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G R A N D B E N D ’S F R E E C O M M U N I T Y N E W S P A P E R

Vol. 1, No. 10

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


STYLE 101 Prepare to take notes - class is in session Four pages of great looks for school - pages 5-8 Also: The Parson’s Predicament, sailing school, Regier golf tournament and lots of photos Mom’s Advice p. - Keeping the Peace p. - Sudoku p. - Living in Balance p. - To Do List p.

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Strip Feature: Back to School

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The most wonderful time of the year The kids are back to school, and students and staff at Grand Bend Public School are back into their routines. Above left: Kyle Mathers of Grand Bend disembarks on his way to Grade 5. Above: Samantha Richards prepares for her students in Grades 5 and 6. Left: Grade 1 student Avery McIntyre of Port Franks looks for comfort from mom Nadine, and assurance she won’t leave her alone at school. “She was excited,” mom says, “until now.” Below: Jordan McGee of Grand Bend is unfazed as he laces up for Grade 1.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Strip Thoughts

The first day back is the toughest View from the Strip By Casey Lessard Anjhela and I went back to school last week, and it was pretty stressful for both of us. Anjhela commutes to London, and I’m commuting to Toronto; however, the stressful part was not the drive but the first day of school. This was my sixth “first day,” and I think it might have been the hardest. It’s a lot harder when 100 students are looking at you – and expecting you to say something brilliant.

Being an instructor (I teach photography for journalism students at Humber College each Thursday) carries a great deal of responsibility, and I don’t want to be the one instructor everyone thinks is a hack (I’m sure you’ve had one at some point). It took me a few hours to get into the swing of things, but being an instructor of a skill I know well has already taught me a lot about myself and the education process. Anjhela is a mature student at the University of Western Ontario, and I’m really proud of her accomplishments so far. She was worried about getting in and then about finding her way around the campus, but she already seems to have the hang of it. From

the stories she tells me, life experience does pay off in a post-secondary environment. I am confident she’s going to do very well. I’m going to do what I can to help Anjhela, and with my class occupying a day a week, some aspects of my daily work at the Strip will suffer. Please be patient – I’m going to try my best to continue producing the quality you expect from this paper. Don’t be surprised if I take a week or two off this winter. • One person who will not be back to school this year is Sam Marshall, a Grade 10 South Huron student who died last month. If you’d like to take part in a memorial for Sam, the service starts at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, September 13 in the high school’s small gym. • 3 To the Editor: I’ve been living in Metro Phoenix for about four years with my wife Heidi. I never expected to talk to my mom and have her tell me about murders in Dashwood. Last year we had a serial shooter (turned out to be two men caught in late summer), and a serial rapist and murderer (caught in late fall after more than 80 assaults). I expect to see and read about this kind of violence down here, but I never expect to hear something like that coming from my sleepy little home in Ontario. So, like anyone else from home, I went hunting on the net to find out a little more about the elusive Jesse Norman Imeson. Of course I found the Strip. To make a tired point, I would like to say thank you for writing an insightful and well thought-out publication that answered quite a few of my questions about what had happened at home. Thanks for taking the time and effort to make something that we can all be proud of.

Gord Wood, Phoenix, Arizona

Now where did I leave my...? Lessons in absent-mindedness Advice from mom By Rita Lessard Absent-mindedness: I’m quite sure you’ve had occasion to experience this malady at some time or other in your lifetime. This problem has no age barrier - it happens to everyone. Last garbage day is an example of my experience with preoccupation. I work at night now, so I put out the recyclables before I leave for work. This past Tuesday I made several

trips. I usually put the garbage out when I get back because the dogs and cats will sometimes get into the garbage bags and make a mess. So after three trips I grabbed my purse and got in my car and I was good to go. I was about to look for my keys in my purse but my purse wasn’t anywhere to be found. Now I know I grabbed my purse, so back in the house I went, searching. After five minutes or so I was getting ticked so I went outside to look around. Then I thought, maybe it’s in the blue box. Well, hello, there it was - right at the curb where I put it. I shook my head and chuckled. You know what I mean. This forgetfulness happens to other people too. When I worked at the local hotel I saw

many sights. Picture this: a very inebriated lady came out of the washroom and unbeknownst to her she had toilet paper sticking out of her slacks. Believe me it happens. So being the concerned person I am I said, “Excuse me lady,” and I started to tell her she’s dragging, but since she was rather drunk she turned to me and said, “What the blankity-blank is your problem?” So I rolled back my eyes and said, “No problem,” and let her go on her way. Darn if that wasn’t a sight. Tom can be absent-minded, too. After I spent several days in the hospital having our first son, Tom came to pick us up and take us home. Before we left we had to sign some forms and gather up our luggage and gifts,

