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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. 17

Grand Bend






Wed. February 13 to March 11, 2008

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

writer: Time to get serious Letter There is only one way to God View from the Strip By Casey Lessard The Grand Bend winter carnival was a great success; I haven’t seen so many different people involved in local activities since the summer. Congratulations to the organizers for great work. Congratulations also to my parents for sticking it out for 45 years. They’ve been able to make love work through the good and bad times, and they deserve a lot of credit. Joanne (Morgan) Smith has similar sentiments for her parents in a touching letter inspired by Valentine’s Day. Now I’d like to get serious for a moment, and hopefully more. You expect a certain standard of journalism from this newspaper, even if we’re reporting on the fun things that happen around here. I would like to feel that the hours that go into this paper are making a difference, and as a result plan to tackle more serious issues in the future. We’ve touched on some in the past, but there are many concerns you have about what affects your daily life in this community. I’m not only talking about beach enhancement and town revitalization, although those are major concerns, for sure.

I don’t want to give away too many of my ideas, but you can expect to see more stories that will be the result of investigative research this year. Our goal will be to bring to light issues you may be aware of, but which you may not understand or appreciate. There will be articles you won’t want to read because they take you out of your comfort zone, but I challenge you to read them anyway so at least you can verify your opinion about them. Not happy I ran the story? Tell me. Letters are always welcome here. I have my ideas about what should be discussed in the Strip, but I want to hear from you, too. What are the issues that are ignored but which affect you and your neighbours? Send me a letter by post or email, or call me directly (see bottom of page). Your ideas are safe with me, and if they belong in the public spotlight, I’ll do my best to tell the story. For those of you who just like a fun newspaper, we’re not abandoning that aspect. You’ll still get the information you need to have a good time in Grand Bend and area, and we’ll keep covering the great events you attend. The only change will be stories about more of the challenges your neighbours face daily. For now, here’s hoping you enjoy sharing the good times featured in this edition of the Grand Bend Strip, and hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and Family Day. See you in March!

Elevator first sign of things to come February at last in Grand Bend! and I am reminded of the big heart and grand spirit of this village. Although great controversy and vast fundraising has been undertaken, the new public elevator at the beach house at the foot of Main Street is near completion. In this formidable season, it’s a powerful testament to the local economy, and to the service groups that raised the approximate $80,000 to get this first fresh aspect of the beach enhancement underway. Surely it will be completed by the hot summer season that awaits our summer village and the impending onslaught of cottagers and tourists we so love and anticipate. The aged and disabled will soon be equally enabled to view the beach and lake from the

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upper deck. We all can agree that this will be the first jewel of many planned to enhance and embellish the waterfront experiences we all love to see and be a part of, especially in the dog days of summer. As I type this letter to the editor, snow is causing tremendous problems around the province, but that signals FUN weather for the winter carnival, celebrating the off season fun and friendship throughout N0M 1T0. Grand Bend will be alive and prospering in opposing weather conditions, but in a very similar spirit as that which the warm summer brings to Main Street Grand Bend. Rob Webb Grand Bend Publisher: Casey Lessard Editor: Casey Lessard Editorial Assistant: Anjhela Michielsen Proofreader: Carmen Kinniburgh Advertising Sales & Design: Casey Lessard Chief Photographer: Casey Lessard Contributors: Rita Lessard - my mom Tom Lessard - my dad Jenipher Appleton - nature/birding Jeff Reaburn - SHDHS principal James Eddington - Eddingtons of Exeter Distribution: Casey Lessard, Rita Lessard & Joan McCullough

Unity. Peace. Understanding. Tolerance. Cooperation. These are things that all, or at least most, of us want in our world. I’m in favour of all of the above. However, what I’m about to write is going to sound intolerant and probably politically incorrect. Recently, World Religion Day was observed locally. There is a reason why I have annually chosen not to take part in this event. It isn’t because I hate any particular person or group. In fact, I follow a risen Saviour who has taught me to love other people. But love does not necessarily mean promoting or affirming all ideas and teachings as equally valid. Now, I do realize that the intentions of those involved in efforts such as World Religion Day are pure: “To foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions.” Sounds good. Sounds positive. Sounds comfortable for everyone concerned. Unfortunately, comfortable messages, while good to hear, aren’t necessarily true. Those “common denominators” only go so far, and there’s very little that underlies all religions. Now, of course, there is some amount of wisdom to be found in all faiths. However, it’s dangerous to imagine that all faiths are equally valid ways of getting to God. There are too many inconsistencies for that to be possible. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14:6). Not everybody believes that, but what I’m getting at is: how can I put my faith in Christ as the Son of God, and the only way to God, and still affirm every other faith at the same time? It just doesn’t fit. Pretty intolerant, isn’t it? Why do I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God, and more than just another prophet? Because He’s the only one who died in my place so that I could live for eternity with Him, and He’s the only one who rose again from the dead. Muhammad may have been wise, but he didn’t do that. Neither did Baha’u’llah, Zoroaster, Gautama, Abraham, or Moses. Wise and enlightened people they were, but none was God in the flesh, except Jesus Christ. And none other has offered salvation as a free gift rather than something to be earned. Grand Bend Strip is printed once a month in the winter (middle Wednesday); 4340 copies are delivered free to all homes and businesses in Grand Bend, Zurich, Dashwood and Port Franks using Canada Post. An additional 1100 copies are available to other residents and visitors at local stores and restaurants.

One might say that the claims Jesus made about Himself are terribly arrogant. Not if they’re true. And proclaiming one belief system as superior to others sounds intolerant. Not if it’s true. And while unity of all mankind is a noble goal, which I share, I also believe in truth. There are three basic ways to achieve unity. One is to compromise and water down all the various teachings to the point where none of us really stands for much of anything. Another is to “agree to disagree.” But again, where is truth in that? The third way is to unite, once and for all, behind the truth; and you can imagine that I’m going to proclaim Jesus Christ as the embodiment of that truth. “How dare you?” someone might say. Isn’t that insensitive to someone who believes differently? Let me ask this: if you knew the cure for cancer or AIDS, would you tell anybody? I believe that Jesus is the answer for all that plagues mankind, so I’m going to tell people about it. Or someone might say, “That’s not very loving.” Another question: if a close friend or family member is doing something with dire consequences or moving in a wrong direction, would you correct that person? And is that intolerance? …or love? History is full of examples of people who have proclaimed nice, comfortable, messages that people wanted to hear. Those messengers are usually popular, but not necessarily right. Meanwhile, there have been many others who have proclaimed the truth and been very unpopular for it. I, for one, wish to err on the side of truth, even if it be unpopular. That’s because I follow a risen Saviour who set just such an example. Finally, one could point to Christianity as a whole, and say how fragmented and lacking in unity we are. Any disunity amongst Christians comes from man-made doctrines and petty disputes, not from God. Thankfully, we are not called to follow Christians; we are called to follow Christ, who teaches unity, peace, and love, through Him. This has been an intolerant, yet loving, message, brought to you by just one Christian, and has not been paid for by anyone. Thomas Bailey Grand Bend

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The dog days of winter The Grand Bend community came out in force for the Winter Carnival parade Saturday, February 9, taking the Wild West theme to heart with cowboy hats and boots, horses and even bulls aplenty on the parade route.

Photos by Casey Lessard

Left: Candice Gunning does her best to keep control of Duke, who seems to be the one in charge. Below: D’Arcy Elliott, Julie Clarke, Ken Clarke and Ange Clarke ride the Hair Bend’rs float.

Above: Sheila Tiedeman walked the route as a nun. Above right: Alex Stasik rides her “horse” downtown. Right: The Grand Dames drove the route.

Above left: Carnival pageant contestant Kandis Hodgins gives Ariel Bjelis of Dashwood a treat. Above: Katie Eisler shakes her hips for the Colonial.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Anniversary a time to reflecting on the joys of life

Elmer’s wake

Advice from mom By Rita Lessard

Keeping the Peace By Tom Lessard

45 years of blessings February is the month for love and sweethearts as we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week. February is also the month Tom and I celebrate our anniversary, celebrating 45 years February 8th. I imagine in this day and age, that’s quite a feat. Tom and I got married in Germany, where Tom was stationed with the army. We had to get married twice: once at city hall (the legal ceremony), which we did in the morning, and then the religious ceremony in the afternoon. We did have a few snags that day. For instance, I forgot to order the flowers, the bakers dropped the cake, and Tom dropped me when he was carrying me over the threshold I only weighed 105 lbs., so I don’t know how that happened; maybe it was the champagne or the beer, which were very cheap in Germany. As a matter of fact, liquor was cheaper than coffee in those days. Despite the rough start, through the good and bad, sickness and health, richer or poorer, we’re still together. We’ve had many blessings over the years, and the best of all was the great gift of our five sons, Tom, Glenn, Mike,

Bill and Casey. W hen Tom Jr. was in universit y and shor t on Christmas funds, he made us three family albums and described all of his brothers as he perceived them. Casey was labeled Mr. Brain; when you look at Casey, you can see in his eyes his intelligence and the joy and happiness he has and gives to people. Bill was Mr. Hockey or Mr. Sports; Bill loves sports and he was and still is quite an athlete. There was a time when I think he wanted to be a professional hockey player, but in the end he decided on a career in computers. Mike was Mr. Lover. Mike loves life, and he especially loved the women; as a matter of fact, he had a girlfriend in kindergarten (Marion Steffans), who was the light of his life. Mike is always smiling and when you’re talking to him, even his voice smiles. From the time Mike was only a few days old, he smiled all the time. I kid you not! Maybe he was a comedian in a former life. Glenn was labeled Mr. Ambition. This is very true; Glenn was always a hard worker and never afraid to get his hands dirty. When he was 10 years old, he helped me clean offices in Huron

Rita and Tom Lessard at their wedding in Germany, Feb. 8, 1963.

Park and in the summers, we cleaned the college for the hockey school. He made some money and that made him happy. By the time he was 17, he bought his own car with his savings. Although he was a metallurgist when he came out of college, he ended up in the banking business, which proved to be quite profitable. Tom was right when he said Glenn was Mr. Ambition because as of today, he has owned and sold six houses; not too bad for a 43 year old (as of February 19). Tom described himself as an all-around great guy (Editor’s note: of course!), and this is so very true. Tom was my first child, and one of my greatest joys. Tom loves to

play games; from the time he was 13 years old until he was 19, he played scrabble with me three or four times a week. He was always a good sport considering I beat him a lot. He’s gotten smarter over the years and I imagine it would be quite a challenge to play him today. Tom’s a super dad, a sweetheart of a husband, a great son-in-law (according to his father-in-law), a very kind, gentle, giving and caring son, and I might as well throw in handsome and distinguished man, too. So yes, an all around great guy. So much for all of the sweethearts in my life. Happy anniversar y Tom, happy birthday Glenn, and happy Valentine’s day to all of you!

I told him to leave it with me, and as a reporter (for the newsletter), I would investigate. Well, during my search, I found out that the mouse had had a heart attack, supposedly after seeing one of our elderly female employees with her pants down in one of the stalls. I felt that it would only be right to hold a wake and a funeral for the mouse, which we called Elmer. Since I had extra room in my area, I set up a small table and draped it in purple cloth. I had an empty “ T ”-nail carton, which I filled with a block of Styrofoam. After cutting a portion out of the foam I laid Elmer to rest and placed the coffin on the table. One of the employees gave me a box of Kleenex for the mourners, which I also placed on the table. Two unlit candles appeared from someone else, and to top it off, I had a visitation book for guests to sign. So many people came to pay their respects that the coffin was on display for three days. At lunch hour on the fourth day, I had a minister perform the service; two mourners and four pallbearers attended the coffin. We proceeded outside the building where a plot had been dug. A cameraman took pictures of the burial and the cross. Elmer will live in infamy.

Many years ago, I had the good fortune of working for a window and door company on Highway 4 southeast of Centralia. At one time during my employment, I was given the task of building plastoramic picture windows. My department was very large in area because I needed room to build windows such as four 5’ by 6’ units with sliders, side-by-side. With the trim, etc., they measured close to 25’ wide by almost 8’ high. I had to do most of the assembling on the floor. In my spare time, I ran draws and a newsletter. My boss told me that as long as I could produce 12 good units a day, I could spend the extra time selling draw tickets and finding stories for my newsletter. Every Friday, during our afternoon break, I held the draws and we usually had about 13 prizes. You had to be present to collect your prize, so very few people ever took Friday afternoon off. One day, one of the other workers came to me holding a dead mouse in his hand. “What in the devil are you doing with that?” I asked. “This was found in the women’s washroom, ” he Happy 45th anniversary to replied. my dear wife Rita!

Lessons in Love: A tribute at Valentine’s With Valentine’s Day this week, there is a lot of emphasis on being in love; I would like to share what true love means to me. I was an observer, an outsider, to the secrets of love. I watched as daily kisses and hugs were exchanged and tender embraces were given. I watched as coffee was poured and icy car windows were scraped off to make someone else’s morning run smoothly. I heard the laughter over a new experience enhanced by the past they shared together. I watched as baths were run and phone calls were answered just to say hello. It was not only the happy times that taught me about romance; it was also the arguments, which left someone sitting coolly quiet, and the stares that meant someone had done something unacceptable to

the other. There were the irritations of nights of listening to snoring or extended time playing Scrabble on the computer. These were as much in abundance as the kind words of encouragement to find a new job, to overcome illness, and to make it through another difficult day of winter driving. I watched as obstacles were tackled and resolutions found. I did not learn about love watching romantic movies where passion leads the path to happiness; I watched real life from the comfort of my own home. I watched the mutual respect that my parents had for one another. Love did not mean that feelings were never hurt and anger never arose. It was simple: there were two people who had learned to put someone ahead of

him- or herself. That meant that someone was always looking out for them and their best interests. I was fortunate enough to find a man who shares similar love lessons. We have molded our marriage around what we have been taught and a shared sense of camaraderie. L ove is per fect! People are not. Every day we need to make a decision to create love, to live putting someone ahead of ourselves with the knowledge that someone has put us ahead of them. Happiness will always follow love. Thank you to my teachers of love, Mom and Dad, and to my amazing husband Jamie, who continues to make me want to strive to make him as happy as he makes me. Joanne (Morgan) Smith Kincardine.

The author’s parents, Don and Brenda Morgan of Crediton.

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The sno-pitch tournament is a perennial favourite at the Winter Carnival. Left, Kate McCreath tosses a clean pitch. Centre, Randy Williams and Joe Bice struggle to find the ball. Right, Chris Muscott runs home.

Winter games Photos by Casey Lessard Murray Hodgins came from Toronto just for the golf (at Oakwood), and shows he knows what he’s doing.

The Riverbend hosted Olympics, and among the events was snowcarving. Jeff Arnold and Kendra VanderBurgt of Team Japan carved a sumo wrestler sitting on a member of the opposing team (Team Iceland).

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The crowning achievement Photos from the Mr./Ms. Winter Carnival pageant by Casey Lessard

Benguin shows his hula-hooping talent.

Sarah Fuller of Sobey’s walks the catwalk in her winter dress.

Aunt Gussies’ Andy McGuire won second place behind Stephanie McLennan with his song Benguin Blues.

Kandis Hodgins of No Frills presents her winter outfit for the judges.

Amy Jeffrey represented Aunt Gussie’s.

Sarah Kennedy placed third in the competition.

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Crystal “Kaboom” Bradbury brought her Mad Science show to the Grand Bend Public School February 2. Her use of CO2 took Grayson Heathcote’s breath away and made Amber Varley (above) laugh.

Local youth darts leagues played in competition at the Grand Bend Legion February 3. Left, Colton Munro (finishing 5th) and Jacob Lauzon (finishing 6th) of Parkhill faced off, while Randy Bullock took aim for 3rd.

Harriet Lloyd performed White Flag to take 2nd ahead of Steele Heathcote (with Ben Kobe) in the 6-11 category at the children’s talent show February 10. Michael Boyle and Jette Vanadrichen (tied 3rd) performed also.

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Take a flight this Valentine’s Day By James Eddington, Eddington’s of Exeter ( While trying to think of the perfect dessert for Valentines Day, I remember a wine tasting I had attended, where each wine was paired with a taste or flavour on a spoon. While each spoon had its own flavour, an array of taste can be combined into a “flight.” So for all you hopeless romantics this Valentines Day, reserve your table at Eddington’s of Exeter (519) 235-3030 or try a “flight.” Blindfold your date and spoon-feed them one bite at a time in the order listed above. If you choose your own ingredients, select flavors that pair well together, but vary in temperature, texture, and taste. Enjoy and most of all have fun! • 9

Flights of Fancy (Each ingredient to be served in a standard tablespoon) Flight 1 1 3/4 inch cube of pear, sprinkled with pepper and seared in a hot pan for 1 minute per side 1 3/4 inch cube of Stilton cheese 1 roasted pecan 1 tbsp port Flight 2 1 chocolate truffle 1 mini scoop vanilla ice cream 1 dried apricot 1 tbsp framboise (raspberry liqueur)

Get your tickets for Playhouse Guild’s first annual gala The Huron Country Playhouse Guild is planning its first ever gala fundraiser for the Playhouse. The Guild Gala will be held at Grand Cove Estates Thursday, May 22, and is a special evening for women that includes a social hour, gourmet dinner catered by F.I.N.E. Restaurant, entertainment, fashions, wine tasting and a live auction. All proceeds from the $100 tickets go to the Playhouse, and tax receipts will be issued. For more information, call Marsha at 519-243-3833 for further information.

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Grand Bend Strip comes to the classroom! Living in Balance By Jenipher Appleton

Balanced literacy for Ontario students The latest and most unremitting thrust from the Ontario Ministry of Education is indeed the ‘balanced literacy’ movement. In a nutshell, balanced literacy in the elementary grades must provide opportunities for daily reading including: independent, guided, and shared reading, along with read-alouds. I won’t even begin to go into the definitions of the foregoing or how they are implemented. Suffice it to say that I have been training and practising balanced literacy over the past several years in my classroom at East Williams, and that as a result, my learning curve has continued to expand and develop along with the children. The reason for balanced literacy as an educational directive is to improve overall literacy skills in our Ontario students and to deepen their levels of reading comprehension. Sound dry? On the contrary, it is really quite exciting. I’ll get to the point. Shared reading essentially means that everyone is looking at the

same piece of text at the same time. It could be a big book, overhead projection, or any other piece of text that has been reproduced for all to see. Recently I have been using my own pieces of writing from the Grand Bend Strip for some of my shared reading experiences with the students. An integral part of the balanced literacy thrust is that teachers should model writing. I feel that the content of my articles, containing information about nature and ecology, is an appropriate model for the ten- and eleven-year-olds in my Grade 5/6 class.

Recent article “Owls – a guide to local hooters” When my students read the article about owls, many made connections to owls they had encountered in our area. The students showed enough interest in our local species that they were inspired to do further research Mackenzie Siddall drew the barred owl as part of a in our next computer lab. Not only did they balanced literacy class taught by Jenipher Appleton. find more information about owls, but also they wanted to draw pictures from the images they found on the Internet. The following are some quotes written by students about our local owls: “I am an Eastern Screech owl. I eat insects, arachnids, small mammals and amphibians. One of my physical characteristics is my small ear tufts.” (By Kylee Arthur) “I am a saw-whet owl. I eat small rodents, large insects, birds, and bats. I am only 20 cm long. I am named for my call which sounds like a saw being sharpened or whetted.” (By Carly Whitmore) “I am a Great Horned owl. I eat house cats, skunks, porcupines and other animals bigger than myself. Some of my physical characteristics are my large ear tufts, and my massive length up to 64 cm, my 150 cm wingspan, huge, yellow riveting eyes, and my familiar ‘whoo-whoo!’” (By Jake Gregory) The drawings included here, by Mackenzie Siddall and Evan Scott, demonstrate the greatest attention to detail and a wonderful sense of appreciation for these animals in their natural habitat.

Media literacy using the Grand Bend Strip During independent reading, students are allowed to read other articles from the Grand Bend Strip. They show enthusiasm for the human interest stories and articles, but are especially taken with Casey Lessard’s fabulous photographs, candidly capturing community members of all ages taking part in a huge variety of activities. The photos are always informatively captioned, and my students are able to learn from this excellent example of media literacy. The content of this family newspaper encourages knowledge of current events common to our community and stimulates conversation amongst students about such current events, basic science, and nature. It helps to develop a passion for exploration into different media, communication, and life-long learning. In short, the Grand Bend Strip provides a vehicle for students to be aware of the ‘balance’ between living and learning.

Evan Scott’s Great Horned owl is matched with information gleaned from Internet research.

To Do List

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

To Do: February 13 to March 11 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

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: to : p.m. - Grand Bend CHC Cholesterol Class. Have you been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and have diabetes? Then join us as we explain how you can manage cholesterol and lower your risks. Contact Patricia 519-238-1556 ext. 235.

 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Grand Bend Hor ticultural Society Meeting. Pier re St. Laurent. Topic: Photographing Flowers. Pierre will entertain and educate you by showing you how to photograph flowers and see your flowers as they have never been seen before. There will be a new category in the flower shows reflecting your efforts in this field. Photographs of plants and garden ornamentation will be considered a separate class.

 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo

 to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat draw  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Ctr. Valentines Party for ages 5-10.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Ctr. Valentines Dance for ages 11-14. Pizza, pop and chips available for purchase.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 : a.m. to  p.m. - Grand Bend Public School Early Years Alphabites Program. This program with the GBACHC dietitian and the OEYC offers a healthy snack and various activities geared to literacy and nutrition. Everyone welcome, no fee!

 p.m. - Pinery Park visitor centre  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Feathered Friends. Discover what birds Meat draw can be attracted to the bird feeders in your own backyard. Learn to identify the birds found on the feeders outside of the Visitor SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23  a.m. to  p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre during the winter. Centre Babysitting Course including two-hour  p.m. - Grog’s Restaurant, Pt. Franks first aid. Ages 11 and up. Cost is $40. Port Franks Optimist Meat Draw Register by February 15. Call 519-238-1155.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion  p.m. - Pinery Park visitor’s centre Horse races Mission: Protect and Preserve! Discover the globally unique Oak Savanna ecosystem, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 and other rarities Pinery has to offer.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Legion will be open for Daytona 500.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live music with Jimmy Vail  p.m. - Pinery Park visitor centre The World of the Whitetail Deer. Join a park naturalist for a glimpse into the lives of SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24  p.m. - Pinery Park visitor’s centre Pinery’s largest mammal. The Race Before Winter. Discover how animals in Pinery race against the clock to MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 prepare for the long winter ahead. Explore : p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre Scrapbooking. $2. Bring your own sup- the benefits of being “seasonally plump,” changing into a winter coat, and being ‘too plies. Contact Kim Widdis: 519-238-6390. cool’ for the cold.



Families are invited to spend Ontario’s new holiday together snowshoeing at Morrison Dam east of Exeter. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (519-235-2610)

is running a snowshoeing event Sunday, February 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.; the event is free for people with snowshoes, and anyone can rent snowshoes for $3 per pair. Snowshoers are free to roam around and experience walking on snowshoes in the open areas around the ABCA Administration Building and on the MacNaughton-Morrison


INCOME TAX SERVICE Experienced service for any tax situation

12 Mary Street



channel’s history and find out what the creatures down there are up to during the winter.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 : p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre Scrapbooking. $2. Bring your own supplies. Contact Kim Widdis: 519-238-6390.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo

FRIDAY, MARCH 7  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat draw

 a.m. to  p.m. - Grand Bend CHC Heart Health Cooking Class. February is SATURDAY, MARCH 8  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion heart month. Join Miranda our community Horse races dietitian as she shows you how to transfer high fat dishes into delicious Heart Healthy MONDAY, MARCH 10 feasts. Call 519-238-1556 ext 222 : p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre Scrapbooking. $2. Bring your own sup p.m. - Grand Bend Legion plies. Contact Kim Widdis: 519-238-6390. Bingo

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 : p.m. - Southcott Pines clubhouse Huron County Playhouse Guild. Call Mary 519-238-5640 for details. Guests and members welcome!

TUESDAY, MARCH 11  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Bingo

: a.m. - Grand Bend Legion Women’s Probus Club. Topic: Midwestern  to  p.m. - Grand Bend CHC Adult Day Ser vices. Speaker: Tammy Men Can Cook Class. Join our dietitian Antaya. Retired and semi-retired women Miranda as novice chefs learn the basics of welcome. For further info, call Maxine cooking. Call 519-238-1556 ext 222 Eveland at 519-238-2274

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Town & Country Bowl, Zurich Family Bowling Cost $5 per person includes games and shoe rental. Register by February 24th Grand Bend Youth Centre. Call 519-238-1155.  to  p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Meat draw


 p.m. - Pinery Park visitor’s centre MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Life Under the Ice. Peer into the under a.m. - Grand Bend Legion : p.m. - Grand Bend Youth Centre water winter realm of the ice covered Old Grand Bend Men’s Probus meeting. Topic: Scrapbooking. $2. Bring your own sup- Ausable River Channel discovering the Senior’s financial planning with Chris

Spend Family Day snowshoeing together • 11

Section of the South Huron Trail. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable, low-heeled boots. This event is dependent on the presence of snow. After snowshoeing, relax and enjoy some hot chocolate. Please bring your own mug to cut down on waste created from using disposable cups. For more details, see

Grand Bend’s Best Kept Secret (519) 238-2120

LIVE MUSIC! Everyone welcome Saturdays 3-6 p.m. Feb. 16 & March 8 - Horse Races Feb. 23 - Jimmy Vail

Fun Darts Mondays @ 7 p.m. Bingo Tuesdays @ 7 p.m. Meat Draws Fridays @ 5 p.m. Hall rentals - contact Sharon (519) 238-6865

Every Friday

All U Can Eat Fish ‘n’ Chips $


135 Ontario St. S., Grand Bend - 519-238-6786 Beside the Bluewater Motel



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Strip at the Winter Carnival

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Jen Gaukroger prepares to land as she falls from the mechanical bull at Gables February 3.

Bull riders get back in the saddle

Lambton Shores councillor Mark Simpson tries to keep his balance.

Michelle Gerrie looks like an old pro because she is. “I used to do it many years ago at another bar. It goes faster than it looks,” Gerrie says.

Vol. 1 #17 Grand Bend Strip, February 13, 2008  

February 13, 2008 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper

Vol. 1 #17 Grand Bend Strip, February 13, 2008  

February 13, 2008 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper