird feeder. Going a little batty? Hardly, Wedgie all but put his toes to his lips so that Bob wouldn’t alert the incoming birds. Or as Wedgie liked to call them, “lunch.” “Memory loss that causes your cat to forget commands?” Hullo!!!! A cat that followed orders!?! Until they begin to crossbreed cats with dogs, you’re pretty much talking to yourself while giving directions to felines. In fact, if your cat does heed your commands, that too might be a symptom of senility. “Disorientation like getting trapped in corners?” Once again I refer you to my juvenile delinquent Wedgie, who, on the first day I brought him home

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was so curious about his new digs; he got his bum stuck between the couch and the baseboard radiator. In fact, that’s how he got his name. “Constant pacing back and forth?” Okay, but what if he’s just worried about something like dinner being late or chicken versus beef or you with that bottle of shampoo in your hand? “Lack of interest in food?” Yeah, that’s probably a sign of dementia unless Tabatha there has found a better deal two doors down. “Confusion about time. Forgetting they’ve been fed?” Once again, on a personal note, I once had a cat named Malcolm who could eat a husky under the table. Malcolm ate his food and often cleaned out the bowls of three other cats that were too well-

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