etc. I handed the baby to Tom for a minute while I made some last minute arrangements. For some reason or other Tom set the baby on a nearby bench (as usual I wasn’t not paying that much attention). After a while we were ready to go. Out we marched to the car. Tom helped me in and put the luggage in the trunk, and we were good to go. Wrong! I turned to him and said, “Pardon me, are you forgetting something?” He looked around like he had lost his keys and said, “I don’t think so.” I replied, “You fool. What about the baby?” Although he can’t run very fast today he certainly had the ten-yard dash down in no time that day.

The ten-miler: army takes physical education to a new level Keeping the Peace By Tom Lessard, C.D. At 27 C.O.D. (the Central Ordnance Depot on Highbury Avenue in London), the only physical training I ever did was playing hockey in the London industrial league. Every Friday afternoon we had a practice at the fairgrounds arena. Our coach was an Indian sergeant who enjoyed his wine. We each took turns every week to go to the Brights wine store at Dundas and Adelaide to pick up at

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least a half dozen bottles of Katawba at about 50 cents a bottle. At every shift change, before we hit the ice he handed us the bottle to take a drink. When the two-hour practice was over, we were in pretty good shape. I wanted to go to Germany. The only way I could get there was to take a posting with 1 R.C.R. (at Ipperwash), which was rotating in 1962; I grabbed the chance. Being corps personnel, we were exempt from a lot of the training that the infantry did, with the exceptions being range firing and a bit of drill, until someone in Ottawa came up with the idea of a ten-miler. I’d never heard of such a thing but was soon to find out what it was.

I was told to get my packs, draw my rifle and report to the rec center. We were formed up, had our names checked off and our packs inspected. Everything I had in my pack was brand new since, being on the quartermaster staff, I had two of everything. At timed intervals we were sent off in small groups. Off we went out the front gate and down the side road to the beach. Running in the sand with the extra weight was pretty demanding. After a few miles we finally left the beach and headed up the winding hilly road to Port Franks and Highway 21. I was beat and hollered ahead that I wasn’t going any further. That was a stupid thing to say because the next thing I knew the guy

behind me shoved his rifle muzzle into my back and hollered, “Nobody in my group quits!” I eventually made it back to camp but I didn’t have the strength to carry anyone for the100 yards portion of the ten-miler, so Jack Crowe said he’d carry me. He gave me his rifle, which happened to be the one he used to prod me back at Port Franks camp. Off we went. I don’t know which was worse, carrying or being carried. Next we had to climb a wall and then jump a ditch. We completed everything with time to spare. That was an example of life with 1 R.C.R. I had a great 11 years with a wonderful group of people.

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Strip Feature: Back to School

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What’s new for 2007 at SHDHS

Puzzles from Solutions pg.  (don’t peek!). Fill the grid so that each column, each row, and each 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9.

By Casey Lessard

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3 2 4 9

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The biggest change at South Huron District High School this year is a five-period schedule for Grades 11 and 12. It means their schedules will rotate, with some students sitting in class while most of the school is having lunch. Some days, students will have lunch as their first or last period. “In a couple of areas we have too many classes for the eight sections that we had before. For some of our tech classes (especially digital audio editing), we needed a shop for nine or 10 periods when in the old system we only had eight. So instead of cutting classes and having kids not get the courses they wanted, I decided to add a period to each day in each semester.” Reaburn is doing his part to ease the burden and give students more course choices. “Ever since I became a vice-principal (13 years), I’ve taught a class every year but one. I think it’s helpful for principal to do that. I got into this to become a teacher and when I got into administration that is the one thing I missed was the classroom contact with the kids. So I choose to teach. Often I do it to allow one more class to be run in the timetable. It does help keep me in touch with the kids.” With an enrolment of 832, South Huron will have a few more bodies than last year, but overall, enrolment has remained relatively steady at about 800 students. Five new teachers came on board this year: Evelyn Elder (social science), Heather Foran (career studies and students’ success), Matt Weston (technology), Jacqui Vercruyssen (communications technology) and Nick Seebach (science). Funding for the school’s only new course offering (Native studies) was announced in June. The school is doing what it can to make sure students are always in touch with their long-term goals. “There’s more emphasis on helping the student plan his or her career,” says guidance counsellor Barb Poole. “They now take a compulsory course in grade 10, which is a half credit in career studies. It also helps them select their courses for Grades 11 and 12 once they get some idea of what they want to do post-secondary, whether it’s go directly to work, go to university, do an apprenticeship or go to college.” Eventually the school will have to designate a high skills major, similar to a major at university. Each school in the board will have one, and Reaburn is currently monitoring pilot projects across the board to find the right fit. “You can focus on a particular area,” Reaburn says, “for example, construction technology, and kids will do a number of courses in construction technology and they may take a co-op placement that’s connected to construction technology as well. There’s a high skills major in manufacturing, one in agriculture, one for arts and culture. The kids will get a designation on their graduation diploma, a red seal, that indicates that they have a high-skills major.” Until then, the staff is focused on teaching all students


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the importance of good life skills. “Character education is something that has come to us in the last couple of years,” says vice-principal Petra Goetz. “Fairness, honesty, empathy, respect, integrity, courage, optimism, compassion, perseverance, and responsibility. We’re always talking with the kids about those things.” Sometimes that doesn’t work, and students are welcomed into Goetz’s office. “I’m very much of the philosophy that discipline also has a component of compassion to it, but also framing it for the student so that they can see that their action has had a ripple effect on other people.” If a student is having trouble, Poole says they should approach an adult they trust. “The biggest thing students should know is that they should be open to asking questions and asking for help. We want them to be aware that we are here to support them whatever their need. We can hook them up with tutors if they have academic concerns. We don’t necessarily have all of the answers here but we are able to refer them to other services in the area, in the county and in town.” Goetz emphasizes the importance of attendance. “Parents have to let their children know in a clear and understood message that they need to attend school regularly until age 18, until they graduate or at that point they can choose not to attend. That’s just the law.” Reaburn has a simple list of suggestions for students to enjoy their time at South Huron. “Work hard,” he says. “Get involved. Don’t let things pile up. Stay on top of things. Keep yourself organized. Use your time wisely. And make the best of the opportunities that you have.”

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Strip Style: Back to School

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Style 101: Class is in session The Grand Bend Strip teamed up with Lynda and Scott Bogart of Big Reds Clothing Co. and Becky Carter of To Dye For in Exeter to present this Back to School style special feature. In addition to the clothes provided for the photo session, Big Reds also features It Jeans, Quiksilver, Powder Room, Columbia, Roger Edwards, Nike and NFL & NHL fan wear. The Strip thanks the Bogarts, Becky Carter and our models for their hours of work helping put this together. Right: Laura Selves of Exeter wears a Groogy jacket ($89.99) and Fox long sleeve shirt ($43.99). Below: Marcus Haccius of Shipka wears a Ripzone long sleeve woven shirt ($34.99), O’Neill T-shirt ($28.99), Ripzone cargo pants ($49.99), and Sanuk sidewalk surfers ($64.99).


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Grand Bend Farmers’ Market Simply in Season Dining Partnership September 12 to 18

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Far left: Alanna Horn of Exeter wears a Billabong hoodie ($59.99), Billabong T-shirt ($26.99), and Billabong track pants ($49.99). Top right: Laura Godkin of Exeter wears a Fox hoodie ($43.99) and Fox jacket ($72.99). Centre: Tim Dionne of Zurich wears a Element long sleeve woven shirt ($69.99), Billabong T-shirt ($24.99), and Billabong jeans ($88.99). Bottom right: Marcus wears a Ripzone long sleeve polo ($34.99), Billabong T-shirt ($26.99), and Fox jeans ($67.99). This page:

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Not just another brick in the wall Above (left to right): Alanna wears a Zoo York hoodie ($89.99), Element Tshirt ($29.99), and Fox cord pants ($63.99). Marcus wears a Billabong long sleeve woven shirt ($59.99), and Zoo York Tshirt ($29.99). Laura G. wears a Billabong reversible hoodie ($74.99), Billabong T-shirt ($29.99), and Billabong jeans ($49.99). Right: Tim wears a Billabong reversible hoodie ($82.99), Billabong T-shirt ($26.99), and Fox jeans ($67.99).

Strip Style: Back to School

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Grand Bend Strip

Let’s clean up our act! The impact of litter on wildlife Living in Balance By Jenipher Appleton Forty years ago I chanced upon a grim scene. It was while exploring with a school friend on a wooded peninsula at the eastern end of Three Mile Lake in Muskoka. Above us something large was swinging from the limb of a poplar tree. A cursory investigation revealed the unfortunate, upside-down carcass of a great horned owl. He was at least two feet high and his huge yellow eyes were still open. Disturbed by our discovery, we elected to solicit the counsel of my father, the landowner. He managed to climb a few lower limbs, high enough to untangle some silk cord fishing line from a branch and lowered the beautiful bird to the ground. Clearly saddened by the sight, Dad theorized that some local fishermen, who frequented the nearby rocky point, had likely been careless in their cleanup. Perhaps the unsuspecting owl had landed to sample some fish remains and inadvertently stepped on a length of cut fishing line. The line then tangled around one of his talons. Then the owl may have landed in the poplar, where the line managed to become wrapped around the branch. When he took off from his perch, the great horned owl didn’t get any further than the length of line and likely starved to death. A sad end to the life of what is possibly our most powerful owl. Dad carefully and silently buried that great horned owl. My friend and I conducted a simple funeral. Many people do not give a second thought to the impact that various kinds of litter can have on wildlife. A piece of chewing gum can choke a curious bird. The plastic rings that

hold a six-pack of cans are frequently seen lying by the roadside. These rings have been well documented as being the culprits in getting tangled around the beaks and necks of waterfowl, making it impossible for them to eat. By the way, my family always picks up the plastic rings and takes them home to be cut into small pieces and disposed of properly. I shudder when I see people allowing helium balloons, strings attached, to go sailing into the vast unknown. These can become lodged in trees with their strings dangling down, possibly causing the entanglement of any wildlife which inhabits the tree. An unfortunate blue heron was recently the victim of someone’s carelessness as it became entangled in some fishing line and a lure along the Thames River in London. It was ensnared by its beak, and the line was then attached to one of its wings. Fortunately, it was rescued and delivered to the animal shelter in Mount Brydges. The offending lure has been removed and the bird is recovering from starvation and shock, as well as its injuries. Hopefully this majestic bird will make a full recovery before it is returned to a questionable environment. The amount of litter along the Thames is completely unnecessary. We need to be accountable for our actions. Litter is litter. Let’s clean up our act and encourage others to do the same. Jenipher Appleton is an educator with a special interest in wildlife and birds. To write Jenipher, you can email: • 9

Hit the books Taylor Mattucci of Exeter and Stephanie Muller of Shipka make notes during an orientation session the Thursday before school started at South Huron District High School. “I’m pretty nervous,” Muller said. “I’m worried about math. I hear it’s pretty hard.” The orientation session gave Grade 9 students a chance to tour the school and make some new friends.

Parson’s Predicament tickets on sale The Parson’s Predicament October  ( p.m.),  ( p.m.),  ( p.m.) – Huron Country Playhouse II Fundraiser for Grand Bend United Church, produced by the choir Post-performance Dessert by UCW Tickets available at Tender Spot and Sobey’s.  adult,  student Story by Casey Lessard The hottest ticket in town this month will be for the Grand Bend United Church production of The Parson’s Predicament, which is expected to sell out well before its midOctober performances. “It is so hilarious,” says co-director Carey Eddy, who is collaborating with Paul Seagrave, who wrote the music for the play by the late Brian Hornick almost 25 years ago. “It’s a very, very funny play.” The one-act show contains seven scenes, and is about a young man who is invited to become a minister at a church. Unfortunately, the church has the wrong address, and their invitation to him is sent to his grandfather, a reverend who lives in a rest home. “Our reverend, Harry Disher, plays the role

of the young parson,” Eddy explains, noting the grandfather is portrayed by the slightly older Don Tedford. The two are joined by a cast that has benefited from performing in previous fundraising productions. Most are choir members, but there are members of the congregation and non-members also. “The experience they’ve had and the success the church has had has made them into very competent actors on stage. When you take a group of people who are not on the young, young scale, it’s fantastic when they can do something new.” Audiences get a kick out of it, too. “(Community theatre) is so important,” Eddy notes. “People love it. They love seeing people they know performing. And we have it at a professional theatre (Playhouse II), so we’re very fortunate. This has happened because of Paul Seagrave and Bryan Beattie, both members of our church.” Eddy also credits the Huron Country Playhouse for its contributions to making the church’s efforts shine. “Simon Day designed the lighting, so it puts you in such a professional light.” The lights go out after the 21st, so if you’re hoping to get a seat, you should act quickly.

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To Do: September 12 to 25 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12  a.m. -  p.m. - Gill St. Parking Lot, Grand Bend Grand Bend Farmers’ Market

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 : a.m. to  p.m. - Pinery Flea Market Live Music with Brian Dale


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- p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw

Exeter, South Huron Rec. Centre Exeter Fall Fair

: p.m. - Parkhill fairgrounds Parkhill Fair Awards Night and Show

 a.m. - Pt. Franks Community Centre Healthy Lifestyle Exercise Program SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Parkhill fairgrounds Tuesdays and Thursdays.  a.m -  p.m. - Port Franks Parkhill Fair To register (no fee, everyone welcome) call Community centre Cindy Maxfield 519-238-1556 ext 6. Bridge Lessons. Everyone welcome. $45 Exeter, South Huron Rec. Centre for 8-week session. (519) 238-1239. Exeter Fall Fair  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo  -  p.m. - Southcott Pines Clubhouse, Forest fairgrounds Lakeview Ave. Forest Fall Fair Partners in Learning Open House. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 For more information call 519-786-4630  a.m.  p.m. Gill St. Parking Lot, Information on courses being offered in Grand Bend the fall. Contact Suzanne (519) 238-6927 or : a.m. - Pinery Park visitors’ Grand Bend Farmers’ Market John (519) 238-8759 centre The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup  p.m. Parkhill Legion  p.m. - Kimball Hall, Forest Parkhill Legion Poor Boys Lunch Kiwanis Meat Bingo  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live music with Mike Fagan  p.m. North Lambton Secondary FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 School, Forest - p.m. - Grand Bend Legion  p.m. - Star Dust dinner theatre, Forest Fair Ambassador Competition Meat Draw Parkhill Admission - $4 for adults, $2 for students Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash tribute


 a.m. to  p.m. - Goderich Courthouse Park Harvest Festival  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live music with Cactus Jam

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 South Huron Rec. Centre, Exeter Exeter Fall Fair Entertainment, parade, midway etc. Forest fairgrounds Forest Fall Fair For more information call 519-786-4630

 to  p.m. - Parkhill Legion Parkhill Legion Fish Fry

Forest Fair Grounds Forest Fall Fair For more information call 519-786-4630 : a.m. to  p.m. Pinery Flea Market Live music with Brian Dale  p.m. - Star Dust dinner theatre, Parkhill Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash tribute  p.m. Parkhill Fair Demolition Derby

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Thomas Hall, Thedford Arena Big Apple Shuffleboard Tournament. Contact Jean Thomson for more information at 519-296-5533 : p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Grand Bend Hor ticultural Society Meeting. Using hostas and grasses in landscaping. Flower show.


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treasure tied to buoys on the lake (below). Jacob Hueglin of Kitchener, Connor McLaren of London and Nick Racette of Flushing, Michigan Ontario Sailing offered a sailing school called BOOM sailing for children aged eight to 14 through (below with instructor Karen Norton of Kitchener) won the challenge, collecting all four markers set on the course. “They have a ton of fun,” said Norton. “It gives them confidence to do other things. And the Grand Bend yacht club in August, with about 26 taking part over two weeks. Above: Lauren Hale of Toronto and Austin Roney of London launch their sailboat before a quest for they make new friends.” (Photos by Casey Lessard)

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Strip Outside

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In memory of Bill and Helene Supporters joined 108 golfers at the Oakwood Inn Sunday for the first annual Bill and Helene Regier memorial golf tournament, raising money to restore the Mount Carmel church. Above: Dara Hartman watches for potential holes-in-one, a competition for a 2007 Chevrolet HHR from Huron Motor Products. “I was on the panel to save our church,” Hartman said. “We were able to reverse the

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decision. I had a lot to say that day, so I thought I’d better put my money where my mouth was.” Right: Andy Glavin gives it a shot. Below: Barb Van Gorp chips to the green. Below right: Fran Roelands, Glen Steeper, and Matt Roelands watch as Judy Steeper’s putt slips by the hole. “It’s really important for the community,” Judy said. “For the future of the parish and our families,” Fran added. (Photos by Casey Lessard)

South Huron Hospital foundation’s third annual fundraising tournament. For information and to register, contact Sandra If you’re looking for a way to help charities in your com- Faber at (519) 235-2700 ext. 5133 or by email at sandra. munity, consider one of the charity golf tournaments that are Friday, September 14, Sand Hills Golf Resort hosts the happening this week. Thursday, September 13, Oakwood Golf Course hosts the Christine’s Marina, Bar and Grill tournament for local fami-

lies in need. $65 gets you 18 holes with cart, steak dinner at Christine’s, and prizes. To register, call (519) 243-3636. Don’t forget about the Terry Fox run, which goes Sunday, September 16. The run starts at 10 a.m. at Exeter’s McNaughton Park. Participants can walk, run, bike, or rollerblade, and the route is wheelchair-accessible.

Vol. 1 #10 Grand Bend Strip, September 12, 2007  

September 12, 2007 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper